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ALBUM STREAM // UMO’S ‘II’ Playing Now at Hype Machine, May EU/UK Tour Dates Revealed

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II is coming to stores next week, but do not wait that long to hear the new record. Hype Machine just launched their album preview and it is available for streaming on the site or below! You can also now pre-order the album at SC Distribution and download II immediately.

In addition to a the album stream, we have a handful of May tour dates to share with you! To satisfy many a request, UMO returns to Europe and all is right in the world; the added shows continue what’s already worked out to be a full season of touring. Dates include ATP Festival, specially curated by TV on the Radio. See all the shows below; tickets go on sale this Friday!

May 1: Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
May 2: Dublin, IE – Academy 2
May 3: Liverpool, UK – The Garage – Liverpool Sound City
May 4: Leeds, UK – Cockpit – Live at Leeds
May 6: Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
May 7: Bristol, UK – Thekla
May 8: Birmingham, UK – Institute – Temple Room
May 10: Camber Sands, UK – ATP Festival curated by TV on the Radio
May 11: Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde – Les Nuits Botanique
May 16: London, UK – Village Underground
May 21: Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Small Hall
May 24: Paris, France – Villette Sonique

WATCH // UMO Performs an Acoustic Session for The Fly

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’ on MUZU.TV.

Ruban Nielson stopped by The Fly while in London last fall to perform some songs from his new album, II. The acoustic session (a first) includes “So Good At Being In Trouble,” which was just named Best New Track at Pitchfork. Enjoy above!

The Fly also has videos of “Faded In the Morning” and “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” available for streaming. Head to their site to view those!

Like what you hear? You can pre-order II and download the entire album over a week before it’s officially released. Available now at SC Distribution.

WATCH // Bon Iver – “Beth/Rest,” New 12″ Out Today in US

Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest” is paired with an oddly stunning visual. Directed by both Dan Huiting and Justin Vernon, the video stars band member Mike Noyce in a dream-like world. In describing his treatment, Justin said, “It’s kind of about two people who are truly meant for each other and what happens to their essence. How they connect is some other thing that we don’t know how to really talk about.” The video was filmed in the Wisconsin woods surrounding April Base. Watch above or at Huffington Post.

In addition to the video, Bon Iver’s Beth/Rest 12″ is out today and available at SC Distribution! The A-side features the studio version of “Beth/Rest” while the B-side is a full-band recording of the same song from an August 2011 session at Rare Book Room. Beth/Rest will be released on November 12 in the UK.

Don’t forget to check out Bon Iver on Austin City Limits!

Sharon Van Etten Adds Biggest London Show To Date as Cargo is NOW SOLD OUT, Designs Downloadable Valentine!

For all you Londoners who missed the bus on getting tickets to see Sharon Van Etten at the now sold out Cargo concert, you’re in serious luck. The burgeoning songstress JUST ADDED A NEW LONDON SHOW AT SCALA. It is her biggest London show to date and it’s all happening on May 16th. She’s also added a handful of other UK shows; see those and links to buy tickets below.

Download Sharon’s Valentine. Made just for you on this special day.

Here’s another great video of Sharon Van Etten performing “Kevin’s.” Thanks Pop News!

05/16/12 London, UK – Scala BUY TICKETS
05/17/12 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS
05/18/12 Dublin, IE – Whelans BUY TICKETS
05/20/12 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club BUY TICKETS
05/21/12 Brighton, UK – Komedia BUY TICKETS

Our Thoughts on the PIAS Warehouse Fire

As many of you have read in the press or via social media, a large part of the independent music community took a serious hit very early Tuesday morning, when the Sony DADC / PIAS warehouse in the Enfield neighborhood of London burnt to the ground amidst continuing riots and unrest across England. A good summary of what occurred and which labels were affected can be read here:

Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian, as well as our SC Distribution label brethren Asthmatic Kitty, Lovepump United, No Quarter, Suicide Squeeze Records, Post Present Medium and We Are Free, all lost significant amounts of stock in this fire. This being said, our primary thoughts and concern are with the Sony warehouse staff and PIAS sales staff whose lives were all massively disrupted by the tragic event, as well as our independent label peers who had a more significant portion of their worldwide stock committed to the Sony DADC / PIAS warehouse. We extend our support to them, and we are committed to doing all that we can to help them with the recovery.

With regards to how this affects us and our releases, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian are in the fortunate position of having significant stock holdings dispersed around the world. We’re working very quickly now to shift some of that existing stock to make our records available in the UK and Ireland as soon as possible. Also, we have the utmost confidence that the emergency plan that PIAS and Sony are currently implementing will result in a new fulfillment system being up-and-running very quickly. Currently no release dates outside of the UK and Ireland will be delayed, and it is looking more and more like release dates within the UK and Ireland will be delayed by no more than a few weeks.

Although the lost sales and the amount of extra work will be significant, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian are healthy enough to be able to weather this unfortunate storm. So it is that our more primary concern, again, is with those outside of our camp – the peer labels that we madly respect who have more of their stock more centrally committed to the Sony DADC / PIAS system – as well as the overall health of the independent music sector in the UK, especially at a time when over the past few years, physical retail and music sales in general had already been taking such a significant hit. Above all, we hope that the violence and vandalism in the UK gives way to peaceful demonstration and a thoughtful dialogue. Particularly to our friends in London, we wish you safety and a return to normalcy soon.

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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