1/31/2013

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS DEBUT "HOW LONG?"

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS DEBUT "HOW LONG?" VIDEO VIA NPR

WELCOME OBLIVION VINYL COVER ART AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED

AN OMEN EP_ OUT NOW VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS 


Photo credit: How to destroy angels_
How to destroy angels_ is a collective from Los Angeles composed of Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan. Today, they are proud to share the Shynola-directed music video for "How long?", the first single off of their debut LP Welcome oblivion. Additionally, the band has revealed the vinyl cover art and track list for Welcome oblivion which is due on March 5th from Columbia Records. The vinyl edition of Welcome oblivion will feature two exclusive songs entitled "The province of fear" and "Unintended consequences" and also comes with a white label version of the vinyl release on CD. The collective's recent release, An omen EP_, is currently available for purchase via Amazon (vinyl), iTunes (digital), and from the collective's own website here (digital including lossless).

Previously:
Watch: "The loop closes" - http://vimeo.com/56805766 

Video: "Ice Age" - http://vimeo.com/54507716

Tour Dates:

4/12 - Coachella *
4/19 - Coachella *

*Live debut

 
How to destroy angels_
Welcome oblivion
(3/5/13, Columbia Records)
Pre-order CD and Vinyl

CD/Digital

1 The wake-up
2 Keep it together
3 And the sky began to scream
4 Welcome oblivion
5 Ice age
6 On the wing
7 Too late, all gone
8 How long?
9 Strings and attractors
10 We fade away
11 Recursive self-improvement
12 The loop closes
13 Hallowed ground

Vinyl (includes 2 exclusive tracks)


1 The wake-up
2 Keep it together
3 And the sky began to scream
4 Ice age
5 Welcome oblivion
6 On the wing
7 Too late, all gone
8 The province of fear
9 How long?
10 Strings and attractors
11 Recursive self-improvement
12 Unintended consequences
13 We fade away
14 The loop closes
15 Hallowed ground




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1/30/2013

FOXYGEN is #76 on the Billboard Charts



Foxygen enters the @billboard chart at #73 for "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" Unbelieveable.
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ANGEL OLSEN ANNOUNCES WEST COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF HALF WAY HOME

ANGEL OLSEN ANNOUNCES WEST COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF HALF WAY HOME



 
Angel Olsen has a fresh edge to her sound, a warm and wonderful range so rarely found, and an otherworldly skill and charm. Her elegance and special presence radiates on sophomore album, Half Way Home, and equally in a live setting. She captivates, creating an emotional stew, her robust voice up front, bold and engaging, aching to be heard. After a tour of the Northeast last fall and a one-off show in LA to kick off 2013, Angel is heading back out west for an extensive tour in support of Half Way Home. Catch Angel and band live in intimate settings throughout the west coast and experience why she is quickly becoming a favorite of so many. And stay on top of Angel-related news via the brand new angelolsen.com, launched this morning.

ANGEL OLSEN TOUR DATES:
Thu. Feb. 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway w/ Water Liars
Fri. Feb. 8 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Water Liars
Sat. Feb. 9 - Carbondale, IL @ The Hangar 9 w/ Water Liars
Sat. April 6 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Sun. April 7 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
Mon. April 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Tue. April 9 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Wed. April 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
Fri. April 12 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
Sun. April 14 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
Mon. April 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. April 16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Thu. April 18 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Fri. April 19 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. April 20 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Sun. April 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Wed. April 24 - Sacramento, CA @ Bows & Arrows
Thu. May 2 - Dublin, IE @ The Joinery
Fri. May 3 - Cork, IE @ Half Moon Theatre
Sat. May 4 - Sun. May 5 - Kilkenny Roots Festival, IE
Mon. May 6 - Belfast, UK @ Black Box
Wed. May 8 - London, UK @ Cinema Museum
Fri. Aug. 30 - Sun. Sep. 1 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival

WATCH & LISTEN:
"Sweet Dreams" video - https://vimeo.com/55317322
"Tiniest Seed" video - https://vimeo.com/55315704
"Tiniest Seed" stream - http://snd.sc/P9f3UD
"The Waiting" stream - http://snd.sc/PlRYQa
"Acrobat" video - https://vimeo.com/48485396

"Ms. Olsen understands the power of holding back, and feeding out extravagance in small portions. People stopped buying drinks; the bartenders put their elbows on the counter, engrossed. It was remarkable. . . Ms. Olsen has found her sound - her voice, alone and untreated and slow, conjoined with the specific resonance of her guitar - and she's able to replicate a private discovery in front of a crowd. That's a lot."  
- The New York Times

"Songs on [Half Way Home] had much in common with the passions and range of a singer like Roy Orbison. The common thread between that powerful singer-songwriter and hit-maker from Texas and this more delicate Midwesterner is that they both write from the heart and sing with a range that may make you stop what you're doing and drop your jaw a bit." - NPR Music

"On 'Half Way Home,' she waltzes through 11 gems that highlight a minimalist guitarist with a gentle touch and a voice whose range is as wide as it is controlled." - Los Angeles Times


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JOHN GRANT SHARES NEW SINGLE "BLACK BELT" VIA STEREOGUM

JOHN GRANT SHARES NEW SINGLE "BLACK BELT" VIA STEREOGUM

NEW ALBUM PALE GREEN GHOSTS DUE MAY 14TH FROM PARTISAN RECORDS

WATCH THE "PALE GREEN GHOSTS" VIDEO NOW
John Grant photographed by Hörður Sveinsson
  

VIDEO: "Pale Green Ghosts" - http://youtu.be/Ux1fglC0aT0
 
Today John Grant announces the US release of Pale Green Ghosts, his second album following his critically acclaimed 2010 debut Queen of Denmark, along with the release of new single "Black Belt". Pale Green Ghosts, set for US release on May 14th by Partisan Records, sees John further expanding his sonic pallet, balancing beautiful singer-songwriter ballads and late night electronica. This balance is most skillfully demonstrated on the album's title track, the video for which is available above for viewing now. Give "Pale Green Ghosts" and new single "Black Belt" a listen while you prepare yourself for Pale Green Ghosts and read on for more album details and information about John Grant.
 
About John Grant:

It's been an extraordinary journey for John Grant, from a point where he thought he would never make music again or escape a life of substance abuse to winning awards and accolades, collaborating with Sinead O'Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair and having his music featured in the award-winning film Weekend.

It's a journey that's taken him from his birthplace in Buchanan, Michigan to be raised in Parker, Colorado, studying languages in Germany and, after his band The Czars split up, basing himself in New York, London, Berlin and, most recently, Iceland, where the bulk of Pale Green Ghosts was recorded. It's also been a journey from The Czars' folk/country noir to the lush '70s FM alchemy of Queen Of Denmark to the astonishing fusion of sounds that lifts Pale Green Ghosts to even giddier heights.

As if to acknowledge his journey, Grant has named the album after the opening title track, which documents the drives that he'd regularly take through the '80s, from Parker to the nearby metropolis of Denver, to the new wave dance clubs that have inspired the electronic elements of Pale Green Ghosts, and later on to visit the boyfriend - the 'TC' of Queen Of Denmark's 'TC & Honeybear' - that inspired many of that album's heartbreaking scenarios.

"I'd take the I-25, between Denver and Boulder, which was lined with all these Russian olive trees, which are the pale green ghosts of the title: they have this tiny leaves with silver on the back, which glow in the moonlight," Grant explains. "The song is about wanting to get out of a small town, to go out into the world and become someone and made my mark."

That Grant has made his mark is blatantly clear from how Queen Of Denmark was rapturously received. "Like a couple of similarly intense classics before it - Antony & The Johnsons' I Am A Bird Now and Bon Iver's For Emma... Queen Of Denmark sounds like a record its creator has been waiting his whole life to make," MOJO concluded. Another measure of achievement, and the journey, is that one classic that Grant first heard in those new wave clubs was Sinead O'Connor's 'Mandinka'. Two decades later, O'Connor has not only covered the title track "Queen Of Denmark" on her latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, but supplies goose-bumping backing vocals on Pale Green Ghosts.

Sinead's presence is a surprise, but not compared to the album's portion of synthesizers and beats - unless you already know Grant's enduring love of vintage synth-pop and industrial dance, and more current electronic acts such as Trentemøller and Mock & Toof. "Electronica is a huge part of my personality and my influences, though I don't think many people see that fitting in to the John Grant image, whatever that is," he says. There were occasional electronic undertows to Czars songs and two tracks ('That's the Good News' and 'Supernatural Defibrillator"') on the deluxe edition of Queen Of
Denmark were dance tracks.
One of those prime influences has even produced Pale Green Ghosts with Grant: Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira, of Iceland's electronic pioneers Gus Gus. Queen of Denmark had been recorded in Texas with fellow Bella Union mates Midlake as his backing band, and Grant intended to return there to record again with the band's rhythm section of McKenzie Smith and Paul Alexander. But a trip beforehand to see more of Iceland, after he'd first played the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2011, led to
meeting Biggi, who invited Grant to his studio in Reykjavik. The two tracks the pair recorded - "Pale Green Ghosts" and "Black Belt" - convinced Grant he had to make the entire record there.

If Queen Of Denmark is Grant's 70's album, channeling the spirits of Karen Carpenter and Bread, then Pale Green Ghosts is his 80's album. Of the electronic tracks, the title track is a panoramic, brooding classic, while "Sensitive New Age Guy" and "Black Belt" are the tracks that you might dance to in new wave clubs. "You Don't Have To" is a classic example of Grant's influences blending together, in a reworked arrangement of a track unveiled during concert tours in 2011. It also features the distinct spacey Moog sounds that are familiar to lovers of Queen Of Denmark, while McKenzie and Alexander play on "Vietnam" and 'It Doesn't Matter To Him'. Grant's touring partner, keyboardist Chris Pemberton, plays the gorgeous piano coda on the album's tumultuous finale "Glacier".

Besides Biggi, the album features a range of Icelandic musicians, including saxophonist Óskar Gudjónsson on 'Ernest Borgine', named after the legendary American film/TV actor. On an album of typically caustic revelations and scabrous humour, including sex, sexuality and the pitfalls of growing up in an era, and a particularly religious environment, that ostracised gay men, "Ernest Borgnine" combines all these strands with the admission that Grant is HIV positive.

Grant's frankness also led to being arguably the first person to announce such news in front of a live audience, as he did when appearing with Hercules And Love Affair at London's Meltdown festival in June 2012. HALA mainman Andy Butler had asked Grant to collaborate on a track ("I Tried To Talk To You", as yet unreleased) and requested that he, "dig deep," with his lyric. "It's what I wrote the song about so I thought I should talk about it there and then," Grant explains his public declaration. "I thought I shouldn't be afraid to talk about it, as there are lots of people in my situation, who feel like outcasts in society, people who had addiction problems, who feel ashamed and unlovable because of it. I want these people to know they have someone on a stage who is dealing with this too."

Grant has also never shied away from discussing depression, and Pale Green Ghosts is a show of strength and survival, of moving on with life, on what will continue to be an incredible journey. "Moving to Reykjavik, at the age of 43, was incredibly risky and scary," says Grant. "I didn't know anyone here, but I've built up a life here, and recorded an album I'm really proud of, that distils what I'm about down to its most essential components, better than ever before. And this was during the middle of health issues. It means I'm trying to take the bull by the horns, and to live."

 
JOHN GRANT
PALE GREEN GHOSTS
(PARTISAN)
MAY 14, 2013
  
1. Pale Green Ghosts
2. Black Belt
3. GMF
4. Vietnam
5. It Doesn't Matter To Him
6. Why Don't You Love Me Anymore
7. You Don't Have To
8. Sensitive New Age Guy
9. Ernest Borgnine
10. I Hate This Town
11. Glacier


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BLEACHED ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES

BLEACHED ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES

RIDE YOUR HEART DUE APRIL 2 ON DEAD OCEANS

HEAR THE NEW TRACK "NEXT STOP" VIA YOUTUBE

 On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album by LA band, Bleached, out April 2 via Dead Oceans. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of  freewheeling '77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That's the goal: the sugary and sour, repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters. 

Raised up deep in the San Fernando Valley, their suburban isolation nurtured the girls creativity, as they started making their own music at a young age. Sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood, they grew up to become teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell.  Eventually signing to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim, landing slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip.
Bleached originally formed when the Clavin sisters resolved to continue working with each other upon the break up of Mika Miko. Plans were postponed when the sisters joined other bands. Jennifer relocated to New York and toured extensively. With Jennifer away, Jessie began to play with various bands in LA. But in the fleeting moments they found together back home, the songs that became Bleached's early 7" singles came together. Since Jennifer moved back to her hometown, Bleached now serves as both girls' chief creative outlet.
As a whole, the twelve tracks on Ride Your Heart reveal the many facets of Bleached's music in a delirious vortex of playful harmonies, tangled guitars, and golden noise. Each song brings a new element, while also imbibing the classic moods of bands as varied and iconic in nature as The Ramones and The Cars to The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. From the syncopated backbeat and two-part chorus of "Dead In Your Head,", the rolling riffs and sparkling melodies of "Searching Through The Past" and the pulsating energy and urgency of "Dreaming Without You" and "Outta My Mind", Bleached take you on a sweeping emotional roller coaster that churns and burns.
 Ride Your Heart is a thrilling, beating, glorious wall of sound strong enough to withstand its own impact. 

Known for their raucous irrepressibly fun live shows, Bleached are hitting the road this Spring touring the US & Canada with support from indie darlings, White Lung and Cloud Nothings. Don't miss your chance to catch them live this time around.    

BLEACHED TOUR DATES
  
2/20/23 @ Stanford University - Stanford, CA  
3/09/13 @ Lowbrow Palace -El Paso, TX  $ 
3/11/13 @ Cine El Rey, Galax Z Fair II - McAllen, TX*
3/14/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX   
3/15/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/16/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/17/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX 
3/22/13 @ The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA**
4/12/13 @ Red 7 - Austin, TX !
4/13/13 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX !
4/14/13 @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA
4/15/13 @ The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL  !
4/16/13 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA !
4/17/13 @ The Pinhook - Durham, NC !
4/18/13 @ DC9 - Washington DC !
4/19/13 @ Kenyon College - Gambier OH !
4/20/13 @ Haverford College - Philadelphia, PA !
4/20/13 @ The Fire - Philadelphia, PA ! 
4/21/13 @ TT & the Bear's - Cambridge,  MA !
4/23/13 @ Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY !
4/24/13 @ Il Motore - Montreal, QC !
4/25/13 @ The Silver Dollar - Toronto, CA !
4/26/13 @ Metro Times Festival - Detroit, MI
04/27/13 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL #
4/28/13 @ Turf Club - St, Paul, MN ^
5/01/13 @ Chop Suey - Seattle, WA ^
5/02/13 @ Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, BC ^
5/03/13 @ Star Theatre - Portland, OR ^
5/04/13 @ Blank Club - San Jose, CA ^
5/05/13 @ Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
5/08/13 @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA ^

$ with White Lung
* with Cloud Nothings
** with Black Lips, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and more
! w/ Hunters
# w/ Hunters & Ex-cops
^ w/ Ex-cops


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TRISTEN ANNOUNCES KICKSTARTER



TRISTEN ANNOUNCES KICKSTARTER FOR ALBUM
C A V E S
LAUNCHES PUPNAKE RECORDS

HEAR THE NEW SONGS "NO ONE'S GONNA KNOW" AND "GOLD STAR"
 
Tristen is excited to announce her own label Pupsnake Records, the home to her forthcoming sophomore album C A V E S. In order to release the album, the Nashville based and Chicago born artist has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to print, promote, and distribute her record. As an initial incentive she is offering up the first single "No One's Gonna Know" as a download for a 1 dollar donation to the cause. Fans can also pre order the album, reserve their own copy of a limited edition vinyl, and purchase other fun and unique incentives via the Kickstarter campaign page.



Fans can get a sneak peak at a second song from the forthcoming album via the fan created videos for "Gold Star". The videos are the result of Tristen's participation with the Video Star App (videostarapp.com/free), which lets music fans film videos to go along with their favorite songs. The track was embraced by tens of thousands budding video stars. Here area few of our favorite entries.


Soon after the release of her critically acclaimed debut record Charlatans At The Garden Gate in February 2011, Tristen began writing new songs on the Lowery Organ in her home studio. For the past two years she has spent her time between pounding the pavement and recording C A V E S. The journey began at Alex the Great studios in Nashville, where basic tracks were laid. She then spent blisteringly cold January in Omaha with Mike Mogis' recording vocals and string arrangements. Tristen would make final stops at Los Angeles' Sunset Sound and Nashville's Sound Emporium to record finishing touches. With all recording complete, the album was sent over seas to accomplished UK producer Stephen Hague for mixing.

Tristen won honors for Charlatans At The Garden Gate as the Nashville Scene's #1 Local Release of 2011. The record was also labeled one of American Songwriters Top 50 Albums of the year. Upon its release it was met with wide ranging critical praise from sources including NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste, KCRW, World Café, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and more.

"Her addictive debut is full of such moments: catchy refrains with multiple meanings, ear-tugging melodies with hidden hooks. She flaunts a philosophy major's palette amidst echoes of vintage rockabilly and girl group pop: Gods battle, queens bid their rule, girlfriends enable druggy lovers." -Rolling Stone

"Charlatans at the Garden Gate flaunts Tristen's pop education. The hooks on these 11 songs often whip things into a giddy, exuberant frenzy. But she's got a pensive side, too - she's comfortable riding the bittersweet roads that '70s singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson knew so well." - NPR All Things Considered


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Boris announce residency US tour performing Flood album & all-time classics

Boris announce residency US tour performing Flood album & all-time classics
Plus, Austin Psych Fest in late April 
 
BorisClick image to watch tour video teaser
  

Legendary Japanese trio Boris announce a series of US headlining residency shows in several major markets following their performance at Austin Psych Fest in late April. The residency tour, billed as "from the past, the present and through to the future" features Boris playing 2 consecutive nights in each city. For the first night, the band will perform its all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US. The second night's set features most of Boris' cult classic album Flood along with a noise/drone/experimental set. Please see all current dates below.

Boris will also sell a limited edition tour-only release available only at the merch table. Watch/share tour video teaser HERE.

Iconoclast trio Boris are widely known for their ability to breach styles and stretch sonic boundaries of all that is heavy, psychedelic, droning and downright cathartic. Their last three albums -- Attention Please, Heavy Rocks and New Album, all released in 2011 via Sargent House -- are perfect testament to the band's vast abilities. Over the span of two decades, the trio, bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo has issued nearly 20 studio albums, as well as numerous collaborative albums -- including projects with Merzbow, Sunn0))), Ian Astbury and Michio Kurihara of Ghost (who also currently tours with the band as second guitarist) -- EPs and singles on various labels throughout the world. 


BORIS US TOUR 2013
04/27  Austin, TX @ Carson Creek - Austin Psych Fest
05/01  Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel 
05/02  Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel 
05/04  Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/05  Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/06  New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge 
05/07  New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge  
05/10  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/11  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 
05/18  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/19  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile 
05/21  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
05/22  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop 
05/23  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
05/24  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex 

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