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SUPERORGANISM SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH DOMINO, RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'SOMETHING FOR YOUR M.I.N.D.'

Superorganism | 05/09/17

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Occasionally, along comes a band that perfectly captures so much of what is exciting about music right now. In 2017, mining the golden moments of pop’s past, sights firmly set on the giddy possibilities of music’s future, emitting an infectious sense of wonky fun and producing a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals, that band could well be Superorganism.

Superorganism is a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies. They number eight in total - recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - seven of whom now live together in a house-stroke-DIY studio-stroke-band HQ in Homerton, east London.

It was in this house, in early 2017, that the collective had their musical Big Bang! moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine, New England. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed ‘reply’. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop. That track was ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’. Superorganism was born. 

At that point it’s unlikely any of the members would have expected to hear that song - or Superorganism’s debut AA single  ‘It’s All Good’ / ‘Nobody Cares’ - played by Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig themselves on their respective radio shows.  Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label. Or that there’d be such demand to see Superorganism live that their debut UK show would take place at London’s 700 capacity Village Underground venue. But over the last few months, such is the trajectory of this unique band that that is exactly what has happened. 

Today, following a huge amount of online chatter ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ finally gets a full single release. The track will be available on all digital services, as well as a limited-edition, one-sided etched 7” with download card. It is their debut release on Domino.

DOWNLOAD or STREAM ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’

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Speaking about the track, Superorganism’s Orono states:

"SFYM was created purely online. My buddies in London sent me the demo on Facebook, then I wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals on Garageband via my Macbook microphone in about an hour or two... then it was pretty much done! We just had to add a couple of key missing ingredients to the mix: some sweet backing vocals, a sick artwork, Tucan's magical touch to make the track sound even more dope, and chemical X.

We're more than excited to bring this song to back to life (officially) and to let it, once again, fluoresce on the dark corners of the Internet."

Meanwhile, Superorganism is delighted to announce a run of live dates across the UK, Europe and US. Following a debut live show at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival on 22nd September, they will play their first ever UK show at London’s Village Underground on 5th October. Dates across Europe follow before December sees Superoganism’s debut US shows – at Brooklyn’s House Of Yes on 12th December and Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge on 14th December.

Full dates below, with further information here.

22nd Sep            Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

5th Oct               Village Underground, London, UK

14th Oct             Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

21st Oct             Primavera Club, Madrid, Spain

22nd Oct            Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

28th Oct             London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2nd Nov              Beacons Metro, Leeds, UK (with Jungle)

17th Nov             Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg

12th Dec             House Of Yes, Brooklyn NY, USA

14th Dec             The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles CA, USA 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER

30/08/17

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Domino Recording Co. is looking for a Senior International Marketing Manager with 5 years+ proven experience in international marketing and promotions, including the running of global campaigns.

The International Marketing Manager’s core responsibility is to oversee international campaigns for our artists from the inception of the campaign strategy (jointly with the artist team, the project manager and our global marketing strategist) to the rollout of campaigns to our offices and distributors and partners around the world.

The role will be focussed on the marketing of our releases internationally: ensuring the overall strategy is rolled out successfully to all markets, agreeing specific targets for the campaign territory by territory and monitoring results and reporting back to the Domino UK-(or US) based team. The role will also include elements of managing the international promotions information flow and coordination of international promotions on some specific campaigns.

The successful candidate will be part of a team of four and report into the MD of the label.

They will work very closely with other departments within the company including the UK and US project management team, our global marketing strategy team, our digital marketing and digital account management team – as well our 3rd party partners in offices and distributors around the world.

 

Core Responsibilities

For each artist campaign assigned to them the Senior International Marketing Manager will be in charge of:

  • Working alongside the rest of the global team at Domino, the project managers, the artist team, the tour agent to help design the best international campaigns for each artist.
  • Overseeing the overall international campaign, including driving results through our partners and staff around the world, reporting international activity on our campaigns to the Domino UK or US team and artist teams as appropriate, and overseeing marketing budgets for an assigned list of artists.
  • Overseeing stock orders, sales feedback and sales target projections
  • Collecting int’l radio feedback and creating reports on airplay and radio strategies
  • Collecting int’l marketing plans and presenting budgets for approvals
  • Request and help create specific marketing tools for use in the territories
  • Being fully aware of the artist promotion and touring plans driving the campaign
  • Keep track of all tour dates and communicate them accordingly with the int’l teams
  • Additional tasks to include overseeing some of the international promotion activities on some specific campaigns.

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How to apply:

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements to vacancy@dominorecordco.com  before close of business on Friday September 22nd, 2017.  Please quote the job title in email subject line.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK RADIO PLUGGER

27/07/17

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Domino seeks radio plugger

Domino is looking for a new radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant will work within Domino’s current radio structure and will have an extensive knowledge of all aspects of UK radio. He or she will need established relationships at radio and a proven track record of working successful releases.

The ideal candidate will be articulate, persuasive, knowledgeable, sociable, a frequent gig goer and music lover.

Minimum 2 years appropriate experience. Salary dependent on experience. 

 

Please send covering letter and CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before the 18th of August.

 

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ALTHAEA, RELEASED 11TH AUGUST 2017

Trailer Trash Tracys | 12/06/17

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Over the course of their lush, strange album “Althaea”, London duo Trailer Trash Tracys condense a number of disparate styles into music that thrillingly broaches the void between figuration and abstraction. While undeniably beautiful and quite often infectious in parts, this is certainly not pop music by any traditional definition; rather, it appeals to the more intuitive of mind and wild at heart. More than simply becoming a philosophical exercise however, the result is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic body of work to date, one which operates at the very limits of what pop music can be.

Their debut, “Ester”, released in 2012, manifested the band’s approach to making music as a fine balance between chaos and order, laying out a dense and dreamlike ecosystem of Sufi poetry, Solfeggio scales and, floating above it all, Susanne Aztoria’s otherworldly yet emotionally charged vocals. Early singles such as “Strangling Good Guys” and “You Wish You Were Red” proved to be outliers – rather than simply making lo-fi dream pop, the band were instead aiming for something far more subconscious and esoteric. 

With “Althaea”, the band continue their investigations into the farther flung reaches of pop music, with stunning results. Spanning 10 deeply esoteric tracks, “Althaea” sees the band drift further afield from traditional song structures to create a new aural lexicon of their own, one as influenced by Filipino carnival music and Latin rhythms as it was by Japanese tropical music from the 80s. Even at their most outwardly pop – the pristine “Eden Machine” for instance, or the swooning “Kalesa”, there is a baroque splendour, and heightened sensuality. The interplay of light and dark, the foreign and the familiar, brings forth an album with manifold pleasures, one which rewards repeated listening and further exploration.

Watch the video for new single “Eden Machine” below aalongside the trailer for the short film of Althaea - as premiered last week at the Whirled Cinema in Brixton.

“Althaea” tracklisting:

01 Smoked Silver          

02 Eden Machine          

03 Gong Gardens          

04 Siebenkäs                 

05 Money For Moondogs  

06 Betty's Cavatina        

07 Casadora  

08 Singdrome                

09 Kalesa                      

10 100 Aspects Of The Moon  

Pre order: Domino Mart: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDM Digital Pre-Order: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDL 

UPCOMING LIVE DATES

MON   18-Sep-17     UK      MANCHESTER        SOUP KITCHEN

TUE    19-Sep-17     UK      GLASGOW    HUG & PINT

WED   20-Sep-17     UK      NEWCASTLE           THINK TANK

THU    21-Sep-17     UK      LEEDS           BRUDENELL GAMES ROOM

FRI      22-Sep-17     UK      BIRMINGHAM          ACTRESS & BISHOP

SAT    23-Sep-17     UK      BRIGHTON   THE HOPE

SUN   24-Sep-17     UK      BRISTOL       LOUISIANA              

TUE    26-Sep-17     FR       PARIS            POINT EPHEMERE           

SUN   01-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      ROTTERDAM           V11

MON   02-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      AMSTERDAM          U/S MELKWEG

TUE    03-Oct-17      BELGIUM      ANTWERP    TRIX BAR

WED   04-Oct-17      GERMANY    COLOGNE    BLUE SHELL

THU    05-Oct-17      GERMANY    HAMBURG   NOCHTWACHE

FRI      06-Oct-17      DENMARK    DENMARK    IDEAL BAR

SAT    07-Oct-17      GERMANY    BERLIN         AUSTER CLUB                   

MON   09-Oct-17      GERMANY    MUNICH        MILLA

TUE    10-Oct-17      AUSTRIA       VIENNA         CHELSEA

WED   18-Oct-17      UK      LONDON       CAMDEN ASSEMBLY

FRI      27-Oct-17      ITALY ROME            MONK

SAT    28-Oct-17      ITALY BOLOGNA    COVO

 

BRIGHT PHOEBUS – SONGS BY LAL AND MIKE WATERSON REMASTERED AND REISSUED BY DOMINO

Lal & Mike Waterson | 31/05/17

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Bright Phoebus, Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 folk-noir masterpiece, has long been recognised as one of British music's legendary lost records. Following the parting of ways of The Watersons and freed from the strictures of folk orthodoxy, Lal and Mike Waterson’s love of words allowed them to serve the needs of their songs in ways that weren’t possible when singing already written songs.

Featuring performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, the album is now recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre. Fans include Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley – the latter two performed the record themselves in 2013 on the Bright Phoebus Revisited tour.

Domino are pleased to reissue Bright Phoebus – Songs By Lal And Mike Waterson on 4th August, this will be the first time since its release the album will be widely available. Additionally under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledg'ling) and Marry Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original tapes.  

Alongside the reissue of the original album, there will be a deluxe version containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased. The standard single-disc CD and LP editions replicate the original artwork with lyrics; the deluxe editions of both are double-disc and contain sleeve notes by Pete Paphides.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Digital

The origins of Bright Phoebus started in 1971, only a few years after the split of The Watersons whose three albums had a profound effect on the folk world. Following the split, and independently of each other, Mike and Lal had started writing their own songs; after Lal moved back to Hull; they started to cultivate these ideas together.

Not long after, Martin Carthy was visiting for a show, "We did Hull Art School or something, and then the next morning we went round to visit Lal, and she had all these songs. We sat there listening to them and… now, I knew Lal wrote songs but I had never heard any of them prior to this point. It was extraordinary.” Convinced that these songs needed to be heard by the wider world, Martin alerted Steeleye Span bandmate and former Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings to their existence. “I was instantly in tune with what I heard,” remembered Ashley, “I found an empathy with the songs, and I really would have fought off anyone to play bass on them.

Ashley got to work; he contacted Bill Leader and set the whole thing up, along with Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. All Lal and Mike Waterson had to do was allow themselves to be swept along by the collective will of everyone who had either heard or heard about their songs. And when, at the very end of 1971, it emerged that a homesick Norma Waterson would be returning to join them, the heavens looked to be aligning as never before.

Recorded in a week in the basement of Cecil Sharp House, Mike recalled Lal and I dreamed our way through the recordings. It was magic.” Marry, who was eight at the time, remembered her father George describing the sessions as “a great big party”, people just wandered in. Tim Hart and Maddy Prior are on a few tracks because they happened to walk through the door, so they were lassoed in to do some vocals. One poor sod came in to deliver a package and we said, ‘Right! You’re in! And we stuck some words in front of him and put him in the chorus! He sang away, thank you very much, and then he left!’”

Despite the anticipation for a new ‘Watersons’ record, the release of Bright Phoebus was viewed with suspicion from the conservative folk community and shortly after, Bill Leader’s company went bankrupt and the initial pressing of 2000 LPS soon fell out of print. Since then, the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere. Sadly Lal – who passed away from lung cancer in 1998 - never got to see Bright Phoebus receive a full re-evaluation. Mike Waterson did, at least, get to enjoy some of backdated acclaim before his death in 2011. But he remained dogged in his belief that none of that mattered. “You do what you do,” he insisted. “And nothing is right to them, and everything’s right to you. Who are you making the record for? *You.* If fans like your record, then wonderful. If they don’t, well you’ve made it anyway. Because you love the songs.”

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Rubber Band
  2. The Scarecrow
  3. Fine Horseman
  4. Winifer Odd
  5. Danny Rose
  6. Child Among The Weeds
  7. Magical Man
  8. Never The Same
  9. To Make You Stay
  10. Shady Lady
  11. Red Wine Promises
  12. Bright Phoebus

Disc 2 – The 1971 Demos

  1. Danny Rose                                                                          
  2. Fine Horseman                                                                  
  3. Winifer Odd                                                                        
  4. Child Among The Weeds                                            
  5. Magical Man                                                                        
  6. Bright Phoebus                                                                 
  7. Red Wine Promises                                                       
  8. Song For Thirza                                                                  
  9. The Scarecrow                                                                  
  10. Never The Same                                                           
  11. One Of Those Days                                                       
  12. Jack Frost                                                                           

 

http://brightphoeb.us

 

THE KILLS ANNOUNCE ECHO HOME - NON-ELECTRIC EP IN CELEBRATION OF 15TH ANNIVERSARY

The Kills | 24/05/17

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The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – will release the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP digitally on June 2nd, with a limited edition 10” vinyl release available for pre-order today.

Both the physical and digital versions of the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP will feature audio from a stripped down session the band captured recently at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Alongside “Echo Home”, the EP features Ash & Ice track “That Love”, a cover of Rihanna’s “Desperado” (which the band originally played as part of a Sirius XMU session), and the song “Wait”, off the band’s first ever release, Black Rooster EP, which celebrates it’s 15 year anniversary on May 28th.

The Black Rooster EP was originally released on Dim Mak in 2002 and was the start of what’s been an incredible career for Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of The Kills.

With five full-length albums (the most recent being 2016’s Ash & Ice), four EPs, a documentary, and countless live shows under their belt, the passion and fire they continue to bring to every recording and performance is extraordinary.

In their 15th year as a band, The Kills have been looking back and celebrating with a string of anniversary shows and retrospective features, and now this re-recording of “Wait”, one of the first Kills songs ever released. Steve Aoki, owner of Dim Mak and another artist who has proven a career with similar staying power, recently had some words to share on the release of Black Rooster:

"Many moons ago, back in 2002, I had to make a decision whether to pursue a Ph.D. Program or continue with my label Dim Mak & after hearing a demo from The Kills and becoming the first American label to release their EP Black Rooster, I knew what path I was going to choose. They took me under their wing and I hit the road with them as their tour manager, merch guy, driver (we all took turns) and label. I’ll never forget that and love Jamie and Alison forever. Thank you for believing in lil me when not many people gave two shits about Dim Mak and what we were doing. Ride or Die.” – STEVE AOKI

Pre-order the Echo Home 10” HERE.

The Kills 2017 Tour Dates:

05/27 Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound City
05/28 Margate, UK - Margate Wonderland
05/30 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
06/02 Saint-Brieuc, France - Art Rock Festival
06/03 Saint-Laurent-De-Cuves, France - Papillons De Nuit Festival
06/06 Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy
06/07 Liepzig, Germany - Taubchenthal
06/09 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
06/10 Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
06/13 Munich, Germany - Olympic Stadium *
06/16 London, UK - London Stadium *
06/17 London, UK - London Stadium *
06/24 Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
06/19 Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach #
06/21 Riga, Latvia - Lucavsala Island #
06/29 Gydnia, Poland - Open’er
07/02 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07/07 Lisbon, Portugal - Nos Alive
07/10 Montreaux, Switzerland - Montreaux Jazz Festival
07/12 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07/16 Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
08/12 Bucharest, Romania - Summer Well Festival
08/15 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08/17 Gampel, Switzerland - Open Air Gampel
08/19 Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica Kulture
08/25 Charleville Mezières, France - Cabaret Vert
08/26 Paris, France - Rock En Seine
09/19 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Anfiteatro Parque (Outdoor) %
09/21 Rio, Brazil - Rock In Rio
09/23 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque %

* = with Guns ‘N’ Roses
# = with Foo Fighters
% = with Bon Jovi 

 

PETER PERRETT ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM HOW THE WEST WAS WON

Peter Perrett | 12/04/17

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Peter Perrett - former frontman of The Only Ones - releases his debut solo album How The West Was Won on June 30th through Domino.

Perrett, whose incisive songcraft and sardonic drawl made him one of the most distinctive voices of the Seventies hasn’t released any music for 20 years. Bearing in mind his most famous song began “I always flirt with death” (‘Another Girl, Another Planet’), this is one comeback that nobody saw coming.

In the hands of certain songwriters, a story of resurrection and redemption might ring a little hollow, but when the songwriter is Peter Perrett, the usual rules have never applied.

Perrett makes each song on How The West Was Won sound natural and effortless, as though he were continuing a briefly interrupted conversation rather than picking up the threads of a solo career that faltered two decades ago. He claims to have barely touched a guitar in the decade between The One’s 1996 album Woke Up Sticky and the 2007 reunion of The Only Ones; with Perrett, a hiatus could so easily turn into a hibernation. Yet Perrett’s familiar voice sounds like it simply stepped out of the room for a few minutes and popped back in again.

Backed by his sons - Jamie and Peter Jr. on lead guitar and bass respectively - and produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones), Peter’s intuitive feel for words; his flair for idiosyncratic metaphors and his deadpan wit are all still as sharp as ever.

As demonstrated perfectly by the title track and album opener which Perrett shares today. It finds him railing against American imperialism and celebrity culture. The video is directed by Focus Creeps (Arctic Monkeys/King Krule) and features Peter’s band with whom he recorded the album

The songs on How The West Was Won examine complex emotional terrain and extreme human behaviour, shot through as always with wry self-analysis. In a sense the album is a Perrett family affair: there are love songs (‘An Epic Story’, ‘C Voyeurger’) from Peter to his wife of 47 years Zena. On ‘Something In My Brain’, Perrett discusses good choices, bad choices and ultimately the only choices that will guarantee survival. There are also songs where Perrett opens his curtains and stares out into a much-changed world (‘Man Of Extremes’, ‘Sweet Endeavour’).

How The West Was Won finds Perrett with energy in his blood, rediscovering the importance of rock’n’roll. Having turned 65 over the weekend, he has a fire burning inside him again, and a determination not to blow what could be his last chance. 

Tracklisting:

  1. How The West Was Won
  2. An Epic Story
  3. Hard To Say No
  4. Troika
  5. Living In My Head
  6. Man Of Extremes
  7. Sweet Endeavour
  8. C Voyeurger
  9. Something In My Brain
  10. Take Me Home

How The West Was Won is available to pre-order on deluxe LP (coloured vinyl, gatefold sleeve, booklet and black polylined sleeve), standard vinyl (gatefold sleeve, booklet and black polylined sleeve), CD (gatefold wallet sleeve, booklet) and digital.

Additionally, the Dom Mart edition of the deluxe LP features a signed print – limited to 250 copies.

Pre order: Dom Mart / Download

Peter Perrett Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

ROYAL TRUX RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM PLATINUM TIPS + ICE CREAM ON JUNE 16TH

16/03/17

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Platinum Tips + Ice Cream (scenes from the water park) is new from Royal Trux. The songs were written over a span of time as wide as eagle’s wings - but the recordings are new, live, unrehearsed and were presented in real time to a few thousand people in California and NYC. Performance art? Yes! But only because, unlike so many other aural “content providers,” Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema are true artists writing their own futures into the present. This was, and will always be, Royal Trux.

This new/“live”/old song/new performance album is yet another chapter in one of the best books out there. Release #647, corresponding to the Cali penal code stating that Prostitution is against the law. Just a reminder so that they didn’t forget. 

It’s been a minute since Royal Trux went about making a record in 1-2 days, but they got that system on lock, and once again we see them setting parameters and adhering to them for maxx impact. Platinum Tips + Ice Cream was made in two days…one in Cali and one in NYC. The hold up came when listening back to the “live” qualities, which had been compromised the “AI” of modern, presumptuous (read: “spellcheck”) sound gear.  Going back to undo the “smart changes” was tedious, yet imperative - bringing the actual experience and qualities of the performance, the rawness that could be felt and heard LIVE, to a finished form. These recordings conjure the early feral spirit of the band devouring the sophisticated sound of the later years and coughing up a motherfucking hairball of sound.

Royal Trux has always played with the idea of “expectation” like it was a new toy at Christmas, and year in and year out wiped it out like the face of an old teddy bear. For them, a touchdown was best achieved in reverse, via counter-intelligent means. It is fucking INSANE to hear how much that is still the case. This isn’t a butterfly mounted in amber; this is the sound of life….people getting through their set by any means necessary. Thoughts are flying in a million different directions, but staying with the plan is the number one rule. As the rhythm punches, the scabrous tone of Jennifer’s vox is matched only by Neil’s harsh, stinging guitar volleys – and the mad filters passing through the Bass Station. A personal playlist of hits rolls out – and not all rockers, but some slower jams and moments of deep heavy. But no “Back to School”?!? Well, that’s why there are more Trux shows coming up. And like they say, every night is gonna be a great night.

Wrapped up in a Truxian collage scrapping together the crazy quilt of time in their Royal-iverse, which in the light of this reunion is now folding back over itself, Plantinum Tips + Ice Cream collects 12 Royal Trux non-sequiturs in tribute not only to the past but the unending nature of the future.

Platinum Tips + Ice Cream is available on heavyweight LP (WIGLP404), CD (WIGCD404) and digitally (WIG404D).  

Tracklisting is as follows:

01. Junkie Nurse

02. Sewers Of Mars

03. Red Tiger

04. Sometimes

05. Mercury

06. Esso Dame

07. Deafer Than Blind

08. Waterpark

09. Platinum Tips

10. The Banana Question

11. Blue Is The Frequency

12. Ice Cream

Royal Trux will be playing the following live dates:

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Austin Texas at Hotel Vegas

Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Austin Texas at Hotel Vegas

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan at El Club

Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom at Victoria Warehouse

Monday, May 29, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom at The Art School

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Bristol, United Kingdom at Marble Factory

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Brighton, United Kingdom at Concorde 2

Thursday, June 01, 2017 in London, United Kingdom at Electric Ballroom

Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain at Primavera Sound Festival

Friday, June 09, 2017 in Porto, Portugal at NOS Primavera

Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Nimes, France at This Is Not A Love Song Festival 

 

BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BEST TROUBADOR ON 5TH MAY

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 08/03/17

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With Best Troubador, Bonnie 'Prince Billy pays homage to a long-time and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard. A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle's work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who was around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.

Merle's body of work was considered by Bonny for a record such as this for some time, but his passing in April of 2016 almost put a stop to it. The goal was to participate in the handing forward of the songs of a living legend, as Merle had done so many times in his own career. Writing for Juan and Only in 2012, Bonnie put it this way:

"Merle Haggard is a channeler who has paid ample tribute to those that came before him. He has demonstrated explicitly and implicitly his standing on the shoulders of Tommy Duncan/Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, Floyd Tillman, Lefty Frizzell and many others. There are songs in his catalogue that seep solidly into the headspace of Kentuckians who grew up when I did, and beyond through his vast influence on the George Straits, Dwight Yoakams, Alan Jacksons, John Andersons, Toby Keiths, and too many others. He is not the original, but he may be the most significant junction."

With Merle gone, some of the impetus of the project was in peril. A plan to make the album in Nashville studios was abandoned. The songs still called to be played again, however - and so sessions were endeavored at home, capturing feeling, memory and new expression in familiar confines with the full-hearted playing and singing of the Bonafide United Musicians: Van Campbell, Nuala Kennedy, Danny Kiley, Drew Miller, Cheyenne Mize and Chris Rodahoffer, with special guests Mary Feiock, Emmett Kelly, A.J. Roach and Matt Sweeney. 

The songs sung on Best Troubador are pulled from all over - from Haggard's 3rd album in 1967 through to his 47th in 2011 - but this is no simple hits compilation. Capable only of occupying a

shared space between himself and Merle Haggard, Bonny chose personal favorites, singing the songs he wanted to sing, to find Merle and himself together in the music. Only two of Hag's thirty-eight (!) country number ones are included, and only two others that charted at all. Seven of the sixteen songs are from his later period, after his long run at the top of the country charts had ended, but before encroaching mortality could finally cease the singular and indefatigable creativity of Merle Haggard.

Best Troubador flips through his song book, landing on pages unmoored from their time and located anew. Moving from 1978 to 1969 to 2003 to 1981 allows the album to circle Haggard's music in a simulation of thought and memory, slipping around from spot to spot as if they were discrete impressions, unknown but knowable yet. Dedicated to new life and old, Best Troubador is wistful and bittersweet and no lament at all but a tribute instead, for the triumph of a life spent in unending pursuit of the goal: new and expressive music, as our inspirations and heroes once sang it.

Excited about Best Troubador and just can't wait until May? Well, boy, do we have a surprise for you! Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is joined by frequent collaborator Oscar Parsons in a virtual reality video for Merle Haggard's classic "Mama Tried’. Presented in glorious 360 degrees of virtual reality, watch Bonnie 'Prince' Billy ride the wave of the future! Headset viewing is exclusive to the Vimeo app on your smartphone!  However, monoscopic 360° playback (without a headset) can occur on the Vimeo site or embedded for desktop browsers and android mobile browsers HERE.

 

LISTEN TO REAL ESTATE'S "STAINED GLASS"; NEW ALBUM 'IN MIND' OUT NEXT WEEK!

Real Estate | 07/03/17

Image: Real Estate Stained Glass thumbnail

Real Estate have shared “Stained Glass,” their second track from the forthcoming In Mind out March 17. Last week the band posted a silent clip of the video featuring guitar tabs and keyboard parts, encouraging fans to create their own instrumental interpretations of the song before it became available to the public. Today, they’re pleased to share the full version of “Stained Glass” along with the original tutorial video. This is the second tutorial video release for Real Estate, following up on the fan favorite tutorial for “Crime” from their 2014 release Atlas.

Frontman Martin Courtney also recently sat down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen for a standalone episode of All Songs Considered, discussing everything from the new album's Abbey Road influences, the origin of "Darling," to his recent fatherhood. Listen here

Real Estate kick off an extensive North American headline tour next month. They've also added a second Brooklyn Steel show by popular demand and will make stops at SXSW and Coachella. Full dates below. More SXSW events to be announced soon.

In Mind is available on CD, LP and digitally. An exclusive limited edition deluxe LP (very few copies left!) featuring heavyweight colored vinyl, gold foil imprinted packaging (pictured below), and a slipmat, is available to pre-order from Domino Mart. All pre-orders from Domino Mart and iTunes pre-orders will come with an instant download of “Darling” & “Stained Glass.”

Real Estate tour dates

03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW KUTX Live at the Four Seasons (10am)
03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW KCRW Radio Day Stage Convention Center (4pm)
03-16 Austin, TX - SXSW Waterloo Records (2pm)
03-16 Austin, TX - SXSW Showtime/Twin Peaks at Clive Bar (11pm)
04-01 Santo Domingo, DR - Isle of Light Festival
04-05 Birmingham, AL - Saturn +
04-06 New Orleans, LA - Republic +
04-07 Austin, TX - Mohawk +
04-08 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall +
04-10 Kansas City, MO - recordBar +
04-12 Denver, CO - Gothic Theater +
04-13 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge +
04-16 Indio, CA - Coachella 
04-18 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre $
04-19 Seattle, WA - Showbox $
04-20 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
04-23 Indio, CA - Coachella
05-05 Boston, MA - Royale *
05-06 Winooski, VT - Waking Windows
05-07 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *
05-09 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
05-10 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
05-12 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
05-13 Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
05-15 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *
05-16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
05-17 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * [SOLD OUT]
05-19 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
05-21 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * 
06-13 London, UK - Roundhouse
06-14 Paris, FR - Cafe de Le Danse
06-15 Brussels, BE - Orangerie
06-18 Berlin, DE - Lido
06-19 Hamburg, DE - Molotov
06-20 Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
06-21 Stockholm, SE - Debaser
06-27 Cambridge, UK - The Junction 1
06-28 Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
06-30 Barcelona, ES - Vida Festival
07-14 to 07-16 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

+ with Mary Lattimore
$ with Tim Cohen and Iji
* with Frankie Cosmos

 

ALEX G ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “ROCKET” OUT MAY 19

(Sandy) Alex G | 02/03/17

Image: Rocket

Alex G is pleased to announce his new album, Rocket, is set for a May 19th, 2017 release.

Rocket is the Philadelphia-based artist’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music. Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule. Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

Alex G will be playing a special album release show in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday May 18th. The show will be at The Park Church Co-Op, and tickets go on sale this Friday here.  Also announcing today is an all-ages hometown Rocket show on July 8th at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday here. Both shows will feature special guests.

Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced soon.

Watch the music video for "Bobby" and listen to "Witch" below.

 

Rocket Tracklisting

  1. Poison Root
  2. County
  3. Bobby
  4. Witch
  5. Horse
  6. Brick
  7. Sportstar
  8. Judge
  9. Rocket
  10. Powerful Man
  11. Alina
  12. Big Fish
  13. Guilty 

Rocket is available to pre-order now on ltd. red translucent vinyl, ltd. red translucent cassette (Domino Mart exclusive), ltd. random colorway cassette (Bandcamp exclusive), CD, and digital download.

Alex G photo by Tonje Thilesen.

 

ANNA CALVI SOUNDTRACKS BURBERRY’S 2017 COLLECTION, LIVE AT MAKER’S HOUSE, LONDON

Anna Calvi | 22/02/17

Image: Anna Calvi Burberry EP

Burberry premiered its February 2017 collection for men and women, at its Makers House show venue in London on Monday night.  Anna Calvi performed the show’s live soundtrack from a balcony overlooking the runway, accompanied by her band and members of the Heritage Orchestra & Choir. Her set list included her new track ‘Whip The Night’ and a cover of Christine & The Queen’s ‘iT’ and is available to purchase on iTunes and can be streamed HERE.

The ‘Live For Burberry’ EP features a number of special previously unheard tracks and reworkings of some familiar Anna Calvi originals.  Receiving its worldwide premiere at last night’s show, ‘Whip The Night’ was created by Anna for the illustrious Robert Wilson’s forthcoming theatrical production ‘The Sandman’, starting this May in Dusseldorf.  ‘Nathaniel’ shows off Anna’s guitar prowess and was written specifically for Burberry and ‘iT’ is a cover of Christine And The Queens’ glorious original (performed in front of front row attendee Heliose Letissier, filmed joining in HERE).

The tracklisting for the EP is as follows:

1. Whip The Night (Live For Burberry)    

2. Nathaniel (Live For Burberry) 

3. iT (Live For Burberry)

4. Eliza (Live For Burberry)        

5. Desire (Live For Burberry)     

 

FLYING SAUCER ATTACK TO RE-ISSUE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, MIRROR AND NEW LANDS

16/02/17

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When West Country feedback merchant Dave Pearce resurfaced in 2015 with his first new music in more than a decade, it provided the ideal opportunity to introduce his out-of-print back catalogue to a whole new audience. Following the excitement generated by the re-release of FurtherChorus and Distance last year, Domino are reissuing three more of his peerless early works – the self-titled debut, New Lands and Mirror – available on the 14th of April, 2017.

Flying Saucer Attack’s self-titled debut album, released in 1993, was commonly known as ‘Rural Psychedelia’ – an apt description for the rough-hewn soundscapes they crafted. These bedroom recordings made a virtue of the otherworldly, hissy mechanics of four-track cassette-to-vinyl duplication. Pearce realised that you didn’t need to layer 16 guitar tracks in an expensive studio to make a big noise. Recording directly on to a four-track resulted in a thick, distorted, abrasive sound that suited his needs perfectly.

New Lands, released in 1997, was album proper No 3, described by Pearce as “phase two” of the FSA project. It found Pearce operating alone and finally realising the guitar sound that had been in his head all along. “Something like AR Kane’s god-like Up Home!,” he revealed in an interview at the time. It was a stark and often challenging listen (Pearce stated in one interview that it was originally going to be called Fuck You!), yet utterly beguiling.

Mirror would turn out to be Pearce’s final offering as FSA for 15 years, but at the time of its release in 2000 it felt like the start of something exciting and new – it was seen in some quarters as one of the first great records of the millennium. Sonically, it was Pearce’s most accessible and melodic album. “His sombre, acoustic folk still recalls the gentle melancholy of Nick Drake,” said the Pitchfork review, “but for the first time, the melodies and lyrics can be clearly deciphered.” 

This move into thrilling new sonic territories should have pointed the way forward for Pearce – instead, until his surprising comeback, it was a full stop on a brilliant and idiosyncratic career. 

Listen to ‘My Dreaming Hill’ from FSA HERE

Listen to ‘Rivers’ from Mirror HERE

Listen to ‘Present ‘ from New Lands HERE

This is the first time that FSA and Mirror have been released by Domino. FSA vinyl will be available in a board mounted ‘tip on’ gatefold sleeve.  The artwork for Mirror is replicated from the original Flying Saucer Attack edition.  The albums will all be available on heavyweight vinyl (with download cards), CD & digital formats.

Pre-order/listen to Flying Saucer Attack via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

Pre-order/listen to Mirror via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

Pre-order/listen to New Lands via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

 

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE "THE PAINTERS EP"; WATCH THE "KINDA BONKERS" LYRIC VIDEO

Animal Collective | 13/02/17

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Animal Collective announce The Painters EP, a new companion release to last year’s album Painting With. The EP will be available digitally this Friday, February 17, almost a year to the date of their 10th studio album’s release. Pre-order the CD and 12” exclusively from Animal Collective’s store.

The EP contains three new and original tracks recorded during the Painting With era, and also includes a studio recording of “Jimmy Mack” (made famous by Martha & The Vandellas), a cover performed on their recent tours. Watch a lyric video for the opening track "Kinda Bonkers" below.

All pre-orders receive an instant download of “Kinda Bonkers” and a download of the EP this Friday, February 17. The EP features artwork by Brian DeGraw, as pictured below, who supplied the original portraits and artwork for Painting With.

The band return to the US & Canada in May 2017 for headlining live dates including a show at the new venue Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY. This follows on a recent winter tour of Florida and an Animal Collective-curated three day camping festival in Big Sur, CA this past autumn. Find all the dates below.


Animal Collective's The Painters EP pictured above in 12" and CD formats.


The Painters EP tracklisting:
1. Kinda Bonkers
2. Peacemaker
3. Goalkeeper
4. Jimmy Mack

Animal Collective tour dates:
05-17 Charleston, SC - Music Farm *
05-18 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine *
05-20 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre *
05-22 Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
05-23 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
05-24 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre *
05-26 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
05-27 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
05-28 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
* with Circuit des Yeux

 

LITTLE CUB TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'STILL LIFE' APRIL 28TH

Little Cub | 10/02/17

Image: LC press photo - credit Holly Whitaker

South London trio Little Cub will release their debut album Still Life on 28th April on Domino. Marrying a wry, worldly and subversive form of diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, Still Life announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born into.

Following the release of its first tracks ‘Loveless’ and ‘My Nature’, the band have shared the album’s opening track and first official single, ‘Too Much Love’. Watch the video for the new single, directed by Lily-Rose Thomas, below.

“’Too Much Love’ is a song about about cynicism. For the video, we took a bunch of our experiences and experiences of our friends and reset them into a sort of modern day morality tale based around where we live. Except, there is no moral really,” quotes vocalist Dominic Gore. “The decisions, good or bad, all live in the grey area where I think most of us reside. Like a Groundhog Day where no lessons are learnt and nothing really changes.”

Little Cub is Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Adrian Acolatse. Whilst now residing and writing in Peckham, their story begins in the banker-belt ennui of Dorking, Surrey, the sort of faceless suburban hinterland that J.G. Ballard was obsessed with. It was in this less than illustrious setting that Gore and Tootill first met by chance. The two hit it off over a shared love of James Murphy's seminal DFA Records, early Aphex Twin and New Order and before long began meeting up to share ideas for original songs alongside Ady Acolatse, whom Gore had met on a night out in the blare and glare of Fabric nightclub the previous summer.

What emerged from the bonding of the trio’s mutual ethos’ is the warm, dynamic, modular sound of Still Life, with elements of house, techno and ambient reflective of the group's evolving taste coalescing with fruits of a shared jazz background and indie sensibility to provide the perfect landscape for Gore's tight, almost hymn-like verses on the trials and tribulations of 21st century living.

Still Life was produced by Little Cub and mixed by the band, Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Alexis Smith. It will be released on limited deluxe 12” gold vinyl, including album download card plus seven bonus remixes by the band, via Domino Mart, CD and digitally. 

The band will celebrate the release of Still Life with a London headline date at The Lexington on Tuesday 9th May. Tickets are on sale now via the link HERE.

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Pre-order Still Life on deluxe 12” vinyl via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Still Life on CD via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Still Life digitally HERE

 
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