Following the recent release of their “Earth Not Above” 12” EP, HÆLOS now present their first video for title track ‘Earth Not Above’, which premiered earlier today via The Fader. Filmed by Jesse Jenkins, the video marks the first installment from a trilogy to come from the London trio.
Whilst currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, HÆLOS are touring this Autumn, today announcing a pair of headline UK dates at Manchester’s Night & Day on 26th October and The Laundry in London on 27th October. Ahead of these headline dates the band support TV On The Radio at London’s Roundhouse on the 30th + 31st August. See all upcoming tour dates below.
Having been the subject and willing conspirator of many intentional lies planted in Sonic Youth bios over the years, I know first hand the way album lore can bend reality to its truth. After the infamous Byron Coley originated the SY “Trilogy” myth in the Murray Street bio, we had no choice but to fulfill those expectations with Sonic Nurse. “Why did you decide to make a trilogy?” was always the first question asked in interviews around that time.
But this is Kurt Vile’s bio, and I wont do that to him. Anyway, Kurt does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling. In Kurt’s words, “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.”
For a record that plays like a cohesive acoustic experience, its musicality marks Kurt’s departure from an electric guitar experience to include a range of instrumentation with a large group of players. From the banjo he plays on “I’m an Outlaw” to the piano and lapsteel on “Life Like This,” and the myriad other instruments on other songs, including farfisa, resonator, arps, horns and synth, one never thinks about what exactly yr listening to as it all serves the song. The heart of the record is “Stand Inside.” The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn’t go where you think it will or rather gives in to itself and celebrates a man willing to be defined by a woman and his love for her as witness to each other’s lives… Don’t stand by my side, stand inside gives up roleplaying for true exposure and vulnerability.
It’s a weird, accepting, mature record, acknowledging the inherent immaturity of being a person whether father, husband, partner, adult, musician, not perfect, but compelling for its understanding … that’s life though so sad to say… I love this record,
b’lieve i’m goin down.
TRACK LISTING – b’lieve i’m goin down…
2.I’m an Outlaw
4.That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)
6.Life Like This
7.All in a Daze Work
8.Lost my Head there
b’lieve i’m goin down… is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks.
iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
Earlier today, NPR premiered the first video from Yo La Tengo’s forthcoming ‘Stuff Like That There‘, a cover of The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love”. The clip, directed by Jason Woliner, may or may not prophecize a near apocalyptic event, though given all the bad news surrounding Seattle at the moment, we realize there’s a risk of this important story being overshadowed. That small caveat aside, killer video for a fantastic interpretation of a Robert Smith composition we all know and love (or at least know), taken from one of this autumn’s most anticipated new albums. Those in Germany can watch the video HERE.
Preorder ‘Stuff Like That There’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks)
Preorder ‘Stuff Like That There’ from the following digital outlets, with “Automatic Doom” and “Deeper Into Movies” available instantly. iTunes: Amazon: Google Play:
Produced by La Blogothèque in association with ARTE France & Télénantes, DARKSIDE live at Stereolux – Nantes on March 21st, 2014. Featuring 7 sprawling and unique takes on tracks from ‘Psychic’, this live DVD captures the band at the peak of touring their critically lauded debut album. The live audio was mastered by Joe Lambert. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. 114 Minutes.
track listing :
1. Freak, Go Home
2. Paper Trails
3. The Only Shine I’ve Seen
6. Greek Light
7. Golden Arrow
Earlier today Tanlines released a pretty spectacular music video for their latest single “Palace” which brings together quite the crew. Eric and Jesse are joined by Natasha Lyonne, Alex Karpovsky, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ben Sinclair and others to show the consequences of a split decision.
It will absolutely make your day better if you press play.
Highlights is available now from True Panther Sounds.
Want to get to know the man behind the piano? Well, you’re in luck. Pitchfork presents to you a mini documentary directed by Jon Leone where Tobias discusses his journey in preparation for the release of his debut album ‘Goon’.
Earlier today via Dangerous Minds, the latest video from Algiers’ forthcoming self-titled debut album, “Black Eunuch” (directed by Lamb & Sea) premiered. DM’s Ron Kretch opines that the trio, “combine HOT soul tropes with the loftiest ideals and gnarliest noises of experimental post-punk,” concluding that “Black Eunuch”, “is a motherfucker and a half, and if this kind of thing doesn’t move you I’m not sure I need to know you.” SECONDED.
You can preorder ‘Algiers’ (available in stores June 1, North America, June 2) direct from the Matador Store on LP, CD or either with a t-shirt bundle, or prefer from one of the digital outlets below :
Pre-order ‘The L-Shaped Man’ on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of “My Life In France”, “The Separation” and “The Understanding”. Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track “Vivication” and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, “The Hide”. Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date.
You can also preorder on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of “The Separation” and “The Understanding” (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads).
Also via the Matador Store you can pre-order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems by Ceremony vocalist, Ross Farrar, which parallels lyrics from ‘The L-Shaped Man’.
Tobias Jesso Jr. has confirmed his first ever full-band headline tour, behind the release of his debut LP ‘Goon’. Tickets for all dates are on sale Friday, May 1st at 10am ET attobiasjessojr.com. Full itinerary below.
Tobias has also released the official music video for ‘Goon’ standout “Without You.”
The video was directed by Seth Mendelson and produced with the financial assistance of Canadian company MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc. It’s also saucy and you should watch it…
Tuesday, September, 29 – The Fillmore, San Fancisco CA
Thursday, October, 1 – Star Theatre, Portland OR
Friday, October, 2 – Neptune, Seattle WA
Tuesday, October, 6 – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, October, 7 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, October, 10 – Corona Theatre, Montreal QC, Canada
Sunday, October, 11 – The Sinclair, Boston MA
Wednesday, October, 14 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, October, 15 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Friday, October, 16 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, October, 17- 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Monday, October, 19 – Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Tuesday, October, 20 – Exit/In, Nashville TN
Wednesday, October, 21 – Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Thursday, October, 22 – Saturn, Birmingham AL
Friday, October, 23 – One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans LA
Saturday, October, 24 – Granda Theatre, Dallas TX
Sunday, October, 25 – Emo’s, Austin TX
Tuesday, October, 27 – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, October, 28 – Belly Up Tavern, San Diego CA
(“The Separation” and “The Understanding”, directed by Ross Thomas)
Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre. The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out – celebrating it.
(photo by Shawn Brackbill)
Ceremony’s fifth studio album, ‘The L-Shaped Man’, uses singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.
In telling Farrar’s story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. “We’ve always tried to be minimalists in writing, even if it’s loud or fast or abrasive,” says lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo. “It’s really intense when I hear it. Not in a way where you turn everything up to ten. Things are so bare, you’re holding this one note for so long and you don’t now where it’s going-to me, that’s intensity.” That intensity is apparent on “Exit Fears,” the first full song on the record. It meticulously pairs Justin Davis’ loping bassline, which pulls the track along, with Anzaldo’s icy, minimal guitar work. It brings to mind some alternate version of Joy Division that hasn’t quite lost all hope. It gets close to exploding, but instead plays the shadows, never quite rising above a nervous simmer.
“A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deeply about,” Farrar says. “There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain. There’s not really any way to hide that.” Farrar, for his part, is singing with a new kind of intensity, his baritone swooping and retreating from stressed angst to unsettling near-mutter as he sings, “You told your friends you were fine/ you thought you were fine too…” and later, “nothing is ever fine/ nothing ever feels right/ you have to tell yourself you tried.” It’s the first of many lyrically direct moments, and it should be hard to listen to, but Ceremony have so effortlessly nailed the sound of sadness that it feels great to live inside for awhile.
The sound is abetted by producer John Reis, who honed his sound in seminal bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes. Much of the gravelly aggression he experimented with in those bands is present on ‘The L-Shaped Man’.
There’s a story behind the title too. “I was speaking to our driver Stephen while on tour,” Farrar says. “We were talking about men in general and what shape they are…their body type. I said, ‘I guess men are in the shape of an L. The torso is straight. Vertical. And then you have the little feet at the end.’ There’s this painter named Leslie Lerner who was living in San Francisco in the ’70s and ’80s and made these beautiful paintings. He died on my 21st birthday. A lot of the record is about the similarities in our ideas. In what we’re trying to make. Things that have to do with love and losing love.”
Pre-order ‘The L-Shaped Man’ on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of “The Separation” and “The Understanding”. Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track “Vivication” and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, “The Hide”. Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date.
You can also pre-order on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of “The Separation” and “The Understanding” (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads).
Also on the Matador Store you can pre-order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems by Ceremony vocalist, Ross Farrar, which parallels lyrics from The L-Shaped Man.
Friday, May 22 – 924 Gillman St, Berkeley CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Saturday, May 23 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Wednesday, July 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
(Amex presale starts April 1 at noon eastern, general public sale starts April 3 at noon).
Saturday, August 8 – Visions Festival, London, UK
It’s with considerable excitement this morning that we can announce Steve Gunn has signed to Matador. The Brooklyn based guitarist / songwriter’s recent recordings for the Paradise Of Bachelors and Three Lobed Recordings labels have made him a critical favorite around the globe, though he’s held in equally high esteem by much of our office, roster, etc. A onetime member of Kurt Vile’s Violators, Gunn’s acoustic and electric work checked off the virtuosity and invention boxes (not necessarily in that order) some time ago, while his recent ‘Way Out Weather’ album (POB) has brought him to his widest audience to date (hailed by NPR’s Max Savage Levenson as “the completion of Gunn’s transformation from a master guitarist into a songwriter who can trust in his own voice and arrangements as much as his spectacular fretwork”). Collaborations with artists including but not limited to Mike Cooper, Black Twig Pickers and Ed Askew have also established Gunn as that rare artist with equal footing in the rock, folk and avant spheres. He’ll be making a number of appearances in and around SXSW this March prior to his trio opening a series of big barn dates for Wilco, followed by a rather ambitious worldwide touring schedule (see below)
The above video for “Wildwood” (from ‘Way Out Weather’) premiered earlier today via Paste.
upcoming shows :
Saturday, March 14 – Mexican Summer New Myths Festival, Marfa TX @
Sunday, March 15 – The Mohawk (outside) — Barbarian Group Party, Austin TX [FREE SHOW] #
Monday, March 16 – The Center Spot, Austin TX $
Tue. March 17 – The Mohawk (outside), Austin TX %
Wed. March 18 – Weather Up – Billy Reid/Third Man Records Truck, Austin TX
[FREE SHOW] ^
Wed. March 18 – The Mohawk — Pitchfork Day Party, Austin TX +
Thu. March 19 – Walter’s, Houston TX =
Fri. March 20 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA =
Sat. March 21 – AeroFest, Mobile AL
Sun. March 22 – River Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre, Columbus GA =
Mon. March 23 – The Bottletree, Birmingham AL=
Tue. March 24 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC
Thu. March 26 – The Stone Fox, Nashville TN
Fri. March 27 – Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
Sat. March 28 – The New Vintage, Louisville KY =
Sun. March 29 – Spacebar, Columbus OH =
Tuesday, March 31 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 1 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
Monday, May 4 – The Pageant w/ Wilco, St. Louis MO *
Tuesday, May 5 – Taft Theatre w/ Wilco, Cincinnati OH *
Wednesday, May 6 – The Bishop, Bloomington IN
Thursday, May 7 – Murat Theatre, Indianapolis IN *
Friday, May 8 – Iroquois Amphitheate, Louisville KY *
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Saturday, May 9 – Vinyl – Official Shaky Knees After Party, Atlanta GA
Sunday, May 17 – Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE
Monday, May 18 – The Lexington, London, UK
Tuesday, May 19 – The Maze, Nottingham, UK
Wednesday, May 20 – The Roadhouse , Manchester, UK
Thursday, May 21 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin, IE
Friday, May 22 – Black Box, Belfast, UK
Saturday, May 23 – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
Sunday, May 24 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Monday, May 25 – The Lantern, Bristol, UK
Tuesday, May 26 – MOD, Hasselt, BE
Wednesday, May 27 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, FR
Thursday, May 28 – Sonic, Lyon, FR
Friday, May 29 – Kilbi Festival, Düdingen, CH
Saturday, May 30 – W71, Weikersheim, DE
Sunday, May 31 – Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munich, DE
Monday, June 1 – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, DE
Tuesday, June 2 – Sparte4, Saarburcken, DE
Wednesday, June 3 – Goldhorn, Leipzig, DE
Thursday, June 4 – Grüner Salon, Berlin, DE
Saturday, June 6 – Plissken Festival, Athens, GR
Monday, June 8 – WUK, Vienna, AT
Tuesday, June 9 – Podnik, Prague, CZ
Wednesday, June 10 – K4, Nürnberg, DE
Thursday, June 11 – Palace, St-Gallen, CH
Tuesday, June 16 – Sidecar, Barcelona, ES
Wednesday, June 17 – La Boite, Madrid, ES
Thursday, June 18 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, ES
Sunday, June 21 – Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, NL
Wednesday, June 23 – Lund, SE
Thursday, June 24 – Pustervik, Göteborg, SE
Friday, June 25 – Debaser, Stockholm, SE
Saturday, June 26 – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, NO
Wednesday, July 1 – Aalhaus, Hamburg, DE
Thursday, July 2 – Friday July 3 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DK
Tuesday, July 7 – Euclin Tavern, Cleveland OH
Wednesday, July 8 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, July 9 – 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12 – Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
Tuesday, July 14 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Golden CO *
Wednesday, July 15 – CrossroadsKC, Kansas City MO *
Friday, July 17 – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Sunday, Aug. 9 – OFF Festival, Katowice PL
Thursday, Aug. 20 – Paredes de Coura, Paredes de Coura, PT
Sunday, Aug. 23 – Greenman Festival, Powys, UK
@ w/ Iceage, Grouper and Weyes Blood
# w/ Mobb Deep, Dan Deacon, Iceage and Destruction Unit
$ w/ Weyes Blood and Marie Davidson
% w/ Angel Olsen, Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee, Torres and Ryley Walker
^ at Weather Up w/ Laura Marling, Natalie Prass, Hurray For The Riff Raff and Bully
+ w/ Courtney Barnett,Speedy Ortiz and Torres
= w/ Ryley Walker
* w/ Wilco
From True Panther: Directed by Jack Irv, the video for “Beams” intends to capture “the rawness and nostalgic carelessness we associate with being young,” says WeDidIt co-founder Nick Melons. He continues, “’Beams’ as a track demanded that. I came across the director on Vine – he was documenting his days and nights in New York through six-second videos that looked like a modern day Kids shot entirely through an iPhone. We decided to attempt a collaboration, so he would send over batches of tiny clips from which we stitched together the video for ‘Beams.’”
Shlohmo is also taking off on an extensive world tour soon. Full list of dates below. Tickets HERE
Mar 31 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
Apr 1 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 2 – Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Apr 3 – Parish – Austin, TX
Apr 4 – Fitz (Upstairs) – Houston, TX
Apr 5 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Apr 6 – Republic – New Orleans, LA
Apr 8 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
Apr 9 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 11 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Apr 14 – Signal Kitchen – Burlington, VT
Apr 15 – SAT – Montreal, QB
Apr 16 – Hoxton – Toronto, ON
Apr 17 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 18 – Plush – St. Louis, MO
Apr 22 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Apr 24 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Apr 26 – Branx – Portland, OR
Apri 29 – The Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA
Apr 30 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 2 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
May 7 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
May 20 – Music Box – Lisbon, PT
May 21 – Oval Space – London, UK
May 22 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
May 23 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, ES
May 24 – VK – Brussels, BE
May 27 – L’Amalgane – Yverdon-Les-Bains, CH
May 28 – Plaza – Zurich, CH
May 29 – Pratersauna – Vienna, AT
May 30 – We Love Green Festival – Paris, FR
May 31 – Berlin Festival – Berlin, DE
June 01 – Quirinetta Theatre – Rome, IT