Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks “Wig Out At Jagbags” out Jan 7, new song “Lariat”

Resolution this! WIG OUT AT JAGBAGS. #WigOutJicks

January 7 (January 6 in the UK) marks the release of the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album, Wig Out At Jagbags, their first since 2011’s Mirror Traffic, which follows a short period of Malkmus being relocated to Berlin. Malkmus sez:

“Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80’s, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010’s …”

Track listing:
1. Planetary Motion
2. The Janitor Revealed
3. Lariat
4. Houston Hades
5. Shibboleth
6. J Smoov
7. Rumble At The Rainbo
8. Chartjunk
9. Independence Street
10. Scattegories
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers

Écoutez “Lariat” ici:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYC5JASqWnI[/youtube]

Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only “Pick Up The Spare” 7” (single sided 7” on strawberry red vinyl) – while supplies last!

iTunes Pre-order:
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of “Lariat” instantly, and non-album track “Pick Up The Spare” on release date.

The band will be touring UK/Europe in January, with US dates to follow starting in Feb:

Mon Jan 13 — 
Leeds | Brudenell
Tue Jan 14 — 
Glasgow | Oran Mor
Wed Jan 15 — 
Manchester | Gorilla
Thu Jan 16 — 
London | Forum
Sat Jan 18 — 
Paris | Divan Du Monde
Mon Jan 20 — 
Madrid | Joy Eslava
Tue Jan 21 — 
Barcelona | Bikini
Thu Jan 23 — 
Milan | Tunnel
Sat Jan 25 — 
Fribourg | Fri-Son
Sun Jan 26 — 
Frankfurt | Zoom
Mon Jan 27 — 
Berlin | Postbahnhof
Wed Jan 29 — 
Copenhagen |Vega
Thu Jan 30 — 
Hamburg | Knust
Fri Jan 31 — 
Cologne | Gebaude 9
Sat Feb 1 — Brussels | Botanique Orangerie
Sun Feb 2 — Amsterdam | Bitterzoet

photo by Leah Nash

Lee Ranaldo (with The Dust) Talks Set Listing

On SuperGlued‘s curiously enthralling new series “The Set List”, Lee Ranaldo talks about how he puts together a set list:

Watch his brilliant set-listage, featuring songs (like THIS and THIS) from his brilliant new album Last Night On Earth, in action in the following cities:

NOVEMBER
10 – Groningen, NL
11 – Hamburg
12 – Berlin
13 – Cologne
14 – Metz, FR
15 – Metz, FR
17 – Lausanne, FR
18 – Feyzin, FR
20 – Villeneuve D’Asq, FR
21 – London
22 – ATP, baby
23 – Pais
25 – Poitiers, FR
26 – Tours, FR

DECEMBER
6 – Portland, OR
7 – Vancouver, BC
8 – Seattle
10 – San Jose
11 – SF
13 – LA
14 – San Diego

JANUARY
8 – Philadelphia
9 – Hamden, CT
10 – Boston
11 – Brooklyn

Cat Power Solo Shows in November!


photo by Juan Morey

The weather’s getting chilly, and the mind turns to love. And who screams “love” more than Cat Power? Her autumn gift to you is a series of solo shows which are sure to change hearts and minds, and maybe even the weather. Most shows on sale now!

OCTOBER
Mon 21 — New York, NY — Glasslands (Elliott Smith Tribute show)

NOVEMBER
Wed 6 — Nashville, TN — 3rd & Lindsley
Thu 7 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
Fri 8 — Ponte Vedra Beach, FL — Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Sun 10 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
Wed 13 — Washington, DC — Sixth & I Historic Synogogue
Thu 14 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Masonic
Fri 15 — New Haven, CT — Center Church on the Green (Meeting House)
Sat 16 — Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
Mon 18 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
Wed 20 — Cleveland, OH — Grog Shop (early and late shows)
Thu 21 — Chicago, IL — Old Town School of Folk Music (early and late shows)

“Ambulancer” – A New Song From Lee Ranaldo & The Dust

Lee Ranaldo and his faithful Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel) revealed the second song of their forthcoming LP “Last Night On Earth” today via Rolling Stone:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNcKYcroRI[/youtube]

Lee tells RS that the song originated acoustically and resembling Neil Young’s “Ambulance Blues,” before morphing & expanding (as most of the songs on this album do) into a beautifully turbulent, darkly melodic guitar freakout.

You can also check out another album track, “Lecce, Leaving,” HERE. “Last Night On Earth” is out October 8.

Happy Kurt Vile Day!

As previously noted, today is officially Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia, thanks to the great work of the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, who know sweet rock action (and upstanding citizenship, as exemplified by Mr. Vile) when they see/hear it. The City of Philadelphia is celebrating Kurt Vile Day by presenting Kurt with the Liberty Bell, the City’s highest highest honor, and he will be playing a free concert in the City Hall Courtyard today at 5:30pm to mark the occasion.

The above poster was designed by Steve Powers in connection with the Philadelphia Poster Guild. For those of you in Philadelphia, limited edition prints will be signed by ESPO and given away today at the event. First come first served!

And here’s a Q&A with Kurt in conjunction with KV Day on Philadelphia Magazine’s site:


photo courtesy Philadelphia Magazine

Kurt Vile Covers Nine Inch Nails On Eve Of Kurt Vile Day

I’m a sucker for The AV Club‘s “Undercover” series — you may have seen Yo La Tengo cover The Supremes, Ceremony cover Violent Femmes, Sloan cover Gary Numan, or Ted Leo cover Tears For Fears — but this could be the one you were waiting for.

Here’s Kurt Vile, with Rob Laakso on syntetisaattori, polkimet, and rumpukone, doing Nine Inch Nails’s “Down In It”:


Kurt Vile covers Nine Inch Nails

And don’t forget, tomorrow, by mayoral decree, is Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia; Kurt will be performing in City Hall Courtyard and receiving the Liberty Bell Award.

Belle and Sebastian “Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix)” Video Premiere

Today marks the US release date of Belle and Sebastian‘s The Third Eye Centre, a collection of rarities and non-album tracks from the last decade.

To celebrate, a new video for “Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix),” starring Hannah Murray (Game Of Thrones, Skins), who will also be starring in Stuart Murdoch’s forthcoming film God Help The Girl:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGnhY2bNyMM[/youtube]

Happy Tuesday!

Stuart & Stevie Dish Track-By-Track About “The Third Eye Centre”

This Tuesday (Monday in the UK) sees the release of Belle and Sebastian’s “The Third Eye Centre,” a compilation of rarities and non-LP tracks from the last decade. You can hear it now streaming at THE GUARDIAN.

Additionally, Under The Radar’s John Everhart spoke with Stuart and Stevie about each track, and their reminiscing and rambling is going up in parts today, tomorrow, and Friday at Under The Radar. Part one:

SECRETS AND LIES WITH STUART AND STEVIE AT UNDER THE RADAR MAGAZINE

” ‘Your Secrets’ was from 1994. It was about meeting up in the afternoon to talk about German philosophers. There wasn’t much else to do back then.”

New Lee Ranaldo and The Dust Tour Dates; Album Due In October

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will be touring the US and Canada this fall and winter in support of a new album to be released in October, the followup to 2012’s Between The Times and The Tides. The album will technically be the debut release from Lee Ranaldo and The Dust [Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel], reflecting its more band-oriented approach and sound. The first round of dates is below, more dates coming soon (including UK/Europe), and full album details will be released in August.

Check out Lee’s site, Facebook, and Twitter!

All US dates on sale this Friday, July 26.

Oct 8 — Hudson, NY — Club Helsinki

Oct 9 — Buffalo, NY — Tralf Music Hall

Oct 11 — Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern

Oct 12 — Detroit, MI — Trinosophes

Oct 13 — Chicago, IL — The Empty Bottle

Oct 14 — Madison, WI — High Noon Saloon

Oct 15 — Minneapolis, MN — Triple Rock

Oct 17 — Iowa City, IA — Gabe’s

Oct 18 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room*

Oct 19 — Lawrence, KS — The Bottleneck*

Oct 20 — St. Louis, MO — The Firebird*

Oct 22 — Nashville, TN — Exit/Inn

Oct 23 — Asheville, NC — The Grey Eagle

Oct 25 — New York, NY — The Bell House

Dec 6 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge

Dec 7 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret

Dec 8 — Seattle, WA — Barboza

Dec 11 — San Francisco, CA — The Chapel

Dec 13 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo

* = with Built To Spill

European dates – on sale at different times, please watch this space:

Sun 10-Nov-2013 NL GRONINGEN – VERA
Mon 11-Nov-2013 DE HAMBURG – KAMPNAGEL
Tue 12-Nov-2013 DE BERLIN – TBC
Wed 13-Nov-2013 DE COLOGNE – GEBAUDE 9
Thu 14-Nov-2013 FR METZ – acoustic show at le musée de la cour d’or
Fri 15-Nov-2013 FR METZ – CAVEAU DES TRINITAIRES – MUSIQUE VOLANTE FESTIVAL
Sun 17-Nov-2013 CH LAUSANNE – LE ROMANDIE
Mon 18-Nov-2013 FR FEYZIN – Epicerie Moderne
Wed 20-Nov-2013 FR VILLENEUVE D’ASQ – FESTIVAL TOUR DE CHAUFFE AT LA FERME D’EN HAUT
Thu 21-Nov-2013 UK LONDON – THE GARAGE
Fri 22-Nov-2013 UK CAMBER SANDS – ATP FESTIVAL at Camber Sands
Sat 23-Nov-2013 FR PARIS – Boulogne Billancourt BB MIX FESTIVAL
Mon 25-Nov-2013 FR POITIERS – CONFORT MODERNE
Tue 26-Nov-2013 FR TOURS – TEMPS MACHINE

Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Body/Head (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) Announce New Tour Dates

Body/Head, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s improvisatory guitar duo, are playing several dates this fall in support of their Matador debut album, Coming Apart, available for pre-order HERE. The first batch are below, but watch this space for more fall dates at unexpected venues and events.

Tue Sep 10    Brooklyn, NY    Union Pool
Thu Sep 12    Los Angeles, CA    The Echo
Fri Sep 13    San Diego, CA     San Diego Music Thing (featured presentation by Kim)
Sat Sep 14    San Diego, CA    The Casbah
Sat Sep 21    Lexington, KY    Boomslang Festival
Tue Sep 24    Chicago, IL    Museum of Contemporary Art
Wed Sep 25    Detroit, MI    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Wed Oct 02    Augusta GA    Westobou Festival – Sacred Heart Cultural Center

As previously announced, Coming Apart is out on Matador Sep 10 (Sep 16 in UK/Europe).

Additionally, Bill Nace will be playing the following shows:

Thu July 18
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace duo with Tamio Shirashi
JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Thu July 25
Jake Meginsky/Bill Nace/Vic Rawlings Trio
Montague Bookmill, Montague MA

Sat Aug 31
Paul Flaherty/Bill Nace duo
Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ

Check out some of Bill’s other projects at his Open Mouth Records.

Kim Gordon will also have an exhibition of her visual art, Design Office Since 1980, opening at White Columns gallery in New York on September 7 and running through October 19.

Bar the Pusherman: Belle and Sebastian Announce New Compilation

It feels so good to announce any new Belle and Sebastian action. So naturally, we’re thrilled to announce the August 27 US release of The Third Eye Centre on Matador – a collection of B-sides, rarities, and non-LP tracks from the last decade. The album is on CD (CD!), download (download!), and on vinyl (vinyl!) as a gatefold double LP. Special pre-order info coming next week – watch this space (and that of your neighbors).

Listen to the NEW track “Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)” here:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5JBxByUKY8[/youtube]

The 19 tracks are from the time around their last three albums – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006) and Write About Love (2010). Consider The Third Eye Centre the successor of sorts to Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (2005), which compiled earlier singles and EPs.

Track listing:

I’m A Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix)
Suicide Girl
Love On The March
Last Trip
Your Secrets
Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)
I Took A Long Hard Look
Heaven In The Afternoon
Long Black Scarf
The Eighth Station Of The Cross Kebab House
I Didn’t See It Coming (Richard X Mix)
(I Believe In) Travellin’ Light
Stop, Look And Listen
Passion Fruit
Desperation Made A Fool Of Me
Blue Eyes Of A Millionaire
Mr Richard
Meat And Potatoes
The Life Pursuit

Belle and Sebastian will play the following 2013 dates:

JULY
4– Quebec City Festival – Quebec
5– Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal
6– Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, Canada
7– Toronto Urban Folk Festival – Toronto
9 – Bank Of America Pavillion – Boston
10– Skyline Stage @ The Mann – Philadelphia
11– Prospect Park – NYC
12– Merriweather Post Pavillion – Wash DC
13– Stage AE – Pittsburgh
14– Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinatti
16– ACL @ The Moody Theatre – Austin
17– Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara
18– Twilight Series– Salt Lake City
20– Pitchfork Festival – Chicago
26– Open Air Festival – San Sebastian, Spain
27th July – Low Cost Festival, Spain

AUGUST
15– Sonorama – Spain
17– Parades de Coura – Portugal
23– Rock en Seine – Paris, France
30– Openair Festival – Zurich, Switzerland
SEP 1– End Of The Road Festival – Dorset
SEP 6– Bestival – Isle Of Wight

Visit the band here:
http://www.belleandsebastian.com/
https://twitter.com/bellesglasgow
https://www.facebook.com/Belle-and-Sebastian/

August 28 declared Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia, + “KV Crimes” Video Premiere, + more!

By mayoral decree, August 28 will officially be Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia! On that date, Kurt will give a free solo performance in City Hall Courtyard at 5:30pm for the season finale of the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Prior to his performance, the City of Philadelphia will present Kurt with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens. This award is given only to native Philadelphians, and is presented in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity. (More information about City Hall Presents, Philadelphia’s free weekly summer concert series, is below.)

Ushering in a summer of commemoration, we begin with the premiere of Kurt’s new video for “KV Crimes,” directed by Tom Scharpling, in which Kurt is regally paraded through the streets of his fair town (mmm, hoagies).

Kurt will also be performing a song with Big Star on June 30, as part of their free performance of the classic album Third/Sister Lovers at Central Park Summerstage, with an array of all-star guests:

And finally, why not grace you with these beautiful clips of Kurt Vile and the Violators performing at KEXP:

Girl Called Alex 
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sznudEEAQ18[/youtube]

KV Crimes 
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV8jO-LGFeI[/youtube]

Wakin on a Pretty Day
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2qA4wkjOhM[/youtube]

Full Performance
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFwORyKak-0[/youtube]

City Hall Presents is a series of free events that welcomes the full spectrum of Philadelphia’s performing arts into City Hall Courtyard. Shows are presented on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm throughout the summer, and the entire concert calendar can be found by visiting http://cityhallpresents.creativephl.org. Organized by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, these events aim to bring a new vibrancy to the historic building and inspire citizens to become more active in the arts. The program is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, as well as the William Penn Foundation.

top photo by Shawn Brackbill

Belle and Sebastian Add 2 Dates to July Tour of North America

Due to overwhelming demand (by Oprah and Mormons, apparently), Belle and Sebastian have added Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City to their swelling North American July tour. While the band has started working on new material, Stuart Murdoch has said these shows are likely to be all back catalog, though anyone who’s seen the band knows their sets can vary wildly from night to night, so we recommend attending every show (except NYC, which is SOLD OUT). Check out this recent interview with Stuart, where he talks about his recently-completed God Help The Girl film, and working on new material.

JULY
4 Québec City, QC / Festival d’été de Québec

5 Montréal, QC / Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with Here We Go Magic

6 Ottawa, ON / Ottawa Bluesfest

7 Toronto, ON / Toronto Urban Roots Festival

9 Boston, MA / Bank of America Pavilion with Yo La Tengo

10 Philadelphia, PA / Skyline Stage at the Mann with Yo La Tengo

11 Brooklyn, NY / Celebrate Brooklyn! – Prospect Park Bandshell with Yo La Tengo

12 Columbia, MD / Merriweather Post Pavilion with Yo La Tengo

13 Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE with Yo La Tengo

14 Cincinnati, OH / Bunbury Music Festival
16 Austin, TX / ACL Live at The Moody Theater with Blitzen Trapper
17 Santa Barbara, CA / Santa Barbara Bowl with Best Coast
18 Salt Lake City, UT / 2013 Twilight Concert Series with Blitzen Trapper
20 Chicago, IL / Pitchfork Music Festival