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Lia Ices Interview and Exclusive Video Posted at the Village Voice

Parts & Labor alum and famously terse music critic Christopher R. Weingarten featured Jagjaguwar’s Lia Ices in this week’s Village Voice “Yes In My Backyard” column.  The post features a new video (featured above) of Lia’s recording session that included the vocals for “Grown Unknown.” You can read all about Lia’s process, what “Grown  Unknown” is really about, and if those are actually hand claps or thigh slaps (hint: they are thigh slaps).

“Grown Uknown” by Lia Ices by jagjaguwar

Parts And Labor Testing Out New Songs


BJ, Dan, and Joe, of Parts & Labor, have been laying low for sometime now. BJ has played a few shows as Shooting Spires while Dan has been out and about under the moniker of “Dan Friel”. In between those, all three of the guys have been writing new material as Parts & Labor and now they’re ready to unleash them on the world! Well, more specifically, DC, Philly, and Brooklyn. Above you’ll see the video flyer that BJ made along with his fish for the shows.

If you guys go, upload the shows to youtube. KTHNX!



PARTS & LABOR On NPR’s Weekend Edition, Play Oneida Fest

PARTS & LABOR were interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday, December 7th. Head over to NPR’s site, HERE, to listen to the band answer the questions they asked fans last fall while recording their stellar new album, Receivers.

Also, if you haven’t had the chance to see the band live on this tour, they’ll be stopping by the Knitting Factory on 12/13/08 with their good friends, and label mates, Oneida for ‘Oneida Fest’. Also, playing will be Sightings, Oakley Hall, Knyfe Hyts, Dirty Faces, Cave, Pterodactyl, Neptune, & Brava Spectre.

Good luck walking out of that show with your face unmelted.

PARTS & LABOR Announce Tour In Support Of Receivers, Set Up Toll Free Number To Solicit Samples For Live Show

PARTS & LABOR will be heading out on tour this month in support of their much-talked-about new album, Receivers.

With the same idea they had while recording the record, the band have set up a special toll-free telephone number where you can call in, leave an audio recording of anything you like. They’ll then take the recordings and incorporate them into their live shows on the tour.

Call (888) 317-5596 and leave a message and then head out to one of the shows to hear it!

10/21/08 Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio w/ Rahim, Double Dagger, Flying Dinowalrus, Fiasco, Pictureplane
10/23/08 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop w/ Tanked, National Suicide Day
10/24/08 Chicago, IL – The Hideout w/ Black Ladies, David Dannell/Doug McCombs, Bus Master, Touch
10/25/08 St. Louis, MO – The Billiken Club (FREE)
10/27/08 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive w/ The Natural Selection, Pictureplane
10/28/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge w/ Trouble On The Prairie, Pierced Arrows
10/29/08 Boise, ID – Neurolux w/ Pierced Arrows
10/30/08 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project w/ Gowns
10/31/08 Portland, OR – Backspace w/ Gowns
11/01/08 San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern w/ Gowns
11/03/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell w/ Gowns
11/04/08 Irvine, CA – UC Irvine w/ Gowns, White Fang/Adrian Orange
11/05/08 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
11/07/08 Houston, TX – Walters On Washington w/ Black Congress, Ume
11/08/08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/09/08 Dallas, TX – The Lounge w/ True Widow, Lipstick Terror
11/10/08 Hot Springs, AR – The Exchange w/ Church of the Snake
11/11/08 Shreveport, LA – Artspace
11/12/08 Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room w/ Seepeople, Powerplant, Unwed Sailor, Lotus
11/13/08 Tampa, FL – Crowbar w/ Lush Progress, Flexxehawk
11/14/08 Atlanta, GA – Star Bar w/ Tenth To The Moon, The Selmanaries
11/16/08 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
11/17/08 Richmond, VA – Triple
11/19/08 Bloomington, IN – Jake’s w/ Push Pull + Prizzy Prizzy Please
11/20/08 Detroit, MI – Lager House
11/21/08 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dees w/ Romo Roto, Black Feelings
11/22/08 Montreal, QC – Zoobizarre w/ Special Noise
11/23/08 New Haven, CT – Sundazed @ Bar w/ Bottle Up & Go
12/13/08 New York, NY – Knitting Factory w/ Oneida, Sightings, Oakley Hall, Neptune, Pterodactyl, Dirty Faces, Knyfe Hyts, Brava Spectre

Receivers is out 10/21/07

PARTS & LABOR Announce New Album, “Receivers”

We’re proud to announce that PARTS & LABOR will be releasing their new album, “Receivers,” on 10/21/08 here in the US and 11/03/08 in the UK. More below:

Brooklyn noisepunk outfit Parts & Labor has dramatically altered their wall-of-sound: Their fourth album, Receivers, finds P&L focusing on open spaces, longer movements, expansive arrangements and loftier goals. On eight epic tracks, Receivers showcases the band’s catchiest and darkest moods to date, reveling in a growing dynamic sensibility only hinted at in their previous work. Though they’ve maintained their love affair with glitchy oscillations and anthemic vocals, they are now utilizing the full possibilities of a band that was once a scrappy punk trio, and now a mature art-rock quartet. It’s a heady mix of psych, noise, and pop influenced by the arty minimalism of Wire, the surreal pop of early Eno, and even the spaced out psychedelia of Dark Side-era Pink Floyd.

To flesh out the roar of Receivers, P&L’s founding members Dan Friel (vocals, electronics) and BJ Warshaw (vocals, bass) recruited drummer Joe Wong and guitarist Sarah Lipstate. Wong’s motorik style perfectly complements the band’s bombastic drone with uniquely repetitive rhythms augmented by jaw-dropping, furious fills. Lipstate implements a noisy-yet-folky guitar technique tinged with experimental electronics, cassette tape manipulations, and bowed double-neck guitar. The addition of a full time guitarist allowed Friel to focus on his signature keyboard effects — a unique 8-bit clarion call that remains the most recognizable element of this constantly evolving band — and allowed the band to compose their most complex arrangements thus far. With the new lineup solidified, P&L wasted no time, heading straight to Wong’s Milwaukee studio mere months after playing their first show as a quartet.

In April, Parts & Labor had an open call on their websites, looking for audio samples and field recordings submitted by friends and fans. The band posed a selection of questions to spur inspiration: “What do your parents sound like?” “What are you afraid of?” They received hundreds of sounds in return — all manner of bleeps, conversations and crashes. In a gesture of inclusion, every sound received is used in some degree on the album, either within the chattering satellites whirring by in the aptly titled “Satellites” or during the final cacophony of noise that swallows the band during Receivers’ final moments. The band’s favorite sounds, however, were given special prominence as source material for the ambient interludes and collages that bridge the eight songs. It’s a unique project that comments on information overload while also championing the democratic nature of working in a increasingly digital music business.

Lyrically, Receivers continues Parts & Labor’s obsessions with technology gone sinister, post-industrial paranoia, and cultural divides. “Satellites” envisions surveillance machines growing bored watching humans and then hurling themselves into the sun. “Nowheres Nigh” and “Solemn Show World” meditate upon the seemingly endless homogeny of exurban American highways. However, the band’s questions this time point more inwardly; these are less calls to arms than they are calls to self-improvement. For every pessimistic observation comes a positive declaration. Whether cheerleading the celebration of choice in “The Ceasing Now” or pronouncing a declaration of love during an apocalypse in “Wedding In A Wasteland”, Parts & Labor’s lyrics, like their music, seek stability within the chaos.

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