A Quietus Award For 6 Music! Zun Zun Egui!

Zun Zun Egui have been nominated for The Quietus’ award for 6 Music.

Words from The Quietus:

Our friends at Now Playing on BBC 6 Music have asked us to put together a category in their 6 Music Blog Awards, airing this Friday. We’ve decided that the Quietus award will be for Tomorrow’s Cult Star Today – the artists that, right now, are perhaps not setting the charts afire but will become influential and irritatingly collectable on vinyl in the future. The show airs on March 2 from 7pm, and our shortlist can be found below. We want you to go and vote for which artist you think will be Tomorrow’s Cult Star Today over on our facebook. Nominations are:

So head over and vote for ZZE now!

Feline Friday #5

Feline Friday #5

It is with great regret that we missed Feline Friday last week. However, I feel that Feline Friday should not be limited to only being posted on “Friday”, as the spirit of the Feline drifts throughout the week. Above is an image too good not to share.

Many questions arise, mostly, why is the feline sitting in that way? How did it get such a huge double chin?

Think about it.

Feline Friday will resume as normal on Friday.

Read past Feline Fridays: Feline Friday #1 | Feline Friday #2 by Jamie Stewart | Feline Friday #3 by Peter Broderick | Feline Friday #4 by Casey Dienel

Thanks to Laura Snapes for the above image, which she titled “The Grand Emperor of Fashion”.

ATP: I’ll Be Your Mirror USA

ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 curated by Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) & ATP is now on sale. You can find tickets and information over here.

The lineup is pretty fantastic, and features a few of our own – I Break Horses, Vetiver and Dirty Three. The lineup so far -

Friday 21st Curated by ATP

Line-up To Be Confirmed…

Saturday 22nd Curated by Greg Dulli

The Afghan Whigs
Louis C.K.
The Roots
José González
Mark Lanegan Band
Dirty Three
The Antlers
The Dirtbombs – Performing Ultraglide In Black
Scrawl
Sharon Van Etten
Emeralds
Vetiver
Quintron And Miss Pussycat
Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires
DJ Questlove
Reigning Sound
+ more TBC

Sunday 23rd Curated by ATP

The Make-Up
Hot Snakes
The Magic Band
Autolux
Thee Oh Sees
Factory Floor
Death Grips
I Break Horses
+ more TBC

New Xiu Xiu and Dirty Three records released today!

RELEASED TODAY!
Always‘ by Xiu Xiu & ‘Toward The Low Sun‘ by Dirty Three

We are very proud to be releasing two fantastic records into the world today.

Always‘ is the first Bella Union release from Xiu Xiu, and you can currently preview it over at The Line Of Best Fit. Grab the CD/LP in our shop here.

Toward The Low Sun‘ signals the welcome return of the incredible Dirty Three. Essential listening. Streaming at The Quietus. You can buy the CD/LP from our shop here.

Enjoy.

Streaming now: Andrew Bird / Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird – ‘Break It Yourself’
Streaming now on Drowned In Sound.

Break It Yourself, the new record from Andrew Bird is streaming now over at Drowned In Sound.

DiS has also posted an interview with Andrew. Here’s an excerpt from the piece, by Sam Cleeve; in which Andrew discusses his songwriting style -

I’ve always had a sort of strange relationship with pop music. I didn’t really grow up loving pop music, and I found a lot of pop songs to be repetitive, and full of clichés, and often insincere. So I would just avoid any references to hearts, or breaking hearts. And I thought: why can’t we talk about some other things, besides relationships? I mean I’ve always touched on things like that from the beginning, but it’s not a dominant theme. But hell, I mean there’s a reason why they’re clichés, right? Sometimes that’s called for. But you know, like the title of the record – it was really hard to come up with a title for it. I had a bunch of very typically poetic titles, and I was just like “I’m tired of this shit.” I just want to get to the point, you know?

Read the full article over here.

Break It Yourself is released next Monday, March 5th, on Bella Union records. Andrew performs at London’s Barbican that same night.