TUNE-YARDS BRIS & MEL SUPPORTS

Tune-Yards is bringing her distinctive sound to Australia for the first time this January, showcasing her acclaimed sophomore album w h o k i l l – a record appearing in many critics end-of-year lists including Rolling Stone, Spin, NME and no doubt more to be announced. The Guardian called w h o k i l l “One of the most distinctive records we’ve heard this year.” The first single “Bizness” has been considered one of the highlights of the year by many, coming in at #13 on the Pitchfork Top 100 Tracks of 2011.

It is off the back of this praise that we welcome Tune-Yards, aka Merrill Garbus, to Australia. Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, her voice will infiltrate your mind, shoot down your legs and convert any ground into a dance floor.

Joining Tune-Yards at her Melbourne show, Fox + Sui will bring their loungy, dreamy pop, along with Wintercoats’ ethereal solo set at the Corner Hotel on Sunday 15 January.

Mitzi’s laidback disco beats and Brisbane’s up and coming Outerwaves will be supporting at Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday 22 January, with DJ Private Velodrome also appearing.

Sunday 15 January – Corner Hotel – Melbourne
Presented by 3RRR
Tickets from Corner Box Office 9427 9198 or www.cornerhotel.com
With special guests Fox + Sui and Wintercoats

Sunday 22 January – Brisbane Powerhouse – Brisbane
Presented by Rave
Tickets from Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office 3358 8600 or www.brisbanepowerhouse.org
With special guests Mitzi + Outerwaves + DJ Private Velodrome

[info via Penny Drop]


W H O K I L L
is out now through 4AD/Remote Control

Whokill - Tune-Yards

ST. VINCENT TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

Following the release of her internationally acclaimed album Strange Mercy, St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) will tour Australia in March 2012, performing headline shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

St. Vincent has gone from strength to strength since the release of Strange Mercy in September 2011 via 4AD / Remote Control. Debuting at #18 in the Billboard Top 200 in the US and being scored 9.0 by Pitchfork, the album has racked up the year-end list accolades: #7 in NME, #8 in Q, #9 in Time, #10 in the Sunday Times and #26 in Rolling Stone USA among many others. She graced the covers of the September issue of SPIN as well as Under the Radar. Network television appearances have included The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and an upcoming shot on Conan. In February, she will be featured in the wildly popular US television series Gossip Girl.

Strange Mercy features very little of the baroque strings, woodwinds, and reeds that marked 2009’s Actor, and the grooves are sturdy, deep and beguiling. “I wanted to make things direct and immediate,” Clark says. “I didn’t tinker. I tried to keep the arrangements pretty simple and use just enough instrumentation to get the point across. I didn’t want anything to get in the way.” Consequently, it’s a much more guitar-oriented album than Clark has ever made. She is one of the most gifted guitarists to come along in the new millennium, and Strange Mercy is filigreed with indelible hooklines and ingenious rhythm parts, not to mention debonair solos and a couple of glorious Frippy freak-outs.

Annie is also hard at work on a much-anticipated collaboration album with the legendary David Byrne. Previously, she has recorded and performed with The National and dueted with Bon Iver on a track for Twilight: New Moon.

While Annie has performed in Australia in a solo capacity at Sydney Festival, this will be the Australian debut of her new full-band show, which had the Guardian raving in its 4-star review of the London performance: “Pure and luscious…(sending) prickles up the spine. Clark extracts maximum fuzziness from her guitar, her plectrum technique so fierce that a woman sitting near me gasps, ‘she plays like a man!’”.

ST.VINCENT
Strange Mercy Australian Tour
Presented by Billions Australia 

ON SALE NOW

THU 8 MARCH· ROSEMOUNT Perth
Tickets from www.heatseeker.com.au, mills, planet, 78

SAT 10 MARCH· THE HIFI Brisbane
Tickets from www.thehifi.com.au

MON 12 MARCH· FACTORY THEATRE Sydney
Tickets from www.factorytheatre.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au

WED 14 MARCH· THE HIFI Melbourne
Tickets from www.thehifi.com.au

FRI 16 MAR – ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE - NEW SHOW ADDED


St. Vincent – Strange Mercy is out now via 4AD/ Remote Control
Strange Mercy - St. Vincent

VIDEO: HOWLER – ‘BACK OF YOUR NECK’

Howler have released a video for their new single ‘Back of Your Neck’ (directed by Robert Semmer). In it the boys take us on a tour of the backstreets, house parties, gigs and supermarkets of their hometown Minneapolis – in all its grainy, Super 8 glory. The video premiered on Rolling Stone yesterday, whom singer Jordan Gatesmith told: “We made this video with our good friend Rob. He got us drunk, held us in his arms and told us it would be alright. And it was… It was.”

Howler will release their debut album America Give Up on 13 January 2012 via Rough Trade/Remote Control.

Download ‘Back Of Your Neck’ here.

[info via Rough Trade]

MP3: BELLES WILL RING X-MAS SONG

Tis’ the season to be jolly! Belles Will Ring get into the festive spirit with their very own seasonal single ‘Stirring The Christmas Spirit’.

The track was premiered by themusic.com.au and can also be downloaded for free, just in time for your Christmas Day mix-tape:

DOWNLOAD ‘Stirring The Christmas Spirit’ NOW!

It’s been a very big year for the Blue Mountain locals with the release of the much loved ‘Crystal Theatre’. The band is now on a mission to get this beautiful album on vinyl. After all “Crystal Theatre is meant to be played on an old record player in a dark room where the picture painted is of a journey through small towns and deserted roadways”. The band have raised $6600 (whoa impressive) towards the wonderful cause so far and you can help/read about it here.

‘Crystal Theatre’ is also nominated for an FBI FM SMACK award for record of the year. Vote now.

THE XX GOES GOLD

The xx self titled debut album has now gone Gold in Australia and to celebrate we’re giving away a copy of the Islands 7″. To win, email us at info@remotecontrolrecords.com.au with the subject line THE XX and tell us in 25 words or less what your favourite xx song is and why.

The band have also announced that they’ve begun work on their next album via their Facebook page:

“We have started recording our second album! We have also started this blog where we will post our inspirations + pictures + favourite songs. We hope you enjoy it! Lots of Love, The xx”

You can check out the blog and keep up with the progress HERE.

xx, The xx

 

The xx- xx is out now via Young Turks / Remote Control
xx - The xx