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Yo La Tengo release new album 'There's a Riot Going On'

Yo La Tengo's woozily captivatating new studio album 'There's a Riot Going On' is released worldwide today. This new record has been hailed by many as the band performing at their best - moving between sonic pastures equally familiar and unfamiliar to anyone who has kept up with them over their dazzling career

Buy it / Stream it

The band have been keeping busy - just last night announcing Japanese dates for October:

Monday, October 8th - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
Tuesday, October 9th - Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday, October 10th - Tsutaya O-East - Tokyo, Japan

Yo La Tengo online:

Official Site

Liz Phair - "Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Out May 4, "Divorce Song" Premiere, New U.S. Tour Dates

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark debut Exile in Guyville. On May 4th Matador will release a comprehensive box set: 7 LPs or 3 CDs cataloging the Guyville era in an edition of 1900, including the first official restored audio of all three 1991 Girly-Sound tapes. The tapes were meticulously restored from original copies of the cassettes, traded from hand to hand at the time, by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. Also available on double vinyl and regular CD for the first time in years: the original Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

Buyers have the option of purchasing the remastered Exile in Guyville on 2xLP / CD or purchase the box set which includes Exile in Guyville as well as the Girly-Sound tapes Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Sooty. The box set also includes a book featuring essays by Ann Powers (excerpted below), Liz Phair, and an extensive oral history of Phair’s collaborators compiled by Jason Cohen. The vinyl edition of the book also includes never before seen photos, artwork, and ephemera.

Both sets will also be available via all digital retailers and streaming services on release date.


If a 7 LP set is not enough (and when is it ever, really) the 3 Girly-Sound tapes, restored by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, will be released as replica cassettes in a limited edition of 345 copies. The cassettes will be available as a premium exclusive for those ordering the box set on vinyl or CD through the Matador webstore.

 by Ann Powers
Back in the 1990s, when everybody in a certain corner of the punk scene was reading feminist theory and making mixtapes, people used to go on about "speech acts." You might wonder, what the hell is a speech act? How is it different than plain old speech? Every time you open your mouth, you're spraying out your point of view like viral spit. Pointing this out seems a little redundant.

Yet people can easily forget that their words don't just fall on empty air; they hit people and have the power to infect. "It was nothing," a guy says, after he's told a woman her ass looks good in those jeans, or she might hurt herself if she carries something heavy, or it's kind of a shock that she's so good at playing guitar. One thing feminists do is point out that the little jokes men make, the condescending asides, even the well-meaning compliments (you're so pretty, little girl) are epidemic. They keep women an invisible quarantine, away from their own subjectivity, away from power. Or, as Liz Phair says in one of the songs on her immortal Exile in Guyville, "When you said I wasn't worth talking to, I had to take your word on that."

A lot of dudes had said a lot of things to Liz Phair by the time she was 23. After college and a year of fucking around in San Francisco, she was back in her parents' house in the Illinois suburbs, semi-secretly writing and recording songs on a 4-track. She was also running with some guys who loved to tell her how much they knew about rock and roll and what it took to be a real musician. They tended to be startled when they discovered her ambition. When she gave her tapes to a couple of them, they recognized that she was brilliant, but by the time she got a record deal with a cool indie label, many were wondering how and why. "Guyville is wrapped up in how the songs were written and in the way it was created and came about: It's that girl, that girl having people say you can't do this, you aren't good enough to do this, you don't know what you are doing," Phair told the journalist Jessica Hopper in a 2013 oral history of her absolutely brilliant, groundbreaking, stereotype-defying debut album Exile in Guyville.

To preview the release of Girly Sound to Guyville, Phair has released a track from Girly-Sound: an early version of the Guyville highlight "Divorce Song" originally heard on Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha.

Stream / Buy "Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version) Here

Liz will kick off the "Girly Sound To Guyville Tour," performing material from the newly reissued set, this Spring with select dates across the U.S. Tickets are on sale next Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.

Newly Announced Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN *
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS (previously announced)
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL *

* support from Soccer Mommy

"Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Tracklist

Exile In Guyville
1. 6'1"
2. Help Me Mary
3. Glory
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
8. Canary
9. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop

Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha
1. White Babies
2. Shane
3. 6 Dick Pimp
4. Divorce Song
5. Go West
6. Don't Holdyrbreath
7. Johnny Sunshine
8. Miss Lucy
9. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
12. Money
13. In Love w/Yself

Girls! Girls! Girls!
1. Hello Sailor
2. Wild-Thing
3. Fuck And Run
4. Easy Target
5. Soap Star Joe
6. Ant In Alaska
8. Polyester Bride
9. Thrax
10. Miss Mary Mack
11. Clean
12. Love Song
13. Valentine

1. Gigolo
2. Flower
3. Batmobile
4. Slave
5. Open Season
6. Suckerfish
7. California
8. South Dakota
9. Bomb
10. Easy
11. Chopsticks

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Julien Baker announces new September EU dates

Julien Baker by Nolan Knight

Julien Baker works hard, despite currently being on the road with label mates Belle & Sebastian for the UK stretch of the Glaswegian troupe's tour, she's just this morning announced plans for a stint of European shows this coming September.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16th at 09:00 GMT

Julien recently released a collaborative cover of a Pedro The Lion track, recorded with Manchester Orchestra, continuing her streak for engaging in thoughtful song-craft that we last got a glimpse of on last year's 'Turn Out The Lights'

Wednesday, August 29th - C/O Pop - Cologne, DE
Saturday, September 1st - End of The Road Festival - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK
Monday, September 3rd - Botanique - Brussels, BE
Tuesday, September 4th - Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL
Wednesday, September 5th - Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg, DE
Friday, September 7th - Hotel Cecil - Copenhagen, DK
Saturday, September 8th - Perfect Sounds Forever - Bergen, NO
Monday, September 10th - Kagelbanan - Stockholm, SE
Thursday, September 13th - UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
Friday, September 14th - NOD - Prague, CZ
Saturday, September 15th - Flex Café - Vienna, AT
Sunday, September 16th - Ampere - Munich, DE
Tuesday, September 18th - Ohibo - Milan, IT
Thursday, September 20th - Bad Bonn - Dudingen, CH
Saturday, September 22nd - La Maroquinerie - Paris, FR

Julien Baker online

Official Site

VIDEO: King Krule - Live On The Moon

Following King Krule's recent U.S. tour announcement surrounding both weekends of Coachella, Molten Jets has released "King Krule: Live On The Moon," an exclusive session featuring King Krule's full group performing eight tracks from The OOZ. Watch the video at the newly launched website where you can also find a mysterious link to some 12" Moon Rocks, see upcoming dates, and purchase an exclusive webstore-only baseball cap designed by Archy's brother Jack Marshall.

King Krule Spring 2018 Tour
Saturday, April 7 Ceremonia, Toluca Mexico
Monday, April 9 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Tuesday, April 10 Emo’s Austin TX
Wednesday, April 11 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Friday, April 13 Marquee Theater, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, April 15 Coachella Week 1, Indio CA
Monday, April 16 Fox Theater, Oakland CA
Friday, April 20 The Observatory Park North, San Diego CA
Sunday, April 22 Coachella Week 2, Indio CA
Wednesday, April 25 Ogden Theater, Denver CO
Friday, April 27 Riviera Theater, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 28 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI
Sunday, April 29 Rebel, Toronto ON
Wednesday, May 2 The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 4 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY

Stream/Order ‘The OOZ’

King Krule online :

VIDEO : Yo La Tengo at National Sawdust

Earlier today, Pitchfork Live premiered the entirety of Yo La Tengo's set from Brooklyn's National Sawdust last week that saw the band performing songs from the forthcoming, 'There's A Riot Going On', many of them for the first time in public.

(photo : GODLIS)

This coming Saturday afternoon, Yo La Tengo return to WFMU's Jersey City studios to play their (nearly) annual role in the station's fund-raising marathon. As you might know by now, YLT's covers-for-cash initiative is not part of the listener-supported WFMU's vast archives, so tune in at 3pm eastern and enjoy the murdering for the best of all causes.

STREAM / PREORDER 'There's A Riot Going On'

Tour Dates :

March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 - A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 - Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

Yo La Tengo online :

official site

VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus - "Middle America" (acoustic)

Via director Brook Linder, here's an acoustic performance of Stephen Malkmus' "Middle America". The Jicks' previously announced US tour commences June 1 ; the June 14 date at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out but a second show has been added the following night (see below).


Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks online


Snail Mail announces European dates for May

Following on from an impressive sold-out, over-subscribed, full-to-bursting debut UK show in January at The Lexington, Snail Mail has announced a short run of dates in May - playing debut shows in Belgium and Amsterdam along the way.

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday, March 7th

Tuesday, May 15th - Oslo - London, UK
Saturday, May 19th - Gold Sounds 2018 - Leeds, UK
Sunday, May 20th - Gullivers -  Manchester, UK
Monday, May 21st - Louisiana - Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23rd - Witloof Bar - Brussels, BE
Thursday, May 24th - Vera - Groningen, NL
Saturday, May 26th - London Calling - Amsterdam, NL

Lindsey Jordan by Michael Lavine

Snail Mail online:

Spoon - June U.S. Dates With Grizzly Bear

Adding to the band's relentless global routing in support of 'Hot Thoughts', Spoon have announced 7 summer shows with Grizzly Bear and special guest Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, including a June 20 date at Brooklyn's Prospect Park. $1 per ticket for these dates will go to PLUS1 in support of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s mission to prevent gun violence and build safer communities. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10am eastern -- links and new gigs in bold below.

Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 6 Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT) ^
Wednesday, March 7 The National, Richmond VA ^
Friday, March 9 Masquerade, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) ^
Saturday, March 10 Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa FL
Sunday, March 11 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale FL ^
Thursday, March 15 La Trastienda MVD Montevideo, UY
Friday, March 16 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires AR
Saturday, March 17 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago CL
Friday, March 23 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo BR
Friday, March 30 Core Party, Aspen CO
Saturday, March 31 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO
Sunday, May 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN@
Monday, May 14 Iron City, Birmingham AL@
Wednesday, May 16 The Pageant, St. Louis MO@
Thursday, May 17 The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma OK@
Friday, May 18 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, Richardson TX
Friday, May 25 Sasquatch Music Festival, George WA
Sunday, June 3rd - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE
Wednesday, June 6th - Alhambra - Paris, FR
Thursday, June 7th - Manufaktur - Schorndorf, DE
Friday, June 8th - Funkhaus - Berlin, DE
Saturday, June 9th - Taubchenthal - Leipzig, DE
Monday, June 18 Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston MA *
Tuesday, June 19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Wednesday, June 20 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 22 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA *
Monday, June 25 PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH *
Tuesday, June 26 9th Street Summerfest at Blue Note Outdoors, Columbia MO *
Thursday, June 28 Wooly’s, Des Moines IA
Saturday, June 30 Surly Brewery, Minneapolis MN *

^ w/ Sneaks
@ w/ Walker Lukens
* w/ Grizzly Bear, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

Official Site

OUT TODAY : Lucy Dacus - 'Historian'

Just another elbow in the ribs reminding you that Lucy Dacus' incredible 2nd album, 'Historian', is available today at the planet's best record shops and via the streaming or download platform of your choice. Dacus' show tonight at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out, and while that's certainly frustrating for those who snoozed on tickets, she'll be back in the region before long. AND THERE'S OTHER REGIONS (allegedly).

order/stream 'Historian'

Tour Dates
Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE

Lucy Dacus online :


WATCH: Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile "Friends of Wonder"

Late last year, during their North American tour with The Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile performed at Jersey City's beautiful, newly-restored Loew's Theater. During the sold out show, WeTransfer shot footage of the group, the theater and the staff responsible for maintaining the landmark venue. Check out the full site including the documentary, an essay, and photos here, or stream the feature below.

Iceage - "Pain Killer" Premiere, 'Beyondless' Coming May 4

Copenhagen’s Iceage -- Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) -- will release their fourth album, 'Beyondless', on May 4th. After returning last month with ‘Catch It’, their first new material since 2013’s 'Plowing Into The Field of Love', Iceage now share Beyondless’s "Pain Killer", featuring Sky Ferreira (the first guest vocalist to ever be featured on an Iceage song). Additionally, the band is announcing March residencies in New York and Los Angeles and dates in Japan in April, with their previously announced European and North American tours to follow in May and June.

The album was produced by the band with Nis Bysted, and recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Göteborg, Sweden, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios in Seattle. The album was played entirely by Iceage with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone).

STREAM / PREORDER 'Beyondless'

 by Richard Hell

I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.

What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news.  They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.

And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. Rønnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.

The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:

"Praying at the altar of your legs and feet
/Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet / 
I’ll arrogate what’s there to take. In an evanescent embrace."

…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to Rønnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:

"Who cares if you come from paradise or hell,
 appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge,
  if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal
the infinite I love and have never known?"

(photo : Steve Gullick)














Tour Dates (new shows in bold)

Thursday, March 22nd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Friday, March 23rd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 24th Babycastles, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 25th Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, March 29th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 30th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, March 31st Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 3rd Metro, Kyoto JP
Friday, April 6th Duo, Tokyo JP

Sunday, April 8th Vacant, Tokyo JP
Saturday, May 5 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *

* w/ Mary Lattimore

Iceage online :

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