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VILLAGERS SHARE BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE FOR ‘HOT SCARY SUMMER’ FILMED LIVE AT RAK STUDIOS, LONDON

Villagers | 03/12/15

Image: Villagers Hot Scary Summer still

Where Have You Been All My Life?, released on 8th January 2016, is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative.

Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from Villagers’ most recent studio album, Darling Arithmetic.

Watch behind the scenes footage of the recording of the track ‘Hot Scary Summer’ HERE.

Released in April 2015, Conor O’Brien’s third album under the guise of Villagers was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of Becoming A Jackal (2010) and {Awayland} (2013). This fresh approach was extended on subsequent Villagers tours, where old songs were reinvented to match the new. Then for one day in July 2015, 18 songs were quickly captured and 12 songs chosen for the final album, making it Villagers’ most intense, but satisfying, session to date. These recordings are all first or second takes, and the immediacy of the occasion was part of the magic that day, live and unadorned by overdubs or studio trickery.

The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.

Included in the album are new versions of ‘The Waves’ and ‘Memoir’ – a track written by O’Brien for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s 2011 album Stage Whisper.    Listen to ‘Memoir’ and ‘The Waves’ below.

‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ will be available on LP (WIGLP368), CD (WIGCD368), Digital (WIG368D) and Deluxe LP (green coloured vinyl  with two bonus tracks on the download card, ‘Pieces’ & ‘No-one to Blame’). Pre-order the album from Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Set the Tigers Free

2. Everything I Am is Yours

3. My Lighthouse

4. Courage

5. That Day

6. The Soul Serene

7. Memoir

8. Hot Scary Summer

9. The Waves

10. Darling Arithmetic

11. So Naive

12. Wichita Lineman

Villagers live dates:

13 December: Germany, Berlin - Stargaze Long Weekender

26 January: UK – Belfast - ‘Out to Lunch Festival' - The MAC Theatre

28 January: Ireland – Dublin - Vicar Street

29 January: Ireland – Galway - Black Box

1 February: UK - Newcastle - Gateshead – Sage 2

2 February: UK - Glasgow - Oran Mor Auditorium

3 February: UK – Leeds - Brudenell Social Club

5 February: UK - Manchester - Gorilla

6 February: UK - Sheffield - Leadmill

7 February: UK - Birmingham - Glee Club

8 February: UK - Oxford - Academy 2

10 February: UK – Bath - Komedia

11 February: UK – London - Shepherds Bush Empire

12 February: UK – Brighton - St Georges Church

13 February: UK - Ashford - St Mary's Church

15 February: Belgium – Brussels – Botanique Orangerie

16 February: Holland – Amsterdam - Paradiso Noord

18 February: Holland – Zwolle - Hedon

19 February: Germany – Dusseldorf - Zakk

20 February: Germany - Munich - Strom

22 February: Germany – Berlin - Postbahnhof

23 February: Germany – Frankfurt - Zoom

25 February: France – Paris - La Maroquinerie

26 February: France – Rouen - 106

27 February – France – St Malo – Route Du Rock Festival

28 February: France – Nantes - Stereolux

 

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'PAINTING WITH'; LISTEN TO "FLORIDADA"

Animal Collective | 30/11/15

Image: Animal Collective Painting With press photo

Animal Collective is pleased to announce the release of their eleventh full-length album, Painting Withreleased on February 19. Today, the band share first single ‘FloriDada.’ Listen to it below.

For fifteen years Animal Collective has been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where to from here?

Dizzyingly upbeat and gloriously realized, the new album bounces and pops with an urgent, ecstatic energy, propelled by polyrhythmic beats and gurgling modular synth, with Noah Lennox and Dave Portner’s vocals gleefully falling in and out of syncopation and off-kilter harmony. 

Working as a trio, Portner (Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) began trading demos in early 2015, pursuing a goal of what Portner calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The three met in Asheville during that spring and began exploring the songs together. Recording took place in the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood, home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, and was engineered by Sonny DiPerri.

The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition, concerned with art (Cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both - creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective. 

Painting With will be available in standard CD, LP, and a limited deluxe edition format. The album in CD and LP formats will be available in three different covers, featuring each Animal Collective member – Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear - as painted by Brian DeGraw and displayed below. The limited deluxe edition format exclusively available via the Animal Collective and Domino stores includes a choice of one of the three covers, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, a zoetropic 12" turntable slipmat that animates when activated in part with a strobe light, and a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive non-album tracks mailed at a later date. All pre-orders, including from iTunes, come with an instant download of "FloriDada."



Top: Painting With three different covers by Brian DeGraw featuring from left to right: Avey Tare, Geologist and Panda Bear
Bottom: Painting With limited deluxe edition featuring a choice of album cover, a sticker sheet, bonus 7", and zoetropic turntable slipmat.

 

Animal Collective Painting With tracklisting
1. FloriDada
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Vertical
4. Lying In The Grass
5. The Burglars
6. Natural Selection
7. Bagels In Kiev
8. On Delay
9. Spilling Guts
10. Summing The Wretch
11. Golden Gal
12. Recycling

Animal Collective photo by Hisham Akira Bharoocha / Abby Portner and face & body painted by Matt Deifer.
Animal Collective website gifmelting effect by Chris Shier http://chz.bz.

 

DOMINO & RIBBON ARTISTS COLLABORATE WITH MIKKELLER TO CREATE THEIR OWN BEERS, ‘PASTELISM’ BY THE PASTELS AND ‘BLACK HOURS’ BY HAMILTON LEITHAUSER AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE NOW

Various Artists | 25/11/15

Image: Pastelism x Mikkeller

Hyper-creative, acclaimed ‘gypsy brewer’ Mikkeller has partnered with Domino & Ribbon Music artists to create a series of custom, limited edition brews, each lovingly and collaboratively flavored, designed, and produced over the course of the last 12 months.

The brews incorporate artists’ favorite flavor profiles, and each artist involved has worked with the Mikkeller brewing team and art director to make a recipe that represents their tastes – both aesthetically and fundamentally.

The first two brews made available for purchase come courtesy of Hamilton Leithauser and The Pastels.

Hamilton Leithauser, lead singer of The Walkmen, released his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music in June of last year.

Seminal Glaswegian band The Pastels released Slow Summits via Domino in 2013.

Beers created by White Lung and Real Estate will soon be available. Stay tuned for more in the series. 

The beer is available via Mikkeller’s regular distributors, on their website, and in their Mikkeller-owned bars. Some beers may also be made available in selected restaurants and bars globally.

Purchase ‘Pastelism’ here.

Purchase ‘Black Hours’ here.

Mikkeller is an award-winning microbrewery founded in Copenhagen in 2006, which has stockists in more than 40 countries worldwide. Their style of brewing is considered very unique - their experimentation with flavor and their sometimes very limited runs of product has earned them a cult following globally. Mikkeller is consistently ranked in the top 5 breweries in the world.

Read the VICE story on Mikkel Borg Bjergso - The Walter White of Beer.

Read the New York Times Magazine feature on Mikkeller. 


 

ALEX G SHARES VIDEO FOR BRITE BOY, ANNOUNCES RETURN TO THE UK FOR HEADLINE SHOWS AND DATES WITH BASEMENT, EXTENSIVE 2016 US TOUR WITH PORCHES AND YOUR FRIEND

Alex G | 20/11/15

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Brite Boy’ – a standout track from Alex G’s recently released album Beach Music – comes to animated life today with a video, which can be viewed below.

The clip, directed by Philadelphia-based artist and frequent Alex G collaborator Elliot Bech, features the same dog character that has been a mainstay of Alex’s shirt and poster designs over the years. The video will be accompanied by a ‘Brite Boy’ fanzine, which you’ll be able to pick up at any of Alex G’s dates next year.

Alex G will be heading out on tour in the New Year, embarking on a string of European dates, including UK shows supporting Basement, before comprehensively crisscrossing North America with fellow Domino artists Porches and Your Friend, both of whom recently announced new albums due out early next year.

All dates below will be on sale this coming Friday, November 20, with UK dates highlighted in bold.

ALEX G TOUR DATES

Mon Nov 23 || Brooklyn, NY || Babys All Right #

Thurs Jan 28 || Hamburg, Germany || Kleiner Donner

Fri Jan 29 || Amsterdam, Netherlands || Paradiso

Tues Feb 2 || Brighton, UK || Bleach

Wed Feb 3 || Cardiff, UK || Clwb Ifor Bach

Thurs Feb 4 || Sheffield, UK || Harley

Fri Feb 5 || Nottingham, UK || Bodega

Sun Feb 7 || Bristol, UK || Marble Factory *

Mon Feb 8 || Glasgow, UK || King Tuts / Garage *

Tues Feb 9 || Leeds, UK || Stylus *

Wed Feb 10 || Manchester, UK || Academy 2 *

Thurs Feb 11 || Norwich, UK || Waterfront *

Fri Feb 12 || London, UK || Shepherd's Bush Empire *

Wed Mar 9 || Washington, DC || Rock & Roll Hotel ^

Thurs Mar 10 || Richmond, VA || Strange Mater ^

Fri Mar 11 || Chapel Hill, NC || Cat’s Cradle Backroom ^

Sat Mar 12 || Savannah, GA || Savannah Stopover Festival ^

Sun Mar 13 || Orlando, FL || Backbooth ^

Mon Mar 14 || Tallahassee, FL || Club Downunder ^

Wed Mar 16 || Houston, TX || Walters ^

Sat Mar 19 || Dallas, TX || Spillover Music Fest ^

Mon Mar 21 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake ^

Tues Mar 22 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court ^

Wed Mar 23 || Boise, ID || Treefort Music Fest ^

Thurs Mar 24 || Portland, OR || Analog Café ^

Fri Mar 25 || Seattle, WA || Vera Project ^

Sat Mar 26 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt ^

Mon Mar 28 || San Francisco, CA || Rickshaw Stop ^

Thurs Mar 31 || Santa Ana, CA || The Observatory – Constellation Room ^

Fri Apr 1 || San Diego, CA || Che Café ^

Sat Apr 2 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel Lounge ^

Sun Apr 3 || Albuquerque, NM || Sister ^

Tues Apr 5 || Omaha, NE || Slowdown ^

Wed Apr 6 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry ^

Thurs Apr 7 || Madison, WI || UW Student Union ^

Fri Apr 8 || Grinnell, IA || Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge ^

Sat Apr 9 || Chicago, IL || Bottom Lounge ^

Sun Apr 10 || Detroit, MI || Majestic Café ^

Mon Apr 11 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern ^

Tues Apr 12 || Boston, MA || Middle East Downstairs ^

Wed Apr 13 || Brooklyn, NY || Music Hall of Williamsburg ^

Thurs Apr 14 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer ^

Fri Apr 15 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom ^

# with Wild Nothing

* with Basement

^ with Porches and Your Friend

Beach Music is available to purchase now via the Dom Mart on LP, CD, and digital download.

Get Beach Music here: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

 

PORCHES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM POOL, SHARES VIDEO FOR HOUR, ANNOUNCES 2016 CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH ALEX G

Porches | 19/11/15

Image: Porches - press shot photo credit Paley Fairman

Porches, the recording project of New York-based Aaron Maine, today announces the new album, Pool, set for release on February 5, 2016, via Domino. Written and recorded in his Manhattan apartment, Pool is an elegantly drawn set of gorgeous, synth-driven pop songs, expanding on and re-articulating the melancholy we’ve come to know from previous single releases on Terrible (2014’s Prism), Birdtapes (2013’s Townie Blunt Guts) and Seagreen (2014’s Leather), and a full length on Exploding in Sound (2013’s Slow Dance In The Cosmos).

Additionally, Porches today shares a video for the current single ‘Hour’, which was released digitally on October 8. Directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz (Blood Orange, Danny Brown, St. Vincent, Petite Noir), the video stars Maine and Kline as star-crossed lovers on a night excursion. Watch the video now below.

Says Del Rio Ortiz of the clip:

"I wanted to create a simple but hallucinogenic montage dealing with a love affair that no longer exists but would never vanish. On the surface we see a young couple driving around the city and sneaking into a swimming pool. However we also see nostalgic imagery that creates a feeling of loss and illustrates a severed relationship."

Pool is Porches’ debut full-length for Domino and a major step forward for Maine —as an evolving singer/songwriter, and as a nascent producer. Written and recorded almost entirely in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his partner and collaborator, Greta Kline a.k.a Frankie Cosmos, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Tobias Jesso Jr) in Los Angeles, Pool was influenced, in part, by settling in the city as an artist and a person. “I’m feeling like I’m in a more permanent situation than I’ve been in before,” he says. “There is something special about recording at home. It’s why it sounds the way it does. Being able to obsess over it on your own time and being in your own little cube knowing you’re surrounded by the city, being able to go so deep into it and to spend hours building it, loving it: all of that allowed me to reflect and focus on things a little closer.”

Pool is available to pre-order now on limited pressing coke bottle clear vinyl, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes 

POOL TRACKLISTING

01. Underwater

02. Braid

03. Be Apart

04. Mood

05. Hour

06. Even The Shadow

07. Pool

08. Glow

09. Car

10. Shaver

11. Shape

12. Security

Porches will be taking off on an extensive 2016 North American tour in support of Pool, starting March 9 in Washington, DC. The tour is a co-headline with label-mate Alex G, and will feature Your Friend, another fellow Domino artist, on support for all dates. Tickets to all shows will be on sale tomorrow, Friday November 20 with further international live dates to be announced soon.

PORCHES TOUR DATES

Wed Mar 9 || Washington, DC || Rock & Roll Hotel

Thurs Mar 10 || Richmond, VA || Strange Matter

Fri Mar 11 || Chapel Hill, NC || Cat’s Cradle Backroom

Sat Mar 12 || Savannah, GA || Savannah Stopover Festival

Sun Mar 13 || Orlando, FL || Backbooth

Mon Mar 14 || Tallahassee, FL || Club Downunder

Wed Mar 16 || Houston, TX || Walters

Sat Mar 19 || Dallas, TX || Spillover Music Fest

Mon Mar 21 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake

Tues Mar 22 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court

Wed Mar 23 || Boise, ID || Treefort Music Fest

Thurs Mar 24 || Portland, OR || Analog Café

Fri Mar 25 || Seattle, WA || Vera Project

Sat Mar 26 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt

Mon Mar 28 || San Francisco, CA || Rickshaw Stop

Tues Mar 29 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo

Thurs Mar 31 || Santa Ana, CA || The Observatory – Constellation Room

Fri Apr 1 || San Diego, CA || Che Café

Sat Apr 2 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel Lounge

Sun Apr 3 || Albuquerque, NM || The Co-Op

Tues Apr 5 || Omaha, NE || Slowdown

Wed Apr 6 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry

Thurs Apr 7 || Madison, WI || UW Student Union

Fri Apr 8 || Grinnell, IA || Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge

Sat Apr 9 || Chicago, IL || Bottom Lounge

Sun Apr 10 || Detroit, MI || Majestic Café

Mon Apr 11 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern

Tues Apr 12 || Boston, MA || Middle East Downstairs

Wed Apr 13 || Brooklyn, NY || Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thurs Apr 14 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer

Fri Apr 15 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom

 

JULIA HOLTER SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE SILHOUETTE, ANNOUNCES NEW UK AND EUROPEAN LIVE DATES

Julia Holter | 18/11/15

Image: Julia Holter - Silhouette video still

Following the release of her richly acclaimed new album Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter is sharing the video for the album’s latest single, Silhouette, directed by Rick Bahto. Watch the video now below.

Alongside the video, Holter has announced a new run of UK live dates for 2016 including London’s Oval Space on 15th February, which follows a lauded sold out performance at Islington Assembly Hall earlier this month. All forthcoming live dates are listed below with all UK and European dates highlighted in bold. Tickets for all 2016 dates go on sale at 10am GMT Thursday 19th November.

18-Nov  Biekorf  Brugge  BELGIUM       

19-Nov  Le Guess Who? Festival  Utrecht  NETHERLANDS

23-Nov  Hostess Club Weekender  Tokyo  JAPAN

24-Nov  Metro  Kyoto  JAPAN

25-Nov  Conpass  Osaka  JAPAN

26-Nov  WWW  Tokyo  JAPAN

28-Nov  Clockenflap Festival  Hong Kong  HONG KONG

29-Nov  Neon Lights Festival  Singapore  SINGAPORE

01-Dec  V Hall  Seoul  SOUTH KOREA

09-Dec  Newtown Social Club  Sydney  AUSTRALIA

10-Dec  Blackbear Lodge  Brisbane  AUSTRALIA

11-Dec  Howler  Melbourne  AUSTRALIA

12-Dec  Meredith Music Festival  Victoria  AUSTRALIA

13-Dec  Disconnect Festival  Perth  AUSTRALIA

28-Jan  Irenic  San Diego, CA  USA

30-Jan  Teragram Ballroom  Los Angeles, CA  USA

31-Jan  The Chapel  San Francisco, CA  USA

02-Feb  Holocene  Portland, OR  USA

03-Feb  Columbia City Theater  Seattle, WA  USA

04-Feb  The Cobalt  Vancouver, BC  CANADA

08-Feb  New Morning  Paris  FRANCE

11-Feb  Engine Rooms  Southampton  UK

12-Feb  From Now On Festival  Cardiff  UK

15-Feb  Oval Space  London  UK

16-Feb  Gorilla  Manchester  UK

17-Feb  Button Factory  Dublin  IRELAND

19-Feb  SWG3 Studio Warehouse  Glasgow  UK

20-Feb  Summerhall Arts Venue  Edinburgh  UK

23-Feb  Bowery Ballroom  New York, NY  USA

26-Feb  Johnny Brenda’s  Philadelphia, PA  USA     

Have You In My Wilderness is available on CD (WIGCD341), digital (WIG341D) and LP (WIGLP341). The album includes the singles ‘Feel You’ (watch the video HERE) and ‘Silhouette’ (watch the video HERE) as well as previously released tracks ‘Sea Calls Me Home’ (watch the video HERE) and ‘Betsy On The Roof’ (listen to the official audio HERE).

Buy from Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.

The album tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Feel You
  2. Silhouette
  3. How Long?
  4. Lucette Stranded On The Island
  5. Sea Calls Me Home
  6. Night Song
  7. Everytime Boots
  8. Betsy On The Roof
  9. Vasquez
  10. Have You In My Wilderness
 

YOUR FRIEND ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM 'GUMPTION', OUT JANUARY 29TH, SHARES NEW TRACK HEATHERING

Your Friend | 12/11/15

Image: Your Friend launch shot

Taryn Miller, aka Your Friend, is today pleased to share the first taste of new music since last year’s debut EP, in the form of new song ‘Heathering’.

The brooding, elegantly haunted track marks a new chapter in Miller’s career – one that will be fully revealed with the release of her debut full-length, titled Gumption, on January 29th, 2016 via Domino.

 

The release of ‘Heathering’ comes just ahead of Miller’s participation in the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris, during which she will participate in the Cosmorama event, to be held next Tuesday, November 17th, alongside like-minded artists sitting at the musical intersection of lush electronica and indie-inflected pop music.

Since the release of her debut self-recorded EP, Jekyll/Hyde, in early 2014, Taryn Miller has experienced many firsts as an artist – her first tour (with Courtney Barnett), her first SXSW (in 2014, in support of the EP release), and her first time working in a proper studio with a producer. And now, the 24-year-old who resides in Lawrence, Kansas and makes music under the moniker Your Friend, begins the process of another first – the release of her debut full length album, Gumption.

Miller began writing the songs that would become Gumption at her studio space and apartment in Lawrence, Kansas after returning from touring in mid-2014. As a part of the album’s process, Miller acquired a field recorder that she used to explore sound from a familiar place. She took it to her family farm in Dexter, KS and drove around, dipping her senses into childhood nostalgia.

From there, she started recording with producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, which helped Your Friend fulfill a penchant for drones, loops and found sounds. “I paid attention to textures,” Miller says. “I was trying to remove myself from an approach that I had followed before, but still wanted to bring in that melodic element that is most inherent to me, and marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape.”

Gumption deals with the dualities and nuances of human interaction, and questions how much we, as individuals, are responsible for in the ways we are perceived. It’s a record of courage, as its title suggests - of having the willingness to make necessary shifts, and to have a sense of self-awareness that ultimately leads to growth.

 

Gumption will be available on CD and standard LP via the Domino Mart. Pre-order the album from the Domino Mart HERE or iTunes HERE and receive an instant download of ‘Heathering’. The standard LP comes in a single jacket with a printed inner sleeve and is accompanied by a MP3 download card.

Preorder: Dom Mart / iTunes

GUMPTION TRACKLIST:

1. Heathering

2. Come Back From It

3. To Live With

4. Desired Things

5. Nothing Moved

6. Gumption

7. I Turned In

8. Who Will I Be In the Morning?

Your Friend has a handful of European dates on the horizon, and will be on tour in the US in early 2016. Stay tuned for all news and updates via the new Your Friend website HERE.

Your Friend Tour Dates

Sat Nov 28 || Espace B || Paris, France

Tues Dec 1 || Lock Tavern || London, UK

Thurs Dec 3 || St John Bethnal Green Church || London, UK (w/ Christopher Owen)

Fri Dec 4 || De Nieuwe Anite || Amsterdam, Netherlands (w/ Slim Twig)

 

YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN ANNOUNCE NEW COLLABORATIVE ALBUM EVERYTHING SACRED

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan | 03/11/15

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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their collaborative debut album ‘Everything Sacred’ on Friday the 15th of January 2016.  Listen to their cover of Ivor Cutler’s ‘Little Black Buzzer’ featuring the trio joined by the superb and distinctive young Irish singer Lisa O’Neill below.

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb. 

This is Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music in the raw, Yorkston's familiar steel guitar strings pulled, pushed and bent into more unfamiliar acoustic drones, the bass dropping anchors through the floor. Rather than world music per se, this sounds more idiosyncratic, a temporary structure bivouacking by the side of the indie-folk, art music tradition, while its widening horizons extend back to the Sixties heyday of the Incredible String Band, and forward to this singular album's satellite orbit over the folk music, Indian classical and indie music of today – all these musical ley lines threaded into a new kind of eclectic, domestic setting.

“Playing together as Yorkston / Thorne / Khan, we tackle a wide array of different sounds and songs. Alongside pieces of our own, there’s a fair chunk of improvisation, plus covers of Ivor Cutler’s ‘Little Black Buzzer’ and Lal Waterson’s ‘Song For Thirza’. Jon’s jazz back-ground definitely comes to the fore, as does Suhail’s devotional singing and outstanding sarangi playing. I just do my best to keep up…” – James Yorkston

 ‘Everything Sacred’ will be available on CD (WIGCD367), Standard LP (WIGLP367), Deluxe LP (WIGLP367X) and digitally.  The Deluxe LP features a die cut sleeve with a bonus 7” featuring exclusive tracks ‘Peggio’ and ‘The Blues You Sang’ with download card.  You can pre-order the album  via Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.

The band will be performing the following shows in 2016 - more to follow soon:

Jan 18th - Anstruther Dreel Halls

Jan 19th - Glasgow Celtic Connections

28th Feb - Komedia, Bath

You can also find details of James Yorkston’s forthcoming solo shows HERE.

Tracklisting:

 

Knochentanz

Little Black Buzzer

Song for Thirza

Vachaspati/Kaavya

Everything Sacred

Sufi Song

Broken Wave

Blues Jumped the Goose

 

MARTIN COURTNEY COVERS PAVEMENT’S ‘MAJOR LEAGUES’ FOR SIRIUS XMU, DEBUT ALBUM 'MANY MOONS' OUT NOW

Martin Courtney | 03/11/15

Image: Martin Courtney by Shawn Brackbill

Many Moons, the debut solo album from Martin Courtney, is out now on Domino. The bright, lush, 10-song collection of soft psychedelia, which was previewed during a string of CMJ shows earlier this month, further cements the Real Estate frontman’s talent for writing deceptively affecting songs – jangly, melancholic jams touching on themes of past and present, loss and love, home and the heart.

Stream Many Moons here.

Today, Courtney is sharing a cover of Pavement’s ‘Major Leagues’. Recorded as part of a Sirius XMU session, the video can be viewed now below.

Courtney also recorded a live session for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, which will air November 19th. In advance of that date, you can watch the performance of single ‘Airport Bar’ HERE.

Martin Courtney will follow his successful run of CMJ shows from last month- which included a performance at the Fader Fort, a Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Baby’s All Right, a WFUV showcase at Rockwood Music Hall, and a KEXP “Live From The Cutting Room session”- with a show at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust on November 20th, and a short West Coast run in January 2016.

Martin Courtney Tour Dates

Friday Nov 20 || National Sawdust || Brooklyn, NY || TIX

Monday Jan 18 || The Echo || Los Angeles, CA || TIX

Tuesday Jan 19 || The Casbah || San Diego, CA || TIX

Wednesday Jan 20 || The Chapel || San Francisco, CA || TIX

Watch the Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu-directed video for 'Northern Highway' HERE.

Stream ‘Vestiges’ HERE.

Watch a performance of ‘Northern Highway’ live from WFUV’s CMJ showcase HERE.

Many Moons works as a remarkably cohesive album, meandering its way across themes of past and present to a state of aching clarity that's modest, but no less genuine for it.”- PITCHFORK

“Lush, but with space to breath”- THE GUARDIAN

“A shimmering slice of sun-streaked pop” DROWNED IN SOUND

Many Moons is available on CD, standard and limited edition LP on Domino. The limited edition LP (of 500) contains an alternate cover with an embossed jacket, featuring an artist logo designed by Robert Beatty and coke-bottle clear colored vinyl.

Order now via: Dom Mart / iTunes

 

BOB MOSES SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "TEARING ME UP"

Bob Moses | 29/10/15

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Today, the unstoppable electronic-pop duo Bob Moses premiered the official video for their wildly popular and infectious new track “Tearing Me Up.” The track – taken from their critically acclaimed debut album Days Gone By (out now on Domino) – has garnered more than half a million plays on Soundcloud alone, reaching the #1 position on Hype Machine three times in the space of just a few weeks, and continues to receive praise from fans and critics since its worldwide debut on World First by Zane Lowe on Apple Beats1.

The video was directed by Zack Spiger, was shot in Paris, and can be watched below.

Buy the track via iTunes HERE

Stream the track HERE.

This summer and autumn, Bob Moses (a.k.a Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie) have been trotting the globe, headlining sold out shows across North America, Europe and the UK – the band are returning to London to headline at Village Underground on the 26th of November.

Their debut album Days Gone By has won critics across the board with Billboard Magazine noting them as having the “authenticity to appease genre purists, yet the lyrical depth to attract non-electronic fans,” Entertainment Weekly praised the duo for serving up “one of the year’s most chilled-out, enveloping electro-pop albums” whilst industry critic Bob Lefsetz announced in his newsletter that they reminded him of “The Beatles testing the limits in 1966.”

Days Gone By is available in stores nationwide and on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and all other digital platforms now.

Be sure to catch Bob Moses on one of their forthcoming dates.

29/10- Aisle 5- Atlanta, GA

30/10- Warehouse- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

31/10 - The Garrett- Miami, FL

20/11 – Lux, Lisbon

21/11 – Indigo, Istanbul

25/11 – IPSE, Berlin

26/11 – Village Underground, London

27/11 – Pratersauna, Austria

28/11 – Badaboum, Paris

2/12 – Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam

4/12 – AB, Brussels


Tickets are available for purchase via:
www.bobmosesmusic.com

 

BILL RYDER-JONES STREAMS NEW ALBUM ‘WEST KIRBY COUNTY PRIMARY’, SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR CATHARINE AND HUSKISSON

Bill Ryder-Jones | 29/10/15

Image: Bill Ryder Jones credit Rachel King

Bill Ryder-Jones is streaming acclaimed new album West Kirby County Primary in full ahead of its release on 6th November. Listen now via NPR First Listen.

 

Alongside the album stream, a new video for album track ‘Catharine and Huskisson’, directed by James Slater, is streaming now – watch the video below. The new video follows Slater’s videos for the albums lead single ‘Two To Birkenhead’ (watch HERE) and ‘Satellites’ (watch HERE).

 

 


West Kirby County Primary, the third full-length album from multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Bill Ryder-Jones, is the follow-up to A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart and was written and recorded by Ryder-Jones in his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house in West Kirby before being filtered through Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios. A classic band record, West Kirby County Primary features Bill playing a multitude of instruments including the electric guitar with his trademark prowess.

Mixed by James Ford, each of West Kirby County Primary’s ten tracks offers a sneaked glance into his private world; they eavesdrop on a set of encounters that go about “turning stories into beautiful truth” set to glorious molten melody that explodes like fireworks over water. It all adds up to a remarkable record by one of our most cherished musicians – a musical polymath as at ease on stage with the Manchester Camerata (where he performed ‘If…’ as part of the Manchester Literature Festival last Autumn) or on live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys as he is on production duties with Hooton Tennis Club and The Wytches.

 

Bill Ryder-Jones will be performing live throughout the UK in November with a sold out date at The Lexington in London on 11th November. New UK live dates have been announced for March including Scala in London on 3rd March 2016. on Full dates with ticket links are as follows with headline dates in bold:

29th October – London – Heaven *

1st November – Amsterdam – London Calling

7th November - Glasgow - Hug and Pint

8th November – Edinburgh – Mash House

9th November - Newcastle - Cluny 2

11th November - London - Lexington [SOLD OUT]

13th November - Manchester - Gullivers [SOLD OUT]

14th November - Liverpool - District

26th November – Nottingham – Bodega Social

 

3rd December – Bristol - Louisiana

4th December – Birmingham - Rainbow

9th December – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall

10th December – Paris – Winter Camp Festival

12th December – Lille – Winter Camp Festival

31st January – San Sebastian – Music Box Festibala

3rd March – London - Scala

4th March – Manchester - Deaf Institute

* with Spector

 

West Kirby County Primary will be available on CD (WIGCD346), Digital (WIG346D) and LP (WIGLP346). There will also be a Dom Mart and indie shop exclusive Deluxe LP (WIGLP346X) which comes with a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive new tracks. Pre-order the Deluxe Vinyl edition on Dom Mart and for a very limited period also receive a signed and numbered photo-print taken from the stage at this year’s Green Man Festival. Pre-order the album via Dom Mart HERE and via iTunes HERE with an instant grat of Two To Birkenhead.

Tracklisting:

  1. Tell Me You Don't Love Me Watching  
  2. Two To Birkenhead  
  3. Let's Get Away From Here  
  4. Daniel  
  5. Put It Down Before You Break It  
  6. Catharine and Huskisson  
  7. Wild Roses  
  8. You Can't Hide A Light With The Dark  
  9. Satellites  
  10. Seabirds
 

THE BOHICAS LAUNCH VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘THE MAKING OF’, DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW

The Bohicas | 27/10/15

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The Bohicas have launched the action packed video for their new single ‘The Making Of’ – watch the video below.  Directed by Ozzie Pullin, the video features lead singer Dominic McGuinness dealing with a personal struggle of a very unique kind.

Pullin conceived the idea and worked with the band on how to pull it all together, enlisting McGuinness as the main protagonist.  

"For me the concept is all about the battle we have with each other as individuals and I wanted to explore this idea in a kind of purgatory way, in that it's never ending. It's something we have to deal with through our lives. So when the band were keen on the concept, I knew we could make something special that we all were happy with. I couldn't have asked for more from the guys, they absolutely killed it, that completely shows in the final product", says director Pullin.  

McGuinness’ acting debut made for epic behind the scenes viewing: “I basically got the crap kicked out of me by the stunt double all day as my bandmates watched on in hysterics. Luckily, it looks like I’m throwing all the punches in the final video so we did what we set out to do!”

It’s been a busy time for the band; recently nominated for Best New Act at the Q Awards, they are currently on the last leg of their UK and Europe headline tour. The band will also be heading back to Japan in November where they will play the Hostess Weekender in Tokyo and Osaka alongside the likes of Bloc Party, Mystery Jets and Daughter.

Remaining 2015 dates:

Tuesday 27th October                     Netherlands                       Paradiso, Amsterdam   

Thursday 29th October                   Germany                             Molotow Bar, Hamburg

Friday 30th October                          Germany                             Kantine am Berghain, Berlin

Monday 23rd November               Japan                                    Hostess Weekender for Tokyo

Tuesday 24th November                Japan                                    Hostess Weekender for Osaka

Saturday 28th November               UK                                          Mutations Festival, Brighton

Saturday 28th November               UK                                          Tricky Disco Club Night, Kasbah, Coventry

Sunday 29th November                  UK                                          Bodega, Nottingham

Tuesday 1st December                   UK                                          Adelphi, Hull

Wednesday 2nd December           UK                                          The Square, Harlow

Friday 4th December                       UK                                          Roadmender, Northampton

Saturday 5th December                  UK                                          Talking Heads, Southampton

Sunday 6th December                     UK                                          The Horn, St Albans

Monday 7th December                   UK                                          Sub89, Reading

The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast and shiny. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.

The Bohicas debut album ‘The Making Of’ is out now. Buy it now via Domino Mart and iTunes.

For tickets please head to live.thebohicas.com

 

BLOOD ORANGE RELEASES NEW SONG 'SANDRA'S SMILE'; ANNOUNCES SHOW AT HARLEM'S APOLLO THEATER

Blood Orange | 27/10/15

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Blood Orange – aka Devonté Hynes – today releases a new song, titled ‘Sandra’s Smile’, accompanied by a video shot last week in New York. Directed and edited by Hynes himself, and featuring cameos from Junglepussy, Ian Isiah, and Waffle Crew, the ‘Sandra’s Smile’ video can be seen below.

Blood Orange will perform his first U.S. show of 2015 on December 12, 2015 when he returns to the stage at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in NYC alongside a cast of friends and collaborators.

The show at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater will feature not only music from Hynes’ critically acclaimed first two albums under the Blood Orange moniker, but will also include the live debut of brand new Blood Orange material.

All proceeds from the show will benefit the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, a program that transforms the lives of their students and families through access to quality music education both in-school and after-school.

Says Hynes, “Playing music saved my life; if it wasn't for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I'd be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.  New York City, let's have some fun!"

Get tickets to the show HERE. 

 

HOT CHIP ANNOUNCE ‘DANCING IN THE DARK’ EP, TO BE RELEASED ON 23RD OCTOBER

Hot Chip | 19/10/15

Image: Hot Chip Remix Package Shot - Credit Steve Gullick

Hot Chip are to release a brand new four track EP entitled ‘Dancing In the Dark’, on 23rd October 2015. The EP opens up with the band’s epic seven minute version of the Springsteen classic, which they performed live during their triumphant headline sets at Glastonbury, Green Man and other festivals over the summer. The EP also features a reworking of ‘Cry For You’ taken from their critically acclaimed recent album, Why Make Sense?.  Both tracks were recorded by the seven piece live band, which includes drummer Sarah Jones and multi-instrumentalist Rob Smoughton, at the legendary RAK Studios in London, and mixed by David Wrench.  Also included on the EP are remixes of their single, ‘Huarache Lights’, by Soulwax and  A/JUS/TED. Listen to the Soulwax remix of ‘Huarache Lights’ which was premiered on Beats 1, HERE.

 

Today the band share the video for the full length version of ‘Dancing In the Dark’, directed by Kieran Evans.   The live footage was recorded this summer on Super 8 at Webster Hall in New York City and features a cameo from David Byrne and Sinkane who joined Hot Chip onstage for this song.

Why Make Sense? (Definitive Edition) featuring the original album, the ‘Separate’ EP from the deluxe release augmented by the brand new ‘Dancing In the Dark’ EP will also be available on 23rd September

Dancing In The Dark EP (RUG714D) is available to pre-order HERE. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Dancing In The Dark

2. Cry For You (RAK version)

3. Huarache Lights (Soulwax remix)

4. Huarache Lights (A/JUS/TED remix)

Why Make Sense? (Definitive Edition) is available to pre-order HERE. The tracklisting is as follows:

Why Make Sense? :

1. Huarache Lights

2. Love Is The Future

3. Cry For You

4. Started Right

5. White Wine and Fried Chicken

6. Dark Night

7. Easy To Get

8. Need You Now

9. So Much Further To Go

10. Why Make Sense?

Separate EP:

1. Burning Up

2. Separate

3. Move With Me

4. Re-harmonize

Dancing In The Dark EP:

1. Dancing In The Dark

2. Cry For You (RAK version)

3. Huarache Lights (Soulwax remix)

4. Huarache Lights (A/JUS/TED remix)

Following tours in the UK, Europe and USA as well as a multitude of summer festivals, Hot Chip are currently on their second ‘Why Make Sense?’ UK tour with two sold out shows at London’s Brixton Academy this week on the 22nd and 23rd October. The band have also announced a headline appearance at Dreamland ‘By The Sea’ in Margate on 13th November as well as further dates across Europe in November. Live dates are as follows with UK and Irish dates in bold. Tickets are available HERE.

Tue 20 Oct - UK, Nottingham, Rock City (w/ Georgia)

Wed 21 Oct - UK, Cambridge, Corn Exchange (w/ Georgia)

Thu 22 Oct - UK, London, O2 Brixton Academy (w/ Lonelady) (SOLD OUT)

Fri 23 Oct – UK, London, O2 Brixton Academy  (SOLD OUT)

Thu 29 Oct – USA, Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre

Fri 6 Nov – Ire, Belfast, Limelight 1

Sat 7 Nov – Ire, Dublin, Metropolis Festival

Sun 8 Nov – Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland Airwaves

Fri 13 Nov – UK, Margate, Dreamland ‘By The Sea’

Mon 16 Nov – NL, Amsterdam, Paradiso

Tue 17 Nov – Belgium, Antwerp, Trix

Wed 18 Nov – France, Paris, Casino de Paris

Thu 19 Nov – France, Reims, La Cartonnerie

Fri 27 Nov – Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Sacadura 154

Sat 28 Nov – Brazil, São Paulo, Sonar São Paulo

Tue 1 Dec – Uruguay, Montevideo, Montevideo

Thu 3 Dec – Argentina, Buenos Aires, Sónar Buenos Aires

Sat 5 Dec – Chile, Santiago, Sónar Santiago

Mon 7 Dec – Colombia, Bogotá, Sónar Bogotá

Sat 23 Jan – Australia, Melbourne, Sugar Mountain Festival

Why Make Sense? was recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph. Due to a unique and bespoke printing technique which has never been used before, the new album Why Make Sense? comes in one of 501 different colours making every cover unique. View the artwork, designed by Nick Relph,HERE (GIFs available here:small |large).

Watch the videos for Huarache Lights (HERE), Need You Now (HERE) and Started Right HERE.

 

VILLAGERS ANNOUNCE ‘WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?’ FOR 8TH JANUARY PLUS UK TOUR

Villagers | 19/10/15

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Where Have You Been All My Life?, released on 8th January 2016, is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative.

Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from Villagers’ most recent studio album, Darling Arithmetic.

Released in April 2015, Conor O’Brien’s third album under the guise of Villagers was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of Becoming A Jackal (2010) and {Awayland} (2013). This fresh approach was extended on subsequent Villagers tours, where old songs were reinvented to match the new. Then for one day in July 2015, 18 songs were quickly captured and 12 songs chosen for the final album, making it Villagers’ most intense, but satisfying, session to date. These recordings are all first or second takes, and the immediacy of the occasion was part of the magic that day, live and unadorned by overdubs or studio trickery.

The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.

Included in the album is a new recording of ‘Memoir’, which O’Brien wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg; it can be found on her 2011 album Stage Whisper, but has never before been recorded as a live cut by Villagers until now.

 

‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ will be available on LP (WIGLP368), CD (WIGCD368), Digital (WIG368D) and Deluxe LP (green coloured vinyl  with two bonus tracks on the download card, ‘Pieces’ & ‘No-one to Blame’). Pre-order the album from Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Set the Tigers Free

2. Everything I Am is Yours

3. My Lighthouse

4. Courage

5. That Day

6. The Soul Serene

7. Memoir

8. Hot Scary Summer

9. The Waves

10. Darling Arithmetic

11. So Naive

12. Wichita Lineman

Fresh off the back of North American tour dates as special guest to Paul Weller and John Grant, today Villagers announce an extensive UK and European tour for January and February 2016, including shows at Vicar Street in Dublin on 28th January and at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on February 11th.  Tickets for these shows will go on general sale Friday 23 October.

 

Villagers’ Conor O’Brien has also been invited to perform again as part of ‘In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited’, which premiered at The Barbican in London in 2014. A landmark live tribute to the songs and music from the legendary filmmaker, David Lynch.  More info is available HERE.

Full live dates are below, with UK & Irish shows in bold. All tickets are available via Villagers official website HERE. Ticket and album bundles also available HERE.


In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited:

18 November: Ireland – Dublin - NATIONAL CONCERT HALL,

19 November: UK: Bristol - COLSTON HALL

21 November: France, Paris - PHILHARMONIE

22 November: France, Paris: PHILHARMONIE

23 November: France, Nantes: CITE DES CONGRES


Villagers live dates:

31 October:  Spain - Bilbao - Bime Festival

27 November:  Portugal - Lisbon - Mexe Festival

28 November: Austria – Vienna - Bluebird Festival

13 December: Germany, Berlin - Stargaze Long Weekender

 

26 January: UK – Belfast - ‘Out to Lunch Festival' - The MAC Theatre

28 January: Ireland – Dublin - Vicar Street

29 January: Ireland – Galway - Black Box

30 January: Ireland – Cork - Savoy

1 February: UK - Newcastle - Gateshead – Sage 2

2 February: UK - Glasgow - Oran Mor Auditorium

3 February: UK – Leeds - Brudenell Social Club

5 February: UK - Manchester - Gorilla

6 February: UK - Sheffield - Leadmill

7 February: UK - Birmingham - Glee Club

8 February: UK - Oxford - Academy 2

10 February: UK – Bath - Komedia

11 February: UK – London - Shepherds Bush Empire

12 February: UK – Brighton - St Georges Church

13 February: UK - Ashford - St Mary's Church

15 February: Belgium – Brussels – Botanique Orangerie

16 February: Holland – Amsterdam - Paradiso Noord

18 February: Holland – Zwolle - Hedon

19 February: Germany – Dusseldorf - Zakk

20 February: Germany - Munich - Strom

22 February: Germany – Berlin - Postbahnhof

23 February: Germany – Frankfurt - Zoom

25 February: France – Paris - La Maroquinerie

26 February: France – Rouen - 106

28 February: France – Nantes - Stereolux

 

THE PASTELS ANNOUNCE TWO VERY SPECIAL SHOWS

15/10/15

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The Pastels have shared details of two extremely special forthcoming shows.  

The first of these shows will be at the CCA in Glasgow on Saturday October 24, they will play as part of a two-day event which they helped put together in collaboration with Monorail Music and Night School Records.  They headline the Saturday night which also features Birdie (Paul Kelly, Debsey Wykes and friends), Spinning Coin (forthcoming Geographic single) and Normal Love (Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls' new project).  

http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/55e073a3a0e22f6d2c000002     

On Friday November 6 they play Oval Space, London with their friends, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

http://www.ovalspace.co.uk/events/view/son-estrella-gali-ia-presents-the-pains-of-being-pure-at-heart-the-pastels/

 

FFS REVEAL VIDEO TO ‘CALL GIRL’

FFS | 15/10/15

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To round off a hugely successful 2015, FFS have unveiled the video to Call Girl, a track from their recently released much-acclaimed self-titled album.

 

The video was directed by Sasha Rainbow (www.sasharainbow.com).

 

Call Girl was recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London with Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi).

 


Currently rounding off a US tour, the last few months have seen the band play festivals and sold-out shows across Europe including a stunning performance headlining the John Peel stage at Glastonbury and two sold out London shows at The Troxy and The Forum.

 

Finally, the band have just appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in the U.S. where they performed Police Encounters.

 

Watch the performance and interview here:

 

CASS MCCOMBS TO RELEASE A FOLK SET APART: RARITIES, B-SIDES & SPACE JUNK, OUT DECEMBER 11TH

Cass McCombs | 13/10/15

Image: Cass McCombs photo credit Pony Cassels

December 11th marks the release of A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc., an alternate retelling of the last decade in the life of extraordinary songwriter Cass McCombs.

Comprising songs from 2003-2014, the album showcases McCombs’ thematic and emotional diversity. A black mirror to his catalogue, there are varying moments of reflection, madness, and dark humor. Also of politics - “Bradley Manning,” which debuted on Democracy Now, is a modern folk ballad of the convicted Army whistleblower, and directly quotes Manning’s own Facebook posts. McCombs has a unique ability to stitch together ancient techniques with our current primitive mind.

For all their differences, this collection of songs reveals the artist as navigator of avoidance. They have been unearthed from the so-called underground - culled from the various limited, rare sources from which they were initially released on different independent labels on both sides of the pond, now compiled by Domino. For the past decade, most of these have been next to impossible to find, and for the first time are now readily available. Many were first unveiled as split 7”s, only sold at shows, whose artist pairings are as diverse as McCombs’ own musical tendencies: e.g. Meat Puppets (“Evangeline,” “Night of the World”), Michael Hurley (“Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log”) and White Magic (“If You Loved Me Before”).

McCombs is a perennial favorite of many acclaimed musicians - as evidenced by the broad range of guests who appear on the tracks: Mike Gordon (Phish) co-wrote and lent his unmistakable vocal to the bizarre experiment, “Texas”; PREfection-era drummer, Tim Dewit aka Dutch E. Germ (Gang Gang Dance) on “A.Y.D.”; drummer Joe Russo (Furthur) on “Evangeline” and “Night Of The World”; Chris Cohen (Deerhoof) plays guitar on “Poet’s Day” and “An Other”; Tim Cedar (from noise/punk band Ligament) drums on “Twins”; among many other anti-heroes from the musical underground, proving community defies classification.

Parallel universes obviously exist, but where are they before we experience them? The occult world stalks us until the final coup-de-gras. But McCombs is not a mystic but a brutal realist, exposing himself warts and all, in the punk tradition.

These songs will both satiate and perplex those already familiar with McCombs, while compelling and rewarding new listeners, pointing a way towards his back catalog. It’s a glimpse behind the studio curtain at one of the greatest songwriters of the 21st Century. True trash esoterica.

A Folk Set Apart includes 19 songs (19 on CD, 11 on LP + 8 digital bonus tracks) all remastered for this release. Five of these songs are previously unreleased. The LP is a single vinyl in a gatefold jacket, which includes a printed inner sleeve and an MP3 download card.

Pre-order via Dom Mart or iTunes.

McCombs will be playing a string of US dates in the coming weeks. October sees him open for Kurt Vile on the West Coast, and November he’ll be opening for My Morning Jacket on one night of their four-night run at New York’s famed Beacon Theatre. Details below.

 

Cass McCombs’ Tour Dates:

Wed. Oct. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre [TIX ]*

Thu. Oct. 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s [TIX]*

Fri. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore [TIX] *

Sat. Oct. 17 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom [TIX] *

Sun. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox [TIX ]*

Fri. Nov. 6 – Sun. Nov. 8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Auditorium Shores [TIX]

Fri. Nov. 27 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre [TIX] &

* with Kurt Vile

& with My Morning Jacket

A Folk Set Apart Tracklisting

  1. I Cannot Lie
  2. A.Y.D.
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Twins
  5. Minimum Wage
  6. Poet’s Day
  7. An Other
  8. Bradley Manning
  9. Evangeline
  10. Empty Promises
  11. If You Loved Me Before…
  12. Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log
  13. Lost River / Old River
  14. Old As Angry
  15. Texas
  16. Night Of The World
  17. Traffic Of Souls
  18. Catacombs Cow Cow Boogie
  19. The State Will Take Care Of Me
 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS APPRENTICE

12/10/15

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Domino Recording Co is seeking an apprentice to join the Neighbouring Rights team based in our London office.

Neighbouring Rights is a growing area of the music industry which involves collecting royalties due to labels and performers when their records are played on radio, TV and in public places such as bars and clubs. This is a position requiring numeracy, a keen eye to detail and would suit someone interested in a career in copyright/royalties.

The Apprentice will be a key part of the team and duties will include the following:

Research/data input

  • Researching releases, recordings, performer/producer contributions etc. in order to compile repertoire metadata.
  • Registering repertoire at collecting societies around the world.
  • Developing an understanding of copyright.

 

 

Analysis/reporting

  • Analysing broadcast reports to check recordings are matched with airplay.
  • Reviewing reports of repertoire registered at societies, cross referencing with metadata and identifying errors/gaps.
  • Extracting data from historical/multi-territory statements and compiling reports.
  • Analysing and processing statements of income.

 

 

General administration

  • Paperwork, filing, and archiving.

To apply:
Please complete the application form HERE on or before October 23rd, 2015. 

The completed application form should be sent to leena@diversityinvisualarts.com

 

MARTIN COURTNEY SHARES NEW TRACK "AIRPORT BAR"

Martin Courtney | 12/10/15

Image: Martin Courtney by Shawn Brackbill

We're proud to share another track, from the forthcoming debut solo album from Real Estate songwriter and frontman Martin Courtney, titled Many Moons, out October 30, 2015. The wistful, elegantly arranged "Airport Bar" deals with the yearning for loved ones whilst away from home, and displays again Courtney’s deft hand in songwriting, and his move towards more personal lyrics on this solo album. Listen to the track below.

This track follows the release of previously shared tracks "Vestiges" and "Northern Highway."

Martin Courtney has also announced his first band shows during CMJ in New York this week, appearing at events for the Fader, KEXP, WFUV, Brooklyn Vegan, and Urban Outfitters. All details below.

Many Moons will be released on CD, standard and limited edition LP. The limited edition LP (of 500) is available to pre-order now from Domino Mart and contains an alternate cover with an embossed jacket featuring an artist logo designed by Robert Beatty, layout by Rob Carmichael of SEEN and coke-bottle clear color vinyl. All pre-orders from Domino or iTunes include instant downloads of "Airport Bar," "Northern Highway," and "Vestiges."

 

 Martin Courtney Many Moons limitedLP

['Many Moons' limited edition LP (of 500) includes an alternate cover with an embossed jacket and coke bottle clear vinyl]

 

10-13 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall (WFUV) - 7pm
10-16 New York, NY - KEXP broadcast live on-air from Cutting Room Studios - 12pm
10-16 Brooklyn, NY - Rubber Tracks (The Fader Fort) - 8pm
10-17 Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan) - 1pm
10-17 Brooklyn, NY - Urban Outfitters Williamsburg, Space 98 - 5pm
11-20 Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust (Buy Tickets)

Martin Courtney photo by Shawn Brackbill.

 

ALEX G’S BEACH MUSIC OUT TODAY, SHARES VIDEO FOR ‘KICKER’

Alex G | 09/10/15

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Alex G’s new album, Beach Music, is out today and in celebration, he’s pleased to share the video for Beach Music standout ‘Kicker’. Directed by John Vizzone, a previous collaborator (on DSU’s ‘Hollow’ video), the video has a distinctly 90s feel whilst also simultaneously feeling very Alex G. 

Beach Music was written and recorded in Alex G’s apartment between the Autumn of 2014 and the Spring of 2015, and is the prolific songwriter’s seventh full length in five years. The first three singles, ‘Bug’, ‘Salt’ and ‘Kicker’, were greeted with genuine enthusiasm and loads of emojis from fans, making Beach Music one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

 

Listen to ‘Kicker’ HERE.

Listen to ‘Salt’ HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Bug’ HERE.

Alex plays his second album release show in NY tonight (following last night’s at Babys All Right), at SkyHigh Murals Future HQ.  Alex and his band will head to the UK and Europe next week for a string of shows, before returning to the US for an extensive run of dates. All shows below.

ALEX G TOUR DATES

Fri Oct 9 || Brooklyn, NY || TBC || TIX

Tues Oct 13 || Berlin, Germany || Berghain, Kantine || TIX

Wed Oct 14 || Haldern, Germany || Haldern Pop Bar || FREE ENTRY

Thurs Oct 15 || Paris, France || Le Pop Up du Label || TIX

Fri Oct 16 || Rotterdam, Netherlands || V11 || TIX

Sat Oct 17 || Brussels, Belgium || Botanique Witloofbar || TIX

Mon Oct 19 || Manchester, UK || Night & Day || TIX

Tues Oct 20 || London, UK || 100 Club || TIX

Thurs Oct 22 || Columbus, OH || Strongwater # || TIX

Fri Oct 23 || Buffalo, NY || Waiting Room # || TIX

Sat Oct 24 || Toronto, ON || Not Dead Yet Fest || TIX

Sun Oct 25  || Grand Rapids, MI || The Pyramid Scheme # || TIX

Mon Oct 26 || DeKalb, IL || The House Café # || TIX

Tues Oct 27 || Minneapolis, MN || Triple Rock Social Club # || TIX

Wed Oct 28  || Bloomington, IN || The Bishop || TIX

Thurs Oct 29 || Nashville, TN || The End # || TIX

Fri Oct 30 || Memphis, TN || Hi Tone Cafe $ || TIX

Sun Nov 1 || St. Louis, MO || The Firebird $ || TIX

Mon Nov 2 || Kansas City, MO || The Record Bar $ || TIX

Tues Nov 3 || Springfield, MO || Outland Ballroom # || TIX

Wed Nov 4 || Oklahoma City, OK || 89th Street Collective # || TIX

Thurs Nov 5 || Dallas, TX || The Door # || TIX

Sat Nov 7 || San Antonio, TX || The Paper Tiger & || TIX

Mon Nov 9 || Houston TX || Fitzgerald’s & || TIX

Wed Nov 11 || Atlanta, GA || Purgatory - The Masquerade &^ || TIX

Thurs Nov 12 || Durham, NC || Duke Coffeehouse &^ || TIX

Fri Nov 13 || Baltimore, MD || Ottobar &^ || TIX

Sat Nov 14 || Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church &^ || TIX

# w/ Title Fight

$ w/ Spencer Radcliffe

& w/ Girlpool

^ Eskimeaux

Beach Music is available to purchase now via the Dom Mart on LP, CD, and digital download. Limited edition deluxe vinyl and cassette offerings have already sold out, but an alternative color run of cassettes has been announced as part of this year’s International Cassette Store Day, taking place on October 17.  Find a list of participating CSD retailers here and call to check availability.

Order now via: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

 

PORCHES RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HOUR”, SIGNS TO DOMINO, LONDON HEADLINE AND CMJ SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Porches | 08/10/15

Image: Porches - press shot

Porches is the proliferation of Aaron Maine’s love affair with music. Never quite landing in any particular niche, Maine navigates through genres, learning, obsessing, and absorbing. Great victories and great defeats, cosmic or tangible, are the underlying elements that remain constant through his music.

Today, Maine has released the first song from his anticipated forthcoming album, the first via his new home at Domino. The track, titled “Hour”, streaming below now, features Frankie Cosmos, Maine’s long time musical and life collaborator. Together their voices weave through the layers of synth and keyboards, pulsing at every turn. The song touches on the music Maine is known for, with his previous releases on Double Double Whammy, Exploding In Sound and Terrible Records, but also shows a progression and maturity for an artist who has delivered his strongest work to date.

Porches will be playing CMJ in New York next week including stops at the FADER, Ad Hoc, Brooklyn Vegan and Terrible Records events. Maine and his band will also play at the special invite only Domino showcase on Wednesday October 14th. Porches will then head to Iceland Airwaves festival in November before a London headline show at Moth Club on Monday November 9th.

News on his full length will be announced shortly. Watch this space for more details.

PORCHES LIVE DATES

Wednesday Oct 14th
7pm - 10pm - Georgia, Porches, Martin Courtney, Animal Collective DJ set @ Neuehouse (Domino event)

Friday Oct 16th  
Time TBC - Porches @ Babys All Right (Brooklyn Vegan CMJ event)
10pm - Porches @ Cameo (Terrible Records CMJ) 

Saturday Oct 17th  
5pm - Porches @ Carwash (Ad Hoc CMJ) 
8:45pm - Porches @ Rubber Tracks (FADER Fort) 

Saturday Nov 7th

Iceland Airwaves Festival (The Line of Best Fit stage) 

Monday Nov 9th

Moth Club, London w/ J Fernandez

 

BILL RYDER-JONES SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK SATELLITES, FURTHER UK HEADLINE DATES ANNOUNCED, NEW ALBUM WEST KIRBY COUNTY PRIMARY OUR NOVEMBER 6TH

Bill Ryder-Jones | 07/10/15

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With the forthcoming release of new album West Kirby County Primary, 6th November on Domino, Bill Ryder-Jones has shared the album’s latest track in ‘Satellites’. Watch the video for ‘Satellites’ below.

The new video, again directed by James Slater following his work on the video for the album’s lead single ‘Two To Birkenhead’ (watch HERE), follows Ryder-Jones at his recent performance at this year’s Green Man Festival.

Satellites stands out as one of the most personal moments of Ryder-Jones musical history to date. Speaking candidly of the song’s origin and sentiment he says, “The song revolves around something my ex-girlfriend said once that helped me in coming to terms with the awful thought I was having. She said 'something somewhere must be happening' - that line refers to the particular thought that life wasn't real for me and that no matter what it is that I felt I was experiencing, the fact that I'm experiencing something means that somewhere there must be something to experience.” 

West Kirby County Primary, the third full-length album from multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Bill Ryder-Jones, is the follow-up to A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart was written and recorded by Ryder-Jones in his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house in West Kirby before being filtered through Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios. A classic band record, West Kirby County Primary features Bill playing a multitude of instruments including the electric guitar with his trademark prowess 

Mixed by James Ford, each of West Kirby County Primary’s ten tracks offers a sneaked glance into his private world; they eavesdrop on a set of encounters that go about “turning stories into beautiful truth” set to glorious molten melody that explodes like fireworks over water. It all adds up to a remarkable record by one of our most cherished musicians – a musical polymath as at ease on stage with the Manchester Camerata (where he performed ‘If…’ as part of the Manchester Literature Festival last Autumn) or on live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys as he is on production duties with Hooton Tennis Club and The Wytches. 

Bill Ryder-Jones will be performing live throughout the UK in November with a date at The Lexington in London on 11th November. He is also performing as a special guest to Spector on their UK October tour. Full dates with ticket links are as follows with headline dates in bold :

24th October – Sheffield – The Leadmill *

25th October – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club *

27th October – Brighton – Patterns (formerly Audio) *

28th October – Oxford – 02 Academy *

29th October – London – Heaven *

1st November – Amsterdam – London Calling

7th November - Glasgow - Hug and Pint

8th November – Edinburgh – Mash House

9th November - Newcastle - Cluny 2

11th November - London - Lexington

13th November - Manchester - Gullivers

14th November - Liverpool - District

26th November – Nottingham – Bodega Social

 

3rd December – Bristol - Louisiana

4th December – Birmingham - Rainbow

9th December – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall

10th December – Paris – Winter Camp Festival

12th December – Lille – Winter Camp Festival

31st January – San Sebastian – Music Box Festibala

* with Spector

West Kirby County Primary will be available on CD (WIGCD346), Digital (WIG346D) and LP (WIGLP346). There will also be a Dom Mart and indie shop exclusive Deluxe LP (WIGLP346X) which comes with a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive new tracks. Pre-order the Deluxe Vinyl edition on Dom Mart and for a very limited period also receive a signed and numbered photo-print taken from the stage at this year’s Green Man Festival. Pre-order the album via Dom Mart HERE and via iTunes HERE with an instant grat of Two To Birkenhead.

 

ALEX G BEACH MUSIC NOW STREAMING IN FULL

Alex G | 05/10/15

Image: Alex G Press Shot 2

Alex G’s highly anticipated new album Beach Music is now streaming in full via Hype Machine ahead of its official release this Friday October 9th. Listen HERE.

Alex G will be supporting the forthcoming release of Beach Music with a run of UK and European live dates including a headline date at London’s 100 Club on October 20th.

Beach Music, which was written and recorded in Alex G’s apartment between the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015, will be the prolific songwriter’s seventh full length in five years. The first three singles, ‘Bug’, ‘Salt’ and ‘Kicker’, were greeted with genuine enthusiasm from old and fans alike, making Beach Music one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Alex G will be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday October 8that 1pm EDT / 6pm GMT. Participate via the /indieheads subreddit HERE.

Beach Music is available to pre-order now via the Dom Mart on limited edition LP, standard LP, CD, and digital download. An alternative color run of cassettes has been announced as part of this year’s International Cassette Store Day, taking place on October 17.  Find a list of participating CSD retailers here and call to check availability.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

Beach Music track listing

01. Intro

02. Bug – Watch the video HERE

03. Thorns

04. Kicker – Listen HERE

05. Salt – Listen HERE

06. Look Out

07. Brite Boy

08. In Love

09. Walk

10. Mud

11. Ready

12. Station

13. Snot

ALEX G TOUR DATES – UK AND EUROPEAN DATES IN BOLD

Thurs Oct 8  || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right || SOLD OUT

Fri Oct 9 || Brooklyn, NY || TBC || TIX  

Tues Oct 13 || Berlin, Germany || Berghain, Kantine || TIX

Wed Oct 14 || Haldern, Germany || Haldern Pop Bar || FREE ENTRY

Thurs Oct 15 || Paris, France || Le Pop Up du Label || TIX

Fri Oct 16 || Rotterdam, Netherlands || V11 || TIX

Sat Oct 17 || Brussels, Belgium || Botanique Witloofbar || TIX

Mon Oct 19 || Manchester, UK || Night & Day || TIX

Tues Oct 20 || London, UK || 100 Club || TIX

Thurs Oct 22 || Columbus, OH || Strongwater # || TIX

Fri Oct 23 || Buffalo, NY || Waiting Room # || TIX

Sat Oct 24 || Toronto, ON || Not Dead Yet Fest || TIX

Sun Oct 25  || Grand Rapids, MI || The Pyramid Scheme # || TIX

Mon Oct 26 || DeKalb, IL || The House Café # || TIX

Tues Oct 27 || Minneapolis, MN || Triple Rock Social Club # || TIX

Wed Oct 28  || Bloomington, IN || The Bishop || TIX

Thurs Oct 29 || Nashville, TN || The End # || TIX

Fri Oct 30 || Memphis, TN || Hi Tone Cafe $ || TIX

Sun Nov 1 || St. Louis, MO || The Firebird $ || TIX

Mon Nov 2 || Kansas City, MO || The Record Bar $ || TIX

Tues Nov 3 || Springfield, MO || Outland Ballroom # || TIX

Wed Nov 4 || Oklahoma City, OK || 89th Street Collective # || TIX

Thurs Nov 5 || Dallas, TX || The Door # || TIX

Sat Nov 7 || San Antonio, TX || The Paper Tiger & || TIX

Mon Nov 9 || Houston TX || Fitzgerald’s & || TIX

Wed Nov 11 || Atlanta, GA || Purgatory - The Masquerade &^ || TIX

Thurs Nov 12 || Durham, NC || Duke Coffeehouse &^ || TIX

Fri Nov 13 || Baltimore, MD || Ottobar &^ || TIX

Sat Nov 14 || Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church &^ || TIX

# w/ Title Fight

$ w/ Spencer Radcliffe

& w/ Girlpool

^ Eskimeaux

 

THE TRIFFIDS, BORN SANDY DEVOTIONAL OUT NOW

The Triffids | 29/09/15

Image: Sandy Born Devotional Deluxe

Available on vinyl for the first time since 1986; ‘Born Sandy Devotional’ by The Triffids! The beautifully remastered LP comes in custom, hand-numbered limited sleeves (250 only). Also includes lyric sheet, printed inner sleeve and download code and pressed onto 180gm heavyweight virgin vinyl.

Remastered following David McCombs’ original production notes (Audiophile Quality), this is the best this record has ever sounded. Below is a bit of insight into the process of the remastering:

When undertaking the re-issue of “Born Sandy Devotional” for vinyl, we thought long and hard about the best way to master it. This was an analogue (solid state) recorded album, tracked to 2” tape and cut from either ½” or ¼” reels. However, when re-mastered for CD back in 2006, the tracks were transferred to digital to allow the use of more modern and sophisticated eqs (parametric eq, limiting etc).
We could have returned to the original cutting tapes, but we were so impressed with the digital audio, captured at 24 bit / 96K resolution, that we felt these files should be used for the LP instead.
It was at this point that we decided to transfer the music back on to ¼” tape to add a little warmth and sparkle to the upper mids and high frequencies. More specifically at Gearbox studios on a Studer C37 – one of the finest tape transports ever built. Yes, it is a valve/tube machine, but it has been serviced to better than factory specifications, and the tiny amounts of “noise” added to the program are far outweighed by the sonic benefits of going back on tape.

Once these cutting tapes were created, the production masters were made by Darrel Scheinman using a fully analogue signal path (see the Gearbox website for more info: www.gearboxrecords.com) - a Scully/Westrex lathe performing the final lacquer cutting duties. One other note here is that the record was cut fixed pitch - it would originally have been done “varigroove”, but the somewhat lost “art” of “fixed pitch” can yield better results if done with care and skill!
The initial test pressings weren’t quite what we were looking for, so after many adjustments, 3 recuts (!) and input from all sides, including the pressing plant, who became interested in the way we were working, test pressings were received which exceeded all expectations.


We hope you enjoy the results. A great record, treated in the way we feel best.


Get your copy here.

 

PATRICK WATSON SHARES NEW LIVE VIDEO FOR MAN UNDER THE SEA

Patrick Watson | 28/09/15

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Acclaimed Canadian musician Patrick Watson is debuting a new live video shot entirely with GoPro cameras. The clip was filmed at St-Jean Baptiste Church in Montreal, one of five special orchestra concerts during Watson’s touring cycle for Adventures In Your Own Backyard in 2013, just before he went back into the studio to record his latest album Love Songs For Robots (out now on Domino). Directed by Tyler Johnson at GoPro, the video showcases Watson’s spectacular live show with a 56-piece orchestra, 48-piece choir and his regular 4-piece touring band (nearly 100 people on stage), performing the song “Man Under the Sea” taken from Watson’s 2006 album Close to Paradise


Watson is currently touring worldwide in support of Love Songs For Robots, with the album’s title track released 27th November. UK and European headline dates have been announced throughout November, including a London headline date at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday November 11th. See below for details with UK and European live dates in bold.

 

September 26                                            Cincinnati, OH                         Mid Point Music Festival

September 28                                               Chicago, IL                                                Lincoln Hall

September 29                                          Minneapolis, MN                                       Varsity Theatre

September 30                                            Winnipeg, MB                                          Garrick Centre

October 2                                                  Edmonton, AB                                    The Starlite Room

October 3                                                    Calgary, AB                                   MacEwan Ballroom
October 5                                                  Vancouver, BC                              Commodore Ballroom

October 6                                                   Errington, AB                    Errington War Memorial Hall

October 8                                                    Seattle, WA                                             The Crocodile

October 9                                                   Portland, OR                                                     Doug Fir

October 11                                             San Francisco, CA                                    The Independent

October 13                                              Los Angeles, CA                                 Teragram Ballroom

November 10                                              Oxford, UK                                Oxford O2 Academy
November 11                                             London, UK                           Islington Assembly Hall
November 12                                         Manchester, UK                                                   Gorilla
November 14                                            Cologne, DE                                               Essigfabrik
November 15                                           Hamburg, DE                                                        Mojo

November 16                                              Berlin, DE                                               Heimathafen
November 19                                          Eindhoven, NL                                                 Effenaar
November 20                                               Gent, BE                                          Vooruit Theatre

November 22                                               Lyon, FR                                       Epicerie Moderne

November 23                                          Strasbourg, FR                                              La Laiterie
November 25                                         Amsterdam, NL                                                 Paradiso

November 26                                               Paris, FR                                           Casino de Paris
November 28                                             Lisbon, PT                                             Mexe Festival

December 11                                        New York City, NY                                          Irving Plaza

December 12                                           Philadelphia, PA                                   Underground Arts
December 15-16                                         Montreal, QC                                                  Metropolis

 

Love Songs For Robots continues to receive widespread critical praise: The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own admission, “a bad year” that more personal themes begin to creep in. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.”

Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”


 

JULIA HOLTER SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE OF BETSY ON THE ROOF, ALBUM OUT NOW

Julia Holter | 25/09/15

Image: Julia Holter image - photo credite Tonje Thilesen

Coinciding with today’s worldwide release of the highly anticipated and richly acclaimed new album Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter has today shared a brand new live performance film for ‘Betsy On The Roof’ in collaboration with Nowness. Watch the film and read an accompanying interview on Nowness HERE or below.

Directed by Federico Urdaneta and filmed in a picturesquely unique location within London St. Pancras clock tower, the new film sees Holter taking ‘Betsy On The Roof’ to its stark roots in a stunning acoustic performance, amplifying the song’s heart and character in a bright new setting.

Have You in My Wilderness was written from the heart – warm, dark and raw – and explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic, with some of the most sublime and transcendent music she has ever written. Like Holter’s previous albums, Have You in My Wilderness is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians.

 

Have You in My Wilderness is also Holter’s most sonically intimate album, with her vocals front and centre in the mix, lifted out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects. The result is striking: clear and vivid, but disarmingly personal.


Have You In My Wilderness is available on CD (WIGCD341), digital (WIG341D) and LP (WIGLP341). For a very limited period the vinyl LP will come with a photographic print signed by the artist, via Dom Mart only. The album includes the single ‘Feel You’ (watch the video HERE) as well as previously released tracks ‘Sea Calls Me Home’ (watch the video HERE) and ‘Betsy On The Roof’ (listen to the official audio HERE). Buy from Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.

The album tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Feel You
  2. Silhouette
  3. How Long?
  4. Lucette Stranded On The Island
  5. Sea Calls Me Home
  6. Night Song
  7. Everytime Boots
  8. Betsy On The Roof
  9. Vasquez
  10. Have You In My Wilderness
 

Julia Holter will be touring in support of Have You In My Wilderness through October, November and December with a London show at Islington Assembly Hall on 12th November. Live dates are as follows with UK and European shows in bold:

06-Oct             Open Air Theater                    San Diego, CA             USA (w/ Beirut)

07-Oct             Hollywood Palladium              Los Angeles, CA           USA (w/ Beirut)

08-Oct             Hollywood Palladium              Los Angeles, CA           USA (w/ Beirut)

10-Oct             Greek Berkeley                       Berkeley, CA               USA (w/ Beirut)

12-Oct             Bunk Bar                                 Portland, OR               USA

13-Oct             Paramount Theatre                Seattle, WA                 USA (w/ Beirut)

24-Oct             Rough Trade                           New York, NY              USA     

27-Oct             Ziegel Oh Lac                          Zurich                         SWISS

28-Oct             Kammerspiele Theatre          Munich                       GERMANY      

29-Oct             Brotfabrik                               Frankfurt                    GERMANY      

30-Oct             Uebel & Gefahrlich                Hamburg                    GERMANY

01-Nov                        Tavastia                                  Helsinki                       FINLAND        

02-Nov                        Etablissemanget                    Stockholm                  SWEDEN        

03-Nov                        Parktheatret                          Oslo                             NORWAY       

04-Nov                        Vega                                        Copenhagen               DENMARK     

05-Nov                        Berghain                                 Berlin                          GERMANY                  

07-Nov                        November Music                   Den Bosch                  NETHERLANDS          

09-Nov                        Komedia                                 Brighton                     UK      

10-Nov                        The Lantern @ Colston Hall  Bristol                         UK      

11-Nov                        Glee Club                                Birmingham               UK      

12-Nov                        Islington Assembly Hall         London                       UK      

13-Nov                        The Hug and Pint                   Glasgow                      UK      

14-Nov                        Brudenell Social Club                        Leeds                           UK                              

16-Nov                        New Morning                         Paris                            FRANCE          

17-Nov                        AB Club                                   Brussels                       BELGIUM        

18-Nov                        Biekorf                                                Brugge                                    BELGIUM        

19-Nov                        Le Guess Who? Festival         Utrecht                       NETHERLANDS

24-Nov             Metro                                      Kyoto                           JAPAN 

25-Nov             Conpass                                   Osaka                          JAPAN

26-Nov             WWW                                      Tokyo                           JAPAN

28-Nov             Clockenflap Festival                Hong Kong                   HONG KONG

29-Nov             Neon Lights Festival                Singapore                    SINGAPORE

01-Dec             V Hall                                      Seoul                           SOUTH KOREA

09-Dec             Newtown Social Club              Sydney                         AUSTRALIA

10-Dec             Blackbear Lodge                     Brisbane                      AUSTRALIA

11-Dec             Howler                                                Melbourne                  AUSTRALIA

12-Dec             Meredith Music Festival         Victoria                       AUSTRALIA

13-Dec             Disconnect Festival                 Perth                           AUSTRALIA

 

BEAT HAPPENING “LOOK AROUND” 2-LP ANTHOLOGY TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 20 ON DOMINO

Beat Happening | 21/09/15

Image: Look Around

“The biggest thing ever to happen to indie pop in America... Most of what's written about this band is all about that sweet pop and those childish affectations, but that misses the substance at the core: Their music was dark, damaged, full of fright and sex and death and vulnerability-- just like any real childhood...their hopscotch stories felt punker than Black Flag tattoos ever could.” - Nitsuh Abebe, Pitchfork

Exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1983, Beat Happening formed in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford. The band combined a modern primitive pop sound with the D.I.Y. ethos of ‘anyone can do it’ and inspired countless bands and labels along the way. The music community that arose around the band and their label, K, may have seemed the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential. 

30 years since the release of their self-titled debut album (the subject of a 33 1/3 book out next week), Look Around is a remastered, career-spanning double album anthology, handpicked by the band and a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around. The 23 tracks range from their 1984 debut single, “Our Secret” b/w “What’s Important” (originally sold directly for $2.50 to individuals, but $4 to institutions) to “Angel Gone,” a single released in 2000 after eight years of inactivity.

Look Around is available on all digital services September 22, while the physical release, out November 20, will comprise the following formats: CD, gatefold double LP, limited-edition royal blue cassette, and a Domino Mart exclusive gatefold double LP bundled with a limited edition light yellow 7” of “Indian Summer” and “Foggy Eyes”. Domino is also planning an extensive Beat Happening album reissue series in 2016.

The oft-covered “Indian Summer” from 1998’s Jamboree LP — which Ben Gibbard once called “the indie ‘Freebird’” and was named one of Pitchfork’s “Best Songs of the 1980s” (“it means something slightly different every time it’s heard”) — is now streaming below.

Calvin Johnson will be returning to London in November for a headlining show at The Tin Tabernacle in Kilburn on Wednesday November 18th and a Rough Trade East Q&A on Wednesday the 25th of November.  More dates to be announced soon.

Buy Look Around via iTunes HERE, or stream via Spotify HERE.

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Beat Happening Look Around 

“We are Beat Happening and we don’t do Nirvana covers. They do Beat Happening covers.”*

The legend of Beat Happening, and of K, the label that Calvin Johnson founded, is full of big names they worked with before they were stars (Beck! Modest Mouse! The Gossip!), and big names they influenced (Kurt Cobain! Sleater-Kinney!) Less acknowledged, however, is that Bret Lunsford, Heather Lewis, and Calvin Johnson created some of the most original and surprising music to come out of the often deliberately weird American punk rock tradition.

Working from a sonic template of the Cramps, Trouble Funk, Young Marble Giants, and messianic blues, Beat Happening confounded and often incited violence from audiences weaned on hardcore punk. In the place of macho aggression, Beat Happening confronted the all-ages scene with Heather’s low-key delivery and Calvin’s fey theatrics, topped off by his trademark dance move: rubbing his tummy. For a supposedly cutesy band, Beat Happening was adamant about asserting its right to exist, carrying itself with a punk as fuck attitude that would become a key inspirational lodestone for the generation of D.I.Y. bands that followed, including Bikini Kill and the Nation of Ulysses.

In Calvin’s own words: “This idea that Beat Happening was popular in some way was never true. And in fact, I don’t think people understand the level of animosity that Beat Happening attracted through most of our time performing live. This concept that we were this performing group that were some kind of—I don’t know—shy pop… our performances were clearly confrontational.”**

Fans only familiar with Beat Happening’s self-titled first album of 1985, or just the cat in a rocketship line-drawing on its cover, or the much-covered “Indian Summer” from 1988’s Jamboree, will be surprised at the band’s range and musicality. In the absence of a bass player, the guitar and drums had to carry more character in the songs, and alongside the de rigueur post-punk and indiepop moves, Beat Happening omnivorously shifted from go-go to surf to Shaggs-esque outsider pop to Krautrock. All this was accompanied by a sexual energy thinly veiled behind the band’s nostalgic celebration of childhood. The band’s final album, 1992’s forgotten classic You Turn Me On, was a gorgeous lo-fi dream-pop opus co-produced by bedroom pop legend Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants.

Look Around is a chronological survey of Beat Happening’s remarkable arc, from its deliberately amateurish debut, produced by Northwest punk legend Greg Sage of the Wipers, to its fluent and stunning 1992 finale, appended with one stray track: the lovely “Angel Gone,” a one-off single recorded in 2000 with then-K wunderkind Phil Elverum (the Microphones, Mount Eerie) to accompany the band’s now out-of-print career-spanning retrospective box set Crashing Through. At the turn of the millennium, we weren’t quite ready to rediscover Beat Happening. But in our age of omnivorous music consumption enabled by social networking, the story of Beat Happening, the band that helped create an international network of underground pop and then had the gumption to bring everyone to sleepy little Olympia, Washington for 1991’s epochal International Pop Underground Convention, makes a lot of sense.

* Calvin Johnson, Beat Happening concert in Norman, OK, April 12, 1992

** Interview with Magnétophone fanzine #3, 2001

 

ALEX G SHARES NEW TRACK ‘KICKER’

Alex G | 21/09/15

Image: Alex G Press Shot 2

Kicker’, the third taste of Alex G’s forthcoming album Beach Music, is available to hear now. ‘Kicker’ comes off the back of previously shared tracks ‘Salt’ and ‘Bug’ following its premiere over the weekend on Sirius XMU as part of the Download 15, and is now available to stream or purchase via all good digital retailers.

Want to open your home to Alex and his band on their upcoming European tour? Alex and his 3 bandmates are looking for places to crash in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Manchester, and London next month. To get in touch, reach out directly to Alex via his Facebook page HERE.  

Alex G’s forthcoming new album Beach Music will be out via Domino on October 9, 2015. The album, his seventh full-length, follows on from previous beloved albums DSU (Orchid Tapes), Trick, and Rules, which have led to a fervent cult fan base, a number of Artist To Watch designations from outlets such as Fader and Rolling Stone, and a dedicated live audience who sing along with every word.

Beach Music is available to pre-order now via the Dom Mart on limited edition LP, standard LP, CD, and digital download. An alternative color run of cassettes has been announced as part of this year’s International Cassette Store Day, taking place on October 17.  Find a list of participating CSD retailers here and call to check availability.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

Beach Music was written and recorded in Giannascoli’s apartment, between the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015, during breaks from touring with the likes of Elvis Depressedly, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Gardens & Villa. While its predecessors often came in uninterrupted bursts—from his head to his Bandcamp page in a matter of hours and days—Beach Music was shaped in part by Giannascoli adapting to life as a touring musician. Songs were written within months of one another rather than all at once, with influences ranging from noise music to piano-based laments to Southern rock to the rhythmic focus of techno—whatever he happened to be most interested in at the time. “Every song is coming from a different place,” he says. “It branches off in all these directions, but it has its own sound. It’s not something I do intentionally, but I’m the common thread.”

Beach Music track listing

01. Intro

02. Bug

03. Thorns

04. Kicker

05. Salt

06. Look Out

07. Brite Boy

08. In Love

09. Walk

10. Mud

11. Ready

12. Station

13. Snot

ALEX G TOUR DATES

Fri Sept 25 || Bethlehem, PA || Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks ! || TIX 

Thurs Oct 8  || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right || SOLD OUT

Fri Oct 9 || Brooklyn, NY || Silent Barn || TIX  

Tues Oct 13 || Berlin, Germany || Berghain, Kantine || TIX

Wed Oct 14 || Haldern, Germany || Haldern Pop Bar || FREE ENTRY

Thurs Oct 15 || Paris, France || Le Pop Up du Label || TIX

Fri Oct 16 || Rotterdam, Netherlands || V11 || TIX

Sat Oct 17 || Brussels, Belgium || Botanique Witloofbar || TIX

Mon Oct 19 || Manchester, UK || Night & Day || TIX

Tues Oct 20 || London, UK || 100 Club || TIX

Thurs Oct 22 || Columbus, OH || Strongwater # || TIX

Fri Oct 23 || Buffalo, NY || Waiting Room # || TIX

Sat Oct 24 || Toronto, ON || Not Dead Yet Fest || TIX

Sun Oct 25  || Grand Rapids, MI || The Pyramid Scheme # || TIX

Mon Oct 26 || DeKalb, IL || The House Café # || TIX

Tues Oct 27 || Minneapolis, MN || Triple Rock Social Club # || TIX

Wed Oct 28  || Bloomington, IN || The Bishop || TIX

Thurs Oct 29 || Nashville, TN || The End # || TIX

Fri Oct 30 || Memphis, TN || Hi Tone Cafe $ || TIX

Sun Nov 1 || St. Louis, MO || The Firebird $ || TIX

Mon Nov 2 || Kansas City, MO || The Record Bar $ || TIX

Tues Nov 3 || Springfield, MO || Outland Ballroom # || TIX

Wed Nov 4 || Oklahoma City, OK || 89th Street Collective # || TIX

Thurs Nov 5 || Dallas, TX || The Door # || TIX

Sat Nov 7 || San Antonio, TX || The Paper Tiger & || TIX

Mon Nov 9 || Houston TX || Fitzgerald’s & || TIX

Wed Nov 11 || Atlanta, GA || Purgatory - The Masquerade &^ || TIX

Thurs Nov 12 || Durham, NC || Duke Coffeehouse &^ || TIX

Fri Nov 13 || Baltimore, MD || Ottobar &^ || TIX

Sat Nov 14 || Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church &^ || TIX

! w/ Dr. Dog

# w/ Title Fight

$ w/ Spencer Radcliffe

& w/ Girlpool

^ Eskimeaux

 

BOB MOSES SHARE ‘TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH’ VIDEO, ALBUM RELEASED TODAY

Bob Moses | 18/09/15

Image: Bob Moses Talk Press Pic

Few bands can testify to be able to tour the world before even releasing their debut album, and few can do this by marrying a sound and performance that is equally at home in the club as it is an electrifying live setting. Bob Moses fulfil all of these points and it’s the reason they’re delivering one of the most exciting debut albums this year.

The Canadian duo made up of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance recently stopped in London to play a sold out one-off show at The Lexington in August where they recorded a live version of current single ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’, directed by Libby Burke Wilde.

Watch the live video for ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’ 

The band’s new track ‘Tearing Me Up’ was premiered on Zane Lowe’s show on Beat’s One earlier this week – listen to it HERE

With a number summer festivals under their belt, the pair hit their North American run starting in September and thankfully will be back in the UK for a show at Village Underground in London on, not one to miss. Buy tickets HERE

September
30/09 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY


October


01/10 - U Street - Washington, DC
02/10 - Jonny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
03/10 - Sinclair - Boston, MA
04/10 - The Fairmont - Montreal, CA
06/10 - CODA - Toronto, CA
08/10 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
09/10 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
10/10 - CRSSD - San Diego, CA
11/10 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
14/10 - Imperial - Vancouver, CA
15/10 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
17/10 - Treasure Island - San Francisco, CA
20/10 - Echo Plex - Los Angeles, CA
21/10 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
23/10 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
24/10 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
25/10 - Rudyards British Pub - Houston, TX
28/10 - Hi-Ho Lounge - New Orleans, LA
29/10 - Aisle 5 - Atlanta, GA
30/10 - Warehouse - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
31/10 - The Garrett - Miami, FL
 
November
01/11 - The Social - Orlando, FL
26/11 - Village Underground - London, UK

Days Gone By’ is out today, September 18, 2015 on Domino. Buy the album via DomMart HERE or via iTunes HERE

Listen to the ‘Days Gone By’ album sampler HERE

 
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