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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

ALBUM RELEASE // Night Beds “Ivywild” Available Worldwide

“In an age where white male singer/songwriter types are five to a dime, Yellen is a true rarity: a singer with both an astounding voice and a unique style… This album takes on the more fleshed out arrangements of its predecessor and blows them up to proportions no one could have seen coming.”

“the perfect, airy mixture of Fleet Foxes and Beach House… Yellen’s transition toward the electronic side of things will yield the same gorgeous results as his Americana past.”

After streaming in full over the past week via NPR Music First Listen, Night Beds’ triumphant new album, Ivywild, is finally out today on Dead Oceans. Drawing on Winston Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla, Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, Winston’s younger brother and closest friend.

To celebrate the release of Ivywild, the brothers Yellen are sharing the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape, a collection of Abe’s beats, a few Ivywild b-sides and an assortment of tracks that were in heavy rotation in the studio during the making of the album.

Stream the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape above and catch Night Beds performing songs from Ivywild at the Bardot in Los Angeles next Monday, August 10th for School Night!.

STREAM// Night Beds’ ‘Corner’ now on Spotify & all good streaming services . . .

Attendees at Night Bed’s European tour last year will be familiar with this live favourite, ‘Corner’. Winston Yellen and his full live band performed it many times on the road, and as Winston himself says: “We played it out live on our last trip to Europe—was fun as fuck.”

Noisey and Stereogum love this song already, and now Spotify does too. So you should definitely stream this on your Spotify-enabled device, and on August 7th buy a lovely CD or double-LP in limited edition white vinyl and gatefold sleeve. Enjoy!


Night Beds ‘Corner’ on Spotify

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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TOUR ANNOUNCE // The Tallest Man On Earth Extends Summer Tour, Records WFUV Performance Session At Electric Lady Studios

“You play directly to one person,” he laughs. “Because at most shows there’s a couple there – one who’s a really big fan and one who’s been dragged along and is bored. So I focus on the one that’s bored and try to make them smile or laugh. I look at them for a while. Then I don’t look at them. Then I know there’s a part coming up where I can make eye contact. It’s inspiring to try to connect to people in a different way to how we do normally.”
The Guardian

After playing sold out shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and The Beacon Theater in New York, The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson) recorded an intimate set at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in lower Manhattan for WFUV. The group performed several songs including “Sagres” off of Dark Bird Is Home and “Like The Wheel” from Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, plus a special first-time performance of “If I Could Only Fly,” a song originally written by Blaze Foley and made famous by Merle Haggard. Coming off of television appearances on Conan and CBS This Morning: Saturday, The Tallest Man’s WFUV performance is yet another captivating moment on a tour that will span the country.

The Tallest Man On Earth Dark Bird Is Home is out now on Dead Oceans. The next North American run includes performances at Forecastle, Eaux Claires Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and MusicfestNW. All tour dates are below.

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or
your local indie store

(new dates in bold)
[all dates + tix links:]
Wed. June 24 – Antwerp, BE @ Openlucht Theater – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 25 – Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde – SOLD OUT
Sun. June 28 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Mon. June 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Tue. June 30 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller – SOLD OUT
Thu. July 2 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 27–Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Fri. July 17-Sun. July19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
Fri. July 17 – Sat. July 18 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Mon. July 20 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre #
Wed. July 22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville #
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Sun. July 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Wed. July 29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Thu. July 30 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
Fri. July 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
Fri. Aug. 21 — Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Sat. Aug. 22 — Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Sun. Aug. 23 — Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Tue. Aug. 25 — Park City, UT @ Park City Live
Wed. Aug. 26 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Fri. Aug. 28 — Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
Sat. Aug. 29 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sun. Aug. 30 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Thu. Sep. 3 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Fri. Sep. 4 — Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Sat. Sep. 5 — Holland, MI @ Hope College – Knickerbocker Theatre
Mon. Sep. 7 — Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Tue. Sep. 9 — Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
Wed. Sep. 10 — Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Fri. Sep. 11 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
Sat. Sep. 12 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
Sun. Sep. 13 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody

Sat. Oct. 3 – Oslo, NO @ Opera House ^
Sun. Oct. 4 – Göteborg, SE @ Konserthuset ^
Mon. Oct. 5 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus ^
Tue. Oct. 6 – Umea, SE @ Idun ^
Thu. Oct. 8 – Linköping, SE @ Crusell ^
Fri. Oct. 9 – Falun, SE @ Magasinet ^
Sat. Oct. 10 – Arhus, DK @ Voxhall ^
Mon. Oct. 12 – Cologne, DK @ E-Werk ^
Tue. Oct 13 – Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s ^
Wed. Oct. 14 – Vienna, AT @ Arena ^
Thu. Oct. 15 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz ^
Fri. Oct. 16 – Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus ^
Sat. Oct. 17 – Paris, FR @ La Cigal ^
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ Roundhouse ^
Tue. Oct. 20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC ^
Wed. Oct. 21 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street ^
Fri. Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall ^
Sat. Oct. 24 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr ^
Sun. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ AB ^
Tue. Oct. 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega ^

# with Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Phil Cook



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