The Rapture announce US tour, but what does it mean for you as a homeowner? Find out within!

The Rapture announce US tour, but what does it mean for you as a homeowner? Find out within!

Nearly 10 years ago, The Rapture envisioned a scene horrifying to any American home owner: a house occupied entirely by jealous lovers. How would all these jealous lovers affect the equity? Or the assessed value? Or a third real estate term that I know nothing about? Regardless, the thought of all these jealous lovers and their exchange of hands has long chilled me to the bone. Somehow, The Rapture have managed to move on from their frightening future vision. They’re even going on a big US tour, which begins next month. Well, actually, I guess it begins at the end of this month, with a single show in New York City. But a month shall pass between that date and the next, so the word “begins” in that context means as much as the phrase “subordinate financing” means to me in any context. By the way, thank you, list of real estate terminology.

While The Rapture will surely play — shudder — “House of Jealous Lovers” and plenty of other classics, they will also surely be playing plenty off forthcoming new record In The Grace of Your Love. That particular record marks their return to the DFA label and comes out September 6. First single “How Deep Is Your Love” has been kicking around the internet for a second and you can download it right here, as long as you’re willing to part with an email address. Actually, I guess you get to keep the address, but you know what I mean.

The Rapture dates:

08.20.11 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.22.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.23.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
09.25.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
09.27.11 - Columbus, OH - TBD
09.28.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
09.29.11 - Minneapolis, MN - The Varsity
10.01.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
10.03.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
10.04.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.07.11 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
10.08.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Sound Factory
10.10.11 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
10.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.12.11 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10.13.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.17.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.18.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beachem Theatre
10.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur

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Live from New York! It’s Radiohead on Saturday Night Live!

Saturday Night Live, everyone’s favorite live-improv show on Saturday nights, and Radiohead, everyone’s favorite newspaper-publishing Britons, have reached an agreement and will soon be scratching each other’s backs.

According to various reports and press releases, Radiohead will perform on SNL’s 37th season premiere, scheduled for September 24, along with host Alec Baldwin, who will be appearing for a record-breaking 16th time. Radiohead, who have been trying extremely hard lately to reach a wider audience, are hoping that Saturday Night Live’s history of turning unknowns into stars (such as Pat, Rob Schneider, Fishbone, and Horatio Sanz) will help them finally crossover and become a hit with US audiences. On the flipside, Saturday Night Live are hoping they can be cool again, cuz let’s face it, Seth Meyers just ain’t doin’ it.

“I’m (as in me, Alec Baldwin) really looking forward to the show and to Radiohead’s unique brand of “Electro-Depression.” It should be really fun,” said host Alec Baldwin as he prepared his lunch with a Tracy Jordan Meat Machine. Meat is the new bread!

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Warp Records entire backstock destroyed in PIAS fire

In the aftermath of Trish Keenan’s death earlier this year, I was wandering around Amoeba Music looking at music, and decided to pick up an out-of-print copy of The Noise Made By People, Broadcast’s LP debut, as a sort of penitence for never listening to them prior to that. It was well worth the 20 dollars, for it was some of the finest music I have listened to in a long time (I could go into detail, but this is a news story). Depressingly, I lost the CD due to the careless efforts of a certain person at my apartment, who didn’t bother to look into his receiver when he took it back without warning a couple months ago.

I’ll admit, talking about this is quite petty, but it makes me even more depressed and livid to think of this act of carelessness in light of a recent press release from Warp — Broadcast’s label. As some of you are aware, one of the largest casualties of the London riots instigated by some middle-class gangsters was the Sony DADC warehouse in North London that also housed PIAS’ main distribution hub. As we noted, Warp was among 150+ labels hurt by the total destruction of the warehouse, but only now has the label proclaimed the extent of the damage. In a press release, the label announced that their entire backstock, spanning the 21+ years of their existence, was destroyed in the fire. In immediate terms, this means that Battles’ next single, “My Machines” featuring Gary Numan, will not be available for physical release on August 15 (today), though it is still available for digital release. (Upcoming albums from Rustie, Plaid, and CANT are still being manufactured, and remain mostly unaffected.)

The bigger problem, as noted by the press release, is the rest of the backstock, including releases by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Plaid, and (of course) Broadcast that may have been out of print for some time. While Warp is currently attempting to recoup some of the losses through creating new stock and recovering stock from its international distributors, the label unfortunately acknowledges that “some releases may never be available physically again.”

Again, you can help out labels affected by the fire in various ways, which we’ve listed here. Until then…

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Independent labels now have 31.2% market share on 2011 album sales, as long as you look at it through frosted glass on uppers

Surprise! Nielsen SoundScan has dropped some figures on US album sales in the first six months of 2011, and it turns out that indie labels collectively account for 31.2% of album sales, a larger market share than any of the four major labels! I think what this means is that Kommissar Hjuler und Frau’s new album on Feeding Tube is going to out-perform Watch the Throne on Q3 SoundScan results… right?

Not exactly. This 31.2% figure is a huge jump from the last SoundScan report, and it’s because they’ve reworked the analysis after being put in a headlock by the American Association of Independent Music over how they calculate market share. Until now, indie labels that distributed their albums through groups owned by majors have had their album sales count toward that major’s share. A SoundScan report from just one month ago listed indie market share at 12.57%, so the new calculations that take into account label ownership increase the little guys’ clout considerably.

To summarize, indie album sales are way up, but over half of them are due to distribution deals with the majors. In other news, we’re all free to pursue our dreams independently, provided we do so within a toxic, alienating environment that offers agency as the seed of complacency and later reaps the reward of our ragged, strung-out souls at first dawning of the blood-red harvest moon. Have a great weekend everybody!

The Field announces new record Looping State of Mind, returns to original moniker of “Nasty Field”

“I never sleep, ‘cause sleep is the cousin of death.” We all know who said that famous quote. It was Axel Willner, when asked by a flight attendant if he would like a pillow. You might argue that his response was overly intense, that a simple “no” would have sufficed, but think of it this way: am I writing a story about your new record Looping State of Mind? I am not. That said, if you are putting out a different record called Looping State of Mind and you would like Tiny Mix Tapes to write about it, send us your press release!

As for Looping State of Mind (The Field record, not your jazz/ska/nü-metal opus), the record will be out October 25 through Kompakt. Like previous record Yesterday & Today, the album will be more of a group effort than The Field’s earlier recordings, with percussionist Dan Enqvist and newly-recruited drummer Jesper Skarin rounding out the group with Willner. Much of the album was developed in Willner’s home studio in Berlin, though the final recordings took place in Kompakt’s Cologne-based Dumbo Studios. By recording at Dumbo, the trio had access to instruments like double bass, piano, and the flow of horrorcore rapper Gangsta Fang. Unfortunately, somebody spilled Diet Dr. Pepper on the tapes containing Fang’s verses, but the recordings of the double bass and piano survived and were integrated into the album’s sample-based texture.

The Field plan on doing a US tour in October, along with touring Europe throughout the rest of 2011. Those dates will be followed by a world tour in 2012. But those shows have not been officially announced yet! They exist only in the fog of an uncertain future! For now, you’ll have to settle with the handful of currently announced Field dates. Expect looping.

The Field dates:

08.12.11 - Cannes, France - Pantiero Festival
08.18.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
09.03.11 - Pescara, Italy - Nextech Festival
10.06.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko Festival
12.10.11 - Minehead UK - ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas

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Pixies release iPhone “super-app”; Kim Deal learns what an iPhone is

Although the Pixies have released a “super-app” for the iPhone and Android, that doesn’t mean that the Pixies themselves have any idea what those two devices actually are. Frank Black actually heard about the news via an email to his AOL email address. Meanwhile, Kim Deal is still trying to figure out how the internet can exist on a phone when it’s not hooked up to a modem.

They’ll have to face their technology fears someday though, especially if they want access to everything that comes with the free app, including free streaming of Pixies demo collection The Purple Tape, a free download of the group’s performance at Coachella 2004, and on-demand streaming of selected past shows, including an acoustic show from the Newport Folk Festival and a Manchester show from 1988. An in-depth tour archive featuring set lists, photos, and videos will also be included. Finally, you can complete your Pixies collection with a built-in store that will sell digital versions of the band’s albums. You’ve just received a payment, Frank!

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