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MUSIC GO MUSIC Release Second 12″, Reach Out

Like a bolt from Zeus, Music Go Music have struck again with their new 12″ single – their second of the summer – “Reach Out”, which is in all good record stores now. This outing finds them exploring a darker side of pop music; the place where Deep Purple’s brute force meets the Carpenter’s tragic wistfulness, where Blondie’s power-hooks cross melodic swords with Meat Loaf’s drama-rock theatrics. They’ve expanded their palette considerably, yet the sound is unmistakably theirs, and the magic of it points the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Reach Out” is the monologue of a would-be savior, offering to lift us from the pit of despair. It treks from Logan’s Run ambience to proto-metal riffing to disco-gallop to TV detective funk and back again. “Goodbye Everybody” bemoans the void of such a figure, the immaculate ballad of devastation that the Carpenters’ sense of propriety wouldn’t let them record. “Just Me” employs a Wizzard-does-Spector big-beat that gives way to a monstrous ‘co-dependent no more’ chorus for an ERA-era woman left in the dust.

These are compositions that, again, look backward, but are singular artistic statements in and of themselves. The tropes are lovingly exhumed, examined, and re-animated. Their gratuity is a calculated one, their pathos is genuine in spite of itself. The aesthetic foundation they build on is what permits these towers of song to be raised to such dizzying heights. Searing harmonized guitars and virtuosic organ figures underscore the message of Reach Out’s chorus; “There is a fire in me, I burn with empathy – Dear let compassion reign, call out my name and face the flame.” We quickly realize that, like so many glassy-eyed moths, we, too, cannot resist what would burn so bright.

Listen to the title track, HERE.

DAMIEN JURADO’s New Record, Caught In The Trees, Now Available For Pre-Order

DAMIEN JURADO’s newest release, Caught In The Trees, is now available for pre-order on both CD & LP.
Place your order HERE.

Caught In The Trees will be released 9/9/08 in the US and 10/27/08 in the UK.

JENS LEKMAN puts finishing touches on new record

We’re proud to announce that Jens Lekman will be releasing his third album, Night Falls Over Kortedala on October 9, 2007. The first single from night Falls Over Kortedala will be the digital release of “Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo” available worldwide on July 31, 2007. You may also – at this very moment – stream it here.

Jens arduously labored over the songs on Night Falls Over Kortedala over the last three years between relentless tours (which ranged from full blown 8-piece ensembles to just Jens alone with a ukelele at the mic). Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in Jens’ hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, where his studio Koredala Beauty Center is located. It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg’s clubs over the last few years. Having more in common with Paul Simon’s Graceland, Jens’ latest is a response to more than an engagement in today’s Kortedala music of his Swedish peers. An exercise in insularity, Night Falls Over Kortedala has achieved its specific sound not from going out but from Jens staying in and coming to grips with the sounds he had in his head, or as he said, “from the sound of my own voice reverberating off my home’s old ’50s brick walls, from the ghosts of everyone who’s lived here before me clapping along with their little ecto-plasm hands. My record basically never leaves the 30 square meters that I live on until the very last song when i take a short bus ride to the countryside in ‘Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo’.”

FULL TRACK LIST:

“And I Remember Every Kiss”
“Sipping On the Sweet Nectar”
“The Opposite of Hallelujah”
“A Postcard to Nina”
“Into Eternity”
“I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You”
“If I Could Cry (it would feel like this)”
“Your Arms Around Me”
“Shirin”
“It Was a Strange Time in My Life”
“Kanske Är Jag Kär i Dig”
“Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo”

DAMIEN JURADO tours with Okkervil River, enters the studio for new record

After relentless touring in support of last year’s “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow”, Damien Jurado settled into his Seattle home with bandmates Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad to develop the counterpart to “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow.” Ready to emerge from their creative exile, the band will venture into the Avast! Studio in Seattle next week with Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Crystal Skulls, Richard Swift) producing.

Damien & Co. will also be sharing the stage this September and October with Okkervil River on a mammoth tour of the US. See dates below:

DAMIEN JURADO
07/21/07 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile Cafe w/ Grand Hallway + Night Canopy
09/03/07 San Diego, CA – Casbah w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/04/07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour w/ Okkervil River
09/05/07 San Francisco, CA – Independent w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/08/07 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan (MusicFest NW) w/ Okkervil River
09/09/07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards w/ Okkervil River
09/10/07 Seattle, WA – Neumos w/ Okkervil River
09/13/07 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/14/07 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/15/07 Iowa City, IA – Picador w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/17/07 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater w/ Okkervil River
09/18/07 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/19/07 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival) w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/21/07 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace w/ Okkervil River
09/22/07 Hamilton, Ontario – Pepper Jack’s Cafe w/ Okkervil River
09/23/07 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa w/ Okkervil River
09/24/07 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground w/ Okkervil River
09/25/07 Boston, MA – Middle East w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/26/07 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/28/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/29/07 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
09/30/07 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
10/02/07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/ Okkervil River BUY TICKETS
10/03/07 Athens, GA – 40 Watt w/ Okkervil River
10/04/07 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder @ FSU w/ Okkervil River
10/06/07 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington w/ Okkervil River

And, if you’re looking for a little taste, check out the band’s recent performance at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern from May 31st: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dS-sASlCgTw

MP3 “What Were The Chances”: http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/whatwerethechances.mp3

RICHARD SWIFT touring with Wilco in August, prepping INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Richard Swift, who has been busily touring the UK this summer supporting his recent release “Dressed Up For the Letdown”, made a stop on May 25th at the prestigious BBC program “Later… with Jools Holland.” Wilco – who also happened to be taping a session – was so taken with his performance that they invited him to tour with them in the US and Canada starting in August. Here are the dates:

08/14/07 Duluth, MN – Bayfront Festival Park
08/15/07 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
08/17/07 Calgary, Alberta – Southern Albert Jubilee Auditorium
08/18/07 Edmonton, Alberta – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
08/21/07 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre
08/22/07 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/24/07 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
08/27/07 San Diego, CA – SDSU Open Air Theatre
08/29/07 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
09/01/07 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/02/07 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

In other news, Swift is putting the finishing touches on the debut release by his kraut-y, electronic side project called INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. The project has been called a “stark and stunning picture of his artistic depth and studio wizardry… a perfect ambient, electronica recording,” by Black and White Mag.

See Richard Swift’s performance of “Kisses For the Misses” on “The Album Chart Show” here.

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

The War On Drugs
Zurich, CH - Kaufleuten  w/ Steve Gunn

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