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The Young – ‘Chrome Cactus’ Out Today / Waterloo (Austin) In-Store

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Of The Young’s ‘Chrome Cactus’, Tiny Grooves’ Jonathan Markley writes, “the heavy guitar racket on becomes almost psychedelic, the slower burning shoegaze-bent anthems become seared into yer skull and the volume knob on yer stereo will slowly inch towards 10,” and I’m pretty sure that’s a recommendation rather than a disclaimer. The shadowy Fuckin’ Record Reviews declares ‘Chrome Cactus’ is “THE HIGHWAY RECORD OF THE SUMMER” (“two guitars peel each other’s skins in empathy, acoustics are layered over top of wuzzy crunch and the groove is cinched”), The Austin Chronicle’s Austin Powell says the album, “triumphs with energy and verve”, and hey, while we sometimes find ourselves at odds with The Fourth Estate here at Matador Records and Filmworks, WHEN THEY’RE RIGHT, THEY’RE RIGHT.

‘Chrome Cactus’ is The Young’s 3rd album, it’s in stores today and whether you’ve been following this label since our inception or you still have the use of your original teeth, we’re confident — you might even say insistent — that this quartet’s uniquely Texan take on modern guitar heroics is matched only by their songwriting guile. I’m tempted to offer you a money back guarantee, but it seems kind of shallow to ruin our friendship over money (and I’m sure you agree).

If you’re lucky enough to reside in Austin, TX, The Young are playing at the venerable Waterloo Records today at 5pm sharp, with the keg provided by Austin Beerworks. There’s a limited (100) run of 12″ X 12″ silkscreen prints (above) that come with the LP version of ‘Chrome Cactus’ and they’re only available at Austin retailers (Waterloo, End Of An Ear, Trailer Space) or from the band on tour later this week (see below)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk ‘N’ Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

order ‘Chrome Cactus’ from the following :
The Matador Store
iTunes
Amazon:
Amazon MP3

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The New Pornographers : ‘Brill Bruisers’ Out Today, Twitter Q&A at 12:30 eastern

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Elaborate ceremonies to mark today’s release of The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’ —- including but not limited to sky-writing and a high-concept videoclip about a radio station takeover that bears no relation whatsoever to the script for 1994′s “Airheads” (which none of us have seen or even heard of)  — will be briefly interrupted at 12:30 eastern for a Twitter Q&A (#AskTheNewP’s).  You’ve only got half an hour to get your questions in, so this is no time to wonder if your inquiries are inappropriate or completely self-indulgent on your part.

‘Brill Bruisers’ is available in better record shops today (most of the shittier ones, too) but here’s some options if no one will give you a ride :

The Matador Store : (a limited edition multi-colored, paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses while supplies last)
New Pornos Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google

The New Pornographers will appearing on the Wednesday, September 3 airing of CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”.  A high-concept reenactment of this incident is probably not in the cards, but if you don’t tune in, you’ll never know for sure.

Tour dates:
Friday, August, 29 — Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada
Saturday, August, 30 — Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada
Saturday, September, 6 — Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 — Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada
Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex
^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
! with Pickwick, Cool

 

Coming October 21 : Thurston Moore’s ‘The Best Day’

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

(photo by Phil Sharp)

On October 21, Matador will be releasing the latest solo album from Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, ‘The Best Day’. Recorded in London with his new band — featuring guitarist James Sedwards (Nøught), bassist Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and SY drummer Steve Shelley, ‘The Best Day’ is a staggeringly confident, expansive work, one that not only rivals much of Moore’s past work, but also suggests his relocation to England has inspired a creative rebirth of sorts. Keep in mind, we’re already dealing with one of the harder working, prolific characters in modern music, rock or otherwise.

(NOTE : viewers in Germany can click here)

The newly dubbed Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in Europe, UK, and North America, including Riot Fest in Denver, Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh (all dates are below).

The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
2. Forevermore
3. Tape
4. The Best Day
5. Vocabularies
6. Grace Lake
7. Germs Burn

Preorders :
The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders)
iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)
Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)

(in Japan, ‘The Best Day’ will be available from Hostess)

tour dates :

8/21– Portugal — Parades De Coura Festival
8/23 — Pully-Laussane, Switzerland — For Noise Festival
8/24 — Paris, France – Rock en Seine
8/29 — Birmingham, UK — Moseley Folk Festival (solo 12 string performance)
9/4 — Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival
9/7 — Toronto, ON — Riot Fest
9/11 – RIfflandia, Victoria BC
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
10/2 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir
10/3 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret*
10/4 — Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *
10/7 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall *
10/8 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium *
10/9 — Santa Barbara, CA — Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex *
10/11 — Santa, Ana, CA — Constellation Room *
10/21 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus (on sale noon, Friday)
10/22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair (on sale, noon, Friday)
10/23 — Hamden, CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space (on sale noon, Friday)
10/24 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met (on sale noon, Friday)
10/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle (on sale noon, Friday)
10/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade NYC (on sale noon, Friday)

* – with Sebadoh

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Interpol – “Ancient Ways”

By Gerard on Monday, August 18th, 2014

(photo by Eliot Lee Hazel)

“Ancient Ways” is the 2nd song we’ve made available in advance of Interpol’s forthcoming 5th album, ‘El Pintor’ (September 9). In addition to the previously confirmed North American dates, new shows in Vancouver, Chicago, New York and Washington DC have recently been announced. The full list is below, with the tour kicking off this Wednesday night in Tempe :

Wednesday, August, 20 – The Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
Thursday, August, 21 – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, August, 23 – FYF Fest, LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September, 15 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Wednesday, September, 17 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Saturday, September, 20 – Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Wednesday, September, 24 – House of Blues, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September, 26 – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, September, 27 – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
Monday, September, 29 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
Tuesday, September, 30 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Thursday, October, 2 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas TX
Friday, October, 3 – House of Blues, Houston TX (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October, 4 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October, 7 – House of Blues, New Orleans LA
Thursday, October, 9 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis TN
Saturday, October, 11 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Thursday, November, 6 – Jannus Landing, St Petersburg FL
Friday, November, 7 – House of Blues, Orlando FL
Saturday, November, 8 – Fillmore, Miami FL
Monday, November, 10 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, November, 11 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Wednesday, November 12 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, November, 14 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, November, 17 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
Tuesday, November, 18 – Kool Haus, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday, November, 20 – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, November, 21 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, November, 22 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, November, 24 – Terminal 5, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November, 26 – Terminal 5, New York NY
Saturday, November, 29 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November, 30 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Preorder ‘El Pintor’ from the following :

iTunes:
LP or CD from the Matador store:
Interpol store:
Amazon:
Google Play:

Interpol – official site
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Interpol YouTube channel

Coming October 7 : ‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – the Belle and Sebastian Reissues

By The Management on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

On October 7, 2014, Matador will be reissuing all ten Belle and Sebastian LP’s ;

TITLES:
Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster)
If You’re Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster)
The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster)
Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster)
Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster)

Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art
The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade)
The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster)
Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade)
The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade)

Each album is repackaged in resealable mylar bags, each with a customized obi strip and download card.
There’s new cover art for ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’, and ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’, “The Life Pursuit’ and ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’ will be back in print on vinyl for the first time in ages.

You can preorder the series (in whole or ala carte) from The Matador Store,. Order the full set and receive the handsome tote bag shown above (or if you prefer, order the bag separately)

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

TOUR DATES:
Sunday, September, 28 – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL
Monday, September, 29 – House Of Blues, Orlando FL
Wednesday, October 1, – Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Friday, October 3 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Monday, October 6 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 7 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 8 – Civic Space Park, Phoenix AZ
Friday, October, 10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Sunday, October, 12 – Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday, October, 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France

Belle and Sebastian - official site
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Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
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True Panther Unveils Tobias Jesso Jr’s Five Songs For $5

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In Dean’s words :

There’s been some rumblings about a new member of the True Panther family….a songwriter by the name of Tobias Jesso Jr. He’s got a couple of songs out there on the internets right now if you want to listen. More on him soon but first, we wanted to share a very simple thing with you.

Five new Tobias Jesso Jr. songs for $5 (plus shipping). Once a month you’ll get a flexi single in the mail with a new unheard song written and recorded by Tobias. We’re not doing a digital of this so if you’re subscribed, you’ll hear it, if you’re not, you’ll have to find a friend who is….We made 300 of them.

Order the flexi series here.

Tobias Jesso Jr.

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VIDEO : The Young – “Cry Of Tin”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A few minutes ago, the good people at AV Club premiered “Cry Of Tin”, the new video from The Young’s upcoming 3rd album, ‘Chrome Cactus’ (out August 25). Filmed (mostly) in a NYC storage facility by director Winston Case, we should stress this is neither an accurate representation of The Young’s actual rehearsal environment in Austin, TX, nor is it meant to be a commentary on the honest men & women who do heroic work everyday as America’s key cutters and locksmiths. While the rest of us are making sick guitar records (or having tremendous arguments over the press releases for such), these courageous individuals are our last line of defense against, y’know, being locked out.

It is my fervent hope that not only will this video provide a hint to many of you why we at Matador Records & Filmworks consider The Young to be one of the nation’s most important bands, but you’ll also realize the above clip is a character study and should not be construed as “fighting words” by the locksmith/key cutter whose place of business is roughly 400 feet from my house. Thank you.

The Young’s next North American tour kicks off August 29 in Los Angeles (with Milk’n'Cookies, Lamps and Gun Outfit), but not before they play Austin’s Waterloo Records on ‘Chrome Cactus”s release date, Monday, August 25 at 5pm. We’ll bring the keg, you bring your ID and money for ‘Chrome Cactus’ (both are optional, but we’re mostly fixated on the latter — contrary to popular belief, the beer will drink itself)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk ‘N’ Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

Preorder ‘Chrome Cactus’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Preorder from iTunes.
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The New Pornographers – ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP (limited edition paint-splattered vinyl)

By Gerard on Friday, July 18th, 2014

A limited edition, multi-colored paint splattered version of the upcoming New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Preorder the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies and/or the mania for all things 3D lasts)

Coming September 23 : Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”, New Worldwide Dates

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE : On September 23, Matador will be releasing the new album from Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’ on LP, CD and digital configurations*. Even for those of us who’ve been previously left wobbly by Mike Hadreas’ songwriting prowess, his 3rd full-length is nothing short of a knockout blow. Bravest record we’ve ever released? It’s absolutely in the top one and a half – GC)

(* – Turnstile Music will be releasing the album in the UK on September 22)

“Queen”

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, with achingly emotional songs that offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalized, yet ultimately reclaimed.

‘Too Bright’, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s ‘The Dreaming’ or Scott Walker’s ‘Tilt’, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

(photography by Luke Gilford)

track listing :

i. I Decline
ii. Queen
iii. Fool
iv. No Good
v. My Body
vi. Don’t Let Them In
vii. Grid
viii. Longpig
ix. I’m a Mother
x. Too Bright
xi. All Along

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from iTunes and receive “Queen” immediately.
Preorder ‘Too Bright’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from Amazon

Upcoming dates :

August
1 – OFF Festival, Katowice Poland
2 – Visions Festival, London UK
27 – Feeerieen, Brussels Belgium
28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan UK
30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK

September
1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate UK
6 – Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland Netherlands
7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan Italy
8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna  Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver C
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis MN

October
1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston  MA
7 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta GA
13 – Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 – Club Congress – Tucson  AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego  CA
19 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

November
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile,  Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 – Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25   – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

Perfume Genius online :

Perfume Genius.net

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Coming August 26 : The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


“This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.” – A.C. Newman

(photo : Chris Buck)

On August 26, we’ll be releasing the first new album in 4 years from The New Pornographers, the John Collins / AC Newman produced ‘Brill Bruisers’ on LP, CD and digital formats. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont) from 2013-14 and have emerged with the boldest & brightest work in their unbeaten run. The album’s titular track, “Brill Bruisers” premieres today here (and at the top of this post)

track listing :

1. Brill Bruisers
2. Champions Of Red Wine
3. Fantasy Fools
4. War On The East Coast
5. Backstairs
6. Marching Orders
7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart
8. Born With A Sound
9. Wide Eyes
10. Dancehall Domine
11. Spidyr
12. Hi-Rise
13. You Tell Me Where

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

Pre-order on iTunes and receive the following :
today : “Brill Bruisers”
At later dates in July receive “War On The East Coast” and “Dancehall Domine” (exact dates for these are TBC)

Dates including headlining shows at LA’s Wiltern and NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom are found after the jump, in addition to festival appearances at Toronto’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun :

July 18-20 Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, BC
August 29-31 Sonic Boom Festival Edmonton, AB
August 31 Edmonton Northlands Edmonton, AB
September 6 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
September 6-7 Riot Fest Toronto, ON
October 5 & 6 The Showbox Seattle, WA
October 8 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
October 9 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
October 10 Knitting Factory Salt Lake City, UT
October 11 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO
October 13 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
October 14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
October 15 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown, CA
October 17 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
October 18 North Park Theatre San Diego, CA
November 4 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
November 5 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
November 6 Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA
November 7 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA
November 7-9 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
November 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
November 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
November 13 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
November 14 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
November 15 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
November 17 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
November 19 House of Blues Boston, MA
November 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
November 21 9:30 Club Washington, DC
November 23 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC

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