Steve Gunn Announces Eyes On The Lines, New Album Out June 3rd On Matador Records, And North American Tour;
“How does a questing psychedelic guitarist transform themselves into classic singer-songwriter? By compromising, in many cases. Brooklyn’s Steve Gunn, however, is managing the transition with uncanny elegance.” — Uncut
Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement, springing from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Eyes On The Lines, his Matador debut and follow-up to the pastoral and highly acclaimed Way Out Weather, is Gunn’s most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.
Accompanied by a full band – Nathan Bowles (drums, banjo, organ), Hans Chew (wurlitzer), James Elkington (guitar, lap steel, dobro), Mary Lattimore (harp), Jason Meagher (bass, guitar, flute), Paul Sukeena (guitar), Justin Tripp (bass, keyboards), John Truscinski (drums) – Eyes On The Lines presents Gunn embracing his urban surroundings through a series of songs that showcase his extraordinary ability to match inventive hooks to deftly constructed melodies full of personality.
Gunn’s songwriting on Eyes On The Lines tells vibrant and evocative tales through a series of both imagined and real-life characters and moments, but throughout, he is more narrator than diarist. Take debut single, “Conditions Wild,” easily Gunn’s most accessible number to date. Directly inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, it’s accompanying, highly-stylized video, directed by Brandon Herman, captures the notion of finding comfort in getting lost and embracing the unknown, an important concept to Gunn in his songwriting and playing, and the creation of Eyes On The Lines as a whole.
Gunn will be touring extensively all over Europe and North America this year. All dates are below.
Eyes On The Lines Track Listing:
1. Ancient Jules
2. Full Moon Tide
3. The Drop
4. Conditions Wild
5. Nature Driver
6. Heavy Sails
7. Night Wander
8. Park Bench Smile
Steve Gunn Tour Dates:
Fri. April 8 — Montclair, NJ
Outpost in the Burbs
Thu. April 21 – London, UK The Lexington
Wed. May 18 – Paris, FR
Thu. May 19 – Brussels, BE Les Nuits Botanique
Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Noord
Sat. May 21 – Berlin, DE
Kantine am Berghain
Sun. May 22 – Copenhagen, DK Loppen
Mon. May 23 — Hamburg, DE
Tue. May 24 – Leipzig, DE UT Connewitz
Wed. May 25 – Schorndorf, DE
Thu. May 26 – Kriens, CH Südpol
Fri. May 27 – Lyon, FR
Sat. May 28 – Limoges, FR Le Phare
Sun. May 29 – Hondarribia, ES
Mon. May 30 – Braga, PT gnration
Tue. May 31 – Lisbon, PT
Wed. June 1 – Madrid, ES Berlin Café
Thu. June 2 – Valencia, ES
Fri. June 3 – Barcelona, ES Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 5 – Nimes, FR
This Is Not A Love Song
Thu. June 9 – Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat. June 11 – Manchester, TN
Mon. June 13 – New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
Tue. June 14 – Houston, TX
Wed. June 15 – Austin, TX Sidewinder
Thu. June 16 – Dallas, TX
Sat. June 18 – St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
Sun. June 19 – Kansas City, KS
Mon. June 20 – Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
Tue. June 21 – Milwaukee, WI
Thu. June 23 – Chicago, IL Schuba’s
Fri. June 24 – Detroit, MI
Sat. June 25 – Toronto, ON The Great Hall
Wed. June 29 – Allston, MA
The Great Scott
Thu. June 30 – Port Chester, NY Garcia’s
Sat. July 9 – Philadelphia, PA
Tue. July 12 – Raleigh, NC Kings
Wed. July 13 – Asheville, NC
Thu. July 14 – Nashville, TX Exit / IN
Fri. July 15 – Decatur, GA
Sat. July 16 – Birmingham, AL Sloss Music & Arts Festival
Sun. July 17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
SØREN JUUL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'This Moment'
Danish artist Søren Juul will release his new album This Moment on June 17th. This is his first album under his own name, having previously recorded under the moniker Indians. It’s a deeply personal account of Juul’s life over a tumultuous three-year period, and a first taste of the record can be heard today, the track Dear Child
Recorded mainly in Copenhagen and finished in Los Angeles with producer and fellow Dane Peter Stengaard ‘This Moment’ is an uplifting and redemptive work. The immersive soundscapes of the songs reach heights Juul’s work under Indians only hinted at.
As Indians, Juul scored the song “Oblivion” for the major motion picture The Fault In Our Stars, composed works for the Copenhagen Philharmonic and was nominated in four categories for the prestigious Danish music awards, Gaffa Prisen. Juul has toured the world with Julia Holter, Beirut and Perfume Genius.
This Moment tracklist:
2. Dear Child
4. Don’t Want To Fool You
5. Epic Moon
6. Manly Beach
8. Pushing Me Away
10. This Moment
Søren Juul European tour dates:
Apr 13 – PARIS, Festival Polar
Apr 30 – AARHUS, SPOT Festival
May 17 – GHENT, Cafe Video
May 18 – LONDON, Servant Jazz Quarter
May 19 – BRIGHTON, The Great Escape
May 20 – UTRECHT, Ekko
May 22 – HAMBURG, Nochtspeicher
May 23 – BERLIN, Privatclub
May 24 – BRUSSELS, AB Club-Ancienne Belgique
May 25 – PARIS, Pop Up Du Label
May 27 – ROTTERDAM, V11
May 28 – THE HAGUE, Sniester Festival
May 29 – AMSTERDAM, Tolhuistuin
CAR SEAT HEADREST ANNOUNCES TEENS OF DENIAL
Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in “Car Seat Headrest’s”: http://carseatheadrest.tumblr.com (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk).
On Denial, Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.
After teasing Teens of Denial in February with the release of single Vincent, today Car Seat Headrest drops its second single off Denial, the hugely hooky “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Says Toledo, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition. The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”
You have no right to be depressed
You haven’t tried hard enough to like it
There are two kinds of great lyrics. The first is the banger/anthem catch phrase: “Normal life is borin’ / but superstardom is close to post-mortem.” The second is more complex (and more rarely found): “Like a bird on a wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free” — with ideas, themes, and personae unfolding over the course of songs, contradicting each other, confronting the listeners’ preconceptions, like Pete Townshend, Morrissey, or Kendrick Lamar.
Will Toledo, the singer/songwriter/visionary of Car Seat Headrest, is adept at both, having developed them over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style.
“I’m so sick of / (Fill in the blank)” or “It’s more than you bargained for / But it’s a little less than what you paid for” are more than smart, edgy slogans. Over the course of Teens of Denial’s 11 songs, Will narrates a journey with his mysterious companion/alter-ego Joe that addresses big themes (personal responsibility, existential despair, the nature of identity, the Bible, heaven) and small ones (Air Jordans, cops, whether to have one more beer, why he lost his backpack).
“Fill in The Blank,” the mission statement of the album, kicks things off — it’s a fist-pumping anthem about feeling lousy in an ill-defined way, the fear of settling into a routine of futility, and not wanting to deal with it. Although it’s oddly joyful sounding, Toledo considers it the introduction to his angriest record yet. In that vein, “Vincent,” “Hippie Powers,” and “Connect The Dots” are about both fighting to hold your place in the crowd and to hold your drink, as well as DIY college house shows, and having no one to dance with, respectively. Initially similar, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” veers off in surprising directions, each piece flush with catchy, irony-free hooks.
At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 “Ballad of the Costa Concordia,” which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all). Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.
Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of Eastern and Western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.
I won’t go down with this shit
I will put my hands up and surrender
There will be no more flags above my door
I have lost, and always will be
There are two kinds of great lyricists. The first kind is one you find in books, canonized by time and a lifetime of expression. The second has it all in front of him. Meet Will Toledo. Or at least one version of him.
Car Seat Headrest is:
Will Toledo – vocals, guitar, songwriting
Andrew Katz – drums, backing vocals
Ethan Ives – bass (on Teens of Denial), guitar (live), backing vocals
Seth Dalby – bass (live)
Produced by Steve Fisk at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015.
Teens of Denial Tracklist:
1. Fill In The Blank
3. Destroyed By Hippie Powers
4. (Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)
5. Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
7. 1937 State Park
8. Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)
9. Cosmic Hero
10. The Ballad of the Costa Concordia
11. Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra)
12. Joe Goes to School
3/25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3/26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
3/27 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
3/30 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project
4/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
4/3 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
5/23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
5/28 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling
5/29 – Gent, BE – Big Next
6/1-6/5 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival
6/3 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
6/4 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
6/6 – Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew
6/11 – Porto, PT – NOS Primavera Sound Porto
6/14 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub
6/17 – Dresden, DE – Beanpole
6/18 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow
6/20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
6/21 – London, UK – 100 Club
6/22 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
6/23 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
6/26 – Beuningen, NL – Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Lund, SE – Mejeriet
6/29 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
6/30 – Gothenberg, SE – Pustervik
7/16 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
7/22 – Seattle, WA – Capital Hill Block Party
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music, on May 20th, 2016.
The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.
“Day of the Dead”: dayofthedeadmusic.com will be released digitally, on a 5 X CD, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set.
All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organisation a 501©3. This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission.
Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night (4AD), a 32-track, multi-artist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.
Produced by Aaron Dessner, and co-produced by Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman, many of the 59 tracks feature an all-star house band made up of Aaron, Bryce, fellow National bandmates and brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf, Josh Kaufman, and Conrad Doucette along with Sam Cohen and Walter Martin.
The record shows the broad reaching impact and legacy of the Grateful Dead both culturally and musically. Today, 4AD has published a Spotify playlist matching song-by-song the Day of the Dead tracklist, providing a look at the compilation’s era-specific Grateful Dead source material.
Contributing to the Day of the Dead was musically exciting for the artists involved in the project. Will Oldham states: “I have worked with a few people whose minds are brilliant and complicated, musically. There’s something about the Dead that allows these big-brained pickers to just chill the fuck out and feel good about it. There’s basic types of song forms and melodies that I have an affinity for, and the Grateful Dead have helped other people find their ways into these musics. So it isn’t as hard to establish connections with folks out there that might not otherwise share some of what I am digging into.”
TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe notes, “They’re one of the great, ‘do everything’ bands, take from whatever you want and warp it into something new. I’m sure that some of the space rock and psyche jam DNA of the band has seeped into what we do.”
And in explaining why their music is relevant today Bill Callahan said, “I feel like the Dead managed to show the bridge from the past to the future in a respectful way. Much more so than someone like the Stones who felt like pillagers to me. The Dead breathed life into the old songs, expanded the lungs of the old songs.”
The diversity in both material and performance on the tribute is astounding. Special collaborations include Grateful Dead touring member Bruce Hornsby with DeYarmond Edison (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the band Megafaun) on “Black Muddy River,” Perfume Genius and Sharon Van Etten on “To Lay Me Down”, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, the Band’s Garth Hudson, Little Scream, and composer Caroline Adelaide Shaw’s take on “Brokedown Palace”, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro on “Loser”, Lee Ranaldo and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe’s “Playing in the Band”, Jenny Lewis and Moses Sumney’s “Cassidy”, Charles Bradley’s “Cumberland Blues”, and perhaps most expansively, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Chris Bear teaming up with members of the National, So Percussion, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to recreate 1977’s entire Terrapin Station medley.
There are fresh interpretations of classics, like The War On Drugs’ “Touch of Grey”, Jim James’ “Candyman”, Mumford and Sons’ take on “Friend of the Devil”, Phosphorescent / Matthew Houck’s “Sugaree” and “Standing on the Moon”, “Shakedown Street” recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Walkmen’s “Ripple”, and Lucius’ version of “Uncle John’s Band,” as well as a perfectly cast Kurt Vile and J Mascis on “Box of Rain”. But the compilation also explores lesser known Dead material such as as the psychedelic folk gem “Mountains of the Moon” (Lee Ranaldo), and “Rubin and Cherise,” originally a Jerry Garcia song, later adopted by the Grateful Dead and recorded here by Will Oldham. Day of the Dead also features lively recordings from Senegalese collective Orchestra Baobob (“Clementine Jam”), composer Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley (“Estimated Prophet”), electronic artist Tim Hecker (channeling John Oswald’s classic “Dark Star” exploration “Grayfolded”), jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (“King Solomon’s Marbles”), and Bela Fleck with Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, and Chris Wood (“Help on the Way / Slipknot”). There are simply too many tracks to adequately summarize in a press release!
For Aaron and Bryce Dessner, The Grateful Dead were a gateway to playing music together; the first music the brothers investigated deeply. The two recall their first-ever jam session at 14 years old with The National’s future drummer Bryan Devendorf playing the Dead’s “Eyes of the World” for several hours in Bryan’s attic in suburban Ohio. The brothers were drawn not just to the Dead’s songwriting, but also to the detail, spontaneity, and depth in the instrumentation. A life-long love affair with the Dead, shared with the Devendorfs, was born in those teenage years and crested when The National were invited to play a HeadCount.org fundraiser with Bob Weir in March 2012. The band assembled for this event learned over 25 Grateful Dead songs, [including In the Dark B-side rarity “My Brother Esau”, for which lyricist John Perry Barlow provided a new verse] and most of those players went on to form the “house band” heard on many of Day of the Dead’s tracks. Later, during the National’s Trouble Will Find Me tour, Bob Weir joined the band onstage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival and Berkeley’s Greek Theater. After the National concluded the Trouble Will Find Me tour in late 2014 at London’s O2 arena, the recording of Day of the Dead accelerated with multiple group sessions in New York’s Hudson Valley in early 2015.
A Day of the Dead live performance will take place this summer at the second annual Eaux Claires Festival (August 12-13) featuring Jenny Lewis, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Lucius, Will Oldham, Sam Amidon, Richard Reed Perry, Matt Berninger, Justin Vernon, Bruce Hornsby, Ruben Nielson and The National, who all appear on the record.
Various Artists — “Day of the Dead” (CAD 3624) digital tracklist
01. Touch of Grey – The War on Drugs
02. Sugaree – Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends
03. Candyman – Jim James & Friends
04. Cassidy – Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends
05. Black Muddy River – Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison
06. Loser – Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends
07. Peggy-O – The National
08. Box of Rain – Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)
09. Rubin and Cherise – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
10. To Lay Me Down – Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
11. New Speedway Boogie – Courtney Barnett
12. Friend of the Devil – Mumford & Sons
13. Uncle John’s Band – Lucius
14. Me and My Uncle – The Lone Bellow & Friends
15. Mountains of the Moon – Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends
16. Black Peter – Anohni and yMusic
17. Garcia Counterpoint – Bryce Dessner
18. Terrapin Station (Suite) – Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
19. Attics of My Life – Angel Olsen
20. St. Stephen (live) – Wilco with Bob Weir
“Lightning” (Vol. 2)
01. If I Had the World to Give – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
02. Standing on the Moon – Phosphorescent & Friends
03. Cumberland Blues – Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
04. Ship of Fools – Tallest Man on Earth & Friends
05. Bird Song – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
06. Morning Dew – The National
07. Truckin’ – Marijuana Deathsquads
08. Dark Star – Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends
09. Nightfall of Diamonds – Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald – Tim Hecker
11. Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad – Lucinda Williams & Friends
12. Playing in the Band – Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
13. Stella Blue – Local Natives
14. Eyes of the World – Tal National
15. Help on the Way – Bela Fleck
16. Franklin’s Tower – Orchestra Baobab
17. Till the Morning Comes – Luluc with Xylouris White
18. Ripple – The Walkmen
19. Brokedown Palace – Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson)
“Sunshine” (Vol. 3)
01. Here Comes Sunshine – Real Estate
02. Shakedown Street – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
03. Brown-Eyed Women – Hiss Golden Messenger
04. Jack-A-Roe – This Is the Kit
05. High Time – Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear
06. Dire Wolf – The Lone Bellow & Friends
07. Althea – Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura
08. Clementine Jam – Orchestra Baobab
09. China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
10. Easy Wind – Bill Callahan
11. Wharf Rat – Ira Kaplan & Friends
12. Estimated Prophet – The Rileys
13. Drums -> Space – Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida
14. Cream Puff War – Fucked Up
15. Dark Star – The Flaming Lips
16. What’s Become of the Baby – s t a r g a z e
17. King Solomon’s Marbles – Vijay Iyer
18. Rosemary – Mina Tindle & Friends
19. And We Bid You Goodnight – Sam Amidon
20. I Know You Rider (live) – The National with Bob Weir
Pantha Du Prince Announces New LP The Triad
German techno auteur Pantha Du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) will release The Triad on May 20th, his first proper studio album since his 2010 breakthrough Black Noise, and 2013’s collaboration with The Bell Laboratory, Elements of Light.
Pantha Du Prince also releases the The Winter Hymn 12, which features the titular album cut along with the exclusive track “Post Human Palisades (feat. Bendik & Kassian)” and an extended mix of the album track “Dream Yourself Awake.”
On The Triad’s conceptual framework Weber says, “Black Noise was very much about me being alone in a small room in Berlin and composing. The Triad opens the structure to more human ways of interacting, not digitized ways of interacting. It’s not about Facebook; it’s about meeting up and jamming. I wanted to cut through the digital dust that surrounds us.”
In addition to the album announcement and 12” release, he has shared a video for “The Winter Hymn,” directed by Pantha Du Prince himself featuring a masked Weber with “The Triad,” a group of musicians including Scott Mou (Queens) and Bendik Kjeldsberg of the Bell Laboratory who feature heavily on the album, as they and a dancing woman perform ritualistic gestures in characteristically psychedelic environs.
Pantha Du Prince – The Triad
(May 20th, 2016 – Rough Trade)
1. The Winter Hymn (feat. Queens)
2. You What? Euphoria!
3. Frau im Mond, Sterne Laufen
4. In An Open Space (feat. Queens)
5. Chasing Vapour Trails (feat. Joachim Schultz & Kassian von Troyer)
7. Dream Yourself Awake
8. Lions Love (feat. Joachim)
9. Islands In The Sky
10. Wallflower for Pale Saints