News from 2022

NEWS : WED, FEB 9, 2022 at 6:00 AM

Watch Father John Misty’s Official Video for “Q4” from Chloë and the Next 20th Century

Watch the official video for Father John Misty’s “Q4,” the new single from Chloë and the Next 20th Century, his forthcoming new album, directed by Grant James (“I Love You, Honeybear,” “Funtimes in Babylon”) with title design by Rafa Orrico, and typestract animation by Cossa.


On April 14th, 2022, Father John Misty will celebrate the release of Chloë and The Next 20th Century, with a pair of intimate performances presented by Rough Trade and Rockefeller Center at the iconic Rainbow Room.
 
Entry to the show is free with the pre-purchase of a signed LP edition of Chloë and The Next 20th Century, available for $32.98, on a first-come-first served basis from the online store here. Pre-purchase of the record confirms your RSVP to the show. Availability is limited.
 
Up to two records may be pre-purchased per person for redemption of two passes to the show.
 
Rough Trade and Rockefeller Center present Father John Misty at The Rainbow Room
April 14, 2022
Early show / 7pm
Late show / 9:30pm
Rainbow Room (65th Floor)
30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
 
Father John Misty’s first two symphony performances for 2022 — February 25th in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Phil, and April 7th in London at the Barbican with Britten Sinfonia conducted by Jules Buckley — are now both sold out.
 
Chloë and The Next 20th Century, which also includes the singles “Funny Girl,” “Goodbye Mr. Blue,” and “Kiss Me (I Loved You),” and will be available April 8th, 2022 worldwide from Sub Pop and in Europe from Bella Union. All formats of Chloë and the Next 20th Century are available for preorder now from Sub PopBella Union (UK/Europe), and select independent retailers in North America.
 
“Funny Girl,” Chloë and the Next 20th Century’s first single, saw praise upon its release in early January. Rolling Stone offers this, “A lovely, languid gem that shows Tillman quietly reintroducing himself  — with a little help from an orchestral arrangement that echoes old Hollywood…in classic Misty fashion, leaves us quizzically charmed (“Song You Need To Know”).” The FADER says ‘Funny Girl’ is a “lush and romantic ballad…and shows that there’s much more to Josh Tillman… (‘20 Best Rock Songs Right Now’),” while CLASH calls it a “Gorgeous new song” and notes that it’s “sheer Father John Misty - tender, open, and just a touch ironic, the word play is matched to a clipped, neo-classic vocal.”



Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, MAY 20, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Beach House’s Performance of “Superstar” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Last night, Beach House performed the Once Twice Melody single and standout “Superstar,” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  New York Times says of the song, “Beach House’s music contains many gifts, but it’s the group’s ability to magnify life’s small dramas into sky-sized emotions that glitters.”
 
Beach House’s headlining international tour in support of Once Twice Melody, which resumes May 21st with a show in Dublin at The National Stadium, has been extended through November 2022. New dates for this announcement include Omaha, NE’s Maha Festival (July 29th-30th), Portugal’s Paredes De Coura  (Aug. 17th-20th), Salt Lake City, UT’s Ogden Twilight (August 25th), Pasadena, CA’s This Ain’t No Picnic (Aug. 28th), Las Vegas, NV’s Life Is Beautiful (Sep. 16th-18th), Bentonville, AR’s Format Festival (Sep. 23rd-25th), and Primavera Sound Editions in Brazil, (Sao Paulo, Nov. 5th), Chile (Santiago, Nov. 11th), and Argentina (Buenos Aires, Nov. 13th). For up to date information on tickets, please visit beachhousebaltimore.com.
 

Sat. May 21 - Dublin, IE - The National Stadium [Sold Out]
Mon. May 23 - Glasgow - Barrowland Ballroom [Sold Out]
Tue. May 24 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy [Sold Out]
Thu. May 26 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton [Sold Out]
Sat. May 28 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma
Mon. May 30 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
Tue. May 31 - Paris, FR - L’Olympia [Sold Out]
Thu. Jun. 02 - Nimes, FR - Paloma
Sat. Jun. 04 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival
Tue. Jun. 07 - Cologne, DE - Carlswerk Victoria
Wed. Jun. 08 - Berlin, DE - Columbiahalle
Thu. Jun. 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Falkoner Centre
Fri. Jul. 08 - Richmond, VA - The National [Sold Out]
Sat. Jul. 09 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit
Sun. Jul. 10 - Louisville, KY - Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
Tue. Jul. 12 - Cleveland, OH  - Agora Theatre
Wed. Jul. 13 - Chicago, IL - Radius
Fri. Jul. 15 -  Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Sat. Jul. 16 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS [Sold Out]
Mon. Jul. 18 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Tue. Jul. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
Wed. Jul. 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
Fri. Jul. 22 - Boston, MA - Roadrunner [Sold Out]
Sat. Jul. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
Sun. Jul. 24 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sat. Jul. 30 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival
Tue. Aug. 16  -  Sat. Aug. 20 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Paredes de Coura Festival
Thu. Aug. 18 - Sun. Aug. 21 - Powys, UK - Green Man Festival
Thu. Aug. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Ogden Twilight
Sun. Aug. 28 - Pasadena, CA - This Ain’t No Picnic Festival
Sun. Sep. 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
Sat. Sep. 24 - Bentonville, AR - Format Festival
Sat. Nov. 5 - Sao Paulo, BR - Primavera Sound Sao Paulo
Fri. Nov. 11 - Santiago de Chile, CL - Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile
Sun. Nov. 13 - Buenos Aires, AR - Primavera Sound Buenos Aires

 

Once Twice Melody features 18 tracks, and was presented in 4 chapters with lyric animations for each song. Watch the lyric animations for the entire album now at Beach House’s YouTube channel
 
Once Twice Melody is the first album produced entirely by Beach House, and was recorded at Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls, MN, United Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and Apple Orchard Studios in Baltimore, MD. For the first time, a live string ensemble was used, with arrangements by David Campbell. Once Twice Melody was mostly mixed by Alan Moulder but a few tracks were also mixed by Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer, and Dave Fridmann.
 
Recently, Once Twice Melody peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Albums Sales Chart, the band’s first-ever record to do so. It also debuted at #1 on the Top Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Tastemaker Albums, and Top Current Album Sales charts (see Billboard’s March 1st news story). The album also spent six weeks at #1 on the NACC 200 College Charts.
 
All formats of Once Twice Melody are available from Sub PopBella Union (UK/Europe), and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand), and select independent retailers in North America.
 
What people are saying about Once Twice Melody:
“It’s also so sublimely imagistic that it makes you wonder why film directors and music supervisors haven’t been hounding Legrand and Scally to create movie scores.” The New Yorker
 
“Their most cinematic, certainly most expansive release in the nearly 20 years they’ve been putting out music together” - NPR Music
 
“Beach House proves there’s more to the duo than fans may think, with brash, lively arrangements that shine as much as the restrained ones (B+).” AV Club
 
“Legrand and Scally have truly outdone themselves…” Consequence
 
“Their records are swelling Feels Generators, powered as much by mood and vibe as songcraft. But with their eighth album they’ve created a galaxy. Once Twice Melody is by far – and by design – Beach House’s most sprawling record to date, but it’s also their most cohesive, fully realized record since Bloom.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
Once Twice Melody sometimes seems more like a painting than an album, one in which bits of color have been added to every corner over a long stretch of time..” Wall Street Journal
 
“It’s in the duo’s ability to create music that possesses the same intimacy regardless of its scope. And that’s a magic trick that never loses its allure (8/10).” UNCUT
 
“Their brand of meticulously crafted songwriting, candy-flossed melodies and textured, widescreen ambiance remain as compelling and mesmerizing as ever.” SPIN
 
“Another towering landmark in their career (9/10).” The Line of Best Fit
 
“This is a work of cinematic beauty.” ★★★★ The Telegraph
 
“The duo have not so much transformed as honed their vision, leading to this superb double album.” ★★★★ The Times of London
 
“With its incredible ability to balance horror and romance, machinery and humanity, this is a diverse, innovative and well-considered collection of songs that, while asking a lot of listeners, rewards absolutely.” ★★★★ Irish Times
 
“As bewitching as ever” ★★★★ Record Collector
 
“Rightfully proclaimed genre-defining purveyors of dream-pop, Victoria and Alex effortlessly match their own mountainous standards, delivering yet another all-engulfing, pensive package of sonic escapism. Let yourself be a canvas, and Beach House will paint you a beautiful picture.” ★★★★ DORK
 
“Beach House’s hymn to the grandeur of relationships is, perhaps, the most musically diverse and thematically mature project the duo has released to date—an emphatic affirmation of life’s joys and sorrows.” ★★★★ SLANT
 
“Literally gives you shivers.” - Rockerilla
 
“In eighteen timeless and vaporous tracks, the dream pop duo does wonders. An eighth album to be placed high in their already rich discography.” Les Inrocks
 
“As much as any Beach House album is about finding new places to explore—or perhaps more accurately escape—within their hypnotic lullabies, Once Twice Melody is Beach House at their most uninhibited and playful, seemingly trying different things for the fun of it and by and large succeeding.” Treble
 
“Weaving in dustier threads to Beach House’s ever shimmery fabric proves that the cyborgian approach of mixing the organic with the mechanical is an increasingly winning formula (8/10).”  No Ripcord
 
Once Twice Melody is a grand statement from Beach House that sits together as an extended album, while also offering more bite-sized memorable moments to take away, no doubt leaving plenty to discover on each return (8/10).” Gigwise
 

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, MAY 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch TV Priest’s “It Was Beautiful” Official Video

Watch TV Priest’s new video for “It Was Beautiful,” a new single from My Other People, their forthcoming new album. The dizzying single-shot performance visual was directed, produced, and filmed by the band in East London.
 
Vocalist Charlie Drinkwater says this of the single, “‘It Was Beautiful’ is a love song about the past, present, and future. A reminder that love is the most essential thing. The words came fast; it was recorded in a single emotive session, the first song we wrote together after my family had gone through a difficult experience and I think you can hear that in the kind of melancholy euphoria that plays out as the song progresses. In some ways it’s a coda to the whole album; a reminder to guard your hope fiercely.”
 
TV Priest’s international touring in support of My Other People resumes Friday, June 5th in Brittany, France at Art Rock Festival and now runs through Saturday, November 26th in Cologne, Germany at Artheater. This announcement now includes new shows in the UK (Latitude Festival, Jul. 24th), Italy (Sienna’s TV Spenta Festival, Jul. 24th), Netherlands (Nijmegen, Oct. 24th; Groningen, Oct. 25th; Rotterdam, Oct. 26th; London Calling in Amsterdam, Nov. 26th), France (Paris, Nov. 15th; Le Havre, Nov. 16th; Nantes, Nov. 18th; Lille, Nov. 19th) with additional dates in Belgium (Nov. 20th), Switzerland (Zurich, Nov. 22nd), Germany (Berlin, Nov. 24th). For up to date information on tickets, please visit TV Priest.com.
 
Fri. Jun. 05 - Brittany, FR - Art Rock Festival
Sat. Jun. 06 - Tours, FR - Aucard De Tours
Fri. Jun. 17 - London, UK - Rough Trade East
Mon. Jun. 20 - Brighton, UK - Resident*
Tue. Jun. 21 - Southsea Portsmouth, UK - Pie & Vinyl*
Wed. Jun. 22 - Totnes, UK - Drift*
Thu. Jun. 23 - Leeds, UK - The Vinyl Whistle*
Sun. Jul. 03 - Hyeres, FR - Pointu Festival
Fri. Jul. 22 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Sun. Jul. 24 - Sienna, IT - TVSpenta Festival
Tue. Jul.26 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Wed. Jul. 27 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Fri. Jul. 29 - Montréal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB
Sat. Jul. 30 - Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern
Sun. Jul. 31 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
Thu. Aug. 04 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Fri. Aug. 05 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 06 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret
Sun. Aug. 07 - Seattle, WA - Clock-Out Lounge
Fri. Sep. 03 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
Fri. Sep. 09 - Heusden, NL - Misty Fields Festival
Sat. Sep. 17 - Leicester, UK - Wide Eyed Festival
Mon. Oct. 24 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
Tue. Oct. 25 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Tue. Oct. 26 - Rotterdam, NL - Rotown
Fri. Oct. 28 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Festival
Sun. Oct. 30 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
Mon. Oct. 31 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
Tue. Nov. 01 - Dublin, IE - The Workman’s Cellar                
Thu. Nov. 03 - Manchester, UK - Yes (Pink Room)
Fri. Nov. 04 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Sat. Nov. 05 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall       
Mon. Nov. 07 - Cambridge, UK  - Portland Arms
Tue. Nov. 08 - Leicester, UK - Firebug Bar  
Thu. Nov. 10 - London, UK - Scala
Fri. Nov. 11 - Reading, UK -The Face Bar
Sat. Nov. 12 -  Southampton, UK - The Joiners
Sun. Nov. 13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Tue. Nov. 15 - Paris, FR - TBC
Wed. Nov. 16 - Le Havre, FR - Le Tetris
Fri. Nov. 18 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux
Sat. Nov. 19 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronef
Sun. Nov. 20 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
Tue. Nov. 22 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Thu. Nov. 24 - Berlin, DE - Privatvclub
Fri. Nov. 25 - Cologne, DE - Artheater
* Stripped down performances
 
My Other People, the group’s follow-up to Uppers, their acclaimed debut, will be available worldwide on June 17th, 2022 from Sub Pop.
 
My Other People, which features the aforementioned “It Was Beautiful,” and additional highlights “Limehouse Cut”“One Easy Thing”and “Bury Me In My Shoes,” was produced by band member/multi-instrumentalist Nic Bueth at Studio East in London.
 
My Other People is now available to preorder from Sub Pop. LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the Opaque Pink w/white smoke vinyl version (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe  through select independent retailers will receive the album on clear vinyl.
 
What people have said about TV Priest:
“On these new tracks, vocalist Charlie Drinkwater continues to resemble Joe Talbot, but I can just as easily hear Nick Cave, Jim Morrison, and Protomartyr’s Joe Casey in those bellows. His bandmates sound spry and adventurous, brimming with ideas and kinetic energy.” [“Bury Me In My Shoes”] - Stereogum
 
“The music has a real wielding tone throughout buzzing guitars and yelled vocals offering itself up with plenty of on the side feels.” [“Bury Me In My Shoes”] - Closed Captioned
 
“Frontman Charlie Drinkwater makes a startling statement. “I’m going to take these clothes off now,” he sings, offering up an image that seems to reveal the very core of this stunning new offering.” [“One Easy Thing”] - Far Out
 
“Charlie Drinkwater’s vulnerable side comes to the fore in ‘One Easy Thing’, with a voice that lends itself as capably to emotive ballads as it does to hook-heavy punk” [“One Easy Thing”] - Riot Mag
 
“Thoughtful and metronomic in equal measure, the plucking guitar chords at the forefront of the sonics with a mesmeric rhythm which is almost hypnotic in its delivery.” - [“Limehouse Cut”] -Backseat Mafia
 
“Stark and sinister, this track is a Nick Cave-esque lament on urban displacement and a longing for beautiful landscapes.” - [“Limehouse Cut”] - The Times
 
“Beautifully sparse in it’s opening refrain, the track points to a change of direction for the band. Sonically, the new single seems lighter than their previous output, aligning more with the booming British Post-Punk scene than with their krautrock inspired roots.” [“One Easy Thing”] - When The Horn Blows
 
“The song is dark, a rock with a riff that is pleasant, Charlie Drinkwater’s vocals over the top are reminiscent of Johnny Cash. The song evokes the feeling of exhaustion without being exhausting to listen to.” [“One Easy Thing”] - ASBO Magazine
 
“Fuzzed-out post punk from London four-piece…harsh, brittle eruptions offering up a variety of teeth-rattling noises.” [Uppers] - Uncut
 
“The post-punk band have caught attention with a string of superb singles, exemplifying their scorching post-punk sound.” [Uppers] - CLASH
 
“Uppers…should rubber stamp TV Priest as one of, if not your favorite new act” [Uppers] - The Line of Best Fit
 
“Ragged yet tight, sprawling yet focussed, it’s a singular vision of a disparate time.” [Uppers] ★★★★ DORK
 
“Scratch the surface, peel away the layers and you’ll find something here to make you think there might be something more to come.” [Uppers, Best Albums of 2021] - Louder Than War
 
“Sultry, prophetic lyricism with brash instrumentation…” [“This Island”] - Brooklyn Vegan


 TV Priest
My Other People

 
Tracklisting
1. One Easy Thing
2. Bury Me In My Shoes
3. Limehouse Cut
4. I Have Learnt Nothing
5. It Was Beautiful
6. The Happiest Place On Earth
7. My Other People
8. The Breakers
9. Unraveling
10. It Was A Gift
11. I Am Safe Here
12. Sunland

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, JAN 11, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Lael Neale official video for “Hotline”

“Hotline” is Lael Neale’s effervescent new single and video, and is available today worldwide on all DSPs from Sub Pop. The song was written by Neale in collaboration with her friend, Jane McCarthy, arranged and produced by Guy Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady. “Hotline” follows the release of Acquainted with Night, her acclaimed album of 2021.
 
In celebration of the new song, fans can dial a “hotline” to connect with Neale, and she will read callers’ fortunes for 2022. The number will be active beginning today, January 11th from noon - 5 pm ET. Neale explains, “I became interested in numerology through John Lennon and his belief in the significance of numbers, specifically the number nine. Because this song imagines a late night call of desperation into a psychic hotline, I thought it’d be fun to act as that ‘psychic’ and connect with people directly, giving them a personalized fortune for this year based on their unique numerology.” Call 858-224-3129 today!


 
Neale’s Acquainted with Night features ten tracks and includes the standouts “Blue Vein,” “Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” “For No One For Now,” and the title cut, and is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop. The album was composed and arranged by Neale, produced and mixed by Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady.
 
Upon its release Acquainted with Night saw praise from the likes of UncutMOJO, Loud & Quiet, The AV Club, Stereogum, SPIN, and earned “Best of 2021” placement from the likes of Under the RadarLes Inrocks, Aquarium Drunkard, Gold Flake Paint, Still Listening, Secret Meeting and more.
 
What people are saying about Lael Neale:
“Who knew the world was lacking a country-folk version of Broadcast until now?” - ★★★★ MOJO
 
a beautiful, otherworldly record.” - Aquarium Drunkard
 
“With her Omnichord, the singer/songwriter exposes the nerve endings of her songs.”  ★★★★★ - Musikexpress
 
“This album reminds listeners that life is full of beauty not in spite of, but because of, the ordinary details of every day.” [8/10] Loud & Quiet
 
“…an intimate, lo-fi set of songs that seem unearthed from the dusty vaults of time.”  ★★★★ - The Forty Five
 
“The simplicity is part of what makes her record so beautiful; just her voice, her words, her electric guitar, and her omnichord are enough to put the listener in a trance.” - SPIN
 
“The result is the urgent melodies and unadorned instrumentals on Acquainted With Night, a collection of songs that’s disarmingly poetic in its simplicity.” - The AV Club
 
“Her lyrics are intuitive, meandering between memory and fantasy. As she ponders the rituals of the mundane – folding sheets, making toast, watching strangers in the street – her old-timey vocals and country-folk melodies make gorgeous, placid trails, gently crackling on the four-track tape.” - The Guardian
 
“With a celestial voice stripped of any artifice, Lael Neale skillfully blends romance and the banality of life with brilliant songs of drama and humor.” - Les Inrocks
 
“…There is a raw, unvarnished energy screaming throughout these 10 tunes.” [8/10], Northern Transmissions
 
“Lael Neale’s second album weaves intimacy with dreamy, Omnichordal magic.”  - Secret Meeting
 
“A collection of intimate, powerful, and incredibly relatable songs, Acquainted with Night paints a portrait of solitude that resonates with the current state of the world.“ - Monster Children


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, JAN 12, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop welcomes Guerilla Toss to their iconic roster and shares official video for “Cannibal Capital” from Famously Alive available worldwide on March 25th

Sub Pop is ecstatic to welcome Guerilla Toss to their iconic roster of artists. The label will be releasing their latest effort, Famously Alive on March 25th. After a decade sprinkling glitter into grit, building a reputation as one of the most ferociously creative art-rock groups working, the upstate New York band have eased fully into their light. This is Guerilla Toss at their most luminescent – awake, alive, and extending an open invitation to anyone who wants to soak it all up beside them.

Singer and lyricist Kassie Carlson, multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte and guitarist Arian Shafiee wrote Famously Alive at home in the Catskills during the pervading quiet of the pandemic year. Together with guitarist Arian Shafiee, Carlson and Negroponte cultivated a sound that spliced together psychedelic texturing and Krautrock syncopation with the gloss and glow of contemporary pop music. 

The group’s debut single and album opener,  “Cannibal Capital,” is a song about the exhaustion and dread of social anxiety. The song came together in a flurry toward the end of the album’s sessions. A taut bass groove erupts into competing squalls of guitar and synth that support one of the most immediate and arresting vocal hooks of Guerilla Toss’s catalog to date.





The band will embark on a 16 date North American tour beginning Apr. 13th in Richmond VA. With additional shows in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Queens, NY. See below for a full list of shows.

Tour Dates:
Wed. Apr. 13- Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall
Thu. Apr. 14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Fri. Apr. 15 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
Sat. Apr 16 - Nashville, TN - The Blue Room @ Third Man Records
Sun. Apr. 17 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Tue. Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
Wed. Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Thu. Apr. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop 
Fri. Apr. 22 -  Toronto, ON - The Garrison
Sat. Apr. 23 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B
Mon. Apr. 25 - Portland, ME - Space
Tue. Apr. 26 - Somerville, MA - Crystal Ballroom at Somerville
Wed. Apr. 27 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre 
Thu. Apr. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. Apr. 29 - Queens, NY - TV Eye
Sat. Apr. 30 - Queens, NY - TV Eye

Famously Alive is now available to preorder from Sub Pop. LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers in North America and in the U.K. and Europe will receive the LOSER version on Clear Purple vinyl. 



About Famously Alive:
Dig deep enough inside yourself – start treating your body as your sanctuary rather than your enemy – and eventually you’ll find yourself blooming right back out into the sun. That’s the transformation Guerilla Toss trace on their newest album Famously Alive, their effervescent Sub Pop debut. After a decade sprinkling glitter into grit, building a reputation as one of the most ferociously creative art-rock groups working, the upstate New York band have eased fully into their light. This is Guerilla Toss at their most luminescent – awake, alive, and extending an open invitation to anyone who wants to soak it all up beside them.

Singer and lyricist Kassie Carlson, multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte and guitarist Arian Shafiee wrote Famously Alive at home in the Catskills during the pervading quiet of the pandemic year. The uncertainty of COVID-19 lockdowns and the total disruption of routine forced Carlson to negotiate with herself in new and challenging ways. “You have to be with yourself all the time during the pandemic,” she says. “I had to figure out a way to manage my anxiety. The pandemic was hard, but it helped me get comfortable inside my own body. My peace of mind came out of being thrust into the deepest shit. This album is all about being happy, being alive, strength. It’s meant to inspire people.”

The album’s title derives from a poem written by a close friend of the band, Jonny Tatelman, who supported Carlson through the early stages of her recovery from opiate addiction. The poem comprises the entirety of the lyrics to the title track, an exuberant ode to loving your own survival and charting a course into unconditional self-acceptance. “The song ‘Famously Alive’ is about living with purpose and excitement whether you’re famous or not, accepting your strangeness and thriving even if your successes look different than other people’s,” notes Carlson. “To me, ‘Famously Alive’ means flipping the notion of dying famously to living famously,” Negroponte adds. “I also like to think of it as a way to describe living through something traumatic and coming out of it a stronger, wiser person.”
 
Songs like the expansive, gleaming “Live Exponential” similarly invite the listener to lean into the light. “It’s about loving yourself and finding a way to be comfortable in your own body – to live life to the fullest and beyond,” says Carlson. Throughout the record, Guerilla Toss meet themselves with curiosity, generosity, and acceptance even for the harder parts of being alive. Opener “Cannibal Capital,” a song about the exhaustion and dread of social anxiety, came together in a flurry toward the end of the album’s sessions. A taut bass groove erupts into competing squalls of guitar and synth that support one of the most immediate and arresting vocal hooks of Guerilla Toss’s catalog to date.

Together with guitarist Arian Shafiee, Carlson and Negroponte cultivated a sound that spliced together psychedelic texturing and Krautrock syncopation with the gloss and glow of contemporary pop music. “I like to combine as many musical influences as possible,” says Negroponte. “We thought the sleekness of current radio pop would make our dense wall-of-sound aesthetic both more bizarre and more accessible and fun at the same time.” Carlson was similarly inspired by a wide range of artists from around the world after diving deep into obscure 7-inches for her weekly show on Radio Catskill, Rare Pear Radio.
 
While writing the album, Carlson took voice lessons online for the first time. Though she has been singing since she was four years old, at first with a vocal harmony group in her family’s church, she hadn’t formally trained her voice since joining Guerilla Toss. The lessons allowed her to deepen and broaden her range, helping her feel more embodied and connected to her voice. Underneath ripples of Auto-Tune, playful, searching vocal melodies suspend lyrics about reaching for yourself and holding fast in your own love.
 
Famously Alive finds Guerilla Toss coming into the fullness of their power, celebrating their prismatic idiosyncrasies from a place of optimism and abundance. “It felt like I didn’t need to force myself into this dark place to create anymore,” Carlson says. “For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m finally comfortable inside my body.



Guerilla Toss
 
Tracklisting:
1. Cannibal Capital
2. Famously Alive
3. Live Exponential
4. Mermaid Airplane
5. Wild Fantasy
6. Pyramid Humm
7. Excitable Girls
8. I Got Spirit
9. Happy Me
10. Heathen In Me

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, JAN 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Charlie Gabriel of Preservation Hall Jazz Band shares new singles “I’m Confessin’” and “The Darker It Gets”

Charlie Gabriel has signed to Sub Pop to release his debut album 89. The album, which features the highlights “I’m Confessin’” and ”The Darker It Gets,” will be available on DSPs February 25th, 2022, and released on CD/LP/CS July 1st, 2022 worldwide from Sub Pop.

Charlie is the most senior member of the legendary New Orleans Jazz ensemble, Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Charlie’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band just then also included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer, J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader.
 
Since 2006, he’s been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and has developed a tight musical relationship with the group’s bassist and tuba player, Ben Jaffe. The two men, along with guitarist Joshua Starkman, recorded Charlie’s new album 89 throughout 2020 and 2021.
 
89 includes six jazz standards and two new pieces, “The Darker It Gets” and “Yellow Moon”.” Charlie describes the repertoire, which includes “Stardust,” “I’m Confessin’” and “Three Little Words,” as “standard material that every musician if they’re an older musician like myself, will have played throughout their career. Every time I play one of these tunes the interpretation is a little bit different.” 
 
He plays tenor sax and clarinet throughout, Starkman plays guitar, and Jaffe plays bass, drums, and keyboards. You can listen to the debut offerings, “I’m Confessin’” and “The Darker It Get” by clicking here. There is also an official video for “I’m Confessin’,” which was directed by Alex Hennen Payne. You can watch the video by clicking here. 

89 is now available for preorder on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North Americain the UK, and in Europe will receive the album on translucent gold.

 About Charlie Gabriel’s 89:

“I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old,” says Charlie Gabriel, the most senior member of the legendary Preservation Hall Band, “I never did anything in my life but play music. I’ve been blessed with that gift that God gave me, and I’ve tried to nurse it the best way I knew how.”
 
While he’s faced plenty of challenges nursing that gift for more than 78 years, none likely rank with last winter’s passing of his brother and last living sibling, Leonard, lost to COVID-19. For the first time ever, Gabriel put down his horn, filling his days and weeks instead with dark reflection, a stubborn despondency broken now and then by regular chess matches in the studio kitchen of Hall leader Ben Jaffe, working overtime to bring his friend some light.
 
One such afternoon also included Joshua Starkman, sitting off in a corner playing his guitar and half-watching the chess from a distance. When Charlie returned the next day, he brought his saxophone. “I was just inspired to try it, to play again. It had been a long time, and a guitar makes me feel free. I do love the sound of a piano, but it takes up a lot of a space, keeps me kind of boxed in.”
 
That day was to be the first session for 89, almost entirely the work of Gabriel, Jaffe and Starkman, recorded mostly right there, in the kitchen, by Matt Aguiluz.
 
Charlie Gabriel’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band just then also included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer, J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader.
 
Since 2006, Gabriel has been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, featuring prominently on That’s It, So It Is, and Tuba to Cuba89 was different, and not simply due to a smaller ensemble.  “We had no particular plan, or any particular insight on what we were gonna do. But we were enjoying what we were doing, jamming, having a musical conversation,” Charlie says, further musing, “Musical conversations cancel out complications.”
 
89 includes six standards and two newer pieces on which Gabriel is a writer: “Yellow Moon,” and “The Darker It Gets”.” The record also marks Charlie’s return to his first instrument, clarinet, on many of the tracks. “The clarinet is the mother of the saxophone,” he says. “I started playing clarinet early in life, and this [taught me] the saxophone.” 
 
Finally, 89 includes three tracks of Charlie singing…
 
“I always sung, but it wasn’t my forte to become a singer,” he says. “The truth is, people often develop a real relationship with a song once they hear the words. Sometimes I enjoy singing them.”


Charlie Gabriel
89
 
Tracklisting:
1. Memories of You
2. Chelsea Bridge
3. I’m Confessin’
4. The Darker It Gets
5. Stardust
6. Three Little Word
7. Yellow Moon
8. I Get Jealous 


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