The Postal Service announce concert film, vinyl edition of Give Up



The Postal Service’s 2013 reunion tour will be chronicled in a new feature-length documentary. Entitled Everything Will Change, the film captures the band’s two-night stand at the Greek Theater in Berkley, California in July 2013, along with interviews and backstage footage of the band. Justin Mitchell served as director.

On November 14th, Everything Will Change will be screened for one-night only in select AMC theaters across the US, with a DVD and Blu-ray release following on November 24th through Sub Pop Records.

Below, watch the film’s trailer.




Also on November 24th, Sub Pop will issued The Postal Service’s seminal LP, Give Up, as a single vinyl LP for the first time.

Everything Will Change Tracklist:
“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
“We Will Become Silhouettes”
“Sleeping In”
“Turn Around”
“Nothing Better”
“Recycled Air”
“Be Still My Heart”
“Clark Gable”
“Our Secret” (Beat Happening cover)
“This Place Is a Prison”
“A Tattered Line of String”
“Such Great Heights”
“Natural Anthem”
“(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan”
“Brand New Colony”

Special Features:
“Such Great Heights” Music Video (directed by Josh & Xander)
“We Will Become Silhouettes” Music Video (directed by Jared Hess)
“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” Music Video (directed by Cobra Kai)
“A Tattered Line of String” Music Video (directed by AB/CD/CD)
“The Postal Service Auditions” (directed by Tom Scharpling)
“The Postal Service: In Their Own Words” (directed by Tom Scharpling)

Everything Will Change Screenings:

Burbank Town Center 6
770 North 1st Street, Burbank
Burbank, CA 91501

Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Metreon 16
2325 101 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Pacific Place 11
600 Pine Street, 4th floor
Seattle, WA 98101

River East 21
322 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Boston Commons 16
175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Cherry Hill 24
2121 Route 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Georgetown 14
3111 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Mission Valley 20
1640 Camino Del Rio, North
San Diego, CA 92108

Northpark 15
8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 3000
Dallas, TX 75225


Bands We Lost This Year

As the end of the year fast approaches we’ve spent its final few weeks wallowing in all the great music that’s come our way. But, well, it wasn’t all happy families in 2013. Some bands decided enough was enough. Some went out with a spark, some with a wimper and others had little choice but to split. So, let’s take a look back.
“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing,” wrote My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way on the band’s website in March. “We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.”
It sounds as if MCR called it a day in dignified fashion, coming to a full-band agreement with a statement that combined sentiment and a clear-eyed decision that it was the end of the road. But no one told guitarist Frank Iero. “It was a long time coming,” Iero admitted to Kerrang. “But I didn’t foresee it happening at that moment. The announcement and what happened. It was done for the right reasons. I just wish the timing was a bit different.” Oh dear.
Between having a meltdown at SXSW (DIIV group posted an angry blog attacking the festival as too corporate), getting in a Twitter beef with Grimes over the meaning of being vegan and singer Zachary Cole Smith getting arrested with Sky Ferreira on drug charges, 2013 wasn’t a vintage year for DIIV.
Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested for attacking a neighbour’s home with a chainsaw after a dispute over a patio in July. Not your finest work.
It was a similar story at the polar end of the pop spectrum with Girls Aloud bowing out at the top – with, um, dreadful single ‘Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me’ and some blockbuster tour dates – and splitting in regimented, forensically managed fashion. Girls Aloud’s ascension to a better place had been coming for months. Everyone knew that. Everyone, apparently, except Nadine Coyle. “You should know by now I had no part in any of this split business,” she tweeted to the fans.” I couldn’t stop them. I had the best time & want to keep going.” Coming from someone who’d looked as if they’d rather be anywhere else since about 2006, this was less than convincing.  Other bands shuffled off this mortal coil in 2013 in rather more plausible circumstances.

There really was nowhere for Lostprophets to go after Ian Watkins’ arrest – “We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets,” they announced on Facebook in October, but HMV were busy making their decision for them anyway. The Postal Service on the other hand blazed out on pleasant terms, rounding off their belated lap of honour at Lollapalooza in August, never really in it for the long haul. The slightly more volatile Mars Volta fell to pieces just so Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala wouldn’t have to share the same oxygen anymore.But sometimes it’s all about frustration.
This autumn we also said goodbye to Tribes who, after four years, two albums and three whole weeks on the chart, broke heart(s) across the globe.  London four-piece Tribes split up after being reportedly being dropped from their label, Island. “We are proud of what we achieved together. You gave us the best four years of our lives so far,” the band wrote in a statement released via their Facebook page.”We are proud of what we achieved together,” their statement read, to blank looks all round. And New York shoegazers Asobi Seksu finally tired of making lovely music no one gave even half a hoot about, but suggested “we may write for Asobi again in a couple of years” to general apathy.


The Calling singer Alex Band was kidnapped at gun point.

The Calling singer Alex Band was kidnapped at gun point.

The Calling singer Alex Band was kidnapped at gun point, beaten and tied to train tracks in August. He was in Lapeer to perform at a music festival with his band when men in a van snatched him from a convenience store at 3am and inflicted the attack.
No such promises from Swedish House Mafia, whose long, painful demise was confirmed with their final live appearance in March. Worldwide celebrations were cut short when everyone twigged this only freed up Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello and Axwell to wreak their awful devastation three times over, like an EDM Hydra.
The killer blow came from The Flaming Lips. On 24 October they shocked Twitter with the terse words, “We have sad news. We’ve broken up…”, just months after releasing their finest album in years, ‘The Terror’. Twenty minutes later : “lol just joking guys”. The worst part of finding out the feed had been hacked was the realisation that it wasn’t actually them telling everyone to buy the new single from X Factor flops Union J. Now that really would’ve been going out in style.
Finally, it was a year to forget for anyone who dared scorn One Direction. Die-hard fans of the pop group sent death threats to footballer Gabby Agbonlahor for injuring Louis Tomlinson in a charity match, The Kooks’ Luke Pritchard, Jake Bugg and pretty much anyone else who insulted the boy band – including NME, after Harry Styles was voted Villain of the Year at the 2013 NME Awards.

We wish you all good luck.

The 10 Best Concerts in NYC This Weekend, 6/14/13

he Postal Service perform at Barclays tonite.

The Postal Service perform at Barclays tonite.

For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar.

Friday, 6/14:

The Postal Service
Barclays Center
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $35-$50
Back in 2003, few would have guessed that Sub Pop’s biggest-selling release since Nirvana’s Bleach would come from a Death Cab for Cutie side project, an indie-electronic duo that paired frontman Ben Gibbard with Headset’s Jimmy Tamborello. Nevertheless, under the name the Postal Service, the band gave the label its second platinum album, never cracking Billboard’s top 100 but slowly accumulating sales as it circulated among high schoolers at study halls and teenagers about to go to college. Those teenagers have since grown up and moved to Brooklyn, and this weekend you’ll find many of them at the Barclays Center for a special delivery from the reunited pair.

Black Flag + The Men + Good for You + The Netherlands
7pm, $32
It’s easy to forget that Black Flag existed before and after Henry Rollins, but the recently reformed line-up featuring founder and guitarist Greg Ginn alongside vocalist Ron Reyes, who began performing with them in the late ’70s, is here to catch you up. To help solidify this reunion, the band have a new album in the works and a tour that will bring together punks old and new ones to tear up venues across America.

Mavis Staples + Cody ChestnuTT
Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NYC
7:30pm, free
Husky-voiced gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples, 73, started out sharing stages with the Dixie Hummingbirds and Soul Stirrers until venerable “Pops” Staples realized that ’60s rock contained at least as much spirit. Her two recent Jeff Tweedy-produced albums continue to deliver the transcendent goods. Cody Chesnutt channeled his inner Marvin Gaye on last year’s Landing on a Hundred.

Carmen Souza
9:15pm, $15/$20
The Lisbon-born Cape Verdean singer sounds crazy like a Ross (Annie) or a Mitchell (Joni) in the best possible sense on her effervescent new Kachupada, a dazzling blend of highwire jazz improvisation, French accordionism, African roots music, and smart, sublime kookiness. It’s a foaming polyrhythmic puddle of unceasing acoustic amazement from top to bottom and you probably shouldn’t miss her.

Saturday, 6/15:

Calexico + Susana Baca + Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble
Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NYC
7pm, free
Tucson-based Americana indie band Calexico makes cultural appropriation sound good, with well-conceived guitar-based melodies about border crossers and journeymen, tinged with mariachi horns and a general sadness. The two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, have proven album after album that although there’s nothing quite new under the desert sun, the old sounds can still evoke an abstract nostalgia for the American Southwest that is as beautiful as it is mesmerizing.

Chance the Rapper
Europa Night Club
7pm, $15
Chance the Rapper’s technicolor dreamcoat mixtape Acid Rap has taken 2013 by storm, pushing the artist from cult adoration in his native Chicago to out and out national fame: Despite its independent release, the album is polished enough to invoke the names of Kanye, Kendrick, and Andre 3000. Expect a rap show that features as much squawking, grinning, and tooth-and-nail rhyming as it does slowed-down introspective cultural critiques.

Merchandise + Milk Music + Destruction Unit
285 Kent Ave
8pm, $15
Described as noise pop, punk or even shoegaze, Merchandise drawls the lazy slurs of southern phrasing and contrasts them with an amalgam of sonic sounds too diverse to name and too muddled to pick apart. Just off the release of their Totale Night EP, from this show one can expect distortion and drama, but told in slow motion.

Classixx + Headband And Hooligan
Le Poisson Rouge
11pm, $15
In the late ’90s, Gildas Loaëc was living with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and contributing to the music Thomas Bangalter and de Homem-Christo were making under the name Daft Punk; in 2002, Loaëc started Kitsuné Records, a label whose Japanese name translates as “fox” but is synonymous with summer dance music, the sort of thick grooves that seem to radiate heat. For a crash course, head to (Le) Poisson Rouge, where two of the label’s most prominent artists, Frenchman Fred Falke and L.A. duo Classixx (who moved to the label Innovative Leisure for their recent Hanging Gardens), play the venue’s Powerslug party, and study up with Hanging Gardens’s two singles, “All You’re Waiting For” and “Holding On.” Follow the bassline.

‘Jazz Age Lawn Party’
Governors Island
Saturday & Sunday, 11am
A critical mass of the city’s flappers, dandies, and vaudevillians give Baz Luhrmann a run for his money during this weekend time warp on an island relatively untouched by more contemporary advances in technology. Governors Island may not have the sweeping grandeur of Gatsby’s house or Ziegfeld’s Follies, but Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra take spectators back to the halcyon days when Cole Porter ruled the charts, the Charleston was all the rage, and the living was easy. Dance lessons, an antique car show, and a pie-baking contest should ensure that the party is roaring enough for all ages.

Sunday, 6/16:

Bang on a Can Marathon
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University
1pm, free
“It is snow, it is snow!” declare the instruments in Schnee, the hour-long instrumental blizzard of canonic microtonality that will serve as the centerpiece to this year’s nine-hour Bang on a Can Marathon. Don’t set your Citi Bike on autopilot for the marathon’s usual World Financial Center home, though: It’s under construction, so the River to River Festival’s annual kickoff event will be held at Pace University. Arrive early for a diverse set by contemporary experimentalists Alarm Will Sound, followed by a Lukas Ligeti premiere for dueling drums. Stick around for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, singing Nico Muhly’s Short Prayers in Respect of a Storm, and joyful noise duo Talk Normal. Then stay late for BOAC co-founder Michael Gordon’s glorious Yo Shakespeare and Asphalt Orchestra’s brassy take on Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida’s Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp.