Dinosaur Jr perform live on Conan ahead of Jan 23rd Auckland date!

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Last night, Dinosaur Jr. performed “Goin Down” on Conan, one of many highlights off their excellent new record Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not – out now on Jagjaguwar. The previous night, J. Mascis proved his comedy chops by defeating professional comedians Steve Agee and Dave Hill on @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Check out J’s game-winning jokes below.  Continue reading Dinosaur Jr perform live on Conan ahead of Jan 23rd Auckland date!

Kristin Kontrol unveils unreleased b-side ‘Baby Are You In?’

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Previously unreleased b-side “Baby Are You In?” from Kristin Kontrol is available today via all DSP’s worldwide from Sub Pop.

Kristin says of the track, “”Baby Are You In?” was recorded during the X-Communicate sessions and I really regret not including it on the album. It was super fun to make – Kurt Feldman and I let loose on the production, trying to pin down that nebulous aggression from Evil Heat-era Primal Scream, but let it cork off the party at the end. It’s my favorite to perform live; I really feel the lyrics…’I wake up with the sun on my face, I call this moment “morning grace.’ I wanna kiss the light cuz it’s one day later, the night’s lost its tenure, I slept off my failure.’” Continue reading Kristin Kontrol unveils unreleased b-side ‘Baby Are You In?’

Preoccupations share new video ‘Memory’

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Preoccupations are closing out 2016 with a video of epic proportions, unleashing the visual accompaniment for “Memory.” The song, which features Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, is the cornerstone track from their recently released critically acclaimed self-titled album. “Memory” is over 11 minutes of sonic excellence, a track which the New York Times wrote is “…a suitelike excursion through bewilderment, disillusion, alienation and entropy” while Consequence of Sound described it as “a swirling mass of moving parts” split “equally between mechanical clanging and buzzing, fuzzed out guitar work and soaring heart-on-sleeve indie piano runs.” Stereogum simply say, “Memory” is “an 11-minute gracefully unspooling meditation.” Continue reading Preoccupations share new video ‘Memory’

Low share heartfelt new song ‘Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)’

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On the eve of Low’s UK & Ireland tour – on which they’re set to play tracks from their seminal 1999 EP Christmas – the Duluth trio present a reflective and inspiring new recording, closing out our current year and looking ahead to the next.

“Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” finds Mimi Parker’s lead vocal soaring above Alan Sparhawk’s own artfully processed vocal and plaintive guitar motif. Continue reading Low share heartfelt new song ‘Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)’

Get goosebumps from Car Seat Headrest’s performance on The Tonight Show with members of The Roots

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Car Seat Headrest’s 2016 Teens of Denial has been popping up on numerous ‘best of’ lists this year, around the world. This week Will and the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, backed up by members of the legendary Roots. Continue reading Get goosebumps from Car Seat Headrest’s performance on The Tonight Show with members of The Roots

Tim Darcy announces new album ‘Saturday Night’ out February 2017!

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There’s a line in “Tall Glass of Water,” the lead single off Tim Darcy’s debut solo album, Saturday Night, where Darcy asks himself a rhetorical question: “if at the end of the river, there is more river, would you dare to swim again?” He barely pauses before the answer: “Yes, surely I will stay, and I am not afraid. I went under once, I’ll go under once again.” That river shows up again and again in the lyrics of Saturday Night. It’s about how wonderful it can be to feel in touch with that inner current. It’s about how good it feels to make art, and how terrifying; how you don’t always get to choose whether you’re swimming or drowning as we grow and move through life, just that you’re going to keep diving in. That’s the impulse that links all the songs on Saturday Night. Continue reading Tim Darcy announces new album ‘Saturday Night’ out February 2017!

The Besnard Lakes to share new 12″ in February

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The namesake site of Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes exists in Canada’s rural Saskatchewan, visited by the group’s core couple, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, each summer. Last time around, the pair found themselves surrounded by the flames of a forest fire, a chaotic songwriting experience that went on to inform the devil-may-care spirit of their fifth record. A Coliseum Complex Museum dropped earlier this year: A dizzying triumph of shoegaze, a strange, wondrous land populated with natural phenomena and a stark, shimmering beauty.

Even so, writing songs in a place with so much significance meant culling the tracks down to just an album became a near-impossible task – inevitably, there were tracks the band loved that didn’t quite fit with the overall album.

And that’s why we’re excited that, nearly one full year after A Coliseum Complex Museum was released, The Besnard Lakes are releasing a 12” of two brand new tracks, written at the same time as the last record: The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind, slated for a February 3rd release.  Continue reading The Besnard Lakes to share new 12″ in February

The xx Release ‘On Hold’ Video

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Limited Edition ‘On Hold’ 7” in stores soon

The xx today release their video for ‘On Hold’, the first single from the trio’s highly-anticipated third album I See You. The video was shot in Marfa, Texas, where the band wrote and recorded some of I See You, and is directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Alasdair McLellan.

 

Speaking of the collaboration, The xx say: “Today we get to share our new video for ‘On Hold’ with you! The video is directed by the brilliant Alasdair McLellan, whose work we all adore… It was filmed in Marfa, Texas, a very special place to us, where we wrote and recorded some of our new album. We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years. We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there.”

The xx today also announce that ‘On Hold’ will be available on 7” vinyl. The limited-edition release will feature an etched B-side and deboss mirri sleeve and will be available to purchase for NZ record stores from December 9th.

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