11/30/2011

Still Corners "Into The Trees"



STILL CORNERS SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR "INTO THE TREES"

On Oct 11thStill Corners released their Sub Pop debut, Creatures of an Hour. In support of this release, the band has a new video for their song, “Into the Trees” which was directed by Ollie Murray who recently worked with The Horror’s on a video for “Still Life."

Click
here to watch "Into the Trees."

MP3- Into the Trees
MP3- Cuckoo
Video- Cuckoo
Video- Creatures Of An Hour (Album Trailer Video)


London quintet Still Corners usually spend their time perfecting gorgeous, shimmering pop songs, watching subtitled movies and being glacial heartbreakers. (Feature 2010)- Fader

...part '60s soundtrack music, part psych pop, and a big dose of motorik Kraut, as heard in a very Neu!-esque instrumental...Still Corners know exactly what they're aiming for and have pretty much hit the bullseye. (Show Review 2011) –Brooklyn Vegan

...the band displays its knack for the aforementioned atmospherics and for succinct indie-pop songwriting, but they’re unafraid to mix in other elements, evidenced by the utterly spooky waltz of ‘Velveteen’ and the krautrock-style propulsion of ‘Submarine’. – Paste Magazine



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Handsome Dick Manitoba Bobblehead

Aggronautix (Logo - White)


Handsome Dick Manitoba Throbblehead Figure Announced

Pre-orders open now, shipping February 2012

HDM Throbblehead PhotoHandsome Dick Manitoba, King of New York and fearless leader of The Dictators, has been promoted to throbblehead status!

This figure capturing Richard's signature modern day look is limited to 1000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of super strong polyresin.
Don't mess with Manitoba as he stands proudly representing the Lower East Side. He's accurately sculpted right down to the weathered Dictators leather jacket and searing glare.
Currently, you can him out on his own radio show, "The Handsome Dick Manitoba Radio Program" in Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage, on Sirius - XM Satellite Radio(Ch. 21), Mon.-Fri., 8pm-12am (ET). You can also drop by his World Famous Rock and Roll Tavern, MANITOBA'S located at 99 Ave. B, NYC (Btwn. 6th & 7th Streets).

Manitoba is the twelfth person to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular G.G. Allin "1991" figure, which was limited to 2000 numbered units.

All Aggronautix figures are now available for purchase on
www.aggronautix.com or www.seeofsound.com and will also be available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group - a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986.

Follow Aggronautix on Facebook HERE.

Turnaround Illustration by Craig Holloway:

HDM Turnaround Sketch

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11/29/2011

Slow Club "If We're Still Alive"

SLOW CLUB RELEASE VIDEO FOR "IF WE'RE STILL ALIVE"
FROM THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM PARADISE
CHRISTMAS, THANKS FOR NOTHING EP
THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR HOLIDAYS

British duo Slow Club were thrilled to visit the United States in early November to support their sophomore album Paradise (iTunes), released this past September via Moshi Moshi Records to wide spread praise ranging from the New York Times and Rolling Stone, to Pitchfork and the Under The Radar.

Their latest video for the song "If We're Still Alive" takes footage from this trip as well as travels in the UK to give an intimate look at life in a touring band, capturing live gigs, long drives, late nights, and days off at the beach.
Slow Club - If We're Still Alive
Slow Club - If We're Still Alive
With the approach of the winter holidays, Slow Club are gearing up for their annual Christmas show at Union Chapel. Even if you can't be there in person you can still enjoy a little Slow Club Christmas cheer with their much loved Christmas, Thanks For Nothing EP. Available on iTunes

Stream "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home"
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11/28/2011

Foxygen EP 2011



Download the new FOXYGEN EP.

Three new songs:

1. Something Changing
2. With All My Friends
3. Where's The Money?

Foxygen EP 2011: http://foxygen.bandcamp.com/album/ep-2011
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11/25/2011

Best shows of 2011





1. PORTISHEAD @ Shrine Auditorium Oct 18th & 19th



2. BRYAN FERRY @ The Greek Oct 15th



3. CUT COPY @ Regency Ballroom April 16th



4. WIRE @ Slim's SF April 17th

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5. CRYSTAL CASTLES @ Fox Pomona March 3rd (Photo: Alexander)



6. SWANS + DEVENDRA BANHART @ El Rey March 2nd



7. GLASVEGAS + GLISS @ Great American June 7th






8. THE KILLS + THE BLACK ANGELS @ Fox Pomona May 14th



9. LAURA MARLING + ALESSI'S ARK @ the Troubadour September 20th





10. SMITH WESTERNS + YUCK @ Detroit Bar February 3rd




All photos by Angel Ceballos (Unless noted).
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11/22/2011

Gonjasufi "Nikels and Dimes"

GONJASUFI “NIKELS AND DIMES”
AVAILABLE NOW AS A FREE DOWNLOAD



Get the first song from Gonjasufi’s new mini album MU.ZZ.LE


Download a new Gonjasufi track here :
http://bit.ly/tQuXn4

Stream track from YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8E7NC5_lmk

MU.ZZ.LE will be released in the US on January 24th in CD, double 10" and as a special screenprinted A2 poster, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.


MU.ZZ.LE although short in length, is huge on messages: political, social and spiritual interpretations that define Gonjasufi as an artist. Written on the road, it was an outlet for him to challenge himself. It’s the response to all the adrenaline and aggression he felt traveling the world, it’s a spectrum of his creativity and a testimony of how one man’s passion and determination is often misunderstood as anger. “There’s a duality that exists and to deny it, is the biggest mistake”.

It’s a lonely journey that will take you through the innermost thoughts of Gonjasufi’s darkest hours. He recorded and mixed it on his own in his home studio surrounded by his family and the stark contrast of the Mojave Desert. The end product is his outlet and realization for who he is, a way for him to feel comfortable in his own skin again.

“MU.ZZ.LE was more like knowing that what comes out of the mouth of man, sets man free or defiles them, it was me guarding my words and my tongue. These words are less but I feel like I’m saying more.”

Tracklisting:
01. White Picket Fence
02. Feedin’ Birds
03. Nikels and Dimes
04. Rubberband
05. Venom
06. Timeout
07. Skin
08. The Blame
09. Blaksuit
10. Sniffin’


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11/21/2011

Noah and The Whale








All photos by Rachel Robinson. Noah and the Whale are playing at the Anaheim House of Blues tomorrow Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
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11/18/2011

School of Seven Bells: Ghostory




SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS TO RELEASE GHOSTORY
OUT FEBRUARY 28 ON VAGRANT RECORDS/GHOSTLY
INTERNATIONAL

New York, NY – School Of Seven Bells are back with their third release,
Ghostory, out February 28 on Vagrant Records/Ghostly International. The
highly-anticipated album finds the band’s lineup has evolved along with
the music; formerly a trio, they are now a duo: guitarist/producer Benjamin
Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza.

Recorded in-between tours, Ghostory exemplifies a fervent progression of
School of Seven Bells (SVIIB) growth as artists, preserving the common
themes found on their last two releases but exposing them in different
fashions. The familiar ethereal and enigmatic tones are omnipresent,
surrounded by layers of influences from ‘80s pop, shoegaze and ambient
electronic sounds. However, Ghostory comes with a story in mind; the tale
of a young girl named Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life.

“Everyone has ghosts”, says Alejandra Deheza; “They're every love you've
ever had, every hurt, every betrayal, every heartbreak. They follow you,
stay with you.” This detailed storytelling is evident from start to finish
on the record, weaving a tale that moves between a fervent synthesized
adventure and spacious lyrical euphoria. Tracks like “Love Play” and “Show
Me Love” create a hauntingly indelible atmosphere that grab attention
with the ambitious wordplay in the center of it all. Surrounding tracks
like “Lafaye” and “Scavenger” entice the vibe of previous School of Seven
Bells releases with their steadily dance-centric tempo and uplifting melodic
progressions. Ghostory flows seamlessly and effortlessly, a result of the
shared songwriting process.

“Ghostory is our most collaborative music to date,” describes Benjamin
Curtis, “Alley (Alejandra) and I have always written our music together,
but always independently and on our own time. We knew we wanted to do
something that was more sensual and spontaneous than anything we had
ever done before, and that meant writing together in a room, coming up with
ideas quickly and immediately reacting to what the other person was doing.”
Within Ghostory, the story of both Lafaye’s and the band’s journey will be
told.

School Of Seven Bells formed in 2006 as a trio (including Claudia Deheza)
and released their debut full-length, Alpinisms, on Ghostly International in
2008. The group’s appeal grew exponentially, with their signature sounds
stemming from pieces of electronic subgenres and shoegaze bands before
them. By 2010, the group released the critically acclaimed Disconnect From
Desire on Ghostly International and Vagrant. Ghostory is truly their defining
work, beautifully crafted and haunting, with the story of Lafaye permeating
the psyche long after the music stops.


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11/16/2011

Smith Westerns: US Tour 2012

Smith Westerns announce 2012 tour dates

Last run of shows before band heads back into the studio to work on LP #3

VIDEO: "Weekend" -




Smith Westerns photographed by Angel Ceballos


If, light years from now, people ever want a snapshot of youth and young manhood in 2011, they need look no further than Chicago trio Smith Westerns, for to listen to their music is to experience vicariously the reckless thrills and irrepressible energy of a new generation, distilled to its purest and most vital essence. Hell, even the title of their lustrous sophomore album Dye it Blonde manages to capture its touchstone signifiers in three easy words, almost as much a playfully potent and authoritative slogan as it is a glorious statement of intent.

Even more appropriately, the beginnings of Smith Westerns were fomented while the trio of Cullen (guitar, lead vocals) and Cameron Omori (bass) and Max Kakacek (guitar) were still in high school. "We were all going to school together, so we started playing together," Cullen Omori says of their formative years in Kakacek's basement. "It was very punk rock, very straightforward stuff; we didn't really try that hard at the beginning. It was really raw, music-wise, stage-wise, everything, then we just started playing gigs around Chicago". Around this time, they were introduced to the halcyon era of glam-rock by one of Omori's parents' old friends, opening their eyes to David Bowie, Marc Bolan, T-Rex. The resultant self-titled debut - released in 2009 - was a revelation, with the trio showing remarkable facility in assimilating influences belying their age group, while also hardwiring them to a stomp and swagger entirely their own.

The album release won them instant buzz (with Todd Killings of Hozac Records even picking it up and giving it a proper release) and staunch support from the influential likes of Pitchfork and NME, and, in short order, they hit the road (with the likes of Girls and Los Campesinos!), left college, and signed with Fat Possum Records. "In late 2009, midway through touring, that's when we definitely felt like something was happening," Omori admits. "It felt like all our hard work was finally paying off. The tour we wound up with Girls, we were playing big venues, it was really exciting."

When it came to recording their next album however, the band - frustrated with the lo-fi tags that had been hastily and carelessly slapped on their debut ("I felt like we did the best we could with shitty equipment and no money, we weren't deliberately trying to sound like that") - were intent on pushing it to the next level as much as possible. "Fat Possum wanted us to record it super lo-fi but we knew we wanted something a lot bigger than the last album," Omori says. "They gave us this advance and we didn't even use it to pay ourselves at all - it all went towards making this record."

To that end, the band recruited producer Chris Coady, already feted for his work on some of the most canonised records of recent years, among them Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell, TV On the Radio's Dear Science and Beach House's Teen Dream. It was a union that was borne, quite simply, out of mutual admiration. "We wanted to work with someone whose work we liked also, and Chris has made so many records we really loved, like the Cold Cave record ("Love Comes Close"). Once he came in everything was pretty quick. We recorded it in 20 days and mixed it in 10 days. We knew what we wanted, and we just went for it."

What they wanted, to judge from the end result, was a lush, layered wall of sound, complete with back-up vocals, phasered guitars, rich synths, and an effortlessly universal, ageless, peerless feel. "It was definitely a conscious thing that we worked towards," Omori agrees. "For a while everything was so bare bones, lo-fi, badly recorded, and we wanted something that sounded kind of timeless - like music in the 60s. Really big choruses, really clean sounding. That was the kind of sound we were aiming for." Indeed, some of the unabashedly anthemic choruses and full-bodied melodies seem designed expressly to be sung along to in arenas, lighters aloft, with some songs even vaguely recalling another well-known stadium act from this side of the pond. "Yeah, I actually listened to a lot of Oasis while we were making the record," Omori confesses. "You can kind of hear it with songs like "Smile," where we rip them off a little bit."

Make no mistake; Dye It Blonde is an album destined to soundtrack hot, hazy summer days and a million house parties, driving along the open road with the top down or even rowdy nights in. When asked where the ideal place for Smith Westerns to play however, Omori plays it admirably cool. "We'd love to play at big arenas, eventually. But for now we'd just like to play in clubs to great crowds who know all the words to our songs. It's starting to happen now, I think."



SMITH WESTERNS
Fri 1/27 TORONTO, ON Horseshoe *#
Sat 1/28 MONTREAL, PQ Il Motore *#
Sun 1/29 BOSTON, MA Paradise *#
Tue 1/31 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall *#
Wed 2/1 WASHINGTON, DC Black Cat *#
Fri 2/3 CHICAGO, IL Metro *#
Sat 2/4 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall *#
# = w/ Porcelain Raft
* = w/ Bleached

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11/15/2011

Angel Ceballos: best photos of 2011



ZOLA JESUS



WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS



YUCK



WIRE



HUGH CORNWELL



THE BLACK ANGELS



SMITH WESTERNS



SPECTRUM



GREENHORNES



FOXYGEN
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CAN "Tago Mago"

CAN – TAGO MAGO

40th ANNIVERSARY 2CD EDITION OUT TOMORROW – NOV. 15TH

LISTEN TO “BRING ME COFFEE OR TEA” NOW



DELUXE VINYL BOX SET & UNRELEASED LOST TAPES BOX SET DETAILS FOR 2012


Spoon Records and Mute are happy to release the 40th anniversary edition of the classic Can album Tago Mago tomorrow, November 15, 2011.


The new edition of this genre-defying album comes packaged in the original UK artwork for the first time since 1971, and includes a bonus CD featuring 50 minutes of unreleased live material from 1972, remastered in 2011.


Tago Mago, the first album with Damo Suzuki on vocals, features the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and was recorded at Schloss Nörvenich in 1971, released later that year on United Artists.


Can’s influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been. They themselves have always been impossible to classify and reflecting this, the scope of artists who in recent years have cited Can as a major influence is varied. Of all the band’s oeuvre, Tago Mago has been most often cited as an influence for a host of artists including John Lydon, Radiohead, The Fall, Ariel Pink, F*ck Buttons, Sonic Youth, Factory Floor and Queens Of The Stone Age. Just last week Geoff Barrow (Portishead) mentioned Can as his favorite and most inspiring band ever (The Quietus).


Listen to ‘Bring Me Coffee Or Tea’, as featured on the OST for the 2010 film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood here:

http://soundcloud.com/muterecords/can-bring-me-coffee-or-tea


All 14 of Can’s studio albums have been newly cut to vinyl from the remastered tapes for release as a vinyl deluxe box set in early 2012. This will include CDs of all the albums, extensive booklets, an exclusive never released live album (vinyl only) and a newly remastered "Out Of Reach" previously unavailable! The vinyl deluxe box set will be available for pre-order at the beginning of October 2011.


The long awaited box set, The Lost Tapes, will be released in March 2012. Curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, and edited and compiled by Jono Podmore, this will include unreleased studio, soundtrack and live material.


To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Michael Karoli's death on the November 17 2011, Spoon Records will offer a Best Of Michael Karoli Edit for free download on their site www.spoonrecords.com.



Can was formed by ex-student of Stockhausen Irmin Schmidt, who, fired by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa abandoned his career in classic music to form a group which could utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.


TAGO MAGO – 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION – TRACKLISTING

CD1

Paperhouse (07:29)

Mushroom (04:04)

Oh Yeah (07:23)

Halleluwah (18:33)

Aumgn (17:37)

Peking O (11:38)

Bring Me Coffee Or Tea (06:47)

CD2

Mushroom (Live 1972) (08:42)

Spoon (Live 1972) (29:55)

Halleluwah (Live 1972) (09:12)


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11/14/2011

Toro Y Moi @ Symmetry Live



W Hotels Symmetry Live presents an exclusive performance by TORO Y MOI, hosted by W Hotels' Global Music Director, Michelangelo L'Acqua. This spectacular event kicks off at W Los Angeles - Westwood on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Following Symmetry Live, celebrate the opening of CHILL, W Los Angeles' award-winning ice skating experience. For the third year in a row, the WET pool will be transformed into a 1,600 square foot custom shaped hybrid-ice rink, styled by Chad Hudson Events and outfitted with an elegant mix of modern décor from Z Gallerie. From November 18 - January 1, guests are invited to enjoy signature food and cocktails from The Ice Bar as they ice skate amidst a backdrop of bright lights, fanciful candlelit votives and snowfall every hour.

  • Symmetry Live is Thursday, November 17, 2011
  • 7:00-9:00PM - Opening of CHILL
  • 8:00PM - VIP & Celebrity Arrivals
  • 8:00-11:00PM - Symmetry LIVE in Whiskey Blue

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11/12/2011

Thomas Dybdahl: us tour

THOMAS DYBDAHL TO OPEN TORI AMOS’

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR



photo by Angel Ceballos

US DEBUT SONGS OUT NOW

“Mr. Dybdahl sings in a breathy baritone and a soft but penetrating falsetto — Bon Iver obsessives, take note… “
- The New York Times

“…his craftsmanship is exhilarating to behold.”

- Paste Magazine

Thomas Dybdahl, one of Norway’s most notable musicians, made his US full-length debut with Songsreleased July 12, 2011 on Strange Cargo, a new label created by multiple Grammy-winner Larry Klein in partnership with Decca Records/Universal Music Group. In celebration of his release, Dybdahl will join Tori Amos on the US leg of her Night of Hunters tour. The album is an intimate album of lush, intricately orchestrated pop describe by NME as “Norway’s answer to Nick Drake”. Listen to the nuanced album track “Ceciliahere and watch him perform it live at Paradiso, Amsterdam here.

Thomas’s songs linger with a suppressed intensity. Highlights on Songsinclude “From Grace,” a stunning pop song underscored by plucky acoustic bass and swirling drums, and “All Is Not Lost,” which flickers with Thomas’ earthy tenor and chugging guitars, dissolving into a hazy instrumental. Dybdahl’s sensitive croon glides over a playfully strummed guitar on “B a Part” while lead single “Cecilia” glides on echoing slide guitar flourishes and weightless, breathy vocals. For a taste of what you’ll hear on tour, hear Thomas performing several songs off the debut release on NPR’s All Things Considered and his Daytrotter session which went up today!

Strange Cargo’s Larry Klein has produced work by Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux among others and has won five Grammy awards. Says Klein, “I'm honored to be a part of bringing Thomas' music to the rest of the world. His work has an intrinsic emotional power, and reflects an attention to subtlety that I rarely hear.” Be sure to catch Thomas Dybdahl live on tour this fall with Tori Amos.

http://www.thomasdybdahl.com
https://www.facebook.com/thomasdybdahlofficial
www.deccarecords-us.com

Thomas Dybdahl North American Tour Dates

11/29 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center
12/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/2 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/3 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/5 Washington DC @ Constitution Hall
12/6 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
12/8 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
12/10 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/13 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
12/16 Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
12/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
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Trentemøller "Sycamore Feeling"

Trentemøller Debuts Video For "Sycamore Feeling (Marie Fisker Version)" From Reworked / Remixed Double LP, Out This Week

Makes Late Night TV Debut On '
Last Call with Carson Daly'
Wednesday, Nov. 16th

"Reworked/Remixed remains a compelling cross-section - and introduction to - Trentemøller's

catalog. " - ALARM 'This Week's Best Albums'

"It was a thrilling, all encompassing performance, where Goths, rave fans, and indie kids all elated.

A master class in leaving it all onthe stage." - Under the Radar

"The album's wide range of instrumentation... truly explains why Trentemøller is one of the most talked about producers working in electronic music." -Zink

Watch "Sycamore Feeling (Marie Fisker Version)" at the Stereogum premiere or YouTube

JT

Download Trentemøller's Remix of "Neverglade"

Danish electronic artist Anders Trentemøller has debuted a brand new video with Stereogum for the opening track "Sycamore Feeling (Marie Fisker Version)" on his recently released double CD, Reworked / Remixed. The video features the Danish singer stoically sifting in and out of people's apartment's and thoughts. After an incredible spring tour including performances at this year's SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella, resulting in Yahoo! Music saying he was the "biggest breakout of Coachella 2011...perhaps he'll be headlining Coachella in 2012," Trentemøller just wrapped up his second exhilarating full-band run through North America this year including an amazing NYC set with expert theremin player Dorit Chrysler and Coco Sumner (I Blame Coco). The producer and his lauded band will make their late night television debut next week on Last Call with Carson Daly. Tune in Wednesday night Nov. 16th/ Thursday morning at 1:35am EST.

Reworked / Remixed is out now on Trentemøller's own label In My Room and celebrates some of the producer's favorite remixes he's crafted for other artists, as well as his own songs that other musicians have reworked. Featuring UNKLE, I Blame Coco, Depeche Mode, Modeselektor with Thom Yorke, Efterklang, Mew, Kasper Bjørke and many more, CMJ says, the "beats are crisp and instruments are perfectly mixed, mastered and balanced, fitting together like pieces in a very exact glass puzzle."
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11/11/2011

The Entrance Band @ Nomad Gallery



The Enrance Band performs at the Nomad Gallery today, November 11th.
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11/09/2011

WIRE "Black Session" live album


Black Session, Paris - 10th MAY 2011 (pf19)

As Wire nears the final leg of this extraordinary year of activity, pinkflag is announcing the next release. Recorded back in May in Radio France's Paris studios in front of an invited (and enthusiastic) audience this live album captures the band razor sharp from 4 months of touring distilling the set and featuring many of the songs that made it special for many.
Black Session
WIRE - Black Session, Paris - 10th MAY 2011 (pf19)
01. Adapt
02. Comet
03. Smash
04. Please Take
05. KIdney Bingos
06. Clay
07. Map Ref 41°N 93°W
08. Moreover
09. Two People in a Room
10. Down To This
11. Drill
12. Red Barked Tree
13. Pink Flag
Although not available in shops or even via mail order until next year this live album WILL be exclusively available on CD during the upcoming UK tour (alongside new t-shirts & tote bags)
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A Place To Bury Strangers EP

A Place To Bury Strangers Announce EP Onwards To The Wall
New Release Due on Dead Oceans February 7
A Place To Bury Strangers is pleased to announce their Dead Oceans debut release, Onwards To The Wall. The EP contains 5 brand new, pummeling tracks that will melt the smile off a listener's face. The band has also released their first MP3 from the EP, "So Far Away," to the public via Pitchfork. "So Far Away" takes all the pure pop perfection of The Box Tops' "The Letter" and shoots it through with a barely-harnessed dark energy and snarling propulsion.
Onwards To The Wall packs every bit of the searing sonic maelstrom listeners have come to expect from APTBS. Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by APTBS themselves, this is the sound of a band in control of making out of control music. Now joined by bassist Dion Lunadon, formerly of The D4, lead singer and guitarist Oliver Ackerman has found a crucial companion in pulling timeless melodies from their jet engine textures. The adroit songcraft that's always been there is brought to the fore, with familiar pop hooks repurposed for maximum carnage. A handful of contemporary bands are currently exploring the new limits of loud. Here, APTBS proves that they have not only been leading that charge, but that they are also evolving and maturing on those front lines.


Onwards To The Wall is a fresh, complete artistic statement from APTBS. It’s a new chapter, a prelude for what awaits us on the horizon. It is a taste of greatness to come.


Tracklisting:
1. I Lost You
2. So Far Away
3. Onwards To The Wall
4. Nothing Will Surprise Me
5. Drill It Up

PRAISE FOR APTBS

"A Place to Bury Strangers can pull beauty out of eardrum-puncturing bleakness…"
-PITCHFORK

"...straight-to-the-head industrial rock, bull-rushing into a two-minute coda of pure squall and feedback that's not unlike having hot club soda poured in your ears." -SPIN
"Drawing inspiration from shoegaze, classic indie rock, and atmospheric and dark sounds of all stripes...[APTBS have] honed their songcraft as well as their committment to beautiful noise."
-ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"...now in their eighth year of making cochlea-assaulting rock music in the most classic vein, which somehow achieves the decibel level of a jet engine with the crisp fidelity of a Bose commercial."
-CAPITAL NEW YORK






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Tennis SINGLE 'ORIGINS' TO BE RELEASED AS 7" ON FOREST FAMILY RECORDS


TENNIS TO RELEASE YOUNG AND OLD FEBURARY 14th ON FAT POSSUM




SINGLE 'ORIGINS' TO BE RELEASED AS 7" ON FOREST FAMILY RECORDS
“I am really proud to say I worked on the new Tennis album. I think they are a really talented
band, and it's exciting to work with a band who is trying to move forward. Patrick, Alaina and
James have great ideas -- everything really comes together on this record.”Patrick Carney
The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, Young and Old, is set for releaseFebruary 14th, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. Their widely praised debut Cape Dory, which The WallStreet Journal called “a winsome set of breezy pop songs,” was released earlier this year. For theirforthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headedto Nashville to work with The Black Keys’ Patri ck Carney. The first single from these sessions,Origins,” will be released on limited edition blue 7” vinyl on December 6 via Forest Family Records.The session was a truly sublime collaboration between producer and artists, and the richness of the
output
is a great indicator of the chemistry the band shared wi th Carney. On the Origins 7" double
A-Side "Deep In The Woods" you will find the title track's perfect counterpart. The self-produced
"Deep In The Woods," displays vintage warmth and intimacy while still being ripe with the ban d'screative progress. You can currently pre-order the Origins 7" from Forest Family Records.
After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as
far away
as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-
recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon
them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for
their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new
direction as “Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase.”
By the time they hooked up with Carney,
they had fleshed out most of the songs that w ould comprise Young and Old. With their friend and
mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within
3 weeks the album
was done. While their debut was written with a third touring member in mind, the new album is
written and recorded with the addition of a fourth.
Over the last few months, Tennis has also released a series of covers as free downloads
including
“Is It True” by Brenda Lee and their take of “Tell Her No” by The Zombies. To
support the new 7” and road rehearse
new songs, the band will embark on a December
run of west coast dates with The Miniature Tigers
supporting. See below for dates.

Tour Dates
12/6 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ - Buy Tickets
12/7 - The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA - Buy Tickets
12/8 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA - Buy Tickets
12/9 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
12/10 - Bottom Of The Hill - San Francisco - Buy Tickets
12/12 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR - Buy Tickets
12/13 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
12/14 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA - Buy Tickets
12/17 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO - Buy Tickets

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11/08/2011

First Aid Kit @ KCRW



FIRST AID KIT is playing Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW today, November 8th at 11:15am. Also playing tonight at the Troubadour with Slow Club.
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11/07/2011

Portishead live in Seattle











All photos by Angel Ceballos
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