There was a time where being a Go-Betweens fan meant to be part of an inadvertent secret club. To establish with a new acquaintance that common connection was a social and musical shorthand to understanding one another, that you’d met a worthy conversant at the least but quite possibly a lifelong friend as well. And it wasn’t willful elitism or snobbery: The Go-Betweens were "the secret" fans wanted to share with the world and continue to do so, even today. And I can’t help but think that it was this spirit of sharing and mutual respect between the band and their fans that inspired “The Grant McLennan Book Club”.
How this came to pass was that Grant’s books had been collected and stored since his passing in 2006. As we were getting into the thick of assembling G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume One, Grant’s son, Nathan, approached and asked Robert Forster what he thought should be done with the books. In a moment of inspiration, Robert wondered aloud how great it would be if we could actually share this collection with fans, like how you would give a good book to a friend after you’ve finished reading it, not necessarily worried about its return.
An idea was born and, with Nathan’s blessing and generosity, some 30-odd boxes began their journey from Queensland to the Domino warehouse in London. While there was no doubting Grant’s taste, we didn’t know what we were getting, to be honest. Cracking opening the boxes, we were pleased to find a number of surprises. Firstly, a good number of the books bore an inscription in the front pages, usually in the form of Grant’s signature along with the city and the date of the purchase. And then of course was the books themselves, a wide array of hardback first edition novels, paperbacks, poetry books, biographies, art folios… 1800 in all.
So, the first 600 folks that have ordered G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume One will be receiving one of these books, along with a bookmark signed by Robert Forster, ceremonially certifying the veracity of the books’ origins. There will be a forum for folks to congregate at www.go-betweens.net, share their box number, the book received with their box, and as much detail on the book you care to share, like any good book club should.
Now, some of you that are paying closer attention have probably noticed that while the offering was only for the first six hundred orders, that suspiciously leaves another 1200 books unspoken for. What’s the deal? I suppose you’re going to have to wait and see what’s to come after Volume One.
Today, Domino and Panda Bear are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the fifth studio album from Animal Collective founding member and critically acclaimed solo artist Noah Lennox, a.ka. Panda Bear. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, or PBVSGR, as the album has been referred to cryptically online over the past few months, will be out January 12th in the UK and January 13th in the United States via Domino.
Mr Noah, the album’s first single, comes to you today via the premiere of an AB/CD/CD directed video, VIEW HERE. Also available today is the Mr Noah EP, a 4-song standalone EP featuring the single, plus 3 new tracks that will not be on the forthcoming album. Stream or buy the EP today. The exclusive iTunes pre-order of the album will come with the EP as instant gratification tracks - link to follow.
Noahhas had a far-from-quiet few years since the release of his fourth solo record, 2011’s Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007’s universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration later (Doin’ It Right, from Random Access Memories), that’s more the case than ever.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper finds our hero leaving the airy minimalism of Tomboy and unpacking his sonic toolbox again, rearranging the multitude of his disparate influences into the ever-morphing concoction he refers to as “the soup.”
Old school hip-hop textures and production techniques meld with the intuitive, cyclical melodies he has become known for, for a sound that is at once dense and playful.
Recording for the album came together everywhere from El Paso, Texas, to a garage by the beach near his home in Lisbon, Portugal. In a relationship that already proved fruitful on Tomboy, Noah partnered again with Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember, this time in a more top-to-bottom production role.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper signifies a pivotal point for an artist who has proven he can continue to evolve while remaining at the top of his game. As Noah says, “It’s sort of marking change — not necessarily an absolute death, but the ending of something, and hopefully the beginning of something else.”
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper will be available in Standard CD and 2xLP formats, and Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP formats. The Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP includes the 4-song Mr Noah EP in addition to the album in deluxe packaging. Exclusive bundles that include a limited edition T-shirt and lithograph are available via the Animal Collective webstore. All pre-orders come with an instant download of the Mr Noah EP.
The final Royal Trux album to be released while they were still a live, touring entity, ‘Pound for Pound’ will be reissued by Domino on 1 December 2014.
In ‘98, Royal Trux had emerged from their Virgin contract buyout, proudly bearing the brand of SELL-OUT! tattooed on their forehead by the angry mini-hordes of indie rock. As always, out was in and the only direction was UP.
The year is now 2000 —Y2K and all that jazz. Innarestin’ times! The next move for Royal Trux started by reconvening their Floridian rhythm section of Dan Brown and Chris Pyle, who’d been a part of the Virgin act. Together with Kenny Nasta (who’d come on later in the Virgin period and then stuck around), these guys formed a boogie-tastic base while Neil ramped up the riffing for a set of songs that explored southern rock mythos lick by lick. On top, Jennifer and Neil furthered the hip-hop-styled dual-vocal approach from ‘The Radio-Video EP’, with each of them fully loaded with a separate set of lyrics and melody; two trains on the same track with tight-ass, split-second timing.
‘Pound for Pound’ plays like the follow-through to the two Virgin Records, but separated by four years and a flurry of other releases, just to keep you guessing. Knowing Royal Trux, this was the beginning of nothing — the next album was just as likely to slide into another direction — and as it transpired, ‘Pound for Pound’ was the last go-round for the muse and bliss of Royal Trux, both of which involved being wildly out of step with any movement, group or person that actually seemed to want them around. A far cry from the larval keenings of ‘Luminous Dolphin’ and ‘Cut You Loose’ — but in that, an invariably perfect bow.
Pound For Pound will be available on CD (WIG81CD) and vinyl (WIG81 LP). Pre-order the album HERE.
To tie in with his London show tomorrow, Eugene McGuinness has announced that his new single ‘I Drink Your Milkshake’ is out now and you can watch the video now. Eugene will be playing London’s 100 Club on October 22nd.
The single’s title is taken from a line in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood and is taken from Eugene’s current album Chroma, which was released earlier this year. The accompanying short is a slick and simplistic performance video.
Eugene McGuinness will be playing the following show:
Francois & The Atlas Mountains have announced that their new single ‘Fancy Foresight’ will be released on November 24th. It’s taken from their current album Piano Ombre. The accompanying video was created by Francois Marry himself.
The bandwill be bringing their fantastic live show to London in November as part of the Les Inrocks Phillips Festival, the first time the festival has had an event in London. Throughout the summer they’ve delighted and entertained audiences around the world and supported label mates Franz Ferdinand at Somerset House.
Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be playing the following show:
The new album Piano Ombre is out now on Domino. It’s available on CD (WIGCD321), LP (WIGLP321), Digital (WIG321D). Order HERE. Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains also have an app which features exclusive tracks, journals and more. The Lite version can be purchased from iTunes HERE. The premium version (which includes the entire album) can be purchased HERE.
Archie Bronson Outfit have unveiled the video to their forthcoming single, Two Doves On A Lake.
The track, which is released digitally on Domino Records on Monday 8th December2014, istaken from their recent fourth album, Wild Crush, which was released in May of this year and recorded in their home-town of Bath.
The fantastically technicolour illustrated video was directed by renowned artist Stevie Gee – www.steviegee.com - who also designed the sleeve for the album, Wild Crush.
Asked about the video, Arp Cleveland from the band described it as:
Ass shaking, cobra baiting, mutha fuckaz gyrating. Wheelie Riding, fluffers fluffing, axes hatching, Two Doves flying.
This summer saw the band play Latitude and End of the Road festivals, sell out a show at London’s Islington Assembly Rooms and play a number of shows across Europe.
Archie Bronson Outfit will be playing the following show:
Friday October 31st: The Mash House, Edinburgh (Lost Map Halloween Party)
The "Quail and Dumplings" single plays in the wake of Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's latest album which exists simultaneously as a new album, an alternate-reality version of Wolfroy Goes To Town and the concluding record of two separate perceived trilogies within the Prince's catalog. There is much on the table here, and "Quail and Dumplings" manages to balance contrasting perspectives within itself - one of great lack and wanting, and the other of a sense of greatness coming. This shifting tone is greatly enhanced by the fiddle of Billy Contreras and the remarkable voice of the well-travelled Caroline Peyton. The song alludes to travelers who may be unclear on when their next meal is coming, but are still determined to keep their positive outlook on the journey of life. And much like the song itself, the video for “Quail and Dumplings” operates with a set of conflicting perspectives! You’ll find Bonnie & friends’ frolicking through the “Quail and Dumplings” water park enjoying all that the day has to offer, but is all what it seems? The struggle between the balances of happiness and grief and its contrast become apparent during their day, but will the friends overcome it?
Always expect the unexpected with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy; and only His Grace can enhance the song’s shifting tone in such an uproarious fashion! The "Quail and Dumplings" video, directed by Ben Berman, has been called "the greatest video ever made" - watch and agree!
Quail and Dumplings will be available on 7" (RUG633) and as a 2 track Digital Bundle (RUG633D) backed with “Pull Your Eyes Out, Molly".
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will be playing the following dates:
Following a UK tour which included two sold out, exceptional shows at London’s Milton Court at The Barbican, King Creosote can announceanother UK tour for January and February 2015. The dates will include an extra night at London’s Union Chapel on 2nd February 2015; the 3rd February show is now sold out. These will be standard King Creosote shows (with no film screening). Tickets will go on sale this Thursday.
King Creosote has also been confirmed to play The Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 22nd January as part of Celtic Connections. As with the Milton Court shows, Kenny will be performing the music from ‘From Scotland With Love’ live to a screening of the film, this time augmented by a ten-piece band for what promises to be a very special night. This will also be the last chance for some time to see the film accompanied by a live performance.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday 16th October at 10am, except for Celtic Connections (which is on sale now) and Belfast (which is on sale on Friday). Full dates with ticket links are as follows:
From Scotland With Love, which critics described as ‘a lovingly crafted thing’ (Independent on Sunday), ‘consistently superb’ (Loud & Quiet – 9/10) and ‘a beautiful thing, flitting between affecting, inspiring, amusing and enchanting’ (Time Out – 4* lead review), was created in collaboration with director Virginia Heath and Producer Grant Keir as an audio-accompaniment to a poetic documentary film of the same name. Featuring archive footage from the National Library of Scotland Scottish Screen Archive, but no narration or interview, the film works around themes of love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play, and is driven as much by the music as it is the images. For the first time King Creosote found himself being able to write from other people’s perspectives. The result is From Scotland With Love, one of King Creosote’s most widescreen cinematic and finest pieces of work to date. From Scotland With Love is available now through Dom Mart, and iTunes, with an extended version available HERE.
‘Palace’, the soaring album closer from Wild Beasts’ critically acclaimed fourth LP, Present Tense, will be released as a single on 24th November 2014. Watch an exclusive performance of the track from the band at the Red Bull Studios HERE.
Today sees the release of Present Tense – Special Edition, featuring the original album augmented by a bonus disc of remix material from artists including Factory Floor, Juan Atkins, Lone, East India Youth, Sohn as well as a brand new remix of ‘Palace’ from Foals.
The Special Edition is available on Double CD (WIGCD279X) and as a Digital Bundle (WIG279XD). There is also a limited edition white label 12” (RUG630T) to accompany the CD release, featuring the Juan Atkins, SOHN, Steve Moore and Foals remix, limited to 500 worldwide and available HERE.
Wild Beasts have three more UK dates coming up before the end of the year – a show at Liverpool Music Week on 30th October, a date at the O2 in London as special guests to The National on 26th November, as well as ‘Soft Future’ - a special end-of-year event, with a bill curated by the band in Leeds on December 11th. Tickets for ‘Soft Future’ are available HERE.
LIVE DATES (with UK shows in bold):
Thur 30 Oct 2014 UK Liverpool Liverpool Music Week Festival
Mon 03 Nov 2014 Japan Tokyo Hostess Club Weekender @ Studio Coast
Tue 04 Nov 2014 Taiwan Taipei Hostess Club Weekender @ Legacy
Thur 06 Nov 2014 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hostess Club Weekender @ Kitec Music Zone
Sat 08 Nov 2014 Singapore Singapore The Coliseium
Fri 21 Nov 2014 Germany Leipzig Electronic Beats Festival 2014 W/ Warpaint
Wed 26 Nov 2014 UK London The O2 W/ The National
Thur 11 Dec 2014 UK Leeds Canal Mills (support from East India Youth, Evian Christ (DJ), Nathan Fake, Fryars & Forest Swords (DJ)
To celebrate publication of the book ‘Different Every time, we’ve created limited edition prints of the artwork for Robert’s first two solo albums, Rock Bottom (40 years old this year) and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard. We are publishing these on behalf of Robert and Alfreda Benge, his wife and creative partner, who has done the artwork for every one of Robert’s solo albums since 1974. The prints are on high quality acid-free paper, roughly 24" square (image size about 19" square) and are each a limited edition of 100, signed by both Robert and Alfie. They are being sold by the album cover gallery, Hypergallery.