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[PIAS] Nites – our pan-European night-to-remember gig spectaculars – have been nominated in the Festival Awards Europe 2012.

Please VOTE! for us – HERE! – for a chance to win an iPad, VIP tickets and my undying love and admiration (that last part might be a little bit of a fib).

We’re up for ‘Best Indoor Festival’ and ‘Best Small Festival’ – get voting troops!

Cheers!

For more info on [PIAS] Nites, click – HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Hola my lovely gigabyte badgers!

How you doin?

Your humble web monkey here – back once again like a elastic plastic primate boomerang – with a round up of just some of the juicy [PIAS]-related fresh fruit to fall from the Cyberweb Tree.

I seem to have forgotten how to speak English (Earthling isn’t my first language you know…), so let’s can the waffle and get this show on the road!

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First up! – Awards!

Congratulations to Q Awards 2012 recipients Bobby Womack (Best Album) and The Cribs (Spirit Of Independence Award).

Let’s bust it flipmode, and perform your humble web monkey’s mantra at the top of this post, eh?

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!

These fine longplayers are still available from all good record shops (as we once used to say)…

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Bobby Womack – ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ (XL Recordings)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cribs ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ (Wichita Recordings)

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After surviving five decades (!) of the ups and downs of the music industry – including bouncing back after a bout of serious ill health earlier this very year – the title ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ is beyond apt in Master Womack’s case.

Here’s Bobby talking backstage after the awards:

 

 

and modest lads The Cribs, on what their award – and independence – means to them:

 

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Future Of The Left have won the Welsh Music Prize for their album ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’ (Xtra Mile).

This, from the big british castle: “The winner of this year’s Welsh Music Prize is the rock band Future of the Left for their third album, ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’.

Twelve albums by Welsh artists were shortlisted for the award, won last year by Gruff Rhys for ‘Hotel Shampoo’.

The shortlist was voted on by a jury of Welsh music industry experts, journalists, bloggers and DJs. The music prize, which is in its second year, was being held in Cardiff to coincide with this year’s Swn Festival.

Future of the Left, based in Cardiff, were originally a trio formed from the bands mclusky and Jarcrew in 2005. They became a quartet when ex-Million Dead bassist Julia Ruzicka joined.

The Welsh Music Prize was launched in 2011 by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and gig promoter John Rostron. It was created to coincide with the Swn Festival in Cardiff which celebrates music made in Wales or by Welsh people around the world”.

Also nominated for the award were Islet, Cate Le Bon and [PIAS] alumnus Bright Light Bright Light.

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More boogie-woogie wonderland courtesy of the big british castle’s ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ – watch Mercury Prize nominees – and Infectious recording artistes Alt-J perform ‘Breezeblocks’ from this week’s show:

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PLUS! There’s a plethora of cool catch up clips on the BBC Later site (UK only i’m afraid..).

Watch Grizzly Bear (Warp Records) – HERE!

Watch Josephine (ARK Recordings) – HERE!

Watch John Cale (Domino Recording Co) – HERE!

Watch Madness (Union Square) – HERE!

Watch Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar) - HERE!

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A triptych of HOT! NEW! VIDEOS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legendary brainiac/scholastic sampladelic duo Matmos return with ‘The Ganzfeld EP’ (Thrill Jockey Records). Watch the psychedelic Quality Street-meets-’V’ vibes of B-more beat banger ‘Very Large Green Triangles’ below.

ENJOY.

Matmos – Very Large Green Triangles from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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Memphis Industries recording artiste El Perro Del Mar is due to return with a brand new album – ‘Pale Fire’ – on November 12th. Here’s a retrotastic (somewhat redolent of Ciccone Youth?) video taster – ‘Walk On By’.

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Your humble web monkey COULD NOT *BE* MORE STOKED about this trailer below – an in-studio glimpse into the creation of the long-awaited brand new album by Scott Walker – ‘Bish Bosch’ – due out on 3rd December via 4AD.

YES! Oh my god. The donkeys of Galway appear to be safe from a good old smacking this time around, but Sir Scott of Engels *does* seem to have some big f*ck-off machetes working away there.

Soooooo exciting!

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Until next time my furry freak brothers and sisters – adieu!


  

The time has come… Andy’s new albumCompany’ is available now!

‘Company’ is Album Of The Week at BBC Radio 2 and has received some great reviews in the press that you can read here.

The album features the singles ‘Keep On Moving On’ and ‘Because I Know That I Can’. You can see a full tracklisting below.

Andy spent the weekend shooting a new video for his next single, which we’ll have for you soon. Andy has left some words on his website about the shoot and the new album for you! www.andyburrows.co.uk

If you’re a Facebooker we’re running a competition on Andy’s Facebook Page to win a copy of the album on vinyl. You can check it out and enter here.

 

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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

Deluxe Edition added tracks:

Lightyear

Keep On Moving On (Acoustic Version)

Hometown (Acoustic Version)

Video – Keep On Moving On

Video – Because I Know That I Can

 

“Burrows’ “proper” solo debut has been worth the wait.” – The Sunday Times

“Killer chord sequences and winning melodies” – Metro 4/5

“The new album’s full of melancholic anthems, with Hometown the pick of the bunch” – Q 3/5

“Company finds Burrows reasserting his stature as a lover of cultured psychedelic pop that harks back to early 70′s Lennon, …with credibility and charm.” – NME 7/10

Daily Star 8/10 – Artrocker 4/5

Team Burrows x

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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – ‘The Jazz Age’

Tracklisting

Do The Strand
Love Is The Drug
Don’t Stop The Dance
Just Like You
Avalon
The Bogus Man
Slave To Love
This Is Tomorrow
The Only Face
I Thought
Reason Or Rhyme
Virginia Plain
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].

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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.

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The Jim Jones Revue – ‘The Savage Heart’ – [PIAS] Recordings – OUT NOW!

The Jim Jones Revue are back with their most exhilarating work to date, their third album – ‘The Savage Heart’.
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‘The Savage Heart’ expands the sonic remit of The Jim Jones Revue beyond their renowned brand of manic rock ‘n’ roll to explore a virtual ‘heart of darkness’ of new musical territory in the form of tribal stomps, field hollers, acapella rave-ups, and even a fuzzed-out, feedback-laden doo-wop ballad.
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Produced by Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman / Bad Seeds) and mixed by Jim Abbiss, with artwork by the legendary Steve Gullick.
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“Greatest rock’n'roll band on the planet right now”Phil Alexander, editor, MOJO

“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

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Actions speak louder than words – am sure the lads would agree – check out this totally rocking three part mini-documentary.

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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

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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.

ENJOY.

 

 

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!

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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)
The Prodigy
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)

Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital)
Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade)

Alt – J (Infectious)
Django Django
Grimes (4AD)
Poliça (Memphis Industries)

Hardest Working Band Or Artist
65daysofstatic
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)
Alcopop! Records
Black Butter Records
Brainfeeder
Pink Mist
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
Adele (XL)

Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
Caro Emerald
Madness
Travis

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)
4AD

Bella Union
Hospital Records
Hyperdub
Ninja Tune

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Useful Links:
AIM Awards website: http://www.musicindie.com/awards
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AIMIndependentMusicAwards
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AIMAwards

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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!

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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.

Thanks OLI!

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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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“Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have come a long way since they covered Fleet Foxes’ ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’ for fun back in 2008. (That video has now had over 3.2 million views on YouTube).
 
Their second album, ‘The Lion’s Roar’, was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Monsters Of Folk). Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, as well as Bright Eyes mainman Conor Oberst, appear on the album.
 
A new deluxe boxset edition of the album is now available, packaged with three bonus tracks (two exclusive to this format) on the CD, as well as a DVD which features an exclusive tour documentary and three promo videos.
 
The discs are packaged in a digipak which comes with a fold-out poster, expanded 20 page booklet and a First Aid Kit guitar pick. All this is contained within a lift-off lid box. This box set is limited to 5000 copies in the UK and Eire.
 
‘The Lion’s Roar’ is also now available on standard jewelcase CD and as a digital download, with both formats featuring the bonus track ‘Wolf’”.
 
Juicy press love for ‘The Lion’s Roar’: “A brilliant second album”Sunday Telegraph (5 stars); “A country-rock revelation”The Independent (4 stars); “Extraordinary harmonies”The Guardian (4 stars); “Genuine beauty”Evening Standard (4 stars); “Superb songwriting… glorious”Mojo (4 stars); “A remarkably mature work”Uncut (4 stars); “Nothing short of magical” -  The Fly (4 stars); “Intoxicating”The Sun (4 stars); “Bewitching”Clash (8/10); “Life-affirming”Q (4 stars); Loud & Quiet (8/10); The Times (4 stars)

That’s Xmas 2012 pressies for the fam all sorted, then.

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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.

Watch this!

HORN!

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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).

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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

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Memphis Industries have a brand new signing – Pure Bathing Culture.

Check out this lovely late summer video from their forthcoming EP on MI.

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Pure Bathing Culture – Ivory Coast from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.

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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!

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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″.

White Hills – I Write a Thousand Letters from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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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!

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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’

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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.

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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

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