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QUASI to release double album MOLE CITY on October 1st

July 08, 2013

This one’s for all the misfits of the world. The square pegs, the don’t fit ins, the out of steps, the misunderstood, the heads in the clouds. And this also goes out to all the also rans out there, the could’ve beens, the would have beens, the left behind, the out of times, the lost in the crowd.” – “An Ice Cube in the Sun,” Quasi.

Mole City is not in the tradition or deviating from the tradition - it is the tradition. After 2 decades of launching drums, guitars and pianos through the shifting interzones between harmony and chaos (moonlighting along the way with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and a long list of others), Quasi are a genre of their own - they write songs in the style of Quasi, and Mole City is the Quasi Song Book: Parlor Sing-alongs for the Last Century.

Now in their 20th year as a band, and a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weis hand-deliver the double album/Liberation Cookbook/Encyclopedia of Kicking Ass, Mole City, to those of us who still care about well-built, homemade objects crafted with integrity, spirit, fire, and skill. In other words, those of us who don’t fit into a world where the empty noise of crass capitalism, slick branding, and high profile hot pants have drowned out nearly all other concerns. Mole City, their ninth album, is a set of anthems for the refuseniks, Molotov tossers, pacifist soldiers and bug-eyed freaks, and Quasi is the band playing as the Titanic of what was once Independent Music goes down.

Quasi would actually fit in just fine if every other band had such technical control and ability that they could express each passing thought and literally converse through their instruments, could write meaningful, memorable songs, could sing with heart and humanity, could maintain a musical relationship for nearly a quarter century, could disregard the consumer-tested research and American Idolatry, and was brave enough to strip back their production budget and advance to zero, ditch the engineers, producers and side players, and head underground into their basement alone to record and mix over an hour of new music from scratch.

And Mole Citywould sound like everything else out there if all the other records peeled off their absurd costume jewelry and piped pleather jumpsuits, climbed into the sweat-lodge, confessed their sins of avarice and pride, renounced all earthly possessions and ties, then kicked out the fucking jams. This is the music at an agnostic afterlife juke joint where lysergic teardrops are cried into sweating mugs of high octane hellfire, the bartender can see clear through to your every thought, fear and desire, the upright player’s head is locked into a guillotine, and the guys next to you are whispering conspiratorially about how to fix their time machine. Shakin’ blues, precision freak-outs, air-guitar-worthy riffs, heavy round droplets of time, fuzz everything, wah wahs, ya yas, ooh ahs, grunts, shuffle struts and chiming minor seventh chords - this is rock n roll.

Mole City is available to pre-order now as a gatefold double lp (first 100 copies come on clear vinyl!) or a cd from our mail-order department. We got all sorts of crazy pre-order bundles for this one including a Quasi 20th anniversary shirt screened by the band, a Quasi fanzine packed with photos and articles by the band plus friends including Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, John Spencer, and more, the option to have Quasi record an original musical outgoing message for your phone, and so much more! Plus EVERY pre-order placed before October 1st comes with an EXCLUSIVE 4 song cd-r of Quasi covering some of their favorite songs by Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Queen, Marvin Gaye, and Black Sabbath! WHOA! Check it all out at (Note: All Quasi Mole City pre-orders will ship to arrive the week of October 1st, 2013. Any items purchased with this pre-order will not ship until the week of October 1st, 2013 as well.)

If you prefer audio files we have a digital pre-order over at our Bandcamp page (the digital pre-order does not come with the songs from the mailorder only bonus cd-r.)

Listen to "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go."


June 18, 2013

Marnie Stern played her song "Noonan" for an ALL DOG AUDIENCE at the Ruff Club in NYC and the folks at Buzzfeed filmed it! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!?? What a world we're living in!

"Noonan" appears on Marnie's latest album The Chronicles of Marnia.

Colin Meloy playing some solo shows this Summer

June 13, 2013

Colin Meloy is taking a break from his main gig in the Decemberists to play a few shows on the folk festival circuit this Summer! Colin doesn't play solo shows that often so buy your ticket today or regret it tomorrow!
07/11 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
08/18 Lyons CO Rocky Mt Folks Festival

Colin Meloy's 2008 live solo album, Colin Meloy Sings Live, was recently added to our Bandcamp page and is available on cd & lp in our mailorder.

Marnie Stern live session on BBC Radio 6

May 30, 2013

Marnie Stern and her band just played a session on Marc Riley's Radio Show on BBC 6! It's only available to stream for a few days so listen now today or regret it tomorrow!

Marnie is touring Europe RIGHT NOW!
05/30 Birmingham UK @ Hare & Hounds
05/31 Sheffield UK @ The Harley
06/01 Manchester UK @ Ruby Lounge
06/02 Glasgow UK @ Broadcast
06/03 Leeds UK @ Brudenell Social Club
06/04 Bristol UK @ Louisiana
06/05 London UK @ The Garage
06/06 Gent BELGIUM @ Charlatan
06/07 Amsterdam HOLLAND @ Paradiso
06/08 Utrecht HOLLAND @ Ekko
06/09 Copenhagen DENMARK @ Loppen
06/11 Stockholm SWEDEN @ Debaser
06/12 Malmo SWEDEN @ Debaser
06/13 Oslo NORWAY @ Crossroad Club
06/14 Gotenberg SWEDEN @ Villan
06/16 Berlin GERMANY @ The Monarch
06/18 Zurch SWITZERLAND @ Bad Bonn
06/19 Bologna ITALY @ Botanique
06/20 Roma ITALY @ Blackout
06/21 Milano ITALY @ Lo-Fi Garage Festival
06/23 Paris FRANCE @ Le Point Ephemere

Marnie and her band are also playing some shows in the US of A this fall (including a few dates with their homies Deerhunter!)

7/13 San Francisco, California @ Phono del Sol Festival 0213 w/ Thee Oh Sees, Bleached
9/5 Raleigh, North Carolina @ Hopscotch Festival
9/9 Minneapolis, Minnesota @ Fineline w/ Deerhunter
9/10 Chicago, Illinois @ Metro w/ Deerhunter
9/11 Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Deerhunter
9/12 Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Music Theater w/ Deerhunter
9/13 Columbus, Ohio @ Skully's w/ Deerhunter
9/16 Boston, Massachusetts @ Royale w/ Deerhunter

The Chronicles of Marnia is available now on cd, lp, and


May 13, 2013

Kinksi will be touring California next week in support of their new album Cosy Moments!

05/23 Eureka CA The Ink Annex
05/24 San Francisco Ca Hemlock
05/25 Chico Ca Cafe Coda

They also premiered the video for "Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process" over at Spin last week. The video was directed and animated by Owen Cook and is pretty amazing...

Marnie Stern stars in the new episode of MTV Hive's Weird Vibes

May 07, 2013

Weird Vibes followed Marnie Stern around SXSW for their new episode and it turned out GREAT! Marnie's new album The Chronicles of Marnia is out now on cd, lp, and digitally! You can stream the album below...

Hands premiere video for Brave Motion at Noisey!

May 06, 2013

Noisey just premiered the video for Hands' song "Brave Motion" from their new album Synesthesia. The video was directed and animated by Johnny Woods and is looking PRETTTTTY GOOD.

Synesthesia is available on cd and lp at your local record store and also available from our Bandcamp page (and pretty much any other respectable digital retailer...)


April 23, 2013

Hands debut album Synesthesia is streaming one week early care of NYLON magazine and Spotify! Read all about it on the Nylon website
Hands will be heading to the UK next week and then touring all over the USA! Dates below...
UK Tour Dates
5/2 FREE SHOW!!! @ Shacklewell Arms Doors @ 8pm Presented by Eat Your Own Ears
5/3 Liverpool Sound City
05/19 San Diego CA Soda Bar
05/20 Phoenix AZ Sail Inn
05/21 El Paso TX Lowbrow Palace
05/23 Dallas TX Club Dada
05/24 Austin TX Stubbs Jr
05/25 Houston TX Fitzgerald's
05/28 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
05/29 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
05/30 Washington DC DC9
06/01 Brooklyn NY Glasslands
06/02 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
06/03 New York NY Pianos
06/04 Allston MA Great Scott
06/05 Montreal QC Il Motore
06/06 Toronto ON The Drake
06/07 Pittsburgh PA 6119 Penn Avenue
06/08 Chicago IL Schubas Tavern
06/09 Madison WI The Frequency
06/11 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
06/12 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews
06/14 Denver CO Larimer Lounge
06/15 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
06/17 Portland OR Bunk Bar
06/19 Seattle WA Sunset Tavern
06/21 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Synesthesia is available to pre-order on cd and lp from our online store or digitally on our Bandcamp page.


April 02, 2013

Check it out- it's the release day for new albums by KINSKI and STEREO TOTAL!

Kinski's "Cosy Moments" is available on cd, lp, and digitally! This is their first album in six years and their first on KRS. Hopefully we get to do some more! Kinski will be playing in Seattle and Portland this weekend and then heading to the East Coast for some shows later this month... 04/05 Seattle WA Sunset Tavern
04/06 Portland OR Bunk Bar
04/11 New York NY Cake Shop (with Man Forever!)
04/12 Baltimore Md Metro Gallery
04/13 Cleveland OH Happy Dog
04/14 Chicago Il Subterranean
04/15 Detroit Mi Garden Bowl
04/17 Northampton MA Elevens
04/18 Cambridge Ma Middle East Upstairs
04/19 Brooklyn NY Death By Audio

Stereo Total's "Cactus Versus Brezel" is available digitally! This is their NINTH album on KRS!

Stereo Total will be touring the USA starting on 4/11!
04/11 Washington DC DC9
04/12 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory
04/13 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall
04/16 Montreal QC Il Motore
04/17 Quebec QC Le Cercle
04/18 Toronto ON The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/20 Pontiac MI The Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
04/21 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
04/23 Austin TX Red 7
04/27 Los Angeles CA The Troubadour
05/01 San Francisco CA The Rickshaw Stop
05/03 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
05/04 Seattle WA Barboza


March 26, 2013

Stereo Total made a video for "We Don't Wanna Dance" from their upcoming albumCactus Versus Brazel.

We'll be releasing Cactus Versus Brazel digitally on April 2nd! You can pre-ordrer the album now on our Bandcamp page!

The band will be playing shows all over USA and Canada this Spring... 04/11 Washington DC DC9
04/12 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory
04/13 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall
04/16 Montreal QC Il Motore
04/17 Quebec QC Le Cercle
04/18 Toronto ON The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/20 Pontiac MI The Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
04/21 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
04/23 Austin TX Red 7
04/27 Los Angeles CA The Troubadour
05/01 San Francisco CA The Rickshaw Stop
05/03 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
05/04 Seattle WA Barboza


March 26, 2013

Yesterday The Guardian UK named Hands "New band of the day" and premiered the song "Brave Motion." Read all about it on The Guardian website...

Hands have also announced their upcoming Monday Residency at The Echo in Los Angeles. All 4 shows are presented by 98.7

April 1 @ The Echo
9pm The Chances
10pm Mayan Jefferson
11pm Hands
12pm DJ Set by Aaron Castle
April 8 @ The Echoplex

DJ Sets by Paul Tao/IAMSound
9pm LA Font
10pm Cuckoo Chaos
11pm Hands
12pm Touche'

April 15 @ The Echo
9pm Hott MT
10pm Casual Knowledge
11pm Hands
12pm DJ Set by 98.7's JJ Corsini

April 22 co-presented by BUZZBANDSLA @ The Echo
DJ Sets by Buzzbands LA
9pm Body Parts
10pm Caught a Ghost
11pm Hands
12pm KCRW DJ Valida

We'll be releasing Hands' debut album Synesthesia on April 30th. Pre-order it on our Bandcamp page!


March 19, 2013

Marnie Stern's The Chronicles Of Marnia is available today in good record stores EVERYWHERE!!!! If you can't make it to a record store, consider ordering the cd or lp from our mailorder department! Or if you're more info mp3s, flac files, and that stuff head over to our bandcamp page where the album is ON SALE all week long (it's currently at $3.50 and we're going to be raising the price 50 cents every day this week.)