The East Vancouver-based singer songwriter exudes equal parts Americana, alt-country and soul. Known as the golden voice from 90’s exquisite alt folksters, Be Good Tanyas; Frazey Ford has bloomed as a solo artist with her honey-dipped restraint in her vocals and lyrical intimacies finding a growing audience around the world as her YouTube videos amassed over 2 million views.
The feisty music video for stand-out track Done from her latest critically-lauded album Indian Ocean, caught the viral attention of everyone from NPR Music to Buzzfeed to Rhythms Magazine Australia; which not only showcased her dance moves and sassy strut, but also Frazey’s fabulous jumpsuit collection.
Continental Breakfast taken from forthcoming LP ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ released October 13th on Milk! Recordings/ Remote Control
“Harmonies and guitarmonies galore” Courtney
“An intercontinental country duo for the ages (minus the country, haha)”Kurt
By now you would have heard that Courtney Barnettand Kurt Vile, two of the most accomplished songwriters of their generation, are releasing a very special collaborative album, Lotta Sea LiceOctober 13th – at once a glorious peek behind the studio doors of two acclaimed artists and an unabashed celebration of their unique, longstanding friendship.
After the runaway success of opening single Over Everything, the video for their magical new single Continental Breakfastgently pushes the door open just a little bit further. Using intimate home footage shot over four days of Kurt and Courtney in their respective family environments surrounded by friends and relatives, Continental Breakfast goes beyond being a mere music video and becomes a mini documentary of sorts, capturing candid, honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both musicians.
Director Danny Cohen says:
‘Continental Breakfast’ was made while spending time with Courtney and Kurt in Melbourne and Philadelphia, it’s an intimate home movie into their lives and the time spent with family and friends between recording /touring. Shot on 16mm, the mini-documentary captures honest moments that show the loving and playful nature of both Courtney and Kurt. It was such a treat to experience life with Courtney and Kurt in their natural habitats. It really left me feeling like part of the family and hopefully fans can feel that too.
FLOOD Magazine premiered the trippy new music video for “Black Jack,” the bombastic opening salvo from Dude York’s full-length Sincerely, which was released earlier this year.
“[Dude York] delivers brisk pop-rock melodies with metal flourishes and arena-rock theatrics.” — The Chicago Tribune
“Bands like Dude York, alongside Mitski, Angel Olsen or Hardly Art label mates Tacocat and Chastity Belt, seem like the most likely way forward: rock music that touches on modern concerns, is forthright instead of vague and offers perspectives other than the male gaze.” — The Seattle Times
“The 13 tracks on Sincerely, are, in contrast to their booming, brash arrangements, plainly vulnerable, truthful and deal with familiar feelings of quarter-life malaise.” — Paste
“Dude York’s pleas for the crowd to move closer are getting increasingly desperate.” — The Onion
“Max Clarke still has a firm grasp of his aesthetic, somewhere between the Everly Brothers and Harry Nilsson but with his own unique melodic spin” – Brooklyn Vegan
Cut Worms, a.k.a. NY-based Max Clarke, is announcing his debut EP, “Alien Sunset,” out October 20thon Jagjaguwar. He’s sharing the EP’s lead single “Like Going Down Sideways” along with its accompanying video via Brooklyn Vegan. Additionally, he’s announcing a fall tour supporting The Lemon Twigs and Nick Lowe around the U.S.
RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘MOUNTAINS OF GOLD FT. SAMPHA, IBEYI, WIKI & KAMASI WASHINGTON’
WATCH THE NICK WALKER-DIRECTED VIDEO BELOW
Everything Is Recorded – the new collaborative artist project from Richard Russell – today release a new single, ‘Mountains Of Gold’ via XL Recordings. It sees the record producer and XL Recordings head, renowned for his album production work for Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Ibeyi and Gil Scott-Heron among others, collaborating with a diverse host of acclaimed artists in the form of London’s very own Sampha (who also lent vocals to Everything Is Recorded’s debut track ‘Close But Not Quite’), French-Cuban duo Ibeyi, NYC rapper WIki and LA jazz titan Kamasi Washington.
“’Mountains of Gold’ is sound system inspired, you can hear a lot of strong and different personalities and voices in the one song, but the feeling is consistent. Everyone has plenty of space” – Richard Russell
‘Mountains Of Gold’ comes accompanied by a Nick Walker-directed video. The video, which was shot in Los Angeles, features, in order of appearance, Kaner Flex, Lisa-Kainde Diaz (Ibeyi), Mela Murder, Naomi Diaz (Ibeyi), Infinite, Sampha, Wiki, Kamasi Washington, Hardy Blechman, Richard Russell and Quincy Jones.
‘Mountains Of Gold’ is the follow up to Everything Is Recorded’s debut ‘Close But Not Quite’ EP, which featured a similarly eclectic host of international artists including Sampha, Giggs, Obongjayar, Tic, Warren Ellis, Infinite, Mela Murder, Green Gartside and Baluji Shrivastav.. Both releases provide a captivating snapshot of the kind of collaboration and experimentation that has taken place at Russell’s west London studio, The Copper House. This studio has become a creative second home for a revolving cast of vocalists and musicians who pass through to write, record and share ideas, mixing traditional recording sessions with extended, uninhibited live jams.
‘Mountains Of Gold’ is available from today on all digital services and on 12” vinyl featuring exclusive B-side ‘Mountains Of Dub feat. Kamasi Washington’. ‘Mountains Of Dub’ also features live mix and outboard effects by Brian Eno, Redlight and Seb Chew.
Look out for more Everything Is Recorded releases in the very near future.
This is an all-ages show with a licensed bar available for over 18’s.
It’s a long anticipated and hugely welcome return for The xx who last played in New Zealand in 2010. The xx are coming back as a band who have now taken their place alongside the all-time greats, performing in the area where the alternative meets the electronic to produce what, for many people, is simply perfect atmospheric pop for today.
Eight years ago The xx recalibrated the musical landscape with their ground-breaking debut release xx. Its distinctive style became the most critically acclaimed release of the year. Featuring crowd favourites ‘Intro’, ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Shelter’, xx won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2010 for best album of the year.
Fast forward to 2017 and The xx are one of the most in demand bands on the planet, selling out arenas in Europe and the USA and headlining festivals around the world. Just last week their new album I See You was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize and it’s in this synchronistic moment that The xx announce their return to New Zealand!
The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. The London based trio are touring at an all-time high following the January release of I See You – universally lauded as the band’s biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. The xx launched their new album with a record-breaking seven consecutive sold out nights to 35,000 people in their hometown at the legendary and iconic venue Brixton Academy.
‘Britain’s most influential modern band set the Brixton Academy alight…..No act has captured the musical zeitgeist of the past few years quite like The xx.’
(The Telegraph, UK ?????)
Tickets go on general sale Friday August 25th at 10am.
Don’t miss out. Magic will happen.
The Trusts Arena, Auckland. Thursday 11th January. All Ages.
The xx FAN CLUB PRE-SALE via thexx.info/tour Begins: Monday 21 Aug (12pm noon NZ) Ends: Thursday 24 Aug (10pm NZ) (or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE Begins: Friday 25 Aug (10am NZ)
TICKETS THROUGH TICKETEK.CO.NZ
The xx have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Visit plus1.org for more information on the organisation.
Kane Strang has unveiled the official, video for “Silence Overgrown,” off new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, available nowon Dead Oceans.
Crafted from footage captured by Kane and his bandmates during their US and European tours earlier this year, the video for Silence Overgrown offers a glimpse of the tour life across the globe. On his self-made video, Kane says, “landing in New York ahead of our first overseas shows and walking around that night was hands down the most surreal moment of my life. I never even thought I’d visit America, let alone be there for my music and I’m so glad we managed to capture fragments of that and the rest of this crazy year on camera. This goes out to everyone who has come see us play or let us crash at their houses or bought the album. Thank you!!!”
In addition to the recently announced New Zealand dates, Kane has added a run of Australian shows supporting Ali Barter.
The Lemon Twigs have announcedBrothers of Destruction, a six-track EP of previously unreleased material.
Slated for September 22nd, Brothers of Destruction was written and recorded by the D’Addario brothers – Brian (20) and Michael (18) – on their 8-track at home in New York during Spring 2015, not long after recording their debut album, Do Hollywood. The half dozen songs, most of which already feature in The Lemon Twigs’ searing live shows, will be made available digitally and as a 12” vinyl.
“In the beginning of 2015 we had songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions, so we decided to record them at home in New York on our 8-track. Many of you will recognise some of the songs from our live shows. They’ve changed a lot over the past year, but these are the original versions. We consider the EP the last chapter of the Do Hollywood era of our group. So enjoy!”
Yesterday, the siblings shared ‘Night Song’ with fans during a Reddit AMA, and the track can now be heard below:
Goat Girl formed a few years ago in South London, the band have been busy on the road for the last 18 months playing with everyone from The Fall to Parquet Courts.
Named after the questionable Bill Hicks comedy sketch Goat Boy (“It’s disgusting,” says Lottie, although she’s quick to add: “But I like his social commentary, and the satirical element to what he did,”) the band are fresh out of their respective London colleges and a million miles away from everything else ‘new’ you’ll hear right now.