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AUSTRA UNVEIL 'FUTURE POLITICS' MUSIC VIDEO; CONFIRMED EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2017

12/05/16

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Our current climate leaves many feeling apathetic but despair can act as a compass – the less you can ignore, the more you have to act.

Having previously shared the video for first single ‘Utopia‘Austra are pleased to reveal the video for new track ‘Future Politics’, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name which is released January 20th on Domino.

Of the video, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis and the director Allie Avital say: "Future Politics is the breaking down of paradigms. In this video, we wanted to explore what a world might look like if our values were transformed: instead of glorifying labour, maybe we could learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing."

Austra’s third LP is the Canadian band’s most ambitious record to date and calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. 

Additionally, Austra have confirmed full European tour dates for 2017 including London’s Convergence Festival.  
All dates can be found below.

Austra 2017 tour dates:

01/20 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
01/21 - Montreal - Fairmount Theatre
01/24 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
01/26 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
01/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01/28 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
01/29 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
01/31 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
02/01 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
02/02 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa *
02/03 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
02/04 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
02/05 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace *
02/07 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *
02/08 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
02/09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
02/11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine *
02/13 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
02/14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
02/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
02/18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall 
02/19 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
03/04 – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03/06 – Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg
03/07 – Warsaw, Poland - Niebo
03/08 – Berlin, Germany - Astra
03/09 – Muffatwerk, Munich
03/10 – Leipzig, Germany - Täubchenthal
03/11 – Posthof, Linz
03/12 – Wuk, Vienna
03/15 – Biko Club, Milano
03/16 – Les Docks, Lausanne
03/17 – Dampfzentrale, Bern
03/18 – Gloria Theter, Cologne
03/21 – Brighton, UK - Patterns
03/22 – London, UK - Village Underground
03/23 – Edinburgh, UK - Summerhall
03/24 – Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institue
03/25 – Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
03/28 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
03/29 – Les Trinitaires, Metz
03/31 – Le Trianon, Paris
05/01 – Metronum, Toulouse
05/05 – MAC, A Coruña
05/06 – Teatro Barcelo, Madrid
05/07 – La Rambleta, València
05/08 – Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo 
05/12 – L’Epicerie, Lyon
05/13 – La Sirene, La Rochelle
05/15 – Le 106, Rouen
05/16 – Brussels, Belgium - AB Box

* with support from The Range

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes

 

AUSTRA SHARE 'UTOPIA' (IKONIKA REMIX); ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Austra | 11/03/16

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Austra recently announced their third full length LP Future Politics, out January 20th, and have today announced the first leg of North American tour dates in support of the release. The Range will be supporting for a portion of the tour, and tickets are on-sale now. See below to find a show near you.

To accompany the tour announcement, The Fader have premiered a gorgeous remix by Ikonika for Future Politics’ lead single "Utopia". 

In an email to The FADER, Ikonika discussed her thinking behind the remix. “Good form is ubiquitous," she said. "We all wanna share our achievements via social media. We can easily be distracted by it. One lyric I had on loop making this remix was My work is valid, I can’t prove it/ but I know. I always thought of myself as online shy, but I learnt I just can't be bothered much.”

Listen now:

Austra 2017 tour dates:

01/20 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
01/21 - Montreal - Fairmount Theatre
01/24 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
01/26 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
01/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01/28 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
01/29 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
01/31 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
02/01 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
02/02 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa *
02/03 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
02/04 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
02/05 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace *
02/07 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *
02/08 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
02/09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
02/11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine *
02/13 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
02/14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
02/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
02/18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
02/19 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *

* with support from The Range

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes

 

THE RANGE ANNOUNCES FURTHER 2017 US & AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES; LISTEN TO LIVE SET

The Range | 11/02/16

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This weekend, The Range's North American support tour with Phantogram will come to an end, but today he's announced additional 2017 tour dates. He'll be supporting Tourist for a few shows in Australia in January and then be the main support for Austra's February 2017 tour behind their new album Utopia. Read recent interviews with The Range's James Hinton where he touches on his recent album Potential and SUPERIMPOSE, the documentary looking at the making of and the stories behind the people featured on the album, at DiscoverSD and Brightest Young Things.

Listen to a live set taken from the Denver, CO show on Oct 12, 2016 from The Range's recent dates with Phantogram below. The Range's James Hinton had the following to say about his recent live shows:

Looking forward to going out on tour next February with Austra! I’ve been out on the road all fall and have been having a lot of fun with my live set so I'm excited for you to hear these new live versions and edits of my songs. You can hear a little of what's to come from this set recorded at The Fillmore in Denver last month - james

The Range 2016/2017 tour dates:

11-03 New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater @
11-04 McDade, TX - Sound on Sound
11-05 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory @
11-19 Chicago, IL - Moonlight Studios $ 
01-25 Sydney, Australia - The Factory Theatre *
01-27 Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel *
01-31 Nashville, TN - Exit/In %
02-01 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West %
02-02 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa %
02-03 Dallas, TX - Trees %
02-04 Austin, TX - The Mohawk %
02-05 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace %
02-07 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar %
02-08 San Diego, CA - Casbah %
02-09 Los Angeles, CA El Rey %
02-11 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine %
02-13 Portland, OR - Holocene %
02-14 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile %
02-17 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock %
02-18 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall %
02-19 Detroit, MI - The Crofoot %

@ with Phantogram
$ with Jim-E-Stack
* with Tourist
% with Austra

 

WATCH PORCHES LIVE IN SESSION FOR KEXP

Porches | 10/28/16

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Porches recently stopped by the KEXP studio to perform a handful of songs from this year's acclaimed release 'Pool'. Watch the sesion back now, featuring renditions of Car, Mood, Braid, and Glow.

To cap off an incredible 2016, Porches will be performing a special headline show at Brooklyn's Warsaw on November 3rd. Tickets are available now.

Porches 2016 Tour Dates:

11/03 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw

 

PORCHES RELEASES WATER EP, LISTEN IN FULL NOW

Porches | 10/20/16

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Aaron Maine’s Porches follows the release of this year’s acclaimed Pool with the Water EP – a special opportunity to experience the music that formed the melodic skeleton of Pool in its raw state, alongside a pair of previously unreleased songs ‘Black Dress’ and ‘Black Budweiser T-Shirt’. Recorded solo in his adopted home of New York City, the Water EP strips Maine’s work down to its core, opening the curtain on his musical metamorphosis from previous releases Slow Dance In The Cosmos and those of his alias, Ronald Paris, into the Porches of today.

Stream Water EP HERE

Coinciding with the release of Water, Porches has shared a video for previously unreleased song ‘Black Dress,’ one of the new tracks from the EP.

Maine on Water:

I spent the first year after releasing ‘Slow Dance In The Cosmos’ teaching myself how to record music. I ended up with a bunch of pretty realized demos for songs that ended up on ‘Pool’ during that process. It was a loose and explorative time for me. I wanted to release a select few of these “demos” because I always find the excitement captured by recording a song when you first write it to be almost impossible to recreate later down the line. I chose to rerecord all of the songs that were to be on ‘Pool’ because I felt like by the time I had a batch of songs that I felt would make an album, I had grown as a producer and wanted to give them another pass. Either way, it’s fun to listen back to these earlier versions of the songs and remember how they first existed.

Water is available digitally today, stream it HERE, and will be on sale as a limited edition cassette during Porches upcoming autumn tour dates. It can also be purchased online, in limited quantities, through Bandcamp and the Domino Mart.

Purchase Water: Dom Mart || Bandcamp || iTunes 

Porches commence new live dates with a US headline tour throughout September, supported by Japanese Breakfast and Rivergazer, before arriving in the UK and Europe for a run of dates which include a London headline date at Tufnell Park Dome on Monday 24th October as well as appearances at Pitchfork Paris and London Calling at the end of the month. 

Porches 2016 Tour Dates:

09/03 Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival – Fairmount Park
09/04 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09/05 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
09/06 Durham, NC - The Pinkhook
09/07 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade – Hell Room
09/10 Houston, TX - Walkter’s
09/11 Austin, TX - Barracuda
09/13 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel
09/15 San Diego, CA - Irenic
09/16 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09/17 Berkeley, CA - UC Berkeley
09/18 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09/20 Portland, OR - Analog Theater
09/21 Olympia, WA - Obsidian
09/22 Seattle, WA - Crocodile
09/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09/26 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
09/27 Omaha, NE - Milk Run
09/28 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09/29 Madison, WI - High Noon
10/01 Detroit, MI - El Club
10/02 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/03 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
10/04 Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot
10/05 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
10/18 Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike's
10/19 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10/20 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
10/21 Glasgow, Scotland - The Hug & Pint
10/24 London, UK - The Dome
10/25 Lille, FR - La Péniche
10/26 Reims, FR - La Cartonnerie
10/28 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Festival
10/29 Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Paradiso

 

AUSTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FUTURE POLITICS

Austra | 10/20/16

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Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography. Future Politics will be out on January 20th 2017.

Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.

Says THAT GO on the video: "Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”

Future Politics, Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. Its not about ‘being political,its about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.

Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list - “every single persons idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

Future Politics tracklisting:

  1. We Were Alive
  2. Future Politics
  3. Utopia
  4. I’m A Monster
  5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  6. Angel In Your Eye
  7. Freepower
  8. Gaia
  9. Beyond A Mortal
  10. Deep Thought
  11. 43

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes


 

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS RELEASE THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP DECEMBER 2ND

The Last Shadow Puppets | 10/19/16

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The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on December 2, 2016.   The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson, NY and features new versions of Everything You've Come To Expect favorites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.  Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Aviation
  2. Les Cactus  - original by Jacques Dutronc
  3. Totally Wired – original by The Fall
  4. This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
  5. Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
  6. The Dream Synopsis 

The Dream Synopsis EP is available to pre-order on limited edition red vinyl 12”CD and digitally ahead of its December 2nd release. Stream ‘Is This What You Wanted’ here.

 

WATCH DAN DEACON'S "CHANGE YOUR LIFE" VIDEO; ON TOUR NOW

Dan Deacon | 09/07/16

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Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon has released a brand new track “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)”. Originally featured briefly in the “NewNow” episode of Adult Swim’s Off The Air, who previously collaborated with Deacon on the “When I Was Done Dying” music video, this new track has become a part of Deacon’s live shows since the start of this year. The music video to accompany the euphoric and motivational new song, directed by Ben O’Brien, was filmed during his equally transformational and interactive live shows over the North American summer 2015 tour for Deacon’s latest studio album Gliss Riffer. Watch the video for ‘Change Your Life (You Can Do It)’ below or over at Dan Deacon's site.

Deacon had the following to say about the track’s inception: “Sometime in late 2015 a good friend and long time collaborator, Dave Hughes, asked me to write a new song for the New Year’s Eve episode of his show ‘Off The Air.’ The theme for the show was ‘NEWNOW’ and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I was going through some pretty heavy shit at the time and was very depressed, confused and alone. The theme helped me realize I was in a transitional phase of my life and to try to pull myself together and remove the aspects of life that I was in conflict with. Writing the song became an opportunity to motivate myself to change myself. After I started writing the synth parts I realized I wanted the vocals to also be all synthetic and for the lyrics to be a series of simple but empowering mantras to motivate.” 

“Change Your Life (You Can Do It)” is available today on all digital platforms.

Deacon heads back out on the road soon, taking in stops at Riot Fest in Denver, CO in addition to other festivals and headlining dates. All dates below.

09-09 Washington, DC - National Geographic Society (DJ set)
09-10 West Palm Beach, FL - Respectable Street
09-16 Denver, CO - Riot Fest
09-17 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09-24 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
09-25 St. Louis, MO - Murmuration Festival
10-13 San Francisco, CA - California Academy of Sciences (Treasure Island Pre-Party)
10-15 Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
10-22 New Orleans, LA - Mid City Masquerade Warehouse

 

WILD BEASTS ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, BOY KING OUT TOMORROW

Wild Beasts | 08/04/16

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Wild Beasts' fifth album Boy King is out tomorrow. Apple Music debuted the album via an exclusive advance stream last Friday, and it continues to stream there until tomorrow’s wide release. Listen to the album below.

Also last week, Beats1 premiered the new single ‘Tough Guy’, a stand-out from the album which Stereogum calls “awesome” and Flavorwire says is “both hugely enjoyable and really rather inspiring”. Listen to the track below.

Wild Beasts fans have the opportunity to get some direct insights into the making of Boy King. Today at 2:00pm Eastern, the band will be participating in a Twitter Q&A via their Twitter feed (@WildBeasts) – be sure to tweet at them using the hashtag #AskWildBeasts. Additionally, next Monday, August 8th, at 2:00pm Eastern, the band will participate in a live Reddit AMA via the r/Indieheads subReddit.

The band recorded Boy King in Dallas with producer John Congleton. Watch an in-studio video, shot during their Dallas visit, below.

Following on from next week’s sold out album release show at Baby’s All Right in New York, Wild Beasts are pleased to announce they’ll be returning to US soil for a full tour later this year. All dates below, and tickets will be on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 5th.

08-10 New York, NY - Baby’s All Right (sold out)
11-03 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
11-06 San Francisco, CA - El Rey
11-09 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11-10 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
11-13 Boston, MA - Middle East (Downstairs)
11-14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11-16 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11-17 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts

 

THE RANGE'S SUPERIMPOSE DOCUMENTARY AND EP OUT TODAY

The Range | 08/04/16

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SUPERIMPOSE, the documentary exploring the voices on The Range’s 2016 album Potential, is out today. You can watch the documentary below via Pitchfork TV's YouTube, or via The Scene, the Conde Nast video hub.

Alongside the documentary release, The Range has today released Superimpose (Music From The Documentary) EP. It is available to stream or buy now via all good digital retailers.

The Range is performing today as part of THUMP’s live-streamed DJ set series Sunsets. Tune in via THUMP Facebook live at 5:30pm ET today to watch The Range debut tracks from the Superimpose EP.

The Range will be appearing on SiriusXMU tomorrow (Friday) night, hosting an hour-long Complete Control show. He’ll be playing songs from the EP, and will have some surprises in store for fans who tune in. The guest host set airs at 7pm ET and again at 11pm ET. Additionally, The Range’s ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’ mix for KEXP airs tomorrow, Friday August 5th at midnight PT / Saturday 3am ET.

Superimpose explores the making of The Range's new album Potential, which exclusively uses the voices of people who posted videos of themselves on YouTube. The documentary sheds light on the unique and varied human stories of the people featured on the album who were completely unknown to The Range (Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton) when originally selected. The documentary travels to off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of New York City, NY; Kingston, Jamaica and London, England to tell the stories of a wide range of unique people - from Kai, the shy Brooklyn teenager who loves singing Ariana Grande covers; to Damian “Naturaliss” Gordon, the charismatic Jamaican correctional officer by day, dancehall singer by night; to Ophqi, the determined Brixton rapper and dutiful father with a difficult past who is still waiting for his moment to succeed as a musician; and more. Directed by the gifted young filmmaker Daniel Kaufman whose resume includes short films and music videos for DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka Flame, OT Genasis, The Decemberists, and more.

SUPERIMPOSE screenings + events
08-04 Brooklyn, NY - THUMP Sunsets Live-stream (DJ set, with thanks to Serato)
08-04 New York, NY - Ludlow House (Screening + Q&A + Live Set) PRIVATE EVENT
08-09 London, UK - Rough Trade East (Screening + Q&A + Live Set) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Superimpose (Music From The Documentary) EP tracklisting
1. Superimpose (Damian Taylor Edit)
2. The Magic
3. Naught
4. Flag
5. True Value
6. No Loss (Superimpose Version)
7. Skeptical (Damian Taylor remix)

The Range live dates:
07-30 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08-12 Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
08-12 Biddinghuizen, NL - Lowlands
08-27 Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08-28 Wetherby, UK - Leeds Festival
09-22 to 09-26 Oakdale, CA - Symbiosis Gathering
10-21 Boston, MA - House of Blues *
10-22 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom *
10-24 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore *
10-25 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10-26 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10-28 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz *
10-29 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore *
10-30 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine *
10-31 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *
11-02 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater *
11-03 New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater *
11-05 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory *
11-04 to 11-06 Bastrop, TX - Sound on Sound Festival  

* with Phantogram

 
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