Tiny Mix Tapes x Northern Spy present: Unisex Earplug, an unofficial SXSW showcase

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We’re taking the plunge, readers! On Friday, March 15, Tiny Mix Tapes is heading to Austin during SXSW to put on an unofficial (of course) showcase co-presented by NY label Northern Spy. We’re calling it Unisex Earplug. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch us write reviews on stage, but you will get to check out one crazy bill at a beautiful venue called The Museum of Human Achievement, a multi-disciplinary art space (and former sex toy factory) located in East Austin.

The event is free, all ages, and no badge is required. Starts at 1 PM, ends at 2 AM. For venue location, set times, and more, BE SURE TO RSVP!

Here’s how the lineup’s looking at the moment:

Caught on Tape (a Sonic Youth / Sunburned Hand of the Man duo)
Mykki Blanco (UNO NYC)
ZS (Northern Spy)
Sun Araw (Not Not Fun, RVNG Intl.)
clipping. (Deathbomb Arc)
Dustin Wong (Thrill Jockey)
Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey)
YYU (Beer On The Rug)
Lantern (Bathetic)
Sinkane (DFA)
+ Score, a live remix art installation created by ZS

Expect more lineup announcements soon too. And for more updates, follow @unisexearplug on Twitter and go to our Facebook event page.

And be sure to check out the hi-res version of our show poster, courtesy of our own Keith Kawaii.

See you there!

• Unisex Earplug: http://www.unisexearplug.com
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com
• Museum of Human Achievement: http://themuseumofhumanachievement.com

Soul Jazz announces Acid - Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone, a collection of old school acid house tracks aimed directly at your jackin’ zone

Thanks be to the folks at Soul Jazz for offering the world a seemingly innumerable amount of sub-genre synopses via their commitment to the compilation. Their history is great, their contributions plentiful, and their collective soul… for sure, on its way to the brighter side of purgatory.

You’re probably at least marginally familiar with Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series, for instance, and a couple of years ago, I was personally grooving to the dynamic digital dancehall tunes of Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-D, compiled by Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) and Soul Jazz founder, Stuart Baker. On April 8, the mysterons will formally continue their scorched earth campaign with the release of Acid - Mysterons Invade The Jackin’ Zone: Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1986-1993.

Common sense would tell you that acid (both the techno and house varieties) wasn’t a genre spontaneously coined by the likes of AFX and Rephlex, so I’m particularly excited to dive into this come April. The album will be released on both heavyweight 180g vinyl and as a double CD set, both of which will be accompanied by stickers, posters, and according to Resident Advisor, a graphic novel by Italian artist Paulo Parsi documenting the history of Chicago house.

All of the tracks on the album have been digitally remastered. Oh look! Here’s a non-remastered version of “Slam” from Phuture, the group credited with popularizing both the “acid” name and its distinct *wiggity werp werp werp* sound — just so you know what you’re getting into.

Acid - Mysterons Invade The Jackin’ Zone: Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1986-1993 tracklisting:

Disc 1

01. Acid Wash – Hallucinate
02. Risqué Rythum Team – The Jacking Zone
03. Armando – 151
04. A Black Man, A Black Man and Another Black Man (Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk) – I Believe
05. Phuture – Slam
06. Fingers – Can You Feel It
07. JM Silk – Music Is The Key (Basement mix)
08. Pleasure Zone – I Can’t Understand
09. Jack Rabbit – Rabbit Trax
10. The Children – Freedom (Factory mix)
11. Fingers – Ecstasy

Disc 2

01. Acid Wash – Love Trak
02. Devotion – Strength of Bass
03. Virgo – Go Wild Rhythm Trax No 3
04. The Housemaster Boyz – House Nation
05. Cool McCool – World Turns Around
06. Mr Fingers – Washing Machine
07. Rocky Jones – Choice of a New Generation (Choice of the Underground)
08. Adonis – No Way Back
09. The Unknown – Abstract Expressionism
10. Fingers – The Juice
11. Bizzy B – The Night Calls

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

K Records reissue Beat Happening’s debut, touch their past on the face, sigh nostalgically

Back in 1985, K Records put out the self-titled debut record of their flagship group, Beat Happening. Since then, they’ve put out a lot of other great records. This year, though, they’re reaching back into that semi-distant past to reissue that very same Beat Happening record. At this present moment, you can, for the first time in many years, purchase Beat Happening’s self-titled album from K’s store in CD, LP, and digital formats.

While they’re celebrating the past, they’re also setting it ablaze and stomping on the ashes — insert a less violent metaphor, if you wish. See, the original 1985 album has been appended with a number of recordings made between 1983 and 1985. In its current form, the album contains the original sessions with Greg Sage of The Wipers, along with five songs recorded while the band lived in Japan that they released as the Three Tea Breakfast cassette. Most importantly, the record still contains “What’s Important,” which certain Tiny Mix Tapes news writers cite as possibly their all-time favorite song. (I’m the Tiny Mix Tapes news writer I’m talking about.)

As wonderful as this news is, Beat Happening also put out a number of other great records throughout their career. Well, even more wonderful news: those records are all going to be reissued by the label in chronological order throughout the year. This truly is a wonderful era.

• K: http://krecs.com

Tricky launches new label, drops new album, both conveniently named False Idols

Gather round, kiddies! Like a slower, more musically-gifted Easter Bunny, Tricky comes around but once every few years. This time, though, there’s something different about the Bristol-born electronica wizard. Just look at this guy! He’s got a new album and oooooh giiiiiirl, is that a new label? Ohhhh yeaaaaah, that’s right: Tricky’s got his groove back.

False Idols is the name of both the legendary artist’s new record label and his new album, which features collaborations with Francesca Belmonte, Fifi Rong, Nneka, and The Antlers’ Peter Silberman. The album drops May 28, but before that release, fans can expect some non-album material on a couple of EPs featuring newly-signed False Idols label artists like Belmonte and Rong. Featuring Ms. Belmonte, the album track “Nothing’s Changed” has been blowing up the internet and can be heard right here:

False Idols tracklisting:

01. Somebody’s Sins
02. Nothing Matters
03. Valentine
04. Bonnie & Clyde
05. Parenthesis
06. Nothing’s Changed
07. If Only I Knew
08. Is that Your Life
09. Tribal Drums
10. We Don’t Lie
11. Chinese Interlude
12. Does It
13. I’m Ready
14. Hey Love
15. Passion of the Christ

• Tricky: http://www.trickysite.com

Diamond Terrifier won’t stop until he terrifies ALL the precious stones; new album The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow announced for this spring on Terrible Records

Astute readers of TMT will appreciate the fact that we’re rather enthusiastic fans of the Brooklyn-based avant-garde outfit ZS and its associated acts around here. Were we ever to pull a Sesame Street and accept the sponsorship from individual letters of the alphabet, I suspect everything on this site would be brought to you by the letter Z, with the occasional exception for Q, because Q isn’t qlose to receiving the quotidian love and qare that it deserves. On a personal level, New Slaves (TMT Review) had me hearing saxophonic oscillations for days after the first listen, and I thank ZS founder Sam Hillmer for, consequently, allowing me mitigate the buzzing noises of bees during the spring and summertime. Ahh, bees! How I loathe and fear you so.

Hillmer has a solo project called Diamond Terrifier, whose second release, with the oddly positive title Kill the Self That Wants to Kill Yourself, is reviewed here. A mere several months after that album’s release and he already has his next LP prepped for exposure — The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, billed as his “debut album” and out this spring on Diamond Terrifier’s brand new label affiliation, Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records (not to be taken literally).

Musically, I’d expect something similar to (though possibly darker than) the previous release, but compositionally, there’s one obvious difference: The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow consists of one half-hour piece split up into four parts. As far as the tracklist, album art, (more specific) release date, and supportive live performances go, stay tuned for details!

• Diamond Terrifier: http://diamondterrifier.com
• Terrible: http://www.terriblerecordsus.com

Boredoms reissue early albums Pop Tatari and Chocolate Synthesizer on 1972 Records, just ‘cause!

What exactly is the formula that 1972 Records is using to select albums for re-release? Over the past two years, they’ve re-printed albums by Aphex Twin, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Stereolab, and Television Personalities, none of which were originally released in 1972. Keeping with their method of not having any apparent method, FACT is reporting that 1972 will be adding two early Boredoms records to the mix, further diluting any narrative thread that could have been extracted from their existing set of offerings.

The two records in question are 1992’s outsider mind-fart Pop Tatari, and 1994’s Chocolate Synthesizer, an album that serves as a bridge of sorts between Boredoms’ early experimental noise work and their kraut-influenced meditations that would come later in the decade. Both albums will be released May 14 as double LPs (with no extras, take it or leave it), but are available for pre-sale on the Internet now.

• Boredoms: http://www.boredoms.jp
• 1972: http://1972thelabel.blogspot.com

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