THE HOLD STEADY UNVEIL DELUXE EDITIONS OF LANDMARK FIRST LPS

ALMOST KILLED ME AND SEPARATION SUNDAY TO BE REISSUED ON CD AND VINYL

BOTH LPS REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL TAPES AND JOINED

BY PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS MATERIAL

FOUR-NIGHT STAND AT BROOKLYN BOWL SET FOR NOVEMBER 30TH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2ND, & 3RD

DELUXE EDITIONS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

ALMOST KILLED ME AND SEPARATION SUNDAY ARRIVE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

(New York, NY) Frenchkiss Records and The Hold Steady have announced the long awaited release of Deluxe Editions of the New York-based rock 'n' roll band's milestone first two LPs, ALMOST KILLED ME and SEPARATION SUNDAY. Both albums will be available - on CD and vinyl - from Friday, November 11th.

Pre-orders for both ALMOST KILLED ME and SEPARATION SUNDAY will begin today, September 13th. 

ALMOST KILLED ME and SEPARATION SUNDAY have been remastered from the original tapes, with each now appended by an array of bonus material (see tracklistings below). ALMOST KILLED ME: DELUXE EDITION comes joined with five rare tracks, including the very first Hold Steady 7" single, "Milkcrate Mosh," and songs previously only available on the album's original Australian CD release. SEPARATION SUNDAY: DELUXE EDITION features six additional tracks, including the never before available "212-Margarita" and "The Most Important Thing" along with previously unreleased demos of "Cattle and the Creeping Things," "Charlemagne in Sweatpants," and "Crucifixion Cruise." All extras will be available on the Deluxe Edition CD releases and via vinyl download cards.

As if all that were not enough, ALMOST KILLED ME will be offered on bright blue vinyl, with SEPARATION SUNDAY pressed on pristine white vinyl. The Deluxe Edition LPs mark the first time both albums have been available on vinyl in more than a decade. Digital pre-orders of ALMOST KILLED ME will receive "Milkcrate Mosh" immediately and digital pre-orders of SEPARATION SUNDAY will receive "212-Margarita" instantly.

The Deluxe Editions arrive just as The Hold Steady embark on a very special series of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their classic third album, BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA. The band kicked off the festivities at Labor Day weekend's Riot Fest in Denver, CO and will next perform the album in its entirety at Chicago, IL's Riot Fest (Saturday, September 17th) and Toronto, ON's Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) (Sunday, September 18th). The Hold Steady will then take over their home borough's Brooklyn Bowl for four extraordinary sold out BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA concerts, slated for November 30th, December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For complete details, please log on to theholdsteady.net/shows.

The BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA concerts mark The Hold Steady's only official headline shows of 2016. All announced BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA performances will see The Hold Steady joined by keyboardist Franz Nicolay, returning to the band's live line-up after more than half a decade. 

Released by Frenchkiss on March 16th, 2004, ALMOST KILLED ME instantly marked The Hold Steady as one of the most vital and original rock 'n' roll bands of the new millennium, blazing with the raw riffs and conceptual songcraft that continue to define their extraordinary canon. Kicking off with the classic "Positive Jam," the album introduces singer/guitarist Craig Finn's utterly unique lyricism and intensely detailed storytelling, a world of tough love, hard drugs, and barstool blues unlike any other before or since. 

ALMOST KILLED ME received unanimous praise upon its arrival:

"Bizarrely touching and insanely original." - Rolling Stone

"Born from the ashes of Minneapolis' beloved Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady emerge as a bar band far too good for the bars, a spectacular mess of sprawling guitar, ferocious vocals, and well-channeled, raucous irritation...Earnest without being sentimental, and authentic without sounding contrived, The Hold Steady are one of the most convincing rock bands to emerge in recent years, a can-crushing throwdown of unadulterated aggression and ear-splitting amps." - Pitchfork

"A striking album about a world in which music both wrecks and saves lives, handing out instructions and inspiration like pills and powder." - The A.V. Club

ALMOST KILLED ME was ultimately ranked at #2 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of the 2000s" tally, praising its "Springsteen-size cast of characters, lost kids staggering through America in search of sex, drugs and salvation. The band sounded so real and raw, so loaded with compassion and wit and raunch, they became a word-of-mouth sensation. Suddenly the 2000s didn't look so hopeless after all."

SEPARATION SUNDAY followed on May 3rd, 2005 and was greeted as The Hold Steady's finest work to that point - a dazzling collection that forwarded the band's distinctive sound and vision on virtually every level.

As with its predecessor, SEPARATION SUNDAY was also greeted by reams of critical applause:

"The elegiac Biblical lost-innocence junkie odyssey that Denis Johnson never wrote...(Finn is) the poet laureate of the loading dock behind the mall where the runaway kids get together to sniff cheap coke at 5 a.m."  - Pitchfork

"SEPARATION SUNDAY is at once surreal and gloriously sweaty...a whirlwind tour through an overstuffed brain." - Rolling Stone

"A triumph of non-judgmental storytelling delivered within purgative rock 'n' roll." - 5 stars The Guardian

"Chapter Two of indiedom's most incisive soap opera...[Finn's] stories unpack post-hardcore emotional verities, scene mythologies, and tragicomic punch lines." - SPIN

THE HOLD STEADY

DELUXE EDITIONS

(Frenchkiss Records)

Release Date: Friday, November 11th on CD & LP

ALMOST KILLED ME: DELUXE EDITION

  1. Positive Jam
  2. The Swish
  3. Barfruit Blues
  4. Most People Are DJs
  5. Certain Songs
  6. Knuckles
  7. Hostile, Mass. 
  8. Sketchy Metal
  9. Sweet Payne
  10. Killer Parties
  11. Milkcrate Mosh # 
  12. Hot Fries # 
  13. Curves and Nerves # 
  14. You Gotta Dance # 
  15. Modesto Is Not That Sweet # 

SEPARATION SUNDAY: DELUXE EDITION

  1. Hornets! Hornets!
  2. Cattle and the Creeping Things
  3. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
  4. Banging Camp
  5. Charlemagne In Sweatpants
  6. Stevie Nix
  7. Multitude of Casualties
  8. Don't Let Me Explode
  9. Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
  10. Crucifixion Cruise
  11. How a Resurrection Really Feels
  12. 212-Margarita #
  13. The Most Important Thing #
  14. Cattle and the Creeping Things (Demo) # 
  15. Charlemagne in Sweatpants (Demo) #
  16. Crucifixion Cruise (Guitar Demo) #
  17. Crucifixion Cruise (Piano Demo) #  

# Included on CD and Vinyl Download Card, Not on LP

 

The Line of Best Fit Premieres Drowners' "Human Remains"

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Drowners share “Human Remains”, a shimmering single stuffed with contrasts

Drowners are debuting "Human Remains", a new taste of upcoming LP On Desire, on Best Fit.

"Human Remains" links up with "Cruel Ways" in previewing the New York City-based group's follow up to their self-titled 2014 debut.

During "Human Remains" Drowners deploy shivering acoustic guitars and glitter-encrusted percussion, and drape sleek melodies across a shimmering frame. It's a bit '80s, dark without being malicious, and frontman Matthew Hitt's vocals flutter between breathy and belty - he sings of one-way affection, but the instrumental backdrop contrasts with his frustration.

"I watched her dance a crowded floor, holding on tightly to someone she'd met the week before," Hitt sings. "So when I leave tonight, with someone at my side, all the time I'll make believe it's you..." 

It's springy, if not exactly cheerful, and although romance is in his heart, Hitt's apparent actions are far from noble - but that's where the track's strengths lie. It's full of contrasts between light and dark, happy and sad, love and lust. 

On Desire is released via Frenchkiss Records on 24 June. 

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FUTURE GENERATIONS SHARE NEW SONG ‘STARS’ OFF UPCOMING ALBUM [STREAM]

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With June right around the corner, the charming, New York-based band Future Generations have welcomed summer with their latest release, “Stars.” Although they infuse their music with personality through an eclectic, harmonious blend of melodies and beats, Future Generations manage to be far from your standard feel-good indie band. Wistful, emotional lyrics juxtapose the melody’s upbeat and warm vibes, making you feel both nostalgia and the desire to dance at the same time. Future Generations truly live up to their name by paving a delicious and new sound for indie pop music. Celebrate the changing weather by giving Future Generations a listen and checking out their self-titled album, out July 29 on Frenchkiss!

 

 

Drowners Dare You Not To Dance On Their New Single “Pick Up The Pace” via Nylon

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New York City stalwarts Drowners are back with “Pick Up the Pace,” a surprisingly danceable bit of guitar rock and the first single off of their upcoming album, On Desire (June 24). Drowners lead singer (and sometimes YSL model) Matt Hitt has said that fans can expect the record to be darker than previous releases, and something “that’s easier to dance to.”

With “Pick Up the Pace,” Drowners deliver on that promise, as Hitt plaintively sings over jangling guitar rhythms and rolling bass, in a cathartic culmination. “It’s sort of a stream of consciousness around the idea of encouraging someone who’s become [too] lazy or despondent to pull their finger out,” Hitt told us about the track.

The song was mixed and produced by Claudius Mittendorfer, the wizard behind albums by Interpol, Johnny Marr, and Neon Indian.

We spoke with Hitt briefly about his inspirations for the coming record and how “Pick Up the Pace” was created. 

What artists inspire you?

Besides the usual list of British musicians, I’m mostly inspired by arguments I overhear in the street. Most of my song ideas are sparked from that.

How did the collaboration with Claudius Mittendorfer come about?

 His name was put forward by someone to mix the record, but after we sent him some demos, he said he was interested in producing it, too. We went and met him at his studio in New York and really got along and we were excited about the suggestions he had for the songs. His knowledge of how to achieve space or the right amount of texture in a song is something I am in awe of him about. 

What was the songwriting process like for this track? 

Erik and DJ demoed the song while we were recording the first batch of tunes for the album. We all really liked it so we tracked the basics at Electric Lady Studios. After that, I would walk home from the studio, listening [to] a roughly mixed instrumental version of it, humming potential lyrics and melodies to myself. It kind of came down to the wire with this tune, though. If I remember correctly, I wrote the final lyrics the morning of the last day in the studio and recorded them that afternoon.

Bump Drowners’ new track, below:

Drowners Premiere Video for "Cruel Ways" on Teen Vogue

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As a model for high fashion brands including Saint Laurent (casual, right?), Matt’s also easy on the eyes. Bonus: they're also Harry Styles-approved. Their first, self-titled album is filled with rock songs that are perfect for listening to as you chill out this summer, and their new single marks their next chapter. With a second album on the way — it’s scheduled to be released June 24 — their new music video for “Cruel Ways” is premiering today — and you can catch it first on Teen Vogue.

The video is exactly as you’d imagine given the title of the song, and fully reflect the track's darkness and cerebral feel. Quite honestly, it’s as if you’re going into somebody's mind. “We're planning on touring it pretty extensively so hopefully you’ll get a chance to see us on the road at some point,” Matt told us, so whether you watch this clip on repeat or book a ticket when they come your way, you won’t be disappointed.

Eleanor Friedberger - "Does Turquoise Work?" Video

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The occasional Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger released her New View album at the beginning of the year, and she seems to be on a mission to make videos out of each one of its songs. We’ve already seen clips for “He Didn’t Mention His Mother,” “Sweetest Girl,” “Because I Asked You,” and “Never Is A Long Time.” Today, she’s shared the cartoon video for “Does Turquoise Work?,” which her bassist Jonathan Rosen put together. Rosen animated the video from his own hand-drawings — over 1,000. It’s a trippy, kaleidoscopic affair, one that unfolds according to its own logic. Check it out below, via Nerdist.

New View is out now on Frenchkiss.

Decorations Premiere "Promise" via POPMATTERS - Announce New Album, Have Fun, Out June 10th!

Decorations Premiere "Promise" via POPMATTERS - Announce New Album, Have Fun, Out June 10th!

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Los Angeles pop group Decorations is fronted by Devon Geyer, a Berklee College of Music graduate, who headed back to LA after school and found himself without music gigs and without his girlfriend. It’s a sad state of affairs that most of us can relate to, but Geyer decided to apply his heartache to creative endeavors as inspiration to make these issues universal in song. “I saw all of my friends going through the same things at different times,” Geyer says. “So, I wanted to strip away the personal nature of the inspiration. I didn’t want to write specifically about my ex-girlfriend; I wanted to write about everybody’s ex.”

So Geyer set to work under the moniker Decorations and released a 2015 EP with Frenchkiss Records called Girls. At the same time, he finished up his debut album, Have Fun, which he produced and wrote and also played all of the instruments. The result, as we can see in the first single “Promise” is new wavey, hook-filled pop that harken back to the slightly punky, British guitar pop of the early ‘80s, including the Undertones, Elvis Costello and even the Buzzcocks. It’s a timeless pop sound and Decorations performs it with complete confidence and superb musicianship. “Promise” is a short, sweet and addictive earworm that’s instantly memorable.
  
Geyer says of “Promises” that “there’s a promise that’s made when you reach peak anger in an argument with the person you love; to step back, recollect, and be a better person. But do these moments make you a better person? Do they have an equalizing effect? Or is this a promise to hide your true self? It’s a different question in every relationship that stems from the same notion ‘did i mess up or was i trying to mess this up?’ We can all be such hypocrites in the name of love, but love doesn’t rely on logical continuity anyway, so screw it.”