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

RECORD STORE DAY // Ryley Walker Announces Release Of ‘Cannots’ With Charles Rumback

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On April 16th, Ryley Walker will release a Record Store Day full-length recorded with Charles Rumback titled, Cannots.

 

Fellow denizens of Chicago, IL, Rumback (drums, organ) and Walker (acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bells) laid down Cannots during two short sessions, a month apart, overseen by Brian J. Sulpizio. Each player’s schedule was too hectic ahead of these sessions to allow any time to discuss the direction of the record, so what you hear was wholly improvised on the spot. The results maybe recall the legendary jams of Sandy Bull and Billy Higgins, perhaps the soundtrack work of Ry Cooder, or Neil Young circa Dead Man…whatever you hear there is an undeniably magical chemistry at play.

Ryley Walker‘s already had a full year – and it’s not even March. His passport got stamped in Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia (for the first time no less) on his Central & Eastern European tour. On his inaugural Australian tour, Walker opened for Joanna Newsom at the Sydney Opera House. While in Glasgow, Walker played two sold out Bert Jansch tribute shows alongside legends such as Robert Plant, Jacqui Mcshee, Archie Fisher, Graham Coxon and Ben Watt. Walker’s currently touring as a duo with Danny Thompson (Pentangle, Nick Drake, Talk Talk) and will open for Deer Tick once he returns stateside.

 

Cannots is available in limited edition, electric-blue vinyl, featuring cover art by Adam F Scott(adamscottstudio.com), and will be released by Dead Oceans on Record Store Day 2016. Full list of dates below.

   

RYLEY WALKER TOUR DATES

*new dates in bold* 

Thurs. Feb. 25 – Liverpool, UK @ Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic &

Fri. Feb. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club & 

Sat. Feb. 27 – Farndale, North Yorkshire, UK @ The Band Room &

Sun. Feb. 28 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall &

Mon. Feb. 29 – London, UK @ Bush Hall &

Thurs. March 10 – Sat. March 12 – Chicago, IL @ Levitation Chicago – Thalia Hall

Sun. April 3 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall †

Tue. April 5 – St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill †

Wed. April 6 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Music Fest – The Mill †

Thur. April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music †

Fri. April 8 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre †

Sat. April 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club †

Mon. April 11 – Boulder, CO @ Bluebird Theatre †

Tue. April 12 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up †

Wed. April 13 – Santa Fe, NM @ MEOW Wolf †

Fri. April 29 – Belfast, IE @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Sat. April 30 – Sun. May 1 – Kilkenny, IE @ Kilkenny Roots Festival

Sun. May 2 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans

Sun. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret

Fri. June 24 – Sun. June 26 – Oslo, NO @ Piknik i Parken

Sat. Aug. 6 – Sun. Aug. 7 – London, UK @ Caught By The River Thames

Thur. Aug. 18 – Sat. Aug. 20 – Praia do Tabuao, PT @ Paredes de Coura

 

& = w/ Danny Thompson

† = w/ Deer Tick

RELEASE DAY // Marlon Williams’ Self Titled Debut Is Out Today, Worldwide

Marlon Williams broke out in stride with his incredible voice and masterful stage presence in Australia and New Zealand last year surrounding the release of his debut, self-titled album. He topped off the year winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, where he performed new single, “Dark Child,” attended the ARIA Awards in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, and made his morning television debut performing“Hello Miss Lonesome” on “ABC Breakfast TV” in Australia.

Today, his self titled debut LP is out via Dead Oceans!

Order Marlon Williams’ Self Title LP now:
CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

Marlon William Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

02/28/16 Perth, AUPerth International Arts Festival
03/05/16 Parkville, AUSMelbourne Zoo
03/06/16 Castlemaine, AU – Theatre Royal
03/09/16 Auckland, NZPowerstation
03/11/16 Mosman, AUSTaronga Zoo
03/12/16 Lone Star Valley, AUSA Festival Called Panama
03/13/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/14/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/15/16 Austin, TXSXSW
04/05/16 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
04/06/16 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
04/07/16 London, UK – St. Giles In The Fields
04/08/16 Brighton, UK – The Hope And Ruin
04/11/16 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
04/12/16 Hamburg, DE – Nochtspeicher
04/13/16 Cologne, DE – YUCA
04/14/16 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up Du Label
04/15/16 Bourges, FR – Le Printemps De Bourges
04/16/16 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
04/18/16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
04/19/16 Manchester, UK – The Night And Day Cafe
04/20/16 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
04/21/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
05/17/16 Ann Arbor, MIThe Ark *
05/18/16 Toronto, ONDanforth Music Hall *
05/20/16 New York, NYThe Town Hall *
05/21/16 Washington, DCLincoln Theatre *
05/22/16 Boston, MAWilbur Theatre *
05/24/16 Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer *
05/26/16 Atlanta, GABuckhead Theatre *
05/27/16 New Orleans, LAThe Civic Theatre *
05/28/16 Dallas, TXThe Kessler Theatre *
05/30/16 Tucson, AZThe Rialto Theatre *
05/31/16 Los Angeles, CAThe Fonda Theatre *
06/02/16 San Francisco, CAGreat American Music Hall *
06/03/16 Portland, ORAladdin Theater *
06/04/16 Seattle, WANeptune Theatre *
06/05/16 Boise, IDEgyptian Theatre *
06/07/16 Boulder, COBoulder Theater *
06/08/16 Omaha, NESlowdown *
06/09/16 Minneapolis, MNVarsity Theater *
06/10/16 Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom *
06/11/16 Chicago, ILThalia Hall *

* w/ Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop

WATCH // Julianna Barwick Scores Zia Anger’s ‘I Remember Nothing,’ Watch It Here

Julianna Barwick has kept busy with a multitude of projects, performances, and more in the last year or so. Today we’re excited to share one of them with you! Julianna has written and performed the original score for director Zia Anger’s latest film, I Remember Nothing. The film follows the day in a life of a student, named Joan, who’s unaware she’s epileptic. To reflect the phases of a seizure, I Remember Nothing is structured in five sections. The cast features Lola Kirke(Mistress America, Gone Girl), Michael Cavadis (Wonder Boys, Girls), India Menuez (Up In The Air, Uncertain Terms), Adinah Dacynger (Uncertain Terms) and Poet Robert Kelly.

Julianna Barwick and Zia Anger have been collaborators for some time. She’s also directed music videos for Julianna, including the video for “One Half“. You could argue it was second nature, an “ah, of course!” moment for Zia to create a film with Julianna in mind. Here’s what Zia had to say about Julianna’s involvement,

“I wrote ‘I Remember Nothing’ knowing that Julianna would score the piece. The score was always meant to be this 6th and final piece of the main character of Joan (the other 5 being represented by on screen actresses.) When she was writing the score there was a moment where we actually sat down and I gave her direction, similar to the way I would direct actors. It was really a fascinating experience to say the least.”

 

WATCH // Bleached Share Video For New Single “Wednesday Night Melody”

“’Wednesday Night Melody’ perfectly captures the spirit of young adulthood, a time when you’re young and free and your whole life is ahead of you, but you’re often broke and consumed by angst. Bleached’s furious and fun sound, mixed with a slacker vibe, invites you to enjoy your youthful worries while they last.” — NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”

 

“Like the band itself, the video tackles objectively unpleasant subject matter with cheeky panache, transforming it into a scuzzed-out garage pop ride.” — Noisey on “Wednesday Night Melody” video

 

“a sneering soundtrack to a souring relationship and a gentle reminder to keep on keepin’ on regardless.”

The FADER

 

“If lead single ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ is any indication, the L.A. rockers have found a way to further indulge their punk desires with breezy pop vibes…the track chugs forward with driving, incessant guitar and a dangerous bass line that creeps in the background. — Consequence of Sound

 

Bleached have unveiled the video for their new single, “Wednesday Night Melody,” from their forthcoming album, Welcome The Worms, out April 1st on Dead Oceans. The video depicts Bleached band members, Jessie Clavin and Micayla Grace, coming home to find their lead singer, Jennifer Clavin, dead. But the band has an important gig that night at renowned L.A. rock club, The Smell, and the show must go on!

 

“We were so stoked we got to do this video with [director] Gil Kenan,” said Jennifer. “We’ve known each other for years from the Smell scene in L.A. I didn’t realize how well his concept for this video flowed with the lyrics until after we finished filming. The lyrics started off as a letter to myself and range from depicting the indulgence of vices to escape, sad reflection of the past, and into the acceptance of those feelings as a part of life and feeling hopeful for the future. So the fact that I play dead during this whole video was such an abstract take on it that it felt perfect.”

 

Upon the announcement of Welcome The Worms, Bleached is being recognized as a no-frills, not-to-be-missed rock band. Coming out of a particularly trying time in life, sisters Jessie and Jennifer dove head-first into music, siting unhealthy romantic endeavors, eviction and futile drunken nights as the inspiration behind their ambitious sophomore album. The band will be heading to SXSW and will then embark on their extensive North American tour in support of the record (all dates below).

 

Pre-order Welcome The Worms:

via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon

Support your local independent record store

Bleached Tour Dates:

Tue. Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Sun. Mar. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger/Burger Hangover Festival

Thu. Mar. 24 – Fayetteville, AR @ On The Map Festival

Tue. Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *

Wed. Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*

Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*

Mon. Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder*

Tue. Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s *

Wed. Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

Fri. Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *

Sat. Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *

Mon. Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

Wed. Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9*

Fri. Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott*

Sat. Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB *

Sun. Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison*

Wed. Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness*

Thu. Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch*

Fri. Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*

Sat. Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*

Mon. Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

Tue. Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*

Thu. Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *

Fri. Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza*

Sat. Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *

Mon. May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill*

Wed. May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*

Thu. May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*

Tue. May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers

Wed. May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club

Thu. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios

Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Sat. May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis

Tue. May 24 – Lille, FR @ Aeronof

Wed. May 25 – Everux, FR @ Abordage

Thu. May 26 – Metz, FR @ BAM

Fri. May 27 – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

Sat. May 28 – Antwerp, BL @ Het Bos

Mon. May 30 – Zurich, SW @ Eldorado

 

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