Robedoor tour Europe, bringing FUN to the Eastern Hemisphere

Here’s a little bit of industry insider information for you, the reader. You know the label Not Not Fun, right? Of course you do. Well, their name, it actually means fun. I know, I know, you thought it meant a lack of fun. But, no, that’s a double negative. So it’s NOT not fun, ergo it is fun. Maybe you weren’t ready to understand this.

Whether you get it or not, Not Not Fun duo Robedoor are bringing MASSIVE FUN to the continent of Europe. Get ready, the Eastern Hemisphere! The fun boys are on patrol! They’ll be playing nine dates as part of their “Nine Gates” tour. You understand? Nine dates? Nine gates? The phrases are similar. Now, again: Not Not Fun means fun. Okay?

Robedoor dates:

10.31.14 - Nantes, France - Soy Festival
11.01.14 - Lyon, France - Le Sonic
11.02.14 - Milan, Italy - Macao
11.03.14 - Strasbourg, France - Stimultania
11.04.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave 12
11.05.14 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
11.06.14 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
11.07.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Rumsteek
11.08.14 - Paris, France - L’Olympic

• Robedoor: http://robedoor.tumblr.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

Ariel Pink shares new track “Black Ballerina,” announces 2015 North American tour dates

I’ve always seen Ariel Pink as the Rauschenberg of late 2000s’ hypnagogic boom. Not only because of the chronological precedence (The Doldrums came out nine years before the glow/chill craze of 2009), but the abysmal difference between the qualities of Pink’s music and that of his imitators and heirs. A bit like what happened with some pop art, articulated following Rauschenberg’s antiartistic Combine Paintings, but in reality just riffing on its most superficial signifiers. So, imagine a lithographed Lichtenstein when listening to the late-2000s bands that embraced Pink’s music’s hedonistic vacuity, commercial pop nostalgia, and slumbered memories, but missed its absurdist-pop heart.

Last September, completing his decade-long transition from outsider pop savant to Paw Tracks protégé and unlikely indie darling, Ariel Pink announced his third album, pom pom, a double LP produced by Kim Fowley and due November 18 via 4AD, as you may remember. Little over a month from its release date, Pink has shared the album’s second single, “Black Ballerina.” But do not be fooled; Pink is not ready to pull a Degas on us, extending the previous paragraph’s pictorial analogy, but most importantly the rosy, near jangle pop of pom pom’s first cut “Put Your Number in My Phone”: “Black Ballerina” is a freaky jam about going to a topless bar. Certainly, a song that manages to strike an odd balance between the gnarly pop of Pink’s cassette years and the performatic, longer pieces of 2012’s Mature Themes. You can stream “Black Ballerina” below.

Aware of how much a track like this would spark our interest, Pink has also announced his 2015 North American tour dates, which you can check out after the vid.

Tour dates:

11.17.14 - London, UK - Scala
11.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
01.24.15 - Melbourne, Australia - Sugar Mountain Festival
01.25.15 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Show
01.28.15 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Arts Factory
01.29.15 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
02.07.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s
02.09.15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
02.10.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
02.11.15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
02.13.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.14.15 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
02.16.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
02.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
02.18.15 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
02.19.15 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
02.20.15 - Montreal, PQ - National
02.21.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
02.23.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.24.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
02.25.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

• Ariel Pink: http://ariel-pink.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Numero Group plans massive joke instruction manual collection of Scharpling & Wurster’s Best Show on WFMU

Listen, don’t laugh, but I’m not sure that I know what a joke is. Not technically anyhow. No one ever told me. Some day I hope to learn, and I believe I eventually will. In all likelihood I will learn with the help of certain educational materials such as the recently announced box-set of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster’s Best Show on WFMU via the Numero Group. I tell you what, these fellas know jokes. They know ‘em inside and out, like a reversible hat or one of those sandwiches from KFC where the meat acts like the bread. I trust them to teach me.

As such, I have taken it upon myself to write a relatively random string of words boosting the media presence of their recently announced box-set via the Numero Group in hopes that some of my words might accidentally become jokes. (KFC sandwiches? hats?) Anyhow, the box set is a pretty “big deal” (are those quote marks jokes? Am I doing jokes now?!): it contains over 20 hours of phone calls from the show across 16 CDs (there’s also a USB stick included with the whole set plus four additional hours of unreleased material on it). The box will also contain a whole gaggle of other materials including a hardback book with essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham, AP Mike, and an extensive interview with Jake Fogelnest; paper dolls, post-cards, and temporary tattoos.

The whole thing will be released on March 17 of next year. And, best of all, if you pre-order the album right now, you’ll get… actually, I’ll let the boys themselves tell you in their promotional video below. Suffice it to say, my takeaway is that some essential elements in all joking are telephones, good friends, and a sack.

• Scharpling & Wurster: http://www.scharplingandwurster.com
• Numero Group: http://www.numerogroup.com

Sleater-Kinney reunite, announce new album, and announce their intent to smooch numerous cities on the face

Five years is a pretty long time frame to give when alluding to the possibility of a reunion album, but thankfully, Sleater-Kinneacs worldwide have been somewhat held over by “free-spirited” bookstore owners threatening to burn things to the ground, lead singer Corin Tucker serenading us with presumably a band full of Corin Tuckers, and Janet Weiss being the coolest vagabond around, drumming things for various bands since Sleater-Kinney officially (temporarily) broke up back in June 2006. Carrie Brownstein made the semi-promise of five years back in 2010, and following a curious single addition to the band’s recently announced box-set, it’s now totally official: Sleater-Kinney will release No Cities to Love on January 20 in the US and January 19 internationally, courtesy of Sub Pop.

Fans not exactly anxious to relive the deliberate (and some would say, enjoyable) aural damage caused by their last album The Woods will be happy to know that John Goodmanson (producer of Dig Me Out, among other, earlier S-K albums) returned for this newest one. Likewise, Brownstein tells NPR about the willed and painstaking process of the album’s creation: “In the end we were all more scrutinizing with our own parts than we ever have been. I think we didn’t want to take any second of the song for granted, everything had to have an intention and earn its place.”

A reunion without a reunion tour? Silly you for thinking that. Dates after the new track:

No Cities to Love tracklisting:

01. Price Tag
02. Fangless
03. Surface Envy
04. No Cities To Love
05. A New Wave
06. No Anthems
07. Gimme Love
08. Bury Our Friends
09. Hey Darling
10. Fade

Dates:

02.08.15 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
02.09.15 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.10.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
02.12.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02.13.15 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
02.14.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.15.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
02.22.15 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
02.24.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.26.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
02.28.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.01.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
03.18.15 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
03.19.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.20.15 - Paris, France - Cigale
03.21.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.23.15 - London, UK - Roundhouse
03.24.15 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
03.25.15 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
03.26.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street

• Sleater-Kinney: http://www.sleater-kinney.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

Eiko Ishibashi taps Jim O’Rourke, American ambassador to Japan, for forthcoming Drag City album, Car and Freezer

Japanese singer Eiko Ishibashi is a voice that has emerged from the fertile Japanese experimental scene, collaborating with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Heino, Akira Sakata, and Merzbow (I had you at “Japanese experimental,” right?). Ishibashi has just announced news of a forthcoming album, which we will now relay to you in haiku form:

Imitation of
Life was her first release on
Drag City last year

Now her follow up
Will be called Car and Freezer!
Excitement ensues

Jim O’Rourke features
Again on this new album
Along with whole band

Collaboration
The entire record is
Art made in real time

Drag City release
Will be Japanese version
With some translation

So prepare your ears
For Eighteenth of November
Car and Freezer! time!

Car and Freezer! tracklist:

01. (Boring Stories)
02. Car and Freezer
03. (My Little Princess)
04. Mr. Cloud
05. A Part of Your Life
06. Borderline in Shadow
07. (Lap Top Blues)
08. Tonight

• Eiko Ishibashi: http://www.eikoishibashi.net
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Martial Canterel (Sean McBride of Xeno & Oaklander) announces Dais debut Gyors, Lassù

Perhaps you know Sean McBride as Xeno & Oaklander’s second-best dancer, or perhaps you simply know him as the guy triggering your OCD as he manipulates several Eurorack synths via hundreds of unorganized patch cables. Maybe you don’t know him at all, but I can imagine after reading that previous sentence, he almost feels like family at this point. Real unbridled McBrideheads know that, much like 1996-era Jim Carrey, the man refuses to be pigeonholed as “The Cable Guy,” and with that being said, I’m as pleased as Ralf Hütter to announce that McBride’s solo outfit Martial Canterel is releasing a new LP.

Titled Gyors, Lassú and out October 28 via Dais Records, the album features eight new songs of all-analog, minimal electronic pop à la DAF or SPK. Gyors heads in a slightly harsher direction than previous MC releases, with oscillators and feedback constantly threatening to overtake the layers of unornamented synths. There’s a lot going on at all times, and impressively, McBride knocked out the recording for the album in one take.

Stream album opener “And I Thought” below, and preorder the album here:

Gyors, Lassú tracklist:

01. And I Thought
02. Budapest II
03. Baltic Coast
04. Kangaroo Court
05. Bulvár
06. Gyors, Lassú
07. Teano
08. Unwritten

• Martial Canterel: https://www.facebook.com/M.Canterel
• Dais: http://daisrecords.com

Ora Iso release their debut album Bathcat, stream first track

The Brooklyn-based industrial duo Ora Iso have announced their first LP, Bathcat, out now on Ba Da Bing Records. Characterized by a heavily distorted sound that ebbs from identifiable song structures into noisy oblivion, Ora Iso’s music comes across as a mixture of Les Rallizes Dénudés and Throbbing Gristle; or, if you prefer contemporary references, a less shouty Pharmakon. True to that ethos, the duo recorded this album under the influence of Lary 7, a fellow sound artist best known for his collaborations with Tony Conrad, Faust, Alexander Hacke, Jarboe, Foetus and many others, who surely let you in on the kind of electronic device manipulation he’s famous for.

Ora Iso is formed by Kathleen Malay, a classically-trained pianist from Indonesia and Jason Kudo, who used to play guitar with freeform rock outfit Modra. Together, they probe the dark confines of an early Industrial register, still close to its post-punk roots, as the funeral haze — Bauhaus-like guitars and all — of their track “Ora Iso” attest. You can stream it below.

Bathcat is out now via Ba Da Bing Records.

• Ora Iso: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ora-Iso/108783212576379?fref=ts
• Ba Da Bing: http://www.badabingrecords.com

Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD announce collaborative record, Ghost reveals hidden talent as saxophonist

Earlier this year, legendary Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah teamed up with Toronto jazz trio/production outfit BADBADNOTGOOD for a 10-inch on Lex Records. The resulting song, “Six Degrees,” found the two acts meeting at a natural midpoint, with BADBADNOTGOOD’s playing adopting some Shaolin menace. Since then, the BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah union has only grown stronger. As Consequence of Sound reports, the two acts have collaborated on a full-length album, Sour Soul, out February 17 through Lex Records. Exciting news made more exciting by the fact that the album will act as a showcase for Ghost’s rarely-stressed status as a world-class saxophonist.

Now. Let me stress that no media outlets or anyone from the Ghost or BADBAD camps have confirmed or even said anything suggesting that Tony Starks will play saxophone on this album. I am simply predicting that the logical endpoint of this partnership will come to be. The press release for the record does stress that the record, produced by Frank Dukes (known for work with Danny Brown, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, among others), features BADBADNOTGOOD forgoing sampling in favor of live instrumentation inspired by music from the 60s and 70s. In other words, Ghostface will totally be playing sax on this thing, right?

Check out Sour Soul track “Gunshowers” featuring Detroit rapper Elzhi below. The aforementioned “Six Degrees,” which also happens to feature a Detroit rapper, namely Danny Brown, will also appear on the record. You can hear that over here.

• Ghostface Killah: https://www.facebook.com/GhostfaceKillahOfficial
• BADBADNOTGOOD: https://badbadnotgood.com
• Lex: http://lexprojects.com

RIP: John Holt, reggae singer and songwriter

From Jamaican Observer:

Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69.

Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing.

“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” Forbes told OBSERVER ONLINE.

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Holt first gained popularity in the 1960s as the lead singer of the Paragons.

• John Holt: http://bit.ly/1sGiLGO

Kronos Quartet chosen as Big Ears Festival’s 2015 Artists-in-Residence, artists at slightly lower level of commitment to be announced soon

Big Ears and Kronos Quartet sitting in a tree, R-E-S-I-D-E-N-C-I-N-G. As suggested by that awkward re-imagining of a children’s taunt, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival has chosen San Francisco modern classical outfit Kronos Quartet as their 2015 Artists-in-Residence. In accepting that position, the group follows in the footsteps of artists such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley. If those old farts can do it, surely Kronos Quartet can, too! (NOTE: We here at Tiny Mix Tapes greatly respect Steve Reich and Terry Riley.)

Other artists at somewhat lower levels of commitment will be announced on November 4, when the festival unveils its full line-up. Passes for the fest will available a scant few days afterwards, beginning November 7. Then as time marches on, the festival will actually occur on March 27-29. Then, further along the road we’ve all been set upon, our bones will turn to dust and our Earth will die. So, hey, go see Kronos Quartet and Big Ears Festival and everything else you wanna see while you’re still here and breathing.

• Big Ears: http://www.bigearsfestival.com
• Kronos Quartet: http://www.kronosquartet.org