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Alessi's Ark opens UK dates for Jenny Lewis

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Photo: Angel Ceballos

Alessi's Ark returns to the UK with six shows supporting Jenny Lewis. After a successful summer
tour of Japan, and some Festivals dates, and some other summer shows with the likes of M Ward,
Lyla Foy and Rachel Dadd, she appears on some bigger stages with the American singer. 

Alessi's Ark UK Tour 2014 supporting 2014

Aug 30 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Glasgow School of Art Glasgow, United Kingdom 
Sep 05 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom 
Sep 06 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol, United Kingdom 
Sep 11 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom 
Sep 13 Alessi's Ark solo show at Thames Fest London, United Kingdom 
Sep 13 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Library Birmingham, UK
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She Keeps Bees reveal "Radiance", on tour now



Photo Credit: Molly Donahue

"It's glow comes like warm reds and oranges breaking the haze...She Keeps Bees manage deceptively gentle emotional forces." -Consequence of Sound

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Today She Keeps Bees have revealed a new single from their new album, Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records.  "Radiance" is another beautifully crafted, powerful song with gentle instrumentation indicative of the stunning timelessness that She Keeps Bees have created with Eight Houses.

Eight Houses finds She Keeps Bees working with an outside producer, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, etc.) for the first time and enlisting guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz. 

She Keeps Bees are on tour now, their highly affecting live show is not to be missed! All dates below. 

"Low-key but powerful, trailing wisps of desolation, menace, and regret. Larrabee's moan is a ripple of unease in stale air, occupied only by some keyboard and a drum track." 

"Larrabee's soothing alto murmurs against minimal organ parts and a sparse drumbeat, and the less-is-more effect is powerful." -Stereogum 


Considering how controlled the chaos is on Eight Houses-a record that's ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails-it's tough to imagine a time when Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant didn't finish each other's sentences, creatively and personally. But that's how She Keeps Bees began: with LaPlant bashing a borrowed kit (including a garbage-picked floor tom) atop a step-ladder and Larrabee directing the dark solo recordings she began soon after moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn.
"It was trial by fire," says LaPlant of their early rehearsals. "Luckily what she wanted out of me at the time wasn't complicated."
"We grew together slowly," adds Larrabee, "like a tree. It felt powerful with him behind me. Nothing really clicked until I met Andy."
That dynamic became more pronounced with each passing record, peaking with the self-produced songs of Nests and Dig On, the latter of which expanded the pair's minimal sound with bass parts and synths. Now joined by an outside producer (Rare Book Room's Nicolas Vernhes) and guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz, She Keeps Bees revels in the raw power of subtlety, silence and space, coloring Larrabee's compositions with lean piano lines, hazy horns and warm organ rolls.
"There was definitely a batch of more aggressive songs that got cut from the record," explains LaPlant. "Having a producer was nice in that respect; if things were starting to sound too similar and we didn't hear it, Nicolas wasn't shy about letting us know. We wanted to step outside our comfort zone stylistically, which really gives Jess' songwriting a chance to shine."
It also pushes her dense lyrics to the fore, exploring a wide range of universal emotions (desire, obsession, change) and looking for answers to questions our teachers never addressed, from the blood-splattered war hero status Custer earned during his "last stand" to the forced assimilation of Native Americans on the open roads She Keeps Bees toured for the first time in 2012.
"The reservations left a heartache in me," she explains, "and swarms of questions. I began reading stories. The more I read the history, the more I realized this was a universal story of 'progress': the Western world surrounding indigenous people, taking their natural resources, destroying their sense of self."
And yet there's still a light at the end of the tumultuous tunnel Eight Houses carves over the course of 10 punchy, confident songs. It kicks in as "Raven" collides with its choruses, meeting the human condition head on.
"Let the toxic mimics roll off us all," says Larrabee. "Let the power of your truest self rest in your heart.  Draw strength from below your navel-a place where there is no fear. Honor the gravity of the emotion but do not be consumed." 

8/28 - Spokane, WA @ Jones Radiator
8/29 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/30 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
9/3 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
9/6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
9/7 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/8 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
9/10 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
9/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/12 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
9/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar bar
9/14 - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Taver
9/15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
9/17 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House
9/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/20 - Athens, OH @ The Union
9/25 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
9/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
9/27 - Washington, DC @ The Lot (Atlantic Plumbing)
11/12 - Bristol, ENG @ The Lantern
11/13 - Manchester, ENG @ Gullivers
11/15 - London, ENG @ The Lexington

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Bonfire Beach To Release New LP, Share "Spit U Out" Video

Announce Fall Tour With The Dandy Warhols

Bonfire Beach LP Out October 14th On Cleopatra Records

Click Here To Pre-Order 'Bonfire Beach' LP

Tour Dates
with Dandy Warhols:
09.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest & Carnival
09.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue Theater
09.16 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag Theatre
09.17 - Newport, KY - Southgate House Revival
09.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.22 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
09.23 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.25 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.27 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
09.28 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
10.01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.02 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.03 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market

'Bonfire Beach' LP Tracklisting

01. Spit U Out
02. Eclipse
03. Highway 77
04. Paradise Inn
05. Black Tinted Moonlight
06. London Boys
07. Dreams In The Shadows
08. Electric Wave (Bonus)
09. Bells (Bonus)

"Dexy Valentine's Bonfire Beach project drives a wedge between her dreamy work on Magic Wands, 
and her desire for a rumbling motorbike, heroin-chic aesthetic dusty enough to get compared to B.R.M.C." -LA  Weekly

Dexy Valentine is the front woman of Magic Wands & Bonfire Beach.

Magic Wands have garnished great success in music licenses via Zynch, having songs 
featured on Victoria's Secret, Vogue fashion Week, Gucci, Zara, T-mobile, Beauty &
the Beast, Vampire Diaries & the Diablo Cody film "The Power of Few" with 
Christopher Walken & Christen Slater.  Magic Wands have toured & opened for 
The Kills, The Horrors, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, 
The Breeders, The Wombats and have made appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury 
& Lollapalooza.

Presently Magic Wands are finishing up their second album tilted Stranded 
on Earth the anticipated follow up to their acclaimed debut album Aloha Moon 
that was released late 2012.

Meanwhile Dexy Valentine has delved into a darker sound and embarked on a side 
project called "Bonfire Beach" where she waves her magic wand over the gritty golden 
lights of Hollywood's lost angels to the moonlit seances of the gypsy trodden beachcombers.

Bonfire Beach's debut self tilted album is due out on Cleopatra Records & the band 
will be main support for The Dandy Warhols' fall tour this Sept/Oct. The LA Weekly has 
given praise to Bonfire Beach listing them in "LA's top ten bands to blow up in 2014" as 
well as listing Dexy Valentine at #2 in the top ten rising female fronted bands in
Los Angeles.

Bonfire Beach's debut single/video "Spit U Out" has just been released via Manimal Vinal.

The track has an edgy  punk sound and has been compared to The Gun Club meets 
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Bonfire Beach will be releasing their new self-titled LP 
on October 14th via Cleopatra Records.


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Zola Jesus Reveals "Dangerous Days" Video


OUT OCTOBER 7th, 2014

Still from “Dangerous Days” directed by Tim Saccenti

Nika Danilova’s voice is an elemental, powerful thing.” (Best New Music) – Pitchfork

“Zola Jesus’ most profound, accessible release to date.” – Billboard

“A beautiful electro-pop gem, and the only thing dangerous about it is how freaking addictive it is.” –NYLON

“Elegant synth-pop banger” – Spin

“Danilova has a full-on anthem on her hands with this one.” – Flavorwire
Zola Jesus unleashes an otherworldly video for “Dangerous Days” directed by contemporary visionaryTim Saccenti who has created an awe-inspiring backdrop for this anthemic song.  Saccenti explains, “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.”  Nika describes the video making process, “Working with Tim was effortless. His creative ambition to turn the abstract into a tangible feel is a rare treasure.”   Watch the video for “Dangerous Days,” premiered by Vogue.com here.

Zola Jesus’s TAIGA is due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute.  First single “Dangerous Days” is now available to stream here, and the album is available to pre-order here.  Nika’s record release tourbegins in San Francisco on October 8th, hitting major US cities, before the UK and Europe. Full list of dates is below, and tickets are on sale now here.  Watch the tour trailer here.

Nika is the 25-year-old behind Zola Jesus’ creative incarnations as sole singer and songwriter.  Influenced by her time in Iceland, Vermont, and British Columbia, TAIGA was written on Vashon Island, WA and conjures all these places while creating a sonic space of its own that each listener can travel to, explore, hide in, and celebrate. Nika tracked and mixed the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse).

At once challenging and accessible, TAIGA is a transition for Zola Jesus. Undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition,” the album is best described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals…It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”   
Dangerous Days
Go (Blank Sea)
Long Way Down
It’s Not Over

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral - Columns
11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum
11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
11/6 St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11/7 Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine
11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9
11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain
11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich
11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique
11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11/18 – London, England - KOKO
Listen to “Dangerous Days” here.
Listen to Maps’ Remix of “Dangerous Days” here.
 Watch the Taiga album teaser here.
Watch the tour trailer here.

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Lia Ices Reveals Striking Video For "Higher!" Additional Tour Dates!


Set To Support Phantogram In September & October

Lia Ices is excited to reveal the video for her newest single 'Higher."  The video premiered via Paper who described it saying "('Higher') features kaleidoscopic visions of the artist and her brother as they explore Jamaica."  They went on to describe her upcoming album as "a wide variety of instrumentals, experimentation and people together; it takes the listener from north of New York City to San Francisco and Jamaica with a constant sense of levity, expressed both in the lyrics and lofty sounds."   Paper spoke to Lia about her album and the single - read their full conversation here.
Watch "Higher" (embed code below):
Lia Ices -
Lia Ices - "Higher" (Official Video)

"Higher" was shot in Jamaica by Storm Saulter with additional camera work by Bryan Ling and Andrew Mariani.   Ices herself directed the video.   Lia says, "The making of this album continuously took us out of our familiar world. During our time in jamaica we found a levity and openness we tapped into  - an energy that is at the core of the song, and of this whole album.  We met the Jamaican film maker Storm Saulter and spent a couple days cruising/exploring with him and making this video. We just had fun.  When you can be limitless with your experiences, give into other cultures, sounds, and people, the more you actually feel like yourself."
Stereogum has called "Higher" an "experimental pop number with lots of empty space but plenty going on...this (is a) weird, wonderful song" and
Consequence of Sound labeled it "an ethereal earworm" and continued "the pop number's worth a spot on your 'Songs of Summer' playlist." 
Ices previously announced she will be supporting Phantogram on their fall tour of the U.S.  She has now also confirmed headlining dates in New York (9/17), 
Los Angeles (9/23) and San Francisco (9/24).   Her tour with Phantogram follows these dates.   All shows are listed below.  
Lia Ices will be releasing her new album Ices on September 16 via Jagjaguwar.  The album was co-produced by Benny Sagittarius (the newly formed production team of Lia and her brother Eliot) and Clams Casino.  You can watch an album trailer for Ices here.

Previous to "Higher" Lia Ices released a video for the single "Thousand Eyes"  which you can watch here.   Pretty Much Amazing reviewed the single saying, "'Thousand Eyes' (is an) effortless and lovely weirdo pop tailor-made for summer afternoons and evenings, figuring Lia's otherworldly, Kate Bush-ian vocals front and center over a bubbly guitar line and soaring synth drones."

"(Lia has an) impressively supple voice, which can spiral up into a giddy falsetto and fall crashing to the floor in dolorous rumination within a heartbeat"  
PitchforkLia Ices Fall Tour
9/17 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
9/23 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
9/25 - Popscene@Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
9/28 -- Boulder Theater- Boulder, CO *
9/29 -- Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO *
9/30 -- Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE *
10/1 -- Myth - St. Paul, MN *
10/3 - Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN *
10/4 -- Republic New Orleans - New Orleans, LA *
10/9 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/10 - College St. Barkade - Springfield, MO
10/11 -- George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR *
10/13 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
10/14 -- The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA *
10/15 -- The Ritz - Raleigh, NC *
10/17 -- Rams Head Live! - Baltimore, MD *
10/18 -- Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
10/19 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
10/20 -- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
10/22 - Church of Boston - Boston, MA

* = supporting Phantogram 

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Honeyblood Release Liz Phair Cover For Rookie Theme Song


Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale aka Honeyblood have just debuted this month's Rookie theme song, their take on Liz Phair's "Mesmerizing," which was produced by former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. You can listen to the track and read an exclusive interview with the duo below.

Honeyblood released their self-titled debut album last month, receiving praise from critics at Pitchfork, Stereogum, BUST and more. Of the album, the New York Times wrote "Honeyblood is a bracing two piece...that specializes in a refreshing contrast of jangle and derision. They pair the melancholy guitars of early '90s shoe gaze with surf-rock tempo - the result is energetic, peppy hostility."

Honeyblood will play a run of dates in the UK this fall. Watch this space for more news..

Honeyblood  Track Listing /

1. Fall Forever
2. Super Rat
3. (I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
4. Bud
5. Killer Bangs
6. Biro
7. Choker
8. No Spare Key
9. Joey
10. Fortune Cookie
11. All Dragged Up
12. Braidburn Valley

Press Quotes /

"Honeyblood is a bracing two piece...that specializes in a refreshing contrast of jangle and derision. They pair the melancholy guitars of early '90s shoe gaze with surf-rock tempo - the result is energetic, peppy hostility." New York Times

"Rolling drums providing the backbone for toothache-inducing guitars and one hell of a central hook." - Pitchfork

"A blend of blustery vocals and swirling guitars." Noisey

"The self-titled debut from the UK ladies Honeyblood shows off their propensity for making exceptionally well-crafted, indie-pop songs that are simultaneously sweet and sour." - BUST
"...based in Glasgow but sounding like something from a California dream." - FADER
"We fall for Honeyblood, hard." Time Out

"Hazy, wistful sound." - ELLE

"There is so much to adore...There are guitars, which gleam with iridescent beauty. There are vocals, which bubble over with an immediately ingratiating spunk. Most of all, there are lyrics, which pull no punches even amidst all the sweetness." Stereogum

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Tiny Ruins Announces Fall Tour with Sharon Van Etten



Tiny Ruins, the project of New Zealand native Hollie Fullbrook, has just wrapped up her recent North American tour in support of her latest album Brightly Painted One, out now on Flying Nun Records. In good news for fans she will return to the U.S. to open for Sharon Van Etten on her upcoming October tour. The combination is simply a perfect musical paring of two of the best voices and songwriters right now. All dates with Sharon Van Etten are are below. 

Her incredibly intimate and engaging live show have garnered fans like The Portland Mercury, who said her music "is beautiful, yet understated. It stirs the soul without shouting even once". Chicago Reader also agreed, saying "Fullbrook distinguishes herself with lyrics that achieve rare depth and poetic beauty."

Hollie Fullbrook recently filmed a session with La Blogotheque in Brooklyn where she played "Ballad of the Hanging Parcel," "She'll Be Coming Round," and "Me At The Museum, You In The Winter Gardens". Filmaker Derrick Belcham who filmed the videos writes "Hollie's voice is as pure as they come, arresting at first, soothing and enriching as it unfolds."

Tour Dates / 
Wed 10/08  Detroit - Loving Touch *
Thu 10/09  Columbus - Wexner *
Mon 10/13  Iowa City - Gabe's Oasis *
Tue 10/14  Champaign - High Dive *
Wed 10/15  St. Louis - Luminary Arts *
Fri 10/17  Dallas - Kessler Theatre *
Sat 10/18  Austin - Mohawk *
Mon 10/20  Atlanta - EARL *
Tue 10/21  Asheville - Grey Eagle *
Thu 10/23  Carrboro - Cat's Cradle *
Fri 10/24  Charlottesville - Jefferson *
Sat 10/25  Baltimore - Ottobar *

* with Sharon Van Etten

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The Preatures Release Jim Eno-Produced Debut Album

The Preatures Release Jim Eno-Produced Debut Album, Blue Planet Eyes, September 30th
October Tour Dates * Stream New Single “Somebody’s Talking”

The Preatures by Kitty Callaghan

Sydney, Australia’s five-piece rock band The Preatures released EP Is This How You Feel? on Harvest Records in October 2013. The title song, “a mid-tempo, feel-good, groove-based confection that explodes into one of the year’s best choruses,” was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, and the band was declared a CMJ Artist To Watch by Fuse, Paste, and KCRW.

Their 2014 SXSW performances, including the festival-edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, did exactly what SXSW performances are supposed to do: get people psyched on new bands. Critic Jim DeRogatis was converted:

Fronted by the captivating Izzy Manfredi, who exudes a leather-jacketed, retro/New Wave cool a la Debbie Harry or Chrissie Hynde, the band incorporates percolating electronic rhythms with strains of Motown soul and garage-rock guitar… their self-confidence, energy, and maturity onstage belie their relative inexperience, and it’s difficult not to get swept away.


With most of their new material already written and road-tested, The Preatures decided to stay put in Austin and record their first album at Public Hi-Fi with producer Jim Eno of Spoon. The band settled in for three-and-a-half weeks of Tecate and breakfast taco-fueled studio magic. Between festival dates at Coachella and Bonnaroo, guitarist Jack Moffitt finished production and mixed the album on the road and at the band’s Doldrums Studio in Sydney.
Blue Planet Eyes, their debut full-length album, is out September 30th. New single “Somebody’s Talking” delivers on the promise of their EP – it’s exhilarating, joyful pop with an undeniable rock swagger.


Blue Planet Eyes tracklisting:

Their October tour dates in support of Blue Planet Eyes begin in Zilker Park at the Austin City Limits Festival.

10/03/14 Austin, TX: Austin City Limits Festival
10/03/14 Austin, TX: Holy Mountain w/ Young & Sick
10/06/14 San Antonio, TX: White Rabbit w/ Night Terrors
10/07/14 Dallas, TX: House of Blues - Cambridge Room w/ Night Terrors
10/14/14 Chicago, IL: Double Door
10/15/14 Minneapolis, MN: Triple Rock
10/16/14 Madison, WI: The Frequency
10/18/14 Denver, CO:  Larimer Lounge
10/21/14 Seattle, WA: Tractor Tavern
10/22/14 Vancouver, BC: Electric Owl
10/23/14 Portland, OR: Lola's Room
10/25/14 Las Vegas, NV: Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/26/14 Santa Ana, CA: Constellation Room
10/27/14 San Diego, CA: Casbah
10/29/14 San Francisco, CA: The Independent w/ Circa Waves
10/30/14 Santa Cruz, CA: Catalyst Atrium

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Box Set includes:
* New DVD commentary from producer Jim Newman *

·     *  Essays from screenplay writer Josh Smith and director John Coney *

·     * Introduction by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips *

·     * Interview with Ray Johnson (who played the Overseer in the film) *
* Limited Edition signed 'Sun Ra/Overseer on set photograph by Jim Newman *
* Dozens of never-seen-before photos, taken on and off set during the filming of the movie *

* Limited Edition of 3000 * 
Order Here

Harte Recordings is proud to announce the release of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Sun Ra’s SPACE IS THE PLACE.  This limited edition release will include a hardcover book, a DVD of the film with new producer commentary, and a CD of the soundtrack. Through Pledge Music, you can pre-order this epic homage release, along with exclusive other SPACE IS THE PLACE memorabilia. 

It was forty years ago when Sun Ra’s galactic-sploitation epic SPACE IS THE PLACE was released to theaters around the USA.  For the first time, Earthlings were able to look into the reality of Sun Ra; jazzman, alien, legend…spaceman. SPACE IS THE PLACE is a movie beyond explanation, and yet it still remains one of the craziest, psychedelic, music-powered head-twisting fest ever to hit the theaters.

Harte Recordings is a label dedicated to empowering the great recorded sounds of the world through stylized, highly researched, sonically pleasing releases.  Its last release was the Grammy-nominated box set, Alan Lomax In Haiti.

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Fiancé announce debut EP out October 7 on SQE

Fiancé Debut EP 1 Out October 7 On SQE
Stream "Ivy" at DIY Magazine
 photo credit: Nichole Fusca
"A matrimonial mix of Diiv's billowy shoegaze and Delorean's effervescent dreamwave, Fiancé might well be the most exciting band to emerge
 from Delaware in, well, ever."- NME

"Fiancé have, in the four dreamy, poppy pieces we've experienced thus far, 
literally done no wrong." - Dots & Dashes

Listen: "Ivy" via DIY or SoundCloud
Listen: "Era" via Noisey or SoundCloud

Fiancé will release their debut EP, titled EP1, on October 7 via SQE. The EP will be available digitally and on vinyl and can be pre-ordered in the SQE online store.  Fiancé just announced a hometownrecord release show which will take place on September 19 at the Homegrown Cafe in Newark, Delaware. Later this fall, the band will travel to the UK for several shows including a performance at Club NME on October 10. 

DIY Magazine in the UK has premiered "Ivy" from the band's forthcoming EP and said, "they make serene but cutting alternative rock, the kind that lingers in the memory long after it's gone. Direct and to the point, initial Tame Impala comparisons have been set to one side with their latest track 'Ivy', which has more in common with a long ride down the US coast with nothing but stunning scenery for a companion." Earlier this month, Noisey premiered the EP's first single Era" and described it as "a song that sounds like a hazy day at the beach that will never escape your memory." "Era" is also streaming on SoundCloud and available as download at iTunes.

Newark is a small city in Delaware, home to a little more than 30,000 people, a university and a burgeoning music scene. Most notably, though, it's the birthplace of Fiancé, a four-piece experimental pop group who are bringing their local vibe to a grander level. The band's members have been friends since grade school, always playing in and out of bands together over the years as they grew up. In January of 2013, Andrew Fusca, Jeff Marvel and Tyler Yoder got together and started a new project they dubbed Fiancé. The idea behind the group was vague, with the only goal to make music together that they all enjoyed. The band's first song, a surging, static-laced indie rock number called"Division" was released last March and quickly got picked up by several music blogs.

By June, the band had added local Delaware musician Brian Bruce on the drums. Based in a big farmhouse in Newark where the musicians have lived over the past few years, Fiancé have established themselves as a local staple. They helped to cultivate the music scene by hosting parties and shows at their house, highlighting DJ's and bands from the tri-sate area.

The house also doubles as Fiancé's recording studio. The musicians wrote the five tracks on their debut EP, titled EP 1, over the course of last summer and fall. Produced by Andrew and engineered by friend Ryan Williams, the entire EP was recorded to quarter inch tape on a Tascam 388 tape machine. The tape adds to the gauzy, fuzzed out aesthetic that threads throughout the songs. Their friend Rachel K. Haines added her vocals to the end of the track "Climb the Stairs."

The EP opens with the group's first single, "Era," a layered, shimmering pop song Andrew and Jeff had initially written for a possible solo project before Fiancé started. "It wasn't quite finished," Jeff says. "And the other band members just made it so much better. We're really proud of it." "Climb The Stairs," is a moody rocker that showcases the glimmer of darkness and melancholy in the group's sensibility.

The group is currently translating the aesthetic on their EP into a full-length album. For them, the EP is a hint at where Fiancé will go next, but not necessarily a complete indication. "Our goal is to write songs that are meaningful to us," Jeff says. "If our songs can impact other people in a positive way, then that's great. But our true goals are more selfish than that. We want to write songs that are more honest then anything we've done before, ones that resonate with ourselves."  

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