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VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Appointments"



Julien Baker - "Appointments" - directed by Sophia Peer
From the album 'Turn Out The Lights', out October 27


“Making the ‘Appointments' video was an incredibly special experience because I got the pleasure of collaborating with artists I admire and to see them apply their creativity and talent to something I made,” says Baker. "I've known Christina McKinney (choreographer), as well as a few of the dancers, since I was a kid. I've always been fascinated with how that art form works in tandem with music; it was amazing to see the vision that Christina had for the song, how she interpreted the sounds as movement, and then to see how Sophia chose to portray and capture it all.

"It felt very full circle to return to Memphis to work on this, I'm so proud of Memphis and wanted to show off the immense artistry that I see there. Not only were Christina and many of the characters in the video friends, but the crew also included many people I have known and worked with for years. All the scenes and locations are also central to Memphis, I think Sophia did such a good job of preserving the intimate feel of the video by shooting it with people/in locations that had significance to me, and I'm so thankful. The most gratifying part of making music is its ability to be shared and belong to more people than myself, and it was very meaningful to make something with and for other people, to take something as personal as this song and invite others in, allow them to contribute their 'thing,' whatever it may be.”
- Julien Baker




(photo by Nolan Knight)

stream or download "Appointments"
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights'
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store LP version with or without a bundled t-shirt or on compact disc.

Julien Baker on tour :

09/20 Chicago, IL @ Amnesty International & Sofar Sounds Give A Home show
09/21 Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival 2017
10/10 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #
10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/13 - Paris, FR - Les Etoiles
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre*
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works*
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge*
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

# - with Jason Isbell
+ Half Waif supports
* - David Bazan supports


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Coming October 27 : Julien Baker - 'Turn Out The Lights' ; Stream Or Download "Appointments" Today





(photo : Nolan Knight)

Julien Baker will release her highly anticipated second album,'Turn Out The Lights' on October 27th, 2017. An early preview can now be heard in the first single “Appointments”, a viscerally moving track that culminates in a swell of Baker’s voice, guitar, and piano. 'Turn Out The Lights' will arrive nearly two years to the day after her debut LP, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) and is now available for pre-order HERE.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, 'Turn Out The Lights' expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, she reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health. Turn Out The Lights was written and produced by Baker, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine).

TRACKLISTING :
1. Over
2. Appointments
3. Turn Out the Lights
4. Shadowboxing
5. Sour Breath
6. Televangelist
7. Everything That Helps You Sleep
8. Happy to Be Here
9. Hurt Less
10. Even
11. Claws In Your Back

stream or download "Appointments"
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights'
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store on clear, clear with pink and purple splatter or black vinyl editions, with or without a bundled t-shirt (see below) or on compact disc.





Julien Baker on tour :

10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

* supporting Belle & Sebastian
# supporting Ben Folds
+ Half Waif supports

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Julien Baker shares new North American and European tour dates



Photo credit: Nolan Knight

With a new album forthcoming, Julien Baker is embarking on a mammoth world tour later this year.

Starting in October she will play a number of shows Stateside before crossing the pond for a succession of European dates around the already sold out show at London's Union Chapel on November 10th.

December will see her return to America to play 15 more shows, capping off three months of touring.



10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

+ w/ Half Waif

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Julien Baker - Tour Begins Next Month, Piano Version Of "Good News" Out Today As Part Of 'Our First 100 Days' Benefit Single Series



(photo credit to: Veronica Mullen)

It was just last Friday when Julien Baker's first official release on the label hit store shelves. Funeral Pyre 7" (with B-side "Distant Solar Systems") is available to buy/stream here: http://smarturl.it/Funeral_Pyre + http://smarturl.it/Distant_Solar_System.

More good news, mean it. A piano version of "Good News" (off Sprained Ankle) is available to stream and download HERE as party of Our First 100 Days. The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. The money earned will go to organizations involved with women's rights, immigration, fairness and climate change.





Upcoming Tour Dates:

Friday, March 31 – Calvin College (Festival of Faith and Music), Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, April 7 – State Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Saturday, April 8 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA ^
Sunday, April 9 – The National, Richmond, VA ^
Tuesday, April 11 – Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA ^
Wednesday, April 12 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN ^
Friday, April 14 – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 15 – College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT ^
Monday, April 17 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 18 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^
Wednesday, April 19 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23 – High Water Festival, N. Charleston, SC
Saturday, May 13 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles &
Wednesday, May 24 – Trafo, Jena, DE
Thursday, May 25 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 26 – Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE
Sunday, May 28 – Aalhaus, Hamburg, DE
Monday, May 29 – Pension Schmidt, Munster, DE
Tuesday, May 30 – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, DE
Wednesday, May 31 – Milla, Munich, DE
Friday, June 2 – Moers Festival, Moers, DE
Monday, June 5 – Bush Hall, London, UK
Tuesday, June 6 – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Friday, June 9 – Primavera Sound, Porto, PT
Saturday, June 10 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
July 27 – Sony Centre, Toronto, ON*
August 15 – Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN*
August 16 – Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY
August 17 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL *
November 10 – Union Chapel, London, UK

! w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
^ w/ The Decemberists
& w/ Connor Oberst
* w/ Belle and Sebastian

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Out Today : Julien Baker - "Funeral Pyre" 7" and 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD European re-release



(photo by Nolan Knight)



Just a reminder that today (March 17) marks the re-release of Julien Baker's amazing 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD (in all territories save for North America and Australia) along with the new "Funeral Pyre" b/w "Distant Solar Systems" 7" here in the USA and Canada (said 7" is included in the international LP editions of 'Sprained Ankle' and can be streamed or downloaded everywhere). Julien's got an ambitious tour schedule for the rest of the year with shows both enormo and intimate ; details can be found below.

Friday, March 31 - Calvin College (Festival of Faith and Music), Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, April 7 - State Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Saturday, April 8 - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA ^
Sunday, April 9 - The National, Richmond, VA ^
Tuesday, April 11 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA ^
Wednesday, April 12 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN ^
Friday, April 14 - The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 15 - College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT ^
Monday, April 17 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 18 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^
Wednesday, April 19 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23 - High Water Festival, N. Charleston, SC
Saturday, May 13 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles &
Wednesday, May 24 - Trafo, Jena, DE
Thursday, May 25 - Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 26 - Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE
Sunday, May 28 - Aalhaus, Hamburg, DE
Monday, May 29 - Pension Schmidt, Munster, DE
Tuesday, May 30 - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, DE
Wednesday, May 31 - Milla, Munich, DE
Friday, June 2 - Moers Festival, Moers, DE
Monday, June 5 - Bush Hall, London, UK
Tuesday, June 6 - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Friday, June 9 - Primavera Sound, Porto, PT
Saturday, June 10 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
July 27 - Sony Centre, Toronto, ON*
August 15 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN*
August 16 - Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY
August 17 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL *
November 10 - Union Chapel, London, UK

! w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
^ w/ The Decemberists
& w/ Connor Oberst
* w/ Belle and Sebastian

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STREAM / ORDER "Funeral Pyre"

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Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle' re-release, "Funeral Pyre" 7", 2017 Touring

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(photo by Nolan Knight)

We're very thrilled to announce the signing of Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker. The 21-year-old’s widely-acclaimed 2015 debut album, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) is available now digitally, with Matador's LP and CD reissue available in all territories (save for North America and Australia) on March 17. We'll be releasing Julien's next studio album everywhere.

Funeralpack

(7" sleeve photo by Kaitlin Gladney)

As premiered earlier this morning via NPR's "All Songs Considered", you can hear the previously unreleased “Funeral Pyre”, the A-side for Baker’s new 7”, out on March 17th on Matador*. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly finger-picked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the 'Sprained Ankle' sessions.

(* - said 7" will be included in the international editions of the 'Sprained Ankle' LP ; however, the single will be available for stand-alone purchase in North America).

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Sprained Ankle')
(STREAM / PREORDER "Funeral Pyre")

After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring. The full list of tour dates can be found below :

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

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