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Foreign Born Rides Into The Sunset, Send Off with a New Song

LA’s Foreign Born will go on an indefinite hiatus as its members focus on projects like Fool’s Gold and Big Search. Instead of being bummed, let us be thankful FoBo at least gifted us the timeless backyard party anthems of their SC debut Person to Person. There’s still a whole lot of fawning to be done over that record. And by my watch, there’s also still plenty of summertime left for to rip it in earnest. As they ride off into the sunset, Foreign Born has also sent us an appropriately-titled new tune, “Keep It In Mind.”

DOWNLOAD “KEEP IT IN MIND” BY FOREIGN BORN

Many members of Foreign Born also lend their talents to the previously mentioned Fool’s Gold, which has a new album called Leave No Trace, due Aug. 16 via IAMSOUND. Pick it up.

Matt Popieluch (Of Foreign Born) Releases New Big Search 7″

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Matt Popieluch (of our very own Foreign Born) just released a new 7″ from his solo project Big Search. Grab it from White Iris records here.

You can download a track off the record over at the LA Times, and read how Matt describes “Middle Man” as an attempt to write a Steely Dan song.

Big Search previously released an LP, Lay Of The Land, on our sister label St. Ives.

Foreign Born’s Matt Popieluch is Big Search

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Matt Popieluch, frontman for Secretly Canadian band Foreign Born, has been making music as Big Search since 1999. After making significant aesthetic breakthroughs in his dorm room at San Francisco State University, he embarked on a four-track recording spree that lasted the remainder of his collegiate experience, resulting in several 90-minute “albums” destined for the vacuum of obscurity.

DOWNLOAD MP3 of “THAT’S ALL (LIGHTS ON)” BY BIG SEARCH

Thank the stars Popieluch’s efforts as Big Search did not stop there. St. Ives now gives us Lay of the Land, a limited vinyl collection of Big Search songs, some of which date back to 2006, and most of which sprang from pure improvisation. Together, these recordings embody a sense of recklessness and gambling that is essential to the Big Search pallet. Lead track “That’s All (Lights On)” feels like jittery, back porch Suicide, while the rhythmic, churning guitars that crescendo with the title track create a sort of expericana krautrock. With heavy use of vocal harmony, chaotic guitar and collage-like rhythm arrangements, generalized descriptors for the record are hard to come by. Let’s just say Lay of the Land is a testament to jumping off a cliff and trusting there is water beneath.

PURCHASE BIG SEARCH’S LAY OF THE LAND NOW

The unique cover art uses a photo of Norwegian artist Anders Dahl Monsen’s piece “Beach Bum,” an ass sculpture on a beach in Malibu. Most agree it is a woman’s ass, but debate continues. Big search likes it either way. All 250 covers were hand-painted.

Foreign Born Covers Television for Aquarium Drunkard Comp

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Look for Foreign Born on Aquarium Drunkard’s round up of LA bands chosen to cover Television’s 1978 album Adventure in it’s entirety. Foreign Born contributed their version of “Days” to the re-envisioned album cleverly titled Aquarium Drunkard Presents L’Aventure, which is rounded out with tracks from seven other Los Angeles area artists. The album is a digital-only compilation and is available from Aquarium Drunkard today. Download it for free or donate an amount of your choice, which would be pretty nice considering all proceeds to go the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Check out the full tracklist below and get the compilation HERE.

01 The Henry Clay People: “Glory”
02 Foreign Born: “Days”
03 The Happy Hollows: “Foxhole”
04 Local Natives: “Careful”
05 The Deadly Syndrome: “Carried Away”
06 Imaad Wasif: “The Fire [ft. Lykke Li]”
07 Dirt Dress: “Ain’t That Nothin’”
08 Growlers: “The Dream’s Dream”

FOREIGN BORN Release New Video, Announce Spring Tour

Travel into the Uncharted Reaches with FOREIGN BORN by way of their new video for “Early Warnings” from their 2009 release Person To Person. Follow the Foreign Born dudes as they travel by plane, by boat, and by foot with their trusty companion Floyd, to explore the flora and fauna of the Uncharted Reaches, including the elusive and rare Lamborghini Ox. It’s a journey that would make Steve Zissou himself proud. Directed by Matthew Lessner, check out the new video for Foreign Born’s “Early Warnings” below.

Starting in February, Foreign Born will be traveling through much more familiar territory as they come to a venue near you on their next U.S. tour. All dates will be with new DFA signees, and former Hockey Nighters, Free Energy. See below for full tour dates. Also, if you’re in the LA area don’t miss Foreign Born in their native environs as they play Spaceland next week on Monday, December 18.

12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
02/26 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Free Energy
02/28 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Free Energy
03/03 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Free Energy
03/04 Madison, WI @ The Frequency w/ Free Energy
03/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Free Energy
03/06 Bloomington, IN @ Video Saloon w/ Free Energy
03/08 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Free Energy
03/09 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo w/ Free Energy
03/11 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Free Energy
03/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Free Energy

AUDIO

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
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

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

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Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre

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Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet

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