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Thee Oh Sees are touring in support of A Weird Exits, which dropped August 12 via Castle Face Records.

Upcoming Thee Oh Sees EU & US 2016 Tour Dates:

08-24 Zurich, Czech Republic – Mascotte*
08-25 Geneva, Switzerland – Palp Festival *
08-26 Asolo, Italy – Amo Festival
08-27 Ravenna, Italy – Hana-Bi
08-31 Tel Aviv, Israel – Arena
09-02 London, United Kingdom – Coronet !*
09-3 Leeds, United Kingdom – University Stylus !*
09-04 Dorset, United Kingdom – End of the Road Festival
09-06 Biarritz, France – Atabal *
09-08 Valada, Portugal – Reverence Festival
09-09 Granada, Spain – Planta Benja
09-10 Benidorm, Spain – Fuzzville
09-12 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
09-13 Toulouse, France – Bikini *
09-14 Paris, France – La Cigale *
09-15 Lille, France – Aeronef *
9-27 Mexico City, Mexico- Foro Indie Rocks
10-08 Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10-14 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
10-15 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
10-16 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
11-01 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11-02 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
11-04 Sherwood Forest Faire, TX – Sound on Sound Festival
11-05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s #
11-06 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe #
11-07 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #
11-09 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall #
11-10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts ^
11-11 New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
11-13 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^
11-15 Providence, RI – Aurora ^
11-16 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe
11-17 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Theater
11-18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11-19 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11-23 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
11-25 Seattle, WA – Neumos %
11-26 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre %
11-29 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel %
11-30 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel %
# Amplified Heat
^ Straight Arrows
% Alex Cameron
* Magnetix
! Blind Shake

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday, August 12th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits (Castle Face Records)


Thee Oh Sees is a roller coaster ride of a band. In the recent past they announced that they were going to go on an indefinite hiatus, which lasted less than a year and their output since has been some of their most solid work. Thee Oh Sees thrive on kinetic energy, both for their live shows and studio albums, which are both fascinating and unpredictable. A Weird Exits is classic Thee Oh Sees, containing 8 tracks of fast psychedelic rock music, which is one of the best albums they have put together. Not only is it vintage Thee Oh Sees they also have a new flavor in A Weird Exits. The albums succeeds in two interesting ways: capturing the absolute chaos and energy of their live shows and at the same time allowing their songs to breathe with some nice peaceful passages. A Weird Exits works for longtime fans and newcomers alike as it both plays to their existing audience, while at the same time serving as a great gateway album to a band with an intimidating to get into catalogue. This is definitely a win-win album all around: it showcases something new and retains their classic magic; it satisfies newcomer and old timer alike; and it’s just plain great music to listen to.


 

Blind Pilot – And Then Like Lions (ATO Records)


Three is a magic number when it comes to the arts.  In photography and filmmaking you frame a shot based on thirds, in comedy you callback a joke according to the rule of threes, and in music there is a phenomena where an artistic breakthrough happens on the third album. Obviously there are many exceptions to this rule, but it can be seen with Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet,  Radiohead’s OK Computer. The third album often finds artists trying new things, taking new risks, and coming into their own as artists. That is the case with Blind Pilot’s third album, And Then Like Lions. Their first album in five years sees the band at their most rocking and their most restrained. Previously, the band was known for making catchy folk-rock, and that is still the case yet this album contains their most elaborate arrangements, and their weightiest lyrical content. Frontman Israel Nebeker sums up the albums theme perfectly when talking about the lead single “Packed Powder,” in which he compares his childhood experiments with gun powder to people finding their way through life, “we are simply stretching forward in our own dark, getting to discover what we are made of as we go.” The band has done just that, and on this album we see their existing knack for infectious and insightful folk songs reach new heights and show new colors.


of Montreal – Innocence Reaches (Polyvinyl Records)


The music of Kevin Barnes has undergone many changes over the course of his two-decade-long career. He started off as a kind of folk act while a member of the Elephant 6 collective in the late 90’s. His seminal album Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer? demonstrates the indie-synthpop sound that he trafficked in for most of his career, until 2013’s Lousy With Sylvanisbar, a guitar driven, classic rock style album. On his fourteenth album, Innocence Reaches, Barnes takes pieces from all the genres and styles previously explored and assembles them into a mosaic of eclectic compositions. The Spotify playlist of inspiration songs Barnes posted proves this, containing everything from Roxy Music to Kendrick Lamar to ZAYN. While the instrumentation takes on many forms, Barnes’ harmonizing, layered effect-drenched vocals make these songs soar. Known for his wordy, astute lyrical style, on this album Barnes uses topics of love, sex, and gender to connect to social and political issues. Whether it’s the unifying thoughts on the album opener, “how do you identify?” offering, “let’s relate,” the examination of gender inequality on “it’s different for girls,” or “def pacts” in which societal myths are debunked, “…to survive in this world you don’t have to become a parasite. You don’t have to be so mercenary so cruel.” For a prolific artist with such a storied career it must be challenging to grow and evolve while meeting your fans’ expectations, but Barnes has pulled it off with this album.


 

This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. Below are songs that sound great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

Yo La Tengo – “Sugarcube” (I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One, Matador Records)


 

Yo La Tengo are the chameleon kings of indie rock, often sounding like several different bands over one album. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is one such album, finding the band masterfully taking on several different styles over the course of an hour. Stand out track, “Sugarcube” finds them in full on fuzzed out rock mode, delivering an incredibly catchy jam. Loud screeching guitars mix with sugary sweet melodies and grimy keyboards. For the accompanying music video Yo La Tengo turned to comedy greats David Cross and Bob Odenkirk to deliver one of the funniest and best videos around. Record executives send Yo La Tengo to Rock School so they can make them more money. It’s absolutely hilarious.


 

 

Black Star – “Definition” (Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, Rawkus Entertainment LLC)


Mos Def and Talib Kweli are hands down two of the best rappers alive and any song that features both of them is guaranteed to be a hit. Black Star is the supergroup they formed to produce just one album back in 2002 and it is a must listen for any fan of the genre. Their styles of rapping perfectly complement each other, with Mos varying between singing and rapping and Kweli’s crazy rhyme schemes and smooth rapid fire delivery. “Definition” finds this marriage of vocal delivery blazing on top of an old school boom bap beat, while they spit back and forth about the state of hip hop. It’s a master class hip hop track that gets better and better with each listen.


 

 

Ramones – “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” (Animal Boy, Warners Brothers)


 

“Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” isn’t one of the tracks that makes up the Ramones central cannon, but it is one of the most complex and enjoyable songs that they created. Written after seeing then President Ronald Reagan visit a German World War II cemetery, the overall feeling is just being sick of politicians and the political game that they play. Although written in 1985, the sentiment of this song is completely in line with U.S. politics today, especially given the never ending insanity of the current election cycle. Who hasn’t thought “My brain is hanging upside down, I need something to slow me down” after watching one of these debates? Apart from the message this song is also just one of those you want to crank up and sing along to the chorus and the “ahh la la la” parts. So turn up the volume and be ready to get out some frustration with a smile on your face.


Thee Oh Sees – “I Was Denied” (Warm Slime, In the Red)


Thee Oh Sees are a prolific band from San Fransisco fronted wonderfully by Jon Dwyer. Back in 2005 Thee Oh Sees rented a music venue space for 12 hours and recorded Warm Slime, hoping to capture the energy and intensity of their live shows. The resulting album definitely captures what they were hoping for and is a really fantastic listen. “I Was Denied” is a standout track both from Warm Slime and their discography as a whole. It is a great example of what makes Thee Oh Sees so good. It’s upbeat and catchy with unique harmonies soaked in reverb over gritty guitar and driving drums. Plus, who can resist thrashing along to a song and yelling “La la la la la”?

 

 

Thee Oh Sees have shared another track from their Live in San Francisco double LP- a live version of brand new track “Gelatinous Cube” at Consequence of Sound. Recorded over three nights at SF’s The Chapel and presented on a double gatefold LP, the record is composted of live video shot by Brian Lee Hughes, photographs and recording.

Live in San Francisco is out via Castle Face July 1.

06-25 Oakland, CA – Burger Boogaloo

07-01-03 Keflavík, Iceland – ATP Festival, Ásbrú

07-30 Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase

08-05 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival

08-06 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival

08-07 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival

08-14 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival

08-16 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser

08-18 Paredes, Portugal – Paredes de Coura Festival

08-19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop

08-20 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre

08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Low Land Festival

08-23 Praha, Czech Republic – Futurum Music Bar

08-24 Zurich, Switzerland- Mascotte*

08-25 Geneva, Switzerland – Palp Festival *

08-26 Asolo, Italy – Amo Festival

08-27 Ravenna, Italy – Hana-Bi

08-31 Tel Aviv, Israel – Arena

09-02 London, United Kingdom – Coronet !*

09-3 Leeds, United Kingdom – University Stylus !*

09-04 Dorset, United Kingdom – End of the Road Festival

09-06 Biarritz, France – Atabal *

09-08 Valada, Portugal – Reverence Festival

09-09 Granada, Spain – Planta Benja

09-10 Benidorm, Spain – Fuzzville

09-12 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *

09-13 Toulouse, France – Bikini *

09-14 Paris, France – La Cigale *

09-15 Lille, France – Aeronef *

10-08 Miami, FL – III Points Festival

10-14 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016

10-15 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016

10-16 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016

11-01 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

11-02 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

11-05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s #

11-06 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe #

11-07 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #

11-09 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall #

11-10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts ^

11-11 New York, Ny – Bowery Ballroom

11-13 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^

11-15 Providence, RI – Aurora ^

11-16 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe

11-17 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Theater

11-18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

11-19 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

11-23 Missoula, MT – Stage 112

11-25 Seattle, WA – Neumos %

# Amplified Heat ^ Straight Arrows % Alex Cameron * Magnetix ! Blind Shake

Thee Oh Sees have announced A Weird Exits, with the new track “Plastic Plant” and a large upcoming U.S. + EU tour. All tour details are below.
Info about the record via Castle Face:
Emerging from the distant light we have a new double LP from our own John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees. The first studio recordings to capture the muscular rhythm section of double drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon with ringer bassist Tim Hellman cracking spines, the groove and bludgeon we’ve come to expect from the live shows is captured seamlessly here – they go from zero to head-splitter from the get-go and on the rare occasions they do let up on the gas a bit, we’re treated to some locked-in hypnotizers, too. The guitar sounds more colossal and ethereal at the same time, riding roughshod over the vacuum sealed rhythm section, spiraling skywards, and diving into the emerald depths so quick your guts tingle. Synths, strings and smoke soaked things crawl behind the scenes to make an extra far-out party platter. Served on 45 rpm plates for most excellent listening quality. With amazing visuals and a side D etching by air-brush-van-art maestro Robert Beatty and packed in vape-proof goat skin. It’s a beast and it can be yours should you choose come August 12th…..come on now.

A Weird Exits is out 8/12/2016 via Castle Face Records.

Upcoming Thee Oh Sees EU & US 2016 Tour Dates:
06-02 Barcelona, Spain- Primavera Festival
06-04 Houston, TX – Eleanor Tinsley Park
06-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Levitation Vancouver
06-25 Oakland, CA – Burger Boogaloo
07-01-03 Keflavík, Iceland – ATP Festival, Ásbrú
07-30 Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
08-05 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
08-06 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
08-07 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
08-14 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-16 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
08-18 Paredes, Portugal – Paredes de Coura Festival
08-19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-20 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Low Land Festival
08-23 Praha, Czech Republic – Futurum Music Bar
08-24 Zurich, Czech Republic – Mascotte*
08-25 Geneva, Switzerland – Palp Festival *
08-26 Asolo, Italy – Amo Festival
08-27 Ravenna, Italy – Hana-Bi
08-31 Tel Aviv, Israel – Arena
09-02 London, United Kingdom – Coronet !*
09-3 Leeds, United Kingdom – University Stylus !*
09-04 Dorset, United Kingdom – End of the Road Festival
09-06 Biarritz, France – Atabal *
09-08 Valada, Portugal – Reverence Festival
09-09 Granada, Spain – Planta Benja
09-10 Benidorm, Spain – Fuzzville
09-12 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
09-13 Toulouse, France – Bikini *
09-14 Paris, France – La Cigale *
09-15 Lille, France – Aeronef *
10-08 Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10-14 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
10-15 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
10-16 Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2016
11-01 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11-02 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
11-05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s #
11-06 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe #
11-07 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #
11-09 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall #
11-10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts ^
11-11 New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
11-13 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^
11-15 Providence, RI – Aurora ^
11-16 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe
11-17 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Theater
11-18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11-19 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11-23 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
11-25 Seattle, WA – Neumos %
# Amplified Heat
^ Straight Arrows
% Alex Cameron
* Magnetix
! Blind Shake

After 14 years, San Francisco garage-punk outfit Thee Oh Sees have announced an indefinite hiatus.  Speaking with SF Weekly, the band’s tour manager Annie Southworth explains that the band will be coming to a halt as frontman John Dwyer makes the move from San Francisco to Los
Angeles. Further, a break from rigorous touring and recording is something the members have wanted for a while.

Just in case the news of the hiatus got you all worried about the future of Thee Oh Sees, the band have shared the following message:

DEAR OH SEES FANS,

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.

THE BAND IS NOT BREAKING UP.

THIS IS JUST A WELL DESERVED BREAK AND A TRANSITIONAL
PERIOD.

A NEW Thee Oh Sees LP WILL BE OUT EARLY 2014

AND WE WILL SEE WHERE THE LIVE SHOW GOES FROM THERE…

UNTIL THEN, BE WELL

JPD

Thee Oh Sees are doing some fall touring. According to Thee Oh Sees’ website, more shows will be announced soon.

10/10 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *^
10/11 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *~
10/12 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *%
10/16 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw
10/18 Calgary, AB – Republik
10/19 MIssoula, MT – VFW
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – The Amsterdam
10/22 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle *
10/23 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle *
10/24 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
10/29 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/30 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/31 Winston-Salem, NC – Kranky’s
11/02 Atlanta, GA – Terminal
11/04 Miami, FL – The Stage
11/08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
11/12 San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
11/13 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

* with the Blind Shake, OBN IIIs
^ with Fryborg
~ Old Light
% with Dreamsalon