Out (via PIAS) on 10th March 2014
“When we love someone so much, and we brush aside the biggest flaws, and are committed to taking care of our baby in the deepest, blindest way – that can really put us in a bad position. It’s an honorable and hopeful way to think, but sometimes hope is a double edged sword. I tried to put some of that in a song”
Happy Valentine’s Day from Matthew E. White.
Third London show added to Joan As Police Woman tour!
Due to overwhelming demand Joan As Police Woman will play an additional Village Underground show on April 16th. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday February 11th. Joan As Police Woman already has two SOLD OUT London shows on the books: March 13th at The Lexington and April 15th at Village Underground. This will be the third London show Joan plays in support of her new album, The Classic, released March 10th 2014 – see full tour dates below..
A video for new single Holy City was filmed last month in New York City. Directed by Alex de Campi, the video comprises a series of surreal TV tableaux with Joan fantastically attired in each technicolour vignette.
Holy City is the new album’s prime Motown/Hi label-influenced pop fusion, a brilliantly instinctive lead single inspired by a visit to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and understanding people find ecstasy in different ways, from praying to making music. The track’s atmospheric closing scat-rap is from Reggie Watts: “he’s an incredibly inspired musician as well as being a comedic genius,” ventures Joan, “he challenges you to think much deeper, but in a way that’s subtle plus he’s so comfortable, natural and sensual in his body… I contacted him through mutual friends, and a week later, he was recording on my record with the freedom to do what he wanted. It felt very magical.”
The Classic, the fourth album of originals by the uniquely charismatic artist known as Joan As Police Woman, builds on the creative impetus and success of its 2011 predecessor The Deep Field. As ever Joan strives to create music rooted in an intimate, elemental and uplifting brand of soul combined with her own unique serene, torch-singing temperament, but whereas melancholy was a principle feature of Joan’s earlier work, this time there’s a more liberated feel than ever before.
Famously a key member of Antony Hegarty’s Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright’s band until she began making her own records, Joan was inspired by their combined piano balladry while infusing it with her own stripped-down-soul and torch-song approach. Her 2006 album debut Real Life was followed by To Survive (2008), written in the aftermath of her mother’s death; in 2009, she released an interim covers album simply called Cover, before The Deep Field confirmed Joan had started a full recovery and was determined to beat the blues. Which takes us to The Classic, where Joan reaches even further toward the light.
Joan As Police Woman 2014 Tour Dates
Mar 05 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 13 – The Lexington – London, United Kingdom – Sold Out
Mar 15 – Arts Centre – Norwich, United Kingdom
Mar 16 — AB – Bruxelles, Belgium
Mar 18 — Effenaar – Eindhoven, Netherlands
Mar 19 — Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 21 – Cafe la Danse – Paris, France
Mar 23 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Mar 24 — Feierwerk – Munich, Germany
Mar 25 — Postbahnnhof – Berlin, Germany
Mar 27 — Beatpol – Dresden, Germany
Mar 28 – UT Connwitz – Leipzig, Germany
Mar 29 – Uebel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, Germany
Mar 30 – Gebaude 9 – Cologne, Germany
Apr 01 — Zakk – Düsseldorf, Germany
Apr 02 — Forum – Bielefeld, Germany
Apr 03 — Mousonturm – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Apr 04 — Kaserne – Basel, Switzerland
Apr 06 – Bee Flat – Bern, Switzerland
Apr 07 – Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 08 – La Brise Glace – Annecy, France
Apr 10 – Elita Festival – Teatro Franco Parenti – Milan, Italy
Apr 11 — Bronson – Ravenna, Italy
Apr 12 – Viper Theatre – Florence, Italy
Apr 13 – Auditorium Parco Della Musica – Sala Petrassi – Rome, Italy
Apr 15 – Village Underground – London, United Kingdom
Apr 16 – Village Underground – London, United Kingdom
Apr 17 — Komedia – Brighton, United Kingdom
Apr 19 – The Belgrave – Leeds, United Kingdom
Apr 20 – The Traders Club – Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
Apr 21 — Gorilla – Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 23 – The Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Apr 24 – The Thekla – Bristol, United Kingdom
Apr 25 – Exeter Phoenix – Exeter, United Kingdom
Apr 27 – The Sage – Gateshead, United Kingdom
Apr 28 – Oran Mor – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 30 – Button Factory – Dublin, Ireland
May 01 – Limelight2 – Belfast, United Kingdom
May 04 — DR – Copenhagen South, Denmark
“Ladies & Gentlemen, Friends, Others…
I am pleased to introduce the video for the first song off the new album…
This is Where The River Don’t Flow made by Joseph Brett, in glorious stop motion.
Paper magician. Cardboard conjurer. Joe is the man behind the dark western revenge video for Bad Medicine. I said yes to him doing another film before i even knew what he had in mind. It is a handcrafted black and white wonder. Exploring the themes of mortality and legacy. With skellingtons.
So come with us.
Sell your soul for one last song.
And we’ll go where the river don’t flow”.
‘Where The River Don’t Flow’ is the new single from Liz Green’s forthcoming album ‘Haul Away!’.
Play It Again Sam are proud to announce their latest signings: LUCIUS!
“Peas in a vintage-soul-style pod” – New York Times
“Wildewoman spans the distance between tender and edgy, wistful and jubilant” – Vogue
“Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig can motherfracking sing” – Rolling Stone
Lucius is the name given to the band fronted by the irresistible partnership that exists between Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig: two Brooklyn girls who aren’t twins, but listening to their soaring harmonies you would be forgiven for thinking they were. Vocally they are inseparable and together they produce impeccable harmonies that are truly unique. Mining a deep seam of eccentric New York musical tropes, they marry a Brooklyn wit-sharp ear for pop melodies to girl group vocal harmonies with percussive post-punk power, like the Shirelles singing at CBGBs with Talking Heads and Television.
The tail end of 2013 saw the release of their debut album ‘Wildewoman’ in the US.
Since then, they have sold out shows across the US, including two nights at The Bowery Ballroom and a show at The Shacklewell Arms that introduced the UK to a communally euphoric live show.
They are now set to release ‘Wildewoman’ in the UK along with an accompanying string of tour dates.
The debut album ‘Wildewoman’ is a product of the social network that they pulled together whilst exploring their music at college: with the addition of bandmates Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, the result is a joyous and uplifting 11 track record which features tight vocal harmonies, stomping percussion and stunning melodies.
Producing the record themselves, ‘Wildewoman’ is a crisp modern classic of a record that stylishly showcases their influences while preserving a unique spirit that can only ever be 100% Lucius.
Hear ‘Nothing Ordinary’ from the album here: https://soundcloud.com/ilovelucius/nothing-ordinary
Turn It Around
Two Of Us On The Run
Until We Get There
Don’t Just Sit There
How Loud Your Heart Gets
Full EU/UK dates
Apr 05 Botanique – Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium
Apr 08 Paradiso Kleine Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 09 Gebáude 9 – Cologne, Germany
Apr 10 Atomic Café – Munich, Germany
Apr 11 Magnet – Berlin, Germany
Apr 13 Tweetakt – Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 16 Oslo – London, United Kingdom
Apr 18 Night & Day – Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 19 The Workman’s Club – Dublin, Ireland
Apr 20 Stereo – Glasgow, United Kingdom
(For tickets: https://www.facebook.com/ilovelucius/app_123966167614127)
A brand new Pixies music video for the song “Magdalena” premieres today on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDRAQfgUPZQ.
The video was conceived and directed by Judy Jacob (for Everything is OK), who directed and edited some of the highly-stylistic films made for Pixies’ 2009-2011 “Doolittle” world tour. Completely different from the other Pixies music videos for this project, the provocative “Magdalena” clip stars innovative British dance/theatre/performance artist Nando Messias.
‘Magdalena’ is the second video from Pixies’ EP-2, released on January 3, and the song, as the band’s Black Francis put it, is “basically a blues-shape with a Beatles-esque left turn, and a lot of Pixies-referential lyrics”.
Pixies are currently in the midst of the North American leg of their 2013-2014 world tour. They head to South America at the end of March for a series of major festivals including performances at Lollapaloozas in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and then return to Europe for the summer festival circuit. Dates are below.
24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)
25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)
26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)
28 NJ PAC, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)
29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)
31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)
1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)
2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)
4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)
6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)
7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)
8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)
9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)
11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)
13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)
14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)
15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)
17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)
18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)
19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)
21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)
22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA (Best Coast)
23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)
24 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)
25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)
27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)
28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)
1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)
29/30 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile
1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay
1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
2 Rock In Idro, Bologna, Italy
4 Caribana Festival, Crans-Pres-Celighy, Switzerland
6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK
13 Orange Festival, Warsaw, Poland
15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark
17/18 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel
20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland
20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany
20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany
25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia
29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)
30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland
2 Nuits De Fourviere, Lyon, France
5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (Stolen Recordings) – Out Monday 13th January (UK)
‘Total Strife Forever’ ranges from ambient passages, through neo-classical episodes and Detroit techno through to effervescent melodic electronic pop songs.
An ambitious work heralding the arrival of a singular new talent.
Inspirations along the way included the output of Tim Hecker, Brian Eno, Björk’s ‘Homogenic’ and Arvo Pärt.
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week) – “The first masterpiece of 2014”
Time Out (Album Of The Week)
“A startling album – the best thing you’ll hear in these tempestuous January days, and one that will continue to burn brightly long after the embers of 2014 have burnt out” - Drowned In Sound
“Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary” – The 405
“The first truly great album of 2014” – Clash
29 Cathedral Sheffield
30 Gullivers Manchester
31 King Tuts Glasgow
1 Riddance Liverpool
4 Louisiana Bristol
6 Lexington London
7 Green Door Store Brighton
With forthcoming platters including new albums from Mogwai, Actress, Kelis, Damon Albarn, Liars, Maximo Park, (not to mention a certain little known Boston band beginning with ‘P’) and so much more, 2014 is already shaping up to be quite a year.
Following on from the successful and critically acclaimed release of the pathfinding soundtrack to the genre-rewriting Channel 4 / Canal+ undead drama ‘Les Revenants’ (‘The Returned’), ‘Rave Tapes’ is the first studio album from the Glasgow five-piece since 2011’s ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’.
Recorded at the band’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow by the band with Paul Savage, ‘Rave Tapes’ sees Mogwai battering on the door of 2014 with arguably their strongest set yet.
The album is released through the band’s own label, Rock Action.
‘Rave Tapes’ is out Monday 20th January 2014 (UK) on CD, LP, digital download and lavishly lovely special edition box set.
The special edition box set format includes every format of the album possible – CD, LP, cassette and download codes – plus a bonus 12” and a one-sided 7”, and if that wasn’t enough, three 12” art prints and a photo book.
22 Mill Volvo Theatre Newcastle
24 & 25 Royal Festival Hall London
27 Bridgewater Hall Manchester
28 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
Here, courtesy of Noisey, is ‘The Lord Is Out Of Control’, the first video taster of their new opus.
A sneak peak of just *some* of the goodies we have to look forward to in the New Year:
Three years on from LA four-piece Warpaint’s unforgettable debut ‘The Fool’ we are very excited to be able to tell you that their follow-up, self-titled album is set for release on 20th January in the UK and 21st January in the US.
‘Love Is To Die’ – the first single to be taken from ‘Warpaint’ – has barely left the Rough Trade Records office stereo since Radio 1′s Zane Lowe made it his Hottest Record In The World.
Check it out along with the official album artwork by visionary director Chris Cunningham here.
Or watch it, here:
Dazed Digital have an illuminating interview with Chris about his work with Warpaint, read it – HERE
2. Keep It Healthy
3. Love Is To Die
8. Go In
9. Feeling Alright
‘Warpaint’ was co-produced by Warpaint and Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Foals), and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead). The album was conceived after some writing and recording sessions that took place in The Joshua Tree late last year.
You can catch Theresa, Emily, Jenny and Stella and their new music at the following European dates:
23/01/14 BRIGHTON, UK – Brighton Dome
25/01/14 OXFORD, UK – O2 Academy
19/02/14 LEEDS, UK – O2 Academy
20/02/14 LIVERPOOL, UK O2 Academy
21/02/14 BRISTOL, UK – O2 Academy
24/02/14 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Paradiso
Domino recording artistes Real Estate are in the studio in Chicago recording album #3 – the follow up to the gorgeous ‘Days’ – and have these teasey teasers to…erm… tease us with!
Meanwhile, Matt Mondanile from Real Estate (and Ducktails) has this mixtape up for your listening pleasure: CHECK
Mark McGuire has announced his upcoming debut release, ‘Along The Way’, on Dead Oceans.
Slated for release on February 3rd 2013, the conceptual album details an existential journey of a an individual seeking definition and enlightenment.
McGuire has shared the first single ‘The Instinct’ and its remix by Norwegian producer and Lindstrøm collaborator, Prins Thomas.
The accompanying YouTube visual loops feature footage filmed in Tokyo and at the Intergratron sound bath in Joshua Tree.
For those following McGuire’s post-Emeralds musical ascent thus far, ‘Along The Way’ is a culmination of a prodigious and prolific artist.
Full blurb below – ENJOY these fantastic videos!
Mark McGuire first came to prominence as part of the Cleveland drone collective Emeralds, a band that single handedly forced a shift towards meditative and understated sounds in a scene known for noise and chaos.
McGuire’s first solo release in 2006 showcased a natural affinity for melody, slowly disintegrating loops and composition. By 2009 his solo debut album Living With Yourself was garnering praise from press and audiences alike. McGuire as a solo performer made a direct connection with fans through his hypnotic playing, becoming more complex in its dynamics and phrasings. The album’s 2011 follow up Get Lost furthered the guitarist’s palate to include a sun-bleached digital effect.
On Along The Way, McGuire presents his unique vision of modern psychedelia. Using electric and acoustic guitars, a Talkbox, drum machines, a mandolin and lots in between, McGuire conducts a sonic exploration of the inner self. “This story is an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind,” he explains in the liner notes, “The endless unfolding of psychological landscapes, leading to perpetual discoveries and expansions, in a genuinely emergent and infinite world of worlds.” Divided over four sides of a double LP, the journey unfolds with plinking reflective guitars (“In Search of the Miraculous”), the sound of a father’s voice sampled from VHS (“The Human Condition”), gorgeous uplifting synth tones and softly mumbled vocals (“Arrival Begins The Next Departure”). Along The Way is a wholly immersive and captivating listen that McGuire says, “is not a critique, it is not instructional, nor is it a proclamation that I believe I have gone through this journey and succeeded, not by a long shot. It is, however, a journey that I truly believe is offered to every man and woman who has ever lived, through the lightness that breathes through your heart when you feel the true touch of life, and the light of love.”
‘Along The Way’ Tracklisting
Wonderland of Living Things
In Search of the Miraculous
To The Macrobes (Where Do I Go?)
Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipulation)
The Human Condition (Song For My Father)
For the Friendships (Along the Way)
Arrival Begins the Next Departure
The War on Consciousness
The Lonelier Way
Turiya (The Same Way)