The Latest

 

UPCOMING RELEASES:

07/29/14 – BECK: Song Reader All-Star Album (Warby Parker/Capitol)
08/05/14 – SPOON: They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
09/09/14 – RYAN ADAMS: Ryan Adams (Pax Am/Blue Note)
10/07/14 – PHILIP SELWAY: Weatherhouse (Bella Union)

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RYAN ADAMS

OCTOBER TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

“1984” LIMITED EDITION PAX-AM 7” PRE-ORDER LIVE NOW AThttp://bit.ly/paxamrecords

SELF-TITLED, SELF-PRODUCED ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 9 ON PAX-AM/BLUE NOTE

Ryan Adams © Julia Brokaw (LOW RES)

Ryan Adams © Julia Brokaw (LOW RES)

“the most confident record he’s made since the early 2000s”—ROLLING STONE

“scorches with Stonesian bravado and a fist-pump-worthy chorus–ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Must List

As early accolades continue to pile in for “Gimme Something Good” from the self-produced Ryan Adams (out September 9 on PAX-AM/Blue Note), the album’s namesake has added a new run of dates to the tour that kicks off this week with a handful of northeastern dates. The new dates, which are on sale this Friday (except where indicated below), are listed below in BOLD.

In addition to album and touring announcements, the next installment in the Pax-Am 7” series has been confirmed: “1984,” Ryan’s 10-song 7-inch homage to the halcyon days of the earliest releases from Dischord, SST, Touch & Go and their ilk, will be released  August 19th and is available for pre-order now at http://bit.ly/paxamrecords. Orders for this limited edition 7″ will ship no later than August 18thand are limited to one per customer.

“1984” is a concise, intense and completely self-contained musical statement, recorded and released completely separate from the upcoming album. It follows previous Pax-Am 7” series installment “Gimme Something Good” b/w the non-LP “Aching For More,” which was released July 1 and quickly became the first vinyl single to hit #1 at the Amazon.com music store.

Stay tuned to paxamrecords.com/ for on-sale details and further updates.

 

RYAN ADAMS
On Tour 2014
New Dates in BOLD

07/22/14 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
07/23/14 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center For Performing Arts
07/25/14 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
07/26/14 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center
08/05/14 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen (SOLD OUT)
08/07/14 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater (SOLD OUT)
10/01/14 — Santa Barbara, CA — Arlington Theater *
10/05/14 — Portland, OR — Arlene Schnitzer Hall
10/06/14 — Seattle, WA — Paramount Ballroom
10/07/14 — Vancouver, BC — Orpheum Theater
10/09/14 — Edmonton, AB — Francis Winspear Theater
10/10/14 — Calgary, AB — Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/12/14 — Winnipeg, AB — Burton Cummings Theater
10/13/14 — Minneapolis, MN — Northrop at the University of Minnesota
10/14/14 — Milwaukee, WI — Riverside Theater
10/16/14 — Chicago, IL — Chicago Theater **
10/18/14 — Ames, IA — Stephens Auditorium @ Iowa State Center ***
10/19/14 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/20/14 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater

**  On Sale Saturday, July 26th
** On Sale Friday, August 8th
*** On sale Friday, August 22nd

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THIRD MAN RECORDS INTRODUCES NEW PUBLISHING WING: THIRD MAN BOOKS

LANGUAGE LESSONS: VOLUME 1 (TMR269) BOX SET FEATURING 321-PAGE HARDBOUND BOOK, TWO VINYL LPs & MORE

Available For Pre-Order Now at Third Man Books, In Stores August 5th 

LL:V1

LL:V1

At long last Third Man Records and Third Man Books are very proud to present their first commercially available book, Language Lessons: Volume I. Though the term book, in this case, may actually be a bit limiting considering what this whole package actually contains… Want to hear more? Read on.

Language Lessons is a 321 page hardbound book, co-edited by Chet Weise and Third Man’s own Ben Swank, full of contemporary poetry and prose including over 20 award winning and / or nominated contemporary poets and authors such as Dale Ray Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction, C.D. Wright, a National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle winner in poetry, and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. Language Lessons is two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychdelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop from artists such as William Tyler, Destruction UnitKen VandermarkSampson Starkweather and more. Language Lessons is 5 pieces of frameable broadsides of poems by C.D. WrightFrank StanfordBrian BarkerJake Adam York and Chet Weise with original art from former Big Boys guitartist Tim Kerr, one-time Hate illustrator Jim Blanchard, intertwangle-ist folk artist Butch Anthony and more. That’s a lot of bang for your buck… and it all comes housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve. Has any other record label ever created such a thing? Are we mad?!

We are not mad. As previously mentioned, LL:VI will be Third Man Books first commercially available tome and signifies a strong intent for Third Man entering the universe of publishing. Third Man Books, like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.

Language Lessons: Volume I is now available for pre-sale direct from Third Man and will be available in discerning book and record stores the world over from August 5th.

For those attending Newport Folk Festival this weekend, you’ll get the first opportunity for a glimpse into LL:V1. Join LL:V1 contributors for excerpt readings on Saturday, July 26th at the festival. Featured contributors include Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Janaka Stucky, Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart, Kendra Decolo, and Chet Weise. For more information as it becomes available, keep an eye on http://www.newportfolk.org/lineup/saturday/language-lessons and https://www.facebook.com/ThirdManRecords.

 

LANGUAGE LESSONS: VOLUME I 

* The Language Lessons: Volume I box set includes a hardbound book of contemporary poetry and prose, two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop, and 5 pieces of hangable art all housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve.

* In 321 pages, the book includes over 20 award winning and / or nominated contemporary poets and authors such as Dale Ray Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction, C.D. Wright, a National Book Award finalist in poetry, and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. And, almost as interestingly, many in the book will be published for the first time in their lives.

* To hang on the wall, five frameable broadsides of poems by C.D. WrightFrank StanfordBrian BarkerJake Adam York and Chet Weise, with original art by former Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr, one-time Hate illustrator Jim Blanchard, intertwangle-ist folk artist Butch Anthony, and more.

* Features unpublished work by Frank StanfordJake Adam York, C.D. WrightSteve SternSampson StarkweatherJoshua Marie Wilkinsonbemsilr brighamTJ JarrettJanaka StuckySommer BrowningGaylord BrewerDan BoehlBen MirovDaniel Lucca Pujol, William Miller and Chet Weise.

* Features unheard music by William TylerDestruction UnitPaul “Wine” Jones, and Ken Vandermark.

* Nonfiction from punk rock progenitors Richard Hell and Tav Falco.

* The occupations of the anthology’s contributors range from teachers, morticians, librarians, software developers, actors, and taco chefs to bartenders, farmers, musicians, and parents. Although from all over America (and beyond), almost 90% of the contributors read in Nashville at a DIY series called Poetry Sucks.

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SPOON DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE “DO YOU”

LIVE CHAT WITH SPOON HOSTED BY CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
AT 3:30PM EST

THEY WANT MY SOUL OUT AUGUST 5 ON LOMA VISTA

VINYL GRATIFICATION NOW AVAILABLE AT PARTICIPATING RECORD STORES

Do You

Do You

Spoon has unveiled its eerie and destructive new video for They Want My Soul‘s lead single, “Do You”. Directed by Hiro Murai, the video features a bandaged and semi-shellshocked Britt Daniel as he cruises through a city under siege…but under siege from what? The video is the 20th installment of Urban Outfitters’ UO Music Video Series. They Want My Soul will be released by Loma Vista Recordings on August 5.

At 3:30PM EST today, the band will be live-chatting with fans in a session hosted by Consequence of Sound – a chance to ask the band any and all burning Spoon-related (and non-Spoon related) questions you care to. Details of the chat session can be found here.

Vinyl preorders for Spoon’s forthcoming album were launched this week as part of the band’s Vinyl Gratification campaign with many stores selling out on day of release. The band is currently working on replenishing stock, but in the meantime, here are the details for those who may be unfamiliar with this never-before-attempted release method. Those fans who wish to preorder a vinyl copy of They Want My Soul will instantly receive a limited edition 45rpm 10-inch from participating record stores (find yours here). This 10-inch is comprised of three album tracks including “Inside Out”, “Rent I Pay” and the previously mentioned single, “Do You”. Preorders placed through the Vinyl Gratification program will be filled with a sleek 180g white vinyl copy of They Want My Soul.

For more information about Spoon’s groundbreaking Vinyl Gratification program, visit http://www.spoontheband.com/vinylgratification.

SPOON
2014 TOUR

07/25/14 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
08/01/14 – Chicago, IL – Metro
08/02/14 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/05/14 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater at Chula Vista *
08/08/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08/10/14 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08/17/14 – Portland, OR – Musicfest NW
08/29/14 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
08/30/14 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau *
08/31/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Made in America Festival
09/02-03/14 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre +
09/05/14 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival +
09/06/14 – Norfolk, VA – Norva +
09/07/14 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Music Festival
09/10/14 – New York, NY – Central Park
09/11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead +
09/12/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room +
09/13/14 – Hamilton, ON – Supercrawl Festival
09/14/14 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre +
09/16/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre #
09/17/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre #
09/18/14 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre #
09/19/14 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre #
09/20/14 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant #
09/21/14 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall #
09/23/14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #
10/05/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
11/01/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/02/14 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03/14 – Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne Reithalle
11/04/14 – Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11/05/14 – Ghent, Belgium – Vooruit
11/06/14 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/07/14 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

* special guests of Arcade Fire
+ with Hamilton Leithauser
# with EMA

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LUSCIOUS JACKSON

FIRST EVER BROOKLYN SHOW 

NOVEMBER 22 AT THE BELL HOUSE

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AT
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/639741?utm_medium=bks

Magic Hour On Sale at iTunes & http://www.LusciousJackson.us

Luscious Jackson © Doug Seymour (LOW RES)

Luscious Jackson © Doug Seymour (LOW RES)

“… returned to their youthful passion without losing a step… it is nice to have you back, ladies.”—THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Luscious Jackson will finally play its first show in the borough that the band’s Jill Cunniff and Gabby Glaser call home. The triumphant roll that began with the release of the Magic Hour album last fall continues with a November 22 date at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Tickets are on sale Friday, July 25 at 10am EST. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/639741?utm_medium=bks.

The Bell House date is the latest news in the wake of the Cunniff, Glaser and Kate Schellenbach’s Magic Hour album, released last November on the band’s own City Song label (on sale at iTunes or http://www.LusciousJackson.us). Magic Hour has seen a uniformly excellent reception including raves from ROLLING STONE (“Luscious Jackson were to New York freestyle dance pop what their cohorts the Beastie Boys were to hip-hop… Welcome back, ladies”), THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (“Listening to Luscious Jackson… is like a night out hitting the clubs in New York City: a rock riff here, reggae grooves there, some sugary pop, and plenty of low end. All in all, a good time, and plenty eclectic”), and many more. Luscious Jackson’s live debut along the Gowanus is the latest live event in a run including a November 18 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and rapturously received live shows in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles—a show that had THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER raving that the band had “… returned to their youthful passion without losing a step… it is nice to have you back, ladies.”

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ARCADE FIRE CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR REMAINDER OF REFLEKTOR TOUR

TELEVISION TO REUNITE FOR THIRD BARCLAYS DATE

DEVO, ANTIBALAS, & STEVE MACKEY OF PULP (DJ SET) ADDED TO SELECT DATES

© Guy Aroch

© Guy Aroch

“fully enthralling live… a show that feels less like a collection of songs and more an immersive experience… even after the band’s final goodbye, the crowd stood in the park singing the melodic words-free chorus line like a soccer chant with passion and gratitude.”–HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Born headliners”–THE GUARDIAN

“Watching a band at the top of their game, blurring the lines between musical styles…You won’t see many better live performances”–MTV

“Euphoric… Theirs is the kind of music that makes you want to wrap your arm around everyone you’re with, sing like inebriated pirates and hope that summer never ends”–THE INDEPENDENT

Having completed a hugely successful swing through Europe, the UK and beyond, Arcade Fire will bring their one-of-a-kind, euphoria-inducing, multi-stage Reflektor Tour back to North America resuming July 30 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Among the host of esteemed guests joining the band for this next leg will be Spoon, The Unicorns, Owen Pallett, Antibalas, Tune-Yards, Constantines and Fraka.

Additionally, the legendary Akron, OH androids Devo, whose “Uncontrollable Urge” has cropped up as an occasional Arcade Fire encore, will perform opening sets to kick off Arcade Fire’s Mountain View and Chicago shows. Attendees of the band’s third night in Brooklyn on August 24 will begin their evening with an exclusive reunion performance from the pioneers who first brought alt rock to CBGB in the mid 1970s: Television.

As was the case during Arcade Fire’s first North American tour leg, Dan Deacon will be hosting between-sets dance parties guaranteed to get those feet warmed up for the main event. The festivities will be further expanded in Los Angeles for the band’s two nights at The Forum where Steve Mackey of Pulp will provide an after-show DJ set.

For a full listing of confirmed dates and support acts, consult the itinerary below.

ARCADE FIRE
REFLEKTOR TOUR

07/25/14 - Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock
07/30/14 - Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater + *
08/01-02/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum ^ * %
08/04/14 - Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl # *
08/05/14 - San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre & *
08/08/14 - Seattle, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre *
08/09/14 - Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Festival
08/11/14 - Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place @ *
08/12/14 - Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome @ *
08/14/14 - Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre @ *
08/17/14 - Washington, DC – Verizon Center ! *
08/19/14 - Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center ! *
08/20/14 - Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion ! *
08/22-23/14 - Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center ^ *
08/24/14 - Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center $ ^ *
08/26-27/14 - Chicago, IL – United Center + *
08/29/14 - Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre // *
08/30/14 - Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau & * >>

* with Dan Deacon
+ with Devo
$ with Television
& with Spoon
^ with The Unicorns
# with Owen Pallett
@ with Tune-Yards
! with Antibalas
// with Constantines
>> with Fraka
% with Steve Mackey (DJ Set)

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SPOON

VINYL GRATIFICATION BEGINS TODAY AT PARTICIPATING RECORD STORES

PRE-ORDERS AT SELECT INDIE RETAILERS NOW INSTANTLY RECEIVING LIMITED EDITION 10-INCH & MORE

THEY WANT MY SOUL OUT AUGUST 5 ON LOMA VISTA

vinylgratification.com

spoontheband.com

They Want My Soul

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been in that situation where you knew a record was going to come out at a certain point, and you waited for that day and went to the store and got it on that day. But that was something I used to do, and it was part of a process that made it kind of magical.”— SALON.com interview with Britt Daniel

The revolutionary method of vinyl album preordering is upon us. On its very first day of availability, Spoon’s Vinyl Gratification program is already selling out supplies at record stores across North America!

Developed as an incentive to encourage preordering albums from record stores, Spoon’s Vinyl Gratification initiative rewards fans for frequenting their favorite independent music retailers.

Upon preordering a vinyl copy of Spoon’s forthcoming album, They Want My Soul (out August 5 on Loma Vista), at a participating record store, fans will be instantly rewarded with a limited edition 45 RPM vinyl 10-inch featuring three songs: “Rent I Pay”, “Inside Out” and the album’s lead single, “Do You”. On or after August 5, those fans who have preordered through the Vinyl Gratification program can return to their record store and get their beautiful 180g white vinyl copy of They Want My Soul. 

Daniel explained further to SALON this week, “It bothered me that over and over we were giving these things to these entities that I feel don’t need a break necessarily. And I feel like the record labels and the record stores themselves could stand a break and yet nobody’s giving it to them, and I don’t know, it just seemed like a cool spin on the idea of these instant gratification things that are such a big deal these days.”

Castor, the mastermind behind a certain used Volvo ad (and later, an actual Volvo commercial), has created a video to detail the workings of Spoon’s program. Take a look here and then proceed to a participating record store to make your mark on music history.

For further information on Vinyl Gratification, visit http://www.spoontheband.com/vinylgratification/.

SPOON
2014 TOUR

07/18/14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
07/25/14 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
08/01/14 – Chicago, IL – Metro
08/02/14 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/05/14 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
at Chula Vista *
08/08/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08/10/14 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08/17/14 – Portland, OR – Musicfest NW
08/30/14 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau *
08/31/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Made in America Festival
09/02-03/14 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre +
09/05/14 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival +
09/06/14 – Norfolk, VA – Norva +
09/07/14 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Music Festival
09/10/14 – New York, NY – Central Park
09/11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead +
09/12/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room +
09/13/14 – Hamilton, ON – Supercrawl Festival
09/14/14 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre +
09/16/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre #
09/17/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre #
09/18/14 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre #
09/19/14 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre #
09/20/14 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant #
09/21/14 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall #
09/23/14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #
10/03-05/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10-12/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
11/01/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/02/14 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03/14 – Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne Reithalle
11/04/14 – Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11/05/14 – Ghent, Belgium – Vooruit
11/06/14 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/07/14 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

* special guests of Arcade Fire
+ with Hamilton Leithauser
# with EMA

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PAUL McCARTNEY RETURN TO SAN DIEGO ADDED TO OUT THERE TOUR

SEPTEMBER 28 - PETCO PARK

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

SAN DIEGO — Paul McCartney has added another date to summer’s hottest ticket: the Out There world tour has confirmed a September 28 stop at Petco Park in San Diego – marking Paul’s first concert in the city since the Wings Over America tour passed through in 1976.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi-generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

Tickets for Paul’s return to San Diego will be on sale to the general public Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginningMonday, July 14 at 10 a.m. Padres Season Ticket Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at www.padres.com/PaulMcCartney and all Ticketmaster locations. Suites and premium hospitality spaces will be available for purchase by phone at 619.795.5060 or by email at suites@padres.com.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements as the Out There tour expands into September and October.
PAUL McCARTNEY
OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2014

July 9 - Chicago, IL – United Center
July 12 - Fargo, ND – Fargodome
July 14 - Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 16 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 2 - Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
August 5 - Missoula, MT – Washington-Grizzly Stadium
August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
August 12 - Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
August 14 - San Francisco, CA – Candlestick Park
September 28 - San Diego, CA — Petco Park
October 2 - Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
October 11 - New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
October 13 - Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
October 15 - Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
October 16 - Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
October 25 - Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
October 28 - Louisville, KY – Yum! Center
October 30 - Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

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WARBY PARKER PRESENTS BECK SONG READER
ALL-STAR ALBUM OUT JULY 29

JACK WHITE, JEFF TWEEDY, FUN., JARVIS COCKER, JACK BLACK, AND A HOST OF OTHERS JOIN BECK TO BRING ACCLAIMED SHEET MUSIC-ONLY ALBUM TO LIFE

Warby Parker To Reissue Limited-Edition Beck Collaboration Carmichael Frames & New Edition Song Reader Book Featuring 2 New Marcel Dzama Prints

Warby Parker & Artists’ Proceeds From Album To Benefit The 826 National Organization

http://songreader.net

https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/song-reader

Song Reader

Song Reader

“Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined when putting the book together. The book addressed the idea of a song in its most elemental form, letting others give it a voice. It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living breathing soul of the piece. These interpretations have made the book something new— something better.” —BECK

The now legendary Beck Song Reader – twenty Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s — will receive a long awaited traditional release on July 29, when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the Beck Song Readercompilation album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. Warby Parker will commemorate the release of Song Reader by reissuing limited-edition Carmichael frames created in collaboration with Beck, this time in Black Cherry — as well as a new edition of the Song Reader book, featuring two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama.

“No one embodies the spirit of creativity and collaboration more than Beck. From the moment we heard about his Song Reader, we were eager to join forces on the project. We’re thrilled to have worked together to introduce an album and a great pair of frames,” says Warby Parker co-CEO and co-founder Neil Blumenthal.

The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and several more including Beck himself.

“I was incredibly excited when Beck asked me to produce a collection of Song Reader recordings with him,” says the album’s producer Randall Poster. “Beck’s dynamic musical energy and creative passion inspired the artists — some of our favorite and greatest artists at that — to make these songs their own and render them with authority and distinction. They are both a reward and an invitation to join in on a unique and enduring song enterprise.”

The Warby Parker release of Beck Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night… another big step in Beck’s long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?” and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck Song Reader album.

The limited edition Carmichael glasses’ two-tone hue combines Beck’s two favorite colors, in a design inspired by Beck’s genre-bending music and unimpeachable personal style. Equal parts eclectic and charming, Carmichael will be available online at warbyparker.com and at Warby Parker stores and showrooms beginning July 29. The new edition of the book will be available at store.mcsweeneys.net, and at Warby Parker stores.

Warby Parker and artists’ proceeds from the Beck Song Reader album will go to 826 National, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students, ages 6–18, with expository and creative writing at eight locations across the USA. For more information, go to http://826national.org/. For every pair of frames sold, a pair will also be distributed to someone in need through Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program.

The complete track listing for Beck Song Reader is as follows:

1.  Moses Sumney – Title of this Song
2.  Fun – Please Leave A Light On When You Go
3.  Tweedy – The Wolf is on the Hill
4.  Norah Jones – Just Noise
5.  Lord Huron – Last Night You Were A Dream
6.  Bob Forrest – Saint Dude
7.   Jack White – I’m Down
8.   Beck – Heaven’s Ladder
9.  Juanes – Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard
10.  Laura Marling – Sorry
11.  Jarvis Cocker – Eyes That Say “I Love You”
12.  David Johansen – Rough On Rats
13.  Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings
14.  The Last Polka – Marc Ribot
15.  Eleanor Friedberger – Old Shanghai
16.  Sparks – Why Did You Make Me Care?
17.  Swamp Dogg – America, Here’s My Boy
18.  Jack Black – We All Wear Cloaks
19.  Loudon Wainwright III – Do We? We Do
20.  Gabriel Kahane & yMusic – Mutilation Rag

About Warby Parker

Warby Parker is a transformative lifestyle brand with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need through the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program.

Since early on, Warby Parker has taken an interest in cultivating and developing emerging musicians, showcasing new talent like HAIM, Niki & the Dove and Father John Misty at the Warby Parker Citizens Circus at SXSW in 2012, to the Artists in Residence program, where the brand hosted a selection of developing artists at The Standard Hotel for a long weekend of composing and recording. The Warby Parker release of the Song Reader is another step in the brand’s ongoing support of the music industry.

Warby Parker is available at www.WarbyParker.com as well as stores and showrooms across the country.

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Paul McCartney
Early Days  – The Video

Early Days

Early Days

The idea was inspired by the chance meeting in 1957 that would change Paul, John, George, and Ringo’s lives forever,” explains L.A. director Vincent Haycock.

The proposal Vincent wrote for “Early Days” simply begins, “This film is a poetic homage to the legendary beginnings of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s relationship.”

Expanding on his idea Vincent says, “Their story at its core is a universal one, two young kids who bond over their passion for music and form a band and friendship. This video is about them, and every band, and every kid who has suffered the ups and downs of starting a band, whether or not they became successful. The universality of their story was a big inspiration of setting the film in Mississippi during the 50s. This is a time period that inspired The Beatles – American Rock and Roll and the Mississippi Delta Blues of the 50s. Early Days is about the spirit and inspiration young musicians find in each other.”

Vincent has a CV that includes an Emmy nomination in 2004 for designing and directing the main title sequence for the TV show Nip/Tuck. Since then he’s gone on to work on music videos for artists such as Florence + The Machine, Cheryl Cole and Spiritualized. He has established a unique freeform docudrama-style music promo and in 2012 he won a MTV VMA for Best EDM video for the track “Feel So Close” by British DJ/producer Calvin Harris.

Talking about how he came to be working with Paul he recalls, “I sent over a written treatment and then spoke with Paul about it and it developed from there. Paul generously shared some old stories with me that inspired many of the scenes in the video.

Shot between L.A., Natchez, Mississippi and Faraday, Louisiana, Vincent spent almost a month in total working on the video. The casting involved an extensive process and it was important to Vincent that all the characters be as authentic as possible. His team took to street casting in the locations, utilizing local churches, schools and record stores to find people with genuine emotional connections to the music and history of the areas they were shooting in.

Paul recorded his parts in L.A. over two days and the story unfolds around an intimate performance with just him and an acoustic guitar. By the end of the video Paul is playing with a group of blues guitarists, including his friend Johnny Depp. Johnny, no stranger to a McCartney video and an accomplished guitar player too, stopped by on the day for a jam.

Vincent describes his experience of working with Paul as “such a pleasure”. “Paul’s scene was incredibly fun to create. It was just him, some blues players and Johnny Depp jamming on set all day. Patti Smith also turned up on set and hung out, which made the crew very happy! One of my favorite days of filming ever.”

“Early Days” is taken from Paul’s 16th solo album NEW, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2013. In the UK it entered the Official Album Charts at Number Three and in the US Billboard charts it also charted at Number Three. Within months it had sold almost quarter-of-a-million copies in America alone and counting. NEW also went Top 10 in 17 different countries including a Number One position in the Japanese charts. Since its release it has achieved Silver sales status in territories including UK and France, Gold status in Japan and Platinum in Russia, to name just a few international sales achievements.

Paul is currently touring the US on his Out There tour which opened in South America earlier this year.

www.paulmccartney.com
@paulmccartney

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