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SORRY RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK, STARSTRUCK

Sorry | 05/11/18

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Sorry have today shared ‘Starstruck’, their new single on Domino and the follow up to 2018 7” release ‘Showgirl’/’Twinkle’ - which received glowing praise from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Dazed, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. The pixelated sultry video for ‘Starstruck’ was directed by the band’s Asha Lorenz and frequent Sorry visuals collaborator Flo Webb, and received its premiere via The FADER who said “Flirtation and sexual tension are rife throughout the whole affair, with the pixels becoming more and more prominent as the hedonism increases.” While Lorenz explains, “‘Starstruck’ is is our homemade ode to saucy old pop videos.”

Following a brace of sold-out headline dates at The Whirled Cinema and The Courtyard Theatre, Sorry have announced their next headline show at Dingwalls in Camden on 28 March 2019 - tickets are available here. The band will also head out on tour with Shame in November, beginning with a date at Manchester’s o2 Ritz on 22 November and culminating in a huge show at The Forum in London on 30 November.

Sorry have already aired two rapturously received visual mixtapes Home Demo/ns Vol I and II - creating a beautifully distorted and intoxicating world around their visceral music - and gaining fans across tastemaker press and radio with singles including debut ‘Wished’, ‘2 Down 2 Dance’ and recent cut ‘Showgirl’.

Centred around Lorenz & Louis O'Bryen, two 20 and 21-year-old childhood best friends, Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation as the most thrilling new band on London’s underground circuit. Joined by Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass), the band have already toured with Sunflower Bean, Shame, Childhood, PIXX, and this summer with (Sandy) Alex G.

See Sorry at the following live dates:

9 Nov | Iceland Airwaves

22 Nov | O2 Ritz, Manchester*

23 Nov | Newcastle University, Newcastle*

24 Nov | O2 ABC, Glasgow*

26 Nov | Waterfront, Norwich*

27 Nov | O2 Academy, Oxford*

28 Nov | O2 Institute, Birmingham*

30 Nov | O2 Forum Kentish Town, London*

28 Mar | Dingwalls, London

* with Shame

Sorry - Starstruck - available now

 

A&R SCAM ALERT

26/10/18

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Attention! An imposter is sending emails, supposedly on behalf of the Domino A&R department.

If you receive an email from Domino.Records@europe.com offering you a record deal in return for a cash deposit, please report them immediately to the Metropolitan Police: https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/fo/fraud/

If any record label asks you for a deposit as part of the signing process, they are not honourable people and we strongly advise you to tell them where to go.

 

BUZZCOCKS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS OF ANOTHER MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT KITCHEN AND LOVE BITES

Buzzcocks | 24/10/18

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To mark the 40th anniversary of the original releases, Domino are very proud to announce details of the re-issue of Buzzcocks seminal first two albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites, on Friday 25th January 2019.

Both albums have been lovingly restored and re-mastered from the original ¼” tapes for the first time and come packaged in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves with lavish 8-page booklets containing unseen images and extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist and cultural commentator Jon Savage.

Faithful to their original track-listings, the re-issues see the albums released on vinyl for the first time in many years and they will be available on deluxe 180g vinyl and CD.

The albums follow the Domino re-releases of their debut EP, Spiral Scratch and Time’s Up, a collection of demos, from 1976.

Famously taking their name from ‘It’s the buzz, cock’, a headline from a Time Out review of 1970s TV music drama ‘Rock Follies’, Buzzcocks formed in Bolton in 1976 by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, who have a strong claim to have kick-started a musical revolution in Manchester having organised and played at the now famous Sex Pistols show at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, a show which inspired and spawned the likes of Joy Division, The Fall and The Smiths.

Having recorded and pressed their debut EP, Spiral Scratch, in December 1976 for a cost of £500 (the single would go on to sell 16,000 copies in the first six months of release on their own New Hormones label), the band soon under-went personnel changes with founder Howard Devoto leaving before they signed to United Artists and embarked on the recording of their debut album.

Recorded at Olympic Studios in London between December 1977 and January 1978 with producer Martin Rushent and featuring the line-up of Pete Shelley (vocals / guitar), Steve Diggle (guitar / vocals), Steve Garvey (bass) and John Maher (drums), Another Music In A Different Kitchen was released in March 1978 featuring a distinctive cover by Malcolm Garrett whose work would become inextricably linked with the band.

Within six months of their debut album release, the band had recorded and released its follow up. Again working with Martin Rushent at Olympic Studios, Love Bites was recorded in late July 1978 and released in September of that year. Reaching number 13 in the U.K. album charts, it featured their highest charting single, and arguably best-known song, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).

 

By the end of 1978 with the release of these albums not only had Buzzcocks established themselves as one of the leading-lights of punk but proved themselves as deft songwriters capable of producing three-minute-mini-masterpieces that would endure long after the initial spark of punk had faded.

After releasing a third album, A Different Kind Of Tension, in 1979 the band continued for a couple of years before finally disbanding in 1981. The band would re-form in 1989 for a number of shows and they have continued to play live and record albums since featuring original members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.

Another Music In A Different Kitchen will be available on Deluxe LP (REWIGLP126X), pressed on silver heavyweight 180g vinyl, Standard LP (REWIGLP126) and CD (REWIG126).  Love Bites will be available on Deluxe LP (REWIGLP127X), pressed on white heavyweight 180g vinyl, Standard LP (REWIG127) and CD (REWIG127).  Both Deluxe vinyl versions come with a recreation of Buzzcocks’ classic carrier bag and are available exclusively via indie retailers and Dom Mart.

Listen to ‘I Don’t Mind’ from Another Music In A Different Kitchen HERE and ‘E.S.P.’ from Love Bites HERE  The track listings of the albums are as follows:

ANOTHER MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT KITCHEN

1.   Fast Cars

2.   No Reply

3.   You Tear Me Up

4.   Get On Our Own

5.   Love Battery

6.   Sixteen

7.   I Don’t Mind

8.   Fiction Romance

9.   Autonomy

10. I Need

11. Moving Away From The Pulse Beat


LOVE BITES

 

1.   Real World

2.   Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)

3.   Operators Manual

4.   Nostalgia

5.   Just Lust

6.   Sixteen Again

7.   Walking Distance

8.   Love Is Lies

9.   Nothing Left

10. E.S.P.

11. Late For The Train

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: HEAD OF DIGITAL, LONDON

24/10/18

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Domino seeks a Head of Digital to lead digital strategy and innovation across the Label Group.

The role will explore and execute opportunities for Domino’s global digital business and operations. The Head of Digital will lead projects, deliver partnerships and strategic insights to: expand the reach and commercial viability of Domino's catalogues and campaigns, to adapt to shifts in the marketplace, and to advance our digital workflows and innovations. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • To lead the global digital business at Domino Recording Co, including strategic commercial partnerships.
  • To oversee the global digital account management and operations team and its integration with the rest of the business, and to maintain a high level strategic overview across existing DSP relationships and make recommendations to the MD and Board.
  • To lead digital business development and deal negotiations in collaboration with our business affairs team. To analyse digital revenue streams and the commercial and financial viability of each deal.
  • To keep an outward focus and explore best practices around emerging technologies and new digital opportunities. Identify and implement new digital initiatives to aid artist campaigns.
  • To oversee digital operations onboarding and best practice across all commercial digital partners.
  • To lead best practices around metadata and catalogue monetisation.
  • To input on long term high-level revenue forecasting for the label’s digital business and retain an outward focus on how market trends may affect the company’s P&L. To liaise with the MD & Board on all aspects of the digital and technology landscape – including revenue analysis and new developments.

 

Requirements:

  • Significant experience in digital account management and operations, digital new business and digital marketing.
  • A passion and deep knowledge of technology, curiosity in new digital trends, and an understanding of how new technology developments affect music and consumer behaviour.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with strong business acumen and analytical skills, married with a fundamental understanding of the music industry and its intersection with the tech world. 
  • Experience in managing people and collaborating across multiple departments and international territories.
  • An open and honest communication style, with the ability to nurture positive collaboration through diplomacy and a solutions-driven mindset.

 

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to Digitalhire@dominorecordco.com before November 9th, 2018. 

 

ARCTIC MONKEYS ANNOUNCE NEW 7”, NEW B-SIDE PLUS WARP SPEED CHIC FILM

Arctic Monkeys | 18/10/18

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Arctic Monkeys release the 7” of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, the title track of their current album, on Friday the 30th of November.  The single features a brand new b-side, entitled ‘Anyways’.

The band have also launched ‘Warp Speed Chic‘, directed by Ben Chappell and previously shown as part of the band’s AM:ZM exhibitions (with photographer Zackery Michael) in London and Sheffield.

“After spending a year documenting Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino I wanted to try and pull it all together in a short film. I spent a few weeks with the band in France documenting the recording process with my 16mm camera in September 2017. At that point I was still only hearing bits and pieces of the tunes as they were being recorded. Nearly a year later I was on stage with them in Lyon France shooting some of those same tunes. When the film came back from the lab I put the live songs next to my shots of them recording and found it to be quite nice. With that as a starting point, I then used James Ford's instrumental mixes of the album and put an assortment of the images we created for this album overtop giving a glimpse into the last year and the full progression of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.” – Ben Chappell

The ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ 7” is available to pre-order now, out 30th November - http://smarturl.it/TBHC7Inch 

 

SASAMI SIGNS TO DOMINO

SASAMI | 09/10/18

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SASAMI signs to Domino

Shares new song ‘Not The Time’ alongside 7”

UK live shows confirmed plus touring in US with Mitski, Soccer Mommy and supporting Snail Mail in Europe


Today, the Los Angeles-based artist SASAMI announced she has signed to Domino with the release of ‘Not The Time.’ The FADER, who premiered the song, say "SASAMI is rock’s next big thing."

 

 

‘Not The Time’ follows ‘Callous,’ which Pitchfork named Best New Track earlier this year, calling it "thrilling and personal." Stereogum said ‘Callous’ "has the polish and assuredness of someone that's been honing their craft for a long while now."

 

Of the songs, SASAMI says “’Not the Time' and 'Callous' are basically entries in the diary that is my first record of songs. Maybe 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. 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. I wrote both of these songs on tour on a guitar on my iPad with GarageBand plugins and Moog 15 app sounds and then re-recorded them in the studio onto tape with really great tones. So it's kind of like emotionally scribbling a letter on a tear and snot-stained napkin and then re-writing it on fancy papyrus paper to make it look like you have your shit together."

 

Both songs are now available digitally everywhere, and a limited physical version on 7" vinyl is available for pre-order via Domino.

 

Listen to ‘Callous’ here.

 

SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. From playing French horn in orchestras and studios and playing keys, bass, and guitar in local rock bands (Cherry Glazerr, Dirt Dress), to contributing vocals/string/horn arrangements to studio albums (Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, Hand Habits, etc.) and producing on tracks for other respected artists (Soko), she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass.

 

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2012, SASAMI spent her time scoring and making orchestral arrangements for films, commercials and studio albums, as well as being a deeply committed music teacher in Los Angeles. She spent the previous two and a half years touring the world non-stop playing synths in the band Cherry Glazerr and is now taking a turn to focus on her own music. SASAMI has already shared bills with the likes of Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, The Breeders and Blondie.

Upcoming tour dates:

9th October - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall ^

10th October - Ft. Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery ^

11th October - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
12th October - Reno, NV @ Holland Project ^

16th October - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^

31st October - Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris Avant-Garde Festival

1st November - London, UK @ The Shacklewell Arms Tickets

2nd November - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club !

3rd November - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol Tickets

5th November - Cologne, DE @ Luxor ~

6th November - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow ~

7th November - Berlin, DE @ Badehaus Szimpla ~

8th November - Utrecht, NE @ Le Guess Who Festival

10th November - Kortrijk, BE @ Sonic City Festival

30th November - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

1st December - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

2nd December - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

^ with Soccer Mommy

! with Menace Beach

~ with Snail Mail

* with Mitski

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. Not The Time

2. Callous

 

Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

SASAMI Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER, LONDON - MATERNITY COVER

27/09/18

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Digital Account Manager, London.

Maternity Cover:  7 months (minimum)

Based in our London office, Domino Recording Company is seeking a full time Digital Account Manager to provide  Maternity Leave cover for an initial period of seven months commencing December, 2018

The core responsibilities of the role are to oversee digital account relationships and strategy, to lead key partnerships and activity with digital music and video service providers (including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Vevo) across the UK and international markets, excluding North America. The role will collaborate with internal teams including International Marketing, UK Project Management and Marketing, across all artist campaigns. 

Core activities:
•    Lead and develop excellent relationships (label relations, editorial, marketing) across all digital accounts, with the ultimate aim of driving and maximising opportunities for our artists and catalogue.
•    In partnership with Marketing and Project Management teams: crystallise artist marketing plans and objectives into actionable and innovative campaigns, from pre-announcement to post album release.
•    Drive revenue growth and market share across all services through promotional innovation and playlist placement. 
•    Develop an ever-evolving, in-depth knowledge of key accounts and platforms to inform artist and label best practice around release / streaming strategies and marketing activations. Communicate these updates, trends, opportunities and recommendations across the global Domino teams.
•    Lead the analysis and evaluation of streaming consumption data, proactively sharing campaign-focused updates and opportunities. 
•    Generate and develop internal reporting and forecasting by artist / DSP to identify trends and build future recommendations.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes:
•    Digital account management experience required, with strong digital marketing and operations skills preferable.
•    Strong and extensive existing relationships with digital partners.
•    A working knowledge of and passion for digital technology, including digital music and video platforms, content management platforms and emerging technology trends.
•    Professional written and verbal communication / interpersonal skills.
•    Excellent negotiation and collaborative skills.
•    An analytical and data-driven mind-set.
•    The ability to plan and deliver on tight deadlines with an exceptional attention to detail.
•    Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel.
 
The applicant must demonstrate a command of digital commercial models and ability to adapt to shifts across the global marketplace. The ideal candidate is very familiar with Domino's output, aware of its history and possesses a passion to plug and promote our amazing musical repertoire across the digital services.

To Apply:

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before October 12th, 2018.  Please write Digital Account Manager in the email subject line.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: LABEL MANAGER - AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - MATERNITY COVER

27/09/18

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Label Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Maternity Cover: 12 month contract

Start date:  December, 2018

Domino Recording Company is seeking a full time Label Manager to run its artist campaigns in the Australian market.  This is a fixed term 12-month maternity leave contract based in either in Melbourne or Sydney. 

The ideal candidate will be a music enthusiast with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the marketing, product management, promotion and distribution of international artists in the Australian market. 

Duties include:

  • Overseeing Domino artist campaigns in Australia and setting up release plans in line with UK and international plans.
  • Overseeing M&P budgets, delivering efficiencies in expenditure, and setting and overseeing sales targets.
  • Overseeing and/or directly running publicity campaigns for all Domino releases with the UK-based international team – including print and online media, national radio and TV.
  • Overseeing and/or directly running publicity/promotional campaigns for Australian tours.
  • Collating and reporting of campaign feedback including sales figures, promo results and other Australian market-specific data.
  • Setting up all Domino product releases, including coordinating local pricing and metadata, on releases between UK international team and local distributor.
  • Directly pitching to and setting objectives for Australian digital partners including Spotify, Apple, and Amazon etc.
  • To develop and maintain strong relationships with the editorial teams at the Australian DSPs.
  • Coordinating local digital marketing activities and implementing digital trade marketing locally.
  • Tracking and reporting of playlist inclusions at all DSPs.
  • Maintenance of Domino Recording Co. Australia social media accounts and website.
  • Circulation of new press releases, local tour dates and release schedules.
  • To maintain relationships with promoters, agents and other interested parties.
  • Servicing of music and videos to various parties. 

Requirements:

  • Proven experience in project management, promotions and both the physical & digital distribution of international artists in the Australian market.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and multitask.
  • Familiarity with Domino and its artists.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before October 12th, 2018.

Please write Label Manager, Australia in the email subject line.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PRODUCT MANAGER, GERMANY

21/09/18

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Based in our Berlin office, Domino Recording Company is seeking a full time Product Manager to run artist campaigns for the German market.

The ideal candidate will be a music enthusiast with an interest in product management of releases, a passion for digital culture and technology, as well as knowledge of digital music sales and the streaming landscape. The Product Manager will report to the Head of Domino, Germany. 

Great interpersonal skills, a self-starting attitude and the ability to work in an open and creative group environment are key to this hire.

Experience in the music industry or a related field is preferable. 

Duties include:

  • Overseeing an assigned roster of artist campaigns in Germany and setting up release plans in line with UK international plans.
  • Overseeing M&P budgets, adding value to campaigns through creative marketing, delivering efficiencies in expenditure, and setting and overseeing sales targets.
  • Supervising and coordinating promotion and touring plans with in house or external promotion teams and UK-based international team.
  • Collating and reporting of campaign feedback including sales figures, promo results and other German market-specific data.
  • Setting objectives for local results at digital German partners such as Spotify, Apple, Amazon etc.  – in conjunction with the Head of Domino Germany, and the UK-based international team – and delivering on these objectives through directly pitching to digital partners.
  • To develop and maintain strong relationships on the label relations/editorial side of German DSPs as well as developing knowledge of the DSP area, how it is evolving, and what it means to artist campaigns.
  • Coordinating local digital marketing activities with the UK-based digital marketing teams and help implementing digital trade marketing locally.
  •  Tracking and reporting of key playlist inclusions at all DSPs.
  • Maintenance of Domino Recording Co. Germany social media accounts and website.
  • Coordinating local pricing and metadata on releases between UK international team and local distributor.
  • Maintenance and distribution of local tour dates and release schedules.
  • Servicing of music and videos to various parties.

Requirements:

  • Proven experience in project management, marketing or promotion in the music industry or related field.
  • A digital native and active on social media.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in German and English.
  • Attention to detail & ability to multitask.
    • Familiarity with Domino and its artists would be an asset.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to pmjob@dominorecordco.com before October 12th, 2018.

Please write Product Manager, Germany in the email subject line.

 

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.

 

JULIA HOLTER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'AVIARY' WILL BE 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".

 

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

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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

 
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