With Zulu Winter‘s brand new single ‘We Should Be Swimming’ due out on 27th February 2012 (via Play It Again Sam), tis with great pleasure that your humble web monkey presents – HOT out of the video oven! – the official video.
Zulu Winter will be touring a bunch this year – be sure to catch em live before they ascend to the enormodomes!
February 27 NME Awards Show, Cargo, London
March 9 -18 SXSW, TEXAS, US
May 7 Birmingham Hare And Hounds
May 8 Bristol Louisiana
May 9 Oxford Jericho
May 11 Brighton, The Great Escape – Jam
May 12 Manchester Soundcontrol
May 14 Glasgow King Tuts
May 15 Leeds Brudenell
June 2 Field Day, Victoria Park, London
June 24 Isle Of Wight Festival
I have it on good authority that these chaps are going to be MEGA. HUGE.
Get yourself down to your local record shop / high street retailer / online store / mailorder firm / digital download emporium and get involved.
As ever – support independent music!
Adieu for now.
Brundlefly: Out Now! (x) Tips For ’12 = Alabama Shakes + Gang Colours + Sharon Van Etten * Young Guns * Mark Lanegan * Twilight Sad * Cloud Nothings * Of Montreal
How you doin?
Inspired by a late night rewatch of David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ in your humble web monkey’s garret this weekend past, today’s web-waffle is a mutant hybrid, a genetically-spliced – at biomolecular level - fusion of….
OUT NOW! – aaaaand – Tips For ’12.
Without further ado….
SHARON VAN ETTEN – ‘Tramp’ (Jagjaguwar)
US singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten releases her brand new album – ‘Tramp’ – on Jagjaguwar, distributed by PIAS in the UK, this very day.
Aided and abetted by, amongst others, the brothers Dessner from The National, Julianna Barwick and Zach Condon (aka Beirut), Sharon’s music has been garnering praise from all quarters and with fervent enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlantic.
Read the BBC review for ‘Tramp’ here: CLICK!
Read the Pitchfork review for ‘Tramp’ here: CLICKETY!
Here’s a live video of ‘Give Out’ from the new record.
And – as if to prove that there is no snobbier snob than an indie snob (and your humble web monkey is most definitely guilty of being an indie snob), here’s an older clip of Sharon playing a tiny intimate show for npr at sxsw, posted purely on the basis of her cool T-Shirt.
(Siltbreeze-era?) The Dead C?!?
I want one!
GANG COLOURS – ‘The Keychain Collection’ (album) / ‘Fancy Restaurant’ (single) (Brownswood)
Newly signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings imprint, UK nostalgia-woozy downtempo beatsmith Gang Colours (or Will Ozanne, as his mum calls him) is receiving the head-nodding headz… ummm… nodding heads of cool approval (cooval? approol?).
READ: the Guardian New Band Of The Day piece, here: CLICKETY!
DOWNLOAD: a free mp3 digifile mcnugget for the track ‘On Compton Bay’ via Pitchfork, here: CLICK!
ENJOY the official video for his brand new single – ‘Fancy Restaurant’ (out in the UK via Brownswood on 20th February) – here:
‘The Keychain Collection’ album is out in the UK on 27th February 2012.
ALABAMA SHAKES (Rough Trade Records)
They have been variously described as “the future of music”, the spiritual heirs to Bruce Springsteen’s Rock n Roll crown (which in itself would make a great band name…) and count amongst their fans Adele, David Byrne, Drive-By Truckers and Booker T. Jones. They’ve sparked an insanely enthusiastic bidding war, earning comparisons to Janis Joplin and Otis Reading along the way.
Now signed to Rough Trade in the UK, with a four track import CD EP that sold out in a heartbeat (grab a copy if you see one – these biscuits are like rocking-horse ‘eggs’!), three sold out dates at London’s Boston Arms in late February (a ticket so fiercely HOT that even Commander Ar’Kid of this parish had to buy himself a ticket) – Alabama Shakes’ full length album ‘Girls & Boys’ is due out in April on Rough Trade Records.
Sure to be HUGE.
CLICK! Here to read what Rolling Stone magazine has to say.
CLICK! Here to hear Alabama Shakes playing a session and being interviewed on NPR’s ‘World Cafe’ interweb radio station.
CLICKETY! Here to read a recent live review and to see some (94!?) gorgeous live photos from the Reverb website.
CLICK! Here for Alabama Shakes facebook badger.
Here’s a taste of the “future of music”.
OK ok, so this genetic splicing isn’t as easy as it looks – damn you Goldblum, with your effortless charm and geeky sex appeal!
Here’s this week’s OUT NOWS! ::
YOUNG GUNS – ‘Bones’ (Play It Again Sam)
MARK LANEGAN BAND - ‘Blues Funeral’ (4AD)
OF MONTREAL – ‘Paralytic Stalks’ (Polyvinyl)
CLOUD NOTHINGS – ‘Attack On Memory’ (Wichita)
THE TWILIGHT SAD – ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (FatCat)
To play us out, not one, not two but three spanking videos!
First up, Young Guns with the title track of their brand new album ‘Bones’ (PIAS).
Next up, The Twilight Sad with ‘Another Bed’ from their brand new album ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (FatCat).
Who’s on third base? Of Montreal with a jazzfunk12″megamix sampler of their new longplayer ‘Paralytic Stalks’ (Polyvinyl).
Now, i’m not sure what medication Of Montreal’s fans have been prescribed, but some of their youtube comments are downright fruity! (some choice examples: CheezyMushroomPizza says: “I just came”, Eddy67 is “getting excited. sexually”. Mndud: “If I could, I would f*ck this music so hard”. BLIMEY! Calm down lads, it’s only music!).
To play us out, I toyed with Steve Miller Band’s ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ (ha!), The Cramps ‘Human Fly’ (for Count Dykula, late of this parish) but in the end plumped for this, nothing to do with PIAS, nothing to do with Tips For ’12, nothing to do with new releases, just a damn fine song.
Valentine’s Day soon… Am thinking of the below – taken from the aforementioned ‘The Fly’ – as an inscription for Mrs Web Monkey’s card - whadja think? No? Too Emo?
“You’re afraid to dive into the plasma pool, aren’t you? You’re afraid to be destroyed and recreated, aren’t you? I’ll bet you think that you woke me up about the flesh, don’t you? But you only know society’s straight line about the flesh. You can’t penetrate beyond society’s sick gray fear of the flesh! Drink deep or taste not the plasma spring! You see what I’m saying? I’m not just talking about sex and penetration, I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep, penetrating dive into the plasma pool!”
Erm, darling, where are you running off to?
Hehe – adieu for now!
Jeff / Seth and your humble web monkey, yesterday
Hola wednesday warriors!
How you doin?
In the words of the great philosophers TLC (yes, Plato, Socrates, Descartes - whatevs – Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes knows where it’s at) your humble web monkey has three CRAZYSEXYCOOL videos to unveil today.
Without further ado nor waffle….
WILEY – ‘Boom Blast’ (taken from the album ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ – out now on Big Dada)
This tune has had the whole office bopping like maniacs. The video is so chockful of energy and exuberance that I am convinced that just by *watching* it, that i am actually burning up calories, they are exercising down the gym so that i don’t have to. Another pastry please monkey butler, Wiley is working out for me. The album is in the shops NOW!*
* ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ was released on January 19th as it was Wiley’s birthday. Shame on you if you forgot to send him a card this year. I’m reminding you now. Next year = you have no excuse.
Right, altogether now….
“D-d-d-d-down down d-d-d down down d-d-down…..”
THE KILLS – ‘The Last Goodbye’ (single, out 13th February on Domino Records)
To cool down after all that exertion, and on a very different register, here’s the brand new single video from The Kills. In 2012 Alison and Jamie celebrate 10 years of ‘killing it’, and there’ll be a plethora of Kills-related activity happening to coincide. Here though, is the beautiful video for ‘The Last Goodbye’, directed by the beautiful soul that is Samantha Morton.
This, from the Domino website, elucidates further:
“The Kills – Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart – will celebrate 10 amazing years with the release of the beautiful new single ‘The Last Goodbye’ on 13th February 2012. Directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton, acclaimed for her directorial feature debut ‘The Unloved’, this is her very first music video. Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, with an old-school photo booth providing an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance followed by a series of touching to-camera poses reflecting the musicians’ longstanding, spirited friendship.
“It was an honor to work with Samantha Morton on this Casablanca-esque, silent-film-esque, Americana photobooth Woolworth’s hay day period piece of surrealism/ realism/ story time tell-tale-ism, black and white 35 mm film, washed in strange light, over this love hate tune, heartbreak song, life-goes-on lullaby, The Last Goodbye. It’s a doorway into the future of the fatal past-tense. Get it?” – Alison Mosshart.
“I love the fact that when you used to go to a photo booth, you used to have wait sometimes a good twenty minutes. It could be 8 minutes, 9 minutes. Sometimes, I remember, if they were really crap, you’d have to wait forever and you’d go off for a cup of tea and you’d come back to get your passport pictures and they were there. Also, it was quite expensive when we were young. It was like a real treat but now, it’s still expensive but you just get these crap images of yourself. They’re just horrible and they won’t last in the same way. So in a way a think the song was incredibly nostalgic and I think made me feel nostalgic” – Samantha Morton.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – ‘So Far Away’ (taken from the mini-album ‘Onwards To The Wall’, out in the UK on 6th February via Dead Oceans)
The nihilistic New York psych-Spector rockers APTBS return with a five track mini-album – out in the UK on 6th February via the Dead Oceans label. This video evokes life on the road perfectly (or maybe modern life itself?) through a series of rapidly flickering still photographs (possibly done on Hipstamatic?).
Probably not suitable for epileptics or the seizure-prone, perfect for the rest of us, short-attention-spanned as we are through prolonged exposure to the internet. Click click click click click.
More waffle later, ron.
Adieu for now!
Happy Monday mousebotherers!
How you doin? Hope this finds you well, with all your weekends being wunnerful, wondrous and westful.
Well, it looks like 2012 has only gone and kicked off innit? Big style, properness, new release heaven, action jackson, full fat moo juice, more-pocket-money-please-mummy, bring back the EMA, full blown electric job, ain’t it?
There are *TONS* of new releases out today – here are but a few.
As ever, get yourself down to your local record shop / internet webshop / high street retailer / mail order co. / digital download store and SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC!
Without further ado….
ARCTIC MONKEYS – ‘Black Treacle’ (Domino)
The boys with the black stuff return with a brand new single – on future sailor formats no doubt, but also as a limited edition 7″ heavyweight vinyl (dang, it’d better be on none-more-black vinyl) - tis out today and the lads are special guests on Jonathan Ross’ Saturday night show on ITV this coming Saturday (28th January, fact fans).
Check out the video (333,000+ views on youtube already!), below:
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA – ‘Area 52′ (Rubyworks)
The Mexican Mulder & Scully, maestros of post-metal acoustic guitar magnificence, Rodrigo y Gabriela return with a brand new album ‘Area 52′ on Rubyworks.
Here’s a DVD-esque ‘Making Of’ / trailer for the album:
When *not* appearing at the Leveson Inquiry for being a bunch of naughty phonetapping badgers, here are some of the lovely things that the Press have had to say about the album:
“The Mexican guitar heroes have moved on, in style. An impressive departure” – The Guardian *****
“An invigorating listen” – The Daily Telegraph *****
“Something new and exciting” - The Times ****
“A thrilling showcase of their continued genius” – Indie London *****
“An immediately rewarding collection. Formidable” – R2 Magazine ****
“One of the most fabulous music collaborations in recent years” – Shout 4 Music (9/10)
“Sets the benchmark of musicianship and craft just that extra bit higher” – Entertainment Focus ****
“Wild global hybrid music” – The Arts Desk ****
“It’s a qualified success” – The Observer
“Another breath-taking reinvention from two of the most naturally gifted axe-slingers around” – AU Magazine
“Like listening to the soundtrack of a James Bond movie set in Cuba” – The Independent On Sunday
“It’s the whole enchilada, exciting and the musicianship is undeniable” – Mojo
“A worldy psychedelic broth” - Outline Magazine
“It proves exactly how impressive this band have become” – The Fly
To celebrate this momentous release, label boss (and gentleman and scholar) Roger from Rubyworks has compiled a superb Spotify playlist of Rod and Gab’s album inspirations!
This, from the Future Sailors:
“For this exclusive Spotify playlist, Rodrigo and Gabriela highlight some of their favourite Cuban artists and music, together with tracks from some of their favourite guest artists who were invited to collaborate with them on their stunning new album ‘Area 52′. Includes arranger Alex Wilson, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, jazz bassist Carles Benavent and Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran”
Spotify playlist: HERE
Irakere – Bacalao con pan
Silvio Rodríguez – Ojalá
Javier Limón – Inside Me
Los Van Van – Que Le Den Candela
Le Trio Joubran – Nawwâr
Alex Wilson – Anglo-Cubano
Silvio Rodríguez – Cancion Urgente Para Nicaragua
Carles Benavent – Por Diosss
Anoushka Shankar – Prayer in Passing
Mali Latino – Ankan Tolon
Le Trio Joubran – Masâr
Carles Benavent – Madrid
White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Also OUT TODAY!
(Seek em out yourself, google em, BE SHERLOCK, talk to a human down your nearest human record shop etc etc)
CRAIG FINN – ‘Clear Heart Full Eyes’ (Full Time Hobby)
The Hold Steady man thrills us as a solo artist with his literate take on bar-room dog-track rock n roll.
LEILA – ‘U&I’ (Warp)
The former Rephlex / Bjork / XL sonic sister Miss Leila Arab returns for her second album on Warp Records ‘U&I’.
MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY – ‘City Awakenings’ (Xtra Mile)
GONJASUFI – ‘MU. ZZ. LE’ (Warp)
DJ FOOD – ‘The Search Engine’ (Ninja Tune)
ISLET – ‘Illuminated People’ (Shape / Turnstile)
FIRST AID KIT – ‘The Lion’s Roar’ (Wichita)
VA / SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENT – ‘Voguing And The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1989-92′ (Soul Jazz)
FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS – ‘E Volo Love’ (Domino)
PORCELAIN RAFT – ‘Strange Weekend’ (Secretly Canadian)
A veritable smorgasbord of new titles from THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS, including IMBOGODOM (Alexander Tucker & Daniel Beban) with ‘And They Turned Not When They Went’, JASON URICK with ‘I Love You’, space-rockers RHYTON with ‘Rhyton’ and lastly, but by no means leastly, your humble web monkey’s personal IMHO pick ‘o the week ‘favourite’ of this week’s new releases - ZOMES’ ‘Improvisations’, a limited edition vinyl only longplayer featuring three raga-like lo-fi cosmic keyboard hymns from Asa Osborne (formerly of LUNGFISH). Listen to extracts and read up on the release, HERE.
Phew! That’s it for today’s meandering ramblings. Til next time…
Adieu for now!
On the day that the band’s third album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ (released on their own Ambush Reality label through PIAS) debuts in the UK midweek Album Chart at #1, Enter Shikari are also proud to unveil the video for the single ‘Arguing With Thermometers’.
Filmed in New York’s Bronx and directed by Raúl Gonzo, the video was made on a rare day off on the band’s recent six week tour of North America with the band setting up without permission in a New York street and starting a fire… pretty much a normal day off, then.
‘Arguing With Thermometers’ is taken from the #1 album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ – OUT NOW!
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnNW-nbots
or right here, right now:
Happy Tuesday mouseclaws!
How you doin?
Continuing our regularly irregular series, here’s today’s Tips For ’12:
DIAGRAMS (Full Time Hobby)
Technicolour post-everything prog acoustronica pop from former Tunng man Sam Genders. Following a killer 5-track EP last year, Diagrams release their debut proper full length longplayer – ‘Black Light’ on Full Time Hobby – this very day (160112).
Sam and pals hit the road, like this:
18 – Album Launch @ The Lexington, London
6 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
7 – AB, Brussels
8 – La Fleche D’Or, Paris
9 – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidleberg
10 – Magnet, Berlin
11 – Kampnagel, Hamburg
14 – The Cooler, Bristol
15 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
16 – Mojo, Liverpool
17 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
18 – King Tuts, Glasgow
8 – 10 No Direction Home Festival. UK.
Here’s a taster (below).
Be sure to check out Diagrams’ own website for some very groovy album trailer videos too.
MILAGRES (Memphis Industries)
Brooklyn five-piece Milagres release their new album ‘Glowing Mouth’ via Memphis Industries today too! (160112).
Earning tons of press love at the moment, Milagres (Portuguese for ‘miracles’, or so the interweb tells me) are being mentioned in the same breath as Wild Beasts, Tears For Fears (ask your mum), Billy Mackenzie and The Associates (ask your uncle-who’s-not-really-your-uncle) and Coldplay (but don’t let that put you off!).
And, for reasons that shall become apparent, your humble web monkey shall now share not one, but TWO Milagres videos, for these (and i’m sure you’ll agree dear reader) Very Good Reasons.
1) In the first video, a young lady seems to achieve some kind of higher / altered states communion with either a cat, or a cat-like deity, after mixing up some DIY juju bad medicine in her bathtub. Stay in school kids, drugs are bad. Or stay on drugs, schools are bad – depending on where you stand on the matter.
2) In the second video, an acoustic version of ‘Here To Stay’, the band are filmed (in a gorgeous Hipstamatic / Tilt Shift stylee) playing in the concrete canalized environs of the LA River, legendary location for films as disparate as ‘Chinatown’, ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Drive’, ‘Point Break’, ‘Terminator 2′, ‘Grease’ and the mighty mighty ‘Repo Man’.
TRAILER TRASH TRACYS (Double Six)
Woozy London dreampop quartet Trailer Trash Tracys’ debut longplayer ‘Ester’ is out now (on Double Six). Garnering comparisons to Mazzy Star, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Young Marble Giants, Warpaint and Angelo Badalamenti’s work on ‘Twin Peaks’, Trailer Trash Tracys’ have attracted a bunch of online press love – see Addict Music HERE for an interview and a couple of Soundcloud clips, a Drowned In Sound review HERE and a review from the Guardian, HERE.
The band – who have previously shared the stage with The xx and The Kills, are due to tour with The Vaccines, The Maccabees and perform at a ‘Next Big Thing’ showcase with labelmates Eugene McGuinness and Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains at London’s Barfly on Friday 3rd February.
Here’s a taste; Enjoy!
Aaaaand….. In a stroke of pure mad genius, TTT / Double Six have asked visionary avant-afro-naut (and a HUGE personal favourite of your humble web monkey) James Ferraro to ‘do a remix’.
Ooooh – be still my simian pituitary glands!
More Tips For ’12 to follow!
Adieu for now…
Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour (Ambush Reality)
Radio 1: Zane Lowe’s Album Of The Week
“Tighter, brighter and more focused than ever. Enter Shikari remain fearless and uncompromising leaders in a field of one” - Rocksound 9/10
“This rage against the machine could well be the four-piece’s defining statement” - NME 8/10
“A multi-layered and multi-faceted success… This album is a riot” - Kerrang! KKKK
“Streets ahead of the competition. Angry, innovative, and often ahead of the curve” - Q ****
“One of Britains best live bands finally delivers an indispensible album” - Front Magazine ****
“A writhing mass of modern protest songs” – Bizarre
“Disenchantment should always be this spellbinding” – The Fly 4/5
Out now, on special edition CD + DVD, standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download.
Teaser video and soundclip to your right —>
The band tour the UK in March:
17th Edinburgh Corn Exchange
18th Hull University
19th Manchester O2 Apollo
20th Wolverhampton Civic Hall
22nd Plymouth Pavilions
23rd London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Check out the Big Cheese website for exclusive footage from ES’ US tour.
Hola happy cybernauts of the spaceplace,
How you doin?
Continuing our look at the HOTTEST! NEW! ACTS! RIGHT! NOW! – aka Tips For ’12 – today we have [drumroll please Animal]…..
BAND OF SKULLS (Electric Blues Recordings)
This hard riffin’ UK three-piece have already had their music featured on the tellybox’s ‘True Blood’, ‘Gossip Girl’, ‘Skins’ and many more. Massive in the USA, Oz and across Europe, the band return like all-conquering rock heroes to these shores to play a headline show at London’s Roundhouse on March 6th and a UK-wide tour with The Black Keys in February that takes in the Manchester Apollo and three sold-out (!) dates at Alexandra Palace.
Like all proper rock bands should, Band Of Skulls are touring a bunch, check out their website for a full list of dates and much, much more, here: CLICK!
Their new album ‘Sweet Sour’ (Electric Blues Recordings) is out in the UK on 20th February
Without further ado, check out this slinky, sexy riffer, replete with gratuitous kung fu showdown. TASTY!
FIRST AID KIT (Wichita)
From riffsters to sisters, our next Tip for ’12 are hotly-tipped folk duo First Aid Kit. My man-in-the-know here in the office says – “Teenage Swedish sisters with a serious line in sororal harmonies” – and who am i to argue? Fleet Foxes love em, Jack White loves em, Wild Bill in the horrorfice loves em, my pals D+T down in Brighton love em – you too will fall – nee *swoon* – for the Söderbergs.
Their brand new album ‘The Lion’s Roar’ is out on 23rd January (via Wichita Records).
Here’s a taste of the title track (which has had over 350,000 yootoob views already!). Enjoy.
PORCELAIN RAFT (Secretly Canadian)
Despite having a moniker that sounds like Thor Heyerdahl’s nickname for the WC, Porcelain Raft is actually an ace blissed-out synaesthetic dreampop one man band from London-based, Italian-born Mauro Remiddi.
Mauro tours extensively as Porcelain Raft, rivalling Henry Rollins or James Brown as the hardest working man in showbizniz, check his confirmed live dates thus far this year (oof!):
Jan 17 – Trinity, Bristol UK *
Jan 18 – Ritz, Manchester UK *
Jan 19 – Arches, Glasgow UK *
Jan 20 – Cockpit, Leeds UK *
Jan 21 – HMV Institute, Birmingham UK *
Jan 22 – Concorde, Brighton UK *
Jan 24 – Academy, Oxford UK *
Jan 27 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ONT ~
Jan 28 – Il Motore, Montreal QC ~
Jan 29 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA ~
Jan 31 – Webster Hall, New York NY ~
Feb 01 – Black Cat, Washington DC ~
Feb 03 – Metro, Chicago IL ~
Feb 04 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI ~
Feb 16 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London *
Feb 22 – U&G. Hamburg DE *
Feb 23 – Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Feb 24 – Rockefeller, Oslo NO *
Feb 25 – Berns, Stockholm SE *
Feb 27 – Tavastia, Helsinki FI *
Feb 29 – KB, Malmo SE *
Mar 02 – Introducing Festival, Berlin DE *
Mar 03 – Introducing Festival, Cologne DE *
Mar 04 – Lucerna, Prague CZ *
Mar 05 – Hansa 39, Munich DE *
Mar 06 – Magazini Generali, Milan IT *
Mar 08 – Rockstore, Montpelier FR *
Mar 09 – Bikini, Barcelona ES *
Mar 10 – Shoko, Madrid ES *
Mar 11 – Hard Club, Porto PT *
Mar 12 – Lux, Lisbon PT *
Mar 14 – I.Boat, Bordeaux FR *
Mar 15 – La Cigale, Paris FR *
Mar 16 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing FR *
Mar 17 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg FR *
Mar 18 – Les Docks, Lausanne CH *
* supporting M83
~ supporting Smith Westerns
His new album ‘Strange Weekend’ is out in the UK on 23rd January (via Secretly Canadian).
Make sure you check out his intimate and gorgeous website/blog here: CLICK!
Here’s a taste, mind your head as your swoon once more won’t you?
More Tips For ’12 tomorrow. Take care out there, ya hear?
Adieu for now!
Happy Monday ‘webbers!
Blimey – where did the weekend go?
I was just sat here two minutes ago and it was Friday and i was writing about First Serve and Speech and Spoek…. and then it was Monday. Damn! It must be the medication.
Without further ado – let’s waffle on!
Today’s Tips For ’12 are…..
ZULU WINTER (Play It Again Sam)
Formed last year, the Zulu Winter line up of Will Daunt (vocals & guitar), Iain Lock (bass), Dom Millard (keyboards), Henry Walton (guitar) and Guy Henderson (drums) have already picked up support from Pitchfork and Altered Zones together with radio play from XFM, Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens.
Zulu Winter kick off the new year with the announcement of a new single and a handful of special live shows in the first few months of 2012. The London five – piece are set to release their second single, and the first for their new label Play It Again Sam, on the 27th February 2012.
‘We Should Be Swimming’, the follow up to their recent debut ‘Never Leave’/ ‘Let’s Move Back To Front’ release on Double Denim, was co-produced by Tom Morris and Zulu Winter and hints at what to expect from the band’s debut longplayer which is due in May 2012.
Prior to the release, Zulu Winter will play the Eurosonic Festival in Holland on the 13th January followed by a ‘New to Q’ show at London’s XOYO on the 26th January. The band head off to Japan for the Hostess Weekender in February before returning to London for a NME Awards Show headline spot at Cargo on Monday the 27th of February.
More dates will follow at SXSW in Texas as well as supporting The Horrors on dates in SE Asia & Japan, and making their first trip to Australia late March.
JAN 13TH EUROSONIC FESTIVAL, GRONINGEN, HOLLAND
JAN 26TH NEW TO Q, XOYO, LONDON
FEB 18TH HOSTESS WEEKENDER, TOKYO, JAPAN
FEB 27TH NME AWARDS SHOW, CARGO, LONDON
MAR 9 – 18TH SXSW, TEXAS, US
JUN 2ND FIELD DAY, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON
JUN 24TH ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
Here they are – a while ago – at Auntie’s House:
ALT-J (∆) (Infectious)
alt-J (∆) to release new single – ‘Matilda’ / ‘Fitzpleasure’ – via Infectious Music – on February 27th 2012
+ Ghostpoet support tour – Feb 2012
The quartet first entered our consciousness with their debut release of ‘Bloodflood’ / ‘Tessellate’ in October 2011. Released on 7” via Loud & Quiet, it sparked a wave of interest in their brilliantly unique and compelling sound.
Radio support came through almost instantly from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw while the BBC Introducing team didn’t hesitate to get them booked in for a live session, which was broadcast on both Huw Stephens’ and Steve Lamacq’s shows.
More recently they were selected to perform as part of Radio 1’s Festive Festival to showcase new, exciting acts for 2012 alongside Emeli Sande, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jakwob, Dot Rotten and others. Previous artists to be given the same accolade have included Katy B, The Vaccines, Wretch 32, Plan B, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Florence & The Machine and Chase & Status.
Now signed to Infectious Music for their debut album (due May), next up for alt-J is the release of two tracks that are sure to cement the early love shown to boys whilst also drawing in a wealth of new fans and supporters for 2012.
‘Matilda’ is a beautifully penned ode that gets under your skin and refuses to leave while ‘Fitzpleasure’ brings out the raw, inspiringly inventive side of the bands music. Two impactful pieces that illustrate the spectrum of their influences and forward thinking approach to music for the year ahead, both polished off with Joe’s brilliantly distinctive vocals.
alt-J (∆) will perform live in support of Ghostpoet on the following dates:
13/02 The Junction, Cambridge
14/02 The Waterfront, Norwich
15/02 KOKO, London
17/02 Sumo, Leicester
18/02 Sound Control, Manchester
19/02 Mojo, Liverpool
20/02 University of Surrey, Guildford
21/02 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
22/02 Whelan’s, Dublin
23/02 DQ, Sheffield
24/02 SWG3, Glasgow
25/02 Lancaster Library, Lancaster
27/02 The Cluny, Newcastle
28/02 Central Station, Wrexham
Here’s a taste (from the Big British Castle):
Your humble web monkey’s favourite youtube comment?
“His voice gives me a boner, and I’m a girl”.
HA! Young ladies today eh? Where’dyaevenstart?!?
THE MINUTES (Model Citizen)
Having played over 100 gigs in 2011, The Minutes show no sign of slowing down in 2012, as they announce their first full UK tour in support of their debut album ‘Marcata’ and the new single ‘Heartbreaker’.
‘Heartbreaker’ is 127 seconds of righteous fury that has already established itself as a firm favourite in their live set.
Having thrilled audiences across Ireland, the UK and Europe – the Dublin band, possibly the hardest rockin’ power trio currently extant in rock ‘n’ roll; will bring their adrenalin fuelled, ramped up, amped up show to the following cities:
February 22 Barfly, London
February 23 The Prince Albert, Brighton
February 24 The Thekla Top Deck, Bristol
February 25 Rock City, Nottingham
February 26 Sound Control, Manchester
March 21 Stereo, York
March 22 King Tuts, Glasgow
March 23 Electric Circus, Edinburgh
March 24 Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
March 28 Academy 3, Birmingham
March 30 The Corner House, Cambridge
The band will be playing the Eurosonic Festival in Holland in January, and will be over in the States for a run of shows at SXSW in March.
Their debut album ‘Marcata’ has been going down a storm in Eire, and is released in the UK and elsewhere on Model Citizen Records through PIAS on January 30th.
“‘Marcata’ is a faultless, sturdy hunk of rock ‘n’ roll, a raucous, racy and reliable record fuelled by an outfit who’ll no doubt be churning up dust at next summer’s festivals” – Artrocker, 5/5 review
The Boys from Dub can be found HERE on the t’interweb.
More Tips For ’12 to come, but for now – Adieu!
Take it away boys…
* Yes, these are press releases – it’s called Churnalism, OK? And these PR people get PAID to write words – not like your humble web monkey – oh no, it’s like Project bloody Nim round here. tsk. ‘Nanas and sedatives, slopping out and sleep, hell i don’t even get to try out exciting new lipsticks and eyeliners anymore…. and people wanna give Andy Serkis an award for *pretending* to be a monkey?! Sheesh. Whatever Franco, whatevs!
How you doin?
DJ Humble Web Monkey on the 1′s and 2′s for the BIG ’12 here, yo.
Our ongoing series ‘Tips For 12′ has a distinctly Hip Hop flava today, please – if you will follow me – and walk this way….
‘FIRST SERVE’ (PIAS Recordings)
A hip-hop concept album from this mysterious project featuring two of the all-time greats – all is currently (to paraphrase Winston Churchill, on Russia) shrouded in mystery, wrapped in enigma and riddled with (erm) riddles – more details to follow shortly – but what can I say for now? Hmm… well, as is Hip Hop’s wont in the c21st there’s this:
Which – with it’s imagery of turntables, mixtapes, beautiful ladies, street culture and sweet sweet Mary Jane paraphenalia – quite frankly ticks all the boxes in your humble web monkeys ‘crib’.
Damn, it’s so exciting this one – i wanna say more, but i can’t, i really can’t.
This, from the official press release, sheds little light (but makes a great read):
“Due to hit the streets in 2012, the First Serve album is the soundtrack for a movie that has yet to be made. It tells the story of two dreamers in a basement struggling to start their musical career, the battles they face, through to the point that they eventually release their debut single, ‘make it big’ and their hard work and persistence finally pays off. As we know that is rarely where the story ends and the story of First Serve is no different. Taking place in an animated world that could have been imagined by Hawley Pratt on Magic Mushrooms, the high spirited and often hilarious journey is pure old school hip-hop; skits, disco, beats, funk, quips, burns and hustlin’ all included”
Let me just finish this bit by saying: I am rather concerned about the scruffy state of my front garden.
SPEECH DEBELLE (Big Dada)
Mercury-winning UK wordsmith Speech Debelle returns with her long-awaited second album (produced by that man Kwes).
This, from the label:
“Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, ‘Speech Therapy’, and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music. Entitled ‘Freedom of Speech’, the album is released February 2012 on Big Dada Recordings.
The first single and a free download is ‘Studio Backpack Rap’. From political to musical revolution, Speech describes the track as being “all about virtual instrumentation and an ode to Kwes the producer.” Over a catchy, bumping, jostling piece of music, Speech lays out clever, witty lyrics about the high-tech, low-gloss DIY attitude which has relevance far beyond just creating music. Optimistic, sly, funny and an undeniable head-nodder, it’s a long way from ‘Speech Therapy’, while showcasing just one aspect of her remarkable new album”.
SPOEK MATHAMBO (Sub Pop)
Following their great success with Shabazz Palaces in 2011, Sub Pop have signed the king of Township-tech – Spoek Mathambo – who releases his brand new album ‘Father Creeper’ in March.
Here’s a taste of Spoek magic, with a fierce remix angle from the aforementioned Shabazz Palaces.
For a further clue as to the kind of mercurial genius we are talking about here, check out this old Spoek number, a Voodoo / Joy Division / SA House demon-hybrid.
Audacious and jaw-dropping are two words that spring to mind.
More Tips For ’12 to come. Enjoy your weekends!
Adieu for now….