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Strand of Oaks Announces Limited Edition Harder Love 12” Out January 19th :: Listen to New Single “Passing Out”

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Today, Strand of Oaks announces Harder Love, a collection of Tim Showalter’s unreleased, original recordings for the album Hard Love, for release on January 19th. The announcement comes on the heels of Bruce Warren at WXPN premiering the brand new single, “Passing Out,” last week. The single is officially out today.

Pairing the earliest versions tracks from Hard Love with previously-unreleased material (including some tracks deemed “too weird” for the official release), Harder Love pushes Showalter’s sound to a stranger, rawer place. In many ways, the forthcoming release serves as the tripped out, spiritual brother to its predecessor.

The Westerberg-esque beauty “Passing Out” offers the first peek at some solid, previously-unreleased Strand of Oaks material, and subsequent new tracks (e.g., “Sober,” “Dream Brother,” “Rain Won’t Come”) not only make Harder Love a dynamic listen, but also speak to Showalter’s songwriting versatility. Showalter puts it simply himself: “Life is short and more fucked up by the day…and I don’t want to waste any more time being afraid to be weird and let all my songs out there.”

The 12” physical version of Harder Love is limited to a 500 pressing and features unused and alternative takes from Hard Love. Harder Love will be available digitally worldwide, with two additional bonus tracks available only on the digital version.

Harder Love will also available physically via retailers in limited territories (US and Benelux). There will be copies of the 12” available for purchase at the merch table of this year’s sold out Winter Classic at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle, where Strand of Oaks will be playing December 8th, 9th, and 10th.


Harder Love tracklisting
1. Harder Love
2. Passing Out
3. Cry (Alt Version)
4. On The Hill (Alt Version)
5. Sober
6. Dream Brother
7. Rain Won’t Come
8. Wicked Water
9. Chill Tent
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10. On The Hill (Extended) [Bonus Track, Digital Only]
11. Wanna Get Lost [Bonus Track, Digital Only]

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates
Fri., December 8th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sat., December 9th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 10th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 25th – Bethlehem, PA @ Fowler Blast Furnace Room

Japanese Breakfast Shares Live Video for “Heft”

With Japanese Breakfast right at the beginning of their European tour, we’re happy to share the live video for fan-favorite track “Heft”, taken from this year’s critically acclaimed album Psychopomp (out now on Dead Oceans/Yellow K).

Another deeply personal track, from an album that deals with the transitory cycle of grief, “Heft” is about 2 moments in time – related, but different. “The first half of half was written right before we found out my mom had cancer, and the second half was written after she passed away”, Michelle Zauner – the creator of Japanese Breakfast – states, “reflecting on what a painful process it was to try to manage disease and treatment.”

Japanese Breakfast is back in Europe now, kicking off her tour in the UK. See full dates below!

Purchase Psychopomp:
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Japanese Breakfast on tour:
10/21/16 Glasgow, UK – The Hug & Pint w/ Porches
10/22/16 Manchester, UK – The White Hotel
10/23/16 Cardiff, UK – SWN
10/24/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
10/25/16 London, UK – The Lexington
10/27/16 Belgium, BE – The Rotonde (Botanique)
10/29/16 Zwole, NL – Let’s Get Lost Festival
10/30/16 Hamburg, DE – Molotow Skybar
11/02/16 Zurich, CH – Bogen F w/ Ezra Furman
11/03/16 Vienna, AT – Wuk w/ Ezra Furman
11/05/16 Koln, DE – Gebaude
11/06/16 Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
11/07/16 Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
11/08/16 Stockholm, SE – Obaren
12/03/16 Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
12/14/16 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
12/15/16 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church – Chapel
12/16/16 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
12/17/16 Providence, RI – Columbus Theater
12/18/16 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs

WATCH // Bleached Tear Through “Wednesday Night Melody” on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

For the better part of this year, Bleached have been road warriors (hitting countless cities) in support of their sophomore album, Welcome The Worms. Last week, the band announced a fall, co-headlining tour with Beach Slang, and last night, they brought their lead radio single, “Wednesday Night Melody”, to Late Night with Seth Meyers. Aptly described by NPR Music,

“’Wednesday Night Melody’ perfectly captures the spirit of young adulthood. . . Bleached’s furious and fun sound, mixed with a slacker vibe, invites you to enjoy your youthful worries while they last.”

Passionately amped to crush it on national TV (on a Wednesday night, no less!), the ladies put on a killer presentation, further proving why radio stations across the country are keeping Bleached on heavy rotation. Catch Bleached on the road in the months to come! All tour dates are below, including a slew of newly added dates.

Bonus! Jessie Clavin recently spoke with Deli Magazine about the pedals she uses, hop on over to check it out!

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WATCH // Ryley Walker Shares “The Roundabout” Video

Feeling a little sluggish? That mid-week slump hitting you square in the jaw? Well, we’re here to give you a bit of an escape. Not us, but rather Ryley Walker! Today he’s unveiled the video for his latest single “The Roundabout”, directed, filmed and edited by Joe Martinez Jr. and taken from his upcoming album Golden Sings that Have Been Sung, out August 19 on Dead Oceans. When asked about the video’s content, Ryley explains,

“Fourth of July in Pilsen is the height of summer in Chicago.” He goes on, “Dozens of crews with ad hoc explosives and a beer in hand make for a blitzkrieg celebration. I lived at 21st/Leavitt some years back and got to know this evening first hand very well. Forever my favorite part of summer in the city. This video hopefully captures a few of those moments of joy from the people involved.”

So dig out those fireworks you’ve got left over and press play on Ryley Walker’s latest clip. If you haven’t already, you can claim your copy of Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung via: Dead Oceans (that’s us), iTunes, Amazon, or your local indie shop!

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Other Music Forever

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Image via The New York Times

Other Music means so much to so many. Its place in history, be it personal or that of music itself, is unquestionable. Today is the last day before Other Music permanently shutters its doors. Dead Oceans co-founder, Phil Waldorf, spent many years behind the counter at this New York institution and wanted to share his personal history with the store:

I once worked at the best record store in the world. New York’s Other Music stoked my passion for sharing new and exciting music with customers, coworkers and friends, and planted the seed for me to want to run a record label. I am totally heartbroken that after 20 years, Other Music is closing.

Other Music was the first job I had when I moved to New York City, back in an era before iTunes and iPhones and streaming music. I worked there until the day I left New York City, and it informed so much of who I am today. Working there fed my passion for music and inspired an entrepreneurial spirit I never knew I had. I met my future business partners in Dead Oceans when I worked there. I met my wife there. Needless to say, my life would be very different without Other Music.

I owe a tremendous amount to Chris and Josh, co-owners of Other Music, and I feel lucky that they remain friends and mentors. Other Music’s passionate focus on new music discovery might never be replicated, and as an industry and as record buyers, we’re worse off in a world without it. I feel endlessly lucky to have spent time there, and the least I can do is say thank you for everything. It was an incredible run. Other Music Forever, indeed.

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