Destroyer's Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings. Dan Bejar's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters--Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack--simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record--first as swaying, saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Broadway Danny Bejar dramatically switches scenes with "Dream Lover," all Style Council strut and brassy, radio-ready bombast (echoes of The Boo Radleys' evergreen earworm "Wake Up Boo!"). This being Destroyer, its paramours-on-the-run exuberance is judiciously spiked by his deadpan delivery: "Oh shit, here comes the sun..." Like the other DB, Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness. Playfully rueful, "Sun in the Sky" foregrounds cryptic lyrical dexterity over pop-classicist strum before gradually left-fielding into rhythmically supple, delirious avant-squall. It's as if Talk Talk took over a Lloyd Cole show. Originally released on a collaborative EP with electronic maestros Tim Hecker and Loscil (the latter's drones are retained here), a retooled "Archer on the Beach" suggests Sade swimming in The Blue Nile, smooth-jazz marimba melancholy dilated by ecstatic ambience. Flecked in heady dissonance, elusively alluring, Dan hymns its eponymous "impossible raver on your death bed" while implicitly beckoning the listener: "Careful now, watch your step, in you go." That's Poison Season in essence: familiar yet mysterious, opaquely accessible. Arch, for sure, but ultimately elevatory.

LSTN // The Luyas – ‘Animator’ Streaming at WNYC

The Luyas’ sophomore album Animator isn’t out until next Tuesday, October 16, but you can listen to it in full below or at WNYC’s Soundcheck where it premiered this morning! Pre-order the album HERE!

“At the heart is singer Jessie Stein’s dreamy melodicism and introspective words written as if a means of glassy-eyed escape from pain. In “Face” Stein ponders faith, intimacy, identity, singing “I wonder how true to life that I should be / Looking for nothing until I can speak.” Still, the beauty of Stein’s seductive, childlike coo as it floats over the music is what ultimately allows Animator to feel cathartic and full of hope.” – WNYC

The Luyas head out on tour on November 1! See all their dates, including a few shows with Destroyer, HERE. End your Luyas fun by listening to Jessie’s new Spotify playlist, Sleepy With Me.

Destroyer Announces New Tour Dates

Destroyer kicks off their European tour this upcoming July with dates going well into the fall. In addition to venue dates, you can see the band at several festivals, including Melt!, Latitude, Dour, Poolbar, and more! Today we’ve got a new round of November shows to share. Here’s your chance; don’t miss the live show. See new dates below and check out the full schedule and links to buy tickets HERE.


11/13/12 London, UK – Village Underground BUY TICKETS
11/14/12 Bristol, UK – Fleece BUY TICKETS
11/15/12 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s BUY TICKETS
11/16/12 Manchester, UK – Sound Control BUY TICKETS
11/19/12 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich BUY TICKETS
11/20/12 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall BUY TICKETS
11/21/12 Goteborg, SE – Pustervik BUY TICKETS
11/22/12 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret BUY TICKETS
11/23/12 Stockholm, SE – Strand BUY TICKETS
11/25/12 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia BUY TICKETS
11/28/12 Copenhagen, DK – Vega BUY TICKETS

Destroyer Announce Upcoming European Dates

Destroyer is hitting Europe for a string of July dates! Check them out below and catch Dan Bejar and his band as they traipse across the continent:

7/11/12 – Colors Festival @ Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
7/12/12 – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
7/13/12 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
7/14/12 – Dour Festival, Belgium
7/15/12 – MELT! festival, Graefenhainichen, Germany
7/17/12 – Musicbox, Lisbon, Portugal
7/18/12 – Festival Sinsal, Vigo, Spain
7/19/12 – Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain
7/20/12 – Jazzaldia, San Sebastian, Spain
7/21/12 – Mar de la Musique @ Arabian Castle, Cartagena, Spain
7/23/12 – Open Air, Bordeaux, France
7/25/12 – Festival in Fluss, Basel, Switzerland
7/26/12 – Poolbar Festival, Feldkirch, Austria
7/27/12 – Bolognetti on the rocks, Bologna, Italy
7/28/12 – Radar Festival, Padova, Italy

Destroyer Covers New Order for MOJO Compilation

In the February 2012 issue of Mojo, Destroyer takes part in the remaking of New Order’s Power, Corruption, & Lies and the single “Blue Monday.” The covermount CD, included with purchase of the magazine, features 13 different artists doing some serious justice in the recreation of New Order’s second and possibly most revered album.

Destroyer covers “Leave Me Alone.” For a preview of the album, check out Mojo’s Tumblr and to listen to Destroyer’s track in it’s entirety, head over to The Quietus.

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tour dates


Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle  w/ Jennifer Castle


Atlanta, GA - The Loft  w/ Jennifer Castle


Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge  w/ Jennifer Castle


St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room


Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater  w/ Jennifer Castle


Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge  w/ Jennifer Castle


Boise, ID - Neurolux  w/ Jennifer Castle
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