Colin Newman (of WIRE) Announces Reissues Of Three Classic Solo Albums

Colin Newman (of WIRE) Announces Reissues Of Three Classic Solo Albums

‘A-Z’/ ‘Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish’/ ‘Not To’ Due October 28th Via Sentient Sonics
Colin Newman is best known as singer and chief songwriter with the ground breaking post-punk band WIRE. From their internationally influential 1977 debut ‘Pink Flag’ right up to 2016’s critical acclaimed ‘Nocturnal Koreans’, Newman and Wire have always been at music’s cutting edge. 
Throughout 1980-82, Newman released a series of solo work. From sound-tracking The Silence of the Lambs to being covered by This Mortal Coil, this solo work sought a place in history in it’s own right and has been unavailable for many years. 
Today we announce the reissue of three of Colin Newman’s classic solo records, to be made available in on October 28th via his own new imprint Sentient Sonics (originally released via Beggars Banquet/ 4AD):
  • A-Z’ (1980)
  • Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish’  (1981)
  • Not To’ (1982)
The ‘A-Z/ Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish/Not To’ vinyl release will consist of the 3 re-mastered original albums, released as three single albums. The ‘A-Z/ Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish/Not To’ CD release will consist of the 3 re-mastered original albums, each accompanied by a companion CD of extra tracks, B-sides & demos - many of which have never been released before, which will be released as 3 double-CDs. 
Single Vinyl (SS01 LP) // Double CD (SS01/02 CD)
In 1980, Newman released his debut solo album ‘A-Z’, which, as the title suggests, offers up a wide spectrum of musical approaches and sees multiple envelopes being pushed. Now, for the first time, the album has been completely re-mastered, and is augmented with an additional disc of bonus tracks, including out-takes, alternate versions, B-sides, demos and home recordings.
‘A-Z’ picks up exactly where Wire’s classic first three albums left off. In fact, Newman’s debut is one of post-punk’s great lost masterpieces, mixing slanted lyrics, fizzing analogue synths and Newman’s trademark angular guitar work. Highlights include the bass propelled stomp of album opener ‘I’ve Waited Ages’, which features heavily distorted guitar loops and some seriously bizarre lyrics which could give Spike Milligan a run for his money. While the Syd Barrett on steroids mania of ’S-S-S-Star Eyes’ sees Newman constructing a strangely catchy song from just one note, around which are woven numerous counter melodies.
Elsewhere, the melancholic and brooding ‘Alone’ (which has text by Wire’s Graham Lewis) propels itself into view with such majestic menace that it would later earn a well deserved place on the‘Silence of the Lambs’ soundtrack. Despite the unforced experimentation, tracks such as ‘Inventory’, with its brisk guitar and synth stylings, prove that Newman never lost touch with his ‘pop side’. As the NME review of the time so accurately observed, ‘A-Z’ is “An album in which experiment and accessibility co-exist”.
The CD only ‘A-Z’ bonus disc includes an additional 17 tracks - only 4 of which have previously been released. The demos recorded at Riverside Studios, are a revelation. Without the more obvious studio interventions of their final incarnations, tracks such as ‘But No’ and ‘The Classic Remains’ offer startlingly different takes on the material. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the demo of‘Life on Deck’. While the album version is heavy with absurdist punk abrasion, the original comes over as a piece of hook laden guitar pop. Other treats include the poignant ‘Alone on Piano’ which does exactly what it says in the title, and one of Newman’s great lost songs ‘Not Me’ - later covered by This Mortal Coil on their epochal album ‘It’ll End in Tears’. Meanwhile, Newman’s original lo-fi home demos present the songs in more stark, experimental form.
‘A-Z’ shows Newman at the height of his powers, fashioning music which sounded utterly unlike anything else at the time. Or indeed since.

A–Z - Vinyl & CD disc 1 tracklist:
1. I’ve Waited Ages / 2. & Jury / 3. Alone/ 4. Order for Order / 5. Image 6. Life on Deck / 7. Troisième / 8. S-S-S-Star Eyes / 9. Seconds to Last 10. Inventory / 11. But No / 12. B
A–Z - CD disc 2 track list:
Studio Demos
1. Life on Deck / 2. The Classic Remains / 3. Don’t Bring Reminders / 4. Image 5. Not Me / 6. But No / 7. Troisième / 8. I’ve Waited Ages/ 9. Order for Order
Studio Recordings
10. Alone on Piano / 11. The Classic Remains
Home Studio Demos
12. Order for Order / 13. Not Me / 14. The Classic Remains / 15. Troisième 16. Standard Practice/ 17. Part of Our History
A–Z CD 1 Performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, MIKE THORNE, COLIN NEWMAN + CHARLES BULLEN (clarinet, Track 7). Producer: MIKE THORNE. Recorded at Scorpio Sound (London). Engineers: DENNIS WEINREICH & STEVE PARKER. Original paintings by COLIN NEWMAN. Paintings & design re–imagined by BEN NEWMAN.
A–Z CD 2 Tracks 1–9 performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded at Riverside Recordings (Chiswick). Track 10 performed by MIKE THORNE & COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded at Media Sound (New York). Track 11 performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, MIKE THORNE, COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded at Scorpio Sound (London). Tracks 12–17 performed by COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded in West Norwood.
COLIN NEWMAN - ‘provisionally entitled the singing fish’
Single Vinyl (SS03 LP) // Double CD (SS03/04 CD)
Colin Newman’s second solo album, the perversely named ‘provisionally entitled the singing fish’, was released in 1981 and proves that Newman was more than able to work outside the traditional rock format.
A collection of imaginary soundtrack pieces in the manner of Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Films’,‘provisionally entitled the singing fish’ is a diverse collection of instrumentals, encompassing the atmospheric, the abstract and the thrillingly propulsive. Now, for the first time, this album has been completely remastered and augmented with a whole disc of additional tracks, including alternate vocal versions, B-sides and demo recordings.
Sounds described it as “Wonderfully cinematic”. And it’s not hard to see why. Witness the misty, ambient marshes of ‘Fish 4’, or the tripped out Morricone-esque soundscape of ‘Fish 11’. But there are moments of intensity here too. Check out the deliriously insistent krautrock of ‘Fish 7’, or ’Fish 9’, where Newman speeds up the rhythm tracks to dadaist effect. The album as a whole displays a true desire to endlessly experiment.
Newman’s first self produced set, its ambition and scope show why he would go on to become producer of choice for post punk luminaries such as Minimal Compact and Virgin Prunes.
The CD only bonus disc presents an additional 20 tracks, only 5 of which have previously seen the light of day. There’s a number of fascinating vocal versions of the Fish tracks, including the wide eyed ‘No Doubt’ (‘Fish 1’) and the skeletal psych of ‘You And Your Dog’ (‘Fish 11‘). Meanwhile, Newman’s home recordings from the era reveal that aside from experimenting with more abstract soundscapes, he was also simultaneously developing a set of vocal songs. Of particular note are the fuzz bass driven ‘Is It Worth Repeating?’ which features one of Newman’s most relaxed vocals and the airy Canterbury Scene stylings of ‘Crystal Clear’. In contrast, the menacingly insistent ‘Vox Pop’ sees a snarling vocal riding atop waves of pulsing distorted guitars.
In the late 80s, numerous artists as diverse as Barry Adamson and In The Nursery would go on to release so called imaginary soundtracks. But with 1981’s ‘provisionally entitled the singing fish’Newman proved that, as ever, he was well ahead of the curve.

provisionally entitled the singing fish - Vinyl & CD disc 1 track list:
1. fish1 /2. fish2/3. fish3/4. fish4/5. fish5/6. fish6/7. fish7 8. fish8/9. fish9/10.fish10/11.fish11/12.fish12
provisionally entitled the singing fish - CD disc 2 track list
Studio Recordings
1. You and Your Dog / 2. Here Come the Fleeing Rabbits / 3. No Doubt 4. The Grace You Know / 5. This Picture
Home Studio Demos
6. fish 9 / 7. fish 11 / 8. Crystal Clear / 9. A Passing Parade / 10. Soft Option 11. Original Suicide / 12. You and Your Dog / 13. Is It Worth Repeating?
14. It Isn’t Quite Enough / 15. I Can Feel It / 16. Atmos 1 / 17. Atmos 2
18. Now You Know / 19. Kiora Kora / 20. Vox Pop

    provisionally entitled the singing fish CD 1 Instruments, mouth noise, cover and production: COLIN NEWMAN. Engineering and facilitating: STEVE PARKER. Track 9 drums ROBERT GREY. Recorded & mixed at Scorpio Sound (London). Photographs by ANNETTE GREEN.
    provisionally entitled the singing fish CD 2 Tracks 1–4 additional recording by JOHN FRYER at Blackwing Studio (London). Track 5 recorded by STEVE PARKER at Scorpio Sound (London). Tracks 6–9 & 11–20 performed by COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded in West Norwood. Track 10 performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, SIMON GILLHAM, COLIN NEWMAN in Rob’s basement studio in Brixton.
    COLIN NEWMAN - ‘Not To’ 
    Single Vinyl (SS05 LP) // Double CD (SS05/06 CD)
    Newman’s third album ‘Not To’ (1982) is probably the finest of them all. Now, for the first time, the album has been completely remastered and augmented with a whole additional disc of unreleased tracks.
    ‘Not To’ sees Newman developing his distinctive art-rock in a more melodic pop direction. Songs such as the gorgeous ‘Lorries‘ with its chiming Byrds-like guitars and serpentine bass line, or the reflective‘Remove For Improvement’, contribute to an album with a strong psychedelic sensibility - complete with an unexpected Beatles cover - a deeply woozy take on George Harrison’s ‘Blue Jay Way’.
    Other highlights include the beautiful, meditative title track and the minimalist stream of consciousness of ‘Truculent Yet’. Where Newman’s previous albums had foregrounded studio experimentation, ‘Not To’ keeps the focus clearly on the band dynamic. For this reason, the collection of songs has a timelessness which many albums of the period lack. Contemporary reviews were unstinting in their praise. NME called it “icicle-cool pop” . Hot Press described it as “Newman’s most commercial offering to date... this man could be a major force.” While Melody Maker summed it up even more neatly; “Originality and a determined lack of compromise...what more could you want?”
    The additional disc presents the luminous single ‘We Means We Starts’ alongside 21 previously unreleased songs, which essentially constitute the demos for what would have been Newman’s 4th solo album. And it turns out it would have included some absolute gems. ‘But Either Way’ wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Wire’s ‘154’, while the fizzingly optimistic ‘You Must Decide’ is up there with Newman’s finest songs. Some of the demos also feature early sequencer work which point towards both Wire’s mid-80s incarnation and the ideas Newman would develop in his later solo work. Another treat is an early incarnation of the ‘Not To’ track ‘1, 2, 3, Beep Beep’ . Far superior to the quirky album cut, here it comes across as much more intense, yet also far more melodic.
    What shines out from both ‘Not To’ itself and these demo recordings is an abundance of ideas and approaches, showing an artist with an ever evolving creative drive.
    Not To - Vinyl & CD disc 1 track list:
    1. Lorries / 2. Don’t Bring Reminders / 3. You, Me and Happy
    4. We Meet Under Tables / 5. Safe / 6. Truculent Yet / 7. 5/10
    8. 1, 2, 3, Beep, Beep / 9. Not To / 10. Indians! / 11. Remove for Improvement 12. Blue Jay Way
    Not To - CD disc 2 track list:
    Home Studio Demos
    1. Truculent Yet / 2. Remove for Improvement / 3. You, Me and Happy
    4. 1, 2, 3, Beep, Beep / 5. I’m Still Here / 6. It’s Just My Heart
    7. If Time Had Been / 8. Hello Mr. Sandman / 9. Greensleeves / 10. This Time 11. Keeping It to Myself / 12. You Must Decide / 13. Don’t You Disagree?
    14. Lunaris / 15. At Rest / 16. A Word in Your Ear / 17. Where Was I? / 18. Wo Hoe 19. But Either Way / 20. We Means We Starts / 21. Ye Rama Dabble Am
    Studio Recording
    22. We Means We Starts
    Not To CD 1 Music performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, SIMON GILLHAM, COLIN NEWMAN + BRUCE GILBERT (guitar, Track 10 ). Produced by COLIN NEWMAN. Engineered by STEVE PARKER. Recorded & mixed at Scorpio Sound (London). Cover by ANNETTE GREEN.
    Text tracks 3,5 & 7 GRAHAM LEWIS, track 11 BRUCE GILBERT all other tracks COLIN NEWMAN.
    Not To CD 2 Tracks 1–21 performed by COLIN NEWMAN + ROBERT GREY (drums, Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 9–12, 14, 17, 19, 21). Tracks 1–4 recorded in West Norwood. Tracks 5–13 recorded in Chalford, Gloucestershire. Tracks 14–21 recorded in West Norwood. Track 22 performed by SIMON GILLHAM, CHARLES ARTHUR, TOM MORLEY, COLIN NEWMAN. Engineered by STEVE PARKER. Recorded & mixed at Scorpio Sound (London).

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    30 DAYS, 30 SONGS Musicians Align Against Donald Trump, Final Group of Artists Against Donald Trump

    30 DAYS, 30 SONGS
    Musicians Align Against Donald Trump

    Final Group of Artists Against Donald Trump Includes Cold War Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Mission of Burma, Bob Mould, Local Natives, Tim Heidecker, Rogue Wave, Ryan Miller of Guster, and more!
    Today we begin the homestretch of 30 Days, 30 Songs, an independent project in support of defeating this year's Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, as we head into the final nine days of the project.  Created by writer Dave Eggers and the team that brought you2012's 90 Days, 90 Reasons, 30 Days, 30 Songs is a daily, evolving playlist featuring two protest songs a day.

    This week's songs kick off today with a brand new song by Cold War Kids.  This final run of songs also includes artists such as Mission of Burma, Bob Mould, Ryan Miller of Guster, JPEG MAFIA, The Long Winters, Open Mike Eagle, Jimmy Eat World, Kyle Craft, Local Natives, Greg Holden, Laura Gibson, Tim Heidecker, Modern Baseball, and Rogue Wave.
    All songs will be posted on 30days30songs.com as well as via the following playlists:


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    L7 Share Shirley Manson Interview Clip, Reveal Doc. Film Artwork + Add 2nd LA Show

    L7: Pretend We’re Dead
    Documentary Film Artwork Revealed Today

    Shirley Manson Interview Clip Premiered By Rookie

    World Premiere At DOC NYC 2016 Festival + Two Shows In LA!

    11/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
    11/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

    Fierce, feminist pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 recently released the trailerfor L7: Pretend We're Dead, the documentary, produced by Blue Hats Creativeand directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Price (American Movie, The Yes Men, Summercamp). Rookie premiered a first glimpse of the film, an interview with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson reflecting on her admiration for the band and their pop-culture influence. Watch the Shirley Manson interview clip HERE, we encourage you to post & share!

    L7: Pretend We're Dead will premiere at the prestigious DOC NYC Festival on Friday, November 11 at 9:45pm at SVA 1. In celebration, the band has announced what are sure to be two blazing blowout hometown shows at The Troubadour (11/20) and Echoplex (11/21) in Los Angeles. The Echoplex show goes on sale tomorrow, 11/1!

    L7: Pretend We're Dead is a culmination of the band’s re-ignited enthusiasm fueled by their fans’ outpouring of encouragement and support on social media when the band hinted at the idea of a documentary in early 2015. Offering particularly revelatory insight into the band's 16-year career and eventual dissolution in 2001, the film features exclusive interviews with Exene Cervenka (X), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Joan Jettand more.

    Photo Credit: Rob Sheridan

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    KEXP Broadcasts Live from Iceland Airwaves

    KEXP Broadcasts Live from Iceland Airwaves Starting Wednesday

    Seattle – October 31, 2016  Join KEXP as we return to the land of fire and ice, broadcasting live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. KEXP’s international broadcast will feature 16 exclusive performances live on air on Wednesday, November 2, through Saturday, November 5, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST.

    Iceland Airwaves 2016Sets on Wednesday through Friday can be heard live on KEXP at 90.3 FM in Seattle and worldwide at kexp.org. All sets will be streamed with live video on KEXP’s Facebook page.

    Over the past decade, KEXP has developed a deep relationship with Iceland, connecting incredible artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Júníus Meyvant, Samaris, Sóley, Ólafur Arnalds and GusGus with KEXP’s global audience of music lovers.

    “We’re excited and honored to share Iceland’s rich musical treasures alongside great International and Seattle artists performing at our Iceland Airwaves broadcast,” said KEXP Chief Content Officer Kevin Cole.  “KEXP is about connecting with music lovers and artists, between diverse genres and eras of music, and between people sharing breath in our global community--regardless of generation or location. It is our desire that you’ll discover phenomenal new music while, at the same time, through this shared musical experience, feel that the world is a smaller place, and that through the power of music, we are all truly connected.”

    If you are in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves, the following performances and broadcast at KEX Hostel are free and open to the public. Space is limited on a first come, first served basis.

    Wednesday, November 2nd
    06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – SUÐ
    08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Gangly
    11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Singapore Sling
    01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – The Sonics

    Thursday, November 3rd
    06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Samaris
    08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Axel Flóvent
    11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Coals
    01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Kronos Quartet

    Friday, November 4th
    06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Moji and The Midnight Sons
    08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Digable Planets
    11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Adia Victoria
    01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Kate Tempest

    Saturday, November 5th [not broadcast but available as live streaming video]
    06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Let’s Eat Grandma
    08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Mammút
    11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Andy Svarthol
    01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Dream Wife

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                Available On Blu-ray, Digital And DVD, Acclaimed Documentary Chronicles The Nobel Prize Winner's Meteoric Rise And Significant Cultural Impact
    Features Additional 2 1/2 Hours Of Never-Before-Seen Content
    Special Edition Deluxe Box Adds Exclusive Bob Dylan Magazine And Historical Photos, All In A Custom Portfolio
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - Capitol Records celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Martin Scorsese's award-winning documentary, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,with the release of a Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition of the film. Now available for the first time on Blu-ray and digitally, the 10th anniversary edition can also be purchased on standard DVD. These 10th Anniversary Editions of the film all feature 2 1/2 hours of bonus and never-before-seen content, including extended scenes from the film and full-length interviews withScorseseDave van Ronk and Liam ClancyA newly-produced trailer for this release can be viewed at http://smarturl.it/NDH10trailer
    Special Edition Deluxe Box is available at NDH10.com. Packaged in a deluxe portfolio, it includes both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film and bonus content, as well as an exclusively produced Bob Dylan magazine that features reproductions of historical articles about the artist, plus three high-quality lithographic photo prints of Dylan, who is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
    All configurations of No Direction Home are available at the official No Direction Home Store NDH10.com and on Amazon.com. Retailer Best Buy offers an exclusive Blu-ray that includes a limited edition Bob Dylan poster with all purchases. Digital versions of the film are available now for download on iTunes and other digital HD retailers. It will be available for rental on the iTunes Movie Store tomorrow, November 1, and streaming on November 22.
    Produced by Jeff Rosen (American Roots Music) and Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years), along with Susan Lacy (American Masters) and Anthony Wall (BBC Arena), the 3 1/2 hour film focuses on Dylan's life and music from 1961 to 1966, detailing the artist's journey from his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota through his emergence in the folk music scene of New York's Greenwich Village to his controversial decision to go "electric" and his rise to the pinnacle of international fame and cultural impact.No Direction Home: Bob Dylan features rare performance footage and interviews with artists and musicians whose lives intertwined with Dylan's during this era, while Dylan himself talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career in interviews shot exclusively for this film.
    The film features rare treasures from Dylan's extensive film, tape and photograph collection, including footage from Murray Lerner's film Festival documenting Dylan's performances at the 1963, 1964 and 1965 Newport Folk Festivals, previously unreleased outtakes from D.A. Pennebaker's famed 1967 documentary Don't Look Back, and interviews with Allen GinsbergPete Seeger, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur and many others.
    No Direction Home: Bob Dylan was met with enthusiastic audience reception and universal critical acclaim when it first premiered on PBS, BBC and other prestigious international outlets in the autumn of 2005 and simultaneously released on DVD. Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun Times"[The film] creates a portrait that is deep, sympathetic, perceptive and yet finally leaves Dylan shrouded in mystery, which is where he properly lives." Rolling Stone's David Fricke hailed it as "the ultimate rock & roll odyssey...masterfully directed by Martin Scorsese, this is an electrifying account of an unprecedented life." Frazier Moore of Associated Press called it, "a film I recommend not only to Dylan devotees and neophytes alike, but also to anyone trying to reconnect with where America was then, and grasp where it is today." The Hollywood Reporter's Glenn Abel wrote that the film was, "as good as it gets in music documentaries," while Variety's Phil Gallo predicted that "some of the footage will startle even the most dedicated Dylanologists."
    No Direction Home: Bob Dylan; A Martin Scorsese Picture is a production of Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Production, Thirteen/WNET New York and Sikelia Productions, in co-production with Vulcan Productions, BBC and NHK.

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    The Lucy Ring Premiere Video for "Make it Rain," Self-Titled EP Out Now



    SoCal band The Lucy Ring who just released their debut self-titled EP on Yellow Year Records have today shared their video for single "Make It Rain" off of the EP. Relixpremiered it and noted the video "feels altogether appropriate for All Hallows" Eve. Tijuana filmmaker Luis Mercado directed the video which  pays homage to Alejandro Jodorowsky's film El Topo along with spaghetti westerns. It includes a brief cameo from Shorty Rossi, the star of the Animal Planet show Pit Boss."

    The Lucy Ring EP was produced by Charlotte Kemp-Muhl and recorded at Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono's private studio in upstate, NY. Charlotte invited the band up to track to tape upon hearing some demos she liked. 

    The Seventh Hex gave us the first listen of the EP last week and noted, "Throughout the course of the band's debut EP, the compositions astonish with an unmistakable presence whilst evoking feelings of observation and cordiality"

    The Lucy Ring EP Tracklisting
    1. Make it Rain
    2. Jeremiah's Crying
    3. How Low
    4. Monkey Boy
    5. Coffee in the Rain
    6. Psalm Renegade

    Upcoming Tour Dates
    11.16.16 - Belly Up w/ Elektric Voodoo and Stripes & Lines- Solana Beach, CA

    Photo Credit: Tyler Wilcox

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    New Laura Burhenn Song (Mynabirds) + Tour

    Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds) Debuts

    New Song, "Apples & Oranges"

    on NPR's "All Songs Considered"

    (Listen on NPR Here / Listen on Spotify Here)

    photo by Bliss Katherine

    On Tour w/William Fitzsimmons,

    October 29 - December 4

    “…songs so elegantly composed that many could pass for old standards… Burhenn is as heartbreaking and tuneful as her finest inspirations while investing her songs with a calm fatalism that sets her apart.”

    Tour Dates:

    10.29 // Omaha, NE // O'Leaver's (
    Tickets) * w/o William Fitzsimmons 

    10.31 // St. Louis, MO // Firebird (Tickets)

    11.01 // Kansas City, MO // The Record Bar (Tickets)

    11.03 // Denver, CO // Daniels Hall @ Swallow Hill (Tickets)

    11.04 // Fort Collins, CO // Downtown Artery (Tickets)

    11.05 // Salt Lake City, UT // The State Room (Tickets)

    11.06 // Boise, ID // The Olympic (Tickets)

    11.09 // Seattle, WA // Triple Door (Tickets )

    11.10 // Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge (Tickets )

    11.12 // Sacramento, CA // Harlow's (Tickets)

    11.13 // Petaluma, CA // Mystic Theater (Tickets)

    11.14 // San Francisco, CA // Slim's (Tickets)

    11.15 // West Hollywood, CA // Troubadour (Tickets)

    11.18 // San Diego, CA // Casbah (Tickets)

    11.19 // Phoenix, AZ // Valley Bar (Tickets)

    11.20 // Santa Fe, NM // Meow Wolf (Tickets)

    11.28 // New York, NY // LPR - Le Poisson Rouge (Tickets)

    11.29 // Boston, MA // Cafe 939 (Tickets)

    11.30 // South Burlington, VT // Higher Ground (Tickets)

    12.01 // Montreal, QC // L'Astral (Tickets)

    12.02 // Toronto, ON // The Great Hall (Tickets)

    12.04 // Evanston, IL // SPACE (Tickets)

    The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn is in songwriting mode, and has just released a tasty new track : "Apples & Oranges" (Listen on Spotify Here). 

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    "One thing's for sure: no matter what style they're performing, Empire of the Sun knows how to make people move, and their third studio set,
    Two Vines, is no exception."
    Entertainment Weekly
    The third remarkable age of Empire Of The Sun was revealed today with the release of the futuristic alt-electro pioneers' new album, Two Vines, which is now available everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify. A green vinyl edition of Two Vines is available exclusively on Amazon.
    The video for lead single "High And Low," which already has more than one million views, offers a birds-eye view of the enchanting land envisioned by the band. Hailed as a "dreamy anthem" by Idolator, the song is a Top 15 hit at Alternative radio and has more than three million streams on Spotify. View Empire Of The Sun performing "High And Low" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" HERE.
    Recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Two Vines is co-produced by Empire Of The Sun and Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika),alongside long-term collaborator,Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco). Pianist/arranger Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre, from David Bowie's Blackstar band, feature heavily on the album. Other collaborators include Wendy Melvoin from Prince's Revolution and Fleetwood Macguitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, who contributes guitar and backing vocals on the glistening "To Her Door."
    Entertainment Weekly observed, "Australian electronic pop duo Empire of the Sun's sound has always been a bit difficult to classify. They're a little bit electronic pop, new wave, and dance all at the same time. One thing's for sure: no matter what style they're performing, Empire of the Sun knows how to make people move, and their third studio set,Two Vines, is no exception. With glistening pop tracks like 'High and Low' and 'Way to Go,' the pair hasn't strayed far from the ethereal, echoey sound of singles that launched them to international success in the first place, like 'Walking on a Dream' and 'Alive."Consequence of Sound said,"Two Vines thrives on a dreamy, '80s electropop vibe until the very last note, building a satiating consistency and refreshing appeal...Empire of the Sun have managed to remain steadfast in the sound they've carved out for themselves since day one..."
    Manny Marroquin's new remix of "Walking On A Dream" is the closing track on Two Vines. "Walking On A Dream"originally appeared on the band's 2008 debut album of the same name. In early 2016, the eight-year-old single rocketed to the top of the radio and Shazam charts after it was heard in Honda's "The Dreamer" commercial. The spot now ranks as the most Shazamed U.S. television commercial ever. With more than 100 million streams, "Walking On A Dream" became a global smash hit. Views of the official video now exceed 50 million.
    In 2008, two of Australia's leading musician/producers, Luke Steele (The Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (Pnau), created a vision that seemed to come from an alternative reality - a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure known as Empire Of The Sun.  The resulting album, Walking On A Dream, went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. Eight ARIA awards (including Album of The Year, Single of the Year and Best Group), 2 BRIT nominations (including Best International Album), and many accolades followed. To date, the band has sold three million copies combined of their albums Walking On A Dream and Ice On The Dune, and reached Multi-Platinum status with global singles "Alive," "We Are The People" and "Walking On A Dream" (which has been certified Platinum - 1 million sales - in the U.S.). Empire Of The Sun's sophomore album Ice On The Dune debuted at No. 3 in Australia and charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 in the U.S.

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