from one of my favorite albums so far this year:
Lower Dens - Propagation
from one of my favorite albums so far this year:
Lower Dens - Propagation
Remaining tour dates:
05-28 Turin, Italy - Blah Blah Festival
05-29 Milan, Italy - Video Sound Art Festival
05-30 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
05-31 Dudingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
06-01 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06-03 Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06-21 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
06-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06-23 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
06-24 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
06-26 Austin, TX - The Parish
06-28 Phoenix, AZ - Sail Inn
06-29 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
07-01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07-05 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07-06 Seattle, WA - Neumos
07-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Media Club
07-10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07-11 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
07-12 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts
07-13 Chicago, IL- Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
07-17 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
07-18 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
07-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07-20 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
08-07 Oslo, Norway - John Dee
08-09 Gothenburg, Sweden - Stay Out West Festival
08-11 St. Malo, France - La Route du Rock
08-12 Paris, France - La Plage
08-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08-15 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
08-16 Shoreditch, UK - XOYO
08-17 Crickhowell, UK - Green Man Festival
08-18 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukklepop Festival
(Give or take.)
Lower Dens - Brains
Lower Dens - Lamb
Lower Dens remix 7-inch
A tour-only limited 7" individually screenprinted by the band featuring remixes of tracks from the band's most recent album 'Nootropics.'
Lower Dens - Brains (Trentemøller Remix)
Lower Dens - Candy (Steve Moore Remix)
Lower Dens - I Get Nervous (NPR Tiny Desk Concert)
If you’ve read this Local Radar feature since it began, you’ve probably noticed my affinity for Food Pyramid, consistently one of the more under-appreciated bands by local music critics. And I get it: their brand of repetitive, fuzzed out, electro-space rock whatever-you-want-to-call-it is not everyone’s forte. And when most of your songs clock in anywhere between five to 20 minutes — and don’t forget a traditionally unpredictable live show which usually doesn’t include any recognizable material — it becomes difficult to gain any traction in the community.
Of course that has never been Food Pyramid’s goal throughout the several releases they have put out on now-Oakland based Moon Glyph Records. That relocation unfortunately happened around the time their first proper album Mango Sunrise was unleashed. And it’s really too bad, because Mango is their most accessible, rhythmic and impressive work. It got a lot of national love through various online hypemasters, but was kind of discounted here at home. Food Pyramid went rather quiet after that, so I’m glad I was able to catch them at an impromptu Lower Dens show at the Triple Rock last year. Those who were there (which wasn’t many), got to see Food Pyramid play an explosive set leading into the Baltimore headlining band’s teaser of their at-the-time unreleased album Nootropics (sidenote: also one of the better reviewed releases of 2012).
Lower Dens frontwoman Jana Hunter is a vocal fan of Food Pyramid and reportedly tapped the band to open that show. So it comes as no surprise that the new FP album Ecstasy & Refreshment features a lead single with Hunter on vocals. It’s been on the internet for weeks without much attention, but slowly and surely others have taken note, like this week’s write-up by Pitchfork.
You obviously can’t understand anything Hunter is saying—that’s kind of Food Pyramid’s M.O. But her voice literally serves as another instrument, and it washes over itself, creates layers and assists in building the song to danceable, or slightly swaying, groove. “Dexedream” is noticeably similar to the band’s cassette work rather than Mango Sunrise, with an obvious nod to their solid tape III. Take a listen to “E-Harmony” and “Last Shuttle To The Red Planet” and you’ll get the connection.
Food Pyramid’s new album Ecstasy & Refreshment is out July 23 via Intercoastal Artists.
Lower Dens - To Die In L.A.
Pale Blue's "Dusk in Paris," which features guest vocals from Lower Dens leader Jana Hunter
Pale Blue is the new project of former Italians Do It Better man Mike Simonetti, whose album The Past We Leave Behind will be out on April 14.
03/12 North Bethesda, MD - Music Center at Strathmore
03/19 Florence, MA - 13th Floor Lounge
03/20 Hudson, NY - The Half Moon
03/21 Winooski, VT - Monkey House
03/22 Hamden, CT - The Space
03/31 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
04/01 Baltimore, MD - Floristree
06/11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/12 Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
06/13 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
06/15 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06/16 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
06/17 Toronto, ON - NXNE
06/19 Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB
06/20 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
06/21 Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
Lower Dens have announced the follow-up to their 2012 album Nootropics. Escape From Evil is out March 31 in North America and March 30 everywhere else via Ribbon Music.
The album was produced by the band's Jana Hunter. It was co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Future Islands). The band also collaborated with Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, Haim), John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings), and others on the album.
Escape From Evil:
01 Sucker's Shangri-La
03 To Die in L.A.
04 Quo Vadis
05 Your Heart Still Beating
06 Electric Current
07 I Am the Earth
08 Non Grata
10 Société Anonyme
First Listen: Lower Dens, 'Escape From Evil'
preview the entire album here: http://www.npr.org/2015/03/22/393565...cape-from-evil
Lower Dens - Ondine (Official Audio)
The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lower Dens’ Retrofuturism,
Lower Dens — “Sucker’s Shangri-La”
Musical retrofuturism has a new posterchild, and her/his/its name is Jana Hunter. Even the title of Lower Dens’ ace third album, out this week, just sounds like a big-budget sci-fi thriller: Escape From Evil. On it, Hunter turns up the volume on her gender ambiguity and warps her fascination with pop experimentation into a Gary Numan-style homage to ’80s hits. Album opener “Sucker’s Shangri-La” would make the perfect soundtrack for cruising desert highways in a DeLorean.
The only radio station I actually listen to is my alma mater, University of Miami. The station wvum.org has terrific programming. They've been playing several cuts from this album. I like what I've heard so far.
Lower Dens - Quo Vadis
Lower Dens leader Jana Hunter is a frequent Talkhouse contributor and a fine writer — in April of 2015, she wrote a widely read piece for Cosmopolitan titled "What It's Like to Be a Female Musician When You Don't Identify as a Woman." And Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, has said he's pretty fluid with gender too. But that was only one reason why we invited these two to sit down and chat for the Talkhouse Music Podcast. Lower Dens and Perfume Genius make some of the most interestingly beautiful music around, and Hunter and Hadreas are two intriguing, well spoken people.
Sure, they talked about "gay/gender stuff" but they also just related as musicians — and talked candidly about inspiration, how to conduct yourself on stage, the perils of social media and dealing with hate mail. And they related as people too — they talk about dealing with email, the awesomeness of Rihanna, their methods for quitting smoking and why Clark Kent is hot.
Hadreas and Hunter had met only briefly once before, but they're fans of each other's music, and when they sat down at the Talkhouse Music mikes, they hit it off immediately — in fact, almost from the start these two very thoughtful people were giggling like teenagers. They do have one big difference, though: Hadreas believes in everything, but Hunter doesn't believe in anything.
Lower Dens - Sucker's Shangri-La