Prolific Doesn’t Sound Like a Compliment Anyway: Black Tambourine’s Complete Works Coming ‘Round Again

Prolific Doesn’t Sound Like a Compliment Anyway: Black Tambourine’s Complete Works Coming ‘Round Again http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-02-black-tambourine.jpg

For a troupe who released but a couple of singles and compilation tracks during its short existence, Black Tambourine have left a formidable legacy and one that gets revisited every few years. Once mere babes nursing at the teat of “The Sound of Young Scotland,” Tamla/Motown, and Spector’s Wall of Sound, they are now foremother and -fathers of the bubblegum jangly fuzz pop so revered by current cuties The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, and Vivian Girls, to name but three.

On March 30, a new 16-track self-titled compilation will be dispatched via Slumberland. Methinks mes remembers a Black Tambourine compilation a few years back but that may just be my mental decay making its voice heard. Dementia aside, with the addition of four new songs recorded purposely for this collection and two early demos thrown in for great measure, Black Tambourine is something to get quite geeked about. Check out “For Ex-Lovers Only” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Black Tambourine tracklisting:

01. For Ex-Lovers Only
02. Black Car
03. Pack You Up
04. Can’t Explain
05. I Was Wrong
06. Throw Aggi Off the Bridge
07. Drown
08. We Can’t Be Friends
09. By Tomorrow
10. Pam’s Tan
11. For Ex-Lovers Only (First Demo)
12. Throw Aggi Off the Bridge (First Demo)
13. Heartbeat
14. Lazy Heart
15. Tears of Joy
16. Dream Baby Dream

• Black Tambourine: http://www.myspace.com/btambourine
• Slumberland: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com

Leaked ACTA Draft Implements DMCA Rules Instead of Three Strikes, Still Kinda Sucks

At our year-end festivus a couple months ago (still can’t believe it’s a new decade), we (wait, I) reported on movements of The Pirate Bay (TMT Feature). Of particular note, we mentioned that Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations will likely continue in January in Stockholm, HQ of the rising Pirate Party. And since January was just last month, it was only a matter of time before someone leaked a memo or a draft or something…

Oh, hey look! A leaked draft of ACTA (PDF)!

While you can read all the juicy legal and political details there, we can summarize the important information in two sentences:

• Good News: Graduated response (a.k.a., three-strikes) is off the table, at least on a mandatory legal level (it is still “encouraged”).
• Bad News: The treaty will basically implement the rules from the US’s Digital Millenium Copyright Act on an international scale.

While this basically means that Americans like you and I will barely notice any significant changes to the law on a national level, our brethren across both ponds will start to feel the effects of the draconian DMCA, with all the good (ISP safe harbor rules, fair use exemptions) and bad (takedown notices, DRM everywhere) features. It’s like a Toyota Corrolla: it’s great, if you get past the fact that two key components can hurt you. Canadians will also take concern, as the takedown model runs against their model of notice-and-notice, which has been successful.

You may wonder why the DMCA’s in play. Turns out the majority of proposals in play were proposed by the US delegation, with backing from Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder, as well as the RIAA. That said, it will be hard to impose what is essentially a US treaty on other nations, and the EU has already begun to push back. Further, with graduated response — the savior of both the RIAA and the IFPI (its international counterpart) — being mostly pushed aside, their position has been weakened significantly, as we will be reporting later this week. (Stop by, there’ll be pancakes.) Still, the industry is in a promising position, with new rounds of talks happening in March and June, signifying an attempt at completion by the end of the year.

Perhaps, worse comes to worse, we could always call Ron Paul.

(Porn) Actress Sasha Grey to Release Two Industrial Albums with her Band aTelecine

Is there anything worse than the it-actress vanity album? At best, overly precious efforts from the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Scarlet Johansson teeter on the brink of tolerability, but at their lowest points these sacchariny records can feel like Michael Cera dropping a train car full of (500) Days of Summer (TMT Review) DVDs on your head.

Thank Gaia, then, for Sasha Grey: pornographic actress, star of Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (TMT Review), Current 93 collaborator, and eerie industrial musician to boot (She took her stage name from KMFDM’s Sascha Konietzko, after all). In 2008, Grey formed aTelecine, an industrial/noise band featuring Grey on guitar as well as sharing vocal and tape loop duties with bandmates Pablo St. Francis and Anthony Djuan. aTelecine’s debut And 6 Dark Hours Pass is due in early April via Dais Records (thanks for the tip, Ryan!), and not even before the month ends, another release, A Cassette Tape Culture, is slated for April 27 on Pendu Sound Recordings (Talibam!, Ghost Moth, Mialessot). Judging from the tracks available on the band’s MySpace, they will most likely be unavailable for purchase at your local Starbucks.

• aTelecine: http://www.myspace.com/atelecine
• Dais Records: http://www.daisrecords.com
• Pendu Sound Recordings: http://pendusound.com

Animal Collective and Danny Perez Collaborate on Piece For Guggenheim

Animal Collective, your favorite band of all time ever, and filmmaker Danny Perez are collaborating on a piece to be performed March 4 at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. If the name Danny Perez sounds familiar, it’s because your favorite band of all time ever collaborated with him previously on the recently released ODDSAC film (TMT Review). Their latest team-up, Transverse Temporal Gyrus, is a multimedia piece featuring video projections, costumes, and props, along with an original recorded score composed by Animal Collective. All of the aforementioned will be used to create a psychedelic environment that the audience can freely explore throughout the performance. It will be like entering Animal Collective’s mind! A dream come true for 92.43% (statistic estimated/made up) of this site’s readership!

Gain a little more insight into Animal Collective’s headspace with this quote describing their inspiration for the piece:

One of the things that you notice almost immediately in the jungle are the birds; so many different sounds coming from so many different directions. Are they communicating to each other? What are they saying? Does each variation serve a purpose? Why are there repetitions? Is there a pattern or is that just your imagination? If you don’t know the first thing about bird songs, these questions can rack a brain for days. The jungle seems louder than most New York apartments but its symbiosis makes it subtler if not more pleasing to foreign ears. The longer you sit awake in bed listening at night, the more you hear. It brings to mind Jane Goodall hanging out with chimpanzees in Tanzania and how she noticed them reacting to distant or inaudible sounds that at first she couldn’t hear, but as her ears adapted to the environment after months she began to hear them too.

But as the environments around us change quickly, as people encroach more and more on land where only select symbioses occur, we wonder how this will change the sounds around us and how this alters the way we hear things and react to them. As New Yorkers we are all familiar with the everyday noise around us—the car alarms, the subway trains braking, the music in bars—so familiar that sometimes we drown them out. But then do we not realize how these sounds are affecting us? How they make us feel or act? With this in mind we wanted to create an environment where people could take some time to listen to other kinds of sounds and get away from those familiar sounds of the city. Keeping in mind the birds of the jungle, we’ve created an array of sounds with Animal Collective’s music that is seemingly random… or is it? We invite you to come take some time out and sit with us. As time passes it is our hope that you will wonder if you are hearing songs or patterns or maybe simply hearing more. The visual work of Danny Perez has been incorporated to turn the environment of an empty museum into a more mysterious hideaway. The core elements and colors are worked into the piece in order to unite this room of sound with the inside of your brain. We hope you enjoy.

Animal Collective taking inspiration from animals? Nothing has ever made more sense! Tickets for the performance can be purchased from the Guggenheim’s website; however, they appear to be completely sold out. Here’s hoping someone got you a great birthday present. Otherwise, work on your cat burglar skills. If they can steal priceless jewels and paintings, surely they can sneak into a simple Animal Collective performance.

• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net
• Danny Perez: http://diptriana.com

Bang on a Can and Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth Cut The Ribbon On New Pieces

On February 24, two generations of the musical vanguard are collaborating on an effort that is sure to be as entertaining as it will be unpredictable. Evergreen new music pioneers Bang on a Can All-Stars are performing a handful of new compositions by Dirty Projectors’ uniquely talented Dave Longstreth. Both parties have well-earned reputations for making and breaking music, so expect the unexpected. It’s a match made in… well, New York (where else?).

The ambiguously evocative titles of Longstreth’s pieces (“Instructional Video,” “Breakfast at J&M,” and “Matt Damon”) hint at the zany adventure that’s in store. The All-Stars will also perform pieces by Oscar Bettison, Christine Southworth, and the Swedish ambient-funk composer Nik Bärtsch. For those of you who have the opportunity to bear witness, it’s all going down at exactly 7:29 PM at Merkin Concert Hall.

[Full disclosure: Deno once interned for Cantaloupe, the label owned by Ban on a Can.]

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Bang on a Can All-Stars: http://bangonacan.org/all_stars

UNKLE Slates New Album for May Release; Meanwhile, My Uncle Dale Huffs Paint in His Garage and Thinks About ‘Nam

If you’ve done the right thing and hung around with good ol’ UNKLE for their last few records, you know they’re not the type of band you’d label with that dreaded, sort-of-all-encomposing genre tag electronica. No self-respecting synthesizer jockey wants to be slapped with that sassafras, America. Maybe that geeky cousin of yours who scores his own anime soundtracks, but not your friends in UNKLE. With past collaborators ranging from Thom Yorke to Kool G Rap, James Lavelle and company are a puzzling bundle of lads who have never proven easy to pigeonhole.

So it’s with a hearty “Hey cool alright!” that I report that UNKLE will release its fourth LP Where Did the Night Fall on May 11. Out on the group’s own Surrender All label, UNKLE’s latest effort “has influences from psychedelic rock to afrobeat” and features guest vocals from Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Sleepy Sun, among others. Mosey on over to the Chocolate Grinder to hear the track’s first single, “Natural Selection.” I bet it’ll treat you real nice!

Where Did the Night Fall tracklist:

01. Nowhere
02. Follow Me Down (feat. Sleepy Sun)
03. Natural Selection (feat. The Black Angels)
04. Joy Factory (feat. Autolux)
05. The Answer (feat. Big in Japan)
06. On A Wire (feat. Elle J)
07. Falling Stars (feat. Gavin Clark)
08. Heavy Drug
09. Caged Bird (feat. Katrina Ford)
10. Ablivion
11. The Runaway (feat. Elle J)
12. Ever Rest (feat. Joel Cadbury)
13. The Healing (feat. Gavin Clark)
14. Another Night Out (feat. Mark Lanegan)

Dates:

05.21.10 - Moscow, Russia - Forum Hall
05.22.10 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
05.25.10 - London, UK - KoKo

• UNKLE: http://www.unkle.com
• Surrender All: http://surrender-all.com

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