Panda Bear | 12/12/14

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The hallucinatory yet heartfelt video for Panda Bear’s ‘Boys Latin’ premiered today via Adult Swim. You can watch it below or here. 

The ‘Boys Latin’ video was directed by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch, the duo behind videos for Bjork's ‘Wanderlust’ and Grizzly Bear's ‘Knife’. Their SF-based studio, Encyclopedia Pictura, animated the video in 3D over the course of 4 months. The story of a young woman out for a hike along a coastal tide pool turns unreal when her encounter with a sea anemone triggers a phantasmagorical reaction. She meets a man who seems to be in a similar predicament, and together they start a family of sorts. 

Director Isaiah Saxon explained it this way: "We tried hard to bring out the vibe of that alternating melody that Noah is singing. We wondered what that should look and feel like from a synesthesia perspective. We've always believed that shapes and forms themselves have emotional meaning. For example, round things are often cute and non-threatening, while spiky things usually seem dangerous. We ran with that idea by creating these dynamic forms that grow out of our characters as they deal with their emotions."

Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the fifth studio album from Animal Collective founding member and critically acclaimed solo artist Noah Lennox, a.ka. Panda Bear, will be out January 13, 2015.

For information on formats, and to pre-order the album, head here. All pre-orders from Domino, the Animal Collective store, or iTunes include an instant download of 'Boys Latin' and Mr Noah EP.

Panda Bear Tour Dates
03-04 London, UK - Brixton Electric
03-05 Brussels, BE - L’Orangerie
03-06 Paris, FR - Gaité Lyrique
08-08 Zeewolde, NL - Where The Wild Things Are Festival
03-10 Berlin, DE - Certain People @ Berghain
03-11 Lisbon, PT - Teatro Maria Matos
03-12 Braga, PT - GNRation

Visit Panda Bear’s new website and sign up if you dare. 



Dan Deacon | 12/11/14

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Gliss Riffer, the new album from Dan Deacon, will be out February 24, 2015 (North America) / February 23, 2015 (rest of the world).

Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings - 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America - decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which has resulted in this self-produced album.

Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman of the Rings material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral songs and Deacon’s art music work (including a Carnegie Hall performance and film score for Francis Ford Coppola) are also in evidence.  While Gliss Riffer may contain all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, this album also marks a newfound appreciation for Deacon’s own vocals, as evidenced on the lead track ‘Feel the Lightning.’ Yes, the female voice is Deacon too.

Watch the Andrew Jeffrey Wright of All Ages Production-directed video for ‘Feel The Lightning’ below or here.

Gliss Riffer will be available on CD, LP, and digitally. A special pre-order, as pictured below, is available now through Domino Mart that includes a limited edition red color vinyl (limited to 777) and a limited edition 12” inflatable hand that features the Gliss Riffer hand from the album cover. Order it now from Domino Mart or digitally from iTunes and receive an instant download of ‘Feel the Lightning’.

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After spending this past year supporting Arcade Fire on their North American headlining arena tour, Deacon has announced a string of headlining shows in support of the forthcoming album. All dates are below. Don't forget to check out his new website at

Dan Deacon Tour Dates
Dec 11 San Francisco, CA - The Exploratorium (sold out)
Jan 18 Hobart, TAS - Mona Foma Festival [Buy tickets]
Jan 22 Sydney, AUS - The Aurora (Sydney Festival) [Buy tickets]
Jan 24 Melbourne, AUS - Sugar Mountain Festival [Buy tickets]
Jan 25 Brisbane, AUS - The Brightside [Buy tickets]
Feb 16 London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall [Buy tickets]
Feb 18 Paris, FR - Le Divan Du Monde [Buy tickets]
Feb 19 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord [Buy tickets]
Feb 20 Berlin, DE - Schwuz [Buy tickets]
Feb 25 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade  [Buy tickets]
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock  [Buy tickets]
Feb 28 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (Noise Pop) [Buy tickets]

Gliss Riffer Tracklisting
1. Feel the Lightning
2. Sheathed Wings
3. When I Was Done Dying
4. Meme Generator
5. Mind On Fire
6. Learning to Relax
7. Take it to the Max
8. Steely Blues



Matthew E. White | 12/10/14

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On March 10, Richmond, Virginia-based singer, songwriter, bandleader, and musical polymath, Matthew E. White will release Fresh Blood, the follow-up to his debut, Big Inner.  Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard, and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), Fresh Blood marks the next chapter of White’s Richmond, VA-based Spacebomb -- an analog studio, record label and production house with in-house strings, horns and a choir at his behest.  Fresh Blood is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White - a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to Big Inner’s striking bud.  White has also confirmed 2 very different but complimentary launch shows, the first at Brooklyn’s BRIC House on March 3, where he’ll premiere Fresh Blood with a 30-piece orchestra and the second is a special intimate solo album release show at St Luke’s in London on March 10 (which mirrors the Fresh Blood; No Skin version of the album detailed below).

Watch the new trailer, which was filmed in Super 8 and features a clip of the song "Tranquility", a tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, here.

To backtrack, briefly: In 2009, White and his friends established Spacebomb to turn the tunes of songwriters they liked into grandiose, graceful statements.  To demonstrate the Spacebomb ideal, White and his wide cast of musicians - possessing a vast knowledge that could pivot from the gusto of New Orleans to the verve of Detroit, from tube-amp rock to hi-fi pop - recorded a few songs he’d pieced together and called it Big Inner, hoping to show other songwriters how the system would work. In the 18 months that followed the release, White toured America and Europe extensively, sharing the stage with St. Vincent, The National, The Mountain Goats, She & Him, among many others, and signed with Domino to release Big Inner worldwide.  White played major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Primavera, and more, and Big Inner earned five stars in The Guardian and a spot on its year-end list, plus those of Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, and others. Uncut called it “one of the great albums of modern Americana,” and Paste deemed White’s ensemble as the #1 “Best New Band” of 2012.

If the first album had been serendipity, every step of Fresh Blood was to be deliberate, from his co-writing sessions with longtime friend and former bandmate Andy Jenkins to his steady arrangement brainstorms with the trusted Spacebomb house band—bassist Cameron Ralston, drummer Pinson Chanselle and guitarist Trey Pollard.  Simultaneously recognizing the trouble and delight that life can bring, these 10 original new songs of Fresh Blood are guides for times of joy, agony and the middle distance where we most often linger.

Fresh Blood will be available on CD (WIGCD309), LP (WIGLP309) and via digital download (WIG309D)– there is also a special edition of the album, which is a deluxe double LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl (WIGLP309X) containing a bonus LP titled Fresh Blood: No Skin – a complete new full length minimalist mix of the full album, minus strings/horns or choir.  You can pre-order Fresh Blood via iTunes and DomMart.

Fresh Blood tracklist:
01.  Take Care My Baby
02.  Rock & Roll Is Cold
03.  Fruit Trees
04.  Holy Moly
05.  Circle ‘Round The Sun
06.  Feeling Good Is Good Enough
07.  Tranquility
08.  Golden Robes
09.  Vision
10.  Love Is Deep

Live dates:
Marc 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC  (with 30-piece orchestra)
March 9 - Paris, France @ New Morning (solo)
March 10 - London, UK @ St Lukes (solo)

Matthew E. White on the Web



All We Are | 12/03/14

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Liverpool’s All We Are have revealed their new single ‘Keep Me Alive’ - a soaring, standout track from their forthcoming self-titled debut LP, and live favorite, that shows a new depth to their songwriting. The single will be out Feb 3 on Double Six / Domino – the same day as their debut self-titled album release. 

Directed by Abbie Stephens, the accompanying, striking video captures the trio immersed in nature in an abandoned stately home where a surreal edge takes hold. Watch it HERE.

Following tours with Jungle, Warpaint and London Grammar, in 2015 the band will be taking their mesmerizing live show to Europe with a string of headline shows. 

For UK/EU tour dates and ticket links, head here.  

All We Are will be available on CD, LP, and digitally on Feb 3rd. A limited edition LP featuring a bonus 7” with the tracks ‘Reach’ and ‘Just Give It To Me’ will be available through Dom Mart. Pre-order the album on physical formats through Dom Mart HERE and digitally through iTunes HERE. All pre-orders come with instant downloads of ‘I Wear You’, ‘Feel Safe’ and ‘Keep Me Alive’.



Hookworms | 12/02/14

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There is Hookworms live and then there is Hookworms on record. As the flood of acclaim around their second album The Hum testifies, both are equally thrilling sides of one coin. The Leeds five-piece mix power with finesse in the studio, each revolution of their visceral protopunk-wired repetition rock an exercise in nuance versus tumult. Onstage, though, they induce a form of sensory overload that brands black onto the brain. Directed by Sam Wiehl, their new video for “Radio Tokyo” captures the audio and visual intensity of the band, glottal stabs of light punctuating the darkness they shroud themselves in while performing. Watch the video for “Radio Tokyo” HERE.

Hookworms have also announced a slew of live dates, including their largest headline slots yet in the UK and a supporting show for Slowdive in London. The band is also making a long-awaited trip to the US next spring for their first proper run of shows since 2013’s debut at New York’s CMJ, where they were called one of the fest’s “most intense acts” by NPR with a live set that the New York Times called “one big, mutable wallop, angry and obsessive and euphoric.”

Fans can purchase The Hum via iTunes HERE and Weird World HERE, with all new tour dates below.

Hookworms 2014-2015 International Tour Dates
Dec 6 - Cluny 2 - Newcastle, UK - SOLD OUT
Dec 20 - The Forum [tickets] - London, UK #
Feb 28 - Stereo [tickets] - Glasgow, UK
Dec 20 - The Forum [tickets] - London, UK #
Feb 28 - Stereo [tickets] - Glasgow, UK
Mar 1 - Sound Control [tickets] - Manchester, UK
Mar 21 - Oval Space [tickets] - London, UK
Mar 22 - Rescue Rooms [tickets] - Nottingham, UK

Apr 4 - The Constellation Room [tickets] - Santa Ana, CA *
Apr 5 - The Echo [tickets] - Los Angeles, CA *
Apr 6 - The Rickshaw Stop [tickets] - San Francisco, CA *
Apr 8 - Sunset Tavern [tickets] - Seattle, WA *
Apr 10 - Empty Bottle [tickets] - Chicago, IL
Apr 11 - UFO Factory [tickets] - Detroit, MI
Apr 12 - Silver Dollar [tickets] - Toronto, ON
Apr 13 - Casa del Popolo [tickets] - Montreal, QC
Apr 15 - Black Box AT underground Arts [tickets] - Philadelphia, PA
Apr 16 - DC9 [tickets] - Washington, DC
Apr 17 - Rough Trade [tickets] - Brooklyn, NY
Apr 18 - Palisades [tickets] - Brooklyn, NY 

# with Slowdive
* with Disappears

“A noisy, Technicolor, garage-rock nightmare . . . Hookworms have a knack for spanning several moods within a single song — juxtaposing raging screams with plaintive singing, garage rock riffs with staticky noise, danceable rhythms and pulseless drones.” Rolling Stone [Artist You Need To Know]

“Bass guitar and droning organ sounds connect the beat to the tendrils of noise and rip curls of guitar feedback and synth sounds that skim across the surfaces, before flying upward and outward, adjoining headier sounds with the sonic terror of heavy shoegaze . . . one false move, and these kids would blast through the roof of any venue foolhardy enough to think they could be contained.” NPR





Jon Hopkins | 11/19/14

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Jon Hopkins' 'Asleep Versions' EP, composed of four decelerated, dreamlike re-imaginings of tracks from the Mercury-nominated Immunity and intended to be heard as one, single 25-minute piece, is out now. To celebrate its release, Hopkins will be playing a one-off show in Brooklyn, NY this coming Friday, November 21st. His set will be part of the FIXED 10 Year Anniversary party, tickets available here

The following day, Saturday November 22nd, Jon will be participating in his first Reddit 'Ask Me Anything', at 3pm PST / 6pm EST / 11pm BST. Fans will be able to send in questions live via the Reddit r/electronicmusic forum. The live link for the AMA will be provided on Saturday afternoon, stay tuned via Domino and Jon Hopkins socials. 

Also going down on Saturday - Jon's first Essential Mix, for BBC's Radio 1. Tune in live Friday 8pm-10pm PST / Friday 11pm-1am EST / Saturday 4-6am GMT on BBC Radio 1 or listen to the archived mix via the BBC website here

Fri. Nov. 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Output (FIXED 10th Anniversary)
Thu. Dec. 4 - Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome
Fri. Dec. 12 - Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project - SOLD OUT
Tue. Dec. 16 - Cape Town, ZA @ Sónar Cape Town
Mon. Jan. 26 – Auckland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Jan. 31 – Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 1 – Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Fri. Feb. 6 @ Adelaide, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 7 – Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 8 – Freemantle, AU @ Laneway Festival
Fri. April 24 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy 

via Domino
via iTunes 
via Amazon 



Owen Pallett | 11/04/14

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In Conflict, the title track from Owen Pallett’s critically acclaimed recent album, now has an accompanying video. It was directed by Jason Last & Jaime Rubiano, and premiered via Nowness today. Watch it HERE

Owen Pallett has just announced a string of North American dates for 2015, which will take in a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All dates below. For tickets, head here.


01.22.15 Olympic Community Hall @ In The Dead Of Winter Music Festival, Halifax, NS
01.25.15 The RockHouse, St. Johns, NL
01.29.15 Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
01.31.15 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON **MATINEE SHOW
01.31.15 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON **EVENING SHOW
02.06.15 Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston, ON
02.08.15 Studio Theatre Salle Andre-mathieu, Laval, QC



Wild Beasts | 11/04/14

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Today Wild Beasts have shared a video for ‘Palace’, from Present Tense. The video was filmed by Alex Turvey. Singer Tom Fleming explains the concept behind the video:

‘The idea was to match the feel of a cheap game show with the content of a rather cruel psychological experiment. The content was unknown to us before the shoot; we were kept in a closed room until we were filmed, one by one, in a single take. What you see is us being introduced to the content for the first time and our genuine reactions to the objects and people involved. We wanted to make something that felt like an event and a sort of project, rather than what passes for a traditional music video.’

Present Tense – Special Edition, featuring the original album augmented by a bonus disc of remix material from artists including Factory Floor, Juan Atkins, Lone, East India Youth, Sohn as well as a brand new remix of ‘Palace’ from Foals, is available to purchase now.

Wild Beasts will also be performing at the O2 in London as special guests to The National on November 26. Full live dates are as follows:

November 5: V-Hall, Seoul, South Korea

November 7: Mongkol RCA, Bangkok, Thailand

November 8: Beep Studios, Singapore

November 9: The Bee, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia

November 12: Q4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

November 14: Tango, Beijing, China

November 15: QSW – Q Hall, Shanghai, China

November 21: Electronic Beats Festival, Leipzig, Täubchenthal, Germany (with Warpaint)

November 26: The O2, London, UK (with The National)

December 11: Canal Mill, Leeds, UK – Soft Future – with East India Youth, Evian Christ (DJ), Nathan Fake, Fryars & Forest Swords (DJ)


Watch the band’s live performance of ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’ filmed for NPR in Grand Central Station during their trip to the USA this summer, HERE

Watch Wild Beasts perform 'Wanderlust', 'Mecca' and 'Daughters' at the recent Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, USA, HERE.



Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks | 10/30/14

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Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks are proud to share the short film for ‘Catchy (Was Contagious),’ from their debut album ‘Enter The Slasher House released earlier this year. The tense, eerie 9 minute short is inspired by early black & white horror films, and finds its perfect soundtrack in the supernatural sounds of Slasher Flicks. 

Watch the video below:

The video for ‘Catchy (Was Contagious)’ was directed by Abigail Portner, with Giovanni Ribisi working in the role of Director of Photography. It was shot in and around Atwater, Los Angeles, in August. 

“I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffaut’s 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergman’s films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal - to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950’s feel to it but the undertone is still very dark.” – Abigail Portner on ‘Catchy (Was Contagious)’ 

The short film will have its live premiere tonight, prior to Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ set at the Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. In addition, the Halloween party will feature a screening of John Carpenter’s horror classic Halloween; DJ sets by Zach Cowie (Wooden Wisdom), Amason (Miike Snow), Clifton Weaver (Funky Sole), and Neil Schield (Origami Vinyl); and visuals by Abigail Portner. More info here.

Listen to a Halloween-themed playlist by the band here

Watch the band’s full live set at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival here.

‘Catchy (Was Contagious)’ Production Credits
Producer - Stellascope
Production Manager - Cody Moore
Director - Abigail Portner
Dir Photography - Giovanni Ribisi 

‘Catchy (Was Contagious)’ Cast
Boy - Cosimo Hansen
Werewolf  - Sean Pecknold
Balloon Girl  - Tuesday Hansen
Mom – Haley Pearl
Shop Owners- David Portner & Angel Deradoorian
Frankenstein – Travis Clark
Creature From The Black Lagoon – Abigail Portner
Invisible Man – Sam Muller 



Hookworms | 10/23/14

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With The Hum getting louder and the release of Hookworms’ second album only a few weeks away - November 11th to be precise - the strongly independent group have this week been sharing their track ‘Off Screen’ via the websites of some of the country’s best independent record stores. From Tuesday, the track has been exclusively streaming via the websites of Other Music, In Sound, and End Of An Ear.  

Today, you can listen to “Off Screen” here.

You can pre-order The Hum via Weird World or iTunes

For more information, head to the Weird World site.

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