Hugely exciting news, this just in…
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – ‘The Jazz Age’
Do The Strand
Love Is The Drug
Don’t Stop The Dance
Just Like You
The Bogus Man
Slave To Love
This Is Tomorrow
The Only Face
Reason Or Rhyme
This Island Earth
Produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies, ‘The Jazz Age’ will be released on November 26th on 10″ Vinyl Folio Edition, 12″ Vinyl, CD and Digital editions – all on BMG Rights Management via [PIAS].
If there was ever a musical icon and a decade destined to come together it is Bryan Ferry and the Roaring Twenties. The artist as creative powerhouse with a dazzling career of endless surprise, delight and innovation, and the decade – a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things – all driven on by the thrill of it all.
So to celebrate and mark the 40th year anniversary of his incredible career both as a solo artist and as the creator of Roxy Music, Ferry has re-recorded some of his own compositions, performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the style of the 1920s.
Driven by his fascination for that time between the wars known as ‘The Jazz Age’, Ferry has recorded the songs as instrumentals. “I started my musical journey listening to a fair bit of jazz, mainly instrumental, and from diverse and contrasting periods” explains Ferry. “I loved the way the great soloists would pick up a tune and shake it up – go somewhere completely different – and then return gracefully back to the melody, as if nothing had happened. This seemed to me to reach a sublime peak with the music of Charlie Parker, and later Ornette Coleman. More recently, I have been drawn back to the roots, to the weird and wonderful music of the 1920s – the decade that became known as The Jazz Age”.
“After forty years of making records, both in and out of Roxy Music, I thought now might be an interesting moment to revisit some of these songs, and approach them as instrumentals in the style of that magical period. I would like to thank Colin Good and the other outstanding musicians featured on this record (most of who played on his earlier tribute to the 1930s, the album ‘As Time Goes By’) for bringing a new and different life to these songs – a life without words”.
‘The Jazz Age’ is an intoxicating collection of timeless songs awakening the spirits of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven, Bix Biderbecke’s Wolverines and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. From the thundering cascade of ‘Virginia Plain’ to the timeless weave of ‘Slave To Love’, ‘Avalon’ and ‘Reason or Rhyme’ – no shade from Ferry’s palette of musical styles is omitted. ‘The Bogus Man’, which made its debut on 1973′s ‘For Your Pleasure’, revives the heady sounds of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club band, while the arrangement of ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’ might have come from the pen of the great Don Redman. Ferry has created a soundtrack for those endless champagne-fuelled parties documented by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and for a whole new generation -‘The Jazz Age’ is pure Gatsby-esque bliss.
The Jim Jones Revue – ‘The Savage Heart’ – [PIAS] Recordings – OUT NOW!
“Deranged rock with lots of roll” – MOJO, ****
“Like Little Richard crashing Jon Spencer’s house party and flaming the joint.” – The Independent
“The Jim Jones Revue have come to save rock’n’roll. Sign away your souls here.” – BBC Online
“The kind of psychotic storm that makes your scalp tingle.” – Classic Rock
“Right now they’re most exciting rock & roll band to be setting the valves on their amps to super-toasty whilst detonating dance floors in a manner that’s been in all too short supply for some time.” – The Quietus
Actions speak louder than words – am sure the lads would agree – check out this totally rocking three part mini-documentary.
Get your lugholes rearranged – The Jim Jones Revue – LIVE!:
Tues Oct 16 – Glasgow – King Tuts
Wed Oct 17 – Newcastle – Cluny
Thu Oct 18 – Norwich – Waterfront
Fri Oct 19 – Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
Sat Oct 20 – Harlow – Square
Sun Oct 21 – Bristol – Trinity
Tues Oct 23 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
Wed Oct 24 – Brighton – Concorde 2
Thu Oct 25 – London – Electric Ballroom
Hey pop pickers!
How you doin?
Hopefully it hasn’t escaped your avid attention-to-all-things-pop-cultural but ‘Later…. With Jools Holland’ is back baby!
Back on our screens – BBC Two, live shows on Tuesdays at 10pm, expanded deluxe Friday editions at… some point after the pub (and the post-pub doner kebab) and on our portable media devices at a time convenient to your good selves (damn, that BBC iPlayer app just got a shedload better!).
Series 41 – blimey, can it really be Series 41?! – has already featured The xx, John Cale, Bobby Womack and Sharon Van Etten in some really very special performances.
This week’s show has those lovely boys Grizzly Bear appearing, which should be pretty fandabeedozee.
In the meantime, head on over to the BBC’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ page, here: CLICK! for classic clips, episode highlights, photo galleries and much more.
Here’s the lovely Sharon Van Etten, performing ‘Serpents’ from Episode 3.
Your humble web monkey recommends, uses and endorses several fine eateries for your ‘Later…’ dining experience – a large doner with garlic sauce, salad all on (the floor) and large chips a personal preference. Hiccup!
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) are excited to announce the full category shortlists for the second AIM Independent Music Awards.
Leading lights of the rock scene, Enter Shikari top the list with a total of three nominations for Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band and Independent Album of the Year, for their third album, ‘A Flash Flood of Colour’ (Ambush Reality).
Following closely on their heels are Alabama Shakes who are nominated for Independent Breakthrough Of The Year and Independent Album Of The Year for their critically acclaimed album, ‘Boys & Girls’ (Rough Trade).
Hot from his performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Frank Turner picks up two nominations forBest Live Act andHardest Working Act.
Enter Shikari said of the nominations – “Its an honour to be nominated for not one but three awards. the Independent Album of the Year and Best Live Act award nominations mean a lot to us, and the Hardest Working Band feels appropriate right now (at time of writing, we’re in a jet lagged haze in Brisbane, Australia). Even if we end up walking away with no actual awards, it was nice that the independent world thought of us enough to nominate us for these coveted gongs. Bring it on”.
Alongside a wealth of established mainstream talent nominated including The Prodigy, Adele and Arctic Monkeys, the AIM Independent Music Awards also feature nominations for some of the music scene’s brightest new talents, rising stars and underground heroes, including Django Django, Alt-J, Grimes, Poliça, First Aid Kit, Skinny Lister, Rustie, Liars, Future of the Left, The Invisible and Amon Tobin.
With 11 of the Awards’ categories voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the music industry and a further 3 categories voted for by the public, the Awards honour the abundance of outstanding artistic, label and entrepreneurial talent within the independent music sector.
Taking place on October 29th 2012 at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, London, the ceremony will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.
CEO of AIM Alison Wenham said of the awards: “We have doubled capacity for this years ‘Most Difficult Second AIM Awards (!)’ and the nominations are once again outstanding. These awards will recognise another great year for independents’ creativity and ingenuity, with Ninja Tune and Xtra Mile leading the nominations list. The companies and artists are all so special they should all get a medal, but a decent three course meal and an evening spent amongst friends is a prize in itself”.
With Edwyn Collins and Mute’s Daniel Miller already announced as recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and the Pioneer Award respectively, the winners for the remaining 13 categories, will be unveiled exclusively at the ceremony.
AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES:
Best Live Act
The Cribs (Wichita)
Dub Pistols (Sunday Best)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital)
Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade)
Alt – J (Infectious)
Poliça (Memphis Industries)
Hardest Working Band Or Artist
Cancer Bats (Hassle)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Skinny Lister (Sunday Best)
Best Difficult Second Album
Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita)
Speech Debelle – Freedom Of Speech (Big Dada)
The Invisible – Rispah (Ninja Tune)
The Skints – Part & Parcel
Independent Album Of The Year (In association with Bird & Bird)
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (Rough Trade)
Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour (Ambush Reality)
Liars – Wixiw
Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile)
Rustie – Glass Swords (Warp)
Best Small Label (in association with Sound Performance)
Black Butter Records
Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre Spotlight Award
Broadcaster Ft Peggy Seeger – Folksploitation
Lorn – Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune)
Neil Cowley Trio – The Face Of Mount Molehill
Netsky – 2
Wiley – Evolve Or Be Extinct (Big Dada)
Independent Entrepreneur Of The Year (in association with The Orchard)
Alex Di Savoia – Aardvark Records
Chris Goss / Tony Colman / Tom Kelsey – Hospital Records
Louis Barabbas – Debt Records
Sam Dyson – Distiller Records
Simon Raymonde – Bella Union
PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act
Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year
Amon Tobin – Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune)
Madness – A Guided Tour Of Madness
Can – The Lost Tapes
The 13th Floor Elevators – Music Of The Spheres
Various Artists – The Original Sound Of Cumbria
Independent Label Of The Year (in association with EDC)
AIM Awards website: http://www.musicindie.com/awards
Yoyoyoyo my beloved mouseclaw’d cyber badger beeeeeeeeee-hatches!
How you doin?
You can’t keep a good monkey down – no sirree Bob! – reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
I’ll fill you in with the sordid details of my brutal kidnapping and subsequent false imprisonment another day – luckily the Starbucks’ Wi-Fi in San Quentin State Pen is free – we’ve a big and bouncy juicy fruitie round-up for you this week, let’s crack on!
One of your humble web monkey’s alltime favourite bands from back in the (dreampop) day – A.R. Kane – have had their singles lovingly compiled into a very fine 2CD set by the lovely folk over at One Little Indian.
Due out on Monday 1st October, the snappily titled ‘The Complete Singles Collection’ follows One Little Indian’s previous sterling work in introducing Disco Inferno’s classic ‘DI Go Pop’ album and ‘The 5 EPs’ to a 21st Century audience.
Now, if you could just get to work on that Bark Psychosis triple CD compilation that’d be brill. Hehe.
For the unitiated, here is just a taste of the celestially miasmic post-coital mary jane soixante-neuf 69 haze A.R.Kane conjured up with their Cocteau-Twins-meet-Augustus-Pablo-meet-Robert-Wyatt dark oceanic arts.
(Sorry for my inept purple prose, blame blessed Simon Reynolds – he got me into all this lark. Be sure to read Simon’s ‘Blissed Out’ book for an amazing collection of essays about A.R.Kane, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth et al).
There’s also this nice feature on the Guardian’s website, here: CLICK!
Fresh from charming the pants off El Tel Terry Wogan (not *this* Terry Wogan i hope….) on BBC Radio 2 at t’weekend, Andy Burrows returns with another video – ‘Because I Know That I Can’ – taken from his album ‘Company’ (Play It Again Sam).
Hotly tipped combo (and Dublin [PIAS] Nites alumni) CHAMPS have their debut single – ‘St.Peters’ – out this week (via Play It Again Sam).
Stream it Danno! HERE: Click!
Or, even better still, get yourself down to your nearest vinyl emporium and treat yourself to the sweet wax version.
First Aid Kit – Swedish sisters of sweetly harmonised songs of love and loss – have their latest album ‘The Lion’s Roar’ re-issued in a lavish deluxe versh by the lovely peeps of Wichita.
That’s Xmas 2012 pressies for the fam all sorted, then.
I flagged this one up a few weeks ago - and have still yet to hear the album, i confess – but this video below is pure erotica for the physical-format-fetishists amongst us (you know who you are).
Kid Koala – ’12 Bit Blues’ – brand new album out now on Ninja Tune.
The Magnetic North have a brand new single / video / documentary film due out in November (via Full Time Hobby).
Have a gander at these beauties (below).
Suck up the press love!
“Elegiac melodies that drift like the winds buffeting the islands” – Mojo ****
“Something close to mesmerising” – Clash 8/10
“Like a folk score to a forgotten Hitchcock film…quite brilliant” – Loud and Quiet 8/10
“Unobtrusively lovely melodies” – The Times ****
“Songs as gloriously haunted as the land that spawned them” – Q****
“Epic chamber folk with an electronic edge. At times the results are stunning” – Uncut
“These are timeless songs… a treasure map to the Orkney Islands” – The Quietus
Memphis Industries have a brand new signing – Pure Bathing Culture.
Check out this lovely late summer video from their forthcoming EP on MI.
Ty Segall has been getting a lot of peeps very excited indeed with his busy brand of psych-garage rock n roll (*does* the man ever sleep?).
Here’s the brand new video taken from his soon-come album ‘Twins’ (out October 8th via Drag City).
Out on CD, LP – and TAPE CASSETTE!
Thrill Jockey recording artistes White Hills have some very exciting moviefilm collaborative news. Check!:
“White Hills to appear in the new Jim Jarmusch film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin.
Against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Tilda Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon interrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister (Mia Wasikowska). Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?
Thrill Jockey recording artists WHITE HILLS play themselves in a live concert scene set in a Detroit Rock Club. The band spent a week in Hamburg, Germany shooting the scene, which includes Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin, this past July.
The song featured in the film is ‘Under Skin Or By Name’ from the album ‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’.
The band first worked with Jarmusch at the ATP festival in Monticello, NY September 2010 when he asked them to perform at the festival he was curating alongside The Stooges, Boris, Sonic Youth and Sunn O))). Since then WHITE HILLS has been on a roller coaster ride which has seen them open for The Flaming Lips, Sleep and Mudhoney, as well as performing at prominent festivals such Roadburn, ATP UK and Supersonic.
During this period the band has released two critically acclaimed albums ‘H-p1′ and ‘Frying On This Rock’. Guitarist Dave W. was highlighted in the May/June 2012 issue of SPIN Magazine as one of the up-and-coming guitarists in rock music today.
WHITE HILLS will embark on a European Tour beginning at the end of September 2012 which will take them to Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Only Lovers Left Alive is slated to premiere in 2013″.
Phew! That’ll do for now, they’re tossing the cells (again). Time to hide my banana. Ahem.
Repeat Your Humble Web Monkey’s Mantra, altogether now, with me:
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC! Get yourself down to your local record shop / internet webshop / high street retailer / mail order co. / digital download store and BUY MORE MUSIC!
Adieu for now!
The 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year have been announced.
This year’s albums are:
Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’ (Infectious)
Ben Howard ‘Every Kingdom’
Django Django ‘Django Django’
Field Music ‘Plumb’ (Memphis Industries)
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’
The Awards Show will be held at the Roundhouse in Camden on Thursday 1 November, with television coverage provided by Channel 4.
For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.
July 21st 2012 saw Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens play host to the first ever Irish [PIAS] Nites.
Lisa Hannigan, Other Lives, Cathy Davey and CHAMPS took to the stage to entertain a packed crowd on a gorgeous Dublin summer evening.
Filmed at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on July 21st 2012
For more information on upcoming [PIAS] Nites, visit http://www.piasnites.com
Chapter Twelvety: In Which That Damned Humble Web Monkey Is Silenced And Sent To Coventry With Mister Clarence Beeks
How you doin my furry-pawed cyberweb badgers?
Loads of sonic treats for you this wee…. mmph…humpha… HELP!… hell…. hel….harumph.. mah… jukpa….
Sorry about that - that damn ape, that contemptible cheeky chimp, that drink-and-drug-addled web-obsessed monkey – i’ve *had* it with him and his simian stream-of-consciousness nonsense!
I’m making it my business to silence the freak – for good! – forced exile his motherchimpin’ arse, ship him the hell outta here – begone with you, furry breeches!
Cat Power – ‘Sun’ (Matador) – Brand New Album – Out Now!
The Bug – ‘Can’t Take This No More’ (Ninja Tune / Acid Ragga) – 7″ single – Out now!
Jens Lekman – ‘I Know What Love Isn’t’ (Secretly Canadian) – Brand New Album – Out Now!
Efterklang – ‘Piramida’ (4AD) – Brand New Album – Out 24th September!
Satellites – ‘Satellites.01′ (Vesterbrother) – Debut Album – Out Now!
Sic Alps – ‘Sic Alps’ (Drag City) – Brand New Album – Out 10th September!
The Eccentronic Research Council – ’1612 Underture’ (Bird / Finders Keepers) – Debut Album – Out 10th September!
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC! Get yourself down to your local record shop / internet webshop / high street retailer / mail order co. / digital download store and buy more music!
Guten tag all,
How you doin mes petits singes de l’internet?
Long time no waffle – LOADS to keep us busy – let’s crack on!
A is for Animal Collective….
As you’ve probably heard, you can now stream the AC’s brand new album ‘Centipede Hz’ in it’s entiriety – each song is also accompanied by it’s own video, courtesy of Abby ‘Sister Of Avey’ Portner.
Sod tinny computer speakers and dodgy buffering issues though – ‘Centipede Hz’ is out via Domino on 3rd September (UK) on these far more sexy and soul-fingers-ears-pleasing formats:
CD, 2xLP & Deluxe 2xLP. The limited edition Deluxe 2xLP features a silver foil tip-on gatefold sleeve and a bonus DVD containing high-resolution album audio and live video excerpts from the band’s 2011 show at Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park.
Instant. HORN. (In my humble simian opinion).
Go see em LIVE!
Sun 4th November – London, Roundhouse
Tue 6th November – Dublin, Vicar St
Wed 7th November – Glasgow, ABC 1
Thu 8th November – Manchester, The Warehouse Project
Click the packshot above to be magically transported to the My Animal Home site.
Or stay here and watch the ‘Psychedelic-Chinese-New-Year-Meets-Monkey-Magic-Meets-Captain-Caveman-Meets-Mad-Max’ vibes of ‘Today’s Supernatural’.
C is for Evan Caminiti….
The prolific Evan Caminiti (one half of the drone duo Barn Owl) releases a video for the track ‘Absteigend’.
The spooky grainy video was directed by Paul Clipson.
‘Absteigend’ is taken from his forthcoming solo record ‘Dreamless Sleep’ out this week (20th August) via Thrill Jockey.
”It’s celestial hums and pulses bear comparison to Tangerine Dream (or, more contemporaneously, the likes of Emeralds), but Caminiti’s style is uniquely desolate and delicious” - NME.
“Again Caminiti has demonstrated his nimble control over atmospherics and underlined his position as one of the most interesting artists currently exploring the possibilities of recording and manipulating guitar sounds”- The Line of Best Fit.
“… strength of Caminiti’s vision imbues every track with an atmospheric and deeply moving quality, and means Dreamless Sleep represents yet another high point in a near faultless discography” - Drowned In Sound.
“Owl soars solo on seductive cosmic flight”- BBC Albums Review.
D is for Dirty Projectors….
To celebrate the release of their latest opus - ‘Swing Lo Magellan’ (Domino) - the DPs also have a feature length film due out.
Directed by the DP’s polymath de facto leader and force of nature Dave Longstreth, the film is titled ‘Hi Custodian’.
Here are some words about it:
‘Hi Custodian’ was filmed over the course of five days in late April in several locations in Southern California. Inspired by music films like Kanye West’s Runaway and Prince’s Purple Rain, it follows band members as they inhabit a variety of characters in a surreal narrative about spiritual death and rebirth. Amber plays a lost and lonely searcher. David plays a yōkai, a shapeshifting undead spirit from Japanese folklore. Nat plays a truck driver as well as a newborn child. Amber and Haley also feature as girls from the British Midlands, as well as sister Fates in an unindividuated dyad.
Songwriter-director Longstreth has described the film as “made out of a dream,” adding, “it was so fun getting into these alternate personas, inhabiting them, and I think we came up with some amazing images.” He also said of making the film that, “it’s that thing of when you think you’re going to vomit a little rainbow, but then you cough and spit up a whole living breathing newborn child instead.”
Erm, yes Dave…. quite!
Dirty Projectors will be returning to Europe for live shows in the autumn:
14 October: Manchester, UK – Manchester Gorilla
15 October: Glasgow, Scotland – The Arches
17 October: London, UK – The Roundhouse
Watch the trailer, here.
E is for Electric Picnic….
Our lovely pals over the water in [PIAS] Ireland have made a super Youtube playlist – featuring a smorgasbord of [PIAS]-related artists playing this year’s festival in County Laois (31st August – 2nd September).
“Our Dublin office have put together a playlist for the legendary Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally at the end of August. The playlist features Jezabels, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, The xx, The Horrors, Perfume Genius, Grimes, Wild Beasts, Alabama Shakes, Squarepusher, Villagers and more. Enjoy!”
J is for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion….
JSBX return, with their brand new album ‘Meat And Bone’ (via Shove / Bronzerat) on 17th September.
Look away now my vegetarian and vegan pals…
Here are some words:
“Meat And Bone is the first studio album by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in eight years.
This is straight-up, Grade A Blues Explosion, mixed by Mr. Spencer himself, with no special guests.
Meat And Bone is 12 prime cuts of raw rock ‘n’ roll, recorded on Sly Stone’s “Riot” Flickinger console at the legendary Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, and mixed in the jungles of New York City. Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer continue to blow minds with their fusillade of energy and rhythm, and have once again proven that the Blues is #1!
Says Jon Spencer: “We still have that psychic glue that allows us to create music together. Over the course of a year touring and writing new songs and recording, we rediscovered our shared history as a band. We circled the wagons, and went back to our roots. In a way this is almost like another first album.”
On stage and in the studio, Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer have destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon. Make no mistake: The Blues Explosion was there first. They are the original. It was their sanctified outbursts and blues-bending riffs that began the new-fangled roots rock revolution and spawned countless imitators. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has blazed a furious trail into the future with incendiary spirit built from courage, audacity, and revolt. Nothing has been the same since”.
L is for Lord Huron….
Brand spanking new signing to Play It Again Sam – Lord Huron.
Here are some lush words:
“Gut-level, emotive songwriting that hits directly and honestly” – Pitchfork
“What sets the project apart is the level of their craft and the feeling of travel and discovery in the lyrics and sound” – LA Weekly.
‘Time To Run’ is the new debut EP from rising LA pop experimentalists Lord Huron, to be released 8 October through Play It Again Sam.
A joyous collision of Appalachian percussion, calypso guitars and infectious Western melodies, it’s the sound of a band with the world in their music and at their feet.
With their full length debut, ‘Lonesome Dreams’, set to follow in early 2013, ‘Time To Run’ is a fiercely compelling glimpse into the mind of Michigan-born Ben Schneider, who began the group as a solo endeavour in 2010, engineering everything on his first EP, ‘Into The Sun’ – the music, the release, the artwork – alone. He took his stage name from the Lake Huron near his childhood home where his affinity for music began at an early age, nursed into bloom across long summer nights around the campfire.
The considerable cult acclaim that met ‘Into The Sun’ inspired Schneider to seek out collaborators to turn Lord Huron into a powerful live experience, enlisting the talents of Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). But even now, on the cusp of their first release as a full group, Lord Huron resemble more a sprawling arts collective than a band – the sharp ingenuity of their music matched by the careful attention paid to their accompanying visuals.
Case in point? The mesmerising new music video for ‘Time To Run’, conceived by Schneider in collaboration with filmmaker and close friend Evan Weinerman (Arms Race), a wickedly skewered riff on Sergio Leone’s revered Spaghetti Western films, with twists that include Indonesian subtitles. “The goal was to make a video that, like the song, uses some familiar Western tropes while throwing in unique details from other genres and cultures,” says Weinerman.
Challenging though the short film’s creation was, shot in 22 hours in scorching Mojave desert temperatures of over 102 degrees, its offbeat, eclectic beauty captures perfectly the brilliance of a band with big things to come”.
Watch the video, here. ENJOY.
R is for Rangda….
Avant-supergroup trio Rangda (Ben Chasny, Chris Corsano and Sir Richard Bishop) return with a brand new album ‘Formerly Extinct’ – due to be released on September 17th via Drag City.
Hear a track – ‘Majnun’ – by clicking, HERE!
Righto, that’ll do for now.
I need a drink.
“Barman! Banana Daquiri – a BIG banana daquiri – tout suite, s’il vous plait!”
Adieu for now!
Andy Burrows – ‘Company’ – the album – Released October 22nd
‘Because I Know That I Can’ - the single – October 8th
Andy Burrows will release his stunning solo album, ‘Company’, on Play It Again Sam, on October 22nd.
Co-produced by Burrows with Tim Baxter, the album will be preceded by a single, ‘Because I Know That I Can’, on October 8th.
Andy has also made the title track ‘Company’ available as a free download now.
A supremely talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Burrows first came to attention with Razorlight, joining as drummer in 2004 and going on to co-write some of that band’s biggest hits, including the #1 single, America. Leaving Razorlight in 2009, Burrows joined We Are Scientists as a part-time member, before releasing the album Sun Comes Up Again, under the moniker I Am Arrows, in 2010. Sun Comes Up Again garnered righteous critical acclaim and massive radio airplay for its Green Grass single, and saw Burrows and his band tour extensively, with headline shows and festival dates, as well as stadium shows as guests of Muse.
What followed for Burrows was an incredibly prolific purple patch. First he joined up with long-time friend and Editors frontman Tom Smith as Smith & Burrows for 2011’s Funny Looking Angels, an album of wintery vignettes and Christmas melancholy. Then, he agreed to decamp to New York to become a full-time Scientist. Amidst all this, he has been hard at work on his own material, using a more straight-ahead approach than on his debut, all of it injected with Burrows‘ way with an earworming hook.
The result is an album that’s Andy Burrows’ truest yet. If the radiant Sun Comes Up Again was imbued with a deliberate contrary streak, then here he embraces a straight-ahead approach, building an album steeped in rock classicism and raw, melancholic melodies. The result is effortlessly intoxicating.
The plaintive, euphoric swirl of Hometown sits at the centre of the record. A stark beginning that gives way to an orchestral whoosh before coming to a sudden end just as you think it might explode into a classic prog opus, its less-is-more approach sums up the whole record. Elsewhere, the single, Because I Know That I Can, marries a sound reminiscent of On The Beach-era Neil Young with Doobie Brothers grooves against the backdrop of a tale of emotional battle where, as Burrows says, “two people try to out passive-aggressive each other”.
Then there’s the rock’n’roll stomp of Keep On Moving On. Emerging during studio time with Mark Ronson (Ronson has a co-credit) and Andrew Wyatt, Burrows’ decided he liked it so much he wanted to keep it for himself. Its Brian Wilson harmonies, summer-of-love groove and Guitar Hero solo (courtesy of We Are Scientists’ Keith Murray) showcase a previously-unseen swagger. When Burrows says that Company marks the first time he’s had to confidence to make a record “exactly how I felt musically and lyrically”, Keep On Moving On is the proof. Whilst the string swells and hazy, percussive march of Company, the bittersweet Lennon-esque Somebody Calls Your Name and the atmospheric dreaminess of Stars are delivered with a charming restraint, the incessant pound of Shaking comes across like peak-era Supergrass. All are injected with Burrows’ way with an earworming hook.
‘Company’ is the sound of an artist who’s thrown the shackles off and emerged as an bewilderingly creative tour-de-force.
‘Company’ tracklisting: Company // Because I Know That I Can// Keep On Moving On // Maybe You // If I Had A Heart // Hometown // Somebody Calls Your Name // Stars In The Sky // Shaking The Colour // Pet Air
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Watch the Mark Ronson co-credited – ‘Keep On Moving On’ – video – below: