News from 6/2014

NEWS : WED, JUN 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Notwist’s “Kong” Picked As One 2014’s Best Songs So Far By NPR

NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson called The Notwist’s “Kong” his favorite track of the year in a recent discussion on the subject on NPR (listen here), and while we are immensely grateful for the nod, we are not at all surprised. If “Kong” isn’t a perfect pop song, it’s damn close. It is also the lead-off track on our career-expansive playlist that we’re calling “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”, which, if you aren’t familiar with their oeuvre, you should find a way to listen via one of the following streaming services. Also, check out the video, it’s almost too charming.

“Kong” is off of The Notwist’s Close to the Glass, available here.

Listen to “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”



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Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUN 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Death Vessel Brings ‘Island Intervals’ On The Road (go see them)

Death Vessel will join Mirah on her upcoming North American tour, in support of their recent release, Island Intervals.  The trek begins September 27th in Northampton, MA at Iron Horse Music Hall and ends on October 12th in Washington, DC at Black Cat.  The tour is preceded by an appearance on July 25th at Newport Folk Festival. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Island Intervals is the follow-up to Death Vessel’s label debut (Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us) and is available worldwide on CD/LP/DL via Sub Pop (right here). The 8-song album includes the singles “Mercury Dime (watch the embedded video),” “Velvet Antlers,” and “Ilsa Drown,” which features guest vocals from Jónsi, who also co-wrote the track. Island Intervals was produced by Alex Somers (Julianna Barwick, Sigur Rós) at his studio in Reykjavík, Iceland.  

What people are saying about Death Vessel:
“His eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations, and Island Intervals finds him splitting the difference and exploring the tension between those extremes…Especially as it winds down with a pair of exquisite ballads, Island Intervals can feel deceptively modest and quiet. But where Death Vessel’s music lacks grandiosity, it finds grace in abundance.” [“First Listen”] -  NPR Music

“What Thibodeau does so beautifully is combine that feel with the homely, plaintive mood of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago to create an album of drifting, spacey, folk. It’s the kind of record that rewards a dark room and headphones, or a long walk through a snowy town.” [Review, 8/10] - Drowned In Sound

Island Intervals is barely over half an hour, but it’s so rich with mood and detail that it stretches out and out and out to the horizon and beyond.” [Review, 9/10] - Exclaim

“…An elegant and haunting piece of work.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Consequence of Sound

“The pair are a perfect fit. Their high voices glide over the gentle instrumentation, which picks up steam as the song pushes on.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - SPIN

“This is one of the most gorgeous things he’s done and a testament to the power of great collaborative chemistry.” [“Ilsa Drown”] - Twenty Four Bit

Tour Dates
Jul. 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Sep. 27 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall*
Sep. 28 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen*
Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - TBA*
Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison*
Oct. 01 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes*
Oct. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme*
Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
Oct. 06 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway*
Oct. 07 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s*
Oct. 08 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox*
Oct. 09 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub*
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe*
Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge*
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
* w/ Mirah

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUN 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear Shabazz Palaces’ New Song #CAKE Now!

You can now listen to Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE,” the latest offering from the group’s forthcoming 7-suite, 18-track Lese Majesty, available worldwide on CD / 2xLP / DL July 28th & 29th via Sub Pop. The Not-the-Video video embedded within this blogpost features THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White and artwork from Christian Petersen of I Want You Magazine (See Pitchfork news story June 23rd).

Shabazz Palaces 2014 summer tour schedule in support of Lese Majesty now includes a performance at Brooklyn’s AFROPUNK Festival on August 23rd. Find a current list of tour dates below, and then, if you can, find your way to one of those shows, you’ll be happy you did.

Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty, the follow up to the groups universally acclaimed label debut Black Up, is a sonic mythmap of new black wave and psychedelia, featuring highlights “They Come In Gold”, “Dawn In Luxor,” “#CAKE,” “Ishmael” and “Forerunner Foray.”

Lese Majesty is available for preorder from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon now.  The double vinyl version is sheathed within a shark skin-like embossed jacket and includes a fold-out poster, and an etching on side D. Preorders from Sub Pop will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP on purple vinyl AND a seven-inch featuring the non-album track “The Palace Slide” b/w “The Palace Slide (Instrumental)” while supplies last. Again, while supplies last. Order soon is what I’m trying to say.

Pre-order Lese Majesty from us here.

Tour Dates:
Jul. 28 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
Jul. 29 - Oakland, CA -  The New Parish
Jul. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Aug. 21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Aug. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - AFROPUNK @ Commodore Barry Park*
Oct. 22-26 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
* w/ clipping.

Posted by Sam Sawyer