Is the above headline self-explanatory enough? If not, our society is surely doomed! As we’re a mere 9 days away from the release of Spoon’s ‘Hot Thoughts’, catch the band tonight via the glories of terrestrial television as they appear alongside fellow cultural mavens Brie Larson and Kal Penn on the American Broadcasting Company’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
Earlier today, Apple Music’s Beats 1 and Zane Lowe premiered the second track from Spoon’s forthcoming album, ‘Hot Thoughts’, “Can I Sit Next To You” . The accompanying video, directed by directed by Marcel Dzama, can be viewed above.
Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, “doesn’t this sound a bit Peter Lemonmoodring?” and you’d be right. However, we’re sure you’ll find the experience far more rewarding. When you create a Spoon Spotify playlist, the Aura Reader analyzes that playlist, then creates a individualized version of the ‘Hot Thoughts’ album cover with different colors in the artwork’s signature watercolor skull, creating a reflection of each fan’s own… (SAFE FOR WORK) Hot Thoughts.
The customized ‘Hot Thoughts’ skulls can then be used by as avatars on Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media. Because we’re ALL ABOUT SKULLS .
Earlier today, Spoon confirmed their first UK shows since 2014. Following the March release of the highly anticipated ‘Hot Thoughts’, Spoon visit Manchester, Glasgow and London in late June. Tickets go on sale February 3rd.
Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory, but it’s certainly in the top ten. On March 17, we’ll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, ‘Hot Thoughts’ in all territories.
’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.
Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.
Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—’Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ (Merge, 2007), ‘Transference’ (Merge, 2010) and ‘They Want My Soul’ (Loma Vista, 2014)–Hot ‘Thoughts’ is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, ‘Hot Thoughts’ creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders –through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You” to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.
Having recently previewed ‘Hot Thoughts’ material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo’s location, currently referred to as “The Main” on March 14, 15 and 16. Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as “Eno’s”.
Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.
1. Hot Thoughts
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain’t The One
8. Tear It Down
Green Vinyl version – Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.
Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :
– CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)
South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno’s:
Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16
News flash for our friends beyond North America : Spoon’s classic ‘Gimme Fiction’ celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe limited-edition version on 180g double-LP, double-CD, released on Matador in early 2016 (Merge‘s domestic version will be available on December 11, as will Matador’s digital download version). The reissue (released by Merge in 2005 and licensed/simultaneously released by Matador for territories outside of North America) contains the original album newly-remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24″ x 36″ poster and a digital download of all songs.
(photo by Tom Hines)
‘Gimme Fiction’ dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.
‘Gimme Fiction’ deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics “I Turn My Camera On,” “The Beast And Dragon Adored,” “My Mathematical Mind,” “I Summon You” and so many more. 10 years later, ‘Gimme Fiction’ gets the deluxe vinyl release it so richly deserves.
Listen to and share the demo version of “Was It You?” and experience the oral history of ‘Gimme Fiction’ via the band’s Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album’s creation and campaign.