Many many PR emails boldly state what producer working with the band being plugged. Usually it’s someone who once worked on a latter day album of some fairly average band…but sometimes the producer will peak your interest.
In this case it’s Steve Albini, Shallac and Big Black member, producer for Jesus Lizard, Nirvana, Pixies and PJ Harvey …someone who obviously knows how to get the most out of a loud band.
Family debuted with Zane Lowe playing it twice in a row on his BBC Radio 1 show a few weeks back. Today the band debuted their first ever video, a nod from former tour-mates Two Door Cinema Club helping it to spread ‘round the internet like wildfire. On the back of such an endorsement you’d be wise to pick up a few tickets for their first live show in a bit this Thursday in Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. They’re playing with Theme Park, Man About Country and Citizens!.
Album coming soon on School Boy Error/Cooperative Music.
Two siiiiiiiiick remixes of Azari & III tracks, which I’m delving into like a fat kid into cake, since I’m a little late to the Azari party, not realising how good they were initially. First work I’m hearing from Jamie Jones, well impressed, this is tearing up the dance world it would seem, and rightly so! Disclosure, I’ve been following a while now, they’re making off kilter, hectic and sometimes entirely unsettling work, like this quality piece of work.
It took a few over and backs to roll in on Fever Fever but this time I’m sold.
The Norwich trio somehow pull off being shouty and juvenile, on top of sounding like every band in the world in about 2007. Admirably, they sound like they could care less and are happy screaming and pounding guitars and drums.
Yes Azealia Banks has released a new jam. And yes, I’m going to have to post it. Less frantic than her first few, it’s a sweet little Aaliyah sampling R n’ B effort that’ll clean up on hit radio with the right money behind it …what’s that? Signed to Universal? Debut out in May or June? Summer sorted then eh?
First listen to Poor Moon and I’m excited. Too early to say they’re a keeper?
Just signed to Bella Union, they’re made up of four Seattle fellows, Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott with friends Ian and Peter Murray. This song is out for free now and will appear on their debut E.P Illusions which is out in Spring.
More “sounds of 2012” craic, this time with the big man himself, winner of the BBC poll, it’s …
Michael Kiwanuka! Posted about him back in May, but to be honest even then I wasn’t that on the ball as he’d already been touring with Adele. Nonetheless a solid call from the BBC as king of Sound of 2012. Not that any of it means much anyway, but I’m sure you’ve read a million opinion pieces at this stage. For everyone else, apart from those immediately involved it’s just another nice list to pick one of two new acts from to have a listen to. My only beef is that someone wins. It’s not sport, leave it alone. Same time, Michael has sold out a tour and will probably sell lots of records on the back of this so good for him, he’s a solidly talented songwriter with a wonderful voice so more power to him.
The Chieftains with Bon Iver - ‘Down In The Willow Garden’
As premiered yesterday over on Pitchfork, ‘Down In The Willow Garden’ is an Appalachian folk ballad sung by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in collaboration with Irish folk stalwarts The Chieftains, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations in the form of a studio album and extensive tour. The record, entitled Voice of Ages, will also feature The Decemberists, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, The Low Anthem, The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Lisa Hannigan, Carlos Nunez and more.
‘Down In The Willow Garden’ is a gut wrenching song, telling the murderous tale of one Rose Connolly and an accused man facing the gallows - Bon Iver’s falsetto is one of softened anguish over misty fiddle and pipes from The Chieftains.