FOXYGEN

Foxygen and Star Power is the Los Angeles songwriting duo of 24-year-olds Sam France and Jonathan Rado. InMay 2011, France and Rado nervously handed off a CD-R of this homemade mini-opusTake the Kids Off Broadway(Jagjaguwar, 2012)to producer and visionary Richard Swift after his performance in a Lower East Side club.The duo, who had just mixed and burned the disc that very night, had been devotees of Swift's outsider-pop oeuvre since high school, when they first began recording their own pubescent forays into oddball rock n' roll (At least a dozen records were finished before they graduated high school). Foxygen left the venue that night unsure whether Swift would truly listen or sling the disc into a dumpster on his way out. You're reading this right now because Swift did listen. In fact, he fucking flipped for Foxygen's bugged out, esoteric majesty and called upon them immediately to say as much. Eight months later, Foxygen was holed up for a week-long recording session at Swift's neo-legendary National Freedom studio, creating what became their breakthrough,We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic(Jagjaguwar, 2013), a precocious and cocksure joyride across California psychedelia. 2013 saw the mercurial success of21st Century, and with it, heightened demands for tour planning, added press days, demands on resources, the sacrifice of personal relationships, and the indefinite delay of recording plans. The quick-fire success made for an altogether turbulent 2013 for the band.Foxygen's always captivating live performances shifted from eruptive to sometimes frightening -- and then, just put on ice altogether.Butat the close of 2013,France and Rado found secret sanctuary in their new studio, Dream Star, and holing up in some of LA's most famous hotels for more recording. Writing music together is what their friendship has always thrived upon. At Dream Star in the northernmost passage of LA's valley, they reformed as a punk band called Star Power. And the result, the svelte, 82-minute ...And Star Power,is a morphing, splice-and-paste journey through soft rock indulgences, psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, D&D doomrock, and paranoid bathroom rompers. Foxygen, now expanded into a 9-piece touring machine as Star Power, calls the album"a cinematic, auditory adventurefor the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits...the radio station you can only hear if you believe."

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

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

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