ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Songs: Ohia ‘Didn’t It Rain’ Deluxe Reissue On Dec. 2, Hear Alternate Unheard Version Of “Ring the Bell”


Today we are pleased to announce the reissue of Songs: Ohia‘s Didn’t It Rain, with an expanded 2XLP/CD deluxe edition featuring unreleased demos including an alternate unheard version of “Ring the Bell” above or here on Youtube / Soundcloud. The expanded edition will be out on Secretly Canadian on December 2nd.

You can pre-order the special deluxe bundle including 2xLP, 2xCD, download codes, and a giant 27″ x 39″ Didn’t It Rain cinema style poster via SC Distribution. You can also pre-order the re-issue via iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

Didn’t It Rain is Jason Molina‘s first perfect record. Recorded live in a single room, with no overdubs and musicians creating their parts on the fly, the overall approach to the recording was nothing new for Molina. But something in the air and execution of Didn’t It Rain clearly sets it apart from his existing body of work. His albums had always been full of space, but never had Molina sculpted the space as masterfully as he does on Didn’t It Rain. The creaks and scraping of strings are all part of the Didn’t It Rain choir. So when Molina hoots for another chorus during the album’s eponymous opening gambit, it feels less an off-the-cuff call, and more an essential piece of the tone and structure. Midway through the same song, we hear the long, low woosh of a passing bus. Distant traffic has forever been a trope of lo-fi, but here, it is a pristine woosh. The highest of fidelity and sure of purpose. The same can be said for Molina’s always remarkable voice, here settling into a matured, assured, and subtly lowered tenor. It all adds up to something near in mood to Neil Young‘s song “On The Beach,” and maybe even Boz Scagg‘s 1969 self-titled album laid to tape at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio.

Didn’t It Rain is an ode to the Midwest Rust Belt under which Molina was born and Molina’s newfound Chicago home. When we move to a new place, we must truly confront all our own weaknesses and strengths, and Molina puts that all on the table with this one. The album’s triple-threat center pieces come by way of “Ring The Bell,” “Cross The Road, Molina,” and “Blue Factory Flame.” Strung together, they present clearly Molina’s specific set of mythological symbols that had been forming on previous recordings. But the journey across these three songs – with their circling serpents, their neon-flame wreathed moons, their swinging blades, their debilitating emptiness – also feels like a cleansing, a catharsis, a sort of primal therapy.

This expanded reissue presents Molina’s home demos of the record, eight previously unreleased tracks, complete with a distant playground full of children chiming in the background for a few songs. The glorious juxtaposition of Molina’s songs’ desolation and the blissful playing of children is about as haunting as it gets. The expanded edition of Didn’t It Rain will see release via Secretly Canadian on December 2nd.

WATCH // The War On Drugs Share New “Under The Pressure” Video Directed By Houmam, Tour In September

Today, Philly’s own The War On Drugs share the new video for their track ‘Under The Pressure’, off of their latest critically acclaimed album Lost In The Dream. Premiering this morning via Vulture.com and directed by Houmam, watch the gorgeous new video above or here on YouTube / Vevo.

Lost in the Dream is available now from your local record store, SC Distribution, Amazon, or on iTunes.

The bandgoes back on tour Sept. 4th in Raleigh, NC at Lincoln Theatre with all upcoming dates and ticket links below.

The War On Drugs Tour Dates

09/04/14 Raleigh, NCLincoln Theatre
09/05/14 Chicago, ILHideout Block Party / Onion & A.V. Fest BUY TICKETS
09/06/14 Chicago, ILHideout Block Party / Onion & A.V. Fest BUY TICKETS
09/07/14 Boston, MABoston Calling BUY TICKETS
09/13/14 Burlington, VTGrant Point North Festival BUY TICKETS
09/14/14 Ottawa, ONOttawa Folk Fest BUY TICKETS
09/15/14 Toronto, ONPhoenix w/ Califone SOLD-OUT
09/16/14 Detroit, MISt. Andrews w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/17/14 Columbus, OHNewport w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/19/14 Cleveland, OHDowntown Festival: House of Blues w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/20/14 Madison, WIMajestic w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/21/14 Milwaukee, WIPabst Theatre w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/22/14 Minneapolis, MNFirst Ave w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/23/14 Minneapolis, MNFirst Ave w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/24/14 Omaha, NEThe Waiting Room w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/26/14 Dallas, TXGranada Theater w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/27/14 Houston, TXHouse of Blues w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
09/28/14 Austin, TXStubbs Waller Creek Ampitheater w/ Califone BUY TICKETS
10/01/14 Pomona, CAThe Glass House BUY TICKETS
10/02/14 Los Angeles, CAThe Fonda Theatre w/ Cass McCombs SOLD-OUT
10/03/14 Los Angeles, CAThe Fonda Theatre w/ Cass McCombs SOLD-OUT
10/04/14 Sacramento, CALaunch Music Festival BUY TICKETS
10/05/14 San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore w/ Cass McCombs SOLD-OUT
10/06/14 San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore w/ Cass McCombs BUY TICKETS
10/09/14 Boulder, COFox Theatre w/ The Barr Brothers BUY TICKETS
10/10/14 Denver, COOgden Theatre w/ The Barr Brothers BUY TICKETS
10/11/14 Lawrence, KSGranada Theatre w/ The Barr Brothers BUY TICKETS
10/12/14 St. Louis, MOReady Room w/ Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) BUY TICKETS
10/13/14 Nashville, TNMarathon Music Works w/ Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) BUY TICKETS
10/15/14 Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel w/ Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) BUY TICKETS
10/16/14 Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle w/ Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) BUY TICKETS
10/17/14 Saxapahaw, NCHaw River Ballroom w/ Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen)
10/25/14 Stockholm, SEMunchen Brewery BUY TICKETS
10/26/14 Arhus, DKVoxhall BUY TICKETS
10/27/14 Berlin, DEHeimathafen w/ Steve Gunn BUY TICKETS
10/28/14 Amsterdam, NLParadiso w/ Steve Gunn SOLD-OUT
10/30/14 Paris, FRPitchfork Music Festival Paris BUY TICKETS
10/31/14 Zurich, CHKaufleuten w/ Steve Gunn BUY TICKETS
11/01/14 Luxembourg, LURockhal w/ Steve Gunn BUY TICKETS
11/02/14 Brussels, BEAncienne Belgique w/ Steve Gunn SOLD-OUT
11/04/14 Liverpool, UKO2 Academy w/ Steve Gunn BUY TICKETS
11/05/14 London, UKRoundhouse w/ Steve Gunn SOLD-OUT
11/06/14 Bristol, UKO2 Academy w/ Steve Gunn BUY TICKETS
11/07/14 Manchester, UKThe Ritz w/ Steve Gunn SOLD-OUT
11/08/14 Glasgow, UKO2 ABC Glasgow w/ Steve Gunn SOLD-OUT
11/09/14 Reykjavik, ISIceland Airwaves BUY TICKETS
12/10/14 Brisbane, AUThe Zoo SOLD-OUT
12/11/14 Melbourne, AUHi-Fi Bar SOLD-OUT
12/13/14 Sydney, AUMetro Theater SOLD-OUT
01/31/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico
01/31/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico
02/01/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico
02/02/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico
02/03/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico
02/04/15 Cancun, MXHard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico

ALBUM RELEASE // JJ’s ‘V’ Out Now Worldwide On Secretly Canadian / Sincerely Yours




Swedish duo JJ‘s newest album V, is out now worldwide via Secretly Canadian and Sincerely Yours. Preview the new album above by watching their cinematic video for “All White Everything” below and hear two tracks off the album via our Soundcloud.

Grab the new album via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

If you missed it, listen to their exclusive mix for FADER.

Critics have weighed in on the new release:

“Kastlander has a voice as warm and fragile as any in independent music, but she’s just as inclined to infuse it with hip-hop’s braggadocio.”

The FADER

“… when they’re able to scale that wall and dance with the stars, the album’s a treat.”

Pitchfork

“The new album flexes huge melodies and big feelings, and every song feels like a finely sculpted top-40 single in a more hazed-out reality than the one we currently occupy.”

Stereogum

WATCH // Woman’s Hour Share Video For ‘In Stillness We Remain’ Dir. By Fiona Burgess, Play Green Man Festival Saturday

Ahead of a few festival dates, Woman’s Hour keeps it coming with their new video for “In Stillness We Remain” off of their latest album Conversations. Premiering via Noisey this morning, the video was choreographed by and features six dancers from the Queen Katherine School, a secondary school where band members Fiona Burgess, Will Burgess, and Nicolas Graves attended as teenagers. Watch the video above or here on YouTube / Vevo.

From singer Fiona Burgess, who also directed:
Making this film was a wonderful nostalga trip; walking along our old school corridors, encountering some of our teachers from back in the day, recalling how self-conscious we all felt about ourselves and the world. By focusing on a real group of teenage friends, the dancers in this film manage to capture all the awkwardness of growing up, but they also reflect what young people pick up from mainstream pop culture and try to emulate. Their movements are clumsy and idiosyncratic, but it’s these imperfections that I love.

Pick up the new album via iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution / deluxe bundle, and your local record store.

WOMAN’S HOUR TOUR DATES:
Sat. Aug. 16 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
Fri. Aug. 29 – Bingley, UK @ Bingley Music Live
Thu. Sept. 4 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Tue. Sept. 23 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Wed. Sept. 24 – Oxford, UK @ The Jericho Tavern
Thu. Sept. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Fri. Sept. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Sat. Sept. 27 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Fri. Oct. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Sat. Oct. 4 – Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta @ Fine Arts Building Room
Mon. Oct. 6 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Tue. Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Thu. Oct. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Fri. Oct. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Oct. 14 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Wed. Oct. 15 – Nottingham, UK @ Stealth
Thu. Oct. 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Tuts
Fri. Oct. 17 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Loft
Sat. Oct. 18 – Cardiff, UK @ Buffalo Bar
Tue. Oct. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotov Exil
Wed. Oct. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Fri. Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Sat. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique/Witloofbar
Tue. Oct. 28 – Oslo, NO @ Vanguard
Wed. Oct. 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren
Thu. Oct. 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar

WATCH // Tomas Barfod Shares “Busy Baby” Tennis Court Session Via Stereogum, Announces Beatport EP, US Dates

Today is a big day for Secretly Canadian and Tomas Barfod. For us, this is our 1000th blog post! We’re celebrating by jamming the new Beatport EP by Tomas Barfod, an exclusive remix EP of the song “Busy Baby” through Beatport featuring mixes from Oliver Nelson, KANT, Beacon, and a brand-new track by DJ Tennis. In addition, Stereogum has shared a live session of the track filmed at the only rooftop tennis court in Copenhagen alongside the lovely Nina K. Catch the video above or at Stereogum

Pick up the Beatport EP exclusively through their site here.

Purchase Love Me now via SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

If you haven’t caught his live show yet, Tomas has a few shows in Europe before heading to the US for a trio of dates in September.

Click more for tour info, album art, and track listing.

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AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Austin, TX - The Belmont  w/ ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The War On Drugs
Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Tig Notaro
Maui, HI - Maui Comedy Festival at Longhi's

Woman's Hour
Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar

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