Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Foxygen Single "How Can You Really" and 2014 Tour Info

07/31 Seattle, WA – Neumos *^
08/01-03 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/04 Petaluma, CA – Lagunitas Brewing Company ^
08/06 Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival
08/07 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery ^
08/08 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door #
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
08/13 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern $
08/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre $#
08/15 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory $
08/16 Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival at Pappy & Harriet’s *
09/24 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom #
09/25 Santa Fe, NM – Skylight #
09/27 Dallas, TX – INDEX Festival
09/28 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs #
09/29 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks #
10/01 Atlanta, GA – The Loft #
10/02 Nashville, TN – Exit/IN #
10/03 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #
10/04 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater #
10/05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
10/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/09 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
10/11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club #
10/12 Montreal, Quebec – Le National #%
10/14 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club #
10/15 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom #
10/16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
10/17 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
10/18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music CafĂ© #
10/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater #
10/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
10/29 Brighton, England – Komedia
10/30 Manchester, England – Ruby Lounge
10/31 London, England – Village Underground
11/01 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11/03 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
11/04 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Tolhuistuin
11/05 Berlin, Germany – Frannz
11/06 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
11/09 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

* with Woods
^ with Steve Gunn
# with Dub Thompson
$ with Gary Wilson
% with Heat

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pitchfork: Parquet Courts, Speedy Ortiz, White Fence to Release Benefit Single

New split 7" records from the LAMC series, digital proceeds go to VH1's Save the Music

Evan Minsker
 on July 16, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. EDT

Parquet Courts, Speedy Ortiz, White Fence to Release Benefit Singles
Famous Class' LAMC series offers split 7" records where they ask an artist to provide an unreleased track and curate which band will appear on the B-side. All digital proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music. Today, they've announced the next three installments in the series, which will feature new tracks from Parquet CourtsSpeedy Ortiz, and White Fence.
The White Fence split is out on September 2. It features the track "Nero (Has a Lot to Think About)" and is backed by a track called "Belly Full of Blood" from Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jack Name. Listen to a preview of both tracks above.
Parquet Courts' single is out September 16, and it features the track "This is Happening Now". The B-side features a track from Brooklyn's Future Punx called "Spike Train". 
The Speedy track is called "Doomsday", and it's out October 7. The B-side features "I Took it Off a Record" by Brattleboro, Vermont singer/songwriter Chris Weisman.
All of the tracks will also be available on Famous Class' Bandcamp page upon release.
Read our recent feature on Parquet Courts. Watch Parquet Courts perform at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival, and watch Speedy perform at 285 Kent:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christopher Owens 2014 Tour

SPIN: Conor Cleared!

Conor Oberst's Name Cleared; Rape Accuser Admits She Lied

Joanie Faircloth: "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere are 100% false."

Conor Oberst Rape Accustion Recanted
Conor Oberst has committed no wrongdoing, says accuser PHOTO BY JOLIE RUBEN FOR SPIN
Colin Joyce
    The woman who accused Conor Oberst of raping her when she was 16 years old has offered a public apology today for her claims. This news comes just a week after the false rumors that the Upside Down Mountain singer had been dropped by his labelNonesuch, in response to the allegations. A note from a representative for Oberst says that Joanie Faircloth has issued an official statement admitting that she lied in a post on the xoJane comments section, blaming the accusation on a "difficult period in [her] life," when she was trying to deal with the illness of her son. The SPIN cover star filed a libel suit against Faircloth, and as of last week she had yet to appear in court. The full text of the statement from Oberst's representative, including Faircloth's apology, is below.
    "North Carolina resident Joan Elizabeth Harris aka Joanie Faircloth has issued a public apology to Conor Oberst recanting her on-line accusations of being sexually assaulted by the musician. After seven months of attempts to reach Ms. Faircloth to request that she rescind the false accusations she made against Mr. Oberst in the comments section of the xoJane website in December 2013, and repeated elsewhere over the following months, Ms. Faircloth contacted Mr. Oberst’s lawyers and today issued a notarized statement. Her statement reads in full:
    'The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.'
    In February Mr. Oberst filed a libel complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asserting that the only relationship between the two parties was one of artist and fan; Ms. Faircloth had no physical contact with Mr. Oberst at the Durham, NC show she claimed was the location of the alleged sexual assault."
    Conor Oberst rape accusation statement lie recant Joanie Faircloth
    A copy of Joanie Faircloth's signed statement

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    New, Cool Song "Don't Wanna Lose" by Ex Hex (feat Mary Timony)

    We loved loved loved Mary Timony as co-frontwoman, co-lead axe-woman of the late great Wild Flag... Although we are sad as sacks that Wild Flag is no more, we have Ex Hex (and episodes of Portlandia I suppose) to comfort us...

    Uh, is it ok if I make a pointless but heartfelt plea for a second Wild Flag album?

    I saw them twice - at the Doug Fir in Portland and at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State, and the scene of Mary and Carrie (she's the fourth Carrie that shows up on Google, following Carrie's Underwood and Fisher, and the movie Carrie) singing and shredding side-by-side was almost too much to handle (in a good way). Not to mention Janet's drumming.

    But perhaps the Carrie's success with Portlandia has doomed such a reunion.... and then there was a Rolling Stone article a few months back with Carrie stating something to the effect that she "hated" playing anymore...

    Oh well, we'll always have Sasquatch....

    Pitchfork: Christopher Owens (ex-Girls) Interview


    Christopher Owens

    On his new album, the former Girls leader revisits his past by reuniting with old band members but also expands his sound to include elements of vintage country and R&B. He talks about quitting drugs, finding love, and moving forward.

    Ryan Dombal
     , July 10, 2014

    Christopher Owens
     Christopher Owens: "It Comes Back to You" (via SoundCloud 
    Christopher Owens has a folder on his computer called “Dates and Titles”, which lists the 153 songs he has written thus far, along with when, exactly, they first came to be. “These are the keepers,” he says, counting them up while on the line from his San Francisco apartment. He’s got handwritten manuscripts and audio demos of everything, too—an exacting organizational habit he picked up while frequently moving around the world as a kid in the Children of God cult. The 30 or so songs he recorded with Girls are in the folder, along with the ones from his 2013 solo debut, Lysandre, and the dozen tunes that make up his forthcoming record, A New Testament. Which means he’s got about 100 songs that have yet to be properly recorded, that are not quite ripe yet, that still need to live up to the sounds swirling in his head.
    Until recently, one called “Overcoming Me” was in that pile. It was written on January 3, 2008—a solid year-and-a-half before the release of Girls’ debut LP—and it will finally be let out into the world on A New Testament, the song’s dreamy vibraphone, swelling organ, stop-start drums, layered backing vocals, and pleading lyric culminating in a warm mini-epic. “Overcoming Me” isn’t the only holdover from Owens’ past, as the new album also reunites the singer with keyboardist Danny Eisenberg, drummer Darren Weiss, and guitarist John Anderson, all of whom played on Girls' final and best record, 2011’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost. But A New Testament isn’t just a self-conscious throwback following the relatively minor, tepidly received Lysandre; along with moments that harken back to some of Girls’ more soulful songs, there are recently-written tracks marked by gospel, rockabilly, and old-school country influences that Owens has only hinted at before. 
    “It's an American thing,” the singer says, describing the new sounds, which sometimes recall Nashville legends like George Jones. “When radio first popped up, all those early American genres—country, R&B, gospel—were separate from one another, and people like the Everly Brothers and Elvis rolled it up into rock’n’roll. But those are the roots of Americana.” 
    Another change: Though Owens made a name for himself expressing the kind of dark sorrow that’s hard to stare in the face for too long, A New Testament is his brightest statement yet. The mood swing makes sense when considering the 34-year-old is currently in the midst of his longest-ever relationship—“We're one of those couples that doesn't fight,” he says—and he’s also worked hard to put his well-documented problems with drugs behind him. 
    “That was very, very hard,” he admits. “Maybe I'm getting too cocky, but I really feel like I've beat the goddamn thing. I know it's something that requires vigilance and diligence, and I'm lucky to have people around me that have been through this before and are on the same page as me. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that I cannot see right now, and that's been abrupt, but it's life. One has to move forward.”
    Pitchfork: A New Testament bears a strong country influence, what's your personal history with that style of music? 
    Christopher Owens: I write in moments of emotional overpowerment, and in those situations, I go back to my fundamentals. For me, the music that we played in the Children of God was very broken-down: three chords on the guitar, simple melodies. And those songs were so strongly influenced by country music. And after leaving the Children of God as a teenager, I spent years in Amarillo, Texas, around [eccentric businessman] Stanley Marsh, who’s a country boy, and he’d play Willie Nelson, and we'd listen to AM radio. Sometimes I wouldn't know who the hell it was, but I'd hear it. Most of the time, country songs are concise, to-the-point, honest, and emotional, and just about anybody can play them on the guitar. That's what appeals to me about them.
    Pitchfork: This new record does seem more lighthearted than some of the music you’re best-known for. It sounds like you’re in a more contented place. 
    CO: I am happy. And if some of that came out on the record, that's good. I don't want to be afraid to show that. People like me for being this down-and-out character, but I’m sorry, I'm not your Jesus. Don't hand me that cross. I refuse to play along. I've got to say how I'm feeling when I'm feeling it. That said, the themes I’m writing about are the same, really. I could've called this album Looking for Love. I could've called them all Looking for Love
    The other day I played at a friend's small store with just a guitar. I sang some Girls songs, and I haven’t lost my emotional relationship with them. Now, when I sing "Ghost Mouth", from the first Girls album, it still describes how I feel because I've had to isolate myself from a lot of people that I used to spend time with. I do feel lonely in a big city again. Sure, I probably wouldn't have written that song if I didn't have the bad habits I did at the time, but it keeps coming back around, it seems, and I'm happy for that because I don't want to lose it. 
    Pitchfork: You’ve been with your current girlfriend for more than four years, does the stability of that relationship also contribute to your mindset now?
    CO: Yeah, it's a relationship I can't place a value on. We're very different people: in upbringing, in habits, in the way we both cook, the books we read, the music we like. Maybe I see something in her that I think is wonderful and wish I could've been like that myself. At the same time, I don't. I'm not a person with regrets. But I can definitely see the benefit of having somebody like that in my life. I mean, I could've had somebody more like myself in my life for this period of time and been pushed along down my own paths, my own devices—if that was the case, Father, Son, Holy Ghost might not have even come out. From the beginning, she has kept me aware without judging, without ever saying, "This is an ultimatum," or, "You have by this date..." She’s never even been rude to me about it when my priorities were completely out of whack. From the beginning, we liked each other for who we were, and it's always been that way. As time goes by, we'll remain different people, but we'll remain essential to one another.
     Christopher Owens: "Stephen" (via SoundCloud)
    Pitchfork: The gospel-style track “Stephen” deals with your family history: how your brother passed away when he was two years old, and how your parents separated. You also sing: “We were Children of God, but all that we wanted was our father’s love.” Do you have any sort of contact with your dad now?
    CO: Yeah, I've been working on my relationship with my dad. All in all, he's been a great guy and he's made himself available. He comes to shows. The fact that we didn't grow up together—that I was 23 the first time I actually spent time with him at his house—that's never going to change. He doesn't call me up and say, "Did you see the ballgame last night?" or whatever—I don't know what dads say. But we check in and we're polite and we respect one another. I don't want to write him off as a person. He is my father, and he is a country singer in Louisville, Kentucky. I have sat and watched him do shows in bars, and that has also contributed to my knowledge of country music. 
    My dad did call me after "Stephen" got put out on the internet, and he said, "I just want to know where you're at with me—I could listen to this and think maybe you're mad at me." I said, "It's something I had to write about, but trust me, there's no issues there. I've always accepted what happened and I don't have any regrets and I don't blame you." We worked that out. It was not an emotional phone call. He just wanted to check in. 
    The Children of God changed its name to The Family, and their idea of a family did not include marriage, and you called every adult "uncle" and "auntie," and they divided us into age groups. So I grew up with other kids my age and I didn’t see my sisters as much because they were older. And now, my sisters are some of the most distant people in my life, unfortunately. That's what I was trying to get at in "Stephen", too: The Family destroyed our family, even to the point of one of the kids having to die. I’ve always wondered what it'd be like to have an older brother, and I do latch onto older cool guys and follow them around. But can you imagine the regrets, the longing, and how much [my parents] would like to change that? I don't know what they're going through and I don't want to pretend like I do. They've been through a lot and they're good people. I respect them. 
    Pitchfork: What's your relationship with your Girls partner JR White like now?
    CO: We're not at all nasty or fussy to one another; we both understand very clearly the ins and outs of our relationship. We see each other. Just the other day, when I played that little show, he showed up and did the sound for it. He tells me about the things he's working on, and they sound great. He and I are both doing what we want to do. At the end of the day, our relationship was very substantial, very deep, and when it slowly disintegrates in the way that, unfortunately, it did, there's a lot of time involved in getting back to anything.
    At the same time, we text and speak to each other often. I've never had anything but respect for his skill. There are tricky things about the personal side, and it's not just between the two of us. There were a lot of people who came in-between, and the whole [Girls] experience was such a rollercoaster. The two of us had never been in a band like that before, never toured, never did interviews. There were things I had to learn on the fly. And Jesus, it's hard. And when you don't have George and Ringo there to keep it all together—can you imagine how long the Beatles would have lasted if it were just Paul and John? Like, give me a break!

    Here are some Girls and Christopher Owens videos I shot for ThisSmallPlanet....

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Christopher Owens (ex-Girls) New Song "Nothing More Than Everything To Me" From Forthcoming Second Solo Album

    Christopher Owens, formerly of the San Francisco-based group Girls, has a second solo album A New Testament coming out in September. We've heard three songs so far, and it really seems like a return to form for the talented singer-songwriter with the fascinating backstory (he grew up in the same cult as River and Joaquin Phoenix).

    01 “My Troubled Heart”
    02 “Nothing More Than Everything To Me”
    03 “It Comes Back To You”
    04 “Stephen”
    05 “Oh My Love”
    06 “Nobody’s Business”
    07 “A Heart Akin The Wind”
    08 “Key To My Heart”
    09 “Over And Above Myself”
    10 “Never Wanna See That Look Again”
    11 “Overcoming Me”
    12 “I Just Can’t Live Without You (But I’m Still Alive)”

    Every new album is a new testament. It’s a testament to honest, earnest, simple songwriting — “three chords and the truth”, songs inspired by the fundamentals of American music — Gospel, Country, R&B, picking the songs for this record was exciting enough for me, because they’re some of the ones that speak to me the most, of my memories, real life experiences, my battles, my victories. But hearing the record actually take form and come to life was even more exciting than I imagined. The new ground we worked towards — playing with Ed Efira on pedal steel for the first time, all of it was an amazing experience.

    This album is nothing if not a testament to the power of music, and to the musicians that made it — John Anderson, Darren Weiss, Makeda — who all helped make Father Son Holy Ghost what it is, Danny Eisenberg — who was introduced to me during the sessions for Broken Dreams Club and played again on Father Son Holy Ghost, this is now our third record together, and I think that’s what shows.

    It’s also my third record with Doug Boehm, who’s always made me feel I had the help I needed when I needed it, and the support I needed when I felt strongly about sticking to an idea.

    I could go on and on about all of these people — David Sutton, who I met recording Lysandre, just watching him play is such a pleasure. It’s the intensity with which all these musicians approach the songs that makes me so excited and proud to play with them again and again.

    And the excitement, the joy, the sincerity, the craftsmanship, it’s all captured on this record. A new testament.

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    NME: The Libertines to play pair of London shows in September

    The band, who headline the British Summer Time festival
    in London's Hyde Park on Saturday July 5,
    will play two nights at London's Alexandra Palace on September 27 and September 28.

    Pete Doherty had told fans to watch out for 'live news' on Twitter earlier today.

    Presale for the shows begins at 11pm on Saturday July 5.

    The band made their comeback with a pair of gigs at Glasgow's Barrowland venue last weekend.


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