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HAPPY RELEASE DAY // Foxygen’s ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ Out Now

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.

Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of the album!

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

“Foxygen wins.”PASTE

“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

“With Foxygen, who needs acid?”MOJO

UMO Share “So Good At Being In Trouble” Audio Stream & Video Stills, Announce Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Performance on February 25

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!

Julie Doiron Releases New Album, Available for Streaming at Exclaim


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

Love at First Sight/Song: Foxygen & CMJ

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!

How exactly did Foxygen come to name their band? Village Voice has all the answers.

FOXYGEN FOXYGEN FOXYGEN

“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

WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Premieres “Magic Chords” Video, Performs Live at Later with Jools Holland

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.

How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up 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

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Higher by Lia Ices

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves

City Wrecker by Moonface

Angel Olsen
Milano, IT - Biko  w/ Rodrigo Amarante

Besnard Lakes, The
London, UK - The Lexington

Foxygen
Nashville, TN - Exit/In  w/ Dub Thompson, Luke Temple

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