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THE BESNARD LAKES Are the Roaring Night

THE BESNARD LAKES, the Montreal collective fronted by husband-and-wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek, has returned, crafting a majestic, sprawling vision of guitar bombast and captivating pop experiments. On March 9th of 2010 (March 8th in the UK), Jagjaguwar will release The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, a twisting chronicle of spies, double agents, novelists and aspiring rock gods turned violent. Loyalty, dishonor, love, and hatred are all seen through the eyes of two spies, communicating through short wave in code and fighting a war that may or may not be real.

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night was recorded at Lasek’s Breakglass Studios with a vintage 1968 Neve germanium mixing console used to record portions of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night is a dark bliss-out that folds the eerie guitar epics of the band’s breakthrough, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, into a wall of affected drones and atmospherics. The toughened immediacy and grit that gives the form a much-needed shove over the cliffs makes for a haunting, provocative swan dive into the crushing tide.

February 9th (February 8th in the UK), a standout song from the new LP, “Albatross,” will be released on a vinyl 12″ with the gentle and ghostly exclusive b-side, “Four Long Lines.” “Albatross” has all the swagger of a Stevie Nicks-led Fleetwood Mac classic or Roy Orbison reimagined as a rollicking, snakeskin-booted Mazzy Star — dousing it all in gas and throwing the match as we hear its tale of Vancouver’s skid row and its inhabitants.

Read more about The Besnard Lakes HERE.

THE BESNARD LAKES Score Mark Ruffalo Directorial Debut, Prep New LP, Play Select Tour Dates

THE BESNARD LAKES came to Mark Ruffalo one night over his headphones during a flu-induced fever dream, and “Because Tonight” gave him a welcomed chill. “It was a perfect piece of music. It has longing and hope and melancholy; a love story gone well and then badly and then lived out…I could see whole films in their songs.”

Ruffalo then snatched up all the music from The Besnard Lakes that he could find and asked them to score his new film and directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious. The film stars both Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom and follows a paralyzed DJ named Delicious’s attempts at healing.

“Sympathy For Delicious is a Magic and Agnostic Rock and Roll Revival, and I wanted a score to the film that felt questioning and cinematic. The Besnard Lakes is a perfect match to what we have been trying to achieve with the movie; something rough and not overproduced, not devoid of guts, full of humanity and messy around the edges. Their music is not just a clutch of songs but a cinematic experience that evolves dramatically and carries poetry in the tidy complexity of it’s parts. I am very proud to have them. They bring a living, breathing and vibrant quality to the existing story that is rare to find in film scores.”

Early in 2010 Jagjaguwar will release the follow-up to the Polaris Prize-nominated The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse. Check out their east coast dates for a preview of the new music:

10/2/09: Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
10/3/09: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/Acrylics + Cinnamon Band

THE BESNARD LAKES New Video “Devastation” On Pitchfork.tv

The Besnard Lakes have finished a new video for the track “Devastation” from the album “The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse”. The album, released in February of 2007, continues to spawn new and inspired content, and we couldn’t be happier. Kara Blake, who also directed the video for “Agent 13″, once again blows our minds. Enjoy!

THE BESNARD LAKES tour with PETER BJORN AND JOHN

In support of their critically acclaimed avant-pop masterpiece “The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse” CD/LP, THE BESNARD LAKES will be spending late 2007 on tour with Sweden’s PETER BJORN AND JOHN. It has been a magical year for The Besnard Lakes. They have toured both North America and Europe twice over, playing the most intimate rooms as well as on large festival stages where they’ve opened up for the likes of Smashing Pumpkins. They have been nominated for prestigious prizes, such as for the POLARIS PRIZE, recognizing the best Canadian album of the year, and the ECHO SONGWRITING PRIZE for their song “Devastation”. And their album has been an underground success story, being deemed by Pitchfork as one of the excellent overlooked records this year and having garnered great praise from prominent print media outlets such as Mojo (4 star review; see below.) Likely to make it on many year-end “best of 2007″ lists, the Besnard Lakes make one last splash with a few weeks on the road with PETER BJORN AND JOHN.

Also recently available from the Besnard Lakes is the “Casino Nanaimo” 12-inch and a re-introduction of their debut album “Volume I”.

All dates with Peter Bjorn and John:

11/23/2007 Houston, TX – Warehouse
11/24/2007 Dallas, TX – Palladium
11/25/2007 Oklahoma City, OK – Cain’s
11/26/2007 Kansas City, MO – Madrid
11/27/2007 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
11/29/2007 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11/30/2007 Louisville, KY – Headliners
12/1/2007 Detroit, MI – Majestic
12/2/2007 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
12/3/2007 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
12/5/2007 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

*w/o Peter Bjorn and John

For comprehensive, up-to-date tour listing, go HERE.

New BESNARD LAKES 12″ now available for pre-order

The new BESNARD LAKES 12″, entitled “Casino Nanaimo”, is now available for pre-order.

In early 2007, the Besnard Lakes released a full-length album on Jagjaguwar that quickly made it onto numerous and budding best-albums-of-the-year short-lists by a whole range of music-listening pedigree — critics, casual and not-so-casual rock listeners, garden variety pop fans, and headphone junkies. Now, on the heels of “The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse”, these inspired Montrealers continue what they’ve started, re-stoking the flames and releasing two additional tracks, as embodied on a 12-inch vinyl single.

Side A is “Casino Nanaimo”, a place where repetitive sound and lights engulf addicted gamblers all vying for space on the eternal wheel of fortune. And then there is side B, “Devastation (alternate version)”, the unedited and original straight-to-two-track nine-minute version, recorded live-off-the-floor at Breakglass Studios.

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Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark by Moonface
Byegone by Volcano Choir

North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten

Real People by Small Black

Angel Olsen
Atlanta, GA - The Earl

S. Carey
Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi  w/ White Hinterland

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