7/31/2013

of Montreal announces fall US tour

OF MONTREAL ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR

LOUSY WITH SYLVIANBRIAR OUT OCTOBER 8TH VIA POLYVINYL
Photograph courtesy of Nina Barnes

Following the recent announcement of their new album lousy with sylvianbriar, of Montreal are back today to share news of their fall US tour. The tour kicks off with a hometown show in Athens, GA and sees the band hitting most major US markets before wrapping in Atlanta nearly a month later. Along the way of Montreal will be supported by the ladies of La Luz. See below for all of Montreal upcoming of Montreal tour dates along with recent single "fugitive air."

STREAM: "fugitive air" - 

TOUR DATES
   
10/18/13 @ 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
10/22/13 @ Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
10/23/13 @ U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
10/24/13 @ U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
10/25/13 @ Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
10/26/13 @ Middle East - Cambridge, MA
10/27/13 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
10/28/13 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY*
10/29/13 @ Beachland - Cleveland, OH*
10/30/13 @ Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL*
10/31/13 @ Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI*
11/01/13 @ Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN*
11/02/13 @ Waiting Room - Omaha, NE*
11/03/13 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO*
11/04/13 @ Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT*
11/05/13 @ Korah Shrine - Boise, ID*
11/06/13 @ Neomos - Seattle, WA*
11/07/13 @ Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
11/08/13 @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA*
11/09/13 @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA*
11/10/13 @ Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA*
11/11/13 @ Largo at The Coronet - Los Angeles, CA*
11/12/13 @ Club Congress - Tucson, AZ*
11/14/13 @ Trees - Dallas, TX*
11/15/13 @ Mohawk - Austin, TX*
11/16/13 @ Howlin' Wolf - New Orleans, LA*
11/17/13 @ Terminal West - Atlanta, GA*
 
* = w/ La Luz

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7/30/2013

PUT YOUR SAD DOWN - benefit announced for SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

PAUL BANKS OF INTERPOL AND ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. OF THE STROKES TO HEADLINE BENEFIT CONCERT FOR BENJAMIN CURTIS OF SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
 
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Wiz Kid Management, and GŌST bring together the music and fashion communities to raise funds


WHAT:   Benjamin Curtis of Vagrant Recording artists School of Seven Bells was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and is awaiting a match for a bone-marrow transplant procedure.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Wiz Kid Mgmt, and New york-based creative agency GŌST have partnered to curate a benefit concert to raise funds for Curtis’ extensive medical bills and lengthy recovery time.  Paul Banks of Interpol and Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes will headline the show.  Both artists will perform music from their solo projects. Alexa Chung, DJ MomJeans aka Danny Masterson, and Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes w/Devendra Banhart will spin throughout the night. Hudson Clearwater will provide catering.  During the event, guests will be able to bid via a silent auction on items and experiences donated by top-tier artists and brands including The Black Keys, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, John Varvatos, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Philip Lim, David Cross, Tim Saccenti photography, Aziz Ansari, Brian Bell, Adam Green, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles, Playdate Bike Club, Polyphonic Spree, Zachary Quinto, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman & Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Bidding on premiere auction items will carry over to continue online at charitybuzz.org for one week after the event, while other auction items will conclude the night of event. 100% of the money raised will go directly to Benjamin's fund.

WHO:          Additional special guests and contributors to auction to be announced soon

WHERE:     The Bowery Terrace at Bowery Hotel
                    335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003                              

WHEN:        August 22, 2013
                    8AM – 1PM
 
TICKETS:    Advance tickets are on sale now via www.ticketfly.com. Tiered pricing information is below and the direct link to the splash page for event is http://www.ticketfly.com/event/329035.
 
Tier I: $100 includes admission, a limited edition/numbered copy of the School of Seven Bells vinyl EP, entitled Put Your Sad Down, being pressed and printed specifically for this event, and a limited-edition Barking Irons designer t-shirt commemorating the event, designed by graphic artist Blanda Eggenschwiler.

Tier II: $65 includes admission and the vinyl EP described above.

Tier III: $40 includes admission only
 

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Night Beats New Album & Reverberation Appreciation Society News

NIGHT BEATS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 
SONIC BLOOM,
DEBUTS NEW TRACK "OUTTA MIND"

THE REVERBERATION APPRECIATION SOCIETY STARTS RECORD CLUB, RELEASING GOLDEN ANIMALS LP

AUSTIN PSYCH FEST LAUNCHES LEVITATION FRANCE

Night Beats - Sonic Bloom  

The Reverberation Appreciation Society, the label arm of Austin Psych Fest, is proud to announce the release of the new Night Beats record, Sonic Bloom on September 24, 2013 on vinyl, CD, digital download and cassette (co-release with Burger Records). In conjunction with the announcement, Night Beats are debuting their new track "Outta Mind" off Sonic Bloom, available for posting HERE.

Recorded in a Tacoma, Washington warehouse, Sonic Bloom is an explosion of reverb soaked rock and soul blended with sharp drone numbers and classic rhythm-and-blues founded tracks. From the haunting psychic groove of 'Seven Poison Wonders' to the sparse Zombies influenced 'Playing Dead' to the squealing ruckus of 'Rat King', Sonic Bloom harkens back to the outer corners of rock and roll radio of yore.

The Seattle-based band have spent past few years relentlessly touring, hitting over 20 countries. The trio -- featuring Danny Lee Blackwell on guitar/vocals, Tarek Wegner on bass/vocals, and James Traeger on drums/vocals -- will keep up this pace, touring this fall in support of Sonic Bloom. US tour dates coming soon, European tour dates below (with more to be added).

SEPTEMBER
17 TUE - Amsterdam (NL) - Paradiso
18 WED - Tilburg (NL) - Incubate Festival
20 FRI - Angers (FR) - Levitation France
24 TUE - Bristol (UK) - The Exchange
25 WED - London (UK) - The MacBeth
26 THU - Helsinki (FI) - Kuudes Linja
27 FRI - Liverpool (UK) - Liverpool Psych Fest
 
Sonic Bloom tracklisting:
01  Love Ain't Strange (Everything Else Is)            
02  Sonic Bloom
03  Playing Dead           
04  Outta Mind
05  Real Change
06  Satisfy Your Mind
07  Catch A Ride To Sonic Bloom
08  The 7 Poison Wonders
09  As You Want
10  The Hidden Circle
11  Rat King
12  At The Gates
13  The New World

GOLDEN ANIMALS - 
HEAR EYE GO

 The Reverberation Appreciation Society is also releasing Brooklyn duo Golden Animals' HEAR EYE GO, the follow-up to their 2008 debut Free Your Mind and Win a Pony. The record will be released on Vinyl, CD, Cassette (via Burger Records) and Digital formats on September 24, 2013.

Check out the the video for "You Don't Hear Me Now", directed by Jennifer Tzar, which premiered on Paste Magazine.

Full details and European tour dates with The Flying Eyes can be found HERE.

SOUNDS OF LEVITATION RECORD CLUB

The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce the new Sounds of Levitation Record Club. This record club provides a deep discount on the next ten limited edition records and other perks, including downloads of all of our record releases to date, and all upcoming releases through Jan 2015. Membership also provides a 15% off record label merchandise and your choice of record label shirt. Full details are HERE.

LEVITATION FRANCE

Austin Psych Fest is following up the 2013 festival with its first international event : Levitation - France. This two day event will be held in Angers, FR at Le Chabada on September 20 & 21st and will feature performances from:

THE BLACK ANGELS, DEAD SKELETONS, BEAK>, DEAD MEADOW, DAMO SUZUKI, NIGHT BEATS, WALL OF DEATH, TAMIKREST, CAMERA, LOLA COLT and more to be announced.

The full lineup will be released in late July along with single day tickets. Two day passes are on sale now for 40 euros, available HERE.

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7/29/2013

Jake Bellows's Debut Solo Album New Ocean Streaming At Spin

Jake Bellows's Debut Solo Album New Ocean Streaming At Spin
New Ocean Out August 6 On Saddle Creek
"The 11-track LP features previously shared stunners "I Know You" and "All Right Now", and also makes way for "left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova, blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar, [and] love songs that are not necessarily ballads" - SPIN

"Bellows' woozy voice waxes, wanes, woos and philosophizes, revealing the work of a songwriter who knows the best music is not a one-way conversation."
  - Buzzbands LA
Download: "All Right Now" via Paste or SoundCloud
Watch: New Ocean Album Trailer via YouTube
Jake Bellows is set to release his debut solo album New Ocean on August 6 via Saddle Creek. In anticipation of the release, SPIN is running an exclusive album stream a week before the street date. New Ocean was recorded at Omaha's ARC Studios with engineer Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea, Conor Oberst), Ryan Fox (The Good Life), Todd Fink (The Faint), and Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova). New Ocean is now available for pre-order on CD & LP via Saddle Creek and limited edition cassette through Majestic Litter.

Jake Bellows had quit music. Or so he thought.
  
After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years, which included five full-lengths, a split EP, and countless tours, he packed up his dog and moved from his native Omaha to his girlfriend's hometown of Los Angeles. Two days before he left he recorded 18 demos with musician and engineer Ben Brodin at Brodin's insistence. Once in L.A., Bellows got a job installing sliding-glass doors and sold his Les Paul to buy a Datsun pick-up truck.

Though he had no plans to form a new band, he played the occasional solo show, performed with Whispertown, and continued to write songs. In early 2011, an invitation arrived from Omaha's Film Streams Theater for Jake's old friend Ryan Fox also living on the West Coast, to perform an original live film-score. Fox enlisted Bellows and Brodin to collaborate and the trio began to compose and discuss improvisational ideas over long-distance. Since they were all going to be in Omaha and had a long history of playing in each other's bands, Brodin and Fox nudged Bellows into booking studio time to record some of his dormant songs.

Fox and Bellows drove from LA to Omaha that November. They entered ARC Studios for a feverish recording session, arranging and writing parts on the fly with an impromptu band including Heath Koontz, Todd Fink, Whispertown bandmate Morgan Nagler and other old friends. Committing quickly to intuitive arrangements the band recorded 17 tracks in a little more than a week. They worked remotely on the record throughout that winter and spring, adding overdubs in basements and bedrooms across western North America.

The new music is underpinned by philosophical conviction and shaped by an interest in physics, cosmology and mythology. Bellows returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. His debut full-length, New Ocean, offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record - love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness, with left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova and blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar. Bellows believes that songs change the fabric of the universe through the very frequencies they emit. As such, the record attempts to create the world he wants to see instead of reflect the world that is.

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7/28/2013

Weekend @ The Echo


photo: Angel Ceballos

WEEKEND play the Echo tonight Sunday, July 28th, 2013.
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7/27/2013

Lovely Bad Things @ Viva Pomona


(photo: Angel Ceballos)

LOVELY BAD THINGS are playing at the GLASSHOUSE
tonight Saturday July 27th, 2013. VIVA POMONA!!!
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Viva Pomona


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7/25/2013

The Faint @ US Open of Surfing







All photos taken by Angel Ceballos.


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7/24/2013

Crystal Antlers Sign to Innovative Leisure




   
Crystal Antlers
Photo Credit: Pixie Mol
Crystal Antlers have just announced a new single, "Rattlesnake," as well as news of their signing to Los Angeles-based label Innovative Leisure, home to projects like Classixx, Rhye and Bass Drum of Death. 
The track can be heard on Pitchfork now. "Rattlesnake" is out digitally today, and will be available on a picture disc, with the B-side "California", on September 24th via Innovative Leisure. 
Lead singer and bassist Jonny Bell started as a musician and in the process has become a producer, an engineer, a tour manager, a booker, a promoter, a record label, a distributor and more. In regards to the forthcoming album, Nothing Is Real, which will be out in the fall, he’s looking forward to this opportunity to be a musician again: “We had to learn everything the hard way,” says Bell. “It’s great putting out records on your own, but it’s also a huge investment of time, which we’d rather focus on writing, playing shows and recording. I want to play music, not run a business. Every time I step into the studio, I come up with something new—there’s work to be done.” 
"Rattlesnake" is merely the start of an exciting 2013 for the Long Beach-based band, who will be playing FYF Fest this August and announcing more details shortly on a brand new full length record and extensive North American tour. 

Upcoming Tour Dates /

08.02.13 - The Smell - Los Angeles, CA
08.24.13 - FYF Fest - Los Angeles, CA


Press Quotes / 
"Merging psych, garage, lo-fi, prog, and countless other influences,the group easily maintains consistency despite a complete inability to be pinned to any specific movement or trend." Pitchfork
"They're at the point where comparisons do little justice. They're just Crystal Antlers now." Los Angeles Times
"[Crystal Antlers] make punk-ignited, psych-influenced, soul-fueled garage rock...not just rioting but inspiring, living up to their impressive promise." The Guardian
"Art-garage whiplash at its finest." Stereogum
"A baker’s dozen fuzzed, sweaty, and swinging psychedelic, expansive, and noisy garage rock" AV Club
"Crystal Antlers aren’t really about making some shit we’ve heard before, but they do take notice of some important touchstones: powerful organ runs, ragged vocals and an ability to turn even relatively short songs into something that sounds beyond epic." THE FADER
"It's hard not to admire these out-there dudes." NME
"Fueled by the aggression and intensity that Jonny Bell and Crystal Antlers brandish so effortlessly." Filter Magazine

Crystal Antlers | "Rattlesnake"
Artwork by CR Stecyk III
A. Rattlesnake
B. California

Links /
Crystal Antlers Official Website
Crystal Antlers On Facebook 
Crystal Antlers on Twitter
Crystal Antlers on Soundcloud

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White Prism Premieres "Play Me, I'm Yours" Video

White Prism Premieres "Play Me, I'm Yours" Video On BlackBook

Plays Ace Hotel NYC July 28th, 10pm + Glasslands August 5th
Self-Titled Debut EP Out Now On MNRCH


Click Here To Order 'White Prism' EP On iTunes


Tour Dates
07.28 - New York, NY - Ace Hotel @ 10pm
08.05 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands*
*with Firehorse

Press Quotes

"Dreamy, breathy vocals layered over uptempo beats and synthesized instrumentation that nimbly maneuvers between a sense of 21st-century melancholy and jubilation, without ever quite committing to either, characterize White Prism's newest self-titled EP" -Interview
"So yeah, she’s got the vocal goods. But what good is a killer voice if it doesn’t have equally awesome music backing it up? And Cranitch has that" -NYLON







 
White: The presence of all the wavelengths of visible light.
Prism: A transparent optical element that reflects images and refracts light.
These two words combine to define the sound of the Johanna Cranitch project – White Prism. Since birth, music surrounded the Australian-born, NYC-based artist.  It was her Hungarian grandfather, a jazz pianist, who gave her his blessing by declaring, “this one will be musical.” And so, her musical journey began.
From her early upbringings in the esteemed Kodaly school of music, to the Gregorian chants that her father, a former Priest in training, brought to the table; Johanna was veered to the stage by her music loving parents. She was gracing the halls of the Sydney Opera House at the tender age of 9, and performing with the Opera Australia Children’s Chorus. Opera was merely the beginning for this pop loving songstress. Her love of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, and Wham! would influence her future leanings into dreamy, electro-pop songwriting.
Upon graduating from high school, Johanna enrolled in a vocal jazz program at the Australian Institute of Music, where she graduated with honors. After a stint of performing across Australia, Johanna landed in New York City. Once in New York, she found herself as a studio engineer at the prestigious Nola Recording Studios. It was during her time at Nola that she began writing and recording over 300 demos. These demos would eventually lead her to her first album and the shimmering sounds she would go on to create.
Johanna had navigated her way through every aspect of the music industry, and she had finally revealed herself as an artist worthy of acclaim. She would soon find herself crisscrossing the globe, including a world tour with The Cranberries, as well as performing at Autre Magazine’s (James Franco and Adarsha Benjamin’s publication) Paris launch. However, she was constantly shifting and shaping her sound along the way. Her ethereal, “Kate Bush-inspired huskyisms”, as described by Time Out magazine, crystallized into the electro-pop culimination that is White Prism.
 
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All photos by ANGEL CEBALLOS
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7/23/2013

MARK LANEGAN Fall U.S. Tour Announced, 'Imitations'



(July 23, 2013) - Following the release of his new covers album IMITATIONS on September 17, 2013 via Vagrant Records, MARK LANEGAN will be embarking on a world tour this fall that takes him across the US and throughout the UK and Europe. The acoustic US dates begin on Friday, October 4 in Los Angeles, California at the Troubadour and wrap up in New York City on Tuesday, October 15 at the Gramercy Theatre.


Fans can listen to the first track off the album, Mark’s take on “I’m Not The Loving Kind” at http://soundcloud.com/marklanegan/im-not-the-loving-kind. The twelve-track album was recorded earlier this year and follows his 2012 release, Blues Funeral. Pre-order details for Imitations will be announced shortly.

US tour:

10/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

10/07 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

10/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune

10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music

10/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub

10/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

10/14 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

10/15 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre



EU & UK tour:

10/19 – Vienna @ Akzent Theatre

10/20 – Linz @ Posthof

10/22 – Belgrade @ Cinema Dom Omladine

10/23 – Zagreb @ Kino SC

10/25 – Berlin @ Passionskirche

10/27 – Stockholm @ Södra Teatern

10/28 – Copenhagen @ Radiohuset

10/30 – Brussels @ Flagey

11/01 – Brighton @ St. George’s Church

11/02 – Birmingham @ Institute

11/03 – Leeds @ College of Music

11/04 – Edinburgh @ Queen’s Hall

11/05 – Dublin @ Sugar Club

11/07 – Manchester @ Royal Northern College of Music

11/08 – London@ Union Chapel

11/10 – Amsterdam @ Duif

11/11 – Cologne @ Kulturekirche

11/12 – Hamburg @ Mojo

11/13 – Eindhoven @ Muziekgebouw

11/15 – Paris @ Alhambra

11/16 – Zurich @ Kaufleuten

11/17 – Lausanne @ Theatre de l’Octogone

11/18 – Bologna @ Teatro Duse

11/19 – Venice @ Teatro Corso

11/21 – Nimes @ La Paloma

11/24 – Aviles @ Teatro Niemeyer

11/25 – Barcelona @ Teatro Barts

11/26 – Madrid @ Teatro Nuevo Apolo



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http://marklanegan.com/

http://www.facebook.com/marklanegan

http://twitter.com/marklanegan

http://www.vagrant.com


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Hanni El Khatib shares "Pay No Mind" video

HANNI EL KHATIB SHARES "PAY NO MIND" VIDEO VIA NOWNESS


PLAYING THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN AUGUST 1ST

HEAD IN THE DIRT (PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH) OUT NOW VIA INNOVATIVE LEISURE







VIDEO: "Pay No Mind" - http://www.nowness.com/s/azii4r



Today Hanni El Khatib is sharing the video for "Pay Me No Mind," taken from his new Dan Auerbach-produced album Head In The Dirt. The video is directed by Simon Cahn, who recently co-directed short film 'Mourir Auprès de Toi' with Spike Jonze as well as directing Hanni's recent video for "Penny."


Speaking on his continued collaboration with Simon, Hanni said, "Simon has a very specific type of humor that he always injects in his work. I like it when creatives don't take themselves too seriously. "The video for 'Pay No Mind' is "all about having fun," says Cahn. "The idea for this video was to go for the opposite of rock 'n' roll imagery. I really wanted to do something unexpected for Hanni." The video comes in conjunction with the announcement that Hanni El Khatib will be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 1st.




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Pharmakon on tour with SWANS, announces U.S. + European tour

PHARMAKON ON TOUR WITH SWANS


ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SHOWS

+ NEW U.S. TOUR DATES


photo courtesy of Fred Pessaro


Pharmakon has been working non stop since the release of her highly acclaimed Abandon LP back in May on Sacred Bones Records, and just last night she kicked off a string of dates with the legendary SWANS and will touring with them until the end of the month. In addition to that she will be hitting the road again in September for a U.S. tour, and then heading to Europe. Anyone that's seen Pharmakon live will tell you that her live show is not to be missed. You can check out the first batch of dates below, and stay tuned for more to be announced very soon.



LISTEN: "Crawling On Bruised Knees" -

https://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/pharmakon-crawling-on-bruised



LISTEN: "Ache" -

https://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/pharmakon-ache



TOUR DATES



7/22 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House †

7/23 - Newport, KY - Southgate House †

7/24 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone †

7/25 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom †

7/26 - Buffalo, NY - Trafl Music Hall †

9/5-7 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival

9/10 - Boston, MA - O Briens %

9/11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge %

9/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie %

9/13 - Hudson, NY - Pitchfork Basilica Festival

9/14 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel %

9/28 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival

10/19 - Unsound Festival, Krakow, Poland

10/22 - ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal

11/07 - Museum of Contemprary Art, Strasbourg, France

11/22-24 - ATP, All Tomorrow's Parties : End of an Era, UK

12/6-7 - Madeiradig International Music Festival , Madeira Islands



† w/ SWANS

% w/ Destruction Unit, Ukiah Drag








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7/18/2013

HUGH CORNWELL ADDS MORE NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS

HUGH CORNWELL ADDS MORE NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS

DISCUSSES CONTROVERSIAL 'GOD IS A WOMAN' VIDEO
 
NEW ALBUM 'TOTEM AND TABOO' OUT NOW
VIA RED RIVER ENTERTAINMENT AND THROUGH RED/SONY DISTRIBUTION
ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY STEVE ALBINI

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE
 
READ THE INTERVIEW/WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
 
 
Photo: Kevin Nixon
 
Followng rave reviews in the UK, Hugh Cornwell’s new studio album TOTEM AND TABOO is out now in the US via Red River Entertainment and through Red/SONY Distribution. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the album was engineered and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini. Hugh recently released a new video for the track 'God Is A Woman' which caused quite a stir with it's content. Click on the link above to read the interview with Louder Than War and watch the video to decide for yourself!

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers.  The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive UK and European success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into the UK and Europe's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and Skin Deep. Cornwell’s last studio album, the critically acclaimed Hooverdam, produced and mixed by Grammy award winner Liam Watson, is available as a free download from his official website - www.hughcornwell.com.

Hugh will embark on a full North American tour later this year and will feature the new songs, as well as classic Stranglers material.

NORTH AMERICAN DATES (MORE FORTHCOMING):

Oct. 4th - Hotel Congress - Tucson ,AZ
Oct. 5th - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
Oct. 6th - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 8th - Café Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 10th - El Corazon - Seattle, WA

Dec 3rd - Smiths Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Dec 4th - Casbah at Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
Dec 5th - Black Cat - Washington, DC
Dec 6th - Record Collector - Bordentown, NJ (Solo Acoustic Show)
Dec 7th - Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ
Dec 8th-  Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
Dec 10th - Sellersville Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
Dec 11th - Church Of Boston - Boston, MA
Dec 12th Tralfamadore Cafe (Tralf Music Hall) -
Buffalo, NY (Solo Acoustic Show)
Dec 15th - Small's - Detroit, MI
Dec 17th - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Dec 18th - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
 

Track by track description by Hugh Cornwell:

TOTEM AND TABOO
Strangely enough this was the last track I wrote for the album, but it's become one of my favourites. A hint of 'Rebel, Rebel' with some Marc Bolan glam thrown in. I've always liked songs with the marching 4's on the snare, and that's what it is supposed to be, a rallying call for like-minded souls. I was playing this live most of last year so it went down easily enough in the studio.
 
THE FACE
My favourite guitar bits on the album. I was stretched a bit to keep the solo going for that long, but Steve Albini liked it, which is praise indeed. Based on a funny story about Madonna.
 
I WANT ONE OF THOSE
I was very excited when I wrote this. After the melody came together I went for a walk in the country and wrote the lyric whilst I was walking in my head. Had to rush back to write it all down before I forgot it! We've all become slaves to a consumer society and its spread into all aspects of our lives unfortunately.
 
STUCK IN DAILY MAIL LAND
Conceived in a hotel in the Midlands about 5 years ago, over breakfast, alone, over a copy of - of course - the Daily Mail. Not that it's an attack on it; some of my best friends read it.

BAD VIBRATIONS
People who are familiar with what I've done over the years will be familiar with a habit I have of appropriating titles and changing them perversely to my own evil ends. 'Good Vibrations' is a classic pop song from the 60's that needed to be backdoored.
 
GOD IS A WOMAN
Probably my favourite track on the album. First few notes may remind some people of 'Badge', but I think this is an improvement. The voice is unusually very dry and in your ear, in contrast to the bass and guitar. Hopefully people will consider, as I do, that this is a modern day 'Peaches'.
 
LOVE ME SLENDER
Another one of my favourites. It would take too long to go into what it's about. But it is another misappropriation, this time from Presley's  'Love Me Tender' of course.
 
GODS GUNS AND GAYS
A song about the United States of America and the obsessions you find there. The word 'gays' is only meant to represent the power of Freedom Of Speech they enjoy in that wonderful country of contradictions. No wonder so many of the Surrealists flocked there in the 1930's. Another one of my tributes to Arthur Lee and his band Love, God rest his soul. Amen.
 
A STREET CALLED CARROLL 
Los Angeles. Silverlake. Overlooking downtown. A street called Carroll. The most unusual wooden houses. It's where they shot the 'Thriller' video. Quite enigmatic. Not at all what you'd expect in LA. On a hill. Old style street lamps. Not quite sure what it's got to do with Totem & Taboo, but it was the time when the whole idea of the album became clear to me.
 
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
I thought it was about time to write a long epic track, rather like we used to do when I was in The Stranglers. It had to be at the end of the album, and I wanted it to feature an extra instrument, rather like 'Banging On At The Same Old Beat' did on 'Hooverdam', my last album. Steve (bass & keyboards) obliged perfectly, bless him. Bass riff came to me in the middle of the night and sat around for a while before I realised what was going on.

"His gnarliest record in over 30 years....Hugh and Steve: a marriage madeinblack." MOJO

“Thanks to a gloriously raw and vibrant sound, courtesy of the ever reliable Steve Albini, Cornwell’s endearingly sardonic observations on freedom, consumerism and Madonna Louise Ciccone crackle with energy. He sounds more engaged and intense than he has in years. It ends with the menacing sprawl of ‘In The Dead Of Night’ Cornwell’s finest and most unashamedly epic moment since the Punk Era”   
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7/17/2013

Going Underground: Paul McCartney, the Beatles, and the UK Counterculture



GOING UNDERGROUND
Paul McCartney, the Beatles, and the UK Counter-Culture 
Coming to DVD on October 1st 
 
In the mid-1960s the often rigid and colourless British way of life was irrevocably transformed by the emergence of a cultural underground movement. Led by a loose collective of young radicals, they introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives. Operating out of the heart of London, their various activities, from 'The International Times' - a bi-weekly journal that no hipster could be seen without -  to the psychedelic nightclub UFO, promoted alternative lifestyles and values, and sparked a social revolution.

This film not only traces the history of this underground scene, but also explores its impact on the pre-eminent British group of the era, The Beatles. Although they were well established by the time the movement emerged, Paul McCartney in particular, was closely linked with several of its key players, and through his exposure to cutting edge concepts brought ideas directly from the avant-garde into the mainstream.

Featuring many new interviews with key players from the time including; IT editor and long term friend of Paul McCartney, Barry Miles; founder of IT and UFO club organiser, John 'Hoppy' Hopkins; founder of UFO and Pink Floyd producer , Joe Boyd; Soft Machine drummer, Robert Wyatt; drummer from experimental improvisational collective AMM, Eddie Prevost; proprietor of Indica, the counter-cultural gallery, John Dunbar; Underground scenester, vocalist with The Deviants and IT journalist, Mick Farren; plus author of 'Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground 1961 - 1971', Jonathon Greene; Beatles expert, Chris Ingham and Mojo jounalist Mark Paytress.

Also includesrare archive footage, photographs from private collections and music from The Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Soft Machine, AMM and others.
   


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