Dead Oceans and Other Indiana Music Businesses Respond to the Indiana RFRA

Dead Oceans co-signed this statement today:

We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.

We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana’s economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana — please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won’t do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.

We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to co-sign this letter with us: http://www.musicforindiana.org/

ALBUM RELEASE // Ryley Walker ‘Primrose Green’ Out Now Worldwide, European Tour Starts 8th April

“This is clearly someone reaching for their essence, on a mission to follow a philosophy rather than to slavishly recreate a mood.”
-Uncut (9/10)

‘Primrose Green’ sounds exactly like late-’60s Tim Buckley. I can only assume that Paul Rothchild manned the boards and Van Dyke Parks rolled the joints while this was being recorded.”
– Grantland

“With ‘Primrose Green’, Walker has developed into a thoughtful singer-songwriter following a tangled thread, one picked at by the likes of Tim Buckley, John Martyn, Van Morrison…”
– NPR Music

Primrose Green, the debut album from Chicago’s six-string wunderkind Ryley Walker is out now worldwide. To celebrate release day, Ryley plays an in-store at Permanent Records in Chicago tonight at 7pm with more info here: http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/

You can preview Ryley live with a beautiful session recorded at SXSW via KRT above or here on YouTube. To our European friends – Ryley is headed your way in just a few days. Full dates and ticket links after the jump.

Get the new album now direct from us, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

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WATCH // A Place To Bury Strangers Shares “What We Don’t See” Video Dir. By Jimmy Fusil, EU Tour Starts Tomorrow

“APTBS recorded Transfixiation, and to us it’s a cubist self-portrait of their live presence; distorted (but accurate!), it captures the essence of their sound from multiple perspectives. Those three aren’t just loud, they move a LOT OF AIR. They move a lot of things, making and breaking them in the process”
– Jimmy Fusil [PopSoda]

A Place To Bury Strangers‘ new album, Transfixiation, is out now on Dead Oceans. Premiering this morning via Drowned In Sound, the video directed by Jimmy Fusil [PopSoda], invites us into the band’s practice from the point of view of the space itself. Watch it above, on YouTube, or for our international viewers on DailyMotion. APTBS also begin their European tour tomorrow night in Dublin at Whelan’s with September Girls.

If you haven’t already, pick up the album direct from us, iTunes, Amazon, your local record store.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES
All dates / tickets here: deadoceans.com/tour

Tue. March 31 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s (w/September Girls)
Wed. April 1 – Belfast, IE @ Voodoo
Thu. April 2 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Fri. April 3 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall (w/September Girls)
Sun. April 5 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control Basement (w/September Girls)
Mon. April 6 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club (w/September Girls)
Tue. April 7 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds (w/September Girls)
Wed. April 8 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb lfor Bach (w/September Girls)
Thu. April 9 – London, UK @ Oslo (w/September Girls)

LYRICS // The Tallest Man On Earth Shares Lyrics For “Sagres”, New Album Out 5/12



Less than two months away from release day, The Tallest Man On Earth has shared the lyrics for “Sagres” off of the upcoming ‘Dark Bird Is Home’. Pre-order the album via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

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SXSW // Ryley Walker, Julianna Barwick To Play SXSW

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Feels like it was just this time last year we were planning our annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX – and now it’s less than a week away. Time’s a funny thing isn’t it? We’re excited to have both Ryley Walker and Julianna Barwick playing SXSW! Schedule is below.

Pre-order Ryley Walker’s new album Primrose Green now direct from us, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Ryley Walker @ SXSW
Tues. March 17 – House of Vans @ The Mohawk (8:00 PM)
Wed. March 18 – SXSW Official Showcase @ Central Presbyterian Church (8:00 PM)
Thurs. March 19 – KGSR’s Live Broadcast @ W Austin (6:30 AM)
Thurs. March 19 – Austin Psych Fest Showcase @ Hotel Vegas (2:00 PM)

Julianna Barwick @ SXSW
Sat. March 21 – Manage This Showcase @ The Parish (8:00 PM)

  • Tide Teeth by Night Beds
  • Night Beds "Tide Teeth" directed by Dan Huiting
  • Sweet Satisfaction by Ryley Walker
  • Ryley Walker "Sweet Satisfaction" directed by Bethany Schmitt
  • What We Don't See by A Place To Bury Strangers
  • A Place To Bury Strangers "What We Don't See" directed by Jimmy Fusil
  • We've Come So Far by A Place To Bury Strangers
  • A Place To Bury Strangers "We've Come So Far" directed by Matthew Conboy

    free downloads

    Dream Lover by Destroyer
    Sagres by The Tallest Man on Earth
    Dark Bird Is Home by The Tallest Man on Earth
    War Machine by Bill Fay
    A Page Incomplete by Bill Fay
    Primrose Green by Ryley Walker
    Sweet Satisfaction by Ryley Walker
    Straight by A Place To Bury Strangers
    We've Come So Far by A Place To Bury Strangers
    Me Liquor and God by Night Beds
    Los Angeles (Live) by Phosphorescent
    Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly) (Live) by Phosphorescent

    video

    Tide Teeth by Night Beds

    Sweet Satisfaction by Ryley Walker

    What We Don't See by A Place To Bury Strangers

    We've Come So Far by A Place To Bury Strangers

    5 out soon

    Night Beds
    Ivywild
    CD / 2XLP
    Destroyer
    Poison Season
    CD / 2XLP

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