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Circuit des Yeux - "Double Dare"

Circuit des Yeux's cover of Bauhaus' "Double Dare", previously issued as a Qobuz exclusive, is now available for streaming or download on all streaming services.

stream / download "Double Dare"
stream/purchase  '-io'

(photo by Evan Jenkins)

“‘Double Dare’ is a song filled with immense power. Listening to it helps decimate my fear. My favorite part about the CdY interpretation of ‘Double Dare’ is the way Whitney (Johnson) represents the screeching guitar part with a viola and overdrive pedal. The way the harmonics and feedback bounces and resonates around in THX Spatial Audio feels like being in the eye of a tornado. If ‘Double Dare’ is an anecdote to fear, this cover of ‘Double Dare’ in THX Spatial Audio ups the dosage.” -Haley Fohr

Circuit des Yeux on Tour

Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theater, Chicago IL *
Friday, September 23 Chicago Theater, Chicago IL *
Saturday, September 24 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI *
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON *
Monday, October 3 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, October 4 Blå, Oslo NO
Wednesday, October 5 FOLK, Göthenborg SE
Thursday, October 6 ALICE at Ideal Bar, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, October 8 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Tuesday, October 11 Volkstheater, Vienna AT
Wednesday, October 12 Linhart Hall Ljubljana SI
Thursday, October 13 Freakout, Bologna IT
Friday, October 14 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Tuesday, October 18 Café Berlin, Madrid ES
Wednesday, October 19 Culturgest, Lisbon PT
Thursday, October 20 Gnration, Braga PT
Friday, October 21 Auditorio de Espinho, Espinho PT

* w/ Pavement

Circuit des Yeux Online


Coming November 4 : Spoon vs. On-U Sound - 'Lucifer On The Moon'

Spoon - photo by Olivia Wolfe

Adrian Sherwood - photo by Harry Borden

"On The Radio" (Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction
directed by Britt Daniel

'Lucifer on the Moon' is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. A top-to-bottom rework of the Austin band's tenth album, it was created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood.

The album will be released November 4th on LP and digital.

'Moon' first took shape as a few heady remixes for the singles from 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. Frontman Britt Daniel offered Sherwood two suggestions: “Avoid things that would not be possible on tape” and “Add whatever you want to add, the less modern the better.” The collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise: dub-inspired production is wound through Spoon’s classic tracks, from "Finer Feelings" to "Inside Out."  The initial results pleased both parties and Sherwood was invited to work on additional songs. And then a few more. “I got into the melody and the thoughts it evoked in me,” the producer explains. “It just evolved and we eventually found ourselves with a whole album.”

'Moon' flips 'Lucifer on the Sofa'’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes.

The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end. “It wasn’t just a thing where you pick apart this and that and you stay on the grid and you add a delay,” explains Daniel. “He added so much more instrumentation to the tracks that they became completely different versions of the songs. Not just remixes, but companion pieces. A ‘Part II.’”

presave / preorder 'Lucifer On The Moon'
stream / download "On The Radio" (Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction)

'Lucifer On The Moon' Tracklist
01 My Babe
02 On The Radio
03 Held
04 The Devil & Mister Jones
05 Lucifer On The Sofa
06 Astral Jacket
07 Feels Alright
08 Wild
09 The Hardest Cut
10 Satellite

Spoon on tour :

Thursday, October 6 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Friday, October 7 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Sunday October   9 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 11 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 12 Party For The Parks, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Saturday,October 15 Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
Sunday October 16 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX

Spoon Online
Official Site

Pavement - Australian Tour

Pavement's tour of Australia for 2023 announced this morning, with tickets for headline shows going on general on-sale next Wednesday, September 21st at 13:00 local times. Ticketing info available here

The band's first show of the North American tour began last Friday in San Diego and will finish in Austin before UK/EU dates commence in mid October.

Wednesday, September 14 The Masonic, San Francisco CA #
Friday, September 16 Edgefield Amphitheatre, Troutdale OR #
Saturday, September 17 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA (SOLD OUT) #
Monday, September 19 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO $
Tuesday, September 20 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO $
Wednesday, September 21 The Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN $
Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT) %
Friday, September 23, Chicago Theatre, Chicago Theatre IL %
Sat, September 24 Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit MI (SOLD OUT) %
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT) %
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON ^
Wed, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT) ^
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) ^
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) &
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) *
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY =
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT) >
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT) >
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Monday, October 10, 3Ten At ACL Live, Austin TX (SOLD OUT) +
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, February 15 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Thursday, February 16 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Saturday, February 18 Namba Hatch, Osaka JP

Wednesday, 22 February - Perth Concert Hall | Perth, WA
Friday 24 February - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Saturday 25 February - MONA FOMA | Hobart TAS
Tuesday 28 February - Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday 1 March- Anita’s Theatre | Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 2 March- Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Friday 3 March- Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4 March- Tent Pole Festival | Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC

! w/ Film School
@ w/ Kelley Stoltz
# w/ Guerilla Toss
$ w/ Annalibera
% w/ Circuit des Yeux
^ w/ The Goon Sax
& w/ 75 Dollar Bill
* w/ Horsegirl
= w/ Steve Gunn
> w/ Weak Signal
+ w/ Piranha Rama

Pavement Online
Pavement – official site
Pavement at Bandcamp

Algiers - "Bite Back" (featuring billy woods & Backxwash)

"Bite Back", directed by Murat Gökmen

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(photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Algiers are back with the new track "Bite Back", featuring Backxwash and billy woods.

Born in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, the six-minute opus sees Algiers frontperson Franklin James Fisher trading verses with Backxwash, aka Montreal Zambian-Canadian rapper & producer Ashanti Mutinta, and NYC's billy woods, on Black resistance, PsyOps and police oppression.

Multi-instrumentalist/producer Ryan Mahan said: “Shit’s been so real the past few years, we really needed to grow our community of collaborators and make solid the bonds we’ve always felt, particularly with rap heads. And to have the two best rappers around, billy woods AND Backxwash, on the same Algiers-produced track? Pinch me, for real.”

Singer Franklin James Fisher said: "Ryan showed up one day with this beautifully epic instrumental and said, “I’ve got this song and I want to call it ‘Bite Back’. It immediately reminded me why I joined this band and the rest of the song seemed to write itself. It's a classic example of our Lenin-McCartney dynamic.”

Backxwash said: "This feels like the soundtrack to revolutionary struggle. I am honored to participate side by side with an incredible array of artistry.”

billy woods said: "Working with Algiers was a dope experience on many levels, and I was even more excited when they said they were shooting a video. Plus knowing Backxwash was involved, I had to do it.”

‘Bite Back’ is the first new music from Algiers – the four-piece of Franklin James Fisher, Ryan Mahan, Lee Tesche and Matt Tong – since their critically acclaimed third album 'There Is No Year' in 2020.

There's more Algiers news to follow soon

Algiers on Tour, New Dates in Bold


Wednesday, September 14 Mahall’s, Lakewood OH
Friday, September 16 Riot Fest, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 17 Rozz Tox, Rock Island IL
Thursday, February 9 Workman’s Dublin IE
Wednesday, February 15 Botanique, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 16 Salzhaus, Winterthur CH
Friday, February 17 Bronson, Ravenna IT
Saturday, February 18 Capitol, Pordenone IT
Monday, February 20 Kino Siska, Ljubjana SL
Tuesday, February 21 Flex, Vienna AT
Wednesday, February 22 Posthof, Linz AT
Friday, February 24 Lucerna, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 25 Niebo, Warsaw PL
Wednesday, March 1 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, March 2 Hole44, Berlin DE
Friday, March 3 Forum, Bielefeld DE
Saturday, March 4 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Sunday, March 5 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Tuesday, March 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 8 The Dome, London UK

Algiers Online :

There Is No Year

Mdou Moctar - 'Niger EP Vol. 1'

“Chismiten (Drum Machine Version)”

photo : WH Moustapha

Download / Stream 'Niger EP Vol. 1 '


After capping off their last UK performance for 2022 at Green Man Festival last weekend, Mdou Moctar has released the  'Niger EP Vol. 1' featuring
recordings captured in Moctar’s native country, including the previously unreleased 13-minute drum machine and electric guitar epic "Imouhar," live versions of songs from across Moctar’s discography, and a rhythm-box-driven take on 'Afrique Victime ' opener "Chismiten."

Producer and bass player Mikey Coltun says: “In 2021, we started the Mdou Moctar mixtape series. These releases compiled field recordings, cell phone voice memos, interview clips, conversations captured in the tour van, and blown-out board recordings from shows all over the world. As a continuation of those mixtapes, we present the Niger EP's, which examine the roots of the Mdou Moctar band. Early Mdou recordings were contained on cassettes, though the humble tape was soon replaced by the quick
and easy facility of cell phone technology. Long bus rides are common in West Africa. On one of these rides, you might be seated next to a stranger and ask "what are you listening to?", then a song exchange would begin over Bluetooth. This is a very real way artists found their music distributed far from home. In that vein, the Niger EP series features solely recordings taped in Mdou Moctar's home country of Niger. Volume 1 begin the series with a mix of recordings from 2017-2020, documenting the band at weddings, picnics, rehearsals, and even impromptu house concerts. A must have for any Mdou Moctar fan!”

Download / Stream Afrique Refait

Purchase / Stream Afrique Victime


  1. Imouhar (Drum Machine Version)

  2. Chismiten (Drum Machine Version)

  3. Sibidoul (Live)

  4. Afelan (Live)

  5. Layla (Live)

  6. Afrique Victime (Live)
    Mdou Moctar On Tour  :

Wednesday, August 24 Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Thursday, August 25 Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver BC
Friday, August 26 THING Festival, Port Townsend WA
Saturday, August 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August 28 This Ain’t No Picnic, Pasadena CA
Wednesday, August 31 Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA
Thursday, September 1 Hoco Festival, Tucson AZ
Saturday, September 3 Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH
Tuesday, September 6 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

Interpol - 'The Black EP' / 'Turn On The Bright Lights' (2002 Documentary)

(photo : Michael Edwards)

On August 20th, Interpol’s canonical debut album 'Turn On The Bright Lights' turns 20. To commemorate this moment, the band today make the fan-favorite and TOTBL companion 'The Black EP' available on digital platforms.

Originally released on August 26, 2003, as a limited-edition CD, the long out of print 'The Black EP' features the studio version of "Say Hello To The Angels", a demo of "NYC" and four TOTBL-era songs recorded live in session for Radio France in 2002, including fabled non-album bonus track "Specialist".

Accompanying the release is a 2002 short documentary on the band made by a French subsidiary of then-label EMI. Hitherto lost in the annals of 144p
YouTube rips, the 13-minute clip is brought to glorious hi-res restoration,
featuring interviews with the band as well as snippets of performances of
‘PDA’, ‘NYC’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Stella was a diver and she was always down’.

stream 'The Black EP's'
stream / purchase 'Turn On The Bright Lights'
stream / purchase 'The Other Side Of Make-Believe'

'The Black EP'  Tracklist

  1. Say Hello To The Angels

  2. NYC (Demo)

  3. Obstacle 1 (Black Sessions)

  4. Specialist (Black Sessions)

  5. Leif Erikson (Black Sessions)

  6. PDA (Black Sessions)

Turn on the Bright Lights Tracklist

  1. Untitled

  2. Obstacle 1

  3. NYC

  4. PDA

  5. Say Hello to the Angels

  6. Hands Away

  7. Obstacle 2

  8. Stella was a diver and she was always down

  9. Roland

  10. The New

  11. Leif Erikson

Interpol on tour :

Thursday, August 25 Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ #
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME^
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI^
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH^
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH^
Friday, September 2 The Eastern, Atlanta GA %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC^
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN^
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO^
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK^
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV^
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA^
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA^
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Friday, November 4 Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro BR $
Saturday, November 5 Primavera Sound, São Paulo BR $
Tuesday, November 8 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba BR
Thursday, November 10 Kilkfest, Asunción PY
Saturday, November 12 Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile, Santiago CL
Sunday, November 13 Primavera Sound Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires AR
Tuesday, November 15 Arena 1, Lima PE $

# Metric, Spoon
^ w/ Spoon, Water From Your Eyes
$ w/ Arctic Monkeys

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

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