In addition to August and September’s European shows marking the 15th anniversary of their landmark 2002 debut album, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, Interpol have confirmed the addition of the following dates in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City :
The U.S. shows go on sale at the following times : Los Angeles
FAN CLUB PRE-SALE: Tuesday, May 2 @ 10am PST
PUBLIC ON-SALE: Friday, May 5 @ 10am PST
FAN CLUB PRE-SALE: Tuesday, May 2 @ 10am EST
PUBLIC ON-SALE: Friday, May 5 @ noon EST
Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino are currently working on new material in New York for the 6th Interpol album, tentatively scheduled for release on Matador sometime in 2018.
(directed, produced and edited by Henry Busby and Marcus Tortorici)
Hot on the heels of NPR premiering the album’s title track earlier this morning, we’re very proud to announce the release of Algiers‘ long-awaited 2nd album, ‘The Underside Of Power’ (June 23). LP preorders (starting today) will include the limited edition “Walk Like A Panther” 7″ and 16 page ‘zine created by Algiers.
Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), ‘The Underside Of Power’ zooms across a musical landscape including but not limited to Southern rap to British grime to horror movie soundtracks to late-70s English industrial to Northern Soul. In the wake of our current political climate, Algiers cast a withering gaze on subject matter ranging from oppression, whiteness, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.
Now a four-piece, with the addition of Bloc Party’s Matt Tong on drums, the Atlanta-London-NYC band will bring their intense live show to major East and West Coast markets this summer, following an previously announced arena & stadium tour with Depeche Mode in Europe.
1. Walk Like A Panther
2. Cry Of The Martyrs
3. The Underside Of Power
4. Death March
5. A Murmur. A Sign.
6. Mme Rieux
9. Plague Years
10. A Hymn For An Average Man
11. Bury Me Standing
12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly
This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.
“This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” says bassist Ryan Mahan. Their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.
The inclination to do otherwise is one worth fighting. Take Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher, for example. Writing incendiary and even beauteous lyrics from inside a Manhattan nightclub’s coat check room, enduring the same damn songs thumping away nightly in the next room for the pleasures of a predominantly white audience, he tends to see the bigger picture as well as its pointillistic details.
“This nightclub is every nightclub in the world, basically. Whatever is being played there, whatever is happening there is happening everywhere else in the world,” he says. “It’s as if the entire history of music is boiled down to these fifteen artists–and I use the term loosely,” he says with an exasperated, dismissive sneer. With the world burning outside, a generation’s obliviously privileged dances to a carbon copied soundtrack.
It speaks volumes that a black man in America with an expensive Master’s degree–and all its overwhelming personal debt–finds himself picking up shifts at such a place that literally manifests the culture industry’s exploitation and commodification of black experience. An aptly unjust fate, Fisher is confined to an enclosed space while others move their feet freely mere steps away from him. “You have to find ways of getting through it without completely losing your mind. Luckily I’m able to escape inside my own head.”
Fortunately, the multiracial quartet Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.
And while many artists seem uninterested or even afraid to fully engage with these potent topics in song, Algiers has zero qualms about taking a direct approach. “We’re fortunate enough now where we’re able to openly talk about racist, violent police and murderous state structures,” says Mahan. “When we were growing up in the South, these critiques of class and race oppression were largely and sometimes violently suppressed. It’s why we take inspiration from the Panthers or the Chicano movement, to name two.”
Adding to this Casbah rocking mix of ideas is the relatively recent inclusion of drummer Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party. Joining the group for the touring cycle following their prior album, he’d spent time gelling with the original trio as a core component of their simply ferocious live sets to understand and help shape the dynamic. For a band that seems to revel and thrive in flux, Tong’s substantial role in the making of The Underside Of Power worked out well.
Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles.
Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead], Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn 0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that would consume a series of afternoons.
Featuring a fully-sanctioned sample of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, the revolutionary “Walk Like A Panther” presents an alternate reality where Adrian Sherwood produced Yeezus instead of Rick Rubin, with Fisher bellowing justifiable threats over a storm of formidable sonics. “Death March” fuses post-punk primacy to the Italo-horror tradition, in an effort to mirror a looming and perpetual sense of modern dread. Elsewhere, the raucous “Cleveland” turns into a full-on demonstration, with names of victims of institutionally sanctioned racial violence like Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice invoked over a neck-snapping electro beat.
The dangerously poppy title track finds a glorious midpoint between Suicide and The Temptations, making for the catchiest expression of outrage this side of the ‘70s. A molotov cocktail of a single, that particular song represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. “It’s more important than ever in this particular time, but it’s something we’ve never shied away from,” says Tesche.
The band doesn’t concern themselves with that risk. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.” – Gary Suarez
As you might’ve read elsewhere, Car Seat Headrest debuted a new version of ‘Teens Of Denial”s “Unforgiving Girl”, the retitled, “Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not A Single Version)”, this past Tuesday night. You can stream the studio version via Spotify.
‘Teens of Denial’ is available from the following outlets:
As mentioned earlier, Spoon appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and performed the titular track from their universally hailed new album, ‘Hot Thoughts’. Remarkably, said broadcast occurred just days after the 20th anniversary of Ellen being on the cover of Time Magazine, and if you’re lucky, there’s a patient older person in your life who can calmly explain what magazines were.
If you missed the @perfumegenius LIVE Q&A today, there is still a chance to see Mike answer all the great questions that were submitted.
“how many diet cokes have you had today?”
“I’m at the mall rn, where your favorite store to go at mall?”
“what’s your favorite song off the new album”
“Who were your first/strangest musical obsessions as a kid?”
MORE Perfume Genius news: In the middle of answering questions this afternoon a new song was released. Go Ahead… and follow this link to pick the way you’d like to hear the second track released from No Shape which will officially be out in the world on May 5th. Not too much longer!
Spoon make their first appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” this afternoon at 4pm ; it might even be the band’s first domestic appearance on a major daytime show (the Elias Koteas Sports Bureau’s website is down, otherwise I’d look it up). Ellen’s other guests today are Carson Daly and Rob Delaney.
On the heels of a huge Coachella performance this past Saturday night (see above, photo by Greg Noire), Car Seat Headrest are appearing tonight on TBS’ “Conan” (11pm eastern, 10pm central). Conan’s other guests this evening are Christina Applegate and Sherri Shepherd. The TV bookings remain few and far between for David Faustino, but when and if that changes, we’ll do our best to keep you informed.
Depeche Mode sang it, Spoon are living it, they just can’t get enough of our continental shores. Announcing today – with ticket’s going on sale this Friday – are six more tour dates (in bold) to bolster an already prodigious live schedule.
June 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 – Technikum, Munich, Germany
June 22 – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 – Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 – NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
CONTEST ALERT: Artist Christine Marlene is responsible for the watercolor covering Spoon’s new album Hot Thoughts. She made a piece for each song, all of which can be viewed on the band’s Instagram account right now. If you’re inspired or looking to get your hands on some tickets to see Spoon live OR get an original piece of art, you’re in luck. Both are within reach.
Make your own Hot Thoughts gallery in Instagram with #SpoonHotThoughts and you’ll have a chance to win one or both of those prizes.
There is nothing especially Jamaican about this and it’s not kheema. It was just too hot today in NYC to make my planned Madhur Jaffrey dish so I improvised this simpler, fresher version. I happened to have bean broth in the freezer from making verdinas. Any broth would do, though I think a bean broth might lend a silky texture.
The ground beef was quite fatty. That is key to making the most out of this dish. If your beef is lean, make sure you add extra oil.
1 tbs neutral oil, such as grapeseed
1 lb ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 long green (mild Indian-type) chillies, chopped, plus extra
1/2 habanero chilli, minced
1/2 cup riesling, or any white wine
1 cup verdina bean broth + water, or any broth, or just water
1 tbs freshly ground allspice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
pimentón de la vera (hot) (optional)
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
Heat oil in dutch oven over high heat until shimmering, nearly smoking. Brown 2/3 of the beef into 2 batches for about 4 minutes each, searing and smoking (use fan and screen), removing to bowl with slotted spoon.
Cook onions and chillies in the remaining oil over medium heat until caramelized and colored, about 7-8 minutes.
Raise heat and add riesling, scraping up the brown bits and stirring. Boil it off and add the bean broth. Continue to cook – the mixture should be rich, thick and aromatic.
Add the cooked beef, the raw beef, and all remaining ingredients including salt (moderating according to whether or not the broth was salty). Sprinkle the pimentón de la vera over the top to taste. Mix well. The liquid should just _barely_ cover the meat, if at all. If not, add a few drops more water.
Bring to a boil but as soon as it is close to boiling, reduce heat to a bare simmer and cook for about 1 hour until reduced and thick. Check for salt and add more if necessary – you will probably need it. Be sure not to dry out the meat. If you allow to sit for about 15 minutes after cooking, some moistness may return and the flavors will cohere.
Scatter fresh chopped green chillies over the top, plus a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Served over thymed white rice, with more limes and chillies at the table.
Up until now the tastiest link between Matador Records and Depeche Mode has been Anthony Anzaldo’s left arm.
In a bid to out-do this, Algiers have announced they will support Depeche Mode on their upcoming European tour, playing some pretty sizeable venues along the way – including the Stade De France, Stadio Olimpico and the San Siro stadium in Milan – which we’re willing to bet hasn’t seen a performance as aggressive since Gennaro Gattuso donned the famous black & red.
June 11th – HDI Arena – Hannover, DE
June 12th – HDI Arena – Hannover, DE
June 18th – Letzigrund Stadion – Zurich, CH
June 20th – Commerzbank-Arena – Frankfurt, DE
June 22nd – Olympiastadion – Berlin, DE
June 25th – Stadio Olimpico – Rome, IT
June 27th – San Siro – Milan, IT
June 29th – Stadio Renato Dall’ara – Bologna, IT
July 1st – Stade De France – Paris, FR
July 4th – Veltins-Arena – Gelsenkirchen, DE
Via director Matt Muir, Spoon have released a video for ‘Hot Thoughts’ titular track (see above) a week prior to 3 dates in Mexico City (in bold below). In addition, there’s 4 shows of the enormodome (well, amphitheatre) variety happening in September & October alongside The Shins in Berkeley, San Diego, Phoenix and Denver (tickets on sale this Friday, 10am local time)
Hey, look at us, actually repressing a couple of Kurt Vile EP’s you’ve been trying to acquire for far too long. On May 19, we’re reissuing the 6-song ‘So Outta Reach’ (2011) on blue vinyl and on the same day, 2010’s ‘Square Shells’ on opaque colored vinyl. Activate your preorder skills below :
In addition, Kurt’s playing 3 Eastern datesin June including a free show at Portsmouth, NH’s Prescott Park Arts Festival and a rather intimate show in the town made famous by Howard Stern (and infamous by Homestead Records) Rockville Centre, NY.
After a rapturously received show Monday night at London’s St. John Church, Steve’s current solo tour of Europe continues this week and is followed by solo U.S. dates in June alongside Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird, followed by full band dates in Australia in July. Steve’s summer run concludes with west coast band shows with Heron Oblivion and James Elkington. The new dates are in bold.
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church, Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg – Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday, April 25 – Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, April 26 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
Thursday, April 27 – Moby Dick, Madrid, Spain
Friday, April 28 – El Torgal, Ourense, Spain
Sunday June 11 – The Thing in Spring Festival, Peterborough, NH Tuesday, June 13 – Broadberry, Richmond VA (solo)* Wednesday, June 14 – ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC (solo)* Thursday, June 15 – 40 Watt, Athens GA (solo)* Friday, June 16 – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GA (solo)* Saturday, June 17 – Saturn, Birmingham AL (solo)* Sunday, June 18 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA (solo)* Monday, June 19 – White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX (solo)* Tuesday, June 20 – Sons of Herman Hall, Dallas TX (solo)* Wednesday, June 21 – The North Door, Austin TX (solo)* Friday, June 23 – Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS (solo)* Saturday, June 24 – The Anchor, Nashville TN (solo)* Thursday, July 6 – The Basement, Sydney, NSW Friday, July 7 – National Gallery of Victoria (The Great Hall), Melbourne, VIC Sunday, July 9 – The Junk Bar – Brisbane, QLD Thursday, July 27 – Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA & # Friday, July 28 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA & # Sunday, July 30 – The Space Bar, San Diego CA & Wednesday, August 2 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA & Friday, August 4 – Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA August 5 – 6 – Pickathon Music Festival, Happy Valley OR
* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird
# = w/ James Elkington
& = w/ Heron Oblivion
Our favourite child of radiant light returns to European shores this June – playing a short run of festival and headline shows. Perfume Genius’ new album ‘No Shape’ will be released by Matador worldwide on May 5th.
June 8 – Heaven – London, UK – Tickets
June 9 – AB Club – Brussels BE – Tickets
June 11 – We Love Green Festival – Paris FR – Tickets
June 13 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam NE – Tickets
June 14 – Berghain/Kantine – Berlin DE – Tickets
“Compiling Ends with And has been like stumbling upon a long forgotten time capsule and trying to put the pieces in order. I hadn’t heard most of the songs in a very long time. I pored over hours of unlabeled cassette demos, odd test pressings, and DAT tapes. A few of the live recordings and bonus tracks were hard to find – I knew that they existed but I had lost copies, but luckily a few kind souls had stored tapes in dusty basements and attics in various parts of the country. It’s good to know that these songs will all be in one place now.” – Mary Timony
Trying to describe the creative shadow cast by Mary Timony & Helium is a fun task, but one that’s far better served by Matador FINALLY GETTING AROUND to reissuing 1995’s breakthrough ‘The Dirt Of Luck’ and 1997’s ‘The Magic City’ (coupled with the tracks from the ‘No Guitars’ EP) on LP/digital, plus a 2 LP, 19 song singles & rarities compilation, ‘Ends with And’, featuring 3 previously unreleased demo versions (“Superball”, “Ghost Car”, “Leon’s Space Song”) and one, never-before-heard composition, “Golden Bridge”. Packaging and liner notes to all of the above are pretty killer and whether you’ve been following Helium since their ascent in the Boston scene a couple of decades ago or you’ve more recently found yourself blown away by Mary’s solo work or subsequent stints in Wild Flag and Ex Hex, we’re not-so-quietly confident you need these titles on your turntable and in your head.
Preorder links to ala carte and/or bundled versions of the LP’s can be found below, and there’s an tote bag option as well.
In June, Mary has confirmed a run of East Coast and Midwest dates billed as “Mary Timony plays Helium”, and will feature members of Hospitality (Brian Bettencourt and David Christian) as her rhythm section., Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at noon, March 24th (venue links below).
‘Ends with And’ tracklisting :
1. Baby Vampire Made Me
4. Love $$$
6. Termite Tree
7. Hole In The Ground
8. Magic Box
9. Superball (Demo)
10. What Institution Are You From?
11. Lucky Charm
12. #12 L’Enfant
13. I Am A Witch
14. Ghost Car (Demo)
15. Puffin Stars
16. Leon’s Space Song (Demo)
17. The Dragon #1
18. Fantastic Castle
19. Golden Bridge (Demo)
TOUR DATES – “Mary Timony Plays Helium” :
Tuesday, June 6 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7 – Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, June 8 – Northside Festival – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 9 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Saturday, June 10 – The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Monday, June 12 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 13 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, June 14 – Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 15 – The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Before we getting into the goods (tour news), I’m here to remind you to tune into KCRW today at 11:15am PT to catch the band’s Apogee Session. The performance will be streaming WORLDWIDE at http://kcrw.co/2nbCW4o. UPDATE – view the session in full HERE.
Ok, back to the goods – a LARGE amount of new tour dates that will be on sale this Friday at 10am EST – minus Savannah. You can find all confirmed tour dates below.
More good news, mean it. A piano version of “Good News” (off Sprained Ankle) is available to stream and download HERE as party of Our First 100 Days. The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. The money earned will go to organizations involved with women’s rights, immigration, fairness and climate change.
Perfume Genius, nom de poster+wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, ‘No Shape’, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
The video for the first single, “Slip Away,” was directed by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang and is co-presented by The Fader, whose current Perfume Genius cover story is a peek into his mindset upon completing the album in January.
Perfume Genius’s 2014 breakout album ‘Too Bright’—called “awe-inspiring, magnificent” by NPR—marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, he goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems.
Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”
In a bio for the album, writer Choire Sicha says, “God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of believing. This is church music the same way Prince’s Black Album is — too dirty. It’s femme art pop the way Kate Bush’s The Dreaming is — too scary.”
On the heels of last week’s national TV appearances and the past 3 nights at the former Emo’s building, re-dubbed “Eno’s” for the occasion, Spoon commemorate today’s release of their insanely well-reviewed‘Hot Thoughts’ with an appearance in the parking lot of Austin’s Waterloo Records at 6pm. After that, a sick global touring run commences (see below) and if this week’s gigs are any measure, you’re gonna see a band at the absolute peak of their powers. A few of us have spent a VERY LONG TIME following this band and it’s no hype job whatsoever to say that in 2017, Spoon not only still have the capacity to stun & surprise, they might only just be getting started.