Continuing to tour across the globe following the strength of their 2017 sophomore LP The Underside of Power, Algiers has announced Spring and Summer 2018 dates across the United States. The 21 date tour includes headlining spots, support of Curtis Harding and Priests respectively, and a slot at Sasquatch Festival next weekend.
Currently laying waste to Europe (well, entertaining major portions, anyway), Yo La Tengo have added additional U.S. shows in support of ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ kicking off September 11 in Providence, RI. If you’re sick to death of paying exorbitant ticket fees, just demand to get on the guest list like you work for a record company. WOAH, DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD? What I really meant is, local venues and kindly record shops are selling physical tickets sans service charge (see below).
Tuesday, September 11 Columbus Theater, Providence RI
Presale password: youarehere
No fee tickets available at venue box office
Wednesday, September 12 Kingston BSP, Kingston NY
Presale password: RIOT
No fee tickets : Outdated Café, Rocket Number Nine Records, Jacks Rhythms, Woodstock Music Shop, Dark Side Records – all cash only
Thursday, September 13 The Asbury, Buffalo NY
No fee tickets available at venue box office
Friday, September 14 The Majestic, Detroit MI
No fee tickets available at venue box office and UHF Records
Saturday, September 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
No fee tickets available at venue box office
Monday, September 17 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO
Presale password: Jersey
No fee tickets available at venue box office
Tuesday, September 18 The Lyric, Oxford MI
No fee tickets available at End of All Music
Thursday, September 20 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Presale password: RIOT
No fee tickets available at Good Records
Friday, September 21 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
No fee tickets available at Rumble (bar adjacent to venue)
In the wake of the wildly well-received ‘Girlysound To Guyville’ box set release and reissue of ‘Exile In Guyville’, Liz Phair is playing North American dates this September and October (see below). All (non-festival) shows go on sale this Friday at 10am local time, however there’s a presale tomorrow at 10am (CODE : AMPS) and another on Thursday at 10am (CODE : ONTHELAWN).
Liz Phair’s comprehensive early-career retrospective, Girly Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set is out today. The 56 tracks include Phair’s three Girly-Sound tapes, as well as her seminal 1993 debut LP Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.
The LP box set is now sold out on the Matador web-store, but copies are still available via indie record stores and third-party online retailers.
The team at our subterranean web development bunker has manufactured the “Guided Listening to Guyville” playlist to help digest all of Phair’s newly available material. The site that features lyrics, facts and live videos for each song in the expansive release. Check it out here.
Also premiering today: a newly remastered version of the video to “Never Said,” from Exile in Guyville. This video follows the recently reissued “Stratford-On-Guy,” also restored from its original masters.
Following last month’s single “Pristine,” Snail Mail released “Heat Wave” today ahead of her debut LP Lush. The video, directed by Brandon Herman, features Lindsey Jordan showing off her high school varsity hockey chops and not-to-be-overlooked air hockey skills to boot.
On the heels of releasing Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror) for the first time on vinyl this Record Store Day, Car Seat Headrest have extended their North American tour through September, adding to previously announced headlining dates and festivals in The U.S. and Europe. Tickets for newly announced shows are on sale this Friday at 10am Eastern.
Tune in to KEXP today at 3pm EST / Noon PST to hear Car Seat Headrest perform with their extended live lineup: Listen Here.
After a two year break since since the last Kurt Vile headline tour of Europe, the Prince of Philadelphia returns in the Fall with The Violators in tow.
Kurt and his band will play in eight different European territories before hitting the UK for two back-to-back shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in mid November, amongst some wider regional dates.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 27th at 10am (BST) / 11am (CEST).
Belle and Sebastian have released a video for “Poor Boy,” a track from EP3 of How To Solve Our Human Problems. The video, which features Stuart and company on a normal evening off, is directed by Oscar Sansom & Ciaran Lyons of The Forest of Black.
In conjunction with the release of the new video, the group has also announced “The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker,” which allows you to create a sharable Spotify playlist and customized image that replicates the How To Solve Our Human Problems cover.
Belle and Sebastian are currently on tour with Julien Baker in the United Kingdom. They’ll be touring North America this June, with support from Snail Mail, Perfume Genius and others.
Today Iceage have birthed us a new track from their forthcoming long player ‘Beyondless’ – out May 4th. The new track ‘Take It All’ presents the group at their sidewinding best ripping a pleading and sincere groove out of a skeletal easy march beat.
There’s also news of more tour dates to add to the already extensive mid year run, seeing the band return to Europe for more gigs in September following on from their month and a half long Stateside soujourn through May and June.
One further reminder – the band’s ‘Opening Nights’ residency shows kick off TONIGHT in Brooklyn, NY
(Kurt Vile at SXSW last week, photo by Rennie Jaffe)
After performing across Austin TX last week, at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood, and at a few SXSW showcases, Kurt Vile has announced his first American shows with the Violators in over a year. The full Violators line-up, which includes Vile, Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence and Jesse Trbovich, will hit the road in June and July. Tickets are on sale this Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.
In case you missed it, watch the new documentary “Friends of Wonder,” which features Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett at The Landmark Lowe’s Jersey City Theater during their Fall ’17 Lotta Sea Lice tour.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark debut Exile in Guyville. On May 4th Matador will release a comprehensive box set: 7 LPs or 3 CDs cataloging the Guyville era in an edition of 1900, including the first official restored audio of all three 1991 Girly-Sound tapes. The tapes were meticulously restored from original copies of the cassettes, traded from hand to hand at the time, by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. Also available on double vinyl and regular CD for the first time in years: the original Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.
Buyers have the option of purchasing the remastered Exile in Guyville on 2xLP / CD or purchase the box set which includes Exile in Guyville as well as the Girly-Sound tapes Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Sooty. The box set also includes a book featuring essays by Ann Powers (excerpted below), Liz Phair, and an extensive oral history of Phair’s collaborators compiled by Jason Cohen. The vinyl edition of the book also includes never before seen photos, artwork, and ephemera.
Both sets will also be available via all digital retailers and streaming services on release date.
If a 7 LP set is not enough (and when is it ever, really) the 3 Girly-Sound tapes, restored by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, will be released as replica cassettes in a limited edition of 345 copies. The cassettes will be available as a premium exclusive for those ordering the box set on vinyl or CD through the Matador webstore.
An excerpt from TALKING BACK IN GUYVILLE by Ann Powers
Back in the 1990s, when everybody in a certain corner of the punk scene was reading feminist theory and making mixtapes, people used to go on about “speech acts.” You might wonder, what the hell is a speech act? How is it different than plain old speech? Every time you open your mouth, you’re spraying out your point of view like viral spit. Pointing this out seems a little redundant.
Yet people can easily forget that their words don’t just fall on empty air; they hit people and have the power to infect. “It was nothing,” a guy says, after he’s told a woman her ass looks good in those jeans, or she might hurt herself if she carries something heavy, or it’s kind of a shock that she’s so good at playing guitar. One thing feminists do is point out that the little jokes men make, the condescending asides, even the well-meaning compliments (you’re so pretty, little girl) are epidemic. They keep women an invisible quarantine, away from their own subjectivity, away from power. Or, as Liz Phair says in one of the songs on her immortal Exile in Guyville, “When you said I wasn’t worth talking to, I had to take your word on that.”
A lot of dudes had said a lot of things to Liz Phair by the time she was 23. After college and a year of fucking around in San Francisco, she was back in her parents’ house in the Illinois suburbs, semi-secretly writing and recording songs on a 4-track. She was also running with some guys who loved to tell her how much they knew about rock and roll and what it took to be a real musician. They tended to be startled when they discovered her ambition. When she gave her tapes to a couple of them, they recognized that she was brilliant, but by the time she got a record deal with a cool indie label, many were wondering how and why. “Guyville is wrapped up in how the songs were written and in the way it was created and came about: It’s that girl, that girl having people say you can’t do this, you aren’t good enough to do this, you don’t know what you are doing,” Phair told the journalist Jessica Hopper in a 2013 oral history of her absolutely brilliant, groundbreaking, stereotype-defying debut album Exile in Guyville.
To preview the release of Girly Sound to Guyville, Phair has released a track from Girly-Sound: an early version of the Guyville highlight “Divorce Song” originally heard on Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha.
Liz will kick off the “Girly Sound To Guyville Tour,” performing material from the newly reissued set, this Spring with select dates across the U.S. Tickets are on sale next Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.
“Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set” Tracklist
Exile In Guyville
2. Help Me Mary
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
15. Johnny Sunshine
18. Strange Loop
Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha
1. White Babies
3. 6 Dick Pimp
4. Divorce Song
5. Go West
6. Don’t Holdyrbreath
7. Johnny Sunshine
8. Miss Lucy
9. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
13. In Love w/Yself
Girls! Girls! Girls!
1. Hello Sailor
3. Fuck And Run
4. Easy Target
5. Soap Star Joe
6. Ant In Alaska
8. Polyester Bride
10. Miss Mary Mack
12. Love Song
5. Open Season
9. South Dakota
Julien Baker works hard, despite currently being on the road with label mates Belle & Sebastian for the UK stretch of the Glaswegian troupe’s tour, she’s just this morning announced plans for a stint of European shows this coming September.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16th at 09:00 GMT
Julien recently released a collaborative cover of a Pedro The Lion track, recorded with Manchester Orchestra, continuing her streak for engaging in thoughtful song-craft that we last got a glimpse of on last year’s ‘Turn Out The Lights’
Following King Krule’s recent U.S. tour announcement surrounding both weekends of Coachella, Molten Jets has released “King Krule: Live On The Moon,” an exclusive session featuring King Krule’s full group performing eight tracks from The OOZ. Watch the video at the newly launched website where you can also find a mysterious link to some 12″ Moon Rocks, see upcoming dates, and purchase an exclusive webstore-only baseball cap designed by Archy’s brother Jack Marshall.
Following on from an impressive sold-out, over-subscribed, full-to-bursting debut UK show in January at The Lexington, Snail Mail has announced a short run of dates in May – playing debut shows in Belgium and Amsterdam along the way.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday, March 7th
Adding to the band’s relentless global routing in support of ‘Hot Thoughts’, Spoon have announced 7 summer shows with Grizzly Bear and special guest Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, including a June 20 date at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. $1 per ticket for these dates will go to PLUS1 in support of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s mission to prevent gun violence and build safer communities. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10am eastern — links and new gigs in bold below.
Copenhagen’s Iceage — Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) — will release their fourth album, ‘Beyondless’, on May 4th. After returning last month with ‘Catch It’, their first new material since 2013’s ‘Plowing Into The Field of Love’, Iceage now share Beyondless’s “Pain Killer”, featuring Sky Ferreira (the first guest vocalist to ever be featured on an Iceage song). Additionally, the band is announcing March residencies in New York and Los Angeles and dates in Japan in April, with their previously announced European and North American tours to follow in May and June.
The album was produced by the band with Nis Bysted, and recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Göteborg, Sweden, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios in Seattle. The album was played entirely by Iceage with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone).
I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.
What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news. They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.
And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. Rønnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.
The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:
“Praying at the altar of your legs and feet /Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet / I’ll arrogate what’s there to take. In an evanescent embrace.”
…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to Rønnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:
“Who cares if you come from paradise or hell, appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge, if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal the infinite I love and have never known?”
We’d like to remind you as deliberately as possible that the 2018 edition of Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Twin Fantasy’ is out today on LP & digital formats, along with a 2XCD edition (shown above) including the original 2011 recording. Following a packed instore at Hollywood’s Amoeba on Wednesday, the band are back in action tonight at Seattle’s East Street for a set + signing. July dates in the western portion of the USA have just been confirmed (see below).
This morning, Iceage release their first new music since 2014 in the form of the self-produced, “Catch It” (recorded at Göteborg, Sweden’s Kungsten Studios by Mattias Glavå) with an accompanying video directed by Adam Hashemi, mostly shot on 8mm in Los Angeles. In addition to previously announced European dates, Iceage kick off a North America tour on May 10 at Seattle’s Nordic Museum (dates and relevant ticket links are below)
Following Tuesday’s all-too brief teaser, we’re thrilled (and maybe a little relieved) to be unveiling the first new music from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks since 2014 in the form of the new single, “Middle America”. The Jicks hit the road for a major (and minor) market tour this June ; you can probably expect more than just one new song (BUT WHO ARE WE TO DETERMINE OR EVEN SPECULATE ABOUT THIS GREAT AMERICAN BAND’S REPERTOIRE?). Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am local time, dates are below.