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Dead Oceans Welcomes Bill Fay, First Studio Album in Over 40 Years Out August 21

Bill Fay is one of England’s best kept secrets – a genuine national treasure and we are delighted to release what we believe is his true masterpiece. Titled Life is People, the new record is Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971 and it’s out on August 21.

Back at the dawn of the 1970s, Fay was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but quickly disappeared from the music scene, leaving his LPs and his reputation to become cult items, namedropped by the likes of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jim O’Rourke. But he never stopped dreaming, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced a record that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.

And it’s a stunning return to form. The lush and expansive effect is completed by a cello, string quartet and a gospel choir, electric organs and pianos and a rich weave of acoustic and electric guitars. Ranging from intimate to cosmic, epic but never grandiose, Bill’s deeply committed music reminds you of important, eternal truths, and the lessons to be drawn from the natural world, when the materiality and greed threaten to engulf everything.

PRAISE FOR BILL FAY

“I can’t think of anyone whose records have meant more in my life.” -Jeff Tweedy

“Each one of the records Bill Fay has put out in four decades is different, and each is indispensable. His graceful melodies, elegantly plain lyrics, and mystical tenderness towards all life move me like little else does. He is rock music’s conscience.” -Will Sheff

Lyrics from The Tallest Man On Earth’s “There’s No Leaving Now”

The Tallest Man On Earth’s new record, There’s No Leaving Now, is out June 12th. Kristian shares lyrics from the album. Read below.

To Just Grow Away

We’re melting ruby hearts
a confusing trade
to burn the ore
to shape a blade
then to swing it low
beginners fate
to lose a skin
to just grow away
Like a rain, to help a river
but a river so hard to please
but I’ve grown to see the diamonds
you’ve thrown in just for me
We spent so many nights
just gathering stones
the silver tears
old sapphire bones
all the copper leaves
then dreamt, now true
look how they find their path
to cut right through
Like a rain, to help a river
but a river so hard to please
but I’ve grown to see the diamonds
you’ve thrown in just for me
Look when your hopeless child will figure
there are moments when hope’s not
only real when flagging far down a road
with an armful broken arrows
and no hand free for the bow
your kid will lose a battle
but your ways
will let him go
I lose my wish to drown
and aimless flee
what you’ve thrown to lose
is still right here with me.
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RAD POSTER ALERT! A Place To Bury Strangers Kick Off West Coast Tour with This Will Destroy You

It’s only a matter of days before A Place To Bury Strangers start their next tour! The dudes will join This Will Destroy You for a slue of dates down the West Coast. It all starts with a show at Austin’s 29th St. Ballroom, which is where these rad posters come from. Want to win a pair of tickets to the Austin show? Well here’s your chance! Head over to Instagram and like this photo. We will announce a winner soon!

Los Angeles based, but want to win a pair of tickets too? You’re in luck! We’re giving away a pair of tickets via Dead Ocean’s Facebook to APTBS’s show at the Echoplex on June 7th! Enter HERE!

Check out the full list of tour dates!

Finally, the Worship pre-order is now live! Get your copy from SC Distribution! When you order the deluxe bundle, you’ll be entered to win a pedal made by Oliver himself! Cool!

WATCH: New Video for A Place To Bury Strangers’ “You Are The One,” “Worship” Pre-order Available Today

A Place To Bury Strangers release a new video for “You Are The One,” off their forthcoming album, Worship. The video premiered on SPIN earlier today. Directing duo Matt Moroz & Tracy Maurice deliver a twisted nightmare in this grindhouse-esque clip produced by Greencard Pictures. Shot on 16mm film, their dark, experimental style expertly mirrors the mood of APTBS’s track and elevates the music video to a cinematic noir thriller.

Moroz and Maurice’s creation recalls a 70s-era, B-movie that is definitley Not Safe For Work. The duo says, “We really loved the song. The video evoked something extremely dark, weird and disturbing.” In it, the viewer follows a mysterious figure as he viciously beats total strangers, leers at nubile young girls at an underground club, and initiates a blood-soaked make-out session. Watch above.

Starting today, you can pre-order A Place To Bury Strangers’ new album, Worship. They are offering a pretty sweet deluxe bundle just for you; it includes the album on limited edition (while supplies last) “blue death” vinyl and CD, 7″ vinyl edition of You Are the One / I Can Feel Your Heart Inside My Head, early gratification download code supplied for full album (redeemable on June 11th), a 17×22 poster featuring album artwork and finally, you’ll be entered to win a Death By Audio ‘Fuzz War’ effects pedal made by Oliver of APTBS.

Pre-order Worship from SC Distribution.

WATCH: Bear In Heaven Perform “The Reflection of You”

Vesper Magazine shares a sweet video of Bear In Heaven performing “The Reflection of You” live in New York City. WARNING! It’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to sit still while watching this video. Jon’s dancing like his life depends on it and he couldn’t have a bigger smile on his face while doing so. Adam and Joe are grooving right there with him too. What better way to end your Thursday? There isn’t one!! Watch above.

The boys are currently on tour in Europe. Check out all their dates HERE.

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