New duo Twin Graves clearly don’t want to tell us where they’re from, although I’m not sure that that matters too much right now.
On February 19th they’re going to release their debut EP – a four-tracker called ‘Walk In Circles’ – digitally and for free. This track is ‘Brothers’ and it’s caught our attention by slotting neatly between the sunshine pop of The Drums and the nu-dark-wave brilliance of Blank Dogs.
‘Walk In Circles’ track listing:
1. Night Runner
4. Last Sunset
Next month, on 11 February 2013, Pennsylvanian hardcore band Pissed Jeans will release their fourth album, ‘Honeys’ via Sub Pop.
By our reckoning it’s their most ferocious and best record yet, featuring two tracks that you can now download for free.
‘Bathroom Laughter’ (below) has been available for the past month or so, and from today (January 14th) you can also grab second ‘Honeys’ single ‘Cathouse’ here.
Having reformed in 2010 for what has ended up being an endless string of live shows, Suede have, it turns out, also been working on some new material.
Their first album in 10 years will be release this coming March, and is called ‘Bloodsports’. A lead single called ‘It Starts And Ends With You’ will precede it a month earlier, and before all of that you can download new song ‘Barriers’ for free here.
Suede will also play a one-off live show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 30 March 2013.
Sufjan Stevens LOVES Christmas, having already released 10 (!) discs of yuletide songs over 2006′s ‘Songs For Christmas’ and last month’s ‘Silver & Gold’ box sets.
His latest gift is free mixtape ‘Chopped & Scrooged’, featuring a host of rappers including Heems, Kitty Pryde, Nicky Da B, and Busdriver, with production by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Fol Chen, Son Lux, and more.
Listen to it below and download it here.
1. Heems “The Child With the Star on His Head” (produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof)
2. The Pro Letarians “Dream Catcher”
3. Mr. Kinetik and Tony Styxx “Cool Like Jack”
4. (Charles) Book&Record “Black Christmas” [ft. Tada!]
5. Busdriver “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” (produced by Son Lux)
6. Nicky Da B “Xmas in the Room” (produced by Oliver Blank)
7. Kitty Pryde “Implants & Yankee Candles” (produced by Fol Chen)
8. Electric iLL “Blue Baktun”
9. DMA and Oreo Jones “Xmas Woes”
‘Silent Night’ has always been an unnerving carol, usually sung by choirs of dead-eyed children. Gabriel Bruce‘s version begins like it’s going to go that way, with the plinky plonk of a haunted music box. Then Bruce deeply croons to an invisible organ.
Download it below.
You might know Manchester’s Shinies as that band that tortured (and torched) Pat Sharp in the video for recent single ‘Ennui’ – a video shocking enough to make it all the way to the sensitive eyes of The Daily Mail and other less evil British rags.
You might might know them from their previous single ‘Shola’, too, which didn’t have a too shabby video either.
Today, they’re giving away a free download of new track ‘Ribbons’, ‘Ennui”s vinyl bonus track. You can grab it for free from the band’s new website.
Physical copies of the ‘Ennui’ are available from the band’s label’s site, DirtyBingo.co.uk.
Last week we posted an early video of Interpol performing ‘Obstacle 1′ at their first LA show in 2002. Well, now, following in the vintage Interpol vein, you can download the first demo version of ‘Roland’ here.
What both of these gifts have in common is that they precede the re-issues of the band’s debut album on 3 December 2012, as ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ turns 10.
Guitarist Dan Kessler spoke to us about the record and the band’s early days for this month’s Loud And Quiet .
Neo soul sibling duo inc. (made up of Andrew and Daniel Aged) cut their teeth playing in live bands with Elton John, 50 Cent and Pharrell Williams. They’ve since signed to 4ad who’ll release the brothers’ debut album ‘No World’ on 18 February 2013.
It’ll feature ’5 Days’, a track you can download here.
And if you’re in London on November 25th, you can see the group’s very first UK show at Birthdays, Dalston.
Flamingods formed in Bahrain before scattering themselves all over the UK to attend different universities.
Originally the solo project of Kamal Rasool, now a five piece who like to hit things, the experimental, afro-inspired jam band have been releasing their percussively raw tracks on tape cassette up until now, but on 21 January 2013 they’ll release debut album proper, ‘Sun’, via indie label Art Is Hard.
The record features this track, ‘Quesso’, featuring Dustin Wong of Ponytail. Download it now.
San Diego’s Crocodiles will release new single ‘Bubblegum Trash’ on November 26th, following a one-off London show at The Barfly on November 7th.
Stream and download the track below.
CROCODILES EU TOUR:
Saturday, November 17 – London, UK @ Barfly
Monday, November 19 – Lyon, France @ L’Epicerie
Tuesday, November 20 – Paris, France @ Le Divan Du Monde
Wednesday, November 21 – Dijon, France @ Generiq Festival / La Vapeur
Friday, November 23 – Nantes, France @ Le Stereolux
Saturday, November 24 – Rennes, France @ L’Antipode
Sunday, November 25 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Area 51
Tuesday, November 27 – Charleroi, Belgium @ Eden (Brasserie)
Wednesday, November 28 – Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn
Friday, November 30 – Milano, Italy @ Plastic
Saturday, December 1 – Bologna, Italy @ Covo
Sunday, December 2 – Padova, Italy @ Loop
Monday, December 3 – Rome, Italy @ XS Live
Tuesday, December 4 – Turin, Italy @ Astoria
Thursday, December 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Club Prmiavera / Mercat de les Flors
London based garage band Mazes are currently on tour with The Cribs, hitting the below dates.
To celebrate, they’ve put together a limited cassette for the jolly, too, available at all the shows while stocks last, and featuring ‘Bodies’, which you can download for free here…
Mazes’ live dates:
Tuesday 23rd October – Oxford O2 Academy*
Wednesday 24th October – Norwich – Waterfront*
Thursday 25th October – Liverpool O2 Academy*
Friday 26th October – Manchester Apollo*
Saturday 27th October – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
w/ Hookworms, Cold Pumas, Sauna Youth, Vision Fortune & more
Sunday 28th October – Edinburgh Picture House (Haddow fest)*
Monday 29th October – Newcastle O2 Academy*
Tuesday 30th October – Sheffield O2 Academy*
Thursday 1st November – Leicester O2 Academy*
*with The Cribs
In the new year they’ll release a new 12″ single via another London indie, Parlour Records, but before that you can stream and download new track ‘Our Love Has No Rhythm’ below.
Read our interview with the band in Loud And Quiet 31.
Last year Seattle’s THEESatisfaction released debut album ‘awE naturalE’, becoming the second hip hop act on Sub Pop (the first came just a year earlier in the shape of Shabazz Palaces) and announcing themselves as purveyors of “lo-fi rebel hip-hop”.
As their new mini mixtape reveals, they’re also big Anita Baker fans.
Download ‘THEESatisfaction Love Anita Baker’ (see), on the duo’s bandcamp page.
London trio Darkstar have signed a new deal with Warp records, leaving behind their spiritual home of Hyperdub.
New track ‘Timeaway’ is the first thing to come from the band’s new home, with a label debut LP due in the New Year. You can check it out below and download it for free by trading your email address at the band’s website.
‘Timeaway’ will be released on 12″ on November 12th.
Airick Woodhead knows how to put on a show as Doldrums – a technicolor electronic party band from the warehouses of Canada. A trio on stage, they return to the UK with countrymen Purity Ring later this month, and to get you in the mood, here’s new track ‘She Is The Wave’, released physically on 7″ on November 5th via Souterrain Transmissions.
See Doldrums live on tour:
20 – London, UK @ Scala (w/ Purity Ring)
22 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt (w/ Purity Ring)
23 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla (w/ Purity Ring)
24 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control (w/ Purity Ring)
26 – Leeds, UK @ Hi Fi Club (w/ Purity Ring)
27 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo (w/ Purity Ring)
28 – Liverpool, UK @ Kazimer (w/ Purity Ring)
29 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory (w/ Purity Ring)
As a man who reached the ‘boot camp’ stage of American Idol only to get pissed and go a bit mad, the army-discharged, once-homeless Willis Earl Beal is a definite contender for the most interesting interview we’ve published this year.
Willis draws too, penning his artwork himself, including the cover to debut album ‘Acousmatic Sorcery’. He’s recently completed a short movie called ‘Principles Of A Protagonist’, the trailer for which you can see below before its release later this month.
‘Principles Of A Protagonist’ also comes with a 5-track EP, made up from ‘Acousmatic Socery’ cuts, which you can download for free here.
Read our interview with Willis in issue 36 of Loud And Quiet, here.
We first met Cheatahs in 2009, when Nathan Hewitt – formerly of London band Little Death, along with KC Underwood who went on to form Big Deal – was making purely acoustic music by himself. In the past 3 years Hewitt has joined Male Bonding as their second guitarist, but he’s also formed a full band under his Cheatahs monkier.
Following an EP released on DIY label Marshall Teller, Cheatahs have now signed a worldwide deal with another London indie, Wichita.
The first release to come from the new partnership is an EP called ‘Sans’, coming November 26th. You can sample and download the record’s title track below and catch the band on tour with The Cribs later this month.
26/09 – The Lexington, London
23/10 – Oxford Academy 2, Oxford 13th * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
24/10 – Norwich Waterfront, Norwich * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
25/10 – 02 Academy, Liverpool * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
26/10 – Manchester Apollo, Manchester * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
29/10 – 02 Academy, Newcastle * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
30/10 – 02 Academy, Sheffield * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
01/11 – Academy, Leicester * www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-
02/11 – The Others, London www.sexbeatlondon.com
06/11 – Village Underground, London http://www.seetickets.com/
02/12 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht http://www.leguesswho.nl/
So Crystal Castles are sticking with the self-titled album thing, then. Third album, erm, ‘Crystal Castles’ is coming November 6th, preceded by a free downloads of ‘Plague’ and now new single ‘Wrath of God’, which you can have a listen to and grab below.
Check out the video for ‘Plague’ here.
Brighton based kraut jam band Cold Pumas sure have kept us waiting for their debut album, but it’s finally in the can and ready for release.
‘Persistent Malaise’ will hit record stores on November 5th after four odd years in the making, via the band’s own Faux Discx who will once again team up with Gringo Records for the release.
If lead track ‘Fog Cutter’ is anything to go by, it might just be worth the wait too. Stream and download it below.
One of our favourite new labels, Night School, has generously given us an exclusive track to give to you from Group Rhoda‘s debut album, ‘Out Of Time, Out Of Touch’, out now.
A heady mix of post industrial and minimal electronica, the solo project of San Franciscan Mara Barenbaum sounds like Throbbing Gristle and Suicide would if they were based in the Bay Area and had a penchant for west coast bedroom psych.
Grab ‘Fire’ for nothing below.
Having signed to Domino imprint Weird World, How To Dress Well (or Tom Krell to his friends) will release new album ‘Total Loss’ on September 17th. That’s Krell covering Janet Jackson on this month’s issue Mixtape on the left, after we interviewed him for September’s Loud And Quiet.
Below you can download one of his original tracks, the new ‘& It Was You’, for free, taken from ‘Total Loss’.
Read our interview with Tom here.
See How To Dress well at the below dates this autumn:
18th – Charlatan, Gent, Belgium
19th – AB Club, Brussels, Belgium
20th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
22nd – Ikonst, Malmo, Sweden
23rd – Bla, Oslo, Norway
24th – Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
25th – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
26th – Train, Aarhus, Denmark
27th – Turmzimmer, Hamburg, Germany
29th – Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
30th – Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
31st – Musik Tanz Theater, Luzern, Switzerland
2nd – Twisted Pepper, Dublin, Ireland
3rd – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
5th – XOYO, London, UK
Ty Segall used to run with San Fransisco band Sic Alps. It springs to mind because we interviewed Ty for this month’s Loud And Quiet, and we also reviewed Sic Alps’ fifth album in there too, which is called ‘Sic Alps’.
Having toured with Pavement on their UK shows a couple of years band, ‘Glyphs’ is the first track to come from this fifth record, which is due for release September 10th via Drag City.
Luis Vasquez is from San Fransisco, but he hardly makes the kind of music Northern California is known for. In 2010 he released his debut album as The Soft Moon – a nightmareish, darkwave take on industrial krautrock. He followed it up last Halloween with his ‘Total Decay’ EP, which was no less frightening.
Come November 5th, Vasquez will release his second album via Captured Tracks. Yeah, it’s not for shiny happy people either, as you can tell from this free download of new track ‘Die Life’.
The Mars landing seems to have gone to Jack Tatum’s head. He’s called his second album as Wild Nothing ‘Nocturne’, and now he’s launched a new website that’s a lunar calendar.
“There was a great deal of restlessness that went into the creation of this album,” reasons Jack. “The moon cycle has come to represent this for me; a slowly changing symbol of where these songs feel most at home, a sleepless state of mind.”
To download new track ‘Paradise’ for free, visit the site and hover over the moon below July 7th. Cosmic!