Revered Zine Ben is Dead Host 30th Anniversary Weekend 11/9 -11

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Beloved Women Driven Zine Ben is Dead Host 30th Anniversary Reunion Weekend November 9 to 11
Signature Event is an Old School Zine Fest and Punk Concert November 11 at Echoplex
Los Angeles, CA – October 31, 2018 – Darby Romeo and Kerin Morataya, the powerhouse punk women behind one of the ‘90s most beloved zines, Ben is Dead, are excited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their indie publishing juggernaut with a reunion weekend November 9-11 culminating in an old school zine fest and concert on November 11 from 2-11pm at the Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026. Tickets for this all ages event are $48 and available here. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards expenses for the forthcoming publication of the Best of Ben Compendium book set for release in 2019.

The zine fest and concert brings together a variety of the West Coast’s punk rock luminaries including Skatenigs, Savage Republic, Midget Handjob, Popdefect, W.A.C.O, Hepa-Titus, JFA, 11:11 (ex-Fluorescein), Poppy Jean Crawford, Pu$$y-Cow, Superbean, Glen Meadmore and the Kuntry Band, John Trubee, Leyna M. Papach (ex-Geraldine Fibbers), and a rather notable surprise guest (to be announced here on November 5). Live music begins at 2:30pm. 

Zines exhibiting from 2pm-6pm on include 8 Track Mind, Barracuda, Ben Is Dead, Caligula, Endless Party, Flipside, Genetic Disorder, Murder Can Be Fun as well as Koma Books and the Punk Museum. Old school zines that are interested in exhibiting should contactzinefest@benisdead.com.

At 2:30 the man behind AMOK Books and noted film maker Stuart Sweezy (Desolation Center, Better Living Through Circuitry) will screen his upcoming Sean DeLear doc to celebrate this seminal underground star who graced the cover of Ben is Dead’s Glamour Issue and departed this earth last year.

Throughout the Sunday event, prolific documentarian of the '90s LA scene and Ben is Dead’s signature photographer Wild Don Lewis will exhibit his photos on the Echoplex’ patio.

Weekend festivities kick off on Friday November 9 at 8:30pm at Café NELA, 1906 Cypress Ave., Cypress Park, Los Angeles, 90065 to celebrateBen is Dead publisher/editor in chief Darby Romeo’s birthday. Bands set to perform include Kid Galahad and The Eternals doing a tribute to The Saints; Pu$$y-Cow pulling out all the stops for their extended residency during the Ben Reunion Weekend; SHAVE straight outta Signal Hill busting out retro rhythms and ripping it up; and one of Ben is Dead’s fave Lookout! Records bands Surrogate Brains coming to LA and playing just for Darby’s birthday. Tickets for this 21+ event are only $5 and are available at the door of this local spot that seems to channel Al’s Bar. Party favors and cake for all!

On Saturday November 10, the UCLA Punk Collective and Library Special Collections present: The Zine Explosion... Archived! A Ben is Dead30th Anniversary Pre-party from 4 to 7pm at the UCLA Music Library, Schoenberg Music Building, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, #1102 Los Angeles, CA 90095. Before blogs, and barely at the onset of the Internet, the '90s saw the "Zine Revolution," with writers, artists and publishers recognized globally as the true purveyors of punk/alternative scenes and DIY culture. Keynote speaker Darby Romeo of Ben Is Dead, one of the largest and most popular zines of that era will bring attendees back in time to when the best computers had 40mb, the fax machine and telephone hotlines were social media, and the photocopy machine was the great liberator of a truly free press. She's joined by other old-school zinesters including Johnny Marr from Murder Can Be FunNoel Tolentino from BunnyhopLarry Harmon of Genetic DisorderJeff Foxof Barracuda, writers from FlipsideKevin Chanel of Gearhead, Chin Music, Punk Rock Confidential (and singer for the aforementioned Kid Galahad), and others telling hilarious "Zine War Stories" about what those times were really like. UCLA has one of the most comprehensive Zine Archives with many of the best on exhibit at the event. Tickets for this all ages event are FREE and include free food and refreshments. Please RSVP here.

Ben Is Dead had upwards of a thousand people in the scene contributing over a decade of publishing – many of whom went on to become famous in their fields. Those nostalgic for the time, and appreciative of what zines did to pave the way for the future of blogs, alternative press, and a fresh influx of female writers and publishers, must come and check out these events; a flashback to the diverse no-hold-barred culture that made Ben Is Dead one of the most cherished zines of the ’90s. “We’re excited to regroup for this weekend festival of sorts… and you’re all invited!”

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YOUNG FATHERS Share New Song, Fall Tour Kicks off Next Week




photo credit: Julia Noni


Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
Young Fathers - "Cocoa Sugar"

Young Fathers - Border Girl - Single Version
Young Fathers - "Border Girl (Single Version)"

On March 9, 2018, Young Fathers (Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham 'G' Hastings and Kayus Bankole) released their third album, Cocoa Sugar via Ninja Tune. The record has become Young Fathers' biggest commercial and critical success to date, winning the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year award and featuring the singles 'LORD', 'In My View', 'Holy Ghost' and 'Toy' (which soundtracked the recent global Apple Watch ad). It was heralded by Pitchfork as "full of bravado, cynicism, and wonder in equal measure" and named one of the "Best Albums of the Year So Far..." by Entertainment Weekly, The Ringer and more.

Today, Young Fathers reveal brand new song "Cocoa Sugar," a previously unheard song from the 2017 recording sessions for the album of the same name. "Cocoa Sugar" will be released as part of an AA-side single along with a fresh David Wrench mix of Cocoa Sugar album track "Border Girl." Young Fathers' Kayus Bankole describing the new the song as: "A sweet lullaby for my cocoa sugar - my love. Stay warm, stay safe and goodbye."

Listen to 'Border Girl / Cocoa Sugar' right now HERE

Meanwhile, following sold out tours and festival appearances around the world, Young Fathers will round off 2018 with North American and UK headline tours. This run of shows will feature sould out shows in San Francisco and New York, and the band's biggest headline show to date - at London's legendary 5000 capacity O2 Academy Brixton on December 11th.

Full dates below, with further details available via http://www.young-fathers.com.


11/09 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
11/10 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (SOLD OUT)
11/11 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (SOLD OUT)
11/14 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/16 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/17 Vancouver, BC - Venue
11/19 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
11/20 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)
11/21 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)
11/30 Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy  (SOLD OUT)
12/01 Leeds, UK - Stylus  (SOLD OUT)
12/02 Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
12/04 Newcastle, UK - Boiler Shop
12/05 Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
12/11 London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share cover of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'"




Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have shared their version of the Tom Petty classic "Free Fallin'," off their full album cover of Full Moon FeverBillboard, who premiered the track and interviewed Pains frontman Kip Berman, write, "Pains' take on 'Free Fallin'' sounds absolutely huge. Berman and company lean so far in to the this cavernous song that they sound as though they might never return. The acoustic guitar strums ring out from coast-to-coast, and Pains' proclivity for echo and sparkle let Petty's misty-eyed ballad tap into new levels of beauty."

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Full Moon Fever is available now exclusively on vinyl via Turntable Kitchen's SOUNDS DELICIOUS subscription series. It is limited to 1000 copies and features the below original artwork by Teresa Grasseschi. The record also features the previously released track "Runnin' Down a Dream," which Rolling Stone wrote, "finds the group crafting an aerodynamic atmosphere out of the song's indelible lead guitar riff, pulsing bass line and breakneck drum beat." Order the record HERE.

Kip Berman on Full Moon Fever:

I grew up loving Tom Petty - thanks to my step dad who played him nearly constantly and scoffed at the "grunge" era of bands that didn't share Petty's classicist reverence for the history of rock music. I've long identified with Petty's celebration of songwriting and his general disregard for most everything else. Yet, he was often seen as a second fiddle to Dylan, Neil Young, Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, The Byrds, George Harrison, and more. But as far as I can tell, all these people (not sure about Springsteen) actually revered Petty - and genuinely liked his company. His greatness was that he didn't seem to be too bothered if people thought he was great or not.  What mattered to him was being part of a lineage of timeless rock songwriting. 

Is it cheesy to say "Tom Petty was all about the music, man?" Maybe. But he wrote so many iconic songs - and is remembered for little else - that it seems apt. There are no lurid Tom Petty scandals, car crashes, stints in jail, public meltdowns or things he had to walk back and make us cringe today (well, maybe "Zombie Zoo"). His legacy is just DECADES of iconic songs. He was an unconventional conventional rock star - his charisma subtle, his voice nasal but effective, and his appearance was - at best - a bit avian. He was probably the least technically gifted performer to ever headline the Super Bowl Halftime show. He wasn't a dancer, guitar virtuoso, crooner or sex symbol - he just got there by wring a lot of great songs that everyone loved. 

Tom Petty's first solo album, Full Moon Fever (which featured almost all of his actual band members, cameos from Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and Del Shannon, and was produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne), coincided with an era that was especially inspiring to my own music in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Released in 1989, it was weirdly aligned with a lot of the ideas that attracted me to bands like The Pastels, Teenage Fanclub, R.E.M., The Replacements, or Jesus and Mary Chain - jangling guitars, sweet harmonies, classic songwriting (verse, chorus, verse chorus, bridge, chorus chorus) and lyrics that captured a very specific point of view. But unlike those bands, Petty was an arena act, at home and enabled by large record labels and big budget videos, and (by this era at least) had about zero reputation as "cool." So I thought it would be a great tribute to one of my heroes to re-imagine his music in the context of my own - to wonder what it would be like if the songs he wrote sounded a bit more like the artists that were working in the underground at the time he was making this iconic record. 


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Participating artists were asked to choose any full-length album they love and reimagine it from front to back. SOUNDS DELICIOUS will produce the recordings on limited edition vinyl packaged in beautifully designed jackets and exclusively release them to members of its subscription service every month. 
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Watch Low's new video for "Always Trying To Work it Out" from Double Negative

Watch Low’s new video for “Always Trying to Work It Out” from their critically acclaimed new album 
Double Negative

YouTube: https://youtu.be/1m31A4ZGss0

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North American dates resume on November 2nd 
Hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed album, Double Negative, Low have shared a new video for their song “Always Trying to Work It Out.” The visual was co-directed by longtime friend and video collaborator Phil Harder. The band's Alan Sparhawk had this to say about the video, "We present our slightly Halloween-themed video for ‘Always Trying to Work It Out.’ In which… friends and family star in a stroll through the grocery store; familiar fragments from memory appear; masks are filtering light. Thank you National Sawdust, light tech Shane Donohue, and the Food Co-op in Duluth. It's dedicated to our city of Duluth.”[watch here]

Low’s North American 2018/19 international headlining tour in support of Double Negative resumes November 2nd in St. Paul at The Fitzgerald Theatre, and runs through November 17th in Madison at High Noon Saloon, with 2019 dates to follow.

2018 Tour Dates
Nov. 02 - St. Paul, MN - The Fitzgerald Theatre
Nov. 05 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Nov. 06 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
Nov. 08 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
Nov. 09 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Nov. 12 - Washington, DCU Street Music Hall
Nov. 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Funhouse
Nov. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Nov. 15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
Nov. 16 - Chicago, IL - Rockefeller Chapel
Nov. 17 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

2019 Tour Dates
Jan. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Tramway
Jan. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Town Hall
Jan. 31 - Brighton, UK - St. George’s Church Brighton
Feb. 01 - London, UK - Barbican
Feb. 02 - Kortrijk, BE - De Kreun
Feb. 04 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Feb. 05 - Erlangen, DE - E-Werk (Erlangen)
Feb. 06 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche Köln
Feb. 07 - Frankfurt, DE - Sankt Peter
Feb. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefährlich
Feb. 09 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
Feb. 11 - København, DK - The Koncerthuset - Studie 2
Feb. 12 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
Feb. 13 - Oslo - Norway - Parkteatretjo
Feb. 14 - Stockholm, SE - Kagelbanan (Small Room)
Mar. 08 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall
Mar. 09 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Mar. 11 -  Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Mar. 12 - Tustin, CA - Marty’s On Newport
Mar. 13 - Tijuana, MX - Moustache
Mar. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
Mar. 16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Mar. 18 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
Mar. 19 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
Mar. 20 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Mar. 23 - Provo, UT -  Velour Live Music Gallery           

Low’s Double Negative is available now worldwide from Sub Pop

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MATTHEW DEAR shares new VIDEO // TOUR starts this week // 'Bunny' out now on Ghostly International

Matthew Dear
Shares video for "Bunny's Dream"
From Bunny out now on Ghostly International
North America Tour starts this week

"Three new friends set off on foot in El Paso to capture energy. One being an incredibly talented cameraman, another the spiritual seeker through movement, and the third a music maker with a dreamlike song. The result is my favorite music video to date." - Matthew Dear

October 12 marked the release of Bunny, the long-awaited new album from Matthew Dear via Ghostly InternationalStereogum made Bunnytheir Album Of The Week, PopMatters deemed it his best everand it's an Essential Release to Bandcamp.

Now Matthew Dear is pleased to share the video for the song "Bunny's Dream," directed by Rik Cordero and Matthew himself.

Matthew recently spoke to BIllboard about the making of the "Bunny's Dream" video:

"I had a show in Houston and Dallas, and this guy Rik Cordero who is kind of an up-and-coming commercial director -- his last video was an Action Bronson video -- wrote me out of the blue saying, "Hey, I got this new camera, I'd love to shoot some stuff." And then I reached out to this guy Gabe who's been doing these really cool Instagram videos of himself exploring with his body, and doing almost meditative movement where you let your body and mind go, and it's also dancing, and I was like, 'That would look really cool in a video.'
Rik got on a flight, and Gabe set up some locations for us. We ended up going to this cool pawn shop, and it was just this day of three guys running around. I felt as if I finally got to make my '90s Sonic Youth video or something. I felt like I was a skater kid running around with a camera, filming a bunch of stuff that we thought was cool. No schedule, just three people with ideas. Gabe and Rik are very good at what they do, and the energy's there."
Watch the video for "Bunny's Dream" HERE.

Today also marks the start of Matthew Dear's North American Tour Dates, closely followed by overseas shows with MGMT. Be sure to check out the remix treatment he gave to their entire album Little Dark Age. SEE THE FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES BELOW.
Matthew Dear spoke with Consequence Of Sound for an in-depth Track By Track feature about Bunny, and also did a great live session and interview with WNYC's John Schaefer.

Praise for Matthew Dear and Bunny out now on Ghostly International:

"Bunny is absolutely full of huge, nasty grooves, but there's something almost wholesome about it. Tegan & Sara aside, the outside contributors are either Dear's old buddies from the dance-music world (Simian Mobile Disco, Ricardo Villalobos) or from the Detroit local-music world (Protomartyrguitarist Greg Ahee). Most of it is Dear himself, a dad spending his non-parenting time crafting undulating thumps and conjuring a seedier universe out of his own head." - Stereogum (Album Of The Week)

"Though he recruits Tegan and Sara and a member of Protomartyr here, the producer's voice emerges as the real star of these darkly funny, magnetic songs." - Pitchfork

"His Best Album Ever" PopMatters (8/10 stars)

"Matthew Dear's Bunny Is Strange and Mesmerizing and His Best Album To Date" - KEXP

"The album saves its knockout punch for the end with "Bad Ones," the second song to feature Tegan and Sara and arguably one of the best songs Dear has ever written. Melodically, it's pure bliss—the kind of great, subversive pop song that, in the '80s, would have been a duet between David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Dear handles the song's dour verses, his dark burgundy croon bemoaning his own worst impulses before stepping aside to let Tegan and Sara rocket the song up to the sun. It's a fitting metaphor for the album as a whole: on Bunny, Matthew Dear feels his way back into the light." - Bandcamp

"On this latest record, Bunny, his weird, wild, gothic, body-shaking, bouncy electronica seems sinister, yet soft; a mix of charming villain and heroic basement nerd." - New York Public Radio - New Sounds

"With his fifth album Bunny, Matthew Dear arrives at his most personal work to date by bringing all his talents into the fore, in particular, his singing. He's not been shy with his voice in the past, but on Bunny, he unleashes its force like never before and the power of Matthew Dear's baritone combines with his precise production, swelling into an incisive soup." NEST HQ

Matthew Dear is a shapeshifter, oscillating seamlessly between DJ, dance-music producer, and experimental pop auteur. He is a founding artist on both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He writes, produces, and mixes all of his work. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none, now nearly 20 years into his kaleidoscopic career, with five albums and two dozen EPs plus millions of miles in the rearview of his biography.

Bunny cover artwork by Michael Cina

Bunny tracklist:
01. Bunny's Dream
02. Calling
03. Can You Rush Them
04. Echo
05. Modafinil Blues
06. What You Don't Know
07. Horses (feat. Tegan and Sara)
08. Moving Man
09. Bunny's Interlude
10. Duke of Dens
11. Electricity
12. Kiss Me Forever
13. Bad Ones (feat. Tegan and Sara)
14. Before I Go

Matthew Dear Tour Dates

10.31 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig
11.01 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
11.02 Los Angeles, CA 1720
11.03 Austin, TX Empire Control Room
11.04 Portland, OR Holocene
11.08 San Francisco, CA Public Works
11.09 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre
11.11 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
11.15 Chicago, IL Sleeping Village
11.16 Brooklyn, NY National Sawdust
11.18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
11.27 Bologna, IT Estragon w/ MGMT
11.29 Zurich, CH X-Tra w/ MGMT
12.03 Hamburg, DE Docks w/ MGMT
12.04 Copenhagen, DK Vega w/ MGMT
12.06 Stockholm, SE Nobelberget w/ MGMT
12.09 Berlin, DE Astra Kulturhaus w/ MGMT
12.10 Utrecht, NL TivoliVredenburg w/ MGMT
12.11 Antwerp, BE De Roma w/ MGMT
12.13 London, UK Eventim Apollo w/ MGMT
12.15 Glasgow, UK SWG3 w/ MGMT
12.16 Leeds, UK O2 Academy w/ MGMT
12.17 Manchester, UK Albert Hall w/ MGMT

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Miles Kane Releases Halloween Treat "LA Five Four (309)"

Releases Halloween Treat "LA Five Four (309)"
Acclaimed Album Coup De Grace Out Now
Photo Credit: Lauren Dukoff

After the release of his acclaimed album Coup De Grace this past summer, Miles Kane has today unveiled brand new track "LA Five Four (309)" today. Listen to it HERE and look out for the video which will be available in North America soon.
Written with Jamie T, Michael Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age and Mini Mansions), Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets), Tyler Parkford (Mini Mansions) and Loren Humphrey, the track is scuzzy garage-rock at its finest, fit for a Halloween release.

"This is a spooky intense number that reflects on a reoccurring dream I would have while I was living in LA" says Miles "I’d be walking down the corridor of a hotel and then knock on room 309. When I would enter, I would wake up in a shock and the time would be 3:55 each time! The wildness of the verses is me with no reins on, it’s as hard hitting as it comes!"

Watch Miles' previously released video for "Cry On My Guitar" off of Coup De Grace below.
Miles Kane - Cry On My Guitar

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