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JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

10/09/18

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


The Digital Marketing Manager is our central conduit for all digital marketing and advertising initiatives. Working closely with the UK Project Management and Marketing teams, they will originate the digital identity of our campaigns, developing comprehensive marketing plans and the assets to execute them, and manage our UK and International digital advertising activity.

We are seeking an individual who lives and breathes digital culture, and will bring a constant source of digital and technological ideas to the team. Alongside a strong strategic background and a practical skillset in running advertising campaigns, candidates with experience driving special projects, API builds and creative digital initiatives will be highly regarded.

Great interpersonal skills, a self-starting attitude and the ability to work in an open and creative group environment are key to this hire. Two years’ practical digital marketing experience in a music focused environment is preferable. Alternatively outstanding candidates from the field of film, media or TV will be considered.

Duties include:

• Conceive and oversee digital marketing endeavors for Domino’s project roster, working closely with the Project Management and Marketing teams.

• Lead UK & International digital advertising campaigns that are complimentary to campaign marketing objectives, working closely with the UK & International teams to effectively phase campaign activity and budgets.

• Buying, trafficking & optimising advertising across various platforms including Facebook Business Manager (including Facebook and Instagram), Google Ads (including Search, Display and YouTube), Snapchat and more, with support from a coordinator.

• Drive briefs for digital marketing tools in collaboration with internal and external designers/developers including: campaign websites and API builds, banner advertisements, bespoke social media assets, pre-roll video ads and more.

• Run social media campaigns and fan focused engagement initiatives, speaking to and leveraging our artists’ ecosystems to best serve our campaigns.

• Share digital knowledge within the team via demographic and engagement reports, social media snapshots, YouTube/VEVO data and advertising results.

• Stay abreast of and advise the team on the latest developments in online advertising, digital media, D2C and music/technology partnerships.

• Build and maintain relationships in the digital marketing realm, with a particular focus around social network partners including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.

Requirements:

• Minimum of two years’ digital advertising and campaign experience in the music industry or related field 

• Regular user of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, with proven experience using social media to effectively enhance marketing campaigns

• Experience in International digital marketing highly regarded

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Attention to detail & ability to multitask

• Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred

Domino Recording Co. was founded in the UK in 1993 by Laurence Bell, who is still the primary creative force of the company. Initially focused on releasing singles and albums by American artists in the UK (Pavement, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sebadoh), the label has expanded over the past decade to include offices in New York, Berlin, Paris and Sydney and has had considerable worldwide success, both commercial and artistic, with acts as diverse as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Animal Collective, Blood Orange, Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, The Kills, and Jon Hopkins to name a few. 

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on September 28th, 2018.

 

NEW ALBUM AVIARY RELEASED 26TH OCTOBER

Julia Holter | 06/09/18

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Aviary is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” Out on October 26th via Domino, it’s the Los Angeles composer’s most breathtakingly expansive album yet, full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 record, Have You in My Wilderness, it takes as its starting point a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds." It’s a scenario that sounds straight out of a horror movie, but it’s also a pretty good metaphor for life in 2018, with its endless onslaught of political scandals, freakish natural disasters, and voices shouting their desires and resentments into the void.

 

“Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation,” says Holter. “I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace.  Maybe it’s a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.”

 

The first song to be shared from Aviary, 'I Shall Love 2' echoes that hope: "I am in love... There is nothing else".

 

Watch the video directed by Dicky Bahto here.

Stream 'I Shall Love 2' here.

 

“In a lot of the songs, when I mention love, it’s about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested,” Holter says. In Aviary’s case, that search for sweetness - that bridging of the gulf - becomes a metaphor for the creative process itself, cutting through the hierarchies of history, language, and musical form to offer something more fluid, more inclusive, more idiosyncratic.

 

Aviary, executive produced by Cole MGN and produced by Holter and Kenny Gilmore, combines Holter's slyly theatrical vocals and Blade Runner-inspired synth work with an enveloping palette of strings and percussion that reveals itself, and the boundless scope of her vision, over the course of fifteen songs. Holter was joined by Corey Fogel (percussion), Devin Hoff (bass), Dina Maccabee (violin, viola, vocals), Sarah Belle Reid (trumpet), Andrew Tholl (violin), and Tashi Wada (synth, bagpipes).

 

Aviary tracklisting:

  1. Turn The Light On
  2. Whether
  3. Chaitius
  4. Voce Simul
  5. Everyday Is An Emergency
  6. Another Dream
  7. I Shall Love 2
  8. Underneath The Moon
  9. Colligere
  10. In Gardens’ Muteness
  11. I Would Rather See
  12. Les Jeux To You
  13. Words I Heard
  14. I Shall Love 1
  15. Why Sad Song

 

Upcoming live dates

2018

14th Oct - Desert Daze Festival, Lake Perris, CA Tickets

 

24th Nov - Explore The North Festival, Leeuwarden Tickets

26th Nov - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam Tickets

27th Nov – Schauspiel, Bochum, Germany Tickets

28th Nov - De Roma, Antwerp Tickets

30th Nov - Funkhaus, Berlin Tickets

1st Dec - Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg Tickets    

2nd Dec - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt Tickets

3rd Dec  - Kammerspiele, Munich Tickets

5th Dec  - Petit Bain, Paris Tickets

6th Dec  - Gorilla, Manchester Tickets

7th Dec  - Fiddlers, Bristol Tickets

8th Dec  - Button Factory, Dublin Tickets

10th Dec - Summerhall, Edinburgh Tickets

11th Dec - Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds Tickets

12th Dec - Hackney Arts Centre, London Tickets

 

2019

19th Feb - U Street Music Hall, Washington DC Tickets

20th Feb - Underground Arts, Philadelphia Tickets

22nd Feb - Warsaw, New York Tickets

23rd Feb - Brighton Music Hall, Boston Tickets

24th Feb - La Sala Rossa, Montreal Tickets

26th Feb - The Great Hall, Toronto Tickets

27th Feb - El Club, Detroit Tickets

28th Feb - Thalia Hall, Chicago Tickets

1st Mar  - Turf Club, St. Paul Tickets

4th Mar  - Imperial, Vancouver Tickets

5th Mar  - Doug Fir, Portland Tickets

6th Mar  - Neumos, Seattle Tickets

8th Mar  - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Tickets

9th Mar  - Lodge Room, Los Angeles Tickets

 

Aviary will be available to pre-order on Dom-Mart exclusive deluxe LP (2 x heavyweight clear vinyl, photo print and booklet), Indie-exclusive LP (2 x heavyweight clear vinyl and booklet), standard LP (2 x heavyweight black vinyl and booklet), double CD (with booklet) and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

Julia Holter Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

2015 - 2017, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 02/09/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Mindlessness - Streaming Now 

The song "Mindlessness" is a single from SINGER'S GRAVE A SEA OF TONGUES. The B-side, "Blindlessness", was named for the occasion. The song was 
written and recorded for possible inclusion in a motion picture but was rejected by the filmmaker.  And so, Will Oldham invited filmmaker Kyle Armstrong (for whom he had narrated a short science/art hybrid doc called MAGNETIC RECONNECTION) to Louisville to shoot a short film piece around the song.  In the video, Oldham wears a blindfold. The blindfold is a bandana acquired in Padstow, Cornwall during May Day celebrations.  Oldham was there with Trembling Bells.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Pond Scum - Streaming Now

POND SCUM is a collection of recordings made for John Peel’s much-listened-to BBC radio show, at Peel’s request.  These are various Palace/Will Oldham/ Bonnie Prince Billy sessions; the lines are blurred.  The performances are mostly Oldham solo, with David Heumann singing and playing baritone electric on the songs from one session.  Heumann also wrote the liner notes for the POND SCUM record.  The cover photos are by Dan Koretzky, and they evoke simply the landscapes from the EASE DOWN THE ROAD cover art.  Elsa Hansen (soon to be Elsa Oldham) stitched different portraits of Peel for the different physical release formats.

Bonnie Prince Billy and Bitchin Bajas circled each other for a time before being properly introduced.  They joined forces for a deep winter tour together, and soon began to hatch a plan to somehow build a set of music together.  They convened first in Louisville.  Cooper Crain, of Bitchin Bajas, found a reel-to-reel tape recording machine at Oldham’s workspace and immediately put it to use.  Oldham dug up his collection of Chinese restaurant fortune cookie fortunes, from decades of munching fate, and used these for the lyrics to be sung, chanted, etc.  Rob Frye and Daniel Quinlivan, along with Crain, brought their wizardry to the proceedings, and after a couple few days a record was beginning to take shape.  Another session was arranged in Chicago, at the Bajas’ music space, to finish up.  The resulting collaborative record is called EPIC JAMMERS AND FORTUNATE LITTLE DITTIES, after a phrase Frye used to sum up what had gone down in the recording sessions.  Tours were mounted, in Japan and Spain, with odd shows here and there in the USA.  The joined forces performed at the Calgary Folk Festival as well as London’s Cafe Oto.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Best Troubador - Streaming Now

 

2012 - 2014, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 13/08/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The B-Sides For Time To Be Clear - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Now Here's My Plan - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Dawn McCarthy - Christmas Eve Can Kill You - Streaming Now

More adventures for what we may call the Babblers Band (Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiely, Will Oldham and Angel Olsen), under the auspices of BonniePrince’ Billy.  There were two songs from the WOLFROY GOES TO TOWN batch of constructed jammers for which there was neither time nor psychological space to complete during the WOLFROY sessions.  However, everybody knew how to play the songs and wanted to track them, so Oldham booked time at David Ferguson’s Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville, and “Whipped” and “Out of Mind” were tracked and released as a 7”.  Both sides were called B-sides, the A-side being a virtual release of WOLFROY’sTime to be Clear”.  Fergie knocked the session out of the park, as continues to be his style to this very day.  The artwork for the single was an extension of Sammy Harkham’s work for the WOLFROY cover.

Book publishers Faber & Faber were publishing a book-length interview with Oldham and asked for some sort of musical release to help commemorate and promote the book.  Oldham picked six songs from various Bonny/Palace records and the Babbler band incorporated all six into their live repertoire, playing the songs every night on tour in the lead-up to a recording session with Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Recording studio in Chicago.  The songs were then recorded live-in-the-studio.  The title for the resulting EP, “Now Here’s My Plan”, came from a famous Shel Silverstein cartoon.  Ben Berman conceived of a new chapter in the life and work of Zombie Bonny for his memorable video clip for the revamped “I See a Darkness”, filmed in Glasgow, Scotland, where a mini-Babblers (Boye, Kelly, Oldham/Olsen) were performing.  The cover art for the EP was a leather ‘painting’, rendered by Sue Schofield, of a meteor hurtling our way.  The font and layout for the EP reminds us that it is the next entry in the Bonny live series, after SUMMER IN THE SOUTHEAST, WILDING IN THE WEST, FUNTOWN COMEDOWN, and IS IT THE SEA?

Oldham went into the studio again with Dawn McCarthy, this time to pay collaborative tribute to some of the works of the Everly Brothers.  More on that next week, but for now we’ll speak briefly about the advance holiday single, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”.  In the USA the b-side of the single was “Walking the Dog”, in Europe it was “Lovey Kravezit”.  The single and the subsequent full-length record was recorded by David Ferguson at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, TN.  Magnus Johnstone did the cover artwork for the 7”.  Lara Miranda made a beautiful video clip for the song.

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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - What The Brothers Sang - Streaming Now

When Dawn McCarthy and Will Oldham first met face-to-face, they were on the road together.  They learned and sang the Everly Brothers classic “So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad)”.  Years later, McCarthy suggested to Oldham that they sing some more Everly jams together, and Oldham was immediately ready with an arsenal of potential works for them to embrace.  He sent a long list to Dawn, and she picked and choosed from them, and together they came up with the playlist for WHAT THE BROTHERS SANG.  Their principal partners in crime were Emmett Kelly, with his golden voice and hands of silver, and David Ferguson, with his platinum ear and endless list of badass pickers to call upon to make music into MUSIC. Add to that a wild and wide variety of friends and colleagues who paraded in and laid down their prooves-of-chops on tape and you have a pretty mighty record. 

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The Marquis De Tren & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Solemns - Streaming Now

GET ON JOLLY had been a sleeper hit, a fan favorite, so it wasn’t too much of a challenge to get the Marquis de Tren and Bonny Billy back together for this biblical EP.  A mini-Bonny Babblers ensemble (Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly, Angel Olsen, and Will Oldham) traveled to Australia to play some shows, and in Melbourne they rendezvoused with Mick Turner and Jim White to record SOLEMNS, three songs with music built by Turner and words culled from the Christian Bible’s book of Psalms.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Singer's Grave A Sea of Tongues - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Quail and Dumplings - Streaming Now

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - New Black Rich (Tusks) - Streaming Now

Strange things were happening in the world of the music business.  The music itself was still alive, but the bodies formerly inhabited by that music were being rapidly abandoned.  The music maybe was getting big-headed, thinking it could survive without a real host.  Regardless, it was getting eerily hostile.  Making new music for this environment was a challenge for Will Oldham, who had too much invested in the making of music to just let it run free in this lawless climate.  So Oldham continued to actively combine the making of new music with ‘old’.  There had been the Babblers shows and the Everly-honoring record and tours with Dawn McCarthy.  Now, for a new Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy record of original songs, Oldham turned back the clock a few years, to 2011, and imagined that he had not made a record called WOLFROY GOES TO TOWN out of a certain cluster of assembled songs.  The songs were there, but time’s road was split and here Oldham took a different fork.  He left behind the two foreign-culture jams, “New Tibet” and “Cows”, and picked up the ostracized “Whipped” and “Out of Mind” along with a new Bryan Rich composition, “New Black Rich (Tusks)”, and built an alternate-reality record called SINGER’S GRAVE A SEA OF TONGUES.  The title was a paraphrase of one of the song titles from the record, “Sailor’s Grave a Sea of Sheep”, which was itself a paraphrase of the song “Black Captain”, Rashomon-ing the story for this new context.  Oldham asked Emmett Kelly if he was down for making a new record, Kelly said “oui, oui”, and Oldham sent Kelly a CD of demos featuring all of the songs to be recorded.  Oldham also sent a letter to the rest of the Babbler band (Danny Kiely, Ben Boye, Van Campbell, and Angel Olsen) as well as to Shahzad Ismaily explaining that this new record was in no way intended to be a slight on the WOLFROY achievement, rather perhaps a new way of shining a new light on that record and on recorded efforts in general.  The past was not past, it is a crucial part of the present and future.  Mark Nevers had asked Oldham to come make a new record, and Oldham brought SINGER’S GRAVE to the Beech House table.  Nevers met the challenge with fierce enthusiasm.  He brought in the McCrary sisters and Caroline Peyton to sing, Billy Contreras to fiddle, and the stalwart Tony Crow to play pianos and keys.

Claudia Crobatia made a video for “New Black Rich (Tusks)”, shot outside of Amsterdam and starring Oldham and KellyBen Berman revisited “Quail and Dumplings”, setting the new piece at a water park and bringing back Nina Nastasia and Kennan Gudjonsson as well as, of course, Zombie Bonny.  TV commercials were made for the record attempting to explain the phenomena of the parallel-reality recording.  Sammy Harkham once again, as he did on WOLFROY, executed the cover art.  The photo on the back cover (taken by Oscar Parsons) features Oldham on the stage of Clear Lake, Iowa’s legendary Surf Ballroom, the site of Buddy Holly’s final performance.


 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK PRODUCT MANAGER

10/08/18

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Domino seeks a Product Manager to join its London team.

Product Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in working closely with recording artists and their managers while a proven track record in devising and delivering creative and notable marketing campaigns is essential

The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.

The role also includes being responsible for the creation of all campaign content -  so the candidate will need to be confident in commissioning high quality music videos, remixes, artwork and all types of digital content / marketing assets.

Responsibilities include:

• Devising and implementing quality and highly creative marketing campaigns alongside the rest of the team, for a designated roster of artists.

• Delivering the campaign to the rest of the Domino global team.

• Formatting and origination of physical and digital releases and liaising with our distributer on all aspects of driving retail sales and retail marketing initiatives.

• Responsible for all content origination and commissioning and delivery of all video, audio and digital content, as well as marketing assets, to meet deadlines and relevant specs, liaison with management/licensors to ensure global co-ordination.

• Responsible for originating the overall timeline for the campaign and making sure the various deliverables are meeting designated deadlines.

• Making sure that all aspects of the campaign are communicated, objectives are set and followed up on by the wider Domino team, and in charge of getting input from the various members of the team on the project, including but not limited to A&R, Marketing/Digital Marketing, Promotions, International, Production, Digital Account Management.

• Managing of given budgets and liaising with the UK GM on budgets for all artists.

Minimum 3 years appropriate experience

Salary dependent on experience.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to pmjob@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on September 7th, 2018.

 

SAM MEHRAN 1986-2018

30/07/18

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We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news that Sam Mehran has passed away.

Sam was a uniquely and supremely talented musician, songwriter and producer,  and a warm and  gentle soul. 

He will be missed by so many.

Sam's love of music was immense and inspiring, and we are blessed to have known him.

Rest in peace, Sam

 

2009 - 2011, STREAMING NOW

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 24/07/18

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Funtime Comedown - Streaming Now

It’s with great pleasure that we offer FUNTOWN COMEDOWN to the streamverse.  A live record born of good times and friendship, FUNTOWN COMEDOWN has had only  a limited availability up to this point. 

Here’s how it happened: One summer, Oscar Lee Riley Parsons asked Will Oldham what it would take to induce Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to perform at a strange and special little place called Funtown, of which Parsons’ friend Brad Reinstedler was the mayor (and is still the mayor, by the way).  Oldham replied that all he needed was a rehearsed ensemble, and so Parsons put his own group, Thomas A Minor & the Picket Line (including Reinstedler, Bob Dixon, Jon Kempf, and Danny Kiely), to work learning a set of Bonny pieces.  Parsons enlisted Cheyenne Mize as fiddler and duet partner. They rehearsed the songs and soon invited Oldham into the rehearsal process.  Tickets were sold for the Funtown event, commemorative kazoos were purchased as giveaways (and to facilitate audience participation on “Goat & Ram”), folks gathered on a warm summer day outside of Louisville, and music and merriment went down a-plenty.  So much fun was had, in fact, that it was decided that this ensemble ought to play some more together before disbanding.  There had a been a handful of practice shows around Louisville, at Joe’s Palm Room, the Back Door, and the Nach Bar.  Now sights were set further afield...as far as Lexington, KY for a benefit show intended to raise awareness of the plight of the Kentucky Hemlock tree.  Hence the group learned Ralph Stanley’sHemlocks and Primroses”.  They were all invited out to San Francisco for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.  And then it was thought that they ought to record their efforts, and so one more show was arranged at the recording studio of bassist Danny Kiely.  Invitations were sent out, about fifty people gathered, and a little live show went down, recorded on high-fidelity multi-track recording gear by KielyOldham and Kiely spent a week or so mixing (during which time the King of Pop passed away; this will give you an idea of when all of this occurred.  Perhaps the timeline won’t match up precisely but you will forgive if a date is out of place here or there).  The record artwork is made up of photographs by Louisville photographer Dan Lubbers.  Yet another Merle Haggard song is covered by Bonny on this record, “Ramblin Fever”.  It will still be a few years before Bonny undertakes a full record of Haggard tunes, BEST TROUBADOR.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware - Streaming Now

In deep Kentucky winter, Will Oldham asked Cheyenne Mize and Emmett Kelly to come to his house and record a four-song EP.  The EP was to be called “Chijimi”, after a style of fabric crafted in northern Japan during snowy months.  It was just the three of them in the room together, and to Oldham it felt ideal.  Why weren’t all recording sessions like this?  The sounds of the room were captured by the microphones, the three voices worked very well with each other, the material was in turns poetic, evocative, outlandish and devotional.  It felt to Oldham like a new model had been established and that all could be right in the world of music-making from that point on.

The artist Thomas Campbell had recommended to Oldham that he apply for an artist residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts outside of San Francisco.  Oldham got himself a three-month stint living and working there in the Marin Headlands National Seashore.  It proved to be a productive time.  Among other endeavors, Oldham worked daily on new songs and planned the next performance journey (with booking agent David Viecelli and tour manager Jesse Fischler) and recording session and touring ensemble (with Emmett Kelly).  Oldham was assigned a small studio in the main building at the Headlands, but soon was able to secure a larger, more remote studio space overlooking a former missile launch site.  The building was huge and wooden with plenty of room for thinking and making noise.  The basics for all of the BEWARE songs were built here.  Oldham’s plan was to meet up with a group of musicians, assembled by Kelly, in Chicago; to tour extensively with this group; then to take a break, give all of the musicians demos of the BEWARE songs, and to reconvene in Chicago at a studio called Engine with knob-twiddler Neil Strauch at the board.  Oldham and Kelly constructed the set of songs to be performed on the tour, including four cover songs: Shaun Camp’s psychedelic country hit “Would You Go With Me?” (made famous by singer Josh Turner), the Gun Club’sCarry On”, Susanna’s “Stay” (foreshadowing the full-album cover of Susanna’s SONATA MIX DWARF COSMOS that Oldham and Kelly would record years later, in 2017, as WOLF OF THE COSMOS), and “One Day at a Time” by Yusuf Islam (known also as Cat Stevens).  The four covers would be performed every night on the tour and then recorded first at Engine, in order to get sounds established for the new songs.  The band that Kelly corralled included percussionist Michael Zerang and bassist Joshua Abrams; Oldham brought in Jennifer Hutt, a violinist he had met through Baltimore’s Dave Heumann.  All sorts of Chicago musicians contributed guest performances to BEWARE, including Azita Youssefi, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Jim Becker and the Mekons’ Jon LangfordD.V. DeVincentis and Greg Leisz flew in from California to play their parts.  At one point, Kelly and Oldham decided that they needed to find a Mexican accordion player to play on one of the songs, so they scoured Chicago’s cantinas one night, coming away with a significant tequila buzz and a single telephone number.  They called the number, and the following day a gentleman came to the studio with a broken accordion and alarmingly primitive musical abilities.  It was decided to find a ringer instead, and Robert Cruz was called.  Once again, Katy Kolego was hired as production supervisor, and she kept things running solid and smooth.

Simultaneous to the BEWARE recording session, Susanna Wallumrod was in Scandinavia making her FLOWER OF EVIL record.  She asked Oldham to sing on two songs, Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” and Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”.  She sent the basic tracks to Engine and Oldham did his singing on Susanna’s songs near the beginning of the BEWARE time.

The cover art of BEWARE was dominated by a drawing of Oldham sent by artist Jeff Hamilton.  The back cover and LP/CD labels were painted by Sammy HarkhamOldham and Dan Osborn worked out the poster details together: Hamilton’s skull-like drawing of Oldham’s head with a staircase rendered in primary colors leading to the top of the head, where a village is seen being established by tiny figures.  Jennifer Parsons made a video for “I Am Goodbye” featuring Oldham walking through the streets of east L.A. with a Turkish t-shirt and black contact lenses.  TV commercials were made for the record by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, including one spot featuring Neil Hamburger.

The title for BEWARE was inspired principally by two things: the first was the EP by the Misfits released in the early 1980s of the same name, and the second was Oldham’s own warning to himself and everyone else that the ideas behind this record were moving him in the opposite direction from where he felt he should be going.  “Chijimi” had established a template of meager ambition and home-spun workings and here they were with a huge (for BPB) tour, and an expensive out-of-town recording session featuring a wild and wonderful assemblage of talents.

Chijimi” came out exclusively as a 10” vinyl record.  There were two editions, the first with a rubber-stamped plain white paper sleeve and the second as the BEWAREUltraload”.  At the time, Bonnie Prince Billy vinyl purchases did not come with a free download the way that many new releases did. In this instance, a compromise of sorts was made: you could buy the “Ultraload” package, which had the “Chijimi” EP slipped into a 10” BEWARE sleeve with a download code for BEWARE included.

The recording of “Stay” was released as a 7”, with Susanna’sPeople Living” (recorded live outside of Milan, Italy, performed by Kelly/Mize/Oldham) as the B-side.  The recording of “One Day at a Time” was released as a digital single.  Yusuf Islam heard it eventually, and proclaimed it his “favorite cover”.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World - Streaming Now

Emmett Kelly (the Cairo Gang) writes:

I would receive a manila envelope at certain intervals. the envelopes contained finished works of lyric. completed music-less songs. I was living in the farmhouse that was once Will’s brother Paul’s home and studio. The house was somewhat of a husk of that previous existence placed in a small clearing inside of a 170 acre cornfield. I sought to live here as a come down from what had been the longest tour I had been on thus far. I was burnt out on people, and as what I find men in their late 20s tend to do, I had idealized the idea of being totally isolated from people. Live alone out in the nature, or.. on a farm. During this time, I would receive a manila envelope. In it would be 2 completed songs. And I would stand them up on my music stand and start playing guitar and messing about occasionally taking smoke(weed) breaks until my mind would start to sizzle, at which point I would ride my bike around the farms. i would ride and ride and ride until I was totally exhausted. No people anywhere, just bike, stop, bike. Ride to the taco stand, attempt to speak to the people working there(really good tacos in Shelbyville, KY!) ride home. Maybe veer off the path at times. Once I found a road I hadn't seen before and took it for a while to look at the tobacco fields turning brown as it was starting to get late in the season. There was a point when the road turned and there began this canopy of trees that covered the road like a tunnel. I rode and rode and when I reached the end of the tree tunnel, it was really starting to darken and I had no lights. I started riding back and of course got completely lost. Lost amidst endless tobacco and soybeans and corn. Old barns filled with tobacco. There was literally no hope of me finding the main road, and I rode in the dark for like 2 hours before I found some kids playing in their front yard. Straight out of a horror film, I rode up to them and asked hey, I'm really sorry, but I'm totally lost! Can you tell me how to get to the main rode.. the kids apprehensively walked up to me, saw that I was obviously confused and said. Yeah! You go that way for a little while and when you see a graveyard, turn left and take that road into Eminence, where you can meet up with the main road back to Shelbyville. Riding again, looking for a graveyard in the dark in the middle of nowhere, turn left, find Eminence! Get on the main road and ride along the shoulder with the semi-trucks and other trucks. Completely dark in the dark. I think I was wearing a straw hat. Eventually making it home, and exhausted went to sleep on the couch. Woke up to go and look at the words. Everyday it went on like this until one day I heard this noise outside the window. A huge and menacing noise, and when I went to open the curtain to look a giant machine came driving by. They were plowing the fields. And in a few hours, that enormous sizzling cornfield was no more. It was time to go. That was The Wondershow Of The World to me.

And this:

Recording the Wondershow was a wonderful respite from being in the studios we had been working in. Not that working the studios was particularly difficult or unrewarding, in fact they were all the opposite of that! But this was just us knowing that we could make our own record at home and do it how we wanted to, easily. Thats exactly what happened. It was immensely interesting to hear how Will would interpret the music I had written. I'm sure it was equally fascinating to him to hear how I imagined his words. But we never marry ourselves to a definitive version of anything. Everything is constantly morphing and changing. before this record, my experience making records with bonny was always an intense search party. We would be in a weird place, trying to do our best at being ourselves, which isn't exactly an easy task. Its like standing in front of a mirror naked, knowing that there is going to be a point when the rest of the world sees you standing there naked. you look there at your body thinking, yeah this is alright, its me, and no what the fuck, this sucks, I'm disgusting and back and forth. Everything you do comes back to you. My memory of The Wondershow was that it wasn't so much like this. It was us in “our” house. we are who we are. And it felt good. There were things I remember feeling during that session that are unusual to note. I remember cutting the drums for troublesome houses, we put the drum kit in the closet.. the drum kit was was one of those micro little I don't know what you call them, cocktail kits? But it fit right in there in the closet. This dead little room and I crawled in there and played it. I just remember feeling like I did as a kid making a clubhouse in my friend Jono’s weird little secret cupboard in the hallway. And the drums sound so good. Dead as dead can be just like I like them. i think that was a good moment for us in our paths making records. Because of course there are many approaches and many environments one can do this type of thing. But I think from that point, sorta it became the main place to make stuff. and its cool to realize you can do it sorta as good as anyone else can. haha. On the session we had with us Shahzad Ismaily mostly playing bass and some percussion and odds and ends. and for a little vocal addition our friend Phil Elverum was passing thru playing in town, and we convinced him to come and help us tell the “folks” to “go”.

Once we finished the album, we took a drive thru Oldham County and listened to it and signed off on it. I remember drinking a margarita with Will on Frankfort Ave once Shahzad left town. I said to him, “I cant believe its over!” To which he responded, “It’s only just started!” 

Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) says:

The title came from three places.  It’s the tagline for the Burt Lancaster movie TRAPEZE; it’s a mutation of the title of the awesome TV series WONDERSHOWZEN; and then our own brains loved and embraced it because it was always meant to be.  Emmett had been wrapping Bonny jams in brilliance for a number of years, and it felt like a good time to explore Cairo jams in a more fully collaborative approach, building the songs together from the ground up. I was spending a lot of time in Richmond, VA, working in a movie that eventually came out as NEW JERUSALEM, directed by Rick Alverson (who would soon direct a clip for the Bonny/Cairo jammer “New Wonder”).  In that film, I play a fundamentalist Christian, and the job required that I improvise all of my dialogue, so I was pretty deeply soaked in American Christianity at the time.  We recorded twelve songs.  In part due to the time limitations of a single LP and in part due to their sticking out a little bit, thematically and structurally, we cut two songs from the LP and simultaneously released a 7” single featuring those two songs, “You Win” and “Midday”.  My mom, Joanne, had made a lot of artwork over the years for various records.  At the time of WONDER SHOW, she was getting well into Alzheimer’s.  I asked that she make some work for the record that Emmett and I were making.  She was able to come up with a bunch of things, enough to use her spiral drawings for the full-length and a collage for the 7”.  Emmett’s dad, Chris, drew portraits of Emmett and I for the back covers of the LP and 7”.  Chris Kelly passed away soon after, and Joanne’s Alzheimer’s soon robbed her of her abilities to make further art, so the fine work that they did here represents, in tragic coincidence, the closing pieces of Chris Kelly’s and Joanne Oldham’s lives in art.

The last song on the record, “Kids”, was inspired by Piero Ciampi’sSporca Estate”, which we were asked to perform in Sicily in the year prior to the writing and recording of WONDER SHOW.

The record was made in the same little room where we made “Chijimi”.  The vocal/drum booth was a tiny cedar-lined closet that reminded us, sonically, of nothing less than the vocal booth in Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis, where the vocal sound of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Syl Johnson was solidified.  Jim White had got us into that studio when we were in Memphis on tour.

Eventually, Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang toured the USA and then toured the Netherlands.  Simona Dalla Valle made a documentary of the latter tour called THE ROYAL DUTCH TOUR.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy with The Cairo Gang – Island Brothers – Streaming Now

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Must Be Blind – Streaming Now

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – There Is No God – Streaming Now

Will Oldham first heard Kevin Coyne and Dagmar Krause’s BABBLE record from friends Rich Schuler (the original drummer for Louisville’s King Kong). He becameengrossed and enchanted, maybe a little obsessed, to the point where he began to envision covering the entire record from beginning to end. The biggest issue Oldham faced in undertaking this endeavor was that the music required a skilled, emotional, dynamic female singing counterpart, and he hadn’t yet met someone to perfectly fit the bill. He played the record for Emmett Kelly and Kelly was similarly compelled. Then one day Kelly called Oldham to say that he might have found a singer up to the task, a musician living in Chicago named Angel Olsen. Olsen made a demo of one of the BABBLE songs and sent it to Oldham. Trusting Kelly’s instinct along with what was evident on Olsen’s demo, Oldham asked Olsen to join the Babblers, which was the name being assigned to the ensemble who would convene to make the BABBLE project real. The full band would be Kelly, Olsen and keyboard player Ben Boye, all based out of Chicago; then Oldham, bassist Danny Kiely (of the Picket Line) and drummer Van Campbell (of the Black Diamond Heavies), all out of Louisville. The first task at hand for this band was to tour the BABBLE record. Oldham bought patterned fleece hoodie-footie pajamas for everyone in the band. Each musician had to bring his or her own stage lighting. Then a tour was booked. It was billed as a Bonnie Prince Billy tour with openers The Babblers out of Shreveport, LA. Promoters along the way were told that the two acts would share gear, and that Bonny’s tour manager would handle business for both the headliners and the openers. Audiences were not informed at all about who or what the Babblers would be. The tour was a musical success.

Next up, Oldham wanted to record three singles, each single representing a significant branch of the Bonny musical story at that time. The first single was a Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang 10”, featuring two new songs, “Island Brothers” and “New Wonder” (a powerful video was shot for the latter song by filmmaker Rick Alverson). The aforementioned BABBLE sextet was the band, with a guest appearance from Rob Mazurek. The artwork was made up of photographs by New York Times photographer Damon Winter; the photos were from Winter’s coverage of the devastation wrought in Haiti by the massive earthquake of 2010.

Then, a Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy 10” single was recorded in Nashville at the studio of David Ferguson, who also played bass. Sweeney and Oldham had each separately met Ferguson during their respective workings with Rick Rubin on the Johnny Cash American Recordings. The single included “Life in Muscle”, originally conceived for (but not used in) Richard Linklater’s film FAST FOOD NATION. The other side of the record was a new song for which Oldham and Sweeney switched hats: Sweeney wrote the words for “Must Be Blind” while Oldham was responsible for the music. The great Ronnie McCoury played mandolin on the session. The back cover photo features Sweeney and Oldham at the New Orleans JazzFest, with Lionel Richie performing live on the JumboTron screen in the distant background.

Finally, a third 10” single, credited simply to Bonnie Prince Billy, was recorded in Nashville by Mark Nevers. “God is Love” had been written along with THE LETTING GO songs but never fully recorded. “There Is No God” was written for an Oldham Brothers EP that was never completed. Ben Berman made a video for “There Is No God”, introducing the character of Zombie Bonnie, who would appear in many an Oldham/Berman collaboration as the years rolled on. A ringtone was made available of Rachel Korine and Cassie Berman singing the chorus of “There Is No God”. The cover art for this single was made up of monochromatic paintings by Tracy Nakayama.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town – Streaming Now

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Quail & Dumplings – Streaming Now

In a first for him, Will Oldham scheduled a recording session and performed all of the material to be recorded PRIOR to the session itself. There was a free tour of Florida featuring Oldham with Emmett Kelly and Angel Olsen; all shows were at record stores and radio stations, no money changed hands. This helped the three singers work out some of their voice harmonies. There was also a show in Chicago’s Millenium Park at which all of the songs intended for WOLFROY GOES TO TOWN were performed. The band was the Babblers band: Oldham, Kelly, Olsen, Ben Boye, Van Campbell and Danny Kiely. For the recording, which took place in Louisville in the same small room that had previously hosted the recordings of “Chijimi” and THE WONDER SHOW OF THE WORLD, Shahzad Ismaily was brought in to oversee the engineering. The cover of WOLFROY was made by Sammy Harkham. The title comes from a painting by Lori Damiano. Two songs were recorded in Louisville later as B-sides to a “Quail & Dumplings” single (for which Ben Berman made a wonderful Polynesian video shot on Oahu). These were “Black Ice Cream”, which was written along with the LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT group of songs but not recorded then, and “E Iesu”, a song sung in Hawaiian which was learned from a recording by Darren Benitez.



 

ARCTIC MONKEYS SHARE VIDEO FOR TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO

Arctic Monkeys | 23/07/18

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Arctic Monkeys release the title track from their current ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ album, today, Monday the 23rd of July.  The video for the track was directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown and shot in and around Reno, Nevada.

 

Stream ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ HERE

Download ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ HERE

The band’s new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ is out now, via all outlets – and is not only the band’s sixth consecutive number one album but also the fastest selling vinyl album of the last 25 years.


Forthcoming Arctic Monkeys dates are as follows:

SEPTEMBER

6 Thu       Manchester, Manchester Arena

7 Fri          Manchester, Manchester Arena                 

9 Sun        London, The O2

10 Mon      London, The O2         

12 Wed     London, The O2     

13 Thu      London, The O2                          

15 Sat         Birmingham, Birmingham Arena

16 Sun      Birmingham, Birmingham Arena

18 Tue        Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena

19 Wed      Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena  

21 Fri        Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena      

22 Sat       Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena                                  

24 Mon      Dublin, 3Arena

25 Tues     Dublin, 3Arena

27 Thu       Newcastle upon Tyne, Metro Radio Arena

28 Fri        Newcastle upon Tyne, Metro Radio Arena

The Lemon Twigs will be special guests on the September dates.    

 

CAT POWER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'WANDERER'

Cat Power | 19/07/18

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Cat Power to release new album Wanderer on October 5th

Global tour dates announced

Watch album trailer here

 

Cat Power, the vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer Chan Marshall, will release her new album Wanderer on October 5th 2018, via Domino.

 

Watch an introduction to Wanderer here.

 

Produced in its entirety by Marshall, Wanderer includes appearances by longtime friends and compatriots, as well as guest vocals courtesy of friend and recent tour-mate Lana Del Rey. Written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the course of the last few years, the new album Wanderer is a remarkable return from an iconic American voice. 

 

Wanderer’s 11 tracks encompass “my journey so far,” says Marshall. “The course my life has taken in this journey - going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between.

They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.”

 

Cat Power will be touring internationally in support of the album. See below for all dates. Tickets will be on sale on Friday July 20th at 10am local from www.catpowermusic.com

 

Wanderer is available to pre-order now on limited pressing baby blue vinyl with exclusive 7”, CD, and digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

Album tracklisting

  1. Wanderer
  2. In Your Face
  3. You Get
  4. Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)
  5. Horizon
  6. Stay
  7. Black
  8. Robbin Hood
  9. Nothing Really Matters
  10. Me Voy
  11. Wanderer / Exit


Cat Power Tour Dates

Sat Sept 15 - Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

Tues Sept 25 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre *

Thurs Sept 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *

Fri Sept 28 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *

Sun Sept 30 - New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^

Fri Oct 5 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Sat Oct 6 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

Mon Oct 8 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

Tues Oct 9 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Thurs Oct 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

Fri Oct 12 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Sat Oct 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

Tues Oct 23 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

Thurs Oct 25 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon

Fri Oct 26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Sun Oct 28 – Berlin, GE @ Astra

Mon Oct 29 – Zurich, SW @ X-Tra

Tues Oct 30 – Lausanne, SW @ Les Docks

Thurs Nov 1 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzamatazz

Fri Nov 2 – Madrid, SP @ Circo Price

Mon Nov 5 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon

Tues Nov 6 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz

Sat Nov 17 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

Sun Nov 18 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Wed Nov 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Fri Nov 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC

Sat Nov 24 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

Sun Nov 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

Tues Nov 27 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Wed Nov 28 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

Thurs Nov 29 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

Wed Dec 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

* with The National

 

Cat Power Online:

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BLOOD ORANGE ANNOUNCES FOURTH ALBUM 'NEGRO SWAN'

Blood Orange | 19/07/18

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BLOOD ORANGE
Negro Swan

Out August 24th, 2018

 

Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan, released on Domino on August 24, 2018.

 

Raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion.  In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange.  His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America.  He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass.  In addition to his production work, he scored the film Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola.

 

Negro Swan was written and produced by Hynes. Says Hynes:

 

“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color.  A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all.  The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”

 

Negro Swan will be available on August 24th 2018, with LP to follow.  The Domino Mart deluxe double LP is pressed on limited edition gold vinyl with a double sided 24 x 36 poster, and comes with MP3s. The indie retail version deluxe double LP is pressed on orange vinyl. Pre-order the album  digitally here or from the Domino Mart here.

 

Hynes will be touring in support of Negro Swan this fall.  The tour dates are below.

 

Sat July 21 - Chicago, IL - Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival

Sun Aug 5 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga Festival

Fri Sept 14 - Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival

Sat Sept 15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre

Sun Sept 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland

Thurs Sept 20 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

Fri Sept 21 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

Sat Sept 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival

Wed Sept 26 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage

Thurs Sept 27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

Fri Sept 28 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

Mon Oct 1 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Tue Oct 2 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Sat Oct 6 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park, Austin City Limits

Sat Oct 13 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park, Austin City Limits

Mon Oct 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Tue Oct 30 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg

Fri Nov 2 - Paris, FR - Grande Halle de la Villette - Pitchfork Music Festival

Sat Nov 3 - Sun Nov 4 - Turin, IT - Lingotto Fiere, Club To Club Festival

Tues Nov 6 – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theatre

Wed Nov 7 - Sat Nov 10 -  Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival

Thursday Nov 8 – Copenhagen, DK – The Grey Hall

 

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