(photo by Joe Dilworth)
"The Underside Of Power"
(directed, produced and edited by Henry Busby and Marcus Tortorici)
Hot on the heels of NPR premiering the album's title track earlier this morning, we're very proud to announce the release of Algiers' long-awaited 2nd album, 'The Underside Of Power' (June 23). LP preorders (starting today) will include the limited edition "Walk Like A Panther" 7" and 16 page 'zine created by Algiers.
Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), 'The Underside Of Power' zooms across a musical landscape including but not limited to Southern rap to British grime to horror movie soundtracks to late-70s English industrial to Northern Soul. In the wake of our current political climate, Algiers cast a withering gaze on subject matter ranging from oppression, whiteness, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.
Now a four-piece, with the addition of Bloc Party’s Matt Tong on drums, the Atlanta-London-NYC band will bring their intense live show to major East and West Coast markets this summer, following an previously announced arena & stadium tour with Depeche Mode in Europe.
1. Walk Like A Panther
2. Cry Of The Martyrs
3. The Underside Of Power
4. Death March
5. A Murmur. A Sign.
6. Mme Rieux
9. Plague Years
10. A Hymn For An Average Man
11. Bury Me Standing
12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly
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preorder specials : "Walk Like A Panther" b/w "Walk Like A Panther" (Uniform remix) 7" + 16 page zine, exclusively available with LP preorders from The Matador Store
UK : Brighton's Resident Records have an exclusive cream vinyl edition with cover art designed by Algiers - preorder here.
on tour (new shows in bold) :
Tuesday, June 6 - Patterns, Brighton UK
Wednesday, June 7 - Shacklewell Arms, London UK -
Sunday, June 11 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Monday, June 12 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 - Secret Venue, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 - Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 - Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 - Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 - Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
* - supporting Depeche Mode
This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.
“This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” says bassist Ryan Mahan. Their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.
The inclination to do otherwise is one worth fighting. Take Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher, for example. Writing incendiary and even beauteous lyrics from inside a Manhattan nightclub’s coat check room, enduring the same damn songs thumping away nightly in the next room for the pleasures of a predominantly white audience, he tends to see the bigger picture as well as its pointillistic details.
“This nightclub is every nightclub in the world, basically. Whatever is being played there, whatever is happening there is happening everywhere else in the world,” he says. “It’s as if the entire history of music is boiled down to these fifteen artists--and I use the term loosely,” he says with an exasperated, dismissive sneer. With the world burning outside, a generation’s obliviously privileged dances to a carbon copied soundtrack.
It speaks volumes that a black man in America with an expensive Master’s degree--and all its overwhelming personal debt--finds himself picking up shifts at such a place that literally manifests the culture industry’s exploitation and commodification of black experience. An aptly unjust fate, Fisher is confined to an enclosed space while others move their feet freely mere steps away from him. “You have to find ways of getting through it without completely losing your mind. Luckily I’m able to escape inside my own head.”
Fortunately, the multiracial quartet Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.
And while many artists seem uninterested or even afraid to fully engage with these potent topics in song, Algiers has zero qualms about taking a direct approach. “We’re fortunate enough now where we’re able to openly talk about racist, violent police and murderous state structures,” says Mahan. “When we were growing up in the South, these critiques of class and race oppression were largely and sometimes violently suppressed. It’s why we take inspiration from the Panthers or the Chicano movement, to name two.”
Adding to this Casbah rocking mix of ideas is the relatively recent inclusion of drummer Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party. Joining the group for the touring cycle following their prior album, he’d spent time gelling with the original trio as a core component of their simply ferocious live sets to understand and help shape the dynamic. For a band that seems to revel and thrive in flux, Tong’s substantial role in the making of The Underside Of Power worked out well.
Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles.
Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead], Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn 0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that would consume a series of afternoons.
Featuring a fully-sanctioned sample of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, the revolutionary “Walk Like A Panther” presents an alternate reality where Adrian Sherwood produced Yeezus instead of Rick Rubin, with Fisher bellowing justifiable threats over a storm of formidable sonics. “Death March” fuses post-punk primacy to the Italo-horror tradition, in an effort to mirror a looming and perpetual sense of modern dread. Elsewhere, the raucous “Cleveland” turns into a full-on demonstration, with names of victims of institutionally sanctioned racial violence like Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice invoked over a neck-snapping electro beat.
The dangerously poppy title track finds a glorious midpoint between Suicide and The Temptations, making for the catchiest expression of outrage this side of the ‘70s. A molotov cocktail of a single, that particular song represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. “It’s more important than ever in this particular time, but it’s something we’ve never shied away from,” says Tesche.
The band doesn’t concern themselves with that risk. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.” - Gary Suarez
As you might've read elsewhere, Car Seat Headrest debuted a new version of 'Teens Of Denial''s "Unforgiving Girl", the retitled, “Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not A Single Version)", this past Tuesday night. You can stream the studio version via Spotify.
'Teens of Denial' is available from the following outlets:
Car Seat Headrest online:
As mentioned earlier, Spoon appeared on Tuesday's edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and performed the titular track from their universally hailed new album, 'Hot Thoughts'. Remarkably, said broadcast occurred just days after the 20th anniversary of Ellen being on the cover of Time Magazine, and if you're lucky, there's a patient older person in your life who can calmly explain what magazines were.
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"how many diet cokes have you had today?"
"I'm at the mall rn, where your favorite store to go at mall?"
"what's your favorite song off the new album"
"Who were your first/strangest musical obsessions as a kid?"
Those are just the tip of the iceberg... I'd urge you to visit the legendary official Perfume Genius twitter account immediately.
MORE Perfume Genius news: In the middle of answering questions this afternoon a new song was released. Go Ahead... and follow this link to pick the way you'd like to hear the second track released from No Shape which will officially be out in the world on May 5th. Not too much longer!
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Spoon make their first appearance on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" this afternoon at 4pm ; it might even be the band's first domestic appearance on a major daytime show (the Elias Koteas Sports Bureau's website is down, otherwise I'd look it up). Ellen's other guests today are Carson Daly and Rob Delaney.
(photo by Cambria Harkey)
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On the heels of a huge Coachella performance this past Saturday night (see above, photo by Greg Noire), Car Seat Headrest are appearing tonight on TBS' "Conan" (11pm eastern, 10pm central). Conan's other guests this evening are Christina Applegate and Sherri Shepherd. The TV bookings remain few and far between for David Faustino, but when and if that changes, we'll do our best to keep you informed.
Depeche Mode sang it, Spoon are living it, they just can't get enough of our continental shores. Announcing today - with ticket's going on sale this Friday - are six more tour dates (in bold) to bolster an already prodigious live schedule.
November 2 – Orangerie (at Botanique) – Brussels, Belgium
November 6 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
November 7 – Arts Club – Liverpool, UK
November 9 – The Junction – Cambridge, UK
November 11 – Kaserne – Basel, Switzerland
November 12 – Santeria Social Club – Milan, Italy
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
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CONTEST ALERT: Artist Christine Marlene is responsible for the watercolor covering Spoon's new album Hot Thoughts. She made a piece for each song, all of which can be viewed on the band's Instagram account right now. If you're inspired or looking to get your hands on some tickets to see Spoon live OR get an original piece of art, you're in luck. Both are within reach.
Make your own Hot Thoughts gallery in Instagram with #SpoonHotThoughts and you'll have a chance to win one or both of those prizes.
The ground beef was quite fatty. That is key to making the most out of this dish. If your beef is lean, make sure you add extra oil.
1 tbs neutral oil, such as grapeseed
1 lb ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 long green (mild Indian-type) chillies, chopped, plus extra
1/2 habanero chilli, minced
1/2 cup riesling, or any white wine
1 cup verdina bean broth + water, or any broth, or just water
1 tbs freshly ground allspice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
pimentón de la vera (hot) (optional)
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
Heat oil in dutch oven over high heat until shimmering, nearly smoking. Brown 2/3 of the beef into 2 batches for about 4 minutes each, searing and smoking (use fan and screen), removing to bowl with slotted spoon.
Cook onions and chillies in the remaining oil over medium heat until caramelized and colored, about 7-8 minutes.
Raise heat and add riesling, scraping up the brown bits and stirring. Boil it off and add the bean broth. Continue to cook - the mixture should be rich, thick and aromatic.
Add the cooked beef, the raw beef, and all remaining ingredients including salt (moderating according to whether or not the broth was salty). Sprinkle the pimentón de la vera over the top to taste. Mix well. The liquid should just _barely_ cover the meat, if at all. If not, add a few drops more water.
Bring to a boil but as soon as it is close to boiling, reduce heat to a bare simmer and cook for about 1 hour until reduced and thick. Check for salt and add more if necessary - you will probably need it. Be sure not to dry out the meat. If you allow to sit for about 15 minutes after cooking, some moistness may return and the flavors will cohere.
Scatter fresh chopped green chillies over the top, plus a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Served over thymed white rice, with more limes and chillies at the table.
Photo credit - Chiara Viola Donati
Up until now the tastiest link between Matador Records and Depeche Mode has been Anthony Anzaldo's left arm.
In a bid to out-do this, Algiers have announced they will support Depeche Mode on their upcoming European tour, playing some pretty sizeable venues along the way - including the Stade De France, Stadio Olimpico and the San Siro stadium in Milan - which we're willing to bet hasn't seen a performance as aggressive since Gennaro Gattuso donned the famous black & red.
June 11th - HDI Arena - Hannover, DE
June 12th - HDI Arena - Hannover, DE
June 18th - Letzigrund Stadion - Zurich, CH
June 20th - Commerzbank-Arena - Frankfurt, DE
June 22nd - Olympiastadion - Berlin, DE
June 25th - Stadio Olimpico - Rome, IT
June 27th - San Siro - Milan, IT
June 29th - Stadio Renato Dall'ara - Bologna, IT
July 1st - Stade De France - Paris, FR
July 4th - Veltins-Arena - Gelsenkirchen, DE
Tickets available on the official Depeche Mode site
"Hot Thoughts" (directed by Matt Muir)
Via director Matt Muir, Spoon have released a video for 'Hot Thoughts' titular track (see above) a week prior to 3 dates in Mexico City (in bold below). In addition, there's 4 shows of the enormodome (well, amphitheatre) variety happening in September & October alongside The Shins in Berkeley, San Diego, Phoenix and Denver (tickets on sale this Friday, 10am local time)
Upcoming tour dates :
April 18 - The Imperial, Ciudad De México, Mexico
April 19 - Foro Indierocks!, Atizapán De Zaragoza, Mexico
April 20 - Foro Indierocks!, Atizapán De Zaragoza, Mexico
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 20 - Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL
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 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO
September 11 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
September 13 - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
September 14 - Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
September 15 - Palace Theater, Saint Paul, MN
September 30 - Greek Theater, Berkeley CA****
October 1 - Cal Coast Credit Union (OAT), San Diego CA****
October 3 - Comerica Theater, Phoenix AZ****
October 5 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver CO****
October 17 - House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
October 20 - Music Farm, Columbia, SC
October 21 - Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL
+ - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
& - with Belle and Sebastian
* - with the New Pornographers
**- with Cherry Glazerr
*** - with Tennis
**** - with The Shins
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Hey, look at us, actually repressing a couple of Kurt Vile EP's you've been trying to acquire for far too long. On May 19, we're reissuing the 6-song 'So Outta Reach' (2011) on blue vinyl and on the same day, 2010's 'Square Shells' on opaque colored vinyl. Activate your preorder skills below :
'So Outta Reach'
(photo by @sophietajravimiles)
In addition, Kurt's playing 3 Eastern datesin June including a free show at Portsmouth, NH's Prescott Park Arts Festival and a rather intimate show in the town made famous by Howard Stern (and infamous by Homestead Records) Rockville Centre, NY.
Wednesday, June 21 - Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival
Thursday, June 22 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre (tickets on sale today at noon eastern, password is "prettydaze")
Friday, June 23 - Rockville Center, NY - Cannon’s Blackthorn
Kurt Vile Online
After a rapturously received show Monday night at London's St. John Church, Steve's current solo tour of Europe continues this week and is followed by solo U.S. dates in June alongside Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird, followed by full band dates in Australia in July. Steve's summer run concludes with west coast band shows with Heron Oblivion and James Elkington. The new dates are in bold.
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church, Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday, April 25 – Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, April 26 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
Thursday, April 27 – Moby Dick, Madrid, Spain
Friday, April 28 – El Torgal, Ourense, Spain
Sunday June 11 – The Thing in Spring Festival, Peterborough, NH
Tuesday, June 13 - Broadberry, Richmond VA (solo)*
Wednesday, June 14 - ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC (solo)*
Thursday, June 15 - 40 Watt, Athens GA (solo)*
Friday, June 16 - Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta GA (solo)*
Saturday, June 17 - Saturn, Birmingham AL (solo)*
Sunday, June 18 - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA (solo)*
Monday, June 19 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX (solo)*
Tuesday, June 20 - Sons of Herman Hall, Dallas TX (solo)*
Wednesday, June 21 - The North Door, Austin TX (solo)*
Friday, June 23 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS (solo)*
Saturday, June 24 - The Anchor, Nashville TN (solo)*
Thursday, July 6 - The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday, July 7 - National Gallery of Victoria (The Great Hall), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday, July 9 - The Junk Bar - Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, July 27 - Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA & #
Friday, July 28 - The Echo, Los Angeles CA & #
Sunday, July 30 - The Space Bar, San Diego CA &
Wednesday, August 2 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA &
Friday, August 4 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
August 5 - 6 - Pickathon Music Festival, Happy Valley OR
* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird
# = w/ James Elkington
& = w/ Heron Oblivion
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