Bill Callahan to Tour, Me to Not Make Fun of Him, Find Happiness, Appreciate Life, Subsequently Appreciate High Art

The truth is, dear gents: There’s nothing us ladies love more than an elusive, ever-smoggy dude repping deep commitment to, um, sound. Ah, sweet instrumental sincerity!

Callahan's tourin' with Swell Season and Alasdair Roberts.

Stealing hearts (abroad!), taking names:

* Swell Season

# Alasdair Roberts

Glitter and Doom Await Tom Waits’ No-Coast Fans

Monday, May 5, Tom Waits held a press conference:

Yes, you heard right, Waits’ 13-date tour forgetfully bypasses 42 of the U.S.’ 50 largest cities. What bad luck. Maybe the whole thing is just an excuse for Tom to stop by that really great diner in Tulsa or to visit Aunt Bea in Mobile.

Now, instead of making the drive you’re thinking of making, I have a few suggestions for you. Get your money, go to a bank, put your money in that bank, use your plastic card to get that money in small usable increments to spend on things like groceries and beer, try to use another bank’s ATM and get charged $4 for the convenience, put your elbow through the glass of the ATM’s screen, DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S A RECESSION PEOPLE. ITS ABOUT DRUGS NOT TRAINS WAKE UP!!! PAECE BABY OLIVER BABY OLIVER THANKX GOD. F*CK IPOD TRY SOME WAX WAKE UP! 1972 NYC BORN AND RAISED.

Tom Waits Glitter and Doom Tour:

My Bloody Valentine Need New Pair of Shoegaze, Announce North American Tour!

Living in North America just got a little sweeter. My Bloody Valentine announced today that their country club set in upstate New York for All Tomorrow’s Parties won't be an isolated appearance (TMT News), as The Roseland Ballroom receives the honor of being the second stop on My Bloody Valentine’s first North American tour in 16 flippin’ years! I’m so excited I stopped doing actual work, closed, and jammed on my headphones to listen to Loveless. (BTW, headphones are totes against the rules at the Real Job.)

Tickets aren’t listed yet, but I would advise keeping a close watch on the MBV website and doing a ceremonial chant or five. And this might be pushing it, but our luck seems to be on the up-and-up, so maybe Patti Smith will decide to relive her two onstage experiences with Kevin Shields in ’05 and ’06, documented on The Coral Sea (TMT News). Eh?

My Bloody Valentine tourdates:

Gossip Tour, Tell All

David Letterman appearances, MTV's Artist of the Week... just who the blue fuck does Beth Ditto think she is? Brilliant and bodacious, you say? I'd be inclined to agree. The Gossip just released a full-length live album on Kill Rock Stars, aptly titled Live in Liverpool, and it can be yours and yours alone if you click here.

What's more, The Gossip have done something totally weird and booked a tour in support of the live licks. Freaks. I mean, what do you expect from people who wanted Daisy to win Rock of Love 2? COME ON!

I bet Ambre would listen to The Gossip:

Free Yr Radio Concert Series with No Age, White Williams, and Mudhoney, Funded by a Certain Automobile Company and a Certain Clothing Company

After its SXSW shenanigans (TMT News), "Go For a Walk" concert series will be hosting ten more free concerts in support of independent radio and, of course, its sponsors. Look for shows to spring up around participating radio stations, which include KEXP (Seattle, WA), KVRX (Austin, TX), The Current (Minneapolis, MN), KUSF (San Francisco, CA), WPRB (Princeton, NJ), WERS (Boston, MA), KRCL (Salt Lake City, UT), WVKR (Poughkeepsie, NY), WVUM (Miami, FL), and OHIO.FM (Columbus, OH).

Free shows are indeed cool, even when part of a comprehensive promotional scheme designed to inundate yr consumer brain with positive brand associations. While attendees must ultimately submit to the marketing tactics of the "Wear Used Clothes" campaign -- if only because most of the shows will be held at trendy clothing outlets -- we at Tiny Mix Tapes don't have to enjoy the idea. Then again, free concerts do get me itching for some tight new fashion-ripped jeans.

Here's the schedule so far:
05.21.08 - Cambridge, MA - Urban Outfitters &
06.14.08 - Columbus, OH - TBA !
07.23.08 - Seattle, WA - TBA %
08.30.08 - Minneapolis, MN - Urban Outfitters *

& White Williams / WERS

! !!! / Ohio-FM

% Mudhoney & No Age / KEXP

* Yeasayer / The Current

MMW ISO Good Time, While Our Band (Times New Viking) Tours Europe and U.S. - NSA

First time posters... we’ve been wanting to try this for a long time but haven’t found the right one(s). Looking for anyone who knows how to have a good time. Not interested in any drama or relationships, just laughing and having a good time and we’ll see where it goes from there. ;-)

Serious replies only plz. Age/race not a factor; must be disease-free. Ur pic gets ours.

Let us know if you’re looking for some fun before/after any of the following gigs:
05.09.08 - London, UK - Proud Gallery (Vice Calling)
05.11.08 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parites
05.12.08 - Bristol, UK - Lousiana
05.14.08 - London, UK - Cafe Otto
05.15.08 - London, UK - Old Blue Last (Stag and Dagger)
05.16.08 - Brighton, UK - Great Escape Festival
05.17.08 - Brighton, UK - Great Escape Festival
05.19.08 - Cardiff, UK - Club IforBach
05.20.08 - Liverpool, UK - Korova Bar
05.21.08 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
05.22.08 - Leeds, UK - The Common Place
05.23.08 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24
05.24.08 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
05.26.08 - Dublin, UK - Andrew’s Lane Theatre
05.28.08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.31.08 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.04.08 - Bloomington, IN - Waldron Art Center
06.05.08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
06.06.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.07.08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
06.09.08 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander
06.10.08 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.11.08 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
06.13.08 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
06.14.08 - Visalia, CA - Howie & Sons Pizza
06.15.08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.17.08 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.18.08 - Tempe, AZ - Modified
06.19.08 - El Paso, TX - Hush Gallery
06.20.08 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
06.21.08 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.22.08 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
06.23.08 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06.25.08 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll
06.26.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.27.08 - New York, NY - Whitney Museum
06.28.08 - Providence, RI - The Living Room
06.29.08 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.30.08 - Montreal, QUE - Divan Orange
07.01.08 - Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe Tavern
07.20.08 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

Without the invigorating threat of a miserly major record label breathing down their necks, Radiohead have apparently found themselves lonely for the good ol' days of being behind the 8 ball. But since they're like the biggest non-U2 band on the whole damn planet and have, well, pretty much fired everyone who might have been inclined to give them shit about their careers, Thom Yorke and the boys have turned to the only logical remaining option: they've decided to let their fans hassle them instead.

According to a recent post on their website, the environmentally mental Radiohead have developed "a new section of the site that gig-goers can visit" from which we, the lowly fans, can "try out [their] carbon calculator and compare different methods for getting to and from the venue." The list of tourdates will also arm environmentally conscious fans with public transportation information relating to each venue as well as "incentives for car sharing." Incentives? What, like free internet downloads or something??

But the good, clean fun doesn't stop there! Each week, Radiohead's production team will deliver a new progress report on how the band has or hasn't been addressing their own touring carbon footprint, as well as whether or not they've been making it easier for the "gig goers" to reduce theirs. Fans can log on and gloat about the band's successes and, even better, climb atop the virtual soapbox about their failings at w.a.s.t.e.-central. From there, eager environmentalists can also post their own local travel information for cities where the band is touring, hook up with potential car-poolers, and, you know, shake their mother earth-loving finger at Thom Yorke. Sounds pretty good, huh?

Anyway, this new, green web page is called "the most gigantic flying mouth for some time" (a much cooler title than In Rainbows if you ask me) and comes on the heels of their post from December last year assessing their carbon footprint for an average overseas tour and the commissioned report on touring and CO2 generation. So what are you waiting for?? Get on there and scrutinize Radiohead! God knows you don't get the chance to do that very often.

Uh, oh yeah, and in case you forgot or have been living under a rock or something, Radiohead's huge fucking WORLD TOUR is currently in full-swing:
05.06.08 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre *
05.08.08 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre *
05.09.08 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
05.11.08 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge *
05.14.08 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
05.17.08 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
05.18.08 - Dallas, TX - Center *
06.06.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Malahide #
06.07.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Malahide #
06.09.08 - Paris, France - Bercy #
06.10.08 - Paris, France - Bercy #
06.12.08 - Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Fòrum (Daydream Festival) *#$
06.14.08 - Nimes, France - Arenes #
06.15.08 - Nimes, France - Arenes #
06.17.08 - Milan, Italy - Civica Arena #
06.18.08 - Milan, Italy - Civica Arena #
06.20.08 - Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
06.22.08 - Scheeßel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.24.08 - London, England - Victoria Park #
06.25.08 - London, England - Victoria Park #
06.27.08 - Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow Green #
06.29.08 - Manchester, England - Lancashire County Cricket Club #
07.01.08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Westerpark #
07.03.08 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.05.08 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
07.06.08 - Arras, France - Main Square Festival
07.08.08 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
08.01.08 - Chicago, IL - Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
08.03.08 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center %
08.04.08 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center %
08.06.08 - Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau %
08.08.08 - Jersey City, NJ - Liberty State Park (All Points West Festival)
08.09.08 - Jersey City, NJ - Liberty State Park (All Points West Festival)
08.12.08 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center %
08.13.08 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center %
08.15.08 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre %
08.19.08 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Thunderbird Stadium *
08.20.08 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre *
08.22.08 - San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park (Outside Lands Festival)
08.24.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
08.25.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
08.27.08 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre *
08.28.08 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl *
10.01.08 - Osaka, Japan - Municipal Central Gymnasium
10.02.08 - Osaka, Japan - Municipal Central Gymnasium
10.04.08 - Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena
10.05.08 - Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena

* Liars

% Grizzly Bear
# Bat for Lashes

$ Ensemble Nacional de España de Müsica Contemporánea (Jonny Greenwood compositions)

Bon Iver Touring! If You’re Into That…

So, Bon Iver, I saw your postcard flier thing in the record store a few weeks ago. It was on the counter by the register, placed their nonchalantly, advertising your little April stint around the Midwest like I was supposed to know about it all along, like some marketing ploy to guys like me who aren't in-the-know but want to be. "Hey, there's a show at the Lakeshore Theater. Oh, but wait, it's tonight." I couldn't help but imagine (as you probably intended) a snooty voice saying "sorry" with a disinterested laugh for the full effect. I was glad I didn't imagine a "sucks to be me," as often happens with you. In hindsight, I'm glad it was the snooty voice; I didn't want to go anyway.

But whatever, I didn't buy your album. Oh I saw it there; it was right in front. Kind of pricey though, someone thinks pretty highly of themselves... It looked nice, presentable at least. I suppose you have to attract someone. Personally, I don't go for that look anymore. Dolled up in flashy black, and that cursive writing... a little too desperate if you ask me. I saw it at some other stores, too -- boy, you get around. But I hear the record is doing well. That's wonderful, really. I mean, I have heard it, wasn't impressed though. Not my thing, you know? It isn't bad, if you like that sort of thing. No, I need something a little more, a little less about them, someone who calls when they're in town.

Don't take it personally, though. I didn't when I saw those postcard ads. There were a bunch; guess a lot of people didn't want to go to your show. April 10, hmm... where was I? Oh that's right, I was super totally busy probably. I was at a bar with some people from work, and no, they aren't work friends -- they're just friends I happen to work with. Mark did that thing with his elbows and... you had to be there. I would've taken them to your show, had I known about it, but we all had better things to do that night anyway.

A band played at the bar, too. That's right, and they were just as good, maybe even way good. They were pretty solid, a little blues/jam/bar rock. You wouldn't be into that though; you're sensitive. Jealous? Don't act like it doesn't bother you, I've heard your songs. Ev-uh-ree thing bothers you. Why don't you go bother up a tree? And who's Emma, anyway?

Come to Chicago, see if I care:

*with Iron & Wine

Dan Deacon Slated to Release New LP in the Fall, Summer Tour

Dan Deacon is nearly finished recording Bromst, the follow-up to last year's spastic Spiderman of the Rings. He's currently in the studio with his buds, putting the finishing touches on the album, which has actually been in the works for quite some time now. In fact, Deacon began work on the album before Spiderman was even released! Fucked up, I know! I could hardly believe it either when I first heard the news, but I sure believe it now. Sometimes, you just have to have faith, you know? I actually feel kind of bad that I was a non-believer at first, but better late than never. I'll definitely be more receptive next time. That I promise.

Carpark is tentatively planning to release Bromst either late September or some time in October. (BUT WHAT ABOUT THE TRACKLISTING.) In the meantime, check out Deacon's video for "Okie Dokie," and good luck finding a copy of Wham City Box #1 (TMT News). At least you have a chance to check out his summer tour.

Photo: [Frank Hamilton]

It’s Not Fair! Eggheads Breakdown Music Geometrically, But Clueless Musicians Still Get All the Groupies

“Music of the Spheres,” ratio-driven explanations, 12-note scales, circle of fifths, meantone tuning, the Greek genera... music and math have been close acquaintances for centuries, but perhaps never has music been analyzed in such a displayable fashion. Three professors -- Clifton Callender of Florida State University and Ian Quinn and Dmitri Tymoczko of Princeton University -- have devised a method that places musical language into contemporary geometry. Expanding on earlier work by Tymoczko (which is dealt with nicely by Julie Rehmeyer on Mathtrek here), the three profs published “Generalized Voice-Leading Spaces” in the April 18 issue of Science, and the work has been widely praised. As Rachel Wells Hall of St Joseph's University claims, it “stands out both for the breadth of its musical implications and the depth of its mathematical content.” Assigning mathematical structure to families of chords, notes, scales, and using levels of abstraction, the "geometrical music theory" places music into "quotient spaces," ultimately generating geometrical figures.

Callendar, quoted on EurekAlert, tries to layperson the theory:

Imagine being near the peak of a mountain and needing to get to the immediately opposite location. You could proceed clockwise around the peak, counter-clockwise, or directly over the peak. These same three paths represent unique types of motions between major and minor triads in the space of three-note chord types, which is a cone. In fact, these motions and chords have been ubiquitous in Western music since medieval times to the present day.

Callender, you had me at “Imagine...”

Speaking in “future of music” terms, a few interesting questions arise:

- Are there chords and scales floating in geometric space that are rarely used or have yet to be discovered?
- What applications can the theory have in differentiating the superiority of certain musical styles (perfect for jazz snobs who can now mathematically prove their preferred racket is structurally more complex than the preferred rackets of rock, reggae, blues, techno, etc.)?
- Can the theory be applied to Eastern music, or is it just amenable to Western music?
- Can it translate Japanese noise legend Merzbow?
- What good is a geometry-based theory when everyone knows all songs employ the same three chords?

As far as practical applications are concerned, Tymoczko, courtesy of Scientific Blogging, says, “You could create new kinds of musical instruments or new kinds of toys. You could create new kinds of visualization tools -- imagine going to a classical music concert where the music was being translated visually. We could change the way we educate musicians.” Um, I guess he’s never played anything on Windows Media Player?

Tymoczko adds, “The most satisfying aspect of this research is that we can now see that there is a logical structure linking many, many different musical concepts. To some extent, we can represent the history of music as a long process of exploring different symmetries and different geometries.”

Although some will argue that such a deep understanding renders art emotionless or unlovable, that line of reasoning couldn't be further from the truth. Theory lovers know that base understanding only makes something cold if you are cold. Delving and appreciating underlying foundations and multiple levels of anything can lead one to beauty unimagined by shallow surface-dwellers. Imagine the satisfaction you will get when your “Man, this part of Rush's ‘Spirit of the Radio’ kicks ten kinds of ass!” is coupled with an appreciation of its categorization of “OPTIC symmetries?” Forget math rock; mathletes are your new gods!



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