A Quietus Award For 6 Music! Zun Zun Egui!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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!

New Xiu Xiu and Dirty Three records released today!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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.

LISTEN to new M. Ward song ‘Primitive Girl’

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
On Monday 9th April M. Ward will release his new album – and Bella Union debut – ‘A Wasteland Companion‘. We have on offer another cut from this very fine record in the shape of ‘Primitive Girl‘ which you can stream below:

Primitive Girl by M. Ward

‘Primitive Girl’ is available to buy from iTunes HERE and you can pre-order ‘A Wasteland Companion’ HERE.
Ahead of the release of “A Wasteland Companion” M Ward will perform a headline show at the Leicester Square Theatre as well as joining Feist as special guest on her European tour.
Upcoming UK live dates – -
Tuesday 20 March – LONDON – Leicester Square Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 25 March – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (with Feist)
Monday 26 March – MANCHESTER – Apollo (with Feist)
Tuesday 27 March – GLASGOW – Royal Concert Hall (with Feist)

VIDEO: Xiu Xiu // Beauty Towne

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Xiu Xiu have shared the new video for ‘Beauty Towne’ from ‘Always’, which will be released next Monday. Have a watch below -

‘Toward The Low Sun’ is streaming on The Quietus…

Monday, February 20th, 2012

‘Toward The Low Sun’ is streaming on The Quietus, a week ahead of release. Go to have a listen.

Here are some indie stores where you can pre-order the album:

ROUGH TRADE [link]

RESIDENT [link]

PICCADILLY [link]

RECORDSTORE.CO.UK [link]

RISE [link]

BOOMKAT [NORMAN RECORDS [link]

http://www.itstartshear.com/ starts TODAY

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The album that’s a website, the website that’s an album: Peter Broderick’s http://www.itstartshear.com/ is released today, and the accompanying website is live from now. Explore the website to watch videos, see photos and learn more about the individual tracks.

The Sunday Times crowned the CD ‘Album of the Week’ and wrote -

The Oregon musician follows two must-have albums, Home (2008) and How They Are (2010), with another that will no doubt receive similarly rapturous reviews — whose enthusiasm will do nothing to bring Broderick to the wider audience he deserves. This may suit him, as he is reportedly reclusive and introspective, but it is scandalous, so beautiful and original is the music he makes. The man who, on How They Are, sang a song from the perspective of a battery chicken (and, in the process, created one of that year’s most moving songs), here uses the domain-name title track as an exploration of intimacy, anonymity, alienation, the personal and the impersonal — its starting point the isolating side of online interaction — to a hypnotic guitar figure and beat, giving way to a chanted delivery of the title that is both alluring and utterly bleak. Minimalism and pointillism are used in a way that makes the sudden interjection of, say, strings absolutely breathtaking. Blue is Broderick’s version of a song written by his then teenage father, which he found on an old tape and has lovingly restored, Broderick’s reverbed voice intoning his father’s words. Trespassing honours another bird, in this case one the musician ran over on a country road. Again, detailing is everything: a simple strummed guitar pattern beneath Broderick’s plaintive singing. Truly exceptional. – DC

Andrew Bird / The Crown Salesman

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Andrew Bird / The Crown Salesman

Andrew Bird has shared ‘The Crown Salesman’, a cover song which does not appear on forthcoming record Break It Yourself. You can download it for free from Mr Bird’s Facebook page.

The Crown Salesman by Andrew Bird