Car Seat Headrest announces ‘Twin Fantasy’

Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, Twin Fantasy, has been re-recorded and re-imagined and will come out on February 16th, 2018 on Matador Records.

With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and revelatory live show to New Zealand in early 2018 for Auckland City Limits on March 3rd, 2018 at Western Springs. Toledo and his band of troubadours first stepped foot in New Zealand for last year’s Laneway Festival in Auckland, proving to the southern hemisphere they are not ones to be missed! ACL festival details can be found here. Continue reading

LUCY DACUS ANNOUNCES NEW RECORD ‘HISTORIAN’

LUCY DACUS
Shares new single ‘Night Shift’
Announces new album Historian

Lucy Dacus’ sophomore album Historian will be released on March 2nd 2018 on Matador / Rhythmethod. It arrives two years after her 2016 debut, No Burden, which won her unanimous acclaim as one of rock’s most promising new voices, alongside breakout single ‘I Don’t Want To Be Funny Anymore’.

The album announcement comes with the release of a new song titled ‘Night Shift’ which boasts a devastatingly powerful vocal performance and scathing lyrics telling off a former lover, the only breakup song Dacus has ever written.

Historian is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It’s a record full of bracing realisations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos. “This is the album I needed to make,” says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. “Everything after this is a bonus.”

Dacus recorded the album in Nashville, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed by John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll.

She emphasises that she does not take her newfound platform as a touring musician for granted.Realising that she would have a dramatically expanded audience for her second album, she felt an urgent call to make something worthwhile.

The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. “It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” she explains. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”

Pre-order Historian: https://lucydacus.lnk.to/historian

Lucy Dacus – ‘Night Shift’

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ALGIERS SHARE PRURIENT REMIX OF ‘DEATH MARCH’,

FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM  – THE UNDERSIDE OF POWER – OUT NOW

Praise for The Underside Of Power: 

“… a righteous blast of punk, hip-hop and soul. As a dismal political year ends, he’s living proof anger is still an energy” – Q 

“…. gleefully fuses classic 60s soul with post-punk experimentation to frequently astonishing effect” – The Observer 

“… the 20th century reimagined as a series of revolutionary spirituals” – The Wire

“Soul music for the end of the world” – FACT

Algiers’ second album, The Underside Of Power, has emerged since its June release as one of the most pertinent and critically regarded albums of 2017 – an uncompromising treatise on injustice, oppression and in turn resistance, delivered through an incendiary amalgamation of post-punk, hip hop, soul and noise.

Ahead of the band’s imminent UK and European tour dates, Algiers today share a remix by Prurient of album highlight ‘Death March’. The ten-minute rework sees the US multi-media artist, real name Dominick Fernow, weave charred drum loops, looming synths and arresting vocal shards into an alternately hypnotic, towering and beautiful sonic landscape.

The Underside Of Power sees the transatlantic four piece or Franklin James Fisher, Ryan Mahan, Lee Tesche and Matt Tong, stationed between NYC and London, delve into political unrest both in the US and UK, touching on oppression, police brutality, and hegemonic power structures, via a musical palette traversing Northern soul and gospel to IDM, industrial, italo, grime, and musical touchstones such as Suicide, Afrika Bambaata, The Pop Group, Public Enemy and Nina Simone.

Algiers:

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Spoon – release new face dissecting video

SPOON RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “DO I HAVE TO TALK YOU INTO IT” 

HOT THOUGHTS OUT NOW ON MATADOR RECORDS

GA GA GA GA GA TENTH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OUT NOW 

 

Clearly it was time Lou Reed’s ‘No Money Down’ video was remade for the 21st century,” says Britt Daniel, adding, “We did the research, and it turns out 80 percent of our fan base is composed of graphic designers. This one’s for y’all.”

Set in the world of a YouTube Photoshop tutorial, Spoon have released what may be one of the most simple-yet-brilliant music videos of all time for Hot Thoughts standout single, “Do I Have To Talk You Into It.” We’re here to help break it down…

Step 1 – Hire Brook Linder, the mastermind behind recent Nine Inch Nails and Beck videos, to direct.  He explains the method behind the madness in today’s behind-the-scenes interview with Gizmodo, HERE

 

 

Step 2 – Take some captivating photos of the notoriously sharp Britt Daniel

Step 3 – Erase his eyeballs

 

Step 4 – Let your inner Picasso fly

 

Step 5 – Remove his skin (it’s almost Halloween after all)

 

Step 6 – Erase his face

 

Step 7 – Well… we can’t give everything away…

Recent live reviews can confirm the face-melting, actually happens in real life, sans Photoshop:

“Each song was everything it could possibly be… Few bands are as intuitively in-sync as Spoon. Exuding a meticulous yet ferocious energy, they made sure no one in the crowd forgot it” –San Francisco Weekly (Greek Theatre)

“A greatest hits show… there were no sleepers in this rapid fire rock set” –Billboard (Lollapalooza)

“[They] demonstrate how it’s possible to evolve and bring in fresh ideas while retaining the terse, melodic impulse of its vintage days” –Chicago Tribune (Lollapalooza)

“The perfect festival band” –Brooklyn Magazine (Panorama)

“The perfect way to end an incredible weekend of music” –American Songwriter (Forecastle)

Spoon’s ninth album, the Dave Fridmann-produced Hot Thoughts, came out to a cavalcade of critical ecstasy in March, and has sustained continuous praise the “Mid-Year Best-Of” lists of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, and more, a sure sign of what’s to come as we enter the last leg of 2017.

SPOON SHARE VIDEO FOR “I AIN’T THE ONE”

SPOON – I AIN’T THE ONE

This morning Spoon release the latest video from album-of-the-year candidate and their ninth studio album ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador Records).

The brooding “I Ain’t The One”, directed & shot in London earlier this year by the directorial team of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

WATCH “I AIN’T THE ONE” HERE: 

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Belle and Sebastian – ‘We Were Beautiful’

Today, Belle and Sebastian release new single ‘We Were Beautiful’– the first new music to surface from the group since 2015.

Listen/watch HERE:

The song was recorded in Glasgow and produced by the band and Brian McNeill. The video  was filmed throughout Glasgow, from Crookston in the south-west, through the City Centre to Easterhouse and Cranhill, it is life experienced at different speeds as the city wakes up over a Saturday morning.

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“Rock’s Not Dead: It’s Ruled by Women” Introducing… Snail Mail (Matador Records)

Snail Mail is Jordan’s first band. Though she took up the guitar at age 5 and has been playing ever since, it wasn’t until the spring of 2015—moved by the complementary forces of a devastating Grouper drone set and an insurrectionary Downtown Boys rock baptism—that she endeavoured to form a group of her own. Two weeks after their first practice, Snail Mail played their debut gig at a Maryland festival alongside punk bands Sheer Mag, Priests, and Screaming Females.”
 
The Brooklyn dwelling Baltimore native Lindsey Jordan piqued Matador’s curiosity with her artful approach to guitar playing, anchored firmly in the heritage of the female-led rock canon of the 90’s and beyond.
 
Off the back of earning enviable praise and column inches that bely her years, Lindsey & Matador have inked a deal which will see them working towards the release of a new full length record in 2018, the first material since last year’s ‘Habit’ EP. Snail Mail will be seeing out the year playing shows in the U.S.A with Beach Fossils.
 
 
Plus a video for the track ‘Thinning’ can be viewed here: 

 
And immerse yourself in the recent NY Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead: It’s Ruled by Women’ where Lindsey is featured prominently. 
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