Irish singer-songwriter Róisín Murphy has revealed the full details behind her first new album in eight years, the follow-up to 2007’s Overpowered. Entitled Hairless Toys, due out via Play It Again Sam.
The nine-track effort is previewed with lead single/album opener “Gone Fishing”, a chipper, multilayered electro-folk ballad. In a statement, Murphy explained how the song and a number of other LP cuts were inspired by the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.
Off-Peak, is a game created by Archie Pelago cellist Cosmo D. It sees the user stranded at a cathedral-like train station in the near future, searching for a ticket out of town. Explore the secret passageways, interact with strangers, dig for records, and get hypnotized by the soundtrack – a new batch of never-before-heard Archie Pelago tunes.
Lower Dens have released the video for ‘To Die in L.A.’ from their forthcoming album,Escape from Evil, released on March 30th 2015 on Ribbon Music.
The ‘To Die in L.A.’ video was directed by SSION’s Cody Critcheloe (Perfume Genius, Dum Dum Girls). It finds the self-obsessed female protagonist, the song’s “heartbreaker,” trying to navigate through clichéd LA culture in a series of hyper idealized sequences.
Rosie Lowe returns with her new single, ‘Who’s That Girl?’. Accompanied by a mesmeric video - the single gives another hint as to what we can expect from Lowe’s debut album, which will be released on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label later this year. In support of the single, Lowe has announced a very special London show at the intimate & beautiful St Pancras Old Church on April 15th.
Braids, the Montreal dream pop trio led by Raphaelle Standell, are set to release their new album Deep In The Iris on April 27th through Arbutus Records. The nine-track effort serves as the band’s third to date and follows 2013’s Flourish // Perish.
Taken from a new collaborative EP with the Fat White Family and Peake’s Eccentronic Research Council project, the new Moonlandingz video, featuring the Bafta–nominated Maxine Peake as a crazed stalker of a fictional band. Watch above.
Sweet Saturn Mine is the lead track taken from the Moonlandingz’ EP out on 16 March – a collaboration between the Fat Whites and Eccentronic Research Council. Written from the perspective of a fan of a small-time local band – the infatuation with the group tips into obsession, before plummeting dramatically into something far more sinister.
Steve Strange, the former lead singer of popular 80s band Visage, best known for their breakout single Fade to Grey, has passed away in Egypt on 12th March, 2015. He was 55 years old.
Born Steve Harrington, Strange co-founded the Blitz Club in London’s trendy Soho district, a venue that pioneered the New Romantic movement and gave several top U.K. acts of the 1980s — including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George’s Culture Club — a stepping stone on their way to global stardom.
Domino Publishing would like to express their deepest condolences to Steve's family.
Bob Moses, the duo comprised of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie, release All In All, a collection of their previously released singles. The 11 songs on All In All encompass the duo’s output to date, combining their 2 previous EP releases on Scissor & Thread, and the recent A/B side on Domino, I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry/Grace.
The band have also shared the video for single ‘I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry’. Directed by Gene Doe.
The Groundhogs are a legendary British rock/blues band who were originally formed as The Dollar Bills in London in 1962 by brothers Pete and John Cruickshank. Tony McPhee joined the group later that same year. McPhee steered them towards the blues and renamed them after a John Lee Hooker song, "Groundhog's Blues".
John Cruickshank suggested they became John Lee's Groundhogs when they backed John Lee Hooker on his 1964 UK tour: they later supplemented Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Champion Jack Dupree when they toured the UK. McPhee featured on Dupree's From New Orleans to Chicago alongside Eric Clapton.
The group's album releases Thank Christ For The Bomb (May 1970); Split (March 1971); and Who Will Save the World? The Mighty Groundhogs (March 1972), recorded as a trio without Rye, all reached the Top 10 in the UK Albums Chart. Split reached number 5, spending 27 weeks in the UK Albums Chart and achieved gold record status, while a single release from the album, "Cherry Red", was featured on BBC Television's Top of the Pops programme on 22 April 1971.
They supported The Rolling Stones on their 1971 British tour at the request of Mick Jagger and released an album of their live set on the Stones tour, recorded at Leeds University and called Live at Leeds. All these albums and live shows were performed by the classic power trio of Cruickshank, McPhee and Pustelnik. 1974's album Solid saw a last return to the charts. The band reformed a few years later under a different line-up, but with McPhee firmly at the helm. Listen to Light My Light from the album Solid (1974) below.
Ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, Gliss Riffer, out February 23rd on Domino, Dan Deacon has shared ‘Learning to Relax.’ It follows the release of the Andrew Jeffrey directed video for Gliss Riffer opening track 'Feel The Lightning.'
Dan Deacon will be performing at the Boiler Room on February 17th, 2015. For more info click HERE.
Meatbodies’ Chad Ubovich began ripping through the rock scene in 2011 as guitarist for Mikal Cronin (also Domino Publishing) and, eventually, bassist in FUZZ. In between tours, he spent his time recording and playing shows around Los Angeles under the name Chad and the Meatbodies. In 2012, Ty Segall (also Domino Publishing) released some of Chad’s bedroom recordings via cassette tape on his GOD? Records imprint. The tape was well received and people began to see Chad was more than just a sideman to his heavy hitting comrades. In 2013, In The Red took notice of Chad’s crunching, grinding sound and added his band, now simply called Meatbodies to their roster.
Hot Chip will release their sixth album and second for Domino, Why Make Sense?, on 18th May 2015. Recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph, Why Make Sense? is the band’s follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed In Our Heads.
Watch the accompanying video for the album opener, Huarache Lights above, which is based around a light installation by artist Robert Bell and filmed in one take by Andy Knowles.
Complete Strangers is the name of Vetiver’s sixth album, released via new label Easy Sound. The first single, “Current Carry,” can be listened to below. It is the band's first album in three years and like its most recent predecessor, The Errant Charm, the first half of Complete Strangers delves straight into radiant, spacey territory, warm, percolating rhythms, and airy, synth-based ambient pop. It’s pretty far afield from the Vetiver sound that was born of the San Francisco scene in the early 2000s when the band and fellow compatriots Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart would gather onstage and play together.
Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, will release her third LP Ivy Tripp on April 6th via her new home Merge (Wichita will oversee its international release). It follows 2013's Cerulean Salt. Listen to "Air", below. Crutchfield produced the album with Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer (also of Crutchfield's sister Allison's band Swearin'), who also play on the album.
LA PRIEST (pronounced ‘Lah Pree-st’) is a project from reclusive electronic musician Sam Dust. Having previously used the moniker for a 12" release on Erol Alkan's Phantasy label in 2007, ‘Oino’, Dust's new single, is the first material to surface from the artist since the hiatus of Late Of The Pier, his previous band, in 2009.
Sam spent much of his time after 2010 in Greenland, studying the effects of the Ivittuut region's electro-magnetic phenomena on recorded sound, and producing more than five secret uncredited projects - some of which have already trickled out into the world to public acclaim. Evoking the disruptive pop spirit of musicians like David Byrne, Prince, Arthur Russell or Aphex Twin, Dust's revived LA PRIEST project once again sets him apart as a true outlying original. Listen below.
Darling Arithmetic is the third album from Villagers. The follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by O’Brien at home - the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin. O’Brien plays every instrument on these melodic songs in a sparse, spacious, acoustic-leaning fashion.
Watch the video for the lead single 'Courage' above.
Baltimore’s Lower Dens, release their thirdEscape from Evil on Ribbon Music.
On Escape From Evil, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter emerges and takes center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical.
Lower Dens’ 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, Nootropics, was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. Escape From Evil, marks a bold, monumental step forward for a band we knew had it in them, and the welcome manifestation of a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.
Pass Through Here is a new album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom, her first for five years. Beginning to perform in the late 70s, Kath is renowned for her 80s private-press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, as well as signature tune Come Here from the soundtrack to Richard Linklater film Before Sunrise. Over the last 35 years, she has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart has called her “one of the most beautifulsingers ever,” while Pitchfork says “she can snap a heart like a twig.”
For Pass Through Here, Kath travelled far from her Connecticut home to record in California with a coterie of freewheeling West Coast folk rock types, including engineer Jeff Hassay and fellow performer Levi Strom. It’s a distinctive new sound for Kath, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved.
The innovative work of cellist-composer-electronic-pioneer Arthur Russell will be honored in a new tribute album released 10/21 via Red Hot Organization and Yep Roc. Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as “catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time.” Watch Hot Chip emulate that try-anything-once attitude in this behind the scenes video clip via Pitchfork:
Over two years in the making, Master Mix earned early support from artists like Jose Gonzalez and Robyn, eager to put their twists on songs like “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” and “Tell You (Today)”; from Matt Wolf, who directed the in-depth documentary ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’; and from Russell’s longtime partner Tom Lee and the Arthur Russell Estate. Devendra Banhart, citing Russell as his inspiration for moving to New York, said, “It felt somewhat taboo to be messing with such sacrosanct materials… We recorded [“Losing My Taste For The Night Life”] as our way of saying to everyone, ‘Listen to Arthur!’”
Master Mix embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”
Red Hot Organization is dedicated to promoting awareness of AIDS and HIV through the lens of popular culture. Since its inception in 1989, Red Hot has released over 15 compilation albums, including 2009’s Dark Was The Night, featuring The National, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Arcade Fire and more.
A video montage first released in 2011 using the music of Domino Publishing's White Rainbow. The video was directed by Domino's very own Jib Kidder who releases the album ' Teaspoon To The Ocean' on 26th January 2015.
How to Dress Well has recorded a song with London artist TALA as part of the ongoing Yours Truly/Adidas Originals series "Songs From Scratch." The premise is that two artists conceive & complete a collaborative song in a day's studio time.
The song is called "The One" and will be released on 27th January 2015. A 3 minute "making of" documentary, written feature and series of studio shots have gone out today ahead of this.
Formed in 2012 by core members Ryan Needham (Komakino) and Liza Violet (Department M), Leeds-based band Menace Beach are considered to be a bit of an indie supergroup. With a rotating cast of notable auxiliary members that frequently includes Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin), MJ (Hookworms), and Matt Spalding (You Animals), they blend fuzzed-out '90s-style indie with big melodic pop. They made their debut in 2012 with the Dream Out EP on French label Desire, followed a year later by a single on the London-based Too Pure label. Their reputation grew quickly and, with only those two releases to their credit, they were covered in NME, Drowned in Sound, and The Guardian and recorded a session for BBC Radio 6. Following the release of their second EP, 2014's Lowtalker, they signed with Memphis Industries, which released their debut album, Ratworld.
All We Are have shared the track ‘Stone’ taken from their forthcoming eponymous debut album on 2nd February 2015. A standout track from the album, ‘Stone’ features a haunting vocal performance from bassist Guro Gikling that builds to an exhilarating end.
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