Fat Possum Records is pleased to announce the release of Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders' upcoming album Playmates, due March 2015. The first taste of the record "Come On Back This Way" showcases newfound lightness for Ladder, weaving a glistening synth melody with a chorus duet and wordless backing from Sharon Van Etten. Its video, which was directed by Alex Smith (Coldplay, Peaches & Iggy Pop), is available now below:more
The Districts 2015 Headlining Tour:
2.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
2.12 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
2.13 – Chameleon – Lancaster, PA
2.14 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
2.17 – Club Café –Pittsburgh, PA
2.18 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
2.20 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
2.21 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
2.22 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
2.24 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
2.25 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
2.27 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
2.28 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
3.02 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
3.03 – Fortune – Vancouver, BC
3.04 – Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
3.06 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
3.07 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
3.08 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
PRE-ORDER CD/LP HERE
On January 13, Fat Possum Records will release ‘Slurrup,’ Liam Hayes’ first U.S. album in five years. The release caps an unusually busy period for Hayes - a consummate cult musician who also records under the stage moniker Plush - following the 2014 release of another album ‘Korp Sole Roller’ in Japan, his 2013 score for Roman Coppola’s film ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,’ and a recent tour with Christopher Owens. Hayes will tour again in 2015, with dates to be announced soon.
Recorded earlier this year in his native Chicago, ‘Slurrup’ is Hayes’ leanest, most urgent album to date, but also his most generous. Trading the lush orchestrations and hazy melodies that characterized some of his past work, the thirteen tracks on ‘Slurrup’ offer immediacy, economy, and hooks, while retaining Hayes’ unique ear for language. Uncut recently premiered a track from the album, “One Way Out” - containing the quintessential Hayes couplet “One way to make a Chinese suit/One way to make a duck salute” - calling him “one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years.”
Many who know Liam Hayes consider his 1994 debut single “Three Quarter Blind Eyes,” and the all-too-infrequent LPs that followed, to be bona fide pop classics. They cite Liam’s appearances in the films ‘High Fidelity’ (playing himself) and ‘Charles Swan’ as proof of his influence. And while he’s drawn favorable comparisons to Jimmy Webb, Badfinger, Laura Nyro, and Burt Bacharach, ‘Slurrup’ opens up a completely new, thrilling side of his particular brand of pop genius.more
It took roughly seven years, a teenage instrumental rock band, a debut
EP, additions and subtractions, a roller rick and a near death
experience to arrive at Francisco The Man. Following a two-year hiatus beginning in 2008, the band relocated from Riverside to Los Angeles, CA, bringing along a new addition, guitarist Brock Woolsey.
Their debut LP, Loose Ends, due out on Small Plates as well, gives it audience a more encompassing look at Francisco the Man. With each song, more and more honesty permeates through the lyrics. "Dreaming of tomorrow / it might be the worst," but with each song Francisco the Man plays, it doesn't seem to matter as much.
In stores now worldwide excluding Europe.
"Loose Ends" will be available in Europe on January 19.