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THE NATIONALI AM EASY TO FIND OUT NOW VIA 4AD
On September 3rd 2017, director Mike Mills emailed singer Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National’s nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century Women, and was interested in working with the band on… something. A video maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills’ films, not only agreed to collaborate, he essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process.

The result is I Am Easy to Find, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and I Am Easy to Find, a 68-minute album by the National (their eighth studio album). The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other” — they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit – Gail Ann Dorsey, Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.

“With a cast of female vocalists guiding and redirecting the songs, the National’s eighth album is their largest, longest, and most daring.” – Pitchfork

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JARV IS… SHARESMUST I EVOLVE
MUST I EVOLVE?
Yes you must – you really must.

WHAT HAVE I MISSED?
JARV IS… a band featuring Jarvis Cocker, Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle & Adam Betts.
JARV IS… played their first show at the Sigur Ros “Norður og Niður” festival in Iceland at the very end of 2017.
JARV IS… then played a sell-out tour of caverns & tiny venues in the UK in Spring 2018. On April 7th they played a concert in Peak Cavern, Derbyshire & most of the music on this single was recorded that night.
JARV IS… went to the USA for an appearance at the Desert Daze festival last October 12th, preceded by a short run of West-Coast dates. The festival site was evacuated shortly after their set due to a massive electrical storm.
JARV IS… play All Points East on May 25th & then head to the Primavera Festival. On June 4th they are playing in a cave in Ibiza (can you detect a pattern emerging here?).

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
This single will only be available to buy at live shows. JARV IS… primarily a live experience.

WHY?
Life is primarily a live experience.

WHAT IS THE SONG ABOUT?
That would be telling – but here are the lyrics. https://youtu.be/U720Rz_jz_A
That would be telling – but here are the lyrics.
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INTERPOLA FINE MESS EP OUT NOW
Interpol today release new EP A Fine Mess on Matador Records, including new focus track and sought-after live favorite “Real Life,” first heard during the band’s Turn On The Bright Lights 15th anniversary tour in 2017.

Recorded during time spent in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, the five songs that make up A Fine Mess gradually emerged as a body of work with a narrative and flow unto itself. The title track, “Fine Mess,” then received further production from Kaines & Tom A.D. and mixing from Claudius Mittendorfer, who had first worked with Interpol as engineer on Our Love To Admire. The resulting set is a living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019, and a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy set loose with Marauder.
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BLACK MIDI ANNOUNCE SCHLAGENHEIM
London-based band black midi – “an exciting new force in the world of post-punk” (SPIN) – this week announced their debut full-length, Schlagenheim, produced by Dan Carey and due June 21st via Rough Trade Records . Throughout, black midi — Geordie Greep (vocals/guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals/guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals/bass), and Morgan Simpson (drums) — have a dynamic energy, playing as a musical unit that’s constantly in a state of flux and development.

The foursome comprising black midi are all 19 and 20 years of age and have backgrounds steeped in music. Simpson grew up in a church and took up the drums when he was two. Greep started out playing along to the likes of Black Sabbath on “the OG” Guitar Hero. They all met at the Brit School, and praise their education for giving them a vital grounding in musical collaboration. While studying, the group paid their way by teaching music and doing sessions for friends. Greep and Kwasniewski-Kelvin would busk in south-east London, on some days playing Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or blues and soul tracks, and on others playing their own music.

The band has promised that in a few years time, the music of black midi will be unrecognizable from how it is now. “It’s a bit bold, but you’ve got to set yourself challenges, there’s no point doing the same thing over and over again,” says Greep.
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