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Three posts in a day?  I *must* be drunk.


Three HUGE forthcoming releases that will also surely be soundtracking Summer 2011:

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’ (Domino Records) – 6th June 2011

Battles – ‘Gloss Drop’ (Warp Records) – 6th June 2011

Bon Iver – ‘Bon Iver’ (4AD) – 20th June 2011


Adieu for now!

Hola again!

For a snapshot of the soundtrack(s) to your Summer, read on!


WU LYF – ‘Go Tell Fire To The Mountain’ (L Y F Recordings) – 13th June 2011

Seasick Steve – ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’ (Play It Again Sam) – 30th May 2011

The Middle East – ‘I Want That You Are Always Happy’ (Play It Again Sam) – 6th June 2011

Frank Turner – ‘England Keep My Bones’ (Xtra Mile) – 6th June 2011


Hey there, how you doin?

With just three more episodes of this series remaining, i thought now would be a good time to look back at ‘Later….With Jools Holland’.

Here are just a few of PIAS UK’s friends who have appeared on the show this series (at this point *imagine* a whirling camera spinning around your PC screen…. whooo!).

There’ll be no boogie-woogie piano, i promise.

Anna Calvi (Domino Records) made a lot of new fans in the series opener with a great version of ‘Blackout’:



Adele (XL Recordings) continued to rule the world with heartache and beautiful post-breakup resolve, here – from episode 5 – with ‘Take It All’:



Arctic Monkeys (Domino Records) announced their imminent return and forthcoming album (‘Suck It And See’ – UK street date 6th June 2011) with a(nother) barnstorming appearance. Here, with ‘Library Pictures’:



From the same show, Warpaint (Rough Trade) also wowed the crowd, repaying the faithful and impressing the many-soon-to-be-converted. Here, with ‘Undertow’:


From the latest…errr…. ‘Later’… (in alphabetical order):

Seasick Steve (Play It Again Sam), with ‘I Don’t Know Why She Love Me (But She Do)’. Featuring John Paul Jones on bass!


The Strokes (Rough Trade), with ‘Under Cover Of Darkness’:


Wild Beasts (Domino Records), with ‘Bed Of Nails’:


Remember, catch ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ on BBC2 on Friday nights or on BBC iPlayer (UK only sadly, i believe).

Friendly Fires (XL) are on the next episode.

You can also watch vintage ‘Later…’ performances – including Adele and Arctic Monkeys’ debut appearances from back in the day – here: 


Adieu for now!

Hola again!

Our very own version of Doctor Who has touched down in his FutureTardis with another Spotify playlist, this time from our friends over at Independiente Records.

Here’s the link: Independiente Records

And here’s the tracklisting:

Travis – Sing
Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Embrace – Gravity
Embrace – Ashes
Travis – Flowers In The Window
So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
Archive – You Make Me Feel
Martina Topley Bird – Baby Blue
So Solid Crew – Broken Silence
Martina Topley Bird – Carnies
Paul Weller – English Rose
Paul Weller – Brand New Start
White Rose Movement – Alsatian
White Rose Movement – Girls In The Back
Ulrich Schnauss – Stars – Edit
The Tears – Refugees
Ulrich Schnauss – On My Own
Tinariwen – Cler Achel
David Ford – Song For The Road
Tinariwen – Lulla

Thanks Independiente!

Thanks Mr Timelord from the Future!

Adieu (again) for now.


Happy Monday all! Hope this finds you well.

“What’s new?”, I hear you ask. Well, if you’re asking then i’m a-telling.

Tis a MASSIVE week for hot new releases, here are just a few:

Your humble web monkey has been getting his drank and blaze on like a demon…..waiting waiting waiting for this puppy to drop and it’s finally here – Tyler, The Creator’s debut album proper ‘Goblin’ is out today (XL Recordings). SWAG!

Wild Beasts return with their much-anticipated new album ‘Smother’ (Domino). Epic sexy falsetto ahoy!

Proper folk royalty, the Empress Eliza Carthy releases her latest longplayer, the very lovely ‘Neptune’ (HemHem).

More legends, this time of the electronica scene, return. Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek’s Africa Hi Tech release a glorious slab of booty shaking deliciousness ’93 Million Miles’ (Warp Records).

Beautiful Americana on Okkervil River’s newie – ‘I Am Very Far’ (Jagjaguwar).

A handy web-based mirror for your humble web monkey (above). Not really! Tis the new collaborative album from Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (Chemikal Underground). Tell me about it lads. Tsk.

NYC’s Gang Gang Dance return with perhaps their finest album to date – ‘Eye Contact’ (4AD). Amazing insectoid art on this one too.

A personal fave over at web monkey’s hovel, the very fine Mountains are back with a brand new longplayer – ‘Air Museum’ (Thrill Jockey). Chiming with the current wave of analogue synth cosmonauts (think Oneohtrixpoint Never, Emeralds et al) – this one will be rocking all major planetariums this Summer.

I’ll be back in a min with another post, but to play us out here is  Tyler, The Creator’s stark, disturbing, beautiful video for ‘Yonkers’ (strictly NSFW! Nononono – not safe for work kids! How many times do i have to say it – NOT.SAFE.FOR.WORK.). Ssshhhwwwaaaggg…

Adieu for now!



The wonderful ‘Philharmonics’ by the lovely Agnes Obel is out in the UK next Monday – 2nd May - in a deluxe 2CD version.

Already a word-of-mouth sensation (and Platinum seller in France!) – the reissue is sure to project Ms Obel into the stratosphere.

To celebrate, Agnes has put together a lovely Spotify playlist, that our Future Sailors have beamed back to me from the Future.

Check it out!


Agnes Obel’s Spotify Playlist


Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do?
Portishead – Only You
Timber Timbre – Demon Host
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Thom Yorke – Harrowdown Hill
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why
Bon Iver – The Wolves (Act I and II)
Björk – All Is Full Of Love
Neil Young – Old Man
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait
Agnes Obel – Riverside





Adieu for now!


More great footage from RSD 2011 – this time from the beautiful Banquet Records in Kingston….



Three bonus points if you spot [PIAS] UK’s amazing international man of mystery Ken.


From Monorail in Glasgow….

And Sounds Of The Universe in London…

Congratulations and thanks to all the bands, DJs, labels, stores and customers who got involved in RSD 2011!

From the early feedback we’re hearing, it seems the day was a huge huge huge roaring success.

Here’s an amazing film – from the very lovely folk at David’s Music Shop in Letchworth – which encapsulates all the joy, buzzy excitement and hardcore passion for music that Record Store Day embodies.

Thanks for letting us share this David’s Crew!

Blimey – watching that made me feel a little intoxicated…. great stuff.

Remember kids – a record shop is for life, not just for Record Store Day!

Adieu for now…

Eh up,

With Record Store Day 2011 almost upon us, here’s a quick round up of our [PIAS]-related acts who’ll be playing on the day (often for free!)

Check with your local store for details / wristbands etc.

Alexander Tucker – Flashback London

Broken Records – Avalanche Edinburgh

Danny & The Champions Of The World – Badlands Cheltenham

Dutch Uncles – Piccadilly Manchester

Edit Select (Percy X) – Rubadub Glasgow

Erland & The Canival – Jumbo Leeds

Frightened Rabbit – Monorail Glasgow

Frightened Rabbit – Avalanche Edinburgh

Ghostpoet – Phonica London

Instra:mental – Rubadub Glasgow

Laura J Martin – RPM Newcastle

Malachai Soundsystem – Rise Bristol

Nerina Pallot – Square Wimborne

Pete And The Pirates – Rough Trade West

Richard Walters – Truck Store Oxford

Sean O’Hagan (High Llamas) – Davids Letchworth

Steve Mason  – Tower Records Dublin

Wild Beasts – Rough Trade East

Young Knives – Truck Store Oxford

There are bound to be further surprise appearances / happenings / instores / DJ sets…. the best way to stay in the loop is to get off the internet and:


Adieu for now…