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Mega Bog & Matt Bachmann announce new music; Hand Habits shares new video

Mega Bog (photo: Jesse DeFrancesco)
Mega Bog (photo: Jesse DeFrancesco)

Mega Bog, aka Erin Birgy, has announced her new album, Dolphine, which will be out on June 28. It’s her fifth LP and first for Paradise of Bachelors (pre-order), and it features many of the same folk who have collaborated with Birgy in the past, including Meg Duffy (aka Hand Habits) and bassist Matt Bachmann, as well as Nick Hakim, Ash Rickli, and more. You can check out first single “Diary of a Rose,” which starts off mossy and inviting, but then builds to an impressive tempest of wailing guitars, below. You can check out Dolphine‘s cover art below as well.

Speaking of Matt Bachmann, he’s got a new tape, titled Walking Preference, coming out via Orindal, the label run by Owen Ashworth (Advance Base, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). While known as a bassist — in addition to Meg Bog, he’s played with Hand Habits, Ed Askew and more — Matt explores ambient instrumentals on Walking Preference, which was inspired by Miyazaki soundtracks and “Nintendo fantasies.” We’re premiering “Wave Hello” from the release which is both ethereal and playful — let it spirit you away below.

Matt also has a few live shows coming up: April 25 at Brooklyn Bazaar with Viking Moses and Plutones; April 28 at The Glove with Lina Tullgren, Straw Pipes and Ancient Pools, and June 30 at Baby’s All Right which is an Orindal showcase with Moon Racer, Claire Cronin and Advance Base (tickets).

Hand Habits, meanwhile, has just released a video for “Wildfire” from this year’s terrific Placeholder album. Director Otium says, “through a cascade of images and split screens, including analogue footage the director captured on the road between Nov 7 – Nov 17 2016, ‘wildfire’ explores how we consume and are consumed by nature, politics and television.” Watch that below. Hand Habits’ tour just hit Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (4/10) and they’ve announced a new NYC show, playing the Summer Series at Industry City on August 3 with Steve Gunn. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10 AM. Updated Hand Habits dates are listed below.

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1. For the Old World
2. I Hear You Listening (to the Bug on My Wall)
3. Diary of a Rose
4. Dolphine
5. Left Door
6. Spit in the Eye of the Fire King (by Ash Rickli)
7. Truth in the Wild
8. Shadows Break
9. Untitled (with “C”)
10. Fwee Again
11. Waiting in the Story

Matt Bachmann – 2019 Tour Dates:
April 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar (w/ Viking Moses & Plutones)
April 28 Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove (w/ Lina Tullgren, Straw Pipes & Ancient Pools)
June 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Orindal Showcase w/ Moon Racer, Claire Cronin & Advance Base)

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Hand Habits – 2019 Tour Dates
4/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^ %
4/12 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd DC Vinyl Lounge ^
4/13 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight ^
4/14 – Nashville, TN @ The End ^
4/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
4/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^
4/17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) ^
4/18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Inside) ^ *
4/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sanitary Tortilla Factory ^
4/21 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress ^
4/22 – Long Beach @ Living Room LBC ^
4/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg ^ +
4/28 – Boulder Creek, CA @ Do It Ourselves Festival
5/3 – Vlieland, NL @ Here Comes The Summer Festival
5/4 – Brussels, BE @ Le Nuits Botanique &
5/7 – Bristol, UK @ Crofters Rights
5/8 – London, UK @ The Lexington (SOLD OUT)
5/9 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival
5/11 – Leeds, UK @ Gold Sounds Festival
5/12 – Manchester, UK @ YES
5/14 – Lille, FR @ La Bulle Cafe
5/15 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
5/16 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic
5/17 – Nyon, CH @ La Paranthese
5/18 – Zürich, CH @ Lauter Festival
5/20 – München, DE @ Hauskonzerte
5/21 – Jena, DE @ Trafo
5/22 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
5/24 – Brugge, BE Cactus Club
5/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
6/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda $
8/15-18 UK @ Green Man Festival
11/14 & 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall ~

^ w/ Tasha
% w/ Chris Cohen
* w/ Hovvdy
+ w/ Lomelda
& w/ Weyes Blood
$ w/ Broken Social Scene
~ w/ Sylvan Esso

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