Acrylics Debut New Video for “Sparrow Song” off Debut LP, Prepare for North American Tour with Junip

Acrylics Debut New Video for “Sparrow Song” Prepare for North American Tour with Junip

Acrylics – Sparrow Song video featuring Caroline Polachek

“these two don’t get nearly enough credit for being so subtly weird” – Gorilla vs. Bear

“A perfectly-constructed debut full-length…filled with acoustic jewels that recall sunshine pop more often than the Brooklyn duo’s lo-fi contemporaries” – American Songwriter

“Like their sonic stepcousins Stars and Headlights, this breathy, ’80s-loving boy-girl duo are not only attentive to the spoils of love, but also to its sacrifices.” – SPIN 7/10

Brooklyn duo Acrylics (aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber) have released a new video for their single, “Sparrow Song.” Taken from their debut LP, Lives and Treasure, out now on Friendly Fire Recordings, the track features the celestial guest vocals of Caroline Polachek (Chairlift). After performing several sets at SXSW this year the band will kick off a North American tour in April with Swedish act Junip.
Produced by New York based video production collective House Plants, the video looks like a new age daydream loaded with fantasy-like imagery from floating cats to ribbon dancers. The imaginary clips gently compliment the track’s synth -driven euphoria.

With the help of producers Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, MGMT), Britt Myers (Yeasayer, Chairlift) and mastering engineer Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Drake, Nas), Lives and Treasure follows their 2009 Terrible Records debut EP, All of the Fire. Be sure to catch Acrylics in a town near you as they tour across the country this Spring!

Acrylics Tour Dates w/ Junip

Wed – 4/20 – Toronto ON – Lees Palace
Thu – 4/21 – Cleveland Heights OH – Grog Shop
Fri – 4/22 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
Sat – 4/23 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle
Sun – 4/24 – Evanston IL – SPACE
Mon- 4/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Tue – 4/26 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House
Wed – 4/27 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Thu – 4/28 – Denver – CO- Larimer Lounge
Fri – 4/29 – Salt Lake City UT – The State Room
Sun – 5/01 – Spokane WA- The Empyrean
Mon- 5/02 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Tue- 5/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
Wed – 5/04 – Portland, OR -Wonder Ballroom
Fri – 5/06 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sat- 5/07 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Sun- 5/08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Tue- 5/10 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Wed- 5/11 – Houston, TX – Mink
Thu- 5/12 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Sat- 5/14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Sun – 5/15 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Mon- 5/16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Tue- 5/17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Wed – 5/18 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Thurs – 5/19 – New York City, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sat- 5/21 – South Burlington. VT – HG Showcase Lounge
Sun- 5/22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Lives and Treasure Track listing:

1. Counting Sheep
2. Molly’s Vertigo
3. The Window
4. Sparrow Song
5. Nightwatch
6. Tortoise Shell Shades
7. It’s Cool Here
8. Asian Pear
9. Lives and Treasure
10. The Catacombs

Seminal Post-Punk Group Bitch Magnet To Reunite At All Tomorrow’s Parties

SEMINAL POST-PUNK GROUP BITCH MAGNET TO REUNITE AT ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES

Bitch Magnet, the pioneering post-punk band from the 80s (and some of the 90s), will reunite at All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” festival, which will take place Dec 9-11 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, UK.

The show will mark Bitch Magnet’s first live performance since 1990, and the first onstage appearance of the band’s original recorded lineup – Orestes Morfín (drums), Sooyoung Park (bass and vocals) and Jon Fine (guitar) – since 1989.

Bitch Magnet was formed in the fall of 1986 by Fine and Park, when the two were sophomores at Oberlin College. In 1987, they convinced Morfín – then known as Orestes Delatorre – to sign on.

In January 1988, they recorded their debut mini-LP Star Booty in three days. The band self-released it in the fall of that year on their Roman Candle label, and the band began performing and building a following in key US cities. The pressing of 1,000 copies sold out quickly and the band was signed to The Communion Label in the US and Shigaku/What Goes On in the UK. Both labels reissued Star Booty and released the widely-acclaimed Umber.

Amid a wave of extraordinarily positive notices in the British and European press, the band toured Europe, with Dave Galt and Bastro/Squirrel Bait founder David Grubbs on guitar, in fall of 1989. Following the tour, with Grubbs on guitar, the band recorded the single “Valmead.”

The trio lineup of Fine, Morfín, and Park reconvened in the early spring of 1990 to record what would be their final album, the hugely influential Ben Hur. The album is now often cited as a key inspiration for what would become known as “post-rock.” The “Valmead” single cracked the Top 20 on the British independent charts, and the band toured the US and Europe that year.

Bitch Magnet played its final show on December 30, 1990 in Holland at Groningen’s Vera Club. After the band quietly split up, its video for Ben Hur’s “Mesentery” garnered airtime on MTV in the US and Europe. In 2004, Mojo magazine named Umber one of its “Lost Albums You Must Own.”

Much like their contemporaries in Slint, in the years following their breakup, Bitch Magnet has been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Don Caballero, Rodan, June of 44 and Battles.

Manchester Orchestra Shares New Song

LISTEN TO MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA’S
NEW SONG “APRIL FOOL”

THIRD ALBUM, SIMPLE MATH, OUT MAY 10

CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH CAGE THE ELEPHANT

Be the first to hear “April Fool” from Manchester Orchestra’s new album Simple Math on Red Bull’s Website today at 12pm EST/9am PST.

The band will follow up the song’s worldwide debut with a unique live performance and interview from Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles this Friday (4/1/11) at 5pm EST/2pm PST.

Tune in to RedBullUSA.com/livesessions for the broadcast. Want behind-the-scenes chatter? Join in @redbullstudioLA and ask your questions for the band. Include the hashtag #RBstudio.

“April Fool” and the album pre-order will be available on iTunes this coming Tuesday, April 5. Simple Math will be available everywhere 5/10 via Columbia Records/Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.

Manchester Orchestra has announced its second round of North American dates featuring co-headlining shows with Cage The Elephant. The band will be touring throughout 2011 in support of their highly anticipated third album, Simple Math.

Manchester Orchestra 2011 Tour Dates:

April 29, 2011 — Memphis, TN — Tom Lee Park #
April 30, 2011 — Due West, SC — Erksine College #
May 2, 2011 — Kansas City, MO — The Beaumont Club ##
May 3, 2011 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant ##
May 4, 2011 — Chicago, IL — Metro ##
May 6, 2011 — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom ##
May 7, 2011 — Rochester, NY — Water Street Music Hall ##
May 8, 2011 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live*
May 10, 2011 — Boston, MA — House Of Blues *
May 11, 2011 — New York, NY — Terminal 5 *
May 13, 2011 — Providence, RI — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel ###
May 14, 2011 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of the Living Arts ###
May 16, 2011 — Toronto, ON — The Mod Club ###
May 17, 2011 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore *
May 18, 2011 — Columbus, OH — The LC Pavilion *
May 20, 2011 — Columbia, SC — Jillian’s *
May 23, 2011 — Orlando, FL — House Of Blues *
May 24, 2011 — Tampa, FL — The Ritz *
May 25, 2011 — Atlanta, GA — The Tabernacle *
May 27, 2011 — Houston, TX — Verizon Wireless Theatre **
May 28, 2011 — Austin, TX — Stubbs **
May 29, 2011 — Dallas, TX — The Palladium **
May 31, 2011 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee **
June 1, 2011 — San Diego, CA — Soma **
June 2, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — The Music Box #
June 7, 2011 — Eugene, OR — McDonald Theatre **
June 8, 2011 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom **
June 9, 2011 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox SODO **
June 11, 2011 — Salt Lake City, UT — Club Sound #
June 12, 2011 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall#

* with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, O’Brother, and TBA opener(s)
** with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Sleeper Agent, and TBA opener(s)
# with TBA opener(s)
## with AN HORSE and Harrison Hudson
### with AN HORSE, Harrison Hudson, and O’Brother

THE BELLE BRIGADE ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES WITH KD LANG

THE BELLE BRIGADE ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR WITH KD LANG

DEBUT ALBUM FROM CRITICALLY HERALDED SIBLING DUO OUT APRIL 19TH ON REPRISE RECORDS; ITUNES PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

LOS ANGELES-BASED BAND WILL MAKE NETWORK TELEVISION DEBUT ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! ON ALBUM RELEASE WEEK

Currently on the road with G. Love and Special Sauce through April, The Belle Brigade have announced that they will hit the road this summer as special guests of Canadian songstress k.d. lang. The tour, which visits several music festivals across the U.S. and Canada, begins June 17th in Toronto and winds up July 15th in North Carolina. The band will also play a special show with Lang at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in April 11th. All upcoming tour dates are below.

Fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, The Belle Brigade are touring in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released by Reprise Records on April 19th, 2011. The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, where two tracks, “Losers” and “Where Not To Look For Freedom,” are available for purchase now. On week of release, The Belle Brigade will make their network television debut performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan’s love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade’s debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs that brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

Backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist Aaron Arntz, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman, and drummer Mike Green), Barbara and Ethan were the “belle” of this year’s SXSW Music Festival, performing at the KCRW, WFUV, WBR, and Chop Shop showcases. Check out with the critics have been saying:

“It says something about the stickiness of The Belle Brigade’s songs that they can not only endure but prevail during the onslaught of noise at South by Southwest this weekend. … They’re naturals, basically, with songs that are supernaturally tight and catchy; though not loud, the band’s performance at the Chop Shop show generated a half-dozen internal jukebox hits.” — Randall Roberts, The Los Angeles Times

“The brother and sister team from LA, bring beautiful harmonies to their quirky folk rock.” – SPIN

“…memorable voice and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion…” – Ann Powers, The Los Angeles Times

“Not quite country, not quite folk, and too complex to be described as plain as indie, The Belle Brigade are the most promising freshman act in current musical class of mostly fifth-year seniors.” – NY Post/Popwrap

“The Belle Brigade’s live show was energetic, uplifting and exceptionally earnest; you can’t help but fall in love with them a little bit. Their entire set was a treat, but one highlight was when Barbara went back behind the kit to play drums. Take a listen to “Sweet Louise” off their upcoming album” — Aurgasm

* * * *
The Belle Brigade’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

04/07 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater*
04/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
04/09 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues*
04/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
04/11 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour**
04/13 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s*
04/14 San Louis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company*
04/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst*
04/16 Stateline, NV Harrah’s Tahoe-South Shore Rm*
04/21 Bend, OR Midtown Ballroom*
04/22 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory*
04/23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory*
04/26 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre*
04/27 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works*
04/28 Madison, WI The Majestic*
04/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant*
04/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
06/17 Toronto, ON Luminato Festival**
06/18 London, ON The Grand Theatre**
06/20 New York, NY Beacon Theatre**
06/22 Carmel, IN Carmel Performing Arts Center**
06/23 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival**
06/25 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Int’l Jazz Festival**
06/30 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre**
07/03 Highmount, NY Belleayre Music Festival**
07/06 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Center**
07/09 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus**
07/10 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent**
07/15 Boone, NC Appalachian Summer Festival**

*denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce
**denotes show with k.d. lang

Le Butcherettes release iTunes Live: SXSW EP, announce more U.S. dates surrounding May album release

Le Butcherettes release iTunes Live: SXSW EP, announce more U.S. dates surrounding May album release

Mexico City garage-punks make huge impact at SXSW

“The best act I saw: Le Butcherettes singer Teri Gender Bender is something of a stunner. She can howl, she can yell, she can growl the letter “R” into multi-syllables, and she needs little more than one ferocious drum beat to have her way with a song. And just in case you’re not paying attention when Teri sings that she’s sick of you, she’ll do a backward stage dive.”– LA Times

“Le Butcherettes was the best band I saw on Thursday night, and also one of the best bands I’ve seen anywhere in a very long time.” — Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ

“Any band who rocks this hard and leaves the crowd looking this limp and sweaty – some even splattered with a little fake blood – deserves some sort of honorary prize.” — LA Weekly

The rampantly raved-about garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes have released an iTunes exclusive live recording captured during SXSW. The 6-song live recording iTunes Live: SXSW features 3 tracks not available on Le Butcherettes forthcoming debut full-length, Sin Sin Sin available in May.

Surrounding the release of the trio’s album debut, Le Butcherettes will continue to floor audiences (as they have many writers like those quoted above) this spring, playing shows with Deftones and The Dillinger Escape Plan as well as headlining an L.A. album release party on May 10th. See complete dates below.

Led by 21-year-old vocalist/guitarist/pianist Teri Gender Bender (a recent transplant to L.A. from Guadalajara, Mexico) Le Butcherettes bring a brazen intensity and playful, hook-laden simplicity that hacks to pieces all forms of pretension and excess. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in late 2010, Teri recruited renowned drummer Gabe Serbian (The Locust) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (Hella, Broken Bells) round out the lineup.

Check out MP3s for the first tracks from the album, “Henry Don’t Got Love” HERE and “New York” HERE.

The band’s songs and wildly cathartic live shows often draw comparisons to Karen O, Patti Smith Bikini Kill and other female-fronted rock groups. But, there’s a theatricality to Le Butcherettes that brings a further reaching sense of mystery and imagery to the band.

Le Butcherettes’ full length debut, Sin Sin Sin was produced by Omar Rodriguez Lopez, who also plays bass on all of the album’s tracks, and will issue the album May 10th, 2011 on Rodriguez Lopez Productions via Sargent House.

LE BUTCHERETTES LIVE:
05/19 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
05/20 Jacksonville, FL @ Plush *
05/21 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Cafe *
05/22 Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater *
05/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing *
05/26 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Ampitheater *
05/28 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
05/29 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall *
05/30 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues * (no Dillinger Escape Plan)
06/01 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom *
06/03 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
06/04 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall *
06/05 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre *
06/06 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre *
06/08 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Colliseum *
06/09 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Ampitheater *
06/10 Hollywood, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium * (SOLD OUT)
06/11 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel *
06/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
06/15 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater *

* w/ Deftones and The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Fervor to hit road in support ofnew album Arise, Great Warrior,offer free download preview track, “Let’s Get Loaded”

The Fervor to hit road in support ofnew album Arise, Great Warrior,offer free
download preview track, “Let’s Get Loaded”

The Fervor, Louisville-bred & based, will be hitting the road beginning April 7th in St. Louis in support of their latest album, Arise, Great Warrior. From there, the tour will take in Kansas City MO, Belleville IL, Chicago IL, Columbus OH, Pittsburgh PA, Charlottesville VA, Mt. Pleasant SC, Nashville TN, Louisville KY, and Birmingham AL (dates below), with more to follow later this summer.

The Fervor’s second full length album has marked a rebirth of sorts for the Louisville rock quartet. Released on February 8th, the band teamed up with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and producer Charles Gonzales to create an album that is undeniably engaging and sure to enrapture listeners with every listen.

Check out “Lets Get Loaded” from Arise, Great Warrior

“I had a dream i was being chased by two lions…their manes shining in the sun and blowing in the breeze as they chased me across an african plain with no end in sight or shelter of any kind. hoping i could outwit them, i dove into a stream(thinking perhaps they could not smell me if i was underwater) but they dove right in after me and sank their teeth into my neck…and i remember laying there in the water watching the lifeforce flow from my body into the stream with a beautiful rainbow-like quality…almost the same way motor oil looks in a puddle of rain…and it just felt so peaceful…i understood it was all so natural…survival of the fittest…and i got the same feeling when i first heard the liquid strands of the fervor’s “arise great warrior” flow thru my ears…it all feels so natural and peaceful…a necessary part of life, new born and floating freely in the cosmos forever now.” – Jim James, My Morning Jacket

Paired with grooving bass lines from Michael Campbell and intriguingly mellow drums from Matt Herron and The Fervor is a complete package bound for rock playlists everywhere. A tri-label release between Jim James’ label Removador Recordings (digital), SonaBLAST (CD) and drummer Mat Herron’s label Karate Body (vinyl), the triple threat support is just another unique touch to “Arise, Great Warrior.” From multiple Showcases at the 2011 SXSW festival to a slew of national tour dates, The Fervor has set out to make waves in 2011.

Tour Dates:
4.7: Off Broadway; St. Louis, MO with Union Electric
4.8: News Room; Kansas City, MO with Union Electric
4.9: Blue Agave; Belleville, IL with Union Electric
4.10: Darkroom; Chicago
4.12: Treehouse; Columbus with THE (OR)DEAL, KYLE SOWASH
4.13: Howler’s Coyote Cafe; Pittsburgh
4.14: Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar; Charlottesville, Va. with HUNTER SMITH & THE DEAD MEN
4.15: The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC with Gentle Robot, The Drowning Lovers
4.16: Village Tavern; Mt. Pleasant
4.21: The Five Spot; Nashville, TN with Colorfeels
4.29: Zanzabar; Louisville, KY with Wussy
5.13: Secret Stages; Birmingham, AL

Miracle Fortress Announces Long-Awaited Sophomore Release Was I The Wave?

Miracle Fortress Announces Long-Awaited Sophomore Release Was I The Wave?

Debuts First Single “Raw Spectacle”

“I’ve been waiting for a new Miracle Fortress album for quite some time… I’ve listened to [‘Five Roses’] more than almost any other since then. Really…ask my girlfriend.” – Austin Chronicle SXSW ’11 Pick “Ice Cream Man Friday Flavor”

“[Graham] Van Pelt and drummer just let the groove of his cerebral, bass-heavy “bedroom club” music do all the talking as a laser light show sprayed the ceiling and jaws dropped to the floor.” – Exclaim!

Click here to download First Single “Raw Spectacle

Montreal-based musician and producer Miracle Fortress (aka Graham Van Pelt) has announced the release of his anticipated sophomore album, Was I The Wave? out May 17th on Secret City Records (Diamond Rings, Plants and Animals). Acting as composer, arranger, producer, and engineer, Van Pelt here shows more of an electronic side than on his 2007 Polaris Prize-nominated debut Five Roses, which was a fan and industry favorite, gaining critical acclaim from SPIN, Paper, XLR8R and KEXP among others. Was I The Wave? expresses themes of alienation, anonymity, and the desire for intimacy, with the first side keeping a deliberately crowded atmosphere, and the second side more open and personal. In support of his upcoming release, Miracle Fortress has offered the first single “Raw Spectacle” for free download.

Was I The Wave? is available for pre-order on miraclefortress.com and comes with an instant download of the Pantha du Prince remix of “Raw Spectacle” in addition to the single itself. Fresh off this year’s set of heralded SXSW performances, Miracle Fortress will embark on a Canadian tour with US dates to follow.

Was I The Wave? Track Listing:

1. Awe
2. Tracers
3. Raw Spectacle
4. Wave
5. Spectre
6. Everything Works
7. Before
8. Miscalculations
9. Immanent Domain
10. Until

Miracle Fortress Tour Dates:

05/02 Regina, SK @ The Exchange w/SHAD (Exclaim! Anniversary Tour)
05/03 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s w/SHAD (Exclaim! Anniversary Tour)
05/04 Calgary, AB @ Republik w/SHAD (Exclaim! Anniversary Tour)
05/05 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx w/SHAD (Exclaim! Anniversary Tour)
05/07 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound w/SHAD (Exclaim! Anniversary Tour)
05/14 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
05/20 Montreal, QC @ Torn Curtain

Brother to Release Fly By Nights EP April 16th

BROTHER WILL RELEASE FLY BY NIGHTS EP ON RECORD STORE DAY, APRIL 16TH
AVAILABLE ON ITUNES APRIL 19TH “DARLING BUDS OF MAY” AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON ITUNES

Brother, the self-proclaimed purveyors of “gritpop”, are thrilled to announce the release of their upcoming A&M / Octone release, Fly By Nights, on Record Store Day, April 16th. Fly By Nights will be available on iTunes beginning April 19th.

The first single, “Darling Buds of May” is currently available on iTunes and is a perfect example of what NME hails as “a brassy reinvention of Britrock.” Additionally, NME goes on to say “everyone will have an opinion of Brother by next year. Ours? Love it.” A free download widget for “Darling Buds of May” is attached to this email, and it would be great if you could share with your readers.

Here is a video of Brother performing “Still Here” live and acoustic perched high above the streets on a NYC rooftop

“Darling Buds of May” video

“Still Here” video

Fly By Nights Track Listing:

1. Darling Buds of May
2. High Street Low Lives
3. Fly By Nights
4. David

When Saints Go Machine Release Video For “Add Ends,” New Track Off June 21st Release, Konkylie

WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ADD ENDS,” NEW TRACK OFF OF JUNE 21ST DEBUT RELEASE, KONKYLIE!

Watch “Add Ends” video (directed By Dawn Carol Garcia) here:

The first visual representation from their gorgeous debut album, Konkylie, When Saints Go Machine’s “Add Ends” video utilizes a dizzying mix of narrative styles, something like a heartfelt, surrealist, sci-fi fantasy. “Because When Saints’ music has such a visual sound, more visual than most groups I hear, it was rather easy for me to draw a story onto Add Ends,” says Los Angeles director Dawn Carol Garcia. Building from the visual of riding quickly through a hospital in a wheelchair (“an image both bound and boundless”), the video for “Add Ends” is a collection of images as rich and nuanced as the music that inspired them.

An elderly and infirmed man has an altercation with a shady character on what may be his deathbed, which leaves him in the possession of a staff, which seems to be able to heal on touch. “Hermes’ staff, the Caduceus, is a concept I added in because it fit my perspective on hospitals,” explains Garcia. “It’s a symbol used for medical practice that is supposed to mean healing but in actuality it is the Greek symbol of commerce (a reality here that’s both fitting and tragic). I thought it would be nice if I could fix this error, for at least a moment, while riding in the wheel chair.”

The medical motif of the video is in keeping with the inspiration behind the song itself. According to the band, “’Add Ends’ deals with the topic of losing someone close to you and the strange ways your psyche is trying to work through the emptiness.” A lush, but sparsely arranged track, “Add Ends” forgoes percussion almost entirely, placing the intricate vocals on a bed of strings and subtle electronics. “We wanted to create a symphonic feeling based on electronics meeting classical instrumentation.”

The surreal elements of the video were achieved using a relatively low tech-technique whose effectiveness belies its simplicity. “We rear-projected the backgrounds on a wrinkled sheet,” Garcia says. “I like that it could have been done in 1915.”

Dawn works as a commercial and film director in Los Angeles. This is her second music video after Destroyer’s Kaputt. She’s currently in development on her first feature, a science fiction film called PALs.

Video Credits
Director: Dawn Carol Garcia
Cinematographer: Paul de Lumen
Editor: Ian Arthur
Produced by Boxer Film in Los Angeles, CA

CAKE’s new animated video for “Long Time” debuts today on MTV

CAKE TO PREMIERE NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR
2ND SINGLE “LONG TIME” ON MTVU & MTV2 MARCH 31

SHOWROOM OF COMPASSION CONTINUES TO RECEIVE ACCLAIM IN THE WAKE OF #1 DEBUT ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200

RECENT APPEARANCES ON NPR, LENO, KIMMEL AND MORE

CAKE’s new animated video for “Long Time” debuts today on MTV The video will premiere March 31 on MTVU and MTV2 as part of their Indie Music Month before moving into regular rotation.

Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, the album continues to receive acclaim with recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lopez Tonight, Conan, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and more. Meanwhile, their first single “Sick Of You” remained a Top 5 hit at both Alternative and Triple A radio for ten weeks.

The band recently wrapped up a headlining tour that sold out within minutes of being announced. The dates took them across the U.S., connecting them with their ceaselessly loyal fan base that have supported the band’s live performances since the release of their first album in 1993. CAKE will head back out in mid-April for another string of sold out dates, kicking off April 14 in Washington D.C. with stops in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and more.
The buzz continues with “Long Time,” which is already making a big impact at radio. The animated music video was created by French production company Callicore Films, an art studio that focuses on CG Art and the resistance against “the cultural dictatorship of media” – a perfect match for CAKE. Founded by distinguished French artist Laurent Mercier and his partners Linda Mercier and Xavier Semen, Callicore has worked with John Lee Hooker Jr., Arrested Development, The Buzzcocks, Marky Ramon and more. Their collaboration with CAKE resulted in the beautifully moving video for “Long Time,” a work of art in both storytelling and computer graphics.

“When we heard ‘Long Time’ we were extremely excited to create an animated video production for the song,” said Linda from their studio in Paris. “We have been following CAKE since the beginning and are big fans. The melody and lyrics of ‘Long Time’ brought us a multitude of choices, and together with the band we created a story of a vagabond and his monkey.” Adds Laurent, “No concession. No compromise. Just one direction. That sums up both Callicore and CAKE – the story goes with ‘Long Time,’ the metaphor of a vagabond sentenced because he didn’t follow the same road as others.”

Released on CAKE’s own Upbeat Records, Showroom Of Compassion is their first record of new material since the release of Pressure Chief seven years ago and marks the band’s first Number One album in their nearly two decades of existence. The album has been met by enthusiasm from both fans and critics alike, with the Los Angeles Times raving that Showroom shows CAKE is “in toned condition, turning out polished compositions that could fit in with its classic catalog” and Entertainment Weekly awarding the album a rock-solid B+, declaring Showroomas “remarkably fresh.” CAKE is John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy and Gabriel Nelson

In addition, CAKE can now add bookmaking to their list of accomplishments. The lyrics to “Bound Away”, from the new album, were chosen as the subject and title of a limited edition handmade book, which includes a disc of the single. In creating Bound Away, the members of CAKE worked under the artistic direction of San Francisco book artist Pam DeLuco on every step of the production process, including design, typesetting, linoleum carving, letterpress printing, paper-making and book binding. Recycled and reclaimed materials are used throughout the book, including the band’s old 100% cotton t-shirts and denim jeans for the cover paper. Bound Away, lyrics written by John McCrea, and performed by CAKE with Illustrations by Rigel Stuhmiller, will be available on www.cakemusic.com.

CAKE Tour Dates:
April 14 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 15 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 16 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 17 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
April 18 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
April 19 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 21 New York, NY Terminal 5
April 22 Boston, MA Wang Center
April 23 Portland, ME State Theater
April 29 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
May 12 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
May 13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
May 14 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
May 15 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room (Murat Centre)
May 17 Cleveland, OH Masonic Auditorium
May 18 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theater
May 19 Cincinnati, OH Arnoff Center
May 20 Buffalo, NY Artpark
May 21 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
June 13 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
June 14 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
June 17 Boise, ID Wood River Cellars

MORE CAKE IN THE MEDIA:

“John McCrea’s sardonic, half-sung lyrics and Vincent DiFiore’s plaintive
trumpet still cut like a mouthful of glass.” – TIME Magazine

“Deadpan brilliance” – The New Yorker

“Post-new wave with smart lyrics” – New York Times

“Showroom of Compassion shows CAKE’s key ingredients surviving
their 20-year careerunscathed.” -Alternative Press