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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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Hola!

How you doin my furry-pawed cyberweb badgers?

Loads of sonic treats for you this wee…. mmph…humpha… HELP!… hell…. hel….harumph.. mah… jukpa….

Hey All,

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!

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Cat Power – ‘Sun’ (Matador) – Brand New Album – Out Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bug – ‘Can’t Take This No More’ (Ninja Tune / Acid Ragga) – 7″ single – Out now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jens Lekman – ‘I Know What Love Isn’t’ (Secretly Canadian) – Brand New Album – Out Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Efterklang – ‘Piramida’ (4AD) – Brand New Album – Out 24th September!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Satellites – ‘Satellites.01′ (Vesterbrother) – Debut Album – Out Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sic Alps – ‘Sic Alps’ (Drag City) – Brand New Album – Out 10th September!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eccentronic Research Council – ’1612 Underture’ (Bird / Finders Keepers) – Debut Album – Out 10th September!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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!

Live Dates:

Sun 4th November – London, Roundhouse
Tue 6th November – Dublin, Vicar St
Wed 7th November – Glasgow, ABC 1
Thu 8th November – Manchester, The Warehouse Project

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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’.

ENJOY. 

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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.

ENJOY. 

Evan Caminiti – Absteigend from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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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

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Watch the trailer, here.

ENJOY. 

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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).

Click here: CLICK! For [PIAS] Ireland’s Electric Picnic picks

“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!” 

What the press say about the Picnic:
 
“A magnificent rock ‘n’ roll circus..a textbook example of what a music festival should be”Billboard.
 
“One of the best festivals we have ever been to”Rolling Stone.
 
“Electric Picnic has raised the bar for the music festival in Ireland…”Irish Independent.
 
“The best music festival on the Irish circuit, such a breath of fresh air for concert goers in this country”Irish Times.
 
“One of the best festivals in Europe..The best festival I’ve ever been to”Hot Press.
 
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BELLBOTTOMS!

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”.

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L is for Lord Huron….

Brand spanking new signing to Play It Again SamLord 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. 

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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!

ENJOY.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

www.andyburrows.co.uk

Grab that FREE TRACK, here: CLICK! 

Watch the Mark Ronson co-credited – ‘Keep On Moving On’ – video – below:

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Sean from Drowned In Sound has just released a [PIAS] inspired playlist for our Spotify app called ‘Independent Spirit’.

It’s a celebration of truly independent music that goes far beyond jangly guitars and pin badges. Featuring tracks from Cat Power, Burial, Sonic Youth, The Cribs, Fuck Buttons, Mogwai and more.

Check it out in the Features section of the [PIAS] Spotify App.

CLICK! to listen, here: Independent Spirit

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Kid Koala will release his new album, ’12 Bit Blues’, on 17 September 2012 via Ninja Tune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ninja say: “Never one to make the music making process easy on himself, Kid Koala has finally realised his child-hood dream of owning SP1200′s, and in the process has tackled the stripped-down blues tradition with the machines that spawned the golden age of hip-hop (and keeps floppy disks alive!)”.

Your humble web monkey says: very sexy rumours about some amazing packaging on this one. The Kid surpasses even himself.

Kid Koala, live in the UK!

October
11 O2 Academy Islington London
12 Fiddlers Bristol
13 Warehouse Project Manchester 

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One of Portland’s top feminist bookstore professionals, Candace of Women & Women First, spoke with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. about their forthcoming record, ‘I Bet On Sky’.

Watch their illuminating interview, below.

 

Dinosaur Jr – brand new album – ‘I Bet On Sky’ (Play It Again Sam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK street date: 17th September 2012

Tracklisting

1. Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know
2. Watch The Corners
3. Almost Fare
4. Stick A Toe In
5. Rude
6. I Know It Oh So Well
7. Pierce The Morning Rain
8. What Was That
9. Recognition
10. See It On Your Side

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Hola my fabulous furry freak friends of the interwebs!

How you doin?

Sport? Schmort!!

Your humble web monkey has the antidote to all this fuss over flag-waving physical exertions – who can run / throw / swim / dive….. the fastest / furtherest / quickest / longest etc etc. Yada yada yawn yawn.

Can you imagine Ian Curtis playing table tennis?

Kurt Cobain astride a horse, showjumping?

Patti Smith doing the old clean and jerk weightlifting?

Miles Davis playing water polo?

NO. There’s a time, a place and a temperament for sportiness, and this – your humble web monkey’s cyberhome is not it.

Aesthetic pursuits, not athletic pursuits – bass tones, drums, guitars, voices, strings and things electricity amplified – aural Art that lifts the spirit beyond the heavens, locates and illuminates your soul, makes excited pulses race harder and faster and provides soothing salve for life’s comedowns – these are your humble web monkey’s bag, daddio!

And a bumper bag o delights it is for you this week, let’s crack open the craic and crack and crack on.

First up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Collective – regular readers (all two of them – hello mrs web monkey and captain mayo – ha!) will be fully aware of YHWM’s long-lived and intense love of the furry fab four.

Reports that my firstborn child shall be named ‘BrianDaveJoshNoah AveyDeakinGeologistPandaBear’ are not to be believed. Or have been greatly exaggerated at the very least. hehe.

This mitzvah of a missive - below – *is* to be believed.

ENJOY:

Animal Collective premiere new single ‘Today’s Supernatural’.

Animal Collective and The Creators Project partner on Animal Collective Radio, a weekly online radio transmission.

New Album ‘Centipede Hz’ out Sept 3rd.

‘Today’s Supernatural’ is the first single from Animal Collective‘s highly anticipated new album ‘Centipede Hz’, out on Domino on Monday, September 3rd.

Animal Collective premiered ‘Today’s Supernatural’ live last night on the just launched Animal Collective Radio (radio.myanimalhome.net), a weekly online radio transmission in partnership with Domino and The Creators Project.

Every Monday morning at 2am GMT though til August 19th Animal Collective will broadcast a new radio show live.

Each week a member of the band – Panda Bear, Deakin, Avey Tare and Geologist – will take turns hosting their own show. The shows will feature unique mixes created by the band as well as a variety of guest DJ sets.

This week’s show, hosted by Panda Bear, featured his own mix and guest DJ sets by Black Dice, Sublime Frequencies and Haunted Graffiti.

The shows will loop for 24 hours after the live broadcast and then be made available as an on-demand stream via MixCloud.

The Creators Projectors website will host tracklist details and more information. The website’s look will evolve over the course of the broadcasts, so check back.

Animal Collective would also like to encourage fansto create their own radio show mixes. To help people get started the band has provided a sample pack download of ‘Centipede Hz’ sounds and radio IDs as well as detailed instructions on how to create your own sounds. More details on user-generated mixes is available on the website”.

So – get all that?

Here are the droids you are looking for:

CLICK! For Animal Collective Radio.

CLICK! For more details / radio show tracklistings etc. from The Creator’s Project website.

LISTEN! To ‘Today’s Supernatural’ – below. Over 100,000 plays in less than two days!

ENJOY.

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Next up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallows’ brand new self-titled album is a-coming this way, like a cement hurricane levitating Vicarage Road to the land of Oz.

Due to hit us all in the face (repeatedly) from Monday 10th September (via Venn / PIAS Recordings) – here’s a sneak preview of the album’s ‘making of’ documentary, along with a muddy and rocking live clip.

ENJOY! 

 

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Next up!

Electro auteurs Hot Chip present their brand new video ‘How Do You Do?’ – a postmodern retrotastic green screen electric dream directed by Rollo Jackson - taken from the recently released longplayer ‘In Our Heads’ (Domino).

ENJOY! 

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Next up!

They had me toasting the mic with my woeful pidgin Welsh last week, like a right cunning linguist.

Here is Race Horses’ brand new video ’My Year Abroad’.

ENJOY. 

 

As reported earlier, Race Horses‘ album – ‘Furniture‘ – is due out on Monday 10th September (via Stolen Recordings / [PIAS] Recordings).

Read some groovy words about the band on the groovy CLASH website. Clickety Click.

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Sir Frank of Turner - fresh from playing a pretty low key, intimate gig (at the bleedin-’lympics-stadium-to-a-trillion-gazillion-people!!) has a double deluxe fandabeedozee 2DVD out soon. Titled ‘Live At Wembley’ / ‘The Road To Wembley’ ’tis due to hit our eyesockets on September 3rd (via Xtra Mile).

Here’s a taste.

ENJOY!

 

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Cosmo-european Techno producer Vitalic has a brand new album – ‘Rave Age’ – due for release later this year (October 22nd, date fans!) via Different Recordings.

Here’s a lovely press release all about it, below.

If you’re very very good children there *might* be a FREE download of a track in it for ya.

Who loves ya baby?

READ ON:

“Techno maverick, Vitalic, will release his eagerly anticipated album, ‘Rave Age’ on October 22nd through Different Recordings. Renowned for his blistering, sought after productions, Vitalic will up the ante with an incendiary, brand new live show coming to a venue near you later this year.

Mixed by legendary production wizard, Stephane Alf Briat, known for his work with Air and Phoenix, ‘Rave Age’ is a ballsy, firecracker of an album that showcases not just a passion for big room, electro smashers and electronica, but a broad set of influences that stretch from punk and film soundtracks to disco and indie dance.

Showcasing a myriad of talent roped in to give this album added punch, it features the vocal efforts of Joe Reeves (Shit Disco) on ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Next I’m Ready’. French starlets Owlle and Rebeka Warrior (Sexy Sushi) appear on ‘Under Your Sun’ and ‘La Mort Sur Le Dancefloor’. Mickael Karkousse from Belgium electro rockers, Goose, lends his skills to ‘Rave Kids Go’.

‘Rave Age’ looks set to be one of the standout releases of 2012 and to kick start the summer party proceedings, Vitalic is giving away a free download of the aptly titled, ‘No More Sleep’, a fiery taster off the album. Get your rave on”.

Get your (cough!) ‘rave on’, HERE: Boom-Boom-Boom-Click!

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Right, i don’t know about you, but your humble web monkey is freaking cream crackered after all that lot. Oof!

What time’s the World Tiddleywinks Championships on telly?

Adieu for now!

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Hot new Stolen Recordings / [PIAS] Recordings signings Race Horses have announced their debut album – ‘Furniture’ – due to be released in the UK on 10th September 2012.

Tracks include:

Furniture
Mates
Nobodys Son
Sisters
What Am I To Do
World 6
Bad Blood
My Year Abroad
See No Green
Old And New

The album will be available on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital.

Here’s a lovely press release.

Enjoy.

“Bright, theatrical pop with a soulful edge”Guardian Guide

“When Welsh pop heroes Race Horses set out to make their new album, ‘Furniture’, they had one major rule – everything had to feel fresh. “All the new music I was hearing seemed to be hidden behind reverb, behind a veneer of cool,” says singer Meilyr. “We wanted to make something much more stark and direct.” 

The album they created is exactly that: a pin-sharp pop record inspired by Queen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Soft Cell – and by the disco at the youth hostel they were staying at during the two-week recording sessions at The Pool in South London. “It was full of Spanish tourists dancing to Michael Jackson,” says guitarist Dylan. We were there on the dance floor trying to work out why it sounded so good, analysing Quincy Jones’ production and thinking, how did he get that hi-hat sound, or that groove?” The experience rubbed off onto the album. “It inspired us to make something quite rhythmic and groove-based that wasn’t computerised or perfect,” says Meilyr.

Though it’s frequently an upbeat piece of work, there’s a stark contrast in Furniture’s lyrics: its central idea speaks to universal feelings of frustration and the everyday erosion of relationships. “It’s about people that spend a lot of time together gradually starting not to see each other,” says Meilyr. “If you put a picture on your wall, over time it dissolves into the background. It’s the same when you’re living with someone; they become an object over time.” That’s the thought that fuels the chiming title track ‘Furniture’, the percussive ‘Mates’ and more.  While the album sees the band’s rampant creativity boiled down into perfect pop, there are also surprises around every corner – lyrics inspired by DH Lawrence and Thomas Hardy, and an unusual sonic palette employed throughout, including clarinets and bassoons recorded on a 4-track in the boiler room of the Royal Academy of Music.

The core members of Race Horses grew up in Aberystwyth, a sleepy holiday town on the west coast of Wales that’s as far from the heart of the music business as is possible. “Our formative years were the opposite of something like Skins,” says Meilyr. “Teenagers weren’t shagging and taking drugs, they were listening to their dad’s record collections. I was wearing flares and listening to prog rock.”

With two members of the band having earned great praise in Wales as Radio Luxembourg, Race Horses debuted in 2010 with the critically acclaimed ‘Goodbye Falkenburg’. Now that harpist-turned-guitarist Mali Llewelyn and percussionist Dan Bradley have joined Dylan, Meilyr and Gwion, ‘Furniture’ has the five-piece feeling like they’re starting anew. “We’ve got the same name,” says Dylan, “but in a way, it feels like a totally different band.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming live dates:
8 Sept Llanrwst Gwyl Gwydir Festival
15 Sept Portmeirion Festival No. 6
22 Sept Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (Album Launch Show)
25 Sept London The Lexington (Album Launch Show)

Diolch lovely Race Horses – Iechyd da!

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