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.”
King Tuff has announced a massive North American tour for 2019. The Infinite Smiles tour - which follows his recently completed tour with labelmate Father John Misty - begins January 9th in Tucson, AZ, with stops in Athens, Charlotte, New York City, Brattleboro, Chicago, St. Paul, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more, ending with a two-night stand in San Diego on February 22nd & 23rd.
In the words of King Tuff: “The Infinite Smiles tour is going down smack dab in the middle of winter depression. We will be traversing the snowy landscape wearing our finest shades of sunshine to try and bring a little light to the gloom! Our last tour focused mainly on the new album, but for this one we’ll be busting out some older jams and hopefully trying out some all new things. And yes, there will be Space Horn.” (full list of dates below).
In tandem with this announcement, King Tuff has released a cover of the classic ABBA song “S.O.S.” via the Amazon Original series. About the song: “‘S.O.S.’ is a really sad song if you actually listen to the lyrics, but like a lot of ABBA songs you don’t notice because the music is so fun and uplifting. My heart has had kind of a rollercoaster of a year so it made sense to cover this song, slow it down, and swim around in the beautiful sadness of it.”
Amazon Music listeners can simply say, “Alexa, play King Tuff’s “S.O.S.’” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled device. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Original songs and numerous albums featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase, only on Amazon Music. Click here to listen.
King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas) presents a remix by Peaking Lights of the preening funk jam “Raindrop Blue” from the 2018 King Tuff album The Other.
King Tuff had this to say of the remix: “Another remix! I sent ‘Raindrop Blue’ to Peaking Lights and they put it thru their astral deli slicer and projected it through a frosty prism out onto the hot floor of a Venusian nightclub. Enjoy!” [And you might also enjoy it on Spotify or Apple Music.]
This new remix follows Tune-Yards recent take on “Psycho Star,” the psychedelic, day-glo-pop single from The Other hear here.
King Tuff’s previously announced fall North American tour in support of The Other begins on September 12th. Headlining shows include September 12th in Las Vegas at Bunkhouse Saloon, September 15th in Fort Collins at Hodi’s Half Note, September 17th in Kansas City at The Riot Room, and October 5th in Mobile at The Merry Widow.
Then, from September 18th-October 10th, King Tuff joins Sub Pop-labelmate Father John Misty for a 17-date tour. See below for a complete list of dates.
King Tuff’s The Otheris available on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide from Sub Pop [link here].
Sep. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon Sep. 15 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi’s Half Note Sep. 17 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre * Sep. 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater * Sep. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - MacAllister Amphitheater @ Garfield Park * Sep. 22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre * Sep. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose Sep. 25 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion * Sep. 26 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte * Sep. 28 - Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami * Sep. 29 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live * Oct. 01 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre * Oct. 02 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre * Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City * Oct. 05 - Mobile, Alabama - The Merry Widow Oct. 06 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater * Oct. 09 - Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine * Oct. 10 - Oxford, MS - Lyric Theater * Oct. 12 - Greenville, SC - Fall for Greenville Oct. 13 - Lexington, KY - Burl * w/ Father John Misty
King Tuff is embarking on a world tour beginning August 12th at the Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall, England. The first leg of dates takes King Tuff through Europe, with shows in Manchester, London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and more. He will then begin a 21-date US tour that includes 17 dates supporting labelmate Father John Misty. The US shows begin September 12th in Las Vegas, NV and end October 13th in Lexington, KY. See below for a full list of dates.
To celebrate the impending shows, King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas) asked longtime friend Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) to remix his single “Psycho Star,” the psychedelic, day-glo pop jammer off King Tuff’s 2018 release, The Other.
When asked about the remix, Thomas said: “So excited to share this Tune Yards remix of ‘Psycho Star.’ Merrill Garbus is one of my oldest and dearest friends, and together with beautiful bass babe Nate Brenner they have truly brought my song into the chaos dimension, a place that turns you inside out and makes your guts dance like breaking glass. The last time Merrill and I collaborated was almost 15 years ago in our reggae band Baked Earth. So happy to be reunited in the dub zone with her here again!”
Aug. 12 - Newquay, UK - Boardmasters Festival Aug. 13 - Manchester, UK - Night People * Aug. 14 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast * Aug. 16 - London, UK - Moth Club * Aug. 17 - Brecon Beacons (Wales) , UK - Greenman Festival Aug. 18 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Aug. 19 - Saint Malo, FR - La Route De Rock Aug. 21 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere * Aug. 22 - Zurich, CH - Zurich Open Air Aug. 23 - Berlin, DE - KANTINE AM BERGHAIN * Aug. 24 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory * Aug. 28 - Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Brewing Company(@Lagunas Amphitheater) Sep. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon Sep. 15 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi’s Half Note Sep. 17 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre $ Sep. 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater $ Sep. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - MacAllister Amphitheater @ Garfield Park $ Sep. 22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre $ Sep. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose Sep. 25 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion $ Sep. 26 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte $ Sep. 28 - Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami $ Sep. 29 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live $ Oct. 01 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre $ Oct. 02 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre $ Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City $ Oct. 05 - Mobile, Alabama - The Merry Widow Oct. 06 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater $ Oct. 09 - Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine $ Oct. 10 - Oxford, MS - Lyric Theater $ Oct. 12 - Greenville, SC - Fall for Greenville Oct. 13 - Lexington, KY - Burl $
$ w/ Father John Misty * w/ SASAMI
What people are saying about “Psycho Star” “…strutting, synth-heavy jam” - Stereogum
“‘Psycho Star’ serves as a pitch-perfect demonstration of the album’s mission statement. The soaring, psychedelic cut rides along a funky strain of percussion that’s joined by bright, spacey synths, wah-wahs, and wide-eyed lyrics about the wonders of ‘this strange little star.’” [Psycho Star] - Consequence of Sound
Herewith, details on Sub Pop’s elaborate plans to celebrate the TRUE most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day 2018.
As the main course, we’re putting out Thomas Andrew Doyle’s (aka TAD) limited-edition Incineration Ceremony LP. And! Equally delightful, though more challenging to flip on eBay, a bunch of our artists are performing (King Tuff and Yuno), or doing DJ sets (Steve Turner of Mudhoney, John Reis & Gar Wood of Hot Snakes, and Colleen Green) in actual record stores! And all of this will be available or happen on Saturday, April 21st at participating retailers.
Please find info on Thomas Andrew Doyle and a schedule of performances and DJ sets below.
Thomas Andrew Doyle’s / Incineration Ceremony LP:
Incineration Ceremony is the new work by Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Hog Molly) and is a return to roots of sorts. After spending his formative years in music playing in jazz clubs while attending school studying classical and jazz music at Boise State University, Doyle comes forth with a symphonic take on what is going on in his head. Spawned from the dark and dreary recesses of Doyle’s psyche comes an immense sound of textures, rhythms and material suitable for film and stand-alone listening, disquieting all who are within earshot. People who are familiar with his music should expect the unexpected. Doyle’s entry into the world of symphonic composition is no novice beginner’s attempt. Incineration Ceremony is a musical journeyman’s expression that is genuine, heartfelt, honest, uncompromising, and authoritative.
Incineration Ceremony is limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, and comes housed in a single-LP jacket with custom dust sleeve and grey/black vinyl.
Incineration Ceremony Tracklist:
1. Silent Incineration
2. Bio-Illogical Functions
3. Meditations in Null
5. Nurtured in Grief
6. The Only Thing You Truly Own Is Nothing
7. Prognati ignis ignis
8. Lost in Abyssmal Waters*
9. Born into Sorrow*
10. Asleep in Arrythmia*
*Bonus tracks included as digital download
DJ Sets and In-Store Performances (from early to later):
Steve Turner (Mudhoney) / Jackpot Records DJ set (Portland, 10 am): 3574 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Colleen Green / Amoeba DJ set (Hollywood, noon): 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
John Reis (of Hot Snakes) / Vinyl Junkies DJ set (San Diego, 3pm): 2235 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
King Tuff/ Fingerprints In-store performance (Long Beach, 6pm): 420 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Gar Wood (of Hot Snakes + Beehive & the Barracudas) w/ Tracy Wooley (Beehive & the Barracudas) / Vinyl Junkies DJ set (San Diego, California, 7pm): 2235 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica (read more here).
Today, King Tuff has shared ”Thru The Cracks,” the latest single from his forthcoming (and highly anticipated) new album, The Other. “Thru the Cracks” is a powerful reflection on losing a friend to suicide and finding their spirit throughout the beautiful moments of life. The song features guest vocals by Jenny Lewis, backing vocals by Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore), and drums by Charles Moothart (Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Fuzz). A more soulful offering than the groove-based singles that have come before it, “Thru the Cracks” is another shining example of the multi-faceted artistic direction that Kyle Thomas has taken as King Tuff.
[Photo Credit: Olivia Bee]
Of the song, Thomas says: “About two years ago I lost a good friend to suicide. He loved the Beatles, Nirvana, Burroughs, bumming smokes, stealing his parents records and selling em to me… he was a complex character, a sweetheart with poor social skills, a musical genius with no outlet. He was pretty damn misunderstood in this world and struggled for a long, long time.
I had this song laying around for 7 years or so, but sadly it wasn’t until he was gone that it came into focus and I realized what it was all about. It’s one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and one of the truest. And it all comes back again to this thing, the Other. Maybe death is just a passageway to something else. Maybe in death we finally, once and for all, join the Other. I dunno, but I think Jeremiah is probably hanging out on the metaphysical stoop right now with none other than the Other itself.
Wherever you are bud, I’m singing to you”
The Other is available for pre-order now and is due out April 13th.
Thomas self-produced The Other and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).
Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”
King Tuff Tour Dates + Ticket Links
King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets on now. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.
5/3 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
5/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
5/5 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
5/7 - Houston, TX @ Rockefeller Hall *
5/8 - Austin, TX 2 Barracuda (outside) *
5/9 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
5/11 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
5/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
5/13 - Nashville TN @ The Basement East *
5/14 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
5/16 - Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
5/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
5/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *