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Stephen Malkmus - Tonight On Sirius XMU's Complete Control

Stephen Malkmus will be sharing records from his personal collection tonight on SiriusXMU in the vein of'Groove Denied'.  Presumably he's playing whatever he wants, however.

Tune in on channel 35 or listen online at  6pm easter. The program will be replayed at 6pm pacific.

Stephen Malkmus on tour (dates in bold on sale July 13) :

Friday, September 13 CCA, Glasgow UK
Saturday, September 14 Whelan’s, Dublin IE
Monday, September 16 YES, Manchester UK
Tuesday, September 17 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, September 18 The Moth Club, London UK (Early Show SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 18 The Moth Club, London UK (Late Show SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 20 Point Ephemere, Paris FR
Saturday, September 21 De Nijverheid, Utrecht NL
Monday, September 23 Gewölbe, Cologne DE
Tuesday, September 24 Kranhalle, Munich DEThursday, September 26 Burg Schnabel, Berlin DE
Friday, September 27 Santeria Social Club, Milan IT
Thursday, November 28, Shangri-la, Osaka JP
Friday, November 29, Stream Hall, Tokyo JP

Stephen Malkmus Online
Twitter – Stephen Malkmus
Twitter – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Yo La Tengo - September West Coast Dates

For Yo La Tengo, doing something big to distract from an August 4 Condo Fucks show with 75 Dollar Bill is a considerable challenge, but we long ago learned to doubt the band at our own peril. Along with a plethora of other global dates, Yo La Tengo have confirmed 6 new shows on the West Coast (and, uh, Idaho) with tickets on sale this Friday at 10am local time.

Yo La Tengo on tour (new dates in bold) :

Wednesday, July 3 Yes24 Muv Hall, Seoul KR
Thursday, July 4 Yes24 Muv Hall, Seoul KR
Saturday, July 6 Playtime Festival, Gachuurt Village MN
Wednesday, July 10 TTN, Hong Kong CH
Saturday, July 13 Legacy Live House, Taipei TW
Sunday, August 4 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (Condo Fucks, Free Day Show) %
August 8-12 The Boaty Weekender, Barcelona ES *
Wednesday, August 14 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Thursday, August 15 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK
Friday, August 16 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell UK
September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID (No fee tickets available at The Record Exchange)
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT (No fee tickets available at Graywhale)
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA (No fee tickets available at Old Style Guitar Shop)
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA  (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX

% w/ 75 Dollar Bill
* w/ Belle and Sebastian, Arab Strap, Teenage Fanclub, more
# w/ Bon Iver
Stream / buy - ‘There’s A Riot Going On’

Yo La Tengo online:

Official Site

Lucy Dacus - "Forever Half Mast"

In honor of Independence Day, Lucy Dacus has released a new single titled “Forever Half Mast,” . The third installment of her 2019 holiday song series, “Forever Half Mast” follows her Valentine’s Day-inspired  “La Vie En Rose” cover and her ode to Mother’s Day and Taurus Season, an original song titled “My Mother & I.” Lucy’s ongoing 2019 singles series will also include tracks tied to Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, with a physical EP coming in the fall.

In “Forever Half Mast,” the twang of a steel guitar compliments Lucy’s gentle strumming and lends a distinctly ‘American’ sound to the song -- yet the lyrics convey an attitude towards her home country that is decidedly more ambivalent. Lucy drew inspiration for the song from her experiences touring in Europe, where she was starkly confronted by the complexities of her American identity, and by what it means to be a proud American in these trying times.

In Lucy’s words, “There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering. 'Forever Half Mast' is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer.  Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways.”

stream/download "Forever Half Mast"

Lucy Dacus on tour :
Friday, June 28 Friday Cheers at Brown's Island, Richmond VA
Tuesday, July 2 FZW, Dortmund DE
Wednesday, July 3 MarX, Hamburg DE
July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Saturday, July 6 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ
Sunday, July 7 Flex Cafe, Vienna AT
Monday, July 8 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn AT
Saturday, July 27 Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI
Sunday, July 28 Xpnential Music Festival, Camden NJ
Wednesday, July 31, Paramount Theatre, Austin [email protected]
Thursday, September 5 Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 7 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY * (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 8 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY *
Tuesday, September 10 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA ##
Wednesday, September 11 Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT ##
Thursday, September 12 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH ##
Saturday, September 14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT
Sunday, September 15 Ottawa Cityfolk Festival, Ottawa, ONT
Monday, September 16 L’Astral, Montreal , QC ##
Tuesday, September 17 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT ##
Thursday, September 19 El Club, Detroit, MI ##
Friday, September 20 Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA ##
Saturday, September 21 Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Bristol, TN
Wednesday, October 9 Headliner’s, Louisville, KY !
Thursday, October 10 Park West, Chicago, IL !
Friday, October 11 Majestic, Madison, WI !
Saturday, October 12 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN !
Monday, October 14 Slowdown, Omaha, NE !
Wednesday, October 16 The Rialto , Bozeman, MT !
Thursday October 17 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT !
Friday October 18 The Olympic, Boise, ID !
Saturday October 19 The Bartlett, Spokane, WA !
Monday October 21 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver, BC !
Tuesday October 22 Neumo’s, Seattle, WA !
Wednesday October 23 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR !
Friday October 25 August Hall, San Francisco, CA !
Saturday October 26 Teregram Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
Monday October 28 Belly Up<, San Diego, CA !
Tuesday October 29 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ !
Friday, November 1 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO !
Monday, November 4 Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO !
Tuesday, November 5 Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati, OH !
Wednesday, November 6 Covenant Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX

@ w/ Julien Baker
* w/ Mitski
## w/ Quinn Christopherson
! w/ Liza Anne

Snail Mail - 'Habit' Reissue Streaming Today, Vinyl/CD Coming August 30

(photo : Megan Schaller)

Baltimore-based singer/songwriter/guitar wiz Snail Mail, aka Lindsey Jordan, has re-issued the breakout 2016 EP, 'Habit', available now digitally, with the 12" and CD versions available on August 30th. The re-mastered EP contains the six original songs, including the single, “Thinning,” as well as a cover of Lois Maffeo’s “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” an alternative version of which was previously  available as an Amazon exclusive.

ICYMI, Snail Mail contributed an original song to EA Games’ latest installment of The Sims, ‘The Sims 4: Living Island,’ which came out last Friday. “Rizbeen” is an original new recording of Snail Mail's “Pristine,” with the lyrics translated into Simlish (NO REALLY, THAT'S WHAT I WAS ASKED TO TYPE).
“It was really hilarious working with the producer of Lush and trying to be serious the whole time! It came pretty naturally to me for some reason. Maybe i’m a sim.”

preorder 'Habit'


1. Thinning
2. Habit
3. Static Buzz
4. Dirt
5. Slug
6. Stick

7. The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World

Snail Mail on tour :

July 11-4 - Winnipeg Folk Fest, Winnipeg, MB
July 15 - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN*
Wednesday, July 17 The Granada, Lawrence KS *
Thursday, July 18 Off Broadway, St. Louis MO *
Friday, July 19 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Saturdday, July 20, Thalia Hall, Chicago IL &
Sunday, July 21 - Pitchfork Fest, Chicago IL
Tuesday, July 23 Exit/In, Nashville TN *
Wednesday, July 24 Headliners, Louisville KY *
Thursday, July 25 Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus OH
Friday, July 26 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH *
Saturday, July 27 - MoPop, Detroit, MI
Sunday, July 28 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, July 31 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
Thursday, August 1 - Webster Hall, NYC NY **
Thursday, August 15 Twilight Concert Series, Salt Lake City UT %#
Friday, August 16 MAHA Music Festival, Omaha NE
Saturday, August 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
Sunday, August 18 Taos Vortex, Taos NM
Tuesday, August 20 Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, August 21 Irenic, San Diego CA
Thursday, August 22 The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, August 24 THING, Port Townsend WA
Thursday, September 5 Hopscotch Music Festival,  City Plaza, Raleigh [email protected]
November 16-17 Corona Capital, Mexico City MX

&  w/ Stereolab
* w/ Sasami
** w/ Duster, Sasami
& w/ Courtney Barnett
# w/ Choir Boy
@ w/ Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Spoon - "No Bullets Spent" ; 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon' Coming July 26

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon today unleash their first new song since 2017’s acclaimed 'Hot Thoughts'. “No Bullets Spent” showcases Spoon in full creative forward momentum, with its staccato rhythms and spooky film-noir guitar. The inimitable vocals of magnetic frontman Britt Daniel kicking off at the first note, Spoon’s signature is stamped on the track immediately while another level is achieved in Daniels’ seemingly infinite hot streak as a songwriter. Blending with the percussion wizardry of Spoon co-founder Jim Eno, the song is propelled from the doors of his own Public Hi Fi studio in Austin, TX and is produced by Mark Rankin. Alex Fischel (keyboard) and Gerardo Larios (guitar) add their own dimension to the band whose recent recording sessions point to, perhaps, a forthcoming new album.

(stream / preorder "No Bullets Spent")

“No Bullets Spent” joins classics from the Spoon catalog on 'Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon', the greatest hits compilation coming out July 26th. “No Bullets Spent” will also be available as a limited edition 7”, with the 'A Series of Sneaks' era rarity “Shake It Off” on the B-side.  Limited to a small pressing worldwide, the 7” will be sold exclusively via the Matador and Spoon webstores and on tour with the band this summer.  The album’s tracklist (complaints about what songs are missing
can be directed to the Twitter ether) and Spoon’s full list of summer tour dates can be found below the physical and digital artwork, and the Rob Sheffield-penned bio.

(preorder 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon')

How many rock bands from the past 25 years could get away with a greatest-hits album? Spoon stand alone, with a career-spanning retrospective culled from all over their unique songbook. It’s a flawless compilation of their best-known, best-loved tunes, yet it’s still full of
surprises—the only thing you could expect from a band that’s spent their whole career taking people by surprise.

“The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times,” Britt Daniel says. “First I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record it was 'Standing on a Beach'. When I got my first New Order record, it was 'Substance'. That was how I met those bands, and I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I
love a greatest hits LP when it’s done well. It can be a thing unto itself.”

If you were the betting type in 1996, and you were taking odds on which bands would still be on top of their game in 2019—still thriving, creating, evolving, sitting on top of a catalog so rich it could produce a compilation like this—it’s safe to say you could have bought a house betting a quarter on Spoon. They did not seem the likeliest band to make history. Yet they’ve achieved this by refusing to concede a thing to fashion, refusing to pander, declining to repeat themselves, resisting the impulse to play it safe. When they dropped 'Kill the Moonlight' in 2002, it already seemed bizarre this underdog band had turned out to be so freakishly prolific and creative. But Spoon were just getting started. They have kept going their own way, moving past their original blueprint and building something new one album at a time.

When you hear Spoon has a greatest-hits record, you instantly think of your pet favorites. Every fan would assemble a totally different lineup—that’s the beauty of it. They’ve built the kind of ridiculously vast catalog where people love to argue for hours over their favorite highlights. Are you a 'Girls Can Tell' diehard or a 'Transference' cultist? Do you prefer 'Gimme
Fiction' or 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga'? 'Hot Thoughts'? 'They Want My Soul'?
Certain artists like Al Green, Blondie or Creedence spend years making individual albums that stand up as fully realized works of art—but they spawn a perfect greatest-hits record that makes its own statement. That’s the classic level Spoon are on here. So how did this complex and diverse string of albums boil down to one disc? “Honestly, it was a struggle,”
Daniel says. “I was listening to the old records and jotting down the songs—if you wanna turn the volume up, that's a good sign. The list really got whittled down, so these are the best. ‘I Summon You’ was never a huge song, wasn’t for the radio, but it had to be on there. It’s one of the best things we’ve done. I wanted to represent 'Transference', even though it's not really a ‘hit’ type of album—‘Got Nuffin’ was the closest thing. It did get to a point where I started feeling like, ‘We gotta represent this album in some way, we've gotta represent this change in some way.’ ‘Everything Hits at Once’ was a turning point for us—a minimal new wave soul type of rock song.’”

That’s part of what makes this a classic greatest-hits album—we will keep arguing over the selections for years to come. “It’s a small collection trying to cover a lot of years, but I hope it does what 'The Singles' record by the Pretenders or 'Hot Rocks' did for me—cover a lot of ground and then if you want to find out more, you can find out more.” It’s a conversation starter, like any great group’s best-of should be.  But it’s also a map to the work of a band that’s still full of surprises—and more yet to come. - Rob Sheffield

Everything Hits At Once Tracklist
01. I Turn My Camera On
02. Do You
03. Don’t You Evah
04. Inside Out
05. The Way We Get By
06. The Underdog
07. Hot Thoughts
08. I Summon You
09. Rent I Pay
10. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
11. Got Nuffin
12. Everything Hits At Once
13. No Bullets Spent
Spoon on tour  :
Thursday, July 11 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield WA
Saturday, July 13 Gorge Amphitheater, George WA
Monday, July 15 Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno NV *
Tuesday, July 16 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA
Wednesday, July 17 FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine CA
Friday, July 19 Park Theater, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, July 20 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA
Sunday, July 21 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, July 23 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver CO
Friday, July 26 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin TX
Saturday, July 27 The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX
Sunday, July 28 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
Tuesday, July 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, July 31 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago IL
Friday, August 2 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, August 3 DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit MI
Sunday, August 4 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, August 11 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON
Monday, August 12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
Tuesday, August 13 Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center NY
Thursday, August 15 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
Friday, August 16 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
Saturday, August 17 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Tuesday, August 20 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Wednesday, August 21 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
Thursday, August 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, August 24 Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 25 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 27 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham AL
Thursday, August 29 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
Friday, August 30 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL

(all dates except 7/15 with Beck and Cage The Elephant)

Spoon online :

Official Site

Steve Gunn - "Be Still Moon" b/w "Shrunken Heads"

Having released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2019 in 'The Unseen In Between', Brooklyn-based songwriteSteve Gunn today shares two new non-album songs, “Be Still Moon” and “Shrunken Heads.”

Recorded during the sessions that yielded 'The Unseen In Between', “Be Still Moon” is a swaying acoustic waltz that showcases Gunn’s melodic fretwork, while “Shrunken Heads” sets a rhythmic call-and-response refrain against kaleidoscopic country guitars. While they didn’t make sense with the distinct ebb and flow of the album, taken on their own, the two tracks are as spellbinding an illustration of Gunn’s arresting songcraft as any.

Stream / download "Be Still Moon" and "Shrunken Heads"

STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold) :
Thursday, July 4 Sonic Lyon, Lyon FR
Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB %
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME !
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH !
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT !
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC !
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA +
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^
Saturday, August 24 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Sunday, August 25 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville Mezieres FR
Monday, August 26 Patterns, Brighton UK
Tuesday, August 27 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, August 28 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Thursday, August 29 Exchange, Bristol UK
Friday, August 30 End of the Road, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 OLT, Antwerp BE *
Sunday, September 1 Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Monday, September 2 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao ES
Tuesday, September 3 Sala 0, Madrid ES
Wednesday, September 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Friday, September 6 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, September 7 Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden NL
Sunday, September 8 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt DE
Monday, September 9 Bumann & Sohn, Köln DE
Tuesday, September 10 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, September 11 Trafo, DE
Thursday, September 12 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
Friday, September 13 Helling, Utrecht NL
Saturday, September 14 Leffingeleuren, Leffing BE
Monday, September 16 Lost Lane, Dublin IE %
Tuesday, September 17 Omeara, London UK %
Thursday, September 19 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki FI %
Monday, September 23 Salon, Istanbul TR %
Friday, October 18 Lambert’s, Austin TX %

Sunday, October 20 Duet Jazz (The Bob Dylan Center Presents: An Evening with Steve Gunn, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%

! w/ Bill MacKay
+ w/ Nace-Truscinski Duo
^ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ John Prine
% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.

Steve Gunn online :

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