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New From Lucy Dacus - "Last Christmas"





Ringing in the festive season, Lucy Dacus has released a cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas”. Following the release of acclaimed holiday-themed singles “La Vie En Rose,” “My Mother & I,” “Forever Half Mast,” “Dancing In The Dark,” and “In The Air Tonight” throughout the year, “Last Christmas” is the sixth installment taken from Dacus’ '2019' EP that is out November 8th on Matador Records and can be preordered below. The EP also features an unreleased original tribute to New Year’s titled “Fools Gold.” A special bundle set of the 2019 EP and a limited edition, clear vinyl pressing of Dacus’s breakthrough 2018 album Historian will be available through the Matador Records webstore.

Sped-up, amped-up and delivered through a megaphone to chugging abandon, Dacus’ reworking of "Last Christmas" imbues the sweater-sporting classic with a spontaneous energy that turns it playfully on its head. “I don't really like Christmas,” says Dacus. “In the studio, we listened to the original of ‘Last Christmas’ and didn't talk about an arrangement. I just told everyone to play it angry. This is what happened first take. It actually came out pretty fun, maybe a tad psychotic.”

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Lucy Dacus on tour :

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
Wednesday, December 4 Royale, Boston, MA%
Thursday, December 5 Webster Hall New York, NY%
Saturday, December 7 9:30 Club, Washington, DC%
Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

! w/ Liza Anne
% w/ Haley Heynderickx
* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

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Coming January 17 : Algiers - 'There Is No Year'




(photo : Christian Högstedt)



(video directed by Sohail Daulatzai)

On the back of their much-acclaimed standalone piece “Can The Sub_Bass Speak?,” Algiers return in 2020 with their third album 'There Is No Year', set for release January 17. This latest chapter from the Atlanta via London/NYC four-piece can be previewed now with the video for first single “Dispossession.”
Even those aware of the ideals of this outspoken four-piece will find their latest direction on There Is No Year traversing unprecedented ground. Coming off two years of nonstop world-touring for their critically acclaimed second album, The Underside of Power—including Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Balkans, where they have established a rabid following; an extended stint opening for Depeche Mode in huge stadiums such as the 75,000-capacity Olympiastadion in Berlin; as well as Glastonbury 2019—There is No Year solidifies and expands upon the doom-laden soul of their foundation, toward an even more epic, genre-reformatting sound, one somehow suspended in the amber of “a different era,” as described by guitarist Lee Tesche.
 
Filmed in the Noisy le Grand commune in the eastern Suburbs of Paris amidst modern architectural landmarks such as Le Palacio d’Abraxas and Les Arènes de Picasso – and including images from the band’s visit to Algiers during the uprising in March 2019 – ‘Dispossession’ captures the towering, seeking and exhilarating essence of Algiers’ new body of work. The song features additional vocals from Cleveland’s Mourning [A] BLKstar, and production by Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg.
 
“’Dispossession' sounds the warning about the permanent war against oblivion," says video director and academic at the University of California, Irvine, Sohail Daultazi. “Filmed in Paris video opens with the sites of colonial massacres of Algerians, moves to the repressive spaces of the banlieues, and includes shots of the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale – a park that celebrates the glories of empire. But this is not just about the past or Paris, it is everywhere that the banner of the West is waved, where monuments to our ruin are raised - reminders of the ongoing violence, of the tensions between dream and its discontents, past and present, them and us. I wanted to give visual resonance to these tensions, to our dignified stances amidst the madness, and to our memories of a future foretold.”
 
Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Mahan says: “The spectre of dispossession is haunting us all. Everywhere the imperial world represses the ghoulish histories that sustain our pasts, presents and futures. Franklin’s lyrics throughout “Dispossession” and our new record, There is No Year, like a neo-Southern Gothic novel with an anti-oppression undercurrent, testify to this modern horror, and chronicle the various ways we all – through living and longing – endure and resist its persistent attacks.” 

Algiers play a headline tour of the UK and Europe in February, including a show at London’s Village Underground on February 5th, followed by North American dates in spring. A recent UK performance was described by The Guardian as "... (moving) from moments that sound like Nina Simone backed by the clatter of thunder, to an electro-gospel Birthday Party... unrelentingly potent”. The full list of dates can be found below in the bio penned by fellow Atlanta native and author of the novel There Is No Year, from which the album takes its name, Blake Butler.
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In the FBI file on the American rock ‘n’ roll band Algiers—which given their prior penchant for repping the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and Afeni Shakur, among others, surely exists—under the subheading for their third album, 'There is No Year', the intelligence should soon read: all prior analytics appear outdated… this undoes everything we thought we knew about their intentions…what hides inside them… as if they are mutating live on camera, between frames… 
 
From the instant synth-pulse of the opening seconds of 'There is No Year,' it’s clear that Algiers have set out to stake new ground, internally as much as sonically. At the forefront of this evolution is the centrality of power housed in Algiers’ multi-instrumentalist lead vocalist, Franklin James Fisher, whose voice and words provide the backbone of the album, his lyrics sourced entirely from an epic poem, “Misophonia,” composed during his search for meaning amidst a protracted personal period of anxiety and lack.
 
“What I wanted to do is create a negative space wherein I can exist and engage but at the same time not be so exposed,” Fisher explains. He speaks of the record’s perspective as not only a political apparatus, but an intimate, responsive evocation of his understanding that “nothing is ever what you expect”, that what might seem for now to be well known or assured is not always so, that there is no safety net. The effect, as felt on the record, is undeniable: Fisher sounds like he is singing for his life—for all our lives, really—baring his soul while the walls disintegrate around us.
 
Whether he is lilting over post-Lynchian synth-whorl like a spot-lit bandleader, as on “Unoccupied,” or reincarnating the spirit of thrumming 80s R&B into a proto-no wave dancefloor classic straight from 2046, as on “Chaka,” there is a tangible emotional electricity to Fisher’s delivery, a personal valence that makes you want, more than anything, to believe, even while not quite knowing where we’re headed.
 
No less next-level in Algiers’ conception is the ambition of the aural architecture they manage to summon. Under the direction of producers Randall Dunn [Sunn O))), Earth] and Ben Greenberg [Uniform, Hubble), 'There Is No Year' encompasses future-minded post-punk R&B from the trapped heart of ATL, where they began; to industrial soundscapes à la 4AD-era Scott Walker or Iggy & Bowie’s Berlin period; to something like the synthetic son of Marvin Gaye and Fever Ray. The whip-tight rhythm section of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Mahan and Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party) moves back and forth from infectious menace to sci-fi soundtrack to big band fever dream. Mahan’s beat programming and synth constructions fill out the fibrous threshold, while Tesche’s sound-sleeves and aural-layering shapeshift into a richly polished means of exploration, revealing more and more the deeper you delve.
 
“This is the sowing / Of the whirlwind,” Fisher sings on ‘Repeating Night’. “Don’t forget it’s us against them.” There’s something more behind the curtain of our daily-headlined pain, the album’s title seems to suggest—something even larger at stake than rage, or even revolution; which is exactly what Algiers’ music appears to have resolved itself to channel, and to wield. Their essence on 'There is No Year' is a statement of their defiance, their desire to feel and be human even beyond the necessary fight back, sprawling head-on into the burning wind of doubt and fear and all it’s claimed, arriving on the far side of calamity more alive than ever.


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stream / download "Dispossesion"

(PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION BREAKDOWN! :
All Editions: All vinyl orders will receive a bonus 7" flexi disc.
Cloudy Clear Vinyl EditionPre-order the cloudy clear limited edition vinyl from band and Matador Webstores in US and UK, and purchase at your local independent record store in all other territories.
Dinked EditionUltra-limited edition Dinked store exclusive version, hand numbered, mirriboard sleeve with reversed colours, LP pressed on gold coloured vinyl, 7” featuring "Void" and "Can The Sub_Bass Speak?")
Tracklist :
01. There Is No Year
02. Dispossession
03. Hour of the Furnaces
04. Losing is Ours
05. Unoccupied
06. Chaka
07. Wait for The Sound
08. Repeating Night
09. We Can’t Be Found
10. Nothing Bloomed

Algiers on tour  (new dates in bold) :


Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
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
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



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Spoon - PBS News Hour Feature



This past Saturday, PBS' "News Hour" ran a feature on Spoon with interview and performance footage culled from the band's most recent stop in Austin this past June, including a visit to Austin's Girls Rock Camp.

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stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Out Today : Desert Sessions - 'Vols. 11 & 12', "Crucifire" Video



(directed by Anthony Francisco Schepperd)







Ending a 16-year hiatus since its last installment, the most mythical, longest running rock n roll mixtape odyssey in existence, Desert Sessions has finally returned: The most ambitious entries yet in its expansive and elusive catalog: 'Vols. 11 & 12' (a/k/a respectively as ​'Arrivederci Despair​' and 'Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels​') are now available on LP, CD and via all streaming services.

Highlights of the eight-song two-session collection include the creeping slowburn boogie of “Move Together” with its sublime Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) vocal, the propulsive rocker “Crucifire” fueled by an incendiary vocal performance from Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), the self-explanatory “Chic Tweetz” featuring the enigmatic Töôrnst Hülpft, and the lush melodies of grand finale "Easier Said Than Done” featuring a showstopping vocal from ringleader Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

Desert Sessions 'Vols. 11 & 12'also arrive in a limited edition first vinyl pressing including a one of a kind custom mix & match body swap booklet. Exclusive merchandise bundles are available now.

'Vols. 11 & 12' were recorded (mostly) in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including:

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint)
Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
Mike Kerr (Royal Blood)
Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie)
Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London)
Libby Grace
Töôrnst Hülpft

The resulting eight songs embody the legacy of freedom from expectations and inhibitions that stretches back to 1997, when Homme led a first retreat to the Joshua Tree desert. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends—isolated from daily distractions and comforts—has since become a possibly infinite body of work. Now spanning 12 volumes over the course of two decades (and a total of two documented live performances), The Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons—past players have included Polly Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Josh Freese, Dean Ween, among many others—deliberately removing themselves from their comfort zones and working together to create some of their most relaxed yet challenging work.

The tracklist for Desert Sessions 'Vols. 11 & 12' (a/k/a ​'Arrivederci Despair'​ and ​'Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels')​ is:
Move Together (lead vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
Noses in Roses Forever (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)
Far East for the Trees
If You Run (lead vocal: Libby Grace)
Crucifire (lead vocal: Mike Kerr)
Chic Tweetz (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
Something You Can’t See (lead vocal: Jake Shears)
Easier Said Than Done (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)


(photo : Andreas Neumann

STREAM/ORDER : Desert Sessions - Vols. 11 and 12

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New From Perfume Genius - "Pop Song"





(photo : Andrew J.S.)

Earlier this month, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas), choreographer Kate Wallich and Dance Company The YC debuted their project, The Sun Still Burns Here in Seattle. Today, Perfume Genius shares “Pop Song,” another work from the immersive dance piece and a follow up to the previously released “Eye In The Wall.” “It’s the sound of dancefloor euphoria,” said Pitchfork. “The color of lights flashing as you move through a crowd, the touch of skin damp and warm against everyone else’s.” Both songs, included in the full performance, can be seen live when the production arrives at the Joyce Theatre in NYC on November 13th. Additional performances will take place in Minneapolis in December and Boston in January. Full details below.

“Pop Song” is a riveting exploration of one’s physical form as an emotional conduit. “I imagined an ecstatic pile of bodies preparing to be consumed by the gods,” Hadreas says of the track. “A joyous communal sacrifice of the physical to spiritually level up. The lyric is like a conjuration spell to be sung when the mountain of bodies settles in position and is held still as an offering.” The track premiered yesterday on Sirius/ XMU and is available today at all streaming services.

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Perfume Genius with Kate Wallich + The YC Performing The Sun Still Burns Here :
November 13-17 The Joyce Theater, New York NY
December 5-7, Liquid Music X Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, Minneapolis MN
January 17-18, ICA Boston, Boston MA

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Steve Gunn - 'Acoustic Unseen'





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Steve Gunn today releases 'Acoustic Unseen', a new EP of acoustic versions of songs from his critically acclaimed, 'The Unseen In Between'. Following a year of worldwide touring and road testing the songs with a full band and in solo performances, the 7-song collection presents a spellbinding perspective on this stately set – disclosing the songs’ rich individual elements in Gunn’s dexterous and lyrical guitar style.

“After being on the road with the band since January,” says Gunn, “I wanted to spend an afternoon capturing the songs from 'The Unseen In Between' as I originally wrote them, with just me and my acoustic. Mid-year, I went back to the great Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn, and played through the songs in their most basic form. It felt good.”

Accompanying the EP release is short compilation film "Unseen Anthology". Directed by The Mitcham Submarine and edited by James Harman, the 12-minute film weaves together footage from touring, live sessions, official and unofficial music videos – including a breathtaking session for Toutpartout in a transformed convent in Ghent, on the road footage captured on a Fisher Price camera by Steve and his band, and acoustic videos filmed across London, including a Cecil Court bookshop. Taken together, it’s an engrossing, one-stop-shop live document of an artist in need of little more than a guitar and his voice to conjure a transfixing atmosphere, and an arresting visual companion to the EP.

stream/download 'Acoustic Unseen'

Acoustic Unseen - Tracklist
1. New Moon
2. Vagabond
3. Chance
4. Luciano
5. New Familiar
6. Lightning Field
7. Paranoid

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Steve Gunn on tour :


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 @%
Sunday, November 3 Shibuya 7th Floor Tokyo JP %
Wednesday, November 6 Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ %
Thursday, November 7 Blue Smoke, Christchurch NZ %
Friday, November 8 Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin NZ %
Saturday, November 9 The Plant, Blenheim NZ %
Sunday, November 10 Moon, Wellington NZ %
Wednesday, November 13 Sitting Room Session, Hawkes Bay NZ %
November 16 + 17 Mullum Music Festival %
Monday, November 18 Junk Bar, Brisbane AU %
Wednesday, November 20 Altar, Hobart AU %
Thursday, November 21 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine AU + %
Friday, November 22 Melbourne Music Week, State Library, Melbourne AU + %
Saturday, November 23 Coalchella, Wombarra Bowlo, Wombarra AU %
Sunday, November 24 Red Rattler, Sydney AU + %

% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.
+ w/ Tiny Ruins

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