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Steve Gunn sings about the rhythms of life in terms of landscapes — overpasses, oceans and streets, from the perspective of characters that could step in for him but are likely based on folks he’s met along the way. It gives his songwriting a winding quality, enlivened by a dexterous-yet-mindful guitar style that has become Gunn’s own.
For the first time in years, there’s no band — just Gunn, his guitar and a meditation underscored by a video filmed on the streets of London. “Stonehurst Cowboy” muses on a father who knew how to tell a story, and who doubled as a guide through Gunn’s life. Entangled in one of his most indelible guitar melodies, he sings, “Teach us right all those steps / Before there’s nothing left, for all those cowboys in the world.”- Lars Gotrich, NPR
Earlier today, NPR Music premiered “Stonehurst Cowboy”, the second track from Steve Gunn’s incredible new album ‘The Unseen In Between’ (out January 18)
After releasing “Alan (Rework)” via W Records last week, Perfume Genius premiered “Not For Me” today, a cover of Bobby Darin’s track, along with a new music video directed by Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas himself. As with last week’s release, profits from the streaming of this track will be donated in full to Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.
The latest single from songwriting powerhouse Kurt Vile’s album-of-the-year contender ‘Bottle It In’ is a banjo-propelled, instant classic that belies the author’s claim, “I’ve always had a soft spot for repetition.” While peers real and imagined tip-toe on the periphery of Americana, folk and classic rock, not for the first or last time, Philadelphia’s Vile renders such considerations moot — if he’s not 2018’s wittiest, most evocative storyteller, we’d like to meet whoever else holds the crown.
At last week’s close of Queens of the Stone Age’s massive, 129 date world tour in support of ‘Villains’, fans in Tasmania were treated to an intimate one-off acoustic set at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart – a benefit that generated $10,000 matched by QOTSA’s Joshua Homme’s own Sweet Stuff Foundation for a total of $20,000 to support the Royal Hobart Hospital Paediatrics Ward. The band visited the hospital the following day, presenting the donation to the hospital and gifts to its patients. Above – the band performing “The Way You Used To Do”.
Today King Krule releases a music video for “Biscuit Town,” the opening track from his Mercury Prize nominated album ‘The OOZ’. The video comes as the first of a three-part collaboration with WeTransfer, which sees King Krule explore the creative process with each video’s director, hosted on their WePresent platform. Directed by friends and long-term collaborators cc. Wade (aka Michael and Paraic Morrissey), the video sees King Krule (aka Archy Marshall) inhabiting his own noir “Biscuit Town” — waking up and retracing his footsteps through the city, piecing together the remnants of a hazy, half-remembered night before. A reflection of his futuristic, jazz-inflected, film-inspired sound, the video serves to compliment the warm, dreamlike quality of “Biscuit Town.”
Interpol’s Marauder is finally out tomorrow, and to preview their first LP in four years, they’ve shared the video for album-opener “If You Really Love Nothing.” The video, directed by Hala Matar, stars Kristen Stewart and Finn Wittrock.
Interpol kicks off their North American headlining dates with a sold out show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer tonight, before playing their Marauder release show at Brooklyn’s House of Vans tomorrow night. The first five tracks of their set tomorrow will be live-streamed from the band’s Facebook and YouTube channel, beginning at 9:45pm EDT.
Upcoming Tour Dates, In Bold On Sale Tomorrow at 10am Local Time
This morning, we’re pleased to present the Kurt Vile video, “Loading Zones,” the first new music to surface from him since 2015. Directed by Drew Saracco, the video is a paean to Kurt’s City of Brotherly Love, and a farcical tribute to the song’s lyrics, a loose account of his peculiar parking strategy. Law enforcement is played by Kevin Corrigan and Matt Korvette.
Kurt and The Violators (Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence, and Jesse Trbovich) hit the road this fall on an extensive global tour. Tickets are on-sale now for the full world tour, which commences in Hamburg, Germany on October 12th. The North American leg, where fans can expect a further taste of new music in addition to the band’s iconic catalogue, kicks off on November 24th in Boston. The band has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket sold will go to support the ACLU’s work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
Following a seven-week US tour on the heels of the recent release of their new album, Beyondless, Iceage have shared a new video for album stand-out track, “Under The Sun.” The video was filmed in Tokyo during their ‘Opening Nights’ residencies, which was an inter-continental exhibition that saw Iceage collaborating with their favorite visual artists (also staged in NYC and LA).
Directed by XXX, the “Under The Sun” video features the vibrant, eye-catching floral designs of renowned flower sculptor, Azuma Makoto, who handpicked Iceage for his flower-music installation series titled “Crazy Garden x Iceage.” The band’s darkly beautiful and chaotic live performance is an unexpected, yet fitting, foil to the delicate blooms
After a North American co-headline tour with The Black Lips in November, Iceage will return to London for a special performance at the Hackney Arts Centre on December 7th, with Helm and Astrid Sonne opening, and set design by Christian Friedlander. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
Interpol have released the video for powerhouse new single, “The Rover” taken from their forthcoming Dave Fridmann-produced new album, ‘Marauder’, out August 24th.
The video was shot on-location in Mexico City in June, during a whirlwind journey where Interpol announced their new album via a live-streamed press conference – only to be unexpectedly interrupted halfway through by a mysterious figure played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, confusing fans and media alike. Today, the mystery has finally been revealed with the release of the video directed by Gerardo Naranjo (“Narcos”, “The Bridge”) – giving further context to the elusive cult-like character, ‘The Rover’ himself, blurring the line between documentary and fever dream in a heady montage of psychedelic, hedonistic adventures with his young followers in tow, as they ‘rove’ through the pulsing Distrito Federal.
Following last month’s single “Pristine,” Snail Mail released “Heat Wave” today ahead of her debut LP Lush. The video, directed by Brandon Herman, features Lindsey Jordan showing off her high school varsity hockey chops and not-to-be-overlooked air hockey skills to boot.
Prior to the May 4 release of ‘Girly-Sound To Guyville’ : The 25th Anniversary Box Set’, we’ve released the remastered audio for “Bomb” (culled from ‘Sooty’, the third ‘Girly-Sound’ cassette’) as well as premiering Phair’s video for “Stratford On Guy” (the song that “Bomb” would eventually morph into) with remastered audio as well (above).
“We were in talks with labels about the second record – Matador was being courted by Atlantic – and Danny Goldberg came backstage to meet me. I told him about my idea for the next video – ‘Stratford-On-Guy’ – explaining that we were stalled due to budget constraints. He asked ‘what do you need?’ I said, ‘a private plane to fly over downtown LA and get footage at night.’ I wanted to shoot the electric veins of the city. He just said, ‘done!’ It was one of those real rock star moments.
So my husband, his friend Michael Mees, who was the DP, and I went up in this 8 seater Lear Jet and got the greatest footage ever. We were literally flying sideways so Michael could shoot straight down over the rooftops of all the buildings. We were executing these tight turns above the skyscrapers and the G force was incredible. You could feel your internal organs dragging to the other side of your body cavity. Michael was using this really heavy camera and Jim, my husband, had to hold onto him as we shot. The lens of the camera was pressing down against the window pane and I remember Michael nervously joking – and not really in jest – that the glass beneath him better hold. It was so fun. We made two approaches into the airport so we could capture that fantastic runway lighting. Those images are etched in my memory forever. I seem to recall I somehow wedged my head up between the pilots like a dog peering over the backseat so I could see that awesome 180* cockpit view, too. Good times!” – Liz Phair
Upcoming Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA SOLD OUT
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN * SOLD OUT
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA * SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY * SOLD OUT
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL * SOLD OUT
Belle and Sebastian have released a video for “Poor Boy,” a track from EP3 of How To Solve Our Human Problems. The video, which features Stuart and company on a normal evening off, is directed by Oscar Sansom & Ciaran Lyons of The Forest of Black.
In conjunction with the release of the new video, the group has also announced “The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker,” which allows you to create a sharable Spotify playlist and customized image that replicates the How To Solve Our Human Problems cover.
Belle and Sebastian are currently on tour with Julien Baker in the United Kingdom. They’ll be touring North America this June, with support from Snail Mail, Perfume Genius and others.
“Head Like A Haunted House” is the latest video from Queens of the Stone Age’s colossal ‘Villains’, directed by auteur beyond compare Liam Lynch. QOTSA’s updated global schedule can be found below, and beware that tickets are running low in several places (and you simply cannot xerox your own).
Earlier today, Pitchfork Live premiered the entirety of Yo La Tengo’s set from Brooklyn’s National Sawdust last week that saw the band performing songs from the forthcoming, ‘There’s A Riot Going On’, many of them for the first time in public.
Via director Brook Linder, here’s an acoustic performance of Stephen Malkmus’ “Middle America”. The Jicks’ previously announced US tour commences June 1 ; the June 14 date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out but a second show has been added the following night (see below).
This morning, Iceage release their first new music since 2014 in the form of the self-produced, “Catch It” (recorded at Göteborg, Sweden’s Kungsten Studios by Mattias Glavå) with an accompanying video directed by Adam Hashemi, mostly shot on 8mm in Los Angeles. In addition to previously announced European dates, Iceage kick off a North America tour on May 10 at Seattle’s Nordic Museum (dates and relevant ticket links are below)
Following the announcement of her sophomore effort, ‘Historian’ (out March 2), the album’s 2nd single, “Addictions”, premieres today in the form of Lucy Dacus’ directorial debut. A myassive touring schedule for ‘Historian’ kicks off on release day at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg (see below).
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.