News from 10/2015

NEWS : WED, OCT 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Cullen Omori Signs Worldwide Deal With Sub Pop


Please join us in welcoming Chicago’s Cullen Omori to the Sub Pop Family!  Cullen and Sub Pop have signed a worldwide deal to release his debut LP in 2016.


Cullen, at the tender age of 25 is back from the post-buzz-band abyss of the now defunct Smith Westerns. The singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist began writing solo material in early 2014. While his former project synthesized familiar rock of years past (T Rex, Bowie), Cullen builds upon his own musical past and reaches towards the future of what guitar rock could be. His songs marry dark yet blissful pop with vocal melodies and hooks that are at once both immediate and begging to be reinterpreted again and again.

Cullen will make his live debut headlining a hometown show next Friday, October 30th at Schuba’s. The Chicago Reader recently interviewed him about the forthcoming performance, his recent signing to the label, and more (view here).

Photo credit: Alexa Lopez


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, OCT 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Beach House ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ : On The Charts and On The Road

Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, the group’s second album for 2015,  is available now on vinyl and digitally in North America through Sub Pop Mega MartBandcampAmazoniTunes and your local record stores, with the CD version hitting shelves tomorrow, October 30th. 

Thank Your Lucky Stars entered the charts at #38 on the Billboard Top 200, with 11,125 scanned. Additional chart placements include: #1 / Vinyl; #4 / Alternative Albums;  #6 / Independent; #7 / Internet;  #24 / Current Albums; #24 / Digital.


Beach House’s 2015/16 worldwide tour in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry is underway, with a show tonight,  October 29th in Paris for Pitchfork Music Festival. Their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore.  Then, they’ll kick-off 2016 dates on January 30th in Singapore at Laneway Festival and continue through to a sold out, two-night stand March 18th-19th at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer.  (tour details below)


Beach House’s Depression Cherry (released Aug. 28, 2015) earned the group its second consecutive top 10 album, coming in at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Meanwhile, in the UK, the album also entered at #17 on the Top 200 Albums chart.  At radio, Depression Cherry has now spent 5 weeks at #1 on the CMJ Top 200. Depression Cherry is also available in North America from Sub Pop Mega Mart,  iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.


Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry were recorded during the same two-month span, and produced by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  


What people are saying about Beach House:

Thank Your Lucky Stars

“The temptation to view this album as a sequel to Depression Cherry is strong, but the two albums stand apart: Where the earlier album reveled in the bittersweet implications of its title with lush, layered arrangements, Stars is a purer vision of the realities of love, balancing the rush of romance with the burdens that can come along with it.” - Rolling Stone

“’Elegy to the Void’ from Thank Your Lucky Stars, the band’s second album in two months, is engulfing, ethereal and entrancing — as all voids should be.” [“Elegy to the Void”] - NPR Music

“’Elegy to the Void’ creeps in slow, circling on the twilight axis of Victoria Legrand’s deep voice and a low string section. Its effect is like a gravitational vacuum, gently pulling you into a world of vast uncertainty with a ‘black clock looming.’ …A familiar drum chugs in, a guitar rips through with heavenly scratches of feedback, and suspended grief becomes pummeling light. With that, “Elegy to the Void” turns from an ode-to-emptiness into a crucial instructive: thank your lucky stars for everything.” [“Elegy to the Void”, “Best New Track”] - Pitchfork

Thank Your Lucky Stars is melancholy beauty. It’s music for late nights, for falling adrift in slow dark waters and gazing numbly at the glowing moonlight.” [9/10] - PopMatters

“The idea that you can have too much of a good thing is thoroughly debunked with Thank Your Lucky Stars, such is the beauty of the songwriting and their uncanny ability to create an all-consuming mood.” [8.5 / 10] - The Line Of Best Fit

“..the full sonic and emotional weight is tremendous.” [B +] - AV Club

“This album is not like anything they have ever done, and gives music fans reason to be thankful.” [B+] - Consequence of Sound

“Beach House’s releases to date have come fogged by intoxicant, nostalgia, and hypoxia, but Thank Your Lucky Stars does what their work has begged for all along and wipes the dew from their rearview mirror. You’re going to like what you see.” [8/10] - SPIN

“Companion album or not, it does nothing but further cement Beach House’s legacy of consistent beauty and quality.” - Under the Radar


Depression Cherry

“Singer Victoria Legrand has a refreshingly unshowy croon that’s one of the most seductive in pop, and her gorgeous synth drones and guitarist Alex Scally’s effects-laden riffs are exquisite.” [A -] - Entertainment Weekly

“Reliable, virtually misstep-proof conjurers of a distinct and desirable mood, Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally have accumulated the accolades, connections and festival appearances of an unmistakably cool band. But for Beach House, coolness is just another word for calm, for a sound that’s engineered to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.” - NPR Music

“Anyone who doesn’t fall for Depression Cherry’s hypnotic splendour probably just isn’t a Beach House fan, or didn’t live with the album long enough. But those who do will recognize this album as the sweeping, grand gesture they’ve been working up to giving us for the last nine years.” [9/10] - Exclaim!

Depression Cherry has four masterful set pieces, staggered to hit as odd-numbered tracks, each deepening the pervasive sense of rediscovered romance.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET

“Another impeccably measured step forward.” [8.4 / 10 “Best New Music] - Pitchfork

Depression Cherry may proudly adhere to every fuzzy touchstone of the genre, but it’s also a record on which every subtle chord shift and breathy sigh feels considered.” [4/5] - The Guardian


Tour Dates

2015

Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival

Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire  [Sold Out]

Oct. 31 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]

Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso [Sold Out]

Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB  [Sold Out]

Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria

Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier

Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene

Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn

Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis  [Sold Out]

Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega  [Sold Out]

Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1

Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s

Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz

Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks

Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo [Sold Out]

Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera  [Sold Out]

Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén  [Sold Out]

Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira

Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]

Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]

Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]


2016

Jan. 30 - Singapore, SP - Laneway Festival @ The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay

Feb. 01 - Auckland, NZ - Laneway Festival @ Silo Park

Feb. 05 - Adelaide, AU - Laneway Festival  @ Harts Mill

Feb. 06 - Bowen Hills, AU - Laneway Festival @ Brisbane Showgrounds

Feb. 07 - Sydney, AU - Laneway Festival  @ Sydney College Of The Arts

Feb. 13 - Melbourne, AU - Laneway Festival @ Footscray Community Arts Centre   

Feb. 14 - Fremantle, AU - Laneway Festival  @ Esplanade Reserve and West End

Feb. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

Mar. 01 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre [Sold Out]

Mar. 05 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall [Sold Out]

Mar. 06 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Mar. 09  - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theatre

Mar. 11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

Mar. 14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall [Sold Out]

Mar. 15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall [Sold Out]

Mar. 16 - New York, NY - Webster Hall [Sold Out]

Mar. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer [Sold Out]

Mar. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer [Sold Out]


For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, OCT 30, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Reissue, Repress, Rejoice!: Built to Spill’s ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Love’ & Ugly Casanova’s ‘Sharpen Your Teeth are out on vinyl

Built to Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love and Ugly Casanova’s Sharpen Your Teeth are now available on vinyl from Sub Pop.


Built to Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love is the second full-length album released by legendary indie rock band Built to Spill. (stream the album here) It was originally released September 13, 1994 on the Up Records label. The line-up for the album was Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Andy Capps, with Phil Ek producing. The album features the enduring singles “In the Morning,” “Car,” and “Distopian Dream Girl.”

Pitchfork recently reviewed There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, giving the album “Best New Reissue,” and had this to say: “With its focus on childhood, the nature of existence, and the search for meaning, it’s possible to hear There’s Nothing Wrong With Love in the terms of  “What if there was another universe in my fingernail?” - style stoner dorm-room philosophy. But Martsch’s open heart keeps you on his side…To borrow one last line from “Car”, on this album Martsch remembered when he wanted to see “movies of his dreams.” For the vast majority of us that wish is never fulfilled, but There’s Nothing Wrong With Love is a celebration of the desire itself, the vulnerability that comes with allowing yourself to imagine possibility (see October 23rd review).


Sharpen Your Teeth is the underground classic and lone offering from Ugly Casanova.  (stream the album here)  The long, out-of-print vinyl edition will come with the original 13 track album and 4 bonus songs: “Babies Clean Conscience,” “Diggin Holes,” “Roads to Go to Roads to Go to…“ (which were available as limited edition singles around the album’s release); And the unreleased “They Devised A Plan to Fuck Forever,” recorded during the Sharpen Your Teeth sessions.  The album, which was co-produced by Brian Deck and Isaac Brock at Glacial Pace Studios (Oregon), features guest appearances from John Orth (Holopaw), Tim Rutili (Califone, Red Red Meat), Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), and a handful of like-minded collaborators.

Ugly Casanova is Isaac Brock, of Modest Mouse. Or, possibly, it is a mysterious savant named Edgar Graham, who imposed himself on Modest Mouse at the Denver show of the band’s 1998 tour, introduced himself as Ugly Casanova, and, through a haze of unnerving instability, shared some rough songs with the band. His songs, though delivered hesitantly… shamefully, even… displayed unmistakable talent. By the end of Modest Mouse’s tour, Casanova, with much reluctance, was persuaded to record some of these songs and hand them over to record labels for issue as singles or parts of compilations. Predictably, immediately after he had done so, he disappeared (read more about Ugly Casanova here).



Built to Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love and Ugly Casanova’s Sharpen Your Teeth are now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega Mart and fine independent retailers everywhere.


Built to Spill

There’s Nothing Wrong With Love

Tracklisting:

1. In the Morning

2. Reasons

3. Big Dipper

4. Car

5. Fling

6. Cleo

7. The Source

8. Twin Falls

9. Some

10. Distopian Dream Girl

11. Israel’s Song

12. Stab


Ugly Casanova

Sharpen Your Teeth

Vinyl tracklisting

1. Barnacles

2. Spilled Milk Factory

3. Parasites

4. Hotcha Girls

5. (no song)

6. Diamonds On the Face of Evil

7. Cat Faces

8. Ice On the Sheets

9. Bee Sting

10. Pacifico

11. Smoke Like Ribbons

12. Things I Don’t Remember

13. So Long to the Holidays

14. Babies Clean Conscience*

15. Diggin Holes*

16. They Devised a Plan to Fuck Forever*

17. Roads to Go to Roads to Go to…*



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Beach House Announce 2016 Tour Dates in Support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry

Beach House have announced the first round of 2016 tour dates for North America in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry. The trek begins February 29th in Cleveland at House of Blues and ends March 18th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 23rd. (details below)

Beach House’s 2015 tour resumes on October 24th at Belfast’s Mandela Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore.


And last week, Beach House performed “One Thing” from Thank Your Lucky Stars on the release date for the album, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Watch that performance here.


Additionally, Beach House have scheduled a Reddit AMA for Tuesday, October 20th at 2pm EDT.



Thank Your Lucky Stars is now available to stream here, and is available for purchase in North America through Sub Pop Mega Mart, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. LP and digital copies of the album are available through all DSPs and your local record stores, with the CD version following on Friday, October 30th. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will also receive the limited “Loser” edition on green vinyl (while supplies last).


Depression Cherry is also available in North America from Sub Pop Mega Mart,  iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

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Tour Dates 

2015
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct. 31 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso  
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB  [Sold Out]
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis  [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega  [Sold Out]
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo [Sold Out]
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
 
2016
Feb. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Mar. 01 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Mar. 05 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Mar. 09 - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theatre
Mar. 11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Mar. 14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mar. 15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mar. 18 -  Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, OCT 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Shearwater Shares ‘Jet Plane and Oxbow’ Release Details + 2016 Tour Dates via Pitchfork

On January 22nd, Shearwater will release Jet Plane and Oxbow, their new full-length studio album.  Featuring highlights “Quiet Americans” and “Only Child”, the album was produced by Danny Reisch at studios in Austin and Los Angeles, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (see Pitchfork news story October 20th).

 
This is definitely Shearwater’s biggest and loudest record—it’s easy to imagine these songs roaring from the stage—but it’s also their most detailed and intricate one. Front man Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Reisch (who also recorded 2012’s Animal Joyand the off-the-cuff collaborations of 2014’s Fellow Travelers) spent two years crafting Jet Plane and Oxbow with help from drummer Cully Symington, longtime Shearwater associates Howard Draper and Lucas Oswald, and tourmates Jesca Hoop, Abram Shook, and Jenn Wasner.
 
But their secret weapon this time is film composer and percussionist Brian Reitzell, whose soundtracks include The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring, and 30 Days of Night.  Reitzell’s arsenal of strange instruments emphasizes Jet Plane and Oxbow’s cinematic depth and scope, and reflects the band’s choice to anchor the record in the era when digital technology was just beginning to transform the world of recorded music. In Shearwater’s hands this doesn’t feel like nostalgia; the racing synths and hammered dulcimers of heart-pounding opener “Prime” or the addled motorik of “Radio Silence” sound more like a metaphor for our own bewildering moment. (For a full bio, along with a conversation between famed music journalist Michael Azerrad & Shearwater frontman Meiburg, read here).

Shearwater will begin their 2016 tour in February with three warm-up dates in Texas and New York before heading to Europe for the rest of the month. (Full schedule below). A further North American tour will also be announced soon.
 


Jet Plane and Oxbow is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser” edition on blue colored vinyl while supplies last.
 
Additionally, when you preorder Jet Plane and Oxbow you’ll get access to stream the album before its street date, and provide access to an exclusive Shearwater podcast, “Headwaters,” which features demos and outtakes from the new record and a conversation between Meiburg and WNYC’s John Schaefer (host of “New Sounds”).
 
“It’s like joining us on an expedition,”  Meiburg says of the podcast, only half in jest.  Along the way, he and Schaefer listen to field recordings of howler monkeys, musician wrens, and other strange creatures from remote parts of Guyana and Brazil, and they talk about everything from the ideas and influences that fed the new album to David Bowie’s idea of “social protest music”, the fearsome teeth of the vampire fish, and the last days of Lawrence of Arabia.  Shearwater’s longtime fans won’t be surprised by Meiburg’s wide-ranging interests, but new listeners will enjoy meeting an unlikely front man who seems to be part rock star, part David Attenborough.  
 


Tour Dates

U.S. 
Feb. 03 - Austin, TX - North Door
Feb. 04 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Feb. 06 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
 
Europe
Feb. 10 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
Feb. 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Feb. 12 - Hamburg, DE -  Molotow
Feb. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
Feb. 14 - Brussels. BE - Botanique
Feb. 16 - Lille, FR - Aeronef
Feb. 17 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Feb. 18 - Bristol, UK -  The Fleece
Feb. 19 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 20 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
Feb. 21 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Feb. 23 - Dublin, IE -  Button Factory
Feb. 24 - Manchester , UK - Night & Day
Feb. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Feb. 26 - Paris FR, -  Point Ephémère
Feb. 27 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Feb. 28 - Fribourg, CH - Nouveau Monde


Posted by Rachel White