Midlake Film and Q&A with Jason Lee and Eric Pulido!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Actor Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and lead singer Eric Pulido discuss their new live concert film Midlake: Live in Denton, TX.  The footage was captured at an iconic venue in the bands hometown.

The result is a beautifully photographed film that is part live concert film, part documentary homage to the band’s hometown of Denton, TX.

February 26th @ Hackney Picturehouse.

Head to THE GUARDIAN for more info.

Watch: FATHER JOHN MISTY – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

Monday, December 8th, 2014

With just a few tickets still available for his UK tour, and his Village Underground show having sold-out within just a few hours, FATHER JOHN MISTY has today unveiled a video for “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” from his new album I Love You, Honeybear.

Directed by Josh and Emma Tillman, the video can be viewed here:

Josh Tillman says of the video, “A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.

“Sounds great, right?  It may have even gone viral because: kittens. If a video goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart.  If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.

“Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.

“That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me. It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration of Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.

“I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it.  Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.

“I love you,

Josh.”

Father John Misty’s headline tour begins mid-January in California and reaches the UK/Ireland for the following dates:

Sunday 22 February – DUBLIN – Whelans  **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Monday 23 February – GLASGOW – King Tuts  **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Tuesday 24 February – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Thursday 26 February – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 27 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 28 February – BRISTOL – Thekla **(SOLD-OUT!)**

I Love You, Honeybear is the highly-anticipated follow up to his acclaimed debut, Fear Fun. The album, featuring “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Click HERE to watch his stunning performance of “Bored In The USA” with a 22-piece string section last night on The Late Show with David Letterman,

Preorders for I Love You, Honeybear are now available via http://fatherjohnmisty.merchline.com and iTunes. The album will be available on CD, download and 2 x LP in a gatefold jacket and black vinyl. A limited edition deluxe 2XLP alternate-cover version on tricolor vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket All CD and LP formats will come with a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman.

I Love You, Honeybear will be released 9th Feb in the UK/Europe on Bella Union (10th Feb in the rest of the world via Sub Pop).

Watch: Clarence Clarity – Bloodbarf

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Bloodbarf is taken from Clarence Clarity’s debut album NO NOW.

Pre-order via iTunes and receive the track as an instant download. http://smarturl.it/clarityiscoming

 Clarity has been asked to join Jungle on tour in 2015. Dates below:

February 2015

17  Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
18 O2 Academy, Bristol
20  O2 Academy,  Oxford
22 O2 Academy, Liverpool
25 The  Liquid Room, Edinburgh
26 Albert Hall,  Manchester
27 The  Leadmill, Sheffield
28 Rock City,  Nottingham

March   2015

02 Dome Corn  Exchange,  Brighton
03 Roundhouse, London
05 The Assembly,  Leamington Spa
06  UEA, Norwich

BELLA RELEASES // AVAILABLE NOW

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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Jonathan Wilson – Slide By EP
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Bernard + Edith – Wurds 7″AVAILABLE NOW

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John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Czars – Best of
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Clarence Clarity – Who Am Eye EPAVAILABLE NOW

BC CAMPLIGHT announces UK live shows + unveils new video

Monday, November 24th, 2014

With his Bella Union debut album How To Die In The North due for release 19th Januray, BC Camplight has just announced news of a number of UK shows for early next year and unveiled a brilliant video for current single “Just Because I Love You”.

Written and directed by Seth Fuller, and featuring a brief cameo from BC Camplight himself, this sobering melodrama encapsulates the bitter-sweet taste of love gone wrong.

Click HERE to watch.

BC Camplight has just announced the below UK live shows for early 2015:

Friday 23 January – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Sunday 1 February – GLASGOW – Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 8 March – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
Monday 9 March – BIRMINGHAM – The Hare & Hounds
Tuesday 10 March – LONDON – The Lexington
Wednesday 11 March – LIVERPOOL – The Leaf

Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent. Christinzio certainly knew it – he’s described himself as, “the guy who blew it.”

But this sublime talent with the keening vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has another chance. His new album ‘How To Die In The North’, recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.

Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, “willing to go through shit to be a musician,” which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten’s album ‘Epic’.

He’s already done two sessions for long-term fan Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music, which featured Christinzio’s band of Mancunians who he met at The Castle Hotel pub, a watering hole in the city centre particularly popular with musicians. Christinzio also heard John Grant’s album on the jukebox there, which encouraged him to approach Bella Union. Grant’s cocktail of depression and self-sabotage thwarted an outrageous talent, but he took his second chance. The same deserves to happen to Christinzio, a similarly outsize, sharp and funny personality with a non-conformist streak. Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North.

How To Die In The North will be released 19th January on Bella Union.

MARISSA NADLER to release digital EP on Bella Union

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

MARISSA NADLER, whose July LP was released in February on Bella Union to much critical acclaim, has just released the digital EP Before July: Demos & Unreleased Songs. Her cover of Elliott Smith’s “Pitseleh” is now streaming HERE.

Before going into Avast Studios, Nadler spent many months writing and recording songs that would become her album July. The multi-tracked vocal approach to the demo sessions helped to create the richly layered harmonies that are showcased on the Randall Dunn-produced album. “Leave The Light On” and “The Rose City” are both unheard demos from this writing period. “The Rose City” would later lead to the creation of both “Drive” and “Holiday In” in terms of its lyrical content. The EP also features “Dead City Emily” and “1923″ in their early form, containing different lyrics and melodies.

Nadler, a longtime Elliott Smith fan, learned “Pitseleh” and “The White Lady Loves You More” for a tribute to the late songwriter in Brooklyn last year at Glasslands. She later recorded a proper cover of “Pitseleh” after the tribute concert’s success.

Nadler has just returned from extensive touring of Europe and North America and is currently writing a follow-up to July.

Father John Misty // I Love You Honeybear

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Watch the album trailer on Pitchfork now!

PHILIP SELWAY unveils mesmerising video to new single “Around Again”

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Following many excellent reviews for new album Weatherhouse, PHILIP SELWAY has just unveiled a brilliantly inventive video to new single ‘Around Again’ directed by acclaimed Spanish film-makers NYSU. Speaking about the video, NYSU say “The song talks about the feeling of being always “around” the same place again, so we wanted to represent this… but literally. That’s why we thought in a circular way to tell two parallel stories inside the same space and time. Deform the straight narrative line and make it a curve. We love to tell the classic movie script full of envy and revenge but in a complex visual language.”

Click HERE to watch!

Philip Selway will be on tour in the UK in February.
Dates/info below:

Wednesday 11 February – LONDON – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tuesday 12 February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 13 February – GLASGOW – King Tuts
Thursday 14 February – MANCHESTER – Deaf Institute