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Iceage - "Balm Of Gilead"






(photo by Christian Friedlander)

To coincide with their North American tour kicking off tonight, Iceage have unveiled the previously unreleased “Balm of Gilead", a striking reminder of the band’s ability to create a confident anthem in a dark age. “Balm of Gilead” is part of a split 7” with tourmates Black Lips and will be available in physical form exclusively at the shows on this tour.

Iceage — Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) — will return to as a quartet on this North American run. Fans can expect a taste of new music on top of the band’s beloved catalog. Or alongside. The repertoire is up to them (as always)




stream/download "Balm Of Gilead"

stream/order 'Beyondless'

Iceage on tour :

Monday, November 5 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC &
Tuesday, November 6 The Showbox at The Market, Seattle WA &
Wednesday, November 7 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR &
Friday, November 9 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA &
Saturday, November 10 The Glass House, Pomona CA &
Sunday, November 11 Marty’s On Newport, Tustin CA &
Monday, November 12 The Regent, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, November 13 House of Blues, San Diego CA &
Wednesday, November 14 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ &
Friday, November 16 Granada Theater, Dallas TX&
Saturday, November 17 Mohawk, Austin TX &
Sunday, November 18 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX &
Monday, November 19 One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans LA
Tuesday, November 20 Saturn, Birmingham AL &
Thursday, November 22 Sala, Mexico City, MX
Friday, November 23 The Earl, Atlanta GA &
Saturday, November 24 The Earl, Atlanta GA &
Sunday, November 25 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY &
Tuesday, November 27 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY +
Friday, December 7th Hackney Arts Centre, London UK
Friday, March 1st Vega, Copenhagen DK

& - with Black Lips, Surfbort
+ - with A Place To Bury Strangers

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Car Seat Headrest - 'Twin Fantasy' (Mirror To Mirror) - Available Today, Pitchfork Fest Webcast




Today marks the digital release date for Car Seat Headrest's 'Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)', the original 2011 recordings once again available via all streaming/download providers.  As mentioned earlier in this space, the 2XLP white vinyl edition, previously released for Record Store Day 2018, is coming back in print and can be found in stores next Friday, November 9.

Car Seat Headrest's set at the Paris edition of Pitchfork Music Festival is being webcast today at 2:30pm eastern time.

'Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror' White Vinyl
stream  'Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Friday November 2, Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 3rd La Lune Des Pirates, Amiens FR
Monday, November 5th Tramshed, Cardiff UK
Tuesday, November 6th Rock City, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, November 7th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, November 8th Kentish Town 02 Forum, London UK
Saturday, November 10 Rolling Stone Weekender Weissenhauser Strand, DE
Sunday, November 11th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, November 13th Vera, Groningen NL
Wednesday, November 14th Tivoli, Utrecht NL
Thursday, November 15th Autumn Falls at Vooruit, Gent BE
Saturday, November 17 Rolling Stone Park Rust, DE
Thursday, February 14 Royale, Boston MA
Friday, February 15 Mass MoCA, North Adams MA
Saturday, February 16 Madison Square Garden, New York NY !
Sunday, February 17 Rams Head Live, Baltimore MD
Monday, February 18 The National, Richmond VA
Wednesday, February 20 Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, February 21 The Moon, Tallahassee FL
Friday, February 22 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL
Saturday, February 23 The Orpheum, Tampa Bay FL
Tuesday, February 26 Tipitina's, New Orleans LA
Wednesday, February 27 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Thursday, February 28 Emo's, Austin TX
Friday, March 1 Canton Hall, Dallas TX
Saturday, March 2 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX

! - with Interpol, Snail Mail


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boygenius -s/t : Digital Version Out Today, Tour Exclusive Splatter Vinyl Edition



(photo by Kristy Benjamin)

boygenius - the eagerly awaited collaboration EP from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus -- is available today from all popular (and some semi-popular) digital providers. While the 12" vinyl edition hits stores on November 9, there's an exclusive tour edition pictured below that can be purchased at one of the upcoming dates (several of which are sold out, so make your move)





boygenius will be appearing on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers", Monday, November 5th at 12:35 eastern time.

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus tour dates :

Sunday, November 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Tuesday, November 6 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November 7 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, November 8 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA
Saturday, November 10 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November 11 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Monday, November 12 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 13 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, November 15 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Friday, November 16 The Sylvee, Madison WI
Saturday, November 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, November 19 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
Tuesday, November 20 The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, November 23 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday, November 24 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, November 25 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Monday, November 26 Fox Theater, Oakland CA
Thursday, November 29 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Friday, November 30 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA

Julien Baker online :
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Lucy Dacus online :
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Steve Gunn - "Cold Embrace" - Weekly Mix


(photo: Annabel Mehran)

Yesterday, Steve Gunn announced his new album The Unseen In Between and premiered its first track "New Moon." Today, ahead of the first sold-out night at his Union Pool residency in Brooklyn, Gunn has released "Cold Embrace," a new playlist featuring some of his recent and all-time favorite tracks. Stream the playlist here, and check back too as it'll be updated regularly in the coming weeks.

Preorder The Unseen In Between HERE.

Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold on sale Friday Oct 26)
Thursday, October 25 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, November 1 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY **
Thursday, November 8 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY ***
Thursday, January 31 Great Scott, Boston MA ^
Friday, February 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY ^
Saturday, February 2 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, February 8 The Casbah, San Diego CA ^
Saturday, February 9 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA ^
Sunday, February 10 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA $
Tuesday, February 12 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR $
Wednesday, February 13 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA $
Saturday, February 16 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Tuesday, March 12 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, March 13 Paard, Den Haag NL
Thursday, March 14 Vera, Groningen NL
Friday, March 15 Nochtspeicher, Hamberg DE
Saturday, March 16 Radar, Aarhus DK
Monday, March 18 Folken, Stavanger NO
Wednesday, March 20 Revolver, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 21 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Friday, March 22 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, March 23 Frannz Club, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 24 Archa Theatre, Prague CZ
Monday, March 25 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
Tuesday, March 26 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Wednesday, March 27 Arena, Vienna AT
Saturday, March 30 Südpol, Luzern CH
Sunday, March 31 Rotefabrik, Zurich CH
Monday, April 1 Sonic, Lyon FR
Tuesday, April 2 Le Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 3 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Friday, April 5 Oslo, London UK
Saturday, April 6 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Sunday, April 7 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Monday, April 8 Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

* w/ Bridget St John
** w/ Loren Connors & Alan Licht
*** w/ Little Black Egg
^ w/ Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
$ w/ Meg Baird
# w/ Sachiko Kanenobu

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Interpol - "If You Really Love Nothing" (Reimagined By Pêtr Aleksänder)







Interpol returned to "Later… with Jools Holland" (BBC) this week with a striking performance in black & white of “The Rover”, from their critically acclaimed new album 'Marauder'. Alongside, the band have released a new version of “If You Really Love Nothing” by Pêtr Aleksänder, the duo of London musicians Tom Hobden and Eliot James, which sees the anthemic song reimagined as a transcendent, string-laden opus.

stream / download "If You Really Love Nothing" (Pêtr Aleksänder version)
stream / purchase 'Marauder'

Interpol on tour :

Tuesday, November 6th – Akasaka Blitz – Tokyo, JP
Friday, November 9 Clockenflap, Hong Kong CN
Saturday, November 10 Neon Lights, Singapore
Wednesday, November 14th – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK $
Friday, November 16th – 02 Apollo, Manchester UK $
Sunday, November 18th – Olympia Theater, Dublin IE $
Friday, November 23rd – Merhr! Theater, Hamburg DE $
Saturday, November 24th – TAP1 – Copenhagen, DK $
Sunday, November 25th – Tempodrom, Berlin DE $
Tuesday, November 27th – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrect NL $
Wednesday, November 28th – Forest National, Brussels BE $
Thursday, November 29th – La Salle Pleyel – Paris, FR
Sunday, December 30 Falls Festival, Lorne AU
Monday, December 31 Falls Festival, Marion Bay AU
Tuesday, January 2 Falls Festival, Byron Bay AU
Thursday, January 4 Palais Theatre, Melbourne AU
Friday, January 5 Sydney Opera House, Sydney AU
Saturday, January 6 Falls Festival, Fremantle AU
Thursday, January 31 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC
Friday, February 1 Keller Auditorium, Portland OR
Saturday, February 2 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Tuesday, February 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, February 7 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, February 8 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, February 9 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Monday, February 11 Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Thursday, February 14 The Ritz, Raleigh NC
Friday, February 15 The Anthem, Washington DC
Saturday, February 16th – Madison Square Garden, NYC NY !
$ w/ Nilüfer Yanya


! w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail
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Coming January 18 : Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between





(photo : Clay Benskin)



Steve Gunn’s long awaited new album, 'The Unseen In Between', will be released on January 18. Following the guitarist/vocalist’s 3-night residency at Brooklyn’s Union Pool this month and next, Gunn will tour with a full band throughout the US and Europe in 2019 (full dates below)

preorder / stream 'The Unseen In Between'
download / stream "New Moon"
For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one of American music’s most pivotal figures - conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced).  Gunn is known for telling other people's stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, 'The Unseen In Between', he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way -- the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded 'Unseen' forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.

Getting to 'The Unseen In Between' itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released 'Eyes On The Lines', his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends.

This experience yielded the emotional centerpiece of the album. “Stonehurst Cowboy” is a duet for Gunn’s raw acoustic guitar and spare basslines by Bob Dylan's musical director Tony Garnier, whose featured throughout the album.  The song distills the lessons Gunn learned from his father and it is a solemn but tender remembrance, a tribute to his father’s reputation as a tough, wise, and witty guy from far west Philadelphia.

A sense of musical renewal and emotional complexity fits the new songs perfectly; “Luciano” seems to be about the chemistry between a bodega owner and his cat, an unspoken romance of gentle obedience and quiet gestures. But Gunn peers below the relationship’s surface and wonders about the owner's lonely future once the cat is gone, a devastating meditation wrapped in soft strings. And then there’s “Vagabond,” Gunn’s graceful attempt to humanize a rich cast of characters whose lives have gone astray, wanderers who live outside of society’s modern safety net, who pursue “a crooked dream” in spite of what the world expects. Supported by the perfect harmonies of Meg Baird, Gunn finds something lovely in the unloved.

Inspired by contemporary artist Walter De Maria’s Dia Art Foundation-affiliated installation of 400 stainless steel poles atop the high desert of New Mexico, “Lightning Field” considers what we get out of art when it doesn’t work, when lightning does not light up the night for visitors. Opener “New Moon" may begin in the mode of a deep track from Astral Weeks or Fred Neil, with its upright bass and sparse tremolo guitar. But during the song’s final minutes, strings double the melody, and then the guitar rushes headlong, pulling ahead in a wave of ecstatic deliverance. It is a brief but liberating solo, an instant release of tension from the fraught scene Gunn has built, complemented by one of his most arresting vocal performances.

In a final contrast, “Morning is Mended” is an acoustic beauty so resplendent it ranks alongside Sandy Denny or Jackson C. Frank. Buoyed by a melody that sparkles like sunlight on still water, Gunn acknowledges the hardships around him, the feeling of being a “nothing sky,” and then moves forward into the world, walking tall into the fresh morning.  The song is an apt encapsulation of 'The Unseen In Between', a gorgeously empathetic record that attempts to recognize the worries of the world and offer some timely assurance.  It is a revelatory and redemptive set, offering the balm of understanding at a time when that seems in very short supply.

 



Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, October 25 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, November 1 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY **
Thursday, November 8 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY ***
Thursday, January 31 Great Scott, Boston MA ^
Friday, February 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY ^
Saturday, February 2 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, February 8 The Casbah, San Diego CA ^
Saturday, February 9 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA ^
Sunday, February 10 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA $
Tuesday, February 12 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR $
Wednesday, February 13 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA $
Saturday, February 16 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Tuesday, March 12 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, March 13 Paard, Den Haag NL
Thursday, March 14 Vera, Groningen NL
Friday, March 15 Nochtspeicher, Hamberg DE
Saturday, March 16 Radar, Aarhus DK
Monday, March 18 Folken, Stavanger NO
Wednesday, March 20 Revolver, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 21 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Friday, March 22 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, March 23 Frannz Club, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 24 Archa Theatre, Prague CZ
Monday, March 25 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
Tuesday, March 26 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Wednesday, March 27 Arena, Vienna AT
Saturday, March 30 Südpol, Luzern CH
Sunday, March 31 Rotefabrik, Zurich CH
Monday, April 1 Sonic, Lyon FR
Tuesday, April 2 Le Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 3 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Friday, April 5 Oslo, London UK
Saturday, April 6 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Sunday, April 7 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Monday, April 8 Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

* w/ Bridget St John
** w/ Loren Connors & Alan Licht
*** w/ Little Black Egg
^ w/ Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
$ w/ Meg Baird
# w/ Sachiko Kanenobu

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