Thurston Moore announces new album The Best Day out October 20th on Matador Records
Backed by James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.
The Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in the UK, Europe and North America, including Riot Fest in Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh. See all tour dates below.
They recently played an impromptu show at the London’s Café Oto. The UK’s Uncut had this to say about the live performance of The Best Day, “The album – which is due out in October – is excellent, and these live versions are muscular and digressive. Great songs, and a sense that Moore has found fresh inspiration in N16 with his latest, formidable accomplices.”
Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n’ roll. From its influence on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006, the band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.
Moore records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.
The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
4. The Best Day
7. Grace Lake
8. Germs Burn
The Thurston Moore Band Fall 2014 Tour:
21— Portugal — Parades De Coura Festival
23 — Pully-Laussane, Switzerland — For Noise Festival
24 — Paris, France — Rock en Seine
29 — Birmingham, UK — Moseley Folk Festival (12 string performance)
4 — Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival
7 — Toronto, ON — Riot Fest
14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest
14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
2 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir
3 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret *
4 — Seattle, WA — Neumo’s *
7 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall *
8 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium *
9 — Santa Barbara, CA — Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10 — Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex *
11 — Santa, Ana, CA — Constellation Room *
21 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus *
22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair *
23 — Hamden, CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space *
24 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met *
25 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle *
26 — Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade NYC *
Sebadoh Support from October 3 through October 11
Belle & Sebastian - It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career
As the band put the finishing touches on their ninth studio album (recorded in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen) Matador Records will be reissuing all ten Belle and Sebastian LP’s on October 7th.
Titles include all of the full-length studio albums and compilations (with the exception of Storytelling soundtrack):
Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster)
If You’re Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster)
The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster)
Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster)
Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster)
Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art
The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade)
The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster)
Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade)
The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade)
Each album is repackaged in resealable mylar bags, each with a customized obi strip and download card.
There’s new cover art for ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’, and ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’, “The Life Pursuit’ and ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’ will be back in print on vinyl for the first time in ages.
IBEYI REVEAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW TRACK ‘RIVER’
Ibeyi have today revealed the video for their brand new track ‘River’.
Directed by Ed Morris, the gripping video sees Ibeyi (19 year old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz) submerged under water for much of the song’s three minutes and forty five seconds duration.
‘River’ is the second track to be revealed from Ibeyi’s forthcoming debut Oya EP on XL Recordings.
Produced by Richard Russell, the ‘Oya’ EP is available to download and stream immediately, while a 12” vinyl version of the EP will be available late summer.
The full ‘Oya’ EP track list is as follows:
A2. Oya (Oya Capella)
B2. River (Oshun Dub)
Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are are daughters of the late Cuban percussion Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture.
Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruba.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruba, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers grown up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION
The album documents and celebrates the key releases and moments from the 25 year history of the London-based, independent record label.
In the Pay Close Attention sleeve notes, XL owner Richard Russell writes:
“XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution. In the song ‘Out Of Space’, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s rapping these words: “Pay Close Attention”. And whilst XL has never had any outside ownership, Gil Scott-Heron advised me not to even consider XL an “independent”, because everything is connected.
Part 1 of this compilation are the roots of XL; underground music, made for DJs. These roots are still growing.
Part 2 features some of the singular talents who have taken the label further than we ever envisioned. There is no unifying genre; hopefully the thread of originality is evident though. The rave music XL first became known for was known as “hardcore”; that spirit continues. To show our appreciation for your support, thank you DJs.
And thank you also to the retailers, writers, and, of course, ravers. “
Richard Russell, London, 2014
Pay Close Attention will be released as a 4 x LP vinyl boxset that includes bonus DVD and poster, as well as a 2 disc CD format and download.
From today, Pay Close Attention also exists in website format at http://pay-close-attention.com
The newly-launched site is comprised of a series of immersive and interconnected timelines that allow you to explore the work of artists who appear on Pay Close Attention. It also features a wealth of new and unseen content, including new interviews and performance footage from Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Tyler, the Creator, The Prodigy and Bobby Womack. In addition, the Pay Close Attention site includes a bespoke music and video player that allows you to build playlists to enjoy as you navigate the site.
Pay Close Attention track list:
1. SL2 – DJs Take Control
2. The Prodigy – Out Of Space
3. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)
4. Liquid – Sweet Harmony
5. Jonny L – Piper
6. Roy Davis Jr. featuring Peven Everett – Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
7. Dem 2 – Destiny
8. Nu-Birth – Anytime
9. Basement Jaxx – Jump N’Shout
10. Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U
11. Wiley – Igloo
12. Various Production – Hater
13. Giggs – Talkin The Hardest
14. SBTRKT – Wildfire (featuring Little Dragon)
15. Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving
1. The Prodigy – Firestarter
2. Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
3. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
4. Devendra Banhart – I Feel Just Like A Child
5. Ratatat – Seventeen Years
6. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
7. Thom Yorke – The Eraser
8. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me
9. Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
10. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
11. The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea
12. Jai Paul – BTSTU (demo)
13. Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart
14. The xx – Angels
15. Sampha – Too Much
16. Vampire Weekend – Step
17. King Krule – Easy Easy
18. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Iceage share ‘The Lord’s Favorite’ video & announce fall tour.
Recognized for challenging their emotions through song and performance and a singular, brooding energy, Iceage , the Danish four-piece comprised of Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals/guitar), and Johan Suurballe Wieth (guitar), unveil a video for their new track ‘The Lord’s Favorite’.
Directed by Cali DeWitt, the video follows their 2013 covers 7” single (‘Jackie’ by Sinead O’Connor b/w ‘To The Comrades’ by Bahumutsi Drama Group) and the highly praised second album You’re Nothing.
The band return to North America for a month of coast-to-coast touring this autumn and play Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, with more new material in the works.