VUM @ The Echo

photo: Angel Ceballos

VUM play at The Echo every Monday in December 2013. Beginning this Monday, 
December 2nd 2013. It's a record release party.

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Wire Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra

I played with Page Hamilton (Helmet) in Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra.
At Neumos, in Seattle, November 23rd 2013.

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Legendary Stiff Records Releases "Ten Big Stiffs"

Legendary Stiff Records Releases "Ten Big Stiffs"

Limited Edition 7" Box Set Featuring Plastmatics,
The Untouchables, Wreckless Eric, Tracey Ullman + More

Available As A Record Store Day "Black Friday" Exclusive
November 29 On Razor & Tie Records

Watch Ten Big Stiffs Documentary Videos Directed By Nigel Dick On Each 7" As Exclusively Premiered With Vice Noisey, CMJ, Impose Magazine, Pop Matters, Death & Taxes, Vinyl District and Blurt Magazine - HERE

Founded in 1976, STIFF RECORDS was at the heart of the new wave, bringing the world artists as diverse as Elvis CostelloKirsty MacColl and Ian Dury and what is generally regarded as the first ever punk rock single, “New Rose” by The Damned. The label set the yardstick for music business marketing, with artwork by Barney Bubbles and an array of memorable slogans, not least "If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth A F**k".  Stiff continues to this day, with the 2012 UK #1 single “Bom Bom” by Sam And The Womp and a back catalog comprising 150 singles and more than 50 albums of revered 70s and 80s pop, punk and rock.

This LIMITED EDITION 7” Box Set "Ten Big Stiffs" takes you on a tour of the Stiff catalog, and ) which includes ten 7-inch releases, all chosen by Stiff Records, featuring some of the most recognizable tracks from  the label throughout the years: Tenpole Tudor's “Swords of a Thousand Men” (as heard in Aardman Animations' Pirates! in 2012 and in TV ads for EA Games' FIFA 11 in 2011), Tracey Ullman's “They Don't Know” (#8 US hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983), Wreckless Eric's “Whole Wide World” (MacDonalds TV ads in 2012) and Desmond Dekker's “Israelites” (a classic hit featured in Drugstore Cowboy).

Set for release on November 29, as a Record Store Day exclusive in North America through indie stories via Razor & Tie Records Ten Big Stiffs is an incredible collector's item, the original sleeve artwork is recreated on each, with the exception of Mint Juleps – Docklands. This is ‘the Stiff 7-inch that never was”.  Scheduled to have been a 7-inch release back in the day, it originally got overlooked, so collectors are always asking for it. The set also includes PlasmaticsWreckless Eric, The Untouchables and more. (Full track list below) 

Experience the history of STIFF RECORDS, and all the artists featured on this release, through a series of videos produced by award-winning film-maker NIGEL DICK.  The videos will be rolled out over the next month at www.10BigStiffs.com. The British born Dick began his career at Stiff Records as a Press Officer.  He has since directed over 300 music videos and seventeen documentaries, won three MTV Awards, three MVPA awards, two Billboard Awards and a Brit Award. 

Watch his introduction to Stiff Records, below or Here


PINK FAIRIES - Between The Lines / Spoiling For A Fight
"To hype this set, in the indubitably creative Stiff manner of hawking, they’ve created some promo video clips featuring mini-docs of bands from the box set." - Premiered on CMJ
WRECKLESS ERIC - Whole Wide World / Semaphore Signals
"There are alternate planes of reality that began in 1978 and cut off around 1998 in which every mixtape a guy ever gave a gal contained Wreckless Eric near the end of side A." - Premiered onImpose Magazine
JONA LEWIE - You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen at Parties / Bureaucrats
DESMOND DEKKER - Israelites / Why Fight?
"In this video, directed by noted filmmaker Nigel Dick, UK journalists and label people talk about the popularity of ska with Britain’s working class and Dekker’s place as a ska king." - Premiered on Pop Matters
PLASMATICS - Monkey Suit / Squirm (Live)
"In the six years that the chaos-inducing Plasmatics existed, they built a reputation for performing with chainsaws and sledge hammers, finding their way to the center of a police brutality incident in Wisconsin, opening a full US tour for KISS, and just destroying TONS, and tons of stuff in the process."  - Premiered on Death & Taxes
TENPOLE TUDOR - Swords of a Thousand Men / Love and Food
"Stiff continues to this day, with the 2012 UK #1 single “Bom Bom” by Sam And The Womp and a back catalog comprising 150 singles and more than 50 albums of revered 70s and 80s pop, punk, and rock." - Premiered on Vinyl District
TRACEY ULLMAN - They Don’t Know / The B-Side
KIRSTY MACCOLL - A New England / Patrick
THE UNTOUCHABLES - (I Spy For The) FBI / Whiplash
Check out the video for the single as premiered on Blurt Magazine.
MINT JULEPS - Docklands / Docklands 12” Version + The Stiff 7” That Never Was!
"The oft-discussed Mint Juleps "Docklands" 7", which appears for the first time in this set." - Premiered onNoisey/ Vice

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The Three O'Clock @ Constellation Room

The Three O’clock with Guests Cosmonauts and??? @The Observatory Dec 3rd are you in?

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Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra - DRILL: Seattle @ Neumos 23-Nov 2013

Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra - DRILL: Seattle @ Neumos 

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WIRE curates DRILL: SEATTLE this week. Three nights of WIRE and DRILL.

The three-day fest will take place November 21-23 at venues throughout Seattle including Barboza, the Crocodile, and Neumo’s. DRILL: SEATTLE will feature performances by Helmet, Chastity Belt, Vestals, Earth and more. The festival will also include a performance from the PinkFlag Guitar Orchestra in which other artists, including Helmet’s Page Hamilton, will join Wire on stage for a rendition of “Pink Flag.”
Wire’s Colin Newman says, “The concept is simple, it’s an unpretentious city festival featuring artists from across all genres actively curated by Wire with a lot of input from local, informed media partners (in the case of London, The Quietus; in the case of Seattle, KEXP) The concerts take place in small venues with great sound systems. There are no big ticket acts playing for over inflated fees. Wire go for the best in upcoming local talent combined with friends who just want to be part of it.”
Thursday, November 21, 2013

DRILL: Seattle featuring EARTH

Special Guests: Pillar Point, an Unannounced Special Guest + Special Drill
8 pm

Friday, November 22, 2013

DRILL: Seattle featuring Helmet

Special Guests: FF
The Crocodile
8 pm
All Ages

Saturday, November 23, 2013

DRILL: Seattle featuring WIRE

Special Guests: Chastity Belt, Vestals + the pinkflag orchestra
8 pm

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Death Vessel's 'Island Intervals' (Feb. 25th)

Sub Pop to Release Death Vessel’s Island Intervals on February 24th in Europe and February 25th in North America

Listen to “Ilsa Drown” (feat. Jónsi) Now

Album Art here
Photo (credit - Corey Grayhorse) here

Herewith: important release details for the new Death Vessel album, Island Intervals! The 2014  follow-up to the band’s label debut (Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us) will be available worldwide on CD/LP/DL February 24th in Europe and February 25th in North America on Sub Pop. The 8-song album includes the singles “Mercury Dime,” “Velvet Antlers,” and “Ilsa Drown,” which features guest vocals from Jónsi, who also co-wrote the track. Island Intervals was produced by Alex Somers (Julianna Barwick, Sigur Rós) at his studio in Reykjavík, Iceland (see Pitchfork News Story November 22nd). Please find a tracklisting below.

Pre-orders of Death Vessel’s Island Intervals from iTunes beginning Friday, November 22nd,  will receive a download of “Ilsa Drown” immediately. The album will also be available for pre-order at SubPop.com.  And, people who pre-order Island Intervals on LP at subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on colored vinyl.

More About Death Vessel (from Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg):
Like Nico's, Jimmy Scott's, or Phil Elverum's, Joel Thibodeau’s is a voice that demands its own sonic and lyrical world, and with Island Intervals, his third record as Death Vessel (and second for Sub Pop), we're treated to the sound of him finding a rich and strange new home among new friends in Iceland who probably saw him as a long-lost relative. Joel's an inveterate and intuitive wanderer; when I met him years ago, he'd just spent a few months traveling the United States on Greyhound buses, sometimes sleeping rough, and making a record from found moments. I remember he had an otherworldly quality about him that I couldn't quite name, like he’d just blown in on the wind (read more at Sub Pop).
Island Intervals
1. Ejecta
2. Velvet Antlers
3. Triangulated Heart
4. Mercury Dime
5. Ilsa Drown
6. Island Vapors
7. We Agreed
8. Loom

What People Have Said About Death Vessel:
“His soft, childlike delivery strips the words of all pretension with an innocence that's as wrenching as the best current singer-songwriters.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] - Rolling Stone

“Thibodeau’s melodies, which have always been pretty, are now beautiful.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] -  Boston Phoenix

“This is a blissful, radiant, rewarding listen; one recommended without hesitation.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] - Drowned In Sound

“His pure delivery—he scales the heights, but never over-sings—and cryptic/mystic worldview are still the main attractions.”  [Nothing Is Precious… Review] - Mojo
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Glasvegas Announce U.S. Dates - Video Premiers on Yahoo!

November 22, 2013 - Glasvegas will kick off their eighth tour of the U.S. on February 16, 2014 in Washington DC at the Rock n Roll Hotel.  Upon their return to the states for these intimate gigs, it will have been almost three years since their last U.S. shows.

Glasvegas have stated..."We are really looking forward to returning once again to North America in 2014. We've picked some cool venues this time and we hope to see some old friends again and make some new ones.  Rest assured we will be playing the classics from 'Glasvegas' & 'Euphoric Heartbreak' and also playing you tracks from our brand new album 'Later...When The TV Turns To Static'.  See you soon. GV x" 

Released in September, Later...When The TV Turns To Static is Glasvegas' third studio album.  Written and produced by lead vocalist and songwriter, James Allan, this ten track 45 minute sojourn of heartfelt melancholia and broken relationships is set against a backdrop of scorching soundscapes that lift the soul into heights of abandoned euphoria.
Glasvegas - Later...When the TV Turns to Static
Glasvegas - Later...When the TV Turns to Static
The video for their next single and album title track, "Later...When The TV Turns To Static," premiered on Yahoo! this week and is up on VEVO today.  James Allan, Glasvegas song-writer, guitarist, vocalist and frontman explained the video to Yahoo!""The idea was quite a simple one me and my sister (Denise) worked on where we just set up the amps in the living room and played. The video is interrupted by another little dimension. I like the simplicity and dreamy nature to it."
Tickets are on sale now, fans can check Glasvegas.net for the latest on sale info.

Glasvegas 2014 North American Tour Dates:
February 16  Washington, DC          Rock n Roll Hotel
February 17  Philadelphia, PA          North Star Bar
February 18  Boston, MA                  Great Scott
February 19  New York, NY              Mercury Lounge
February 20  Brooklyn, NY                Rough Trade
February 22  Toronto, ON                 Mod Club
February 24  Chicago, IL                   Schubas
February 25  Minneapolis, MN          7th Street Entry
February 28  Seattle, WA                  Columbia City Theater
March 1        Vancouver, BC             The Venue
March 2        Portland, OR                 Doug Fir Lounge
March 4        Los Angeles, CA           The Echo
March 6        San Francisco, CA        Popscene / Rickshaw Stop

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Anna von Hausswolff - First U.S. Tour

Performances Will Feature Material from Swedish Artist’s Highly Acclaimed Album Ceremony

“I hope to find one album like Ceremony every year…and now I've got one for 2013.”
—Bob Boilen, NPR Music
“When von Hausswolff's ringing, regal voice sails in, it's clear that an original voice is announcing itself.”
—Jayson Greene, Pitchfork

Finally, audiences in major U.S. cities will have an opportunity to experience singer / pianist Anna von Hausswolff’s striking and deeply felt music live. She will tour the country for the first time, beginning December 4 in Washington, DC, performing material from her celebrated album Ceremony (July 9, Other Music Recording Co.). Please see below for an itinerary of shows.

Anna von Hausswolff hails from Sweden, the land of midnight sun, black metal and Ingmar Bergman. Ceremony is primarily inspired by the death of her grandfather three years ago, and is informed by Anna’s childhood, when she and her sister sang in choirs and spent much time around their father, the renowned avant-garde artist and composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff, as he worked with artists ranging from William S. Burroughs to Union Carbide Productions. To record this tribute to her grandfather, Anna, a unique and powerful singer, accompanies herself on that most sacred of instruments, the church organ. The result is a work that combines intimacy and majestic grandeur.

Among the music press that has hailed Ceremony, von Hausswolff’s first U.S. release, is NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, who wrote, “When you put on Anna von Hausswolf's second album, Ceremony, everything around you changes. That ability to be instantly distinct is the mark of any great record; it's a vibe, and here that vibe is dramatic and stark and, as Ceremony progresses, surprising…von Hausswolff's voice possesses the power to soar with those mighty pipes and still hold tight to delicate, personal emotions.” The Village Voice called Ceremony a “beautiful, elegiac song cycle.” Reviewing her only U.S. live show to date, in July at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, Brooklyn Vegan noted von Hausswolf's “seriously spine-tingling pipes.”

Growing up in Gothenburg’s bohemian neighborhood of Haga, Anna and her younger sister, Maria, were surrounded by art and music. They lived with their mother in a small apartment nestled amongst concert halls, record shops, galleries and cafés. Music was everywhere, and none was more impactful than that of the girls’ own father. The senior von Hausswolff’s sound experiments and art installations opened his young daughters’ minds to a world of inspiration, and the headquarters of the Haga-based Radium label he founded in 1986, the same year Anna was born, became a playground and hideout for the sisters, a smoke-filled cabinet of wonders where a vast array of iconic artists took up residence amongst the girls’ schoolbooks and playthings.

After high school, Anna began to pursue a lifelong interest in architecture at Chalmers University before moving to Copenhagen to continue her studies of art and architecture at the Royal Academy of Art, where she is currently enrolled. And yet, as her studies continued, her musical passion only deepened, and in 2009 Anna released her first EP on Kning Disk,Track of Time, followed in 2010 by her debut full-length, Singing from the Grave. The album received rave reviews across Sweden and took various awards, and Anna toured across Scandinavia numerous times. Since Kning Disk releasedCeremony in Sweden last summer, the album has received near-universal critical praise and was nominated for two Swedish Grammys and a Nordic Prize.

For the U.S. dates, von Hausswolff will be joined by her Swedish band: Filip Leyman (keyboards), Karl Vento (guitar) and Ulrik Ording (drums).

The North American release by Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) on July 9 followed an acclaimed U.K. / E.U. release by City Slang on June 17.

December 4
Washington, DC
Lang Theatre

Atlas Performing Arts Center
December 5
Philadelphia, PA
Johnny Brenda’s
December 6
Brooklyn, NY
Union Hall
December 7
New York, NY
Mercury Lounge
December 9
Chicago, IL
Schubas Tavern
December 10
Minneapolis, MN
7th St. Entry
December 13
Seattle, WA
The Vera Project
December 14
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge
December 16
San Francisco, CA
Rickshaw Stop
December 17
Los Angeles, CA
Bootleg Bar

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