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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







New Spoon North American Dates (On Sale Friday), Apogee Session Airs Today at 11:15am PT

(photo by Bryan C. Parker)

Before we getting into the goods (tour news), I'm here to remind you to tune into KCRW today at 11:15am PT to catch the band's Apogee Session. The performance will be streaming WORLDWIDE at http://kcrw.co/2nbCW4o. UPDATE - view the session in full HERE.

Ok, back to the goods - a LARGE amount of new tour dates that will be on sale this Friday at 10am EST - minus Savannah. You can find all confirmed tour dates below.



Upcoming tour dates :

March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 6 - Orange Peel, Asheville, NC***
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany
June 22 - Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 - Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 - NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 18 - Charlotte Metro Credit Union, Charlotte, NC*
 July 19 - Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA*
July 21 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
July 22 - State Theatre, Portland, ME*
July 23 - Metropolis, Montreal, QC*
July 25 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON**
July 26 - Stage AE - Indoors, Pittsburgh, PA*
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 - BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD +
August 1 - The Fillmore, Detroit, MI**
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl,& Los Angeles CA
August 19 - House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
August 20 - Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL
August 22 - Lucas Theater for the Arts, Savannah, GA
August 23 - Music Farm, Columbia, SC
August 28 - Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 30 - Windspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
August 31 - Macewan Hall, Calgary, AB
September 2 - Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC
September 5 - Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
September 6 - The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
September 8 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO
September 13 - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
September 14 - Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
September 15 - Palace Theater, Saint Paul, MN

+   - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
& - with Belle and Sebastian
* - with the New Pornographers
**- with Cherry Glazerr
*** - with Tennis

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Julien Baker - Tour Begins Next Month, Piano Version Of "Good News" Out Today As Part Of 'Our First 100 Days' Benefit Single Series



(photo credit to: Veronica Mullen)

It was just last Friday when Julien Baker's first official release on the label hit store shelves. Funeral Pyre 7" (with B-side "Distant Solar Systems") is available to buy/stream here: http://smarturl.it/Funeral_Pyre + http://smarturl.it/Distant_Solar_System.

More good news, mean it. A piano version of "Good News" (off Sprained Ankle) is available to stream and download HERE as party of Our First 100 Days. The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. The money earned will go to organizations involved with women's rights, immigration, fairness and climate change.





Upcoming Tour Dates:

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

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Perfume Genius - 'No Shape' coming May 5, "Slip Away" Video Premiere Via The Fader





"Slip Away", directed by Andrew Thomas Huang


(photo by Inez and Vinoodh)




Perfume Genius, nom de poster+wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, 'No Shape', May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.

The video for the first single, “Slip Away,” was directed by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang  and is co-presented by The Fader, whose current Perfume Genius cover story is a peek into his mindset upon completing the album in January.

Perfume Genius’s 2014 breakout album 'Too Bright'—called “awe-inspiring, magnificent” by NPR—marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, he goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems.

Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”

In a bio for the album, writer Choire Sicha says, “God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of believing. This is church music the same way Prince’s Black Album is — too dirty. It’s femme art pop the way Kate Bush’s The Dreaming is — too scary.”

track listing :
1. Otherside
2. Slip Away
3. Just Like Love
4. Go Ahead
5. Valley
6. Wreath
7. Every Night
8. Choir
9. Die 4 You
10. Sides (feat. Weyes Blood)
11. Braid
12. Run Me Through
13. Alan
stream "Slip Away"
preorder 'No Shape'
preorder 'No Shape' on CD or 2XLP (limited clear vinyl or black vinyl editions)





TOUR DATES
Wednesday, May 10 - Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit MI*
Thursday, May 11 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto ON*
Friday, May 12 - Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, May 13 - Royale, Boston MA*
Monday, May 15 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC*
Tuesday, May 16 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY*
Thursday, May 18 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, May 19 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Saturday, May 20 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA*
Sunday, May 21 - Exit/In, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, May 23 - The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI*
Wednesday, May 24 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN*
Thursday, May 25 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL*
Friday June 16, Eaux Claires Festival, Eaux Claires, WI
Saturday, July 15 - Imperial, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 - Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 18 - The Independent, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 23 - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle WA
August 10-11 - Way Out West - Gothenburg, Sweden
August 11-12 - Haven Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, August 18 - Pukkelpop, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 - End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom

* - w/ Serpentwithfeet

Perfume Genius online :

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OUT TODAY : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'





(photo by Debi del Grand)

On the heels of last week's national TV appearances and the past 3 nights at the former Emo's building, re-dubbed "Eno's" for the occasion, Spoon commemorate today's release of their insanely well-reviewed 'Hot Thoughts' with an appearance in the parking lot of Austin's Waterloo Records at 6pm. After that, a sick global touring run commences (see below) and if this week's gigs are any measure, you're gonna see a band at the absolute peak of their powers. A few of us have spent a VERY LONG TIME following this band and it's no hype job whatsoever to say that in 2017, Spoon not only still have the capacity to stun & surprise, they might only just be getting started.

tour dates :

March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 22 - Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 - Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 - NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 - BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO


** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

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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

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