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WATCH // Califone Shares “Magdalene” Animated Video, Living Room Tour Starts April 20th

Califone released their newest record, Stitches, last year and we have already seen multiple cinematic videos for tracks “Frosted Tips”, “Bells Break Arms”, “We are a Payphone”, and “Movie Music Kills a Kiss”. Today, Califone shares a new stop-motion video for ““Magdalene” directed and animated by Jessie Stein (of The Luyas) and Amanda Bonaiuto.

Bonaiuto describes the setting for “Magdalene”:

“There is a woman who lives on a lake. She is always there in her boat where she stares up, and only up at the stars. The stars are her sole friends and her only fascination. She has never noticed the merman who lives in the lake and probably never will. A watery scene filled with empty wine bottles and colorful hair gives us a view of their world”

If you haven’t picked it up already, Stitches is available now on iTunes, Amazon, at your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Califone continues their tour with living room shows starting April 20th in Hadley, Massachusetts.


TOUR DATES:
[all tickets/tour dates: http://bit.ly/1drhsEu]
04/20 – Hadley, MA – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/21 – Allston, MA – Living Room Show
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Living Room Show
04/24 – Baltimore, MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
04/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Living Room Show
04/26 – Columbus, OH – Living Room Show
04/27 – Akron, OH – Living Room Show
04/28 – Cleveland, OH – Living Room Show
04/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Living Room Show
05/01 – Chicago, IL – CIMMfest
05/02 – Madison, WI – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Strand of Oaks New Album ‘HEAL’ Out June 24th, Stream “Goshen ’97″ Now

Today we are immensely grateful to welcome Strand of Oaks aka Tim Showalter to the ever-expanding Dead Oceans family. We’ve followed Tim closely and then were blown away by his live show when he toured with DOC artists Tallest Man On Earth and Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent and also Damien Jurado from our sister label Secretly Canadian in the last two years. Now, we’re excited to announce Tim’s new record HEAL will be out on Dead Oceans June 24th.

On previous Strand of Oaks albums Tim displayed his knack for moving and dark folk and now on HEAL we see growth and change into an immersive sound with loud, punching guitar riffs and synth-heavy hooks akin to his recent touring show. Showalter says “I’m inspired by bands that go the distance, to a dangerous place…there’s an uncertainty to ‘HEAL’ that makes me nervous and excited at the same time. It’s sad, but it sounds like a celebration, like I’m crying and laughing and sticking both middle fingers in the air all at the same time.”

Preview the new album with the track “Goshen ’97″ above, an ode to his hometown of Goshen, Indiana and first finding music in his parent’s basement. Listen to the track, which premiered yesterday on World Cafe, on our YouTube / Soundcloud and it features Tim dueling guitars with rock god J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr..

Pre-order the new album via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

Stay tuned for more details and tour dates to be announced. Click read more for artwork and tracklisting.
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ALBUM RELEASE // White Hinterland ‘Baby’ Out Now, Tour With S. Carey Starts This Week, European Dates In May




It has been four years since Kairos came out in 2010, and now Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland‘s newest album Baby is out now worldwide.

Recorded in a self-built studio inside her old family home in Scituate, MA, Casey removes herself from the sprawling atmospheric production of Kairos and hones her sound with focused, confident production and a present narrative. Baby is about facing your fears and making the most out of your situation, being bold and pushing forward past opposition. On the new record Casey says “the themes of this record to me are personal agency, strength, growth, determination…and to get those things is usually fucking terrifying and comes with casualties and loss.” Joining Casey on the new record includes acclaimed artists Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey), Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan), and Cole Kamen-Green (Beyoncé).

Critics praise the new album:

“Dienel’s considerable vocal skills hold it all together, [her] vocal acrobatics stay riveting”

- Rolling Stone

“bask in the irrepressible Venusian energy of one of the finest female artists in modern pop music”

- musicOMH

Get the new album Baby via iTunes, SC Distribution, Amazon, and your local record store.

Click read more to see her tour dates starting tonight with a free show in San Francisco. She starts a run of shows with S. Carey on Saturday in Nomran, Oklahoma at The Opolis. European dates start in Leeds at Brudenell Social Club.
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RSD14 ANNOUNCE // Phosphorescent Announces Record Store Day Exclusive ‘Song For Zula’ 12″ EP, New North American Tour Dates Including Lollapalooza

Song For Zula is a Record Store Day exclusive, limited-edition 12″ EP featuring the breakout 2013 hit “Song for Zula” from Phosphorescent‘s critically acclaimed album Muchacho. This EP also includes a solo acoustic session recorded for Oregon Public Broadcasting. You can watch/listen to Matthew perform “A New Anhedonia” now above or via our YouTube channel here.

Grab a copy of this vinyl 12″ EP from your local record store on April 19th. Find your local record store here.

If you missed it last fall, get Muchacho De Lujo now via Amazon, iTunes, your local record store, or SC Distribution.

Need more? Listen to Phosphorescent‘s exclusive Spotify session above or here on Spotify.

Click read more to see the tracklist for the EP plus new North American and European tour dates.
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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Dub Thompson ’9 Songs’ Out 6/10, Watch “Dograces” Video Directed By Robert Beatty


We are excited to finally publicly welcome Dub Thompson to the Dead Oceans family! Today they announce a new album 9 songs coming out June 10th. The band, Matt Pulos on guitar and Evan Laffer on drums, recorded the album with Foxygen‘s Jonathan Rado at a rented house here in our hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. With no one song on the album the same, the two simultaneously draw from many predecessors including Can and Kraftwerk, Big Black, Pere Ubu, and more.

“Most everyone who’s in a group who’s our age lives on the Internet,” says 19-year old Pulos. “The kinds of things that have shaped our band aren’t anchored to any one time or place.”

Get acquainted with these talented dudes by watching the video above for their rollicking and slightly psychedelic debut single “Dograces” directed by Robert Beatty.

Pre-order the album on iTunes, your local record store, and through SC Distribution.

Follow Dub Thompson on their Facebook page, their Twitter, and their artist website.

Click read more to see a track list and album art.
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