Joey Dosik signs to Secretly Canadian and shares ‘Game Winner’ video

Joey Dosik, praised by Quincy Jones as an ‘Artist To Watch,’ will re-release his debut EP, Game Winner, via Secretly Canadian on February 23rd, 2018. Originally self-released in June 2016, the label will issue a deluxe version of Game Winner with four bonus tracks available digitally for the first time ever. Today, Dosik is pleased to share his new Rob Stenson-directed video for the EP’s minimal and languid title track. “My dad used to say, ‘Sports is a metaphor for life,’” recalls Dosik. “There are many characters in this classic basketball comeback story to to identify with: The Underdog, The Leader, The Bad Guy, The Observer, The Team Player & The Motivator. At first look, the video and song are about basketball; but like Game Winner, a song that holds multiple meanings, the video’s story of The Underdog is universal.”

An inveterate collaborator who has worked extensively with the likes of VulfpeckNikka Costa, and Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Joey is a vital part of an LA scene that updates vintage sounds into a more contemporary context. Touring tirelessly throughout the year, he spent virtually all of 2017 on the road, including tours with Vulfpeck, Lake Street Dive, and his own headlining dates as well. As a passionate fan of basketball and the NBA, he’s even performed for NBA audiences at Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, and other iconic arenas around the nation, singing both the National Anthem and performing during halftime. He’ll play SXSW next year.

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This Pale Fire Announce New Album ‘Alchemy’

THIS PALE FIRE
Alchemy, the debut album
Out December 1st on Tone Tonic


Following a Huffington Post premiere for ‘End of Science’ over the weekend, Auckland singer-songwriter Corban Koschak aka. This Pale Fire is set to release a stunning debut album Alchemy on December 1st via Tone Tonic.

Koschak has been dubbed one of the most unique new voices to emerge from the Auckland scene – a voice that threads emotion throughout his unique brand of classically inflected ambient folk-pop.

Having worked with acclaimed Auckland ambient artist and producer Levi Patel on the forthcoming work, the songs on Alchemy dance between the subtle and gentle pastures of tracks like ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘Curse’ to the darker, angstier depths of Koschak’s repertoire like ‘End of Science’. The whole album is a self-written and overseen project – with everything from the songs to the album artwork created by Koschak. With initial recordings taking place at Patel’s isolated Matakana studio, the tracks were recorded and finalised at Kingsland’s Studio 509. The 12-track offering takes you to the centre of Koschak’s fabric through deep observations, love songs and existential thought.

This Pale Fire – Northern Lights

Meet This Pale Fire:

Born in Wellington and moving to the concrete jungle of Auckland from a young age, and having never formally studied music, the 27-year-old’s passion started when he was gifted a guitar when he was just 14-years-old. He’s always loved poetry and soon started writing song after song in his bedroom. It wasn’t until a fellow musician and close confidant heard some of this and encouraged him to pursue it that he broke out of those four walls.

The result was his first EP Dusk. Enlisting the help of Ekko Park’s Nick Douch (drums), alongside Dead Favours’ Kyle Wetton (electric guitars and bass) and Josh Steyn-Ross (keys), the band added further layers to his honed pop instincts, with the result a stunning introduction to the honest independent artist.

It was also during this time that This Pale Fire had a very fortuitous meeting with fellow local artist and producer, Cymbol 303 – who had been steadily building a profile in his own right, taking out the George FM Remix Factor Competition in 2013 and playing high-profile shows including Rhythm & Vines. Crossing paths professionally, the two would ultimately go on to release collaborative EP The Cycle in July 2015.

While dance floor EDM meets earnest indie rock may at first seem like an unlikely collaboration, This Pale Fire and Cymbol 303’s collaboration was a bold and realized one. Compiling a compelling collection of songs, the EP explored the different stages of relationships, from infatuation through to bitter resentment, while the artwork – which features an infinity sign – is all about trying to break this relationship cycle. Lead single off the record ‘Burst of Colour’ has had over 460k + streams to date.

This Pale Fire – Alchemy

Tracklist:
Northern Lights
Virago
Float Out
The Stag
The Sky
Wolf
Delicate Words
Mountains
End of Science
Birdcage
Curse
Outro

Out December 1st on Tone Tonic

Cymbol 303 & This Pale Fire – Burst of Colour

“closest maybe to Dan Smith with some of Thom York’s falsetto brilliance brushed on. This gets you into the neighbourhood rather than an exact address, Corban’s sound is all his own.”NZ Musician

“Koschak’s voice, irrefutably impressive, imbues the music with a hauntingly bruised essence of melancholy surging with a sonic aura of elegance. It’s a voice difficult to define, simultaneously exuding constrained flamboyance, charming delicacy and assertive vitality.”Huffington Post

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Tune-Yards Announce New Album ”I can feel you creep into my private life’ & release new song ‘Look At Your Hands’

TUNE-YARDS
Announce new album ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’ & release new song ‘Look At Your Hands’

Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life is out Friday 19 January via 4AD / Rhythmethod

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John Cooper Clarke Announces NZ Tour

Plus1, 95bFM and Under the Radar present:

Legendary UK punk poet
John Cooper Clarke

The people’s poet – British legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke will perform four New Zealand shows in April.

Tour and ticket details – John Cooper Clarke with special guest Andrew Fagan:

Sat April 21: Crystal Palace, Mt Eden (Tickets at UTR.co.nz)
Sun April 22: The Vic, Devonport (UTR.co.nz and TheVic.co.nz)
Mon April 23: St Peters on Willis, Wellington (UTR.co.nz)
Tues April 24: The Piano, Christchurch (UTR.co.nz)

Tickets for all four shows are available immediately from UTR.co.nz

John Cooper Clarke has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today he is as relevant and vibrant as ever; his poetry and performance is in school syllabus’ worldwide, his effect on pop culture and music is profound, and his trademark ‘look’ continues to resonate with fashionistas

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. Both of these collaborations resulted in number 1 albums. The Arctic Monkeys put one of John’s best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album.

His 2018 world tour – including these New Zealand shows – is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.

This is a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.

Opening the bill is special guest – and local writer, sailor and musician -Andrew Fagan, blasting out material from his 2018 poetry collection (including poems from the Overnight Downpour, Salt Rhythms, and Serious Latitudesvolumes).

Fagan was lead singer for Wellington punk band The Ambitious Vegetablesformed in ’78. He continues to write and show-off – whether it be on stage with his bands Fagan & The People, and The Mockers, or with pen in hand through is poety and sailing books.

More information about the tour is available at plus1.co.nz

What they say about John Cooper Clarke:

Sir Paul McCartney: “John Cooper Clarke is one of Britain’s outstanding poets. His anarchic punk poetry has thrilled people for decades. Long may his slender frame and spiky top produce words and deeds that keep us on our toes and alive to the wonders of the world.”

Alex Turner – Arctic Monkeys: “My first encounter with Dr Clarke …I was captivated by his character and his ability to draw colourful and evocative language out of unlikely corners. That figure in the distance behind the microphone brandishing his plastic carrier bag of notebooks was, and still is, nothing short of dazzling.”

Kate Moss: “John Cooper Clarke uses words like Chuck Berry uses guitar riffs melody and anger, humour and disdain in equal measure. He’s the real deal, really funny and really caustic, the velvet voice of discontent.”

More raves and reviews on John are here: http://johncooperclarke.com/bio

Evidently… John Cooper Clarke
There exists a punk rock film about a punk rock icon. A documentary which records and the celebrates the life and works of ‘punk poet’ John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian and a recording artist, and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades, both underground and mainstream. A little snippet here…

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Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons Announce New NZ Tour Dates

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Together in Concert – November 2017
**TWO MORE SHOWS ADDED**

Due to popular demand, two more Auckland shows have been added to Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons’ upcoming New Zealand tour.

With the first show sold out (The Vic – Nov 9) and the second selling fast (The Tuning Fork – Nov 10) this is a tour not to be missed! Secure your tickets to a heart-warming string of songs and swagger taking place across November in the depths of both North and South islands.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster (all Auckland shows) and Eventfinda (rest of NZ). A Ticketmaster pre-sale for the two extra shows starts 3pm today, with general sale from 9am Thursday.

ADDED DATES:
SAT 11TH NOV – THE VIC, DEVONPORT
THURS 23RD NOV – THE HOWICK CLUB, HOWICK

Full tour details available from:
plus1.co.nz, melparsons.com & gregjohnsonmusic.com

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Live in Concert:

Thurs 9 November: The Vic, Devonport (SOLD OUT)

Fri 10 November: The Tuning Fork, Auckland (SELLING FAST)

Sat 11 November: The Vic, Devonport *ADDED SHOW

Sun 12 November: St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki (matinee show)

Sun 12 November: Meow, Wellington

Wed 15 November: Sherwood, Queenstown

Thurs 16 November: The Cook, Dunedin

Fri 17 November: Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Sat 18 November: Naval Pt Yacht Club, Lyttleton

Thurs 23 November: The Howick Club, Howick *ADDED SHOW

Fri 24 November: Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Sat 25 November: Haumoana Hall, Hawkes Bay

Sun 26 November: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Tickets to Auckland & Devonport shows: ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets to all other shows: eventfinda.co.nz

For Mel, 2017 has been a busy year of touring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in support of her highly acclaimed third album Drylands. She’s looking forward to wrapping up the year with this national tour – her first with Greg.

“We’re going to have great fun with each other’s songs. Touring around some of my favourite NZ venues on the cusp of summer with Greg and a great band – bring it on!”

“I met Mel when she opened for me in Queenstown in 2011,” says California-based Greg. “She impressed me a lot as a wonderful songwriter and since then she’s gone from strength to strength building an audience all around the world.

“I’m sure my crowd and her’s will cross over a fair bit, while the uninitiated are in for a great night of discovery”.

Greg’s forthcoming EP Low Frequency Word will be released ahead of the tour, and will be available on CD at all shows.

Expect plenty of songwriting gems from the pair responsible for the likes of ‘Save Yourself’, ‘Isabelle’, ‘Far Away’, ‘Don’t Wait Another Day’, ‘Get Out Alive’, ‘Now The Sun Is Out’, and many more!

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WOMAD ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2018 LINEUP

WOMAD 2018
LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

Image Credit: Amandala

Tonight, Wednesday October 18, at an esteemed event at The Grand Hall in Wellington’s Parliament Buildings, surrounded by international delegates and WOMAD advocates, WOMAD NZ announce the 2018 artist line-up.

The internationally established three day world music, arts and dance festival is known for its exciting and diverse line-up and next year’s event is no exception.

WOMAD NZ 2018 is a melting pot of folk, afro-funk, hip hop, classical, jazz and punk rock performed on violins, ouds, koras and squeeze boxes. With artists from countries as varied as Canada, Chile, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Mauritania delivering a blend of traditional and modern performances; expect diverse languages, cultures, harmonies and rhythms from the big names and to discover glorious artists you’ve never heard of.

Announced this evening are familiar festival favourites; the pioneer of bass-dominant, dub flavoured dance tunes, UK’s Adrian Sherwood, the heavy metal inspired acoustic guitar duo from Mexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Washington D.C. based DJ collective, the uniquely diverse dub inspired Thievery Corporation.

Over the weekend Brooklands Park will ring with sounds from Brazilian 10 piece, Bixiga 70 and their dizzying heights of progressive Afrobeat, Tinariwen’s scorching Mali desert blues and Havana Meets Kingston’s sound-clash of reggae, dub and dancehall with salsa and rumba.

Lebanon’s soulful classically trained Ghada Shbeir and Israel’s vocal hip hop star Victoria Hanna will deliver tales from ancient texts and stories of current social injustices. Chilean political-punk-poet Nano Stern and Ghanaian Jojo Abot who seamlessly blends electronica, indie-soul, reggae and hip hop will be part of a growing global conversation with audiences.

Always a highlight of WOMAD are the talents of local artists and 2018 looks to be one of the most exciting yet with the “toweringly talented song writer” Aldous Harding and Auckland city’s Hopetoun Brown, who will stomp and parp their way into audience hearts with nothing but brass, a bass clarinet, two sets of tambourines and tonsils. West Auckland newcomers, The Miltones will deliver some excellent knee slappin’, foot stompin’ and booty shakin’ and from Taranaki, The Slacks will bring home some classic kiwi messages of unity, aroha, and community.

Previously announced; Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar Kamasi Washington, the Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and classic Kiwi band Dragon complete the 29 exciting and eclectic artists from across the globe who will be performing at WOMAD 2018.

“WOMAD 2018 is a fantastic representation of World music of today and continues supporting diverse voices on stages. An incredible weekend of musical discovery with artists from around the globe.” – Emere Wano, WOMAD Event Director & NZ Programme Manager.

Artists appearing at WOMAD 2018 in alphabetical order:

ADRIAN SHERWOOD (UK), ALDOUS HARDING (Aotearoa), ANOUSHKA SHANKAR (India/UK), BIXIGA 70 (Brazil), CHICO TRUJILLO (Chile), CONSTANTINOPLE (Canada), DAYMÉ AROCENA (Cuba), DRAGON (Aotearoa), GHADA SHBEIR (Lebanon), HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON (Jamaica / Cuba), HOPETOUN BROWN (Aotearoa), JAMIE MCDOWELL & TOM THUM (Australia), JOJO ABOT (Ghana / USA), KAMASI WASHINGTON (USA), LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA (Canada), LE VENT DU NORD (Canada), MY BUBBA (Sweden/ Iceland), NANO STERN (Chile), NOURA MINT SEYMALI (Mauritania), PAT THOMAS & KWASHIBU AREA BAND (Ghana), RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO (Iraq), RODRIGO Y GABRIELA (Mexico), SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE (Australia), THE MILTONES (Aotearoa), THE SLACKS (Aotearoa), THIEVERY CORPORATION (USA), TINARIWEN (Mali), VICTORIA HANNA (Israel), VIOLONS BARBARES (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria) Continue reading

Kamasi Washington & Anoushka Shankar confirmed for WOMAD 2018

Two critically acclaimed and exciting artists have been secured for WOMAD New Zealand 2018.

Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar KAMASI WASHINGTON and Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso ANOUSHKA SHANKAR have signed on to be two of the headlining acts for the popular three day international music and dance festival. Continue reading

LANKUM ANNOUNCE NEW LP ‘BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY’

LANKUM
Between the Earth and Sky
Album Release Date: 27 October 2017

“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the edgiest thing in Dublin right now.

Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

27 October 2017 sees the release of the bands second album, and their first on the
Rough Trade label.

Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone.

ONLINE:

www.lankumdublin.com/

 

KING KRULE ANNOUNCES NEW LP AND SINGLE

KING KRULE
NEW LP “THE OOZ”

Released October 13th
on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds

shares new single & video
‘Dum Surfer’

Picture Credit: Frank Lebon

One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.

“The OOZ” is released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds, and can be pre-ordered HERE. It also comes preceded by the raucous new single “Dum Surfer” which can be pre-ordered HERE, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE (link). This autumn also sees Marshall hitting the road for a worldwide tour this autumn; for further details head to http://kingkrule.co.uk/live

Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.

Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say – but we need The OOZ in order to exist.

WATCH:’Dum Surfer’
(directed by Brother Willis)

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