Don’t act shocked: there’s a new album from The Men coming out this spring on Sacred Bones

Don't act shocked: there's a new album from The Men coming out this spring on Sacred Bones

Good day, [adjective] readers! It’s [year] and The Men, the most prolific band in garage rock, have a new album coming out on [date]. It’s called [album title] and it’s out on Sacred Bones! They’re also going to be touring [some variation on “so much”].

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But this one, ladies and gentlemen, the follow-up to October’s Campfire Songs that followed up New Moon (TMT Review) from a few months earlier, is a little bit different. Tomorrow’s Hits is The Men’s first album recorded in a high-end studio, Brooklyn’s own Strange Weather. Back in 2012, the band had been touring pretty much ceaselessly, and ostensibly decided to take a break but come on guys no one believes you were ever going to take a break. They started practicing in founding member Mark Perro’s Bushwick bedroom almost every day for a few months, resulting in ~40 demos, which the band then cut down to 13 tracks. Then it was off for two days of magic and pleasure at Strange Weather, where they recorded everything live and hung out with a horn section on a couple songs. And thusly it was that Tomorrow’s Hits came into the world, and thusly it was that The Men prepared themselves for a brief spring East Coast tour in support of said album. Knowing The Men, these four East Coast dates will soon morph into 44, and this one album will soon procreate into 16 EPs. They’re a lot like Jesus in that way. Or rock ‘n’ roll gerbils.

Tomorrow’s Hits tracklisting:

01. Dark Waltz
02. Get What You Give
03. Another Night
04. Different Days
05. Sleepless
06. Pearly Gates
07. Settle Me Down
08. Going Down


03.02.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
03.03.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.04.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.05.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Xeno & Oaklander share title track from new Ghostly album Par Avion, along with perfume, bags, and sweatshirts

Look out, Beyoncé. Xeno & Oaklander now have their own perfume. For real. Liz Wendelbo, half of the New York-based darkwave/synth duo with Sean McBride, has teamed up with fashion designer Tess Giberson for a “*remixed* take on ‘ready-mades’ and exclusive merchandise,” to be released in conjunction with the group’s new single, “Par Avion,” which you can listen to below. The Crosby/Wendelbo collab hath yielded limited-edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags, all featuring X&O artwork.

“Par Avion” was recorded in Wendelbo and McBride’s all-analog Brooklyn studio, and “alludes to postcards sent by airmail from exotic places — shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, love mementos for the future.” Apparently Xeno & Oaklander’s friends don’t exclusively send them postcards with cats riding books, jackalopes, and “Wish You Were Her” 80s bikini babe Miami postcards. Ahhh the romance of the post! The track is a taste of what fans can expect when the duo release their first full-length for Ghostly International sometime in 2014.

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Lana Del Rey gives big money to Daniel Johnston short film and becomes an Executive Producer. That’s nice!

Lana Del Rey writes catchy, moody pop songs. She has pretty hair and accessories and a really great lip job that kinda makes you reconsider lip jobs. She’s also an executive producer on the forthcoming Daniel Johnston short film, Hi, How Are You, written up previously in this here Tiny Mix Tapes article. So basically Lana Del Rey is sitting by the pool at her modernist Hollywood Hills dream home, stroking a hairless cat and cackling to herself. “Heh heh heh and you snotty music weirdos thought I wasn’t INDIE enough, suck on THIS.” Then closing credits in cursive appear with the words “Lana’s Revenge” flickering across the screen, and Lana hops on a vintage Harley Davidson with a Hot Tattoo Guy and the Hairless Cat in the passenger car and they all drive off as the sun sets over the ocean. Ladies and gentlemen, Lana Del Rey!

In reality, the straight facts are as follows. Del Rey, along with rapper Mac Miller, each contributed $10,000 to the Kickstarter fund to make filmmaker Gabriel Sunday’s vision come to life. And thusly they each became Executive Producers. According to the Kickstarter page, “it’s a musical tale of an aging artist encountering psychedelic dreams, nightmares, and characters from his past. We began shooting with a simple outline: an intimate interview between Daniel and his younger self addressing his most prolific and maddening era. Our hope was to bring his stories, memories and art to life.” And now, thanks to Lana, Mac, the Hairless Cat, and people just like you and me, SHIT IS ON.

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Glenn Branca’s 1980 solo album Lesson No. 1 to receive fancy vinyl reissue with bonus composition involving Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore

Somewhere out there in this crazy world of ours, there’s a teenage kid who’s freakin’ his mom out, not by playing Marilyn Manson or My Dying Screamo Wizard or the new (I can’t even say it, I can’t) Eminem record, but by cranking up Glenn Branca’s weirdo guitar works and makin’ the walls of his post-war duplex in suburban Illinois shake. And that kid — let’s call him “Hunter,” because isn’t every teenage boy named Hunter now? — that kid Hunter is really, really fucking jazzed about this 1980 solo Branca album Lesson No. 1 getting a fancy vinyl reissue.

Originally released on 99 Records after Branca left Theoretical Girls, Lesson No. 1 was reissued on CD back in 2004 but is only now seeing a vinyl reissue. Complete with the original 1980 tracklisting, the 2LP reissue also comes with a one-sided 12-inch of the contemporaneous Branca track “Bad Smells,” which features Hunter’s idols Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore. The pimped-out Lesson No. 1 will be released by Superior Viaduct on January 21, and you can preorder it today.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is making a dance record with a Black Eyed Peas producer

If anything, Megaupload mastermind and possessor of the best/worst legal name change in recent history Kim Dotcom has taught us all the importance of believing in your dreams. Not only did he make the dreams of people who longed to wallow in a frenzied orgy of illegal music and film file-hosting come true, but now he’s also making his OWN musical dreams come true. Plus probably the dreams of every single writer over at Gawker.

See, Dotcom has been a busy fella. He’s got a new site launching in January called Baboom, described to Wired as an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor,” where artists can sell directly to fans. He’s working on a cloud storage site called Mega. Plus he’s battling the US government’s charges of running an “international organised criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide piracy.” Naturally he’s also starting a new political party in his native New Zealand and… and… wait for it… recording an album with Black Eyed Peas producer Printz Board, who has allegedly been in New Zealand for six months working on this thing. WHAT.

Dotcom told Wired, “It’s called Good Times and it’s electronic dance music — not techno. It’s basically like what the Black Eyed Peas do. It’s poppy dance music that you would listen to in the clubs.” Recent Cher collaborator/producer JD Walker is also giving his time to this thing. Kim Dotcom’s artist page will be the featured page on Baboom to introduce users to the site once it launches. Let’s just stop the production of all other music now, because really, what other album/music news topic story can the world ever need?

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Burial plans new Hyperdub EP release for December 16, just like last year, because time is circular and everything that has happened will continue to happen for all of time

Burial, everyone’s favorite guy with the kind of mysterious identity, just announced another EP, planned for release on December 16. Or at least that’s what Consequence of Sound says. Or rather, that’s what Alex Young the CEO and publisher of Consequence of Sound says in a news post that he typed up and posted on Consequence of Sound because he is a human with an identity, unlike Burial, who, for all we know, could just be a weird computer glitch on the AOL mainframe or something. I mean what do we really know about Burial? He’s maybe a fellah from London, I guess? So he probably lives in a flat and eats chips and uses a torch to find the quid that he dropped down the lift shaft, right? We also know he’s definitely (probably) not Four Tet, but that he has collaborated with Four Tet. He also put out another EP, Truant/Rough Sleeper, last year right around this time, so I guess we also know that he’s pretty good with calendars and keeping a schedule.

There’s also, of course, the fact that he’s got a new EP coming out on December 16 (because NPR told Alex Young and then Alex Young told us! thanks, you guys!), but the info is a little scant even there. I guess the EP is supposed to be 28 minutes long, and it’ll have three tracks, and it’ll be on Hyperdub, and… that’s it. We don’t even know the title yet. Alex Young, on the other hand? We know loads about that guy. Did you know some of his favorite musicians are Kanye West, The White Stripes, and Bruce Springsteen? He also went to Fordham University, and now he lives in Chicago! What else? Oh, he founded Consequence of Sound in 2007, and he sometimes wears striped shirts and smiles! What a guy.

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