Spoon Announce Canadian Tour Dates, Hot Thoughts out now on Matador Records
Heralded by triumphant appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with James Corden and a tidal wave of advance accolades, Spoon announced today 5 Canadian concert dates in support of Hot Thoughts, the band’s just released ninth album.
The following shows have been added to the band’s world tour, which kicked off this past week with a three-night release week SXSW residency. Pre-sale begins on Wednesday (March 22nd). General on sale on Friday. Sign up for pre-sale ticket code here
July 23rd – Montreal, QC; Metropolis*- with New Pornographers
July 25th – Toronto, ON; Massey Hall**-with Cherry Glazerr
August 30th – Edmonton, AB; Windspear Centre
August 31st – Calgary, AB; MacEwan Hall
September 2nd – Vancouver, BC; Malkin Bowl
Spoon’s Hot Thoughts world tour continues next week with a pair of dates in Australia, after which Spoon will be bringing Hot Thoughts to the South with stops in Mobile, Tampa, Orlando, Charleston, Raleigh and more, marking the beginning of a rigorous year of touring for the band—one that will include an extensive UK/Europe trek as well as previously announced engagements from Panorama in NYC to the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.
Hot Thoughts was released on Friday to overwhelmingly positive praise.
8/10 – “Adding some new tricks to the mix while still finding time to play to their strengths, Hot Thoughts is another strong entry in Spoon’s sterling discography.” – EXCLAIM MAGAZINE
8/10 – “Daring, experimental but also, undeniably pop – ‘Hot Thoughts’ is the sound of a band enjoying some artistic freedom that’s been granted after over 24 years of being on the musical map.” – NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
“Spoon still has us eating out of their rock ‘n’ roll dish.” – WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
FOUR STARS —ROLLING STONE
“gobsmackingly great”—THE ATLANTIC
“couldn’t make a bad record if they tried… they score once more with a heady cocktail of textured guitars, weirdo synths, and Britt Daniel’s seductive sandpaper-rough croon.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“the most consistent rock band of the 21st century”—ESQUIRE
“Another knockout… incapable of releasing a bad record” —NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“it’s absolutely remarkable that, nine albums deep into their career, Spoon are still capable of something like this… they’re a truly remarkable beast.”—STEREOGUM
“There’s a case to be made for Spoon being the greatest rock band of the 21st century”—THE RINGER
“Spoon at its best… a tremendous achievement… a masterpiece.”—TEXAS MONTHLY
“It’s really great. Of course it’s really great. This is what Spoon does… unyielding greatness”—UPROXX
“They were treated like conquering heroes by the crowd, and deservedly so.”—AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“in top form… what the band does best while adding new colors in spots… a victory lap with friends and bands in the crucible that saw them become one of the best Austin bands ever.”—AUSTIN 360
“The best band I saw last night was Spoon!”—NPR
“an epic kick-off …one of the tightest, most well-executed acts in independent rock and roll”—PASTE
ARCA REVEALS ‘REVERIE’ VIDEO
Shot in one take and featuring Arca (aka Alejandro Ghersi) front-and-centre both visually and vocally, the stunning ‘Reverie’ video was created by longtime visual collaborator Jesse Kanda, who also directed the video for previous Arca cut, Anoche
In ‘Reverie’. Arca is a wounded matador, made mighty with mechanical legs, or bleeding onto falling flower petals “Bullfighting is a piercing metaphor: you are fighting a bull, and at the same your self. You are not the victim or the oppressor, you are both— Animality and bestiality are conflated,” he says. “Evoking sex invokes our animality.” On this new album, the opposite also holds true. “And evoking our animality, in turn, invokes spirituality.”
‘Reverie’ is the latest song to be released from Arca’s much-anticipated new album. Released on 7th April 2017, Arca will be the Venezuela-born, London-based artist’s first album on XL Recordings, following the release of his two previous albums: 2014’s Xen and 2015’s Mutant.
FUTURE ISLANDS Watch The Official Video For ‘Ran’
Future Islands have shared a video for their latest single, ‘Ran’. Filmed by Albert Berney, it centres around the restless vocalist Samuel T. Herring in motion, running through Baltimore and Maryland’s countryside.
‘Ran’ is taken from The Far Field which is released worldwide on April 7th
The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of their 2014 album Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming).
The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs at a series of secret shows under fake names. Later that year, they travelled to Los Angeles to record with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces. With string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field is the first Future Islands record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.
Across The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes they’ve been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.
JOHN MORELAND SIGNS TO 4AD New Album Big Bad Luv Released On May 5th 2017
Big Bad Luv – the new album from John Moreland – is an honest, bruising experience. A record about love, faith and the human condition, it’s his debut for 4AD and the first full-length released to worldwide anticipation on May 5th 2017. ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’, the first track from Big Bad Luv, is launched today.
Moving from Kentucky to Tulsa when he was ten years old, “John”: twitter.com/JohnMorelandOK fronted hardcore and punk bands throughout high school years before feeling the pull of the lyricism he heard in folk and country music; “I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out The Revolution Starts Now, and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest”.
Moreland has been chasing the ‘chest punch’ ever since, composing pointedly and prodigiously, releasing largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011.
Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his performance on Colbert in 2016) and burgeoning word-of-mouth live reputation, and by the time he finished touring his most recent album, High On Tulsa Heat, making music was now his living; “I expected to just play in the corner of the bar and have people not really pay attention, make $100, go home and go to work the next morning, doing something I didn’t like,” Moreland says. “So, yeah, I didn’t really expect to be here. But, then, on the other hand, I did. I feel like I’m good enough to be here. And I’ve always been confident, even when I probably shouldn’t have been.”
His fourth album and first with international ambition, Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared Tyler (dobro) and Lucero’s Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.
Asked whether he feels Big Bad Luv is a perhaps a happier record, “I don’t think I’m writing songs that are that much different,” Moreland says. “It’s always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn’t sunshine and rainbows. At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on. And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners. So that’s what I’m still doing. I think it’s a positive thing. I think this record, there’s definitely a change in attitude, but it’s the same point of view.””
John Moreland will be performing two Canadian shows to support the release of Big Bad Luv. He will be appearing at Montreal’s Bar le Ritz on June 9th and Toronto’s Velvet Underground on June 10th.
NINES One Foot Out Debut album released via XL Recordings
Following the emergence of Nines’ ‘High Roller’ featuring J Hus, which has already amassed over 1 million views, XL Recordings are releasing Nines eagerly awaited debut album One Foot Out. It follows his One Foot In mixtape, titles informed by the desire to move away from street activity and towards the industry recognition he deserves.
For those not familiar with with the most authentic name in London’s exploding underground scene, Nines hails from the Church Road Estate in North West London. Without the approval of the industry, Nines’ previous four music videos have amassed over 31.2 million views on YouTube. He has self-released four mixtapes since 2011 and his debut single ‘Yay’ sold over 30,000 copies – staggering figures that fully justify the hysteria surrounding Nines’ rap pedigree and which reinforce that this is no false dawn, but a golden age for UK rap music.
In addition to the mixtapes and singles, Nines is also infamous for his ‘JD Sports Shutdown’ and ‘Turkey Shutdown’ videos (the former featured on Worldstarhiphop.com), which saw the rapper taking kids from his neighbourhood to JD Sports to buy them new trainers, as well as providing Christmas turkeys to those less fortunate to the whole of his Church Road Estate.
With production from the likes of Jevon (New Gen) and Menace (Desiigner’s Panda) and featuring guest appearances from Taylor Gang’s Berner, previous collaborator Tiggs Da Author, J Hus and Akala, One Foot Out sees Nines stepping out of his comfort zone and displaying the depth of UK rap. His charismatic, laid back flow covers braggadocio on ‘High Roller’ (Came through in the Audi you’re in that Honda Accord / All this gold got me looking like a Oscar Award), soul searching on ‘I Wonder’ (Wonder how all these guns get in to my area / wonder why they care about celebs instead of Syria) and is filled with pop culture references (acting like he’s shotting all that coke / looking invisible in the club like he’s got on Harry Potter’s cloak), One Foot Out is a statement of intent that should promote Nines into rap’s premiere league.