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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Smoke Fairies release seasonally-themed "Wild Winter" on Full Time Hobby Nov. 20, Stream title track


“Smoke Fairies appear to have tapped into this mid-Winter noir. It’s an intriguing return, one which allies their soft, folk-hued vocals to some rather distorted effects.”—Clash Music
“Smoke Fairies rely on intertwining…their two voices move in close harmonies,
with timbres blending almost like sisters.”—New York Times
Smoke Fairies are set to release a holiday-themed collection of 10 songs entitled Wild Winter. Last year, the LP sold out entirely when it was released in limited edition run and sold exclusively Rough Trade Record Storein the U.K as the December Album of the Month. On November 20Full Time Hobby will release the album via all digital and physical retailers. Stream title track HERE.
In the very hot summer of 2014, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies of Smoke Fairies holed themselves up in the house that they share with the curtains drawn and started writing a collection of songs focusing on wintertime, Christmas, blizzards, isolation and presents. The process took the duo on a journey through Christmas past, present and future, sometimes touching on family tradition and the role religion plays in their yearly celebrations and even imagined themselves as the three kings.
They then took their band into a recording studio in Kent, stayed in a local youth hostel and for a week and set about recording most of the tracks live. With the help of producer Kristofer Harris they finished Wild Winter and the autumn had not even set in!

When asked why they chose to focus on a seasonally-themed record, the band explained, “We have a love/hate relationship with winter and the Christmas holiday. When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. Sometimes winter provides us with a sense of togetherness and love and sometimes it leaves us feeling alienated, cold and playing a glockenspiel alone in a darkened room. It’s part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. This was the inspiration behind the record.” The duo said for the song “Bad Good” they “cast our minds back to out childhood selves in the ‘80s” and went on to say “that we nearly drove ourselves to the brink of insanity” trying to bring order to a cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Steal Softly Thru Snow.”

In the six years together since entering a recording studio for the first time, Smoke Fairies have self-released several singles and were first introduced to American audiences with their 7” Gastown/River Song via Third Man Records, which Jack White produced and play drums on. The band has toured the world with the likes of Brian Ferry, Richard Hawley and Laura Marling. Time Out New York noted they were one of the “Top 5 Must See Bands” at the 2010 CMJ Festival while their 2011 album Through Low Light and Trees was named one ofAmerican Songwriter’s Top 50 albums of 2011. Wild Winter follows the bands’ 2012 release Blood Speaks of which Pitchfork said that Blamire and Davies “don’t trade vocal duties so much as appear to sing from the same body, their voices nearly indistinguishable, shifting between smoky moans and toe-curling trills” and their eponymously titled album was released in 2014 of which For Folks Sake said “Smoke Fairies are attempting to creatively push themselves into and beyond the ether.”

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Republic Records to Release 'AMY' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack



NEW YORK, NY (October 30, 2015) – Republic Records will release the AMY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album in stores and through all digital retailers this Friday, October 30th. The critically acclaimed documentary about multiplatinum Grammy Award®-winning icon Amy Winehouse arrives at retailers everywhere on DVD and Blu-Ray December 1.

It’s available HERE.
The album includes music from the film such as “Stronger Than Me” by Amy herself and various previously unreleased live performances throughout her storied career. In between these selections, the rest of the album is comprised of an original score by Golden Globe Award®-nominated composer Antônio Alves Pinto. The complete tracklisting is unveiled below.
Premiering at Cannes and screening at Glastonbury this summer, AMY, directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia, became the highest grossing British documentary of all time.
  1. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Opening”
  2. Amy Winehouse – “Stronger Than Me”
  3. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Poetic Finale”
  4. Amy Winehouse – “What Is It About Men” [Live @ North Sea Jazz Festival]
  5. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Walk”
  6. Amy Winehouse – “Some Unholy War” [Downtempo version]
  7. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Holiday Texts”
  8. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Kidnapping Amy”
  9. Amy Winehouse – “Like Smoke” [Demo]
  10. Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry On Their Own”
  11. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Seperacao Fotos”
  12. Strange Cargo – “The Name of the Wave”
  13. Amy Winehouse – “Back to Black” [Acapella/Album Medley]
  14. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Cynthia”
  15. Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” [Live on Jools Holland]
  16. Antônio Alves Pinto – “In the Studio”
  17. Amy Winehouse – “We’re Still Friends” [Live @ Union Chapel]
  18. Antônio Alves Pinto –“Amy Lives”
  19. Amy Winehouse – “Love is a Losing Game” [Live @ Mercury Awards]
  20. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Arrested”
  21. Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett – “Body and Soul”
  22. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Amy Forever”
  23. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie” [Live @ BBC]

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BadBadNotGood featured on lead single from Daniel Caesar




STREAM: Daniel Caesar's "Paradise" featuring BadBadNotGood -https://soundcloud.com/danielcaesar/paradise-ft-badbadnotgood-sean-leon 

BADBADNOTGOOD is featured on Daniel Caesar's new single release "Paradise" off his upcoming EP, Pilgram's Paradise, due this November. The track premiered, simultaneously on the FADER and Ebro Darden's Beats 1 Radio show as his #Beats1Banger. BADBADNOTGOOD & Jordan Evans / Matthew Burnett also did the production on the track.  
The band will be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 6th. Check out the single above and more info on BADBADNOTGOOD'S junior LP titled III here

About BadBadNotGood:

BadBadNotGood is a young supremely talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future. With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator who helped fuel their discovery with a series of live jams that instantly went viral and dubbed them the "Odd Trio", the band released their first EPBBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. 

The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a fresh take on the traditional "standard" applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers. The band hit a landmark by introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. 

Since then, they've won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, Pharaoh Monch and RZA among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury. In 2014, the inseparable friends released their biggest project to date III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group's newest explorations which are proving to be limitless. 

(Innovative Leisure)
May 6, 2014

1. Triangle
2. Can't Leave The Night
3. Confessions
4. Kaleidoscope
5. Eyes Closed
6. Hedron
7. Differently, Still
8. Since You Asked Kindly
9. CS60

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Glen Hansard's "My Little Ruin" video premieres at The Daily Beast + Colbert Nov 6





Acclaimed singer-songwriter Glen Hansard’s new video for “My Little Ruin” is premiering now at The Daily Beasthttp://thebea.st/1Sd0tZx. The footage was captured the week of release at an impromptu house show organized by Hansard through a series of tweets. Set in a crumbling Georgian town house on Dublin’s northside, the setting was made all the more intimate given there was no amplification—just the glow of instruments and voices. “My Little Ruin” is taken from Hansard’s latest album Didn’t He Ramble, out now via Anti- Records.

Didn’t He Ramble continues to receive critical acclaim:

“The central ingredient remains Hansard’s worn but wonderfully flexible voice,
which sounds as kind and expressive as ever, with warmth to match
the songs he sings.”—NPR Music

 “Didn’t He Ramble evokes a feeling similar to one of Van Morrison’s Celtic-soul fever dreams, burnishing the prevailing sense of romantic fatalism with some low-key bravado on the standout track ‘Winning Streak’ (a kissing cousin to Bob Dylan’s early-Seventies’ chestnut ‘Forever Young’).”—Rolling Stone

“If his instrumentation feels calmer than earlier, perhaps more spontaneous work, it’s because he’s now concentrating on turning up the volume of his words. Lyrics are pointed as Hansard’s often require more than an acoustic guitar.”—Paste

“Didn’t He Ramble offers up prayers to friends and family—and not with mere platitudes, but surges of white-hot honesty delivered in Hansard’s spoonful of sugar timbre.”—Consequence of Sound

In addition, Hansard is set to perform on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on November 6.

Hansard will support the new album on tour throughout North American this fall including stops at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the new Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and the Beacon Theater in New York City. See details below.

Didn’t He Ramble was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard’s, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum(Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard’s most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon. 

Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman. Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself. His debut solo album Rhythm & Repose was released in 2012.

November 9                                        Los Angeles, CA               Walt Disney Concert Hall*
November 10                                     San Francisco, CA                                  The Masonic*
November 12                                        Vancouver, BC                             Orpheum Theatre*
November 13                                           Portland, OR                               Crystal Ballroom*
November 14                                            Seattle, WA                                   Moore Theatre*
November 16                                            Denver, CO                             Paramount Theatre*
November 17                                       Kansas City, MO                              Uptown Theater*
November 19                                          Madison, WI                                Orpheum Theatre*
November 20                                      Minneapolis, MN                                    State Theatre*
November 21                                           Chicago, IL                                   Chicago Theatre*
November 23                                         St. Louis, MO                                        The Pageant*
November 24                                        Cincinnati, OH                                        Taft Theatre*
November 25                                           Atlanta, GA                                 Buckhead Theatre*
November 27                                          Durham, NC          Durham Performing Arts Center† 
November 28                                       Washington, DC                     DAR Constitution Hall† 
November 30                                          Brooklyn, NY                                     Kings Theatre† 
December 1                                           New York, NY                                   Beacon Theatre‡
*supported by Aoife O’Donovan
†supported by Richard Thompson
‡supported by August Wells

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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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