She & Him ready seasonal precipitation-themed collaboration with mega producer Kris Kringle

She & Him ready seasonal precipitation-themed collaboration with mega producer Kris Kringle

If all you want for Christmas this year is your two front teeth, or you could have sworn you saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, step aside with that basic crap, because She & Him are about to out-“cute” everyone by releasing a Christmas album so wholesome it would make Norman Rockwell blush. The group, made up of M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel, have announced the release of A Very She & Him Christmas on October 25 through Merge (just in time for… Halloween). According to a press statement, the retro-inspired duo have made “an intimate holiday recording of Christmas classics that helps bring new emotions out of old songs.” Deschanel has previously been spotted in the Yuletide spirit appearing alongside Will Ferrell in 2003’s Elf, and even recorded a version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Leon Redbone for the movie’s soundtrack. The steamy X-mas duet is also included on She & Him’s upcoming album, though now that it’s M. Ward beckoning us to stay indoors we might be a bit more open to the idea.

A Very She & Him Christmas tracklisting:

01. The Christmas Waltz
02. Christmas Day
03. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
04. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
05. Christmas Wish
06. Sleigh Ride
07. Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree
08. Silver Bells
09. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
10. Blue Christmas
11. Little Saint Nick
12. The Christmas Song

• She & Him:
• Merge:

Hive Mind to release Elemental Disgrace on Spectrum Spools, marketed toward depressives

Given the title of Hive Mind’s latest LP, along with its associated cover art, you might be able to discern just where Greh Holger plans to take his synthesizer-based drone/noise project — I’ll give you a hint: think of the most blissful, uplifting, and awe-inspiring music you’ve ever heard. Think of church music. Think of major scales. All signs point to Elemental Disgrace, set for release on October 25, being the complete opposite of all these things.

Spectrum Spools, a division of Editions Mego run by Emeralds’ John Elliott, has this to say on the subject: “No blisscapes to be found here. No soaring latched arpeggios, no cosmic vistas. Not a single melody. This is two sides of ancestral ruin in its clearest presentation. The brutality of the Earth and the harsh reality of all that it holds. Unknowable sounds — that of the dawn of Earth, or perhaps its demise. A swamp of chemicals and creatures left behind long after man has wiped himself away for good.” Well, Jesus. With a description like that, who needs Sylvia Plath poems?

Hyperbolic characterizations aside, Hive Mind occupies a place on the musical landscape for which I personally have a growing appreciation. For me, some of the most memorable albums of the last few years have ironically been ones for which there’s very little going on at the surface level. They’re devotions to subtlety in a world filled with obnoxiousness. They’re the fallen leaves of a maple tree being trampled by unconcerned passers-by. “My seventy trees/ Holding their gold-ruddy balls/ In a thick gray death-soup,/ Their million/ Gold leaves metal and breathless.” Oh, Sylvia!

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to prove “heaven’s gonna happen now” by rolling through your town

This fall, Slumberland shoegazers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart continue to support their latest effort, Belong (TMT Review). They’ll even keep their theme of twins going strong (you know what they say, “double the pleasure, double the fun”), as they replace previous tour mates Twin Shadow with Twin Sister on select dates.

After returning from Dublin’s Electric Picnic, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will return to the states for September and October dates. Catch their newest batch of tour listings below.


09.19.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.23.11 -Philadelphia, PA - FDR Park - Popped Festival
09.24.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^
09.25.11 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Festival - The Hidive ^
09.26.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ^
09.28.11 - Winnipeg, MT -Royal Albert ^
09.30.11 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub ^
10.01.11 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Ballroom ^
10.03.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret ^
10.04.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^
10.05.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^
10.07.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
10.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10.09.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
10.10.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
10.11.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
10.13.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck ~
10.14.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - University of Oklahoma ~
10.15.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Café ~
10.16.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercury Lounge ~
10.18.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10.21.11 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Pop

* Wyldlife
^ Big Troubles
~ Twin Sister

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland:

The Fall announce a new album and promise that number 29 will finally earn them that Grammy

The Fall, who many believe are just now reaching their peak, have announced (via their label, Cherry Red Records) that they will be releasing their 29th studio album on November 14, and, with my mom’s birthday just a couple days later, I think I’ve found the perfect gift!

The new album, titled Ersatz G.B., is described as “retain[ing] many of [The Fall’s] most distinctive elements whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E Smith’s familiar style and subject matter.” However, if you’re like me (and no one else is because my mom says that I’m sooo unique), then you’ve probably heard countless albums described in the exact same way; but please, don’t make mistake my sarcasm as malicious, because a new Fall album is always an event. To mark their momentous follow-up to last year’s warmly received Your Future Our Clutter (TMT Review), The Fall will also be releasing a special 7-inch single with a yet-to-be-announced A-side, but they did mention that it will contain an exclusive B-side that you’ll totally NOT be allowed to download and own without buying the single.

The Fall also announced that they will be heading out on a nine-date tour of the UK so that all the Fall-natics can get a chance to see Mark E., as if they haven’t already had a few chances.

Ersatz G.B. tracklisting:

01. Cosmos 7
02. Taking Off
03. Kennedy
04. Mask Search
05. Greenway
06. Happy Song
07. Monocard
08. Laptop
09. I’ve Seen Them
10. Change

UK tourdates:

09.11.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Electric Frog
09.18.11 - Tillburg, The Netherlands - Incubate Festival
10.22.11 - Cardiff, UK - SWN Festival, Cardiff University, Great Hall
11.02.11 - Leeds, UK - Stylus
11.03.11 - Edinburgh, UK - HMV Picture House
11.04.11 - Newcastle, UK - Riverside
11.05.11 - York, UK - Fibbers
11.15.11 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
11.17.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
11.18.11 - Leicester, UK - The Auditorium
11.24.11 - London, UK - indigO2
11.26.11 - Poole, UK - Mr. Kyps
12.02.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

• The Fall:
• Cherry Red:

William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops NYC performance to be webcast today

As previously mentioned, William Basinski’s still-powerful Disintegration Loops (specifically, the hour-long opening track “dlp 1.1”) will be performed as a live orchestration this afternoon by The Wordless Music Orchestra to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The performance will be preceded by three other musical works that deal with themes of memory and memorial, and the full (free) program begins at 3:30 PM EDT in the Temple of Dendur exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’re anywhere near Manhattan right now, start walking.

If you’re nowhere near Manhattan right now, here’s an alternative: NPR Music and Q2 are hosting a live audio webcast of the concert, which will then be archived for streaming during the following week. Basinski himself wrote a short essay for the occasion that you can read here, recollecting the making of The Disintegration Loops, and you can read our own thoughts on the music here.

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• Wordless Music Series:

The Silent Barn approaching its fundraising goal with eight days left!

It’s been hard times for the actual music community this summer, and it feels like the world really is out to get them. Even before the PIAS fire, the ransacking of The Silent Barn in Queens was a devastating blow. In response, the venue started a Kickstarter project with a $40,000 goal of recovering their losses, and also making their new venue more compliant with fire code and other safety regulations. In a wonderful display of support, the community donated over $20,000 on the first day, and another $10,000 in the first week. Admittedly, donations fell by the wayside a little after that, but a steady clip was maintained nonetheless.

Now, as of this writing, Rebuilding The Silent Barn has a little over eight days left before its deadline of early September 18, and currently stands at $39,305, just $695 left before the goal is reached. $695! If about 50 of you donated $15 (which is basically beer money for most of you for a couple days), they’d make it over the top. Several writers, editors, and former staff here at Tiny Mix Tapes have made their donations, so if you haven’t done so already, get to it! Even if, by the time you read this, they’ve already reached their goal, additional donations will always be welcomed. Every little bit shows you’re doing the right thing.

• Rebuilding The Silent Barn: Kickstarter page



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