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ALBUM RELEASE // ‘Poison Season’ By Destroyer Out Now

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…such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best. The only bad news for the man himself is that he’s just raised expectations even higher.”The Guardian **** Album of the Week

The guy’s sitting down among all the noise around him; it’s a perfect example of the considered, measured chaos and wilful determination evident across Poison Season; a mere nano-second of perfection on an album riddled with such moments…Record Collector **** Album of the Month

The prolific Canadian’s latest blaze of glory” – Uncut 8/10

Destroyer’s critically acclaimed upcoming album Poison Season is out now via Merge Records in North America and Dead Oceans everywhere else. Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they’re always uniquely Destroyer. Poison Season merges a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness.

Watch the video for Times Square below. A video that’s true to Bejar’s ethos, it has a seemingly obtuse take on the what you’d imagine the Times Square is like – bricks and mortar replaced by green spaces; robotic, busy New Yorkers replaced with animals in animation – it’s more Wallace & Gromit than Wall Street.

Destroyer on Tour:
(more info and tix)

Oct 29 31st Pitchfork Festival Paris
Oct 30 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT – Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT – Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH – Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT – Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO – Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

WATCH // A Place To Bury Strangers Share Video For “Now It’s Over”

APTBS lives up to that fatalism with a meltdown of timeless proportions, sounding like The Yardbirds as fed through a blast furnace.
Jason Heller at NPR Music

A Place to Bury Strangers is known to be a behemoth on stage, and Transfixiation is as loud as the group’s reputation merits.
SLANT Magazine

Some of the most inventive and intelligent noise rock since the turn of the century.
The Line of Best Fit

A Place To Bury Strangers have shared a striking animated video for Now It’s Over off of Transfixiation out now on Dead Oceans. Cloaked in brooding rhythms and shoegaze fuzz, Now It’s Over is a haunting tale of woe from the experimental Brooklyn outfit. Featuring a protagonist who’s never quite in focus, shapeshifting shadows, and a stormy, night-time drive, the video for Now It’s Over is every part as ominous and bleak as its name suggests. Speaking of the final product, director and lead animator Dave Merson Hess explains,

I loved the mood of Now It’s Over, and the way the lyrics and arrangement captured the feeing of a breakup as a complete destruction of a particular, insular reality, a way of living being ripped apart at the seams, on both vague and sudden terms. Film noir felt like a perfect match for it. The inevitability of failure built into the genre fir the song’s lyrics, murky, reverbed vocals, and jagged guitar sounds.”

Starting today in Hong Kong they’ll orbit the globe a time or two with stops in Australia, Europe, and dates across the United States. Full list of dates below.

Purchase Transfixiation:
Direct // Indies // Amazon // iTunes

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Fri. Aug. 28 – Hong Kong, CN @ Backstage Live
Sun. Aug. 30 – Taipei, TW @ The Wall
Tue. Sept. 1 – Singapore, SG @ TAB
Wed. Sept. 2 – Selangor, MY @ Bentley Music Auditorium
Fri. Sept. 4 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner Hotel
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sydney, AU @ Manning Bar
Sun. Sept. 6 – Brisbane, AU @ Crowbar
Mon. Sept. 7 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms
Sat. Sept. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sun. Sept. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
Mon. Sept. 14 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
Sat. Sept. 19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium *
Sun. Sept. 20 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival
Mon. Sept. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *
Tue. Sept. 22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
Thu. Sept. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Fri. Sept. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Sun. Sept. 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
Tue. Sept. 29 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
Wed. Sept. 30 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *
Thu. Oct. 1 – Covington, KY @ Madison Live *
Fri. Oct. 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern *
Sat. Oct. 3 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café *
Mon. Oct. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Tue. Oct. 6 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Oct. 7 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Fri. Oct. 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus *
Thus. Oct. 29 – Lucerne, CH @ Schuur
Fri. Oct. 30 – Legnano, IT @ CIRCOLONE
Sat. Oct. 31 – Ljubljana, SI @ Orto Bar
Mon. Nov. 2 – Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
Tues. Nov. 3 – Sarajevo, BA @ AG Club
Wed. Nov. 4 – Belgrade, RS @ Drugstore
Thurs. Nov. 5 – Skopje, MK @ MKC
Fri. Nov. 6 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Mylos
Sat. Nov. 7 – Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205
Sun. Nov. 8 – Volos, GR @ Lab Art
Thurs. Nov. 12 – Sofia, BG @ MIXTAPE5
Fri. Nov. 13 – Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
Sat. Nov. 14 – Budapest, HU @ A38
Mon. Nov. 16 – Prague, CZ @ Meetfactory
Tues. Nov. 17 – Warsaw, PL @ Klub Hydrozagadka
Wed. Nov. 18 – Sopot, PL @ Dwie Zmiany
Thurs. Nov. 19 – Dresden, GE @ Beatpol
Fri. Nov. 20 – Utrecht, NL @ Guess Who Festival

* = w/ Grooms

WATCH // New Destroyer Video For “Times Square”

…such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best. The only bad news for the man himself is that he’s just raised expectations even higher.” – The Guardian **** Album of the Week

The guy’s sitting down among all the noise around him; it’s a perfect example of the considered, measured chaos and wilful determination evident across Poison Season; a mere nano-second of perfection on an album riddled with such moments” – Record Collector **** Album of the Month

The prolific Canadian’s latest blaze of glory” – Uncut 8/10

Following the release of latest single Times Square taken from Destroyer’s critically acclaimed upcoming album Poison Season, we are now happy to share the video.

A video that’s true to Bejar’s ethos, it has a seemingly obtuse take on the what you’d imagine the Times Square is like – bricks and mortar replaced by green spaces; robotic, busy New Yorkers replaced with animals in animation – it’s more Wallace & Gromit than Wall Street.

We ended up just wandering around New York till 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really.” says director Shayne Ehman of an ill-fated trip to Times Square to shoot the video with Dan Bejar.

Realising that the video didn’t have to be shot at the New York landmark, Ehman sought inspiration from the song’s lyrics. “I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those ‘forces of nature in love…’ which seem to rule the song.” he continues, “I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do its thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and pack up. I was at their mercy, completely.

Poison Season is out worldwide tomorrow, 28 August. Destroyer begins their tour at the end of October. Video for Girl In A Sling and tour dates below.

Destroyer on Tour:
(more info and tix)

Oct 29 31st Pitchfork Festival Paris
Oct 30 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT – Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT – Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH – Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT – Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO – Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

LISTEN // Kevin Morby Shares “Moonshiner” Off Upcoming 7″ Out Sept. 4, Announces European Tour

In anticipation of Kevin Morby’s Dead Oceans debut in 2016 and in support of a thorough fall touring schedule, we’re pleased to announce a 7″ slated for release this September. “Moonshiner” and “Bridge To Gaia” are two unreleased gems from Morby’s reliably powerful, yet understated work. The 7-inch is out September 4th, but we’re sharing “Moonshiner” today.

Says Morby, “I wrote ‘Moonshiner’ a few years ago after reading what has become one of my favorite contemporary books: The Sisters Brothers. The book was very inspiring to me at that time and it pulled a few different songs out of me – ‘Moonshiner’ being the most directly influenced. I wrote the b-side, ‘Bridge To Gaia,’ while on vacation in Porto, Portugal. I ended up there after a tour and it quickly became my favorite city in all of Europe. The apartment I was renting was at the foot of a bridge that would take you to the town across the river, Gaia. It, like everything about Porto, is immensely beautiful and inspiring. It’s a different beauty than I had ever experienced. There was almost something sinister to it. The clouds moved fast, there was always a bell tolling and all the school kids wore capes. This song came out of all that.”

Order ‘Moonshiner':
7″ available via Dead Oceans / Kevin Morby direct
Support your local independent store

KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]
Sun. Aug. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Mon. Sept. 7 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Tue. Sept. 8 – York, UK @ The Fulford Arms
Wed. Sept. 9 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club, Games Room
Thu. Sept. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Fri. Sept. 11 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat. Sept. 12 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Mon. Sept. 14 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate 2015
Tue. Sept. 15 – Dortmund, DE @ Freizeitzentrum West (FZW)
Wed. Sept. 16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Huset
Thu. Sept. 17 – Leipzig, DE @ naTo
Fri. Sept. 18 – Mainz, DE @ Schon Schön
Sat. Sept. 19 – Leffinge, BE @ Leffingeleuren 2015
Sun. Sept. 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
Mon. Sept. 21 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere

ALBUM RELEASE // Night Beds “Ivywild” Available Worldwide


“In an age where white male singer/songwriter types are five to a dime, Yellen is a true rarity: a singer with both an astounding voice and a unique style… This album takes on the more fleshed out arrangements of its predecessor and blows them up to proportions no one could have seen coming.”
PopMatters

“the perfect, airy mixture of Fleet Foxes and Beach House… Yellen’s transition toward the electronic side of things will yield the same gorgeous results as his Americana past.”
Stereogum

After streaming in full over the past week via NPR Music First Listen, Night Beds’ triumphant new album, Ivywild, is finally out today on Dead Oceans. Drawing on Winston Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla, Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, Winston’s younger brother and closest friend.

To celebrate the release of Ivywild, the brothers Yellen are sharing the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape, a collection of Abe’s beats, a few Ivywild b-sides and an assortment of tracks that were in heavy rotation in the studio during the making of the album.

Stream the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape above and catch Night Beds performing songs from Ivywild at the Bardot in Los Angeles next Monday, August 10th for School Night!.

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