Girls are pleased to announce US tour dates this March with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Girls played a sold out show this past Saturday at Terminal 5 in New York City. Their critically acclaimed album Father, Son, Holy Ghost was released on True Panther Sounds last year.
“Father, Son, Holy Ghost is brimming with confidence and fearlessness, as Girls tackle tough subject matters– fading romance, spiritual emptiness, reconciling with family– with the weightiness they deserve.” – Pitchfork, #5 Album of the Year
“Crisp boppers and winsome ballads glow with genius melodies. Even when things stretch out…they move true – the only way Girls know how.” – Spin, #5 Album of the Year
“It’s a chilling, hair-raising ride, a heartbreaking listen that channels genuine emotions; full of sadness, self-loathing and real anger, it doesn’t pull any punches, and somewhere in that morass, it also stumbles across true beauty too.” – MTV, #1 Album of the Year
GIRLS TOUR DATES
Mar 01 Santa Cruz CA – Coconut Grove*
Mar 02 San Diego CA – Birch North Park Theatre*
Mar 03 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Mar 05 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad*
Mar 07 San Antonio TX – White Rabbit*
Mar 08 Austin TX – La Zona Rosa*
Mar 09 Dallas TX – Granada Theatre*
Mar 12 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks*
Mar 13 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
Mar 16 Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre*
Mar 17 Salt Lake City UT – In The Venue*
Mar 18 Reno NV – Cargo At CommRow*
Apr 13 & Apr 20 Indio CA – Coachella
*With Unknown Mortal Orchestra
By Jennifer Murtha
The aroma of flowers wafted over the photo pit as we waited for Girls to take the stage. Each mic stand was adorned with a bouquet which would have been lovely to photograph if there weren’t about fifty photographers crammed in the tiny space. Making the most the situation because I’d heard their live show was great, we all stood and watched Christopher Owens slowly made his way to the mic with about eight other musicians. After pushing and shoving to barely get any photos I returned to the other side of the barricade with the crowd to enjoy the show and they definitely lived up to the hype. The San Francisco based group is currently on tour in support of their release Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
Photos by Jennifer Murtha. See more of her work at FromThePhotoPit.com
New Jersey outfit Real Estate will open for Girls in New York City at Terminal 5 on January 14, 2012. The band recently launched a North American tour in support of its new album, Days, which wraps up with a sold out show in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on Nov. 23. Real Estate also recently premiered the first music video from the album, for the album’s lead single “It’s Real,” filmed in Livingston, NY and in Brooklyn, and directed by Weird Days. They also stopped by Relix Magazine for a stripped-down session, watch the Alex Bleeker-penned “Wonder Years” at the link above.
Days was recorded over the course of five patient months in a remote New Paltz, NY barn-cum-studio with the help of Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen), is a coming of age moment for childhood friends Martin Courtney (Guitar and Vocals), Matt Mondanile (Guitar) and Alex Bleeker (Bass): a gorgeous suite of guitar-pop songs. Days is a testament to the fact that the sonic formula Real Estate developed and shared with their debut album (Real Estate, Woodsist 2009) heralded the arrival of a new, genuine and enduring group of voices in American independent music. Days sees the band tighten and refine their brand of timeless, melodic and genuine music- consolidating the breezy sketches of their earlier work into considered, graceful pop songs.
Mon-Nov-14 Phoenix, AZ Sail Inn *
Wed-Nov-16 Austin, TX The Parish *
Thu-Nov-17 Dallas, TX Club Dada *
Fri-Nov-18 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone *
Sat-Nov-19 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies *
Sun-Nov-20 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Art Works *
Mon-Nov-21 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
Wed-Nov-23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
Wed-Nov-30 Barcelona, Spain KGB
Thu-Dec-01 Valencia, Spain Wah Wah
Fri-Dec-02 Madrid, Spain El Sol
Sat-Dec-03 Lisbon, Portugal LZB
Mon-Dec-05 Clermont Ferrand, France TBD
Tue-Dec-06 London, England Scala
Fri-Dec-09 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Sat-Dec-10 Gothenberg, Sweden Henriksberg
Sun-Dec-11 Stockholm, Sweden Slussen
Mon-Dec-12 Oslo, Norway John Dee
Sat-Jan-14 New York, NY Terminal 5 #
* = w/ Big Troubles
# = w/ Girls
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MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/realestate
Label – http://www.dominorecordco.us/
I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they’ll be looking for. Don’t worry, I’m not writing to talk about the things I’m looking for in life, I’ll spare you that. I’m writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn’t stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.
To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn’t dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I’m thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.
Anyway, I’d just like you to have it, it’s yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.
With love – Christopher Owens
And so goes the letter from Girls frontman and songwriter Christopher Owens to Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart frontman and songwriter, Lawrence.
The letter tells you everything you need to know about the song, which will be released on limited edition (1000 copies, no repress), heart-shaped red vinyl and digitally on December 6, 2011. It follows the release of Girls’ third record Father, Son, Holy Ghost, which was released to widespread acclaim on True Panther Sounds in September.
Pre-order “Lawrence” here: http://www.truepanther.com/store/releases/lawrence
Girls will close out the year in Southern California with shows in Los Angeles and Santa Ana next month. The Lawrence 7″ will be available to purchase at both dates. They will also revisit New York City early next year. These shows are their biggest US headlining performances to date. Visit http://www.truepanther.com/#/tours for all tour dates., including European shows that begin tomorrow.
GIRLS US TOUR DATES
Dec 06 – The Music Box, Los Angeles, CA with Tyde and Melted Toys [buy tickets]
Dec 07 – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA [buy tickets]
Jan 14 – Terminal 5, New York, NY [buy tickets]
San Francisco duo Girls will release a new single ‘Honey Bunny’ (Listen / iTunes) today, 10th October. Available on 7” vinyl and download. ‘Honey Bunny’ is the brilliant opening track on the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ and is set to build on the critical success of recent free download ‘Vomit’
The album ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ was released in the UK on 12th September. It comes two years after Girls’ acclaimed debut (‘Album’), and a year after the follow-up mini-album (‘Broken Dreams Club’). Produced by the band themselves, it’s their most accomplished record to date
Girls have taken what they’ve always done best and have displayed it with amazing clarity and the strongest of intent. Classic songwriting coupled with exciting production is their way. “I’m still all the same,” Owens says. “I still know I have to do it. I still love the songs and writing songs.”
‘Father. Son, Holy Ghost’ is at times ebullient and at times absolutely devastating. A truly beautiful record and the perfect amalgamation of a band’s past and present while most importantly leaving us all excited and hungry
Girls also recently announced a November UK headline tour that will feature the band’s biggest UK headline show to date at London’s 1100 capacity Electric Ballroom and a show with Stephen Malkmus on 10th November at Manchester’s Ritz venue. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
The full November tour dates are:
8th – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
9th – Electric Ballroom, London, UK
10th – The Ritz, Manchester, UK
11th – Glasgow, Stereo, UK
12th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
The best thing about the summer is the mélange of music festivals that take place around the world. Unfortunately, the season is winding down to a close. But worry not, folks! Taking place this Saturday September 3rd at the L.A. State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles, FYF Fest is going to make sure that everyone’s summer ends with a loud bang.
Festival founder Sean Carnage has watched his musical offspring grow bigger and better each year since its incarnation eight years ago when he was only 18. Last year, however, wasn’t without its flaws. Many people complained about the ridiculous prices for food and drinks as well as their accessibility (they ran out of water!), the minimal entrances leading to long lines, and the amount of dust in the air.
This year, they addressed those concerns with “bringing in more water fountains, multiple water carts, double the amount of food stands and vendors, increasing the amount of entrances, and investing in wood chips that will keep the dirt from coming up into the air” on their site (www.fyffest.com). The promoters are definitely making sure that everyone’s weekend is safe and fun-filled.
With that being said, I’ve broken down this preview by the stages and the two acts that you must see on each stage. Speaking of the stages, the promoters asked fans for their ideas on naming the stages. They ended up choosing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the theme: Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo (what, no love for Casey Jones or April O’Neil?).
Anyway, cowabunga dudes. Here’s my preview for FYF Fest:
Cass McCombs (2:25 PM-3:00 PM)
I’ll admit that up until a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t listened to Cass McCombs. I listened to his last two albums, Catacombs and Wit’s End, and came to the conclusion that he’s created some of the most entrancing music that I’ve heard. I’ve seen him described as a folk musician, but doing so is somewhat of a disservice. His lyrics are emotionally powerful and in terms of instrumentation, he manages to strip them down to its core. Combine the two factors together, and it results in some of the creepiest, hauntingly hypnotic music I’ve heard.
YACHT (7:50 PM-8:35 PM)
When I saw the Portland-based YACHT two years ago, not only did they put on a great show musically, they put on a great visual show as well. Whether it’s their quirky, signature dance style, dressing dapper and chic in contrasting colors, or even giving away their home address through a projector, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans never fail to please. Expect the electro/dance duo (along with a live backing band) to play some new tunes off their latest release Shangri-La.
Matador Records, in conjunction with MySpace Music, is excited to announce the celebration of its 21st anniversary at the Palms Desert Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, from October 1-3. As a three-day festival showcasing a vast array of talent the label has worked with throughout its storied lifespan, Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend will feature a reunited Guided By Voices as well as feature sets from such legendary acts as Pavement, Superchunk, Belle & Sebastian and many others. Sets from the bands performing will be streamed live throughout the weekend via MySpace Music at http://www.myspace.com/matador21. Additional sponsors include: Altamont (http://www.altamontapparel.com/), Incase (http://www.goincase.com), Sailor Jerry (http://www.sailorjerry.com/), and Yowie (http://www.yowie.com).
Set times for the festival are noted below:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
*Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
*Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
*Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
*The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
*Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Note: *bands will not be included in live stream.