Sandro Perri tours the most possible space of them all: North America!

Sandro Perri tours the most possible space of them all: North America!

Welcome to Spaces 101. I’m your teacher, E. Nagurney. Please, please, Mr. Nagurney is my father. Now, class, the first thing you need to know about spaces are the differentiation between those that are possible and those that are impossible. An impossible space consists of a space that cannot exist in our world. Think about, say, an airport constantly filled with ice cream. The ice cream would inevitably melt! Or just think about a classroom that Schmidt can get to on time! Haha, just joshing with you, Schmidt, you’re a good kid. For more information on the impossible spaces, listen to Toronto-based songwriter Sandro Perri’s Impossible Spaces (TMT Review) record from the year prior.

Now, a possible space, that’s simple. This room is a possible space. The Grand Canyon is a possible space. These spaces exist. We can see them and we can feel them, hence they must be possible. In fact, all of North America is a possible space. Hell, the whole world’s a possible space. It exists, it is possible! With that in mind, your homework is to go see the aforementioned Mr. Perri at one of his six upcoming concerts. You’ll be getting firsthand experience with the possible space concept, as each one of these takes place in the possible space of North America. Furthermore, you’ll get to hear advanced space theory from one of the true masters of the field. Also, that smooth, smooth voice.

Sandro Perri dates:

03.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Wavelength Festival
03.29.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MusicNow Festival #
03.31.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis %
04.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton %
04.03.12 - Hamilton, ON - Molson Canada Studio

# Phillip Glass
% Metronomy

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Jason Lytle reveals new solo album details in his cute Neil Young voice

I’ve you’ve ever wondered how it’s possible that we here at Tiny Mix Tapes are always 100% on top of every little piece of music news on the planet within hours, it’s because in addition to a few dozen human staff writers, we’ve also got 1,000 trained African Green Monkeys working 19-hour days literally READING THE INTERNET. Don’t believe me? Check this out: one of ‘em just came across an interview that Jason Lytle (Grandaddy, Admiral Radley) gave the other day in an Australian magazine called Rave in which he reveals the details of his upcoming solo album. Now, I ask you honestly, who else but 1,000 monkeys working at 1,000 (Packard Bell) computers (running Prodigy dial-up internet on Windows 3.1) could have dug this up so quickly? Oh, fine, maybe 130 Beats Per Minute. But hey, they’re probably using monkeys to do it too!

Either way, according to the monkeys’ shorthand, Lytle’s new album will be his first solo record since 2009’s furry, prehensile romp, Yours Truly, The Commuter (TMT Review), and will most likely “sound bananas.” It’s titled Department of Disappearance, will contain 11 tracks and around 50 minutes of music, and is set to be released around July or August on either CD, digital, or ballistic wads of feces.

But why the long-ish wait between releases? Let’s go to the monkey notes. “The fact that I [don’t have any children to groom] means that I can record at my own pace,” Lytle told Rave. “I tend to get really bored really quick, and over the years I’ve realized that one of my strengths is approaching things in a really fresh manner – almost like a [hyper-sexual, auto-erotic monkey] would. [When they’re not busy smoking cigars and roller skating, monkeys] play for a while, then they’re over it, they’re done, move onto something else. It’s a lot more enjoyable for me to record like that [than it is to work for 19 hours a day for dog food]. I think that’s why it’s taken me a couple of years to make this record.” Huh. You know, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Well, you can read the real interview here. In the meantime, I think we’d better stop working our staff so hard.

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Joy Division and New Order master tapes found among gold and guns by Jamie Oliver (who is holding them hostage until you change your disgusting eating habits)

All that time spent trying to help the obese population in Huntington, WV lose weight is reaping some real karmic benefits for Jamie Oliver! Not only is he is dreamy in that odd, doughy Wallace and Gromit kind of way, good things just keep happening to him. While recently excavating the basement of a Midland Bank branch set to be the home of his new restaurant in Manchester, Oliver’s crew stumbled across a literal treasure trove of long-lost goodies stored in leftover safety deposit boxes. Britain’s most reputable news source, Holy Moly, is reporting that Oliver found, “not only jewels and gold, but also Joy Division and New Order master tapes as well as a very reasonable collection of guns. Total value: £1.1m.”

Oliver has turned all of the findings over to the British treasury, presumably for safe keeping. Living members of the bands have yet to comment, so it’s unknown what’s precisely on the tapes or how they ended up there, though it’s safe to assume that if there’s a profit to be made, we’ll eventually have the chance to hear them. No doubt Ian Curtis is rolling in his grave over Mr. Oliver’s good fortune, which also benefits Peter Hook and his New Order bandmates — this blip of publicity should create some additional interest in their recently announced spring tour.

Oliver’s new restaurant is set to open next week, with no word yet on what the soundtrack will be like.


04.26.12 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
04.29.12 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Ballroom
05.02.12 - Brixton, UK - O2 Academy
05.05.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy

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Machinedrum, Om Unit, and Leonardo DiCaprio form Dream Continuum for Planet Mu

Gather around and listen attentively, my children. Recall (if you have the capacity to) a certain wonderfully majestic new age compilation series that was promoted seemingly ad infinitum on cable television during the mid-to-late 90s. Now, if that description isn’t enough to give it away and make you feel all warm and nostalgic inside, try and associate the following lyrics with the specific commercial that I have in mind: “Sail away, sail away, sail away, sail away” (repeat x 47). Yes? No? I’m talking about that magnificent soundtrack to meditative activity, otherwise known as Pure Moods. Despite being discontinued since 2004 and hardly anyone missing it, the series is being resuscitated this year in the form of Dream Continuum!

Or so you might think. “Dream Continuum” certainly doesn’t sound like the name of a brand new Planet Mu collaboration between two artists who casually navigate the gray area between electronic sub-genres, but that’s exactly what it is: Machinedrum, who increased his fanbase last year with the release of the critically-acclaimed, loosely-labelled “footwork” album Room(s), is joining forces with a relatively new figure on the scene, Om Unit a.k.a. Jim Coles, to form Dream Continuum. And on March 26, they’ll be releasing their first EP, Reworkz, which you can preview here. As it turns out, their alias seems oddly consistent with the echoing jungle samples and unyielding rhythms on display throughout their work. I’m slightly taken aback by the lack of Enya though.

Reworkz EP tracklisting:

A1. B Free
A2. Giv a Lil Luv
B. Set It

• Dream Continuum:
• Machinedrum:
• Om Unit:
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James Iha returns for LP number 2; Billy Corgan bares fangs and disappears in a cloud of smoke

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha recently announced news of a sophomore LP to be released next month by EMI Japan. Entitled Look to the Sky, the album is Iha’s first collection of solo recordings since 1998’s well-received Let It Come Down, and judging by the titles of the tracklist, it’ll be a clear continuation of the prior LP’s sunny folk/pop brew.

Since the demise of the original line-up of Smashing Pumpkins (a band he co-founded with fellow Windy City nincompoop Billy Corgan) in 2000, Iha has been busy producing and remixing other musicians, guesting on friends’ records, contributing to various soundtracks and even co-founding a label, Scratchie Records, with Smashing Pumpkins bud D’Arcy Wretzky and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. The label has released LPs by bands like The Sounds and The Blank Theory. Iha has also regularly played with bands like A Perfect Circle and Tinted Windows. Look to the Sky is due March 14.

Look to the Sky tracklist:

01. Make Believe
02. Summer Days
03. To Who Knows Where
04. Till Next Tuesday
05. Dream Tonight
06. Dark Star
07. Appetite
08. Gemini
09. Waves
10. Speed of Love
11. 4th of July
12. A String of Words
13. Diamond Eyes
14. Stay Lost

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Cymbals Eat Guitars are touring with Cursive. This headline has no joke.

Story intro ideas - Cymbals Eat Guitars tour w/ Cursive - Nobodaddy

Hey guys, big news! Cymbals Eat Guitars are touring the US this spring with Cursive! CEG are, of course, touring in support of last year’s Lenses Alien LP. Cursive, on the other hand, are touring in support of the year 1998.

Indie-rock stalwarts Cymbals Eat Guitars will finally get a chance to see if their band name looks cool written in cursive this spring when…

Oh boy, this is kinda embarassing. See, Cymbals Eat Guitars (whom you may recall dropped the OK NEW MUSIC’D Lenses Alien on Barsuk last year) had this big tour planned with everyone’s favorite irrelevant post-rockers Cursive this spring. But then, when they weren’t looking one day, their fat-ass cymbals went and ATE all of their guitars!

Being as they’re the only two bands in the known universe that are still using guitars to sell the purported epic nature inherent to the modern rock song (such as it is currently conceived), it makes — if you’ll begrudge me a quick pun — “sound sense” for Cymbals Eat Guitars and Cursive to ply their trades together in order to increase the the odds, as it were, of achieving the ordinarily desirous goal of credit’s triumph over debit; particularly in the case of Cymbals Eat Guitars, for whom the continued relevancy of their most recent compendium of compositions is of critical importance. Therefore, the two musical groups have agreed to converge for a tour this spring of both the contiguous United States and select Canadian cities. Fans of either group are hereby advised, pragmatically, semantically, or otherwise, to conflate their sense of personal (viz. social, aesthetic, historic, political, etc.) identification with one with that of the other, to the mutual betterment of all three parties touched upon herein.


03.22.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill *
03.23.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The 400 Bar*
03.24.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
03.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
03.26.12 - Champaign, IL - High Dive *
03.27.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *
03.28.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
03.29.12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
03.30.12 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
03.31.12 - Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
04.02.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Downstairs) *
04.03.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.04.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.05.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
04.06.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
04.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade *
04.08.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
04.09.12 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven *
04.10.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
04.11.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
04.13.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
04.14.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
04.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
04.17.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe *
04.18.12 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies *
04.20.12 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Nightclub *
04.21.12 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *

* Cursive, Conduits

• Cymbals Eat Guitars:
• Cursive:
• Barsuk: