Tropicália legends Os Mutantes are releasing a new album, Haih, September 8 on ANTI- Records. Not only is this their first full-fledged studio album in 35 years, it is also the first ever to be released to an international audience. Yow-zah! I wonder if these guys know what they're getting themselves into: Screaming music nerds everywhere! Sold out shows! Psychedelia fans who know no Portuguese, but do their best to sing along to the lyrics they've memorized based on pure phonetics! It'll be like ABBA reversed (or was that Ace of Base?). Word has it that Tom Zé and Jorge Ben are on a couple tracks, too. Double, triple extra sweet.

“Living the conception and birth of this album, as an individual, was the most intense experience," according to Sergio Dias, the brains behind the psycho-tropic beast, "for it was as if time has ceased to exist, and I was bouncing from life to life, decades through decades, revisiting myself as a 16-year-old boy playing guitar and feeling so free and, as any teenager, indestructible.” Sergio, you're not the only one who feels like a teenager right now. Mutant-mania, anyone?

Maple Leafers in Vancouver will be able to catch the pop masters on September 3 at The Commadore Ballroom and in Montreal at the Pop Montreal festival, which runs from September 30-October 4, and also features such acts as Faust, The Oh Sees, Tobacco, Destroyer, Wovenhand, The Butthole Surfers, Lou Barlow + The Missing Men, Dinosaur Jr., Matt & Kim, as well as others, both announced and unannounced.

Photo: [Sérgio Savaman Savarese]

Swedish Court Rules Judge Was Not Biased Against Pirate Bay (North Korea Would be Proud!)

The Pirate Bay has lost its change for retrial. Now, let’s get this straight… the sentencing judge who ruled against The Pirate Bay in their recent court case is apparently not biased, even though he’s a member of several groups that lobby for the rights of copyright holders. The ruling by a Swedish court means the four men convicted of operating the file-sharing site are unable to have the case against them thrown out.

Seriously, this sounds like a justice system delivered by those freedom-lovin’ North Koreans. The Swedish court’s argument was that the judge in question, Thomas Norstrom, “joined the associations to keep abreast of copyright issues and that it found no evidence of bias.” Unfortunately for the founders of The Pirate Bay, this throws a real spanner into their appeal since they were going to base it on Norstrom’s connections to these lobby groups.

I’m no expert on the rule of law in Sweden, but surely it must have occurred to somebody that there was a serious conflict of interest in this particular case. Kim Jong-il salutes you Sweden!

RIP: Bob Bogle, Lead Guitarist and Co-Founder of The Ventures

From Rolling Stone:

Bob Bogle, lead guitarist and co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band the Ventures, passed away on June 14th, the band’s Don Wilson told their native Tacoma, Washington’s News Tribune. Bogle, who suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the past several years, became ill this weekend and was taken to the hospital, where he died at the age of 75.

Bogle and Wilson were construction workers who moonlighted as musicians when they formed the Ventures in 1958, and two years later their classic rendition of the instrumental “Walk, Don’t Run” catapulted the surf-rock band up the charts. They went on to have hits with “Telstar,” “Perfidia” and “Hawaii Five-O,” releasing more than 40 albums and charting in the Top 40 with 17 of them, according to AllMusic. Overall, the band sold more than 100 million records, News Tribune reports.

- The Ventures official website
- The Ventures Wikipedia entry

HEALTH Announce New Fall Tour, Maintain Tough Guy Noise-Rock Status by Touring with The Crips

Remember when I told you last month that HEALTH recorded parts of their new album, Get Color, in a not-so-great part of Los Angeles? Well it turns out that The Crips recorded a guest appearance on the album, quickly became fast BFF’s with HEALTH, and decided to join them on their upcoming fall tour. I’m not sure what instruments or musical talents The Crips possess, but I’m pretty much terrified to ask them, so let’s just leave it at that. Get Color is due September 8 on Lovepump United.

06.18.09 - Toronto, Ontario - NXNE Festival
06.19.09 - Toronto, Ontario - NXNE Festival
06.20.09 - Brooklyn, NY - New York Night Train Happening ^
06.26.09 - Calgary, Alberta - Sled Island Festival
06.27.09 - Calgary, Alberta - Sled Island Festival
07.26.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Jelly NYC Pool Party
08.06.09 - Kutna Hora, Czech Republic - Creepy Teepee Festival
08.07.09 - Myslowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.08.09 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
08.14.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival
08.15.09 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.17.09 - Nuremberg, Germany - K4 @
08.19.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Bolsjefabrikken
08.21.09 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.22.09 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.24.09 - London, England - Koko #
09.09.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
09.10.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
09.11.09 - Portland, OR - Time-Based Art Festival *
09.12.09 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
09.13.09 - Morrison, CO - Monolith Festival *
09.17.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
09.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09.19.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Wrong Bar *
09.20.09 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa *
09.21.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell *
09.22.09 - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry *
09.24.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.25.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
09.26.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.27.09 - Washington, DC - Sonic Circuits Festival *

^ Awesome Color

* Pictureplane

@ Crystal Antlers

# Deerhunter

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Criticizes Radiohead’s In Rainbows Model but Wishes She Had Come Up

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!”

Being Dirty at the Dirty Projectors Show, European Dates Announced

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

# Tune-Yards

* Sunset Rubdown

Photo: [Daniel Arnold]

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
6. Summons
7. The Mouth of Sky
8. Between Two Mysteries
9. Ancient Questions
10. (something)
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
4. Reject
5. Trapped Animals
6. Issues
7. Peer Pressure
8. Partner From Hell
9. Babylon
10. Cry Baby
11. Reggae Gypsy
12. Be It
13. Cant Relate
14. Had A Day

Lauryn Hill Cancels European Tour, Is Crazy

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?