Spoon continue to plunder their own vault(s) and today unleash the demo version of “The Underdog”, the mega-hit from 2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’. Lovers of rock / cinema history might recall the song playing in the closing credits of 2011 Palme d’Or winner “Horrible Bosses” (not, I should stress, a documentary about working at Matador Records).
This morning we’re pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon’s much-beloved “Inside Out”, the studio version of which appeared on 2014’s ‘They Want My Soul’. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like ‘Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making ‘I Want Your Soul’ and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”
There’s a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in “I-told-you-so”-isms already (if that’s a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we’re shining a spotlight on Spoon’s past works, more cool artifacts from the band’s vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you’re inclined.
This past Saturday, PBS’ “News Hour” ran a feature on Spoon with interview and performance footage culled from the band’s most recent stop in Austin this past June, including a visit to Austin’s Girls Rock Camp.
Spoon today shine a light on the rarity track “Shake It Off.” Available digitally for the first time ever, and culled from a 2002 split single with Swearing With Motorists (Super Asbestos), the track was recently made the b-side of the 7” version of latest single “No Bullets Spent”
‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’ — featuring the new single, “No Bullets Spent” — is out today. LP and CD editions are now shipping from the Matador and Spoon webstores ; The album will be available at most independent record stores on August 2, and everywhere by August 16. Contact your local store for details.
Prior to Spoon’s show tonight at Austin’s 360 Ampitheater, the band will be signing copies of ‘Everything Hits At Once’ and the “No Bullets Spent” 7″ at Waterloo Records at 1pm.
Making a stop on their current tour with Beck and Cage the Elephant, Spoon performed their newest single “No Bullets Spent” from the forthcoming Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The episode was preceded by a six-song set spanning Spoon’s catalog, both videos are now archived on YouTube and viewable below.
Beginning today and continuing through August 17th, Spoon invites you to create your own Greatest Hits playlist on Spotify (max 45 mins) and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #mybestofspoon. The entrant whose playlist gathers the most followers wins a Britt Daniel signature Fender guitar, and their playlist will be pressed to vinyl in a limited edition. The Runner-up will win every Spoon LP on vinyl and a tambourine signed by the band. US&UK only, rules HERE. The winner will be announced August 26th.
Spoon today unleash their first new song since 2017’s acclaimed ‘Hot Thoughts’. “No Bullets Spent” showcases Spoon in full creative forward momentum, with its staccato rhythms and spooky film-noir guitar. The inimitable vocals of magnetic frontman Britt Daniel kicking off at the first note, Spoon’s signature is stamped on the track immediately while another level is achieved in Daniels’ seemingly infinite hot streak as a songwriter. Blending with the percussion wizardry of Spoon co-founder Jim Eno, the song is propelled from the doors of his own Public Hi Fi studio in Austin, TX and is produced by Mark Rankin. Alex Fischel (keyboard) and Gerardo Larios (guitar) add their own dimension to the band whose recent recording sessions point to, perhaps, a forthcoming new album.
“No Bullets Spent” joins classics from the Spoon catalog on ‘Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon’, the greatest hits compilation coming out July 26th. “No Bullets Spent” will also be available as a limited edition 7”, with the ‘A Series of Sneaks’ era rarity “Shake It Off” on the B-side. Limited to a small pressing worldwide, the 7” will be sold exclusively via the Matador and Spoon webstores and on tour with the band this summer. The album’s tracklist (complaints about what songs are missing
can be directed to the Twitter ether) and Spoon’s full list of summer tour dates can be found below the physical and digital artwork, and the Rob Sheffield-penned bio.
How many rock bands from the past 25 years could get away with a greatest-hits album? Spoon stand alone, with a career-spanning retrospective culled from all over their unique songbook. It’s a flawless compilation of their best-known, best-loved tunes, yet it’s still full of
surprises—the only thing you could expect from a band that’s spent their whole career taking people by surprise.
“The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times,” Britt Daniel says. “First I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record it was ‘Standing on a Beach’. When I got my first New Order record, it was ‘Substance’. That was how I met those bands, and I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I
love a greatest hits LP when it’s done well. It can be a thing unto itself.”
If you were the betting type in 1996, and you were taking odds on which bands would still be on top of their game in 2019—still thriving, creating, evolving, sitting on top of a catalog so rich it could produce a compilation like this—it’s safe to say you could have bought a house betting a quarter on Spoon. They did not seem the likeliest band to make history. Yet they’ve achieved this by refusing to concede a thing to fashion, refusing to pander, declining to repeat themselves, resisting the impulse to play it safe. When they dropped ‘Kill the Moonlight’ in 2002, it already seemed bizarre this underdog band had turned out to be so freakishly prolific and creative. But Spoon were just getting started. They have kept going their own way, moving past their original blueprint and building something new one album at a time.
When you hear Spoon has a greatest-hits record, you instantly think of your pet favorites. Every fan would assemble a totally different lineup—that’s the beauty of it. They’ve built the kind of ridiculously vast catalog where people love to argue for hours over their favorite highlights. Are you a ‘Girls Can Tell’ diehard or a ‘Transference’ cultist? Do you prefer ‘Gimme
Fiction’ or ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’? ‘Hot Thoughts’? ‘They Want My Soul’?
Certain artists like Al Green, Blondie or Creedence spend years making individual albums that stand up as fully realized works of art—but they spawn a perfect greatest-hits record that makes its own statement. That’s the classic level Spoon are on here. So how did this complex and diverse string of albums boil down to one disc? “Honestly, it was a struggle,”
Daniel says. “I was listening to the old records and jotting down the songs—if you wanna turn the volume up, that’s a good sign. The list really got whittled down, so these are the best. ‘I Summon You’ was never a huge song, wasn’t for the radio, but it had to be on there. It’s one of the best things we’ve done. I wanted to represent ‘Transference’, even though it’s not really a ‘hit’ type of album—‘Got Nuffin’ was the closest thing. It did get to a point where I started feeling like, ‘We gotta represent this album in some way, we’ve gotta represent this change in some way.’ ‘Everything Hits at Once’ was a turning point for us—a minimal new wave soul type of rock song.’”
That’s part of what makes this a classic greatest-hits album—we will keep arguing over the selections for years to come. “It’s a small collection trying to cover a lot of years, but I hope it does what ‘The Singles’ record by the Pretenders or ‘Hot Rocks’ did for me—cover a lot of ground and then if you want to find out more, you can find out more.” It’s a conversation starter, like any great group’s best-of should be. But it’s also a map to the work of a band that’s still full of surprises—and more yet to come. – Rob Sheffield
Spoon spent nearly two years touring in support of ‘Hot Thoughts’ so what better way to commemorate the summer of 2019 than by visiting the continent’s finest ampitheatres and multi-purpose entertainment venues on a package tour alongside such show business titans as Beck and Cage The Elephant? If an answer to this question pops into your head, please don’t bother sharing it as the shows are already booked and tickets go on sale rather soon (Friday at 10am local time, in fact).
Adding to the band’s relentless global routing in support of ‘Hot Thoughts’, Spoon have announced 7 summer shows with Grizzly Bear and special guest Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, including a June 20 date at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. $1 per ticket for these dates will go to PLUS1 in support of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s mission to prevent gun violence and build safer communities. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10am eastern — links and new gigs in bold below.
Earlier today, Spoon confirmed a short run of shows in the UK, France and Germany for next June ; dates in question are in bold below, tickets are on sale Monday. In addition, last Wednesday’s sold out show from Brooklyn Steel can now be viewed on demand, courtesy Pitchfork Live.
It would be an exaggeration to say Spoon’s last week in NYC represented some kind of huge multimedia takeover, but only a slight exaggeration. And if their record label cannot slightly exaggerate things and trumpet such achievements, WE’RE OUT OF A JOB and you certainly wouldn’t wish that upon any of us during this holiday season. From Saturday’s broadcast of “CBS This Morning”, here’s Spoon performing at an ungodly hour (OK, it was pre-taped) along with Britt and Rob being interviewed by the program’s Anthony Mason.
As mentioned earlier this week, Spoon’s omnipresence in the commercial and public broadcast realms continues tomorrow with an appearance on “CBS This Morning” (7am eastern), followed by a broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion”, live from NYC’s Town Hall at 6pm eastern.
Earlier this morning, Gizmodo premiered the latest video from Spoon’s phenomenal ‘Hot Thoughts’, “Do I Have To Talk You Into It”, directed by Brook Linder. On the heels of last Friday’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ 10th Anniversary reissue, Spoon return to Europe in early November (dates below), with their North American run recommencing with a pair of sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel at the end of the month.
In addition to announcing Western US and Canada dates in January (see below), this morning Spoon release the latest video from album-of-the-year candidate ‘Hot Thoughts’, the brooding “I Ain’t The One”, directed & shot in London earlier this year by the directorial team of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Spoon made a pit stop on their US tour to stop by The Current’s studio and play a stripped-down version of their recent single “Can I Sit Next To You”. Watch Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel perform the Hot Thoughts highlight, and check out their upcoming tour dates below.
SPOON UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Saturday, September 30 Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA $
Sunday, October 1 Cal Coast Credit Union, San Diego, CA $
Tuesday, October 3 Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ$
Thursday, October 5 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO $
Friday, October 7 Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 10 Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX*
Wednesday, October 11 Cains Ballroom, Tulsa, OK*
Thursday, October 12 House of Blues, Dallas, TX*
Friday, October 13 Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 17 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA*
Wednesday, October 18 Minglewood Hall, Memphis TN*
Friday, October 20 Music Farm, Columbia, SC
Saturday, October 21 Maverick, Jacksonville, FL
Thursday, November 2 Orangerie at Botanique, Brussels, BE
Monday, November 6 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Tuesday, November 7 Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, UK
Wednesday, November 9 The Junction, Cambridge, UK
Saturday, November 11 Kaserne, Basel, CH
Sunday, November 12 Santeria Social Club, Milano, IT
Tuesday, November 14 Sala Apolo, Barcelona, ES
Wednesday, November 15 La Riviera, Madrid, ES
Thursday, November 16 Porto Coliseum, Porto, PT
Friday, November 17 Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, PT
Tuesday, November 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, November 29 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Friday, December 1 The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsee NY
Sunday, December 3 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsberg PA
Tuesday, December 5 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Wednesday, December 6 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Friday, December 8 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, December 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, December 31 9:30 Club, Washington DC
On October 20 we’ll be marking the 10th anniversary of Spoon’s breakthrough 2007 album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ with a double LP reissue including a bonus disc comprising the long out of print / previously available only-on-CD ‘Get Nice’ EP, both encased in a gatefold jacket with revised art. Matador is releasing the album worldwide save for North America where the reissue is handled by Merge, who brought ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ into our lives and onto our shelves a decade ago.
Recorded in 2006 in Austin by the band and Mike McCarthy (with the exception of the single, “The Underdog”, recorded in LA by Jon Brion), ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ was a high water mark critically and commercially for Spoon at the time, though it’s been a pretty crazy run/unbeaten streak since, too. Preorder below :
Track listing : ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’
1. Don’t Make Me a Target
2. The Ghost of You Lingers
3. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
4. Don’t You Evah
5. Rhthm & Soul
6. Eddie’s Ragga
7. The Underdog
8. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case
9. Finer Feelings
10. Black Like Me
‘Get Nice’ bonus 12-inch
1. I Got Mine
2. Be Still My Servant
3. Leave Your Effects Where They’re Easily Seen
4. I Summon You (Cool)
5. Mean Mad Margaret
6. Love Makes You Feel
7. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
8. Tasty Fish
9. Dracula’s Cigarette
11. I Can Feel It Fade Like An AM Single
12. Curfew Tolls
Spoon in Europe, 2017
Nov 4, 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands Ekko
Nov 6, 2017 Bristol, UK The Lantern, Colston Hall 2
Nov 7, 2017 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club Tikets
Nov 8, 2017 Glasgow, UK Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
Nov 9, 2017 Dublin, Ireland Whelan’s
Nov 10, 2017 London, UK Union Chapel
Nov 12, 2017 Brussels, Belgium Autumn Falls Festival
Nov 14, 2017 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen Neukölln
Nov 15, 2017 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefährlich
Nov 16, 2017 Düsseldorf, Germany Bachsaal
Nov 17, 2017 Madrid, Spain Sala El Sol
Nov 18, 2017 Braga, Portugal Theatro Circo
Nov 19, 2017 Barcelona, Spain La