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Walt Wagner’s 'Reworks' is out today worldwide on Sub Pop!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:57:00 -0800

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Walt Wagner’s Reworks -- an album of renditions popularized by the likes of Band of Horses, DJ Shadow,  My Bloody Valentine, Prince, Fleet Foxes, Phoenix, and more -- is available now on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop. The veteran pianist recorded the songs live on October 9th, 2016 at the famed Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, Washington [purchase here].  

Stream: Apple Music / Spotify 

Charles Darwin said it best: adapt or die. Okay, maybe that's not an exact quote, but the great English scientist was definitely on to something. Organisms that respond over time to the ever-changing environment are more likely to survive and thrive.
 
While you may not find this crazy idea in Junior's textbooks these days, it's audible in every facet of Walt Wagner's Reworks. With its distinctive renditions of songs popularized by DJ Shadow, My Bloody Valentine, Fleet Foxes, and more, this live recording of the beloved pianist's farewell performance shows how three Seattle institutions – Wagner, Canlis restaurant, and Sub Pop Records – have evolved over the years.  
 
When veteran pianist Wagner first landed at Canlis in 1996, the Emerald City's premiere destination for fine dining was in the midst of significant changes: a new chef, new uniforms, modifications to its iconic building overlooking Lake Union. That required a fresh approach to dinner music, too. "I knew what the status quo was, but the owners wanted new energy," recalls Wagner.
 
Although he started out with a set heavy on the Great American Songbook and the occasional pop tune, that gradually gave way to more adaptations of modern fare. "Increasingly I kept working in more new, edgier music. In the beginning my sets were 90 percent standards. In the last few years, I was mostly playing very contemporary music."

As young staff members recommended new artists and songs, Wagner's repertoire grew deeper and more varied – especially after the next generation of the Canlis family took over in 2003. Yet whether the source material was Pink Floyd, Prince, Metallica, or the Weeknd, the challenge remained the same: "To distill the vibe on a record, the very essence of a song, into solo piano playing." Performances as memorable yet tasteful as the cuisine, interiors, and views of Canlis [read more at Sub Pop].

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Reworks

Tracklisting

1. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (DJ Shadow)
2. I Only Said (My Bloody Valentine)
3. Desiree (The Left Banke)
4. Mykonos (Fleet Foxes)
5. 1901 (Phoenix)
6. Bondye (Goat)
7. No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
8. Purple Rain (Prince)
9. The Funeral (Band of Horses)
10. Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)




Loma - New Project By Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and Cross Record - Announce Self-titled Debut Album, Out February 16, 2018 on Sub Pop

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u4yA8zM0ifY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Watch Video For Lead Single, "Black Willow"Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound. Today, the trio presents the video for the album’s final song and lead single, “Black Willow.”[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]Meiburg, Duszynski and Cross became friends when Cross Record, on their first-ever tour, supported Shearwater throughout America and Europe in 2016. “I couldn’t believe all that sound was coming out of two people,” he says. “They were mesmerizing.”  In the van or at soundchecks, they shared their musical knowledge and love of nature and animals, and after an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. “I fell in love with their music,” he admits, “and I wanted to know how they did it.”The trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country to see what would happen, and quickly realized an album was imminent. “There was something powerful about the combination of the three of us,” Meiburg says, “and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it.” For the next few months, Loma met for two weeks at a time, shaping and revising new songs and casting others away.It was also a strangely charged time. When the album began, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wander by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hover at the borders of the songs, and a close listen reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed.This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg's lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the sonic details of engineering and mixing. In the end, the record became a document of an urgent and ephemeral place and time, and the strength that comes with letting go of something precious. It closes, fittingly, with the subtly defiant marching anthem of “Black Willow,” in which Cross’s voice, backed by a hypnotic bass and drums, offers a lesson in survival. “When I walk,” she sings, “I carry a diamond blade.” She means it.The time is now to follow Loma everywhere in the known universe, on subpop.com and also Instagram | Twitter | Facebook.Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers right here. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last), and a lovely new t-shirt design will also be available.LomaTracklisting:1. Who Is Speaking?2. Dark Oscillations3. Joy4. I Don’t Want Children5. Relay Runner6. White Glass7. Sundogs8. Jornada9. Shadow Relief10. Black Willow[...]



Watch the Cinematic New Lyric Video for “Heartbreak Junky” off Kyle Craft's Second Album 'Full Circle Nightmare', In Stores February 2018

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JzuR4o5_V60?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Dinner Party Download performance at The Moore Theatre in Seattle on Thursday, November 16thKyle Craft’s Full Circle Nightmare [preorder here], his highly anticipated second album, will be released worldwide on February 2nd, 2018 from Sub Pop. The 10-track album was produced by Chris Funk (of the Decemberists), with mixing by Trevor Spencer and the Helio Sequence’s Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers. Full Circle Nightmare is the follow up to Dolls of Highland, his acclaimed debut. Album highlight “Heartbreak Junky” is the first offering (and cinematic lyric video) from Full Circle Nightmare. Directed by the One Hundred/Swanson Studio team, the visual brings an already vivid album cover to life. The Full Circle Nightmare front and inside gatefold images were shot by brothers Peter and Laki Karavias. The cover art concept was born from an idea Craft had that incorporated imagery from the lyricism found throughout the album. “Once everyone all piled into the room, it took a different turn,’ Craft says. “Some of the lyrical elements stuck around on the cover and on the inside fold, but for the most part it just turned into a small party and my pals Peter and Laki caught some perfect moments.”The Louisiana-bred, Portland, Oregon-based Craft has earned notices for his observational storytelling talents, his incredible stage performances, and his uniquely compelling voice. Since the release of Dolls of Highland, he and his band have toured the US multiple times, both as headliners and supporting the likes of Fruit Bats and Drive-By Truckers, and Kyle has made repeat guest appearances at Newport Folk Fest. Between the extensive touring and working on Full Circle Nightmare, he’s delivered both new material  (the politically-charged “Before the Wall”)  and beautifully earnest covers (the recently-released Girl Crazy covers series; Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”). Full Circle Nightmare is a straight-up, rollicking rock'n'roll album; it traverses all the different nuances of the genre; it's a timeless piece that could exist in any of the past five decades. All the songs were written over a year, and eventually, Craft took them into a studio run by Chris Funk. It was the first time he worked with a proper set-up. He was used to making all his music in his room with the aid of a laptop. “I always wanted to go to a legitimate studio and do what my all my old heroes did,” Craft says. “We did it live with the band.” The joy of the experience is palpable. It evokes a never-ending night out in a sweaty saloon bar: bottomless rounds, endless packs of cigarettes and hours dancing to the jukebox (read full bio at Sub Pop). Full Circle Nightmare is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers [see here], and will be available in the following formats:LP gatefold jacket with custom dust sleeveCD digipack with poster insertCassetteDigitalNorth American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on maroon vinyl with a black swirl (while supplies last), and we also have a new T-shirt design with this release. [Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Jeremy Kale Padot]Kyle Craft Tour Dates + Ticket LinksKyle Craft has scheduled his first appearance in support of Full Circle Nightmare at the Dinner Party Download's live event at Seattle’s Moore Theatre on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. For more information on tickets, please visit STG Presents website [link here]. Craft has also scheduled two Pacific Northwest week of release shows for 2018: Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on February 1st and Portland’s Doug Fir on February 2nd. Nov. 16 - Seattle, WA - The Moore TheatreFeb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Tractor TavernFeb. 02 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir What "T[...]



Love is Written In The Stars And Sky in Jesca Hoop’s Charming New Animated Video for “Pegasi”

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c3GelY-QrAA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>  + European Tour Begins This Friday November 10th in Groningen, NL.2017 was an incredible year for Jesca Hoop. She released the stunning Memories Are Now, her Sub Pop debut and best reviewed album to date.Hoop released videos for the beautifully stark “The Lost Sky” and the album’s ebullient title track. She’s embarked on wildly successful US and European tours, and appeared on the Prairie Home Companion and Charlie Rose. To close out the year, Jesca has shared her new video for “Pegasi” which was directed by Rachel Blumberg. Love is written in the stars and sky, in this delicately crafted multi-plane video which is comprised of cut paper and illustrated stop motion footage.Jesca Hoop Tour Dates + Ticket LinksJesca Hoop and bandmates’ European tour begins Friday, November 10th in Groningen, NL at Lutherse Kerk and currently ends December 9th in Leeds, UK at Brudenell Social Club. The European tour will include stops in Germany, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, and multiple cities throughout the Netherlands, Sweden, France and U.K. (including London’s Union Chapel on December 1st). Please visit jescahoop.com/tour for updates. Nov. 10 - Groningen, NL - Lutherse KerkNov. 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival (Theater Kikker)Nov. 12 - Ghent, BE - MinardNov. 13 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop BarNov. 15 - Lund, SE - MejerietNov. 16 - Oslo, NO - John DeeNov. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - PustervikNov. 21 - Angers, FR - Joker's PubNov. 22 - Pau, FR - La FerronnerieNov. 23 - Paris, FR - Chorus FestivalNov. 26 - Guildford, UK - BoileroomNov. 27 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & HoundsNov. 28 - Manchester, UK - The Stoller HallNov. 30 - Bristol, UK - TheklaDec. 01 - London, UK - Union ChapelDec. 02 - Brighton, UK - The HauntDec. 03 - Milton Keynes, UK - The StablesDec. 06 - Dublin, IE - The Workmans ClubDec. 07 - Belfast, UK - The Strand Arts CentreDec. 08 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's Wah Wah HutDec. 09 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Memories Are Now, featuring the highlights “The Lost Sky” [link here], the aforementioned “Pegasi” and the title track [link here], was recorded at NRG Studios, produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes), engineered by Eric Caudieux, mixed by Greg Koller and mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Mastering. Memories Are Now is available on CD / LP / DL / CS worldwide from Sub Pop [link]. What have "The People" been saying about Memories Are Now? Well, since you asked...“Hoop has been a free spirit, but with Memories Are Now, she understands exactly when to use the bridle and bit on these wild, wise songs.”  [4/5] – MOJO “Her most complete and refined statement yet, a boisterously declarative album that’s urgent and at times seditious.” - Pitchfork “One of her best albums to date. Stunning." - The Sunday Times “This project has an air of rebirth to it. Hoop and her producer, Blake Mills, have worked to minimize her trademark lush arrangements to make Memories more reminiscent of a live setting. The spare “Animal Kingdom Chaotic” is built around fingerpicked string-work and typewriter clicks. Its Americana-leaning follow-up, “Simon Says,” relies only on a lightly distorted six-string, an upright bass and Hoop’s layered harmonies.” - PASTE “In both content and construction, Jesca Hoop's songs practically burst with ideas: They're as strange and smart and heartfelt as they are gorgeous, and that's saying something.” [Memories Are Now, “First Listen”] - NPR Music "...A raw representation of Hoop’s formidable songwriting talents." [Memories Are Now] - MAGNET “Memories Are Now is built on stacked voices, sparse rhythm and twisted folk shapes, but the execution varies pleasingly, from the Native American blues of [...]



Sub Pop to Release Music From ABC’s 'The Mayor' Soundtrack ​+ Watch the "Right Here" (Remix) Official Video

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0800

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/edeR_nn2VtA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Features music performed by Brandon Micheal Hall, and written by Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan SnipesListen: "Do Something With It" [from "Here Comes The Governor" Nov. 14] Spotify / AppleWatch The Mayor’s “Right Here”(Remix) official music video on YouTubeListen: “Calling Love” [from “Will You Accept This Rose?” Nov. 7] Spotify / AppleListen: "See Someone Drive Someone" [from "The Strike" Oct. 31] Spotify /  AppleListen: “Trick or Treat” [from “City Hall-Oween” Oct. 24] Spotify / Apple Listen: “Straight Outta Coffin” [from “City Hall-Oween” Oct. 24]  Spotify / Apple Listen: “So We Did” [from “Buyer’s Remorse” Oct. 17] Spotify / AppleListen: “Brokenomics” [from “The Filibuster” Oct. 10] Spotify / AppleListen: “Right Here” [from “Pilot” Oct. 3rd] Spotify / AppleNew episode airs tonight at 9:30/8:30c on ABC, and new songs will be available every Friday preceding each new episode... through Apple Music and SpotifySub Pop is releasing music from The Mayor, the new hit TV show starring Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, and Yvette Nicole Brown, created Jeremy Bronson and executive produced by Daveed Diggs (of Sub Pop's own, Clipping.).The Mayor airs Tuesdays at 9:30pm | 8:30pm CT on ABC. Songs will be available every Friday, preceding each Tuesday night episode, throughout the season.   Songs from The Mayor soundtrack are performed by Brandon Micheal Hall (aka Courtney Rose) and members of the cast, and written by Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes (of the group Clipping). About The Mayor:Young rapper Courtney Rose needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity to knock, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century – running for mayor of his California hometown, Fort Grey, to generate buzz for his music career. But his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory. The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele as Valentina Barella, Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Leforge, Marcel Spears as T.K. Clifton and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina Rose. Executive producers of the series are Daveed Diggs, Jeremy Bronson, Jamie Tarses and James Griffiths. “The Mayor” is produced by ABC Studios.[...]



Hot Snakes’ 'Automatic Midnight', 'Suicide Invoice', and 'Audit in Progress' Reissues Available From Sub Pop in January 2018 + UK Tour Dates Announced

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 06:55:00 -0800

The US leg of Hot Snakes tour begins tomorrow night,  November 8thOn Friday, January 19th, 2018, Hot Snakes entire discography -- Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress -- will be reissued worldwide through Sub Pop. The first pressing of the LP reissues of these albums will be on colored vinyl (Automatic Midnight on orange, Suicide Invoice on yellow, and Audit in Progress on pink) and each album will come with its own, new set of 6 stickers designed by the band’s Rick Froberg. And January 19th will be the first time any of these albums have been available on cassette.These influential post-hardcore all-stars – boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt,  Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more –released three of our favorite rock records of the past 20 years: Automatic Midnight in 2000, Suicide Invoice in 2002 and Audit in Progress in 2004. And now, finally, they’re ours! As we await the somewhat-later-in-2018 release of their first new album since 2004, please make these Sub Pop reissues yours…Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress are now available for preorder in the below listed formats (plus there's an updated Hot Snakes T-shirt design) [preorder them all here]CD digipack with custom dust sleeveLP in a single-pocket jacket with custom dust sleeve and new sticker sheetCassetteDigitalNew to Hot Snakes? Check out the handy Hot Snakes Beginner's Guide on Spotify and/or the equally-as-handy Hot Snakes Essentials on Apple Music.Automatic Midnight, Hot Snakes’ first studio album, originally came out in 2000. Both the band and the album began as a side project for John Reis in June 1999, during time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. Reis wrote and recorded a batch of songs in San Diego with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. To provide vocals for the tracks Reis called in Rick Froberg, whom he had played with in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu from 1986 to 1995. Most of the material from these sessions was used to create Automatic Midnight, which became the first release for Reis' newly formed Swami Records label. The band’s sound represented a return to the unrealized past of its members: direct, undraped and rock ‘n’ roll while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the members’ previous work. In April or May of 2000, Hot Snakes added bassist Gar Wood, found their live sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke warlords.Automatic MidnightTracklisting1. If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit2. Automatic Midnight3. No Hands4. Salton City5. 10th Planet6. Light Up the Stars7. Our Work Fills the Pews8. Past Lives9. Mystery Boy10. Apartment 011. Let It Come Suicide Invoice, their second album, was originally released in 2002. It was recorded at San Diego’s Drag Racist Studios in 2002 with engineer Ben Moore. The album exhibits Hot Snakes’ slightly larger palate in mood and dissonance. People enjoyed the shows and listening to the recorded music. But, strain from controversy and fame would reveal cracks in the seemingly impenetrable hide of Hot Snakes. A year after the album’s release, drummer Jason Kourkounis left to focus on other music.Suicide InvoiceTracklisting1. I Hate the Kids2. Gar Forgets His Insulin3. XOX4. Who Died5. Suicide Invoice6. Paid in Cigarettes7. LAX8. Bye Nancy Boy9. Paperwork10. Why Does It Hurt11. Unlisted12. Ben GurionAudit in Progress is their third studio album, originally released in 2004. The band recorded the album with new drummer Mario Rubalcaba at San Diego’s Big Fish Recording with engineer Ben Moore. An increased attraction to dissonance surfaced on Audit in Progress. The album was well-received by critics and fans and was named "best punk album" at the 2005 San Dieg[...]



Bully Debuts Official Video for "Feel The Same" + US Tour Kicks Off Tonight in St. Louis

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0700

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EtqaZsPdwDo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Hot on the heels of their sophomore album Losing, today Bully debut their official video for "Feel The Same." The video was created by Lazy Mom, a food focused team of creatives. "I have been a huge fan of lazy Mom for a few years now," said Bully's Alicia Bognanno. "Their ability to make vibrant, colorful art out of everyday objects amazes me. If you enjoy this video I HIGHLY recommend you check out their zine." Bully Tour Dates + Ticket LinksTonight Bully's US tour will kick off in St. Louis. Highlights include Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on November 13th and three nights at Mercy Lounge in their hometown of Nashville, TN on December 14, 15 and 16 to close out their 2017 tour. The tour will resume in February of 2018. Tour Dates:11/02/17- St Louis MO - Off Broadway11/03/17 - Iowa City IA - The Mill11/04/17 - Minneapolis MN - Fine Line Music Cafe11/06/17 - Madison WI - High Noon Saloon11/07/17 - Chicago IL - Thalia Hall11/08/17 - Detroit MI - Marble Bar11/09/17 - Toronto ON -  Lee's Palace11/10/17 - Montreal QC - Bar le Ritz11/12/17 - Boston MA - Great Scott (SOLD OUT)11/13/17 - Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg11/14/17 - Philadelphia PA - First Unitarian Church11/15/17 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall11/17/17 - Charlottesville VA - The Southern11/18/17 - Durham NC - Motorco Music Hall11/19/17 - Asheville NC - The Mothlight12/06/17 - Little Rock AR - Stickyz12/07/17 - Dallas TX - Club Dada12/08/17 - Austin TX - Emo's12/09/17 - Houston TX - Walter's12/10/17 - New Orleans LA - Gasa Gasa12/12/17 - Birmingham AL - Saturn12/13/17 - Atlanta GA - Terminal West12/14/17 - Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge12/15/17 - Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge12/16/17 - Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge2/16/18 - Norman OK - The Opolis2/17/18 - Santa Fe NM - Meow Wolf2/18/18 - Phoenix AZ - Valley Bar2/24/18 - Eugene OR - Hi-Fi Music Lounge2/26/18 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore Cabaret 2/28/18 - Seattle WA - Neumos3/1/18 - Spokane WA - The Bartlett3/2/18 - Boise ID - Neurolux3/3/18 - Salt Lake City UT - Kilby Court3/5/18 - Denver CO - Larimer Lounge3/6/18 - Kansas City MO - Record Bar5/30/18 - London, UK - Moth ClubLosing is available now from Sub Pop Records and from Bully’s webstore. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.[...]



* NEW DATES ADDED * Flight of the Conchords bring “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” to the U.K. & Ireland

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0700

First headlining U.K. & Irish tour in over seven years[Photo Credit: Matt Grace]UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING ENTRY TO NEWLY ANNOUNCED SHOWS:Flight of the Conchords and their representatives have addressed the issues with secondary ticketing sites and resellers that followed the October 23, 2017announcement. In an effort to thwart reselling at higher prices, tickets for the newly announced shows are not transferrable and the purchaser must show photo ID matching the lead booker’s name to gainadmission to the show.- - - - -Let us start the week off with this exciting news: Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will return to the U.K. & Ireland in March of 2018. The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first U.K. & Irish headlining tour in over 7 years. Jemaine and Bret will showcase new material at these shows. The arena and theatre tour will make stops in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool. The UK & Irish edition of “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” will begin with a two-night stand March 19th & 20th, 2018 in London at Eventim Apollo and ends April 1st, 2018 in Liverpool at Echo Arena Liverpool.  Tickets will be on sale Friday, October 27th at 10am GMT. UPDATE: Tickets for newly announced shows will be on sale Friday, November 3rd at 10am GMT.For up to date information on tickets, please visit  metropolism.uk/5N5azK. Mar. 05 - Portsmouth, UK - GuildhallMar. 06 - Portsmouth, UK - GuildhallMar. 07 - Portsmouth, UK - GuildhallMar. 09 - York, UK - BarbicanMar. 10 - York, UK -  BarbicanMar. 11- York, UK - BarbicanMar. 13 - Milton Keynes, UK-  Milton Keynes TheatreMar. 14 - Milton Keynes, UK - Milton Keynes TheatreMar. 15 - Milton Keynes, UK - Milton Keynes TheatreMar. 18 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo [Sold Out]Mar. 19 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo [Sold Out]Mar. 20 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo [Sold Out]Mar. 22 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Genting Arena [Sold Out]Mar. 23 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena [Sold Out]Mar. 25 - Dublin, IE - 3Arena [Sold Out]Mar. 26 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro [Sold Out]Mar. 27 - Leeds, UK - Leeds First Direct Arena [Sold Out]Mar. 29 - London, UK -  The O2  [Sold Out]Mar. 30 - London, UK - The O2 [Sold Out]Apr. 01 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena Liverpool [Sold Out]Apr. 02 - Dublin, IE - 3ArenaApr. 03 - London, UK - The O2 Listen to Flight of the Conchords on Spotify and Apple MusicAbout Flight of the Conchords:In 2005, Bret and Jemaine received an invitation to perform at the Aspen Comedy Festival, in Colorado, USA. Against tradition they left New Zealand’s summer to go to the northern hemisphere’s winter and were shocked by the snow when they stepped off the plane in t-shirts and jandles. The HBO executives liked their act and asked them to film a half hour performance for a stand-up comedy show called One Night Stand. Over the next four years they made a TV pilot, a sitcom, released an EP (The Distant Future)  and a full length album (self-titled LP), toured North America, made a sandwich, filmed a second season of the sitcom, toured North America again, released a second album (I Told You I Was Freaky), and went back to New Zealand. The HBO sitcom became a hit. This, along with the praise for the subsequent album releases (on Sub Pop Records) and the duo’s live show, was the comedic hat trick that catapulted Flight of the Conchords to international sensations. The Conchords would also see major success individually. Jemaine lent his voice to the character Nigel the cockatoo in the Rio films (2011 and 2014).He was cast as “Boris The Animal” in Men in Black 3 (2012). Jemaine al[...]



Watch Shabazz Palaces’ “Since C.A.Y.A.” Official Video From 'Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0700

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tEwk8gEhCoo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The band's 2017 European tour dates are currently underway.Now see this: Shabazz Palaces powerful new video for “Since C.A.Y.A.,” the elastic and transportive track from the group’s acclaimed Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. The new visual stars Shabazz Palaces’ Palaceer Lazaro with footage shot by director Kahlil Joseph, cinematography by Marcus Reposar, and is helmed by returning collaborator Stephan Gray (“Dawn in Luxor”).   DIY calls “Since C.A.Y.A” “... a glitchy and disquieting new video. The Thundercat-featuring track gets a black and white visual to match; all crashing waves, pixelated distortion, foreboding tunnels, and writhing snakes (see video premiere October 30th).”“Since C.A.Y.A.” features dazzlingly funky bass licks by the magnificent Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner and was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood), recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.Last week, Shabazz Palaces’ “Tiny Desk Concert” performance premiered on NPR and NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael says of the performance, “Palaceer Lazaro lays the ground rules for all present to enter the group's metaphysical headspace. And, man, talk about being transported to the other side. It's impossible not to envision the Seattle studio, Black Space Labs, where Shabazz's otherworldly soundscapes emerge to provide the ideal backdrop for shining a light on the fake...Leave it to hip-hop's unorthodox lot to conceive an ambitious pairing that launches the narrative's protagonist on an interstellar journey far from home. It's the perfect proxy for the growing sense of alienation we're all suffering, to some degree or another, in today's space and time...While the premise of Tiny Desk usually involves artists stripping down their set, Shabazz Palaces' entire steelo is about unplugging from the metaphorical matrix, and sometimes a hybrid of digital-analog plugins is exactly what it takes to navigate alternate dimensions [see more at NPR Music].”Quazarz Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, the group’s third and fourth albums for 2017, are available now on CD / LP / DL / CS / Illustrated album worldwide through Sub Pop right over here.  [Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines Illustrated Album]Shabazz Palaces Tour Dates + Ticket LinksShabazz Palaces’ 2017 international tour schedule in support of both Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, is underway with a show tonight, October 30th in Paris at Batofar. The European leg will end November 11th at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. Shabazz Palaces have also scheduled three North American shows: December 1st in Vancouver, BC at The Cobalt; December 2nd in Victoria, BC at The Upstairs Cabaret; and December 17th in Houston, TX at Day for Night Festival. Oct. 30 - Paris, FR - BatofarOct. 31 - Lisbon, PT - Lux FragilNov. 01 - Madrid, ES - TabooNov. 02 - Braga, PT - GnrationNov. 03 - Dublin, UK - Sugar ClubNov. 04 - Rotterdam, NL - REC FestivalNov. 06 -  London, UK - Oval SpaceNov. 07 - Manchester, UK - Deaf InstituteNov. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art SchoolNov. 09 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music HallNov. 10 - Brussels, BE - ABNov. 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? FestivalDec. 01 - Vancouver, BC - The CobaltDec. 02 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs CabaretDec. 17 - Houston, TX - Day For Night Festival [...]



Listen to U-Men’s Unreleased Track “Trouble Under Water” From Their Forthcoming Anthology (Premiered + Interview via Dangerous Minds)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

width="480" height="275"src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XzJFXPBLq6E?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The U-Men anthology will be available worldwide November 3, 2017 from Sub Pop.Today Dangerous Minds premiered “Trouble Under Water,” a previously unreleased track (!!!) from the U-Men’s forthcoming self-titled anthology, out next Friday, November 3rd on Sub Pop. “Bands like The U-Men don’t come along often. A Seattle band at a time when the phrase “Seattle band” carried zero cultural cachet, The U-Men kitchen-sinked Gun Club rootsiness, classic garage rock ‘verb-and-twang, punk sneer, gothic darkness, and Ubu/Beefheart artiness into a single coherent sound that galvanized a hinterlands underground scene and directly influenced the grunge explosion,” says Dangerous Minds (see interview + track premiere October 26th).U-Men is a comprehensive and remastered collection, which compiles the entire studio-recorded output of The U-Men, plus five unreleased songs, with a 16-page book of photos, liner notes, and interviews with the band. The U-Men anthology was executive produced by Jack Endino, and is now available for preorder from Sub Pop right here and is available in the following formats:3xLP box set housed in a cardboard slipcase with printed inner sleeves + 16-page booklet2xCD digipack with custom dust sleeves + 16-page bookletDigitally [Photo Credit: Cam Garrett]“Trouble Under Water” follows previously U-Men shared tracks “Dig It A Hole,” “Gila,” and “The Fumes.” “Dig It A Hole” [hear here] was available as a self-released single and via the group’s sole studio album, Step on a Bug. “Gila” [hear here] was initially on the group’s first EP, released by Bruce Pavitt on Bombshelter Records. The track would reappear years later on the Sub Pop 100 compilation, and a split single with the Melvins for Amphetamine Reptile’s Sugar Daddy Live! series. Meanwhile, “The Fumes” [hear here] was found on the tracklisting for Stop Spinning, the group’s second EP originally released by Homestead Records.Those in the Seattle area can celebrate the release of U-Men with a special event on November 1st, 2017 at Georgetown Stables. The members of the U-Men will be interviewed live on stage followed by a brief audience Q & A. U-Men will also be available (2 days ahead of official release). The event begins at 7pm event and is all ages. More on the U-Men from Mudhoney’s Mark Arm: The U-Men are one of the best bands I’ve ever seen. They were hypnotic, frenetic, powerful and compelling. It was impossible to resist getting sucked into their weird, darkly absurd world. They effortlessly blended The Sonics, Link Wray, Pere Ubu, and Captain Beefheart. Their shows were loose-limbed, drunken dance parties and no two shows were alike. The U-Men were avant garage explorers and, most importantly, they fucking rocked. I was lucky enough to live in their hometown and I saw them every chance I could.   From 1983 to 1987, the U-Men were the undisputed kings of the Seattle Underground. No one else came close. They ruled a bleak backwater landscape populated by maybe 200 people. They were the only band that could unify the disparate sub-subcultures and get all 200 of those people to fill a room. Anglophilic, dress-dark Goths; neo-psych MDA acolytes; skate punks who shit in bathtubs at parties; Mod vigilantes who tormented the homeless with pellet guns; college kids who thought college kids were lame; Industrial Artistes; some random guy with a moustache; and eccentrics who insisted that they couldn’t be pigeonholed: all coalesced around the U-Men (read more at Sub Pop).[...]