Tom Waits throws “private” Bad as Me listening party (for real this time)

Tom Waits throws "private" Bad as Me listening party (for real this time)

A few months back, we at Tiny Mix Tapes intercepted news that Tom Waits’ 17th album Bad as Me had been announced and would be released on October 25. The announcement was accompanied by a snide video by Mr. Chokes on Cigarette Butts and Barbed Wire in which he lampooned the idea of private listening parties during the internet age. Surprisingly it seems as if the video wasn’t entirely sarcastic, seeing as Tom Waits has now sent out invitations to those on his mailing list to take a listen to the new album a week before its release.

Those on the mailing list will receive a unique code, along with five others to give out to friends, family members, strangers, etc., inviting you to join in on the festivities. If you’re not on his mailing list, you can still receive a code by requesting one to your email address; however, these codes are apparently limited. Regardless, if you’re not on the mailing list and you don’t receive a code you could probably find a leak somewhere on the internet within a few hours anyways (sans the crab cakes and wine that would come with being invited to the party).

Tom Waits’ Bad as Me will be released via Anti- on October 25 in the US, and October 24 in Europe.

Bad as Me tracklisting:

01. Chicago
02. Raised Right Men
03. Talking at the Same Time
04. Get Lost
05. Face to the Highway
06. Pay Me
07. Back in the Crowd
08. Bad as Me
09. Kiss Me
10. Satisfied
11. Last Leaf
12. Hell Broke Luce
13. New Year’s Eve
14. She Stole the Blush *
15. Tell Me *
16. After You Die *

* deluxe edition

Bad as Me:
• Tom Waits:
• Anti-:

Noah and the Whale touring the US in November, the UK in 2012, and the UN in due time

The early bird catches the… whale: October is not even halfway over yet, and already Noah and the Whale have announced their tourdates for 2012. The band, who hail from London, will return to their home turf to play 11 more shows in March 2012 in support of their third album, Last Night on Earth.

However; if you haven’t bought your trapper keeper (or whatever it is you call your fancy date planner) for next year yet, you can still catch the band in 2011 when they come to play Stateside in November. And for those among us who have their shit together enough to plan that far in advance, tickets for the 2012 dates are can currently be bought through the band’s website and go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 14.

11.05.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.06.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
11.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
11.09.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club
11.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.13.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.14.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.17.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
11.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
11.19.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11.22.11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
03.17.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
03.20.12 - Edinburgh, UK - Picture House
03.21.12 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - O2 Academy
03.22.12 - Sheffield, UK - O2 Academy
03.24.12 - York, UK - Barbican
03.25.12 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
03.26.12 - Southend-on-Sea, UK - Cliffs Pavilion
03.29.12 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
04.16.12 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
04.20.12 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo

• Noah and the Whale:
• Mercury:

Locrian to release new LP on November 1, Halloween likely to suck until then

In case Halloween closes this year leaving you unsatisfied with its overall lack of pure evil, and you find yourself feeling regret over having wasted $150 on that date at the Jekyll and Hyde theme restaurant, then perhaps that can be compensated the following day with the release of Locrian’s newest LP, The Clearing, coming to you November 1 via Fan Death Records (Homostupids, To Live and Shave in LA).

The ambient/cerebral/black metal/experimental/noise/drone/prog/kraut duo’s follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed The Crystal World LP (TMT Review) was recorded by Jeremy Lemos (Stereolab, Jim O’Rourke, Wilco, Smog) and features a diversity of atmospheric sounds that come closer to their live performances than any of their many releases so far (about 24 in their six years as a band), according to the press release. The LP will also feature cover art by Brian Ulrich and is available for pre-order from Fan Death now.

The Clearing tracklisting:

01. Chalk Point
02. Augury in an Evaporating Tower
03. Coprolite
04. The Clearing

• Locrian:
• Fan Death:

Google dances real pretty-like for labels, hoping to open legit music store before iTunes Match debuts

The New York Times reports that Google is preparing to release a new music store that will work in conjunction with its recently launched Google Music Beta cloud service and will compete head to head with iTunes and Amazon’s music store. Google launched its Music Beta service as an unlicensed storage “locker” system after negotiations with license holders broke down over piracy concerns. Google had hoped to be able to allow users to upload their music via a central database, effectively finding matches across other users’ libraries and preventing users from having to wait for individual uploads unless their files were completely new to the system, but without special licenses from labels, that plan fell to the wayside.

Google is presumably promising a more rigorous file vetting system for its cloud service to prevent piracy in a bid to get labels on board with the music store. Conversely, Apple already has the leading music store and is prepping for the release of its own cloud service, iTunes Match. Google is probably regretting publicly deriding labels for not getting on board with its original cloud service approach now that they’re trying to get deals in place for their store before the iTunes Match service rolls out, possibly by the end of this month. Because of the license agreements in place between labels and Apple to sell music, they already have the special licensing agreements needed to allow for the type of cloud service Google originally envisioned for itself.

What does this all mean for users? Well, if you’ve only bought music from the safe and sanitized environs of the iTunes music store, you’ll probably still stick with the Apple services, but if you collect music from a broad range of places (free downloads from the internet, directly from small labels, by converting LPs and cassettes to a digital format, etc.) a service that values its users privacy and doesn’t judge them on the source of their content (after making them agree that none of it was illegally acquired, of course) is still probably the best way to go, regardless of how that makes the labels feel or how long it takes to get it all up in the cloud. If Google is successful in striking a deal with license holders to sell music, it may ultimately and regrettably water down the openness of their cloud service. To the Cloud Drive!

• Google Music:

Hubble (ZS guitarist) saves souls, announces Northeast tourdates in support of upcoming LP on Northern Spy

Five-handed arpeggio engineer and ZS guitarist Ben Greenberg has been stirring up a lot of buzz with his solo project, Hubble, especially after the religiously moving performance at the Northern Spy Festival this month (after the performance, a few kids came forward and made some life-changing decisions). Greenberg has now felt led by the spirit to take Hubble on the road and spread the good news of his forthcoming LP Hubble Drums, out November 8 on Northern Spy as part of ZS’ extremely prolific release schedule. The dates take the band to Toronto, Montreal, Burlington, and Purchase, where they’ll perform alongside the likes of Golden Retriever, Harmonizer, Memoryhouse, and more.

Hubble’s “Hubble’s Hubble” (also from the new LP and fun to write like that) will also be featured in conjunction with a new video created by Tiffany Borders of NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team. The NASA-sanctioned video will feature cosmic imagery captured by the actual Hubble Telescope and will get you that much closer to the heavens. God bless Ben Greenberg. Bless him.

Hubble tourdates:

10.15.11 - Toronto, ON - The Music Gallery’s “X AVANT New Music Festival”
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
10.17.11 - Montreal, QC - La Brique *
10.18.11 - Burlington, VT - BCA Center *
10.19.11 - Purchase, NY - Whitson’s

* Golden Retriever, Harmonizer

• Hubble:
• Northern Spy:

Arts & Crafts signs Eight and a Half, the result of a dark Broken Social Scene wizard raising The Stills from their grave

Earlier this year, gloom-rock underdogs The Stills broke up. Simple enough story, bands break up all the time. Open and shut case. Or was it? Somewhere in the background, dark forces were lurking. The league of wizards known as Broken Social Scene were watching The Stills’ every move, a feat made easy by the fact that bands were both signed to Arts & Crafts. Even as The Stills breathed their last, Broken Social Scene were hatching shadowy plans. Those plans are just now coming to fruition, in the form of a new band called Eight and a Half, formed by Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff and The Stills’ Dave Hamelin and Liam O’Neil.

To complete Broken Social Scene’s evil ceremony, they need only the heart of a centaur princess and to sign the group to Arts & Crafts. Consider the latter completed! Arts & Crafts will be putting out the group’s debut in early 2012. Until then, the group has their debut single, “Scissors,” to offer. That single can be found at the band’s Soundcloud page, as well as their official website. Along with the untouched single, there’s also a more touched remix from LA beat-making fellow TOKiMONSTA, available for download at RCRD LBL and for streaming at the aforementioned Soundcloud page.

Finally, to prove that Broken Social Scene’s shadow fingers touch every corner of the world of music, the single and remix combination are coming out as a 10-inch single through Arts & Crafts by the year’s end, in addition to currently being available in digital forms through the label’s digital store and iTunes. Now, I can finally feel the Broken Social Scene hex lifting from my soul.

• Eight and a Half:
• Arts & Crafts:


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