10/30/2014

Orenda Fink releases "This Is A Part Of Something Greater" video

Orenda Fink Releases "This Is A Part Of Something Greater" Video
New Album Blue Dream Out Now On Saddle Creek 
Orenda Fink - This Is a Part of Something Greater
Just in time for Halloween, Orenda Fink has unveiled the new video for "This Is A Part Of Something Greater" from her album Blue Dream out now on Saddle CreekThe video was directed, edited & filmed by Aaron Gum and premiered on Flavorwire. Orenda says, "This video is a labor of love of cult and classic horror movies shared between me and director Aaron Gum. With a crew of two (he and I) we attempted to 'faithfully' recreate scenes from some of our favorite directors of the dark with basically a camera and what we could find from the thrift store. Pulling from Videodrome, Poltergeist, Blue Velvet, Psycho, and even chopping down my own bathroom door for The Shiningscene, the video was a blast to make from start to messy finish." Director Aaron Gum added, "The video combines our shared love for horror films, and is a stylistic homage to Kubrick Cronenberg, Lynch, Hitchcock, Hooper, and the tortured souls that make up their haunted worlds." 


Orenda Fink Tour Dates 
10.30 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11.01 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown   
11.07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl (7pm in-store)


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Haerts reveals "Giving Up" video via Idolator, self-titled debut


 
HAERTS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO 
WATCH “GIVING UP” VIA IDOLATOR HERE
and VEVO HERE

 
 TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR HEARTS’ CO-HEADLINE TOUR ALONGSIDE MIKKY EKKO NEXT MONTH 
 
“A breezy pop album with an intelligent edge...what really sets the band’s sound apart is the German-[raised] front woman Nini Fabi’s powerful voice — which might bring Stevie Nicks’s to mind — along with earworm melodies and richly layered lyrics.” 
The New York Times’ T: Magazine

Having just released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album earlier this week, New York City-based band Haerts have unveiled the brand new music video for their single “Giving Up.” The Austin Peters-directed clip features a variety of real couples from the New York City area—including Wiki from the band Ratking and his girlfriend Destiny, known as Princess Nokia— in addition to flowers by up-and-coming floral designer Brittany Asch of BRRCH, whose work has recently been featured in VOGUE,LuckyNYLON, and Style.com.  Watch “Giving Up” HERE.
To celebrate the album’s release, Haerts has also announced their forthcoming co-headline tour alongside Mikky Ekko. Tickets for all dates are on sale today. Dates kick off November 29 in Chicago and continue through December20 in Minneapolis.Haerts will also join St. Lucia for dates at New York City’s Terminal 5, Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts, and Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club later next month. See below for all dates.
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With the release of their buzzed about EP Hemiplegia last fall, Haerts has quickly won over fans and garnered fantastic critical praise. Time Out New York named the group one of their “Rising New York City Bands You Need To Know.” In January, the band sold out their first-ever hometown headline show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tastemaker KEXP in Seattle helped launch the new single “Giving Up” with major support, while in the coming weeks, the band will appear on NPR’s World Café. And this year alone, Haerts has performed at SXSW, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Firefly, Bunbury and Time festivals, in addition to touring with London Grammar and Bastille.
 
Haerts is available now at http://smarturl.it/haertsitunes.  

Haerts On Tour Ticket LINK
*w/ St. Lucia
# co-headline w/ Mikky Ekko
11/19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
11/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts *
11/25 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club *
11/26 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club *
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas #
11/30 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar #
12/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE #
12/5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Purgatory #
12/6 – Nashville, TN – Marathon #
12/8 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird #
12/9 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
12/12 – Portland, OR – Star #
12/13 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile #
12/16 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw #
12/18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
12/20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #

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SPLIT/RED Named Rolling Stone Magazine's "Band To Watch"



Named October 2014 Rolling Stone Magazine "Band To Watch"
Performing in Washington, DC and Philadelphia This Weekend in Support of Debut Album "Serious Heft" Out Now on New Atlantis Records



L- R: Stephen Buono (SPLIT/RED), Devin Hoff (Yoko Ono, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto), Mike Watt

SPLIT/RED LIVE:
10/31 Washington, DC @ Paperhaus
11/02 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's


SPLIT/RED Named "10 New Artists You Need to Know: October 2014" by Rolling Stone Magazine

On the heels of their debut release, titled "Serious Heft," out now on Midwest experimental label New Atlantis Records, Philadelphia and Chicago-based pummeling punk troupe SPLIT/RED are spending the weekend celebrating their new album with upcoming weekend performances in Washington, DC and Philadelphia.

Currently in the midst of receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, NOISEY, Magnet Magazine, BrooklynVegan, Impose and other punk rock and taste-maker publications nationwide, the band is already set to release the follow-up to their debut release, tentatively set for release in Spring 2015, also courtesy of New Atlantis Records.

Serious Heft was mostly composed during various trips to El Salvador. Inspired by the witness of heroic liberation theologians and freedom fighters, the record is informed by domestic oppression, injustice, and cultural repression. Fittingly, the medium here is punk rock that is unfiltered and untarnished by mainstream contrivances and compromises... Expertly captured to tape by Colin Marston (of Krallice), the record is bursting with searing feedback and the saturated, harmonically-rich sound of power tubes buckling. This creative space is punk rock, in both polemics and practice. Lumbering, thunderous rhythms are nimbly imbued with polyrhythmic propulsion. Massively articulate shredder, and New Atlantis veteran, Brandon Seabrook makes a dizzying appearance on the album's opener...

In spite of its brevity, Serious Heft makes a weighty impression. If you grab your copy on October 14, you can run the voodoo down with us. SPLIT/RED have shared the stage with Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn, Stinking Lizaveta and many more... Now, with this record in your stereo, they'll practically be playing just for you, inside of your very own house. Fans of Black Flag, Funkadelic, Amphetamine Reptile, Swiz, Saint Vitus, the Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, and Shellac take note. Let's do the damn thang.



"Serious Heft" Track List:
1. Manifest Blasphemy (Brooklyn Vegan Track Premiere)
2. Crown of Horns
3. Un Poco Foco (Noisey Video Premiere)
4. Road to Aguilares {for Rutilio Grande} (Pop Matters Video Premiere)
5. Cuban Heels
6. Scuzz Byrd

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Mute Creates Synth and Sequencer

MUTE SYNTH II
In conjunction with DIRTY ELECTRONICS
INCLUDES CD FEATURING TRACKS BY
CHRIS CARTER & SIMON FISHER TURNER

LISTEN TO A SAMPLER HERE

WATCH THE SYNTH IN ACTION
Mute and Dirty Electronics are delighted to announce the release of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII), a hand-held synth and sequencer designed in collaboration with the designer and writer, Adrian Shaughnessy. The MSII follows the first Dirty Electronics Mute Synth (MSI), originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse in 2011.

MSII’s elegant design and focus on usability pushes through a pick-up-and-play approach, and switches and knobs, in conjunction with the touch controls inherent in the MSI, enable complex and infinite rhythms and sounds to be created.

Mute Synth II comes with a selection of works using the synth by artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute. The CD features Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Carter Tutti Void), Simon Fisher TurnerDominic Butler (Bronze Teeth / Factory Floor), KidanevilDirty Electronics and more. Listen to a sampler here.

Mute Synth II is a statement against MPEG culture and places emphasis on an active participant rather than passive consumer. It is born out of Dirty Electronics’ ongoing commitment to DIY approaches and noise aesthetics, and serves as a catalyst for experimenting with electronic sound.

Additional modules and add-ons make the MSII customisable and scalable.

Packaged with a booklet containing simple and clear instructions, diagrams and essays, the MSII opens-up usability to not only the synth aficionado, but also an untrained enthusiast.

Dirty Electronics will present Mute Synth II at Nonclassical’s event at Bloc in London on 15 November, full information at http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?634788

Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII) Sampler Tracklisting:
Chris Carter - Mute MSII / Simon Fisher Turner - Shoelife / Kidkanevil - i went to an electricity museum / Dominic Butler - FH Exclusion / Dirty Electronics - 5 Episodes

Mute Synth II is available to pre-order here.

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BØRNS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP “CANDY” NOVEMBER 10TH

BØRNS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP “CANDY” NOVEMBER 10TH


Santa Monica, California, October 30, 2014 – BØRNS will release his debut EP Candy November 10th on Interscope Records.  The set comes on the heels of his debut single “10,000 Emerald Pools” which was released earlier this month to heaps of praise.  Neon Gold called the track “a debut single that’s love at first listen and then some…“10,000 Emerald Pools”...soaks up the cosmic rays of a thousand suns and channels [them] into a solar-powered summer anthem for any season.”   CMJ stated “the song is a slinky little synth-pop number, alight with vocal hooks and chipper acoustic guitars,” Pigeons & Planes called it “an expansive, fluid piece of music that comfortably combines elements of rock, folk, electronic and pop” and Hilly Dilly declared it “a genre-mashing work that simply hits all the right notes.”

Candy was recorded in Los Angeles at Kennedy Space Station & Studio America and produced by Kennedy and Tommy English.  Complete track listing for Candy is: “Electric Love,” “10,000 Emerald Pools,” “Past Lives” and “Seeing Stars.”  Listen to first single “10,000 Emerald Pools” HERE.

Growing up in coastal Michigan, Garrett Borns has been moving from one inspiration to another. His first artistic love was visual arts and then came music thanks to an eccentric piano teacher.  At the age of 15 BØRNSattended the prestigious summer program at Interlochen Center for the Arts to study filmmaking while writing songs on the side with the music majors. Playing local gigs through high school and college, BØRNS ended up in a secluded treehouse home in the Los Angeles canyons. Feeling a rebirth of inspiration he wrote all the songs that appear on his debut EP Candy.

BØRNS just finished up a successful stint at CMJ in New York with both Entertainment Weekly and i-D Magazinenaming him one of the best new acts at the festival. He will bring his angelic voice across the U.S. this fall.  Some upcoming West Coast dates are below: 

10/30               Stockton, CA              University of the Pacific (w/ Grizfolk)
11/20               San Francisco, CA     Popscene (w/Mr. Little Jeans)
12/8                 Los Angeles, CA         Bardot for "It's a School Night"


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Zola Jesus Remixed by Skin Town, Performs on Later...

ZOLA JESUS
“GO (BLANK SEA)”
REMIXED BY SKIN TOWN 


REMIX EP OUT NOVEMBER 17TH 

TAIGA OUT NOW

EUROPEAN TOUR UNDERWAY 
“Go (Blank Sea)” features Nika Rosa Danilova’s characteristically soaring vocals, icy synths, and a mammoth chorus” – Paste Magazine

“a euphoric electropop number that’s flushed with sweeping, tidal wave-sized synths.” – Consequence of Sound

“[‘Go (Blank Sea)’] sounds big enough for a stadium but without losing the eccentricities that make it a Zola Jesus song.” – Brooklyn Vegan
 
Zola Jesus’ latest single “Go (Blank Sea)” receives a fantastic reworking from LA duo Skin Town, who lay down dark yet scintillating synths as a bed for Nika’s powerful vocals. Nick Turco of Skin Town explains his inspiration when doing this remix: “Years ago, I had the chance to produce with Nika in our project Nika + Rory. With this remix I tried to return to that hyper-melodic, busted-boombox radio synthscape feeling.”   The single comes from critically acclaimed album TAIGA, out now on Mute. Listen to and share the remix of “Go (Blank Sea)” here. Both remixes of “Go (Blank Sea)”, by Skin Town and Diplo will be released commercially on November 17th.

Hot off the heels of her transcendent US performances, Zola Jesus heads overseas to present TAIGAto audiences across the UK and mainland Europe.  Full tour dates below.  Zola Jesus also recently filmed a performance for the legendary Later…with Jools Holland program with U2, Interpol, and Sam Smith, which will air for US audiences on the Palladia Network the week of November 10th

Photo Credit: Jeff Elstone
For her 5th studio album, TAIGA, Nika relocated from central Los Angeles to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, in effort to immerse herself in the natural world. Vashon is a densely-wooded enclave with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, Canada, Eurasia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin.  Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations and to some extent this land has genetically imprinted on her. She has always felt its pull. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness: no law, just survival - at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage

Most of Nika’s creative process on Vashon was very different from how she used to write. Instead of starting a track with a beat or layers of synthesizers (with vocals usually coming last,) she began by writing songs completely acapella. Her work on the orchestral album Versions inspired her to revisit her classical vocal training and further hone the skills she had started developing in operatic study when she was young. Resuming training with her old opera instructor, she regained the confidence and vocal range she had heretofore lost.  It allowed her to shed the former blankets of noise and reverb that used to cover her voice in fear.

After incubating on Vashon for nine months, Nika headed back to Los Angeles to track and mix the album with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse). Hurley guided her in reaching her fidelity goals; which had always been compromised on her previous work, typically made as home recordings. TAIGA is an undeniable transition for Zola Jesus. Described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.”
Liberated in the present yet connected to the past, TAIGA is a pinnacle for Zola Jesus, the culmination of years of breaking through boundaries."
TAIGA TRACKLISTING
Taiga
Dangerous Days
Dust
Hunger
Go (Blank Sea)
Ego
Lawless
Nail
Long Way Down
Hollow
It’s Not Over


LIVE DATES
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

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tētēma (featuring Mike Patton/Anthony Pateras) Stream "Tenz"

tētēma STREAM "TENZ" FROM DEBUT ALBUM, GEOCIDAL

NEW DUO FROM ANTHONY PATERAS AND MIKE PATTON

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

San Francisco, Oct. 30, 2014 – tētēma, a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianistAnthony Pateras and Mike Patton share "Tenz," a song from the pair's forthcoming debut album,Geocidal (Dec. 9, Ipecac Recordings): https://soundcloud.com/ipecacrecordings/tetema-tenz/s-omCvO.

"This track experiments with a palimpsest of rhythmic microcosms, consisting of drums, voice, arp 2600, contrabass recorder, nylon string guitar and marimba," explained Pateras. "The orchestration attempts to create kaleidoscopic barber pole effect : a constantly rotating electro-acoustic cross-pollination which culminated in some kind of brutal polychronic trance music, albeit with a glockenspiel coda."

The Quietus said of the song: "Judging from 'Tenz'...the album promises to be an intriguing affair. It opens with the lumbering rhythmical heft that immediately brings to mind Cut Hands, before Patton's incantatory vocals surface and we skirt through jazzy touches and gentle inflections of contrabass recorder and synth, culminating in a full-on, howled assault."
   
Geocidal is very much Pateras' vision realized over one and a half years of recording. The record combines various musical elements from analogue electronics, strings, winds, brass, orchestral percussion, and vocals - each recorded in a different location which as Pateras describes, creates a  "displaced, almost vaporous intensity - it comes from everywhere and nowhere." Every one of these musical elements on Geocidal was also played live, with no samples, handcrafted and performed by a human - stemming from a desire to base everything on feel and instinct. Ultimately then, it represents universality and timelessness in music.
On Geocidal, Pateras balances these kaleidoscopic elements from controlled brooding electronics to unrestrained explosive outbursts. Frenetic, trance-inducing percussion punctuates much of the record, making way for more spacious grooves and jazz rhythms. Elsewhere, widescreen string compositions rouse and stirring piano parts creep in, shifting into film noir atmospherics. All the while, this expansive sonic architecture allows Mike Patton much freedom to display his vast array of vocal techniques.

Combining this method of live recording, and the cross-pollination of an array of musical talent, Pateras allows for absolute stylistic freedom which makes Geocidal a very dynamic and unclassifiable album, where quality is never compromised over the quantity of ideas on display. As Tiny Mix Tapes said of Pateras’ music, it offers a look as to where “trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.” 

GEOCIDAL TRACK LIST:

1. INVOCATION OF THE SWARM
2. PURE WAR
3. IRUNDI
4. THE HELL OF NOW
5. TEN YEARS TRICKED
6. 3-2-1 CIVILISATION
7. TENZ
8. SUISHAMAN
9. KID HAS GOT THE BOMB
10. EMPTINESS OF ECSTACY
11. DEATH IN TANGIERS 
 



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Scion AV Presents Olivia Jean Live in Hollywood

SCION AV PRESENTS THIRD MAN RECORDS' OLIVIA JEAN LIVE ON 11/15

Third Man Records' Olivia Jean Live
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7-10pm
Scion AV Installation - 7667 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 272-4266 

Scion Audio Visual, the creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding, and distribution of compelling music and arts programming, is excited to present an installation from Third Man Records and Olivia Jean, which will go up in Scion's installation space starting November 15th.

The installation will be centered on multi-instrumentalist Olivia Jean's Jack White-produced debut album Bathtub Love Killings. The space will feature exclusive Olivia Jean and Third Man Records merchandise. Jean, formally front woman of the Black Belles, has performed all over the world with highlight performances on Colbert Report, Conan, and Letterman, and will perform selections from her debut album live on opening night.

The opening reception is on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7pm at the Scion AV Installation located at 7667 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA. It is free and requires RSVP. The Installation will be up in the space until December 8th.  

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10/29/2014

Rural Alberta Advantage @ The Roxy



The Rural Alberta Advantage is playing at the Roxy tonight, Wednesday, October 29th 2014.

Photo: Angel Ceballos
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White Arrows Release "We Can't Ever Die" D. Konopka's of OK Go Remix


White Arrows Release "We Can't Ever Die" D. Konopka (OK Go) Remix 
Sophomore Album In Bardo Out Now On Votiv
Fall Tour Dates Announced 
    

"The Los Angeles fivesome indeed puree a slew of equatorial guitar sounds 
and rhythms and textures, which combined, bridge the gap 
between Animal Collective and Foreign Born." -  SPIN 
"A well-balanced blend of electronic, rock, and global instrumentation, and easily 
digestible dance-friendly rhythms" - The AV Club 
"The quintet hits pop and calypso flavors along the way, finding itself slotted 
alongside Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective...Nicely done"  
- Under The Radar

Listen: "We Can't Ever Die" D. Konopka Remix via Kick Kick Snare or SoundCloud
Watch: "We Can't Ever Die" video at YouTube

Today White Arrows unveiled D. Konopka's (of OK Go) remix of the band's track "We Can't Ever Die" from the their recent full-length album In Bardo. The track premiered on Kick Kick Snare and is available to stream here. Kick Kick Snare praised D. Konopka's reworking of the track and said, "Right from the beginning I was hooked...this song should most definitely be playing at all times and in all scenarios." Earlier this month the band, released a new video for "We Can't Ever Die" from the band's sophomore In Bardo which is out now on Votiv. The video premiered on VEVO and was directed by Evan Brace (Phantogram). White Arrows' Mickey Church said, "We flew out to Nashville to work with someone we had never actually met in person. You never know how videos are going to turn out from reading it on the page- your imagination fills in the blanks differently than everybody else's. Evan and I had a lot of back and forth with visual references, so we knew we could at least be on the same page stylistically & tonally. It feels timeless and new at the same time. Glad we flew to Nashville off no sleep for a delirious blur of a music video shoot that ended up being something beautiful and fitting for the song." White Arrows' In Bardo is available now on CD and LP and digitally through iTunes


White Arrows have announced fall and winter headlining shows in support of In Bardo. The upcoming tour will include stops in major west coast cities including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and more. The tour follows up the spring's successful tour with The Neighbourhood and a sold out headlining show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. White Arrows also played MTV's VMA Artist to Watch Concert at The Avalon. The band performed alongside Bleachers and Charli XCX.Pervious bands that played at this event include The NeighbourhoodNew Politics, and Wildcat! Wildcat!. Additionally, White Arrows were Los Angeles' Alt 98.7 Artist In Residence for the month of September.
Bardo is defined as a transitional state of being, the phase of existence between death and rebirth. It represents an evolution, which is why the title of White Arrows' second album, In Bardo, is so appropriate. The Los Angeles indie rock band found themselves in a new plane of being after touring extensively since their inception, hitting the road with bands such as CultsWhite DenimThe Naked and Famous, and performing at festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch. The band finally grounded themselves enough to create a cohesive work that reflected the musicians' present mindset. Songs like "Leave It Alone" represent the musicians' current mindset and inspirations. For White Arrows, In Bardo is the transition. It marks the end of one thing and the beginning of another. 



White Arrows Tour Dates

11.07 ­- Oakland, CA @ Leo's 
11.08 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
11.10 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ­ 
11.11 - Vancouver, BC @­ Electric Owl ­ 
11.12 - Portland, OR @ Holocene ­ 
11.15 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
01.18 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah ­ 
01.23 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey  
01.27 ­- Phoenix, AZ @­ Valley Bar
01.29 ­- Dallas, TX @ Three Links
01.30 ­- Austin, TX @ Stubb's JR ­ 
01.31 ­- Houston, TX ­@ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
02.03 - Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
02.04 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
02.05 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Backroom
02.06 - Washington, DC @ DC9
02.07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
02.08 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott 

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Deerhoof Unleash "Mirror Monster" Video w/ WSJ

Hear Deerhoof’s Critically Acclaimed New Album
Streaming in Full at NPR First Listen

“Mirror Monster” Video Premiered Today 
at The Wall Street Journal

La Isla Bonita Out November 4 on Polyvinyl Records


This record is for you if you think the naked emperor’s violin playing is out of tune and has too much reverb. It you aspire to never graduate from the underclass. If you think Coke and Pepsi taste the same. If you think emotion stirred by a computer simulation is as worthless as a bad Chaplin mustache.


Photo Credit: Chad Kamenshine
 
If there is one thing that Deerhoof has consistently achieved over their 20-year spanning career, it is keeping listeners on their toes. But that’s the extent of their consistency. From album to album and tour to tour, the prolific foursome has fused pop, art, noise, classical, politics and punk, messaging in a way that is never expected.
 
"Americanization used to mean copying our entertainment and sports, now it means sharing in our financial disasters. This record is meant to be like waltzes: dance music from a decadent society that is crashing." from drummer Greg Saunier's track-by-track guide
 
On the surface La Isla Bonita is already being hailed as a playful and very catchy punk rock record. MOJO calls it "maverick pop genius," saying, "It shouldn't work. But it does, delivering surrealist pop of such unforced immediacy, such joyful invention, it could brighten any day." NPR First Listen’s love-letter of a review cuts to the core: "For 20 years, Deerhoof has found special and exciting ways to make you feel as if you head might explode."
 
But as always, the flowers and pandas are not what they first appear. Deerhoof plays on the absurdity of art and music in the face of a cold world seemingly awash in no-win scenarios. This is exemplified in the “Mirror Monster” video revealed today. Filmmaker Todd Chandler shot the autumnal footage one year ago in a Queens parking lot, and happened to show it to Greg just as Deerhoof was starting to write a new record. The poetic footage helped solidify dark themes of a decaying empire whose dubious legacy it is too late to erase. "When I saw these cars getting smooshed, the lyrics just came.”
 
Line of Best Fit calls "Mirror Monster" "a melancholy meditation on identity, and quite possibly what it is like to come of age as a band." Michael Azerrad hears "an exquisite ballad, one of the most beautiful things Deerhoof has ever done, with classical chords and prismatic guitars and dramatic key changes, but it's also an angry, post-apocalyptic song." Cheers to The Wall Street Journal for having the guts to premier “Mirror Monster” today.
 
20 Years In And Still Blowing Up Amps”
– interview with Satomi Matsuzaki on VICE’s Noisey

"Don't get too comfortable, Deerhoof seems to be saying. And with a big grin, no less.
– NPR

"The band has taken leaps and bounds artistically and stylistically, experimenting with pop and punk in ways we could’ve never imagined, as well as being general bad asses."
– Impose Magazine

“Deerhoof have been making music for more than 20 years; they’ve recorded 12 albums and released 30 singles, each time morphing into a different, distorted version of their fundamentally batshit sound.”
– The Guardian

“the greatest and most underrated band of our time”
– Tiny Mix Tapes

 
 
Deerhoof National Tour Dates:
 
11/4: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Tim Barnes, Xenia Rubinos)
11/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Assembly, Zannie Owens w/ Mount Yucca)
11/6: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ White Reaper, Trans Am)
11/7: Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre (w/ White Reaper, Xenia Rubinos)
11/8: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (w/ White Reaper, Xenia Rubinos)
11/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (w/ White Reaper, Cibo Matto)
11/11: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/12: Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Back Room (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/13: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/14: Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Piccolo Rialto (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/15: Pawtucket, RI @ The Met (w/ Priests, Lightning Bolt)
11/17: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (w/ Go Dark, Crystal Skulls)
11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/ Go Dark, Crystal Skulls)
11/20: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)
11/21: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)
11/22: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)
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