12.02.2018 news

Okkervil River Shares “Don’t Move Back To LA”

On April 27, ATO Records will release Okkervil River’s In The Rainbow Rain, the group’s most immediate – and meaningful – album to date. On it, bandleader Will Sheff makes a startling left turn from the their critically-lauded and inward-looking 2016 album Away, crafting an exuberant declaration of hope. In place of Away’s somber strings and acoustic textures, In the Rainbow Rain is full of dazzling color, spattered with starbursts of electric guitar, big blooms of synth, and a chorus of backing vocals. It’s a buoyant and playful record, but also open and emotionally vulnerable. Sheff says, “I wanted to make a record where a sense of kindness felt encoded into the music.”

To accompany the announcement, Okkervil River have released new song “Don’t Move Back To LA,” the light-hearted midpoint of the album. Sheff says the song “had a very straightforward impulse behind it: a bunch of my best friends all moved to LA and I was really sad about it so I wrote a song about how I didn’t want them to leave…I think the song is also kind of about my own deep and long-held desire to get the hell out of New York City.”

Pre-order “In The Rainbow Rain” – http://atorecords.com/rainbowrain/

Okkervil River will tour in support of ‘In The Rainbow Rain,’ including a stop at SXSW and a very special release show at Rough Trade NYC on release day.

Apr 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (Album Release Show)
May 20 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
May 21 – Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
May 24 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
May 25 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
May 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
June 1 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
June 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
June 4 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
June 5 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
June 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
June 8 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 9 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
June 11 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
June 12 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
June 13 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 14 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
June 15 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
June 16 – Boston, MA @ Royale
October 10 – London, UK @ Koko

08.02.2018 news

SOJA Releases “Tried My Best” Video


 

Filmed on a headlining tour across South America, SOJA’s new video for “Tried My Best” documents challenges of life on the road, rewarded with crowds of smiling faces. The band’s North America tour launches on March 1st. New album ‘Poetry In Motion’ is out now.
 
TOUR DATES
3/1 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
3/2 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
3/3 – Providence, RI @ The Strand
3/4 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3/6 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
3/8 – Montreal, QB @ Club Soda
3/9 – Toronto, ONT @ The Mod Club
3/10 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
3/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
3/14 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
3/15 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
3/16 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/17 – Gainesville, FL @ Heartwood Soundstage
3/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Reggae Rise Up Florida Festival
4/19 – Norfolk, VA  @ The Norva
4/20 – Wilmington, NC  @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
4/21 – Atlanta, GA @SweetWater 420 Festival
4/18 – Fresno, CA @ Grizzly Fest
4/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
5/25 – Chillicothe, IL  @ Summer Camp Festival
5/27 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock

07.02.2018 news

Watch Hurray For The Riff Raff on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert


 
Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff’s powerful new NPRTiny Desk Concert”! https://www.npr.org/event/music/582662379/hurray-for-the-riff-raff-tiny-desk-concert
 
The song ‘Pa’lante,’ one of the most articulate songs of a generation, speaks of being colonized and hypnotized, sterilized and dehumanized, with the refrain, ‘pa’lante’ which translates as ‘forward.'” – NPR

 

06.02.2018 news

Nilüfer Yanya’s New Single and Video “Thanks 4 Nothing” Out Now

Nilüfer Yanya, London’s 22 year-old “effortlessly smooth new soul star” (The FADER) today releases her new single “Thanks 4 Nothing”, via Blue Flowers/ATO Records, which she premiered last night on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show.

Thanks 4 Nothing by Nilüfer Yanya on VEVO.

 

“The 22-year-old London-based singer-songwriter has a knack for writing lyrics that seem to stare you straight in the eye.” – The FADER

 

“For a young artist, Yanya already has an impressive range, and her ability to render the highs and lows of life in her songs is no small feat.” – Pitchfork

“One of the best new artists of 2017.” – Pigeons & Planes

 

“Thanks 4 Nothing” is Nilüfer’s first single of 2018, and follows last year’s releases “Baby Luv” (number 18 in Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017) and “Golden Cage” (number 64 in the same list). Detailing the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, “Thanks 4 Nothing” is a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can’t be fixed: “I won’t even try in case it don’t work / I hate you and I hate this.”
Speaking of the track, Nilüfer explained “Thanks 4 Nothing” is about “drawing a final line under something that should have ended a long time ago. The song shows you can be bitter and grateful about it at the same time.”

 

The video was directed by new creative duo ENERGYFORCE, who helped Nilüfer realize her vision of recreating a cult, existing within the aesthetic of a classic indie film. Nilüfer explains “We wanted to make the Handmaid’s Tale meets Pulp Fiction. It carries a strong outdated 70s vibe with occult twists where nothing really goes according to plan and nothing really happens. This echoes both the current political climate and the inner failings of a relationship, both cult-like in their own way and blindly following one another, shot on 16mm film for that cinematic effect.”

Watch the video “Thanks 4 Nothing”: http://vevo.ly/ft3ewm

Nilüfer has also announced a trip to SXSW and her first headlining U.K. and European tour dates of 2018, starting with a run of six dates across Europe in April and then an eight-date U.K. tour in May, finishing with a night at London’s Village Underground on 29 May, her biggest headline show thus far.

Tickets are on sale now via www.niluferyanya.com.

2018 is looking bright for Nilüfer Yanya after landing a spot on the BBC’s annual Sound Of poll longlist, continuing a stellar 2017 in which she enjoyed extensive support from both mainstream and independent music, culture and fashion publications such as Pitchfork, The FADER and The New York Times, plus a host of DJs at BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music (where Nilüfer hit the C List with ‘Baby Luv’) and BBC Introducing in London. A further slew of best-of lists, including DIY’s ‘Class Of’ and The FADER’s ‘British Artists To Watch’, as well as GQ’s and Dork’s, firmly established Nilüfer as one of the most promising British songwriters and guitarists of her generation, and an in-demand new talent for this year.

 

See Nilüfer Yanya at the following live dates:
March 9-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
April 9 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
April 10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
April 11 – Antwerp, BE @ TRIX
April 12 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Club
April 13 – Berlin, DE @ Auster Club
April 25 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon
May 18 – Brighton, GB @ The Great Escape
May 19 – Cardiff, GB @ Buffalo Bar
May 20 – Manchester, GB @ Deaf Institute
May 21 – Birmingham, GB @ The Sunflower Lounge
May 22 – Barrow-In-Furness, GB @ Barrow Library
May 23 – Glasgow, GB @ Broadcast
May 24 – Leeds, GB @ Brudenelll Social Club
May 29 – London, GB @ Village Underground

 

30.01.2018 news

Lee Ann Womack’s New Video For “All The Trouble” Out Now

Lee Ann Womack releases alluring “All The Trouble” video today

Womack currently on nationwide headlining tour w. NYC, Nashville dates this Spring.

Lee Ann Womack released the official video for “All The Trouble,” the lead single from her most recent critically acclaimed record ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ (ATO). Filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Claire Marie Vogel, the striking video captures the song’s “bitter blues” (New York Times), “smoldering, moody arrangement” (No Depression) and the raw immediacy of Lee Ann’s gold-spun vocals.

Watch and please feel free to share.

NPR says ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ is an album “bound for the country canon.” It was named one of the best albums of 2017 on multiple NPR lists, along with Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Garden & Gun, Rolling Stone Country and Stereogum, who named it the #1 country album of the year. This week, Lee Ann was featured on the cover of the Nashville Scene’s 18th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll and voted the Top Female Artist of 2017 with her album voted the #3 best country album of the year.

Lee Ann is currently on her nationwide “All The Trouble” tour. These full-band shows feature many of the tracks from ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,’ which Stereogum praises is both “traditional and avant-garde.” A complete list of dates is available below, as well as at her website.

 

Upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 4 – Cayamo Cruise

Feb. 16 – Arizona MusicFest – Scottsdale, AZ

Feb. 17 – Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – Bakersfield, CA – SOLD OUT

Feb. 18 – The Tower Theatre – Fresno, CA

Feb. 19 – Bankhead Theater – Livermore, CA

Feb. 22 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

Feb. 23 – McNear’s Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA

Feb. 24 – Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA

Feb. 27 – State Theatre – Red Bluff, CA

Feb. 28 – The Belfry – Sisters, OR – SOLD OUT

March 1 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT

March 2 – Admiral Theatre – Bremerton, WA

March 3 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – SOLD OUT

March 15 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

March 16 – Infinity Hall Hartford – Hartford, CT

March 17 – Paramount Theatre – Rutland, VT

March 18 – City Winery – Boston, MA

March 20 – City Winery – New York, NY – SOLD OUT

March 22 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA+

March 23 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA+

March 24 – Don Gibson Theatre – Shelby, NC+ – SOLD OUT

March 25 – Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV

March 28 – Tift Theatre – Tifton, GA%

March 29 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA%

March 30 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA%

March 31 – Diana Wortham Theatre – Asheville, NC%

April 6 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN

April 7 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN

April 13 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA#

April 14 – The Beacon Theatre – Hopewell, VA#

April 19 – The Heights Theatre – Houston, TX

April 20 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX – SOLD OUT

April 22 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX

May 5 – Prairie Band Casino @ Resort – Great Lakes Ballroom – Mayetta, KS

August 17 – Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, NH@

+ denotes show with opener Sarah Allison Turner
% denotes show with opener Charlie Worsham
# denotes show with openers Caroline Spence + Robby Hecht
@ denotes show with Alan Jackson

30.12.2017 news

King Gizzard Announce North American Spring Tour / Pre-order “Gumboot Soup”

On the heels of a transformative and ultra-productive 2017 (releasing five studio albums) Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will return to the U.S. and Canada this spring for a major cross country tour hitting nineteen cities. The band will play their largest venues to date such as LA’s Hollywood Palladium, San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre, and NYC’s Brooklyn Steel.

 

Pre-Order “Gumboot Soup” on limited-edition vinyl Shipping 4/13 and in stores on 4/20

 

As promised at the beginning of the year, King Gizzard successfully released an unprecedented five studio albums in 2017 with the release of Gumboot Soup arriving this past New Year’s Eve. 2017’s other previous four records – February’s Flying Microtonal Banana, June’s Murder of the Universe, August’s Sketches of Brunswick East and November’s Polygondwanaland – have all received critical acclaim and contributed to a whirlwind year for the band. Some benchmarks include their first Coachella performance, their worldwide TV debut on Conan and headlining sold out shows at landmark venues including two nights at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, two nights at New York City’s Webster Hall and San Francisco’s The Fillmore.

 

In years to come King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will be judged not by their separate albums, but by a body of work where themes, melodies, motifs, riffs and ideas resurface and recur, each album peeling back a layer of the onion to glimpse at past and future alike.

 

2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

5/31 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

6/1 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

6/2 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

6/4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

6/5 – Vancouver, BC – The Malkin Bowl

6/6 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo

6/7 – Missoula, MT – Monk’s

6/9 – Milwaukee MI – The Pabst Theater

6/10 – Chicago, IL – Riviera

6/11 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater

6/12 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Theater

6/13 – Montreal, QC – Le National

6/14 – Boston, MA – Royale

6/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

6/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

6/19 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

6/20 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

6/21 – New Orleans, LA – Republic New Orleans

6/22 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Outdoors – Waller Creek Amphitheatre

 

 

08.12.2017 news

Jim James’ Tribute To 2 Out Now!

After releasing the politically charged solo album Eternally Even in 2016, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James returns with Tribute To 2, a collection of cover songs that reverberate with fresh meaning. Blurring the boundaries of time and genre, James interprets songs made famous by a wide variety of artists – ranging from early 20th century standards by Ray Noble and Al Bowlly (“Midnight, the Stars and You,” “Love is the Sweetest Thing”) and 1960’s songs by Willie Nelson and Sonny & Cher to Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1970 breakthrough hit “Lucky Man” and 1990’s releases by Abbey Lincoln and Diane Izzo. Tribute To 2 will be released on December 8 via ATO Records. See below for track listing.

 


Order from the ATO store for exclusive limited-edition bundle options.

 

“Even though she released this song in 1991 it felt so relevant to right now,” James explained. “I think so many of us feel the world is falling apart right now – that the powers that be are trying to divide us and rip us apart … when I heard that song it just resonated deeply because there is such pain there but I feel she also is offering hope and realization that we need each other’s help in times of crisis.”

 

Tribute To 2 – Track Listing

  1. I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times —- by The Beach Boys
  2. Baby Don’t Go —- by Sonny & Cher
  3. Wild Honey —- by Diane Izzo
  4. Midnight, the Stars and You —- by Ray Noble & Al Bowlly
  5. Crying in the Chapel —- by The Orioles
  6. Funny How Time Slips Away —- by Willie Nelson
  7. Love is the Sweetest Thing —- by Ray Noble & Al Bowlly
  8. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight —- by Bob Dylan
  9. Lucky Man —- by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  10. The World is Falling Down —- by Abbey Lincoln
  11. Blue Skies —- by Irving Berlin

 

On December 8, ATO will also reissue 2009’s Tribute To with new cover art and a bonus track – James’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “If Not For You”, which was also recorded in the original 2001 session. SPIN then described the EP as “spare and somber – just that windy Americana tenor against a squeaky acoustic guitar … Many of us remember where we were when Harrison died; now we hear when James began to heal.”

 

Tribute To – Reissue Track Listing

  1. Long, Long, Long —- by George Harrison
  2. Behind That Locked Door —- by George Harrison
  3. Love You To —- by George Harrison
  4. My Sweet Lord —- by George Harrison
  5. Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) —- by George Harrison
  6. All Things Must Pass —- by George Harrison
  7. If Not For You [Bonus Track] —- by Bob Dylan
16.11.2017 news

Pre-Order King Gizzard’s “Polygondwanaland” on CD and LP Now – In Stores Early March

Head to our pre-order page here to pre-order on LP and CD

Polygondwanaland Is Available For Free Digitally Below


DIGITAL MASTERS & ARTWORK:
This is the best option if you wish to download the album for personal use. Available as high-quality MP3 files 320 kbps (≈100 MB) or uncompressed WAV files (≈500 MB). Each version contains hi-res digital artwork of the front cover at 4000 x 4000 resolution.

CD MASTERS & ARTWORK:
If you wish to press CDs you will need to download the DDP master and CD Artwork template. The DDP master is the format used for identifying information on optical discs. This master has the tracklist, ISRC codes & metadata embedded. In this .ZIP file you will also find a folder with a CD template, front cover art and extra artwork for back cover, inner tray, spine and booklet that you will need to put together yourself.

VINYL MASTERS & ARTWORK:
The vinyl master is a completely separate master to CD & Digital masters. There are physical limitations to what the head of the lathe can produce when cutting vinyl. For this reason these files will not sound normal on generic Hi Fi speakers. Only use this master if you wanna press vinyl. It will contain a Side A and a Side B WAV file as well as a PQ log for both sides with metadata for the pressing plant. In this .ZIP file you will also find a record cover template and a folder full of artwork ideas you can use to make your own back cover, spine and inner sleeve.

Ever wanted to start your own record label? GO for it! Employ your mates, press wax, pack boxes. We do not own this record. You do. Go forth, share, enjoy.

P.s. If u wanna make cassettes I don’t really know what you would do. Be creative. We did it once but it sounded really shit. Maybe try the WAVs idano.”

06.11.2017 news

Nilüfer Yanya plays first-ever US shows next week – listen to “Baby Luv” remix now!

Nilüfer Yanya, London’s 22-year-old “effortlessly smooth new soul star” (The FADER) is out today with the ALASKALASKA remix of her “Best New Track” (Pitchfork) current single “Baby Luv.” With a bass-heavy, psychedelic groove pulsing through in place of the sparse, Pixies-by-way-of-Jeff-Buckley guitar chords of the original “Baby Luv,” the remix proves Nilüfer’s boundless range and “her status as one of the most promising new artists of the year” (Pitchfork).

The original “Baby Luv” has been hailed as “enchanting in its plaintive simplicity” by Stereogum, and “lush and addictive, with all the organic pop pep of 90s anthems,” by The Line of Best Fit. The track is transformed into a seductive and trance-like banger on the remix by the eclectic London six-piece, and Billboard called it “hypnotic.” Listen to it HERE and stream or download the original “Baby Luv” HERE.

“Baby Luv” is Nilüfer’s first release on ATO Records — learn more about Nilüfer here, and stream or download the track here. Nilüfer will also travel to the U.S. for her first North American shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge (November 14th) and Los Angeles’ Masonic Lodge at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery  (November 16th).

Watch her video for the “sparse and arresting” track “Baby Luv” via The FADER:

“With Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone running through the veins of her songwriting, she uses her low, deadpan vocal and minimalist guitar to tell a deeply relatable story.” – The FADER

“A mesmerizing singer, with a haunting voice that suggests not only wisdom but also pain well beyond her years, as well as a killer ear for melody.” – NYLON

“BEST NEW TRACK…This is new music, post-post-punk, with some new wave guitar shimmer, the vocal cadence of snotty young rappers, and hints of jazz wafting.” Pitchfork

“Her voice and lyrics are all that’s needed to grab your attention and not let go.” – Pigeons & Planes

Emerging in 2016 with her debut EP ‘Small Crimes,’ Nilüfer Yanya has gone on to establish herself as one of the most promising British songwriters and guitarists of her generation. Nilüfer’s 2017 follow up EP, ‘Plant Feed,’ proved her breakthrough moment with Pitchfork crowning her a ‘Rising’ artist, MistaJam selecting her as a ‘New Name’ on BBC Radio 1 and Broken Social Scene and The XX all handpicking her to perform as support at their headline dates.

 

Watch the video for “Golden Cage,” which Pitchfork previously said “is the kind of song you love to sing, sure, but it’s as much the kind of song you want to be”:

 

Outside of her solo work, Nilüfer also runs a charitable organization, Artists In Transit, along with her sister Molly Daniel — who also co-directs Nilüfer’s stunning DIY videos with her boyfriend Patrick Chamberlain. Artists In Transit aims to assist displaced people entering Europe through arts and music lessons and is funded in part by a zine, My Friend, created by the sisters.

 

Supported extensively by Pitchfork (”Golden Cage’, Best New Track’ and ‘Rising’), The FADER, i-D (‘Class of 2017’), Pigeons and Planes, The Line Of Best Fit (‘Ones To Watch 2017’), NME, DIY (‘The Big Neu Thing’), The Sunday Times (‘Breaking Act’), The Observer (‘One To Watch’) and a host of BBC tastemaker DJs including Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Matt Wilkinson, Nilüfer has confirmed herself as a singular, exceptional, and in-demand new talent.

02.11.2017 news

Watch Benjamin Booker’s new “Believe” video via Pitchfork

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

In his new video for “Believe,” Benjamin Booker takes us on a surrealistic journey through military training with striking visuals from director James Lees (Unknown Mortal OrchestraBloc Party), who previously directed Booker’s double-video for “Slow Coming/Wicked Waters”. Watch now via Pitchfork.

“Believe” is from Benjamin Booker’s new album Witnessget it here now.

 

Says director James Lees: “We wanted to create something inherently musical and entertaining whilst still being a meditation on the themes within the song. Feeling lost and directionless, the inherent human need to find a sense of belonging and the many false roads you find yourself down that ultimately fail to provide a purpose in life we all feel pressured to identify in adulthood.”

“Believe” is off Booker’s latest album ‘Witness’, available now – get it HERE. which has earned career-best raves and spotlights from Time Magazine, FADER, the NY Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, NPR Music + more, as well as a performance on Conan last month. Check out the performance of psych-punk album highlight “Right On You” here.

Booker just wrapped up an extensive US tour last week with some of his biggest shows to date – including festival plays at ACL, Voodoo + more – with The Chicago Tribune calling his recent show at Thalia Hall “hypnotic…putting black pain to stripped yet powerful beats and rhythms that shake.” Booker heads overseas next month to kick off a European run – see all dates at his website.

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