Composed around the same time that Devon Welsh wrote Impersonator, “Savage” has been an integral part of Majical Cloudz’ live show for quite some time.
In regards to “Savage”, Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz notes “I think it’s important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is ‘about’ is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won’t. “Savage” is about a friendship, it’s mysteries and it’s moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It’s about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that.”
“Savage” is the first new material the duo has released following the release of Impersonator earlier this year.
1. Planetary Motion
2. The Janitor Revealed
4. Houston Hades
6. J Smoov
7. Rumble At The Rainbo
9. Independence Street
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers
Écoutez “Lariat” ici:
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!
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
As previously touted in this space, on November 19, we’re releasing a new, 7-song 12″ EP from Kurt Vile, ‘It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)’ (preorder here) ; all 7 tracks will comprise the bonus disc on the 2XCD, ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)’, also in stores November 19 (preorder here). Here’s an MP3 from from the new EP, “Feel My Pain”
Kurt Vile & The Violators are at New York’s Terminal Five this Friday night, October 25, with support from Lee Ranaldo & The Dust and Beach Fossils. Beach Fossils open the rest of the tour – dates after the jump ; we’ll have 100 copies of the ‘It’s A Big World Out There’ 12″ EP on translucent red vinyl at the Terminal 5 show and another 100 on red at the Union Transfer show (Philadelphia) Saturday night.
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:
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.
“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.
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*
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.
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End (mp3)
4. I Do Sing For You
6. Turns Turns Turns (mp3)
7. Silver Rings
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
In follow up to the previous-released “Turns, Turns, Turns”, listen to and download “Childhood’s End” right now
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 electronicequipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but italso started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, andwhen I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songscould 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 obviousmovement; 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’smeant 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.
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)
Our advertising ninja Blake Thomas forgot to tell any of us (perhaps his mind was elsewhere) but last night Kurt debuted the single version of “Never Run Away” (from the upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, out April 9) with the cutest little infomercial EVER – it aired on the CW network in Philadelphia. Blake kicked us the file for optimum viewing, but we’ve also got a rip of the infomercial itself which a Kurt superfan (OK, Philebrity) passed our way:
You can download “Never Run Away (Single Version)” here.
Kurt Vile’s new album WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE will come out on April 9. He recorded it with producer John Agnello at a multitude of different studios throughout the Northeast in the second half of last year. It is a 69-minute long double album.
Check out the opening track WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAY. You can download it as an MP3 or listen on YouTube, accompanied by outtake footage from the Steve Powers (ESPO) documentary about the album cover mural. (Note: this is NOT the music video. The real video will be revealed in good time.)
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10. Air Bud
The record will of course be available on several different formats, as follows:
Standard double vinyl gatefold with printed innersleeves and lyric sheet
Deluxe double vinyl gatefold with different cover depicting the blank building wall before Steve Powers painted it, and including a sticker sheet of the Powers paintings so that you can customize your own album artwork. This version includes the printed innersleeves and lyric sheet, but is also on limited, numbered BLUE VINYL.
First edition CD will be in a mini-gatefold like the LP cover, with the disc in a printed innersleeve in one pocket, and fold-out lyric sheet and insert in the other pocket.
The iTunes preorder, available as of tomorrow, February 12, will include an instant download of “Wakin On A Pretty Day” PLUS a preorder-only bonus track entitled “The Ghost Of Freddy Roach.” You can only get this bonus track by preordering the album at iTunes. You’ll receive the track on the April 9 release date along with the full album.
More news. If you’re in New York City, we’re going to be heading over to the legendary Electric Lady Studios tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12) to listen to the album in all its glory and have some drinks, specifically a custom-made cocktail entitled the Pretty Daze. Interested in attending? Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for a chance to win! Space is extremely limited!
photo by Shawn Brackbill
Kurt isn’t just releasing a record, he’s also touring, with the Violators backing him up:
Sun, Apr 14 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, Apr 21 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, May 4 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Mon, May 5 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue, May 7 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex # *
Wed, May 8 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
Fri, May 10 – Portland OR – Doug Fir # *
Sat, May 11 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore # *
Sun, May 12 – Seattle WA – Neumos # *
Tue, May 14 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
Thu, May 16 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom * !
Fri, May 17 – Boston MA – The Sinclair * !
Sat, May 18 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer * !
Fri, May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat, May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun, May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon, May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue, May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed, May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio
# The Fresh & Onlys
* Steve Gunn
! Angel Olsen
Tickets for all the US dates go on sale Feb 15 except LA (Feb 16) and Seattle (on sale today).
Just in from the department of unexpectedness…. Banks (no, not Lloyd) has upped a mixtape and it’s called EVERYBODY ON MY DICK LIKE THEY SUPPOSED TO BE.
Actually, we kinda knew this was happening. Paul sent over a rough mixtape about 9 months ago of his beats and production and it was genius. And what, with all the Kendricks and the A$APs and whatever, we thought a mixtape would take Banks to new heights if we got it out months before release.
But the long-standing issues with Matador and the rap game quickly blew up our pre-release hype strategy. Long story short, we have earned a certain “cash-only” rep in the hip hop world requiring us to either send briefcases handcuffed to interns to studios deep in Flatbush or…. call in favors which takes time.
In this case, Paul called in a some mega-favors and got features from El-P, Talib, Mike G, and… hold up, HIGH PRIZM (né High Priest).
(Programming note, I’ve spent the entire morning doing things to all sorts of websites that we aren’t ever allowed to do. I AM DARKTOOB. And I feel like Dean Bein.)
Listen to the whole thing over on Soundcloud:
The El-P cut entitled “Quite Enough” has been excerpted for those needing “an entry point”.
In the lead up to the album release, Iceage will make a brief trip to NYC where they’ll be playing an aforementioned show at 285 Kent on January 25. In addition, there will be a very special event entitled “Thrown Together” featuring performances and artwork by Iceage as well as their peers, inspirations, collaborators and friends at Manhattan’s Home Sweet Home and the Fig. 19 gallery upstairs.
131 Chrystie St.
Limited-edition silkscreened tickets available at Fig 19. gallery (free, upstairs) for show ($10, downstairs)
Finally, Iceage are set to embark on a European and North American tour starting in February and extending through March, dates below!
Thu. Jan. 24 — Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University (Eclectic House) – FREE SHOW
Fri. Jan. 25 — Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent
Sat. Jan. 26 — New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home
Thu. Jan. 31 – Berlin, DE @ CTM Festival
Fri. Feb. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Grauzone Festival
Mon. Feb. 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Tue. Feb. 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
Wed. Feb. 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Shakespeare’s
Thu. Feb. 28 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Fri. March 1 – Brighton, UK @ The Albert
Sat. March 2 – Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon Arts Café
Mon. March 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
Tue. March 5 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Wed. March 6 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
Thu. March 7 – Gronigen, NL @ Vera
Fri. March 8 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Sun. March 10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Wed. March 20 – Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore w/ Spectres
Thu. March 21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Fri. March 22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
Sat. March 23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Mon. March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Tue. March 26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Thu. March 28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym w/ Milk Music
Fri. March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Milk Music
Sun. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Milk Music
Mon. April 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Milk Music, Destruction Unit
Thu. April 4 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Sat. April 6 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College w/ Wet Hair – FREE SHOW
Sun. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Club
Tue. April 9 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin – FREE SHOW
Wed. April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Final Grin
Thu. April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Fri. April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
Tue. April 16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ White Lung
Wed. April 17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s w/ White Lung
Thu. April 18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs)
Fri. April 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ White Lung
Sat. April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ White Lung
Thu. May 30 – Sun. June 2 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas