Sightings “tour Europe” to promote “new album” out April 1… NICE TRY YOU GUYS!

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As my father said each subsequent time that I tried to convince him to buy me an electric cattle prod, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on your mother.” What I mean to say is, I’ve been burned before… fooled, you might say. All through college my roommates were relentless pranksters. They’d put entire cooked pizzas under my bed, and once they even covered my whole car in this weird yellow-ish sauce that still hasn’t washed out. And though my college friends are all either dead or living in Cleveland these days (pretty much the same thing, am I right folks???), I’ve stayed pretty on edge about getting pranked.

You can imagine, then, my skepticism when I heard about this new album and tour from Sightings. So, apparently the tour starts the first week of April (RED FLAG: anything in the month of April is suspect) and it’s slated to stretch across Europe (RED FLAG: the only people who go to Europe are socialists and legacy acts). The tour is purportedly designed to promote the band’s new album (RED FLAG: who was the last European you met that bought albums?) which is going to be called Terribly Well (RED FLAG: no one uses adverbs anymore), and released on April 1 (GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR RED FLAG: that’s my mother’s birthday) on Dais Records (that part checks out). And get this, apparently Sightings are an “experimental rock” band?? Surely they must be kidding! There’s no market for that kind of stuff these days! Everybody (including TMT) knows that the kids only want to hear Fun pop music about Going Out, Overcoming Adversity, and getting over your Fear Of Missing Out. If you’re in Europe, maybe check out one of the dates, or pre-order the album here, but just sayin’, this smells an awful lot like a hoax.

Tourdates:

04.04.13 - Paris, France - Instants Chavirés
04.05.13 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
04.06.13 - London, United Kingdom - Cafe Oto
04.07.13 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Kraak
04.08.13 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Green Door Store
04.09.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4
04.10.13 - Lille, France - La Malterie
04.11.13 - Tours, France - Les Joulins
04.12.13 - Azkoitia, Spain - Matadero
04.13.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB Gallery
04.15.13 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
04.16.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Rocksound
04.17.13 - Marseille, France - L’Embobineuse
04.18.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - ILÔT
04.19.13 - Turin, Italy - Velvet
04.20.13 - Genoa, Italy - Buridda
04.21.13 - Rome, Italy - Dal Verme
04.23.13 - Innsbruck, Austria - P.M.K.
04.24.13 - Vienna, Austria - Venster 99
04.25.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Café V lese
04.27.13 - Hannover, Germany - Sturmglocke
04.28.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
04.29.13 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
04.30.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken

• Sightings: http://sightingsband.blogspot.pt
• Dais: http://www.daisrecords.com

Zomes announce new LP for April 16, now with more people than ever before

It was once a lonely life for Zomes a.k.a. Asa Osborne. For years, the former Lungfish guitarist had only his trusty keyboard to keep him company. But those days are over, as Osborne is now joined in Zomes by vocalist Hanna Olivegren. In a tale as old as time, Osborne met Olivegren through a mutual friend in Skull Defekts at Sweden’s Perspectives Festivals. Olivegren improvised with Osborne during his set, leading to the two doing an improvised performance in a Stockholm art gallery a few days later. These performances led to Osborne inviting Olivegren to perform with him on the last date of his tour with Beach House and, later, writing the songs on Time Was, Zomes’ third album out April 16 on Thrill Jockey.

This new Zomes record will mark the band’s first recordings as the duo of Osborne and Olivegren. Of course, though, that’s the only new ground being broken in the history of Zomes — except wait! It’s totally not! Time Was also happens to be the group’s first album recorded in a studio, as previous albums were done on a cassette deck. Supposedly, the album even finds the group approaching the territory of pop songs, such as on the record’s title track featuring lyrics based on a poem by Olivegren’s grandfather. Golly, Zomes, have you even left an inch of uncharted territory for yourselves?

Zomes will go on tour this spring, just in time for everyone to recover from these shocking left turns — except wait again! Not only are Zomes going on tour, they’re going on tour as a trio. Where once there was one, now there are three. I need to sit down.

Time Was tracklist:

01. Loveful Heights
02. Monk Bag
03. Silentium
04. Little Lucid Dreamer
05. Footpaths
06. Equinox
07. Time Was
08. Cave Mountain Stream

• Zomes: http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Zomes
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

All Tomorrow’s Parties takes its annual Halloween party to Australia; Melbourne gears up for black-eyeliner crisis

I don’t picture Australia as a very “goth” country. I’m sure there are parts of it that combine the dreary climate and urban blight necessary for a Goth subculture to flourish (or fester), but most of what I have experienced of the continent is heat. The kind of heat and humidity that makes sitting very still in a lawn chair with your eyes closed one of the most enjoyable activities. It’s also the kind of environment that makes wearing three layers of black clothes and makeup that took two hours to put on a prescription for heatstroke.

Despite the contraindications that the environment might present, ATP seems hell-bent on injecting Australia with possibly dangerous levels of dread and black hair-dye when Halloween rolls around. Let’s just say it’s a “heroic dose.” They are calling this fix of the dark and gloomy Release the Bats and the lineup is pretty staggering: The Breeders, The Jesus Lizard, The Scientists, Fuck Buttons, Lighting Bolt, Sleep, and Forest Swords for starters. Not all the bodies in this particular crypt have been accounted for, though, so expect more bands to be unearthed as October 26 draws nearer. The monster mash will be held at two locations just outside Melbourne, one indoors and one outdoors, though apparently neither is a graveyard. $150 + fees gets you into the whole thing and tickets are going on sale starting today.

If you’re traveling to ATP from the states I would recommend stocking up on hairspray, black eyeliner, and lipstick now; I assume the continent is going to be fresh out once Release the Bats Goth-ifies the whole of Australia. Yes, it has that kind of influence; don’t even question it.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com
• Release the Bats: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/releasethebatsmelbourne.php

Dan Deacon taking a chance, remixing new Flaming Lips album in its entirety

There’s a hot new band coming out of Oklahoma City!

Relative unknowns The Flaming Lips have gotten a lot of press about their forthcoming debut album on Warner Bros. Records, The Terror. While the initial April 2 release date has been pushed back two weeks to April 16, fans of the up-and-comers need not fret, as veteran electronic musician Dan Deacon is taking a chance on the burgeoning psychedelic band in an effort to give them more exposure.

Aside from the standard version of the album, Warner Brothers is pulling out all the stops and releasing a deluxe 2 LP edition. That’s where Deacon comes in. He has reconstructed, broken down, and edited the entire album into a side-long remix titled “We Don’t Control The Controls (Mashed-The-F-Up-Remix)”.

Hopefully, the added exposure of the Deacon remix will boost sales enough to let these so called Flaming Lips have a long, eclectic, and successful career.

• Dan Deacon: http://www.dandeacon.com
• Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Warner Brothers: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Andrew W.K. to embark on “Human Party Machine Solo Tour,” which for most people is slang for “eating mushrooms, then masturbating”

It’s no secret that working for Tiny Mix Tapes is arduous, thankless, shit-work (just kidding, editors; totally give me a raise!), and I would bet that a lot of our readers feel that way about their jobs from time to time as well. But dude, no matter what’s going on with your work or career path in general, aren’t you just routinely glad that you haven’t built your entire career on the shaky premise of being a “professional hard-partier”? I know I am. That just seems miserable. Not only do you have to go at everything you do with full-on, high-octane abandon (which just the sheer thought of makes me tired), but you gotta keep upping the ante and pumping out crazy new shit (and its accompanying rhetoric) to maintain your rep as someone who does crazy shit.

Case in point: Andrew W.K. has just announced (via Consequence of Sound) that he’ll soon head off on what he’s calling “The Human Party Machine Solo Tour” this coming April. In other words, he’s going on a solo tour, on which, according to his website, he’ll be “armed with only a microphone, a keyboard, and the will to survive.” In case you were wondering, the words that follow those words are these words: “Andrew brings the party chaos and drives it into your soul!” Woo-hooooooo! Can I get an air horn?!?

Okay, okay, so maybe I’m being a little glib about this. Besides, W.K. does seem legitimately jazzed about the prospect of dancing the night away in tiny, filthy clubs across the US. “I’m truly excited and also terrified by what will happen at these shows,” he states. “It’s designed for maximum chaos and to put us as close to the abyss as possible. But we’re going to survive and thrive, because we’ll be in it together, arm-in arm and heart-to-heart, becoming a human party machine made of blood, love, and courage. Get your friends together and let’s fucking do this!” Although you’d better be careful that he doesn’t headbutt you on accident when you’re gettin’ all funky together. Something tells me that, at this point, that dude doesn’t even feel his limbs and face anymore.

“The Human Party Machine Solo Tour”:

04.13.13 - Toledo, OH - Frankie’s Inner City
04.14.13 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
04.15.13 - Buffalo, NY - SoundLab
04.17.13 - Portland, ME - Studio 250
04.18.13 - Providence, RI - PVD Social Club
04.19.13 - Hartford, CT - Arch St Tavern
04.20.13 - Syracuse, NY - The Lost Horizon
05.18.13 - Freehold, NJ - iPlay America (Skate And Surf Festival)
05.19.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar
05.22.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
05.23.13 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
05.24.13 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
05.25.13 - Howell, MI - Harltand Performing Arts Center
05.26.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater
05.28.13 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
05.29.13 - Douglasville, GA - The Seven Venue
05.30.13 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
05.31.13 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
06.01.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Roc Bar
06.02.13 - Wilmington, NC @-The Soapbox
06.04.13 - Greensboro, NC - Greene St Club
06.05.13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shakas
06.06.13 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom
06.07.13 - Springfield, VA - Empire

• Andrew W.K.: http://andrewwk.com

Internet fest #SPF420 to feature Vektroid (Macintosh Plus), DJ PayPal, Contact Lens, Magic Fades, and more; starts tomorrow!

Since SXSW was last week, I don’t have to make a choice between that shitstorm “fest” and #SPF420 FEST 3.0, but fuck it, I choose #SPF420 anyway. Thanks to #SPF420, an internet-based gathering that streams live through video/chat service Tinychat, I’ve had the pleasure of wearing pajamas to two fests — 1.0 back in September 2012, 2.0 in early January — while watching the likes of Vektroid (Prism Corp, Macintosh Plus, etc.), coolmemoryz, LAKE RADIO, Metallic Ghosts, Infinity Frequencies, No Taste, and more.

While the first couple fests were sorta heavy on “vaporwave” (or vaporwave-related) artists, the third installment sees fest organizers Stress (♥) and Chaz Allen (Metallic Ghosts) digging deep into the virtual dance underground. Vektroid, who performed at the first fest and DJ’d as Prism Corp for the second, is playing again (yay!), but the fest is also bringing in the ghettodisco of DJ PayPal, the cracked beats of Contact Lens, the futurist cyberpop of Magic Fades, the dreamtrap of Blackedout, and the smooth futurism of Kodak Cameo. (Look, new genres!) It’s a big departure at first glance, but when compared to the lineup of any other fest out there, the continuities between these artists — lust for the groove, masterful repetition, hyperreal imagery, sensual exaggerations, fluid aesthetics — become particularly pronounced.

#SPF420 FEST 3.0 starts at 10 PM EST on Wednesday, March 20 in this Tinychat room. Chaz will serve as the house DJ (as Sugar C), Transmuteo (who performed at 2.0 and writes here as Jonathan Dean) will do a slow rave DJ set for the afterparty, and Stress will be hosting it all. So get up and go to the show stay right there and wait patiently for showtime.

You can view the fest’s trailer and sample all the artists below:

DJ PayPal:

Contact Lens:

Vektroid:

Magic Fades:

Blackedout:

Kodak Cameo:

• #SPF420: https://soundcloud.com/spf420
• #SPF420 FEST 3.0: https://www.facebook.com/events/136903026484461
• @whtebkgrnd (poster artist): http://whtebkgrnd.tumblr.com

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