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

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

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

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