Lawrence Arabia reveals new track “Travelling Shoes”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

New Zealand songwriter / producer Lawrence Arabia returns this July with The Sparrow, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Chant Darling. One of the album’s many highlights is the irresistibly catchy track Travelling Shoes which has just been made available to stream or download from Lawrence Arabia’s website.

Click on the link below to check it out:

LAWRENCE ARABIA – “Travelling Shoes”

The Sparrow‘ teaser video:

The Walkmen premiere new video

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Heaven‘ is taken from the upcoming album of the same name, out June 4th.

The video is directed by Alex Southam and was premiered over on Pitchfork.

You can pre-order the album now from the Bella Union store.

 

M Ward announces London Koko show

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Following excellent reviews for sixth album A Wasteland Companion, M Ward has announced a London headline performance at KOKO in early July, backed by his full band, to complete a run of European shows and festivals.

Monday 2 July – LONDON – KOKO (£15)

A Wasteland Companion is out now and available in the Bella Union store.

Full summer dates here.

Beach House // #15 // Jools Holland

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Exciting times for Beach House!

Bella Union’s celebrated duo entered the album charts at number 15 following across-the-board rave reviews for fourth album Bloom.

Beach House also made their debut appearance live on Later with Jools Holland yesterday, and the pre-recorded show will be airing this coming Friday. Watch ‘Myth’ below:

Alex and Victoria return to the UK in late August to headline the End of the Road festival as part of Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary Celebrations and again in November to perform at the Roundhouse…

Upcoming UK live info below:

Wednesday 23 May – BRIGHTON – The Haunt **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 24 May – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 31 August – DORSET – End Of The Road (Bella Union 15th Anniversary Celebrations)
Friday 2 November – LONDON – Roundhouse (£16)

Record Store Day releases

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The limited Lanterns On The Lake – Low Tide white vinyl, The Czars – Sorry I Made You Cry blue vinyl and Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches olive green 7″ are all available now form the Bella Union store.

Bella Union sign Concrete Knives

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Concrete Knives sign to Bella Union

Bella Union is delighted to announce the signing of Concrete Knives, a band from Caen, France.

The band comprise of: Nicolas Delahaye, Morgane Colas, Adrien Lepretre, Martin Bonnet and Guillaume Aubertin.

Label boss Simon Raymonde saw the band playing live in Canada last November at the M for Montreal festival and he has been chasing them ever since. On the signing, Simon says:

“From within about five seconds, I knew they were fantastic. That’s how it always work best with me. I just KNOW. Morgane is SUCH a charismatic singer and her joint lead vocal with Nicolas works so well with their brilliantly catchy pop-punk songs. When I first watched Morgane she made me think of both St Vincent and Debbie Harry in the way she performed and in her devastatingly cool delivery. Either would have been fine, but BOTH? A bonus!”

“The band really have an infectious energy and the songs are really strong. I went to see them again a couple of months later back home in London to make sure I wasn’t romanticising over the first show, and well, they were even better than I remembered them! I am so delighted they chose Bella Union, because they could have had their pick of many great labels and now we’re already excited to get a hold of the music! Nicolas is in the studio right now in Paris putting the finishing touches to the debut record and we should have something in our hands by the summer!”.

More news to follow shortly.

Concrete Knives on Bandcamp // Concrete Knives on Facebook

Competition time: Field Day & Apple Cart

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Competition time: Win Field Day & Apple Cart tickets

Andrew Bird and Marques Toliver play this summer at Field Day and Apple Cart festival respectively, and the kind folks at Eat Your Own Ears have offered us a pair of tickets to give away to each:

1) To win a pair of tickets to Field Day, tell us the name of Andrew Bird’s last album.
2) To win a pair of tickets to Apple Cart, tell us the name of Marques Toliver’s last EP.

Put ‘Bella Union competition’ in the subject line and send answers to: info@fielddayfestivals.com

Deadline is May 27th!

Bon chance!

For more info and more EYOE shows: http://www.eatyourownears.com/

Stream: ‘Heaven’ – the new album from The Walkmen

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The Walkmen – Heaven
June 4th on Bella Union