“The video focuses, albeit abstractly, on the idea of observation and surveillance in our society particularly in our cities via the relentless and invasive accumulation of information… The video takes reference from the step and repeat edits seen in Ernie Gehr’s ‘Serene Velocity,’ abstract streets scenes as observed by Peter Hutton’s ‘New York Portraits’ and the erratic patterns in Len Lye’s film ‘Free Radicals’ while also leaning towards the pace of Cabaret Voltaire’s 80’s video output.”
With Algiers’ current tour continuing at LA’s Roxy this evening, here’s the 4th video from Algiers’ widely acclaimed self-titled debut, the Lamb & Sea directed “And When You Fall”.
Happy ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ release day to one and all. From last night’s broadcast of TBS’ “Conan”, here’s Kurt with performances of “Pretty Pimpin'” and “Wild Imagination” (the latter being an internet exclusive) :
Tune in to KCRW today for Kurt Vile & The Violators live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am PDT / 2:15pm EDT. (89.9FM in Los Angeles, or listen and watch on KCRW.com)
order ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ from the following :
Just a reminder that Yo La Tengo’s massive acoustic tour (accompanied by Dave Schramm) in support of ‘Stuff Like That There’ kicks off tonight at Troy, NY’s Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. We realize there’s many exciting things to do in Troy (for instance, drive to Albany) and with that mind, felt it was super important to further highlight the first show of what should be a magically journey.
The title track from the upcoming Majical Cloudz album ‘Are You Alone?’ was released earlier this morning. This is the second song released from the new album, which will be out officially on October 16th.
Majical Cloudz are playing NYC’s Nation Sawdust on October 21. Tickets are available here.
Below are shots of what the triple LP edition of ‘b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…’. Aside from the packaging being equal parts elaborate/awesome, we’re gonna blow our own label trumpet (for a change) about the very high quality of the pressing, as manufacturing by the Czech Republic’s CZ Media. We’re painfully aware there’s been a number of (justifiable) complaints regarding quality control in a number of titles you’ve faithfully purchased of late, but we feel pretty confident you’re gonna be pleased with the results this time. And then there’s the musical contents (for which we bear no responsibility whatsoever and insist you send complaints directly to Kurt and/or Yelp).
Earlier today FACT premiered FIVE new music videos featuring each song on Lower’s latest release, I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son.They had to say “The result is a visual version of the EP, with the exciting unpredictability that only comes with such an impressive roster.” The playlist below features these music videos that were directed by Dean Blunt (‘At The Endless Party’), Jonathan Horowitz (‘Keep Me In Mind’), Lasse Latz (‘The Rack’), Magnus Anderson & Cecilia Gerson (‘Hot & Bothered’) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (‘Nasty Business’).
As we’ve hopefully impressed upon you several times already, on September 25, we’re releasing Kurt Vile’s new album, ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’. The album’s second video, the animation-heavy, “Life Like This” can be seen above.
‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version*, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
(* – folks, we’ve taken some deserved heat for a number of quality control issues — some might say debacles, thanks for the bluntness — with some vinyl pressings in the last calendar year, but we’ve gone all the way to the Czech Republic to get this one right and feel really fucking great about the results)
Hi! We shot this video in Montreal with Neil Corcoran. We used his camera as well as my friend Kyle’s camera. It’s very home-made, shot quickly.
I mainly believe in videos as an expression of the artist(s) themselves, and this is the video I wanted to make. It’s not flashy or spectacular, but I think it does the mood of the band justice, which is most important to me. In any case, I made it myself so that it feels good to put it out.– Devon Welsh
She’s back! Cat Power has announced three UK shows, including two at London’s St. John-at-Hackney Church and one at Manchester’s Albert Hall. This will be her first return to the UK since November 2014. Tickets for these shows will be on sale on Friday at 9am.
Earlier this year, Chris Lombardi began bugging the rest of us with Bandcamp links to someone or something called Car Seat Headrest. After getting over the initial shock of Chris circulating Bandcamp links, it was like, HELLO RABBIT HOLE. As it turned, Car Seat Headrest is the adopted moniker of 22 year old Will Toledo, previously of Leesburg, VA, currently ensconced in Seattle, WA. While we’ve been puttering around in record label hell, Will’s banged out no fewer than 11 straight-to-internet albums in the past 5 years and they’re nothing short of amazing. Whatever limited notion we’ve had of bedroom recording / solo / no-fi auteur-isms was pretty much blown to bits by the quality of Will’s songs, if not the staggering stylistic range. That we’re not the only ones thoroughly obsessed with the Car Seat Headrest ouevre is less of a surprise — w/ zero label or rock biz backing, Will’s amassed a substantial, more than slightly fanatical following. We’d have been skeptical, too, had we not heard the stuff!
Fast forward to Autumn, 2015 and we’re releasing Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens Of Style’ on October 30, an album featuring revised versions of songs from ‘3’ (2010), ‘My Back Is Killing Me Baby’ (2011), and ‘Monomania’ (2012). Calling it a primer on Car Seat Headrest doesn’t really do justice to the emotional wallop packed by this album, but since it wouldn’t be technically incorrect, you can go right ahead (provided you specifically reference the emotional wallop).
A new Car Seat Headrest studio album, ‘Teens Of Denial’, follows in early 2016. I’d say we’re losing our minds over this stuff except that could be used as grounds to wrest control of the company away from us, so let’s just leave it at we-couldn’t-be-more-thrilled to introduce you to the world of Will Toledo (unless no introduction is necessary, in which case you already know why we’re making such a big deal about this)
photo by Chona Kasinger
1. Sunburned Shirts
2. The Drum
3. Something Soon
4. No Passion
5. Times to Die
6. psst, teenagers, take off your clo
8. Maud Gone
9. Los Borrachos (I Don’t Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather is Nice)
10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)
11. Oh! Starving
Wednesday, October, 14 – New York, NY – CMJ at Pianos (Kanine / Collide Party)
Wednesday, October, 14 – New York, NY – CMJ at Santo’s Partyhouse (NME Party)
Thursday, October, 15 – New York, NY – CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
Saturday, October, 17 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitters Party)
November / December tour
Friday, November, 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Monday, November, 30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 – Washington, DC – DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*