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They Might Be Giants – “Last Wave”

“Oh my god, They Might Be Giants is underrated. That’s the best band of all time. Better than the Stones, better than the Beatles, better than Oasis, and better than Crosby, Stills and Nash.”  – Open Mike Eagle, Pitchfork “Over/Under”

“The crowd’s enthusiasm for the fresh material is unmatched even when the band proffers what is perhaps their most-loved song, “Birdhouse in Your Soul”… “ – Rolling Stone

“Now a band for 30 years, John Linnell and John Flansburgh are one of rock’s all-time most quixotic successes” – SPIN

 “Perfect pop music can come from anywhere and can go anywhere. They Might Be Giants have demonstrated this for a quarter century…” – The New Yorker

 “Catch them if you can — their live shows always deliver.”  – USA Today

GRAMMY award-winning alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants have released their new album track “Last Wave”. The band will release their new album I Like Fun on January 19 followed by a massive world tour as well.

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Sun-Kissed Robot Disco – Check Out David Douglas’ “Lucine”

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Following his 2014 debut album ‘Moon Observations’, “Lucine” is the first taster of it’s follow up, due for release early 2017.

“Lucine” is the brand new single from Dutch producer/artist/video director David Douglas. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut Moon Observations, “Lucine” is a journey through sun-kissed disco and gentle electronic pop, subtly playing with psychedelic and experimental elements and weaving organic textures alongside more robotic landscapes. 2014’s Moon Observations was inspired by a different star-gazer with the same name. That David Douglas was a 18th century explorer and naturalist, whose writings on astronomical observation has inspired the more modern Douglas’ latest music. Those eleven tracks of beautifully fleshed-out electronica were certainly a worthy tribute, and “Lucine” continues the story in blissful fashion.

David Douglas is without doubt one of the most expressive and all-encompassing creators around. Having previously working as an esteemed video director, he switched his focus to music, and both his 2012 Royal Horticultural Society EP and his debut album Moon Observations were warmly received, garnering praise from the likes of Pitchfork, i-D Mag, Electronic Beats, THUMP and XLR8R. David’s live sets are known for the substantial amount of gear he has in tow, including a Space Echo that is essential for his signature sound. His shows at PITCH Festival, Best Kept Secret and Into The Woods inspired the penning of his second full album, set to drop early next year via Atomnation.

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Video: Prayers – “Black Leather”

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“Cholo goth duo Prayers have shared the video for their single “Black Leather,” featuring tattoo artist Kat Von D (who also sings on the song). In the clip, frontman Leafar Seyer wields a snake and also visits the cemetery and a goth nightclub.” – Pitchfork

“The Cholo Goth movement is real, and Prayers are some crazy motherfuckers.”  – Noisey

“Prayers pull from darkest dance elements with touches of the Pet Shop Boys and Bowie thrown in to lift the mix.”   The Huffington Post

“Pioneers behind a musical genre and growing subculture”   LA Weekly

Following the reveal of new single “Black Leather” ft. Kat Von D  via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1, earlier this week, San Diego’s iconic cholo goth electronic/rock duo, Prayers, drop the official “Black Leather” video and announce their forthcoming Baptism Of Thieves EP with Pitchfork today heading into the band’s upcoming Coachella appearance (Sunday April 24th, 1:40pm @ Mohave Stage).

“Black Leather” is the first new music from Prayers since 2015’s “Young Gods” and the first single off the duo’s forthcoming 2016 EP Baptism of Thieves.

Fueled by pulsating synthesizers, metallic percussion and oscillating bass with frontman and Prayers’ creative force Leafar Seyer’s trademark howl, the hook-driven track explores themes of angst and alienation in the band’s post-industrial-electronic, cholo-goth signature style. Kat Von D lends vocals to the track and also features in video.

Speaking exclusively to Pitchfork, Seyer explains his inspiration: “‘Black Leather’ is my way of celebrating everything that I’ve had to leave behind for my true self to emerge. Every man and every woman is a star but I’ve become the universe.”

Directed by Gavin Filipiak and conceptualized by Seyer, the stark black and white video is rife with evocative imagery exploring catholicism, cholo culture, and the interplay between life and death.
 

Prayers will bring their mesmerizing live performance to Coachella on Sunday, April 24th, 1:40pm on the Mojave Stage.

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Baptism Of Thieves EP Track List
1. Black Leather ft. Kat Von D
2. Underneath The Stars
3. Smiles Mask Tears
4. Lucifer Rising
5. Beauty and Bedlam
6. Pyramids

Founded in 2013 by Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley, Prayers are the first band to coin the term “cholo goth” to define their musical genre. Exploring the harsh realities of gang/street life over throbbing beats, their music defies stereotypes within the goth and cholo subcultures all the while creating their own underground scene.

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Dave Sitek Opens Record Store Pop-Up Shop For 60 Days

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Dave Sitek’s FEDERAL PRISM is pleased to announce the launch yesterday of a unique pop-up record store designed to serve music collectors and serious music fans. The store features exclusive and limited edition vinyl, downloads, apparel and creative works from a wide variety of artists and genres, including TV on the Radio, Oh Land ft. Sia, Thelonius Monk, The Germs, Johnny Cash, Chuck Inglish, Sly & The Family Stone, Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Mike Watt, The Julie Ruin, Chance the Rapper, and much more.

Sitek explains, “Somewhere along the line music became ‘content.’ It’s my full intention to bring it back to music again! With such potency, music should be treated with care. The sound, the feel, the presentation… everything! It is a medicine. It is a teacher!”

Feeding a growing appetite for vinyl and “specialty products” among passionate music fans, Federal Prism has partnered with Girlie Action, Acme Creative Group and Pledge Music to create a unique pop up Record Shop with an exciting mix of exclusive and limited addition titles. The store will operate for 60 days starting today.

Federal Prism’s managing partner, Jeff Bowers, discusses how the idea was conceived. “We are at a moment in music when some of the most well received artists and releases in recent memory have little to nothing in the retail space. It is my hope that we can take the lessons of Record Store Day and the resurgent popularity of vinyl, and pull these consumer models together and make a compelling experience for the fan. I am asking talented kids, the next generation, who have never sold anything in a record store to make something unique that interests them and their fan base, and we are placing that next to traditional music configurations by established artists. That doesn’t happen anywhere with any consistency. It doesn’t happen at iTunes and it certainly doesn’t happen at Best Buy.“

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Promising a steady flow of new titles popping up over the next two months, Sitek launches with dozens of titles including:
  • A limited edition pressing of Thelonius Monk’s penultimate studio album, Underground, on 180 gram color vinyl
  • The Germs’ 3-song 7″ EP, Lexicon Devil, originally released via mail-order by Slash Records in 1978, and limited to just 1,500 units on 7″ red vinyl
  • Chuck Inglish’s full-length, The Convertibles, on a 4-disc 7″ vinyl set originally released earlier this year, and which landed the album at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and caused it to jumped from #53 to #24 on the Billboard Hip Hop Albums chart the week it was released.

Check out this previously unreleased track of The Julie Ruin’s “Blueberry Hill” (limited pressing available on 7″ at the store. The B-side is a YACHT remix of the Julie Ruin track “Right Home”.

Listen: The Julie Ruin’s “Blueberry Hill” (via Pitchfork)

Bowers, who started DIY label Soul Force Records in his native Tempe, AZ at the age of 15, worked for a decade as a creative marketing consultant for Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic, where he worked on classic vinyl reissues by Led ZeppelinMetallica and Neil Young, as well as Nirvana and Sonic Youth and more contemporary Record Store Day releases by SkrillexFun.Portugal. The Man and Grouplove. While at Warner between 2007-2014, Bowers helped the label secure the number one marketshare in the vinyl format, moving from mid-six figures when he started to eight figures by the time he left as well as founding three record labels signed to the group.

He is also credited by the people responsible for “Record Store Day” for taking the annual event to a whole new level. “Without Jeff Bower’s enthusiasm and passion for music in general, and vinyl in specific, we would not have been able to launch Record Store Day,” RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz has said. “In doing so, Jeff helped the indie record store community take vinyl sales from a few thousand dollars the first year to millions by the seventh year.”

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