Here we have a brand new track from the one and only King Tuff! He also has a little something to say about it:
“I’m Free” is a song I wrote a few years back which first appeared on Ty Segall’s album Freedom’s Goblin. Ty had asked me to write a song for him to record and I had this little demo laying around which I gave to him. I never really thought about it much after that but recently I was asked if I would ever release my own version of the song… so here it is! My favorite time to write songs has always been in the middle of the night. The world slows down and the little nocturnal critters start hooting, howling, buzzing, bubbling… there’s just different ideas that float around that you can’t catch during the day. This is a small song about that. The crickets and raindrops you hear towards the end of the song were recorded one night in June in Vermont outside of a witches hut.”
U.S. tour dates February 22nd through March 12th, 2020.
The official video for Hot Snakes’ “I Shall Be Free,” directed and animated by Tiger Reis (the clip’s 13-year-old auteur and offspring of the band’s Swami John Reis), is out today! “I Shall Be Free” is a brand new single you can also listen to now through all the various DSPs. This new song follows the December 2019 release of the single “Checkmate,” which is also available now through all DSPs. And, “I Shall Be Free” will also be available directly from the band, in very limited numbers, as a physical 7” at their upcoming shows, starting Feb. 27. The 7” will also include the exclusive b-side “A Place in the Sun.”
“I Shall Be Free” is the second single in the series of four 7”s leading up to the next full-length LP. Each single being a seasonal release. “I Shall Be Free” is the Spring installment. The song is defiant anti-work protest punque. The slash your face chords and bassless undertow channels an AC/DC-Cramps hybrid that completely misses the mark. Primo Hot Snakes.
Hot Shakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Hot Snakes have confirmed US tour dates beginning February 22nd in Chicago for Music Frozen Dancing 2020 at the Empty Bottle. This is a FREE OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTY show which features performances from labelmates Pissed Jeans as well as HIDE, and others. Gates will open at 1PM and it costs $ZERO DOLLAR$ to get in. Donations to benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will be graciously accepted. The event is all ages, so bring the kids and scar them for life!
Hot Snakes will then embark on a 12-date run starting February 27th at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ, with additional shows in Tucson, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, and Santa Cruz, ending on March 12th in Solana Beach, CA at the Belly Up Tavern.
Feb. 22 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle outside (Music Frozen Dancing 2020) * Feb. 23 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (Music Frozen Dancing After Party) ^ Feb. 27 - Phoenix AZ - Rebel Lounge Feb. 28 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Feb. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar & Billiards Mar. 01 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar Mar. 03 - Oakland, CA - New Parish Mar. 05 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey Mar. 06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Mar. 07 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theater Mar. 08 - Sacramento, CA - Goldfield Trading Post Mar. 10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Club Atrium Mar. 11 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s Mar. 12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up *w/ Pissed Jeans & HIDE ^ w/ Pink Avalanche
The most recent Hot Snakes album, 2018’s Jericho Sirens is available everywhere from Sub Pop and through all DSPs. And the band’s reissued catalog - Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice and Audit in Progress - is also available from Sub Pop.
The Homesick’s new album, which features the singles “I Celebrate My Fantasy,” “Male Bonding,” “Kaïn,” and the title track, was produced by the band at Schenk Studio in Amsterdam, mixed by Casper van der Lans, and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
LP purchases of The Big Exercise through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).
The Homesick’s international tour schedule in support of The Big Exercise resumes February 21st, 2020 at Groningen at Vera and ends March 7th, 2020 in Utecht at Ekko. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
Feb. 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera Feb. 28 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn Mar. 03 - Mainz, DE - Schon Schön Mar. 04 - Oberhausen, DE - Gdanska Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
About The Homesick’s The Big Exercise: If their debut Youth Hunt marked The Homesick’s tryst with faith and pastoral life, the band’s upcoming second album The Big Exercise brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways (read more at Sub Pop).
Tracklisting: 1. What’s In Store 2. Children’s Day 3. Pawing 4. I Celebrate My Fantasy 5. Leap Year 6. The Small Exercise 7. The Big Exercise 8. Focus On The Beach 9. Kaïn 10. Male Bonding
Spring tour dates announced including SXSW. Uneasy Laughteris out March 20th.
Today, LA’s Moaning have shared a video for ”Fall In Love,” the latest from their forthcoming sophomore album, Uneasy Laughter. The video, which premiered via Adult Swim today, was animated and directed by Moaning’s own Sean Solomon.
Of the song and video, Solomon says “People my age are skeptical of love because we see how many previous generations got divorced or went through painful experiences. The song is about being afraid to fall in love because of expecting heartbreak. It’s about hating yourself too much to open yourself up to someone else. It’s a bummer of a song lyrically but it’s pretty fun to dance to!
I made the music video in my bedroom a couple weeks ago. It’s a psychedelic depiction of an imaginary romance. It’s inspired by early experimental animations like Belladonna of Sadness and Heavy Metal. Both the song and the video are perfect for everyone feeling like shit this Valentine’s Day.”
Uneasy Laughter is available for pre-order and due March 20th via Sub Pop.
Additionally, Moaning have announced a spring tour that includes a free hometown show in Los Angeles presented by Doc Martens, a stop at Austin, TX’s SXSW Music Festival, and a run in support of Black Marble.
2/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moon Room ^
3/16-21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW 4/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
“Cars In Space” is “the swirling words and thoughts before a breakup,” says Fran Keaney. It’s bold and classic, and propelled by the band’s singular chemistry. Its accompanying video, directed by Nick Mckk and Julia Jacklin, is set in broad daylight at an old-school Australian drive-in.
“Cars In Space” is the first taste of new music from Rolling Blackouts C.F. since their “In The Capital” / “Read My Mind” 7”, and its predecessor, 2018’s Hope Downs, “a debut album that applies their infectious brand of motorik jangle rock to lovelorn ruminations and geopolitical laments” (Pitchfork). Hope Downs was released to an incredible reception, earning year-end praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, and more. Meanwhile, the band’s renowned live show led to selling-out their mammoth Hope Downs Australian tour, as well as sold-out performances in London, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City and more. The huge touring schedule also included shows at the world’s biggest music festivals, from Coachella, The Great Escape, Primavera, and Shaky Knees to Lowlands, Pukklepop, Green Man and Splendour in the Grass.
[Photo Credit: Peter Ryle]
Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Fri. Feb. 14 - Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
Sun. March 1 - Brisbane, AU @ Nine Lives Festival
Sat. March 14 - Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House w/ Pixies
Sun. March 15 - Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House w/ Pixies
Wed. March 18 - Melbourne, AU @ Brunswick Music Festival
Sat. March 28 - Bambra, AU @ Meadow Festival
Fri. May 22 - Madrid, ES @ Tomavista Festival
Sat. May 23 - London, UK @ All Points East
Sun. May 24 - Warrington, UK @ Neighbourhood Weekender
Tue. May 26 - Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Room
Sat. May 30 - Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut
Mon. June 1 - Sala Apolo, ES @ Primavera Sound
Wed. June 10 - Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
Fri. June 12 - Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
Sat. June 13 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
[Calexico and Iron & Wine photo credit: Piper Ferguson]
Kicks off June 10th and includes appearances at Red Rocks with Neko Case and The Hollywood Bowl with Mandolin Orange JOSEPH to open the first leg of Tour.
Calexico and Iron & Wine are teaming up with Andrew Bird for The Great Summer Stroll tour this June. The coast to coast co-headline tour kicks off in Iron & Wine’s home state of North Carolina and includes stops at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Neko Case, in Andrew’s home state of Illinois at the Ravinia Festival, and culminates at The Hollywood Bowl where Mandolin Orange joins the evening’s proceedings. JOSEPH will open dates on the first half of the tour.
[Andrew Bird photo credit: Michael Schmelling]
Crossing paths at numerous festivals, sharing touring personnel, and being fans of each other’s work, a long-standing friendship has existed between Andrew Bird, Calexico and Iron & Wine over the years. The three acts first shared a bill in Boston last fall where the idea of a co-headline tour arose. As the year came to a close and with the lines of communication fresh, The Great Summer Stroll tour fell into place.
All three artists have earned praise and critical acclaim for their recent records. Calexico and Iron & Wine’s collaborative record, Years to Burn [Sub Pop] received two nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards, the first for Best American Roots Performance and the second for Best Americana Album. Andrew Bird’s latest release, My Finest Work Yet [Loma Vista], received a nomination for Best Folk Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
A fan presale for The Great Summer Stroll Tour (select dates) begins Wednesday, February 12th at 10 am local time with tickets on sale to the general public this Friday, February 14th at 10 am (local). Check casadecalexico.com for details.
Jun. 11 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap * Jun. 12 - New York, NY - Pier 17 * Jun. 13 - New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl * Jun. 14 - Kingston, NY - Hutton Brickyards * Jun. 15 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater * Jun. 17 - Toronto, ON - RBC Echo Beach * Jun. 18 - Columbus, OH - Express Live * Jun. 19 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival * Jun. 20 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavillion Riverbend Jun. 22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant Jun. 23 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC Jun. 24 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Jun. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Jun. 27 - Napa, CA - Oxbow Commons Jun. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl #
*with JOSEPH ^ with Neko Case # with Mandolin Orange
Please check local listings for further on sale information on the following shows: Vienna-Wolf Trap, Toronto-Echo Beach, Chicago-Ravinia, Kansas City-CrossroadsKC, Salt Lake City-Red Butte Garden and Los Angeles-Hollywood Bowl