FOXYGEN

Foxygen is the Los Angeles-bred songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. The first track, "Abandon my Toys," only gives you two seconds of electronic soundery before acoustic instruments take over along with a vocal that sounds channeled in by a medium. "Why Did I Get Married?" plays like a mournful lounge act until about the two minute mark, when it starts to crash into something else, and a gooey kind of Ray Davies vocal gives way to shouts and barks. After you listen to even a few songs on the album, any attempt to define its genre will start with a discussion and end with a shrug, maybe a "rock and roll?" or a "psychedelic?" And that's how shit needs to be said. More question marks. Less periods. Less declarations. Cause it's only questions that can take us where we need to be, to a place of profound and active ignorance. As a tiny organism adrift on a sea of infinite nuance, ignorance is the only honest state of being. And Take the Kids off Broadway is an album full of question marks.

WATCH // Foxygen LIVE at Hype Machine’s “Hype Motel” Showcase at SXSW ’13

During this past SXSW, Foxygen graced the Hype Motel Showcase with their electric stage presence and energetic brand of psych-rock.  Hype Machine just posted a great video of Foxygen’s performance so even if you weren’t there, you can experience them live right from computer!  Watch the video above and then check out their tour dates HERE which includes a bunch of summer festival appearances so chances are high you will see these boys strutting their stuff right before your eyes!

Also, if you somehow haven’t had a chance yet to grab Foxygen’s full album, get it on iTunes HERE.

Jonathan Rado Stepping Out With First Solo Record – ‘Law and Order’

You know him as half of the Foxygen force. Now Jonathan Rado is stepping out with his first solo record. Titled Law and Order, the album will be available on Woodsist come September 3. Get the first (and much anticipated) listen with the track “Faces,” featuring White Fence’s Tim Presley.

 
Rado and the rest of Foxygen will play a couple of shows this summer. You can check out all their upcoming dates HERE.

HEY, Here’s a New Foxygen “No Destruction” Video

Ole Foxygen are at it again. Here we are with a new [old] video for their song “No Destruction.” Why it’s a modern day Western! It’s an ode to adolescence! But really, you’re looking at a mix of newly filmed video plus a bit of footage from Foxy’s high school days; clips from The Legend of Colonel Bedlum and the Salty Biscuits (2005), Metronome (2007), Here’s Another One, Jon! (2008), The Buffalo Son (2009), and more included! The video was directed by Sam and Rado’s childhood friend Bryan Felber. WATCH ABOVE!

DON’T WAIT TO GET YOUR “NO DESTRUCTION” b/w “WHERE’S THE MONEY?” 7″! The single is out on May 28 and available for pre-order at SC Distribution.

Foxygen Frighten French School Children in Takeaway Show

Foxygen, oh Foxygen. They’re always up to something. If you haven’t managed to watch their Takeaway show, do so now. The folks behind La Blogotheque met with the Foxy gang in Paris this past February to film a live, moving performance of “No Destruction,” “On Blue Mountain” and “In The Darkness.” Watch above and check out the entire shoot HERE.

Also coming in today is a brand new 7″, complete with Richard Swift artwork (pictured above), for your purchasing pleasure. You’ll find an a-side of “No Destruction,” backed with “Where’s the Money.” Pre-order the single at SC Distribution.

As always, we’ve got a round of tour dates for you. Foxygen hit the road this summer, playing a million different music festivals. You’ll find all the dates HERE.

No Destruction by Foxygen
Make It Known by Foxygen

07/31/14
Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room

08/01/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/02/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/03/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/04/14
Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Brewing Co

08/06/14
Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Library

08/07/14
Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery: Old Redwood Barn

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