Sir Sly @ Observatory 11/16

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Duo Will Return To North America In 2019 For Shows In Mexico City, Los Angeles And San Francisco
Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers      Photo Credit: Hamish Brown

The Chemical Brothers have announced their ninth studio album, No GeographyNo Geographyfollows the British duo’s GRAMMY®-nominated 2015 album, Born In the Echoes, which was their sixth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album. Additional album details including tracklist and U.S. pre-order information are forthcoming.

No Geography is set for a spring 2019 release and features the exuberant new anthem, “Free Yourself.” The song, which was dubbed a euphoric, multi-faceted odyssey of blistering synths and deep grooves” by Rolling Stone, was accompanied by a groundbreaking music video directed by long time creative collaborators, Dom&Nic. View the “Free Yourself” video HERE.

Today, The Chemical Brothers also announce their first U.S. live shows since 2015. The spring 2019 North American run will see the pair perform in Mexico City on May 12, with two stops inLos Angeles at the Shrine Expo Hall on May 15 and the Greek Theatre on May 16. The tour will conclude on May 17 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Black Madonna will join as special guest for the Los Angeles and San Francisco shows. Fans can access a ticket presale for the U.S. shows beginning on December 4 at 10am PST, with the general on-sale live at 10am PST on December 7. Mexico City ticket information is forthcoming. The Chemical Brothers also announce details of their biggest U.K. arena tour to date scheduled for November 2019.

In 2015, the legendary duo – comprising Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands – released their GRAMMY®-nominated album, Born In The Echoes, which featured collaborations with such artists as Q-Tip, St. Vincent and Beck, plus visual experimentation with Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of SleepThe Green Hornet) and in virtual reality with Chris Milk. Pitchfork praised Born In The Echoes as “some of the best pure pop songs Rowlands and Simons have ever made” while NME declared it “a bold reinvention of the Chemical Brothers’ sound.” The Chemical Brothers have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for “Block Rockin’ Beats” – the first of their four GRAMMY wins.

The Chemical Brothers North American Tour Dates:
May 12, 2019             Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center WTC
May 15, 2019             Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall *
May 16, 2019             Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
May 17, 2019            San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *

*With The Black Madonna

The Chemical Brothers U.K. Tour Dates:
November 21, 2019 – Leeds First Direct Arena
November 22, 2019 – Manchester Arena
November 23, 2019 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
November 28, 2019 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 29, 2019 – Birmingham Arena

About Astralwerks:
Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

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Laibach Shares New Video For "The Lonely Goatherd"; New Album "The Sound Of Music" Released Friday

LAIBACH have shared the video for “The Lonely Goatherd,” the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album, The Sound of Music, which features reinterpretations of the famous soundtrack. The album will be released November 23 on limited edition gold vinyl, CD bookpack and digital formats. Watch the video for “The Lonely Goatherd” here.

Pre-order The Sound of Music here.

The new video, directed by Sašo Podgoršek, features Milan Fras as the lonely goatherd, guest vocalist Boris Benko as the hunter and a synchronized dance routine that’s certain to capture the imagination. “The Lonely Goatherd” tells the whimsical story of a goatherd whose yodelling is heard from far away. He falls in love with a girl with a pale pink coat whose mother joins in on the yodelling. Laibach’s video, naturally, offers the possibility for a different interpretation...

The band have also announced details of The Sound of Music Tour for 2019 and will be joined on the tour by guest vocalists Marina Martensson and Boris Benko to perform songs from The Sound of Music. Audiences will also able to hear other selected songs from Laibach’s repertoire including Also Sprach Zarathustra, Spectre, Sympathy for the Devil, WAT, Kapital, Volk and Laibach Revisited… See below for a listing of tour dates.

The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang. The Sound of Music was chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK that is often used by schoolchildren to learn English. The album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Maria,” here reworked as “Maria / Korea”(“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).

While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included “Arirang,” an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un). Also included is their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relations.

Laibach’s groundbreaking performance in North Korea was documented by director, artist and cultural diplomat Morten Traavik in the film Liberation Day (described by MOJO as “a humorous, disturbing, illuminating and sometimes moving immersion into an anomalous communist mirror-world …”) which is out now via ITunes following its screening for Storyville on BBC4.

The album was recorded and produced in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in Pyongyang, North Korea.

February 23 – Brno, Czech Republic – Fleda
February 24 – Warsaw, Poland – Stary Klasztor
February 25 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
February 26 – Leipzig, Germany – Schauspielhaus
February 27 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm
March 1 – London, England – O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
March 3 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
March 6 – Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel
March 7 – Rostock, Germany – Volkstheater
March 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Kulturhuset
March 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
March 10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Kägelbanan Södra Teatern
March 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
March 13 – Helsinki, Finland – The Circus
March 15 – Oslo, Norway – Vulkan
March 17 – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
March 18 – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
March 20 – Nuremberg, Germany – Z-Bau
March 21 – The Hague, Netherlands – Paard
March 22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
March 29 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
March 30 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Gaswerk
March 31 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Social Club


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HELENA DELAND December U.S. Tour Dates

Helena Deland
December U.S. Tour Dates
Watch the video for “Claudion
From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV
out now on Luminelle Recordings

credit Jodi Heartz & Alex Blouin 

Hi! Just sending a reminder that Helena Deland is about to embark on the first U.S. Tour Dates in support of her latest release. Montreal’s enigmatic singer and songwriter to watch will play Chicago before hitting Cleveland and Pittsburgh for the first time, along with select dates on the East Coast, before wrapping things up with a couple of co-headline dates with Buzzy Lee in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Helena recently finished a run of dates in Europe, including an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
"on Halloween, Helena Deland, the Montreal-based synth pop artist who just released her debut project across four small volumes, wore a bit of skull makeup, playing in the corner of the jazzy looking Chapelle des Lombards on a bustling side street in the Bastille. She sounded great, humble, her songs textured, small, yet full of mass and romance." - Pitchfork

12/01 • Chicago, IL • Schubas Tavern
12/02 • Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern
12/04 • Pittsburgh, PA • Club Café
12/05 • Philadelphia, PA • Johnny Brenda's
12/06 • Washington, DC • DC9
12/07 • Brooklyn, NY • Elsewhere (Zone One)
12/13 • San Francisco, CA • Swedish American Hall *
12/15 • Los Angeles, CA • The Echo *

(Maya Fuhr )

From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV was announced in late July with the synth-pop gem “Claudion” via The Fader, who called the song “a sleek affair with soft, pulsating synths.” landing Montréal’s Helena Deland at the top of the Hype Machine artist chart, eventually making it onto Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of Q3 2018.

A beautiful, affectionately choreographed video for the song premiered in late October via Pitchfork TV.  

Watch the video for “Claudion” over at Pitchfork TV HERE.

Helena’s new collection of songs, From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol III. and IV.was released on October 19th via Luminelle Recordings, and also features the intimate acoustic guitar-laden “Rise” which saw Helena fall “into a gentle, dreamier state” according to Stereogum, wherein Helena plaintively expresses a desire for intimacy with an avoidant person, along with the single “Lean On You” which ended up on Pitchfork’s What’s Good This Week playlist, and deemed one of Under The Radar’s Best Songs of the Week.

Praise for Helena Deland and From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol III. and IV. out now on Luminelle Recordings:

‘Think of something you’ve seen breaking down,’ Helena Deland sings in “A Stone Is a Stone,” from the not-quite-an-album, “Altogether Unaccompanied,” that she has called a “series of songs” and began releasing bit by bit in the spring. The songs are by no means a cappella; this one starts as a lo-fi waltz and gathers a full folk-rock band. She sings about knowledge and disorientation, discord and reconciliation; the music tells the same story.” - The New York Times

Across four short volumes, the Montreal singer-songwriter introduces a lonely and diverse set of songs written with an exceptional eye for melody and texture.” - Pitchfork

a sleek affair with soft, pulsating synths, and her smokey voice builds up to a hook that dazzles like a handful of glitter in the air. If you have not been fully converted to the lures of synth-pop yet, this will do it for you.” The FADER

"The beat of this song mimics a heart's, making you feel even more physically connected to the soulful lyrics Helena Deland croons than you'd thought possible." - NYLON

It begins with a bouncy dance-oriented keyboard riff and eventually expands into chamber-pop house music of a sort — or at least a dream choreographed in time with a heartbeat.” - Stereogum

(Chris Almeida // ))

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Grandaddy reveals new single, "Bison On The Plains"


Grandaddy have shared their first bit of music since 2017 by way of a new single "Bison On The Plains" via 30th Century Records. 


Of the single the band's Jason Lytle says:

"Setting out with the intent of replicating the 'feel and vibe' of  the song 'Drive' which is one of my favorite Cars song's ...I got a little of the way into "Bison on the Plains" (BOTP) and realized I had failed.I blamed the lame new spot I had set up my studio in Portland Oregon. In the basement of some super pretentious magazine lured by cheap rent....I just really was not feeling it.

I stopped working on BOTP  and cursed my new studio location and immediately began disassembling everything ...eventually moving out and setting up all my gear in the living room of my little house in Portland. A recent divorce and a purging of all domestic belongings/furniture made setting up all of my gear easy and convenient. This location also ended up being where I wrote and recorded most of  Last Place the most recent
Grandaddy album.

Anyways...I thought BOTP might make the cut for Last Place but it did not. Apparently it still had some baggage carried over from whence it came. I loved the words though...and didn't want to give up on it....so it simply got shelved in  some incomplete form until I could come back and spend some more thoughtful time with it. So here it is.

It sounds as if the words are about the melodramatic lengths I go to... and methods I employ... to frame an image in a song. Almost jokingly. But respectfully.

Like all of the noises, sound samples, buttons, keys, circuits, wires, strings, and gear it takes  for  someone like me to facilitate the lonely looking image of a solitary bison standing out on the open plains.

I have no regrets of being a songwriter that cannot simply just pull this off with an acoustic guitar and some lyrics. I need my" tricks of the trade."

Anyway.. Im just relieved I got the song out of that dank basement and out into the light.

Enjoy, J"

Grandaddy's last album, Last Place, was released in March of 2017. It marks a perfect addition to the band's celebrated, critically-acclaimed catalogue, that includes their breakthrough sophomore album, Sophtware Slump, and their debut, Under the Western Freeway. It's a symphonic swirl of lo-fi sonics and mile-high harmonies, found sounds and electronics-gone-awry mingling with perfect, power pop guitar tones. Lytle's voice sounds as warm and intimate as ever, giving graceful levity to the doomsday narratives that have dominated the Grandaddy output.  

"Bison on the Plain" is one of a number of singles to be released by the newly resurgen t30th Century, the label belonging to producer Danger Mouse, including new tracks from Big SearchMaus HausWaterstrider and St Francis Hotel to come in the next couple of months.

Praise for Grandaddy
"It won't come as a shock that Grandaddy's new album, Last Place, feels exactly like, well, old Grandaddy, in the best possible way." - NPR

"The tracks veer stylistically, but always stay close to the group's indie-rock sensibility which often pairs thoughtful lyrics with charming, sing-along melodies." - Relix

"After a decade-long hiatus, the band is as sure of its footing as ever." - Consequence of Sound

"Last Place is not only one of the band's best LPs, it's also Lytle's most personal." - Magnet

"It's a gorgeous collection of songs that opens with Lytle living on the roof of a big box store and asking why he would ever move, wryly blending his personal history with surreal images of phony ecosystems. Last Place stands among the best Grandaddy records..." - NY Observer

Find Grandaddy here:
30th Century Records info: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // TWITTER // INSTAGRAM // YOUTUBE

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Cults to release "Offering B Sides & Remixes" Includes 3 new tracks + remixes. New U.S. Fall Tour Dates Announced



Today New York City duo Cults have revealed Offering B-Sides & Remixescompanion release to 2017's LP Offering that incluedes 3 previously unreleased songs and a new remix of "Recovery" by famed producer John Fryer. The full tracklisting is below. 

Beginning November 30th, Cults kick off a run of east coast & west coast tour dates in the USA with two shows each in DC, New York, and Seattle as well as playing a night in Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, San Francisco, and Sonoma. Tickets are available HERESee below for a full rundown.

Offering B-Sides & Remixes Tracklisting
1.) Not Impossible
2.) Hope You Found What You've Been Missing
3.) An Echo
4.) Offering (Mike Simonetti Remix)
5.) I Took Your Picture (Etienne de Crecy Remix)
6.) Recovery (John Fryer Remix)

While Cults made their name in black and white - a pair of film school dropouts who in 2010 burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound . Their 2017 album Offering is an exciting collection of songs exploding with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life.

"On Offering, the band has transitioned from doo-wop lilts about heartbreak to spaced-out melodies on hope." Under the Radar

"('I Took Your Picture With My Eyes Closed') finds the band on a new wave kick that softens the edges from the rock-centric set on 2013's Static"  Billboard  

"('Offering') cuts straight to the heart of what makes a Cults' track great, as singer Madeline Follin offers breathy, reflective vocals" Spin

"Offering is a well-crafted album and the perfect soundtrack for summer nostalgia." BUST

"There is a newfound confidence and self-awareness in Follin's lyrics that melds seamlessly with the songs' colorful arrangements."Bandcamp

"glittery, synth-laden" Consequence of Sound on "Offering"
Photo Credit: Silvia Draz

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
11/30/18 - DC9 - Washington, DC
12/1/18 - DC9 - Washington, DC
12/2/18 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
12/3/18 - Great Scott - Allston, MA
12/8/18 - Baby's All Right (Early Show) - Brooklyn, NY
12/8/18 - Baby's All Right (Late Show) - Brooklyn, NY
12/15/18 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
12/16/18 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
12/17/18 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
12/19/18 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
12/20/18 - Gundlach Bunschu Winery - Sonoma, CA
12/22/18 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
12/23/18 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA


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Calpurnia Release Video For "Wasting Time," Announce World Tour Dates



Calpurnia have today released an animated video for their song "Wasting Time" off of theirScout EP which came out earlier this year. The video was created by animator, Martin MacPherson - an award-winning animator who has worked on all the Calpurnia videos thus far and created the animation for “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes" and has recently worked on projects for Washed Out and Flying Lotus. 

MacPherson spoke about the video saying "Certain music has a way of evoking vivid memories from your past. Good memories, bad memories, weird ones, too. I wanted this video to depict a story of music bringing a civilization, frozen in time, back to life with all those beautiful, ugly and strange memories being revived, at least for the length of the song. I think there can be a danger to living in the past too much however and at a certain point it’s time to move on. I chose to show this by drawing spaceships and strange, melting, monsters and Calpurnia were super cool with letting me do so. I was inspired by Jason Bartel’s Cover Art for the band’s EP and wanted to continue that aesthetic throughout as a post-cataclysmic version of the world you see in the art for City-Boy and Greyhound. I did my best to hide some other Calpurnia reference’s throughout the video as well that you may have to go back and look for in case you missed them the first time around." 

The band's lead vocalist and guitarist Finn Wolfhard noted “We are really happy to make an animated video and happier still to have worked with Marty. His style is very unique and  I don’t think there is anything else out there that looks like this video. Marrying his images to our music is super cool.”

Calpurnia are also excited to announce additional World Tour dates as well as a performance at Shaky Knees Festival. See below for a full rundown.

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