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.

LISTEN UP // Foxygen on NPR’s World Cafe

If you’re itchin’ for some more Foxygen, NPR’s World Cafe has your fix! The Foxy boys and touring gang perform songs off their new album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, including  “In The Darkness,“San Francisco,and “Shuggie. Along with the stellar in studio performances, Jonathon Rado and Sam France talk about developing their sound and how the second album differs from Take the Kids Off Broadway. Listen above (click the photo).

Foxygen Talk Sandwiches at Boston’s In Your Ear Records

Hey folks – sit tight. We are about to learn a lot about the crazy duo driving the weird and whacky thing that is Foxygen. For starters, Rado does not like sandwiches and Sam France enjoys salami with cheddar and mayonnaise. You would think having such different tastes could cripple a friendship. One thing they can agree on >>> RECORDS. They luv ‘em. The Foxy boys recently stopped into Boston’s In Your Ear Records with Allston Pudding to point out some of their favorite little nuggets. Check out the video above.

Catch Foxygen live in concert. They are touring in support of their recently released We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. First show will be at Paris’s Point Ephemere on February 2! TOUR DATES.

HAPPY RELEASE DAY // Foxygen’s ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ Out Now

Happy release day, folks! Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is officially in stores and available for immediate purchasing. Pick up your copy(ies) at SC Distribution, iTunes, Jagjaguwar DRIP.fm or your local record store. The Richard Swift-produced album is no stranger to good/great/excellent reviews – check out all the lovin’ below.

Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of the album!

Experience all the songs live! Foxygen is coming to a city near you! They are headed out on tour with labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Portland’s Wampire. You’ll find the full schedule and links to purchase tickets HERE. Don’t wait to get yours – shows are already selling out (no surprise).

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE FOR FOXYGEN

“It’s one thing to give your band and your album a silly name, and to play dress-up with rock history while tweaking the formula. It’s another thing entirely to mean it; the more time you spend with Ambassadors, the more clearly that commitment and joy comes through.”PITCHFORK, named BEST NEW MUSIC

“Foxygen’s second album is a cheerful retro orgy in which the Stones get down with the Velvets, while Marc Bolan lies down with Prince (Oh Yeah), with the Cramps, looking on.” THE GUARDIAN

“Foxygen wins.”PASTE

“Triumphantly filtering the hallucinogenic sensibilities of yesteryear through the ADD tendencies of today.” - BUST

“It’s as stylistically diverse, maddening and confident as the Take The Kids Off Broadway EP, yet feels ready to enter the primetime — a band confident that their set of skills will be accepted, or at least tolerated.”Aquarium Drunkard

“With Foxygen, who needs acid?”MOJO

ALBUM STREAM // Foxygen’s Record Playing Now at Pitchfork Advance


Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is out next Tuesday, January 22; however, you need not wait to hear the album in its entirety. Pitchfork Advance is streaming the record and doing so in a particularly awesome way. It’s an interactive stream, complete with album lyrics, video and artwork. Educate yourself HERE.

Do not fear. You still have time to pre-order the record at SC Distribution. Do so and receive the entire album in MP3 format immediately!

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