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WATCH // New Artist Kevin Morby Premiers Video For “Parade”


We’re ecstatic to welcome Kevin Morby to Dead Oceans. From the moment we first heard his 2013 debut, Harlem River, we’ve held the deep belief that Kevin was doing something special. Frankly, we couldn’t be more excited to work with such a world class songwriter. Both Harlem River and it’s 2014 follow up, Still Life, have graced more than a few of our Best-of-the-Year lists and clocked in hours on our turntables. We’re thrilled that Kevin is currently working on his Dead Oceans debut, due in 2016. If you haven’t heard either of his albums on the always-great Woodsist label, let us know. They’re must listens!

Today you can explore NYC alongside Kevin in his new video for “Parade”. The video, directed by Elise Tyler, adds a cheerful coda to the lifestyle change (spurred by a cross-country move) Morby explored on Still Life. Tyler on the video,

‘Parade’ is a tribute to New York City – one of the many love songs artists have written for this pulsating place. The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin – he wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can get lost in the noise of the city, which also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.”

Check out his tour dates below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the big things he’s cooking up.

Kevin Morby Online:

[all dates + tix links:]
Thurs. May 28 – Nantes, FR @ Indigènes Festival
Fri. May 29 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. May 31 – Marseille, FR @ Le Grim
Tues. June 2 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
Wed. June 3 – Grenoble, FR @ Le Ciel &
Thurs. June 4 – Limoges, FR @ Le Phare &
Sat. June 6 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
Mon. June 8 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey &
Tues. June 9 – Toulouse, FR @ La Connexion &
Wed. June 10 – Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare &
Thurs. June 11 – Sion, CH @ Le Port Franc &
Fri. June 12 – Luzern, CH @ B-Sides Festival
Sat. June 13 – Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club
Mon. June 15 – Liège, BE @ Mad Café
Wed. June 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington &
Thurs. June 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope &
Fri. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Tues. July 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Wed. July 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sun. Sept. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

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ALBUM RELEASE // The Tallest Man On Earth “Dark Bird Is Home” Out Now Worldwide


“On Dark Bird, Matsson’s voice, reedy and resonant, is recorded raw and seemingly almost inside the microphone. The effect is one of feeling a brain on fire while setting its sights on itself, and the byproduct is a yen for moments of serene relief as a result.”
NPR Music’s “First Listen”

“[‘Dark Bird Is Home’] finds Matsson in familiar territory: Pondering spirits, sorrow, and ‘the end’ amidst a backdrop of dust, daylight, and valleys. Matsson’s narrator is alone, but he longs to be in the company of someone else. And what begins as a simple acoustic number soon erupts into a multi-layered instrumental that sounds as pretty and contemplative as anything he’s ever done.”

“That voice undersells nothing: There are no wanly delivered lines, no flat and dour stretches of singing. His voice is prismatic, used like an old-guard storyteller who hews his words to any kind of feeling he wants. “

The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson) releases his fourth and fullest album, Dark Bird Is Home, today on Dead Oceans. It is deeper, darker more sophisticated and personal than anything The Tallest Man has previously created. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, and the lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming. You should expect the loudest and proudest songs yet from The Tallest Man On Earth on album number four, but also the softest and the lowest.

Tomorrow, The Tallest Man will kick off his first ever tour with a full-band, and next week he’ll make his late night television debut. In between Forecastle and Lollapalooza, he’s adding a Midwest tour, which will include a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as an additional New York show in June. Full dates and tickets after the jump

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via independent stores

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WATCH // New Ryley Walker Documentary and Record Store Day Takeover in London

During the month of April in a UK city near you, you’re likely to see an affable mid-western American charmer, purposefully roaming your streets. He’ll be wielding an acoustic guitar, and likely frequenting your local pub for the best lagers on offer before he plays a killer set featuring tracks from his highly praised Dead Oceans debut Primrose Green.

He goes by the name Ryley Walker, and if he does pop into your local and you do say “hi”, that tiny speck of doubt about not attending one of his seven shows in the United Kingdom will be as distant as that inconsequential dream about “work” or “family” you had last night.

Here’s a handy list to help you plan your venture to one of the best folk-jazz shows around – dates and venues that transcend the North/South divide. He truly is the man for all the people:

04/18/15 London, UK – Sebright Arms [Sold Out]
04/19/15 Manchester, UK – The Castle BUY TICKETS
04/20/15 Bristol, UK – Start The Bus BUY TICKETS
04/21/15 Cardiff, UK – Clwb lfor Bach BUY TICKETS
04/22/15 Coventry, UK – The Tin at the Coal Vaults BUY TICKETS
04/23/15 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Cards Room BUY TICKETS
04/24/15 Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin [SOLD OUT]

Fans based in London that might have missed the boat on his now sold out show at East London’s local haunt the Sebright Arms, are lucky on two accounts. Firstly, in light of the Record Store Day taking place this Saturday [18/04], Walker will be playing tow in-stores at west and central London’s inimitable independent record stores Sister Ray and Rough Trade West. Full times and line up below, and it’ll be strictly intimate and unplugged.

Rough Trade West – 12.30
Sister Ray Soho – 14.00
Sister Ray Ace – 17.30

Secondly, some wily booking agent has thought ahead for those who’d like to see Walker and his full band. Although you’ll have to wait a few months if you missed out on this weekend’s headline slot, Walker will play Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 2 September. Buy tickets here, while they’re still available.

But why take our word for it? Their are a litany of UK based journalist who’d also state that missing a Walker show would be a grave mistake, and here are the quotes to prove it:

“An instant out-of-time classic… “
Uncut – 9/10 (Album Of The Month)

“Walker has arrived at the same questing folk-jazz territory explored by Tim Buckley and John Martyn – but with equivalent intensity, not limp nostalgia… Utterly delightful and as fresh as tomorrow.”
The Independent – 5 Stars *****

“Ryley is firmly in the lineage of romantic outsider folk guitarists.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Combining jazzy looseness, rustic picking and an undertow of drugular mind expansion, this is one head cocktail that leaves no pain after it hits.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“Walker has an uncanny feel for the triangulation of folk, jazz and blues that came from the fleet fingers of Bert Jansch and John Fahey”
NME – 8/10

“Essential listening.”
The Sun – 4.5/5

“Lovers of Bert Jansch and John Martyn will listen to the jazzy chord changes and tales of misadventures on Primrose Green and wonder whether this is really a new release or are they experiencing an unussually mellow acid flashback. The record is bound together by an appealingly laconic mood.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****

“For his dazzling second album, Walker flaunts his influences with assurance, while his virtuoso diligence also upholds their spirit of committed exploration.”
The Independent on Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“A beautiful record… Sometimes a new artist comes along that makes you pause for breath.”
Shinding – 4 Stars ****

A mystical record… Expansive and moving.
DIY – 4 Stars ****

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:

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.



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