The Deer Tracks UNDERSVIK

Happy New Album!

As the new year approaches we'd like to write to you a few lines about our new album UNDERSVIK.

It's been three years since we recorded this album and it's hard to say exactly why it took us this long to get it out. However, we are pleased to feel the inspiration flowing again and we hope that you like to celebrate the release of UNDERSVIK by checking it out! 

Spotify: https://goo.gl/pZ1qyb iTunes Store: https://goo.gl/Tri9Bi
Pre-order 250 Limited Edition Vinyl (release March 9): https://goo.gl/BPqPe5


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The Smell announces 19th Anniversary Weekend Celebration events

The Smell announces 19th Anniversary Weekend Celebration events, featuring No Age, Ty Segall, Best Coast, Bleached & much more!

3-nights of events planned at The Smell and The Belasco Theater Jan. 6, 7 & 8 with proceeds going to The Smell's relocation fund
The Smell announces its 19th Anniversary events, which will feature three nights of events, starting with a Penniback Records night at The Smell on Jan. 6 (full details below), followed by a special off-site concert at The Belasco Theater on Jan. 7 (see flyer above, full details below), and a Danger Collective Records night at The Smell on Jan. 8 (full details below). Proceeds from all three nights will go towards The Smell's Relocation Fund (more on that here) #savethesmell
Night 1: Jan. 6 @ The Smell
Penniblack Records presents:
Jurassic Shark
Super Lunch
Clit Kat
$10 / all ages
Tickets at the door
Night 2: Jan. 7 @ The Belasco Theater
No Age
Best Coast

Ty Segall
Vice Cooler
Special Surprise Guest
$35 / all ages
Night 3: Jan. 8 @ The Smell
Danger Collective Records presents:
Current Joys (member of Surf Curse)
BOYO (solo)
$10 / all ages
Tickets at the door

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NIN Not The Actual Events EP Out Now

Not The Actual Events
Late last year, Reznor declared, "New NIN coming in 2016.  Other stuff, too.”  The other stuff amounted to the scores for NASA's Juno short film, the climate change documentary “Before the Flood” (featuring the song “A Minute To Breathe”) and the about-to-be-released Peter Berg film “Patriots Day”.  Now just in time he makes good on the Nine Inch Nails side of things.
Not The Actual Events, the new 5 song EP finds Reznor and now official bandmate Atticus Ross taking an unexpected left turn from 2013’s Hesitation Marks and sounding unrecognizable from their current film work.
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make” says Reznor.  “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
Not The Actual Events is self-released and is available now on all digital platforms. The NIN store is offering two formats:  180g 1-sided Vinyl, and a unique limited Digital + Physical Component version. Preorders of 180g vinyl will receive high resolution digital files instantly.


Burning Bright (Field On Fire)

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Singer-Songwriter Courtney Jaye & Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave Form Rogue + Jaye




“The collaboration will tap into Jaye's gorgeously powerful pop vocals, Rogue's penchant for dreamy melodies and the way that, together, it all melds into something as informed by Belle and Sebastian and Mazzy Star as it is Ingrid Michelson.” – Rolling Stone Country
Photo: Barton Bronstein
Los Angeles via Nashville singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye and Zach Rogue, frontman of the acclaimed Bay Area indie-rock band Rogue Wave, are pleased to announce Rogue + Jaye, the brand new musical partnership between the two artists. Stemming from a songwriting session between Rogue and Jaye that took place in December 2013, the two forged an easygoing spirit of collaboration and mutual respect over those sessions, all of which comes through on Pent Up, the duo’s debut album that will see a 2017 release. 

Forces Of Decay,” the first song from the forthcoming album to be released and that is now premiering on Rolling Stone Country, is a track about seeking out safety and security in an otherwise turbulent world. "’Forces Of Decay’ is about intimacy with another person protecting you from the chaos outside the door,” says Jaye. “The world, now more than ever, seems to be a dark and confusing place. But you can build an insular world that no one can touch when you have love in your life." Check out the premiere of “Forces Of Decay” over at Rolling Stone Country 

The upcoming release of Pent Up symbolizes a fresh start, creatively, for Jaye, whose path has taken her to Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and beyond. "My decision to move back to Los Angeles after living in Nashville for nine years was because I needed a change,” she continues. “I think both places will always feel like a home to me and will forever occupy equal space in my heart and equal influence over my music and sound. I've never been a traditional Pop, Americana, or Country artist, and living out west right now represents for me the freedom to be untethered to one particular musical sound, scene, or genre. And I feel this project is an extension of that."

More details on Pent Up will be released in the new year. 

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Nashville Musician Jessi Zazu (Those Darlins) Announces New Project and Medical Bill Fundraising Effort

Nashville Musician Jessi Zazu Announces New Project And Medical Bill Fundraising Effort

The Former Lead Singer Of Those Darlins Has Recently Been Diagnosed With Metastatic Cancer
photo by Jeanette D. Moses for Paste Magazine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former lead singer of local band Those Darlins Jessi Zazu has been facing serious health issues since she was diagnosed with cancer seven months ago. This October, she learned that her cancer had metastasized, and her fight against the disease will last longer than originally anticipated. To help cover the cost of living expenses and bills, she has launched a fundraising website at https://www.youcaring.com/jessizazu-718972.

Despite her diagnosis, Zazu has been working on art and music projects, including a new album. Please find her official statement here:

As most of you know, Those Darlins decided to call it quits as a band in early 2016. We all mutually felt it was time to take a step back and pursue other projects, and it has been a really good decision for all of us. My plan was to continue on exploring my own musical path with my bandmate Linwood Regensburg, and we had a baby project in the oven even as we were finishing up our final blow-out tour with Those Darlins (which was a blast!).

Although I was in poor health during the span of that tour, I never would have guessed that a week after I arrived back to my home in Nashville, Tennessee I would be hospitalized and diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. It came as a big shock, and my plans for making music and forging ahead in my art career suddenly took a back seat. I decided to keep the news relatively private, because I was hoping I could complete the treatment, beat the cancer, and move on from a temporary road block.

Unfortunately, this November, I found out that the cancer had already metastasized and spread through my lymphatic system, probably before I was first diagnosed. This is typically what they would call a "no cure scenario", but I refuse to believe that to be the case. I feel healthy, happy, hopeful, determined, positive, and full of sparks and nails. In a sense: there's a tumor growing on my body, I don't know what lays in store, but I ain't afraid anymore. Yes, I guess I am a mystic mind after all.

photo by Linwood Regensburg

In these next few months I plan to continue recording with Linwood and looking forward to a musical future with the world. I also am working on a visual art show about my experiences this year.

Zazu elaborates further on her experience and new project in this video.

(Those who want to send Jessi notes, CDs or art to wish her well should address all mail to Jessi Zazu, P.O. Box 92017, Nashville, TN 37209)

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Tristen releases charity holiday song; announces tour with Vanessa Carlton


“Nashville’s best-kept secret” (The Boston Globe) singer-songwriter and poet Tristen, releases a stunningly somber and beautifully orchestrated original holiday song, "In Winter Blues," to raise money for the International Rescue Committee, an organization founded by Albert Einstein and currently helping vulnerable families caught in the world’s worst humanitarian crises to survive and rebuild their lives.

A farewell to an old love, "In Winter Blues" portrays the devastating loneliness of being single during the holidays, where the songwriter “cried behind the evergreen” and boasts that “real friends make a toast to remind me they never liked you anyway." In addition to its lush arrangement and pristine vocals, the song features Nashville pedal steel legend Jim Hoke (NRBQ, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel) and local folk darling, Erin Rae McKaskle on backing vocals. 

Tristen gained notice as an artist with “pop hooks and pure inspiration” (NPR) through her 2011 folk-oriented recordCharlatans at the Garden Gate and was later recast as “a synth-pop siren” (SPIN) by her 2013 record CAVES. Outlets including Rolling StoneThe Wall Street Journal, and KCRW have all recognized Tristen’s skill as a songwriter and performer. Tristen spent 2015 as a backing singer and keyboard player in Jenny Lewis’s band and released her first book of poetry, Saturnine, earlier this fall which features a foreword by rock and roll poet Ezra Furman.

Public link to download and donation here:

Tristen will be joining Vanessa Carlton on her 2017 US & Canada tour dates listed below.

22-Feb - Indianapolis, IN - Schrott Center for the Performing Arts
23-Feb - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
24-Feb - Chicago, IL - City Winery
25-Feb - Evanston, IL - SPACE
26-Feb - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
28-Feb - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
2-Mar - Stratford, ON - Masonic Hall
3-Mar - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
4-Mar - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
6-Mar - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
7-Mar - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
9-Mar - Bay Shore, NY - YMCA Boulton Ctr. For The Perf. Arts
10-Mar - New York, NY - City Winery
11-Mar - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
12-Mar - Richmond, VA - Tin Pan
16-Mar - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
17-Mar - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
18-Mar - Atlanta, GA - City Winery
19-Mar - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
21-Mar - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
23-Mar - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
24-Mar - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
25-Mar - Austin, TX - The Parish Room

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IMMERSION Analogue Creatures Living On An Island

IMMERSION  Analogue Creatures Living On An Island OUT 25 NOV 2016 - PRE ORDER NOW

1. Always The Sea
2. Nanocluster
3. Fireflys
4. Shapeshifters
5. Living On An Island
6. Mechanical Creatures
7. Spinner
8. Organic Cities
9. Slow Light

Immersion’s new album of seductive instrumentals takes in a wide range of moods and energies. Their music is a kind of Electro-Kosmishe - the sound of the 21st century, which nonetheless draws inspiration from German pioneers such as Cluster and Popol Vuh. And, like those groups, Immersion can create a world which is simultaneously devotional and sensual.

Combining the considerable talents of Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact and Colin Newman of Wire, Immersion is a true collaboration, with no delineation between who plays or does what.  “We don’t have fixed roles in Immersion,” says Spigel. Newman concurs: “You can’t really tell who plays what.” 
Between 1994 and 1999, Immersion released three critically acclaimed albums of expansive instrumental electronica – music which encompassed the meditative and the hallucinatory. They also garnered remixes by some of the biggest names in electronic music. And then?  Then, they faded from view…

Cut to a mere 17 years later, and a new Immersion album glides into earshot. Their sound is unmistakable. And yet, clearly, the duo have evolved. Immersion has returned a different beast. The pulsing and sliding analogue synths are still present and correct. Indeed, the stately and plaintive Mechanical Creatures, with its constantly evolving web of analogue synth throbs, could easily find a home on Fripp and Eno’s classic Evening Star album. But there are also several sonic advancements from Immersion’s previous recordings.

The most noticeable differences are the introduction of guitars into the mix and an increased sense of urgency to their compositions. This means Analogue Creatures Living On An Island cannot be classified as ambient music. Although it does have its contemplative moments - such as the gently unfolding Slow Light - the majority of the album is powered by a strong sense of motion. Nanocluster is a tense and insistent composition. Coming over like the score to some futuristic spy film, it demonstrates Immersion’s skill at creating miniature sound worlds alive with detail. Meanwhile, the urgent forward propulsion of Organic Cities weaves in shades of prime era Tangerine Dream - and may well be the album’s highlight. The fact the album has been largely constructed using analogue instrumentation rather than digital, definitely gives it a warmth and depth which sets it apart.

During Immersion’s 17 years hiatus, Spigel and Newman have been far from idle. Spigel released acclaimed solo albums, exhibited her distinctive photography, and performed sold-out shows with a reformed Minimal Compact. Newman helmed the revitalised Wire through a series of stunning gigs and poll-topping albums.  Besides which, the pair collaborated with Max Franken and Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) as Githead, purveyors of skewed art-pop. And yet, despite all these outlets for their creativity, they decided the time was right to reactivate Immersion. “It felt like the right moment for us to do something with synths again,” says Newman. “We had the urge to create instrumental, free-flowing music, which didn’t depend on any kind of verse/chorus/middle eight format. Music that could also be propulsive with out resorting to any kind of obvious drumming.”
And it’s true the album exhibits a very organic flow. Another contributory factor could well be the duo’s relocation from London to Brighton.  “We live ten minutes away from the sea,” says Spigel. “We walk by it almost every day. It’s different every time we see it, even every hour.  We’ve definitely been inspired by the light and the sound.” This influence is perhaps heard most strongly on Spinner, the sonic equivalent of a bright spray of light radiating across a seascape.   

Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is the point where Immersion emerge from being one of the UK electronica scene’s best kept secrets, and gain the recognition they so richly deserve.

For those who prefer vinyl, the album is available spread across two 10” singles: Analogue Creatures and Living On An Island.

The tracklisting is the same – only the running order differs. Analogue Creatures is Out Now. Living On an Island is released on 25 November.

1. Always The Sea
2. Shapeshifters
3. Organic Cities
4. Mechanical Creatures
5. Slow Light

1. Fireflys
2. Nanocluster
3. Spinner
4. Living On An Island

Immersion only rarely plays live – just two appearances up to the beginning of 2016 – but occasional live shows are now taking place. The most recent, our third in 2016, was at the Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin in early September, as a collaboration with Ronald Lippok. You can read a review of it on the Quietus. The next will be at The Verdict, in Brighton, on 1 October as part of the Coloured Memories event. This is followed by a show on 19 November at the Ozen Bar, Tel Aviv, and will include a collaboration with Ulrich Schnauss.

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New video for Imelda May's "Call Me" premieres at W Magazine; T Bone Burnett-produced record out next year

Artwork photo credit (left): Max Dodson; Artist photo credit (right): Roger Deckker
“Ms. May has a rich, tangy voice and sultry presence”—The New York Times
“[May] performs with undeniable flair.”—Associated Press
W Magazine is premiering the video for “Call Me,” the first new music from critically acclaimed Irish singerImelda May in nearly three years, while hailing the song as a “sweet, spare lament.” Watch/share the video HERE. The track is the first single from May’s forthcoming 2017 release and is available now via Verve Records.
Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the track marks a new direction for May who, in the time since her 2014 release Tribal, ended her marriage of eighteen years. “Call Me” is among the most autobiographical songs May has written, with Burnett noting, “I’ve never met anyone quite like Imelda May. She is full of life. When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. I was intrigued by her deep feeling for and understanding of that American art form, much of which, of course, had originated in Ireland. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open hearted way. I was inspired by her honesty and her generosity, and I continue to be intrigued.” Adds May, “It’s therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read. Some of my favorite songs don’t say much, but they reveal everything.”
May’s new musical direction accompanies an overarching stylistic change for the established singer. “I always loved the ’50s rockabilly style but there was a point where I felt I was almost dressing up as Imelda May,” she notes. “It was as if I was getting into character for a gig. And I didn’t want to do that anymore. This is me.”
The upcoming album features contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck and piano maestro Jools Holland, as well as an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions). Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the songs on the upcoming record were written over the course of May’s tumultuous past year. May states that she began writing songs for the album with “no preconceived notions of where it was going to go. My plan was to have no plan because it was freedom. It was liberating.”
May’s previous records have seen success both in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Tribal debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK. The Guardian gave the album four stars, saying “This album is no time capsule; it’s fresh and embracing…” while The Times praised May’s “raw, impassioned vocals.” Her previous release, 2010’s Mayhem, also received critical acclaim with The Los Angeles Times commenting, “Ireland-born Imelda May’s career is fostered by paying homage to legends like Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and, more importantly, furthering rockabilly’s cross-pollination into New Orleans jazz, delta blues and amp-splitting punk aggression.” Mayhem went Platinum in Ireland and Gold in the U.K., while May has seen performances on “Later…With Jools Holland,” “Conan,” “and an impressive four performances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” to name a few.

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Jesca Hoop: 2017 Tour Dates to support "Memories Are Now" + "Behind The Scenes" short film, BBC6 Session

Jesca Hoop schedules 2017 U.S. and U.K. Tour Dates

New album Memories Are Now available February 10th
Photo credit: Angel Ceballos
Watch Behind The Scenes short film
YouTube: http://u.subpop.com/2hE0SsA

BBC 6 Radio Session
YouTube: http://u.subpop.com/2hGMj7g
Jesca Hoop has scheduled 2017 tour dates to follow her forthcoming Sub Pop debut Memories Are Now, available February 10th.

The U.S. shows begin February 26th in Austin, TX and includestops in Philadelphia, Atlanta, DC, Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The U.K. shows begin March 28th and include stops in London, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich, Manchester, Brighton, and Cambridge. Additional live dates will be announced soon. Please visit www.jescahoop.com/tour for updates.

Feb. 26 - Austin, TX -  3TEN @ Austin City Limits Live
Feb. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Mar. 02 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java
Mar. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Mar. 06 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Mar. 08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Mar. 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
Mar. 17 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Mar. 18 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Mar. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Mar. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Mar. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Mar. 29 - London, UK - The Lexington
Mar. 30 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
Apr. 02 - Norwich, UK - Epic Studios
Apr. 03 - Cambridge, UK - Portland Arms
Apr. 04 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
Apr. 06 - Manchester, UK -  Gorilla

Memories Are Now is an album of stunning original songs, raw yet brimming with energy, forged from rich life experience and emotional depth. Beautifully delivered by an artist that has steadfastly honed her unique craft of musical storytelling.
For an in-depth insight into the recording of the Memories Are Now, please view this short film  [YouTube]. The release of Memories Are Now comes on the heels of Love Letter for Fire, Jesca’sacclaimed duets album with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. Memories Are Now was recorded at NRG Studios, produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes), engineered by Eric Caudieux, mixed by Greg Koller and mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Mastering. 
Jesca recently recorded an intimate performance on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 radio show, which features select tracks off her new album [watch here].

Memories Are Now will be released on CD / LP / DL and is available for pre-order now [link]. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser Edition on gold colored vinyl (while supplies last).


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Immersion Share "Fireflys" video with Clash Magazine; New Album Analogue Creatures Living On An Island Out

Immersion Share "Fireflys" video with Clash Magazine 

New Album Analogue Creatures Living On An Island Out Now via swim~
"Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is a collection of seductive instrumentals that's as sensual as it is hypnotic." - Drowned In Sound 
"The album is composed of largely electronic instrumental compositions that ebb and flow like the tide, and indeed the album was made during the pair's first year of living beside the sea, in Brighton." - The Quietus 
"Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is a truly beautiful collection of atmospheric drone-work." - MXDWN
Watch: "Fireflys" official video at Clash Online or YouTube
Stream: Analouge Creatures Living On An Island at Drowned In Sound
With their recent LP Analogue Creatures Living On An Island out now, instrumental ambient drone duo Immersion, made up of Wire's Colin Newman and Minimal Compact's Malka Spigel are sharing a new video for their recent single 'Fireflys'. Watch the video here

Directed by Brighton based animator Richard Jackson, the “Fireflys” video compliments Immersion's sparkling synth sounds perfectly. Immersion’s Colin Newman says, "We first met Richard at the monthly Beep event in Brighton where he was VJ’ing.” He adds, “We felt his animation style would be well suited to Immersion’s music and asked him if he would be interested to make a video for us. As it happened he really liked our music too, describing the track as ‘Really uplifting and meditative.’ We think the resulting collaboration is fantastic and exceed all our expectations!”
Malka & Colin alongside writer Graham Duff will also be curating a series of nights under the name of “Nanocluster”. The launch on January 28th at The Hope & Ruin, in conjunction with Triptych, will see Immersion play, alongside electronic acts Merlin Tonto & Eva Bowen. More info here can be found here 
Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is the band's first LP in over 17 years. Between 1994 and 1998, the pair released three critically acclaimed albums of expansive electronica and their forthcoming LP adds a fourth to that collection. In the time between the last album and now, Immersion have kept themselves busy with numerous other projects, both collaboratively (Githead) and separately. The duo also relocated from London to Brighton and this move can be heard in the organic flow of the pair’s new and ever-developing songs.

Analogue Creatures Living On An Island cannot be simply categorized as ambient music, but rather, with it’s dazzling synths and magnetic electronics, the compositions can become tense and insistent, almost like a futuristic spy film, demonstrating Immersion’s skill at creating miniature worlds of sound alive with detail. 

For those who prefer vinyl, the album is available spread across two 10” singles Analogue Creatures andLiving On An Island respectively.

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