JOANNA NEWSOM AND WILD BELLE ADDED TO SUNDAY LINEUP
We are thrilled to announce the additions of Joanna Newsom and Wild
Belle to the Sunday lineup. Newsom, a native to northern California,
very rarely plays at festivals, and has played only a handful of shows
in 2012, making her a must-see at this year’s festival. The inclusion
of up-and-comers Wild Belle on the Sunday bill solidifies our
reputation as *the* place to hear the very best in music right now.
REGINA SPEKTOR’S WHAT WE SAW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS DEBUTS AT #3 ON BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
RECENT APPEARANCES INCLUDE "THE COLBERT REPORT", “LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON,” “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,” “LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN” AND NPR LIVE BROADCAST CONCERT
“Spektor’s first new studio album in three years, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats finds her scattering in several directions without losing sight of the sweet melodies that make her so accessible.” —NPR “All Songs Considered ‘First Listen’”
“Regina Spektor has become her generation’s Joni Mitchell—a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional trusts between wisecracks.” —Rolling Stone
“A set of beguiling originals abounding with hooks, humanity and endearing quirks.” —The Washington Post
“A singular songwriting voice that spans genres and personas with grace and apparent ease.” —NPR Music
“There’s not a weak track on the record, and there’s something arresting in each song, from the dramatic Thomas Dolby-style electronic drum sound at the start of “All The Rowboats” to Spektor imitating a passing parade with her lips on “The Party.” —The Onion A.V. Club
“On “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats,” her fourth major-label studio set, Spektor uses the piano to anchor a succession of far-flung ditties, including the funky, suite-like “Small Town Moon,” the fuzzily percussive “All the Rowboats” and the deeply affecting white-soul ballad “How.” —The Los Angeles Times
Regina Spektor’s new album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats (Sire/Warner Bros. Records) debuted at #3 on The Billboard Album Chart. This evening, Spektor will make her first appearance on “The Colbert Report” and earlier this week she performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
On June 28, Spektor will cross the Atlantic for performances throughout Europe including a sold out show at Royal Albert Hall in London and her first concert in her native Russia. She will return to the States in August with newly announced dates in Portland and Seattle prior to shows at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles and The Outside Lands Festival. Please see current list of dates below.
REGINA SPEKTOR TOUR DATES
August 8 ///Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall /// Portland, OR
STEREOGUM PREMIERES “NESKOWIN” FROM
CORIN TUCKER BAND’S KILL MY BLUES;
WEST COAST TOUR DATES ADDED
NEW ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 18 ON KILL ROCK STARS
Tucker knows how to transmute melancholy into energy, a stubborn belief
that what can feel like a trap can also turn into a map to
freedom.”—NPR “Fresh Air”
“A punk-rock heroine”—Rolling Stone
The track “Neskowin” from the Corin Tucker Band’s highly anticipated sophomore effort Kill My Blues (out September 18 on Kill Rock Stars) is premiering at Stereogum along with brand new west coast tour dates:http://bit.ly/QUPe6T. The follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2010 release 1,000 Years—an album hailed as “thoughtful [and] subtle” by Pitchfork and “a determined effort” by the Los Angeles Times—Kill My Blues
finds former Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Tucker returning to her riot
grrrl sonic roots along with band members Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears),
Sara Lund (Unwound) and Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks).
Please see below for a track list and complete tour dates; Kill My Blues is available for pre-order now at http://bit.ly/Hh82u0.
Of writing and recording the new album, Tucker notes that Kill My Blues
was a group effort. “After the past two years playing together,
traveling and making music, I think we’re more comfortable,” she says.
“We collaborated on every song on this record and no one was shy about
their ideas. I think you can hear that sense of joy and abandon in the
for her role in punk rock mainstay Sleater-Kinney, Tucker also played
in the influential early-`90s rock group Heavens to Betsy. Recently she
has appeared alongside Sleater-Kinney bandmate Carrie Brownstein in the
IFC comedy Portlandia. Corin lives with her two children and filmmaker husband Lance Bangs in Portland.
CORIN TUCKER BAND, KILL MY BLUES
1. Groundhog Day
2. Kill My Blues
4. I Don’t Wanna Go
6. No Bad News Tonight
7. Summer Jams
8. None Like You
10. Outgoing Message
11. Blood, Bones and Sand
Montreal's Men Without Hats will soon be taking their timeless performance back on the road in support of their new album Love In The Age of War (out now on Cobraside Records).
During 2011's “Dance If You Want” tour, Men Without Hats opened every
show with their single “This War.” Today, they are sharing the single,
which just premiered on AOL's Spinner,
in honor of their upcoming tour dates. The track is an uplifting blend
of the band's distinguished synthpop sound, accentuated by Ivan's
distinctive baritone croon.
Love In The Age of War marked the band's their first album release in albums 10 years and features 10 original songs written by Ivan Doroschuk. Produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson), Love In The Age of War features charismatic front man Ivan (voice & electronics), his brother Colin Doroschuk (vocals), as well as Lou Dawson (vocals & live keyboards), and James Love
(guitars). In 2011, Men Without Hats soared back into the scene with
their breakout performance at SXSW, followed by an extensive,
well-received North American tour.
forming in the late 70's, the band released six studio albums – having
songs featured on hit TV series such as Glee, The Simpsons, Futurama
and Family Guy. Their 1980's hit “The Safety Dance” reached Top 10 in
the US, the UK and 25 other countries around the world. Their 1987 hit
“Pop Goes The World” reached the top 20 in the US and Canada. In 1983,
they picked up a Grammy nomination for Best group.
Sanctuarium Available Today, July 31, 2012 on hausKat records
is pleased to release their video for "On The Outside" directed by Josh
Locy. According to Locy, "video was inspired by the title sequence for Silk Stalkings
and amazing booty dance videos posted on youtube the song is so great,
I just wanted to accentuate the tone and emphasize the beat." The video
pays homage to 80s and 90s movie intros: dark, sensual noir. With "On
The Outside" the band introduces their sounds to the world, layered and
plentiful. The songs ooze lush backbeats and alluring harmonies. Sacred
Caves displays a confident ease through their songs; uncomplicated but
not actually simplistic. At its core the band plays unashamedly
gratifying pop music. These songs were made for headphones. The band
has also dropped the 2nd song from the EP, "Slowmo" is a graceful jam with a stout bass-line drowned in electronic beats. Sacred Caves' EP entitledSanctuarium is out today July 31st via hausKat records.
When they met at the abandoned Caves of California it had been a while since Greg Bertens and Nyles Lannon
had last spoken, let alone gone on a trip together Bertens, the
founding member of the band Film School and Lannon, his former
songwriting partner/guitarist, having released solo albums as n.Lannon;
the two, long lost brothers in arms. They had gone their separate ways
what seemed like ages ago, but telecommunications had brought them back
with a few messages and a simple suggestion. Strange they would find
themselves returning to this once popular destination to rekindle their
songwriting partnership and explore these caves.
it's still hard for them to explain what they found in there. Lannon
says it was kinetic energy. Bertens says it was a complete idea. But
whatever it was they brought it home with them and through emails, FTP
and dropboxes--connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles they formed
songs. Their building blocks were hallucinatory-like formations of
limestone, dolomite, marble, salt and gypsum, pounded together by
rhythms and a harmonious pop sense. The tracks are entrancing and
melodic, light and easy, deep and heavy, borne from below the earth's
crust. They are Poetic in the way they beckon you closer.
Sanctuarium, to be released on hausKat records, is the Sacred Caves'
first offering, a mesmerizing EP that channels that mystical and
awesome energy sought from something unknown, a deep and deserving
release. Expect a full-length album and more to come this fall.
DZ DEATHRAYS RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA FOR FALL TOUR
WITH TRUST AND BLOOD RED SHOES
the kind of record that makes you feel explosions in your "blah," a
giant loogie hock against the pricks that perpetuate the everyday." - Pitchfork
only just past the halfway point of the 2012 but it's fair to say that
DZ Deathrays have already had quite the year. Having released their
critically acclaimed debut album Bloodstreams earlier this
year, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have spent the majority of this
year doing what they do best and tearing up venues with their ferocious
live show all over the world.
just completed a six-week tour and 30+ shows in North America with Bass
Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays have been turning heads over and over again
including most recently those at Pitchfork and SPIN who both gave the
band's debut LP favorable reviews.
back in Australia, DZ Deathrays are wasting no time and heading back
out on the road for a series of shows and festivals throughout
Australia before relocating to the UK for the rest of the year, where
they will play the prestigious Leeds & Reading Festival. DZ
Deathrays are set to embark on two separate U.S. tours with Blood Red
Shoes & TRUST before ending their year with a UK tour.
DZ Deathrays North American Tour Dates
08.24.12 - Leeds & Reading Festival - Leeds, England
08.26.12 - Leeds & Reading Festival - Reading, England
08.31.12 - A Perfect Day Festival - Castello Scaligero di Villafranca, Italy
09.07.12 - Barboza - Seattle, WA *
09.08.12 - MFNW - Portland, OR *
09.10.12 - Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA *
09.11.12 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
09.12.12 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA *
09.18.12 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY ^
09.19.12 - Glasslands - Brooklyn, NY ^
09.20.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA ^
09.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC ^
09.23.12 - TT the Bears - Boston, MA ^
09.25.12 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC ^
09.26.12 - The Drake - Toronto, ON ^
09.27.12 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI ^
09.28.12 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL ^
11.06.12 - O2 Academy 2 - Birmingham, England @
11.07.12 - O2 Academy - Oxford, England @
11.08.12 - Ritz - Manchester, England @
11.09.12 - Sugarmill - Stoke, England @
11.10.12 - Garage - Glasgow, Scotland
11.12.12 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, England @
11.13.12 - HMV Forum - London, England @
11.14.12 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, England @
11.15.12 - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, England @
11.16.12 - Metropolitan - Leeds, England @
* - with TRUST
^ - with Blood Red Shoes
@ with Pulled Apart By Horses & Pure Love
DZ DEATHRAYS RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA FOR FALL TOUR
Mute are pleased to announce the signing of Land Observations, and news of the debut release, Roman Roads IV - XI, out on September 4th, 2012.
Land Observations is the solo project of James Brooks, which debuted at the Short Circuit, presents Mute Festival at the Roundhouse in May 2011.
previous band, Appliance, released four critically acclaimed albums on
Mute before disbanding. Since then, Brooks has developed his visual and
audio art with various shows across the UK, North America and Europe
(his current exhibition, The Information Exchange, is at Domobaal, London, WC1 until August 2012).
music has remained a constant, with Brooks now connecting his
conceptual approaches to instrumental musical compositions.
to develop a new project alongside the visual art meant that Brooks did
a lot of home recording at his flat in Hackney, East London.
Observations, developed out of an interest in the former Roman roads
that lay just a short walk from his front door - roads of communication
and conquest that stretch from the old City of London and out across
parts of Britain, Europe and beyond.
witnesses Brooks exploring the power of minimalism via layered,
repetitive electric VI string guitar – creating warm, evocative
Brooks spent considerable time researching Roman Roads-, with each of
the compositions responding to the psychogeography of an individual
road - this is not just a historical project, or an attempt to look
only into the past. There is an obvious fascination with Roman Roads as
man made structures, with their bold lines carving through the
landscape, creating an album that's a reflection on the broader ideas
of travel, momentum and progress.
Roman Roads IV - XI is released on Mute on CD, vinyl and download, with packaging featuring original drawings by Brooks.
The album was recorded at the Bridge and Tunnel Mobile, Berlin and engineered and mixed by Mark Bihler and James Brooks.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND LULU GAINSBOURG COVER SERGE'S 'BONNIE AND CLYDE'
LULU GAINSBOURG'S FROM GAINSBOURG TO LULU DEBUT LP OUT OCT. 30 FEATURING RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, JOHNNY DEPP + VANESSA PARADIS, IGGY POP, AND MORE
Download 'Bonnie and Clyde' at SoundCloud (Available to Post)
Scarlett Johansson has teamed up with Lulu Gainsbourg, son of iconic French artist Serge Gainsbourg and Bambou (actress, model and singer), to release a unique cover of 'Bonnie and Clyde.' The single is the first track to be released in the US from Lulu's tribute album to his father, and will be available via ITunes on July 31st. Slated for an October 30 release with MBM Records, From Gainsbourg to Lulu is a special collection of covers handpicked by Lulu, including collaborations with Rufus Wainwright, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Iggy Pop, and more. Lulu and several guests on the album will perform select shows in NYC this winter.
Born Lucien Gainsbourg, Lulu is the half-brother to world-renowned actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.
He started playing piano when he was five years old and later attended
the Music Conservatory of Paris at the age of eight. Accepted into
Berklee College in 2007, Lulu composed a song for French singer and
actor Marc Lavoine's 2009 album Volume 10 during his term, and assisted Beck who produced his sister's third studio album entitledIRM.
From Gainsbourg to Lulu
is a project that he considers as a heartfelt gift to his father. Lulu
took it upon himself to select the tracks he knew would best pay homage
to his father's work, as well as reach out directly to all of the guest
artists himself to bring the album together. Working on the release was
a labor of love for Lulu, who acted mainly as a producer/director,
skillfully crafting each song with his own influence to compliment the
guests. Now a graduate of Berklee, and off the back of a successful
release in France to critical acclaim, Lulu is permanently living in
New York and ready to spread his new legacy in the US.
Alessi’s Ark to Release 2009 Debut Album, Notes from the Treehouse, for the First Time in North America
Stream the Album Early on Spotify for Inspiration in Album Cover Art Contest
River, NC - July 30, 2012 - Alessi’s Ark, the musical project from
British folk-popster Alessi Laurent-Marke, will digitally release her
debut album, Notes from the Treehouse,
for the first time in North America Sept. 18. The album was only
available in the UK after its 2009 EMI/Virgin debut; her most recent
effort, Time Travel, was released in September 2011 on Bella Union North America.
hard to create an unreleased album’s cover art without some music for
inspiration - which is where Spotify comes in. The site is the
exclusive contest partner, and the only place to check out the album in
North America before its September digital release. Designers and
artist will be able to stream the album in full only on Spotify, helping to inform their design submissions.
the contest ends, fans will also get a chance to vote on their choices
for the winning cover over on Alessi’s Facebook page. The top entries
will battle it out for Likes, and both the designers of the fan
favorite and Alessi’s pick will win music and swag from Alessi and
Bella Union - on top of seeing their artwork at digital retailers.
Notes from the Treehouse
was recorded in Omaha, NE when Alessi was only 17 years old. Featuring
members of Bright Eyes, infamous producer Mike Mogis was at the helm.
Now a seasoned pro, she is working on a follow-up to her last album Time Travel this summer in Athens, Ga. She has toured with Laura Marling, Laura Veirs and Mumford and Sons.
Jesca Hoop is getting ready to kick off a west coast tour in support of her new album The House That Jack Built (out now on Bella Union) alongside Jesse Harris. Before she departs, Jesca is sharing the video for album track “Hospital (Win Your Love),” which just premiered on Paste, click HERE
to check it out (and feel free to post and share!) The surreal video,
filled with sprinkles lipstick, pigtails and hospital gowns, depicts
Hoop as an overgrown child and hospital patient, offering a whimsical
take on the pain caused by venturing down memory lane.
(Win Your Love)” tackles “a human quality that causes us to crave
injury”. As Jesca explains, “I recall daydreaming as a child about
going to the hospital and fantasizing about the way my family would
cater to me if I were to come home with a broken arm, or how cool I
would look to my peers if i showed up at school with a black eye!”
New album The House That Jack Built has been the recipient of outstanding reviews and is the follow up to 2009’s Hunting My Dress. The House That Jack Built
deftly showcases Jesca’s unflinching tendency to pull focus from
widescreen to close-up. Part siren song, part grim warning, it
achieves a perspective-warping balance between the haunting intimacy of
Hoop’s delivery and an unconfined air of horizon-scanning grandeur from
Jesca Hoop Tour Dates
08/07: Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet
08/08: San Diego, CA @ Anthology
08/09: Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
08/10: Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints (Record Store Performance)
2012 Decibel Festival Full Lineup - 30+ new performers added!
30+ performers have been added to the 2012 9th Annual Decibel International Festival including the legendary DJ Shadow, MiMOSA, Tycho, Star Slinger, Tipper, Dam-Funk, Clark, Jimmy Edgar, Sepalcure, Public Lover, Machinedrum, George FitzGerald, Peter Van Hoesen, Objekt, Braille, Jeff Samuel, Groudislava, Eprom, AntiVJ, B.Bravo, Keyboard Kidand more. Previously announced headliners for this trend-setting festival, known as the SXSW of electronic music, include Orbital, The Cannabinoids featuring Erykah Badu, Kimbra, Carl Craig, Shpongle, Matthew Dear, Ariel Pink and Star Slinger.See lineup of over 130 artists on flyer below or artist bios on the festival website. STILL more to be announced.
ABOUT DECIBEL FESTIVAL Decibel
Festival is an annual Seattle festival of electronic music,
performance, visual art and new media. Generally taking place the last
week of September, it has booked over 800 artists ranging from
experimental, to leading-edge electronic dance music and visual art.
With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art,
state-of-the-art sound and technology-based education, Decibel has
solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and
promotional organizations in the world.
For the 9th Annual
Festival, Decibel expects to hit 30k attendees this year with over 130
artists from 19 different countries, plus dozens of educational
speakers, making Decibel Festival an oracle for the growth of the
entire international electronic music scene. The entire festival will takes place from September 26-30 at over 14 venues in Seattle, Washington.
The schedule, venues and line-up can be found below and on the Decibel website. 2nd Tier discount passes are available online and at various outlets until they sell out.
2012 Decibel Festival Schedule announced! Click on the below showcase titles to purchase individual tickets dB12 Boat Party and AftdB in Duber Party Schedules coming August 1st Still more festival showcases to be annuonced
Wednesday September 26
Kimbra // The Stepkids Showbox at the Market // Doors at 9PM // all ages
dB in Dub
Monolake + Tarik Barri // bvdub // Cyanwave Neumos // Doors at 9PM // 21+
Clark // Jimmy Edgar // MachineDrum The Crocodile // Doors at 9PM // all-ages
Dabrye // Katie Kate // Keyboard Kid Barboza // Doors at 9:30PM // 21+
Global Selektors 1 Appleblim // Jeff Samuel Re-bar // Doors at 10PM // 21+
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