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New Releases: 04/24/12


Eastbound and Down Soundtrack CD
CD: $13
Buy from iTunes or Amazon

Townes Van Zandt "For The Sake Of The Song" LP
LP: $14

Ex Cops "You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb" 7"
7": $4


New Releases: 04/17/12


Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"
CD: $13 or buy from Amazon
Digital: $8.99 or buy from iTunes or Amazon

LP in stores May 22 - pre-order from Fat Possum and we'll ship as soon as it arrives.  Purchase the LP and receive a download link of the album by email.


New Yuck Song: "Chew"


Yuck enters the US today for a week long tour including playing both weekends at Coachella. The band has decided to release a new track they've been working on.  Listen to "Chew" below.

Yuck US Tour Dates

04.13  Indigo, CA - Coachella
04.15  San Francisco, CA - The Independent - tickets
04.17  San Diego, CA - The Casbah -  tickets
04.18  Santa Ana, CA -Constellation Room -  tickets
04.19  Pioneertown, CA -  Pappy & Harriet's * - tickets
04.20  Indigo, CA -  Coachella
* with Girls


Friends "Manifest!" In Stores June 05



After beaming out of Bushwick in 2011 with two buzzworthy singles and videos plus a reputation for turning live gigs into spontaneous DIY parties (and vice versa) Brooklyn quintet Friends will release their debut album Manifest!, June 5th on Fat Possum Records.

The album was produced by the band – singer Samantha Urbani, multi-instrumentalists Lesley Hann, Matthew Molnar, and Nikki Shapiro, and drummer Oliver Duncan.  They recorded its twelve tracks between last summer and this spring with engineer Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather studios in Brooklyn.

Manifest! aims both to live up to and to defy the promise of those first singles – “Friend Crush” and “I’m His Girl” – over the course of a thirty-eight minute long player.  “ A new track, “Mind Control,” mixed by Grammy winner Paul Epworth, made its worldwide debut this week, as the “Hottest Record in the World” on the UK’s premiere primetime radio show, BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe.

Friends North American Tour Dates:

June 13                Boston, MA                                        Brighton Music Hall
June 14                Montreal, QC                                     Lambi’s
June 16                Chicago, IL                                         Schuba’s Tavern
June 17                Minneapolis, MN                               7th Street Entry
June 20                Seattle, WA                                        Crocodile Café
June 22                Vancouver, BC                                  Fortune
June 23                Portland, OR                                     Doug Fir
June 25                San Francisco, CA                            Bottom of the Hill
July 2                    Austin, TX                                         Mohawk
July 3                    Houston, TX                                      Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
July 5                    Atlanta, GA                                       The Earl
July 6                    Washington, DC                               Rock N’ Roll Hotel
July 7                    New York, NY                                   Bowery Ballroom


El-P "Cancer For Cure" Pre-Order / Album Trailer



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El-P "Cancer For Cure" Album Art / Tracklist


"This is a fight record. Like, 'Goddamn it. Enough is fuckin' enough.'"
That's El-P talking about his forthcoming album Cancer for Cure, out May 22 on Fat Possum.

Said fight record now has a cover (above) and a guest-sparkly tracklist featuring Interpol's Paul Banks (who provides backing vocals on "Works Every Time"), Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Danny Brown, Killer Mike, Despot, and Nick Diamonds of Islands.

Cancer for Cure:
01 Request Denied
02 The Full Retard
03 Works Every Time
04 Drones Over BKLYN
05 Oh Hail No [ft. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Danny Brown]
06 Tougher Colder Killer [ft. Killer Mike and Despot]
07 True Story
08 The Jig Is Up
09 Sign Here
10 For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)
11 Stay Down [ft. Nick Diamonds]
12 $4 Vic/FTL (Me and You)

(via Pitchfork)


The Walkmen "Heaven", In Stores June 05


Fat Possum Records is excited to announce that celebrated New York quintet The Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on June 5, 2012.  The record is the band’s sixth and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle.  On May 3, they will headline The National curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  In July they will support Florence And The Machine on their North American tour.

The Walkmen just celebrated their 10th anniversary and are still comprised of the same members that started the group in 2001 – drummer Matt Barrick, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bauer, singer Hamilton Leithauser, guitarist Paul Maroon and bassist Walter Martin. The Fleet Fox’s Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.

When describing Heaven, Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery, after a decade together.  “The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone.  We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement."  

Adds Maroon, “When you’re starting out, you’re sitting there trying to come up with a big idea, but after a while, you learn about the process of writing. You learn about your friends in the band and how they work best.”

It's been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone.   Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analogue tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since Leithauser snapped Maroon’s arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. In the spring of 2011, the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.  In contrast, fellow graduates from New York's celebrated rock revival class of ’02 have burned out or faded from view.

The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, and in Heaven, they have delivered their third killer album in a row. Although Leithauser argues that “our biggest accomplishment is just being here,” they are making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet.

 All five members of the band have kids now and if the impact of parenthood is hard to pin down in a single lyric, there is definitely a new openness and emotional honesty to the songs.   Most importantly, the old gang mentality has deepened, becoming something worthwhile and lasting.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done. We’ve stayed friends and those friendships have grown,” says Bauer. “We have survival experience and real love that children generate in your life.”
Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves.

Eastbound & Down Soundtrack In Stores April 24



“When my ass was 19 years old, I changed the face of professional baseball. Everyone wanted a piece of my s#*t. Just a man with a mind for victory and an arm like a f@^%*ing cannon. But sometimes when you bring the thunder, you get lost in the storm.”– Kenny Powers

"Each track is hand-picked by The Man himself.  That’s right.  This is the music that Kenny Powers rocks out to when he’s getting ready in the morning.  This is the music Kenny Powers listens to in the late hours, when the night terrors come and we are all children again." – Stevie Janowski

Anyone who was wondering when the ultimate mix tape of the new millennium would finally show up need wonder no longer: It's here.

Or it will be, on April 24 when Fat Possum Records scores big with the two-disc release of the Eastbound & Down Soundtrack, a collection of straight up classics – old and new alike – handpicked by the man, the myth, and legend in his own mind Kenny Powers, who drops over-the-top nuggets of wisdom that will be prized as much as the music on this high-energy compilation. And that's saying loads since the soundtrack, which includes music and dialogue from the show’s three seasons, features primo jams from top shelfers like The Black Keys, Too $hort, The Stooges,   MC5, R.L. Burnside, Kenny Rogers and Lee Hazlewood. On top of all that, the record’s liner notes are written by Kenny’s own personal boy wonder and sidekick, Stevie Janowski.

HBO’s raucous comedy Eastbound & Down is the story of the rise and fall (and fall, and fall…) of former pitcher Kenny Powers as he navigates life after the Big Leagues as a washed up baseball star who hasn’t come to grips with the “washed up” part yet. With an insufferable ego, self-destructive behavior and penchant for profanity, Powers (played to perfection by Danny McBride), is often unlovable, but always entertaining.  From the twisted comedic minds of executive producers Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, Jody Hill and McBride, the show’s popularity has created a loyal and enthusiastic following that surged over its first two seasons.  Eastbound & Down is back for more innings, with the third season currently airing Sunday nights at 10:00p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.


Disc One:

Freddie King [Going Down]
The Black Keys [Your Touch]

Strangeloves [Night Time]
Brenton Wood [Oogum Boogum Song]
Too Short [Blow The Whistle]
The Stooges [Down On The Street]
The Animals [Sky Pilot]
Ram Jam [Black Betty]

Disc Two:
Lil Wyte [Fucked Up]
Los Monstruos [El Monstros, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut]
R.L. Burnside [Goin’ Down South]
Kenny Rogers [Love Will Turn You Around]
MC5 [Miss X]
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra Featuring Nino Moschella [Kiss The Sky]
Lee Hazlewood [Think I’m Coming Down]
The Slits [I Heard It Through the Grapevine]


Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Video


Last week Spiritualized unveiled a trailer of their new video to fans via social media. It was a tantalizing glimpse of what felt like a calm before a storm moment, directed by rising talent AG Rojas.

Rojas who has previously shot for Jamie XX & Gil Scott, Earl Sweatshirt & Emeli Sandé, sets our protagonist Frida amidst a shady, seedy backdrop in which she’s desperately trying to uphold normality for her son. Frida, played by Tyra Sanchez, is perfectly cast as a visual accompaniment to the song’s energy and impact.

Hey Jane” is first the single and indication that new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is another epic body of work from the anthemic master. It’s been three years in the making for renowned perfectionist Jason Spaceman and the resulting music captured in this first single, showcases them at their most vibrant and sublime.

Clocking in at 8:55 in true J Spaceman style, meticulously produced and arranged, “Hey Jane” is in itself an epic ride.


Spiritualized North American Tour Dates:

05/02/12 Wed - Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
05/03/12 Thu – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/04/12 Fri – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
05/05/12 Sat – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/07/12 Mon - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/09/12 Wed – Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/10/12 Thu – Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
05/11/12 Fri – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
05/12/12 Sat – Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
05/13/12 Sun – Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
05/15/12 Tue – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre
05/16/12 Wed – Austin, TX @ Emo's East
05/18/12 Fri - Tucson AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
05/19/12 Sat - Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/20/12 Sun - San Diego CA @ Belly Up Tavern
05/22/12 Tue - Los Angeles CA @ The Wiltern
05/23/12 Wed - San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
05/25/12 Fri - Portland OR @ The Wonder Ballroom
05/26/12 Sat - Vancouver BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre


Other Music Recording Company New Fat Possum Imprint


Since 1995, NYC’s Other Music record shop has had a big hand in defining the sound of the underground, helping to establish the careers (and career resurgences) of hundreds of artists, with a wide-ranging aesthetic that includes everything from indie pop to left-field electronica, folk, funk, psychedelia, dub, free jazz, post-punk, avant-classical, hip-hop and much more. For more than a decade and a half, through myriad changes in the “biz,” Other has stayed true to their one goal, connecting great unheard music with passionate music fans, and with their weekly new-release newsletter reaching more than thirty-five thousand subscribers, an MP3 download store, a mail-order website, and a busy East Village retail shop, they have become an icon and last bastion of indie retail. Now, in partnership with Fat Possum, Other is launching their own label, Other Music Recording Co., to bring the same varied taste and enthusiasm that has always defined their retail store to this new venture.

Other’s first release, OM-001, drops on April 24: Ex Cops’ debut 7-inch,  “You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb” b/w “The Millionaire.” This new Brooklyn group’s hazy mix of influences draws on vintage British and New Zealand indie, Factory Records and a Velvets/Feelies jangle that is distinctly New York, all with their own sunbaked pop vision. What began as a bedroom-recording project for Brian Harding has been fleshed out into a full band, and Ex Cops are now putting the finishing touches on their debut album in the studio with producer John Siket, due out on Other later this spring

Also due this spring on Other, the debut solo album from Shintaro Sakamoto, the former frontman of the legendary Japanese psychedelic group Yura Yura Teikoku. Over the course of their 20 years together, that band rose from the storied Japanese psychedelic underground to huge mainstream success in their homeland (and cult status around the world), with a wholly original sound that defies definition. The group disbanded in 2010, and Sakamoto set off into uncharted waters on his new solo material, working mostly alone to create a stunning set of quiet, percussive songs that draw on ‘70s folk and AM radio pop from the U.S., U.K. and Japan, as well as folk forms from across continents and eras; How to Live with a Phantom, released late last year in Sakamoto’s own Zelone label in Japan, is an enigma and an instant classic that blew so many minds at the Other Music shop when a few imports trickled in, they had to release it themselves.

Other Music Recording Co. will surprise and enlighten fans of underground music with a roster of diverse artists from around the world, releasing new music and under-appreciated classics from their reissue division, and with this strategic partnership with Fat Possum you will be hearing a lot more from Other in the coming months.


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