The Revival Hour – Pyre / Clusterchord EP [Listen/News]

After the superb debut tracks from The Revival Hour released late last year (see my writeup from back in April), the band finally have some news to share with the announcement of the duos debut EP Clusterchord which will be releasing 5th of November on Antiphon; a prelude to the bands debut album which will follow early 2013.

In the meantime however we’ve been treated to Pyre, a sample if you will from the Clusterchord EP. It’s nice to hear The Revival Hour’s sound back and with all the grandeur of the previous two tasters, although dialled back from the simply epic Hold Back, it’s still a big sound. This time maybe slightly mellower, more reflective and a little less overdramatic in its entirety, but definitely The Revival Hours sound through and through. Pyre is a great teaser for what’s to come. November seems too far away…

On another note, The Revival Hour are embarking on their first tour of the UK, dates are below.

Tuesday 20 November – MANCHESTER – Band On The Wall (£9)
Wednesday 21 November – LEEDS – Brudenell (£10)
Thursday 22 November – LIVERPOOL – Parr St Studio 2 (£9)
Friday 23 November – NORWICH – Arts Centre (£9 adv/ £11 door)
Monday 26 November – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£10)
Tuesday 27 November – BRISTOL – Louisiana (£10)
Wednesday 28 November – EXETER – Phoenix (£9)
Thursday 29 November – LONDON – Village Underground (£10)  
Friday 30 November – OXFORD – Jericho (£9)

The Lumineers [Listen & Watch]

This band has done a good job of being heard in the States, and they’re about to bring their stomping feet and country strings to Europe. I discovered them from a cool blog called instagigs – worth checking out.

Lumineers released their self titled debut album in April this year, and managed to squeeze into the top 10 of the Alternative Chart position. They even recently played on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno .

“The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics” 

A few tracks on the album stick out for me. I really appreciate short, well strung songs, and Flowers in Your Hair and Ho Hey are both under 3mins, and are probably the two most catchy tunes. The band are known for wearing their hearts on their sleeve; the general themes are of broken relationships and unfair love – but somehow you still feel good when listening

One song from the album that stands alone for me is Flapper Girl, this is the kind of song that would be on the B-Side of an EP. It’s subtle melody with relaxed vocals breathes a warm breeze into the album as it nears towards the end.

The band are currently on tour, and are set to play in the Uk on the 17th of September at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Click here to treat yourself to their album – it’s a good investment for when the sun is shining and you’re swinging in your hammock.

Check out their newly released music video for Ho Hey. Simple idea executed very nicely:

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes [News/Listen]

Stephen Ellison is a very busy man. He runs his own record label, Brainfeeder; is a producer for many of the artists on that label and also produces his own music under the moniker of Flying Lotus. He has recently announced to the world that his fourth full length album will be released on 2nd October, and will be titled, “Until The Quiet Comes”. It will be released on Warp Records who released two of his previous three albums, his 2006 debut album titled “1983” was released on Plug Research.  You can see the album cover and tracklisting for “Until The Quiet Comes” below. The album will feature guest appearances from Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, both from Radiohead, as well as Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Laura Darlington.  He will embark on an autumn tour to support the release of this record which includes two UK dates:

3/11 – Brixton Academy, London
9/11 – Warehouse Project, Manchester

Further dates can be found here

Until The Quiet Comes:

01 All In
02 Getting There [ft. Niki Randa]
03 Until the Colours Come
04 Heave(n)
05 Tiny Tortures
06 All the Secrets
07 Sultans Request
08 Putty Boy Strut
09 See Thru to U [ft. Erykah Badu]
10 Until the Quiet Comes
11 DMT Song [ft. Thundercat]
12 The Nightcaller
13 Only if You Wanna
14 Electric Candyman [ft. Thom Yorke]
15 Hunger [ft. Niki Randa]
16 Phantasm [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 me Yesterday//Corded
18 Dream to Me

In addition to all this new album goodness, Flying Lotus has also released a single as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series 2012. It was released on Monday (23rd July) and is available for free download. It is a collaboration with OFWGKTA member Earl Sweatshirt and someone who calls themselves Captain Murphy. It’s a belter

In addition, FlyLo has also just released the third instalment of his Lovers Melt mixtape series – “Another mix for your summer some things you may know some things you may not”. It is available as a free download from Brainfeeder.

You can now see why I started this post by saying he is a busy man, but lets hope it stays that way.

Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro – Look Around The Corner [Watch]

I mentioned this superb track a few weeks ago but now it has a nice and intimate live video to go with it. Sounds of the summer right here folks. The album’s out 2nd of April and the single is available now from various places on the net!

Live dates are as follows:

March
15th – 17 – SXSW Showcase Info TBA
22nd – Los Angles
24th – San Francisco

April
24th – Paris
25th – Massy
26th – Marseille
27th – Nice
28th – Bordeaux

May
2nd – Koko, London
3rd – Picture House, Edinburgh
4th – Band on the Wall, Manchester
5th – WDR Anniversary, nr. Cologne, Germany
6th – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Dodgy Reunion – new album, single & tour dates [listen]

90s band Dodgy have reformed and are releasing a new album.  Stand Upright In A Cool Place will be the first release that includes the original line up of Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller for over 15 years. The band, who are best known for their hits Staying Out for the Summer, If You’re Thinking of Me, and Good Enough rose to prominence during the Britpop era.

The new material has a more developed and mature sound, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  As with all Dodgy songs, they would make a superb accompaniment to a warm summer festival field. The excellent lead single What Became Of You is out on February 13th.

Watch the video to What Became Of You

Listen to Tripped & Fell

The album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place, follows on February 20th and is available to order from http://strikebackrecords.sandbag.uk.com.

The band have also announced a string of tour dates:

Feb 17 The Box – Crewe, United Kingdom
Feb 18 Eric’s – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Feb 22 Bush Hall – London, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Eiger – Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Bullingdon – Oxford, United Kingdom
May 19 Lakefest 2012 –Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Jul 06 The Court Theatre – Tring, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Nibley Festival – Dursley, United Kingdom

Visit the band site: http://www.dodgyology.com/

Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro – Look Around The Corner [Listen/News]

Quantic has teamed up with Alice Russell for a full-length backed by the Combo Bárbaro. It’s still only January right?

The first single and album opener Look Around the Corner has made it’s way onto soundcloud and seamlessly mixes soul, blues and Columbian vibes with Alice Russell’s trademark swaggering vocal style. It’s summer distilled and nails a classic 60’s feel with warm, dusty production, live instrumentation and excellent song writing.


Quantic and Alice Russell are a pretty big deal for UK based Tru Thoughts and this marks the first time the pair will have worked together on a complete album, having collaborated only on single songs previously. Backed by Quantic’s own Combo Bárbaro this looks set to be a bright and soulful release that will land just in time for summer. Look Around The Corner is out on deluxe full-colour 10” vinyl and digital download on 20th February; the album (of the same name) follows in April. Quantic will be touring with Alice Russell in the USA, Europe and UK through from March to May.

If you enjoy this, it’s worth grabbing a copy of Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro’s excellent album Tradition In Transition.

At the Drive-In Reunion Announced [News]

“¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL” was the cryptic tweet posted by the Texas post-hardcore band earlier today.

Back in 2000, after the band had released their first major label LP ‘Relationship Of Command’ – I was lucky enough to witness the band live in the small confines of the Carling Premier Tent at the Reading Festival. To this date it is the greatest, most intense and physical live performance I have ever seen.

The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001 due to differences in the direction that the members wanted to take the band. Not wanting to be confined by the punk or hardcore genres, Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez started the more progressive The Mars Volta. Meanwhile, the remaining members — Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar — formed the band Sparta.

The extent of the reunion is not yet known, although singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala has also confirmed that a new The Mars Volta album will drop very soon as well.

Listen to “One Armed Scissor” here.

Band Website

Band Twitter

Bonobo – Black Sands Gets Remixed

This is exciting news, I’m a big Bonobo fan to the extent I’d say he’s pretty much one of, if not, my favourite artists around. Black Sands released to critical acclaim in March 2010 and was an absolutely fantastic album supported by a superb tour with a live band. Now almost two years later Ninja Tune is releasing a remix album which will also see Simon leave the band behind for the live shows and take to the decks again. I’m looking forward to this one as the list of artists throwing down the remixes is pretty decent.

It’s landing on the 13th of February so not long to get those pre-orders in. There’s a Bonus 5″ vinyl to be snapped up and all physical orders will ship with another bonus CD of remixes. Something for the collector there!

Track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude (Lapalux’s Finger on the Tape Remix)
2. The Keeper (Banks Remix)
3. Kiara (Cosmin TRG Remix)
4. Eyesdown (Floating Points Remix)
5. Eyesdown (ARP 101 Remix)
6. Eyesdown (feat. Andreya Triana & DELS)
7. All In Forms (FaltyDL Remix)
8. Ghost Ship
9. Stay The Same (Mark Pritchard Remix)
10. Eyesdown (Machinedrum Remix)
11. All In Forms (Mike Slott Remix)
12. Stay the Same (Blue Daisy ‘Not Quite the Same’ Remix)
13. Brace Brace
14. Black Sands (Duke Dumont’s ‘Grains Of Sand’ Reconstruction Edit)

You can hear samples and pre-order at Ninja Tune’s release page. Tour dates linked here.

Emancipator – Elephant Survival [Listen]

Fresh back from the christmas holiday season and I feel like I’ve already got a lot of things to catch up with. This one arrived before Christmas and seemed to go right under my radar.

Emancipator has released a brilliant new track with samples straight from the Elephant Revival track Forgiveness. It takes all the best bits from the original track and applies Doug Appling’s distinct ‘organic’ trip-hop style with great results. It’s also FREE which is always a bonus and leaves you with no reason not to check it out.

Elephant Survival by emancipator

If you want to catch him live, Emancipator is also on tour for the next couple of months (though there’s a distinct lack of UK shows!); dates are as follows.

1/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
1/19 – Lousiville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/20 – Nashville, TN @ MAI
1/21 – Atlanta, GA @ King Plow Arts Center
1/22 – Gainesville, FL @ The Vault
1/25 – Starkville, MS @ Rick’s
1/26 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
1/27 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/28 – Floyd, VA @ Sun Music Hall
2/1   – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse
2/2   – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/3   – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
2/4   – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
2/5   – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
2/8   – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
2/9   – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
2/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/14 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
2/15 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
2/16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
2/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Loft at Barfly

Youth Lagoon Announces Spring Tour for 2012 [News]

Off the back of the absolutely fantastic The Year of Hibernation (released last month in the UK ), Youth Lagoon has announced a spring tour with dates in the US, Australia, Japan and Europe. The album ranked #21 on SPIN magazines best 50 albums of 2011 and for good reason. It’s been a good year for music and this was one of the highlights for me. Tour dates are as follows.

01-19 Seattle, WA – Neumos
01-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore
01-21 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02-15 Melbourne, Australia – The Toff in Town
02-16 Sydney, Australia – Oxford Art Factory
02-18 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender
02-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-24 Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
02-25 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
02-27 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
02-28 Munich, Germany – 59 To 1
02-29 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
03-02 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
03-03 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
03-06 London, England – Electrowerkz
03-10 Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
03-11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03-12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03-18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
03-19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03-20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
03-21 Orlando, FL – The Social
03-22 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-24 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
03-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-29 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
03-30 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-31 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
04-02 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
04-03 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
04-04 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
04-08 Mexico City, Mexico – Indie O Fest
04-11 San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub
04-12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-13 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

http://soundcloud.com/youth-lagoon/cannons

If you’re interested in grabbing the album (which I highly recommend) you can find it at Lefse Records The Year of Hibernation.