LISTEN: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ‘PRANCER’

‘Prancer’ is the first track taken from the forthcoming album One of Us is the Killer out May 2013 via Party Smasher Inc. / Remote Control.

The trailblazing band, whose creative energy and unwavering artistic commitment has reverberated through underground subculture and in tastemaker circles alike since the late 1990s, return with renewed passion and unrivalled skill with their fifth full-length album.

The album represents a new holistic pinnacle of the band’s constantly evolving and engaging dynamics.

One of Us is the Killer finds Ben Weinman, Greg Puciato, longtime bassist Liam Wilson and drummer Billy Rymer in top form, emphasising The Dillinger Escape Plan’s fierce independence, staunch individualism and loyalty to their unique vision which has long followed them on-stage and off.

This new era in The Dillinger Escape Plan begins now.

The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us is the Killer will be released in May 2013 via Party Smasher Inc. / Remote Control.

Purchase ‘Prancer’ on iTunes now.

Prancer - Single - The Dillinger Escape Plan

VIDEO: ICEAGE NYC 1/25 – 26/13

Earlier this year Iceage visited New York to play two shows and help present the ‘Thrown Together‘ gallery event, an art exhibition featuring some artworks from their friends local and global. Los Angeles-based artist/photographer/director/label boss Cali Thornhill Dewitt came along for the ride and produced a striking short film tracking the band’s activities that weekend in the city & shots of the visuals on display, set to live audio of “Morals” from ‘You’re Nothing‘

KELLY DANCE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘GOODNIGHT BERLIN’

‘Head in the Noose’ is the first single from folk singer Kelly Dance, off her new album Goodnight Berlin due out May 17th via Broken Stone Records / Remote Control.

A showpiece for Dance’s otherworldly voice, ‘Head in the Noose’ is a shifting, tumbling lament over the bare snap of guitar and drums, like Bo Diddley or Sanford Clark at their darkest. Dance’s voice recalls the cracked amber of Karen Dalton and the enigma of Josephine Foster.

Dance is an itinerant artist. She has lived in Australia, Fiji and Indonesia, amongst the clouds in Hong Kong, the flamenco masters in Seville and the afterglow of 24-hour Tescos in London. Goodnight Berlin was mostly recorded over ten days and nights in an East Berlin studio. Dance’s songs are haunted by these places. Half-dreamt, half-imaginary landscapes recur in Goodnight Berlin.

‘Head in the Noose’ sings of lonely cities, empty rooms and pavement slipstreams. Spare and hand-made, with a ghosting of strings, ‘Head in the Noose’ has a subdued grandeur.

It stands out on an album both dark and nostalgic, sweet and unsettling. The warmth of Goodnight Berlin, as well as its strange, unexpected instrumental textures, are a product of its collaborative spirit. Dance joins in duets with Toby Martin from Youth Group and Aidan Roberts from The Maple Trail – the album also features a widescreen ballad penned by Roberts. Guest musicians provide bird-like clarinet lines in ‘Australia’ and the jingles, creaks and sighs in the aptly named ‘Signal’.

Kelly Dance ‘Head In The Noose’ single launch

Wednesday 20th March Arcadia Bar, Redfern NSW (free entry)

‘Head In The Noose’ is available digitally this Friday.

CAMERA OBSCURA NEW ALBUM ‘DESIRE LINES’

With nearly four years having passed since their 4AD debut, Camera Obscura will release their new album Desire Lines on Friday 31 May via 4AD / Remote Control.

Camera Obscura officially marked their return with an intimate charity fundraiser in their hometown of Glasgow. Warming up for a run of shows at SXSW in Austin in a few weeks time, they also used it as a chance to play some new tracks for the very first time and to announce that a new album was on the way.

The new album was recorded last December when the band decamped to Portland to work with GRAMMY nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket) and pleased with the progress they made there, they returned a month later to finish it.

Tracyanne Campbell from the band, “Of all our records this was pretty much the most challenging to write, partly because of the situation we found ourselves in with having to take such a long and uncertain amount of time out, but also because it would be record number five and we were getting harder and harder to please.

Working in the US with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn’t there before. We were also delighted to have Neko Case and Jim James sing on the record too. What a treat.”

Camera Obscura Desire Lines is out Friday 31 May via 4AD / Remote Control.

JAMIE XX SOLO HEADLINE SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Following the success of his intimate headline dates in July 2012 – with all shows selling out in under one minute – Handsome Tours are pleased to announce solo shows for Jamie xx in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney this March and April. The dates come as part of The xx’s previously announced Australian tour, which has seen almost instant venue sell-outs and second shows added due to epic demand.

Catch Jamie xx performing in Perth on Sunday 31 March at The Bakery, over the Easter long weekend.

Jamie will also perform late shows in Melbourne on Friday 5 April at the Prince Bandroom, and Sydney on Saturday 6 April at the Metro Theatre. These two gigs follow the previously announced shows by The xx earlier in the evening, and will have late starting times to accommodate.

General public tickets to see Jamie xx are on sale Wednesday 6 March at 12pm AEDT.

The past few years have been meteoric for Jamie xx, who has earned a name for himself as one of the world’s hottest producers. In 2011 he crafted the underground hit ‘Far Nearer’ and collaborated with Gil Scott-Heron on the album We’re New Here, a re-envisioned version of Scott-Heron’s 2010 masterpiece I’m New Here. We’re New Here features Jamie’s brilliant remixes of ‘NY Is Killing Me’ and ‘I’ll Take Care of U’, which was later reworked by Drake and Rihanna for their worldwide #1 ‘Take Care’. In 2011, Jamie also reworked Radiohead’s track ‘Bloom’ for their remix album TKOLRMX123456.

Jamie xx – Australian headline shows
Supported by FBi Radio and 3RRR

Sunday 31 March – The Bakery, Perth
Friday 5 April – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne – late show
Saturday 6 April – Metro Theatre, Sydney – late show

General public tickets on sale Wednesday 6 March at 12pm AEDT.

Ticket info from http://handsometours.com/tours/jamie-xx-2/

MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS REVEAL NEW SINGLE

Midnight Juggernauts reveal their new single ’Ballad of the War Machine’. ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is the first single taken from the trio’s forthcoming album, set for release in mid 2013 via Siberia Records / Remote Control.

Catch Midnight Juggernauts launch ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ at The Zoo in Brisbane on Friday 19 April, Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Saturday 20 April, and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday 24 April.

‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is one of the trio’s most pure pop songs, as if Van Dyke Parks has been aboard for the score for Interstella 5555. It’s accompanied by a surrealist video shot on the streets of Moscow. Whilst official revealed this morning, with Gorilla vs. Bear describing it as the “video of the year so far”, the video had concurrently been living diverse secret lives. In previous weeks the band covertly leaked various secret versions of this clip under different guises, untitled and not associated with Midnight Juggernauts. Presented as an eccentric Russian art-pop band performing on a Soviet state-run music program from 30 years ago, the videos were spread widely across various blogs, websites and discussion boards everywhere from Moscow to Montevideo. Watch the video HERE.

Following this unusual release experiment, the band observed and tracked disparate responses to the puzzling videos. Most non-Russians believed it must be a long-lost soviet pop band rediscovered from behind the iron curtain. Many Russians felt that the lack of Russian accent revealed it be a foreign band touring Moscow at the time and others wondered why the army would allow members with such facial hair. The various anonymous videos will remain online, free to live their own divergent alternate lives along the dark fringes of the web, until littered in comments such as “obveusly dumb austrlians trying 2 b russian”.
Since forming in Melbourne in 2004, Midnight Juggernauts have forged a unique path, pressing themselves firmly into the popular or perplexed consciousness, refusing to be bound by boundaries of genre, convention, or expectation. Eschewing an easy parochial path, Midnight Juggernauts have instead been international; taking their psychedelic Soviet-sci-fi pop to listeners near and far, around the corner and around the globe.

Ballad of the War Machine marks the band’s long-awaited return, their first output for three years following their previous albums Dystopia and The Crystal Axis. After touring long and hard from Brisbane to Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, and beyond — the trio took ‘time off’, which really equated to throwing themselves into all manner of esoteric adventures, oddball one-offs, inspired shindigs, and ambitious undertakings. This is the first taste of Midnight Juggernauts return journey, once again piloting their glittery kosmische musik far into known cosmos and unknown genre.

MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS
‘Ballad of the War Machine’ Tour
with special guests YESYOU

Friday 19 April - The Zoo, Brisbane
With special guests YesYou and Young Men Dead
Tickets available via 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

Saturday 20 April - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
With special guests YesYou and Four Door
Tickets available via 1300 GET TIX, www.moshtix.com.au and all Moshtix outlets

Wednesday 24 April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
With special guests YesYou and Client Liaison
Tickets available via 03 9427 9198, www.cornerhotel.com and The Corner Box Office

Midnight Juggernauts new single ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is out now.