Zs plan for a very prolific nightmarish future: record deals, solo projects, box sets, double 7-inches

Zs plan for a very prolific nightmarish future: record deals, solo projects, box sets, double 7-inches http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-08-zs.jpg

If you logged onto Tiny Mix Tapes at some point yesterday, chances are you saw and immediately checked out the sweet new Zs racket “33~” over at our trusty Chocolate Grinder. But if you’re anything like me, you first asked yourself, “How could Mr P so coldly undermine and discredit the thankless efforts of his own TMT News staff by breaking a story about new Zs material in a non-TMT News section?” UGH. It’s blatant slaps in the face like this that start me daydreaming about high-fiving Ryan Schreiber in the VIP lounge at a Cults concert.

Still, in the mad dash to undermine the very people that look up to him, P left out the fleshy details of what Sam Hillmer & Co. are up to, so I guess there’s a place for us newsies after all: janitorial duties. Allow me to swing a dirty mop full of information in your direction: Zs (Sam, Ben Greenberg, and Ian Antonio), fresh off a busy year of conquering the headphone mutants, are setting things into horrendous mechanical motion, with no signs of slowing down until at least 2013. They’ve signed a multi-record deal with Northern-Spy, which includes the (rudely) aforementioned 33 double 7-inch (available November 8), a retrospective box set, a “mega remix project,” other mysterious Zs releases, and full-length records from each member’s solo project (Sam’s Black Crown Ceremony, Ian’s Memory Locke, and Ben’s Hubble, whose Hubble Drums is also prepped for November 8).

New paragraph, more Zs stuff: a golden cassette titled Sky Burial on the Brooklyn-based Words+Dreams label, something called This Body Will Be a Corpse released “on an MP3 Playbutton” (???), and another EP/LP/remix album blast on The Social Registry after all the above has been released! So much stuff… my head is reeling… who was I angry at again…

If you’re able to navigate through the sea of new Zs product in time, you might be able to catch them at the first annual Spy Music Festival on October 1 at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, or at the record release show for 33. “When’s that show? Where’s that show?” What do I care. Screw you. I just work here.

33 tracklisting:

A. 33-
B. 33\
C. 33~
D. 33/

• Zs: http://www.zzzsss.com
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Blitzen Trapper are touring! Hit me up on AIM for more info!

Dear TMT fans:

It’s come to our attention recently that the Tiny Mix Tapes Myspace bulletins aren’t reaching as many of you as they used to. At first we thought that maybe we had just disabled the comments accidentally, but a closer inspection revealed that most of you haven’t used your accounts since 2007. Alarmed by this revelation, we rushed over to our Angelfire page, which was a hotbed of activity the last time we checked it (the little counter thingy at the bottom was just going up and and up and up), only to find a similar lack of participation going on there. Fuck. Where did we go wrong?

Actually, don’t answer that. Because there’s no time to dwell on the past. In fact, because we’ve been working long and hard with our part-time, volunteer IT department since this morning, we now believe that we’ve come up with an ingenious new way to keep our profile high, our readers satisfied, and our advertisers happy. Okay, so here’s the plan: if you hit us up on our beeper number (1-900-TMT-ZINE) with your name, number, address, and favorite bands, we’ll use the payphone over in the nearby Amtrak station to collect-call you via 1-800-COLLECT every time one of those bands is playing in your town!

For example, are you a big fan of Blitzen Trapper? Have you already stolen their forthcoming album, American Goldwing (due September 13 on Sub Pop) from the internet, and yet aren’t smart enough to use that same internet to find out when they’re playing in Boulder, Colorado? It’s cool; Just beep us, bro! Then, in addition to calling your house at odd hours of the day and night with upcoming Blitzen Trapper concerts in Boulder, we’ll also send you a personalized piece of paper in the US Mail with a handwritten link to download one of their new songs on Mp3.com! I hope your Prodigy Internet is working! This you can’t miss. Hit us up today to try it out. The future is here today!

Blitzen Trapper:

09.09.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10.07.11 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater
10.08.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
10.09.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
10.10.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.13.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
10.14.11 - Utopia, TX - UTOPIAfest
10.15.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
10.16.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
10.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.19.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.20.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall
10.21.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10.22.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
10.24.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
10.28.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
11.01.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
11.02.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College Fine Arts Center
11.03.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.05.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.07.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
11.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
11.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
11.13.11 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
11.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore

• Blitzen Trapper: http://www.blitzentrapper.net
• Sup Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Patrick Wolf announces select US gigs, makes trouble for Montana ranchers

Patrick Wolf, the bane of Montana ranchers and pride of England’s singer-songwriter scene, has announced that he will be coming Stateside for a series of select and intimate dates where he will preview (show off) his latest, and fifth, album Lupercalia, which has already been released in the UK and Europe and is set for a US release in early 2012 on Mercury Records.

“The Lupercalia world tour will start acoustic, solo with my instruments, like back when I first started doing shows,” said Wolf, who announced the dates himself via messenger pigeons, “as I haven’t yet debuted any of my new songs on your shores in their bare bones and I have five albums to get through acoustically.”

Get ready Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, the Wolf pack is comin’ fer ya and it’s all acoustic!

US Lupercalia tourdates:

09.13.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Hall
09.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
09.17.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Patrick Wolf: http://www.patrickwolf.com
• Mercury: http://www.mercuryrecords.com

Marissa Nadler tours this fall, sells stuff on awesome Etsy site

Wandering Appalachian forest wraith Marissa Nadler has saddled up the old mule, brushed the dust off her melancholy boots, and thrown several dozen copies of her new self-titled, self-released album (TMT Review) into a hobo sack, setting off once more on the winding backroads of rural America and Canada to bring music, sadness, and pure, soul-stirring beauty to fans across the land. Then, come fall, she’ll hit up an end-of-summer sale at Target and buy some floaty wings for the mule so that together they might drift over to Northern Europe to do more of the same. (How else would they get there? Obviously you cannot take a mule on a plane. Even an olde-tyme one.) Along the way, she’ll be repping her aforementioned self-titled full-length, which came out earlier this summer on the lady’s own Box of Cedar Records. The album was financed via fan contributions on everyone’s favorite dreammaker, Kickstarter, and has been racking up accolades from the good people at Spin and Pitchfork and us.

Because, for all the Southern Gothic, homespun quality of her output, Ms. Nadler’s musical career has a full on 21st-century web presence. Kickstarter! A spiffy new video to “Alabaster Queen” by artist Joana Linda available on YouTube! An Etsy page chock full of original artwork and hand-painted records! What? An Etsy page chock full of original artwork and hand-painted records? Yes! Exactly! You can get a CD of Marissa Nadler’s interpretations of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Radiohead, and Daniel Johnston! You can buy a customized art pillow that helps fund the next Marissa Nadler album! Isn’t technology wonderful? Yes, in this case yes yes yesyesyesssss, but of course, listening to the lonely strains of Ms. Nadler’s gently weeping guitar live and in person, well, the internet is no stand-in for the delightful experience of seeing Ms. Nadler in your very own hometown, whether it’s Milwaukee or Helsinki.

Dates:

09.09.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.10.11 - Boston, MA - Bright Music Hall
09.11.11 - Montreal, QC - Sala
09.13.11 - Toronto, ON - Elmo
09.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Inn
09.16.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
09.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
10.04.11 - London, UK - Bush Hall
10.06.11 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
10.07.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich/Turmzimmer
10.08.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark- Pumpehuset
10.09.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.10.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Hendriksberg
10.11.11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
10.12.11 - Bergen, Norway - Perfect Sounds Forever
10.14.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
10.15.11 - Turku, Finland - Dynamo
10.16.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja

• Marissa Nadler: http://www.marissanadler.com

Factory Records rarities and dance remixes reissued by Strut, re-danced to by dancers

Few record labels have been as lionized, as movie-ized, as straight up sanctified as Manchester’s Factory Records. The purveyors of some of England’s finest post-punk and acid house became synonymous with the so-called Madchester scene during the late 1980s/early 1990s, but wouldn’t ya know it? there’s more to ol’ Factory Records than the well-known Tony Wilson, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, New Order story. And what better way to relate that story than in a two-CD/LP (your choice) compilation? Come on. There is no better way IN THE ENTIRE WORLD than a classic two-CD/LP compilation. (Unless it’s 24 Hour Party People as interpreted by cats, but this seems unlikely.)

Fortunately, our friends at Strut Records have gone through the digging, the sifting, cat wrangling, and rights gathering, etc. to create FAC.DANCE, a collection of Factory’s lesser-known, more dance-oriented bands’ 12-inch mixes and rarities recorded in the years of our Lord 1980-1987. The people at Strut see your A Certain Ratio and they’ll raise you a Quando Quango. Yeah, they’ll give you The Durutti Column, but how about a Section 25 megamix? You want a megamix? They’ll GIVE YOU a megamix, complete with liner notes by Bill Brewster of djhistory.com. On October 11, specifically, that’s when they’ll give it to you. You know what else they’ll give you on October 11? A BRAIN EXPLOSION. Yeah, that’s right, your brain will literally explode. ‘Cuz if you think you knew Factory Records before… well, as they say, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

CD 1 tracklisting:

01. Section 25, “Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)”
02. A Certain Ratio, “Wild Party”
03. Quando Quango, “Love Tempo”
04. 52nd Street, “Express”
05. Swamp Children, “Little Voices”
06. Biting Tongues, “Boss Toyota Trouble”
07. The Durutti Column, “For Belgian Friends”
08. Royal Family & The Poor, “Art on 45”
09. A Certain Ratio, “Knife Slits Water (12-inch version)”
10. Section 25, “Dirty Disco”
11. Blurt, “Puppeteer”
12. X-O-Dus, “See Them-A-Come”

CD 2 tracklisting:

01. New Order, “Confusion (Original 12-inch mix)”
02. Shark Vegas, “Pretenders of Love”
03. 52nd Street, “Cool as Ice (Jellybean Mix)”
04. Streetlife, “Act on Instinct (Hot Swedish Mix)”
05. The Hood, “Salvation! (Nitromix)”
06. Abecedarians, “Smiling Monarchs”
07. Quando Quango, “Atom Rock (Mark Kamins Mix)”
08. Marcel King, “Reach for Love (New York Remix)”
09. 52nd Street, “Look into My Eyes”
10. Quando Quango, “Genius”
11. Swamp Children, “You’ve Got Me Beat”
12. The Durutti Column, “Madeleine”

Digital-only bonus tracks:

01. Minny Pops, “Time”
02. Kalima, “Black Water”
03. Royal Family & The Poor, “Motherland”

• Strut: http://www.strut-records.com
• Factory: http://www.factoryrecords.net

The Rapture announce US tour, but what does it mean for you as a homeowner? Find out within!

Nearly 10 years ago, The Rapture envisioned a scene horrifying to any American home owner: a house occupied entirely by jealous lovers. How would all these jealous lovers affect the equity? Or the assessed value? Or a third real estate term that I know nothing about? Regardless, the thought of all these jealous lovers and their exchange of hands has long chilled me to the bone. Somehow, The Rapture have managed to move on from their frightening future vision. They’re even going on a big US tour, which begins next month. Well, actually, I guess it begins at the end of this month, with a single show in New York City. But a month shall pass between that date and the next, so the word “begins” in that context means as much as the phrase “subordinate financing” means to me in any context. By the way, thank you, list of real estate terminology.

While The Rapture will surely play — shudder — “House of Jealous Lovers” and plenty of other classics, they will also surely be playing plenty off forthcoming new record In The Grace of Your Love. That particular record marks their return to the DFA label and comes out September 6. First single “How Deep Is Your Love” has been kicking around the internet for a second and you can download it right here, as long as you’re willing to part with an email address. Actually, I guess you get to keep the address, but you know what I mean.

The Rapture dates:

08.20.11 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.22.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.23.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
09.25.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
09.27.11 - Columbus, OH - TBD
09.28.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
09.29.11 - Minneapolis, MN - The Varsity
10.01.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
10.03.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
10.04.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.07.11 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
10.08.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Sound Factory
10.10.11 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
10.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.12.11 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10.13.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.17.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.18.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beachem Theatre
10.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur

• The Rapture: http://www.therapturemusic.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

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