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Singles Going Home Alone Update : A) Our Subscription Series Is Totally Awesome, B) Why Haven't You Signed Up Yet?

OK, it seems we've been remiss in keeping you up to date with what's happening with year #2 of our SIngles Going Home Alone subscription 7" series. As you might recall, 2012's edition brought limited edition, colored vinyl 7"'s from Stephen Malkmus & The Jinks / LA Guns (split), OBN III's, The Men, Wounded Lion, Jesu and Kurt Vile / Meg Baird (another split) a bonus 7" from the long, lost Boston/Tampa trio Primitive Romance.

At risk of patting ourselves on the back so hard we might end up in traction, we're feeling like 2013's lineup to date is even heavier. And when you consider 13 singles weigh almost twice as much as 7, that's no hollow boast. To recap, here's what's come out to date, along with what's coming soon :

January - Jeffrey Novak - " I Never Knew I Knew So Much b/w "B-7"

February - Superchunk - "I Hate History" b/w " Glue" (SS Decontrol)

March - Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - "Hire Purchase (Part I) " b/w "Hire Purchase (Part II)"

April - Outer Spaces - "I Was Divided " b/w "Eternally Fifteen"

June - Royal Headache - "Stand And Stare" b/w "Give It All To Me"

July - Bits Of Shit - " Rider" / "Lazy Cowgirls" / "Total Recall"

August- Lower Plenty / Dick Diver - "At The Very Top" b/w "Altona"

September - Smartboys - "A Different World" b/w "Sacked"

October - Tony Molina - 6 Track EP

Along with a 7" from Coho Lips before year's end, we'll have another 2 singles (plus a bonus surprise) to announce soon. In the meantime, THERE ARE STILL A FEW COPIES OF THESE REMAINING. If you missed out at the start of the year, you can still subscribe and get all of 2013's 7"'s so far, plus everything that's coming between now and December 31st. Ok?   THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PATIENCE (AND YOUR MONEY) .

Kurt Vile - "Freeway", Live At Philadelphia City Hall

(video courtesy Bob Sweeney)

Shortly after receiving the greatest honor a Philadelphia citizen can be bestowed short of the Wingbowl Trophy, Kurt Vile performed for a City Hall audience (above). Thanks again to all who attended.

Happy Kurt Vile Day!

As previously noted, today is officially Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia, thanks to the great work of the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, who know sweet rock action (and upstanding citizenship, as exemplified by Mr. Vile) when they see/hear it. The City of Philadelphia is celebrating Kurt Vile Day by presenting Kurt with the Liberty Bell, the City's highest highest honor, and he will be playing a free concert in the City Hall Courtyard today at 5:30pm to mark the occasion.

The above poster was designed by Steve Powers in connection with the Philadelphia Poster Guild. For those of you in Philadelphia, limited edition prints will be signed by ESPO and given away today at the event. First come first served!

And here's a Q&A with Kurt in conjunction with KV Day on Philadelphia Magazine's site:

photo courtesy Philadelphia Magazine

listen to a new version of Majical Cloudz "Childhood's End", remixed by CFCF

Canadian producer CFCF added some trippy gamelan elements to Majical Cloudz' "Childhood's End", which also features newly recorded vocals."

Catch Majical Cloudz on tour and follow along, as Devon updates daily with summaries of every show along the way.

Tue 8-27 - Los Angeles, CA @  Echo

Wed 8-28 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Sat 8-31 - Austin, TX @ Red 7

Sun 9-1 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Mon 9-2 - Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s

Wed 9-4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Thu 9-5 - Nashville, TN @ The End

Fri 9-6 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge

Sat 9-7 - Raleigh, NC @ The Hive (Hopscotch Music Festival)

Mon 9-9 - Washington, DC @ DC9

Tue 9-10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Wed 9-11 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine

Thu 9-12 - Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House

Fri 9-13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

Sat 9-14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Sun 9-15 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Mon 9-16 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf

Tue 9-17 - Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar


photo from the OsheagaFestival flickr

Ted Leo and Aimee Mann's new band are touring before they go on tour together

Ahead of his aforementioned tour opening for Aimee Mann, Aimee & Ted's newest venture, The Both will do a handful of special gigs.

The Both

Sat, 9/7 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout - A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party
Mon, 9/9 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
Wed, 9/11 - New York, NY - The Bell House

Ted Leo

Fri, 9/27 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Sat, 9/28 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Sun, 9/29 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Tue, 10/1 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Wed, 10/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre at Shaw
Fri, 10/4 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sat, 10/5 – Franklin, TN – Dolly Chandler Frankly Theatre
Sun, 10/6 – Louisville, KY – The Clifton Center
Tue, 10/8 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
Wed, 10/9 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
Thu, 10/10 – Blacksburg, VA – Lyric Theatre
Fri, 10/11 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center
Sun, 10/13 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theatre
Tue, 10/15 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Sat, 10/19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
Sun, 10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
Mon, 10/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club


photo lifted from MandeePhoto's flickr

Queens of the Stone Age - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, December 14

("I Sat By The Ocean", live at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, May 24)

Queens of the Stone Age will headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday, December 14. There's a presale starting tomorrow (Wednesday, August 28) at 10am eastern - the code is OCEAN.

In the event you missed Josh Homme being interviewed by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot on WEBZ's "Sound Opinions" a couple of weeks ago, here's another chance to hear it.

Kurt Vile Covers Nine Inch Nails On Eve Of Kurt Vile Day

I'm a sucker for The AV Club's "Undercover" series -- you may have seen Yo La Tengo cover The Supremes, Ceremony cover Violent Femmes, Sloan cover Gary Numan, or Ted Leo cover Tears For Fears -- but this could be the one you were waiting for.

Here's Kurt Vile, with Rob Laakso on syntetisaattori, polkimet, and rumpukone, doing Nine Inch Nails's "Down In It":

Kurt Vile covers Nine Inch Nails

And don't forget, tomorrow, by mayoral decree, is Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia; Kurt will be performing in City Hall Courtyard and receiving the Liberty Bell Award.

Savages - headline UK tour announced

As the above hopefully explains, Savages are embarking upon a UK headline tour this November, with the below dates going on sale this Friday, August 30th.

It follows a summer of storming festival sets across the globe, with The Forum marking their largest headline UK show to date.  Ahead of these the band round up their summer festivals and support Queens of the Stone Age in between their own headline North American dates (which are also selling fast).

The newly added dates are:


5th - Brighton, Concorde 2 - Tickets

6th - London, Forum - Tickets

7th - Bristol, Trinity - Tickets

9th - Manchester, Ritz - Tickets

10th - Glasgow, Classic Grand - Tickets

11th - Leeds, Vox - Tickets

Watch Savages perform 'She Will' at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago:


Belle and Sebastian "Your Cover's Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix)" Video Premiere

Today marks the US release date of Belle and Sebastian's The Third Eye Centre, a collection of rarities and non-album tracks from the last decade.

To celebrate, a new video for "Your Cover's Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix)," starring Hannah Murray (Game Of Thrones, Skins), who will also be starring in Stuart Murdoch's forthcoming film God Help The Girl:

Happy Tuesday!

Stuart & Stevie Dish Track-By-Track About "The Third Eye Centre"

This Tuesday (Monday in the UK) sees the release of Belle and Sebastian's "The Third Eye Centre," a compilation of rarities and non-LP tracks from the last decade. You can hear it now streaming at THE GUARDIAN.

Additionally, Under The Radar's John Everhart spoke with Stuart and Stevie about each track, and their reminiscing and rambling is going up in parts today, tomorrow, and Friday at Under The Radar. Part one:


" 'Your Secrets' was from 1994. It was about meeting up in the afternoon to talk about German philosophers. There wasn't much else to do back then."

A Note and A New Song From Glasser

The last public show Glasser played was February of last year. Since then, she’s been locked away in a studio working on her follow-up to 2010?s Ring. She’s playing her first show since then this weekend at LA’s FYF Fest. She’s decided to use the occasion to release her first new music in a while. The song is called “Shape”, it’s a very powerful song, and we can honestly say that it’s one of the best pieces of music that’s ever come out under the True Panther imprint. More Glasser very soon…in the meantime enjoy the music and this note from her.
I have been thinking a lot about space. Not only outer space and physical boundaries, but also inner mental space. There are so many beginnings and endings and edges and shores inside and outside our minds. Some are impossible to scale and they make us feel small. I feel small and far removed at times, and I push myself farther away in a kind of compulsion. These are physical comforts I cling to, but always when I cling to them I realize that the isolation I’m afraid of is in my heart and not on a crowded sidewalk. I also have moments of ecstasy, milestones that drive me forward in search of more. These emotions and sensations elude me though, they seem to exist in their own seperate planes. I still chase them. I can become so mesmerized by something outside myself, a person or place that I try to reflect its power and the way it makes me feel.

This is why I feel so lucky to be able to make art, especially music. My experiences flow together and become the stuff of invention. I spent the last year and a half making my new album, which will come out in October. I thought about architecture, a physical imposition in my life, and the fluid emotional boundaries of relationships, also sometimes imposed.

More news to come, in the meantime, enjoy “SHAPE”

August 20th, 2013



Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on "Sound Opinions"

While in Chicago a couple of weeks ago for Lollapalooza, Queens of The Stone Age's Josh Homme sat down with "Sound Opinions' Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis for a wide ranging chat ; we're not sure how so many other major media outlets spaced on the Medieval Times story, but their loss is your gain.  You can hear the full interview here, or if you prefer, tonight at 8pm central on WBEZ (or via any of the affiliate stations carrying the program).

Queens of the Stone Age continue their touring on behalf of album-of-the-century candidate '...Like Clockwork' with a show at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater tomorrow night (Saturday, August 17).

Out Of The Mist: Watch Iceage's La Route Du Rock Set

Beautiful footage of Iceage's entire 45-minute set at La Route Du Rock yesterday. A pleasure to see them in the sunshine on a huge stage. Click "full screen" and play loud:

WOAH - Fucked Up Made a Website

Almost as shocking as Mike breaking edge and never going back, Fucked Up have finally made a website.

Hosting everything you've ever wanted to know and a lot more you definitely didn't want to know, there's a thorough discography for the first time, photos, videos, writing and even a forum and a lot more.

Check it out -

Full List of Kurt Vile & The Violators European Dates

Kurt Vile & The Violators at Paradiso in May, 2013. Photo lovingly stolen from Ceriel Boosveld's Flickr page.

In case you've missed 'em, here's the full list of dates Mr Vile and his Violators will be playing in December.  Tickets are going fast, so don't hang about or risk extreme disappointment.

02/12/13 : Autumn Falls @ Cirque Royale – Brussels (B)

03/12/13 : Tivoli – Utrecht (NL)

04/12/13 : Zoom – Frankfurt (D)

05/12/13 : Vega (main hall) – Copenhagen (DK)

06/12/13 : Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)

07/12/13 : Debaser Medis – Stockholm (S)

08/12/13 : Mejeriet – Lund (S)

09/12/13 : Lido – Berlin (D)

10/12/13 : Effenaar – Eindhoven (NL)

11/12/13 : Shepherds Bush Empire – London (UK)

13/12/13 : Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK) - SOLD OUT

14/12/13 : Academy 2 – Manchester (UK)

15/12/13 : Arches – Glasgow (UK)

16/12/13 : The Fleece – Bristol (UK)

17/12/13 : Concorde 2 – Brighton (UK)

18/12/13 : Patronaat – Haarlem (NL)

19/12/13 : La Gaité Lyrique – Paris (F)

20/12/13 : Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing (F)

Yo La Tengo on WFUV Tonight (9pm EDT)

You might have thought, given the wealth of amazing Yo La Tengo radio sessions that we've alerted you to in this space, that the well had finally run dry and there would be no more new radio action from Ira, Georgia and James. You would, as you probably have guessed by now, have been completely wrong. The above video is from a recent session the band did at New York's WFUV, which can be listened to in its entirety here . New Yorkers with a hankering to listen on their radio dial should tune in to 90.7FM at 9PM EDT tonight.


Coming October 8 : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - 'Last Night On Earth' LP/CD/digital album

photograph by John Von Pamer

“A solo record works best when you feel like you’re opening a window into somebody’s life, experiencing the things they’re going through or thinking about, places they’re seeing, through their eyes. At its best, you find a universality in it.”

– Lee Ranaldo

On October 8 (October 7 in the UK and Europe), Matador will be releasing 'Last Night On Earth',  the album from Sonic Youth founding member Lee Ranaldo and The Dust (drummer Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel). A more intense, expansive work than 2012's 'Between The Times & The Tides',  'Last Night'  -- while certainly darker in tone & lyrical content than its immediate predecessor, is the sort of dizzying electric guitar clinic that ranks amongst the best from any era.  After an exhaustive stretch of domestic and international touring (with more to come --- see below) Lee & The Dust have formed a powerhouse unit, and we're confident the results of these Echo Canyon West sessions will impress & inspire for months to come, if not far longer.  Here's an initial sample in the album's "Lecce, Leaving" :

(below : Lee discusses the album with WNYC "Soundcheck"'s John Schaefer)


PREORDER 'Last Night On Earth' on double LP or single CD from the Matador Store
PREORDER 'Last Night On Earth' from iTunes here

Upcoming dates after the jump :

North America :

Tue-Oct-08 Hudson, NY Club Helsinki
Wed-Oct-09 Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall
Fri-Oct-11 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Sat-Oct-12 Detroit, MI Trinosophes
Sun-Oct-13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Mon-Oct-14 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Tue-Oct-15 Minneapolis, MN The Triple Rock
Thu-Oct-17 Iowa City, IA Gabe's
Fri-Oct-18 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Sat-Oct-19 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Sun-Oct-20 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Tue-Oct-22 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Wed-Oct-23 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
Fri-Oct-25 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House

Europe :

sun 10-Nov-2013 NL GRONINGEN - VERA
Wed 13-Nov-2013 DE COLOGNE - GEBAUDE 9
Thu 14-Nov-2013 FR METZ - acoustic show at le musée de la cour d'or
Mon 18-Nov-2013 FR FEYZIN - Epicerie Moderne
Thu 21-Nov-2013 UK LONDON - THE GARAGE
Fri 22-Nov-2013 UK CAMBER SANDS - ATP FESTIVAL at Camber Sands
Sat 23-Nov-2013 FR PARIS - Boulogne Billancourt BB MIX FESTIVAL

North America again:

Fri-Dec-06 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sat-Dec-07 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Sun-Dec-08 Seattle, WA Barboza
Wed-Dec-11 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
Fri-Dec-13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo


Iceage and Fucked Up Play London's Visions Festival This Weekend

Just a friendly reminder that Iceage and Fucked Up will be playing in London this weekend at the first ever Visions festival (formally Radfest).

Both are playing at the Netil House venue, sandwiching Cloud Nothings in between them. Full times and info can be found HERE, but Iceage will play at 7:10 and Fucked Up headline at 10pm.  Tickets still available at the Visions Festival site.

Yo La Tengo - "Is That Enough" video

Today YLT unveil a companion piece to their animated video for "Ohm", as "Is That Enough" reveals the complete musical equation behind Georgia, Ira and James' magic. Stay tuned at the video's close for a special guest appearance. Yo La Tengo's new album Fade can be purchased here and the 3x12" set of "Ohm" (out Aug 13) is available for pre-order here.

Like the "Ohm" clip, "Is That Enough" was directed by Donick Cary, who sat with Pitchfork and discussed the project for a Director's Cut feature.

Yo La have dates upcoming in support of tFade:

23 Aug - El Plaza Condesa Mexico City, DF, Mexico
25 Aug - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
13 Sept - Ithaca, NY - The State Theater
14 Sept - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl Festival
15 Sept - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
17 Sept - Nelsonville, OH - Stuart's Opera House
20 Sept - Dekalb, IL - Otto's
21 Sept - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
22 Sept - Byers, CO Riot Fest
31 Oct – November 2 – France, Paris – Pitchfork Festival
03 Nov – France, Nantes – Le Frand Atelier
05 Nov – Germany, Munich – Muffathalle
06 Nov – Czech Republic, Prague – Akrpopolis
07 Nov – Austria, Vienna – Wuk
08 Nov – Croatia, Zagreb – Culture Factory
10 Nov – Germany, Heidelberg – Enjoy Jazz
11 Nov – Germany, Dresden – Hellerau
12 Nov – Germany, Hamburg – Gruenspan
14 Nov – Sweden, Stockholm – Debaser
16 Nov – Finland, Helsinki – Nosturi
18 Nov – Norway, Oslo – Rockefeller
19 Nov – Denmark, Copenhagen – Vega
02 Dec – Belgium, Leuven – Het Depot
04 Dec – UK, Liverpool – East Village Arts Bar
05 Dec – Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street
07 Dec – UK, Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion
08 Dec – UK, London – Barbican, Milton Court (Buckminster Fuller show)

Chelsea Light Moving fall US dates

Come October, Chelsea Light Moving are back on the road, don't miss em.

10/27 Carrboro, NC - Local 506 -
10/28 Athens, GA - 40 Watt -
10/30 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree -
10/31 Atlanta, GA - The Earl -
11/1 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder -
Tampa, FL - Orpheum -
11/4 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks -
11/7 Dallas, TX - Trees -
11/8-10 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival -]
11/11 Nashville, TN - Exit/In -
11/13 Baltimore - Ottobar -

photo grabbed off auteurian's flickr

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