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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


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