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The National Releasing A New Album, New Tour Dates

The National
The National

Good news, The National have announced a release date (well, a release window) for the follow up to their excellent 2010 LP, High Violet.

A brand new studio album from The National is slated for a May release on 4AD. This forthcoming release is follow up to the critically acclaimed High Violet (2010), which brought the band global critical and commercial success. People Magazine described the album as “stellar, moody atmospherics.” and Rolling Stone called it “a seductive collection of subtly surging anti-anthems, with evocative lyrics about the terrors and unexpected joys of adult life.”

Tickets are already on sale for the band’s big show at the Barclays Center and tickets for the band’s new tour dates go on sale on Friday, March 1. Ticketing links and presale information can be found at

More The National tour dates after the jump.

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Iron and Wine Releasing New Album, Stream A New Song

Bumpershine favorite, Iron and Wine, announced a new album and a new label today. From the sounds of the jazzy first single, Ghost on Ghost will not mark a return to Sam’s solo acoustic roots.

Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost in the U.S. on April 16 (April 15 on 4AD in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim. Iron and Wine will support the new release with tour dates throughout 2013, to be announced soon. A special pre-order at also will be announced soon.

Album track list after the jump.

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Esben and The Witch Releasing New Album + Lost SXSW Pics

Esben and the Witch at The FADER Fort SXSW 2011
Esben and the Witch at SXSW
Photo: Jon Klemm

On January 22 in the U.S. and January 21 in the UK, ghostly Brighton trio Esben and the Witch will release their new album Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, the follow up to their Violet Cries album and Hexagons EP, via Matador. []

Also, as of right now, you can stream WTSNOTF in its entirety at Pitchfork Advance.

Videos for “Despair” and “Deathwaltz,” plus international tour dates and more pics from SXSW 2011 after the jump.

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Villagers New Album Out Now in UK/Ire and Europe

Watch: “Nothing Arrived” – Villagers
Stream: “The Waves” – Villagers

Aside from the Monday/Tuesday thing, I’ll never fully understand the nuances of staggered international release dates. Having said that, {Awayland}, the new album from Ireland’s Villagers (aka Conor O’Brien) arrived today Ireland, the UK and Europe. Those of us stateside will have to “wait patiently” until the album’s April 9 North American release via Domino Records. (Those of us with access to computers could probably find a way to listen to this before April 9.)

While every instrument on Villagers’ Mercury Prize nominated debut Becoming a Jackal was performed almost entirely by songwriter Conor J. O’Brien on his own, {Awayland} is an entirely different beast, with Conor inviting his fellow touring partners to perform his songs as a group, allowing a certain level of collaborative inventiveness to inform the arrangements. After initially beginning to write material for {Awayland} on his acoustic guitar, O’Brien felt he needed to take a new and different approach, “flip on its head the idea of what music is for myself,” and began creating musical landscapes, listening to widescreen instrumental music like Lalo Schifrin and David Axelrod. There is a different kind of movement on {Awayland}, an exploration of what O’Brien felt was most important, yet not immediately obvious. Trees, birds, the sea – all recurring images in O’Brien’s work that provide a kind of metaphor for living and dying, and the sense of soaring otherness. The record is possessed with playful joy as it is with devastation, a filtering of disparate influences – the quiet elegance of Nick Drake, and the sensuality of Curtis Mayfield. It is, as Kurt Vonnegut might have put it “intricate and voluptuous and enchanted and absurd” (Slaughterhouse-Five, Chapter 6)- life, in other words.

No US tour dates announced as of yet, track list and album art after the jump. (I expect Conor might be playing some US shows around the NA album release date. A quick check of his website, makes it look like he’ll probably be skipping SXSW.)

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(Patrick) Krief Playing Rock Shop, New Album Getting US Release

Krief – Hundred Thousand Pieces

Tickets are on sale now for Patrick Krief’s Mar 21 show at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn. Patrick, the former and current guitarist of The Dears, who also once performed under the Dylanesque moniker of Black Diamond Bay, is now simply known as Krief.

Krief recently signed a label deal with Rock Ridge Music to release his new album, Hundred Thousand Pieces, in the US in early 2013. While no firm US release date has been set as of this writing, eager American listeners can find Patrick’s album via import or at

On the self-produced, self-mixed album, Krief played nearly all the instruments himself (with help from former Black Diamond Bay member Roberto Piccioni), and he also composed the complex, melodically independent string, brass and choir arrangements. Krief was committed to creating music that was strongly evocative, inspired by his work scoring films. The 10 songs on the album deal with his anxieties about growing older and continuing down the financially precarious road of a professional musician. Hundred Thousand Pieces follows his work with The Dears, his first solo release, 2007’s Take It Or Leave EP, and 2009’s Calm Awaits as part of the band Black Diamond Bay.

This one off Rock Shop show is no doubt part of a larger US club tour, but I don’t have any additional dates at this time. (PS: Update your website Patrick.)

Official video for “Forever Goodnight” after the jump.

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New Atoms For Peace Record Announced

Thom Yorke announced the details of the new Atoms For Peace record today. If the past is any indication, they’ll be playing some shows at Roseland which will go on sale and be announced very close to each other.

So finally I can tell you the Atoms for Peace record is coming out on the 25th February, it’s called Amok.

The front will look like theez..

Atoms For Peace - Amok

Press release continued after the jump.

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Takka Takka Released A New Record, Playing Mercury Lounge

Takka Takka at CMJ 2012
Takka Takka at CMJ 2012
Photo: Bryan Bruchman

It’s been a long time since 2008’s Migration, but those who have been patiently waiting were rewarded last month with a new release from Brooklyn indie rockers Takka Takka. Recorded with Phil Palazzolo (New Pornographers, Okkervil River), A.M. Landscapes was released on November 20 via Ernest Jenning. The album is streaming now in its entirety via SoundCloud and it’s also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Ernest Jenning‘s site. But wait, that’s not all, Takka Takka will be debuting songs from their new LP at the Mercury Lounge on Jan 23 with Pattern is Movement and Future of What. Tickets for that show go on Amex presale Wednesday, Dec 5 at noon ET, regular on sale begins Friday, Dec 7 at noon ET.

A.M. Landscapes full album stream after the jump.

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Win Tickets to Ultraista at Le Poisson Rouge, Debut Album Out Now

Win Tickets To Ultraista at LPR on Oct 24

Ultraísta, the new band of famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker (Jack White, Beck, REM, and many others) and front woman Laura Bettinson, released their self titled debut album on Temporary Residence last week.

Favoring mantras over traditional choruses and distilling their compositions to the barest essentials, the band possesses the kind of masterful control over the pure anatomy of a pop song that only comes from having played a significant role in redefining the form in the 21st century.

The band only has a handful of dates scheduled for the US so far and one of them is at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, Oct 24 (Buy Tickets). If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to the LPR show go to and fill out the contest entry form. No purchase necessary. Contest ends on Oct 18, at 11:59 59 PM ET, 21+, 1 entry per person.

All Ultraista tour dates, videos for “Smalltalk,” “Static Light,” and “Bad Insect” after the jump.

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El Perro Del Mar Releases New Video, New Album Coming Soon + Lost KF Pics

El Perro Del Mar at Knitting Factory Brooklyn (02/17/10)
El Perro Del Mar at KF Brooklyn
Photo: Jon Klemm

First release from my upcoming album PALE FIRE

So, today you finally got to hear a piece of the album. I hope you like it.
I see it as an homage to the songs I loved in the early 90’s.
The album version, which you will hear in November, holds more in store for you.
So look out for it then!

Until then, keep your heads up!


El Perro Del Mar‘s new album Pale Fire will be released on Nov 13 in North America via The Control Group. No US tour dates have been announced as of yet, but a short run of European “record release” shows have been booked for November.

Check out the new Frode&Marcus directed video for “Walk On By“, European tour dates, and more “lost” pictures of El Perro Del Mar from the Knitting Factory Brooklyn after the jump.

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Matt and Kim Release “Lightning” | Playing Terminal 5, Wellmont

Matt and Kim – Lightning
Matt and Kim - Lightning

Matt and Kim‘s Lightning came out last week via The FADER label and the band is already hard at work on the road promoting their new record. They kicked off their tour in the Northeast, tiptoeing around NYC, but not actually playing here. After criss-crossing the country, they’ll be back in NYC on Nov 15 to play Terminal 5 (Buy Tickets), then they’ll close out the tour (well, the first leg anyway) two nights later at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ.

More Matt and Kim tour dates and a YouTube stream of Lightning, featuring 8 brand-new, animated lyric videos for every track on the album after the jump.

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