NEWS

BACK IN THE VINYL RACKS

10/11/16

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A selection of Classic Domino titles are now back in the vinyl racks!

Galaxie 500 – On Fire 

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Steve Mason – Boys Outside

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Robert Wyatt – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard 

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Pavement – Quarantine The Past – The Best Of Pavement

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf

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Go on, treat yourself!

 

AUSTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FUTURE POLITICS

Austra | 18/10/16

Image: Photo credit Renata Raksha

Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography. Future Politics will be out on January 20th 2017.

Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.

Says THAT GO on the video: "Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”

Future Politics, Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. Its not about ‘being political,its about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.

Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list - “every single persons idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

Future Politics tracklisting:

  1. We Were Alive
  2. Future Politics
  3. Utopia
  4. I’m A Monster
  5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  6. Angel In Your Eye
  7. Freepower
  8. Gaia
  9. Beyond A Mortal
  10. Deep Thought
  11. 43

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes


 

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS RELEASE THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP DECEMBER 2ND

The Last Shadow Puppets | 17/10/16

Image: Dream Synopsis EP

The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Friday, the 2nd of December 2016.   The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.  Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Aviation
  2. Les Cactus  - original by Jacques Dutronc
  3. Totally Wired – original by The Fall
  4. This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
  5. Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
  6. The Dream Synopsis 


The Dream Synopsis EP is available to pre-order on limited edition red vinyl 12”CD and digitally ahead of its Friday 2nd December release. Stream ‘Is This What You Wanted’ here.

 

LISTEN TO FRANZ FERDINAND'S 'DEMAGOGUE'

Franz Ferdinand | 14/10/16

Image: Demagogue artwork

This is the first release by Franz Ferdinand since their FFS project last year. 

The artwork is a collaboration with Shepard Fairey and it is part of 30 Songs in 30 Days. 

When asked for a comment, the band said:

"He's a Demagogue."

Listen on Soundcloud: po.st/FFdemaSC

Listen on Spotify: po.st/FFdemaSP

Part of the 30days30songs.com project.

 

SHIRLEY COLLINS SHARES VIDEO FOR LODESTAR'S 'PRETTY POLLY'

13/10/16

Image: Pretty Polly video still

As the release of Lodestar  - Shirley Collins’ first album in 38 years - draws closer, Shirley is pleased to share a third track, ‘Pretty Polly’, from the forthcoming record. 

The song ‘Pretty Polly’ comes from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Shirley says of the song: “I recorded this myself from the singing of Mrs Ollie Gilbert in 1959, on the field trip with Alan Lomax”. 

Directed by Layla Atkinson, the video was given one stipulation by Shirley, to incorporate a very special kind of puppet, a jig doll. These puppets come to life when jigged on a vibrating board and have been popular street entertainment for hundreds of years. Inspired by ‘Pretty Polly’ and these jig dolls, Atkinson decided to handcraft all the scenes in the video from cardboard and timber and shot it on 16MM on the hottest September day of the last 100 years.

[VIDEO]

Lodestar – to be released on November 4th through Domino Records - is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey. 

Collins previously shared ‘Cruel Lincoln’ and ‘Death and the Lady’ from the album and you can watch a track by track description of both songs by Shirley here

Additionally, Shirley Collins will be performing at two record shops next month to launch the album – Rough Trade East in London alongside a Q&A with Pete Paphides and Union Music Store, Lewes where she will be joined by Brighton Morris Men.

Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival,  recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia - and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. 

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.

Now Shirley Collins has sung once more (with a mischievous delight in defeating expectation), the accepted canon of her great recordings will have to be comprehensively recalibrated, yet again. 

“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee

Friday 4th November

Shirley Collins @ Union Music Store, Lewes

For more information, click here.

 

Monday 7th November

Shirley Collins in conversation with Pete Paphides + live performance @ Rough Trade East, London

For more information, click here.

 

WATCH KING CREOSOTE'S 'LOVE LIFE' VIDEO

King Creosote | 11/10/16

Image: Love Life video still

Last month, King Creosote released Astronaut Meets Appleman, a beautiful addition to his repertoire and an exploration of the tension and harmony between tradition and technology that invoked a feeling, KC says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”

Otherwise known as Kenny Anderson, KC is now pleased to share the video for ‘Love Life’. The glorious ‘Love Life’ showcases Kenny’s knack for a killer couplet: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds / Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”.

Directed by Euan Robertson, watch the video for ‘Love Life’ below.

Following on from his sold out show in London last month, Anderson will be heading out on a full UK tour in January 2017 and will be joined by his 8-piece band at several of the shows including London’s Barbican.

Astronaut Meets Appleman follows KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland With Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011).

The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on Astronaut Meets Appleman. But there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe (lead, even) on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea'). 

“I wanted to push myself songwriting-wise, so I went in with hardly anything and had to wing it,” KC reveals. “I wanted to try and flip the clock all the way back to sound like a younger me – or a less cynical me. In the past, I've been fixated on twisting and wrenching every line, but here I've let that go a bit, and I hope that lets you concentrate more on the music; on what’s going on around it.”

“I always feel I’m reaching for something, but I never get there, I wanted to get out of the usual places” KC muses, and this is reflected in the album's geography, which is more far-flung than usual. It was variously recorded at Analogue Catalogue in Ireland's County Down, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow's Chem19 studios (HQ of long-time ally Paul Savage, who co-produced the LP with KC).

On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts. 

Upcoming live dates

21st October – Brye Theatre, St Andrews

5th December – Le Pop Up du Label, Paris

7th December –Sodra Teatern , Stockholm

9th December – Ingensteds, Oslo

10th December – Gruner Salon, Berlin

12th Jan – Bogbain, Inverness

13th Jan – Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

14th Jan – Woodend Barn. Banchory

16th Jan – RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester *

17th Jan – Open, Norwich *

18th Jan – Corn Exchange, Cambridge *

20th Jan – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool ~

21st Jan – Town Hall, Birmingham ~

22nd Jan – Barbican, London ~

23rd Jan – Colston Hall, Bristol ~

24th Jan – Tramshed, Cardiff ~

25th Jan – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead ~

27th Jan – Old Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections), Glasgow

Support from * Charlie Cunningham ~ Modern Studies

 

DIRTY PROJECTORS KEEP YOUR NAME

Dirty Projectors | 23/09/16

Image: Keep Your Name Press shot

Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, has today released the first new music since 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan.

Stream ‘Keep Your Name’ HERE.

Download ‘Keep Your Name’ HERE.

 

LITTLE CUB SIGN TO DOMINO, RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘LOVELESS’ 11TH NOVEMBER

Little Cub | 22/09/16

Image: LC Landscape

Introducing London band Little Cub, whose debut single ‘Loveless’ is streaming now and officially released on 11th November 2016. 

Little Cub are Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Ady Acolatse.

Merging a wry, worldly and subversive form of self-effacing, diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, ‘Loveless’ announces  the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born to.

Little Cub’s burgeoning reputation as one of the city’s finest new exponents of electronic pop has seen them sell out a four-night headline residency at Peckham’s Copeland Estate off the back of the release of their debut ‘Breathing Space’ EP.

‘Loveless’ showcases Little Cub at their direct best, harnessing Tootill’s astute production work – which has seen him work with the likes of George Fitzgerald, Lil Silva and more – to frontman Gore’s refreshingly self-reflexive, honest and occasionally uncomfortable poetics. Watch the video for ‘Loveless’, directed by visual artists Dexter Lander and Nick Pomeroy, now.

With a melody by Acolaste, the lyric of ‘Loveless’, was written by Gore about a relationship Acolatse was in at the time. "Did we really lose our hearts?” the soaring chorus ponders with an odd and infectious kind of triumphant melancholy.

"I was perceiving this relationship between two great people", Gore says, "but could see it was kind of becoming less than the sum of its parts. It was neither party's fault but it was clear that both were becoming colder through the very nature of being together. It's something I've perceived a lot, these situations where if it were merely a friend going through that pain then you'd automatically feel empathy but in a romantic setting those feelings in someone else gradually come to seem ridiculous or embarrassing or even grotesque.

It's about how every time you have a relationship like that it seems to remove a part of you. You can lose your heart a little. Of course this should be horribly sad, and in a way it is, but I also think it might be in a way necessary and so the song's not completely mourning that loss."

Listen to Loveless on Spotify HERE

Listen to Loveless on Apple Music HERE

‘Loveless’ will be released on 11th November as part of the ‘Loveless’ 12” including 3 reworked versions of the track. Pre-order the EP via Dom Mart.

Loveless 12” Tracklist:

Loveless (Single Version)

Loveless (Beatless Version)

Loveless (Late Night Edit)

Loveless (Dark Edit)

The band’s debut tracks, ‘Breathing Space’ – leading the tracks on its accompanying EP - and ‘Intent’, are available for free download now via their website http://wearelittlecub.com/ and streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Forthcoming Little Cub live dates:

Thurs 29th Sept Kamio (formerly Red Gallery), London w/ Boxed In

Tuesday 15th November Electrowerks, London (headlining show)

Little Cub Online

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Apple Music

 

SHIRLEY COLLINS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LODESTAR 4TH NOVEMBER

22/09/16

Image: Shirley Collins - Lodestar artwork

Shirley Collins – legendary folk singer and one of England’s most respected song collectors –  has announced her return to recording after 38 years. The new album, Lodestar, will be released on November 4th, and with it, Shirley has created the unlikeliest release of the century so far. 

Lodestar is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.

The first track to be shared from Lodestar is ‘Cruel Lincoln’. Shirley explains the history of the song: “This is an ancient ballad, found only rarely in England. The theory is that Cruel Lincoln was a mason who was not paid for the work he did for ‘the Lord of the Manor’ and so extracted a terrible revenge”. It also features bird song recorded at the back of Shirley’s cottage. 

Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival,  recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia - and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. 

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.

Now Shirley Collins has sung once more (with a mischievous delight in defeating expectation), the accepted canon of her great recordings will have to be comprehensively recalibrated, yet again.  

“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee

Lodestar will be available on limited edition deluxe vinyl with a 24 page 12” booklet featuring song notes by Shirley Collins and sleeve notes by Stewart Lee and a signed print (signed print is available exclusively via Dom Mart), limited edition deluxe CD with 28 page booklet and standard vinyl. For more details visit Dom Mart.

Listen to the album's first two songs, 'Cruel Lincoln' and 'Death and The Lady', below now.

 

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF 69 LOVE SONGS

24/08/16

Image: Magnetic Fields boxset

The Magnetic Fields is songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt. His three-hour magnum opus 69 Love Songs is to be reissued on vinyl on October 7th through Domino Records. Comprised of 6 x 10” vinyl, the box set will include a full size 24-page colour booklet with liner notes by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) including an in-depth interview and a track-by-track with Merritt. The box set will be limited to 1000 copies.

69 Love Songs was released in 1999 and 17 years later, it is still a singular achievement - a bold undertaking by one of pop music’s most innovative and acclaimed songwriters. Originally conceived by Merritt to be a live musical revue of 100 songs, Merritt realised that 100 songs, even at 2 minutes each, would be far too long a show and decided upon the next meaningful number, 69. 69 songs about life, loss, hope and beauty.  69 songs about the pursuit of that ever elusive and patently undefinable holy grail, love.

Stephin Merritt wrote all 69 songs but enlisted the help of numerous friends to record the album including long-time collaborator Claudia Gonson, guitarist John Woo, cellist Sam Davol and Daniel Handler. 24 of the songs feature guest vocals from LD Beghtol, Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms and Gonson.

A career-defining work (as Merritt intended it to be), 69 Love Songs routinely ranks in Best Albums of All Times lists and has earned cult status. It is a celebration to the beauty, magic, humor, frustration, longing and tenderness of the human condition. 

Pre-order the 69 Love Songs box set here

Praise for 69 Love Songs:

“One of the most remarkable records ever made” The Sunday Times

“A major achievement” The Guardian

“The greatest songwriter of his generation” Time Out

“An undoubted genius” NME

“A masterwork. You’ll probably think these songs are about you” Spin

‘‘Ludicrously talented and unfeasibly prolific” The Independent

“5/5 ‘An imposing landmark” Uncut 

Tracklisting:

Volume 1

  1. Absolutely Cuckoo
  2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
  3. All My Little Words
  4. A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
  5. Reno Dakota
  6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
  7. Come Back From San Francisco
  8. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
  9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  10. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
  11. I Think I Need A New Heart
  12. The Book Of Love
  13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  14. How Fucking Romantic
  15. The One You Really Love
  16. Punk Love
  17. Parades Go By
  18. Boa Constrictor
  19. A Pretty Girl Is Like...
  20. My Sentimental Melody
  21. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
  22. Sweet-Lovin' Man
  23. The Things We Did And Didn't Do

Volume 2

  1. Roses
  2. Love Is Like Jazz
  3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
  5. Very Funny
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. No One Will Ever Love You
  8. If You Don't Cry
  9. You're My Only Home
  10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  11. My Only Friend
  12. Promises Of Eternity
  13. World Love
  14. Washington
  15. Long-Forgotten Fairytale
  16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  17. Papa Was A Rodeo
  18. Epitaph For My Heart
  19. Asleep And Dreaming
  20. The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
  21. The Way You Say Good-Night
  22. Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  23. I Shatter

Volume 3

  1. Underwear
  2. It’s A Crime
  3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  4. I’m Sorry I Love You
  5. Acoustic Guitar
  6. The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure
  7. Love In The Shadows
  8. Bitter Tears
  9. Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget
  10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  11. Experimental Music Love
  12. Meaningless
  13. Love Is Like a Bottle Of Gin
  14. Queen Of The Savages
  15. Blue You
  16. I Can’t Touch You Anymore
  17. Two Kinds of People
  18. How To Say Goodbye
  19. The Night You Can’t Remember
  20. For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  21. Strange Eyes
  22. Xylophone Track
  23. Zebra
 

PORCHES RELEASES WATER EP, LISTEN IN FULL NOW

Porches | 22/08/16

Image: Photo credit Emmanuel Olunkwa

Aaron Maine’s Porches follows the release of this year’s acclaimed Pool with the Water EP – a special opportunity to experience the music that formed the melodic skeleton of Pool in its raw state, alongside a pair of previously unreleased songs ‘Black Dress’ and ‘Black Budweiser T-Shirt’. Recorded solo in his adopted home of New York City, the Water EP strips Maine’s work down to its core, opening the curtain on his musical metamorphosis from previous releases Slow Dance In The Cosmos and those of his alias, Ronald Paris, into the Porches of today.

Stream Water EP HERE

Coinciding with the release of Water, Porches has shared a video for previously unreleased song ‘Black Dress,’ one of the new tracks from the EP.  Watch the video HERE.

Maine on Water:

I spent the first year after releasing ‘Slow Dance In The Cosmos’ teaching myself how to record music. I ended up with a bunch of pretty realized demos for songs that ended up on ‘Pool’ during that process. It was a loose and explorative time for me. I wanted to release a select few of these “demos” because I always find the excitement captured by recording a song when you first write it to be almost impossible to recreate later down the line. I chose to rerecord all of the songs that were to be on ‘Pool’ because I felt like by the time I had a batch of songs that I felt would make an album, I had grown as a producer and wanted to give them another pass. Either way, it’s fun to listen back to these earlier versions of the songs and remember how they first existed.

Water is available digitally today, stream it HERE, and will be on sale as a limited edition cassette during Porches upcoming autumn tour dates. It can also be purchased online, in limited quantities, through Bandcamp and the Domino Mart.

Purchase Water: Dom Mart || Bandcamp || iTunes 

Porches commence new live dates with a US headline tour throughout September, supported by Japanese Breakfast and Rivergazer, before arriving in the UK and Europe for a run of dates which include a London headline date at Tufnell Park Dome on Monday 24th October as well as appearances at Pitchfork Paris and London Calling at the end of the month. 

PORCHES TOUR DATES

Sat Sept 03 || Philadelphia, PA|| Made in America Festival – Fairmount Park

Sun Sept 04 || Washington, DC || Rock and Roll Hotel *

Mon Sept 05 || Richmond, VA ||Strange Matter *

Tue Sept 06 || Durham, NC || The Pinkhook *

Wed Sept 07 || Atlanta, GA || Masquerade – Purgatory Room *

Sat Sept 10 || Houston, TX || Walter’s *

Sun Sept 11 || Austin, TX || Barracuda *

Tue Sept 13 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel *

Thu Sept 15 || San Diego, CA || Irenic *

Fri Sept 16 || Los Angeles, CA || Echoplex *

Sat Sept 17 || Berkeley, CA || UC Berkeley *

Sun Sept 18 || San Francisco, CA || The Independent *

Tue Sept 20 || Portland, OR || Analog Theater *

Wed Sept 21 || Olympia, WA || Obsidian *

Thu Sept 22 || Seattle, WA || Crocodile *

Sat Sept 24 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court *

Mon Sept 26 || Denver, CO || Larimer Lounge *

Tue Sept 27 || Omaha, NE || Milk Run *

Wed Sept 28 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry *

Thu Sept 29 || Madison, WI || High Noon *

Fri Sept 30 || Chicago, IL || Subterranean *

Sat Oct 01 || Detroit, MI || El Club *

Sun Oct 02 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern *

Mon Oct 03 || Montreal, QC || Bar Le Ritz *

Tues Oct 04 || Burlington, VT || ArtsRiot *

Wed Oct 05 || Boston, MA || The Sinclair *

Tue Oct 18 || Brighton, ENG || Sticky Mike’s

Wed Oct 19 || Leeds, ENG || Brudenell Social Club

Thu Oct 20 || Dublin, IRL || Whelans

Fri Oct 21 || Glasgow, SCT || The Hug & Pint

Mon Oct 24 || London, ENG || The Dome

Tue Oct 25 || Lille, FR || La Péniche

Wed Oct 26 || Reims, FR || La Cartonnerie

Thu Oct 27 || Eindhoven, NL || Dutch Design Week @ Strommhuis

Fri Oct 28 || Paris, FR || Pitchfork Festival

Sat Oct 29 || Amsterdam, NL || London Calling @ Paradiso

* w/ Japanese Breakfast, Rivergazer

 

 

Tracklisting

01 Mood (Water Version)

02 Pool (Water Version)

03 Glow (Water Version)

04 Car (Water Version)

05 Shaver (Water Version)

06 Security (Water Version)

07 Black Dress

08 Black Budweiser T-Shirt

 

GET MY BANG - THE NEW AND EXCLUSIVE DOMINO SAMPLER

Wild Beasts | 05/08/16

Image: Get My Bang hi-res packshot

Domino are pleased to share news of a summer sampler; named after the first single from Wild Beasts new album, Get My Bang! showcases the sharpest cuts from Domino’s 2016 releases. 

Alongside the likes of Blood Orange – at his most personal and political on the recent Freetown Sound, The Kills – still simmering with tension on their fifth record, Baltimore’s finest Animal Collective, the beloved King Creosote and of course, Wild Beasts, there is also a slew of newer artists from the Domino stable to delve into including Kansas-based Taryn Miller aka Your Friend, Sam Coomes (The Quasi man’s first solo album), NYC’s Porches, and the shadowy, psychedelic adventurers Higher Authorities.

Get My Bang! is available free with every order placed at Domino Mart and there’s a 20% discount available across the catalogue (excluding pre-orders until September 1st).  Plenty of bang for your buck!

Shop here: http://smarturl.it/DominoSale

Full tracklisting:

1.       Wild Beasts – Get My Bang

2.       Blood Orange – Best To You

3.       Motion Graphics – Lense

4.       Sam Coomes – Stride On

5.       The Kills – Doing It To Death

6.       Bob Moses – Before I Fall

7.       Porches – Hour

8.       Night Moves – Carl Sagan

9.       King Creosote – You Just Want

10.   Higher Authorities - … And Why Not

11.   Your Friend – Come Back From It

12.   White Lung – Below

13.   The Range – Florida

14.   Animal Collective – FloriDada

15.   Yorkston Thorne Khan – Little Black Buzzer

16.   Villagers – That Day (live version)

 

WATCH THE RANGE'S SUPERIMPOSE DOCUMENTARY

The Range | 04/08/16

Image: Superimpose still

Superimpose, the documentary exploring the voices on The Range’s 2016 album Potential, is out today. You can watch the documentary via the Pitchfork TV YouTube, or via The Scene, the Conde Nast video hub.

Alongside the documentary release, The Range has today released Superimpose (Music From The Documentary) EP. It is available to stream or buy now via all good digital retailers.

Watch Superimpose here

Stream the Superimpose EP here

Download the Superimpose EP here 

The Range is performing today as part of THUMP’s live-streamed DJ set series Sunsets. Tune in via THUMP Facebook Live HERE at 5:30pm ET today to watch The Range debut tracks from the Superimpose EP. 

The Range will be appearing on SiriusXMU tomorrow (Friday) night, hosting an hour-long Complete Control show. He’ll be playing songs off the EP, and will have some surprises in store for fans who tune in. The guest host set airs at 7pm ET and again at 11pm ET.

Additionally, The Range’s ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’ mix for KEXP airs tomorrow, Friday August 5th at midnight PT / Saturday 3am ET.  

SUPERIMPOSE screenings + events

Thurs Aug 4 || Brooklyn, NY || THUMP Sunsets Live-stream (DJ set, with thanks to Serato) || via THUMP YouTube or Facebook

Thurs Aug 4 || New York, NY || Ludlow House (Screening + Q&A + Live Set)|| Private Event

Fri Aug 26 || Berlin, Germany || YouTube Space, Berlin || (Screening + Q&A + DJ Set)

SUPERIMPOSE explores the making of The Range's new album Potential, which exclusively uses the voices of people who posted videos of themselves on YouTube. The documentary sheds light on the unique and varied human stories of the people featured on the album who were completely unknown to The Range (Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton) when originally selected. The documentary travels to off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of New York City, NY; Kingston, Jamaica and London, England to tell the stories of a wide range of unique people - from Kai, the shy Brooklyn teenager who loves singing Ariana Grande covers; to Damian “Naturaliss” Gordon, the charismatic Jamaican correctional officer by day, dancehall singer by night; to Ophqi, the determined Brixton rapper and dutiful father with a difficult past who is still waiting for his moment to succeed as a musician; and more. Directed by the gifted young filmmaker Daniel Kaufman whose resume includes short films and music videos for DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka Flame, OT Genasis, The Decemberists, and more.

SUPERIMPOSE is soundtracked by music from the Range’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Potential as well as unreleased new material made specifically for the documentary. A seven song EP - Superimpose (Music From the Documentary) EP - featuring new material from the documentary and a reworked version of Potential album standout ‘Superimpose’ is being released digitally to coincide with the documentary release.

The Range live dates

Fri Aug 12 || Way Out West Festival || Gothenburg, Sweden

Sat Aug 20 || Lowlands Festival || Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Sat Aug 27 || Reading Festival || Reading, UK

Sun Aug 28 || Leeds Festival || Wetherby, UK

Thurs Sept 22 – Mon Sept 26 || Symbiosis Gathering || Oakdale, CA

Fri Oct 21 || House Of Blues || Boston, MA *

Sat Oct 22 || Hammerstein Ballroom || New York, NY *

Mon Oct 24 || The Fillmore || Philadelphia, PA *

Tues Oct 25 || 9:30 Club || Washington, DC *

Wed Oct 26 || 9:30 Club || Washington, DC *

Fri Oct 28 || The Ritz || Raleigh, NC *

Sat Oct 29 || The Fillmore || Charlotte, NC *

Sun Oct 30 || The Mill & Mine || Knoxville, TN *

Mon Oct 31 || Marathon Music Works || Nashville, TN *

Wed Nov 2 || Buckhead Theater || Atlanta, GA *

Thurs Nov 3 || Joy Theater || New Orleans, LA *

Sat Nov 5 || Bomb Factory || Dallas, TX *

Fri Nov 4 – Sun Nov 6 || Sound On Sound Festival || Bastrop, TX

* = with Phantogram

 

THE CLANG GROUP RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM PRACTICE SEPTEMBER 30TH, WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ACRE LANE

01/08/16

Image: Photo credit Clare Muller

On turning 60, legendary producer Clive Langer decided it was time to get a band together.

Previous to that moment, Clive’s CV read like a route map of the last four decades of the very best British music. As a member of legendary rock’n’roll misfits Deaf School, Langer had helped influence a generation of kids who’d go on to form bands as diverse as Madness and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Later on - with studio partner Alan Winstanley – he helped steer everything from One Step Beyond to Kilimanjaro; Too-Rye-Ay to Shipbuilding (a co-write with Elvis Costello) with stop offs for the Attractions, the Commotions, Morrissey, Roddy Frame and even the Dame himself (Bowie’s timeless classic Absolute Beginners). But something about that significant age set him on a different path.

Formed two years ago, The Clang Group are that band. Their first LP is called Practice.  It comes out on Domino on Friday the 30th of September.

Recorded at Iguana Studio in Brixton with musician mates and long time cohorts (including Suggs and Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay), Practice is jagged, melodious, ingenious, impulsive and exhilarating. Usually all the same time. Driven by a frantic and restless energy, it’s exactly the kind of record you’d hope someone would make if they woke up aged 60 thinking, “Fuck it, I’m going to start a rock’n’roll band.” Yes, that good.                                                

Tracklisting: Concertina / Acre Lane / Amsterdam / I’m Sorry / Bike / Had A Nice Night / Heaven Calls Another Name / Picture Postcard Paradise / Knock Me Off / Out Of Time

Practice will be available on CD (WIGCD372), Vinyl (WIGLP372) and Digitally (WIG372D). Vinyl and digital versions come with a digital bonus  EP featuring Rhoda / Places & Things / Breaking Out / Shipbuilding. You can buy the album on iTunes or via Dom Mart – special limited edition signed vinyl with a physical bonus 12” is also available exclusively via Dom Mart.   The video for first single ‘Acre Lane’ was directed by Edwin Burdis in a secret location in East London – watch it HERE.  You can stream the track HERE.  

Pre-order Practice on signed 12" vinyl via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Practice on standard 12" vinyl via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Practice on digital download HERE

The Clang Group will play live in support of the album this autumn. 

 

WILD BEASTS STREAM NEW ALBUM BOY KING IN FULL

Wild Beasts | 29/07/16

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Having shared its latest cut ‘Tough Guy’ earlier this week, Wild Beasts are streaming their acclaimed fifth album, Boy King, in full now. Featuring the singles ‘Get My Bang’ and ‘Big Cat’, listen to Boy King via Apple Music now HERE.

Listen to Wild Beasts ‘Reincarnations’ playlist HERE

Watch the visualizer for Tough Guy HERE

Watch the official video for Get My Bang HERE

Watch the official video for Big Cat HERE

Boy King will be released on heavyweight 12” vinyl including album download card, with a deluxe edition including a bonus 7” of two bonus songs available via the Wild Beasts online store. The album will also be released on standard and deluxe CD formats, with the deluxe edition including a 12-page booklet, as well as digital download. 

All deluxe editions include bonus material, Boy King Trash.

Pre-order the deluxe 12” of Boy King via Wild Beasts’ online store HERE

Pre-order the standard 12” of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order the deluxe CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order the standard CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE

Forthcoming Wild Beasts live dates are as follows with UK dates highlighted bold. All tickets are on sale now via the band’s website HERE.

Fri 29 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market

Fri 05 Aug 2016 UK, London Rough Trade East [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Wed 10 Aug 2016 USA, New York City Baby’s All Right

Thu 18 Aug 2016 UK, Green Man Festival

Thu 25 Aug 2016 UK, London Banquet Records [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Fri 26 Aug 2016 UK, UK Electric Fields

Sat 27 Aug 2016 Finland, Helsinki Modern Sky Festival

Fri 02 Sep 2016 Netherlands, Into The Great Wide Open

Sun 04 Sep 2016 Ireland Electric Picnic

Sat 24 Sep 2016 Germany, Reeperbahn Festival

Wed 28 Sep 2016 UK, Bristol Motion

Thu 29 Sep 2016 UK, Oxford O2 Academy Oxford

Fri 30 Sep 2016 UK, Margate By The Sea Festival

Sat 01 Oct 2016 UK, Sheffield The Foundry

Mon 03 Oct 2016 UK, Cambridge The Junction

Tue 04 Oct 2016 UK, London The Roundhouse

Fri 07 Oct 2016 UK, Newcastle Northumbria Uni

Sat 08 Oct 2016 UK, Glasgow QMU

Sun 09 Oct 2016 UK, Manchester Academy

Wed 12 Oct 2016 Belgium, Brussels Botanique Orangerie

Thu 13 Oct 2016 France, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique

Fri 14 Oct 2016 France, Tourcoing Le Grand Mix

Sat 15 Oct 2016 France, Strasbourg La Laiterie

Sun 16 Oct 2016 Germany, Cologne Luxor

Tue 18 Oct 2016 Denmark, Copenhagen Pumpehuset

Thu 20 Oct 2016 Germany, Berlin Kesselhaus

Fri 21 Oct 2016 Czech Republic, Prague Lucerna Music Bar

Sun 23 Oct 2016 Switzerland, Zurich, Rote Fabrik

Tue 25 Oct 2016 Italy, Milan, Magnolia

Wed 26 Oct 2016 France, Lyon Epicerie Moderne

Sat 29 Oct 2016 Spain, Bilbao BIME

 

SAM COOMES SHARES NEW SONG 'FORDANA' TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM OUT AUGUST 19TH

Sam Coomes | 21/07/16

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Ahead of the release of Sam Coomes’ first ever solo album Bugger Me – due August 19th on Domino Records - he is pleased to share another cut from the record.  

Listen to ‘Fordana’ below, a heartfelt song that only Coomes could make with its glitchy and melancholic organ stabs. 

Coomes is probably best known as half of the long running underground pop duo Quasi, the other half being Janet Weiss, herself better known as the drummer for Sleater-Kinney. Alongside bandmate Janet Weiss, Quasi have released nine albums over the last two decades and toured all over the world. Concurrently, Sam Coomes has played and recorded with the likes of Built to Spill, Elliott Smith and Jandek, worked as a producer and scored numerous soundtracks for underground films and art installations. In short, he is not a newcomer to the scene.

Coomes previously shared ‘Stride On’. Listen here

Bugger Me in Coomes’ own words is Suicide meets The Beach Boys. Not the sophisticated ‘Pet Sounds’ Beach Boys, but more like ‘Surfer Girl’ stuff. More conscious reference points were Chris Montez or Timmy Thomas.” He wanted to make “entertainment music, but entertainment music meant for those not served by more mainstream entertainment music.  Maybe one might want to take a break from Sheer Hellish Miasma & enjoy some simple tunes that maybe speak to the same sense of the absurd, that likewise reject commercialism & market-based aesthetics, & even now & again pay a little homage to the raw synthesizer noise we have grown to love & even crave. Maybe timeworn themes such as love & war still resonate in the dusty backrooms of your mind (indeed maybe they are the only themes which do so).” 

Accompanied only by his organ and ‘Conny’ – a mid-‘60s rhythm box (non-programmable, “not even really a drum machine”), Coomes made a conscious choice to pare things back. He explains: “In a time where anyone with a computer & enough time on their hands can micro-manage a given piece of music to the nth degree; can process, arrange, edit & otherwise wheedle a song into a state-of-the-art showcase of outclevering the next guy… maybe allowing a song to exist at its most basic level is a means to not only subvert market-based (or, almost equivalently, technology-based) standards of production, but also a means to keep the music & the performance of the music honest.  This is assuming of course that honesty is a good thing, or at least is considered a good thing by those unmoved by mainstream entertainment music, which often reeks of dishonesty.  Whether this is a safe assumption, who knows?  Actually, I’m suspicious of people proclaiming their own honesty – so forget it.  Certainly, its artifice.  But the intent is honest artifice – like the original King Kong, as opposed to the remakes.  If King Kong for you means Willis O’Brien rather than Dino De Laurentis or Peter Jackson, then you probably have an idea of what I’m driving at.”

 

LISTEN TO WILD BEASTS' NEW SONG 'CELESTIAL CREATURES'

18/07/16

Image: Photo credit Tom Andrew

Following the release of the first two singles, Wild Beasts have given us even more insight into their forthcoming Boy King, out August 5th on Domino, with album stunner ‘Celestial Creatures’ – listen HERE. Where ‘Get My Bang’ and ‘Big Cat’ showcased a bold new direction, ‘Celestial Creatures’ channels classic Wild Beasts and features Hayden Thorpe’s angelic voice front-and-centre.

Listen to Celestial Creatures on Spotify HERE

Listen to Celestial Creatures on Apple Music HERE

This follows the videos for ‘Get My Bang’, which can be viewed HERE, and ‘Big Cat,’ which can be viewed HERE. Last week, the foursome gave fans a glimpse into the making of the ‘Big Cat’ video, watch the behind-the-scenes footage HERE.

The band have also announced two in-store appearances to coincide with the album’s release at London’s Rough Trade East on the day of Boy King’s release, Friday 5th August, as well as Banquet Records on Thursday 25th August.

Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same.” 

Forthcoming Wild Beasts live dates are as follows with UK dates highlighted bold. All tickets are on sale now via the band’s website HERE

Tue 26 Jul 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Weds 27 July 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Thu 28 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market

Fri 29 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market

Fri 05 Aug 2016 UK, London Rough Trade East [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Wed 10 Aug 2016 USA, New York City Baby’s All Right

Thu 18 Aug 2016 UK, Green Man Festival

Thu 25 Aug 2016 UK, London Banquet Records [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Fri 26 Aug 2016 UK, UK Electric Fields

Sat 27 Aug 2016 Finland, Helsinki Modern Sky Festival

Fri 02 Sep 2016 Netherlands, Into The Great Wide Open

Sun 04 Sep 2016 Ireland Electric Picnic

Sat 24 Sep 2016 Germany, Reeperbahn Festival

Wed 28 Sep 2016 UK, Bristol Motion

Thu 29 Sep 2016 UK, Oxford O2 Academy Oxford

Fri 30 Sep 2016 UK, Margate By The Sea Festival

Sat 01 Oct 2016 UK, Sheffield The Foundry

Mon 03 Oct 2016 UK, Cambridge The Junction

Tue 04 Oct 2016 UK, London The Roundhouse

Fri 07 Oct 2016 UK, Newcastle Northumbria Uni

Sat 08 Oct 2016 UK, Glasgow QMU

Sun 09 Oct 2016 UK, Manchester Academy

Wed 12 Oct 2016 Belgium, Brussels Botanique Orangerie

Thu 13 Oct 2016 France, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique

Fri 14 Oct 2016 France, Tourcoing Le Grand Mix

Sat 15 Oct 2016 France, Strasbourg La Laiterie

Sun 16 Oct 2016 Germany, Cologne Luxor

Tue 18 Oct 2016 Denmark, Copenhagen Pumpehuset

Thu 20 Oct 2016 Germany, Berlin Kesselhaus

Fri 21 Oct 2016 Czech Republic, Prague Lucerna Music Bar

Sun 23 Oct 2016 Switzerland, Zurich, Rote Fabrik

Tue 25 Oct 2016 Italy, Milan, Magnolia

Wed 26 Oct 2016 France, Lyon Epicerie Moderne

Sat 29 Oct 2016 Spain, Bilbao BIME

 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR WHITE LUNG'S 'DEAD WEIGHT'

18/07/16

Image: Dead Weight video still

Canadian punk band White Lung has topped numerous “Best Album So Far” lists this year including Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, FACT and NME for Paradise, their fourth and most mature record to date. Now the band – comprised of Mish Barber-Way, Kenneth William and Anne-Marie Vassiliou - have been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize alongside artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, and Kaytranada.

Now, White Lung are pleased to unveil the music video for ‘Dead Weight’. Directed by John Stavas, the clip features lead singer Mish Barber-Way head-banging her way through the track in hyper-kinetic fast forward. Much like the song, it’s an all-out assault on the senses and not for the faint of heart.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR WILD BEASTS' NEW SINGLE 'BIG CAT'

05/07/16

Image: Big Cat video still

Following the announcement of new album Boy King, released 5th August 2016 on Domino, alongside its first single ‘Get My Bang’, Wild Beasts have released the video for the album’s second single, ‘Big Cat’. Filmed in several locations outside of Barcelona, Spain and directed by Pablo Maestres, watch the video now HERE as premiered earlier today via The Guardian.

“If ‘Get My Bang’ was a song of the id then ‘Big Cat’ is the super ego,” says lead vocalist Hayden Thorpe of ‘Big Cat’, Boy King’s menacing opening track. “It marked a breakthrough in the writing process for the album, defining the swagger and attitude that would come to shape Boy King. He is all powerful, but at what price?” 

Listen to Big Cat on Spotify HERE

Listen to Big Cat on Apple Music HERE

Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'". 

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same.” 

Boy King will be released on heavyweight 12” vinyl including album download card, with a deluxe edition including a bonus 7” of two bonus songs available via the Wild Beasts online store. The album will also be released on standard and deluxe CD formats, with the deluxe edition including a 12-page booklet, as well as digital download. All deluxe editions include bonus material, Boy King Trash. Pre-order the deluxe 12” of Boy King via Wild Beasts’ online store HEREPre-order the standard 12” of Boy King via Domino Mart HEREPre-order the deluxe CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HEREPre-order the standard CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HEREPre-order the digital download of Boy King via iTunes HERE 

Wild Beasts will support the release of Boy King with a run of UK and European live dates in autumn 2016, including two nights at London’s Roundhouse on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October. The dates follow summer festival appearances including a headline slot at Green Man Festival in August, with those dates preceded by two short residencies in Leeds and Brighton in July.

The band have also announced two in-store appearances to coincide with the album’s release at London’s Rough Trade East on the day of Boy King’s release, Friday 5th August, as well as Banquet Records on Thursday 25th August.

All tickets are on sale now via the band’s website HERE. Pre-order in-store tickets as part of a Boy King album package via Rough Trade HERE and Banquet Records HERE.

Forthcoming live dates are as follows, with UK live dates highlighted bold: -

Tue 26 Jul 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Weds 27 July 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Thu 28 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market

Fri 29 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market

Fri 05 Aug 2016 UK, London Rough Trade East [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Thu 18 Aug 2016 UK, Green Man Festival

Thu 25 Aug 2016 UK, London Banquet Records [IN STORE PERFORMANCE]

Fri 26 Aug 2016 UK, UK Electric Fields

Sat 27 Aug 2016 Finland, Helsinki Modern Sky Festival

Fri 02 Sep 2016 Netherlands, Into The Great Wide Open

Sun 04 Sep 2016 Ireland Electric Picnic

Sat 24 Sep 2016 Germany, Reeperbahn Festival

Wed 28 Sep 2016 UK, Bristol Motion

Thu 29 Sep 2016 UK, Oxford O2 Academy Oxford

Fri 30 Sep 2016 UK, Margate By The Sea Festival

Sat 01 Oct 2016 UK, Sheffield The Foundry

Mon 03 Oct 2016 UK, Cambridge The Junction

Tue 04 Oct 2016 UK, London The Roundhouse

Fri 07 Oct 2016 UK, Newcastle Northumbria Uni

Sat 08 Oct 2016 UK, Glasgow QMU

Sun 09 Oct 2016 UK, Manchester Academy

Wed 12 Oct 2016 Belgium, Brussels Botanique Orangerie

Thu 13 Oct 2016 France, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique

Fri 14 Oct 2016 France, Tourcoing Le Grand Mix

Sat 15 Oct 2016 France, Strasbourg La Laiterie

Sun 16 Oct 2016 Germany, Cologne Luxor

Tue 18 Oct 2016 Denmark, Copenhagen Pumpehuset

Thu 20 Oct 2016 Germany, Berlin Kesselhaus

Fri 21 Oct 2016 Czech Republic, Prague Lucerna Music Bar

Sun 23 Oct 2016 Switzerland, Zurich, Rote Fabrik

Tue 25 Oct 2016 Italy, Milan, Magnolia

Wed 26 Oct 2016 France, Lyon Epicerie Moderne

Sat 29 Oct 2016 Spain, Bilbao BIME

 

PORCHES SHARE VIDEO FOR 'CAR', ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN AUTUMN TOUR

Porches | 27/06/16

Image: Photo credit Emmanuel Olunkwa

Porches return with a tropical-feeling avant-garde video for track ‘Car,’ a standout single from the group’s latest album Pool, released in February of this year. Watch it now below.

‘Car’s video was co-produced by Urban Outfitters as the 26th installment of their UO Music Video Series. Check out their blog for behind the scene photos and an interview with video director Daniel Brereton. Over the past 5 years, the UO Music Video Series has helped produce music videos for bands including Empress of, Petite Noir, Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, and Spoon.

Aaron Maine, Porches’ frontman, recently made his way down to Philadelphia to do a session with Out Of Town Films. Being just Maine and his guitar, the session is personal and intimate. Watch it HERE.

Pool is available to buy now on vinyl, CD, and digital download. A translucent pink cassette version of the record will also be available on the road this fall, with limited online availability right now through the Domino Mart.

Get Pool: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

To coincide with the new video, new European and UK live dates have been announced for October, including a London headline date on Monday October 24th at Tufnell Park Dome and appearance at Pitchfork Paris Festival, alongside new US tour dates through the autumn.

PORCHES TOUR DATES

Sat Sept 03 || Philadelphia, PA|| Made in America Festival – Fairmount Park

Sun Sept 04 || Washington, DC || Rock and Roll Hotel

Mon Sept 05 || Richmond, VA ||Strange Matter

Tue Sept 06 || Durham, NC || The Pinkhook

Wed Sept 07 || Atlanta, GA || Masquerade – Hell Room

Sat Sept 10 || Houston, TX || Walkter’s

Sun Sept 11 || Austin, TX || Barracuda

Tue Sept 13 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel

Thu Sept 15 || San Diego, CA || Irenic

Fri Sept 16 || Los Angeles, CA || Echoplex

Sat Sept 17 || Berkeley, CA || UC Berkeley

Sun Sept 18 || San Francisco, CA || The Independent

Tue Sept 20 || Portland, OR || Analog Theater

Wed Sept 21 || Olympia, WA || Obsidian

Thu Sept 22 || Seattle, WA || Crocodile

Sat Sept 24 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court

Mon Sept 26 || Denver, CO || Larimer Lounge

Tue Sept 27 || Omaha, NE || Milk Run

Wed Sept 28 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry

Thu Sept 29 || Madison, WI || High Noon

Sat Oct 01 || Detroit, MI || El Club

Sun Oct 02 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern

Mon Oct 03 || Montreal, QC || Bar Le Ritz

Tues Oct 04 || Burlington, VT || ArtsRiot

Wed Oct 05 || Boston, MA || The Sinclair

Tue Oct 18 || Brighton, ENG || Sticky Mike's

Wed Oct 19 || Leeds, ENG || Brudenell Social Club

Thu Oct 20 || Dublin, IRL || Whelans

Fri Oct 21 || Glasgow, SCT || The Hug & Pint

Mon Oct 24 || London, ENG || The Dome

Tue Oct 25 || Lille, FR || La Péniche

Wed Oct 26 || Reims, FR || La Cartonnerie

Fri Oct 28 || Paris, FR || Pitchfork Festival

Sat Oct 29 || Amsterdam, NL || London Calling @ Paradiso

 

BACK ON BLACK

10/06/16

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We're happy to announce that the following Domino classics are back in stock on high quality vinyl and available now through Domino Mart or at your local record store. And if that doesn't make you toss your hat in the air, our special price offers across the entire Pavement catalogue sure as hell will.

Animal Collective Strawberry Jam

As giddy as an unplanned run down a hill with clusters of synths, loping rhythms and lyrical bursts of high pitched filigree rushing to fall over each other. 

Clinic Internal Wrangler | Walking With Thee

Since the tail end of the '90s, Clinic have beamed in other-worldly psychedelic-pop transmissions from their own parallel dimension. Twisting and twining through paths that pass through the seldom visited regions of dub and '60s garage, Clinic keep it arty and groovy in equal measures. 

The Fall Your Future, Our Clutter

Your Future Our Clutter is The Fall at their most rampant, most forward moving, bone shaking best. 

Four Tet Ringer | There Is Love In You

Two classic LPs from the extraordinary Four Tet , now back in print. The 32 minute Ringer , a four-track excursion into the kind of wide-open spaces you might find if you set out to make techno with an afrobeat / krautrock sensibility. There Is Love In You - regarded as his best record in some quarters, this is a dance-inspired masterpiece.

Cass McCombs Wit's End | Catacombs

Imagine a Hal Ashby or Terrence Malick film as scored by Mark Hollis... light in its darkness, claustrophobic in its panorama, distant in its intimacy, present in its timelessness.

Owen Pallett Heartland

A panoramic and orchestral work oscillating between 19th century military music, '70s analog synth-pop, often in the space of a few bars.

Robert Wyatt Comicopera | Shleep

Robert Wyatt is one of my favourite singers, writers, makers of wonderful music." - Alexis Taylor / Hot Chip. We can't say fairer than that!

Pavement Bundles The Secret History Vol. 1 | Brighten The Corners Terror Twilight Wowee Zowee

Pavement were the first in their class, the band that spawned a myriad of imitators and released several classic albums, Slanted & Enchanted, Crooked Rain, Crooked RainWowee ZoweeBrighten The Corners and Terror Twilight. Actually, we'll correct that, they didn't make several classic albums, they made five classic albums. Go fill in the gaps in your Pavement collection: hurry, they're going, going...

 

THE KILLS COVER RIHANNA’S ‘DESPERADO’ FOR SIRIUS XMU PLUS PERFORM ‘HEART OF A DOG’ ON CONAN

The Kills | 08/06/16

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Last week saw The Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) release their eagerly anticipated fifth full-length album, Ash & Ice. The band, in speaking to Entertainment Weekly in the lead up to the albums’ release, had this to say about the record they made:

HINCE: I hope (people) can see that electric guitar music is the future! That it’s not stuck in the past, or nostalgic. I hope it makes them want to dress up and start a guitar band. And join our gang.

 

Mosshart: The aim was to be open and we pushed ourselves to write in a way that could be understood and mean something to other people. Human topics and feelings - love, joy, pain, loss, confusion, and those moments of feeling wildly, wildly happy and inspired beyond any sense of reason. The classic stuff! It’s an honest record.

The Kills recently performed a cover of Rihanna’s ‘Desperado’ during a Sirius XMU session. The entire session premieres tonight on SIRIUS XMU at 9pm Eastern, and will replay on Thursday, June 9th at 3am and 4pm ET, Friday June 10th at 9am ET and again on Sunday at 12pm ET.

 

The Kills just completed a coast-to-coast tour of North America, finishing up on Monday in California, where the band performed a rousing version of the album’s second single ‘Heart Of A Dog’ on Conan - Watch Here. The album’s lead single ‘Doing It To Death’ took the band to the stage of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last month.

 

 

Watch the video for ‘Siberian Nights’, directed by Giovanni Ribisi, HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Heart Of A Dog’, directed by Sophie Muller, HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Doing It To Death’, directed by Wendy Morgan, HERE.

 

The Kills continue to tour the globe and will return to the US in September. All upcoming North American dates below - tickets are on sale now.

 

The Kills Tour Dates

9/2        Pomona, CA - Fox Theater

9/3        Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

9/4        San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park

9/7        Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

9/8        Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater

9/9        Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall

9/12      New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

9/13      Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater

9/14      Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

9/17      Milwaukee, WI - The Rave

9/18      Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's

9/20      Portland, ME - State Theatre

9/21      Montreal, QC - Metropolis

9/23      New York, NY - Terminal 5

 

Ash & Ice is available now on 2xLP, CD, and digital download via The Kills / Dom Mart / iTunes

 

Ash & Ice Tracklist

1. Doing It To Death

2. Heart Of A Dog

3. Hard Habit To Break

4. Bitter Fruit

5. Days Of Why And How

6. Let It Drop

7. Hum For Your Buzz

8. Siberian Nights

9. That Love

10. Impossible Tracks

11. Black Tar

12. Echo Home

13. Whirling Eye

 

BLOOD ORANGE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, FREETOWN SOUND, OUT 1ST JULY 2016

Blood Orange | 07/06/16

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Blood Orange - aka Devonte Hynes - will release his highly anticipated new album, Freetown Sound, on 1st July, 2016 on Domino. Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a confluence of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice.  A sneak peek into the album’s world (including brief glimpses of new songs and maybe even an album guest or two) can be seen HERE.

Press here to pre-order Freetown Sound via iTunes or here to pre-order the deluxe edition LP available exclusively through Dom Mart. The deluxe contains the album on double LP housed in a wide spine jacket, and a bonus 10” with two additional non-album tracks “Do You See My Skin Through The Flames” and “Sandra’s Smile,” as well as a double sided 24x36 poster. The CD and LP are available 19th August.

In Hynes’ own words:

“I have just finished making an album about my life, my upbringing, being black in England, being black in America…my movement to this country at the age of 21, the same age that my mother moved from Guyana to London, and my father from Sierra Leone to London. Freetown Sound, the name of my album, is taken from Freetown where my father was born.”

For well over a decade, Devonté Hynes has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre under a variety of monikers. After moving to New York City in the mid-2000s, Hynes became Blood Orange, pluming the oeuvres of the city’s musical legends to create a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music.  Freetown Sound, which follows 2011’s Coastal Grooves and 2013’s breakthrough Cupid Deluxe, builds upon everything Hynes has done as an artist, resulting in the most expansive artistic statement of his career.  Drawing from a deep well of techniques and references, the album unspools like a piece of theatre, evoking unexpected communions of moods, voices, and eras.  Freetown Sound derives its name from the birthplace of Hynes’ father, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thematically, it is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.

Hynes’s solo project lives in tandem with his in-demand role as a songwriter/producer for hire, working with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange Knowles, FKA Twigs, and Sky Ferreira. He is also an established composer, scoring films (Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, 2014) and artworks (Alex Da Corte’s Easternsports, 2016) alike. In 2015, his evermore-multifaceted career was crystallized on stage, where he invited his collaborators to take part in two sold-out performances at the Apollo Theater, with all proceeds benefitting Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

Blood Orange is playing the following shows this summer in support of Freetown Sound. More shows will be announced soon.

Fri 10 June || Bonnaroo || Manchester, TN
Thurs 30 June || Roskilde || Copenhagen, DE
Sat 2 July || BST Hyde Park Festival || London, UK
Tues 5 July || Koko || London, UK

Thurs 7 July || Festival Moderno, Circolo Magnolia || Milan, IT
Sat 9 July || Ruisrock || Turku, FI
Sat 16 July || Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park || Chicago, IL
Sat 23 July || Panorama Festival, Randall Island || New York, NY
Sat 27 Aug || Greek Theatre ||| Berkeley, CA
Sun 28 Aug || FYF || Los Angeles, CA

 

SAM COOMES ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM BUGGER ME, RELEASED 19TH AUGUST

Sam Coomes | 07/06/16

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Sam Coomes will release his first ever solo album Bugger Me on August 19th. Coomes is probably best known as half of the long running underground pop duo Quasi, the other half being Janet Weiss, herself better known as the drummer for Sleater-Kinney

Coomes is pleased to share the first track from the forthcoming record, ‘Stride On’, all murky drum machines and gnarly organ stabs. Listen to 'Stride On' now below.

Additionally, watch the album trailer here

Alongside bandmate Janet Weiss, Quasi have released nine albums over the last two decades and toured all over the world. Concurrently, Sam Coomes has played and recorded with the likes of Built to Spill, Elliott Smith and Jandek, worked as a producer and scored numerous soundtracks for underground films and art installations. In short, he is not a newcomer to the scene. 

Bugger Me in Coome’s own words is Suicide meets The Beach Boys. Not the sophisticated ‘Pet Sounds’ Beach Boys, but more like ‘Surfer Girl’ stuff. More conscious reference points were Chris Montez or Timmy Thomas.” He wanted to make “entertainment music, but entertainment music meant for those not served by more mainstream entertainment music.  Maybe one might want to take a break from Sheer Hellish Miasma & enjoy some simple tunes that maybe speak to the same sense of the absurd, that likewise reject commercialism & market-based aesthetics, & even now & again pay a little homage to the raw synthesizer noise we have grown to love & even crave. Maybe timeworn themes such as love & war still resonate in the dusty backrooms of your mind (indeed maybe they are the only themes which do so).”

Accompanied only by his organ and ‘Conny’ – a mid-‘60s rhythm box (non-programmable, “not even really a drum machine”), Coomes made a conscious choice to pare things back. He explains: “In a time where anyone with a computer & enough time on their hands can micro-manage a given piece of music to the nth degree; can process, arrange, edit & otherwise wheedle a song into a state-of-the-art showcase of outclevering the next guy… maybe allowing a song to exist at its most basic level is a means to not only subvert market-based (or, almost equivalently, technology-based) standards of production, but also a means to keep the music & the performance of the music honest.  This is assuming of course that honesty is a good thing, or at least is considered a good thing by those unmoved by mainstream entertainment music, which often reeks of dishonesty.  Whether this is a safe assumption, who knows?  Actually, I’m suspicious of people proclaiming their own honesty – so forget it.  Certainly, its artifice.  But the intent is honest artifice – like the original King Kong, as opposed to the remakes.  If King Kong for you means Willis O’Brien rather than Dino De Laurentis or Peter Jackson, then you probably have an idea of what I’m driving at.”

Bugger Me is available to pre-order now on vinyl, deluxe vinyl, CD and digital download. The vinyl, deluxe vinyl and CD all come with a black and white 16-page booklet and the deluxe LP is coloured black and white.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes / Stream

 

THE KILLS SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘SIBERIAN NIGHTS’

The Kills | 24/05/16

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With less than two weeks until the release of their sixth full-length album, Ash & Ice, The Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) are pleased to share the video for ‘Siberian Nights’, the third song from the record to be heard ahead of the June 3 release. ‘Siberian Nights’ was written by Hince, during a solo journey on the infamous Trans-Siberian Express. Directed by Giovanni Ribisi, the video reflects Hince’s “icy, paranoid” vision for the song. 

Says Ribisi:

"I've always looked at videos from a cultural perspective. Whether it's about a single, cultural event or some facet of the band. Over the course of making this video, what was there evolved into being something more abstract. However, during its early conception, I was enamored with a John Houston film called The Misfits. Ernst Haas was there during the making of it, taking photographs. His pictures were some of the many references for the video. The Kills have always been one of my favorite bands. Their music is undeniable. It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to work on this."

The Kills continue to tour the globe, previewing songs off the forthcoming release. All upcoming dates below, and tickets are on sale now.

May 25 || Minneapolis, MN || First Avenue
May 26 || Kansas City, KS || Midland Theatre
May 27 || Denver, CO || Ogden Theatre
May 28 || Salt Lake City, UT || The Depot
May 31 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
June 1 ||Seattle, WA || Showbox SoDo
June 2 || Portland, OR || Roseland Theater
June 4 || Oakland, CA || Fox Theater
June 9-12 || Newport, UK || Isle of Wight Festival
June 14 || Clermont-Ferrand, France || La Cooperative De Mai
June 16 || Madrid, Spain || Mad Cool Festival
June 29 || Euch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg || The Rockhal
July 1 || Marmande, France || Garorock Festival
July 2 || Normandy, France || Festival Beauregard
July 3 || Belfort, France || EUROCKEENNES
July 6 || Kiev, Ukraine || U-Park Festival
July 9 || Moscow, Russia || Park Live Festival
July 14 || Carhaix, France || Festival Les Vieilles Charrues
July 15 || Benicassim, Spain || Benicassim
July 22 || Byron Bay, Australia || Splendour In The Grass
July 23 || Melbourne, Australia || Forum Theatre
July 26 || Sydney, Australia || Enmore Theatre
July 28 || Auckland, New Zealand || Powerstation
July 29 || Wellington, New Zealand || Shed 6
Aug 6 || Katowice, Poland || Off Festival
Aug 7 || Prague, Czech Republic || Roxy
Aug 8 || Leipzig, Germany || Taubchenthal
Aug 9 || Copenhagen, Denmark || Vega
Aug 11 || Oslo, Norway || Oya Festival
Aug 12 || Stockholm, Sweden || Way Out West Festival
Aug 13 || Helsinki, Finland || Flow Festival
Aug 18 || Hasselt, Belgium || Pukkelpop
Aug 20 || St. Polen, Austria || Frequency Festival
Sept 2 || Pomona, CA || Fox Theater
Sept 3 || Los Angeles, CA || The Wiltern
Sept 4 || San Diego, CA || The Observatory
Sept 7 || Dallas, TX || Granada Theater
Sept 8 || Austin, TX || ACL Live At The Moody
Sept 9 || Houston, TX || White Oak Music Hall
Sept 12 || New Orleans, LA || House Of Blues
Sept 13 || Atlanta, GA || Buckhead Transfer
Sept 14 || Nashville, TN || Marathon Music Works
Sept 17 || Milwaukee, WI || The Rave
Sept 18 || Cincinatti, OH || Bogart’s
Sept 20 || Portland, ME || State Theatre
Sept 21 || Montreal, QC || Metropolis
Sept 23 || New York, NY || Terminal 5
Sept 29 || Manchester, UK || Albert Hall
Sept 30 || Glasgow, UK || 02 ABC
Oct 1 || Leeds, UK || Beckett Students Union
Oct 2 || Nottingham, UK || Rock City
Oct 4 || Oxford, UK || 02 Academy 1
Oct 5 || Bristol, UK || Anson Rooms
Oct 6 || Birmingham, UK || 02 Institute 1
Oct 7 || London, UK || Roundhouse *SOLD OUT
Oct 18 || Paris, France || Olympia *SOLD OUT
Oct 19 || Paris, France || Olympia
Oct 22 || Berlin, Germany || Tempodrom
Oct 23 || Hamburg, Germany || Große Freiheit 36
Oct 25 || Cologne, Germany || E-Werk
Oct 26 || Munich, Germany || Tonhalle
Oct 27 || Zurich, Switzerland || Volkhaus
Oct 29 || Milan, Italy || Fabrique
Oct 31 || Lyon, France || Le Radient
Nov 3 || Lisbon, Portugal || Lisbon Coliseum
Nov 8 || Nantes, France || Le Stereolux
Nov 9 || Brussels, Belgium || Arenbergschouwburg 

 

WILD BEASTS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM BOY KING, WATCH THE VIDEO FOR SINGLE 'GET MY BANG'

Wild Beasts | 23/05/16

Image: Wild Beasts press shot photo credit Tom Andrew

Wild Beasts have announced their new album Boy King. Their most direct and vital collection to date, the album is set for release on 5th August 2016 with its first single ‘Get My Bang’ also released today. The video for ‘Get My Bang’ was shot in Belgrade and directed by Olivier Groulx (Arcade Fire, alt-J, Scott Walker) featuring vocalist Hayden Thorpe’s twisted routine of Justin Timberlake-meets-Trent Reznor choreography.

Watch the video for new single ‘Get My Bang’ HERE

Listen to ‘Get My Bang’ on Spotify HERE

Listen to ‘Get My Bang’ on Apple Music HERE

Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".

A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop sensibility of Boy King - Fleming’s more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe’s own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas and producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out the raw power of Boy King. In the studio, the band kept up the intensity of the office hour routine they'd employed during writing sessions and, they say, responded well to Congleton's sober discipline. "He made us get in there, get on and do it," Fleming says. "English politeness never featured."

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same. 

Boy King will be released on heavyweight 12” vinyl including album download card, with a deluxe edition including a bonus 7” of two bonus songs available via the Wild Beasts online store. The album will also be released on standard and deluxe CD formats, with the deluxe edition including a 12-page booklet, as well as deluxe digital download. All deluxe editions include bonus material, Boy King Trash
 
Pre-order the deluxe 12” of Boy King via Wild Beasts’ online store HERE
Pre-order the standard 12” of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the deluxe CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the standard CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the deluxe digital download of Boy King via iTunes HERE


Wild Beasts will support the release of Boy King with a run of UK and European live dates in autumn 2016, including London’s Roundhouse on Tuesday 4th October. The dates follow summer festival appearances including a headline slot at Green Man Festival in August, with those dates preceded by two short residencies in Leeds and Brighton in July. Venue pre-sale tickets for October’s Oxford and London headline shows are available today and on general sale from Thursday and Friday at 9am respectively. All other regional headline dates are on general sale now. Ticket info can be found via the band’s website HERE
 
Forthcoming live dates are as follows, with UK live dates highlighted bold: - 
Sat 18 Jun 2016 Spain, MadCool Festival
Tue 26 Jul 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Weds 27 July 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thu 28 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market
Fri 29 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market
Thu 18 Aug 2016 UK, Green Man Festival
Fri 26 Aug 2016 UK, UK Electric Fields
Sat 27 Aug 2016 Finland, Helsinki Modern Sky Festival
Fri 02 Sep 2016 Netherlands, Into The Great Wide Open
Sun 04 Sep 2016 Ireland Electric Picnic
Sat 24 Sep 2016 Germany, Reeperbahn Festival
Wed 28 Sep 2016 UK, Bristol Motion
Thu 29 Sep 2016 UK, Oxford O2 Academy Oxford
Fri 30 Sep 2016 UK, Margate By The Sea Festival
Sat 01 Oct 2016 UK, Sheffield The Foundry
Mon 03 Oct 2016 UK, Cambridge The Junction
Tue 04 Oct 2016 UK, London The Roundhouse
Fri 07 Oct 2016 UK, Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Sat 08 Oct 2016 UK, Glasgow QMU
Sun 09 Oct 2016 UK, Manchester Academy
Wed 12 Oct 2016 Belgium, Brussels Botanique Orangeries
Thu 13 Oct 2016 France, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique
Fri 14 Oct 2016 France, Tourcoing Le Grand Mix
Sat 15 Oct 2016 France, Strasbourg La Laiterie
Sun 16 Oct 2016 Germany, Cologne Luxor
Tue 18 Oct 2016 Denmark, Copenhagen Pumpehuset
Thu 20 Oct 2016 Germany, Berlin Kesselhaus
Fri 21 Oct 2016 Czech Republic, Prague 1 Lucerna Music Bar
Sun 23 Oct 2016 Switzerland, Zurich, Rote FabricTue 25 Oct 2016 Italy, Milan, MagnoliaWed 26 Oct 2016 France, Lyon Epicure ModerneSat 29 Oct 2016 Spain, Bilbao BIME
 

 

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS SHARE VIDEO FOR 'MIRACLE ALIGNER'

The Last Shadow Puppets | 17/05/16

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The Last Shadow Puppets have shared the video for new single ‘Miracle Aligner’ – watch it now HERE. Taken from the number one album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, the new video was filmed in London and is the final video of the triptych from director Saam Farahmand, which included the videos for ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ (watch HERE) and ‘Aviation’ (watch HERE).

‘Miracle Aligner’, plus singles ‘Aviation’ and ‘Bad Habits’, feature on the band’s second album Everything You’ve Come To Expect which was released 1st April 2016. The new album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.

You can buy the album now via The Last Shadow Puppets storeDom Mart or iTunes.

The Last Shadow Puppets are also set for an extensive run of live dates, including festival appearances, as listed below : -

25 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

26 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

27 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

30 May: UK, Newcastle – City Hall

31 May: UK, Leicester – De Montfort Hall

2 June: France, Clermont Ferrand – Europavox Festival

3 June: Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Festival

5 June: Greece, Athens – Rockwave Festival

24 June: UK, Bristol – Lloyd’s Amphitheatre

22 – 26 June: UK, Pilton - Glastonbury

27 June: Germany, Cologne – E-Werk

28 June: Germany, Dresden - Schlachthof

29 June: Poland, Gydnia – Open’er Festival

1 July: France, Belfort – Eurokeennes Festival

3 July: Belgium, Werchter – Rock Werchter

5 July: Italy, Ferrara – Piazza Castello

6 July: Italy, Milan – Alcatraz

7 July: France, Lyon – Les Nuits de Fourviere

9 July: Scotland, Strathallan – T In The Park

10 July: UK, Manchester – Castlefield Bowl

12 July: UK, Bridlington – The Spa

13 July: UK, Bournemouth – BIC

15 July: UK, London – Alexandra Palace

16 July: UK, London – Alexandra Palace

10 August: Norway, Oslo – Oya Festival

16 August: Hungary, Budapest – Sziget Festival

19 – 21 August: Holland, Biddinghuizen - Lowlands Festival

23 August: Germany, Berlin – Columbiahalle

26-28 Aug: France, Paris – Rock en Seine

 

YORKSTON THORNE KHAN SHARE NEW LIVE VIDEO FOR ‘SONG FOR THIRZA’

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan | 06/05/16

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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan recently released the beautiful Broken Wave Live EP. The songs were taken from the Broken Wave Live sessions recorded at The Square Studio in East London. These sessions afforded the band an opportunity to showcase brawsome live versions of three songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album Everything Sacred – released earlier this year.

YTK are now pleased to share the video for ‘Song for Thirza’, the band’s reading of legendary songwriter and singer Lal Waterson’s original.

Elsewhere on the EP, ‘Broken Wave (A Blues for Doogie)’ is James Yorkston’s tribute to Doogie Paul – a powerful, tender lament to his old bass player and friend whilst Jon Thorne takes the lead on his yearning composition and album title track ‘Everything Sacred’.

You can catch the band live at the following shows:

Friday 6th May – Guildford, Boileroom

Saturday 7th May – Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

Friday 20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape

Saturday 11th June – London, Field Day

Tuesday 2nd August – Cork, Cyprus Avenue

Wednesday 3rd August – Kilkenny, Cleeres Bar & Theatre

Thursday 4th August – Galway, Roisin Dubh

Friday 5th August – Waterford, Phil Grimes

Saturday 6th August – Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre

Sunday 7th August – Dublin, The Workman’s Club

Wednesday 10th August – Edinburgh International Festival

18th – 21st August – Brecon Beacons, Green Man

Friday 26th August – Totnes, Sea Change

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. 

Buy the Broken Wave Live EP here. Buy the Everything Sacred CD/LP here.

 

WATCH WHITE LUNG'S 'BELOW' VIDEO

27/04/16

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With just a week to go before the release of their forthcoming album, Paradise, out on Domino on May 6th, White Lung has unveiled the video for single ‘Below.’ "This is my Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine Dion ballad," said lead singer Mish Barber-Way. "I needed to try to do a ballad about glamorous women. It's based on a quote by Camille Paglia, 'Beauty fades. Beauty is transient. That is why we value it,' she said. 'Feminism's failure to acknowledge that beauty is a value in itself, that even if a woman manages to achieve it for a particular moment, she has contributed something to the culture.' It's a song about the preservation of glamour and beauty."

Directed by Richard Bates Jr., the video stars AnnaLynne McCord along with other Marilyn Monroe look-alikes.

Richard Bates Jr. is known for his films Suburban Gothic and Excision. Bates said of the video, "White Lung play for an audience of impersonators who come to the realization that they've betrayed themselves in the pursuit of fame. ‘Below’ is a love-letter to influential female artists from the past. Our video serves to reinforce the notion that what makes an artist special cannot be manufactured." Both AnnaLynne McCord and Mish Barber-Way appear in Bates' most recent film Trash Fire.

White Lung have shared two tracks so far from their forthcoming album. The first, ‘Hungry,’ "is a tightly-wound, catchy-as-fuck invective played at a polished, breakneck velocity," said Pitchfork, who proclaimed it 'Best New Track.' And ‘Kiss Me When I Bleed,’ which also received the BNT distinction. Now with ‘Below’ the trio has given fans yet another taste of their deepest and most mature effort to date. They will tour extensively throughout Europe and North America this summer. Full list of dates below. 

For the making of Paradise, vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou reconnected in Los Angeles to work with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). White Lung spent a month in the studio, working closely with Stalfors to challenge what could be done with their songs. Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess the band are known for to the studio, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility, focusing in on making a record for the present - "I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016", said William. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet. 

Mish Barber-Way and Kenneth William sat down with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent to discuss the making of the album and their creative process. The entire conversation can be read here.

Paradise is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl, limited edition tri-glitter cassette, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

White Lung 2016 Tour Dates:

May 6 || Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground (Canadian Music Week)

May 7 || Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right (SOLD OUT)

May 24 || Brighton, UK - Green Door Store

May 25 || Bristol, UK - Start The Bus

May 26 || London, UK - Victoria

May 27 || Birmingham, UK - The Flapper

May 28 || Leeds, UK - Brudenell Games Room

May 29 || Manchester, UK - The Star & Garter

May 31 || Paris, France - Le Point Éphémère*

June 1 || Liege, BE - La Zone*

June 2 || The Hague, NL - Paard (Small Hall)*

June 3 || Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso*

June 4 || Berlin, Germany - Torstraßen Festival

June 5 || Antwerp, BE - Trix

June 17-18 || Vancouver, BC - Levitation

July 8 || Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

July 9 || San Diego, CA - Casbah

July 10 || Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

July 13 || Austin, TX - The Sidewinder

July 14 || Dallas, TX - Club Dada

July 16 || St Louis, MO - The Firebird

July 18 || Bloomington, IN - Bluebird^

July 19 || Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

July 20 || Detroit, MI - El Club

July 22-24 || Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival

July 24 || New York, NY - Panorama Music & Arts Festival

July 29-31 || Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival

July 30 || Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

August 1 || Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

August 2 || Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

Aug 3 || Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

August 4 || Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar

Aug 5 || Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Restaurant

August 6 || Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club

August 8 || Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will

August 10 || Calgary, AB - Commonwealth

August 12 || Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

August 13 || Seattle, WA - Neumos

August 15 || San Francisco, CA - The Independent

*=w/No Joy
^=w/Unknown Mortal Orchestra

 

VILLAGERS NOMINATED FOR AN IVOR NOVELLO ‘ALBUM AWARD’ FOR HIS 2015 LP DARLING ARITHMETIC

Villagers | 19/04/16

Image: Photo credit Andrew Whitton

We are delighted to announce that VillagersDarling Arithmetic has been nominated in the category Album Award, at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. 

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Released in April 2015, Darling Arithmetic is the third full length album from Villagers. O’Brien wrote, recorded, produced and mixed the album at his home – the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide, north of Dublin. It was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of 2010’s Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} and revealed a single-minded artist at the peak of his already considerable songwriting powers.

Previously nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, O’Brien is currently working on his fourth album.

Villagers will be playing a string of festivals this summer across Europe and North America.

Villagers live dates

Fri 1st July – Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain

Fri 1st-Sun 3rd July – Castlepalooza, Laois, Ireland

Thurs 14th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon

Sat 16th July – Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Sat 23rd July – Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Sun 24th July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI

 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE KILLS' 'HEART OF A DOG'

The Kills | 18/04/16

Image: Heart Of A Dig video still

The Kills have unveiled the second music video from their highly anticipated fifth album, Ash & Ice. Heart Of A Dog” premiered on the Coachella festival live stream immediately before the band’s blistering energetic performance on Friday evening. The video was directed by Sophie Muller who has worked with the band in the past (“U.R.A Fever,” “Cheap and Cheerful,” “Last Days of Magic” and “Satellite”). Ash & Ice will be released on June 3rd through Domino.

The band adds: We are very very especially pleased to release our new music video for “Heart of A Dog!” It was shot all day and into the night in Los Angeles by our dear friend, the tremendous talent, Sophie Muller. We love this video. We love it because it’s fucking fun. Muscle cars and backflips. Palms trees and cacti. Dogs and dice. Neon and sunshine. We hope you love it as much as we do. VROOM VROOM. Love, The Kills. 

Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, The Kills have released four records. Each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui, yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making. 

The Kills’ forthcoming European run in May is now sold out.  The band will be returning in the autumn, for shows including London’s Roundhouse on the 7th of October  - general on-sale for the new dates is on Friday at 10am CET. All dates are listed below.

The Kills Tour Dates

April 18 Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre (SOLD OUT)

April 19 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

April 22 Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)

May 1 Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg (SOLD OUT)

May 3 Paris, FR - La Cigale (SOLD OUT)

May 4 London, UK - Village Underground (SOLD OUT)

May 13 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival

May 14 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

May 15 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

May 19 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT)

May 21 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

May 22 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall

May 23 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

May 25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

May 26 Kansas City, KS - Midland Theatre

May 27 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

May 28 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

May 31 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

June 1 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

June 2 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

June 4 San Francisco, CA - Fox Theater

June 9 - 12 Newport, UK - Isle of Wight Festival

June 14 Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative De Mai

June 16 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival

June 29 Euch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – The Rockhal

July 1 Marmande, France – Garorock Festival

July 2 Normandy, France – Festival Beauregard

July 3 Belfort, France - EUROKEENES

July 6 Kiev, Ukraine - U-Park Festival

July 9 Moscow, Russia - Park Live Festival

July 14 Carhaix, France - Festival Les Vieilles Charrues

July 15 Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim

July 22 Byron Bay NSW, Australia - Splendour In The Grass

August 6 Katowice, Poland - Off Festival

August 7 Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy

August 8 Leipzig, Germany – Taubchenthal

August 9 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega

August 11 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival

August 12 Stockholm, Sweden – Way Out West Festival

August 13 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival

August 18 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop

August 20 St. Polen, Austria – Frequency Festival

September 29 Manchester, UK - Albert Hall*

September 30 Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC*

October 1 Leeds, UK - Beckett Students’ Union*

October 2 Nottingham, UK - Rock City*

October 4 Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 1*

October 5 Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms*

October 6 Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 1*

October 7 London, UK - Roundhouse*

October 18 Paris, France - Olympia*

October 22 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom*

October 23 Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit 36*

October 25 Cologne, Germany - E-Werk*

October 26 Munich, Germany - Tonhalle*

October 27 Zurich, Switzerland - Volkhaus*

October 29 Milan, Italy - Fabrique*

October 31 Lyon, France - Le Radient*

November 3 Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseum*

November 8 Nantes, France - Le Stéréolux*

November 9 Brussels, Belgium - Arenbergschouwburg*

*on sale April 22nd at 10am local time

Ash & Ice is available to pre-order now on 2xLP, CD, and digital download. Pre-order digitally and receive “Doing It To Death” and “Heart Of A Dog” instantly. Pre-order: The Kills / iTunes


 

YOUR FRIEND SHARES VIDEO FOR GUMPTION

Your Friend | 15/04/16

Image: Your Friend - photo credit Crystal Lee Ferris

Your Friend is currently wrapping up a tour with Porches and Alex G in support of her debut album, Gumption, out now on Domino.  Ahead of her last week on the road in the United States, The FADER has premiered a new video for title track, “Gumption,” directed by Dan Huiting.

On the video’s concept, Huiting explains, “When I first heard this song I immediately had two images come into my mind. One was person trudging through the snow from overhead, and second was an overhead shot of that person stopping in front of a burning car. There's something about fire that is so mesmerizing to me.”

Taryn Miller aka Your Friend elaborates on the making of the “Gumption” video, “"I feel really fortunate to have worked with Dan. I've been a fan of his work for a long time. It was wild getting to see the fire footage after the fact since I was facedown in the ice for those shots. It was painfully cold but I would get hit with this wave of heat as the flames grew and it felt amazing in this strange way. In that, I couldn't see but only experience it physically."

TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

Thu. Apr. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

Fri. Apr. 15 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

Sat. Apr. 16 - Harrisburg, PA @ MakeSpace

Sun. Apr. 17 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba

Mon. Apr. 18 - Champaign, IL @ Accord

Tue. Apr. 19 - St. Louis, MO @ The Stage

Fri. Apr. 22 - Lawrence, KS @ Urban Outfitters

Mon. May 2 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^

Tue. May 3 - Austin, TX @ The Parish ^

Thu. May 5 - Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival

 

* with Alex G & Porches

^ w/ San Fermin

Purchase Gumption:

Dom MartiTunes

 

YORKSTON THORNE KHAN RELEASE BROKEN WAVE LIVE EP

15/04/16

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The trio of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan return with the beautiful new ‘Broken Wave Live’ EP.  The tracks on the EP are taken from the Broken Wave Live sessions recorded at The Square studio in east London. These sessions afforded the band an opportunity to showcase poignant live versions of three songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album ‘Everything Sacred’.

Lead track ‘Broken Wave (A Blues For Doogie)’ is James Yorkston’s tribute to Doogie Paul– a powerful, tender lament to his old bass player and friend. You can watch the Liam Saint Pierre directed video for the song, shot at The Square during recording, HERE.   Jon Thorne then takes the lead on his yearning composition and album title track ‘Everything Sacred’, followed by the band’s sensitive reading of legendary songwriter and singer Lal Waterson’s ‘Song For Thirza’.  

Buy the ‘Broken Wave Live’ EP HERE.

You can catch the band live at the following shows:

Friday 6th May – Guildford, Boileroom

Saturday 7th May – Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

Thursday 19th May – Saturday 21st May – Brighton, The Great Escape

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th June – London, Field Day

5th August – 29th August – Edinburgh International Festival

Sunday 7th August – Dublin, The Workman’s Club

Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st August – Brecon Beacons, Green Man

The launch of James Yorkstons’ new novel ‘Three Craws’ will take place at The City Café in Edinburgh on Thursday the 28th of April – more information about the novel can be found HERE and the event HERE

 

QUASI TO REISSUE R&B TRANSMOGRIFICAITON, FEATURING "BIRDS" AND FIELD STUDIES ON JUNE 10TH

Quasi | 14/04/16

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Domino are proud to reissue Quasi’s first three studio albums, 1997’s R&B Transmogrification, 1998’s Featuring “Birds” and 1999’s Field Studies on June 10th.

Stream R&B Transmogrification’s ‘Ballad of Mechanical Man’, Featuring “Birds”’s ‘The Poisoned Well’ and Field Studies ‘Birds’ here.

Some bands – not every band – hit a hot streak. A year or two, or three, where they can’t do wrong for doing right; where every song suggests another two; where all the mistakes are in tune and in time, and the bandmembers are finishing each other’s riffs and fills. Talking Heads, 1978–80. The Fall, 1979–82. Sonic Youth, 1986–88. Wu-Tang, 1994–97.

Quasi, 1997-1999: R&B Transmogrification, Featuring “Birds”, Field Studies.

Indie rock had seen power duos before: Guv’ner, Royal Trux, Buckingham-Nicks, the Carpenters – but they’d never sounded like Quasi. Drumming like a controlled detonation; mutant blues coming out of an electric harpsichord or guitar by turns. Backwards through the backwoods of AM pop and Pebbles psych to create a new form: bar-room baroque. Honey-golden multitracked vocals and some of the bleakest, black-eyed, black-hearted lyrics put to paper since Lou Reed woke up in a bad mood. And all played with the kind of ramshackle ease that only comes from weeks of practice, months in the van, and serious chops.

Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes first collaborated in 1990 as Motorgoat, but by 1993 they had become Quasi. These initial excursions would later be re-released as Early Recordings, but 1997’s R&B Transmogrification is where they define their double act. On drums and harmonies, Weiss is all low-key Bonham-ie, power with poise. On top Coomes’ Roxichord makes you wonder how the electronic harpsichord never took off, its low-end crunch with top notes sounding like Ray Manzarek with a Superfuzz. A treacherous lyrical undertow is always there, catching you as you sing along to sweet pop hooks about death, hopelessness – or the illusions of the atomic family on ‘Mama, Papa, Baby’: “One plus one plus one is nothing.” Yet musically Coomes and Weiss are always greater than the sum of their parts. They just fit together, like a two-piece jigsaw puzzle. You float out of R&B Transmogrification on the dislocated cosmic guitars of ‘Clouds’, a little transmogrified yourself.

From Weiss’s opening salvo, and the first action-painting splatter of Coomes’ keyboard on ‘Our Happiness is Guaranteed’, Featuring “Birds” is Quasi at their peak, melding jams-kicking rock’n’roll, punk action, and chord shifts that feel like the change of a season. The success of Weiss’s other group, Sleater-Kinney, in the meantime was clearly only firing up, rather than undercutting Quasi. The songs slide from science fictional dystopia on ‘Our Happiness is Guaranteed’ and ‘I Never Want to See You Again’, to wage-slave class war on ‘The Happy Prole’ and ‘Sea Shanty’. As for ‘It’s Hard to Turn Me On’ and ‘California’, how can songs about anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure, feel so good? Mixing uppers and downers isn’t usually advised, but Weiss and Coomes use it to make a musical space that feels unique to Quasi. 

Closing in on the millennium, both feet on the pedals, Field Studies arrives in 1999. Organ edges out the Roxichord, making for a sound less jagged and more floating – like the protagonist of ‘The Star You Left Behind’, drifting out into an infinite void.  Does Field Studies have an Elliott Smith turn to the harmonies? They do share that heady hit of sweet-sour power-pop – or maybe both Quasi and Smith have a Heatmiser influence, given that’s the Portland band that Coomes and Smith had played in together. As one of their biggest fans, ‘Clouds’ was one of Smith’s favourite live covers. And Smith plays bass on three of Field Studies’ tracks, returning the favour for the many live shows in which Weiss and Coomes were his backing group. “I live underground on the dark side of town”, sings Coomes, but Field Studies is brilliantly lit with tunes that positively glow, and if the settings and arrangements are little more orderly than Featuring “Birds”, it’s only to heighten those accents.

The rest is history: Sword of God, Hot Shit!, When the Going Gets Dark, American Gong, and, most recently in 2013, Mole City, the late-arriving Tusk of the American indie tradition, four sprawling sides of old joys and new directions. Don’t stop; never stop. “You won’t live long / but you may write the perfect song” sings Coomes on ‘The Poisoned Well’. Quasi wrote more than a few, so if you don’t know these three albums, come on in: your happiness is guaranteed. 

These three seminal albums will be reissued on vinyl and CD plus will be available on all digital formats. All three albums are available packaged together exclusively through Domino Mart.

Pre-order the Quasi bundle on vinyl from Dom Mart.

Pre-order R&B Transmogrification from Dom Mart.

Pre-order Featuring “Birds” from Dom Mart and buy it digitally here.

Pre-order Field Studies from Dom Mart and buy it digitally here.

 

JULIA HOLTER ANNOUNCES FULL UK TOUR FOR NOVEMBER, FURTHER EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES ADDED

Julia Holter | 14/04/16

Image: Julia Holter image - photo credite Tonje Thilesen

Having recently confirmed her biggest headline show to date in the UK – at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London on November 14th – Julia Holter is now pleased to announce the rest of her European tour with further UK stops at Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Newcastle and Brighton. Tickets for the new shows go on sale Friday 15th April at 10am GMT. Circuits Des Yeux has been announced as the tour support from Nov 11th – Nov 21st.

Julia Holter will be playing a string of festivals this summer including Green Man Festival, Primavera Sound, Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago), La Route Du Rock and Iceland Airwaves.

Additionally Holter will release live favourite ‘Sea Calls Me Home’ as a single on May 21st, taken from her dazzling & widely acclaimed fourth album Have You In My Wilderness.

Upcoming live dates

15th May – FORM: Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ TIX

19-21st May – Moogfest, Durham, NC TIX

30th May – Sasquatch Festival, Georgia, WA TIX

2nd June – Kilbi Festival, Düdingen, Switzerland TIX

4th June – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona TIX

6th June – Le 106, Rouen TIX *

7th June – Les Nuits De Botanique Festival, Brussels TIX *

9th June – NOS Primavera Sound Festival, Porto TIX

23rd June – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Calgary, AB TIX

15-17th July – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL TIX

6 & 7th August – Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR TIX

11th August – Øya Festival, Oslo TIX

12th August – Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg TIX

13th August – Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern-Rees, Germany TIX

14th August – La Route Du Rock Festival, Saint-Malo TIX

16th August – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam TIX *

18th August – DR Studio 2, Copenhagen TIX *

21st August - Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons TIX

28th August – FYF Festival, Los Angeles, CA TIX

31st August – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA TIX *

1st September – The Old Redwood Barn, Sonoma, CA TIX *

3-6th November – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik TIX

8th November – Arts Carmarlis Festival, Katowice TIX

11th November – Gaite Lyrique, Paris TIX * ^

12th November – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht TIX  ^

14th November – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London TIX * ^

15th November – Cathedral, Manchester TIX * ^

16th November – The Sage, Newcastle TIX * ^

17th November – Art School, Glasgow TIX * ^

 19th November – Vicar Street, Dublin TIX * ^

20th November – Anson Rooms, Bristol TIX * ^

21st November – Concorde 2, Brighton TIX * ^

* = Headline shows

^ = Support from Circuits Des Yeux

 
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