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The Luyas Announce “Too Beautiful To Work”

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The Luyas will release their new album Too Beautiful to Work on February 22 (February 21 in the UK). A picture-perfect collection of echo-drenched space-age pop songs, Too Beautiful to Work buzzes and pops into retro-futurist sonic bliss. From the vintage effects crackling throughout “Tiny Head” to the cerebral repetition found on the title track, the Luyas’ smart, heady pop sounds vital and modern, yet utterly timeless. The band also knows how to write the perfect hook (“Cold Canada”), pairing it with the more cinematic and atmospheric (“Spherical Mattress,” “Worth Mentioning,” “What Mercy Is,”) side of the band’s elaborate vision. You can read more about The Luyas and Too Beautiful to Work HERE. Check out the new single “Tiny Head” below. Also, after the jump you’ll find the full track listing as well as Luyas live dates with The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot.

NEW MP3: The Luyas “Tiny Head”

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Transmissions from the Great Beyond: Akron/Family Announce New Album

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(Akron/Family, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT album artwork)

Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep. It had “SHINJU TNT” scrawled across the bottom of the box in black magic marker, and the return address read only “AK, Detroit.”

Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a track list written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.

From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we’ve pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: “this album will transcend the internet.”

Akron/Family spent the end of 2009 and half of 2010 exploring the future of sound through Bent Acid Punk Diamond fuzz and Underground Japanese noise cassettes, lower case micro tone poems and emotional Cagean field recordings, rebuilding electronic drums from the 70′s and playing them with sticks they carved themselves. Upon miraculous resuscitation of the original AKAK hard drive, the album layers thousands of minute imperceptible samples of their first recordings with fuzzed-out representations of their present beings to induce pleasant emotional feeling states and many momentary transcendent inspirations.

This album is titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. We have no idea what that means. After the jump you’ll find a photo of the note found in the brown box delivery with the song list, video, and an mp3 of the song fragments retrieved from the TDK CDR, relics of a new tomorrow and a brighter Akron/Family filled future. These are the beginnings, hell or high water you’ll find S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in stores in the U.S. on February 8, and March 14 in the U.K.

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A Mighty Big Welcome to the Luyas!

Montreal’s the Luyas have signed to Dead Oceans and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Jessie Stein steers the Luyas ship which is also manned by Pietro Amato, Mathieu Charbonneau, and Stefan Schneider. Check out the live video above to get  a taste of the Luyas. This band has such an impecable skill at creating stunning and spontaneous dream pop with such a casual grace that their music becomes that much more alluring. The joy this band finds in making this music is as readily apparent in the smiles on their faces, as it is in their sound.

The Luyas are currently working on a new full-length album, with Jeff McMurrich (Tindersticks, Constantines) working as engineer. Also contributing to the new album is friend and colleague Owen Pallett, who is lending his skills as violinist and arranger on a few songs. More on the new album soon. The Luyas will perform at Pop Montreal this weekend and the CMJ Music Festival next month in New York. For those of you heading to Pop Montreal, the Luyas are putting together an entire art installation complete w/ dancers, sculpture, lighting effects, costumes, and actors for a performance at Red Bird Studios this Saturday. Check out a couple of pics of the set after the jump.

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Mt St Helens Vietnam Band Kick Off National Tour

Next week Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band kick off a six week national tour in support of their new album Where The Messengers Meet. During the tour Mt St Helens will perform alongside David Bazan, Dead Confederate, and Portugal, The Man. Last week the band celebrated the release of their new album with a free show at the Mural Ampitheatre in Seattle. The show wrapped up KEXP’s summer concert series at the mural and boasted the largest crowd of the season. The fine folks at KEXP captured the show on video and you can check out Mt St Helens performing “En Fuego” from their self-titled debut above. You can find more photos from the Mural concert HERE. You can also stream a recording of the performance at the KEXP website HERE. Check out the tour dates below and find out when Mt St Helens Vietnam Band will be in your neck of the woods.

09/08/10 Spokane, WA -- Empyrean Coffee House w/ David Bazan
09/10/10 Boise, ID -- Neurolux w/ David Bazan
09/11/10 Salt Lake City, UT -- Urban Lounge w/ David Bazan
09/12/10 Denver, CO -- Larimer Lounge w/ David Bazan
09/14/10 Omaha, NE -- The Waiting Room w/ David Bazan
09/15/10 Columbia, MO -- Mojo’s w/ David Bazan
09/16/10 Chicago, IL -- Empty Bottle
09/17/10 Toledo, OH -- Mickey Finns Pubb
09/18/10 Toronto, ON -- The Drake Hotel
09/21/10 Philadelpia, PA -- Johnny Brenda’s
09/23/10 Akron, OH -- Musica w/ Dead Confederate
09/24/10 Pittsburgh, PA -- Rex Theatre w/ Dead Confederate
09/28/10 Brooklyn, NY -- Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Dead Confederate
09/29/10 Washington, DC -- Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Dead Confederate
09/30/10 Carrboro, NC -- Cat’s Cradle w/ Dead Confederate
10/01/10 Charlotte, NC -- Snug Harbor w/ Dead Confederate
10/05/10 Urbana, IL -- Canopy Club w/ Portugal. The Man
10/07/10 Fayetville, AR -- George’s Majestic Lounge w/ Portugal. The Man
10/08/10 Fort Worth, TX -- Aaardvark
10/09/10 Austin, TX -- The Mohawk
10/11/10 Houston, TX -- Fitzgerald’s
10/14/10 Birmingham, AL -- WorkPlay Soundstage w/ Portugal. The Man
10/15/10 Athens, GA -- 40 Watt Club w/ Portugal. The Man
10/16/10 Asheville, NC -- Orange Peel w/ Portugal. The Man
10/17/10 Nashville, TN -- Mercy Lounge w/ Portugal. The Man
10/20/10 Lawrence, KS -- Bottleneck
10/22/10 Iowa City, IA- The Blue Moose Tap House
10/26/10 Missoula, MT- Top Hat




Phosphorescent Releases New Video

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Phosphorescent’s first video from Here’s To Taking It Easy serves as a mini-documentary of the band itself. Directed by Natalie Johns of Dig For Fire TV, this video was shot over numerous shows, practices, and hang outs leading up to and through the release of the new album. It is a time capsule of a band now closely knit after almost three years of constant touring, and the essence of their live show, raw and unhinged. Phosphorescent comes alive as a full band here, just as they do on Here’s To Taking It Easy.

Phosphorescent is currently on the home stretch of their U.S. tour. Starting September 6 Phosphorescent returns to Europe for a string of dates including performances at the End of the Road, Take Root, Bestival, and Leffingeleuren Festivals. Check out the full dates after the jump.

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