A lot of crazy things went down during the making of Japandroids' video for "The House That Heaven Built." Gun shooting, beer drinking, stage diving...it's all there. Pitchfork recently caught up with Brian and Dave to discuss the behind-the-scenes details of what exactly happened. Watch it above!
It's official! Shugo Tokumaru will be coming to North America to support Kishi Bashi on his upcoming tour! This will be Shugo's first ever West Coast tour, so we're VERY excited!
Normally, Shugo performs with a 6-piece band, but for these shows he will be playing solo. Each show will be extremely intimate and rare, so you may want to get tickets in advance. He'll also be playing at this year's SXSW with a special 3-piece band!
Check out a complete list of dates below. Tickets are available now on our TOUR PAGE.
Shugo Tokumaru Tour Dates
February 22 @ Crocodile - Seattle, WA February 23 @ Biltmore - Vancouver, Canada February 24 @ HOLOCENE - Portland, OR February 26 @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA February 27 @ Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA March 1 @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA March 2 @ The Casbah - San Diego, CA March 5 @ Club Congress - Tucson, AZ March 7 @ Stubb's Jr. - Austin, TX March 8 @ Fitzgerald's (downstairs) - Houston, TX March 9 @ One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
We're incredibly excited to announce that we'll be releasing Vol. 1, 2, & 3 of Sonny Smith's 100 Records project on limited edition cassette and digital formats. Vol 3 will also be available on white vinyl (limited to 500). Each release will be available on 1/29/13 and are currently up for pre-order RIGHT HERE.
Take a listen to "If You Don't Make a Change (Don Adora'e)" from Vol. 3 below.
In 2010, during his residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, Calif., Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) took on the incredibly ambitious task of creating 100 fictitious bands and writing songs for each, an undertaking he dubbed the "100 Records Project."
Smith invented band names and song titles, then spent the next year recording singles for each of his 100 imaginary bands. Not stopping there, he also invited notable visual artists -- including Chris Johanson, Esther Pearl Watson and William Wiley -- to design album art for each.
That same year, the 100 Records Project was first shared with the public at San Francisco's Gallery 16. The art exhibit, which was highly praised by critics and fans alike, allowed visitors to play all 100 songs on a homemade jukebox and view original prints of the album covers.
Two collections featuring songs from the project, 100 Records: Vol. 1 and 100 Records: Vol. 2, have previously been released in extremely limited edition runs.Hide More
We've been waiting a long time to tell you all about this one! The AMAZING new STRFKR album, Miracle Mile, is now available for pre-order! The album will be released 2/19/13 on CD, 2xLP (limited edition red & green or cream vinyl), cassette (red tape), and digital formats. The red & green vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies and only available through our online store.
The lead track and first single on Miracle Mile, "While I'm Alive," is streaming right now over on Billboard.com. WARNING: you'll probably listen to it about 5 times in a row...it's that good, so be prepared.
"While I'm Alive" is out now digitally as well! You can download it on iTunes or stream it on Rdio / Spotify.
STRFKR have also just announced a month-long US tour w/ Blackbird Blackbird beginning Feb 26th in Seattle, WA at The Neptune. Check out the entire list of dates below.
STRFKR Tour Dates
Feb 26, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Feb 27, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Mar 01, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom Mar 02, 2013 - Hollywood, CA @ The Fonda Theatre Mar 03, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ Porters Pub (UCSD) Mar 07, 2013 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk Mar 08, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Mar 11, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West Mar 12, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel Mar 13, 2013 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club Mar 14, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer Mar 15, 2013 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall Mar 16, 2013 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club Mar 18, 2013 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom * Mar 19, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Metro Mar 20, 2013 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom Mar 22, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater Mar 24, 2013 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
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Usually Mondays aren't my favorite day of the week, but today is an exception! This morning, SPIN announced that Japandroids have been awarded their "Band of the Year" title, as well as the #3 album of 2012 with their latest, Celebration Rock!
Check out the wonderful feature by Rob Harvilla (w/ photos by Jennilee Marigomen) RIGHT HERE as well as the Top 50 Albums of 2012 list RIGHT HERE.
of Montreal's new video for the Daughter of Cloud track "Feminine Effects (featuring Rebecca Cash)" made its debut on Stereogum! The video was directed by of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes' wife, Nina Barnes, and features the very talented Rebecca Cash on vocals. Watch it above, then head to Stereogum for more.
Holy cow! Paste just named Japandroids' "The House That Heaven Built" the #1 song of 2012! AMAZING!!! If you haven't heard the track, check it out above. It appears on the band's album Celebration Rock (which also landed the #8 spot on Paste's Top 50 Albums of 2012 list). Check out both lists at the links below.
If you've been keeping up with of Montreal'sSong DynastiesKickstarter campaign, then you know they're close to achieving their goal!
One of the prizes for donating at $35 or more is an extremely rare LP featuring early of Montreal recordings (even earlier than songs on The Early Four Track Recordings). The album is called Young Froth/Taypiss and the band has shared two songs on their Soundcloud page. Take a listen to "Propaganda" and "Dumb Acre" below, and don't forget to watch the trailer to Song Dynasties above.
Our favorite Japanese pop wizard, Shugo Tokumaru, is back with a new album, In Focus?, and it's available for pre-order now!
The album will be released throughout North America, UK, and Europe early next year (1/22/13) on CD, LP (clear vinyl), and digital formats. All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for the entire album at checkout, so you can listen right now while you wait for your package to ship!
Check out the video for the first single "Decorate" above, or stream it on Soundcloud below.
Harouki Zombi's latest video for "Soldier's Gun" made its debut on Verbicide Magazine! The song appears on the band's latest EP, Objet Petit A, which is available on limited edition 2x7" HERE. Video directed by Nina Barnes.
of Montreal's Kevin Barnes recently got a chance to sit down with Buzzine to talk about writing music, Paralytic Stalks, and what it's like being a full-time musician. Watch the video above, then read more of the interview HERE.
Today marks the first day of Dusted's European tour with Great Lake Swimmers, so if you live somewhere across the pond be sure to check them out! They'll be touring until Dec 6th, visiting countries like Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and more. View a complete list of date below.
Dusted Tour Dates:
Nov 15 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol Nov 16 - Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu Nov 17 - Copenhagen West, Denmark @ KB18 Nov 18 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Dabaser Nov 19 - Oslo, Norway @ Blaa Nov 21 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall Nov 22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Nov 23 - Gotinga, Germany @ Apex Nov 24 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn Nov 25 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat Nov 26 - London, United Kingdom@ Bush Hall Nov 28 - Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory Nov 29 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ The Broadcast Nov 30 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ Night & Day Dec 01 - Bristol, United Kingdom @ Start The Bus Dec 02 - Sint Joost Ten Node, Belgium @ Botanique Dec 03 - Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell Dec 06 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Club
Ooooo la lahhhhhh...the Owen colored vinyl reissues are here! We're excited to finally offer these up on colored wax, just in time for the holidays! 4 full lengths (Owen, No Good For No One Now, I do perceive., At Home With Owen) are being reissued. We're also pressing The Seaside EP on clear vinyl (first time ever on vinyl). Each release is limited to 300 copies, so if you want one you might want to act fast! CLICK HERE to check it all out.
Hold on to your ninja suits my friends, because of Montreal have just released the trailer for their upcoming feature-length documentary, Song Dynasties. This project has been years in the making and is nearly complete, but the band needs your help!
To help fund the rest of the project, of Montreal set up a Kickstarter campaign featuring prizes for various levels of donations, including an extremely limited LP, Young Froth/Taypiss, featuring the earliest known oM recordings to date (earlier than The Early Four Track Recordings). Other prizes include a special version of the DVD, chances to be on stage with the band, and even the canoe used in the "Coquet Coquette" video!
Under the Radar sat down with Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart for a quick discussion on politics for their "Protest Survey" (in conjunction with their latest protest issue). Check out the interview HERE.
Happy release day! Today the brand new Saturday Looks Good to Me Sunglasses 7", along with the Every Night vinyl reissue, are both available today! Both are limited to 500 copies and come on colored wax (Sunglasses - clear blue, Every Night- pink). Get em while they're hot here - http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/sunglasses
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...Japandroids don't ever seem to stop touring. After getting back from an extensive European tour a couple days ago, including a performance at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris, Brian and Dave are already back on the road here in North America. They'll be on the road until 12/22 with Bleached, Swearin', DIIV, and Mac DeMarco throughout the way. Check out the entire list of dates below.
Japandroids Tour Dates:
11-05 Dallas, TX --- Trees * 11-07 Tempe, AZ --- Sail Inn * 11-08 Los Angeles, CA --- The Fonda * 11-10 San Diego, CA --- Porters Pub * 11-12 San Francisco, CA --- Fillmore * 11-13 Portland, OR --- Wonder Ballroom * 11-15 Seattle, WA --- Neumos * 11-17 Salt Lake City, UT --- Urban Lounge ** 11-18 Denver, CO --- Bluebird Theatre ** 11-20 St. Louis, MO --- Firebird ** 11-21 Nashville, TN --- Exit / In ** 11-23 Birmingham, AL --- Bottletree ** 11-24 Memphis, TN --- Hi-Tone ** 11-25 New Orleans, LA --- One Eyed Jacks ** 11-27 Orlando, FL --- The Social ** 11-28 Tampa, FL --- Crowbar ** 11-29 Gainesville, FL --- High Dive ** 12-01 Atlanta, GA --- Terminal West ** 12-02 Asheville, NC --- Grey Eagle ** 12-04 New York, NY --- Webster Hall *** 12-05 New York, NY --- Webster Hall *** 12-07 Washington, DC --- Black Cat *** 12-08 Philadelphia, PA --- Union Transfer *** 12-09 Boston, MA --- Paradise *** 12-10 Montreal, QC --- Cabaret Mile End *** 12-11 Toronto, ON --- Phoenix *** 12-13 Chicago, IL --- Metro *** 12-14 Minneapolis, MN --- Triple Rock *** 12-15 Minneapolis, MN --- Triple Rock *** 12-17 Winnipeg, MB --- Pyramid **** 12-18 Saskatoon, SK --- Louis' Pub **** 12-19 Edmonton, AB --- Starlite **** 12-20 Calgary, AB --- Republik **** 12-22 Vancouver, BC --- Rickshaw Theatre ****
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Starting tomorrow, Deerhoof are back on the road for a few North American shows before heading to Europe later this month. They'll be travelling mainly throughout the South, including a stop at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Tickets are on sale now on the PV TOUR PAGE. Get em while they're hot!
Deerhoof Tour Dates
Nov 03 - Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar Nov 04 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest Nov 05 - Houston, TX @ Walter's Nov 06 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon Nov 07 - Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box Nov 08 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder Nov 09 - Orlando, FL @ Accidental Music Festival @ The Plaza Live Nov 10 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club Nov 12 - Richmond, VA @ The National Nov 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
It's day one for the Stagnant Pools dudes! Their extensive North American tour kicks off tonight in Omaha, NE at Slowdown Jr. From there, they'll meet up with David Bazan on November 1st in Boise, ID to open up for his entire Control tour until December 15th! Check out all the dates below, and get tickets HERE.
Stagnant Pools Tour Dates
10/29 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. 11/01 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux * 11/02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge * 11/03 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive * 11/05 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar * 11/06 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe * 11/07 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club * 11/08 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro * 11/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme * 11/10 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig * 11/11 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern * 11/13 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * 11/14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge * 11/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * 11/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church * 11/17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat * 11/18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle * 11/19 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light * 11/24 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In * 11/25 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree * 11/26 - Atlanta, GA @ The EARL * 11/27 - St. Augustine, FL @ The Original Cafe Eleven * 11/28 - Orlando, FL @ The Social * 11/30 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's * 12/01 - Austin, TX @ The Parish * 12/02 - Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf * 12/04 - Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits * 12/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room * 12/06 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah * 12/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour * 12/08 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room * 12/10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent * 12/11 - Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp * 12/13 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret * 12/14 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios * 12/15 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre * 12/18 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium