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Diet Cig are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album. Entitled Swear I’m Good At This the album will be released on April 7 via Frenchkiss Records.  Today the band share the first single off the album - the highly infectious “Tummy Ache.”

LISTEN to “Tummy Ache”

Of the single Diet Cig note,"Tummyache is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it's not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. It’s the shout into my pillow when what I'm saying isn't being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves in a world that wants to keep us quiet."

Swear I’m Good At This is now available to pre-order HERE - it includes an instant grat of “Tummy Ache.”

The band, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, will be touring the world in support of Swear I'm Good At This and the first tour is announced today as well.  It kicks off April 5 in New Haven, CT at Bar and concludes May 8 at The Catalyst Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA.  Diet Cig will play two shows in one night at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 7 and The Echo in Los Angeles, on May 4. Further, the band will play a handful of pre-release dates including at set at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco on February 22 and shows during SXSW. The complete list of dates below and tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 13.

Diet Cig is Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums).  The duo have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman's other band for a lighter. New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back.  The New York Times labeled it "a lo-fi whirlwind, with songs cutting to the heart" and NPR said the EP is "cathartic pop-punk with boundless vitality and wide-eyed charm" while Pitchfork chimed in calling it "a collection of brisk, personal pop-punk."

Swear I’m Good At This accumulates Diet Cig’s tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.

But there’s also a deeper, more powerful fuck-you among the bangers that see Diet Cig grow into an unstoppable and inspiring force. “I’m not being dramatic, I’ve just fucking had it with the things that you say you think that I should be” spits Luciano on the album’s “Link in Bio;” “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry” she yells on “Maid Of The Mist’. It’s the sound of a band doing things on their own terms.

Swear I’m Good At This was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City. 


Diet Cig On Tour:

  • Feb 4 - Binghamton, NY @ Binghamton University

  • Feb 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Noise Pop)

  • March 14-19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW

  • April 05 - New Haven, CT @ BAR

  • April 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

  • April 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right (early show)

  • April 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right (late show)

  • April 08 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

  • April 10 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B.

  • April 11 - Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel

  • April 12 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

  • April 13 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

  • April 14 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

  • April 15 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Backroom

  • April 18 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub

  • April 19 - Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

  • April 20 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (at FSU)

  • April 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

  • April 22 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

  • April 26 - Eugene, OR @ Boreal

  • April 28 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza

  • April 29 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

  • May 01 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project

  • May 04 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

  • May 05 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

  • May 06 - San Diego, CA @ Che Café (at UC San Diego)

  • May 08 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium


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Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields OST is a collaboration between Michael Angelakos (known best as the lead singer/songwriter/producer of Passion Pit), Brent Katz (formerly of Harlem Shakes), and director Hana Haley. The Video-Album and OST have been produced for AKH Productions and are being released in partnership with Frenchkiss Records, the same label that discovered and released the earliest Passion Pit recordings by Angelakos nearly a decade ago. Both the Video Album and OST are set for release this Friday, December 16 (Frenchkiss Records/ Wishart Music Publishing). Pre-order the album HERE.

Today, the trio has shared the first single and video for “Stained Glass Windows”. Watch it HERE and stream it HERE.

The ambitious idea for a soundtrack and accompanying video album was nearly impossible to finish in time for Christmas, but the three friends needed a fixed deadline like this. Though the project began with Angelakos and Katz years earlier, Haley completed the circle and the video album is her virtuosic directorial-debut, mirroring the familiar yet otherworldly effects of the music. After years of false starts, the two songwriters finally got to see one of their ambitious musical projects become real.

Starting in March of 2016, they shut out the world and put nearly everything in their lives on hold. At first the project was being made for fun, but it would soon evolve into something incredibly personal and representative of their collective growth. Sleep deprivation and the regular routine of writing Christmas songs in the summer heat nearly drove them insane. By the time September came around, pragmatic onlookers could only scratch their chins as the three friends travelled to Buffalo’s Nichols School, Angelakos’s alma mater. This turned out to be the perfect place to film their dreamy World War II Christmas musical.

The three artists gradually saw the confusion of others transform into encouraging enthusiasm, often rivaling their own. With the help of Nichols School, and with only 4 days to shoot, thirty-two children performed roles in a children’s play adaptation of trio's original story of Merry Christmas, Mr Fields. The adaptation yielded a purer take on the project's original idea, with characters gorgeously overwritten by the sharp and fussy Katz, and the majestic and bold score marking a tectonic shift into Angelakos’s inner encyclopedia of musical ideas and abilities. Haley's ornate and compelling visuals are more than additional content: they were created in conjunction with the songs, and both work off each other to create a total experience. The three developed the project's elements together, and wrapped the project only a few days ago.

The foundational genre touchstones of Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields include 1940’s music (“Weather the Storm,” “Christmas in Your Arms,”) and the classicist's take on orchestral musical theater (“Permission to Audition,” “And Never Be Afraid”). You can hear Sparklehorse and Grandaddy in the vocal production, and the album’s low-end was mixed like hip-hop (see: Rodney Jenkins). There is a post-Beatles John Lennon and gooey Beach Boys sort of earnestness to the melodies and lyrics.

In Christmas they found a metaphor, and in the British stiff-upper-lip, they found an inspiring response to terrorism that seeks sanity and unity, not panic and division. They set out to create the most concentrated dosage of Christmas feeling, dreamy, full of wonder, but also crossed with sadness, or, well, like the way they had felt when they were young. They needed it now more than ever. And so do we.

AKH Productions will be donating all of the proceeds to charity, as well as the Nichols School Arts Department.


1.    Overture

2.    Meet Me at Daphne’s

3.    Evergreen

4.    Weather the Storm

5.    Permission to Audition

6.    Footprints in the Snow

7.    December to Remember

8.    O Holy Night

9.    Stained Glass Windows

10.    Answer Me, Harry

11.    And Never Be Afraid

12.    Wake Up, It’s Christmas

13.    Christmas in Your Arms

14.    Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields

15.    Stained Glass Windows (End Credits)



The Hold Steady Reissues are NOW Available on LP & CD

The long-awaited release of the deluxe editions of our first two LPs are available TODAY on Frenchkiss Records! The Deluxe Edition LPs mark the first time both albums have been available on vinyl in more than a decade.

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. It's on blue vinyl.

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.” It's on white vinyl.

All extras are available on the Deluxe Edition CD releases and via vinyl download cards.

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(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

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



(Frenchkiss Records)

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


  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 # 


  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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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: