Make no mistake, our usual morning routine at TMTHQ consists of quickly rifling off and posting a couple of stories of the "Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse Both OD While Entwined in Blindfolded 69" or "Mildly Interesting Band to Tour" variety before quickly stepping out to sit around, wolf down a couple of these fucking atrocious things, and brag about our previous nights' fabricated conquests (in reality, a quick ass or nut grope in the lineup at the bar). However, if we get a real news nibble, then it's all hands on deck and noses to the grindstone until we hunt-and-peck type ourselves a story that is invariably dull and formulaic (this writer's specialty!). But at least they are timely! For example, if we get a hot tip that Radar Bros. have announced a few December U.S. dates, then it is our sworn duty to crank something out for our readers' enjoyment hasta pronto!
'Tis true. The Radar Bros. have announced some U.S. dates after they complete their current European tour, currently underway and continuing November 11 in the land of chocolate and schwingen, Switzerland. The band now consists of elder bro Jim Putnam alongside two new male siblings: Brian Hussey (bass, vocals) and Stevie Treichel (drums). The Brothers are touring in support of their latest album, Auditorium (TMT Review), released at the beginning of 2008 by matron-like label Merge.
11.11.08 - Zürich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11.12.08 - Toulouse, France - Le Cri de la Mouette
11.13.08 - Castellón, Spain - Teatre Principal, Tanned Tin Festival
11.15.08 - Don Benito, Spain - Rincon Pio Sound
11.16.08 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lounge
11.17.08 - Zaragoza, Spain - La Lata de Bombillas
11.18.08 - Grenoble, France - Eve
11.19.08 - Dijon, Spain - Deep Inside
11.20.08 - Nantes, France - Live Factory
11.22.08 - Rennes, France - Bar 1929
11.23.08 - Paris, France - Le Bellevilloise
11.24.08 - Brighton, England - Komedia #
11.25.08 - London, England - Metro
11.26.08 - Brimingham, England - Bar Academy
11.27.08 - Manchester, England - The Dulcimer
12.06.08 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
12.07.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat, Backstage
12.08.08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.09.08 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East, Upstairs
12.10.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
12.11.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
12.12.08 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head
Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice but was banned from her own country for more than 30 years under apartheid, died after collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.
In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world - jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon - and sang for world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.
"Her haunting melodies gave voice to the pain of exile and dislocation which she felt for 31 long years. At the same time, her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us," Mandela said in a statement.
A friend of mine once wrote that his first experience seeing Six Organs of Admittance live caused him to believe in things that were obviously untrue. He was convinced, for example, his apartment had a fourth dimension, and he was ready to take a hammer to the bathroom to discover it. This only scratches the surface concerning the mystical power of Six Organs' incandescent, Eastern-tinged, enveloping psychedelic modal noodling. It's barely conceivable what some would do to grip the rarest of Ben Chasny's repertoire. Lucky for us, RTZ curates some of the rarest and some of the best on one priced-to-own brain-burner.
The double disc (or three LP) set collects coveted, rare material, including "Resurrection" from the 6OA/Charlambadies split, one of Chasny's first recordings that was limited to 33 copies (dating back to ’99), and some choice live performances. Totally spiritual. It's like finding the arc of the covenant or some shizz.
RTZ drops January 20, 2009 courtesy of Drag City. No tracklist has yet been released, but it's not like you need a tracklist to know that you're going to pick this up.
Ah, The Strokes... America’s great white hope to save rock ‘n’ roll. After one enthusiastic debut album and two less-fresh-but-still-committed follow-ups, the NYC quintet will return to the studio in February to begin recording their follow-up to First Impressions of Earth. In the meantime, the warm stare of the public eye is a hard thing to shake (not to mention worldwide popularity and advances from supermodels and A-list actresses), but so is not following the muse that made you begin playing music in the first place. So, it comes as no surprise that Fabrizio Moretti, like Nikolai Fraiture (Nickel Eye) and Albert Hammond Jr. (solo stuff), has taken a calming walk away from his day-to-day (since it's on hiatus) and is toying around with different kinds of musics.
Moretti is still behind the drums, but has added singing, guitars, piano, and melodica to his performing skills in Little Joy, a junkyard calypso pop project he has created with Rodrigo Amarante (singer/guitarist with Los Hermanos) and Binki Shapiro (an unknown entity to TMT but wethinks she is the steady of Moretti). The trio started their inaugural North American tour a few days ago and will continue to play throughout the continent in November and into the middle of December as they attempt to carve out their own sound and audience unrelated to and unfazed by Moretti’s high-profile regular gig. Kinda like Dogstar did.
11.07.08 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
11.08.08 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11.09.08 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.11.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Café
11.12.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Khyber Pass
11.13.08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.14.08 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
11.15.08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar
11.16.08 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears
11.18.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.20.08 - Atlanta, GA - Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta Room)
11.21.08 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
11.22.08 - St. Louis, MI - Blueberry Hill (Duck Room)
11.24.08 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
11.25.08 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
11.26.08 - Dallas, TX - The Lounge on Elm Street
11.28.08 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.29.08 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.30.08 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
12.02.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12.04.08 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
12.05.08 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (5th Avenue Side Stage)
12.06.08 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
12.07.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
12.11.08 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
12.12.08 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club
12.13.08 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
Little Joy’s self-titled debut album (TMT Review) was issued through Rough Trade on Election Day (that was November 4 for all of you still hungover with ecstatic happiness, intense sadness, or mild indifference). If you have not bought/stolen the album yet, these tantalizing song titles may sway you to do so:
1. The Next Time Around
2. Brand New Start
3. Play the Part
4. No One’s Better Sake
6. Shoulder to Shoulder
7. With Strangers
8. Keep Me in Mind
9. How to Hang a Warhol
10. Don’t Watch Me Dancing
Study Finds Rate of Booty-Drops Set to Rise Dramatically When Telepathe’s Debut LP Is Released This February
Finally, a date for the upcoming Telepathe full-length! Their most recent EP, Chrome's On It, was released this October through IAMSOUND and featured remixes by the indie dance elect, including Mad Decent, Free Blood (ex-!!!), The Mae Shi, Bobby Evans (Brother Reade), and Frankmusik. They've been on the road with Diplo, Abe Vigoda, and Boy 8-Bit -- a tour that I'm sure history will look back on as one of the fall's most bangin'-est, and probably the only tour of 2008 to prominently feature a giant dancing hot dog and party pizza. Now, after playing shows and playin' hoes from Europe to Australia to New Zealand, Dance Mother, the nine-song LP, can finally be unveiled.
Back in late 2007, the all lady lineup checked into Stay Gold Studios with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, and only a few nine-or-so months later, in September 2008, the final touches have been successfully laid on. Slated for release February 17, 2008 via IAMSOUND, Dance Mother promises vintage synths, guest vocals from TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, and !!!'s Shannon Funchess, as well as tons and tons of indie-rock-meets-dub-step, "should I dance to this or just nod my head really emphatically?" jams.
Telepathe's unique, unclassifiable sound has justifiably been getting rave reviews from the likes of Drowned in Sound, Interview, and the Village Voice, and underground buzz has been steadily building. And so, dear readers, if you're too indie rock to shake it like a salt shaker, but too fun to not wanna drop it low once in awhile, I'd like to encourage you to check this band out and find a happy medium.
Note to Telepathe: I know he is not yours, but the next time you tour, please bring the giant pizza. I really think we found something magical, one cold night on a hot dancefloor in Minneapolis.
Because we’re all about the idea of full disclosure and shameless plugs: the next stop for the International Noise Conference is on November 8 in Spokane, WA and is being curated by Tiny Mix Tapes’ very own interviews editor Leveer (real name: Barrington Labiathon Leveery III). He won’t cough up any details as to how he assembled the artists for the event but talking to a few of them gave us a good idea about the process and a whole lot of useful info about the man himself. Besides obligatory and painful arm-twisting and cries of “c'mon,” he apparently...
- “Sent us flowers.”
- “Called a couple of times a day... just to say hello!”
- “Genuinely liked being around our families at holiday dinners.”
- “Took an interest in the things we like.”
- “Flew in over the weekend to take us out for dinner and dancing.”
- “Respected me and all of my weird quirks.”
- “Just said the sweetest things!”
- “Talked about taking things slowly because he wants this relationship to be a long-term meaningful one.”
- “Drove 6000 miles, through three blizzards and two sandstorms, just to retrieve my favorite scrunchy from the movie theatre where we watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.”
Key-rist, what a gent! While Leveer organized the shindig, the International Noise Conference is the brainchild, and features, Rat Bastard, the Laundry Room Squelcher, who has been playing his own brand of chaotic harsh noise at Churchill’s in Miami for ages.
The Spokane show will include performances by a host of northwestern noise addicts and will take place at Object Space on Saturday. The show will follow the Conference’s strict mandate of “15 minutes or less per act, no laptops, no drones.” You can learn all about the INC here.
Earplugs recommended. Feathers optional.
- Bruce Hormann
- Takedown UAV
- The Earwigs
- The Bivenators
- Penetration Camp
- Burrow Owl
- Soup Purse
- Forrest Friends
- Aural Antithesis / gohger
- Laundry Room Squelchers
Ryan Adams, a Reasonable Man, Plans American Tour with Oasis, a Group of Sensible Gentlemen, For a Temperate, Exceedingly Composed Trip Completely Free of Big Egos and Even Bigger Drinking Binges. Honest!
In a recent interview with the tastemakers at Rolling Stone, singer, songwriter, and complainer Ryan Adams lamented about a recent comment from former Replacements frontman and far-better-Minnesota-Senatorial-candidate-than-Al-Franken Paul Westerberg, who said, “Someone should knock [the complainer Ryan Adams’] teeth out.” Mr. Adams, always glad to oblige the media with his incessant bitching, claimed, “I left home because of things like that. I can't listen to his music again, ever."
Well, Ryan, if positive reinforcement and a criticism-free environment is what you so desperately crave, boy oh boy have you made a strange touring decision! In support of his new album Cardinology (TMT Review), Ryan Adams will be opening for those lugubrious lads from Wankchester Oasis, and if they’re known for one thing, it’s intense disagreeability! But here’s the real cosmic question, ya’ll: When two groups of such meteoric assholes collide, will their catastrophic wake leave an unforeseen landscape of gorgeous celestial brilliance Einstein only dared dream of on especially comfortable nights, or will their unholy union surely rain brimstone upon a waiting Earth and bring on the fabled end of days? There’s only one way to find out, and that means you’ll actually have to buy a ticket for an Oasis concert. Or you could do something much cooler with your time instead, like read a book on pressing flowers or get a head start on your tax return. The choice is yours!
Detroit soul singer Nathaniel Mayer, who embarked on an unlikely comeback four years ago with the help of some young punk musicians [The Black Keys], has died from complications following a series of strokes, his representatives said on Tuesday. He was 64.
Mayer died on Saturday in Detroit, according to a blog posting on his MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/nathanielmayer). Funeral arrangements are pending.
To be or not to be -- that is the question;
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fashion,
...oops, wrong Shakespeare play! It seems New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus (and NOT Spanish metal gods Hamlet) have signed to XL Recordings. Their debut album, The Airing of Grievances, which was originally released on Troubleman Unlimited, has been newly mastered and will see a digital re-release this month and a physical release in January 2009.
Tragedy or comedy?:
& No Age
The iPhone Just Got Cooler; Now Has A Four-Track-Recorder App. Can Someone Tell Me A Nice Quiet Place To Scream And Vent My Frustrations That I Still Don’t Own One Of These?
Well, now they’ve done it. Now there is a Mac App. for the iPhone/iPod Touch I think I cannot live without. According to Wired’s blog, Listening Post, the good people at Sonoma Wire Works have created a four-track recorder for Apple’s touch-based portable technologies. For a measly $10, you can aspire to be just like Guided by Voices circa 1994 or any of your other lo-fi heroes, except, uh, you'd be using an iPod to record your songs. Each track is stored as a 44.1 kHz WAV file that can be sent wi-fi to any computer for further work if desired. The application is rather basic, functioning mainly to arm tracks to record, pan, and skip through the progress of a song, but it will fit in your pocket, so who can complain?
Now, while this product is indeed drool-inducing (or perhaps wet dream-inducing for the likes of, I don't know, Phil Elverum?), there are of course some limits, as this is being pumped out of an MP3 player or phone depending on what you are using. A major cited problem is that the internal speaker of the iPhone/iPod Touch is soft, so without headphones and a microphone that fit the outlet on these devices, there is not much hope of making a meaningful recording. Also, this program will not work for the first-generation iPod Touch.
But it's still a pretty solid application. Each track is stored as a 44.1 kHz WAV file that can be sent wi-fi to any computer for further work if desired, which is pretty sweet. With the holidays a month away, if any of you reading are feeling especially generous this year, feel free to hook me or any other member of the TMT family up with an iPhone and this app. I promise you will be on my “good list” if you do!