IBEYI announce new album Ash, out Sept. 29 on XL | Watch the music video for "Deathless"

Announce new album Ash
Out September 29 on XL Recordings
Ash album art by JR

Watch the video for ‘Deathless’ here

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back to announce details of their second album Ash, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá.  Set for release on September 29 via XL Recordings, Ash is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name.  Today Ibeyi share a video for album track ‘Deathless feat. Kamasi Washington’ directed by Ed Morris (director for ‘River’).

While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded.

Ash was recorded in November 2016 in London with producer Richard Russell at his studio The Copper House. The album features twelve new tracks, including ‘Away Away’ which was released in June, and includes appearances from Kamasi Washington, Mala Rodriguez, Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello .Full track list with details listed below.

‘Deathless,’ the second track to be debuted from Ash, features the incomparable Kamasi Washington on saxophone, and was written in the wake of an experience that Lisa-Kaindé had when she was sixteen that involved her being wrongly arrested by French police. She went home and wrote the emotiveDeathless,’ in which she describes her experience: “I was writing Deathless as an anthem for everybody!” Lisa-Kaindé says. “For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless. I have a huge amount of respect for people who fought for, what I think, are my rights today and if we all sing together  ‘we are deathless, ’they will be living through us into a better world.”

Photo credit: David Uzochukwu
To celebrate the release of Ash, Ibeyi will set out on a global tour this October.  Kicking off on September 30 in France, the tour will extend across continents ending on November 19 in North America. Ibeyi’s live performance is mesmerizing and not to be missed and as Los Angeles’ KCRW explained, “there is a remarkable power to what they do.”   

So on the September 29th, step out of the gloom and into Ibeyi’s world, a place of optimism, openness and acceptance. The modern world never looked so beautiful as it does through Ibeyi’s lens.

Ash tracklist:
  1. I Carried This For Years
  2. Deathless feat. Kamasi Washington
  3. I Wanna Be Like You
  4. No Man Is Big Enough For My Arms
  5. Valé
  6. Waves
  7. Transmission/Michaelion feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
  8. Me Voy feat. Mala Rodriguez
  9. When Will I Learn feat. Chilly Gonzales
  10. Numb
  11. Ash

Ibeyi 2017 tour dates:
9/30 Sannois, FR EMB
10/4 Feyzin, FR L’Épicerie Moderne
10/5 Strasbourg, FR La Laiterie
10/6 Lille, FR L’aéronef
10/11 Rennes, FR L’Étage
10/12 Nantes, FR Stéréolux
10/18 Bristol, UK Thekla
10/19 London, UK Shoreditch Town Hall
10/20 Manchester, UK Band On The Wall

10/28 Miami, FL North Beach Bandshell *
10/30 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse *
11/1 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club *
11/4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer *
11/5 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel *
11/6 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre *
11/7 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall *
11/9 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *
11/11 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café *
11/14 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre *
11/15 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom *
11/16 Portland, OR Revolution Hall *
11/18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore *
11/19 Los Angeles, CA Theatre at the Ace Hotel *

11/24 Paris, FR Casino de Paris (Festival Inrocks)
12/2 Cologne, DE Club Bahnhof Ehernfeld
12/3 Berlin, DE Lido
12/4 Hamburg, DE Knust
12/5 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Noord
12/7 Leuven, BE Het Depot

*theMIND will open as support on all North American dates

More on Ibeyi: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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"For all the noisy textures and shimmering sing-alongs on
Antisocialites, Alvvays seem intent on masking pain while convincing others, and perhaps themselves, that everything's fine. It's a tricky balancing act, but that's what makes this band so damn endearing."- NPR

Early Acclaim For Antisocialites:

"Alvvays never second-guess their core strength: anthemic, arm-swaying hooks that aim for the stars even when the sky is gray." Pitchfork

"Canadian guitar romantics Alvvays mix pleasant noises and chill dejection, and the result is a perfect indie-rock lullaby." Rolling Stone on "In Undertow"

"Shellacking a tight pop number in feedback is a worn recipe for success, but in the hands of Molly Rankin, Alvvay's noisy rock is an unexpected gift." New York Magazine

"Light, literal dream pop that's almost too pure for this world." SPIN

"The band has kept their rivers of reverb, which sometimes makes them sound as though they're playing to an empty middle-school gymnasium, an image that fittingly blends sweetness with melancholy." Vulture

"Lead single "In Undertow" contains all of the elements that were initially so charming about the Toronto five-piece blown up to fuzzy and dreamy new heights." Stereogum

""In Undertow", "Dreams Tonite", and the as-yet-unheard "Plimsoll Punks" are as bright and charming as everything we've come to expect from the band."Consequence of Sound

"The great thing about Alvvays is that they know what they do well - create objectively good, beautiful indie pop - and they are evidently doing it again with Antisocialites"Uproxx

"Impossibly bright, effects-heavy guitar lines swirl around Molly Rankin's breathy and beautiful vocals, combining to create an intoxicating whole." Paste Magazine

"A very nice dose of their melodic, emotional indie pop, complete with a shoegazy guitar solo." Brooklyn Vegan on "In Undertow"

"The magnificent Alvvays and their absolutely beautiful sound are back with "In Undertow." It's a soulful, melodic masterpiece."  

"More lovelorn sun-spotted jangly jams done in only the charming way the Toronto quartet know how." My Old Kentucky Blog

Upcoming Tour Dates:
09/02 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/03 - Birmingham, UK @ Institute 2 $
09/04 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms $
09/06 - Oxford, UK @ Bullingdon Arms $
09/07 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla [SOLD OUT]
09/08 - London, UK @ Koko [SOLD OUT]
09/09 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla [SOLD OUT]
09/11 - Paris, France @ Point Ephemere $
09/12 - Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell $
09/13 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow $
09/14 - Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden $
09/16 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix $
09/17 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Ekko $
09/18 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet $
09/30 - Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/03 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
10/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/07 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel # [SOLD OUT]
10/08 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel #  [SOLD OUT]
10/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
10/12 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In #
10/13 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn #
10/14 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks #
10/16 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs #
10/17 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
10/18 - Dallas, TX @ Trees #
10/20 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf #
10/21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar # [SOLD OUT]
10/24 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/26 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $
10/27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $ [SOLD OUT]
10/28 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox $
10/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $
10/31 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater $
11/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
11/03 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall $
11/04 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick $
12/13 - Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/14 - Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/15 - Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]
12/16 - Toronto, CA @ ModClub [SOLD OUT]

# w/ Nap Eyes
$ w/ Jay Som

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MARC ALMOND // Shadows And Reflections (release date September 22, 2017)

Shadows And Reflections
22 September 2017
“Almond continues to be the most multidimensional of artistes” -Mojo 
Shadows And Reflections is the new album by Marc Almond, set for release September 22 via BMG. It features sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and 1960s orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions. The album features songs written and recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury, and the Young Rascals.

Marc Almond's Shadows And Reflections is the first album of an exclusive recording deal with BMG! An album of original songs will follow in 2019. Songs And Reflections is available now for pre-order, and includes the track "Not For Me," available for download and streaming. You can listen to the song below.

"The Overture," "Interval," and "No One To Say Goodnight To" set and frame the album's mood - composed and orchestrated by long-time collaborator John Harle. "It's a sea of lush strings, lilting guitar, choral harmonies, and full, panoramic sound. I wanted it to have the feel of a very late 1960s Italian cinema soundtrack," says Marc. "Everything stems from and returns back to that final track," with the album thematically beginning and ending in an apartment.

Marc continues, "It's about this guy that's living in a luxury, expansive, glass apartment overlooking the city, filled with sculpture and beautiful things, an empty soulless shell, surrounded by absurd wealth. He is sitting alone and I imagine listening to this music, possibly the songs that make up this album. He's rich in the bank but the poorest person you know."

Shadows And Reflections sees Marc delve into the mood music of orchestral and baroque pop songs with orchestrated arrangements and productions typical of the songs of that time. The album includes covers of the Young Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure" (also made famous by David Cassidy), The Herd's "From The Underworld," The Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad," and Julie Driscoll's "I Know You Love Me Not." The title track "Shadows And Reflections" is based on the version by mod legends The Action, while also featured is Burt Bacharach’s "Blue On Blue," Bobby Darin's "Not For Me," and the Johnny Mandel standard "The Shadow Of Your Smile."

Marc explains: “I particularly like the strangeness of many of those 60’s records - the oddness about them, sometimes unsettling, out of the mould, that light psychedelia approach from the early Floyd records, Sgt Pepper and Soft Machine.”

Marc Almond’s deep affection for brilliantly arranged 1960s pop has been prevalent throughout his career and has served him well. His versions of "Jacky," "The Days Of Pearly Spencer," "Tainted Love," "Something Gotten Hold Of My Heart," and "What!" have become much treasured recordings from an artist who can take an old song and bring it new life with impeccable style. A look at Marc’s popular 60s Spotify playlists gives insight into the sounds and singers that continue to inspire him.

Marc has announced a new UK tour starting on October 3 at London's Royal Festival Hall, and across 18 dates he will perform with a full orchestra playing songs from Shadows And Reflections 

2017 cements the 60th Birthday year for the singer who Observer noted "has never stood still," and comes after great success of the Top 10 album Hits And Pieces, which was followed by a sold-out Spring tour including a triumphant show at London's Roundhouse.

Says Marc: “My audience may not be familiar with a lot of these songs, so I had to bear that in mind. Whereas if you're an afficionado and you know how brilliant you are, you'll see I've not re-invented them an awful lot because I thought the arrangements so good in the first place. These songs just need to be put out there again so people can hear them. Me singing them introduces the songs to a different audience and brings them out to the light." 
Marc Almond - Shadows And Reflections
01. Overture
02. Shadows And Reflections
03. I’m Lost Without You
04. How Can I Be Sure
05. Something Bad On My Mind
06. Blue On Blue
07. I Know You Love Me Not
08. Interlude
09. From The Underworld
10. Still I’m Sad
11. Embers
13. All Thoughts Of Time
14. The Shadow of Your Smile
15. No One To Say Good Night To

UK Tour Dates
3 October – London Royal Festival Hall
5 October – Guildford G Live
9 October – Scunthorpe Bath Hall
10 October – Leeds Town Hall
12 October – Portsmouth Guildhall
14 October – Ipswich Regent Theatre
15 October – Oxford New Theatre
17 October – Birmingham Symphony Hall
19 October – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
20 October – Bristol Colston Hall
21 October – Cambridge Corn Exchange
23 October – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
26 October – Poole Lighthouse
30 October – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
31 October – Nottingham Concert Hall
3 November – Bridlington Spa
4 November – Newcastle Tyne Theatre
5 November – Edinburgh Usher Hall

For more information on Marc Almond:
Official Website

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DRESSY BESSY @ Teragram 8/30

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Throbbing Gristle Announce Catalog Reissues Series



Photo: Throbbing Gristle
Throbbing Gristle and Mute announce a series of reissues, set to start on the 40th anniversary of their debut album release, The Second Annual Report.

On November 3, 2017 The Second Annual Report, presented as a limited edition white vinyl release in the original packaging and also on double CD, and 20 Jazz Funk Greats, on green vinyl and double CD, will be released. Accompanying these releases will be The Taste Of TGA Beginner’s Guide to Throbbing Gristle with an updated tracklisting that will include “Almost A Kiss” (from 2007’s Part Two: Endless Not). This will be the first time The Taste Of TG is available on vinyl and will be presented on double red vinyl alongside a CD and digital release.

The Second Annual Report was originally released on November 4, 1977 and is the first album from Throbbing Gristle, one of the most politically and sonically antagonistic bands of all time.

Throbbing Gristle are Chris Carter, Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (who sadly passed away on November 25, 2010), Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Their impact on music, culture and the arts is immeasurable and still felt today.

Listen to “United” here. Taken from The Taste of TG, it was originally released as a 7” on Industrial Records in 1978.

November’s anniversary releases will be followed by further catalog releases in January and April 2018.

January 26, 2018
D.o.A. The Third And Final Report
Heathen Earth
Part Two: Endless Not

April 27, 2018
Mission Of Dead Souls
Greatest Hits
Journey Through A Body
In The Shadow Of The Sun

2017 saw Throbbing Gristle’s catalog available on streaming services for the first time. This was the initial stage of Mute releasing the band’s entire classic catalog physically and digitally. Mute and Throbbing Gristle will continue the reissues series, creating previously unreleased box sets and making available long out-of-print and important pieces of work.

Listen to Throbbing Gristle on Spotify here.

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Listen to The Haxan Cloak & Father John Misty's remix of “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution"

Listen to The Haxan Cloak and Father John Misty's remix of
“Things It Would Have Been Helpful to
Know Before the Revolution”
YouTube (Not the video)
Performs “...Revolution” single on
Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 12th

Pure Comedy available now from Sub Pop (for the world excluding Europe) and 
Bella Union (for Europe)
Father John Misty has collaborated with British musician and producer The Haxan Cloak for a remix of “Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before the Revolution,” from Pure Comedy.  The rework strips the song of its lush instrumentation and glib tone [listen here].

The “...Revolution” remix follows the gorgeous, stop-motion video directed by Chris Hopewell (Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch,” Run The Jewels’ “Don’t Get Captured”).  The song‘s apocalyptic themes and subtle humor are captured brilliantly throughout. The “...Revolution” video was constructed and filmed in three weeks at Jacknife Studios in Bristol, UK [watch here]. Additionally, puppets  “...Revolution” were recently auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to the Environmental Defense Fund.

Father John Misty’s previously announced international tour schedule in support of Pure Comedy resumes this weekend with performances at End of the Road Festival on September 2nd and Electric Picnic on September 3rd. Father John Misty has also scheduled an interview and performance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on September 12th.

Sep. 02 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 03 - Stradbally, IE - Electric Picnic [SOLD OUT]
Sep. 13 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Pavilion **
Sep. 14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre **
Sep. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann **
Sep. 18 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall * [SOLD OUT]
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre *
Sep. 20 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre *
Sep. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House *
Sep. 23 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre *
Sep. 25 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *
Sep. 26 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium * [SOLD OUT]
Sep. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
Sep. 29 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall * [SOLD OUT]
Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory *
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall *
Oct. 02 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall *
Oct. 04 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre *
Oct. 05 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park *
Oct. 06 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park * [SOLD OUT]
Oct. 07 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre **
Oct. 11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre *
Oct. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl *
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *
Oct. 14 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater Pomona *
Nov. 01 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall *
Nov. 02 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy *
Nov. 05 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo * [SOLD OUT]
Nov. 07 - London,UK - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo * [SOLD OUT]
Nov. 08 - London, UK - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo *
Nov. 09 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Dome *
Nov. 11 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon *
Nov. 12 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique *
Nov. 13 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg *
Nov. 14 - Berlin, DE - Huxley's *
Nov. 16 - Milan, IT - Fabrique *
Nov. 18 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz *
Nov. 19 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera *
Nov. 20 - Lisbon, PT - Coliseu dos Recreios *

* w/ Weyes Blood
** w/ Phosphorescent

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