As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history. The icecaps are melting. America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis. You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter. Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.” Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”
All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts. And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador’s incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo. Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT. Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.
Car Seat Headrest have officially released the white vinyl edition of Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror), the 2011 version that Will Toledo revisited early this year to create Twin Fantasy (Face to Face). Available for the first time on colored vinyl, purchase the 2xLP via the Matador Webstore here. Car Seat Headrest are currently on tour in the UK. The band returns to touring North America early next year surrounding their performance at Madison Square Garden with Interpol and Snail Mail on February 16.
Car Seat Headrest and TIDAL have debuted the 2nd installment of “I Haven’t Done Shit This Year”, pt. II being a behind-the-scenes peak at the band’s sold-out shows at SF’s Fillmore last July. Parts 1 and 2 of of the film can be seen here. There’s a 90 free trial available at TIDAL.com/CSHFans.
Previously only available on LP as a Record Store Day exclusive, the remastered 2011 version of ‘Twin Fantasy’ (aka ‘Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror’) is available now on all digital services and in record stores starting tomorrow, November 9.
Today marks the digital release date for Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)’, the original 2011 recordings once again available via all streaming/download providers. As mentioned earlier in this space, the 2XLP white vinyl edition, previously released for Record Store Day 2018, is coming back in print and can be found in stores next Friday, November 9.
Car Seat Headrest’s set at the Paris edition of Pitchfork Music Festival is being webcast today at 2:30pm eastern time.
Car Seat Headrest is excited to announce a newly confirmed run of headline tour dates for 2019. Kicking off on Valentine’s Day in Boston, the tour makes its way down the East Coast, making multiple stops in Florida, a first for the band, and winds its way through Texas, culminating in San Antonio on March 2nd. Car Seat Headrest’s electrifying seven-piece live band, including members of Naked Giants, has been on the road for the past month in the States, playing grandiose, sold-out shows in support of the recently released ‘Twin Fantasy’, the re-recorded and re-imagined return to the band’s 2011 Bandcamp classic. Previously only available physically as a Record Store Day exclusive, the remastered 2011 version of ‘Twin Fantasy’ (dubbed ‘Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror’) will be available on all digital services on November 2nd and on vinyl on November 9th.
The title of this short film is a stretch. Car Seat Headrest have had a busy year to say the least (and it’s only half over). In addition to releasing Twin Fantasy, the live band has grown by three (Naked Giants), played on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon they have played a slew of tour dates across North America and Europe and have many more on the horizon.
Back to this short film which is a look inside Will Toledo’s and the now seven-piece band’s world as they get ready for shows around the release of Twin Fantasy.
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Following an instantly sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel, the expanded Car Seat Headrest lineup returned to NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday evening for a performance of “Bodys” from ‘Twin Fantasy’.
On the heels of releasing Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror) for the first time on vinyl this Record Store Day, Car Seat Headrest have extended their North American tour through September, adding to previously announced headlining dates and festivals in The U.S. and Europe. Tickets for newly announced shows are on sale this Friday at 10am Eastern.
Tune in to KEXP today at 3pm EST / Noon PST to hear Car Seat Headrest perform with their extended live lineup: Listen Here.
We’d like to remind you as deliberately as possible that the 2018 edition of Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Twin Fantasy’ is out today on LP & digital formats, along with a 2XCD edition (shown above) including the original 2011 recording. Following a packed instore at Hollywood’s Amoeba on Wednesday, the band are back in action tonight at Seattle’s East Street for a set + signing. July dates in the western portion of the USA have just been confirmed (see below).
Earlier today, “My Boy”, the latest single from Car Seat Headrest’s forthcoming ‘Twin Fantasy’, premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats One program. Tickets for a one-off show at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel are on sale now.
After premiering on the Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music show last night (with Tom Ravenscroft sitting in), a new Car Seat Headrest single ‘Cute Thing’ has been made available today across all streaming platforms.
‘Cute Thing’ is the third track culled from the upcoming reimagination of 2011’s bandcamp favourite ‘Twin Fantasy’, due for release on Matador on February 16th
Listen to ‘Cute Thing’ here
Pre-order ‘Twin Fantasy’ here
Car Seat Headrest will be on tour later in the year at the following dates:
Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, ‘Twin Fantasy’, has been re-recorded and re-imagined for release on February 16th (*pre-order breakdown below). With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full US tour to be announced at a later date.
Today’s album announcement comes with the release of “Nervous Young Inhumans” and its accompanying video, which can be seen above. It is a frenetic, anthemic, split-screen choreographed crescendo, and the result of Toledo’s visionary work as a first-time director.
Toledo always knew he would return to ‘Twin Fantasy’. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you’ll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” – thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will’s first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it.
Even so, even awkward and amateurish, ‘Twin Fantasy’ is deeply, truly adored. Legions of reverent listeners carve rituals out of it: sobbing over “Famous Prophets,” making out to “Cute Thing,” dancing their asses off as “Bodys” climbs higher, higher. The distortion hardly matters. You can hear him just fine. You can hear everything. And you can feel everything: his hope, his despair, his wild overjoy. He’s trusting you – plural you, thousands of you – with the things he can’t say out loud. “I pretended I was drunk when I came out to my friends,” he sings – and then, caught between truths, backtracks: “I never came out to my friends. We were all on Skype, and I laughed and changed the subject.”
You might be imagining an extended diary entry, an angsty transmission from a bygone LiveJournal set to power chords and cranked to eleven. You would be wrong. ‘Twin Fantasy’is not a monologue. ‘Twin Fantasy’ is a conversation. “You know,” he sings, “that I’m mostly singing about you.” This is Will’s greatest strength as a songwriter ; he spins his own story, but he’s always telling yours, too. Between nods to local details – Harper’s Ferry, The Yellow Wallpaper, the Monopoly board collecting dust in his back seat – he leaves room for the fragile stuff of your own life, your own loves. From the very beginning, alone in his bedroom, in his last weeks of high school, he knew he was writing anthems. Someday, he hoped, you and I might sing these words back to him.
“It was never a finished work,” Toledo says, “and it wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.” He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always wanted it to sound.
It’s been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he wouldn’t write again, an especially sad song he regards as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that younger, wounded Toledo, he moves forward. He grows. He revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album’s final moments, in those “apologies to future me’s and you’s,” there is more forgiveness than fury.
This, Toledo says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.
Car Seat Headrest’s “War Is Coming (If You Want It)” premiered earlier today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program. The demo version, “War Is Coming (If You Want It) [March Mix],” is no longer available, having been made available for purchase via Bandcamp for just 24 hours on August 4th, to support their fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center. Proceeds from this new version purchased via Bandcamp will continue to be donated to the TLC.
Last night I dreamed that you’d murdered some kids
Gone up towards the border where the freaks live
I couldn’t tolerate it, yet somehow I did
If it had been on TV I would’ve changed the channel
And afterwards I lay awake for quite some time
And thought about opinions I’d kept
At 5 in the morning I couldn’t tolerate it
How many had died while I slept?
Now is the time to cast Darwin aside
Stop spinning lines that justify the lure of suicide
And reach out your hands
And save someone’s life
Because war is coming
If you want it
She’s keeping quiet in a season of crime
Walking away as if nothing had changed
From that awful display
People are are strange
If they keep on laughing
Nothing will change
Now is the time to cast the screenplay aside
And try to create some space between the lines
To lift up your voice
And change someone’s mind
Because war is coming
If you want it
Just a reminder for those of you in or around NYC for this weekend’s Governor’s Ball festival that Car Seat Headrest will be hitting the stage at Webster Hall tonight around 10:30pm, followed by an appearance at the Big Apple Stage at beautiful Randall’s Island, tomorrow at 2:30pm (and you have to admit that “Big Apple Stage” sounds a little more glamorous than “Piles Of Trash Blowing In Heavy Winds Stage”, though perhaps they were also pressed for space. The up-to-date Car Seat Headrest tour schedule can be found below :
Friday, June 2nd, New York NY – Webster Hall
Saturday, June 3rd – New York NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival
Sunday, June 4th – Charlottesville VA – Jefferson Theater %
Monday, June 5th – Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle %
Wednesday, June 7th – Asheville NC – Orange Peel %
Thursday, June 8th – Louisville KY – Headliners %
Friday, June 9th – Manchester TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
Sunday, June 18th – Morrison CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre $
Saturday, June 24th – Mountain View CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre #
Wednesday, June 28th – Milwaukee WI – American Family Insurance Ampitheatre
Friday, June 30th – Richmond VA – Brown’s Island +
Friday, July 28- Oro-Medonte ON – WayHome Music and Arts Festival
Tuesday, August 1st – Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom +
Thursday, August 3rd – South Burlington VT – Higher Ground Ballroom +
Friday, August 4th – Montreal QC – Osheaga Festival
Saturday, August 5th – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Tuesday, August 8 – Tøyenparken, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, August 10 – Ypsigrock Festival, Castelbuono, Italy
Friday, August 11 – Flow Festival, Helsinki Finland
Wednesday, August 16 – Praia Fluvial Do Taboão, Paredes de Coura Portugal
Thursday, August 17 – Route du Rock, Saint-Malo France
Tuesday, August 21 – Freizeitzentrum West (FZW), Dortmund Germany
Friday, August 25 – Rock En Seine, Saint Cloud France
Saturday, August 26 – Altes Kraftwerk Rummelsburg, Berlin Germany
Tuesday, August 29 – 02 Forum, London UK
Wednesday, August 30 – Ritz, Manchester UK
Thursday, August 31 – Leeds Uni Stylus, Leeds UK
Friday, September 1 – Electric Fields Festival – Thronhill UK
Saturday, September 2 – End Of The Road, Dorset UK
October 6,7,8 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
October 13,14, 15 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
% w/ Nap Eyes
$ w/ Local Natives & Portugal, The Man
# w/ Weezer
+ w/ Gold Connections
‘Teens of Denial’ is available from the following outlets:
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.
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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.
Friday, March 10th – New Orleans, LA – The Buku Music + Art Project
Saturday, April 15th – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Monday, April 17th – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre *
Wednesday, April 19th – Pomona, CA – The Glass House ^
Thursday, April 20th – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets *
Saturday, April 22nd – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Friday, May 12th – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
Friday, May 26th – Allston, MA – Boston Calling
Sunday, May 28th – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
Thursday, June 1st – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %
Saturday, June 3rd – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
Sunday, June 4th – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater %
Monday, June 5th – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle %
Wednesday, June 7th – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel %
Thursday, June 8th – Louisville, KY – Headliners %
Friday, June 9th – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
Sunday, June 18th – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre $
Saturday, June 24th – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre #
Friday, June 30th – Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island +
7/28-7/30 – Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music and Arts Festival
Tuesday, August 1st – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom +
Thursday, August 3rd – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom +
8/4-8/6 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
* denotes w/ Preoccupations
^ denotes w/ Future Islands
% denotes w/ Nap Eyes
$ denotes w/ Local Natives & Portugal, The Man
# denotes w/ Weezer
+ denotes w/ Gold Connections
‘Teens of Denial’ is available from the following outlets: