RIP: Tim Mooney, drummer of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon

RIP: Tim Mooney, drummer of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon

From Mark Eitzel (American Music Club):

I haven’t seen Tim for a few years now but that still didn’t lessen the impact of his passing. He was the drummer of AMC for many years. He was absolutely instrumental in whatever sound we had. His style was absolutely unique and as an artist no one could match what he did. He was a good friend to so many people and will be missed. What an absolute loss. I wish all the best to his wife Jude and his daughter Dixie. I have spent all day in a fog thinking about him.

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• Sun Kil Moon:
• Toiling Midgets:

Bailterspace releasing their first album in 13 years on Fire Records. Hmm, has the 90s nostalgia kicked in yet?

In 1999, I was playing Pokemon Yellow and listening to boy bands and collecting Beanie Babies. Rocket Power premiered. Freaks and Geeks premiered. The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy released I See a Darkness.

In 1999, Bailterspace released Solar.3, the last new album they’d release before announcing a hiatus in 2004. The New Zealand noise rock group had been recording since 1987, first as Nelsh Bailter Space, then simply as Bailterspace, and the band garnered comparisons to the likes of Sonic Youth and gained a reputation for intense live shows. The members of Bailterspace didn’t move to the mountains to live as hermits in 2004 — in fact, they subsequently put out a best-of compilation and even played a few shows. They just quit recording new albums.

Until now. Bailterspace has announced Strobosphere, their first new album in 13 years, which will see worldwide release on Fire Records. They’ve shared the first single, “No Sense”, and it demonstrates that the band’s just as noisy as ever. Look for the record on August 21.

Strobosphere tracklist:

01. Things That We Found
02. Strobosphere
03. Blue Star
04. Polarize
05. No Sense
06. Meeting Place
07. Island
08. OP1
09. Live by the Ocean
10. Dset
11. Would We Share

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• Fire:

Dan Deacon announces more tourdates this fall, reveals America album cover, considers normal glasses so the concert music world would finally take him seriously

Few people know that The Prodigy’s 1996 smash hit song “Firestarter” was actually written about Dan Deacon to commemorate the barn-burner nature of his dance party-style live shows. And with a new record on the way this August, fans of dancing + arson around the world (by which I mostly mean America!) will be happy to learn that Dan “The Firestarter” Deacon has added a bunch more fall fall tourdates to his itinerary. But as opposed to the giant, cumbersome, aesthetically hideous, 14-man ensemble he toured with for the Bromst (TMT Review) shows, for this run, he’s wisely striping things down to a pair drummers (Jeremy Hyman of Boredoms/Ponytail and Kevin O’Meara of Videohippos, America producer Chester Endersby Gwazda on additional electronics, and hologram Rick Wakemans for everything else.

Additionally, Deacon has also revealed the cover art for America, and I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that Squeo put it up top for you. [Ed: sure thing, pal!] As you can (hopefully) see, it features a photograph by Richard Endres of Lake Placid lookin’ all “placid.” And according to Domino, anyone who pre-orders the album (on CD, vinyl, or download) will be sent a two foot x three foot flag of that same image — just like the one that graces the “Lots” single, which I’ve thoughtfully embedded below. Deacon is encouraging fans to take photographs of their flags “waving, trailing, flapping or resting somewhere significant and share [them] with us on Tumblr and/or Instagram with the hash tag #dandeaconamerica” in order to be “automatically entered in DAN DEACON WINNABLE FLAG PHOTO CONTEST” (more contest details here). Not to be outdone, I’ve also decided that readers of Tiny Mix Tapes should take photos of themselves reading this Dan Deacon news story and post those on Tumblr and Instagram with the hashtag #tmtCANCUNvacation2012. We’ll pick the best one and offer the winner… that’s right! An unspecified, unacknowledged, unpaid staff job at Tiny Mix Tapes


07.07.12 - Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival ^
07.12.12 - New York, NY - Pier 54 ^$
07.14.12 - Cincinatti, OH - Bunbury Music Festival ^
07.21.12 - Antigonish, NS - Evolve Festival *
08.04.12 - Malaga, Spain - Canela Party *
08.16.12 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander [Total Fest] *
08.29.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom &
08.30.12 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live &
08.31.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Earth House &
09.01.12 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival *
09.02.12 - Saint Louis, MO - Firebird &
09.03.12 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts &
09.04.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit In &
09.05.12 - Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey &
09.06.12 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light &
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival *
09.08.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater &
09.19.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory ^
09.20.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsall Kreuzberg ^
09.21.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Reepers ^
09.22.12 - Eindehoven, Netherlands - Area 51 ^
09.23.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet ^
09.24.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique ^
09.25.12 - Paris, France - Le Trebando ^
09.26.12 - London, UK - Scala ^
09.28.12 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill ^
09.29.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt ^
10.03.12 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 &
10.04.12 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger &
10.05.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel &
10.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West &
10.08.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree &
10.09.12 - New Orleans, LA - Le Maison &
10.10.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s &
10.11.12 - Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom &
10.12.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada &
10.13.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis &
10.16.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol Sante Fe &
10.18.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom &
101.9.12 - San Diego, CA - Irenic &
10.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre &
10.22.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club &
10.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall &
10.25.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater &
10.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret &
10.27.12 - Seattle,WA - Neptune &
10.29.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court &
10.31.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater &
11.02.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre &
11.03.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar &
11.05.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre &
11.08.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick &
11.09.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace &
11.10.12 - Montreal, QC - SAT &
11.11.12 - South Burlington, VA - Higher Ground &
11.12.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery &
11.13.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club &
11.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer &
11.17.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &

& Dan Deacon Ensemble w/ Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda and Alan Resnick
^ (w/ 2 drummers)
* (solo set)
$ John Maus

• Dan Deacon:
• Domino:

Mount Eerie spills the tectonic beans on Ocean Roar, the experimental companion album to Clear Moon

It’s been long rumored, but now we can confirm some details about Mount Eerie’s second full-length release of 2012. Titled Ocean Roar, the album will serve as the counterpoint to May’s Clear Moon (TMT Review) and will be released September 4 on Phil Elverum’s P.W. Elverum & Sun label.

Like Clear Moon, Ocean Roar was recorded in the new studio Elverum and company built in an old church in Anacortes, WA, following extensive touring to support 2009’s Wind’s Poem (TMT Review). Based on an excerpt from a leaked track titled “Pale Lights”, this release is going to feature the Sturm und Drang that usually bubbles up on Elverum recordings, yet was mostly absent on the contemplative and pretty Clear Moon. The press release lays out what to expect thusly:

[Ocean Roar] acts as a counterpoint to the soft synth walls and landscape pondering of Clear Moon, presenting the opposite of that album’s clear glints of awareness: a total wall of blue-grey oceanic fog, a half remembered dream of a trip through dense old growth hills to the gnarly winter ocean, in the middle of the night, decades ago. This album is the audio equivalent of the blanket of thick dark water vapor that covers the Pacific Northwest for most of the year, revealing only brief glimpses of illumination.

That sounds pretty spectacular. Leave it to Phil Elverum to point out what was missing from his first very-well-reviewed album of 2012 by releasing what should be its equally awesome evil twin four months later. Leading up to the release, Mount Eerie will be touring the regular stomping grounds of the Pacific Northwest, no doubt lulling audiences into peaceful reveries before conjuring up mountainous squalls all in a single evening. Be there or be square.

Ocean Roar tracklisting:

01. Pale Lights
02. Ocean Roar
03. Ancient Times
04. instrumental
05. Waves
06. Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)
07. I Walked Home Beholding
08. instrumental


06.17.12 - Olympia, WA - Northern 414 1/2 Legion Way
06.18.12 - Portland, OR - 4321 SE Hawthorne (2 shows, early & late)
06.19.12 - Portland, OR - Valentine’s
06.20.12 - Seattle, WA - 20/20 Cycle (2 shows, early & late)
06.21.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
06.22.12 - Nanaimo, BC - TBA
06.23.12 - Victoria, BC - The Fifty Fifty
06.24.12 - Bellingham, WA - Make.Shift Art Space
07.13-15.12 - Anacortes, WA - 1st Anacortes Unknown Music Series
08.24-26.12 - Rochester, WA - Helsing Junction Sleepover

• Mount Eerie:

The Music Tapes to release Mary’s Voice in September, tour in circus tent, end worldwide suffering with singing saw

A lot of us over here at TMT are pretty nuts about Julian Koster, head dude of The Music Tapes, integral member of Neutral Milk Hotel, and full-time magician/myth-maker. His music is great, sure, but we’re also into him because of the performance art-y pillow fights, lullabies, and caroling. But hey, we’ll settle for new music too!

On September 4, Merge will release The Music Tapes’ third “official” album, Mary’s Voice, a 14-track follow-up to last year’s EP Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) and 2008’s Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, full of the banjos, organs, and singing saws that we’ve been forced by gunpoint to love. Recorded once again with new and antique recording devices (we’re talking ribbon mics, wire recorders, Dictaphones, etc.), the album was reportedly inspired by Nobodaddy, as well as the many caroling and lullaby trips he’s taken over the years. According to Koster:

The magic was in the people who would welcome us into each house. We would literally go from a huge mansion on a hill overlooking the Hollywood sign, to squats with a bunch of punk kids who’d made a geodesic dome covered in moldy carpet for us to do the show in and forgot to make a hole big enough for the equipment to fit in through. We played for children of all ages — from teenagers to great-grandparents. We would visit the first house at nightfall and the last sometimes not until dawn. The fun and the warmth of each stop — how absolutely unique each was while still being so deeply familiar — was amazing and taught me how much like dreaming living can be.

Mary’s Voice is part one of a two-album series that we think is titled Imaginary Symphony No. 3. Also planned for this year: an NPR radio serial and a tour that will see Koster lugging around a circus tent. Love it. And while I’m in the mood, love you too!

Mary’s Voice tracklisting:

01. The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)
02. Saw and Calliope Organ on Wire
03. S’ Alive (Pt. 1)
04. The Big Beautiful Shops (It’s Said That It Could Be Anyone)
05. Spare the Dark Streets
06. To All Who Say Goodnight
07. Kolyada #3
08. Playing “Evening”
09. Go Home Again
10. S’ Alive to Be Known (May We Starve)
11. Untitled
12. Takeshi and Elijah

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• Merge:

[Photo: Nusper Kek]

Menomena announce new album Moms on Barsuk. Dads are all like “WTF?”

Doing things in the name of moms is always a good idea. It’s a pretty sure-fire way to get people interested in whatever cockamamie thing you’re doing, because after all, even the most heartless bastard on Earth (that’d be this guy) has a mom. Walking marathons in support of moms? Awesome, how can I pledge? Selling store-bought pickles door-to-door to raise greater awareness of moms? Sure, I’ll take 12. Writing, recording, and releasing a new album on Barsuk Records and embarking on a subsequent headlining tour of North America in tribute to your own moms? Sweet, you must be Menomena, whose new album, Moms (instead of the better Momania) coming out on September 18, which henceforth shall be known as “Mothers’ Day”. Or… something else. Let me work on it. Either way, it’s back-story time!

Since releasing 2010’s Mines, Justin Harris and Danny Seim parted ways with co-founder Brent Knopf, who went off to go live in Ramona Falls or something, leaving the duo to write and record by themselves for the first time. And like any decent, recently-abandoned adult males in western society, the abandonment got them thinking about their good-old supportive moms!! On his tunes, Seim explored “the death of his mother when he was but a teenager,” while Harris focused on his youth as the child of a single mother and the “indelible impressions [left by that situation] on everything he’s done since” for his. Fun, poppy choices! You can watch a characteristically shoestring teaser trailer for the new album below, and a list of NO-DADS-ALLOWED tourdates after the tracklisting. Fuckin’ dads.

Moms tracklisting:

01. Plumage
02. Capsule
03. Pique
04. Baton
05. Heavy Is As Heavy Does
06. Giftshoppe
07. Skintercourse
08. Tantalus
09. Don’t Mess With Latexas
10. One Horse

Menomena tourdates:

09.07.12 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
09.25.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
09.26.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
09.27.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
09.28.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.29.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.02.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.03.12 - Austin, TX - Parish
10.04.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.05.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.11.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.13.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.16.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.17.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.18.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.19.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.20.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10.23.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.25.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
10.26.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
12.07-09.12 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

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