The Strokes finish new album! For their sakes, I hope it’s hypnagogic enough

The Strokes finish new album! For their sakes, I hope it's hypnagogic enough

Hey, great news everyone! As NME reports, Julian Casablancas, lead talk-singer for the popular, “half-assed is the new whole-assed” rock ‘n’ roll combo The Strokes, has half-assedly announced on his solo-project-oriented Twitter that the new Strokes album is finally done and will probably be out in “a few months.” I guess he tweeted this in response to a fan straight-up asking about when the new record would be out… and to think, all this time and all we had to do was ask the man.

Of course, who knows what surprises and band drama may lie in wait in the mixing process, but if those five idiots can keep their egos in check, we may just have a brilliant new Strokes record on our hands in 2011! Wow! And just in case one man’s opinion is no longer good enough for you when it comes to all things Strokes-related, Nikolai Fraiture has also confirmed the album’s doneness on his Twitter account. Hey, how about that? It’s happening. This is BIG NEWS, people!**

(** please note that, although contractually obligated to zealously report this story, Tiny Mix Tapes understands and acknowledges that the qualification of “big news” could easily be interpreted as “hyperbolic,” as such blind enthusiasm for The Strokes here in 2010 could only realistically be predicated on the extremely unlikely event that our readership has no memory of the following list of abysmal Strokes-related releases that have effectively obliterated the members’ reputations as reputable artists:

• The Strokes — First Impressions of Earth - 2006
• Little Joy — Little Joy - 2008
• Albert Hammond, Jr. — ¿Cómo Te Llama? - 2008 (Yours to Keep was alright…)
• Julian Cassablancas — Phrazes for the Young - 2009
• Nickel Eye — The Time of The Assassins - 2009

If, for whatever reason, your optimistic attitude of “The Strokes have good music left in them, dude” remains after reading this list, then god bless you. If your Strokes glass is half-empty at this point, then cheers.)

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Pulp or no Pulp? Jarvis Cocker sides with Pulp and reunites his old band for Primavera

It’s been pretty close to a decade since Pulp have played a show together, and to tell you the truth, the world seems a little emptier because of it. Don’t get me wrong, Jarvis Cocker puts on a mighty fine show, but it’s just not quite the same. Cocker and his former bandmates must be feeling the same loneliness I am, because if you haven’t already heard, the former Sheffield superstars have announced their intentions to reunite and play 2011’s San Miguel Primavera Sound (the fest also recently confirmed Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Suicide, and John Cale).

The show will include all the original members (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, and Mark Webber), because if it didn’t, then what’s the fucking point?

I’m sure that all the little Pulpites out there are collectively wondering when the band will schedule dates across the globe and then head back into the studio to record and release a new album. I don’t know much about the dates, but I can tell you that the band will release a new album in February 2012 called White Whale Eats Ahab. How do I know this? I have a time machine and you really don’t want to know what happens when you turn 22, so don’t ask.

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Wavves and Best Coast write Christmas song for Target; does this mean it’s cool to wear Mossimo shirts again?

Forget about Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby. This Christmas, everyone will be trimming their trees to “Got Something For You,” the new duet from Wavves and Best Coast that appears on mom-and-pop chain Target’s The Christmas Gig compilation (along with Bishop Allen, Crystal Antlers, others). You can currently stream the song (and the rest of the album) right here, and it will be available for download starting November 28. Perhaps you’ll get to hear their new Christmas song during their tour next year, when both Wavves and Best Coast get so stoned they think that guy with the white beard motioning to them is Santa instead of a disgruntled venue stage manager. Check the merch table for any Puma-sponsored cassettes.

Those dates again:

01.21.10 - San Diego, CA - Soma
01.22.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
01.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
01.25.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
01.26.10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
01.27.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
01.28.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.31.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
02.02.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.04.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.05.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
02.06.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
02.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.10.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
02.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
02.12.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
02.14.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
02.15.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.17.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theater
02.18.10 - Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
02.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center

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At last, a Buddha Machine app for iPads

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, this mind-numbingly long bus ride/dentist office visit/family holiday would be sooooo much better if only I could make weird drone noises on my iPad?” If so, well then buy yourself a lottery ticket, because it’s your lucky day! The Buddha Machine, a small, battery-powered box that creates looping drone noises has just been reborn as an iPad app and as a new model, called Chan Fang. (Chan Fang translates to “zen room.” YES.)

Chan Fang, like all Buddha Machine creations, is the product of Chinese art duo FM3. Chan Fang will deliver four different ambient loops performed on a seven-string zither called the Qin. The iPad app features the sound of six different Buddha Machines.

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Domino, Merge, Beggars Group leave eMusic as the major labels push themselves in

Changes are afoot at eMusic, and not necessarily for the better. The download-to-own-subscription service, which currently boasts 400,000 subscribers (a figure that has leveled off since the end of 2007), has recently changed its pricing model from a credits-based retail structure to a per-track model. This means that rather than paying a monthly fee and receiving a set number of downloads, eMusic members now have to pay per track. The change is suspected to be linked with eMusic’s recent partnerships with the majors, as the service is set to add 250,000 new tracks later this week, mostly from Universal, its latest partner.

Indie labels aren’t happy about this. In fact, such heavy hitters as Domino, Merge, and the Beggars Group of labels (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL) are pulling their catalogs from eMusic effective tomorrow, November 18. Bad news for indie-oriented eMusic members, as these labels represent such artists as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Spoon, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Pavement, The Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and more. And you like some, if not all, of these artists!

In a statement on its website, Matador wrote “As you might have read elsewhere, the Matador Records catalog will no longer be available via eMusic after November 18. This is unfortunate, but as eMusic has brought more major labels into the fold, they have changed the terms on which they deal with labels, some of which we have found impossible to accept, in our own interests, those of our artists, and ultimately those of their fans.”

eMusic posted a statement too on its message board: “This is as heartbreaking to us as it is to you. Please know we have done everything we could to keep them from leaving. Forging deals with our label partners can be pretty complex. As many of you know, labels have come and gone over the years, and we hope to see these labels back soon.”

Tiny Mix Tapes has yet to make an official statement because no one gives a shit about us, but let it be known: eMusic will suck after November 18.

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Beach House continue to bounce around the world, come back in February for more shows before waking up from Teen Dream

Now begin the days when we hum the chorus of “I can’t believe 2010 is almost over.” A coda to that song could be, “I can’t believe that album came out this year.” It seems impossible that Joanna Newsom could have released Have One on Me as recently as February, or that The Magnetic Fields’ Realism made headlines and was promptly forgotten only the month before. Believe it or not, the same day that Realism came out, Beach House released Teen Dream on Sub Pop, which makes us feel a little like Rip Van Winkle looking back in disbelief.

It’s been a long and (probably) exhausting year for Beach House, who have been touring since Teen Dream hit shelves so many months ago. How do such ethereal, somnambulistic musicians have so much stamina? Tired or not, these B-more champs have announced final dates for Teen Dream, beginning shortly after both the album’s first anniversary and their return to the States from touring Australia. If you pre-order tickets, you’ll receive a limited-edition Beach House sweatshirt that will jog your friends’ long-term memory and remind them how much they liked “Walk in the Park.”

02.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.23.11 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
02.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
02.26.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

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