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Today's The Day : Helium - 'Ends With And' 2XLP, 'The Dirt Of Luck' and 'The Magic City' Reissues Now Available



Took long enough right?  The long-awaited reissues of Helium's 'The Dirt Of Luck', 'The Magic City' and the double LP 'Ends With An' compilation are available to purchase or stream today.  There's been a mountain of recent press surrounding these albums and Mary Timony's outsize role in shaping the music of then-and-now... and while the upcoming Mary Timony Plays Helium shows in Boston and New York City are totally sold out, some tickets in other cities still remain (see below).  In addition, Mary's been confirmed for September's Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC.






Mary Timony Plays Helium :
Tuesday, June 6 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7 - Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA (early show & late show SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 8 - Northside Festival - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
Friday, June 9 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY (early show & late show SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 10 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Monday, June 12 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 13 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, June 14 - Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 15 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Sunday, September 10 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC

Coming May 19 : Helium - 'Ends wIth And' Compilation, 'The Dirt Of Luck' & 'The Magic City' Reissues



("XXX", directed by David Kleiler)





(photo : Stephen Apicella-Hitchcock)
“Compiling Ends with And has been like stumbling upon a long forgotten time capsule and trying to put the pieces in order. I hadn’t heard most of the songs in a very long time. I pored over hours of unlabeled cassette demos, odd test pressings, and DAT tapes.  A few of the live recordings and bonus tracks were hard to find - I knew that they existed but I had lost copies, but luckily a few kind souls had stored tapes in dusty basements and attics in various parts of the country. It’s good to know that these songs will all be in one place now.” - Mary Timony

Trying to describe the creative shadow cast by Mary Timony & Helium is a fun task, but one that's far better served by Matador FINALLY GETTING AROUND to reissuing 1995's breakthrough 'The Dirt Of Luck' and 1997's 'The Magic City' (coupled with the tracks from the 'No Guitars' EP) on LP/digital, plus a 2 LP, 19 song singles & rarities compilation, 'Ends with And', featuring 3 previously unreleased demo versions ("Superball", "Ghost Car", "Leon's Space Song") and one, never-before-heard composition, "Golden Bridge". Packaging and liner notes to all of the above are pretty killer and whether you've been following Helium since their ascent in the Boston scene a couple of decades ago or you've more recently found yourself blown away by Mary's solo work or subsequent stints in Wild Flag and Ex Hex, we're not-so-quietly confident you need these titles on your turntable and in your head.

Preorder links to ala carte and/or bundled versions of the LP's can be found below, and there's an tote bag option as well.





In June, Mary has confirmed a run of East Coast and Midwest dates billed as "Mary Timony plays Helium", and will feature members of Hospitality (Brian Bettencourt and David Christian) as her rhythm section., Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at noon, March 24th (venue links below).

PRE-ORDER :

'Ends with And' (digital preorders come with instant downloads of "XXX" and "Hole In The Ground")
'The Dirt Of Luck'
'The Magic City'

'Ends with And' tracklisting :
1. Baby Vampire Made Me
2. XXX
3. OOO
4. Love $$$
5. Lucy
6. Termite Tree
7. Hole In The Ground
8. Magic Box
9. Superball (Demo)
10. What Institution Are You From?
11. Lucky Charm
12. #12 L'Enfant
13. I Am A Witch
14. Ghost Car (Demo)
15. Puffin Stars
16. Leon's Space Song (Demo)
17. The Dragon #1
18. Fantastic Castle
19. Golden Bridge (Demo)

LISTEN :




-“Hole In The Ground” (via your choice of streaming service)

TOUR DATES  - "Mary Timony Plays Helium" :
Tuesday, June 6 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7 - Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, June 8 - Northside Festival - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 9 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Saturday, June 10 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Monday, June 12 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 13 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, June 14 - Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 15 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

*all tickets on sale Friday, March 24th

online :
Helium Matador page
Mary Timony - Twitter
Mary Timony - Instagram







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