DIANA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FAMILIAR TOUCH

OUT 18 NOVEMBER 2016 VIA CULVERT/ILS/CAROLINE

Listen to ‘Confession’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/dianasound/confession/

It’s been almost three years since DIANA released their critically-acclaimed LP, Perpetual Surrender. Now, the wait for new material has come to an end with the upcoming release of their second album Familiar Touch, out 18th November via Culvert/ILS/Caroline. The band have also shared the album’s opening track, ‘Confession‘ – a sharply focused example of their statement of intent, and which follows on from the previously shared ‘Slipping Away‘.

Having initially conceived Perpetual Surrender as a one-off recording project, Kieran Adams (drums, drum machines, synths), Carmen Elle (guitars, vocals) and Destroyer touring band member Joseph Shabason (synths, samplers, saxophone) regrouped after a period of time that Elle describes as “learning how to be a band.” Bigger, fuller and far more open and expansive, Familiar Touch takes all of Perpetual Surrender’s gorgeous qualities and pushes the songs to the forefront, upping DIANA’s game tremendously.

Miharu’ is the perfect example of this: recalling the best mid-80’s alt-pop, it mixes the lush soul signature of Flyte Time Productions (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) while delivering a massive pop chorus that liquefies into their modern production nous. “I really love the silky rub between Carmen’s demure approach and Gary’s [Beals, additional vocals] vibrant punctuations,” Adams explains, his description also perfectly encapsulating ‘Moment of Silence’ – another sophisticated pop track with what Adams describes as having “a very smooth top layer” and synths that give the impression of “stretching time – being stretched thin in those moments.” ‘Confession’ also builds upon those Jam & Lewis rhythms, with Adams describing it as sounding like the pair “if they worked with Annie Lennox.”

Where Perpetual Surrender was the unexpected success of a group of friends experimenting with different sounds, Familiar Touch is the sound of them taking those experiences and maximising themselves as a proper band. “There was a much different studio flow – we started working on things close to a year before we recorded them,” says Adams. “Last time, we were obscuring what it was that we were doing – with washed out or distorted vocals, for example. With this album – particularly with the vocals – we conceptualised everything a lot more in advance and really committed to certain sounds and feelings. We tried to fight the instinct of trying to distort it.”

One thing that’s clear this time around is how much more confidence DIANA have in themselves as musicians. The trio decamped to Adams’ then-apartment, where the pressures of a second album and the time constraints of a regular studio were relieved. Renting their own gear, they made makeshift vocal booths of out of clothes cupboards and Star Wars sleeping bags (or “weird, fucked up musty vocal caves” as Shabason describes them). Upon listening to the record, it’s hard to believe Familiar Touch was made in such a compact environment. With its emboldened production, it sits pleasingly alongside their personal influences and seminal recordings such as Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen or Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Naughty Boys.

Mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the RadioBeach HouseGrizzly Bear) and mastered by Heba Kadry, Familiar Touch is also lent a skilled hand by Thom Gill (guitars, keys, piano), Bram Gielen (bass), Vince Spilchuk (trumpet), and vocalists Robin Dann, Alanna Stuart of Bonjay and aforementioned Gary Beals – runner-up on the first season of Canadian Idol. By having the space and time to work with their new ideas on their own terms, this time around, DIANA have crafted an album that sounds unabashedly vibrant and distinctly 2016.

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Tracklist:

1. Confession
2. What You Get
3. Slipping Away
4. Moment of Silence
5. The Coward
6. Miharu
7. Cry
8. Helpless
9. These Words
10. Take it Over

Praise for Perpetual Surrender

“DIANA make ethereal electronica, excelling at a fantasy amalgam for music fans who carry a torch for Fleetwood Mac but also hanker after a bit of Grimes-like glitch pop”
The Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’

“A rich tapestry that effortlessly melds eras and genres, Perpetual Surrender is a masterpiece”
Notion

“They’ve nuanced the retro-pop with a subtle chillwave glow, working their songs into sensuous, era-spanning shapes”
4/5 Q

“There are some sublime moments – ‘Born Again’ locates the mid point between the Cocteau Twins and Avalon-era Roxy Music”
The Observer

“A slinky, luxurious piece of summer dream-pop… currents of experimentalism ripple between straight-up pop hooks”
NME

“To screw around with pop requires a mastery of the form… DIANA set out to ensnare and confound at once with their rainbow synths and bass-led strut”
DAZED

“The same airbrushed ennui and varnished perfection as Roxy Music’s Avalon
The Guardian

“The guitar, saxophone and synthesiser solos throughout are moments of gleeful oversharing”
Uncut

“DIANA might have a stonewall hit on their mitts…addictive soft-pop’
8/10 Loud & Quiet

“DIANA craft an enigmatic world of nostalgia that dazzles the senses”
The Line Of Best Fit

“DIANA have certain qualities which make them truly stand out… Carmen Elle’s whispery coo is pure ear candy”
CRACK

“Screams 80s chic throughout… splendidly silky stuff’”
London In Stereo

‘It’s the perfect soundtrack to lazy, hazy summer days”
Grazia

“This totally dreamy debut album deserves to be a break-out hit”
4/5 Attitude

“They’re masterful at blending the sharp 80’s with quicksilver synths, and Elle’s sublime pipes are a wonder to listen to”
The 405

BON IVER SELL OUT ALL FEBRUARY 2017 UK DATES

ANNOUNCE DECEMBER NYC-AREA SHOWS

PERFORMED ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON

Watch ‘8 (circle)’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here:
http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/bon-iver-8-circle/3099669

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Announcing their 2017 European tour just last week, the news is now in that Bon Iver sold out all of their UK shows immediately upon ticket release. Additionally, they have also announced a new string of NYC-area shows for December.

The band – fronted by Justin Vernon – also took to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon recently to perform a new song from the upcoming 22, A Million– out 30th September via Jagjaguwar – ‘8 (circle)‘. The performance enlisted backing vocals from The StavesAnaïs MitchellGordi, as well as Arone Dyer of Buke & Gase and can be watched here.

Bon Iver debuted 22, A Million with a “truly remarkable” (NPR) front-to-back live performance last month at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, hosted in Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. That performance was timed to the release of extended studio versions of the album’s two opening cuts: ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)‘ and ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄‘. A third track ‘33 “GOD”‘ followed shortly after.

Pre-order 22, A Million here: http://jagjaguwar.com/BI_Store/

Purchase tour tickets here: http://boniver.org/tour

Tour dates

Europe

01/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
22/01 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
23/01 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
24/01 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
25/01 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
27/01 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal
29/01 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
30/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
31/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
02/02 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
03/02 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
05/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Mehr! Theatre
06/02 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
08/02 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/02 – Blackpool, UK @ Empress Ballroom
12/02 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse Theatre
13/02 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse Theatre
15/02 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
16/02 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
19/02 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
20/02 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

USA

10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl %
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^
12/09 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
12/10 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
12/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
12/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

# with Francis & The Lights
% with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Julianna Barwick

LAMBCHOP AND BILL MORRISON SHARE ‘THE DOCKWORKER’S DREAM’ FILM FEATURING ‘THE HUSTLE’

FLOTUS OUT 4 NOVEMBER 2016 VIA CITY SLANG

KURT WAGNER TO PLAY SOLO ROUGH TRADE EAST SHOW
FLOTUS Q&A ON 8 NOVEMBER 2016

Watch ‘The Dockworkers Dream’ (soundtracked by ‘The Hustle’) here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQTYc9Uf9WE

Lambchop and filmmaker Bill Morrison have shared The Dockworker’s Dream, a film collaboration soundtracked by ‘The Hustle‘ from the band’s forthcoming album FLOTUS (out 4 November 2016 via City Slang). Like nearly all of Morrison’s work, The Dockworker’s Dream is constructed entirely from archival footage—specifically, material collected at Cinemateca Portuguesa.

Originally written to accompany and inspire Morrison’s film, ‘The Hustle’ seamlessly shifts between movements; a foundation suggestive of krautrock and early electronic music gorgeously ornamented with perfectly placed piano and horns. Wagner says: “I think both Bill and I understand the power of things being less than black-and-white when it comes to narrative in black-and-white films. He is most poetic in his ability to edit such specific archival images into something moving and lasting. In some ways, my method is the same in that the things I write about are rarely fictitious. Just notes taken from life woven into song.”

Morrison says this regarding the catalyst for the collaboration:

I’d been following Lambchop since the mid-1990s and was thrilled to meet Kurt, and to hang out with him. Mario Micaelo, director of the Portuguese film festival Curtas Vila do Conde, approached us one night with the idea of our doing a collaboration for Curtas 2015, and we both agreed. During the summer of 2014, Mario and I visited the Cinemateca Portuguesa, where I selected the source material for The Dockworker’s Dream. Once we had the material in hand, Kurt and I exchanged edits to create the film.

The Dockworker’s Dream developed from the idea that the archive is a port of call, a place where goods are loaded and unloaded and held until a dockworker carries them off. In some ways, the imagery is a metaphor for our process. As a film researcher and editor, I find myself seeking out hidden or elusive film material. In the film, there is the voyage, the expedition—and the hunt: we hunt these rare films in order to bring them back alive so that they can live, for awhile longer, on the screen.

FLOTUS is available for pre-order now on CD, 2LP and also as a special limited edition Wine Box in collaboration with Austrian winery “Gut Oggau” in the City Slang store.

Kurt Wagner will visit Rough Trade East on 8 November for a FLOTUS Q&A and a solo acoustic performance. Information can be found here: http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2016/11/2470

More Lambchop tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Tracklisting

1. In Care of 8675309
2. Directions to the Can
3. FLOTUS
4. JFK
5. Howe
6. Old Masters
7. Relatives #2
8. Harbor Country
9. Writer
10. NIV
11. The Hustle

BON IVER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR

INCLUDES SHOWS AT LONDON’S ROUNDHOUSE
AND HAMMERSMITH APOLLO

TICKETS GO ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

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After sharing three incredibly well-received tracks from upcoming album 22, A Million – out 30th September on Jagjaguwar – Bon Iver have announced a European tour – their first since 2012 – taking place across January and February 2017. A full list of dates – which includes shows at London’s Roundhouse and Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – can be found below.

Before these dates, Justin VernonThe National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessnerand others will be curating a two-day music event at Funkhaus in Berlin. Over 80 artists will feature, including all members of Bon IverPOLIÇAAlt-JNils Frahm and The Staves. More information and a full list of artists performing can be found here.

Bon Iver debuted 22, A Million with a “truly remarkable” (NPR) front-to-back live performance last month at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, hosted in Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. That performance was timed to the release of extended studio versions of the album’s two opening cuts: ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)‘ and ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄‘. A third track ‘33 “GOD”‘ followed shortly after.

Pre-order 22, A Million here: http://jagjaguwar.com/BI_Store/

Purchase tour tickets here: http://boniver.org/tour

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Tour dates

Europe

01/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
22/01 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
23/01 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
24/01 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
25/01 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
27/01 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal
29/01 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
30/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
31/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
02/02 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
03/02 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
05/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Mehr! Theatre
06/02 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
08/02 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/02 – Blackpool, UK @ Empress Ballroom
12/02 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse Theatre
13/02 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse Theatre
15/02 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
16/02 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
19/02 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

USA

10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl %
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^

# with Francis & The Lights
% with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Julianna Barwick

CASS MCCOMBS SHARES ‘OPPOSITE HOUSE’ VIDEO
FEATURING ANGEL OLSEN

CASS MCCOMBS BAND PLAY LONDON’S SCALA
7TH NOVEMBER 2016

MANGY LOVE OUT NOW VIA ANTI-

Watch the video for ‘Opposite House’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR6l9UOpM2w

“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade”
Uncut

“McCombs has yet to make a bad record, but Mangy Love is up there with his very best. Stunning”
4/5 Q

“This is another classic McCombs album”
4/5 NME

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Having recently released his eighth studio album Mangy Love to critical acclaim, Cass McCombs has today shared the video for the Angel Olsen-featuring ‘Opposite House‘.

Perfectly capturing the strangeness and humour found throughout Mangy Love, director Jonny Look had this to say about the clip:

After hearing the track I focused on channeling some of the surreal elements of Cass’s lyrics as well as the endless beauty and gentleness of it’s soundscape. I wanted the surreal elements of our video to be somewhat connected – so it wasn’t just surreal for surreal sake. Something funny, and a little strange.

During the chorus, Cass and Angel both sing “Oh Why?”, and I thought that watching people blow tea across the table might have the viewers ask that same question.

For most of my ideas I try to balance beauty and silliness. It’s a kind of an inside joke – something that will hopefully make you chuckle at the very end. I wanted to present the video as though it could all be real – as though we found some ‘Tea Blowers’ to perform as a backdrop to Cass and Angel’s performance. I wanted the viewer to be amazed after the first trick, stunned at the second, and then confused by the third. Hopefully by then they feel in on the joke.

Cass McCombs, accompanied by a full band, will tour North America and Europe this autumn, including London’s Scala on 7 November. Joining Cass McCombs Band are friends & related acts from the underground: Delicate Steve, Be Gulls, Meg Baird, Big Search, Jack Name, Hush Arbors and more. Mangy Love is out now via ANTI-.

Tour dates

Nov-1st Point Ephemere, Paris (FR)
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Nov-2nd Rotondes (Klub), Luxembourg (LU)
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Nov-3rd Misty Fest, S. Jorge (PT)
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Nov-4th Kantine am Berghain, Berlin (DE)
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Nov-5th Crossing Border Festival, The Hague (NL)
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Nov-7th Scala, London (UK)
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Praise for Mangy Love

“Lyrically as kaleidoscopic as mid-‘60s Dylan, and packed with fascinating references”
9/10 Uncut

“One of those rare albums that reveals a little more with every play”
4/5 The Observer

“This is music of rare guile and originality”
4.5/5 The Sun

“His most succinct and affecting work since the near-perfect Wit’s End
4/5 MOJO

“McCombs sounds ready to make his commercial breakthrough”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Prepare to be smitten”
4/5 Metro

Mangy Love is [his] most wide-ranging and direct album yet”
9/10 Future Music

Mangy Love is a terrific, bizarre album made up of familiar parts rearranged into something new”
8/10 The Line of Best Fit

“Long live Cass McCombs”
8/10 Drowned in Sound

“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters”
8/10 God Is In The TV

“You don’t often hear such accomplished playing and ambition”
4/5 Dork

Mangy Love stands toe-to-toe with his best releases”
London in Stereo

BON IVER SHARE NEW TRACK ’33 “GOD”’

NEW ALBUM 22, A MILLION OUT 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 VIA JAGJAGUWAR

Watch a lyric video for ’33 “GOD”‘ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C5sB6AqJkM

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Bon Iver has shared a new track from its upcoming third LP – 22, A Million – out 30th September on Jagjaguwar. ‘33 “GOD”‘ was recorded and produced at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin and is available now via download and streaming services as well as an accompanying lyric video.

The group – led by Justin Vernon – debuted 22, A Million with a “truly remarkable” (NPR) front-to-back live performance earlier this month at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, hosted in Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. That performance was timed to the release of extended studio versions of the album’s two opening cuts: ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)‘ and ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄‘.

Pre-order 22, A Million here: http://jagjaguwar.com/BI_Store/

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Tour dates

Europe

01/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus

USA

10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl %
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^

# with Francis & The Lights
% with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Julianna Barwick

ANGEL OLSEN SHARES ‘SISTER’ VIDEO

MY WOMAN OUT 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016 VIA JAGJAGUWAR

UK TOUR DATES IN OCTOBER

“Her ambitious third record marks another giant progression in an already distinguished career”
9/10 Uncut

“Simply one of the best songwriters we have”
‘Album of the Week’ 9/10 The Line of Best Fit

MY WOMAN shows the workings of a poised and powerful artist”
4/5 MOJO

“Brighter, stronger, more resilient”
4/5 Q

“Angel Olsen has crafted her most compelling record to date”
4/5 DIY

Watch the video for ‘Sister’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mIA1r2ZELU

Angel Olsen releases MY WOMAN, her third full-length album, on September 2nd via Jagjaguwar. As previously announced, the album is put together as a proper A-side and B-side with the punchier numbers up front, and the longer, more reflective songs towards the end. After sharing A-side singles ‘Intern‘ and ‘Shut Up Kiss Me‘, Olsen now presents ‘Sister‘ – a reverb splashed track capped off with a Neil Young caged-tiger guitar solo that boldly reigns the MY WOMAN B-side.

Shot this summer in Los Angeles and at Joshua Tree National Park, the gorgeous video displays the opposing dualities addressed in the song. After solely directing the videos for ‘Intern’ and ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’, Olsen teamed up with co-director Conor Hagen and took a different approach for ‘Sister’. She explains: “I wanted to keep from cutting these shots up too much. I wanted to slow frames down just enough for the cinematography to make its own statement. My aim was to gather a mixture of very different themed material, and somehow take a look at the synchronicity that material naturally brought forward.”

Hagen elaborates: “’Sister’ addresses conflict within and then moves beyond it. The song is lyrically contradictory, so we wanted to show those opposing dualities. The contrast between a wide shot and a close-up, the duality between the city and that natural world, joy and melancholy.”

Angel Olsen’s MY WOMAN is available for pre-order now via JagjaguwarRough Trade and Amazon. ‘Intern’ and ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ are available now on all streaming services (including Spotify). All three singles also come as an instant download with all iTunes pre-orders. Angel will be playing London’s KOKO on 17th October – tickets are available now.

Tour dates:

Thu. Oct. 13 – Brighton @ Concorde 2
Fri. Oct. 14 – Manchester @ Club Academy
Sat. Oct. 15 – Glasgow @ SWG3 Studio Warehouse
Sun. Oct. 16 – Bristol @ The Marble Factory
Mon. Oct. 17 – London @ KOKO
Wed. Oct. 19 – Hamburg @ Kampnagel
Thu. Oct. 20 – Copenhagen @ Koncerthuset, Studie 2
Fri. Oct. 21 – Oslo @ John Dee
Sat. Oct. 22 – Stockholm @ Debaser Strand
Sun. Oct. 23 – Goeteborg @ Pustervik
Tue. Oct. 25 – Berlin @ Columbia Theater
Wed. Oct. 26 – Munich @ Ampere
Thu. Oct. 27 – Zuerich @ Bogen F
Fri. Oct. 28 – Koeln @ Stadtgarten
Sat. Oct. 29 – Brussels @ Botanique
Thu. Nov. 3 – London (special collaborative performance w/ The Raincoats)
@ Islington Assembly Hall
Fri. Nov. 4 – Paris @ La Gaîté Lyrique

US dates:

Thu. June 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater #
Fri. June 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #
Sat. June 18 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium #
Sun. June 19 – Winnipeg. MB @ Park Theatre #
Tue. June 21 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s #
Wed. June 22 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island – Central United Church
Fri. June 24 – Anchorage, AK @ Tap Root ^
Sat. June 25 – Anchorage, AK @ Tap Root ^
Fri. Sep. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
Sat. Sep. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
Sun. Sep. 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater *
Mon. Sep. 12 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *
Wed. Sep. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Thu. Sep. 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
Fri. Sep. 16 – Hudson, NY @ Basilica Soundscape
Sat. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
Sun. Sep. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw *
Tue. Sep. 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Sep. 21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair &
Thu. Sep. 22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom &
Fri. Sep. 23 – Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal &
Sat. Sep. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club &
Mon. Sep. 26 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch &
Tue. Sep. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall &
Fri. Sep. 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
Sat. Oct. 1 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle &

Australian & New Zealand dates:

Sat. Nov. 26 – Hobart, TAS @ Grand Poobah
Mon. Nov. 28 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner
Thu. Dec. 1 – Lismore, NSW @ Lismore City Hall
Fri. Dec. 2 – Brisbane, QLD @ Brightside
Sat. Dec. 3 – Berri, NSW @ Fairground Festival
Mon. Dec. 5 – Sydney, NSW @ Sydney Opera House Studio
Wed. Dec. 7 – Adelaide, SA @ Grace Emily
Thu. Dec. 8 – Perth, WA @ Badlands
Sat. Dec. 10 – Melbourne, VIC @ Meredith Festival
Tue. Dec. 13 – Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
Wed. Dec. 14 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms

# = with Scott Tuma
^ = with Termination Dust
* = with Alex Cameron
& = with Rodrigo Amarante

Photo by Cameron Wittig & Crystal Quinn

BON IVER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 22, A MILLION

OUT 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 VIA JAGJAGUWAR

EXTENDED VERSIONS OF OPENING TRACKS ’22 (OVER S∞∞N)’ AND
’10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄’ OUT NOW

Watch a lyric video for ’22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISCEilPMNak

Watch a lyric video for ’10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (Extended Version)’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNy7VtSsmu8

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Bon Iver – the musical project led by Justin Vernon – will release its third studio album – 22, A Million – on 30 September 2016 via Jagjaguwar. The band performed the album in full last night at the second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, in Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Extended versions of the album’s two opening tracks ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)‘ and ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄‘ are both available now via download and streaming services, and accompanying lyric videos are currently on video streaming platforms such as YouTube. A 12” vinyl release containing both extended versions is available at Eaux Claires Festival this weekend, with pre-orders of the new album and at select record stores worldwide on 30 September.

22, A Million is part love letter; part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion – and the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album’s 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments: love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.

Musicologist, fellow collaborator and longtime friend of Vernon’s, Trever Hagen had this to say about 22, A Million: http://boniver.org/bio

The bulk of the album was recorded and produced at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin with pieces also recorded in London, England and just outside Lisbon, Portugal by Vernon and a pack of trusted friends and collaborators both new and old. The album’s symbol-rich artwork was created by NYC-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. Check out the full list of album credits here: http://boniver.org/albumcredits

Bon Iver has announced a number of select shows this autumn, including a two-day, not-for-profit music event at Berlin’s Funkhaus studios on October 1 & 2 in collaboration with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The NationalThe Michelberger Hotel and others. A concert at The Hollywood Bowl will also take place on October 23 with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger, plus more headline shows on the West Coast. Full list of dates below. Additional worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.

Pre-order 22, A Million here: http://jagjaguwar.com/BI_Store/

Additional hi-res Promotional Photos: http://jagjaguwar.com/press/boniver

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Tracklisting:

1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
3. 715 – CR∑∑KS
4. 33 “GOD”
5. 29 #Strafford APTS
6. 666 ʇ
7. 21 M◊◊N WATER
8. 8 (circle)
9. ____45_____
10. 100000 Million

Tour dates

Europe

01/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus

USA

10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
10/22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl %
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^

# with Francis & The Lights
% with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Julianna Barwick

CASS MCCOMBS SHARES ‘MEDUSA’S OUTHOUSE’ VIDEO

CASS MCCOMBS BAND PLAY LONDON’S SCALA
7TH NOVEMBER 2016

MANGY LOVE OUT 26TH AUGUST 2016 VIA ANTI-

Watch the (NSFW) video for ‘Medusa’s Outhouse’ – as premiered by Dazed Digital:
https://vimeo.com/178202873/5e0bff20e0

9/10 Uncut

“McCombs has yet to make a bad record, but Mangy Love is up there with his very best. Stunning”
4/5 Q

“His most succinct and affecting work since the near-perfect Wit’s End
4/5 MOJO

Mangy Love is McCombs’ most soulful, accessible release yet”
Uncut

Mangy Love stands toe-to-toe with his best releases”
London in Stereo

“The master of subversion returns”
The Guardian

“You can always rely on Cass McCombs for a beautiful guitar line”
NME

“[‘Opposite House’ is] a masterful piece of songwriting”
HUH

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Cass McCombs and Focus Creeps continue their history of creative collaborations with the new video for ‘Medusa’s Outhouse‘ – one of Mangy Love’s standout songs – where the narrator doesn’t claim to have a solution, but merely wants to forget. As described by Focus Creeps’ Aaron Brown, “the video for ‘Medusa’s Outhouse’ has to do with wondering what are the fantasies of the people who act out our fantasies for us? Where does fantasy end?”

Mangy Love is McCombs’ eighth full-length album and debut for ANTI-, out 26 August 2016. It’s also his most blunt – tackling sociopolitical issues through his uniquely cracked lens of wit and singular insight. With a common thread of opposition sewing the album together, the severity of his lyrics is contrasted by the music, which ventures into groovy realms of Philly soul, Norcal psychedelia and New York paranoia.

Cass McCombs, accompanied by a full band, will tour North America and Europe this autumn, including London’s Scala on 7 NovemberMangy Love is available for pre-order now. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant download of ‘Opposite House‘, ‘Run Sister Run‘ and ‘Medusa’s Outhouse‘.

Tour dates

Nov-1st Point Ephemere, Paris (FR)
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Nov-2nd Rotondes (Klub), Luxembourg (LU)
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Nov-3rd Misty Fest, S. Jorge (PT)
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Nov-4th Kantine am Berghain, Berlin (DE)
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Nov-5th Crossing Border Festival, The Hague (NL)
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Nov-7th Scala, London (UK)
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Mangy Love tracklisting:

01. Bum Bum Bum
02. Rancid Girl
03. Laughter Is The Best Medicine
04. Opposite House
05. Medusa’s Outhouse
06. Low Flyin Bird
07. Cry
08. Run Sister Run
09. In A Chinese Alley
10. It
11. Switch
12. I’m A Shoe

LAMBCHOP ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FLOTUS

OUT 4 NOVEMBER 2016 VIA CITY SLANG

KURT WAGNER TO PLAY SOLO ROUGH TRADE EAST SHOW
FLOTUS Q&A ON 8 NOVEMBER 2016

Listen to ‘The Hustle’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf9wz5esgAo

Watch a trailer for FLOTUS by Elise Tyler here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRCRlp8YIMs

On 4 November 2016Lambchop return with For Love Often Turns Us Still—officially titled FLOTUS. Inspired as always to make art from the unusual sounds and scenes of his South Nashville neighbourhood, Kurt Wagner set aside what he has learned over the last 30 years and embarked on a musical adventure to bring us this album that sounds like no one else — or, completely, unmistakably, like himself.

Wanting to make an album that his neighbours and wife would listen to – though a version of that garbled through grocery store speakers and tiny cell phones – Kurt became inspired by, though not tethered to, a plethora of modern day musical voices across modern R&B, soul and hip-hop amongst other genres. “Overall, artists like myself have been using the same production techniques forever, letting technology enhance and further a sound but not really taking it to a new place. Technology bending to the will of the creator became playful, complex, and exciting to hear on repeat with a structure still open to interpretation.”

Start to finish, FLOTUS is imbued with that magic energy that comes when an artist stumbles upon the thrill of the new — something that makes them brave enough to want to start the whole process over again. The album is bookended by two long-form pieces: the first, ‘In Care of 8675309’, is most reminiscent of where Lambchop have been, while the second – the sprawling and hypnotic ‘The Hustle’ – suggests where they might still be headed. Taken as a whole, FLOTUS is anchored by previous album sensibilities and is brimming with the many hallmarks of Lambchop’s catalogue: the same beautifully nuanced arrangements and the same unparalleled ability to capture the eternal in life’s quotidian struggles.

The first introduction to FLOTUS comes in the form of final track ‘The Hustle’, which seamlessly shifts between movements – a foundation suggestive of krautrock and early electronic music, gorgeously ornamented with perfectly placed piano and horns. Drawing upon a diverse palate of influences and transcending each one, it’s a stunning piece of work—certainly one of the most impressive achievements of Lambchop’s career.

Kurt has also shared the story behind ‘The Hustle’, another unabashedly romantic Lambchop song:

My wife and I attended this wedding of one her college friends in the countryside outside of Nashville. Weddings are a heady mix of emotions, memories, and events that can be quite rich in imagery. With this being a Quaker wedding, there was a lack of “officiating” in that the bride and groom addressed each other directly the entire time. This was something that I found to be most touching. Beyond that, as with much of my writing, I tend to describe experiences in an almost journalistic fashion and then strip things down till there is barely a thread to hold them together—in this case, starting with the vows and then moving on from there. The entire wedding party was doing this great synchronized dance step that I hadn’t seen before. I asked my wife what dance it was, and she told me it was the Hustle. She suggested I join them. I respectfully declined.

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Tracklisting

1. In Care of 8675309
2. Directions to the Can
3. FLOTUS
4. JFK
5. Howe
6. Old Masters
7. Relatives #2
8. Harbor Country
9. Writer
10. NIV
11. The Hustle

Listen to and share ‘The Hustle’ via YouTube and all of your favourite digital outlets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf9wz5esgAo

Watch the album trailer by Elise Tyler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRCRlp8YIMs

FLOTUS is available for pre-order now on CD, 2LP and also as a special limited edition Wine Box in collaboration with Austrian winery “Gut Oggau” in the City Slang store.

Kurt Wagner will visit Rough Trade East on 8 November for a FLOTUS Q&A and a solo acoustic performance. Information can be found here: http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2016/11/2470

More Lambchop tour dates will be announced shortly.