The Dead Milkmen plan West Coast tour, cruise the coast in a…. reasonable van

Hey, Tiny Mix Tapes readers, what’s happenin’?

“Sigh. Are we really going to do this? The whole ‘Bitchin Camaro’ bit? Yes, we know, it’s a story about The Dead Milkmen. You know they made more than that one song, right? Too lazy to make a ‘We only have it iced’ reference? Or something about a horse-meat dish? I think we all saw this whole thing a mile away. But, please, what were you gonna do?”

Well. Um. I was gonna replace “Bitchin’ Camaro” with “Reasonable Van” because, you know, The Dead Milkmen are old these days. They’re responsible. You get it?

“Yeah. I get it. Great stuff. Get on with the story.”

Alright, fine. Classic irreverent punk act The Dead Milkmen are doing their first West Coast tour in almost three years. They’ll be playing a string of dates in April going from Vancouver down to Los Angeles. Last year, they put out Pretty Music For Pretty People, their second post-reunion album since getting back together in 2008. And they’ve been doing it all in a REASON—

“Shut up.”

Dead Milkmen dates:

04.17.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
04.18.15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.19.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.21.15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows
04.22.15 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
04.24.15 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
04.25.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

• The Dead Milkmen: http://www.deadmilkmen.com

International businessmen, prepare for your March 16 business trip with S&M-themed techno from Exploring Jezebel

This article specifically targets Tiny Mix Tapes’ audience of international businessmen, quiet dads, and awkward footwear retailers. I think you’ll all be interested in Dominick Fernow’s latest project as Exploring Jezebel, On a Business Trip to London. It’s gonna drop hard and hot on March 16 through London label Blackest Ever Black, so businessman, postpone your business trip; sweet, silent dad, buy a pair of lace briefs and call in sick; footwear man, don’t change a thing. You will delight in this balmy brand of BDSM bangers.

Even if you don’t know Exploring Jezebel’s She Extracts the Last Drop of Torture Out of the Penance and Will Add an Hour or Two If I Make Even the Least Awkward Movement on Account of the Acute Discomfort I’m in from the Hair Shirt and Says That She Is Being Kind to Me Because I’m Being Discouraged from the Immorality and Self Abuse of Masterbation and She’s the One Really Paying Penance Because She Daren’t Take Her Eyes Off Me in Case I Somehow Avoid the Full Punishment, you may know Fernow’s work as Vatican Shadow, or Prurient. However, Exploring Jezebel is no new project. Fernow has been working under the name since 2008’s Locking Up the Husband’s Penis Is Not Slavery, But Rather the Greatest Act of Kindness Given to a Man. On a Business Trip to London will be only his second release under the alias outside his own label, Hospital Productions.

Enjoy a little sampling of the LP and then read that tracklist, alright?

On a Business Trip to London tracklist:

01. Luckily I was allowed to get dressed when I left the house.
02. I am made to greet each guest with a limp-wristed handshake
03. Only Carla
04. She is pretty strange, the way she dresses, that punky hair. God knows what she gets up to.
05. Jack the Dammed
06. Since I am on a strict 500 calorie a day diet with extensive exercise and no alcohol, I have the shape of a petite little woman, and my wife has paid for breast implants and facial surgery to make me more acceptable.
07. Duck shall not have the audacity to request release himself. Duck shall not gripe or complain about the duration of his confinement, the length of which will be solely determined by mistress.
08. He might be able to earn a meal of slop if he does dangerous work (for instance: crash test dummy). THUNDERSKINS
09. To compensate, while the average lifespan of a male will be about 70 years, medical advancements will make the average lifespan of a woman to be about 750 years.
10. When Thanksgiving approaches, I’m usually in my third week without release.
11. My breasts were pierced, so red ball ornaments were placed through each nipple. Additionally, each ear was pierced, so a red ball ornament was placed in each earring hole. My nipples were protruding through a hole for each in the silk red top of the ensemble. It had red and green fur around it, and I was tied from head to toe with beautiful tinsel garland. Bows were placed all over my body, and a giant bow was placed in my femininely prepared hair. Of course, I had bright Christmas-type make-up on and the bright red ball gag ornament in my mouth. And don’t forget the jingle bells, which were sewed all over my outfit. This was a sort of security system to keep me still and in position. Don’t forget the lights either, which were very, very hot against my skin – she used outdoor lights, which were sheer torture.
12. Thunderskins London Dungeon x 5
13. The grad student turned her eyes toward the closet where she had made him hide. THUNDERSKINS
14. Drugs. Alan, I don’t believe it but somebody saw her shooting up in the restroom.
15. Only Tease
16. Tennis has always been my life since I was a small boy in Mexico City. My father was the head gardener at an estate owned by a very important man and he used to take me with him so I could hit the balls on the court.
17. Wild Spectrum
18. Credits

• Dominick Fernow: http://hospitalproductions.net
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.com

Howard Stelzer announces new album How To on Phage Tapes

Don’t let the disappearance of his label Intransitive Recordings fool you; Howard Stelzer has kept himself as busy as ever. The New York-born tape manipulator may no longer have an outlet of his own, but even before closing Intransitive Recordings down back in 2012, he had been releasing albums pretty much everywhere. He has recently announced a new album on Phage Tapes, How To, which follows the still-fresh Narrow Escape and At Ease, a collaboration with Joe Bastardo.

Active since the mid-90s, Stelzer has made cassette tapes his trademark platform to craft complex collages of noise, found sounds, and synthetic textures. Yet he is best known as an all-around devotee of tape as a medium, collecting hundreds of cassettes, writing about sound art and tape culture, and curating an amazingly ambitious catalog of experimental music for Intransitive Recordings. Based in Boston and active for over a decade, the label released music by Jason Lescalleet, Nerve Net Noise, Jason Talbot, C. Spencer Yeh, and Brume, among many others. Nevertheless, it would be unforgivable to overlook 1998’s Bond Inlets, Stelzer’s crowning achievement; an album where he was able to pick the inherent limitations of consumer-grade tapes apart, laying out a foreboding work of rare emotional power.

How To is out on March via Phage Tapes.

• Howard Stelzer: https://cassettetapesuperstar.wordpress.com
• Phage Tapes: http://phagetapes.miiduu.com

Ty Segall announces acoustic tour, throws shade toward former friend electricity

Watch out, electricity, Ty Segall’s done with you. In past years, the unison of Ty Segall and electricity seemed an unbreakable bond. It was electricity that provided the distorted fuzz that powers the majority of Segall’s material. Yet, somehow, a rift (not a riff) has formed between the two formerly inseparable chums. Ty’s going on tour and he’s not bringing a drop of that electricity with him.

What could lead a man to a string of acoustic shows? Did electricity sleep with someone in Ty Segall’s family? Did Ty Segall sleep with a lightning bolt? The public may never truly get an answer. All that can be said is that the feud is likely to last through June, in which the majority of these acoustic shows will take place.

Segall will take this whole acoustic concept on a test run in April for one Los Angeles show. Presumably, he’ll spend May stewing over whether he can truly leave electricity behind. Personally, I think once this all blows over, these two crazy kids are gonna be alright.

Ty Segall dates:

04.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite #
06.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
06.25.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bellhouse *
06.26.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (early show)
06.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade (late show)
06.27.14 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

* Christian Peslak
# Cory Hanson, Emmett Kelly

• Ty Segall: http://www.ty-segall.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Denee Petracek]

Oren Ambarchi and PAN release Live Knots, featuring the bonus “pops” of audience member heads

Oren Ambarchi releases music about as frequently as I brush my teeth (just look at those pearly whites), so you might be forgiven for quickly moving on following the release of his 2012, underrated-now-that-I-think-about-it LP Audience of One.

An alternative explanation is that you took the name of the LP a little too seriously, and each listen was a guilt-inducing reminder that you probably weren’t the only one listening to that album. No no, don’t try and blame Touch for the possible goading by way of releasing more than one copy; what you should’ve done, on the assumption that you also have the power of precognition, is waited for the release of Live Knots, available on PAN right this instant. Consider the release the approval you need to re-live that 33-minute exercise in gradually chaotic bliss (the original “Knots” is the principal piece on Audience of One).

And so Live Knots is exactly what you’d expect: two versions of “Knots,” performed in two separate venues, with different musicians offering a supportive touch. Fellow Aussie and percussionist Joe Talia joined Ambarchi for the first version, performed at Tokyo’s Superdeluxe in March 2013. The second version comes from the 2013 edition of Unsound, where Oren was joined by both Talia and the inimitable (so I’m told) Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Here’s the original for reference, and here’s an excerpt:

Live Knots tracklisting:

01. Tokyo Knots
02. Krakow Knots I
03. Krakow Knots II

• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• PAN: http://p-a-n.org

Unknown Mortal Orchestra play our conveniently specific synth quiz, then announce new album

Multiple-Choice Question: what would you do if you found a synth in a garage sale for the ridiculously low price of, say, $1, but the owner sells it to you with the warning that “it doesn’t work, man, it’s just for parts.” Then you take this thing home and tinker with it for a few days, soldering here, reassembling there, then you go plug it in and — lo and behold — it’s working again. Shooting beams of psychedelic lightning all over the place.

Would you:

(a) Fist pump the air and then play “Chopsticks” to your little brother.
(b) Preemptively say, “I probably wouldn’t have been able to get it working because I suck at that stuff, therefore I can’t even fathom this hypothetical situation.”
(c) View it is a subversive treatise and commencing honing new sounds for a new album.

We can confirm that Ruben Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has responded to our conveniently specific quiz and answered a most definite (c). Going one better, he’s now announced the album to prove it. It’s called Multi-Love, it will be released by Jagjaguwar on May 26, and it will feature synths, not necessarily salvaged from garage sales, but reconditioned by the band nonetheless.

Promising more than just Frankensteined synths, we are told to expect the unexpected to be thrown into Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s already multifaceted guitar pop gems. The lead + title track is below. Additionally, US and UK tour dates have been announced and are on sale; purchase tickets here.

Multi-Love tracklisting:

01. Multi-Love
02. Like Acid Rain
03. Ur Life One Night
04. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
05. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
06. The World Is Crowded
07. Stage or Screen
08. Necessary Evil
09. Puzzles

Dates:

05.07.15 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05.09.15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
05.10.15 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
05.20.15 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
05.21.15 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
05.22.15 - Coventry, UK - Warwick University
05.23.15 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound City
05.25.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
05.26.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
05.27.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
05.28.15 - Paris, France - La Flèche d’Or
05.29-31.15 - Nîmes, France - This is Not a Love Song Festival
05.30.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.02.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.03.15 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
06.04.15 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
06.05.15 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
06.06.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.08.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
06.09.15 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
06.10.15 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
06.11-14.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.13.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
06.14.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.15.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06.16.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
06.17.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
06.19.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw

• Unknown Mortal Orchestra: http://unknownmortalorchestra.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

[Photo: Dusdin Condren]

Lightning Bolt announce tour promoting their Empire; new track makes imperialism seem not so bad

Personally, my notion of “selling out” involves living my entire life in a hippie commune, only to have a winning lottery ticket come floating into my grass hut thanks to an especially powerful gust of wind. Do I burn the ticket for the sake of preserving a green lifestyle and an uncorrupted society? Uh… no! I accept my winnings with the grace of a Satanist and turn over half of it to the CEO of Goldman Sachs in exchange for his wingman services whenever we hit the town.

Lightning Bolt facetiously talk about “selling out” when referring to their transition from in-pit to on-stage, but I think the real measure comes from the music itself (+ whether or not they’re actively doing commercials for Sprite). Given that I can still see crowds risking mild injury by moshing to the track below (premiered via Rolling Stone, who also interviewed the duo), I’d say fans new and old can rest pretty easy. I can tell Lightning Bolt’s presence in a dedicated recording studio, but I still want to flail limbs and violently rearrange my couch cushions.

Look up when attending one of the dates below. Fantasy Empire, as previously indicated, is out March 24.

Dates:

04.15.15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
04.16.15 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness *
04.17.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
04.18.15 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
04.19.15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
04.20.15 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.21.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts
04.22.15 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
04.24.15 - Denver, CO - GLOB
04.25.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
04.27.15 - Boise, ID - The Shredder
04.28.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos #
04.29.15 - Portland, OR - Dantes #
05.01.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel #
05.02.15 - Oakland, CA - Leo’s #
05.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex #
05.04.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room #
05.05.15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah #
05.06.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
05.08.15 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.09.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
05.10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery
05.11.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
05.12.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.13.15 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
05.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick
05.16.15 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

* METZ
# Liturgy

• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Drones for donations: Jason Lescalleet and Justin Meyers release album to benefit Minneapolis art space The White Page

If you’re a regular reader of this website, chances are you’ve spent time loitering around an independent art space or two. And while these oases of expression provide precious respite from an increasingly monocultural world, they’re not exactly big-time money-making enterprises. Matters are even more difficult for places looking to expand their arty operations, such as Minneapolis’s The White Page. Having outgrown their current digs, the four women who run the space are gathering donations through an Indiegogo campaign to fund a move into larger facilities. Along with an expanded gallery and workshop, The White Page also hopes to add on a darkroom, printshop and ceramic studio.

And like all worthwhile crowdfunding efforts, you’ll get something pretty cool in return for your cash, namely in the form of an album — aptly titled The White Page — created by two friends of TMT: Minneapolis’s own Justin Meyers (of Sympathy Limited) and drone mastermind Jason Lescalleet. A $12 donation gets you a digital download, while $25 nets a CD copy of this willowy collaboration, with all proceeds going to the aforementioned art space.

Check out all the ambient excellence for yourself in the stream below, and if you’re of the means, do the right thing and drop some ducats in The White Page’s coffers.

• Jason Lescalleet: https://lescalleet.wordpress.com
• Justin Meyers: https://justinmeyers.bandcamp.com
• The White Page: http://the-white-page.com

Stone Jack Jones brings us Love & Torture from almost beyond the grave

Stone Jack Jones takes the image of a world-weary wandering folksmith to new levels. While everyone from Woody Guthrie to Justin Townes Earl can wander the ol’ dusty plains slinging an acoustic guitar and a notepad of observations, only Stone Jack Jones can claim to have wandered both the astral as well as the dusty plains.

Jones, you see, suffers from a blood disease so rare that doctors can’t even figure out what it is, so serious it’s taken him to death’s door twice, so close he’s even received the last rites, which is pretty badass and handy to have. It’s a unique experience from which an artist can craft their art, and there’s no doubting the gravelly haunted voice with which Jones punctuates his sparse folk creations are a new approach to an old formula.

Western Vinyl will be releasing Jones’ latest missive called Love & Torture on March 17, which will feature 10 of Jones’ gut-wrenching folk warblings along with contributions from fellow Nashville stalwarts Patty Griffin and Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

Throw out your ouija board and get an insight to the afterlife via the lead single “Shine” below:

Love & Torture tracklist:

01. Shine
02.Thrill Thrill
03. Q and K
04. Circumstance
05. Ships
06. Disappear
07. Russia
08. Song
09. Who
10. Say Amen

• Stone Jack Jones: http://stonejackjones.com
• Western Vinyl: http://westernvinyl.com

Built to Spill announce new album Untethered Moon; yep, guitars are still out there

Guys. I think the thing is: things just take a long time to happen in Boise, Idaho. There’s no giant urban sprawl to cause stress, no legit sports teams to get amped about, and potatoes are plentiful, making most meals you can order in any of the myriad fast food joints and budget diners cheap as balls. So basically, I think everyone’s just kinda chillaxing at Denny’s most nights of the week sipping bottomless cups of coffee, dipping huge baskets of waffle fries into absurd vats of ranch dressing and marinara sauce, and “catching up” on that “new show” Dexter while waiting out yet another carbohydrate coma.

SO YEAH. That’s why it’s taken Boise’s Built to Spill approximately six years to follow-up 2009’s There Is No Enemy… which, YEAH, according to Consequence of Sound, they’re finally getting around to doing this April. The new album is called Untethered Moon, which… is a title that ALSO sounds like it probably took six years to think-up. (Ba-ziiiiiiing!)

Anyway, again, kinda like Idaho: there’s kinda not that much else fit to report other than that. The band still likes guitars a lot and is playing some shows that feature guitars as the main instruments this coming spring — in a presumably calm and unhurried manner — oh, and there’s a live version of one of the new album songs floating around the internet that you can watch down below. If you feel like it. Take your time. Whenever, really. No rush. Have some waffle fries first.

Untethered Moon tracklisting:

01. All Our Songs
02. Living Zoo
03. On The Way
04. Some Other Song
05. Never Be the Same
06. C.R.E.B.
07. Another Day
08. Horizon to Cliff
09. So
10. When I’m Blind

Built to Spill shows:

03.27.15 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
04.10.15 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
04.11.15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
04.12.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04.13.15 - Santa Barbera, CA - SoHo
04.14.15 - San Diego, CA - Irenic
04.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
04.16.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04.17.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.18.15 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum Theater
04.20.15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse Saloon
05.09.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival

• Built to Spill: http://www.builttospill.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com