Domino is proud to announce the debut album, ‘Enter The Slasher House’, from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. Slasher Flicks by name alone is not what it appears to be. Scrambled horror film soundtracks? Not even remotely. A bunch of East Coasters making their quintessential LA album? No, more like escape from LA, say guitar-wielding lead singer Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), keyboard player and singer Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon). If LA is an environment to get lost in, as they claim, this group sewing roots in SoCal have become lost in the best way: relocating and reinventing sounds they’re already skilled in making, sounds that as Avey Tare says, are not only regionally unrestricted but that “come from a place that’s not human.”
A Dirty Beaches performance cut with footage from a city's nightlife.
"Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai, a Taiwan-born Canadian immigrant who spent a good chunk of his life feeling unmoored and adrift. "I don't really have a place where I can say I was born and raised," he told us last month. "For me, home is a collage of all these fractured landscapes that I try to piece together." This sense of displacement, combined with an ear for cinematic sounds-- particularly the eerie, stylized noir of David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Wong Kar Wai-- fuels his work, which squeezes the sounds of early rock'n'roll and 1950s music through a lo-fi, distortion-drenched filter." READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE ON PITCHFORK
‘Piece By Piece’ will be released as the next single from Anna Calvi’s critically acclaimed second album, One Breath, on 31st March 2014. Directed by Mathy & Fran and focuses in, piece by piece, on Anna and her exceptional guitar playing to create one of her most striking videos to date. Anna Calvi is currently on an extensive UK and European tour.
In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.
'Occupy Your Mind' - written by Conor J O'Brien and produced by James Ford. Video directed by Alden Volney
'Cos it's the funniest feeling So let's slip inside Out of this world Out of this life 'Cos this place called Home Is no longer mine So now I need to occupy your mind
Well there's a crack in the ceiling And there's a hole in the sky And there's a government warning They don't like our kind But now it's three in the morning And I'm feeling just fine And I just want to occupy your mind
Our bodies are dancing Divisions all die Eye of the beholder Beholding the eye And in this infinite space, dear I can hardly feel time And I just want to occupy your mind
Written and produced by Pallett, recorded with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith featuring contributions from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. In Conflict is full of love songs - more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them. “The record is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way,” Owen says - emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity. “Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid positions that we experience, which make us human.”
Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s 'Her'. While Pallett has served as a versatile collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments— the list is far too long to recite here, but you know where to look— he is equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides.
Tripping across oceans of sound, We Are Catchers effortlessly melds the cascading melodies of the Pacific coast to the kind of stargazing melancholy that’s always haunted Liverpool’s greatest artists. It’s an album that looks out from the Water’s Edge and dreams its way across seas and continents, traversing the invisible (but undeniable) pathways that connect the mid-west coast of England to the west coast of the USA.
Bill Ryder-Jones also appears on the album, playing guitar.
“I didn’t fly a kite for thirty years,” says Eleni Mandell. “Then I had kids and all of the sudden we were flying kites all the time. It’s such a simple, fun thing to do, but along the way you forget.” Mandell’s utterly charming new album, ‘Let’s Fly A Kite,’ is about remembering those simple joys. Recorded over three weeks in London with legendary UK songwriter Nick Lowe’s band, the album required a unique approach and captures a very distinct moment in Mandell’s life.
Piano Ombre (album) and La Vérité (single) both out 17th March 2014 (Domino Records/ Domino Publishing). Mathieu Demy directed the 2011 film Americano starring Salma Hayek. He is also the son of film-making royalty Agnès Vardaand Jacques Demy, the latter of which wrote and directed the French classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
LIVE SHOWS 2014:
25 March: La Nef, Angouleme, France
26 March: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (TICKETS)
27 March: Bristol, The Lantern (ex-Colston Hall 2) TICKETS
28 March: Liverpool, Leaf - TICKETS
29 March: Glasgow, Stereo - TICKETS
30 March: Manchester, The Roadhouse - TICKETS
3 April: Gallia Théâtre, Saintes, France
4 April: Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
5 April: Atabal, Biarritz, France
9 April: La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France
11 April: Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France
12 April: Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
16 April: Big Band Café d’ Hérouville Saint Clair, Caen, France
17 April: 106, Rouen, France
18 April: Festival Mythos - Antipode, Rennes, France
Double Six (Domino imprint) is proud to present the third album from the Bristol duo of Malachai, entitled Beyond Ugly and to be released on March 31st.
Beyond Ugly is the last panel in the band's Ugly triptych and that it was completed at all came as a shock to all concerned, least of all the group. After the conclusion of the campaign for their second album, Return To The Ugly Side, members Gee Ealey and Scott Hendy drifted apart with no definitive plans to take up arms together. It was a chance meeting in Bristol that drew the two back into one another's orbit and to the realization that there was some unfinished monkey business. The duo re-engaged slowly and Beyond Ugly began to take shape.
The third installment of four videos from Cass McCombs that will be appearing in the first month of 2014 debuts today and it's the second collaboration between McCombs and director Eric Fensler, who previously worked together on the poignant video for McCombs's ‘You Saved My Life’, which was also voted one of the best fifty music videos of 2009 by Pitchfork.
We don't want to over-explain it, but simply put, the viewer's patience is rewarded with a minimalist storytelling jewel.
"The story of the video is simply up to the viewer to discover and interpret. The visual accompaniment to the song wasn't made to be explained in a press release, sorry. Lets all have a little mystery for once. I suggest simply putting on some headphones on or go home and go full screen on that totally kick-ass home theater system you have and relax for three minutes to a cogitative music video. Hopefully it will make you stop and think for a moment."
Belfast-based four-piece Girls Names have recently been nominated for Irish equivalent of the Mercury - The Choice Music Award for their second album The New Life out 18th February 2013. Produced by singer and songwriter, Cathal Cully, they’ve managed to capture that sense of otherness the performances at Primavera hinted at. The expansion to a four piece means the garage-clatter of the spritely pop songs of their debut have been replaced by a deeper, shadowy exercise in catharsis, driven by repetition, psychedelia and Dionysian crisis. And the record was born of a weighty concept too, as Cully explains:
'The New Life is not an over night change for Girls Names – just over two years in fact. Dead to Me literally was dead to us by the time it was committed to wax. But it’s a learning curve. We started moving on as artists the moment we finished that recording session, maybe even before. Not to dwell on the past, The New Life is what happens when you reset everything back to zero and start again, but try to perfect. It starts back at zero the minute the needle hits the groove but we’re also starting back from zero once the needle lifts at the end of the record. Ad infinitum. The New Life is what follows now.'
The Bohicas’ single ‘Swarm’, backed with previous single ‘XXX’ is released today as a digital double A-side (and on 7” on 3rd March).
To coincide with the release, a new video for ‘Swarm’ backed with a premiere of brand new track, ‘Crush Me’ is available to view now. Shot in London by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern whose portfolio includes music videos for Arctic Monkeys & Franz Ferdinand as well as feature length films for LCD Soundsystem (Shut Up And Play The Hits) and Blur (No Distance Left To Run), the newly shot, fully live performance film captures The Bohicas in a way not seen on video before.
The Bohicas will play the following London shows:
28th January: White Heat @Madame JoJo’s, Soho, London
27th February: Black Heart, Camden, London
‘XXX / Swarm’ available now as a digital single (RUG573D)
Austra have shared a video for the track Hurt Me Now, taken from their second album Olympia.
"Working with M Blash is a rare experience. I like to give him a song and let him do whatever he wants cause when his mindflow is undisturbed the results are psychedelic and matchless." Katie Stelmanis
Piano Ombre was recorded with producer Ash Workman (Metronomy / NZCA Lines). Written in the South West of France by Frànçois Marry, it features his current line-up of Atlas Mountains - multi-instrumentalists Amaury Ranger and Pierre Loustaunau, drummer Jean Thevenin (all Frenchmen) and Glaswegian keyboardist Gerard Black.
The album title suggests: ‘no longer be scared by things, because there is a way to see things in a positive light’ was written during a tumultuous year in Frànçois’ life. Lyrically, the album documents another journey, of personal struggle, discovery, conviction and resolution, however the darkness of the lyrics is counterbalanced by the bright, airy and upbeat production. From Afro-pop to French chanson and Yé-yé, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop the album manages to capture the ecstatic energy of the band’s live performance. YOU MUST SEE THIS BAND LIVE!
Taking place in the most miserable week of the year, LOCO London Comedy Film Festivalpromises to bring a smile, chuckle and even a guffaw to the most miserable of Londoner. With a special focus on satire, the festival will present a 50th anniversary screening of Dr. Strangelove as well as screenings of Life Of Brian and The Infidel (including a Q&A with David Baddiel).The Face of Satire, a special exhibition from photographer Rachel King featuring original portraits of the UK’s foremost satirists (including Hugh Dennis, Josie Long & Howard Jacobson) will be installed at BFI Southbank for the duration of the festival. Find out more here.
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