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Welcome to Nightlands

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That’s David Hartley standing amidst those amber waves. You may know him as bassist for The War On Drugs, but as of today we also know him as Nightlands. Nightlands is Dave’s new solo project and we’re uber excited to release Nightlands debut album Forget the Mantra on November 9 (November 8 in the U.K.) in LP and digital formats.

Hartley began Nightlands as a project of archiving musical ideas that occurred in his dreams with a bedside tape recorder. Already a very personal and heady approach, Hartley added to this bits and pieces of found recordings from his past. The end result is both an enormous sound with towering vocal harmonies and melodic layers as well as a deeply introspective look into the artist’s inner-mind. It’s an album that equally fascinates and inspires, as well as soothing something deep within. It’s a beautiful album and it makes us very happy to call Nightlands part of our artistic family. Dig into a couple of sample tracks from the album below. And make sure to give a good peak at the mesmerizing album artwork done by architect and artist Paul Rudolph.

MP3: Nightlands “Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)”

MP3: Nightlands “300 Clouds”

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Suuns Announce Details of New Album, Zeroes QC

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Two weeks ago we announced our signing of Montreal’s Suuns to Secretly Canadian. We also presented the world with it’s first taste of the Suuns sound via a free EP which you can still download HERE. Now we are proud to announce the details of Suuns’ first full-length album Zeroes QC, which will be available in the U.S. October 12 and early 2011 in the U.K.

Zeroes QC was recorded at Breakglass Studios in Montreal with The Besnard Lakes’ Jace Lasek at the production helm. Lasek worked with Suuns during a busy year that included recording new albums by Stars and Land of Talk among others, but he still had time to drop us an inital understated note saying “Thought you might like to hear them. They’re pretty cool.” Zeroes QC furthers the sound found on the band’s opening EP. Still present is the slinky, sexy, opaque and razor sharp electro rock, but in Lasek’s deft hands Suuns’ sound is defined and refined, more fully explored. From the cranky beats of opener “Armed For Peace” to the funeral organ wash of closer “Organ Blues” Zeroes QC crashes, burns, rebuilds, explodes, rinses and repeats. However, through it all a groove -the kind that begs for an open road on a steamy summer night- keeps the bpm at a steady clip. Below you’ll find a download of “Arena” the first single from Zeroes QC and the quintessence of the Suuns’ sound.

NEW MP3: Suuns “Arena”

SUUNS ZEROES QC TRACK LISTING:

1. Armed for Peace

2. Gaze

3. Arena

4. Pie IX

5. Marauder

6. Sweet Nothing

7. Up Past The Nursery

8. PVC

9. Fear

10. Organ Blues

Stay tuned for more news on Suuns and catch them on tour with The Besnard Lakes and Land of Talk starting in September. You can check out the full tour dates HERE.

Jens Lekman Shares New Song

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Jens Lekman is back in the studio working on material for the follow up to his 2007 release Night Falls On Kortedala. We’ve heard a few rumors and rumblings surfacing from Jens here and there, including a playlist he recently put together of  some of his favorite tunes called A Summer In 3/4 Time. However, we were pleasantly surprised when Jens contacted us and said he has a new song to share with the world. Entitled “The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love,” you can download this new song by clicking on the widget above or by heading over to the Small Talk blog on Jens’ website HERE. Below is a message from Jens that shares the story behind this new song:

It was the day before the american election 2008 and I was filled with a hopelessness that only a McCain supporter could have shared with me at the time. I was in Washington DC to perform for swedish TV, sitting in the couch with a profesional smile on my face, joking with the hosts and discussing the lobster with the TV chef. I saw the clips online sometime ago, it’s amazing what an actor I can be if I really make an effort.

I lived in America back then, up in New York. At the time I felt like everything I touched was turning to shit and I had decided to put everything on one card. Subconsciously I knew I needed to hit the bottom so I could work my way up again. I needed confirmation, I needed someone to tell me it wasn’t going to work out, not this way. Yes, there was a girl involved in this. I was very much in love with her.

Some things you just go through. You don’t write about it, you don’t turn it into art because it can’t be turned into art. I didn’t write any songs that year because you can’t pour manure into an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out. When they announced the results and the streets filled up with people celebrating I felt happy to be part of something bigger than myself. It was a feeling that lasted me until the very last days of December 2008 when I finally sat down in my old teenage room at my parents house and I wrote this song. Then the year ended.

It’s a song of hope. When love turns it’s back on you it’s nice to know there’s a world out there that doesn’t give a shit about your problems. That forces you to keep your head held high and move on. A world that is fragile and beautiful. Maybe it can sound cold to some of you, but let me make it clear that I believe in love, I just get so wrapped up in it sometimes that I need to put it into proportion. It’s something you have to do a lot when you’re Jens Lekman.”

For those of you in Europe, Jens will be there soon….

08/01 Dublin, Ireland- Whelans w/ The Blow

08/02 Manchester, UK- The Deaf Institute w/ The Blow & Bill Wells

08/03 London, UK- Union Chapel w/ The Blow & Bill Wells

08/04 Paris, France- Nouveau Casino w/ The Blow

08/05 Amsterdam, Netherlands- Paradiso w/ The Blow

08/07 Stockholm, Sweden- Strand w/ The Blow

08/09 Copenhagen, Denmark- Vega w/ The Blow

08/10 Hamburg, Germany- Knust w/ The Blow

08/11 Berlin, Germany- Lido w/ The Blow

08/13 Goteborg, Sweden- Way Out West

Here We Go Magic Premiere “Casual”

HWGMTuesday saw the release of “Pigeons,” the new record from Here We Go Magic as well as a stupefying record release show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. You’ve been enjoying “Collector” for a while now, so it’s time we unleash the third track and second single from the album, “Casual”.  This one is definitely a headphones track. Please enjoy yourself.

Download Free Damien Jurado MP3 for “Cloudy Shoes” !

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In honor of the torrential rains that have fallen upon Bloomington, Indiana, we are offering the gorgeous Saint Bartlett album-opener, “Cloudy Shoes,” for download on our website.

Click here to download “Cloudy Shoes”

For those with ants in their pants about hearing Saint Bartlett, we have the perfect solution: pre-order it on our mail order page.  You will receive an instant download of the record, and your CD and/or LP will arrive by the release date (5/25).  Waiting is for BOZOS!

Damien is about to embark upon a massive US tour with an 8 piece orchestra that whose working title is “The Saint Bartlett Band.”  By night they sometimes go as Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, and they will be opening all the shows as such and then performing along with Damien to recreate the lush sounds of Saint Bartlett.  Sounds really lovely, right?  They’ll be here in Bloomington at the Bishop on June 13th.  Will you be as lucky?

5/29/10 Seattle, WA – Triple Door (release part-ay)
6/02/10 Boise, ID – Neurolux
6/03/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
6/04/10 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
6/05/10 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
6/06/10 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
6/07/10 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
6/08/10 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
6/09/10 Chicago, IL – Schubas
6/10/10 Louisville, KY – 930 Listening Room
6/11/10 Cincinnati, OH – Northgate Tavern
6/12/10 Indianapolis, IN – IMAF Festival
6/13/10 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
6/14/10 Columbus, OH – The Summit
6/15/10 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
6/16/10 Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
6/17/10 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
6/18/10 Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
6/19/10 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
6/20/10 Arlington, VA – IOTA
6/21/10 Charlottesville, VA – Random Row Books
6/22/10 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
6/23/10 Nashville, TN – The End
6/24/10 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
6/26/10 Austin, TX – Club DeVille
6/28/10 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
6/29/10 San Diego, CA The Casbah
6/30/10 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
7/01/10 Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
7/02/10 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
7/03/10 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

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

Sunspot by Suuns

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP
Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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