Caribou suddenly announces new album Suddenly, shares another new song

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After judging the gap in October with the release of “Home”, Dan Snaith has taken the leap and firmly planted the Caribou flag in 2020’s calendar.

On February 28 specifically, a day when Merge — and City Slang anywhere that’s not the US! — will suddenly release Suddenly, the first Caribou full-length since 2014’s Our Love.

Recording every day, sometimes unable to sleep due to the constant stream of ideas flooding his brain, Snaith brought Suddenly to life from a bucket of over 900 draft ideas. As a result of several REM cycles being lost to Snaith’s creative drive, Suddenly is full of “swerves and left turns.” Fittingly — and I guess intentionally (realizing mid-thought here that it is called Suddenly), the album is centered on the unexpected events that happen in life, “universal themes that catch you off guard and change your life in a heartbeat.”

You can hear this in new single “You and I,” which starts out dreamy and bouncy, does a gear shift to a chorus of chopped up vocal samples, and then materializes a heavily processed guitar solo from the ether within its final minute.

Have a listen for yourself down below, where you can also check out the artwork and full tracklisting for Suddenly, along with Caribou’s full slate of upcoming tour dates, and pre-order the album (your
choice of either suddenly or gradually) here.

Suddenly, a tracklisting:

01. Sister
02. You and I
03. Sunny’s Time
04. New Jade
05. Home
06. Lime
07. Never Come Back
08. Filtered Grand Piano
09. Like I Loved You
10. Magpie
11. Ravi
12. Cloud Song

Sudddenly, some tour dates:

03.16.20 — Hamilton, ON – The Studio (SOLD OUT)
03.17.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.18.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.19.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.20.20 — Chicago, IL – Riviera
03.21.20 — Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
03.22.20 — Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03.23.20 — Montreal, QC – M Telus
03.24.20 — Boston, MA – House of Blues
03.25.20 — Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03.26.20 — Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03.27.20 — Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)
03.28.20 — Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
03.30.20 — Brighton, UK – The Dome
04.01.20 — Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
04.02.20 — Leeds, UK – O2 Academy Leeds
04.03.20 — Manchester, UK – Victoria Warehouse
04.04.20 — Glasgow, UK – The Barrowlands (SOLD OUT)
04.05.20 — Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
04.06.20 — Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
04.07.20 — London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton (SOLD OUT)
04.21.20 — Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit 36
04.22.20 — Leipzig, DE – Werk 2
04.23.20 — Prague, CZ – Forum Karlin
04.24.20 — Vienna, AT – Gasometer
04.25.20 — Munich, DE – Muffathalle
04.26.20 — Zurich, CH – Kaufleuten
04.27.20 — Paris, FR – L’Olympia
04.28.20 — Cologne, DE – E-werk
04.29.20 — Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg / Ronda
04.30.20 — Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Botanique – Chapiteau
06.25.20 — Rome, IT – Roma Summer Fest
07.09.20 — Bilbao ES – Bilbao BBK Live
07.10.20 — Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive
07.11.20 — Dublin, IE – Iveagh Gardens
08.12.20 — Vilnius, LT – Botanic Park
08.15.20 — Berlin, DE – Zitadelle (Caribou and Friends)
08.16.20 — Kiev, UA – Art-Zavod Platforma

Julian Koster (The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel) preps second season of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)

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‘Tis the season of… perpetual and voluminous podcasts that you can’t possibly finish by the end of the year? It’s hard to believe that this relatively new form of education and storytelling was barely even a thing a decade ago, but hey: given that we’re about the close out the decade, it might be reasonable to pick and choose which aural narratives you want to precede your making out with a stranger on New Years Eve.

Something tells me a story set in romantic PARIS might be the ideal choice…and wouldn’t you know it? Julian Koster (he of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Elephant 6 Collective, and The Music Tapes fame) has just the fantastic tale coming ‘round the bend for your listening pleasure. The second season of his critically-acclaimed podcast, The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is set to premiere November 6, with help from WNYC and Night Vale Presents.

For the uninitiated: The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) follows Julian, the sensitive janitor of the Eiffel Tower, as he pines over a radio show (from which the podcast gets its name) broadcasted from the top of the structure. The second season, entitled “The Orbiting Human Circus in Naughty Till New Year,” reportedly deals with existential questions concerning Julian’s lonely life out of — yet oh so close to — the spotlight. Here’s a blurb with more detail:

Does the janitor at the Eiffel Tower really exist? He hopes so. He sleeps in a janitor’s closet near the top of the tower, living and working by night. He imagines a vast audience with him at all times following his every move—a game from childhood he has revived in his loneliness. Only two people have ever seen him: the tower’s 90-year-old night watchman and the janitor’s harried boss, who is strangely in awe of the shy young man and seems unable to fire him even though nothing at the Eiffel Tower actually ever gets cleaned. Add to this the fact that the janitor might not have ever left the tower, has no idea how he came to be there, and can only recall a single childhood memory and one can see why he hides beneath the covers all day. But when a series of surprising, life-altering events shakes his fragile world, will the janitor be forced to pull himself out of his ghostly tower exile and confront who and what he really is? And why does he seem to be running out of time?

Again, episodes of “Till New Year” will air biweekly beginning November 6. Merge Records is also going to release music from the show as it happens. Get acquainted with first season’s vibe — and the have a listen to the season two trailer — down below:

Destroyer announces new album, shares new single and tour dates

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I knew it! I knew there was something up. I could feel it in my waters when I woke up this morning. At first, I thought it was the seven Wild Cherry Pepsis I shotgunned before bed (I like the dreams they yield, is all!). But no, this was something more. Some wind-whiff of excitement coming from the west. The west of Canada. The west of British Columbia. In a town that, as fate would have it, was once known as Gastown. But I digress…

Never doubt your waters. Today Merge Records announced that Vancouver’s Dan Bejar — who has been playing and recording as Destroyer for the past 25 years — has a new album ready for mass consumption in 2020 — AND a new single available for enjoyment TODAY! And there’s new year dates scheduled as well! Something tells me I won’t be needing any Wild Cherrys tonight; these daydreams are satisfying and sugar-free.

Bejar is one of the most adept songwriters of our generation, so this kind of news is a welcome thing. The new Destroyer album, Have We Met, is out January 31 on Merge, but you can check out it’s opening bang with the synth-solid single “Crimson Tide” today. The video for “Crimson Tide” was directed by David Galloway and David Ehrenreich and it can be viewed below.

North American tour dates — some with Eleanor Friedberger and some with Nap Eyes — have been set for February and March of next year, all of which can be peeped below as well.

Pop your can here and here to pre-order Have We Met on CD, LP, and seafoam green Peak Vinyl.

Have We Met tracklisting:

01. Crimson Tide
02. Kinda Dark
03. It Just Doesn’t Happen
04. The Television Music Supervisor
05. The Raven
06. Cue Synthesizer
07. University Hill
08. Have We Met
09. The Man in Black’s Blues
10. foolssong

Destroyer on tour:

02.21.20 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater #
02.22.20 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall #
02.23.20 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #
02.24.20 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress #
02.26.20 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk #
02.27.20 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada #
02.28.20 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater #
02.29.20 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club #
03.01.20 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall #
03.02.20 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx #
03.04.20 – Toronto, ON – Opera House $
03.05.20 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount $
03.06.20 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair $
03.07.20 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel $
03.08.20 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts $
03.09.20 – Washington, DC – Black Cat $
03.11.20 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle $
03.12.20 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West $
03.13.20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge $
03.14.20 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill $
03.15.20 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $
03.16.20 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
03.17.20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge $
03.19.20 – Seattle, WA – Neumos $
03.20.20 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre $

# with Eleanor Friedberger
$ with Nap Eyes

Watch Superchunk Play With Damian Abraham & Allison Crutchfield At Merge30

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Superchunk, Damian Abraham, Allison CrutchfieldMerge Records turned 30 this year, and to celebrate, the North Carolina-based label is throwing a festival called MRG30. Merge started out as a way for Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance to release music from their band Superchunk, so of course Superchunk is on the lineup alongside other Merge artists like the Mountain … More »

Titus Andronicus announce new Bob Mould-produced album An Obelisk, share new track

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After going a bit mild on last year’s ballad-heavy A Productive Cough, the Titus Andronicus pendulum seems to have swung back in the other direction. Because on An Obelisk — their sixth album out in June via Merge Records — Titus Andronicus are fixin’ to go a bit WILD, baby! Hey Siri, play “The Boys are Back in Town.”

Shit. Well anyway, for the An Obelisk iteration of Titus Andronicus, the band was staffed by Liam Betson, R.J. Gordon, Chris Wilson, and, of course, Patrick Stickles. Trimmed down to a lean four-piece, and without the assistance of any outside musicians (save for some backing vocals) or studio bells and whistles, the band set out to capture the energy of their live shows. Now, this may make the album sound like it’s “back to basics,” or “a return to their roots.” Do NOT refer to it as such. As the very wordy press release announcing this album’s existence explains, “This is not a return to the band’s roots — this is an excavation of the dirt beneath those roots which will leave no fingernail unsoiled for the band or its audience.”

An Obelisk also marks a first in the Titus Andronicus catalog, as it is their first album not recorded with Kevin McMahon at Marcata Recording in Upstate New York. Instead, the perennial east coast outfit traveled out Midwest to record at Steve Albini’s Chicago studio, under the producing tutelage of the one-and-only Bob Mould.

Hear what a cross-generational punk team up between Titus Andronicus and Bob Mould sounds like by listening to “(I Blame) Society” off of An Obelisk down below. While you’re there, you can also check out the album’s artwork and full-tracklisting. An Obelisk is out June 21 via Merge Records and can be pre-ordered here.

An Obelisk obelisting:

01. Just Like Ringing a Bell
02. Troubleman Unlimited
03. (I Blame) Society
04. My Body and Me
05. Hey Ma
06. Beneath the Boot
07. On the Street
08. Within the Gravitron
09. The Lion Inside
10. Tumult Around the World

Merge Announces Initial Lineup For MRG30 Festival, A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” Out Friday

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Merge Records turns 30 this year, and the North Carolina-based label is throwing a celebratory festival in July dubbed MRG30. It’ll take place from 7/24-27 at venues in Carrboro and Durham. The just-announced lineup includes Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Lambchop, Ibibio Sound Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger, Wye Oak, Destroyer, Sneaks, Swearin’, and more. Tickets … More »

Sneaks shares “The Way It Goes,” details new album Highway Hypnosis

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Evidenced by its inclusion on the “overlooked albums” year-end lists of multiple reputable institutions, Sneaks’ It’s a Myth certainly flew under the proverbial radar. Even here at TMT, we managed to let it slip by unnoticed — which is shame, because it’s a good album that you should listen to. We cannot, however, change the past. All we can hope to do is not repeat its mistakes, so as to allow future generations to prosper.

Accordingly: hey, there’s a new Sneaks album coming out soon! Highway Hypnosis is set for release in January from Merge Records.

Whereas It’s a Myth was a stark approach to post-punk, incorporating little else than bass, drum machine, and deadpan vocals; Highway Hypnosis seems like it will expand the horizons of the Sneaks sound. Among several others, Robyn, Nirvana, a hacky sack circle, and — most importantly in my mind — Jock Jams are all cited as influences that can be heard in the DNA of Highway Hypnosis.

Listen to the good stuff for yourself by checking out “The Way It Goes,” the new single off of Highway Hypnosis, down below. Also make sure to check out the album’s artwork and tracklisting. Sneaks only have a few tour dates at the moment, but have announced the album’s release show on their home turf of Washington, DC, with more shows expected to come.

Highway Hypnosis is out via Merge Records on January 25, and can be pre-ordered here.

Highway Hypnosis

01. Highway Hypnosis
02. The Way It Goes
03. Ecstasy
04. Suck It Like a Whistle
05. Addis
06. Saiditzoneza
07. Money Don’t Grow on Trees
08. Cinnamon
09. Holy Cow Never Saw a Girl Like Her
10. Beliefs
11. And We’re Off
12. A Lil Close
13. Hong Kong to Amsterdam

“A few tour dates at the moment… with more shows expected to come”

11.01.18 — London, UK – The Islington
11.02.18 — London, UK – Koko*
11.16.18 — Seattle, WA – Freakout Fest
02.03.19 — Washington, DC – Songbyrd

* Goat Girl

No boos but plenty of Hiss! 4CD/LP boxset from Hiss Golden Messenger coming in November on Merge

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Yes, Halloween is approaching with the speed of a (cueing up the tinkling piano sounds…) runaway skeleton, but it’s not an occasion that puts everyone at ease. I dare say that because Halloween is deemed so fun and un-stressful, the expectations placed upon it make the night even more tense. Coming up with a crowd-pleasing costume (sexy nurse, sexy firefighter, sexy SOMETHING!) and answering the doorbell ad nauseum are not the sorts of things that sit right for us shut-ins!

Luckily, there’s relief on the way. The days after that eerie eve are golden, rather than orange, and time can once again be spent on what’s really important: spending time with your favorite Autumn troubadour, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger.

Taylor is one of the most accomplished yarn spinners working today and is the perfect accompaniment to a post-Hallows anxiety hangover. And the marvelous Merge Records will release Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a 4CD/LP boxset from Hiss Golden Messenger, on November 2. Coming a year-and-a-bit on from his last proper record, Hallelujah Anyhow, the timing couldn’t be better to revisit Taylor’s earlier works.

Collecting (remastered) past efforts Bad Debt (2010), Poor Moon, and Haw in one spot (each is being released on their own as well), Devotion… is a perfect Hiss Golden Messenger primer and features full lyrics, new album artwork devised by Taylor and Sam Smith (no, not that fucking Sam Smith), and notes by heavyweight journos John Mulvey (Mojo) and Amanda Petrusich (The New Yorker). The inevitable centerpiece of this boxset, however, is the fourth disc, Virgo Fool, which comprises an 11-song compendium of rarities that is only available as a DL and (physically) as part of this set!

Pre-order the lavish Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children box from your chosen brand here and listen to Virgo Fool’s opener, “Rock Holy”, below. Tracklists and tour dates follow. Hallelujah not Halloweenjah!

Bad Debt tracks:

01. Balthazar’s Song
02. No Lord Is Free
03. Bad Debt
04. O Little Light
05. Straw Man Red Sun River Gold
06. Far Bright Star
07. The Serpent Is Kind (Compared to Man)
08. Call Him Daylight
09. Jesus Shot Me in the Head
10. Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
11. Roll River Roll
12. Drum

Poor Moon tracks:

01. Blue Country Mystic
02. Call Him Daylight
03. Drummer Down
04. Under All the Land
05. Westering
06. Pittsboro Farewell (Two Monarchs)
07. Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
08. Jesus Shot Me in the Head
09. O Little Light
10. A Working Man Can’t Make It No Way
11. Dreamwood
12. Balthazar’s Song

Haw tracks:

01. Red Rose Nantahala
02. Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)
03. I’ve Got a Name for the Newborn Child
04. Hat of Rain
05. Devotion
06. The Serpent Is Kind (Compared to Man)
07. Sweet as John Hurt
08. Cheerwine Easter
09. Hark Maker (Glory Rag)
10. Busted Note
11. What Shall Be (Shall Be Enough)

Virgo Fool tracks:

01. Rock Holy
02. Black Country Woman
03. Joyce & Joel
04. Lion/Lamb
05. Father Sky
06. Issa
07. Back to the River Again
08. Tell Everyone
09. Karen’s Blues
10. The Revenant
11. Hard Promises

Hiss Golden Messenger tour:

09.20.18 – Marfa, TX – Trans-Pecos Festival
09.24.18 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
09.25.18 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
09.26.18 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
09.27.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
09.30.18 – Dana Point, CA – Ohana Music and Arts Festival
10.05.18 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman #
11.16.18 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
12.13.18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12.14.18 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
12.15.18 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
12.17.18 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
12.18.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12.19.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12.20.18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12.21.18 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

# John Prine

Watch: The Rock*A*Teens – “Turn and Smile”

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Oh, Rock*A*Teens, you make me feel so old. Was it twenty years ago I saw you open up for Superchunk on whatever tour that was? Probably more like seventeen or eighteen, but still — it was great. I still have the t-shirt I bought. (I’m not kidding — I even mowed the lawn in it this weekend.)

But it’s awesome to have you guys back. And new music too! This Sixth House record on Merge, quite a return to form. You may be a little older, a little grayer, a little heavier (not a jab, because hey, me too), you might not be able to pogo around stage anymore (did you ever?), but you still have what it takes, let me tell you that.

“Turn and Smile” makes me wish all music videos were graphic novelized. You get lost in it, lost in the story, lost in the characters. You guys seem to have a knack for gripping in medias res storytelling. I’ve watched this a bunch of times without getting bored. I guess you could say, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Welcome back. Look me up if you’re through northeastern Florida. We’ll hit a pub.

Titus Andronicus go electric again for new tour dates, share regular-sized mix tape of demos and outtakes

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It’s been well-publicized that Titus Andronicus has had a lot of band members come and go over the years. Expectedly, their touring lineup keeps on changing as well. Most recently, the band went on an “acoustic” tour as a guitar and piano duo, in support of their recent “ballads” album A Productive Cough. But now, the band that didn’t actually break up is getting the band back together for a good, old-fashioned four-piece rock and/or roll “electric” tour!

In celebration of the boys being back in town, Titus Andronicus have shared the third installment of their ongoing regular-sized mix tape series. Officially dubbed, Titus Andronicus Mixtape Volume III : A Reductive Scoff, it collects demos and outtakes from the A Productive Cough recording process.

Once the band wraps up their remaining “acoustic” shows in the UK and Ireland, the tasteful and descriptively named “American Rock Band Tour” will begin in October in New Haven. Support on certain dates comes from a solo Ted Leo, crossing paths with Titus Andronicus as he tours behind his own album, last year’s The Hanged Man.

Check out all of Titus Andronicus’ upcoming tour dates and listen to A Reductive Scoff down below. (A Productive Cough is and has been out now on Merge Records.)

To paraphrase Grand Funk Railroad: “Coming to your town, helping you party it down, it’s an ‘American Rock Band Tour,’ plus like 11 ‘acoustic’ shows, two of which are already sold out.” Man, what a jam! Ahhh. Anywayyyyyy…

Coming to your town:

08.30.18 – Glasgow, UK – CCA ^
08.31.18 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Head of Steam ^
09.01.18 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega ^
09.02.18 – Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival ^
09.03.18 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen ^
09.04.18 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall ^
09.06.18 – London, UK – St. Pancras Old Church ^ [SOLD OUT]
09.07.18 – London, UK – St. Pancras Old Church ^ [SOLD OUT]
09.09.18 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
09.10.18 – Derry, IE – Bennigans Bar
09.11.18 – Limerick City, IE – Phamacia
10.12.18 – New Haven, CT – Space Gallery
10.13.18 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
10.14.18 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
10.15.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
10.16.18 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
10.17.18 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10.18.18 – Bloomington, IL – The Bishop
10.19.18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *
10.20.18 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel *
10.22.18 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck *
10.23.18 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
10.24.18 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
10.25.18 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
10.26.18 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell) *
10.27.18 – Durham, NC – Motorco *
10.28.18 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House *
10.30.18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
11.01.18 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
11.02.18 – Jersey City, NJ – Monty Hall
11.03.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel

^ “acoustic” show
* Ted Leo solo