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FLASHER SIGN TO DOMINO, SHARE NEW SONG 'SKIM MILK'

Flasher | 08/03/18

Image: Flasher press photo

Since they appeared with their self-titled, self-released EP back in 2016, Washington, DC trio Flasher has exuded both clarity of intent and radiant self-confidence. Critically applauded from the start, that initial release offered a clear blueprint. By turns razor sharp and woozy, skipping from shoegaze to punk and back again, it offered confirmation of a band whose wiry energy and melodic ease made them instantly arresting.

 

Today, Flasher announce their signing to Domino. They've also shared a new video and song, the exhilarating ‘Skim Milk’. The band describes the song and video below:

 

“The themes in ‘Skim Milk’ and its video might be described as being haunted by your own desire for belonging. We’re not bemoaning “no future, no fate”, we’re advocating for it. From getting a mortgage, to going to college, to crafting public policy, folks are always telling you to think of your future, to make choices in the name of some future. But most folks don’t have the privilege to live outside the present. This kind of future tense, aspirational bullshit means being held hostage by a future that’s already abandoned you. We’d rather escape to something new and unknown than hold out for a good life that hates us and expects us to make lemonade out of miserableness. Instead of holding out and hanging on, we're here to tell you (and ourselves) - “go.””

 

Watch 'Skim Milk' here.

Stream ‘Skim Milk’ here.

 

Flasher are Taylor Mulitz (guitar), Daniel Saperstein (bass) and Emma Baker (drums).

 

Flasher North America tour dates

Wed. March 14 - Adhoc Unofficial SXSW Day Party @ Cheer Up Charlies (1:45 PM)

Thu. March 15 - Brooklyn Vegan Unofficial Day Party @ Cheer Up Charlies (TBD)

Thu. March 15 - Event DC eSports + Music Showcase @ Antone’s (8:00 PM)

Thu. March 15 - Levitation Fest Official SXSW Showcase @ Hotel Vegas (9:15 PM)

Sat. Mar. 17 - Mesa, AZ @ The Underground w/ Ought

Sun. Mar. 18 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Ought

Mon. Mar. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom w/ Ought

Tue. Mar. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Ought

Thu. Mar. 22 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/ Ought

Fri. Mar. 23 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Ought

Sat. Mar. 24 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt w/ Ought

Mon. Mar. 26 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse w/ Ought

Tue. Mar. 27 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos w/ Ought

Thu. Mar. 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club w/ Ought

Fri. Mar. 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Ought

Sat. Mar. 31 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Ought

Mon. Apr. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Ought

Tue. Apr. 3 - Milvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Ought

Sun. Apr. 15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory w/ The Breeders

Mon. Apr. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand at The Complex w/ The Breeders

Wed. Apr. 18 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre w/ The Breeders

Thu. Apr. 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater w/ The Breeders

Wed. Apr. 25 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City w/ The Breeders

Mon. Apr. 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel w/ The Breeders

Fri. July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party


 Stay tuned for more Flasher announcements coming soon.

 

JON HOPKINS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, SINGULARITY, OUT 4TH MAY

Jon Hopkins | 06/03/18

Image: Jon Hopkins launch photo

Domino is very proud to mark the return of Jon Hopkins and his new album, Singularity, his first since 2013’s breakthrough, Immunity. Singularity is due for release on 4th May 2018. Along with news of Singularity, Hopkins has shared ‘Emerald Rush’ the first track to be released from the album. Listen to the track and watch the animated video, directed by Robert Hunter & Elliot Dear HERE. 

Watch the video for ‘Emerald Rush’ HERE.

Listen to ‘Emerald Rush’ on streaming services HERE.

In addition to news of Singularity, Hopkins has announced a run of live dates across the UK & Europe with US dates to be announced shortly. He will also be making a number of festival appearances in 2018. 

Singularity begins and ends on the same note: a universe beginning, expanding, and contracting towards the same infinitesimal point. Where Immunity – his hypnotic breakthrough LP – charted the dark alternative reality of an epic night out, Singularity explores the dissonance between dystopian urbanity and the green forest. It is a journey that returns to where it began – from the opening note of foreboding to the final sound of acceptance.

Shaped by his experiences with meditation and trance states, the album flows seamlessly from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient. Its epic musical palette is visceral and emotionally honest: with a destructive opener full of industrial electronics and sonic claustrophobia and a redemptive, pure end on solo piano.

Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, Singularity reflects the different psychological states Hopkins experienced while writing and recording. It is a transformative trip of defiance from his initial sense of frustration at the state of the contemporary world to the ultimate conclusion that a true sense of peace and belonging can only come from nature.

Singularity is intended to be listened to in one sitting, as a complete body of work.

Singularity tracklist

Singularity
Emerald Rush
Neon Pattern Drum
Everything Connected
Feel First Life
C O S M
Echo Dissolve
Luminous Beings
Recovery

Singularity (WIG352) will be released on special edition double gatefold coloured LP with photographic print, standard LP, CD and digitally. You can also pre-save the album on Spotify here. 

Pre-order Singularity now: Deluxe LP / Deluxe CD / LP / CD / Digitally

JON HOPKINS SINGULARITY LIVE TOUR 2018

10.10 - Rockefeller – Oslo
12.10 - Den Grå Hal - Copenhagen
18.10 - Vicar Street – Dublin
19.10- SWG3 – Glasgow
20.10 - Paradiso for ADE – Amsterdam
24.10 - Ancienne Belgique – Brussels
25.10 - Astra – Berlin
26.10 - Le Trianon – Paris
02.11 - Brixton Academy – London
17.11 – Boiler Shop – Newcastle
22.11 – Albert Hall - Manchester

JON HOPKINS SINGULARITY FESTIVAL & DJ APPEARANCES 2018

30.03 - Invisible Wind Factory – Liverpool (DJ Set)
06.04 -  Ääniwalli – Helsinki (DJ Set)
07.04 -  Sónar İstanbul – Istanbul (DJ Set)
19.05 – Festival of Disruption – New York
25.05 - Villette Sonique – Paris
26.05 - Department – Stockholm (DJ Set)
02.06 - Primavera – Barcelona
09.06 - Park Life – Manchester
15.06 - Maifeld Derby – Mannheim
23.06 - Body & Soul - Co.Westmeath
29.06 - Down The Rabbit Hole – Ewijk
30.06- ASTRO Festival – Milan
11.07 - DOUR Festival – Dour
13.07 - Melt! Festival – Ferropolis
14.07 - Lovebox Festival – London (DJ Set)
15.07 - Latitude Festival - Henham Park
20.07 - Colours Of Ostrava – Ostrava
26.07 - WWW K - Tokyo
26-27.07 - Fuji Rock Festival - Niigata
03.08 - OFF Festival – Katowice
04.08 - Wilderness Festival - Cornbury Park
31.08 - Dimensions Festival – Pula

All tickets for UK and European solo shows will be available on general sale Friday 9th March at 10am via http://jonhopkins.co.uk 

Jon Hopkins online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

THE KILLS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE; “LIST OF DEMANDS” OUT TODAY

The Kills | 01/03/18

Image: The Kills

For their latest attack, the Domino artists The Kills re-wired the circuits of Saul Williams’ “List of Demands (Reparations)” to create a wounded, volcanic, and urgent anthem. An opaque but powerful litany that could incite the most apathetic to action, a wake-up call capable of being interpreted as personal or political. The song comes backed with a dazzling cover of Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’ Razor”. Artwork for the single was created especially for the release by  Shepard Fairey.

 

The greatest duos teeter on the cliff’s edge between chaos and equilibrium, salvation and obliteration, 10,000-watt voltage and gothic darkness. For a decade and a half, The Kills have mastered that savage balance, unleashing artful detonation and subtle vocal and guitar violence. That’s five albums and four EPs where Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince reimagined the possibilities of modern duality—alchemizing garage rock, punk, and blues into smoke clouds, psychic carnage, and a smoldering nocturnal slink. A northwest passage between Outkast and Suicide.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “LIST OF DEMANDS” HERE

 (directed by Ben Strebel)

PRE-ORDER THE 7” HERE

 

“It’s a song of strength and empowerment, rooted in the idea of rising above,” Mosshart says. “It was one of those songs you’re almost scared to cover, because it carries so much respect. It wasn’t a straight up love song or a drug song. It was defined, serious, and perfect already. With certain songs, you feel like an intruder trying to sing them, but this one felt like my own.”

 

You can only cover a classic by successfully re-inventing it from the foundation up. In this instance, Mosshart and Hince slowed down Williams’ blistering post-punk and quasi-rap testament to political courage, to something resembling slightly sped-up dub—full of booming drums, gorgeous negative space, and Mosshart’s concealed dagger yawp.

 

The Williams original carried a special resonance after becoming one of the backstage jams regularly played before Kills’ shows. The banger you play to hype yourself prior to getting on-stage and trying to conquer the world. Williams’ lyrics brilliantly double as self-motivational propulsion and a poetic indictment of various iniquities. It’s somehow vague enough to allow for any application, but it’s as personal as blood dripping on a ransom note.

 

Decamping to the legendary Sunset Sound in Hollywood with producer Chris Coady, The Kills recorded both songs in three days. Until they entered the studio, they’d never sat down and played either. It took myriad approaches at varying tempos—searching for the right groove they found it. Only when they slowed it down to double time did the new haunting melody emerge.

 

List of Demands” was so impactful to us—it was the kind of song that would come on backstage and everyone would stop what they were doing and stand up, “ Hince says. “The more I found myself listening to the lyrics, the more I heard in them, and found myself singing along with goose bumps. The brilliant thing about it is that it speaks to so many different ideas—a true underground thing like the best Iggy Pop songs.”

 

Saul Williams returned the compliment, waxing rhapsodically about The Kills’ tribute. “I always felt envious of the way the 60's generation shared songs and ideologies. Jimi singing Dylan. Rotary Connection singing Otis Redding. The Stones singing the blues,” Williams said. “This is all part of the beauty and power of music and it reverberates deeply in me. All this to say, I'm honored. I liked The Kills before they chose to cover ‘LOD.’ If they can feel themselves in that song, it's because they are as much a part of it as I am.”

 

It’s an affirmation of the profound meaning that a song can inhabit, particularly in times of turmoil and duress. The Kills channeled those past nexuses, creating a new form from biblical material, another attack on complacency, a tribute to the joys of flux, a transmission that carries on the unwavering belief that some things must change.

 

Artist Shepard Fairey, whose striking image was created for the single’s sleeve art, says, “I've been a fan of The Kills for years, and I initially loved them because I can't say no to great garage rock with attitude, grit, and a vocalist in Alison Mosshart with a ridiculous amount of heart and soul. In recent years though, they've turned into even more than that. They’re now great songwriters who have stayed true to their roots but also expanded their musical palette. When Alison and Jamie approached me about doing the art for the song “List of Demands” and shared their version of the song, I was excited both because I love their version of the song, and I think it's a song that makes sense for the state of things in the world right now. We need music that speaks to the struggles of the average person in the face of oppressive powers. The art I created was meant to reflect the sentiment of the song and the idea that people have power in numbers and are looking back at those in power with their hands up, making their demands. The do-it-yourself spirit of punk rock and activist propaganda influenced the art and design.

 

The Kills have announced upcoming US shows, with all going on sale tomorrow. Saul Williams will join The Kills for the LA show in August, and as their very special guest will play a full set prior to The Kills taking the stage. The band will be returning to London, supporting Foo Fighters at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday the 23rd of June.  See below for worldwide dates. Get your tickets from: http://thekills.tv/

 

Monday May 14 || Lincoln Theater || Washington DC *

Tuesday May 15 || Union Transfer || Philadelphia, PA *

Monday June 4 || Kosmonavt || St Petersberg, Russia

Wednesday June 6 || Glavclub || Moscow, Russia

Saturday June 9 || Best Kept Secret || Hilvaranbeek, Netherlands

Sunday June 10 || Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld || Hamberg, Germany **

Wednesday June 13 || Stadt de Suisse || Berne, Switzerland **

Thursday June 14 || Firenze Rocks || Florence, Italy **

Sunday June 17 || Maifeld Derby Festival || Mannheim, Germany

Saturday June 23 || Olympic Stadium || London, UK **

Monday June 25 || In Music Festival || Zagreb, Croatia

Friday June 29 || Volt Festival || Budapest, Hungary

Saturday June 30 || Aerodrome Festival || Prague, Czech Republic

Monday August 13 || Regent Theatre || Los Angeles, CA ***
Tuesday August 14 || Glasshouse || Pomona CA
Wednesday August 16 || Belly Up Club || Aspen, CO

* with Dream Wife

** with Foo Fighters  

*** with Saul Williams

 

The Kills’ last release was their much-lauded June 2016 album Ash & Ice, which spawned the singles “Doing It To Death” and “Heart Of A Dog”. The band toured the album for 18 months performing at multiple festivals, including Coachella and David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, and performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Conan. They appeared in the recent Nashville episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN, in which Alison toured Nashville with Bourdain before the band played a song live for a scene in the show.

 

ALEXIS TAYLOR ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'BEAUTIFUL THING'

Alexis Taylor | 19/02/18

Image: Press shot

Beautiful Thing, the forthcoming solo album from Alexis Taylor will be released on April 20th via Domino. It is a very new, very individualist and – yes – very beautiful reflection of a life that's changed immeasurably since Alexis first started out in music. This is a musician, writer and singer who has carved his own unique path through the music of the 21st century, completely avoiding getting trapped along the way in dumb oppositions of pop vs avant-garde, dancefloor vs intellect, retro vs modernist and so on. He has worked with living legends from major pop stars to free improvisors in the furthest left field, played huge arenas and tiny clubs without ever privileging one over the other, and through all of it, never stopped listening and learning. All of this accumulated experience is put to work on Beautiful Thing in pursuit of something subtle and elusive but ultimately quite profound and beautifully human. 

Taylor’s fourth album also represents the first time Alexis has made a solo album with a producer, that producer being Tim Goldsworthy, co-founder of Mo Wax and DFA Recordings and member of UNKLE.

Today, Alexis is pleased to share the video for the album’s title track and the track that kick-started the recording process with Goldsworthy. With ‘Beautiful Thing’, Alexis combines experimental, clattering noises with crazed, disco lavishness and bug-eyed acid house momentum to create something giddy and glorious. The video, directed by Edwin Burdis, is a suitably compelling counterpart.

Watch the video for ‘Beautiful Thing’ here. Stream here.

The upcoming record is a bold and confident step forward for Alexis both sonically and in terms of his songwriting abilities. It has electronic thrills, dark spaces, memories of dancefloors, heartfelt writing; it's composed, it's improvised, it's accidental, it's strange, but it's also very immediate. It is a beautiful thing itself:  a moving, modern and unique sounding long-player, to get lost in on repeated deep listens.

Beautiful Thing is available to pre-order on deluxe heavyweight gatefold vinyl (with 3 bonus tracks), gatefold vinyl, CD and digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

Album tracklisting:

  1. Dreaming Another Life
  2. Beautiful Thing
  3. Deep Cut
  4. Roll on Blank Tapes
  5. Suspicious of Me
  6. A Hit Song
  7. Oh Baby
  8. There’s Nothing To Hide
  9. I Feel You
  10. Out of Time
 

Additionally, Alexis has announced a run of tour dates in UK and Europe including London’s Omeara, where he will be playing accompanied by Susumu Mukai (aka Zongamin) on bass and Leo Taylor (The Invisible, Hot Chip) on drums. 

Upcoming live dates

Tues 17th April – Fleece, Bristol Tickets

Wed 18th April – Ruby Lounge, Manchester Tickets

Thurs 19th April – Patterns, Brighton Tickets

Fri 20th April – Omeara, London Tickets

Tues 24th April – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Tickets

Wed 25th April – Artheater, Cologne Tickets

Thurs 26th April – Badaboum, Paris Tickets

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Alexis Taylor Online

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS SHARE NEW SONG 'MIDDLE AMERICA'

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks | 07/02/18

Image: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks press shot

Today, Portland, OR’s Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks release new single ‘Middle America’ - the first new music to surface from the group since 2014.

Listen to ‘Middle America’ here

On ‘Middle America’, Malkmus’s wry wordplay and sunny twang create an ode to underdogs everywhere, with bittersweet words of encouragement for the ramshackle character on their receiving end.   Only SM & the Jicks can craft this kind of brightly low-key anthem, a perfect three-minute-thirty-second country-speckled gem about life’s questions big (the inevitable passage of time; aging) and small (getting shitfaced; blushing the color of Robitussin). 

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks will tour North America in the summer, hitting major markets including Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland.  Fans can likely expect a further taste of new music, on top of the band’s beloved catalogue.  Full tour dates below.

US Tour Dates:

1st June - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
2nd June - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room at Colectivo
3rd June - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
5th June - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
6th June - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
7th June - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
8th June - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
9th June - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
11th June - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
12th June - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
14th June - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
16th June - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
17th June - Washington, DC - Black Cat
19th June - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
20th June - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre
21st June - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
22nd June - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
23rd June - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
17th July - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
18th July - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
22nd July - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
25th July - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
26th July - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
27th July - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
28th July - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
29th July - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
31st July - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
1st August - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
3rd August - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
4th August - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
5th August - Portland, OR - Star Theater

 

CROWS FEET ARE INGRAINED ON MY FACE: A TRIBUTE TO MARK E. SMITH

The Fall | 25/01/18

Image: Mark E Smith Domino

 

Crows Feet Are Ingrained On My Face

A tribute to Mark E. Smith by Richard King.

In 2010, following the success of the Von Südenfed record, it was agreed that Domino would release the next album by The Fall. I was charged with writing the biography for the release and was given a number to ring in order to speak with Mark E. Smith. Elena Poulou answered the phone and in the background I could hear a raucous noise I assumed to be the band rehearsing. Although this was unlikely as I was calling Mark and Elena at their home.

'Sorry,' Elena said as the noise increased in volume and now included laughter and animated shouting 'could you call tomorrow same time, it's not convenient'.

When I telephoned the next day Elena answered once again, apologised for the day before as Mark came briskly to the phone.

'Alright, yeah' he said  'we're going to get this record out. What’s taking so long?' Mark E Smith then chuckled and for the next ten minutes he spoke with the combination of politeness, indignation and occasional contrariness on which his reputation rested.

I asked him about the new album's opening track 'Bury Parts 1 & 3', 'I fucking hate the place' he said, as well as the album's closing number 'Weather Report 2' a song that shared an emotional tenderness and tone with 'Bill Is Dead' from the 1992 album Extricate.

'Well,’ he continued 'I really like the band at the moment and think it’s the best we've sounded. I mean I would say that but I mean it.'

The defining characteristic of 'Weather Report 2' and 'Bill Is Dead' is the rarely heard vulnerability in Smith's voice and a lyric in which he talks openly and dramatically about his life. There was a pause that indicated this brief moment of sentimentality was sufficient and that our conversation had now ended.

Your Future Our Clutter was well received and continued the momentum The Fall had regained at the turn of the century, when a run of strong releases, the renewed interest in Post Punk and their discovery by a new generation led to one of their most energetic and popular periods.

No one would ever doubt Smith's work ethic but by the late 1990s his well-documented behavioural problems, together with the sense of The Fall operating on a treadmill of contractual obligations and cash in hand reissues had curdled his doggedness. Some of the records from this period such as Levitate and The Marshall Suite are eerie in a way few other Fall records are eerie. On them Smith sounds under resourced, both financially and emotionally, to resist his investiture as an Indie National Treasure. A situation he clearly finds intolerable. The productivity rate of the prole art threat had by now threatened the band’s future. At the concert I attended at Dingwalls in '98 the band played as a trio of Smith, Julia Nagle and a drummer, Kate Themen. For ten minutes towards the end the choreographer Michael Clarke joined them on bass. Many present found the performance riveting, but I suspect most assumed they had witnessed the band's final London concert.

Parts of their subsequent survival lie in the regard and mystique with which The Fall were held outside the UK. In the record shop I worked in almost twenty-five years ago, I came close to convincing a young Will Oldham to part with a portion of his fee from the previous night's concert for a mint copy of Fall In A Hole. On a visit to the Domino office Bill Callahan once enquired about the merits of 1997's Levitate, a record very few people I knew had bothered listening to. And despite his regular criticism of the band, Pavement covered The Classical from Hex Enduction Hour for a Peel Session that year. Its inclusion moved the DJ to send the band a personal note of thanks.

It's not difficult to imagine how exotic the early Fall must have seemed to young people in America with enquiring minds. On the 1981 live album A Part Of America Therein, the band are introduced as being from the 'From the riot torn streets of Manchester, England'. The Fall's music of that era is as evocative of Britain in the early 1980s as any World In Action documentary. The lyrics to 'Winter' feature a 'cleaning lady', 'alcoholics dry out house', and a 'feminist Austin maxi with anti nuclear sticker'. The accompanying music is played by a band with a listlessness that, like much of the country at the time, is almost pathological.

The performance the band gave on the Peel session version of 'Winter' is particularly dramatic. On many of these recordings Smith's voice is often louder in the mix and the BBC studio arrangements clearly suited the band. Perhaps Smith was also aware how symbiotic the relationship between The Fall, the radio session and the DJ had become. These were sessions listened to by people who resisted the idea of Smith as an avuncular curmudgeon. They saw him more as an avant-garde Johnny Cash: a man in a black leather jacket and the same neat haircut who was incapable of stopping and whose eyes had become ingrained with crow's feet at an early age. Someone who lived by their wits and was well aware they were sharper and more resilient than those of his contemporaries.  

Three years ago I invited Smith to do a Q&A at the stage at Green Man Festival I was then curating. He and the band arrived backstage in their usual manner, in a vehicle branded in the livery of Salford Van Hire. For two hours they sat in the sunshine decompressing from the journey down, laughing and drinking but not to excess, merely enjoying the moment.

 When it was time for Smith to take the stage I led him to the side entrance. His right arm shot out with an involuntarily spasm.

'Fucking hell' he whispered 'I didn't know it was this big, can you get us a beer?' I duly passed him a can that he downed in one, before strutted on to the stage with a theatrical sniff and his usual swagger. He received an ovation from the nine hundred people gathered there to see him and for a brief moment a smile cracked across his face. The interview was sponsored by the music magazine Mojo and consisted of questions sent in from its readers. For the next 50 minutes he held forth on matters that provoked his ire: music magazines, Mojo in particular, festivals, Stewart Lee and matters he found inspiring, including Ultramagnetic MCs and Methodism.

Fantastic Life.

 

SUPERORGANISM ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS, RELEASED 2ND MARCH 2018

Superorganism | 03/01/18

Image: Superorganism - photo credit Jordan Hughes

Superorganism, one of 2018’s most hotly tipped new artists, today announce full details of their highly anticipated debut album. The eight piece band - a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies who have been shortlisted in the BBC Sound Of and VEVO dscvr polls among others – will release their self-titled debut on 2nd March via Domino.

Self-produced, written and recorded in the east London house-stroke-studio-stroke band HQ they all share together (imagine a squat version of the Brill Building, or a lo-fi, DIY take on Max Martin’s Cheiron studio), Superorganism is a spectacularly confident debut record that beams with a sense of wonky fun, a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals. Influenced by the world-building depth of artists like Devo, Beck and The Avalanches, Superoganism soundtrack’s the band’s rapid trajectory from shared house side project to global audiovisual powerhouse and features previous singles ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ and ‘It’s All Good / Nobody Cares’ as well as their brand single ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’.

Revealed today for the very first time, ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ is accompanied by a stunning video from Superorganism’s very own Robert Strange and can be watched right now below.

Superorganism track list: 

01 It’s All Good                                            

02 Everybody Wants To Be Famous

03 Nobody Cares  

04 Reflections On The Screen               

05 SPRORGNSM                   

06 Something For Your M.I.N.D.

07 Nai’s March                          

08 The Prawn Song                                 

09 Relax

10 Night Time

Superorganism formats: 

* Standard LP – Gatefold LP, single vinyl, four page booklet, DL card

* Deluxe LP – Glow in the dark gatefold, single vinyl, four page booklet, DL card

* Deluxe CD – Mini gatefold with 16 page booklet

* Standard CD – Jewelcase with 16page booklet

* Digital Download + Spotify Pre-save

Meanwhile, Superorganism will be taking their acclaimed live show on the road throughout 2018, including extensive UK, European and north American headline tours. The full dates are below, including a London headline show at the 1000 capacity Oval Space on 8th March, with further information available from http://www.wearesuperorganism.com/#tour

Superorganism Live

JANUARY

Fri 19   Netherlands, Groningen, Eurosonic

FEBRUARY

Thu 15   United Kingdom, London, The Jazz Café

Sun 18   France, Paris, Café de la Danse

Mon 19   Belgium, Brussels, Botanique - The Rotonde

Tue 20   Netherlands, Amsterdam, Sugar Factory

Thu 22   Germany, Cologne, Die Kantine

Fri 23   Germany, Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Sun 25   Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega Small Hall

Mon 26   Sweden, Stockholm, Kagelbanan

MARCH

Fri 02   Norway, Oslo, by:Larm

Sat 03   Norway, Oslo, by:Larm

Mon 05   United Kingdom, Birmingham, Institute 2

Wed 07   United Kingdom, Manchester, Gorilla

Thu 08   United Kingdom, London, Oval Space

Fri 09    United Kingdom, Brighton, The Haunt

Sun 11   United Kingdom, Glasgow, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts

Mon 12   United Kingdom, Leeds, Belgrave

Mon 19   USA, Los Angeles, Echoplex

Tue 20   USA, San Francisco CA, Rickshaw Stop

Thu 22   USA, Portland OR, Doug Fir Lounge

Fri 23   USA, Seattle WA, Barboza

Mon 26   USA, Minneapolis MN, 7th Street Entry

Tue 27   USA, Madison WI, The Frequency

Wed 28   USA, Chicago IL, Schubas Tavern

Fri 30   Canada, Toronto ON, The Mod Club

Sat 31   Canada, Montreal QC, Belmont

APRIL

Sun 01   USA, Boston MA, Brighton Music Hall

Tue 03   USA, Washington DC, Rock & Roll Hotel

Wed 04   USA, Philadelphia PA, Boot & Saddle

Thu 05   USA, Brooklyn NY, Music Hall Of Williamsburg

JUNE

Sat 02   Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

JULY

Fri 13 – Sun 15   Germany, Crafenhaimichen, Melt Festival

AUGUST

Tue 07 – Sat 11   Norway, Oslo, Øyafestival 2018

                             

 

WILD BEASTS ANNOUNCE DOMINO DOCUMENTS ALBUM LAST NIGHT ALL MY DREAMS CAME TRUE FOR FEB 16TH

07/12/17

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When Wild Beasts announced that they would be calling it a day, the news came with an unusual absence of drama. There were no bust-ups or breakdowns to report, no warring words, not even a trace of the trademark “creative differences”. Instead there was a dignified and heartfelt message to their fans that explained that the band had run its course.

For those who’d watched the Cumbrian group grow from purveyors of peculiar guitar pop into one of the most inventive and important bands of their generation, the news came as a shock. Weren’t they just hitting the peak of their powers? Perhaps that was the point.

“I think there's a life cycle with any band,” says Hayden Thorpe. “It reaches a point where the snake begins to eat its tail. Our last album, ‘Boy King’, felt just like our first record in many ways – in its fuck you spirit, in its sense of self-destruction.”

Wild Beasts will play their final ever shows in February next year, and we bid the band a bittersweet farewell with Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a live studio album to be released on February 16th via Domino Documents.

Last Night All My Dreams Came True is a career-spanning collection and features songs from each of Wild Beasts’ studio albums with an emphasis on Boy King, their most direct record yet. Looking back on Wild Beasts’ back catalogue and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience – toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they’d been eloquently dealt with on record. 

Today, we are pleased to share ‘The Devil’s Palace’, a rarely-played track that blends ‘The Devil’s Crayon’, from the quartet’s debut Limbo, Panto, and ‘Palace’, from 2014’s Present Tense. An exclusive for the record, it showcases the vocal interplay between Thorpe’s falsetto and Tom Fleming’s baritone perfectly.

Recorded in two days over the summer at RAK Studios, Last Night All My Dreams Came True is the second official Domino Documents release and has more than fulfilled the Domino Documents aim to capture a band at the height of their powers, recording a selection of their finest songs.

“It’s us as tight and slick as we ever have been,” adds Tom. “And it’s also us giving the fewest fucks we've ever given. There’s a sense of celebration and destructiveness combined, a sense that the fetters are off. Not that they were ever on ... but that sense of limited time before you shuffle off is very much a motivator.”

And make no mistake; this is the last time Wild Beasts will be doing such things. This is no hiatus and there are no crafty eyes on a future reunion. “We get to leave our desk by our own accord,” concludes Hayden, “and that makes us very lucky. Whoever gets to do that?”

Tracklisting:

  1. Wanderlust (Live at RAK)
  2. Big Cat (Live at RAK)
  3. A Simple Beautiful Truth (Live at RAK)
  4. 2BU (Live at RAK)
  5. Bed Of Nails (Live at RAK)
  6. Hooting & Howling (Live at RAK)
  7. This Is Our Lot (Live at RAK)
  8. He The Colossus (Live at RAK)
  9. The Devil’s Palace (Live at RAK)
  10. Alpha Female (Live at RAK)
  11. Get My Bang (Live at RAK)
  12. All The King’s Men (Live at RAK)
  13. Celestial Creatures (Live at RAK)

Last Night All My Dreams Came True is available to pre-order on limited-edition coloured double LP, standard double LP, CD and digital. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

Wild Beasts live
January 13th 2018 – Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis
February 15th 2018 – Olympia, Dublin
February 16th 2018 – o2 Apollo, Manchester – Note upgraded venue
February 17th 2018 – Eventim Apollo, London Tickets


 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT

05/12/17

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Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join its Business Affairs department in our London office and working across both the record label and publishing company 

Core Responsibilities Include:

  • Supporting Head of Business Affairs as required
  • Preparing artwork and video agreements, synchronisation, sample and lyric licenses, extension and variation agreements
  • Responsible for third party agreements including producers, mixer, and featured artist agreements (including negotiating within prescribed limits)
  • Coordinating management approvals and signing of agreements
  • Updating licensing spreadsheets and arranging delivery of masters to external labels
  • Working with the Business Affairs team to ensure files, templates and knowledge resources are properly maintained and kept up to date
  • Managing ad hoc queries and researching points of law
  • Working closely with other departments and artist management in relation to clearances
  • Assisting on all other issues that contribute to the running of the Business Affairs department where appropriate
  • Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of the music industry in a business affairs/legal capacity;
  • Excellent attention to detail and a proven track record in negotiating and concluding deals in challenging environment;
  • A law degree or legal background;
  • Excellent drafting skills, with a keen commercial mind;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the business;
  • The ability to work autonomously, think strategically and be proactive;
  • Strong administrative, Microsoft Office, Excel, organisation and planning skills.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 6pm on Monday 18th December, 2017.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

05/12/17

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Domino seeks an Administrative Assistant to join its Business Affairs department in our London office working across both the record label and publishing company. 

The role of the Administrative Assistant is to provide general administrative support for the Business Affairs team and reporting to the Business Affairs Manager. 

Main responsibilities: 

  • Working closely with all members of the Business Affairs team and internal departments, including Finance and A&R
  • Setting up and maintaining appropriate administration and contract management systems
  • Handling internal queries on artist contracts and researching potential legal issues
  • Managing broadcast and compilation agreements (with potential to increase this scope) including negotiation within prescribed limits and liaising with artist management
  • Typing and amending correspondence and other documentation.
  • Supporting the team by carrying out administrative tasks such as filing, photocopying and sending out documents
  • Assisting the team in the management of the firm’s knowledge and information resources 

Person specification:

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong Microsoft Office, Excel and IT skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Proactive and able work under pressure
  • Legal or Business Affairs experience
  • Experience within music industry preferred
  • Salary:  Please state your salary requirements.
  • Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 6pm on Monday 18th December, 2017.
 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PRODUCT MANAGER

24/11/17

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Domino seeks a Product Manager to join its London team.

Product Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in working closely with recording artists and their managers while a proven track record in devising and delivering creative and notable marketing campaigns is essential

The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.

The role also includes being responsible for the creation of all campaign content -  so the candidate will need to be confident in commissioning high quality music videos, remixes, artwork and all types of digital content / marketing assets.

Responsibilities include:

• Devising and implementing quality and highly creative marketing campaigns alongside the rest of the team, for a designated roster of artists.

• Delivering the campaign to the rest of the Domino global team.

• Formatting and origination of physical and digital releases and liaising with our distributer on all aspects of driving retail sales and retail marketing initiatives.

• Responsible for all content origination and commissioning and delivery of all video, audio and digital content, as well as marketing assets, to meet deadlines and relevant specs, liaison with management/licensors to ensure global co-ordination.

• Responsible for originating the overall timeline for the campaign and making sure the various deliverables are meeting designated deadlines.

• Making sure that all aspects of the campaign are communicated, objectives are set and followed up on by the wider Domino team, and in charge of getting input from the various members of the team on the project, including but not limited to A&R, Marketing/Digital Marketing, Promotions, International, Production, Digital Account Management. 

• Managing of given budgets and liaising with the UK GM on budgets for all artists

Minimum 3 years appropriate experience

Salary dependent on experience. 

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to pmjob@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on Monday 11th December, 2017.

 

SORRY RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘WISHED’ ON DOMINO

Sorry | 16/11/17

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Sorry are a new London band centered around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 19 year-old childhood best friends. Along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass) Sorry have been making a name for themselves on London's underground circuit since 2015.

Although starting life with a conventional rock band set up, Sorry’s tastes are wide-ranging and reflect their age and omnivorous YouTube-era musical upbringing where rock, hip hop, noise, electronic soundscapes, grime and folk all sit side-by-side and without confusion. Accordingly, all these influences and more form the band's unique nascent musical universe - a bold, ambitious and at times irreverent canvas onto which the symbiotic intensity of Lorenz’s and O'Bryen's emotional and hyper-melodic songwriting is projected.

‘Wished’ is their debut studio recording and follows the recent self-release of Home Demo(ns) Vol. 1, an eclectic, homespun 13 track audio/visual mixtape. Recorded by Sean Oakley (Rick Rubin, Frank Ocean) and mixed by Andrew Savours (My Bloody Valentine), it is an enticing first document of the band's effortlessly emotive songwriting and command of atmosphere which will be familiar to anyone who has seen their visceral live shows so far, as well as a glimpse at in-studio production possibilities to be explored in their future work. ‘Wished’ will also be accompanied by a b-side, ‘Lies’ - set to arrive later this month. Both tracks will be packaged together on Sorry’s very first 7” vinyl release on Domino, available to pre-order here.

Sorry will embark on a full U.K. tour supporting South London’s psychedelic soul reinventors Childhood on 16 November - taking in Leeds, Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and London - before ending 2017 with their biggest headline show to date at Corsica Studios in London on 5 December. The evening will see the band curate a line up of artists, DJs and visual artists, including Middle England (live), DJ sets from Mica Levi and Glows, and poet Georgie Jesson, plus an exhibition from Flop / Spit Tease.


See Sorry at the following live dates:

16 November | Brudenell, Leeds*

18 November | The Grand Social, Dublin*

19 November | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham*

21 November | Broadcast, Glasgow*

22 November | The Dead Institute, Manchester*

27 November | Patterns, Brighton*

28 November | Scala, London*

5 December | Corsica Studios, London

*w/ Childhood

 

HOOKWORMS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM MICROSHIFT, OUT FEBRUARY 2ND 2018

08/11/17

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Domino is very proud to present Microshift, the third album from Hookworms, due for release on February 2nd 2018. With the announcement of Microshift, the band share new track, ‘Negative Space’ – listen HERE. Along with new music, Hookworms will return to the live circuit with dates in both 2017 and in 2018 (a full list of dates and ticket links can be found below).

Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands. 

This is the band's third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band's live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge. The band have also opened their writing to include collaborations with artists such as Richard Formby (on Opener), Christopher Duffin (on Boxing Day) and Alice Merida Richards (on Each Time We Pass).

Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful - the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album's lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster are all present here but the overall effect these songs achieve is euphoric catharsis.

The album was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness. “All of our records are to an extent about mental health,” comments MJ. “Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy”. 

Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.

Microshift will be available on deluxe limited edition LP (including orange colour vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screen print limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD and download.

Pre order via:

Dom Mart / iTunes / Bandcamp

Hookworms Tour Dates

2017

Friday 24th November – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club - TICKETS

Sunday 3rd December – Leeds – Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club - TICKETS

2018

Friday 23rd February – Liverpool – Invisible Wind Factory – TICKETS

Saturday 24th February – Brighton – Patterns - TICKETS

Sunday 4th March – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds - TICKETS

Friday 9th March - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Saturday 10th March  - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Sunday 18th March – Newcastle – The Cluny - TICKETS

Saturday 24th March – London – Electric Brixton – TICKETS

Sunday 25th March – Sheffield – Picture House Social - TICKETS

 

FRANZ FERDINAND RELEASE NEW ALBUM ALWAYS ASCENDING ON FEBRUARY 9TH 2018

25/10/17

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Always Ascending’ the new album from Franz Ferdinand, is being released by Domino on Friday the 9th of February.  Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.  You can listen to the first single, also titled ‘Always AscendingHERE and download or stream it HERE.

Always Ascending’ was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove. ‘Always Ascending’ shows Franz Ferdinand broadening their palate, as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.”

From the city which jointly played host to the album’s conception, the band will mark the announcement of ‘Always Ascending’ with a live streamed launch event at Paris’s Point Ephémère, to be broadcast from the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 8.30pm BST tonight, Wednesday October 25, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

 ‘Always Ascending’ is available to pre-order via iTunes and all DSPs now and will be available on CD, vinyl and ltd edition cassette via DomMart, with a special DomMart edition, featuring marbled blue and white vinyl, with a signed print and tote bag. 

Franz Ferdinand are Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

The tracklisting for ‘Always Ascending’ is as follows:

  1. Always Ascending
  2. Lazy Boy
  3. Paper Cages
  4. Finally
  5. The Academy Award
  6. Lois Lane
  7. Huck And Jim
  8. Glimpse Of Love
  9. Feel The Love Go
  10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

The band are also announcing their forthcoming tour dates, including a show at London’s 02 Brixton Academy on Saturday the 24th of February, full worldwide dates are as follows:

Monday 4 December / Seattle, WA / Showbox Market 

Tuesday 5 December / Vancouver, BC / Commodore (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday 6 December / Vancouver, BC  / ommodore 

Thursday 7 December / Portland, OR / Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM) 

Saturday 9 December / Pomona, CA / The Glass House 

Sunday 10 December / Los Angeles, CA / The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)
 

Thursday 25 January / Tokyo, Japan / Shinkiba Studio Coast

Saturday 10 February / Galway, Ireland / Leisureland

Sunday 11 February / Dublin, Ireland / Olympia Theatre

Tuesday 13 February / Manchester, UK / Albert Hall

Wednesday 14 February / Nottingham, UK / Rock City

Friday 16 February / Newcastle, UK / 02 Academy

Saturday 17 February / Glasgow, UK / 02 Academy

Monday 19 February / Leeds, UK / 02 Academy

Tuesday 20 February / Birmingham, UK / 02 Academy

Wednesday 21 February / Bristol, UK / 02 Academy

Friday 23 February / Cambridge, UK / Corn Exchange

Saturday 24 February / London, UK / 02 Brixton Academy

Sunday 25 February / Brighton, UK / Dome

Tuesday 27 February / Paris, France / Zenith

Wednesday 28 February / Brussels, Belgium / Forest National

Thursday 1 March / Hamburg, Germany / Mehr! Theater

Saturday 3 March / Utrecht, Netherlands / TivoliVrendenburg

Sunday 4 March / Groningen, Netherlands / De Oosterpoort

Monday 5 March / Cologne, Germany / Palladium

Wednesday 7 March / Berlin, Germany / Tempodrom

Thursday 8 March / Warsaw, Poland / Stodola

Friday 9 March / Prague, Czech Rep. / Forum Karlin

Sunday 11 March / Zurich, Switzerland / Halle 622

Monday 12 March / Munich, Germany / Tonhalle

Tuesday 13 March / Vienna, Austria / Gasometer

Thursday 15 March / Bologna, Italy / Unipol Arena

Saturday 17 March / Madrid, Spain / La Riviera

Monday 19 March / Toulouse, France / Zenith

Tuesday 20 March / Montpellier, France / Zenith Sud

Wednesday 21 March / Lyon, France / Amphi 3000

Friday 23 March / Rennes, France / Liberte

Saturday 24 March / Caen, France / Zenith

Sunday 8 April / Toronto, ON / Rebel 

Tuesday 10 April / Boston, MA / House of Blues 

Wednesday 11 April / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club 

Friday 13 April / Philadelphia, PA / The Fillmore 

Monday 16 April / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel 

Friday 27 April / Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue 

Saturday 28 April / Kansas City, MO / The Truman 

Monday 30 April / Milwaukee, WI / The Rave

Wednesday 2 May / St. Louis, MO / The Pageant 

Monday 7 May / Dallas, TX / House of Blues 

Tuesday 8 May / Houston, TX / White Oak Music Hall 

Friday 11 May / Phoenix, AZ / The Van Buren 

Sunday 13 May / San Diego, CA / North Park @ The Observatory 

Tuesday 15 May / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern

Thursday 17 May / Oakland, CA / The Fox Theatre

Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday the 3rd of November, Japan from the 11th of November and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th.  More information can be found on the band’s website: http://franzferdinand.com

 

SPINNING COIN DEBUT ALBUM PERMO RELEASED NOV 10TH VIA GEOGRAPHIC MUSIC

Spinning Coin | 06/09/17

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Over the space of three years, two singles and countless gigs, including tour supports with Teenage Fanclub and Real Estate, Glasgow’s Spinning Coin have determinedly, and with single-minded purpose, made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration, escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour, in equal measure.

The five-piece now announce that their debut album Permo will be released on November 10th via The Pastels’ Domino imprint, Geographic Music and have shared the video for new track ‘Sleepless’. 

Recorded with Edwyn Collins at his AED Studios, and at Green Door Studio (the recording centre for the new wave of Glasgow artists) with Stu Evans, Permo is an album of bold steps and simple gestures, coming from a group who have found, seemingly effortlessly, a confident, unpretentious and egalitarian way of working together. Spinning Coin’s two songwriters - Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin – oscillate taking centre stage on a song; Armstrong’s more melancholic melodies contrasting with Mellin’s urgent refrains.

The fourteen songs on Permo trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate that’s closing down possibilities for difference and community.

It opens with the gorgeous ‘Raining On Hope Street’, an Armstrong song that was released on 7” earlier this year – there’s an undercurrent to the song, too, as Armstrong reflects that he wanted to write something “slightly spooky, ambiguous and open to interpretation”. ‘Tin’ follows, one of many Mellin songs that looks to the outside world and finds things wanting. “’Tin’ is trying to look at the two extremes of privilege and under-privilege,” he says. It’s a theme that Mellin returns to, with variation, over the course of the album – from the deceptively spry ‘Money Is A Drug’, whose flecks of country-soul charm conceals lyrics calling out ‘class war’ and ‘stupid rules’, through to ‘Powerful’, where Mellin takes on the possibilities of self-empowerment:

Spinning Coin write from lived experience, grounding their songs in an understanding that we’re all finding our way through the world, trying to figure out what the hell is going on out there. Armstrong takes on similar themes with ‘Starry Eyes’, and its blunt lines about how it’s not ‘the right time to celebrate, when people in the world are dying at the hands of the government’, but he also writes some of the album’s more peaceable songs, like the sleepwalking reverie of ’Metronome River’, or the driftwork of ‘Floating With You’.

Elsewhere on Permo, The Pastels’ Katrina Mitchell and Breakfast Muff’s Simone Wilson sing on ‘Be Free’ and ‘Running With The World’ respectively, plus the band have just welcomed new member Rachel Taylor. That’s a typically Spinning Coin development: a group fiercely engaged with community, welcoming new experience into their orbit, and looking for ways to move forwards with a warmth for humanity. It’s writ large across Permo – finding better ways to live, and to be together in the world, against the odds.

Spinning Coin are Sean Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Cal Donnelly (bass), Jack Mellin (vocals, guitar), Rachel Taylor (vocals, keyboards) and Chris White (drums). 

Album tracklisting:

  1. Raining On Hope Street
  2. Tin
  3. Money For Breakfast
  4. Money Is A Drug
  5. Metronome River
  6. Magdalene
  7. Floating With You
  8. Be Free
  9. Sides
  10. Sleepless
  11. Powerful
  12. Starry Eyes
  13. Running With The World
  14. I Feel The Need To Be An Actor

Permo is available to pre order on limited-edition green coloured vinyl, standard vinyl, CD – all of which come with a booklet - and digital. Pre order: Dom Mart / Digital

 

Upcoming live dates

30th September – Tenement Trail @ Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow Tickets

21st October – Simple Things Festival @ The Sportsmans Bar, Bristol Tickets

29th October – Liverpool Music Week @ EBGBS, Liverpool Tickets

30th October – Old Blue Last, London Free

31st October – Heartbreakers, Southampton Tickets

1st November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Tickets

2nd November – Picture House Social Club, Sheffield Tickets

3rd November – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle w/ Girl Ray Tickets

4th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds Tickets

5th November – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Girl Ray Tickets

6th November – The Cellar, Oxford w/ Girl Ray Tickets

7th November – The Louisiana, Bristol w/ Girl Ray Tickets

8th November – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ Girl Ray Tickets

9th November – Scala, London w/ Girl Ray Tickets

10th November – The White Hotel, Salford w/The Pastels Tickets

17th November – Mono, Glasgow (album launch) Tickets

10th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Sold out

11th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Tickets

 

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

Superorganism | 05/09/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUY the ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ 7” 

Speaking about the track, Superorganism’s Orono states:

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

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

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

Full dates below, with further information here.

22nd Sep            Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

5th Oct               Village Underground, London, UK

14th Oct             Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

21st Oct             Primavera Club, Madrid, Spain

22nd Oct            Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

28th Oct             London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

17th Nov             Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg

12th Dec             House Of Yes, Brooklyn NY, USA

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

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK RADIO PLUGGER

27/07/17

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Domino seeks radio plugger

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

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

Minimum 2 years appropriate experience. Salary dependent on experience. 

 

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

 

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

Trailer Trash Tracys | 12/06/17

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

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

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

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

“Althaea” tracklisting:

01 Smoked Silver          

02 Eden Machine          

03 Gong Gardens          

04 Siebenkäs                 

05 Money For Moondogs  

06 Betty's Cavatina        

07 Casadora  

08 Singdrome                

09 Kalesa                      

10 100 Aspects Of The Moon  

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

UPCOMING LIVE DATES

MON   18-Sep-17     UK      MANCHESTER        SOUP KITCHEN

TUE    19-Sep-17     UK      GLASGOW    HUG & PINT

WED   20-Sep-17     UK      NEWCASTLE           THINK TANK

THU    21-Sep-17     UK      LEEDS           BRUDENELL GAMES ROOM

FRI      22-Sep-17     UK      BIRMINGHAM          ACTRESS & BISHOP

SAT    23-Sep-17     UK      BRIGHTON   THE HOPE

SUN   24-Sep-17     UK      BRISTOL       LOUISIANA              

TUE    26-Sep-17     FR       PARIS            POINT EPHEMERE           

SUN   01-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      ROTTERDAM           V11

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

TUE    03-Oct-17      BELGIUM      ANTWERP    TRIX BAR

WED   04-Oct-17      GERMANY    COLOGNE    BLUE SHELL

THU    05-Oct-17      GERMANY    HAMBURG   NOCHTWACHE

FRI      06-Oct-17      DENMARK    DENMARK    IDEAL BAR

SAT    07-Oct-17      GERMANY    BERLIN         AUSTER CLUB                   

MON   09-Oct-17      GERMANY    MUNICH        MILLA

TUE    10-Oct-17      AUSTRIA       VIENNA         CHELSEA

WED   18-Oct-17      UK      LONDON       CAMDEN ASSEMBLY

FRI      27-Oct-17      ITALY ROME            MONK

SAT    28-Oct-17      ITALY BOLOGNA    COVO

 

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

Lal & Mike Waterson | 31/05/17

Image: Bright Pheobus press shot

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

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

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

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

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Digital

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracklisting:

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

Disc 2 – The 1971 Demos

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

 

http://brightphoeb.us

 

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

The Kills | 24/05/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-order the Echo Home 10” HERE.

The Kills 2017 Tour Dates:

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

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

 

PETER PERRETT ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM HOW THE WEST WAS WON

Peter Perrett | 12/04/17

Image: Peter P announce shot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklisting:

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

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

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

Pre order: Dom Mart / Download

Peter Perrett Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

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

16/03/17

Image: Royal Trux live photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklisting is as follows:

01. Junkie Nurse

02. Sewers Of Mars

03. Red Tiger

04. Sometimes

05. Mercury

06. Esso Dame

07. Deafer Than Blind

08. Waterpark

09. Platinum Tips

10. The Banana Question

11. Blue Is The Frequency

12. Ice Cream

Royal Trux will be playing the following live dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 08/03/17

Image: Photo credit Jessica Fey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Real Estate | 07/03/17

Image: Real Estate Stained Glass thumbnail

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

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

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

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

Real Estate tour dates

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

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

 

ALEX G ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “ROCKET” OUT MAY 19

(Sandy) Alex G | 02/03/17

Image: Rocket

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced soon.

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

 

Rocket Tracklisting

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

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

Alex G photo by Tonje Thilesen.

 

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

Anna Calvi | 22/02/17

Image: Anna Calvi Burberry EP

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

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

The tracklisting for the EP is as follows:

1. Whip The Night (Live For Burberry)    

2. Nathaniel (Live For Burberry) 

3. iT (Live For Burberry)

4. Eliza (Live For Burberry)        

5. Desire (Live For Burberry)     

 

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

16/02/17

Image: FSA

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to ‘My Dreaming Hill’ from FSA HERE

Listen to ‘Rivers’ from Mirror HERE

Listen to ‘Present ‘ from New Lands HERE

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

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

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

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

 

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

Animal Collective | 13/02/17

Image: Animal Collective Kinda Bonkers thumbnail

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

 

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

Little Cub | 10/02/17

Image: LC press photo - credit Holly Whitaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-order Still Life on CD via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Still Life digitally HERE

 

YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM NEUK WIGHT DELHI ALL-STARS ON 7TH APRIL

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan | 08/02/17

Image: YTK New Delhi press shot

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7th April.  It follows the band’s debut album, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).

The first track to be shared from Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars is ‘False True Piya’ – mingling traditions as diverse as Britain and India via the Appalachian Mountains.

“Piya is a word in the Hindi language, meaning beloved,” explains Khan. “The Hindi lyrics of the song were composed and written by me. They talk about a lover who is longing for a beloved, devastated by pain. A point comes when the lover starts hallucinating that the beloved has arrived and starts having conversations with this hallucination. There is a strange feeling of dark happiness: the beloved is there, but only as a hallucination.” “When Suhail explained the Hindi lyric to me,” Yorkston continues, “it reminded me of the great old song The Daemon Lover, also known as The House Carpenter, so I sang a fragment of Annie Watson’s version to introduce the piece.”

This harmonious and singular collaboration can be found across all of Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, and in fact, YTK’s Everything Sacred may be the only precedent. “The combination of a singer-songwriter, a jazz bassist and an Indian classical sarangi player is totally unheard off,” says Khan.

A collection of traditional Indian and UK folk songs, beautiful originals and idiosyncratic covers, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars does not only bring together Indian classical music and jazz, then, but kosmische too; Yorkston also cites dub reggae, Uilleann pipes and the Madagascan guitarist D’Gary as influences. That breadth, says Thorne, is critical: “I think YTK is a fine example of how music operates without boundaries as a common international language and a source of cross-cultural unity. It’s an important message in the times that we live in.”

Produced by YTK and recorded entirely onto 24 track 2” tape at Analogue Cat studios in Northern Ireland by Julie McLarnon, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars comes after a period of steady touring for the band (including incredible main stage performances at Green Man, Celtic Connections and Edinburgh International Festival, and tours in India, Spain and Ireland) and reflects the confidence and increasingly fluid interplay between Yorkston, Thorne and Khan. The trio will head back on the road in April for a headline UK tour. 

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live dates

27th March – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham TICKETS

30th March – Dreel Halls, Anstruther TICKETS AVAILABLE ON DOOR

31st March – Oran Mor, Glasgow TICKETS

1st April – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy TICKETS

3rd April – Junction 2, Cambridge TICKETS

4th April – St. John on Bethnal Green, London TICKETS

5th April – Komedia, Bath TICKETS

6th April – The Big Top, Cardiff TICKETS

7th April – Laugharne Weekend, SOLD OUT

8th April – The Phoenix, Exeter TICKETS

 

REAL ESTATE SHARE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM IN MIND OUT MARCH 17

Real Estate | 24/01/17

Image: Real Estate In Mind launch shot


Real Estate has confirmed details for their upcoming fourth LP – In Mind – out March 17th via Domino. Recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. (Beck, Snoop Dogg, Julia Holter), album opener ‘Darling’ is available now along with accompanying music video, directed by Weird Days. 

Stream 'Darling' here.

Over 11 songs, In Mind pushes the band in new directions, while still retaining the warmth and soft-focus narratives that one has come to expect from Real Estate —pastoral guitars, elegantly deployed arrangements, a mindful melancholy. In Mind offers the sound of a mature band not only at the height of its power, but in a period of change. Since their last record – 2014’s Atlas – primary songwriter Martin Courtney became a father of two and moved to upstate New York, while bassist Alex Bleeker relocated to California. In addition, following the departure of co-founding member and lead guitarist Matt Mondanile in 2015, Courtney, Bleeker, drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman welcomed longtime friend and New Jersey native Julian Lynch into the band as a full-time guitarist.

Atlas was an undisputed breakout for the band. Apart from being one of the most lauded records of that year, it earned them performances on Letterman and Conan, their third consecutive Pitchfork Best New Music, and saw them sell out London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire – their biggest UK headline date so far.

In addition to a spot at Coachella this Spring, Real Estate will tour extensively behind In Mind - more info coming soon.

In Mind will be available on CD, LP and digitally.  An exclusive limited edition deluxe LP featuring heavyweight colored vinyl, gold foil imprinted packaging, and a slipmat, is available to pre-order from Domino Mart. iTunes pre-orders will come with an instant download of ‘Darling’.

In Mind Tracklisting:
1. Darling
2. Serve The Song
3. Stained Glass
4. After The Moon
5. Two Arrows
6. White Light
7. Holding Pattern
8. Time
9. Diamond Eyes
10. Same Sun
11. Saturday

Pre-order here: Dom Mart | iTunes

 

JOE GODDARD ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM, ELECTRIC LINES, OUT 21ST APRIL ON GRECO-ROMAN / DOMINO

Joe Goddard | 23/01/17

Image: Joe Goddard launch shot

Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.

Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers. 

Today Goddard also drops the video for new single ‘Music Is The Answer’, the second track to be heard from the forthcoming album.

Following hot on the heels of ‘Lose Your Love’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ is an infectious left-of-centre pop track featuring London singer-songwriter Jess Mills, also known as Slo (previous collaborations include Photek, Distance and Breakage).

Directed by Shynola creative collective (Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’, Beck ‘E-Pro’, Blur ‘Good Song’, Queens of The Stone Age ‘Go With The Flow’), the video epitomises the track’s optimistic message and much needed modern day mantra. Director Richard Kenworthy says: “The message of this track really resonated with us coming off the back of what for most people was a dispiriting year. We'd recently been reading about the AWOL Hitomi satellite, and also the incredible Pinchas Gutter hologram and that lead to imagine a story about a satellite lost in the vastness of space, broadcasting a recorded message of hope.” 

Elsewhere on the album, Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor features on the title track ‘Electric Lines’, while Michigan based singer Daniel Wilson makes an appearance on disco-sampling deep house track ‘Home’. Jess Mills graces the album’s two most irresistible pop songs, ‘Ordinary Madness’ and ‘Music Is the Answer’. Joe himself sings on a few tracks including the deeply personal ‘So Long’, a tender reflection on parenthood and mortality. Electric Lines treasure chest of styles also includes lustrous electronic soul (‘Lose Your Love’), rippling UK garage (‘Truth Is Light’) and shamanic psychedelic techno (‘Children’). The result is an album set to draw the map of 2017’s musical landscape and cement Joe Goddard as one of the UK’s most credible and well respected producers.

Electric Lines will be available on Deluxe Edition Vinyl, featuring a signed double LP on heavyweight vinyl with a wide spined sleeve, exclusive bonus 12” featuring 3 tracks from the Electric Lines’ album sessions, download card with album + 12” tracks.  A UK specific edition will also include entry to the Electric Lines album launch show at London’s Heaven on Thursday 4th May 2017.  The CD will feature an initial card pack pressing with a 6 page artwork booklet. You can purchase the album digitally HERE and via Amazon HERE.  Vinyl and CD both feature completely unique, separate artwork.

Electric Lines tracklisting:

1    Ordinary Madness

2    Lose Your Love

3    Home

4    Lasers

5    Human Heart

6    Children

7    Truth Is Light

8    Nothing Moves

9    Electric Lines

10 Music Is The Answer

  

‘Electric Lines’ will be released April 21, 2017 on Greco-Roman/ Domino


 

DIRTY PROJECTORS' SELF-TITLED 7TH ALBUM RELEASED 24TH FEBRUARY

Dirty Projectors | 18/01/17

Image: DPs press shot

The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Up In Hudson’ is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship.  Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks.  It is a piece of epic storytelling unlike anything else in Dirty Projectors’ discography.

To arrive where we began and know the place for the first time: ‘Up In Hudson’ is an origin story for a new chapter of Dirty Projectors. 

And with it, Dirty Projectors announce their long-awaited 7th LP.

The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated.  In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “ANOTHER ONE”!

Dirty Projectors will be out February 24, 2017 on Domino.

Tracklisting: 

01. Keep Your Name

02. Death Spiral

03. Up In Hudson

04. Work Together

05. Little Bubble

06. Winner Take Nothing

07. Ascent Through Clouds

08. Cool Your Heart

09. I See You

The deluxe edition LP will be available exclusively through the Domino Mart. The deluxe features the album on 150g clear with black smoke double LP, housed in a wide spine jacket with a 16-page 11x11 libretto, and an etched D side. The first pressing of the CD features an O-card sleeve with a 16-page libretto. 

Pre-order the album here:

DELUXE VINYL

DIGITAL

 

FRANCOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SOLIDE MIRAGE, RELEASED 3RD MARCH 2017

Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains | 12/01/17

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Domino are proud to announce Solide Mirage, the fourth studio album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains. An album of strength, beauty, ups and downs, Solide Mirage is the group’s most outspoken and deep-rooted work to date, and is set for release on March 3rd 2017.

Alongside the announcement of Solide Mirage, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared the album’s first single, ‘Grand Dereglement’, plus a video directed by Jack Barraclough and Frànçois himself. The video is a collaboration between Frànçois and Palestinian Dabké dancer Mohamed Okal, who fled with his family from the conflicts in Gaza, where he used to work as an ambulance driver. The two met in a volunteer refugee space in Brussels where Okal taught Dabké. On the video Frànçois says: “The lyrics of the song are about the great changes in the world that move populations, and force the weaker to adapt to an intense and strenuous lifestyle. Filming Dabké dancing inside one the most emblematic buildings of the Capital of Europe (Palais de Justice) is a way of showing the positive side of civilisation shifts.”

In the time since 2014’s Piano Ombre, Frànçois Marry rediscovered his adolescent passion for the power of grunge. This energy he “lost on the way”, in his own words, resurfaced on two occasions. A collaboration with Hedi Slimane, who allowed him to immerse himself in the punk and grunge scene of L.A. - with bands like Wand and Sunflower Bean in particular - revived his passion for this electricity. Secondly, and especially, as the band performed live dates in the Middle East, they found themselves playing to a youth still feverish after its Arab Spring. “We played in Istanbul, Lebanon, Alexandria and Cairo in 2015”, explains Frànçois. “We discovered a youth eager for music, in particular the Egyptian youth, who had made the revolution two years earlier.”

As a man and as an artist, it felt necessary to have that grunge-ful spite, that healthy anger, to survive the horrors of 2015 and the chaos of the world, referred to in “Grand Dérèglement”, the introduction of Solide Mirage. Attacks, wars, the migrant crisis, generalised fear, the pre-apocalyptic atmosphere: a dark year for all and one which incited profound questions in Frànçois Marry. “We questioned ourselves a lot. It’s delicate to speak about politics in songs, but inevitable when you write in moments like these. I have a natural attraction to abstract poetry but I realised that it had become a head-in-the-sand technique. I do not understand why musicians do not ask themselves more questions about the responsibility of their words. And considering the realities of life in the year 2015, I had to think about what we wanted to say”

Solide Mirage - like an imperceptible dream, a fantasy where reality shifts as one approaches it – is a perfect definition for this protean, changeable-yet-direct album which reveals new facets and new territories in every listen. Sometimes soft (on 1982, Apocalypse à Ipsos, Pepétuel été, 100.000.000), sometimes tough (Bête Morcelée and its rush of pure grunge, Grand Dérèglement and the roughness and splinters of Jamais Deux Pareils), sometimes crazy (the digitized trance of Âpres Après), but always highly political, whether direct or reading between the lines.

The album was recorded in Jet Studios in Brussels and produced by Ash Workman, who also worked on Piano Ombre and who has worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with strings performed by Owen Pallett.

To celebrate the release of Solide Mirage, Frànçois will be playing a string of live dates across the UK at the end of March 2017.

Mon 27th March London, UK Moth Club

Tue Mar 28 Bristol, UK Thekla

Wed Mar 29 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen

Thu Mar 30 Glasgow, UK Mono

Fri Mar 31 Norwich, UK Arts Centre

 

SPIRAL STAIRS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DORIS AND THE DAGGERS TO BE RELEASED MARCH 24TH

Spiral Stairs | 11/01/17

Image: Spiral Stairs press shot

It’s been eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. He knows that. The years just have a habit of slipping away sometimes.

You can’t hurry genius – not even the genial, unforced and unpretentious genius that has long been Scott’s forte. Today, Spiral Stairs announces news of his second album Doris and The Daggers – to be released on March 24th through Domino - and shares the first track from it, the album opener ‘Dance (Cry Wolf)’. Its Roxy Music meets Wire slink and stompable groove is a “positive, dance-away-the-pain thing” says Scott whilst the video features Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.

Doris and The Daggers is worth the wait, it showcases the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written, reflecting the life changes that occurred over those eight years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, lived life as an Australian and even ate haggis meat – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.

The first Spiral Stairs record The Real Feel came in 2009, just as Pavement were announcing a hugely successful burst of reunion shows. After that, Scott and his wife moved to Brisbane, Australia, started a family and life simply got in the way.

Having moved back to Los Angeles, the original concept for the album was to go to Seattle’s Orbit Studios and “record the whole thing in a week, like the old days.” Then, a month before the trip, Scott awoke to heart-breaking news: Darius Minwalla, who had drummed with Preston School of Industry and on The Real Feel, and was scheduled to play on the mooted Seattle sessions, died suddenly in his sleep.

Scott was deep-sixed by the news, and it would be another three months before he was ready to return to the studio. By that time, the album had changed – the songs had grown in the interim, become longer, more emotional. Following Darius’ death, Scott went to spend time with his friend, singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz, up in San Francisco, where they bounced ideas off each other. “His influence made me turn the record in an entirely different direction.”

Instead of a week-long blitz, Doris and The Daggers was recorded over a more civilised, considered batch of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, California. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott’s close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Peroff’s Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew sang on ‘Emoshuns’, Kelley Stoltz lent guitar to the summery chime of ‘AWM’, and The National’s Matt Berninger lends vocals to the bittersweet, zephyr-light ‘Exiled Tonight’.

“I guess I’ve been writing songs for a while now,” reflects Kannberg on his second album. “I like hearing echoes of things I love in the music that I make. Writing music doesn’t come easy to me – it’s hard to write a song that’s good. But our memories slowly escape us as we get older, and in songs you kind of relive those moments, the things that matter.” And that’s part of the key to Doris and The Daggers’ charm, along with the lyrical wit and Scott’s unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them. You’ll keep returning to them again and again, and hope that Scott doesn’t wait so long to cut his next batch. 

Tracklisting:

  1. Dance (Cry Wolf)
  2. Emoshuns
  3. Dundee Man
  4. AWM
  5. No Comparison
  6. The Unconditional
  7. Trams (Stole My Love)
  8. Exiled Tonight
  9. Angel Eyes
  10. Doris and The Daggers

Doris and The Daggers is available to pre-order now on deluxe vinyl with bonus tracks, standard vinyl, CD and digital download. 

 
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