This exuberant, unencumbered record is the first from the Glasgow band since 2009’s Tonight. They seem to have rediscovered the imagination, vitality and fun found on their classic, era-encapsulatingdebut Franz Ferdinand.
Recorded over the last year at Kapranos’s Scottish studio, McCarthy’s Sausage Studios in London, Club Ralph and a couple of trips to Stockholm and Oslo, the LP cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band: emboldened by a decade’s undreamt-of worldwide success, but still daring and defiant. It’s an ecstatic rejection of the drab conventions often accompanying that level of attention and expectation.
When asked for a quote, Kapranos came back with: “The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band.”* God knows what that means, but the lyrics do seem more poetic this time. There were a few interesting collaborations, but more of that later…
The tensongs that make up Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action take what propelled Franz Ferdinand from the incestuous Glasgow Art School world to, well, the entire world - painterly lyrical detail, heavyweight hooks, precise aesthetic vision and that uncanny ability to marry arch artistic sensibility with pop punch – and push it even further. The breadth of influence, musicality and invention on show here is enormous. If this is unmistakably a Franz Ferdinand record, it is as much by virtue of its sonic daring and perfectly patch-worked eclecticism as the timeless songwriting flair that has long been their calling card.
Franz Ferdinand are still Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Paul Thomson. There’s still no one like them.
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be available on CD (WIGCD255), deluxe limited edition double CD (WIGCD255X), LP (WIGLP255), via digital download (WIG255D) and a Deluxe DomMart only double LP (WIGLP255X) - packaged in a hand numbered die-cut gatefold sleeve. The exclusive bonus disc in both the double CD and double LP, entitled Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order, is a document of a thrilling live session captured at the legendary Konk Studios in London.
In addition, Domino will be releasing Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action- The Passport Edition. Limited to 500 worldwide,The Passport Edition features a deluxe edition of each physical format of the album, all 7”s and 12” singles and access to the highest quality audio files possible as well as exclusive tracks and content.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
Stand On The Horizon
The Universe Expanded
Goodbye Lovers & Friends
* He said something on his Twitter about being “The Last Bastard Of British Pop” which sounded better, but apparently he’s “bored of that one” now.
It's been a long journey, but a good one. People, we're nearly there now and on May 27, The Pastels fantastic new album, Slow Summits will finally be available from Domino Mart and all good outlets. We are extremely excited to announce a last minute addition for all first wave purchasers.
During the making of Slow Summits, The Pastels listened to a lot of music; they always do, but what? We think we have the answer because Stephen and Katrina have compiled a small edition mix cd called Insane Energy Drop which is the perfect companion to the making of the record. At this stage, we're not prepared to reveal anything that is on it, but it's a beautiful Pastelesque mix of friends, fellow travellers and odd corners of their record collection. We're quietly confident that no non-Pastel will be able to identify every single track, but the thing is, you never know…
For the person that gets them all, or gets closest we are offering a signed high quality print of the cover art, something special from The Pastels own archive, and one record of your choice from the Domino catalogue. To get into the competition we recommend that you pre-order your copy of Slow Summits immediately from Domino Mart, or your local record shop then send us what you think the tracklisting of the Insane Energy Drop mix is. Entries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by the 24th June.
Disclaimer: CDs will only be available in selected UK indie shops & with worldwide Dom Mart orders. Don’t worry if you don’t get your hands on a CD there will be a way for everyone to enter, just watch this space…
With the release of Jon Hopkins' forthcoming album,Immunity, on June 3rd, we are excited to premiere the extraordinary new audio-visual piece and collaboration with The Creators Project, ‘Immunity’. Watch it here:http://youtu.be/QWam1HlKGkI
The ‘Immunity’ video was an intricate collaborative effort between art director & typographer Craig Ward, biochemist Linden Gledhill and Jon Hopkins. Soundtracked by music from the forthcoming album, the piece features Gledhill's microscopic time-lapse photography of crystal growth and chemical reactions. Craig Ward explains:
"Jon's music is organic and flowing, yet with a hard and rhythmic electronic edge. The idea of delving down to explore chemical interactions under a microscope felt like the perfect solve to create the album imagery and our video for The Creators Project features much of the same - various immiscible liquids, dyes and chemicals interacting underneath the watchful eye of my collaborator on the project, biochemist Linden Gledhill."
To learn more about ‘Immunity’, visit http://bit.ly/10KQv4o. The Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expression.
Jon Hopkins has added a date at KOKO in London on 21st September. His album release show at London’s Village Underground on June 12th has now sold out. Hopkins will also be performing at Green Man and Bestival in the UK. Full live dates are as follows:
Sat. May 11 - Geneva, CH @ Mapping Festival
Fri. May 31 - Montreal, QC @ Mutek [Metropolis]
Tue. June 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Wed. June 12 - London, UK @ Village Underground~ - SOLD OUT
Thu. June 13 - Barcelona, ES @ Leisure System
Sun. June 23 - Westmeath, IE @ Body & Soul
Sat. June 29 - Derry, IE @ Celtronic Festival
Fri. July 5 - Amsterdam, NL @ Pitch Festival
Sat. July 20 - Gente, BE @ 10 Days Off Festival
Fri. Aug. 16 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain
Sat. Aug. 17 - Wales, UK @ Green Man Festival
Fri. Aug. 23 - Katowice, PL @ Nowa Musyka
Fri. Sep. 6 - Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Sat. Sep. 21 - London, UK @ Koko
Thu. Oct. 26 - Munich, DE @ Münchner Kammerspiele
~ w/ The Field (support/solo live show), Nathan Fake (support/DJ set)
Open Eye Signal is the first single taken from the album and will be available on June 3rd, with remixes from Happa, Lord of the Isles, Luke Abbott and Nosaj Thing. STREAM "OPEN EYE SIGNAL" (NOSAJ THING REMIX) here:http://snd.sc/104I1Jk.
Domino are proud to announce that we will be releasing The Argumentfrom Grant Hart on July 22nd, 2013.
As founder and half of the songwriting engine that drove the mighty Hüsker Dü to his maverick solo work, Grant Hart has cut a singular path across the last three decades of music. It is with great confidence that we say he has made an album to rival his greatest achievements. A double album based on John Milton's epic Paradise Lost, Hart distills its essence into pop and rock concoctions that nimbly flit through the history of 20th century music from Irving Berlin and David Bowie to... Hüsker Dü, even. Ambition is the topic and Hell is the location for this project that is ambitious as Hell. Does he pull it off? We say yes!
While visiting James Grauerholz, former friend and secretary for William S. Burroughs, James showed Grant an unpublished manuscript for Lost Paradise, William's science fiction story which portrays the fallen angels as men from distant planets and God as none other than fellow Missourian Harry S. Truman. James and Grant discussed adding music to William's story much in the same way that Tom Waits and William conspired to turn the German folk tale Die Freishutz into The Black Rider as staged by Robert Wilson.
From that point the seed had been planted, and the seed grew into the most beautiful tree in the garden of Grant's career. Domino invite you to taste the fruit of this tree. Go ahead, taste it.
Although lines from the poem are rarely quoted directly, all of the menace, pain and devotion of Milton's best loved work are here found. But where Milton's poem was "unadorned by rhyme,'' The Argument contain many complex couplets, especially the title track, in which not only the ends of lines rhyme, but the word that ends a phrase is the same as the first line of the phrase after it, all while conforming to the original ten syllable structure devised by Milton. Anyone who has ever had a conversation with Grant knows how patiently he chooses the words he uses.
As a double album of two halves, we wanted to show both the light and the dark of the album in its initial introduction, so we are offering two tracks for preview. "Is the Sky the Limit?" is a melancholy song of the aftermath of rejection built upon the eerie and lonely sound of Sputnik 1. To counterbalance this somber paean, "Letting Me Out" follows in all its propulsive Buddy Holly glory as the Artist formerly known as Lucifer offers up his cunning business proposition to populate the netherworld.
Both can be heard here:
The Argument will be available on CD (WIGCD318), double vinyl (WIGLP318) and digitally (WIGDG318). And without further ado... the tracklist:
Out Of Chaos
If We Have The Will
I Will Never See My Home
I Am Death
Letting Me Out
Is The Sky The Limit?
So Far From Heaven
Shine, Shine, Shine
It Isn't Love
War In Heaven
(It Was A) Most Disturbing Dream
Underneath The Apple Tree
Run For The Wilderness
For Those Too High Aspiring
The campaign around the release of this album is going to include extensive touring with his band, Grant Hart and The Burn/Burning, with plans for a more conceptual presentation. Irish fans (and those in London) will be getting a special preview of the album with select dates leading up the album release:
Austra are to release Home as the first single from their forthcoming much anticipated album, Olympia. A beautiful piano driven track with heartfelt lyrics expressing the anxieties of waiting up all night for a lover to return, Home will be released on the same day as the album - June 17th in the UK (June 18th in the US).
The accompanying video was filmed as one single take and features Katie Stelmanis and her band preparing for a show. The video was directed by That Go (Noel Paul & Stefan Moore - who have previously made videos for Bat For Lashes and Royksopp amongst others). "The band wanted the video to be intimate and simple, which we thought was perfect for the track. To that end we not only kept the format simple, but we also put the camera behind a 2-way mirror so the band couldn't see it. Whenever someone is looking at the camera they're only seeing their own reflection and the environment behind them."
Olympia is an album of transformation. Though it has only been two years since their2010 debut Feel It Break, it presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band’s sound, structure and style. After three years of non-stop international touring with the likes of the XX, Grimes and the Gossip, when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a complex collaborative effort between its six members.
Olympia is available to pre-order now via Domino on CD, limited edition double coloured vinyl and digitally via iTunes. All pre-orders through Domino will receive an instant mp3 download of the Home single and the six track Austra + Gina X ‘Mayan Drums’ 12” collaboration released earlier this month for Record Store Day.
Austra will return for a national tour in August and September. Tour dates below:
06-02 Dublin, IE - Forbidden Fruit 06-06 Zurich, CH - Plaza 06-07 Luzerne, CH - Sudpol 06-08 Yverdon-les Bains, SE - L'Amalgame 06-10 Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet 06-11 Gent, BE - DOKBox 06-12 Paris, FR - Nouveau Casino (SOLD OUT) 06-14 Berlin, DE - Lido (SOLD OUT) 06-17 London, UK - Hoxton Bar Grill (SOLD OUT) 06-20 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^ 06-23 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 06-26 San Francisco, CA - The Independent 07-18 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Valkhof Festival 07-19 Ferropolis, DE - Melt Festival 07-21 Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival 07-26 Barcelos, PT - Milhoes De Festa Festival 07-30 Milan, Italy - Magnolia 07-31 Padova, Italy - Radar Festival 08-01 Feldkirch, AT - PoolBar Festival 08-02 Salzburg, AT - Stuck! Festival 08-03 Katowice, PL - OFF Festival 08-10 Helsinki, FI - Flow Festival 08-30 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom * 08-31 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * 09-01 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock * 09-04 Seattle, WA - Neumos * 09-05 Portland, OR - MusicFest NW 09-10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom * 09-12 Dallas, TX - Trees * 09-13 Austin, TX - Mohawk * 09-14 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds * 09-15 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks * 09-17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl * 09-18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle * 09-19 Washington, DC - Black Cat * 09-20 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * 09-22 New York, NY - Webster Hall * 09-24 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall * 11-25 London, UK - Koko
Capturing a community spirit that these days is more important than ever, the video for The Pastels’ new single ‘Check My Heart’ is both upbeat and charming. Taken from the forthcoming album Slow Summits, ‘Check My Heart’ is also available to download now.
Shot on 16mm film with minimum set-ups, Blair Young’s ‘Check My Heart’ promo is the story of one early spring Saturday in Glasgow. Lives overlap, connect, coincide, the music is a constant; sometimes it’s only playing in our heads.
As a track, ‘Check My Heart’ is all optimism, boldly announced by Katrina Mitchell’s intrepid vocal overlaps and Stephen McRobbie’s more melancholic counter. The sound is 3D, vivid - The Pastels’ love of garage punk, soul crossover and first-wave independent clatter converging all too briefly, winding down the window and racing off into the summertime.
Pastelism 2013, Glasgow in the sun.
Promo by Blair Young for The Forest of Black.
‘Check My Heart’ is available to download now and will also be released on 7” on April 29th including the b-side ‘Illuminum Song’. Both songs will be available digitally as a bundle from May 27th. Slow Summits will be released on May 27th through Domino. Pre-order the album on CD (WIGCD185) and LP (WIGLP185) HERE
Open Eye Signal is the new single from Jon Hopkins, and the first taken from forthcomingLP, Immunity (released on June 3rd 2013 in the UK, June 4th in the US). Open Eye Signal will also be released on June 3rd and will feature remixes from Happa, Lord of the Isles, Luke Abbott and Nosaj Thing.
The video for Open Eye Signal was filmed by Aoife McArdle in California: "The track is really special. I saw it as a singular, hypnotic journey that's almost endless. You get lost in it. I liked the idea of a city kid taking us on that journey... just one day suddenly deciding to escape his life and see more of the world in the only way he understands...via skateboard.". Watch it below:
Immunity is a confident, dramatic record, defined by an acute sense of physicality and place and inspired by the arc of an epic night out. It feels like the hypnotic accompaniment to a journey of creativity, a trip inside Hopkins’ mind, using analog synthesis alongside manipulations of physical, real-world sounds to make dance music that feels as natural and unforced as possible.
Jon Hopkins will be performing a headline album launch show at London’s Village Underground on 12th June. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Exclusive digital bundles of Open Eye Signal remixes will be available from 29th April, with a white label vinyl available from May 20th.
Animal Collective is happy to announce the Monkey Been to Burn Town remix EP, set for release on 12” vinyl (RUG525T) and digital (RUG525D) on May 27th. Drawing from the band's latest record Centipede Hz, the EP features remixes of "Monkey Riches" by Gang Gang Dance'sBrian Degraw, Chicago Juke producer Traxman and New York underground dance producers Teengirl Fantasy, as well as a remix of "New Town Burnout" by Seattle based hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces. Listen to Brian Degraw's remix of “Monkey Riches” here.
The Monkey Been To Burn Town EP can be preordered on 12” vinyl here. Everyone who pre-orders from Dom Mart will get an instant gratification mp3 download of Brian Degraw's remix.
The band is returning to Europe next month for headline performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and at Field Day in London, before embarking on a summer North American tour.
For a taste of the band’s live show, watch the band’s live videos for “Applesauce,” “Moonjock” and “Amanita” here. Filmed in conjunction with The Creators Project, the videos catch the band’s impressive stage show, which was aptly described by Pitchfork as “giant, gap-toothed Nickelodeon dentures on either side, a curved inflatable structure that resembled scorpion tails dipped in PAAS dye, a centralized TV running constant, blaring images. Basically, the cover of Centipede Hz gone widescreen.”
Earlier in 2012, Animal Collective released their 10th and latest album Centipede Hz. The band’s first record since 2007’s Strawberry Jam to feature all four original band members, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin, Centipede Hz was hailed by critics as a return to Animal Collective’s experimental roots. The album can be ordered via the Animal Collective webstore here.
A1 - Monkey Riches (Brian DeGraw [Gang Gang Dance] Remix) A2 - Monkey Riches (Tha Traxman Teklife Remix) B1 - New Town Burnout (Shabazz Palaces Remix) B2 - Monkey Riches (Teengirl Fantasy Remix)