Hey Spain! Obama Hates Your Legal File Sharing and Isn’t Going to Stand for It!

Poor Barack Obama, getting all hung up on the fact that Spanish courts recently ruled that personal file-sharing is legal, and that file-sharing sites that don’t profit from copyright infringement are also protected under the law. As anyone with an internet connection knows, the United States is all like “Dude, you can’t download that torrent of the new Wolverine movie,” and they feel that Spain should adopt similar laws.

Why the big push on anti-piracy laws for Spain and not other foreign countries? Well, according to Torrent Freak, “Spain has one of the worst file-sharing problems in the world. The U.S. claims it is consistently among the top five worst countries in terms of overall downloads and that it regularly takes the top position for movie downloads per capita.” Damn, I guess Spaniards love Hugh Jackman too. The music industry is also suffering in Spain, with around two billion tracks illegally downloaded in 2008, up 80% from 2007.

Obama is hoping Spain will curb illegal file-sharing by “…includ[ing] an agreement between ISPs and copyright holders to prevent infringing content [from] being available on the Internet and should include ‘the immediate and effective implementation of graduated response three strikes procedures.’” Basically what all that legal bullshit boils down to is that Obama wants Spain to change their laws supporting file-sharing and punish citizens through a “three strikes procedure.” Come on, Barack, you mean to tell me that all the music on your iPod was paid for? I sent you a Mediafire link to the Veckatimest leak back in March, dude!

Insound Reissues Limited Ramones and Replacements 7-Inches: A Treasure for Collectors and Sea-Faring Pirates Alike

Ahoy there maties! Here be treasure far greater than ye olde doubloons, fair wenches, and Jamaican spiced rum. Perhaps ye've heard tell of two mythic 7-inch records -- one by The Ramones (the California Sun EP), the other by some blokes by the name of The Replacements (I'll Be You). Now many a landlubber hath said that such things are no longer possible to find, whether by lawful purchase, pillage, or plunder. Them landlubbers be wrong.

Take a gander at this map here, ya scurvy dogs. Just past this sea monster here and this island a' singing harpies lies a smooth passage through The Internet. Destination: Insound.com. For Insound hath made a proclamation that they'll be reissuing a batch o' these prized 7-inches, limited to 1,000 total. Aye, ye slavering fiends, they'll have the original artwork and be pressed on premium vinyl. They're available for pre-order right now, and if me pirate senses serve me right, they'll be shippin' out even before the June 9 release date.

This be a fine treasure, there's no doubtin' that. California Sun's been out of print for over 30 years, havin' been originally released in 1976. Collectors be salivating over this one, for it contains both ye olde title track, but also "I Don't Want to Walk Around With You," which were recorded live at The Roxy in 1976, and yon B-side, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." The Replacements release is no less of a pearl. From the 1989 studio album Don't Tell a Soul, this previously out-of-print lil' gem has the non-LP track "Date to Church" with a guest appearance by the fabled Tom Waits. Arrrr, Tom Waits. Pass the rum, ye blubberin' infidels, and set course -- Insound, ho!

When Meat Loaf Declared That “Objects in the Rear-View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are,” the Object He Was Talking About Was Bon Iver, Who Will Be in Everyone’s Rear-View Mirror This Summer

For a man so synonymous with winter -- from his perpetually frozen nostril icicles to his chosen chilly Francophone stage name, Bon Iver -- Justin Vernon couldn’t work better than when playing under summer’s setting sun for a mellowed festival throng. He knows it too, as his 2009 May-August live schedule is chock full of outdoor dates EVERYWHERE. Blink once and catch him sampling England’s mammoth gatherings. Blink twice and the bearded wunderkind is playing a Euro destination like Germany or Norway, Sweden or Belgium. Blink thrice and he’s bustin’ acoustic moves to an appreciative American crowd. The man and his band give and give and only ask for polite applause in return. That’s what we call “dedication” in the biz, folks (like I’d know anything about that…). The least you could do is respond in kind by going to see Bon Iver this summer. The fun begins tonight in Dennis, MA with a couple of shows at its Cape Cinema venue before Vernon and co. venture overseas, then back to the U.S., then back across the Atlantic once again, then home for a rest and one October date in Austin.

Shiver me timbers and me frosted tips:
05.11.09 - Dennis, MA - Cape Cinema
05.12.09 - Dennis, MA - Cape Cinema
05.15.09 - Minehead, England - All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlins Holiday Centre
05.18.09 - Brighton, England - Brighton Festival, Dome #
05.19.09 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
05.20.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
05.23.09 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.06.09 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay $
06.07.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse $
06.08.09 - Orlando, FL - Plaza $
06.09.09 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution $
06.10.09 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theater $
06.13.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival 2009
06.30.09 - London, England - Hyde Park, Serpentine Sessions
07.09.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series %
07.11.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
07.14.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Grenada Theatre ^
07.16.09 - Fresno, CA - Tower Theatre ^
07.18.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery ^
07.25.09 - Dorset, England - Camp Bestival
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza, Grant Park
08.12.09 - Oslo, Norway - OYA Festival 2009
08.14.09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.15.09 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop
08.16.09 - Leicester, England - Summer Sundae
08.20.09 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.21.09 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands 2009
08.22.09 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park
10.03.09 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

# The Acorn

$ Elvis Perkins in Dearland

% Jenny Lewis

^ Justin Vernon with The Indigo Girls

Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Round Up: Starlight Mints To Release New Album, Double Dagger To Tour, John Vanderslice Also Heads Out On Tour, REM Reissue Reckoning

Hey chumps, here’s the weekly roundup.

- Oklahoma’s Starlight Mints will release a new album, Change Remains, on July 21 (digitally June 9) via Barsuk Records. They’ll also be on tour this summer, starting out in Kansas City at Record Bar June 4 and ending in Birmingham, AL at Bottletree June 29. For a list of all their dates, check out their MySpace page. (Thanks to TMT reader, Penny!)

- Baltimore dudes Double Dagger are heading out on tour in support of their new record MORE. Shit kicks off at Baltimore, MD at the Floristree Space May 22 and continues, off-and-on, until July 11 in Cleveland, OH at Now That’s Class. Head over to the Thrill Jockey website for a full list of dates.

- John Vanderslice is also heading out on tour this summer in support of his new jam Romanian Names, out May 19 via his new home Dead Oceans. The ’Slice will be hitting the road with The Tallest Man on Earth (the cuddly Swede, not the actual tallest man on earth, which would be kind of awesome). His tour starts in Merced, CA at the Partisan May 17 and ends June 30 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA. There are a few festival dates after. You can check out a whole mess of dates at the Dead Oceans website.

- R.E.M.’s second record Reckoning will be reissued June 23 as part of a two-disc edition for the 25th anniversary. The Deluxe edition includes the original album remastered plus a bonus second disc of an unreleased live show recorded in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom on July 7, 1984. But wait! There’s more. Not only can you get all that stuff, but also both Reckoning and Murmur will be reissued on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. For more information, head over to REM HQ (yes, head quarters).

L8R bitches.

Talibam!, Brooklyn's favorite high-energy, spazzy, weirdo jazz, noise rock duo, have recruited a few friends and are set to release a brand new record, Boogie In the Breeze Blocks May 25 on the legendary ESP-Disk label, the former home of Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, The Godz, Pearls Before Swine, The Fugs, and so on. The duo of Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel are joined by Jon Irabagon (tenor sax), Peter Evans of Sparks (trumpet), guitarists Chris Forsyth from Peeesseye, Anders Nilson and Chin Chin’s Jeremy Wilms, and Mostly Other People Do the Killing’s Moppa Elliot on upright bass. With this large ensemble, Boogie In the Breeze Blocks "is a narrative earful as warped and wonderful as spicy pasta, fresh grapes and caramel crunch." Or simply put, like a Jolt Cola!

In celecration of Boogie in the Breeze Blocks, Talibam! will be heading over to Europe for a round of dates. Check out these lovely song titles as well as the tourdates below:

Boogie In the Breeze Blocks tracklist:

1. Predetermined to the Master Plan
2. Ghost Cloud
3. Slap Yr Boots On! Oysters Await
4. Entertaining the After Beast
5. Jim O'Rourke
6. Schroeder Meets Jagger
7. Not Just Any Kind of Fruit and Veg
8. Movement of Ta! People
9. Roosevelt Island: I Can't Do It

10. Mao Mix
11. Nike Rim Johb
12. Herodiade

05.09.09 - Athens - Kinky Kong
05.11.09 - Thessaloniki - Apura Moria
05.15.09 - Verona - ArciKroen
05.16.09 - Trento - Csoa Bruno
05.19.09 - Marseille - L’embobineuse
05.20.09 - Geneve - La cave12 à l’ECURIE (100)
05.21.09 - Stuttgart - "flüssigkeiten & schwingungen" @
05.22.09 - Zuerich - Squatt
05.23.09 - Paris - La Générale en Manufacture
06.07.09 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club*
06.09.09 - London - Cafe Oto
06.11.09 - London - Barden’s Boudoir - Upset the Rhythm#
06.13.09 - Reading - Kings Tavern

* Chinchilla Festival with Mahjonng, Chops

# Teeth Mountain

@ in an old train wagon

It’s Good to Have You Back, Jason Lytle, but Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

Fans of the much-missed Grandaddy can rejoice in frontman Jason Lytle's jaunt across the country. His anticipated solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, is out May 19 courtesy of ANTI-. To celebrate his new record and new lease on life, Lytle will be opening for labelmate Neko Case. Beautiful... beautiful Neko Case.

Neko... ay caramba! My lovely fiery flower. It's been a while since I
seen you, girl. Damn. So fine. I know that last time we met, you said
you wanted me to "leave you alone" and that I was "creepy." I know you
didn't really mean that. Life on the road can really eat at you. And
you know, nobody treats you how Kenny Bloggins does. Let me make it up to you. Somethin' real nice like. I know you like tigers, so we could go for a walk through the zoo -- or paint pictures of each other in the park at dusk. Then we can head back to my place, you know. A vivacious, hardworking lady such as yourself deserves only the most potent sensual massage. I use only finest scented oils imported from India. Come see 'bout

Oh shit, where was I? I'm a little loopy off the swine flu meds. Oh yeah, tourdates:
05.21.09 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
05.22.09 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.23.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
05.24.09 - Cologne, Germany - Werkstatt
05.26.09 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
05.28.09 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington 2
05.29.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Forum - Primavera Sound
06.03.09 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre #
06.04.09 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
06.05.09 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom #
06.06.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06.07.09 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre #
06.09.09 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre #
06.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre #
06.14.09 - Merced, CA - The Partisan
07.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre

# Neko Case

The Shins Lose Two Members, Write 30 New Songs, Prep New Album, Tour, Have Major Label Dreams

The Shins, who are currently on tour throughout the U.S. of A. (remaining dates listed below!), have made a couple changes and been hard at work over the last year, even though they “claim” to have been on a break. Apparently, the Albuquerque natives are not ones to just kick back and relax.

First off, the sad news: keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval have, according to frontman James Mercer, left the band albeit on good terms. They will be replaced in the band by Fruit Bats’ ivory-tickling Ron Lewis and Joe Plummer, who plays for both Black Heart Procession and Modest Mouse, bringing his total band count to three.

Beyond the loss of comrades and the welcoming of new members, James Mercer assures us (well, assures Rolling Stone) that a giant litter of new songs have sprung forth from his, and the band’s, collective head. Dispatching this writer’s hope of a Shins double album, Mercer says he plans on working the new tunes down to a more manageable, single album’s worth of tracks. “[The album] is pretty much there,” says Mercer. “I’m just waiting to sort out the lyrics as usual. That’s like homework.”

To add to the already busy world of a tour, new album, and new band members, The Shins might also be switching record labels, as we previously reported (TMT News). The three-album deal the band had with Sub Pop has obviously been completed. Mercer says that the next album will be released on his Aural Apothecary imprint with help from a label to distribute and market the finished product. But Mercer had this to say: “We could negotiate a new contract with them or we can negotiate with another company. I know some people are [sic] Warner Bros. that I really like. Maybe they’ll give me a nudge, like, ‘Hey, when’s the next thing coming out? You’ve got to let us hear it.’ It’s nothing formal, though.”

Finally, beyond all of his work with The Shins, Mercer is writing the soundtrack to Chris Malloy’s new movie 180 Degrees South with some dude named Isaac Brock. “Isaac’s got a crazy collection of exotic instruments and stuff, so we messed around with those little thumb pianos,” says Mercer, adding that they also used a squeezebox and string arrangements for some of the songs. “I guess they sound like pastoral acoustic things. They’re actually more like pop songs than they ought to be. So there’s two of those songs that I think I’ll keep [for The Shins].”
05.09.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.10.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.11.09 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
05.13.09 - Richmond, VA - The National
05.14.09 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
05.15.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
05.16.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.17.09 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
05.18.09 - New York City, NY - Terminal Five

The Fiery Furnaces Want YOU to Help Write a New Album Based on the Album That They’ve Just Finished; They Also Want to Make You Say “HUH?” as Often as Possible

Okay, so, yes, we’re usually pretty funny and clever (viz.: wry, dry, droll, ironic, sardonic, satirical, smart, sharp, thesauric, encyclopedic, and downright dictionarical) here at Tiny Mix Tapes. That’s just what keeps us in business (aside from all of these here flashy ad banners), as well as part of what keeps those heaps of awards, requests, and fan mail rolling into our office at the steady clip of... of... well, a clipper ship or something, I guess -- I don’t know. But truth is, folks, that we’re not such oddball innovators and brainy geniuses after all. Nope. The truth is that all of our content, with all of its left turns and good ideas, is really brainstormed in private by Matt and Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces! Sad but true. They come up with wacky story ideas, and we just write ’em up. But I mean, you gotta give us a break, here. You can hardly blame us for using them. No one is as clever as these two are! If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the latest whacky scheme they’ve posted on their MySpace page this week.

First, on Monday, the band posted a MySpace blog post titled "DESCRIBE THE NEW FIERY FURNACES' ALBUM--WITHOUT HAVING HEARD IT!" asking, "Wouldn't it be interesting to see how Fiery Furnaces' fans would describe the new Fiery Furnaces' album--without having heard it?" The precocious siblings then prompted fans to email them at thefieryfurnacesemail@gmail.com with their thoughts and descriptions of what THEY (they = the fans; stay with me here) think that the new Furnaces record, I'm Going Away (due July 21 on Thrill Jockey) sounds like, based on nothing more than the title, tracklist, and said fans’ own rabid opinions about that the “new sound” of the Matt and Eleanor should be. They dubbed these almost-certainly fanatical musings "Deaf Descriptions."

Then, on Tuesday, another MySpace blog done-got-dropped, thickening the plot like so much AP flour and okra and explaining (and/or confounding) that The Fiery Furnaces intend to record "a ‘complete’ fan-made, word-only, entirely-unrelated, alternate version of I'm Going Away" based solely (solely means ‘entirely,’ now kids) on these “Deaf Descriptions.” This democratically-spirited monstrosity, which is, mind you, totally and completely SEPARATE from the actual I'm Going Away record, despite the fact that it’s 100% based on it, "could be called Exclusively-Acolyte, Altered-Otherwise, Hypo-Audio, I'm Going Away,” and will (and here’s the big finish, now)... also be released July 21 on Thrill Jockey!

So, that’s not one, but two different “versions” of I’m Going Away that are now being promised by the band, and they want you to email them at their plain ol’ Gmail account with your thoughts on what you think the new Fiery Furnaces album is going to sound like ASAP (cuz the freakin’ thing is DUE in like two months!). Thus, you (viz.: yourself, not me, not them, not some producer or tourmate or roadie, not Billy Corgan) will, in the process, be writing an EVEN NEWER Fiery Furnaces album that will, I guess, be released on the same day as the “old” one... which is also new???

See. I told you them siblings was clever buggers. We’d all just be whistling “Dixie” and tossing puke-hats around Golden Corral parking lots if t’weren’t for them. Dig?

06.10.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
06.11.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
08.06.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
08.07.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Fountain Square
08.08.09 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat

Photo: [Waddie]

Amazon Hates Torrents So Much They’d Rather Lose Business Than Give Legitimacy to Those Pesky Pirates

I’m amazed how some companies are completely resistant to any kind of change or new practices in their field. Innovation never seems to come naturally to those executives, especially those in the music business who are intent on bludgeoning their way to victory in the war against filesharing.

Here we have an example of a fairly innocuous torrent indexer, Coda.fm, offering users the option of buying an album from Amazon after they’ve downloaded it for free. However, the bigwigs at Amazon seem to have decided that this would hurt their precious image amongst the almighty record labels and asked Coda.fm to remove the links from the site. As the Coda.fm founder says, “I can’t overstate enough the idiocy of said request: they’re actually telling us to stop helping them selling [sic] albums.”

Coda.fm reckon several hundred albums have been sold through their site, clearly showing that pirates are willing to pay for music. But of course the executives can’t possibly give any ground in the tireless war on music downloads.

Guaranteed to Make Ya Sweat till You Bleed: De La Soul Release First Album in Five Years via NIKE

So you've got your NIKE running shoes on, your iPod loaded up with the most Jazzercise-inducing numbers you own, and you're ready to burn some calories!!!! But wait -- something's missing. With all the product placement you've just completed, what could you possibly be forgetting? Oh yes. Of course. De La Soul. You're missing De La Soul.

De La Soul, as you can see, are the latest artists to participate in the NIKE+ campaign, which sounds like something you'd pick up on a trip to Foot Locker but is actually not. The idea of the series is that musicians -- previous participants have included LCD Soundsystem, Aesop Rock, and A-Trak -- create an album or mix that's hypothetically geared to make you wanna WORK IT GIRLFRIEND!!!!

De La Soul's contribution is a 45-minute series of songs mixed together by Flosstradamus. It's all co-sponsored by Apple and approved by a series of NIKE staff runners. Seriously, they have staff runners. Well, why shouldn't they, hmm? The De La Soul edition is already out, but if you're not into the whole NIKE business, the group has a new album in the works. Also on the docket are plans for Australian, European, and UK tours to celebrate the twentieth birthday of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising. Damn hippies.