It’s Mercury Prize nominations time.
Winner to be announced October 29th.
Here’s the list:
Anna Calvi: ‘One Breath’ (Domino Recording Co.)
Bombay Bicycle Club: ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’
Damon Albarn: ‘Everyday Robots’
East India Youth: ‘Total Strife Forever’ (Stolen Recordings)
FKA Twigs: ‘LP1′ (Young Turks / XL Recordings)
Jungle: ‘Jungle’ (XL Recordings)
Young Fathers: ‘Dead’ (Big Dada)
Kate Tempest: ‘Everybody Down’ (Big Dada)
GoGo Penguin: ‘v2.0′
Nick Mulvey: ‘First Mind’
Polar Bear: ‘In Each and Every One’
Royal Blood: ‘Royal Blood’
Fat White Family and Temples have been nominated for ‘Best New Act’ at this year’s Q Awards.
FKA Twigs, Arctic Monkeys & Jack White among the other nominees for this year’s awards.
Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access
The Fat White Family (Without Consent)
FKA Twigs (Young Turks / XL Recordings)
Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio
Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Lorde – Royals
Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
Kasabian – Eez-eh
Q Best Video
Arctic Monkeys – Arabella (Domino Recording Co.)
Elbow – New York Morning
Coldplay – Magic
Jamie xx – Sleep Sound (Young Turks / XL Recordings)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Q Best Album
Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
Kasabian – 48:13
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club
Arctic Monkeys (Domino Recording Co.)
Jack White (XL / Third Man)
Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën
Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Buster + Punch
Arctic Monkeys (Domino Recording Co.)
FKA Twigs ‘LP1′ (Young Turks) – Out Now
Childhood ‘Lacuna’ (House Anxiety) – Out Now
Grumbling Fur ‘Preternaturals’ (The Quietus Phonographic Corp) – Out Now
Moire ‘Shelter’ (Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune) – Out Next Week
The Bug ‘Angels & Devils’ (Ninja Tune) – Out 25th August
Rustie ‘Green Language’ (Warp) – Out 25th August
Later…. With Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Kelis, White Denim, Hurray For The Riff Raff and Eno/Hyde
Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’ (Jagjaguwar) – Out Now
Damien Jurado – ‘Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son’ (Secretly Canadian) – Out Now
Kelis – ‘Food’ (Ninja Tune) – Out Now
Eno/Hyde – ‘Someday World’ (Warp) – Out Now
White Denim – ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ (Downtown) – Out Now
Hurray For The Riff Raff – ‘Small Town Heroes’ (ATO) – Out Now
PIXIES TO RELEASE FIRST FULL STUDIO ALBUM IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES
Special Vinyl Release Confirmed for Record Store Day
“…their songwriting chops have hardly wavered and the best may be yet to come.” — Village Voice
Fans have dreamed about it for years, and now Pixies are delivering. Indie Cindy, the band’s first full studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, will be released in late April (April 23/Japan, April 28/UK/Europe/International, April 29/North America) on the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic (marketed and distributed worldwide by [PIAS] Recordings).
“We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago,” said Pixies drummer David Lovering. “New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn’t continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we’re all very happy with the way everything worked out.”
The 12 cuts on Indie Cindy were produced by Gil Norton, producer of the band’s classic Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde albums, and recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK.
The various packages feature a collection of brand new artwork by the legendary graphic artist Vaughan Oliver who created the artwork for all of Pixies’ previous releases.
The album is comprised of “Bagboy,” the band’s first new song in more than a decade, the eight tracks from the band’s EP-1 and EP-2, released September 3, 2013 and January 3, 2014 respectively, plus the three new tunes from the just-released EP-3 – all written by the Pixies – Black Francis/vocals, guitar; Joey Santiago/guitars; David Lovering/drums, backing vocals.
With EP-1, EP-2 and now EP-3 having been available only in digital and limited-edition vinyl formats, Indie Cindy will mark the first time fans can have all of the new Pixies music in one collection.
Pixies are making Indie Cindy available in a selection of formats:
* as a standard 12-track single-CD digipak with booklet
* as a two-disc, deluxe gatefold album, pressed on 180-gram vinyl
* as a standard 12-track digital download via iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail sellers
* as an expanded digital download exclusively through iTunes that includes a bonus live-in-concert 13-track set recorded during the band’s recently-completed North American tour
* available at pixiesmusic.com, a special deluxe, limited edition (5,000) two-disc set (available as a CD and as a deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl) that includes the 13-track live disc. This deluxe package also includes a 40-page, hard-back book that features the new artwork produced exclusively for Indie Cindy. The CD limited edition is packaged in a special gold-foil hard slipcase.
But wait, there’s more. On April 19, a week before the official release date and exclusively for Record Store Day, Pixies will make Indie Cindy available as a special RSD limited edition, two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set, only from independent record stores participating in RSD around the world. When these are gone, they’re gone.
While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today, a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their iconic “loudquietloud” signature sound. After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993, and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally. But writing, recording and releasing new music was something that the band had been wanting to do for a long time, so they secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall of 2012. Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something they’d never done.
As the UK’s DIY wrote about the new music, “They’re back. They’re still brilliant. God save the Pixies.”
Produced by Gil Norton
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales
Record label: pixiesmusic
Black Francis – vocals, guitars
Joey Santiago – guitars
David Lovering – drums, backing vocals
Ding – bass
Jeremy Dubs – backing vocals
What Goes Boom
Greens and Blues
Blue Eyed Hexe
Ring the Bell
Another Toe in the Ocean
Out (via PIAS) on 10th March 2014