ROSE McDOWALL (STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE) TO RE-ISSUE CUT WITH THE CAKE KNIFE LP LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK SET TO A SLIDESHOW OF ARCHIVAL PHOTOS VIA THE FADER OUT 9/18/15 ON SACRED BONES (U.S.) & NIGHT SCHOOL (UK/EU)
Born in times of difficulty and adventure, Cut With The Cake Knife is the debut album from Rose McDowall, solo-artist and ex-member of cult pop group Strawberry Switchblade. Originally recorded in 1988-89 and now re-mastered and getting the re-issue treatment from Sacred Bones Records(U.S.) & Night School Records (UK, EU)
Marking the beginning of an extensive archive project spanning Rose’s 34 year career, Cut With The Cake Knife will include unreleased recordings alongside unseen photographs and detailed new sleeve notes.
Recorded in various locations around the UK and Iceland following the break up of Strawberry Switchblade, the original 9-track Cut With The Cake Knife album featured songs written and demoed for the group’s fabled second album.
Rose McDowall began her career in her hometown of Glasgow, operating within the nascent punk scene with her first group The Poems. After a meteoric rise to pop stardom, which saw Strawberry Switchblade achieve chart success, world tours and global fame, McDowall’s relationship with partner and friend Jill Bryson disintegrated. The aftermath of her pop career saw McDowall earn a new reputation as an underground artist, collaborating with Coil, Felt, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound among others. Cut With The Cake Knife was recorded against this tumultuous backdrop and is one the most affecting collections of direct pop songwriting committed to tape.
The album opens with one of McDowall’s most heartfelt, honest moments: Tibet; a simple song written with absolute truth about the loss of friendship. For errant Switchblade fans it’s a prime example of why McDowall’s legacy is so important: shorn of unnecessary ornament, it’s one of many songs here that speak loudly and clearly about universal emotional states. Production values throughout lie somewhere between glossy, 80s studios and home-recorded demos but it’s a sound that only heightens the poignancy in McDowall’s voice: her best instrument and one that can evoke vulnerability, as in the near-angelic harmonies on Sixty Cowboys or swirling excitement as in the number 1 hit that never was, Crystal Nights. But perhaps her prowess is best summed up by the album’s title track, written for the 2nd Switchblade album yet thriving here, in which Rose projects a powerful protagonist, tinged with violence but still playful. At the heart of even the most upbeat, transcendently “pop” moments is a beautiful melancholy, a nagging heartache McDowall can call her own.
As Rose writes in the 2015 edition sleeve notes: “They’re real sad songs, about real life.”
Cut With The Cake Knife is out September 18th on Sacred Bones (U.S.) / Night School (UK / EU)
THE HORRORS / SLEEP / THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION / ALCEST / AMON DÜÜL II / SEAN RILEY & THE SLOWRIDERS / JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD / KEEP RAZORS SHARP / BIZARRA LOCOMOTIVA / SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT / ELECTRIC MOON / STONED JESUS / JOEL GION & THE PRIMARY COLOURS feat. members of THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE / UFOMAMMUT / THE VICKERS / PITY SEX / CALIBRO 35 / 10000 RUSSOS / ECHO LAKE / THE WARLOCKS / GRAVE PLEASURES / DEWOLFF / CHEATAHS / NOVELLA / BLACK RAINBOWS / DEAD GHOSTS / ANCIENT RIVER / YAWNING MAN / SPECTRES / THE ALTERED HOURS / MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS / JAGUWAR / PROCESS OF GUILT / THE JACK SHITS / LAMINA / ELECTRIC EYE / SATURNIA / BLOWN OUT / BRAHMA LOKA / LOS WAVES / BOM MARIDO / THE DEAD MANTRA / FUZZ / THE BLUE DRONES / MAGIC CASTLES / THE ACT-UPS / GHOST HUNT / FAST EDDIE NELSON / JENNIFER / ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL / ACID ACID / CELICA XX / JASON MUGSTAR/ ASTROFLEX / BEAUTIFY JUNKYARDS / THE PURPLE HEART PARADE / CHICOS DE NAZCA/ LUNA MARADA / GALGO / KALEIDOSCOPE & LIBSON PSYCH FEST DJS
On August 27th, 28th and 29thReverence festival returns to Valada, Portugal, to offer up another weekender of quality psychedelia. This monster line-up showcases the very best in stoner, grunge, shoegaze and doom, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.
Heady, hazy sounds offer the perfect summer soundtrack to the beautifully picturesque setting of Valada and when the sun sets, kaleidoscopic lights and psychedelic visuals will adorn the stages, adding an aesthetic accompaniment to the mind-expanding aural delights, which will run all night long. Reverence Festival is somewhat of a marathon, where hardcore fans can bask in Valada’s Summer heat as late as 6am. This year they’ll debut their ‘Sunrise Psychedelic Jam’ which will see members of various bands on the bill play together while the sun rises over the river.
Recently added to the already diverse line-up is the cemented folk rock band Sean Riley & The Slow Riders, also performing will be heavy doom rockers, Samsara Blues Experiment, and legendary stalwarts The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who continually push the line in experimentation.
UK psych breakthroughs The Horrors headline with Californian doom legends Sleep, at two ends of this hyperspecific spectrum, these giants of their genres perfectly summarise the Reverence sound pallet.
French post-rock heroes Alcest also star at the top of the bill next to Amon Düül II, the German outfit largely considered to be one of the founders of the Krautrock scene and a seminal influence on its development. It’s with bands like these that not only prove Reverence to be multi-cultural in their tastes, but also true to the scene in which they’ve mastered.
Ex Brian Jonestown Massacre, Joel Gion & The Primary Colours also head up the powerhouse weekender with transcendental psych soundscapes and blistering walls of feedback, whilst Ukrainian rockers Stoner Jesus dish up their own divine take on the genre.
Aiming to capture the spirit of early, pre-branded and pre-corporate events, Reverence harks back to the golden age of free spirited festivals, where the music comes first. A labour of love.
The festival features a variety of cult bands that have been bought together not purely for profit, but because a group of promoters wanted to bring something to Valada for the fans.
The event takes place in the relaxed surroundings of Parque de Merendas, which runs along the banks of the Tejo river and includes a fluvial beach, picnic areas and coffee shops. Traditional Portuguese food and drinks including vegan and vegetarian will be available, as well as camping facilities adjacent to the festival site with toilets and showers.
This year Reverence have teamed up with ‘Sleep Em All’, an up-market Portuguese camp accommodation company who specialise in tee-pees and luxury camping facilities. They will be taking over a one acre area of the fifteen acre campsite with luxury tents and caravans, which will be available for €11 to €17 per person per night.
Valada is a small picturesque village, in the heart of Cartaxo, famous for agriculture and wine production. Often considered the wine capital of Portugal, Reverence are celebrating by having the local produce available all weekend. Located approximately 60kms inland from Lisbon and 550km from Madrid, easily accessible via train from Lisbon where shuttle buses will be running from nearest station Reguengo to the festival site.
Upcoming shows in Los Angeles on July 23rd at The Fonda Theatre
& in Brooklyn on July 27th at Rough Trade NYC
British soul sensation Joss Stone has debuted the video for her new single, "The Answer,"TODAY exclusively via EW.com. PRESS HERE to check it out! The artist's highly anticipated upcoming album, Water For Your Soul, is set for release viaStone'd Records on July 31st. PRESS HEREto pre-order the album.
"Every time we heard the song in the studio, in the car, or on stage we all started dancing," Joss says of the inspiration behind the video. "It is about letting go of your worries and making the most of life. Spontaneous dancing is the best, whether you are a professional or not - it makes you feel good. So Dance and have a laugh!"
Joss recently announced exclusive shows at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on July 23rd and at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn on July 27th. PRESS HERE for more information.
The striking track features snappy percussion, driving violins, gospel BV's and Joss' trademark soulful vocal. The song is a sonic reflection of the album's inspirations, derived from Joss' travels on her on-going Total World Tour, and was co - written with legendary reggae maestro Dennis Bovell and long time Stone collaborator Jonathan Shorten. Speaking about the meaning behind the upcoming single Joss said, "It's annoying to hear people moaning about things they could easily change. I think you've got to just let it go, stop holding on to your stress. Of course, you can't tell people that, they need to come to the answer themselves. But you can put it in a song."
The follow up to 2012's The Soul Sessions Vol.2, the LP represents a musical departure for Stone. Infused with elements of reggae, 'world' sounds, hip hop and of course, soul, the self-written and co-produced Water For Your Soul sees Joss venturing into previously unexplored territory - collaborating with the likes of Nitin Sawney, Damian Marley, Dennis Bovell, and Linton Kwesi Johnson. PRESS HERE to listen to the previously released track, "Stuck On You."
US HEADLINE TREK BEGINS AUGUST 26TH IN CHARLOTTE, NC
WIDE-RANGING ITINERARY HERALDS UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM
FIRST SINGLE, “PITY PARTY,” AVAILABLE NOW
COMPELLING VIDEO – DIRECTED BY MARTINEZ – STREAMING NOW
“SOAP” AND “SIPPY CUP” TO DEBUT IN JULY
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS GET UNDERWAY JULY 24TH,
WITH ALL FOUR RELEASED TRACKS AS INSTANT GRAT DOWNLOADS
“CRY BABY” ARRIVES EVERYWHERE ON AUGUST 14TH
Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez has announced details of her upcoming fall tour. “The Cry Baby Tour” gets underway August 26th at Charlotte, NC’s Amo’s Southend and then travels the US through mid-October (see attached itinerary). The upcoming live schedule celebrates the release of Martinez’s anticipated debut album. “CRY BABY” – which follows the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s 2014 breakthrough, “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” – arrives everywhere on August 14th.
“CRY BABY” has already been preceded by the album’s first single, “Pity Party.” The track has received immediate praise, with Idolator hailing it as “genuinely quirky, undeniably catchy” with a “gloriously demented chorus.” In addition, the “Pity Party” companion video – directed by Martinez herself – has drawn nearly 2 million views and counting at her official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/Melmartinezx3.
“SOAP” – another “CRY BABY” highlight – will be available on July 10th. “CRY BABY” pre-orders will get underway with “Carousel,” “Pity Party,” “Dollhouse,” and “Soap” all available as instant grat downloads on July 24th. “SIPPY CUP,” the fourth instant grat track will follow on July 31st.
Released in May 2014, “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” is highlighted by the hit singles, “Carousel” and “Dollhouse.” The compelling “Dollhouse” companion video – conceived, co-directed, and co-produced by Martinez – has proven an online phenomenon, with individual views now exceeding 19 million atwww.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVv9R1ZR84. “Carousel,” matched the success of its predecessor, reaching the top 10 on the iTunes Stores “Top Alternative Songs” chart after soundtracking the first extended trailer for FX Networks’ hugely popular American Horror Story: Freak Show. In addition, the haunting “Carousel” companion video – filmed on Martinez’s native Long Island, NY – is a YouTube favorite with more than 7.5 million views at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAB5AC9yhY0.
Martinez and “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” earned an array of ecstatic critical notices, with Newsday’s Glenn Gamboa praising her “as an American version of Lorde… an 18-year-old writing songs for and about teenagers in an authentic, memorable way.” “‘Dollhouse’ is the kind of song made exactly for the type of girl that Martinez herself is,” raved NYLON, “and shows a maturity that appeals to continuously growing following of strong young female performers such as Demi Lovato and Lorde.” “(Martinez) sings about a picture-perfect family that is much more troubled under the surface,” declared Us Weekly, noting that Martinez – a former contestant on NBC’s smash reality singing competition series, The Voice – “might be the show’s first real breakout star.”
Praise for “Pinking” “pretty much perfect” - Pitchfork “stylish and forward-facing” - Exclaim!
Listen to the intense, pulsing remix of the new electronic Martin Gore track “Pinking,” taken from his critically acclaimed solo project MG and remixed by Swedish producer, DJ and musician, Christoffer BergHERE.
“Pinking” is one of the many highlights on Gore’s evocative 16-track electronic instrumental album, MG, which is out now on Mute. The album creates an absorbing and emotional sonic landscape, and was described by VICE as “a textural, complicated album.” Explaining the appeal of a purely instrumental record, Martin says, “I am aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project.”
Christoffer Berg is well known for his programming work, perhaps most notably on Depeche Mode’s 2013 album Delta Machine, where he worked closely with Martin exploring his vast selection of vintage synthesizers and gear. Christoffer also remixed the VCMG track “Aftermaths.”
As heard at Rookie Magazine, "Don't Wanna Be Anywhere," is the latest new music from Seattle surf noir band La Luz, whose Ty Segall-produced sophomore LP Weirdo Shrine drops August 7th. Brimming with throbbing bass, tricky stickwork, haunted organs, slinky surf guitar, and angelic four-part harmonies, the track showcases La Luz at their very best.
See below for a full list of upcoming La Luz tour dates. Advance copies ofWeirdo Shrine for review and feature consideration are available upon request.
07.10.15 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Music Festival 07.18.15 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Music Fesival % + 08.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market + 08.08.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom + 08.09.15 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project ^ + 08.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop ^ + 08.11.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^ 08.13.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $ 08.14.15 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace $ 08.15.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside $ + 08.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia $ 08.17.15 - Tallahassee, FL - The Liberty Bar $ * 08.18.15 - Miami, FL - Gramps Bar $ 08.19.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar # 08.20.15 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge # 08.21.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl # 08.22.15 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox # 08.23.15 - Asheville, NC - Ben's Tune Up 08.24.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade # + 08.26.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts = 08.29.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom 08.31.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. = & 09.01.15- Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall = 09.02.15 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern & 09.03.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory ? + 09.04.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme ? 09.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ? 09.06.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club $ 09.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Entry $ 09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - O’leavers $ 09.09.15 - Engelwood, CO - Moe’s Original $ 09.10.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $ 09.11.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux $ 09.18.15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate Fesival 09.20.15 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop Bar 09.21.15 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus 09.22.15 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet 09.23.15 - Stockholm, SE - Geronimos FGT 09.24.15 - Oslo, NO - Cafe Mono 09.25.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Stengade 09.26.15 - Berlin, DE - Berlin Independent Night 09.28.15 - Prague, CZ - Klub 007 09.29.15 - Vienna, AT - Rhiz 09.30.15 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur 10.01.15 - Freiburg, DE - Swamp 10.02.15 - Brescia, IT - Lio Bar 10.03.15 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club 10.07.15 - Lyon, FR - Sonic 10.08.15 - Montpellier, FR - Les Internationales de la Guitares 10.09.15 - Barcelona, ES - La  De Nitsa 10.10.15 - Madrid, ES - Villamanuela Festival 10.11.15 - Lisbon, PT - Casa Independente 10.13.15 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia 10.16.15 - Brighton, UK - Bleach 10.17.15 - Manchester, UK - The Eagle Inn 10.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint 10.20.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club 10.21.15 - Cardiff, UK - Four Bars at Dempseys 10.22.15 - London, UK - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 10.23.15 - Brussels, BE - Madame Moustache 10.24.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
% - w/ Tacocat, The Dead Milkmen, more ^ - w/ Cool Ghouls $ - w/ Will Sprott * - w/ Wild Creatures # - w/ Boytoy = - w/ Scully ? - w/ Today’s Hits & - w/ Michael Rault + - all-ages show
About the record:
For most, a brush with death would be cause for retreat, reflection, and reluctance, but Seattle band La Luz found something different in it: resilience. Having survived a high-speed highway collision shortly after releasing their 2013 debut LP It’s Alive, La Luz, despite lasting trauma, returned to touring with a frequency and tirelessness that put their peers to shame. Over the past year-and-a-half of performing, the band arrived at a greater awareness of their music’s ability to whip eager crowds into a frenzy. In response, frontwoman Shana Cleveland’s guitar solos took on a more unhinged quality. The basslines (from newly-installed member Lena Simon) became more lithe and elastic. Stage-dives and crowd-surfing grew to be as indelible a part of the La Luz live experience as their onstage doo-wop-indebted dance moves.
When it came time to record Weirdo Shrine, their second album—due out August 7th—the goal was to capture the band’s restless live energy and commit it to tape. In early 2015, Cleveland and Co. adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer/engineer Ty Segall, they realized this vision. Tracking most of the album live in shared quarters, La Luz chose to leave in any happy accidents and spur-of-the-moment flourishes that occurred while recording. Cleveland’s newly fuzzed-up guitar solos—which now incorporated the influence of Japanese Eleki players in addition to the twang of American surf and country—were juxtaposed against the group’s most angelic four-part harmonies to date. The organs of Alice Sandahl and the drumming of Marian Li Pino were granted extra heft and dimension. Thematically, Cleveland channeled Washingtonian poet Richard Brautigan on “You Disappear” and “Oranges,” and sought inspiration from Charles Burns’ Seattle-set graphic novel Black Hole.
The resulting album is a natural evolution of the band’s self-styled “surf noir” sound—a rawer, turbo-charged sequel that charts themes of loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death across eleven tracks, from the opening credits siren song of “Sleep Till They Die” to the widescreen, receding-skyline send-off of “Oranges” and its bittersweet epilogue, “True Love Knows.”
In describing Weirdo Shrine, Segall remarked that it gave him a vision of a “world…burning with colors [he’d] never seen, like mauve that is living.” In “Oranges,” the Brautigan poem which inspired the aforementioned track of the same name, the poet writes of a surreal “orange wind / that glows from your footsteps.” These hue-based allusions are apt: the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic.
Pictureplane is announcing a remix package for his IHC 1NFINITY single "Hyper Real" / "Total Confusion" and celebrating by sharing a free download of the Jerome LOL remix of "Hyper Real". The remix package is set to be released on July 17th and preorders go on sale July 3rd via IHC
1NFINITY. In addition to Jerome LOL's contribution, the release is rounded out by remixes from Dark0, Knife City (Luke from Anamanguchi), and Rabit. Download the Jerome LOL remix above and check out the DEMONBABIESdirected music video of the original "Hyper Real" below.
Ben Lee has revealed the very special video for his new single "Big Love" from his latest album Love is the Great Rebellion. The music video for "Big Love," directed by Peter Hardin, features a compilation of home footage from the personal collection of John and Ann Betar, the longest-married couple in the US, who are celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary this year.
"The video, like the song, is a tribute to deep love and surrender," Lee says. "It's not a transient love. It's not teen romance, a crush, or an infatuation. It is a wellspring of hope and possibility that lies dormant in the human heart until it is unlocked with will, commitment, and tenderness. I found John and Ann Betar's story online and when I tracked down some video footage and witnessed the spark that is still so clear between them, I knew they were a living expression of the 'Big Love' I was talking about. This video is all them. It is culled from over 50 years of private family footage that they generously gave me to make this music video. Young people are so bombarded nowadays by messages about divorce and the failure of long-term relationships. I hope this video creates a counter-argument to that outlook. I hope it encourages people to love, and hope, and hold on, until the very end."
Love is the Great Rebellion finds the Lee returning to his roots reminiscent of his 2005 album Awake is the New Sleep, which went double-platinum in Australia and spawned the hit "Catch My Disease." Lee reteamed with Awake's producer Brad Wood to record Love is the Great Rebellion (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt), who Lee's has worked extensity with over the course of his nine solo albums, including 1995's Grandpaw Would, 1997's Something to Remember Me By, and 2009's The Rebirth of Venus.
"When we talk about music's ability to change the world, perhaps it's in the smaller, day-to-day matters that music exerts its greatest influence. If so, Love Is the Great Rebellion fosters revolution one small gesture, one small pause at a time." - Diffuser.FM
As previously mention, Lee has also self-released A Mix Tape from Ben Lee, which is availablehere. Fourteen years in the making, the Mixtape features vocal contributions from Zooey Deschanel,Ben Folds, Azure Ray, Sean Lennon, Neil Finn, and others. The Mixtape recordings are available on a "donate what you want" basis, beginning at $1, with all proceeds going to the Q'Ero Project, which supports the basic needs and development of the Q'ero people of Peru.
Don't miss Ben Lee live this summer:
July 1 City Winery New York, NY July 17 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
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