THE FLAMING LIPS ANNOUNCE BRAND-NEW SPECTACULAR MERCH AVAILABLE IN THE FLAMING LIPS STORE AND THEY'RE ON THE ROAD NOW
WAYNE COYNE ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK SERIES, THE SUN IS SICK #2
IS AVAILABLE NOW
ELECTRIC WÜRMS TO RELEASE SIX-SONG DEBUT ALBUM,
MUSIK, DIE SHWER ZU TWERK, AUGUST 19TH
PROG-ROCK BAND IS SIDE PROJECT OF THE FLAMING LIPS' MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST STEVEN DROZD AND WAYNE COYNE BACKED BY
NASHVILLE'S LINEAR DOWNFALL
COVER OF YES' "HEART OF THE SUNRISE" OUT NOW
July 28, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - THE FLAMING LIPS have unleashed four new usually stunning shirts in their official online store, including a T-shirt that looks like an (almost) identical replication of Wayne Coyne's actual entrails and vital organs. Well that's what we were told anyway... This shirt required a top secret, extremely specialized printing process to make so please, do not ask us how it's done. This is thee essentialLIPS T-shirt to own this summer! Click here to have a look. Ah, but there's more! Check out the very green Better Human design or the other lovely, Wayne Coyne original shirt, inspired by his The Sun Is Sick comic book in the vibrant red Taste Eye design. Speaking of The Sun Is Sick, the 2nd edition in the series is finally ready and available now in the shop and at THE LIPS tour merch stall. The adult-themed comic book is even more out there than the first editions so don't delay. Have a peek at the cover of The Sun is Sick No.2.
Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk - the six-song album from Electric Würms is available for pre-order now.This side project featuring the LIPS' multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd on vocals, guitars, and keyboards with Mr. Coyne on bass, backed by Nashville psychedelic rock band, Linear Downfall. Due from Warner Bros. Records on August 19th, Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerkwill transport your senses to proggy sonic destinations way beyond. The fourth and final new T-shirt is an Electric Würms design printed on black, which you can view here.
Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk track listing: I Could Only See Clouds Futuristic Hallucination The Bat Living Transform!!! Heart of The Sunrise
As previously reported, the first single - a cover of British prog-rock band Yes'"Heart of The Sunrise"is out now. The album will be available digitally on CD and very limited edition Purple Dayglo vinyl.
Yes, it's true; THE FLAMING LIPS will release a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album, titled With A Little Help From My Fwends, later this year on Warner Bros. Records. The band, along with contributions from famous fwends, has recorded their versions of each track on The Beatles' 1967 classic in their own inimitable style. Further details will be forthcoming.
The Flaming Lips and Electric Würms will perform live this summer.
US Tour Dates Aug 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park Rising Aug 23 - Ucluelet, BC - Otalith Music Festival Aug 30 - Vancouver, BC - Nootkah Sound Festival Sept 4 - Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series
European Tour Dates Sep 21 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt Sep 22 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega Sep 24 - London, UK - Oval Space Sep 26 - Liverpool, UK - Psych Fest @ Camp Sep 28 - Dublin, IRE - Workmans Club Sep 29 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast Sep 30 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus Oct 2 - Sheffeild, UK - The Harley Oct 3 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds Oct 4 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus Oct 7 - Paris, FR - Badaboum Oct 9 - Amsterdam, NL - Tolhuisuin Oct 10 - Brussels, BE - Orangerie @ Botanique Oct 11 - Luxembourg, LX - CarreRotondes Oct 13 - Cologne, GER - Underground Oct 14 - Hamburg, GER - Mojo Oct 15 - Berlin, GER - C-Club Oct 17 - Munich, GER - Atomic Cafe Oct 18 - Wiesbaden, GER - Schachthof Oct 20 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Oct 21 - Mezzago, ITA - Bloom Oct 24 - Barcelona, SPA - Sala Apolo Oct 25 - Madrid, SPA - Sala El Sol Oct 26 - Bilbao, SPA - Antzokia Oct 31 - Thessaloniki, GR - Principal Club Nov 1 - Athens, GR - Fuzz Club
Allah-Las Premiere 'No Werewolf' Video On NPR: First Watch,
08.01 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake 08.02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court 08.03 - Boise, ID - The Crux 08.05 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern * 08.06 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar * 08.07 - Eugene, OR - Wandering Goat 08.08 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel * 08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos * 08.10 - San Diego, CA - CASBAH * 08.11 - Phoenix, AZ - LAST EXIT * 08.13 - Laredo, TX - Old No. 2 * 08.14 - McAllen, TX - Simon Sez * 08.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk * 08.16 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia * 08.17 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree *
* w/ Crocodiles $ w/ Marnie Stern & Amanda X
"Totally fucking rad." -- NME
"Fun, puckered" -- Pitchfork
"Crisp and kinetic lo-fi garage-pop jams...Dream city." -- Stereogum
“Tweens have found the common ground between the saccharine sentiment of pop music and the kick-your-face-in intensity of punk." -- Passion of the Weiss
“Cincinnati rockers Tweens push a sugary blast of dirty pop-punk thunder. It makes me want to drink three Big Gulps in a parking lot and throw the cups on the ground, because, really, who cares.” -- RCRD LBL
"Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like "Be Mean" and "Rattle&Rollin'" are both especially catchy." -- Brooklyn Vegan
Announce October US Tour! 10/17: San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club 10/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour 10/20: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall 10/22: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom 10/23: Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre 10/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Third Studio Album, Bring Us Together, Out September 16th via Hot Bus/Rough Trade
Photo credit: Sigurd Grünberger Danish pop powerhouse The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, consisting of Lars Iversen &Mette Lindberg, will release their highly anticipated third studio album, Bring Us Together on September 16th via Hot Bus/Rough Trade. In support of the new record, they’ll take to the road on a newly announced US tour this October, making stops inSan Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Washington, DC & Philadelphia! Tickets will be available as a direct-to-fan pre-sale as of tomorrow, and on general sale starting Wednesday. Having previously unveiled Bring Us Together first single “My Club,” an instantly catchy pop masterpiece with a psychedelic vibe punctuated by pulsing club beats, the band is now giving away album cut “Bring Us Together” as a free MP3! “Bring Us Together” is available to download, post & share HERE.
Karen O is releasing the video for “Rapt” from her forthcoming Crush Songs, out September 9 on Cult Records, via Pitchfork. The video was directed by Barney Clay with production design from K.K. Barrett, who is known for his work with Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze and was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Production Design for Her. Watch the video here.
Crush Songs will be available for preorder on iTunes starting tomorrow, July 29, with “Rapt” as a free download with preorder. All album formats and several bundles, including a limited t-shirt and pillowcase, are available for preorder now via Cult Records here: http://bit.ly/ShopKarenO. See below for tracklist.
Crush Songs will first be available as a limited, special vinyl edition incorporating Karen’s own personal drawings, handwritten lyrics and more (see the album cover, right, and a note from Karen, below). In addition to this limited edition, the album will be released on standard vinyl, CD and digitally from September 9.
“When I was 27 I crushed a lot,” says Karen of the new record. “I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”
Recorded in 2006 and 2007, the record is an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings in the vein of Karen’s Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song.”
Karen O is the frontwoman of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In addition to Karen’s recent Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for “The Moon Song,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been nominated for three Grammy awards. The band has released four studio albums—2003’sFever to Tell, 2006’sShow Your Bones, 2009’sIt’s Blitzand 2013’sMosquito—to incredible critical acclaim and has played countless festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and curated its own All Tomorrow’s Parties.Cult label founder Julian Casablancas says, “So excited, lucky and proud to be involved with such a classic album—I just wanna listen to it all day. Karen is an all-time great.”
Cult Records is helmed by Julian Casablancas. In addition to Karen O, the Cult roster includes Albert Hammond, Jr., Cerebral Ballzy, Har Mar Superstar, Rey Pila and more.
Minus The Bear will release their latest LP, Lost Loves, on October 7th via Dangerbird Records. The seasoned Seattle, WA five piece will embark upon a club tour this fall in support of the new album as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, They Make Beer Commercials Like This. For a band that routinely sells out 1000+ cap venues across the country, the small rooms scheduled for the coming dates will provide an intimate setting for fans to experience Lost Loves live. Joining Minus The Bear on the road at various points are O'Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions, and on September 20th they perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival's main stage. Upcoming tour dates and album tracklist below.
VIP Pre-Sale Tickets Available Today, July 28th at Noon ET (General On-Sale 8/1)
The follow up to Infinity Overhead, which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 as Minus The Bear's highest charting album to date, Lost Loves lives up to its title quite literally as a collection of hard to let go songs pulled from the band's past seven odd years of writing, recording and releasing records. "Inevitably some of your favorite songs are going to be cut in the necessity of creating the right sequence for that particular time," says bassist Cory Murchy. "Regardless of the reason they weren't included, it wasn't for lack of love and appreciation of the songs themselves." Somewhat by chance the black sheep that didn't quite fit in with Planet of Ice, OMNI, and Infinity Overhead coalesce among their once regretfully forsaken peers. "Perhaps it's because they didn't make the past albums that they fit so seamlessly together," muses Murchy.
That each song was out of place on more conceptual releases is a harbinger of what to expect from Lost Loves as a collection of compositions that channel the essential essence of Minus The Bear's songwriting. Over the years the band "has made a name for itself creating music as ear-catching as it is resonant with fans of guitar athletics and progressive structures," wrote Consequence of Sound, and Lost Loves more than delivers on that promise. As the band began metaphorically reaching out to the "ones that got away" from past sessions, additional recording and vocals were completed for select tracks. "As a whole," says Murchy, "this collection of songs offers as strong a package as any other album we've put together."
Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear is comprised of Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). Over the last 13 years the band have cultivated a large and devoted international following, playing countless sold out venues as they tour the globe over, including North America, Europe, U.K., Japan and Australia, in addition to unforgettable performances at every high profile U.S. festival like Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. That their past three indie label full-length releases have charted in the top half of the Billboard 200 with steadily increasing success is testament to Minus The Bear's standing as a musically innovative and beloved group with an unyielding fanbase that continues to grow with each album.
July 25th by Bob Boilen: My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene Håvik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.
The song titles on their 2014 album Silent Treatment seem more like chapter headings in a crime novel. "Leaving No Traces," "I, The Hand Grenade," "The Man on the Ferry," "Science & Blood Tests" — you get the picture. But this band has a powerful pop side filled with drama made of drums, synths, guitar and the aforementioned flugabone and voice. So glad I get to turn you on to a new favorite of mine.
Today She Keeps Bees have unveiled the video for "Is What It Is", the lead single from
their new album Eight Houses. The video, directed by Keith Musil, is a powerful companion to the already stunning song, one of two on the album that feature Sharon Van Etten on back-up vocals. This haunting song and video are indicative of the beautiful timelessness that She Keeps Bees have created with Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records.
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 taking their highly affecting live show on the road this fall on a full US tour, all dates below.
EARLY PRAISE FOR EIGHT HOUSES:
"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
ABOUT SHE KEEPS BEES:
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."
8/21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
8/24 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
8/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
8/26 - Grand Forks, ND @ NDMOA
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)
SHE KEEPS BEES
FUTURE GODS RECORDS
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
She Keeps Bees unveil 'Is What It Is' video and announce tour
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