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LISTEN // New Gardens & Villa Share Track “Fixations”, New Album ‘Music For Dogs’ Out August 21st

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“There was a moment, listening to Gardens & Villa’s new song “Fixations,” that I was transported back to 1974 and hearing Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” from that brilliant album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). It’s all in the way Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen blend buzzy synths, guitars and vocals to make one sonic signature.”

– Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“Their sound has remained the same crystalline, post-punk/synth amalgam that initially drew us in.”

– Caitlin White, Stereogum

There’s a quote tucked into the recent documentary film about the iconic design duo Charles and Ray Eames, commenting on the symbiotic nature of Charles and Ray’s marriage, their work life in Venice Beach, their home life not too far away, and their creative life: “Work is art is life is work is art…” It’s a concept so simple a small child could dream it, yet it’s one we tend to lose in the strange, abstract grind of modern life and modern ambition. For Gardens & Villa songwriters Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen, a return to this very harmonious relationship of art/work/life and a rediscovery of the DIY ethos that once defined the pair’s formative creative years mark the defining thread of their head-turning new album, Music For Dogs, which will see release on August 21st via Secretly Canadian.

The revelation that we hear play out so inspiringly across Music For Dogs is one that came at a make-or- break moment for the band last year. Pushed to fall in line as an indie-pop act while their artistic interests lie as much in the avant-garde. Pushed deeper into debt just to keep their band alive. Pushed from within to leave the comfort zone of their longtime home base in Santa Barbara and set up a new HQ in Los Angeles. Lynch and Rasmussen responded by bucking the idea of “art as a career” and making art their very way of life. With a top-to-bottom renovation of a warehouse space in LA’s Frogtown neighborhood they’ve named Space Command and shared with visual artists, designers, and creatives, the pair began to live and write music on their own terms, just as they’d done before their music was placed “on the marketplace.”

Music For Dogs is a deeply personal album that pokes, prods, and even strangely celebrates the zeitgeist of music commerce, pleasure culture, technological advances and the new home they’ve found in Los Angeles. The New Age and Eastern Religion sentiments that rippled across their first two albums (2011’s Gardens & Villa and 2014’s Dunes) have been swapped out with a new sort of zen pop-Nihilism. “My whole life fixation/See if we can make it underneath the radar,” goes Lynch and Rasmussen’s respective call-and-response on first single “Fixations,” a song about the beauty in bottoming out and then finding the false bottom. Under the stewardship of visionary producer Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and with irreplaceable rhythm section Dusty Ineman (drums) and Shane McKillop (bass), “Fixations” and a great deal of Music For Dogs is really just Gardens & Villa doing what it has always done best. G&V creates Byzantine melodies and richly interwoven arrangements for synths, guitars and vocals that work incredibly well on a cerebral level, but wouldn’t upset a late night karaoke outing either.

Pre-Order Music For Dogs now via SCD, iTunes, or Amazon

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
[All dates + tickets at secretlycanadian.com/tour]
Fri. June 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat. Sept. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC

LISTEN // Gardens & Villa Share N.O. Joe “Domino” Remix, Playing Year-End LA Show At The Echoplex 12/13

Let’s roll the clock way back to SXSW 2014 (OK, only a few months back). Gardens & Villa met multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer N.O. Joe [Scarface, Ice Cube, Brian McKnight, D’Angelo, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne] after showing appreciation for the band’s set. The guys of Gardens & Villa grabbed late-night tacos with the renowned producer, became fast friends, and now Wondering Sound has premiered the a special remix of ‘Domino’, off the band’s album Dunes out earlier this year. The N.O. Joe remix of “Domino” brings the track to bumpin’ new heights including a verse from Houston rapper Spuf Don. We suggest listening to it right now above or here on our Soundcloud.

Also, on Saturday December 13, the band will end their year with a headlining show at The Echoplex in LA. Get tickets here.

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G&V EP // Gardens & Villa Announce Free ‘Televisor’ EP, Listen To “Love Affair”, On Tour Now




Celebrating a successful string of summer shows and a new slew of fall tour dates starting tomorrow night, Gardens & Villa have released a new EP Televisor for free via their website www.gardensandvilla.com. Premiering via Stereogum this morning, preview the new EP with “Love Affair (Swift Demo)” above or on our Youtube / Soundcloud.

According to the band, Televisor is a collection of musical sketches, the majority of which were playfully brought into existence when they stopped by Richard Swift‘s National Freedom studio in February of 2012. During psychological experiments inspired by Carl Jung’s ‘Liber Novus’ they reflected on madness and greatness, searching for inspiration in redeeming symbols: smoke, mirrors and the late night hiss. Some danced in-between takes or barked like a train. The band later described their time with Swift as “a fun and frenzied recording, undertaken during professional hysterics.” The other pieces of Televisor were selected from the Dunes recordings with Tim Goldsworthy in 2013. Together these sessions represent some of the more hidden, shrouded sinews of a sonic structure, the unseen movements and psychedelic corridors of Gardens & Villa.

If you haven’t already, pick up their new album Dunes Dunes from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, or your local record store.


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TELEVISOR EP TRACK LIST
1. Bullet Train (Swift Demo)
2. Love Affair (Swift Demo)
3. Minnesota (Swift Demo)
4. Sleepy Willow (Goldsworthy Demo)
5. Window Man (Goldsworthy Demo


UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

[Tickets: secretlycanadian.com/tour]
Fri. Sept. 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company
Sat. Sept. 13 – Sacramento, CA @ THIS Block Party
Thurs. Sept. 18 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Sept. 19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
Sat. Sept. 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
Mon. Sept. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Tues. Sept. 23 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Thurs. Sept. 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Fri. Sept. 26 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sat. Sept. 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 28 – Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Tues. Sept. 30 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Wed. Oct. 1 – Asheville, NC @ The Mill Room
Thurs. Oct. 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri. Oct. 3 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
Sat. Oct. 4 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Sun. Oct. 5 – Philadelpha, PA @ Johnny’s Brenda’s
Tues. Oct. 7 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Wed. Oct. 8 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
Thurs. Oct. 9 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Fri. Oct. 10 – Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup
Sat. Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Sun. Oct. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Tues. Oct. 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Wed. Oct. 15 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
Thurs. Oct. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
Fri. Oct. 17 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin: der Rathskeller
Sat. Oct. 18 – Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop
Sun. Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO @ The recordBar
Tues. Oct. 21 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Wed. Oct. 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thurs. Nov. 6 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Fri. Nov. 7 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
Sun. Nov. 9 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Thurs. Nov. 20 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Fri. Nov. 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat. Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sat. Dec. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

WATCH // Gardens & Villa Shares New “Domino” Video, Summer Tour Starts July 23rd

We released Gardens & Villa‘s new album Dunes in February and today the band shares a new retro video for single “Domino”. The video, directed by Robert Beatty, brings the 80’s-inspired visual elements to the forefront matching the song’s dynamic feel. You can watch the video above or here on YouTube.

If you haven’t already, pick up the new album Dunes from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, or your local record store.

After touring with Tycho in North America and Broken Bells in Europe, Gardens & Villa kick off their summer tour in Las Vegas on July 23rd. See all dates and ticket links below.



UPCOMING TOUR DATES:


[Tickets: secretlycanadian.com/tour]
07.23.14 – Downtown Container Park – Las Vegas, NV
07.25.14 – The Westin Riverfront Beach & Spa at Beaver Creek – Avon, CO
07.26.14 – The Underground Music Showcase – Denver, CO
08.07.14 – Mile Square Regional Park – Fountain Valley, CA
08.08.14 – FIGat7th Downtown Festival – Los Angeles, CA
08.10.14 – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – San Francisco, CA
08.16.14 – MFNW (MusicfestNW) – Portland, OR
09.12.14 – SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA
09.18.14 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
09.20.14 – Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV
09.22.14 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
09.25.14 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
09.26.14 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
09.27.14 – Midpoint Muis Festival – Cincinnati, OH
09.28.14 – Pygmalion Music Festival – Champaign, IL
09.30.14 – High Watt – Nashville, TN
10.01.14 – The Mill Room – Asheville, NC
10.02.14 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
10.03.14 – Cat’s Cradle – Back Room – Carrboro, NC
10.04.14 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
10.05.14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10.07.14 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.09.14 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
10.10.14 – Lovin’ Cup – Rochester, NY
10.11.14 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
10.12.14 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
10.14.14 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
10.15.14 – The Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
10.16.14 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
10.19.14 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
10.21.14 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
10.23.14 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11.09.14 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

LISTEN // Gardens & Villa Shares New “Colony Glen” Mark McGuire Remix, US Tour Starts 4/15

We released Gardens & Villa‘s new album Dunes in February and today the band shared a remix of “Colony Glen” by Dead Oceans artist Mark McGuire [of Emeralds] via CLASH in the UK. Mark brings a spring tinge to their wintry track reminding us that sometime soon better temperatures are coming.

If you haven’t already, pick up the new album Dunes from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, or your local record store.

The band finishes up their European dates this week after a lengthy tour supporting Broken Bells and headlining shows in the last week. Starting next Tuesday in Vermont the band is back traveling across the US, this time with compatriot Tycho [Ghostly]. Just announced yesterday the band plays the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco‘s Golden Gate Park this August with more info here.



UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

[Tickets: secretlycanadian.com/tour]


04/15 | South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
04/16 | Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG
04/17 | Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
04/18 | New York, NY – Webster Hall New York City *
04/19 | Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
04/20 | Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
04/22 | Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater *
04/23 | Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
04/24 | Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre *
04/25 | Orlando, FL – The Beachem Theater *
04/26 | Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
04/28 | New Orleans, LA – Republic *
04/29 | Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s: Upstairs *
04/30 | San Antonio, TX – 502 Bar
05/01 | Austin, TX – Parish *SOLD-OUT
05/02 | Austin, TX – Parish Austin *
05/05 | Albuquerque, NM – Sister *
05/06 | Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
05/07 | Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre *
05/08 | Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre *
05/10 | Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
05/11 | Reno, NV – The Holland Project
05/13 | Seattle, WA – BARBOZA
05/14 | Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
05/15 | Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05/16 | Everett, WA – Fisherman’s Village Music Festival @ Historic Everett Theatre
08/08 | San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park
08/09 | San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park
08/10 | San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park

* w/ Tycho

AUDIO

Not You by Steven A. Clark
Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas
Gazelles In Flight by Suuns
Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ

VIDEOS

Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas

You Are Dead To Me by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Runaway by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Gardens & Villa
Music For Dogs
CD / LP
Steven A. Clark
The Lonely Roller
CD / LP

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