LISTEN // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Share New Tour Dates And SILICON Rework Of “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is announcing a new slew of tour dates in the US and their first ever shows in South America. Selling out venues across the country, UMO have elevated their live show to new heights, so it’s only fair to give the people what they want, which is The Best Band in the World.

 

Brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson have been playing, recording and collaborating on music for decades.  From the influences of their jazz musician father and dancer mother, Ruban and Kody have gone on to play in New Zealand’s The Mint Chicks, and at its end in 2010, moved on to separate projects.  Ruban formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra out of Portland, while Kody collaborated with various artists and musicians before his own solo project, SILICON, took shape.  At the end of 2015, as UMO’s Multi-Love and SILICON’s Personal Computer made the rounds, garnering critical acclaim, Ruban and Kody (who played keyboards and drums on UMO’s M-L) took some time to rework tracks from each of their records.  The theme of phones led to Kody working on UMO’s “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” changing it from a bouncy, sprite disco track to a sparser song filled with space, treated vocals and isolated drum breaks.  Ruban’s rework of SILICON’s “Cellphone” is turned moody and dark, with a skittering beat and additional vocals.  The limited edition “Phone” 7” will be available on April 1, 2016. Previously, the two shared Ruban’s rework of “Cellphone,” and today, we’re sharing Kody’s rework of “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone.”

 

 

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR DATES (new dates in BOLD)

Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory * [tickets]

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace * [tickets]

Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger * [tickets]

Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s * [tickets]

Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers * [tickets]

Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees * [tickets]

Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans * [tickets]

Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn * [tickets]

Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In * [tickets]

Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel* [tickets]

Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National * [tickets]

Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * [tickets]

Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * [tickets]

Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets]

Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets]

Apr. 13 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door & [tickets]

Apr. 14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club & [tickets]

Apr. 16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets]

Apr. 21 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern [tickets]

Apr. 23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets]

Apr. 28 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Beco 203 [tickets]

Apr. 29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Niceto Club [tickets]

Apr. 30 – Santiago, CL @ Sala Omnium

May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre # [tickets]

May 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega [tickets] #

May 9 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s # [tickets]

May 10 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall [tickets] #

May 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck # [tickets]

May 13 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 [tickets] #

May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival [tickets]

May 17 – Columbus, OH @ Skullys Music Diner [tickets] #

May 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme [tickets] #

May 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre [tickets] #

May 20 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempseys Upstairs) # [tickets]

May 21 – Winnipeg, MB @ WECC [tickets] #

May 23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina [tickets] #

May 24 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room [tickets] #

May 25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth [tickets] #

May 27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival [tickets]

May 29 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling [tickets]

June 17-19 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival [tickets]

June 17-19 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret [tickets]

July 1 – Vilanova l La Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival [tickets]

July 3 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter [tickets]

Sept. 2 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley w/ Tame Impala [tickets]

 Sept 3 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/ Tame Impala

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

# w/ Whitney

& w/ Vinyl Williams

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Black Mountain Announce ‘IV’ Out April 1st

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The rock canon has many anti-heroes, Black Mountain being the latest. In the past, Can’s Tago Mago established that the only rule in rock and roll is that there are no rules. Pink Floyd’s prodigious output in the 70s showed us that architecture can be cool, while delinquent proto-metalers Black Sabbath demonstrated that you can make a lot from not that much.  Now Black Mountain teach us that you don’t have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future, defining what it is to be a classic rock band in the new millennium. Today, they announce IV, an unapologetically ambitious record made by a group of musicians who are at the peak of their powers.

 

The group’s sense of rediscovery as a creative whole is tangible throughout. Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Amber Webber, and Joshua Wells were joined in the studio by spiritually attuned bassist and veteran purveyor of the riff, Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band) whose roots, heart, and soul are connected to the same soil and cement that Black Mountain were borne from. Recording was primarily done in close collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler) at his trusted Avast! facility in Seattle. IV will be released on April 1st via Jagjaguwar,

 

Today, the band also announced a large tour in support of IV. Don’t miss a chance to catch this powerful band live.


Pre-Order IV Now:
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IV TRACKLISTING

1. Mothers Of The Sun
2. Florian Saucer Attack
3. Defector
4. You Can Dream
5. Constellations
6. Line Them All Up
7. Cemetery Breeding
8. (Over And Over) The Chain
9. Crucify Me
10. Space To Bakersfield

BLACK MOUNTAIN TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

3/19/16 – Azores, PT @ Tremor Festival
3/26/16 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
3/28/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
3/29/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
3/31/16 – Madrid, SP @ Sala Arena
4/1/16 – Barcelona, SP @ Bikini
4/2/16 – Bilbao, SP @ Kafe Antzoki
4/4/16 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211
4/5/16 – Bologna, IT @ Lokomotiv
4/6/16 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
4/7/16 – Geneva, CH @ PTR Usine
4/8/16 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
4/9/16 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
4/10/16 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social CLub
4/12/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
4/13/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
4/14/16 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
4/15/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oud Zaal
4/16/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
4/21/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
4/22/16 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
4/23/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
4/25/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
4/26/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
4/27/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
4/28/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever1
4/29/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
4/29/16 – 5/01/16 – Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/03/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
5/04/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/5/16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
5/6/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/7/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
5/11/16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
5/12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/13/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/14/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
5/15/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
5/17/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
5/18/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/19/16 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage
5/21/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

 

WATCH // The Besnard Lakes’ “The Plain Moon” Video

 
The Besnard Lakes’ new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, will be streaming in full starting next week ahead of its January 22nd release on Jagjaguwar. The band has already previewed album tracks “Golden Lion” and “The Plain Moon” in 2015. Today, they unveil “The Plain Moon” video directed by Joseph Yarmush and debuted via Noisey.

Accompanying the Noisey premiere is an interview with the band’s Olga Goreas who says, “We probably love the supernatural as much as the natural, and we’ve always been fascinated with more esoteric elements, especially with regards to capturing them visually. There are these sigils I created that are flashed in the video. Each one represents a different positive idea. I actually use them for meditation, and the notion is that you visualize them and they can be realized.”

Fifteen years into their career, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, The Besnard Lakes have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim. They are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep and rich catalogue in the 21st Century.

Starting next month, The Besnard Lakes will tour Canada and Europe. In London, they’ve planned a special performance with a 13-piece band at Islington Assembly Hall on April 5th. Before that, the band will stop in Brooklyn for an in-store at Rough Trade on January 23rd. The show is free with no wristband required and the band will be doing a signing session after. Stay tuned for more U.S. tour news coming soon.

Pre-order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
SD Distribution // iTunes // Amazon // Indie record stores

The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Mar. 31 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
Fri. Apr. 1 – Birmingham, UK @ The Hare And Hounds
Sat. Apr. 2 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Sun. Apr. 3 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Mon. Apr. 4 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Apr. 5 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Thu. Apr. 7 – Bruxelles, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
Fri. Apr. 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory
Sat. Apr. 9 – Paris, FR @ Le Batofar
Sun. Apr. 10 – Koln, DE @ Gebäude 9
Mon. Apr. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Tue. Apr. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Beta
Wed. Apr. 13 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Thu. Apr. 14 – Bezirk-Ottakring, AT @ Chelsea

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Release “The Plain Moon,” Add Special London Date

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Besnard Lakes focus their lush energy on a sunnier, catchier sound. Jace Lasek’s clean falsetto is more alive when paired with high-flying guitars, and alongside the band’s blanketed, nonlinear arrangements, he sounds like he’s studied the Bee Gees and Brian Wilson… they have remastered their trudging density into a pop jubilee.“- Pitchfork

highly enjoyable and distinctly them.
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punchier tracks yet still full of the dramatic widescreen rock the band are known for
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A Coliseum Complex Museum, the new album from The Besnard Lakes, is due out January 22nd on Jagjaguwar. The band already shared the stunning lead single, “Golden Lion,” along with an epic live video from Pop Montreal where they performed with a 17-piece band. “Golden Lion” was also released as a 12” EP, accompanied by the fantastic B-side “The Motorway.” Today, The Besnard Lakes are back with another instant classic, “The Plain Moon.” It’s a soaring, shoegazing monster of a track. Look out for the official music video to follow early next year.

Fifteen years into their career, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, The Besnard Lakes have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim.

They’re unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep and rich catalogue in the 21st Century.

To celebrate the release of their new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, The Besnard Lakes will be inviting friends to form a one-off ten-piece band to perform the new album and music spanning their illustrious 15 year career.

The live show has always been one of their strongest assets, bringing their records to life in a way that most musicians cannot. 15 years in, they’ve only gotten better; The Quietus lauding their London show earlier this year as “nothing less than compelling” and Mojo asking the classic question that confounds unrepentant independent rock bands in the Millenium “why aren’t they bigger?” after their Le Guess Who slot in November.

April 5th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall will be special, enigmatic, unforgettable and one time only.

Pre-Order A Coliseum Complex Museum now:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

ALBUM RELEASE // Okkervil River’s ‘Black Sheep Boy’ Deluxe 10th Anniversary Re-Issue Is Out Today

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In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Okkervil River’s iconic album, Jagjaguwar is proud to present the Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition, a three-LP set combining the classic Black Sheep Boy album and its counterpart the Black Sheep Boy Appendix with an all new unreleased album of covers entitled There Swims A Swan: full-band recordings made six months prior to the release of Black Sheep Boy which illuminate the album’s roots in the traditional American songbook. Featuring beautiful, emotional readings of songs popularized by such artists as Washington Phillips, Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers, and Roscoe Holcomb, There Swims A Swan takes the listener through the songs that inspired Will Sheff while composing Black Sheep Boy and plays like a run-through of that album’s themes.

Black Sheep Boy is celebrated for its album artwork as well as its music, and the 10th Anniversary Edition collects that artwork in a meticulously reworked packaged, combining every previous element of (longtime Okkervil River illustrator) William Schaff’s imagery – not to mention a large new piece by Schaff depicting an updated Black Sheep Boy. The release also includes lengthy liner notes by Will Sheff walking the listener through the circumstances surrounding the album. Later this year Okkervil River will perform both Black Sheep Boy and Black Sheep Boy Appendix albums at a handful of shows. Not to mention, Will Sheff will have a short run of West Coast solo performances. Full list of dates below.

For Okkervil River the 10th Anniversary Edtion is a loving, comprehensive, richly expanded presentation of a record many consider to be on the of the band’s best. For those new to the band, this might be the best place to start, the first step on a long road, the opening to a forest you can get lost in.

PRE-ORDER:
via SCD // iTunes // Amazon // Your local independent store

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Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition) Tracklisting:
Volume I: Black Sheep Boy
1. Black Sheep Boy
2. For Real
3. In A Radio Song
4. Black
5. Get Big
6. A King And A Queen
7. A Stone
8. The Latest Toughs
9. Song Of Our So-Called Friend
10. So Come Back, I Am Waiting
11. A Glow

Volume II: Black Sheep Boy Appendix
1. Missing Children
2. No Key, No Plan
3. A Garden
4. Black Sheep Boy #4
5. The Next Four Months
6. Another Radio Song
7. A Forest
8. Last Love Song For Now

Volume III: There Swims A Swan
1. Goodnight Irene
2. I’m In Love With Susan Smith
3. See See Rider
4. Knoxville Girl
5. Satan is Real
6. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
7. Willow Tree
8. Moonshiner
9. Oh, The Wind And Rain
10. What are They Doing in Heaven Today
11. Trouble in Mind

Okkervil River Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Mon. Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater &
Tues. Dec. 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
Fri. Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall &
Sat. Dec. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever &

^ = An Evening With Okkervil River
& = Okkervil River (solo)

The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's 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

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

Black Mountain
IV
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger  w/ Lower Dens

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