If…, is the solo album from Bill Ryder-Jones out November 14th 2011 recorded to soundtrack Italo Calvino’s meditation on writing in the post modernist novel If On A Winters Night A Traveller. Ryder-Jones left The Coral after the fifth studio album where he was able to spend time focussing on developing ideas in string arrangements and orchestral platforms particularly with a focus on working towards emulating beloved film scores. This debut came into being in various locations around Ryder-Jones’ hometown of Liverpool including the Scandinavian Church, Grade II listed warehouse Elevator Studios and his mother's home down by the Irish sea. Musicians, friends and even the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled together to make this extraordinary undertaking a magnificent work and the beginning of what will assuredly be a spectacular opening for one of Domino's most fine new signings sure to be recognised as one of Britain's finest young composers.
Led by the raffish and slightly scuzzy romance-obsessed Peter Perrett, the Only Ones were one of the punk era's most underrated bands. Not as confrontational as the Sex Pistols, as politically indulgent as the Clash, or as stripped-down as the Ramones, the Only Ones played not-so-fast guitar rock that sounded deeply indebted to the New York Dolls and other mid-'70s proto-punks. Singing his intelligently crafted pop songs in a semi-tuneful whine of a voice and backed by a band that effectively combined youthful exuberance with gracefully aging veterans (non-punk drummer Mike Kellie had done time with early-'70s clod-rockers Spooky Tooth, bassist Alan Mair was nearly 40), Perrett was an astute chronicler of the vagaries of modern, dysfunctional love. Despite a career that lasted from 1978-1981 and one certifiable "hit" song to their credit (the brilliant "Another Girl, Another Planet"), the Only Ones became the archetypal contenders that never broke big, despite assurances from fans and critics that they couldn't miss. Although they split up in 1981 after only three records, the Only Ones, due in large part to "Another Girl, Another Planet," became more influential than one would have guessed.
Listen to Paul Westerberg and you'll hear more than a little Peter Perrett (in fact, the Replacements covered "Another Girl"); look at the number of Only Ones releases over the past decade (a half-dozen at least) and you soon realize that a significant cult surrounding the band grew after their breakup. Ironically, it was the posthumous release of the sessions for John Peel's BBC show that, more than any of the proper studio releases, accurately displayed the muscle and smarts of this fine band. There have been many rumors surrounding Perrett's life after the Only Ones, many of them involving an alleged heroin addiction. Perrett did continue to record and release solo projects during the '80s, including a project known as the One in the mid-'90s.
Angel Olsen's new album My Woman is out September 2 on Jagjaguwar. After sharing “Intern,” she's back with another one from her Burn Your Fire for No Witness follow-up. It's called “Shut Up Kiss Me,” and in her self-directed video, she rollerskates while wearing a glittery silver wig.
Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel's project Nite-Funk have shared the lead song from an upcoming self-titled EP, which is due July 1 via Dâm-Funk's new label Glydezone. The song is called “Let Me Be Me” and it's mixed by Cole M.G.N. Hear the track, and find the tracklist and artwork below. Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel both recently put out new records: DJ-Kicks and Liquid Cool, respectively.
Blood Orange’s highly anticipated new album, Freetown Sound, is out now. Written and produced by Hynes, and featuring musical contributions from Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, BEA1991, Debbie Harry, Adam Bainbridge (a.k.a. Kindness), Empress Of, Ian Isiah, Kelsey Lu, Jason Arce, Ava Raiin, Aaron Maine (a.k.a. Porches), Bryndon Cook (a.k.a. Starchild) and Patrick Wimberly, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a confluence of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice.
You can stream the album via a variety of platforms using THIS link.
Porches return with a tropical-feeling avant-garde video for track ‘Car,’ a standout single from the group’s latest album Pool, released in February of 2016. Watch it above.
‘Car’s video was co-produced by Urban Outfitters as the 26th installment of their UO Music Video Series. Check out their blog for behind the scene photos and an interview with video director Daniel Brereton. Over the past 5 years, the UO Music Video Series has helped produce music videos for bands including Empress of, Petite Noir, Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, and Spoon.
New Build's video for their single 'Luminous Freedom' was shortlisted for one of the Grand Prix Lion Awards at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music, awarded on 24th June 2016.
New Build picked up a Silver Lion Award for the video. The grand prize was eventually won by Beyonce for her video for the single “Formation” in the highly competitive Excellence In Music Video category. Other honorees included Silver Lion winners “Voodoo In My Blood,” by Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers; “Blackstar” by David Bowie; as well as Bronze Lion winners “Hello” by Adele; “Runnin” by Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin and “Wide Open” by the Chemical Brothers featuring Beck'.
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