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

Sam Coomes | 21/07/16

Image: Sam Coomes press shot

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

Image: back on black pavement image

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

Image: Blood Orange freetown sound launch shot

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

Image: Sam Coomes press shot

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

Image: The Kills

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 

 
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