Happy release day!! Small Black’s Limits of Desire is now available at iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store. Better go ahead and get your copy! Then check out the beautiful “Free At Dawn” video – posted below.
Small Black played their first show of the season last Friday at the opening reception for their Limits of Desire art show. You can check out photos from the gallery HERE. The band starts their full tour at the end of May. You’ll find the full list of dates and ticket links HERE.
Ole Foxygen are at it again. Here we are with a new [old] video for their song “No Destruction.” Why it’s a modern day Western! It’s an ode to adolescence! But really, you’re looking at a mix of newly filmed video plus a bit of footage from Foxy’s high school days; clips from The Legend of Colonel Bedlum and the Salty Biscuits (2005), Metronome (2007), Here’s Another One, Jon! (2008), The Buffalo Son (2009), and more included! The video was directed by Sam and Rado’s childhood friend Bryan Felber. WATCH ABOVE!
DON’T WAIT TO GET YOUR “NO DESTRUCTION” b/w “WHERE’S THE MONEY?” 7″! The single is out on May 28 and available for pre-order at SC Distribution.
Wolf People share their brand new video for the song “Empty Vessels.” Inspired by the artwork for their Fain album, the video is a collage of live performance and album imagery. Director Phil Poole created the video “as an abstract piece exploring the many layers and depths to the track, through a combination of unorthodox visuals and motion graphics.” “Empty Vessels” is found on Fain, which is now available SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes and your local record store.
In other EXTREMELY exciting Wolf People news, they have announced their first ever North American tour. Even better? Many of the dates are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Check out their schedule below, with more dates TBA.
New Tour Dates:
10/14/13 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10/15/13 Montreal, QC – Cabaret Mile End w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10/16/13 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10/17/13 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10/18/13 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10/19/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
What’s tastier than a beer inspired by Pink Mountaintops? NOTHING. CBC Music put together a wee little project, asking fans to pair band names with beer styles and tag them with #CDNbandbeer on Twitter. Before long, labels were made and many a Canadian brewery were called on to make this mash-up a reality. We’re stoked Pink Mountaintops is included in the fun and cannot wait to get a taste.
Created by Cannery Brewing, PINK MOUNTAINHOPS hits stores June 7. What does it taste like? For starters, it’s a maibock, meaning a German-styled lager complete with classic German malts and noble hops. We’re talking all kinds of delicious.
MEET DIANA, Jagjaguwar’s newest band, featuring Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, and Paul Mathew. You will recognize members from a number of Canadian bands (The Hidden Cameras, Destroyer, Bonjay). Today we are treated to the first official video for Diana’s “Born Again.” Watch above or at Gorilla vs. Bear.
“Born Again” is a single off the band’s self-titled debut, out officially on August 20 in the US / 19 in Europe. Full of lush sounds and melodic hooks, the songs of DIANA aim to entice the listener into a world that is deeper than its surface may let on. Beneath the smooth and silky surface often lies a tightened fist, a Factory Records intensity that pushes things forward. You’ll find the track listing and album artwork below!
Finally! See Diana live. They are off to Europe next week for handful of dates. Then, it’s back on the road again in late August; this time in support of Austra!
1. Foreign Installation
2. That Feeling
3. Perpetual Surrender
4. Strange Attraction
6. Born Again
7. New House
Small Black’s new record, Limits of Desire, is ready for your ears. Pitchfork Advance has the exclusive album stream with all ten songs just waiting to enter the world. Head there now.
There’s no question of liking the album. You’re going to love it. When you discover that feeling, head to SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon for your very own copy of Limits of Desire, out officially next Tuesday!
Small Black are bringing their show to the road! That’s right, the boys have announced their summer dates, which will take them throughout North America. The first show is quite a special event; it’s the ‘LIMITS OF DESIRE’ art show, set to open on May 10 at 7 Dunham Gallery. You’ll find all the shows, along with ticket links, below.
In addition to new dates, we have a song off the forthcoming album. You can stream “No Stranger” above. Like what you hear? Head to SC Distribution and pre-order the Limits of Desire, which comes with an immediate download of the entire record!
The fun doesn’t stop with a song and tour dates! Small Black have teamed up with Stillwater Artisanal to release a new beer! Named after the band, the dark black beverage is the second volume of the brewery’s Sensory Series. Learn more about the new beverage HERE.
Another glorious release day, folks. Wolf People’s Fain is officially available in-stores and online! Pick up your copy at SC Distribution, iTunes and Amazon. You can preview the album first; head over to The Line of Best Fit to stream Fain in full.
Do not forget to see Wolf People live in concert! They kick off their tour next week in Birmingham! Dates and ticket links available HERE.
“Although the album’s influences are easily tracked, it’s far from a case of meritless mimicry. Much as the masters of vintage British folk-rock took musty inspirations and moulded them in the shape of the times they operated in, the London four-piece mix and match ingredients to create sounds that, whilst respectful of what has gone before, are unmistakably rooted in the here and now. The results are frequently mesmerising.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Hello Monday. The Cave Singers treat us to a brand new live session. The band recently stopped into Seattles’ KEXP studios to perform four songs from their album, Naomi. You can stream the full performance above or head to KEXP for individual videos.
“…it [also] feels very free and liberating, and obviously it’s celebratory and sometimes [even] transcendent for me—that happens mostly when [The Cave Singers and the crowd] are sort of in this together, so there’s like this unanimous spirit.” – Peter Quirk on playing live // Filter interview
You can catch the Cave bros live in concert. They’re currently finishing up a run of dates alongside Bleeding Rainbow, with another tour planned for June. See their full schedule HERE.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns the remix favor with a reworking of Lindstrom’s “Rà-àkõ-st.” You’ll recognize UMO’s touch right away, echoing lines from Ruban’s II. Stream the track above.
What makes a remix even better? New tour dates, of course. UMO has extended what is making itself out to be a year-long tour, with shows going into September and October. You’ll find the new dates below.
Sept-26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Sept-27 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Sept-28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Sept-29 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Oct-2 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Oct-3 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz RocknRoll Chicken Shack
Oct-4 Nashville, TN – Exit In
Oct-5 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct-6 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Oct-8 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct-9 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct-14 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct-15 Montreal, Canada – Cabaret Mile End
Oct-16 Toronto, Canada – Lee’s Palace
Oct-17 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Oct-18 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Oct-19 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
Oct-22 Madison, WI – The Frequency
Nov-7 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Nov-8 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Small Black are all set to host an art show exploring the themes of their new album, Limits of Desire. As a collaborative event, the show will feature work by 17 artists (full list found below), working in various media. The band paired with Lindsay Aveilhe, an Independent Curator and the Research Associate for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonnée, to curate the show.
“Inspired by the title track, the exhibition gathers artists whose work confronts or responds to the arbitrary framework of wants or desires upon which we exist, as well as the ways in which that framework can be restricting. For these artists, the limits of desire are manifest in their artistic process, in their relationship with materials and in their treatment of content.” – Lindsay Aveilhe
LIMITS OF DESIRE will take place at Dunham Gallery with an opening reception held Friday, May 10 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. Small Black plan to DJ the after-party from 10-11pm. Join the Facebook event for additional details. See you there.
The Cave Singers have announced a new summer tour! They’ll spend this June playing shows across the Northwest and into Canada, with the routing taking them as far south as Indiana and back home again. Dates kick off with a performance at Spokane’s Elk Fest . It’s the second round of touring the band is setting out on this year in support of their new album Naomi. You’ll find the full list of dates and ticket links below!
Foxygen, oh Foxygen. They’re always up to something. If you haven’t managed to watch their Takeaway show, do so now. The folks behind La Blogotheque met with the Foxy gang in Paris this past February to film a live, moving performance of “No Destruction,” “On Blue Mountain” and “In The Darkness.” Watch above and check out the entire shoot HERE.
Also coming in today is a brand new 7″, complete with Richard Swift artwork (pictured above), for your purchasing pleasure. You’ll find an a-side of “No Destruction,” backed with “Where’s the Money.” Pre-order the single at SC Distribution.
As always, we’ve got a round of tour dates for you. Foxygen hit the road this summer, playing a million different music festivals. You’ll find all the dates HERE.
Black Mountain begin their tour this Wednesday at Boise’s Neurolux. Dates include a stop at Austin Psych Fest and Santa Ana’s Psycho de Mayo Fest. You’ll find the full list of shows and ticket links below.
For those of you who need a musical refresher, check out this Youtube playlist featuring Black Mountain videos.
Happy Monday. Small Black are bringing this week in with a brand new video for their song “Free At Dawn.” Premiering along with an exclusive interview at Interview Magazine, the video was directed by Yoonha Park and inspired by Hollis Frampton’s experimental 1970′s film Zorns Lemma. “Free At Dawn” stands as an ode to Brooklyn, capturing beautiful shots of the city and all on 16mm film.
Small Black’s Limits of Desire is officially out on May 14, but you can pre-order the album now! Head to SC Distribution for the deluxe bundle (pictured below), which includes: the album on both CD and limited-edition white vinyl, 12×12″ print with artist portraits (for the first 200 orders), 17×22″ glossy poster and a digital download code redeemable April 30. The record is also available at iTunes and Amazon!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra brings you an acoustic version of “So Good At Being In Trouble.” Recorded for The Line of Best Fit back in February, the track takes a laid back turn, but still encompasses a serious bite. You can watch the session above.
Since their May shows have sold out, UMO have just announced they will return to the UK later this year. You can see them at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 7th and Manchester’s Gorilla the following day. See all of their upcoming dates HERE.
Lightning Dust are back with their third proper full-length – Fantasy. Set for US release on June 25, the new album marks a sonic turn for the Vancouver duo and ensures you’ll have just the perfect soundtrack for your forthcoming road trip. See exactly what we mean with the first single, “Diamond,” available for streaming above or at Urban Outfitters.
Fantasy came to be after many hours spent in Amber and Josh’s shared recording studio, The Balloon Factory. In that time, the duo took on a new, more-informed sound that still delivers the rich atmosphere we’ve grown to know Lightning Dust for. But who are we to say? Decide for yourself after pre-ordering Fantasy at SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon. The deluxe bundle, available only at SCD, includes the album on both CD and vinyl, a glossy poster, a limited-edition 7″ and an early download of the album available starting June 11. COOL!
Good afternoon! Justin Vernon has teamed up with Phil Cook and Peter Wolf Crier’s Brian Moen for a new project called The Shouting Matches. NPR is streaming the group’s debut album in full; head HERE to stream Grownass Man. The album is officially out tomorrow!
“It’s the work of a guy who loves playing music — who’s drawn influence from Talk Talk and Bruce Hornsby and many points in between — and saw an opportunity to have a blast on the side with friends he’s joined on stage whenever possible.” – Stephen Thompson
You can see The Shouting Matches live at Coachella this weekend, as well as next!
Sharon Van Etten recently took a break from opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to star in a style video for Ace & Jig. Premiering at Style.com, the video features Sharon sporting clothes from the clothing company’s Fall 2013 collection. You’ll also notice her song “One Day” playing in the background. Watch above.
You can see Sharon perform live at a handful of festivals this summer; Bottle Rock, Nelsonville Music, Ottawa Bluesfest and Pickathon are all included. You’ll find all the show details HERE.
The Besnard Lakes end this week on a high note. We’re talking a new video for their “People Of The Sticks.” Directed by Joseph Yarmuch and Peros Kolyvas, the video features Besnard members as drugs that you can take while doing gymnastics. Talk about performance enhancers! Is this making any sense to you? Just watch above or at Rolling Stone where it premiered yesterday.
The best time is remix time. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” gets a redo by Norwegian producer, Lindstrom. The tracks comes in conjunction with the announcement of new North American tour dates. You’ll find both posted below.
It is a special kind of day when you get to announce the signing of an artist as talented and all-consuming as Angel Olsen. Her voice is an incredibly strange, yet warmly inviting instrument always positioned at the forefront of her songs. The St. Louis raised, now Chicago-based singer began experimenting with her voice at a young age, recording tapes and then teaching herself to harmonize with those recordings. That process — of listening and recording and listening and recording — has imbued her music with a confidence and wisdom that extends as much to her arrangements as to the voice that defines her music.
And it’s little surprise, then, that her work is inspired by what she describes as “being home, feeling home within yourself. Simple things like homes and existence and death and birth.” Her music is defined by many of the same signposts by which folk music first defined itself — resonant images, bold voices, deeply human tones. And so Olsen is, to turn a phrase, bringing it all back home.
Enough with the words! With all of this, it’s best you just hear what exactly we are talking about. Watch Angel perform “Miranda” live at Grand Street Bakery – video below. You’ll also find Angel’s forthcoming tour dates listed at the end of the post. More
The Besnard Lakes’ Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is officially out today! Do not wait to get your hands on this beauty. The record is available online at SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon. You can also head to your favorite record store for a CD or vinyl copy.
Interested in previewing the new album? You’re in luck! Pitchfork is streaming the record in full as part of their Advance program. After you are acquainted with the Until In Excess, go see Besnard live in concert. Dates and ticket links available HERE.
Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
“Lasek and Goreas aren’t mere songwriters who produce pop tunes; they are composers who create musical suites out of sweepingly melodic movements….another Besnard Lakes’ album album that stubbornly demands to be absorbed all at once, from beginning to end.” – Pitchfork
“Each element – each tiny nuance, even – feels very deliberate: the long, syncopated riffs, the extra bars, the meticulous song structures. Every epic build is delivered consciously, aided by detailed production and dramatically dense arrangements (harpists and strongs and Spencer Krug added to the mix here).” – Under The Radar
“It’s rock music, folks, but not as we know it. Canadian husband and wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek have long since proved their chops as purveyors of elegant, muscular splendor. Now, the pair have hopped into their space buggy and are cruising from planet to planet, beaming back transmissions of dreamy, death-walks romanticism (’46 Satires’) languid grandeur (‘People of The Sticks’), stardust-srinkled soundscapes (‘Catalina’) and wall-of-sound climaxes of rushing noise (swansongs ‘Alamogordo’).” – NME
The Besnard Lakes’ new album is out tomorrow, but you can get a jump start on listening. Pitchfork is streaming Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO in full as part of their Advance program. The stream comes complete with album artwork and lyrics. Head to P4K for the record.
“Lasek and Goreas aren’t mere songwriters who produce pop tunes; they are composers who create musical suites out of sweepingly melodic movements….Until in Excess is another Besnard Lakes’ album album that stubbornly demands to be absorbed all at once, from beginning to end.” – Pitchfork
Like what you hear? Go ahead and pre-order the album from SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon. By the way, you can download the album immediately after ordering from SCD (yay!).
RECORD STORE DAY IS UPON US. As April nears, we all frantically search the web looking for the novelty releases that have all the potential to become our year favorites. No searching necessary – Sharon Van Etten has joined Shearwater for a collaborative split 7″, out April 20 via Sub Pop. The single features Shearon Van Ettenwater shredding something serious on their previously recorded cover of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” which you can watch above.
The b-side features a new song, “A Wake for the Minotaur.” Only 3,000 of the these babies exist, so you better put it at the top of your list. You will also find “A Wake for the Minotaur” on Sub Pop’s Terminal Sales Vol. 6: The Silver Ticket CD comp, a free RSD giveaway. See artwork below and all the details at Pitchfork!
Finally! S. Carey has shared new dates with us. Come May, S. Carey will play a handful of shows across his home state of Wisconsin, plus performances in Illinois and Iowa. See the full schedule below.
In addition to new dates, we also have a video for your viewing pleasure. S. Carey recently teamed up with a string quintet from Eau Claire to perform “Leave” for a new Acro Session; this particular arrangement was created by Sean’s former student, Davy Sumner.
Still not satisfied?? Make sure to keep up with S. Carey’s blog. He’s posting beautiful, landscape photos on the regular.
J Mascis has joined forces with Keep, a vegan footwear company, to create a custom shoe. It is purple, of course, and features an embroidered stripe patterned after J’s guitar strap. COOL! You can check out the shoe above. Head to KEEP to pre-order your own pair, which come complete with a 7″ picture disc that features a previously unreleased J Mascis track. A part of the proceeds will go to support Amma, the non-profit organization of Mata Amritandamayi.
In other awesome news, Dinosaur Jr. have remixed Phoenix’s new single, “Entertainment.” You can stream the track below!
Hallelujah! Dinosaur Jr. are bringing their live show to the West Coast! They’ve announced a handful of dates in between their Australian and European tours; included in the tour is a performance at Coachella! Check out all stops below.
J Mascis recently teamed up with Sharon Van Etten for a song on the new John Denver tribute album. Listen to “Prisoners” at Pitchfork.
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.
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.
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.
Happy release day, folks! The Cave Singers’ Naomi is officially out today. If you missed the pre-order, here’s your chance to get the record! Naomi is available online at SC Distribution, iTunes and Amazon. You can also pop in your local record store for a physical copy.
See The Cave Singers perform all the new songs live in concert! Check out their tour dates HERE. Do you happen to be in Seattle? Then you better head to Easy Street Records tonight for the Singers’ album release in-store performance!
LOVE FOR NAOMI
“What we have here, then, is a quintessential indie rock band that proudly occupies a space dominated by tube amps, tambourines, and boxes of old baby clothes. The neighbours shouldn’t mind a bit.” – The Line of Best Fit
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.
Just when you thought things could not get any weirder in comes Unknown Mortal Orchestra with a puppet-starred video for their “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark), ” a track off UMO’s recently released II. The video features some choice activities – watch ABOVE.
Not to be outdone, UMO will head to Austin next week for all the SXSW festivities! See their performance schedule below and check out all their tour dates HERE. They have also just added a free show at New York City’s Seaport Music Festival on June 28th.
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
Small Black are back with their new album Limits of Desire! Set for release on May 14, 2013, Limits of Desire is a crystallization of the band’s gorgeous synth-pop sound. Get your first taste with the single “Free At Dawn” – available for streaming above!
Limits of Desire is the sound of four skilled musicians crafting stories about intimacy on the highest level. SB have pared back embellishments, letting their talents take them to a welcomed shift in both sound and style. In premiering the first single, The Fader writes, “It’s nude, but still packed with meaning.” Have Small Black arrived? We think so. Check out both the album artwork and the track listing below.
Track Listing for Limits of Desire
1. Free At Dawn
3. No Stranger
6. Proper Spirit
7. Only A Shadow
8. Limits of Desire
9. Shook Loves
Good afternoon fine folks of the interwebs. Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra made their late night television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Our leather daddies wasted no time in getting right down to business. Playing II’s “So Good At Being In Trouble,” UMO destroyed the stage with their performance, and Ruban even threw in a golden god guitar solo at the end. ENJOY ABOVE.
If you like what you see, be sure to catch NPR Music’s live stream of UMO and Foxygen’s gig tomorrow night at Rock & Roll Hotel. Show starts at 9:00 PM ET. Details details details. Lastly, we will wrap this note up by reminding you to check out all the upcoming tour dates!
The Cave Singers’ new album is not out until next Tuesday, March 5; however, we have the sweetest treat for you today. MTV Hive is streaming Naomi exclusively on their site, along with an interview. “Naomi has the sort of depth Cave Singers have long promised since they formed in 2007″ – listen at the link below.
Have you been eagerly awaiting new Small Black material? Us too. Luckily for everyone, the boys have been hard at work making the new record. SPIN recently chatted up SB, getting all the details and filling us in on what to expect. Read the interview HERE. Maybe even better than an interview? Get excited – it’s an awesome new album trailer featuring “Limits of Desire,” a combination of songs from the record. Make your Friday the best day ever and watch the video above!
“I think as you get a little older and more learned in your craft, you want to show everything and not hide behind multiple vocal takes or any sort of haze or crud,” says frontman Josh Kolenik. “We’re going to live or die by our vocals and there’s no sweeping it under the rug.” – Josh Kolenik
Oneida are celebrating their 15th year as a band (WOW!). How exactly are they celebrating? GOING ON TOUR in support of their latest album, A List Of The Burning Mountains! The band has shared a handful of European dates with us, plus a brand new live video – shot during their anniversary show at Secret Project Robot last December. Stream the video above and check out the tour dates below!
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!
Ruban Nielson stopped by OPBmusic to perform a stripped down version of II standout track, “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).” Can you believe Ruban just acquired an acoustic guitar within the last couple of months? It’s hard for us to. Become mesmerized – stream the song above!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra are currently on tour with Foxygen and Wampire, playing Austin’s Mohawk tonight. You can find all their dates HERE.
“Unknown Mortal Orchestra were one of those live acts that could make it feel like an actual orchestra was rampaging through a place. Though there were only three people playing away on stage, their powerful brand of spacey psychedelic rock/pop was impossible to not focus on. The music they played ranged from sing-a-long songs for hallucinogenic drug lovers and people who seek to live out the lyrical scenarios told by Juicy J to material that felt like a condensed version of smoky kraut-rock and jam band grooves.” – OC Weekly
Dinosaur Jr. start your workweek off on the loudest of notes. No surprise, really, that they bring the volume in their new Bowlegs Music session. Give “Watch The Corners” (from I Bet On Sky) a peak above.
To make today even sweeter, UMO share their new video (the first to accompany the record) for “So Good At Being In Trouble.” You should recognize a couple of familiar faces in the video (hint hint: McLovin). Enjoy the video, directed by Danny Perez, above!
You will want to experience these songs in person. UMO is headed out on tour in support of II. Joining the guys are Foxygen and Wampire. See the full list of shows and ticket links HERE.
Finally >>>> check out the awesome IIinfographic the fine folks over at The Fader created!
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
AND THE DATES KEEP COMING IN! Touring in support of their forthcoming album, Naomi, The Cave Singers have what seems to be a million US dates slated for spring! Shows start in Salt Lake City at the Urban Lounge on March 27 and end on May 4 at Seattle’s Showbox. There are plenty of performances in between these two, so be sure to check and see if the Singers are playing in your town. See the full schedule at the bottom of this post.
In addition to the new tour dates, we have a brand new song to share with you! Premiering today at Boing Boing, The Cave Singers’ “Easy Way” is available for your listening pleasure AND a free download below. If you’re really feeling frisky, pre-order Naomi at SC DISTRIBUTION (and you’ll be able to download the album early – February 6!). More
The Besnard Lakes are all set to tour the US/UK in support of their soon-to-be-released album Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO. Joining them through April 18 to April 25 is none other than fellow Montrealites & Secretly Canadian band SUUNS, who are also touring in support of their new album, Images Du Futur. See the full schedule below.
Wolf People ring in 2013 with their sophomore album, Fain. Out April 30, the album was recorded in an isolated house located in the rainy countryside of Yorkshire Dales. They could not have picked a better atmosphere to put these new songs to tape. Available for your listening pleasure is the first single “All Returns” – listen above.
“Seemingly inspired by a dream in which an acquaintance of Jack Sharp looked into the songwriter’s eyes and picked apart the vagaries of his soul, it’s a typically bewitching, otherworldly return from the group.”Clash on “All Returns”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II is coming to stores next week, but do not wait that long to hear the new record. Hype Machine just launched their album preview and it is available for streaming on the site or below! You can also now pre-order the album at SC Distribution and download II immediately.
In addition to a the album stream, we have a handful of May tour dates to share with you! To satisfy many a request, UMO returns to Europe and all is right in the world; the added shows continue what’s already worked out to be a full season of touring. Dates include ATP Festival, specially curated by TV on the Radio. See all the shows below; tickets go on sale this Friday!
May 1: Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
May 2: Dublin, IE – Academy 2
May 3: Liverpool, UK – The Garage – Liverpool Sound City
May 4: Leeds, UK – Cockpit – Live at Leeds
May 6: Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
May 7: Bristol, UK – Thekla
May 8: Birmingham, UK – Institute – Temple Room
May 10: Camber Sands, UK – ATP Festival curated by TV on the Radio
May 11: Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde – Les Nuits Botanique
May 16: London, UK – Village Underground
May 21: Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Small Hall
May 24: Paris, France – Villette Sonique
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.
Here’s a good reason to catch the new episode of Portlandia airing on IFC tomorrow (not that you need one). J Mascis makes a cameo, complete with braids and an electric guitar in hand. He teams up with members of Dirty Projectors and Carrie Brownstein to compete in the “Battle of the Gentle Bands.” See J Mascis like you’ve never seen him before – quiet and unplugged! You can preview the new episode above!
Dinosaur Jr. starts their tour next Wednesday, January 30 at Glasgow’s Arches. You can see the full list of tour dates HERE.
We could not be happier to share the wonderful news that Bon Iver has gone gold! The story goes a little something like this….2008 saw the release of Bon Iver’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. Cue lots of touring. Jump to the summer of 2011 and a brand new record by the name of Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Cue more touring, festivals, a Grammy or two, late night television performances – you get the gist. Arrive at January 2013, more specifically the week of January 13-19 when BOTH OF BON IVER’s full-length albums crossed the 500,000 threshold and went GOLD (as in RIAA-certified Gold records in the United States). Please join us in congratulating Justin Vernon and the Bon Iver family on this huge accomplishment!
Ruban Nielson stopped by The Fly while in London last fall to perform some songs from his new album, II. The acoustic session (a first) includes “So Good At Being In Trouble,” which was just named Best New Track at Pitchfork. Enjoy above!
The Fly also has videos of “Faded In the Morning” and “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” available for streaming. Head to their site to view those!
Like what you hear? You can pre-order II and download the entire album over a week before it’s officially released. Available now at SC Distribution.
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.
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
“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
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s album is now available for streaming! Head to NPR’s First Listen to hear II in its entirety. Like what’s playing? Make your way to SC Distribution or iTunes to pre-order the album, out officially Tuesday, February 5.
Did you watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday? If you didn’t, you should have! Kid Millions (Oneida) joined Yo La Tengo to play “Ohm.” He was one of THREE drummers, the other two were YLT’s Georgia Hubley (of course) and Fred Armisen. Watch above.
And if that isn’t enough – Questlove, Kids Millions, Georgia Hubley and Fred Armisen had a drum-off/jam session following the performance. We’re not kidding. Enjoy the madness HERE.
What happens when you combine American suburbia, one heck of a stereo system and Henry Rollins? An awesome Dinosaur Jr. music video. Directed by Emmy-winny comedy writer and director Scott Jacobson (Bob’s Burgers, Saturday Night Live), “Pierce the Morning Rain” stars actor James Urbaniak (Homeland, The Venture Brothers) and comedian Maria Bamford as your average, middle-aged couple whose lives are transformed by playing Dinosaur Jr. as loudly as technology allows. You can watch the video at SPIN or above.
Here’s a welcomed sight! It’s a photo (courtesy of Ray Gordon) of J Mascis and Carrie Brownstein hanging out. Just a little preparation for the new Portlandia episode airing on Friday, January 25th.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra share the second single off their forthcoming record, II. Titled “So Good At Being In Trouble,” the track is available for streaming above! To make things a tiny bit sweeter, Pitchfork just gave the song its Best New Track approval.
“So Good At Being In Trouble” is getting the visual treatment. The official music video stars actor and musician Chris Mintz-Plasse (of The Young Rapscallions) and will soon be available for your viewing pleasure. Until then, check out some stills from the shoot below.
The next bit of news only makes sense. UMO will make their late night television debut on February 25 with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Don’t you dare miss it!
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!
Sharon Van Etten rings in 2013 with the first Like A Version episode on Triple J! She chose to perform Nick Cave’s “People Ain’t No Good” for the Australian show. Watch above! It’s a pretty perfect song choice considering Sharon will soon join Nick Cave on tour! You can see all those dates HERE. She also played Tramp standout, “Give Out.” If you watch the videos and still are not satisfied, check out Sharon on the back of an kangaroo!!
In addition to touring with Cave, Sharon will join John Cale on January 16 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico. Other artists include Greg Dulli, Kim Gordon, Yeasayer, The Magnetic Fields and more!
The Besnard Lakes bring you their fourth album – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO. It’s an absolutely gorgeous work, set for release on April 2. Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, record and mixed the record and then sent it over to Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound for mastering. You’ll also hear Moonface’s Spencer Krug, Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers’ Sarah Page, Monica Guenter and the Fifth String Liberation Singers’ Choir on the recordings. See the full track list below.
NPR premiered the first single, “People Of The Sticks,” this morning. You can stream the new track above.
“…it’s safe to say we’re in for another soaringly gorgeous record from the Canadian rock group.” – Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered
Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Track List:
1. 46 Satires
2. And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
3. People Of The Sticks
4. The Specter
5. At Midnight
7. Colour Yr Lights In
Little Dragon has taken on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and spun the once mellow song into pulsing house track, complete “with deep grooves and airy melodies.”Rolling Stone premiered the the remix and you can listen on the site or below. You can hear the original HERE.
UMO releases their debut album on February 5, but you can pre-order the album now at SC Distribution and receive the entire record immediately!
The Cave Singers new album, Naomi, is now available for pre-order at SC Distribution. With this pre-order, you’ll have the opportunity to download the entire album weeks before the actual release (on February 6 v. March 5)! The deluxe bundle includes copies of Naomi on both CD and vinyl, as well as 2011′s No Witch on vinyl. What are you waiting for? Head to SC Distribution! Get a taste of the new album with the latest single, “Have To Pretend.”
We are pleased to share the news that Hammer To Nail have awarded Rick Alverson with the Silver Nail award! It is handed out annually to the individual who delivers “the best cinematic one-two punch.” Alverson received the award for his films The Comedy and New Jerusalem, as well as the music video he directed for Jagjaguwar artist Sharon Van Etten! Hammer To Nail have also listed The Comedy at #1 in their Top 15 Films of 2012. Congratulations Rick!
“…The Comedy is the year’s best American-made movie.” – Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire
If you have not had the chance to watch The Comedy just yet, head to iTunes! New Jerusalem is available there, too.
Here it is! A brand new Foxygen video for the song “San Francisco.” Directed by Cameron Dutra, the video follows Sam France as he leaves his love and tells us all about it from a kitschy hotel bed. It’s the sweetest video we’ve ever seen. Watch above.
“I left my love in San Francisco (That’s okay, I was bored anyway).”
Come the new year, Foxygen return to Europe for seven new dates! The tour includes Paris, London, Berlin and more. Following their return to the States, Foxygen will continue touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. See all shows above.
You can pre-order Foxygen’s debut album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, at SC Distribution. Do so now and receive a download of the entire record on December 21 (that’s a couple of weeks before it’s released on January 22, 2013!).
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
02/02/13 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
02/04/13 London, UK – The Lexington
02/05/13 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique/Witloofbar
02/06/13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
02/07/13 Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
02/08/13 Berlin, Germany – Karrera Klub Party at Rosis
02/09/13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Frost – Bremen Theatre Lobby
A pop-dreamsicle just for you. Unknown Mortal Orchestra have taken on Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing.” It’s undeniably their remix – just wait for the waaa reverb we’ve grown to love. You can stream the remix below or at Pitchfork.
UMO play New Zealand’s Rhythm and Alps Festival on December 28 and continue touring well into the new year. Check out their full schedule HERE.
Allow your Friday to take an incredible turn for the better! Foxygen played a 3voor12 session at LE GUESS WHO? Festival and it’s without a doubt the best live Foxy video we have to date. Educate yourself above.
Foxygen play Bloomington’s Russian Recording tonight and then head to Milwaukee to kick off their tour with Of Montreal. See all dates HERE.
Sharon Van Etten has spent the entirety of 2012 touring and just as she wraps up this wonderful year comes a bit of excellent news. She is all set to tour as support with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Sharon and Nick kick things off on March 14, 2013 at Dallas’s McFarlin Memorial Auditorium and continue playing throughout North America. We could not be happier for Sharon! See all the dates below!
If you’re a Boardwalk Empire fan, it is likely you noticed a familiar voice in the latest episode. We are not here to spoil the show, but we will tell you Sharon’s stunning rendition of Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do” played during an epic scene this past Sunday night.
Lastly, here’s your year-end fun! As 2012 comes to a close, we are seeing lots of best albums of 2012 lists. It is no surprise Sharon’s Tramp is making its way onto many, including the number 1 spot on The Fly’s ‘Top 50 Albums of 2012.’ Head to The Fly to read an awesome interview with Sharon and check her out on the cover page above! Tramp has also been included on best of 2012 lists at Paste, Uncut, Mojo and NME. More
Next year continues to get better and better! The Cave Singers announce their fourth full-length, Naomi, set for release on March 5, 2013. Naomi came to be over a span of ten months and the boys headed into the studio to lay down the tracks in one, with Seattle producer Phil Ek adding the final touches. The core trio of Pete, Derek and Marty is joined by long time friend Morgan Henderson, who you’ll recognize from Blood Brothers and Fleet Foxes.
It’s an album full of love and suffering, surrender and redemption: the messy stuff of life. When premiering the first single this morning,KEXP writes “The ‘Singers have never had such swagger!” Stream “Have to Pretend” above!
The Cave Singers head out on tour this week with Poor Moon. You’ll find all their dates below!
12/06/12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge ^
12/07/12 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox ^
12/08/12 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
12/09/12 – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub *
12/10/12 – Bellingham, WA – The Whatcom Museum *
Dinosaur Jr. took over New York City’s Terminal 5 on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their second studio album, You’re Living All Over Me. They were not alone in this endeavor; Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Johnny Marr, Kevin Drew, Frank Black, Tommy Stinson, Kurt Vile and Fred Armisen all took the stage at one point. For those who were not able to attend, we turn to the wonderful thing that is Youtube. Lots of showgoers captured live video – check out the clips in our playlist above.
Originally released in 1987 on SST Records, You’re Living All Over Me is now available at SC Distribution.
Following the success of Rick Alverson’s critically acclaimed film, The Comedy, Factory 25 releases New Jerusalem, his movie about an Irish immigrant upon his return from military service in Afghanistan. New Jerusalem opens tonight at Williamsburg’s Videoology and runs until December 6. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a Q&A with star Colm O’Leary and Producer Courtney Bowles, while Alverson joins both O’Leary and Bowles for a Q&A after tomorrow’s screening. Watch a clip of New Jerusalem, starring Will Oldham, above.
In addition to the screenings in New York City, New Jerusalem will also play at Chicago’s Facets Multimedia from December 7 to December 13 and in San Francisco at Roxie Theater on December 21-27. You will find the film available digitally and as VOD on iTunes, Amazon, VuDu, Sony Playstation and Xbox.
It’s a video folks! Foxygen share their Ulysses///Onasis directed music video for “Shuggie,” the first single from their forthcoming debut album. The black and white visual follows a bunch of people running around with a box and some goop. What does it all mean? Find out for yourself above.
We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is now up for pre-order! Secure your copy at SC Distribution!
Best news of the day? Foxygen’s “highly-entertaining live show” is coming to a city near you! Rado, Sam France and the gang are currently treating Europe to their wild array of fun. They return to the States next week to kick off dates with Of Montreal and continue touring in 2013 with labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Go ahead and check out all their shows HERE.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra waste no time in getting back to the road! Today they announce a full headlining US tour, along with a handful of dates throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. They will be joined by labelmates, Foxygen, and Portland-based band, Wampire. You’ll find all the dates listed at the end of the post.
UMO are touring in support of their forthcoming album, II, set for release on February 5, 2013. The album pre-order is now live and features a sweet deluxe bundle, which includes II on CD or vinyl, the “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” 7″, a temporary tattoo, a root chakra print and a poster of Janet the Witch (both designed by Ruban). Bundle purchasers will also receive an early download of the entire album on January 10.
Could this be the best interview we’ve ever gotten out of Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis? Probably! J sits down with WTF podcast host and longtime Dino fan, Marc Maron, for some chit chat and then ends the whole shebang with a few songs. In addition to telling Marc about growing up in Amherst, J reveals he’s a pretty good skier and goes skiing at least once a year. He also had a pretty positive experience with Aimee Mann at Newbury Comics. Anways, listen for yourself at the link below.
Here’s your listening activity for the next hour. McSweeney’s presents Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor, a radio drama much like that of War of the Worlds. Premiering on KCRW last week, you’ll recognize many of the voices and music featured in the program; Will Sheff and Oneida both partook in the show centered around an imaginary tumor. Listen below!
The new Marsha Balaeva (“Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips” / “Faraway Lightning”) directed video for Moonface’s “Headed For the Door” is quite a beauty. Shot in black and white, it is a combination of seascapes, books and perfect illustrations. Under The Radar premiered the video yesterday, along with details on how to receive the last Moonface letter in a series of three**. It includes sending your snail mail address to email@example.com. Those who do submit for the letter will be entered to win a copy of With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, either on a CD or vinyl record. More details at Under The Radar. Watch “Headed For the Door” above.
**Fans who pre-ordered Heartbreaking Bravery received a hand-typed copy of the letter that’s read aloud in the song and then several weeks later, those same fans received a typed response to that letter. One letter is left.
What could be better than hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind Dinosaur Jr. dolls? NOTHING, that’s what. Mediodescocido’s Uriel Valentin has constructed three art dolls to resemble J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. We have to say, they’re pretty spot on. J Mascis even has a tiny purple skateboard. See for yourself above and then head to Mediodescodico’s website to check out all of their awesome creations. FYI, the dolls are not for sale – just for your awe and enjoyment.
Dear friends, wait no more! Oneida’s A List Of The Burning Mountains is officially here. Recorded at Ocropolis, the new studio album features two long-form pieces, “A List of the Burning Mountains 1″ and “A List of the Burning Mountains 2.” VICE’s Noisey just premiered two films created as visual accompainment for the album; watch both above! Videos feature work by SR Palm, robotdeathcult, Matt Marlin, Brock Monroe, Mike Bonello, Barry London, Tony Balko, Andrew Deutsch & Maya Hayuk, and Christy Edwards.
Sharon Van Etten brought you her Jagjaguwar debut, Tramp, back in January. What ensued after the album’s release was a fantastic year, complete with nonstop touring, a handful of TV performances and more collaborations than you can count. Sharon closes 2012 out with the release of Tramp Deluxe Edition, which features the originals plus demo versions of each song. You’ll also receive new liner notes and artwork taken from Sharon’s journals, plus the previously unreleased track, “Tell Me.” You’ll find the deluxe edition at SC Distribution and iTunes.
Sharon returns to New York City on Thursday, November 15 for a US year-ending performance at Town Hall. Joining her are some very special guests; the list includes Thurston Moore, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), Brad Cook (Megafaun) and John Maloney. Purchase advance tickets HERE.
After three years of writing and touring, Jagjaguwar alum, Julie Doiron, shares her ninth studio album. Titled So Many Days, the album is out on Aporia and available for streaming via Exclaim. Julie complete the album while touring in support of I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day and also as member of Gord Downie’s backing band, The Country of Miracles. It’s the third album completed with producer Rick White.
Love for So Many Days
“The chamomile warmth of Julie Doiron’s voice is deceptive….Doiron has always aimed to capture the kaleidoscopic emotional range of ordinary moments, and accordingly the moods of her songs often transform line by line. Out of this approach, she creates songs that move fluidly, moodily, unpredictably– like life.” – Pitchfork
“…Doiron has come back with a polished collection of folk rock songs about love and sadness.” – CBC Music
“So Many Days is actually quite an optimistic record, on the balance, though it earns its silver linings by freely swimming around in its storm clouds. It gives — like a lot of Doiron’s work — an incredibly rare insight into the bare, honest struggle of simply being a person in the world.” – National Post
Stef (P.O.S. of Doomtree, GAYNGS) needs your help! Last month, he announced he would not continue with plans to go on tour because an ongoing condition with his kidneys had worsened and the next step is a kidney transplant. The good news: Stef’s found several strong candidates for a kidney donation! Medical bills add up, though, which is why Doomtree has started an online fundraiser to help him tackle these expenses so he can focus on getting better. Donated funds will go help pay medical bills, prescription costs and to cover living expenses during recovery. Any amount helps. Let’s get Stef back to where he belongs – healthy and making music! DONATE HERE!
A few weeks ago we shared Bon Iver’s new “Beth/Rest” video. At first glance, it’s a strange sight, following people made of light through their home that looks a great deal like an Ewok village. Today, we’re provided a special, behind-the-scenes look at the video and how it all came together. Justin Vernon tells us where his treatment originated and then takes us into the woods behind April Base for the set build. Many people had a hand in creating the video and we can now find out just how they made it happen. Watch above!
Bon Iver are currently on tour. You will find the full schedule below.
Perhaps you’ve already seen Rado and Sam France on the cover of NYC’s Deli Magazine. They were featured in Issue #32 – the CMJ edition. You can read & download the magazine HERE. They didn’t make the cover just for kicks – Foxygen took CMJ by storm and never once looked back. Proof’s in the video; watch Foxy perform “Make It Known” below. If one thing is for sure, they definitely didn’t go unnoticed. From the music to their style to their unwieldy live performances, Foxygen made lists on lists. Luckily, it’s just beginning. What it is – we’re not completely sure, but that’s okay. Sit back and enjoy the weird ride with the rest of us >> start with a new round of tour dates (find below). More
The original soundtrack for “The Comedy” is available now exclusively through iTunes! It’s the perfect pairing, taking each listener through the “autumn of the American Era.”Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic, Bill Fay, GAYNGS and Donnie & Joe Emerson are just a few of the awesome artists featured on the soundtrack. You can check out the full track-list below and expect a vinyl release come November 13. Watch a clip from “The Comedy,” featuring an excerpt from William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops, above. More
It’s been an incredible year for Sharon Van Etten. Her Jagjaguwar debut, Tramp, has received the highest of praises, while the live performances have morphed each beautiful song into an experience. We couldn’t be happier to share the news of her Tramp Deluxe Edition, set for release on November 13! The deluxe edition features both the original album, released this past February, AND demos of each track. In addition to the 12 songs, the demo album features the previously unreleased bonus track, “Tell Me,” which you can stream above. It’s Tramp come full circle.
The demo version of Tramp includes new self-portrait artwork and liner notes about each song taken from Van Etten’s journals. Pre-order at SC Distribution or iTunes.
Earlier today, Rolling Stone named Sharon Van Etten a Band To Watch and posted an exclusive video of her and the band performing at Paris’s Ladyfest. Watch HERE. Sharon heads back out on tour this Thursday, October 25, playing Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club with Damien Jurado. See the full list of shows and ticket links HERE.
Justin Vernon has teamed up with his hometown friend and master luthier Gordy Bischoff to develop “The 1608″ – a custom baritone guitar made with original white oak wood from Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels. It’s all for Bushmills’ Since Way Back program, which pairs artists with other artisans and businesses to develop unique pieces that reflect each of their passions. Justin and Gordy tell you more about this special endeavor in the video above.
“The goal is to put art back on the map in Eau Claire. Far too many artists from this area have had to leave because what we want to do with our lives just isn’t possible here. That’s what the Confluence Project is: to build a center that can be a nucleus for art here in Eau Claire.” – Justin Vernon
Starting today until November 22, “The 1608″ will be auctioned off via ebay. Proceeds will benefit The Confluence Project, which intends to construct a new Community Arts Center at the confluence of Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in Eau Claire, WI. Bid on “The 1608″ guitar.
Here’s to stating the obvious >>> Dinosaur Jr. are on the most recent cover of Ghettoblaster. J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph are Keeping It Together for issue #33. Make sure to pick up your copy and frame it.
After playing at Minneapolis’s Cabooze last night, Dinosaur Jr. got over to 89.3 The Current for a live in-studio performance bright and early this morning. Playing songs from the new record, I Bet On Sky, they gave everyone a heavy serving of rock’n'roll for breakfast. Woke up too late to listen in real time? Stream the performance below!
JUST FOR FUN: Murph curated the All Songs Considered Drum Fill Friday quiz this week! Think you know your fills? Prove it. Take the quiz.
Foxygen are in the midst of taking CMJ 2012 by storm and no one is safe from their rock’n'roll ways. Tuesday night they donned their floral prints and gave Aquarium Drunkard’s No Jacket Required Showcase a shakedown that would make any grandmother proud (at least Sam France’s – she was there). It was their first ever New York City performance and certainly one to be remembered. VICE‘s Chad DePasquale was amongst the crowd and he writes, “Shimmering organ solos and visceral spaz attacks from the front man. Deep, evil, baritone laughs and glass-shattering screeches. It was all there, and the band easily stole the night, maybe even the entire week.” Read his glowing review HERE.
Foxy continue the fun tonight for the Hype Machine / Sonos showcase at Brooklyn Bowl. “However, those recordings, as strikingly out-there as they are, gave me no indication of the wholly unique and consummate performance these kids give on stage,” shares VICE. It’s no lie – Foxygen are meant to be experienced in person. They’ll also play Deli NYC’s Mostly Psych Showcase at Pianos on October 19 and FUZZNYC at 59 Canal St. the following night. GO SEE THEM!
“Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, and Mick Jagger would be proud of him if not entirely annoyed.”- Pitchfork
“I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late ’60s / early ’70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge “Under My Thumb” and “Suspicious Minds” into a new baby.” – Brooklyn Vegan
The worldwide distribution rights to Rick Alverson’s film, New Jerusalem, have been acquired by Factory 25. Starring Will Oldham and Colm O’Leary, New Jerusalem follows an Irish immigrant to America upon his return from military service in Afghanistan. The film will premiere theatrically on Novemeber 30 at Brooklyn’s Videology theater with screenings across the country to follow. In addition to the screenings, New Jerusalem will be available digitally at iTunes, Amazon and Netflix come the premiere date. We can expect a DVD release in the spring of 2013. Watch the trailer above.
New Jerusalem is just one of the three films Rick has created in conjunction with Jagjaguwar. His film, The Comedy, will be distributed by Tribeca and available on demand (iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc.) next week. It hits theaters on November 9. Watch The Comedy trailer HERE. Stay in the know with the film by following its Facebook page.
Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest” is paired with an oddly stunning visual. Directed by both Dan Huiting and Justin Vernon, the video stars band member Mike Noyce in a dream-like world. In describing his treatment, Justin said, “It’s kind of about two people who are truly meant for each other and what happens to their essence. How they connect is some other thing that we don’t know how to really talk about.” The video was filmed in the Wisconsin woods surrounding April Base. Watch above or at Huffington Post.
In addition to the video, Bon Iver’s Beth/Rest 12″ is out today and available at SC Distribution! The A-side features the studio version of “Beth/Rest” while the B-side is a full-band recording of the same song from an August 2011 session at Rare Book Room. Beth/Rest will be released on November 12 in the UK.
If you missed Austin City Limits’ most recent episode featuring Bon Iver, you’re in luck! You can still stream the entire show for a limited time. Watch the ten-song performance above and the check out the setlist below!
After a four-year break, Ladyhawk bring you their third record, No Can Do. The album was recorded at Hive Creative Labs with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers) and Joshua Wells (Black Mountain/Lightning Dust) stepped on for electro-acoustic help. Stream the album in its entirety at EXCLAIM. Order your copy from Triple Crown.
Ladyhawk are currently on tour. See all their upcoming shows HERE.
“Vancouver-via-Kelowna quartet Ladyhawk hits a real sweet spot on its third LP, No Can Do. A real sweet spot.” – The Star
It’s official. Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce their sophomore album, II, the follow up to 2011′s esteemed debut. Think Pink Floyd, the Family Stone, The Beatles and Soft Machine shaken up and pushed through Ruban’s distorted rock’n'roll kaleidoscope. II came to be during Ruban’s long inhabitance of the perils intense touring often encapsulate. Themes of loneliness, love and despair surface on the new record, giving listeners a special lens to life on the road. II is out February 5, 2013.
A few weeks ago, we shared the first cut from II – the fantastic “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark).” Go ahead a give that track another listen above. In addition to streaming, you can now purchase the once tour-exclusive “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” b/w “Waves of Confidence” 7″ via iTunes.
Ruban, Jacob and Greg are currently on tour! They’ve just announced a performance at Hype Machine’s CMJ Party next week, too (make sure to RSVP). See all their dates and ticket information HERE! Ruban is also nominated for Best Alternative Album and Best Male Solo Artist in the New Zealand Music Awards!
We’ve got two amazing videos from the lovely Sharon Van Etten! First, it’s the official video for her song “Magic Chords.” Director Rick Alverson, who you know for his film The Comedy, pairs the song with a visual that is both stunningly beautiful and disturbing. Shot in Bloomington, IN last month, the video follows Sharon, dressed as puritan, through the woods and into a lake, all while she is having visions of naked bodies in piles. Watch the video above or at Pitchfork, where it premiered this morning.
Last night, Sharon and her band performed live on the esteemed BBC music program, Later with Jools Holland. They chose to play one of Tramp’s standout tracks, “Serpents,” and did an incredible job. We couldn’t be prouder! Watch above.
Sharon Van Etten continues her tour, returning to the States to join Damien Jurado come the end of October! Full list of shows HERE.
Richard Youngs recently released a new electronic 12″ via London-based record label Alter. Titled Rurtain, the a-side features two long-form works. Neil Campbell (Astral Social Club), John Clyde-Evans and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) lend their musical talents to the album’s b-side, each sharing their own remix on Richard’s originals. It’s a limited release – only 300 copies available! Order yours from Alter. Listen to “Rurtain (Shonny Don).”
To celebrate the new release, Alter is hosting a special event at Cafe Oto on October 19 with an exclusive trio performance from Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and John Clyde-Evans. Details HERE.
“It finds Youngs operating in a mode that’s several leagues from the poppier sounds of his best known work (the likes of Beyond The Valley of Ultrahits). Instead its longform title track, split into two parts – ‘Rurtain (Shonny Don)’ and ‘Rurtain (Keyomarno)’, finds him collaging percussion, wisps of his own voice and stately organ figures into disorienting and immersive patchwork quilt electronica.” – The Quietus
Dinosaur Jr. recently stopped by Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge for a rousing performance! Twas all for Musicfest NW. Those of us who weren’t able to make it out for the festival will be happy to learn KEXP was there and caught it all on video! Watch J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph in their all songs requested set above!
For more Dinosaur Jr., head to SPIN! David Bevan just posted DINOSAUR JR.: REDISCOVERING THE GNARL – a feature of epic proportions! We’re talking seven whole pages + photos, created after Bevan spent some time at the Mascis family home earlier this year.
Dinosaur Jr. is on tour now! See all their dates HERE.
You’ve been asking, now here it is! Rock’n'roll babies, Foxygen, bring your their debut full-length, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. It’s the follow-up to their critically acclaimed mini-album released this past summer.
Produced by the lovely Richard Swift, the new album was recorded at his National Freedom studio earlier this year and done so in an act of intergalatic kindness. Foxygen tell us each song is a message of peace delivered from cosmic beings, who use Rado and France as their earthly messengers. Pitchfork premiered the first single, “Shuggie,” this morning >>> listen below!
The Foxygen fun doesn’t stop with the audio. These rock scientists are headed out on tour with Of Montreal and we couldn’t be more excited for the pairing! Before they join up with our Polyvinyl friends, they’ll head to New York City for dates at CMJ. See the full schedule below.
Here’s some exciting news for your Wednesday! Currently on the European leg of her year-long tour, Sharon Van Etten has confirmed she will in fact perform live on BBC’s flagship music program, Later with Jools Holland. The show will take place on October 9 and 12! During those dates, Sharon will also play shows in both Cambridge and Sheffield. You can see her full list of tour dates, including those with Damien Jurado, HERE.
Sharon recently collaborated with the great Rufus Wainwright on a cover of Frank Loesser’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Be on the look out for more details regarding the forthcoming Christmas compilation. In the meantime, keep yourself busy with Sharon’s new Spotify playlist, Tunes of Nostalgia. She includes an awesome run-down on why she included each song! See both both below! More
A big congratulations goes to Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Ruban Nielson is up forBest Male Artist and Best Alternative Album with his debut, self-titled album in the 47th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards! We’re incredibly proud and wish UMO the best of luck! The awards ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at Vector Arena and will be screened starting at 8:30PM! You can purchase tickets to the event HERE!
UMO will be in New Zealand on October 28 for the Rhythm and Alps Festival! Check out all their tour dates HERE! Listen to their new single “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” below!
A month or so ago, we, along with Spotify and Indaba Music, announced the beginning of the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project remix contest for fans across the world! In doing so, the stems to each individual song on the album were made available for download and users were encouraged to get to work on their remixes! After a period of public voting, Bon Iver hand-selected ten winners, one for every song off the album. Each winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 dollars, as well as inclusion on the official Spotify Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project remix album! In addition to the fan remixes, band members and friends of Bon Iver created their own remixes and six are featured on the album as bonus tracks! Listen to the album below!
Each song also had two honorable mentions picked by Bon Iver and chosen out of the top ten as voted by fans. You can stream these honorable mentions exclusively at Indaba Music. Congratulations to all the winners and big thank you for everyone who participated! It’s been awesome checking out all the songs!
After playing four consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall, Bon Iver ended their New York City run with an incredible concert at the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Foundation, a gorgeous venue housed in a gothic revival synagogue. Frank Ocean opened the night and Justin and the gang later took the stage for the last performance in The Fader and vitaminwater uncapped 2012 series. Watch the encore of “The Wolves (Act I and II)” above! Read more about the show HERE.
Last week we welcomed our newest signee, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to the Jagjaguwar family. With a brand new album in the works, SPIN stepped into the studio with the UMO’s main man for a look at what’s to come. It’s the follow-up to UMO’s self-titled, debut release. Ruban gives insight to the new record’s origin: the road.
“There are a lot of weird shit that starts going through your head when you don’t get enough sleep, when you start indulging in stuff. There are a lot of weird ideas in there that, when I actually got my head together afterward, I was shocked: I didn’t realize how dark some of the lyrics had become.”
After writing the album, Ruban returned to his new home of Portland to begin recording before heading back out on the road with Grizzly Bear. “It was just me, locked up, sleeping during the day and making the record at night,” he shares.
Here it is! Jagjaguwar is happy to bring you the soundtrack from Rick Alverson’s “The Comedy.” Featuring songs from artists both old and new, the music was chosen to exemplify “the autumn of the American Era.” You’ll find the full tracklisting below! The soundtrack is out November 13 on both digital and vinyl formats.
In addition to the soundtrack, we’re happy to also share the official film trailer. Watch above! “The Comedy” is out via On Demand (Cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, VUDU) starting October 24 and in theaters on November 9; look for showings throughout the month with filmmaker Q&A’s in select cities! Head to Tribeca to find out where you can watch “The Comedy.”
“The Comedy” Official Soundtrack Track Listing
Donnie & Joe Emerson – “Baby”
“Taxi Hip Hop”
Bill Fay – “Garden Song”
“Old Man Be Dead By Now”
Gardens & Villa – “Carrizo Plain”
Amanaz – “Khala My Friend”
“You Get A Lot of Assholes in Here”
William Basinski – “The Disintegration Loops” (1.1 Excerpt 1)
“I Need You”
Gayngs – “The Gaudy Side of Town” (Single Edit)
“You Are in the Demon’s House”
Here We Go Magic – “Over the Ocean”
Bill Fay – “Camille”
Gardens & Villa – “Chem Trails”
William Basinski – “The Disintegration Loop” (1.1 Excerpt 2)
Dinosaur Jr.’s record, I Bet On Sky, came out last week! It’s the third album since the reuniting of the original three. In his 7.9 review, Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy recently shared some words on the album. He starts at Dinosaur Jr.’s early beginning and moves us quickly through a brief history, showing us the evolution of the new work >>> the review.
“It’s a subtle shift, but this is neither a move away from their sound nor toward the raging rock of old (even with all those warm-and-fuzzy Mascis guitar solos). In the sprawling, happy anthem “I Know It Oh So Well”, Mascis asks, “Is there light ahead?” Judging from the music here, the answer is a resounding yes.” – Pitchfork
J Mascis recently gave an interview at CBC Music. Is Mascis jazzed about the direction of Dino these days? Head to CBC to find out.
“‘Gene Simmons once said that to me,’ Mascis reveals. ‘That was pretty exciting. I was on a Kiss compilation and he said, ‘Everyone’s really jazzed that Dinosaur Jr.’s gonna be on this compilation.’ So, I think of Gene Simmons when I hear that word.’”
Last, but certainly not least –> DINOSAUR JR. IS ON TOUR! They’re currently working a three day stint at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace and then off into the great wild they go! Check out all the tour dates HERE.
The Jagjaguwar family is out-of-this-world excited to announce the signing of Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Led by songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson, UMO is a perfect concoction of psychedlia and soul. Bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Greg Rogrove round out the line-up.
Today, we have the great pleasure of sharing their first single “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).”Premiering this morning at The Fader, the single is a nod to their forthcoming album, expected for release in early 2013. Stream below!
UMO will join Grizzly Bear as support for their September dates! They’ll then go on to tour throughout the fall, with stops at Pygmalion, Midpoint Music, Corona Capital, Rhythm and Alps, Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music festivals! Full list of dates below! The gang will also have a tour-exclusive 7″, featuring an a-side of “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and a b-side of “Waves of Confidence.”
Happy release day to Dinosaur Jr.! I Bet On Sky is now available around the world! Don’t wait to pick up your copy – lots of different purchasing options! Head to SC Distribution for a limited 7″, iTunes for a live bonus track and finally, get out to your local record store to pick up the album right away! You can listen to a couple of tracks from the new album! Check out the video for “Watch The Corners,” starring Tim Heidecker, below! Stream “Pierce The Morning Rain” HERE. More
SPIN brings us the latest single from Dinosaur Jr.’s new album. Titled “Pierce The Morning Rain,” the Boston Phoenix calls the song an “uptempo scorcher” that bottles “the punk scramble and six-string shred that fans crave.” Listen above or at SPIN.
I Bet On Sky is out today in the UK and tomorrow in the US. Did you ever see J Mascis and Candace’s (of Portlandia) album announcement video? It’s perfect – watch on Youtube. SC Distribution has exclusive 7-inches available in their album pre-order. Check it out HERE.
The band heads out on tour next week! They’ll kick things off in Toronto and make their way throughout the US this fall. Full list of dates and ticket links HERE.
Earlier this summer, The Wild Unknown put on their second annual Forest Party in upstate New York. It all took place at the home of Family Band’s Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin, who built the quaint cabin that sits on the property themselves. Lots of folks headed north for the special get-together, including Stephen McBean of Pink Mountaintops. He lent a hand in constructing the set-up and then, with guitar in hand, took park in a number of performances. Watch him play ““Closer to Heaven” above.
Fader happened to catch all the Forest Party fun! For photos and story, head HERE.
Stephen McBean, of Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops, is rolling into Los Angeles’ Footsies this upcoming Saturday, September 15 for what is sure to be a top notch DJ set. Starting at 10:00 PM, the free LA Record-sponsored, Total Wreck event features fuzz, funk, soul, punk, garage and rock ‘n’ roll. Be there or be sad somewhere –> event details. Get ready for the fun a few days early with a mixtape curated by McBean himself. Click on the link below to download (courtesy of McBean and LA Record).
Dinosaur Jr.’s I Bet On Sky isn’t released until Tuesday, September 18, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to hear the new album. NPR’s First Listen is streaming the album right now for the remainder of the week. Don’t wait to hear it! Pre-order your copy of the album HERE.
“I Bet on Sky channels the best of Dinosaur Jr.’s lethargic fury, as Mascis continues to wrap words of alienation and ennui in wiry energy, not to mention guitars that shred and shred some more. The result still feels fresh, 27 years on. Just don’t skimp on the earplugs.” – Stephen Thompson, NPR
Once you’re acquainted with the record, head out to see Dinosaur Jr. live in concert. They’ll kick off their tour in Toronto on September 24! Dates include stops at Midpoint Music and Pygmalion festivals. Full schedule and ticket links HERE.
Vulture shares a new teaser for Rick Alverson’s film The Comedy. Playing at Sundance earlier this year, the film that stars Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy will be available on VOD starting October 24 and select theaters starting November 16. Watch the [quiet] teaser above.
Throneboogie brings us a new video for Moonface’s “I’m Not The Phoenix Yet” with some serious Buns Of Steel / Rocky vibes. Shot on a VHS-camera, it’s throwback to the days when workout videos were all the rage. Watch above or at Pitchfork TV, where it premiered earlier this morning.
Moonface kick off their West Coast tour Saturday at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival! Foxygen and Sad Baby Wolf will join after for support. See all tour dates below!More
Earlier this year, Bon Iver headed south to tape a live performance for PBS’s long running show, Austin City Limits. Heading into their 38th season, ACL will begin to air those new episodes starting this October, with Bon Iver’s scheduled for the 13th. Watch Justin Vernon and the gang perform “Towers” in the ACL preview above!
Bon Iver will head back out on tour this fall. Dates include a four day run at Radio City Music Hall with support from Anais Mitchell and Polica. See the full list of shows HERE.
Two summers ago, The Cave Singers performed a brand new song for KEXP backstage at Pickathon. So new, it didn’t even have a name. A few weeks ago, they made their return to the festival and played that no-name song, now called “Haller Lake,” as well as “Swim Club,” both found on 2011′s No Witch. They seem right at home in the Bunny Glade. Watch above.
Funny or Die share a hilarious new music video for Dinosaur Jr.’s “Watch the Corners.” It’s your classic scenario: good girl meets bad boy, dad gets aggro. Except this time, Dad is Tim Heidecker rocking the sweetest butt cut. Directed by The Director Brothers and produced by Sean Boyle, the video also stars Olivia Crocicchia, Jordan Martin and Melanie Hawkins. Enjoy at Funny Or Die.
Dinosaur Jr.’s I Bet On Sky will be released September 18. Deluxe bundles still available at SC Distribution; pre-order your copy.
We’ll let the comic do the talking. Well, most of it. Here’s the low down. We came across BOOOOOOOM’s recent feature on awesome Chicago-based artist Krystal DiFronzo earlier this summer. A perfect pairing for Foxygen? We think so. You know the drill. Business as usual and walla, today, she shares her first rad comic strip based on Foxy’s “Abandon My Toys.” It’s from their Take The Kids Off Broadway mini-album.
The Silver Lake Chorus will self-release “From The Snow Tipped Hills” b/w “Wreckage” on September 14. Premiering today at Pitchfork, “From The Snow Tipped Mountains” is a song written especially for the group by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, while “Wreckage” came from The New Pornographers’ AC Newman. Listen to the gorgeous recording below!
For those unfamiliar, The Silver Lake Chorus is a collective of 25 singers who rock indie music by way of choral arrangements. Based in Los Angeles, TSLC is led by artistic and music directors Sam Rader and Mikey Wells. You may know the group from the theme song for the SNL feature film MacGruber or their work on The Lonely Island and Akon’s single, “I Just Had Sex.”
A week or two ago, Sharon Van Etten and her lovely band took the stage at Newport Folk Festival to a gentle, but enthusiastic roar from an eager audience. Kicking off the set with “All I Can,” Sharon delivers another wonderful performance. NPR writes, “Van Etten alternately exudes quiet confidence, sweet shyness and bold aggression, depending on a given song or moment, and never lets her audience’s attention lag.”
Sharon’s in the midst of a yearlong tour and as expected, the feedback has been nothing shy of incredible. Below we’ve included some live footage from her show at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom, plus more links to photos and awesome reviews! Have fun digging in and then get out to see a live show yourself! Sharon & co. travel to San Francisco for two performances today – one at Outside Lands Music Festival at 1:15 PM and one at the Rickshaw Stop for an after show later Friday tonight. Full list of tour dates HERE! More
This is the sort of thing fans only dream about…until now. Earlier this summer, Fred Armisen and J. Mascis took to the streets of Portland for a very special interview. Fred (or Candice as millions of Portlandia fans have grown to know her) talks to Dinosaur Jr.’s frontman about the new album, I Bet On Sky. Watch the clip above.
The physical I Bet On Sky pre-order is now open to fans! Head to SC Distribution to check out all your options. The deluxe bundle includes a LP version of I Bet On Sky in gorgeous gatefold litho-wrapped jacket, CD version of the album in six-panel wallet, limited-edition 7″ featuring two brand-new, non-album tracks: “Now the Fall” and “Ricochet,” 17″ x 22″ glossy poster featuring artwork by Travis Millard and digital download code for the entire album, redeemable on September 4th.
Early Praise for I Bet On Sky
“It sounds like a record that they could have released 20 years ago… There aren’t many bands that were once really big that break up, get back together and find that original magic. It just doesn’t really happen very often, but this is a band that I think has found that original magic, and this is a great-sounding record.” – NPR’s All Songs Considered
THE RUMORS ARE TRUE. Jagjaguwar and Atlas have teamed up to bring Bloomington, IN and surrounding tri-state the meanest, coolest, most souped up derby car to ever hit the dusty arena. We’ll head out to the Monroe County Fair this Friday and Saturday for the demolition derby. Please join us! Not in Bloomington? We’ll have lots of photos and videos to keep you in the loop, so stay tuned.
(For those unfamiliar with the long-standing, American tradition that is demolition derby, head HERE for apt schooling.)
Follow all the action via our Instagram (@jagjaguwarinc) and Twitter feeds or by searching the hashtag #jagderby on both platforms. Feel free to also tag your derby photos with the specified hashtag! We’ll pull all of our photos into one convenient URL HERE. As you can see, we’re all about options, folks!
Lastly, get pumped with our Demo Derby Baby playlist featuring some of your favorite Jagjaguwar artists. Listen on the Spotify app or stream below! Let’s have some fun!
Bon Iver fans have we got the contest for you! Bon Iver, Spotify and Indaba Music team up to bring you the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project – a call-to-arms remix contest. Everyone now has the chance to leave their mark on any one of Bon Iver, Bon Iver‘s songs. Each song’s stems have been carefully documented and given inspirational place-names, and some songs even include previously unreleased parts that were cut from the album’s final mix.
All ten songs will have its own contest, giving you ten chances to win! The resulting remixes will be up for public voting and Bon Iver, with public voting results in hand, will decide the final winners. Those ten remixes will then be assembled as a complete album and released exclusively onSpotify for the world to hear. Not only will winners be placed on the album, but they will also receive $1,000 cash prize! Find out how to join in on the contest at bottom of post! Listen to a remix created by Bon Iver band member and Jagjaguwar artist S. Carey below!
How to participate in Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project:
1. Visit the Bon Iver, Bon Iver Stems Project remix page at Indaba Music.
1. Create a free Indaba Music membership.
2. Select a song(s) and download the stems.
3. Remixers will have from 08/01 to 08/29 to complete their remixes and upload them for consideration.
4. Voting begins on 08/30 through Bon Iver, Spotify, and Indaba Music‘s websites and social networks via Facebook (one vote per account).
5. Winners will be announced the around the third week of September, each earning a spot for their remix on the official Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project remix album on Spotify and a $1,000 cash prize.
Happy release day to Foxygen, whose debut Jagjaguwar release, Take the Kids Off Broadway, is available in-stores, online and from Sam and Rado at one of their many upcoming shows. Foxy is currently touring with La Sera and Moonface. See those dates at the bottom of the post.
For those who don’t know, Foxygen is Jagjaguwar’s newest and youngest signee. Don’t let their age deter you, they bring something pretty incredible to their music. Pitchfork’s Steven Hyden says the mini-album “transforms familiar ingredients into unpredictable, even unwieldy music” and “suggests that Foxygen have found a patch of untamed wilderness in the midst of otherwise well-trod territory. Offering neither clarity nor order, but very much the opposite, Foxygen see exciting possibilities in these disjointed times.” Read the rest of the Pitchfork review HERE.
Take the Kids Off Broadway is available on vinyl or as a digital download. You can purchase the record from SC Distribution. Stream “Waitin 4 U” and “Make It Known” below. More
Perhaps you’ve already seen the movie. Regardless, here’s the trailer for the third and last film of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, featuring Sinoia Cave’s “Evil Ball” off the album The Enchanter Persuaded. For those that don’t know, Sinoia Caves is Jeremy Schmidt from Black Mountain. The song fits the teaser pretty perfectly. Watch above.
Look out for Black Mountain! They kick off their tour late in August at Big Time Out Festival. Shows will then take BM through the Western United States and Canada, with performances at Portland’s Music Fest NW and Los Angeles’s FYF Fest also included. Quest for Fire and Mirror Lake will open on most dates, with Future Islands, Basketball, and Two Gallants playing select dates as well. Check out the full list of tour dates below.More
She’s unstoppable. Sharon Van Etten has made the road her new home since the release of Tramp way back in February. A break doesn’t seem likely as she’ll soon join Andrew Bird and Tennis for a few shows later this month. Even better? Today Sharon announces a fall tour, playing some of her largest headlining shows in the US to date. Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Outside Lands and Fun Fun festivals are all in the mix. See new dates below! Full list of upcoming shows HERE.
NPR’s World Cafe is re-airing Sharon’s session. Listen HERE.
Ole Foxygen bring you an announcement: THEY’RE GOING ON TOUR. Check out their “commercial” above – it’s the VHS edition. Then don’t be shy, head out to see the boys live. Tour dates below! Sam and Rado release their mini-album, Take The Kids Off Broadway, July 24. Give it a preview; listen to “Waitin 4 U” and “Make It Known.” Like what you hear? Pre-order HERE.
“The bursts and jaunts that erupt across the Take The Kids Off Broadway ep are economical, yet bombastic. Controlled chaos, there’s an order to the world of Foxygen. With influences that reference some of the Kinks oddest moments to Jonathan Richman and the aural decadence of one-time disco troubadour Maxine Nightingale, the ep’s flow is loose, yet one that never feels randomly slapped together from darts thrown at torn out pages of a diary.”Aquarium Drunkard
Okkervil River are set to tour the United States, making stops in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest throughout the month of August. They’ll also co-headline Denver’s Cultivate Music Festival with Best Coast this October. Cultivate is Chipotle’s FREE outdoor festival, created to bring together local farmers, celebrity chefs and great music. For more information on the fest, click HERE. See full list of tour dates below.
Download the second edition of Okkervil River’s Golden Opportunities series, featuring covers of songs by Bill Fay, Jim Sullivan and more. Find it HERE.
You’ve got to watch this! It’s a hilariously awesome interview with Sharon Van Etten and Doug Keith. While in Vancouver, Sharon and Doug met with Nardwuar, possibly the most enthusiastic and prepared music interviewer in the world. He pulls all the stops. Watch above! Download the full podcast HERE.
Listen up! Dinosaur Jr. brings you the first single off their forthcoming album, I Bet On Sky. Titled “Watch The Corners,” the track premiered today at Rolling Stone, who posted the song along with an interview with J Mascis. “I guess on this record, I wasn’t as worried if we could play the songs live. [On] the other two records [2007's Beyond and 2009's Farm], I was thinking of it being more songs that we could play live and tour more. I guess that’s what’s kind of different about this album: I just did what I felt would sound good,” tells Mascis. Read the full interview and stream “Watch The Corners” HERE.
Dinosaur Jr. begins their tour in August. See full list of tour dates HERE.
Newly signed Foxygen will hit the road later this summer with La Sera and labelmate Moonface. See full list of tour dates below. The West Coast tour is in support of the band’s first release, Take The Kids Off Broadway, out July 24. Since debuting last month with “Make It Known,” the first single from their mini-album, blogs and fans alike have been quick to acknowledge Foxygen’s unique sound. You can download a second track from the mini-album below! Pitchfork premiered “Waitin’ 4 U” yesterday, describing the song as “multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado and singer Sam France mining at vintage glam and pop sounds from what sounds like the inside of a cardboard box.”
Pre-order Foxygen’s Take The Kids Off BroadwayHERE.
07/05/12 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room w/ Bass Drum of Death & DZ Deathrays
07/19/12 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ La Sera & Magic Trick & DJ Mario Orduno
07/20/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/25/12 Gottage Grove, OR – Axe & Fiddle
07/26/12 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/27/12 Seattle, WA – Barboza w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/28/12 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/29/12 Olympia, WA – Northern
08/07/12 San Franciso, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall w/ Dylan Shearer
09/11/12 Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s Slice & Fungarden w/ Moonface
09/12/12 San Francisco , CA – The Independent w/ Moonface
09/13/12 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place w/ Moonface
09/14/12 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
09/15/12 Las Vegas , NV – Beauty Bar w/ Moonface
09/16/12 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress w/ Moonface
09/17/12 Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room w/ Moonface
09/19/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Moonface
Today we’re happy to announce new Bon Iver tour dates along the Eastern United States, including two additional dates in New York at Radio City Music Hall. Anais Mitchell will open for most of these shows.
Much has been said of Bon Iver’s transformation into a nine-person live band. The Miami New Times in a recent live review, captures the essence of this magic particularly well: “Often, live music is an attempt to approximate something captured in a studio. As exceptional as Bon Iver’s recordings are, Bon Iver in concert is an entirely different creature. By turns defiant and pliant, pained and triumphant, with Bon Iver, the songs are not merely live but living.”Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Last night, the inaugural Libera Awards took place at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge. Curated by the American Association of Independent Music, the awards ceremony is held to “recognize the growing support and market share for independent artists by celebrating the accomplishments of independent musicians and the independent labels and services that support them.” We’re honored to announce Jagjaguwar walked away with two Libbies: Record Label of the Year and Bon Iver won Independent Album of the Year! It’s been an exciting, if not overwhelming year for Jagjaguwar and we’re incredibly stoked for the future! Congratulations to all winners and nominees!
Great news for all Bon Iver fans! Shortly after the release of Bon Iver’s Grammy-winning album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the band stopped by East West Studios in West Hollywood to capture the vivid and powerful display that is Bon Iver. They spent the day putting the awe-inspiring, multi-layed dynamism of their live show to tape.
The seven timeless songs recorded that day have now been released and are available exclusively through iTunes. You can download Bon Iver’s iTunes SessionHERE.
Sunday couldn’t have been better for Bon Iver’s Bonnaroo performance. The overcast skies and light mist created the perfect atmosphere for the show, which thousands of people came out to see. For those who weren’t able to make it to festival this year (and those who want to relive the experience), here’s your chance to capture the live show. In this video, Bon Iver perform a stellar version of “Blood Bank” from the What Stage.
Don’t miss Bon Iver on their European tour this summer! Full list of dates HERE.
Some exciting news people! It’s been 27 years and ten studio albums, but Dinosaur Jr show no signs of stopping. Today they announce a brand new record, the third since the original trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph regrouped in 2005. Titled I Bet on Sky, it’s out on September 18th. “There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know” with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they choose to hang their toques).” -Byron Coley
See Dinosaur Jr live in concert. In addition to over 25 venue shows, they’ll play Green Music, 80/35 Music, MidPoint Music, LouFest 2012 and Pygmalion Festivals. All dates listed below! More
Directed by UK artist Marsha Balaeva, the new video for Moonface’s “Faraway Lightning” premiered today on MTV Hive. Balaeva created the video with her own hand-drawn images. “According to her, the story corresponds to the five stages of mourning — as the clip’s protagonist travels between worlds, he comes to grips with his loss. Krug is a master at blending myth and fantasy into everyday stories — in fact, the character’s feather suit and fall to earth recalls the Icarus story, a myth Krug used frequently with Sunset Rubdown.” It’s the second video to accompany his recently released album With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. Watch above!
Spencer Krug kicks off his U.S. tour this week. Joining him at every show is Siinai, with whom he collaborated on Heartbreaking Bravery. See the full list of dates HERE.
Ladies and gentlemen check it out! Danny Lacy brings us a claymation video set to newly signed Foxygen’s “Make It Known,” off their forthcoming mini-album, Take the Kids Off Broadway. It’s a flashback to the days of Pee-wee Herman. Watch above.
We are incredibly excited to see Chigliak’s first release, Amateur Love’sIt’s All Aquatic available to the masses. Officially out now on both CD and vinyl, the reissue comes with a special download of unreleased recordings that have come to be known as the Ev Sessions. Minneapolis’ Ev Olcott recorded the session and while the band considers it unfinished, the songs remain a great testament to what could have been.
“What Amateur Love means to the history of Eau Claire music is representative of everything we set out to illuminate with this record label. Our goal is to release records that hold weight in people’s hearts…Amateur Love became one of the most enigmatic and electrifying bands I have ever known.” – Justin Vernon
Congratulations to Justin Vernon, Amateur Love and the entire Chigliak Family! Order your copy of It’s All AquaticHERE and listen to “Con/A Sewer/Cat” below!
We are over the moon to introduce the newest member of the Jagjaguwar family, FOXYGEN. The bi-coastal songwriting duo is comprised 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.
Foxygen’s debut release, Take The Kids Off Broadway EP, is out July 24th. Pre-order the EP now at SC Distribution and receive an instant gratification download of the ENTIRE EP two months before it’s released!
The first single premiered on The A.V. Club earlier today! Listen and download “Make It Known” below.
We’re so very proud to announce that Tribeca Film will be distributing Rick Alverson’sThe Comedy throughout North America. The Jagjaguwar-produced drama was one of this year’s most talked about films since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was in U.S. dramatic competition. Variety called it “compulsively fascinating” and Film Threat described it as “one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen”.
What exactly does this mean? In addition to having a limited theatrical run, the drama will soon be available in over 40 million homes through video-on-demand, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Xbox, Samsung Media Hub and the like.
Alverson, who directed and wrote The Comedy, is someone Jagjaguwar has been working with for a very long time (since 1996). Jagjaguwar has released over nine albums with Alverson, and The Comedy is just one of four dramas Alverson and Jagjaguwar have collaborated on. Like Jagjaguwar, Alverson is also very excited about Tribeca Film’s involvement. “My hope is that The Comedy may be seen as both a challenging, cautionary tale and an unapologetic immersion in a culture of irony and recreational cruelty many have come to find liberating,” said Alverson. “We’re very happy to be in the competent hands of Tribeca Film and look forward to a partnership that will bring this movie to a wide audience.”
The Comedy features Tim Heidecker of the “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job,” as an aging hipster spending his aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. There are several cameos by musicians Jagjaguwar friends, Will Sheff (Okkervil River) and Richard Swift (The Shins).
Oneida drummer and Brah Records CEO Kid Millions’ Man Forever, “the bohemian collective of shape shifters he’s united to realize his percussive-based spiritual vision” as Village Voice calls it, has been signed to Thrill Jockey. His new record, Pansophical Cataract, featuring Brian Chase, Shahin Motia, James McNew, Richard Hoffman, and Ryan Sawyer, comes out tomorrow, May 15th.
If you’re in New York City, catch their release show tomorrow at Le Poisson Rouge. The first leg of the North American tour kicks off in Baltimore on May 20th and winds up back in Brooklyn on June 29th. See full list of dates HERE.
Finally, a number of Man Forever’s New York collaborators got together and made a video for the release! Watch above!
S. Carey’s sophomore release, Hoyas, is out today! It’s available online and at your local record stores. Purchase your copy HERE. You can also stream the entire EP at Stereogum! Carey just added the second installment of photos to accompany the album. Check them out HERE.
“What could have turned out to be a risky step in another direction for S. Carey has turned out to be a stroke of brilliance; Hoyas is a small delight that confirms Carey’s towering talent, and has that rare knack of making an electronic record feel naturalistic.” -The 405
You’ve waited patiently to hear it, now here’s your chance. A week before its official release, S. Carey‘s Hoyas is available for streaming at Stereogum. It will be available for your listening pleasure all week, plus you get a free download of the first-track, “Two Angles.” The four-song EP is the second release from Carey and you can pre-order it HERE.
Carey’s provided some visuals to accompany the songs. Check out his photo guide HERE. Don’t you dare miss him and the entire Bon Iver gang on tour this summer. Full list of dates HERE.
It’s your lucky day. If you didn’t get the chance to see Sharon Van Etten the first time around, you may be able to this summer. Upon returning from the European leg of her tour, Sharon will make a few additional stops in cities across Canada and the United States. The tour features a number of festival performances, including Le Guess Who, Primavera, Latitude, Newport Folk, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Caldera festivals. She’ll be joined by Flock of Dimes, Tennis, Andrew Bird and Secretly Canadian’s own Exitmusic. You can see the full list of dates, as well as links to buy tickets, HERE.
Praise for Sharon Van Etten
“Focusing mostly on new material, SVE’s syrupy pipes filled the room just like you’d expect them to. Her impeccable, folk-spun melodies were executed with precision and passion. The thing that’s so incredible about Van Etten, is how she’s able to meld harsh and gentle together so seamlessly. At its core, her music is angry, but a gentle approach to that anger yields undeniably gorgeous results. Her lyrics are bitterly heartbreaking, her strums occasionally crass, her energy genuinely raw and powerful. But there’s a sort of delicate beauty to it all.” Consequence of Sound
As I watched her burn through a driving version of ‘Don’t Do It,’ a highlight from her 2010 album, epic, I was struck by how much more self-assured and professional she sounded than when I’d seen her at Bottom of the Hill just a year prior. In fact, the whole show seemed like a snapshot of a songwriter who is just beginning to feel comfortable in her own skin – which made me even more excited to see where she goes from here.” SF Bay Guardian
“Sharon Van Etten is not a diva. Walking on stage at the Bluebird last night, as unassumingly as if she were in the grocery store produce aisle, Van Etten appeared confident and casual. There was no pretense about her or her band, a four-piece that featured two multi-instrumentalists and a drummer. The singer’s presence was totally unremarkable. This all changed soon after, though. Strumming a Fender Jazzmaster and accompanied by a harmonium, Van Etten let out a husky wail that soon silenced an otherwise chatty crowd.” Westword
Out officially on May 8th, S. Carey’s Hoyas EP is now available for pre-order. Order it from iTunes for $3.99, or purchase it from SC Distribution to receive an instant digital download of the entire EP.
Bon Iver on The Ellen DeGeneres show? You betcha! The gang stopped by Ellen’s studio yesterday to tape the show and it’s airing today! We’ve got the video for “Towers” and a web-exclusive performance of “Michicant” above, but there is a still a chance the show might air in your state this afternoon. Check the schedule HERE! Most importantly, enjoy!
Today is the day. Spencer Krug releases his third album under the Moonface moniker. With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is now available for purchase in your local record stores and online. You can also pick up a copy from Spencer during his summer tour. See full list of dates HERE.
Get ready! We’re on Moonface overload today. First, we’ve got a brand new video for “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” off the forthcoming album. Premiering on Spin this morning, the video was directed by UK-based artist Marsha Balaeva. Watch above.
Now that you’ve checked out the video, hear With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery in its entirety at The A.V. Club. It will be available for your listening pleasure all week! Out officially next Tuesday, April 17th, you can pre-order the album HERE.
We’ve got a wonderful video of Sharon Van Etten and band performing “Magic Chords” live in Paris. The video was shot by Valerie Toumayan during Sharon’s show at Le Point FMR during early March. Watch above. You can also see Sharon perform “Don’t Do It” from the same set HERE.
You can also watch Sharon perform a four-song acoustic set for Spinner’s The Interface. It’s downloadable! Check it out HERE.
Sharon has also added three new UK dates to her tour. See those below and check out all tour dates and links to tickets HERE.
07/10/12 Bristol, UK – Thekla
07/11/12 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
07/12/12 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
Black Mountain and Lia Ices bring you two awesome releases today! The first is the soundtrack to the epic surf film, Year Zero! Combining new works with previously released tracks, Black Mountain provides a hard-hitting, 45-minute acid tab of music. You can order the Year Zero: Original SoundtrackHERE. Listen to “Mary Lou” below!
The latter is Lia Ices’ new 7-inch, featuring a beautiful cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and a B-side of Syd Barrett’s “Late Night.” Buy it HERE. Commenting on Lia’s version of “Wish You Were Here,” Fader says, “There are few people singing with such a precise and beautiful voice.” Listen to the track below!
Moonface’s With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is officially available for pre-order. Best part? Starting today when you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant digital download. That’s right; you DO NOT have to wait until April 17th to hear the ENTIRE record. The deluxe bundle features the record on both cd and vinyl formats, a limited 7″ with two previously unreleased songs and a poster with album art. What are you waiting for? Pre-order the album HERE.
A new song from the forthcoming album, “Headed For the Door,” premiered on Pitchfork today. Listen and download below!
S. Carey’s forthcoming EP, Hoyas, is out on May 5th, but you can check out the first track, “Two Angles,” now. In an article titled Bon Iver’s not-so-secret weapon preps new EP , Spin calls the new song “a feast of electronic ripples, stately horns, burbling guitar, and gorgeous falsetto – his own.” Listen below!
Sean is touring with Bon Iver now. See all of their dates HERE.
While much of the music world was distracted by SXSW this weekend, Oneida were blowing minds back home in New York. The O teamed up with avant-legend Rhys Chatham as part of Merkin Concert Hall’s 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival this Saturday. The combo performed original compositions, sewing together different corners of the minimalist/maximalist cloth from which they are all cut. Listen to audio from the performance at WQXR!
Village Voice sat down with Rhys Chatham prior to the performance for a chat about his experience working with Oneida. Chatham shared, “Oneida aren’t a minimalist band. They’re what’s happening today, but somehow I just didn’t feel any difference in age or mindset or anything. We just all worked together as musicians because they’re great musicians. In all our discussions we never talked about history, we just talked about stuff and then, when we actually played, I was just so surprised. It just seemed to work like a hand in a glove. I didn’t have to do anything. I mean, seriously. I brought my stuff in and they played like they’d normally play. They nailed it.” To read the full interview, go HERE.
“Cancel ALL of your evening plans. Plant yourself in front of your television and prepare yourself for three or so minutes of some serious greatness. It’s definitely going to be worth it!”
Did you heed our advice yesterday? Tell me you didn’t miss Sharon Van Etten’s performance of “Leonard” last night on “mini” Conan! Luckily for all of us, the fine people at Conan have provided us with the video. WATCH IT ABOVE. Also, don’t miss Sharon perched next to Shaq at the end of show! Uhhhh, can we just say how awesome that was?!?!
Last week, Sharon played to over 3,000 SXSW-goers at the NPR showcase then went on to headline the Jagjaguwar party, only to leave Austin soon after for a Los Angeles take down. Perhaps you heard Sharon play on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Monday morning? If not, no worries! Stream it HERE. As you can tell, it seems there’s no stopping point in sight. Catch her live with The War on Drugs this spring; full list of dates HERE.
Finally, check out the interview Sharon gave to Cian Traynor at The Quietus. Sharon gives a run-down of some of the the pivotal moments in her music career. Read it HERE.
Hello party people! Are you roaming the streets of Austin, checking out the best SXSW showcases and sipping on cold beer? Sure hope so! Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian have teamed up with Stickygram for a SXSW Instagram photo contest and we went all of you to be a part of it!
Here’s the deal: You take awesome photos and post to Instagram using the HASHTAG #DOCJAGSCSXSW. We’ve got several categories, so basically just start snapping away! We’ll reward the “best” photos with some sweet prizes, including vinyl, posters, mp3 downloads, and much more! Stickygram is jumping in on this too and we’ll turn some of your photos into magnets! Pretty neat, huh? SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?! Check out the categories below and then start taking photos! Reminder!!! REMINDER! We’re looking for photos of our bands; you can check out the full schedule of all DOC/JAG/SC bands at SXSW HERE! MAKE SURE you use our hashtag and we’ll let the winners know who they are at the end of the week! Good luck and have fun!!
Photo from OFFICIAL SXSW DOC/JAG/SC Showcase at the Mohawk on March 15th
Band Backstage OR Waiting Off Stage
Photo of Band on Stage
BANDS TO LOOK FOR:
The War On Drugs
Bear in Heaven
Gardens & Villa
Sharon Van Etten
Peter Wolf Crier
Taken By Trees
The new video for Sharon Van Etten’s “Leonard” takes the viewer on a kaleidoscopic journey, acting as a serious set of visuals to one of the many standout tracks from Tramp. Directed by Sam Zimman, the video premiered earlier this morning via the Los Angeles Times. It all comes in the midst of what has been an unbelievably successful year for Sharon, as fans and critics alike have opened their arms wide for the immensely talented songstress. On tour now, she will soon head to SXSW to perform at NPR’s showcase at Stubbs on March 14th and then at the Jagjaguwar showcase at the Mohawk on March 15th. Hope to see you there! Watch the video above!
Last, but certainly not least, LOS ANGELES HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE SHARON VAN ETTEN TICKETS & MERCH! She’ll perform at theAvalon on March 20th and KCRW has an awesome package, including a pair of tickets, to give to one lucky gal or guy. All you have to do is go HERE and leave a comment! A winner will be randomly selected on March 19th! Don’t forget to read the instructions on what to leave in your comment!!
Here’s something to cheer about! Bon Iver just added a handful of dates to their tour! It’s a mix of both headlining shows and festivals! Currently on tour in Australia now, Bon Iver will soon return to the States for Coachella and head back out on the road for what is sure to be an amazing summer tour! See new dates below and check out full tour HERE!
In other awesome Bon Iver news, the new Towers 12-inch single is out TODAY! It features a b-side of the John Prine cover “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow),” previously heard on Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. You can order your copy HERE!
Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian bring the party to this year’s South By Southwest! We’ve got an official showcase jam packed with some serious talent. With two stages and eleven bands, it’s an event not to be missed. We’ve lucked into one of the best venues Austin has to offer- the Mohawk, and it’s all going down Thursday, March 15th. See the full lineup below and all of the additional SXSW performances after the jump!
Bon Iver brings us a brilliant new music video for “Towers,” a single off of their Grammy winning album, Bon Iver. Directed by filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, who you’ll recognize as the director for “Holocene,” the video follows one man through a beautiful part of Washington state, home to Indian-preserved land. Elderkin told us, “When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent.” How “simple” could describe such a breathtaking video boggles the mind, but indeed it does. A pure simplicity rings true to the work, with no gimmicks or overt constructionism at play. The video grows organically, breathing additional life into a song that already aurally invokes the senses. Joining the audio now is a stimulating visual experience. Do watch the video above.
Bon Iver also announces a new Towers 12-inch, featuring a cover of John Prine’s “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)” as the b-side. The single is out March 6th and you can pre-order it HERE.
Lastly, Bon Iver joins Feist at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 31st for what is sure to be an amazing show. See full list of dates HERE.
How S. Carey managed to create an EP throughout the Bon Iver whirlwind is difficult to grasp, but indeed he has. Hoyas is the follow-up to his debut full-length, All We Grow, and is out officially on May 8th. Carey continues his unique mix of classical and electronic throughout the four-track EP, which was created during a two-year span in his attic studio. Working together with fellow musician Ben Lester, who you may know from his work with A.A. Bondy, the two used a lap-top and little else when recording. Hoyas was mixed and produced by the Grammy-award winning duo of Justin Vernon and Brian Joseph of Bon Iver and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Studios in Boston.
“These songs are for nighttime driving, for long exposures of stars circling overhead, for laying roadside, feeling small, for the cold rocks at Big Falls, for Marfa, that weird and beautiful oasis. These songs are about the ambient sides of life.”
Perhaps you’ve already seen S. Carey and Justin Vernon in their recent 4AD and Jagjaguwar session, but do watch it again. It’s a great testimony to the musicianship and seemingly endless talent of both artists. Carey soars vocally in the session, just as he does on the new EP. View it HERE.
Last Saturday, Justin Vernon made his second appearance on Saturday Night Live. It all happened only two weeks after performing on the show for the very first time. On this occasion, he attended to play for new parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as their wee little baby, Blue Ivy Carter; this time, Justin Vernon was actually Justin Timberlake in a hilarious spoof. Playing a guitar he himself fashioned out of a canoe, Justin reworks the words to “Holocene” for a Bon Iver lullaby about muggles? Regardless, White Butler loved it enough for all of us. Watch above!
Black Mountain creates original soundtrack to movie? You heard right. It’s all for the post-apocalyptic film Year Zero and can be heard in its entirety come April 3rd. Including both old and new Black Mountain tracks, the soundtrack features nine songs, one of which you can download and stream below. The eight-minute long jam, “Mary Lou”, as Fader says it, “marks the return of Black Mountain.” Check out the Year Zero trailer above!
Straying from the expected, Justin Vernon and S. Carey give us a breathtaking 4AD and Jagjaguwar session. We’ve been accustomed to seeing Bon Iver as a full, seven-plus member band as of late, but now we get the two in an incredibly intimate and up-close setting. Once a church, Air Studio’s Lyndurst Hall plays home to the session and it proves to be fitting in both atmosphere and aesthetics. Justin and Sean are on piano, facing each other for a five-song performance of choice songs that have led us to be endlessly captured and emotionally evoked. “Rather than layer the sound as on ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’, the focus is on paring back, in part evoking the minimalist approach of contemporary classical music, while remaining true enough to the source material to retain those elements characteristic of Bon Iver.” It’s a must see. Watch above.
For all you Londoners who missed the bus on getting tickets to see Sharon Van Etten at the now sold out Cargo concert, you’re in serious luck. The burgeoning songstress JUST ADDED A NEW LONDON SHOW AT SCALA. It is her biggest London show to date and it’s all happening on May 16th. She’s also added a handful of other UK shows; see those and links to buy tickets below.
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Ecstatic. Screams. Happiness. Champagne popping. Rolling on the ground. Falling out of chairs. Pure Bliss. Throw up your J. Smiles. Tears. Pride. All words to describe how we at Jagjaguwar felt and acted last night when it was announced Bon Iver were not one, but two-time Grammy winners. Taking home the award for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, Justin handled his winnings with grace and we are so incredibly proud of him and all the Bon Iver family. It’s been one hell of a year for the group and we’re only in February. Guess you could say we’re all excited for the future! CONGRATULATIONS BON IVER! Watch video of Justin backstage above!
La Blogothèque delights us with another wonderful Take Away Show. Filmed ealier this year in Paris, Soirée de Poche: Sharon Van Etten is a beautifully intimate video of the songstress, who has managed to encapsulate just about every person who dares take a listen. Joined by Heather Woods Broderick and armed only with her acoustic guitar, Sharon stands in front of a handful of people and delivers another incredibly moving performance. It’s really something you have to watch for yourself.
Just an hour or so ago, Sharon performed live on WXPN 88.5! If you missed it, no worries; NPR has the audio available for streaming. Listen HERE.
If you’re going to be in New Zealand or Australia in the next coming months, you’re one of the lucky few who gets to see Pink Mountaintops live in concert! Teaming up with L.A.’s Dead Meadow, the two embark on a 12-show tour with a stop at Boogie Festival included. Presented by Heathen Skulls. Check out the dates below!
03/28/12 Wellington, NZ – San Francisco Bath House w/ Dead Meadow
03/29/12 Auckland, NZ – The Kings Arms w/ Dead Meadow
03/30/12 Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live w/ Dead Meadow
03/31/12 Geelong, AU – The National Hotel w/ Dead Meadow
04/01/12 Melbourne, AU – Corner Hotel w/ Dead Meadow BUY TICKETS
04/02/12 Melbourne, AU – The Tote
04/04/12 Canberra, AU – ANU Bar w/ Dead Meadow
04/05/12 Brisbane, AU – The Zoo w/ Dead Meadow
04/06/12 Sydney, AU – Hi Fi Bar w/ Dead Meadow BUY TICKETS
04/07/12 Perth, AU – The Bakery w/ Dead Meadow
04/08/12 Victoria, AU – Boogie Festival w/ Dead Meadow
04/08/12 Melbourne, AU – Cherry Bar w/ Dead Meadow
Here’s an answer to what many have asked for: Bon Iver just added dates to their spring tour. After Australia, the gang comes home to a play a handful of west coast shows; Coachella, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Sasquatch are all on the list! Check out all the stops below! Watch “Holocene” and “Beth/Rest” above! More
The New York Times recently visited Sharon Van Etten in her Brooklyn neighborhood for an intimate look at how she’s living these days and to talk about how exactly it all came to be. With her sophomore album out next Tuesday, February 7th, the buzz surrounding Sharon couldn’t be better. “The difficult past is always present in Van Etten’s music, a mesmerizing catalog that somehow combines the venom of P J Harvey with a choir loft full of Emmylou Harrises singing harmony,” writes NY Times. Indeed, she’s presented us with an album worth getting excited about and the feedback has been tremendous.
Van Etten takes us back to a flower shop by day, speakeasy at night, where she played for one of the first times. NY Times captures another stunning video of Van Etten and bandmate, Heather Woods Broderick, performing “We Are Fine” in the shop; you can watch it above. Sharon is currently touring in support of Tramp and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see her in your city. Check out her full list of dates HERE.
Two awesome pieces from Lia Ices today! Premiering on Fader earlier this morning, the new video for “Little Marriage” is a whimsical dance through a bevy of faded images. Heidi Petty created the video.
Out on April 4th, the “Wish You Were Here” single is both a moving and refreshing take on one of Pink Floyd’s best known songs. Lia originally recorded the track for Mojo Magazine’s Pink Floyd tribute compilation. The 7-inch also features Lia’s take on Syd Barret’s “Late Night.” You can listen to “Wish You Were Here” below!
San Miguel Primavera Sound just revealed their 2012 lineup and we are stoked to announce both Peter Wolf Crier and Sharon Van Etten will play at the festival. Held in Barcelona, Spain, the festival dates are May 30-June 3. Tickets go on sale February 4th! Consequence of Sound gives the lowdown on Primavera and all performing artists in their Festival Outlook.
It seems Under the Radar couldn’t quite make up their mind on who to feature on the cover for their Best of 2011 issue and we aren’t mad about it. They came up with a neat little idea to include three unique covers with artists from their Top 5 albums of the year in each copy. Bon Iver, M83 and The Horrors all take center stage here. Staring straight at you is a serious-faced Justin Vernon. Pal Hansen snapped the shot in London. You can pick up a print copy on newsstands or buy directly from UTR HERE. If you need to get your eyes on a digital edition now, you can get it HERE.
Following a sold-out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and a late night tv performance on Fallon, Sharon Van Etten has now added nine dates to her spring tour. Her eagerly anticipated album, Tramp, comes out in just under two weeks on February 7th. Available for pre-order NOW.
Critics and fans alike are jumping behind this talented songstress and for good reason. Not only is her new album a superb piece of work, but Sharon conquers the stage in her live shows. Spin Magazine said this about her Mercury performance, “Judging by her brilliant performance and the electric mood in the room, she isn’t likely to be playing spaces this intimate much longer.” For a fortunate few in those nine additional stops, they’ll get to see just what everyone is talking about. Purchase your tickets soon though; shows are selling out worldwide! You can view the full list of dates HERE. If you missed Sharon on WNYC’s Soundcheck, watch her performance of “Give Out” above or stream the entire show HERE.
Originally released on vinyl in February of 2010, Tidings is officially available in CD format today! The Line of Best Fit calls it, “a relaxed and fluent assemblage, entwined in a gorgeous psychedelic, blues rock holy matrimony.” Created before the band’s actual formation by frontman Jack Sharp, the album features a slue of experimental endeavors that lead up to what is now known as Wolf People. “Tidings then, is a journey down a strip of tape from one reel to the other. Yes, it’s a little warped and damaged, but that’s what gives it its character; the insane parts make the most sense of all,” says Tiny Mix Tapes. Get it on CD or LP HERE!
One thousand lucky people will soon be the proud owners of their very own J. MASCIS BOBBLEHEAD! Available now from Aggronautix, the bobblehead features the Dinosaur Jr. frontman exactly as you know him; the long silver locks, glasses and guitar are right on point. ORDER YOURS WHILE YOU STILL CAN. Oh, the places you and J. Mascis will go…..
You can see the real J. Mascis and the rest of Dinosaur Jr. on January 23rd at Miami’s Grand Central with Yuck.
Jagjaguwar alumnus, Simon Joyner, is in the midst of finishing his 13th album, but he needs your help people! He’s just launched a Kickstarter, in which he is less than $700 dollars away from reaching his $6000 goal (wowzers!!), which will fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing. In celebration of twenty years making records (Joyner released his first album in 1992), a double album will be released on white vinyl this upcoming summer. We’re talking some pretty cool stuff here: Joyner is recording the album all-analog on a 1-inch reel to reel machine. Check out his Kickstarter HERE to see how you can contribute.
Premiering this Saturday, January 21 in Park City, “The Comedy” is Rick Alverson’s first film to enter the Sundance Film Festival. It is a contender in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. “This is not a comedy. It stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim’s comedy weird-fest Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Good Job! but despite those guys and the movie’s title, it’s more of a sardonic drama than a laugh-fest. Heidecker plays Swanson, a man inheriting a massive estate who is nonetheless bored with life,” says Sundance director John Cooper. We wish Rick the best of luck in the next coming days! You can now watch the teaser at Indiewire!
S. Carey recently contributed to a new book about Talk Talk. Including handwritten lyrics and never-seen-before photos, Spirt of Talk Talk delves into the band’s expansive collection of album art and music. A good portion of the book is dedicated to those inspired by the band in some way. Carey is no stranger when it comes to Talk Talk; you can see their influence laced through his debut album, All We Grow, as well as his much talked about cover of “I Believe in You” during shows with Bon Iver. Preview the book HERE.
Justin Vernon teams up with The Chieftains for a beautiful rendition of traditional murder ballad,”Down in the Willow Garden”. Singing lead atop sweeping acoustic accompaniment, Vernon softly tells the story of a man who has murdered his lover. Named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors, The Chieftains are a world renown folk group formed in 1962. Set to-be-released on February 21, Voice of Ages, celebrates 50 years of making music. Other featured artists include The Decemberists, Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Low Anthem. You can stream “Down in the Willow Garden” on Pitchfork.
Good morning friends! We’ve got a bit of a special treat to start off your Tuesday or maybe act as a soundtrack to what currently seems to be a monsoon outside. Odawas founder, Michael James Tapscott, releases his ninth album on Bookmaker Records. “Good Morning, Africa Working alternates captivating ballads and dark instrumental tracks. The result is a deep mix of folk songwriting, psychedelism and new age.” It features Andrew Kenower, who contributed some very interesting field recordings to the album. The first vinyl edition for Bookmaker (how neat!), you can stream and pre-order the album HERE.
Watch this new video of Peter Wolf Crier performing a fantastic rendition of “Haunt You,” off their latest release, Garden of Arms. While on tour last fall, PWC met up with Kiyanna Project in Austin to film this session in a tire shop. Peter also gives us an explanation of the song’s creation. You definitely want to see this.
We are super stoked to announce that you will be able to see Peter Wolf Crier on tour with Damien Jurado later this spring. Starting in San Francisco and eventually ending in Vancouver, PWC will play eight shows with one of Secretly Canadian’s heavyweights. Jurado is touring in support of his soon-to-be-released album, Maroqopa. See the full list of dates below.
04/13/12 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill w/ Damien Jurado
04/14/12 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater w/ Damien Jurado
04/15/12 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar w/ Damien Jurado
04/17/12 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive w/ Damien Jurado
04/18/12 Salt Lake City, UT - Velour w/ Damien Jurado
04/19/12 Boise, ID - Neurolux w/ Damien Jurado
04/21/12 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret w/ Damien Jurado
04/22/12 Portland, OR - Holocene w/ Damien Jurado
Bon Iver adds another huge honor to what seems to be a never-ending list. Nominated for not one, but two BRIT AWARDS, Bon Iver is up for International Male Solo Artist alongside Ryan Adams and Bruno Mars and International Breakthrough Act with Nicki Minaj and Foster the People. We couldn’t be happier for Justin and the Bon Iver family. The awards will air on February 21st!!
Bon Iver will also take part in a Flaming Lips collaboration compilation for special release on this year’s Record Store Day. Now we will only be left guessing as to what the collaboration will entail…..HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
Sharon Van Etten begins taking over the world next Wednesday. Some could say it’s just a tour, but we have great faith in the road before SVE. With twenty-nine dates lined up, Van Etten is likely coming to a city near you. We are excited to announce her London show is already SOLD OUT, so act fast and pick up those tickets while you still can.
In the meantime, i-D Online provides us with a new i-N Session of the songstress performing “Leonard.” Filmed in her home, Van Etten prevails once again, giving us another strong, but beautifully intimate performance. It’s difficult not to feel as though your in the room with her, feeling the pure emotion and experience driving each word.
Even though we are only into the second week of January, it seems safe to say 2012 is looking to be Bon Iver’s year. To add to the list of big events for the grammy-nominated, Coachella playing group, is a coveted invitation to appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. On Saturday, February 4th, Bon Iver will make their SNL debut performance. Actor Channing Tatum will host the show. A big congratulations to Bon Iver!
In a Meet the Artists interview, Rick Alverson talks about “The Comedy” and the forces, both apparent and underlying, propelling the film. Alverson tells Sundance, “The goal of thing was to vacillate between the comedic and the gravely serious.” Currently competing in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition, “The Comedy” stars Tim Heidecker and features Eric Wareheim, both of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Alverson refers to these two as anti-comics and further describes how their innate qualities and work outside of the film played a part in it’s direction. Watch full interview here.
It is a big night for Sharon Van Etten! In her late night television debut, Van Etten will play live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, Thursday, January 5th. Guests also include Rachel Maddow and Portlandia co-creator, Fred Armisen.
All of this comes on the brink of her soon-to-be-released album, Tramp. The LA Times calls it,”a slow-burning but ultimately incendiary record that, in the best of worlds would propel the singer to Bon Iverian levels of acclaim.”
Out February 7th on cd and lp, Tramp is now available for pre-order in both deluxe and regular editions. The deluxe bundle includes some pretty awesome swag, including both CD and LP versions of the album as well as a digital download coupon, lyric booklet, signed letter (while supplies last), poster, exclusive ‘Serpents b/w Mike McDermott’ 7″ and early gratification download of the album, redeemable starting January 17. You can order yours here.