Take that, recession! Vinyl sales increase as music industry slides closer to the shit-hole

Take that, recession! Vinyl sales increase as music industry slides closer to the shit-hole http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-01-vinyl-sales.jpg

Some industries in America have always been recession-proof: war, death, alcohol — and now it seems that you can add vinyl records to the list. I mean, not really, because vinyl records still only sold 2.8 million units and overall album sales were down a whopping 12.7% from 2009 (with overall music sales down 2.4%), but at least we know that people haven’t totally abandoned physical music, because vinyl sales have grown by 14% over the last year.

In case you’re curious: the top-selling new albums on vinyl were Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, The Black Keys’ Brothers, Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and The National’s High Violet. The overall bestselling vinyl album in 2010 was The Beatles’ Abbey Road. What this shows us is that the majority of people buying records are either old or nerdy — never a good thing when you want something to become hip and popular again — but it does show us that at least someone out there still wants to hold music in their hands.

So, thanks music nerds and audiophiles for maintaining your devotion to high fidelity. With a little luck, we can prevent everything from being turned into binary-coded data-streams, which would all be erased when the power goes out.

[Sculpture: Jean Shin]

Dead Meadow tour with new J. Mascis project

Dead Meadow are taking to the road for a brief West Coast mini-tour with new J. Mascis project Sweet Apple this month. The lords of the modern day psych-rock scene will be repping their most recent album, last year’s DVD/LP Three Kings (TMT Review) on Xemu, the long-awaited, experimental, mandolins-only soundtrack to the 1999 Mark Wahlberg/George Clooney/Ice Cube war movie. (OK, not true. THAT WE KNOW OF.) This is Dead Meadow’s first expedition since an Australian jaunt in October.


01.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
01.12.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
01.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
01.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
01.16.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• Dead Meadow: http://www.deadmeadow.com
• J. Mascis: http://jmascis.com
• Xemu: http://www.xemu.com

The Dodos vow not to become the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, announce No Color for March

Sorry Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but The Dodos do not plan on being your neighbors in one-album wonderland anytime soon. Their fourth album, No Color, is due March 15 via Frenchkiss Records. Starting February 1, you can head over to their website and preorder No Color, which will give you an immediate download of their new song, “Black Night.” If you’re curious to know what their new album sounds like in advance, Dodo #1 Meric Long has said that it showcases his love of 90s riffs. “The most fun I had with this record was when I got to strap on the electric guitar and come up with Billy Corgan riffs while the tape was rolling,” Long said. Billy Corgan riffs? I personally can’t wait to hear “Cherub Rock” v. 2.0.

No Color tracklisting::

01. Black Night
02. Going Under
03. Good
04. Sleep
05. Dont Try And Hide It
06. When Will You Go
07. Hunting Season
08. Companions
09. Don’t Stop

• The Dodos: http://www.dodosmusic.net
• Frenchkiss Records: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Panda Bear “really, really close” to finishing Tomboy, moves back to the US to work closer with Animal Collective

Panda Bear has a way of stringing people along and getting away with it. For three years, he’s been working on Tomboy, his solo follow-up to 2007’s Person Pitch (TMT Review). All last fall, we patiently waited for the “late 2010” release date for Tomboy, with no returns but three 7-inch singles from the elusive oeuvre; the promise of a collaborative track on Ducktails’ latest album; a sneaker designed not only by Animal Collective, but one from Panda Bear too; and news of their curatorial duties for the May 2011 ATP UK.

Noah Lennox is a reasonable guy, and in the last year, he has given us some glimpse of Tomboy’s light to tide us over. If you saw Panda Bear play at all last fall, you probably heard some of the unreleased songs. As mentioned, there’s also the availability of “Tomboy,” “You Can Count On Me,” and “Last Night at the Jetty” (however limited it may be) throughout the latter half of 2010. But now, with the advent of a new decade, Panda Bear has announced to the Wall Street Journal (who, in an attempt to be hip, interviewed Panda Bear, Andre 3000, Sean Lennon, and a bunch of other cool people about their 2011 resolutions) that Tomboy is “really, really close to a final mix.” About time, Lennox.

In order to really push things into gear, Noah and his family are temporarily moving back to the US (from Portugal) to work more closely with Animal Collective. Let’s hope for a date before the world ends in 2012!

• Panda Bear: http://www.myspace.com/pandabear

[Photo: Ben Beaumont-Thomas]

Destroyer goes Kaputt yet tours mightily

Dan Bejar has (arguably) yet to disappoint the frothing mass he can call a fanbase. From his solo work with Destroyer, to his superstar role with The New Pornographers, to his time punching the clock in Swan Lake he has yet to do anything even remotely boring or predictable. Bejar and friends return as Destroyer on January 25 with Kaputt, Bejar’s 9th LP as Destroyer and first since 2008’s Trouble in Dreams (TMT Review). The record will be released by Merge, a label that may now be bigger than EMI.

You can watch the fantastic video accompanying the title track over at our very own Chocolate Grinder (c/o P4K) and hear the hot Hot HOT lead-off track “Chinatown” too.

Destroyer will uncharacteristically tour mightily for the new LP along with Secretly Canadian pals The War on Drugs, who released the especially fine Future Weather EP (TMT Review) this past October.


03.17.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
03.18.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
03.19.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
03.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
03.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
03.23.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress*
03.25.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
03.26.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft *
03.27.11 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingers Chicken Shack *
03.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
03.30.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at the Crofoot *
03.31.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.01.11 - Montreal, QC - La Cabaret du Mile End *
04.02.11 - Cambridge, MA- Middle East Downstairs *
04.03.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
o4.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
04.05.11 - Washington, DC -Black Cat *
04.06.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
04.07.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
04.08.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Ear l*
04.09.11 - Nashville. TN - Mercy Lounge *
04.11.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
04.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre *
04.13.11 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center *
04.15.11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
04.16.11 - Calgary, AB - #1 Royal Canadian Legion *

* The War on Drugs

• Destroyer: http://www.destroyersongs.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Third Man Records promote new offerings for Vault subscribers, including that old Sub Pop single where The White Stripes covered Captain Beefheart

It’s never long after a legend dies that the requisite tributes come pouring in. These homages are especially prompt given that the passing occurs at the end of the annum, when all attention is already on the first days (and releases) of the new year. On December 17, Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. music great Captain Beefheart, succumbed to multiple sclerosis. Jack White, either because of a preexisting love of the Captain (most likely), or because he realizes how similar they might look if he grew a mustache (doubtful), has announced that part of his Third Man Records’ 2011 First Quarter Vault package will be a 7-inch of The White Stripes covering Captain Beefheart. The three tracks — “Party of Special Things to Do”, “China Pig”, and “Ashtray Heart” — were originally recorded in 2001 as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club, and so it’s only fitting to reintroduce them in honor not only of Vliet, but of Andy Kotowicz, the executive at Sub Pop who was killed in a car accident this October.

The First Quarter package also includes a compilation of Third Man Records’ 2010 singles (a double album on 180 gram vinyl) and a 7-inch of The (with Jack White on guitar). Members of the Vault must go platinum by January 31 in order to receive the package, which will hopefully give Jack White enough time to throw a few covers of Teena Marie in the deal for good measure.

• Third Man Records: http://www.thirdmanrecords.com