RIP: Joshua Prince, a.k.a. Dust La Rock, co-founder of Fool's Gold Records

From Fool’s Gold:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of original Fool’s Gold co-founder and art director Joshua Prince, aka Dust La Rock. His singular talent and uncompromising vision set a foundation for our label as a beacon for artists. He will be missed dearly by the Fool’s Gold family and the creative community at large.

• Fool’s Gold Records: http://foolsgoldrecs.com

Mark Knopfler announces new album, North American tour, chance to win a date with the Knopf

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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, you can win yourself a date with songwriter and Dire Straits guitarist Mark “The Knopf” Knopfler. But, first, you gotta prove you want it bad enough. Write a 10,000-word essay detailing why you, the prospective lovebird, deserve a date with The Knopf. Send it to knopfkisses@tinymixtapes.com or address a 6 x 10 postcard (you’re gonna have to write real small) to Tiny Mix Tapes HQ, 804 Vaporwave Boulevard, Tucson, AZ, 85701. We’ll get back to you in 10-12 weeks.

But that’s not all, Knopf heads! While he’s not looking for love, the guitar legend has been working on a new record. Tracker, his eighth solo album, comes out March 17 through Verve Records. Listen to the first single “Beryl” below via VEVO. March 17, as it just so happens, is my birthday. “I chose March 17 as the record’s release date because it’s Eric Nagurney’s birthday,” Knopfler said. “He’s a great guy.”

Of course, there can’t be any more Mark Knopfler news. Wrong again, dummy! There obviously is! Just by scanning this paragraph, you can see there’s more information! Here’s that information you so desire: Knopfler is going on a 36-city North American tour beginning in September. It begins in Vancouver and winds all around North America until ending in Fort Lauderdale on Halloween. Is there a single date in November? There is not. Mark Knopfler would never stand for it.

Mark Knopfler dates:

09.10.15 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizbeth Theatre
09.11-12.15 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
09.13.15 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.16.15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace
09.18.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
09.19.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Dolby Theatre
09.20.15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
09.21.15 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
09.23.15 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
09.25.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
09.26.15 - Dallas, TX - The Majestic Theatre
09.28.15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
09.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
09.30.15 - Milwaukee, Wi - Riverside Theater
10.02.15 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
10.03.15 - Indianapolis, IN - Old National Centre (Murat Theatre)
10.04.15 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
10.06.15 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10.07.15 - Montreal, QC - Place Des Arts (Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre)
10.09.15 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.10.15 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino (Grand Theater)
10.11.15 - Albany, NY - Palace Theater
10.13.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
10.14.15 - Niagara Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino Resort
10.16.15 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10.17.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
10.18.15 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
10.20.15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10.22.15 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
10.24.15 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
10.25.15 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10.27.15 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10.28.15 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
10.30.15 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
10.31.15 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts

• Mark Knopfler: http://www.markknopfler.com

Alan Lomax Archives and PledgeMusic want your help creating 100th anniversary 6LP box set

Dig it: world-renowned American folk archivist Alan Lomax’s ghost just turned 100 years old the other other day (his early body having been temporarily loaned to this abysmal rock of a planet on January 31, 1915 to be exact), and to celebrate that cold hard fact of hyperawesome musico-cultural immensitude, the Association for Cultural Equity and classier-than-Kickstarter music crowdfunding thingy-thing PledgeMusic are “teaming up to produce a centennial tribute” to the the ramblin’ man who singlehandedly produced… almost as much important music as Sir George Martin!

More specifically (and less sarcastically), the tribute will take the appropriate form of a “100 songs 6-LP box-set (and companion digital download)” that will span the entirety of Lomax’s seven goddamn decades of field recording the shit out of this abysmal rock of a country and will feature “iconic classics alongside previously unreleased and unknown gems from the Alan Lomax Archive.” Sound awesome?

Glad you think so! Then open your wallet and “join the centennial celebration” by making a pledge on Alan Lomax’s PledgeMusic page! When you do, you’ll get rewarded with “behind-the-scenes access to the production of the box-set and the audio mastering by Grammy-winning sound engineer Steve Rosenthal.” You’ll also be granted the esteemed right to help pick the songs for a series of five 7-inch singles that will accompany said box set, as well count yourself among the first to have access to the “rare photos and ephemera picked for the LP booklets.” Natch, all this will give you a “first-hand sense of breathtaking depth and breadth of Lomax’s collections, collected from 1933 to 1991,” not to mention a nice little dopamine reward for donating to a worthy cause and an easy, cool sense of musicological superiority.

By the way, even after the goal of covering the box set’s production costs is reached, any additional funds raised will go to the Association for Cultural Equity, the non-profit research and advocacy center founded by Lomax in 1983 that strives to “preserve and promote Lomax’s life’s work and actively seeks local partners to repatriate his collections to the communities in which they were created.” So, yeah. You’re not off the hook even if it’s all bought and paid for by the time you read this. Cough it up.

• Alan Lomax Archive: http://www.culturalequity.org
• PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com

Better late and in good quality: remastered edition of Ata Kak’s Obaa Sima to receive global release

He has an interesting name, and maybe you’ve been in e-rooms adjacent to the cult following that Ata Kak’s sole release has garnered, but don’t let your curiosity get the best of you by listening to this bogus “remaster” of Obaa Sima, uploaded via YouTube about a year ago. It sucks, and whoever thought they were doing us a favor by splitting the original mono recording clearly didn’t appreciate the fact that there is definitely more technical to it than that. All of our hopes now rest on Brian Shimkovitz and his Awesome Tapes from Africa label (based in Los Angeles), who are offering the first global, truly remastered release of Obaa Sima on March 2. I am (and we should all be) so excited!!

For the sake of catching people up to speed: Obaa Sima was originally self-released by Kak back in 1994 to relatively little fanfare in the two countries chosen for extremely limited cassette distribution — Ghana, his home country, and Canada, for some reason. The album received more than a positive reaction online in the decade that followed, and eventually Shimkovitz tracked down a physical version of the tape at a movable stall in Cape Coast, Ghana in 2002.

I’ve sampled a few of the mono tracks available online, and there’s just something so god damn fun and somewhat MJ-esque about Kak’s music. Here’s an instrumental track off the upcoming remaster, but be aware that vocals await, destined to make you smile idiotically:

Obaa Sima tracklisting:

01. Obaa Sima
02. Moma Yendodo
03. Adagya
04. Medofo
05. Daa Nyinaa
06. Yemmpa Aba
07. Bome Nnwom

• Awesome Tapes from Africa: http://www.awesometapes.com

Liquid Liquid’s Dennis Young announces anthology of unreleased solo material via Staubgold

Dennis Young, percussionist with post-punk/mutant disco/Lower East Side groove legends Liquid Liquid, has announced a new album, Reel to Real, a collection of rare and unreleased solo tracks. Recorded by Young at his own home between 1982 and 1983 using a reel-to-reel tape recorder, a drum set, and assorted instruments, these improvised performances spent the last three decades forgotten in a box. Rediscovered six months ago, Young edited several hours of tape down to an album’s worth of never before heard tracks.

As short-lived as they were, Liquid Liquid have never ceased to be a highly influential band. In recent times, they were a key influence on New York’s “dance punk” acts (!!!, DFA-years The Rapture), a resurgence that even lured Liquid Liquid out of the netherworld for a bunch of reunion shows. Nevertheless, they had started leaving a mark from very early on, with their song “Cavern” being sampled in the hip-hop classic “(White Lines) Don’t Do It.” Dennis Young has maintained a rather active career since Liquid Liquid’s demise in 1984, with over a dozen releases to his name. Showcasing a stark, powerful albeit tellingly lo-fi tint, the tracks in Reel to Real have very little to do with the rich rhythms Young laid out for Liquid Liquid, sounding closer to a mixture of Silver Apples circa The Garden and Suicide. You can stream a track off the album below.

Reel to Real is out on February 3 via Staubgold.

• Dennis Young: http://www.dennisyoungmusic.com
• Staubgold: http://www.staubgold.com

Brian Wilson makes late-in-life discovery of puns, announces 11th LP No Pier Pressure

Here at Tiny Mix Tapes Dot Com, we sure do like to have a good time. For instance, back in 2013 when I indicated that I only really knew who Brian Wilson was because of his inclusion in a Barenaked Ladies song, I was wrapping the news that Wilson was starting work on his 11th album up in a little joke, one that was assisted by the sheer happenstance that BNL were, at the time, gearing up to release their soon to be critically acclaimed 13th studio album Grinning Streak. Well now that, as Consequence of Sound reports, Wilson has completed his 11th album and come out with a whole host of details about it, I’m just certain that by the end of this post I’ll have made another joke or two. Just you wait and see.

The album, out April 7 via Capitol Records, is called No Pier Pressure, which is, reports are saying, a pun on the popular method by which teens are convinced to commit arson [Joke Update: as we all know, arson is no laughing matter]. The album will arrive as a standard 13-track edition and deluxe 16-track edition digitally and on CD, along with a 16-track double LP version.

Actually, speaking of teens but not of arson, Wilson says that although the album was originally conceived as a Beach Boys album, he ended up seeking collaborators in a group of “amazing young vocalists who have been inspired by his music,” which he saw as an “opportunity to finally become hip with his kids.” [Joke Update: sometimes they write themselves]. Included among these collaborators are Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, Kacey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, and Nate Ruess of fun.. He’ll also be joined by Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin, with whom he worked in the Beach Boys. No love for Mike Love, though [great joke!]. No love for Frank Ocean or Lana Del Rey either, both of whom were at one point also floated as possible inclusions on this album, probably because they were “too prominently associated with those jokers at Tiny Mix Tapes.” No love for Taylor Peters either because this post was pretty dry in the joke department. Sorry about that!

No Pier Pressure tracklist:

01. This Beautiful Day
02. Runaway Dancer (feat. Sebu Simonian)
03. What Ever Happened (feat. Al Jardine and David Marks)
04. On The Island (feat. She & Him)
05. Our Special Love (feat. Peter Hollens)
06. The Right Time (feat. Al Jardine and David Marks)
07. Guess You Had To Be There (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
08. Don’t Worry *
09. Somewhere Quiet *
10. I’m Feeling Sad *
11. Tell Me Why (feat. Al Jardine)
12. Sail Away (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine)
13. One Kind Of Love
14. Saturday Night (feat. Nate Ruess)
15. The Last Song
16. Half Moon Bay

* deluxe edition

• Brian Wilson: http://www.brianwilson.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

Lower Dens return with new album Escape From Evil, make big plans for L.A.-based death

Lower Dens could have called it a day back in 2010. They released a great debut album with a song called “A Dog’s Dick.” What’s left to accomplish after that? Smart money says nothing, but smart money, well, smart money ain’t so smart at all. They returned two years later with another great album, admittedly one with decidedly inferior song titles. Now they’re back AGAIN with another new album, Escape From Evil, out March 31 through Ribbon Music. The search for further information on the “A Dog’s Dick” story remains elusive (“A Dog’s Dick Pt.2” bonus 7-inch??? Think about it!), though opening track title “Sucker’s Shangri-La” sounds promising.

What is it like to die in L.A.? Probably the same as everywhere else, bro bro. This concept is explored in Escape From Evil’s first single “To Die in L.A.,” which can be heard below. The record was self-produced by Dens leader Jana Hunter at Baltimore’s Beatbabies, where the band recorded their debut, with assistance from Chris Coady, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Walker Teret. Additional recording was done in Dallas with John Congleton, while the Baltimore sessions were recorded by Chris Freeland.

Currently, the group has only one announced live date: a record release show in Brooklyn on March 31 at Baby’s All Right. The band assures us, the salivating public, that there will be further dates announced in the near future.

Escape From Evil tracklist:

01. Sucker’s Shangri-La
02. Ondine
03. To Die in L.A.
04. Quo Vadis
05. Your Heart Still Beating
06. Electric Current
07. I Am The Earth
08. Non Grata
09. Company
10. Société Anonyme

• Lower Dens: http://www.lowerdens.com
• Ribbon Music: http://www.ribbonmusic.com

Glenn Astro to release Hologram EP through WotNot Music, premieres “Love Is Gone” on Rinse FM

So there’s this guy Glenn Astro. What’s he like? Well, Glenn’s the kind of guy that’s 26, lives and works in Essen, Germany, and used to produce hip-hop. But then he’s also the kind of guy that shifts over to producing house and garage after a while — the kind of guy that really knows how to blend the forms with a kind of sweet melodic glow. Right, riiiiiiiight. The kind of guy that releases singles and EPs on a variety of respected labels — mmhm, that kind.

But Glenn’s also the kind of guy that’s set to release a vinyl six-tracker called the Hologram EP on March 23, with a later digital release of April 6. And of course he’s going to do it on London-based label WotNot. And he absolutely would get South London-based producer Henry Wu to do a remix for him. In fact, Glenn’s the kind of guy that might just let Rinse FM DJ Alexander Nut debut a track from the EP, which, of course, he did. Glenn’s that kind of guy.

Why don’t you take a listen to “Love Is Gone” at around the 1:40:00 mark:

• Glenn Astro: https://soundcloud.com/glenn-astro
• WotNot Music: http://www.wotnot.tv

Liturgy prep new LP, US tour; some dude in corpse paint punches a hole in his apartment wall

Somewhere, a black metal purist in Wyoming feels a rage bubbling up in his gut. He’s not sure why. He hasn’t felt this way for years. Last time he felt such a pure rage, it was 2011. New York black metal band (or, as he puts it, “black metal” band) had just put out their second album Aesthetica. The essays, the lack of corpse paint, the jeans, the rejection of traditional black metal values, it all filled this unnamed metal warrior with ire. But Liturgy’s been fairly quiet since and the metal traditionalist has felt safe. Oops, safety’s over, Liturgy’s putting out their third album The Ark Work through Thrill Jockey on March 24.

Those metal purists might be onto something with the “Liturgy isn’t black metal” stuff, though. The Ark Work’s first single “Quetzalcoatl” can be heard below in all its not-especially-black-metal glory. “Eat it, nerds,” said Liturgy leader Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (probably) while blowing a kiss (probably):

Metal purists can rest easy knowing that at least Liturgy aren’t going on tour. PSYCH. Liturgy are going on tour! It’s a bad day for you purists. Beginning in April, the group will play a couple of weeks of dates, then take a bit of a break for a few more dates in June. What will they be doing in the downtime? Kissing your sister.

The Ark Work tracklist:

01. Fanfare
02. Follow
03. Kel Valhaal
04. Follow II
05. Quetzalcoatl
06. Father Vorizen
07. Haelegen
08. Reign Array
09. Vitriol
10. Total War

Liturgy dates:

04.02.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.03.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
04.04.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
04.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.07.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
04.08.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.09.15 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
04.10.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04.11.15 - Oberlin, OH - Dinoysus Disco at Oberlin College
04.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
06.20.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
06.21.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott

• Liturgy: https://www.facebook.com/liturgynybm
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Benoît Pioulard (silently) sings a Sonnet with newly announced LP on Kranky

You get the impression going way back to Précis that Thomas Meluch a.k.a. Benoît Pioulard was capable of full-on heading this direction, but apparently only after collaborating with Rafael Anton Irisarri (through Orcas) has Meluch felt the motivation to go ALL IN with nearly unwavering ambience. He’s putting the chips down in the middle of an ethereal river flow, quickly realizing their status as actual money, as he proceeds to dive desperately (but swan-like) for the sake of monetary retrieval. Just because we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the airy and otherworldly folk on aural display post-millennium, doesn’t mean that mixing it up is totally out of the question. Mix it up, Meluch!

Sonnet, out March 30 on Kranky, is said to be a veritable smorgasbord. Well, actually, it’s somewhat ironic when you consider the literal definition of “sonnet,” because the album is almost entirely lyric-less. Here’s what the Seattle-based musician had to say concerning its composition: “The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions.”

There’s no turning back now. Hymnal was the last breath. Onward to ultra-minimalism! Teaser vid and a track below.

Sonnet tracklisting:

01. With No Advantage
02. The Gilded Fear That Guides the Flow
03. Of Everything That Rhymes
04. Is in its Clearest Form
05. An Image Apart from Ourselves
06. Whose Palms Create
07. As Would a Weaver
08. A Shade of Celadon
09. So Etched in Memory
10. Upon the Break Arch
11. That Wounded Weathered
12. Shut-Ins on Sunday
13. The Very Edge of Its Flame
14. And Relent

• Benoît Pioulard: http://pioulard.com
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net