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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

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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Watch: New Video for Here We Go Magic’s “Make Up Your Mind”

In the midst of preparing to release their upcoming album, A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic found the time to make a new video for the first single of the album, “Make Up Your Mind.” Directed by Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick, the video features a leather vest-clad Luke Temple terrorizing (or pleasuring?) a series of ladies in the their underwear with his crazy ghost powers. It’s awesome and a little unsettling and totally perfect. Here We Go Magic will be hitting the road in May for a series of US dates, some of which include shows with Hospitality. Dates below! Read the rest of this entry »

Suuns Sign with Secretly Canadian, Offer Free EP, Tour with The Besnard Lakes & Land of Talk

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Suuns music was delivered to us one afternoon accompanied with a short note from Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes and Montreal’s Breakglass Studios, where he had recently recorded the band. “Thought you might like to hear them. They’re pretty cool,” his note simply read. And while, technically this is correct, it hardly prepared us for the near immediate infatuation with Suuns’ blistering, dark electro and arena-sized psych. Elements of Suicide, Clinic and This Heat simultaneously delivered with a youthful swagger and a learned restraint, Suuns rapidly became the phantoms of our evening listening hours. And now, we are proud to share Suuns’ music with you, albeit in a missive that absolutely explodes Lasek’s modest brevity all to hell.

Montreal’s Suuns were born during the summer of 2006 when vocalist/guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist/bassist Joe Yarmush got together to make some beats which quickly evolved into a few songs. The duo were soon joined by drummer Liam O’Neill and bassist/keyboardist Max Henry to complete the line-up.

As an introduction to the young men of Suuns, we are offering a free download of Suuns’ first release,  Zeroes EP, that to date has only been available through Other Music and at Suuns live shows. Zeroes EP also contains early versions of soon-to-be album cuts “Arena” and “PVC.” Minimalist rhythms are equally informed by Joy Division and Can, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths, it’s the pitch perfect primer for Suuns vision. “I killed a man when I was 11 years old, but I’m innocent,” snarls Shemie on EP opener “The Disappearance of the Skyscraper” over an organ-and-drum stomp that feels like a switchblade-carrying version of Silver Apples. Shemie’s close-mic’d sing/speak is as metronomic as it is melodic; in “Arena” Shemie’s rhythmic “What-choo, what-choo”’s are reminiscent of Suicide’s Alan Vega as he leads the band’s death disco groove into a bloodbath of razor-sharp guitars. Download all six songs from the Zeroes EP, below.

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DOWNLOAD SUUNS Zeroes EP

Suuns are also currently touring the East Coast w/ Parlovr and will be touring with Land of Talk and The Besnard Lakes this fall. Check out full tour dates after the jump, and stay tuned for news of Suuns new full-length record, coming very soon.

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MOLINA AND JOHNSON Cancel US Tour

An unholy trinity of bummers has put Jason Molina in the unfortunate position of having to cancel the US tour with Will Johnson planned for January and February. It’s with the deepest, sincerest apologies to Will, the band, fans, promoters that this decision was reached. In the band-as-family spirit, this is akin to a family emergency. And while it’s a tough call, there is very necessary healing that need be done. Molina, having only been at home for a month following Magnolia Electric Co.’s European tour, offered these words: “It is funny that the road isn’t what nearly killed me, it was not being on the road.”

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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