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Califone Announces Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue Coming March 17th via Dead Oceans, Shares Track “Slowness”

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Califone’s second full-length release, 2003’s Quicksand/Cradlesnakes, is possibly the most beloved of Tim Rutili’s seminal works. It was with this record that Califone’s thoughtful, off-kilter sound became more fully realized, woven together with strings of country blues, AM-radio pop, peculiar sounds and percussion, and opaque-but-visual lyricism. Rutili is generous with the space in his songs, allowing the collaborative players to come into the studio and occupy their own pockets of sound.

The end result is a rich, textured record, fleshed out by multi-instrumentalists Jim Becker and Joe Adamik, while longtime Rutili collaborator Ben Massarella holds down percussion, a drummer Rutili notes could “build a rhythm track out of a squeaky straw and a cup of ice.”

Ultimately, though, the brilliance of Quicksand/Cradlesnakes comes down to Rutili’s songwriting – “Vampiring Again” is easily the most pop song Rutili’s ever written (he likens it to the Smiths), rollicking, riff-heavy track “Your Golden Ass” serves as a study in falling apart, while “Michigan Girls” endures as a staple at Califone’s shows. It’s the sound of a band led by the vision of a leader, but one who offers sonic flexibility.

After years of being unavailable on vinyl, the forthcoming Quicksand/Cradlesnakes reissue will be out on March 17th via Dead Oceans, and will include eight bonus tracks. A link to listen to “Slowness,” as well as Tim Rutili tour dates, can be found below.

Praise for Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

“It’s a strange balancing act that Rutili and crew capably pull off, straddling the chasm between the straightforward and the self-consciously left of center.” – Billboard

“In a way, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes is like a summation of all that Califone is about, and the first three tracks alone touch on almost everything the band has done to date… In the end, the consistency of this album in the face of such diversity is inspiring. The songs, interludes, pacing and sequencing are all as they should be, helping to make Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Califone’s best record.” – Pitchfork

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Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Track List:
Side A
1. One
2. Horoscopic.Amputation.Honey
3. Michigan Girls
4. Cat Eats Coyote
5. Your Golden Ass
6. (Red)

Side B
1. Million Dollar Funeral
2. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town
3. Mean Little Seed
4. Vampiring Again
5. Slower Twin
6. Stepdaughter

Side C
1. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 – VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)
2. Slowness (califone + oRSo)
3. Ro (califone + oRSo)
4. Wednesdays (califone + oRSo)

Side D
1. Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)
2. Sciabolato
3. The Machines In Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams
4. Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)

Listen to “Slowness”
Soundcloud – http://bit.ly/2kScicf
Youtube – http://bit.ly/2m5Fmi9

Pre-order Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/califone

Tim Rutili 2017 Tour Dates
with Tara Jane O’Neil and Rachel Blumberg

Wed., April 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HIFI Bar
Thu., April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Wed., April 26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Strand of Oaks’ ‘Hard Love’ Out Now

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Strand of Oaks‘ “raw and forthcoming” (Consequence of Sound) new album Hard Love is out now worldwide. The record is already garnering high marks. Stereogum calls it “incredible” and praises its ability to “channel intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis.” Bandcamp Daily named it Album Of The Day, while the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed Strand of Oaks “one of the leading lights of the Philadelphia Rock renaissance.”

Listen to Strand of Oaks talk about Hard Love & more on NPR Morning Edition:
http://n.pr/2lV7WCY

Strand of Oaks will tour extensively in 2017, with dates in Europe and the United States, including Boston Calling in May and dates with Jason Isbell. They will also be returning to Australia in April to perform at The Boogie Festival, which inspired Hard Love track “On The Hill”.

You can now stream Hard Love in full or purchase it in your preferred form of consumption, CD / LP / cassette:
https://StrandOfOaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Hard Love Tracklist:
1. Hard Love
2. Radio Kids
3. Everything
4. Salt Brothers
5. On The Hill
6. Cry
7. Rest Of It
8. Quit It
9. Taking Acid and Talking To My Brother

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Praise for Hard Love:

“Incredible…channels intimate, internal battles into universal catharsis.” — Stereogum

“One of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“Anthemic…the kind of song you want to listen to over and over.” — NPR Music on “Radio Kids”

Hard Love is easy to adore.” — Magnet

“Raw and forthcoming.” – Consequence of Sound

“Sounds like Primal Scream channeling Loaded-era Velvets.” – The Independent

“Nine assured, sprawling new songs…visceral, potent.” — Line Of Best Fit

“Irresistibly surging.” — Uncut

Hard Love is a fitting combination of uplifting declarations, somber introspection and ne’er-do-well rambunctiousness…breathes new life into good ol’ rock’n’roll.” — Exclaim

“Akin to a garage band with a penchant for hallucinogens and an experimental tilt…ambitious, artistically unapologetic.” — Pop Matters

“Forthright, lionhearted…shot through with an underlying spirit of hope.” – Bandcamp Daily, Album Of The Day

US Tour Dates:

March 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
March 11 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
March 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 15 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
March 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
March 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
March 18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
March 23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 25 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 28 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
April 1 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
April 4 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Indoor
April 5 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues – Bronze Peacock
April 7 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
April 8 – Tallahassee, FL @ Word Of South Festival
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
April 10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
May 04 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
May 06 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex (w/ Jason Isbell)
May 26 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
July 21 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
July 22 – Saint Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre (w/ Jason Isbell)
July 23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts (w/ Jason Isbell)

European Tour Dates:

February 25 – Berlin, D @ Privat Club
February 26 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
February 27 – Brussels, B @ AB – Box
February 28 – London, UK @ Oslo
March 1 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
March 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
March 3 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
March 4 – Oostende, B @ De Zwerver
March 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

Australian Tour Dates:

April 13 – Melbourne, VIC @ The Curtin
April 14 – Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival
April 15 – Tallarook, VIC @ Boogie Festival
April 20 – Brisbane, QLD @ Black Bear Lodge
April 22 – Tanunda, SA @ Silver Raven

Kane Strang Shares New Single, “Oh So You’re Off I See”

Kane Strang has shared new music for the first time since 2016’s Blue Cheese in the form of “Oh So You’re Off I See.” It’s the first single from the New Zealander’s forthcoming album that he is currently putting the finishing touches on. That record is due out later this year on Dead Oceans.

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On “Oh So You’re Off I See,” Strang has moved away from recording in the bedroom to the studio. The song is angular and bright, showcasing his new collaborative approach to recording and writing with his band. The four-piece twists Strang’s melodies upside down and pushes his hooks inside out. We’ve been longtime fans of Strang’s and we’re really excited about having him as part of the DOC family!

Strang’s North American tour kicks off next month at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn and takes him to Savannah Stopover, SXSW and Treefort. These are his first shows ever outside of New Zealand. A full list of dates is below.

Listen to Kane Strang’s “Oh So You’re Off I See”
https://soundcloud.com/deadoceans/kane-strang-oh-so-youre-off-i-see

Purchase “Oh So You’re Off I See”
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

Kane Strang Tour Dates:
Thu. Feb. 23 – Dunedin, NZ @ None Gallery
Fri. Feb. 24 – Auckland, NZ @ Cassette 9 (w/ Fazerdaze)
Sat. Feb. 25 – Wellington, NZ @ Caroline (w/ Fazerdaze)
Fri. March 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Sun. March 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mon. March 6 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. March 7 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Wed. March 8 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Thu. March 9 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
Fri. March 10 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury
Sat. March 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Sun. March 12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mon. March 13-Sun. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mon. March 20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Tue. March 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Wed. March 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Thu. March 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
Fri. March 24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. March 25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Sun. March 26 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Wed. March 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Thu. March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Fri. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Bleached Announce New EP, ‘Can You Deal?,’ Out March 3rd

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Bleached – lead by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin – are set to release their new EP “Can You Deal?” on March 3rd. Jennifer Clavin has compiled and will be publishing a limited edition zine also titled “Can You Deal?” with contributions from Hayley Williams (Paramore), Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara), Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s), Liz Phair, EMA, Alice Glass and more. All net proceeds from the zine will go to Planned Parenthood and it is also available March 3.

Along with the EP, Bleached are touring this spring, including an upcoming tour supporting The Damned and a special Jennifer & Jessie duo show with King Tuff, Kevin Morby and Mikal Cronin on Valentine’s. Trust us, you don’t want to miss their kick-ass live show. All dates at the end of this post, check for your city!

Listen to the EP’s title track and read Jennifer’s statement about the project below.

Listen to Bleached’s “Can You Deal?”:
https://soundcloud.com/deadoceans/can-you-deal/s-fgwEt

I create music and art because I need to. To express, to bond, to reconcile, and to connect. And to use my voice. To have it received with such a generic labeling as “girl band” and consistently referenced as “female fronted” is insulting and reductive.  The title track to this EP, “Can You Deal?” is about this experience. Last year we released a deeply personal full length album titled Welcome The Worms. It was a record about being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It was a record about getting spun out on drugs and alcohol. It was a record about totally losing myself in order to find myself.  It was also our most ambitious body of work yet, with guitar work and guitar sounds and production we had only dreamed of until then.  And yet to this day I am still fielding interview questions that have more to do with my gender than with the art I am creating. Somehow the conversation usually derails into some variation of the following question: “What is it like to be a girl in a rock band?”. And the ensuing story will define us based on our sex. Why is gender pointed out in nearly all coverage of our band? Labeling me as a woman in a band just puts me in a box, and doesn’t allow everything else I am to be seen and heard. It’s 2017, Can You Deal with women playing rock and roll yet?

– Jennifer Clavin

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“Can You Deal?” tracklist:
1. Can You Deal?
2. Flipside
3. Turn to Rage
4. Dear Trouble

Pre-order “Can You Deal?” EP –
https://bleached.lnk.to/canyoudeal

Can You Deal? Zine is a collection of shared experiences on this subject through essay, visual art, poetry, lyrics and more from artists. Contributors in alphabetical order are:

Mecca Vazie Andrews (Sex Stains)
Julien Baker
Alicia Bognanno (Bully)
Jennifer Clavin (Bleached)
Jessica Clavin (Bleached)
Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz)
EMA
Alice Glass
Micayla Grace (Bleached)
Allie Hanlon (Peach Kelli Pop)
Hinds
Maryn Jones (All Dogs)
Ali Koehler (Upset, Vivian Girls)
Sara Landeau (the Julie Ruin)
Lizzo
Dani Miller (Surfbort)
Kate Nash
Liz Phair
Jane Weidlin (The Go Go’s)
Allison Wolfe (Sex Stains, Bratmobile)
Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara)
Patty Schemel (Upset, Hole)
Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim)
Mish Way (White Lung)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)
And more TBA!

Pre-order “Can You Deal?” Zine —
http://www.canyoudealzine.com/

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Bleached Tour Dates –
Tue. Feb. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom^
Thu. Apr. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Fri. Apr. 7 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
Sat. Apr. 8 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
Sun. Apr. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
Tue. Apr. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Wed. Apr. 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
Fri. Apr. 14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
Sat. Apr. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore*
Sun. Apr. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox*
Tue. Apr. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
Wed. Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*
Fri. Apr. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall*
Sat. Apr. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line*
Sun. Apr. 23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues*
Mon. Apr. 24 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Lounge*
Wed. Apr. 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe (Old National Center)*
Thu. Apr. 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s*
Fri. Apr. 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
Sat. Jul. 29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival

^Jennifer & Jessie duo w/ Ty Segall, King Tuff, Kevin Morby, Mikal Cronin
*w/ The Damned

Alex Lahey Signs To Dead Oceans, “B-Grade University” EP Out Digitally Today

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Relationship problems. Post-graduation life choices. The troubles of early-20s life. They’re millenials’ problems, sure, but weren’t they everyone’s at one point? Few people can detail these worries quite like Alex Lahey, a 24 year old Melburnian (that’s Melbourne, Australia). Needless to say, we are delighted to be working with Alex. Her EP “B-Grade University” is out now via Dead Oceans.

Alex Lahey originally released “B-Grade University” on her own label in summer 2016, shortly before playing iconic Australian festival Splendour in the Grass. Lead track, “Ivy League,” pretty much wrote itself: “I went and studied sax at uni for a few years and just fucking hated it” she told DIY magazine last November. Lahey dropped out to concentrate all her efforts on the songwriting that she cared most about. That cliffjump proved a great decision: “B-Grade University” immediately went onto heavy rotation on Triple J, with the single “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.” Lahey closed 2016 being the most played artist on Triple J Unearthed, as well as being voted Best Female Artist at the Age Music Awards.

Even if your woes are not the same, Lahey’s themes demand you to sing along, close your eyes and punch your fist in the air. Underneath the millennial angst, there’s an aura of positivity, universality, good times and looking towards the future that we all need right now.

PURCHASE/STREAM “B-GRADE UNIVERSITY” EP
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/B-GradeUniversity

Praise for Alex Lahey

“The sentiment is simple and familiar—and yet so is the wind that whips through your hair while racing down a highway in the summer with friends, and who ever gets sick of that?” — Pitchfork, on “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” [BEST NEW TRACK]

“Earlier this year, Melbourne’s Alex Lahey released her debut EP, ‘B-Grade University,’ which is the kind of startlingly impressive debut that you just know is going to catch on…” — Brooklyn Vegan

“The fact she’s made something so vibrant and altogether fun out of a concept as straightforward as ‘being in your early 20s and just figuring shit out’ speaks volumes about her ability to put her own thoroughly entertaining spin on the ups and downs of the everyman.” — DIY Magazine

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