We Were Promised Jetpacks are touring Europe this January, probably by automobile and plane and NOT BY THOSE JETPACKS THEY WERE PROMISED SO LONG AGO GOT DANG IT

We Were Promised Jetpacks are touring Europe this January, probably by automobile and plane and NOT BY THOSE JETPACKS THEY WERE PROMISED SO LONG AGO GOT DANG IT http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-10-we-were-promised-jetpacks.jpg

Like Milhouse van Houten pining for the fireworks factory, all We Were Promised Jetpacks want are those damn jetpacks. I mean, they were promised them! Who would do that? Probably an eccentric billionaire. If you’re an eccentric billionaire and you promised four young Scottish gentlemen some jetpacks, you really should just buy them the jetpacks. You are a billionaire, you have the money to make these dreams come true.

You should do it ASAP, too. We Were Promised Jetpacks are going on a fairly extensive European tour in January. Instead of trudging around in cars and buses and aeroplanes and what have you, the Scottish mopesters could be flying around on jetpacks! Everyone on Earth agrees that would be a million times cooler.

We Were Promised Jetpacks dates:

01.14.12 - Opwijk, Belgium - Nijdop
01.16.12 - Paris, France - Point FMR
01.17.12 - Martigny, Switzerland - Les Cave du Manoir
01.18.12 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
01.19.12 - Firenze, Italy - La Limonaia
01.20.12 - Rome, Italy - Traffic
01.21.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
01.22.12 - Aarau, Switzerland - Kiff Club
01.24.12 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
01.25.12 - Vienna Austria - Flex
01.26.12 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
01.27.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
01.28.12 - Munster, Germany - Sputnik Halle
01.31.12 - Bremen, Germany - Lagerhaus
02.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
02.02.12 - Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
02.03.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
02.04.12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
02.05.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje

• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://wewerepromisedjetpacks.com

Thee Silver Mt. Zion to tour North America; still haven’t considered the timeless advice of Bobby McFerrin

Contrary to popular beliefs based on no factual evidence, the winter holiday season has a fairly justifiable reputation as being a time of joyous celebration and happiness. Prior to the writing of this article, I unconsciously adhered to the notion that once Thanksgiving rolled around, the slightly melancholic among us suddenly descended into a bottomless pit of anger and depression, of which the only remedy was a gift on par with Skyrim, or unfortunately, a tragic conclusion. Well, allow me to shed a ray of optimism on this seemingly absurd commentary — it’s totally untrue! As the Los Angeles Times points out, “It is a baseless notion, according to a body of published studies by statisticians who have examined hundreds of thousands of suicides in the United States and around the world. The number of suicides goes down, not up, over the holiday season, by as much as 40%.” Obviously, this is a welcome statistic.

…A welcome statistic that doesn’t necessarily make up for the fact that this time of year still has the capacity to be unbearably cheerful. Perhaps bringing us back down to Earth, Thee Silver Mt. Zion will be spreading their cynical, dystopian vision across North America beginning in late January. There doesn’t appear to be any new release associated with this particular tour, so consider it another attempt on the part of these Québécois to make depressives out of all of us.


01.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
01.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
01.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
01.31.12 - Calgary, AB - The Republik
02.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
02.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
02.04.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
02.06.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.07.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
02.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.09.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.10.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02.12.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
02.13.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
02.15.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.16.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
02.17.12 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab

• Thee Silver Mt. Zion: http://www.tra-la-la-band.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Tall Firs sign to ATP Recordings for new album, just in time to deck the halls

Tall Firs could easily be the name of a Christmas band consisting of a couple middle-aged guys in matching suits, one playing the piano and the other shaking jingle bells while trying to channel Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby. They’d play shows in pharmacies and craft stores, places that break out their wreathes and colored lights well before Halloween.

As far as I know, that’s not how Aaron Mullan and Dave Mies roll. They’re the core duo of the actual Tall Firs, a folk rock band from Annapolis, and they’ve just been signed to ATP Recordings for their third album, Out of It and Into It, which will be out March 12 of next year. However, on November 28, just in time for visions of sugar plums and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Tall Firs will release “Crooked Smiles,” the first single off their new album. The release coincides with the beginning of their tour with Thurston Moore, and it’ll be available as a digital download and a limited-edition 7-inch. In addition, ATP is inviting fans to help out with a music video for “Crooked Smiles.” They’re looking for off-stage footage from past ATP festivals, ideally edited to parts of the song (which can be streamed via SoundCloud). Send your footage to atprecordings@atpfestival.com, and if you’re not sure what to submit, Aaron Mullan has a few thoughts on his favorite parts of ATP:

One of my favorite things is watching people pile in on the first day. What’s better than seeing smiling girls in their first-day-of-ATP outfits, laughing with their crew, literally staggering under the weight of the beer they intend to pound right fucking now? It’s so optimistic I could lose my shit. And then later you see the same people 5 gigs and 1000 brews later staggering again, but now they’re alone in the dark and rain, still smiling in the midnight shadow of the Butlin’s tabernacle, searching for one more good time.

(P.S. Tall Firs will be playing Jeff Mangum’s ATP in March.)

Crooked Smiles 7-inch tracklisting:

A. Crooked Smiles
B. Highway 5


11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Communale
12.08.11 - Roma, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milano, Italy - Teatro dal Verme

• Tall Firs: http://tallfirs.org
• ATP Recordings: http://www.atpfestival.com/recordings.php

[Photo: Noah Wall]

Many Arms sign to Tzadik, release new album in 2012, use one of their arms to choke you

Dear Many Arms,

I know you spend most of your time experimenting with the chaotic sounds of free-jazz and punk, and that you just signed to John Zorn’s label, Tzadik Records, and that you’re releasing your third full-length album, Beyond Territories, in March 2012. That’s all cool. In fact, it’s swell — hell, it’s damn peachy. But, I have a question: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually have more than two arms?? Sure, you’d have to sew extra sleeves onto all your shirts, but imagine how many things you could do all at the same time! I’d probably try making French toast while drinking a cup of coffee while writing a play while painting a portrait of my cat (if I had a cat, that is). I think I could dig having a few extra arms. What do you think? What would you do with more than two arms? Would you even want extra arms? Just wondering.

Anyway, can’t wait to see you guys live with “Little Women + more” on December 1 at Philadelphia’s Elena’s Soul Lounge!

• Many Arms: http://www.myspace.com/manyarms
• Tzadik: http://www.tzadik.com

Google Music launches, looks to overcome any consequence of being late to the party

I don’t need to give you examples illustrating just how downright creepy it is that Google seems to have their hand in damn near everything these days. I don’t think it would be a stretch to predict that in 10 years, they’ll somehow, vicariously, own your computer, as well as the majority of the internet. If, through completely legal means, they suspect that you’re spending an unacceptable amount of time perusing sites or using software unaffiliated with Google, they’ll send their Gestapo-like army of Google Street View drivers through your neighborhood at constant, yet entirely irregular intervals, with the unwavering goal of catching you on camera in decidedly compromising situations. Before that point, however, it’s only natural that Google attempt to earn some sway in the realm of digital music, which is exactly what they’re doing with the recent launch of Google Music out of the beta stage.

It would be a mistake to consider Google Music a bonafide competitor with Apple’s obscenely prosperous iTunes Music Store. With the tagline “Set your music free,” you get an immediate sense of just what Google intends to be the primary focus of their new service: free storage of up to 20,000 songs, which you can then stream on all platforms, including iOS. Unlike other cloud-based storage services, the only restriction is based on the number of songs (20,000), and not actual storage space. What this means is that the overwhelming majority of us will be able to upload our entire libraries without regard to the size of the audio files themselves. According to ZDNet, supported file types include FLAC, Mp3, AAC, and Ogg, and once uploaded using Google’s Music Manager, the non-Mp3s are then transcoded into Google Music’s default 320 Kbps MPS format.

Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that Google Music does have indeed have an associated music store located through Android Market. According to PCWorld, Google has struck deals with three out of the Big Four record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and EMI Music, with the smaller Warner Music Group being the lone exception. More relevant to readers of TMT, they’ve also apparently settled terms with more than 1,000 independent record labels and distributors. And yet, as far as I’ve gathered, both the iTunes Store and Amazon Mp3 have more than their fair share of independent content, so it’s unclear if this puts Google Music to any sort of advantage. In terms of sheer numbers, it almost certainly hasn’t so far — Google Music currently offers more than 13 million tracks across the spectrum of major and independent labels, while the iTunes Store and Amazon Mp3 contain over 20 million and over 17 million songs in their respective catalogs.

A final feature of note is Google Music’s Artist Hub. As PCWorld points out, artists of all stripes — independent and signed, acoustic and electric, bearded and non-bearded — can “build their own artist page, upload original songs, set their own prices, and sell content directly to fans.” Artists pay a one-time $25 registration fee and keep 70% of sales of individual songs or full albums.

The whole of Google Music appears tightly integrated with Google+, so those (very) few of you who are actively engaged with that aspect of the Google universe will likely see even greater benefit out of using their music service. For me, personally, being able to store up to 20,000 songs sounds pretty kick-ass on its own.

• Google Music: http://music.google.com

Radiohead announce first European tourdates for 2012 in an attempt to save the Euro zone

It appears Radiohead are happy with the selection of Mario Monti as Italy’s new prime minister after the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi earlier this week. Just days after the third-largest economy in Europe announced the shift in power away from the long-time politician amid fears of a Greece-like collapse, Radiohead have announced four live dates (following last week’s US dates announcement) for the summer of 2012 in the boot-shaped (and -strapped) nation.

Along with the Italian dates, Radiohead will also play a show in Berlin. This is clearly a sign of Radiohead’s commitment to keeping the flailing Euro zone strong through the power of live music, a valiant statement from a British group. Should the Euro still be in existence come June 2012, tickets will cost 50 of them and are on sale now.


06.20.12 - Rome, Italy - Hyppodrome Capanelle
07.01.12 - Florence, Italy - Parco Delle Cascine
07.03.12 - Bologna, Italy - Piazza Maggiore
07.04.12 - Codroipo, Italy - Villa Manin
07.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com



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