At long last, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced two hometown shows in January 2014. They'll be co-headlining with Neurosis at Metropolis on January 18 and 19.
Tickets will be available as of Saturday October 19, at L'Oblique, Phonopolis, Sound Central, Sonik, Profusion, Atom Heart and Cheap Thrills, and online at Blackdot; there'll be a limit of 4 per person per night.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. A statement from the band follows:
A FEW WORDS REGARDING THIS POLARIS PRIZE THING
hello kanadian music-writers.
thanks for the nomination thanks for the prize- it feels nice to be acknowledged by the Troubled Motherland when we so often feel orphaned here. and much respect for all y'all who write about local bands, who blow that horn loudly- because that trumpeting is crucial and necessary and important.
and much respect to the freelancers especially, because freelancing is a hard fucking gig, and almost all of us are freelancers now, right? falling and scrambling and hustling through these difficult times?
so yes, we are grateful, and yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we've been acknowledged thusly- BUT HOLY SHIT AND HOLY COW- we've been plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years now, and "this scene is pretty cool but what it really fucking needs is an awards show" is not a thought that's ever crossed our minds.
3 quick bullet-points that almost anybody could agree on maybe=
-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.
-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn't serve the cause of righteous music at all.
-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.
these are hard times for everybody. and musicians' blues are pretty low on the list of things in need of urgent correction BUT AND BUT if the point of this prize and party is acknowledging music-labor performed in the name of something other than quick money, well then maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlords. and maybe a party thusly is long overdue- it would be truly nice to enjoy that hang, somewhere sometime where the point wasn't just lazy money patting itself on the back.
give the money to the kids let 'em put on their own goddamn parties, give the money to the olds and let them try to write opuses in spite of, but let the muchmusic videostars fight it out in the inconsequential middle, without gov't. culture-money in their pockets.
us we're gonna use the money to try to set up a program so that prisoners in quebec have musical instruments if they need them…
amen and amen.
apologies for being such bores,
we love you so much / our country is fucked,
godspeed you! black emperor
Having pared down their 40-title longlist, the Polaris Music Prize has just announced this year's shortlist, and both Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! and Colin Stetson's New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light made the cut. We're thrilled; obviously the awards rigamarole makes us a little squirmy, but we couldn't be happier to see these two incredible artists and their powerful, genre-defying, genuinely iconoclastic music receive much deserved recognition from the broad base of Polaris voters. Sincere congratulations to Colin and to the Godspeed crew.
The award presentation itself will happen in Toronto in September; also on the shortlist are A Tribe Called Red, Zaki Ibrahim, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Whitehorse, Young Galaxy and Tegan and Sara.
Listen to 'ALLELUJAH! opener "Mladic," or watch the video for Colin's "Who The Waves Are Roaring For", below:
We've just heard that Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! and Colin Stetson's New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light have been long-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, meant to honour "artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history." The 40-album long list will be pared down to 10 in July, followed by handing out of the award itself (along with an oversize novelty cheque) in September. We'll keep you posted as things unfold.
Nice work, team!
Listen to 'ALLELUJAH! opener "Mladic," or watch the video for Colin's "Among the Sef", below:
The mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor have unveiled the first of their live dates for Summer and Fall 2013, taking in a bunch of continental Europe and the West Coast. Check back soon - there'll be more dates rolling in over the next couple of months.
See dates, and listen to ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! opener "Mladic", below:
|03.08.13||Katowice, PL||OFF Festival|
|05.08.13||Leipzig, DE||UT Connewitz|
|06.08.13||Leipzig, DE||UT Connewitz|
|07.08.13||Kobenhavn, DK||Marble Church|
|08.08.13||Oslo, NO||Oya Festival|
|09.08.13||Göteborg, SE||Way Out West Festival|
|11.08.13||Helsinki, FI||Flow Festival|
|15.08.13||Hasselt, DE||Pukkelpop Festival|
|16.08.13||St. Malo, FR||La Route de Rock|
|18.08.13||Paris, FR||Le Trianon|
|04.09.13||Vancouver, BC||Vogue Theatre|
|05.09.13||Seattle, WA||Showbox at the Market|
|06.09.13||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater|
|07.09.13||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater|
|09.09.13||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
|12.09.13||Los Angeles, CA||The Fonda Theatre|
|14.09.13||Pomona, CA||The Fox Theatre|
|15.09.13||Solana Beach, CA||Belly Up Tavern|
|16.09.13||Tucson, AZ||Rialto Theatre|
|25.10.13||Asheville, NC||Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Festival|
It's been a crazy month, and we couldn't be happier with the reception met by Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, from fans and critics alike. We're happy to say that, though we're still waiting on a restock of the vinyl, we're now able to make the album available on CD from our webshop once again. If you've been waiting, you can order it RIGHT HERE.
Meanwhile, to coincide with our fast-approaching 15th anniversary shows, we're also putting in place a limited-time deal for a selection of CD's from our catalog: when you buy the new GY!BE album, we'll take 50% off a selection of other discs (15 of them!). Click HERE for the info.
As for the vinyl format of 'ALLELUJAH..., a restock is on the way, and will be available again by the middle of November, but WE WON'T BE TAKING ANY ORDERS UNTIL IT ARRIVES. Our regional mailorder partners are expecting vinyl restocks within the same time frame. Some are still accepting orders, and in any case going through a local service will mean significant savings on postage, so we encourage you to follow these links:
SC Distribution • Experimedia (US) • Insound (US) • Norman (UK) • Boomkat (UK) • Piccadilly (UK) • Flight 13 (DE) • Finest Vinyl (DE) • Music Fear Satan (FR) • Souffle Continu (FR) • Ground Zero (FR) • Platekompaniet (NO)
To find a local indie store in the USA, use Record Store Day's store locator HERE.
Once again, many thanks again for your patience and support.
Constellation celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a series of five mini-festivals in Europe this November: the locations are Bern, Paris, Munich, Vienna and Leipzig, in partnership with some of our favourite venues and partners that have supported the label and its artists over the years,
Go here for an at-a-glance round-up of the line-ups, locations and ticket links.
Read here for a longer post about the events.
See below for a rendering of the commemorative screenprinted poster that will be available at the events (being printed by the Dis-patch Collective from Belgrade, Serbia – whose Constellation artwork exhibit will also be on display in Bern and Vienna) and a little video clip we produced for the celebrations.
The Paris 15th Anniversary CST shows are now sold out.
Information about all CST 15th events can be found HERE.
Nous invitons nos camarades français à prendre note des autres concerts en France en novembre, ainsi que de nos événements à Berne et à Bruxelles...
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While we realise it's a bit of an extra journey for the good people of France, we remind everyone that about 50 passes still remain for the CST fest in Bern, Switzerland.
CST Heartland Festival passes for Bern are available here.
The Bern event is a Constellation takeover of the Heartland Festival and represents an expanded 4-day affair, with a CST art exhibit curated by Dis-patch Collective (Belgrade) and performances by several artists who cannot make the Paris weekend: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, Hrsta, Nick Kuepfer and Khora.
Details for each night of the Bern event (and single night tickets) can be found HERE.
If you are looking for information about Bern accommodations, we encourage you to contact Dachstock@Reitschule HERE.
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We would also like to note the following Constellation-related concert dates happening in France and Belgium as the label celebrates throughout November with many artists on tour:
DO MAKE SAY THINK
16.11.12 Metz FR Musiques Volantes Festival TIX
SANDRO PERRI + ERIC CHENAUX
15.11.12 Nantes FR Stakhanov
16.11.12 Limoges FR Centre Culturel John Lennon
THEE SILVER MT ZION + MATANA ROBERTS
19.11.12 Tourcoing FR Le Grand Mix TIX
20.11.12 Strassbourg FR La Laterie TIX
14.11.12 Brussels BE Ancienne Belgique VZW TIX
20.11.12 Poitiers FR Confort Moderne TIX
21.11.12 Rennes FR UBU1 TIX
22.11.12 Nantes FR Pôle Etudiant
23.11.12 Gent BE Theaterzaal Vooruit TIX
24.11.12 Rouen FR Le 106 TIX
25.11.12 Tourcoing FR L'Hospice d'Havré - Maison Folie de Tourcoing TIX
DO MAKE SAY THINK + SANDRO PERRI + ERIC CHENAUX
CONSTELLATION LABEL NIGHT @ AUTUMN FALLS FESTIVAL
26.11.12 Brussels BE Atelier 210 TIX
'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, the first recording in a decade from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, is now available in stores and online.
MP3 and FLAC formats are available in our shop now: CLICK HERE.
We've been genuinely blown away and humbled by the response the album has received in the two weeks since its announcement. There's been a truly overwhelming outpouring of sincere excitement and support from fans of the band, alongside thoughtful critical acclaim: The Needle Drop loved it, Pitchfork BNM'ed it and SPIN gave it a 9/10; Tiny Mix Tapes and Chromewaves and Alain Brunet of La Presse interrogated the significance of Godspeed's work as political statement and cultural text at this point in history. Of course we'd also direct anyone who hasn't yet done so to take a look at Maddy Costa's interview feature in The Guardian, and Sophian Fanen's three-part treatment of Constellation and Godspeed (also featuring an interview with the band) in France's Libération newspaper.
Sorry to say, we won't be able to take any more direct orders for physical formats of the album for a little while longer, though we've got a number of other options for getting your hands on one HERE. As always, we strongly encourage you to support local independent record shops.
Thanks again for listening, and let's also celebrate with Efrim being interviewed by a hand puppet, followed by kids grooving to a "rockets fall on Rocket Falls" dance party:
photo by Francois Marchard
To all who pre-ordered the new GYBE record, thanks! We're almost finished packing the last batches and hope to complete shipping by Thursday 10 October. While most orders will arrive pretty close to the release date, a few may not, but will get there soon after.
Regarding the free MP3 that comes with orders placed through our web shop, delivery of that MP3 is triggered as we change the status of an order to "shipped". Even though all orders will have shipped, we will be changing the status to "shipped" only on release date (16 October). On the same date, the MP3 codes inside the vinyl version will become active.
Thanks again for your support and patience. It's been a wooly couple of weeks here at CST HQ.
If the various rips floating around the internet aren't really doing it for you, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's forthcoming LP, 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, is now streaming in full at The Guardian:
STREAM: 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!
As reported previously, 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, the band's first new recording in a decade, will be released next week (Oct. 15 in Europe, Oct. 16 in North America). We're actually not taking any more pre-orders directly, but our release page has listed several options for pre-ordering it elsewhere.
Day two after the GYBE album announcement and our web shop has been pleasantly, unexpectedly and utterly overwhelmed by orders for the new Godspeed album.
In light of the limited time left before the record hits shops on October 15/16, and because we can no longer guarantee shipment by release date for any further pre-orders, we've suspended sales through our web store.
If you've received confirmation from our web store about an order you've placed, we promise we are working around the clock to get all pre-orders in the mail to all regions of the globe so that they arrive by the Oct 15 release date.
Please rest assured that plenty of records (on both LP and CD) have been pressed and will be widely available at shops around the world on (or in some cases, possibly shortly after) the release date.
Our release page provides links to recommended independent retailers (physical shops and mail-order services) that we encourage you to consider.
This is a follow-up announcement to our previous post yesterday.
Thanks for your support and understanding; both are appreciated immensely!
The response to our GYBE album announcement and pre-order has been overwhelming. The band is humbled and so are we. Huge thanks to everyone who cares so passionately about the group.
In the past 15 hours we have received as many LP orders as we can fulfill and mail out from our Montreal HQ such that they still arrive to customers by the official release date 2 weeks from now. CDs are still available for pre-order, and we'll start taking orders for the LP again soon, but for the time being:
LP PRE-ORDERS IN OUR WEB STORE ARE NOW SUSPENDED.
Please check back on our site over the next couple of days for further developments.
We apologise for any inconvenience. We sincerely and strongly encourage you to support independent music retailers by buying the album when it is in stores or appears on other mail-order sites. Constellaton and GYBE care deeply about keeping indie record shops alive and viable – please support them by requesting/reserving the album, or if you do not live anywhere near a good indie store, check out the many stores that do also have online shops.
Record Store Day has an excellent indie store locater here:
Our UK distributor Cargo Records has a list of UK indie shops here:
Good pricing from indie retail on the GYBE LP would be in the 18.00-23.00 range (USD/CAN/EUR/GBP - we can't really speak for other currencies or territories).
We have pressed a pretty large amount of vinyl but because of the proximity of the announcement to release date, this LP stock is already allocated and moving through numerous distributors to get the album in shops. There is no need to be paying any sort of premium on e-bay or elsewhere in the next couple of weeks as substantial LP stock is going to be out there and available upon release date.
Utmost thanks again for your interest and support!
Ian & Don at Constellation
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!
CST081 180gLP+7"/ CD / DL
Out 15/16 October 2012
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW.
We are proud to announce the first new recordings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor in a decade. Featuring two twenty-minute slabs of epic instrumental rock music and two six-and-a-half minute drones, 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! provides soaring, shining proof of the band's powerful return to form.
Having emerged from hiatus at the end of 2010, GYBE undeniably picked up right where they left off, immediately re-capturing the sound and material that had fallen dormant in 2003 and driving it forward with every show of their extensive touring over the last 18 months. The new album presents the fruits of that labour: evolved and definitive versions of two huge compositions previously known to fans as "Albanian" and "Gamelan", now properly titled as "MLADIC" and "WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE" respectively. Accompanied by the new drones (stitched into the album sequence on CD; cut separately on their own 7" for the LP version), GYBE have offered up a fifth album that is absolutely as vital, virulent, honest and heavy as anything in their discography.
We don't have much time for mythology, but we'd be lying if we said the return of Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2010 didn't signify a whole lot to us as a marker from which to look back on the past decade, to reflect on what's been gained or lost within the confines of independent music culture and what's been gained or lost in the socio-political landscape writ large. Godspeed's music will do that to you. It is music that bears witness to, channels and transforms this predominantly terrible, infuriating, venal and nihilistically sad story we're all living, sharing, resisting, protesting, deconstructing and trying to change for the better. GYBE once again provide a uniquely moving and compelling soundtrack for these acts of analysis, defiance and ascension.
More info about 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! is on our official release page.
The band has set off for two weeks of live dates around the United States, beginning Monday 01 October in Boston. They head to Europe in November, and Australia in February. All currently confirmed dates are here.
BERN • PARIS • MUNICH • VIENNA • LEIPZIG
As previously announced, this November we're staging some mini-festival events in France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany to celebrate our 15th year as a record label. These have come together really nicely, more artists have been added in recent weeks, and a whole new city (Munich) as well!
Check this page for confirmed lineups and ticket links, and keep reading below for further details and testimonials.
We truly feel the present is a great moment to take stock of what we've done over the past decade and a half. Bands with whom we have some of our longest-standing relationships continue to make music among the most vital and inspiring to grace our ears, while in the past few years we've begun new relationships with artists producing equally jaw-dropping work, whose vision and integrity remind us why we started doing this in the first place.
We've felt an outpouring of warm support from our many friends and allies in Europe and around the world in organizing these events, while back home we've had the privilege of participating in the inspiring and unprecedented (in Canada) popular movement protesting tuition increases and the fraud of neo-liberal "austerity" economics that took over the streets of Montreal this spring. These days we truly feel more connected than ever to the local and global communities we consider ourselves part of, accountable to, and inspired by.
We're deeply grateful to everyone who's found occasional or sustained meaning and common cause with Constellation thus far, and genuinely look forward to spending time and celebrating with everyone that can make it out to these events in Europe.
And it goes without saying, we are utterly humbled and honoured by the support we've received from all of our presenting partners in these five European cities, most of whom we've had a long-standing relationship with in various respects. We set out to collaborate with the people who historically have meant a lot to us and our artists, and could not have hoped for more. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.
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While the mighty Siskiyou has sadly had to pull out of any further appearances this year (read a message from the band here), our European mini-fest anniversary shows continue to be anchored by Do Make Say Think and Silver Mt Zion, along with Sandro Perri (backed by a full band), Eric Chenaux, Elfin Saddle and Hangedup. These six artists will be present at all four of our previously announced events in Bern, Paris, Vienna and Leipzig.
We have also now confirmed the participation of Carla Bozulich and Matana Roberts at all four of these events as well - whether as part of the "main stage" line-ups or in interesting site-specific or off-site performances. We're still ironing out a few of those ideas and logistics, but rest assured no performances will be running concurrently.
Additionally, we'll have Hrsta at most engagements, and have managed to yank Colin Stetson out of his crisscrossing solo tour schedule to appear on the final night of the Bern fest.
The Bern weekend will be truly epic, with a minimum of eleven CST bands appearing over four days, and the Dis-patch Art Collective from Belgrade, Serbia installing their wonderful exhibit "Ce côté en haut: The Fragile World of Constellation" - an exhaustive retrospective of the label's album and poster artwork. Looks like there will also be a label-related photo exhibit in Bern, as well as a couple of day shows, art talks and other off-site things going on too.
Also: Munich! The excellent Feierwerk venue in Munich has come on board to host two nights featuring 3-band bills each evening, with DMST, Perri and Chenaux playing on Nov 19 and SMZ, Hrsta and Matana Roberts playing on Nov 21.
Again, click HERE for a re-cap of the main stage line-ups in each city along with ticket links, and/or watch the video clip at the end of this post for a listing of those main stage line-ups at each event.
Other cool things we can tell you about:
It's already pretty darn exciting that Do Make Say Think will be performing their classic album Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead in its entirety for their live set, but our presenting partner the Viennale will additionally be programming a series of experimental films to be projected during the band's set in Vienna. Since the Viennale is one of Europe's most respected and iconoclastic film festivals, this is sure to be a very special visual accompaniment to a very special musical performance.
Mike Moya was a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor back in the early 1990s but pulled back from the band by the end of that decade to concentrate on Montreal-based projects as well as his excellent psych-folk group Hrsta throughout the 2000s. Moya then re-joined GY!BE when the group came off hiatus in 2010 and has been back in the third guitar chair with them ever since. Hrsta will perform at all the CST European events except Paris, and will be joined by new Godspeed drummer Tim Herzog, GY!BE/SMZ violinist Sophie Trudeau and Musique Fragile artist Nick Kuepfer for these sets.
Carla Bozulich will be premiering new material in a non-Evangelista guise; admittedly the distinction between these two identities has always been somewhat fluid, but we are super excited about the new music Carla has been working on and this will be a first opportunity to hear some of this stuff live.
Jerusalem In My Heart will perform in Leipzig. Date and location specifics have yet to be finally determined, but rest assured this will be very special and very cool. JIMH is the mutli-media project founded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, a musician and sound engineer who is a close collaborator of Constellation on many fronts. He has engineered and/or mixed numerous albums in the CST catalogue, has made films and videos for several CST artists, has performed as part of Land Of Kush, and will be helping to stage-manage the Europe events. JIMH now includes experimental filmmaker Malena Szlam, who will join Radwan for the performance in Leipzig, involving multiple 16mm film projections and his totally unique and intense blend of synthetic and organic Arabic-influenced sound.
The Dis-patch album art exhibit will transition from Bern to Vienna and be installed in an anteroom of the Porgy & Bess venue in Vienna from opening night of the first CST show on Nov 21 through to the end of the 4-day Blue Bird festival on Nov 24.
Dis-patch will also be bringing limited edition screenprinted posters and hand-stitched cotton LP bags which are going to be quite lovely. We'll have 100 posters (4-colour on archival A2 size paper) and 50 bags available at each event in Bern, Paris, Vienna and Leipzig (apologies, but these will not be available in Munich). We promise these are going to be really nice items, reasonably priced and, y'know, all commemorative and stuff.
Anyway, we think these are going to be good times for all.
Now watch a video:
We're very pleased to announce a series of 15th Anniversary concerts that will take place in Europe this fall.
We'll be partnering with some of our favourite venues and arts organisations to present multiple-night mini-festival events featuring a diverse cross-section of artists, including newer groups like Sisksiyou and Elfin Saddle, long-standing roster acts like Sandro Perri, Eric Chenaux and Hangedup, and two of the label's best-known bands: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Do Make Say Think.
Thee Silver Mt Zion will be returning to Europe for the first time since touring behind their acclaimed Kollaps Tradixionales album in early 2010, and premiering new material including pieces released as a tour-only 2x7" in the USA earlier this year. Do Make Say Think, one of the most consistently acclaimed and long-standing instrumental rock groups of the past decade-and-a-half, will be performing their classic sophomore album, Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead, in its entirety.
At each of the two-night events, Do Make Say Think will close one show and Thee Silver Mt Zion will close the other. Exact line-ups for each night in each town will be confirmed and announced later this summer, but every concert will feature at least 4 bands and sets by at least 8 different artists across the two nights.
The event at Bern's Reitschule is unique in that it runs for a full three days, starting on Friday 16 November with the final European date of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's fall 2012 tour (a golden opportunity to see the group in a smaller, grittier venue with some truly awesome natural room compression).
Here's the plan:
NOV 16-18 • Bern, CH • Dachstock Reitschule
Presented by Heartland Festival and Dachstock
3-night passes available now HERE and HERE
The Constellation event in Bern is a full label takeover and collaboration with Heartland Festival, in conjunction with the Dachstock collective who administer an awesome 700 capacity live room at the Reitschule complex - where many a fine Constellation memory has been forged over the years (and often then half-obliterated in the ensuing post-show massacre of brain cells at the bar).
NOV 17-18 • Paris, FR • La Maroquinerie
Presented by Volume
Running concurrently with the Bern weekend, these two nights at La Maroquinnerie will be anchored by Do Make Say Think and Thee Silver Mt ZIon respectively, with three other bands each night. La Maroq has been a favourite venue of Constellation artists over the years, and the site of beautifully raucous yet wonderfully attentive packed houses for several of the label's artists. Despite the club's literally subterranean and cave-like setting, the full range of Constellation sounds have always gone down perfectly there, from the quietest and most fragile moments to galloping punk-rock explosions. La Maroq brings out the passion and devotion of music-hungry Parisians who don't mind getting a little down and dirty to achieve sustained experiences of musical immersion, levitation and physicality. This will be good times!
NOV 21-22 • Vienna, AT • Porgy & Bess
Presented by Viennale and Blue Bird Festival
Constellation has had a very special and heartfelt relationship with the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) in recent years, beginning with their production of filmmaker Jem Cohen's "Empires Of Tin" project. We are very proud to be celebrating its 15th Anniversary in conjunction with Viennale's 50th Anniversary this year, and excited to be partnering with the Blue Bird Songwriter Festival as well, which will be expanding to a four-day event with the first two days devoted to Constellation.
NOV 23-24 • Leipzig, DE • UT Connewitz
Presented by UT Connewitz and Southern DE
Another venue and local promoter collective that is close to Constellation's heart, UT Connewitz is a glorious old theatre space that has hosted countless of the label's artists over the years. Like Paris, this will be 4-band bills anchored by Do Make Say Think and Thee Silver Mt Zion each night, in one of our favourite settings, booked by some of the very best people. Simple as that.
Stay tuned for more information and finalized lineups in the coming months. There will be also be special collaborations and other little surprises at various events, for which we will supply more information down the road (or, regarding the surprises, maybe not, so that they in fact remain surprises). In the meantime, here's an assortment of MP3s to tide you over:
Do Make Say Think • The Landlord is Dead
A Silver Mt Zion • Thee Dirty Olde Flag
Hangedup • Klang Klang
Siskiyou • This Land
Elfin Saddle • The Wind Come Carry
Sandro Perri • Love & Light
Eric Chenaux • Dull Lights (White or Grey)
The Godspeed behemoth keeps on rolling, as extensive touring plans for this Fall continue to take shape. As we've already announced, after hitting the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago next week and ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror in New Jersey in September, the band will spend two weeks on the road in the United States. They've now unveiled a second leg of touring this fall, which will cover a sizeable chunk of continental Europe as well as well as two (already announced and almost sold out) appearances in London, from 28 October to 16 November. The band's final date will coincide with the first of Constellation's 15th anniversary celebrations in Bern, CH.
Check out new dates below - their full schedule is listed on our tours page - and listen to a stream of their most recent, Yanqui U.X.O.:
|30.10.12||Madrid, ES||Teatro Kapital|
|31.10.12||Barcelona, ES||Sala Apolo|
|01.11.12||Bordeaux, FR||Le Rocher de Palmer|
|02.11.12||Nantes, FR||Lieu Unique - Soy Festival|
|03.11.12||Lille, FR||La Condition Publique|
|04.11.12||London, UK||Kentish Town Forum|
|05.11.12||London, UK||Kentish Town Forum|
|07.11.12||Brussels, BE||Cirque Royal|
|11.11.12||Prague, CZ||Lucerna Music|
|14.11.12||Ljubljana, SL||Kino Siska|
w/ Dirty Three
|15.11.12||Zurich, CH||Rote Fabrik|
|16.11.12||Bern, CH||Dachstock Reitschule|
Following appearances at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival this July and New Jersey's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in September, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will head out on the road for two weeks of shows in the United States of America. Beginning October 1, they'll head south for the Lone Star State and then back up, finishing in Detroit on the 14th. Tickets for all new dates except Philadelphia go on sale Wednesday the 9th; Philadelphia goes on sale Friday.
Check out dates below, and listen to a non-album "Outro" track, released a while back as part of our Song of the Silent Land.
|13-15.07.12||Chicago, IL||Pitchfork Music Festival|
|23.09.12||Asbury Park, NJ||ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ|
|01.10.12||Boston, US||Orpheum Theatre|
|02.10.12||Philadelphia, US||Union Transfer|
|03.10.12||Baltimore, US||Rams Head Live|
|04.10.12||Carrboro, US||Cats Cradle|
|05.10.12||Atlanta, US||Buckhead Theatre|
|07.10.12||New Orleans, US||Tipitinas|
|09.10.12||Austin, US||The Mohawk|
|11.10.12||Dallas, US||Granada Theatre|
|12.10.12||Nashville, US||Cannery Ballroom|
|13.10.12||Louisville, US||Headliners Music Hall|
|14.10.12||Detroit, US||Majestic Theatre|
Rejoice, Californians: Godspeed You! Black Emperor will join you for about a week this April, to stock up on Vitamin D and play some shows in Big Sur and San Francisco. See below for dates, and a stream of 2002's, Yanqui U.X.O., or check our tours page.
|04.15.12||Big Sur, CA||Henry Miller Library|
|04.16.12||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
|04.17.12||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
|04.18.12||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
|04.19.12||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
|04.20.12||San Francisco, CA||Great American Music Hall|
Phew, all of this just in. Godspeed re-groups in July to play the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror ATP event in London in late-July, Evangelista curates a program and performs at Austria's Donau Festival on 07 May, and Thee Silver Mt Zion rises again for the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park (New Jersey) at the beginning of autumn.
Tickets for all three late April shows at Montréal’s Corona Theatre sold-out in the first hour or so after going on sale. The band has decided to add two final shows on May 1 and May 2 at Theatre Olympia. Tickets will go on sale Saturday December 11 and will once again be available from Atom Heart, Cheap Thrills, L’Oblique, Phonopolis and The Blues Skies Turns Black web site. They rocked ATP, line-up early…
We’re happy to finally announce the home town shows. Presented by Blue Skies Turn Black, Godspeed will perform April 27, 28, and 29 at Montréal’s Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Ouest). Guests will be announced at a later date and the band will donate all profits from the shows to beneficiaries that will be made public as the shows approach. Tickets are $12 and go on sale 25 November at Atom Heart, Cheap Thrills, L’Oblique, and Phonopolis. A limited number will also be available through the Blues Skies Turn Black web site. There will be no media accreditations for these shows.
At long last, the dates for Godspeed's swing across the continent can be announced (actually, it appears several have already been announced as they seem to be sold-out). So far as we're aware, and with the exception of a couple of Italian dates that are still in the works, this is the complete story for Europe.
Update: Italian dates now added (26-27 January).
Godspeed appears to be a hot ticket, with the two additional shows announced for New York last week selling out in about 30 minutes, and most of the other North American shows also sold-out. In an effort to quench at least the NYC thirst, the band has announced a fifth show, at Terminal 5 in Manhattan. Tickets are set to go on sale at noon on Friday 01 October. That ought do it.
Closer to home, we can now confirm three shows in Toronto on 22/23 April, and an all-ages matinee on 24 April. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday at 10 AM at The Horseshoe, Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Ticketmaster.
An announcement for Montreal is still to come...
Update 16 October: New show added in Chicago.
Update 18 October: New show added in Toronto.
[Photo by Stefan Claudius]
Tickets moved fast for the Brooklyn & Manhattan shows announced last week, selling out in about 6 hours. This Saturday (25 September) tickets for two additional shows will go on sale. Links to the ticket outlets along with dates, etc, are on our shows page.
Come the frigid middle of February, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will have returned from all things ATP and a (yet to be announced) bounce across the European continent.
For the North American tour, they will be jumping off from Vancouver on 16 February. The band then travels south to play 5 USA west coast shows before migrating to the east, resuming in Brooklyn and capping the whole Amerikan experience in Detroit.
Dates/cities/venues are here, with a few more Kanadian dates to come...