Sparks team up with iconic animator, Cyriak, for new video

Sparks are excited to share the new video for the song "The Existential Threat," from their new album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, which was released on CD, vinyl and cassette this past Friday, July 3. The video was created by the iconic animator Cyriak, known for his subversive and surreal work.

"The incredibly manic and overwhelming nature of the existential threats that are facing all of us nowadays and our reaction to those threats, expressed musically and lyrically in our song ‘The Existential Threat’, are brilliantly demonstrated in the frightening and beautiful video for the song by Cyriak." -- Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks

Speaking about the process Cyriak said: “When I was asked to make a music video for Sparks, I could hardly believe it. They sent me the whole of their new album to choose from, and there was this one song that immediately stood out – ‘The Existential Threat’. Not only did the music fit perfectly with my animation style, the subject of existential dread is something I have been fascinated by for as long as I can remember. It was like I could see the whole video inside my head as I listened to the song.

“The brief was totally open, but I felt this track deserved more than just some crazy visuals. It has a psychology driving it, and a feeling that hangs over us all, especially in these modern times of information overload. Are these threats real, or imaginary? Are they just a paranoid delusion, or do we ignore them at our peril? It was great fun making this video, and I hope it makes people think about their inevitable impending death in a more light-hearted way.”
The extraordinary A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip was released digitally on May 15 to universal acclaim.

“With A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, Sparks have drawn on the many styles and many great moments in a multi-faceted career that began in their native Los Angeles in 1967, while retaining the unique identity. Whatever style they embrace, and they have embraced most – pop, rock, New Wave, synth-pop, disco, dance, electro, orchestral, opera – they always remain ineffably, irrefutably, inescapably, undeniably Sparks.”
- LouderThanWar

“No band should by rights sound as sharp, melodic and funny more than 50 years into their career. But Sparks are no ordinary band.”
– Q

Sparks remain deftly untouchable” 9/10
- LineofBestFit

"The Picassos of art rock."
Associated Press

“a work of genius”
- 9/10 Clash

“A masterclass”
Northern Transmissions

“They’ve done it again”
- ***** Record Collector

“Sparks. Only Sparks.
- **** FT

Uncut 9/10 Mojo **** Q **** The Times **** Independent **** Daily Mirror **** Daily Telegraph ****

This next year should also see the eagerly awaited premiere of the musical Annette, the first English-language film from groundbreaking French director Leos Carax (Holy MotorsPola X), written by Ron and Russell Mael and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. In addition, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the DeadHot FuzzBaby Driver) is putting the finishing touches to his as-yet-untitled Sparks documentary, a long-in-the-making feature-length film celebrating this singular band.

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Charlotte OC Releases Amazon Original Cover of Portishead’s "Glory Box"

Charlotte OC Releases Amazon Original Cover of Portishead’s "Glory Box"

July 6, 2020 - UK pop star Charlotte OC has released an Amazon Original cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box,” which is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.
Listen to Charlotte OC’s “Glory Box” only on Amazon Music:
Last month, Charlotte OC, “amongst today’s most evocative singers” as Atwood Magazine describes, released a new EP Oh The Agony, Oh The Ecstasy. V Magazine said, “With melodies rooted in her emotive authenticity, ... Charlotte OC sings directly from the heart, and her latest drop is certainly no exception,” while Billboard praised the single “Freedom” for its “churning synths, drums and howling production.” The EP follows her successful debut full length record, 2017’s Careless People, which won fans over at Interview Magazine, ELLE, All Music, and NPR Music who said, “Charlotte O'Connor has been one of those ‘names to watch’ — an artist who seems on the brink of a major breakthrough... she's fully in command of a moodily intoxicating sound that casts her as an electro-pop balladeer of the highest order.”
Amazon Music listeners can find Charlotte OC’s “Glory Box” on the Acoustic Chill playlist. Customers can simply ask, "Alexa play the Amazon Original by Charlotte OC" in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

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DREAM WIFE Release New LP, 'So When You Gonna...' Named Rough Trade's Album of the Month


All net proceeds from digital orders via Bandcamp donated to
 (Photo credit: Sarah Piantadosi)

“New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency” - New York Times

 "[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance....extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness.” - NPR Music

"one of London's most exciting live acts, combining a punk snarl with brazen classic rock aesthetics...poppier than anything the band have tried before, nodding to Blondie and returning to the girlband melodies of the mid-'90s." - The FADER on “Hasta La Vista”

“...raucous pop-rock with a new wave edge, and proudly in the tradition of riot grrrl, putting politics front and center with an eye toward radical feminism that moves female and nonbinary identities to the front of the stage.” - AV Club

"The art-school project that’s evolved into one of indie-rock’s most politically dynamic emerging acts" - Entertainment Weekly

"Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that’s roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude" – Rolling Stone

"The girl gang proving there’s force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation" – Dazed

"Part It’s Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by” - The Guardian on “Hasta La Vista”

“Their community-focused, sparkly political approach is reflected not just in their second album’s most emotive moments, but is baked right into the DNA of this addictive LP” – Q Magazine 4/5

 “Crispy, punky and relevant. They take a driver seat in the ride to gender equality, joyful body awareness and a love-mess." – Dork Magazine 5/5

“So When You Gonna…is Dream Wife truly making the most of their innermost feelings, and expressing that outwards with a rawness like never before.” – Upset Magazine 4/5

“So When You Gonna… is as topical and as empowering as the band have ever been.” – The Line of Best Fit 8.5/10

"Full of prodigious riffs, intoxicating vocals and a narrative you just can't ignore, So When You Gonna… exemplifies just what happens when talent meets passion. If this album is any indication of what's to come from this trio, Dream Wife just might take over the world.” - Exclaim! 9/10

"Dream Wife have always toed the line between pop and punk, but this taste of forthcoming sophomore So When You Gonna… unquestionably leans on the poppier side of proceedings - and that’s a very good thing indeed.” - Guitar World

"So When You Gonna… seems to fit the moment like a perfect soundtrack. It’s energy and angry, it has contemplation and political thought, it’s fun and cathartic — it feels made for the moment." - American Songwriter

"Dream Wife are just as good at reflection as they are at raising hell. There's a newfound tenderness to their music as they find the strength to make a fresh start" - All Music, 4/5

London-based punk trio Dream Wife – Rakel MjöllBella Podpadec and Alice Go – released their explosive sophomore album So When You Gonna… last week via Lucky Number, earning Rough Trade’s coveted title of Album of the Month. So When You Gonna… was produced and mixed by Bjork-producer Marta Salogni, deals with topics such as miscarriage and gender equality, was made entirely by a non-male engineering team, and follows the band’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut from 2018. The record is currently charting in the UK at #8, and is on track for a strong chart debut. Purchase the album now HERE

Dream Wife are donating all proceeds from digital Bandcamp orders of So When You Gonna… to Black Minds Matter and Gendered Intelligence. Black Minds Matter connects Black individuals and families with professional and mental health services across the U.K., and Gendered Intelligence aims to increase understandings of gender diversity, working with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives, with a focus on supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

Additionally, Dream Wife will embark on a virtual instore album tour of the UK’s finest independent record shops this week. Yesterday they visited Rough Trade, who named So When You Gonna… Album of the Month, and will visit Resident (July 6), Banquet (July 7), Piccadilly (July 8) and Drift Records (July 9) at 7pm UK each day.

Since the band's debut, Dream Wife have played support slots with the likes of Garbage, Sleigh Bells and The Kills, sold-out international headline shows, secured syncs in shows like Orange is The New Black, all the while using their platform to lift up other womxn and non-binary creatives with empowering messages and their “girls to the front” ethos. In addition to the new record, Dream Wife also have a new podcast series, entitled So When You Gonna…where each episode is a one-on-one interview with a different industry professional about how exactly they managed to hone their craft. With a gender divide in music production currently estimated at around ninety-five percent male to five percent female, the podcast is part of the band's continued effort to support womxn and non-binary creatives. Listen to the podcast series HERE

  1. Sports!
  2. Hasta La Vista
  3. Homesick
  4. Validation
  5. Temporary
  6. U Do U
  7. RH RN
  8. Old Flame
  9. So When You Gonna…
  10. Hold On Me
  11. After The Rain

Tour dates:
4/14/21 - Oxford, UK @ The Bullingdon
4/15/21 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute 2
4/16/21 - Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
4/17/21 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2
4/18/21 - Glasgow, UK @ St Luke's
4/20/21 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
4/21/21 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
4/22/21 - Cambridge, UK @ The Portland Arms
4/24/21 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk
4/25/21 - Portsmouth, UK @ The Wedgewood Rooms
4/27/21 - Bristol, UK @ SWX
4/28/21 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
4/30/21 - Paris, France @ La Boule Noire
5/1/21 - Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
5/3/21 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
5/5/21 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
5/6/21 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen Klubb
5/7/21 - Oslo, Norway @ Krosset
5/8/21 - Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B
5/10/21 - Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club
5/11/21 - Munich, Germany @ Ampere
5/12/21 - Nuremberg, Germany @ Club Stereo

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The OBGMs Release "Not Again" Single/Video via Black Box; Canadian Punk Trio Hint at 2020 Album   ​ 






To view the video for “Not Again” click the image above or follow this link: https://youtu.be/o8J4ZkVt6Yc


July 6, 2020, TORONTO -- The OBGMs, the Toronto based band who “crank out boisterous dance-punk-meets-garage… rock” (Now Toronto), release “Not Again” (https://youtu.be/o8J4ZkVt6Yc), a new single with an accompanying video, out now via Black Box Music.

Vocalist and guitarist Densil McFarlane says, when musing on the track: “Bad advice, wrong choice, fake lovers and friends. 'Not Again' is about the lies I tell myself when I look in the mirror. The second single released this summer continues the exploration of internal struggles and self- destruction.”

“Not Again” was produced and mixed by the GRAMMY Award winning Dave Schiffman (The Bronx, Pup, Rage Against The Machine), who also produced the recently-released, and equally rowdy, cut “Cash” (http://smarturl.it/obgmscash).

The OBGMs are a Black-fronted punk rock band who demand your attention. From their genre-fusing music, to their lyrical creativity, the band's sound brings a spicy raucousness to the palette of your eardrums. Delicious. On-stage, they control the crowd like the preacher controls the congregation. The sermon’s message is: they are here.

The trio have played lauded festivals worldwide including Afropunk and Riot Fest, piquing interest from bands like Green Day, who recently included the band in their Black Lives Matter playlist, and fellow Canadian outfit Pup while sharing stages with notable artists such as Bad Brains, Pusha T, Anti-Flag, Glassjaw, Thee Oh Sees, and Saul Williams.

Stay tuned for more music from The OBGMs in 2020.


Photo Credit: @savebeee


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The Dalai Lama: "Inner World" Album Out Today, Birthday Celebration Livestream Honoring His Holiness’ 85th Birthday

The Dalai Lama: “Inner World”

A sacred offering of mantras & teachings set to music out today

Album & Accompanying Booklet to Released Today, and Birthday Celebration Livestream Honoring His Holiness’ 85th Birthday 

"Music has the potential to reach many more people with the message that the real source of happiness is warm-heartedness 
and a concern for others” The Dalai Lama
July 6th, 2020 – Today, Hitco Entertainment and Khandro Music released a unique album of mantras and teachings by The Dalai Lama set to music, entitled Inner World. Released to honor his 85th birthday celebrations on July 6th, 2020, the album is be a great dedication to the decades of his vision and work for world peace and educating the heart. 

When asked why he accepted the request to make the album, he answered, “The very purpose of my life is to serve as much as I can.” He also added, “Music can help people in a way that I can’t.”

Listen to “Inner World” HERE

Inner World is an offering of the Dalai Lama reciting mantras and giving short teachings all woven to a bed of music. The album has been released in conjunction with an Inner World companion booklet, revealing the benefits of the mantras written by Venerable Robina Courtin, and exclusive, stunning artwork; a collaboration between the acclaimed New Zealand duo of Ella Brewer (classically trained Thanka Painter) and Tiffany Singh (an award-winning visual artist). This particular work of theirs is a combination of traditional Tibetan and contemporary art. 

In addition to the album’s release today, Inner World will be sharing an 85th Birthday Celebration for The Dalai Lama. This dedication will be live-streamed twice, at 9am IST (Delhi) and 1pm EDT (New York), and will be streamed on both the Inner World YouTube channel and Facebook page. The program will include longtime student and friend of The Dalai Lama, Richard Gere as well as other special guests, birthday messages, and musical performances, including one by Anoushka Shankar, who will debut a performance of Ama La, the track from the album that she features on. 

About Inner World
The origins of Inner World began in 2015, when one of the project’s co-executive producers and a longtime student of The Dalai Lama, Junelle Kunin, wrote to him requesting his participation, by fervently explaining her feelings that an album by such a compassionate and wise being would help people particularly who struggle with emotional stress. After reading her letter, his response was enthusiastic, saying, “This will benefit many people!”. She and her husband Abraham Kunin, both from New Zealand, spent the next five years working with a small team to bring the project to life. The Dalai Lama’s recordings have been thread through music produced by Abraham and performed on thirty-plus instruments by himself and a cast of collaborators from around the world, including a special guest performance from Anoushka Shankar on “Ama La.” The composer integrated the live performances with artful programming and production, building a peaceful bedrock for these sacred offerings. 

Net proceeds from the sales of Inner World will go to The Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama (Switzerland) chosen program: Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning), an international K-12 education program and part of an academic collaboration between Emory University and His Holiness; and Mind and Life Institutewhich brings science & contemplative wisdom together to better understand the mind & create positive change in the world.


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Paul Weller shares forthcoming album, 'On Sunset' today via Polydor Records



“A wide-ranging melange of electronic, soul, pop, and orchestral music that highlights Weller’s hunger for new sounds.”
Rolling Stone
"There's a lot going on, but the way it is all held in balance is magnificent."
UNCUT 8/10
"A creature of ever-changing moods - variously reflective, joyous, hymnal, funny, political, contented.”
“A prolific, world class songwriter and expert arranger.”
American Songwriter
The Guardian****
LISTEN TO ON SUNSET HERE: https://PaulWeller.lnk.to/OnSunsetPR


With a creative peak that continues to shoot skyward, On Sunset features ten classic yet modern Paul Weller songs. On Sunset is a soul album. At the same time, it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s. As ever, Weller retains a rigorous forward-looking focus when it comes to seeking out the best contemporary sounds and music, but lyrically, Weller – back on his old home, Polydor Records for the first time since the Style Council days – is also starting to look back on the past with the insight of age and experience.

Opening track “Mirror Ball” was from the TM sessions and originally slated as a B-side. Thankfully it was rescued for On Sunset as it’s shimmering opener. As ever, Weller retains a rigorous forward-looking focus when it comes to seeking out the best contemporary sounds and music. But lyrically, Weller is also starting to look back on the past with the insight of age especially on songs like “Old Father Thyme”.

Most of the album sees Weller multi-tasking on various instruments with accompaniment from his regular band - Ben Gordelier appears on all tracks and Andy Crofts on most whilst Steve Cradock pops up with his guitar on 4 songs. An eclectic and sometimes surprising gathering of guests appear on On Sunset including Slade’s Jim Lea contributing violin to the Bonzos-esque “Equanimity”, Col3trane on “Earth Beat,” and Paul’s old Style Council chum Mick Talbot adds his signature Hammond Organ sound to 3 tracks. The beautifully lush “More” features a verse sung by French singer Julie Gros, from the band Le Superhomard (whose album Meadow Lane Park was one of Weller’s favorites of 2019) as well as the return of The Strype’s guitarist Josh McClorey. English folk trio The Staves contribute backing vocals for 3 tracks. Once again Hannah Peel sprinkles her magic over the album with string arrangements and The Paraorchestra were invited to add their expertise to 4 tracks.

The 10 tracks on the album are:

Written and recorded at Black Barn Studios in Surrey, On Sunset was produced by Jan “Stan” Kybert and Paul himself with help from Charles Rees. String arrangements by Hannah Peel.

As well as digitally, the album is released on CD, Deluxe CD (includes extra tracks), double gatefold vinyl, colored vinyl and good old-school cassette.

For more news and rescheduled tour dates go to: www.paulweller.com
Paul Weller
Verve Forecast
On Sunset
July 3, 2020
Standard Track listing:
1. Mirror Ball
2. Baptiste
3. Old Father Tyme
4. Village
5. More
6. On Sunset
7. Equanimity
8. Walkin’
9. Earth Beat
10. Rockets

Deluxe Bonus Tracks: 
11. 4th Dimension
12. Ploughman
13.  I’ll think of Something
14. On Sunset (Orchestral mix)
15. Baptiste (instrumental version)

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