Royal Baths sign to Kanine Records for new album, announce it way too close to the holidays

Royal Baths sign to Kanine Records for new album, announce it way too close to the holidays

Online Music News Story Abstract

Prepared by: SQUEO, News Editor, Tiny Mix Tapes

Prepared for: NOBODADDY, Staff Writer, Tiny Mix Tapes

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Hype level: 4

Band/Artist: Baths, Royal

Contributors(/members): Cox, Jeremy; Baer, Jigmae

Related: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, et al.

Namechecks (per Mr P): Spacemen 3, Velvet Underground, et al.

Adj. to Include (per Squeo): psychedelic (psych), garage (lo-fi?), duo, dark, bluesy (pentatonic), spiritual, reverb-heavy

Release Subject: Album, new. Full-length. (n.b. Sophomore effort.)

Release Title: Better Luck Next Life

Label: Kanine Records (n.b. first album via Woodsist in 2010)

Release Date: February 7, 2012 (Gregorian)

Tracklisting: 01. Darling Divine 02. Burned 03. Faster, Harder 04. Be Afraid of Me 05. Nightmare Voodoo 06. Contempt 07. Back Sheep 08. Map of Heaven 09. Someone New

Addl. Comments/Misc.: Don’t knock yourself out on this one; their website is their Myspace.

• Royal Baths:
• Kanine:

Wolves in the Throne Room announce final American Celestial Lineage tourdates, so cheer up West Coast

If you live in the West Coast, then you are probably depressed and/or cooking meth. At least that’s what I gather from the TV that I watch. The good news about your living conditions is that the sans-corpse-paint boys of Wolves in the Throne Room are from Olympia and understand that it’s tough being a Westerner. So the tour in support of their latest release, Celestial Lineage, is adding a new leg of West Coast dates to deter your SAD as the new year kicks off.

So get empowered, dear Westerner!


01.15.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue *
01.16.12 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown *#
01.17.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $
01.19.12 - Olympia, WA - The Eagles Hall Basement $%
01.21.12 - Eureka, CA - Nocturnum ^
01.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s ^
01.24.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - TBA
01.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex @
01.27.12 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
01.30.12 - Portland, OR - Branx *

* Druden
# Mount Eerie
$ Master Musicians of Bukkake
% Broken Water
^ Ash Borer
@ Chelsea Wolfe

• Wolves in the Throne Room:
• Southern Lord:

‘Tis the season to get groovy with Drag City’s reissues of the Groovy Records catalog

Pass on the eggnog this year, and get yourself something that won’t put extra fat pockets on your hips: Drag City has brought back the full catalog of Groovy Records, the early-80s label that barely started when Pete Shelley was a preemie Buzzcock interested in releasing minimal electronic and general experimental weirdness. It’s been a good 30 years and original copies of the albums are insanely rare, so the saints at Drag City said, “Now’s as good a time as ever. Why the fuck not?!” and here we are. Vinyl fans, take note. The goodies are coming at you via four separate vinyl reissues (just released), along with digital downloads and a 4-CD box set of all the Groovy Records catalog shipping in January. Free Agents, Shelley’s own Sky Yen (Buzzcocks fans are in for an ear-beating), Sally Smmit and Her Musicians, and a full disc of unreleased stuff ALL deserve a jovial slap on the back and a celebratory “welcome to the digital age, baby!”

Much more info regarding the box set can be found on the Drag City online shop, while more pleasurable reading about each entry in the catalog can be found in full detail over in the label’s latest newsletter.

• Drag City:

Afghan Whigs reunite for ATP festival, would like to know if your sister’s single

Hey! I have a thing that’s been rattling around my head about The Afghan Whigs for a while and, since this is a story about The Afghan Whigs reuniting (which I’ll get to soon enough, thank you), I’m using this as a chance to spout off about it. Did they carve a path for hazy R&B folks like The Weeknd and, to a lesser extent, Drake? Because those guys’ damaged lothario personas seem an awful lot like Greg Dulli’s damaged lothario persona. But maybe Dulli got his persona through R&B influences and everything has just come full circle. By the way, Afghan Whigs are reuniting for some ATP festivals!

The band’s 13-year break from live shows will end somewhere between May 25 and May 27, as they will be playing the I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival at London’s Alexandra Palace then. After that, they’ll spend the summer hitting on your sister, much to your consternation. Once the summer ends and The Afghan Whigs are either dating or have moved on from your sister, Greg Dulli will curate the I’ll Be Your Mirror iteration in Asbury Park, New Jersey from September 21-23. He even booked his favorite band, The Afghan Whigs, to play on September 22. Some bands that are not The Afghan Whigs will also play.

• The Afghan Whigs:

Charles Mingus’s grandson urgently crowd funds for documentary; only a few days left!

Despite my initial unfamiliarity with the term, the concept of crowd funding is pretty self-explanatory, and chances are that if you use the internet (how exactly are you browsing TMT, anyway!?), you’ve probably come across it in some form or another. I’ll go ahead and trust Wikipedia’s definition for this: crowd funding “describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” It can be used to gather support for virtually any cause under the sun, but has traditionally been used primarily as a means to fund creative works, such as independent films and music. The relevant news here is that, according to The Wire, Kevin Ellington Mingus is currently crowd funding for a documentary featuring his late grandfather and legendary jazz musician, Charles Mingus.

The documentary, presumptively titled Mingus on Mingus, is being marketed as a feature-length “journey of a grandson searching for the truth behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew.” Presently, the project has raised around $26,000 out of their $45,000 goal, but if it hasn’t reached that goal by Sunday, December 18 at 6 PM, then the entire thing will be CANCELED. It’s also worth pointing out that pledges are only billed once the goal is met and the campaign ends, so it’s not like there’s any risk of the younger Mingus making away with your dough if things don’t work out. Relatively few films have been done documenting Charles Mingus’s influential and accomplished life, so if you fancy yourself something of a jazz fiend, or if you’re just feeling overly generous this holiday season, head on over to the Kickstarter page and pledge a few bucks.

Mingus on Mingus:
• Charles Mingus:

Hospital Productions retail store closed; go occupy something to stop this

Manhattan’s one and only noise/black metal/free jazz record store seemed to simply up and vanish last week. The physical retail presence of noise label Hospital Productions provided locals with rare and obscure noise on cassette, vinyl, or CD, and was operated by Hospital founder and Prurient noise-god Dominick Fernow, with several other metal-buff employees. Now, not long after Hospital’s announcement of their 300th release compilation double-cassette, customers and fans arriving to the shop on 3rd Street will stop in shock and horror to an empty, locked room and a “for rent” sign.

Although no official statement regarding the closing has been issued, rumor (as in one guy’s Tumblr) has it that the plan is for Hospital to maintain itself as a label and online retailer while relocating to L.A. Hospital Productions themselves are at this time unavailable for comment (at least by means we actually know of).

The good news is that Hospital Productions will indeed continue as a label, no doubt, and there is perhaps hope for another relocation of their physical store, I guess. But the real tragedy is that the store was my last reason left to stay in NYC. Now I’m packing up to move to Massachusetts, where at least I can buy a noise tape at RRRecords. You fucking kids will be sorry for downloading everything when all that’s left is the internet.

[Update: According to Apop Records, a majority of Hospital’s retail store stock was sold over to them right before the closing. Apop is currently sorting through the vast inventory and slowly adding new titles each day.]

• Hospital Productions: