A Double Delight on ‘Later…’ – Joan As Policewoman and Lucius

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Joan As Police Woman – ‘The Classic’ – Out Now!



Lucius – ‘Wildewoman’ – Out Now!


Agnes Obel performs ‘Aventine’ on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014




Agnes Obel’s ‘Aventine’ album - is out now on Play It Again Sam


Pixies Announce ‘Indie Cindy’, Their First New Studio Album In 20+ Years

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014




 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.”


Indie Cindy
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


Track listing:

What Goes Boom
Greens and Blues
Indie Cindy
Magdalena 318
Silver Snail
Blue Eyed Hexe
Ring the Bell
Another Toe in the Ocean
Andro Queen
Jaime Bravo


Stream Champs’ ‘Down Like Gold’ Album

Monday, March 3rd, 2014





Out (via PIAS) on 10th March 2014



Happy Valentine’s Day!! From Bleached

Friday, February 14th, 2014


Matthew E White’s Valentine Gift To You All

Friday, February 14th, 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.


Joan As Police Woman – Holy City (Official Video)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


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


Liz Green – Where The River Don’t Flow (Official Video)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


“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”.

Liz Green



‘Where The River Don’t Flow’ is the new single from Liz Green’s forthcoming album ‘Haul Away!’.


Play It Again Sam sign Lucius

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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




‘Wildewoman’ Tracklist:

Turn It Around
Go Home
Hey, Doreen
Nothing Ordinary
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)



Pixies Premiere New Music Video For ‘Magdalena’

Monday, January 27th, 2014


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