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Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, Listen to Her Holiday Cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Phoebe BridgersNPR Music Tiny Desk Concert debuted online today, featuring live versions of her songs “Motion Sickness,” “Killer,” and “Demi Moore.” watch it now HERE. All three songs are featured on her debut album Stranger In The Alps, released on September 22nd to sweeping acclaim from outlets including Pitchfork, Billboard, The FADER, Vulture, Stereogum, Bandcamp, Uproxx, W Magazine, and Under The Radar, among many others.

Bridgers also released a holiday cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week, which you can listen to at the bottom of this blog post. Bridgers will perform next at a sold out hometown record release show in Los Angeles on December 16th at Lodge Room Highland Park. Earlier this fall, she toured throughout North America with Conor Oberst, The War On Drugs, and Noah Gundersen, and more touring news for 2018 will be announced soon.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, and mixed by Mike Mogis, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduce the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

Stream and/or Purchase “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” —
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/christmas

Stream and/or Purchase Stranger In The Alps
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Califone Announce Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Out December 8th via Dead Oceans, Share “Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)”

Pre-order Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue –
https://califone.lnk.to/heronkingblues

On December 8th, seminal experimental rock band Califone will release a deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues after years of being unavailable on LP. Inspired by Califone founder Tim Rutili’s strange, recurring dream of a bird-man creature, Heron King Blues was produced by Michael Krassner and originally released in 2004 as the band’s third album.

Primarily improvised in the studio, Heron King Blues started with a broken four string acoustic bass guitar that Rutili pulled out of the instrument room at Clava // Four Deuces Studio in Chicago. Ben Massarella cleansed the doorways, corners, and other dark spaces with burning sage, while Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Rutili began to quietly circle the live room in a clockwise motion, a slow incantation in E. Over the course of the afternoon, the participants slowly made their way to their instruments and 15 minutes after the initial note had been cast, Heron King Blues was born.

Writer Amanda Petrusich summed it up simply in her 2004 Pitchfork review of Heron King Blues: “Thus, the serendipity of Califone: the accidental orchestration, the mysterious creaks, the bits of poetry, the eerie omnipresence, the perfect, unnamable noise.”

The deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues is a double album on black vinyl, including previously unreleased live tracks and outtakes. A digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable on release day.

The announcement comes ahead of two special Chicago shows for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary – a sold out performance on November 22nd and a just-announced second show on November 24th.

A split between Red Red Meat and Califone, these show will feature players from both bands (Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Brian Deck, Tim Hurley, Wally Boudway, and Ross Andrews), and a set list culling from both projects’ catalogues. A few new songs will be thrown into the performance, too.

Tickets for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary Show on November 24th –
http://bit.ly/2gTcGrh


Heron King Blues album artwork

Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Tracklist
Side A
1 Wingbone
2 Trick Bird
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song
4 Apple

Side B
1 Lion & Bee
2 2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other
3 Heron King Blues

Side C
1 Outro
2 Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song (10.11.03 – KRVX Radio, Austin, TX)
4 The Ocean Was Lungs (Faraway Bells) [0:05:37]

Side D
1 I Walk On Gilded Splinters
2 St. Martha (Clava Live Version)
3 Red (Clava Live Version)

Alex Lahey Releases Debut Album, ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Stream and/or Purchase I Love You Like A Brother:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

Alex Lahey has the uncanny ability to make you feel seen, truly seen, even though she’s a complete stranger. What can we say? She gets it. Her songs are anthemic, blunt, and pack a buzz somewhere between a caffeine rush and the feeling you get when you see your crush. Her debut album, I Love You Like A Brother, is out now.

That means you could click play and ride off on a wave of pop chords so big your feet won’t touch the ground. What’s more, she’s touring the states this fall & winter. Scroll down to see a full list of stops.

Alex Lahey Tour Dates
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Dead Oceans Welcomes Tom Rogerson: Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno ‘Finding Shore’ out December 8th

Dead Oceans is happy to welcome the pianist Tom Rogerson to the roster. His elegant and evocative debut, Finding Shore, a 13-track collaboration that began after Rogerson met Brian Eno outside the toilets after a gig, arrives December 8th.

Finding Shore is the sound of Rogerson distilling the essence of what he does after a protracted musical journey from childhood until now. He took the traditional route of music lessons and learning notation before starting composing “properly”. As a 17-year-old he had the odd contrast of being taught by the composer Harrison Birtwistle but also working as lounge pianist in a dilapidated hotel in Peterborough.

He spent some time in New York playing jazz, recording with Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus, and had a successful career with post-rock group Three Trapped Tigers, yet however enjoyable that experience was, he admits it was “definitely a diversionary tactic”. Everything seemed to be an escape from the classical world or, as Rogerson himself puts it, “falling out of my ivory tower very slowly”.

Upon meeting Eno, the pair didn’t speak about music at all, but bonded over their roots in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge, located on the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites, estuary mud and the site of the ancient Sutton Hoo ship burial.

Eno’s influence on Finding Shore began by enabling Rogerson to overcome his fear of committing any one piece to its own album. As a way to open Rogerson up, Eno suggested they try experimenting with the Piano Bar, an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key; these are then broken as the keys are played, transforming the piano’s note into a midi signal that can then be used to trigger or generate new, digital sound. As Rogerson improvised at the piano, Eno improvised with the midi signal to create a unique piece of music.

The chance meeting with Eno and subsequent conversation about the Suffolk landscape did find its way into Finding Shore.

“I do totally hear it, I’ll listen and think ‘oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that’s the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds’. I think it permeates my music, and Brian’s ambient records. That ‘is it organic or is it electronic thing’ is so interesting”.


Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore
Pre-order here:
tomrogerson.lnk.to/FindingShore

Finding Shore tracklist
1. Idea of Order at Kyson Point
2. Motion in Field
3. On-ness
4. March Away
5. Eastern Stack
6. Minor Rift
7. The Gabbard
8. Red Slip
9. Quoit Blue
10. Marsh Chorus
11. An Iken Loop
12. Chain Home
13. Rest

Tom Rogerson Online
facebook.com/tomrogersonmusic
twitter.com/trogersonmusic
instagram.com/tomrogersonmusic


Tom Rogerson is set to play Mirror’s Festival this October. Purchase tickets here:
https://www.mirrorslondon.com/

Phoebe Bridgers’ Debut, ‘Stranger In The Alps,’ Out Today

To say Phoebe Bridgers doesn’t mince words almost feels like a disservice. True, she does cut to the core of the matter with an enviable economy of words. But to state it as such belies the emotional resonance and dedicated intention behind her lyrics. You’d be hard pressed to hear any track on her debut album, Stranger In The Alps, without feeling something.

At once personal and universal, the ten tracks that comprise the album run the gambit of emotion – a technicolor punch in the gut, a hand reaching through white-crested peaks. We don’t want to speak for you, but we’ll bet that as soon as you finish listening you’ll feel compelled to simply start the record over.

Give it a spin now, trust us.

Purchase Stranger In The Alps:
https://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 10 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct. 19 Glasgow, SCT @ Broadcast
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Conor Oberst
** supporting War On Drugs
# supporting Noah Gundersen

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