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quixoticgoat
10-21-2008, 12:53 PM
from optical atlas


Christmas is without a doubt Julian Koster’s favorite holiday, or at least the favorite holiday for the Music Tapes, that collection of saws which sing sometimes when asked politely. After all, Julian and the saws have just released The Singing Saws at Christmastime, a collection of holiday instrumentals on Merge Records. Tiny Mix Tapes has announced that The Music Tapes will be going on a Christmas caroling tour throughout November and December, in which they will move from house to house for three hours in each city of the tour. In order to witness the caroling, you need to either invite the saws to your home, or find a home in your city that’s on the list. Send invites by email (caroling@gmail.com), or write to this address:

MUSIC TAPES CAROLING
c/o G. Stewart
175 Talmadge St. Apt 1
Athens, GA 30605

A list of homes will be distributed via email to anyone who wishes to attend. Here is the initial caroling tour lineup:

11.14.08 - Atlanta, GA
11.15.08 - Savannah, GA
11.16.08 - Northern Florida
11.17.08 - Alabama or off
11.18.08 - Baton Rouge, LA / New Orleans, LA
11.19.08 - Houston, TX
11.20.08 - Austin, TX
11.21.08 - Denton, TX
11.22.08 - Oklahoma City, OK
11.24.08 - Lawrence, KS / Kansas City, KS
11.25.08 - Ames, IA / Iowa City, IA
11.26.08 - Minneapolis, MN
11.28.08 - Madison, WI
11.30.08 - Ann Arbor, MI
12.01.08 - Toronto, Canada
12.02.08 - Canada - TBA
12.03.08 - Canada - TBA
12.04.08 - Montreal, Canada
12.06.08 - Bennington, VT
12.07.08 - Providence, RI
12.08.08 - Tivoli, NY
12.10.08 - North Hampton, MA
12.12.08 - New York City, NY (game only)
12.14.08 - Philadelphia, PA
12.15.08 - Philadelphia, PA

Keep an eye on the Orbiting Human Circus for further details.

quixoticgoat
10-21-2008, 12:57 PM
as i was typing up my invite.. i realized that they'll be here the day after thanksgiving. a day usually spent three hours north of madison with my family. ::whimper whimper::

i think i'm going to cut thanksgiving a little short. or maybe i'll just come back for music tapes and then go back up north. damn. it would be worth it.

el topo
10-21-2008, 01:21 PM
Actually I normally wouldn't be in Madison the day after Thanksgiving, but this year it looks like I will because we'll be having Thanksgiving dinner with my (local) in-laws for once.

animalsanimals
10-21-2008, 01:24 PM
ummmm dec 5 we got a nice gap between montreal and bennington vt...

burlington vermont what what??

Aqualad
10-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Um um why does it have to be while i"m in england

Aqualad
10-21-2008, 01:34 PM
um um that was supposed to be in caps

Aqualad
10-21-2008, 01:35 PM
oh god WHY

Aqualad
10-21-2008, 01:38 PM
I was the one who sent the email about coming to this area it should be all about me!

quixoticgoat
10-21-2008, 01:40 PM
what do you suppose "12.12.08 - New York City, NY (game only)" means? game only? is it the bell game?

animalsanimals
10-21-2008, 01:49 PM
im seeing if they want to stop in Burlington between montral and bennington. if not then ill drive down to bennington and hit that up and document the fun.

mgocze
10-21-2008, 02:12 PM
nothing closer to maine than northampton/bennington? sad. looks like a weekend trip to vermont or midweek trip to northampton will be in order. i'm hoping your request for burlington comes to fruition, because my sister lives out there and i'd much rather go to burlington than a town i've never heard of.

Rarn
10-21-2008, 02:32 PM
Awww, they are playing at the town immediately next door to my own (tivoli, ny), but its during finals time just a week before I get home... :(

Such an amazing idea though. I'll inform my friends at home so they at least won't miss out.

stompclapclap
10-21-2008, 02:52 PM
please please PLEASE come ANYWHERE on the west coast, i'm begging you!!!!! there will be a free place to stay and yummy homemade vegan food and cupcakes if you come to the bay area!!!

jdrawmeasheep
10-21-2008, 02:54 PM
im driving 3 hours to the first caroling trip in Atlanta. YAY

Juttman
10-21-2008, 03:08 PM
I'll be witnessing it in Philly probably.

thekingisdead
10-21-2008, 03:16 PM
oh man, I really hope there are games! I'll be in Savannah! The squares here would be perfect for games!

All the music tapes fans around kinda know each other or live in dorms. It's gonna be a weird night.

Juttman
10-21-2008, 03:34 PM
I'm a bit confused by the format of this.

Are you going to somebody's house, or inviting them to come to your pad, and following them around as they carol, or will you be in a caroling group with the Tapes?

loveminuszeroCB
10-21-2008, 03:37 PM
ummmm dec 5 we got a nice gap between montreal and bennington vt...

burlington vermont what what??


new london, new hampshire what what?

jdrawmeasheep
10-21-2008, 03:45 PM
I'm a bit confused by the format of this.

Are you going to somebody's house, or inviting them to come to your pad, and following them around as they carol, or will you be in a caroling group with the Tapes?

welp, i emailed em asking for the starting point of the caroling. so im just going to go and wait outside of the persons house for a while until the glowing mass of e6ers show up. then ill just walk along watching them carol unless i know all of the words to one of the songs, in which case ill carol with them. you can invite them to your house though.

animalsanimals
10-21-2008, 03:55 PM
yeah...i wonder how this all is gonna go.

it gets really damn cold during the December Vermont nights.

radiowires
10-21-2008, 05:00 PM
I'm a bit confused by the format of this.

Are you going to somebody's house, or inviting them to come to your pad, and following them around as they carol, or will you be in a caroling group with the Tapes?

yes
;)
in other words, knowing the music tapes, quite likely all of the above and more.

Somahoney
10-21-2008, 08:17 PM
this is more detailed: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/The-Music-Tapes-Plans-Caroling

I'm gonna try to have them stop by my house and then follow them to one of the open caroling visits

fright_eyes
10-21-2008, 08:49 PM
I'm so glad they're coming to VT!

quixoticgoat
10-22-2008, 07:17 AM
the word on the street is that these dates are not concrete. they might shift a little. thats what julian told me last night. but you know.. i'm sure tinymixtapes or optical atlas will keep us on the up and up. i really hope they shift the madison date by like... two days.. that would rule.

Aqualad
10-22-2008, 08:49 AM
Well, I'm going to email him and see if he can get the local date moved to anywhere after december 1st.

buck_tempo
10-22-2008, 09:26 AM
These tours are starting to depress me. I feel like he's purposefully avoiding St. Louis and I just started a new job and can't travel.

Aqualad
10-22-2008, 10:15 AM
did you email your location to the address whewn he announced it?

thekingisdead
10-22-2008, 01:51 PM
I'm glad the Savannah date is so early, If julian came here a even week later, all the kiddies would be gone!

pinocchio
10-22-2008, 06:53 PM
Does NY(game only) mean the Central Park game again? IT MUST ! ! !

A.M. Thomas
10-23-2008, 12:36 PM
Does NY(game only) mean the Central Park game again? IT MUST ! ! !

I really hope so. Either way, I'll definitely be there again. I hope it snows!

HospitalBomb
10-24-2008, 05:24 PM
Have the lists of the houses gone out yet?

And if so, can someone post them please?

emmi_i
10-24-2008, 10:25 PM
Have the lists of the houses gone out yet?

And if so, can someone post them please?

no they haven't. Julian mentioned that the list we have was a rough outline of what he wanted to do, I don't know if the dates have been fully set.

since it's at peoples homes, rather than a venue, it's probably better to have the home list e-mailed to you, rather than posted on a public forum. *shrug*

loveminuszeroCB
10-25-2008, 09:32 AM
how long do you think we have to get these invitations in?

Matt
10-25-2008, 12:27 PM
yes, I just talked my housemates into it and want to send in an invitation for the Austin show. how much time do we have?

emmi_i
10-25-2008, 12:58 PM
first show is in about three weeks & I'd guess that they'd want an idea of where they're going to be playing... so, the sooner the better would be my advice.

dyvncwby
10-28-2008, 03:15 PM
Fuck Yeah, finally coming to Florida!

Birds...The silent killer
10-16-2009, 08:17 AM
Nah. I'd be surprised. I think it's one of the most wonderful things an artist has done though. Do you think we can expect another Holiday Surprise show?

Nico
10-16-2009, 02:27 PM
Possibly, sometime. Didn't he say somewhere just how amazing it was and he'd wanna do it again someday? Or did I just make that up?

grantly
10-17-2009, 03:15 PM
maybe very soon.

Nico
10-17-2009, 03:58 PM
maybe very soon.

Oh, I hope you're right, my dear. :)

beeftown
10-17-2009, 08:32 PM
Oh shit, please.

jdrawmeasheep
10-17-2009, 09:13 PM
Whoo!!!!!!

one-headedboy
10-18-2009, 06:25 PM
I hope grantly's "maybe soon" was directed at the caroling tour more than I hope it was directed to the holiday surprise tour....

ilooklikesomeonesdeadson
10-19-2009, 06:03 PM
foolish me, i thought this was for this year, i got overly excited. and then i looked at the dates of the tour.

tinysalmon4
10-24-2009, 01:35 AM
What I remember Julian telling me when we talked at the show in the spring was that he wanted to try and carol again this winter but may not be able to because of recording the next album!

one-headedboy
10-30-2009, 08:26 PM
What I remember Julian telling me when we talked at the show in the spring was that he wanted to try and carol again this winter but may not be able to because of recording the next album!
wow how did I miss this post???

mgocze
11-03-2009, 07:03 AM
!!!


in other merge news…julian koster of the music tapes (and neutral milk hotel) will be christmas caroling again this year. More details will be announced soon!

:D hooray!

GlowRightIntoYou
11-03-2009, 10:00 AM
Awesome awesome awesome.

beeftown
11-03-2009, 10:07 AM
Oh yes yes yes yes yes!

jdrawmeasheep
11-03-2009, 04:04 PM
:D

yeaaahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alltomorrowsparties
11-07-2009, 08:33 AM
!! do we know when?!