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Gauntlet Hair Releases MP3 for “Keep Time” Fall Tour Dates and Album Pre-Order Up Now!

Dead Oceans announced this summer that the self-titled debut record by Denver duo Gauntlet Hair will be released on October 18th (17th in the UK) with the release of their first mp3. “Top Bunk” was praised by Altered Zones, Exclaim!, Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs. Bear, The Fader and more. Stereogum named Gauntlet Hair one of the top 40 New Bands of 2011. They were introduced in features at Baeble Music, Interview.com, NPR and Portable.tv.

Gauntlet Hair CDs and LPs are now available for pre-order. All orders will receive a download code that will activate on October 1st, more than two weeks prior to the release date. The first 50 LP pre-orders will receive yellow-colored vinyl. Click here to pre-order Gauntlet Hair at SC Distribution.

Today Stereogum.com premiered Gauntlet Hair’s opening track “Keep Time,” calling it “a huge-sounding, heavy pop jam that sounds like it’s emanating from some kind of subterranean bower. Pretty epic album opener.”

Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time” by DOJAGSC

Gauntlet Hair is touring to and from NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon in October, the latter half of which will be with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Dates are listed here at the tour page!

New Blackout Beach (Carey Mercer) LP – Fuck Death – Download “Beautiful Burning Desire”

I’m very privileged to announce that Dead Oceans will be releasing the next record from the brilliant and talented musician (and twitterer) Carey Mercer, Blackout Beach’s Fuck Death. Carey wrote a note to provide context, which we will share with you:

Fuck Death is a record named after a Leon Golub painting, an American painter I admire very much. The record is an attempt to make something about Beauty and War. I have very little experience with these concepts.

This is not a political record, though I suspect those will be coming soon enough.

It took three years to make, which, I admit, is a long time to make a record.

(Download the single “Beautiful Burning Desire” below!)

Here are some influences and inspirations that helped me work through this one:
The Book of Job; Michael Herr’s Dispatches; this Russian film called Come and See; 80’s Vietnam films employing 60’s guitar sounds to sweep us back into that era; the awesomeness of Platoon to the ten-year old mind; Orwell’s Homage To Catalonia; Kraftwerk; Fuzz; Brownface Princeton tremolo; Wind sounds; Cosmic Sounds; Death Sounds; Archilochus’ fragments; Iraq; Cheerleaders; Chinese soldier poems, and Shawn MacDonald’s mountain photos, cloud-and-sky-and-stone images that I returned to many times while constructing the record.

Carey Mercer by Shawn McDonald

The record is a sibling to the last Blackout Beach record, Skin of Evil. But the longing in Fuck Death is not romantic; these are deserter’s songs, coward’s songs. I am all for reassessing cowardice. The most important lyric on Fuck Death is “run away.” It’s a bit heavy, especially because the dominant 2011 story is that kids want to live on an invisible beach within their hearts and party this stuff away. But not all kids scorn uneasiness. And not all music is made for kids.

I recorded Fuck Death myself, which might be a 2011 thing to do; by that I mean that this record could not have been made with anyone else, anywhere else. I used three synthesizers (two mono, one poly), two drum machines, and one guitar amplifier. Megan Boddy sings with me on most of the songs. I thank her for that.

- Carey Mercer, Blackout Beach

Fuck Death will be out on vinyl and digital formats on November 15th (14 in the UK), 2011.

 

Gauntlet Hair’s Self-Titled Debut Coming in October Download Free MP3 for “Top Bunk”


Gauntlet Hair “Top Bunk” by DOJAGSC

The new Gauntlet Hair record is imminent, and we have mp3 “Top Bunk” to share right now. The self-titled record, Gauntlet Hair, is coming out on October 18th, and Gorilla Vs. Bear calls it an “evolved debut collection of cavernous, thunderously loud, danceable avant-pop jams.”

More info on the new record after the jump!

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Sun Airway Releases New 7″ This Summer – Download A-Side “Wild Palms” Now

"Wild Palms" 7" (artwork by Jess Roberts)

“Wild Palms” by Sun Airway by DOJAGSC

Wild Palms” b/w “Symphony in White, No. 2 is the first taste of new material from Sun Airway since the release of their acclaimed debut, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier. Following tours with Bear in Heaven, Cults, Small Black, Lower Dens and more, the band went back into the studio and emerged with this stunning new single. First performed live at a special engagement this past Friday at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia,”Wild Palms” is now offered for download at Pitchfork.com.

On this 7″ the band’s modern sounds glance backwards, with faint 80s pop melodies sneaking into the band’s repertoire. Although the sounds are lush, subtle and carefully crafted, Sun Airway once again proves the songwriting comes first, writing instantly classic pop tunes on their new single.

This 7″ single will be available physically on July 19th, 2011 but is now available at all digital retailers. (iTunes, Amazon, Emusic)

Wild Palms 7″ Out July 19th, 2011

A. Wild Palms
B. Symphony in White, No. 2


 

The Donkeys Return With “Born With Stripes” 4/26!

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Our dearest Donkeys are returning with a great, new album on April 26th!

Stream, download and embed the first song from Born With Stripes, “Don’t Know Who We Are,” below.

“Don’t Know Who We Are” by The Donkeys by deadoceans

We have more info on the album, artwork and tour dates after the jump!

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