WATCH // Ryley Walker Performs “The High Road” and “Sweet Satisfaction” At Braund Studios NYC

“His new album displays a kinship for Fairport Convention, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and Burt Jansch, but Walker is a restless presence and powerful player, one whose compositions offer structural diversions and an overall expansiveness. The 10 songs move with a measured looseness, with Walker and his miraculous backing band of Chicago jazz players allowing plenty of space for tightly improvised explorations.”
Los Angeles Times

Ryley Walker’s summer tour in support of his Dead Oceans’ debut, Primrose Green, kicks off tomorrow in Los Angeles with an Aquarium Drunkard-presented show at The Echo. In conjunction with the start of his busy summer, Walker is sharing two new stunning live videos of Primrose Green cuts, “Sweet Satisfaction” and “The High Road.” The videos were recorded at Braund Studios in Brooklyn during CMJ 2014. Get a glimpse into Walker’s magnificent live show before catching him on the road with Amen Dunes, Jessica Pratt, Strand of Oaks and others, and at several festivals including Pitchfork Music Festival, Levitation, NXNE, Solid Sound Music Festival, Pickathon and more. A full list of dates is below.

RYLEY WALKER TOUR DATES:
Tue. June 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Wed. June 3 – Long Beach, CA @ Carpenter House
Sun. June 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Levitation – Vancouver
Mon. June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza (w/ Amen Dunes)
Tue. June 9 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Amen Dunes)
Thu. June 11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium (w/ Amen Dunes)
Fri. June 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel (w/ Amen Dunes)
Sat. June 13 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Festival (w/ Amen Dunes)
Thu. June 18 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola (Suoni per II Popolo Festival w/ Myriam Gendron)
Sat. June 20 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club (NXNE w/ Angel Olsen)
Sun. June 21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Tue. June 23 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Wed. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Thu. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Fri. June 26 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Sat. June 27 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Music Festival
Tue. June 30 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston (w/ Elijah Wolf, Liv Carrow)
Wed. July 1 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
Thu. July 2 – Baltimore, MD @ Canton Waterfront Park (w/ Scars on 45)
Wed. July 15 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Fri. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival)
Fri. July 24-Sun. July 26 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Lake Island Conversation Area (Hillside Festival)
Sun. July 26 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill (MO POP Festival)
Mon. July 27 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Strand of Oaks)
Fri. July 31-Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pendarvis Farm (Pickathon)
Tue. Aug. 18 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Wed. Aug. 19 – Cork, IE @ Triskel Arts Centre
Thu. Aug. 20-Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, Wales @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – Brussels, BE @ Feeerieen Festival
Wed. Aug. 26 – Canterbury, UK @ The Bubble Club
Thu. Aug. 27 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
Fri. Aug. 28 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow
Sat. Aug. 29 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sun. Aug. 30 – York, UK @ The Band Room
Mon. Aug. 31 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Tue. Sept. 1 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Wed. Sept. 2 – London, UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Fri. Sept. 4-Sun. Sept. 6 – Wiltshire, UK @ End Of The Road
Sun. Sept. 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Mountain Festival
Wed. Sept. 9 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
Thu. Sept. 10 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Fri. Sept. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Sat. Sept. 12 – Groningen, NL @ Take Root Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Tue. Sept. 15 – Geneva, CH @ L’Ecurie
Wed. Sept. 23-Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival

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WATCH // New Artist Kevin Morby Premiers Video For “Parade”

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We’re ecstatic to welcome Kevin Morby to Dead Oceans. From the moment we first heard his 2013 debut, Harlem River, we’ve held the deep belief that Kevin was doing something special. Frankly, we couldn’t be more excited to work with such a world class songwriter. Both Harlem River and it’s 2014 follow up, Still Life, have graced more than a few of our Best-of-the-Year lists and clocked in hours on our turntables. We’re thrilled that Kevin is currently working on his Dead Oceans debut, due in 2016. If you haven’t heard either of his albums on the always-great Woodsist label, let us know. They’re must listens!

Today you can explore NYC alongside Kevin in his new video for “Parade”. The video, directed by Elise Tyler, adds a cheerful coda to the lifestyle change (spurred by a cross-country move) Morby explored on Still Life. Tyler on the video,

‘Parade’ is a tribute to New York City – one of the many love songs artists have written for this pulsating place. The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin – he wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can get lost in the noise of the city, which also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.”

Check out his tour dates below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the big things he’s cooking up.

Kevin Morby Online:
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instagram.com/kevin__morby
kevinmorby.com

KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]
Thurs. May 28 – Nantes, FR @ Indigènes Festival
Fri. May 29 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. May 31 – Marseille, FR @ Le Grim
Tues. June 2 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
Wed. June 3 – Grenoble, FR @ Le Ciel &
Thurs. June 4 – Limoges, FR @ Le Phare &
Sat. June 6 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
Mon. June 8 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey &
Tues. June 9 – Toulouse, FR @ La Connexion &
Wed. June 10 – Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare &
Thurs. June 11 – Sion, CH @ Le Port Franc &
Fri. June 12 – Luzern, CH @ B-Sides Festival
Sat. June 13 – Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club
Mon. June 15 – Liège, BE @ Mad Café
Wed. June 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington &
Thurs. June 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope &
Fri. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Tues. July 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Wed. July 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sun. Sept. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

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READ // Photographer Cameron Wittig Discusses Album Art For ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ From The Tallest Man On Earth Via Half-Past

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Midwest photographer Cameron Wittig recently sat down with Half-Past to discuss the striking album cover on Dark Bird Is Home, the newest album from The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson). What started as a ‘friendship birthed from a chance meeting, some friendly conversation, and copious Wisconsin wedding whisky’, the two met in 2014 at a felow musician’s country wedding. When the time came around for a new album cover, Matsson trusted Wittig to give a face to his new project. From the article (Which you can read in full here)-

“It was to be a photographic reinterpretation of stories that came out of discussions about the record and the recording process in Sweden. The figure of Dark Bird was born on a mountaintop near the town where Kristian lives. She may or may not be real. It doesn’t matter in the end, as she is more powerful as a specter, this beautiful figure of uncertainty and change.”

Primarily a portrait photographer, Cameron recruited the talents of a friend to be his model for the cover as they travelled around his neighborhood shooting on the steps of houses that felt just right.

“I asked her to stand on the steps of houses that I selected based on how they looked or felt. Nothing was planned ahead of time. We did maybe six or seven different houses in various ways. Some were fancy houses, some were not. A few were abandoned. But it was always this figure in an ambiguous stance. She looks like she could be returning; frozen in a moment of contemplation anticipating what might happen once she rings the bell. Or perhaps she’s leaving and taking one last look at what her life was before she leaves forever. I didn’t really decide what that was going to be.”

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The Tallest Man On Earth is currently on tour. Full dates and tickets after the jump

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces ‘Poison Season’ Out 8/28, World Tour

Hey Destroyer fans, it’s Poison Season. Vancouver’s Dan Bejar returns with a new full-length and world tour. Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings as Bejar channels a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters – Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack – simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This Bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record – first as swaying saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Check out lead single “Dream Lover” above.

“The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet. I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn’t really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle.” – Dan Bejar

In addition, Destroyer will concurrently release a two-song 12-inch as a companion to the new album. It includes a remix of “Forces From Above” along with the orchestral “Times Square, Poison Season,” a song that gave rise to several tracks on the new album, as detailed below. Pre-order HERE

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

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

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Night Beds Unveils Sophomore Album ‘Ivywild’, Shares New Video For “Tide Teeth”


“This isn’t Yellen’s first time going electro…but it’s the first time he’s done it alone, and it’s surprising how effective this approach is for him.”
– The FADER

“‘Tide Teeth’ has a real Drake, Weeknd vibe…It feels like warm bed on a snowy evening.”
Vulture (“10 Best New Songs of the Week”)

Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year old Winston Yellen, is excited to unveil the highly anticipated sophomore album, Ivywild, out August 7th on Dead Oceans. The follow up to the much acclaimed 2013 debut, Country Sleep, Ivywild is a mesmerizing collection of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B.

The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls “sad sex jams.” It was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the album’s veiled lyrics (See previously released track “Me Liquor and God”). Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus.

Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, younger brother and closest friend. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. Setting himself up as curator as well as creator, the record shows off Yellen’s natural flair for plucking people out of obscurity and bringing their talents to the table.

To coincide with the announcement of Ivywild, Night Beds is sharing a beautiful, new Dan Huiting-directed video for “Tide Teeth” today. Watch above or on Night Beds YouTube page. Album art and track listing after the jump.

Pre-Order Ivywild:
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