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LISTEN // Julianna Barwick Shares New Single “Same” Feat. Mas Ysa

We’ve reached the time of year where thunderstorms become more frequent, high and low temps colliding to dramatic affect. There’s a change in pressure that alerts of an oncoming storm. The wind picks up, as does the hair on the back of your neck. Julianna Barwick’s new single “Same” is that charge in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces “My Mystery” 12-inch + Remix by DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com, Extensive European + Asian Tour

In autumn 2015, Destroyer released Poison Season — a treasure trove of mid-’70s Bowie-esque thumpers, string-laden laments and E Street horns—to universal acclaim, following it up with a mammoth 8-piece band tour around North America and Europe. Recorded in the same sessions as Poison Season, the song “My Mystery” was a huge favorite yet somehow felt like it didn’t quite fit on the album. So we are pleased to be able to share it now in advance of Destroyer’s forthcoming tours of Europe and Southeast Asia. A limited 12-inch will be released on 6 May.

Says Bejar: “We recorded a song called “My Mystery” a year and a half ago. Kind of a light number, vaguely danceable. Wistful, looking back not unfondly on time spent and dull misadventures had within the dead-as-a-doornail music industry. And the feeling of where it leaves you, like a rat in the middle of the ocean, though not as harsh as that; as if rats could swim an ocean’s length.

Then one day DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com called me up and said, “You got any shit for me?”…

So here it is, the video that features the remix by DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com (who also plays in the live band and has remixed Destroyer on prior singles). Shot in Mexico City, by Nicloas Bragg, the director says, “‘An ideal city must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery…’ -Luis Barragan. Night falls on CDMX and Destroyer dreams of chasing architects along the oval horse track surrounding Parque Mexico. Old dogs, old men and old Bejar stray into the mesh of fountains, facades and blood orange flumes. “My Mystery” captures our last hours in Mexico City. Taco stands and mezcal bars point the way — all while people keep death in their wine-sloshed eyes. “

Destroyer will be playing their debut shows in Asia this April in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand and will be back in Europe for more dates this coming June. All dates are listed below!
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WATCH // Kevin Morby Plays Un Soirée De Poche For La Blogotheque, Including New Songs

Kevin Morby‘s new record, Singing Saw, will be released April 15th, and you can watch now as he plays several new songs from the record, the title tune from 2013’s Harlem River, and a Bob Dylan cover for a rapt audience on a Paris porch for La Blogotheque.

 

Pre-Order Singing Saw now:

 

KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

Thu. May 5 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney

Fri. May 6 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

Sat. May 7 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210

Sun. May 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Mon. May 9 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

Tue. May 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhagen Jazzhouse

Wed. May 11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik

Thu. May 12 – Lund, SE @ @ Mejeriet

Fri. May 13 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar

Sat. May 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Thu. June 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *

Fri. June 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *

Sat. June 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *

Mon. June 6 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *

Tue. June 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club *

Wed. June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *

Fri. June 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kliby Court *

Sat. June 11 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

Sun. June 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *

Tue. June 14 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *

Wed. June 15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *

Thu. June 16 – Grand Rapids , MI @ Pyramid Scheme *

Fri. June 17 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall *

Sun. June 19 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

Mon. June 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *

Wed. June 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC *

Thu. June 23 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *

Fri. June 24 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *

Sat. June 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Sun. June 26 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley

Tue. June 28 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Wed. June 29 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder

Fri. July 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Sat. July 2 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Fri. July 15 – Sun. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Thu. Aug 4 – Sun. Aug. 8 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

Fri. Aug. 19 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival

Fri. Sept. 2 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road

* w/ Jaye Bartell

NEW VIDEO // The Tallest Man On Earth Shares Beautiful “Short Film About Dark Bird Is Home,” New Tour Dates

The Guardian described The Tallest Man on Earth’s critically acclaimed album The Dark Bird is Home as “more than usually opaque”; with lyrics that allude to personal struggles. The recording of the album lent itself to create music that felt raw and meaningful and today we’re happy to share a short film on the process, directed by Dan Huiting and Lauren Josephine.

Recorded in Kristian Matsson’s native Sweden, we get a glimpse of the beautiful backdrop that was integral to the album’s creation, with Matsson poetically narrating in both Swedish and English parts, as well as a peak into the rustic, simple cabin-come-recording studio that birthed the latest album.

This June, The Tallest Man on Earth will embark on a US tour followed by his biggest European show to date, London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. Full list of dates below.

 

   

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH TOUR DATES

*new dates in bold*

Sun. May 29 – Appleton, WI @ LU-aroo*

Tue. May 31 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre

Wed. June 1 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

Thu. June 2 – Louisville, KY @ W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

Fri. June 3 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

Thu. June 2 – Sun. June 5 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival

Mon. June 6 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

Tue. June 7 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater

Wed. June 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

Fri. June 10 – Leesburg, VA @ Tally Ho Theatre

Sat. June 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

Fri. July 1 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall

Sat. July 2 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre

Sun. July 3 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre @ The Egg

Tue. July 5 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre

Wed. July 6 – Portsmouth, NH @ Prescott Park Arts Festival

Fri. July 8 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest

Sat. July 9 – Quebec, QC @ Festival d’Ete International de Quebec

Mon. July 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall

Fri. July 15 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

Sat. July 16 – Eau Claire, WI @ State Theatre

Mon. July 18 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

Thu. July 21 – Sun. July 24 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Festival

Tue. June 21 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

Wed. Aug. 17 – Fri. Aug. 19 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

Tue. Aug. 16 – Wed. Aug. 17 – Bloemendaal, NL @ Openlunchttheater Caprera

Wed. Aug. 17 – Sat. Aug. 20 – Paredes de Coura, Portugal @ Paredes de Coura Festival

Mon. Sept. 5 – Helsinki, FN @ Tavastia

 

* = student only show

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Mitski Announces ‘Puberty 2’ Out June 17th On Dead Oceans

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Ask Mitski Miyawaki about happiness and she’ll warn you: “Happiness fucks you.” It’s a lesson that’s been present in her work for years, but never so powerfully as on Mitski’s newest album, Puberty 2. “Happiness is up, sadness is down, but one’s almost more destructive than the other,” she says. “When you realize you can’t have one without the other, it’s possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave.” On Puberty 2, that tension is palpable: a both beautiful and brutal romantic hinterland, in which a fierce new voice hits a brave new stride.

 

The follow-up to 2014’s Bury Me At Makeout Creek, Puberty 2 picks up where its predecessor left off. “It’s kind of a two parter,” explains Mitski, “It’s similar in sound, but a direct growth from that record.” Musically, there are subtle evolutions: electronic drum machines pulse throughout beneath Pixies-ish guitars, while saxophone lights up its opening track. “I had a certain confidence this time. I knew what I wanted, knew what I was doing and wasn’t afraid to do things that some people may not like.

 

In terms of message though, the 25-year-old cuts the same defiant, feminist figure on Puberty 2 that has previously won her acclaim. Born in Japan, Mitski grew up surrounded by her father’s Smithsonian folk recordings and mother’s 1970s Japanese pop CDs in a family that moved frequently: she spent stints in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, China and Turkey among other countries before coming to New York to study composition at SUNY Purchase. She reflects now on feeling “half Japanese, half American but not fully either” – a feeling she confronts on clever debut single, “Your Best American Girl” – a super-sized punk-rock number where she “hammed up the tropes” to deconstruct and poke fun at that genre’s surplus of white males. “I wanted to use those white-American-guy stereotypes as a Japanese girl who can’t fit in, who can never be an American girl,” she explains.

 

Sadness is awful and happiness is exhausting in the world of Mitski. The effect of Puberty 2, however, is a stark opposite: invigorating, inspiring and beautiful.

 

Puberty 2 is out June 17th on Dead Oceans, and available for pre-order now. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant grat download of “Your Best American Girl.Mitski and band will play SXSW and tour all over in the months to come. The live band will be a three-piece: Mitski (bass/vocals), Callan Dwan (guitar) and Casey Weissbuch (drums). Dates are below.

 

Preorder Puberty 2 now:

 

Puberty 2 Tracklisting:
Happy
Dan the Dancer
Once More To See You
Fireworks
Your Best American Girl
I Bet on Losing Dogs
My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
Thursday Girl
A Loving Feeling
Crack Baby
A Burning Hill

Mitski Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Sat. March 12 – McAllen, TX @ Galax Z Fair V at Yerberia

Wed. March 16 – Austin, TX @ Hype Hotel – YVYNYL x S&S x Hype Machine — 3pm

Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Secretly Label Group Showcase – 10pm

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Pitchfork Day Party – 12:40pm

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ PEN – Portals SXSW 2016 – 6:30pm — solo show

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall – Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2

– 9:30pm

Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ Studium – She Shreds x Punctum Records Presents – 5:30pm

Sun. April 17 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique – solo show

Tues. April 19 – London, UK @ Birthdays – solo show

Thu. April 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire w/ Twin Peaks) – solo show

Sat. April 23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Basement – solo show

Mon. June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Wed. June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Thu. June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

Fri. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

Sat. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Sun. June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

Tue. June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory

Wed. June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge

Fri. July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown

Sat. July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder

Sun. July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links

Tue. July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

Wed. July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room

Thu. July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Fri. July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

Sat. July 9 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

Mon. July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater

Tue. July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt

Wed. July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Fri. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Sat. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Tue. July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Wed. July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Fri. July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Sat. July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

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