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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

Coming September 9 : Spoon - 'Kill The Moonlight' 20th Anniversary White Vinyl Edition

"The Way We Get By" (directed by Steve Hanft)

Here’s one of those videos where I'm still trying to figure out what’s going on. I remember we worked on a shot of me making a suggestive handoff of a seemingly nefarious package, and some espionage-like loose story that was to be bookended by a little performance done on the sidewalk without a permit. Shot in a few hours in Chinatown during a 19-day van tour where we had no days off, the package handoff sequence had to be removed from the edit because MTV deemed it too indicative of a drug deal. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the story but this thing holds up pretty well. The video was directed by Steve Hanft who had among other things, and this is the truth, years earlier directed a movie I had never heard of called "Kill The Moonlight". I thought I'd discovered that phrase in an early 19th century futurist manifesto. And well, I had. But so had he. Picture me trying to explain that to him on set when he thought our album referenced his movie. Steve had also shot the video for Beck’s song "Loser" and Beck put an album out one month after ours which had a song on it called "Paper Tiger", as did 'Kill The Moonlight'. That’s some universe type shit
. - Britt Daniel

On September 9 we're releasing a special white vinyl edition to mark the 20th anniversary of Spoon's landmark 4th album 'Kill The Moonlight', originally released by Merge in North America and 12XU in Europe. Considered by many to amongst the band's finest works, we're not likely to make more additional white vinyl copies of 'Kill The Moonlight' until the 40th anniversary rolls around, so preorder yours while you have a chance.

stream / preorder 'Kill The Moonlight' 20th Anniversary Edition :

stream / preorder 'Lucifer On The Sofa'  :


01 Small Stakes
02 The Way We Get By
03 Something to Look Forward To
04 Stay Don’t Go
05 Jonathan Fisk
06 Paper Tiger
07 Someone Something
08 Don’t Let It Get You Down
09 All the Pretty Girls Go to the City
10 You Gotta Feel It
11 Back to the Life
12 Vittorio E.

Spoon 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 %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC %
Sunday, September 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN %
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 %
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

# Metric, Interpol,
% w/ Interpol, Water From Your Eyes

Spoon Online
Official Site

Horsegirl - KEXP Session

(photo by Carlos Cruz)

This past July in the midst of their first tour to the Pacific Northwest, Horsegirl stopped by Seattle's KEXP and recorded a four song session that's now available to stream/view at your leisure.

"World of Pots and Pans"
"Option 8"
"Ballroom Dance Scene"

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl On Tour
Sun, October 2 Kings Theater, Brooklyn NY !
Monday, October 17 Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh PA % *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, October 18 Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto ON %

! w/ Pavement
% w/ Black Midi

Horsegirl Online

Horsegirl - "Do You Want Horsegirl or Do You Want The Truth?"

Today, Horsegirl present "Do You Want Horsegirl or Do You Want the Truth?", a visual zine commemorating their Thalia Hall performance alongside other Chicago bands Lifeguard, Friko, and Post Office Winter. Artwork in-step with Horsegirl’s aesthetic is woven with live footage of all four bands. This is a testament to the youth scene in the city, and the powerful bonds amongst Horsegirl and their friends. As Rolling Stone neatly summarizes it, their “album release show feels like a celebration of the Chicago scene they’ve come up in over the past several years.”

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &
Monday, October 17 Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh PA % *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, October 18 Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto ON %

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
% w/ Black Midi
& supporting Pavement

Horsegirl Online

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