SIGUR ROS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + VIDEO

Sigur Rós will release their new album Kveikur in Australia on Friday 14 June via XL Recordings / Remote Control.

To mark the news, the band revealed new song ‘Brennisteinn’, the first track to be taken from Kveikur which was self-produced by the three members of Sigur Rós: Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason.

The song is accompanied by an Andrew Huang directed video. As fans who’ve heard new songs performed on the band’s current tour will testify, ‘Brennisteinn’ marks a shift towards a more direct, aggressive sound on the new record.

Watch the video for ‘Brennisteinn’ below.

To further celebrate the announcement, Sigur Rós premiered the title track from their upcoming album on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday night.

Watch Sigur Rós perform ‘Kveikur’ on Jimmy Fallon below.

Kveikur track list:
1. Brennisteinn
2. Hrafntinna
3. Isjaki
4. Yfirbord
5. Stormur
6. Kveikur
7. Rafstraumur
8. Bláprádur
9. Var

Sigur Rós Kveikur is out Friday 14 June 2013 via XL Recordings / Remote Control.

THE NATIONAL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

The National will release their new album Trouble Will Find Me on Friday 17 May 2013 via 4AD / Remote Control.  This is the sixth studio album for the Brooklyn band, and follows 2010’s critical and commercial success High Violet. The album is the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in its 14 year career. In an interview with UK’s UNCUT Magazine, front-man Matt Berninger described the songs as more “immediate and visceral” than their previous work. Trouble Will Find Me possesses a directness, a coherency and an approachability that suggests The National are at their most confident.

After a 22-month tour following the release of High Violet, the band returned home. Regardless of plans to wait to record new music for another year or two, guitarist Aaron Dessner began working on sketches of new songs that the other members were too inspired by to not fully realize. Matt confesses, “For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax — not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.” The results are simultaneously breakthrough and oddly familiar, the culmination of an artistic journey that has led The National both to a new crest and, somehow, back to their beginnings  — when, says Aaron, “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.” The album was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, New York. Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced and mixed by Craig Silvey with additional mixing from Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin.

In advance of the release, the documentary Mistaken For Strangers will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival as the festival opener on Wednesday 17 April. The film, directed by Tom Berninger, follows The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom (lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger brother) is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and can’t help but put his own spin on the experience. Inevitably, Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates drama on the road. The film is a touching look at two very different brothers and an entertaining story of artistic aspiration.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Track-listing:

1. I Should Live In Salt

2. Demons

3. Don’t Swallow The Cap

4. Fireproof

5. Sea Of Love

6. Heavenfaced

7.This Is The Last Time

8.Graceless

9.Slipped

10.I Need My Girl

11.Humiliation

12.Pink Rabbits

13.Hard To Find

The National Trouble Will Find Me will be released on 17 May 2013 via 4AD / Remote Control

BOBBY WOMACK DEBUT AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Niche Productions is thrilled to present the first-ever Australian live headline concerts by Soul Music and RnB legend Bobby Womack with his thirteen piece band.

Starting his career in the sixties with The Valentinos and as guitarist for Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack has written and recorded some of the world’s biggest hits including The Rolling Stones’ ‘It’s All Over Now,’ with his career enjoying so many resurgences thanks to his timeless appeal. Other classic material from the era includes collaborations with Aretha Franklin, George Benson (‘Breezin’), Janis Joplin (‘Trust Me’), Sly & The Family Stone (‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’), Ray Charles, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Marvin Gaye as well as his own soundtrack to the film ‘Across 110th Street,’ whose title track would be later used as the theme song to Quentin Tarantino’s film ‘Jackie Brown.’

In 2010, one year after he was inducted in to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Bobby Womack reappeared as a performing and touring member of the most recent incarnation of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz project. The single ‘Stylo’, with its incredible video clip featuring Bruce Willis would thrust Womack back in to the spotlight and set the scene for his comeback record, 2012’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe.’
Produced and co-written by Albarn and Richard Russell and featuring a superb duet with Lana Del Rey in ‘Dayglo Reflection,’ ‘The Bravest Man…’ garnered four star reviews from The Gaurdian and also polled favourably with NME and the Chicago Tribune.

Appearing in Australia for the very first time for his own headline shows at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, Bobby Womack’s debut headline performances will be realised with all of the majesty that this exceptional talent deserves and Australian audiences expect. Do not miss the chance to see a living legend performing songs from one of the greatest catalogues in Soul Music history with a thirteen piece band.

Niche Productions presents Bobby Womack with special guests
DEBUT AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR

Tuesday 21st May – Hamer Hall – Melbourne
Tickets: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

Friday 24th May – Vivid Live – Sydney Opera House

Saturday 25th May – Vivid Live – Sydney Opera House

The Bravest Man In the Universe (Expanded Edition) - Bobby Womack

SAVAGES ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM + NEW SINGLE

Savages will release their debut album Silence Yourself on Friday 3 May 2013 via Pop Noire / Matador / Remote Control.

Available on LP, CD and download, the album was recorded in north-west London’s Fish Factory during a three week period in December 2012, and was produced by Johnny Hostile and Rodaidh McDonald.

Clocking in at 38 minutes, Silence Yourself opens with an excerpt from the John Cassavetes film ‘Opening Night’, and features brand new recordings of ‘Husbands’, ‘I Am Here’ and ‘City’s Full’ – first heard on debut single ‘Husbands / Flying To Berlin’ and the ‘I Am Here’ live EP. Both tracks were previously released on singer Jehnny Beth’s record label Pop Noire.

Silence Yourself comprises of eleven tracks that are uncompromising and delivered with fierce conviction.

The album is available to pre-order from iTunes now, and fans who do so will instantly receive an mp3 download of ‘She Will’.

Listen to ‘She Will’ below:

Savages are: Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar) and Jehnny Beth (vocals).

Savages – Silence Yourself
Track-listing:

A1 Shut Up
A2 I Am Here
A3 City’s Full
A4 Strife
A5 Waiting For A Sign

B1 Dead Nature
B2 She Will
B3 No Face
B4 Hit Me
B5 Husbands
B6 Marshal Dear

Savages – Silence Yourself is out Friday 3 May 2013 via Pop Noire / Matador / Remote Control

LISTEN: VAMPIRE WEEKEND ‘DIANE YOUNG’

Vampire Weekend are pleased to share two wildly different but equally significant songs from their forthcoming album today: ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’.

‘Diane Young’ is the first single lifted off their third record Modern Vampires Of The City which will be released Friday May 3rd via XL Recordings / Remote Control.

Listen to ‘Step’ below.

Modern Vampires Of The City track listing:

1. Obvious Bicycle

2. Unbelievers

3. Step

4. Diane Young

5. Don’t Lie

6. Hannah Hunt

7. Everlasting Arms

8. Finger Back

9. Worship You

10. Ya Hey

11. Hudson

12. Young Lion

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City is released Friday 3rd May via XL Recordings / Remote Control.

NEW VIDEO: FAT FREDDY’S DROP – ‘MOTHER MOTHER’ LIVE

Ahead of their apperance at Bluesfest 2013, Fat Freddy’s Drop unveil live video for ‘Mother Mother’.

The gospel funk monster was captured live at the first of their 17 Winery Shows in New Zealand over the summer.

DJ Fitchie mixed the live recording on the road to create a six minute teaser. A studio version of ‘Mother Mother’ will feature on their forthcoming album Blackbird.

The video combines the live experience with footage of Freddy’s and fellow Winery Tour bands Anika Boh & Hollie and The Adults going through their soundcheck ritual.

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird will be released in 2013 via Remote Control.