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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER ANNOUNCES SECOND ALBUM 'BON VOYAGE'

Melody's Echo Chamber | 03/04/18

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Melody’s Echo Chamber (aka Melody Prochet) has confirmed her second album Bon Voyage will be released on June 15th. Made up of seven expansive tracks, Bon Voyage marries Melody’s breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish).

Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen’s Reine Fiske and The Amazing’s Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond).

Today, Melody is pleased to share ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’ from the forthcoming album.  Having gone back to her childhood music conservatory to learn drums aged 30, ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’ is the first song Melody played drums on. Prochet adds about the track “It’s a special one. I’m used to recording with masters of drums and accepting my drum playing as not perfect but with the right intention was a big deal to me”.

Watch the video for ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’ here.

Stream ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’ here.

Directed by Daniel Foothead, the animated video invites us into a mystical and magical universe as we follow a pilgrim trying to reunite with his source of inspiration and light, his muse.

A musical journey of discovery, Bon Voyage delves deep into the collective musical psyche of Melody and her Swedish fellow travellers, who she met one serendipitous summer’s afternoon in Angers back in 2015. Prochet describes the members of Stockholm’s premier neo-psychedelic overlords Dungen as “soulmates and extreme beings, uncompromisingly intense and sensitive.” These kindred souls daydreamed about making music together, and then Prochet took matters into her own hands and moved to Sweden in the winter of 2016 to begin their adventure. Working in the woods of Solna, Melody says: “Swedish nature helped me to breathe and soothed me in times of anxiety. I had a majestic forest with a lake three minutes’ walk from my home. Recording sessions were a break in our lives, an escape from our frustrations as young adults, parents, musicians and embittered life jugglers. What transpired was a kind of modern fairytale full of duality: beautiful and disenchanted, happy and painful, internal and external, childish and mature, but also violent and measured. We had no structure and no limits and we stepped out of our comfort zones.”

Bon Voyage arrives more than five years after Melody’s Echo Chamber’s debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.

Tracklisting:

  1. Cross My Heart
  2. Breathe In, Breathe Out
  3. Desert Horse
  4. Var Har Du Vart
  5. Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige
  6. Visions Of Someone Special, On A Wall Of Reflections
  7. Shirim

Bon Voyage is available to pre-order on LP (heavyweight vinyl with printed inners featuring lyrics and bonus phenakistiscope insert), Indies exclusive LP (heavyweight violet coloured vinyl with printed inners featuring lyrics and bonus phenakistiscope insert), Dom Mart exclusive LP (heavyweight violet coloured vinyl with printed inners featuring lyrics, bonus phenakistiscope insert and 12” colour-in poster), CD (with booklet featuring lyrics and artwork) and on digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

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1993 - 1995, STREAMING NOW

Palace Music | 01/04/18

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Palace Music - Ohio River Boat Song / Drinking Woman - Streaming Now

It was the summer of 1992 and Todd Brashear invited his friend Will Oldham to come live with him in Bloomington, Indiana where Brashear was in the Audio Engineering program at IU.  Oldham moved into a house with Brashear and his schoolmate Grant Barger, and soon they began working on music all together.  They set up a weekend session at the house with Barger at the controls, using his 8-track cassette recording machine (not to be confused with the crappy 8-track tape format popularized in the 1970s).  They invited David Pajo to come up from Louisville to play on the session.  There were three songs to tackle: “For the Mekons et al”, “Two More Days”, and “Drinking Woman”.  Brashear played drums and lap steel and sang harmonies, Barger played bass and Pajo played lead guitars (both acoustic and electric).  Oldham sang and played acoustic guitar.  The house was an older house with high ceilings and wood floors, and Barger’s engineering was impeccable so that everything sounded good and felt in line with an aesthetic that felt like a true realization of what was in Oldham’s mind.

Around the same time, Brashear and Oldham scheduled a session in the IU studios, with Brashear as engineer.  Britt Walford and Brian McMahan came up from Louisville and, there in the fancy studio using 16-track 2” magnetic tape, the group recorded “Ohio River Boat Song” and “Riding”, with McMahan playing drums, Brashear playing bass and Walford playing electric guitar.  This sound was big and clean and the songs had a polish to them that differed significantly from the house recording with Barger.  Beautiful, though maybe not quite the kind of recordings Oldham was beginning to want to be a part of.  The Barger session was all about assembling people and getting the takes right together as an ensemble, while the Brashear session was more about studio craft.  One could listen to “Drinking Woman” and hear the musicians clearly, almost imagine one is in the room as the song happens. “Ohio River Boat Song” has more of an out-of-time-and-place vibe happening.  Brashear and Barger were both great engineers, and the methods and technology used for the two sessions differed significantly.

The cover of the single was designed by Paul Greenlaw, a great visual and musical artist from Rhode Island.  Greenlaw used an archival aerial photograph of some unnamed coastline over which he superimposed lettering fashioned from a photograph Oldham had taken of Mekons violinist Susie Honeyman (when Greenlaw started the design, the idea was still for “For the Mekons et al” to be the A-side).  The lettering spelled out “palace songs”.  In the lower-right corner of the front cover was a sad yellow bird that Greenlaw had drawn.  The back cover featured a Greenlaw elephant, a “Palace Brothers” banner, a fleur-de-lis (symbol of Louisville, KY) and a photo from the “Drinking Woman” session of me, Brashear and Pajo.  There’s an alphabetical listing of contributors to the existence of the record, as Oldham was still figuring things out and didn’t know how best to attribute the existence of any fraction of the whole.  Only black and yellow inks were used on the sleeve in order to keep costs down.  The label design was a throwback to old-school labels: royal blue with metallic silver ink.  Dan Osborn is the Drag City graphics admiral and he executed the label design beautifully.

Oldham shot a video for “Ohio River Boat Song” on 16mm black-and-white film using a wind-up Russian camera.  The footage centered around the early morning horse exercises at Churchill Downs in the spring.  Osborn and Oldham edited the footage at Osborn’s office in the HARPO compound.

“For the Mekons et al” came out later on the compilation HEY DRAG CITY.  “Two More Days” came out on a compilation called LOVE IS MY ONLY CRIME, released in Europe.  “Riding” was re-arranged and re-recorded for the record THERE IS NO-ONE WHAT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.  The recording of “Riding” from the Bloomington session was included on LOST BLUES AND OTHER SONGS.

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Palace Brothers - There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You - Streaming Now

Once the “Ohio River Boat Song” single went into production, the Palace Brothers were asked for a full-length record.  Over the summer in Bloomington, Oldham had been writing songs and was thrilled to find that these songs might have a welcome place in the world, at least when it came to there being a label willing to release them.  At the end of summer, Oldham moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where he was ambivalently pursing a college degree in semiotics.  He went to ethnomusicology professor Jeff Titon and suggested an independent study class, supervised by Titon, in which Oldham would work on a set of songs derived in many ways from a variety of historical styles, forms and sources.  Oldham worked on  many of the songs with musicians Matt Fanuele, Paul Greenlaw, John Davis, Mark Cummins, and Colin Gagon.  Davis introduced Oldham to the records of the Royal Trux, and at one point during the fall the Trux came through Providence on tour.  The band stayed over at the house Oldham shared with writer Bob Arellano.  

Oldham and Brashear scheduled the recording session for December of 1992 in Kentucky.  Grant Barger would engineer, using his 8-track cassette rig.  There were two recording locations: a house on Ohio Street (which street has since lost its name to the larger Frankfort Avenue, of which it is effectively an extension) owned by Steve Driesler and a cabin outside of Brandenburg, KY, called “Merciful”.  Brian McMahan and Britt Walford would play on the record, along with Barger, Brashear, Oldham and Paul Greenlaw.  Brashear, Barger, McMahan and Walford traded off instruments (inspired, in part, by the Bad Seeds records of the 1980s), while Oldham stuck to singing and playing the guitar and Greenlaw played the banjo.  Greenlaw was a deeply inspired and unique banjoist; it was the sound of Greenlaw, as opposed to the sound of a banjo, that made Greenlaw’s presence crucial.

The record was mixed by Brashear, Barger, and Oldham at Brashear’s parents house in east Louisville.

There were fifteen songs considered for the recording.  A cover of the Rolling Stones “Hand of Fate” was dropped at the last minute.  The full-length record ended up with twelve songs.  The outtakes were “Don’t I Look Good Today”, which came out on a double 7” comp called LOUISVILLE SLUGGERS 3, released on Mike Bacayu’s Self Destruct label; and “Valentine’s Day”, which came out eventually on the Palace Music comp LOST BLUES AND OTHER SONGS.  The rest of the songs were new originals Oldham began during the previous summer in Bloomington, except “Riding”, which was begun a year or two earlier, and a cover of Washington Phillips’ “I Had a Good Mother and Father”

Auspiciously, David Berman and Bob Nastanovitch of the Silver Jews passed through Louisville and stopped by the session at Driesler’s house.  It had been the Silver Jews 7” Ep that had inspired Oldham to send out the first Palace Brothers recordings.

Greenlaw painted and/or the covers for THERE IS NO-ONE WHAT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.  Oldham had asked him to render the fable of the mouse and the lion and requested that Greenlaw use bright pink and yellow.  Greenlaw worked on the cover intensely, ultimately coming up with four powerful variations.  Ultimately, all four were utilized, each for a different format or pressing.  The back cover is a black and white photograph of a road in northern Scotland taken by Oldham during a hitch-hiking trip. 

The record was licensed, via a connection made by Nastanovitch, to the British label Big Cat.  The relationship with Big Cat lasted only for the one release, after which all Palace and Bonnie Prince Billy records were licensed through Domino.

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Palace Music - Come In / Trudy Dies - Streaming Now

It was 1993 and the musical ideas were flowing. Oldham wrote two songs for a 7”, “Trudy Dies” and “Come In”.  There was a live-to-DAT session done in Louisville and/or Chicago that was deemed unsuccessful.  Meanwhile, Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux were establishing themselves as freelance record producers under the noms-de-guerre Adam & Eve, and it was decided that they should guide the recording of these two songs.  The studio was King Size, in Chicago, run by Dave Trumfio.  Mike Fellows tracked the drums but Hagerty erased those drum tracks and replayed the kit himself.  Liam Hayes played the Mellotron.  Adam & Eve expressed a desire to bring out the inner Springsteen in Oldham’s songs.  The front cover of the record sleeve featured a drawing by Jeff Mueller of a bird embryo.  The back cover held a photograph by Oldham of land outside of Madison, Virginia.  Lyrics to “Trudy Dies” were included on an insert with drawings by Dianne Bellino.  There was a video made for “Come In” featuring animation by Bellino and 16mm footage of music rehearsals in the basement of David Pajo’s parents’ house.

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Palace Songs - Horses / Stable Will - Streaming Now

It was a silver age of 7” singles in the early 1990’s.  The third single attributed to a Palace conglomerate was the equine-themed “Horses”/”Stable Will”.  “Horses” was recorded by Steve Good, who has recorded live underground shows in Louisville for decades.  The session took place primarily at a house shared by Bob Nastanovitch, Will Oldham, and Britt Walford.  Photographs from the session show Brian McMahan playing the drums, Walford playing bass, and Todd Brashear playing the lap steel guitar.  Oldham sang and played a rhythm guitar.  Oldham asked David Pajo, who was away from town when the session went down, to overdub an electric guitar part including a ripping solo for the end of the song.  Pajo recorded the solo once and then called Oldham a day later saying that he hadn’t quite understood what was being asked of him the first time; he’d like to try it again.  The songwriting is credited to Timms/Langford.  Oldham heard it on Sally Timms’ solo record SOMEBODY’S ROCKING MY DREAMBOAT and had been performing it for a few years.  Jon Langford has subsequently said that Brendan Croker contributed significantly to the composition.

Hardly a “B-side”, “Stable Will” has a full life of its own.  The song was written mostly by Bryan Rich (under the pseudonym ‘Roy Black’).  The ensemble realizing the song was made up of the Pale Horse Riders with Will Oldham singing lead and playing an electric guitar.  The Pale Horse Riders were a wild and awesome noise group made up of Chris Layton, Bob Nastanovitch, Paul Oldham, and Pete Townsend.  The recording took place in the abandoned old Galt House building in downtown Louisville.  Engineer Eric Stoess had access to the building, which was supposedly haunted by a nun.  Layton smudged the room with sage smoke prior to the recording to keep evil spirits away and warned the others to “just keep playing” if the nun appeared during the session.  The musicians shot bottle-rockets at prostitutes on the street below, which was unfair and hardly laudable.

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Palace Music - Days In The Wake - Streaming Now

Towards the end of 1993, Will Oldham found himself in Moscow, staying in the small apartment of Bryan Rich.  Rich was there exploring television reporting and production opportunities.  Oldham and Rich worked out a couple of songs while Oldham was there, and Rich sold Oldham his Marantz stereo cassette recorder for a couple hundred dollars.  Once back in the USA, Oldham continued to work on the set of songs that would be recorded for the second full-length under a Palace name.  Grant Barger had moved to Chicago, and Oldham booked time with Barger to begin recording.  However, things didn’t cohere as they might have (some results ended up on the DRAG CITY HOUR release a few years later), and Oldham retreated to Louisville in frustration.  Todd Brashear had moved to Nashville and was working at a mastering studio.  Oldham began to conceive of the record as an unadorned collection, and furiously rehearsed the songs in hopes of making them fit and function together.  He used the Marantz that he’d bought from Rich (along with the microphone Rich had thrown into the deal) and began recording the record at his folks’ house.  The performances were mostly solo, with the exception of “I Send My Love to You” and “Pushkin”, which featured Paul Oldham on second guitar.  Oldham hauled the Marantz with him when he travelled to Birmingham, Alabama to visit brother Ned Oldham.  There he recorded “No More Workhorse Blues” during a thunderstorm, and “Come a Little Dog”.  On the latter song, overdubbing was made possible (percussion, barking, Jennie Oldham’s flute) by playing the cassette of the original tracking on the Oldham’s home stereo while recording the new parts onto the Marantz.  The record was mastered by John Kampschaefer in Louisville; Dianne Bellino contributed a drawing to the artwork, and the front cover is a photo taken in an Irish pub a few years earlier (on the same trip that yielded the back cover photo from THERE IS NO-ONE WHAT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU).  Oldham was inspired by the economy exhibited in the artwork for the then-current Royal Trux record, CATS AND DOGS.  Drag City pays artists based on profit-split (no advances), thus it made sense to deliver inexpensive package concepts if one was to hope to make a living from one’s music.  When the record was released, it had no title.  After a few months, a title occurred to Oldham, DAYS IN THE WAKE, and it was applied to subsequent pressings.  The record was licensed to Domino for Europe, beginning a relationship between Oldham and Domino that continues to this day.

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Palace Songs - Hope - Streaming Now

DAYS IN THE WAKE was made with somewhat of an urgent desperation, and feelings of fear and loss are abundant in the result.  Will Oldham then felt compelled to oppose such darkness with an expression of gratitude for what he was being allowed to do and make.  He asked Rian Murphy to oversee production of a four-song session at Acme studios in Chicago with Liam Hayes featured prominently on piano and organ.  Four songs were recorded; two of Oldham’s, one Leonard Cohen song (“Winter Lady”) and one song written by Bryan Rich (again under the name Roy Black) and Steve Baker (“Christmastime in the Mountains”).  Technologies were changing, and all of the songs were mixed from 2” tape down to ¼” tape and DAT. The formats have inherently different qualities and in the end, the ¼” mixes of the two Oldham songs were used, while the DAT mixes of the two covers were used.  Oldham wrote two more songs to be recorded in London.  Domino arranged for a session at the Stone Room with Sean O’Hagan playing piano.  Oldham had hoped that Heather Frith, a singer from Bermuda, would be able to sing on the sessions.  She was not available, so Domino introduced Oldham to Brianna Corrigan, formerly of the Beautiful South.  Corrigan joined the session, along with drummer Rob Allum.  Oldham was particularly thrilled to be working in the Stone Room, since the Mekons’ CURSE OF THE MEKONS had been recorded there.  “All Gone, All Gone” and “Werner’s Last Blues to Blokbuster”, both written in Jamestown, RI, were recorded at this session and completed what was then to be the HOPE EP.  Konrad Strauss mastered the record.  The front cover featured a photograph by Nicole Vitello of  boats docked in Essaouira rendered in the vibrant colors of modern color-copying machines.  The back cover was dominated by a photo of Liam Hayes’ magical hands.  There was also a photo of Oldham with Dianne Bellino taken by Steve Gullick.

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Palace Music - West Palm Beach / Gulf Shores - Streaming Now

Palace Music - The Mountain Low - Streaming Now

Palace Music - The Mountain - Streaming Now

The “Palace Brothers” were invited to open the 2nd stage of the Lollapalooza tour for a couple of weeks in the summer of 1994.  At the end of that run a recording session was booked at producer Kramer’s home studio in New Jersey.  The band was Will OldhamAram Stith (guitar), Jason Stith (bass) and Jack Carneal (drums) and Ned Oldham (guitar).  The Trux had done their “Back to School” 7” with Kramer, and it excited Will to think of going in and seeing how the notorious producer twiddled his knobs.  The two songs were “West Palm Beach” and “Gulf Shores”.  The band had not heard the songs prior to the session.  Will had written the songs in the weeks leading up to the summer road stretch.

Will Oldham moved to Birmingham, Alabama to live near brother Ned and family.  Birmingham was quiet and inexpensive and a few degrees warmer than Louisville in general.  Will wanted to make a record in Birmingham and looked around (the phone book) for a recording studio.  He came upon Bates Brothers Recording in nearby Hueytown and decided to do a test session with Ned and drummer Charlie Snell.  They recorded “O How I Enjoy the Light” and “Marriage”.  Eric Bates was the engineer.  The Bates’ studio was well-stocked with keyboards: piano, mellotron, Hammond b-3.  The sounds were tight and dry, reminding Oldham of tones obtained in 1970’s Serge Gainsbourg recordings.  The photographs on the cover of the single were taken by Bryan Rich.  Rich claimed that the back cover photograph was of the ruins of Mikhail Bulgakov’s house.  This record was the first under the Palace Records imprint; Oldham had begun to be able to afford to pay for recording sessions, lessening the pressure that comes with spending other people’s money. 

The test session at Bates Brothers had been a success.  Will Oldham felt comfortable inviting Steve Albini to Alabama to make a full-length record (what would become VIVA LAST BLUES).  The Bates’ ample supply of beautifully-maintained keyboards made inviting Liam Hayes to the session a no-brainer.  Oldham spoke with Britt Walford about playing drums but eventually Walford formally balked.  Instead, Will was encouraged by brother Paul Oldham to ask Jason Loewenstein to come drum.  Loewenstein (of Sparkalepsy and Sebadoh) was living in Louisville at the time.  Ned Oldham played the bass.  Bryan Rich played “lead guitar”; questions still get asked about where said guitar was leading.  Oldham has said that Stevie Wonder’s MUSIC OF MY MIND and Cat Stevens’ CATCH BULL AT FOUR were sonic influences, though such influence is hardly notable in the final product.  Albini did some significant maintenance work on the 2” tape machines at the Bates studio in order to get things properly up and running.  The record was titled VIVA LAST BLUES, in patial tribute to the movies of Russ Meyer.  The “last” aspect had to do with Oldham feeling like he was coming to the end of a certain trajectory of discovery.  The cover featured a drawing of a cheetah by Dianne Bellino.  The LP came with a poster featuring a painting by Cynthia Kirkwood; the CD featured a different Kirkwood painting in the booklet’s center spread.  A video was made by Aaron Woolf for the song “Old Jerusalem”; actress Chloe Sevigny starred in the video.

Around this time, folks (PavementKing Kong) were going to Easley Studios in Memphis to make their records.  Oldham didn’t like the inherent sounds of these records but figured he would take a first-hand look at Easley by recording two songs there.  These two songs were “(End of) Traveling” and “Lost Blues”.  Oldham asked brother Paul along with Jason Hayden (presently of One Beat Off) and Pete Townsend (not of the Who) to come to Memphis for the session.  These were ¾ (at the time) of the great Louisville band Speed-to-Roam.  Memphis’ Tiffany White sang “Lost Blues” with Will as a full duet partner, the first of many.  Studio owner/engineer Doug Easley played the pedal steel guitar.  It was decided that “The Mountain” from VIVA LAST BLUES would be released as a single with “(End of) Traveling” as a b-side.  Two mixes were run of “(End of) Traveling”.  The mix with a “dry” pedal steel was included on the 7” record.  The cover of the “Mountain Low” single was a photo that Oldham had taken in Glen Lyon, Scotland, in the shadow of Ben Lawers.  “Lost Blues” was later released on the Palace Music compilation LOST BLUES AND OTHER SONGS.

As with the 7” comp AN ARROW THROUGH THE BITCH the previous year (and the Royal Trux DOGS OF LOVE EP), it was decided to compile the “Mountain” 7” and the “West Palm Beach” 7” onto one four-song EP for release overseas on Domino.  The mix of “(End of) Traveling” used on this EP had a “wet” pedal steel.  The cover art was made by Nolen Otts.  Otts intended the art to resemble classic Cuban cigar box art. 

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Palace Music - Viva Last Blues - Streaming Now

Palace Music - O How I Enjoy The Light - Streaming Now

Oldham’s Palace Records came into being in 1995.  The twin intentions at the time for Palace Records were to formalize the new model of self-funding recording sessions and artwork commissions and to release great musics that Oldham was hearing that he figured might be a hard sell to the folks at Drag City.  Three 7”s were released in 1995 on Palace Records that were non-Palace/Will Oldham endeavors.  The first was by E/Or, a Louisville group made up of Steve Good (clarinet), Norman Minogue (drums), George Wethington (short wave radio), and Martin Williams (guitar).  The two songs are epic abstracts, “Mike” and “Martin Found a Jealous Cop...”, each stretching the limits of the physical format to its outer boundaries.

The other two Palace Records non-Will-Oldham singles released in 1995 were both by the Broadcast Choir.  From the ashes of the Pale Horse Riders came this experimental trio made up of Paul OldhamPeter Townsend and Chris Layton.  The records were “The Chapel Song”/“Down the Liver” and “Lights Out”/“Deflective War”.  Both singles are harrowing, awesome complements to any playlist.

 

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SPARKLE HARD'

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks | 26/03/18

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“So long as he lives, Stephen Malkmus may never run out of hooks” Pitchfork

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ new album Sparkle Hard will be released on May 18th via Domino Records.

In February, the band shared its twangy single ‘Middle America,’ the first new music to surface from the group since 2014. As a follow up, the band today shares another taste of the new album with the song, ‘Shiggy,’ an insanely gleeful, old-school four-chord stomper.

Stream ‘Shiggy’ here.

Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it?

Meeting that issue head on in the run up to The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018. If, like him, you’re a voracious consumer of all kinds of culture and feel the need to interact with it, rather than just react, then inevitably there’s a world that prompts you to put your best foot forward”. With Sparkle Hard Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. And they hit the ground running – on air treads.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune, a fiddle, guest vocalist Kim Gordon, one seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s Wig Out At Jag Bags balanced the lengthy prog workouts of Pig Lib with Mirror Traffic’s sparky pop moments, then Sparkle Hard bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

Malkmus started writing Sparkle Hard in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series Flaked (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on Sparkle Hard, the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times.

Tracklisting:

  1. Cast Off
  2. Future Suite
  3. Solid Silk
  4. Bike Lane
  5. Middle America
  6. Rattler
  7. Shiggy
  8. Kite
  9. Brethren
  10. Refute
  11. Difficulties / Let Them Eat Vowels

 

Sparkle Hard is available to pre-order on LP (heavyweight vinyl with insert), indie-exclusive deluxe LP (heavyweight coloured vinyl with insert), Dom Mart-exclusive deluxe LP (heavyweight coloured vinyl, insert and 12x12” sticker sheet with 12 individual die cut designs for each of the songs on the album by the creative genius Turbo Island), CD and digital.

Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

 

UK & European Tour Dates:

Wed 17th October – Albert Hall, Manchester Tickets

Thurs 18th October – SWG3, Glasgow Tickets

Fri 19th October – Vicar Street, Dublin Tickets

Sun 21st October – SWX, Bristol Tickets

Mon 22nd October – The Asylum, Birmingham Tickets

Wed 24th October – Hackney Arts Centre, London Tickets

Thurs 25th October – Concorde 2, Brighton Tickets

Mon 29th October – Lido, Berlin Tickets

Tues 30th October – Stadtgarten, Cologne Tickets

Wed 31st October – Melkweg, Amsterdam Tickets

On sale Wed 28th March at 9am

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIGITAL ACCOUNTS COORDINATOR

20/03/18

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Domino Recording Co. is seeking an organized and motivated individual for a Digital Accounts Coordinator position based in the Brooklyn, NY office.

 
SUMMARY:
The Digital Accounts Coordinator will report into the Head of Global Digital Accounts acting as a pivotal role internally, centralizing internal reporting, administration and serving as a voice of outward communication around Domino’s ongoing priorities. The ideal candidate will be adept at interpreting data, analyzing results using statistical techniques.  The role will also support the UK-based Senior Manager of Digital Accounts across the core activities detailed below. 
 
 
CORE ACTIVITIES:
  • Generate analytics and reporting including global and territory-specific sales and streaming reports, analysis of new releases and catalog trends. 
  • Assist with weekly account pitch process globally, centralizing outward communication from Domino to all digital accounts and international partners.
  • Tracking, analyzing and communicating campaign visibility across digital storefronts and playlists.
  • Participate in the strategy development with Global Head of Digital Sales and UK Senior Manager of Digital Accounts to optimize all campaigns across the digital partners. 
  • Assist with day-to-day updates of artist and playlist properties across all DSPs.  
  • Deliver weekly label updates to all digital account contacts.
 
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Preferred 1-2 years music industry experience.
  • A working knowledge and passion for digital technology, including music and video streaming platforms, content management platforms and emerging technology trends.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly in Microsoft Excel.
  • An analytical and data-driven mindset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication / interpersonal skills.
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks. 
  • Experience with industry reporting tools preferred, including Nielsen Soundscan, BuzzAngle, iTunes Connect, Spotify Analytics, Spotify For Artists, YouTube Analytics, Chartmetric, and Next Big Sound.
  • Most importantly, a passion for music and understanding of the Domino catalogue.
 
TO APPLY:
Please send a cover letter stating how you meet the requirements, along with your resume to digitaljob@dominorecordco.com
 

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)     

 
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