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NEWS : TUE, MAR 10, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Shabazz Palaces’ official video for “Fast Learner” from forthcoming LP ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’

On the star-drenched streets of the Quartz City, the Dancer and the Don float the red beamer towards the diamondest dreams ever known in Shabazz Palaces new video for “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” the lead single from his forthcoming album, The Don of Diamond Dreams. The visual from director Stephan Gray (“Dawn In Luxor,” “Deesse Du Sang”) stars Ishmael Butler and Umaara Elliott, a New York-based professional dancer and an activist (a co-organizer of “Millions March NYC”).


 
Released earlier this month, the “Fast Learner” single saw praise from the likes of Hip Hop DX, who called the track “another futuristic trip.” The FADER concurred, offering this, “It’s a psychedelic groove, chopped and screwed in the fifth dimension.” Meanwhile, Hypebeast had this to say, “a perfect reintroduction to the duo’s Afrofuturistic groove — hazy lo-fi electronica mashes alongside funky instrumentation, allowing for both Ishmael and Nate to rap out their lyrical abstractions.” And Stereogum says, “A woozy and echo-laden lurch that the group recorded with the excellently named Purple Tape Nate…It’s a cool piece of music, a starry-eyed vibe-out, and it’s a strong indicator for how the rest of the album might sound…The track draws stylistic connections between rumbling ’80s electro, broken-up Brainfeeder beat music, and circa-now astral Auto-Tuned drug rap.”
 
Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams will be available April 17th, 2020 worldwide on Sub Pop. The 10-track album includes the highlights features “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss),” “Thanking The Girls,” and the aforementioned “Fast Learner,” with additional contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, percussionist Carlos Niño, Knife Knights collaborator OCnotes, saxophonist Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.


 
The Don of Diamond Dreams is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl with a silver swirl (while supplies last). All LP preorders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will also receive The Mushroom, a 90-page, 8x8 inch zine from the elusive author TTT, inspired by The Don of Diamond Dreams (the book will also be available for purchase at Shabazz Palaces live shows). Meanwhile, LP preorders through select independent retailers in the U.K. and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on sky blue vinyl (also, while supplies last).  There will also be a new T-shirt design available.


NEWS : MON, MAR 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Clipping announces new, headlining international tour dates for April and May 2020 in support of ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’

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[Photo credit: Cristina Bercovitz]

U.K./European shows April 16th-May 2nd - Cartel Madras to support North American shows May 7th-22nd.

Clipping has announced headlining international tour dates for 2020 in support of There Existed an Addiction to Blood, their acclaimed album of 2019.
 
The 20-city international tour, which will include stops in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, the U.S., and Canada, begins April 16th in London and currently ends May 22nd in Chicago at Bottom Lounge. Festival highlights include an appearance at Ableton Loop 2020 in Berlin, DE April 24th-26th, Motel Mazique Festival in Rotterdam, NL on April 18th, and Donaufestival in Krems, DE on May 2nd. Additionally, support for the North American tour dates (May 7th-22nd) will come from Sub Pop labelmates Cartel Madras.
 

A special fan presale for the North American shows begin Wednesday, March 11th at 10 am (local), with tickets on sale to the general public Friday, March 13th at 10 am (local). The U.K./European shows are on sale now. For up to date information on tickets, please visit Clipping’s official website.
 
Apr. 16 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Apr. 17 - Brighton, UK - The Arch
Apr. 18 - Rotterdam, NL - Motel Mazique Festival
Apr. 20 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronoef
Apr. 21 - Paris, FR - Badaboum
Apr. 22 - Brussels, BE - Beursshouwburg
Apr. 24 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 25 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 26 - Berlin, DE - Ableton Loop 2020
Apr. 28 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Apr. 29 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachtnof
May 01 - Munich, DE - Rote Sonne
May 02 - Krems, DE - Donaufestival
May 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
May 08 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone *
May 10 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre *
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
May 15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz *
May 16 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall *
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
May 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
May 22 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
 
* w/ Cartel Madras


 
Clipping’s There Existed an Addiction to Blood earned placement on “Best Albums of 2019” lists from the likes of The WireThe Needledrop, Passion of the WeissPopMatters (albums + best hip-hop), Treble ZineThe Line of Best FitLoud & QuietGeniusRIFF MagazineSputnikmusic, and more. Pop Matters says of the record, “Apocalyptic, claustrophobic, with danger in the air (“Nothing Is Safe”); in other words, reminiscent of our current moment in US history. Horror movie themes float amidst the background, but this is hip-hop, riddled with allusions to classics of the past while living in a now setting of vampires, zombies, and ghosts. (#7, “The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2019”). Meanwhile, Treble Zine offers this, “There Existed an Addiction to Blood turns to horror as its conduit for dealing out home truths. Daveed Diggs remains in the highest tier of contemporary MCs in America, taking obvious joy from spinning between frisky, tongue-in-cheek junk culture references and cold, compact sucker punches of truth (#18 / “50 Best Albums of the Year”).”
 
There Existed an Addiction to Blood, which features the singles  “Nothing Is Safe,”  “La Mala Ordina,” “All in Your Head,” and “Blood of the Fang,”  was produced by Clipping, mixed by Steve Kaplan, and mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysium Masters in Los Angeles. The album also features appearances from Ed Balloon, Benny the Butcher, Elcamino, La Chat, The Rita, and Pedestrian Deposit, and a composition from Andrea Lockwood.


On Record Store Day (April 18th), Clipping will also release Double Live, a collaboration with composer Christopher Fleeger, available in a stunning industrial double-picture-disc package. This is not a standard live album. All the audio was recorded during Clipping’s 2017 tour, but the microphones weren’t pointed at the band. Instead they were in toilets, taped to ceiling pipes, tied to trees, worn by roadies—hidden all over venues. The results were then synchronized and edited over more than a year. Double Live is an impossible performance heard by hundreds of disembodied ears—part live album, part tour document, part musique concrète piece.


NEWS : MON, MAR 9, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Man Man announces headlining tour dates for 2020 in support of ‘Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between’

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[Photo credit: Dan Monick]

U.S. shows April 24th-May 22nd, 2020. Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between is out May 1st worldwide from Sub Pop.

Man Man is announcing the first U.S. dates in support of Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Betweenhis forthcoming new album and Sub Pop debut. The 18-date, late-spring tour now begins April 24th in Salt Lake City at Metro Music Hall and currently ends May 22nd in Los Angeles at The Roxy. The trek will include stops in Denver (CO), St. Louis (MO), Cincinnati (OH), Louisville (KY), Indianapolis (IN), Pittsburgh (PA), Asheville (NC), Durham (NC), Charlotte (NC), Baton Rouge (LA), Houston (TX), Austin (TX), Dallas (TX), Norman (OK), Albuquerque (NM), Phoenix (AZ), and San Diego (CA). Tickets for these shows are on sale now and links are here. There will be additional live dates soon.
 
Apr. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall [NEW DATE]
Apr. 26 - Denver, CO - Bluebird [NEW DATE]
Apr. 28 - St Louis, MO - Old Rock House
Apr. 29 - Cincinnati, OH - Urban Artifact Brewery
May 01 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
May 02 - Indianapolis, IN -  HiFi
May 03 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
May 05 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
May 06 - Durham, NC - Motorco
May 07 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
May 09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Mid City Ballroom [NEW VENUE]
May 10 - Houston, TX - Continental Club
May 12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
May 15 - Norman, OK - Opolis
May 16 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar
May 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
May 21 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
May 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
 
Cloud Nein,” the first offering from Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, is earning praise for its ebullient, melancholic pop. Consequence of Sound says the track “is the perfect Man Man comeback song. It’s got everything we’ve been missing in the band’s absence: simple horn slides, parade-like percussion, fantastical vocal harmonies, and an undeniably catchy chorus. It also marks the return of frontman Honus Honus’ life lessons veiled under theatrical delivery.” Brooklyn Vegan called the lyric video “joyous” and noted the track for its “70s style pop.” And Rolling Stone offered this, “despite the characteristic negativity of the song, the music belies its darker side, finding Kattner wailing on the chipper-sounding chorus.”


Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser edition on white vinyl with a pinkish swirl (while supplies last). After street date a limited supply of the Loser edition LP will be available at select independent retailers in North America and at Man Man’s live shows. Meanwhile, in the U.K. and Europe, preorders through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (also, while supplies last). There is also a new T-shirt design available through megamart.subpop.com.


NEWS : WED, MAR 4, 2020 at 6:57 AM

The Homesick extends its international tour schedule for 2020 with new dates in the U.K., Europe, and North America in support of ‘The Big Exercise’

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[Photo Credit: Sarah Cass]

The Homesick has extended its international touring schedule for 2020 in support of The Big Exercise out now on Sub Pop. The dates, which resume tonight, March 4th in Oberhausen, Germany at Gdanska, now runs through August 25th in Washington, DC at DC9. Highlights for this announcement include new EU/UK dates from April 13th through June 13th and The Homesick’s first-ever North American tour, July 30th through August 25th. Ticket links are here.
 
Mar. 04 - Oberhausen, DE - Gdanska
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM
Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
Apr. 18 - Genk, BE - Little Waves Festival
Apr. 19 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
Apr. 20 - Liverpool, UK - Shipping Forecast
Apr. 21 - Leeds, UK - Oporto
Apr. 22 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
Apr. 25 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU - Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr. 26 - Offenbach, DE - Hafen 2
May 02 - Paris, FR - Supersonic
Jun. 13 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Aug. 03 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset Tavern
Aug. 05 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
Aug. 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
Aug. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Aug. 09 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
Aug 10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
Aug. 12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk (Inside).
Aug. 13 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Gallery
Aug. 14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi-Tone Cafe
Aug. 16 - Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
Aug. 17 - Detroit, MI - Outer Limits Lounge
Aug. 18 - Toronto, ON - The Monarch
Aug. 19 - Montreal, QC - L’ Esco
Aug. 21 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
Aug. 22 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - TV Eye
Aug. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Aug. 25 - Washington, DC - DC9


The Homesick’s The Big Exercise is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide through Sub Pop. The 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.comselect independent retailers and the Homesick’s shows in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP purchases of the album in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers and the band’s live shows will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).

 
What “The People” are saying about The Homesick:

“The Homesick like a good tune. Fans of self-possessed art-pop are directed here.” [The Big Exercise, ★★★★] - MOJO

 
“In my humble opinion though, only a few acts have really transcended local industry mores and enlightened amateurism to make something of truly wider, lasting appeal. And maybe none more so than The Homesick with this record, which should surely sneak through the gates of classic pop heaven.” [The Big Exercise] - The Quietus
 
“An oddity, a triumph brimming with personality.” [The Big Exercise, ★★★★★] - NARC
 
“On their first LP for Sub Pop, the Netherlands trio double down on the infectious blend of melodic, whimsical pop and itchy post-punk rhythms laid out on their debut album.” [The Big Exercise] - Uncut


NEWS : TUE, MAR 3, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Watch Corridor’s new video for “Grand cheval,” animated and directed by Chad VanGaalen

International touring extended through August 23rd, w/ SXSW performances March 16th-21st.

Corridor has delivered an official video for “Grand cheval,” directed and animated by Chad VanGaalen, and a standout from Junior, their acclaimed debut of 2019.
 
Corridor’s Jonathan Robert says of “Grand cheval,” “The song is inspired by a grumpy old man who came to bother us in a park once. He talked about mediocre poetry and philosophies of life while asking us for cigarettes and beers. When we asked him to leave us alone, he became angry, climbed on his high horse (“Grand cheval”) and became this old demagogue belittling the youth.”
 
And VanGaalen offers this, “I sewed a jacket, pants, and hat to rotoscope myself as this alien gatherer. Everything was drawn onto a malfunctioning 15-year old Cintiq. You can buy them for $20 on eBay, although I wouldn’t recommend it. The music made the snow fall up and not down. No matter what I did on Final Cut, it would always fall up. I filled my body and mind with many ingredients in order to go from monocular to trinocular, now my vision is blurry but my tailored clothing feels amazing. I can’t believe it is finished.”




Corridor Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Corridor has extended its headlining international tour schedule for 2020 in support of Junior which kicks-off this Wednesday, March 4th in Brooklyn at Rough Trade NYC and now ends Sunday, August 23rd in Wales at Green Man Festival. The band will also appear at the 2020 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas. For more information on tickets, visit Corridor’s Sub Pop tour dates page.

Mar. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC *
Mar. 06 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
Mar. 07 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub *
Mar. 08 - Tampa, FL - Hooch and Hive *
Mar. 09 - Miami, FL - Gramps *
Mar. 10 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic Nightspot *
Mar. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *
Mar. 14 - Houston, TX  - Satellite Bar *
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Do512+Strange Brew Party / 6:45 pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Lazarus Brewery (Music For Listeners showcase/3 pm)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW/The Venue ATX Outdoors (Telefilm CAN + Bonsound showcase/9 pm)
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Desert Daze showcase/10:15 pm)
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Levitation Fest showcase/8 pm)
Mar. 20 - Dallas, TX - Nasher Sculpture
Mar. 21 - Austin, TX - SXSW/Hotel Vegas (Burger Records showcase/2 pm)
Mar. 22 - Hot Springs, AR - VOV Festival *
Mar. 23 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR *
Mar. 24 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
Mar. 26 - Richmond, VA - Poor Boys *
Apr. 30 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
May 01 - Vlieland, NL - Here Comes The Summer Festival
May 04 - Lille, FR - L’Areonef
May 05 - Mainz, DE - Schon Schon
May 06 - Amiens, FR - La Lune
May 07 - Caen, FR - Le Cargo
May 09 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
May 11 - Bristol, UK - The Old England
May 12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
May 13 - London, UK - The Victoria Dalston
May 15 - Nancy, FR - Bon Moment @ Autre Canal
May 16 - Paris, FR - Le Beau Festival
May 17 - Dijon, FR - MV Festival @ Consortium
Jul. 10 - Quebec City, QC - FEQ Festival
Aug. 23 - Brecon Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
*w/ Deeper

[Photo Credit: Caroline Desilets]

Corridor’s Junior, their Sub Pop debut, is available now on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide through Sub Pop with the exception of Canada through Bonsound. The album was produced by Emmanuel Éthier, engineered by Samuel Gemme, mixed by Éthier and Gemme in Montreal at ReelRoad Studios, and mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in New York.

LP purchases of Junior through Sub Pop Mega Martselect independent retailers and the band’s live shows in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on Soft-Boiled colored vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP purchases of Junior throughout the UK and Europe from select independent retailers and the Corridor’s live shows, will receive the limited Loser edition on Egg Yolk colored vinyl (while supplies last).


NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Moaning Release New Single “Make It Stop” + Spring Tour Dates Including SXSW

Today, LA’s Moaning have released ”Make It Stop,” the latest single from their anticipated sophomore album, Uneasy LaughterPaste Magazine, who premiered the song (see here) and profiled the band today, is calling it “a return to the partly raucous, partly precise guitars of their first album. Lyrically, however, it’s a dramatic turn from their dejected self-titled-it almost comes off as an inner monologue between lead singer Sean Solomon’s past self and newly improved self.” 

Uneasy Laughter is available for pre-order and due March 20th via Sub Pop.

Of the song, Solomon says “The song is about questioning negative thoughts but struggling to find a solution. Being stuck in your head. There was a period of time where I thought everyone hated me and was out to get me. Now I realize no one actually is putting that much energy into thinking about me at all. Depression can be extremely narcissistic. I encourage people who relate to this song to call someone and ask for help. 

The whole band made a collage for the video. It was really fun piecing different elements together. We also added some extra surprises. The dimensions of the collage are 1920 by 40,000 pixels. It’s a big ass thing!”







Moaning is hitting the road this Spring on a run supporting Black Marble that includes at Austin, TX’s SXSW Music Festival.

TOUR DATES:
3/16-21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
4/9 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
4/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
4/11 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
4/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
4/14 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
4/16 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda *
4/17 - Houston, TX @ The Satellite *
4/18 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company *
4/20 - Albuqueruqe, NM @ Sister *
4/21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
4/22-23 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
5/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *

* w/ Black Marble


[Album Art Credit: Aaron Jupin (download hi-res)]

Uneasy Laughter will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and orange-colored vinyl (while supplies last).

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