Ty Segall: “The Hill” (Video)

Ty Segall’s recorded output has been so prolific that even fans might be having trouble keeping up.Today Drag City releases Twins, his latest LP. Check out a video for the album’s lead off single, “The Hill.” We’ve also included his touring schedule below.


Sun. Oct. 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival

Wed. Nov. 7 – London, UK @ The Garage

Thu. Nov. 8 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institut

Fri. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School

Sat. Nov. 10 – Athens, GR @ An Club

Mon. Nov. 12 – Lyon, FR @ Clacson

Tue. Nov. 13 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune des Pirates + K-Holes

Wed. Nov. 14 – Rennes, FR @ L’Antipote

Thu. Nov. 15 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106

Fri. Nov. 16 – Metz, FR @ Les Trinitaires

Sat. Nov. 17 – Besancon, FR @ La Rodia

Sun. Nov. 18 – Bourg en Bresse, FR @ La Tannerie

Mon. Nov. 19 – Milano, IT @ Low File

Tue. Nov. 20 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie

Wed. Nov. 21 – Nïmes, FR @ La Paloma

Thu. Nov. 22 – San Sebastian, ES @ Gazteszena

Fri. Nov. 23 – La Roche Sur Yon, FR @ Le Fuzz’Yon

Sat. Nov. 24 – Paris, FR @ BB Mix Fest

Mon. Nov. 26 – Luxembourg City, LU @ Exit 07

Tue. Nov. 27 – Kortrijk, BE @ DE Kreun

Wed. Nov. 28 – Groningen, NL @ Vera Club

Thu. Nov. 29 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz

Fri. Nov. 30 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210

Sat. Dec. 1 – Koln, DE @ Mini Fest

Sun. Dec. 2 – Utrecht, NL @ Guess Who Festival

Tue. Dec. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos w/ Night Beats

Wed. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf w/ Night Beats

Thu. Dec. 13 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater w/ Night Beats

Sat. Dec. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey w/ Night Beats, Pangea

Wed. Jan. 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress w/ Ex Cult

Thu. Jan. 24 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s w/ Ex Cult

Fri. Jan. 25 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk w/ Ex Cult

Sat. Jan. 26 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ Ex Cult

Sun. Jan. 27 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone w/ Ex Cult

Mon. Jan. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Ex Cult

Tue. Jan. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West w/ Ex Cult

Wed. Jan. 30 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade w/ Ex Cult

Thu. Jan. 31 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Ex Cult

Fri. Feb. 1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Ex Cult

Tue. Feb. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Du Mile End w/ Ex Cult

Wed. Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Club w/ Ex Cult

Sat. Feb. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Ex Cult

Sun. Feb. 10 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground w/ Ex Cult

Mon. Feb. 11 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive w/ Ex Cult

Rangda: “Majnun” (SoundCloud)

Out today on Drag City, Formerly Extinct, the sophomore release from Rangda. Guitarists Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), and drummer Chris Corsano (Sunburned Hand of the Man) have enough studio credits between them to earn the designations “formative players” in both the psych rock and no wave arenas.

Below, we’ve included a SoundCloud embed of album track “Majnun.” Its outer sections set up a fulsome, Middle Eastern inflected groove, while the central section includes plenty of crunching guitar riffs leavened with walls of noise.

Blues Control: “Walking Robin” (Video; Tour Dates)

Queens duo Blues Control begins their US tour tonight (Dates below).

They also have a new video out for the album track “Walking Robin,” from their new LP Valley Tangents (Drag City).

Video by Clémence Hébert.

Blues Control Tour Dates (new dates in bold)

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Thu. July 26 – Louisville, KY @ The Cat House

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Tue. July 31 – Toronto, ON @ The Shop at Parts & Labour

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

Sat. Aug. 4 – Hoboken, NY @ Maxwell’s (with Chain & The Gang)

Sat. Aug. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kensington Picnic (with Meg Baird)

Sun. Aug. 26 – Emmaus, PA @ Emmaus Farmers’ Market

Sun. Sept. 9 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox

Tue. Sept. 11 – Lexington, KY @ Void

Thu. Sept. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

Fri. Sept. 14 – Durham, NC @ Duke University Coffeehouse

Sat. Sept. 15 – Greensboro, NC @ CFBG’s

Blues Control: “Love’s a Rondo” (Video; touring)

This week, Queen’s experimental rock duo Blues Control released Valley Tangents, their latest LP via Drag City.

Check out album track “Iron Pigs.”

We also have a list of tour dates below (starting tonight in Baltimore). And, a special treat, a beautiful new video for album track “Love’s a Rondo,” featuring exquisite plastique movement from mime Tarik Davidson. Yes, File Under ? has finally done a post about mime!

“Love’s a Rondo.”

Directed by Tara Sinn. Filmed by William Strobeck.

Featuring Tarik Davidson aka Allstar the MTA Mime.

Valley Tangents


Thu. June 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Floristree Space

Fri. June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Birds of Maya, Slow Tongued Beauty

Sat. June 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent w/ Purling Hiss, Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli, DJ Brian Turner, DJ Paul Major

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout w/ Chandeliers

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Pink Reason, Day Creeper

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

The Marble Vanity: “You Can’t Step on a Rainbow” (Stream)

The Marble Vanity has a new 7″ single (on now on Slow Fizz via Drag City). You can sample a sunny psych-pop track via the embed below from their Bandcamp page below.

Sophia Knapp 7″ Single (Vinyl review)

SophiA Knapp

Nothing to Lose

Drag City DC456 (7″/MP3/FLAC)

Sophia Knapp is probably best known for her work in the band Lights, a group that has recently morphed into Cliffie Swan (their debut was released a couple weeks ago on Drag City). In the midst of this transition, she recorded a single, “Nothing to Lose,” which is also recently out on Drag City. Those who think that vinyl’s audiophile reputation isn’t all that and a bag of chips need to spin this clear 7″ disc. Eugene Wasserman’s 5-string bass lines provide an earthbound anchor for Knapp’s ethereal singing, which breaks into supple harmonies during the hook. Keyboardist Jay Israelson lays down undulating, slightly bluesy, Wurlitzer licks to complete the package.

The b-side is a remix of the song by Caroline Polacheck. She employs a gentle hand here, supplying additional synth halos and tweaking the vocals here and there. But mostly, she rides the golden bass-line and entrancing singing that are already present, pointing up the single’s virtues rather than, as so many remixers sadly are wont to do, obscuring them.

Are 7″ singles still relevant in the MP3 era? If “Nothing to Lose” is the yardstick by which we consider this question, the answer is a resounding yes!


Note: We review lots of CDs and videos at File Under ?, but we’re always interested in alternative formats. So, if you are pressing a vinyl recording – be it 7″, 10″, or 12″ – for release, or if you’re putting out a cassette or a 3″ CD, please keep us in mind!

Sic Alps: “Do You Want to Give $$” (Video)

Sic Alps’ Napa Asylum has remained in heavy rotation at the headquarters of File Under ? (see our review here).

The band’s released a video in support of “Do You Want to Give $$.” It’s a lo-res but still potent glimpse at the perils of recession-era privations and capitalist excesses (embed below).

Sic Alps “Do You Want To Give $$?” from Drag City on Vimeo.

The recording is out now on Drag City.