News from 3/2019

NEWS : MON, MAR 4, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Knife Knights Announce First-Ever North American Tour in Support of ‘1 Time Mirage,’ and Share the Official Video for “My Dreams Never Sleep”

Knife Knights have delivered a new video for “My Dreams Never Sleep,” a standout from 1 Time Mirage, their Sub Pop debut. The slightly NSFW and psychedelic visual was directed by animator Joe Garber (illustrator for Foo Fighters The Making of Concrete and Gold) and is a meditation on love, loss and letting go both on a mortal plane and in the afterlife. Garber offers this on the video, “In a dream, she calls him onward, and in sleep, she calls him back.”

Knife Knights Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Knife Knights (Ishmael Butler, Erik Blood, and OCnotes) have also announced their first-ever North American tour in support of 1 Time Mirage, which begins April 25th in Tacoma at the Tacoma Elks Temple and currently ends May 24th in Oakland at The New Parish. On select dates along the tour, there will be special guest appearances from the 1 Time Mirage universe. And from May 1st through May 24th, the group will be joined by Mello Music Group recording artist Lando Chill as direct support.
Apr. 25 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Elks Temple
Apr. 26 - Victoria, BC - Eventide Music Series at Centennial Square
Apr. 27 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
May 01- Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo Coffee Back Room *
May 02 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse *
May 03 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village *
May 04 - Detroit, MI - The Lager House *
May 05 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop Bar *
May 06 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
May 07 - Lakewood, OH -Mahall’s 20 Lanes *
May 09 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre (small room) *
May 10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
May 11 - Washington, DC - The Pie Shop Bar at Dangerously Delicious Pies *
May 13 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 *
May 14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
May 15 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
May 17 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room *
May 18 - Dallas, TX - Ruins *
May 21 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress *
May 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
May 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre *
May 24 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish *
* w/ Lando Chill

1 Time Mirage is out now on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide from Sub Pop. The long-player features the highlights the aforementioned “My Dreams Never Sleep” along with “Give You Game,” “Seven Wheel Motion,” “Light Up Ahead (Time Mirage)” and “Low Key,” and was as produced by Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle.  1 Time Mirage includes guest appearances from labelmates Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray, along with Stas THEE Boss, OCnotes, Thaddillac, El Mizell, Marquetta Miller, Gerald Turner, and Darrius Willrich.
1 Time Mirage orders through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers and Knife Knights shows will receive the limited Loser edition on blue vinyl (while supplies last). The album cover also features gorgeous artwork from Robert Beatty.

NEWS : FRI, MAR 8, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Flight of The Conchords ‘Live in London’ Is Out Today!

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Flight of the Conchords newest offering Live in London is available now on 2xCD/3xLP/DL/CS worldwide via Sub Pop. 

This past October and ten years after the launch of their hit HBO series, musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement returned to the network for an all-new comedy special. Live in London was taped before a live audience at the Eventim Apollo and features the Conchords performing new songs from the sold-out UK and Ireland edition of “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

The Live in London album features 7 new songs including the “Iain and Deanna,” “Father and Son,” “Summer of 1353,” “Stana,” “Seagull,” “Back on the Road,” and “Bus Driver.” The album also features performances of fan favorites “Carol Brown,” “Inner City Pressure,” “Bowie,” “Foux du Fafa,” “Mutha’uckas - Hurt Feelings,” “Robots,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)’ (the latter two bonus tracks edited out of the broadcast due to time constraints).

Pictured: Live in London Loser Edition LP (U.S. Version) on “Dragon Tears*” vinyl.

LP purchases of Live in London in North America through and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and yellow high melt vinyl (while supplies last). Additionally, LP purchases of Live in London in Europe and the UK from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (also while supplies last).

[Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/HBO]

NPR Music says of Live in London, “Deeply fun and endearing, Live in London provides a showcase for Flight of the Conchords at its members’ most irreverent — a couple of guys content to crack jokes, jam out and share the results with the masses.” Exclaim, in its 8/10 review, offered this, “With hits old and new, and plenty of the charming banter that have endeared Clement and McKenzie to audiences across the world for decades, Live in London is the definitive audio version of the Flight of the Conchords experience.”

*Not dragons were harmed in the procurement of aforementioned dragon tears.

NEWS : WED, MAR 13, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Frankie Cosmos to Release ‘Haunted Items,’ a Digital-Only Collection of New Songs

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[Photo Credit: Matthew James-Wilson]

Now Listen to Haunted Items #1 “Dancing” & “Tunnel”

Frankie Cosmos has announced the release of Haunted Items, a digital-only collection of new stripped-down songs for the piano. Over the next 4 weeks, Sub Pop will share songs from this collection weekly, beginning with the tracks “Dancing” and “Tunnel” which you can listen to today via all digital service providers. See below for a full list of songs.

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Frontwoman Greta Kline says of the Haunted Items project: “items themselves are harmless unless they are infused with some kind of energy. These items are haunted by fear, consumerism, commitment, love, loss, the list goes on…I had some of these songs stuck inside me, mostly because I wrote a lot of them for piano and didn’t know how to record them, even as demos. My friend Elia gifted me with 10 hours of recording time with Mark Yoshizumi, and this winter felt like the perfect opportunity to get these out of my system and haunt you with them instead. I have always been afraid of items being haunted, but when you think about it, every item is, right?”

Haunted Items
Track and release schedule 
on DSP’s:

3/13 - Haunted Items #1
3/20 - Haunted Items #2
“In The World”
3/27 - Haunted Items #3
4/3 - Haunted Items #4
“Rings on a Tree”
“Today’s Special”

Frankie Cosmos Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Frankie Cosmos will return to the UK and mainland Europe for a short tour beginning April 1st with a show at EartH in London. The new dates will continue throughout the month with performances in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, and Bologna. Frankie Cosmos will then return to the U.S. for an appearance at Austin, TX-based radio station KVRX Festival.

Apr. 01 - London, UK- EartH (AKA Hackney Arts Centre)
Apr. 03 - Stockholm, SE - Melodybox
Apr. 04 - Gothenborg, SE - Pustervik
Arp. 05 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Apr. 06 - Aarhus - DK - TAPE
Apr. 07 - Copenhagen, DK - Lille Vega
Apr. 09 - Berlin, DE - Musik & Frieden
Apr. 10 - Heidlberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof
Apr. 12 - Gipuzkoa, ES - Dabadaba, Donostia
Apr. 13 - A Coruña, ES - Garufa Club Room
Apr. 15 - Lisbon, PT - ZDB Gallery
Apr. 16 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
Apr. 17 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz
Apr. 19 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club
May. 11 - Austin, TX-  KVRX Fest (w/ Fat Tony, Video Age, Palm and more)

NEWS : WED, MAR 6, 2019 at 7:00 AM

The Gotobeds Share “Calquer the Hound,” Lead Single From ‘Debt Begins at 30,’ Their Forthcoming New Album, Out May 31st

Album release show on May 25th at Babyland with Positive No & Bat Zuppel.

On May 31st, The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - return to the fray with their third full lengther, Debt Begins at 30. The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows.

The album’s first single, “Calquer the Hound,” features guest performances by Kim Phuc singer Rob Henry, and Evan Richards of The City Buses. (The album has guests on all eleven tracks - see the track list below for the details.) The song has euphony, a sly bridge, plenty of trademark bash, and a spacey outro. It’s a sanguine album opener, more Al Oliver than Starling Marte, to put it in Pittsburgh Pirates terms. Tune in to “Calquer the Hound” here and here (see also Brooklyn Vegan March 6th). 

[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

The band has confirmed an album release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on May 25th at Babyland. Positive No & Bat Zuppel will open. They will also be opening for Mudhoney Oct 17th at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh. More dates to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Debt Begins at 30 is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in the U.S., and select European and UK retailers will receive the limited, orange-vinyl Loser Edition while supplies last. 

Debt Begins at 30

1. Calquer the Hound  (with Evan Richards of The City Buses and Rob Henry of Kim Phuc)
2. Twin Cities (with Tracy Wilson of Positive No)
3. Slang Words (with Joe Casey of Protomartyr)
4. 2:15 (with Matt Barnhart of Tre Orsi/Mint Mile)
5. Poor People Are Revolting (with Pittsburgh poet Jason Baldinger and Gerard Cosloy of Air Traffic Controllers/Homestead Records/12XU Records)
6 .Debt Begins at 30 (with Mike Seamans of Mind Cure Records) and Bob Weston of Shellac/Mission of Burma)   
7. On Loan (with Greg Ahee of Protomartyr)
8. Dross (with Bob Nastanovich of Pavement/Silver Jews)  
9. Parallel (with Tim Midyett of Mint Mile/Silkworm)  
10. Bleached Midnight (with Pittsburgh poet Scott MacIntyre)
11. Debt Begins at 30 (Alt version) (with Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys)

About The Gotobeds Debt Begins at 30:
Give me a minute or three to extol the virtues of The Gotobeds, the modern rock-and-roll sensation that has always sounded like they love to play. Never maligned by having the world’s weight on their backs, The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - return to the fray with their third full lengther, Debt Begins at 30. The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows. Debt Begins at 30 is not “pub sop” in any way or shape.
Though I never considered The Gotobeds a band that needed assistance from their peers, Debt Begins at 30 features outside contributors on every track. The album’s first single, “Calquer the Hound,” includes local buddy Evan Richards, and Rob Henry of Kim Phuc. “Calquer the Hound” has euphony, a sly bridge, plenty of trademark bash, and a spacey outro. It’s a sanguine album opener, more Al Oliver than Starling Marte.
On “Twin Cities,” the lads tap Tracy Wilson, formerly of Dahlia Seed and currently of Positive NO!, to share the vox, and the result is an exuberant pop song proving The Gotobeds benefit from women ruling the scene. “Twin Cities” is more Dakota Staton than Don Caballero. “Debt Begins at 30,” the title trackular, includes the wizardry of Mike Seamans and legend Bob Weston. It’s a brooding romp with tribal beats and slash-and-burn guitar, more Rocky Bleier than Le’Veon Bell.
Unsurprisingly, The Gotobeds called partners-in-rock-crime Protomartyr a coupla times, with Joe Casey bolstering “Slang Words” and hook-fiend Greg Ahee shredding on “On Loan.” “Slang Words” is a savory wrecking ball with a crunching bite, more of a soft shell crab sandwich from Wholey’s Market than a 4am slop feast at Primanti Brothers. “On Loan” is an anthemic jangle-fest with high-arcing fret work, more Karl Hendricks (rest his soul) than “Weird Paul” Petroskey.
Silkworm guitarist Tim Midyett is tapped on “Parallel,” a grand song that enters a world of whimsy, melodic and uncomplicated, more Jaromir Jagr than Sidney Crosby. The likes of 12XU label boss Gerard Cosloy, Tre Orsi’s Matt Barnhart, the wonderful Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys, Pittsburgh wordsmiths Jason Baldinger and Scott MacIntyre, and yours truly strut stuff on other tracks. In my case, I just scream “dross” on “Dross” several times. Good judgment on the part of The Gotobeds to know that’s the best I can do, more Max Moroff than Andrew McCutchen.
Anyways, The Gotobeds have quickly reached the veteran stage, but, based upon Debt Begins at 30, their best days are ahead of them. It’s a pleasure to be associated with such an excellent band.
–Bob Nastanovich, 1/13/2019, Des Moines

NEWS : MON, MAR 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Weyes Blood Performs New Song “Something to Believe” From ‘Titanic Rising’ Live at Pitchfork’s Midwinter Festival

You can now watch Weyes Blood perform “Something to Believe,” a beautiful new track from Titanic Rising along with Front Row Seat to Earth standout “Be Free” both filmed live at PitchforkMidwinter Festival at Art Institute of Chicago [see Pitchfork TV March 11th). 

Weyes Blood (pronounced wize bluhd) will release Titanic Rising, her fourth album and Sub Pop records debut, worldwide on CD/LP/DL/CS April 5th, 2019. The album features the lead single  “Everyday,”  and the previously released “Andromeda,” along with highlights “Movies,” “Wild Time,” and the aforementioned “Something to Believe.” The cover for Titanic Rising was shot in a bedroom submerged fully underwater by photographer Brett Stanley (zero CGI). 

Under the Radar says of Titanic Rising, “On Weyes Blood’s radiant and beautifully anachronistic fourth studio album, Natalie Mering achieves a perfectly balanced synthesis between the old and familiar and the new and unexplored [8.5/10].” In its recent interview with Weyes Blood, Pitchfork had this to say, “Building on the gently lilting melodies, complex harmonies, and sophisticated chord changes of her 2016 breakthrough, Front Row Seat to EarthTitanic Rising is Mering’s most ornate and ambitious work to date.”  BUST adds this: “In the stunning opener ‘A Lot’s Gonna Change’ and the slide guitar infused ‘Something to Believe,’ Mering continuously makes the case for pushing forward anyway. These are conversations you’ll want to be privy to, no matter how far out they get [4/5].” And MOJO perfectly sums of the album with this quip, “Cosmic Carpenters, Laurel Canyon in Space.” 

[Photo Credit: Kathryn Vetter Miller]

Weyes Blood Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Weyes Blood’s previously announced “True Love is Making a Comeback Tour” for the spring of 2019 in support of Titanic Rising begins on April 22nd in Brighton, UK at the Haunt and currently ends on June 13th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Weyes Blood and her band will visit the UK, mainland Europe, and North American for these shows.  These dates will be preceded by a run of California shows, which run April 1st-April 5th, 2019.   More 2019 dates to come.

True Love is Making a Comeback Tour 2019
Apr. 01 - Fresno, CA - Strummers
Apr. 02 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at The Catalyst
Apr. 03 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
Apr. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge [Sold Out]
Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt 
Apr. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange
Apr. 24 - Manchester, UK - YES (The Pink Room) 
Apr. 25 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall          
Apr. 27 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
Apr. 28 - Hamburg, DE- Turmzimmer
Apr. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs 
Apr. 30 - Dunkerque, FR  - 4Ecluses
May 02 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
May 03 - Orleans, FR - Astrolabe
May 04 - Brussels, BE - Le Nuits Botanique (Venue: Rotonde)
North America 
May 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
May 16 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
May 17 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall
May 18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 24 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
May 25 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
May 26 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
May 28 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
May 29 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 31 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
Jun. 01 - Philadelphia,  PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Jun. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Jun. 04 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
Jun. 06 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Jun. 07 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (upstairs)
Jun. 08 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
Jun. 10 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Jun. 11 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Jun. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Jun. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

Titanic Rising is available for pre-order from Sub Pop. LP pre-orders in North America through, and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on maroon colored vinyl (while supplies last).  LP preorders of Titanic Rising throughout the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on red vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design available. 

NEWS : FRI, MAR 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Listen to Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s New Song “Kreyol,” From The Acclaimed Documentary and Forthcoming Soundtrack “A Tuba To Cuba”

2019 touring schedule April 12th through September 22nd.

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band have just released “Kreyol,” a spirited new tune from “A Tuba To Cuba,” the forthcoming soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary directed by T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch. The song is available today on all DSPs worldwide from Sub Pop and also YouTube - Spotify - Apple Music.

“A Tuba to Cuba” follows Ben Jaffe of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as he seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. “A Tuba to Cuba” celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls. Beginning today, the film will also be available through Amazon Video, iTunes, DirecTV, Google Play, YouTube Movies and more. Check your local service provider for additional listings.

The New York Times says of the film, “This joyous, wide-ranging account of a New Orleans jazz band’s 2015 visit to Cuba is crammed with fascinating facts and toe-tickling tunes.” And the LA Times offers this, “Jaunty, at times poetic chats and drop-ins with many Big Easy and Cuban jazz artists, discussion of their music’s African lineage (the Atlantic slave trade factored in), stirring examples of native instrumentation, and pulsating performances combine with colorful, travelogue-type shots (love those old Cuban theaters) and vivid archival footage to create a vibrant and joyous portrait.”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe says of “Kreyol,” “Every evening in Havana people gather along the waterfront to socialize. I’ve always been taken by the tempo at which people stroll, like New Orleans, there’s a very particular rhythm to their walk. That rhythm was the inspiration for “Kreyol”.  In fact, “Kreyol” is the Cuban spelling of “Creole”. You can feel that same Creole influence in New Orleans, it’s one of our many shared connections with Cuba.”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Tour Dates

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s touring schedule for 2019 currently spans April 12th through September 22nd. Headlining and festival highlights include: Cape May, NJ’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival (April 12th); Charleston, NC’s High Water Festival (April 14th); New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27th); Happy Valley, OR’s Pickathon (August 3rd- 4th); SFJAZZ in San Francisco (August 8th-12th); Arrington, VA’s Lockn’ Music Festival (August 24th);  Louisville, KY’s Bourbon & Beyond (September 20th); and Franklin, TN’s Pilgrimage Music Festival (September 21st-22nd).

Additionally, Preservation Hall Jazz Band will support Foo Fighters at The Fillmore in New Orleans (May 16th) and Dave Matthews Band at Elkhorn, WI’s  Alpine Valley Music Theatre (July 5th-6th). Tickets for these shows are on sale now.

Apr. 12 - Cape May, NJ - Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Apr. 14 - Charleston, SC -  High Water Festival - Riverfront Park 
Apr. 27 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 16 - New Orleans, LA - The Fillmore ^
Jul. 05 - Elkhorn, WI -  Alpine Valley Music Theatre* 
Jul. 06 - Elkhorn, WI -  Alpine Valley Music Theatre* 
Aug. 03- Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug. 04 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon 
Aug. 08 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ
Aug. 09  - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ 
Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (7:00PM)
Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (9:30PM)
Aug. 24 - Arrington, VA - Lockn’ Music Festival 
Sep. 20 - Louisville, KY - Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Sep. 21 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Sep. 22 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
*with Dave Matthews Band
^with Foo Fighters

[Photo credit: Josh Goleman]