Mitski

Ask Mitski Miyawaki about happiness and she'll warn you: "Happiness fucks you." It's a lesson that's been writ large into the New Yorker's gritty, outsider-indie for years, but never so powerfully as on her newest album, 'Puberty 2'. "Happiness is up, sadness is down, but one's almost more destructive than the other," she says. "When you realise you can't have one without the other, it's possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave." On 'Puberty 2', that tension is palpable: a both beautiful and brutal romantic hinterland, in which one of America's new voices hits a brave new stride.

WATCH // Mitski Shares “Your Best American Girl” Video; ‘Puberty 2’ Out 6/17

Mitski’s phenomenal “Your Best American Girl” has been rolling around our heads, glued to the walls of our hearts, since it came out. Not to mention it’s received heaps of praise from the likes of NPR Music, The FADER, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone, for its original portrayal of feeling “half Japanese, half American, but not fully either.”

Today, Mitski presents the absolutely perfect video for this bold number. Directed by Zia Anger with cinematography by Ashley Conner, art direction by Caiti Hawkins and styling by Creatures of the Wind, the “Your Best American Girl” video further plays on the idea of, as a Japanese girl, never quite fitting in with the genre’s surplus of white American guys, and is further proof that 2016 will be a breakout year for one Mitski Miyawaki.

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Dead Oceans At SXSW 2016

SXSW starts next week! Which means tons of folks (maybe you included?) are headed to our backyard of Austin, TX for a week full of bands, tacos, more bands, and more tacos. We’re excited to add to the madness with a totally stacked schedule. Maybe we’ll catch each others eye as you’re crowd-surfing to Bleached? Or perhaps we can cut a rug together at Marlon Williams‘ set? Kevin Morby‘s playing on a boat cruise, so that’s an option too. Obviously, we’ll hi-five, pogo, & sing along at Mitski‘s sets. Keep scrolling for their full schedules and don’t forget to make a note of our party on Thursday (3/17) night at Barracuda!

 

Mitski

Wed. March 16: Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel – 100 E. 5th Street (3:00 PM)

Wed. March 16: NPR Music Showcase @ Stubb’s (9:20 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (Outdoor) (10:00 PM)

Fri. March 18: Pitchfork Day Party @ Barracuda (Outdoor) (12:40 PM)

Fri. March 18: Portals @ PEN (6:30 PM)

Fri. Mar. 18: Stereogum x Exploding in Sound’s Austin Invasion 2 @ Hole In The Wall (9:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: She Shreds @ Studium – 2108 Rosewood Ave (5:30 PM)

 

Bleached 

Mon. March 14: The Onion & AV Club Present: Manic Monday @ Barracuda (8:00 PM)

Wed. March 16: Spring Break Boogie @ Hotel Vegas (Patio Stage 1) (4:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Another Planet Party @ Sidewinder (Outside) (2:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: FLOODfest @ Cedar St. Courtyard (9:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (12:00 AM)

Fri. March 18: SPIN @ Stubb’s (North Stage) (1:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: Fun Fun Fun Fest @ The Mohawk (12:30 PM)

Sat. March 19: Pandora Showcase @ The Gatsby (4:00 PM)

 

Kevin Morby

Wed. March 16: Panache + Hotel Vegas Boat Cruise @ TBD (4:45 PM)

Wed. March 16: House of Vans Official @ The Mohawk (8:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Space 24 Twenty Showcase @ Urban Outfitters (2:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (12:15 AM)

Fri. March 18: Pitchfork Official Showcase @ Barracuda (3:05 PM)

Marlon Williams

Wed. March 16: C3 Party @ Lamberts (1:30 PM)

Wed. March 16: KCRW Party @ 3TEN Austin City Limits Live (9:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: All Together Now Party @ Hotel Saint Cecilia  (1:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Twangfest @ Broken Spoke (2:30 PM)

Thu. March 17: Showtime / Culture Collide Party @ Clive Bar (5:00 PM)

Thu. March 17: Secretly Group & Friends @ Barracuda (11:15 PM)

Fri. March 18: Official SXSW Showcase @ Central Presbyterian Church (11:00 PM)

Sat. March 19: Waterloo Records Day Party @ Waterloo Records – 600 A North Lamar Blvd (2:00 PM)

Sat. March 19: Sound Gallery Party @ BD Riley’s Irish Pub (5:15 PM)

 

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Mitski Announces ‘Puberty 2’ Out June 17th On Dead Oceans

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Ask Mitski Miyawaki about happiness and she’ll warn you: “Happiness fucks you.” It’s a lesson that’s been present in her work for years, but never so powerfully as on Mitski’s newest album, Puberty 2. “Happiness is up, sadness is down, but one’s almost more destructive than the other,” she says. “When you realize you can’t have one without the other, it’s possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave.” On Puberty 2, that tension is palpable: a both beautiful and brutal romantic hinterland, in which a fierce new voice hits a brave new stride.

 

The follow-up to 2014’s Bury Me At Makeout Creek, Puberty 2 picks up where its predecessor left off. “It’s kind of a two parter,” explains Mitski, “It’s similar in sound, but a direct growth from that record.” Musically, there are subtle evolutions: electronic drum machines pulse throughout beneath Pixies-ish guitars, while saxophone lights up its opening track. “I had a certain confidence this time. I knew what I wanted, knew what I was doing and wasn’t afraid to do things that some people may not like.

 

In terms of message though, the 25-year-old cuts the same defiant, feminist figure on Puberty 2 that has previously won her acclaim. Born in Japan, Mitski grew up surrounded by her father’s Smithsonian folk recordings and mother’s 1970s Japanese pop CDs in a family that moved frequently: she spent stints in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, China and Turkey among other countries before coming to New York to study composition at SUNY Purchase. She reflects now on feeling “half Japanese, half American but not fully either” – a feeling she confronts on clever debut single, “Your Best American Girl” – a super-sized punk-rock number where she “hammed up the tropes” to deconstruct and poke fun at that genre’s surplus of white males. “I wanted to use those white-American-guy stereotypes as a Japanese girl who can’t fit in, who can never be an American girl,” she explains.

 

Sadness is awful and happiness is exhausting in the world of Mitski. The effect of Puberty 2, however, is a stark opposite: invigorating, inspiring and beautiful.

 

Puberty 2 is out June 17th on Dead Oceans, and available for pre-order now. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant grat download of “Your Best American Girl.Mitski and band will play SXSW and tour all over in the months to come. The live band will be a three-piece: Mitski (bass/vocals), Callan Dwan (guitar) and Casey Weissbuch (drums). Dates are below.

 

Preorder Puberty 2 now:

 

Puberty 2 Tracklisting:
Happy
Dan the Dancer
Once More To See You
Fireworks
Your Best American Girl
I Bet on Losing Dogs
My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
Thursday Girl
A Loving Feeling
Crack Baby
A Burning Hill

Mitski Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Sat. March 12 – McAllen, TX @ Galax Z Fair V at Yerberia

Wed. March 16 – Austin, TX @ Hype Hotel – YVYNYL x S&S x Hype Machine — 3pm

Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Secretly Label Group Showcase – 10pm

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Pitchfork Day Party – 12:40pm

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ PEN – Portals SXSW 2016 – 6:30pm — solo show

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall – Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2

– 9:30pm

Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ Studium – She Shreds x Punctum Records Presents – 5:30pm

Sun. April 17 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique – solo show

Tues. April 19 – London, UK @ Birthdays – solo show

Thu. April 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire w/ Twin Peaks) – solo show

Sat. April 23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Basement – solo show

Mon. June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Wed. June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Thu. June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

Fri. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

Sat. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Sun. June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

Tue. June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory

Wed. June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge

Fri. July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown

Sat. July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder

Sun. July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links

Tue. July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

Wed. July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room

Thu. July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Fri. July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

Sat. July 9 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

Mon. July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater

Tue. July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt

Wed. July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Fri. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Sat. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Tue. July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Wed. July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Fri. July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Sat. July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

NEW ARTIST // Dead Oceans Signs Mitski

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Since releasing Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski has received international acclaim for her distinct, arresting sound and profoundly reflective lyrics. Pitchfork applauded the release as “inventive and resourceful,” while Rolling Stone celebrated her “deep-cutting lyrics.” NME said “it’s a record that doesn’t tug at your heart-strings as much as it mercilessly pounds at them, taking to your emotions like a lead pipe to a piñata.” She has also received widespread attention for her “cathartic” live shows as dubbed by The New York TimesJon Caramanica.

I was so young when I behaved 25,” Mitski sings on “First Love / Late Spring,”yet now I find I’ve grown into a tall child.” This veritable thesis speaks to sentiments of the poetry and beauty of struggling up the hill to adulthood. Mitski cathartically reveals snapshots from her adventures in youth, and the empowerment found in sharing these stories with others. In 2016, Mitski is poised to continue delivering her particular flavor of soul-baring rock on Dead Oceans.

Very excited to announce that Dead Oceans has added Mitski to the family. More news to come, but look for new music in 2016!

tour dates

10/01/17

Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall  w/ Soccer Mommy

10/03/17

Buffalo, NY - The Tralf Music Hall  w/ Stef Chura

10/04/17

Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner  w/ Stef Chura

10/06/17

Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig  w/ Stef Chura

10/07/17

Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live  w/ The Pixies

10/08/17

Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre  w/ The Pixies

10/10/17

St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre  w/ The Pixies
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video

A Burning Hill
by Mitski
Happy
by Mitski