Two-thirds of recently-reformed Bitch Magnet now blissing out as Bored Spies

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After Bitch Magnet reformed for All Tomorrow’s Parties and a selective international tour in 2011 and 2012, not to mention the reissue of their three full-length LPs via Temporary Residence, it would be easy to assume one could die happy. Well, if you haven’t done the deed yet, hold on: bassist Sooyoung Park (alias Panther Lau) and drummer Orestes Morfin have a new project bubbling up for the slow-core heads to drool all over. Bored Spies joins Park and Morfin with guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Cherie Ko (Obedient Wives Club; Pastelpower), and they’re just now wrapping up a tour of the States, bringing chunky motion à la Bitch Magnet/early Seam in line with a breezy, shoegaze-like ethereality courtesy of Ko’s arid, breathy vocals. Ko and Park live in Singapore, and Ko met the Bitch Magnet frontman while the group was on tour in Asia during 2012. Park heard some of her music, and the rest is history — they began collaborating on songs shortly thereafter, while the Phoenix-based Morfin added drum tracks via post-Millennial technology (the internet).

While a recent seven-song gig at New York’s Cake Shop showed that, like a young fawn, Bored Spies still needed to find their legs as a live act, it shouldn’t take too much time to shore up any loose ends. Meanwhile, a 7-inch single is set to arrive later this year on the Damnably label with an LP to follow shortly thereafter. If you didn’t catch them in performance, a warm studio taste of their Brad Wood-helmed single — featuring the gorgeous, chugging indie-pop anthem “Summer 720” and the breathtaking “Shashu E” — is available at the Bored Spies page on Bandcamp.

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Gardland announce infectious debut LP Syndrome Syndrome on RVNG Intl.; spontaneous repetition just one of the symptoms

Everyday folk might see a 10-day excursion to the Australian Outback as a tremendous opportunity to be roasted alive and/or attacked by any number of poisonous species, but for Alex Murray and Mark Smith, the two members of Gardland (and owners of the recently incepted Hunter Gatherers label), the trip coincided with liberation from the poisonous qualities of civilization, that hampering of creativity that high population density can sometimes lead to.

As it happened, the trek away from their residence in Sydney coincided with the underpinnings for their debut full-length Syndrome Syndrome, set for physical and digital release on October 29 via RVNG Intl. Sure, stereotypes about the Ozzies might inspire you to assume didgeridoo inclusion at some point, but that assumption would be as wrong as me putting the assumption out there; the phrase used by the press release is “off-kilter electronic music,” bypassing the relative straightforwardness of much techno and house, without sacrificing rhythm or, I’m gathering, coherence. The album itself was recorded in a small room over a number of sessions, and an unfortunate synthesizer theft midway through the process only served to motivate the duo further — sort of like a less dark, musical version of the Batman tale.

Here’s a previously released song of theirs, and following that, the teaser for their new album.

Syndrome Syndrome tracklisting:

01. Grrone
02. Syndrome Syndrome
03. Katarakt
04. One in None
05. Ode to Ode
06. Trepan Heke
07. Magicville
08. Ride Wid Me
09. Success in Circuit
10. Nothing But Not Zero
11. Hell Flur

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Sleigh Bells announce new album Bitter Rivals, share new title track, detail new tour dates; you know, all that new-album-cycle crap

Ah, autumn: the perfect time of year for loud bangs, giddy shrieks, and the sweet sounds of your audiophile friends complaining about “overstressed compressors” or whatever. In other words, ‘tis the season for a new offering from Sleigh Bells, the world’s premier hyper-real bubble-gum metal non-band!

According to a press release I didn’t write but read most of, the adorably hardcore duo of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller are fixin’ to release their third album (and follow-up to last-year’s Reign of Terror) on October 8 via the Mom + Pop label.

What does it sound like? Well, let me answer that question by saying all this stuff instead: it’s called Bitter Rivals and was produced by Derek Miller and mixed by Andrew Dawson (Yeezus, Wolf, Watch the Throne, 4, and Teflon Don). It’s also available for pre-order as I type this, and the title track can be downloaded via iTunes right now. But then again, why download something when you can just watch the embedded video (directed by the band in collaboration with The Creators Project) of that something here at good ol’ Tiny Mix Tapes dot com? That’s what I’d do. Especially if I wasn’t all that unsure about what the new Sleigh Bells could possibly sound like.

Bitter Rivals tracklisting:

01. Bitter Rivals
02. Sugarcane
03. Minnie
04. Sing Like a Wire
05. Young Legends
06. Tiger Kit
07. You Don’t Get Me Twice
08. To Hell With You
09. 24
10. Love Sick

OH SHIT, THERE’S ALSO A TOUR (guess I should have read that whole article after all):

10.04.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
10.10.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore *
10.11.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland *
10.12.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at Market *
10.15.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory *
10.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.22.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Grand *
10.23.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird *
10.25.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
10.26.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
10.27.13 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s *
10.29.13 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage *
10.30.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live *
11.01.13 - St. Petesburg, FL - State Theatre *
11.02.13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room *
11.04.13 - Orlando, FL - Firestone *
11.05.13 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11.06.13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *
11.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *
11.09.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport *
11.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
11.12.13 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews *
11.13.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix *
11.14.13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
11.16.13 - Boston, MA - Royale *
11.17.13 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall *
11.19.13 - Washington, DC - Upstate Concert Hall *
11.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
11.22.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 +

* Doldrums
+ Danny Brown

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Mount Eerie announces new record of auto-tuned songs in desperate pop move

We all love Mount Eerie. This isn’t conjecture, this is fact. As per Tiny Mix Tapes’ advanced coding, any who feel less than love and adoration toward Mount Eerie are booted from the site upon entry, their browser redirecting to a website about baskets. Web 2.0 and all that. But as much as we all love Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum and his band aren’t exactly heating up the pop charts. Fairly certain the group’s highest charting single (“Through the Trees”) only made it to #98. If Elverum ever wants to be the pop star we all know he can be, drastic moves are needed.

And here’s that drastic move itself: a new LP called Pre-Human Ideas. While the songs on Pre-Human Ideas aren’t new — they’re all pulled from last year’s Clear Moon and Ocean Roar — but, buddy, the attitude sure is. Gone are those old-fashioned analog recordings, in are computer-recorded tracks with new sets of lyrics and digitally garbled synthetic vocals. Just like the kids of today love! These songs started as digitally recorded versions meant to teach Mount Eerie touring lineups the tracks, but Elverum knew these tracks were just TOO DAMN HOT. Listen to future Billboard #1 “Lone Bell” now, before you hear it blaring from every passing car:

While this plan seems foolproof to send Mount Eerie to the top of the pops, there is one little quirk. For some reason, Phil Elverum is choosing to release these HOT POP TRACKS only on vinyl, which, as you may have noticed, is not the preferred format for the average pop listener. On the other hand, the two different vinyl versions being offered both have teen idol Elverum’s face on them, so they should move some units. Yum! On that note, Mount Eerie will also be playing a handful of shows with fellow pop dreamboat Bonnie “Prince” Billy this very week. Too dreamy!

Pre-Human Ideas tracklist:

01. Organs (from Pale Lights)
02. No Inside, No Out
03. I Say “No”
04. The Hidden Stone
05. The Place Lives
06. The Place I Live
07. Lone Bell
08. House Shape
09. Clear Moon
10. Yawning Sky
11. Ocean Roar
12. Organs (from the Place Lives)

Mount Eerie dates (all w/ Bonnie “Prince” Billy):

09.04.13 - Yakima, WA - The Seasons
09.05-06.13 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
09.07.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater

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New Vatican Shadow LP slated for October; Dominick Fernow has not slept for years, eats only once a month

It’s been a big year for music: David Bowie decided to poke his head out after a decade of absence, new Oneohtrix Point Never is on the horizon as is new Tim Hecker,JAY Z and Kanye did, um, stuff, Ben Frost has gifted the world with a spate of new material, and now Dominick Fernow has finally slipped up and revealed that he is not human. It’s the only logical conclusion when one realizes that he’s been all over Europe having an unprecedented number of tour dates, yet still finds the time to keep the blood flowing for both Hospital Productions and Bed of Nails. Just the other week a new Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement landed, and, here’s a little secret children: that’s Mr. Fernow’s handiwork as well.

But the final nail in this coffin is the news (via The Quietus) of a new Vatican Shadow LP on the way. Eight new tracks of militant religious industrial ready to crank the gears of your brain back into motion. How is this flurry of activity possible for a human to accomplish? It’s not: Dominick Fernow is from the future, a far-flung evolutionary descendant of humankind sent back through time to teach us the meaning of love (and hate) and melt our ears. He does not need sleep, only takes sustenance when he truly desires it, and breathes twice a week — at exactly midnight on Wednesday and Sunday. He definitely still has sex, though; even future-people need to get their freak on. And what kind of lame evolutionary descendants wouldn’t keep mashing their bits together for fun?

So expect that later today the scientific community will be in an uproar over time travel and the future of humanity. But for the root of these discoveries, you’ll have to scurry out and buy Remember Your Black Day when it pops out October 21. All your questions will be answered, the future of humanity will be made cleared, and if you play it backwards there are hidden sex tips from the future that would make Cosmo writers blush.

Remember Your Black Day tracklisting:

01. Circumstances Quickly Became Questioned
02. Tonight Saddam Walks Amidst Ruins
03. Muscle Hijacker Tribal Affiliation
04. Contractor Corpses Hung Over the Euphrates River
05. Enter Paradise
06. Remember Your Black Day
07. Not the Son of the Desert Storm, but the Child of Chechnya
08. Jet Fumes Above the Reflecting Pool

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Zola Jesus unveils international tour dates, music video for “Fall Back;” Fat Joe reportedly unperturbed

It’s been nearly two weeks since the official release of Zola Jesus’s latest full-length on Sacred Bones, Versions, which means it’s terribly passé for me to mention the aptness of the album’s title, given that 9/10 tracks have been previously released, albeit without the exposing influence of Australian composer and producer J.G. Thirlwell. Let it be known… a delayed music-listening schedule has prevented me from experiencing the entirety of Versions (and also from accepting that MC Hammer pants are, in fact, no longer fashionable), but for the sake of this article, the new video for the track “Fall Back” has just received a viewing and… yes. That’s definitely a music video. One that, according to NPR, was “inspired by the Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Soviet-era Yugoslavian monuments.” The silent and condemnable passing of the original MTV has hindered my enthusiasm for this type of media, I guess.

Meanwhile, the track itself is pretty enjoyable, and considering its wholly new status (1/10), thoughts about Nika Danilova’s next LP bring much hope for the masterpiece that has so far eluded us, despite extremely promising hints. In the meantime, this fall, international tour dates will have her, alongside a string quartet, performing the entirety of Versions. Live versions of Versions. Haw.


09.12.13 - Philadelphia, PA- International House
09.13.13 - Boston, MA - Institute Contemporary Art Boston
09.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
09.22.13 - Saint Paul, MN - St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
09.26.13 - San Francisco, CA- Palace of Fine Arts
09.27.13 - Hollywood, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (early show sold out)
09.28.13 - Seattle, WA- The Triple Door
10.03.13 - London, UK - Tabernacle
10.04.13 - Paris, France- Café de la Danse
10.05.13 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1
10.24.13 - Chicago, IL - Garfield Park Conservatory
10.25.13 - Washington, DC - Hirshhorn Museum
10.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Festival

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