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ANNOUNCE // Japanese Breakfast Signs To Dead Oceans | Shares “Jane Cum” Video from Debut Album ‘Psychopomp’ | On Tour Now With Mitski

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“One of the Best Records of the Year” – FACT
“Cosmically huge and acutely personal” – Pitchfork

We’re over the moon to announce that Japanese Breakfast has signed to Dead Oceans. On August 19th, we will be releasing the critically acclaimed Psychopomp outside of North America. Today Japanese Breakfast has shared a video for “Jane Cum” off Psychopomp. Rookie, who premiered the House of Nod produced “Jane Cum” video, are saying it’s “sometimes light as a feather, other times dark as night.”


Watch the video for “Jane Cum” here:
VEVO: http://vevo.ly/HuKdw6
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqa-v9A3Ecw

Since Psychopomp was released in America in March by Yellow K, it’s become one of the year’s most beloved indie-pop records, receiving plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR and FACT.

The record is acutely tactile and raw. It’s this skill that Michelle Zauner learned while playing in a number of bands but has honed for Japanese Breakfast. Perhaps it’s to do with the inherent connectivity that links all pop music together, or perhaps it’s the fact that the album is incredibly personal (it deals with her mother’s death, who is the woman in the album art work) and explores life’s inherent juxtapositions – life, death; love, pain; the present, the afterlife – while realizing that those things aren’t binary at all.

The Jungian term “psychopomp” would become so fundamental to exploring tangled ways of the world and beyond, that it became the title of the album.

Psychopomp: ‘the mediator between the conscious and the unconscious’, ‘a mythological guide to the afterlife who forgoes judgment on the life of its charge.’ The album is such a spiritual exploration that it becomes deeper and perhaps less fatalistic than what we’ve been taught about life and what it means to live.

“It’s been really overwhelming the amount of support, the people that have come up to me saying they’ve lost a parent, or how many mixed race girls that come up to me and feel so connected to what I do. Honestly that makes me feel like my work is worthwhile.”

Japanese Breakfast is currently on tour in the US with Mitski and Jay Som. On August 19th, Dead Oceans will release Psychopomp outside of Northern America which will coincide with Japanese Breakfast’s debut UK performances. Full dates & pre-order links listed below.


Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates:
6/22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
6/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
6/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMoca *
6/25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
6/26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
6/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory) *
6/29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
7/1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *
7/2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
7/3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
7/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
7/6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
7/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
7/8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club *
7/9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
7/11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater *
7/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
7/13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
7/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
7/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
7/20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
7/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
7/24 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
7/25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
7/26 – Providence, RI @ AS220
7/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
8/04 – London, UK @ Rough Trade (In-store)
8/06 – London, UK @ Visions Festival
8/07 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
8/08 – Kingston, UK @ Banquet Records In-store
* w/ Mitski and Jay Som

 


Pre-order:
ITunes – smarturl.it/japanesebreak_it
Amazon – smarturl.it/japanesebreak_amz
Indies – smarturl.it/japanesebreak_ind
Pledge Music – http://smarturl.it/jbrekkie

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RELEASE // Mitski’s ‘Puberty 2’ Out Worldwide Today

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“’Puberty 2’ is purple like a new bruise . . . There’s more variety in her singing, which moves from aggrieved to sultry to resigned. And there’s more ambition in the music, which doubles down on grit while also rounding things out with a buffer of soul.” – The New York Times

“These 11 tracks creep up on you, as her coiled melodies suddenly explode into cavernous freak-outs or build to a crescendo of unbearable catharsis.” — NPR Music

“No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength. “ – Stereogum

Anticipation is a key component of happiness. The not-yet-having of something only strengthens your resolve to hold out a little longer, to make space for it in your life. Well here we are, the day’s finally arrived. Mitski’s debut record for Dead Oceans, Puberty 2, is out worldwide today.

It’s already being heralded as one of the best albums of the year thus far by Stereogum (#3) and Brooklyn Magazine (#1). With the likes of The New Yorker, NPR Music, and Dazed joining the well-deserved chorus of praise. Not to mention, last Sunday’s The New York Times went deep on the album.

Puberty 2 is an indelible collection of songs crafted thoughtfully from memories and details (whose size & importance shift depending on the eye of the beholder). These are important pieces of writing that process being alive and being in love – or just being at all. We are so proud to be able to share this in full with you today. Read the rest of this entry »

ANNOUNCE // Califone Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Roomsound’ With Tour & Re-issue

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15 years after its initial release, Califone (namely, Tim Rutili) is very happy to announce the 15th Anniversary re-issue of Roomsound, out later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

TOUR // Julianna Barwick Shares New Tour Dates

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“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced ‘Will.’” – Pitchfork

“Will is an irresistibly immersive set piece”  – Uncut (8/10) 

“It’s her best all-round effort to date, explorations becoming confident fact”  – DIY (8/10)

Julianna Barwick is pleased to share new tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed album ‘Will,’ which came out in May via Dead Oceans. Full dates below.

Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, the ominous, compelling ‘Will’ is a departure from 2013’s Alex Somers-produced Nepenthe. If that last record conjured images of gentle, thick fog rolling over desolate mountains, then Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft textures that sounds looming and restorative all at once.

The electric current that runs through the album takes on various shapes of intoxicating instability. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still. The beguiling, beautifully complicated Will is the result of that curiosity, and proof of Barwick’s irresistibly engaging talent as a composer and vocalist.

Barwick begins her European tour today in Amsterdam and plays London next Wednesday. Autumn dates have been shared today, including Green Man Festival and regional UK shows. 

 

Buy ‘Will:’ 

via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon 

Independent record stores 

 

Julianna Barwick Tour Dates (UK/EU)

2-Jun– Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso

4-Jun – Berlin, Germany @ Torstrassen Festival

-6-Jun – Paris, France @ Pop Up Du Label

7-Jun – Brussels, Belgium @ La Nuit de Botanique Festival

8-Jun – London, UK @ Pickle Factory

 

12-Aug – Way Out West Festival, Goteborg (SWE)

16-Aug – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL) – with Julia Holter

19-Aug – GreenMan Festival, Brecon Beacons (UK)

21-Aug – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Port of Medeiron (UK)

22-Aug – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (UK)

23-Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

24-Aug – The Lantern, Bristol (UK)

25-Aug – Komedia Studio, Brighton (UK)

27-Aug – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen (UK)

01-Sept – Palac Akropolis, Prague (CZ)

03-Sept – La Bâtie Festival De Geneve, Geneve (CH)

05-Sept – Garage Museum, Moscow (RUSSIA)

LISTEN // Ryley Walker Announces New Album, Shares “The Halfwit In Me”

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Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.

 

In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support of Primrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.

 

He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parker was the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.

 

Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space called Whistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”

 

For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.

 

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.

 

Pre-order Golden Sings That Have Been Sung:

Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon // Indies

 

GOLDEN SINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SUNG TRACKLIST:

The Halfwit In Me

A Choir Apart

Funny Thing She Said

Sullen Mind

I Will Ask You Twice

The Roundabout

The Great And Undecided

Age Old Tale

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