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LISTEN // Briana Marela ‘All Around Us’ Now Streaming on Noisey (US) & DIY (UK), Fall Tour With Jenny Hval

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“[All Around Us] is a collection of stitched together sounds, exploring how far you can go with vocal manipulation. It’s a bit funny, too, because the Seattle native prides herself on being straightforward with her lyrical content. With Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers as her guiding light, Marela recorded her album in Iceland—a place she thanks for inspiration but jokes that people romanticize a bit too much. This attitude is one that’s indicative of Marela as a whole. She’s serious, yet playful. When she speaks in conversation, she’s quiet and reserved, and finds herself talking in circles while somehow being extremely clear with her message. It makes sense her record would be one of full of swirling, chaotic sounds clashing over lyrics that are driven by emotion, yet plainspoken in their delivery.”Noisey

It is the balance of the abstract and intimate that makes Seattle-based Briana Marela and her debut for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, so special. Named after a children’s picture book, All Around Us traces Briana’s transition between places, beginning just before she embarked on her first-ever tour in 2012. While on that tour, Briana performed at an art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island and it was there that she crossed paths with the artist Scott Alario. He ended up sharing Briana’s music with his best friend Alex Somers, the Sigur Rós and Jónsi-affiliated musician and producer, who would go on to produce All Around Us. Later that year—on the day, incidentally, that the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world—Briana got an email from Alex that would eventually bring them to work together in Iceland.

The magic of this collaboration has been teased via the previously shared song, “Surrender,” which, while musically delicate at first, builds into a bold mantra, and the album’s brightest and most immediate song, the buoyant celebration of friendship “Take Care Of Me.” However, this sonic and spiritual connection cannot be wholly experienced without absorbing the album in its entirety, including the gorgeous, comforting “Dani,” and “All Around Us,” a stark, but inspiring beauty, built on the memory of losing a family member and not being able to say “goodbye.” Throughout, Briana manages to draw inspiration from the loved ones around her, and it turn, evokes a wave of emotions in the listener.

Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. The album can be streamed in its entirety via Noisey for the next week. Alongside this full album stream, KEXP premiered a beautiful set of in-studio takes recorded earlier this summer, featuring four songs off the new album. These versions underline Briana’s beautiful voice and remarkable production talents.

Stream Briana Marela’s All Around Us via Noisey

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Watch Briana perform live on KEXP

Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via your local record store

Briana Marela Tour Dates:
(click here for more info and tickets)
Fri. Aug. 14 – Rochester, WA @ Helsing Junction Festival
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

* w/ Jenny Hval

LISTEN // Small Black Announce ‘Best Blues,’ Share “Boys Life” and Summer Tour Dates

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Small Black is excited to announce their new album, Best Blues, due out October 16th on Jagjaguwar. The group’s third full length release, written and recorded at their Brooklyn home studio, nicknamed 222, showcases a mature band still evolving, and embracing the unpredictable. Josh Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums) have been recording, writing, and often living together, throughout the life of the band, establishing a closeness that has allowed them to achieve easy creativity and unspoken chemistry.

 

After a year of recording, the band enlisted mixer Nicholas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio to help complete Best Blues. The result is 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.

 

Gracing the cover of Best Blues is a mysterious woman walking alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She’s the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family’s Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture’s taker, Kolenik’s father.

 

To put it simply, Best Blues is an album about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them. “I spent months trying to scan all these images and letters, most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before,” says Kolenik. The chorus of lead single “Boys Life,” debuted via The New York Times’ T Magazine and Sirius XMU, echoes this sentiment with the refrain “pictures of youth/picturing you,” over a track that itself was an old demo re-discovered by accident by the band, during a late night jam session at a cabin in Upstate New York.

 

Small Black will tour this fall in support of Best Blues and a full list of dates is below.

BEST BLUES TRACKLIST:
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas, Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle’s
7. Between Leos
8. Checkpoints
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century

Pre-Order Best Blues
Jagjaguwar/direct – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_ind
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_it
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_amz
your local record store – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_ind

 

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(info and tix)

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 *

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, TV @ Signal Kitchen *

Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
* w/ Painted Palms

SXSW 2015 // Viet Cong Takes SXSW, On Tour Now

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Feels like it was just this time last year we were planning our annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX – and now it’s less than a week away. Time’s a funny thing isn’t it? We’re excited to have Viet Cong at SXSW! Schedule is below.

Viet Cong & SXSW
Wed. March 18 – Pitchfork Day Party @ The Mohawk – Main Stage (3:15 PM)
Wed. March 18 – Laneway Showcase @ Red 7 (5:00 PM)
Thurs. March 19 – Consequence of Sound Day Party @ Hype Hotel (4:00 PM)
Thurs. March 19 – Flood Magazine Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard (9:00 PM)
Fri. March 20 – SPIN Day Party @ Stubbs (12:00 PM)
Fri. March 20 – FADER @ FADER Fort (5:15 PM)

If you haven’t already, snag the new album via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

See all of Viet Cong’s upcoming tour dates + ticket links here: jagjaguwar.com/tour]

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LISTEN // Viet Cong Premieres “Silhouettes” via The FADER, New Album Out 1/20, Tour Starts 1/28 At Union Pool In Brooklyn




Starting the New Year off right with a new track from Viet Cong off their upcoming self-titled album. Listen to it now via the FADER premiere, above, or here on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Pre-order the new album via SC Distribution [cassette / LP / CD bundles including poster], iTunes [get a download of “Continental Shelf” instantly], Amazon, and your local record store.

TOUR DATES:
[all tix + tour dates: jagjaguwar.com/tour]

01.28.15 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY **
01.29.15 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
01.30.15 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC ^
01.31.15 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
02.04.15 – Oslo – London, UK
02.05.15 – The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
02.06.15 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
02.07.15 – Brudenell Social – Leeds, UK
02.08.15 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
02.09.15 – Le Point FMR (Ephemere) Paris, FR
02.10.15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
02.11.15 – West Germany – Berlin, DE
02.12.15 – Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
02.13.15 – Pokalen – Oslo, NO
02.14.15 – Mejeriet – Lund, SE
02.15.15 – Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
02.16.15 – Rotown – Rotterdam, NL
02.17.15 – De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
02.18.15 – Le Botanique – Brussels, BE
02.26.15 – Commonwealth – Calgary, AB
02.27.15 – The Artery – Edmonton, AB
02.28.15 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
03.03.15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
03.05.15 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
03.06.15 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
03.07.15 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
03.08.15 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
03.11.15 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03.12.15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
03.14.15 – Dionysus Club at Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH
03.24.15 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
03.25.15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
03.26.15 – Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
03.27.15 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

* w/ Ought
** w/ Honey, PC Worship
^ w/ PC Worship, Unblonde

ALBUM RELEASE // Lia Ices ‘Ices’ Out Worldwide Now, On Tour Now



Lia Ices is back with her third album Ices out now worldwide on Jagjaguwar. Following up 2011’s acclaimed Grown Unknown, the new record was produced by Benny Sagittarius [production team of Lia and her brother Eliot] with additional production from Clams Casino on several tracks. Get a sense of the new album with the “Higher” video, directed by Lia, directed by Lia and shot cruising/exploring around Jamaica by filmmaker Storm Saulter (Better Mus’ Come) with additional camera work by Bryan Ling and Andrew Marianai. Watch the video above or on Youtube / Vevo.

Pick up the new album now via iTunes, Amazon, Jagjaguwar, and your local record.

Critics praise the new album,

“(Lia has an) impressively supple voice, which can spiral up into a giddy falsetto and fall crashing to the floor in dolorous rumination within a heartbeat”

Pitchfork

“(Lia Ices)… songs have gotten fuller and lusher. Ices’ warm wash of ethereal vocals and electronics belies its chilly title.”

Entertainment Weekly

“A fizzy lifting drink of an album”

Telegraph // ★★★★★

TOUR DATES:
[all tickets: jagjaguwar.com/tour]

9/17 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
9/23- Echo – Los Angeles, CA
9/25- Popscene at Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco , CA
9/28- Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO *
9/29- Ogden Theater – Denver, CO *
9/30- Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE *
10/1- Myth – St Paul, MN *
10/3- Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN *
10/4- Republic New Orleans – New Orleans, LA *
10/9- The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/10- Bar and Arcade – Springfield, MO
10/11- Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR *
10/13- The High Watt – Nashville, TN
10/14- The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *
10/15- The Ritz – Raleigh, NC *
10/17- Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD *
10/18- Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
10/19- Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
10/20- 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
10/22- Church – Boston, MA

* w/Phantogram

Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Ur Life One Night by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Surrender by Briana Marela

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Neverending Fountain by S. Carey

Briana Marela
Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt  w/ Jenny Hval

Viet Cong
Budapest, HU - A38

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