Exciting news — Today we’ve launched our shiny new subscription service, Boombox! Through Boombox, you’ll receive a digital download of every Mom+Pop release, plus a whole bunch of super exclusive 7″ vinyl, all delivered straight to your door (/inbox) on a monthly basis. It’s basically going to feel like your birthday, but without that pesky 12-month wait between each event.
Sign up now and you’ll receive an immediate digital download of Wavves ‘Afraid of Heights’, FIDLAR ‘FIDLAR’, and Beat Club ‘Something Better EP’. The first 300 subscribers will also receive a Boombox tote bag, plus vinyl copies of Metric ‘Synthetica’, Sleigh Bells ‘Reign of Terror’, and one more randomly selected vinyl from the Mom+Pop discography — we’ll choose it when we pack up your order, pretty mysterious and exciting, right? As for that exclusive 7″ vinyl we mentioned, so far we can confirm forthcoming releases from Smith Westerns, Polica, Neon Indian, Beat Club, and Twin Peaks.
Those of you who sign up in April will receive all of the above for only $9.99 this month, reverting to the usual $12.99 for the subsequent months.
Quick disclosure: This is not an April Fools joke, we really are that generous.
Today, Metric released a deluxe edition of their new album, Synthetica, featuring acoustic renditions of several album cuts and a gripping version of Tom Waits’ “Strange Weather.” It’s available now on iTunes. Check out the acoustic version of “Breathing Underwater” right here, and head over to iTunes to pick up the album. Physical copies are coming in early December.
Today marks the release of Metric’s new video for Synthetica-standout “Breathing Underwater.” The clip, directed by Lauren Graham, is an amalgamation of the countless hours of footage (including the band’s raucous mainstage appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza) culled from months of touring across the United States in support of Synthetica. The video was premiered earlier today via the band’s recently-launched Tumblr. And for the VH1 faithful among us, you may be seeing this clip a bit more frequently pretty soon, as the band was just named “Artist You Oughta Know” for the month of December!
In other exciting news, the band announced today the impending release of Synthetica Deluxe, an expanded version of their Fantasies follow-up, featuring acoustic renditions of three album tracks, alongside a version of fan-favorite, set-closer “Gimme Sympathy” and a devastatingly gorgeous cover of Tom Waits’ ” Strange Weather.” The bonus version of the album will be available digitally next Tuesday, November 20th, and will be followed by a physical release on December 4th. For the first taste of the deluxe tracks, check out the SoundCloud stream below, featuring the Synthetica Deluxe version of “Breathing Underwater,” alongside the official album version and its synth-driven Reflections rendition.
It’s a big day for METRIC. Just a few moments ago, the band unveiled a run of North American tour dates over on Spin.com. Along with the announcement comes a whole boatload of additional specialness. At the band’s brand new website, you can now pre-order Synthetica in one of many gorgeous configurations, listen to the band’s new single “Youth Without Youth,” and buy tickets to any of the aforementioned dates (which have the unique distinction of coming with music!). How’s that for options? And no matter where you pre-order, including over on iTunes, you get “Youth Without Youth” as an immediate download, Synthetica on June 12th (when it’s out), and a handful of Synthetica Reflections.
Give a listen to the song here (along with commentary from Emily & Jimmy), and follow below the fold for a full list of dates.
Oh, and in case you missed their slow reveal of “Youth Without Youth,” check it out right here.
09.06.12 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
09.08.12 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
09.09.12 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
09.11.12 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
09.14.12 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
09.17.12 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
09.18.12 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
09.20.12 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
09.21.12 – The Strathmore – Washington, DC
09.22.12 – Tower Theater – Philadelphia, PA
09.23.12 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
09.27.12 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
09.28.12 – The Fillmore – Miami, FL
09.29.12 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
10.01.12 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10.02.12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10.04.12 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
10.05.12 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
10.06.12 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10.09.12 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10.10.12 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
News! Details surrounding the new Metric album, SYNTHETICA, have officially been revealed. That’s the cover art above. Tracklist, and currently announced dates, are below the fold. Needless to say, we’re pretty pumped about this. And what makes it even better, is the band has unveiled a grip of eerie, surveillance footage clips of themselves in the studio, presumably recording the new record. Each piece is set to a swirling set of synth melodies. One of the clips is embedded below, while an additional chunk are available at http://www.ilovemetric.com.
01. Artificial Nocturne
02. Youth Without Youth
03. Speed The Collapse
04. Breathing Underwater
05. Drums So Real
06. Lost Kitten
07. The Void
10. The Wanderlust
11. Nothing But Time
METRIC – TOUR DATES CURRENTLY ANNOUNCED:
May 26, 2012 – The Gorge, Washington, USA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre (Sasquatch Festival)
May 27, 2012 – Bend, Oregon, USA @ Les Schwab Amphitheater (with Beck)
June 02, 2012 – Kansas City, Missouri, USA @ Live Strong Sporting Park (for KRBZ 96.5 FM – The Buzz)
June 16, 2012 – Belleville, Ontario, Canada @ Big Music Fest
June 26, 2012 – Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
June 28 2012 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
June 30, 2012 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Mono Festival
July 02, 2012 – London, UK @ 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
July 03, 2012 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
July 04, 2012 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Melweg
July 07, 2012 – Manchester UK @ HMV Ritz
July 08, 2012 – Oxford, UK @ 02 Academy
August 3, 2012 – Chicago, Illinois, USA @ Lollapalooza Festival
August 5, 2012 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Osheagea Festival