NEWS

BACK IN THE VINYL RACKS

10/11/16

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A selection of Classic Domino titles are now back in the vinyl racks!

Galaxie 500 – On Fire 

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Steve Mason – Boys Outside

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Robert Wyatt – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard 

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Pavement – Quarantine The Past – The Best Of Pavement

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf

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Go on, treat yourself!

 

AUSTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FUTURE POLITICS

Austra | 18/10/16

Image: Photo credit Renata Raksha

Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography. Future Politics will be out on January 20th 2017.

Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.

Says THAT GO on the video: "Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”

Future Politics, Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. Its not about ‘being political,its about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.

Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list - “every single persons idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

Future Politics tracklisting:

  1. We Were Alive
  2. Future Politics
  3. Utopia
  4. I’m A Monster
  5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  6. Angel In Your Eye
  7. Freepower
  8. Gaia
  9. Beyond A Mortal
  10. Deep Thought
  11. 43

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes


 

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS RELEASE THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP DECEMBER 2ND

The Last Shadow Puppets | 17/10/16

Image: Dream Synopsis EP

The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Friday, the 2nd of December 2016.   The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.  Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Aviation
  2. Les Cactus  - original by Jacques Dutronc
  3. Totally Wired – original by The Fall
  4. This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
  5. Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
  6. The Dream Synopsis 


The Dream Synopsis EP is available to pre-order on limited edition red vinyl 12”CD and digitally ahead of its Friday 2nd December release. Stream ‘Is This What You Wanted’ here.

 

LISTEN TO FRANZ FERDINAND'S 'DEMAGOGUE'

Franz Ferdinand | 14/10/16

Image: Demagogue artwork

This is the first release by Franz Ferdinand since their FFS project last year. 

The artwork is a collaboration with Shepard Fairey and it is part of 30 Songs in 30 Days. 

When asked for a comment, the band said:

"He's a Demagogue."

Listen on Soundcloud: po.st/FFdemaSC

Listen on Spotify: po.st/FFdemaSP

Part of the 30days30songs.com project.

 

SHIRLEY COLLINS SHARES VIDEO FOR LODESTAR'S 'PRETTY POLLY'

13/10/16

Image: Pretty Polly video still

As the release of Lodestar  - Shirley Collins’ first album in 38 years - draws closer, Shirley is pleased to share a third track, ‘Pretty Polly’, from the forthcoming record. 

The song ‘Pretty Polly’ comes from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Shirley says of the song: “I recorded this myself from the singing of Mrs Ollie Gilbert in 1959, on the field trip with Alan Lomax”. 

Directed by Layla Atkinson, the video was given one stipulation by Shirley, to incorporate a very special kind of puppet, a jig doll. These puppets come to life when jigged on a vibrating board and have been popular street entertainment for hundreds of years. Inspired by ‘Pretty Polly’ and these jig dolls, Atkinson decided to handcraft all the scenes in the video from cardboard and timber and shot it on 16MM on the hottest September day of the last 100 years.

[VIDEO]

Lodestar – to be released on November 4th through Domino Records - is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey. 

Collins previously shared ‘Cruel Lincoln’ and ‘Death and the Lady’ from the album and you can watch a track by track description of both songs by Shirley here

Additionally, Shirley Collins will be performing at two record shops next month to launch the album – Rough Trade East in London alongside a Q&A with Pete Paphides and Union Music Store, Lewes where she will be joined by Brighton Morris Men.

Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival,  recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia - and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. 

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.

Now Shirley Collins has sung once more (with a mischievous delight in defeating expectation), the accepted canon of her great recordings will have to be comprehensively recalibrated, yet again. 

“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee

Friday 4th November

Shirley Collins @ Union Music Store, Lewes

For more information, click here.

 

Monday 7th November

Shirley Collins in conversation with Pete Paphides + live performance @ Rough Trade East, London

For more information, click here.

 

WATCH KING CREOSOTE'S 'LOVE LIFE' VIDEO

King Creosote | 11/10/16

Image: Love Life video still

Last month, King Creosote released Astronaut Meets Appleman, a beautiful addition to his repertoire and an exploration of the tension and harmony between tradition and technology that invoked a feeling, KC says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”

Otherwise known as Kenny Anderson, KC is now pleased to share the video for ‘Love Life’. The glorious ‘Love Life’ showcases Kenny’s knack for a killer couplet: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds / Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”.

Directed by Euan Robertson, watch the video for ‘Love Life’ below.

Following on from his sold out show in London last month, Anderson will be heading out on a full UK tour in January 2017 and will be joined by his 8-piece band at several of the shows including London’s Barbican.

Astronaut Meets Appleman follows KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland With Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011).

The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on Astronaut Meets Appleman. But there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe (lead, even) on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea'). 

“I wanted to push myself songwriting-wise, so I went in with hardly anything and had to wing it,” KC reveals. “I wanted to try and flip the clock all the way back to sound like a younger me – or a less cynical me. In the past, I've been fixated on twisting and wrenching every line, but here I've let that go a bit, and I hope that lets you concentrate more on the music; on what’s going on around it.”

“I always feel I’m reaching for something, but I never get there, I wanted to get out of the usual places” KC muses, and this is reflected in the album's geography, which is more far-flung than usual. It was variously recorded at Analogue Catalogue in Ireland's County Down, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow's Chem19 studios (HQ of long-time ally Paul Savage, who co-produced the LP with KC).

On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts. 

Upcoming live dates

21st October – Brye Theatre, St Andrews

5th December – Le Pop Up du Label, Paris

7th December –Sodra Teatern , Stockholm

9th December – Ingensteds, Oslo

10th December – Gruner Salon, Berlin

12th Jan – Bogbain, Inverness

13th Jan – Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

14th Jan – Woodend Barn. Banchory

16th Jan – RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester *

17th Jan – Open, Norwich *

18th Jan – Corn Exchange, Cambridge *

20th Jan – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool ~

21st Jan – Town Hall, Birmingham ~

22nd Jan – Barbican, London ~

23rd Jan – Colston Hall, Bristol ~

24th Jan – Tramshed, Cardiff ~

25th Jan – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead ~

27th Jan – Old Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections), Glasgow

Support from * Charlie Cunningham ~ Modern Studies

 

DIRTY PROJECTORS KEEP YOUR NAME

Dirty Projectors | 23/09/16

Image: Keep Your Name Press shot

Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, has today released the first new music since 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan.

Stream ‘Keep Your Name’ HERE.

Download ‘Keep Your Name’ HERE.

 

LITTLE CUB SIGN TO DOMINO, RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘LOVELESS’ 11TH NOVEMBER

Little Cub | 22/09/16

Image: LC Landscape

Introducing London band Little Cub, whose debut single ‘Loveless’ is streaming now and officially released on 11th November 2016. 

Little Cub are Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Ady Acolatse.

Merging a wry, worldly and subversive form of self-effacing, diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, ‘Loveless’ announces  the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born to.

Little Cub’s burgeoning reputation as one of the city’s finest new exponents of electronic pop has seen them sell out a four-night headline residency at Peckham’s Copeland Estate off the back of the release of their debut ‘Breathing Space’ EP.

‘Loveless’ showcases Little Cub at their direct best, harnessing Tootill’s astute production work – which has seen him work with the likes of George Fitzgerald, Lil Silva and more – to frontman Gore’s refreshingly self-reflexive, honest and occasionally uncomfortable poetics. Watch the video for ‘Loveless’, directed by visual artists Dexter Lander and Nick Pomeroy, now.

With a melody by Acolaste, the lyric of ‘Loveless’, was written by Gore about a relationship Acolatse was in at the time. "Did we really lose our hearts?” the soaring chorus ponders with an odd and infectious kind of triumphant melancholy.

"I was perceiving this relationship between two great people", Gore says, "but could see it was kind of becoming less than the sum of its parts. It was neither party's fault but it was clear that both were becoming colder through the very nature of being together. It's something I've perceived a lot, these situations where if it were merely a friend going through that pain then you'd automatically feel empathy but in a romantic setting those feelings in someone else gradually come to seem ridiculous or embarrassing or even grotesque.

It's about how every time you have a relationship like that it seems to remove a part of you. You can lose your heart a little. Of course this should be horribly sad, and in a way it is, but I also think it might be in a way necessary and so the song's not completely mourning that loss."

Listen to Loveless on Spotify HERE

Listen to Loveless on Apple Music HERE

‘Loveless’ will be released on 11th November as part of the ‘Loveless’ 12” including 3 reworked versions of the track. Pre-order the EP via Dom Mart.

Loveless 12” Tracklist:

Loveless (Single Version)

Loveless (Beatless Version)

Loveless (Late Night Edit)

Loveless (Dark Edit)

The band’s debut tracks, ‘Breathing Space’ – leading the tracks on its accompanying EP - and ‘Intent’, are available for free download now via their website http://wearelittlecub.com/ and streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Forthcoming Little Cub live dates:

Thurs 29th Sept Kamio (formerly Red Gallery), London w/ Boxed In

Tuesday 15th November Electrowerks, London (headlining show)

Little Cub Online

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Apple Music

 

SHIRLEY COLLINS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LODESTAR 4TH NOVEMBER

22/09/16

Image: Shirley Collins - Lodestar artwork

Shirley Collins – legendary folk singer and one of England’s most respected song collectors –  has announced her return to recording after 38 years. The new album, Lodestar, will be released on November 4th, and with it, Shirley has created the unlikeliest release of the century so far. 

Lodestar is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.

The first track to be shared from Lodestar is ‘Cruel Lincoln’. Shirley explains the history of the song: “This is an ancient ballad, found only rarely in England. The theory is that Cruel Lincoln was a mason who was not paid for the work he did for ‘the Lord of the Manor’ and so extracted a terrible revenge”. It also features bird song recorded at the back of Shirley’s cottage. 

Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival,  recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia - and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. 

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.

Now Shirley Collins has sung once more (with a mischievous delight in defeating expectation), the accepted canon of her great recordings will have to be comprehensively recalibrated, yet again.  

“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee

Lodestar will be available on limited edition deluxe vinyl with a 24 page 12” booklet featuring song notes by Shirley Collins and sleeve notes by Stewart Lee and a signed print (signed print is available exclusively via Dom Mart), limited edition deluxe CD with 28 page booklet and standard vinyl. For more details visit Dom Mart.

Listen to the album's first two songs, 'Cruel Lincoln' and 'Death and The Lady', below now.

 

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF 69 LOVE SONGS

24/08/16

Image: Magnetic Fields boxset

The Magnetic Fields is songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt. His three-hour magnum opus 69 Love Songs is to be reissued on vinyl on October 7th through Domino Records. Comprised of 6 x 10” vinyl, the box set will include a full size 24-page colour booklet with liner notes by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) including an in-depth interview and a track-by-track with Merritt. The box set will be limited to 1000 copies.

69 Love Songs was released in 1999 and 17 years later, it is still a singular achievement - a bold undertaking by one of pop music’s most innovative and acclaimed songwriters. Originally conceived by Merritt to be a live musical revue of 100 songs, Merritt realised that 100 songs, even at 2 minutes each, would be far too long a show and decided upon the next meaningful number, 69. 69 songs about life, loss, hope and beauty.  69 songs about the pursuit of that ever elusive and patently undefinable holy grail, love.

Stephin Merritt wrote all 69 songs but enlisted the help of numerous friends to record the album including long-time collaborator Claudia Gonson, guitarist John Woo, cellist Sam Davol and Daniel Handler. 24 of the songs feature guest vocals from LD Beghtol, Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms and Gonson.

A career-defining work (as Merritt intended it to be), 69 Love Songs routinely ranks in Best Albums of All Times lists and has earned cult status. It is a celebration to the beauty, magic, humor, frustration, longing and tenderness of the human condition. 

Pre-order the 69 Love Songs box set here

Praise for 69 Love Songs:

“One of the most remarkable records ever made” The Sunday Times

“A major achievement” The Guardian

“The greatest songwriter of his generation” Time Out

“An undoubted genius” NME

“A masterwork. You’ll probably think these songs are about you” Spin

‘‘Ludicrously talented and unfeasibly prolific” The Independent

“5/5 ‘An imposing landmark” Uncut 

Tracklisting:

Volume 1

  1. Absolutely Cuckoo
  2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
  3. All My Little Words
  4. A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
  5. Reno Dakota
  6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
  7. Come Back From San Francisco
  8. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
  9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  10. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
  11. I Think I Need A New Heart
  12. The Book Of Love
  13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  14. How Fucking Romantic
  15. The One You Really Love
  16. Punk Love
  17. Parades Go By
  18. Boa Constrictor
  19. A Pretty Girl Is Like...
  20. My Sentimental Melody
  21. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
  22. Sweet-Lovin' Man
  23. The Things We Did And Didn't Do

Volume 2

  1. Roses
  2. Love Is Like Jazz
  3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
  5. Very Funny
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. No One Will Ever Love You
  8. If You Don't Cry
  9. You're My Only Home
  10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  11. My Only Friend
  12. Promises Of Eternity
  13. World Love
  14. Washington
  15. Long-Forgotten Fairytale
  16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  17. Papa Was A Rodeo
  18. Epitaph For My Heart
  19. Asleep And Dreaming
  20. The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
  21. The Way You Say Good-Night
  22. Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  23. I Shatter

Volume 3

  1. Underwear
  2. It’s A Crime
  3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  4. I’m Sorry I Love You
  5. Acoustic Guitar
  6. The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure
  7. Love In The Shadows
  8. Bitter Tears
  9. Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget
  10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  11. Experimental Music Love
  12. Meaningless
  13. Love Is Like a Bottle Of Gin
  14. Queen Of The Savages
  15. Blue You
  16. I Can’t Touch You Anymore
  17. Two Kinds of People
  18. How To Say Goodbye
  19. The Night You Can’t Remember
  20. For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  21. Strange Eyes
  22. Xylophone Track
  23. Zebra
 
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