Record Store Day Black Friday ’14 exclusives announced, giving the mild-mannered record buying public a chance to get in on the violence and hysteria

Haven’t you heard? Black Friday isn’t just for seekers of oversized electronics and department store apparel anymore. No, this year it’s for your regular, blue collar, average Joe vinyl lovers too. Once again Record Store Day has slipped its way into November, throwing the name “Record Store Day” itself into question, and giving your local record store the exciting opportunity to be host to fights, tramplings, and shootings over unnecessary products, just like the bigwigs of the shopping world.

This year’s crop of releases includes new offerings from St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, CHVRCHES, and Jenny Lewis, as well as reissues of The Beatles, Aaliyah, Game Theory, and Hüsker Dü, and a whole host of other things that are sure to fit in your record collection between other records like records tend to do. On top of that there’s a 7-inch picture disc of a song from the movie Frozen, so yeah, there’s going to be some bloodshed this holiday season. Check out the full list of releases here.

• Record Store Day:

Sébastien Tellier announces quartet of North American dates, in pursuit of magical spell uniting the four elements

Hear me out on this one: French musician Sébastien Tellier may be trying to destroy the world. Don’t leave. I’ll explain.

As any idiot knows, there are four elements of nature. These are wind, earth, fire, and water. But what if these four disparate elements became united as one? Man has long wondered this. I have the answer, though: the summoning of Chr’durost, an ancient demon set on engulfing our world in magma.

Now, Sébastien Tellier is playing four North American dates in December. I have reason to believe these four dates represent the four elements. The first, snowy Montreal, embodies the frozen form of water. The second, New York City, suggests fire, due to the fiery ambitions of its residents. The third, San Francisco, is wind, because San Francisco can be windy. And the massive sprawl of Los Angeles, site of the final date, is akin to earth.

Uncover Sébastien’s plot in the video for “Love” off his recent album L’Aventura. The clip recently premiered on Nowness, possibly as a means to warn humankind of Tellier’s plot. If you watch it, you shall see the clues.

Sébastien Tellier dates:

12.01.14 - Montreal, QC - Société des Arts Technologiques
12.02.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.05.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
12.06.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy

• Sébastien Tellier:

Full of Hell and Merzbow plan collaborative album on Profound Lore that stretches my capacity to make food analogies

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that though I have no idea how to really cook much of anything, I’m a whiz at whipping up cooking metaphors for talking about albums. For example: what do you get when you add two cups East Coast grindcore, a liberal spritzing of legendary Japanoise cone ripping, and a dash of pretty cool metal record label? Why, a Full of Hell & Merzbow collaborative album on Profound Lore, of course! Haha! What a great way to introduce this album, am I right?! It’s almost like the method itself just came out of the oven and is piping hot and ready to be eaten!

On November 25, the sound soup that is Full of Hell & Merzbow will be out on Profound. It will be hot and it will be well seasoned and it will go well with certain types of garlic bread. Do not spill it on your shirt or you will catch hell from your mom later on the way to the wedding you are traveling to with your family. The difference between soup and this album, however, is that this album will no doubt be one of the most brutal things you put into your ear holes in the year of 2014. How often can you say that about soup? Almost never. If you pre-order the album, you’ll get an immediate download of two tracks from the album, “Gordian Knot” and “Blue Litmus.” The CD version also comes with a bonus five-song piece entitled “Sister Faun,” which extends the word the artists did together on the album. If this album were really food, I would invite you to order it now, but because it is an album, I will invite you rather to pre-order it, even though at most restaurants when you order food you are also kind of pre-ordering if you think about it.

If you’re in the mood to get pummeled, listen to “Gordian Knot” and be sure to check out Full of Hell on their upcoming dates listed below.

Full of Hell & Merzbow tracklist:

01. Burst Synapse
02. Gordian Knot
03. Humming Miter
04. Blue Litmus
05. Raise Thee, Great Wall, Bloody and Terrible
06. Thrum in the Deep
07. Shattered Knife
08. Mute
09. High Fells
10. Ludjet Av Gud
11. Fawn Heads and Unjoy


11.03.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
11.04.14 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
11.05.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11.06.14 - Holyoke, MA - Waterfront Tavern
11.07.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
11.08.14 - Dayton, OH - Rock Star Arena
11.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.10.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
11.11.14 - Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter Lounge
11.13.14 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.14.14 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx
11.15.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - Local 662
12.03.14 - Newcastle, New South Wales - The Small Ballroom
01.02.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.31.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Atlas Bar
05.21.15 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest

• Full of Hell:
• Merzbow:
• Profound Lore:

Swans announce new EP for November, the circle of life spins ever onward

“Uh oh, Swans just announced a new EP. What are we going to do?”

Above is a fragment of conversations that would literally never occur within the four imaginary walls of Tiny Mix Tapes because, look: Swans announce a new EP and we announce that they announced it. Then probably on Twitter somewhere a dude with a cat as his avatar announces that we announced that they announced it somewhere else, a snake eats its tail and still somewhere else Michael Gira does whatever mysterious things he does when he’s not playing music that sounds like it would eat the Earth whole if it could. It’s the circle of life. Like in the popular Disney lion saga The Lion King.

The particular new Swans EP that I’m going to presently start announcing about is called Oxygen, and it contains the song “Oxygen” four times in four different versions. “Oxygen,” if you are bad with names, is a song from Swans’ To Be Kind, which, if you are bad with albums, is an album by a band called Swans that came out earlier this year. The album version of “Oxygen” is not contained on Oxygen. Instead, the EP contains an edit of the song by Mute founder Daniel Miller, a demo version recorded at Michael Gira’s house (where I would be willing to guess he does mysterious life things sometimes), an acoustic version, and a live version from Primavera. The whole deal will be out digitally November 25 via Young God and Mute. Scope the edited version below.

Oxygen tracklist:

01. Oxygen (Edit)
02. Oxygen (Live at Primavera)
03. Oxygen (Early Version)
04. Oxygen (Acoustic Version)

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• Young God:
• Mute:

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:
• Not Not Fun:

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

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• 4AD:

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:
• Numero Group:

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


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

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• Sub Pop:

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

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:
• Drag City:

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:
• Dais: