If you’ve yet to check out Lee Ranaldo’s ‘Between The Times & The Tides’, you’re running the considerable risk of missing the boat on one of 2012′s most thrilling rock albums. I mean, we’d usually encourage you to take risks in your personal life, but that’s why there are pursuits such as autoerotic asphyxiation hang-gliding.
“Angles” is the second video from “Between The Times & The Tides” ; it premiered earlier today via New York Magazine, and here’s some notes from director (and longtime collaborator) Leah Singer.
This song felt very ‘New York’ to me. Time moves at a different pace here, fast and slow all at once. In the video you see a girl running aimlessly yet urgently through the streets. The song implies that relationships move at their own pace too, watching time pass but always meeting back up, coming full circle with someone. The swinging guitar pays homage to Lee’s experimental work and Z Behl, the girl, has been a friend since she was a child. Josh and Brett from Red Bucket Films lend a hand. They worked with our kids on the feature film ‘Daddy Longlegs’. So it was a bit of a family affair. Leah Singer, director 3.26.12 NYC
Lee Ranaldo tour dates
4/7 Mexico City, MEX Indie-O Fest 2012 (with Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Wild Flag, Youth Lagoon, City and Colour and Antoine Reverb)
(all US dates below supporting M. Ward except those marked*)
5/5 Portland, ME – State Theatre – on sale now
5/6 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – on sale now
5/7 New Haven, CT – Toads Place – on sale now
5/8 Boston, MA – House Of Blues – on sale
5/11 New York, NY – Webster Hall
5/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – on sale now
5/13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – on sale now
5/15 Durham, NC – Duke Performances
5/16 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre – on sale now
5/17 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre – on sale now
5/18 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge*
5/19 Louisville KY – Zanzabar*
5/20 Nelsonville OH – Nelsonville Music Festival*
5/22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
There’s the prevailing myth which inspired this epic web-series that record stores everywhere are in deep shit. For some reason, people seem to believe that there isn’t a single traditional record store out there who is prospering, or even growing. Well you and I know that’s not true and we have people like Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi to help us prove it. Their Permanent Records has been a staple on the Windy City scene for the last six years and recently they decided to grow their brand to the west coast, giving Los Angelenos the option of yet another amazing record store. But they’ll tell you all about that.
1. Tell us briefly about your store.
We opened Permanent Records in Chicago in October of 2006 in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. After working for/managing record stores collectively for nearly 20 years, we decided to start our own, with an all-killer no-filler policy and an emphasis on the things we liked most, namely rare vintage vinyl and obscure, limited independent releases. Shortly thereafter, we started our own label and opened a webstore. We’ve released records by bands from all over the globe, including artists such as Moon Duo, Cave, Cheveu, Purling Hiss, Puffy Areolas, Brain Idea, King Blood, and dozens more. After 5 years of success and countless in-store performances by incredible bands, we opened our second location in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, Californ-I-A. Killing (AKA selling records) is our business and business is good. Haha!
2. What got you into the independent record store business?
We eat, drink, breathe, and sleep music every day and have ever since we can remember. We’ve worked in various industries, doing a variety of work, and the only thing we’ve ever done that felt supremely rewarding was working in a record store. Even though the hours are long, the paycheck feeble, and health insurance is essentially unfathomable, we’d still prefer to work in this industry than do just about anything else. Anyone who’s ever worked in a record store knows what we’re talking about, but only a handful of us are able handle the dedication and hard work it takes to open their own shop. We have that drive and we work VERY hard to keep ourselves knowledgeable in this field, so we do this…EVERY…SINGLE…DAY!
3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
We do EVERYTHING we can to make our own store our favorite store. No joke! But other inspirational stores include Apop in Saint Louis, MO, the Love Garden in Lawrence, KS, and Aquarius in San Francisco, CA. These are wonderful stores with excellent selections.
4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
It’s going well at both locations. Surprising, considering the state of the music industry and current economic conditions. We’re never gonna get rich doing this, but we knew that going in. We love it anyway!
5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Taste, knowledge, and friendliness are key for us. All of the people behind the counter must have all of these traits. Everyone at Permanent does. You have to know what’s what, what’s good, and what sucks. You can’t run a shotgun shack these days and you can’t get away with lying to people for very long. Record store supporters are some of the most savvy and interesting people in the world. You can’t fool them into buying crap these days, which is great for us ‘cuz nothing bums us out more than crappy music. We handpick most of the records we sell and we know who will like them and who won’t. We present these records accordingly. This mentality translates to all aspects of our business from in-store performances to new releases – from Permanent t-shirts to used cassettes.
6. What are some of the coolest things labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We’ve hosted hundreds of incredible in-store performances. Nobunny pranced around our shop and climbed on the bins in his tighty whities. Kurt Vile performed a solo acoustic set at Noon on New Year’s Day. Ty Segall has blown not one, but two PA systems in our store. Times New Viking and Clockcleaner filled our infantile Chicago store with more people than we ever thought possible. We’ve been graced by the presence of legends such as Meat Puppets, Kid Congo, Paul Collins, Axemen, Scream, and more. Future legends such as Francis Harold and the Holograms, Puffy Areolas, Smith Westerns, Woods, Vivian Girls, Bitchin Bajas, Zola Jesus, Pop. 1280, Royal Baths, Night Beats, Milk Music, Apache Dropout, The Men, Liminanas, Circle Pit, Kitchen’s Floor, Human Eye, Mikal Cronin, Obits, Umberto, Sex Church, Pink Reason, Purling Hiss…
7. Why do we need record stores?
Where else can you hear the hottest new jams, go on a treasure hunt, shoot the shit with knowledgeable weirdos, and party all in the same place?
Also, shopping for records online is fucking boring.
8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
The pink ones.
9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Top 3? Ha! How about top 30? Who can pick a top 3 favorite bands right now and/or pick a favorite record of all time?! It’s like picking a favorite star from the sky. Space is deep, man.
10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can’t say the customers.
Our favorite thing about our store is our stock. At any given time, we have access to more excellent records that we could listen to in a lifetime. We’re vinyl rich! And there’s always new stuff flowing through the doors. Our store is a river and we’re on the best float trip EVER!
11.Tell us about the used and collectible action you have going on over there?
Everything we get goes in the store before it goes online and our walls are constantly filled with a variety of rare and collectible LPs and the wall overflows into the bins. There’s a wall of rare singles as well and both are ever-changing. We’re a store, not a museum. C’mon by and have a look for yourself. Savvy shoppers also know that many of the common new items we carry are certain to become future rarities, sometimes immediately.
12. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
We’ve been doing this for ourselves for 5 years. If you asked us 5 years ago if we’d have a second location in LA, we would’ve laughed in disbelief. So answering the long term question is tough. We’ll definitely continue to do what’s gotten us this far and adapt with the times. Look for more label releases, more weekly email updates, more podcasts, more in-stores, a more user friendly webstore, as well as a constant flow of quality new and used items at both shops. Also, first record store in outer space?
As you may or may not know, we’ve lined up amazing, collectible, colored vinyl from Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, L.A. Guns, OBN III’s, The Men, Wounded Lion & Jesu as part of Matador’s Singles Going Home Alone 7″ club.. and we’re telling you… we’re coming up with something equally as awesome for #6. When join, you’ll get all that plus special surprises that we’re not announcing yet AND a 10% discount on all Matador Store orders for club members. To make this all the more exciting, subscriptions are going fast, so order now before it’s too late!
SHGA #1 – January
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: “Wheels On Fire” b/w L.A. Guns: “Gorgeous Georgie”
SGHA #2 – March
OBN III’s: Blood On Yer Face b/w Being Honest
SHGA #3 – May
The Men: Jennifer b/w New Pop
SHGA #4 – July
Wounded Lion: Walrus b/w Massive Place (Sic Alps)
Kurt Vile And The Violators are hitting the US soil once again with some March shows kicking off today at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. And if you can’t catch them in March, the band’s back on the road in May/June including stops at Sasaquatch (May 26) and Bonnaroo (June 10).
Thursday, March 22 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live (with Supreme Dicks and Sore Eros) – Tickets
Friday, March 23 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Supreme Dicks and Sore Eros) – Tickets
Saturday, March 24 – Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse (with Supreme Dicks)
Sunday, March 25 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle (with Supreme Dicks and Sore Eros) – Tickets
Saturday, April 07 – Mexico City, Mexico – Indie O Fest 2012
Monday, April 09 – Buenos Aires, AR – Niceto Club (with Thurston Moore)
Tuesday, April 10 – Buenos Aires, AR – Niceto Club (with Thurston Moore)
Wednesday, April 11 – Porto, Alergre, BR – Opiniao Bar (with Thurston Moore)
Thursday, April 12 – Sao Paolo, BR – Cine Joia (with Thurston Moore)
Friday, April 13 – Rio de Janeiro, BR – Circo Voador (with Thurston Moore)
Sunday, April 15 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Oriente (with Thurston Moore)
Thursday, May 17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Friday, May 18 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival – Tickets
Saturday, May 19 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Sunday, May 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Monday, May 21 – Madison, WI – High Noon (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Tuesday, May 22 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Wednesday, May 23 – Fargo, ND – Aquarium (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Friday, May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore – Tickets
Saturday, May 26 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival – Tickets
Sunday, May 27 – Portland, OR – Star Theater (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Wednesday, May 30 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (with Black Bananas) – Tickets
Sunday, June 10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Tickets
Friday, June 22 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
Saturday, June 23 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
Tuesday, June 26 – Stockholm, Sweden – WWDIS Summer Festival
Wednesday, June 27 – Borlange, Sweden – Peace And Love Festival
Sunday, July 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Thursday, July 12 – Benicàssim, Spain – Benicàssim Festival
Friday, August 03 – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
In support of the recently released gem, Put Your Back N 2 It, today marks the start of a 4 week long Perfume Genius tour kicking off at the Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco and winding all across the States and Canada. Dates and ticket info below. Get Em While U Can.
And to those of you in Austin and Durham you can get a double-shot of PG at the upcoming End Of An Ear + Bull City Records in-stores. Both in-stores begin at 6PM and are free/all ages.
Wed 3/21 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA – Tickets
Thu 3/22 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets
Today public radio stars Tanlines give us the second video from their just-released album Mixed Emotions (buy it here). The video was directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh (full credits below), and is brought to us by the fine folks at Adult Swim. This video is awesome:
The video, which marks the music video directorial debut of UK comedy legend Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and was produced by Framestore, will be Tanlines’ second video off of the album (and the first not in 360 degrees). The collaboration between Barratt and the band was a combination of brazen wishful thinking and good luck. Tanlines, who are influenced by Barratt, toyed with the possibility of listing the Mighty Boosh as a creative partner in their liner notes. Word reached Barratt, who after listening to an early version of the album realized “All of Me” served as a perfect musical counterpoint to some of the imagery he was interested in exploring, and an opportunity to experiment making music videos. So shockingly, he dove in.
Barratt says, “At the time I wrote the treatment, I was watching a particular film by Fabrice Du Welz called ‘The Ordeal’ which is a really good, strange, macabre film with some really interesting movement and dance bits in that…I’m always trying to do anything between comedy and horror. Because you have such a strong flavor with Tanlines’ music, it’s quite fun to offset that with bleak imagery.”
The video stars the band performing on an old-timey late-night television show to an elderly crowd jiltedly moving together, doing something just short of dancing. It is mysterious, funny, macabre and a definite must-see.
Adult Swim is also presenting a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the “All Of Me” video, starring Mr. Barratt (short film directed by Matthew Bowron, edited by Richard Carter):
Tanlines hit the road in a few weeks:
4/11/12 Washington, DC @ DC9
4/12/12 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/13/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time @ Voyeur
4/14/12 Middleton, CT @ Wesleyan University
4/16/12 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
4/17/12 Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
4/18/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/19/12 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/20/12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/23/12 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
4/24/12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/25/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/27/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/29/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/30/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Director – Julian Barratt
Director of Photography – Erik Wilson
1st Assistant Director – Will Jasper
Executive Producer – Derrin Schlesinger, Simon Whalley, Phil Canning
Producer – Danielle Hardy
Production Assistant – Selena Stokes
Choreographer – Florence Peake
Gaffer – Andy Lowe
Electrician – Chris Stones
Electrician – Gareth Brough
Electrician Assistant – Greg King
Camera Assistant – Robbie Chapman
Art Director – Lucie Red
Stylist – Mischa Notcutt
Hair & Make Up Designer – Christine Cant
Make Up Artist – Nina Pratley
Make Up Artist – Liberty Haynes
Runner – Joe Williams
Runner – Sam Cunniffe
Art Director Assistant – Hela Dondertman
Art Director Assistant – Posy Dixon
Stylist Assistant – Tova Hasselblad
Stylist Assistant – Rosie McGuinness
Make Up Assistant – Polly Mossman
Make Up Assistant – Kylie McDonald
Colourist – Edwin Metternich
VFX Artist – Tim Greenwood
Booth Man – Stephen Evans
Delivery Man – Eric MacLennan
Dancers – Michelle Archer, David Bailey, David Burton, Ann Elsey, Imola Gaspa, Philip Harvey, Gordon Kenny, Lucien Morgan, Jennifer Munby, Barry Newton, Peter Nolan, Leslie Palmer, Sue Parker-Nutley, Jane Phillips, Jennifer Richards, Frank Scantori, Bobby Stevenson, Peter Thomas
Today is a busy day for Lee Ranaldo fans: not only is his Matador debut, Between The Times And The Tides out today in finer record stores and digital retailers, but there are two opportunities to sample the live Lee experience.
Tune in to WFMU for Brian Turner’s show (3pm to 6pm) for a scorcher of a live set and a slightly less scorching interview with the man himself, starting around 4pm EDT. WFMU is 91.1FM on your radio, or you can listen online at wfmu.org.
Later tonight, NYC’s Other Music will be hosting a free, all ages instore at 9PM EDT. We strongly suggest you get there early; you’re not the only one who’s psyched about the opportunity to see a living legend in such an intimate venue.