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ALBUM RELEASE // ‘Poison Season’ By Destroyer Out Now

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…such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best. The only bad news for the man himself is that he’s just raised expectations even higher.”The Guardian **** Album of the Week

The guy’s sitting down among all the noise around him; it’s a perfect example of the considered, measured chaos and wilful determination evident across Poison Season; a mere nano-second of perfection on an album riddled with such moments…Record Collector **** Album of the Month

The prolific Canadian’s latest blaze of glory” – Uncut 8/10

Destroyer’s critically acclaimed upcoming album Poison Season is out now via Merge Records in North America and Dead Oceans everywhere else. Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they’re always uniquely Destroyer. Poison Season merges a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness.

Watch the video for Times Square below. A video that’s true to Bejar’s ethos, it has a seemingly obtuse take on the what you’d imagine the Times Square is like – bricks and mortar replaced by green spaces; robotic, busy New Yorkers replaced with animals in animation – it’s more Wallace & Gromit than Wall Street.

Destroyer on Tour:
(more info and tix)

Oct 29 31st Pitchfork Festival Paris
Oct 30 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT – Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT – Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH – Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT – Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO – Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

WATCH // A Place To Bury Strangers Share Video For “Now It’s Over”

APTBS lives up to that fatalism with a meltdown of timeless proportions, sounding like The Yardbirds as fed through a blast furnace.
Jason Heller at NPR Music

A Place to Bury Strangers is known to be a behemoth on stage, and Transfixiation is as loud as the group’s reputation merits.
SLANT Magazine

Some of the most inventive and intelligent noise rock since the turn of the century.
The Line of Best Fit

A Place To Bury Strangers have shared a striking animated video for Now It’s Over off of Transfixiation out now on Dead Oceans. Cloaked in brooding rhythms and shoegaze fuzz, Now It’s Over is a haunting tale of woe from the experimental Brooklyn outfit. Featuring a protagonist who’s never quite in focus, shapeshifting shadows, and a stormy, night-time drive, the video for Now It’s Over is every part as ominous and bleak as its name suggests. Speaking of the final product, director and lead animator Dave Merson Hess explains,

I loved the mood of Now It’s Over, and the way the lyrics and arrangement captured the feeing of a breakup as a complete destruction of a particular, insular reality, a way of living being ripped apart at the seams, on both vague and sudden terms. Film noir felt like a perfect match for it. The inevitability of failure built into the genre fir the song’s lyrics, murky, reverbed vocals, and jagged guitar sounds.”

Starting today in Hong Kong they’ll orbit the globe a time or two with stops in Australia, Europe, and dates across the United States. Full list of dates below.

Purchase Transfixiation:
Direct // Indies // Amazon // iTunes

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Fri. Aug. 28 – Hong Kong, CN @ Backstage Live
Sun. Aug. 30 – Taipei, TW @ The Wall
Tue. Sept. 1 – Singapore, SG @ TAB
Wed. Sept. 2 – Selangor, MY @ Bentley Music Auditorium
Fri. Sept. 4 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner Hotel
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sydney, AU @ Manning Bar
Sun. Sept. 6 – Brisbane, AU @ Crowbar
Mon. Sept. 7 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms
Sat. Sept. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sun. Sept. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
Mon. Sept. 14 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
Sat. Sept. 19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium *
Sun. Sept. 20 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival
Mon. Sept. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *
Tue. Sept. 22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
Thu. Sept. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Fri. Sept. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Sun. Sept. 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
Tue. Sept. 29 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
Wed. Sept. 30 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *
Thu. Oct. 1 – Covington, KY @ Madison Live *
Fri. Oct. 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern *
Sat. Oct. 3 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café *
Mon. Oct. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Tue. Oct. 6 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Oct. 7 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Fri. Oct. 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus *
Thus. Oct. 29 – Lucerne, CH @ Schuur
Fri. Oct. 30 – Legnano, IT @ CIRCOLONE
Sat. Oct. 31 – Ljubljana, SI @ Orto Bar
Mon. Nov. 2 – Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
Tues. Nov. 3 – Sarajevo, BA @ AG Club
Wed. Nov. 4 – Belgrade, RS @ Drugstore
Thurs. Nov. 5 – Skopje, MK @ MKC
Fri. Nov. 6 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Mylos
Sat. Nov. 7 – Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205
Sun. Nov. 8 – Volos, GR @ Lab Art
Thurs. Nov. 12 – Sofia, BG @ MIXTAPE5
Fri. Nov. 13 – Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
Sat. Nov. 14 – Budapest, HU @ A38
Mon. Nov. 16 – Prague, CZ @ Meetfactory
Tues. Nov. 17 – Warsaw, PL @ Klub Hydrozagadka
Wed. Nov. 18 – Sopot, PL @ Dwie Zmiany
Thurs. Nov. 19 – Dresden, GE @ Beatpol
Fri. Nov. 20 – Utrecht, NL @ Guess Who Festival

* = w/ Grooms

WATCH // New Destroyer Video For “Times Square”

…such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best. The only bad news for the man himself is that he’s just raised expectations even higher.” – The Guardian **** Album of the Week

The guy’s sitting down among all the noise around him; it’s a perfect example of the considered, measured chaos and wilful determination evident across Poison Season; a mere nano-second of perfection on an album riddled with such moments” – Record Collector **** Album of the Month

The prolific Canadian’s latest blaze of glory” – Uncut 8/10

Following the release of latest single Times Square taken from Destroyer’s critically acclaimed upcoming album Poison Season, we are now happy to share the video.

A video that’s true to Bejar’s ethos, it has a seemingly obtuse take on the what you’d imagine the Times Square is like – bricks and mortar replaced by green spaces; robotic, busy New Yorkers replaced with animals in animation – it’s more Wallace & Gromit than Wall Street.

We ended up just wandering around New York till 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really.” says director Shayne Ehman of an ill-fated trip to Times Square to shoot the video with Dan Bejar.

Realising that the video didn’t have to be shot at the New York landmark, Ehman sought inspiration from the song’s lyrics. “I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those ‘forces of nature in love…’ which seem to rule the song.” he continues, “I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do its thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and pack up. I was at their mercy, completely.

Poison Season is out worldwide tomorrow, 28 August. Destroyer begins their tour at the end of October. Video for Girl In A Sling and tour dates below.

Destroyer on Tour:
(more info and tix)

Oct 29 31st Pitchfork Festival Paris
Oct 30 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT – Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT – Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH – Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT – Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO – Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

LISTEN // Strand of Oaks Announce ‘Heal’ Deluxe Edition

“Some of the best new music we heard in 2014 was sitting right in our own backyard. With his band Strand of Oaks, Philly-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter released a knockout rock ‘n’ roll record called HEAL…this is Strand of Oaks’ most personal record, and it resonates with amplified power, soaring guitar solos and a confessional approach to songwriting.”
NPR, Public Radio’s 10 Breakout Artists of 2014

“…full-on, heart-on-sleeve vision-quest rock in the style of Showalter’s beloved Smashing Pumpkins, with a sprinkle of humility courtesy of the late Jason Molina.”
Grantland, – The Best (a.k.a. My Favorite) Music of 2014

“With its bombastic anthems and touching songwriting, the album is an incredibly revealing statement from a resilient artist.”
The AV Club, – The 20 Best Albums of 2014

“A fierce, heady triumph…this album is one of the true out-of-nowhere delights of 2014. One of its recurring themes is the power of music to get folks out of the tighetest emotional and psychological jams, and HEAL is just the kind of revelatory album to do the trick.”
American Songwriter, – Top 50 Albums of 2014

“This is big, bold rock music, even when it’s quiet.”
Aquarium Drunkard, 2014 Year in Review

Strand of OaksHEAL was released early last summer on Dead Oceans, kicking off a year of big firsts and miles racked up on the odometer. Tim Showalter paid a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk – and to nearly every state (plus multiple continents) on a non-stop tour. As a result, Showalter’s most personal songs to date were allowed the chance to expand and change shape. That’s where the deluxe version of HEAL comes in – to celebrate this newfound life and share some fan favorites. It’s bookended with two covers, firstly a cover of Ryan Adams“My Wrecking Ball” taped in Showalter’s home of Philadelphia at WXPN, lastly a woozy rendition of The National’s “Pink Rabbits”. Rounding out the mix is a version of “Goshen ’97” from Acoustic Café and a life-affirming rendition of “Shut In” for Hear Ya. Finally, it features an alternate mix of “HEAL” at the hands of producer John Congleton that sounds like Showalter’s heart being dragged through sludge and fed through an amp.

The deluxe edition will be available as a digital-only release on Friday July 17. In addition to a full summer, Strand of Oaks has tacked on a heap of dates for this fall including shows with My Morning Jacket. All dates listed below.

HEAL TRACKLISTING
Goshen ’97
HEAL
Same Emotions
Shut In
Woke Up To The Light
JM
Plymouth
Mirage Year
For Me
Wait For Love

BONUS:
My Wrecking Ball (Live at WXPN)
Goshen ’97 (Live at Acoustic Café)
Shut In (Hear Ya Session)
HEAL (Congleton Mix)
Pink Rabbits

STRAND OF OAKS TOUR DATES: More info here
Thurs. July 23 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
Sat. July 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Mon. July 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club &
Tues. July 28 – Spring Green, WI @ Shitty Barn – SOLD OUT
Fri. July 31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sat. Aug. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Thurs. Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts
Wed. Aug. 19 – Utrech, NL @ Ekko
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sun. Sept. 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Loufest
Fri. Sept. 18 – Sun. Sept. 20 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Mon. Sept. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Tues. Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Fri. Sept. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Wed. Sept. 30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium †
Fri. Oct. 2 – Sun. Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Fri. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Sat. Oct. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Tues. Oct. 6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center †
Wed. Oct. 7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair †
Fri. Oct. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sat. Oct. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sun. Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ PARKLIFE Music Festival
Fri. Nov. 20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre †
Wed. Nov. 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre †

& = w/ Ryley Walker
† = w/ My Morning Jacket

WATCH // Destroyer Shares Video For “Girl in a Sling”, Album ‘Poison Season’ out August 28

Earlier today, Destroyer released the video for “Girl in a Sling” off of his upcoming album Poison Season, out August 28 on Dead Oceans Of the video, director David Galloway says:

“Bejar sings a lot about cities and girls and injury, sometimes all at the same time. Sometimes they are the same thing, as surreal novelists would have us believe. Besides, people like to see Dan sing – which he doesn’t do a lot of in this video, but he does do a little bit. We wanted to make a video that dealt with central Destroyer themes: to some, Destroyer is a lech; to some, he is an arsonist; to some, he is a savior. To me, he is the consummate comedian, but he resists that role. So we decided to go the opposite way and make something sad, something tragic, something that fits the new record. The adage “comedy equals tragedy plus time” is attributed to Carol Burnett’s mum. Or it might have been Steve Allen. Either way, I always want Dan to do physical comedy, but he resists. He’s a natural, though. He’s the Pacific Northwest’s Buster Keaton, and I hope one day to share that with the world. One day. For now, though, there’s just this sadness. This poison season.”

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

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