VIDEO : Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”, From ‘b’lieve i’m goin down… ‘ (Coming September 25)

(photo by Marina Chavez)

“Pretty Pimpin“, directed by Daniel Henry

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.

Kim Gordon

TRACK LISTING – b’lieve i’m goin down…
1.Pretty Pimpin
2.I’m an Outlaw
3.Dust Bunnies
4.That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)
5.Wheelhouse
6.Life Like This
7.All in a Daze Work
8.Lost my Head there
9.Stand Inside
10.Bad Omens
11.Kidding Around
12.Wild Imagination

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)”

Matador Store: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_down
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downi
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downa
Kurt’s Store: https://kurtvile.merchtable.com/
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_dwng
Streaming: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downs

Friday October 2 Boston, MA – The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

WEBSITE – http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) – http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

Coming September 11 : Lower’s ‘I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son’

Copenhagen quartet Lower, who released their widely praised debut ‘Seek Lower Climes’ last year on Matador, unveil a new digital EP titled’ I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son’, scheduled for September 11 release. The first single, “At The Endless Party,” premieres today via The FADER. Adrian Toubro’s baritone drips with drama and melancholy, pleading “Come on sweetheart, take me as I am / Drag me to your chamber and toss me around,” atop the pounding, ritualistic drums of a funeral procession.

The Copenhagen quartet Lower is made up of members of other bands including Age Coin, Olymphia, Vår, Marching Church, Sexdrome and more. Their intense music sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground music forebears. But Lower ­– Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann (guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) – also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry, resulting in hugely ambitious and deeply personal sonic spaces.

Certainly, you don’t have to dig deep to hear how far Lower’s music sits from the traditional concerns of modern rock music. Adrian Toubro’s lyrics are finely wrought emotional dramas that, in their poetic construction and raw honesty of delivery, gesture to the music of Walker or Leonard Cohen.

The new songs on I’m A Lazy Son… But I’m The Only Son are still forceful and urgent, but they mark a step towards an almost fragile sensibility. Lyrically, Toubro allowed himself time for much self-reflection between the release of Seek Lower Climes and this new recording, utilizing his inner thoughts and experiences to craft beguiling tales of sex and death, truth and deceit, glamor and decay. Asger Hartvig, leadsinger of the band Synd Og Skam and member of the deeply inspiring Af Med Hovedet community in Copenhagen, helped mold the songs beyond what was originally intended, into something theatrical and powerful, but, says Toubro, “more like resting on a divan instead of running a riot.”

tracklisting :

1. At The Endless Party
2. Keep Me In Mind
3. Get Back On That Rack!
4. Hot And Bothered
5. Nasty Business

Preorder the EP here (Denmark orders via Escho)

upcoming dates :

Friday, August 28th- Saturday, August 29th – Modern Sky Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Saturday, September 12 – Sugarfactory – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lower – band site
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Available Today : DARKSIDE – ‘Psychic Live’ (DVD)

Darkside – ‘Psychic Live’ (DVD)D

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
4. Heart
5. Metatron
6. Greek Light
7. Golden Arrow

Order the DVD now from The Matador Store, or purchase ‘Psychic Live’ digitally from Quello.

(International DVD orders via the Darkside store)

Coming August 11 : Pavement – The Secret History, Vol. 1 (double LP)

(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives)

On August 11, Matador Records will release a double LP, ‘The Secret History Vol. 1’ in North America*, the first of five compilations in a new series of Pavement rarities. The 30 tracks, 25 of which will be available on vinyl for the first time ever, are allculled from the Slanted and Enchanted era (1990-1992) (and previously available on the ‘Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe’ CD). The deluxe double LP contains essays by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus essays from Matador Records, Billions Corporation, and Drag City bosses, and a gorgeous gatefold designed by Rob Carmichael (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors).

(Preorder ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’ from the Matador Store)

(‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’ will be available in Europe via Domino)

The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even though they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the Nineties’ best albums that never happened. Until now.

Every proper Pavement album, from the out-of-nowhere debut Slanted and Enchanted to the summer-upper Terror Twilight, was accompanied by a flurry of slay tracks and stray slack—songs that got scattered on B-sides, EPs, compilations, radio sessions. But Pavement were too busy writing and recording great songs to worry about where to stash them, and they moved too fast to leave a tidy trail. So they left these songs off their albums. Some never got released at all.

Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album—and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually did come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made, if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less these great songs? No.

Matador is finally releasing a series of these shadow albums. The first, naturally, is The Secret History, Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. The Secret History, Vol. 1 collects gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”) and seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted—imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your only album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumored among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe double CD reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right, and many of them have never been on vinyl before.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Sue Me Jack
2. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)
3. Summer Babe (7” Version)
4. Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
5. Baptiss Blacktick
6. My First Mine
7. Nothing Ever Happens
8. Here (Alternate Mix)
9. Greenlander
10. Circa 1762 (Peel Session 1)
11. Kentucky Cocktail (Peel Session 1)
12. Secret Knowledge Of Backroads (Peel Session 1)
13. Here (Peel Session 1)
14. Rain Ammunition (Peel Session 2)
15. Drunks With Guns (Peel Session 2)
16. Ed Ames (Peel Session 2)
17. The List Of Dorms (Peel Session 2)
18. Conduit For Sale [Live Brixton 1992]
19. Fame Throwa [Live Brixton 1992]
20. Home [Live Brixton 1992]
21. Perfume V [Live Brixton 1992]
22. Summer Babe [Live Brixton 1992]
23. Frontwards [Live Brixton 1992]
24. Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent [Live Brixton 1992] 
25. Two States [Live Brixton 1992]
26. No Life Singed Her [Live Brixton 1992]
27. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper) [Live Brixton 1992]
28. Box Elder [Live Brixton 1992]
29. Baby Yeah [Live Brixton 1992]
30. In The Mouth A Desert [Live Brixton 1992]

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Kurt Vile : Studio Footage, New Worldwide Dates

(photo by Henry Diltz)

(video directed by Danny Perez. viewers in Germany can watch the above clip here)


There’s a new Kurt Vile album coming this autumn
. More news to follow (when it follows, SOON). In the meantime, the following global dates have just been confirmed :

Friday October 2 Boston, MA – The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 – Sunday October 4 Austin, TX –
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 – Sunday October 11 Austin, TX -Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI – St Andew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #
Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival
Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

Coming August 28 : Yo La Tengo – ‘Stuff Like That There’, Tour This Autumn

(photo by Dusdin Condren)

On August 28, we’ll be releasing the new Yo La Tengo album, ‘Stuff Like That There’, a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) (see below) that happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band’s landmark 1990 album, ‘Fakebook’. Recorded with Gene Holder, ‘Stuff Like That There’ has the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew augmented by the guitarist and former Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm, with James negotiating the wonders of the upright bass for the first time. This specific fearsome foursome — playing material from ‘Stuff Like That There’ and maybe, possibly/probably (we really don’t dictate repertoire around here) ‘Fakebook’ will kick off a world tour on September 23 in Troy, NY. These will almost certainly be your only opportunities to see Yo La Tengo take the stage in this particular format, so please puruse the ticket links below and act accordingly.

Two of ‘Stuff LIke That There”s standouts, a rerecording of “Deeper Into Movies” and a cover of Special Pillow’s “Automatic Doom” premiered earlier today via Vulture and Pitchfork respectively.

TRACKLISTING:
A1: My Heart’s Not in It (Darlene McCrea)
A2: Rickety
A3: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
A4: All Your Secrets (remake of track from Popular Songs)
A5: The Ballad of Red Buckets (remake of track from Electr-o-pura)
A6: Friday I’m in Love (The Cure)
A7: Before We Stopped to Think (Great Plains)
B1: Butchie’s Tune (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
B2: Automatic Doom (Special Pillow)
B3: Awhileaway
B4: I Can Feel the Ice Melting (The Parliaments)
B5: Naples (Antietam)
B6: Deeper Into Movies (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One)
B7: Somebody’s in Love (The Cosmic Rays with Le Sun Ra and Arkestra)

‘Stuff Like That There’ is available for preorder today from The Matador Store, including the very enticing MYSTERY BUNDLE (mystery tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks + MYSTERY STUFF). Sure, we could specify what the MYSTERY STUFF entails, but that would be like going on Twitter and giving away the ending to whatever appointment TV saga you’re watching while sitting around waiting for your MYSTERY BUNDLE to arrive. What kind of JOY KILLERS do you think we are?

You can also preorder ‘Stuff Like That There’ from the following digital outlets, with “Automatic Doom” and “Deeper Into Movies” available instantly.
iTunes:
Amazon:
Google Play:

An Acoustic Evening With Yo La Tengo (Featuring Dave Schramm)
:

Wednesday, September 23 – Troy NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall*
Thursday, September 24 – Glenside PA – Keswick Theatre**
Friday, September 25 – Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre*
Saturday, September 26 – Durham NC – The Carolina Theatre of Durham*
Sunday, September 27 – Atlanta GA – Variety Playhouse*
Tuesday, September 29 – Pittsburgh PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre*
Wednesday, September 30 – Toronto ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
Friday, October 2 – Montreal QC – Corona Theatre*
Saturday, October 3 – Boston MA – The Wilbur Theatre ***
Thursday, October 15 – Dublin Ireland – National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 – Glasgow Scotland – The Garage
Sunday, October 18 – Bristol UK – Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 – Coventry UK – Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 – London UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 – Paris France – La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 – Amsterdam Netherlands – Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 – Leuven Belgium – Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 – Berlin Germany – Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 – Koln Germany – Kulturkirche
Thursday, November 5 – Chicago IL – The Vic Theatre***
Friday, November 6 – Madison WI – Barrymore Theatre*
Saturday, November 7 – Minneapolis MN – Pantages Theatre*
Monday, November 9 – Boulder CO – Boulder Theater*
Friday, November 13 – Los Angeles CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel+
Saturday, November 14 – San Francisco CA – The Masonic*
Tuesday, November 17 – Eugene OR – WOW Hall*
Wednesday, November 18 – Portland OR – Revolution Hall*
Friday, November 20 – Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre*
Saturday, November 21 – Vancouver BC – Vogue Theatre*

* – on sale Friday June 5
** – on sale Thursday June 4
*** – on sale Friday June 12
+ – on sale Saturday June 6

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Out Today : Algiers – ‘Algiers’

(footage courtesy Deezer)

With the rest of the globe being covered yesterday, Tuesday marks the North American release of Algiers’ self-titled debut album. The LP and compact disc editions can be seen below :

order ‘Algiers’ direct from the Matador Store* on LP, CD or either with a t-shirt bundle, or prefer from one of the digital outlets below :

iTunes
Amazon
Google Play

(UK customers can order ‘Algiers’ from Resident, Piccadilly, Rough Trade or Jumbo).

Hear NPR’s Linda Wertheimer interview Algiers’ Franklin James Fisher and Lee Tesche on Sunday’s Weekend Edition.

Algiers’ North American headlining tour starts June 5 :

June 5 – The Earl, Atlanta GA
June 7 – Black Cat Backstage Washington DC
June 9 – Mercury Lounge, NYC NY
June 10 – Baby’s Alright, Brooklyn, NY
June 13 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ONT
June 15 – Schubas, Chicago IL
June 16 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
June 19 – The Sunset, Seattle WA
June 20 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
June 21 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
June 23 – Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco CA
June 25 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA

Algiers online ;
official site http://www.algierstheband.com
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STREAM : Algiers – ‘Algiers’, Premiering This Week At NPR First Listen

(photo by Alex DiMora)

Algiers’ hotly anticipated self-titled debut is out one week from today (June 1 in the UK and Europe) and via the auspices of NPR First Listen, you can stream the entire album here NPR’s Andy Beta opines Algiers’ “juxtaposition of noise and soul is invigorating in its own right, but it’s in their lyrics that a more potent agitprop message is conveyed”. In addition to the North American dates listed below, Algiers will be performing at London’s Ace Hotel on June 2.

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 :

iTunes
Amazon
Google Play

Algiers’ North American headlining tour starts June 5 :

June 5 – The Earl, Atlanta GA
June 7 – Black Cat Backstage Washington DC
June 9 – Mercury Lounge, NYC NY
June 10 – Baby’s Alright, Brooklyn, NY
June 13 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ONT
June 15 – Schubas, Chicago IL
June 16 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
June 19 – The Sunset, Seattle WA
June 20 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
June 21 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
June 23 – Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco CA
June 25 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA

Algiers online ;
official site http://www.algierstheband.com
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Out Today : Ceremony – ‘The L-Shaped Man’, SF Instore Tonight

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

After subjecting you to a wait that can only be described as cruel, the countdown to the release of Ceremony’s new album, ‘The L-Shaped Man’, is finally over. To mark this joyous occasion, you can catch Ceremony tonight at San Francisco’s Vacation (651 Larkin Street) at 8pm. All ages are admitted and it’s free (because what kind of monsters charge you money for an instore?)

In addition to to Ceremony’s relentless North American touring schedule, their plans for this weekend as as follows :

Friday, May 22: 924 Gilman St., Berkeley CA (w/ Negative Approach, Synthetic ID, Wild Moth, Busted Outlook)
Saturday, May 23: Echoplex, Los Angeles CA (w/ Negative Approach, Gun Outfit, Mrs. Magician, DJ Wesley Eisold)

For those who prefer shopping from the comfort of their own home to the effervescent repartee you find in an actual record shop, you can order ‘The L-Shaped Man’ on iTunes ($7.99)

You can also order fromAmazon MP3.

The CD and sea foam green colored LP version are available from the Matador Store:

Also via the Matador Store you can 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 Ross Farrar which parallels lyrics from ‘The L-Shaped Man’.

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HÆLOS : “Earth Not Above” EP Coming June 1

(photo by Dave Ma)

HÆLOS’ debut Matador release is a digital EP, ‘Earth Not Above’, available worldwide on June 1 with a 12″ version to follow (date TBA) ; the track listing is as follows:

A1. Earth Not Above
A2. Cloud Nine
B1. Breathe
B2. Ethyr

Starting today, you can download HÆLOS’ cover of The Beloved’s “The Sun Rising” here, or stream it above.

Upcoming dates, including this weekend’s The Great Escape can be found below.

Some things come together immediately. Others… take a little time. HÆLOS – known individually as Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout – fall into the latter bracket. But the way the music comes out sounding, you know it couldn’t have happened any other way. Each one of their vividly cinematic tracks seems to map the long journey from desperation to relief, stress to sanctuary – the basic dynamic of all urban life. If London tends to be a meandering, alienating hometown, there is a looming sense to HÆLOS’ music of a band – of three people – having found each other. Eventually.

“We’ve all arrived at this point off the back of our own paths,” says Arthur. “We’ve all worked independently for a number of years but to come together and find such a strong synergy between us has been powerful – spiritual, even.”

Calling to mind the same deserted dawn high streets stalked by the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and the rest of those electronic artists who spent the 90s finding the pain after the rave, each track HÆLOS make sounds like a ritual; a way to cope. In a world that has forgotten about the chillout room, those rituals and coping strategies are more vital than ever.

“I guess at the heart of it we are always trying to capture that feeling you get at 5AM,” says Arthur. “Jamming with your friends after a night out, treading that fine line between darkness and euphoria, fear and love. That’s the time that all our favourite music gets put on; it’s where the beauty is at.”

If HÆLOS music bears traces of its influences, it also possesses an undeniable contemporary zeal. Look around you. How much ever changes, really? The same Coke cans, puke piles and plastic bags litter the same deserted dawn high streets. And young men and women are always there, trudging through the late-night rubble, indulging the urge to leave the house and not return until they have found the edges of the night. And the one thing you need more than anything else after finding those edges will never change, either. It’s soul, and HÆLOS have stacks of it – it’s sore, it’s overworked, it’s overmedicated. But despite the night’s best efforts, it is undeniably there.

“Our songwriting process can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful,” say the band, “but we want to write evocative music that captures the spirit of what it means to be alive and human.”

This is the story of HÆLOS – of soul under attack, coming out on top.

Thursday, May 14 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
Thursday, May, 21 – XOYO, London, UK
Saturday, June, 6 – Heartbeats Festival, Halluin, FR
Sunday, June, 7 – Field Day Festival, London, UK
Sunday, June, 28 – PiP Festival – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, NO
Saturday, July, 18 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
Thursday, July, 23 – Secret Garden Party, East Anglia, UK
Saturday, August, 22 – Dockville Festival, Hamburg, DE
Sunday, September, 6 – Festival No.6, North Wales, UK

HÆLOS online
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Ceremony – New U.S. Dates

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

A few days following the release of the amazing ‘The L-Shaped Man’, Ceremony are hitting the road ; dates and available ticket links can be found below.

Friday, May, 22 – 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley CA*
Saturday, May, 23 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*
Friday, June, 12 – Cellar Door, Visalia CA^$
Saturday, June, 13 – Strong Hold, San Diego CA^#
Sunday, June, 14 – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ^#
Monday, June, 15 – Club Congress, Tucson AZ^#
Tuesday, June, 16 – Tricky Falls, El Paso TX^#
Wednesday, June, 17 – Red 7, Austin TX^#+
Thursday, June, 18 – Sons of Hermann, Dallas TX^#+
Friday, June, 19 – Walters, Houston TX^#
Saturday, June, 20 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA^
Sunday, June, 21 – The Atlantic, Gainsville FL^
Monday, June, 22 – Epic Problem, Tampa FL^
Tuesday, June, 23 – The Social, Orlando FL^
Wednesday, June, 24 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA^
Thursday, June, 25 – Kings, Raleigh NC^
Friday, June, 26 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC &^
Saturday, June, 27 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &^
Sunday, June, 28 – Cuisine en Locale, Somerville MA &^
Wednesday, July, 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
Sunday, July, 5 – Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY &^
Monday, July, 6 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH &^
Tuesday, July, 7 – Marble, Detroit MI &^
Wednesday, July, 8 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL &^
Thursday, July, 9 – The Frequency, Madison WI &^
Friday, July, 10 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN &^
Saturday, July, 11 – Sweatshop Gallery, Omaha NE &^$
Sunday, July, 12 – Moon Room, Denver CO &^$
Monday, July, 13 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT &^$
Tuesday, July, 14 – The Shredder, Boise ID &^$
Wednesday, July, 15 – Neumo’s, Seattle WA &^$
Thursday, July, 16 – Analog Café, Portland OR &^$
Saturday, August 8 – Visions Festival, London, UK

* w/ Negative Approach
& w/ Pity Sex
^ w/ Tony Molina
# w/ Uniform
$ w/ Creative Adult
+ w/ Radioactivity

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 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).

Preorder the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store:

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’.

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Algiers – “Black Eunuch”, Headlining North American Dates In June

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The latest track from Algiers’ forthcoming self-titled debut album, “Black Eunuch” debuted on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Radio One program Monday, followed by a U.S. premiere on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” yesterday. “Politically-charged gospel of the highest order; ignore it to your own detriment,” argues Stereogum’s Caitlin White, and if forced to pick sides, we’re decidedly against anything detrimental. It doesn’t matter how many times we warn you, ‘Algiers’ is still gonna be the most surprising album of 2015.

After a string of previously announced May dates supporting Interpol, Algiers are headlining a series of North American club shows, with ticket links found below.

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Tour Dates
April 18 – Record Store Day – Rough Trade On Tour, Point Éphémère, Paris, FR
April 22 – Power Lunches, London, UK
May 7 – The National, Richmond VA*
May 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC*
May 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
May 12 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN*
May 13 – The Fillmore, Detroit MI*
May 15 – Bogarts, Cincinatti OH*
May 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA*
June 5 – The Earl, Atlanta GA
June 7 – Black Cat Backstage Washington DC
June 9 – Mercury Lounge, NYC NY
June 10 – Baby’s Alright, Brooklyn, NY
June 13 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ONT
June 15 – Schubas, Chicago IL
June 16 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
June 19 – The Sunset, Seattle WA
June 20 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
June 21 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
June 23 – Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco CA
June 25 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA

* supporting Interpol

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CEREMONY : ‘The L-Shaped Man’ Coming May 19 ; Video Premiere for “The Separation” & “The Understanding

(“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).

Pre-order the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store:

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.

Tour Dates:
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

* = w/ Negative Approach

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ALGIERS – New Album In June, “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” Video Premiere, US Dates With Interpol

“Irony. Utility. Pretext.”, directed by Lamb & Sea

An obsession with notions of historical struggle, not only over political power but also meaning and memory, led us to an interest in the former Yugoslavia. There you can find towering monuments of abstract art erected by Tito in an attempt to constitute a new identity rooted in political collectivity rather than ethnic particularity. In neighboring Bulgaria sprout an entirely different set of physical remainders of a deeply contested history. They stand imposing and forlorn dotted across the countryside, looming like decaying alien spacecraft over factory towns and desolate mountain peaks.
It was really Nikola Mihov’s book, Forget Your Past, that ultimately inspired us to explore further the notion of contested spaces in an era of neocolonialism and capitalist realism. In one sense, the Irony. Utility. Pretext. video problematizes the rise of “ruin exploitation”, a strand in photography that occupies a suspiciously colonial position wherein “white creatives” invade decaying towns such as Detroit or Gary to capture images for their own atomistic meditations. Such photography in former communist countries adopts an additional triumphalist air, ringing in the end of history and the supremacy of neoliberal capitalism.

The images provide interesting parallels with the lyrics, confronting both the age-old fetishisation of the musical artifact and the neocolonial prism of development economics. In the former, ghetto artforms from Lagos to Detroit are wrenched from their social and political contexts and whitewashed for Western hyperconsumption. In the latter, a new set of educated cosmopolitans wielding the language of human rights replace our former colonial masters.

Themes of death and decay are unavoidable in this context, mimicking capital, stalking us in our sleep in search of ever increasing profits. In the end, it is the words of revolutionaries such as Robespierre, Angela Davis and Fred Hampton that flash across the screen to remind us of the precarious nature of the search for freedom and truth in these oppressive times.

(photo credit : WFN Productions)

On June 2nd, Matador is releasing Algiers’ self-titled debut album. Steeped in radical politics and deeply indebted to post-punk’s sonic trailblazing and gospel’s spiritual bloodletting, the album imbues neo-modernist hymns with caustic social sentiment and explosive noise.

Algiers comprises singer/guitarist Franklin James Fisher (deemed “one of the most powerfully guttural vocalists in rock today” by SPIN), guitarist Lee Tesche, and bassist Ryan Mahan. From the militant stomp of “Remains” to Fisher’s commanding presence on the gospel no wave blowout “Black Eunuch,” Algiers channels righteous fury into an incisive, innovative assault that Vice Noisey has called “intense…right on the beat of the current cultural climate.”

A trio of émigrés of the American Deep South, now split between New York and London, Algiers synthesizes its eclectic influences, from Nina Simone and PJ Harvey to Suicide and Public Enemy, into frightening new forms.

Algiers also announced tour dates, including a run of shows with Interpol in the spring. The band will tour the United States extensively later this year.

track listing :
1. Remains
2. Claudette
3. And When You Fall
4. Blood
5. Old Girl
6. Irony. Utility. Pretext
7. But She Was Not Flying
8. Black Eunuch
9. Games
10. In Parallax
11. 11

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Tour Dates
April 18 – Record Store Day – Rough Trade On Tour, Point Éphémère, Paris, FR
April 22 – Power Lunches, London, UK
May 7 – The National, Richmond VA*
May 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC*
May 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
May 12 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN*
May 13 – The Fillmore, Detroit MI*
May 15 – Bogarts, Cincinatti OH*
May 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA*

* supporting Interpol

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Premiere : Tobias Jesso Jr. – “Without You”

(photo by Titia Hahne)

On the heels of last week’s performance on “The Tonight Show”, Tobias Jesso Jr. has released a new track off his upcoming debut LP, ‘Goon’ (out 3/17 via True Panther Sounds). “Without You” was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and features Danielle Haim on drums.

Tune in on March 16th to see Tobias perform “Without You” on TBS’ “Conan”.

Tobias will launch his first ever headlining tour later this month, which includes a run of SXSW performances, and two sold out NYC shows (March 26 at Mercury Lounge, March 27 at Baby’s All Right).

Tour Dates:
Sunday, March 22 – The Drake, Toronto ON, CA
Tuesday, March 24 – Sixth & I, Washington DC
Wednesday, March 25 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 26 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Friday, March 27 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 28 – Middle East Upstairs, Boston MA
Monday, March 30 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, CA
Tuesday, March 31 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Friday, April 3 – Brick + Mortar, San Francisco CA
Saturday, April 4 – The Echo (early show), Los Angeles

Pre-order ‘Goon’ below:

TPS store: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon_LP – comes w/ a bonus flexi-disc
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Tobias_Goon
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/Tobias_Goon_gp

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Coming May 18 On True Panther Sounds : Tanlines’ ‘Highlights’

(photo by Autumn De Wilde)

On March 18 (Europe) and 19 (North America), True Panther Sounds is releasing ‘Highlights’, the 2nd album from New York’s Tanlines. The duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm worked with producers Patrick Ford and Chris Taylor in Los Angeles and NYC respectively.

The album’s first single, “Slipping Away”, premiered via SiriusXM’s XMU earlier today, and is available for free download for the next week by signing up for the mailing list at Tanlinesinternet.com. Pre-order details for ‘Highlights’ can be found below.

tracklisting :

1. Pieces
2. Slipping Away
3. Palace
4. Two Thousand Miles
5. Invisible Ways
6. Bad Situations
7. Running Still
8. Thinking
9. If You Stay
10. Darling Dreamer

‘Highlights’,the band’s first collection of new material since their critically-lauded 2012 debut, ‘Mixed Emotion’s began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds (as heard through YouTube) for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen knowing they wanted to break from their ‘two guys, one screen’ writing style. And even if they had wanted to rely on old methods, they couldn’t: when they sat down to write Highlights in Emm’s childhood home in Pittsburgh, their computer blew up, quite literally, “with a burst of sparks and clouds of smoke. Whatever had just happened felt like some kind of omen,” says Emm.

Stranded without the samples and sounds that had previously defined their musical palette, they spent the rest of the week in Pittsburgh writing songs the old-fashioned way — with a guitar and drums. They found themselves falling back on facility they’d gained with their instruments over the previous two years of touring, and an alternative, simpler process evolved, one that set the tone for Highlights immediately.

Influenced by their time spent on the road touring in support of ‘Mixed Emotions’, they reached for the sounds of 90’s New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots and lots of guitars. The result could almost be called an homage to the sonics of America, if that sort of phrase wouldn’t make the band cringe. Instead, let’s just call ‘Highlights’ “the album where things started making more sense.”

The following shows in NYC and Los Angeles go on sale this Friday at noon eastern :

Thursday, May 14 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, May 18 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA

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Interpol : “Everything Is Wrong” Video, New North American Dates, New 7″

We’re pleased to share the latest video from Interpol’s 5th album, ‘El Pintor, the Paul Banks/Carlos Puga directed “Everything Is Wrong”. It would probably be an exaggeration to say this clip depicts the typical day in New York City for Paul, Daniel and Sam, but only a slight exaggeration.

On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) we’ll be releasing a 7″ of “Everything Is Wrong” b/w “What Is What” featuring cover art by Shepard Fairey (shown below) :

Here’s a long list of recently confirmed North American shows, including reschedule dates for the Northeastern shows that were postponed during December’s blizzard.

Wednesday, April, 8 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Thursday, April, 9 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
Friday, April, 10 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Wednesday, April, 15 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
Friday, April, 17 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April, 21 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
Thursday, May, 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May, 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45865&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 8 – Sunday, May, 10 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday May, 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Tuesday May, 12 – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Wednesday, May, 13 – The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit MI
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45869&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 15 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, May, 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, July, 20 – State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, July, 21 – Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45872&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Thursday, July, 23 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, July, 25 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA
Monday, July, 27 – The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Tuesday, July, 28 – Echostage, Washington DC
Wednesday, July, 29 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Friday, July, 31 – Metropolis, Montreal QC

Order ‘El Pintor’ from the following :
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Target

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Stream : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ Album Premiere Via NPR First Listen

(photo by Søren Solkær)

“At times like these,” declared The Mail On Sunday’s Graeme Thomson, “you realize that if Belle and Sebastian cease to exist they would create a vacuum no other band would be capable of filling.” Man, what a horrible thing to contemplate! Last night at midnight, NPR First Listen offered a premiere of the new Belle and Sebastian album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. NPR’s Steve Thompson took a different tact, instead of scaring the daylights out of us, he argues ‘Girls In Peacetime’, “feels personal, lived-in and universal,” (“with 12 songs stretching out for more than an hour, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ allows Belle And Sebastian’s music to shimmer and breathe”).

While’s there’s more tour dates forthcoming, today we can share some photos of the deluxe vinyl box set edition of ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ as well as the 5 badges that come with any orders that come direct from The Matador Store ;

PRE-ORDER:
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
Google Play (U.S. orders only)
Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

Tour Dates

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 –House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 – Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* –Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

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STREAM : Belle and Sebastian – “The Cat WIth The Cream”

A day after Belle and Sebastian’s participation in April’s Coachella Festival was confirmed (see tour dates below), The Line Of Best Fit premiered the third song culled from the forthcoming, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’, “The Cat With The Cream”.

(if you’re in Germany, please click here instead)

‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ is out January 19.

PRE-ORDER:
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
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Tour Dates

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 –House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 – Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* –Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

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VIDEO : Belle and Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”

above : “Nobody’s Empire”, the second video from the forthcoming Belle and Sebastian album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’, out January 19. The video was directed by Blair Young and Stuart Murdoch, with many thank and much love to all the fans who submitted their own video clips for this project. Additional clips come from the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland and from the Prelinger Archives.

photography by Søren Solkær

ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
Google Play (U.S. orders only)

Tour Dates

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 –House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Sunday May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 – Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* –Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

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