BOP ENGLISH – AKA WHITE DENIM’S JAMES PETRALLI
TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘CONSTANT BOP’
VIA BLOOD AND BISCUITS ON 13 APRIL

Listen to Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control) here: https://soundcloud.com/bop-english/danis-blues-it-was-beyond-our-control/s-nXsje

Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli, has announced a debut record titled Constant Bop that will be released 13 April via Blood and Biscuits. In the making for over four years, Constant Bopis a widely collaborative project that features production from Jim Vollentine5th Street Studio’s Ryan Joseph and Nick Joswick, as well as Matt Oliverof Big Orange Studios and the band TV TorsoConstant Bop is the result of years of persistence and determination, having been created in the same period of time that it took Petralli to finish two White Denim records. It is an album born of real studio magic; dozens of musicians contribute to its ten tracks including White Denim’s drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkinsand bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schneider.

For this record, James Petralli didn’t want to be James Petralli. Not in a self-loathing, melodramatic way, but in the same way that Vanilla Ice probably didn’t want to be Robert Matthew Van Winkle. The name Bop English stems from a series of events earlier in James’ life, when he befriended Andy Pickett, a drifter he played music with. After James had left for college in Nacogdoches in the summer of ’99, he heard through a friend back home that Andy was struggling with employment. James drove home, found Andy and offered to share his college room with him. Andy ended up writing a book, and what Andy dictated, James typed. The end result was ‘The Chaperito Street Metaphor’, which Andy dedicated to Bop English. When James asked who Bop English was, Andy’s response was “that’s you man!”

The biggest difference between Constant Bop and any White Denim record is the amount of time James spent working on it by himself. “The musicians on this record still influenced and shaped the record significantly though,” he says. There are over one hundred days of studio time preciously invested in Constant Bop, which ultimately reflects in its sheer quality. The music exists in this way because of how frequently James writes, and there are times when White Denim can’t be around to help realise what he’s working on.

Always one to keep busy, James found himself heading back to Constant Bop whenever he had the chance, free of the restriction of deadlines and thus finding he had a lot more room to experiment. The musicians would generally come in for an hour or two, learn the tune and then improvise on it. None of the musicians who contributed ever met in the same room – the entire record was built brick by brick, sporadically but meticulously. “I listened to countless hours of audio playback, and near the end of mixing my skin tone began to resemble that of a cave dwelling salamander,” James recalls.

There are layers upon layers to explore on Constant Bop, with a serious attention to detail being applied to every track. “There’s this one technique that has been used by tons of producers, but it was my first time to see it applied to this extent with any level of success,” he mentions, referring to the pitched up guitar effect that’s found on ‘Sentimental Wilderness’. Scrupulous and ever diligent, there’s a ton to unwrap on Constant Bop, a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ‘60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly James Petralli.

The final ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate timeless songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lyne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. It’s a rich and diverse record that’s teeming with pop classicism and zippy rock ‘n’ roll. First single ‘Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)’, is a prime example, effervescent and energetic with fizzing guitars and buoyant piano. On the other hand, juxtaposed underneath all the electricity are lyrics of uncertainty, a running theme that echoes across many of the tracks on Constant Bop.

Uncertainty can be a personal struggle, and as you might expect from an artist’s solo work, Constant Bop often finds James being more open than he perhaps has been in the past. On the jaunty ‘Struck Matches’, James recalls an immensely terrifying yet educational experience while under the influence, shaping phrases he wrote down during his trip into a weird, metaphysical character evaluation. ‘Falling At Your Feet’ on the other hand is a country song that pushes away from the mainstream preconceptions of the genre, and is a classic tale of coming home. “I’m constantly struggling with balancing my childhood ambition of being a rock and roller and being a good family man,” he explains of the track.

Yet Constant Bop also sees James stepping into the light as a storyteller, enriching his already vivacious and dynamic album with vignettes of tantalising characters. ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ is perhaps the most political song he’s ever written, harkening back to thoughts he’s previously addressed on ‘Let’s Talk About It’ and ‘Transparency’ from Workout Holiday. It’s a testament to James’ uncanny ability as a songwriter that Constant Bop brilliantly interweaves his own experiences with those of his dreamed-up narrators, with the one in ‘Have I Got It Wrong’ being a prime example – a song written from the perspective of a religious person who is questioning his beliefs, and the way he has chosen to live when faced with his own mortality.

Musically, Constant Bop is full of disparate influences, but under the spell of James Petralli it all makes for an incredibly coherent album. From start to finish, it’s as if embarking on a journey through James’ musical history, one that bears thrilling and enthralling moments each time the road twists and turns.

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Constant Bop tracklisting:

1. Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)
2. Struck Matches
3. Trying
4. Have I Got It Wrong
5. Fake Dog
6. Willy Spends An Evening
7. Sentimental Wilderness
8. Falling At Your Feet
9. The Hardest Way
10. Long Distance Runner

Constant Bop will be available on CD, vinyl and via digital download. There will also be a limited edition blue/yellow vinyl. Pre-orders can be made from Blood and Biscuits.

José González has unveiled the video for his new single ‘Leaf Off / The Cave’. The new single is lifted from his upcoming album Vestiges & Claws - his first album in seven years which will be released via Peacefrog on 16 February 2015.

Having premiered on Pitchfork, the video is now available to watch on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHGnWdwi940

The video was filmed at a Sunday Assembly meeting, a place where people can come together regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation or cultural heritage. Director Mikel Cee Karlsson explains “the song talks about listening to reason and having the courage to change your mind when presented with new information that dis-prove your current convictions. This does not simply point towards religious beliefs, it points to us all, to all beliefs that govern our lives and guide our decisions. To me, this is what the song is about, and what the video tries to represent; that it is easy to think that your own judgement is the right one, and hard to admit that it is not.”

Having sold out two shows at The Scala in London (11th /12th March 2015), José will play a third London head-line show, to take place at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday 28 May. Full UK listings as follows.

José González UK Tour Dates:

11 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
12 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
13 Mar Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Tickets
14 Mar Academy 2, Manchester Tickets
28 May Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London Tickets

You can pre-order Vestiges & Claws here.

ALEX G ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE COMMERCIAL RELEASE OF ALBUMS ‘TRICK’ AND ‘RULES’

Previously Bandcamp-only albums have been professionally mastered

Listen to ‘Sarah’ via The FADER here

One to Watch 2015 – The Line of Best Fit

Lucky Number is thrilled to announce Trick, the latest album to be physically released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex GTrick follows on the heels of the international November 2014 release of Alex’s acclaimed album DSU, which was nominated for album of the year by The Line of Best Fit (One to Watch 2015)Crackand Time Out. Recorded before DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the tracks on Trick have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

Trick is due out on 6 April worldwide, on all formats via Lucky Number. A new bonus track, ‘Sarah’, is streaming right now via The FADER.

Listen to ‘Sarah’ here: http://www.thefader.com/2015/01/26/is-sarah-the-best-alex-g-song

Or via SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/luckynumbermusic/alex-g-sarah-1/s-veJmD

In their extensive profile, The FADER wrote that Alex G is “the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State”, as anyone who attended Alex’s sold out London show last November would have witnessed in-between his mammoth 21-song setlist. Alex himself acknowledges that ‘Change’ “resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love […] something that everyone experiences.”

Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem ‘Forever’, the dreamy and surreal ‘Animals’ and the aforementioned, charmingly lo-fi ‘Change’. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

In addition, Rules, another highlight from Alex’s extensive back catalogue, will also be released on the same day. Written and recorded just a few months before Trick, they both harbour a similar charm that makes it feel right for them to be released together.

Both Trick and Rules continue to showcase a prodigious songwriting talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.

Alex G returns to London on 3 March Chats Palace as part of a wider UK and European tour.

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Trick tracklisting:

1. Memory 2. Forever 3. Animals 4. String 5. Advice 6. People 7. Whale 8. Trick 9. Kute 10. So 11. Mary 12. Change 13. Clouds 14. Adam 15. Sarah 16. 16 Mirrors

Trick and Rules are out on all formats 6 April.

Tour dates:

Mon 23 Feb Berlin, Berghain Kantine, Tickets Tues 24 Feb Hamburg, Molotow, Tickets Weds 25 Feb Amsterdam, Paradiso, Tickets Thurs 26 Feb Antwerp, Trix Bar, Tickets Fri 27 Feb Paris, EspaceB, Tickets Sun 1 Mar Brighton, Green Door Store, Tickets Mon 2 Mar Bristol, The Cube, Tickets Tues 3 Mar London, Chat’s Palace, Tickets Thurs 5 Mar Manchester, Soup Kitchen, Tickets Fri 6 Mar Glasgow, Broadcast, Tickets Sat 7 Mar Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, Tickets

Praise for DSU:

“The new name to drop in alt-rock circles” The Guardian

“An instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be” 4/5 Time Out ‘Album of the Week’

“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records” The Quietus

“DSU is carved up into palatable little nuggets of joy. As non-debuts go, they don’t come much stronger” 9/10 The Line of Best Fit

“DSU is a record that’s so full of pure, raw greatness that it’s hard to pin down the exact element that makes it so great” 16/20 Crack Magazine

“DSU is an album for kids that scour the internet as they would a crate full of physical records. It’s careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique” 8/10 Drowned in Sound

“A masterful handling of mischievous lyrics and beautiful melodies” 8/10 Uncut

“Richly diverse record” 8/10 NME

“DSU’s charm is its blissfully care free vibe” 4/5 Mojo

“Every single track charms” 4/5 Metro

“A raw and refreshing talent” 4/5 The Skinny

“DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album” London in Stereo

“Everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love” The 405

“The Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” FADER

“Idiosyncratic sketches each capable of winding its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone” 7.9 Pitchfork

“Music so immensely personal, it’s hard to believe you’re even capable of comprehending the majority of what you’re hearing.” CMJ

“DSU is a homespun gem from virtually out of nowhere” Consequence of Sound

SUFJAN STEVENS TO HEADLINE END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER & TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS SPRING

CARRIE & LOWELL OUT MARCH 30 ON ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

“The Best Record Sufjan Stevens Has Ever Made, also known as Carrie & Lowell
The Guardian

To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens will play a headline date on Saturday 5 September at the End of the Road Festival and tour North America beginning in April. Presale tickets and further information are available at http://carrieandlowell.com/tour.

Watch a trailer for the album here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vj9s0U2U2o

Preorder the album at http://www.carrieandlowell.com/

Carrie & Lowell will be released in the UK on March 30 (March 31 in the US) on Stevens’ own Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens’ folk roots.

A singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a BAM-commissioned programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Stevens released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.

Stevens recently collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck on Year of the Rabbit, a modern dance program set to a classical orchestration of Enjoy Your Rabbit and an original orchestral score commissioned for Peck’s ballet Everywhere We Go. Stevens’ second BAM commission Round-Up, an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, recently premiered at BAM’s Harvey Theater.

Praise for Age of Adz:

“Something not only genuinely remarkable but genuinely enjoyable”
4/5 The Guardian ‘Album Of The Week’

“Yet again this prodigal genius manages to confound expectations, confirming his place as modern music’s most protean artist”
4/5 The Independent ‘Album Of The Week’

“Exhilirating… who knew the apocalypse could be so beautiful?”
NME

“This man can do no wrong”
Independent On Sunday

“The most interesting musician in America right now”
Sunday Times

“Stevens’ heartfelt lyricism and stunning pop orchestration both shine bright”
4/5 Daily Telegraph

“One of the loveliest things he has done”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Entrancing melodies”
5/5 Financial Times

“4/5” Q Magazine

“4/5” The Sun

“4/5” Time Out

James Holden – first UK tour dates announced

Modular synth mastermind and DJ-turned-live-performer James Holden is set to embark on his first ever live tour of the UK this April. Along with his new band incarnation, he will be playing in Brighton, Leeds, Gateshead, Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow. Holden is joined by jazz drummer Tom Page on all dates, where synth and drums go head to head in an improvised reimagining of Holden’s most recent album The Inheritors.

Although there have been plenty of James Holden DJ outings across the UK over the years, any live performances were previously confined to his own home studio, in the form of in-the-moment sessions and first takes which form the basis of Holden’s record releases. It was Caribou’s Dan Snaith who first gave Holden the idea to transport his hitherto studio-bound modular rig into the live arena, with an invitation to join Four TetSinkane and a bonus brass section (and for one show, the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen) in the 2011 line-up of the Caribou Vibration Ensemble supergroup. Holden’s synth arpeggiations can be heard adorning the recent ‘CVE Live 2011 LP’, including a hypnotic bleepy breakdown solo on the 13-minute extended version of Caribou’s anthemic ‘Sun’.

But it would take an impossible-to-turn-down invitation from none other than Thom Yorke to convince Holden to finally assemble his own live touring outfit, with a request to support Yorke’s Atoms For Peace on their 2013 North American tour. Holden had long been a fan of Tom Page’s brotherly synth-and-drum duo Rocketnumbernine (whose recent collaborators also include Neneh Cherry and Four Tet), so Page was the natural first choice to complement Holden and his portable modular set-up in reworking the tracks from his recently released album. Many rehearsals and one US arena tour later, and the transformation was complete.

Following their return to Europe, the newly-formed synth-and-drum duo of Holden and Page have continued their live adventures over the past year with festivals and one-off shows across Europe (occasionally joined onstage by the improvisational flourishes of French saxophonist Etienne Jaumet, schedules permitting), including UK festivals Latitude, Field Day, Festival No. 6 and Meltdown. And such is the nature of improvisational music that the more the pair play together, the more connected their performance becomes. Which is why, although a little belated in terms of the usual album promotional cycle, there really couldn’t be a better moment for them to grace the UK with a full tour.

London meanwhile will have to wait a little longer for another James Holden full band show, but in the interim it can look forward to a special one-off James Holden performance on 9 April at the Barbican. The event, billed as ‘Hello, Terry Riley’, will see Holden’s trademark arpeggios intertwined with the tablas of Camilo Tirado in a new piece inspired by the works of legendary American minimalist Terry Riley. Young Turks’ Koreless and Border Community’s Luke Abbott will also perform their own Riley-inspired pieces, and the event will be repeated at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw on 11 April as part of their World Minimal Music Festival.

James Holden tour dates:

9 April – Hello Terry Riley @ Barbican, London (with Luke Abbott & Koreless) - Tickets
11 April – Hello Terry Riley @ Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam (with Luke Abbott & Koreless) - Tickets
26 April – Haunt, Brighton Tickets
27 April – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds - Tickets
28 April – Sage Hall Two, Gateshead - Tickets
29 April – Colston Hall, Bristol Tickets
30 April – Kazimier, Liverpool Tickets
1 May – Art School, Glasgow - Tickets *

* = with Karen Gwyer

Praise for The Inheritors:

‘The year’s most revealing and intriguing album’ 4.5/5 Resident Advisor

The Inheritors builds on his remarkable debut – it’s even more ambitious in scope, grabbing the listener by the throat and refusing to let go’
9/10 The 405

‘If Boards of Canada evoke the beauty and majesty of the rolling countryside, Holden puts you in direct contact with it, forcing you to engage in its uneven terrain and irregular placement.’
8.2 Pitchfork

‘An electronic folk chimera of primordial pagan beats, ancient and timeless yet psychedelically futurist’
8/10 Clash

’17/20′ Crack Magazine

‘Album of the Month’
Data Transmission

‘Album of the Month’
Dazed & Confused

‘A modern pagan ritual of an album which transcends your consciousness, holding you in a dazed state’
8/10 Drowned in Sound

‘Like going on an expedition in the Highlands: when you reach the highest points, it’s breathtaking’
9/10 Dummy

‘Chaotic systems, hypnotic throbs and heart-on-sleeve emotion, all deploying his homemade machine to devastating effect’
FACT

‘This is an extremely heady record but it’s always with a light burning somewhere, hypnotising and alive’
DIY

‘Melding drones of vintage synthesisers with the fractal beats of modern computer programming’
4/5 Financial Times

‘Holden has created a peerless sonic palette, breathing life into its heritage as much as forging a breathtaking new ideal for a spectrum he holds so dear’
London in Stereo

‘It offers a depth and genuine thrill that, in the context of 2013′s electronic music, with its order, precision and cleanliness is a godsend’
9/10 Loud & Quiet

‘An extraordinary, unique record from one of electronic music’s most vivid minds’
8/10 Mixmag

‘Stunning’
4/5 Mojo

‘An album that sees him beginning to move beyond an acclaimed producer and DJ into a true composer and electronic visionary.’
4/5 Music OMH

‘So unlike anything else out there he is effectively a sub-genre of one’
Q

The Inheritors is techno music not so much fragmented as smashed into tiny pieces’
The Quietus

‘An impressive, intricate meditation on the weirder corners of electronic music’s history’
4/5 The Skinny

‘4/5’ The Times

‘4.5/5’ The Sun

‘4/5’ Time Out

‘A fiercely original feast of experimental sound’
8/10 Uncut

‘A challenge to producers content to be bound by others’ expectations’
8/10 XLR8R

‘Seven years after his debut album The Idiots Are Winning, the Border Community co-founder returns with a brain-melting work of staggering genius’
SPIN

“The Nashville singer’s debut is a sumptuous country-soul classic.”
‘Album of the Month’ 8/10 Uncut

“Prass is the one to watch in 2015.”
The Independent on Sunday

“Her gorgeous debut is already a contender for album of the year.”
Evening Standard

Debut album Natalie Prass now streaming via Pitchfork

Nashville singer Natalie Prass has announced a run of dates supporting the legendary Ryan Adams. The news comes in advance of her debut UK show at The Lexington on 27 January, which is now sold out.

Natalie’s eponymous debut album comes 26 January via Spacebomb Records/Caroline International.

Natalie will also be performing at Rough Trade East on Wednesday 28 January at 1pm.

Listen to ‘My Baby Don’t Understand Me’ herehttps://soundcloud.com/natalieprass/my-baby-dont-understand-me/s-5vBt2

Dates with Ryan Adams:

Thu 19 Feb Brighton Brighton Dome
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Sat 21 Feb Leicester De Montfort Hall
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Tue 24 Feb Edinburgh Usher Hall
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Wed 25 Feb Leeds O2 Academy
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Fri 27 Feb London Eventim Apollo
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Sat 28 Feb Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
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Sun 01 Mar Liverpool Liverpool Guild of Students
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Tue 03 Mar Cork, IE Cork Opera House
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Thu 05 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
SOLD OUT

Fri 06 Mar Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
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Mon 09 Mar Copenhagen, DK Flaconer Salen
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Tue 10 Mar Stockholm, SE Cirkus
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Thu 12 Ma Bergen, NO USF Verftet
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Fri 13 Mar Oslo, NO Sentrum Scene
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Praise for Natalie Prass

“Assured, moving and soaked in a lush classicism.”
4/5 Q

“Prass’ debut luxuriates in the same effortlessly timeless space as Rumer’s Seasons Of My Soul and I Am Shelby-Lynne.”
4/5 Mojo

“Prass’ voice – utterly lethal – describes heartache and loss. Stunning.”
The Sunday Times

“It’s Prass’ rich, hurt voice that brings ‘Why Don’t You Believe in Me’ to life” NME

“Prass’ exquisite voice is underpinned by lavish string and horn arrangements from producers Matthew E. White and Trey Pollard, who gird it with enough full-bodied orchestration that her blend of soul, pop, and country is rendered in technicolor.”
‘My Baby Don’t Understand Me’
‘Best New Track’ Pitchfork

Having debuted via Swedish TV on Saturday night, José González shares his new single ‘Leaf Off/The Cave’ lifted from his upcoming album Vestiges & Claws - his first album in seven years which will be released via Peacefrog on 16 February 2015.

Check ‘Leaf Off/The Cave’ here:
https://soundcloud.com/josegonzalez/leaf-off-the-cave

Live footage from Swedish TV ‘P3 GULD 2015′ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF9uyCZpsjc

Also, after two sell out shows at The Scala in London (11/12 March 2015), José will play a third London headline show, to take place at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday 28 May.

Tickets for Shepherd’s Bush Empire can be purchased here: https://tickets.songkick.com/events/22475213

First single ‘Every Age’, which was one of Zane Lowe’s Hottest 100 tracks of 2014, is available to watch on YouTube here too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_iY2RQWNzM

José González UK Tour Dates:
11 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
12 Mar Scala, London SOLD OUT
13 Mar Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
14 Mar Academy 2, Manchester
28 May Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

NADINE SHAH ANNOUNCES FAST FOOD ALBUM
TO BE RELEASED 6 APRIL 2015 VIA APOLLO RECORDS

‘Stealing Cars’ makes BBC 6 Music A-list

Full band tour announced for April

Sebright Arms show on 27 January sold out

Watch the official album trailer here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrqdni7Zqag

Social:  Official Website | Facebook | YouTube | SoundCloud | Spotify

Watch the video for ‘Stealing Cars’ here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PznUsKnRuSU

“It signals a clear-cut evolution for Shah” - The Line of Best Fit

“A heart stopping comeback” - DIY

Having earned an early reputation for that uniquely rich, soulful voice; Nadine Shah released her debut album Love Your Dum and Mad to critical acclaim in 2013. A stint on the road with Depeche Mode followed whilst opening for Bat for Lashes and playing live at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label London Fashion Week show provided notable highlights on an extensive tour. Created with trusted collaborator and producer Ben Hillier, the excellent follow-up Fast Food is out on 6 April via Apollo / R&S Records.

Born from a fervent two-month writing session, Fast Food exists on a knife-edge – every bit as dramatic as we’ve come to expect from Nadine but with a sharpened eye for all things hook laden; retaining a brooding grandeur in its movements. Recorded live at Ben’s studio The Pool in South London, the album features contributions from guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (of I Am Kloot fame).

Building on the bruised honesty and charm of its predecessor, Fast Food rings with the confidence of an artist completing their most coherent musical chapter to date. “The last album took so long to make that by the time it came out it didn’t feel like it was a very clear representation of where I was musically, but this time it’s different,” Nadine explains. Fast Food is a more concentrated effort: it is the sound of Nadine Shah as she is now – stepping out from behind the piano and growing with immeasurable confidence.

Fast Food is a reflection upon a world obsessed with instant gratification and a life full of complicated relationships, Nadine admits. “My favourite love stories are the unconventional ones. The ones that aren’t like rom-coms because those aren’t the real stories, that’s not how it actually happens. For years I had this romanticised ideal of what love would be. I thought it would be perfect and that I would always be someone’s first love but as you get older, people have been in love before. That’s a large part of what Fast Food is about, the sudden realisation that you’re never going to be anybody’s first love ever again.”

Fast Food will be available on vinyl, CD and via digital download (AMB1506). You can pre-order the album via Nadine’s website here as well as iTunes here.

Tickets links for Nadine’s April headline tour will go live on Wednesday 21 January. A pre-sale will be available via Nadine’s website here on Tuesday 20 January.

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Fast Food tracklist:

1. Fast Food
2. Fool
3. Matador
4. Divided
5. Nothing Else To Do
6. Stealing Cars
7. Washed Up
8. The Gin One
9. Big Hands
10. Living

Live dates:

Tue 27 Jan London Sebright Arms SOLD OUT

Mon 06 Apr Brighton Resident, 6pm

Tue 07 Apr London Rough Trade East, 7pm FULL BAND SHOW

Wed 08 Apr Bristol Rise, 7pm

Thu 09 Apr Nottingham Rough Trade, 7pm

Fri 10 Apr Brighton The Haunt Tickets

Sat 11 Apr Gateshead Old Town Hall Tickets

Mon 13 Apr Glasgow King Tut’s Tickets

Tue 14 Apr Manchester Deaf Institute Tickets

Thu 16 Apr London Oslo Tickets

Fri 17 Apr Bristol Exchange Tickets

Sat 18 Apr Birmingham Rainbow Tickets

Praise for Love Your Dum and Mad:

Love Your Dum and Mad is astonishingly coherent”
‘Album of the Week’ Sunday Times

“It’s utterly magnetic. There are few albums that will make you experience so many emotions concurrently, and even fewer that will still give you chills hours later”
8/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

“An assured launch of a career that will provoke and explore in the style of Bjork or PJ Harvey”
‘Stand Out Album’ 4/5 Daily Mirror

“Cosy and cataclysmic all at the same time, this is one of the most compelling expressions of Great British gothic since Morrissey made a date at the cemetery gates”
4/5 Time Out

“Subtle electronics and the creation of desolate, 3-D spaces is the icing on a seductively ruined cake”
8/10 Uncut

“A piercingly direct seduction of the senses”
4/5 Mojo

“The voice of a goddess”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Nadine Shah’s voice is a revelation”
4/5 The Skinny

“A dark, delicious masterpiece”
Diva

“An extraordinarily delectable noise to behold”
London in Stereo

“Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull and are due belated critical acclaim”
The Guardian

“(Love Your Dum and Mad) retains a dynamism through Shah’s magnetic voice”
7.9 Pitchfork

Stream the mammoth 1000-song playlist here: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4lEESSgxM_5O81EvKCmBIm_JT5Q7JeaI

Following a colossal 2014, Dan Snaith aka Caribou has shared an equally colossal 1000-song playlist on YouTube to thank fans for their support. He had this to say about it:

“The last few years of my life have been incredible, thanks in large part to all of you – so I’ve been thinking of how to say thank you.

As you can imagine, music has been a central love of my life since I was a teenager and over the years I’ve been introduced to a lot that has stayed with me. I’ve collected the majority of that music here – and I thought sharing it with you seemed like one way I could say thanks.

I’m sure some things are under-represented or over-represented, but roughly speaking this is a musical history of my life. Of course a lot of this music has come to me through my friends – thank you to Koushik, Kieran, Jeremy, Gary, Brandon, Jason, Sam, Ketan, Ryan, Toby and many others… Also, please share music with me that you think I would like but is not included here, in the hope this becomes a dialogue rather than a monologue.

I suggest you listen to this on shuffle as I made no attempt to sequence these tracks – I just entered them as I browsed along the shelves in my record collection. If you see dead links or duplicate songs please tweet me -@caribouband.

Due to a fault in YouTube’s playlist coding, if you embed this playlist it will be truncated down to 200 tracks. Hopefully they will resolve that at some point but for now if you want to hear all 1000 songs then you need to listen via the link below.

I hope you find something to enjoy here.

Thanks,

Dan”

Caribou will play a sold out Brixton Academy on Saturday 14 March. He’s also set to headline Field Day on Saturday 6 June.

Praise for Our Love

“This is rich, strange, endlessly fascinating music: a subtle, beautiful triumph”
5/5 The Guardian

“One more reason to admire this underrated maestro – he’s made one of the most glorious and addictive albums of the year”
5/5 Time Out

“Another modern-day classic to add to Caribou’s formidable catalogue”                            17/20 Crack

“Wholly life-affirming”
9/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

“Dan Snaith’s most profound and accomplished piece of work to date”                               9/10 ‘Album of The Month’ Mixmag

“Earnest, evocative but most of all emotive, Our Love will be yours too”
9/10 DJ

“The Canadian producer’s thrilling album ties together over a decade’s worth of sonic kicks”
9/10 ‘Album of The Week’ NME

“A subtle, supple navigation of love’s extreme’s; the deeper you dive, the more it reveals”
4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ Independent on Sunday

“The whole thing is perfectly poised between the intimacy of that melancholy vocal and the sharp focus of the synths”
‘Album of The Week’ Dummy

‘9/10’ Uncut

‘4/5’ The Telegraph

’4/5′ The Times

‘4/5’ Evening Standard

‘4/5’ FT

’4/5′ Record Collector

’4/5′ DIY

“This beautiful, open-hearted album explores every one of its title’s implications, wrapping both the blessed and the lost in its generous embrace”                                                                4/5 Q

“Irresistibly immersive”
4/5 Mojo

Our Love is the Caribou album that best defines the tension between his electronic explorations and pop sensibilities”
4/5 FACT

“The fine line between euphoria and melancholy is negotiated brilliantly”
4/5 The Observer

“Our Love is a hot contender for 2014’s Most Irresistible Dance Record”
4/5 Metro

“Another immersive electronic triumph”
Shortlist

Our Love is another striking step forward”
8/10 Loud & Quiet

“Holds in abundance all the hallmarks of a master”
8/10 Drowned in Sound

“This is something to be played over and over, around those you love, and those you may come to”
8/10 Clash

“It’s a smart, attentive, demanding progression that deftly captures various stages of love’s cycle”
4.5/5 Music OHM

“Deliberate, thoughtful and sophisticated”
8/10 The 405

“The magic of Snaith’s songs is not just that they’re clever, not just that they have such a direct effect on the nervous system, but that they reveal intellectual achievement, bodily pleasure and social interaction as utterly inseparable”
4/5 The Arts Desk

“Only Hot Chip blend tender electronic pop and head-spinning house music with as much imagination and generosity of spirit as Dan Snaith”
GQ

“As every bit as eclectic, danceable, odd, populist and clever as its predecessor … it’s the work of a musician who has grown into his sound only to absorb a whole new palette of sonic possibilities along the way”
London in Stereo

9/10 ‘Album of The Month’ Future Music

ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS SET TO RELEASE SUFJAN STEVENS’ CARRIE & LOWELL 
OUT 30 MARCH IN THE UK AND EUROPE
AND 31 MARCH IN NORTH AMERICA

Watch a trailer for the album here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vj9s0U2U2o
Preorder the album at http://www.carrieandlowell.com/

Carrie & Lowell, the new album from Sufjan Stevens, is set for release 30 March in the UK and Europe and 31 March in North America on Stevens’ own Asthmatic Kitty Records.

The album—named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather—is a return to Stevens’ folk roots. Thematically the eleven songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet.

Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a BAM-commissioned programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Stevens released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.

Stevens recently collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck on Year of the Rabbit, a modern dance program set to a classical orchestration of Enjoy Your Rabbit and an original orchestral score commissioned for Peck’s ballet Everywhere We Go. Stevens’ second BAM commission Round-Up, an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, will be performed at BAM’s Harvey Theater this January 20-25.

Praise for Age of Adz

“Something not only genuinely remarkable but genuinely enjoyable”
4/5 The Guardian ‘Album Of The Week’

“Yet again this prodigal genius manages to confound expectations, confirming his place as modern music’s most protean artist”
4/5 The Independent ‘Album Of The Week’

“Exhilirating… who knew the apocalypse could be so beautiful?”
NME

“This man can do no wrong”
Independent On Sunday

“The most interesting musician in America right now”
Sunday Times

“Stevens’ heartfelt lyricism and stunning pop orchestration both shine bright”
“4/5″ Daily Telegraph

“One of the loveliest things he has done”
4/5 Evening Standard

“Entrancing melodies”
5/5 Financial Times

“4/5” Q Magazine

“4/5” The Sun

“4/5” Time Out