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WATCH // New Artist Marlon Williams’ “Strange Things” Video And Tour Dates

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Dead Oceans is delighted to announce New Zealand-born Marlon Williams will be joining its roster and releasing a new album in early 2016. With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma, individuality and superior stage presence to match, the 24-year old singer, songwriter, and performer will radiate boldly alongside a roster that includes The Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent, Ryley Walker, Julianna Barwick, Kevin Morby, Bill Fay, and more. He is bound to be one of the most talked about new artists of 2016.

Marlon Williams grew up in New Zealand signing in the Christchurch cathedral choir before his father, a Maori punk singer, turned him onto country music in his teens. He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17 with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing Big Day Out, touring with Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. That same year, Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering the New Zealand Country Song and Country Album of the Year Awards in 2013.

Williams began performing the odd solo show in late 2012, and relocated to Melbourne to perform as Marlon Williams in mid-2013. He quickly grew a local cult following, which soon grew into a passionate national fan base. 2014 found Williams playing major festivals and making television appearances leading to sold out tours of Australia and New Zealand before heading into the studio to record his debut solo album. Released in his home continent this past spring, Marlon Williams received widespread acclaim, debuting at #4 on the New Zealand charts, and has received nominations at every major awards in Australia and New Zealand this year. In response to a recent show in Sydney, the Sydney Morning Herald glowed “what a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable.” Now it’s time for Marlon Williams to make his mark on the rest of the world.

To understand the captivating essence of Marlon Williams, watch his powerful performance of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Portrait of a Man from a performance at the Theatre Royal in Christchurch, and the official video Strange Things,” a harmonically and thematically twisted tune o where the protagonist is driven mad with grief over his lost wife and loneliness. And to best understand what makes Marlon Williams such a compelling performer and songwriter, experience him live at CMJ next month!

Stream/Purchase “Strange Things”:

on Spotify // Apple Music // iTunes

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

Wed. Oct. 1 – Napier, NZ @ St. John’s Cathedral
Fri. Oct. 2 – Tauranga, NZ @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Sat. Oct. 3 – Auckland, NZ @ Holy Trinity
Sun. Oct. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ St. Mary’s at Holy Trinity
Mon. Oct. 5 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Tue. Oct. 6 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Thu. Oct. 8 – Christchurch, NZ @ St. Michael All Angels
Fri. Oct. 9 – Christchurch, NZ @ The Cardboard Cathedral
Sat. Oct. 10 – Dunedin, UK @ Knox Church
Mon. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot [School Night]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right [NZ Music Commission, 7pm]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rockwood Stage 2 [Communion, 9pm]
Wed. Oct. 14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge [CAA, 7pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Pianos [Atypical Beasts, 12:30pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Living Room [School Night, 6:15pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Productive Studios [Sofar, 9:15pm]
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse [Secretly Group Showcase, 8:15pm]
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Tue. Oct. 20 – Bristol, UK @ The Gallimaufry
Wed. Oct. 21 – Manchester, UK @ Eagle Inn
Fri. Oct. 23 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
Sat. Oct. 24 – Belfast, IE @ McHugh’s Bar
Sun. Oct. 25 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Mon. Oct. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Oct. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Thu. Oct. 29 – Gent, BE @ Trefpunt
Fri. Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – London Calling Festival
Sat. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Café
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
Thu. Nov. 5 – Perth, AU @ Four 5 Nine
Fri. Nov. 6 – Bunbury, AU @ Prince of Wales
Sat. Nov. 7 – Fremantle, AU @ Fly By Night
Sat. Nov. 8 – Dunsborough, AU @ Clancy’s Fish Pub
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

WATCH // New Artist Kevin Morby Premiers Video For “Parade”


We’re ecstatic to welcome Kevin Morby to Dead Oceans. From the moment we first heard his 2013 debut, Harlem River, we’ve held the deep belief that Kevin was doing something special. Frankly, we couldn’t be more excited to work with such a world class songwriter. Both Harlem River and it’s 2014 follow up, Still Life, have graced more than a few of our Best-of-the-Year lists and clocked in hours on our turntables. We’re thrilled that Kevin is currently working on his Dead Oceans debut, due in 2016. If you haven’t heard either of his albums on the always-great Woodsist label, let us know. They’re must listens!

Today you can explore NYC alongside Kevin in his new video for “Parade”. The video, directed by Elise Tyler, adds a cheerful coda to the lifestyle change (spurred by a cross-country move) Morby explored on Still Life. Tyler on the video,

‘Parade’ is a tribute to New York City – one of the many love songs artists have written for this pulsating place. The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin – he wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can get lost in the noise of the city, which also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.”

Check out his tour dates below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the big things he’s cooking up.

Kevin Morby Online:

[all dates + tix links:]
Thurs. May 28 – Nantes, FR @ Indigènes Festival
Fri. May 29 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. May 31 – Marseille, FR @ Le Grim
Tues. June 2 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
Wed. June 3 – Grenoble, FR @ Le Ciel &
Thurs. June 4 – Limoges, FR @ Le Phare &
Sat. June 6 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
Mon. June 8 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey &
Tues. June 9 – Toulouse, FR @ La Connexion &
Wed. June 10 – Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare &
Thurs. June 11 – Sion, CH @ Le Port Franc &
Fri. June 12 – Luzern, CH @ B-Sides Festival
Sat. June 13 – Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club
Mon. June 15 – Liège, BE @ Mad Café
Wed. June 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington &
Thurs. June 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope &
Fri. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Tues. July 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Wed. July 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sun. Sept. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

& = w/ Weyes Blood

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Portland Based Greylag Joins Dead Oceans, Shares Single “Another”, Self-Titled Album Out October 13th

“Greylag have that special something. The Portland trio plays a virtuosic Led Zeppelin III strain of folk-rock that could easily… win them fans across many musical subcultures.”


Today we are extremely proud to announce Portland-based trio Greylag has joined the Dead Oceans family. We first got a glimpse of the band at this year’s SXSW and have been jamming to their tunes on full blast here at Dead Oceans HQ ever since. Today, we we are excited to announce Greylag‘s self-titled debut full-length LP, Greylag, out October 14th, 2014 on Dead Oceans. Recorded with Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins) at Seattle’s Avast Studio, Greylag is a followup to the band’s 2012 seven-track EP The Only Way To Kill (Ninth Street Opus).

Premiering this morning via Stereogum, preview the new album with track “Another” above or here on Youtube / Soundcloud.

Greylag is composed of Andrew Stonestreet, Daniel Dixon, and Brady Swan, three vastly talented musicians with incredibly different yet cohesive musical backgrounds. As for their name, the band explains “It’s a wild goose, from which all domestic geese originate, so it’s the first survivor, and it’s still wild, and doing things its own way – the ‘lag’ part refers to it being the last bird to migrate. It sits back and watches. We love the connotation.”

Stay tuned for more details and tour dates to be announced. Click read more Read the rest of this entry »

Dead Oceans Welcomes Night Beds to the Family, “Even If We Try” 7″ Out Tomorrow

We are incredibly excited to welcome Night Beds to the Dead Oceans family. Led by 23-year old songwriter, Winston Yellen, Night Beds hail from Nashville, TN by way of Colorado Springs. Winston boasts a new, great American voice with a specific brand of intimate thirst that few musicians possess.

Today, we get the pleasure of hearing Night Beds’ first single “Even If We Try.” It’s only fitting this stunning single was recorded in the former Hendersonville home of country-music legend, Johnny Cash. Watch Winston and lap-steel musician, Caleb Hickman, perform “Even If We Try” live in a church – you’ll find the video below or stream the audio version HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

free downloads

Earth:2015 by Mark McGuire
Dream Lover by Destroyer
Times Square by Destroyer
Moonshiner by Kevin Morby
Me Liquor and God by Night Beds
Corner by Night Beds
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


Strange Things by Marlon Williams

Now It's Over by A Place To Bury Strangers

Love High by A Place To Bury Strangers

Girl in a Sling by Destroyer

5 out soon

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief
CD / 2xLP

todays shows

A Place To Bury Strangers
Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern

Washington, DC - 9:30 Club  w/ Jennifer Castle

Marlon Williams
Wellington, NZ - Old St. Paul's

Ryley Walker
Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall  w/ Jose Gonzalez

The Tallest Man on Earth
Stockholm, SE - Cirkus

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