The Thurston Moore Band (feat. Deb Googe on bass, Steve Shelley on drums and James Sewards on guitar) announced a healthy run of tour dates across the UK and Europe as well as a handful of festival slots including The Great Escape and Clap Your Hands. Full details below with ticket links if available.

For those who missed it, The Quietus brought together Thurston and Mark Stewart for a nice interview to discuss “punk, properness and Primark.” Another reminder is those in Los Angeles should check out the Printed Matter Book Fair this weekend. Flyer below.

Saturday, April 4 – Clap your Hands Festival (Café de la Danse), Paris, France
Wednesday, April 22 – Babylon Asmalžmescit, Istanbul, Turkey
Monday, April 27 – Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunday, May 3 – Live at Glasgow, Glasgow UK
Thursday, May 14 – The Great Escape, Brighton UK
Saturday, May 16 – Oslo, London UK
Monday, May 18 – Phoenix, Exeter UK
Tuesday, May 19 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, May 20 – Cluny, Newcastle, UK
Friday, May 22 – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
Saturday, May 23 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
Friday, May 29 – This Is Not A Love Song Festival, Nimes, France
Monday, June 1 – Kino Siska, Ljubijana, Slovenia
Tuesday, June 2 – Mochvara, Zagreb, Croatia
Wednesday, June 3 – A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday, June 4 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
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SHLOHMO – ‘Dark Red’ out April 7, Stream New Single “Buried”

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.


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:


The Thurston Moore Band

FRIDAY, May 29

Belle and Sebastian

Perfume Genius

Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds)



Fucked Up

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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

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.

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
Google Play
Best Buy

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

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

(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):
Google Play (U.S. orders only)
Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

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
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

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

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.