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out today : Julien Baker - 'Little Oblivions Remixes'





Julien Baker, photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Today, Julien Baker releases 'Little Oblivions Remixes', which sees tracks from her critically acclaimed album 'Little Oblivions 'reworked by notable contemporaries personally selected by Baker. The EP features contributions from singer-songwriter Half Waif, celebrated electronic composer Helios, Australian folktonica songwriter Gordi, Oakland artist and producer Thao, and UK experimental and industrial metal artist Jesu (Justin K. Broadrick).

(stream / download 'Little Oblivions Remixes')
(stream/purchase 'Little Oblivions')

Thao also contributed to the EP by way of her remix of ‘Ziptie’ and  notes, “I was immediately drawn to ‘Ziptie’ for Julien's beautiful melodies and haunting, arresting imagery. I knew I wanted to create a lot of different additional sounds and melodies inspired by the lyrics. I pictured a sort of post-apocalyptic, incredulous, acerbic, off-kilter and morose dance party (one of my top 3 dance party themes). I programmed rough sketches of the drum parts and built out the track with synths, bass, guitar, and drum machines. I asked my friend and incredible drummer Jason Slota to record live parts. I edited and patched segments of his drums, and then glued everything together with more synths and vocals. It was an immense pleasure to immerse myself in such beautiful vocal tracks, and I wanted to bring them to the fore as much as possible. I'm so happy I got to remix this song. Thank you Julien!"




Thao, photo by Shane McCauley



Half Waif, photo by Lissyelle Laricchia



Helios,  photo by Hollie Kenniff



Jesu , photo by VB

[caption id="attachment_36598" align="alignnone" width="478"] (Gordi,  photo  by Teresa Tan)[/caption]

Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL + (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC + (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC + (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA ^ *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC + (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI + (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
^ with Lucy Dacus and Thao
& with Lucy Dacus and Bachelor

+ with special guest Thao (and Mini Trees 9/13 – 9/17)
# with special guest Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
^ with Lucy Dacus and Thao
& with Lucy Dacus and Bachelor

Julien Baker Online
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Gordi Online
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Julien Baker - "Ringside" (Gordi Remix)



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(photo  : Scott Kunkel, Eau Claires Festival, 2018)

In advance of tomorrow's release of Julien Baker's 'Little Oblivions Remixes' EP, this morning Baker has released a remix of the album's "Ringside", by Gordi.
“I first met Julien in Barcelona in 2017. I'd been a big fan for ages so it was a real pleasure to play a show with her. We spent a bunch of time together at Eaux Claires festival in 2018 making music - we even played an hour long improvised set together to a crowd of a thousand people from this treehouse that was like a huge musical instrument with lots of tiny loop pedal stations... it was as weird as it sounds. But because of the way we think about chords and melodies and songwriting, we could really connect on the fly and make something beautiful. I loved having the opportunity to dig through the stems on this new Julien track and reimagine it.”

 

[caption id="attachment_36598" align="alignnone" width="478"] Gordi[/caption]



(Gordi,  photo  by Teresa Tan)

Little Oblivions (Remixes) Tracklist

1. Faith Healer (Half Waif Remix)
2. Bloodshot (Helios Remix)
3. Ringside (Gordi Remix)
4. Favor (Jesu Remix)
5. Ziptie (Thao Remix)

stream / purchase 'Little Oblivions'



Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL + (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC + (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC + (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA ^ *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC + (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI + (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
^ with Lucy Dacus and Thao
& with Lucy Dacus and Bachelor

Julien Baker Online
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Gordi Online
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Julien Baker - "Favor "(Jesu Remix)





(photo by  Alysse Gafkjen)



(photo by VB)

Earlier this month, Julien Baker announced the September 1st release of the  'Little Oblivions Remixes'EP, which sees tracks from her critically acclaimed album 'Little Oblivions' reworked by notable contemporaries personally selected by Baker.

Today comes a second preview from the EP with a rework of ‘Favor’ from Jesu, the moniker of pioneering UK experimental and industrial metal musician Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Final, JK Flesh, Techno Animal, Napalm Death).
“Having already been a fan of Julien since her first album, it was wonderful to hear that Julien was in turn a fan of Jesu. The request for the remix, and being able to work Julien’s voice and music in the context of Jesu, was something both daunting and very exciting. I reimagined Julien’s song to accommodate Jesu’s heavy and melancholy guitars and much much more. After much self doubt I was heartened to hear that Julien and all concerned loved the remix. This one I am truly proud of….” - Justin Broadrick

stream / purchase 'Little Oblivions Remixes' EP

stream / download "Favor" (Jesu Remix)

stream / purchase  'Little Oblivions'

Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL + (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC + (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC + (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA ^ *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC + (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI + (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
^ with Lucy Dacus and Thao
& with Lucy Dacus and Bachelor

Julien Baker Online
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Jesu / Justin Broadrick Online

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Julien Baker - "Bloodshot" (Helios Remix)



Earlier this year Julien Baker released her critically acclaimed album, Little Oblivions via Matador Records. Today, she announces the September 1st release of  the 'Little Oblivions Remixes' EP on which select tracks off the album are remixed and reworked by some of the most notable artists in contemporary music. Hand selected by Baker herself, it features contributions from Half Waif, Helios, Gordi and Jesu.

Today, she shares the first taste of 'Little Oblivions Remixes' by way of Helios’ take on “Bloodshot.” He transforms the heavy, electronics focused track into a dreamlike daze which accentuates Baker’s original melodies while bolstering the bittersweet lyrics and stunning vocal performance.



photo : Alysse Gafkjen

 



photo : Hollie Kenniff.
 “I was excited when Julien Baker reached out about doing a remix, because I respect her work and it was an interesting challenge to do a remix of singer/songwriter material in the context of my approach which is more in the electronic/ambient world. I wanted to keep the integrity of the original composition, which was great, but also wanted to create enough of a spin to give it a distinctly new quality. My approach to remixes is to use as much of the original material as possible, but to use those elements as a base to create a variety of new textures. So I took a lot of the guitar and percussion elements and ran them through some old tape recorders to give it a rough "handmade" quality, reversed them, chopped them up or manipulated them with reverbs and delays to create ambient soundscapes. I treated Julien's vocals to match the rougher, more lo-fi quality I used with the instrumental elements. Harmonically, I changed up the chord changes to give the vocal melody a slightly new framework and arrangement on which to sit and create some new twists and turns and builds in the composition. It was one of the most fun remixes I've done to date, with such strong original material it gave me a lot to play around with." - Helios

 

stream / purchase 'Little Oblivions Remixes' EP

stream / purchase "Bloodshot" Remix

stream / purchase  'Little Oblivions'

Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL + (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC + (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC + (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA ^ *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC + (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI + (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys
^ with Lucy Dacus and Thao
& with Lucy Dacus and Bachelor

Julien Baker Online
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boygenius - Limited Orange Vinyl EP



Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus have announced a new limited variant of their 2018 EP boygenius. The new variant, pressed on orange vinyl and featuring a Japanese obi strip, will be released on September 3rd and is available for pre-order on the Matador webstore and at select Japanese independent retailers.

Pre-order limited orange EP / stream boygenius

boygenius EP
1. Bite The Hand
2. Me & My Dog
3. Souvenir
4. Stay Down
5. Salt In The Wound
6. Ketchum, ID

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Julien Baker : 2021-22 Tour Dates, Appearing On "The Late Late Show WIth James Corden"



Julien Baker has confirmed tour dates in both North America and Europe. with thehe first leg commencing in Birmingham, AL on September 3. The European tour starts on April 15, 2022 in Utrecht.  Tickets are on sale Friday, April 9 and will be available www.julienbaker.com.

Tonight (Wednesday, April 7)  Julien Baker will be performing on CBS' " The Late Late Show with James Corden" (12:37 am eastern, 11:37 pm central time)

Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA +
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC +
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC +
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC +
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI +
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR #
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys



stream / purchase  'Little Oblivions'

Julien Baker Online
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VIDEO : Julien Baker - Performing 3 Songs From 'Little Oblivions' On "CBS This Morning"



"Hardline"

Earlier today (Saturday, March 6) Julien Baker and band performed 3 songs from her universally acclaimed 'Little Oblivions' for the Saturday Sessions edition of "CBS This Morning.



"Faith Healer"



"Heat Wave"

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (from NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers")



On Monday night (March 1), Julien Baker and band performed "Hardline" on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers". The studio version of "Hardline" can be found on the new album, 'Little Oblivions', out now and available everywhere.


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Out Today : Julien Baker - 'Little Oblivions'






Today (Friday, February 26) marks the official release date for Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 'Little Oblivions'.   There's myrian ways to stream or purchase,  and this map of independent retailers might help you find any remaining copies of the gold vinyl edition.

Little Oblivions Tracklist

  1. Hardline

  2. Heatwave

  3. Faith Healer

  4. Relative Fiction

  5. Crying Wolf

  6. Bloodshot

  7. Ringside

  8. Favor

  9. Song in E

  10. Repeat

  11. Highlight Reel

  12. Ziptie



Today at 2pm, Julien Baker will be joined by Mackenzie Scott of Torres and WNXP’s Jewly High for NPR Music's Listening Party for 'Little Oblivions'.  RSVP here.


Julien Baker's streamed performance  from Analog at Hutton Hotel takes place Thursday, March 25 at 8pm AET / 7 pm GMT / 9 PM ET.  Tickets are available here.

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Julien Baker - "Heatwave" Premiere & Lyric Video


"Heatwave" - lyric video by Sabrina Nichols), from 'Little Oblivions', out this Friday, February 26


"Maybe it's a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I'm not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life's fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it's not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It's certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life's fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it's true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought." - Julien Baker








photo by Alysse Gafkjen

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Julien Baker - "Staged" Virtual Concert - Thu March 25th



(Photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

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On Thursday, March 25 Julien Baker will perform her first streamed concert in support of her new album, Little Oblivions.  The show is taking place via STAGED, Audiotree’s virtual concert series.  The fully-produced streaming concert will be broadcast from Nashville’s Analog (at Hutton Hotel), marking the first show from Nashville in the series.

Three screenings will air on March 25 to ensure fans worldwide can tune in during prime time.  Screening times are 8pm AEDT, 7pm GMT, and 9pm EDT.  Tickets start at $15 and are available exclusively at https://audiotree.tv/streams.  Each screening will be available for 24 hours after the completion of the show, on-demand, so fans can watch the show as many times as they'd like.  Special guest Mini Trees will be the support for Julien Baker.

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Julien Baker - "Favor" (Premiere & Lyric Video)



"Favor" (lyric video by Sabrina Nichols)

"Favor" is the third track from Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 3rd album, "Little Oblivions", out February 26.

“I used to think about myself, like I was a talented liar,” Baker sings on the track, “turns out that all my friends were trying to do me a favor.” Here those friends are Baker’s boygenius collaborators, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Phoebe says, “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favorite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”

Lucy noted, “We sang on "Favor" in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for Graceland Too and a song of mine. That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable. I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honored to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (Lyric Video)



"Hardline" - from 'LIttle Oblivions', out February 26
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Following the debut earlier this month of Joe Baughman's amazing video for Julien Baker's "Hardline", this morning we're showcasing Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the same track.

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" Premiere & Video, KEXP Performance



"Hardline"
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“A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape.” - Julien Baker

 


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This morning we're debuting another track from Julien Baker's much anticipated forthcoming album 'Little Oblivions' with the new single, “Hardline”. The video for “Hardline” was directed by Joe Baughman who notes, “even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it. It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song.  The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colors, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video."

'Little Oblivions' is out February 26.

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At 10am EST today, listeners can tune in to hear Julien's KEXP session via the station’s YouTube page.  She performs “Hardline” as well as other tracks off 'Little Oblivions'. The session also features an interview with Cheryl Waters.

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VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Faith Healer" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



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Julien Baker will release her third studio album, Little Oblivions, on February 26. Last night she performed the first single from the album, “Faith Healer,” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Captured in Nashville, it features Baker backed by a full band and represents the expanded sound that can be heard on the forthcoming album.



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Julien Baker - ISOLATE / CREATE



In a new installment of the "Isolate/Create" series, Julien Baker offers the stems for her new single "Faith Healer" from the forthcoming album 'Little Oblivions', These are supplied for the purpose of remixing and reinterpretation. Please share your creations on YouTube or Soundcloud and make sure to use hashtags #isolatecreate and #julienremix when posting. If you share on socials, please tag @julienrbaker and @matadorrecords too. Thanks!

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Julien Baker - "Faith Healer" (Lyric Video)



"Faith Healer" - from the album 'Little Oblivions', out February 26, 2021

Though we've already released Daniel Henry's video for Julien Baker's "Faith Healer", this morning there's another visual take, Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the first single from Baker's eagerly anticipated new album, 'Little Oblivions'.

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Julien Baker - "A Dreamer's Holiday"





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Today Julien Baker shares her take on the holiday classic “A Dreamer’s Holiday.” The track is out via this year’s Spotify’s Singles: Holiday Collection which includes a wide range of covers and originals, from artists across a myriad of genres.
“I chose ‘Dreamers Holiday’ because I found it incredibly unique as far as holiday songs are concerned. It’s a very understated song- both lyrically and musically; while it’s technically about a ‘holiday’, it doesn’t directly reference any specific holiday theme, it leaves the lyrics a bit more open-ended. It's the same way with the music— the chord structure is complicated but surprisingly timeless to me even though the song itself is over 70 years old. It’s the kind of song whose arrangement can be re-imagined so many times, and I love the feeling of sonic potential a single like that gives me.” - Julien Baker

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Julien Baker - 'Little Oblivions' Coming February 26, 2021 / "Faith Healer" Premiere



"Faith Healer" - directed by Daniel Henry





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Julien Baker will release her third studio album, 'Little Oblivions', on February 26. Today she reveals the first look at the album via “Faith Healer.” She says, “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel-- the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides. When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche."

“There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction. I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever-- a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer-- when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”

“Faith Healer” introduces the exhilarating, widescreen musical palette and infectious spirit of risk-taking found on Little Oblivions, a transformative sonic shift from Baker’s more spare and intimate previous work. Engineered by Calvin Lauber and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire), both of whom worked with Baker on 2017’s 'Turn Out the Lights', the album was recorded in Baker’s hometown of Memphis between December 2019 and January 2020. Baker’s tactile guitar and piano playing are enriched with newfound textures encompassing bass, drums, synthesizers, banjo and mandolin, with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker. The album weaves unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and often hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for starkly galvanizing storytelling to breathtaking new heights.
If you are lucky enough to have a future where the present anxieties of distance become romantic memories, I hope there are people who turn this album over in their hands years from now and remember the world it tumbled into. A world that, in whatever future moment exists, will likely be defined by the work people undertook and the fights people continued to show up for. But it will also be a world defined by how many of us exist on the other side of distance.

In the moment, here is a new Julien Baker album that arrives as a world comes to newly understand its relationship with touch, with distance. At the time of this writing, I shouldn’t want to run into the arms of anyone I love and miss, and yet I do. In an era of hands pressed on the glass of windows, or screen doors. An era of hands reaching back. An era where touch became an illusion. If we have been unlucky enough, our own lifetimes have prepared us for the ever-growing tapestry of aches.

To wrestle with the interior of one’s self has become a side effect of the times, and will remain a side-effect of whatever times emerge from these. The first time I ever heard Julien Baker, I wanted to know how an artist could survive such relentless and rigorous self-examination. I have been lonely, I have been alone, and I have been isolated. There are musicians who know the nuances between the three. What whispers in through the cracks of a person’s time alone. Julien Baker is one of those artists. A writer who examines their own mess, not in a search for answers, but sometimes just for a way out. A lighthouse to some newer, bigger mess.

It is hard to put into words what this feels like. Little Oblivions is an album that steps into that feeling and expands it. Sonically, from the opening swells of sound on “Hardline” rattling the chest, loving but persistent jabs to the way “Relative Fiction” spills into “Crying Wolf,” which feels like speeding down a warm highway that quickly turns into a sparse landscape, drowning in a hard rain. Lyrically, too, of course. There are writers who might attempt to bang at the doors of their listeners, shouting their particular anguish of the hour. And there are undoubtedly times when I have needed that to get from one sunrise to the next. But there are also writers who show up assuming anyone listening already knows what it is to crawl themselves back from one heartbreak, or to shout into an enduring darkness and hear only an echo. Little Oblivions is an album that details the crawling, details the shouting. An album that doesn’t offer repair, or forgiveness. Sometimes, though, a chance to revel in the life that is never guaranteed. Yes, the life that grows and grows and is never promised. How lucky to still be living, even in our own mess.

The grand project of Julien Baker, as I have always projected it onto myself, is the central question of what someone does with the many calamities of a life they didn’t ask for, but want to make the most out of. I have long been done with the idea of hope in such a brutal and unforgiving world, but I’d like to think that this music drags me closer to the old idea I once clung to. But these are songs of survival, and songs of reimagining a better self, and what is that if not hope? Hope that on the other side of our wreckage – self-fashioned or otherwise – there might be a door. And through the opening of that door, a tree spilling its shade over something we love. A bench and upon it, a jacket that once belonged to someone we’d buried. Birds who ask us to be an audience to their singing. A small and generous corner of the earth that has not yet burned down or disappeared. I can be convinced of this kind of hope, even as I fight against it. To hear someone wrestling with and still thankful for the circumstances of a life that might reveal some brilliance if any of us just stick around long enough.

Julien, how good it is to hear you again. And now, in all of our anguish and all of our glory. I miss the way the outside world reflected myself back to me. Now, I make mirrors out of the walls. I am so thankful for a better noise than the howling of my own shadows. Julien, you have done it again. You expert magician. You mirror-maker. Thank you for letting us once again watch you maneuver through all of your pleasant and unpleasant self-renderings. If there is a future, there will be people in it who might not remember how this album came at a time when so many hungered for a chance to put themselves back together. When the imagination of a person, a city, a country, was expanding. When, despite all of that, in the quiet moments, there were people who still wanted to be held by someone they maybe couldn’t touch. Thank you, Julien, for this comfort. This glass box through which a person might better be able to see a use for their own grief. This kingdom of small shards of sunlight, stumbling their way in to disrupt the darkness.

— Hanif Abdurraqib

Tracklist :
01. Hardline
02. Heatwave
03. Faith Healer
04. Relative Fiction
05. Crying Wolf
06. Bloodshot
07. Ringside
08. Favor
09. Song in E
10. Repeat
11. Highlight Reel
12. Ziptie

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boygenius : demos EP (Bandcamp) (24 Hours Only)



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On Friday, July 3 boygenius -- Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus – will make three demos from their 2018 EP available digitally exclusively through Bandcamp.

The music will remain online for one day only, coinciding with the site’s 24-hour waiver of its revenue share.
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Proceeds will be split between three charities, each member having selected an organization local to them :

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.

OUTMemphis, Downtown Women’s Center, and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Richmond.

The demos are voice memo recordings of the songs “Bite the Hand,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Stay Down” that were taped in rehearsal on June 5th, 2018 the day before the group would enter the studio to record its eponymous EP.

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1. Bite The Hand (June 5, 2018 demo)
2. Me & My Dog (June 5, 2018 demo)
3. Stay Down (June 5, 2018 demo)

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