Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Shearwater Announces New Record "Animal Joy" Out 13 February 2012 On Sub Pop Records

On 13 February, 2012 Shearwater will release their Sub Pop debut Animal Joy. 

Animal Joy was produced and recorded by Danny Reisch in Austin, Texas, and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jonsi, Frightened Rabbit) in Bridgeport, Connecticut; sessions took place through most of 2011. The band will embark on a 13 date North American tour opening for Sharon Van Etten beginning on 2 February and will be heading to Europe in April.

The Rosie Taylor Project - new album in Feb 2012

Twin Beds is the new album from The Rosie Taylor Project, which is due out on Odd Box Records in February. Harnessing the intensity of The National with the pop sensibility of Jens Lekman and the intelligent wordplay of Deathcab For Cutie, The Rosie Taylor Project have made a sophisticated record, full of heartfelt honesty and romance. Produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Herman Dune) and with a guest vocal appearance from Wild Beasts’ singer Tom Fleming, the band have honed their chamber pop sound to become the next in line of succession for widespread admiration.


Darren Hayman video for "I Taught You How To Dance"

Darren Hayman - I Taught You How To Dance (Official Video) from Darren Hayman on Vimeo.

"I Taught You How To Dance" is a new four track ten inch EP featuring the standout track from Darren's latest album The Ship's Piano and covers of three other songs with 'Dance' in the title; 'Dance Away' by Roxy Music, 'I Don't Want to Dance' by Eddy Grant and 'Come Dancing' by the Kinks.


New video for Meg Baird's "The Finder" directed by Naomi Yang

Meg Baird's "The Finder" from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

Naomi Yang (Damon & Naomi, Galaxie 500) and Meg Baird team up for Naomi's gorgeously shot PSA on how to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors in an archetypal New England autumn. With thanks to Boston-based artist Andrew Witken for the settings.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department advises; “Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts -- make blaze orange your fashion statement when you head afield this fall. Wearing a fluorescent orange hat, vest or jacket makes you highly visible in the woods.

"Wearing hunter orange has definitely been shown to decrease hunting incidents across the country," said Tom Flynn, Manager of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.  "It is important for hunters, because the overwhelming majority of hunting-related incidents involve members of hunting parties"

The song is taken from Meg Baird's new album, Seasons On Earth, available in Europe on Wichita Recordings.

To see more of Naomi Yang's work please visit: http://www.vimeo.com/naomiyang  
Listen to "The Finder" here:

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EU Tour dates:
Fri 25 November - Tampere, Finland - Telakka
Sat 26 November - Helskinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
Mon 28 November - Edinburgh, UK - The Wee Red Bar
Tue 29 November - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
Wed 30 November - Liverpool, UK - Leaf
Thur 1 December - Coventry, UK - Taylor John’s House
Fri 2 December - Kirkbymoorside, UK - The Band Room
Sat 3 December - Hedben Bridge, UK - Trades Club
Sun 4 December - Bristol, UK - Cube Cinema
Mon 5 December - London, UK - Café Oto
Tue 6 December - Brighton, UK - The Basement

New video and 10" from The Pipettes "Boo Shuffle"

The Pipettes are back with “Boo Shuffle” a super fun single (10"/download - out on Fortuna POP! on 14 November) resplendent with its own dance routine that zaps them right back to their polka-dotted girl group roots. One of the last songs to be produced by the legendary Martin Rushent (The Stranglers, Shirley Bassey, Altered Images, The Buzzcocks and, most famously, the Human League’s ‘Dare’) before his untimely death earlier this year, Boo Shuffle fizzes with energy and is sure to put the band right back in the hit parade where they belong.

Live dates:
21 December - London - Nambucca
14 December - Manchester - Sound Control


New video from THEE SPIVS for Black and white memories

Thee Spivs' tremendous follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Taped Up is called Black and White Memories, and came out on 14 November on Damaged Goods. The new album still mixes up old school punk with rock'n'roll and injects it with a dash of glam, camp-fire sing-alongs and youthful zeal. They've made an excellent video for the title track "Black and White Memories" which features some old cine-footage taking us down memory lane mixed with some current footage of the band.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Darren Hayman - The Ship's Piano

DARREN HAYMAN presents "The Ship's Piano" as a free download, the title track from his forthcoming full-length, solo album on Fortuna POP! (out 17 October). He also unveils the new video for the track, which is made up of images of different pianos over the ages submitted by fans.

Darren Hayman "The Ship's Piano"
VIDEO - http://www.vimeo.com/28706764
MP3 Download link here: http://www.fortunapop.com/free_download.php?id=32

More info here: www.hefnet.com
NEW PHOTOS HERE: http://www.hefnet.com/Publicity.htm


Darren will be playing a few intimate piano concerts over the coming months, with two dates at the Albany in London and on 13 November at the Unitarian Church in Brighton. Full gig listings below (including the Vostok 5 show next week and the Fortuna POP! Anniversary at the Scala in November).

Tues 18 October - The Albany, London (intimate piano set)
Weds 19 October - The Albany, London (intimate piano set)
Thur 3 November - Scala, London (Fortuna POP! 15th Anniversary)
Sun 13 November - Unitarian Church, Brighton (grand piano set)

Best known as the singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner, Darren Hayman is now six albums into an increasingly idiosyncratic career path; writing the theme tune and staring in a Spanish Sitcom, playing a 30 people capacity show in a 100 year old paper mache observatory and playing possibly Britiain’s most remote festival on the Isle of Eigg. Darren is also writing the best tunes of his career; increasingly complex and mature songs. In the latest incarnation of the constantly morphing Secondary Modern he has gathered together a set of musicians with the chops to do justice to his increasingly complex and mature songs; a tight, tough, but soulful folk-rock orchestra reminiscent of a more urban Incredible String Band or an Anglicized Lambchop. Following his January Songs project Darren continues one of his busiest years with a brand new solo album of subtle, drifting piano ballads called The Ship’s Piano out in October.

“London's laureate of sexual dysfunction, discomfort, and dog-eared under-achievement... the match of Ray Davies, or any of the quintessentially English masters.” (The Guardian)

VIDEO FOR "I Know I F*ed Up" with Elizabeth Morris HERE http://www.vimeo.com/18643115