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Out Today : DARKSIDE - 'Psychic' (Expanded)



 



(photo : :Jed DeMoss)

stream / download 'Psychic' Expanded Edition

Today, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of DARKSIDE’s debut album, 'Psychic', originally released on October 4th, 2013. To mark the occasion, we have assembled an expanded digital edition of the record with three bonus tracks. This includes two era-appropriate b-sides – “Gone Too Soon” and “What They Say” – and a live version of “Paper Trails” recorded during the group’s 2023 European tour.

DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011 by Chilean electronic musician Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. 'Psychic' met with critical acclaim upon release, with The New York Times labeling it “the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie” and Pitchfork calling the album, “a declaration of psychedelic liberation.” The record was a springboard for the duo’s immersive and improvisatory live shows, which toured throughout the globe until a hiatus beginning in 2014. Six years later, DARKSIDE resumed activity, releasing a second album, 'Spiral'
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Today, the band has expanded to a trio, featuring Harrington, Jaar, and drummer Tlacael Esparza. In June, DARKSIDE released 'Live From Spiral House', a set of recordings documenting rehearsals for the group’s return to the stage. In the coming months, the complete run of 2023 concerts will be made available to stream and download. More to come.

‘Psychic’ (Expanded) Tracklist

  1. Golden Arrow
    2. Sitra
    3. Heart
    4. Paper Trails
    5. The Only Shrine I’ve Seen
    6. Freak, Go Home
    7. Greek Light
    8. Metatron
    9. Gone Too Soon
    10. What They Say
    11. Paper Trails - Live in Paris, June 5, 2023

    DARKSIDE online
    website
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    Darkside at Matador

Out Today: DARKSIDE - 'Live at Spiral House'



Stream / Purchase 'Live at Spiral House'

Out digitally today, Darkside's 'Live at Spiral House' is a loose and playful collection of jams culled from weeks of rehearsals in Los Angeles last summer. Watch a live performance of “Heart Jam” HERE and a short documenting the band’s rehearsals HERE.



(Video: Jed DeMoss)

‘Live at Spiral House’ Track List
1. Liberty bell
2. Golden Arrow / The Limit
3. Freak, Go Home
4. Dream (interlude)
5. Heart Jam
6. Question is to see it all
7. Lero

DARKSIDE on Tour
Friday, June 9 Primavera Sound, Porto Portugal
Sunday, June 11 Bikini, Toulouse France
Monday, June 12 Les Docks, Lausanne Switzerland
Wednesday, June 14 Cirque Royale, Brussels Belgium SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 16 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Sunday, June 18 Koko, London UK SOLD OUT
Monday, June 19 Koko, London UK SOLD OUT

DARKSIDE online
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

Coming June 9 : DARKSIDE - 'Live At Spiral House'





photo : Jake Friedman



presave 'Live At Spiral House'
stream / purchase 'Spiral'

On June 9th, Matador will release Darkside's 'Live at Spiral House', a loose and playful collection of jams culled from weeks of rehearsals in Los Angeles last summer.

Joined by drummer and longtime collaborator Tlacael Esparza, the band took residence rehearsing and jamming after an 8-year hiatus. Jaar says: “When we decided to get the band back together with Tlac, we knew we needed a space where we could explore what that meant. After a couple of months of rehearsals, we started inviting friends and family to the space and many of these recordings share the fun and cozy spirit of that
time.” Harrington adds: "I probably played every Jerry Garcia riff I know in every key over the course of Spiral House. You'd be surprised how good China Cat Sunflower sounds on ‘Narrow Road’!"  Jed DeMoss – the artist and photographer behind both DARKSIDE album covers – documented the summer spent at Spiral House, making thesound recordings on this collection, alongside artist and videographer Will Carrà. They both collaborated on this video, which shows the band setting up Spiral House and rehearsing.

The band is currently on tour in Europe and will perform the first of two sold out shows tonight in Paris. Gigs in London and Brussels have also sold out.

In the 8 years since 'Psychic'touring ended…
Dave Harrington has been an active part of improvisational jazz communities in NYC and LA, jammed with everyone from Joe Russo to Chris Forsyth to the Master Musicians of Jajouka, released many solo and collaborative records, scored films, and has written and produced albums for multiple other artists, including an ambient album with Alanis Morissette.

Tlacael Esparza, drummer and co-founder of Sunhouse, created Sensory Percussion to bridge the gap between physical expressivity of drums and the sonic power of electronic production. Using innovative sensors and algorithms, Sensory Percussion allows computers to capture timbre nuances, revolutionizing drumming and computer communication. Esparza integrates Sensory Percussion into his drum set while jamming in DARKSIDE.

In recent years, Nicolás Jaar has focused on teaching electronic music software to non- music makers and sharing creative processes with aspiring artists, teaching at the Museum of Memory in Chile, at free.wav in Kerela, India, and his label's grant programs Ladridos (for aspiring musicians in South America) and Overtones in Los Angeles, USA.
In 2019, Nicolás established a community music studio at Dar Jacir in Bethlehem, Palestine, where his father's family originates and conducted various music workshops there and also at the Al-Rowwad Center in the Aida Refugee Camp.

Follow the band's Telegraph Channel: DARKSIDE DISPATCH

‘Live at Spiral House’ Track List

1. Liberty bell
2. Golden Arrow / The Limit
3. Freak, Go Home
4. Dream (interlude)
5. Heart Jam
6. Question is to see it all
7. Lero

Live at Spiral House Credits

Produced & Mixed by Dave Harrington & Nicolás Jaar
DARKSIDE is Dave Harrington, Nicolás Jaar, Tlacael Esparza
Recorded by Jed DeMoss, Benjamin Palmer
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering
Cover Art: Jed DeMoss

DARKSIDE on Tour

Monday, June 5 Trianon, Paris France SOLD OUT
Tuesday, June 6 Trianon, Paris France SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 8 Primavera Sound, Madrid Spain}
Friday, June 9 Primavera Sound, Porto Portugal
Sunday, June 11 Bikini, Toulouse France
Monday, June 12 Les Docks, Lausanne Switzerland
Wednesday, June 14 Cirque Royale, Brussels Belgium SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 16 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Sunday, June 18 Koko, London UK SOLD OUT
Monday, June 19 Koko, London UK SOLD OUT

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

DARKSIDE - Six Performances Now on Nugs.net



Today, DARKSIDE have made six complete concert recordings available to subscribers of the online music archive nugs.net.

This includes video footage for the band’s 2013 Boiler Room performance and Psychic Live DVD, as well as previously unreleased audio recordings of performances in Phoenix, Turin, Los Angeles, and Istanbul. Find a complete list below.

Boiler Room, Brooklyn, NY - The End Rooftop - Oct 1st, 2013 (Video)
Psychic Live, Stereolux, Nantes - March 14, 2014 (Video)
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ - Jan 28th, 2014 (Audio)
Teatro Carignano, Turin, Italy - Mar 17th, 2014 (Audio)
FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA - Aug 24th, 2014 (Audio)
KucukCiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey - Feb 9th, 2014 (Audio)

stream/download  “Ecdysis!”
purchase / stream ‘Spiral’

DARKSIDE on Tour
September 16-18 Primavera Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

Bandcamp Friday : Snail Mail - 'Valentine' ,14% Off, Plus A Plethora Of Matador Catalog Titles Available On BC For The First TIme







Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share today (Friday, February 4) and with the unselfishness being contagious, we’re putting Snail Mail’s ‘Valentine’ on sale for 14% off today only

https://matadorrecords.bandcamp.com/music

New to Bandcamp this week:

Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (digital only)
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins (digital only)
Lucy Dacus – “Kissing Lessons” download / 7” pre-order (Out June 3)
Circuit des Yeux – “The Manatee” (digital only)

And there's new-to-Bandcamp catalog titles from  Bailter Space, Body/Head, CEREMONY, Chavez, Kurt Vile, Lucy Dacus, Mary Timony, MUZZ, Perfume Genius, Snail Mail, Spoon, Stephen Malkmus, Steve Gunn, and The New Pornographers.

DARKSIDE - "Ecdysis!"







(photo : Jed DeMoss)

Today, DARKSIDE have made a new song, “Ecdysis!",  available online. The propulsive six and a half-minute track was recorded in the same sessions that yielded their long-awaited second full-length, 'Spiral'.

In the fall of 2022, DARKSIDE will perform its first show in 8 years at Primavera Sound Los Angeles.

stream/download  "Ecdysis!"
purchase / stream 'Spiral'

DARKSIDE on Tour
September 16-18 Primavera Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

DARKSIDE - 'Spiral' Out Today




(photo : Jed DeMoss)

The long-awaited 2nd album from DARKSIDE (Nicolar Jaar and Dave Harrington) is finally out today and available on LP, CD and via all streaming platforms.

stream / purchase 'Spiral'

Tracklist

  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young




DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.

In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

DARKSIDE - "Spiral" Collective Listening Event



DARKSIDE, the duo of Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington, will premiere their long-awaited second album Spiral via a collective YouTube listening event tomorrow (Thursday) at 1pm ET ahead of its official release this Friday, July 23.

Join the countdown and tune in here

Pre-order / Pre-save Spiral



new from DARKSIDE - "Lawmaker"





On July 23, DARKSIDE will release its second album, 'Spiral', via Matador Records.

Written and recorded in 2018, the album was mixed by Rashad Becker and mastered by Heba Kadry

Today, hear the third single, “Lawmaker.”

stream / download "Lawmaker"
presave / preorder 'Spiral'

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

Coming July 23 : DARKSIDE - 'Spiral'




"The Limit"


(photo : Jed DeMoss)

On July 23, DARKSIDE will release its much-anticipated second full-length, 'Spiral', via Matador Records. Today, you can listen to new song “The Limit”.

DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.

In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

presave / preorder 'Spiral'
stream / download "The Limit"

Tracklist

  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young




Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

Darkside - "LIberty Bell"



stream / download "Liberty Bell"



 



(photo : Jed DeMoss)

DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar.

Dormant since the close of touring for their debut full-length, 'Psychic', the group quietly reconvened in 2018 to begin writing new music.

Following more than a year of work, Harrington and Jaar completed 'Spiral', the second DARKSIDE album, in December of 2019, which has been mixed by Rashad Becker, mastered by Heba Kadry, and will be released this spring.

Today, you can listen to the first single, "Liberty Bell".

Darkside online :
website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
Darkside at Matador

 

Available Today : DARKSIDE - 'Psychic Live' (DVD)



Darkside - 'Psychic Live' (DVD)D

Produced by La Blogothèque in association with ARTE France & Télénantes, DARKSIDE live at Stereolux - Nantes on March 21st, 2014. Featuring 7 sprawling and unique takes on tracks from 'Psychic', this live DVD captures the band at the peak of touring their critically lauded debut album. The live audio was mastered by Joe Lambert. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. 114 Minutes.



track listing :

1. Freak, Go Home
2. Paper Trails
3. The Only Shine I’ve Seen
4. Heart
5. Metatron
6. Greek Light
7. Golden Arrow

Order the DVD now from The Matador Store, or purchase 'Psychic Live' digitally from Quello.

(International DVD orders via the Darkside store)

STREAMING: DARKSIDE AT DIMENSIONS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY BOILER ROOM - 6:30PM EST



If you are not in at a 2000 year-old Coliseum in Croatia right now waiting to see Darkside, fear not, their set will be streaming live here starting at 6:30pm EST: http://boilerroom.tv/session/dimensions-opening-concert/


Dimensions Opening Concert by brtvofficial

DARKSIDE ANNOUNCE FINAL SHOW (...FOR NOW), SHARE TWO B-SIDES FROM 'PSYCHIC'



"DARKSIDE is coming to an end, for now. On September 12th, we will be playing our last show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Here are two songs that we made while working on 'Psychic' but that didn't make the album. Thanks for listening and supporting us this year"

-message from DARKSIDE

The final show they speak of is now sold out, but the band is excited to share two of the b-sides from Psychic:





Remaining Tour Dates:

Sunday, August, 24 - FYF Fest, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August, 27 - Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia
Friday, August, 29 - Zürich Openair, Zurich, Switzerland
Sunday, August, 31 -  Orange Date, Izmir-Cesme, Turkey
Tuesday, September, 2 - Orange Date, Istanbul, Turkey
Wednesday, September, 3 - Studio G13, Kiev
Thursday, September, 4 - Loftas Fest, Vilnius, Lithuania
Friday, September, 5 - Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany
Saturday, September, 6 - Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK
Friday, September, 12 - Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Brooklyn NY SOLD OUT

LOLLAPALOOZA 2014: INTERPOL (TONIGHT) AND DARKSIDE (SUNDAY)



In a few hours, Chicago will open the flood gates and Lollapalooza 2014 will commence. Repping for Matador this year are Interpol and DARKSIDE.

Schedule
Friday, 8/1 (today, for those who have not had their coffee yet)
Interpol - Bud Light Stage at 5:00 PM UTC
Streaming options:
1) Lollapalooza Official Website
2) Red Bull TV

Sunday, 8/3
DARKSIDE - The Groove at at 8:45 PM UTC
Streaming options:
1) None, gotta be there

Can't make it this year? Many MANY other chances to catch both bands the rest of this summer.

Interpol tour dates: http://www.interpolnyc.com/shows/

Darkside tour dates: http://www.darksideusa.com/tour/

THIS WEEKEND: PRIMAVERA SOUND 2014



We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.

Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage
Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)
Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.

Darkside On WBEZ' "Sound Opinions"



Back in January, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside stopped by Sound Opinions (WBEZ91.5 Chicago) to talk to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about how Darkside formed, the facts on the origin of the band name (involving a hotel room in Berlin, a fire hazard and The Big Lebowski), how three became two and much more. It's a great interview and you can stream or download the episode here.

"Paper Trails"


"Freak, Go Home"


Festival dates:

May

Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival

June

Thursday 05 – Porto, TO – Optimus Primavera Sound
Sunday 22 – Hvar, AR – For Festival
Wednesday 25 – Athens, NS – Ejekt Festival
Thursday 26 – Maeseille, LE – Rock Island Festival

July

Thursday 03 – Gdynia, IA – Open’er Festival
Saturday 05 – Amsterdam, AM – Pitch Festival
Sunday 13 – Rotterdam, AM – North Sea Jazz Festival
Thursday 17 – Dour, UR – Dour Festival
Friday 25 – Nigata, TA – Fuji Rock Festival

August

Friday 08 – Helsinki, KI – Flow Festival
Saturday 09 – Olso, SO – Oya Festival
Sunday 10 – Skipton, ON – Beacons Festival
Friday 15 – London, ON – Jabberwocky
Sunday 17 – Budapest, ST – Sziget Festival
Wednesday 27 - Pula, Cr - Dimensions Festival
Friday 29 - Zurich, CH Openair Festival
September
Friday 05 Berlin, Ge - Berlin Festival
Saturday 06 Isle Of Wight, GB - Bestival
 

COACHELLA WEEKEND 2: QOTSA AND DARKSIDE THIS SATURDAY