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Stephen Malkmus - "Juliefuckingette" + Rescheduled Spring 2021 Tour Dates

Stephen Malkmus presents “Juliefuckingette,” an A-side-worthy B-side off Traditional Techniques, his album released earlier this year. Additionally, he announces a rescheduled North American tour slated for March and April 2021. As with Traditional Techniques, “Juliefuckingette” is new phase folk music for new phase folks. Malkmus’ wry lyricism unwinds over his 12-string acoustic guitar: “Abolish the fanfiction set // I don’t wanna clean up the logorrhea mess // It’s the last brand standing // You know you wanna kill it but you can’t kill that quite yet.”

Traditional Techniques presents Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. Informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette for Traditional Techniques--including a variety of Afghani instruments--to support an ache both quizzical and contemporary. Alongside gorgeous folk music, Traditional Techniques presents occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger, straight-up commune rock, and mind-bending fuzz. He’s joined throughout by Matt Sweeney and Chris Funk.

Stream / Purchase Traditional Techniques

Stephen Malkmus on Tour
Tuesday, March 2 Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, March 3 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, March 4 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, March 5 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, March 6 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, March 7 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, March 9 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, March 10 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, March 11 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, March 13 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 14 Webster Hall, New York NY
Tuesday, March 16 Royale, Boston MA
Wednesday, March 17 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Thursday, March 18 L'Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, March 19 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, March 20 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, March 21 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI
Friday, April 9 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Saturday, April 10 The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Sunday, April 11 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Monday, April 12 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Tuesday, April 13 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, April 14 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Friday, April 16 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Saturday, April 17 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, April 18 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
Monday, April 19 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 20 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Thursday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Friday, April 23 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, April 24 The Showbox, Seattle WA

All shows with openers Qais Essar & the Magik Carpet

Stephen Malkmus Online

Spoon - "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," "Transference" Reissues Out Today

Available everywhere today: Reissues of Spoon's "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," and "Transference." Purchase/Stream Spoon catalog classics HERE.

Spoon online :

Official Site

September 19 : Perfume Genius - Live From The Palace Theatre

(photo : Nacho DelaGarza )

On Saturday, September 19 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will appear live from The Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  The show starts at 12pm PST and the stream will be available through Sunday, September 20 at midnight, PST.   Perfume Genius will be joined by a 6 piece band as well as a string quartet and the set will include music off his recently released album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'.  Tickets are on-sale today, September 4 and are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  For an additional $5, viewers will have the opportunity to watch a special intimate, acoustic solo encore.  Further items also being made available include a limited edition t-shirt and long sleeve, autographed limited-edition posters, 'Set My Heart on Fire Immediatel' vinyl, and the ability to pre-order Perfume Genius’ forthcoming book, the companion to the album (set for release in December).  Featuring iconic portraits of the artist from celebrated French photographer Camille Vivier, this limited edition monograph will reveal the unseen procedures beneath the music, vivid conjurings that became songs, and tactile byproducts from exercises in world-building. Tickets and all merchandise information is here:

stream / purchase 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

Perfume Genius Online

Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Electr-o-pura' 2XLP 25th Anniversary Edition

the 2XLP 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's 'Electr-o-pura' is out today and is available to purchase or stream at your leisure (though merchants tend to keep their own hours).

01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

stream / purchase 'Electr-o-pura'

Yo La Tengo online:
Official Site

Spoon - "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)"

Spoon has released a new track "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" available exclusively on Bandcamp. A new take on "Rainy Taxi" from the 2014 LP They Want My Soul, the single was recorded remotely in May 2020 by Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel in Austin TX and Los Angeles CA respectively.

During Bandcamp's 24 hour fee-waiving period today (Midnight PST Fri Sep 4 to Midnight PST Sat Sep 5) Spoon and Matador will donate all proceeds earned from the "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" single to Austin Community Foundation.

The premiere of the new track coincides with the release of Spoon's full discography on Bandcamp.

Buy / Stream Spoon catalog classics HERE.

Spoon online :

Official Site

Coming Saturday, August 29 : Spoon - 'All The Weird Kids Up Front: Más Rolas Chidas'

Way too long ago we held a contest challenging you to create an alternate ‘Best of Spoon’ album as a playlist, with the winner being decided by number of followers. After an endless delay (THANKS, GLOBAL PANDEMIC), the winning playlist has been pressed as a limited edition LP ; ‘All The Weird Kids Up Front (Ma?s Rolas Chidas),’ available for the first time this weekend at independent record stores as part of Record Store Day Drops. Find out how to get yours here. #RSD2020

As we count down to Saturday, the second runner-up, Blair's #MyBestOfSpoon, is available for your listening pleasure here.

Tracklist, assembled by Jason Jezek
01 The Fitted Shirt
02 Don't Make Me a Target
03 The Beast and Dragon, Adored
04 Is Love Forever?
05 I Summon You
06 Out Go the Lights
07 Who Makes Your Money
08 The Ghost of You Lingers
09 Paper Tiger
10 WhisperI'lllistentohearit
11 Tear It Down
12 New York Kiss

stream / purchase Spoon catalog classics

Spoon online :

Official Site

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