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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
From E! Online:
Fate has struck another cruel blow to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Ean Evans, who took over on bass in 2001 following the death of founding member Leon Wilkeson, has himself died following a short battle with cancer.
After joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' lineup, the Mississippi resident toured extensively with Skynyrd through last year, when he was diagnosed with the disease, prompting frontman Johnny Van Zant to ask fans to keep Evans in their prayers.
Evans' death follows the January passing of keyboardist Billy Powell of an apparent heart attack.
Skynyrd, of course, is no stranger to tragedy, having lost three key members in a horrific plane crash, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant. But the band has soldiered on and is expected to do so again for this summer's tour with Kid Rock.
Amadou and Mariam Embark on U.S. Tour of Corporate-Sponsored Stadiums / Amphitheaters / Centers. Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That. (Don’t Shut Off My Service, Verizon!)
As music enthusiasists, you and I both know there is nothing more vibrant, more peaceful than listening to the sweet sounds of afropop jams drifting through the night air, wafting through the stale smell of spilled beer, above the sweaty heads of fellow concert-goers, and away into the ethereal bliss of stadium seating. Nothing could be more magical. Unless... unless you are experiencing Amadou and Mariam at one of the by-now-ubiquitous Product Placement Stadiums. And from the looks of the list below, you'll have plenty of chances to check out the legendary blind husband-and-wife team from Mali while contemplating any number of sponsors who made your seat up in the nosebleed section possible. Just think: 10 years ago, you could've been watching Amadou and Mariam at, say, the St. Louis Amphitheater. Now you can see them at this hypothetical amphitheater, but with the added bonus of being able to support AND ponder the superb products made by, say, ShamWow. That's right, you could see Amadou and Mariam at the St. Louis ShamWow Amphitheatre. Truly a dynamic musical experience for the whole family -- and that nasty spill that paper towels just won't pick up.
In real news, Amadou and Mariam's 2008 album Welcome to Mali was a hit on many year-end "best of" lists, and the duo are rumored to be opening for, um, Coldplay in July.
06.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Park West
06.06.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
06.08.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.10.09 - Alexandra, VA - Birchmere
07.11.09 - George, Washington - The Gorge Amphitheatre
07.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Shoreline Amphitheatre
07.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
07.18.09 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
07.21.09 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
07.22.09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07.24.09 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Dirty Projectors are so hot right now that fans are playing leaked copies of their forthcoming album Bitte Orca to warm up their buttermilk biscuits. Hell, the band's so hot they're scarfing down your buttermilk biscuits right now, and you ain't complaining! But wait: you don't have a CD player? Or a record player? Or an MP3 player? Or a computer? Don't worry, you cute little thing you: DP are droppin' a limited-edition, ultra-super-special TINY MIX TAPE version of Bitte Orca. You can pre-order it at Domino NOW. Like the LP, the cassette version will come with 320kbps MP3s, and it costs $9.99. Not a bad deal. Check out the beautiful tape:
Alright, that's it. Now, readers, can someone please bootleg the DP/Björk show this Friday (TMT News) and send it to me? I'd also appreciate it if someone bought me the new album. Mango's broke!!
05.08.09 - New York, NY - Housing Works Bookstore *
05.22.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater #
05.23.09 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
05.25.09 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park #
05.27.09 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre #
05.28.09 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall #
05.29.09 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub #
05.30.09 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre #
06.02.09 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy #
06.03.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis #
06.04.09 - Boston, MA - Boston House Of Blues #
06.05.09 - New York,NY - Central Park Summerstage #
06.06.09 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery #
06.08.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
06.09.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
06.10.09 - Richmond, VA - The National #
06.11.09 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend #
06.17.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
06.18.09 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theatre
06.19.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
06.21.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
06.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Millenium Park
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
# TV on the Radio
Hail the conquering heroes! After battling the tower of Patricia Santangelo (age 46, and a mother of five who lives in the sinister town of Wappingers Falls, NY) for an earth age (a.k.a. four years) over illegal music downloads, the Fellowship of the Antipiracy Ring that is the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is finally returning home from Mount Doom, flying high on a $7,000 settlement’s worth of eagles’ wings!
If approved by a judge, the settlement would end at least three feature-length films’ worth of fighting between record companies and Santangelo, who was originally accused of illegally downloading and distributing music, though her side of the story is that she couldn't have downloaded anything because she didn't know how to, you know... download things. She was one of thousands of people sued in the RIAA’s “... And Justice for All” campaign, but she refused to settle. Instead, she took her case to national news outlets and, according to those highly romantic Associated Press writers, “became a heroine to supporters of online freedom.” An Internet campaign raised about $15,000 for her defense.
The industry eventually dropped its suit against the mother, masterfully and tactfully filing a new one instead, against two of her children, Michelle and Robert, who were 20 and 16 years old at the time. The new lawsuit said the children had downloaded and distributed more than 1,000 songs, including “MMMBop” by Hanson and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. Ignoring their impeccable taste, the suit also claimed that Michelle had admitted piracy in a deposition and that Robert had been implicated by a family friend.
Under the terms of the settlement, filed in court in White Plains late Friday, the Santangelos will pay $7,000, having paid half of that amount April 20 and scheduled to make six payments of $583.33 by October.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Santangelos,” Cara Duckworth, a sad, sad spokeswoman for the RIAA, said. Asked how much had been spent to win the $7,000 settlement, and whether it was a victory, she said, “We don’t break out costs per case, and it’s not a question of it being ‘worth it’ or a ‘victory.’” Hey, yeah! So what if the same amount of money could have been raised from an RIAA Bake Sale? You can’t just go around doing business on the basis of whether or not the practices are financially “worth it.” Not in this economy! You’ve gotta factor "petty revenge" in, too.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard Documentary and Multiple Tribute Albums to Be Released; Ooh Baby, I Still Like It Raw
I am constantly racked with continued sadness and depression over the death of my second-favorite Wu-Tanger, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and I wish that there was a way to keep his memory alive. Fortunately, my desire will soon be assuaged, as ODB’s cousin, the awesomely named Raison Allah Iceman, has plans to release a slew of tribute albums and a documentary, entitled Dirty. One Word Can Change the World.
The film, three years in the making, is set to be released this November; it chronicles the life of ODB and the impact that he had on the people and world around him. The film features interviews with family members, friends, and musical collaborators, as well as an interview with a 13-year-old girl ODB saved from a car crash while she was a toddler. Viewers are also taken on a photographic tour of ODB’s Brooklyn neighborhood and home. According to Raison Allah Iceman, who serves as producer on all of the albums and the movie:
Years ago I promised to keep Dirty's legacy alive, so we formed Zu Films and started filming a documentary which tells his life story. When word got out that we were working on a documentary, Wu fam(ily) started sending me so many tracks that we didn't want to wait until the soundtrack to the DVD to put them out. We decided to put out a tribute album every other month until the documentary, Dirty. One Word Can Change The World, is released in November. Each tribute disc will include a short trailer to promote the upcoming DVD documentary.
The first album, All in Together Now Raw: A Tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard, was released yesterday, with at least two more albums to follow. The 10-track disc features work by The RZA and other Wu associates 4th Disciple, Brooklyn Zu, Raison Allah, Masta Killah, Killah Army, and Free Murder.
If albums and movies aren’t really your thing, then you can always show respect to ODB by driving to the welfare office in a limo to pick up your check. Or you can interrupt a music awards show. Whatever you prefer, but I recommend the DVD.
Your doctor has probably told you recently that you need to exercise more. But I bet you’re at least somewhat like me and hate running. Who wants to do that? Luckily I discovered a really good way to get my heart pumping: listening to Circulatory System! They’re coming out with a new album, Signal Morning, August 4 through Cloud Recordings. It took the band -- which includes all the members of The Olivia Tremor Control as well as Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel -- seven-and-a-half years to make it, so you know it’s got some crazy new formula for achieving their secret plan of a healthier listening population. Their circulatory systems are so healthy they’re made of steel, and if you listen to this album enough, yours might be too.
Okay, so maybe Signal Morning won’t lower your cholesterol or anything (I just really, really hate running), but the band does plan to tour extensively in support of their new material. That is definitely something to get excited about.
Signal Morning tracklisting:
1. Woodpecker Greeting Worker Ant
2. Rocks and Stones
3. This Morning (We Remembered Everything)
4. Tiny Concerts
5. Electronic Diversion
7. The Breathing Universe
8. New from the Heavenly Loom
9. The Spinning Continuous
10. I You We
11. Blasting Through
12. Solid Forms Dissolving
13. Gold Will Stay
14. The Frozen Lake / The Symmetry
15. Until Moon Medium Hears the Message
17. Signal Morning
Just envision it. Holding it in your hands, lifting the cover off your turntable -- slipping it into place, and setting the needle down. Ah, your very own super limited-edition Qui 7-inch.
- The label: Infrasonic Sound Recording Company.
- The tracks: "Prison Braid" and "I Love You," off the band's forthcoming full-length set to be released later this year.
- The sound: LOUD.
The Los Angeles-based band is fronted by David Yow, former vocalist for The Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid. They're booked to play ATP's The Fans Strike Back May 9, and the 7-inch is available only at the band's merch table on the day of the event. 500 numbered copies are in existence, and if you're not lucky enough to be attending the festival that day, you can try your luck at buying what's left (if any) at the aforementioned label's website.
If all this limited, exclusive stuff is making you feel a little bummed out, do not despair. For our friends at Infrasonic are being kind enough to make the MP3 versions of the tracks available for free download the day of Qui's performance at the previously mentioned web address. (They'll also produce a more widespread digital release at the end of the month, but that kinda ruins my whole "collector's gold" angle.)