Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring News from Quivvy

I have just returned from a short albeit rather rain sodden Easter break in the Scottish Highlands and have added new photographs from my travels to the photography gallery section.

Of a more pressing nature, my new album Ark is very near to completion and will be released as a digital download this coming August. I had originally wanted to release it in spring but having missed the spring deadline and because of the subsequent summer vacuum have opted for an August release instead.

The digital download will be accompanied by hard copy special editions and a retail version will then be made available in October.

I will be performing live concerts to coincide with these release dates in August and October with my new band: Steve Jones (guitar/keyboards), Laurence O'Keefe (bass guitar), Jules Maxwell (keyboards) and Jez Wiles (drums and percussion).

I will post the tour dates as soon as they become available and am really looking forward to playing in a town near you!

Best regards,


(see Brendan's web site)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Brendan Perry Welcome

"Welcome to my new website. Here you will be able to keep up to date with my past, present and future works and receive free musical downloads from my unreleased archives during the course of the year. Also you will be able to interact with like-minded souls on my new forum to discuss my work as
well as that of Dead Can Dance.

The first of the aforementioned free downloads is now available, all you have to do (if you have not done so already) is sign up to the mailing list and you will receive a link where you can download a recording of my very first solo concert from the ICA London.

London ICA (13 year Itch Festival) 24/7/1993

1. Alone
2. American Dreaming
3. Sarabande
4. Sloth
5. Chase the Blues (Tim Buckley)
7. The Captive Heart
8. Happy Time (Tim Buckley)
9. Don't Fade Away

Have a great Samain everyone!



Monday, September 22, 2008

Brendan Perry

19th September 2008

"I have finally parted company with 4AD Records after 25 years with the label.We had been drifting in opposite directions since the departure of 4AD’s founder Ivo Watts-Russell and so it was mutually decided that it was in both parties best interests to part company. I wish the label well with their new direction and future releases.

I have taken on the services of Merck Mercuriadis. Merck has an impressive track record in the music industry and has managed an eclectic array of talent over the years including Morrissey, Elton John, Janes Addiction, Guns N’Roses, Dark Star and Joss Stone.

My new album entitled ‘Ark’ is now close to completion and will be due for release early next year.My new website will be launched on 31st October! I know it has been a long time coming but I think you will agree that Steve Jones and G-RAFF have done an outstanding job.

I have now got an official mailing list which you can sign up to by clicking here. Registered users will get regular updates as well as access to a few extra features and exclusives… the first, accompanying the site launch on 31st October, will be a substantial free musical gift as a way of saying thank you for all the support that you have given me over the years."

(from Brendan's website)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Breeders on KEXP

The Breeders' Austin City Limits gig at KLRU Studios on March 14, 2008 will be broadcast by KEXP.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Samadhisound / Steve Jansen News


We are pleased to announce that there is a new work by Steve Jansen available from today exclusively in our download store.

Written, recorded and mixed by Steve Jansen at 'The Nest', London.

A commissioned soundtrack for a video installation by Shoko Ise. Created over a period of months during mid to late 2007, 'Swimming In Qualia' is a work in two parts for two projectors playing consecutively: 'Ascent' - the main body of the composition, and 'Glimpse' - a shorter, looping sequence which is not included in this download.

The installation was featured as part of the 'Still/Alive' exhibit of contemporary art and photography in Japan held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from 22 December 2007 to 20 February 2008.

Presented as a single track, Ascent comes with a credit sheet designed by Chris Bigg and also with specially designed wallpapers using imagery from Shoko Ise. [more]


Slope is advertised in the March 2008 issue of The Wire. We have made the advert available online for you. Click here to view [pdf, 2.3MB]."


Friday, February 08, 2008

Vaughan Oliver/v23 Update

Don't miss Debbie Millman's interview with Vaughan this afternoon at 3pm PST (that's GMT -8h for us Europeans). If you do, make sure to catch her iTunes podcast.

You wondered what else Vaughan has been busy with lately?

Then check out RCA/Print Digital, a research project led by graphic artist and writer Russell Warren-Fisher at the Royal College of Art. CONTROL|PRINT: Considering the Future of Ink on Paper is a limited edition 'publication' which was exhibited at the Sea Gallery in London. Chris, Vaughan, photographers Mark Atkins and Francoise Lacroix and a few other prominent collaborators have contributed a chapter to the book.

And read about the Postcards book, a collaboration between fl@33 and Laurence King Publishing which is scheduled for a UK release in September 2008 in English and several foreign language editions. [more]


Chemikals Shopping Online

Glasgow based Chemikal Underground Records, founded and run by former Delgados band members, have just opened the new online shop:

"It's been several eternals in the making and responsible for more than a handful of grey hairs but we've finally managed to bring you our new online store: easy to navigate, full of information on artists past and present and, crucially for you, spectacularly good value for money. So what's new about it? Well, for a start, we've put an enormous amount of time into making sure that you have as much information about our catalogue as possible. Our sections are broken down by artist, containing a biography and background notes on every single release: reminiscences of band members and chemikal staff, pointless trivia, anecdotes surrounding the recordings, you name it ..."

It is especially remarkable that the entire label catalogue is available to stream online as previews, and that individual mp3's are available for £0.69 "... tagged with cover artwork and lyrics - take that iTunes!". [more]

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Mojave 3 Newsletter

"Just a quick heads-up: Neil will be performing at the Little Howdy Do? Festival on the 20th of Feb, (@ The Borderline, London) with support from Peter and the Wolf + Morrison Steam Fayre. [more]

Just before you go, you absolutely must listen to the new record from Holton's Opulent Oog, "The Problem Of Knowledge". [more]

...very Mojave 3'ish.. and no wonder - the band consists of Ian on drums, Simon on bass & guitar, and old band friend Nick Holton on vocals!"

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Beggars Masterpieces Collection

Last Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 Beggars Japan released the first batch of CD's from a new "Beggars Masterpieces Collection". Unlike the Pixies, Cocteaus and Bauhaus re-issues two years ago, these albums will not be released in LP style cardboard sleeves.

Among the first ten albums are Japanese 4AD debuts like the Cocteaus' Lullabies to Violaine Vol. 1 and 2, Pixies' Wave of Mutilation, the Colourbox Best Of and Natures Mortes - Still Lives; ironically, this compilation has never before been available in Japan on CD although the original vinyl version had been released for the Japanese market. The initial 4AD selection is completed by a Lonely is an Eyesore reissue - this milestone of mid-Eighties 4AD had been unavailable in Japan for a mere 15 years.

WPCB-20001 Bauhaus - Crackle. Best of Bauhaus
WPCB-20002 The Icicle Works - The Best of The Icicle Works
WPCB-20003/4 Cocteau Twins - Lullabies to Violaine 1982 - 1990. Vol. 1
WPCB-20005/6 Cocteau Twins - Lullabies to Violaine 1993 - 1996. Vol. 2
WPCB-20007 Colourbox - Best of 82/87
WPCB-20008 Gary Numan/Tubeway Army - Premier Hits
WPCB-20009 Peter Murphy - Wild Birds 1985 - 1995
WPCB-20010 Pixies - Wave of Mutilation
WPCB-20011 Various - Natures Mortes - Still Lives
WPCB-20012 Various - Lonely is an Eyesore

The second installment, due out Feb. 20, is a 4AD affair and compiles ten classics from the back catalogue:

WPCB-20013 Colourbox - Colourbox
WPCB-20014 The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
WPCB-20015 The The - Burning Blue Soul
WPCB-20016 Pixies - Surfer Rosa / Come on Pilgrim
WPCB-20017 Pixies - Doolittle
WPCB-20018 Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
WPCB-20019 Cocteau Twins - Head over Heels
WPCB-20020 The Breeders - Pod
WPCB-20021 This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears
WPCB-20022 Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares - Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares

The fourth batch, due out in May, will contain further 4AD titles.

The Beggars Japan site also provides a first proper sight of the Breeders' Mountain Battles album cover:

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Cash Music #3: Around Dusk

"My latest song from "Speedbath" is here. It's called "Around Dusk" and I hope it treats you well.

Now that CASH is a viable entity and not just an amorphous blob floating around in our heads, those of us who work here are becoming increasingly aware of its quieter gifts. I knew this construct was necessary in order for us all to share interesting music, but intangibles like political implications are now sneaking into my world view ..." [more]

Due to the early success of the subscription packages - "Kristin's CASH subscribers come from 12 different countries on 5 different continents" - the offerings on each level will be changed/upgraded to include an 8x10" high quality print of a painting by Kristin instead of the quarterly poster (for dime-a-day level subscribers) and a full live recording from Pittsburgh during her 2007 tour instead of the Work in Progress sampler (for the "Strange Angels"). [Subscribe]

Monday, January 21, 2008

The All Wave Recording Revealed

You have seen this logo on the sleeves of Title TK and Off You, but do you know what it stands for? The latest post on "the world's least read website", The Breeders' Digest, reveals the principles behind this recording technique. [more]


Sunday, January 20, 2008

New ESL Music Website, Thievery Corporation Digibox

To coincide with the launch of the brand new ESL Music website, the label "is excited to announce the release of Warning Shots - The Digibox.

This iTunes-only multimedia release includes all four full-length Thievery Corporation studio albums - Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi, The Mirror Conspiracy, The Richest Man In Babylon, and The Cosmic Game, plus a brand new audio interview with Thievery Corporation founders Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The special-edition Digibox also features a digital booklet containing information and never-seen-before photographs, making it an absolute must for Thievery fans everywhere.
The package is priced at $24.99 and is available exclusively at iTunes.

Thievery fans who already own the music can still download the digital booklet, and the good news is that it's absolutely free by clicking at the link below."


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Sun Kil Moon Preview Track

The new Sun Kil Moon album April will be released through Caldo Verde on April 1. The track 'Moorestown' can be streamed from the Caldo Verde site. A live version of the song can be found on Mark's second live album, Little Drummer Boy Live.

Billboard has recently reviewed the album.

Track listing:
Lost Verses ; The Light ; Lucky Man ; Unlit Hallway ; Heron Blue ; Moorestown ; Harper Road ; Tonight the Sky ; Like the River ; Tonight in Bilbao ; Blue Orchids
Bonus Disc: Tonight in Bilbao (alternate version) ; The Light (alternate version) ; Like the River (alternate version) ; Tonight the Sky (alternate version)

The re-edition of Nights of Passed Over, a book compiling the lyrics of all Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon and Mark Kozelek solo projects, will coincide with the album release.

Mark also produced Low frontman Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir side project, due March 18 on Caldo Verde.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

'Heretic Pride' pictured Song by Song

It's not that new anymore, but God Is In The TV (and other blogs) have posted a song-by-song album description of The Mountain Goats' forthcoming album Heretic Pride (text: John Darnielle, illustration: Jeffrey Lewis). Here's part 1 (2 and 3 can be downloaded from the link above):


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

John Darnielle: Master of Reality

"... on April 15, we will all come one step closer to world peace, with the publishing of Darnielle's take on the Black Sabbath album Master of Reality, as part of the 33 1/3 series of books about albums.

According to the book's description, "John Darnielle describes Master of Reality in the voice of a fifteen-year-old boy being held in an adolescent psychiatric center in southern California in 1985. The narrator explains Black Sabbath like an emissary from an alien race describing his culture to his captors: passionately, patiently, and lovingly. This album has a genuinely remarkable historical status: as a touchstone for the directionless, and as a common coin for young men and women who felt shut out of the broader cultural economy."

For a 10-page sample of the kick-ass-sounding book, email"

(from Pitchfork)


Gigantic - a tribute to Kim Deal

"The tribute is coming together beautifully. Originally conceived as an iTunes-only release, the tracks are just too damn good not to put this out on CD. We'll begin pre-orders soon. In the meantime, we've posted clips on the official Gigantic myspace page:"

(from the American Laundromat site)


Monday, January 07, 2008

The Mountain Goats Interview

Splendid has an interesting, however not Heretic Pride-related interview with John Darnielle here.

Oh, and in a kind of tradition John posted a Christmas present on his site.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Kristin on CASH Music

Kristin talks about the CASH Music Project on KEXP.


New 50 Foot Wave track

Expansion Team records asked 13 artists to cover 13 classic songs "and the result is one of the most wonderfully eclectic and magical albums we've ever heard". 50 Foot Wave contribute an expectedly rough-sounding version of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love".

The album has been available digitally since December 18; the digipak version is due out on January 8.

Only recently, Kristin had been featured on "Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity" (American Laundromat) with a solo version of "Like A Hurricane".


Design Matters: Vaughan Oliver

Debbie Millman, host of the highly popular internet radio talkshow "Design Matters", will kick off her new season on January 18. The new schedule will include "graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors and a Nobel Prize winner". Vaughan Oliver is scheduled as guest on February 8.


In Session: Vaughan Oliver

In spring 2007, design editor and writer Adrian Shaughnessy presented a series of interviews with leading graphic designers on Resonance 104.7FM.

The Graphic Design on the Radio archive is now online and contains one hour features with the likes of Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook, Malcolm Garrett, Rick Poynor and Vaughan Oliver. The series is to be continued in 2008. [more]

Vaughan gives insight into his early influences, describes his career start and talks about his various collaborations while spinning some of his favourite music pieces. And he reveals that he coaches Wandle Wanderers FC, a Wandsworth youth football club which he also designed the logo for.


Whatever happened to ... Melodie McDaniel?

You wondered what the photographer of sleeve art like 'Ocean Beach', 'Five Ways of Disappearing' and portraits for the 'Split' series is doing these days? A small portion of her film work can be found here.


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Johann Johannsson News

After a short christmas break, Johann is back in the studio writing music for Janos Szasz's production of the Oedipus cycle by Sophocles for Det Norske Teatret in Oslo, which premieres on the 17th of January. The plays have been adapted by the celebrated Norwegian author and dramatist Jon Fosse. Johann previously contributed music to Janos Szasz's wonderful film "Opium: Diary of a Madwoman".

(from Johann's website)


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Celebration 2007 Wrap-up

Read Katrina's personal review including memories of table dancing, pitbull/poodle action, meeting the dead Sharon Tate and other curiosities of touring. [more]

Prospects for 2008:
"With our new found super powers, we hope to stomp into the new year on a happy paw… We are putting together some UK/European tour dates, for Feb/Mar. We then may be hitting our favorite US cities for a short one this Summer. Until then..keep the fire stoked. Stay free


Zach Condon's BBC TV Interview

Watch official archive footage from Beirut's appearance on BBC 2's Later with Jools Holland:

Find out more at

(from the show website)


Saturday, December 29, 2007

CASH Music #2: Torque

Torque is Kristin's second output on CASH Music.

"This song was written under water.

On my last tour, our bus broke down and left us stranded in Idaho for a few days. When my band members and I finally arrived at a hotel, we were at first too dirty and disoriented to mind that we were either trapped in our rooms watching bad t.v. or trapped in the hotel lobby with sports fans and evangelist types. It got old fast, however and so did living on complimentary apples from the front desk
." [more]

[Download] (and sign up or contribute)

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Cass McCombs on World Cafe

National Public Radio has archived a studio session by Cass McCombs from Dec. 19 who was interviewed by David Dye and presented songs from his fortcoming album Dropping the Writ (due out Feb. 4, 2008 on Domino) for World Cafe. [more]

Lion Killer Got Married ; Healing ; Windfall


HNIA Someday RMX Up Again

"Originally offered as a free download in October 2006, Someday RMX returns to for a limited time. Treat yourself or someone you love to a gift from His Name Is Alive.

These remixes futher expand upon and compliment the 2001 Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth album from HNIA. They are a must-download for any fan who missed out the first time around. Enjoy!"


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Blonde Redhead on AOL The Interface

Following their autumn tours throughout the US and Europe, Blonde Redhead got interviewed and performed a session for The Interface shortly before Christmas. [more]

23 ; The Dress ; Harry & I


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Scott Walker on Hard Format

In times where many labels 'go digital', Hard Format is a blog devoted to outstanding new and past music packaging design. In October the makers chose to feature the sleeve of Scott Walker's 'And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?'. [more]

You might also like to read the author's review of the Candoco dance performance which can be found here.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kristin on CASH Music

The news has been out for some time: Kristin Hersh is starting to distribute her musical output via CASH Music, an alternative and unconventional business model. Her first song, Slippershell, is now online and will be followed by new material on a monthly basis.

"As many of you may already know, CASH is an acronym -- it stands for the Coalition of Artists & Stake Holders. The name indicates just what we're all hoping to build here -- a coalition through which we blur the line that's traditionally stood between creators of content and the consumers of that content."

Read more and support Kristin by listening and subscribing to her music here.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

One new, one old

Beirut played a Black Session tonight which is archived for one week on Bernard Lenoir's site. [listen]

Emma Pollock's Gideon Coe session from September 7 was re-broadcast last night. [listen]


Friday, November 23, 2007

Cass McCombs on KCRW

Next Tuesday (Nov. 27), Cass will be playing songs from his new album Dropping The Writ on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. [more]


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Emma Pollock on BBC2

Having just returned from their US tour, Emma and band were in Manchester today playing some acoustic tunes on BBC Radio 2's Radcliffe & Maconie show. The show is archived for a week. [listen]

If Silence Means That Much To You ; Paper And Glue ; Adrenaline


Beirut DVD Online Ordering Option

Those of you who missed or will miss Beirut during their current European Tour but want to get hold of a copy of "Cheap Magic Inside" should point their browsers to the album microsite and leave your details.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

American Laundromat: Compilation Update


Man is there a BUZZ about this record. The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about the project this past Friday and we've been getting calls from all over the world about it. They Might Be Giants, OK Go, Mogwai, British Sea Power, Joy Zipper and so many more cover the Pixies with utter reverance on this tribute to one of the most influential indie bands of all time. The pressing plant promised us CD's the week of the 26th. So all pre-orders will ship that week without fail. We cannot thank you enough for your patience especially those who purchased the limited edition first pressing with bonus vinyl. It'll be worth the wait we can assure you.

Pre-order the CD today from our online store. For those who can't wait, on Nov. 13, Dig For Fire will be released on iTunes. There will also be a bonus EP available exclusively on iTunes. Both will be available Monday at midnight. Below are the links (cut & paste into your browser):

Dig For Fire (LP): iTunes
Dig For Fire (Bonus EP): iTunes


Tanya Donelly, Britta Phillips, Lori McKenna, Jill Sobule with John Doe, Elk City, Veruca Salt, Kristin Hersh, Josie Cotton, The Watson Twins, and Julie Peel are just some of the outstanding artists covering Neil Young's most popular songs for charity on this Double-CD. The official release date is February 2008 but you can pre-order now and receive your copy in early December just in time for the holidays.


Piano Magic Tour Dates


My Favourites for the Christmas Season

Air Miami's sought-after never-before-released original cassettes have been re-mastered and pressed onto archival quality Teenbeat CD-Rs and packaged in deluxe Originals cases. Both comes with original cassette inserts. The cassettes contain early versions of the material that was released as "Me. Me. Me.".

Fourteen Songs is just Mark Robinson and Bridget Cross (both from Unrest) down in the basement of the old Teenbeat house with guitars and a Rhythm Ace drum machine.

Sweet As a Candy Bar ; Airplane Rider ; Bubble Shield ; Stop Sign ; Special Angel ; The Event Horizon ; Agent Molder is Here ; Adidas My Ass ; Niagara Falls is Frozen ; Neely ; Nicola Six ; Fight Song ; Fox Sighting ; Definitely Beachy

Sixteen Songs features drummers John Rickman (Eggs), Alex Hacker (The Ropers, Sounds of Kaleidoscope), and Ben Currier (also Eggs) and was recorded at Let's Rain in Arlington by Jonah Rainey and Matt Letsinger.

Neely ; Special Angel ; World Cup Fever ; Stop Sign ; Definitely Beachy ; Airplane Rider ; Bubble Shield ; I Hate Milk ; The Event Horizon ; Pucker ; Adidas My Ass ; Dean ; Fight Song ; Afternoon Train ; Dade County Cops Don't Quit ; Special (Reprise) ; Niagara Falls Is Frozen (hidden track)

Available now from the Teenbeat website.


November News from Mark Kozelek

The new Sun Kil Moon LP, entitled "April", will be in stores April 1, 2008, on Caldo Verde.

The new edition of "Nights of Passed Over" will coincide with the release. The book was first issued as a limited edition in Portugal in 2002 and contained the lyrics of all Red House Painters and Mark Kozelek releases up until "Old Ramon". This new edition, issued by former Low bassist Zak Sally, is said to feature a new introduction, lyrics to "Ghosts Of The Great Highway" by Sun Kil Moon, and more.

Recent live reviews and articles relating to Mark's recent European tour can be found in the Articles 'Mark Kozelek' section at the Sun Kil Moon website.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Lisa Gerrard Tour Start

Lisa's European tour started two days ago in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. See some pictures at flickr.

Rotterdam set list (as reported on the official forum):

Wandering Star
Now we are Free
Space Weaver
Host of the Seraphim
Desert Song
Black Forest
On an Ocean

Dreams Made flesh
(Andrews announcement)
Salems Lot
Serpent and the Dove


Sunday, October 28, 2007

The McCarricks Update

The following is an excerpt from the McCarricks' October newsletter:

"Since returning [from the Spring US tour with 50 Foot Wave] we have been writing and recording in our home studio, filming with PG Logo and have started a collaboration with British installation artist Luke Brennon

We also spent some time recording with ex Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist Jon Klein, adding string arrangements to a new recording for his former band Specimen, and have also been giving live performance workshops to young musicians who are just embarking on there musical careers. All in all, it’s been a very busy and varied time at the House of McCarrick.

For those of you that didn’t manage to buy a copy of our limited edition box set ‘3’ – the music from this is now available as digital downloads from iTunes, eMusic, Napster and various other online outlets – links to these are on our website shop. We have limited copies of our latest mini album available from our online shop. We are currently mulling over the direction of our next releases. They may be in the form of physical cd's or we may opt for more digital downloads. We are planning to put together another limited edition box set soon, similar to '3' with the same very personal McCarricks touch and we'll let you know about all these things in due course.


Best wishes to you all

Martin and Kimberlee"


Beirut Under Your Christmas Tree

According to HMV Japan, the Japanese version of Beirut's new album will be released on Dec. 5, 2007 and will feature two (yet unrevealed) bonus tracks.

Friday, October 26, 2007

New His Name Is Alive


Compact Disc, HT 014
November 6, 2007, High Two

This album compiles both studio and live versions of songs by legendary jazz saxophonist Marion Brown as played by His Name Is Alive. Features contributions from members of Nomo and Antibalas.

Sweet Earth Flying ; Juba Lee ; Capricorn Moon (Live) ; November Cotton Flower ; Bismillahi 'Rrahmani 'Rrahim ; Geechee Recollections (I) ; Geechee Recollections (II) ; Sweet Earth Flying (Live)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

More TeenBeat re-issues

Our Teenbeat Originals® series resumes with two classics from the Teenbeat vaults:

UNREST | 'Lisa Carol Freemont' | 6
Twenty songs from Mark Robinson, Phil Krauth, and Tim Moran 1985. Includes the best of their improv-ed 'rehearsal tapes' and also their first studio session from which the songs for their debut 7" was culled. Remastered from the original cassette master.

track listing:
Happy Song ; The Hill ; Judy Says, part two ; Rigormortis ; Time ; Cats ; Laughter ; Holiday in Berlin, part two ; I've Come For Your Daughters ; Teenbeat Part 65 ; Happy Birthday ; Iwo Jima ; Sweet Home Alaska ; Usually on Fridays a Hamburger ; Fly to France ; Los Desasodiego ; Real Enemy ; Four Foot High Stone Wall ; Do it Now ; Frutti Column

Clarence is Phil Krauth from Unrest. He is joined by Mark 'Wolfgang' Robinson. These instrumental duets are precious home recordings done at their parents houses back in 1985. Remastered from the original cassette master.

track listing:
- (instrumental) ; New York ; Flowers ; -- (instrumental) ; Sequence 5 ; --- (instrumental) ; Another One ; Sentimental Bummer ; On Campus Housing ; Heroin ; Thoughts and Words ; ---- (instrumental) ; 16th Flamacue ; Xerox Twenty-Second ; Equinox ; The New Age (theme) ; Venetian Blinds ; Judy's Theme ; Opaque Windows ; Cardiod Elixsor ; ----- (instrumental) ; ------ (instrumental) ; Ballroom Variations ; Immediate Curtain ; ------- (instrumental)

All of our ORIGINALS CDs are recorded onto Teenbeat Archival quality CDRs and packaged with the original cassette covers into our deluxe six-panel custom Originals digipaks. They are also remastered with care.



Mark Kozelek - White Christmas & Little Drummer Boy Live

"Vinyl Films Records and Caldo Verde Records are proud to announce the vinyl debut of Mark Kozelek’s two limited edition live albums, White Christmas Live and Little Drummer Boy Live. The former, released in 2001 in a limited pressing of 5000 CDs, contains such Red House Painters classics as “Things Mean A Lot” and “Cruiser” along with AC/DC covers “What’s Next To The Moon” and “Up To My Neck In You.” Little Drummer Boy Live, released in 2006, marries such Sun Kil Moon greats as “Salvador Sanchez” and “Carry Me Ohio” with Modest Mouse covers “Tiny Cities” and “Trucker’s Atlas,” as well as the previously unreleased “Moorestown” and “Unlit Hallway.” Both releases are now compiled in one 4-LP boxed set, with the box including the vinyl-only bonus track “Have You Forgotten.” White Christmas Live has been long out of print on CD, and Little Drummer Boy Live is rapidly on its way as well. Now, you can have both in this impressive vinyl box set! The release will be limited to 1000 copies on black vinyl. An ultra-limited tour/internet-only pressing of 300 copies on white vinyl will also be available, exclusively at and at Mark Kozelek live shows this fall."


Beirut live in Paris

On 10th September, the guys from La Blogothèque recorded a Concert à emporter ("take away show") with Beirut in Paris.

#64.1 - Beirut - Nantes

#64.2 - Beirut - The Penalty

Dailymotion also hosts all videos self-recorded in Brooklyn for The Flying Club Cup microsite plus video profiles of the band members. [view]


Celebration's Campfire Songs and Tour Dates

Here is the first in a series of "Campfire Songs", a series of promo videos that Celebration will release in advance of their new album, The Modern Tribe due out Oct. 9th. The song is a stripped-down version of album standout "Tame the Savage" filmed in the woods around a virtual campfire, starring a little deer and Katrina Ford's inimitable voice:

20 - Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
21 - Floristree, Baltimore, MD

02 - Webster Hall, New York, NY (with Man Man)
16 - Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY (CMJ)
24 - The Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington DC
25 - Duke University Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
26 - The Map Room, Charleston, SC
27 - Taste, Orlando, FL
29 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
30 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA (with Black Angels)
31 - The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL

02 - Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
03 - Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
04 - Fun Fun Fun Festival, Austin, TX
07 - Casa Blanca Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
09 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
11 - The Independent, San Francisco, CA
12 - Rotture, Portland, OR (with The Get Hustle)
13 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA
14 - Plaza Club, Vancouver
16 - Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
17 - Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
19 - Slowdown Jr., Omaha, NE
20 - Aquarium, Fargo, MN
21 - 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN
23 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
24 - Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN

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Minotaur Shock News

"so last weeeek i put a lid on the can that is the next Minotaur Shock album. it feels a bit like finally handing in a bit of coursework or something, its kind of nice knowing that you can't do any more fiddling and editing and business. i'm pleased with it, it sounds almost like i meant it to. i guess now we have to wait and see what happens with it.
the record wouldn't have been possible without the talent of real musicians Emily, James and Anna-Lynne, to which i am supergrateful. but hey, the C90 is still warm, so lets not get ahead of ourselves here. anyhow, had to tell someone, so thanks for checking in."

(from David's MySpace)

And on an absolutely unrelated note: Principal Participant now has an official website.


Friday, September 21, 2007

The Mountain Goats

"So, OK, yeah, technically speaking you oughta hear about new tour dates here first, but we've been busy. The new album has been recorded and we're hoping for an early '08 release. The big news from where I stand is that this album will be the first Mountain Goats record since 1996 to feature members of the Bright Mountain Choir: Rachel and Sarah came up from L.A. to San Francisco and put down backing vocals on three songs, all of which ("New Zion," "How to Embrace a Swamp Creature," and "Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident") have made the final sequence. I have tried several times to write a sentence that would convey just how wonderful it was to make music with the Choir again, but if such a sentence is out there in the ether anywhere, I haven't been able to find it. I resort again to native Californianisms. It was completely rad." [more]

There is also an article in the Washington Post's Express in which John is interviewed about the new album.


Blonde Redhead on KEXP

KEXP have finally archived the Blonde Redhead session that was recorded on April 21, during their headline spring US tour. [more]

23 ; Dr Strangeluv ; (We Are A Real Team) Harry And I


Emma Pollock in The Scotsman

"Years earlier, the folks at veteran indie label 4AD had floated the idea of a Pollock solo album. 'I thought that was a lovely thing to say but I write songs for a band', she says. Now the conversation resurfaced, and the offer remained. 'I didn't want to do it on Chemikal Underground, to tell the truth', she says, addressing the obvious question. 'It just felt too close, everything that had happened was still too recent. I didn't want to turn round to my ex-bandmates and ask them to put out my record'." [more]


Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Return of Black Francis

The Pixies' iconic lead singer Frank Black dons his decades-old moniker - Black Francis - and, imbued by the spirit of eccentric Dutch painter/musician Herman Brood, recorded a brand new set of 11 songs, collectively titled Bluefinger.

"I privately went back to the old stage name, if that even makes any sense, almost as a joke, explains Black Francis. "I couldn’t get The Pixies back into a studio, but I would transform into my alter ego of yesteryear. I spoke the magic syllables aloud and nothing happened; just as I thought. Soon after, my new manager asked me for a bonus track for a “best of” compilation to be released later in the year. And as I prepared for the session, I became (honestly) gripped by the spirit of Herman Brood, and my bonus track expanded into an 11 song record called BLUEFINGER in just a few days. Thank you Herman. You were at the distant edge of my vision for years when suddenly I was under your influence like a cloud of opium, like the scent of the house of the rising sun. Bliss. Bliss. Bliss. I had spoken the magical name and nothing had happened, but I was impatient, and like so many people, I thought the magic would reveal itself in an instant, as depicted in films. Magic is more subtle. And Herman Brood did turn me back into BLACK FRANCIS. Funny how things work out. You just never know." [more]

SamadhiSound News

Steve Jansen "Slope"

Tension underlies the crisp rhythms and intricate programming, while a collection of distinctive vocalists draw out the sentiment in his songwriting. As Jansen explains, "with this album I approached composition attempting to avoid chord and song structures and the usual familiar building blocks. instead I wanted to piece together unrelated sounds, music samples, rhythms and 'events' in an attempt to deviate from my own trappings as a musician."

The album features guest contributions from Tim Elsenburg, Thomas Feiner, Anja Garbarek, Nina Kinert, David Sylvian, Theo Travis and Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman). Presented as ever in a beautiful digipak with design by Chris Bigg.

Released 22nd October. [more]

The World is Everything Tour Brochure

This limited edition brochure which accompanies The World is Everything tour features a selection of photographs by David, many of which can be found elsewhere on this website, plus a sampler CD of material from the SamadhiSound label including a track from Steve Jansen's 'Slope' and two exclusive tracks by David. Available exclusively at venues during The World Is Everything tour.

The tour site will be updated regularly with confirmed dates and links to online ticket sales. [more]

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The Flying Cup Club Photo Album

Beirut have set up a micro site for their forthcoming album, The Flying Cup Club. The site features commentaries and video clips on each song which are added on a song-by-song basis. [more]


Monday, September 10, 2007

Emma Pollock UK radio dates

Emma's (photo by Jenny Lewis) interview and performance from last Friday on 6 Music's Gideon Coe can be streamed for a week; Tom Robinson stood in for Gideon. [listen].

On Saturday, she played 'Acid Test' live on BBC2 with Russell Brand. [more]

Tonight she'll be performing with band on Vic Galloway's show on BBC Radio Scotland. [more]

Plus, she'll be artist in residence on Xfm X-posure next Monday Sep. 17. [more]