Nicole Dollanganger to release album through Grimes’s new not-a-label Eerie Organization

Nicole Dollanganger is an Ontario-based singer-songwriter who’s released a number of home-recorded albums over the past few years, one of which features cover art that might make you barf or cry. And that music has the power to blow up Grimes’s brain. And that brain blowing-up has the power to make Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, create an artist co-operative just to put out more of that music. And that co-operative, known as Eerie Organization, will be putting out Dollanganger’s first studio-recorded album Natural Born Losers on October 9. Listen to the album’s closing track “You’re So Cool” below.

Look, I’m not exaggerating about the brain-explosion thing. Here’s what Boucher herself said: “It blew up my brain so hard that I literally started Eerie to fucking put it out because it’s a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard.” See, I’m not a liar! Anyway, beyond putting out Natural Born Losers, the organization exists to help artists accomplish more than they would on their own, while not forcing them to sacrifice their independence.

Eerie is set to put out Grimes’s forthcoming album in Canada, though the record will be handled by other entities elsewhere. So with two releases set for the year, Eerie must be the hot new record label? No, dummy. Boucher stresses that the organization is not a record label, as it has no full staff and does not accept submission. So don’t try to send a tape there, unless you want to make more trash. Actually, you’d just love that, wouldn’t you, trash fetishist? You’re gross.

Natural Born Losers tracklist:

01. Poacher’s Pride
02. Mean
03. White Trashing
04. Swan
05. In The Land
06. Alligator Blood
07. Executioner
08. American Tradition
09. Angels of Porn (ii)
10. A Marvelous Persona
11. You’re So Cool

[Photo: Susie Bell]

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Hello Mr. or Ms. Refused,

We have received your request to scream. Thank you for your continued patience while we process your claim. Our records indicate that you submitted the inquiry in 1998 via a song titled “New Noise.” We apologize for any delays, though you should know that our department receives thousands of requests each day.

The projected date for your screaming certification to finish processing, barring any unforeseen violations, is October 4. According to our records, this is the same day that your group or project will begin its tour. From all the bureaucrats in office, we wish you luck on these performances. We must inform you, however, that our department will be taking a look at your recent album Freedom to confirm that every track is up to code.

The Department of Screaming and Other Noises

Refused dates:

10.04.15 - Bizkaia, Spain - Bizkaia Arena
10.05.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
10.06.15 - Madrid, Spain - Barclay Center
10.08.15 - Wien, Austria - Stadthalle
10.09.15 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eishalle Deutweg
10.11.15 - Hannover, Germany - Swiss Life Hall
10.12.15 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyer-Halle
10.13.15 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle
10.14.15 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
10.15.15 - Madonna dell’Albero, Italy - Bronson Club
10.16.15 - Trezzo sull’Adda, Milan, Italy - Live Music Club
11.21.15 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Speedfest
10.23.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
11.23.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
11.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11.25.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.27.15 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.28.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
12.01.15 - Paris, France - Trainon
12.03.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
12.04.15 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof Wiesbaden
12.05.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks


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Miley Cyrus surprise-drops new album with The Flaming Lips

Boom: Miley Cyrus just surprise-dropped a nipple a new album. Announced on stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (reportedly, at least — I was too busy playing a game of racquetball with a potential client; fingers crossed!), Cyrus’s new album is a collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Guests collaborators include Ariel Pink, Mike Will Made-It, Billy Ray Cyrus, Big Sean, and more. It’s streaming now via SoundCloud:

Cyrus also released the video for opening track “Dooo It!,” a track she premiered on stage at the VMAs. Check it out here:

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Hopscotch day parties announced, TMT doing showcase with Apothecary & DiggUpTapes ft. Guardian Alien, Daniel Bachman, and more

In less than two weeks, the venerable Hopscotch Music Festival will take place once again in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, featuring something like 5 millions bands performing in over 2 million venues. Artists this year include GY!BE, Deerhunter, Prurient, Elisa Ambrogio, Pusha T, Lawrence English, and improviser-in-residence Owen Pallett. But starting a week before and lasting through the fest are a bunch of incredible day parties that showcase just how deep and weird and beautiful we can all get.

Tiny Mix Tapes is proud to once again ride the coattails of Raleigh institution DiggUpTapes and art/music/booking collective Apothecary for the sixth edition of Orientations in Space, an annual day party that has boasted the likes of Akron/Family, Future Islands, Rene Hell, Lee Noble, Heads on Sticks, and many more. Gracing the stage this time will be Guardian Alien, Nest Egg, Doom Asylum, Daniel Bachman, and more TBA. Like last year’s event, the (free) show will be held at Kings Barcade.

RSVP to Orientations in Space IV here, check out all the day parties here, and listen to the artists in our lineup below. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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HEALTH announce North American tour, share secret ingredients on Song Exploder podcast

After being stuck in video game land via Max Payne, HEALTH are back in the real world. Welcome back, HEALTH! They dropped a new album, Death Magic, earlier this month, and now, to prove that wasn’t simply a transmission sent from the digital world, they’ve booked a North American tour for November. Before November comes, the group will make appearances at Basilica Soundscape and Pitchfork Fest Paris, providing further assurance that they are of our own flesh-and-blood world.

But what makes HEALTH tick? That’s what I wanna know! Or, really, what makes a HEALTH song tick? Well, the answer is now readily available, as long as you are specifically interested in what makes the song “Stonefist” work. HEALTH were recently on the podcast Song Exploder, in which host Hrishikesh Hirway invites musicians to explain their songs piece-by-piece. Listen below and discover what makes “Stonefist” so hard and, uh, fist-like.

HEALTH dates:

09.11-13.15 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape
10.28-31.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Fest Paris
11.10.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
11.13.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.14.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.15.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.17.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.19.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.20.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur
11.21.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.24.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.25.15 - Montreal, QC - Le Ritz
11.26.15 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11.27.15 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
11.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
11.30.15 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
12.01.15 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
12.03.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12.04.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
12.05.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
12.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
12.09.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene


[Photo: Sesse Lind]


Stephen O’Malley swaps in Sunn O))) for ice dancing… unitard TBA

Figure skating has always had a dark undercurrent. Aside from the obvious Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan saga, all those fake smiles and sequins seem a little psychotic. So it’s really no surprise to learn that doom metal icon Stephen O’Malley will be shortly releasing his recording of the score to Gisèle Vienne’s ice skating choreography piece called Eternelle Idole.

O’Malley has been interspersing his Sunn O))) duties with a range of extracurricular activities, including his first orchestral work Gruides, which he recorded with a 35-piece French improv orchestra earlier this year. Eternelle Idole will extend his orchestral credentials and features appearances from previous collaborators such as Steve Moore, Peter Rehberg, and Jesse Sykes.

Shelter Press will release the score September 4 on triple vinyl, as well as 16 pages of kickass pictures of ice-skating tricks taken from the choreographed piece.

As you’d expect, the music is creepy. as. fuck.

Eternelle Idole
A1. L’étang
A2. Aurore theme
B1. Eternal Idol
B2. Arrival of the trainer
C2. Return / Escape

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GOLDRUSH Music Festival finalizes lineup; Pictureplane and Braeyden Jae among those added to the shimmering two days

Hell, even if you aren’t inclined to make the national rounds in pursuit of a total festival season experience, sticking geographically close is bound to pliers-pluck the fingernails off your bank account, as so many festivals out there count on big names to justify three-figure pass prices. Fortunately, one exception to this is GOLDRUSH Music Festival in Denver. The event — presented this year by IMPOSE, with Tiny Mix Tapes sponsoring one of its stages — will be celebrating its fifth edition September 18-19 and has historically been (and continues to be) on the smiling side of audiences with their entirely reasonable prices and booking of niche, almost sneakingly talented acts. Unfamiliar names should be seen as a boon to any potential festival goers; yell out these names on various Denver streets in order to express your superior open-mindedness!

Added to the list of possible proclamations: electronic musician Pictureplane, Utah-based purveyor of the low-key Braeyden Jae, A/V artist Amulets a.k.a. Randall Taylor, and déCollage, an artistic outfit hailing from the Denver area. They join a lineup that includes Yoni Wolf (WHY?), Guardian Alien, Lawrence English, Tara Jane O’Neil, Benoît Pioulard, and about a dozen more that you can review in full here.

Single-day passes are also available now, which wasn’t the case at the time of our last GOLDRUSH announcement. Purchase yours here, and let the pleasant warmth of frugality wash over you like a bath of melted butter. Gold solidifies at room temperature, you know.

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Steve Gunn announces fall North American dates, preaches the sweet word of Matador

Last we spoke of the comings-and-goings of guitarist Steve Gunn, the former Kurt Vile sideman, was his signing to Matador. That pairing, most would agree, was just fine for both parties. Matador’s a great label. Gunn’s a talent who, after years of work, is poised to break through in one capacity or another. Mutual benefits, right there.

With himself firmly in Matador’s care, it’s time to go spread the word. Let people know about this Steve Gunn music, let them know about a little something that’ll be coming through Matador soon enough. Now, Gunn had previously announced a handful of festival dates, but he’s filled in his calendar with a few North American dates in October. It’s not a huge tour, but, frankly, it’s enough to spread that good word.

Steve Gunn dates:

08.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (free show)
09.11.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.18-20.15 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (Side Chapel) *
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen *
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC - La Plante *
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall *
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar *
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Constellation Room *
11.07.15 - Dallas, TX - Untapped Festival
11.08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

* James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg


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The Album Leaf’s 2004 album In A Safe Place gets vinyl reissue by Sub Pop

SafeFest 2015 is coming, y’all! What is SafeFest? Well, it’s not so much a thing, in that it does not actually exist in any tangible way. SafeFest is a festival of the mind, one in which you appreciate The Album Leaf’s 2004 album In A Safe Place. It’s a collection of happenings, two happenings in actuality, circling around the album Jimmy Lavalle recorded years ago in Sigur Rós’s Icelandic studio.

Happening #1: Sub Pop will reissue the record on vinyl on September 25. Prepare for celebration among the SafeFest crowd, as In A Safe Place has been out of print on vinyl since 2007. The label is repressing the album on black vinyl, as well as a limited “Loser” edition color vinyl. Safeheads can pre-order the album through Sub Pop’s store.

Happening #2: The Album Leaf will perform the record in full at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Alright, PlaceNuts, start booking plane tickets for Presaytn, Wales around November 27-29, because that is where and when that festival goes down. Happy SafeFest, everyone!

[Photo: Bil Zellman]

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Emptyset put their Signal performance to record, leaving clouds and satellites uncredited

Now now, Hollywood and at least one its cinematic endeavors might’ve conditioned you to accept the scientific possibility of reconnecting with lost loved ones, but rest assured, the realized advances of atmospheric correspondence are way cooler than following signals to an interstellar beach and knocking back a few margaritas with zombie dad.

English electronic duo Emptyset have been interested in the intersection between physics, space, and sound since their formation roughly 10 years ago, and in terms of genre, they’ve demonstrated a similar confluence by incidentally avoiding encapsulation by either the “noise” or “glitch” category. Their music occupies a powerful and investigative purgatory, so when I inform you of their new Signal release, out September 11 on Subtext, you can be sure that its creation was a bit more involved than switching on an oscillator as Batman gets alerted to crime on the TV adjacent. These signals involved audio transmission across real distances!

At CTM Festival earlier this year, James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas sent “audio composed of sine wave structures” to the “oldest transmission station in the world,” located in Nauen, Germany. It was then received by the French radio base Émetteur d’Issoudun and retransmitted back to Berlin, where anybody present presumably bore witness to all kinds of atmospheric artifacts.

If only I had some samples to share. Just assume alien confirmation.

Signal tracklisting:

01. Signal
02. Signal

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