Two new additions to the ‘Turn on the Bright Light Lights XV’ tour were announced this afternoon, which both go on sale tomorrow at 1pm EST/10am PST. The band have been making their way around Europe since early August and it’s clear from the reception of those shows (The Guardian *****, NME “Magestic,”“DIY “a show live few others”), that the band’s homecoming in New York, will be special.
Friday, September 22
Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, September 28
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA
King Krule’s long-awaited album ‘The OOZ’ will be released October 13th on True Panther Sounds in North America and XL Recordings in Europe. Those who have been particularly anxious for news about this release will be very happy to see some of the details for the release below (including the 19 song-long tracklisting…) Before you get to to that, here’s some more info about The OOZ.
“One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling The OOZ, the much anticipated follow up to his debut Six Feet Beneath the Moon. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With The OOZ, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
Where Six Feet Beneath the Moon, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, The OOZ snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks.
“Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver),” and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and previously released single “Czech One.” Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)” can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, The OOZ as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis.” But it works on a more figurative level too, with The OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say — but we need The OOZ in order to exist.”
1. Biscuit Town
2. The Locomotive
3. Dum Surfer
4. Slush Puppy
5. Bermondsey Bosom (Left)
8. Lonely Blue
9. Cadet Limbo
10. Emergency Blimp
11. Czech One
12. (A Slide In) New Drugs
14. Bermondsey Bosom (Right)
15. Half Man Half Shark
16. The Cadet Leaps
17. The Ooz
18. Midnight 01(Deep Sea Diver)
19. La Lune
Song Exploder had an episode back in May that focused on No Shape‘s first single “Slip Away.” Mike Hadreas, Blake Mills and Shawn Everett went in deep. Google has taken the dissection of the song to a whole new level…
After some talk, tease and even a tour announcement – we are pleased to share with you ALL the details for Lotta Sea Lice, an album and collaboration between Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. It will be released on Matador on October 13th (Marathon in Europe, Milk! in Australia & New Zealand). Zane Lowe premiered the first single “Over Everything” his Beats 1 Apple Music Radio show this morning. If you missed it, no worries, listen to the song wherever you stream music and/or watch the video (directed by Danny Cohen) for the song further down.
1. Over Everything
2. Let It Go
3. Fear Is Like A Forest
4. Outta The Woodwork
5. Continental Breakfast
6. On Script
7. Blue Cheese
8. Peepin’ Tom
Here’s a bit more about the album…
Lotta Sea Lice is a conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humor. What started as a loose plan to record a couple songs with no plans for release, turned into this full-length-“because the vibee was so strong,” says Kurt. There’s an unforced ease to the record, helped by the fact that the pair have been not just friends, but hardcore fans of each other’s work for years. They also roped in colleagues such as Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, and Aussie icon Mick Harvey.
The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the album opener and first single “Over Everything”, with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about songwriting and inspiration; it was the first song written for this project. The video was directed by Danny Cohen, who shot each on their home turf.
The pair also tackle each other’s tracks on the album, with Vile delivering a delicious, souped-up version of “Outta the Woodwork” backed by Barnett herself, and Barnett taking on Vile’s “Peepin’ Tomboy” completely solo, to spine-tingling result. The overall effect of Lotta Sea Lice is of Barnett and Vile throwing open the doors to their house to listeners – it’s their party, but everyone is invited.
*Pre-order the double-door vinyl from Matador and get a poster designed by JessRotter. Color in the poster and share on instagram with #CBKV for a chance to win a Courtney & Kurt autographed Fender guitar. (US Only)*
Today’s the day, 8.25. You had fair warning. Villains is now out everywhere in the world. Stream the album on Apple Music, pick up at your local indie a very helpful map can be seen HERE), or if you’ve already pre-ordered the album, keep an eye on your mailman. Your copy is on the way.
There are a couple great new interviews out this week from the likes of Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. It’s great to hear from them, but we really only care about what YOU think of the album. #QOTSAVillains #Villains #opinions
There’s some extremely exciting news from True Panther out and around the internet today. King Krule is back with an incredible video (directed by Frank Lebon) as well as a huge run of North American tour dates this fall. Bask in the undeniable glow of Czech One… below. (Or should I say above?)
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
10/26 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/28 – Montreal, CAN – Corona Theatre
10/29 – Toronto, CAN – Danforth Music Hall
10/30 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/31 – Minneapolis, MN – First Line Music Cafe
11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/5 – Vancouver, CAN – Vogue Theatre
11/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
11/11 – Long Beach, CA – Tropicalia Festival
For those who have been able to see Perfume Genius live since the release of No Shape, you might find his cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Body’s In Trouble” familiar. It has been known to pop up in the set from time to time. Here’s what Mike Hadreas has to say about the song he has chosen to cover over and over:
I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time. I was so struck by her command and presence even though she weaves in and out of being present. Her vocal is somehow on the rhythm and completely around it, lyrics and chords are repeated throughout but there is no real center. There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way but after a few listens the most satisfying part is the song’s magic formlessness. I wouldn’t dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way – but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. I’ve lost count of how many times I use the word “body” in my songs.
My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all. Playing this cover onstage every night I use her lyric to phase in and out of both of those ideas.
The Single Session also includes “Slip Away” which was also recorded live at Spotify’s Studio in NYC.
This fall is RIPE with opportunities to see the band. See below dates that include a December residency in NYC as well as a run of shows with The XX.
09/27 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl*
09/29 Inglewood, CA – The Forum*
9/30 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
10/3 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*
10/4 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre*
10/5 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10/6 – Dallas, TX – South Side music Hall
10/8 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
10/9 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
10/10 Magna, UT – The Saltair*
10/12 Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion Theater*
10/13 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
10/17 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy*
10/18 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
10/19 New Orleans, LA – Champions Square*
10/21 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
11/2 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow School of Art
11/3 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
11/4 – Liverpool, UK – Stanley Theatre
11/5 – London, UK – The Roundhouse
11/6 – Brighton, UK – The Old Market
11/8 – Paris, FR – La Gaite Lyrique
11/9 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
11/9 – 11/12 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
11/13 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan
11/17 -11/18 – Braga, PT – Gente Sentada
11/19 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/20 – Cologne, DE – Kulturkirche
11/22 – Munich, DE – Technikum
11/23 – Milan, IT – Linecheck Festival
11/26 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Apolo
11/27 – Madrid, ES – Joy Eslava
11/28 – Bordeaux, FR – Rockschool Barbey
11/29 – Rennes, FR – Antipode
12/10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/12 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/13 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
It’s roughly 14.5 days until the next Queens of the Stone Age album is officially out in the world. Those who are having trouble with the wait, there’s some relief for you today. At last, another piece of Villains. Zane Lowe took to the airwaves on his Beats 1 show this morning to unveil part two of his interview with Josh (see below) as well as play new single “The Evil Has Landed.” So what are you waiting for? Listen here: http://smarturl.it/EvilHasLanded
There are now four days to mark in your calendar this December. Perfume Genius has announced a string of dates in Manhattan and Brooklyn to make sure that you’re year ends on a high note.
Tickets for all four shows go on sale this Friday, 10am EST.
Sunday, December 10 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Monday, December 11 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Tuesday, December 12 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, December 13 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
In other VERY important Perfume Genius news, here’s a visual appetizer to show you all some of the incredible submissions to the “Wreath” dance contest. More to come!
EVEN FURTHER, Perfume Genius has launched a dance contest for ‘Wreath’, with support from WeTransfer. You are invited to upload a video of you dancing to the song. The prize for this contest is in my opinion better than any prize for a dance contest, ever. Mike Hadreas will reward his favorite dancer by recording a cover of a song of their choice and sending a special package of ‘witchy surprises’. Full details can be found HERE.
Yet again, Perfume Genius lit TV screens on fire, this time while performing “Wreath” and “Just Like Love” for Jimmy Kimmel Live’s studio audience. HINT, HINT there will be a couple more Wreath-related things coming out the rest of this week…
In case you missed it, the band did a Morning Becomes Eclectic session yesterday afternoon. Listen to the session here which includes a cover of “Helpless” by Neil Young and an interview with Mike. You never want to miss a new interview with Mike, trust us.
June 13 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NE
June 14 – Berghain/Kantine, Berlin DE
Friday, June 16 – Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
Saturday, June 17 – Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
Saturday, July 15 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR SOLD OUT
Tuesday, Jul 18 – The Independent – San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Wednesday, July 19 – The Independent – San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 20 – El Rey – Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 23 – Capitol Hill Block Party – Seattle WA
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 – End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Wednesday, September 27 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA*
Friday, September 29 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA*
Tuesday, October 3 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO*
Wednesday, October 4 – Ascend Ampitheater, Nashville, TN*
Monday, October 9 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO*
Tuesday, October 10- The Saltair, Magna, UT*
Thursday, October 12 – Criterion Theater, Oklahoma City, OK*
Tuesday, October 17 – Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA*
Thursday, October 19 – Champions Square, New Orleans, LA*
November 2nd – Glasgow School of Art – Glasgow, UK
November 3rd – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
November 5th – The Roundhouse – London, UK
November 6th – The Old Market – Brighton, UK
November 8th – La Gaite Lyrique – Paris, FR
November 9th – Trix – Antwerp, BE
November 13th – Grunspan – Hamburg, DE
November 19th – Festaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE
November 22nd – Technikum – Munich, DE
November 23rd – Linecheck Festival – Milan, IT
November 26th – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, ES
November 27th – Joy Eslava – Madrid, ES
November 28th – Rockschool Barbey – Bordeaux, FR
November 29th – Antipode – Rennes, FR
This morning band have just released the official video for album centerpiece “Cleveland” which features the principles of the Black Panthers and was filmed in Staten Island and East new York where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were murdered by police.
Interlaced with the principles of the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Program, the video sees frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher, who self-directed the video with Marisa Gesualdi and Sam Campbell, between Staten Island and the Pink Houses project in East New York, where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were killed at the hands of New York City Police Department. The lyrics and title summon Kindra Chapman, Andre Jones, Lennon Lacy, Sandra Bland, Roosevelt Pernell, Keith Warren, Alfred Wright and Tamir Rice, similarly victims of state sanctioned violence, making for a powerful and uncompromising message of resistance and defiance as well as a life-affirming tribute. Fisher also met the family of Eric Garner (photo below) to open a conversation on future support for the community:
“A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible–particularly for black and brown people.”
-frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher
Please follow the links below for more information and to see how you can help:
7/13 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt
7/14 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
7/15 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
7/17 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
7/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
7/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel &
7/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
7/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
7/24 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
9/13 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^
9/14 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room ^
9/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall ^
9/16 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop ^
9/18 – Nashville, TN – Mercury Ballroom ^
9/21 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^
9/22 – New Orleans, LA – Hi-Ho Lounge ^
9/23 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall ^
9/24 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
9/25 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage ^
9/26 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger ^
9/28 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf ^
9/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ^
9/30 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo Club ^
10/1 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival
11/1 – Eindhoven, NL – Lichting @ Alstadt
11/2 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
11/3 – Bielefeld, DE – NR. Z. P.
11/5 – Dresden, DE – Beatpol
11/6 – Berlin, DE – Lido
11/8 – Poznan, PL – Meskalina
11/9 – Warsaw, PL – NIEBO
11/10 – Wroclaw, PL – Firlej
11/11 – Prague, CZ – Klub 007
11/13 – Turin, IT – Astoria Club
11/14 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
11/15 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz 2
11/16 – Lyon, FR – La Marche Gare
11/17 – Bern, CH – Saint Ghetto Festival
11/18 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
11/19 – Brussels, BE – Botanique/Witloof Bar
11/20 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
11/22 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
11/23 – Liverpool, UK – Magnet
11/24 – Glasgow, UK – Fred Paton Daycare
11/27 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Community Room
11/29 – London, UK – Moth Club
11/30 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
12/2 – Dublin, IE – Grand Social
We are pleased, no wait OVERJOYED to announce that Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett will be touring North America this fall with an all-star band. This announcement comes alongside the news that the two have completed a collaboration album that will be released later this year…
(photo credit: Danny Cohen)
The inter-continental duo will share the stage, performing songs off their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and covering a bunch of classics, all backed by their band ‘The Sea Lice,’ a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile.
Courtney recalls the seeds of the collaboration:
“In 2014 I scored a support slot opening for Kurt at the Abbotsford Convent [outside Melbourne]. We met briefly after the show but I was a bit nervous and didn’t wanna bother him, just grateful for the gig. Years later we started bumping into each other on the festival circuit all around the wide world and we became friends. He hit me up when he was coming to Melbourne next and said he thought we could work together.”
As Kurt tells it:
“I just love her voice in general… great lyrics of course… I love all her music but the song that really hit me was “Depreston”—I know it’s popular but her voice is so good in that song and it’s so pretty and sincere… i’m a sucker for that kinda song: instant classic.
It started out as, maybe we’ll do a split 7″ together but then I figured let’s make it a 12″ so it doesn’t get lost in the world, shoot for 5 songs. It wasn’t until i had another KV tour booked for the following summer in Oz that we thought we should record as much as we can, just see what happens, no major goal to make it a full length, but it came together that way ‘cause the vibe was so strong with everyone.”
For Courtney, the admiration is mutual:
I’m a huge Kurt fan. Smoke Ring was one of my first purchases on vinyl. I was getting over a big break-up, unemployed and drifting and I would just lie on my bed and listen to ‘Peepin’ Tom’ on repeat. One of the most beautiful and luscious albums I ever heard. Me and Jen fell in love to that album.”
Kurt and Courtney have partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. Support for the Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (and The Sea Lice) tour will be Australian songwriter Jen Cloher.
The album is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time. It will be released later this year jointly by Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, but you can grab them early using the code BLUEBERRYHILL today starting at noon in your local market.
For those who were unable to tune in live on Friday, Perfume Genius performed “Slip Away” for the first time on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This was the first time any song from No Shape has been performed live. You might be able to spot Blake Mills, who produced the album on stage. The album is officially out now and there’s nothing standing in your way to enjoy the album in full.
If you missed the @perfumegenius LIVE Q&A today, there is still a chance to see Mike answer all the great questions that were submitted.
“how many diet cokes have you had today?”
“I’m at the mall rn, where your favorite store to go at mall?”
“what’s your favorite song off the new album”
“Who were your first/strangest musical obsessions as a kid?”
MORE Perfume Genius news: In the middle of answering questions this afternoon a new song was released. Go Ahead… and follow this link to pick the way you’d like to hear the second track released from No Shape which will officially be out in the world on May 5th. Not too much longer!
CONTEST ALERT: Artist Christine Marlene is responsible for the watercolor covering Spoon’s new album Hot Thoughts. She made a piece for each song, all of which can be viewed on the band’s Instagram account right now. If you’re inspired or looking to get your hands on some tickets to see Spoon live OR get an original piece of art, you’re in luck. Both are within reach.
Make your own Hot Thoughts gallery in Instagram with #SpoonHotThoughts and you’ll have a chance to win one or both of those prizes.
More good news, mean it. A piano version of “Good News” (off Sprained Ankle) is available to stream and download HERE as party of Our First 100 Days. The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. The money earned will go to organizations involved with women’s rights, immigration, fairness and climate change.
The one and only Lucy Dacus recently wrapped a tour opening for Hamilton Leithauser this past Saturday and not a beat so much as passed before another batch of tour dates have been announced. See below the row of May dates where Lucy will be opening for Sylvan Esso.
2017 TOUR DATES
Sunday, May 14 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC*
Thursday, May 18 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY*
Saturday, May 20 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*
Tuesday, May 23 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON*
Thursday, May 25 – Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT*
Friday, May 26 – Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston, MA
Saturday, May 27 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Saturday, June 10 – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
July 14-16 – Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY
For those who missed out on the cluster of UK tour dates that begin March 23rd in London (notice below with the cascade of SOLD OUT next to each UK date), there is hope. There are five new opportunities to see Car Seat Headrest this year and as you might know by now, they will be going fast so don’t miss out.