A match made in either heaven or hell: Sub Pop and TOMS release special Sub Pop Silver Jubilee shoes

A match made in either heaven or hell: Sub Pop and TOMS release special Sub Pop Silver Jubilee shoes http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-sub-pop-toms.jpg

Somewhere up in Hipster Heaven, the gentle strains of harp feedback pulse through the clouds, as too-cool angels in Ray-Bans spin chillwave tracks on their laptops and everything is painted with the nostalgic hues of a Wes Anderson film. This is the place where storks pick up the babies who will start their first noise rock bands at age five, where dreams of gourmet foodie donut shops and alcoholic milkshakes are sent out to those most worthy trendsetters and visionaries here on Earth. A place where Cool God himself (herself?) is literally putting together a match made in hipster heaven.

“Yeah, dude,” said Cool God, “I’m TOTALLY gonna get Sub Pop to partner up with TOMS shoes for a limited edition shoe collection to celebrate the label’s Silver Jubilee.” And yea! So it was. But what does this divinely inspired footwear look like? Well, come July 1, fans will be able to cop men’s gray lace-up Paseos, men’s classic navy slip-ons, and red classic slip-ons just for the ladies, all with a special Sub Pop design incorporated into the shoe. Each pair of shoes also comes with a nifty download card for an exclusive Sub Pop sampler, with new and hard-to-find tracks from people like Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Father John Misty, Pissed Jeans, METZ, Shearwater, King Tuff, and much much more. (You also get that good TOMS brand feeling since for every pair of Fancy Guy TOMS Sub Pop shoes you buy, a needy child will also get a pair of some TOMS shoes.)

As Belinda Carlisle once sang, “Heaven is a place on Earth.” And on July 1, that place on Earth will be the TOMS flagship store in Venice, CA and Nordstrom’s flagship store in Seattle, WA. Heaven will also be online at the TOMS website. For those lucky enough to be attending Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee Fest in Seattle, the anniversary shoes will be on sale at the Nordstrom’s tent on July 13. The Fest goes from July 12-13 and benefits non-profit radio 90.3 KEXP FM, Northwest Harvest, and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• TOMS: http://www.toms.com

Tsembla denies rumors of a cold, readies Nouskaa Henget LP on Matt Mondanile’s New Images label

What, you didn’t think that the laid-back musical evocations of his Ducktails moniker were an indication of some deeper and actual tendency toward being a lazy bastard, did you? Putting aside the ease with which artists seem to be setting up labels these days, Matthew Mondanile’s New Images imprint, two years on, already has some wonderful releases added to its New Jersey-based namesake. Of particular note, Madalyn Merkey’s Scent (TMT Review) enters your cognition not through your earholes, but fittingly through your nostrils, making your nose hairs waft in unison to the minimal oscillations. Yes… dance you little nose hairs, just like you were a true component of the inner ear. Ooh, it tickles!

Moseying in lock-step to the generally innocuous vibe of label, and expanding upon the Nordic acquaintance that beckoned its premiere, Swedish-Finnish artist Tsembla a.k.a. Marja Johansson will be releasing Nouskaa Henget on June 24. “Nouskaa henget” apparently means “Spirits, rise” in English, and what an appropriate title it is, because after sampling her work via SoundCloud, the inclination is to venture into the forest on a sunny afternoon, gather all the woodland creatures you can find, and summon some sort of deity for a playful rendezvous on the clouds — hippie attire advised. Warped electronics and abstract melodies assist in creating a tone of fantastic contentedness. What concerns, I say? Listen to a track below.

• Tsembla: https://www.facebook.com/tsembla
• New Images Ltd.: http://newimageslimited.com

[Photo: Pauli Laasonen]

Van Dyke Parks curates anthology of piano wizardry by New Orleans legend Tom McDermott

Once upon a time (NOW), in a hot and sticky land called New Orleans, there lived a man with magical hands. This guy was a piano wizard, a guy who could play anything from ragtime to funk to the works of 1850s piano guy Louis Moreau Gottschalk. He wrote for film, TV, and theater, eventually winning a prestigious Obie award for his work in the off-Broadway production Nita and Zita. He even plays himself on HBO’s Treme. THE DUDE PLAYS HIMSELF ON AN HBO SERIES. The dude’s name, boys and girls, is Tom McDermott, and Van Dyke Parks is curating a collection of his piano stylings and compositions.

Bamboula they’re calling this collection, and it comes out September 24 on Minky Records. Parks is writing the liner notes, and he describes the album as “flexibly fluent, somehow of one cloth. As a composer, Tom’s compositions each read like a good short story, filled with motifs, anecdotes and suspended sub-plots that all resolve in conclusion. Take it as an ample sampler to the world that lies beyond, in the hands of a master.” McDermott the Master performed as a Duke of Dixieland, circumnavigating the globe, and founded the New Orleans Nightcrawlers brass band. He has recorded 10 albums. So show some respect.

• Tom McDermott: http://mcdermottmusic.com
• Van Dyke Parks: http://bananastan.com
• Minky: http://www.midheaven.com/label/minky-records

Drake announces huge North American tour, purchases entire region on whim

Unless Tiny Mix Tapes has a surprising readership among billionaires, it is safe to assume that Drake is richer than any of us. He has the most money, we (relative to Drake) have the least money. Rumor has it, the sweater Drake wore on the cover of Take Care cost exactly one-million dollars. Not because it was a nice sweater or anything, just because that’s how much Drake feels like he should pay for a sweater. Drake has quite a bit of money, so much that he seems like he could purchase all of North America on a whim. Look: Drake has purchased all of North America on a whim.

Well, not quite. Drake’s expressed interest in purchasing the entirety of the North American continent. But since he’s no idiot, Drake wants to check the place out first. Hence, his upcoming tour, dubbed, for a reason that someone probably understands, the Would You Like A Tour. This tour, which begins September 25 in Portland, hits 41 different cities, because, look, Drake really wants to make sure all the door frames fit and also that Tacoma hasn’t disappeared into a gigantic sinkhole. Accompanying him on these dates are his top consultant/R&B singer Miguel and business-robot/rapper Future.

Drake’s third full-length, Nothing Was The Same, will be out on September 17, more than likely. But who knows. Drake is too busy being rich to really care about such things. In fact, he just bought a yacht, which he will use to crash into another yacht.

Drake dates:

09.25.13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
09.26.13 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
09.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09.29.13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
09.30.13 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10.02.13 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
10.03.13 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
10.05.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.06.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
10.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
10.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.11.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10.12.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
10.13.13 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
10.15.13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
10.16.13 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
10.18.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
10.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
10.21.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.22.13 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
10.26.13 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
10.27.13 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10.30.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
10.31.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11.02.13 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
11.03.13 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
11.05.13 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
11.06.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
11.09.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
11.10.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
11.12.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
11.13.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
11.16.13 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
11.18.13 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
11.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
11.21.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
11.22.13 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
11.24.13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
11.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

• Drake: http://www.drakeofficial.com
• Miguel: http://www.officialmiguel.com
• Future: http://www.futurefreebandz.com

Sean McCann readies the beautiful Music for Private Ensemble, and it’s music for you too!

It goes without saying that music publicists are all about putting their clients in the best possible light. When it comes to music releases, their repertoire can include a mix of superlatives and grandiose descriptions, but I’ve noticed a separate thread as well: an emphasis on the artist’s work ethic. If it’s revealed than an album was crafted along the slopes of Mount Doom, with a gang of ringwraiths sporadically passing by for the purposes of flipping shit, you’d be all the more impressed, no? Well, how do we know that the recording actually took place within close proximity to the dreaded Eye? Isn’t that entire story fiction? When press releases mention that such-and-such artist spent however many decades conjuring and later realizing an album, I’d like to think that lounging in the most comfy of reclining chairs wasn’t deemed a part of that realization process.

Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations.”

Believe it, because not only does Sean McCann’s extensive back catalogue offer an attestation, but it’s difficult to imagine a (sort of ridiculously) multi-layered utilization of violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion taking much less time. Music for Private Ensemble is his first solo LP since the intricacies of the The Capital (TMT Review), and it also represents a personal fulfillment for Recital, the label that he founded and operates, as he remarked in a prior interview with TMT: “I’ve been very interested with classical, minimalism, and overwhelmingly melodic music, like choral motets… I want to release purely beautiful music.”

Kayla Cohen offers some vocal allure to conclude the album, but otherwise this is purely a McCannian effort, more refined than a concert hall dressed in a giant tuxedo. A classier theoretical thing may not exist. The deluxe edition begins shipping July 9.

Music for Private Ensemble tracklisting:

01. Introduction: Reservations / An Exchange of Courtesies pts. 1 & 2
02. Character Change
03. City with All the Angles
04. Conclusion: Our Days of Generosity Are Over / Arden

• Sean McCann/Recital: http://www.recitalprogram.com

RIP: Bobby “Blue” Bland, blues and soul singer

From The Washington Post:

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.

• Bobby “Blue” Bland: http://www.bobbybluebland.com

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