New Music: The Tallest Man on Earth – “Sagres”

Check out “Sagres,” the first track off The Tallest Man on Earth’s forthcoming LP Dark Bird is Home. The Swedish singer-songwriter announced the record, which is out May 12 via Dead Oceans, earlier this month with a black-and-white album trailer rich in introspection and outdoorsy b-roll.

Track Listing:
1 Fields of Our Home
2 Darkness of the Dream
3 Singers
4 Slow Dance
5 Little Nowhere Towns
6 Sagres
7 Timothy
8 Beginners
9 Seventeen
10 Dark Bird Is Home

The Tallest Man on Earth will hit the road later this year with a full band. Peep the dates below.

The Tallest Man on Earth
05-13 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
05-14 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
05-16 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
05-18 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
05-21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05-26 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05-27 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05-28 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
05-29 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
05-31 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater
06-03 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
06-19-21 Hilvareenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06-19-21 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-19-21 Munich, Germany – Southside Festival
06-23 London, England – Koko
06-24 Antwerp, Belgium – Openlucht Theater
06-25 Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
06-28-29 Stockholm, Sweden – Göta Lejon
06-30 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
06-27-07-04 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07-02 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
07-17-19 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
07-17-19 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
10-12 Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
10-13 Berline, Germany – Huxley’s
10-14 Vienna, Austria – Arena
10-15 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
10-19 London, England – Roundhouse
10-20 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
10-21 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
10-23 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-24 Bexhill, England – De La Warr

Stream: King Khan & The BBQ Show – Bad News Boys

Yay! King Khan & the BBQ Show’s back. The Montreal-based garage rock duo will drop Bad News Boys later this month on In the Red Records, but you can stream the album ahead of its Feb. 24 release date through the label’s SoundCloud account.

True to KKBBQ form, Bad News Boys is an infectiously fuzzy blend of garage rock, punk, soul and doo-wop that’s brilliantly executed and totally worth the repercussions tied to surreptitiously streaming the devil’s music in the workplace.

You can catch the boys on tour this spring. King Khan puts on a wicked live show.

March 9: Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
March 10: The Slowdown – Omaha, NB
March 12: The Moon Room – Denver, CO
March 13: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
March 14: The Duck Room – St. Louis, MO
March 15: The High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
March 17: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
March 18: The Bishop – Bloomington, IN
March 19: The Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
March 20: The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
March 21: Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
March 23: Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
March 24: Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL
March 25: Churchill’s – Miami, FL
March 27: Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA
March 29: Burgerama – Santa Ana, CA

Listen: Father John Misty – Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana Cover)

I’m still on the fence about Father John Misty (Joshua Tillman). But his vulnerable, folksy take on Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” is absolutely perfect. Tillman recorded the track during a recent session for Sirius XMU.

In other Father John Misty news, Sub Pop has issued an apology to people who bought the deluxe version of I Love You, Honeybear! Evidently, the pop-up art featured in the album’s jacket causes the “fancy,colored-vinyl” to warp. Womp, womp, womb, womb

Read the Sub Pop’s full statement below:

Thank you for buying the fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe version of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear! Also, we are sorry that many of these fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe versions of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear are, it appears, warped! In our efforts to replicate the “wow factor” of such legendary album packages as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers zipper cover by Andy Warhol, we wound up accidentally replicating the “defect factor” of the same. In short, the extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art in the Father John Misty jacket creates a lump that, when the LPs are sealed and packed, pushes into the LPs, causing the vinyl to warp and making that handsome, painstakingly and expensively produced jacket an elaborate record-destroying device. This oversight, and any attendant suffering, is our fault, and we are very sorry. We promise to be less ambitious in the future.

We are currently making 100% non-warped, colored-vinyl LPs to replace these damaged LPs. We hope to have a delivery date for those soon, and we will update this page as soon as we have that information.

Please contact your place of purchase for instructions on how to obtain replacement LPs. If you got it from Sub Pop’s online store please email with your name and address, and we will ship you replacement LPs as soon as they arrive, which will likely be around March 3rd. And, if you bought this album from Father John Misty’s website, please contact them for replacement LPs here: Please keep the jacket – we will be replacing only the vinyl itself. To reiterate, if your copy of I Love You, Honeybear is warped and you got your album anywhere other than Sub Pop’s website, or Father John Misty’s website, please contact your place of purchase

In the meantime, please accept our apologies, and we hope you can enjoy the unmolested music of Father John Misty via the download code provided with your LP, and maybe also at one of his exciting, upcoming live shows.

Other things worth mentioning here and related to Father John Misty’s new and very good I Love You, Honeybear album…

In response to several emails on the subject, here’s info on something we did with this album on LP (both the deluxe and regular editions) that was NOT an accident: due to its length and the wide audio spectrum of the recording, we at Sub Pop, together with Father John Misty, decided that the album sounded much better cut at 45 RPM over 2 pieces of vinyl. Though we all prefer the listening experience of a single piece of vinyl, we decided in this case to prioritize audio quality (an admittedly very subjective determination). You’re welcome!

Best 16 Minute Song Ever?

I stumbled upon Courtney Barnett’s “Songs that were most listened to on tour by Courtney and her band. As chosen by Courtney and her band.” Spotify playlist this morning while blatantly ignoring my employer’s Internet usage policy and quickly realized that being stuck in a 15-passenger van with Ms. Barnett and her band doesn’t sound too bad. At an hour and 14-minutes, the road-trippy playlist is a solid blend of international indie tuneage worth listening to in its entirety.

But if you only have 16-minutes to spare, listen to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s auditory mind-fuck, “Head On/Pill,” which may be the best 16-minute track in the history of 16-minute tracks. At the very least, it’s the best 16-minute track of 2014.

Kurt Cobain’s “Montage of Heck”

In 1988, a 21-year-old Kurt Cobain used a four-track cassette recorder to compile a clusterfuck of noise from his way out there record collection. “Montage of Heck” has a little bit of everything–snippets of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” James Brown’s “Hot Pants,” what appears to be someone urinating, Kurt scratching records and lots of belching.

It sounds like a mushroom trip–maybe the greatest mushroom trip ever, actually. But it’s more than that. “Montage of Heck” is a museum-worthy piece of modern art.

To learn more about “Montage of Heck,” check out United Mutations.

Daily Show Kills Koch Industries

If you’re down with rich white men who’ve no regard for women’s rights, question the legitimacy of global warming and think that gay marriage is a bigger threat to society than lax gun laws, trans fat and the Tea Party, Koch Industries wants you.

The Koch brothers, two of the wealthiest men in the world, have dropped hundreds of millions of dollars on political puppets, funding shady political campaigns from D.C. to rural congressional districts in the flyover states. These guys are fucking ruthless, the wrinkly moneybags behind countless political attack ads. And now, they’re the wrinkly moneybags behind a major national TV ad campaign spotlighting job opportunities with Koch Industries.

Unfortunately, the Koch brothers forgot to include the thousands of jobs that Koch Industries has outsourced to China and Mexico over the past five years.

Watch Jon Stewart shit on the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries over on the Daily Show website.