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The Milk Carton Kids return to Denver 8/26, celebrate 12k album downloads in 2 weeks

Produced by The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) and Eric Robinson, PROLOGUE contains nine new songs recorded live and mixed over four days at Marlay Studios in North Hollywood. PROLOGUE also includes an expansive and insightful foreword penned by Joe Henry. Read the foreword below.

A limited run of PROLOGUE will be printed on CD and vinyl for purchase. CD and vinyl copies of PROLOGUE are available for pre-order now thru July 18th. After July 18th physical copies will only be available at live shows.

PROLOGUE will be made available for free download from www.themilkcartonkids.com starting on July 19th. No email necessary.

Starting in Phoenix, Arizona on August 10, 2011, The Milk Carton Kids will begin a tour of 46 shows across the United States and Canada in support of PROLOGUE. The first leg of dates (west coast) are included below.

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Tour Dates:

August 13 – Los Angeles, CA – McCabe’s
August 14 – Ventura, CA – Zoey’s
August 16 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord*
August 18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir*
August 19 – Seattle, WA – Rendezvous*
August 21 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Railway Club
August 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
August 24 – Logan, UT – Logan Arthouse
August 26 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove
August 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Door
August 30 – Austin, TX – Lambert’s
August 31 – Dallas, TX – Poor David’s Pub
September 7 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley **
September 8 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop **
September 10 –  Louisville, KY – Uncle Slayton’s **
September 11 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s **
September 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet **
September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Aster Cafe
September 15 – Ames, IA – M-Shop **
September 17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway **

* with Andrew Belle
** with Tom Brosseau

The Milk Carton Kids, new album out 7/19

Milk Carton Records is proud to announce the July 19, 2011 release of PROLOGUE, the first studio record from The Milk Carton Kids.
A limited run of PROLOGUE will be printed on CD and vinyl for purchase. CD and vinyl copies of PROLOGUE are available for pre-order now thru July 18th. After July 18th physical copies will only be available at live shows.
PROLOGUE will be made available for free download from www.themilkcartonkids.com starting on July 19th.  Starting in Phoenix, AZ on August 10, 2011, The Milk Carton Kids will begin a tour of 46 shows across the United States & Canada in support of PROLOGUE.
The Milk Carton Kids are offering a free download of 'Michigan' off of PROLOGUE, so click here to download.
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ON TOUR:

8/10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room* (buy tickets)
8/11 - San Diego, CA - Anthology* (buy tickets)
8/13 - Los Angeles, CA - McCabe's (buy tickets)
8/14 - Ventura, CA - Zoey's (buy tickets)
8/16 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord* (buy tickets)
8/18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir* (buy tickets)
8/19 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous* (buy tickets)
8/21 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Railway Club**
8/23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court** (buy tickets)
8/24 - Logan, UT - Logan Arthouse
8/26 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove (buy tickets)
8/28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Blue Door** (buy tickets)
8/30 - Austin, TX - Lambert's**(buy tickets)
8/31 - Dallas, TX - Poor David's Pub**
** - w/ Buddy

Deerhoof Announce U.S. 2011 Fall Tour

The concept of Milk Man came from Tokyo artist Ken Kagami, whose sassy cover art is the perfect match to the sly, at times frightening, but irresistibly catchy music contained inside: the Styx 'n' Stones magic of the title track, an instant pop classic if there ever was one, undeniable proof of Deerhoof's extraordinary songwriting gifts; the organ-driven monster mash of "Giga Dance," whose crazed group interplay sets a new standard for "tension and release"; the otherworldly, borderline operatic, electronica that is "Desaparecere," Deerhoof's Spanish-language debut...and that's just the first three songs! Have we ever heard a band so confidently navigate the extremes of control and chaos, edginess and beauty, profundity and just plain fun?
Deerhoof will be performing Milk Man in its entirety for the first time ever tonight, July 1st, in London at Alexandra Palace. They will joining The Flaming Lips, who will be performing The Soft Bulletin, and Dinosaur Jr., who will be performing Bug.  Milk Man vinyl will be reissued on July 5th by Polyvinyl Records.
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Deerhoof will tour the U.S. throughout September!
sept 15 - San Francisco, CA - Atrium at SFMOMA (part of Adam Pendleton's BAND)
sept 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
sept 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
sept 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
sept 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Know Theatre / Midpoint Music Festival
sept 24 - Champaign, IL - Polyvinyl's 15th Anniversary Party at Pygmalion
sept 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
sept 26 - St Louis, MO - Luminary Center For The Arts
sept 28 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
sept 29 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
oct 1 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

DEERHOOF - New 7”s, Reissues, Congotronic Vs. Rockers News & More!

Deerhoof’s Milk Man is being reissued on vinyl in celebration of the band’s upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties performance of the album this July in London (alongside The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr.).
A 180-gram strawberry vinyl version will be available in stores on July 5th and limited to 1000 copies.
The starting point for Milk Man was a cartoon character created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami, a longtime friend of Deerhoof vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki.
In contrast to the earnest guitar rock that predominated on their previous album Apple O', Milk Man featured a broad palette of orchestral colors, echoes of music theater and camp, polished and gaudy arrangements, Stravinskian harmonies, and a more stylized, anonymous playing style resulting partly from recording most of the instruments at separate times rather than playing together as a band, and partly from many of the arrangements being created in a computer.

Critical praise for Milk Man came notably from NME and Spin, and the song "Milk Man" was chosen in 2009 as one of Pitchfork's top tracks of the decade.
Polyvinyl has a special pre-order package deal on these releases. Visit PolyvinylRecords.com for more information.
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Deerhoof Tour Dates

jun 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Cafe Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jun 30 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 01 - London, UK - Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)
jul 02 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 03 - Berlin, Germany - HKW (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 06 - Metz, France - Place de la Republique (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 09 - Paris, France - Bataclan (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 12 - London, England - The Barbican (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 14 - Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 17 - Carhaix, France - Vielles Charrues Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 21 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 23 - Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 30 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
oct 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP - Asbury Park Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre (w/ Portishead, Mogwai, Battles, Earth, and more

The Milk Carton Kids On Tour Now!

Their songs disguise the youth of the members of the band. Befittingly, so do the old guitars they play and old clothing they wear. But to be sure, The Milk Carton Kids have something new to present: harmonies & minimalist instrumentation which are a clear reference to times passed, but with an eye intently on the future; a perspective on coming-of-age in the eye of a present-day storm; and the chronicling of an American struggle for simplicity, at least musically. To present it they use two guitars and two voices, they labor over the arrangements, they record themselves live, and they release their music on their own label, and for free.

A performance by The Milk Carton Kids is a quiet and intricate affair. Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan have enjoyed intently listening audiences across the country and abroad in their respective solo careers, but an even greater sense of urgency and demand of attention is palpable now that they’ve come together as The Milk Carton Kids. Their songs are written together, but you won’t know there is more than one author.  Their history together spans only one short year, but you won’t know that either. They stand close together when they play, facing each other and using microphones instead of plugging their guitars in. And if they looked more alike, they’d fool you that they were brothers.

As solo artists they have 10 releases between them. As a band their career is off to an auspicious start. Starting from a highly regarded position among their peers, they’ve opened for the art-piano-pop critical darling Vienna Teng, Grammy nominated friend and fan Sara Bareilles, and now will take to the entire U.S. and Canada this summer supporting one of the consummate songwriters of their generation, Joe Purdy. Despite the decision to stick to acoustic guitars in their own show, both Ryan and Pattengale are multi-instrumentalists and will also comprise Purdy’s backing band, joining him on bass, pedal steel guitar, piano, and harmonies.

Their first collaborative release, RETROSPECT, is a live album due out March 15th, 2011, that represents the culmination of the past year of live performance. A collection of songs from each of their solo careers, written separately but reinterpreted and performed as the duo now called The Milk Carton Kids, RETROSPECT will be released under the name “Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan”.

The first official release of The Milk Carton Kids, entitled PROLOGUE, is comprised of original songs written by the duo for this project. It is slated for release later in 2011, on their own Milk Carton Records.

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Tour Dates:

May 5 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
May 6 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
May 7 – The Rio Theater – Vancouver, BC
May 9 – Neurolux - Boise, ID
May  10 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
May 12 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 14 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
May 15 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
May 16 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
May 17 – Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
May 18 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
May 19 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
June 8 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
June 9 – WorkPlay – Birmingham, AL
June 10 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA
June 11 – Grey Edge – Asheville, NC
June 12 – Cat’s Cradle – Carborro,  NC
June 14 – Ram’s Head – Annapolis, MD
June 15 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
June 16 – Highline Ballroom – New York City, NY
June 17 – Stage One – Fairfield, CT
June 20 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
June 21 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
June 22 – Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA
June 23 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
June 25 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
June 26 - Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ONT
June 27 – Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
June 28 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
June 30 – Westscott Theater – Syracuse, NY

On tour with Joe Purdy

Hot Sugar Reveals Unique Beatmaking Process

Dame Dash’s Creative Control recently caught up with producer Nick Koenig, a.k.a. Hot Sugar, to document his unique process of making beats and capture his charmingly awkward sense of humor.  If you haven’t checked out the premiere over at Prefix, click HERE to watch Koenig in action (and note that all the sounds used in this video were recorded live at this session.)  Hot Sugar is also releasing a new free mp3 for the song “F**kable” (Feat. Baghdaddy) off his forthcoming EP, Muscle Milk.  Stream or download it HERE and feel free to post and share both.

For the past several decades numerous musicians have created recordings using found audio.  It is usually done in a manner that highlights the unusual nature of the source. Koenig, on the other hand, manipulates his samples until they’re tweaked beyond recognition.  For example, if one of his kick drums sounds like it came from a drum set, it’s more likely to be the sound of a car running over a juicebox, if not a fire cracker pitched down and chopped up, etc.

Having mastered this experimental technique, Koenig has a nearly unlimited palette of sounds to work with and his beats cover a massive array of genres.  New track “F**kable” is a slice of oddball digital funk featuring the blue-eyed soul, come-hither vocals of Baghdaddy.  If you haven’t heard Hot Sugar’s previously released mp3’s, “The Seagull” is a whimsical indie-pop nugget anchored by a music box melody and “Color Wars” pairs a mellow, head-nodding groove with the gritty crooning of The Roots/RJD2 collaborator Aaron Livingston.

All three tracks will appear on the Muscle Milk EP, which will be released for free online later this year.  Hot Sugar’s debut full-length will be out next year and will feature some top secret surprise guests.  Stay tuned for more info!