Entries tagged with: Dead Oceans
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Mitski at MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mitski released her great album Bury Me At Makeout Creek in 2014 on Double Double Whammy, then repressed it this year with bonus tracks on Don Giovanni, and as a live performer she only gets better and better. It's exciting to learn that she's signed to Dead Oceans, making her labelmates with The Tallest Man on Earth, Phosphorescent, and more. Congrats Mitski!
The label writes, "Excited to announce that Mitski is joining our family. More news to come, but look for new music in 2016!" We're looking forward to hearing it. Meanwhile, watch the video for "Townie" off her last album, below.
an album that came out this week on Asthmatic Kitty
First Wilco cancelled an Indiana show in protest of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which could legalize discrimination against the LGBT community), and now a handful of record labels with offices in Indiana are protesting too. Asthmatic Kitty, Secretly Group, Joyful Noise and more have signed a letter titled "Music for Indiana," which reads:
We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.An email from Asthmatic Kitty also adds, "We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to join in signing with us." You can do so here.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana's economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana -- please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won't do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.
Signed with respect,
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Bloomington Guitar & Amp
Dead Oceans (Secretly Group)
Fort William Artist Management
Indy CD & Vinyl
Jagjaguwar (Secretly Group)
Joyful Noise Recordings
Jurassic Pop Records
Magnetic South Recordings
Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP
SC Publishing (Secretly Group)
Secretly Canadian (Secretly Group)
Spirit of '68 Promotions
Folk singer and guitar great Ryley Walker has signed to Dead Oceans (Phosphorescent, Tallest Man on Earth) for the followup to 2014's All Kinds of You. It's called Primrose Green and will be out on the label on March 31. If you caught Ryley at CMJ this past October, you may have seen him perform the title track. NYC Taper has a recording of that, which you can listen to, along with the studio version, below. Popmatters caught him performing the song on his tour with Cloud Nothings:
The 24-year old guitarist was pleasing to watch and the instrumental beds the guys laid down were gorgeous enough that the songs almost didn't need lyrics. When Walker introduced the song, "Primrose Green", I thought of a similarly-named Hunger Games character, but he explained the tune was named after a booze-concoction he used to drink before advising the mostly under-age audience against drinking.As discussed, Ryley also has dates coming up including a tour with Kevin Morby which hits Baby's All Right on March 15 (tickets), as well as another Baby's show happening much sooner. He plays the next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hop Along, Beach Slang and Aye Nako at Baby's on Tuesday, January 13. That's $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advance sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Strand of Oaks at Town Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Strand of Oaks, the project of Tim Showalter, already has a few albums of bare bones folk music under his belt (he recently toured and collaborated with The Tallest Man on Earth to get an idea), and he's now signed to Dead Oceans (also home to Tallest Man) for his next album, HEAL (due out 6/24), which sees him changing things up a bit. The first single, "Goshen '97," features guest guitar work from Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, and it's not so far removed from the fuzzy, melodic rock that Dino Jr have become known for. Tim's voice is still shaky like a folk singer's (he reminds me a bit of Chad Vangaalen on this one), but now he's piling on layers of distortion and dueling guitar solos that are a far cry from the somber sounds of his last record. Listen to that song, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Strand of Oaks will announce more tour dates in the future, but at the moment he does have two shows scheduled, both happening in NYC. First, he plays a rather intimate show at Pianos on May 6 at 7pm sharp. That's a private show, but if you'd like to go, we've got a few pairs of tickets to give away, and more details on that are below.
Then, he plays a public show on June 26 at Mercury Lounge, two days after the album's release. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.
Song stream, album artwork, tracklist and contest details, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Sun Airway at Glasslands - 12/7/12
Sun Airway released their most recent album, Soft Fall, this past October via Dead Oceans, around the same time they were touring with M83. Now, two months later, the band finally made their way to NYC for a Glasslands show on Friday (12/7). Most of their set was from the new album, but also included two tracks from their 2010 debut, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier.
More pictures and the setlist from the show are below.
Los Angeles' punky, poppy Bleached (Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, formerly of Mika Miko) have just signed to Dead Oceans and the label will release the band's debut album sometime next year. The record was produced by Darker My Love's Rob Barbato and Jennifer Clavin told SPIN that the album will be more than more of what we've heard before:
What we really wanted to do was explore. We've been doing this since we were teenagers and we have a certain sound on our last three seven-inches, but we wanted to show some variety. This new record has songs you'll be familiar with, but there are also things that will be a surprise. It's just really fun.Bleached just wrapped up a tour with Japandroids and have a couple shows in California coming up, including one opening for Ty Segall at the El Rey Theatre in L.A. on December 15.
Speaking of Dead Oceans, some of Bleached's new labelmates have shows coming up. A Place to Bury Strangers will play 285 Kent on Saturday (12/1) as part of a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit with Liturgy, Total Slacker and Royal Baths.
Bear in Heaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 with Small Black and Eraas. Tickets are still available and part of the proceeds from that show will go to Sandy relief too, as will part of the bar at the afterparty which happens next door at Public Assembly.
And newish Dead Oceans signee Night Beds, who released their first 7" for the label a couple months ago, have a show coming up at Pianos on December 11 with Snowmine and St. Claire. Tickets are still available.
Night Beds (not to be confused with Night Beats or Night Birds) aka Winston Yellin is the newest signee to Dead Oceans (A Place To Bury Strangers, Tallest Man on Earth, etc.) and he'll release a 7" single on the label this week (9/18). The single is for the lushly arranged "Even If We Try," which you can stream, along with a live video for the song, below. Another track, "You Were Afraid," is on the flip. A full length album is to follow.
Night Beds will be heading out on a tour this fall which culminates with two NYC shows in October. FIrst they'll play Union Pool on October 11 and the next day they'll open for Ivan & Alyosha at Mercury Lounge (10/12). Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now but no advance tickets for the Union Pool show at the moment.
Lists of all Night Beds and Ivan & Alyosha dates, plus that video and song stream are below.
by Bill Pearis
"Man it's weird playing new songs," Jon Philpot admitted to a beyond-packed Union Pool last night. "But once you go and download that leaked record you're gonna be all, 'oh I like that one.'"
Billed under the pseudonym Adventure Hippies, this badly-kept "secret show" was Bear in Heaven's first in NYC since finishing their third album, I Love You, It's Cool, which is still a month from release but may have made its way to the internet the day before. If the crowd, many friends of the band, had heard it I don't think it had time to sink in. The new songs still felt fresh and foreign, if still distinctly Bear in Heaven.
And Bear in Heaven definitely have a sound, and watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.
The band sounded up to speed with the new material even if the audience wasn't. I Love You, It's Cool has more of an ear to the dance floor than Beast Rest Forth Mouth, and the techno-leaning "World of Freakout" and likely-second-single "Cool Light" really stood out, as did "The Reflection of You," which is the only song off the album we were really familiar with. Bear in Heaven threw us a couple old bones too, "You Do You" and "Lovesick Teenagers" which Philpot joked "that's classic Adventure Hippies there, going way back!"
Bear in Heaven will begin playing under their own name starting Saturday in Hamden, CT, as they make their way to Austin for SXSW, the start of an extensive North American tour that has them playing through March and April, winding up back in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 8 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 9.
All Bear in Heaven tour dates are below, as is the zoom-crazy, potentially nausea-inducing video for "The Reflection of You" which was directed by John Lee of PFFR/Wonder Showzen/Delocated/Muckafurgason...
By Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's synth-heavy Bear in Heaven have signed with Dead Oceans who will release the band's third album, I Love You, It's Cool, on April 3. A Spring 2012 tour has also been announced that ends with two dates in NYC: May 8 at Bowery Ballroom and May 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to both of those shows go on sale this Friday (12/1) at noon.
If you want an early listen I Love You, It's Cool, the album will be streaming between now and April 3rd via Bear in Heaven's website. Don't get too excited though. It's more of a trickle. The band have slowed down the album 400,000% so that it will take from now till April 3rd to play through one time. The band explain via a press release:
As a band, we have always sought to balance our interest in art and outsider music with a sense of humor about our place within the entertainment industry. When we began discussing the making of our third record, two recurrent themes emerged:The new album will be co-released by Dead Oceans and Bear in Heaven's original label, Hometapes, and is their first since 2009's Beast Rest Forth Mouth. All Bear in Heaven 2012 tour dates are below.
1. The desire to release a companion piece of music that was more abstract and drone based than the material we had played every night for the last 18 months or will likely play for 18 months straight following the release of this record.
2. An equal desire to have a little lighthearted fun with and comment on the current state of album promotion, hype cycles, countdowns and all the marketing ploys that we accept as a reality of existing within an internet age.
At some point these two ideas merged into one. We would stream our album earlier and for longer than anyone else had before but we'd stream it once. We'd stretch it far beyond the limits of being recognisable as pop music. Draw it out so that snare roll lasts for days. Invite listeners to interpret and consider each sound. Sit back and breathe.
DOWNLOAD: A Place to Bury Strangers - So Far Away (MP3)
As mentioned previously, A Place to Bury Strangers severed ties with Mute and have signed with Dead Oceans who will release a new EP, Onwards to the Wall, on February 7, 2012. You can download "So Far Away" from it at the top of this post. There's a '60s paisley pop structure to this, to which layers of doomy sonics and volume are added in typical APTBS style.
Having been around for eight years, A Place to Bury Strangers don't seem to be mellowing, or at least turning it down, as anyone who caught the bracing ear assault that was their set at our CMJ week day party at Public Assembly last month. Theirs is a sound you need to feel in your chest, even if you (wisely) wear earplugs. Here are some pictures from that CMJ set.
More of them with the cover art and tracklist to the Onwards to the Wall EP, below....
I'll just quote this little blurb the label sent me:
New York noise czars A Place to Bury Strangers are making moves. Never ones to stand still for very long (literally and figuratively), the band is announcing a new label and new music. Dead Oceans is proud to welcome APTBS to their roster. Label co-founder Phil Waldorf says, "I've been enamored with A Place to Bury Strangers since I first heard their debut album. Their live shows have rattled me time and time again. It is not often you get to work with a band that you've been closely following for years, and we are honored to be a part of their new chapter. Wait until you hear what comes next." The band will join artists such as Akron/Family, Gauntlet Hair, Phosphorescent, the Tallest Man on Earth and more.Congrats to APTBS on their new home.
Having put on numerous wild shows across the US and Europe -- their recent Rockoff Cruise included band members tossing plugged in amps overboard -- APTBS' ferocious live performances have won over a wide range of audiences. Their solid wall of sound is built meticulously, brick by brick, to form a cohesive all-encompassing experience: physical, intellectual, emotional. In the last year the band has grown to include bass player Dion Lunadon from The D4. Dion has joined Oliver Ackerman (guitar/vocals) and Jay Space (drums) in shaping the direction for APTBS, co-writing songs and sharing backup vocal duties. Of their Dead Oceans signing Ackerman says, "We are very excited to be signing with [the label]. I have been a fan of their taste in music since the label started and it's going to be cool to be a part of what they have built independently over the years."
The trio has been hard at work on a new set of 5 songs, which will be released on Dead Oceans as an EP in early 2012. More details on the new EP and tour dates will follow soon.
Dead Oceans and its sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are holding a CMJ showcase at Union Pool in Brooklyn on 10/19. It was previously announced with a secret headliner who can now be revealed. Guess who that is? Full lineup/flyer for the show, along with a full set of Gauntlet Hair tour dates (they're playing a lot during CMJ), below...
photos by Amanda M. Hatfield
The Dodos @ Bowery Ballroom
The Dodos played Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/9) as part of their ongoing tour with Gauntlet Hair. They played almost all of the recently released No Color and a few songs Visiter. The 12 song set only included one track off 2009's Time To Die ("Longform") though. Both bands also played Music Hall of Williamsburg a day later.
Earlier this month it was announced that Gauntlet Hair have signed ot Dead Oceans which makes them labelmates with John Vanderslice, The Donkeys, Phosphorescent, The Tallest Man on Earth, Akron/Family, The Luyas and many others.
The Dodos are currently finishing up their tour which culminates in an appearance at NXNE with Gauntlet Hair and Deerhoof. After taking some time off the band will go back on the road in late August for a month-long tour with with Dead Oceans band The Luyas. That includes the Dodos' appearance at Hopscotch Festival and a NYC show on September 13 at Webster Hall . Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon.
The Dodos and The Luyas (who also play NXNE and other non-Dodos dates soon) recently performed the Luyas song "Tiny Head" together in Amsterdam. Check this out, along with more pictures and the setlist from the Bowery show, and all tour dates below...
John Vanderslice & Minna Choi
John Vanderslice's new album White Wilderness is not technically out until Tuesday, but you can purchase it now from Amazon, and for just $3.99. PLUS, Amazon will exclusively give you a cover of Atlas Sound's "Walkabout". That's a pretty good deal, though if you want the physical product, for more expensive, you do have the option of purchasing directly from the label (Dead Oceans). They'll give you a free instant MP3 download of the full album too.
Speaking of free downloads, we are premiering "The Piano Lesson", track #4 from that album. Download it above to get a sample of the product. "Sea Salt" from the album is up there too. You can also stream the Piano track, and check out the whole tracklist with cover art, below.
So, what is this album all about, what's so "magik" about it, and who is that in the picture with John above? Dead Oceans answers...
"The newest entry into John Vanderslice's deep and undeniably remarkable catalog is White Wilderness, and it's a record like no other he's made before.An album trailer, song stream, cover art and tracklist, and a few John dates (all California) below...
Here are nine new and wildly impressive JV songs captured live over three days in a unique collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a collective of classically trained musicians in the Bay Area led by artistic director Minna Choi.
Did you catch that? Recorded live in three days! Never in his long career of super-smart pop songwriting paired with masterful recording and production has JV shed his reliance on hours and hours of agonizing studio wizardry. Never before has he passed up the chance to tweak and twist endlessly in mixing. For this album, all that went away. It's simply a room full of friends playing music.
The Magik*Magik Orchestra have a comprehensive mastery of classic performance and repertoire, but also have a full appreciation of the aesthetics of indie and underground music. Choi arranged and conducted White Wilderness with 19 members of the Magik*Magik playing strings and horns, vibraphone, pedal steel and piano, an assortment of reed instruments, and much to JV's benefit, the voice of Minna Choi singing backup at key moments throughout the album.
Recorded in San Francisco, White Wilderness was produced by John Congleton, whose resume includes albums by St Vincent, The Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky, Bill Callahan and many more.
DOWNLOAD: Akron/Family new album snippets (MP3)
Akron/Family will hit the road in the tail-end of February for the first of a two-legged tour with Delicate Steve. The first leg kicks off on 2/17 at Knitting Factory (tickets on sale 12/10 at 10AM) and conclude at Bowery Ballroom on 3/5 (tickets on sale 12/10 at noon). Full tour dates are below.
The A/F dates coincide with the release of S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the band's new LP on Dead Oceans due 2/8. Get ready America, Akron/Family intend to "transcend the internet":
"Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep.... Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a track list written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.While you try and figure that out, dig on snippets "retrieved from the TDK CDR" from the forthcoming LP, in Internet MP3 format, above.
From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we've pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: "this album will transcend the internet." [Dead Oceans]
In related new, guitarist Seth Olinsky has developed an iPhone/iPad app for his company, New Signal Process, that integrates the Apple device with professional recording equipment. The Breakout is on sale now for all you gear hounds.
New album art, tracklisting, a video teaser and all dates are below.
The Luyas @ Webster Hall in April (more by Sarahana)
The 2010 edition of the Pop Montreal music festival (Montreal's answer to CMJ and SXSW) kicks off today. Highlights on the schedule include, in the legends department, Swans (who are also touring through NYC), Van Dyke Parks (who is also touring through NYC), and a performance by Mary Margaret Ohara (with an opening set by Doveman). I also discovered a new collaboration on the schedule: Light Fires is the "joint venture of musicians Gentlemen Reg Vermue and Ohbijou's James Bunton." Karkwa just won the Polaris Prize and they'll be playing a showcase too.
Speaking of The Luyas, congrats to them!
"We recently fell head over heels for the space-age experimental pop sound of the Luyas, and after a long courtship, some late night long distance phone calls, and at least one senior prom dance, we can now welcome them to the Dead Oceans' family. Hailing from Montreal, the Luyas are Pietro Amato, Mathieu Charbonneau, Stefan Schneider, and Jessie Stein.The Luyas will be back in NYC for CMJ later in October.
It is easy to get lost in the Luyas' musical world-their retro-futurist songs are drenched in echo, and built from guitars, French horn, piles of keyboards, drums and percussion. Singer/guitarist Jessie Stein expands the band's already wide musical vocabulary when she plays the Moodswinger-a 12-string electric zither designed by the Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman.
The Luyas are currently working on their forthcoming first album with Dead Oceans, slated for release in early 2011. Working with engineer Jeff McMurrich (Tindersticks, Constantines), The Luyas have also teamed up with friend and colleague Owen Pallett who is lending his arranging skills and violin playing to a number of tracks." [Dead Oceans]
And speaking of Swans, they kicked off their reunion tour last night at the Troc in Philly. A single video was posted to YouTube. Check it out below...
DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Casual (Sun Airway Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway - Oh, Naoko (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Terminally Chill (Neon Indian Cover) (MP3)
Here We Go Magic have announced an October 13th headling show at Bowery Ballroom with The Love Language (tickets on sale Friday at noon).
The above downloadable HWGM remix was done by Philadelphia's Sun Airway whose album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier will be released by Dead Oceans on October 26th (that makes Sun Airway and HWGM label cousins). A track from that album is up there too.
Sun Airway open for BRAHMS and Class Actress at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, August 19th. Tickets are on sale.
HWGM's last NYC show was an 826NYC benefit at Coco66 with Chuck Klosterman. The next show in that "one band + one author" series happens this Thursday night, August 19th, and features a full electric set by Phosphorescent (who are now label-mates with Sun Airway). The author speaking at that show is Sloane Crosley. Tickets are on sale.
All dates below...
Phosphorescent @ Prospect Park - June 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Phosphorescent (typically Matthew Houck and band) will play a solo (and probably short, but unique) set at this month's Happy Ending Music and Reading series at Joe's Pub (Wednesday, March 3rd) with writers Benjamin Anastas, Melissa Febos, Lucy Corin and host Amanda Stern. Tickets are on sale.
Phosphorescent goes on tour with UK piano crooner... David Gray this March & April. Their April 1st show at NJ's Wellmont Theatre is sold out.
There's a new Phosphorescent record on the way: Here's to Taking It Easy (subtitle Tho The Jaws Of This World Wish Only To Grab Hold Of Your Sweet Ass) comes out May 11th on Dead Oceans.
Featuring the current live incarnation of Phosphorescent (Scott Stapleton, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass; Chris Marine, drums; Jesse Anderson Ainslie, guitar; Ricky Ray Jackson, pedal steel), Here's to Taking It Easy is the new Cosmic American Music. Recorded in the band's hometown of Brooklyn with outside mixing assistance from Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Loretta Lynn, the Walkmen), this album breathes with life like nothing Phosphorescent has ever done before.The album's honky-tonk lead song is above. All tour dates and album info & art are below...
DOWNLOAD: Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain (MP3)
Tallest Man on Earth @ BV Northside show at MHOW (more by Chris La Putt)
Tallest Man on Earth's new record, The Wild Hunt, comes out April 13th on Dead Oceans (his first on the label). You can get the track "King of Spain," off the record, posted above. Full tracklist and cover art below.
An over-a-monthlong North American tour kicks off shortly after. Tallest Man (real name Kristian Matsson) plays NYC's Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, April 20th. Tickets go onsale Friday, February 12th at noon.
All tour dates, album info, and a song from Tallest Man's Blogotheque session are below...
DOWNLOAD: Califone - Funeral Singers (MP3)
On the set of All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
Califone, whose latest album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is due out October 6 on Dead Oceans, has confirmed nationwide tour dates this fall including stops in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, among others. The album marks the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's Roots & Crowns, which The New York Times calls "enthralling." All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is the companion piece to a feature-length film of the same name written and directed by Califone frontman Tim Rutili. In select cities on the upcoming tour the band will incorporate a full-length presentation of the film into the shows, performing a live, interactive soundtrack to the movie.The NYC show is October 23rd at 92YTribeca (during, but maybe not part of, CMJ), and it is one of the mutlimedia events that will include the film. Tickets are on sale. New song for download above. Full tracklist, cover art, the movie trailer, and all tour dates, below...
The Chicago-based band consists of multi-instrumentalists Tim Rutili, Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Ben Masseralla. On All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, the band employs a wide range of instrumentation and electronic effects to create a dense collage of sounds. Instruments range from the traditional (guitar, violin, banjo, percussion) to the unusual (optigan, stylophone, baritone ukulele, mbira, thumb piano). Longtime collaborator and producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Gomez, Modest Mouse) says, "Califone have found a sound unlike anyone else, and are able to draw otherworldly sounds from very common instruments."
Le Loup's sophomore record, Family, comes out September 22nd on Hardly Art. The album art and tracklist for that disc can be found below. The band can be found on the road this fall. That trip includes a NYC show on October 11th at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday, July 31st at noon.
Joining Le Loup on most of their dates will be Portland band Nurses. Before that run, Nurses join The Brunettes/Throw Me The Statue tour, which cuts across North America at the end of August through September. That tour has a September 2nd NYC show which is also at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale for that.
Nurses have their own new disc on the way -- that album, Apple's Acre, comes out August 4th on Dead Oceans (and is available for pre-order now). Get a double taste of the disc above. Album art, trackslist and a video of their song "In Rhythm," with all tour dates, are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Bell @ Pianos (more by Ryan Muir)
Bell is in Austin for SXSW and plays official BV show tonight (3/18), and the I Guess I'm Floating & twosyllable Records day party on Thursday.
She's also playing a series of April dates with Bowerbirds, two in NYC: April 27th at Mercury Lounge (tickets on sale now) with La Strada and Lost In The Trees, and April 28th at Williamsburg's Monkey Town.
Dead Oceans, who released Bowerbirds' 2008 Hymns For A Dark Horse, is also home to Phosphorescent (playing the entirety of To Willie at the BV official showcase, again, tonight) and The Donkeys (playing BV Thursday day party).
All Bell & Bowerbirds tour dates, and stop-motion video for Bowerbirds' "In Our Talons" below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Following a long and tormenting day of travel including delayed flights, uncomfortable seats, and no sleep, Dead Oceans owner Phil Waldorf arrived at his destination completely fried, wholly frazzled. One of his label partners, Chris Swanson, picked him up at the airport, and as they pulled away from the arrivals curb, Chris turned up the stereo and said, "Listen to this new JOHN VANDERSLICE tune."As previously mentioned, John is going on tour with John (Darnielle). Tickets are still on sale for a NYC show at the Society for Ethical Culture.
Thirty seconds into the song, Phil was in a different place altogether. This was unlike any Vanderslice recording he had heard before. This song was, as far as he could tell, the best tune Vanderslice had ever written, and it needed a home. Gone were thoughts of a terrible flight. Rather than mumbling banal and boring missives about how badly travel sucks, he and his partner were lucky to have one of those great conversations about how they had to be involved with this new thing, this new discovery: John Vanderslice's new album.
Dead Oceans reached out to JV immediately, heard (and was floored by!) more of the material, and is now extremely proud to add him to the label roster. The first fruit of this partnership is JV's new album Romanian Names, scheduled for release May 19. More details will be available very soon.
Vanderslice recently performed some of the new material in his hometown of San Francisco. In honor of the 10th anniversary of JV's famed Tiny Telephone Recording Studio there was a truly special performance at Great American Music Hall, featuring Vanderslice alongside the 30-piece Magik*Magik Orchestra. A portion of the show is available for view at the brand new johnvanderslice.com!
John Vanderslice is now on Dead Oceans, so that means he is label-mates with Akron/Family, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, These are Powers, and Bowerbirds. Bowerbirds have a previously-mentioned show coming up at Monkeytown in Brooklyn on April 28th. Now it has been revealed that they are also playing Mercury Lounge one day earlier. Tickets for the Manhattan show go on sale Friday at noon.
JV was last in NYC back in October to play 92Y Tribeca - right before CMJ. We took pictures, but they got lost in the shuffle until now. More of them, and a live video with the choir, below...
We are excited to unveil the first details of Akron/Family's forthcoming album, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, which will arrive May 5, 2009 on Dead Oceans. In celebration of this new chapter for Akron/Family, the band is previewing much of the material from Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free in special shows this coming March. Akron/Family will be playing a series of intimate residencies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, playing multiple nights in venues far smaller than they normally would visit. Additionally, they will be doing co-headline shows with Born Ruffians in Toronto and Montreal, performing a St. Patrick's Day blow out at Denver's beautiful Oriental Theater, visiting the SXSW festival and playing at the New Museum in New York City. The band has hand-picked openers for each night of the residencies, and every city will feature special guest musicians joining Akron/Family on stage, with the hope that each night the audience will receive a unique experience.The NY dates are:
All Akron/Family dates below...
photos by Nathan Miller
DOWNLOAD: Bishop Allen - Like Castanets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bishop Allen - Rain (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bishop Allen - Click Click Click (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bishop Allen - Things Are What You Make Of Them (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bishop Allen - Eve of Destruction (MP3)
"Grrr...It's the warning sound of a rabid beast bearing its teeth. It's the sound you hear just before said beast really lets you have it. And with its new album Grrr... set to be unleashed by Dead Oceans on March 10, BISHOP ALLEN is that stirring animal, readied for an attack of pop songcraft honed over nearly two years of rigorous touring.Like they did last time, Bishop Allen will play NYC two nights in a row on this upcoming tour, except instead of two nights at Music Hall (one of which is pictured in this post), they'll also do one show at Bowery. Tickets for the April 4th & 5th shows go on Am Ex presale on Wednesday, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates, and more pictures, below...
Grrr..., reveals that after five years of comparisons to other artists--Jonathan Richman, The Kinks, Bright Eyes, Spoon, etc., in rave reviews from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and many others--Bishop Allen has developed an artistry and sound that are unmistakably their own. One thing that distinguishes Bishop Allen's music is the quality of the writing. Rice's literate lyrics, which The Los Angeles Times has praised for their "poetic insight," have a universality that has made them resonant to listeners of all ages and earned them champions ranging from the young comic actor Michael Cera to the National Public Radio host Scott Simon.
The band will cross the U.S. in support of Grrr..., making a soon-to-be-announced stop at SXSW." [PR]
photos by Lori Baily
DOWNLOAD: These are Powers - Life of Birds (MP3)
These Are Powers' upcoming shows include opening for Ponytail January 23rd at Bell House (Pattern is Movement is also on the bill) (tix), January 30th at Danbro Studios, February 6th at 92yTribeca, and February 13th at Secret Project Robot in celebration of their new Dead Oceans album All Aboard Future (out 2/17).
With All Aboard Future, These Are Powers have embraced collaborators, demonstrating their participating in not only a music community, but a community of ideas. The band invited 13 artists from Chicago, New York and Beijing to interpret All Aboard Future, either drawing from the musical ideas of the album or solely the album title. The artwork adorns the pages of All Aboard Future's accompanying booklet. Photography, painting, collage, text and more--the record becomes the collective expression of artists creating in many media.Grab the first officially released MP3 from the album above. Dan Friel NYE pics HERE. The rest from Cake Shop below...
All Aboard Future was written and recorded in Chicago during the summer of 2008, and follows the band's 2007 debut LP, Terrific Seasons, and 2008's six song Taro Tarot. All Aboard Future is not just a new album from These Are Powers. It's a seismic shift. A new idea. And the sentiment is real. All Aboard Future!