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!
With romance in the air we decided to cut through the mushy moments with our own playlist for you lovers out there to enjoy over your candle-lit meal this evening. Taking in Teenage Fanclub, New Young Pony Club, Frank Turner, The Temper Trap, Bebel Gilberto, We Are Scientists and more, this one places the music first to get you feeling all loved-up. And, if we say so ourselves, its a rather fine playlist. Go subscribe and hear for yourself!
Hello there! A quick (and rare) Thursday appearance. Have been asked to mention this fine bit of news below. Check!
We are pleased to announce that Eliza Carthy and her mother Norma Waterson won 2 gongs at this year’s BBC 2 Folk Awards.
Best traditional track for ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and album of the year for their collaboration ‘Gift’.
Eliza is preparing a new album that will be released on her own label HemHem via [PIAS] UK in May.
Link to BBC Folks awards, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/folk-awards-2011/
Adele continues to reign in Chartland. Ben ‘Gomez’ Ottewell releases a solo joint. And Gruff Rhys *is* Will Smith (sort of)…
Queen of 21st century soulful pop Adele continues to reign at the Top of the albums chart with ’21′ and her debut longplayer ’19′ continues to reside at Number four in the charts this week. Well done lady.
Ben Ottewell (of Gomez fame) has a brand new solo album out today. Titled ‘Shapes And Shadows’ (Eat Sleep Records) it’s a record inspired as much by John Lee Hooker as by John Martyn, Nick Drake and Red House Painters.
Ben, being a modern gentlemen into all that young people stuff, has compiled a Spotify playlist of tunes that keep him trucking whilst on the road. Check it out: Ben Ottewell (Gomez) Tour Bus Treats
There’s a couple of very fine singles out this week that i really must mention.
Mogwai release ‘Mexican Grand Prix’ on vinyl 7″ (including a digital download code) as a precursor to their mighty new album ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ (both on the ‘Moggers own label Rock Action Records). Features an exclusive new track – ‘Slight Domestic’ – on the B-side and top sleeve art too, echoing old-school Mogwai pieces like ‘Ten Rapid’.
Now for the painfully tenuous Fresh Prince / Six Degrees Of Seperation reference….
Friend of Mogwai – and guest on Mogwai’s ‘Rock Action’ album – Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals and modern day Saint Of Wales) releases a brand new single from his ‘Hotel Shampoo’ solo opus on beautiful fat 12″ wax.
Ladies and gentlemen, i give you ‘Sensations In The Dark’ (errrrr, rather Gruff Rhys does, not I officer…..)
Gruff does an absolutely *amazing* version of the tune on The Guardian’s website (i implore you, please click here)
and is also interviewed here by The Observer about turning 40 years young, SFA, his ‘Separado!’ road movie, solo album #3 ‘Hotel Shampoo’, hotels (of the shampoo’ey variety and otherwise) and all manner of things…..
Until next time…. adieu!
Adele‘s brand new album – ’21′ (XL Recordings) – has become the second-fastest selling album of the past 12 months (beaten only by Take That’s ‘Progress’) and within the indie sector had the best new release week since Arctic Monkey’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ (Domino Recording Co) debuted at Number One in May 2007.
With her brand new album taking the Number One spot in such emphatic style *and* her assured debut album ’19′ re-entering the UK charts at Number Four, this is quite a week for young Miss Adkins.
Congratulations to Adele and XL Recordings.
Long may her success continue!
Out this week – The Go! Team, Seefeel, Jonny (Euros Childs & Norman Blake) and David Lynch (Ommm…. we are not worthy….)
Another great week for releases, i’ll try to pace myself this week, after last Monday’s nerd explosion. Here’s just a taster:
Hugely enthusiastic, infectious director of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The Elephant Man’ (no, not yet….) Brighton borne audio adventurers The Go! Team return with their third album ‘Rolling Blackouts’ on Memphis Industries.
A widescreen meets C-90 cassette lo-fi epic, The Go! Team have upped the ante, giving us a record that is by turns their most refined, most kick ass, most melodic and most effortlessly effusive record yet.
The band then head out for a massive tour; be sure to catch em (if you can):
3 Oran Mor Glasgow
4 Liquid Room Edinburgh
5 Lemon Tree Aberdeen
6 The Cluny Newcastle
8 Heaven London
9 The Junction Cambridge
10 Birmingham Institute
11 Anson Rooms Bristol
13 The Princess Pavilion Falmouth
14 Old Fire Station Bournemouth
15 Academy 1 Oxford
16 Concorde 2 Brighton
18 The Cockpit Leeds
19 Academy 2 Manchester
20 Academy 2 Liverpool
21 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
24 Waterfront Norwich
25 Academy 2 Sheffield
26 Academy 2 Leicester
27 Millennium Music Hall Cardiff
Watch the trippy (man) video for ‘Buy Nothing Day’ – featuring album guest Bethany from Best Coast (or Beth Coast as i like to call her) – here:
The disturbed genius mind behind ‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Lost Highway’ and ‘Wild At Heart’
Warp Records orignals and pioneers of avant sonic sonambulism Seefeel return with a brand new self-titled album and line up.
Seefeel + Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg) + former Boredoms drummer Iida Kazuhisa (E-Da) = one happy and very excited web monkey.
Seefeel will also be hitting the road (although i imagine they travel by cloud – Studio Ghibli style – rather than in a smelly transit van) for some live dates:
31 London King’s Place
18 Manchester Islington Mill
19 Dublin Button Factory
21 Glasgow The Arts School
22 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Student of Yogic learning and adherent of transcendental meditation
Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Euros Childs team up for some sweet supergroup action under the moniker Jonny with a self titled album on the Alsatian label and a clutch of dates:
3 Brighton Ballroom
4 Cambridge The Haymakers
5 Reading Play
7 Bristol Cooler
8 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
10 Nottingham Bodega
11 Liverpool Mojo
12 Sheffield The Harley
14 Manchester Deaf Institute
15 Birmingham Glee Club
16 York The Basement
18 Middlesborough Westgarth SC
19 Glasgow Platform
20 Newcastle Cluny
21 Sunderland Independent Room 2
Fans of classic indie rock and / or confectionary will be in heaven (“everything is fine….”) with Jonny‘s video for the single ‘Candyfloss’, here:
Bequiffed silver fox, American Spirit-smoking, cherry pie-loving artist, photographer, author, agent provocateur, film-maker extraordinaire David Lynch releases his debut single on Sunday Best.
The double A-side - ‘Good Day Today’ / ‘I Know’ – has been causing huge waves of excitement recently, with top notch remixers called in, video competitions run and more coffee drank of late in my house alone than in the whole town of Twin Peaks (population 51,201).
Here’s the winner of the video competition and some more deets on the longplayer below:
World-renowned avant-garde film director turns his hand to electronic music with this extraordinary single.
Lead track ‘Good Day Today’ will sit comfortably among the classic tracks of both Kraftwerk and Booka Shade, with throbbing, high-tech production, vocoded lyrics and unforgettable chorus hook.
B side ‘I Know’ recalls some of Damon Albarn and Portishead’s most haunting moments, with sinister vocals and the uncomfortable intrigue that Lynch’s films and music are famed for.
Both tracks have been remixed by such luminaries as Sasha, Underworld, Skream and Jon Hopkins, amongst others.
Artwork designed by legendary 4AD man Vaughan Oliver.
Available on CD, double vinyl with CD insert, and digital download.
The deluxe digipack CD edition also contains an exclusive Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins postcard.
The deluxe vinyl edition is housed in bespoke triple gatefold packaging that includes two 180gram heavyweight vinyl records comprising David Lynch’s original tracks plus exclusive remixes, pressed using EMI’s iconic 1400 type press, an exclusive fine art print hand-signed by Vaughan Oliver, and the CD containing the original tracks, remixes and bonus tracks.
PHEW! Sounds like a damn fine record.
Til next week – adieu!
Out now – Adele, Anna Calvi, Fujiya & Miyagi, Gang Of Four, Iron & Wine, Joan As Policewoman plus your faithful web monkey’s quick ‘weirdo’ round up
When they said this year was going to be busy and a-bustling with fab new album releases, they weren’t kidding!
Here are just a handful of an avalanche of hot new biscuits – out now and available at all good record shops, mail order and online retailers.
Adele – ’21′ – (XL)
Anna Calvi – ‘Anna Calvi’ – (Domino)
Fujiya & Miyagi – ‘Ventriloquizzing’ – (Full Time Hobby)
Gang Of Four – ‘Content’ – (Gronland)
Iron & Wine – ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ – (4AD)
Joan As Policewoman – ‘The Deep Field’ – (Play It Again Sam)
Also out now, but perhaps (criminally) hovering below some peep’s radars, here are some of the platters pushing your lowly web monkey’s buttons right now:
Top US label Thrill Jockey have a welter of weirdo wonderfulness out right now including new longplayers from atmospheric environmental sound design duo Cleared (aka Steven Hess & Michael Vallera) with a self-titled vinyl LP on Immune, flat out fu*ked vintage ’70s garage rock from Detroit’s black power punks Death with their ‘Spiritual-Mental-Physical’ album on CD/LP, Matthew Friedberger (the male fox from Fiery Furnaces) with the vinyl only ‘Napoleonette’ (check this: the first of SIX new albums from Young Master Matthew proposed for this year!), ‘Life Coach’, the debut solo album from Phil Manley (of Trans Am, Oneida, The Fucking Champs, Jonas Reinhardt), award-winning troubadour, lauded by everyone from Animal Collective to National Geographic Mali’s Sidi Toure returns with ‘Sahel Folk’ and finally Thank You’s ‘Golden Worry’ a longplayer which, according to XLR8R, “The band’s maximalist volume, minimalist repetition and potent drum sounds combine to form a free-rock dynamism that makes all your atoms stand at attention” and who doesn’t like their atoms standing to attention once in a while?
The also ever-excellent Drag City bring us Sic Alps’ latest album ‘Napa Asylum’ and Monotonix’s Not Yet’, the UK’s crazy saintly global cratediggers Finders Keepers deliver their ‘Thai! Dai?’ compilation and Beggars Banquet serve us up a smorgasbord of vintage finery with The Cult’s ‘Live Cult: Marquee London MCMXCI’ and an expanded version of The Fall’s ‘This Nation’s Saving Grace’ in a juicy 3CD / chunky booklet boxset.
For further info, get googling kids – or, even better, get down to your local record shop and talk to a human eh?
To play us out, who else? The Fall. As the late great John Peel once said: “I love em, you love em, all God’s children love The Fall”. And you can’t argue with that can you? Til next time, adieu!
Venerable UK Rock weekly the NME have listed their 60 albums you need to hear in 2011, and a knockout 15 out of 60 of them are being released by [PIAS]UK distributed labels.
For a full blown electric job – replete with a lovely gallery chock full of gorgeous musical folk – click here
Here are just some of the gems our label friends have planned for 2011:
1. Arctic Monkeys (Domino). Released: May at the earliest. Producer: James Ford.
2. The Horrors (XL). Recorded: Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London. Producer: Self-produced by the band, mixed by Craig Shilby. Released: Who knows?
11. Anna Calvi (Domino). Title: ‘Anna Calvi’. Released: January 17.
16. The Strokes (Rough Trade). Recorded: Albert Hammond Jr’s studio. Producer: Self-produced with the help of engineer Gus Osberg. Released: March.
26. Wild Beasts (Domino). Released: Spring. Recorded: Snowdonia, Wales. Producer: Richard Formby, mixed by Lexxx. Songs: ‘Bed Of Nails’, ‘Burning’, ‘Reach A Little Bit Further’.
32. The Go! Team (Memphis Industries). Released: January 31. Collaborators: Best Coast’s Beth Cosentino, rapper Dominique Young Unique, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki, Lispector and an African gospel choir.
Some words from the band: This album will be “more melodic, more eclectic, more widescreen, more contrast, more ambition, more more more.” -Ian Parton.
35. The Kills (Domino). Title: ‘Blood Pressure’. Released: April 4. Recorded: Michigan’s Keyclub studio. Songs: ‘Pots And Pans’, ‘Satellite’.
41. Gruff Rhys (Ovni). Title: ‘Hotel Shampoo’. Released: February 14. Producer: Andy Votel. Songs: Free download of ‘Shark Ridden Waters’ over at gruffrhys.com.
42. Friendly Fires (XL). Released: April. Producer: Self-produced, with help from Paul Epworth and Andrew Weatherall. Songs: ‘Running Away’, ‘Blue Cassette’, ‘True Love’.
43. The Big Pink (4AD). Released: Pre-summer. Producer: Paul Epworth. Recorded: Miloco Studio, London and Epworth’s home. Songs: ‘England’, ‘Rubbernecking’, ’77 Ways To Say No’.
47. Girls (Fantasy Trashcan). Released: Late 2011. Recorded: Shared studio, San Francisco. Songs: ‘How Can I Say I Love You’, ‘Nobody’s Business’, ‘Honey Bunny’.
52. Battles (Warp). Released: Spring. Details: While initial plans were to release the album in 2010, singer Tyondai Braxton quit the band before it was completed. Drummer John Stanier promises this album will contain “slow songs, fast songs, emotional songs, party songs, and epic movie soundtrack-sounding songs.”
53. Fiery Furnaces (Thrill Jockey). Released: Not confirmed. Recorded: They plan to record the album in Michigan in a ’60s high school auditorium. Details: It will have a large symphony orchestra comprised of teenagers and will be, according to Matt, “about a single mother who’s raising her 12-year-old son” (to coincide as the soundtrack to a film being released around the same time).
54. The Strange Boys (Rough Trade). Title: ‘Live Music’. Released: April. Recorded: A studio in Costa Mesa, California. Songs: ‘Punk’s Pyjamas’.
58. Iron & Wine (4AD). Title: ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’. Released: January. Details: The subject matter is as worldly and frank as ever: “I tried to describe life in all its good and bad, sweet and sour, hard and soft, scary and wonderful parts,” says Sam Beam.
While 2010 was a HUGE year for exciting new music, 2011 is shaping up to be even greater still.
Feast your eyes and ears on these beauties – you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the coming 12 months…..
[PIAS]UK Top Tips for 2011
Alex Winston (Heavy Roc)
Anna Calvi (Domino Records)
Banjo Or Freakout (Memphis Industries)
The Chapman Family (Electric Toaster)
The Computers (One Little Indian)
The Dutch Uncles (Memphis Industries)
Esben & The Witch (Matador)
The Flats (One Little Indian)
Ghostpoet (Brownswood Recordings)
Hiss Golden Messenger (Black Maps)
Jai Paul (XL Recordings)
Lia Ices (Jagjaguwar)
Penguin Prison (Wall Of Sound)
The Phoenix Foundation (Memphis Industries)
Summer Camp (label tbc)
Suuns (Secretly Canadian)
Another great week for hot releases to warm your cockles in these inclement times…
The much-loved San Francisco duo Girls deliver a six track EP (‘Broken Dreams Club’ on Fantasy Trashcan) by way of a thank you to the fans who have made 2010 such a massive year for the band. Expect even greater things from the boys…errr… Girls… in the future.
The Good Ones are a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local Kinyarwanda street dialect of their nation’s capital, Kigali.
‘Kigali Y Izahabu’ (on Dead Oceans) is a truly special album – sure to become a word of mouth classic in years to come.
The National release an expanded edition of their hugely successful fifth studio album ‘High Violet’, available as a double-CD package on 4AD.
As well as the original eleven-track album, the expanded version comes with a bonus disc of eight songs featuring an alternate version of ‘High Violet’ opening track ‘Terrible Love’, two brand new tracks ‘Wake Up Your Saints’ and ‘You Were A Kindness’, B-sides ‘Walk Off and ‘Sin-Eaters’, as well as three live recordings.
The full tracklisting runs thus:
Afraid Of Everyone
Terrible Love (Alternate Version)
Wake Up Your Saints
You Were A Kindness
Bloodbuzz Ohio (Live On The Current)
Anyone’s Ghost (Live At BAM)
England (Live At BAM)
The National are on the road right now, catch em if you can – truly an incendiary live propostition.
24 O2 Academy Bristol
25 Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
26 O2 Academy Glasgow
27 O2 Academy Manchester
29 Brixton O2 Academy London
30 Brixton O2 Academy London
1 Brixton O2 Academy London
2,3 & 4 Olympia Theatre Dublin.
With that, I’ll bid you a good week – take care out there. Stay warm.
Here are The Good Ones with ‘Sara’: