Grizzly Bear Reveal New Album Title + Artwork

Grizzly Bear have revealed that their forthcoming album will be titled “Shields” and the artwork is pictured below. The album will be out September 17/18 via Warp.

Listen to Sleeping Ute below which is the first track lifted from “Shields”.

Worldwide Tour dates:

16 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theater
17 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
18 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
20 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
21 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
22 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
23 Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
24 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
26 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
28 Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
29 Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
30 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

01 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
05 Seattle, Washington @ Paramount Theatre
06 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
17 Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
18 Manchester, UK @ Academy
20 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
21 Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Centre
22 London, UK @ Brixton Academy
26 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
27 Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns Salonger
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falconer Salen
30 Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefärlich
31 Berlin, Germany @ Astra

02 Köln, Germany @ Essigfabrik
03 Paris, France @ Pitchfork Festival
04 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
05 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
20 Wellington, New Zealand @ Opera House
21 Auckland, New Zealand @ Bruce Mason

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Live Review: Dirty Projectors & Purity Ring at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, Friday, July 6

by Matt Juniper

A pair of critically acclaimed artists at very different points in their respective careers made their way to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall last Friday night to kick off an eight-leg joint tour. Both Dirty Projectors and Purity Ring have had strong interest surrounding them in 2012, with the buzz approaching a fever pitch in early July as both bands prepare to release albums. For Montreal’s Purity Ring, it will be their highly anticipated debut album following on the heels of a string of singles beginning in 2011 that seemed to grow in quality and appeal with each release. For Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors, the art pop veterans are on the verge of a breakthrough into mass appeal. Their unique brand of disjointed rhythms and aggressive vocal harmonies has been divisive in the music community but has converted a cult of followers large enough to ensure that no Dirty Projectors release goes unnoticed.

With doors opening at 9 p.m. and Purity Ring not set to take the stage until 10 p.m., a sizeable crowd showed up early to enjoy a beverage in the spacious venue while Purity Ring’s simple-but-bizarre stage setup awaited. At 10 p.m. sharp Megan James and Corin Roddick took the stage to a venue over three quarters full with energetic fans. It was a nice surprise for an opening act and likely a result of both proper promotion of the double bill by Embrace (concert promoter) and Purity Ring’s fast rising star.

A timid and unsure crowd seemed puzzled as Purity Ring sauntered through slow-building opener Cartographist. By the time the band transitioned in 2011 hit single Belispeak, progress had been made – feet tapping, heads bobbing and a growing sense of energy in the room. The duo played almost exclusively in the shadows, illuminated only by glowing lights pulsating around Roddick with each transition in tempo.

After six songs, Megan James decided the seating in the Danforth Music Hall didn’t lend well to her band’s hypnotic brand of synth pop and invited the crowd to leave their seats. Launching into Obedear with the crowd at arm’s reach, the band seemed infinitely more at home and closed their set triumphantly with Crawlersout and Ungirthed. Up close it was impossible not to notice the grin creeping across James’ face at the prospect of yet another crowd won over on their rise to prominence. See the full setlist below.

Dirty Projectors hit the stage just past 11 p.m. to the expected wild applause. With four days to go before the much-anticipated release of the band’s latest album Swing Lo Magellan, I had expectations of a balanced blend of new and old material. Instead, the band launched into new album opener Offspring Are Blank right off the bat and didn’t look back, rattling off five new tracks in a row to an enthusiastic if not mildly perplexed crowd. It was an interesting decision and one that perhaps demonstrated lead singer David Longstreth’s willingness to hedge his bets on the power of the internet: “Swing Lo Magellan” had leaked online nearly two weeks before, which was followed shortly by an official stream.

The new material is played confidently and lends itself well to the live atmosphere: the album is without a doubt the band’s most accessible effort to date. Still, it appeared not everyone had downloaded the leak or spent time streaming it. “This next one should be a little more familiar”, Longstreth says before finally playing Cannibal Resource (the opener off of 2009’s acclaimed album “Bitte Orca”) and we get a surge of energy in the room. Taking a cue from Purity Ring before them, Longstreth takes advantage of the growing buzz and invites the crowd to leave their seats and move up to the front. With the crowd on their feet, even the new material seems to leave a stronger impression. The highlight of the evening is wisely saved for the encore with crowd favourites Stillness is the Move and No Intention leading off and the bombastic new track ‘Unto Caesar’ closing out the evening. As expected, Caesar lends itself extremely well to the live show and will no doubt be closing out Dirty Projectors shows for some time to come.

Overall, the night was a tremendous success. Rarely do a pair of bands from such distinct genres blend so well together. While Dirty Projectors’ choice to lean heavily on new material (10 of the night’s 15 tracks) may have alienated and disappointed fans not yet familiar with the songs, as someone who has spent the last two weeks with the album I can say with confidence that the live renditions will leave fans extremely pleased on future tour dates.

Purity Ring setlist:

Dirty Projectors setlist:
Offspring Are Blank
See What She Seeing
About to Die
Gun Has No Trigger
The Socialites
Cannibal Resource
Beautiful Mother
Maybe That Was It
Dance for You
Just From Chevron
Useful Chamber
Impregnable Question

Stillness is the Move
No Intention
Unto Caeser

Music Video Addiction: Sunday July 8, 2012 Edition

It’s like the Groundhog Day of videos, but we kinda like this repetition since we are back with another edition of our music video picks (as we are every Sunday). Take a listen / view, and make sure to share and / or leave a comment since we love to hear from you. We hope you enjoy the tracks as much as us.

Sleigh Bells: Demons the latest video from Sleigh Bells.

The Walkmen: Heaven – some jangly rock / pop.

Vår: In Your Arms – such a great, moody track from this Iceage side project.

Silent Rider: I Was A Bomb – beautiful track and video.

Computer Magic: The End Of Time – I am liking something about this track.

Santigold: The Keepers – the latest video from Santigold.

Thanks for watching this edition. We’ll be back again next Sunday to offer up some more videos for your eyes and ears, so pop back in again for more music vids and look back in the archives for older editions.

Cameron from Culture Addicts

Culinary Addiction: Courvoisier Asks Aspiring Chefs To Get Creative

Courvoisier Canada has launched a Call For Submissions for Ontario-based culinary students and anyone who has a passion for creating culinary masterpieces at home to submit a Courvoisier cognac-infused recipe at  In an effort to get aspiring chefs thinking innovatively and move away from the perception of cognac as strictly an apéritif at the end of a meal, the program is soliciting soup, salad, hors d’oeuvres and entrée recipes infused with Courvoisier cognac.

All recipes must be submitted by August 24, 2012 and will be eligible to win The People’s Choice award which will be determined by online voting. In addition, an esteemed panel of local chef judges, including Ici Bistro’s JP Challet, The Grove’s Ben Heaton and Turf Lounge’s Michael Kirkwood, will ultimately determine the top 3 culinary student recipe submissions and best 3 at-home chef recipe submissions. These winners will have the opportunity to sample their winning dishes to media and culinary influencers at a culinary showcase event in Toronto on October 17, 2012. At the event, a winning culinary student and winning at-home chef winner will be announced by the chef judging panel, and presented with a cash prize.

Here’s a little schooling on Courvoisier by Busta Rhymes and friends below.

Nick Zinner From The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Remixes Chew Lips

Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s) has given Chew Lips’ new single Do You Chew? the remix treatment. Zinner changes the vibes of Chew Lips’ new single by adding synths, giving it a marching band drum rhythm and stripping back lead singer Tigs’ vocal. To accompany the remix, Chew Lips have also assembled an alternative video which contains unseen footage.

Watch the alternate video for the remix below.

MP3: Chew Lips – Do You Chew? (Nick Zinner Remix)

Corin Tucker Band Announces Sophomore Album + Tour Dates

Corin Tucker Band have announced their sophomore album, “Kill My Blues” which will be released on September 18 via Kill Rock Stars). “Kill My Blues” is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 release “1,000 Years” and finds former Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Tucker returning to her riot grrrl roots along with band members Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears), Sara Lund (Unwound) and Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks). Listen to Groundhog Day, the first track from “Kill My Blues” below.

MP3: The Corin Tucker Band – Groundhog Day

When talking about the writing and recording the new album, Tucker notes that it was a true group effort. “After the past two years playing together, traveling and making music, I think we’re more comfortable,” she says. “We collaborated on every song on this record and no one was shy about their ideas. I think you can hear that sense of joy and abandon in the songs.”

“Kill My Blues” track list:
1. Groundhog Day
2. Kill My Blues
3. Neskowin
4. I Don’t Wanna Go
5. Constance
6. No Bad News Tonight
7. Summer Jams
8. None Like You
9. Joey
10. Outgoing Message
11. Blood, Bones and Sand
12. Tiptoe

Watch the video below for Riley lifted from their debut album.

Tour dates:
9/14-15 Hideout Block Party
9/18 Johnny Brenda’s
9/21 The EARL
9/22 The Bottletree
9/23 DeLuna Fest
9/25 Local 506
9/26 Black Cat Backstage
9/27 Mercury Lounge
9/28 TT the Bear’s
9/29 The Bell House

Hurricane Bells Get Remixed By David Lee Rad

Hurricane Bells have released the “Bodega Strings EP” which contains remixes of tracks from their 2011 album “Tides and Tales”. Culture Addicts’ fave David Lee Rad has reworked I’ve Got A Second Chance and Michael J and Dennis Cahlo also remix tracks for the EP. You can find out more about the release here.

MP3: Hurricane Bells – I’ve Got A Second Chance (David Lee Rad Remix)

Hurricane Bells is led by Steve Schlitz who was the frontman for the New York-based indie rock band Longwave. Schlitz started recording more personal songs all by himself on a simple laptop-based studio at his Brooklyn home.

Watch the video for Hurricane Bells’ Monsters below.

For more information on Hurricane Bells, visit