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Free Energy "Electric Fever"

Free Energy

Electric Fever” Video Released w/Stereogum Today!

2nd Studio Album Love Sign, Out January 15, 2013

it totally fucking rules. Lighters up!” – Rolling Stone

a sonic summer vacation“ – FADER

"a good-time 1970s rock rip of epic proportions... unbridled and, in the spirit of things, totally rad (Best New Music)" – Pitchfork

Free Energy has announced their highly anticipated sophomore album, Love Sign, out January 15, 2013 via Free Energy Records. Known for their 70s flecked bangers, epic guitar riffs, and just the right amount of cowbell, the album was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Cyndi Lauper). The band shared an early taste of the new album with “Electric Fever” a few months back and today have released the colorful video for the track which premiered with Stereogum. Watch the “Electric Fever” video HERE and we encourage you to post & share!

(click image above to watch video)

Backscratcher” is a party song bursting with layered guitar and signature cowbell. “Dance All Night” is a slowburning jam while love-sick rock ballad “Hey Tonight” slowly builds to a climax. Lead by handclaps and a catchy guitar line, “Girls Want Rock” is an anthemic track designed to make you move.

Dominating any room with their energized songs and sincere crowd connection both on and off the stage, Free Energy has toured with everyone from Titus Andronicus to Weezer. Stay tuned for more on the band that Rolling Stone, Spin, and Alternative Press have declared to be one of the most exciting bands live!
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We are a week away from the start of Cold Specks' headlining North American tour and are happy to debut the new video for “Hector” the next single off of Al Spx debut release I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. Who doesn’t love a zombie bride?
Self-proclaimed as "doom soul", the music of Cold Specks draws on folk and gospel elements, with a strong personal interpretation. At times it can be heavy and bleak, but the willful, raspy vocals of Al Spx offer an element of brightness. The weight of each track grows slowly and as her velvetly vocals hit your ears, you will instantly feel swathed in this warm blanket-like familiarity. As the leaves begin to change and the nights grow darker and colder, this is the music that will warm you from the inside out.
And as a reminder of how beautiful art and creative people still c0-exist in New York—something we all should be remembering this week, make sure to check out Al’s La Blogotheque Session and Ice Fishing With Dan Session from her tour with Great Lake Swimmers over the summer.

11/8 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
11/9 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
11/10 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA
11/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/13 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX
11/14 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/17 – Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Museum – Los Angeles, CA
11/18 – Bottom of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
11/28 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
11/29 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
Cold Specks, lead by singer-guitarist Al Spx, hails from Etobicoke, Canada although she now calls London home.  Channeling James Joyce’s Ulysses she donned the name Cold Specks from Joyce’s gripping script

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She's already asked us, "Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe," and provided us with "The Rule Of The Game." Now yet another entree to the Silencio speakeasy affirms itself on the horizon, just as apocalyptic weather changes lives across the globe. And like the weather, the video for "Lightning Thunderbolt" strikes once before your eyes and twice behind your mind. The final angle of a video triangle supporting Laetitia Sadier's "spry, melodic, and totally charming" (Uncut) new album, Silencio, "Lightning Thunderbolt" dazzles with hypnotic imagery.

WATCH LAETITIA SADIER'S "LIGHTNING THUNDERBOLT" VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p-OQ30VafG0

Laetitia Sadier European Tour Dates:
Mon. Nov. 5 - Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Tue. Nov. 6 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Wed. Nov. 7 - Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete's
Fri. Nov. 9 - Dublin, IE @ The Workman's Club
Sat. Nov. 10 - Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
Mon. Nov. 12 - Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
Tue. Nov. 13 - London, UK @ XOYO
Wed. Nov. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's
Fri. Nov. 16 - Ghent, BE @ Muziekcafe Charlatan
Sat. Nov. 17 - Cologne, DE @ King Georg
Sun. Nov. 18 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain
Mon. Nov. 19 - Munich, DE @ Orangehouse
Wed. Nov. 21 - Vevey, CH @ Rocking Chair
Thu. Nov. 22 - Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sun. Nov. 25 - Brodeaux, FR @ Le Comptoir du Jazz

Laetitia Sadier's "Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe" video - http://bit.ly/Sgi7KC 
Laetitia Sadier's "The Rule of the Game" video - http://vimeo.com/46496308 
Laetitia Sadier's "Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe" mp3 - http://bit.ly/NkPtYU 
Laetitia Sadier's "There Is A Price To Pay For Freedom (And It Isn't Security)" mp3 - http://bit.ly/K0KV6I

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A Red Bull Music Academy Film

Short Documentary Follows RBMA Alumni Flying Lotus
And Visual Artists Strangeloop & Timeboy
As They Concoct The Visuals For His Live Show “Layer 3”


Flying Lotus Presents: Layer 3 explores the technology and inspirations behind Flying Lotus’ highly praised new live show (see live quotes below). The six-minute short documentary—a Red Bull Music Academy Film—recently premiered on Wired and follows the Los Angeles based producer as he, along with visual artists Strangeloop and Timeboy, concocted the visuals for his live show entitled “Layer 3.” The show sees FlyLo aka Steven Ellison—a 2006 Red Bull Music Academy participant—making his music between transparent scrims set with interactive front and rear projectors.

The visual acid trip conjures the psychedelic Star Gate scenery of Kubrick’s seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey, mixing Hubble-like atmospheres with 3D pattern grids and light bursts appearing to sprout from Ellison’s body, rendering the live show a truly mind-blowing package.

View Flying Lotus Presents: Layer 3 here:

Flying Lotus is on tour supporting his recent album Until The Quiet Comes, which was recently released on Warp Record. Look for Flying Lotus to next bring his live show to the UR1 Music Festival in Miami, FL (Dec 8-9) and the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta, GA (Dec 12).

For hundreds more videos head to www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Recent Praise for The “Layer 3” Live Show

“pulsing, ethereal electronic visual effects” – Pitchfork

“The light show was spectacular--all slinky shapes and tentacular arms and chilling, arterial things that popped into the air” - SF Weekly

“the visuals were the perfect balance of the music” - Westword

“he did so with projection screens behind and in front of him, creating a low-tech but highly effective 3-D environment.” – The Stranger

“all manner of Tron-like halos, expanding and contracting orbs, starscapes and unidentifiable amorphous globs of color raced, shot and oozed their way across screens placed both in front of and behind Flying Lotus... a stunning 3-D effect that probably garnered as many ooos and aahs as Ellison himself.” – Time Out Chicago

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Exclusive new track from Crystal Castles 'Affection'

Taken from their forthcoming album (III) which drops on November 12th worldwide (Universal Republic/Casablanca/Fiction).

You can now pre-order the album on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/iTCrystalCastlesIII (please share this link too!).

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Stream track “The Equestrian Vortex” : http://youtu.be/H7zIfUwwoQ0
(feel free to share and post)

Watch the trailer for Berberian Sound Studio:  http://youtu.be/Qht92nSOaa8

Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio has emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed indie films of the year, gaining comparisons to the mastery of David Lynch and Francis Ford Coppola with Time Out London saying the “stylistically ambitious, morally radical, thematically complex work…deserves the highest praise”. This turns out to also be an apt description of the film’s sublime soundtrack, composed by Broadcast (aka Trish Keenan and James Cargill), before Trish’s untimely passing last year.

Initially conceived as the soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, the film-within-a-film (watch opening credits here: http://youtu.be/H7zIfUwwoQ0) around which Berberian Sound Studio unfolds, it would eventually spill outwards to encapsulate the entire world Strickland had created and populated with eccentric, magnetic characters. On it’s own, the music sets a sinister and atmospheric tone that still exists well within Broadcast’s sonic universe.

The film’s plot, which involves a British sound recordist’s slowly degenerating mental state while working in an Italian film studio, has clearly been one driving force behind the music as has the work of pioneering Italian composers such as Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. Working closely with Strickland as well as the film’s supervising sound editor Joakim Sundstrom, Cargill wove in sound effects, screams and snatches of dialogue in order to bring elements of the film back into the soundtrack. The outcome is the rare piece of film music that not only enhances the visual, but exists on it’s own as an independent work, and one that is an invaluable edition to Broadcast’s inimitable history.

Broadcast 'Berberian Sound Studio' is released on CD, Vinyl & Digital on January 8, 2013. Pre-order from Bleep: http://bit.ly/TTLa7P & Amazon: http://glnk.it/1qa


01 A Breeze Through the Burford Spur
02 The Equestrian Vortex
03 Beautiful Hair
04 Malleus Maleficarum
05 Mark of the Devil
06 Confession Modulation
07 Monica’s Fall
08 Teresa’s Song (Sorrow)
09 The North Downs Dimension
10 Collatina is Coming
11 Such Tender Things
12 Teresa, Lark of Ascension
13 Monica’s Burial (Under the Junipers)
14 Found Scalded, Found Drowned
15 Monica (Her Parents Have Been Informed)
16 The Fifth Claw
17 Saducismus Triumphatus
18 The Gallops
19 They’re Here, They’re Under Us
20 Collatina, Mark of Damnation
21 Treatise
22 A Goblin
23 The Equestrian Library
24 The Serpent’s Semen
25 Burnt at the Stake
26 All Chiffchaffs
27 The Curfew After the Massacre
28 Poultry In Mind
29 The Sacred marriage
30 Valeria’s Burial (Under the Fort)
31 Edda’s Burial (Under the Clumps)
32 The Game’s Up
33 It Must’ve Been the Magpies
34 The Dormitory Window
35 Anima di Cristo
36 His World is My Shed
37 Collatina’s Folly
38 Here Comes the Sabbath, There Goes the Cross
39 Our Darkest Sabbath

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Clare and the Reasons Premieres New 35mm Video for 'Bass Face'

Clare and the Reasons Premieres New 35mm Video for 'Bass Face'    
Heads to the West Coast for Set of Dates

"an exquisite, mutable voyage" - The New York Times
Watch the video for 'Bass Face' at the American Songwriter premiere or YouTube 


Watch the video for
'Make Them Laugh'
at NPR's First Watch or at YouTube
Brooklyn band Clare and the Reasons has premiered its new video for 'Bass Face,' a single released off its latest album, KR-51 (Frog Stand). The video was shot in Berlin on Kodak 35mm with an Arriflex 2B (1959) and stars  Benn Berbank-Green, who also created the video and their previous one for 'The Lake.'

"[Bass Face] was inspired by a conversation we had with a bass player in Berlin," says singer Clare Manchon. "He claimed that he made no face when he played the bass. 'IMPOSSIBLE!' we thought, and Olivier, Bob, and I sat down and wrote this number. It was great fun recording it and experimenting with the delays on the drums. We also use that same technique live and it makes us move."

Clare and Olivier Manchon recently scored a film about magician and actor Ricky Jay entitled Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. The film premiered at the New York Film Fest to sold out shows. The band is also preparing to score a documentary about Richard Artschwager, who is having a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art this month. The movie will play at the Whitney and the MOMA in November, as well as select festivals. 

After a string of Northeast dates with DeVotchKa this fall, Clare and the Reasons will head to the West Coast in support of KR-51, including a date with Joan Osborne

Clare and the Reasons on Tour
11/03 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center
11/05 - Los Angeles, CA - Bardot (It's a School Night)

*w/ Joan Osborne 

KR-51 Tracklisting

3. Bass Face
4. This Too Shall Pass
5. The Mauerpark
6. PS
7. Step In The Gold
8. Colder
9. Last Picture Show
10. Westward
11. Magpie
For more info, please visit:  

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The Hounds Below announce November tour




a meeting point between The Cure, early U2, The Pixies and a number of other bands of similar vintage” – ALL MUSIC

Oct 31st- The Hounds Below have announced November tour dates for North America with space rockers, The Pomegranates. Hot on the heels of the release of their debut full-length, You Light Me Up In The Dark (Slimstyle Records), the Michigan four-piece are down to rock.

The band has been popping up regularly on national radar this year, most recently during the CMJ festival in New York this month. While there, The Hounds Below appeared on the Conflict Of Interest event alongside Andrew W.K., Savoir Adore, Team Spirit, Pacific Air and more. Press accolades from the fest include being named a “Must See Act At CMJ” by Zimbio.

Earlier this year The Hounds Below turned heads show to show while making U.S. runs with notable UK crews, The Cribs and The Heavy. Following their appearances at SXSW, the band made their national TV debut on Last Call With Carson Daly. Strong on melody and energy, You Light Me Up In The Dark gained a lot of advance approval with tastemaker outlets such as RCRD LBL, American Songwriter and The A.V. Club who premiered material off of the album.

Dates for The Hounds Below’s tour with The Pomegranates can be seen below.

11/06 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/07 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
11/08 – Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern
11/09 – Huntington, WV @ V Club
11/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
11/12 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/13 – Washington, DC @ Axum
11/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
11/16 – New York, NY @ Delancey
11/17 – Youngstown, OH @ Cedars Lounge
11/18 – Columbus, OH @ KOBO
11/20 – Toronto, ONT @ The Silver Dollar Room

More Info at: www.thehoundsbelow.com

Purchase album at: www.slimstylerecords.com

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The Postal Service's Give Up Goes Platinum

The Postal Service's Give Up Goes Platinum

Watch "Such Great Heights" video.
We at Seattle’s Sub Pop Records feel a profound sense of self-satisfaction in announcing that The Postal Service's universally acclaimed 2003 album, Give Up, is now a certified platinum record. It is only our second ever; please forgive us for the excitement. Released on February 9, 2003, the landmark album, led by the single "Such Great Heights,” peaked at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has sold 1,067, 087 copies in the US to date. After Nirvana’s Bleach, Give Up is the second-biggest selling album in Sub Pop’s 24-year history.

The Postal Service is a long-distance collaboration between Ben Gibbard (singer/guitarist from Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (who also records under the names James Figurine and Dntel). Ben and Jimmy sent music back and forth, between California and Washington, each adding new elements until the record was complete. The result is a sweetly charming, largely electronic album with warmth not typically associated with the clicks-and-beeps set. As an added bonus, additional vocals on the record were provided by Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis.

Give Up, which Entertainment Weekly called a "near-perfect" album, is the first and only full-length by The Postal Service. And the album received 2003 year-end praise from an array of publications, including SPIN, Rolling Stone and the Village Voice “Pazz & Jop” critics’ poll. The album also earned "Best of the Decade" status from Pitchfork, NPR, Complex, Paste, Under the Radar, and more.

Both Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello (as Dntel) recorded albums this year:  Gibbard's solo outing, Former Lives, was released via Barsuk Records earlier this month;  Dntel's Aimlessness was released this past June on Pampa Records.

We’re exceedingly proud of our association with The Postal Service and Give Up is a true high point in Sub Pop’s catalog (and admittedly somewhat checkered past). Congratulations, you guys.
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Miike Snow @ Hollywood Palladium

MIIKE SNOW will perform at the Hollywood Palladium today Tuesday October 30th 2012.
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Stream the Album Here Courtesy of Spinner 
Share & Embed the Visual Stream Here

Debut LP 'Brotherface' Available Today via 3 Syllables (UK) 

WRITER is pleased to release their debut LP, Brotherface, available today. The songs on Brotherface are a unique combination of anthemic and psychedelic; not meandering, definitely structured, but also bubbling and swirling with layers of sound that seem far more complicated than what two guys can make standing alone on a stage. WRITER has a handful of dates below, more to be announced soon. The band has also created a 28-minute visual stream, tailored to each individual track, it can be viewed here. Brotherface is self-released and through 3 Syllables in the UK.

As previously announced, WRITER's cover of the Santigold track "Disparate Youth" can be downloaded here.

WRITER's James and Andy Ralph are brothers, and if you couldn't see it in their faces, you'll see it written all over them, sometimes even literally. The two share a tattoo-the words "Brothers Ralph" surrounding an anchor, like two sailors navigating the same sea-but you can also hear their brotherhood all over their music. Andy's voice cascades and careens around and across James' almost impossibly hard floor tom hits, and when the two join together to shout a chorus or a particularly important lyric on their album Brotherface, the two create a sound that's much more than two boys playing songs together.

After extensive touring, the pair will be releasing Brotherface in October via 3 Syllables (UK), writing new songs, and preparing to set off on yet another tour in the fall. They're also continuing to settle in to New York City, and watching their sound change as they continue to write. "The sound keeps getting fuzzier," Andy says, adding, "which both of us are into." And surely if the past has been any indication, the two are right, as brother music is always better than music made alone.

Track Listing:
01. Head To Toe
02. Hot Days
03. Miss Mermaid
04. Swamp Fire Lake
05. Family Dinner
06. Barefoot Art
07. Cash For Gold
08. Yamaha Trip
09. North Park Fairies
10. Dry Hands

Tour Dates:
11/27 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
11/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Bad Granny's Bazaar
11/29 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre #
11/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #
12/01 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
12/05 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live #

# Os Mutantes

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Indian Handcrafts album out today

Indian Handcrafts album out today, full stream at SPIN,
"Bruce Lee" video posted
Tour with Red Fang, Black Tusk launches soon 
Indian Handcrafts    Click image above to watch video 
"It leans mightily into a spastic sludge-funk groove that could give chills to fans of Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic and Big Business alike - and maybe pop fans, too, since both dudes have voices that are elastic like metal Minaj. Call it a prog-glurp masterwork." -- SPIN 

Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts release their Sargent House debut album Civil Disobedience For Losers today. The entire disc is streaming via   SPIN Magazine (Listen HERE). The first official video, for the song "Bruce Lee" is available to watch and share via YouTube HERE and Vimeo HERE.

Indian Handcrafts
also take to the road in November with Red Fang and Black Tusk. Please see complete dates below.

Pitchfork recently premiered ferocious song "Terminal Horse", available to download/stream HERE (alternate Soundcloud link HERE). And, the song "Bruce Lee" is available HERE via SPIN (alternate Soundcloud link HERE). The Toronto band's sophomore release, Civil Disobedience For Losers was recorded in Los Angeles back in March with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business ).

Everything about Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts seems to defy possibilities: a two piece that's louder than a hundred bands, kicking out one of the year's most riff-rollicking albums that was recorded while the guitarist had a broken hand! They're two friendly, soft-spoken Canadian guys sounding like the Funkadelic Mothership crash landing on top of the Planet Caravan in Interstellar Overdrive.
Indian Handcrafts' well honed, massive melodic heft seems to belie the simplicity of instrumentation between drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. While their songs feature hints of heavy, technically skilled bands like Big Business, Hella and Tweakbird, there are also strong melodies and a vocal intensity inviting comparisons to artists ranging from Death From Above 1979 to Jack White. Top that all off with a rhythmic groove reminiscent of a hybrid of ZZ Top's Tres Hombres and Funkadelic's Standing On The Verge of Getting It On and it's clear that Indian Handcrafts are much, much more than the sum of their parts.

Bursting out of Barrie, Ontario this pair of charming gentlemen immediately impacted the world with a self-released 8-song debut album in 2011. Cathy Pellow of Sargent House quickly took notice and signed the band on to management and the label. Shortly thereafter, Civil Disobedience For Losers was recorded in Los Angeles with Kasai and featuring special guest appearances by Melvins drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis. Even with such superfriends assisting the proceedings, Indian Handcrafts prove their own exceptional strengths throughout the album.
"The doctor said if you go and record that's your problem if it gets worse," Allen explains of recording with a broken hand. "It was a little painful some days, but because of being there in the surroundings it was easy to get around that. It healed fine." Overall, the duo says the recording came together very quickly under Kasai's guidance, but it's the bond between Aikins and Allen that gives Indian Handcrafts its lean, ferocious personality. "We first started this band when playing in another band that was pissing us off," Aikins says. "We were the two who always got along. I can't ever see us having anyone else in the band. Unless Toshi played tambourine."

Civil Disobedience For Losers will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 30th, 2012 via Sargent House.

11/02  Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

11/10  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
11/11  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/12  Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/13  Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Downstairs)
11/15  Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
11/16  Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
11/17  Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
11/19  Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/20  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
11/21  Boise, ID @ Neurolux
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Gliss @ Federal Bar

GLISS plays tonight at Federal Bar, Tuesday, October 30th 2012.

Photo: Angel Ceballos
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Dark Dark Dark's new record, Who Needs Who, was released earlier this month to quite the acclaim. The gorgeous ballads and waltzes found within are anchored by Nona Marie Invie's evocative vocals and the band's lush arrangements. One of the album's standouts, "Tell Me," has been brought to life in this visually stunning video directed by Isaac Gale, a Minneapolis native who has done videos for Bon Iver, P.O.S, Colin Stetson and Poliça. The video shows Nona isolated from the rest of the world, donning a Space Odyssey helmet, and traversing the backwoods of forgotten memories in search of something, anything familiar.  The video premiered earlier today on Noisey.

Dark Dark Dark's "Tell Me" stream: http://bit.ly/NDXRED
Dark Dark Dark's "How It Went Down" stream: http://bit.ly/SczrDO
Download hi-res photos and album art here: http://pitchperfectpr.com/a_dark.html
Order Who Needs Who here: http://brightbrightbright.com/shop/

Tue. Oct. 30 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Emily Wells
Thu. Nov. 1 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Theatre w/ Emily Wells
Fri. Nov. 2 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish w/ Emily Wells
Sat. Nov. 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Emily Wells
Mon. Nov. 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Emily Wells
Tue. Nov. 6 - San Diego, CA @ Luce Loft w/ Emily Wells


"they confronted the turmoil and emerged on the other side with something beautiful." - UTNE Reader

"Dark Dark Dark is the musical equivalent of the dialogue Noah Baumbach writes: You're never sure what will happen next, which is how dialogue in real life feels-but paying that extra attention, and allowing yourself to be surprised, will reward you with piercing, comforting insight." - Bitch Magazine

"The best of the chamber folk act's burgeoning career...Who Needs Who is filled with poignant and playful songs augmented by piano, string, and brass arrangements, as well as Invie's penetrating vocals." - Minneapolis City Pages

"This Minneapolis-based collective confronts emotional intensity with immediate poise and clarity." - ALARM Magazine

"Who Needs Who is not just the latest Dark Dark Dark album, it's also the latest great album that should be taught in schools and known by all citizens." - LEO Weekly

"unusual musical flairs pop up all over Who Needs Who, from polka to French chanson, Baltic billows to vaudevillian drama, but...the style never becomes the substance." - Pitchfork, 7.4

"one of the stronger albums I've heard this year" - Ghettoblaster

"swoony piano melancholy" - Entertainment Weekly

Dark Dark Dark Online:

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HTRK & Tropic of Cancer's Part Time Punks Radio Sessions Split EP Out Now


HTRK & Tropic of Cancer's Part Time Punks Radio Sessions Split EP Out Now

Mess + Noise Share HTRK's "Fascinator" Track & Video

Dazed and Confused Stream the EP In Full

Borrowing its memorable images from the 1992 Japanese S&M film Topaz (a.k.a. Tokyo Decadence), HTRK’s video for this live version of "Fascinator" sets palpable longing against a seemingly endless loop of passing trees in blossom. Mess + Noise have premiered the track and video today. Dazed and Confused have shared the EP in full along with a brief interview with HTRK. 
The Part Time Punks Radio Sessions release by HTRK and Tropic of Cancer holds six sublime songs of desire.
Comparable to a fly-on-a-wall Peel Sessions, the critically acclaimed Part Time Punks radio show is the sound of the LA underground, run by local icon Michael Stock.
The limited split captures both bands live at the radio headquarters during HTRK’s first 2011 tour of the USA, accompanied by comrades in minimalism and melancholia, Tropic of Cancer.
Flipping this vinyl sounds like two sides of the same cursed coin, and mirrors a high school dance playing an endless lustful waltz. BPMs bumped down to a psychic stalk. It’s a broken and beautiful memento.

The two bands offer a stream each from these sessions. HTRK's "Synthetik" is taken from 2011's mind-bending Work (Work, Work) album released on Ghostly International. Tropic of Cancer's "A Color" is a track originally from their underground favorite The Sorrow of Two Blooms EP available on Blackest Ever Black.

Avialable on 12" or digitally on October 30th worldwide via Ghostly International. Pre-order of the EP available now at The Ghostly Store.

HTRK are currently recording a new album with Excepter’s Nathan Corbin in the producer’s chair, while Tropic of Cancer are reportedly working on their debut album for release on Blackest Ever Black in 2012.

Side A | HTRK 
01. Fascinator
02. Synthetik
03. Poison

Side B | Tropic of Cancer

01. More Alone
02. A Color
03. Temporary Vessels

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VID - "Say No to Thugs"

We're kicking off 2013 on a strong note with Ex Tropical, the stateside rerelease of Jarrod Quarrell's acclaimed debut album. The Australian songwriter's blend of dark lyrics, emotive vocals, and cosmpolitan instrumentation has made him a critical favorite in his homeland and we're proud to be bringing his sound to American ears. Ex Tropical's many ingredients include pulsing bass, slithering synths, guitar, marimba, organ, dub wobble, and remembrances of his formative years in Papua New Guinea. "I taught myself everything I know about playing and writing music and it gives me a personal feeling of security and safety in that what I do is my own," Quarrell says. The video for Lost Animal's "Say No to Thugs" premiered this morning on SPIN.com; watch it by clicking on the image below or the link above. 

About the record:

Lost Animal’s music comes at you in layers: familiar, then mysterious; catchy, then saturated and atmospheric. Lost Animal finds Jarrod Quarrell using his keyboard to explore new sounds and evoke distant locations. “Before Lost Animal,” he recalls, “I'd always wanted to use a broader sonic palette...[I] Especially wanted to use horns and marimba, steel drums too. Having access to any sound you can imagine through a keyboard opens up the possibilities endlessly.”

Lost Animal encompasses magnificently catchy pop songwriting and expansive drone soundscapes; booming rhythms and slow-burning nods towards the ecstatic. For the debut album Ex Tropical, Quarrell was joined by bassist/keyboardist Shags Chamberlain and producer John Lee, who contributed some guitar, percussion, and synthesizers.

This music grapples with contradictions. The keyboard is Quarrell’s primary tool, and the songs heard on Ex Tropical explore the nearly limitless sounds that it can summon. For Quarrell, the title also reflects the time he spent in his youth living in Papua New Guinea. “I'm Ex Tropical, in that I lived in the tropics for a period as a child and now I don't. I dream of returning,” he says. “That time was also an influence on the sound, the beat and the rhythm. Not only the sounds of the region but the music I listened to as a child/at the time, also the climate.”

Quarrell speaks of the attraction of “the range of instrumentation used and the feeling of being tied into history or more of an adult world,” as well as “the sophistication of the arrangements and the lyrics.” Some Lost Animal songs revel in unexpected instrumentation or constantly shifting textures; others could be pared down to voice and piano while retaining much of their power. Consider “Old Lovers,” with its swooning romanticism and echoes of pop songsmiths of decades past. That sensibility meshes here with a propensity for abstract sonic textures and a truly massive bass sound; the result is something at once familiar and mysterious, a shape glimpsed briefly and only hinted at.

A spirit of sonic exploration infuses the ten songs on Ex Tropical. Quarrell’s fondness for keyboards allowed him to expand the confines of his sound, swapping one instrument for another, with disarming results. The chorus of “Buai Raskol” ecstatically shatters into a cloud of fragmented marimbas; while “Sundown” ends the album on a raw, claustrophobic note, delimiting the edges of the melody and pushing Quarrell’s voice bracingly forward in the mix. The title track opens with a hazy drone, allowing a melody to languorously emerge. And “Cold Cut Nature” is one of Ex Tropical’s catchiest songs, with a buoyant rhythm present from its opening moments.

Quarrell’s sense of sonic exploration extends to his lyrics, which often begin from improvisation and are refined down over time. This can result in the cast of destructive characters who populate “Lose the Baby” just as easily as it can lead to Quarrell’s exhortation, on "Buai Raskol," to "keep rhythm in your heart." And for all that Lost Animal’s sound is rooted in the digital, it reminds us of the unpredictability at the center of this project -- an unpredictability that leads to a compelling, constantly shifting sound.
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