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NéRIJA ANNOUNCE SIGNING TO DOMINO + SHARE RE-MIXED AND REMASTERED DEBUT NÉRIJA EP IN FULL

Nérija | 11/02/19

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Domino are delighted to formally introduce Nérija; the septet of Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass).

Their debut NÉRIJA EP – originally composed, recorded and self-released  following their meetings and collaborations via London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors – is today re-released digitally in full, having been re-mixed by kwes and remastered by Chris Potter at Electric.

 

Stream NÉRIJA EP in full on Spotify HERE

Stream NÉRIJA EP in full on Apple Music HERE

Stream NÉRIJA EP in full on YouTube HERE


The EP will also have its first vinyl release on 22nd March 2019. Pre-order on heavyweight 12” vinyl and CD via Domino Mart HERE.


NÉRIJA EP Track List

Pinkham V

Redamancy

The Fisherman

For You

Valleys

Alongside the re-release of the NÉRIJA EP, Nérija have announced a new London headline date at Oslo on Tuesday 26th March. Tickets are on Wednesday 13th February at 10am. The band are also confirmed for this year’s South By South West Festival, as well as being recently announced for this year’s End of the Road Festival.

Nérija Live Dates

Tuesday 26th March 2019 – Oslo, London, UK

March 2019 – SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas, USA

29th August – 1st September – End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, UK

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR, LONDON

01/02/19

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Based in our London office, Domino Recording Company is seeking a full time Digital Marketing Coordinator.

The role of Domino’s Digital Marketing Coordinator is to support the Digital Marketing Team in all aspects of campaign origination and management. Working closely with the Head of Marketing and Digital Marketing Managers in both the UK and US Domino offices, you will coordinate the team’s key functions, book digital advertising, compile reporting and monitor performance across paid and organic initiatives.

 
We are seeking a passionate and organised individual who lives and breathes digital culture. A fast paced and creative group environment, there’s huge scope to learn and grow within the role as you immerse yourself in the label’s digital marketing strategy, attend project planning meetings and interface with Domino’s frontline and international teams
 

Great interpersonal skills, a self-starting attitude and a genuine passion for digital marketing are key to this hire. Two years’ practical experience in a similar role within a music focused environment is preferable, and experience with YouTube channel management will be highly regarded. Outstanding candidates from the field of film, media or TV will also be considered.

Core Responsibilities:

• Booking and management of digital advertising on platforms including Facebook/Instagram, Google Network and Snapchat.

• Daily reporting on performance of our advertising activity to the key team.

• Supporting the Head of Marketing and Digital Marketing Managers across a broad cross-section of department and project specific tasks.

• Assisting with campaign preparation such as social media audits and demographic reports.

• Management of Domino’s YouTube channel and on-platform optimization of our artists channels and videos.

• Shazam tracking, benchmarking and analysis for Domino artists.

• General launch coordination such as creation of smart links via Smart URL.

• Coordination and management of the Domino Recording Co. social media channels and its subsidiary labels' channels.

• Assisting in management of selected artist social schedules as needed.

 

To Apply:

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before February 15th, 2019. 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL, LONDON

01/02/19

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Domino seeks a Head of International to lead the marketing and promotional strategy of the label internationally and manage our relationships with our third-party partners abroad.

 

This pivotal role will report into the board and is based in our London office.

Core Responsibilities:

• To lead the London International Department and supervise the operations of our offices in Berlin and Paris along and our remote personnel in Australia and Singapore.

• To input to the development of release plans in conjunction with the UK and US marketing teams, including pre-release planning, promotional coordination and digital strategy.

• To oversee the implementation of marketing plans, coordinate sales targets and manage project and departmental budgets.

• To serve as a liaison with artist management providing logistical insight, planning and international market feedback.

• To provide weekly updates on priority projects highlighting sales information, data analysis, market feedback and new developments.

• To evaluate all international deal structures and provide regular assessments of the performance of our third party international partners.

• To develop an overall strategy for and pursue deeper partner relationships in emerging markets.

Requirements:

• 5+ years music industry experience in the international sector.

• Proven experience in leading a team and collaborating across multiple departments and international territories.

• A good working knowledge of the digital landscape, including streaming platform and social media best practices.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

• Superior organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and tasks.

• The ability to travel internationally on a regular basis

• Most importantly, a passion for music and understanding of the Domino roster.

To Apply:

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to Internationalhire@dominorecordco.com before February 22nd, 2019. 

 

BETH GIBBONS SHARES COLLABORATION WITH POLISH NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI

Beth Gibbons | 30/01/19

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Domino is extremely proud to present Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. Both an audio and film recording of the performance will be available on 29th March 2019.

The performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's (The National) Réponse Lutosławski.

Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though - the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades - the challenge was met and exceeded. Her performance alongside the maestro Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, as you can see and hear on this release.

The film, was produced by the National Audiovisual Institute, Poland and directed by Michał Merczyński.

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Beth Gibbons is the vocalist, songwriter, producer and co-founder (together with Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley) of the band Portishead and a solo artist in her own right. The album marks the first music from Beth Gibbons since 2008.

Henryk Górecki (1933 – 2010) was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music, believed to be the most commercially successful classical composer in recent times, with previous versions of his Third Symphony, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, having sold over a million copies.

Krzysztof Penderecki has been hailed as Poland’s greatest living composer, and conductor.  His music was introduced to a wider audience through its use soundtracking movies such as The Shining and The Exorcist.

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Tracklisting:

I. Lento — Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile

II. Lento e largo — Tranquillissimo

III. Lento — Cantabile-semplice

 

Pre-order:

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) Performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki will be available on deluxe and standard LP + CD plus a DVD, also digitally.

 

Deluxe LP + DVD | CD + DVD | Download

Beth Gibbons online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

AVEY TARE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM COWS ON HOURGLASS POND; WATCH "SATURDAYS (AGAIN)" VIDEO; ON TOUR THIS SPRING

Avey Tare | 29/01/19

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Avey Tare, a.k.a Dave Portner of Animal Collective, has announced the new album Cows On Hourglass Pond, for release on March 22, 2019. 

Cows On Hourglass Pond was recorded between January - March 2018 by Dave Portner at Laughing Gas in Asheville, NC on a Tascam 48 half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine. The album was mixed by Adam McDaniel and Dave Portner at drop of sun in Asheville, NC. The first song to be released from the forthcoming album is “Saturdays (Again)”. A video, directed by Abby Portner, can be viewed below.

Says Abby Portner, on the video:"For the Saturdays (Again) video I wanted to try and create what it would look like inside Avey Tare's new record cover, if you were to step inside and hang out with Dave and the cows in a surreal, colorful landscape. Since I did parts of the record art and paintings in the press photos, I wanted it to all be included inside this video." 

Cows On Hourglass Pond follows the 2017 release of Avey Tare’s Eucalyptus, and 2018’s audiovisual album Tangerine Reef, a collaboration between Animal Collective and avant-garde coral macro-videographers Coral Morphologic. 

Cows on Hourglass Pond is available to pre-order now from the Domino store on CD and Deluxe LP + 10”. The latter format consists of a single LP pressing of the album available on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and a limited edition 10” featuring two bonus songs “Tipped in Hugs” b/w “Dog Says Goodbye.”

Avey Tare tour dates:
03-21 Knoxville, TX - Big Ears Festival
03-28 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
03-29 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
03-30 Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
04-01 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
04-02 Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot
04-04 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04-05 Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
04-06 Chicago, IL - Co Prosperity Sphere
04-07 St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Grill
04-11 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-12 Portland, OR - Holocene
04-13 Arcata, CA - The Miniplex in Richard’s Goat Tavern & Tearoom
04-15 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04-16 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04-17 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
04-19 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04-20 Austin, TX - Antone’s Nightclub
04-22 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
04-23 Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
04-24 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
04-25 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar

 

STEPHEN MALKMUS ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'GROOVE DENIED'

Stephen Malkmus | 21/01/19

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Stephen Malkmus

Announces new solo album Groove Denied will be released on March 15th via Domino

Shares new song ‘Viktor Borgia’ – watch video here

Confirms US solo tour for May + upcoming Jicks shows in Europe


The rumours are true: the secret electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on March 15th, when it’s released on Domino.  But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica.  In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album.  Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric.  Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single ‘Viktor Borgia’, and its accompanying video starring Stephen alone in a dance club.  The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

 

When Stephen Malkmus first arrived on the scene in the early Nineties, as frontman and prime creative force in Pavement, the area of music with which he was associated couldn’t really have been further from the techno-rave sounds of the day. Electronic dance music, then as now, was about posthuman precision, inorganic textures, and hyper-digital clarity. Whereas the lo-fi movement in underground rock championed a messthetic of sloppiness, rough edges, and raw warmth - a hundred exquisitely subtle shades of distortion and abrasion.

Fast forward to the present and here comes Malkmus with Groove Denied – Stephen’s first solo album without his cohorts the Jicks since 2001. Made using Ableton’s Live, and instead of a human-powered rhythm section, Malkmus’s arsenal further included drum machines, along with a host of plug-in FX and “soft synths”. He compares the process of track-construction to the way his kids “used to make these girls on my iPhone - choosing hair colour, dresses, etc. That intuitive swipe and grab thing. Chop and move the waves. Apple computer scroll style of thinking.”

This departure from the tried-and-tested stems back to earlier in this decade, when Malkmus spent a couple of years living in Berlin and was exposed to the city’s vibrant club scene. He made forays into the city’s world-famous all-night party scene and became fascinated by techno, “the music can be great… you can zone out, dance, and focus on music - or just get wasted!”

 

It would not be entirely off-base, or an overly cute rock-historical reference, to describe Groove Denied as Stephen Malkmus’s Low. Although largely recorded in Oregon, the bulk of the album was written while he was living in Berlin. And whilst the methodology behind Groove Denied is absolutely 21st Century, the reference points for the sound-palette hark back to the pre-digital era. “The electronic music side of the album, I wanted it to be sonically pre-Internet,” explains Stephen.

Groove Denied will shake up settled notions of what Malkmus is about and what he’s capable of, repositioning him in the scheme of things. But looking at it from a different angle, his engagement with state-of-art digital tech actually makes perfect sense. After all, Nineties lo-fi – the sound in which he and Pavement were initially vaunted as leaders and pioneers - was nothing if not insistently sonic – it was all about the grain of guitar textures, about gratuitously over-done treatments and ear-grabbing effects. Noise for noise’s sake. As Stephen tweeted recently on the subject of Auto-Tune’s omnipresence in contemporary music-making: “We long 4 transformation....and we humans fucking luv tools.”

Tracklisting:

1. Belziger Faceplant

2. A Bit Wilder

3. Viktor Borgia 

4. Come Get Me 

5. Forget Your Place

6. Rushing The Acid Frat

7. Love The Door

8. Bossviscerate

9. Ocean of Revenge

10. Grown Nothing

 

Groove Denied is available to pre–order on Dom-Mart exclusive clear vinyl (w/ Groove Denied-labelled floppy disc and Stephen Malkmus retro photo print), standard vinyl, CD (w/ poster) and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

Upcoming tour dates:

Jan 23 – Chicago IL @ Metro *

Jan 25 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall ^

May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory ^

May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall ^

May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage ^

May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live ^

May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^

May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater ^

May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall ^

May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^

May 30 – Barcelona ES @ Primavera Festival *

June 14 – Mannheim DE @ Maimarkt-Gelände *

June 19 – Paris FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique *

* denotes w/ The Jicks

^ denotes Malkmus solo

Stephen Malkmus Online:

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FAT WHITE FAMILY RETURN WITH THEIR THIRD ALBUM ‘SERFS UP!’ AND SHARE FIRST TRACK, ‘FEET’

Fat White Family | 09/01/19

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Serfs Up! is Fat White Family’s third album and their first for new label Domino. Released on Friday 19th April 2019 it marks the most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in recent musical history.

The band have today shared the first track to be taken from the album, Feet, a triumphant return which perfectly heralds the overwhelming musical scope and ambition of the album.  

Having released their second album, Songs For Our Mothers in January 2016, core-members Lias and Nathan Saoudi relocated to Sheffield and set about writing the album. Joined by co-conspirator Saul Adamczewski and recorded at their own Champzone studios in the Attercliffe area of the city, Serfs Up! was finished in late autumn 2018 with the help of long-time collaborator, Liam D. May and features a guest appearance from Baxter Dury on Tastes Good With The Money.

The track listing of the 10-track album is as follows:

1.   Feet

2.   I Believe In Something Better

3.   Vagina Dentata

4.   Kim’s Sunsets

5.   Fringe Runner

6.   Oh Sebastian

7.   Tastes Good With The Money

8.   Rock Fishes

9.   When I Leave

10. Bobby’s Boyfriend



Serfs Up! is a lush and masterful work, lascivious and personal. Tropical, sympathetic and monumental. It invites the listener in rather than repel them through wilful abrasion. Fat White Family have broken previous default patterns of behaviour, and as such their third album heralds a new day dawning.

Gregorian chants, jackboot glam beats, string flourishes, sophisticated and lush cocktail exotica, electro funk and the twin spirits of Alan Vega and Afrika Bambaataa punctuate the record at various junctures, while the dramatic production of Feet is as immaculately-rendered as ‘Hounds of Love’-era Kate Bush. The dirt is still there of course, but scrape it away and you’ll find a purring engine, gleaming chrome.

Echoing within the arrangements throughout are traces of blissed-out 60s Tropicalia, Velvets/Bowie sleaze-making and star-gazing, 80s digital dancehall, David Axelrod-style easy listening, joyous Pet Shop Boys synth crescendos, acid house, post-PIL dub, metropolitan murder ballads, doom-disco and mouth-gurning, slow-mo psychedelia so by the time it comes to a close only a fool would deny that Serfs Up! is something very special. No longer is unadulterated music malevolence Fat White Family’s stock in trade; this is cultivated music for the head, the heart. For tomorrow’s unborn children.

Where once they soundtracked a grubby Britain of vape shops, Fray Bentos dinners and blackened tin-foil, a crepuscular comedown realm stalked by Shipman, Goebbels and Mark E. Smith, Fat White Family now inhabit another cosmos entirely. Serfs Up! is the product of a band of outlaws reborn. Few but themselves could have forecast it: Fat White Family survived. Fat White Family got wise. Fat White Family got sophisticated.

Serfs Up! will be available on CD (WIGCD401), standard vinyl (WIGLP401), Dom Mart exclusive vinyl (12” heavyweight transparent red vinyl with fold out poster – WIGLP401XM) and via digital download (WIG401D).  You can pre-order Serfs Up! HERE.

 

SASAMI ANNOUNCES SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM FOR MARCH

SASAMI | 08/01/19

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SASAMI announces debut album out March 8th via Domino

Watch the video for new single ‘Jealousy’

Announces North American live dates + upcoming UK/Europe tour


Los Angeles-based artist SASAMI has announced her self-titled debut album with the release of a video for its lead single, Jealousy.  

 

On the video, SASAMI says, The whole ‘Jealousy’ video was born out of inspiration from the scene “Bruce Vs Chocolate Cake” from the 1996 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’. I wanted it to be kind of like a filmed version of a weird play. I am a witch creature and my sidekick, Gobby, and I dance in our painted backdrop lair and plot mischief. Luckily our havoc bears liberating ends as the bewitched are released of their socially-expected, self-imposed obsessions and rituals. I wanted to make something grotesque and creepy and funny, of course.”

 

Stream ‘Jealousy’ here.

 

 

If you've ever drafted an overly long text to someone and decided against sending it, then you'll probably hear something of yourself in SASAMI, out March 8th 2019."It's a mix of a diary and a collection of letters, written but never sent, to people I've been intimately involved with in one way or another," explains Los Angeles songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth, aka SASAMI, who wrote the album's ten tautly melodic rock tracks over the course of a year on tour, playing keys and guitar with Cherry Glazerr. "Ok, maybe they're more like over-dramatic drafts of texts that you compose in the Notes section of your iPhone, but either way, they come from a place of getting something off my chest." In an Instagram post announcing the release of ‘Callous’, a haunting ballad chronicling the disintegration of a relationship over wrenching guitar wails, she sums up the inspiration behind her engrossingly confessional debut more bluntly: "Everyone I fucked and who fucked me last year".

 

Originating as a string of demos she recorded straight to her iPad whilst on tour with Cherry Glazerr, the songs poured out of Ashworth in stream-of-consciousness fashion, tracking the thrills, disappointments, and non-starters of a year spent newly single and on the road. In many ways, though, they were the culmination of decades of hard work. After studying piano as a child, she picked up the French horn in middle school, and has been playing music pretty much every day since - first as a long-time conservatory kid with her sights on a career as a classical French horn player, and later as an elementary school music teacher, running around a classroom, making up songs and dances, and directing rag-tag orchestras full of glockenspiels and bongos. "If you can keep like 30 kids with tambourines entertained, [doing it for] a room full of drunk adults at a rock show is nothing”, she says.

 

Just like her notoriously irreverent stage banter, Ashworth notes that her relationship to music, and to playing instruments, "comes from a place of love and playfulness and joy" - and it's something you can hear at every moment of SASAMI. But if SASAMI tells a story, it's one about the surprising ways that one's relationships - with lovers, with friends, with oneself - can shift in a single year.

With only a 2-song 7" under her belt before today’s album announcement, SASAMI has already been hailed as "rock's next big thing" by The FADER and awarded Pitchfork's coveted Best New Track distinction.

 

SASAMI's debut self-titled album is available for pre-order now on limited pressing clear vinyl with an exclusive SASAMI transfer tattoo sheet, CD, and digital download.

 

Tracklisting

1. I Was A Window

2. Not The Time

3. Morning Comes

4. Free

5. Pacify

6. At Hollywood

7. Jealousy

8. Callous

9. Adult Contemporary

10. Turned Out I Was Everyone

 

Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

Additionally, SASAMI has announced a 2019 European tour that kicks off next month in Berlin, and a North American tour in the spring. All dates below.

 

Upcoming live dates

Feb 27th – Badehaus, Berlin Tickets

Feb 28th – Aalhaus, Hamburg Tickets

March 2nd – Bakken, Copenhagen Free entry

March 4th - Botanique Witloofbar, Brussels Tickets

March 5th – Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam Tickets

March 6th – Pop-Up Du Label, Paris Tickets

March 8th – The Lexington, London Tickets

April 3rd – The Echo, Los Angeles

April 9th – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco

April 11th – Doug Fir, Portland

April 12th – Barboza, Seattle

April 13th – Wise Hall, Vancouver

April 15th – Neurolux, Boise, ID

April 17th – Lost Lake, Denver

April 18th – Reverb, Omaha

April 19th – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA

April 20th – Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St Paul, MN

April 21st – Colectivo (Back Room), Milwaukee

April 23rd – Schubas, Chicago

April 25th – Baby G, Toronto

April 26th – Quai Des Brumes, Montreal

April 27th – Brighton Music Hall, Boston

April 29th – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia

April 30th – Elsewhere, Brooklyn

May 3rd – DC9, Washington

May 4th – Club Café, Pittsburgh

May 5th – Rumba Café, Columbus

May 6th – The Basement, Nashville

May 8th – Three Links, Dallas

May 9th – Barracuda, Austin


 

REST IN PEACE, PETE SHELLEY

Buzzcocks | 07/12/18

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We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Pete Shelley. Pete was the great romantic of the punk era and one of its truly great songwriters. In 1978 it felt like Buzzcocks released a perfect single every two months and they were regularly beamed into the living rooms of our provincial homes via Top Of The Pops like a pop art post punk Beatles . We bought their singles for 49 pence from Woolworths on  the day they came out  and played them repeatedly, over and over again.. I even remember getting a copy of their Love Bites album for my thirteenth birthday present. Played it to death.

Now it’s 40 years on and  we’re all grown up and Domino is the proud guardian of the Buzzcocks  incredible  catalogue. We have been preparing a re issue campaign for next year which  Pete had just signed off on the art and packaging for. We are so sorry that Pete isn’t going to be around for their reissue. 

We send our love and respect to Pete and his nearest and dearest and we salute his eternal pop genius.

Laurence Bell

 

JAMES YORKSTON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'THE ROUTE TO THE HARMONIUM' FOR FEB 22ND 2019

James Yorkston | 21/11/18

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James Yorkston

Announces new album The Route to the Harmonium  for Feb 22nd 2019

Shares new song ‘My Mouth Ain’t No Bible’ – watch the video here

Upcoming live dates including Christmas solo shows + 2019 touring

James Yorkston will release his new album The Route to the Harmonium on Feb 22nd 2019; produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, it is James’ first solo record since 2014’s Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (CRAWS) and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan as well as the release of his debut novel Three Craws in 2016.

Alongside the announcement, James has shared new song ‘My Mouth Ain’t No Bible’ - one of three thrilling spoken-word pieces on the record. It thrums insistently, military snares punching away, Yorkston’s delivery interplaying as two competing voices, one of himself, the other a lost musician friend, “a spare hand, a hired hand, a deck hand” who was unable to prevent self-destruction. 

 

Stream ‘My Mouth Ain’t No Bible’ here.

The album was almost entirely recorded by James himself, in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke, where he lives. Yorkston’s studio is a ramshackle old loft space, originally used to repair fisherman’s nets, and now stuffed full the antique instruments James has collected throughout his life as a musician. Having created hours of recordings, James called up his old collaborator David Wrench - the mixer and producer who has worked with the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and David Byrne - and someone who has worked on James’ albums since 2003 – to help make sense of the sessions.

The Route to the Harmonium (or, ‘the search for peace’) is intensely personal; it’s the sound of home, of undisturbed craftmanship. Listen closely and you can imagine him putting it together. Overlaying vocal and guitar tracks, adding further with Dulcitones, harmoniums and autoharps, with nyckelharpa, the distinctive Swedish stringed instrument given to him by a friend. And friends and family, past and present swim all over his songs. Remembering them, and those you’ve shared life with, those who leave and those who remain, is the strongest thread running through these affecting, extraordinary songs. This is Yorkston’s world and could be nowhere else in music.

James adds: “I guess, as a musician and writer, I find myself reacting to what goes on around. So, this album is about life, the life that carries on around me. There’s family, place, and the being away from family that the life of a touring musician brings… But there’s also reference to friends departed – the hows, the whys – When a friend jumps ship it’s always a haymaker to the gut, you know? And this album is about them, but it’s more about us, us who are left behind...”

 

James Yorkston will head out next month for his traditional solo Christmas shows, with a full UK tour following in May, whilst in January, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan will take in a tour of Ireland.

Track listing:

  1. Your Beauty Could Not Save You
  2. The Irish Wars of Independence
  3. Like Bees to Foxglove
  4. Shallow
  5. The Blue of the Thistle
  6. My Mount Ain’t No Bible
  7. Solitary Islands All
  8. The Villages I Have Known My Entire Life
  9. Oh Me, Oh My
  10. Brittle
  11. Yorkston Athletic
  12. A Footnote to an Epitaph

The Route to the Harmonium is available to pre–order on Dom Mart-exclusive green vinyl (w/ signed poster), deluxe green vinyl (w/ poster), standard vinyl (w/ poster), CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

Upcoming James Yorkston live shows

2018

Wed 19th December – The Lexington, London **Sold Out**

Thurs 20th December – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham Tickets

 

2019

1st April – Perth Theatre, Perth

2nd May - Summerhall, Edinburgh Tickets

3rd May - Òran Mór, Glasgow Tickets

4th May - Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine Tickets

5th May - Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe Tickets

6th May - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tickets

7th May - Islington Assembly Hall, London Tickets

8th May - Reading Arts Centre, Reading Tickets

9th May – Gallery, Milton Keynes Tickets

10th May – Dukes, Lancaster Tickets

11th May – Old Cinema Launderette, Durham Tickets

13th May – Louisiana, Bristol Tickets

14th May - The Moon, Cardiff Tickets

15th May – The King’s Arms, Manchester Tickets

16th May - Trades Hall, Hebden Bridge Tickets

24th May – Tolbooth, Stirling Tickets

 

Upcoming Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer shows - hosted and programmed by James Yorkston

Sat 15th December – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy with Vashti Bunyan, Audiobooks, Michael Pedersen

 

Upcoming Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live shows

Fri 18th January 2019 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny

Sat 19th January 2019 – Dolan’s, Limerick

Tues 22nd January 2019 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Thurs 24th January – Out To Lunch Festival, Belfast

Fri 25th January 2019 – Coughlan’s, Cork

Sat 26th January 2019 – Phil Grimes, Waterford

Tickets

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