In order to raise awareness of Alzheimers Research UK, 'Santa Forgot' has been created by Aardman Animations with music from Hannah Peel and narration by Stephen Fry.
Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has launched a new campaign set to pull at the nation’s heart strings this Christmas. The Santa Forgot campaign explores the idea of Santa having dementia through a bold animation that imagines Christmas without him.
Santa Forgot’s central character is a young girl called Freya, who has grown-up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve. On learning about Santa’s condition, Freya travels to the North Pole. She offers her own support and re-mobilises the redundant elves as researchers, explaining her belief that ‘if Santa has a disease, research can find a way to fix it’.
Through the depiction of Freya and Santa’s elves, ARUK showcases that only with world leading research, new approaches and innovative thinking can the diseases which cause dementia be defeated.
Dementia is the world’s greatest medical challenge, not only for the individuals affected and their families, but also for society as a whole. Over 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and the condition has an economic impact in the UK of over £24bn a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined. It is also the leading cause of death amongst women in the UK.
Hannah will be performing at Shoreditch Church, London on 24th November 2016.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, recently announced their third full length LP Future Politics, out January 20th via Domino. Today, Austra are pleased to share a remix by Ikonika for Future Politics’ lead single ‘Utopia’.
John Cale will re-issue the classic live album Fragments of a Rainy Season, featuring his revered interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ amongst many solo versions from his enduring catalogue and previously unreleased outtakes, out via Double Six / Domino.
Alongside the announcement, Cale has shared a new video for ‘Hallelujah’, directed by Abby Portner – watch it ABOVE.
Hannah Peel plus special guests, presents an evening inspired by the music, imagery and themes of her new album Awake But Always Dreaming. "A meeting of minds on memory/art/music/literature/film"
Hannah will play a live set from her new album. She'll also be joined by poet, writer and filmaker Lavinia Greenlaw (The Sea Is An Edge And An Ending) and artist/film director Shelly Love (Scratch) with special film screenings from both. Curated by Kirsteen McNish of Vine Collective. In association with Alzheimer's Research UK.
TRAAMS have been surging towards something great for some time. Last year’s ‘Modern Dancing’ full-length was a step up, taking the energy of that debut and tying it down with that knot-tight rhythm section. ‘Slipping’ and ‘Penguin’, those two newbies unleashed earlier this month, proved they had the chops to take things further still. ‘A House On Fire’, though, is the most captivating and crazed the Chichester trio have ever sounded.
The new Nimmo single 'Dancing Makes Us Brave' debuted as BBC Radio 1s Annie Mac's Hottest Record, and follows Nimmo's Room 5 Sessions series.
It's a big, bold piece of forward-thinking pop that centres on making you throw of the shackles of the daily grind. Escape your 9-to-5 shell and let the beats take control. The track was co-written with Oli Bayston.
Allison Crutchfield (P.S. Eliot, Swearin’) has announced her debut solo album. It’s called Tourist in This Town, and it’s out via Merge Records. She has also shared a music video for the album’s first offering, “Dean’s Room.” Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher, the video (watch below) shows scenes of Crutchfield dancing around a home alongside the dancer Marlee Grace. In the video Gallagher “wanted to counter the upbeat tempo of the song with moments that felt like taffy,” she said in a statement.
Crutchfield’s last album with Swearin’ was 2013’s Surfing Strange. In 2014, she self-released the Lean in to It EP. Earlier this year, P.S. Eliot got back together for a reunion tour in support of an excellent compilation of their complete recorded works, 2007-2011.
Blood Orange - aka Dev Hynes - released one of 2016’s most talked-about albums in the form of Freetown Sound.
Blood Orange today releases the video for Freetown Sound standout “I Know”. Directed by Hynes with collaborator Tracy Antonopoulos, and featuring ballet dancer Maria Kochetkova (principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater), the video (shot at Gibney Dance Centre) can be viewed ABOVE.
With their long awaited debut album released on 28th October, on Weird World, the pair of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust aka Soft Hair have shared the album’s opening track, ‘Relaxed Lizard’.
The album’s recording took place five years ago amongst the pair’s solo careers. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009, Sam travelled Eurasia, Africa and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA PRIEST in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.
Asian Dub Foundation return to Australia for the second time in 2016 to perform at Sydney Opera House. They will be playing a live score to George Lucas’s THX 1138 movie on November the 5th as Australian Premiere. The show will be part of the program of GRAPHIC, a festival of visual storytelling, animation and music.
Courteeners are an English indie rock band formed in 2006 by Liam Fray (guitar/vocals), Michael Campbell (drums/backing vocals), Daniel "Conan" Moores (guitar) and Mark Cuppello (bass); the latter was replaced by the band's producer Joe Cross in 2015. They also tour with pianist Adam Payne, who has been featured on every album. Releasing the first single "Lose Control" off their then-forthcoming album Anna in December 2012, the band dropped the "The" from their name, continuing simply as "Courteeners".
The band have released four studio albums: St. Jude (2008), Falcon (2010), Anna (2013) and Concrete Love (2014) as well as several EPs and one DVD album. Courteeners fifth album - Mapping the Rendezvous is released via Ignition Records. The album was produced by the band’s regular collaborator Joe Cross, and is the band’s biggest and best album to date - hugely confident and supremely hook-heavy.
The cinematic synth pop duo Electric Youth made a splash in 2011 with their contribution to the Drive soundtrack, "A Real Hero," which Toronto-based instrumentalist/producer Austin Garrick and vocalist Bronwyn Griffin recorded in collaboration with French artist College. The duo met while in sixth grade, began dating a couple years later, then officially started the band in 2009. After recording a few demos, including a cover of Clio's Italo disco classic "Faces," they caught the ear of the similarly '80s-focused Valerie Collective, and met up with like-minded artists such as College, Anoraak, and others. Around this same time they self-released their first single, "Replay," and started playing shows around town. They also began working with College in earnest, providing vocals for the song "She Never Came Back" on the 2009 album Secret Diary. Similarly '80s-focused artist Grum also came calling and Griffin provided vocals for a track ("Turn It Up") on his 2010 album Heartbeats. The next year saw their big break with Drive and also the release of the duo's second single, "Right Back to You." They followed it up the next year with another single, "The Best Thing." Meanwhile, they had begun planning their debut album, taking time out in 2013 to appear on Sally Shapiro's Somewhere Else album.
Electric Youth announced in early 2014 that they had signed with Secretly Canadian and released the first single, "Innocence," from their upcoming album. The album was recorded in their Toronto studio and in L.A. in a studio that came complete with a screening room, which allowed them to let their cinematic obsession bleed into the music. Innerworld was released in the fall of 2014.
Terry Malts release Lost at the Party, their first new album in three years. After two records of blown-out, buzzsaw pop, the Malts take their foot off the gas just a bit this time, letting in a little of the new wave that members Corey Cunningham and Phil Benson made with Magic Bullets seep back into the mix. There’s still a lot of JAMC, The Wedding Present and The Undertones, but they let things nicely jangle too. They even get quiet on “Waiting for the Bomb” (at least till the wait is over). That song’s dread and malaise permeates the lyrical vibe of Lost at the Party, a feeling a lot of people in 2016 can identify with. It’s all wrapped up in boppy, hum-along choruses (and more than a smidge of hope), thankfully. As on previous records, Terry Malts sound best loud.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography.
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.
Following up on this February’s Something EP, Purling Hiss is set to return this fall with a new full-length dubbed High Bias. This latest collection of fuzz-laden, lo-fi power pop is out via Drag City.
Though the project remains firmly in mastermind Mike Polizze’s grasp, bassist Dan Provenzano and drummer Ben Leaphart are more a part of the fold than ever. Together, the trio has crafted nine tracks that move seamlessly “between disparate styles, from streamlined futurist radio-wave to blatzing punk, sweet indie-pop song craft and barely-contained group riffage.” As a first listen, they’ve shared the drowned surf rock of “Fever”. There’s a playfulness in the track’s loose rock ‘n’ roll, but one that seems to be pushing back against a darkness threatening to crush.
The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Domino. The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.
Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps ABOVE.
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, the Folk Implosion) will release his new EP, Apocalypse Fetish, on October 28th via Domino. A follow-up to last year's Brace The Wave -- Barlow's first solo release in six years -- it features five new tracks recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Today, Barlow shares a second taste of the EP with "Anniversary Song," which you can stream via Soundcloud below.
Wand frontman Cory Hanson has announced the release of his debut solo album, The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo. As opposed to the noisy psych-rock he makes with his main band, Hanson has opted for sagging, celestial folk for his solo output.
This Is A Red Line will be released on October 28th on the #MoreInCommon compilation album in aid of #HopeNotHate charity. Also featuring tracks by Beak, Chris & Cosey, Thought Forms, The Membranes and more.
The song was recorded during the Tracks of Wire album sessions with producer Rob Ellis, mixed by Mark Freegard and mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid.
Incoming off the back of Boxed In's second album Melt, revered producer George Fitzgerald has taken on single "Forget". Proving his foolproof formula to his studio endeavours once more. George Fitzgerald finds himself reworking the group's frontman Oli Bayston's vocals again, following the two collaborating on "Full Circle" for Fitzgerald's debut album Fading Love last year.
George Fitzgerald's remix of "Forget" is out on Oct 14th on Nettwerk Records. Listen below.
Emily Barker has just returned from Memphis where she has been recording her latest album with Grammy-award winning producer and engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). Prolific and consistently excellent, Emily recently released a solo album (The Toerag Sessions, a UK Americana Album of the Year nominee) as well as being a member of Applewood Road, whose debut album was acclaimed as “flawless” by The Sunday Times.
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The song ‘Pretty Polly’ comes from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Shirley says of the song: “I recorded this myself from the singing of Mrs Ollie Gilbert in 1959, on the field trip with Alan Lomax”.
Directed by Layla Atkinson, the video was given one stipulation by Shirley, to incorporate a very special kind of puppet, a jig doll. These puppets come to life when jigged on a vibrating board and have been popular street entertainment for hundreds of years.
Introducing the Ballantine’s Artist Series with Dave Ma (2016).
The Ballantine’s Artist Series Limited Edition gift packs were designed by photographer and music video director, Dave Ma. Drawing on his passion for shooting landscape photography, Dave shot a series of images at 8,000 feet above the Scottish Highlands. He transformed his photographs with rich and vibrant colour palettes to reflect the personalities of the Ballantine’s Finest and 12 Year Old blends, creating three modern and unique interpretations of his perspective of the stunning Scottish landscape.
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