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THIS WEEKEND: PRIMAVERA SOUND 2014

By Rian on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.

Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage

Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)

Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.

VIDEO : Lower – “Soft Option” from ‘Seek Warmer Climes’

By Gerard on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

While Lower are in the midst of their 2nd US tour (dates below, along with additional continental activity), here’s a clip for “Soft Option” (directed by Kristian Emdal) from the forthcoming ‘Seek Warmer Climes’, hitting stores/desktops/minds on June 17.

(download “Soft Option” at Lower’s site)

Pre-order ‘Seek Warmer Climes’ on iTunes, get an instant download of “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin”
Pre-order from Matador : (First pressing of  the LP on white vinyl, includes a Lower pin, MP3 download card)
Listen to “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin” here
Watch a performance of “Bastard Tactics” here

Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
Fri. May 30 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
Mon. June 9 – Islington Assembly – London, UK (with Merchandise)
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR (with Merchandise)
Wed. June 11 – KOMMA – Stuttgart/Esslingen, DE
Thu. June 12 – Monarch – Berlin, DE
Fri. June 13 – OT301 – Amsterdam, NL
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Belle and Sebastian : New Album In The Works, Summer & Autumn Gigs

By The Management on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

(Atlanta studio pic culled from Belle and Sebastian’s Instagram account)

Belle and Sebastian are back in action in a big way ; they’ve been working in Atlanta with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective) on their 9th studio album, the followup to 2010’s ‘Write About Love’, and in the meantime, they’re playing several festival and one-off dates this summer and fall. More details about the new album to follow in this space (and other spaces) :

06-19 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien Open Air
06-20 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06-21 Scheesel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-22 Hilvarenbeek, Holland – Best Kept Secret Festival
06-25 Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall
06-26 Norkopping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival
07-26 Costa Brava, Spain – Festival Porta Ferada
07-28 Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Plaza de la Quintana
08-03 Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
08-08 Cesena, Italy – Rocca Mallatestiana
08-10 Palermo, Italy – Ypsigrock Festival
10-03 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-31 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

In addition, there will be an extensive reissue series on Matador this fall, as well as the theatrical release of Stuart Murdoch’s film “God Help The Girl” in the US and Canada.

Band site: www.belleandsebastian.com
Twitter: @BellesGlasgow

Fucked Up’s ‘Glass Boys’ – Streaming In Full, Today At Pitchfork Advance

By Gerard on Monday, May 26th, 2014

The new Fucked Up LP/CD/digital album ‘Glass Boys’ is officially available one week from tomorrow (one week from today in Europe) and can currently be heard in full via the auspices of Pitchfork Advance. In addition, the 1/2 speed drums version of the album (available as a bonus LP w/ early pressings of ‘Glass Boys’) is being streamed from start to finish by Exclaim.

(above : obligatory tote bag photograph)

Preorder ‘Glass Boys’ today and receive an instant download of “Sun Glass” and “Paper The House”
iTunes
Amazon
The Matador Store

(‘Glass Boys’ will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts)

Tour Dates after the jump : (more…)

Two Iceage Shows In NYC This Weekend

By Rian on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Tomorrow night, May 24th, Iceage will be playing the first of two New York shows at Glasslands with Uniform opening. Tickets here.

Come Sunday, Nothing Changes will present a night at 131 Chrystie St. with special guest, Anasazi. Tickets will not be on sale in advance, $12 at the door, which opens at 10pm.

These shows are on the skirt of a short run of shows that started in LA at the Posh Isolation + (now shuttered) Church on York Danish punk festival, which also had Lower sharing the top of the bill. You can catch them playing double shows in New York next week.

Wednesday, Nothing Changes present: Lower at 131 Chrystie. No advance tickets.

Friday, Lower at The Acheron w/ Dark Blue and La Cruor. Tickets here.

VIDEO : The Weekly Feed In Conversation With Body/Head

By Gerard on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Weekly Feed’s Kyle Meredith traveled to Knoxville, TN to chat with Body/Head‘s Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at The Big Ears Festival. NOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T ACTUALLY WANT TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW AND NEED AN EASY QUOTE FOR A “NEWS” ITEM : Kim insists Sonic Youth never had “radio hits” (YOU’RE WELCOME!)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Today On WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, Last Night On “The Late Show With David Letterman”

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Heads up — the Jicks will be performing this afternoon at 2pm (eastern) on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” , which you can hear all over the globe at WNYC.org. In addition, here’s Monday night’s performance of “Houston Hades”, from “The Late Show With David Letterman”. And if you’re thinking this entire campaign was an awful lot of work just so we could get Letterman to say “jagbag” on TV, well, you’re not wrong.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – “Blackt Out” Short Film Premiere, European Dates This Month & Next

By Gerard on Monday, May 19th, 2014

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Blackt Out on Nowness.com

Over the weekend, Nowness premiered the above film directed by Fred Riedel and based on Lee Ranaldo’s “Blackt Out” (original studio version found on 2013′s ‘Last Night On Earth’) ; here’s Lee’s take on the 13 minute short :


The basic concept plays off particular images of the Velvet Underground as filmed by Andy Warhol in the late 60s, casually rehearsing at the Factory, performing (as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable) on St Marks Place with projections and dancers, and even Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’. The character of “The Projectionist” is played by legendary NYC avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs (with whom both myself and director Fred Riedel studied back in the 70s). Among the dancers can be spotted former SY drummer Bob Bert. Longtime SY associate, director David Markey, is among those behind the camera on this piece. Shot at Sonic Youth studio Echo Canyon West as well as at live gigs in New York City and Los Angeles.

Lee and the Dust return to Europe next Sunday for the following shows :

May 25 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
May 26 Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
May 27 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29 Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Fest
May 30 Barcelona Primavera Sound
May 31 Lyon, France- Nuits Sonores Fest
June 1 Padova, Italy – Summer Student Fest (Je t’aime)
June 3 Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew
June 4 Bolzano, Italy – Sudwerk
June 5 Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
June 6 Arlon, Belgium – Entrepot
June 7 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Optimus

‘Last Night On Earth’ is available from the Matador Store on 2XLP, compact disc and digital formats.. You can order the album from iTunes here.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Tonight On CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”

By Gerard on Monday, May 19th, 2014

(photo culled from Food Is The New Rock, where you can hear Joanna, Stephen and Mike discussing, y’know, food)

Barring some kind of major miracle (ie. SM knocking out a new album in the next 5 months or Colbert getting cold feet), tonight (Monday, May 19) will most likely mark Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ final appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”, an occasion that ranks somewhere between Craig Ferguson’s final show and the David Letterman’s final appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in terms of historical significance.

We’re told the Jicks will be performing “Houston Hades” off ‘Wigout At Jagbags’, but given the show isn’t being taped until later today, reporting this is just a tad premature. LET THE CBS CENSORS DO THEIR JOBS, that’s what I always say in these situations. They don’t show up at our place of work and tell us which critically acclaimed, commercially underwhelming records to release, nor should we poke around the Ed Sullivan Theater trying to tell them that “kids grow up really fast nowadays” and “the whole world’s a fucking sewer besides”.

It’s all happening at 11:35 eastern time, by the way, or shortly after animal trainer Jack Hanna subdues a brutish creature from either soiling or maiming the host. But enough about Dave’s old stalker — enjoy the show everybody!

Ceremony – July / August Dates

By Gerard on Friday, May 16th, 2014

(photo by Toni Francis)

Prior to entering the studio to commence work on the long-anticipated followup to ‘Zoo’, Ceremony are hitting the road this summer. Though we’ve got ticket links for several of the shows, there’s a few that’ll be sales on the door only – best to check with the venues directly. You may or may not thrilled to know Ceremony are now on Twitter,, Facebook and Instagram, but we’ll settle for “interested”.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Portland OR Slabtown (all ages)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Seattle WA The Black Lodge (all ages)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Boise ID The Crux (all ages)
Friday, July 11, 2014 Salt Lake City UT The Shred Shed (all ages)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Denver CO Marquis Theater (all ages)
Monday, July 14, 2014 St. Louis MO The Demo (all ages)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Chicago IL Subterranean (all ages)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Grand Rapids MI Pyramid Scheme (with Nothing) (all ages)
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class (with Nothing) (all ages)
Friday, July 18, 2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar* (all ages)
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church* (w/Iron Lung, Anxiety Hammer), all ages
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair* (all ages)
Monday, July 21, 2014 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel* (all ages)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Charlotte NC Casbah at Tremont Music Hall* (all ages)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Atlanta GA Mammal Gallery* (all ages)
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Orlando FL The Social * (ages 12 and over)
The Social Saturday, July 26, 2014 New Orleans LA Mudlark (all ages)
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Houston TX Fitzgerald’s (all ages)
Monday, July 28, 2014 Dallas TX Trees** (all ages)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Austin TX Mohawk** (all ages)
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Tucson AZ 191 Warehouse (all ages)
Friday, August 01, 2014 West Hollywood CA Roxy Theatre (all ages)
Saturday, August 02, 2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop (all ages)

* – Iron Lung support
** – supporting Boris

Iceage, Lower at Posh Isolation’s Nights In LA, US Tours Start Tommorrow

By Gerard on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A sprawling lineup of Danish bands hit LA’s Church On York this week, neatly coinciding with the start of US tours for both Iceage and Lower. There’s a clip below of the former playing Copenhagen’s Insula Music last weekend — unless you’re a member of Iceage, you’ll note the presence of material you’ve not heard before.



ICEAGE

Sat -May 16 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Lower, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Wed-May-21 Chicago IL Subterranean
Thurs-May-22 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class (Horrible Fest)
Fri-May-23 Philadelphia PA Moonbase Nix
Sat-May-24 Brooklyn NY Glasslands
Sun-May-25 New York NY Home Sweet Home

(Iceage at Insula Music, May 10)

(above : Iceage and Lower celebrate their respective arrivals in Los Angeles by breaking into Chris Lombardi’s champagne stash)

LOWER

Sat. May 17 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Iceage, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Sun. May 18 – Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ
Mon. May 19 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Tue. May 20 – Holland Project – Reno, NV
Wed. May 21 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Thu. May 22 – 1234 Go! – Oakland, CA
Fri. May 23 – Munoz Boxing Gym – Bakersfield, CA
Sat. May 24 – E 7th Street – Los Angeles, CA
Tue. May 27 -Cafe 89, New Haven CT
Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
May 30 – L Cruor, Brooklyn, NY (with Dark Blue)
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Stream Jehnny Beth’s RADIO SHOW 6 – “songs about Silence” Episode

By Rian on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Savage’s debut ‘Silence Yourself‘, Jehnny Beth made made a special episode of her radio show themed “songs about silence.” In addition to the music, listen for an interview of John Cale and Johnny Hostile.

You can stream to the entire episode below:

VIDEO : Lower – “Bastard Tactics” / Updated Tour Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The song itself is concerned with the pursuit of company in night life, and the realization that the way we have come to praise this is not always in vogue with what it really does to people. Loosing your true self and awkwardly resorting to bastard tactics to bring in game, is a universal feeling.
Human music, Copenhagen 2014.

“Bastard Tactics” is culled from Lower‘s forthcoming ‘Seek Warmer Climes’ LP/CD/digital album, out June 17 (June 16 in Europe)

Pre-order on iTunes
Pre-order from Matador

(available in Denmark via Escho)

Lower’s US tour kicks off Friday in Los Angeles with Iceage, followed by headlining dates on the West and East Coast.

Fri. May 16 – Sat. May 17 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Iceage, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Sun. May 18 – Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ
Mon. May 19 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Tue. May 20 – Holland Project – Reno, NV
Wed. May 21 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Thu. May 22 – 1234 Go! – Oakland, CA
Fri. May 23 – Munoz Boxing Gym – Bakersfield, CA
Sat. May 24 – E 7th Street – Los Angeles, CA
Tue. May 27 -Cafe 89, New Haven CT
Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
May 30 L Cruor, Brooklyn, NY (with Dark Blue)
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Joshua Homme, solo in London

By Stuart on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Joshua Homme, ringleader of Queens of the Stone Age has added a solo show to the end of the bands upcoming European tour with a solo show at London’s Southbank as part of the meltdown Festival, curated this year by (…Like Clockwork collaborator) James Lavelle on June 16th.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Thursday (15th May) at 10am and are available through the Southbank Centre website.

VIDEO : Fucked Up – “Sun Glass” Premiere

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

“Sun Glass” from the upcoming LP/CD/digital album ‘Glass Boys’ (June 3), directed by Andy Capper and Mike Haliechuk.

Preorder ‘Glass Boys’ today and receive an instant download of “Sun Glass” and “Paper The House”
iTunes
Amazon
The Matador Store

(‘Glass Boys’ will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts)

Updated Tour Dates after the jump : (more…)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – In Session At KEXP

By Gerard on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Sincere thanks to the lovely folks at KEXP.org for hosting & posting Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ session at their Seattle studios last April 13.

“The Janitor Revealed”
“Shibboleth”
“Lariat”
“J Smoov”

Wig Out At Jagbags is available direct from the Matador Store and finer retailers everywhere (and some mediocre ones, too).

Kurt Vile on “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast”

By Gerard on Monday, May 12th, 2014

OK, though we’re not sure what’s up with the horrible advertisement above, here’s the latest episode of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast featuring B.E.E.’s extended conversation with the one and only Kurt Vile. Nils tells us this is great stuff, and who knows, maybe the Jelloman can be lined up as a future guest?

The Cat Power World Tour, 2014

By Stuart on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Chan Marshall’s just about to start a run of UK and European tour dates from May 18th-June 1st, but has also confirmed a host of (air mile boosting) dates across the globe for the rest of the summer and beyond.

# are solo shows
* are full band shows
May 17 – Les Nuits Du Botanique, Brussels, BE – Tickets #
May 18 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK – Tickets #
May 26 – Nantes – Stereolux, FR – Tickets #
May 27 – Bordeaux – Krakatoa, FR – Tickets #
May 29 – Toulouse – Bikini, FR – Tickets #
May 30 – This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes – Paloma, FR – Tickets #
May 31 – “We Love Green” Festival, Bagatelle Park – Paris, FR – Tickets #
Jun 01 – Rockhal – Esch Alzette, Tickets #
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Jun 14 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Singapore, Singapore *
Jun 17 2014 – Hostess Club Manila – Manila, Philippines *
Jun 18 2014 – Hostess Club Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan *
Jun 22 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan – Tickets *
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Jul 15 2014 – Empire Music Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland Tickets #
Jul 16 2014 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland  Tickets #
Jul 18 2014 – Super Bock Super Rock – Oporto, Portugal Tickets *
Jul 19 2014 – Benicassim International Festival – Valencia, Spain Tickets *
Jul 20 2014 – Cavea Auditorium – Rome, Italy Tickets *
Jul 24 2014 – Sud Est Indipendente – Brindisi, Italy *
Jul 26 2014 – Piazza Napoleone – Lucca, Italy (with The National) *

 

Darkside On WBEZ’ “Sound Opinions”

By Rian on Friday, May 9th, 2014

Back in January, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside stopped by Sound Opinions (WBEZ91.5 Chicago) to talk to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about how Darkside formed, the facts on the origin of the band name (involving a hotel room in Berlin, a fire hazard and The Big Lebowski), how three became two and much more. It’s a great interview and you can stream or download the episode here.

“Paper Trails”

“Freak, Go Home”

Festival dates:

May

Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival

June

Thursday 05 – Porto, TO – Optimus Primavera Sound
Sunday 22 – Hvar, AR – For Festival
Wednesday 25 – Athens, NS – Ejekt Festival
Thursday 26 – Maeseille, LE – Rock Island Festival

July

Thursday 03 – Gdynia, IA – Open’er Festival
Saturday 05 – Amsterdam, AM – Pitch Festival
Sunday 13 – Rotterdam, AM – North Sea Jazz Festival
Thursday 17 – Dour, UR – Dour Festival
Friday 25 – Nigata, TA – Fuji Rock Festival

August

Friday 08 – Helsinki, KI – Flow Festival
Saturday 09 – Olso, SO – Oya Festival
Sunday 10 – Skipton, ON – Beacons Festival
Friday 15 – London, ON – Jabberwocky
Sunday 17 – Budapest, ST – Sziget Festival
Wednesday 27 – Pula, Cr – Dimensions Festival
Friday 29 – Zurich, CH Openair Festival

September
Friday 05 Berlin, Ge – Berlin Festival
Saturday 06 Isle Of Wight, GB – Bestival

 

In Conversation : Nate Lowman and Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

One of Nate Lowman‘s works, “Orders From Corporate (Randall’s Island)” was auctioned off tonight at NYC’s Skylight Modern Gallery as part of “The Synthesis Sessions 1″, also featuring Majical Cloudz. Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh (above, left) is featured in conversation with Lowman (right) in a video clip viewable at the New York Times’ T Magazine site.