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LISTEN TO REAL ESTATE'S "STAINED GLASS"; NEW ALBUM 'IN MIND' OUT NEXT WEEK!

Real Estate | 07/03/17

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Real Estate have shared “Stained Glass,” their second track from the forthcoming In Mind out March 17. Last week the band posted a silent clip of the video featuring guitar tabs and keyboard parts, encouraging fans to create their own instrumental interpretations of the song before it became available to the public. Today, they’re pleased to share the full version of “Stained Glass” along with the original tutorial video. This is the second tutorial video release for Real Estate, following up on the fan favorite tutorial for “Crime” from their 2014 release Atlas.

Frontman Martin Courtney also recently sat down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen for a standalone episode of All Songs Considered, discussing everything from the new album's Abbey Road influences, the origin of "Darling," to his recent fatherhood. Listen here

Real Estate kick off an extensive North American headline tour next month. They've also added a second Brooklyn Steel show by popular demand and will make stops at SXSW and Coachella. Full dates below. More SXSW events to be announced soon.

In Mind is available on CD, LP and digitally. An exclusive limited edition deluxe LP (very few copies left!) featuring heavyweight colored vinyl, gold foil imprinted packaging (pictured below), and a slipmat, is available to pre-order from Domino Mart. All pre-orders from Domino Mart and iTunes pre-orders will come with an instant download of “Darling” & “Stained Glass.”

Real Estate tour dates

03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW KUTX Live at the Four Seasons (10am)
03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW KCRW Radio Day Stage Convention Center (4pm)
03-16 Austin, TX - SXSW Waterloo Records (2pm)
03-16 Austin, TX - SXSW Showtime/Twin Peaks at Clive Bar (11pm)
04-01 Santo Domingo, DR - Isle of Light Festival
04-05 Birmingham, AL - Saturn +
04-06 New Orleans, LA - Republic +
04-07 Austin, TX - Mohawk +
04-08 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall +
04-10 Kansas City, MO - recordBar +
04-12 Denver, CO - Gothic Theater +
04-13 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge +
04-16 Indio, CA - Coachella 
04-18 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre $
04-19 Seattle, WA - Showbox $
04-20 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
04-23 Indio, CA - Coachella
05-05 Boston, MA - Royale *
05-06 Winooski, VT - Waking Windows
05-07 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *
05-09 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
05-10 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
05-12 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
05-13 Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
05-15 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *
05-16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
05-17 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * [SOLD OUT]
05-19 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
05-21 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * 
06-13 London, UK - Roundhouse
06-14 Paris, FR - Cafe de Le Danse
06-15 Brussels, BE - Orangerie
06-18 Berlin, DE - Lido
06-19 Hamburg, DE - Molotov
06-20 Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
06-21 Stockholm, SE - Debaser
06-27 Cambridge, UK - The Junction 1
06-28 Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
06-30 Barcelona, ES - Vida Festival
07-14 to 07-16 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

+ with Mary Lattimore
$ with Tim Cohen and Iji
* with Frankie Cosmos

 

ALEX G ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “ROCKET” OUT MAY 19

(Sandy) Alex G | 02/03/17

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Alex G is pleased to announce his new album, Rocket, is set for a May 19th, 2017 release.

Rocket is the Philadelphia-based artist’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music. Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule. Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

Alex G will be playing a special album release show in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday May 18th. The show will be at The Park Church Co-Op, and tickets go on sale this Friday here.  Also announcing today is an all-ages hometown Rocket show on July 8th at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday here. Both shows will feature special guests.

Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced soon.

Watch the music video for "Bobby" and listen to "Witch" below.

 

Rocket Tracklisting

  1. Poison Root
  2. County
  3. Bobby
  4. Witch
  5. Horse
  6. Brick
  7. Sportstar
  8. Judge
  9. Rocket
  10. Powerful Man
  11. Alina
  12. Big Fish
  13. Guilty 

Rocket is available to pre-order now on ltd. red translucent vinyl, ltd. red translucent cassette (Domino Mart exclusive), ltd. random colorway cassette (Bandcamp exclusive), CD, and digital download.

Alex G photo by Tonje Thilesen.

 

ANNA CALVI SOUNDTRACKS BURBERRY’S 2017 COLLECTION, LIVE AT MAKER’S HOUSE, LONDON

Anna Calvi | 22/02/17

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Burberry premiered its February 2017 collection for men and women, at its Makers House show venue in London on Monday night.  Anna Calvi performed the show’s live soundtrack from a balcony overlooking the runway, accompanied by her band and members of the Heritage Orchestra & Choir. Her set list included her new track ‘Whip The Night’ and a cover of Christine & The Queen’s ‘iT’ and is available to purchase on iTunes and can be streamed HERE.

The ‘Live For Burberry’ EP features a number of special previously unheard tracks and reworkings of some familiar Anna Calvi originals.  Receiving its worldwide premiere at last night’s show, ‘Whip The Night’ was created by Anna for the illustrious Robert Wilson’s forthcoming theatrical production ‘The Sandman’, starting this May in Dusseldorf.  ‘Nathaniel’ shows off Anna’s guitar prowess and was written specifically for Burberry and ‘iT’ is a cover of Christine And The Queens’ glorious original (performed in front of front row attendee Heliose Letissier, filmed joining in HERE).

The tracklisting for the EP is as follows:

1. Whip The Night (Live For Burberry)    

2. Nathaniel (Live For Burberry) 

3. iT (Live For Burberry)

4. Eliza (Live For Burberry)        

5. Desire (Live For Burberry)     

 

FLYING SAUCER ATTACK TO RE-ISSUE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, MIRROR AND NEW LANDS

16/02/17

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When West Country feedback merchant Dave Pearce resurfaced in 2015 with his first new music in more than a decade, it provided the ideal opportunity to introduce his out-of-print back catalogue to a whole new audience. Following the excitement generated by the re-release of FurtherChorus and Distance last year, Domino are reissuing three more of his peerless early works – the self-titled debut, New Lands and Mirror – available on the 14th of April, 2017.

Flying Saucer Attack’s self-titled debut album, released in 1993, was commonly known as ‘Rural Psychedelia’ – an apt description for the rough-hewn soundscapes they crafted. These bedroom recordings made a virtue of the otherworldly, hissy mechanics of four-track cassette-to-vinyl duplication. Pearce realised that you didn’t need to layer 16 guitar tracks in an expensive studio to make a big noise. Recording directly on to a four-track resulted in a thick, distorted, abrasive sound that suited his needs perfectly.

New Lands, released in 1997, was album proper No 3, described by Pearce as “phase two” of the FSA project. It found Pearce operating alone and finally realising the guitar sound that had been in his head all along. “Something like AR Kane’s god-like Up Home!,” he revealed in an interview at the time. It was a stark and often challenging listen (Pearce stated in one interview that it was originally going to be called Fuck You!), yet utterly beguiling.

Mirror would turn out to be Pearce’s final offering as FSA for 15 years, but at the time of its release in 2000 it felt like the start of something exciting and new – it was seen in some quarters as one of the first great records of the millennium. Sonically, it was Pearce’s most accessible and melodic album. “His sombre, acoustic folk still recalls the gentle melancholy of Nick Drake,” said the Pitchfork review, “but for the first time, the melodies and lyrics can be clearly deciphered.” 

This move into thrilling new sonic territories should have pointed the way forward for Pearce – instead, until his surprising comeback, it was a full stop on a brilliant and idiosyncratic career. 

Listen to ‘My Dreaming Hill’ from FSA HERE

Listen to ‘Rivers’ from Mirror HERE

Listen to ‘Present ‘ from New Lands HERE

This is the first time that FSA and Mirror have been released by Domino. FSA vinyl will be available in a board mounted ‘tip on’ gatefold sleeve.  The artwork for Mirror is replicated from the original Flying Saucer Attack edition.  The albums will all be available on heavyweight vinyl (with download cards), CD & digital formats.

Pre-order/listen to Flying Saucer Attack via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

Pre-order/listen to Mirror via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

Pre-order/listen to New Lands via Dom Mart / iTunes / stream

 

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE "THE PAINTERS EP"; WATCH THE "KINDA BONKERS" LYRIC VIDEO

Animal Collective | 13/02/17

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Animal Collective announce The Painters EP, a new companion release to last year’s album Painting With. The EP will be available digitally this Friday, February 17, almost a year to the date of their 10th studio album’s release. Pre-order the CD and 12” exclusively from Animal Collective’s store.

The EP contains three new and original tracks recorded during the Painting With era, and also includes a studio recording of “Jimmy Mack” (made famous by Martha & The Vandellas), a cover performed on their recent tours. Watch a lyric video for the opening track "Kinda Bonkers" below.

All pre-orders receive an instant download of “Kinda Bonkers” and a download of the EP this Friday, February 17. The EP features artwork by Brian DeGraw, as pictured below, who supplied the original portraits and artwork for Painting With.

The band return to the US & Canada in May 2017 for headlining live dates including a show at the new venue Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY. This follows on a recent winter tour of Florida and an Animal Collective-curated three day camping festival in Big Sur, CA this past autumn. Find all the dates below.


Animal Collective's The Painters EP pictured above in 12" and CD formats.


The Painters EP tracklisting:
1. Kinda Bonkers
2. Peacemaker
3. Goalkeeper
4. Jimmy Mack

Animal Collective tour dates:
05-17 Charleston, SC - Music Farm *
05-18 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine *
05-20 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre *
05-22 Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
05-23 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
05-24 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre *
05-26 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
05-27 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
05-28 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
* with Circuit des Yeux

 

LITTLE CUB TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'STILL LIFE' APRIL 28TH

Little Cub | 10/02/17

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South London trio Little Cub will release their debut album Still Life on 28th April on Domino. Marrying a wry, worldly and subversive form of diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, Still Life announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born into.

Following the release of its first tracks ‘Loveless’ and ‘My Nature’, the band have shared the album’s opening track and first official single, ‘Too Much Love’. Watch the video for the new single, directed by Lily-Rose Thomas, below.

“’Too Much Love’ is a song about about cynicism. For the video, we took a bunch of our experiences and experiences of our friends and reset them into a sort of modern day morality tale based around where we live. Except, there is no moral really,” quotes vocalist Dominic Gore. “The decisions, good or bad, all live in the grey area where I think most of us reside. Like a Groundhog Day where no lessons are learnt and nothing really changes.”

Little Cub is Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Adrian Acolatse. Whilst now residing and writing in Peckham, their story begins in the banker-belt ennui of Dorking, Surrey, the sort of faceless suburban hinterland that J.G. Ballard was obsessed with. It was in this less than illustrious setting that Gore and Tootill first met by chance. The two hit it off over a shared love of James Murphy's seminal DFA Records, early Aphex Twin and New Order and before long began meeting up to share ideas for original songs alongside Ady Acolatse, whom Gore had met on a night out in the blare and glare of Fabric nightclub the previous summer.

What emerged from the bonding of the trio’s mutual ethos’ is the warm, dynamic, modular sound of Still Life, with elements of house, techno and ambient reflective of the group's evolving taste coalescing with fruits of a shared jazz background and indie sensibility to provide the perfect landscape for Gore's tight, almost hymn-like verses on the trials and tribulations of 21st century living.

Still Life was produced by Little Cub and mixed by the band, Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Alexis Smith. It will be released on limited deluxe 12” gold vinyl, including album download card plus seven bonus remixes by the band, via Domino Mart, CD and digitally. 

The band will celebrate the release of Still Life with a London headline date at The Lexington on Tuesday 9th May. Tickets are on sale now via the link HERE.

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Pre-order Still Life on deluxe 12” vinyl via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Still Life on CD via Domino Mart HERE

Pre-order Still Life digitally HERE

 

YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM NEUK WIGHT DELHI ALL-STARS ON 7TH APRIL

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan | 08/02/17

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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7th April.  It follows the band’s debut album, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).

The first track to be shared from Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars is ‘False True Piya’ – mingling traditions as diverse as Britain and India via the Appalachian Mountains.

“Piya is a word in the Hindi language, meaning beloved,” explains Khan. “The Hindi lyrics of the song were composed and written by me. They talk about a lover who is longing for a beloved, devastated by pain. A point comes when the lover starts hallucinating that the beloved has arrived and starts having conversations with this hallucination. There is a strange feeling of dark happiness: the beloved is there, but only as a hallucination.” “When Suhail explained the Hindi lyric to me,” Yorkston continues, “it reminded me of the great old song The Daemon Lover, also known as The House Carpenter, so I sang a fragment of Annie Watson’s version to introduce the piece.”

This harmonious and singular collaboration can be found across all of Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, and in fact, YTK’s Everything Sacred may be the only precedent. “The combination of a singer-songwriter, a jazz bassist and an Indian classical sarangi player is totally unheard off,” says Khan.

A collection of traditional Indian and UK folk songs, beautiful originals and idiosyncratic covers, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars does not only bring together Indian classical music and jazz, then, but kosmische too; Yorkston also cites dub reggae, Uilleann pipes and the Madagascan guitarist D’Gary as influences. That breadth, says Thorne, is critical: “I think YTK is a fine example of how music operates without boundaries as a common international language and a source of cross-cultural unity. It’s an important message in the times that we live in.”

Produced by YTK and recorded entirely onto 24 track 2” tape at Analogue Cat studios in Northern Ireland by Julie McLarnon, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars comes after a period of steady touring for the band (including incredible main stage performances at Green Man, Celtic Connections and Edinburgh International Festival, and tours in India, Spain and Ireland) and reflects the confidence and increasingly fluid interplay between Yorkston, Thorne and Khan. The trio will head back on the road in April for a headline UK tour. 

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live dates

27th March – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham TICKETS

30th March – Dreel Halls, Anstruther TICKETS AVAILABLE ON DOOR

31st March – Oran Mor, Glasgow TICKETS

1st April – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy TICKETS

3rd April – Junction 2, Cambridge TICKETS

4th April – St. John on Bethnal Green, London TICKETS

5th April – Komedia, Bath TICKETS

6th April – The Big Top, Cardiff TICKETS

7th April – Laugharne Weekend, SOLD OUT

8th April – The Phoenix, Exeter TICKETS

 

REAL ESTATE SHARE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM IN MIND OUT MARCH 17

Real Estate | 24/01/17

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Real Estate has confirmed details for their upcoming fourth LP – In Mind – out March 17th via Domino. Recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. (Beck, Snoop Dogg, Julia Holter), album opener ‘Darling’ is available now along with accompanying music video, directed by Weird Days. 

Stream 'Darling' here.

Over 11 songs, In Mind pushes the band in new directions, while still retaining the warmth and soft-focus narratives that one has come to expect from Real Estate —pastoral guitars, elegantly deployed arrangements, a mindful melancholy. In Mind offers the sound of a mature band not only at the height of its power, but in a period of change. Since their last record – 2014’s Atlas – primary songwriter Martin Courtney became a father of two and moved to upstate New York, while bassist Alex Bleeker relocated to California. In addition, following the departure of co-founding member and lead guitarist Matt Mondanile in 2015, Courtney, Bleeker, drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman welcomed longtime friend and New Jersey native Julian Lynch into the band as a full-time guitarist.

Atlas was an undisputed breakout for the band. Apart from being one of the most lauded records of that year, it earned them performances on Letterman and Conan, their third consecutive Pitchfork Best New Music, and saw them sell out London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire – their biggest UK headline date so far.

In addition to a spot at Coachella this Spring, Real Estate will tour extensively behind In Mind - more info coming soon.

In Mind will be available on CD, LP and digitally.  An exclusive limited edition deluxe LP featuring heavyweight colored vinyl, gold foil imprinted packaging, and a slipmat, is available to pre-order from Domino Mart. iTunes pre-orders will come with an instant download of ‘Darling’.

In Mind Tracklisting:
1. Darling
2. Serve The Song
3. Stained Glass
4. After The Moon
5. Two Arrows
6. White Light
7. Holding Pattern
8. Time
9. Diamond Eyes
10. Same Sun
11. Saturday

Pre-order here: Dom Mart | iTunes

 

JOE GODDARD ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM, ELECTRIC LINES, OUT 21ST APRIL ON GRECO-ROMAN / DOMINO

Joe Goddard | 23/01/17

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Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.

Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers. 

Today Goddard also drops the video for new single ‘Music Is The Answer’, the second track to be heard from the forthcoming album.

Following hot on the heels of ‘Lose Your Love’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ is an infectious left-of-centre pop track featuring London singer-songwriter Jess Mills, also known as Slo (previous collaborations include Photek, Distance and Breakage).

Directed by Shynola creative collective (Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’, Beck ‘E-Pro’, Blur ‘Good Song’, Queens of The Stone Age ‘Go With The Flow’), the video epitomises the track’s optimistic message and much needed modern day mantra. Director Richard Kenworthy says: “The message of this track really resonated with us coming off the back of what for most people was a dispiriting year. We'd recently been reading about the AWOL Hitomi satellite, and also the incredible Pinchas Gutter hologram and that lead to imagine a story about a satellite lost in the vastness of space, broadcasting a recorded message of hope.” 

Elsewhere on the album, Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor features on the title track ‘Electric Lines’, while Michigan based singer Daniel Wilson makes an appearance on disco-sampling deep house track ‘Home’. Jess Mills graces the album’s two most irresistible pop songs, ‘Ordinary Madness’ and ‘Music Is the Answer’. Joe himself sings on a few tracks including the deeply personal ‘So Long’, a tender reflection on parenthood and mortality. Electric Lines treasure chest of styles also includes lustrous electronic soul (‘Lose Your Love’), rippling UK garage (‘Truth Is Light’) and shamanic psychedelic techno (‘Children’). The result is an album set to draw the map of 2017’s musical landscape and cement Joe Goddard as one of the UK’s most credible and well respected producers.

Electric Lines will be available on Deluxe Edition Vinyl, featuring a signed double LP on heavyweight vinyl with a wide spined sleeve, exclusive bonus 12” featuring 3 tracks from the Electric Lines’ album sessions, download card with album + 12” tracks.  A UK specific edition will also include entry to the Electric Lines album launch show at London’s Heaven on Thursday 4th May 2017.  The CD will feature an initial card pack pressing with a 6 page artwork booklet. You can purchase the album digitally HERE and via Amazon HERE.  Vinyl and CD both feature completely unique, separate artwork.

Electric Lines tracklisting:

1    Ordinary Madness

2    Lose Your Love

3    Home

4    Lasers

5    Human Heart

6    Children

7    Truth Is Light

8    Nothing Moves

9    Electric Lines

10 Music Is The Answer

  

‘Electric Lines’ will be released April 21, 2017 on Greco-Roman/ Domino


 

DIRTY PROJECTORS' SELF-TITLED 7TH ALBUM RELEASED 24TH FEBRUARY

Dirty Projectors | 18/01/17

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The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Up In Hudson’ is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship.  Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks.  It is a piece of epic storytelling unlike anything else in Dirty Projectors’ discography.

To arrive where we began and know the place for the first time: ‘Up In Hudson’ is an origin story for a new chapter of Dirty Projectors. 

And with it, Dirty Projectors announce their long-awaited 7th LP.

The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated.  In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “ANOTHER ONE”!

Dirty Projectors will be out February 24, 2017 on Domino.

Tracklisting: 

01. Keep Your Name

02. Death Spiral

03. Up In Hudson

04. Work Together

05. Little Bubble

06. Winner Take Nothing

07. Ascent Through Clouds

08. Cool Your Heart

09. I See You

The deluxe edition LP will be available exclusively through the Domino Mart. The deluxe features the album on 150g clear with black smoke double LP, housed in a wide spine jacket with a 16-page 11x11 libretto, and an etched D side. The first pressing of the CD features an O-card sleeve with a 16-page libretto. 

Pre-order the album here:

DELUXE VINYL

DIGITAL

 

FRANCOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SOLIDE MIRAGE, RELEASED 3RD MARCH 2017

Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains | 12/01/17

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Domino are proud to announce Solide Mirage, the fourth studio album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains. An album of strength, beauty, ups and downs, Solide Mirage is the group’s most outspoken and deep-rooted work to date, and is set for release on March 3rd 2017.

Alongside the announcement of Solide Mirage, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared the album’s first single, ‘Grand Dereglement’, plus a video directed by Jack Barraclough and Frànçois himself. The video is a collaboration between Frànçois and Palestinian Dabké dancer Mohamed Okal, who fled with his family from the conflicts in Gaza, where he used to work as an ambulance driver. The two met in a volunteer refugee space in Brussels where Okal taught Dabké. On the video Frànçois says: “The lyrics of the song are about the great changes in the world that move populations, and force the weaker to adapt to an intense and strenuous lifestyle. Filming Dabké dancing inside one the most emblematic buildings of the Capital of Europe (Palais de Justice) is a way of showing the positive side of civilisation shifts.”

In the time since 2014’s Piano Ombre, Frànçois Marry rediscovered his adolescent passion for the power of grunge. This energy he “lost on the way”, in his own words, resurfaced on two occasions. A collaboration with Hedi Slimane, who allowed him to immerse himself in the punk and grunge scene of L.A. - with bands like Wand and Sunflower Bean in particular - revived his passion for this electricity. Secondly, and especially, as the band performed live dates in the Middle East, they found themselves playing to a youth still feverish after its Arab Spring. “We played in Istanbul, Lebanon, Alexandria and Cairo in 2015”, explains Frànçois. “We discovered a youth eager for music, in particular the Egyptian youth, who had made the revolution two years earlier.”

As a man and as an artist, it felt necessary to have that grunge-ful spite, that healthy anger, to survive the horrors of 2015 and the chaos of the world, referred to in “Grand Dérèglement”, the introduction of Solide Mirage. Attacks, wars, the migrant crisis, generalised fear, the pre-apocalyptic atmosphere: a dark year for all and one which incited profound questions in Frànçois Marry. “We questioned ourselves a lot. It’s delicate to speak about politics in songs, but inevitable when you write in moments like these. I have a natural attraction to abstract poetry but I realised that it had become a head-in-the-sand technique. I do not understand why musicians do not ask themselves more questions about the responsibility of their words. And considering the realities of life in the year 2015, I had to think about what we wanted to say”

Solide Mirage - like an imperceptible dream, a fantasy where reality shifts as one approaches it – is a perfect definition for this protean, changeable-yet-direct album which reveals new facets and new territories in every listen. Sometimes soft (on 1982, Apocalypse à Ipsos, Pepétuel été, 100.000.000), sometimes tough (Bête Morcelée and its rush of pure grunge, Grand Dérèglement and the roughness and splinters of Jamais Deux Pareils), sometimes crazy (the digitized trance of Âpres Après), but always highly political, whether direct or reading between the lines.

The album was recorded in Jet Studios in Brussels and produced by Ash Workman, who also worked on Piano Ombre and who has worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with strings performed by Owen Pallett.

To celebrate the release of Solide Mirage, Frànçois will be playing a string of live dates across the UK at the end of March 2017.

Mon 27th March London, UK Moth Club

Tue Mar 28 Bristol, UK Thekla

Wed Mar 29 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen

Thu Mar 30 Glasgow, UK Mono

Fri Mar 31 Norwich, UK Arts Centre

 

SPIRAL STAIRS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DORIS AND THE DAGGERS TO BE RELEASED MARCH 24TH

Spiral Stairs | 11/01/17

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It’s been eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. He knows that. The years just have a habit of slipping away sometimes.

You can’t hurry genius – not even the genial, unforced and unpretentious genius that has long been Scott’s forte. Today, Spiral Stairs announces news of his second album Doris and The Daggers – to be released on March 24th through Domino - and shares the first track from it, the album opener ‘Dance (Cry Wolf)’. Its Roxy Music meets Wire slink and stompable groove is a “positive, dance-away-the-pain thing” says Scott whilst the video features Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.

Doris and The Daggers is worth the wait, it showcases the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written, reflecting the life changes that occurred over those eight years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, lived life as an Australian and even ate haggis meat – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.

The first Spiral Stairs record The Real Feel came in 2009, just as Pavement were announcing a hugely successful burst of reunion shows. After that, Scott and his wife moved to Brisbane, Australia, started a family and life simply got in the way.

Having moved back to Los Angeles, the original concept for the album was to go to Seattle’s Orbit Studios and “record the whole thing in a week, like the old days.” Then, a month before the trip, Scott awoke to heart-breaking news: Darius Minwalla, who had drummed with Preston School of Industry and on The Real Feel, and was scheduled to play on the mooted Seattle sessions, died suddenly in his sleep.

Scott was deep-sixed by the news, and it would be another three months before he was ready to return to the studio. By that time, the album had changed – the songs had grown in the interim, become longer, more emotional. Following Darius’ death, Scott went to spend time with his friend, singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz, up in San Francisco, where they bounced ideas off each other. “His influence made me turn the record in an entirely different direction.”

Instead of a week-long blitz, Doris and The Daggers was recorded over a more civilised, considered batch of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, California. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott’s close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Peroff’s Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew sang on ‘Emoshuns’, Kelley Stoltz lent guitar to the summery chime of ‘AWM’, and The National’s Matt Berninger lends vocals to the bittersweet, zephyr-light ‘Exiled Tonight’.

“I guess I’ve been writing songs for a while now,” reflects Kannberg on his second album. “I like hearing echoes of things I love in the music that I make. Writing music doesn’t come easy to me – it’s hard to write a song that’s good. But our memories slowly escape us as we get older, and in songs you kind of relive those moments, the things that matter.” And that’s part of the key to Doris and The Daggers’ charm, along with the lyrical wit and Scott’s unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them. You’ll keep returning to them again and again, and hope that Scott doesn’t wait so long to cut his next batch. 

Tracklisting:

  1. Dance (Cry Wolf)
  2. Emoshuns
  3. Dundee Man
  4. AWM
  5. No Comparison
  6. The Unconditional
  7. Trams (Stole My Love)
  8. Exiled Tonight
  9. Angel Eyes
  10. Doris and The Daggers

Doris and The Daggers is available to pre-order now on deluxe vinyl with bonus tracks, standard vinyl, CD and digital download. 

 

BUZZCOCKS' 'SPIRAL SCRATCH' EP AND TIME'S UP RE-ISSUED FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARIES

Buzzcocks | 09/01/17

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Domino is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Buzzcocks’ groundbreaking ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with its reissue on the 27th of January 2017.  ‘Time’s Up’, the 1976 demos recorded with founder & singer Howard Devoto and originally released as a bootleg, will be reissued on the 10th of March, alongside the Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box , containing vinyl and CD of both ‘Spiral Scratch’ and ‘Times Up’ alongside rare reprinted ephemera of the time.  Watch ‘Breakdown’, filmed at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall shows in 1976 HERE.

‘It’s the Buzz, Cock’.

Howard Devoto read this headline from a January 1976 Time Out review of ‘Rock Follies’, the 1970s TV musical drama following the ups and downs of the fictional female rock group, ‘Little Ladies’.

Adapting and appropriating it as the name for his new band that he had just formed with Pete Shelley having realised what a Sex Pistol was before anyone else. 

Buzzcocks formed having witnessed firsthand the white-heat of the early Sex Pistols. Howard and Pete went about organising the now infamous 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs that brought punk to the provinces and galvanized the new Manchester music revolution. The plan was to simply play support to the Pistols and then see what happened next…

Featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), ‘Time’s Up’ was recorded at Revolution Studios, Bramhall Lane Stockport on the 18th of October 1976. The session, recording Buzzcocks’ live set at the time, cost £45 and was engineered by Andy MacPherson. 

In December of the same year, the band recorded the four track ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with a minimum of fuss in ‘downtime’ at Indigo Studios, with Martin Hannett (then going under the pseudonym of Martin Zero) producing.  The band inexplicably took it upon themselves to release the EP themselves, somehow finding the monies necessary to press up 1000 copied on 7” vinyl, on their own New Hormones label.  The EP sold for £1 a copy. Within days of the initial release, with typical punk chaos and sweet disregard for any cohesive business strategy, Howard Devoto revealed that he was quitting the band.  The ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP quickly sold out its initial 1000 pressing, went on to sell 16,000 copies over the next six months and is now recognised as one of, if not the, most important records of the punk explosion – the first self-released record of its time, with the band responsible for everything, from sleeve design to distribution.

Spiral Scratch’ is testament to the power of punk’s possibilities and is an object lesson in how to debunk and demystify any hurdles presented by the establishment. The impact of this incredible seven inches of vinyl that kick-started the whole D.I.Y. culturegoes on, and on, and on, and on, and on…

‘Spiral Scratch’ will be available on 7” vinyl and digitally + a limited edition 7” with an insert including the original press release via Dom Mart.   Stream ‘Spiral Scratch’ HERE

 ‘Times Up’ will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally.  Stream ‘Times Up’ HERE

Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box contains 7” vinyl and CD of ‘Spiral Scratch’, LP vinyl and CD of ‘Time’s Up’ and audio & video download codes, plus reprinted ephemera of the time, including assorted 10” x 8” photographs, 1976 gig flyers and posters, pin badges, the ‘Spiral Scratch’ story and a new re-imagined edition of Manchester fanzine, ‘Shy Talk’ with original contributions from those who were there at the time.  You can pre-order the box set HERE.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: REPERTOIRE ASSISTANT

03/01/17

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Double Six Rights Management is recruiting for a Repertoire Assistant.

Double Six Rights Management

Double Six Rights is Domino Music Group’s agency dedicated to the worldwide collection of Neighbouring Rights income for a rapidly-expanding roster of performers and record labels. We’ve significantly increased collections for this client base since our inception in 2011 and are now looking to add to our close-knit team.

The Role

The Repertoire Assistant will report to the Co-ordinators for Label and Performer Repertoire, assisting in the day-to-day operation of the business with a particular focus on our clients’ metadata. Duties will include:

  • registering – and auditing registrations of – catalogue at collecting societies worldwide
  • collating, sourcing and managing metadata
  • gathering supporting evidence/artwork
  • society unclaimed and dispute processes
  • general administration

Ideal Candidates

Candidates should possess a keen eye for detail, above average numeracy and be comfortable working with large volumes of data. Some familiarity with database systems or royalty/accounting software would also be an asset. Experience with Excel is essential.

How to apply

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements to vacancy@doublesixrights.com before Friday 20th January, 2017.  

 

DOMINO DOCUMENTS PRESENTS JULIA HOLTER LIVE STUDIO ALBUM

16/12/16

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Domino is proud to launch Documents, an irregular new series of live studio recordings designed to capture the ever-evolving arrangements of our artists and their bands in high fidelity. Taking its inspiration from classic BBC sessions, each Documents release will be recorded in no more than a day or two at a world class studio in London. Or at least that’s the plan.

The first official Documents release is In The Same Room by Julia Holter, although Domino count Villagers’ Where Have You Been All My Life? as the honorary inaugural Document in all but name.

In The Same Room – to be released March 31st 2017 – is named after a song from Holter’s 2012 album Ekstasis, and this new career-spanning collection is the fruit of two days recording by Julia and her tremendous band (Corey Fogel – drums/vocals; Dina Maccabee - viola/vocals and Devin Hoff - stand-up bass) at RAK Studios in the days after their main stage performance at Green Man Festival in Wales.

Listen to ‘So Lillies’, a re-working of the track from her debut album Tragedy (2011) that highlights Julia’s constant progression and the breadth of her capabilities. 

Comprised of new arrangements of songs from three of her previous studio releases (Tragedy, Loud City Song and 2015's breakthrough Have You In My Wilderness), Holter's Domino Documents is an essential release for anyone who has witnessed her brilliant, beguiling band on tour around the world in the last five years as well as the perfect introduction to a truly important and innovative young artist.

In the 15 months since Have You In My Wilderness, Julia has gone from strength to strength, including playing the biggest headline show of her career in the UK last month – at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire – and scoring the soundtrack for the new Miles Teller film Bleed For This.

In The Same Room Tracklisting:

  1. Horns Surrounding Me (Live at RAK)
  2. So Lillies (Live at RAK)
  3. Silhouette (Live at RAK)
  4. How Long (Live at RAK)
  5. Feel You (Live at RAK)
  6. Lucette Stranded on the Island (Live at RAK)
  7. In The Green Wild (Live at RAK)
  8. City Appearing (Live at RAK)
  9. Vasquez (Live at RAK)
  10. Betsy on the Roof (Live at RAK)
  11. Sea Calls Me Home (Live at RAK)

In The Same Room is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe coloured vinyl with exclusive Polaroid photographs from the RAK session, standard vinyl, CD and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Digital

 

DOMINO SIGNS FAT WHITE FAMILY

Fat White Family | 12/12/16

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Anyone with a nose for genuine rock & roll already knows that Fat White Family are plainly the most exciting, influential and talked about band to come out of this country in the last few years.  We are delighted, if slightly nervous, at the prospect of taking them to the next level.’ – Laurence Bell, Domino

Domino is thrilled to announce that Fat White Family have signed to the label.  The band, fresh from a UK tour which culminated with their sold out, headline show at Brixton Academy, are currently working on new material.

 

BACK IN THE VINYL RACKS

10/11/16

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A selection of Classic Domino titles are now back in the vinyl racks!

Galaxie 500 – On Fire 

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Steve Mason – Boys Outside

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Robert Wyatt – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard 

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Pavement – Quarantine The Past – The Best Of Pavement

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf

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Go on, treat yourself!

 

AUSTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FUTURE POLITICS

Austra | 18/10/16

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Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography. Future Politics will be out on January 20th 2017.

Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.

Says THAT GO on the video: "Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”

Future Politics, Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. Its not about ‘being political,its about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.

Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list - “every single persons idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

Future Politics tracklisting:

  1. We Were Alive
  2. Future Politics
  3. Utopia
  4. I’m A Monster
  5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  6. Angel In Your Eye
  7. Freepower
  8. Gaia
  9. Beyond A Mortal
  10. Deep Thought
  11. 43

Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes


 

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS RELEASE THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP DECEMBER 2ND

The Last Shadow Puppets | 17/10/16

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The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Friday, the 2nd of December 2016.   The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.  Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Aviation
  2. Les Cactus  - original by Jacques Dutronc
  3. Totally Wired – original by The Fall
  4. This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
  5. Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
  6. The Dream Synopsis 


The Dream Synopsis EP is available to pre-order on limited edition red vinyl 12”CD and digitally ahead of its Friday 2nd December release. Stream ‘Is This What You Wanted’ here.

 

LISTEN TO FRANZ FERDINAND'S 'DEMAGOGUE'

Franz Ferdinand | 14/10/16

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This is the first release by Franz Ferdinand since their FFS project last year. 

The artwork is a collaboration with Shepard Fairey and it is part of 30 Songs in 30 Days. 

When asked for a comment, the band said:

"He's a Demagogue."

Listen on Soundcloud: po.st/FFdemaSC

Listen on Spotify: po.st/FFdemaSP

Part of the 30days30songs.com project.

 
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