Today, two-time GRAMMY winners They Might Be Giants release Flood Live In Australia -- a FREE full-album download for all! The live set was recorded on the band's latest tour down under. Along with an in-depth interview with Yahoo! Music about the album's colorful origins, the free download is available HERE. We encourage you to post the easy-to-embed widget and share!
They Might Be Giants are going massive in 2015. Three brand new albums are slated for release, with the first, Glean, hitting stores on 4/21. Their monthly Williamsburg stand has sold out for months in advance and national touring begins in April. International touring is booked for the fall. And best of all is the return of their legendary Dial-A-Song service, magnificently updated for the digital age.
For all of 2015, the Brooklyn originals return to their high-concept/no-budget idea with a new song every week at a toll-free number at (844) 387-6962 as well as via the web at www.DialASong.com. Fans can hear the songs streaming on the site and YouTube. Folks can get tracks individually at iTunes (and all those other fine music places) or join the band’s Dial-A-Song Direct service on Drip.fm and get the whole year's stack of tracks for just 30 bucks.
In celebration of the 2015 Dial-A-Song project and to raise awareness of the epic song “Erase,” They Might Be Giants are sponsoring Dial-A-Song’s first video contest. Judged by Black Francis of The Pixies, TMBG challenge all video, film and visually-minded people to create a video companion for the track by April 7. For more information about submissions, click here.
As always, They Might Be Giants celebrate their Brooklyn roots and keep the home-fires burning with their monthly stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Following last night's blazing show, they will play one more sold-out night in March before jumping on the bus for a national tour.
Spring 2015 National Tour Dates
3/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ***SOLD OUT***
4/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
4/17 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/19 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
4/21 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/22 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/24 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dial-A-Song Show)
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/2 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/3 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
5/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
5/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
5/7 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
5/8 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/9 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/13 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb's
5/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/16 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/17 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (The Else Show)
The psych-pop girls of Snow Angel have announced the release of their debut 7” So Sick So Cool out 4/22. Doused with hard-hitting drums, recorders, omnichord, guitar, keys and electric sitar turned all the way up to 11, they will rock the emotional dust off your musical shelf.
Snow Angel’s creative force, Gabby La La, made a major splash with her Les Claypoolproduced solo album, "Be Careful What You Wish For". Touring internationally as a member of Claypool’s band, Gabby became known for her virtuosity on the sitar and penetrating stage presence. She created her second album, "I Know You Know I Know" using a Nintendo DS Lite overdubbed with sitar, ukulele, and theremin.
"So Sick So Cool" is the first release from Snow Angel. The title track features the drumming of Ian Vanek from Brooklyn art-punk duo Japanther. The B side, "We Are Stars" is produced by Boots Riley of The Coup. Tied together with an addictive dose of electric sitar, recorders, and girl power, this double A-side single is sure to put Snow Angel on the musical map.
“So Sick So Cool” track premiered with Pure Volume and we encourage you to post and share!
Both songs on this double A-side single are also represented in video form. "So Sick So Cool" is a rainbow, patty cake, cheer party of awesome-ness. The video was directed by Kung Fu comedy action genius, Pete Lee. The cinematography was done by or Mark Kohr, who is best known for his directing work with Green Day, Primus and Alanis Morrisette. The video for "We Are Stars" was directed by Nanako Fukui. These visual representations will give the world their first glimpse into the world of Snow Angel.
A twelve year veteran of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Gabby La La graduated from Cal Arts, and was one of the founding members of Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra. Since then she has collaborated with Les Claypool, Bob Weir, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, The Coup, Grace Potter, Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul and P-Funk, among many others. Snow Angel is the newest adventure on her journey.
Chui Wan (吹万) is a four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band from Beijing, China. They get their name from Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi's Qi Wu Lun (齐物论), a mystical work on inner sageliness and outer kingliness. Zhuangzi writes: "谓风吹万窍，发出各种音响" - "When the wind blows, every sound may be heard therein."
Inspired by this concept of seeking the infinite from the mundane, the core of Chui Wan's sound is formed by the improvisational compositions of multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulongand guitarist Liu Xinyu. Their lush arrangements for guitar, keyboard, viola, other assorted instruments, and random sound samples often eschew reliable melodies and vocal harmonies in favor of occasional passages of minimal drone or maximal sonic layerings. Bassist Wu Qiong and drummer Li Zichao provide a stable ground floor from which the band can continually float away, like a sound half-heard and soon gone on a gust of wind.
In 2012, Chui Wan released their debut album, White Night, on Maybe Mars, China’s top indie label. White Night was an instant critical success, and gained Chui Wan recognition and a rabid following throughout the China. Lauded as an “impressive, strikingly original debut” by Time Out Beijing and a “sterling effort” by China’s Global Times,White Night was released on a tour with New York kindred spirits Psychic Ills (Sacred Bones Records), which launched Chui Wan into the national spotlight, placing them on stage in front of packed houses in Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Soon after its release, MTV Iggy touted Chui Wan's debut album as a “psychedelic masterpiece” and declared that “the world needs to hear this noise now.” Indeed, foreign interest in the the band started grow. In March 2013, they were invited to perform at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival, accompanied by shows across Scandinavia and France.
When they weren’t performing as Chui Wan, the members kept busy with solo performances and side projects. Chui Wan's core members have always been central members of Beijing's dynamic experimental music scene, leading the band to be named by Time Out Beijing as “the hardest working band in psychedelia.” In 2014, that same publication dubbed frontman Yan Yulong among the “ten Beijingers making a mark in the city” and called him “one of the leading lights of Beijing’s experimental music scene."
In October 2014, Chui Wan returned to Scandinavia for a second appearance at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival — where they played to excited crowds from the pervious year — and added new fans to their base with additional stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Talin. Upon returning to cold Beijing, they hunkered down in the studio to record their sophomore, self-titled release with respected Beijing producer Yang Fan. SmartBeijing.com, after an early listening, called Chui Wan "a more lush, dense, musical offering than their 2012 debut."
Ahead of the projected album release date of May 1, Chui Wan is gearing up for Spring tours across North America and Asia, and a third Europe in the Fall. Dates below.
5/1: Berkeley, CA @ Starry Plough
5/2: Los Angeles, CA @ HM157
5/3: Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
5/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
5/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
5/6: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/9: Austin, TX @ Elevation Ampitheatre (River Stage)
5/10: Tulsa, OK @ The Fur Shop
5/11: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/12: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
5/14: Boston, MA @ Club Bohemia
5/15: New York, NY @ Baby's Alright
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
5/17: Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
5/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
5/19: Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center
5/22: Saskatoon @ Vangelis
5/23: Calgary @ National Music Center
5/24: Edmonton @ Wunderbar
5/26: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (Tame Impala After Party)
5/27: Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
5/28: Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
5/29: Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
5/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Chinatown Human Resources Center
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
On May 4th, 2015 My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album,The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY®-nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.
Today, the Louisville quintet reveal the new album’s cover art, full track list, and the lead single, “Big Decisions”, as well as launch a pre-order for the new album via its official website, iTunes and Amazon. Fans who preorder The Waterfall will receive an instant download of "Big Decisions,” which is available for streaming today via VEVO, Spotify, and all other digital services.
My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive United States tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13. (See full list of tour dates below).
My Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Kosterwere in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities.
“For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.
The Waterfall sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them;The Waterfall sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar.
“That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next,” said James.
“The freedom we went into this record with took a lot of the pressure off, as far as what to do and how to do it,” Hallahan added. “The mantra was anything goes, no stone unturned, it’ll be done when it’s done.”
The band recorded The Waterfall by teaming up again with producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case), who also worked with My Morning Jacket on Circuital. In addition to the Stinson Beach sessions, they recorded at Martine’s Portland, OR studio Flora and at Ratterman’s La La Land studio in Louisville.
But in the end, it all circled back to Stinson Beach.
“Out of all the places we’ve recorded, I think that place might have informed the record on a spiritual level more than any other,” adds Koster. “If you listen to ‘Like A River,’ it just sounds like Stinson Beach.”
The Waterfall is the latest in a career-spanning string of success beginning with the band’s 1999 debut album The Tennessee Fire and including 2008's Evil Urges and 2011's Circuitalwhich each received GRAMMY ® nominations - the latter debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Downtown Boys debut LP Full Communism is a thrashing record of songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. Released May 5th on Don Giovanni Records, the band will take their ferocious live show on the road with labelmates Screaming Females and make a stop in Austin during SXSW.
Full Communism comes at a current critical moment in the struggle for justice being fought in the US and throughout the world. It is set to a commanding tempo programmed make you move regardless of whether singer Victoria Ruiz is singing or shouting. “Wave Of History” opens with the ominous cry of a horn line, deciding this generation has the power to create change, “Break A Few Eggs,” opens with punk-infused guitars and saxophones and only two lines of lyrics that need little interpretation. “Monstro” is a feminist anthem, in your face in the best way with an incredibly infectious sax line.
Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI. Impossible to categorize and comprised of a formidable voice, two saxophones, guitar, bass and drums, their scathing energy is palpable in every room they take hold of. Shifting from English to Spanish, punk to rock to jazz to pure fun, their record is sure to open eyes, rattle ribs and bring dancefloors to their knees.
National Tour Dates
# = w/ Screaming Females
3/9: Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
3/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
3/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge #
3/12: Orlando, FL @ The Social #
3/13: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic #
3/14: Tallahassee, FL # All Saints Cafe #
3/15: New Orleans, LA # Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa) #
3:16: McAllen, TX @ GALAX Z FAIR IV #
3/17: Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown #
3/18: Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies (She Shreds Magazine Showcase), TBD
3/19: San Antonio, TX @ Nesta
3/20: Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Ad Hoc Daytime Party), 2:30pm
3/20: Austin, TX @ Longbranch Inn (Don Giovanni Showcase). 10:30pm
4/5: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater #
Downtown Boys debut LP Full Communism is a thrashing record of songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. Released May 4th on Don Giovanni Records, the band was hailed by SPIN as "Band Most Likely to Make You Enter the Pit" at SXSW and will take their ferocious live show on a headlining tour this spring.
Full Communism comes at a current critical moment in the struggle for justice being fought in the US and throughout the world. It is set to a commanding tempo programmed make you move regardless of whether singer Victoria Ruiz is singing or shouting. Today the band shares album cut “Wave Of History". Opening with the ominous cry of a horn line, the song is an urgent declaration that this generation has the power to create change.
“Wave of History” premiered with WNYC today
and we encourage you to post and share.
Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI. Impossible to categorize and comprised of a formidable voice, two saxophones, guitar, bass and drums, their scathing energy is palpable in every room they take hold of. Shifting from English to Spanish, punk to rock to jazz to pure fun, their record is sure to open eyes, rattle ribs and bring dancefloors to their knees. The sextet will be on the road through the spring, hitting New York, DC and Chicago, see all the dates below.
Downtown Boys National Tour Dates
5/8: Pawtucket, RI @ Machines with Magnets
5/9: Boston, MA @ Make Shift Boston
5/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (w/ The Homewreckers)
5/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Lava Space (w/ Priests & Sheer Mag)
5/17: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ Priests)
5/18: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
5/19: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
5/20: Columbus, OH @ Legion of Doom
5/21: Bloomington, IN @ House Show
5/22: Chicago, IL @ Old Mount Happy
5/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
5/24: Ann Arbor, MI @ 3rd Death Star
5/25: Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
5/26: Toronto, ON @ S.H.I.G.B.S.
5/27: Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG
5/28: Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
5/29: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
5/30: Easthampton, MA @ Flywheel
In his first new production since the release of the breakout debut album Worlds, Porter Robinson has delivered a stunning remix of NERO’s ‘The Thrill’. The track is the lead single from the forthcoming sophomore album Between Two Worlds from the Grammy Award winning British electronic band, released August 28 via Cherrytree Records/Interscope.
NERO announced details of their album Between Two Worlds after debuting new material from the record at Coachella during their headlining set Friday on the Outdoor Stage. Porter also debuted his synth-laden and slow burning remix of ‘The Thrill’ during his live set at Coachella on Friday.
NERO’s ‘The Thrill’ was dubbed “amazing” by The Fader upon its release, and named BBC Radio One’s Hottest Record In The World by Annie Mac.
Porter discussed the remix, and how producing it helped him break through post-album writers block, onsite at Coachella with Billboard, saying:
“Deciding what to do after Worlds has been a big struggle for me over the last 6 months… In order for me to break this writers block I hit up a few artists who had made songs I liked recently. Right away NERO hit me back. They have a song called “The Thrill” which is an amazing, beautiful synth-pop track, and I was like ’let me remix it.’ I worked so fast and I made something I was really happy with.”
NYC-based songwriter extraordinaire Mitski has just re-released her breakout record Bury Me At Make Out Creek via Don Giovanni Records. This release marks her joining of the Don Giovanni family and includes special, intimate unreleased tracks. With vivid lyrical imagery, buzzed out guitars and evocative vocals, Mitski has created a unique sound built upon her academic musical background, and as she makes the shift from concert hall to DIY venue her new relationship with the storied label will certainly continue to propel the transition.
Mitski took SXSW by storm, winning over crowds with her raw live intensity and soul-shaking lyrics. She just wrapped up a national tour with Hundred Waters and Screaming Females and will join Speedy Ortiz next week. Mitski put her unique touch on “Fireproof” one of her favorite songs from pop darlings One Direction. Paying homage to the percussive-driven original she reinvents the track into an indie rock anthem with gently growling grunge guitar, playful drums and her signature spellbinding vocal delivery.
Mitski shares, “We seem to delegitimize music that has a majority of young girl fans and think of it as having less cultural value. Isn't that strange? I'm not down with the elitism of indie rock music, where it considers itself to be more "serious" or "intelligent" than mainstream pop. That thought often has nothing to do with the composition or political motivations of the music as it's conveyed to be about, and more to do with its production, "aesthetic," and just another kind of branding. Here is a mainstream pop song that I liked and recorded with an "indie rock aesthetic." Is it more thoughtful now?”
Mistki’s “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover) premiered with Billboard
today and we encourage you to post & share.
While attending SUNY Purchase and studying music composition, Mitski released two records inspired by orchestral energy and expansive in their own right. The brilliant writer came into her own with 2014’s Bury Me At Make Out Creek, immersed in fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and poetically poignant lyrics, and created a sound all her own. Be sure to catch her live on tour this spring!
For more information on Mitski, give us a shout!
Sarah Avrin, Sarah@girlie.com, 212-989-2222 x136
National Tour Dates
4/22: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/24: Hamden, CT @ The Space (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
5/8: Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
522-24: Arcosanti, AZ @ FORM Festival
Tori Amos has released 2-CD deluxe editions of her iconic debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, TODAY via Rhino. Each record has been newly remastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks. The remastered versions of both original albums are also now available on 180-gram vinyl, marking the FIRST time the albums are available on vinyl in the US.
One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released these records. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Originally released in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the songs of Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink continue to live, thrive and inspire, as evidenced by Rolling Stone’s glowing words on the importance of both albums. Tori also recently gave her insight to Salon on how the albums have changed her over the years.
Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has had multiple Grammy nominations. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels a successful musical, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Meet The von Trapps, the next generation. Siblings Sofia (26), Melanie (24), Amanda (23) and August (20), the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are reinventing the legacy of their birthright for the modern age. Dancing in Gold, the first of three EPs of entirely original material that The von Trapps plan to send out into the world over the next two years, is out now via Heinz Records.
The newest single from the EP is the enchanting “Next to Me” which can be heard and shared via Soundcloud. Their debut single from their EP is the title track “Dancing in Gold” which is inspired by the work of artists such as Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Françoise Hardy, and the Beach Boys.
For their first foray into the studio in their new incarnation, the siblings sought out a kindred spirit, approaching Israel Nebeker, the lead singer and songwriter of Blind Pilot, to produce the album. Nebeker gets right to the heart and soul of the matter: “Their sound is an open collage, unafraid of combining disparate style and sentiment. Most importantly to me, it communicates honestly and is sung from the heart.”
The von Trapps' musical journey began as a fluke and a brainstorm in 2001. During summer visits to their Montana home, their grandfather Werner von Trapp taught them the Austrian folk songs he loved as a child. When he became too ill to travel, they crafted a homemade recording to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a career in music. The von Trapps have been on stage together ever since. Their performances make room for melodicas and ukuleles, lyrics that can unspool in ten languages, twinges of Appalachia and Portlandia, some shout-outs to the Mamas & Papas, all filtered through the DNA of the most beloved musical ever, The Sound of Music. They have toured extensively, from Beijing’s Forbidden City to the Sydney Opera House, performed with major symphonies across the country, appeared on Oprah, and recorded with artists such as Wayne Newton and Rufus Wainwright.
For the past few years, The von Trapps have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini, the globetrotting pop sensation. The two groups collaborated on Pink Martini’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, released in March 2014, which has sold over 20,000 copies in the US alone, and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition.
Emboldened by that collaboration, flourishing in the rich creative world of their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon and burgeoning with new ideas, The von Trapps cast off on their own to trail blaze a new musical path.
As the von Trapps have said, “This new chapter in our career feels very electric; I think our current sound is super fresh, personal, and fun. Fourteen years of touring the world together has given each of us a well of inspiration, and we are at a point where all of that energy is overflowing. How each of us blend our styles together is both a challenge and a thrilling discovery for us, yet this first creation, Dancing in Gold, found a wonderfully surprising and compelling place. We're eager to see how our music manifests itself moving forward.”