The Shins reveal details of new album, hoping against hope that those details might be of interest to you dubsteppers

The Shins reveal details of new album, hoping against hope that those details might be of interest to you dubsteppers http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-12-shins.jpg

Yesterday (per Stereogum), The Shins announced some details regarding the release of their forthcoming new album. And everyone was all like, “whoa, I totally love these details; they really speak to me intellectually but are also just plain fun!” Everything was totally cool, and all was right with art, business, and music. The end. …Except then, right after that, front man James Mercer totally fucking fired the shit out of those attention-hogging, creative control-grubbing details and hired all new ones. But, uh, okay. Now that he’s satisfied, here they are:

The new album — the band’s first since 2007’s Wincing the Night Away (TMT Review) is called Port of Morrow (yeah, pretty Shins-y) and was produced by Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, The Bird and the Bee, Kylie Minogue). …Except that right after Kurstin was done producing it, Mercer totally fucking fired his ass from having produced half of it and listed himself as co-producer. Uh, yeah… suffice it to say, Mercer also played most of the instruments himself, probably firing songs one-by-one as he finished recording them. He’s been playing some new songs live recently, as you can see in the video below. (FYI, everyone at that show was later fired as a fan by Mercer.)

Port of Morrow is due this March via Columbia/Aural Apothecary. It was due in February originally, but… well, you know.

Port of Morrow tracklisting:

01. The Rifle’s Spiral
02. Simple Song
03. It’s Only Life
04. No Way Down
05. September
06. Bait and Switch
07. Fall of ’82
08. For a Fool
09. 40 Mark Strasse
10. Port of Morrow

• The Shins: http://www.theshins.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com
• Aural Apothecary: http://www.facebook.com/Aural.Apothecary

Belbury Poly’s new LP The Belbury Tales out in February on Ghost Box (the label, not the haunted Xbox)

Images that crossed my mind while listening to a few random Belbury Poly tracks: orchestras crammed into rocket ships that zoom around Jupiter, robots walking in slow motion across deserts, witches who live underwater, abandoned houses, a valley filled with old fashioned televisions that mostly show static but sometimes flash moments from black-and-white horror films.

Perhaps such a thought collage is precisely what Jim Jupp (a.k.a. Belbury Poly) seeks to evoke with his music. He pieces together bits of obscure sources such as forgotten soundtracks and library music until the sounds coalesce into something like a dreamscape, resonating from some bizarre netherworld beyond memory and imagination. Belbury Poly’s fourth LP, The Belbury Tales, will be available on vinyl and CD February 24 and will feature art by Julian House and liner notes by journalist/author Rob Young. A few preview tracks are included on the most recent Radio Belbury cloudcast on The Belbury Parish Magazine blog, and the album will be available for pre-order in late January.

• Belbury Poly: http://www.myspace.com/belburypoly
• Ghost Box: http://www.ghostbox.co.uk

The Men to release new album on Sacred Bones in March. Just sayin’.

Post-punk-whatever Brooklyn boys The Men (see what I did there?) are wasting no time to follow up the momentum gained with this year’s Leave Home with their third full-length, titled Open Your Heart, set to be released on March 6 on Sacred Bones. They will then proceed to tour and play SXSW to make enough money to cover their losses from you downloading the record illegally.

Open Your Heart tracklisting:

01. Turn It Around
02. Animal
03. Country Song
04. Oscillation
05. Please Don’t Go Away
06. Open Your Heart
07. Candy
08. Cube
09. Presence
10. Ex-Dreams

2012 tourdates:

03.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent $
03.08.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
03.10.12 - Nashville, TN - The End %
03.11.12 - New Orleams, LA - Siberia (Foburg Festival)
03.12.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
03.13.12 - San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven
03.14-17.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada Bro Fest
03.19.12 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
03.20.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill $
03.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Treasure Town $
03.22.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House $
03.23.12 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $
03.24.12 - Montreal, QC - TBA

$ Nude Beach
% Mikal Cronin

• The Men: http://wearethemen.blogspot.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Will Oldham and Alan Licht converse in book-length interview due in March… sweet, sweet boner sauce

Most people prefer their interviews to be a page or two in length. However, I, being the extra-special person that I am, prefer my interviews to be long. Really long. Book-length, even. Perhaps that is why avant-garde (i.e. weird) musician and author Alan Licht has decided to write a book’s worth of talk-back with his friend and very prolific musician Will Oldham — all for me, the advanced and most important reader of book-length interviews! So, thanks Alan.

Seriously though, you guys, I am super excited to read Will Oldham discuss his musical persona in the book, aptly titled Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Any real music lover should gush over this 400-page masturbatory discussion on individualistic music making, the music industry, and possibly other hot topics such as fashion taste or pickle phobias.

According to Amazon, the book will be available in the US on March 1, 2012. The book can also be purchased in the UK from Faber & Faber, when it’s published on January 3, 2012.

Also, according to my microwave, my boner sauce is ready. Thanks for reading, reader.

• Will Oldham: http://www.bonnieprincebilly.com
• Alan Licht: http://www.myspace.com/alanlicht
• Faber & Faber: http://www.faber.co.uk

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: http://www.myspace.com/baths
• Kanine: http://kaninerecords.com

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!

Tourdates:

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: http://www.wittr.com
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

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