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!
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.
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…
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:
GET THEE TO A RECORD SHOPPE!
Adieu for now…
Has it been a year already?! Blimey.
SATURDAY 16th APRIL 2011 :: RECORD STORE DAY 2011
Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year.
Its purpose is to celebrate the art of independent music.
The day brings together fans, artists, and independently owned record stores the world over.
[PIAS] UK have been particularly vociferous supporters of RSD since day one.
Now in it’s fourth year, our enthusiasm remains undimmed, boundless!
Below is a list of our products exclusively available on the day, at participating indie stores, subject to availability, whilst stocks last.
Or, to quote the official website, “The product listed is available only for purchase in participating UK stores. You are advised to check with your local store as to availability as not every store will stock all titles”.
Or, in other words, get down your chosen record shop on the day EARLY!
A Day To Remember – ‘All I Want’ – 7” (Victory)
About Group – ‘Start And Complete’ + Bonus 7″ – LP + 7″ (Domino)
Akron Family – ‘<bmbz>’ – 2LP (Dead Oceans)
Anoraak / Team Ghost – ‘Dolphins & Highways / A Glorious Time’ – 7” (Sonic Cathedral)
Antony & The Johnson – ‘Swanlights’ – 10” (Rough Trade)
Arctic Monkeys – TBC - 7” – (Domino)
Arthur Russell – ‘World Of Echo’ –LP (Rough Trade)
Bibio / Clark – ‘Willenhall / Baskerville Grinch’ – 12” (Warp)
Black Mountain – ‘Rollercoaster b/w In The Drones’ – 7” (Jagjaguwar)
Blitzen Trapper – ‘Maybe Baby / Soul Singer’ – 7” (Sub-Pop)
British Sea Power – ‘Who’s In Control / Living Is So Easy’ -2×7” (Rough Trade)
Busdriver – ‘ATM’ – 7” (Polyvinyl)
Clinic - ‘Ladies Night (Covers EP)’ – 7” (Domino)
Dan Sartain – ‘Fuck…’ 7” (One Little Indian)
Deerhoof / XIU XIU – ‘Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof’ – 7” (Polyvinyl)
Esben & the Witch – ‘Chorea’ – 12” (Matador)
Flogging Molly – ‘Don’t Shut ‘Em Down’ – 7” (Borstal Beat Records)
Flying Lotus – ‘Cosmogramma Alt Takes’ – LP (Warp)
Franz Ferdinand – ‘Covers EP’ – 12” (Domino)
Frightened Rabbit / Twilight Sad – ‘Early Demos’ – Tape (Fatcat)
Fucked Up – ‘Fucked Up Presents David’s Town’ – LP (Matador)
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – ‘We’re New Here’ – LP BOX SET (XL)
Glenn Jones / Black Twig Pickers with Charlie Parr – ‘Even to Win Is to Fail / EastMont Syrup’ – LP (Thrill Jockey)
James Yorkston – ‘The Talking Diaries Of A Scottish Gent’ – 10” (Domino)
Jimi Hendrix & Lightnin’ Rod – ‘Doriella Du Fontaine’ – 12” (Celluloid Records)
The Kills – ‘Sateliite’ – 10” (Domino)
Lone Pigeon – ‘28 Secret Tracks’ – LP (Domino)
Lower Dens – ‘Deer Knives / Tangiers’ – 7” (Sub-Pop)
Mitchell and Manley – ‘Norcal Values’ – LP (Thrill Jockey)
of Montreal – ‘The Past Is A Grotesque Animal’ – 12” (Polyvinyl)
Oval / Liturgy – ‘Split LP’ –LP (Thrill Jockey)
Owen – ‘O, Evelyn’ – 7” (Polyvinyl)
Owiny Sigoma Band – ‘Wires’ – 12” (Brownswood)
Pigeon Detectives – ‘Done In Secret’ – 7” (Dance To The Radio)
Radiohead – ‘The Butcher / Supercollider’ – 12” (XL)
Rekords Rekords – ‘A Rekords Rekords Record’ – 10″ picture disc (Domino)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – ‘Broom’ – LP (Polyvinyl)
‘Sound It Out: A Documentary by Jeanie Finlay’ – DVD (Pipoca Pictures)
The Go! Team – ‘Remixes’ – LP (Memphis)
The Heartbreaks – ‘Jealous Don’t You Know’ – 7” (Morecombe Rock / Tri-Tone)
The Luyas / Twin Sister – ‘Split’ – 7” (Dead Oceans)
Timber Timbre – ‘Black Water’ – 7” (Full Time Hobby)
Toddla T – ‘Cherry Picking’ – 12” (Ninja Tune)
Tracey Thorn – ‘You Are A Lover’ – 10” (Strange Feeling)
Various Artists / Kill Rock Stars – ‘Kill Rock Stars LP’ – LP (Kill Rock Stars)
Various Artists – ‘Dolphins/Blacklisters/Castrovalva/Hawk Eyes: Brew // DTTR Split 10” – 10” (Dance To The Radio)
Various Artists / Stolen Records – ‘Stolen 6’ – CD (Stolen)
Various Artists / Sub-Pop – ‘Terminal Sales Vol. 4 Sub Pop 2011 comp’ – CD (Sub Pop)
Villagers – ‘Live At The Workman’s Club Dublin’ – LP (Domino)
Vivian Girls – ‘I Heard You Say’ – 7” (Polyvinyl)
Warpaint – ‘Undertow/Warpaint’ – 7” (Rough Trade)
Wild Beasts – ‘Albatross’ – 7” (Domino)
Young Knives – ‘Love My Name’ – 7” (Gadzook)
Or see here: http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/exclusive-product.aspx for the official RSD UK website.
For a full list of participating shops, click here: http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores.aspx
Join us, and let’s make Record Store Day 2011 the biggest yet!
You love em, i love em, you can’t live with em and you definitely can’t live without em!
What AM i going on about? Mothers’ Day – that’s what (or Mothering Sunday if you’re not into the whole brevity thing).
Eeek! It’s this sunday – 3rd April.
Suffice to say your lowly web monkey will be escorting mama web monkey to a no-expense-spared lunch beyond her wildest dreams (prob. Pizza Express. Again).
To sweeten the deal i might direct my beloved mater to this rather spiffing Spotify playlist that [PIAS]‘s Top Boffins have put together…..
Sweet! A happy mum makes for a happy web monkey.
Take it away Brainiacs!:
Click me for [PIAS] Mothers Day Compilation!
Darwin Deez – Up In The Clouds
Thirteen Senses – Home
Agnes Obel – Just So
Ben Ottewell – Lightbulbs
Joan As Police Woman – The Magic
Tracey Thorn – Hormones
Drive-By Truckers – I Do Believe
The Divine Comedy – I Like
Alex Winston – Sweet James
Gruff Rhys – Honey All Over
Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight
Local Natives – Airplanes
The Jolly Boys – Perfect Day
Hey ‘webbers! Hope this finds you well. Have been off the radar for a week or two, concentrating on sorting out Record Store Day 2011. Some extremely desirable badgers available in participating independent retailers, very desirable indeed…… More info on this very, very soon.
But first…. let’s talk huge new releases – and when i say HUGE i mean MAHOOSIVE!
Radiohead release ‘King Of Limbs’ (XL Recordings) in a full blown electric job, with physical formats of CD/LP joining the ranks.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with their new longplayer ‘Belong’ (Play It Again Sam).
Sheffield’s electronic legends The Human League return with a brand new album ‘Credo’ (Wall Of Sound).
Check out the video for ‘Never Let Me Go’ below.
NYC’s infamous hipsters The Strokes also return with a brand new album from the original skinny-jeaned line-up of lads, ‘Angles’ (Rough Trade).
Micachu & The Shapes have collaborated with London Sinfonietta, one of the world’s leading contemporary orchestras, to create ‘Chopped & Screwed’ (Rough Trade). Recorded live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, the album is – rather surprisingly – Rough Trade’s and Micachu & The Shapes’ first ever classical release.
A brand new FABRICLIVE release from Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman (Fabric).
Serious bass pressure Bill Murray!
Canadian black-metallers Blackguard storm the barricades with their new opus ‘Firefight’ (Victory Records). They are touring the UK/Europe right now, dates in a natty youtube video below, along with the promo clip for the title track.
Coming soon…….. new Bill Callahan (aka Smog) album on Drag City, avant-supergroup About Group on Domino (featuring members of Hot Chip, This Heat and Spring Heel Jack), The King Blues album (‘Punk & Poetry’ on Transmission) hits just as Britain’s youth start chasing policemen down the street of a Saturday afternoon, your lowly web monkey’s tip matthewdavid of Leaving Records hits with a longplayer on Brainfeeder, tUnE-yArDs on 4AD, new Low on Sub Pop, Hauschka on Fatcat, Zomes (yesssssss!) on Thrill Jockey, Autechre boxset on Warp….. blimey!
News of Record Store Day 2011……. to follow!
Keep em peeled.
Adieu for now!
Hola! I’ve been sent links for some shiny new music videos, check out these badgers below. And then go and buy some records. Cheers!
First up, Scotland’s much-underrated The Phantom Band with their Terry Gilliam meets ‘Seeds Of Love’-era Tears For Fears meets Willy Wonka vibes for ‘Everybody Knows It’s True’ (Chemikal Underground)
The Phantom Band, hard-working lads that they are, are out on the road a bunch. Go see!
7 London – Dingwalls
8 Norwich – Norwich Arts Centre
9 Leicester – The Musician
10 Manchester – Sound Control
11 Liverpool – The Bluecoat
12 Clitheroe – The Grand
13 Newcastle – The Riverside
15 Inverness – Hootananny
16 Aberdeen – Tunnels
17 Edinburgh – Cabaret Voltaire
18 Dundee – Doghouse
19 Glasgow – Classic Grand
The Phantom Band‘s two albums – ‘The Wants’ and ‘Checkmate Savage’ both on Chemikal Underground – are widely available and deserve your attention.
From one end of Blighty to the t’other now, Brighton’s Fujiya & Miyagi have issued this very curious ‘press conference’ ahead of their European tour. Who you calling a dummy?
See if you can spot their strings, on tour now!
2 Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
3 Salford – Islington Mill
4 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
5 Bristol – The Fleece
8 London – Heaven
and then all over Europe throughout April. If you’ve yet to wax on wax off or paint the fence, check these biscuits out:
‘Transparent Things’ (Groenland Records)
‘Lightbulbs’ (Full Time Hobby)
‘Ventriloquizzing’ (Full Time Hobby)
Whilst not psychedelic per se, the final video for today heralds the forthcoming longplayer (on Transmission Recordings) from London’s punk/ska/folk politicos The King Blues, with ‘Set The World On Fire’. Enjoy (unless you are a Daily Mail reader…). The King Blues are also Kings Of The Road, tourdates under the video.
25 Spring & Airbake Belfast
26 The Academy Dublin
28 Concord 2 Brighton
29 Bierkeller Bristol
30 Academy 2 Birmingham
1 Central Station Wrexham
2 Academy 2 Manchester
3 King Tuts Glasgow
4 Academy 2 Newcastle
5 Metropolitan Uni Leeds
5 Leeds Met Uni
7 The Forum Turnbridge Wells
8 Koko London
14 New Slang at The Hippodrome Kingston
30 Camden Crawl London
That’s it! – Adieu for now.
Out now – Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie XX are new here, The Psychic Paramount are ‘II’ and Thirteen Senses deliver album no.3
Eh up cyberspace! How you doin this week? Here are just a smattering of the great titles [PIAS] UK and our label friends will be putting out in the next wee while. Get yourself down your local record shop (whilst they’re still there….) and talk to a human or communicate with your preferred web retailer via the medium of electricity.
What happens when one of the most exciting young producers around reworks one of the most acclaimed albums from a true legend? The result is Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie xx’s ‘We’re New Here’ which sees Jamie xx remixing thirteen tracks from the original ‘I’m New Here’ album sessions (XL Recordings).
NY power trio The Psychic Paramount’s ‘II’ (No Quarter) is a must for fans of Comets On Fire, Tortoise, Trans Am, Blue Cheer, Kinski, Boredoms - you get the picture. Heavy storming psychedelic spacerock. Receiving good write ups everywhere from Stereogum to Uncut, DiS to Tiny Mix Tapes to your your humble web monkey’s hovel. I’ll post a sonic taster here, when i get a sec.
The fans’ wait is finally over – Thirteen Senses return with their much anticipated third album ‘Crystal Sounds’ (B-Sirius).
Check out their latest video – for ‘The Loneliest Star’ – an amazing piece of computer animation, here:
More in a bit. Til then – adieu!