Monday, December 21, 2009

3D music video of The xx's album


It's an indisputable fact that the way in which we experience music has changed a lot over the last few years. The whys and hows have been much discussed. (As an aside, Mark Fisher's love letter to collective listening is worth a read.) However attempts to stem the tide or challenge newly established ways of experiencing music have been few and far between. So to hear about an audio-visual sculpture of The xx's debut album xx is very exciting indeed.

Created by acclaimed music video director Saam Farahmand, the installation will incorporate film, light and sound to provide a unique experience for each visitor. Saam explains that "it shares sensibilities with art installations but it should not be considered in this context - it is in essence a physical music video, a looping shrine to the album that you cannot compress, send or turn off."

xx: a sculpture of the album by Saam Farahmand
The Vinyl Factory, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ
8th-12th January 2010
Free Entry

Check the Vinyl Factory's website for times.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Walls sign to Kompakt

Alessio Natalizia (Banjo Or Freakout) and Sam Willis (of superb podcasters Allez-Allez) have signed to Kompakt records, continuing the Cologne label's entree into noise/techno pop, after a year with BIG releases by Matías Aguayo and The Field, whose Leave It Walls remixed. Very exciting, listen to more at their myspace. The -jams part of their myspace name is pretty telling – the tracks up there, Burnt Sienna and Gaberdine are more sketched grooves than formed songs, but they burst with ideas and a really quite interesting. An album is expected in the first half of 2010, and live shows from February onwards. Expect more gushing soon.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Beach House (and Grizzly Bear) tour dates

Baltimore hypnagogic folk pop band Beach House will play over here in February after their utterly wonderful third LP 'Teen Dream' is released on Bella Union in January. The dates, venues and so on are below along with Norway, which is already a classic song – believe us when we say that you will want to be at these gigs. Keep your eyes on www.dummymag.com, there's a full feature on this amazing band on the way.

Wednesday 10 February – Glasgow – King Tuts (£9)

Thursday 11 February – Manchester – Islington Mill (£9)

Friday 12 February – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (£9)

Saturday 13 February – Dublin – Whelans (18 euro)

Sunday 14 February – Belfast – Speakeasy (£9)

Tuesday 16 February – Cardiff – Arts Centre (£5)

Wednesday 17 February – London – Bush Hall (£10)

They will also be over to play with Grizzly Bear, a band with whom they have already collaborated. Those dates are below.

Monday 8 March – Newcastle – The Sage (with Grizzly Bear)

Tuesday 9 March – Edinburgh – Queen's Hall (with Grizzly Bear)

Thursday 11 March – Brighton – The Corn Exchange (with Grizzly Bear)

Friday 12 March – Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre (with Grizzly Bear)

Saturday 13 March – London – The Roundhouse (with Grizzly Bear)

Sunday 14 March – London – The Roundhouse (with Grizzly Bear)

LCD Soundsystem and Air in first round of Sonar confirmations

Air and LCD Soundsystem are both playing the Spanish electronic music festival, now held in both A Coruna and Barcelona. Air play Barcelona on Friday June the 18th and A Coruña, Saturday June the 19th; LCD play A Coruña on Thursday June the 17th and Barcelona, Friday June the 18th.

Expect brilliance.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Titus Andronicus make Civil War-themed concept album

Titus Andronicus, histrionic crypto-celtic rock n roll band on Merok, have recorded an album that sounds actually excellent which is based vaguely around the concept of the American Civil War. Even its title, 'The Monitor', is a presumed Civil War reference. Singer Patrick Stickles said this – “It doesn't take place in olden times, nor does it necessarily feature any characters that participated in that conflict. Really, it is a record about how the conflicts that led our nation into that great calamity remain unresolved, and the effect that this ongoing division has on our personal relationships and our behavior and how they're all out to get us (or maybe not?) and yadda yadda yadda.”

What we've heard sounds heroic, a quality that ironed over their debut's less-than-awesome bits. Artwork (coming later) is by Double Dagger, and The Monitor was recorded this past August by producer and engineer Kevin McMahon at his studio - Marcata Recording - in New Paltz, NY. Read the tracklisting below and pick out the Civil War references (zero marks for Four Score and Seven, the lead single). Released 9 March 2010, the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads – see track 10.

'The Monitor' track listing:
1) A More Perfect Union
2) Titus Andronicus Forever
3) No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
4) Richard II
5) A Pot In Which To Piss
6) Four Score And Seven
7) Theme From “Cheers”
8) To Old Friends And New
9) …And Ever
10) The Battle Of Hampton Roads

Ewan Pearson puts together mix for Kompakt

Ewan Pearson, celebrated and clever Berlin DJ/producer, has put together a mix for Kompakt called 'We Are Proud Of Our Choices.' Seen as his Fabric 35 mix was pretty much astounding, we're excited – as usual, the mix looks wonderfully diverse, with Lemonade and Little Dragon as well as techno stalwarts like Luisine and Pearson's homeboy Al Usher. Tracklisting below, a short interview over at RA.

Tracklist
01. Lemonade - Bliss Out (Gold Panda Remix) / Pitch And Hold - We Have Come To Bless Dave Smith
02. A Ldric - Birds On Tree
03. Rmnvn - Uno
04. Lusine - Cirrus
05. Wah Chu Ku - T Times Too
06. Yukihiro Fukotomi / Foog - Open Our Eyes
07. Neville Watson - Full Flight
08. Taron-Trekka - Shiroi
09. Hot Natured - Equilibrium
10. DXR - Faderpushing Sunday
11. Yosa - Margaret
12. Gregor Tresher - The Life Wire (Petar Dundov Variation)
13. Xenia Beliayeva - Analog Effekt
14. Chris Fortier - Sunday Is A Travel Day (Ink & Needle's Skybed Remix)
15. Al Usher - Silverhum (John Talabot's Wilderness Remix)
16. B.D.I. - City & Industry (World Balloon Dub Mix)
17. Little Dragon - Fortune (World Of Apples' Cosmic Edit)
18. Bot'ox - Blue Steel

Galaxie 500 rerelease albums

Rerelease fever, and late 80s fever, continues with the announcement that Domino will be sending out double CD editions of ‘Today’, ‘This Is Our Music’ and ’On Fire’ by Boston dream pop band Galaxie 500 (1987-1991). ‘Today’ features ‘Uncollected’ (rarities from the band’s entier career, from pre-’Today’ demos to out-takes from the last recording sessions), ‘On Fire’ comes with all collected ‘Peel Sessions’ and ‘This Is Our Music’ comes complete with ‘Copenhagen’, a live recording of the band’s last ever European show. Happily, the albums are also available on heavy-weight vinyl. Full tracklisting after a Peel Session of Flowers.


'Today' + 'Uncollected'

‘Today’
1 Flowers (4:26)
2 Pictures (3:23)
3 Parking Lot (2:52)
4 Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste (6:47)
5 Temperature’s Rising (5:05)
6 Oblivious (3:18)
7 It’s Getting Late (3:29)
8 Instrumental (3:01)
9 Tugboat (3:53)
bonus track:
10 King of Spain (4:33)

‘Uncollected’
1 Cheese and Onions (3:05)
2 Them (3:42)
3 Final Day (2:54)
4 Blue Thunder (w/sax) (3:46)
5 Maracas Song (3:52)
6 Crazy (1:54)
7 Jerome (2:46)
8 Song in 3 (3:25)
9 Oblivious (3:21)
10 I Can’t Believe It’s Me (3:56)
11 Walking Song (2:50)
12 The Other Side (4:55)
13 On the Floor (2:48)
14 Rain/ Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste(8:51)


'On Fire' and 'Peel Sessions'

‘On Fire’
1 Blue Thunder (3:45)
2 Tell Me (3:50)
3 Snowstorm (5:10)
4 Strange (3:16)
5 When will You Come Home (5:21)
6 Decomposing Trees (4:05)
7 Another Day (3:41)
8 Leave the Planet (2:40)
9 Plastic Bird (3:15)
10 Isn’t it a Pity (5:10)
bonus tracks:
11 Victory Garden (2:48)
12 Ceremony (5:55)
13 Cold Night (2:36)
video track: When Will You Come Home

‘Peel Sessions’
1 Submission (Sex Pistols)
2 Final Day (Young Marble Giants)
3 When Will You Come Home
4 Moonshot (Buffy Sainte Marie)
5 Flowers
6 Blue Thunder
7 Decomposing Trees
8 Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste (Jonathan Richman)


'This Is Our Music' and 'Copenhagen'

‘This Is Our Music’
1 Fourth of July (5:35)
2 Hearing Voices (3:34)
3 Spook (4:35)
4 Summertime (5:59)
5 Way Up High (4:03)
6 Listen, the Snow is Falling (7:47)
7 Sorry (4:15)
8 Melt Away (4:35)
9 King of Spain, Part Two (5:07)
bonus track:
10 Here She Comes Now (5:57)

‘Copenhagen’
1 Decomposing Trees (4:50)
2 Fourth of July (5:01)
3 Summertime (6:42)
4 Sorry (4:30)
5 When Will You Come Home (5:31)
6 Spook (4:54)
7 Listen, the Snow is Falling (8:19)
8 Here She Comes Now (5:38)
9 Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste (7:52)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Male Bonding xmas party


At Bardens Boudoir, Dalston, on 20th December, with Veronica Falls and Teen Sheiks.

Egyptian Hip hop and Is Tropical announce joint tour

Two fave bands of ours, Egyptian Hip Hop and Is Tropical, are touring together. The dates follow.

Thurs 28th Jan - Start The Bus, Bristol * ~ (FREE ENTRY)
Fri 29th Jan - Bungalow & Bears Sheffield ~ (FREE ENTRY)
Fri 29th Jan - Soundcontrol, Manchester *
Sat 30th Jan - Stealth Vs Rescued, Nottingham * ~
Thurs 4th Feb - Stag's Head, London *
Fri 5th Feb - Kraak Gallery, Manchester * ~
Sat 6th Feb - A Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds * ~ (FREE ENTRY)
Sun 7th Feb - Captains Rest, Glasgow * ~
Mon 8th Feb - Mojo, Liverpool ~
Fri 19th Feb - Bungalow & Bears, Sheffield * (FREE ENTRY)
Sat 20th Feb - Evol @ Korova, Liverpool *

Gypo Rap Hit Club and Zarcorp (Late Of The Pier's label) will be releasing EHH's first 7" in February. Rad Pitt, inevitably, is below.

Hot Chip video / absolute last 'One Life Stand' prehype post


Hot Chip - One Life Stand (MySpace Exclusive)

Hot Chip | MySpace Music Videos

The next drip from the Hot Chip camp, for forthcoming single One Life Stand, out 1st February.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Primary 1 'Nice To Meet You' video



Primary 1 is pretty damn ace, isn't he? This very sweet video is his latest offering of understated pop genius.

His debut album will be out next but in the mean time, if you're quick, you can pick up his 'Mess Detective' mini-album from Pure Groove now.


Read the Primary 1 interview from back in August.

Portishead Amnesty video

Head HERE to view the video to their new track, Chasing The Tear (tear as in paper, not cry). It's pretty amazing, and at least in the top five motorik tracks Geoff Barrow has produced in the last year.

HEALTH, Salem, FlyLo, Memory Cassette etc remix ATL trap for free mixtape


Amazing – Adult Swim, Rockstar Games and Timbaland have got together to offer a brilliant mixtape of ATL trap remixed by artists like HEALTH, Salem, Flying Lotus, Memory Cassettes and Dabrye. The widget is below, follow this link to download.
1. Young Jeezy – I Got This (El-P remix)
2. Rich Kids – Patna Dem (Mad Decent Patna’s remix by DJA)
3. Dem Getaway Boyz – Imma G (Memory Tapes remix)
4. Good Time Guys – Is That You God? (Dabrye remix)
5. Young Dro – Take Off (Michna remix)
6. Cee-Lo – Hello Miss (Armani XXXChange remix)
7. Lil Jon feat. Kee – Give It All You Got (Danger Beach remix)
8. Gucci Mane – Photoshoot (Flying Lotus remix)
9. Gorilla Zoe – Lost (Starkey remix)
10. Shawty Lo – Dey Know (Prefuse 73 remix)
11. Kollosus – Breakin’ Bread (Phaseone remix)
12. Pill – Lookin’ (Chris Devoe remix)
13. B.o.B. – Satellite (Hudson Mohawke remix)
14. Playboy Tre- Sideways (SALEM Drag Chop remix)
15. OJ Da Juiceman feat. Gucci Mane – Good Night (HEALTH remix)
16. Lil Jon feat. Kee – Give It All You Got (Drums of Death remix)
17. Hollyweerd – Have You Ever Made Love to a Weerdo? (Dam-Funk remix)

Memory Tapes debuts live in UK

Our hero, Dayve Hawk, aka Memory Tapes aka Weird Tapes aka Memory Cassette, is playing over here in January. LP 'Seek Magic' and the 'Calls and Response' EP should make everyone doing glofi tape balaerica shut up and start something new, because he really is the last word. Head hereto download an ace remix, go and buy 'Seek Magic' and tickets for either his Luminaire or Corner date, depending on what's nearest you. Support is from the fun if overrated Fitness Club Fiasco.

January
16 The Corner, Manchester
20 Luminaire (w/ Fitness Club Fiasco), London

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New Kompakt Pop Ambient announced

Kompakt will be bringing out their next edition of Pop Ambient, the series that celebrates ambient pop from a techno POV, on the 18th January 2010. The usual suspekts are there – Voigt, Koze and Dettinger – and, as last year's indicated, the emphasis is growing on the "pop", with Jurgen Paape reworking his schlager-led Ofterschwang from the last Total LP, and both popnoname and Thomas Fehlman of the Orb chipping in. If, like me, you've always had a bit too much going on to really "get into" the ambient techno that your friends keep on telling you about, this is a fine place to start. Tracklisting below, Voigt's sublime GAS from 1998 below.

01 “The Sound Of One Lip Kissing” Marsen Jules
02 “Lest You Forget” Brock Van Wey/BVDUB
03 “Shildergasse” Triola
04 “Zither Und Horn” Wolfgang Voigt
05 “Clouds Across Face” Andrew Thomas
06 “Glen Coe” The Orb
07 “Blue Items” Mikkel Metal
08 “Bodenweich” DJ Koze
09 “864M” Jürgen Paape
10 “Therefore” Dettinger
11 “In The Wind” Thomas Fehlmann
12 “Deutz Air” Popnoname
13 “Will You Know Where To Find Me” Brock Van Wey/BV

Monday, December 07, 2009

Real Gold 3rd birthday party



Real Gold know how to throw a party. And with DJ Pioneer, Jamie xx, Golden Silvers and more lined up, this will be one special Saturday night. Go and blow some streamers in their faces.

Real Gold’s 3rd Birthday
Saturday 12 December
Offerclass LTD Warehouse
73-75 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB
9pm - 4am, £5 before midnight, £8 after

Friendly Fires and Holy Ghost! hook up

I love a good cover. Just this year, Aeroplane's remix/cover of Friendly Fires and The xx's cover of Florence covering Candi Staton weren't just great covers - they were two of the records of the summer.

So it's very exciting news that Friendly Fires are going to be covering one of their favourite bands, Holy Ghost! What's more, the NYC duo will be returning the favour for a split 7" coming out next year. Lovely stuff.

Read the Friendly Fires interview and wrap your ears around Dummy Mix 20 // Friendly Fires.

Xiu Xiu tour and album

Xiu Xiu, one of my personal faves from the decade, are BACK with an ALBUM due in mid-February and some tour dates in support. Jamie Stewart is joined by Greg Saunier and John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Ches Smith and Angela Seo. The album is called 'Dear God I Hate Myself', the dates are below. More as we get it.

UK Tour Dates:

Saturday 20th February - Dublin, Whelans
Sunday 21st February - Glasgow, Nice 'n' Sleazy
Monday 22nd February - Edinburgh, Electric Circus
Tuesday 23rd February - Manchester, Islington Mill
Wednesday 24th February - Sheffield, The Harley
Thursday 25th February - Cardiff, Cardiff Arts Institute
Friday 26th February - London, The Luminaire
Saturday 27th February - Brighton, Freebutt
Sunday 28th February - Coventry, Taylor John's House

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Free Final Fantasy song

Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy is giving away a fairly decent track from 'Heartland', his new album on Domino. It's called Free Lewis. It's a pretty and nice song, Heartland is out on January 18th.

Vinyl Factory shows how they make vinyl, vinyl fans brush away a tear.

The Vinyl Factory Manufacture from thevinylfactory on Vimeo.


Chanced across this surprisingly beautiful, Steve Reich-backed video shot at the Vinyl Factory pressing plant, documenting the production of a record. Quite lovely.

New Hot Chip song

Hot Chip's One Life Stand, the title song from their new LP, is on their myspace now. However irritated I'm getting about this whole drip-drip-drip of news, it's a fairly wonderful song. Vinyl Factory are releasing 100 copies of the song "very soon", on a one-sided 12", like it's a "white label," as in it's "highly covetable" and also "slightly obsolete". Watch our video interview from earlier this year below. The album is out on February 1st 2010.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fabric release first volume of dubstep-not-dubstep comp


ELevator Music Vol. I, a CD of "the mutant strain of 140 BPM bass music", will be released by Fabric on the 16 January. Basically, it's stuff that started out in dubstep but, well mutated. As poster boy Untold told Pitchfork “The interesting stuff is coming from producers exploiting the grey areas building tunes that are dubstep by accident." It's an unfortunate choice of words – the "grey-ness" of dubstep-cum-techno is pretty much the worst thing about it – but he has a point. While news that the most interesting bass music is taking place between techno, grime, garage, house and dubstep rather than inside a particular scene, from the look of things, this comp will be a very worthwhile documentation of the scene.

And their launch night looks bloody brilliant, and the CD will get you in for free. So, y'know, buy it.

'Elevator Music Vol. 1' tracklisting:

1: Hot City – If That’s How I Feel
2: xxxy – Sing With Us
3: Doc Daneeka – Drums In The Deep
4: Hackman – Pistol In Your Pocket
5: Julio Bashmore – The Moth
6: Untold – Bad Girls
7: Octa Push – Doctor Bayard
8: Shortstuff – Behave
9: Skinnz – Ukraine
10: Mosca – Gold Bricks, I See You
11: Martyn – Friedrichstrasse
12: Vista – Elixir
13: Caspa & Rusko – One Of The Same
14: Om Unit – Encoded
15: Starkey – Black Monolith

+

16: Shortstuff & Brackles – Melvin Blue (Digital Bonus Track)
17: Hackman – Pistol In Your Pocket (Hypno Remix) (Limited Digital Bonus track)

8 JANUARY
ROOM ONE:

NUMBERS...
Todd Edwards, Hudson Mohawke (LIVE), Rustie (LIVE), Jackmaster, Spencer, Nelson, Goodhand + MORE GUESTS TBC

ROOM TWO:
2562, Headhunter, dBridge, Instra:mental, Joy Orbison, Jack Sparrow, Sigha

ROOM THREE:
'ELEVATOR MUSIC' ALBUM LAUNCH...
Untold, Shortstuff, Hot City, xxxy, Mosca, Vista

Friday, November 27, 2009

LOTP artwork and, you know, song



Late Of The Pier are shoving out a new record. It's called Blueberry, it's on Erol Alkan's Phantasy sound label, digital release date 14th December, physical in Februrary, with another track called Best In Class. Artwork above.

There's lots of interesting developments in the Ell Oh Tee Pee camp, with the first release on Zarcorp soon, solo albums, side projects, film projects, and maybe, perhaps, a follow up to Fantasy Black Channel due next year. They announce it thus –


“Here is the beginning of something new.

We’re rewriting our own rules.

And taking on new projects.

In new forms of expression.

The past few years have given us a lot to think about

and feel.

And now we begin to bring to life,

our imaginations.

Here is the beginning of something new."

Dissident dies.




End of an era.

Andy Blake issued this earlier –

hi everyone,

i hope you are all well.

as some of you may have heard on the bush telegraph, i've decided to
shut dissident down.

when i started the label back in 2007 the whole point was that it
wasn't in any sense a 'proper' record label, it was just a way to get
music out quickly on the highest sound quality format for clubs and
dj's and play a tiny part in trying to help the independent record
shops and distributors by staying faithful to the vinyl format when it
seemed that virtually everyone was throwing the towel in and going
digital. thats why it was 'dissident.distribution' on the labels, not
'dissident.records'.

just under two and a half years and something north of 60 releases
later, the time has come to move on.

i'm not entirely sure why but it just seems obvious that it's time for
me to stop the label and do something new. i could cite factors like
having the label take over the rest of my life for the last two years
and the original simple set of rules of play that felt so liberating
to begin with having become something of a dogmatic straitjacket - a
little bit like when the originally free-spirited revolutionaries find
they have turned into an oppressive communist regime. a little bit,
but not much :-)

there are also things like the fact that lots of people constantly
assumed that the records sold out in a matter of days without taking
the time to check with the label, shops or distributors to confirm
this before they downloaded crappy low-res mp3s of the 'sold-out'
tunes, thus somewhat defeating the object of having a vinyl only label
in the first place.

i guess the main reason behind me moving on is that i'm busy running
the world unknown night in brixton every month with joe and duncan and
being asked to dj all over the place and if i continued trying to run
dissident as well i'd quite possibly end up making a bit of a balls of
everything.

so that's that really. i'd like to take this opportunity to thank all
the artists who have released on the label, tom at vacant design for
the graphics, all the guys at curved pressings and rubadub and juno
and everyone else who has supported or been involved in any way with
the label. it's been an extremely fun, fulfilling and illuminating
experience all round and given the chance to do it again i wouldn't
change a thing.

my original intention was to have at least a few months completely
away from any record label business but there are already all sorts of
ideas and rumours flying around about what it might be fun to do next
so i guess i'll just have to see what happens.

so, back to the present. there's a 2.5 hour recording of me playing
records at the say yes halloween ball here;

http://sayyesparty.com/2009/11/14/halloween-mixes/

it was a properly good night out as you can see from the short video
that thomas and nadia put together and it was great to finally make a
new live recording again after nearly a year since the last live one
from road to rimini in newcastle.

anyone in london who's up for it can join me for more of the same at
the horse and groom this saturday the 28th. i'm playing for the cut
and shut disco chaps downstairs from 1am-4am and ben gatto fritto is
playing upstairs for future sound of clapton so its going to be a good
one. hit me up if you need guest list and i'll see what i can do.

see you soon,

cheers,

andy

-----

You'll be missed.

So, we're all going to the Horse and Groom tomorrow, right?

Pantha du Prince on new LP, working with Panda Bear

Pantha du Prince, the chap behind 2007's wonderful minimal techno record 'This Bliss' has moved from his Hamburg label Dial to the London label Rough Trade for his next record, 'Black Noise.' It will feature Panda Bear (Noah Lenox of Animal Collective – you knew that, right?) on vocals and Tyler Pope of !!! and LCD Soundsystem on bass. Head to Resident Advisor for an excellent miniinterview. Looking forward.

Tracklisting below, video of Hendrick Weber's smashing mix of Animal Collective's Peacebone further down.

01. Lay In A Shimmer
02. Abglanz
03. The Splendour
04. Stick To My Side
05. A Nomad's Retreat
06. Satellite Snyper
07. Behind The Stars
08. Bohemian Forest
09. Welt Am Draht
10. Im Bann
11. Es Schneit



Rough Trade will release 'Black Noise' on February 8th, 2010.

We Have Band announce album and give away track.

When we hear We Have Band we go bananas, so news of an album full of dissipated bare-boned electro jams (hopefully) has us swaying and nodding with sublime joy like priestesses at a black mass or something.

I spoke to Darren about it a minute ago, and he said "We wrote most of the album a year and a half ago, and recorded it in Thomas and Didi's flats." He also said that there was quite a bit more depth and breath to the textures, rather than just ten "electro pop bangers". Gareth Jones, who handled post-production stuff, apparently maintained the feel of the live band, which is good, because something great about Oh and You Came Out is how erratic and live the singles sound. Unsurprisingly, they've been listening ESG, the Rapture, early LCD Soundsystem, and stuff from "just before the mad electro surge."

They play Koko tonight, and can also be seen at these dates and places.

November
30 - Buffalo, Cardiff

December
10 - Start The Bus, Bristol
11 - Fabric, London
12 - The Arches, Glasgow

Download a track called Honey Trap from their website HERE, observe excellent You Came Out vid below.

Old Song Of The Day – Acid Eiffel



By Choice. Sublime.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

You are coming tonight, right?

An exhibition of independent gig poster at WAH Nails.

Trans AM video and live album rushed out by Thrill Jockey

Trans AM (kraut disco punk band from when that was weird) release their live album on the 30th November. It's made up of gigs spanning from 1993 to 2008. There's a fairly pointless live video below, but still, you know, great band.

Friendly Fires remix

There's a lot of love for Friendly Fires round our way. It's the pianos that do it for Charlie, while I have a major soft-spot for Strobe. And Paris. And Kiss Of Life.

With their mega rave-up at the Coronet on December 4th fast approaching, we've got a whole lotta Fires stuff coming up, including an interview and a Dummy mix.

But before all that, we've got an unreleased gem of a remix by Moscow (aka Matt Waites) for you.

Download the Moscow remix of Friendly Fires Jump In The Pool.

Othello Woolf video storyboards






Othello Woolf's Stand is already one of my favourite songs of 2010. I've spent a fair amount of time plugged into myspace hitting the play button but it'll finally be out and available to buy in January. (Excuse me while I do a celebratory jig.)

Oliver (that's Mr Woolf) has been busy shooting the video to Stand over the last couple of week. He kindly sent over these awesome and exclusive storyboards by Art Director Jules Hunt.

Plus if you haven't already, read the Othello Woolf interview. Also worth a check is the Astronomer remix of Stand.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

4AD snap up Ariel Pink

Hypnogogic heroes Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have signed to 4AD, joining the Big Pink, Tune Yards, Tune Yards, Atlas Sound, Camera Obsruca and Broken Records as signees this year. Haunted Graffiti's last albums have been through Animal Collective's label, Paw Tracks, and their new album (the first on the label) is due in Spring 2010.

They are supported on their London date by A Grave With No Name on the 5th. More news on the album soon. In the meantime, listen to either A Grave With No Name's mix HERE or their track Politely Declined here.

December tour dates

4 Bristol Qujunktions – TBC, UK

5 Minehead All Tomorrow’s Parties, UK

6 Cardiff Buffalo, UK

7 Nottingham The Bodega, UK

8 London The Rest Is Noise, UK

9 Manchester Deaf Institute, UK

10 Paris Point Ephemere, FR

11 Aalst Netwerk, BEL

13 London Lexington, UK

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video: Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me



If Thomas Demand directed the apocalypse. Beautiful.

JJ update

They're playing with the xx in the states, probably means that they're actually real.



How wonderful it would be to her them live.

Please download their album HERE, you honestly won't regret it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Omar Souleyman, Raincoats and Atlas Sound for Pavement ATP

Pavement have added a few names to their ATP lineup, though it's all academic, as tickets have sold out. Good news, mainly because it means I can post Leh Jani. So far, the lineup is:

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

MISSION OF BURMA

CALEXICO

THE RAINCOATS

THE FIERY FURNACES

THE WALKMEN

OMAR SOULEYMAN + SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

ATLAS SOUND

GRAILS

THE DRONES

SACCHARINE TRUST

THE CLEAN

WOODEN SHJIPS

SIC ALPS

PIERCED ARROWS

SPIRAL STAIRS

BLITZEN TRAPPER

THE 3DS

MARBLE VALLEY

THE AUTHORITIES

WILDBIRDS AND PEACEDRUMS

(And Pavement, obviously.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Noah + the Whale – Love Of An Orchestra

Click the above for a rather brilliant remix by Gold Panda of Noah and the Whale's pleasant enough track Love Of An Orchestra.

Girls on tour

Girls, very excellent band, if not very very excellent, return to Europe next year, Feb and Mar. Dates below, official video further below. HERE for the hardcore edit (we couldn't find an embed-able version).

FEBRUARY
22 13; Brighton, Audio
25 13; Southampton, Talking Heads
26 13; Lancaster, Library
27 13; Glasgow, Stereo

MARCH
01 13; Dublin, Whelans
02 13; Manchester, Deaf Institute
03 13; Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
05 13; Paris, Maroquinerie
06 13; Brussels, Botanique
07 13; Amsterdam, Paradiso
08 13; Hamburg, Molotow
10 13; Gothenburg, Pusterviksbaren
11 13; Stockholm, Debaser Slussen
13 13; Berlin, Bang Bang Club
14 13; Cologne, Werkstatt
15 13; Strasbourg, Laiterie Club
16 13; Lille, Aeronef
17 13; Nantes, Olympic

Girls - Lust for Life from Myles Cooper on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dummy are throwing a PARTY.


On the 4th December, we're taking over Bardens Boudoir in Dalston. With live sets from EVERYTHING EVERYTHING and FICTION. And DJs. And US.
It's going to be very, very good.

Buy tickets HERE.

Confirm you attendance HERE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Video: Golden Filter – Thunderbird

The Golden Filter - "Thunderbird" from The Golden Filter on Vimeo.



This video is wonderful. So is owning the 12".

Good Shoes Love Muscle



Check this video for Good Shoes' new single 'Under Control'. The sound is muscular and so are the girls.

'Under Control' out on Brille January 11th.

GoodShoes.co.uk

Disclosure: Paul Benney works for Brille Records

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tough Alliance – A New Chance (Tanlines)

What an utterly, utterly wonderful example of the remixers' art from the very good band Tanlines.

New Band! – Gardeners Question Time

My highlight of Pinglewood's 'Bleak Week' was the mindbending track I Saw God by this guy called Gardeners Question Time. After letting its ritualistic dirge wash over, it's been hard to take anyone seriously. His new jams, Aquarium and Puzzle just got whacked up to myspace, and are similarly fantastic. They don't sound a million miles from the xx, and even come close to sounding as lovely, but will probably sound more evil when I play them walking down the Hackney Road, which is utterly excellent. Mark this as URGENT, he is not joking.

www.myspace.com/gardenersquestiontime

Neon Indian 'vs' Au Revoir Simone

Been meaning to yammer on about Neon Indian for time, here's a golden opportunity. It's a remix of ARS' Another Likely Story, which is out on the 17th December, and is 'quite good.'

Another Likely Story (Neon Indian Remix) by user894213

Monday, November 09, 2009

RIP Jerry Fuchs

Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jerry Fuchs.

Jerry played drums in !!!, the Juan Maclean, Turing Machine and Manserati. He died aged 34 over the weekend.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

New band of the whenever – Azari & Ill

Just spinning out to Reckless With Power, a house tune by a Azari and Iii. Weirdly, they're from Toronto, now, not Columbia, 1993. Excellent. Hungry for the Power, which came out in the summer, is below.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Primary 1 'Foaming' out now


Mr 1 - or Primary to his mates - has released his new song 'Foaming' this week. It's grown up pop with a full set of teeth. I like it a lot. Read more about it this interview.

If you're anywhere near Rough Trade East over the next couple of days, pop in and check out the awesome record artwork. There are 100 unique sleeves, each hand painted by LA artist Teebs. Or hey - why not buy one!

Liars join list of reasons why 2010 is going to be bearable.

Sisterworld is their new album, out in good old early 2010. It'll be called SIsterworld, and it was recorded in LA. As as already been round the blogs about a hundred times, there's a site called thesisterworld.com which is something to do with it, which is a mildly diverting way to spend a few minutes, but it's probably best to rely on people like us to check it regularly, rather than clicking back ever again. They said this in the PR, “We're interested in the alternate spaces people create in order to maintain identity in a city like LA. Environments where outcasts and loners celebrate a skewered relationship to society,” and seen as they have made some of the best music of the this decade, yep, I'm excited. And the fact that it was produced by Tom Biller (Kanye West, Beck, Where The Wild Things Are / Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind soundtracks) suggests that it will be one of their "listenable" albums.

Four Tet's new album

Right, we're already psyched. Four Tet is brining out an album on January 25, it's called 'There's Love In You,' a single Love's Cry is coming out on 12" in December, it's on Domino, the tracklisting is

01 Angel Echoes
02 Love Cry
03 Circling
04 Pablo's Heart
05 Sing
06 This Unfolds
07 Reversing
08 Plastic People
09 She Just Likes to Fight

, the tour dates are

Border Community at Corsica Studios (DJ set) London
Plastic People (DJ set) London
Tivoli De Helling (DJ set) Utrecht
Merleyn (DJ set) Nijmegen
Plastic People (DJ set) London

And that's all we know for now.

You should be probably start going mental about this now, and certainly preorder the records.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Andrew Weatherall shows people round London



General hero Andrew Weatherall's wonderful taste in music and joyous verbosity have found a perfect compliment on Red Bull Music Academy's show London Belongs To Me, whereby Mister Weatherall takes us through his stories and records connected with the capital. He takes in Primal Scream, the National Gallery, the Clash, Trafalgar Square, skiffle, and Sabres of Paradise. It's rambling, personal and never gets boring. Listen below, or follow this link to be taken to the page. Otherwise, grab a copy of his decent new record 'A Pox On The Pioneers.'

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hot Chip announce big tour dates

Hot Chip, obvs one of Dummy's favourite bands, have announced a tour in support of their new album, pegged for release early next year. Preorder tickets here and get a free song. We'll be publishing an interview from Joe in a few days where he tells us a bit about the new record. In the mean time, book tickets now, this will sell out.

February

12th - Glasgow O2 Academy
13th – Edinburgh Picture House
15th – Nottingham Rock City
16th – Leeds O2 Academy
18th – Newcastle O2 Academy
19th – Manchester Academy
20th – Birmingham O2 Academy
22nd – Bournemouth O2 Academy
23rd – Bristol O2 Academy
24th – Norwich UEA
26th – London O2 Brixton Academy
27th - London O2 Brixton Academy

Friday, October 30, 2009

New Yeasayer single for download

If you've been paying attention, you'll know that Dummy's All Seeing Eye digs Yeasayer. So, with no small excitement, we have spent the last few hours tripping out to their new single, _Ambling Alp_. On first (thirty) listens, it's less fizzy than most on 'All Hour Cymbals', but is a little more anthemic. The 12" is out in January, mixes come from Memory Tapes and DJ/rupture, which is the icing on the cake, really. Their second LP, Odd Blood is released the month after. You can download the single HERE.

Odd Blood track listing
1. The Children
2. Ambling Alp
3. Madder Red
4. I Remember
5. O.N.E.
6. Love Me Girl
7. Rome
8. Strange Reunions
9. Mondegreen
10. Grizelda

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cold Cave stream awesome album Love Comes Close

Click the link to be taken a SoundCloud stream of the album that everyone (with a music magazine) is talking about. I really like it because it reminds me of Soviet. Cold Cave are an "experimental" rock band formed by this guy called Wesley Eisold who was in some other bands (like Give Up The Ghost) before this one. They're on tour now, see below the video for dates.



October
Thursday 29th : Louisiana, Bristol
Friday 30th : Club Evol @ Korova, Liverpool

November
Saturday 1st : Playdate @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
Sunday 2nd : Liars Club, Nottingham
Monday 3rd : White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo's, London
Tuesday 4th : The Barfly, London
Wednesday 5th : Now Wave @ Roadhouse, Manchester
Thursday 6th : Moles, Bath
Friday 7th : Be @ Proud, London

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Django Django, ColouringIN + more this Friday


Our friends at Shattered Satellite are throwing a party this Friday. It will be a lot of fun. We're going but don't let that put you off.

Come and watch Django Django, ColouringIN, Al Cool & The Stranger Wines play live. Plus there's a secret Arthur Russell cover band. Ooooo.

And then let's have a dance to records played by FUCKING DANCE and Slutty Fringe.

Friday 30th October
The Victoria, 110 Grove Road, London E3
7.45pm-midnight
£3 or 2 quid if you say you're attending on the facebook event

NBOTD: André Reflex


Alexander from Egyptian Hip Hop pointed us in the direction of André Reflex. He is providing today's recommend daily allowance of new wave meets nu rave pop goodness. Have a listen here.

Marina's new video + free MP3

Back in April, I fell hard and fast for Marina & The Diamonds' debut single 'Obsessions'. Read the Next piece here. Since then she's signed to 679, gigged all over and done a whole lot of blogging.

What I love about Marina, other than the fact she makes lush n quirky pop, is that she's unafraid to explore and question the unwritten rules of being a female popstar. Her recent blogs on Shakira's video for 'She Wolf' and Lady Gaga make for interesting and uncomfortable reading. Uncomfortable because we're all a whole heap of contradictions and she's brave enough to talk about them.

Anyway, it was a breath of fresh air to watch Marina's new video for forthcoming single 'Mowgli's Road'. It's awesome: creative, exciting, entertaining. She's got balls, that girl. Watch it below.

Plus, here's a free download of the Mille remix of Mowgli's Road. It's her favourite remix of any of her tracks ever, so we heard. We like it too.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Vinyl Factory come up trumps with Air package

Air's new return-to-form album Love 2 is being released as a high end package but Vinyl Factory, in a luxurious silver mirrored box, a gatefold, 200-gram, super-heavyweight 15-track double album with the songs from their new album especially mastered for vinyl. The records were pressed on the EMI 1400, and include three exclusive new Air songs, along with an exclusive art print and an exclusive eight-page booklet of large-scale photographs by Luciana Val and Franco Musso, which have been commissioned especially for this album. Which sounds awesome. Oh, it's £75. Which does beg the question "How much does anyone like Air?", but whatevs, it sounds nice.

Get it here thevinylfactory.com.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yeasayer do new album, will dominate 2010.

Yeasayer are following up 2008's effervescent 'All Hour Cymbals' with their second album in February 2010. It's out on Secretly Canadian over there, and on Mute over here. Early viewings of new songs on youtube sound like all live rips, but given their sterling work on Bat For Lashes' 'Two Suns' and early reports, it should sound really, really good.

Tracklist:

01 The Children
02 Ambling Alp
03 Madder Red
04 I Remember
05 ONE
06 Love Me Girl
07 Rome
08 Strange Reunions

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free Energy London shows update...

Absolutely irrepressible DFA band Free Energy are playing a few shows this week. First heard these guys (produced by James Murphy) a while ago and only quite liked them, then tried to hate them, but the truth is that no band this year have made me wish I was shouting into the cold Oregon air out of the back window of fast-moving car. People have been beefing them, but they better forget that because these guys will not be stopped.

"Free Energy" from Free Energy on Vimeo.



24 – Cargo, London (DFA charity night – with Juan Maclean, Justin Miller and Foolish Felix)
26 - The Barfly, London
27 - Rough Trade East, London (In-store)
27 - Water Rats, London
28 - The Windmill, London

Friday, October 16, 2009

Slow motion leaf puppets in Julian Lynch video

Quick video to while away a few autumn minutes – Julian Lynch's deliriously slow, winding song, Seed, directed by Amy Ruhl.

JULIAN LYNCH "SEED" VIDEO from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clock Opera – Alouette


Me and Ruth checked out Clock Opera last week, and again we were blown away because they were both very good, and especially loved this song Alouette, until I just found out it there's another song called Alouette, which is about pulling the feathers out of a skylark, which seems really cruel. Their new single White Noise will be out on Puregroove in a few weeks, but for now click the title to download the b-side, the perhaps bird-hating Alouette, or see them live with our hearty recommendation.

Ghostly International give away Syntaks EP

The label that brought us Matthew Dear, School of the Seven Bells and Dabrye have a couple of things going on – as our brothers at FACT reported, Matthew Dear has a new EP out under his Jabberjaw alias, and Syntaks have an LP out on November 2nd. The Danish pair play delicate, multilayered shoegaze, and while that in itself usually bores the shit out of me, the fact that it is suffused with ghostly pop elements and melodramituc strings makes me fall in love. Download their EP for free here, and buy their album (you still do that, now and again, right?) when it comes out in November.

New LCD song, listen here.

LCD Soundsystem 'Bye Bye Bayou' (DFA Records) by cmjct

First listen of Bye Bye Bayou, the Suicide cover out in early November. Predictably, it's wonderful. According to Murphy's social media, he's in the studio on LCD's third (not counting 45:33) and stuff will be out in March '10.

Cheers Aufgemischt.

http://soundcloud.com/cmjct/lcd-soundsystem-bye-bye-bayou-dfa-records

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Friendly Fires announce mega rave

Even if you've only listened in passing (but why? They're amazing), it's impossible to miss Friendly Fires' love of the dancefloor. So we're not surprised - but very excited - about the news of this party they're throwing in December.

Check out the stonking line-up below. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

FRIENDLY FIRES (LIVE)
THE INVISIBLE (LIVE)
MICHAEL MAYER (KOMPAKT) DJ
JOE GODDARD (HOT CHIP) DJ
FRIENDLY FIRES DJ SET
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
SHITROBOT (DFA)
WILD GEESE

Friday 11 December
The Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, London SE1 6TJ
9pm-Late
Tickets £20 via Ticketweb or See Tickets

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mica Levi, Alexis Taylor, Lucky Dragons play awesome-sounding ICA art-music fest

The ICA are throwing a festival of experimental music and sound art in November. Named after Arthur Russell's 'Calling Out Of Context', the festival happily (in the spirit of Arthur) sees "experimental" as "interesting, beautiful and forward thinking", rather than "joyless, obtuse and pompous". All the artists involved in the 9-day festival are on the flyer below, but we're particularly excited about sets from the wonderful Lucky Dragons on the 14th, Polar Bear's Seb Rochford playing with Pamelia Kurstin on the 17th and Mira Calix on the 20th. There's also a recording studio set up in the gallery, with Alexis Taylor's new project About, blogger-turned-producer Woebot, Alexander Tucker and Mica Levi will all be recording works. Click onto the ICA website for more on all 40 events.

The xx - Free download + 2010 UK tour

Oh what a year The xx are having. They're currently in Europe, touring their phenomenal debut album xx. The tour is "pretty mental" says Young Turks boss Caius. According to Twitter, Michael Stipe was in attendance at their Paris gig. And they were partying in the same club as Prince. That's pretty mental.

We're already booking tickets for their UK tour in March. Dates below.

Can't wait? This awesome remix by Sampha should tide you over...
Free download: Sampha's mix of The xx 'Basic Space'

The xx 2010 UK tour dates

1 Mar: Brighton, Komedia
3 Mar: London, Shepherds Bush Empire
5 Mar: Birmingham, Academy 2
6 Mar: Manchester, Academy 2
8 Mar: Leeds, Cockpit
9 Mar: Edinburgh, Studio 24
10 Mar: Liverpool, The Kazimier

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pavement to curate ATP

Exciting, Glasto-forgetting news – Pavement (you know) have finally been confirmed as headliners of All Tomorrow's Parties in May 2010. Cut Your Hair below, line-up news when we get it, early-bird tickets and more details here.

Gonzales announces cabaret gigs

Gonzales (Sleazenation-beloved rapper) is playing the Pigalle Club every Wednesday in November. He will be joined by Jarvis Cocker on the first date. See the inevitable video trailer below for more.

GONZALES vs GONZALES 2 from jonathan Barré on Vimeo.

Monday, October 05, 2009

VIDEO: New Mew is eerie in a good way

I like the latest Mew album, No More Stories. They give good intro, do those Danes. This is the video for new single, 'Repeaterbeater'. It's bite-size cinema for desktop consumption. And a pretty awesome song too.

No Age EP released today

Even though I'm getting bored as shit with all this "grunge pop recorded in a skip" stuff, and No Age pretty much invented it, I still love them forever and am very excited about buying their EP later on today. You're a Target (video'd below) shows them on barrel chested form. Tracklisting and tour dates below, keep em here for a piece on the band.



Tracklisting

1. Losing Feeling
2. Genie
3. Aim at the Airport
4. You're a Target

October tour dates

19th - London, Scala
21st - Manchester, Deaf Institute
22nd - Berlin, West Germany
23rd - Oslo, Betong
24th - Dublin, Crawdaddy

Trailer of the week

Excellent video "trailer" for the new Cold Pumas single from the smashing Dan Nixon (who directed Yes Way, reviewed here). It's released today on 20jfg's label, Hungry for Power.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Kitsune party

Kitsune are throwing a party. See the flyer for deets.

Blondes are good

Check this band out – two teenagers from Brooklyn who make slowly unpeeling torrents of sound that engulf the soul, wrapping it in ice halos and melting it quietly into nothing. Big Shout to Robin who put them on the other night in NY.

Blondes' myspace

Win guestlist for Vitalic @ Fabric tonight

Fun Friday afternoon free stuff. Hop over to Twitter.com/DummyMag for the chance to win you + 2 on the guestlist for Fabric tonight. Just tweet us a reply and we'll tweet the winner at 6.30pm.

Nice line-up, huh? Plus have a read our interview with Vitalic here.

Fabric
Friday 2nd October


Room 1
VITALIC'S 'FLASHMOB' ALBUM LAUNCH
Vitalic (Selector Set), James Lavelle, Duke Dumont, Dekker

Room 2
Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Al Doyle (Hot Chip) (DJ Set), Shit Robot (DFA), Crispin Dior

Room 3
BLOGGERS DELIGHT
Joker Of The Scene, Casper C, Momma's Boy, NikNikNik

Pitchfork surprise no-one.

Pitchfork have dropped the veil on their top twenty albums of the decade – check them out here. Kid A is number one. Only a few of them would even scratch my top twenty of a year, but that's why, you know, we have different websites.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Acyde, Big Pink (DJ) + Joy Orbison this Sat

Quite possibly the best club 'flyer' I've ever seen. Rather good line up too: Acyde, The Big Pink (DJ set) and Joy Orbison this Saturday at Badlands club. Nice.


video

New(ish) band of the day – Lawrence Arabia

This guy called Lawrence Arabia who sounds like the Magnetic Fields has been floating around floating around my radar for a year or so, and he's just signed to Bella Union, with 'Chants Darling', his UK debut, out soon. He's from New Zealand and apparently, Feist is his "biggest fan." He's good, listen to the video below!

Drums of Death – Got Yr Thing video



Various Greco Roman refugees become the made-up skull of Drums of Death. B+ song, C video.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dummy Mag on Diesel radio 6-8pm tonight!

We've got The Golden Filter live and Stopmakingme in the mix. Plus Charlie and me playing Dummy's favourite records.

We are very excited. Tune in to Diesel radio 6-8pm. Or actually, listen all day. There's loads of good stuff on. Click the link below.

Listen live here.

Or if you like URL cut-n-pasting: http://cult.diesel.com/dum_radio.php

Friday, September 25, 2009

NEWSFLASH – Girls are awesome, tour, bring out new single

Really excellent band Girls with release their third single from their 'Album' album on the 19th November. It's called Laura, it's Turnstile, it's excellent and it is below. They ar ealso, I'm sure you're aware, on tour now, and it's really worth seeing them – me and Ruth popped down to see them at the Lexington on Monday, and it was really amazing. October tourdates below, and keep checking back for a feature on the Cali "cult" band and a piece on their label, Turnstile.

09 - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
10 - Liverpool, Korova
11 - Manchester, Night & Day
13 - Glasgow, Captain's Rest
14 - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
15 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
16 - Bristol, The Cooler
17 - Birmingham, Academy 3
19 - Brighton, The Albert
20 - London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
21 - Tunbridge Wells, Forum
23 - Cardiff, SWN Festival

Yours Truly Presents: Girls "Laura" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Joe Goddard LP and GrecoRoman box set announced

Awesome news – Joe Goddard is set to follow fellow Hot Chip member Alexis Taylor, with an solo album, Harvest Festival, out on the 2nd November. The PR describes it as "A largely instrumental, electronic album, it winds from woozy ambience to the polyrhythms of London's clubland and back again." It's the first full length on major crush label Greco Roman.

Also, there will be a CD boxset of all five singles by Buraka Som Sistema, Grovesnor, David E Sugar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Drums of Death out in November. Grosvenor's Drive My Car is below. Expect loads of gush from us nearer release.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How Not To Run A Club



Video trailer for Peter Hook's new book on the Hacienda. Be interesting to see if the book throws any new light on the story.

Diesel U Music schedule announced

Actually awesome Dalston radio station's listing were released today. Highlights include Micachu's set at 4pm today, Ewan Pearson's Desert Island Disco at 6 tomorrow and OUR OWN SHOW on Monday.

Click the title for more info and full listings.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Places to dance this weekend

Apparently it's about this time on a Monday that most people start planning the weekend. At least I think I read that somewhere, possibly made it up. Either way, there are lots of fun places to shake it down (yeah) this weekend. Here are three of 'em.

Say Yes
Sat 26 Sept
Star of Bethnal Green, 8pm-2am
£5/free before 10pm
Residents showdown as Rory Phillips (DFA), Nadia Ksaiba (Dissident) and Thomas Whitehead kick-off a new monthly slot. Expect leftfield disco and boogie oddities a-go-go.

Boys Noize album launch @ Bugged Out
Sat 26 Sept
Fire, 10.30pm-6am
Advance tickets £15 from Ticket Web
Who got the Power? Techno innovator Boys Noize, that's who. Also playing: Smith’n’Hack, Housemeister, Riton and Stopmakingme.

Boy 8 Bit, Solo & Wild Geese @ Blogger's Delight
Sun 27 Sept
The Lock Tavern, 3-11pm
Not heard the awesome mix Boy 8 Bit did for us yet? Rectify then come down to this for roast dinner and records.

Video: Thom Yorke 'The Hollow Earth'



The video is directed by Raymond Salvatore Harman and features images of Banksy graffiti. The tracks ('The Hollow Earth' is part of a double A side with 'PulledApartByHorses) are available free from Radiohead.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cold Cave – November London dates

Unbelievably excellent electro band are playing some dates in November, around the release of the unbelievably excellent (and surprisingly anthemic) LP 'Love Comes Close' on 2nd. There'll be fawning on the main site around that time. Excellent song below, myspace in the title.

November 3rd – White Heat
4th – Barfly
7th – Proud Galleries

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Video: Micachu & The Shapes 'Turn Me Well'



The video's nothing to shout about but the single's quite lovable in an awkward, Aphex kinda way. Out on 7" and digital download October 5th.

Then catch her/them on tour:

Wednesday 7th October – Nation of Shop keepers, Leeds
Thursday 8th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Friday 9th October – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
Saturday 10th October – Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
Monday 12th October – Audio, Brighton
Tuesday 12th October – Arts Centre, Norwich
Wednesday 14th October – Fiddlers, Bristol
Thursday 15th October – Scala, London

One of the highlights of Bestival apparently. But the audience were on drugs and dressed as space-frogs so make of that what you will.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Golden Filter - new single coming soon on Dummy Records...



thegoldenfilter.com

Set Your Sky+: Synth Britannia on BBC4



I don't know when this is on but with contributions from the likes of Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, and Gary Numan it looks well worth watching.

Video: Fever Ray 'Seven'



Another beautiful and strange single and video from possibly the album of the year. The video is directed by Johan Renck and the single is out Oct 5th. A double disc edition of the album is being released on October 12th including a DVD featuring all the Fever Ray videos so far plus some previously unseen footage.

Fever Ray play their last UK date of 2009 at The HMV Forum, London on Dec 5th. Buy tickets here.

Major Notes – Holy Ghost

In another world, our shit is wrapped tight enough to run a "track of the day", everyday, on this blog. In this alternate universe, the above song is our track of day, today, a superlative piece of minimal, vaguely apocalyptic funky. Reminds me of both Hamas Rule by Shakleton, and, strangely, the video to California Love.

[Link the link above, cheers Curb Crawlers]