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Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for "The Wild Ones" (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was "Ken." I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It's unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe "The Wild Ones" speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think "ken" also means "to know."

ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a "band" record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer ‘Five Spanish Songs’ EP Out 12/2, Solo Acoustic European Tour In December

We are excited to announce that Destroyer will release Five Spanish Songs EP on December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe, a followup to 2011’s Kaputt. The EP, consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.

Read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts and info about a special UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release.
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LSTN // The Luyas – ‘Animator’ Streaming at WNYC


The Luyas’ sophomore album Animator isn’t out until next Tuesday, October 16, but you can listen to it in full below or at WNYC’s Soundcheck where it premiered this morning! Pre-order the album HERE!

“At the heart is singer Jessie Stein’s dreamy melodicism and introspective words written as if a means of glassy-eyed escape from pain. In “Face” Stein ponders faith, intimacy, identity, singing “I wonder how true to life that I should be / Looking for nothing until I can speak.” Still, the beauty of Stein’s seductive, childlike coo as it floats over the music is what ultimately allows Animator to feel cathartic and full of hope.” – WNYC

The Luyas head out on tour on November 1! See all their dates, including a few shows with Destroyer, HERE. End your Luyas fun by listening to Jessie’s new Spotify playlist, Sleepy With Me.

Destroyer Announces New Tour Dates

Destroyer kicks off their European tour this upcoming July with dates going well into the fall. In addition to venue dates, you can see the band at several festivals, including Melt!, Latitude, Dour, Poolbar, and more! Today we’ve got a new round of November shows to share. Here’s your chance; don’t miss the live show. See new dates below and check out the full schedule and links to buy tickets HERE.

 

11/13/12 London, UK – Village Underground BUY TICKETS
11/14/12 Bristol, UK – Fleece BUY TICKETS
11/15/12 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s BUY TICKETS
11/16/12 Manchester, UK – Sound Control BUY TICKETS
11/19/12 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich BUY TICKETS
11/20/12 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall BUY TICKETS
11/21/12 Goteborg, SE – Pustervik BUY TICKETS
11/22/12 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret BUY TICKETS
11/23/12 Stockholm, SE – Strand BUY TICKETS
11/25/12 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia BUY TICKETS
11/28/12 Copenhagen, DK – Vega BUY TICKETS

Destroyer Announce Upcoming European Dates

Destroyer is hitting Europe for a string of July dates! Check them out below and catch Dan Bejar and his band as they traipse across the continent:

7/11/12 – Colors Festival @ Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
7/12/12 – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
7/13/12 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
7/14/12 – Dour Festival, Belgium
7/15/12 – MELT! festival, Graefenhainichen, Germany
7/17/12 – Musicbox, Lisbon, Portugal
7/18/12 – Festival Sinsal, Vigo, Spain
7/19/12 – Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain
7/20/12 – Jazzaldia, San Sebastian, Spain
7/21/12 – Mar de la Musique @ Arabian Castle, Cartagena, Spain
7/23/12 – Open Air, Bordeaux, France
7/25/12 – Festival in Fluss, Basel, Switzerland
7/26/12 – Poolbar Festival, Feldkirch, Austria
7/27/12 – Bolognetti on the rocks, Bologna, Italy
7/28/12 – Radar Festival, Padova, Italy

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