“Tobias Jesso Jr is a songwriter, piano player, and singer from Vancouver, Canada who has just signed to True Panther Sounds and will release his debut album in the spring of 2015. He recently went to Los Angeles and recorded Takeaway Session for La Blogothèque at the Kibitz Room of Canter’s Deli. The live performance is the first video footage online of Tobias and features a new song from the forthcoming album, ‘Without You’ and the previously released Just A Dream’.
Since posting his first demo online for ‘Just A Dream’ in 2013, Tobias Jesso Jr has been working with JR White (Girls) and several other notable producers on his debut album in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. In July he shared his latest song ‘True Love’ which was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, called “Stunning” by Consequence Of Sound, with NME adding, “‘True Love’ is little short of wondrous. It recalls peak-period Elton John in its stark simplicity, with a bit of Ryan Adams and Harry Nilsson chucked in for good measure.”
Whilst working on his album, Tobias launched a singles subscription series. The premise is simple – $5 for 5 (plus shipping) of his unreleased, unadorned piano demos pressed onto flexi 7” singles and mailed to subscribers in 3-week intervals. There are a few subscriptions left of the pressing of 300. The first song, ‘Bad Dreams’ is already in the mail…. Sign up HERE
There’s been some rumblings about a new member of the True Panther family….a songwriter by the name of Tobias Jesso Jr. He’s got a couple of songs out there on the internets right now if you want to listen. More on him soon but first, we wanted to share a very simple thing with you.
Five new Tobias Jesso Jr. songs for $5 (plus shipping). Once a month you’ll get a flexi single in the mail with a new unheard song written and recorded by Tobias. We’re not doing a digital of this so if you’re subscribed, you’ll hear it, if you’re not, you’ll have to find a friend who is….We made 300 of them.
The video, directed by Jamie-James Medina and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, was inspired by Hitchcock’s film Dial M For Murder:
Speaking on the video, Medina said:
“Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we’ve spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I’ve seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant – you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn’t know if we’d get permission to use the Hitchcock footage – to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, ‘and the room is full of lizards’, so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children’s parties.”
1/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
1/25 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
1/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
1/28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Purgatory
1/29 – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
1/30 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
1/31 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
2/1 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
2/3 – El Paso, TX – Lobrow Palace
2/5 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent
2/6 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
2/7 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
2/8 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
2/9 – San Francisco – The Independent
2/10 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
2/11 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
2/14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
2/15 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
2/18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
2/20 – Toronto, ON – Hoxton
2/23 – Boston, MA – Sinclair
You know em when you see em, and though I can’t think of single other example at this moment, I know they’re out there (HELLO COMMENTS SECTION!): television appearances that herald an artist’s arrival, and that capture an unforgettable moment in time. It’s a special thing to be there when it happens, or around the corner at a bar:
or try this version:
King Krule’s debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is onsale now. Like, at a discount!
Hey people of LA, after rocking New York, King Krule + the band are on their way towards you now. A few nights ago, they played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom and the night before a free all ages secret show at Alife in the Lower East Side.
The two LA shows, both at the Echo on the 17th and 18th sold out within a couple of days. To show gratitude and respect to the folks left out in the cold (including the 18 and unders) Archy is continuing his run of free all ages shows with a show atSpace15Twenty THIS SATURDAY September 14. The show will start promptly at 2pm.
To help us keep attendance sensible you can purchase a copy of the record at Amoeba Hollywood starting THIS FRIDAY or at Space 15Twenty and get two wristbands to get into the show. If you’ve already bought the album, buy one for a friend, and take him/her out to the show while you’re at it.
Saturday 9/14 King Krule Live at Space15Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles) 2pm Buy The Album at Amoeba Hollywood starting this Friday September 13 or Space 15Twenty for Two Wristbands Guaranteeing Admission
The last public show Glasser played was February of last year. Since then, she’s been locked away in a studio working on her follow-up to 2010′s Ring. She’s playing her first show since then this weekend at LA’s FYF Fest. She’s decided to use the occasion to release her first new music in a while. The song is called “Shape”, it’s a very powerful song, and we can honestly say that it’s one of the best pieces of music that’s ever come out under the True Panther imprint. More Glasser very soon…in the meantime enjoy the music and this note from her.
I have been thinking a lot about space. Not only outer space and physical boundaries, but also inner mental space. There are so many beginnings and endings and edges and shores inside and outside our minds. Some are impossible to scale and they make us feel small. I feel small and far removed at times, and I push myself farther away in a kind of compulsion. These are physical comforts I cling to, but always when I cling to them I realize that the isolation I’m afraid of is in my heart and not on a crowded sidewalk. I also have moments of ecstasy, milestones that drive me forward in search of more. These emotions and sensations elude me though, they seem to exist in their own seperate planes. I still chase them. I can become so mesmerized by something outside myself, a person or place that I try to reflect its power and the way it makes me feel.
This is why I feel so lucky to be able to make art, especially music. My experiences flow together and become the stuff of invention. I spent the last year and a half making my new album, which will come out in October. I thought about architecture, a physical imposition in my life, and the fluid emotional boundaries of relationships, also sometimes imposed.
As King Krule, 18 year old south-east London based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall has quietly and stealthily crafted a reputation for himself as one of the most raw and startling voices of a new generation. With his unexpectedly deep and mournful baritone tracing fissures of disappointment and social disorientation to devastating effect, Marshall has harnessed the inchoate frustration and fury of youth and translated it into a series of brilliant singles released on the likes of True Panther Sounds and Rinse over the past few years.
Now comes 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, his first full-length on True Panther Sounds, and with it, the much anticipated unveiling of the full scope and scale of Marshall’s vision. Over the course of 14 tracks, Marshall’s passions and confusions are rubbed raw and laid bare, the only connective tissue throughout it all being one of searing lyrical clarity paired with a confounding musical deftness which utterly belies his tender years. From the opening clarion call of “Easy, Easy” it is abundantly clear that this is a breathtakingly bold and arresting sonic worldview, as his songs, produced by Marshall along with Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Savages), open up to become a loose knit meditation on regret and discontent, loss of faith and renewal of hope, and optimism in the face of desperation.
Eschewing much of his previously released material, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon firmly yet soundly rejects any notion of contemporary trends or peers to occupy its very own unique place on the music landscape, oscillating gently between the classic 50′s soul of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley to the minimal, avant-garde experimentation of Penguin Café Orchestra, to even the electronic smog and dub textures of Marshall’s beloved Rinse FM. This is a record where the nakedly bluesy stomp of the likes of “A Lizard State” and “Easy, Easy” sit effortlessly next to the low-end frequency and shimmering beats of “Neptune Estate” and “Will I Come,” after all. It is reflective as much of Marshall’s own eclectic tastes as it is of the frenetic pulse and rhythm of the city around him, particularly the rapidly changing south-east areas in which he grew up. There is a genuine grittiness and world weariness ingrained here, as exemplified so succinctly when Marshall sings, “Hate…runs through my blood” on the stunning “Out Getting Ribs,” the track which started all the fuss.
All these esoteric textures and fidgety, off-kilter rhythms make perfect sense as an album however, especially when you consider that incredible voice. Whether he is singing ruefully of youthful disaffection and “the heat of my own treason” (“Ceiling”) or spitting out venomous lines like “I’m not going to crack like you cracked…I don’t want to be trapped in the black of your heart” over the jittery “A Lizard State,” its clear that something which marks Marshall out is his stunning ability to turn intense emotional peaks and troughs into spectacular pieces of artful, atmospheric and anthemic balladeering.
Some of the imagery is disturbing to be sure (as on the closer “Bathed in Grey” where he offhandedly murmurs that he “there was blood…found a body in the dark”) but the songs are also imbued with genuine heart as well, as epitomised on his heart rending update of “Out Getting Ribs.” Taken as a whole, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the sound of a young man growing up – not for nothing is this album being released, unconventionally enough, on a Saturday, which also marks Marshall’s 19th birthday – and attempting to grapple with the realities of the world he inhabits, an unsparing dissection of the social decay that has begun to set in around him – and a fascinating, brutal journey it is too.
6 Feet Beneath The Moon
True Panther Sounds *
Aug 24, 2013
1. Easy Easy
2. Border Line
3. Has This Hit?
4. Foreign 2
6. Baby Blue
8. A Lizard State
9. Will I Come
10. Ocean Bed
11. Neptune Estate
12. The Krockadile
13. Out Getting Ribs
14. Bathed in Grey
Wrapping up an incredible year, Tanlines today release the self-directed, self-selfy video for “Not The Same” from their debut album Mixed Emotions (buy it here):
Also today, the “Not The Same” single went live on iTunes, featuring an extended version of the song (also utilized in the video) and a remix by DJ Spoko.
Next week, on Thursday December 3rd 6th, the band will make their late-night television debut on Jimmy Fallon. Set your TiVers.
Finally, the band wrap up a year of touring with a handful of upcoming shows, including a headline date at New York City’s Webster Hall:
11/28/2012 Boston, MA @ The Paradise // PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE – tickets
11/29/2012 New York, NY @ Webster Hall – tickets
11/30/2012 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat – tickets
12/1/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer – tickets
Sirius XM subscribers should make sure they’re tuned into XMU (channel 35) tonight at 9:00PM EDT to be assured of catching the premiere of an all-new session by Tanlines. If it’s not possible to do so (I get it, we’re all busy people), please be advised that the session will also air three more times this week:
Thursday, 11/1 at 4:00PM EDT
Friday, 11/2 at 9:00AM EDT
Sunday, 11/4 at 12:00 noon EDT
We are psyched up to show you the new video from Lemonade, “Softkiss”, from the awesome (and available to purchase) album Diver. The video was directed by David Franklin (full video credits below), and the band curated a YouTube playlist to accompany the video premiere. Enjoy “Softkiss”:
Lemonade have a couple of shows coming up:
Tue, June 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
* with Grimes DJ set; Blood Diamonds; LE1F
Thu, June 21 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Museum
* with Small Black
Director: David Franklin
Cinematographer: Violetta D’Agata
Gaffer: Gautam Kadian
Grip: Felipe Rosa
Production Support: Rebecca An
Editor/VFX Artist: David Franklin
Produced by Artisanal Television
“Diver traffics in cool, tropical-tinged electropop….bound to get stuck in your head for days.”
- TIME OUT NEW YORK
“pulls in elements from every genre imaginable until their music is just one overwhelmed stew of world-music-informed hedonistic insecurity. It’s a tricky line to walk, but on their sophomore album Diver they do it well. “
- THE FADER
Over the last few days, Lemonade have released the video for their incredible heartbreaker “Neptune”“, and the yearning, soulful freestyle ballad “Softkiss“. Now, without further ado, here is their majestic forthcoming album DIVER in its full glory. Thanks to Refinery 29 and Hype Machine for premiering it on their sites in tandem. Diver is out next week, 5.29.12!! (June 18 in UK) on True Panther Sounds:
Order the record RIGHT NOW and get an instant grat MP3 download of the record, plus if you buy the lp it comes on a special Ltd. ed cola-bottle clear blue vinyl available only for mailorder customers and at forthcoming live shows.
Buy DIVER HERE (get instant mp3 download of album and blue vinyl) Lemonade- Softkiss (MP3)
Sat 6.2 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/Teengirl Fantasy + Elite Gymnastics. Buy Tickets HERE
Fri 6.8 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle * Buy Tickets
Sun 6.10 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge * Buy Tickets
Tue 6.12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza * Buy Tickets
Wed 6.13 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl * Buy Tickets
Thu 6.14 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar * Buy Tickets
Sun 6.17 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop * Buy Tickets
Mon 6.18 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho *
Tue 6.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/Grimes (DJ), Le1f, Blood Diamonds (Check Yr Ponytail) * Buy Tickets
Thu 6.21 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Museum w/Small Black . Buy Tickets
Tue 7.3 – London UK @ White Heat Buy Tickets
Wed 7.4 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere w/Frankie Rose Buy Tickets
Fri 7.6 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzmatazz
Also, the release of Diver is just about two weeks away. Although they’ve just come back from a nationwide tour with Neon Indian, they’ll be traveling around the states and UK/Europe again. The show has gotten wild….truly special. To add to it, they’re bringing their friend Le1f on the road with them.
Enjoy the vid! Buy tix to see the band play! Buy the record wahoo!!!!!!! If you’re in New York come and see them at their biggest headlining show to date, at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Teengirl Fantasy and Elite Gymnastics!! VOLTRON SHOW!!! ALBUM RELEASE!!!!
Much more awesome news to come very very shortly!!!
Mon 6.2 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/Teengirl Fantasy + Elite Gymnastics. Buy Tickets HERE
Fri 6.8 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
Sun 6.10 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Tue 6.12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Wed 6.13 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl *
Thu 6.14 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar *
Sat 6.17 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Sun 6.18 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho *
Mon 6.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
Thu 6.21 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Museum w/Small Black
Tue 7.3 – London UK @ White Heat
Wed 7.4 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Fri 7.6 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzmatazz
UPDATE: Tanlines will now be playing live TOMORROW, April 25, at 3:00PM EDT/noon PDT.
Dear faithful radio listener,
Today on Seattle’s KEXP, available on the radio dial at 90.3FM or online at KEXP.org, we have a dynamic duo of artists performing for your edification and enlightenment.
In just under half an hour, Rohnert Park, CA’s Ceremony, fresh off opening for Refused and playing an UNPRECEDENTED 16+ show at Mercury Lounge last night, will be rocking and rolling the airwaves with soothing sounds from their latest opus, Zoo (available for purchase here). Tune in at 12:30PM EDT/9:30AM PDT.
Later today, at 4:30PM EDT/1:30PM PDT, Tanlines, who did not open for Refused last night but surely would have killed it if they had, will be performing live in the KEXP studios. Due to border issues (thanks a lot, Canada), Tanlines must needs reschedule their KEXP session. They will now take to the live airwaves tomorrow, April 25, at 3:00PM EDT/noon PDT. Their new album is called Mixed Emotions, the video for the song “All Of Me” is above, and you should make a point of purchasing the former and enjoying the latter.
There are a few more chances to catch Tanlines on tour, don’t sleep:
4/24/12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/25/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/27/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/29/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/30/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Today public radio stars Tanlines give us the second video from their just-released album Mixed Emotions (buy it here). The video was directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh (full credits below), and is brought to us by the fine folks at Adult Swim. This video is awesome:
The video, which marks the music video directorial debut of UK comedy legend Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and was produced by Framestore, will be Tanlines’ second video off of the album (and the first not in 360 degrees). The collaboration between Barratt and the band was a combination of brazen wishful thinking and good luck. Tanlines, who are influenced by Barratt, toyed with the possibility of listing the Mighty Boosh as a creative partner in their liner notes. Word reached Barratt, who after listening to an early version of the album realized “All of Me” served as a perfect musical counterpoint to some of the imagery he was interested in exploring, and an opportunity to experiment making music videos. So shockingly, he dove in.
Barratt says, “At the time I wrote the treatment, I was watching a particular film by Fabrice Du Welz called ‘The Ordeal’ which is a really good, strange, macabre film with some really interesting movement and dance bits in that…I’m always trying to do anything between comedy and horror. Because you have such a strong flavor with Tanlines’ music, it’s quite fun to offset that with bleak imagery.”
The video stars the band performing on an old-timey late-night television show to an elderly crowd jiltedly moving together, doing something just short of dancing. It is mysterious, funny, macabre and a definite must-see.
Adult Swim is also presenting a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the “All Of Me” video, starring Mr. Barratt (short film directed by Matthew Bowron, edited by Richard Carter):
Tanlines hit the road in a few weeks:
4/11/12 Washington, DC @ DC9
4/12/12 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/13/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time @ Voyeur
4/14/12 Middleton, CT @ Wesleyan University
4/16/12 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
4/17/12 Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
4/18/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/19/12 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/20/12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/23/12 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
4/24/12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/25/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/27/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/29/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/30/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Director – Julian Barratt
Director of Photography – Erik Wilson
1st Assistant Director – Will Jasper
Executive Producer – Derrin Schlesinger, Simon Whalley, Phil Canning
Producer – Danielle Hardy
Production Assistant – Selena Stokes
Choreographer – Florence Peake
Gaffer – Andy Lowe
Electrician – Chris Stones
Electrician – Gareth Brough
Electrician Assistant – Greg King
Camera Assistant – Robbie Chapman
Art Director – Lucie Red
Stylist – Mischa Notcutt
Hair & Make Up Designer – Christine Cant
Make Up Artist – Nina Pratley
Make Up Artist – Liberty Haynes
Runner – Joe Williams
Runner – Sam Cunniffe
Art Director Assistant – Hela Dondertman
Art Director Assistant – Posy Dixon
Stylist Assistant – Tova Hasselblad
Stylist Assistant – Rosie McGuinness
Make Up Assistant – Polly Mossman
Make Up Assistant – Kylie McDonald
Colourist – Edwin Metternich
VFX Artist – Tim Greenwood
Booth Man – Stephen Evans
Delivery Man – Eric MacLennan
Dancers – Michelle Archer, David Bailey, David Burton, Ann Elsey, Imola Gaspa, Philip Harvey, Gordon Kenny, Lucien Morgan, Jennifer Munby, Barry Newton, Peter Nolan, Leslie Palmer, Sue Parker-Nutley, Jane Phillips, Jennifer Richards, Frank Scantori, Bobby Stevenson, Peter Thomas
We’re nearing the March 20th release of Mixed Emotions on True Panther Sounds. You’ve already spent some time wrapping your head around the album opener Brothers (and the progressive house rave r die, thizz yr brains out remix) so now here’s something new.
“All of Me” is the kind of spirited and soaring track Tanlines have somehow gotten really really really good at making. An intimate song about love and fear busted out into a digital stadium. It’s a SPRING song more than a summer song, maybe even a springtime in New York song…which is convenient because this spring is going to have some Tanlines tour dates that you can find below. Hope you enjoy the track and pre-order the record, which you can get on mailorder exclusive color vinyl for the time being.
Also, as a thank you to the stores that participated in Girls Across America (the first ever nationwide instore that took place in September 2011) Girls are pleased to announce the May 22 release of a “My Ma b/w Love Life” 7″ single.
This 7” will be a one-time pressing of 1000, available only at the 159 participating stores (more info to come on when and where you can find the 7″). A small gesture of appreciation to all those great stores that have supported the band.
Mar 01 Santa Cruz CA – Coconut Grove
Mar 02 San Diego CA – Birch North Park Theatre
Mar 03 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Mar 05 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad
Mar 07 San Antonio TX – White Rabbit
Mar 08 Austin TX – La Zona Rosa
Mar 09 Dallas TX – Granada Theatre
Mar 12 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks
Mar 13 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
Mar 16 Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre
Mar 17 Salt Lake City UT – In The Venue
Mar 18 Reno NV – Cargo At CommRow
Apr 13 & Apr 20 Indio CA – Coachella