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VIDEO : Queens of the Stone Age – “Smooth Sailing” + New Tour Dates

By The Management on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

(Editor’s note : if prime spots at Coachella, Primavera and headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals aren’t enough, QOTSA have thrown a video-of-the-year contender into the mix with the new “Smooth Sailing” clip (above). Some have called it a cautionary tale about karaoke as a gateway to all kinds of bad stuff, and since I’m in bed by 9pm every night, I’m just gonna treat this like a very, very short, albeit intense documentary. Enjoy the press release below! – GC)

QUEENS OF THE STONE RELEASE DRINKINGEST, DRUGGIEST, DEATHIEST MINI-MOVIE TO DATE
FALL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR, SUMMER NORTHEAST & CANADA DATES CONFIRMED

Having returned from a triumphant co-headlining Australia/New Zealand jaunt with NIN, Queens Of The Stone Age have wasted no time in teaming with director Hiro Murai (Childish Gambino, St. Vincent) for the just unveiled cinematic mini-epic for “Smooth Sailing,” the latest single from the hailed, hailed and more hailed international #1 album … Like Clockwork.

The definitely NSFW “Smooth Sailing” follows QOTSA’s Joshua Homme and cohorts on a delirious adventure that blossoms from garden variety drunken shenanigans to possibly the most nightmarishly accurate live action interpretation of a QOTSA song to date, lending a new meaning to 3-D musical cinema—that is, it turns the 3 D’s into Drinking, Drugs and Death.

“Smooth Sailing” can be seen  here.

(NOTE : if the YouTube version is blocked in your territory, try this)

In addition to newly announced dates in Montreal, Bangor ME, Port Chester NY and Philadelphia, Queens Of The Stone Age have begun to confirm details of a South America tour for this fall, including stops in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. For further information, ticketing etc., as always, go to qotsa.com/live

North American, European and South American dates after the jump : (more…)

EMA – “3Jane” Track Premiere, Union Pool Show On April 11.

By Gerard on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

(photo credit : Erika M. Anderson / Leif Shackelford)

In advance of April 8th’s release of the new EMA LP/CD/digital album ‘The Future’s Void’, here’s a premiere of one of the album’s standout tracks, “3Jane”.


from Erika
:

No one was really ever that mean to me on the internet. I never had that “thing” that happens when you wake up one morning and somehow your life is ruined because a mortifying picture goes viral or a “funny” tweet becomes horribly misread. Sure, there were bitchy things in the comments of videos, but organized trolls never unleashed a wave of death threats on me, and only a few people suggested that I kill myself.

So the internet never actually did that to me. But it did that to somebody. And now we all have this stupid crippling fear that someday it will happen to us. And the likelihood increases as you move from relative obscurity to becoming more broadly visible on the internet. There are more cameras on you, more chances to be quoted saying something stupid, and more people out there who relish seeing successful people disgraced and dethroned.

Do you have that fear yet? Do you want it?

Another thing that really fucked me up is that somewhere along the way I feel like I lost control of my image. I feel very confident in making the music I want to make, but I’m not a Mouseketeer. I can try to do it all myself but I run out of time. I don’t know how to pose for a photographer and sometimes when I’m in front of somebody else’s camera I don’t know what to do. So I would do the thing that I had seen before a million times in fashion mags and advertisements because I wanted to do a “good job.” And little by little, these pictures became more sexy and pouty until I didn’t recognize myself anymore. And those images went all around, and the bold-faced pull quotes from articles that didn’t quite get it right were right there next to the too sexy images until they became a thing both separate from me and also made up of me. I got weird disassociation. I got a weird neuromancer and I dyed my hair black and unplugged.

Disassociation is a modern disease

I didn’t set out to write this song and I didn’t know when I wrote it a year ago that right now it would be ok to talk about the internet, because at the time it felt forbidden and shameful to talk about. It just all came out in a flood, a stream of consciousness. And I’m still kind of self-conscious that I said those things out loud. But I don’t think these feelings are unique to me, and I often find that the things that scare and embarrass you are the things that are worth saying.

At the end of the day all I can really do is tell the truth, the truth of what happened and how it made me feel. And if at that point, if you wanna call me a cunt in the youtube comments, that’s on you.

PS –so i wanted this missive to be perfect but instead i kind of just partied IRL. I found myself suddenly with friends and we are imbibing and watching funny videos and laughing. So that’s why this post is a little raw. And I think I’m ok with that.

EMA will be playing Brooklyn’s Union Pool on Friday, April 11.

The Future’s Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle as well.

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https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
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previously announced US tour dates after the jump : (more…)

EMA – “So Blonde”

By Gabe on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today EMA debuted the second track from her upcoming album The Future’s Void, out April 8th. The song is accompanied by a music video collaboration with acclaimed in-tro-net artist Molly Soda, directed by Vice Cooler:

The Future’s Void is available to pre-order on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl!), and you can add a shirt at real value. iTunes and Amazon are taking orders, too, if that’s how you slice the pizza.

Erika M. Anderson had this to say about the video:

SO BLONDE. The smiling blonde white woman is the most exploited image in the world. Can we talk about that? How about discussing if the selfie is a new form of feminist art or just a direct descendant of capitalist advertising? No? Hmm… Yeah I couldn’t figure out how to put that into a video either. So how’s about I just roll around Venice Beach wearing a Jim Morrison Tshirt while gifs by Molly Soda bounce in and out? Ok! That works! The semiotics of palm trees! Everyone gets the short-hand of SoCal. It’ll look great, be fun, and still gets to ask the important questions: How many bits do we have to reduce the dancing blonde babe to before she is no longer a symbol of sexiness? At what point do tits become simply bits? And who owns the sparkly dolphin anyway???

EMA is hitting the road soon:

March 8 – 10 (SXSW Interactive)
March 12 – 15 (SXSW Music)

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

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“Heavenmetal” video from Thurston Moore

By Stuart on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Filmed and directed by artist Julien Langendorff in Paris this past winter, Thurston Moore brings us a Valentines video for Heavenmetal, a song that first appeared on the self-titled album by Chelsea Light Moving, released in March last year.  As previously mentioned, a new album is on the way for Thurston Moore, coming this June.

“Heavenmetal” video credits:
Director: Julien Langendorff
Producer: Franck Annese (www.sofilms.fr)
Director of Photography: Kaname Onoyama
“The Sibyls”: Sarah Maggiori & Eva Prinz
Production designer: Rudy Annese.

VIDEO : Fucked Up – “Magic Word” (January 19)

By Gerard on Friday, January 31st, 2014

clip courtesy Pitchfork TV ; from the 285 Kent finale.

EMA – ‘The Future’s Void’ album details / “Satellites” video

By The Management on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Matador Records is even more pleased and excited than usual to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released worldwide (ex-Europe) by Matador on April 8 (via City Slang in Europe April 7). The followup to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album deals with the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” video. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”.  This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats. There’s further details on the making of the “Satellites” video here (“we shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect”).

‘The Future’s Void’ track listing:

Satellites
So Blonde
3Jane
Cthulu
Smoulder
Neuromancer
When She Comes
100 Years
Solace
Dead Celebrity

EMA will be playing select performances during SXSW Music, and touring extensively on release; tour dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette at the Matador Store (LP on limited edition lavender vinyl, also available bundled with a t-shirt at a discounted price).

Pre-order on iTunes & receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

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Lee Ranaldo and the Dust share “Late Descent #2″ video, tour

By Gabe on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Happy New Year everyone. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust are kicking off the Fort (do we like that? for 2014? get back at me) with a Vice Cooler-directed video for “Late Descent #2″ from the recent album The Last Night on Earth (available for purchase):

Additionally, the band has a few East Cost dates starting this week:

January
Thursday 09 – Hamden, CT – Spaceland Ballroom
Friday 10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Saturday 11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
Saturday 25 – Atlanta, GA – Red Bull Sound Select

For an idea of what you’re in for, please check out this Lee + The D session from The Wild Honey Pie:

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” on Fallon / Reddit AMA / Happy National Wigout At Jagbags Day

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

(“Lariat”, from Monday’s broadcast of “Late Night With JImmy Fallon”, footage courtesy NBC)

The 6th album of studio mastery from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, the not-at-all Dag Nasty baiting ‘Wigout At Jagbags’ is in finer record stores and is available from all better digital retailers today. (ALSO AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM US).

If this week’s multiple NYC instores, gourmet ice cream tastings and network TV appearances weren’t enough Jicks activity, Stephen will be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 1pm. Will it be as illuminating as the AMA with “A Amazon warehouse associate who processes your returns”? I’m betting yes.

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – new song and video “Cinnamon and Lesbians”; listen to the album on New Year’s Eve at Amazon; Wig Out at Other Music announced

By Gabe on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks’ new album Wig Out At Jagbags is out January 7th. You’ve already heard the stupendous “Lariat” and today sees the debut of the first proper video from the record, for the previously unheard “Cinnamon and Lesbians” (available now as an instant grat with iTunes preorder). The video was directed by Jay Winebrenner:

Additionally, Amazon has announced an exclusive US pre-release stream of Wig Out At Jagbags – it begins on New Year’s Eve for your pre-Wigout wiggling! The stream will live at http://smarturl.it/WigOut_Stream – but don’t visit that URL yet as nothing’s happening there until the 31st of December. Instead, we’ve made it easy for you to set a reminder with iCal, or with Google Calendar. Remembering is hard. We’ve got you. You can pre-order the CD and LP now.

ALSO: on Thursday January 9th some insane shit is happening at Other Music in NYC (SM + Jicks support a wide variety of retailers y’all). BUT: you have to do your work early by entering to win at the store or at http://othermusic.com. We’re talking private show and private party with Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks. UPDATE: Other Music will pick five winners who can each bring ten friends for their own private instore! I am literally wigging out:

Finally, the band hits the road in ’14:

Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room (with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT - Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

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VIDEO – Fucked Up – “I Wanna Be A Yank” (Cardboard Brains), Toronto, 16 November

By Gerard on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, November 16, 2013. Video courtesy CBC ; more classics covered here.
(ADDENDUM : some background on Fucked Up’s participation in a tribute to the 1978 short, “The Last Pogo”.