The powerful, sexually-charged album, which is led by the highlights “i’m not where you are,”“the one,”“all night,” ”hand solo,” and “blow,” was produced by Hackman and David Wrench (Frank Ocean, the xx, Lets Eat Grandma). She will embark on a headlining North American tour this October and November with support from Hardly Art artists Girl Friday, who will also act as her backing band for the entire tour.
Marika Hackman has also scheduled a Reddit “Indieheads” AMA for Wednesday, August 14th at 12:30 pm PDT/3 pm EDT.
Aug.15 - Beacon Breacons, UK - Green Man Festival Sep. 21 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Sep. 23 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor Sep. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Sep. 25 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall Sep. 26 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall Oct. 11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl* Oct. 12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook* Oct. 13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall* Oct. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle* Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere* Oct. 18 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Oct. 19 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall* Oct. 20 - Montréal, QC - Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.* Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON- The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern* Oct. 23 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups Oct. 24 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig* Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL- Sleeping Village* Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room at Colectivo Coffee* Oct. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry* Nov. 01 - Seattle, WA - Neumos* Nov. 04 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club* Nov. 06 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre*
*w/ Girl Friday
What “The People” have said about Any Human Friend:
“A treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths, and lemony vocals.” - (9.3/10) PASTE
“Infectious, assured, and eclectic…, Album of the Week.” - Stereogum
“Any Human Friend is all bangers, all the time…there is not a single low point on the album.” - ★★★★★ DORK
“Any Human Friend sees Hackman wholly uncensored, and all the better for it.” - ★★★★ Q
“Signals Hackman’s coming of age as an artist with real purpose and star power.” - ★★★★ The Telegraph
“Her most universal album yet.” - (8/10) Uncut
“A contender for album of the year.” - (8/10) CLASH
“A quantum leap forward” - (8/10) PopMatters
“Any Human Friend is an explosive body of work.” - (8/10) The Line of Best Fit
“The arrangements are sharper, the choruses bigger…” - (8/10) Loud & Quiet
On August 23rd, Shannon Lay will release her Sub Pop debut entitled August which will be available on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide on August 23rd. On the title single “August”, Lay shares that “August is a declaration. I will live my life the way I want to live it and only accept the opportunities that bring me joy. Music has become something that feels much bigger than I am. I fully embrace the immensity of it all and will grow with it every day.”
Recorded with her longtime friend, musician Ty Segall at his home studio lay shared that “I believe whoever you record with tends to affect the mood of music and Ty really brought this jovial sense that I hadn’t really explored yet.” “Once you get rolling with him, he just throws these ideas at the wall. And you’re like, ‘I would never have thought of that!’ I couldn’t have hoped for a better guide and energy to help create this record.” You can listen to her new single “August” by clicking here.
Photo credit: Denee Segall
Lay’s long-player August is available for pre-order from Sub Pop. LP pre-orders of the album through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on orange vinyl (North America) and Sun Yellow vinyl (UK/EU) while supplies last.
As previously reported, Shannon Lay will be a member of Ty Segall’s Freedom Band for his upcoming full album residencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Haarlem (See Pitchfork’s news story April 24th).
Shannon will be playing an album release show at Pico Union Project on Aug. 24th before embarking on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin. This run will begin on November 8th in Portland at Mississippi Studios and end on December 1st in San Diego at the Casbah. Shannon will continue as a special guest performing with Cronin in Europe beginning on Feb. 10th - 29th. See below for a full list of shows.
Aug. 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union Project ***Record Release Show Oct. 21 - London, UK - Set Nov. 6 - San Francisco, CA - Independent * Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios* Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret* Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern* Nov. 11 - Missoula, MT - Badlander * Nov. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club* Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx* Nov. 17 - Toronto, Canada - Horseshoe Tavern* Nov. 18 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.* Nov. 19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Nov. 20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts* Nov. 23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall* Nov. 24 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall* Nov. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl* Nov. 26 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks* Nov. 27 - Austin, TX - Barracuda* Nov. 30 - Tucson, AZ - Toole* Dec. 01 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah* Feb. 10 - Munich, DE - Milla * Feb. 11 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & SOHN * Feb. 12 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain * Feb. 13 - Aarhus, DK - TAPE * Feb. 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen * Feb. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Nalen * Feb. 17 - Oslo, NO - Ingensteds * Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Oceanen * Feb. 19 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (SkyBar) * Feb. 20 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet * Feb. 21 - Brussels, BE - Botanique * Feb. 22 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain * Feb. 24 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana * Feb. 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen * Feb. 27 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint * Feb. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club * Feb. 29 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin * * w/ Mikal Cronin
On Sep 20th, Sub Pop will release Morning in America, a new 7-song EP of tracks recorded during the sessions for Mudhoney’s 2018 album, Digital Garbage (“…an astute, politically relevant and commendably fired-up garage punk belter of an LP,” – The Quietus). The tracks include “Let’s Kill Yourself Live Again” (an alternate version of the Digital Garbage stand-out “Kill Yourself Live,” and the bonus track for the Japanese CD version of that album), “One Bad Actor” (a new version of Mudhoney’s track on the limited-edition, and now very sold-out, SPF30 split 7” single w Hot Snakes), album outtakes “Snake Oil Charmer,” “Morning in America” and “Creeps Are Everywhere,” plus “Ensam I Natt” (“So Lonely Tonight,” a Leather Nun cover) and “Vortex of Lies” from a very limited EU tour 7”.
The songs were mixed at Johnny Sangster’s studio Crackle & Pop! The release of this EP coincides with Mudhoney’s fall 2019 US tour – see below for dates.
Morning in America will only be available on 12” vinyl and through digital services. Pre-orders for this new Mudhoney EP are available from Sub Pop now. And, the limited Loser Edition of Morning in America, on white vinyl marbled with black, is available frommegamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers inNorth America, UK, and Europe, while supplies last.
Morning in America Tracklisting 1.Vortex of Lies 2. Creeps Are Everywhere 3. Ensam I Natt 4. Morning in America 5. Let’s Kill Yourself Live Again 6. Snake Oil Charmer 7. One Bad Actor
Mudhoney will be touring the US following the release of this EP: Sep. 27 – Sep. 29 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival Oct. 4 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall @ Oct. 5 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall * Oct. 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * Oct. 7 - Richmond, Virginia - The Broadberry * Oct. 8 - Pinhook, Durham - NC * Oct. 9 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West * Oct. 10 - Ashville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall * Oct. 11 - Knoxville, TN - Concourse # Oct. 12 - Nashville, TN - Basement East $ Oct. 14 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway % Oct. 15 - Detroit, MI - El Club % Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop % Oct. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls % Oct. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage % Oct. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel %
@ w/ Shut Up * w/ Pissed Jeans # w/ Pissed Jeans, Kings of the Fucking Sea $ w/ Porcupine & Kings of the Fucking Sea % w/ Kid Congo Power + the Pink Monkey Birds
All-around amazing human and artist Tim Kerr (he was in the Big Boys and Poison 13, and plays in The Monkeywrench w Mark and Steve from Mudhoney whenever they get it together to do stuff, and has done about a million other things that you can read all about here) has put together an incredible-looking group art show at Seattle’s studio e gallery. It’s called “The Eyes Have It,” and it runs from August 10 to September 14 with an opening reception on Sat., 8/10 from 6pm to 9pm.
And, YOU should totally go!
The show is described as, “A show of works by an international group of friends, orchestrated by Tim Kerr,” and includes…
Merrilee Challis / Birmingham, AL (SHE WILL BE THERE!) Karoline Collins / San Francisco, CA (SHE WILL ALSO BE THERE!) Coulter Fussel / Water Valley, MS Hi-Dutch / Chiba, Japan Jim Houser / Philadelphia, PA Jordin Isip / Brooklyn, NY Rich Jacobs / Oakland, CA Mel Kadel / Los Angeles, CA Jon Langford / Chicago, IL (HE IS IN THE MEKONS!!) Travis Millard / Los Angeles, CA (HE DID AN AWESOME VIDEO FOR METZ, AKA ”THE ONE WITH THE PANCAKES”!) Tara Jane O’Neil / Los Angeles, CA (SHE WAS IN RODAN!! AND ALSO PLAYED ON SEBADOH’S BAKESALE ALBUM! AND, SHE WILL BE THERE!) Nathaniel Russell / Indianapolis, IN (HE, AMONG A GREAT MANY OTHER, MORE NOTABLE THINGS, MADE SOME TERRIFIC FLIERS FOR US FOR OUR RECENT WAREHOUSE SALE!) Yusuke Hanai / Kamakura, Japan Michael Sieben / Austin, TX Tim Kerr / Austin, TX (HE WILL BE THERE!)
…studio e gallery is at 609 S Brandon Street, in Seattle’s spirited Georgetown neighborhood…
Music has released the latest installment of
their stellar Tiny Desk Concert Series featuring
Calexico and Iron & Wine. The
group performed “Father Mountain” and “Midnight Sun” off their critically acclaimed full-length album Years to Burn, as well as
“He Lays in the Reins” from 2005’s In the Reins EP. Watch their performance here.
Calexico and Iron & Wine will also be featured on NPR Music’s World Cafe next week. Their episode will air online on Tuesday, August 6th at 5pm ET. To listen live, fans can check
their local station’s Program Schedule for the World Cafe broadcast time HERE. To listen live online, fans
can hear the WXPN Philadelphia stream at 2pm ET at XPN.org by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top
of the page.
Calexico and Iron & Wine are currently on an extensive tour of North America,
Europe and the UK. Their recent stops included a June 21st performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at
Prospect Park. Watch them perform “Father Mountain” at Celebrate Brooklyn! HERE. In addition, the collective recently released Years to Burn Behind the Scenesfeaturing exclusive
interviews with the band and their long friendship and spirit of
collaboration. Watch the short vignette HERE.
Full list of tour dates below.
[Photo Credit: Piper Ferguson]
Calexico and Iron & Wine World Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Aug. 02 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge
Aug. 03 - Leuven, BE - M-idzommer
Aug. 04 - Crozon, FR - Festival Du
Bout Du Monde
Aug. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum
Aug. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic
Gardens ~ [SOLD OUT]
Aug. 21 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Series
at Ogden Amphitheater ^
Aug. 22 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Concert House ^
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR - Keller
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
Aug. 25 - Port Townsend, WA - The
Sep. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park “Meijer Gardens” \
Sep. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian
Sep. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union
Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust
Bank Pavillion +
Sep. 22 - North Adams, MA -
Sep. 24 - Richmond, VA - The National
Sep. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
Sep. 27 - New Orleans, LA - House Of
Sep. 28 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller
Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX - Majestic
Sep. 30 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower
Oct. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of
Oct. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum
Oct. 04 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s
Concerts by The Bay\
“all night” leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, a song with a laid back groove that belies the up-front, no holds barred lyricism on show.
Marika on the single: “I thought it would be exciting to write a really overtly sexual song about a woman from the perspective of a woman. You don’t hear much about sex between women in music, or if you do its usually from a fetishised male perspective, I thought I’d reclaim a bit of that power”.
Marika is a ‘Rid of Me’-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, We Slept at Last, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, I’m Not Your Man, and its exceptional, swaggering international hit “Boyfriend,” which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend. Any Human Friend is a step-up again for Marika. There’s a sense of liberation, a sense of sexual freedom, and being a solo entity again - and working out what that means.
Having recently teased new music at the BBC 6 Music Festival, The Great Escape, All Points East, and Field Day, Marika is gearing up for a headlining North American tour this October and November with Hardly Art’s Girl Friday, who are also acting as her backing band for these dates.
Aug.15 - Beacon Breacons, UK - Green Man Festival Sep. 21 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Sep. 23 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor Sep. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Sep. 25 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall Sep. 26 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall Oct. 11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl* Oct. 12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook* Oct. 13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall* Oct. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle* Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere* Oct. 18 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Oct. 19 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall* Oct. 20 - Montréal, QC - Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.* Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON- The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern* Oct. 23 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups Oct. 24 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig* Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL- Sleeping Village* Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room at Colectivo Coffee* Oct. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry* Nov. 01 - Seattle, WA - Neumos* Nov. 04 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club* Nov. 06 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre* *w/ Girl Friday