Real Estate Announce New Album, “Atlas;” “Talking Backwards Video Out Now


One of my favorite records hands down of 2012, was Real Estate’s Days. The anticipation for their newest release, which seemed to take forever to come out, had me at the edge of my seat. The group have just revealed the details for the upcoming record, titled Atlas, due out March 4th via Domino Records. Real Estate have also unleashed the tracklisting, which you can find below, as well as a lengthy set of tour dates. Though that’s not all….the group shared “Talking Backwards,” the debut video from the record, which follows in the footsteps of the brilliant echoing tones of Real Estate’s signature sound. Check out the video and all of the information below. I can’t wait to hear the album as a whole. 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for music already. Keep it coming….

Atlas Tracklist
01 “Had to Hear”
02 “Past Lives”
03 “Talking Backwards”
04 “April’s Song”
05 “The Bend”
06 “Crime”
07 “Primitive”
08 “How Might I Live”
09 “Horizon”
10 “Navigator”

Real Estate Tour Dates:

3/01 Noise Pop Festival – San Francisco, CA
3/03 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/06 Neumos – Seattle, WA
3/08 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/09 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
3/11 The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
3/19 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
3/20 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
3/21 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
3/22 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
3/23 Opera House – Toronto, ON
3/25 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
3/26 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
3/27 Metro – Chicago, IL
3/28 Firebird – St Louis, MO
3/29 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
3/31 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
4/01 Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
4/02 930 Club – Washington, DC
4/03 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/05 Webster Hall – New York, NY


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Perform on Fallon, Release “Wig Out at Jagbags”


The music of Stephen Malkmus always holds a fond place in my heart.  From the first moment I heard the quirky sounds of Pavement around 1994 when I was about 11 years old on MTV’s 120 Minutes, I was instantly intrigued. Through all the muffled Grunge sound and a sea of alternative and industrial bands, Pavement, was like nothing I had ever heard before. For all the youngsters out there, this was way before finding music on the internet or being able to download it on your phone and ipods. We usually had to work to find the music we loved. Countless hours of listening to college radio, recording on cassettes, zines, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes, you name it.

Stephen Malkmus and Pavement were my first true glimpse at ‘Indie Rock.’ None of my friends understood what that even meant at the time. Indie Rock in the suburbs of New York was pretty a non-existent term. I begged my parents to go to see Pavement every time the radio announced they were in town, to no avail. By the time I was old enough, they were no longer a band. Luckily I had the chance to see them twice at their Central Park reunion shows back in 2010, which were phenomenal. Malkmus’ voice I have always found to be one of the most unique in rock n’ roll. Somehow it always sounds a bit sarcastic, which I’m not even sure is intentional. But that’s part  of it’s beauty. Throughout the years with Pavement and his solo-esque project, The Jicks, Malkmus always delivers. He never completely strays away from his classic sound, but it is indeed a sound that has evolved throughout time. It has become more polished, perhaps even a bit slicker. His vocals are always unforgettable, and he never tries to be anything he isn’t.

This week Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released their 6th studio record. Wig Out at Jagbags, an incredible 14-track piece that somehow is better with every listen. Just unleashing the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians,” and honoring it with their own ice cream flavor/meet-and-greet fest at Momofuku in NYC this week, the group also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing “Lariat,” with a special online bonus of “Stick Figures in Love.” What a great way to ring in the new year, no? Wig Out at Jagbags isn’t a great departure from any other Jicks record that has been released, but seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Link to the videos below of the group performing on Jimmy Fallon. Wig Out at Jagbags is out NOW, via the lovely folks at Matador Records.


“Stick Figures in Love”


Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room(with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace(with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

More Details on Javelin’s Canyon Candy

About two weeks ago, we gave you guys the scoop on Javelin’s new record, Canyon Candy. Set for release on April 16th, the album marks a distinct stylistic change for the band. This week, shortly after our friends at Stereogum unveiled the album’s first single, band member Thomas Van Buskirk revealed the album’s origins.

Said Van Buskirk “We recorded some on the road, some at home when on break from tour. George and I spent a fair amount of time driving through the South and Western landscape between Feb-June ’09 … in the course of touring with Yeasayer, playing SXSW, and before that playing with our good friend Lucky Dragons in California. Somewhere along the drives we started noticing amazing National Park signs : “Crater of Diamonds” for instance.  They sounded like song names.

The musician also teased us with this tidbit ” [Our] engineer said one song sounded like The Band mixed with Lil Jon.” Intriguing…

Smith Westerns Welcome You Into The Studio

Towards the end of the recording sessions for their new album, Dye It Blonde, Smith Westerns invited director Ray Concepcion to join them in the studio. Concepcion lensed the band as they worked their way through the final stages of the recording process, and this week the resulting short film Die With Your Chin Up was released for your viewing pleasure. Check out the video and a full list of dates for band’s upcoming tour below.



04/25 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *(SOLD OUT)
04/26 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
04/28 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar *
04/29 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *
04/30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
05/02 Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #
05/03 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre Mobile #
05/04 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
05/05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
05/06 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater #
05/07 Denton, TX – University of North Texas Main Auditorium #(SOLD OUT)
05/08 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom #(SOLD OUT)
05/11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05/21 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern ^(SOLD OUT)
05/22 Pomona, CA – The Glass House ^
05/23 Hollywood, CA – The Music Box ^
05/24 Hollywood, CA – The Music Box ^(SOLD OUT)
05/25 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^(SOLD OUT)
05/26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^
05/27 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
05/28 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom ^
05/29 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival
05/31 Aspen, CO – Bell Up Aspen ^
06/01 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre ^
06/02 Lawrence, KS – The Granda Theatre ^
06/03 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note ^
06/04 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
06/06 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre ^
06/07 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
06/08 Montreal, QC – Club Soda ^
06/09 Boston, MA – Royale ^
06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
06/12 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club ^
06/18 New York, NY – Terminal 5 ^


# = w/ Wilco
^ = w/ Yeasayer
* = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Hear Two New Death Cab Tracks!

It seems to be a long time since we’ve heard from Death Cab for Cutie, but maybe that’s just us. The band just premiered two new songs this past weekend at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, and we have the links to give them a listen down below. DCFC will release their newest effort Codes And Keys soon on May 31st, so check back for more information. The songs titled, “Codes And Keys” and “When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street” can be heard right here via Twenty Four Bit



Brahms Premiere New Single, Head On Tour

Brahms have only been an official band for less than a year, they are continuing to make themselves heard in the indie world. Side A of their upcoming 7″ single, “Add It Up,” just premiered as a free download on Stereogum, the same blog which named them one of their “Bands To Watch” in May 2010. “Add It Up” is a strong and dark synth-based dance song with haunting vocals and only promises good things for the band’s debut LP, expected later this year. Get the song HERE.

Meanwhile, the trio left the confines of Brooklyn on January 12th for the next few months to tour the US (and a couple of Canadian cities) alongside Twin shadow and later, Asobi Seksu. Be sure to check if they’re coming anywhere near you.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

1.14 – Schubas – Chicago, IL (with Twin Shadow)

1.15 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH (with Twin Shadow)

1.16 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH(with Twin Shadow)

2.22 – Single Release Party At Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY

2.25 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA (with Asobi Seksu)

2.26 – Cas del Popolo – Montreal, QC (with Asobi Seksu)

2.27 – Horseshow Tavern – Toronto, ON(with Asobi Seksu)

2.28 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL (with Asobi Seksu)

3.1 – 7th Street Entry – Minneaplois, MN (with Asobi Seksu)

3.3 – The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MO (with Asobi Seksu)

3.4 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA (with Asobi Seksu)

3.5 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancovuer, BC (with Asobi Seksu)

3.6 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR(with Asobi Seksu)

3.8 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA (with Asobi Seksu)

3.9 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (with Asobi Seksu)