RELEASE // Mitski’s ‘Puberty 2’ Out Worldwide Today

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“’Puberty 2’ is purple like a new bruise . . . There’s more variety in her singing, which moves from aggrieved to sultry to resigned. And there’s more ambition in the music, which doubles down on grit while also rounding things out with a buffer of soul.” – The New York Times

“These 11 tracks creep up on you, as her coiled melodies suddenly explode into cavernous freak-outs or build to a crescendo of unbearable catharsis.” — NPR Music

“No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength. “ – Stereogum

Anticipation is a key component of happiness. The not-yet-having of something only strengthens your resolve to hold out a little longer, to make space for it in your life. Well here we are, the day’s finally arrived. Mitski’s debut record for Dead Oceans, Puberty 2, is out worldwide today.

It’s already being heralded as one of the best albums of the year thus far by Stereogum (#3) and Brooklyn Magazine (#1). With the likes of The New Yorker, NPR Music, and Dazed joining the well-deserved chorus of praise. Not to mention, last Sunday’s The New York Times went deep on the album.

Puberty 2 is an indelible collection of songs crafted thoughtfully from memories and details (whose size & importance shift depending on the eye of the beholder). These are important pieces of writing that process being alive and being in love – or just being at all. We are so proud to be able to share this in full with you today. Read the rest of this entry »

WATCH // Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders Make Late Night Debut on Conan

Anyone who has seen Marlon Williams live can attest New Zealand’s rising star has something truly special going on with his spectacular voice and stage presence. He’s previously captivated audiences performing on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, Later…with Jools Holland, and at the New Zealand Music Awards where he won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Male Solo Artist. Last night on CONAN, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders delivered a terrific stateside late night television debut, performing “Hello Miss Lonesome.” How often do you hear the crowd cheer mid-song?! Read the rest of this entry »

ANNOUNCE // Califone Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Roomsound’ With Tour & Re-issue

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15 years after its initial release, Califone (namely, Tim Rutili) is very happy to announce the 15th Anniversary re-issue of Roomsound, out later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

TOUR // Julianna Barwick Shares New Tour Dates


“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced ‘Will.’” – Pitchfork

“Will is an irresistibly immersive set piece”  – Uncut (8/10) 

“It’s her best all-round effort to date, explorations becoming confident fact”  – DIY (8/10)

Julianna Barwick is pleased to share new tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed album ‘Will,’ which came out in May via Dead Oceans. Full dates below.

Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, the ominous, compelling ‘Will’ is a departure from 2013’s Alex Somers-produced Nepenthe. If that last record conjured images of gentle, thick fog rolling over desolate mountains, then Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft textures that sounds looming and restorative all at once.

The electric current that runs through the album takes on various shapes of intoxicating instability. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still. The beguiling, beautifully complicated Will is the result of that curiosity, and proof of Barwick’s irresistibly engaging talent as a composer and vocalist.

Barwick begins her European tour today in Amsterdam and plays London next Wednesday. Autumn dates have been shared today, including Green Man Festival and regional UK shows. 


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Julianna Barwick Tour Dates (UK/EU)

2-Jun– Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso

4-Jun – Berlin, Germany @ Torstrassen Festival

-6-Jun – Paris, France @ Pop Up Du Label

7-Jun – Brussels, Belgium @ La Nuit de Botanique Festival

8-Jun – London, UK @ Pickle Factory


12-Aug – Way Out West Festival, Goteborg (SWE)

16-Aug – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL) – with Julia Holter

19-Aug – GreenMan Festival, Brecon Beacons (UK)

21-Aug – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Port of Medeiron (UK)

22-Aug – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (UK)

23-Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

24-Aug – The Lantern, Bristol (UK)

25-Aug – Komedia Studio, Brighton (UK)

27-Aug – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen (UK)

01-Sept – Palac Akropolis, Prague (CZ)

03-Sept – La Bâtie Festival De Geneve, Geneve (CH)

05-Sept – Garage Museum, Moscow (RUSSIA)

LISTEN // Ryley Walker Announces New Album, Shares “The Halfwit In Me”



Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.


In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support of Primrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.


He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parker was the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.


Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space called Whistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”


For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.


Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.


Pre-order Golden Sings That Have Been Sung:

Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon // Indies



The Halfwit In Me

A Choir Apart

Funny Thing She Said

Sullen Mind

I Will Ask You Twice

The Roundabout

The Great And Undecided

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