After the digital release of Hælos’ “Earth Not Above” EP back in June, we are pleased to say that you will now be able to physically get your hands on a limited edition 12″ version as of August 14th, which will mark the first of it’s kind for the London trio. You can pre-order from the following links below:
Over the summer so far the band have been playing at several festivals including Field Day, Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Heartbeats, and will be performing with TV on the Radio at their London Roundhouse shows. Full list of tour dates below.
No more waiting. At this very moment you can find the 9th studio album from Belle and Sebastian in record stores and retailers just about everywhere. ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, among others. Longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow took on additional mixing. The album was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
The band are having a very busy week packed to the brim with activities in Los Angeles before they head to Australia to begin a string of tours leading into the summer. Opportunities to catch a show are bountiful, so be sure to check out the full list dates below.
If you would like to keep up with the band’s schedule the next few days, jot down the following:
-TODAY at 1pm PT, Amoeba Hollywood will be hosting an album signing. More details here.
Erika posted the lyrics to the record on her blog as well as made a statement. See below:
Like the best of rock lyrics, my intention was that many of these words and lines can be interpreted in different ways. This includes puns or phrases that take on double meanings as they are repeated. Similar to “The Future’s Void”… (solace/soulless, earn/urn, my Lucifer/might loose some fur, etc)
A few of these songs I pored over and edited heavily, but most of them were written through improvisation and quite often the take where the lyrics are still being written is the one that ended up on the track. I like the urgency of that “first take” vibe, and I like the quality of something that is being created in the moment. I feel like there is a simplicity and a truth to it, and that often gets taken away if you spend too much time consciously editing.
Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10 Trust also support on May 4 Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2
“it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” is the new digital and 12″ vinyl EP from Kurt Vile and The Violators, out on November 19th with six of the seven new tracks previously unreleased. The EP was recorded during the same sessions as the latest album and doubles as the bonus content for the newly announced 2xCD and digital album version of Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze), also out November 19th.
Today Kurt shares a playlist at KurtVile.com of the mix CD he handed to the Violators and producer John Agnello before heading in to the studio for the recording of Wakin On A Pretty Daze, along with a message from Kurt (here) on the process of compiling the mix and its influence on recording.
Still out on the road for shows across North America and Europe, Kurt and The Violators continue touring, with European dates below.
“it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” track-listing:
1. Never Run Away (string synth)
2. NRA Reprise
3. Feel My Pain
4. Snowflakes Extended
5. Wedding Budz
6. The Ghost of Freddie Roach
7. (reprise reprise)
North American tour dates:
September 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
September 26 – Cincinatti, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
September 27 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalian Music Festival
October 12 – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival
October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 ! %
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer !
October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
October 28 – Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop !
October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt !
October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits !
November 01 — Miami, FL – Grand Central !
November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social !
November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder !
November 4 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box !
November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s !
November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s ! #
November 8 – Austin, TX — Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s !
November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia !
! = Beach Fossils support
% = Lee Ranaldo and The Dust support
# = Merchandise support
European Tour Dates:
2nd – Autumn Falls @ Cirque Royale – Brussels, Belgium
3rd – Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
4th – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
5th – Vega (main hall) – Copenhagen, Denmark
6th – Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
7th – Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden
8th – Mejeriet – Lund, Sweden
9th – Lido – Berlin, Germany
10th – Effenaar – Eindhoven, Netherlands
11th – Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK
13th – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK (SOLD OUT)
14th – Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
15th – Arches – Glasgow, UK
16th – The Fleece – Bristol, UK
17th – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
18th – Patronaat – Haarlem, Netherlands
19th – La Gaité Lyrique – Paris, France
20th – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, France
This week we are hugely excited to be releasing the debut album from London’s Savages – the record that Pitchfork called “one of rock’s most commanding and ferociously poised debuts in recent years.” (Pitchfork Best New Music 8.7)
Silence Yourself is the Rough Trade Album of the Month for May and last night the band performed at a packed Rough Trade East in support. It felt like a big moment for the band, the day the album is released in the UK, surrounded by family and friends and a huge line of devoted fans formed to say hi to the band after. First in the queue was none other but Thurston Moore: “Awesome band! Got to meet them afterwards!” I’m not sure who was more starstruck. Testament to their incredible live show.
For those that haven’t been able to catch the band live yet, this week there will be a live webstream of their headline release-week London show at legendary Ministry Of Sound nightclub on Thursday 9th May at 9.15pm GMT / 4.15pm EST / 1.15pm PST.
In conjunction with The Creators Project and with creative direction from DARYL, the band’s performance on Thursday evening will be in-the-round, (Thunderdome style!) with the crowd surrounding the band. The set will be filmed in full and will be available to view LIVE via a webcast at The Creators Project YouTube Channel. Truly not to be missed.
About The Creators Project:
Founded by a revolutionary partnership between Intel and VICE, The Creators Project celebrates and supports visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology in innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative expression. Launched in 2010, The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel, and original artwork commissions. To date, there are more than 500 Creators from around the world. Participating artists include Karen O, M83, Benh Zeitlin, Animal Collective, The xx, Chris Milk, Florence and the Machine, Spike Jonze, Amon Tobin, Matt Pyke, Anthony Wong, Supermarche, United Visual Artists, Sticky Monster Lab, Takeshi Murata, Andrew Huang, Vega Zaishi Wang, Mick Rock, David Bowie and Barney Clay.
The band have also announced their return to North America this summer; new tour dates are below in bold and tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 10th.
7th Bodega, Nottingham, UK 8th Old Fire Station, Bournemouth. UK cancelled
13th Botanique-Orangie, Brussels, Belgium
15th Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
16th Geb9, Cologne, Germany
17th Lido, Berlin, Germany
19th Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
20th Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
21st Magnolia Club, Milan, Italy
22nd Nimes, France
23rd Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
25th Field Day Festival, London, UK
29th Words To The Blind w/Bo Ningen, Red Gallery, London
1st Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
6th Pop Noire Night, La Maroquinerie, Paris
8th Parklife Festival, Manchester, UK
18th Zitadelle, Berlin (with Portishead)
19th Tipsport, Prague (with Portishead)
20th Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, London (with Iggy Pop)
22nd Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, Holland
28th/29th Glastonbury Festival, UK
4th Roskilde, Denmark 11th Webster Hall, New York, NY 12th Middle East, Boston, MA 13th Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, Washington D.C. 14th Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA 15th La Tulipe, Montreal, QBC 16th Mod Club, Toronto, ONT 20th Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL 21st Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN 23rd El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can’s Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn’t know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We’re truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
“This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite.”
— Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
“Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you’d find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration.”
Kurt Vile’s new album WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE will come out on April 9. He recorded it with producer John Agnello at a multitude of different studios throughout the Northeast in the second half of last year. It is a 69-minute long double album.
Check out the opening track WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAY. You can download it as an MP3 or listen on YouTube, accompanied by outtake footage from the Steve Powers (ESPO) documentary about the album cover mural. (Note: this is NOT the music video. The real video will be revealed in good time.)
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10. Air Bud
The record will of course be available on several different formats, as follows:
Standard double vinyl gatefold with printed innersleeves and lyric sheet
Deluxe double vinyl gatefold with different cover depicting the blank building wall before Steve Powers painted it, and including a sticker sheet of the Powers paintings so that you can customize your own album artwork. This version includes the printed innersleeves and lyric sheet, but is also on limited, numbered BLUE VINYL.
First edition CD will be in a mini-gatefold like the LP cover, with the disc in a printed innersleeve in one pocket, and fold-out lyric sheet and insert in the other pocket.
The iTunes preorder, available as of tomorrow, February 12, will include an instant download of “Wakin On A Pretty Day” PLUS a preorder-only bonus track entitled “The Ghost Of Freddy Roach.” You can only get this bonus track by preordering the album at iTunes. You’ll receive the track on the April 9 release date along with the full album.
More news. If you’re in New York City, we’re going to be heading over to the legendary Electric Lady Studios tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12) to listen to the album in all its glory and have some drinks, specifically a custom-made cocktail entitled the Pretty Daze. Interested in attending? Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for a chance to win! Space is extremely limited!
photo by Shawn Brackbill
Kurt isn’t just releasing a record, he’s also touring, with the Violators backing him up:
Sun, Apr 14 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, Apr 21 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, May 4 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Mon, May 5 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue, May 7 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex # *
Wed, May 8 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
Fri, May 10 – Portland OR – Doug Fir # *
Sat, May 11 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore # *
Sun, May 12 – Seattle WA – Neumos # *
Tue, May 14 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
Thu, May 16 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom * !
Fri, May 17 – Boston MA – The Sinclair * !
Sat, May 18 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer * !
Fri, May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat, May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun, May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon, May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue, May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed, May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio
# The Fresh & Onlys
* Steve Gunn
! Angel Olsen
Tickets for all the US dates go on sale Feb 15 except LA (Feb 16) and Seattle (on sale today).
It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:
Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.
You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.
10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*
Ten years ago, Interpol’s debut album seized the imagination of a generation. The spare, lean textures, darkly oblique lyrics and suave stage presence were entirely different from the bands who preceded them on the charts and the radio.
Now on November 19, we are commemorating Turn On The Bright Lights with a Tenth Anniversary Edition, fully remastered in a beautiful deluxe hardbound book with unreleased photos (48 pages in the CD, 28 large pages in the vinyl) and a second disc of bonus tracks, many unreleased, plus demos and B-sides and a DVD.
The album will be available as a double CD+DVD, double LP+DVD, and digital album with digital booklet. Preorders will come with a replica of the band’s first piece of merchandise, a button with the original Interpol logo.
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, REMASTERED:
2. Obstacle 1
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson
THE BONUS MATERIAL:
1. Interlude (iTunes single) §
2. Specialist (Interpol EP)
3. PDA (First Demo, 1998)
4. Roland (First Demo, 1998)
5. Get The Girls (Song 5) (First Demo, 1998)
6. Precipitate (2nd Demo, 1999) §
7. Song Seven (Original Version) (2nd Demo, 1999) §
8. A Time To Be So Small (Orig Version) (2nd Demo,1999)
9. Untitled (Third Demo, 2001) * =
10. Stella (Third Demo, 2001) * =
11. NYC (Third Demo, 2001) =
12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo, 2001) * =
13. Gavilan (Cubed) (Third Demo, 2001) †
14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session, 2001) =
15. Hands Away (Peel Session, 2001) =
16. The New (Peel Session, 2001) * =
17. NYC (Peel Session, 2001) * =
§ unreleased on vinyl
* unreleased recording
† unreleased song
= in the vinyl package, this track is only included on the bonus coupon
– The 3 music videos: PDA, NYC, Obstacle 1
– Mercury Lounge, NYC concert footage, May 2000 (Sam’s first show with the band, multi-camera shoot)
– The Troubadour, Los Angeles concert footage, September 2002 (professional multi-camera shoot)
The band writes:
In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On the Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see people react to these songs. We never could have imagined that the album would have reached so many people throughout the world.
We spent a good deal of time this past year digging through our archives and asking others to dig through theirs in the hopes of uncovering some forgotten material. The result of our hunting and gathering has yielded this Tenth Anniversary Edition of Turn On the Bright Lights. We wanted to do something special for the fans who have always supported us. We wanted to do something special for the best fans in the world. We hope you enjoy it.
A.C. Newman, founding member of The New Pornographers, is excited to announce the completion of his third solo full length. The album was recorded earlier this year in Woodstock, NY and will be released this Fall on Matador Records in the US and on Last Gang Records in Canada.
In celebration of the record — with a yet-to-be-revealed title — Newman has announced a tour this Fall, commencing October 21st at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON, and wrapping up November 14th at the Casbah in San Diego.
A pre-sale for all shows listed below begins Wednesday, July 25th. By buying tickets through our pre-sale, you will be able to get your tickets before anyone as well as save money on service charges. Go HERE on Wednesday to access the pre-sale for each date.
The general on sale for this tour begins Friday, July 27th.
Stay tuned as we announce more details about the new album in the coming weeks.
A.C. NEWMAN – FALL TOUR
10/21 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC – Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/30 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
The moment has arrived, Ceremony‘s fourth longplayer and first for Matador, ‘Zoo‘ is in stores today! It’s available to order from the Matador store (along with an exclusive t-shirt). You’ll also find it in the racks of your favorite local indie, retailer or online store on the popular compact disc, vinyl & even digital formats.
If you live in San Francisco, head over to Ameoba MusicTODAY where Ceremony are playing a special release show at 6pm, for free. For our readers in New York and its environs, Ceremony have just added a late show on April 23 (after they open for Refused) at The Mercury Lounge, the show is 16+ and tickets are on sale tomorrow.
For everyone else, check below the jump for Ceremony’s activities in Austin during SXSW, in the UK and across the United States over the next couple months.
If all this isn’t enough, we’re very excited to unveil four live videos filmed at Ceremony’s show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in Febraury. Check out “Hysteria”, “World Blue”, “Citizen” & “Open Head” now!
Every Chinese New Year since 2006, Fucked Up have released a 12″ single inspired by the beasts of the Chinese Zodiac.
The latest single will be Year Of The Tiger, out February 7.
Listen to the four existing Zodiac singles via the widget above, and the new one on release date.
2006: Year of the Dog (Blocks Recording Club) buy
2008: Year of the Pig (What’s Your Rupture? and Matador) buy
2009: Year of the Rat (What’s Your Rupture?) buy
2010: Year of the Ox (Merge) buy
2012: Year of the Tiger (Matador) preorder
Clocking in between 10 and 20 minutes apiece, Fucked Up’s Zodiac singles contain their most ambitious work, along with numerous and surprising guest musicians, ranging from Zola Jesus and a Toronto string quartet on Year of the Ox to Jim Jarmusch and Austra’s Katie Stelmanis on Year of the Tiger.
It’s Tuesday, January 17 which means our first two releases of the New Year are out today.
First up is Intended Play, the new ultra-budget vinyl-only sampler from Matador and True Panther. The 11-song LP is $1.98 list price – you can actually order it direct for only $1.80 by clicking on the title above. It contains new tracks from THE YOUNG, CEREMONY TANLINES, LEE RANALDO, PERFUME GENIUS and STEPHEN MALKMUS – all of the above from upcoming releases except the SM track which won’t appear elsewhere, and recent hits (some of them rare) from KURT VILE, GIRLS, FUCKED UP, ESBEN & THE WITCH and COLD CAVE.
Next is the first single in our new 2012 singles club, SINGLES GOING HOME ALONE. It’s an unexpected conjunction between STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS and the legendary LA GUNS, covering each other. Hear Malkmus jam on “Wheels Of Fire,” and Tracii Guns pull out the stops on “Gorgeous Georgie.” Sleeve art at the top of the post.
It’s not too late to sign up for the singles club, which gets you six exclusive limited-edition 7″es, one every other month this year, plus a special bonus record, an exclusive tote bag and a yearlong 10% discount on all items at the Matador Store, for only $45 including shipping within the US:
Brooklyn, NY’s Tanlines will release their debut album, Mixed Emotions, on our imprint True Panther Sounds on March 20th, 2012. It was recorded in various NYC home studios and mixed in Miami by legendary mixing engineer Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Television, Roxy Music). Mixed Emotion’s first taste, “Brothers,” is available for download from their site or direct download below…
Anyone well-versed with New York City’s diverse music scene for the last few years knows Mixed Emotions is a long time coming. Since their first song hit the web in 2008, Tanlines – comprised of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass) – have been steadily releasing genius dance singles with labels across the globe, including True Panther, Young Turks and Kitsune. Their live show has taken them worldwide, playing at the likes of The Guggenheim, The Whitney and more in their hometown, as well as an opening slot on Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’s solo tour in 2009. But it was an ill-fated European tour – filled with some of the most disappointing shows of their respective careers – that ultimately led to Mixed Emotion’s genesis. The band spent long hours driving through Europe, listening to albums by R.E.M., skate punk records from the 80’s, Born in the USA, and more. As Eric explains it, “Listening to them, I became very aware of the lasting resonance of a good song. A good song transcends production trends. That’s what we were missing, and I wanted to start making songs that would have a life of their own.”
The band returned from Europe only to be greeted with a larger problem: making such songs in Emm’s studio, which was not only the place where they created, but the place where they met prior to forming the band, would be impossible; the building that housed his eight year old studio had been sold. It is ultimately this sense of starting over that helps informs some of Mixed Emotion’s most palpable moments.
Mixed Emotions is a testament to the benefits and pitfalls of life’s changes, getting older, and being pushed out of one’s comfort zone. The band that was born out of a studio suddenly had to become, well, a band. Songs were written simply on a guitar, with the band later adding their palette of electronic and organic sounds afterwards. Emm honed his voice, a confident and tranquil baritone, and focused on lyricism, something he had not done seriously in the past. He sings stories about loss, the passage of time, and the lessons and warnings of accumulated knowledge gleaned by someone who has spent an entire lifetime in music. The process stretched the duo – Cohen likened making the album to that of making a film when it was done – and Mixed Emotions is all the better for it.
Sometimes painful, sometimes transcendent, and ultimately a very precise labor of love, Mixed Emotions simply feels vivid. Songs pulse and linger, filled with percussive textures, bright, warm synths and driving kick drums to juxtapose the album’s lyrical melancholia. The record obscures and blurs the lines between synthetic and organic, real and fake, happy and sad. It is the sound of stadium pop in small spaces. And it is one of the most remarkable debut albums you will hear in 2012.
Tanlines will be playing shows across the U.S. this spring. More info to come!
Pre-Order Mixed Emotions HERE (will ship on or before release date)
Rohnert Park, California’s CEREMONY will be releasing their fourth album, entitled Zoo, on March 6, 2012. Working with producer John Goodmanson, the band have refined their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement. Their previous three albums on the Malfunction and Bridge 9 labels are widely seen as the most compelling, unusual and progressive hardcore of the last five years, and we are incredibly excited to be working with them.
L-R: Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Ross Farrar (vocals), Jake Casarotti (drums), Andy Nelson (bass, guitar), Justin Davis (bass)
(photo by Ceremony)
Back in December, we announced the 7″ of “Hysteria,” the lead track on the album, backed with the non-LP Urinals cover “I’m A Bug.” Now you can listen to an MP3 of “Hysteria” here:
Also coming out on March 6 will be the second single from the album, “Adult” backed with the non-album original song “Start Over.” You can preorder it separately, or as part of one of the complicated bundle deals below.
The first 300 copies of Zoo will be on red vinyl exclusively for webstore preorders, and the first 200 copies of “Adult” will be on clear. These have already sold out. Orders going forward will get black vinyl.
Look for an announcement very soon: there’s going to be a special NYC event happening in early February.