Joanna Newsom video "Divers"


What a fuckin' wave! Joanna Newsom's astounding and enriching new dual LP (and CD! And CS!) was finally unleashed to the world last Friday, and this sweet beast cannot be tamed -Divers ripples turned tidal leading up to and through its release! So simply enjoy the ride, why don't you? We're already fully on board, wearing floaties with a cocktail in our finest evening attire, and from our view, more succulent surprises lie straight ahead! Finally, after two long weeks of knowing a new Joanna Newsom vid existed that was, for many, just out of reach, the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video for the song, "Divers," is available for all! 

Once exclusively found within the dark confines of movie theaters across the USA and Europe, homebodies the world over can now repeatedly revel in all the splendor and wonder provided by Joanna and PTA's collaborative efforts (within the walls of Divers cover artist Kim Keever's studio, no less). 

What's next,  Divers-heads? North American, European, (and now) Australian tour dates are in. Will 
Divers' momentum alter the Earth's axis? Nevermind all that - keep gazing forward into the screen, eyes affixed to the video for "Divers."
Joanna Newsom Tour Dates:
Sat. Oct. 31 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall #
Sun. Nov. 1 - Brighton, UK @ Dome #
Wed. Nov. 4 - Barcelona, ES @ Barts #
Thu. Nov. 5 - Berlin, DE @ Admiralspalast #
Sat. Nov. 7 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli #
Sun. Nov. 8 - Paris, FR @ Salle Gaveau
Mon. Nov. 9 - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo #
Sun. Dec. 6 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre*
Mon. Dec. 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre*
Wed. Dec. 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
Thu. Dec. 10 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre*
Sat. Dec. 12 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall*
Sun. Dec. 13 - Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville*
Mon. Dec. 14 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
Tue. Dec. 15 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre*
Wed. Dec. 16 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre*
Thu. Dec. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ The Fitzgerald Theater*
Fri. Dec. 18 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre*
Tue. Jan. 19 - Melbourne, AU @ Hamer Hall
Thu. Jan. 21 - Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
Sat. Jan. 23 - Brisbane, AU @ Concert Hall, QPAC
# = with Alasdair Roberts
* = with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi

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Le Volume Courbe's I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me Out Now

French singer and producer Le Volume Courbe’s new album I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is out now on Ring The Alarm/Pickpocket Records. Get it here.
NPR Music recently premiered the video for “Rusty,” watch it here.
Recorded by Le Volume Courbe frontwoman and creative force Charlotte Marionneau, the album is part solo effort and part collaborative project with Marionneau’s longtime band members Melanie Draisey, Chris Mackin, Lascelle Gordon, Theodore Hall, Wildcat Will and Barney Slater. I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me also features My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields on guitar on Roky Erickson cover “I Love The Living You” and the album’s title track as well as shooting a toy gun on “The House.” Martin Duffy of Felt and Primal Scream plays piano on “Monte Dans Mon Ambulance.” Marionneau also covers Nico’s “Le Petit Chevalier” alongside her own original compositions.
The new album comes ten years after Le Volume Courbe’s debut, I Killed My Best Friend, was released on Astralwerks in the U.S. and Honest Jon’s in the U.K.
“Now I understand why second albums are ‘difficult,’” Marionneau says of recording the new album. “Your first album is your ‘best of; the music you’ve made all your life; then you start again from scratch. I’m not prolific, but I need an album to be strong throughout. I have to build it like a collage; I feel more like a producer than a musician really. So I pick up ideas and create songs around them. It’s about trying things, experimenting.”
Marionneau grew up in a small town in Pays de la Loire in northwest France before moving to London in 1995. Encouraged and inspired by friends including Shields, Duffy, Hope Sandoval, David Roback and Colm O’Ciosoig, she recorded I Killed My Best Friend. In 2007 Marionneau joined forces with her band and the Theodaurus Rex EP followed in 2011. I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is the culmination of that EP featuring those four songs plus seven new tracks. Le Volume Courbe has toured widely, including dates in Europe with My Bloody Valentine, and has been featured in TV and film soundtracks the world over. Marionneau’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got No…I Got Life” is played regularly on French radio. Ten years have passed since the first Le Volume Courbe release, but Marionneau's songs, once heard, are not easily forgotten. 

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Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars: #38 / Billboard Top 200 + #1 / vinyl; Updated tour dates

Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars:
#38 / Billboard Top 200 
#1 / Vinyl


CD available tomorrow, October 30th

Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry
available from Sub Pop (North America), Bella Union (Europe) & Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand).

Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, the group’s second album for 2015,  is available now on vinyl and digitally in North America from Sub Pop. The CD version will be available beginning tomorrow, October 30th. Thank Your Lucky Stars entered at #38 on the Billboard Top 200, with 11,125 scanned. Additional chart placements include: #1 / Vinyl; #4 / Alternative Albums;  #6 / Independent; #7 / Internet;  #24 / Current Albums; #24 / Digital.

Beach House’s 2015/16 worldwide tour in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry is underway, with a show tonight,  October 29th in Paris for Pitchfork Music Festival. Their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore.

Beach House will then kick-off their 2016 dates on January 30th in Singapore at Laneway Festival and continue through to a sold out, two-night stand March 18th-19th at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer.  Please find a complete list of dates below.

Thank Your Lucky Stars is now available in North America throughSub Pop Mega MartBandcampAmazon, and iTunes. LP and digital copies of the album are available through all DSPs and your local record stores, with the CD version in stores tomorrow.

Beach House’s Depression Cherry (released Aug. 28, 2015) earned the group its second consecutive top 10 album, coming in at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Meanwhile, in the UK, the album also entered at #17 on the Top 200 Albums chart. At radio,Depression Cherry has now spent 5 weeks at #1 on the CMJ Top 200. Depression Cherry is also available in North America fromSub Pop Mega Mart iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp.

Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherrywere recorded during the same two-month span, and produced by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

What people are saying about Beach House:

Depression Cherry 
“Singer Victoria Legrand has a refreshingly unshowy croon that’s one of the most seductive in pop, and her gorgeous synth drones and guitarist Alex Scally’s effects-laden riffs are exquisite.” [A -] -Entertainment Weekly

“Reliable, virtually misstep-proof conjurers of a distinct and desirable mood, Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally have accumulated the accolades, connections and festival appearances of an unmistakably cool band. But for Beach House, coolness is just another word for calm, for a sound that's engineered to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.” - NPR Music 

“Anyone who doesn't fall for Depression Cherry's hypnotic splendour probably just isn't a Beach House fan, or didn't live with the album long enough. But those who do will recognize this album as the sweeping, grand gesture they've been working up to giving us for the last nine years.” [9/10] - Exclaim!

Depression Chery has four masterful set pieces, staggered to hit as odd-numbered tracks, each deepening the pervasive sense of rediscovered romance.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET

“Another impeccably measured step forward.” [8.4 / 10 “Best New Music] - Pitchfork

“Depression Cherry may proudly adhere to every fuzzy touchstone of the genre, but it’s also a record on which every subtle chord shift and breathy sigh feels considered.” [4/5] - The Guardian 

Thank Your Lucky Stars
“The temptation to view this album as a sequel to Depression Cherry is strong, but the two albums stand apart: Where the earlier album reveled in the bittersweet implications of its title with lush, layered arrangements, Stars is a purer vision of the realities of love, balancing the rush of romance with the burdens that can come along with it.” - Rolling Stone

"’Elegy to the Void’ from Thank Your Lucky Stars, the band's second album in two months, is engulfing, ethereal and entrancing — as all voids should be.” [“Elegy to the Void”] - NPR Music

"’Elegy to the Void’ creeps in slow, circling on the twilight axis of Victoria Legrand's deep voice and a low string section. Its effect is like a gravitational vacuum, gently pulling you into a world of vast uncertainty with a ‘black clock looming.’ ...A familiar drum chugs in, a guitar rips through with heavenly scratches of feedback, and suspended grief becomes pummeling light. With that, "Elegy to the Void" turns from an ode-to-emptiness into a crucial instructive: thank your lucky stars for everything.” [“Elegy to the Void”, “Best New Track”] - Pitchfork

Thank Your Lucky Stars is melancholy beauty. It’s music for late nights, for falling adrift in slow dark waters and gazing numbly at the glowing moonlight.” [9/10] - PopMatters

“The idea that you can have too much of a good thing is thoroughly debunked with Thank Your Lucky Stars, such is the beauty of the songwriting and their uncanny ability to create an all-consuming mood.” [8.5 / 10] - The Line Of Best Fit

“..the full sonic and emotional weight is tremendous.” [B +] - AV Club

“This album is not like anything they have ever done, and gives music fans reason to be thankful.” [B+] - Consequence of Sound

“Beach House’s releases to date have come fogged by intoxicant, nostalgia, and hypoxia, but Thank Your Lucky Stars does what their work has begged for all along and wipes the dew from their rearview mirror. You’re going to like what you see.” [8/10] - SPIN

“Companion album or not, it does nothing but further cement Beach House's legacy of consistent beauty and quality.” - Under the Radar

Tour Dates
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire  [Sold Out]
Oct. 31 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso [Sold Out]
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB  [Sold Out]
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis  [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega  [Sold Out]
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo [Sold Out]
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera  [Sold Out]
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén  [Sold Out]
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

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ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER Announces New View LP out Jan 22 + Shares New Song!

(Frenchkiss Records; January 22, 2016)
(Credit: Joe DeNardo)
Eleanor Friedberger will release her third solo album entitled New View on January 22nd, 2016New View is the follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed Personal Record and is her first album as a signee to NYC's seminal indie label Frenchkiss Records. PRESS HERE to listen to the album opener "He Didn't Mention His Mother," an exciting first glimpse at New View, driven by melodic guitar lines, Wurlitzer electric piano andFriedberger's signature, witty lyricism.  PRESS HERE to watch the album trailer andHERE to pre-order New View now.
Eleanor Friedberger is playing a handful of intimate shows in select cities starting next week. These shows will feature new material from New View, as well as favorites from her previous, much-loved solo records, Last Summer and Personal Record. See below for show dates.
It's been two years since the release of Eleanor Friedberger's sophomore solo albumPersonal Record, which made countless year-end lists including Rolling Stone, Consequence of SoundPasteMagnet, MOJO, Uncut, CMJ and more. During that time, Eleanor has kept quite busy - she live-scored unreleased Andy Warhol films alongside Bradford Cox and Dean Wareham, and sat in with the 8G Band numerous times on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Most recently, Eleanor released a new song, "False Alphabet City," giving us a taste of what's to come on New View.
New View signals a fresh beginning for the former Fiery Furnaces' frontwoman. After living in Brooklyn for fourteen years, Friedberger moved to upstate New York, and the album reflects that region's rustic charm.  The songs were arranged with her backing bandIcewater and recorded in Germantown, NY, live to tape, with producer Clemens Knieperin his converted barn studio. The result is an album that feels like an instant classic upon first listen, and is Eleanor Friedberger's best record to date.
Friedberger drew inspiration for New View from many of her musical heroes - everyone from Van Morrison, Neil Young and George Harrison, to Slapp Happy, Yoko Ono and Elyse.  There are ghost notes of all of those influences on New View,but mostly you hear the singular voice of Eleanor Friedberger, whose warm, inviting alto and incredible word play continue to make herone of the foremost songwriters in the indie rock world today.
Watch this space for more on Eleanor Friedberger and New View:http://www.eleanorfriedberger.com
Album art

Track listing:
  1. He Didn't Mention His Mother
  2. Open Season
  3. Sweetest Girl
  4. Your Word
  5. Because I Asked You
  6. Never Is A Long Time
  7. Cathy With The Curly Hair
  8. Two Versions Of Tomorrow
  9. All Known Things
  10. Does Turquoise Work?
  11. A Long Walk
North American Tour Dates
11/2/15            Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot (School Night)
11/3/15            San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar (Wood Shoppe)
11/5/15            Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid
11/9/15            New York, NY @ Piano's
11/10/15          Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

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33 1/3 reading at WORD 11/5



This is the album that sent a shockwave of empowerment through the nation's cultural underground. In 1985, Olympia, Washington band Beat Happening released their eponymous debut of lo-fi pop songs on K Records and challenged every conception held about music. At the center of the group was the enigmatic Calvin Johnson and his revolutionary vision of artistic creation.

It was 1969, and Miles Davis, prince of cool, was on the edge of being left behind by a dynamic generation of young musicians, an important handful of whom had been in his band. Rock music was flying off in every direction, just as America itself seemed about to split at its seams.


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To Be Released February 2016 via Vagrant Records
Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen & Mixed by Tony Hoffer
Read the in-depth story behind SVIIB at Stereogum

Photo Credt: Justin Hollar (left) / Clarke Tolton (right)

(October 29, 2015)- Today School of Seven Bells announced the band’s fourth and final studio album, entitled SVIIB, will be released February 2016 via Vagrant Records in the US and Full Time Hobby in Europe. In a note to fans, Alejandra Deheza explains the story behind the record and shares a snippet of new music. Find both the letter and music below.

Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012.  I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives.  What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record from being realized.  This is a love letter from start to finish.  It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells.  So much love to all of you.  Thank you for being a constant light in our lives.  This record is for you <3 em="">


Hear a preview of SVIIBhttp://smarturl.it/SVIIB2016

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Julia Kent's Asperities streaming now/released tomorrow

Julia Kent - Asperities

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Julia Kent's "essential" (Drowned in Sound) new album Asperities is released tomorrow and can be streamed now via The Out Door and her own Bandcamp.
Listen to a recent session Julia played on Irene Trudel's WFMU show.
On Asperities:
"Darkly evocative"
4/5 Mojo
"The finesse and dexterity of these compositions makes Asperities her most complete record to date. Essential"
Drowned in Sound
"A masterclass in tonal diversity, expressionist narrative and finespun drama… Recommended without reservation, Asperities is an edifying and invigorating spectacle"
5/5 The Skinny
"Asperities is Julia Kent’s most mesmerizing album. Every moment is shot through with tones that entrance and moods that transfix"
The Out Door
"This is a cinematic journey, meticulously sculpted to keep you on the edge"
Headphone Commute
"Accessible yet deep, Julia Kent‘s cello-based music provides an entry point to those who might not otherwise have considered listening to instrumental music. Her new album offers a mix of pensive, emotional tunes and the stringed equivalent of bangers"
A Closer Listen
"Julia's fully devoted to the exploration of the relationship between emotive cello-generated constructions and electronic manipulation. Her new record, Asperities, demonstrates brilliantly how fruitful, fascinating and effective this relationship can be"
Igloo Mag
Watch the video for 'Invitation To The Voyage' on YouTube or Vimeo.
artist:Julia Kent
label:The Leaf Label
formats:CD (BAY 92CD / UPC 843190009220)
limited edition vinyl LP + CD (BAY 92V / UPC 843190009213)
digital (BAY 92E / UPC 843190009299)
release date:Friday 30 October 2015
asperity (æˈspɛrɪtɪ) noun (plural) -ties
1. roughness or sharpness of temper
2. roughness or harshness of a surface, sound, taste, etc
3. a condition hard to endure; affliction
4. (physics) the elastically compressed region of contact between two surfaces caused by the normal force
“I was thinking about the concept of difficulty. Whether in life or in nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. Also in geology, an asperity is some part of a fault line that doesn't move that can create an earthquake, which is an evocative concept.”
Asperities is the fourth solo album by acclaimed Canadian cellist Julia Kent. As the title suggests, this is a record born of conflict: internal, personal and global. Universal themes. The build of pressure and the threat of violent release. Modern guilt. Modern fears.
Kent draws from a rich well of emotion, the pieces deceptively rendered, each feeling like a miniature dramatic epic in its own right – sculpted and self-contained. Her work on recent film scores is very much in evidence. While cinematic in scope, there is nothing as trite as a Hollywood ending here. There is tension and darkness, the edges cracked and frayed. “A lot of the melodic material is based on semitones,” Julia elaborates. “So in the music there is an inherent sense of dissonance; that things are too close for comfort. More generally, it seems like a particularly dark time in the world right now, and I think that definitely had an influence too.”
The album was recorded, produced and mixed in its entirety by Julia in her New York studio. This method of working lends the record a sense of isolation that carries a powerful resonance in our modern over-connected world. “I really like the autonomy of working alone,” she says. “I feel that I can transmit something emotionally that I might not be able to if there were someone else involved.”
Utilising looped cello, electronics and found sounds, Kent creates a world where the technological and the organic merge in perfect symbiosis, the layers of sound peeling back to reveal a beating, bloody human heart at its centre. “I did quite a lot of processing of the cello sound and used different electronic textures,” she explains of her technique. “I was trying to get away from the acoustic cello sound and find one that was more textural and more expressive of the material.”
Throughout the plaintive strains of opener ‘Hellebore’, the prowling grace of ‘The Leopard’, the elegant restraint of ‘Heavy Eyes’ and onto immersive closer ‘Tramontana’, Kent’s cello evokes romance and loss, a yearning for simplicity. This is the soundtrack to the transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death.
Vancouver-born and New York-based, Julia Kent rose to prominence with Rasputina andAntony & The Johnsons. Her extensive résumé includes recent work with SwansAidan Baker,Rachel GrimesRutger ZuyderveltBarbara MorgensternLibrary Tapes and Khan of Finland.
Kent has also composed extensively for film, theatre and dance. Her cinematic work includes the documentaries The Boxing Girls of Kabul and RwandaL'Impossible Pardon, American feature A Short History of Decay, short films Doppio Urlo, and the award-winning Oasis. Her music also was used in Paolo Sorrentino's 2011 film This Must Be The Place. As a solo artist she has toured extensively in Europe and North America and performed at festivals including Primavera Sound, Reeperbahn, Unsound, and Meltdown.
1. A1. Hellebore
2. A2. Lac Des Arcs
3. A3. The Leopard
4. A4. Flag Of No Country
5. B1. Terrain
6. B2. Empty States
7. B3. Heavy Eyes
8. B4. Invitation To The Voyage
9. B5. Tramontana

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Mystic Braves Premiere "Spanish Rain" on Huffington Post

Mystic Braves Premiere "Spanish Rain" on Huffington Post

New Days of Yesteryear LP Out Nov. 6

Upcoming Shows
10.29 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
10.31 - Bandit Town - North Fork, CA
11.05 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA

Mystic Braves’ might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now.

Based in Echo Park, Los Angeles—home of a white-hot garage band revival of which the Braves are at the forefront—

this five-piece musical sensation started out as a hobby, but for the musicians involved has become much more.

When the band isn’t selling out shows across the state, playing alongside legendary bands like The Zombies 

or providing the soundtrack for can’t-miss fashion events like Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring-Summer 2015 collection, 
it’s holed up in an L.A. studio recording its third album and plotting a series of tours that will take its intoxicating 
brand of psych-pop across the country and the world.

And while the group—made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, 

Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine—
isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler describes as a “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented 
in contemporary music,” there are certainly some changes afoot.

“These new songs are along the same lines as what we’ve been doing, but we’ve elevated the 

songwriting,” Ducatenzeiler says. “We’ve always been a pop-structured psych band and we’re continuing along 
those lines, but we’re trying some new things out as well.”

Indeed, the group is experimenting with more exotic instruments on
this album such as a Mellotron keyboard, sitar, etc., and is building a library of new songs to show off its invigorating 

style not only in the studio but at a series of big-ticket festivals including Burgerama, Desert Days and the Austin 
Psych Fest.

It’s quite a long way from how the group began. “We had no idea when we started that we’d come as far as 
we have,” Ducatenzeiler says. “But from the moment we put our demos online, people were responding to them.”

It was the song “Trippin’ Like I Do”—and the charmingly beachy video that accompanied it—released in 2013, that 

first got the band noticed. It also didn’t hurt that the Echo Park studio the band used would become home to the 
influential indie label Lolipop Records. Mystic Braves were the first band recorded at Lolipop, and out of this 
collaboration, a psych pop revival was created.

Since those early days, Mystic Braves have gone on to release two full-length records—both recorded at Lolipop—

and a single and have played extensively to ever-increasing crowds in Southern California and beyond. And that 
goodwill their first songs garnered has never gone away.

“That was a good sign that this was all going somewhere,” 
Ducatenzeiler says, “And that playing in this band is definitely what we need to be doing.”

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Can Founding Member Irmin Schmidt Releases Retrospective Box Set



OUT NOV 20, 2015

Photo credit: Steve Gullick

"As a collection, it's both far-reaching in style and consistent in its sense of intellectual consistency" – UNCUT
“...modern orchestral sound paintings” – MOJO
“...he has both subverted the high with the low and the low with the high” - THE WIRE
Listen to Irmin Schmidt and Bruno Spoerri’s “Two Dolphins Go Dancing” here.

“Two Dolphins Go Dancing” is taken from Toy PlanetIrmin Schmidt and Bruno Spoerri’s 1981 album – the first album in Electro Violet, the career spanning retrospective from legendary avant-garde composer Irmin Schmidt. This 12 CD deluxe box set takes you on a journey through his entire solo work from 1981 to the present day and is out on Mute / Spoon Records on November 20, 2015.

Irmin Schmidt is a founding member of Can, the German band whose unparalleled genius remains unquestioned, timeless and immeasurably influential. When all Can members decided to part and explore new sounds, Irmin teamed up with Swiss jazz and electronics musician Bruno Spoerri to make his first post-Can album, Toy Planet. The collection travels through his Gormenghast opera, solo albums, collaborations with Kumo (Jono Podmore) and Duncan Fallowell, plus his extensive and award winning film soundtrack work.

After a classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt - who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established Can in the late 60s combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished and recently Irmin Schmidt was awarded a Knighthood - the Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres - for his contribution to arts and culture by the French Ministry of Culture.

Following the release of Toy Planet, Schmidt continued his work for film and released his second solo album, Musk At Dusk (1987), followed by Impossible Holidays (1991).

Both Musk At Dusk and Impossible Holidays feature lyrics by the novelist Duncan Fallowell, sung by Schmidt. The collaboration with Fallowell continued with his next project: the opera Gormenghast, based on Mervyn Peake's classic novel, for which Fallowell wrote the libretto.

During work on the opera, Irmin Schmidt met Jono Podmore, electronic composer and programming specialist, with whom he formed the duo Irmin Schmidt & Kumo and released two albums: Master Of Confusion (2001) and Axolotl Eyes (2008).

All six solo albums are featured in Irmin Schmidt’s Electro Violet alongside six soundtrack CDs that provide an overview of Schmidt’s work for film.

The Film Musik CDs include a previously unreleased album, Film Musik Anthology Vol. 6 in addition to music from across over 100 soundtracks and theatre compositions that Schmidt has worked on over the past three decades.  The collection includes music from Palermo Shooting (Wim Wenders, 2008),Schneeland (Hans W. Geissendörfer, 2005) as well as the critically acclaimed German TV series Blochand Tatort, plus the TV film, Mord In Eberswalde by Stephan Wagner, for which Schmidt won the Best Film Music award in 2013 from the Deutsche Akademie Für Fernsehen.

The Electro Violet box comes with a 40-page booklet, featuring new liner notes from Max Dax and Irmin Schmidt. Each album is presented in an individual gatefold sleeve with the artwork, entitled Bärenkuss 5, coming from longtime friend and Berlin artist, FRANEK.  The original art measures at 5x4 feet. For more information on the artist, visit: http://www.franek-berlin.de

Listen to “Why Not,” an unreleased track from the box set here.
“Why Not” is from the soundtrack of award winning German director Stephan Wagner’s 2012 film,Lösegeld (produced by WDR / ARD) and features Markus Stockhausen (son of Karlheinz Stockhausen) on trumpet.


Toy Planet (1981)
Musk At Dusk (1987)
Impossible Holidays (1991)
Gormenghast - A Fantasy Opera (2000)
Masters of Confusion (2001)
Axolotl Eyes (2008)

Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 1 (1994)
Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 2 (1994)
Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 3 (1994)
Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 4 (2009)
Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 5 (2009)
Film Musik Anthology  Vol. 6 (2015)

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Miike Snow return with the release of the rapturous track “Heart Is Full” – marking the acclaimed trio’s first new music in over three years.
The kaleidoscopic track, which blends futuristic synths with hip hop beats, will appear on the band’s forthcoming LP, iii, slated for global release next year. “Heart Is Full” premiered worldwide today as Zane Lowe’s “World Record” on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and is now streaming in its entirety via StereogumThe track’s cinematic companion video from director Lance Drake will premiere next week via Facebook. "Heart Is Full” will be available for purchase worldwide via all digital retailers at midnight tonight.
Formed in 2007 by Swedish musicians Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (a.k.a. production duo Bloodshy & Avant) and American songwriter Andrew Wyatt, Miike Snow unveiled their self-titled debut album two years later, earning international acclaim for the distinctive fusion of plaintive pop songcraft and atmospheric electronics found on tracks like the breakthrough single, “Animal.” Miike Snow also made a name as an electrifying live outfit around the world. 
Happy To You followed in 2012, drawing critical applause from such high profile outlets as Entertainment Weekly, which praised Miike Snow’s “meticulous sonic-palette landscapes,” noting, “The spirit of Happy To You is indie rock, but the sound is as addictively sharp as anything in the Top 40.”
The members of Miike Snow have spent much of time since traveling fresh creative avenues, including solo albums, the formation of new bands, and a wide variety of production and songwriting collaborations. The trio first began work on their third album in late 2013 and then continued over the next two years, convening in studios in New York, Los Angeles, and Stockholm, often times teaming with other songwriters and producers in search of new sonic and emotional approaches. The result is Miike Snow’s most innovative and creatively unified work thus far, typified by the propulsive pop soul of tracks.
“It’s the original Miike Snow sound,” says Winnberg, “but taken to the next level.”
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