Bill Callahan is going on a tour of America this fall. He will travel by car or bus or van, but we can’t really know, can we? Can’t really know, not unless we ask.
Bill Callahan will also go on a tour of Europe this coming winter, the winter of 2014. He will take a plane, then a car or bus or van, then probably another plane, and on. Once again, we can’t really know. Can’t know unless we ask.
A Donald Sutherland interview plays on the radio. “Enough about my acting career,” he says. “Bill Callahan will be playing dates with Mick Turner, Judson Claiborne, and The Howling Hex.” Long shot of Bill’s face.
Sometimes Bill Callahan goes to a bar that I occasionally visit. At least, that’s what they say. I’ve never seen him. Hrmm.
Bill Callahan dates:
11.08-09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
11.13.13 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace *
11.14.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Japan American Theatre *
11.15.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
11.16.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11.17.13 - San Francisoc, CA - The Chapel *
11.19.13 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater *
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
11.22.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux &
11.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room &
11.25.13 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater ^
01.31.14 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK - The Sage Gateshead
02.01.14 - Glasgow, UK - Celtic Connections Festival (ABC)
02.02.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
02.03.14 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
02.05.14 - Leeds, UK - Irish Centre
02.06.14 - Bristol, UK - St. Georges
02.07-08.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
02.09.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
02.10.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.11.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Ancienne
02.12.14 - Paris, France - La Cigale
02.14.14 - Cologne, Germany - Kulturkirche
02.15.14 - Berlin, Germany - Heimathafen
02.16.14 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
02.17.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
02.18.14 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
02.19.14 - Lyon, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
02.21.14 - Valladolid, Spain - Teatro Cervantes
02.22.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cinema São Jorge
02.23.14 - Porto, Portugal - Casa de Música
02.24.14 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Nuevo Apolo
02.25.14 - San Sebastian, Spain - Sala de Cámara Kursaal
02.26.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Teatre BARTS
* Mick Turner
& Judson Claiborne
^ The Howling Hex
[Photo: Iñigo Amescua]
Bill Orcutt releases 13x7-inch limited edition box set of A History of Every One sessions; you’ll never guess how many songs there are!
As you might’ve guessed prior to this announcement, a “history of every one” apparently requires more than just a full-length album to get the job done, regardless of how unsurprisingly erratic and worthwhile a particular full-length might be. Try as Wikipedia and Steven Hawking and the NSA might to collude and eventually establish a comprehensive database containing all the world’s knowledge, as well as embarrassing information about every individual on the planet, they’ve somehow neglected to explore the avenue of the limited-edition 7-inch, which, though few will publicly acknowledge, has the mystical capacity to breathe superfluous but powerful life into any given project and/or subject! Earlier this year I had a 7-inch made of my laptop fan revving up. Subsequent to playback, my ‘S’ key now allows the production of salamanders, promptly expelled from my disc drive. Why? I don’t know. I don’t know.
Not so much superfluous as just a thing people probably wouldn’t mind listening to, Bill Orcutt has a limited-edition 7-inch box set out now, entitled Twenty Five Songs. On the “supplementing a project” front, it’s certainly worth pointing out that said collection of 7-inches contains an “early/alternate” version of A History of Every One, as the 25 tracks spread out over 13 records are essentially of that album’s recording sessions. A reemphasis on the limited: Twenty Five Songs comes in an edition of 70, all of which may well have been nabbed at the time of this article’s publication. How unfortunate if that is the case. You too could have had salamanders. And noisy guitar-playing.
Merge announces 25th anniversary 7-inch subscription series; Superchunk covers my third-favorite Misfits song
Heads up: corporations are people, and like all people except for Jehovah’s Witnesses, they have birthdays. Merge Records’ 25th is next year, so you better get them something nice. Maybe like $125 or something? Hold on, hold on, I know that seems like a lot of dough, but you know Merge, he’ll probably turn right around and give you a box full of treasures for your trouble. You’ll say, “Merge, this is too much, it’s not my birthday, it’s yours, you silly goose,” but he’ll insist, and later you’ll find out he donated the money you gave him to Oxfam America anyway. You’ll smile to yourself at how thoughtful and selfless Merge is. Then you’ll think about it a little longer and you’ll start to wonder if it’s actually possible to be selfless, or if selfishness is just baked in to the human condition. You’ll use that line of thought to justify eating your roommate’s last piece of cheesecake in bed.
While the mashed-together pieces of graham cracker and sinfully decadent cheesecake are careening through your digestive tract, you’ll take a closer look at the box Merge gave you and you’ll be impressed. The box, which Merge calls Or Thousands of Prizes will have a whole of bunch of neat stuff in it, like a magic wand that will grant you first access to special Merge birthday events as well as entry into giveaways throughout 2014, an exclusive t-shirt commemorating Merge’s 25th birthday, a “surprise” 12-inch record, and an e-book called The Merge Records Companion. Best of all, there will be a little note inside that says, “I know how much you wish it was still the 90s, so I made a subscription 7-inch subscription series just for you.” The subscription will consist of 12 7-inches on colored vinyl delivered straight to your door. They’ll mostly be splits between Merge artists, including contributions from Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Destroyer, and not Green Day. Also inside the box will be a special collector’s box for all these 7-inches and digital downloads for all the tracks! It’s a very full box!
As you bask in the warm glow of this inverse-birthday gift, a sound will meet your ears. “What’s that?” you’ll wonder. “Is that… is that Superchunk covering my third favorite Misfits song?” Why yes it is! Celebrating Halloween in one of the many ways they’ve probably figured out throughout their lives, Superchunk have recorded a cover of The Misfits’ classic song “Children in Heat,” and you can stream that sucker below, even if it is November 1. If you give Merge the gift of pre-ordering before November 30, your order will come with a free download of the track. And don’t forget, next year is also when Tiny Mix Tapes finally becomes a man. Shit’s gonna be a Bar Mitzvah for the ages.
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com
Action Bronson is a rapper/chef from New York City. There is only one photo of him in existence and it is this one. Nah, just kidding. There’s plenty of pictures of Action Bronson out there. Like this one and this one and, okay, fine, this one is an actual picture of Action Bronson. Party Supplies is a producer, also based out of New York, who teamed up with Bronson for their acclaimed Blue Chips mixtape last year. As you may or may not know (if you do, just humor me, okay?), Blue Chips was (very loosely) based on the 1994 Nick Nolte basketball film of the same title. While Blue Chips (movie) never had a sequel, one question has lingered in scholars’ minds: what if it did have a sequel? This is a question that Blue Chips 2, the new mixtape from Action Bronson and Party Supplies, intends to answer.
Assuming all is well in the world, Blue Chips 2 should be out November 1, which is today; good news: it’s here! If you’re not quite ready for it yet, introduce yourself by watching the tape’s teaser trailer, featuring Bronson as a high-powered NBA mogul and Party Supplies as, I don’t know, some guy? According to the tape’s press release, the trailer alludes to his involvement in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals game 7 between the Knicks and Pacers. If you know anything about basketball, those words may mean something to you.
If you’d like to know more about Action Bronson and the concept of food, check out the food series he’s doing with Vice. He’ll also be putting out a new full-length album through VICE/Atlantic at some point next year. It is tentatively titled “Man Forced to Eat Own Beard,” in my mind.
Blue Chips 2 tracklist:
02. Intro feat. Big Body Bes
03. Pepe Lopez
04. The Don’s Cheek
05. It Concerns Me
07. Jackson & Travolta feat. Meyhem Lauren
08. Through The Eyes Of A G feat. Ab-Soul
09. Contemporary Man
10. Twin Peugots feat Big Body Bes & Mac Miller
11. Man & The Mirror
12. Midget Cough
13. It’s Me
14. Flip Ya feat. Retchy P
15. 9.24.13 feat. Big Body Bes
16. Rolling Thunder feat. Action Bronson
17. Amadu Diablo
18. In The City feat. Jeff Woods
19. I Adore You
Hey, all you Bandcamp-savy indie rockers out there already know Brooklyn’s singin’, songwritin’, splash-makin’ Waxahatchee, don’t you? Sweet, us too! In fact, we like her scrappy brand of folky, grunge-y, indie rock so damn much that we usually don’t even bother to review it! (Besides, we’ve got to save all of those Foucault quotes and whatnot for where they really count: in Nick Cave reviews and shit).
Either way, she and I were having a little gelato at Whole Foods earlier today, and she mentioned the fact that she’ll be hitting the road for a couple of sweet shows this winter to help promote her recent album, Cerulean Salt (along with her twin sister’s band Swearin’, Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs, and Philly PA’s Cayetana); and I thought that sounded pretty fun and cool and DIY and Bandcamp-y and fair trade-y and shit like that, so I just sorta decided on my own that I’d really like to tell y’all about them when I got back to my desk. And now, welp, here I am; so here you go. And, well, that’s all there is to it! I mean, I definitely don’t work for Bandcamp.
11.27.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
11.29.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore *
11.30.13 - Portland, OR - Holcene *
12.02.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
12.03.13 - Oakland, CA - 1234 GO *
12.04.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium *
12.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts*
12.07.13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
01.21.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge !
01.22.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott !
01.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands !
01.24.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat !
01.25.14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter !
01.26.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church !
! All Dogs & Cayetana
• Waxahatchee: http://waxahatchee.bandcamp.com
Kanye West has postponed upcoming dates on his Yeezus mega-tour across North America (previously scheduled for October through December), mere hours after cancelling tonight’s show in Vancouver for a second time (it was originally happening October 20). The reason for the indefinite delay is this: yesterday, an official The Yeezus Tour truck was involved in an accident that damaged a “custom-made video truss” and a “60-ft circular LED screen,” according to a press release from Island Def Jam — two crucial components for Rogers Arena ticket-holders 23C-25A who were expecting a truly 360° multimedia event.
Island Def Jam goes on: “The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.” If this isn’t enough of an explanation, Island Def Jam recommends purchasing 808s and Heartbreak on vinyl as food for thought.
See the old, idyllic tour dates crossed out below this special holiday image:
10.31.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena *
11.01.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center *
11.05.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center *
11.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills *
11.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre *
11.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre *
11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11.17.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden *
11.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center *
11.23.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11.29.13 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena *
11.30.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
12.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena *
12.06.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center *
12.07.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center *
Tara Jane O’Neil announces new album, breaks with all previous music marketing tradition by sharing a new track from it early!
Yup. Sad but true, folks. Another folky, drone-y, ambient-y, and generally-experimental pop artist just got gobbled up by that GIANT, EVIL corporate whore of a label Kranky! Is there no artist they won’t corrupt? No “scene” they won’t co-opt?!? What is the music world coming to?!?!
Tara Jane O’Neil, whom we’re at least casual Facebook friends with around here, has just announced that she’ll be abandoning her DIY aesthetic and releasing her new album, entitled Where Shine New Lights, via the posh, Top 40-shilling label this coming January 27. Seriously! There’s even a hoity-toity “press release” accompanying her announcement that says all this glowing, fancy shit about the new album employing “choral voicings spread out across the stereo field like muted cloud formations split by sudden outbursts of vibrant color, verdant mosses on ancient stones, opal sized windows of clear blue set against a vast horizon” etc.! And then how “this is music about healing, about listening, about surviving and transmuting the strange inheritance of language [and about] moving towards a direct perception of apparent reality through collaboration, breath, sound and song.” Yeah yeah, and I bet the whole thing is sponsored by Chipotle and Starbucks too!
Uh, hang on; I’ll be right back to rant about this some more! In the meantime, here’s a track from the album.
Guardian Alien and Pontiak go on tour together, play Look Alive Festival together, release records in January together, all in string of improbable coincidences
Hey, Tiny Mix Tapes audience. I was just looking over my papers and noticed something odd. Pontiak are going on tour this December. This is not odd. Guardian Alien are going on tour this December. Again, not odd. But when I really give these tour dates a long, hard look, I’ve noticed that most of these dates are exactly the same. Some of them aren’t, some include Pontiak and not Guardian Alien, others vice versa. Most of these dates are, in fact, at the same place on the same night at the same time. They’re even both playing Miami’s Look Alive festival! It is as if the two are touring together.
Now that I’ve provided a plausible explanation, let me blow it to bits. It would be enough if the two were only playing the same tour dates. As it turns out, this case goes deeper, down through multiple layers of story sediment. Both bands are actually releasing new albums this coming January. Little information about these upcoming albums exists yet, except for one bit that will destroy your entire brain. Both albums are being released by Thrill Jockey. With that in mind, we can chalk up all these intersections in the fates of these two bands to one thing: mostly coincidence. There, I have answered everything.
Pontiak and Guardien Alien dates:
11.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #
11.29.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Night Bazaar #%
12.01.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
12.02.13 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
12.03.13 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
12.04.13 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
12.05.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
12.06.13 - Tampa, FL - New World Brewery #
12.06.13 - Miami, FL - Churchills ^@
12.07.13 - Miami, FL - Gramps #!
12.08.13 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
12.09.13 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic
12.10.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529
12.13.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie ^
# Pontiak only
^ Guardian Alien only
% A Place to Bury Stangers, Dawn of Midi
@ Wolf Eyes, Rubber O Cement, Chronic Youth, Teepee
! Indian Jewelry, White Mystery, Lil Daggers, Nerve City
YouTube reminds us that they’re still planning a music subscription service; pretty please, won’t you pay attention?
One thing noticeably lacking from the Breaking news, courtesy of Billboard, concerning the upcoming (though perpetually rumored) launch of YouTube’s music subscription service is… anything to make people give a shit! Also, news. Imagine my surprise when, upon my initiation into this role, it was made clear by deliberate repetition that news is supposed to involve news at some point. “Wait, so relaying the script of the puntastic Batman & Robin (1997) on multiple occasions is out of the question, irrelevance to TMT aside?” I complained. “So be it. I understand. No dice when it comes to my request, I guess.” Reluctantly then, let’s move this article forward. Come hither, marginal points of note!
And they are basically marginal. Supplementing earlier murmurs about the possibly imminent launch of a YouTube-based paid music subscription service, it’s been revealed that such a paid, or “premium,” service could go for a measly 10 bucks a month, and… the advantage? No advertisements, which rightfully takes advantage of a condemnable ignorance of AdBlock, and the ability to listen to cached music offline. “Soft sell” would appear to be an understatement then, especially when you consider that the paid service will come paired with a free component that offers “unlimited access” to the same exact library of music. Supposedly the overarching conspiracy here is to increase mobile app usage, thereby enhancing YouTube’s ability to sell ads on the platform. Feh.
One potential worthwhile (though obviously unconfirmed) feature of the service is the ability to stream entire albums. I’ve noticed an increase in these types of uploads anyway, but who knows how extensive YouTube’s contributions will/might be. Guess we’ll just see, possibly by the end of the year. With bated breath…
• YouTube: http://www.youtube.com
Beck plans new album for February 2014, fortunately you don’t have to get all your asshole friends together in order to hear this one
I swear to god, put your goddamn kazoos away. Beck’s got a new album coming out in February of next year — it’s going to be called Morning Phase — and the guy sure as shit doesn’t need any of you jokers making “valuable contributions” on certified non-instruments like the kazoo or the guitar. Sure, sure, the guy may well have put out a “song book album” last year, and sure that maybe blew your mind like I’ll bet everything Dave Eggers puts his grubby paws on does, you McSweeney’s loving communist, but listen: Beck is a professional. He was throwing you a bone! If the fact that he tried to defriend you earlier this year did not make that totally clear, I would’ve thought you would’ve gotten something of a hint from the begrudging manner in which he brought together some actual, you know, musicians to play it back in July.
Okay, since I’m apparently the only around here that actually knows his place, I’m going to do what I was hired to do and not fuck everything up with my tuneless warbling. Like I said, the new album’s called Morning Phase. It’s his first full-length of totally new recordings since 2008’s pretty-okay-but-also-I-kind-of-forgot-about-it Modern Guilt (TMT Review). It’s been described as a companion piece to 2002’s Sea Change. No, I don’t know who did that describing. I do know it features a lot of the same musicians as Sea Change, e.g. Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner. They’re also accompanying him in the current iteration of his live show, for which I’ll post the dates below. I won’t post the tracklisting or the specific release date, because, to be totally honest, I’m kind of pissed at you right now (also it hasn’t been released yet). Because I’m already substantially less pissed, I’ll post “Gimme” below, which is from one-third of the slew of 12 inches that Beck has released over the last year.
11.07.13 - Santiago, Chile - Planeta Terra Festival
11.09.13 - São Paulo, Brazil - Planeta Terra Festival
11.14.13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Planeta Terra Festival