Slowdive Share “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)” Announce Release Day Listening Parties

Have you seen peppermint being made before? The hot, elastic sugary material is stretched out further than you’d think possible then folded back in on itself repeatedly. That’s how they get the swirl. Today Slowdive have shared “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)” – a remix that embodies this process quite nicely. Warm and familiar, the quickly beloved track takes on a new shape at the deft hands of Avalon Emerson. With a runtime of almost 10 minutes, it’s quite the form of escapism.

Listen to “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)”

We’re only a few days away from the release of Slowdive’s first record in 22 years. (We keep saying it because we can hardly believe it ourselves). That’s right, this Friday, May 5th Slowdive will be out in the world and at your fingertips. In celebration of this momentous occasion, approximately 50 stores across North America are hosting listening parties. They’ll have buttons, stickers, slipmats & more exclusives. Interested? Check out the map below to find one near you.

If you’re out at these events or simply picking up a copy from your local record shop, we’d love to see your photos! Use #Slowdive or tag us @deadoceans on Instagram.

(If you haven’t already)
Pre-order Slowdive:
slowdive.lnk.to/slowdive

Find a listening party near you!

Full list of participating stores:

1-2-3-4 Go! Records – San Francisco
1-2-3-4 Go! Records – Oakland
Bull City Records
Cactus Music
Criminal Records
Culture Clash Records
Down In The Valley
Easy Street Records
End of An Ear
Everyday Music
Fingerprints
Good Records
Grimey’s
Guestroom Records – Louisville
Guestroom Records – Norman
Guestroom Records – OKC
Harvest Records
Hear Again Records
Indy CD & Vinyl
KA-CHUNK!! Records
Landlocked Music
Lou’s Records
Luna Music
Lunchbox Records
Mills Record Company
M-Theory Music
Music Millennium
Music Saves
Omega Music
Park Ave CDs
Port of Sound
Radio-Active Records
Record Archive
The Record Exchange
Redscroll Records
Repo Records
Seasick Records
Shuga Records
Sonic Boom Records
The Sound Garden
Stinkweeds
Sweat Records
ToneVendor
Waiting Room Records
Waterloo Records
Zia Record Exchange

Phosphorescent’s Cover of “This Land Is Your Land” Closes Out Our First 100 Days

This past Saturday marked day 100 of Our First 100 Days, a project started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Days, 30 Songs. Over the course of Our First 100 Days, we’ve raised funds and awareness for organizations supporting causes that are under threat by the proposed policies of a Trump administration: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground. Our own Phosphorescent contributed the final song – a fitting cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Matthew Houck’s full statement on his contribution can be read below:

Listen to Phosphorescent’s cover of “This Land Is Your Land”

“Sometime about a year ago
I heard “This Land Is Your Land”
And it brought me to tears

Like maybe most Americans I guess I’ve known it forever
It’s one of those magic ones that snuck through somehow
And slipped into the jet-stream of collective consciousness
Just like Woody Guthrie himself did

Somebody out there on the internet had made a collage of footage
Of thousands of folks singing this song together at Bernie Sanders rallies
Voices raised together in a spirit of generosity;
Then juxtaposed it with footage from Trump rallies from that time
People punching, spitting, yelling
So much hate and anger
So much ugliness;
Everyone at ease with the empty mean-ness of it all;
Everyone agreeing on impotent vile-ness
As basic human-ness

There were a handful of Phosphorescent shows around that time
And I started singing This Land Is Your Land during the set
But it didn’t then and still doesn’t now feel political
I’m not sure I fully grasp what constitutes “political”

The other night over a drink with a friend
It came up that I was gonna record this song for this 100 Days benefit
“Oh that’ll do it,” he joked, “That’ll fix everything.”
And I laughed cuz I reckon he is right in a lot of ways
And I can be as jaded as anybody
Depending on the hour, day, mood
But I don’t want to live there

So anyway, what is this politics?
Where does personal end and politics begin?
Are all songs political?
Is this a political song?
Regardless, does an 80-year-old folk song have any purchase in 2017?
Do “most Americans” know it?
Does that matter?
Does this / Can this do anything
As relates to the 100th day in office
Of a “President” of a “Nation” ?

I don’t know

I only know that it speaks to that looming thing
That has stayed near me my whole life;
That thing that wants nothing to do with fear
Or selfishness or pettiness or greed;
That thing which blindly and stubbornly
Persists in believing in the sweetness of this world

It speaks to that thing and says,
“Stay a little longer hey,
This land was made for you and me”

Matthew Houck
Phosphorescent
April 27 2017

Kane Strang Announces New Album, ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’, Out June 30th

You know that delightful, intoxicating and ultimately stressful feeling of holding onto a particularly delicious secret? Well today we’re free of the burden of secrecy. Kane Strang has announced his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th on Dead Oceans (that’s us!). We’ve had it on high rotation in the office and we’re ecstatic you get a taste of it today. That’s right! Along with the announcement he’s sharing the new single, “My Smile Is Extinct.” It’s the follow up to lead single, “Oh So You’re Off I See,” his first taste of new music since 2016’s Blue Cheese, which was shared ahead of Kane’s first ever North American tour last month.

Recorded in his hometown of Dunedin at the notoriously haunted Chick’s Hotel studio, Kane teamed up with producer Stephen Marr from trip hop group Doprah for Two Hearts and No Brain. The collaborative result is a razor sharp blend of intelligent alt-rock, bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks. Marr’s influence brings a pristine, retro-futuristic sheen which complements Strang’s perfectionist recording style, sharp melody, and verbose lyrical neuroticism. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

Two Hearts and No Brain is pure pop genius from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine who else could convincingly fuse fuzzy synths with slide guitar; crunchy chords with chiming vocals in such a kaleidoscopic pop vision. The album’s cover art, featuring a refracted analogue photograph taken of Kane atop of a rocky precipice; echoes the spirit of lean guitar-pop shining through a truly contemporary, innovative lens. His attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Kane’s contemporaries; yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath.

What sets Kane apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, he’s stretched his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new unexpected spaces on Two Hearts and No Brain. Kane’s vision of extending his sound far beyond the bedroom promises international touring and releases the world over. With a live show that exhibits his unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane’s amassed a band of cohorts to execute his vision with arresting impact, sure to charm crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop.

Pre-order Two Hearts and No Brain:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

Two Hearts and No Brain tracklist:
1. Lagoons
2. Silence Overgrown
3. Not Quite
4. Oh So You’re Off I See
5. See Thru
6. Summertime In Your Lounge
7. My Smile Is Extinct
8. Two Hearts and No Brain
9. It’s Not That Bad
10. Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)
11. Good Guy


Kane Strang UK/EU Tour Dates:
Sat. May 13 – Zurich, CH @ Stall 6 (Lauter Festival)
Mon. May 15 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Tue. May 16 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Wed. May 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Thu. May 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Mucky Duck (The Great Escape)
Sat. May 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Mon. May 22 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Tue. May 23 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Wed. May 24 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Thu. May 25 – London, UK @ Greenman Presents Courtyard at Kings X
Sat. May 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs (London Calling)

Kevin Morby Shares Video For New Song “Aboard My Train,” New Album ‘City Music’ Out 6/16

Today Kevin Morby has shared a video for “Aboard My Train,” the new single off his forthcoming album, City Music (out 6/16 on Dead Oceans). Kevin self-directed the video for his new song, “Aboard My Train.”

“I wanted to make a video at home, something sort of lo-fi,” he explains. “I kind of missed the challenge of having to come up with something creative with little to no money.” As for the song, Kevin had this to say: “Doing what I do, people are constantly coming in and out of your life. The moment you think you’ll never see someone again, they reappear and that’s what this song is about starting with my first best friend, Pablo, who lived on my street in Tulsa, and was my first memory of having a best friend.” In the video, Kevin writes the names of many of these people who have made lasting impressions on his life.

Pre-order your copy of City Music
https://kevinmorby.lnk.to/citymusic

Catch Kevin On Tour
Tue. May 23 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Wed. May 24 – New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. May 26 – Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. May 27 – Allston MA @ Boston Calling
Thu. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Sun. June 4 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. June 8 – Sun. June 11 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Wed. June 28 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Sun. July 2 – Berlin, DE @ Quasimodo
Mon. July 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
Wed. July 5 – Düdingen, DE @ Bad Bonn
Fri. July 7 – Soliera/Modena, IT @ Artivive
Sun. July 9 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival
Tue. July 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Thu. July 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
Sat. July 15 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Sun. July 16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude
Fri. July 28 – Newport RI @ Newport Folk Festival

tour dates

05/23/17

Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506

05/24/17

Richmond, VA - Strange Matter  w/ Buck Gooter

10/26/17

Brussels, BE - Botanique Witloofbar

10/27/17

Rotterdam, NL - V11

10/30/17

Cologne, DE - Blue Shell

10/31/17

Hamburg, DE - Molotow Musikclub

11/01/17

Berlin, DE - Privat Club
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