Liz Phair – “Bomb: (‘Girly-Sound’ version), “Stratford On Guy” Video (remastered audio)

(photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)

“Stratford On Guy” (directed by Liz Phair)

Prior to the May 4 release of ‘Girly-Sound To Guyville’ : The 25th Anniversary Box Set’, we’ve released the remastered audio for “Bomb” (culled from ‘Sooty’, the third ‘Girly-Sound’ cassette’) as well as premiering Phair’s video for “Stratford On Guy” (the song that “Bomb” would eventually morph into) with remastered audio as well (above).

“We were in talks with labels about the second record – Matador was being courted by Atlantic – and Danny Goldberg came backstage to meet me. I told him about my idea for the next video – ‘Stratford-On-Guy’ – explaining that we were stalled due to budget constraints. He asked ‘what do you need?’ I said, ‘a private plane to fly over downtown LA and get footage at night.’ I wanted to shoot the electric veins of the city. He just said, ‘done!’ It was one of those real rock star moments.

So my husband, his friend Michael Mees, who was the DP, and I went up in this 8 seater Lear Jet and got the greatest footage ever. We were literally flying sideways so Michael could shoot straight down over the rooftops of all the buildings. We were executing these tight turns above the skyscrapers and the G force was incredible. You could feel your internal organs dragging to the other side of your body cavity. Michael was using this really heavy camera and Jim, my husband, had to hold onto him as we shot. The lens of the camera was pressing down against the window pane and I remember Michael nervously joking – and not really in jest – that the glass beneath him better hold. It was so fun. We made two approaches into the airport so we could capture that fantastic runway lighting. Those images are etched in my memory forever. I seem to recall I somehow wedged my head up between the pilots like a dog peering over the backseat so I could see that awesome 180* cockpit view, too. Good times!” – Liz Phair

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Upcoming Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA SOLD OUT
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN * SOLD OUT
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA * SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY * SOLD OUT
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL * SOLD OUT

* – Soccer Mommy supports

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Spoon : Ad Rock Remix of “Can I Sit Next To You”

With yet another leg of global touring in support of ‘Hot Thoughts’ around the corner, Spoon have released Ad Rock’s remix of one of the album’s standouts, “Can I Sit Next To You”.

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Spoon on tour :

Sunday, May 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN@
Monday, May 14 Iron City, Birmingham AL@
Wednesday, May 16 The Pageant, St. Louis MO@
Thursday, May 17 The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma OK@
Friday, May 18 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, Richardson TX
Friday, May 25 Sasquatch Music Festival, George WA
Sunday, June 3rd – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE
Wednesday, June 6th – Alhambra – Paris, FR
Thursday, June 7th – Manufaktur – Schorndorf, DE
Friday, June 8th – Funkhaus – Berlin, DE
Saturday, June 9th – Taubchenthal – Leipzig, DE
Monday, June 18 Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston MA *
Tuesday, June 19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Wednesday, June 20 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 22 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA *
Monday, June 25 PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH *
Tuesday, June 26 9th Street Summerfest at Blue Note Outdoors, Columbia MO *
Thursday, June 28 Wooly’s, Des Moines IA
Saturday, June 30 Surly Brewery, Minneapolis MN *

@ w/ Walker Lukens
* w/ Grizzly Bear, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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Coming May 18 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – ‘Sparkle Hard’

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As a few of you sleuths (professional and otherwise) doubtlessly figured out from the earlier tour announcement and debut of “Middle America”,there’s a new album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on the way May 18, and it’s called ‘Sparkle Hard’.  Produced by Chris Funk, the album’s prerelease track, “Shiggy” can heard today on all relevant / responsible streaming platforms.

Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it?

Meeting that issue head on in the run up to The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018. If, like him, you’re a voracious consumer of all kinds of culture and feel the need to interact with it, rather than just react, then inevitably “there’s a world that prompts you to put your best foot forward”. With Sparkle Hard Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. And they hit the ground running – on air treads.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s ‘Wig Out At Jag Bags’ balanced the lengthy prog workouts of ‘Pig Lib’ with ‘Mirror Traffic’’s sparky pop moments, then ‘Sparkle Hard’ bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

Malkmus started writing ‘Sparkle Hard’ in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series ‘Flaked” (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on ‘Sparkle Hard’, the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times. – Sharon O’Connell


stream / download “Shiggy”
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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New Iceage track ‘Take It All’ + September UK / EU dates

Photo – Steve Gullick

Today Iceage have birthed us a new track from their forthcoming long player ‘Beyondless’ – out May 4th. The new track ‘Take It All’ presents the group at their sidewinding best ripping a pleading and sincere groove out of a skeletal easy march beat.

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There’s also news of more tour dates to add to the already extensive mid year run, seeing the band return to Europe for more gigs in September following on from their month and a half long Stateside soujourn through May and June.

One further reminder – the band’s ‘Opening Nights’ residency shows kick off TONIGHT in Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, March 22nd – Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Friday, March 23rd – Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 24th – Babycastles, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 25th – Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, March 29th – Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 30th – Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, March 31st – Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 3rd – Metro, Kyoto JP
Friday, April 6th – Duo, Tokyo JP
Sunday, April 8th – Vacant, Tokyo JP
Saturday, May 5 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 – Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 – Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 – Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 – Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 – Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 – The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 – The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 – Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 – Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 – Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 – Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 – Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 – The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 – The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 – Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 – The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 – The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 – The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 – Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 – Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 – 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 – El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 – The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 – 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 – The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 – Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, July 12 – Bankito Festival, Lake Bank HU
Thursday August 30 – Sounddrive Festival, Gdansk PL
Friday August 31 – Off The Radar Festival, Hamburg DE
Monday September 3 – Hare And Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday September 4 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Thursday September 6 – The Great Eastern, Glasgow UK
Friday September 7 – Workmans Club, Dublin IE
Saturday September 8 – Clwb iFor Bach, Cardiff UK
Sunday September 9 – Gorilla, Manchester UK
Monday September 10 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
Tuesday September 11 – Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Wednesday September 12 – Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Thursday September 13 – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
Friday September 14 – Leffingeleuren Festival, Leffinge BE
Saturday September 15 – Bi Nuu, Berlin DE
Friday September 21 – Studenterhuset, Ålborg DK
Monday September 24 – Tavastia, Helsinki FI
Tuesday September 25 – John Dee, Oslo NO
Wednesday September 26 – Debaser, Stockholm SE
Thursday September 27 – Pustervik, Göteborg SE
Friday September 28 – Kansas City, Odense DK
Friday October 26 – Hard Club, Porto PT
Saturday October 27 – Jameson Urban Routes Festival, Lisbon PT
Sunday October 28 – Sala X, Sevilla ES
Monday October 29 – El Sol, Madrid ES
Tuesday October 30 – Le [2], Barcelona ES
Friday November 3 – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH

* = with Mary Lattimore

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Coming June 8 : Snail Mail – ‘Lush’


(photo by Michael Lavine)

(video by Marisa Gesualdi)

On June 8, we’re releasing ‘Lush’, the eagerly awaited debut album from Baltimore, MD’s SNAIL MAIL, aka Lindsey Jordan, whose 2016 ‘Habit’ EP for Sister Polygon lit up the universe (ours, anyway). Produced by Jake Aron and recorded last year, ‘Lush’ is a dramatic, ultra-confident leap forward from a songwriter & guitarist that couldn’t possibly be more-in-the-moment. The video for single #1, “Pristine” can be found above. Preorders for the LP & CD versions of ‘Lush’ (with or without a t-shirt bundle) start today.


Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she’s only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout ‘Lush’, her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn.

“Is there any better feeling than coming clean?” sings the eighteen-year-old guitarist and songwriter halfway through the sprawling anthem that is “Pristine,” the album’s first single. You can’t help but agree with her. It’s a hook that immediately sticks in your head—and a question she seems to be grappling with throughout the record’s 10-songs of crystalline guitar pop.

Throughout ‘Lush’, Jordan’s clear and powerful voice, acute sense of pacing, and razor-sharp writing cut through the chaos and messiness of growing up: the passing trends, the awkward house parties, the sick-to-your-stomach crushes and the heart wrenching breakups. Jordan’s most masterful skill is in crafting tension, working with muted melodrama that builds and never quite breaks, stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks, making for visceral slow-releases that stick under the skin. – Liz Pelly



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Tour Dates, (New Dates in Bold) :

Wednesday, March 21 Ottobar, Baltimore MD ! (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, April 4 40 Watt Club, Athens GA #
Thursday, April 5 Saturn, Birmingham AL #
Friday, April 6 Will’s Pub, Orlando FL # (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 7 The Crowbar, Tampa FL # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, April 10 Scoot Inn, Austin TX  #
Wednesday, April 11 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
Sunday, April 15 Coachella Music Festival Week 1, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 17 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA # (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 22 Coachella Music Festival Week 2, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 24 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM
Friday, April 27 Sticky’z Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock AR #
Saturday, April 28 Exit / In, Nashville TN #
Tuesday, May 15th – Oslo – London, UK
Saturday, May 19th – Gold Sounds 2018 – Leeds, UK
Sunday, May 20th – Gullivers – Manchester, UK
Monday, May 21st – Louisiana – Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23rd – Witloof Bar – Brussels, BE
Thursday, May 24th – Vera – Groningen, NL
Saturday, May 26th – London Calling – Amsterdam, NL
Tuesday, May 15 Oslo Hackney, London UK
Tuesday, June 5 State Theater, Portland ME *
Wednesday, June 6 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Thursday, June 7 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 9 Asbury Park Brewing, Asbury Park NJ
Tuesday, June 12 Black Cat, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, June 13 Cattivo, Pittsburgh PA
Thursday, June 14 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Friday, June 15 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 16 Subterranean, Chicago IL
Sunday, June 17 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Monday, June 18 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA
Wednesday, June 20 Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
Friday, June 22 Funky Taco, Boise ID
Saturday, June 23 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 24 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Monday, June 25 Holocene, Portland OR
Wednesday, June 27 Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
Thursday, June 28 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Friday, June 29 The Cellar Door, Visalia CA
Saturday, June 30 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 3 Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale AZ
Friday, July 6 Three Links, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 7 George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville AR
Monday, July 9 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, July 10 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Wednesday, July 11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
Thursday, July 12 Parkway Theatre, Baltimore MD
Saturday, July 14 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, July 15 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Monday, July 16 L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle, Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 17 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Tuesday, July 24 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, July 25 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Thursday, July 26 The Bishop, Bloomington IN
Friday, July 27 The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI
Sunday, July 29 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH

! w/ Shame
# w/ Japanese Breakfast
* w/ Belle & Sebastian

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Liz Phair – “Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set” Out May 4, “Divorce Song” Premiere, New U.S. Tour Dates

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark debut Exile in Guyville. On May 4th Matador will release a comprehensive box set: 7 LPs or 3 CDs cataloging the Guyville era in an edition of 1900, including the first official restored audio of all three 1991 Girly-Sound tapes. The tapes were meticulously restored from original copies of the cassettes, traded from hand to hand at the time, by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. Also available on double vinyl and regular CD for the first time in years: the original Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

Buyers have the option of purchasing the remastered Exile in Guyville on 2xLP / CD or purchase the box set which includes Exile in Guyville as well as the Girly-Sound tapes Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Sooty. The box set also includes a book featuring essays by Ann Powers (excerpted below), Liz Phair, and an extensive oral history of Phair’s collaborators compiled by Jason Cohen. The vinyl edition of the book also includes never before seen photos, artwork, and ephemera.

Both sets will also be available via all digital retailers and streaming services on release date.

PRE-ORDER “GIRLY SOUND TO GUYVILLE” AND “EXILE IN GUYVILLE” HERE

If a 7 LP set is not enough (and when is it ever, really) the 3 Girly-Sound tapes, restored by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, will be released as replica cassettes in a limited edition of 345 copies. The cassettes will be available as a premium exclusive for those ordering the box set on vinyl or CD through the Matador webstore.

An excerpt from TALKING BACK IN GUYVILLE
 by Ann Powers

Back in the 1990s, when everybody in a certain corner of the punk scene was reading feminist theory and making mixtapes, people used to go on about “speech acts.” You might wonder, what the hell is a speech act? How is it different than plain old speech? Every time you open your mouth, you’re spraying out your point of view like viral spit. Pointing this out seems a little redundant.

Yet people can easily forget that their words don’t just fall on empty air; they hit people and have the power to infect. “It was nothing,” a guy says, after he’s told a woman her ass looks good in those jeans, or she might hurt herself if she carries something heavy, or it’s kind of a shock that she’s so good at playing guitar. One thing feminists do is point out that the little jokes men make, the condescending asides, even the well-meaning compliments (you’re so pretty, little girl) are epidemic. They keep women an invisible quarantine, away from their own subjectivity, away from power. Or, as Liz Phair says in one of the songs on her immortal Exile in Guyville, “When you said I wasn’t worth talking to, I had to take your word on that.”

A lot of dudes had said a lot of things to Liz Phair by the time she was 23. After college and a year of fucking around in San Francisco, she was back in her parents’ house in the Illinois suburbs, semi-secretly writing and recording songs on a 4-track. She was also running with some guys who loved to tell her how much they knew about rock and roll and what it took to be a real musician. They tended to be startled when they discovered her ambition. When she gave her tapes to a couple of them, they recognized that she was brilliant, but by the time she got a record deal with a cool indie label, many were wondering how and why. “Guyville is wrapped up in how the songs were written and in the way it was created and came about: It’s that girl, that girl having people say you can’t do this, you aren’t good enough to do this, you don’t know what you are doing,” Phair told the journalist Jessica Hopper in a 2013 oral history of her absolutely brilliant, groundbreaking, stereotype-defying debut album Exile in Guyville.

To preview the release of Girly Sound to Guyville, Phair has released a track from Girly-Sound: an early version of the Guyville highlight “Divorce Song” originally heard on Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha.

Stream / Buy “Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version) Here

Liz will kick off the “Girly Sound To Guyville Tour,” performing material from the newly reissued set, this Spring with select dates across the U.S. Tickets are on sale next Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.

Newly Announced Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN *
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS (previously announced)
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL *

* support from Soccer Mommy

“Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set” Tracklist

Exile In Guyville
1. 6’1″
2. Help Me Mary
3. Glory
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
8. Canary
9. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop

Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha
1. White Babies
2. Shane
3. 6 Dick Pimp
4. Divorce Song
5. Go West
6. Don’t Holdyrbreath
7. Johnny Sunshine
8. Miss Lucy
9. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
12. Money
13. In Love w/Yself

Girls! Girls! Girls!
1. Hello Sailor
2. Wild-Thing
3. Fuck And Run
4. Easy Target
5. Soap Star Joe
6. Ant In Alaska
7. GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS
8. Polyester Bride
9. Thrax
10. Miss Mary Mack
11. Clean
12. Love Song
13. Valentine

Sooty
1. Gigolo
2. Flower
3. Batmobile
4. Slave
5. Open Season
6. Whip-Smart
7. Suckerfish
8. California
9. South Dakota
10. Bomb
11. Easy
12. Chopsticks

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VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus – “Middle America” (acoustic)

Via director Brook Linder, here’s an acoustic performance of Stephen Malkmus’ “Middle America”. The Jicks’ previously announced US tour commences June 1 ; the June 14 date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out but a second show has been added the following night (see below).

STREAM OR DOWNLOAD “Middle America”

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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Iceage – “Pain Killer” Premiere, ‘Beyondless’ Coming May 4

Copenhagen’s Iceage — Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) — will release their fourth album, ‘Beyondless’, on May 4th. After returning last month with ‘Catch It’, their first new material since 2013’s ‘Plowing Into The Field of Love’, Iceage now share Beyondless’s “Pain Killer”, featuring Sky Ferreira (the first guest vocalist to ever be featured on an Iceage song). Additionally, the band is announcing March residencies in New York and Los Angeles and dates in Japan in April, with their previously announced European and North American tours to follow in May and June.

The album was produced by the band with Nis Bysted, and recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Göteborg, Sweden, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios in Seattle. The album was played entirely by Iceage with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone).

STREAM / PREORDER ‘Beyondless’
STREAM / DOWNNLOAD “Painkiller”

THE NEW ICEAGE
 by Richard Hell
 


I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.

What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news.  They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.

And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. Rønnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.

The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:

“Praying at the altar of your legs and feet
/Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet / 
I’ll arrogate what’s there to take. In an evanescent embrace.”

…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to Rønnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:

“Who cares if you come from paradise or hell,
 appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge,
  if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal
the infinite I love and have never known?”

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Tour Dates (new shows in bold)

Thursday, March 22nd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Friday, March 23rd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 24th Babycastles, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 25th Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, March 29th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 30th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, March 31st Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 3rd Metro, Kyoto JP
Friday, April 6th Duo, Tokyo JP

Sunday, April 8th Vacant, Tokyo JP
Saturday, May 5 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *

* w/ Mary Lattimore

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Yo La Tengo – “For You Too” (from ‘There’s A Riot Going On’)


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Perhaps you recall our mid-January premiere of 4 songs from Yo La Tengo’s forthcoming album, ‘There’s A Riot Going On’?  And perhaps you don’t — who are we to make assumptions about your attention span and capacity for detail? THE IMPORTANT THING is that we’re sharing another of the album’s standout tracks, “For You Too” in advance of the album’s March 16 release.

STREAM / PREORDER ‘There’s A Riot Going On’

Tour Dates :

March 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*
March 29 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
March 30 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
March 31 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix*
April 2 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
April 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise*
April 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
April 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
April 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson*
April 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
April 13 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
April 14 – Nashville, TN – Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 – Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 – Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 – Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 – Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 – Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 – Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 – Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 – A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 – Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 – Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 – Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater *
June 1 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater *
June 2 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore Theater *
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore Theater *
June 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *

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OUT TODAY: Belle and Sebastian “How To Solve Our Human Problems” EP3 / CD / Box Set

Today Belle and Sebastian released their third EP in as many months, concluding the trilogy “How To Solve Our Human Problems.” The CD version compiling all fifteen tracks from the series is available today too– as is the limited edition box set containing all 3 EPs  and poster insert.

Belle and Sebastian are on the road in Europe through the end of March, soon to be joined by Julien Baker. Then they’ll make their way across North America in June, supported on select dates by Perfume Genius and Snail Mail. Tickets for all dates are listed below and on sale now.

If all this weren’t enough, the group took a poll this week asking fans to contribute their thoughts to “Bowlie on a Boat,” a European cruise commemorating the 20th anniversary of their self-produced music festival Bowlie Weekender. The poll is live and awaiting your input here.

“How To Solve Our Human Problems” EP3

1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend

Buy / Listen to EP3 here: http://smarturl.it/HTSOHP_Pt3

Buy / Listen to all EPs here: http://mat-r.co/HTSOHPx3

TOUR DATES 
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Wed-02-May – Australia, Perth – Astor TheatreFri-
04-May – Australia, St Kilda – Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May – Australia, Sydney – Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May – Australia, Brisbane Qld – Tivoli
Fri-25-May – UK, Glasgow – Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 – Portland, ME – State Theatre**
Wed-Jun-06 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall**
Fri-Jun-08 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium***
Sat-Jun-09 – Washington, DC – The Anthem^
Sun-Jun-10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle^+
Mon-Jun-11 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre^
Sat-Jun-16 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater^
Sun-Jun-17 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory^
Tue-Jun-19 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater+
Wed-Jun-20 – Sundance, UT – Sundance Amphitheater+
Fri-Jun-22 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park+
Mon-Jun-25 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater+
Thu-Jun-28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre+
Fri-Jun-29 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre+
Sat-Jun-30 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+

(* – with Julien Baker)
(** – with Snail Mail)
(*** – with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos)
(^ – with Men I Trust)
(+ with Japanese Breakfast)

Watch Stuart & Stevie’s recent Pitchfork “Over/Under.”

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Lucy Dacus – “Next Of Kin” (From ‘Historian’)

The latest single from Lucy Dacus’ hotly anticipated 2nd album, ‘Historian’ (out March 2), “Next Of Kin” is now available to stream or download. Preorder ‘Historian’ bundled with Lucy’s debut album, ‘No Burden’ now thru midnight tomorrow (2/14) for 20% off at The Matador Store.

A special Valentine’s Day playlist compiled by Lucy Dacus is now available at Spotify.

(photo by Dustin Condren)

 stream or download “Next Of Kin”

Preorder ‘Historian’

(Pre-orders from The Matador Store will include ten postcards with individual art by ten different artists. Each postcard is inspired by one of the tracks off of ‘Historian’)

Tour Dates

Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE

 

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VIDEO : Iceage – “Catch It” + North American Dates

(photo by Steve Gullick)

This morning, Iceage release their first new music since 2014 in the form of the self-produced, “Catch It” (recorded at Göteborg, Sweden’s Kungsten Studios by Mattias Glavå) with an accompanying video directed by Adam Hashemi, mostly shot on 8mm in Los Angeles. In addition to previously announced European dates, Iceage kick off a North America tour on May 10 at Seattle’s Nordic Museum (dates and relevant ticket links are below)

preorder / download :  “Catch It”

Tour Dates (new shows in bold)

Saturday, May 5 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *

* w/ Mary Lattimore

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Middle America”, North American Tour Dates


(photo : Giovanni Duca)


Following Tuesday’s all-too brief teaser, we’re thrilled (and maybe a little relieved) to be unveiling the first new music from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks since 2014 in the form of the new single, “Middle America”.  The Jicks hit the road for a major (and minor) market tour this June ; you can probably expect more than just one new song (BUT WHO ARE WE TO DETERMINE OR EVEN SPECULATE ABOUT THIS GREAT AMERICAN BAND’S REPERTOIRE?).  Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am local time, dates are below.

STREAM OR DOWNLOAD “Middle America”

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI

Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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Car Seat Headrest – “My Boy” premiere, NYC Show, May 8

Earlier today, “My Boy”, the latest single from Car Seat Headrest’s forthcoming ‘Twin Fantasy’, premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats One program. Tickets for a one-off show at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel are on sale now.


Stream / download “My Boy”
Pre-order ‘Twin Fantasy’ here

tour dates :

Tuesday, February 13, Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 24 Sydney City Limits Fest Sydney AU
Sunday, February 25 Rosemount Perth AU
Wednesday, February 28 Croxton Melbourne AU
Thursday, March 1 The Triffid Brisbane AU
Saturday, March 3 Auckland City Limits Auckland AU
Friday, April 6 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Sunday, April 8 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Tuesday, April 10 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Wednesday, April 11 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
Thursday, April 12 Real Art Tacoma, WA
Friday, April 13 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Saturday, April 14 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA
Tuesday, May 8, Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, May 16 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Friday, May 18 O2 ABC Glasgow, UK
Saturday, May 19 Invisible Wind Factory Liverpool, UK
Monday, May 21 Junction 2 Cambridge UK
Tuesday, May 22 SWX Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23 Roundhouse London, UK
Friday, May 25 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Saturday, May 26 Le Trabendo Paris, France
Monday, May 28 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, May 29 Kantine Koln, Germany
Wednesday, May 30 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, May 31 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany
Saturday, June 2, Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

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Coming March 16 : Yo La Tengo’s ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ (4 New Songs Premiering Today)

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Yo La Tengo’s new album ‘There’s a Riot Going On’ will be released on March 16th on Matador Records and can be pre-ordered HERE. ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ is a  warm, ambitious record, a striking self-produced creation from one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history, whose dynamic range touches on pure noise and serene beauty and everything in between.

To showcase the full depth of this fearless fifteen-track album, Yo La Tengo have released four new songs today (“You Are Here,” “Shades of Blue,” “She May, She Might,” and “Out of the Pool”), which can be heard HERE.

Following their sold-out eight night run of Hanukkah shows in NYC this past December, Yo La Tengo commence their world tour on March 28th in Minneapolis, hitting major Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast markets. The full list of tour dates can be found below Luc Santé’s bio.

There’s a riot going on. You don’t need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It’s easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

While there’s a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it’s like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling “shoo-bop shoo-bop.” You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded–shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time–you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You’d never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of “Shades of Blue,” will involuntarily hear “She May, She Might” on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and “Let’s Do It Wrong” late at night. While there’s a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There’s a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There’s a Riot Going On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken.

-Luc Sante, December 2017

PREORDER / STREAM ‘There’s A Riot Going On’
(available on digital formats, 2XLP, compact disc and a limited quantity of orange translucent vinyl available at independent record shops and direct from the Matador Store)

Tour Dates :

March 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*
March 29 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
March 30 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
March 31 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix*
April 2 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
April 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise*
April 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
April 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
April 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson*
April 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
April 13 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
April 14 – Nashville, TN – Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 – Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 – Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 – Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 – Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 – Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 – Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 – Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 – A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 – Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 – Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 – Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater *
June 1 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater *
June 2 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore Theater *
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore Theater *
June 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *

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Coming February 16 : Car Seat Headrest – ‘Twin Fantasy’ ; “Nervous Young Inhumans” Video Premiere


(photo credit : Dos Rios Films)

Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, ‘Twin Fantasy’, has been re-recorded and re-imagined for release on February 16th (*pre-order breakdown below). With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full US tour to be announced at a later date.

Today’s album announcement comes with the release of “Nervous Young Inhumans” and its accompanying video, which can be seen above. It is a frenetic, anthemic, split-screen choreographed crescendo, and the result of Toledo’s visionary work as a first-time director.

Toledo always knew he would return to ‘Twin Fantasy’. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you’ll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” – thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will’s first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it.

Even so, even awkward and amateurish, ‘Twin Fantasy’ is deeply, truly adored. Legions of reverent listeners carve rituals out of it: sobbing over “Famous Prophets,” making out to “Cute Thing,” dancing their asses off as “Bodys” climbs higher, higher. The distortion hardly matters. You can hear him just fine. You can hear everything. And you can feel everything: his hope, his despair, his wild overjoy. He’s trusting you – plural you, thousands of you – with the things he can’t say out loud. “I pretended I was drunk when I came out to my friends,” he sings – and then, caught between truths, backtracks: “I never came out to my friends. We were all on Skype, and I laughed and changed the subject.”

You might be imagining an extended diary entry, an angsty transmission from a bygone LiveJournal set to power chords and cranked to eleven. You would be wrong. ‘Twin Fantasy’is not a monologue. ‘Twin Fantasy’ is a conversation. “You know,” he sings, “that I’m mostly singing about you.” This is Will’s greatest strength as a songwriter ; he spins his own story, but he’s always telling yours, too. Between nods to local details – Harper’s Ferry, The Yellow Wallpaper, the Monopoly board collecting dust in his back seat – he leaves room for the fragile stuff of your own life, your own loves. From the very beginning, alone in his bedroom, in his last weeks of high school, he knew he was writing anthems. Someday, he hoped, you and I might sing these words back to him.

“It was never a finished work,” Toledo says, “and it wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.”
He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always wanted it to sound.

It’s been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he wouldn’t write again, an especially sad song he regards as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that younger, wounded Toledo, he moves forward. He grows. He revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album’s final moments, in those “apologies to future me’s and you’s,” there is more forgiveness than fury.

This, Toledo says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.

(STREAM / PREORDER ‘TWIN FANTASY’)

He’s not alone no more. – Peyton Thomas

Tracklist

1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In-Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober to Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
6. Bodys
7. Cute Thing
8. High to Death
9. Famous Prophets (Stars)
10. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

 

* Twin Fantasy Pre-Order Breakdown:
February 16:
Twin Fantasy (2017 version) double LP
Twin Fantasy (2017 version) and Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) double CD
-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) digital album

April 21:
-Record Store Day exclusive of Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) double LP

TBD 2018:
-Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) digital album

tour dates (new shows in bold, on sale on Friday Jan 12. EU dates at 10am GMT and US dates at 10am PST)

Friday, January 26, Rialto Bozeman, MT
Saturday, February 24 Sydney City Limits Fest Sydney AU
Sunday, February 25 Rosemount Perth AU
Wednesday, February 28 Croxton Melbourne AU
Thursday, March 1 The Triffid Brisbane AU
Saturday, March 3 Auckland City Limits Auckland AU
Friday, April 6 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Sunday, April 8 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Tuesday, April 10 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Wednesday, April 11 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
Thursday, April 12 Real Art Tacoma, WA
Friday, April 13 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Saturday, April 14 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA
Wednesday, May 16 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Friday, May 18 O2 ABC Glasgow, UK
Saturday, May 19 Invisible Wind Factory Liverpool, UK
Monday, May 21 Junction 2 Cambridge UK
Tuesday, May 22 SWX Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23 Roundhouse London, UK
Friday, May 25 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Saturday, May 26 Le Trabendo Paris, France
Monday, May 28 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, May 29 Kantine Koln, Germany
Wednesday, May 30 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, May 31 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany

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Belle and Sebastian – “The Same Star”, from ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ EP2

Belle and Sebastian kick off 2018 with shimmering new single “The Same Star.” Taken from Part 2 of the band’s new trilogy of EPs, ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems, the Sarah Martin penned, Leo Abrahams produced song brings together breezy guitars, feel-good rhythm and Martin’s bittersweet vocals for another showcase of the infectious, inquisitive and timeless pop on the band’s latest work.

The band concluded 2017 in festive fashion, with UK radio sessions for Lauren Laverne on 6 Music (listen HERE), Jo Whiley on Radio 2 (listen from 1:11:50 here), and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions, where they performed a special cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”

Belle and Sebastian will embark on UK and European tour dates through February and March and all upcoming dates can be found below.

Recalling their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs, ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’, has the classic blend of joy and melancholy and idiosyncratic spirit that has always characterised Belle and Sebastian. A double album’s worth of music – richly melodic, deliciously literate, as gentle as a summer stream but as insistent as a river – How To Solve Our Human Problems is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history.

The 3×12″ ‘How To Solve Our Human Problem’ boxset is available with two different purchase options ; you can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP today, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.)

OR you can buy the 3×12″ boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.

The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *

(* – Julien Baker supports)

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Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’, Coming March 2, “Night Shift” Premiere


(photo by Dustin Condren)

On March 2, Matador is releasing the hotly anticipated 2nd album from Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus, ‘Historian’, the followup to her unanimously hailed 2016 debut, ‘No Burden’ that established her as one of modern music’s top new voices & songwriters.   The album’s first single, “Night Shift”, can be heard above.

‘Historian’ is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It’s a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos.

Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with ‘No Burden’ producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus’ remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving ‘Historian’ the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers, on a new level of truth-telling and melodic grace.

The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. “It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” she explains. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”

Global touring in support of ‘Historian’ kicks off  on release date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg.  The album is available for preorder now on the format of your choice.

Tracklist :

1. Night Shift
2. Addictions
3. The Shell
4. Nonbeliever
5. Yours & Mine
6. Body To Flame
7. Timefighter
8. Next Of Kin
9. Pillar Of Truth
10. Historians

Stream “Night Shift”

Preorder ‘Historian’

(Pre-orders  from The Matador Store will include ten postcards with individual art by ten different artists. Each postcard is inspired by one of the tracks off of ‘Historian’)

Tour Dates (on sale Friday, December 15)

Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE

 

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The Wait’s Over : Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ Is Out Today

Just a HIGH PRESSURE reminder for you that today marks the official release date for Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s fantastic collaboration album, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’. Following Wednesday’s session for KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and an instore last night at a packed Amoeba Records in Hollywood, the duo recommence their mostly-sold-old North American tour at the Desert Days Festival in Joshua Tree, CA.

“Over Everything” -video courtesy KCRW

(photo by Spencer C. Amonwatvorakul)

ORDER/STREAMLOTTA SEA LICE’

TOUR DATES
Friday, October 13 – Desert Days Festival, Joshua Tree, CA
Saturday, October 14 – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 15 – Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 18 – Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Friday, October 20 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
Saturday, October 21 – Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 22 – The Showbox, Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 25 – Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 26 – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 27 – Rockerfeller Chapel, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 28 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 30 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
Tuesday, October 31 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, November 1 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 3 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Saturday, November 4 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Monday, November 6 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
Thursday, November 9 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Friday, November 10 – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX
Saturday, November 11 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)

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Belle and Sebastian – ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ EP’s & Box Set, “I’ll Be Your Pilot” premiere

Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs (‘Dog On Wheels’, ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’, and ‘3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light’), Belle and Sebastian will release three new EPs under the umbrella title ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’, with the first EP coming out on December 8th, the second on January 19th, and the third on February 16th  (vinyl and digital only).  The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a limited vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2.

Belle and Sebastian has revealed a new song titled “I’ll Be Your Pilot”, which can be found on EP2.  The single takes as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son: “Having your first kid is a huge event, so I wrapped a lot of things I felt about Denny into the song. Being a dad made me feel a little like the pilot in The Little Prince, hence all the references to the Sahara!”

Just as those three early EPs are a crucial part of the Belle and Sebastian canon, these three new releases aren’t merely a detour between albums, but as definitive releases in their own right. ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’ is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

When Belle and Sebastian felt new music percolating, they decided to break from the working methods of the recent years and instead stay at home, record the tracks as and when, often producing themselves, working with friends and collaborators to see what emerged. Working in Glasgow gave them the freedom to work without the constraints that making an album can impose: they could take their time honing and experimenting.

One thing that has defined Belle and Sebastian has been their relationship with fans, and that’s apparent in the new EPs. For the three sleeves, the group issued a call to fans to come to be photographed by Murdoch at a studio in Belsize Park in North London. Fifty were selected, and all those photographed were also recorded answering the question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

The 3×12″ boxset is available with two different purchase options. You can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP on December 8th, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.

OR you can buy the 3×12″ boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.

The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

‘How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1’
1. Sweet Dew Lee
2. We Were Beautiful
3. Fickle Season
4. The Girl Doesn’t Get It
5. Everything Is Now

1. Show Me The Sun
2. Same Star
3. I’ll Be Your Pilot
4. Cornflakes
5. A Plague On All Other Boys
1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend

 

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

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