COLLARBONES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Collarbones return with their sophomore album Die Young, set for release on Friday 28 September 2012 via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control.

Die Young was written over the course of a year, during the promotion of the duo’s 2011 debut album Iconography. Inspired by recollections of teen crushes – the naive, vulnerable yearning at the heart of adolescent experience – the songs emerged as a tribute to the modern mythology of youthful desire. Framed by a soundtrack of jilted R&B instrumentals, Die Young joins with whole generations mourning for their fallen idols.

Die Young was conceived with a significantly visual aspect in the form of a companion film. To be released with the album, the film follows a narrative of teen ghosts caught in a limbo, watching in on the preserved artefacts of their former lives. Paris-based artist Michael Salerno travelled to Sweden to photograph and video River Phoenix lookalikes in a freezing forest.

Adelaide’s Travis Cook and Sydney’s Marcus Whale met on the Internet in 2007. Over the course of several years, and divided by 1150km, they pieced together a sound informed by geographical distance but basking in the warmth of digital proximity: the electronic hum, the LCD glow, the metallic sheen of laptop culture formed the unlikely basis for a sound that embraced its digital origins. This is music made with the Internet as much as music made with drum machines, vocoders and carefully distorted instrumentation.

Since the release of Iconography the duo has spent more time (physically) together than usual, supporting and playing with a slew of international and local outfits. Collarbones explored their sound and the dynamics of physical closeness over the past year, supporting Neon Indian and Daedelus and touring with label mates Oscar + Martin as well as Ghoul, Donny Benet and The Paper Scissors. The duo were handpicked to play triple j Unearthed’s Parklife slot, the inaugural Sugar Mountain Festival in Melbourne, and FBi’s Sydney Sounds Like, all tightly curated affairs. Their live shows and the release of Iconography has seen them nominated for a Sydney Music, Art & Culture (SMAC) Award as well as an AIR Award (Australian Independent Record Labels Association).

Watch the trailer for Collarbones’ Die Young companion film below.


Download the first single ‘Missing’ here.

Collarbones Die Young is out 28 September 2012 via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control

THURSTON MOORE AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Thurston Moore has announced national dates to coincide with his appearance at Melbourne Festival in October.

THURSTON MOORE AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2012

FRI 26 OCT 2012
THE HI FI, SYDNEY

SAT 27 OCT 2012
THE HI FI, BRISBANE

MON 29 OCT 2012
THE GOV, ADELAIDE

TUE 30 OCT 2012
THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, PERTH

Ticket details here.

Demolished Thoughts (Bonus Track Version), Thurston MooreThurston Moore Demolished Thoughts is out now via Matador/Remote Control
Demolished Thoughts (Bonus Track Version) - Thurston Moore

HOWLER TAKE 5

Jordan Gatesmith of Howler joined Zan on Triple J Mornings today to talk about some of the new, and not so new, musical discoveries he’s made over the past little while.

Here’s what he played:

1. Eddie Floyd – Baby Bye
2. Prissy Clerks – No Sir
3. Splashh – All I Wanna Do
4. Wire – Mannequin
5. Gross Magic – We’re Awake Tonight

Click here to stream.

Howler America Give Up is out now via Rough Trade/Remote Control.

MP3: CAT POWER ‘CHEROKEE’

Cat Power has just released second single ‘Cherokee’ from her upcoming record Sun. A beautiful reworking of ‘Cherokee’ by Nicolas Jaar is also available for free download.

[DOWNLOAD ‘CHEROKEE’ & THE NICOLAS JAAR REMIX HERE]

Sun is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Chan Marshall performed and produced Sun herself in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu.

Sun will be released on Friday 31st August through Matador Records / Remote Control Records.

First single ‘Ruin’ is still available for free download HERE.

Cat Power Sun is out Friday August 31st via Matador Records / Remote Control

Sun (Bonus Track Version) - Cat PowerCat Power Sun is out now via Matador/Remote Control

LISTEN: The xx ‘CHAINED’

It’s an exciting day to be able to share a new song that we wrote towards the end of recording the new album. It’s going to be the second track on Coexist, it’s called Chained.

xx The xx

Coexist is out September 7 via Young Turks/Remote Control

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

CHET FAKER LIVE AT FBI RADIO

Chet Faker will be playing a super special, intimate live performance just for FBi listeners on August 15 at FBi Social.

Chet will take the FBi Social stage just after 5pm and it’ll all be over by 6, so you can’t be late. It’s completely free.

FBi Supporters get the first chance to see how he works it! RSVP now.

Non-supporters, RSVP opens on Friday August 10 at 9am (unless sold out prior). More ticket info here.

The set will be broadcast live on FBi Arvos.


Chet Faker - Thinking In Textures is out now
via Opulent/Remote Control
Thinking In Textures - Chet Faker

LEE RANALDO ANNOUNCES BRISBANE & SYDNEY DATES

Fans of iconic alternative rock band Sonic Youth take note; founding member and guitarist LEE RANALDO is heading to our shores with his band for two exclusive shows in Brisbane and Sydney.

These performances coincide with the band’s appearance at the Melbourne Festival and see Ranaldo taking the stage with band mates and friends, Steve Shelley and Alan Licht.

The highly acclaimed artist will be touring off the back of his new album Between the Times and the Tides.

Joined by an all-star cast including Nels Cline, Alan Licht, John Medeski, bassist Irwin Menken and long-time associate Steve Shelley, the album is equal parts smart, confident and loose in a manner that recalls some of the best rock ’n’ roll… yet still sounds like a fantastic new style.

These intimate shows are sure to enthral as Lee Ranaldo Band embarks on this Australian tour. Don’t miss your chance to see much-admired artist live in concert.

LEE RANALDO BAND OCTOBER 2012

Sat 20 Oct      Sydney | Oxford Art Factory
Moshtix | 1300 438 849 | www.moshtix.com.au

Sun 21 Oct     Brisbane | The Zoo
Oztix | 1300 762 545 | www.oztix.com.au

Wed 24 Oct    Melbourne | The Hi-Fi (as part of Melbourne Festival)*

1300 438 849 | www.moshtix.com.au

* Not a Frontier Touring Co. show

Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/leeranaldo

Mon 13 Aug   (12noon AEST) to Tue 14 Aug (12noon AEST)

General public on sale from 9am local time, Wed 15 Aug