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Coming March 16 : Yo La Tengo's 'There's A Riot Going On' (4 New Songs Premiering Today)

(photo : GODLIS)

Yo La Tengo’s new album 'There’s a Riot Going On' will be released on March 16th on Matador Records and can be pre-ordered HERE. 'There's A Riot Going On' is a  warm, ambitious record, a striking self-produced creation from one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history, whose dynamic range touches on pure noise and serene beauty and everything in between.

To showcase the full depth of this fearless fifteen-track album, Yo La Tengo have released four new songs today (“You Are Here,” “Shades of Blue,” “She May, She Might,” and “Out of the Pool”), which can be heard HERE.

Following their sold-out eight night run of Hanukkah shows in NYC this past December, Yo La Tengo commence their world tour on March 28th in Minneapolis, hitting major Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast markets. The full list of tour dates can be found below Luc Santé’s bio.

There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling "shoo-bop shoo-bop." You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You'd never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You'd imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night. While there's a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There's a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There's a Riot Going On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken.

-Luc Sante, December 2017

PREORDER / STREAM 'There's A Riot Going On'
(available on digital formats, 2XLP, compact disc and a limited quantity of orange translucent vinyl available at independent record shops and direct from the Matador Store)

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 : Lucy Dacus - "Addictions"

(photo by Dustin Condren)

Following the announcement of her sophomore effort, 'Historian' (out March 2), the album's 2nd single, "Addictions", premieres today in the form of Lucy Dacus' directorial debut. A myassive touring schedule for 'Historian' kicks off on release day at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg (see below).

Stream "Addictions"
Stream "Night Shift"

Preorder 'Historian'

(Pre-orders from The Matador Store will include ten postcards with individual art by ten different artists. Each postcard is inspired by one of the tracks off of '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 :


VIDEO: Julien Baker - Tiny Desk Concert + New U.S. Tour Dates

Julien Baker first performed at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert in early 2016, several months after the release of her debut album Sprained Ankle. Today she becomes one of the few artists to perform at Tiny Desk for a second time. Joined by her touring violinist Camille Faulkner, Baker performed three tracks from her sophomore LP Turn Out The Lights, "Appointments," "Hurt Less," and "Even." This session comes on the heels of Julien's late night debut, performing "Turn Out The Lights" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Baker has also announced her first U.S. tour dates of 2018 today, through the Midwest and Northeast this spring after traveling to Europe in March with Belle & Sebastian. Tickets for the new dates are on sale this Friday, January 12th at 10am EST.

TOUR DATES (New dates in bold)

Friday, January 26 WWW Tokyo JP
Sunday, January 28 Conpass Osaka JP
Tuesday, March 6 Truro Hall Cornwall UK %
Thursday, March 8 Millenium Centre Cardiff UK %
Friday, March 9 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth UK %
Saturday, March 10 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham UK %
Monday, March 12 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Manchester UK %
Tuesday, March 13 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge UK %
Thursday, March 15 Brighton Dome Brighton UK %
Friday, March 16 London Troxy London UK %
Saturday, March 17 London Troxy London UK %
Monday, March 19 Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool UK %
Tuesday, March 20 York Opera House York UK %
Thursday, March 22 Gateshead Sage Gateshead UK %
Friday, March 23 Concert Hall Perth UK %
Saturday, March 24 Usher Hall Edinburgh UK %
Monday, March 26 Vicar St Dublin IE %
Tuesday, March 27 Vicar St Dublin IE %
Thursday, April 5 The Blue Note Columbia MO #
Friday, April 6 Granada Theater Lawrence KS #
Saturday, April 7 Mission Creek Festival Iowa City IA
Monday, April 9 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee WI #
Tuesday, April 10 El Club Detroit MI #
Wednesday, April 11 Covenant Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids MI #
Friday, April 13 Hangar Theater Ithaca NY #
Saturday, April 14 ArtsRiot Burlington VT #
Sunday, April 15 Columbus Theatre Providence RI #
Monday, April 16 Academy Of Music Theater Northampton MA #
Tuesday, April 17 White Eagle Hall Jersey City NJ #
Thursday, April 19 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA #
Friday, April 20 The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall Pittsburgh PA #
Saturday, April 21 The Burl Lexington KY #
April 28-29 The National Homecoming Festival Cincinnati OH
May 25-27 Boston Calling, Harvard Athletic Complex, Cambridge, MA

% w/ Belle & Sebastian
# support from Tancred

Stream or Buy Turn Out The Lights

Julien Baker online:

Coming February 16 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Twin Fantasy' ; "Nervous Young Inhumans" Video Premiere

(photo credit : Dos Rios Films)

Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, 'Twin Fantasy', has been re-recorded and re-imagined for release on February 16th (*pre-order breakdown below). With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full US tour to be announced at a later date.

Today’s album announcement comes with the release of “Nervous Young Inhumans” and its accompanying video, which can be seen above. It is a frenetic, anthemic, split-screen choreographed crescendo, and the result of Toledo’s visionary work as a first-time director.

Toledo always knew he would return to 'Twin Fantasy'. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you’ll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” - thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will’s first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it.

Even so, even awkward and amateurish, 'Twin Fantasy' is deeply, truly adored. Legions of reverent listeners carve rituals out of it: sobbing over “Famous Prophets,” making out to “Cute Thing,” dancing their asses off as “Bodys” climbs higher, higher. The distortion hardly matters. You can hear him just fine. You can hear everything. And you can feel everything: his hope, his despair, his wild overjoy. He’s trusting you - plural you, thousands of you - with the things he can’t say out loud. “I pretended I was drunk when I came out to my friends,” he sings - and then, caught between truths, backtracks: “I never came out to my friends. We were all on Skype, and I laughed and changed the subject.”

You might be imagining an extended diary entry, an angsty transmission from a bygone LiveJournal set to power chords and cranked to eleven. You would be wrong. 'Twin Fantasy'is not a monologue. 'Twin Fantasy' is a conversation. "You know," he sings, "that I’m mostly singing about you." This is Will’s greatest strength as a songwriter ; he spins his own story, but he’s always telling yours, too. Between nods to local details - Harper’s Ferry, The Yellow Wallpaper, the Monopoly board collecting dust in his back seat - he leaves room for the fragile stuff of your own life, your own loves. From the very beginning, alone in his bedroom, in his last weeks of high school, he knew he was writing anthems. Someday, he hoped, you and I might sing these words back to him.

“It was never a finished work,” Toledo says, “and it wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.”
He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always wanted it to sound.

It’s been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he wouldn’t write again, an especially sad song he regards as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that younger, wounded Toledo, he moves forward. He grows. He revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album’s final moments, in those “apologies to future me’s and you’s,” there is more forgiveness than fury.

This, Toledo says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.


He’s not alone no more. - Peyton Thomas


1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In-Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober to Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
6. Bodys
7. Cute Thing
8. High to Death
9. Famous Prophets (Stars)
10. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

* Twin Fantasy Pre-Order Breakdown:
February 16:
-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) double LP
-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) and Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) double CD
-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) digital album

April 21:
-Record Store Day exclusive of Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) double LP

TBD 2018:
-Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) digital album

tour dates (new shows in bold, on sale on Friday Jan 12. EU dates at 10am GMT and US dates at 10am PST)

Friday, January 26, Rialto Bozeman, MT
Saturday, February 24 Sydney City Limits Fest Sydney AU
Sunday, February 25 Rosemount Perth AU
Wednesday, February 28 Croxton Melbourne AU
Thursday, March 1 The Triffid Brisbane AU
Saturday, March 3 Auckland City Limits Auckland AU
Friday, April 6 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Sunday, April 8 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Tuesday, April 10 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Wednesday, April 11 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
Thursday, April 12 Real Art Tacoma, WA
Friday, April 13 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Saturday, April 14 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA
Wednesday, May 16 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Friday, May 18 O2 ABC Glasgow, UK
Saturday, May 19 Invisible Wind Factory Liverpool, UK
Monday, May 21 Junction 2 Cambridge UK
Tuesday, May 22 SWX Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23 Roundhouse London, UK
Friday, May 25 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Saturday, May 26 Le Trabendo Paris, France
Monday, May 28 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, May 29 Kantine Koln, Germany
Wednesday, May 30 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, May 31 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany

Car Seat Headrest online:

Official Site

Belle and Sebastian - "The Same Star", from 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' EP2

Belle and Sebastian kick off 2018 with shimmering new single “The Same Star.” Taken from Part 2 of the band’s new trilogy of EPs, 'How To Solve Our Human Problems, the Sarah Martin penned, Leo Abrahams produced song brings together breezy guitars, feel-good rhythm and Martin’s bittersweet vocals for another showcase of the infectious, inquisitive and timeless pop on the band’s latest work.

The band concluded 2017 in festive fashion, with UK radio sessions for Lauren Laverne on 6 Music (listen HERE), Jo Whiley on Radio 2 (listen from 1:11:50 here), and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions, where they performed a special cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”

Belle and Sebastian will embark on UK and European tour dates through February and March and all upcoming dates can be found below.

Recalling their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs, 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', has the classic blend of joy and melancholy and idiosyncratic spirit that has always characterised Belle and Sebastian. A double album’s worth of music – richly melodic, deliciously literate, as gentle as a summer stream but as insistent as a river – How To Solve Our Human Problems is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history.

The 3x12" 'How To Solve Our Human Problem' boxset is available with two different purchase options ; you can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP today, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.)
OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.

The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall *
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre *
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre *
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City *
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall *
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange *
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome *
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy *
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic *
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House *
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage *
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall *
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall *
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St *

(* - Julien Baker supports)

Belle and Sebastian online:
Official site

VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Turn Out The Lights", From "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"

Last night (Wednesday, January 3), Julien Baker made her late night television debut on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", performing "Turn Out The Lights" from her wildly acclaimed 2nd album of the same name. Having previously risen to the challenge of early morning TV, we look forward to highlighting Julien's afternoon small-screen debut later in the year.

on tour :

Friday, January 26 WWW Tokyo JP
Sunday, January 28 Conpass Osaka JP
Tuesday, March 6 Truro Hall Cornwall UK
Thursday, March 8 – Millenium Centre Cardiff UK
Friday, March 9 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth UK
Saturday, March 10 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham UL
Monday, March 12 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 13 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge UK
Thursday, March 15 Brighton Dome Brighton UK
Friday, March 16 London Troxy London UK
Saturday, March 17 London Troxy London UK
Monday, March 19 Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool UK
Tuesday, March 20 York Opera House York UK
Thursday, March 22 Gateshead Sage Gateshead UK
Friday, March 23 Concert Hall Perth UK
Saturday, March 24 Usher Hall Edinburgh UK
Monday, March 26 Vicar St Dublin IE
Tuesday, March 27 Vicar St Dublin IE
April 3-8 Mission Creek Festival Iowa City IA
May 25-27, Boston Calling, Harvard Athletic Complex, Cambridge, MA

(March 6-27 with Belle and Sebastian)

order or stream 'Turn Out The Lights'

Julien Baker online


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