LISTEN // Small Black Announce ‘Best Blues,’ Share “Boys Life” and Summer Tour Dates

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Small Black is excited to announce their new album, Best Blues, due out October 16th on Jagjaguwar. The group’s third full length release, written and recorded at their Brooklyn home studio, nicknamed 222, showcases a mature band still evolving, and embracing the unpredictable. Josh Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums) have been recording, writing, and often living together, throughout the life of the band, establishing a closeness that has allowed them to achieve easy creativity and unspoken chemistry.

 

After a year of recording, the band enlisted mixer Nicholas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio to help complete Best Blues. The result is Small Black in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience. The addition of piano flourishes, trumpet (Darby Cicci of The Antlers), hidden acoustic guitars and Kaede Ford’s ethereal vocals provide new dimensions to the band’s already expansive sonic palette.

 

Gracing the cover of Best Blues is a mysterious woman walking alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She’s the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family’s Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture’s taker, Kolenik’s father.

 

To put it simply, Best Blues is an album about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them. “I spent months trying to scan all these images and letters, most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before,” says Kolenik. The chorus of lead single “Boys Life,” debuted via The New York Times’ T Magazine and Sirius XMU, echoes this sentiment with the refrain “pictures of youth/picturing you,” over a track that itself was an old demo re-discovered by accident by the band, during a late night jam session at a cabin in Upstate New York.

 

Small Black will tour this fall in support of Best Blues and a full list of dates is below.

BEST BLUES TRACKLIST:
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas, Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle’s
7. Between Leos
8. Checkpoints
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century

Pre-Order Best Blues
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SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(info and tix)

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *

Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *

Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *

Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *

Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *

Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *

Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *

Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *

Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *

Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *

Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *

Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *

Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *

Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *

Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *

Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *

Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *

Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, TV @ Signal Kitchen *

Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
* w/ Painted Palms

WATCH // New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Video For “Ur Life One Night,” Summer Tour Dates

With a bolstered sound that incorporates funk-infused synths and emotionally charged lyrics, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album, Multi-Love, is their strongest to date. Now, the band is proud to share a brand new video for the track “Ur Life One Night” (premiered on Rolling Stone), featuring a vast and kaleidoscopic collection of stories, colors, and visual effects. Director Manoj Leonel Jahson sought out inspiration in Traditional Asian Art through the incorporation of Mughai-era miniature paintings and more. Here is what he had to say about the film:

“When we first spoke with UMO, the idea of creating something abstract yet fun, for their single ‘Ur Life, One Night’ sounded very exciting. I am deeply inspired by the quirky Indian magical-realism from our mythology and wanted to create something rooted but still visually appealing. The music lent a dream-like quality and the lyric pushed us to the motif of the Goddess being pursued, yet always being out of reach.”

After being praised as a standout performance at Bonnaroo and touring all through May and June, UMO return to the road with performances across the U.S. and Europe. Upcoming tour dates include a stops at Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, and FYF festivals. Multi-Love is out now via Jagjaguwar. All tour dates are below:

“The Oregon trio aren’t just for acid-trip casualties anymore. On their third album, they punch up their psychedelic sound with funky grooves and singer Ruban Nielson’s tales of polyamory and alienation in the age of Portlandia.”Entertainment Weekly (“12 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far)”)

“Brighter and more polished than the band’s ever sounded.”Billboard

“Names aren’t named, but the intimacy, awkwardness and emotional nakedness on display might have been hard to take were they not wrapped in the sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music Unknown Mortal Orchestra has made.”NPR Music

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s forthcoming third LP, Multi-Love, is Ruban Nielson’s strongest record yet, a sublime mash of psychedelia and R&B that incredibly evokes a Stevie Wonder — that is, if Stevie Wonder was from New Zealand and strongly considered the existence of chemtrails.”The FADER

“Funk has sashayed its way back into the forefront of music, and almost no one is incorporating it better than Unknown Mortal Orchestra.Stereogum

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR DATES:
(Info + Tix)
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
July 31 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Aug. 1 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Reporter Block Party
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Aug. 3 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Aug. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Aug. 7 to 9 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
Aug. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sep. 8 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
Sep. 10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
Sep. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Sep. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA small hall
Sep. 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Ubel & Gefährlich
Sep. 15 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
Sep. 16 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Sep. 17 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Sep. 20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora
Sep. 22 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 23 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sep. 24 – Birmingham, UK – The Library at the Institute
Sep. 25 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Sep. 26 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Sep. 28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 29 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Oct. 2-4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limist Music Festival
Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
Oct. 29-31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov. 1 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Nov. 2 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Nov. 3 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 6 – Zurich, CH @ Aktionshalle
Nov. 7 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
Nov. 8 – Geneva, CH @ Usine
Nov. 9 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare
Nov. 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Hard Club
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3

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WATCH// Viet Cong Premiere New Live Video for “Silhouettes” and Announce World Tour

Recently long listed for the 2015 Polaris Award, Viet Cong haven’t stayed still since their critically acclaimed debut self-titled album was released earlier this year. A broken hand couldn’t even stop a commanding and powerful run of SXSW shows and since then Viet Cong have toured extensively, selling out venues around the world and proving time and time again why they are one of the most exciting bands to emerge in 2015.

Today Viet Cong are announcing more dates as part of their endless world tour including stops at Pitchfork Festival, Basilica in upstate New York, WayHome Fest, Green Man, ATP, and many more. They are now adding shows including Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco (at Treasure Island Festival), Le Guess Who in NL and Pop Montreal to that list. All tour dates can be found below.

Additionally, they are announcing a new role – as curators of Sonic City Festival 2015 in De Kreun, Belgium. Taking over the reins after previous curators Liars, Deerhoof, Dälek, SUUNS, Beak> and James Holden, Viet Cong are selecting this year’s lineup – the first wave of which includes Chelsea Wolfe, Metz, Lightning Bolt, Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart, Protomartyr and Shabazz Palaces.

Since Viet Cong’s release back in January music fans and critics have been hailing the album as one of the most important records in recent years. It’s also been making its way onto various mid year Best Of 2015 lists, Stereogum write “This is a tense record, but all of its unease is pulled taught by Viet Cong’s meticulously-ordered, audacious arrangements. They envelop you.” Spin included the album in their coverage telling us Viet Cong, a krautrock/garage/psych/noise/post-punk amalgam that basically operates under its own ecosystem…. Considering the record’s ambitious, desolate scope, maybe Viet Cong tried to write the last post-punk album – and it would be okay if that turned out to be the case?” Gorilla vs Bear also featured the album at number 19 on favorite albums of 2015 so far and Paste named the track “March Of Progress” as one of the 25 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far) saying “…the track captures everything that makes the band so captivating.”

World Tour Dates (tix and info here: http://bit.ly/vcong_tour)

7.17.15 – Festival D’Ete De Quebec – Quebec, QC

7.19.15 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

7.21.15 – The Woodward Theatre – Cincinnati, OH *

7.22.15 – The Basement – Columbus, OH *

7.23.15 – Studio @ Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY *

7.24.15 – WayHome Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

7.26.15 – Mo Pop – Detroit, MI

7.31.15 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal QC

8.1.15 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR

8.12.15 – John Dee – Oslo, NO

8.13.15 – Way Out West Festival 2015 – Gotenborg, SE

8.14.15 – Haldern Pop – Haldern, DE

8.15.15 – MS Artville Manifest – Hamburg, DE

8.16.15 – La Route Du Rock – St. Malo, FR

8.19.15 – Scala – London, UK

8.20.15 – Krakow Live – Krakow, PL

8.21.15 – Green Man Festival – Brecon Beacons, Wales

8.22.15 – Pukkelpop Festival – Hasselt, BE

8.23.15 – Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, NL

8.25.15 – Exit 07 – Luxemburg, LU

8.27.15 – NoD – Prague, CZ

8.28.15 – A38 – Budapest, HU

8.29.15 – Mocvara Club – Zagreb, CR

8.30.15 – Gala Hala – Ljublijana, SL

8.31.15 – Chelsea – Vienna, AT

9.02.15 – Six D.O.G.S – Athens, GR

9.04.15 – La Batie – Geneva, CH

9.06.15 – Electric Picnic – Dublin, IRL

9.11.15 – Basilica Soundscape – Hudson, NY

9.12.15 – Supercrawl – Hamilton, ON

9.14.15 – Le Cercle – Quebec, QC **

9.15.15 – Capital Bar – Fredericton, NB **

9.16.15 – Gus’ Pub – Halifax, NS **

9.17.15 – SPACE Gallery – Portland, ME **

9.18.15 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC **

9.20.15 – Mansion – Kingston, ON **

9.23.15 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, IL **

9.24.15 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN **

9.27.15 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND

10.14.15 – Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

10.15.15 – Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

10.16.15 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

10.18.15 – Treasure Island Festival – San Francisco, CA

10.20.15 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

11.06.15 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

11.19.15 – Vera – Gronignen, NE

11.20.15 – Le Guess Who – Utrecht, NE

11.21.15 – Sonic City Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium

11.23.15 – Le Cargo – Caen, FR

11.24.15 – 106 – Rouen, FR

11.25.15 – Ramsgate Music Hall – Ramsgate, UK

11.27.15 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Pontins, Wales

*w/ Metz + Crosss

** w/ Greys

LISTEN // Black Mountain “S/T (10th Anniversary Edition)” Out Now Worldwide

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In 2005, Pitchfork called Black Mountain‘s Self Titled debut “a rollicking, wildly adventurous reconfiguring of 1960s and 70s nostalgia that’s as duty-bound to the present as it is sympathetic to the past,” and 10 years later, the sentiment is the same. We’ve repackaged this influential record with a bonus LP of demos and b-sides, updated album art with silver foil text, a gatefold sleeve, and we have a limited number on grey vinyl.

Grab the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition in whatever format you desire via SCD Distro, iTunes, Amazon, or your local indie record store.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN (10TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) TRACKLISTING
SIDE A
1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46)
SIDE B
6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35)
SIDE C
9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)
SIDE D
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

WATCH // Video Premier for Briana Marela’s “Surrender”

“It doesn’t take much for Briana Marela to conjure a sound that’ll make you see colors.” Flavorwire

[Surrender] manages to evoke both the majesty and the more playful sylvan spirit of each of this record’s sonic homes.”NPR Music’s All Songs Considered

“The first single off the album is an abstract and kinetic love song called ‘Surrender,’ which is built upon a yearning heart, a whorl of strings by Amiina, a pitter-patter of percussion by Samuli Kosminen (of múm), and some lush vocal looping.”The FADER

“Hooking up with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, Marela has crafted one of the year’s most enjoyably ethereal efforts with her upcoming full-length, All Around Us, a lovely collection of shuffling ballads and near-choral ambience.”SPIN (Five Artists to Watch in June 2015]
’Surrender,’ the first single from her album, layers up glassy sounds in all sorts of beautiful ways, with multi-tracked vocal shivers and sighs and hiccups filling out the mix as much as any instruments.”Stereogum

Briana Marela’s debut album for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, centers on the tangible aspects of the emotional spectrum: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of joy; the grounded, anchored feeling of love. There is an air of transience in her voice that adds to the ethereal nature of her music, the immediacy of her lyrics, and the feelings on which they focus. Spurred by her emotional ties to the Pacific Northwest and to the people she holds close, Marela balances the concrete with the abstract, and the natural with the artificial.

Produced and recorded by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers in Reykjavic and featuring strings by Amiina, All Around Us feels mysterious at first, but reveals itself to be a record of remarkable honesty, and of direct, deeply felt emotions. This is evident through the debut single “Surrender,” which has garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” The FADER, and Stereogum, while Consequence of Sound and Vulture included it in their best songs of the week columns, and SPIN named Marela “Artist To Watch” for June.

Now, Marela is excited to share a new video for “Surrender.” Directed by experimental filmmaker, Christin Turner, the video depicts Marela shrouded in kaleidoscopic lights and static. “The video for ‘Surrender’ interprets the torrent of emotions associated with falling in love as blips and signals reaching through the darkness, sparking a supernova of light, motion, and beauty,” says Turner.

Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. She’ll tour North America supporting Jenny Hval this summer. All dates are below.

Briana Marela Tour Dates (buy tix here):
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

# w/ Domino Kirke
* w/ Jenny Hval

Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela
via iTunes – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_itunes
via Amazon – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_amz
via your local record store – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_indies

Boys Life by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Ur Life One Night by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Surrender by Briana Marela

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Neverending Fountain by S. Carey

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