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Out Today : Belle and Sebastian - 'A Bit Of Previous'



"Talk To Me, Talk To Me" - directed by Freya and Rosalie Salkeld



(photo : Hollie Fernando)

Belle and Sebastian today release their 9th studio album, 'A Bit Of Previous'. Marking the occasion comes new video and single ‘Talk To Me To Me’. The video was written and directed by 15-year-old south London siblings Freya and Rosalie Salkeld.

(stream/purchase 'A Bit Of Previous')

Stuart Murdoch:

“We had a small budget to make the video and were going to make it ourselves, but we ran out of time. So we put out an open call to filmmakers who would be interested in making something for the existing budget, requesting an image encapsulating their idea and a 100-word pitch. The directors’ mother got in touch saying her daughters are fans of the group and keen filmmakers, and they sent in a treatment that we loved. They co-wrote and co-directed it, and got a bunch of their friends involved, and made a fresh and funny take on the song”

Directors Freya and Rosalie:

"When we found out we were going to make Belle and Sebastian’s new music video we were beyond excited. Our idea had come from photos we’d taken of our friends for art projects. Casting mates we’d recently seen in a school drama production was really fun - filming them was even better! The process as a whole was an amazing challenge and we’re so grateful for the opportunity!"






'A Bit Of Previous' is available in four different artwork covers across LP, CD and digital. The independent retail  version of the LP includes a bonus 7" with standalone track "A Bit Of Previous".

'A Bit of Previous' Tracklist
01. Young And Stupid
02. If They're Shooting At You
03. Talk To Me, Talk To Me
04. Reclaim The Night
05. Do It For Your Country
06. Prophets On Hold
07. Unnecessary Drama
08. Come On Home
09. A World Without You
10. Deathbed Of My Dreams
11. Sea Of Sorrow
12. Working Boy In New York City



Belle and Sebastian at Bandcamp.

Belle and Sebastian on Tour

Tuesday, May 24 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 25 TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park, Indianapolis IN*
Thursday, May 26 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Friday, May 27 Palace Theater, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, May 28 The Admiral, Omaha NE*
Tuesday, May 31 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA+
Wednesday, June 1 Roseland Theater, Portland OR+
Friday, June 3 Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA%
Saturday, June 4 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA%
Sunday, June 5 Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA+
Tuesday, June 7 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ+
Wednesday, June 8 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM+
Friday, June 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK+
Saturday, June 11 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin TX#
Monday, June 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN#
Tuesday, June 14 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC^
Wednesday, June 15 Wolf Trap, Vienna VA^
Thursday, June 16 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY#
Friday, June 17 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA#
Saturday, June 18 Roadrunner, Boston MA#
Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Tuesday, January 10 Casino de Paris, Paris FR
Wednesday, January 11 Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht NE
Friday, January 13 den Atelier, Luxembourg City LU
Saturday, January 14 Laeiszhalle, Hamburg DE
Monday, January 16 Tradgarn, Gothenburg SE
Tuesday, January 17 Filadelfia, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, January 18 Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, January 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, January 21 Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Sunday, January 22 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Monday, January 23 X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich CH
Wednesday, January 25 Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR
Thursday, January 26 Fabrique, Milan IT

* with Divino Niño
+ with Thee Sacred Souls
% with Tennis and Thee Sacred Souls
# with Los Bitchos
+ with Japanese Breakfast and Los Bitchos

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Out Today : The Goon Sax - 'Mirror II' (Deluxe Edition)



"Steal My Sunshine"



 



(photo : James Caswell)
Today, Brisbane trio The Goon Sax have released a deluxe digital edition of their third album and Matador Records debut, ‘Mirror II.’

Already more than perfect, the record returns to us newly refreshed with four unreleased songs, including two album outtakes, a demo of “In the Stone,” and a cover of Len’s 1999 top-ten hit, “Steal My Sunshine.”

The Goon Sax have also hit the road opening for Snail Mail on dates across the UK, Europe, and North America. The trio will also return to the US this fall to join Interpol and Spoon on their co-headlining “Lights, Camera, Factions” tour. Find the complete itinerary below.

stream / purchase 'Mirror II' (Deluxe)

'Mirror II' (Deluxe Edition) Tracklist:
1. In the Stone
2. Psychic
3. Tag
4. Temples
5. The Chance
6. Bathwater
7. Desire
8. Carpetry
9. Til Dawn
10. Caterpillars
11. We’re Just Talking
12. Spike Fence
13. In the Stone (Demo)
14. Steal My Sunshine

Thur. Apr. 21 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre ^
Fri. Apr. 22 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
Sat. Apr. 23 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
Sun. Apr. 24 – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater ^
Wed. Apr. 27 – Los Angeles CA @ Hollywood Palladium ^
Thur. Apr. 28 – San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park ^
Fri. Apr. 29 – Mesa AZ @ The Nile ^
Sat. Apr. 30 – Santa Fe NM @ Meow Wolf ^
Mon. May 2 – Austin TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
Tue. May 3 – Dallas TX @The Factory Studio ^
Thur. May 5 – Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven Stage ^
Fri. May 6 – Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel ^
Sat. May 7 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
Sun. May 8 – Nashville TN @ Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville ^
Thur. June 2 – Melbourne, AUS @ Max Watt's House of Music (Rising Melbourne)
Thur. June 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Kulturhuset Oceanen ^
Sat. June 11 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Staktkyrkan ^
Mon. June 13 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater ^
Tue. June 14 – Dresden, Germany @ Groovestation ^
Wed. June 15 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere ^
Thur. June 16 – Milan, Italy @ Santeria Toscana 31 ^
Sat. June 18 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F ^
Sun. June 19 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo ^
Tue. June 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord ^
Thur. June 23 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz Manchester ^
Fri. June 24 – Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union ^
Tue. June 28 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory ^
Wed. June 29 – London, UK @ O2 - Forum Kentish Town ^
Thur. June 30 – Brighton, UK @ O2 - Chalk ^
Wed. July 6 – Lyon, France @ Epicerie Moderne ^
Thu. Aug. 25 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage %
Sat. Aug. 27 – Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point %
Sun. Aug. 28 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Pavilion %
Tue. Aug. 30 – Columbus, OH @ Kemba Live! Outdoors %
Thu. Sept. 1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Andrew J Brady Center %
Fri. Sept. 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern (w. INTERPOL ONLY)
Sat. Sept. 3 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit %
Sun. Sept. 4 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (w. SPOON ONLY)
Tue. Sept. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors %
Thu. Sept. 8 – Indianapolis IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River Park %
Fri. Sept. 9 – St. Louis MO @ Stifel Theatre %
Sat. Sept. 10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion %
Tue. Sept. 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas %
Wed. Sept. 14 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre %
Fri. Sept. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre %
Sat. Sept. 17 – Portland, OR @ Pioneer Square %
Sun. Sept. 18 – Portland, OR @ Pioneer Square %

^ w/ Snail Mail
% w/ Interpol and Spoon

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Coming July 15 : Interpol - 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'





photo by Atiba Jefferson


"Toni" - directed by Van Alpert

presave / preorder 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'
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“Still in shape, my methods refined,” sings Paul Banks on "Toni", the opening track and lead single from Interpol’s 7th LP 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'. The album breaks fresh ground for the group: parallel to exploring the sinister undercurrents of contemporary life, Interpol’s new songs are imbued with pastoral longing and newfound grace. Daniel Kessler's serpentine guitar arrangements crest skywards, Samuel Fogarino shatters his percussive precision into strange metres, while Paul Banks’ sonorous voice exudes a vulnerability that is likely to catch most long-term fans of the band off guard. After all, says Banks, “there’s always a seventh time for a first impression.”

'The Other Side of Make-Believe' began remotely across 2020. In early 2021, Interpol reconvened to flesh out new material at a rented home in the Catskills, before completing it later that year in North London, working for the first time with production veteran Flood (Mark Ellis), as well as teaming up again with former co-producer Alan Moulder.

If fate didn’t quite ordain the circumstances for Interpol’s seventh album, it was at least fortunate that the band had happily concluded their Marauder cycle on stage in front of 30 thousand-odd Peruvian fans. Rather than be sent scrambling like so many other musicians, when the first lockdown clamped Interpol had no new release to promote and no tour to rearrange. They quickly got into a productive mood.

Writing on their own in those geographically-dispersed early stages gave the members a way out of their respective heads: “We really extracted the honey out of this situation”, says Fogarino. Kessler echoes the sentiment: “Working alone was raw at first, but has opened up a vivid new chapter for us.” In the Interpol Venn Diagram, each member found a way of expanding their individual circle in perfect harmony.

As Banks was grounded in Edinburgh for close to nine months, he got cosy in a window-side chair with a pen, pad and atypically cream-coloured bass guitar. “We usually write live, but for the first time I’m not shouting over a drumkit,” he says. “Daniel and I have a strong enough chemistry that I could picture how my voice would complement the scratch demos he emailed over. Then I could turn the guys down on my laptop, locate these colourful melodies and generally get the message across in an understated fashion.” Banks adjusting his personal volume dimmer to a hush chimes with a period of global disquiet and the yearn for reconnection:  "Flood told me the vocals on the demos evoked Mickey Rourke in "Barfly", singing to a patron at the end of the tabletop, and we never felt the need to flip that smoky intimacy into something big and loud when it came to rehearse and record. I got a real kick out of doing the opposite.”

Coming from a group whose early material was characterised by Polish knife-wielders and incarcerated serial killers, you might expect Interpol’s take on the present day to be an emotional tar pit — perhaps doubly so, given the towering credentials of Flood and Moulder’s history with Nine Inch Nails, Curve, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode and more.

Yet Banks felt the call to push in a “counterbalancing” direction, with paeans to mental resilience and the quiet power of going easy. “The nobility of the human spirit is to rebound,” he says. “Yeah, I could focus on how fucked everything is, but I feel now is the time when being hopeful is necessary, and a still-believable emotion within what makes Interpol Interpol.” Kessler concurs: “The process of writing this record and searching for tender, resonant emotions took me back to teenage years; it was transformative, almost euphoric. I felt a rare sensation of purpose biting on the end of my fishing rod and I was compelled to reel it in.”

Even with spare piano caressing the intro of "Something Changed", open-hearted cyclical chord progressions on "Passenger", or anthemic waves of Kessler’s cresting guitar on "Big Shot City", it doesn’t mean Interpol are entirely stopping to smell the roses, though. 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'’s title, cover and a frequent lyrical lean toward fables, smokescreens and the mutability of truth reflect Banks’ disgust with the curdling of the information age. “I feel like the slipperiness of reality, and being willing to get violent on the basis of a factual disagreement, has had a super strenuous effect on the psyche of everyone in the world. Although,” he laughs, “I was talking about it so often that it kind of spooked my bandmates, so I found a way to express my concerns more through the lens of human beings' non-rational faculties, and less civilizational collapse.”

On 'The Other Side of Make-Believe', a deep interpersonal understanding means each member respects the other’s respective strengths better than ever, letting Interpol’s elemental qualities shine through. Song by song, Kessler sketches the architectural blueprint (invariably while watching a film — locus of inspiration for almost every song in the band’s catalogue), Banks frames artwork on the wall, then Fogarino arranges the furniture to have a certain positioning and intent.

Fogarino highlights Flood’s part in this equation “was to hyperbolise all of our good qualities. Our band has never exploited rock ‘n roll tropes, no big drum fills or wailing solos, so he located the core honesty in our sound and found a way to widen it. There’s a phrase I love about drumming: ‘the rhythm hates the melody’ — the best kind of drumming either totally accentuates what’s being conveyed, or ploughs through it.” So what does the splashy, dramatic beat on songs like "Renegade Hearts" and "Gran Hotel" imply? The answer comes back with a grin: “I guess Flood gave me room to plough.”

The band found themselves struck by the producer’s egoless way of operating and the breeziness of recording in his North London studio. They also seem charged by how much Flood and Moulder complimented, rather than challenged, their kinetic energy when performing. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” Kessler states. And though he means Flood and Moulder’s contributions, that sentiment extends to Interpol’s work as a whole.

'The Other Side of Make-Believe' will soon feel as familiar in the public consciousness as it is to Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino. Ever the paradox, the noirish trio have weathered nearly seven albums’ and several line-ups’ worth of rollercoasters far better than anyone might have predicted, never letting their sense of purpose escape. Over time, tags like ‘alternative’ and ‘indie’ have even faded from view. They are simply a rock group nowadays; one of the most distinctive, consequential and enduring rock groups of the 21st century so far. And a quarter-century into their lifespan, the band are all fired up again.

Interpol: their methods refined, still in terrific shape.
– Gabriel Szatan

'The Other Side of Make-Believe'
01. Toni
02. Fables
03. Into The Night
04. Mr Credit
05. Something Changed
06. Renegade Hearts
07. Passenger
08. Greenwich
09. Gran Hotel
10. Big Shot City
11. Go Easy (Palermo)









Interpol on tour (tickets)

Monday, April 25 The Factory In Deep Ellum, Dallas TX *
Tuesday, April 26 ACL Live At The Moody Theater, Austin TX * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, April 28 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ *
Friday, April 29 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego CA * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 30 Greek Theater, Berkeley CA *
Monday, May 2 The Union, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, May 3 Mission Ballroom, Denver CO **
Thursday, May 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
Friday, May 6 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 7 The Fillmore, Detroit MI *
Sunday, May 8 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH *
Tuesday, May 10 The Anthem, Washington DC *
Wednesday, May 11 Roadrunner, Boston MA *
Friday, May 13 The Met, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, May 14 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, May 15 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, May 21 Just Like Heaven Festival, Los Angeles CA ***
Saturday, May 28 Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City MX ****
Wednesday, June 8 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Thursday, June 9 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 11 Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Sunday, June 12 Templehof Sounds Festival, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Wednesday, June 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, June 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
Saturday, June 18 Salle Pleyel, Paris FR
Sunday, June 19 Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf NL
Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ^
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME^
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI^
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH^
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH^
Friday, September 2 The Eastern, Atlanta GA %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC^
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN^
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO^
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK^
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV^
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA^
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA^
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^

* w/ Tycho and Matthew Dear
** w/ Matthew Dear
*** w/ The Shins, Modest Mouse, M.I.A. and more
**** w/ Dry Cleaning
# Metric, Spoon
^ w/ Spoon, The Goon Sax

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Coming May 6 : Belle and Sebastian - 'A Bit Of Previous'





"Unnecessary Drama" - video written and Directed by Kasparas Vidunas & Eric J. Liddle



 

(photo by Hollie Fernando)

(stream  / download "Unnecessary Drama")
(presave / preorder 'A Bit Of Previous')

Belle and Sebastian have announced a new album 'A Bit Of Previous', coming May 6th.  The album's first single, “Unnecessary Drama” premieres today (video above).

“The song is about a young person experimenting in being a human again after a forced hiatus”, says frontman Stuart Murdoch. “The person is weighing up whether or not it’s worth the mess! Still, you dip your toe in and it becomes delicious, and you get too much of it. Between trouble and nothing, we still choose the trouble."

'A Bit of Previous' is the 9th studio album by Belle and Sebastian and their first full-length in seven years. This may be surprising to anyone following the recent life pursuits of the Glasgow 7-piece: a trilogy of EP’s; a soundtrack for the directorial debut of The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird; The Boaty Weekender – a 3000 capacity star-studded four-day music festival on a cruise liner sailing the Mediterranean; a live album showcasing the band’s present-day iteration as savvy main stage entertainers; and in 2020 a collaborative project with fans called ‘Protecting The Hive’. But in all these idiosyncratic endeavours, as intrinsic to the band’s DNA as the stage invasion at the end of each of their shows, a full-length has eluded us.

'A Bit Of Previous' is a classic Belle and Sebastian album preoccupied with songs and melodies that won’t leave your head and lyrics that can make you smile and ponder and sometimes be melancholic. It’s an album self-produced and recorded by Belle and Sebastian (with contributions from Brian McNeil, Matt Wiggins, Kevin Burleigh and Shawn Everett) and their most hands-on since 'The Boy With The Arab Strap'.

In some respects, 'A Bit Of Previous' is also a first. It’s the first album the band recorded in their native Glasgow in 20 years (the last being 2000’s 'Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant'). What started off as a pandemic necessity – having to ditch plans to record in California in spring of 2019 – became a refreshing change of pace. Unbeholden to restrictive and expensive studio schedules, it allowed for long walks through the streets and parks of Glasgow and spontaneous train journeys to nearby towns which embedded proceedings with a peculiar sense of place. The band upgraded their practice space to a makeshift studio, making some creative interior design choices to keep it pandemic safe.

'A Bit of Previous' is Belle and Sebastian taking on age and getting older and emerging all the more vital for it. "Young And Stupid" is a stuttering acoustic rocker that without its lilting violin might be mistaken for a T. Rex song, the lyrics and nonchalant vocals facing the passage of time with wry ennui: “Now we’re old with creaking bones / Some with partners some alone  / Some with kids and some with dogs  / Getting through the nightly slog / Everything is fine when you’re young and stupid  / Everything’s divine when you’re young and stupid”. "Come On Home", with its fireside piano and conversational exchanges between Murdoch and Martin, evokes a handing over of the generational baton with a call to “Give a chance to the old / Set the record straight on the welfare state / Give a chance to the young / Everyone deserves a life in the sun”.

While the arrangements are often playful, there is an underlying gravity. The deceptively feelgood, choir backed "If They’re Shooting At You" reads like a poignant ode to defiance and survival: ‘If they’re shooting at you kid / You must be doing something right”. On Martin’s "Reclaim The Night", a jaunty backbeat tells of a cross-generational everywoman trepidation that in 2022 is more pertinent than ever.

'A Bit of Previous' is also scattered with big, occasionally delirious pop moments. "Unnecessary Drama" rips through a cacophony of overdriven riffs and a droning harmonica that borders on the unhinged and is one of the band’s heaviest outings since, well, ever. The 140+ bpm "Talk To Me Talk To Me" is ablaze with euro synths and keyboard horns as the voices of Murdoch and Martin intertwine on a breathless chorus. "Working Boy in New York City" exists in a parallel universe where the band did in fact make it to California – such is the escapist bliss of its sloping flute and bittersweet funk.

On the other side of the spectrum are some of Belle and Sebastian’s most moving ballads. Tender finger-picked paean to a lover "Do It For Your Country" and doo-wop-inflicted "Sea Of Sorrow" showcase Murdoch’s tenor at its most bare and affecting, while Stevie Jackson contributes lovelorn country waltz "Deathbed of My Dreams".

So what is a 'A Bit of Previous'? It’s a bit of everything, and a lot of what makes Belle and Sebastian so special and enduring. It’s a band tackling the insight, experience and responsibility that come with getting older with humour and irreverence and lyrical exactitude and musical bravado. It’s one of the UK’s most beloved pop portraitists asserting themselves as an infallible source of energy and fun.

There’s a touch of Buddhism, too. A practice increasingly influential on Murdoch’s outlook in recent years and given a further manifestation via his popular weekly guided online meditation sessions, a sense of empathy and compassion is present on each song. The album title, meanwhile, is possibly a reference to the concept of reincarnation. As Murdoch notes in the liner notes: “There is a firmly held belief in Buddhism that we have been reborn so many times and in so many guises that if we look around us, we are bound to see a person who has been our mother in a past life. And we are surrounded by people who have been our children. If we truly had that in our minds and in our hearts, we would drop the prejudice we had: our attitude to strangers and difficult people would alter emphatically.”

'A Bit Of Previous' is available in four different artwork covers across LP, CD and digital. The Matador / Belle and Sebastian webstore edition  of the LP includes a bonus 7" with standalone track "A Bit Of Previous."

The band have also confirmed  a spring-summer US tour. Full dates can be found below, alongside rescheduled UK and European tour dates for 2022 and 2023.

'A Bit of Previous' Tracklist
01. Young And Stupid
02. If They're Shooting At You
03. Talk To Me Talk To Me
04. Reclaim The Night
05. Do It For Your Country
06. Prophets On Hold
07. Unnecessary Drama
08. Come On Home
09. A World Without You
10. Deathbed Of My Dreams
11. Sea Of Sorrow
12. Working Boy In New York City










Belle and Sebastian on Tour
, New Dates in Bold On Sale Friday 10am Local Time
Tuesday, May 24 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 25 TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park, Indianapolis IN*
Thursday, May 26 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Friday, May 27 Palace Theater, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, May 28 The Admiral, Omaha NE*
Tuesday, May 31 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA+
Wednesday, June 1 Roseland Theater, Portland OR+
Friday, June 3 Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA%
Saturday, June 4 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA%
Sunday, June 5 Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA+
Tuesday, June 7 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ+
Wednesday, June 8 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM+
Friday, June 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK+
Saturday, June 11 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin TX#
Monday, June 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN#
Tuesday, June 14 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC^
Wednesday, June 15 Wolf Trap, Vienna VA^
Thursday, June 16 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY#
Friday, June 17 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA#
Saturday, June 18 Roadrunner, Boston MA#

Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK

* with Divino Niño
+ with Thee Sacred Souls
% with Tennis and Thee Sacred Souls
# with Los Bitchos
+ with Japanese Breakfast and Los Bitchos

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Snail Mail - "Adore You"







photo : Ebru Yildiz

Today, Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) has shared “Adore You,” the early demo version of the lead single and title track off of her critically acclaimed new album 'Valentine.' Featuring early lyrics and a different structure, the whispered, vulnerable lo-fi version is a sonically opposite yet equally devastating flipside, proving that in any configuration “Valentine” is as powerful a torch song as they come.

stream / download "Adore You"




Through midnight tonight, save 14% on Snail Mail's "Valentine" at the Matador Webstore. Orders include a new "Valentine" postcard while supplies last.(Ltd White Gold Explosion LP available at the US webstore only)

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Snail Mail On Tour

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Tuesday, April 19 Olympia Film Society, Olympia WA
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^
Monday, June 6 Gebäude 9, Cologne DE
Tuesday, June 7 Knust, Hamburg DE
Thursday, June 9 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Saturday, June 11 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Monday, June 13 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Wednesday, June 15 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, June 16 Santeria Toscana 31, Milan IT
Saturday, June 18 Bogen F, Zürich CH
Sunday, June 19 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Tuesday, June 21 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, June 23 The Ritz, Manchester UK
Friday, June 24 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, June 28 Marble Factory, Bristol UK
Wednesday, June 29 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Thursday, June 30 Chalk, Brighton UK
Tuesday, July 5 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Friday, August 12 Fete Music Hall
Tuesday, August 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT
Wednesday, August 17 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
Friday, August 19 The National, Richmond VA
Saturday, August 20, The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Sunday, August 21 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 23 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL
Wednesday, August 24 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL
Friday, August 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Saturday, August 27 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN
Sunday, August 28 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, August 30 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
Wednesday, August 31 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
Friday, September 2 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, September 3 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Sunday, September 4 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH
Tuesday, September 6 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Wednesday, September 7 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA
Friday, September 9 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD

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Circuit des Yeux - "The Manatee (A Story of The World, Pt. III)"



"The Manatee : A Story of The World, Pt. III"
directed by Ruby Rubio
Concept by Haley Fohr





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Today, we bring you a brand-new Circuit des Yeux song and video, “The Manatee (A Story of This World Pt. III.” Recorded during the sessions for last year’s masterful and multi-layered full-length '-io', “The Manatee” is a shift in mood – serene astral folk sewn up with whirring aquatic interludes.

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr on “The Manatee”:
At 4:30 A.M. on February 4th, 2020 a manatee popped out of the sea and stared directly at me. It was a charged 10 seconds. The experience stuck with me so much that I wrote a song about it.

The music video (directed by Rudy Rubio) is a depiction of my own kind of manatee. I play a wet sea creature trying to make it work in a dry-land society. It is inspired by the scientific understanding that the manatee crawled into the ocean 50,000,000 years ago. The manatee is my reminder that intuition and two legs might be all a person needs to find a more hospitable world - perhaps an undiscovered place to call home.

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(stream/purchase  '-io')

This spring, Fohr will once again hit the road, bringing '-io' to audiences in North America, Europe, and the UK. Find the complete itinerary below.



Circuit des Yeux on tour (new dates in bold) :

Friday, February 25 Freemont Abbey, Seattle WA
Saturday, February 26 Anita, Astoria OR
Sunday, February 27 The Old Church, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 1 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, March 2 Pico Union Project, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, March 17 SXSW (QoBuz Showcase), Austin TX
Friday, March 25 Pilot Light (Big Ears Festival), Knoxville TN
Saturday, March 26 Pilot Light (Big Ears Festival), Knoxville TN
Saturday, April 2 Dampfzentrale, Bern CH &
Monday, April 4 HAU 1, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 6 Milton Court, London UK $
Friday, April 8 Rewire Festival, Den Haag NL
Saturday, April 9 BRDCST Festival, Brussels BE
Monday, April 11 Centre Pompidou, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 13 L’Auditorium du Conservatoire, Lilles FR
Tuesday, May 3 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, May 4 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, May 6 Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA
Saturday, May 7 Stephens Lake Amphitheatre, Columbia MO
Sunday, May 8 William A. Kerr Foundation, St. Louis MO
Monday, May 9 Rozz Tox, Rock Island IL
Thursday, June 2 Decca, Louisville KY
Friday, June 3 Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN
Saturday, June 4 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Sunday, June 5 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, June 6 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, June 7 Greenwood Cemetery (Pioneer Works), Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 9 Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro VT
Friday, June 10 Centre PHI, Montreal QC
Saturday, June 11 Arts Court, Ottawa ON
Monday, June 13 918 Bathurst (Wavelength Music Series), Toronto ON
Tuesday, June 14 Trinosophes, Detroit MI
Thursday, June 16 Constellation, Chicago IL
Friday, June 17 Constellation, Chicago IL
September 1-4 End of the Road, Lamar Tree Gardens UK


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$ w/ London Chamber Orchestra Soloists

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Steve Gunn - 'Nakama'



 



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Available today digitally, Steve Gunn’s 'Nakama' EP features reinterpretations of five songs from the guitarist’s recent full-length, 'Other You', created with close friends. This includes new studio recordings made alongside Mikey Coltun and Ahmoudou Madassane of Mdou Moctar, and Natural Information Society, as well as remixes by Circuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth. The artwork was shot and sequenced by photographer Duane Michals.

These are not covers, exactly. Nor are they full-blown from-the-ground-up collaborations. It’s a third path – using Gunn’s song structures as a point of departure, seeking a new route through familiar ground. They expand on and illuminate the experimental impulses and meditative moods that guided 'Other You'.

“It touches on a lot of music that I love, but that I might not necessarily translate with the proper album”, says Gunn. “To give these songs to people that I admire and to see how they would return, knowing that their music is an inspiration to me, was really a cool opportunity. Joshua Abrams' bass playing, his group Natural Information Society, and his film soundtrack work have been an inspiration to me for some time now. I am grateful that I was able to travel to Chicago and work closely with Josh in his studio on ‘Good Wind’ and ‘On the Way’. Reimagining these songs with Josh, along with Lisa Alvarado's accompaniment, was a total joy. I arrived with the intention of keeping these songs open in seeing where they would go in working with Josh, and am very happy with the results.”

Mikey Coltun of Mdou Moctar said of the collaboration, “Ahmoudou and I wanted to give ‘Protection' a Tuareg feel. We knew we wanted to use field recordings from Niger and specifically Tende music, which is the drums and chanting you hear. We used drum machines which is an homage to Abdallah Oumbadougou, the first Niger Tuareg artist to do that in the ’90s.”

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr sought to dial back the arrangement on ‘Ever Feel That Way’, foregrounding Gunn’s vocal. “By stripping back his guitar and adding some horns and effects, I worked to bolster his narration atop a pillowy and nocturnal environment,” she explains. “The result is quiet and intimate. It is a serenade for one that lays close to the heart.”

Bing & Ruth’s David Moore said: “It was a joy to get inside of Steve’s music and rearrange the furniture. ‘Reflection’ struck me instantly as a classic song that I wouldn’t want to stray too far from the original, so I added some piano and moved around a lot of the pieces until I found something somewhere between sunshine rock and a psychedelic opium den. Such a pleasure to get this one where it ended up.”

In February, Gunn will perform a three-show residency at Brooklyn’s Union Pool. Each set will be unique format – solo (2/1), Gunn-Truscinski Duo (2/8), and full-band (2/15). Openers include Laura Ortman, Bill Nace, and Bing & Ruth. All shows are free with RSVP.

Nakama Tracklist

  1. Protection (with Mikey Coltun and Ahmoudou Madassane of Mdou Moctar)

  2. Good Wind (with Natural Information Society)

  3. On The Way (with Natural Information Society)

  4. Ever Feel That Way (with Circuit des Yeux)

  5. Reflection (with Bing & Ruth)

    Steve Gunn on tour :


Tuesday, February 1 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (w/ Laura Ortman)
Tuesday, February 8 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (w/ Bill Nace) ^
Tuesday, February 15 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (w/ Bing & Ruth)
Tuesday, March 29 Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA #
Wednesday, March 30 The Casbah, San Diego CA #
Thursday, March 31 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Friday, April 1 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Saturday, April 2 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Monday, April 4 The Guild Theatre, Menlo Park CA #
Tuesday, April 5 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Wednesday, April 6 Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma CA #
Friday, April 8 The Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR #
Saturday, April 9 Fawcett Hall, Tacoma WA #
Sunday, April 10 St. James Hall, Vancouver BC #
Monday, April 11 The Crocodile, Seattle WA #
Wednesday, April 13 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
Thursday, April 14 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Friday, April 15 Three Lobed Festival, Durham NC
Saturday, April 16 Three Lobed Festival, Durham NC ^# w/ Jeff Parker
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Lucy Dacus - "Thumbs Again"







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Before there was news of 'Home Video', an album which captured the complexities of Lucy Dacus’ formative years growing up in Richmond, VA, leading her to be named “one of the best songwriters of her generation” (Rolling Stone), Lucy presented the long-awaited “Thumbs” to the world. Debuted on tour in 2018 while on the road with boygenius, “Thumbs” became a fan favorite, immediately and deeply impacting audiences: “Depending on what you’ve been through in your life, those words might leave you weeping in public, too,” commented Stereogum. Lucy now releases a full-band version of the arresting original, titled “Thumbs Again.” Here, the simple instrumental backbone of “Thumbs” is filled out with electric guitar, synth, and drums and is how many have heard the song on Lucy’s recent tour.

Following last week’s performance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", Lucy has announced a winter 2022 North American tour, including rescheduled dates for five shows. These new dates follow an incredible fall tour that featured three nights of sold out shows at both New York’s Brooklyn Steel and Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, and precede her UK and European tour in support of 'Home Video'.

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Lucy Dacus on Tour (new shows in bold)
Wednesday, February 9 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA *
Thursday, February 10 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Friday, February 11 Ovation, Newport KY *
Saturday, February 12 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis IN *
Monday, February 14 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI *
Tuesday, Feburary 15 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (Rescheduled Date, SOLD OUT) *
Thursday, February 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN (Rescheduled Date, SOLD OUT) *
Friday, February 18 Englert Theater, Iowa City IA (Rescheduled Date, SOLD OUT) *
Saturday, February 19 Liberty Lawrence KS *
Sunday, February 20 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK *
Wednesday, Feburary 23 Georgia Theater, Athens GA *
Thursday, February 24 Orange Peel, Asheville NC *
Friday, February 25 Jefferson, Charlottesville VA *
Saturday, February 26, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Tuesday, March 1 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON (Rescheduled Date) *
Wednesday, March 2 Corona Theatre, Montreal QC (Rescheduled Dale) *
Thursday, March 3 The Strand, Providence RI
Saturday, March 5 Ram’s Head, Baltimore MD

Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK (SOLD OUT)
Saturday March 19th, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE **
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th Trinity, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL **
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL **
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE **
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE **
Sunday, April 3rd Loppen, Copenhagen DK **
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK **
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO **
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE **
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE **
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE **
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT **
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE **
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU **
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR **

* w/ Indigo De Souza
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Snail Mail - 'Valentine', Out Today, Appearing on "The Late Show WIth Stephen Colbert" Tonight



You know how we and other esteemed labels sometimes refer to an upcoming album as "highly anticipated"? I'm gonna let you in on a little secret -- sometimes they're only mildly anticipated. The only people highly anticipating are the band members, their parents and maybe their creditors. This is a little something we like to call SHOW BUSINESS HYPERBOLE. In this instance, however, we can with great authority pronounce today's official release of the 2nd Snail Mail album, 'Valentine' as highly anticipated. A profusely thank you to everyone who has nagged us to death about it.











Tonight you can catch Snail Mail on an 11:35pm (10:35 central) telecast of the Columbia Broadcasting System's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert". Elsewhere, we have described this as Snail Mail's late night television debut, an unfortunate diss to Carson Daly which was entirely inadvertent on our part. This is not the first time we've had to apologize to a former late night television host while in the process of promoting an appearance on a contemporary program (we were never able to bury the hatchet with Tom Snyder, for instance), and it's too late to say we don't want this to become a habit because we here we are. Anyhow, tune in tonight, it's gonna be great.



At 2pm eastern today, WPLN News' Paige Pfleger will be joined by Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan and Mac DeMarco in a live conversation about 'Valentine' (see above)

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'Valentine' in-store signings :
Philadelphia - Repo - Fri, Nov 5 at 5pm ET
Baltimore - Sound Garden - Sat, Nov 6 at 2pm ET

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Saturday, November 27 The National, Richmond VA *
Sunday, November 28 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, November 30 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, December 1 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, December 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, December 4 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, December 5 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, December 7 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Wednesday, December 8 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, December 10 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Saturday, December 11 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Sunday, December 12 The Athenaeum Thratre, Columbus OH *
Monday, December 13 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, December 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Thursday, December 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT *
Friday, December 17 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, December 18 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Sunday, December 19 The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Tuesday, December 21 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *

Friday, February 18 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 20 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 22 SWX, Bristol UK
Wednesday, February 23 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Friday, February 25 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Saturday, February 26 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Sunday, February 27 Locomotiv, Bologna IT
Monday, February 28 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, March 2 Bogen F, Zurich CH
Thursday, March 3 Ampere, Munich DE
Friday, March 4 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Sunday, March 6 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Monday, March 7 Oceanen, Gotherburg SE
Tuesday, March 8 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 10 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Saturday, March 12 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 13 Knust, Hamburg DE
Monday, March 14 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Tuesday, March 15 Gebaude 9, Cologne DE
Wednesday, March 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Tuesday, April 19 Olympia Film Society, Olympia WA
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

* w/ Spencer, Hotline TNT
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Coming September 10 : King Krule - 'You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down'






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"Stoned Again", Filmed by Reuben Bastienne-Lewis

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Today, King Krule announces his forthcoming live album 'You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down', due out September 10th via True Panther Sound/Matador Records (LP version in stores December 10). In addition, the artist shares the lead single and an accompanying video from the live album, "Stoned Again (Live)." Mere weeks before the world went into lockdown, King Krule had performed a handful of European shows which featured tracks from his critically acclaimed third album 'Man Alive!' Recorded live during that short run of shows, the 'Man Alive!' single “Stoned Again” was taken from a show in Paris. Performed with a ferocious intensity, the recording offers fans a glimpse into a live tour that never was, while also reminding them of the artist's unique stage presence and incredible performances delivered across his entire catalogue.
'You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down' features a setlist of 17 songs that span the acclaimed artist’s entire discography including fan favorites “Easy Easy,” “Baby Blue,” "Out Getting Ribs" and more. In addition to the album's upcoming digital release, the project is slated for a physical LP release on December 10th.

"Once spilt into the cheap 4 tracks and pirate software, now collosos energy redeemed into small diaphragms. Sat on toilets imagining the moment other animals would sing the very vibrations back to them. Climbing a ladder of fulfilment, that fullfills neither need or want, but in ascent maybe the organised grouping of heartbeats pounding into the universe for an hour and a half would not be better spent.
I felt comfortable for once, young and uncomfortable with a tunnel of anxiety to walk through."



'You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down' Tracklist
01. Out Getting Ribs
02. Emergency Blimp
03. A Slide In (New Drugs)
04. The Ooz
05. Cellular
06. Stoned Again
07. Slush Puppy
08. Rock Bottom
09. Comet Face
10. Perfecto Miserable
11. Alone, Omen 3
12. Baby Blue
13. Half Man Half Shark
14. Underclass
15. Energy Fleets
16. Please Complete Thee
17. Easy Easy





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Julien Baker - "Favor "(Jesu Remix)





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Earlier this month, Julien Baker announced the September 1st release of the  'Little Oblivions Remixes'EP, which sees tracks from her critically acclaimed album 'Little Oblivions' reworked by notable contemporaries personally selected by Baker.

Today comes a second preview from the EP with a rework of ‘Favor’ from Jesu, the moniker of pioneering UK experimental and industrial metal musician Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Final, JK Flesh, Techno Animal, Napalm Death).
“Having already been a fan of Julien since her first album, it was wonderful to hear that Julien was in turn a fan of Jesu. The request for the remix, and being able to work Julien’s voice and music in the context of Jesu, was something both daunting and very exciting. I reimagined Julien’s song to accommodate Jesu’s heavy and melancholy guitars and much much more. After much self doubt I was heartened to hear that Julien and all concerned loved the remix. This one I am truly proud of….” - Justin Broadrick

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Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL + (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC + (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC + (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA ^ *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC + (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI + (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
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Coming October 22 : Circuit des Yeux - '-io'





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On October 22, Matador is releasing '-io', the sixth album by vocalist and composer Haley Fohr, best known as Circuit des Yeux.

A celebrated figure in Chicago’s music community, she has released acclaimed albums via De Stijl, Thrill Jockey, and Drag City and toured throughout the world. However, '-io' is Circuit des Yeux’s most ornate and elaborate work to date – a set of compositions that nest Fohr’s otherworldly four-octave voice amid a 24-piece string, brass, and wind ensemble. The album was put to tape last fall by Cooper Crain at Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio and mixed by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Holly Herndon) with Fohr acting as arranger and producer. Written in the wake of personal loss and recorded in the midst of the pandemic, '-io' maps a geography of grief – a place where “everything is ending all the time.” While Fohr’s music has never been short on ambition, these songs are striking in their brilliance and strangeness. On '-io', Circuit des Yeux has delivered a work that is vivid, immense, and fully illuminated.

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("Dogma", directed by Haley Fohr, co-directed by Rudy Rudio)

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Fohr says of the first single “Dogma”: “Where there is faith there is violence. The story of civilization is complicated and layered with dogmas. At each individual’s incentive lies both a beacon and an instinct. The fool follows the outer while the idiot chases her interior. Society is a necessary subversion of the self. It is through time that our quiet alarms grow with great intensity until emancipation through implosion or explosion become imminent.”
This is how grief becomes a landscape.

Before the pandemic cast its weather of mourning on the world, and before she began weaving together her sixth album as Circuit des Yeux, '-io', Haley Fohr found herself grieving a close friend. For a time, the loss severed her from her art. A singular, celebrated figure in the Chicago experimental music scene, known for her arresting voice and the transportive moods she grows around it, Fohr had kept a steady creative practice since she first began recording her own music as a teenager. Grief ruptured that foundation. Fohr could not write for months, the longest fallow period she'd crossed since she experienced her first episode of major depression at 17.

In the winter just before the pandemic took hold in the United States, Fohr was scheduled to complete an artist's residency at Robert Rauschenberg's house in Florida. She wanted to finish a roster of new material before leaving, but the music would not budge. Stalled, she turned to the organ, away from her guitar, and started tracing shards of sound, grasping melodies that began, slowly, to lead somewhere. It was not what she had hoped to bring south, but it was a start.

"I went to the Robert Rauschenberg residency with this idea of trying to explore the hard work of joy. At that point, I had just been wallowing in this grief for so long. I thought, I want to write about joy. I know it's going to be hard work," Fohr says. "But when I was on this beach and in this really privileged, gorgeous place, I felt even more despondent. I thought it would be this balm, but instead it was just the saddest beach in my life."

After sunset on Captiva Island, the Florida sky would glow a deep, burnt orange. The striking image became a conduit between Fohr’s interiority and her environment, keeping her from experiential isolation, tethering her to reality. She carried that sky back to Chicago and kept it with her as the world shut down and mass death triggered grief on an incomprehensible scale. Through this, Fohr began to cultivate a world inside the world, a world called '-io', "a place where everything is ending all the time."

The sky over '-io' is Florida's strange, radiant orange. It's a built environment, unnatural, made from concrete and glass, with skyscrapers that stretch to the vanishing point as you gaze up at them. It's crumbling and suffocating, a city perpetually on the brink of collapse, where tension never topples over into catharsis, where the heat never breaks.

Inside this world and its closed loop of time, Fohr found herself able to begin moving again. "I was haunted by memories in the pandemic," she says. "As someone with PTSD, memories are all twisted up inside of me in a way that doesn't help my higher self. Making this album was once again an exercise of trying to relieve myself of some of that darkness in a way that music has always done for me."

Under lockdown, her typically collaborative songwriting practice became solitary. She wrote on piano and organ, instruments on a larger scale than her usual guitar that felt more "like a solid foundation you can stand on." Her lyrics kept returning to images of black holes and gravity, all-consuming phenomena that rend our common experience of physical reality. "I became obsessed with black holes, which is the ultimate gravitational pull," Fohr says. "It also makes such a synonymous metaphor to death. Things go in, they can only go one way. They go in and they never come out."

From that colossal gateway, songs began to form. They followed the disintegration of the world as it stands, the hard-wrought rituals and habits that are already beginning to fracture under the pressures of climate catastrophe, as on "Vanishing," where Fohr sings "goodbye" to everything she can see and touch around her. They pinned down claustrophobic moods through the threatening whispers of "The Chase," and they shook them loose with sweeping vocal runs, like those that lattice the slow, enveloping "Walking Toward Winter" and pierce the melancholic "Stranger," a chilling piano-and-string composition that was recorded live in a single take.

Working at home on her computer, Fohr wrote, arranged, and produced each note of '-io'. She wrote for a 23-piece orchestra, gathering strings, horns, and drums around her daring vocal melodies. She staged -io on a scale vaster than anything she'd recorded before, a scale that matched the enormity she'd weathered, big enough to hold the world in its tumult.

Under COVID restrictions, Fohr could only record with six other players in the studio at a time. She and her collaborators – 13 renowned musicians from Chicago’s jazz, classical, and experimental scenes – built -io layer by layer, entwining its pain with the clear yearning that sparks at its dark heart. Horns cry out like terrified and distant voices from the dizzying waltz of "Neutron Star." A spaghetti-western guitar reverberates as if in a cavern amid the percussive pummel of “Dogma.” Strings thrash against each other like sheets of rain amid "Vanishing's" apocalyptic thrum. Amid them, Fohr's voice rears in space, overdubbed to the point where it becomes an architecture of its own, at once the subject in the narrative and the surrounding environment. The effect is at once capacious and crushing, like being drawn into a gas giant.

This is what happens when you take grief's smothering and render it in space: It expands. It becomes something you can traverse. That quiet, impossible feeling of loss can suddenly be crossed. The body moves through it. What once seemed to be an impenetrable collapse turns into a site of possibility. From the wreckage, something grows, and the ruin is no longer a ruin. In all its smoldering and all its weight, it is simply a place to begin.  - Sasha Geffen.











 



Circuit des Yeux on Tour, New Dates in Bold on Sale This Friday

September 17-18, Basilica Soundscape, Chatham NY
Friday, October 22 Knockdown Center, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, November 21 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL **


* w/ Wordless Music Orchestra
** w/ 16 piece orchestra


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Mdou Moctar featuring MC Yallah - "Tala Tannam" (Debmaster Remix)






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In September, Mdou Moctar and band will arrive in the US to begin a much-anticipated tour, with a number of dates already sold out.

Today, listen to “Tala Tannam” (Debmaster Remix), which flips the song’s gentle acoustic guitar vamp into a pulsing and percussive rhythm track for Kenya-born/Uganda-based rapper, MC Yallah (Nyege Nyege Tapes). “I've loved to work on my brother Mdou Moctar's track,” says Yallah. “Fusing hiphop with deep desert sounds really took me to a different place. I hope we meet in real life one day!”

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Mdou Moctar on tour (new dates in bold)

2021
Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thurdsday, September 9, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 16 The Storehouse, Galien MI *SOLD OUT*
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 The Miniplex, Arcata CA *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA * SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *SOLD OUT*


2022 :
Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (venue change)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

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DARKSIDE - 'Spiral' Out Today




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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.

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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."

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Spoon - "Breakdown" / "A Face In The Crowd" (Live)



Out today, Spoon has released live recordings of two Tom Petty covers, "Breakdown" and "A Face in the Crowd" captured last October at The Catacomb in Austin TX.

Both songs are available to stream / purchase through the link HERE.





Video captured by Peter Simonite, Scott Cremeens & Chris Rusch, edited by Sabrina Nichols. Audio recorded by Britt Daniel and mixed by Jim Eno.

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Julien Baker - "Heatwave" Premiere & Lyric Video


"Heatwave" - lyric video by Sabrina Nichols), from 'Little Oblivions', out this Friday, February 26


"Maybe it's a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I'm not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life's fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it's not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It's certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life's fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it's true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought." - Julien Baker








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Out Today : Bailter Space - 'Wammo', 25 Anniversary Remastered Edition




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin


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As previously touted in this space, the 25th anniversary remastered edition of Bailter Space's 'Wammo' is available today via all streaming services, finer record shops and mail order.  Author and labelmate Andrew Earles once wrote of 'Wammo', "Bailter Space's final album for Matador (fifth overall) finds the band showing everyone how skilled it was at erasing any lines of demarcation separating wickedly catchy pop songs and washes of guitar noise and toothy dynamics."  Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen  are still erasing lines (sonic and otherwise) to this very day, so where's their Hall Of Fame nomination?

Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

(Flying Nun are releasing a limited green vinyl edition of 'Wammo'.)


Wammo Tracklist:

Untied
Splat
At Five We Drive
Zapped
Colours
Retro
Glimmer
Voltage
D Thing
Wammo

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Julien Baker - "Favor" (Premiere & Lyric Video)



"Favor" (lyric video by Sabrina Nichols)

"Favor" is the third track from Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 3rd album, "Little Oblivions", out February 26.

“I used to think about myself, like I was a talented liar,” Baker sings on the track, “turns out that all my friends were trying to do me a favor.” Here those friends are Baker’s boygenius collaborators, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Phoebe says, “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favorite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”

Lucy noted, “We sang on "Favor" in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for Graceland Too and a song of mine. That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable. I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honored to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (Lyric Video)



"Hardline" - from 'LIttle Oblivions', out February 26
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Following the debut earlier this month of Joe Baughman's amazing video for Julien Baker's "Hardline", this morning we're showcasing Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the same track.

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Available Today On Vinyl & CD : Kurt Vile - 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (EP)'





After previous release via digital auspices, today is the official release date for Kurt Vile's 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' on the resilient vinyl and compact disc formats.

Track List :

Speed of The Sound of Loneliness
Gone Girl
Dandelions
How Lucky (with John Prine)
Pearls



"How Lucky" (with John Prine)
"Prine, KV and Ferg as Babies" drawing by Delphine Vile in Nashville.

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