Ric Ocasek is back with The Cars for new album and tour; Moog stocks skyrocket on Wall Street

Ric Ocasek is back with The Cars for new album and tour; Moog stocks skyrocket on Wall Street http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-04-the-cars.jpg

As we all know from his days as a solo artist before fronting the Ric Ocasek-less “The New Cars” that’ve been touring around and shilling Cars songs for the past several years, songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren doesn’t want to work. He just wants to bang on the drum all day! Well, be careful what you wish for, Mr. Rundgren. You just might get it. According to Brooklyn Vegan, Ric Ocasek is back with his old band The Cars (the still-living ones, anyway) for a brand new album and US summer tour, thus rendering The New Cars kind of redundant and sending Rundgren back to his day job of MAKING GAZILLIONS ON LICENSING DEALS.

The sort-of-semi-reunion was conceived organically, according to Ocasek, who realized while he was writing new material in 2009 that all of his Cars-like songs would probably sound even better if they were played by The Cars. “It totally clicked immediately,” he says. “Everybody got right into it, as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.’” The fruit of these ‘cool’ labors, entitled Move Like This, will mark the first official Cars album in 24 years and is due May 10 via Hear Music (duh) and Concord Music Group.

“We tried hard to keep it from just being a nostalgia thing,” Keyboardist Greg Hawkes says of the album. “We definitely wanted to bring a modern slant to it.” Translation: when the Cars tour this spring, you’re going to have to put up with a bunch of new shit while you’re waiting for “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.” Fuck, I hope The New Cars reunite soon.


05.10.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox @SODO
05.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Palladium
05.13.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.15.11 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
05.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.18.11 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
05.20.11 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.25.11 - New York City, NY - Roseland
05.26.11 - Boston, MA - The House of Blues

• The Cars: http://www.myspace.com/thecarsunlocked
• Hear Music: http://www.hearmusic.com
• Concord Music Group: http://www.concordmusicgroup.com

Destroyer announces five-star European tour, Dead Oceans releases five-star Kaputt internationally

Here in North America, we enjoy certain privileges. Privileges like the ability to enjoy five-star-caliber records as declared by us here at Tiny Mix Tapes. Records like Destroyer’s Kaputt (TMT Review). Click on that review, gaze at those filled-in red circles. Savor them for a moment. There are five of them.

We can’t forget our friends in the rest of the world, though, friends who haven’t access to physical copies of Kaputt. Sure, they’ve got digital copies, but when it comes to a release like Destroyer’s latest, that’s just not enough. Fear not, however, as the sweetest angels of Dead Oceans have come forth to bless the UK, Europe, and Japan with physical copies of the record on June 13. Bless you, Dead Oceans, for you are now the king of the recording industry.

Mere days after Kaputt’s international physical release, Destroyer will head to Europe for their first-ever European headlining tour. Not sure why Destroyer have never headlined a European tour before, but I think we can credit this to the confidence accrued from getting a perfect score from Tiny Mix Tapes. So hey, you’re welcome, Dan.

Destroyer dates:

06.19.11 - Madrid, Spain - Dia De La Musica Festival
06.21.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Dia De La Musica Festival
06.24.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
06.25.11 - Evreux, France - Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats
06.27.11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
06.28.11 - London, UK - Heaven
06.29.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Presents At Tolhuistuin
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
08.04.11 - Zambujeira Do Mar, Portugal - Festival Sudoeste
08.06.11 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.10.11 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.11.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.12.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.13.11 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival

• Destroyer: http://www.myspace.com/destroyer
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Sons and Daughters release new album on Domino, and Moms and Dads couldn’t be more proud

Glasgow’s finest country-rockin’ four-piece Sons and Daughters are back at it. After a few years of silence, the Arab Strap-affiliated Adele Bethel and Co. have a new album in the works for Domino. Mirror Mirror is the follow-up to 2008’s well-received This Gift (TMT Review), but lest you think they’ve been slackin’ for the past three years, know this: they’ve toured with Morrissey, bassist Ailidh Lennon had a baby, and um, I don’t know, maybe they all got together and watched the Lost finale together. (There aren’t a lot of details to riff on here, people.)

Mirror Mirror is due June 14 and promises to be a little bit different in terms of the band’s earlier sound (Scottish cumbia? Indie rap metal? There are so many unlikely possibilities!), with production by JD Twitch of Glasgow’s famed Optimo club nights, and mixing by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, These New Puritans). Okay, so probably the album will not have too much Scottish cumbia or indie rap metal. But at least with all that Glaswegian star power behind it, looking into the Mirror might finally become a positive experience.

A few dates:

05.13.11 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival
05.21.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stag and Dagger (The Art School)
06.09.11 - London, UK - The Lexington
06.11.11 - Inverness, UK - Rockness

• Sons & Daughters: http://www.sonsanddaughtersloveyou.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Newport Folk Festival to feature The Decemberists, M. Ward, and Elvis Costello (Eminem still pending)

Ahhhh, summer festivals. I love when those come up in the news queue! Not because writing about them makes me feel all fun-in-the-sunny inside or because I have any great personal affinity for the blissfully unhygienic culture of weekend-long, bum-around-and-jam-outs. Nope, I love them because they always tell you everything you need to know about themselves on one bold, colorful, well-maintained, and easy-to-click-over-to website! Thus making my job as your humble newswriter as easy and fun as the cakewalk I’m gonna take over to Check Into Cash when I clock out today.

Take, for example, this year’s Newport Folk Festival, which just announced its 2011 lineup this past weekend. Sure, I could stress out my cuticles, eponychiums, lunulas, lateral nail folds, nail plates, periosteums, and hyponychiums (not to mention flexor AND extensor tendons) typing out a bunch of “humor-laced” bullshit about how the fest is going down July 30-31 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Or about how tickets are on sale now for $125 for a two-day pass and $69 for a single-day pass. Or about how The Decemberists, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples, Emilou Harris, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and Wanda Jackson feature near the top of the large list of acts.

OR! I could just tell you to go here: http://www.newportfolkfest.net.

Ah, simplicity. It’s what folk music’s all about anyway, isn’t it?

• Newport Folk Festival: http://www.newportfolkfest.net
• Newport Folk Festival: http://www.newportfolkfest.net
• Newport Folk Festival: http://www.newportfolkfest.net

Joe Lally has a new record out this month, so everybody take one second and stop wishing for a new Fugazi album!

Look, we all want a Fugazi reunion. But we shan’t get what we want, not today at least. What we will get, though, is a new record from one-fourth of Fugazi — specifically, bassist Joe Lally. On April 26, Lally will put out Why Should I Get Used to It, his first record since 2007’s Nothing Is Underrated. Dischord will be releasing the record, but surprisingly, they will do so in conjunction with the Lally-owned Tolotta Records. What’s so strange about this is that Tolotta have not put out anything since 2002 and the label’s website states that they’ve been defunct ever since.

While Lally’s previous records carried a heavy sense of DC-ness (seeing as they featured contributions from Lally’s Fugazi bandmates and were recorded in notable DC studios Dischord House and Inner Ear), Why Should I Get Used To It seems to skew closer to Italy than the District of Columbia. The album was recorded in Rome — the city that Lally now calls home — and instead of featuring DC scene veterans, the record is heavy with contributions from Lally’s recent European tourmates Elisa Abela and Emanuele Tomasi.

Lally has a handful of European dates scheduled for next month. However, the bassist should be adding more in the near future, as he plans to tour throughout 2011. Fugazi, for their part, will continue touring forever in my dreams and in reality probably not anytime soon.

Joe Lally dates:

05.21.11 - Montreuil, France - La Pêche
05.24.11 - Lille, France - Malterie
05.25.11 - Tours, France - Le Temps Machine
05.26.11 - Metz, France - Trinitaires

• Joe Lally: http://joelally.com
• Dischord: http://www.dischord.com
• Tolotta: http://monsterisland.alkem.org/tolotta

Sublime Frequencies DVD/CD/book showcases Olivia Wilde’s Wyatt’s ethnomusical journey across Ethiopia

There comes a time in every music fan’s life — usually around 3 AM after a night of heavy drinking or just, say, a really dull Sunday afternoon — where he or she must blow the minds of his/her friends through a fascinating, unfamiliar, or just plain bizarre DVD selection. Fortunately for the curious cineastes and headphone junkies among us, we have Sublime Frequencies to fulfill our collective need to catch glimpses into the little-known musical histories of other cultures. And now the Seattle-based purveyors of all things obscure, international, and mindblowing have announced the release of Staring into the Sun, a DVD/CD/book by photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt that’s just chock-full of field recordings and Polaroid photographs of Ethopian tribes.

This limited-edition release is limited to 1,000 copies and is already being touted as “the latest ethno-film cinema classic.” (Well, at least Sublime Frequencies is touting it as such.) Ms. Wyatt’s work follows the goings-on of 13 different tribes out of Ethopia’s 80+ ethnic groups, so you’ll get to experience spirit possession, hyena feedings, Ethiopian TV segments, tribal wedding ceremonies, and a hell of a lot more. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll want to stick your hand in a hyena’s mouth and feed it delicious, bloody raw meat! Check out the trailer below. Staring into the Sun brings the sights and sounds of Ethiopia to a DVD/CD player near you come July 5.

CD tracklisting:

01. Konso Tribe, “Konso Lyre Song”
02. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song”
03. Azmari (Masinko Player), “Masinko Song”
04. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Syncopated Panpipes”
05. Gedeo Tribe, “Gedeo Vocals”
06. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Drum Song”
07. Dorze Tribe, “Dorze Song”
08. Mursi Tribe, “Mursi Song”
09. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song 2”
10. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Lyre Song”
11. Konso Tribe, “Konso Lyre and Percussion Song”
12. Gedeo Tribe, “Gedeo Percussion, Lyre, and Vocal Song”
13. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Lyre Dance”
14. Tsemay Tribe, “Tsemay Song”
15. Borana Tribe, “Borana Singing Wells”
16. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song 3”

DVD chapter listing:

01. Intro
02. Borana Singing Wells
03. Addis Ababa Traditional Night Club
04. Harari Wild Hyena Feeding
05. Tsemay Tribe
06. Afar Tribe
07. Konso Tribe
08. Arbore Tribe
09. Amhara Tribe
10. Dirashe Tribe
11. Hookah Night Scenes
12. Zar Spirit Possession Ceremony
13. Mursi Tribe
14. Day Dreams
15. Masinko Player
16. Banna Tribe
17. Gedeo Tribe
18. Hamar Wedding

• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

[Photos: Olivia Wyatt]