Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ Out Now Worldwide

We’re elated to say that Soft Sounds From Another PlanetJapanese Breakfast’s second full-length – is out now worldwide. Beamed in from another galaxy (a galaxy of Michelle Zauner’s making in fact), SSFAP traverses a multitude of themes and sounds. Pop the record on your turntable / put your headphones on and you’ll see for yourself. (Disclaimer: The sheer massiveness of the big room production will knock you off your feet.) Fret not – it may be a big, new world but Zauner will be your guide.

Stream and/or Purchase Soft Sounds From Another Planet:
https://japanesebreakfast.lnk.to/softsounds

Japanese Breakfast play a free album release show tomorrow, Sat., July 15th at Union Pool in New York City. Shortly thereafter they’ll open up for Tegan and Sara on a handful of dates with a UK festival stop & US headlining tour following. Be sure to catch them while you can! Dates below.

Watch Japanese Breakfast’s Fantastic Music Videos:
“Machinist” – https://youtu.be/wujw-FH2Itw
“Road Head” – https://youtu.be/cCmLjb-ocPY

Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool ~
7/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium ^
7/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
7/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
7/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
8/2 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater ^
9/7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat +
9/8 – Richmond, VA @ Stranger Matter +
9/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch festival +
9/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) +
9/11 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub +
9/12 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar +
9/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge +
9/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s +
9/15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda +
9/16 – Dallas, TX @ RBC +
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
9/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall +
9/22 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club +
9/23 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi +
9/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene +
9/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret +
9/27 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile +
9/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
9/29 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court +
9/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge +
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock +
10/4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean +
10/5 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
10/6 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory +
10/7 – Toronto, ON @ The Garisson +
10/8 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB +
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair +
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/21 – Bristol, GB @ Simple Things Festival
10/23 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
10/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Hakken
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
10/26 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
10/27 – Gent, BE @ NEST
10/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
11/2 – Brighton, GB @ The Joker
11/3 – Manchester, GB @ Soup Kitchen
11/4 – Edinburgh, GB @ The Mash House
11/5 – Glasgow, GB @ The Hug and Pint
11/6 – Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
11/7 – London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ (Sandy) Alex G & Cende
~ Free Record Release Show w/ Yohuna (Starts at 2PM)
^ w/ Tegan & Sara
+ w/ Mannequin Pussy & Spirit of the Beehive

Japanese Breakfast Shares New Video for “Road Head”

Today, Japanese Breakfast has shared a music video for “Road Head,” the latest from Soft Sounds From Another Planet, the much anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed Psychopomp. Of the self-directed video, Michelle Zauner says: “‘Road Head’ is the fifth music video Adam Kolodny and I have collaborated on. For this one we wanted to focus on staging and an exaggerated color palette. We were inspired by Fallen Angels and Twin Peaks.”

The visual hovers between dream and reality, it all feels so normal – but who’s the guy in the cloak? Creeping claustrophobia, saturated shadows, it’s a perfect accompaniment for a song about the last chest compression in attempt to resuscitate a doomed relationship.

Soft Sounds From Another Planet is out next Friday, July 14th.

Pre-order it here: https://japanesebreakfast.lnk.to/softsounds

Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates
7/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
7/7 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
7/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool ~
7/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium ^
7/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
7/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
7/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
8/2 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater ^
9/7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat +
9/8 – Richmond @ Stranger Matter +
9/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch festival +
9/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) +
9/11 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub +
9/12 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar +
9/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge +
9/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s +
9/15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda +
9/16 – Dallas, TX @ RBC +
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
9/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
9/21 – San Francisco @ Swedish American Hall +
9/22 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club +
9/23 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi +
9/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene +
9/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret +
9/27 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile +
9/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
9/29 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court +
9/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge +
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock +
10/4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean +
10/5 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
10/6 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory +
10/7 – Toronto, ON @ The Garisson +
10/8 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB +
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair +
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/21 – Bristol, GB @ Simple Things Festival
10/23 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
10/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Hakken
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
10/26 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
10/27 – Gent, BE @ NEST
10/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
11/2 – Brighton, GB @ The Joker
11/3 – Manchester, GB @ Soup Kitchen
11/4 – Edinburgh, GB @ The Mash House
11/5 – Glasgow, GB @ The Hug and Pint
11/6 – Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
11/7 – London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ (Sandy) Alex G & Cende
~ Free Record Release Show w/ Yohuna (Starts at 2PM)
^ w/ Tegan & Sara
+ w/ Mannequin Pussy & Spirit of the Beehive

PRAISE FOR SOFT SOUNDS FROM ANOTHER PLANET:

“Another great Japanese Breakfast album in the style of Psychopomp would’ve been a gift, but this is something better. It’s proof that we’re only beginning to glimpse Zauner’s capacity for evolution.” –Pitchfork

“Mines the dark drama of Vangelis and the melancholic fall-out from Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak.” –NPR

“Japanese Breakfast follows up one of our favorite songs of the year with another absolutely lovely jam from her forthcoming LP” –Gorilla vs Bear

Soft Sounds is shaping up to be just as multifaceted and varied as Zauner’s first.” –Stereogum

“Critics everywhere best start making room on their Best of 2017 lists… ‘Machinist’ is proof that Zauner is growing and changing in an adventurous, unafraid way. Even the sky isn’t the limit.” –Paste Magazine

Kane Strang’s ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ LP Available Now

We’re so pleased to be releasing Kane Strang‘s sophomore LP, Two Hearts and No Brain, out into the world today! A razor sharp LP blended with intelligent alt-rock and bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks, we can’t wait for you to dive on in.

The New Zealand native’s attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Strang’s contemporaries, yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath. With a live show that exhibits Strang’s unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane Strang’s amassed band of cohorts execute his vision with arresting impact, charming crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s songs are constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world’s best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist’s glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and 90s alt-rock shine through; but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now. Hailed as “the next Stephen Malkmus,” by The Revue, Strang’s on the brink of becoming indie-rock’s intelligent poster boy – “The young man is that talented.”

Purchase Two Hearts and No Brain:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

“The new LP from Kane Strang is some truly brilliant bedroom pop (smh), out now on Dead Oceans, Two Hearts and No Brain is something so veracious and collectible that it practically jumps from the speakers in to your brain.” – Far Out Magazine

“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork

“a nice dose of downer pop” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Robust and refined” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Kane Strang Shares Official Video For New Single, “My Smile Is Extinct”

Kane Strang has unveiled the official video for his new single, “My Smile Is Extinct,” ahead of the release of his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th (that’s next Friday). The charming, offbeat clip was directed by Julian Vares. It’s fitting that a song about getting ditched and feeling low features a lone figure (Kane), working through his emotions on his own strumming guitar and singing along deadpan. It’s totally mesmerizing and utterly relatable.

I said kill me now, I want to die
I heard there’s a chance at an afterlife
I might not get let in but at least I won’t be living

Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

What sets Kane apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, he’s stretched his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new unexpected spaces on Two Hearts and No Brain.

Two Hearts and No Brain is out next Friday, June 30th. You can pre-order it here: https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork

“a nice dose of downer pop” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Robust and refined” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Alex Lahey’s ‘B-Grade University’ EP Out Now, Listen to “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”

Stream and/or Purchase B-Grade University EP:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/B-GradeUniversity

Summer didn’t so much as creep this year, it was more of a bull in a china shop. It’s the kind of hot that makes you want to hop in the car, throw down the windows and just get the hell out of town. Luckily for you (and for us), Alex Lahey’s given us the perfect accompaniment for such a summer. Widescreen, anthemic and utterly catchy – we’re talking humidity clinging to the hot pavement sticky – Lahey’s music is damn near essential catharsis. And now you can cop her EP, which she initially released on her own label, on a 12″. Perfect for late night dance parties, or signing into your hairbrush solo. You’ll want this in your cabinet.

Plus today we’re excited to share a version of her killer track “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” recorded on triple J’s Like A Version. Check it out below. While we’re rolling with good news, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on new material coming later this summer. In the meantime you can catch Lahey on tour! All dates at the bottom of the post.

Hear “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”:

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
10/26/17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Witloofbar
10/27/17 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
10/30/17 – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
10/31/17 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow Musikclub
11/01/17 – Berlin, DE – Privat Club
11/03/17 – Munich, DE – Kranhalle
11/04/17 – Stuttgart, DE – Keller Klub
11/05/17 – Fribourg, DE – Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
11/06/17 – Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
11/08/17 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
11/09/17 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
11/10/17 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11/11/17 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
11/12/17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

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