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LISTEN // Mitski Shares New Single, “Happy”

Here it is, your second slice of Mitski’s gutsy and gorgeous new album, Puberty 2, out June 17th. “Happy” is the forthcoming album’s biting opening track, a song that quickly escalates from intricate electronic pads to rumbling drums and a rare use of horns. Here’s what Mitski had to say about this cut,

“Happiness f**ks you. Once it’s in your hands you try to hold onto it, but the nature of happiness is that it passes through and eventually leaves, and something else – sadness, anger, a low after the high – has to follow. This song is about this exhaustive and exhausting cycle, and how sometimes one would rather not have any of it at all than be constantly thrown about by the waves of these fleeting states.”

So dive into this track head first – put your headphones on, shut out the world for 3:40. It’ll be there when you get back.
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WATCH // Mitski Shares “Your Best American Girl” Video; ‘Puberty 2’ Out 6/17

Mitski’s phenomenal “Your Best American Girl” has been rolling around our heads, glued to the walls of our hearts, since it came out. Not to mention it’s received heaps of praise from the likes of NPR Music, The FADER, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone, for its original portrayal of feeling “half Japanese, half American, but not fully either.”

Today, Mitski presents the absolutely perfect video for this bold number. Directed by Zia Anger with cinematography by Ashley Conner, art direction by Caiti Hawkins and styling by Creatures of the Wind, the “Your Best American Girl” video further plays on the idea of, as a Japanese girl, never quite fitting in with the genre’s surplus of white American guys, and is further proof that 2016 will be a breakout year for one Mitski Miyawaki.

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LISTEN // Stream Kevin Morby’s ‘Singing Saw’, Out 4/15

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Today, Kevin Morby is streaming his incredible new record, Singing Saw, in full. That’s right! You can hear the whole thing right now thanks to a variety of radio partners throughout the US and Canada. We’re so excited to have CBC, KCRW from Los Angeles, KTBG from Kansas City (Kevin’s hometown), KCMP of Minneapolis, WXPN of Philadelphia on board to support Kevin’s stunning Dead Oceans debut.

STREAM SINGING SAW:
CBC – http://bit.ly/1N98ATA
KCRW – http://kcrw.co/1MVvsee
KTBG – http://bit.ly/1Nb5bn9
KCMP – http://www.thecurrent.org/
WXPN (starts @ 3PM EST) – http://www.xpn.org/
RADIO MILWAUKEE (starts @ 2PM EST) – http://radiomilwaukee.org

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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

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

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