Tara Jane O’Neil Signs to K Records; Fans Everywhere Shocked to Discover She Wasn’t Signed to K Records All Along; She Is an Artist and From the Pacific Northwest, After All; Anyway, She is Briefly Touring Too In (Surprise, Surprise) the Pacific Northwest – I Wonder Why She’s Not Touring the Rest of the Country, But Maybe It’s Because She Also Has Another Job; I Wish I Had a Job Right Now, But I Can’t Seem to Get Any Responses to Mailed-Out Resumes; If Anybody Knows of Places in North Texas That Are Hiring Recent College Graduates, Holler at Your Boy

Tara Jane O'Neil is set to release her fifth solo studio album A Ways Away as an LP May 5 on K Records. Contributions can be expected from should-be-K-alum Jana Hunter and actual K-alum Mirah. The tracklist has also been unveiled:

1. Dig In
2. In Tall Grass
3. Drowning
4. A New Binding
5. Howl
6. Pearl into Sand
7. Beast, Go Along
8. A Vertiginous One
9. Biwa
10. The Drowning Electric

Not that the tracklist really means anything without songs to go along with it. However, use of impressive vocabulary such as “vertiginous” makes the album look particularly promising, IMHO.

Her particularly enigmatic live show can also be witnessed at any of the following locations:
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.01.09 - Anacortes, WA - The Department of Safety #
04.03.09 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #
04.04.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater #
04.05.09 - Arcata, CA - TBA #
04.30.09 - Portland, OR Fontanelle Gallery

# Mirah

Maria Taylor Announces New LP and Tour, Actually Looks Good in Converse and a Dress

All right, we get it. You girls look really freaking cute in Maria Taylor's video for "Time Lapse Lifeline," committing minor offenses like throwing surprise water balloons and knocking out mailboxes. A lot more darling than those girls in high school who wore skirts and Converse, anyway.

Maria Taylor -- lead tomfoolerer in the video -- has already released the song, which is the first single from her upcoming album, LadyLuck. Another track, "Cartoons and Forever Plans," co-written by Michael Stipe, was actually made available yesterday via iTunes, the real St. Patrick's Day, not the fake one everyone celebrated on Saturday.

Currently in Europe, Taylor will return to the U.S. for a coast-to-coast tour with Whispertown 2000. That lady always manages to snag a string of the hearts or two.

The tourdates:
04.04.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
04.05.09 - Orlando, FL - The Social
04.06.09 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
04.07.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
04.08.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.09.09 - Carrboro, NC - Local 506
04.10.09 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
04.11.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Barbary
04.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
04.13.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
04.14.09 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.16.09 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
04.17.09 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
04.18.09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.19.09 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04.20.09 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
04.21.09 - Madison, WI - High Noon
04.22.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
04.24.09 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
04.25.09 - Denver, CO - HI Dive
04.26.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
04.28.09 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
04.29.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
05.01.09 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
05.02.09 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
05.03.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

Time To Dig Up Your Red Energy Dome Hats: Devo Announce First New Album Since 1990 And Add More Tourdates

The last time Devo released a new album (Smooth Noodle Maps in June 1990), the following things were happening:

- George H.W. Bush was president, and he had just signed a treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev to end chemical weapon production.
- Speaking of which, the Soviet Union still existed.
- The first TV show in HDTV aired.
- Universal Studios Florida opened to the public.
- I was five years old and definitely not sitting here celebrating the return of Devo with my dome hat on my head.

Devo’s new album will mark their first new music endeavor since their 2007 single “Watch Us Work It," which was featured in a Dell Computer commercial. They are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the as-yet untitled release. According to Rolling Stone, they’ve been contacted by 20 different producers (everyone from Snoop Dogg to Fatboy Slim), and Fall 2009 has been confirmed as a release date.

New Devo tourdates:
03.18.09 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Keynote Panel at SXSW Convention Center
03.20.09 - Austin, TX -SXSW at Austin Music Hall $
05.06.09 - London, UK - ATP Fest at The Forum/Kentish Town
05.08.09 - Minehead, Somerset UK - ATP Fest at Butlins Holiday Centre
$ Tricky

This is the rhythm of the night

the night

oh yeah

the rhythm of the night

This is the rhythm of my life

my life

oh yeah

the rhythm of my life

--Corona, "The Rhythm of the Night"

Even though this song was written back in 1993, the words of Italian Hi-NRG group Corona still ring true. For many people, the rhythm of the night is the rhythm of their life, their life, oh yeah, and Brooklyn-based DJ/producer A-Trak is just the man to put the needle on the record, so to speak. And just in time for the summer party season, Thrive Records is releasing the blogger/Kanye West DJ/ Fools Gold label founder's much-hyped new mix CD Infinity +1 March 31 (available starting today via iTunes*). Perhaps best known for his work on Kid Sister's "Pro Nails" and a remix of Kanye's "Stronger," A-Trak has also won multiple DMC championships, toured the globe, and has seen a million faces and rocked them all.

He's currently touring the United States, with scheduled stops at SXSW and the Miami Winter Music Conference.

03.17.09 - Boston, MA - The Estate
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Palm Door (Fool's Gold)
03.20.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon (w/ Sinden)
03.21.09 - San Francisco, CA - Paradise
03.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA - LAX
03.26.09 - Miami, FL - Beatport Pool Party
03.26.09 - Miami, FL - Louis Club
03.28.09 - Miami, FL - Raleigh Hotel
03.28.09 - Miami, FL ? White Room (Fool's Gold)


1. Intro / John Dahlbäck "Sidewalk"
2. KIM "Party Machini"
3. Laurent Wolf "The Crow"
4. Farley Jackmaster Funk "Love Can't Turn Around" (Lifelike Remix)
5. MSTRKRFT feat. N.O.R.E. "Bounce" (A-Trak Remix)
6. Donnis "Party Works"
7. Kid Sister "Life On TV"
8. Sébastien Tellier "Kilometer" (A-Trak Remix)
9. The Golden Filter "Solid Gold"
10. Bag Raiders "Nil By Mouth" (Knightlife Remix)
11. Holy Ghost! "Hold On"
12. DJ Mehdi "Pocket Piano" (Joakim Remix)
13. Midnight Juggernauts "Shadows"
14. Gonzales "Working Together" (Boys Noize Dub Mix)
15. Soundstream "Freakin"
16. Little Boots "Stuck On Repeat" (Fake Blood Remix)
17. Housemeister "What You Want" (Siriusmo Remix)
18. A-Trak "Say Whoa" (DJ Spinna Remix)
19. Dam Funk "Galactic Fun"
20. Alexander Robotnick "Problèmes d'Amour"
21. James Yuill "This Sweet Love" (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)

* Thanks Natalie!

Boris, Sunn O))), Earth to be Inducted into Jarmusch’s Musical Cult, Provide Music for Forthcoming Film The Limits of Control

In mid-May, the two/three droned-out and evocative metal and/or minimalist bands Boris, Sunn O))), and Earth are set to join the ranks of Tom Waits, John Lurie, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, and, of course, RZA, in the secret society known as The Jim Jarmusch Score-Writers Guild. Yes, it's true, Jarmusch, man of style and existential substance, responsible for such theoretical daydreams as Dead Man, Ghost Dog; The Way of the Samurai, and Down By Law has laid his hand on these three bands, bringing them together to help with the music side of his upcoming movie, The Limits of Control, set to be released in the U.S. on May 22.

The official ceremony of induction into the cult is assumably going to be held in an underground gambling hall in a old New Orleans cellar three days before the movie in question/vehicle of music hits the screens. The specifics of the induction are very secretive and are different for each new inductee. Prior to Ghost Dog's release, RZA was said to have Houdinied from a tank of water while Forrest Whittaker whistled the theme to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. John Lurie had to spend an entire weekend in a secluded shack with Gary Busie before Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law, while Tom Waits had to become a caricature of himself prior to the release of Night on Earth. Neil Young refused to participate in the rituals when he scored Dead Man, but is rumored to have been behind them all along.

From the initial reports and speculations, we are expecting Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, two of the movie's stars, to take in the band's essential essences, though we are not sure of how just yet. Murray was seen last Friday purchasing large amounts of blue body paint, though, and Lurie has said he's planning on taking the whole lot of the new inductees out into the gulf of Mexico to try and catch some wild bluefin tuna, which may or may not have anything to do with the induction rituals. Most likely, not, but you never know. Only time will tell.

Check the trailer here.

St. Vincent Plots Headlining Tour in Support of New Record, Presumes a Lot About Her Own Fame

So, I guess every Indie Rock media outlet in the IRPA (Indie Rock Press Association) hopped on GoToMeeting.com or whatever and had a quick conference some time ago, in which they unanimously decided that “The Western World loves St. Vincent and cannot wait for her new record and subsequent tour plans to drop.” Unfortunately, we here at Tiny Mix Tapes don’t really get those meeting invites anymore, ever since we unwisely tried to voice our concerns at that whole Vampire Weekend-Weekend Conference thing last year. We just get emailed a bunch of cliff notes after the fact, and that’s about it. Oh well, what can you do? Here, let’s see what we’ve got this time...

IRPA Basics, “St. Vincent”:

- St. Vincent (Annie Clark) confirms an extensive U.S. Tour in support of “anticipated new album.”
- New Album Actor due May 5 on 4AD.
- The tour will include the largest venues St. Vincent has ever headlined (important; stress twice if you have to!) and also includes stops at Sasquatch! And Bonnaroo this summer.
- Clark to preview songs from Actor this week at South by Southwest (call it “SXSW”); two showcases there (many other bands are actually playing several more times than that: don’t mention!)

Suggested, pre-approved article angles:

- Clark’s good looks
- Clark’s affiliation with Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens (call him “Sufjan”)
- Tthe real Saint Vincent, relation to; info available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_de_Paul

Supplementary Material:

- Pre-order Actor with free, limited-edition 7-inch with “exclusive, non-album track” here.

ST. VINCENT 2009 U.S. TOUR DATES (Formatting reminder: mm.dd.yy – City, ST – Venue):
03.18.09 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW 4AD Showcase)
03.20.09 – Austin, TX – Antone’s (SXSW Billions Showcase)
05.19.09 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
05.20.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.21.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Unitarian Church
05.22.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.24.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch!
05.25.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
05.27.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
05.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.30.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.31.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified
06.02.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06.03.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
06.04.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.05.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
06.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Epiphany
06.10.09 - Lexington, KY - The Dame
06.11.09 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
06.12.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.16.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
06.18.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
06.19.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk

Deerhoof Want You to Join the Band, Continue Tour in April

The unconventional rockers of Deerhoof are at it again, and they're spreading the word: Sharing is caring, people. Sharing is caring.

Prior to releasing Offend Maggie (TMT Review) in October 2008, the band provided sheet music to "Fresh Born," allowing and encouraging musically-inclined fans to submit their own versions of the song (TMT News).

Indeed, Deerhoof embraces your artistic talents, and as a follow up to "Fresh Born," these guys are offering you -- that's right, you -- another chance to show your musical chops. This time they've provided everything you need to make your very own "Buck And Judy" track. According to Indaba Music:

The Challenge... In Two Parts

Part 1. Deerhoof's offering a sheet music arrangement of "Buck and Judy", as well as tabs showing exactly how Deerhoof played the two guitar parts and bass part. This way you can play parts of the song yourselves. Replace one of the instruments or add an entirely new one. When you're ready, add your contribution to the tracks section.

Part 2. Deerhoof has already uploaded the drums, bass, two guitars, piano, and vocal from their recording of the song. Use any combination of the uploaded stems (from Deerhoof or any other Indaba member) to create your version of the song. Post the finished version to the mixdown section!

To get your creative juices flowing, I suggest you add the "Buck And Jucky" video to your Saturday morning cartoons. Now, get to writing some music!

04.22.09 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
04.24.09 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Fest *
04.25.09 - St Petersburg, Russia - Skif Festival
05.12.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore #
05.13.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater #
05.14.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater #
05.16.09 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse #

* Chicken Shampoo

# Cornelius

Michael Jackson’s 50-date Tour Rips off Fans via Secondary Market, Proves Charles Darwin Wrong

Evolutionary theory was proved to be false last Friday the 13th, as around 250,000 Neanderthals attempted to buy tickets for Michael Jackson’s ‘This is It’ tour at the O2 arena in London. With tickets selling out in record time, promoters have seen this as an excellent opportunity to extort wealthy MJ fans by flogging some of the best seats on the “secondary market.”

AEG Live, the organizers of Jackson’s 50-date tour, authorized Viagogo to sell these premium tickets to homo sapiens using a reliable peer-to-peer platform. However, the head-honchos at Viagogo would have been pretty unevolved to not realize what a marvelous opportunity they had here to make even more money. Consequently, they began emailing other secondary ticket brokers, “offering them packages and discounts and thus raising the price on the secondary tickets even higher” (link).

Unfortunately for the monkeys at Viagogo, AEG Live cottoned on to their diabolical plan and has filed an injunction to make sure they sell tickets to fans instead of brokers. Since neither MJ nor AEG Live were going to receive any of the profits from these tertiary sales, you can understand them going ape-shit.

Tickets are being sold to chimpanzees on Viagogo from $250 and on eBay from £170. I think the religious right have won this round.

Throbbing Gristle Tour Update: Give NY and Chicago Fans Another Chance to Enter the Death Factory, Tell LA concertgoers “Sorrrry”

A couple of years ago I was living in London, not too far from where Throbbing Gristle set up the Death Factory and purportedly experimented with super high-pitched, super-irritating noises to keep a wandering group of vagrants from settling down too nearby their factory sweet factory. According to Simon Reynolds' Rip It Up and Start Again: 1978-1984, the itinerant vagabonds were so nonplussed by the sounds and their disturbing side effects that they circled the wagons and skedaddled on out of there, leaving Genesis P-Orridge and friends in loud and disturbing peace. This is kind of what I imagine Throbbing Gristle's upcoming performance at Coachella will be like, except magnified up to 5,000 times, and with Paris Hilton and a bunch of L.A. hipsters instead of no-account drifters.

And now you, too, can have a similar -- if smaller scale experience -- even if spending three scorching days in the desert isn't exactly your cup of tea -- unless you were planning on going to the UCLA show, because that date has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of TG. Oh snap! But the sold-out New York and Chicago tour stops have added second dates, and the group is trying to find a replacement venue for the LA show. Tickets are on sale now

04.16.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Masonic Hall
04.19.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella

04.21.09 - Los Angeles, CA - UCLA
04.23.09 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Regency Ballroom
04.25.09 - Chicago, IL - Epiphany Episcopal
04.26.09 - Chicago, IL - Epiphany Episcopal* (JUST ADDED)
04.28.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Masonic Hall** (JUST ADDED)
06.19.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark***
06.21.09 - London, UK - Heaven

*Bruce McClure

** Alan Vega, Emeralds

***The European Premiere of Throbbing Gristle performing a live soundtrack for Cerith Wyn Evans (who will attend the event) film The Sky Is As Thin As Paper Here & other TG sound works.

RIP: Alan W. Livingston, ex-Capitol president who signed The Beatles

From Billboard:

Alan W. Livingston, the music executive who signed the Beatles during his tenure as president of Capitol Records and created Bozo the Clown, has died. He was 91.

Livingston died Friday of age-related causes in his Beverly Hills home, said his stepdaughter, Jennifer Lerner.

- Alan Livingston Wikipedia entry