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Sunset Rubdown preps Johnny Depp for The Mad Hatter

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It’s really busy here at Jagjaguwar.  We are gearing up for SXSW and have many gorgeous spring/summer releases to prepare for.  Guess who cut the stress in half and had us smiling from ear to ear?  My husband, Johnny Depp. Read the rest of this entry »

Moonface Launches Dream Forum

Shit-Drummers & Shit-Dreamers UNITE!

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Feeling voyeuristic and/or exhibitionistic? Wondering if your dreams out creep other people’s dreams? We have some wonderful news, then.

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Download MOONFACE’s Dreamland EP: marimba and shit-drums Now

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Spencer Krug, will be releasing his new one-track EP under the moniker of Moonface come January 26th. The release will be available in the vinyl format as well as through digital distribution outlets.

For those who can’t wait, Spencer has created a website where you can download the 20 minute track. If you head over to www.moonface.ca you can get a FLAC or MP3 of the Dreamland EP: marimba and shit-drums. While you’re there, feel free to make a donation. You can also scratch that voyeuristic itch and read a selection of Spencer’s dreams, on which the music was based, or get all exhibitionist up in this shit and post your own dreams.

SWAN LAKE (Dan Bejar, Spencer Krug, And Carey Mercer) To Release Debut Full-length On November 21

Call them what you will (a certain word that rhymes with ?Uber Soup? is probably coming to mind for a lot of you), but the three members of the newly-formed Swan Lake (Dan Bejar of DESTROYER and NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, Carey Mercer of FROG EYES, and Spencer Krug of WOLF PARADE and SUNSET RUBDOWN) are all old friends and have been collaborating in one way or another for years. They will release their debut album, “Beast Moans”, in both the CD and LP formats on Jagjaguwar on November 21, 2006.

Mercer and Krug’s connection goes back the furthest, as Krug has always been an on-again, off-again member of Mercer’s Frog Eyes, appearing on record with him as far back as the band’s 2002 debut, “The Bloody Hand”. The two are also former roommates.

When Bejar was putting a band together to flesh out his midi-based Destroyer album “Your Blues”, he picked Frog Eyes as his backing band, and he also took them on the road as his opening act. They also recorded an EP together — “Notorious Lightning and Other Works” — with new versions of songs from “Your Blues”. For the European tour promoting “Your Blues”, Mercer and Krug were his band, and thus the seed was planted for Swan Lake to form; i.e., why not make this a real band and collaborate not just in a live setting but also in the process of songwriting? Before they chose a band name, Mercer would often refer to the new project as “The Songwriters Project”.

Their full-length record features, among other things, beast moans, starling voices, cobra hi hats and arpeggiating pianos. The songs are great weaves, showcasing the famous and very distinctive songwriting styles of Bejar, Krug and Mercer. The sum is definitely greater than the parts, and at distinct points on the record a new “combined” style emerges that throws whole heaps of magic into the air, sounding like nothing else.

“Beast Moans” was recorded in a summer cottage town in Canada, and in Victoria, in a house that Krug and Mercer are familiar with and Bejar feels comfortable enough with. It was “self-produced”. “Beast Moans” is a testament to friendship, eternal and otherwise.

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

Higher by Lia Ices

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves

City Wrecker by Moonface

How Can You Really by Foxygen

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Manchester, UK - Gorilla  w/ Rodrigo Amarante

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Lille, FR - Le Grand Sud

Lia Ices
Los Angeles, CA - The Echo  w/ Prism Tats, Honeymoons

Pink Mountaintops
Leige, BE - Mad Cafe

The Cave Singers
Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle  w/ Luke Temple

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