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The Thurston Moore Band (feat. Deb Googe on bass, Steve Shelley on drums and James Sewards on guitar) announced a healthy run of tour dates across the UK and Europe as well as a handful of festival slots including The Great Escape and Clap Your Hands. Full details below with ticket links if available.

For those who missed it, The Quietus brought together Thurston and Mark Stewart for a nice interview to discuss "punk, properness and Primark." Another reminder is those in Los Angeles should check out the Printed Matter Book Fair this weekend. Flyer below.
Saturday, April 4 - Clap your Hands Festival (Café de la Danse), Paris, France
Wednesday, April 22 - Babylon Asmalžmescit, Istanbul, Turkey
Monday, April 27 - Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunday, May 3 - Live at Glasgow, Glasgow UK
Thursday, May 14 - The Great Escape, Brighton UK
Saturday, May 16 - Oslo, London UK
Monday, May 18 - Phoenix, Exeter UK
Tuesday, May 19 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, May 20 - Cluny, Newcastle, UK
Friday, May 22 - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
Saturday, May 23 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
Friday, May 29 - This Is Not A Love Song Festival, Nimes, France
Monday, June 1 - Kino Siska, Ljubijana, Slovenia
Tuesday, June 2 - Mochvara, Zagreb, Croatia
Wednesday, June 3 - A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday, June 4 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
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SHLOHMO - 'Dark Red' out April 7, Stream New Single "Buried"

In Dean's words:

Dark Red is the second full-length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.”

Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of Bad Vibes and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ “Brain”, remixes for Drake + The Weeknd). Dark Red utilizes Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analog production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.

This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of “Ten Days of Falling” usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single “Buried” to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of “Remains” and the carnal hum of “Ditch”, there is palpable anxiety and discord. “Relentless” and “Slow Descent” explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.

Laufer explains:

“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”

Pre-Order DARK RED from iTunes (and get “Buried” and Emerge From Smoke” instantly) HERE
Pre-order DARK RED from True Panther HERE
Pre-order DARK RED from Amazon HERE
Hear “Emerge from Smoke” HERE

We will be releasing Dark Red in concert with Shlohmo’s own Weditit Collective imprint (RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth, Groundislava, Purple, etc.) Shlohmo + Nick Melons run it and they are the best.


Earlier this week, Primavera Sound Barcelona's lineup for 2015 was announce and we are taking up some serious real estate. For those making the pilgrimage this year for the festival's 15th year anniversay, make note of the following:


The Thurston Moore Band

FRIDAY, May 29

Belle and Sebastian

Perfume Genius

Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds)



Fucked Up

Tickets and more information can be found here.

FEBRUARY 15: EMA 'I Wanna Destory' at MOMA PS1