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SHLOHMO – ‘Dark Red’ out April 7, Stream New Single “Buried”

January 27th, 2015 at 1:11 pm by Rian

In Dean’s words:

Dark Red is the second full-length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.”

Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of Bad Vibes and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ “Brain”, remixes for Drake + The Weeknd). Dark Red utilizes Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analog production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.

This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of “Ten Days of Falling” usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single “Buried” to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of “Remains” and the carnal hum of “Ditch”, there is palpable anxiety and discord. “Relentless” and “Slow Descent” explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.

Laufer explains:

“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”
Pre-Order DARK RED from iTunes (and get “Buried” and Emerge From Smoke” instantly) HERE
Pre-order DARK RED from True Panther HERE
Pre-order DARK RED from Amazon HERE
Hear “Emerge from Smoke” HERE

We will be releasing Dark Red in concert with Shlohmo’s own Weditit Collective imprint (RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth, Groundislava, Purple, etc.) Shlohmo + Nick Melons run it and they are the best.

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PRIMAVERA SOUND 2015 BARCELONA – ANNOUNCED

January 23rd, 2015 at 4:41 pm by Rian

Earlier this week, Primavera Sound Barcelona’s lineup for 2015 was announce and we are taking up some serious real estate. For those making the pilgrimage this year for the festival’s 15th year anniversay, make note of the following:

THURSDAY, May 28

The Thurston Moore Band

FRIDAY, May 29

Belle and Sebastian

Perfume Genius

Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds)

SATURDAY, May 30

Interpol

Fucked Up

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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FEBRUARY 15: EMA ‘I Wanna Destory’ at MOMA PS1

January 22nd, 2015 at 5:52 pm by Rian

Last September, Erika M. Anderson released ‘Back To The Void‘, a Hive Zine that delved deep into the writing process of The Future’s Void in an incredibly vivid and unique way. Another expansion of the album will come with ‘I Wanna Destroy.’

I Wanna Destroy is a Virtual Reality environment built in collaboration with Portland-based developer Zach Krausnick and the software company Chroma. This virtual world uses 3D game mechanics to articulate experiences not often explored in mainstream gaming; including guilt, nostalgia, family, and transcendence. Audience members explore a changing 3D environment, while their experiences are projected before the entire audience. EMA providse a live score, working to meld semi-acoustic instruments and lyrical content into a digital world.

More information and tickets can be found here.

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ALGIERS – “But She Was Not Flying”, February NYC Dates

January 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am by The Management

Algiers fuses the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul and the unhinged ferocity of no wave into a visceral music. With an aesthetic informed by sonic revolutionaries from Nina Simone to Suicide, The Minutemen to PJ Harvey, these three émigrés of the American Deep South conjure dead sounds to life in frightening new directions.

“It’s dark stuff, but good grief they’ve got soul” – Marc Burrows, The Guardian

Algiers’ self-titled debut album is coming later in 2015 from Matador.

Upcoming NYC shows – tickets on sale now.
Wednesday, February 4 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Friday, February 6 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY

Algiers online ;
official site http://www.algierstheband.com
Facebook
Twitter

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Interpol : “Everything Is Wrong” Video, New North American Dates, New 7″

January 22nd, 2015 at 9:12 am by Gerard

We’re pleased to share the latest video from Interpol’s 5th album, ‘El Pintor, the Paul Banks/Carlos Puga directed “Everything Is Wrong”. It would probably be an exaggeration to say this clip depicts the typical day in New York City for Paul, Daniel and Sam, but only a slight exaggeration.

On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) we’ll be releasing a 7″ of “Everything Is Wrong” b/w “What Is What” featuring cover art by Shepard Fairey (shown below) :

Here’s a long list of recently confirmed North American shows, including reschedule dates for the Northeastern shows that were postponed during December’s blizzard.

Wednesday, April, 8 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Thursday, April, 9 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
Friday, April, 10 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Wednesday, April, 15 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
Friday, April, 17 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April, 21 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
Thursday, May, 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May, 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45865&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 8 – Sunday, May, 10 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday May, 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Tuesday May, 12 – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Wednesday, May, 13 – The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit MI
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45869&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 15 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, May, 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, July, 20 – State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, July, 21 – Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45872&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Thursday, July, 23 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, July, 25 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA
Monday, July, 27 – The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Tuesday, July, 28 – Echostage, Washington DC
Wednesday, July, 29 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Friday, July, 31 – Metropolis, Montreal QC

Order ‘El Pintor’ from the following :
LP or CD from the Matador Store
Interpol store
iTunes
Amazon
Google Play
Best Buy
Target

Interpol – official site
Interpol – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Interpol YouTube channel

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Today : Belle and Sebastian AMA at 4pm (EST) ; Appearing on TBS’ “Conan” Tonight

January 21st, 2015 at 9:00 am by Gerard

(above : talented Glaswegian combo with Harvard grad interloper)

A day after the release of ‘Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance’, Belle and Sebastian will be appearing on TBS’ “Conan” tonight at 11pm eastern (10pm central). Mr. O’Brien’s other guests this evening are Evan Rachel Wood and Jason Ritter.

Earlier in the day (4pm eastern), the band will be participating in Reddit’s AMA, which either stands for “Ask Me Anything” or “American Medical Association”. If it turns out to be the former, there’s all sorts of questions about the new album and upcoming touring plans that come to mind, but if it’s the latter, man, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m just worried about our liability, to be perfectly frank.

ORDER ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ :
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
Google Play (U.S. orders only)
Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

Tour Dates

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 -House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 - St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 - Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* -Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

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OUT TODAY: Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’

January 20th, 2015 at 2:09 pm by Rian

No more waiting. At this very moment you can find the 9th studio album from Belle and Sebastian in record stores and retailers just about everywhere. ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, among others. Longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow took on additional mixing. The album was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

The band are having a very busy week packed to the brim with activities in Los Angeles before they head to Australia to begin a string of tours leading into the summer. Opportunities to catch a show are bountiful, so be sure to check out the full list dates below.

If you would like to keep up with the band’s schedule the next few days, jot down the following:

-TODAY at 1pm PT, Amoeba Hollywood will be hosting an album signing. More details here.

- The long awaited Reddit AMA tomorrow will begin at 4pm ET.

- Belle and Sebastian will be the musical guest on CONAN tomorrow,  11pm ET.

Ways to purchase:
itunes: http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime
amazon: http://smarturl.it/Girls_In_Peacetime
amazon CD (signed, US Only): http://mata.do/1AFRgAI
matador store: http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_ (US only)
Newbury Comics (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl):http://mata.do/1FOGGJT

2015 Tour Dates:
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Saturday, February 14 - The Gathering – Fort Canning, Singapore
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 -House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Tuesday, April, 7 – Paramount Ballroom, Seattle WA #
Wednesday, April, 8 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC #
Thursday, April, 9 – Roseland, Portland OR #
Saturday, April, 11 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Sunday, April, 12 – Greek Theatre, Berkley CA %#
Tuesday, April, 14 – Mondavi Center, Davis CA #
Friday, April, 17 – The North Park Theatre, San Diego CA#
Saturday, April, 18 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 – Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Tuesday, June 9 – Tower Theater, Upper Darby PA
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday, June, 11 – Echostage, Washington DC
Sunday, June, 14 – LC Amphitheatre Pavilion, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June, 17 – Red Rocks, Morrison CO^
Thursday, June, 18 – Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

# with Perfume Genius
% with Real Estate
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VIDEO: Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” (directed by Grant Singer)

January 20th, 2015 at 10:56 am by Rian


In Dean’s Words:
Happy to share a new song from GOON by Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” was produced by Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), and Tobias’ first official music video, directed by Grant Singer.

Tobias has already been picked by Time, Pitchfork, Fader, Stereogum + more as an Artist to Watch in 2015. Pigeons & Planes called him “one of the most consistently impressive new acts in music.” He just played two sold out shows with Foxygen at The Roxy in LA, and will embark on his first ever headline tour in March. Full dates and tickets for all dates below.

A few words from Tobias about “How Could You Babe”:

I didn’t listen to any 70′s music when I was young or even until I heard it’s what people thought my music most sounded like. When I was younger I listened to things like the Fugees and Aretha, along with all the other radio hits of the time. My favorite song was ‘give me one reason’ by Tracy Chapman, I remember going to listen to it in the vegetable section at the grocery store because they played it all the time and I didn’t have it on tape until I got lucky one day and snagged it off the radio. How Could You Babe was written around the chorus, I just came up with the line and then wrote more words in that theme, it was an experience I had gone through but it wasn’t something I thought I needed to say or get out, it just came out that way.

‘Goon’ is out March 17th. The first two tracks from the album “Hollywood” and “How Could You Babe” are available instantly with iTunes pre-order.

Pre-order links

TPS store: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon_LP – comes w/ a bonus flexi-disc

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Tobias_Goon

March 14-17 Austin, TX – SXSW
March 22 Toronto, ON – The Drake
March 24 Washington, DC – Sixth & I
March 25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
March 26 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 27 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
March 28 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
March 30 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
March 31 Seattle, WA – Barboza
April 1 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
April 3 San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar
April 4 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (early show)
May 6 London, UK @ The Courtyard Theatre
May 8 Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
May 12 Paris FR @ Le Carmen
May 19 Hamburg GER @ Stage Club
May 20 Berlin GER @ Gruener Salon
May 22 Milan IT @ Miko
May 23 Rome IT @ Teatro Quirinetta

all tickets available at http://tobiasjessojr.com/

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R.I.P. Kim Fowley, King of the Night Time World

January 17th, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Patrick

I’m sure many of us had mixed feelings reading about Kim Fowley’s passing this week. Focusing on the good (of which there was a LOT), here’s something I only just found out about: his proteges the Hollywood Stars recorded Fowley’s composition “King of the Night Time World” three years before KISS got there, and as much as we all love Destroyer (and we really do), the LA quartet slay NYC this time out. CHECK IT OUT and pay respect to Kim.

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ANNOUNCE MANY NEW TOUR DATES AROUND COACHELLA INCLUDING SEVERAL WITH PERFUME GENIUS, AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD SIGNING JANUARY 20

January 13th, 2015 at 1:05 pm by Rian