29.04.2014 news

Old Crow Medicine Show Announce New Album “Remedy”

Heavily celebrated Grammy Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show has announced their upcoming new album Remedy, due out July 1 via ATO Records. Remedy is full of catchy melodies, quirky and often humorous lyrics, all executed with mesmerizing musicianship. Ten years after the massive success of folk anthem “Wagon Wheel”, which started as a track on a Bob Dylan work tape later finished by fiddler/band leader Ketch Secor, Remedy features a new Dylan/Old Crow penned collaboration on the new track “Sweet Amarillo” one of the album’s many highlights. Remedy also features the return of producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem), who produced 2012’s highly praised Carry Me Back.


Pre-Order Now from iTunes or the Band’s Official Website


Long before the resurgence of folk and roots rock, Old Crow Medicine Show was performing their fiery style of amped up old-time music, cultivating a diverse fan base who thrive on the band’s energetic performances. The songs on Remedy are chock full of the same raw energy, swagger and drive that has made rabid fans of everyone from hipsters to college students to traditional music purists. “This is country music for people who think country music needs a whoopin’’ says Secor, who adds, “Country music that knows how deep its roots run— from the dirtiest blues to the folkiest folk, the songwriters, the crooners and the Outlaws, to the Opry stage; it’s all here”.  Kicking off with “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”, a new take on the classic prison tale, the band then launches into the hyper speed  “8 Dogs 8 Banjos” a timeless original that could have been penned ages ago, but with more fire.  Though Old Crow Medicine Show is loved for their fast and furious up-tempo numbers, they shine brightly on the ballads including the touching “Dearly Departed Friend” and CritterFuqua’s “Firewater”.



In support of their upcoming release, the band has announced their biggest headlining tour ever with stops including Red Rocks, The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Atlanta), The Philadelphia Folk Festival and London’s incredible performance space The Roundhouse.  Opening acts for the tour include critically praised folk duo Shovels & Rope, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Parker Millsap who will be opening all of the band’s UK dates.  For a complete list of tour dates see below.



5/22 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre

5/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live

5/24 Evans, GA @ Banjo-B-Que Music Festival

5/25 St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre

5/29 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre

5/30 Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Music Festival (supporting The Avett Brothers)

5/31 Saginaw, MI @ FirstMerit Bank Event Park

6/01 Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre

6/28 Owensboro, KY @ ROMP Music Festival

7/01 Nashville, TN on the Grand Ole Opry @ Grand Ole Opry House

7/04 St. Paul, MN on A Prairie Home Companion @ Macalester College

7/05 St. Paul, MN on A Prairie Home Companion @ Macalester College

7/10 Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theatre

7/11 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

7/12 Austin, TX @ Nutty Brown Amphitheatre (with Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Wheeler Bros.)

7/14 Amarillo, TX @ Civic Center Auditorium

7/16 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Carolina Chocolate Drops)

7/17 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater (with Caroline Chocolate Drops)

7/18 St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House (with Hurray for the Riff Raff)

7/19 Cincinnati, OH @ Buckle Up Festival

7/26 Charleston, WV @ Appalachian Power Park

7/29 Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum

7/31 Toronto, ON CANADA @ Echo Beach (with Matt Andersen/Del Barber)

8/01 Montreal, QC, CANADA @ Osheaga Festival

8/03 Cooperstown, NY @ Ommegang Brewery

8/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ Rockingham County Fair

8/15 Schwenksville, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival

8/16 Cockeysville, MD @ Hot August Music Festival

8/17 Richmond, VA @ Maymont Park

8/20 Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheatre (with Shovels & Rope)

8/21 Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre (with Shovels & Rope)

8/22 Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with Shovels & Rope)

8/23 Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel (with Shovels & Rope)

9/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater

9/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

9/24 Portland, OR @ The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

9/26 Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre

10/19 Manchester, ENGLAND @ The Ritz

10/20 Dublin, IRELAND @ Vicar Street

10/21 Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND @ Mandela Hall

10/22 Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ O2 ABC

10/24 London, ENGLAND @ The Roundhouse

10/26 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS @ Paradiso

23.04.2014 news

Listen to Old 97′s New Album “Most Messed Up” in its Entirety

Old 97′s partnered with The Atlantic.com and Amazon.com to premiere a full album stream of their new LP Most Messed Up, one week ahead of its April 29 release. The Atlantic called the album “supremely catchy,” adding it’s “a hilarious and hard-rocking look at how to survive two decades in rock.”


Pre-order on iTunes or the band’s official store.


“Blistered, blasted, and brilliant” - New Yorker

“Instant classic…. a killing machine from start to finish” - Salon

“Raucous set looking back on their 20-year run / 4 Stars” - Rolling Stone

On Tour

May 5, 2014: Tricky Falls ( El Paso, TX)

May 6, 2014: Rialto Theatre (Tucson, AZ)

May 7, 2014: The Crescent Ballroom (Phoenix, AZ)

May 8, 2014: Belly Up Tavern (Solana Beach, CA)

May 9, 2014: El Rey Theatre (LA, CA)

May 10, 2014: The Filmore (San Fran, CA)

May 12, 2014: Showbox at the Market (Seattle, WA)

May 13, 2014: Wonder Ballroom (Portland, OR)

May 14, 2014: Knitting Factory Concert House (Boise, ID)

May 15, 2014: Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT)

May 17, 2014: Jack Daniels Distillery ( Lynchburg, TN)

May 24, 2014: Colonial Golf Tournament (Ft.Worth, TX)

May 27, 2014: Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (Houston, TX)

May 28, 2014: One Eyed Jacks  ( New Orleans, LA)

May 29, 2014: #Terminal West (Atlanta, GA)

May 30, 2014: The Grey Eagle ( Asheville, NC)

May 31, 2014: 9:30 Club ( Washington, DC)

June 2, 2014: The Sinclair ( Cambridge, MA)

June3, 2014: Webster Hall (New York,NY)

June 4, 2014: Mr. Small’s Theatre (Pittsburg,PA)

June 6, 2014: Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH)

June 7, 2014: The Vogue (Indianapolis,IN)

June 17, 2014: The Crossroads (Kansas City, MO)

June 18, 2014: The Ready Room (St. Louis MO)

June 19, 2014: The Castle Theatre (Bloomington, IL)

June 20, 2014: First Avenue (Minneapolis,MN)

June 21, 2014: Park West Theatre (Chicago, IL)

June 22, 2014: Turner Hall (Milwaukee, WI)

June 24, 2014: The Southgate House Revival (Newport, KY)

June 26, 2014: Mercy Lounge ( Nashville, TN)

June 27, 2014: Stickyz Rock n Roll Chicken Shack (Little Rock,AR)

June 28, 2014: Bluebird Theater (Denver, CO)

June 29, 2014: Sol Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM)

July 20, 2014: The Levitt Shell (Memphis, TN)

July 22, 2014: The National (Richmond, VA)

July 23, 2014: Bottle & Cork (Dewey Beach, DE)

July 24, 2014: The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ)

July 25. 2014: Wellfleet Beachcomber (Wellfleet, MA)

July 26, 2014: Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME)

July 27, 2014: Xponential Festival (Camden, NJ)

August 6, 2014: Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY)

August 7. 2014: Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY)

August 8, 2014: Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA)

August 9, 2014: Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival – Lincoln Center (New York, NY)

23.04.2014 news

Rodrigo y Gabriela’s “9 Dead Alive” Streaming Now on NPR’s First Listen

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Rodrigo y Gabriela’s new record, 9 Dead Alive, is streaming in its entierity via NPR’s First Listen in advance of its release next Tuesday, April 29.  “In their newest album, 9 Dead Alive, Rodrigo y Gabriela return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility,” said NPR. “This new album is extremely stripped down and minimalistic, a treat both for those who’ve been following the duo since the beginning, and also for those who recently discovered them: letting listeners eavesdrop on a private conversation spoken between two friends, in the universal language of the guitar.”
9 Dead Alive  is the band’s first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Also, look out for For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela, a documentary film directed by journalist Alejandro Franco. The film had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW film festival, and will be showing at film festivals around the world throughout the year.


More tour dates have been announced in support of 9 Dead Alive. The first leg of touring begins in Portland, ME, on April 25 and ends May 11 in Seattle, WA. The second leg begins July 27 at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ, and ends August 17 at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. The complete list of confirmed dates is below. This will be Rod and Gab’s first tour as a duo since summer 2011. See Complete Tour Dates Below!


Check out Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Video for “The Russian Messenger” Below!


Tour Dates


25 – Portland, ME – State Theatre w/Bobby Long

26 – Albany, NY – The Egg w/Bobby Long


1 – 3 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater w/Zach Heckendorf

6 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum w/Zach Heckendorf

7 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium w/Zach Heckendorf

9 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater w/Zach Heckendorf

11 – Seattle – The Paramount Theatre w/Zach Heckendorf


25 – 27 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival

27 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

31 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center at Wolf Trap

31 – Aug 2 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes Festival


10 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater

13 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijier Gardens

14 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks w/Nathaniel Rateliff


19.04.2014 news

Drive-By Truckers Release “Dragon Pants” 10″ EP for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19! Head to your local indie and pick up the Drive-By Truckers’ Dragon Pants EP RSD exclusive 10″! They are 5 songs from the English Oceans sessions. If you’re in Denver on RSD, the band will be playing live at Twist and Shout at 3pm.





17.04.2014 news

J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s New Video for “Same Days”

Check out J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s New Video for “Same Days!”


Emphasizing the mediocrity, yet weirdness of day-to-day life, J. Roddy Walston & The Business’ new video for the beat-driven track “Same Days” will both mesmerize and keep your head bobbing. Check out the video below, courtesy of Esquire!



Best known for their live shows, we are also thrilled to share that J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s upcoming string of tour dates, including Coachella performances this weekend and a spring run with Foals and Cage the Elephant is set to begin April 21st. See full tour dates below:

Tour Dates 

4/18 – 4/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 2 

4/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater%

4/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater%

4/24 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit%

4/25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues%

4/30 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House

5/2 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*%

5/4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre*%

5/6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*% SOLD OUT

5/7 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National*%

5/13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus*%

5/14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom*%

5/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center*%

5/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*%

5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*%

5/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%

5/21 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%

5/22 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom%

5/30 – Richmond, VA – Friday Cheers w/ Kopecky Family Band

5/31 – 6/1 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival

6/5 – 6/8 – Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Festival

6/12 – 6/15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

6/14 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s

7/11 – Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Festival

7/12 – Detroit, MI – Mopop Festival

7/13 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

7/24 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork

7/26 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

7/29 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop

8/1 – 8-3 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

8/22 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

 % with Cage the Elephant

* with Foals

15.04.2014 news

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s “Make My Head Sing…” Out Now

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s highly anticipated new album Make My Head Sing… is out today on ATO Records. Released to widespread critical acclaim, the new album was co-produced by Mayfield and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport and was recorded at Nashville’s Club Roar studio. In advance of the release, the official music video for “I Wanna Love You” recently premiered at Noisey and can now be viewed here.

Purchase your CD, Vinyl, or Digital Download on iTunes / Amazon / Official Store / ATO Store

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Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results…”—Rolling Stone

It’s one of the best albums of the year so far”—Garden & Gun


Mayfield will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour this spring, including dates at New York’s Mercury Lounge, Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom and L.A.’s Roxy Theatre. See below for complete details.

Make My Head Sing… follows Mayfield’s 2011 release, Tell Me, which was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and was described by Rolling Stone, which named her an Artist to Watch, as “a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop.” Additionally, the Associated Press asserted, “Tell Me is the portrait of a precocious girl growing into self-assured womanhood and a producer reaching the peak of his powers. It is a dark and moody album, full of delights throughout, and if it doesn’t make Mayfield a star, that too will be heartbreaking,” while Spin Magazine included Mayfield in their “The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011” feature, calling her a “smart-ass country-rock ingénue.” She also made her network television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” performing the album’s first single, “Our Hearts Are Wrong,” which NPR Music praised as “…genuinely moving”



April 22  Pittsburgh, PA    Club Café
April 23  Toronto, ON    The Garrison
April 24  Montreal, QC Divan Orange
April 25 Boston, MA Great Scott
April 26 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
April 28 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
April 29 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
April 30 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
May 1 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
May 2 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
May 3 Atlanta, GA The Earl
May 5 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
May 6 St. Louis, MO Firebird
May 8 St Paul, MN Turf Club
May 9 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
May 10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
June 10 Rockford, IL Anderson Gardens
June 12 Denver, CO Hi Dive
June 13 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
June 14 Boise, ID Neurolux
June 16 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
June 17 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
June 19 San Francisco, CA The Independent
June 20 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
June 21 San Diego, CA The Casbah
June 22 Scottsdale, AZ The Western
June 24 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ: Indoors
June 25 Dallas, TX Club Dada
June 26 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern
June 27 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
June 28 Indianapolis, IN Do317 Lounge

08.04.2014 news

Benjamin Booker’s Debut Single “Violent Shiver” Out Now!

Download and Stream Benjamin Booker’s Debut Single “Violent Shiver” at

iTunes/Amazon/ Spotify

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ATO Records is excited to announce the debut single of Benjamin Booker, “Violent Shiver.” A 7” of “Violent Shiver,” backed with “Spoon Out My Eyeballs,” will be released on May 13. Pre-order the 7″ now on the ATO Records Official Store, and look out for Benjamin Booker’s debut album, produced by Adrija Tokic, released later this year!


Check out the video for “Violent Shiver,” accompanied by drummer Max Norton!


Benjamin Booker will be opening for Jack White on a series of July dates. Benjamin is currently supporting Hurray For The Riff Raff on its Northeastern U.S. run and will perform at the 2014 NON-COMM radio convention in Philadelphia (May 14-16). After his first U.K. headline tour and a trio of European shows in May, Booker will play a series of dates with Courtney Barnett, including the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (June 14) and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (June 17). He will also be performing at numerous festivals this summer, including the Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza. See below for itinerary.

Benjamin Booker – Upcoming Tour Dates

4/8 * – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs

4/9 * – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
4/10 * – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
5/2 ** – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater

5/3 ** – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater

5/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival @ Masquerade Music Park & Old 4th Ward Park

5/18 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store

5/19 – London, UK @ Water Rats

5/20 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last

5/21 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen

5/24 – Paris, FR @ Mécanique ondulatoire

5/27 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Exil

5/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
6/14 ^ – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
6/17 ^ – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/18 ^ – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
6/24 ^ – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/18-20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival @ Louisville Waterfront Park

7/20 ^^ – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre

7/21 ^^ – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom

7/23 ^^ – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

7/24 ^^ – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

7/25-27 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

7/27 ^^ – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoors

7/28 ^^ – Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre

7/30 ^^ – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

7/31 ^^ – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
8/1-3 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza @ Grant Park

8/29-31 – Wiltshire, UK @ End of the Road Festival

* supporting Hurray For The Riff Raff

** supporting Drive-By Truckers

^ supporting Courtney Barnett

^^ supporting Jack White

08.04.2014 news

Video Premiere: Drive-By Truckers “Made Up English Oceans”

By Will Welch at GQ.  Read the full article here
Last month, the Drive-By Truckers released their tenth studio album, English Oceans. The band is a longtime favorite of quite a few people who have worked at this magazine over the years, and among GQ‘s DBT nerds, the songs written and sung by guitarist Mike Cooley are often particularly treasured. (By which we mean: quoted and air-guitared-to.) That’s in part because Cooley usually brings a couple hard-charging rockers to each album that channel Exile-era Stones, with the Tuscumbia, Alabama native doing some Keef-worthy rhythm guitar work. And it’s also because the guy is a hilarious, bawdry, and brilliant storyteller.



Last month, the Drive-By Truckers released their tenth studio album, English Oceans. The band is a longtime favorite of quite a few people who have worked at this magazine over the years, and among GQ‘s DBT nerds, the songs written and sung by guitarist Mike Cooley are often particularly treasured. (By which we mean: quoted and air-guitared-to.) That’s in part because Cooley usually brings a couple hard-charging rockers to each album that channel Exile-era Stones, with the Tuscumbia, Alabama native doing some Keef-worthy rhythm guitar work. And it’s also because the guy is a hilarious, bawdry, and brilliant storyteller.

Yet not all of those stories are so easy to parse. Cooley sometimes writes straightforward, linear narritives (see: his longtime crowd-favorite, “Zip City”) but other times the narrative is more fractured and obtuse. So when we had the opportunity to premiere the video for the Truckers’ new Cooley-written song “Made Up English Oceans” here, we jumped. But with a caveat: We wanted Mike to get on the phone from his home in Birmingham and help us understand exactly what the song is all about.

So allow us to set the stage, will you? “Made Up English Oceans” is written in the voice of Southern political consultant, cutthroat manipulator, and king of negative campaigning, Lee Atwater. Or a character like him. Atwater is selling his services to a candidate by explaining how easy the public is to fool—and making reference to timeless rock myths (like Rod Stewart supposedly having, um, bodily fluids pumped from his stomach) along the way. Check out the video above, and our interview with Cooley below.


What were the first threads of songwriting that became “Made Up English Oceans”?
It was a couple years before I finished it. The first thing I came up with was the chord progression. Lyrically, I was thinking about people who understand human nature well enough to push certain emotional buttons that will get other people, on a large scale, to do what that person wants them to do. And how, if you have that instinct, you can be very valuable to powerful people.

Topically, to capture that, the song obliquely references the old playground rumor about Rod Stewart. And the urban legend around Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Then morphs and bends from politics to bumper stickers and religion. Is that right?
They say when it comes to winning the hearts and minds of the South, it’s all about The Three Gs: god, guns, and gay stuff. So I tried to include all three of those.

I don’t know if I ever would’ve caught the lyrical reference to Rod Stewart, but you mentioned it while introducing the song at a recent acoustic show here in New York.
I’m hoping to get a letter or an email from Rod Stewart just pissed that I’m bringing it up again now, in his golden years. Where that rumor came from, nobody knows. I heard it on my playground in junior high school and it seems to be widespread. It was as viral as anything could go in the 1980s. Somehow that popped into my head and those lines just rolled right out. Those two lines, and the bit about Phil Collins writing “In the Air Tonight.” Urban legends about two British pop stars—that’s what it all comes to.

Can you explain the myth that surrounds “In the Air Tonight”?
Eminem actually mentions it in his song “Stan” real quickly—it goes by in a flash. I may get it wrong because I’ve heard it different ways but hell, it doesn’t matter, does it: The rumor was that Phil Collins was on a beach, and he couldn’t swim, but he saw someone drowning. And there was this other guy on the beach who could’ve saved the drowning guy but didn’t. And then the legend morphs into this thing where the guy who didn’t save the drowning guy was at a Phil Collins show, and Phil sang that lyric right to him. It’s complete bullshit, but a compelling narrative. And we’ll eat it up hook, line, and sinker. So in ["Made Up English Oceans"] you have a Lee-Atwater-type guy making his case about why he’s the man to bring people in and deliver them to [the candidate]. He’s saying, “Look at the idiotic stuff people believe just because they heard it from their idiot friends. So imagine if they heard it from a gentlemanly statesman who reminds them of a preacher.”

So it’s sort of like, if these ridiculous false truths can travel across English oceans and people will believe them, imagine what we can do from right here.
Right. And the Rod Stewart thing—I didn’t think about this of course when I was a kid, but when it got back on my mind I thought, Wow. It implies that there’s a toxicity to gay sex. Like, You can die from it man! And this was pre-AIDS.

Why did you have Lee Atwater on the brain?
Well, when I was thinking about people who understand human nature and use that to gain access to power, all roads lead to him. I was a kid when all that was going on and I didn’t pay much attention to it, but once I started looking up some stuff I thought he was as fascinating of a character as anyone I’ve ever seen. In a despicable kind of way. I also had this feeling that I would’ve liked the guy if I’d known him personally. He reminded me of people like Sam Phillips [of Sun Records] and Rick Hall from Muscle Shoals, and those were two people I’ve always been interested in. They were these ambitious Southern boys that went about their work in an almost diabolical, mad scientist kinda way. And all of them drew maps of previously uncharted territory that everyone that’s come after them has followed.

28.03.2014 news

Kaiser Chiefs’ New Album, “Education, Education, Education & War,” Out Now!

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Fabulous… ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ rocks with spit, snarl and sparkle.”- David Fricke, Rolling Stone


Some songs “Coming Home” are made to fill Summer stadiums as the last light falls over the crowd…reminiscent of David Byrne’s best work” – GQ


There’s an extraordinary moment when a third unfamiliar tune, “Coming Home”, a U2/Kings of Leon-ish stadium-sized ballad, prompts an unexpected singsong.”-The Guardian


Leeds rock band the Kaiser Chiefs have released their fifth album, Education, Education, Education & War on ATO Records. The standout single “Coming Home,” recently hit No. 1 on the U.S. Alternative Specialty Radio charts, is currently in the Top 20 on the UK Airplay Charts. In the UK, “Coming Home” has also been added to A List Radio 2, A List Absolute, A List BBC 6Music, and A List XFM with Radio 1 support from Greg James & Zane Lowe.

The band recently visited the US for a few select performances, including stops in New York and Los Angeles. While they were in LA, Last Call With CarsonDaly came out to tape their sold out show at the El Rey. They also recorded a NPR World Café session while in the states, which will air on April 10th. In June, Kaiser Chiefs will return to North America again for a handful of live dates. See full routing below and visit http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/ for more information.



Education, Education, Education & War Track Listing

1. The Factory Gates

2. Coming Home

3. Misery Company

4. Ruffians On Parade

5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven

6. One More Last Song

7. My Life

8. Bows & Arrows

9. Cannons

10. Roses


Kaiser Chiefs Tour Dates

6/11       Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom

6/13       Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

6/15       Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall

6/17       Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

6/18       Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

6/20       New York, NY @ Webster Hall

6/21-22 Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

27.03.2014 news

“Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One” Out Now

Order Now on iTunes/Amazon/Official Store

Out today, Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One  is a tribute album to Bob’s 1980s catalog, covering the period that starts with 1980’s Saved and ends with 1990’s Under The Red Sky. The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that are often overshadowed by his 60s & 70s output and songs from his later career renaissance. Rolling Stone notes “Amazingly, the album makes a completely convincing case for sniffed-at Dylan songs like “Brownsville Girl” and “Wiggle Wiggle.” Such pieces have never been covered before — amazing since Dylan may be the most-covered artist of the last 50 years, save the Beatles”, and NY Daily News adds “It’s a pleasure to hear Dylan’s 80’s understated gospel, bluesy rock, and pop rescued from its shamefully dated production. Any Dylan fan lucky enough to already hold the occasional 80’s gem like “Sweetheart Like You,” “Dark Eyes,” and “Pressing On” in high regard will only find their love for some of Dylan’s best 80’s tunes deepened by fitting covers from Craig Finn, Dawnes Landes & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Glen Hansard, respectively.”



In the liner notes to this collection, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless BrooklynFortress of Solitude) writes, “In the famously difficult art of going up against Dylan’s performance of his own material, a number of these reach the highest threshold. I hope Bob Dylan listens to this record, and plays it for his current touring band.”


Langhorne Slim & The Law – Got My Mind Made Up
Built To Spill – Jokerman
Reggie Watts – Brownsville Girl (Reprise)
Craig Finn – Sweetheart Like You
Ivan & Alyosha – You Changed My Life
Deer Tick – Night After Night
Dawn Landes & Bonnie “Prince” Billie – Dark Eyes
Tea Leaf Green – Waiting To Get Beat
Aaron Freeman & Slash – Wiggle Wiggle
Elvis Perkins – Congratulations
Hannah Cohen – Covenant Woman
Marco Benevento – Every Grain of Sand
Yellowbirds – Series of Dreams
Blitzen Trapper – Unbelievable
Lucius – When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
Glen Hansard – Pressing On
Carl Broemel – Death Is Not The End

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