20.09.2011 news

Radiohead to Release TKOL RMX 1234567 on Oct. 11


Throughout the summer of 2011, Radiohead has been releasing a series of seven 12-inch singles featuring remixes of tracks from its current album The King Of Limbs by electronic artists and producers who have been exciting and inspiring the members of the band.

The 12-inches, released to independent retailers every two weeks since July 5, will be collected on the 19 track double CD TKOL RMX 1234567. The double CD/download, which brings together all 19 remixes in chronological order, will be released on tbd Records on October 11.

The CD track listing is:


CARIBOU Little By Little Rmx


NATHAN FAKE Morning Mr Magpie Rmx

HARMONIC 313 Bloom Rmx


LONE Feral Rmx





SHED Little By Little Rmx

BROKENCHORD Give Up The Ghost Rmx


BLAWAN Bloom Rmx

MODESELEKTOR Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx

OBJEKT Bloom Rmx

JAMIE XX Bloom Rework

ANSTAM Separator Rmx

SBTRKT Lotus Flower Rmx

22.07.2011 news

WATERS Announce Debut Album and Tour Dates

WATERS, the new project from former Port O’Brien frontman Van Pierszalowski, has announced a new run of US tour dates in August and September.  The dates will begin next month with a two-show stint supporting Vetiver: August 10th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, and August 11th at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis, CA.  WATERS will then meet up with Mister Heavenly on August 18th in Portland, OR, at Branx and support the band through September 2nd in San Diego, CA, at Bar Pink.  The shows all come in advance of WATERS’ debut album, Out In The Light, which will be released September 20th, 2011 on TBD Records. A full itinerary is below.

Last month following a European tour supporting Wye Oak, WATERS played their first US shows at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival in addition to a headlining show at the Mercury Lounge.  The young band’s live show made an impression, with Brooklyn Vegan writing of their set supporting Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl: “If the recordings sound as good as the songs did at Brooklyn Bowl, then Out In The Light is definitely an album to look out for.”  WATERS also premiered the first MP3 off Out In The Light, “For The One,” in late May on Stereogum and the song is available as a free download here.  An album teaser video set to the track can also be seen here.

In the spring of last year, creative and personal differences led to the collapse of Port O’Brien and Pierszalowski moved to Oslo, Norway, seeking solace and space. After some time, he began writing again and to fuel his inspiration further, spent most of the year traveling: to Alaska, where he’d spent summers as a teenager fishing salmon with his father; to California, where he’d grown up in a seaside town off Highway 1; and eventually to New York, where in Brooklyn he endured relentless blizzards.  The new songs Pierszalowski wrote were intensively thought-out and pieced together over the year, a new contrast to the frequently loose, punchy anthems of his previous band. Wanting a bigger sound for his new project (which by now he’d dubbed WATERS) than he could create on his own, he headed back to Oslo – where his new life had first begun to take shape – and put together a band. They practiced every day for two months before heading to Dallas, TX, to record with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, The Walkmen) and finished Out In The Light over a mere 10 day recording session.

Out In The Light has a louder, fuller, and more aggressive and raw sound that’s unlike anything Pierszalowski has written before.  Mixing fuzzy, pealing guitars and crashing drums with dynamic, indelible melodies, the album ranges from barreling, grunge-sheathed pop (“For The One”, “Back To You”), to easy, haunting tracks that soar (“O Holy Break Of Day”, “Out In The Light”); from rolling, catchy anthems (“Abridge My Love”, “Take Me Out To The Coast”), to a quieter and ruminative, aching beauty (“Ones You Had Before”, “Mickey Mantle”). Throughout, Pierszalowski’s sanded, reedy tenor sings about starting over, jealousy, and yearning for an easy, steady life, the intimacy and emotional intensity underlined by Congleton’s stark production.

WATERS tour dates:

AUG. 10       LOS ANGELES, CA            THE TROUBADOUR*

AUG. 11       DAVIS, CA                            SOPHIA’S THAI KITCHEN*

AUG. 18       PORTLAND, OR                BRANX#

AUG. 19       VANCOUVER, BC              BILLMORE CABARET#

AUG. 20       SEATTLE, WA                    CHOP SUEY#



AUG. 25       DENVER, CO                      HI DIVE#

AUG. 27       LAWRENCE, KS                THE BOTTLENECK#

AUG. 28       NORMAN, OK                   OPOLIS#

AUG. 29       DENTON, TX                     HAILEY’S#

AUG. 30       AUSTIN, TX                       THE MOHAWK#

SEPT. 1        PHOENIX, AZ                    RHYTHM ROOM#

SEPT. 2        SAN DIEGO, CA                BAR PINK#

* supporting Vetiver

# supporting Mister Heavenly

01.07.2011 news

Radiohead Announce 12″ Remix Series

Radiohead announced via their website today that they will be releasing a series of summer remixes on 12″ vinyl. You can listen to the 1st of the 12″s, Caribou remixing Little by Little, and a remix of Lotus Flower by Jacques Greene, below:

From the band:

The first in a series of remixes on 12″ vinyl will be released on Monday 4th July (or Tuesday in the US & Canada).

The series kicks off with Caribou remixing Little by Little, and a remix of Lotus Flower by Jacques Greene, both of which we we’re really excited about.

Hopefully you will find the vinyl in your local independent record shop, but if not, you can buy by mailorder here from the 4th. If you don’t have a record player, digital versions will be available here, here, here and here. Or you can just listen to them here:

More 12″ remixes will be released every couple of weeks over the summer until we run out of remixes… or summer. On the next one we’ve got Nathan Fake (Morning Mr Magpie) and remixes of Bloom by Mark Pritchard.

16.06.2011 video

Watch the video for ‘For 12′

Check out the official video for Other Lives new single ‘For 12′.

Other Lives – For 12 (Official Video) from tbdrecords on Vimeo.

25.04.2011 news

Other Lives TAMER ANIMALS Released a Week Early

Other Lives second album, TAMER ANIMALS, will be released a week early on iTunes as an exclusive. Get it starting May 3!

20.04.2011 news

Other Lives To Release Sophomore LP Tamer Animals, Out May 17th On tbd Records

Other Lives previously announced dates with The National and The Decemberists as well as a tour with S. Carey (Bon Iver) in support of their forthcoming album Tamer Animals out May 17th on tbd records. New dates are now announced with The Rosebuds starting June 15th in Asheville, NC with more dates to be announced (see list of all dates below). Additionally, tbd records has now partnered with boutique vinyl label White Iris (www.whiteiris.tv) to release the new album. The band is streaming three new songs from Tamer Animals on their site as well as a free download of album track “For 12.”

Unlike their self-titled debut—a studio-bound effort that was produced by Beck’s longtime drummer, Joey Waronker— Tamer Animals was tracked in the privacy of the band’s own space in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Waronker eventually mixed the entire affair and sanded down its edges, but it took Other Lives 14 months to get to that point. We’re not talking about lazy Sunday sessions here, either. More like 11 songs that were carefully sculpted over time, with
certain sounds creeping up when the record called for them, and nothing that’s forced or rushed.

There’s no point in trying to unearth an obvious “single” in Other Lives’ second album, Tamer Animals. Here’s a better idea instead: succumb. Let every last song wash over you like proper long players once did, from the swift strings and pulsating horns—a technique learned from old Philip Glass LPs—of “Dark Horse” to the richly orchestrated denouement of “Heading East,” a cut that could have been cribbed from the early instrumental sessions of Other Lives’ old band Kunek.

“The core of that band is still with me,” says frontman Jesse Tabish, who founded Kunek with cellist Jenny Hsu and drummer Colby Owens. “In a lot of ways, it’s still what I gravitate towards, songwriting wise.”

Unlike their self-titled debut—a studio-bound effort that was produced by Beck’s longtime drummer, Joey Waronker— Tamer Animals was tracked in the privacy of the band’s own space in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Waronker eventually mixed the entire affair and sanded down its edges, but it took Other Lives 14 months to get to that point.

We’re not talking about lazy Sunday sessions here, either. More like 11 songs that were carefully sculpted over time, with certain sounds creeping up when the record called for them, and nothing that’s forced or rushed.

“Every sound has a purpose without being too indulgent,” explains Tabish. “There’s nothing like, ‘Hey, let’s rock out on this!’ It’s homemade in a way. For better or for worse, it’s all our sound.”

That sound amounts to one hell of a sweeping listen—an atmosphere, a mood, a state of mind. So while you might find yourself going back to the minor-key melodies of “Dust Bowl III” or the Morricone-caliber arrangements of “Old Statues” more often than not, it’s all part of a greater whole. And since Tabish prefers treating his vocals like an instrument, the lyrics are left open to interpretation.

To be honest, they don’t even matter in the end. What matters is how Tamer Animals makes you feel; how it aims to hit you in the chest…hard, like the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós LPs that made Tabish want to write this kind of music in the first place. (If you can believe it, he played in punk bands as a kid and didn’t resume the piano lessons he started in third grade until he was 18.)

“I’d rather us be an ensemble than a rock band,” he says. “That’s my goal—to get away from those traditional ideas. It’s not a strength in numbers kinda thing, either, where 12 people are on stage and five of them are playing the same melody. When the music calls for that many players, we’ll go there. We’ll destroy the band itself.”

He’s smiling as he says that. And frankly, so are we.

20.04.2011 news

Henry Clay People Release This Is A Desert EP

Get the new Ep from The Henry Clays here.

Fresh off the full length release of “Somewhere On The Golden Coast” and months of touring with The Drive By Truckers, Against Me, and The Silversun Pickups, The Henry Clay People wasted no time diving back into the recording studio and surfacing with “This Is A Desert”, a five track EP out now on tbd records.  “This Is A Desert” is a collection of the familiar and a daring exploration of the new.

On the opening track “The Honey Love He Sells” The HC Peeps show off their punky side, like an early Replacementsesque kick in the teeth. On the other end of the spectrum the track “The Winter Song” displays a fresh, dense, and relatively bizarre production of what would otherwise be a straight ahead slacker ballad, kicking off with a doozy of an opening line:

“If you’re feeling lost then maybe we’ll get found…we’ll kill some time watching cars drive by…we’ll make some messes just to clean up…drink our faces numb or maybe fall in love for the first time since the last time…”

Zeroed in on this earnest spunk, we find The Henry Clay People writing their most mature music yet.  “This Is A Desert” acts as both an addition to The Henry Clay People’s already impressive discography and acts a an audible evolution of their approach to indie rock and roll.

03.03.2011 news

The King of Limbs is Now Available

The eighth studio album from Radiohead, The King of Limbs, is now available on CD and LP in North America directly from tbd records by clicking here or it can be purchased from your local music retail establishment. All LP orders placed via the tbd records site include a bonus 12″ x 12″ lithograph featuring artwork from The King of Limbs.

26.02.2011 news

New Autolux EP Out Now

The Bouncing Wall / Census EP from Autolux is out digitally now via tbd records. You can get it on iTunes by clicking here. Previously only released in Europe as a limited edition 7” picture disc single, the EP includes three unreleased tracks. A brand new instrumental track, “23 Watt Apple Juice,” an additional remix of “Kissproof” by Bobby Evans (producer of Brother Reade and Widows), and “Black Leaves” a mix of a sound installation Autolux created for the Mark Walen (Kill Pixie) show, Paralleled Opposites, at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA in November 2010.

The Bouncing Wall (from Transit Transit)
Census (from Transit Transit)
23 Watt Apple Juice (new instrumental track)
Kissproof (remix by Bobby Evans)
Black Leaves (Kill Pixie art installation mix)

Tour Dates:
Mar 3 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 4 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Mar – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
Mar 6 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

14.02.2011 news

Radiohead Release Eighth Studio Album, The King of Limbs

Radiohead announce the imminent release of their eighth studio album, “The King Of Limbs”.

Following an initial digital release on the band’s own Ticker Tape imprint, the album will be on general release from on CD & 12” vinyl in all music stores and major digital retailers from March 29th. As with In Rainbows, the band will partner with TBD Records in the USA & Canada.

“The King Of Limbs” was produced by longtime collaborator, Nigel Godrich.