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Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour

By Michael on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

We already know how special a Majical Cloudz instore performance can be, right?

Well lucky you, out west-ers because in a few short weeks, Majical Cloudz are taking their intimate show to one of the most intimate settings of all; the free all-ages instore.

The band will be hitting four of our favorite California independent retailers on their way up the coast from San Diego to Santa Rosa. Details below.

In the meantime, check out this new video for ‘Bugs Don’t Buzz.’

Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour

Sunday July 21
6pm
M-Theory
915 W Washington
San Diego

Monday July 22
7pm
Origami Vinyl
1816 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Tuesday July 23
7pm
Rhino
235 Yale Ave
Claremont

Wednesday July 24
6pm
Aquarius
1055 Valencia St
San Francisco

Thursday July 25
6:30pm
The Last Record Store
1899 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa

The Majical Cloudz video for “Bugs Don’t Buzz” is here

By Robby on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Directed by Gordon Von Steiner & premiered this morning on NPR First Watch, here’s the video for “Bugs Don’t Buzz” from Majical Cloudz’ Impersonator. The video was initially conceived by Devon Welsh, who “wanted the video to be abstract and not narrative-based.” Welsh noted that “the rest of the imagery followed from the original concept of trying to remove humanity from the video’s frame of reference”, resulting in what he hopes “paints a picture that is abstract but clear in its emotional intentions.”

Watch it now.

Later today, Majical Cloudz will participate in a live chat this evening (8pm EDT) with Soundrop. Be sure to visit the Majical Cloudz chat on Soundrop tonight to talk about this video, and really, anything else on your mind.

‘Impersonator’ is available across all formats at the Matador storeiTunes — on sale for a limited time!

 

 

Catch Majical Cloudz on tour

07.27.13 – MoMA PS1 – Long Island City, NY !
08.02.13 – Osheaga – Montreal, QC
08.10.13 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
08.12.13 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
08.13.13 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
08.14.13 – Union Sound Hall – Winnipeg, MB
08.15.13 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
08.16.13 – Brixx – Edmonton, AB
08.17.13 – The HiFi Club – Calgary, AB
08.19.13 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
08.20.13 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
08.21.13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
08.23.13 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
08.24.13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
08.26.13 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
08.27.13 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08.28.13 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
08.31.13 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
09.02.13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
09.07.13 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC
09.09.13 – DC9 – Washington, DC
09.10.13 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
09.11.13 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
09.13.13 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY – FRIDAY
09.14.13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
09.15.13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA

10.08.13 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK – Tickets
10.09.13 – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
10.11.13 – Lexington – London, UK
10.12.13 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
10.16.13 – Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, BE
10.17.13 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
10.18.13 – Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
10.19.13 – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, DE
10.21.13 – Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
10.22.13 – Blaa – Oslo, NO

 

 

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Majical Cloudz – session with Consequence Of Sound and Rock It Out! blog, live from Permanent Records

By Gabe on Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Another great session from MC, these guys can do it anywhere (including on a Parisian train car) and this time it was Permanent Records in Chicago, with the help of our friends at Consequence Of Sound and Rock It Out! blog:

CoS and RIO! also interviewed Devon and Matt:

Majical Cloudz hit the road soon:
06.13.13 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
06.15.13 – Black Box – NXNE – Toronto, ON
06.18.13 – The Fillmore – Miami, FL @
06.19.13 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL @
07.27.13 – MoMA PS1 – Long Island City, NY !
08.02.13 – Osheaga – Montreal, QC
08.10.13 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
08.12.13 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
08.13.13 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
08.14.13 – Union Sound Hall – Winnipeg, MB
08.15.13 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
08.16.13 – Brixx – Edmonton, AB
08.17.13 – The HiFi Club – Calgary, AB
08.19.13 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
08.20.13 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
08.21.13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
08.23.13 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
08.24.13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
08.26.13 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
08.27.13 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08.28.13 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
08.31.13 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
09.02.13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
09.07.13 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC
09.09.13 – DC9 – Washington, DC
09.10.13 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
09.11.13 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
09.13.13 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY – FRIDAY
09.14.13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
09.15.13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA

10.08.13 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK – Tickets
10.09.13 – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
10.11.13 – Lexington – London, UK
10.12.13 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
10.16.13 – Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, BE
10.17.13 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
10.18.13 – Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
10.19.13 – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, DE
10.21.13 – Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
10.22.13 – Blaa – Oslo, NO

* with Body/Head and Foreplay
@ with Grizzly Bear
! with Ben UFO, A Guy Called Gerald, Daniel Avery, Roosevelt

Majical Cloudz announce tour, Take Away Show debuts

By Gabe on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The debut LP from Majical Cloudz, Impersonator, is out now and finding its way into the hands and hearts of so many new fans.

Still, the group’s in-person power (and especially singer Devon Welsh’s uncanny voice and presence) can hardly be replicated – unless you’re the talented group at La Blogotheque, who specialize in powerful replication. This is something else, man:

But limit yourself not to excellent internet-based musical diversions. Get diverted in person. Majical Cloudz have just announced US and European dates:

Majical Cloudz North American & European / UK Tour Dates
06.13.13 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
06.15.13 – Black Box – NXNE – Toronto, ON
06.18.13 – The Fillmore – Miami, FL @
06.19.13 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL @
07.27.13 – MoMA PS1 – Long Island City, NY !
08.02.13 – Osheaga – Montreal, QC
08.10.13 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
08.12.13 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
08.13.13 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
08.14.13 – Union Sound Hall – Winnipeg, MB
08.15.13 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
08.16.13 – Brixx – Edmonton, AB
08.17.13 – The HiFi Club – Calgary, AB
08.19.13 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
08.20.13 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
08.21.13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
08.23.13 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
08.24.13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
08.26.13 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
08.27.13 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08.28.13 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
08.31.13 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
09.02.13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
09.07.13 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC
09.09.13 – DC9 – Washington, DC
09.10.13 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
09.11.13 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
09.13.13 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY – FRIDAY
09.14.13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
09.15.13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA

10.08.13 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK – Tickets
10.09.13 – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
10.11.13 – Lexington – London, UK
10.12.13 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
10.16.13 – Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, BE
10.17.13 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
10.18.13 – Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
10.19.13 – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, DE
10.21.13 – Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
10.22.13 – Blaa – Oslo, NO

* with Body/Head and Foreplay
@ with Grizzly Bear
! with Ben UFO, A Guy Called Gerald, Daniel Avery, Roosevelt

Majical Cloudz will be on KEXP today

By Robby on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Following the yesterday’s release of ‘Impersonator‘, Majical Cloudz will appear in session at KEXP’s Cutting Room Studios at 12:30pm EST/9:30 PST. Tune in at KEXP.org

‘Impersonator’ is available  now on all formats at the Matador store & digitally on iTunes.

*photo lifted from maryanne67‘s flickr

Listen to Majical Cloudz ‘Impersonator’ in full now

By Robby on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


Pitchfork are hosting an Adavance listen of Majical Cloudz LP ‘Impersonator‘ a week ahead of its North American release (out May 27 elsewhere). Dig in and immerse yourself into this album, which Stereogum calls “equally heartwrenching and deeply unnerving..a walloping listen” – if you added the word essential to those adjectives, we’d have to agree.

Click HERE to listen.

 

Majical Cloudz have a few dates upcoming, including an release show in Brooklyn next week, FREE in-stores & dates with Grizzly Bear. We’ll have a lot more confirms shortly.

Until then, enjoy Impersonator.
Wed 5/15 Chicago, IL — Permanent Records 4pm FREE
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro (w/ Youth Lagoon
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater (w/ Youth Lagoon)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ Youth Lagoon)

Mon 5/20 Manhattan, NY — Other Music 8pm FREE
Tue 5/21 Brooklyn, NY — GLASSLANDS ‘Impersonator’ release show TICKETS

Tue 6/18 Miami Beach, FL  – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason (w/ Grizzly Bear)
Wed 6/18 Tampa, FL — The Ritz Ybor (w/ Grizzly Bear)

Fri 8/2 Montreal, QC — Osheaga Festival
Sat 9/7 Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival

 

‘Impersonator’ is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador storeiTunes.

 

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Majical Cloudz on tour now, will perform at Other Music in NYC

By Robby on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

In addition to the aforementioned release event for their Impersonator LP at Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery, Majical Cloudz are also set to play a free in-store at Manhattan’s Other Music on Monday May 20 at 8pm.

Majical Cloudz’ tour with Youth Lagoon soldiers on, earning plaudits along the way. And don’t forget to check out “Bugs Don’t Buzz“, which Pitchfork called “beautifully spartan and abandoned music“, and, pre-order ‘Impersonator’ now.

 

Thurs 5/9 Brooklyn NY The Bell House*
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer*
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall*
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar*
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro*
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater*
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe*
Tue 5/21 Brooklyn, NY May 21 — ‘Impersonator’ release show

* with Youth Lagoon

 

photo lifted without permission from giulia_balducci‘s flickr.

Majical Cloudz “Bugs Don’t Buzz”

By Robby on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Bugs Don’t Buzz” is one of the many highlights of Majical Cloudz album ‘Impersonator‘  & and the band’s live show (which are happening right now!). Based around a single, looped piano progression, the song’s striking simplicity is one of those many secrets behind what makes Majical Cloudz so evocative.

Download: “Bugs Don’t Buzz” (192 kbps mp3)

Along with Majical Cloudz’ current tour with Youth Lagoon, they’ve added a few dates including an album release show in Broooklyn, which we’ll be revealing more info on soon. New dates below in bold.

Fri   5/3   Asheville CA      Grey Eagle Tavern*
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle*
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub*
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   The Space*
Thurs 5/9 Brooklyn NY The Bell House*
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer*
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall*
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar*
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro*
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater*
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe*

Tues 5/21 Brooklyn, NY May 21 — ‘Impersonator’ release show

* with Youth Lagoon


‘Impersonator’ is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador storeiTunes.

 

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photo by Sarah O’Driscoll

Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End” video

By Robby on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The accompanying visual to Majical Cloudz’ “Childhood’s End” is one of those that sits, fixed in your head long after viewing. Starring Devon Welsh’s father Kenneth Welsh, and directed by Emily Kai Bock, the video is a stirring, cinematic interpretation of the song’s personal and universal themes.

 

Read more about the video and its inception at the Majical Cloudz tumblr.

Pre-order ‘Impersonator‘ now, and see the band on the road this spring:

Tue    4/16    London, UK   White Heat @ Madame Jojos
Wed    4/17    London, UK   Electrowerkz  (with Autre Ne Veut)
Fri     4/19   Paris, FR   Espace B
Wed   4/24  Austin TX   The Mohawk*  (TICKETS)
Thu   4/25  Dallas TX   The Loft* (TICKETS)
Friday 4/26 Houston TX  Fitzgeralds* (TICKETS)
Sat   4/27  New Orleans LA    One Eyed Jacks* (TICKETS)
Sun   4/28  Birmingham AL     Bottletree* (TICKETS)
Tue 4/30 Orlando, FL   The Social (TICKETS)
Wed   5/1   Atlanta GA  Terminal West* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/3   Asheville NC      Grey Eagle Tavern*  (TICKETS)
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   Spaceland* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer* (TICKETS)
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro* (TICKETS)
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe* (TICKETS)

* with Youth Lagoon

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Majical Cloudz will release ‘Impersonator’ on May 21

By Robby on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

In February when we introduced Majical Cloudz to the pages of this blog, we also hinted at a forthcoming longplayer this Spring. Today we’re excited to share the details of ‘Impersonator‘, their first for Matador and one of the most stirring new albums we’ve heard in recent times. On May 21 (May 27, ex-North America) the album will be available in stores — Below you’ll find some new music & Majical Cloudz’ full worldwide live dates including a tour with Youth Lagoon & European dates.

Majical Cloudz
Impersonator
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1. Impersonator
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End  (mp3)
4. I Do Sing For You
5. Mister
6. Turns Turns Turns (mp3)
7. Silver Rings
8. Illusion
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
10. Notebook

In follow up to the previous-released “Turns, Turns, Turns”, listen to and download “Childhood’s End” right now

Childhood’s End  (192 kbps mp3)

 

Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh explains of ‘Impersonator’

In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like
the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.

‘Impersonator”s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship, and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis’ quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.

The album is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador store & iTunes.

This Spring, Majical Cloudz will be touring with Youth Lagoon in North America & a few headlining dates in Europe.

Tue    4/16    London, UK   White Heat @ Madame Jojos
Wed    4/17    London, UK   Electrowerkz  (with Autre Ne Veut)
Fri     4/19   Paris, FR   Espace B
Wed   4/24  Austin TX   The Mohawk*  (TICKETS)
Thu   4/25  Dallas TX   The Loft* (TICKETS)
Friday 4/26 Houston TX  Fitzgeralds* (TICKETS)
Sat   4/27  New Orleans LA    One Eyed Jacks* (TICKETS)
Sun   4/28  Birmingham AL     Bottletree* (TICKETS)
Tue 4/30 Orlando, FL   The Social (TICKETS)
Wed   5/1   Atlanta GA  Terminal West* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/3   Asheville NC      Grey Eagle Tavern*  (TICKETS)
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   Spaceland* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer* (TICKETS)
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro* (TICKETS)
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe* (TICKETS)

* with Youth Lagoon

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photo of Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh by Denis Nazarov