There’s nothing quite like an indie spat! In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Kim Gordon described Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want-cos-we’re-so-good-and-are-better-than-you online model for In Rainbows (TMT Review) as “a marketing ploy” and “It seemed really community-oriented, but it wasn’t catered towards their musician brothers and sisters, who don’t sell as many records as them. It makes everyone else look bad for not offering their music for whatever.”
Ms. Gordon went on to say “It was a good marketing ploy and I wish I’d thought of it! But we’re not in that position either. We might not have been able to put out a record for another couple of years if we’d done it ourselves: It’s a lot of work. And it takes away from the actual making music.”
Dunno ‘bout you but all I could think when reading this was “WHAAAA! WHAAAA! WHAAAAA! WHAAAAA! WHAAAA! WHAAAA! WHAAAAA! WHAAAA! WHAAAAA! WHAAAAA!”
I was at the Dirty Projectors show in Richmond, VA with Emily, a girl who I finally had the courage to ask out. It was a bit uncomfortable at first. We didn't have much in common, except for Dirty Projectors, so we kept the chatting to a minimum as the crowd surrounding us were yelling conversations over the Motown playing through the venue's speakers. But Dirty Projectors soon hopped on stage, and despite my timidness, it was nice to be by her side.
As the show progressed, I nervously put my arm around her shoulders, partially pretending to protect her from the more aggressive crowd members. To my surprise, she responded with a gentle kiss from her full, soft lips. It felt right. When the band started playing "Stillness Is the Move" off their newly released Bitte Orca (TMT Review), she took my hand and sensually guided it over her blouse, instructing me to rub gently. She then guided my fingers in between her thighs...
To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing, but Emily was a gentle guide, and I soon found my hand inside her pants where she pushed against my fingers, demanding that I massage hard. I couldn't help but watch her every facial expression as I began to stroke with increasing intensity -- her eyes were wide open, staring at the stage intently, almost as if I weren't there. In fact, it looked like she was staring at lead songwriter David Longstreth, who was now singing "Temecula Sunrise."
As Longstreth invoked his angelic falsetto, Emily suddenly surged and moaned in ecstasy, forcing my hand to furiously rub her. After about 15 seconds, she held my hand forcefully on her crotch, not moving it one inch as she let out tiny whimpers of pleasure, tilting her head back as if she were about to ascend to the heavens.
As soon as Dirty Projectors started playing "Two Doves," Emily told me she was feeling ill and wanted to walk home by herself. Not wanting to miss the opportunity, I told her I had fun and that we should hang out again sometime soon. "Sure," she says. "What are you doing when Sufjan Stevens rolls into town?"
06.17.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
06.18.09 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theatre
06.21.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
06.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Millenium Park
06.24.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
06.25.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Theatre Plaza
07.02.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard on Richards
07.03.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
07.04.09 - Portland, OR - Holocene
07.07.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.08.09 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
07.09.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
07.19.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
09.09.09 - Paris, FR - Maroquinerie #
09.11.09 - Dorset, UK - End Of The Road Festival
09.12.09 - Isle Of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.13.09 - London, UK - Scala #
09.16.09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans #
09.19.09 - Brussels, BE - Botanique # *
09.20.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg #
09.21.09 - Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg #
09.25.09 - Toulouse, FR - Le Printemps de Septembre Festival
* Sunset Rubdown
King Sunny Adé Touring North America. What? That Doesn’t Sound Like White, Uptight Indie Rock To Me!
For 40 years, Nigerian guitar groover King Sunny Adé has delighted and entranced audiences with his hypnotic marathon sets. No matter what your particular prefered musical persuasion may be, you cannot help but get up, move, and, oftentimes, involuntarily throw money when the master juju musician plays. For sure, times are tough, but if anyone is used to and deserves getting sprayed with money for performing his praise songs it’s Adé. So be prepared to see folks from all walks of life, even people from dreadful jam bands, jockey for position at the front and itching to chuck bucks at the feet of the “Minister of Enjoyment.” Ade brings his large band around North America for a rare set of dates (after performanced at both the Playboy Jazz Fest and Bonnaroo), playing 40-minute jam sets at each and every one. Or longer, depending on how much cash gets thrown up on stage. Adé works well in any setting but is particularly sweet in the festival field, of which he will play many this summer.
Definitely not dolla menu:
06.16.09 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
06.18.06 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
06.19.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.20.09 - North Tahoe, CA - Truckee Regional Park
06.21.09 - Boonville, CA - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
06.23.09 - Edmonton, AB - Francis Winspear Centre
06.24.09 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
06.26.09 - Vancouver, BC - Vancouver International Jazz Festival
06.27.09 - Victoria, BC - JazzFest International
06.29.09 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
06.30.09 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Amphitheater
07.01.09 - Highland Park, IL - Ravina Festival
07.03.09 - Rothbury, MI - Rothbury Festival
07.04.09 - Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre
07.05.09 - Montréal, QC - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
07.07.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
07.10.09 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 2009
07.11.09 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City International Summer Festival
07.12.09 - Schenectady, NY - Music Haven
07.14.09 - Camden, NJ - Wiggins Park
07.15.09 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts
07.17.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
New Mount Eerie Album Out August 18, Heavily Influenced By Twin Peaks; Mr P’s Nerdgasm Causes TMT to Shut Down for Two Days
If there are two things that seriously get us off here at Tiny Dix Tapes, it’s Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. We enjoy Mount Eerie so much that we gave them a slot on TMT’s inaugural charity compilation (in fact, why don’t you buy a copy now!, and it seems like we can’t go a month without throwing up some old Twin Peaks still photo whenever a story so much as mentions David Lynch’s name.
So, given our fanatical devotion to both the Elverumiverse and TP (both the show and the bathroom product), I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was when a press release told me how Mount Eerie’s new album Wind’s Poem “holds a large debt to the music and world of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.” Actually, the press release mostly goes on about how the album is Elverum’s love letter to the wind or something, but fuck all that noise, dude! Mount Eerie moves to Twin Peaks! This combined with this! How perfect is that nonsense?! I’ll probably pass the time between now and the album’s August 18 drop date by just eating a raunchy amounts of pie and listening to the wind a whole lot. Whoa, that sounds totally fun, too. This summer is gonna rule!
Wind's Poem tracklist:
1. Wind's Dark Poem
2. Through the Trees
3. My Heart Is Not at Peace
4. The Hidden Stone
5. Wind Speaks
7. The Mouth of Sky
8. Between Two Mysteries
9. Ancient Questions
11. Lost Wisdom Pt. 2
12. Stone's Ode
Slits Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Debut LP With Brand New LP and Book; Up Next: “Slits: The Movie”?
The Slits haven't release a record in 25 years, and it's been 30 since their debut album Cut hit shelves. They have been playing around though since 2006, doing reunion shows to remind people why they are one of the most important girl punk bands ever. Like most reunions, though, the current Slits do not feature all of the original members. It's actually only two of them, Ari Up and Tessa Pollit, who are joined by Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schlute, and Adele Wilson.
But now it's time to get down to business and release a new record and see if people will give in to the mania yet again. The Slits' forthcoming record Trapped Animal will make its debut October 6 on Narnack Records. On Trapped Animal, The Slits continue in their old ways with songs about politics and feminism, according to a press release, with their title track about "how the conveniences that surround us in today's modern world have also trapped us," as well as “Pay Rent,” which "focuses on the everyday struggle artists face trying to pay the bills through their art" and the "sexually charged" “Lazy Slam.” Fans will get a sneak peak of what the record has to offer in August, when the track "Ask Ma" will be issued as a single.
Also in the fall, The Slits will see the release of a book about the group, titled Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, which was written by Zoe Street Howe. Now all they need is a movie, and they will be bigger than The Beatles!!
Trapped Animal tracklisting:
1. Ask Ma
2. Lazy Slam
3. Pay Rent
5. Trapped Animals
7. Peer Pressure
8. Partner From Hell
10. Cry Baby
11. Reggae Gypsy
12. Be It
13. Cant Relate
14. Had A Day
If you’re anything like me (white, male, twenty-something, getting pudgy, own a wide assortment of Harry Potter t-shirts), you’ve probably been wondering when ex-Fugee/current wackjob Lauryn Hill was going to piss you off again. The last time the Great Miseducated One raised our ire was back in October when she popped out of her spider hole to pose for a photo op with history’s most contemptible homemaker, and before that was in 2006 when Hill forced the breakup of the freshly reunited Fugees by demanding that everyone working with the band (including Wyclef and Pras) call her “Ms. Hill.” Along the way, she’s enjoyed alienating her fan base with increasingly erratic performances, preferring to shirk the time-tested pop music maxim “I do it all for the fans!” for the less than cordial “You simpletons are lucky I’m stooping so low as to play my extraordinary work for such common trash.” Hell, in 2003 she even took the liberty of calling the Catholic Church a bunch of Satanists and baby rapers right on their home fucking turf. Actually, that was really cool. Props to Lauryn Hill on that one.
But I grant Hill no props for her latest advancement in the field of divanautics. Festival organizers announced last week that Hill had cancelled her headlining performance at the Stockholm Jazz Festival along with every other date on her now defunct European tour. Hill reportedly cited “health reasons” for the cancellations, despite the fact that her opening gig at Stockholm is a full month away. So one of two things is happening here: Either Lauryn Hill has a life threatening illness and is really bad off, or she just felt the need to shoot her career in the foot yet again. It’s more than likely a combination of the two: Lauryn Hill possesses some debilitating illness where she cannot help but squash her career into icky icky goop every time she is presented with a chance to redeem herself. Man, whatever happened to the pluck and determination of this Lauryn Hill?
Producer and keyboard player Barry Beckett, who recorded and accompanied singers Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Paul Simon and numerous country music stars, has died, his family said on Friday.
Beckett, 66, died at his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home on Wednesday, his family said. He had been diagnosed with cancer and suffered strokes, according to local media.
Okay, hold on a second... let me help this customer... awkward pause]. Alright, sorry about that. Have a good night, sir! What were we talking about? Oh, right yeah! Monumental Metal Monoliths [sunn 0))), pumped as hell about receiving the vaunted Eureka! merit badge for their new one on Southern Lord, Monoliths & Dimensions (TMT Review), are sprinting off on a tour of the Midwest and are finalizing dates and schedules for a West Coast tour in August and a jaunt around the East Coast in September.
Interesting fact: sunn 0))) have not set foot in the Midwest in quite a while, and for some of the states/cities this will be the very first time the band has played there-- hold on... 'nother customer...
Sorry about that, just some whiny old bitch who couldn’t find the vodkas. Where were we? The lineup for these here shows will be as follows:
Attila Csihar -- invocations
Steve Moore -- trombone, keys
Stephen O’Malley -- guitar
Greg Anderson -- bass
Ahhh, sorry to say this, but my boss just got back from his lunch break and I really need to make it look like I’m busy. Quick, here are the dates for sunn 0)))’s “American Live Aktions”:
07.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07.05.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
07.06.09 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium/Underground
07.07.09 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
07.08.09 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
07.10.09 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe
07.11.09 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater
07.12.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
A Belligerent Russia, Concerns Over Energy Security, Terrorist Threats, Lifting Europe Out of Recession… Fuck That: The Green Party Wants to Legalize File-Sharing
Last week, millions of Europeans voted in elections for the European Parliament (with turnout expected at a democracy-lovin’ 45%). Of course, this should be a time for the disparate nations of the European Union to debate how Europe should engage with an increasingly hostile Russia, how its future energy needs can be secured, and how to respond to Islamic extremism. The Green Party, on the other hand, hopes to obtain votes by promising to help millions get their favorite music absolutely free. They have already shown themselves to be on the side of dastardly file-sharers by blocking legislation that would make it easier to disconnect alleged pirates from the internet and opposing a law that criminalized forms of copyright infringement.
Your correspondent was seriously pissed at finding out about this particular policy after he had casted his all-important vote (Liberal party ftw!), naively going into this election wanting to vote for a party who campaigned for greater European cooperation and advocated reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (Euro elections are exciting stuff). Oh well… just have to wait another five years, by which time of course all file-sharers will be locked up in jail and the state will be monitoring all websites its citizens visit.
Women Rejoice! Lilith Fair without All the Straight Jokes and Pachouli: Cat Power, The Pretenders, and Juliette & The Licks Outdoor Tour It
After watching The Fabulous Stains for, like, the thousandth time, dyeing each other's hair, smoking toothpick-shaped cigarettes Chan stole from her mom, and drinking the peach schnapps Chrissie bought with her fake ID, Chan Marshall, Chrissie Hynde, and Juliette Lewis decided they were going to be best friends forever. Or at least for the summer. They called their respective record labels and set up a series of outdoor shows. Tickets are on sale now. Men, don't worry, there's something in it for you, too; grassroots sources predict that these shows will not only be a great place to listen to punk-tinted indie pop, but it will also be a primo place to pick up chicks.
08.08.09 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
08.09.09 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
08.10.09 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
08.12.09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavillion
08.13.09 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
08.14.09 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
08.16.09 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavillion Outdoor
08.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
08.20.09 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Council Bluffs (Stir Cove)
08.22.09 - Littleton, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
08.23.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
08.25.09 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheatre
08.26.09 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
08.27.09 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
08.29.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery *
09.01.09 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
09.03.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
* The Pretenders and Cat Power only