Each year Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival is currated by one mercurial artist. This August, that artist will be our very own Antony, lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons.
Antony’s lineup will feature artists he’s collaborated with before, like Charles Atlas and CocoRosie, but will also include artists he’s actively championed and admired through the years, like the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser and the revolutionary Turkish singer Selda. Check out the full lineup below and this great interview with Antony over at PITCHFORK.
Antony’s Meltdown Lineup:
William Basinki: “Disintegration Loops”
Hal Willner: “Freedom Riders”
Charles Atlas / Antony and the Johnsons: “Turning”
Planningtorock + Light Asylum
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black + Tenderloin
Kembra Pfahler + Claywoman
NPR premiered Exitmusic’s haunting new video for “Passage,” the first single of their forthcoming album of the same name. Head on over to their website to check it out now or watch it here. The video is also available in the UK at CLASH. More
We are proud to announce jj n° 4, the newest 7″ from Gothenburg duo jj. The 7″ features two new songs, “Beautiful Life” and “Burn,” and will be release May 8. Download “Beautiful Life” on our Soundcloud and stick around for more news soon!
Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans bring the party to this year’s South By Southwest! We’ve got an official showcase jam packed with some serious talent. With two stages and eleven bands, it’s an event not to be missed. We’ve lucked into one of the best venues Austin has to offer- the Mohawk, and it’s all going down Thursday, Marsh 15th. See the full lineup below and all of the additional SXSW performances after the jump!
In the midst of preparing to release their upcoming album, A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic found the time to make a new video for the first single of the album, “Make Up Your Mind.” Directed by Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick, the video features a leather vest-clad Luke Temple terrorizing (or pleasuring?) a series of ladies in the their underwear with his crazy ghost powers. It’s awesome and a little unsettling and totally perfect. Here We Go Magic will be hitting the road in May for a series of US dates, some of which include shows with Hospitality. Dates below! More
Our good friend and Secretly Canadian alum Frida Hyvonen has a new single, “Terribly Dark,” which was released yesterday. Watch the video here and stream the song over on Soundcloud. Frida’s next album To the Soul, is out April 18 via RMV Grammofon.
We are pleased to announce that Taken By Trees, the brainchild of renaissance woman Victoria Bergsman, has signed to Secretly Canadian! The former front woman of the Concretes has been hard at work on a new album influenced by a trip to Hawaii and falling in love, which is due out later this year.
Taken by Trees will perform in Los Angeles for the first time in almost two years on Sunday, March 11 at the Bootleg Bar (you can purcahse tickets HERE). The show will serve as a warm-up gig, trying out brand new songs from the forthcoming album before heading to Austin for SXSW. This will be Taken by Trees’ first performance at the SXSW Festival. More details on the new album will follow soon.
We’re proud to announce that Here We Go Magic has a new album coming your way! A Different Ship will be the band’s third full-length release and is set to drop May 8. To celebrate the announcement, the band will be playing an intimate set at the Knitting Factory in New York on April 26. Stream and download the first single, “Make Up Your Mind,” below:
Alt Press premiered Damien Jurado’s new video for “Nothing is the News” today. The video was directed by Nathan Vollmar and produced by William Winchester Claytor of Nineteenth State. Watch it here and catch Damien on the road in Europe (and once in Seattle) soon! Dates below. Maraqopa is out February 21.
Oh my god you guys the War on Drugs totally NAILED their set last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! Check out this amazing video of them performing “Baby Missiles” on the show with a very special guest drummer. They’ll be hitting Europe next month, followed by spring dates with White Rabbits and the fabulous Sharon Van Etten. Dates below!
You can now stream “Unless You Speak From Your Heart,” the second single from Porcelain Raft’s upcoming full-length album Strange Weekend! We’ll be releasing it digitally and as a 7″ on February 21. Pre-order it HERE. Strange Weekend is out January 24 and can also be pre-ordered HERE. Porcelain Raft also has a number of exciting tour dates coming up, many of which are with M83. Stream “Unless You Speak From Your Heart” and peep some tour dates below!
Pickathon started as a small, rootsy festival in the countryside outside Portland, OR, but has grown into so much more. The festival’s crowds keep growing every year and the line ups get better and better. This past summer, Live and Breathing set up a small studio in the back woods of the festival’s grounds and recorded the Pumphouse Sessions, a series of stripped down sets from performers at the festival. Damien Jurado recorded one with the group and it came out absolutley perfect. Check out the video now and stay tuned for his next album, Maraqopa, out February 21. Also be sure to catch Damien on tour in Europe (and Seattle) this spring! More
Damien Jurado recently did a live-stream performance from the old Seattle Times press room. Currated by music writer Andrew Matson, the bill also featured punk band Dude York. Sarah Jurado was there to document it all and has some stunning photos of the session and the space. Above is a video from the sessions featuring the song “Museum of Flight.” You can check out Sarah’s photos HERE. Maraqopa is out February 21. Catch Damien in Europe starting mid-January. Dates after the jump!
I think milk is completely disgusting. Yogurt is awesome and I can safely say a bulk of my grocery budget in the last month has gone to cheese, but I can’t do milk…unless it’s being used as a prop in a music video! Porcelain Raft’s Mauro Remiddi made this creepily awesome video for the band’s song “Put Me To Sleep,” in which he fidgets, rolls around and sings in a bathtub of milk.
We’ve been busy busy busy these past few months getting everything together for our CMJ showcase and last night it went off with a bang. If you didn’t make it out to Union Pool, here are some photos of the awesomeness. Try not to be too sad when you see what you missed. If you were there, well, congratulations! Stick around for the rest of the festival and catch some bands from our sister labels Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans.
Many of you have inquired as to Jason’s whereabouts and well-being since he canceled his tours with Will Johnson in 2009. Over the last two years Jason has been in and out of rehab facilities and hospitals in England, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New Orleans. It has been a very trying time for Jason, his friends, and his family. Although no one can be sure what the future holds, we feel very encouraged by the recent steps Jason has taken on the road towards becoming healthy and productive once again. Unfortunately, because he has no medical insurance, he has accrued substantial medical bills. We are asking all friends of Jason’s music to come together with a showing of financial support for him.
Please consider a contribution to his medical fund (via Paypal). Feel free to forward this to any and all appropriate parties. We are hoping to raise whatever funds we possibly can for Jason. He is currently working on a farm in West Virginia raising goats and chickens for the next year or so, and is looking forward to making great music again. Please also show your support and well wishes by sending letters and postcards to:
P.O. Box 423
Beaver, WV 25813
If you do not wish to use Paypal, please make donations out to Ashley Lawson at the same address.