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LISTEN // Hear the title track off new The Tallest Man On Earth album, “Dark Bird is Home” OUT MAY 12

“Dark Bird is Home” begins in a way that feels very familiar to fans of The Tallest Man On Earth; an acoustic guitar and Kristian Matsson’s identifiably wistful tenor, pastoral landscapes and lyrics about overcoming hardships in life and love. You almost forget about the orchestrated sound of “Sagres,” which opened our ears to the the more fleshed out sound of Dark Bird is Home, until the final phrase and the bands entrance. The instrumental coda is proof that Matsson’s new, band oriented musical direction, will support his heartfelt lyricism just as effectively as his past, more stripped down recordings.

You can pre-order the album via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Summer Tour Dates:
Tickets

05/13/15 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
05/14/15 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
05/16/15 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
05/18/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/19/15 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/21/15 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/22/15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/26/15 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/27/15 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/28/15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
05/29/15 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
05/31/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre SOLD-OUT
06/01/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
06/03/15 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
06/19/15 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
06/20/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/20/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/21/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/21/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/23/15 London, UK – Koko SOLD-OUT
06/24/15 Antwerp, BE – Openlucht Theater
06/25/15 Paris, FR – Divan Du Monde SOLD-OUT
06/28/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/29/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/30/15 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller SOLD-OUT
07/01/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/02/15 Goteburg, SE – Pustervik SOLD-OUT
07/03/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/04/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/17/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/18/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/19/15 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
08/01/15 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/03/15 Oslo, NO – Opera House
10/04/15 Gothenburg, SE – Konserthuset
10/05/15 Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
10/06/15 Umea, SE – Idun
10/08/15 Linkoping, SE – Crusell
10/09/15 Falun, SE – Magasinet
10/10/15 Arhus, DK – Voxhall
10/12/15 Cologne, DE – E-Werk
10/13/15 Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
10/14/15 Vienna, AT – Arena
10/15/15 Milan, IT – Alcatraz
10/16/15 Zurich, CH – Volkshaus
10/17/15 Paris, FR – La Bataclan
10/19/15 London, UK – Roundhouse
10/20/15 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
10/21/15 Dublin, IE – Vicar
10/23/15 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
10/24/15 Bexhill, UK – De La Warr
10/24/15 Brussels, BE – AB Club
10/27/15 Copenhagen, DK – VEGA

WATCH // Ryley Walker Shares La Blogothéque Sessions, European Tour Starts Next Week

Ryley Walker recently taped a house show with La Blogothéque, performing riveting solo versions of “Primrose Green,” “Summer Dress,” and Van Morrison‘s “Fair Play” with characteristic aplomb and skillful improvisation. See the videos on YouTube here.

Dead Oceans and Other Indiana Music Businesses Respond to the Indiana RFRA

Dead Oceans co-signed this statement today:

We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.

We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana’s economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana — please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won’t do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.

We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to co-sign this letter with us: http://www.musicforindiana.org/

NEWS // Gauntlet Hair Ends

We are sad to say that Gauntlet Hair has officially come to an end. Andy and Craig are two powerhouse musicians that we were more than lucky to have and very honored to be a part of our roster. As a band, they created some amazing music and put on some fantastic live performances that will be talked about for years. We are touched, but not surprised, by the fans’ emphatic responses on Facebook and Twitter and would like to echo their thoughts. Although we are sad to see them go, we know they will continue to innovate by creating music that will keep people talking and connect to new fans just like their first two albums with Dead Oceans.

So long and all the best of luck in your future, Craig and Andy, we’re excited to hear what’s next.

Dead Oceans

RELEASE // Loftus ‘Loftus’ Gets Reissued With Vinyl Pressing On Jealous Butcher Records

On July 9th a mostly unheard gem in the early experimental 1990’s indie-rock world will be reissued with a first time pressing on vinyl. Before Califone, band members Tim Rutili and Ben Massarela, were in a group called Red Red Meat which joined members of Rex and Bundy K. Brown to form Loftus. The group recorded the self-titled album at Ben’s truck stop, a still functioning truck weight stop. About the rather odd recording process, Tim said, “Bundy put all our names into a hat; he’d pick three names and we’d improvise.” Eventually Bundy would turn the lights back on and they would stop, later building those sessions into full songs.

This very special reissue of the original CD is a vinyl release (pictured above) which is limited to 521 number copies on either red or clear vinyl and can be pre-order HERE prior to the July 9th release date.

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