Van Dyke Parks to release brand-new album of semi-new songs, Songs Cycled, on Bella Union, just to remind all modern songwriters everywhere that they suck.

Van Dyke Parks to release brand-new album of semi-new songs, Songs Cycled, on Bella Union, just to remind all modern songwriters everywhere that they suck. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1303/news-13-03-van-dyke-parks.jpg

Hey, songwriters! Guess what? You’re all A) terrible at writing songs, and B) working too damn hard at it! (Seriously. I don’t even know what you were thinking on that last one: dominant-7 to tonic for the cadence? Yawn!) But luckily for the creativity-starved and ambition-sick listening public out there, Van Dyke Parks is just as amazing as he is lazy; and he’s about to drop some of the recycled nuggets he’s written on May 6 with the aptly-titled Songs Cycled. It’s coming out via Bella Union and, according to Pitchfork, will feature several original songs collected from his recent 7-inch series, as well as a few collaborations, covers, and re-recordings of old tunes (including “Hold Back Time”, a re-recording of a song from Orange Crate Art, his 1995 collaborative album with that one guy Brian Wilson, which you can check out below).

In Park’s grand tradition of classily re-appropriating content, here comes a bunch of the awesome bullshit that Parks himself had to say about Songs Cycled on the Bella Union site. I assume every word of it is cleverly recycled, cut, and pasted together from badass things he’s already said:

This album is released on Bella Union 45 years from my debut album Song Cycle (when I was but 24). In both cases, there’s a maverick on the loose, with a highly personal set of tunes and instrumentals. All of them reveal an iconoclast tilting at windmills, railing at tyrants, barking at masters of war, and celebrating a shameless commitment to the very definition of ‘Americana’. As I was in my brunette era, at age 70, I’m found looking through the glass darkly. These new songs show more than a hint of an eco-politic. In fact, there’s nothing more precious than the song-form to revolutionize popular thoughts and practices that need a jolt of shock therapy. Yet, songwriters must work with a leger demain. A light hand and heart can draw more approval than a heavy-handed scold. My first aim is to entertain the ear with beautiful sounds. I try to do that as an arranger. These pieces reveal my best effort.

Yup. In other words: “I’m good, and I don’t sweat it. Love, VDP.”

Songs Cycled tracklisting:

01. Dreaming of Paris (original)
02. Hold Back Time (re-recording of song from Orange Crate Art)
03. Sassafras (new recording, originally by Billy Edd Wheeler)
04. Black Gold (a fantasy on the sinking of The Prestige, off the coast of the Bay of Biscay, recorded in 2002)
05. Aquarium (cover of Saint-Saëns piece, recorded in 1971 with the Esso Trinidad Steel Band)
06. Money Is King (picks up where “Wall Street” ends, written with Growling Tiger, a.k.a. Trinidadian Calypso musician Neville Marcano)
07. Wall Street (original)
08. The Parting Hand (version of a Sacred Harp hymn from the 1800s)
09. The All Golden (a re-recording from Song Cycle)
10. Wedding in Madagascar (version of traditional folk song)
11. Missin’ Mississippi (original)
12. Amazing Graces (ft. The Van Dyke Parks Orchestra)

Upcoming Van Dyke Parks dates:

03.08.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
03.30.13 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabe’s Guitar Shop
05.05.13 - London, UK - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror

• Van Dyke Parks: http://www.vandykeparks.com
• Bella Union: http://bellaunion.com

Ian Crause (ex-Disco Inferno) is making music again; sadly, no, it’s still not disco

Ian Crause (remember that guy Melody Maker thought was God there for a few years?) is a painfully silent stoic. Hell, he hasn’t said much since 2001. Well, as of roughly a week ago, the mastermind behind Disco Inferno’s sorrow-as-beatific-vision sound has five new tracks up on Bandcamp. Complex, chaotic, political, lofty, sampledelic, and as restless as ever, Crause still seems hell-bent on warping our pop climate, and thank God him for that. Fans are sure to find plenty here to keep them up at night: invisible loops and poli-sci soap-boxing stripe blocks of machine music refracted through space dust. As expected, it’s proper pretty stuff.

Listen to a track below, and stream the rest on Crause’s Bandcamp page. Or, for roughly the same price as a can of soda ($1 each) you can own them yourself; one thing I can guarantee is that they will sound better than having a rumpled aluminum can plugged into your headphones… probably.

• Ian Crause: http://iancrause.bandcamp.com

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

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

James Murphy files a lawsuit against former DFA partner Tim Goldsworthy, finally legitimizing that questionable “sometimes friends are mean” lyric!

You know what sounds kinda like the exact opposite of “Dance Punk”? Suing a former friend and partner for over $90K for shit like “failing to perform services,” “owing outstanding loans,” and “improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.” But, as DNAinfo.com pointed out, that’s the THIS that is HAPPENING right now over in DFA Records land.

James Murphy, whoever that guy is, filed a lawsuit with the Manhattan Civil Supreme Court last Friday against his DFA co-founder, the suspiciously-British producer Tim Goldsworthy, to the hooky, new-wave tune of $93,899. According to Murphy’s suit, “attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed” by Goldsworthy. It then accuses the producer of “breach of contract” and “unjust enrichment.”

Murphy, Goldsworthy, and third partner Jonathan Galkin founded DFA in 2001, which is most notable for putting out that one annoying Rapture song “House of Jealous Lovers” and for confusingly not putting out that one Death From Above 1979 album that everyone liked. But either way, although he is listed as a “managing member” of DFA in the suit, Goldsworthy seemingly bailed a few years ago when he “moved away to somewhere in the United Kingdom, without informing anyone […] at DFA.”

“We have had no word from him since he left the United States,” said Galkin, “so we moved on with our lives and our business. Simple as that. He most definitely took a piece of us when he left, but we wish him the best with whatever he gets up to next.” The three men still technically own DFA together, though. See, musicians never start their days until around 1 PM, and stuff closes at like 5, so it takes kind of a while for business to get done.

• DFA: http://dfarecords.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

  

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