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LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Release ‘The Golden Lion’ 12″ EP, Share Track “The Motorway”

B-side “The Motorway” opens the blinds and surges with glorious heat…” – Stereogum

The Golden Lion 12″ EP is out today worldwide, and Stereogum premiered “The Motorway,” which is exclusive to the EP. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the fourth LP with The Besnard Lakes and Jagjaguwar, is out in January 2016.

Buy The Golden Lion 12″ EP:
via Jagjaguwar // Spotify

Pre-order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
CD, LP & ltd white vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

11/15/15 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
11/16/15 London, UK – 100 Club
11/19/15 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
11/20/15 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
11/21/15 Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
11/22/15 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
11/23/15 Berlin, DE – Magnet Club

WATCH // ‘Best Blues’ Released Worldwide, Small Black Share “No One Wants It To Happen To You” Video

Kolenik is hovering somewhere above and beyond us, commenting omnisciently yet powerlessly on human folly and loss. It’s a testament to Small Black’s knack for pop architecture that the band can make it all sound so breezy.”
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Small Black’s new album, Best Blues, is out today on Jagjaguwar after streaming in full via NPR Music’s First Listen series the past week. In celebration of release day, the band is sharing a new video for the album’s second single, “No One Wants It To Happen To You,” via NYLON.

Director William Colby says,

“With the video, I wanted to explore our complex relationship with water: We are in awe of it, we need it to live, yet it can kill us and destroy our homes. Through juxtaposing and blending water footage with an intimate performance, I attempted to tie this idea into the main themes of the band’s album.”

Small Black is currently on tour in support of Best Blues and a full list of dates is below. They cap off their North American run with two headline shows in their hometown of Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right on November 20th and 21st.

Buy Best Blues now:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Fri. Nov. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Share Live Video Of “Golden Lion” From Upcoming Release

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The Besnard Lakes will release their most formidable album to date, A Coliseum Complex Museum, out January 22nd, 2016 on Jagjaguwar. Lead single “Golden Lion” will also be released as a limited 12” EP on November 13th, 2015 and include two new, exclusive tracks listed below.

Fifteen years into their career, and nearly two decades into Jagjaguwar’s existence, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, the band have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim. Now comprising writing partnership Jace Lasek (vocals/guitar) and Olga Goreas (vocals/bass) plus long-term drummer Kevin Laing, the cast has expanded to include both Sheenah Ko (keys/vocals) and Robbie Macarthur (guitar). Previous guitarist Richard White maintains a pivotal studio role for the band though no longer tours.

At Pop Montreal last month, The Besnard Lakes performed as a 17-piece band and you can watch video of the performance below. Coupled with the band’s new press shot, which is a restaging of the canonical Fleetwood Mac photos from the mid 80s, The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep rich catalogue in the 21st Century.

A limited number of deluxe album pre-orders will include limited edition white colored vinyl and a metal sigil, hand-crafted by Olga Goreas. The sigils have become a major element of the LP art. Says Olga: “I made 11 sigils after my dad passed away almost 4 years ago. Each sigil has a particular meaning and there are 11 of them because he died in November of 2011 and numerologically speaking, 11 represents a rebuilding of sorts. In a way, our last album was about endings and this album is about beginning again.

In November, the band will be performing new songs from the album at exclusive shows around Europe – dates are below and tickets are on sale now.

Order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon Music // Your Local Indie Retailer

THE BESNARD LAKES TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

15 November – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
16 November – London, UK – 100 Club
19 November – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
20 November – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
21 November – Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
22 November – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
23 November – Berlin, DE – Magnet Club

LISTEN // Small Black Streams ‘Best Blues’ Via NPR Music

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Small Black’s new album, Best Blues, is currently streaming via NPR Music’s First Listen series ahead of its October 16th release on Jagjaguwar. The band’s third full-length release was written and recorded at their Brooklyn home studio and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio. Lead single “Boys Life” is an absolute stunner having racked up over 480,000 Spotify plays and 332,000 SoundCloud streams and spending ample time in Sirius XMU’s Top 10 and on the Hype Machine popular chart. Best Blues finds Small Black in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience.

The addition of piano flourishes, trumpet (Darby Cicci of The Antlers), hidden acoustic guitars and Kaede Ford’s ethereal vocals provide new dimensions to the band’s already expansive sonic palette. Cut-to-the-chase rippers “Back at Belle’s” and “Checkpoints” embody and build on the group’s signature gritty yet focused electronic sound. While the more pastoral tracks, such as “Between Leos,” and “XX Century,” skeletally based on recorded improvisations, find the band painting a more nuanced, assured aural portrait. The repeating of the line “twentieth century” on closer “XX Century” serves as a coda for the album, offering a simple summation of what Best Blues intent has been from the opening Casio stab: an attempt to re-examine the past, but also one to let it go.

Order Best Blues:
Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Fri. Nov. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

WATCH // Briana Marela Shares Video For “Dani,” Announces European Tour Dates

The video for Briana Marela’s “Dani” is a mix between a video and a performance art piece, orchestrated by aerialist Jody Poth, who choreographed a routine specifically for the video. “Dani” is a song about a mutual friend of theirs who was going through depression, Jody states, adding “I knew instantly that I wanted to collaborate with Briana on this piece; I could see how the nature of the aerial silk would create these artificial limits that a body can push through, just as in life.”

Alicia J Rose, director also adds, “Transforming Briana’s idea into striking visuals and creative framing to capture Jody’s incredible performance was an exciting and fun challenge. In editing the piece I aimed for a lyrical intimate cut where the music drives the performance and the viewer almost feels like they are up in the air with the dancer, a perspective we rarely get to see with aerial dance.

Briana Marela has also announced a string of European tour dates in support of her first album with Jagjaguwar, All Around Us.

Purchase All Around Us:
via SC Distribution // iTunes // Amazon // Your local record store

Briana Marela Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)
Tue. Oct. 13 – New York, NY @ Pianos
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis’ Guesthouse
Thu. Nov. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Sat. Nov. 7 – London, UK @ Hackney Church (Supporting Josh T. Pearson)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen*
Mon. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Lantern

(* Supporting Jenny Hval)

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ by Trevor Sensor
The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

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