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Out Today : Julien Baker - "Funeral Pyre" 7" and 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD European re-release

(photo by Nolan Knight)

Just a reminder that today (March 17) marks the re-release of Julien Baker's amazing 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD (in all territories save for North America and Australia) along with the new "Funeral Pyre" b/w "Distant Solar Systems" 7" here in the USA and Canada (said 7" is included in the international LP editions of 'Sprained Ankle' and can be streamed or downloaded everywhere). Julien's got an ambitious tour schedule for the rest of the year with shows both enormo and intimate ; details can be found below.

Friday, March 31 - Calvin College (Festival of Faith and Music), Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, April 7 - State Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Saturday, April 8 - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA ^
Sunday, April 9 - The National, Richmond, VA ^
Tuesday, April 11 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA ^
Wednesday, April 12 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN ^
Friday, April 14 - The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 15 - College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT ^
Monday, April 17 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 18 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^
Wednesday, April 19 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23 - High Water Festival, N. Charleston, SC
Saturday, May 13 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles &
Wednesday, May 24 - Trafo, Jena, DE
Thursday, May 25 - Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 26 - Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE
Sunday, May 28 - Aalhaus, Hamburg, DE
Monday, May 29 - Pension Schmidt, Munster, DE
Tuesday, May 30 - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, DE
Wednesday, May 31 - Milla, Munich, DE
Friday, June 2 - Moers Festival, Moers, DE
Monday, June 5 - Bush Hall, London, UK
Tuesday, June 6 - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Friday, June 9 - Primavera Sound, Porto, PT
Saturday, June 10 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
July 27 - Sony Centre, Toronto, ON*
August 15 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN*
August 16 - Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY
August 17 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL *
November 10 - Union Chapel, London, UK

! w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
^ w/ The Decemberists
& w/ Connor Oberst
* w/ Belle and Sebastian

STREAM / ORDER 'Sprained Ankle')
STREAM / ORDER "Funeral Pyre"

Julien Baker online :


Saturday : Yo La Tengo In Covers-4-Cash Mode To Benefit WFMU


This Saturday afternoon, in what's become an annual March tradition even more cherished than boring the fuck out of strangers with talk of "brackets" and feeble excuses why SXSW prevented you from doing your goddamn day job, Yo La Tengo will return to the studios of Jersey City's WFMU -- a broadcaster recently deemed by one member of label ownership, "kind of ok, if you're into that sort of thing" --- and will attempt to perform the cover songs of your choice for a donation of $100.

Ira, Georgia and James will invade the 3pm-6pm eastern time-slot occupied by Todd-o-phonic Todd (a dj so unique, when they made him, they broke the mold) to accept your challenge(s). The program will co-hosted by Gaylord Field (a dj so unique, when they made him, they broke the mold-maker). Funds raised from this endeavor and the rest of WFMU's march marathon will enable Todd to interview AC/DC's Phil Rudd the following Saturday, perhaps gleaning some insight into the drummer's much-publicized legal troubles (I'M NOT MAKING ONE WORD OF THIS UP). Thank you.

Spoon - "I Ain't The One" debut on "The Late Late Show", Rough Trade NYC Listening Party Tonight

This past Thursday night on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden", Spoon debuted "I Ain't The One" from the forthcoming 'Hot Thoughts'. There were also appearances by John Goodman, a sloth and Chris Lombardi, not necessarily in that order, but we are only allowed to share a clip of the Spoon appearance (above).

Tonight at Rough Trade NYC, (64 N. 9th Street), you can pre-order the clear vinyl version of 'Hot Thoughts' and listen to the full album 4 days early in the comfort of the SONOS Listening Room. There's artwork on display by Christine Messersmith, free snacks, and a chance to win other, as yet unspecified prizes (which is not to say the snacks aren't going to be overwhelming)

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts' (digital preorders receive "Can I Sit Next To You" and "Hot Thoughts" instantly)

Spoon online:

Tonight: Spoon play The Late Late Show with James Corden

Spoon on your television screens twice in quick succession? Anyone would think we have a new record coming. See the band do what they do best tonight at 12:37am / 11:37pm Central, on James Corden's Late Late show.

While you're here, catch their scintillating performance of first single 'Hot Thoughts' from last night's Jimmy Kimmel, below:

Stream or pre-order 'Hot Thoughts' - (digital preorders receive “Can I Sit Next To You” and “Hot Thoughts” instantly)

Spoon online:
Official site


Tonight : Spoon On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Is the above headline self-explanatory enough? If not, our society is surely doomed! As we're a mere 9 days away from the release of Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts', catch the band tonight via the glories of terrestrial television as they appear alongside fellow cultural mavens Brie Larson and Kal Penn on the American Broadcasting Company's "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts' (digital preorders receive "Can I Sit Next To You" and "Hot Thoughts" instantly)

Spoon online:

Car Seat Headrest extend 2017 tour dates

For fear of there being one night of the year Car Seat Headrest do not have a show scheduled, Will and company have extended their 2017 tour dates.

Thursday, June 1st - 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, June 4th - Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
Monday, June 5th - Cat's Cradle, Carborro, NC
Wednesday, June 7th - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Thursday, June 8th - Headliners, Louisville, KY
Tuesday, August 1st - The Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Thursday, August 3rd - Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT


Friday, March 10th - New Orleans, LA - The Buku Music + Art Project
Saturday, April 15th - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Monday, April 17th - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre *
Wednesday, April 19th - Pomona, CA - The Glass House ^
Thursday, April 20th - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets *
Saturday, April 22nd - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Friday, May 12th - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival
Friday, May 26th - Allston, MA - Boston Calling
Sunday, May 28th - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
Thursday, June 1st - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
Saturday, June 3rd - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
Sunday, June 4th - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater %
Monday, June 5th - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle %
Wednesday, June 7th - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel %
Thursday, June 8th - Louisville, KY - Headliners %
Friday, June 9th - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
Sunday, June 18th - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre $
Saturday, June 24th - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre #
Friday, June 30th - Richmond, VA - Brown’s Island +
7/28-7/30 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music and Arts Festival
Tuesday, August 1st - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom +
Thursday, August 3rd - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom +
8/4-8/6 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival

* denotes w/ Preoccupations
^ denotes w/ Future Islands
% denotes w/ Nap Eyes
$ denotes w/ Local Natives & Portugal, The Man
# denotes w/ Weezer
+ denotes w/ Gold Connections

'Teens of Denial' is available from the following outlets:

Matador Store
Apple Music

Car Seat Headrest online:

Official Site


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