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EP ANNOUNCE // Sharon Van Etten Announces “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP Out June 9th


Sharon Van Etten has never needed much room to make a grand statement. With four albums diligently released during the last six years, she’s become one of music’s most astute new cartographers of the heart, able to capture emotional trials and triumphs with incisive lines and a voice that loses nothing in the translation and transmission of feelings. Her second record, epic, needed only seven tracks to live up to its title. Her subsequent albums, 2012’s Tramp and last year’s Are We There, went longer, but Van Etten managed still to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces. From start to rising stardom, Van Etten has forever understood the impact of economy.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Van Etten’s forthcoming five-song EP, I Don’t Want to Let You Down, functions as much more than some between-albums, on-tour stopgap. In only 22 minutes, Van Etten offers documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing. The songs are as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever done. Produced by Van Etten and Are We There producing partner Stewart Lerman, the EP features a sterling crew of collaborators: Heather Woods Broderick (keyboards, strings, vocals), Doug Keith (guitar), Zeke Hutchins (drums), Brad Cook (bass), Darren Jesse (drums), Peter Broderick (strings), Stuart Bogie (woodwinds), and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel (guitar) and Dave Hartley (bass).

Sharon Van Etten I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP is out June 9th on Jagjaguwar and available for pre-order now. An instant free download of the title track, debuted in January on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, comes with each digital pre-order. Surrounding the release of the EP, Sharon will play select festivals and tour South America. Full tour dates after the jump.

Pre-Order I Don’t Want to Let You Down via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, or your local record store.

I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP Tracklisting:
1. I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. Just Like Blood
3. I Always Fall Apart
4. Pay My Debts
5. Tell Me [Live]

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Black Mountain To Release 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of Self-Titled Debut June 23rd, Announce Tour Dates

It’s only a cliché because it’s true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain’s self-titled debut album is just such a record, its roots leading twisting paths back into the past, while always sounding like ‘now’, like a future still to come. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada, far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain’s debut grew from skeletal sessions cut by Stephen McBean and Joshua Wells. Here was a new classic rock, its reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. Savor the compact, spacey brilliance of that cosmic, heavy and subtle debut album, remastered and expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives. Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is out June 23rd on Jagjaguwar. Watch the album trailer above or on our YouTube page.

The 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a double-LP including 8 bonus tracks on limited edition colored vinyl, using foil-print on the first pressing of the litho-wrap gatefold packaging. The records themselves are limited-edition color matched grey double vinyl, as well as standard black vinyl and double disc CD, which are also available with limited edition foil-printing. It includes the original classic album paired with the Druganaut 12″ plus 4 previously unreleased tracks.

Preorder the 10th anniv. edition via Jagjaguwar, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Black Mountain vinyl


1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46)

6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35)

9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)

12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

[All tickets at]
5/30 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6/04 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown w/ Elephant Stone
6/06 Vancouver, BC- Levitation Vancouver – Malkin Bowl
6/10 London, UK – 100 Club
6/11 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
6/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
6/13 Luzern, CH – B-Sides Festival
6/14 Vienna, AT – Arena
6/15 Zagreb, HR – KSET
6/16 Ljubljana, SI – Menzi Pri Koritu
6/17 Milano, IT – Magnolia Summer Festival
6/19 Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
7/15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues fest

WATCH // Viet Cong Share “Silhouettes’ Video Dir. By Brook Linder Via New York Times T Magazine, New Album Out Now

Viet Cong‘s highly anticipated self-titled debut album is out now on Jagjaguwar (and Flemish Eye in Canada) and is receiving critical acclaim across the board for it’s depth, power, and sheer inventiveness. Today. the video for “Silhouettes” premiered on New York Times’ T Magazine. You can watch the video above or on YouTube.

From an interview with director Brook Linder“Silhouettes’ came from blending iconography from old haunted house films and late ’70s, early ’80s sci-fi: So, pluck an astronaut from a spacewalk and set him inorganic-looking galactic explosions.” “Silhouettes” is Today’s Top Tune from KCRW.

Get the new album via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

The band hits the road in a week with a two sold-out shows in NY. After that, they’ll be in Europe before heading back to North America. Full dates after the jump.

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ALBUM RELEASE // Viet Cong’s Self-Titled Album Out Worldwide Now, On Tour Starting January 28th

“At no point does Viet Cong ease up on the pressure; this is its mourning period, as the massive production culminates in a furious bonfire of rage and release that’s stunning in its scope. The year is too early to call, but if more records match Viet Cong’s restless moods, there may not be much left of us come December.” – NPR Music’s “First Listen”

Ladies & Gentleman, welcome to the cult of Viet Cong. We’ve been members for a while, and we’re glad you’ve joined us. Initiation involves jamming this album till your speakers bleed. Here’s the self-titled debut from Calgary’s finest, out now worldwide. Full tour dates after the jump.

Purchase the new album via SC Distribution [cassette / LP / CD bundles including poster], iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

Viet Cong - Jagjaguwar


01 Newspaper Spoons
02 Pointless Experience
03 March Of Progress
04 Bunker Buster
05 Continental Shelf
06 Silhouettes
07 Death

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WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Debuts New Single “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” On The Ellen Show, Now Available As Digital Single + New Tour Dates

Sharon Van ELLEN.

Life just keeps getting better and better for Sharon Van Etten. In 2014, she gave us the breathtaking Are We There which made itself onto a smattering of Top Ten lists, including Uncut, Noisey, Under The Radar, American Songwriter, Drowned In Sound, Paste, Stereogum & Q Magazine. Yesterday, a ga-jillion people saw Sharon on The Ellen Show where she debuted new single ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’ (Also on the episode was Mariah Carey, but alas, no guest verse from Mimi). Catch the performance above and listen to the track on our SoundCloud page.

Download the track on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.

Everyone in Ellen’s audience got a copy of Are We There and YOU CAN TOO. Order it via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

In addition to this performance, Sharon is kicking off the year with two sold out shows at Warsaw in Brooklyn next month before touring the rest of the globe. Full Dates after the jump.

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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
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

Boys Life by Small Black

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