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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WOMAD WELCOMES ‘DRAGON’ TO 2018 LINE-UP

WOMAD NZ
16 -18 March 2018 

is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement for WOMAD 2018, with the classic chart-topping Kiwi hitmakers;

DRAGON

Photo credit: Harry Hunter from entropico.com.au

Dragon who since forming in 1972, have produced a stack of rock anthems including April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Young Years, and Rain. Their WOMAD 2018 performance will be a homecoming of sorts as Dragon founding member Todd Hunter, and his late brother Marc, were born and raised in Waitara, Taranaki. The Hunter brothers spent many long summer days on holiday in New Plymouth at their Aunt’s place across the road from the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands; the home of WOMAD NZ for the past fourteen years.

Todd has advised WOMAD festival goers to be “prepared to sing your hearts out with a bunch of happy human beings”.

Emere Wano – Programme Manager, Event Director says “A legacy born out of hard work, these timeless Kiwi rockers will get you up air-guitaring and singing, and as one reviewer put it, ‘if they don’t then you need your pulse checked’.”

Dragon: ‘Rain’ – Live in Christchurch 2014

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WILLIAM EGGLESTON ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM “MUSIK”

FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM EGGLESTON ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, “MUSIK,” OUT OCTOBER 20TH ON SECRETLY CANADIAN

“Music of wild joy with freedom and bright, vivid colors.”David Lynch

Native Memphian William Eggleston, 77, who is widely regarded to be the most important photographer of the late 20th Century, has announced his debut record, Musik, produced by Numero Group co-founder Tom Lunt and due out October 20th via Secretly Canadian.

It was during Eggleston’s Sumner, Mississippi childhood, where he discovered the piano in the parlor that ignited in him a lifelong passion for music. It was a passion he carried forth his entire life, playing quite adeptly when a piano was handy: improvised turns on Bach, Handel, gospel, country, and popular selections from the Great American Songbook for friends and family. Though his travels found him rubbing elbows with Andy Warhol’s Factory superstars in New York, where he lived for several years with Viva at the Chelsea Hotel, and observing a music scene in Memphis that included Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and his old friend and owner of Ardent Studios, engineer Jon Fry, his own music went largely unheard by the general public.

In the 1980’s, Eggleston, who disdained digital cameras and modernity in general, became surprisingly fascinated with a synthesizer, the Korg OW/1 FD Pro, which had 88 piano-like keys, and in addition to being able to emulate the sound of any instrument, also contained a four-track sequencer that allowed him to expand the palette of his music, letting him create improvised symphonic pieces, stored on 49 floppy discs, encompassing some 60 hours of music from which this 13 track recording was assembled.

The music, which he refers to as “Musik”, adopting the German spelling of his hero, JS Bach, is highly emotional, whether he’s improvising a Bach-like organ fanfare out of whole cloth, using a Korg patch titled “guitar feedback” to create a dirge, or playing Lerner and Lowe’s “On The Street Where You Live” as a dramatic overture.

Eggleston lives today in a small apartment off Memphis’ Overton Park that he shares with a 9-foot Bosendorfer grand piano and an arsenal of ultra-high fidelity audio equipment, some of which was designed by his son, William Eggleston III. The synthesizer, alas, is broken and stubbornly refuses to be repaired, so for the purpose of this project another was purchased in order to be able to play back the floppy discs, which, along with a handful of DATs and other digital media, though frail, were digitized and mastered for this and future releases.

Mr. Eggleston often says that he feels that music is his first calling, as much a part of him, at least, as his photography. We take special pride in allowing the world to hear this side of a great artist who may now be rightly called a great musician.

Listen to William Eggleston’s “Untitled Improvisation FD 1.10” –

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GOING GLOBAL 2017 ANNOUNCES PANELS AND WORKSHOPS

Going Global 2017
Panels and Workshops
Announced!

Going Global 2017 welcomes its largest gathering and greatest assortment of international and New Zealand-based delegates to date, hosting 21 seminars and workshops over Sept. 1st & 2nd at the gorgeous Roundhead Studios.

Going Global 2017 brings to Auckland experts from Spotify, Paradigm Talent Agency, Bandcamp, 4AD, Sugaroo!, Secretly Canadian, BIGSOUND, Billboard, Subpop, ICHILE, Slate Entertainment, States of Sound
and so many more!!

Presenters from Chile, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States,Singapore, and New Zealand will speak on topics as diverse as touring, booking, public speaking, digital sales – crucial information and knowledge that will jump start an international career.

The full list of activities is available at goingglobal.co.nz. Coming soon is the Going Global Conference app, putting all the information about speakers, panels, venues, artists and hobnobbing activities in the palm of your hand. Available on 29th August for both Android and iPhone, you will find the information you need to make the most of the opportunities that Going Global is bringing to you! Continue reading

THE HUMAN LEAGUE LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND

THE HUMAN LEAGUE
Live in New Zealand
With special guests, Pseudo Echo
Tickets onsale at Ticketmaster from August 31st

40 years after forming, UK synth-pop pioneers The Human League are coming to our shores for their first ever New Zealand show this December at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre! The much-loved trio of Phil Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley & Joanne Catherall will be joined by special guests, Australian New Wave sensations Pseudo Echo for a special night of the hits.

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Throughout the 80s, The Human League were a permanent fixture on the New Zealand album & single charts. They held 6 x New Zealand Top 20 singles with their well known hits ‘(Keep Feeling) Fascination’, ‘Human’, ‘Love Action’ & ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Their 1981 breakthrough album, Dare was a #1 hit on the NZ album chart, and remained there for 40 consecutive weeks helping them become firm nightclub favourites during an exciting time of musical change.

Formed in the English city of Sheffield in 1977, The Human League were early pioneers of the British synth-pop movement, earning street cred within the art-pop scene of the late 70s. They signed to Virgin Records in 1979, the same year David Bowie described them as “the sound of the future”, and he was bang on.

The group continued to innovate and expand with Sulley and Catherall joining the band at the end of 1980. They had a worldwide smash with their third album Dare, which contained four hit singles including ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

In a career spanning nine studio albums and 20 million album sales, their songs are still sampled and played across dance floors worldwide and their live reputation grows with each passing year.

Complete details about The Human League live in New Zealand at: plus1.co.nz

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

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Official Website
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YouTube

Find The Human League on Spotify / Apple Music

Julien Baker Announces New Album ‘Turn Out The Lights’

Julien Baker will release her highly anticipated second album Turn Out The Lights on October 27th, 2017 via Matador Records. An early preview can now be heard in first single ‘Appointments’; a viscerally moving track that culminates in a swell of Baker’s voice, guitar, and piano. Continue reading

METZ ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM ‘STRANGE PEACE’

METZ to release their ferocious third album, Strange Peace, on Sub Pop September 22, 2017


Listen: Cellophane
YouTube: https://youtu.be/hbaZS9ncHP0
Spotify: http://u.subpop.com/2tRcKQm

On September, 22nd METZ will release Strange Peace,an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album. Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

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FAT FREDDY’S DROP ANNOUNCE NZ SUMMER TOUR DATES

FAT FREDDY’S DROP

ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES

WITH A HUGE INTERNATIONAL LINE UP AT VILLA MARIA!

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This summer Fat Freddy’s Drop will tour their high octane shows across the homeland to hand picked locations, combing vineyards and beaches to festivals and valleys culminating in a FFD curated line up at Villa Maria with internationals Hiatus Kaiyote from Melbourne and Norman Jay MBE from London. This is the third hook up with the legendary London DJ who unleashed his good times tunes supporting Freddy’s at Ally Pally, London and last summer’s Queenstown concert.

The tour will be the first time that the band has played on home soil since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in New Zealand earlier this year at the aforementioned Villa Maria, with all 10,000 tickets being snapped up.

It’s also a chance to experience songs off the band’s upcoming new album. They’ve road tested two new songs already on a stupendous tour to England and Europe through June and July and committed to studio lockdown until the New Zealand tour.

Hopepa aka Joe Lindsay – Freddys trombonist – says the live show is “going to be different again by the time summer rolls around” He’s especially looking forward to “coming home to Kerikeri” having attended Kerikeri High School for a couple of years before his family moved to Whangarei.

Special guests on the road include local stalwarts Ladi6 who join Freddy’s for the love of music at Kainui Road Vineyard and The Nudge back for the annual drop at Black Barn Vineyards. The concert in Christchurch turns the tables with Freddy’s playing as special guests for Salmonella Dub for their 25th Anniversary concert.

FAT FREDDY’S DROP

SUMMER TOUR DATES

WANAKA – Sunday 31st December – Rhythm and Alps*
On sale now – Ticket link

KERIKERI – Saturday 6th January – Kainui Road Vineyard
w/ Ladi6
Tickets from Ticketmaster, the venue & Bay of Islands i-Site

CHRISTCHURCH – Saturday 13th January – Salmonella Dub 25th Anniversary at Hagley Park*
On sale now – Ticket link

AUCKLAND – Saturday 20th January – Villa Maria
w/ Hiatus Kaiyote (Melbourne) & Norman Jay MBE (London)
Tickets from Ticketmaster & the venue

HAVELOCK NORTH – Saturday 3rd February – Black Barn Vineyards
w/ The Nudge
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