4/24/2017

Alison Goldfrapp Makes Directorial Debut with Systemagic Video

ALISON GOLDFRAPP MAKES DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH “SYSTEMAGIC” VIDEO
 

PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK SHOWS THIS WEEK
Photo: Alison Goldfrapp
“Silver Eye is a synthesis—a combination of all the things the 
group has done well.” – PITCHFORK

"...one of the band’s most stimulating albums, a perfect 
piece of pop music." – POPMATTERS

"Goldfrapp's strongest album to date." – BUST

"...expansive...gorgeous..." – ROLLING STONE
Goldfrapp have revealed the brand new video for “Systemagic,” taken from their critically-lauded new album, Silver Eye. Watch HERE.

Making her directorial debut, Alison Goldfrapp demonstrates a natural creative progression as she is responsible for the album’s artwork and art direction for the previously released “Anymore” video. “Systemagic” features a coven of moon-worshippers dancing under the watchful Silver Eye. The visceral and dramatic video was choreographed by illyr - who was listed on the recently-released Dazed 100. Fans of the ABC series Quantico may also notice “Systemagic” and “Faux Suede Drifter” – also taken from Silver Eye – could be heard during last week’s episode.

Regarding the “Systemagic” video, Alison says “I wanted the focus to be on the dancers, their bodies and their movement. It’s my first outing into directing. And wow, what an experience! I hope I’ll do more. Its a world I’d like to explore and learn much much more in!”

Goldfrapp will play Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts tonight before performing a pair of shows later in the week at the newly-opened Brooklyn Steel in New York. See below for additional information and ticketing links.

Further live shows this year include appearances at Glastonbury Festival, Blue Dot Festival and Latitude Festival.

Goldfrapp Tour Dates:
April 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
April 26 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
April 27 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
May 19 – Madrid, Spain – Tomavistas
June 2 – Sydney, Australia – Carriageworks (Vivid Festival)
June 21-25 – Pilton, England – Glastonbury Festival SOLD OUT
July 8 – Macclesfield, England – Blue Dot Festival
July 9 – London, England – Somerset House Summer Series SOLD OUT
July 14 – Suffolk, England ­– Latitude Festival
August 12 – Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
August 15 – Brussels, Belgium – Brussels Summer Festival
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Imaad Wasif announces new LP, Dzi, shares first single "Far East"

Imaad Wasif announces new LP, Dzi, shares first single "Far East"
STREAM: "Far East" -
SoundCloud 
/ Northern Transmissions
 
Ever wary of the evil eye, the title of Imaad Wasif's Dzi comes from The Tibetan Book of The Dead. Pronounced 'zee,' the word translates to "shine, brightness". Dzi may or may not contain references to love, paranoia and delusion. Characterized by Wasif’s psychonautic sound, it's a marked departure from the acoustic guitar and folk rock style established by The Voidist and veers more into the uncharted territory of indoproto-dream metal. Wasif, an Indian singer, songwriter and guitarist, known for his simplistic compositions and dark emotional ballads contrasts vulnerability with riffs that strive against the notion that rock n roll has completed its historical trajectory. Dzi is a foray into psychedelic rock, and credited as “the last Western rock album to integrate Indian raga sounds.”
From the opening chords of the intro Way Inside, with its Morricone/Rosemary’s Babyshadow, it becomes apparent that Wasif is chasing a ghost. “Follow into wind/Follow me the way we took/Follow me higher...” Wasif’s new album is an off the cuff abandonment of processes, both in writing and recording. A choice to forgo modern technology, screens and infinite tweaking in favor of basic recording equipment and live takes. Dzi was recorded on a Tascam Cassette 8 track in a conscious decision to tap back into the primitive thrill, the spontaneous energy, the subconscious stream and entanglement in the mysteries that first drew him in to music.
To date, Imaad Wasif has released three solo albums, 2006’s S/T (Kill Rock Stars), 2008’s Strange Hexes (World In Sound), 2011’s The Voidist (Tee Pee) as well as numerous collaborations. His credits include early slo-core noise pop duo lowercase (Amphetamine Reptile), his psych folk band alaska!, albums with Lou Barlow & The Folk Implosion, and Grim Tower, a deathfolk album with Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean. He has also recorded with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lykke Li and co-wrote songs with Karen O on the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are.
His forthcoming album, Dzi, will be released on June 16 via Grey Market.  It was produced with Bobb Bruno (Best Coast) and mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).
TOUR DATES:
06/06 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg
w/ Iress, Avi Buffalo

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Big Walnuts Yonder - Mike Watt (Minutemen), Nels Cline (Wilco), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) - forthcoming debut

 Big Walnuts Yonder - S/T
Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Greg Saunier and Nick Reinhart
 

Big Walnuts Yonder premiere a new track from their forthcoming debut full length today via Stereogum. Hear and share "Sponge Bath" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Consequence of Sound recently shared album track "Raise The Drawbridges?" HERE(DirectSoundcloud) See track listing and Raymond Pettibon's cover art below. 

Big Walnuts Yonder is bassist/vocalist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), guitarist Nels Cline(Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart(Tera Melos). It is not a supergroup. "It's worlds colliding," says Mike Watt. 

Four exceptional musicians whose work spans multiple genres and generations, Big Walnuts Yonderis a monumental endeavor that's more than the sum of its parts. The results are a truly epic album defying categorization, where one might hear elements of proto-punk, free jazz, power pop, experimental music, psych-rock and your first teenage acid trip all in one. 

The impetus for Big Walnuts Yonder came about way back in 2008 from a conversation between Watt and Reinhart while their bands toured together in Japan. The two discussed recording together and who they might bring in to the sessions. "Nick gets ahold of my first opera," Watt explains. "Made in 1997 with Nels Cline. He said 'what's it like playing with Nels?'" 

"So Watt says, 'if you want to know the man, play with the man,'" Cline elaborates. Cline agreed to join if Reinhart picked the drummer. Reinhart quickly mentioned Saunier, unaware that Cline had previously brought Watt to see him perform at a Deerhoof show years before. "Greg immediately came to mind," Reinhart says. "His drumming has highly influenced my guitar playing over the years." The lineup solidified in its mutual appreciation and they began making plans to write and record - while circumnavigating the schedules of 4 extremely busy musicians. "We had planned it for so long," Saunier says. "Then several years passed in which nothing occurred due to everyone's schedules. It was 2-3 years of warm, leisurely prep time, then suddenly made in a panic with time and money on the line."

Prior to recording, Watt sent the band demo recordings of 8 song structures of just him playing bass, unaccompanied. (Cline and Saunier also later brought 1 song each to the session, to which the band contributed their parts, making the album 10 songs total.) Reinhart worked out guitar parts to fit Watt's riffs and the two traded files back and forth. "I'm pretty sure the other guys didn't have parts set before going into the studio," Reinhart says. "Maybe we hadn't discussed what we would do. But it's interesting how a lot of the songs began as Mike Watt basslines, and everyone was able to pull songs and melodies out of them."

The album was recorded in just 3 days in summer 2014 in Brooklyn, NY with producer and former Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone engineering at his Studio G. "It was this concentrated sort of freakout," Saunier says. "We basically had to invent a new band on the spot. And, people might have a stereotype of what each person does, but we all showed up to do what we're prevented from doing in other groups." The band would play through each song a couple of times to make up parts, then hit record. "Nels can improvise with anything," Watt notes. "It was trippy to watch the huge pedal dance! Both those guys have like 35 pedals each. And, Greg's not just a drummer man, he's incredible." The album's 10 tracks were recorded primarily live with very few overdubs. Although Big Walnuts Yonderwas created under somewhat spontaneous circumstances, the group endeavored to ensure the album wouldn't sound like a jam session. "It was very clear among us," Saunier notes: "Let's not overindulge and make it a 'musician's recording'." 

It wasn't until many months later that vocals were added to the songs, with Reinhart recording vocals to 7 songs and Watt singing on 2 tracks at their home studios. "It was actually a surprise that it ended up having vocals on it," Cline admits. "But it added a layer of accessibility that I didn't expect." Saunier, a revered producer in his own right, volunteered to mix the album - a fact that the other 3 musicians each express as a major boon for the album. Saunier was able to take his time to mix each song very differently from the others. This, too, gives the album the unique feel of all rock history condensed into a single explosive, compelling whole. 

As Watt and Reinhart note, the 30-year span between the ages of Big Walnuts Yonder members is also a contributing factor to its magic. And, likely a key to the band's iconoclast sound. "That's insane playing and connecting with someone who's almost 30 years older than me," Reinhart says. "Observing how these dudes are just hammering away so much later is inspiring. They're still learning and exploring." Watt adds, "it's interesting that people are much more open-minded now. We were all just trying to be adventurous with music."

Asked how he might describe Big Walnuts Yonder, Cline succinctly nails it on the head: "It's sick. It has an extreme quality and kicks ass."

Big Walnuts Yonder features a cover illustration by punk art legend Raymond Pettibon. The album will be available on LP, CD and download on May 5th, 2017 via Sargent House. Physical pre-orders are available at bigwalnutsyonder.hellomerch.com and at iTunes HERE

 
Artist: Big Walnuts Yonder
Album: Big Walnuts Yonder
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 5th, 2017
01. All Against All
02. Sponge Bath
03. Flare Star Phantom
04. I Got Marty Feldman Eyes
05. Raise the Drawbridges?
06. Ready to Pop!
07. Forgot to Brush
08. Rapid Driver Moon Inhaler
09. Pud
10. Heat Melter

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Dawes Announce Tour Dates With Kings Of Leon & Willie Nelson

DAWES ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH
KINGS OF LEON & WILLIE NELSON

CONAN PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED FOR MAY 23rd 

 
WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE OUT NOW
Through travelogues, story-songs and a literary quality that's been honed to a cutting edge, Goldsmith and his band have crafted their most ambitious record to date."


“Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes’ songwriter and singer,  deploys vocabulary with precision...”
Today, Dawes announce support dates throughout October with Kings of Leon. Dawes will be a special guest opener for dates including Oklahoma City, St. Paul, Columbus, Vancouver, and Tampa (full dates below). Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 28th at 10:00 AM local time (with the exception of St. Paul, which will go on sale at 11:00am local time) and can be purchased here. Dawes will also open for Willie Nelson in Ohio for two July dates, at Huber Heights’s Rose Music Center on July 11th and Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion on July 12th. Additionally, the band has announced new headlining dates on their current North American tour, including stops in Denver, Milwaukee, Fargo, Bloomington, and Detroit (full dates below). Tickets for these shows are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Dawes will appear on Conan on May 23rd to perform “One Of Us” off their critically acclaimed album,We’re All Gonna Die. The episode will air on May 23rd at 11:00 PM ET on TBS. Additionally, a new documentary about Dawes provides a behind the scenes look at the making of their latest album, We’re All Gonna Die. Said director Kevin Hayes about the film, "I've been working with the boys for ten years and when I heard they were making a record in LA with Blake Mills and Greg Koller I knew something special was gonna go down. This movie tells some of the 
story and lets Dawes’ fans see the band in a unique way." The documentary is out now and available here.

The band recently appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform their latest single, “Roll With The Punches.” The band was also a guest on Andrew Bird’s Live from the Great RoomFacebook Live performance series, where Dawes and Bird performed songs from both their respective
catalogues.

Dawes premiered their video for “Roll With The Punches,” featuring Mandy Moore and directed by Dan Henry (Kurt Vile, Jack White), on February 14th via Entertainment Weekly. On the same day, as a surprise gift to fans, Dawes released their streaming-only live album, We’re All Gonna Live. The band recorded the fifteen-song release during the first four shows on their current, “An Evening With Dawes” tour. The album is available to stream on all digital platforms here.

Dawes consists of Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals), Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals, percussion) and Lee Pardini (keyboards, vocals). Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst and Jackson Browne.

AN EVENING WITH DAWES – Tickets at http://dawestheband.com/tour

April 21 /// Louisville, KY /// The Brown Theatre
April 22 /// Lynchburg, VA /// Lynchstock Festival *
April 23 /// Charleston, SC /// High Water Festival*
April 25 /// Asheville, NC ///  Orange Peel
April 26 /// Knoxville, TN /// Bijou Theatre
April 28 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
April 29 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
April 30 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Revelry Room
May 2 /// Wilmington, NC /// Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
May 3 /// Charlotte, NC /// Fillmore
May 5 /// Athens, GA /// Georgia Theatre
May 6 /// Memphis, TN /// Beale Street Music Festival*
May 7 /// New Orleans, LA /// Jazz & Heritage Festival*
June 3 ///  Fort Worth, TX /// Index Fest*
June 9 ///  Pittsburgh, PA /// Three Rivers Arts Festival*
June 10 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Fillmore
June 11 /// Cleveland, OH /// LaureLive Music Festival*
June 13 /// Baltimore, MD /// Baltimore Soundstage
June 14 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
June 16 /// Port Chester, NY /// Capitol Theatre
June 17 /// Canandaigua, NY /// CMAC (w/ Elvis Costello)
June 18 /// Chicago, IL /// Taste Of Randolph
June 24 /// Pasadena, CA /// Arroyo Seco Weekend
July 8 /// Somerset, KY/// Master Musician's Festival*
July 9 /// Richmond VA /// The National
July 11 /// Huber Heights, OH /// Rose Music Center +
July 12 /// Cincinnati, OH /// PNC Pavilion+
July 22 /// Denver, CO /// Ogden Theatre
July 23 /// Bellvue, CO ///  Mishawaka Ampitheatre
July 29 /// Fargo, ND /// Sanctuary
July 31 ///  Bloomington, IL /// Castle Theatre
August 1 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Pabst Theatre
August 2 /// Maquoketa, IA /// Codfish Hollow
August 4 /// Detroit, MI /// The Majestic
August 5 /// Montreal, QC, Canada /// Osheaga Festival*
August 6 /// Lowell, MA /// Lowell Summer Music Series @ Boarding House Park
August 12 /// San Francisco, CA /// Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival*
September 15 /// Northampton , MA /// Academy Of Music Theatre
September 17 /// Ithaca, NY /// State Theater
October 4 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Chesapeake Energy Arena^
October 11 /// Vancouver, BC /// Rogers Arena^
October 13 /// Edmonton, AB /// Rogers Place^
October 16 /// Winnipeg, MB /// MTS Centre^
October 18 /// St. Paul, MN /// Xcel Energy Center^
October 20 /// Columbus, OH /// Schottenstein Center^
October21 /// Louisville, KY /// KFC Yum! Center^
October 23 /// Tuscaloosa, AL /// Tuscaloosa Amphitheater^
October 25 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Daily's Place^
October 27 /// West Palm Beach, FL /// Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^
October 28 /// Tampa, FL /// MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^


*Festival Date
^w/ Kings of Leon
+w/ Willie Nelson
(More Dates To Be Announced)

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STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy

STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy
Crowd-funding campaign begins on IndieGoGo
STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy is an upcoming feature-length documentary on legendary punk icon, Stiv Bators. It will be the first film ever made about the rowdy and controversial performer, and his life will be documented through archive footage, photography, music and all-new interviews with the people who knew him.

Stiv Bators was one of the early American punk pioneers, and is primarily known for his work with
The Dead Boys and The Lords Of the New Church. Classic songs like "Sonic Reducer" and "Ain't It Fun" continue to inspire fans and musicians from all walks of life.
Acclaimed director Danny Garcia will helm the project, and already has numerous punk documentaries under his belt, such as The Rise and Fall Of The ClashLooking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy.
Following in the same gritty underground style that has become Garcia's hallmark, STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy has a tentative release date of May 2018.

To access the IndieGoGo page go HERE, press photos are HERE

Danny Garcia's Sad Vacation press quotes:
"Garcia's documentary builds a compelling portrait of who they were, separately and together, beyond the lurid headlines." ~ Hollywood Reporter
"This insightful film from punk historian Danny Garcia is one of the best regarding Pistols-related lore." ~ New Noise Magazine

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Thurston Moore Announces More Tour Dates + New Album Out This Friday

THURSTON MOORE ANNOUNCES MORE TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS 
OUT APRIL 28TH


Thurston album cover 

Rock n Roll Consciousness, the new album by Thurston Moore, is set for release onApril 28th on Caroline International. The album was recorded with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, The Pop Group) at The Church studios in Crouch End, London and mixed by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle, Washington. Pre-order the record HERE.

The songs Thurston wrote for Rock n Roll Consciousness were brought to life and galvanized by the tight bond of friendship amongst the musicians, a line-up with which he's been working since 2014: Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, Snowpony) bass,James Sedwards (Nøught, Chrome Hoof) guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucifucks) drums. The recording highlights the group's instrumental strength and beauty following two solid years of touring 2015's critically acclaimed The Best Day album.

In addition to the previously announced tour in May, Moore has added more tour dates for this July. See all tour dates below. Tickets on sale this Friday at 10a local time, with a Spotify pre-sale set for this Wednesday. 

The North American Tour Dates are:
May 8 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial
May 9 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
May 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
May 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
May 14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
May 17 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 18 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
May 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
July 14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 
July 15 - Detroit, MN - Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit
July 17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
July 18 - Montreal, QB - La Sala Rossa
July 19 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
July 22 - Philadelphia PA - Underground Arts
July 23 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

Watch the video for single "Smoke of Dreams" HERE

Rock n Roll Consciousness offers a wild leap forward in its expansive, anthemic and exploratory investigations, heralding love between angels, goddess mysticism and belief in healing through rebirth. Inspirited by radical love and the energies of the challenged soul of Mother Earth/Nature in direct resistance, the music is decidedly charged by the force of positive action and a great, true love where the feminine/masculine come together in fluid unions of beauty and light.

"Exalted", with lyrics by poet Radio Radieux, is an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy and exaltation - a drug-infused visit from sacred womyn, sibyls, prophetesses, oracles, and goddesses reclaiming consciousness.

"Cusp" is a springtime charging, propulsive singing, moving march of noise and layered harmonics, with a feeling of Sonic Youth mixed with My Bloody Valentine. Radio Radieux'lyrics (with background vocals by Deb Googe) evoke the bliss of total love where all dangers subside and creative power engages trans-mind energy.

"Turn On" is a pop-sonic poem to holy love both intimate and cosmic - a patient, yet driving song, which opens space for lead guitar extensions by James Sedwards.

"Aphrodite", a strange and heavy No wave rocker in salutation to the icon of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation, enumerates tools beyond the consciousness: electric guitars, the power of mind, imagination, will and intention to practice magick. Thurston sings of spells and possession as he and James pick up energies from string sorcery in a true group séance. Steve Shelley transmits the power of the symbolic into actual shimmering cymbal resonance and Deb Googe's bass weaves a mesmeric psychic shaping - all in service to the mystic song.

Rock n Roll Consciousness is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston Moore and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing. Serious, precocious yet strangely accessible, Rock n Roll Consciousness is as strong a statement as anything he has recorded these last three decades: from Sonic Youth, the band he founded in 1980, to his solo work ranging from 1995's Psychic Hearts album, to the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts album of 2011, as well as his myriad collaborations and completely outside-the-margin recordings on a litany of labels (as detailed in author Nick Soulsby's new investigative book We Sing A New Language - The Oral Discography of Thurston Moore).

The Thurston Moore Group commence touring springtime 2017 featuring the line-up ofJames SedwardsDeb Googe and Steve Shelley in USA, UK, Europe, Asia and beyond.

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Skating Polly Announce US Tour with X! "New Trick" EP feat. Nina & Louise from Veruca Salt out April 28th!

Skating Polly Announce US Tour with X Following April 28th Release of New Trick EP featuring Nina Gordon & Louise Post from Veruca Salt
 
Band Hits the Road with X on May 1st in Albuquerque, NM Before Embarking on a US Headlining Tour on May 11th in Minneapolis, MN




New York, NY – April 24, 2017 – Skating Polly is excited to announce that they will be joining on tour in early May following the April 28th release of their New Trick EP that features Nina Gordon and Louise Post from Veruca Salt.  The EP was produced by Brad Wood (Liz PhairSunny Day Real EstateSmashing Pumpkins) and is the follow-up to 2016’s The Big Fit LP.

Skating Polly, officially a three-piece now as stepsisters Kelli Mayo (17) and Peyton Bighorse (21) are joined full-time by brother Kurtis Mayo (20), first met X’s Exene Cervenka after a show in Oklahoma City in 2010.  The punk rock legend was impressed with the girls’ extensive musical knowledge and began to correspond with them via e-mail which eventually led to her producing their second album Lost Wonderfuls in 2013.  They’ve remained close ever since and four years and two albums later, Skating Polly are thrilled that they get to spend some time with Exene and X on the road this spring.

The early May tour dates come just a couple of days after Skating Polly releases their brand new EP New Trick that they wrote and recorded with Veruca Salt’s co-front women Nina and Louise.  The band released news of the EP on March 22nd with the help of NPRwho featured the first song and video for “Hail Mary” on 
All Songs TV and described their music as “…songs that veer between sweet and catchy and full-throated screams with distorted, chug-a-lug guitar.”  Stereogum picked up the clip, adding “‘Hail Mary’ has some of the grand, large-scale fuzzy melodicism that’s largely gone extinct from the ’90s. It’s a very cool song, and it has a very cool and arty video from director Dave Smith.”

Just last week Skating Polly dropped another song and video from the New Trick EP whenUPROXX premiered the clip for “
Louder In Outer Space” along with an interview commenting “…their wide-ranging listening habits allow them to synthesize many sounds into their music, giving them an incredible breadth of sounds, both sonically and lyrically.”
 
New Trick is due out April 28th via El Camino Records and confirmed spring and summer tour dates are below.  For the most up-to-date information please check
www.skatingpolly.com
.

April 29 | Music Millennium (in-store) | Portland, OR
May 1 | El Rey Theater* | Albuquerque, NM
May 3 | Diamond Ballroom* | Oklahoma City, OK
May 5 | Knuckleheads* | Kansas City, MO
May 6 | Delmar Hall* | St. Louis, MO
May 7 | City Winery* | Nashville, TN
May 8 | Neighborhood Theater* | Charlotte, NC
May 9 | Cat’s Cradle* | Carrboro, NC
May 11 | 7th Street Entry | Minneapolis, MN
May 12 | Lyric Room | Green Bay, WI
May 13 | Subterranean (downstairs) | Chicago, IL
May 14 | Magic Stick | Detroit, MI
May 15 | Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Smiling Moose | Pittsburgh, PA
May 17 | St. Vitus | Brooklyn, NY
May 19 | Pouza Fest | Montreal, QC
May 20 | Kung Fu Necktie | Philadelphia, PA
May 21 | DC9 | Washington, DC
May 22 | Rumba Café | Columbus, OH
May 24 | Ready Room | St. Louis, MO
May 25 | Bottleneck | Lawrence, KS
May 26 | Opolis | Norman, OK
June 3 | The Nile at the Underground | Mesa, AZ
June 4 | The Shop | Prescott, AZ
June 6 | Casbah | San Diego, CA
June 7 | Bootleg Theater | Los Angeles, CA
June 8 | Constellation Room | Santa Ana, CA
June 10 | The Parkside | San Francisco, CA
August 26 | It’s Not Dead Festival | San Bernadino, CA
* Dates w/X

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20 Minute Loop drops music video for its dark, Low-inspired song “Drowning,” one of many stripped-down reworks from band’s 20-year history

20 Minute Loop drops music video for its dark, Low-inspired song “Drowning,” one of many stripped-down reworks from band’s 20-year history.

Arrangements on San Francisco-based duo’s first album in eight years spotlight two voices “born to sing together.” 
See “Drowning” at Stereo Embers.

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 20 Minute Loop (L-R): Kelly Atkins, Greg Giles. Photo credit: Teresa Miller.

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See the music video for “Drowning” by 20 Minute Loop now via Stereo Embers!
.[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVS6-w7OOyk

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“Intertwining voices and perhaps a bit too much drama.” –Kelly Atkins of 20 Minute Loop on “Drowning.”

“This song was inspired by bands like Low who were on my radar at the time in the late ‘90s, especially the use of intersecting monophonic lines rather than big chords,” says Greg Giles of 20 Minute Loopabout “Drowning,” a favorite from the 20 Minute Loop catalog that appears on the band’s new album in a stripped-down, re-worked version.

The song is just one of an album full that were re-recorded with new arrangements for the first 20 Minute Loop album in eight years, Songs Praising The Mutant Race, out now.

Kelly (Atkins) was there at the inception, co-writing the vocal melodies, and she wrote all the lyrics,” says Giles.

Atkins is the co-founder of 20 Minute Loop, with Giles, and the band now includes avowed 20 Minute Loop loyalist, Kevin Seal, who initially sat in on the duo’s living room reunion shows in 2014, and then joined full-time for the reinvention of these 20 Minute Loop tunes in the studio.

‘Drowning’ was written during a very intimate songwriting period with Greg,” says Atkins. “Intertwining voices and perhaps a bit too much drama. It did make for a beautiful song, though.”

About 
the music video for “Drowning,” Seal explains, “I wanted the visuals to answer the text of Kelly’s words. It’s morbid, but when I was a little kid, one of the older kids in our neighborhood found his mom deceased. It freaked us all out and the thought of it still flashes into my mind occasionally.”

Seal continues, “In the decades since, I’ve had a persistent fear that I would discover a dead body. That feeling of walking around the woods, trying to quell burgeoning panic, has been in my nightmares for years.”

Regardless of its darkness, Seal admires the song.

“The melody and harmony are so delicate and lovely,” Seal explains. “Kelly and Greg wrote ‘Drowning’long before I joined 20 Minute Loop, and I’d always found it haunting and pretty.  It’s slowcore, really, like 23, maybe 24 beats per minute. It took me a while to get that piano and Rhodes feeling normal. I had to drink some cough syrup first!”

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 20 Minute Loop album + poster art by Sara Lautman (The New YorkerThe BelieverThe Pitchfork Review).

Twenty years of 20 Minute Loop is celebrated with the release of Songs Praising The Mutant Race, the San Francisco-based band’s first album in over eight years. The album features stripped-down re-workings of favorites from the band’s catalog.

Formed by Greg Giles (vocals, guitar) in 1997, and joined by Kelly Atkins (vocals, keyboards, flute) shortly thereafter, the core duo of 20 Minute Loop follows-up the release of five albums, with this, their sixth, and arguably most passionate, recording yet.  The seemingly permanent shelving of 20 Minute Loop has now given way to a record that proves that bands may die, but songs don’t. The collection breathes with both the wisdom of age, and renewal.

Inspired by the reactions of longtime fans at a series of intimate house concerts that 20 Minute Loopperformed upon initially reforming in 2014, Songs Praising The Mutant Race finds the group recording as a trio in very similar circumstances: live in the room at Ninth Street Opus studios in Berkeley with producer, Jim Greer.

In re-imagining and re-arranging this material, the band wanted the songs to shine without being burdened by too much production. Here the songs and singers are laid bare, and the result is a perfect depiction of the vibe from one of the living room concerts that inspired the record, with the band’s visceral lyrics and accompanying tempos taking on a woozy, syrupy overtone that focuses on the vocal interplay between Giles and Atkins, who sound more like they were born to sing together than ever before.

As a band that came about and went away in the age of the Compact Disc, 20 Minute Loop is very excited for Songs Praising The Mutant Race to be its first album issued on vinyl, and they are doing it with style. Fans can purchase a beautiful vinyl edition of the album with a jacket illustrated by Sara Lautman, whose work has previously appeared in The New YorkerThe BelieverThe Pitchfork ReviewThe Awl, and other publications.

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