A short round up of the weeks news, well the bits that interested me at least. As you can see people need to send me more stuff to review. If things doen't improve you'll soon get some kind off horribly musical related weather report. Enjoy, and feel free to email me with any music you want reviewing. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mount Eerie Album:
Phil Elverum is renowned for his heavy work ethic. The man behind The Microphones and Mount Eerie is constanly releasing new material. His last ‘proper’ album featuring Julie Dorian was some off his best work to date, so this, his new full length will be one his fans will be waiting for with baited breath. Last year Elverum hinted a new direction into heavier realms with another EP ‘Black Wooden Ceiling Opening’. He experimented with black metal dynamics, resulting with some very crazy, ‘out-there’ sounds. Due out on the 18th August ‘Wind Poem’ looks to follow on from that EP with a full blown adventure into the same world, look at the art work above, sure looks pretty dam metal to me. Should be on here as soon as I can find it.
Wild Beasts Tour:
To co-inside with their new release on Domino ‘Two Dancers’ this London art-pop troup, who’s previous album ‘limbo Panto’ was one of last years surprise finds, will be touring relentlessly round these shores over the next few months. The tour is seventeen dates long so it should be easy to find a venue near you, look below for a full list of dates. God I wish I still lived in Edinburgh, looks like Birmingham for me, anyone fancy it?
Single 'Hooting & Howling' is out 20th July and the album ‘Two Dancers’ follows on the 3rd of August.
July 10 – Canterbury – Lounge On The Farm
July 11 – Ireland – Oxegen Festival – Pet Sounds Arena
July 18 – Cheltenham - 2000 Trees Festival
July 19 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
July 25 – Truck Festival - Oxfordshire
July 26 - Dorset – Camp Bestival
August 6 – London – Hoxton Hall SOLD OUT
August 8 – Ilkley - Moor Festival
September 30 - Edinburgh - Cabaret Voltaire
October 1 – Leeds - Cockpit
October 2 - Nottingham - Bodega
October 3 - Bristol - Thekla
October 4 - Birmingham - Hare and Hounds
October 5 – Brighton - Hanbury Ballroom
October 7 - Oxford - Academy 2
October 8 – London – Garage*
October 9 – Manchester – Academy3
*Yes that does say London Garage, its re-opening in July
Cat Power to Direct Vodka Commercial:
42 Below Vodka are currently running a promotion called ‘OneDreamRush’ which features 42 directors doing 42 second shorts all about their sleepy thoughts. For all of you who ever wondered what it would be like to share a bed with Chan Marshall, you’re about to get one step closer by knowing what she dreams about! After making some acting appearances, albeit as herself in ‘My Blueberry nights’ and ‘Sleepwarkers’ this will be her first stab at directing, well so I’m reliably informed by the normally dependable www.IMDB.com.
Conor Oberst, Jim James and M Ward to release album:
After numerous tours together, recording together and covering each other’s songs Bright Eyes Conor Oberst, My Morning Jackets Jim James and M.Ward of, well M.Ward fame will finally be releasing an album together. Due out in September this offering should wet the appetite of anyone with even the smallest interest in the new world of folk, or nu-folk as the kids are calling it. Produced by Mike Mogis and featuring all new material it’ll be interesting to see how these large musical egos mesh together and even more interesting how it sounds.
Sally Shapiro new Album:
That’s right euro sad disco is coming back! After 2006’s ‘Disco Romance’ wooed us, Shapiro the electro Sweede is coming back after far too long a break. Expect more heart breaking, disco beats and beautiful melodies on her aptly named follow up ‘My Guilty Pleasure’. Due for release via ‘Paper Bag’ on August 25th her new album, produced by Johan Agebjom features contributions from Tensnake and Cloetta Paris and will be preceded by the single ‘Miracle’ released June 16th. Shapiro will be hoping ‘My Guilty Pleasure’ will make you fall back in love with her again, after listening to ‘Miracle’ you’ll realize you never stopped, she’s even said it herself when recently asked about her new opus she remarked “hopefully it’ll make you fall in love with the person sitting next to you on the bus.” She’s obvious not taken the Southfields to town route from my house where smiling politely will get you the same result.
01 Swimming Through the Blue Lagoon
02 Looking at the Stars
03 Love in July
04 My Fantasy
05 Let It Show
06 Moonlight Dance
07 Save Your Love
08 Dying in Africa