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13 Nov
2012


Today White Drugs/ATO Records released “Ribcage,” a song from the forthcoming album by acclaimed Los Angeles punk outfit The Bronx. Stream it here or below. It is available as a download at all digital retailers and on 7” vinyl. The limited edition vinyl also features “Into The Black,” a previously unreleased b-side.

The Bronx (IV) will be released by White Drugs/ATO Records in the U.S. on February 5, 2013. It’s due out February 4 in the UK/Europe (PIAS) and February 8 in Australia/New Zealand (Shock Records). Produced by
Beau Burchell, The Bronx (IV) is the band’s first album in five years and comes as the group celebrates its 10th anniversary. It can be pre-ordered now. See below for track listing. In advance of the new album’s release, all three of the band’s previous full-length records are now available digitally.

The Bronx – comprising Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers and Ken Mochikoshi Horne – will be playing songs from throughout its career on a fall headline tour of the UK and Europe. The band will also support The Hives on a series of European dates. See dates below:

The Bronx (IV) – Track Listing

1. The Unholy Hand
2. Along For The Ride
3. Style Over Everything
4. Youth Wasted
5. Too Many Devils
6. Pilot Light
7. Torches
8. Under The Rabbit
9. Ribcage
10. Valley Heat
11. Life Less Ordinary
12. Last Revelation

The Bronx – Upcoming Tour Dates

November
12 – Middlesborough, UK @ The Middlesborough Empire
13 – Stoke On Trent, UK @ The Underground
14 – Reading, UK @ Sub89
15 – Guildford, UK @ The Boileroom SOLD OUT
16 – Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Peel SOLD OUT
17 – Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Peel (matinee show)
17 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ The Forum (late night show)
18 – Folkestone, UK @ Quarterhouse
20 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle w/The Hives
21 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium w/The Hives
22 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks w/The Hives SOLD OUT
23 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Stone im Ratinger Hof
24 – Munich, DE @ Kesselhaus w/The Hives SOLD OUT
25 – Vienna, AT @ Arena w/The Hives
27 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof w/The Hives
28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Max w/The Hives SOLD OUT
29- Paris, FR @ Le Zénith w/The Hives
30 – Talence, FR @ Medoquine (Bordeaux) w/The Hives

December
1 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera w/The Hives
2 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz w/The Hives
4 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz w/The Hives
5 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex w/The Hives
6 – Lyon, FR @ Le Transbordeur w/The Hives
7 – Lille, FR @ LAeronef w/The Hives
8 – Eindhoven, NL @ Speedfest
9 – Brussels, BE @ AB w/The Hives
11 – Vesterbro, DK @ Lille Vega
12 – Göteborg, SE @ Pustervik
13 – Malmö, SE @ KB
14 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
15 – Linköping, SE @ Konsert & Kongress
16 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller

24 Oct
2012


Ra Ra Riot’s third album Beta Love is set for release January 22 on Barsuk Records. The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup, the recording process found Ra Ra Riot’s members exploring and re-defining their roles within the new makeup of the group. They built upon demos created mostly by Miles and producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS. For the first time in their history the band recorded in a warmer climate and found themselves stimulated by the balmy Southern air and the physical setting of Oxford. Joined by session drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) the band enjoyed exploring its potential, experimenting with new influences and exciting sounds.

Santos said of the sessions, “Making the record was a lot of fun for us, because we were in a completely different environment, trying a completely new approach. We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out, but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly. We wanted to be outside of our collective comfort zone for this record. We wanted to be open to new things happening. There was a lot of building up and tearing down with Dennis—a lot of problem solving, a lot of trial and error, and that was really exciting for us.”

Formed in the basements and attics surrounding Syracuse University in 2006, Ra Ra Riot released their debut The Rhumb Line on Barsuk in 2008. NPR Music said their 2010 release The Orchard’s “10 songs positively burst with sophistication, precision and polish.”

Ra Ra Riot will tour extensively in the new year. See dates below

Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love
1. Dance with Me
2. Binary Mind
3. Beta Love
4. Is It Too Much
5. For Once
6. Angel, Please
7. What I Do For U
8. When I Dream
9. That Much
10. Wilderness
11. I Shut Off

RA RA RIOT TOUR DATES

* with Passion Pit and Joy Formidable
† with Passion Pit
‡ with Guards
§ with Vampire Weekend & Ultraista

November 14 Setnor Auditorium @ Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
November 28 Lupo’s Providence, RI*
November 29 Liacouras Center Philadelphia, PA†
December 8 Chameleon Lancaster, PA‡
December 9 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT‡
December 11 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY‡
December 12 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY‡
December 13 Haunt Ithaca, NY‡
January 23 9:30 Club Washington, DC
January 25 Webster Hall New York, NY
January 26 Paradise Boston, MA
February 2-3 Hostess Club Weekender Tokyo, Japan§
February 7 Venue Vancouver, BC
February 8 Neptune Theater Seattle, WA
February 9 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
February 11 Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 12 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
February 15 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
February 16 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
February 17 Lowbrow Palace El Paso AZ
February 19 Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
February 20 The Belmont Austin, TX
February 21 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
February 23 Proud Larry’s Oxford, MS
February 24 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
February 25 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
February 26 Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
February 28 A&R Music Bar Columbus, OH
March 1 Metro Chicago, IL
March 2 Der Rathskeller Madison, WI
March 3 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
March 5 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
March 6 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
March 7 Il Motore Montreal, QC
March 8 Higher Ground S. Burlington, VT
March 9 Pearl Street Northampton, MA

24 Oct
2012

Serpents & Snakes Records is excited to announce that today is the release date for Snowden’s “The Beat Comes” single and remixes. The band’s full-length, No One In Control, has been confirmed for a January 22 release.

iTunes, Amazon and all digital outlets will carry the album version of “The Beat Comes,” along with an exclusive remix from Lane 8. Club DJs & remix aficionados can visit Beatport.com for exclusive remixes, instrumentals, & radio edits from Treasure Fingers, Tommie Sunshine & RipTidE, Aaron LaCrate & Samir, Lane 8 and DJ Killa Theory, which can also be streamed via the Snowden Soundcloud page.

More than a half-decade after their breakthrough debut album, Snowden has returned and the extended wait has proven resoundingly worth it. No One In Control is a remarkable collection, lit with impassioned creativity and coruscating emotional power. Jordan Jeffares – the multi-talented mind behind Snowden – toiled for almost six years, pushing himself and his music ever closer to madness, and that hermetic intensity can be heard in the record’s every finely etched facet. With its seamless integration of haunting melodies, rhythmic ingenuity, and hypnagogic songcraft, No One In Control sees Snowden’s artistry and ambition ascending to hitherto untouched new heights.

Snowden emerged in 2004 and were soon hailed as one of the Atlanta underground’s leading new artists, with MTV linking the band alongside Deerhunter and Black Lips as avatars of the burgeoning scene. Released in 2006, Anti-Anti fully delivered upon the band’s promise, earning worldwide popular success and critical applause for its enigmatic blend of deep grooves and post punk atmospherics. Snowden toured hard, building a fervent fan following via innumerable headline dates and shows alongside the likes of Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon.

But just as Snowden prepared their next move, Jeffares found himself entangled in contract dispute that put the kibosh on whatever career momentum he had gained. Trapped in legal limbo, he eased back into the life of a starving artist, subletting and setting up studios wherever he landed, from Chicago to Atlanta to New York. In due time, Jeffares had begun constructing a boldly beautiful song cycle inspired by the seclusion.

In 2011, Snowden’s old friends and tourmates Kings of Leon invited Jeffares to join forces with their newly launched Serpents & Snakes Records. With the finish line now in sight, Jeffares considered self-producing the final album, but knew that he couldn’t be objective having listened to some of these tracks more than 500 times. He reached out to producer Bill Skibbe – known for his work alongside The Kills, The Dead Weather, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Adult. – and in November, lit out for Skibbe’s Benton Harbor, Michigan studio for three weeks of sessions.

Now based out of Austin, Jeffares is preparing for No One In Control’s long awaited release by solidifying Snowden’s intricate live presentation, the present line-up comprised of players assembled during his last stay in New York City. But for the most part, he has spent the past year recharging his creative batteries, “trying to live a life not centered around music.”

That said Jeffares recently set up a studio, determined to begin the next Snowden album before hitting the road hard in 2013. Ever eager to push his music’s own far-flung boundaries, he suggests future efforts will be more beat heavy and electronic in nature. One thing is certain, however: the arrival of the astonishingly affective No One In Control represents the culmination of a difficult and risky chapter for Snowden as well as the proverbial new beginning for Jordan Jeffares himself.

www.snowden.info

22 Oct
2012

After much anticipation, Los Angeles electro-rock outfit SHINY TOY GUNS have released their new album III () today, Monday, October 22 (Five Seven Music). It features the first new material by the original line-up in five years.

Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driving tracks like the first single due January 2013 “Somewhere To Hide,” “Waiting Alone” and “Speaking Japanese” into a sonic pendulum swing to the genre bending current release “Fading Listening.” The band teamed up with legendary mixer Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keyes) to finalize and sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band. Unlike any other group out there today, SHINY TOY GUNS music is driving rock and electro spearheaded by a male and female vocal courtesy of Chad Petree and Carah Faye.

Tomorrow (October 23), VEVO will premiere the video for “Fading Listening” starring Tiny Toy Guns, a play on the band recording the song as kids. Carah Faye is played by Ally Petree, eight year old daughter of Chad Petree. Chad Petree is played by Jesse McClintock, son of GUNS longtime indie music publisher Steve McClintock. Drummer Mikey Martin is played by Maximus Morse, son of Toby Morse, singer of punk/hardcore band H20. Jeremy Dawson on keyboards is played by Noah Castro, the six year old son of friends of Mikey Martin. The two girls engineering at the mixing desk are Isabella Petree (age 6) and Stevie Jane Petree (age 5), daughters of Steven Petree ex-member of SHINY TOY GUNS and brother of Chad Petree. The studio owner is played by Tony Maserati.

UPDATE: the video is now live!

In conjunction with the album’s release, the band—Carah Faye (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Dawson (keyboards/bass) and Mikey Martin (drums)—launch a nine-date headlining tour in San Francisco tonight. They will pass through a variety of markets including Los Angeles, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago consecutively. At each show, the band will perform a variety of material from the new album as well as SHINY TOY GUNS classics and favorites.

Meanwhile, SHINY TOY GUNS—who is currently featured in the Virgin America “Experience” campaign—can be seen on the airlines major billboards across Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Dallas. The campaign highlights Virgin America ‘Originals,’ frequent flyers known for shaking up the status quo in their own fields – including SHINY TOY GUNS as well as indie film director Kevin Smith, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Animal and Son of a Gun chef Vinny Dotolo, Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork and independent artist/Facebook Creative Strategist Ji Lee just to name a few – inviting them to curate aspects of the airline’s already unique in-cabin experience including playlists, film picks and new menu items offered via the touch-screen Red™ in-flight entertainment platform. The Virgin America “Originals” include more than a few notable iconoclasts in the worlds of tech, design, food and entertainment many of whom also happen to be Elevate frequent flyers. Check out more at:
http://experiencevirginamerica.com
http://www.experiencevirginamerica.com/?cid=sm_social_WED_1010_1p_fb

Shiny Toy Guns play Brighton Music Hall in Boston this Sunday October 28th. Tickets are $17. See below for full tour dates.

Mon 10/22 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Tue 10/23 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Fri 10/26 Toronto, ON Hoxton
Sat 10/27 Philadelphia Northstar
Sun 10/28 Boston Brighton Music Hall
Mon 10/29 Washington, D.C. Rock N’ Roll Hotel
Tue 10/30 New York, NY Santos Party House
Wed 10/31 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theater
Thu 11/1 Chicago, IL Subterranean

Shiny Toy Guns with MNDR, Colourmusic
Brighton Music Hall
Boston, MA
Sunday, October 28
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ Show
Advance Box Office Price $17
Tickets

15 Oct
2012

After fifteen years, six studio albums, 12 million units sold worldwide, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzying swell of global success, Placebo is back with a new five-song EP B3 due digitally in the U.S. tomorrow October 16 on Universal/UMe, and as a Limited Edition physical CD on October 30. The highly charged title track exemplifies their dark and melodic trademark sound and features singer Brian Molko’s instantly recognizable vocals. Stream an edited version of “B3” now via the Placebo Soundcloud page.

A new studio album by Placebo—Molko (guitar/vocals), Stefan Olsdal (bass) and Steve Forrest (drums)—is due to follow the EP in 2013. While not a reflection of the direction of the new album, the band felt strongly that their fans should get to hear new music in the interim. For more information on the EP, visit http://www.b3ep.com.

Placebo has also launched the #B3KISS Competition, asking fans to create their own version of the B3 EP artwork. To enter, fans need to HashTag their photo #B3KISS on Instagram or Twitter, or upload it here: www.b3kiss.com. The band will choose their favorite version and the winner will receive a framed test print of the B3EP artwork, signed by Placebo. The competition closes October 31, 2012.

B3 Track Listing
01. B3
02. I Know You Want To Stop
03. The Extra
04. I.K.W.Y.L.
05. Time Is Money

http://www.b3ep.com
http://www.placeboworld.co.uk
www.facebook.com/officialplacebo

27 Sep
2012


LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo album since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. It finds him expanding upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Eno sees it as a continuation of his ‘Music for Thinking’ project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).

LUX is one of Eno’s most ambitious works to date; it is a 76 minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).

Release Information:

LUX tracklist (and track times in brackets):
1. LUX 1 (19:22)
2. LUX 2 (18:14)
3. LUX 3 (19:19)
4. LUX 4 (18:28)

Formats:
Vinyl (Double 180g LP in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 300x300mm prints and download redemption code card)
CD (CD in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 120x120mm prints)
Download

LUX is released in North America on November 13, 2012 (on CD and Download) and December 11, 2012 (on LP) on Warp Records.

27 Sep
2012

GRAMMY®-winning musician and songwriter Ben Harper has selected his favorite ballads for a career-spanning retrospective titled By My Side, to be released October 16 by Virgin/EMI. The collection, available in CD and digital formats, features 12 of Harper’s most unforgettable songs, including “Forever,” “Diamonds On The Inside,” and “Waiting On An Angel,” and also introduces a new ballad, “Crazy Amazing,” which is exclusive to this release. By My Side also includes a rare studio version of “Not Fire Not Ice,” previously unreleased in the U.S., which until now was available only on the international single for “Ground On Down.”

Harper will headline his first-ever solo acoustic tour this fall, beginning September 26 in Ann Arbor, MI and continuing to several other major cities across North America before heading to New Zealand and Australia. Billed as “An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper,” the tour will include Harper’s first headline performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on October 10. Ever since his acclaimed acoustic performance at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002, Harper has been besieged by fan requests for this kind of intimate outing. He will perform songs from throughout his career – from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, 2011′s critically acclaimed Give Till It’s Gone.

A musician, songwriter, producer, and activist, Ben Harper has released 10 acclaimed studio albums and three live records since 1994. These albums, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, have helped him grow a fan base that now spans several continents. Whether the soul of southern Gospel, ’70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar continue to stun audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Morello, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. His album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light, earned two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
www.BenHarper.com

Ben Harper: By My Side [CD, digital]
1. Forever Welcome To The Cruel World
2. By My Side Fight For Your Mind
3. Gold To Me Fight For Your Mind
4. Diamonds On The Inside Diamonds On The Inside
5. In The Colors Lifeline (with Innocent Criminals)
6. Beloved One Burn To Shine
7. Not Fire Not Ice ** Studio version, previously unreleased in the U.S. **
8. Morning Yearning Both Sides Of The Gun
9. Feel Love Give Till It’s Gone
10. Happy Everafter In Your Eyes Both Sides Of The Gun
11. Waiting On An Angel Welcome To The Cruel World
12. Crazy Amazing ** New song **

Ben Harper: “An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper” Tour
9/26 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
9/27 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theatre
9/29 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/1 Montreal, QC Maison Symphonique de Montreal
10/2 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/3 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater
10/5 Boston, MA Boston Opera House
10/6 Portland, ME State Theatre
10/7 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
10/10 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
11/2 Wellington, NZ Michael Fowler Centre
11/3 Wellington, NZ Michael Fowler Centre
11/5 Auckland, NZ ASB Theatre
11/6 Auckland, NZ ASB Theatre
11/8 Canberra, AU Canberra Theatre
11/9 Brisbane, AU Brisbane Convention Centre
11/10 Melbourne, AU The Plenary
11/12 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/13 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/14 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/15 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House

27 Sep
2012

Mumford & Sons’s new album Babel is out now on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records. Buy it on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

“We wanted to do something unashamed,” says Ben Lovett. “We’re confident and happy to be where we are as a band – everything that’s happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it’s all been a surprise, it’s all much bigger than what we were prepared for. So when we came to recording this record we had a choice: to shy away from that, or to realise that people dig what we’re doing, and make something robust, with that energy.”

It was December 2010, and Mumford & Sons had been on the road since the previous summer: a glorious, eventful, yet relentless time. Standing somewhere between exhilarated and exhausted, the plan now was for the band’s four members to spend a few weeks apart, write, recuperate, and then reconvene in Nashville in the New Year, with the intention of trying out material for their second album.

The informality of the set-up in Tennessee perhaps helped to dispel any nerves they may have had about following up 2009′s Sigh No More – an album that had gone twice platinum in the US, and four times platinum in the UK. The band assembled in the front room of a house and set about sharing the songs they had been working on alone. “It was a coming together, a sharing of some stuff,” explains Lovett (keys, accordion, drums), “a pool of ideas that would come out of our time apart. So if there was nervousness, it wasn’t nervousness about the record, it was nervousness about how a couple of these new song ideas would go down. But we knew we were going to play music, and it wasn’t time to get into the nuts and bolts of it, it was more like we were starting another year from this point. And that felt very good. Very fresh, and natural.”

Out of that time in Nashville came a couple of songs for the new record – the gorgeous Lovers’ Eyes and Hopeless Wanderer. Then followed more touring, performances at the Grammys and the Brits, before the chance came in the summer to head into a studio in Bermondsey, south London. Here the band recorded the title song for the soundtrack to Wuthering Heights, as well as finding the footings for several of the new album’s songs: Babel, I Will Wait, Not With Haste, Broken Crown, Lover of the Light.

“And then,” recalls Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums), “we went down to a farm in Somerset and played the 10 song game, which is where you have to write 10 songs each in a set period of time without any criteria for quality.” The result of the 10 song game, the band recall with some amusement, was firstly that Ted Dwane (string bass, drums, guitar) has a natural propensity for writing murder ballads, and secondly a new album track named Reminder.

“It’s such a nice exercise because it removes your focus on perfection,” says Dwane. “You drop your guard down and you sort of bash about.” For Mumford, it also helped to re-focus to the material already amassed. “There were various points in the album where we felt maybe we needed to inject more directness, and maybe that’s what Reminder did,” he says. “There’s a bit more obscurity in this album and Reminder is a really emotionally identifiable song. I think I Will Wait Was the Same. And in terms of making the best record we could we felt like we needed those songs.”

2011 took shape slowly – throughout that year they were establishing the album’s “cornerstone songs”, discussing the new material with producer Markus Dravs – who had also steered Sigh No More (“He’s like a mind master,” says Lovett) and engineer Robin Baynton (“He has the best ears,” says Mumford “but he’ll never sacrifice vibe for accuracy”) finding more writing and studio time wherever their schedule would allow. But more importantly they were trying to work out just what kind of record they were making. “I don’t think any of us had any idea then about what we were trying to do,” says Lovett, frankly. “We had a body of songs and we just really wanted to record them. And we thought that was all you needed. But we learned that wasn’t quite the case.”

Shortly before Christmas, they decided to stand back and take stock of what they had, heading down to Lovett’s parents’ home in Devon for a review of the new material. “And that’s really where we had the vision for the album,” says Mumford, “or where it solidified.” “We were suddenly really confident and happy with what we were making,” adds Dwane. “We were all on-site, all pistols firing. I think the album started to assert its own identity a little bit, it started to make sense, and we knew then what we were making.”

Babel’s identity Dwane describes as simply “Very us. When we made the first album it was to be a snapshot of Mumford & Sons in 2009. This is exactly the same – but it’s us now, and there’s a lot of the live energy in there – that was very much what we were trying to capture. Creating the album over the course of a year, going into the studio then back out touring, then back into the studio … it’s almost as if the road has rubbed off on the album.”

The influence of the phenomenal live band Mumford and Sons have become is much in evidence on Babel, from the fire and fury of the title track to the keen and tender yearning of the album’s closer, Not With Haste. “I think over the past few years we’ve realised how much we have to play the songs that we’ve recorded,” says Mumford. “So we thought harder about these songs, feeling confident that we could play them again and again and again, and that however you record a song gives it its own life.”

As a result, several songs on Babel were recorded live. “When you’re in a room with headphones and microphones and no one else, you play it quite differently to how you play it live,” says Mumford. “Having played live as much as we have these past five years, it’s probably made us a bit more high-octane, a bit more adrenaline-filled, but because of that we probably also need to counter it more. But we really wanted to allow permission for quiet songs on the album, so that we could allow permission for them live as well.”

More than anything, there is a real a sense of completeness to Babel, a satisfying wholeness and a kind of musical and lyrical wealth – romanticism tempered by strength and vigour; a brawniness balanced by beauty. “I think there’s more subject-matter on this album, and I think we’ve grown up a little bit,” says Mumford. “I feel like it’s more exposed, more naked. Ted always talked about wanting to make an album like a story,” he adds. “Not necessarily one that has a plot, but one that you can listen from top to bottom and it makes sense. I think that’s what we’ve tried to do, and what we’ve done.”

Winston concludes, “And now we’ve finished it we can get touring again, which is what we set out to do when we started the band. Back to business.”

Tracklisting:
1. Babel
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lovers’ Eyes
8. Reminder
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste

www.mumfordandsons.com

26 Sep
2012


The 333 EP Series Limited Edition Box Set from Denver’s shoegaze-drenched night rockers A Shoreline Dream is available now, via Late Night Records.

Created as a concept album of sorts, the 333 EP Series is a reflection on the band’s lives, recorded in a three month time period, released once a month for three months during the course of spring 2012. Each disc plays a role to what was going on during these secluded sessions, which is ever-present while listening to them with ears open and eyes shut. The first EP Three is a trip to the sand dunes, the second, 3, takes place in their Barnum-based studio, and the final EP III was written with driving in mind, as each song is dedicated to the roads the band used to test their tracks.

Their latest single “103″, and the final epic song on the III EP, was written as a soundtrack to the drive up the highest paved road in North America, to the very top of Mt. Evans. As the group’s Ryan Policky explains, “this track was an experiment, and maybe one of our most unique songs, with our first song as A Shoreline Dream having a female influence. It’s a driving track that truly brings to mind driving.”

The 333 EP Limited Edition Box Set is a unique collection of songs available exclusively through toneVendor, with a quantity of only 100 pieces. The Box Set includes three custom digipak CDs, with each copy hand-numbered and signed by the band.

www.ashorelinedream.com
www.facebook.com/ashorelinedream
www.twitter.com/ashorelinedream

26 Sep
2012

Earlier this month, Thom Yorke’s new project Atoms For Peace premiered debut single ‘Default’ to widespread acclaim. The single is now set for a 12″ vinyl release that will include exclusive vinyl-only new song ‘What The Eyeballs Did’, plus an instrumental edit of ‘Default’ in addition to the original. The 12″ will also be packaged in a beautiful Stanley Donwood designed sleeve which will feature foil stamping on the front and an embossed back.

The full ‘Default’ 12″ track list is:

A. Default
B1: What The Eyeballs Did
B2. Default (Instrumental Edit)

‘Default’ is currently available to buy digitally and to stream at www.atomsforpeace.info

‘Default’ is taken from the debut album from Atoms For Peace, set for release in 2013, also on XL Recordings. The record will feature Thom on vocals, guitars, keys and programming with Nigel Godrich (production & programming), Joey Waronker (drums), Mauro Refosco (percussion) and Flea (bass).