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Algiers - "Liberation" (Outkast) Live In Conklin Metals





A day prior to the start of their North American tour in support of 'There Is No Year', Algiers have released a live video of their cover of Outkast's "Liberation" (above). Though the recent cancelation of SXSW has seen official events wiped from the band's scheduled, Algiers will be hitting Austin in two weeks' time (see below) with an additional show likely to be added.



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Algiers on tour :

Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, March 17, Cheer Up Charlies, Austin TX (1pm)
Tuesday, March 17, End Of An Ear, Austin TX (4pm)
Thursday, March 19, Hotel Vegas, Austin TX (2:45pm)
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, April 10 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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Kim Gordon - 'Air BnB' Live from BBC 6 Music Festival



Photo courtesy of BBC 6 Music

This weekend Kim Gordon laid down a firm indication of what's in store for the upcoming EU & North American tour dates with a blistering set streamed live  from BBC 6 Music Festival in Camden, UK.

Taking to the stage on Sunday evening, Kim and her band tore through a set list defined by the uprorious 'Air BnB', 'Hungry Baby' and 'Murdered Out'. See below for a clip of 'Air BnB':



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Tour dates:

May 22 Villette Sonique Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, May 24 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Monday, May 25 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, May 27 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, May 28 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, May 29 All Points East, London UK
Sunday, May 31 Art Rock Fest, St. Brieuc FR
Tuesday, June 2 Rote Fabric, Zurich CH
Wednesday, June 3 L’Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Thursday, June 4 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 6 Northside Festival, Aarkhus DK
Monday, June 8 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 9 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Thursday, June 11 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Friday, July 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Sunday, July 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Tuesday, July 21 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Thursday, July 23 Webster Hall, New York NY
Friday, July 24 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, September 11 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday, September 12 Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, September 13 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 15 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

Kim Gordon Online:

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Out Today : Stephen Malkmus - 'Traditional Techniques'


(photo : Samuel Gehrke and Chris Schonting)

'Traditional Techniques', the new album from Stephen Malkmus is available from all streaming services and traditional (sorry) retail outlets.   Barring any advice from the CDC, Stephen, Chris Funk and Matt Sweeney will kick off North American touring March 31 at Minneapolis' First Avenue.



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Stephen Malkmus on Tour :

Tuesday, March 31 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 1 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 3 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, April 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, April 5 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, April 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, April 8 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, April 9 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, April 10 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, April 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Monday, April 13 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, April 15 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, April 16 L’Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, April 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, April 19 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI
Friday, June 26 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, June 27 The Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 28 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, June 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, July 1 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, July 2 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Friday, July 3 Venue TBD, Santa Fe NM
Saturday, July 4 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Monday, July 6 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, July 7 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, July 8 Tower Theater, Oklahoma City OK
Thursday, July 9 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Saturday, July 11 Gothic Theater, Denver CO

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VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus - "Shadowbanned"



"Shadowbanned", directed by Jan Lankisch





(photo : Samuel Gerhke)

Stephen Malkmus releases a new single/video, “Shadowbanned,” from his new album, 'Traditional Techniques', coming March 6th. Following the first single “Xian Man,” “Shadowbanned” bursts with flute-laced swagger and Malkmus, as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream sings of “Amazon wheatfields and rivers of Red Bull//drip gush drip//data driven skip//to the part where the left bros parody TED talks.” The video, directed by Jan Lankisch, features friends and fans of Malkmus, included but not limited to Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Conor Oberst, Mac DeMarco, Matt Korvete, Mary Lattimore, Sharon Van Etten, Jason Schwartzman and Jake Morris performing “Shadowbanned as a cartoon version of Malkmus . Said footage is interwoven with clips from older videos by Malkmus and Pavement in which the singer has been blurred, pixelated algorithmically replaced in order to render him invisible.

"The video was inspired by reading about female singers and musicians who were photoshopped from their album covers by an Iranian music streaming site,” says Lankisch who realized "Shadowbanned“with the help of Janosch Pugnaghi, Gesa Gadow, Lina Sieckmann and Miri Gossing The video represents two polar opposites: the involuntary erasure of a person in visual imagery and one's desire to perform as a persona, thereby leaving the constraints of one's everyday identity behind. "Identity is a matter of design. People like to play with characters and pretend to be someone else.” For this reason, Lankisch and Pugnaghi developed a filter for Instagram called "Being Stephen Malkmus,” which operates via face detection. The face of the user is overlaid with a stylized version of Malkmus’ face. The “Being Stephen Malkmus” Instagram filter is available today.

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Stephen Malkmus on Tour :

Tuesday, March 31 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 1 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 3 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, April 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, April 5 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, April 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, April 8 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, April 9 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, April 10 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, April 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Monday, April 13 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, April 15 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, April 16 L’Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, April 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, April 19 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI
Friday, June 26 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, June 27 The Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 28 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, June 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, July 1 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, July 2 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Friday, July 3 Venue TBD, Santa Fe NM
Saturday, July 4 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Monday, July 6 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, July 7 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, July 8 Tower Theater, Oklahoma City OK
Thursday, July 9 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Saturday, July 11 Gothic Theater, Denver CO

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Kim Gordon - Solo Touring 2020



In addition to previously announced European festival dates, Kim Gordon will be embarking on her first solo tour in support of 2019's widely hailed, 'No Home Record' starting with London's 6Music Festival and continuing with North American shows commencing July 17 in Minneapolis. In addition, Gordon will be one of the keynote speakers for the music portion of South By Southwest as part of a conversation with author Rachel Kushner.

The touring band features Kim on guitar on vocals, Yves Rothman as music director, Sarah Register on guitar, Emily Retsas on bass, and Sterling Laws on drums.

Gordon recently wrapped up a solo art exhibition of new work at 303 Gallery in New York, titled “The Bonfire.” The show opened January 10th and featured a series of works on canvas and a film titled "Los Angeles June 6, 2019.” Artnet News noted the works “present a world of safety and intimacy but beneath which lurk darker unseen forces...these images reflect our current reality where it seems no image is uncaptured, as well as the fact that even the most ordinary events are packaged and elevated as though they have more monumental meanings.” Last week Kim also participated at LA’s The Broad “The Un-Private Collection” series in conversation with NY-based artist Christopher Wool, moderated by music curator, critic, author, and gallerist John Corbett.

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Kim Gordon on tour, new dates in bold (on sale Friday, February 28)

Sunday, March 8 6 Music Festival, London UK
Friday, May 22 Villette Sonique Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, May 24 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Monday, May 25 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, May 27 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, May 28 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, May 29 All Points East, London UK
Sunday, May 31 Art Rock Fest, St. Brieuc FR
Tuesday, June 2 Rote Fabric, Zurich CH
Wednesday, June 3 L’Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Thursday, June 4 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 6 Northside Festival, Aarkhus DK
Monday, June 8 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 9 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Thursday, June 11 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Friday, July 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Sunday, July 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Tuesday, July 21 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Thursday, July 23 Webster Hall, New York NY
Friday, July 24 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, September 11 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday, September 12 Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, September 13 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 15 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

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Coming May 1 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Making A Door Less Open'


(album art : Cate Wurtz)



"Can't Cool Me Down", Produced by Dos Rios Films, Lyric Animation by Marisa Gesualdi


(photo by Carlos Cruz)

'Making A Door Less Open', the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial, is set for release May 1.  The first single,  “Can’t Cool Me Down,” a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, and its accompanying video, are out today.

Created over the course of four years, 'Making a Door Less Open' is the result of a  collaboration between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.”

'Making A Door Less Open' sees Toledo embarking on new and imaginative roads to songwriting and recording, placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy,” rather than attempting to draw a coherent storyteller narrative through the album as he has in the past, resulting in his most dynamic and open-ended work to date.

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This album was made from January 2015 to December 2019, starting as a collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into songs. I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to figure out how to do that. I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to have a special energy. I thought that if I could make an album full of songs that had a special energy, each one unique and different in its vision, then that would be a good thing.

Andrew, Ethan, Seth and I started going into the studio to record songs that had more finished structures and jam on ideas that didn’t. Then I would mess with the recordings until I could see my way to a song. Most of the time on this album was spent shuttling between my house and Andrew’s, who did a lot of the mixing on this. He comes from an EDM school of mixing, so we built up sample-heavy beat-driven songs that could work to both of our strengths.

Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love...the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks, with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.

I think my main hope for the world of music is that it will continue to grow by taking from the past, with a consciousness of what still works now. Exciting moments in music always form at a crossroads - a new genre emerges from the pieces of existing ones, an artist strips down a forgotten structure and makes something alien and novel. If there is a new genre emergent in our times, it has not yet been named and identified, but its threads come from new ways of listening to all types of music, of new methods of creating music at an unprecedented level of affordability and personal freedom, of new audiences rising up through the internet to embrace works that would otherwise be lost, and above all from the people whose love of music drives them to create it in the best form they possibly can. Hopefully it will remain nameless for some time, so it can be experienced with that same newness and strangeness that accompanies any and all meaningful encounters with music.

“Yea but 
what’s with the mask”
Bob Dylan said, “if someone’s wearing a mask, he’s gonna tell you the truth...if he’s not wearing a mask, it’s highly unlikely.” He never actually wore a mask onstage so I don’t know why he said that. But I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it. I don’t think it changes anything else about the songs or how you feel about them to be able to drop it for a second and have fun with it. If you can’t do that then you’re in a bad place...

The character comes from another project Andrew and I have been working on called 1 TRAIT DANGER. This is something Andrew started doing on tour—recording ideas for his own songs as they came to him, and forcibly enlisting everyone else to participate. It appealed to me because it was nothing like Car Seat Headrest, and the ideas cracked me up. Before we knew it we had two albums released, a video game that was almost impossible to beat, and a growing number of people who seemed to be enjoying it all. It’s been a great outlet for weird and untenable musical experiments, and the live performances have been a blast. I play a character called TRAIT, and we’ve been working out the backstory as we go. I think he spent a lot of time in classified government facilities before getting into the music business.

This is the kind of stuff that kept us going while we were working on MADLO. We were in our own little world and free to try any idea we “Yea but 
what’s with the mask”wanted. A lot of the ideas for 1 Trait bled over to the Car Seat tracks, and vice versa. You just can’t make music without first creating your own environment around it...sound’s always gotta travel through something. This time it was a mask.
—trait

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters [5:38]
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:08]
A03 Hollywood [3:23]
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:21]
B05 Hymn [3:02]
B06 Deadlines [5:03]
B07 Martin [3:27]
B08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
B09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
B10 Famous [2:49]
CD Track List
01 Weightlifters [5:41]
02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:09]
03 Hollywood [3:22]
04 Martin [3:32]
05 Hymn (Remix) [2:48]
06 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:22]
07 Deadlines [5:05]
08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
10 Famous [2:52]
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:07]

12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:10]

Digital Tracklist - TBD








Ticket Presale Info

Album Preorder / Ticket Presale info:  Initial preorders of 'Making A Door Less Open' via the Matador Store will come with a presale code for the U.S. tour.
Album Preorder presale begins at 3pm Wednesday, February 26th


General on-sale is 10am local time Friday February 28th


Car Seat Headrest on Tour, New Dates in Bold

 

Saturday, April 25 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA (preview performance)
Wednesday, May 27 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
 Thursday, May 28 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI *
 Friday, May 29 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Saturday, May 30 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Tuesday, June 2 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
 Wednesday, June 3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Thursday, June 4 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, June 6 House of Blues, Boston MA *
 Sunday, June 7 State Theatre, Portland ME *
 Tuesday, June 9 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Thursday, June 11 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, June 13 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA *
Sunday, June 14 The Anthem, Washington D.C. *
Tuesday, June 16 The Ritz, Raleigh NC *
Wednesday, June 17 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC (On sale Noon local time this Friday) *
Thursday, June 18 The Senate, Columbia SC *
Friday, June 19 Tabernacle, GA *
Saturday, June 20 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville TN *
Thursday, July 9 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Friday, July 10 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Saturday, July 11 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, July 12 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 14 The Warfield, San Francisco CA
Friday, July 17 Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Saturday, July 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 19 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 22 Stubb’s, Austin TX
Thursday, July 23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 24 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 25 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, July 26 Crossroads KC at Grinder's, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
 @ w/ Ron Gallo
* w/ Twin Peaks
 

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