The first of The xx’s Night + Day events is taking place in Lisbon today. You can listen to the whole thing live on RBMA radio. Amongst a lot of amazing music, the broadcast will include Jamie xx is DJing at 8.30pm and The xx play live at 10.20pm.Listen live here:
At the start of the week WNYC aired an interview between Hollywood actor and radio presenter Alec Baldwin and Atoms For Peace and Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke.
In their hour-long conversation, Thom talks about his relationship with his bands, politics, stalking Ed Norton and how Atoms For Peace began as: “An excuse to go on a jolly to L.A. and hang out.”
Houndmouth will release their anticipated debut album From Hills Below The City on Friday 31 May via Rough Trade / Remote Control.
Listen to ‘On The Road’, the first single to be taken from the album:
Houndmouth is comprised of four musicians from New Albany, Indiana US, across the river from Louisville – hence From the Hills Below the City. Matt Myers (guitar/vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane Cody (drums/vocals) spent the past yearbuilding a passionate following in their hometown and touring with the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Grace Potter, and the Drive-By Truckers. “Houndmouth is a great young band,” testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. “They ‘brought it’ each and every night. They were extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what they do next”.
The 12 original songs on From The Hills Below the City are packed with tales of down-on-their-luck drug runners, casinos,riverboats, recession-era scraping, and more. All members of Houndmouth sing, “leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy,” writes Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, and their songs have a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a cagey melodic sensibility.
Houndmounth’s appearance at SXSW resulted in national coverage on NBC Rock Center, Fuse News, and Rolling Stone.
Watch Houndmouth perform new single ‘On The Road’ for Paste Magazine Riverview Sessions at SXSW 2013 HERE.
From The Hills Below The City Track-listing:
1. On the Road
2. Come On Illinois
4. Casino (Bad Things)
6. Hey Rose
8. Long As You’re Home
9. Houston Train
10. Halfway to Hardinsburg
11. Comin’ Around Again
Majical Cloudz will release their new album Impersonator on Friday 24 May via Matador / Remote Control.
For the past few years, Devon Welsh has been recording solo material composed between rural Ontario and Montreal, and collaborating in production & performance with Matthew Otto under the guise Majical Cloudz.
Impersonator’s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis’ quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.
Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh explains of Impersonator:
In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End
4. I Do Sing For You
6. Turns Turns Turns
7. Silver Rings
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
Download: Majical Cloudz – ‘Childhood’s End’ HERE
Watch Majical Cloudz perform previously released album track ‘Turns Turns Turns’ live via Yours Truly below.
Download ‘Turns Turns Turns’ HERE.
‘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.