Swans to release My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky in September; Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (REM), and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) guest

Swans to release My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky in September; Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (REM), and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) guest http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-06-swans.jpg

It’s no big secret: we love Michal Gira. Not only do we love him recently for Angels of Light and Young God (the label responsible for such artists as Devendra Banhart and Akron/Family), but we also love him for recently “reactivating” his Swans project by announcing a fall tour and a new album (TMT News). The album, Swans’ first since 1997’s Soundtracks For The Blind, is currently being mixed at Trout Recordings and has been titled My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky. It features guest spots from Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (drummer for REM), and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev.

Expect it in September!

09.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
10.01.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal Festival
10.02.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
10.04.10 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.06.10 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
10.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.22.10 - Birmingham, England - Supersonic Festival

• Swans: http://swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

Clinic to release Bubblegum in October, supposedly a “curveball”

Clinic, the cute Liverpudlians from Liverpool, are releasing their sixth album, Bubblegum, on October 4 in the UK (the US release date has yet to be confirmed). The album, according to the all-powerful press release, sees Clinic “throwing us a curveball”: “In place of churning riffs and wired vocals is a dream state of harpsichords, dulcimers and strings. Melody and softness combine with the band’s unique internal logic to produce a record of pop beauty.” In other words, Domino, the group’s label, is trying to assure us that Bubblegum won’t sound like every other Clinic album (that is, a slightly mutated Internal Wrangler) — terrific!

A new single, “I’m Aware,” will be released in late September in anticipation for the new album, but mosey on over to the Chocolate Grinder to hear a “unique megamix” of Bubblegum. You’ll even get to see the same press photo again!

Bubblegum tracklist:

01. I’m Aware
02. Bubblegum
03. Baby
04. Lion Tamer
05. Linda
06. Milk & Honey
07. Radiostory
08. Forever (Demis’ Blues)
09. Another Way Of Giving
10. Evelyn
11. Un Astronauta En Cielo
12. Freemason Waltz
13. Orangutan

• Clinic: http://www.clinicvoot.org
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Radiohead new album near completion, “best record” they’ve “ever made,” might be released this year

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien was a guest on Adam Buxton’s show on BBC 6 Music today (via AtEase), claiming that the group’s new album — their eighth full-length — is “the best record [they’ve] ever made.” (Guess we don’t have to review it!) According to O’Brien: “We’re in the heart of the record. It’s genuinely exciting. It’s very different from what we did last time. It’s really nice to be doing this. It’s so good to be making music with the band that you feel is still as good as it’s ever been.”

But when is it coming out? “No, ideally it would be great if it came out sometime this year. It has got to. I hope so. We’re at the finishing line. When you’re making a record, a film, write a book for ages and ages you think the finishing line is miles away. Now it feels it’s in touching distance. But of course, it being a creative process, at the last bit also, you have bursts of energy, you achieve a lot of things in a small period of time and then you’re nearly there…it might slow down. But yeah, hopefully it will be a matter of weeks.”

O’Brien goes on to dispel the myth of the In Rainbows recording process and to laud, as usual, producer Nigel Godrich’s production skills. Check out the full interview here, where O’Brien helps Buxton make a space-themed mix.

Speaking of mixes, Thom Yorke posted a new tiny mix tape on the band’s official website:

1. the big ship brian eno
2. slurs and slowly isan
3. triangle folds inside out james holden
4. magnetic warrior archie bronson outfit
5. goodmorning sunshine quasimoto
6. 3 Tot 1 Zonder Toaster Aardvark
7. fog bank boy 8-bit
8. Leuk HeLeuk He Aardvark
9. bite it & believe it archie bronson outfit
10. claptrap joe

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com

Kevin Drumm puts out two limited re-releases (one is a 5CD box set) of originally ultra-limited releases

Kevin Drumm, widely considered one of the crown princes of harsh noise, has always had the almost unmatched ability to diversify the medium in which his music is created while expressing many of the same emotions. Through textural washed-out ambient to the aforementioned harsh noise, most of his past albums share the common aesthetic of grinding, bed-wetting noise, yet they have seem him helm everything from the six-string prepared electric guitar to dual pulse generators to acoustic organ. Much of his recorded history and album concepts have been built around what instrument happened to tickle Drumm’s fancy at the time. Prior to now, Drumm’s instrumental explorations have mostly been separated and limited to one album or extended piece at a time. Like I said, until now.

Available now via Lasse Marhaug’s Pica Disk label is a 5CD box set aptly titled Necro Acoustic, showcasing what Brainwashed’s Creaig Dunton appropriately called “the full repertoire of Drumm.” The box set contains two entirely new albums — one recorded between 2006-2008 displaying the set’s namesake, the other being guitar material recorded last year. Necro Acoustic also features a limited-edition double cassette that was originally released by Hospital Productions back in 2009, along with an extremely diverse repertoire of unreleased material from way back in the day — I’m talking 1996 back in the day. I’m gonna say that this is probably an essential grab for any Drumm fan or really anyone wanting an introduction to the guy… or really, to drone/noise in general. I’m also gonna go ahead and say that these are probably fairly limited as far as pressings go, even though it’s basically a re-release of originally ultra-limited material (hmmm). Yeah, snag ‘em while you can.

Also, along this same vein, Thin Wrist Recordings have released an expanded version of the long-out-of-print self-titled debut album from Drumm. Comprised entirely of solo improvised guitar and originally recorded directly to cassette tape, this is Drumm at his most sparse and stripped down. Available on 2x 180-gram vinyl. Again, snag while you can.

• Kevin Drumm: http://recreationalpanick.blogspot.com
• Pica Disk: http://www.picadisk.com
• Thin Wrist: http://www.thinwrist.com

Infernal temperatures at Bonnaroo prove fatal — plus, cops crack down on over 100 drug-abusing hopefuls

It was hotter than Dante’s Inferno on the sun-parched plains of a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee (the same one that kicked up so much dust when I was there in 2006 that you could still clearly see the acronym “GHB” etched by someone’s ironic finger onto the hood of our badass black Mustang as we completed the 1,000-mile journey up the Eastern seaboard and rolled back into the streets of Boston) where Bonnaroo’s four-day music festival takes place every June. Apparently, this year the hellish heat took its toll. According to MTV News, 29-year-old David Sloan of North Carolina died Sunday in the hospital to which he was rushed after collapsing from heat exhaustion. His core body temperature had reached 108 degrees. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t the only one affected by the oven-approximating temperatures; over the weekend, 25% more concertgoers flocked to the AC-equipped medical tents than in years past. The award-winning Bonnaroo engineers should really erect more mushroom fountains throughout the grounds to keep people cool.

Meanwhile, others were being handcuffed. Over 100, in fact. At least my friends and I had the foresight to stuff our drugs in our bras before reaching the security checkpoint and suffering the requisite search. Apparently, many of them were apprehended before the music even began, as an astute sheriff’s office hellbent on ruining everyone’s fun made it their mission to lay the smack down on crack (and/or any of the other plethora of illegal substances attendees were trying to smuggle in). Because of these increased narc-seeking efforts, more than 70 Bonnaroo intendeds were apprehended in their cars before the music even started. I have a sneaking suspicion that those cops didn’t enjoy getting half-naked and fucked up in 100-degree heat to watch their favorite bands by navigating between tents and stages oh-so-helpfully named “Which, What, and That” when they were younger.

• Bonnaroo: http://www.bonnaroo.com

The Vaselines return with new album and tour after more than 20 years gone; Kurt Cobain scheduled for guest appearance

Have you never heard of The Vaselines? You suck! They are humorous, irreverent, rambunctious, and even wrote the best song about a newscaster’s lips ever written! The Vaselines were to twee, lo-fi, British bands what McDonald’s is to shitty food, but before widespread audiences could experience their inherent tweeness they broke up in 1989 to the eternal agony of college radio station DJs the world over. But that’s the past, man, and the past is history, because The Vaselines have risen from the grave and will be releasing a new album and heading out on tour!

Scheduled for purchase on September 14 in the U.S. and 13 in the U.K. (through Sub Pop and Rough Trade, respectively), Sex With an X is described as “a truly stunning return to form,” by #1 fan Kurt Cobain, who helped bring the band to wide(r)spread audiences throughout the U.S. by playing their songs Unplugged. Original members Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee recorded their second album (the first being 1989’s Dum-Dum) with Jamie Watson, who produced their first LP, over 12 lovely days where the band reminisced over their early days spent in Edinburgh and talked about sex, both with an “X” and without.

Sex With an X tracklist:

01. Ruined
02. Sex With an X
03. The Devil Inside Me
04. Such a Fool
05. Turning It On
06. Overweight but Over You
07. Poison Pen
08. I Hate the 80’s
09. Mouth to Mouth
10. Whitechapel
11. My God’s Bigger Than Your God
12. Exit the Vaselines

Hey! Don’t forget that I also mentioned a tour! Here are the dates!

09.15.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Bongo Room
09.16.10 - Newcastle, England - Other Room
09.17.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
09.18.10 - Liverpool, England - Static Gallery
09.19.10 - Cardiff, England -Millennium Music Hall
09.20.10 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
09.21.10 - Bristol, England - Thekla
09.22.10 - London, England - The Scala
09.23.10 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute
09.24.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor

• The Vaselines: http://www.thevaselines.co.uk
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

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