Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss


Hey guys,

We have a new release! It’s a double EP called Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life is Loss : Pop Songs 2015 and it’ll be out onFriday November 13. (Pre-order from our Bandcamp.) We have a song to share today and you can hear it via Pitchfork, “Jet Black, Starlit.”

I don’t know if you all know this but it took us two and a half years to make Sea When Absent and that process really knocked us out. When were talking about writing new music, we thought it would be a good exercise to write a bunch of songs, record them right away, and get them out there. Kind of like doing push-ups or meditating or getting drunk after work. Something to reset ourselves.

So this past May we all got together in Josh’s basement to work out a bunch of songs. And it was great.  Good times—hanging out drinking coffee until it was time to start drinking beer until it was time to start taking drugs.  Haha sike, we’re not big drug takers, but that was definitely the vibe. And our lack of drug-doing prowess inspired the title of one of these EPs.

 The end product is what we wanted—a bunch of songs written, recorded and mixed at light-speed (for this band). That we love all the songs is a wonderful byproduct of everything else. We made these songs in lightness and we hope you’ll listen to them while feeling light.

 We’ll have more singles, music videos and some live shows in the coming months! And if you really can’t wait that long and you happen to be in New York City, Jen will be playing a show this Thursday October 8th where you can hear some stripped down versions of songs off the new EP. Alright, more soon.



 ps- In 2015 you can’t get vinyl pressed in less than 6 months, so hello CDs (and mp3/streaming, of course)! It’s actually better this way, kind of perfect. You should buy the CD, put it in your microwave for a few seconds, watch the pretty green flame, and then stream it. Further join in the modern excess drowning us all.  It’s all good. Life is loss.


“Crushin’” music video + Christmas tape

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Watch the music video for Crushin’ directed by Herb Shellenberger and Michael Thomas Vassallo. Thanks to Jordyn Karpinski, Ted Passon and Laris Kreslins.

We’re excited to be part of Geographic North’s Winter tape series “Sketch for Winter I IV.” Pitchfork announced our contribution is the first in the series and limited to 300 black liquorice cassette tapes.  Pre-order now in advance of the December 3rd release date.  A limited amount of tapes will be available for purchase at our upcoming winter shows. Listen to a stream of “Shut Your Mouth, It’s Christmas.”

New Christmas Classics
1 Shut Your Mouth, It’s Christmas
2 Saturn Pulls Me Apart (Death of the Unconquerable Night)
3 Fantasia on Xmas (From Vaughan Williams)
4 The Strange Presents of Idols (Merry Christmas!)
5 All I Want for Christmas Is You (This is Peter McCallister, The Father Version)

Daytrotter session + mix


While on tour back in July we recorded with Daytrotter in San Francisco. You can stream a track from that session, “The Body, It Bends  (ペルセポネが帰ってきた!)” here. Or subscribers of the site will have the ability to check out our full four track session.

We made a spooky, scary playlist with some sounds for the season. You can stream it here, hope it comes in handy this week!

Come spend your holidays with us! If you’re living or visiting back East that is. We’re really looking forward to these shows with Jason Bartell’s new side project.

December 27th – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^* [tickets]
December 28th – Boston, MA @ Great Scott +* [tickets]
December 30th – Washington, DC @ DC9 +* [tickets]
December 31st – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #! [tickets]
^ w/ Ava Luna
+ w/ Creepoid
* w/ Wins
# w/ Starwood
! w/ Jason Bartell 


“Double Dutch” music video + winter shows


Head over to Pitchfork to watch our brand new music video for “Double Dutch.”

We will be returning for a short run of dates towards the end of the year. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept 26th at 12pm EDT.

December 27th – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^* [tickets]
December 28th – Boston, MA @ Great Scott +* [tickets]
December 30th – Washington, DC @ DC9 +* [tickets]
December 31st – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #! [tickets]
^ w/ Ava Luna
+ w/ Creepoid
* w/ Wins
# w/ Starwood
! w/ Jason Bartell 


UK Release + Bonus EP

“Sea When Absent” is out now in UK/EU! While supplies last select independent UK record stores (Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Drift, Rise, Norman Records, Resident and Record Store) will have a limited edition hand-stamped bonus EP on cd format available to those who purchase the album.


1. Almost Like Emotion (The Drop) [listen]
2. I’ll Be Signal (Sad Songs)
3. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) – Ice Choir remix [listen]
4. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites) – The Buddy System remix
5. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing) – Fang Island remix

“Sea When Absent” is also available for purchase from iTunes, Amazon and anywhere good records are sold.

July Tour Dates


June 23rd – Brooklyn, NY @ Kinfolk 94 *FREE album release party / dj night*[info]

July 3rd – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Sneeze, Catenine) [tickets]
July 6th – Washington, DC @ DC9 (w/ Cigarette) [tickets]
July 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café (w/ Ponydiver, Butterbirds) [tickets]
July 8th – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle (w/ Light Foils, StarTropics) [tickets]
July 9th – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse (w/ Field Trip) [tickets]
July 11th – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett (w/ Ages and Ages) [tickets]
July 12th – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Back Bar  (w/ Oh! Pears) [tickets] 
July 13th – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (w/ Golden Retriever, Tender Age) [tickets]
July 15th – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/ Cruel Summer, Swiftumz) [tickets]
July 16th – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre (w/ Roses, United Ghosts) [tickets]
July 17th – Tempe, AZ @ Last Exit (w/ LARKSPURS, The Hill in Mind) [tickets]
July 19th – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar [tickets]
July 20th – Fort Worth, TX  @ Lola’s Saloon (w/ Animal Spirit) [tickets]
July 21st – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (w/ Wild Fires, The Villettes) [tickets]
July 22nd – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa (w/ Cardinal Sons) [tickets]
July 23rd – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge (w/ Haints) [tickets available at door / info]
July 24th – Charlotte, NC @ Recess Fest at Snug Harbor  (w/ Spirit System) [tickets]
July 25th – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery (w/ Thrushes, Yumi Zouma) [tickets]
July 26th – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Ice Choir, Jason Bartell) [tickets]
July 27th – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (w/ Pattern Is Movement, Myrrias) [tickets]

New Album “Sea When Absent” Out On Lefse Records June 24!

Sea When Absent

Via Pitchfork

01. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)
02. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)
03. Crushin’
04. MTLOV (Minor Keys)
05. The Things They Do to Me
06. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)
07. Never Nothing (It’s Alright [It’s Ok])
08. Double Dutch
09. The Body, It Bends (ペルセポネが帰ってきた!)
10. Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)
11. Golden Waves

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