FOXYGEN

Foxygen is the Los Angeles-bred songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. The first track, "Abandon my Toys," only gives you two seconds of electronic soundery before acoustic instruments take over along with a vocal that sounds channeled in by a medium. "Why Did I Get Married?" plays like a mournful lounge act until about the two minute mark, when it starts to crash into something else, and a gooey kind of Ray Davies vocal gives way to shouts and barks. After you listen to even a few songs on the album, any attempt to define its genre will start with a discussion and end with a shrug, maybe a "rock and roll?" or a "psychedelic?" And that's how shit needs to be said. More question marks. Less periods. Less declarations. Cause it's only questions that can take us where we need to be, to a place of profound and active ignorance. As a tiny organism adrift on a sea of infinite nuance, ignorance is the only honest state of being. And Take the Kids off Broadway is an album full of question marks.

FUN & ENERGETIC // It’s Your Daily Dose of Foxygen

Part 1:
In this new Turn Style interview with Foxygen, we learn all about the band’s inspiriation: space and poetry. Who’s surprised really? Not us. Catch the clip above.

Part 2:
Are you in need of some inspiration? Get your daily dose with NPR’s webcast of Foxygen’s show at D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel. Recorded last week, the performance is a real goodun. You’ll find it HERE.

Part 3:
Are you satisfied yet? No?! Stop your bellyachin’ and listen to Foxygen’s interview and session with BBC’s Huw Stephens. You’re guaranteed endless happiness with this gem.

SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK // Jagjaguwar at SXSW 2013

SWIM.AT.YOUR.OWN.RISK. Jagjaguwar has teamed up with Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian for an OFFICIAL SXSW SHOWCASE and folks, let me tell you, it’s a real winner. Jagjaguwar artists include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Small Black and The Besnard Lakes.

The event takes place on THURSDAY, MARCH 14 at RED 7 (611 E. 7th St.), and all with wristbands/badges are invited to attend. Artists will perform on both the indoor and outdoor stages! See the full showcase schedule below (JAG artists shown in bold). You’ll also find all of our artists’ performance schedules at the end of the post.

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DOC/JAG/SC Official Label Showcase

Outdoor Stage

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: 1:00 – 1:45
Phosphorescent: 11:55 – 12:40
Foxygen: 10:55 – 11:35
Bleached: 10:00 – 10:35
Small Black: 9:05 – 9:40
Cayucas: 8:15 – 8:45

Indoor Stage

Akron/Family: 12:35 – 1:20
The Besnard Lakes: 11:30 – 12:15
DIANA: 10:40 – 11:10
Suuns: 9:45 – 10:20
Night Beds: 8:50 – 9:25
Brazos: 8:00 – 8:30

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ARTIST SHOWCASE SCHEDULES:

The Besnard Lakes
3/13 @ 4406 AVE C Pussy Palace (Brooklyn Vegan) 4:30pm
3/13 @ Swan Dive (Planet Quebec) 11:00pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 11:30pm
3/15 @ Pussy Palace (BUST) 2:00pm
3/15 @ The Ginger Man (Blurt) 4:45pm

DIANA
3/13 @ Empire Control Room (EXFM/Megablaag) 11:00pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 10:40pm

Foxygen
3/13 @ Stage on Sixth (Paste) 2:00pm
3/13 @ Hype Hotel (Aquarium Drunkard) 11:00pm
3/14 @ Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar) 2:25pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 10:55pm
3/16 @ Old Emo’s (Brooklyn Vegan) 12:45pm
3/16 @ Hotel San Jose (SXSJ) 4:00pm

Small Black
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 9:05pm
3/15 @ 508 House (C3 – DJ Set) 1:00pm
3/15 @ Lustre Pearle on Rainey (Filter) 9:00pm
3/16 @ Stubb’s BBQ 9:00pm – Official SXSW Showcase w/Vampire Weekend

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
03/13 – 5:30pm – Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – KEXP Showcase
03/13 – 11pm – Scoot Inn – Life or Death PR Showcase
03/14 – 3:45pm – 1100 Warehouse – Pitchfork Unofficial Day Party
03/14 – 1am – Red 7 – Jagjaguwar Label Showcase
03/15 – 1:50pm – Stubbs BBQ – SPIN Media Official Party
03/16 – 5pm – Old Emos – Brooklyn Vegan

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A BAND YOU SHOULD KNOW // Foxygen Interview Up at NoiseVox

Foxygen’s Sam France and Rado recently met with John Norris for a sweet little interview at NYC’s Webster Hall. Tis always a treat to hear from these two, especially when they are wearing such marvelous shirts. Watch above or at Noisevox.

Foxygen are currently on tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire; a tour you’ll be incredibly sorry to miss. You can check out all the dates HERE! Get your tickets in advance for shows are quickly selling out!

VIDEO // Foxygen Eat Burgers, Perform Live for THE FLY


Foxygen – ‘In The Darkness’ on MUZU.TV.

Foxygen – ‘No Destruction’ on MUZU.TV.

Guitar in hand, burger in mouth – it’s a recipe for success. Foxygen stopped by The Fly to perform two songs from their recently released album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (available via SC Distribution, iTunes and Amazon). Enjoy “In The Darkness” and “No Destruction” above.

You can witness all the madness in person. Foxygen are on tour now in Europe, with dates in the States starting February 13 at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. What could make this tour even better? Playing it with labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra (yes, you’re reading correctly). You’ll find the full schedule HERE.

P.S. For all you New Yorkers, Foxygen has just announced two headlining NYC shows, being that the date with UMO at has now SOLD OUT and all. You can see them live at the Knitting Factory in April and the Mercury Lounge on May 15

No Destruction by Foxygen
Make It Known by Foxygen

04/19/14
Indio, CA - Coachella - Empire Polo Field

07/04/14
George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival

07/05/14
George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival

07/06/14
George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival

08/01/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/02/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/03/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

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