Do you have a secret wish to see what the Yeasayer dudes would look like as old men, skeletons even? Well, that’s kinda weird, but here’s your wish come true. Premiering at Vevo, Yeasayer’s new “Longevity” video features Anand, Chris, Ira and Cale doing what they do best – performing, with a surprising twist thrown in. Watch above to see what happens.
Yeasayer are currently on tour, zipping around North America to bring you the awesome experience that is their live show. Have you heard about or seen their new Creators Project-designed crystalline light and stage environment? It’s pretty spectacular. Paste caught them with the new set-up while they were in Chicago; check out the photos HERE. Tour dates and ticket links HERE.
Here’s your chance to see Exitmusic live in concert! The tour will take EM through North America, with shows starting in late September at Montreal’s Il Motore and ending at Asheville’s Moog Festival! Full list of dates with links to purchase tickets below!
The fine folks at Nineteenth State captured Exitmusic live at Bloomington’s own Russian Recording for Secretly Canadian’s first Flyover Session. Watch EM perform “White Noise” from their debut full-length Passage above! Director Andy Newman also brings us a beautiful behind the scenes video of Exitmusic at The Basement in Columbus! Watch HERE. More
The Quietus brings us the global premiere of Jens Lekman’s new record a week before its street release! Officially out in the US next Tuesday, September 4, I Know What Love Isn’t is available in its entirety – see link below! Pre-order the album from SC Distribution to get the limited-edition I Know What Love Isn’t 7″.
Jens will soon tour in support of the new album, with labelmates Taken By Trees joining him for most of the dates. Check out all the shows HERE.
Do you live in Bloomington, IN? Secretly Canadian is hosting a Jens Lekman listening party next Monday at The Bishop! Stop by to hear the new album and for a chance to win tickets to Jens’ show at the Buskirk-Chumley on October 1! DETAILS!
Starting later this fall, Damien Jurado heads out on the road with Ben Gibbard. They’ll stick to the West Coast, making stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and finally Damien’s hometown, Seattle. See new dates below. In addition to those shows, Damien will headline New York’s Mercury Lounge in October and then join up with Sharon Van Etten. Dates HERE. Lastly, Damien performs at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival in just a few weeks!
Whether with his live band or playing solo, Damien has turned his live show into quite an event. Filmed at Germany’s Haldern Pop Festival, the video above catches Damien fully immersed in his element. Singing whole-heartedly along, the crowd is right there with him from the very start. Watch above.
Damien put together Oh, How To Do Now, a Spotify playlist featuring songs he listened to while working on a recent painting series. Listen below.
Currently on a brief break from touring, Here We Go Magic made some time to stop in at WNYE for a live session on The Alternate Side. Luke, Michael and Pete are joined by new members of their touring band, Eliot Krimsky and Brian Bettancourt, for a four-song performance of tracks you’ll recognize from their latest release, A Different Ship. Watch “I Believe In Action” above and head to TAS for more videos and an interview with the band, which also airs this Friday, August 24 on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT.
It’s such a treat for a SC artist to play Paris, as we can always count on photographer Helene Peruzzaro to provide the best live photos. She caught Here We Go Magic at their Le Trabendo show earlier this year. You’ll find the gorgeous photos at Hartzine.
Here We Go Magic head back out on the road in September for US dates supporting Andrew Bird. They will then head back to Europe for shows throughout November. Dates and ticket links HERE.
Premiering earlier today at Pitchfork, Taken By Trees’ “Dreams” (Dub Remix) gets the visual treatment. Victoria pairs the song with a black and white mash-up of various seaside elements: seahorses, hula dancers, whales chilling at the bottom of the ocean – you know, all the expected stuff. It makes for a relaxing viewing experience. Grab a refreshing beverage and give it a watch or three. Video at top of post.
“Dreams” (Dub Remix) is found on the Dreams 12″. Purchase your copy HERE. Other Worlds is out October 2 and Victoria kicks off her tour later this fall in support of the new album–> dates and ticket links.
Perhaps you’ve heard the songs, now it’s time to own them. Run to your local record store. Get your mouse to clicking. Yeasayer’s Fragrant World is officially out. Looking to score it on the limited edition blue vinyl? Head to SC Distribution.
Last night Yeasayer returned to Jimmy Fallon for a follow-up to their “Ambling Alp” performance in 2010. Celebrating the release of Fragrant World, Anand, Chris and Ira performed “Longevity” with their new live percussionist Cale Parks. The dudes also unveiled quite a fancy stage and light set-up designed by Creators Project. Get your dancing shoes – it’s time to groove. Watch above!
Love for Fragrant World
“But overall, Fragrant World is a sexy, infectious compilation of conventional musical tropes, filtered through Yeasayer’s dark kaleidoscope.” – Paste
The songs throughout Fragrant World are arrestingly forward-thinking without shying away from invoking music’s rich pageantry. – Under The Radar
“This is a record of adventure and texture, an attempt, musically, to conjure up a future we may never actually have. Maybe that is kind of nerdy, but Yeasayer carry it off with style to spare.” – Drowned In Sound
What do you have planned for your Monday evening? Nothing? Excellent. We’ve got the best thing your Monday has ever seen. It’s Yeasayer performing live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in support of their new record, Fragrant World. The guys will also unveil their new stage environment. We’re talking an amazing light and video show dreamed up by an incredibly talented group of artists and engineers at The Creators Project. Chris tells you all about it in the video above. Tonight’s guests also include Liv Tyler and Maria Sharapova. The show starts at 12:35/11:35 C – don’t miss it!
Are you in New York City tonight? Good for you. You might get to see Yeasayer perform live IN PERSON. Win tickets to be seated on the band bench from Jimmy himself –> details.
It all began in Los Angeles, now Nite Jewel takes the show to New York City. Ramona teams up with Peanut Butter Wolf on August 23 to cover Kraftwerk’s Computer World as part of Krautrock Classics NYC. Chrome Canyon and DJ Scott Mou will also perform. NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge hosts the event and a live stream will be provided by the venue’s Concert Window channel starting at 10:00 P.M. Check out show details and ticket information.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty big performances from The War On Drugs. Whether it’s been Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera or any of the other summer festivals, TWOD have proved no stage is too big for these dudes to conquer. Today, KEXP takes us on a different route, capturing Adam and Dave in quite a special number. Set in the woods of the Pendarvis farm during Pickathon, they offer a stripped down version of The Waterboys’“A Pagan Place”. Watch above. ***Keep watching after the credits.
Be sure to catch The War On Drugs on tour! Dates listed below!
Yeasayer’s special homecoming show tonight at New York City’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg has sold out, but do not fear! The Bowery Presents and Youtube have teamed up to live stream the entire set! What does this mean? EVERYTHING. You can watch Yeasayer from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas, eating cheesy poofs. Or take it to another level and host your own dance party. Regardless of your chosen activities, don’t miss the show!
You’ll find the live stream on The Bowery Presents Youtube channel. The show begins at 10:00 PM EDT and an interactive live chat will happen simultaneously! Ira, Anand and Chris talk to Bowery Presents about the new songs and their first NYC show at Bowery Poetry Club. Watch above!
Two weeks ago, Yeasayer sent fans in a frenzy with their album scavenger hunt. Unleashing videos on various sites throughout the day, fans could listen to Fragrant World only by locating each vignette. For all those who missed out on the new album during the hunt, here’s your second chance. It’s streaming throughout the week at NPR’s First Listen. Out August 21, Fragrant World is available to pre-order at SC Distribution.
Currently on the US leg of their tour, Yeasayer will soon travel to Europe for a string of shows. Dates include FYF Festival and yes, it’s true – Yeasayer is in fact playing the Coachella Cruise alongside Father John Misty, Hot Chip, Warpaint and more. See all tour dates HERE.
Yeasayer rework Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” for his upcoming remix EP. Listen exclusively at Rolling Stone.
“…it can be hard to tell where organic sounds end and electronic wizardry begins – a fitting mystery for a band so preoccupied with humanity’s ever-shifting place in the modern world. From the opening seconds of “Fingers Never Bleed” on, its worldview is fully realized, as a stormily off-kilter arrangement induces an immediate sense of woozy foreboding. Even singer Chris Keating doesn’t quite sound of this world: He might channel David Byrne here and there, but he elsewhere explores a mode of expression that can seem animalistic, even alien.” – Stephen Thompson, NPR
In his new video for “I Know What Love Isn’t,” Jens is placed in stark white room, happily strumming his guitar and singing along to his perfectly crafted pop melodies. Directed by Marcus Soderlund, the video is the title track to Jen’s newest album. The video premiered earlier today on NPR, check it out above or at the link.
I Know What Love Isn’t is out September 4 in the US and on September 3 for UK/EU. Pre-order the album now via SC Distribution or iTunes. The “I Know What Love Isn’t” single is currently available for purchase from iTunes.
In support of his new album, Jen will be touring North America this fall with fellow Swedes and label-mates, Taken By Trees. Check out the full list of tour dates by clicking HERE.
We’re stoked to announce the reissue of Nite Jewel’s debut release. Titled Good Evening, the album was originally released on Gloriette Records in 2008 and recorded while Ramona was still a college student. Out of print on vinyl for a few years, the reissue comes with two bonus tracks: a cover of Can forebear Inner Space’s “The Kamera Song” and DāM-FunK remix of original track “What Did He Say.” Stream the bonus tracks for a limited time at Gorilla vs. Bear or below! Good Evening is set for release on November 11!
Exitmusic share a new remix! Premiering today at Vogue, it’s Polica’s “Amongster.” The song, along with Polica’s Gardens and Villa remix, is part of a forthcoming remix EP, which will be released via Mom + Pop. Listen below!More
BLK JKS on cover of Rolling Stone you say? Indeed they are! In an article titled BLK JKS: We’re Not Fucking Guns n’ Roses, OK? Notes from the Frontline of Rock’n Roll’s Last Frontier, writer Bongani Madondo brings to light the BLK JKS story. Interlaced with historic tellings of South Africa’s struggle, Madondo captures the rise of BLK JKS from their days as pre-teens to lives as rock musicians.
“In the limbo left by kwaito’s premature death, a band of four young bucks hardly out of puberty is fiddling with electric instruments. They have no inkling that they will one day stride indie rock’n'roll capitals as Africa’s belated answers to The Clash, The Smiths, The Cure or whoever. In no time, they will be proclaimed the “beautiful ones” that rock’n'roll has been waiting for since The Doors’ demise or since Tricky blessed the sinful earth with Maxinquaye. But I’m jumping the gun.”
Read more at Rolling Stone or pick up the July 2012 issue for the entire story.
Antony and the Johnsons’ new record is out today! Cut The World features live performances of songs from previously released albums: Swanlights, The Crying Light, I Am a Bird Now, and S/T. The songs were recorded live with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen and feature arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony. The title track is a previously unreleased song and is from The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Head to SC Distribution to check out the full catalog bundles. You can also order from iTunes.
Antony and the Johnsons share their brand new video for “Cut the World.” Premiering today on Pitchfork, it’s the previously unreleased title-track to the forthcoming live album. Directed by Nabil and shot in London, it’s a breathtaking piece of work with a statement. The cinematic short stars Willem Dafoe, who many of you will recognize from the Spider-Man triology and Carice Van Houten from “Game of Thrones” and Valkyrie. Performance artist Marina Ambramovic also appears in the video. Note – the short may not be suitable for all viewers. Watch above.
Antony originally wrote “Cut The World” for the opera The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. A screening of the video will take place on August 11 at the Southbank Centre in London for the Antony-curated Meltdown Festival.
The new record comes out tomorrow, August 7. You can still pre-order Cut The WorldHERE.
Two fantastic bands are pairing up for a fall tour and they just happen to be Gardens and Villa and Mom + Pop’s latest signee, Polica. To celebrate, Gardens and Villa have taken on Polica’s “The Maker,” offering a splendid, dance-worthy remix. It’s impossible to listen to this track and not dream up thoughts of how great this tour is going to be. You’ll be moving from start to finish. Stream “The Maker” below!
Couldn’t get enough of Taken By Trees‘s newest single “Dreams”? Luckily for you, Gorilla vs Bear premiered not one, but TWO new versions of “Dreams” earlier this morning for your listening pleasure. Listen at the link or below!
The 3-track disc includes extended instrumental and dub mixes, as well as the album version of “Dreams.” Both of the new mixes were produced by Henning Furst (The Tough Alliance) who also worked on the forthcoming album, Other Worlds, out October 2. Dreams 12″ will be released August 7. Pre-order both the album and single HERE!
TODAY IS THE DAY!Yeasayer unleash their ENTIRE ALBUM via video vignettes three weeks before its release! Here’s the catch – you’ll have to find them! What? Yep, we’re talking a SCAVENGER HUNT people and if you want to hear the new album, start searching. In attempt to preview Fragrant World to the world first, Yeasayer have launched PSCYVOTV or Preemptive Self-Commissioned Yeasayer Vortellung or Track Visualizer, in which they teamed up with artist Yoshi Sodeoka to create moving visuals for each track on Fragrant World and then scattered the videos throughout the interwebs. The videos currently await your eyes and ears and will be available UNTIL Friday, August 3 at 8PM, when they will be removed.
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1. Find all ELEVEN tracks/videos
2. Send us ONE FACEBOOK MESSAGE with all the links to EACH VIDEO
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4. We will randonly pick and notify 8 WINNERS.
***The deluxe bundle features CD version of the new album, instant download of the lead singles ‘Henrietta’ and ‘Longevity’ (mp3 format @ 320 kbps), gatefold 2xLP (limited edition blue marble vinyl) – comes w/coupon for free mp3 download of full album, 17″ x 23″ newsprint poster of Fragrant World album artwork and limited-edition colored vinyl 7″ featuring non-album track – Fragrant World b/w No Bones (Helado Negro Remix).