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Wichita Recordings celebrate 10 years

The Cribs

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Wichita Recordings celebrate 10 years. Special vinyl releases for Record Store Day on 17th April from Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue.  Wichita Recordings, the independent UK record label which brought us Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, My Morning Jacket, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Peter, Bjorn & John, First Aid Kit, Los Campesinos! and many more celebrates its 10 year anniversary this summer.  To mark this momentous occasion, Wichita have planned a series of special releases and events.   First up, a clutch of limited edition vinyl releases for Record Store Day (www.recordstoreday.com) on 17 April from Bright Eyes, The Cribs, Simian Mobile Disco, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue (details below).   There follows a series of shows and parties for May. Confirmed so far are events at Primavera Festival in Spain, The Great Escape in Brighton and Stag & Dagger in London. A week of special shows for London in July will be announced very soon.  

BIRTHDAY GIGS
14 – Brighton / The Great Escape @ Life, Wichita Recordings stage with Peggy Sue, Sky Larkin, Gold Panda and Dam Mantle
21 – London / Stag & Dagger @ venue tbc, Wichita Recordings night with Sky Larkin, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Cold Pumas and Dam Mantle
26 – May, Barcelona / Primavera @ The Apolo, Wichita Tenth Anniversary party / Primavera Launch Party with Los Campesinos!, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue

Record Store Day special vinyl release information: Wichita’s debut release in July 2000 was Bright Eyes’ Fever & Mirrors album. This April it gets its first official vinyl release in Europe. Also available for the first time on vinyl will be The Cribs’ eponymous debut, which will include a CD of their original demos. Simian Mobile Disco’s Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release LP and Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm will both be re-pressed on vinyl. Silent Alarm will come with a bonus 7′ Little Thoughts b/w Storm and Stress. All LPs are limited to 1000 copies and will come in deluxe packaging on heavy-weight vinyl. In addition, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut EP will be made available again on vinyl for the first time in six years (limited to 500 copies) and First Aid Kit & Peggy Sue will release a special split 7′ Josefin / I Read It In The Paper (limited to 700 copies). http://www.wichita-recordings.com/

[PIAS] Sign Multi-Territory Tiësto Deal

tiesto-rtv[PIAS] will work with Tiësto’s own new label Musical Freedom and New York based Complete Control Management to release Tiësto’s forthcoming artist album, titled ‘Kaleidoscope’ across the world excluding North America on 5 October 2009. The album will be marketed in the UK via [PIAS] UK’s Integral service, and in other territories through [PIAS] Entertainment Group’s international network of local offices and affiliates. ‘Kaleidoscope’ will be Tiësto’s fourth artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the worlds biggest DJ. The first single, titled ‘I Will Be Here’, will be handled by Continue reading →

M.I.A. gave the main stage at Coachella her best shot. It just didn’t work out.

mia-1After a strong start, a few hiccups, and a somewhat listless finale, the Grammy-nominated new mom declared at the end of her hour-long set in the desert that “next time I’m back in the tent.”  “I want to be in the sweat,” she said. M.I.A. had performed twice in smaller tents at the music festival, in its tenth year and one of the nation’s most prestigious. She noted earlier, “I really don’t know how to bring it on the main stage.” And her live show staples — climbing on speakers, dancing body-to-body with the crowd — didn’t quite fit the new digs. When she tried to bring some of the audience onstage Saturday night, security guards thwarted most fans.  M.I.A. ended up on a platform above the crowd performing “Bird Flu,” and asked when it was over: “Can we get some order in the place? My baby’s waiting.” She gave birth to a son in February, a few days after the Grammys. The Killers took the main stage to close the evening. The Las Vegas-based group, who began with their most recent single “Human,” appeared far more comfortable in the setting.  Wearing a black No Limit Records T-shirt, sneakers and jeans with Day-Glo green lining, M.I.A. performed songs from her two most recent albums and gave up the spotlight to Baltimore-based protege Rye Rye for a song. While she moved alongside Day-Glo-clad dancers for a lively opening number, she stood stiffly at other times behind a podium adorned with microphones as if at a news conference.  Roaming into the audience with help of a piggyback ride, she finished with crowd favorite “Paper Planes,” lifted to hit status by appearances in “Pineapple Express” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”  But the British-born, Sri-Lankan-bred rapper pushed back against Hollywood. She slyly referenced her status as Coachella replacement for Amy Winehouse, who canceled due to visa trouble, by singing “They tried to make me do the Oscars. I said no, no, no.”  And, she noted, “I want to let you know that just ‘cuz I did the Grammys, it doesn’t mean I’ve gone all sold out.”  Though she wasn’t embracing Hollywood, some of its regulars certainly wanted to be around for her. Zac Efron was seen ducking out of the fest’s VIP area in the afternoon Saturday, and Paris Hilton posed for pictures with her new boyfriend during Thievery Corporation’s popular main stage set just before M.I.A.  Also performing Saturday were Joss Stone, TV On The Radio, Fleet Foxes — who apologized to fans after suffering repeated technical problems — and Travis Barker and DJ AM, who had the dance tent crowd roaring at their drum-assisted remixes of pop hits.  Exact figures weren’t released but crowds at the three-day festival appear to have more than doubled the approximate 75,000 population of this community southeast of Palm Springs. Police reported 17 arrests Saturday and fire officials said two people had been taken to hospitals. Temperatures, climbing throughout the fest, were expected to hit the high 90s on Sunday, which features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Public Enemy, My Bloody Valentine and the Cure.

Scottish producer-artist Calvin Harris scored his first U.K. No. 1 single

calvin-harrisScottish producer-artist Calvin Harris scored his first U.K. No. 1 single  last Sunday with “I’m Not Alone”  (Columbia/Sony BMG), while Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (Interscope/Universal) started a second week atop the album chart.  Harris had top ten U.K. hits in 2007 with the nu-disco singles “Acceptable In The 80s” (No.10) and “The Girls” (No.3), which spent a total of 34 weeks in the top 75 between them. The new track went to No. 1 on downloads alone, with a CD single released today (13). Harris starts a British tour Apr. 25 in Bristol and his second album is due in the middle part of 2009 as the follow-up to “I Created Disco,” which debuted at No. 8 in the U.K. in June 2007. The new singles chart also featured a 7-4 climb for La Roux’s “In For The Kill” (Polydor/Universal) and a No. 6 debut for “Love Sex Magic” (Geffen/Universal) by Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake. Lily Allen’s “Not Fair”  (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) climbed 12-11 and “Takin’ Back My Love” (Interscope/Universal) by Enrique Iglesias, on which Ciara also features, 16-13. “Fields Of Anfield Road” (Robot), a soccer-related single by the Liverpool Collective and the Kop Choir, debuted at No. 16. Its release marks the 20th anniversary on Wednesday (15) of one of the worst disasters in soccer history, when 96 fans died at Hillsborough stadium. Lady Gaga’s album chart reign continued ahead of a No. 2 debut for British rock band Doves’ “Kingdom of Rust” (Heavenly/EMI). The band opened at No. 1 with both of their last two studio releases, “Some Cities” (2005) and “The Last Broadcast” (2002). EMI had another top five debut in Bat For Lashes’ “Two Suns” (Echo/Parlophone) at No. 5, a dramatic improvement on the No. 48 entry and peak of “Fur and Gold” in September 2007. Yeah Yeah Yeahs came in at No. 9 with “It’s Blitz” (Polydor/Universal) and a promotional visit to the U.K. last week by Carole King to publicize the augmented reissue of her 1971 classic “Tapestry” was rewarded as the Epic/Sony BMG release appeared at No. 12. The original album peaked at No. 4 in the U.K. in 1971; a 2001 anniversary reissue hit No. 3. Finally on the new chart, former “X Factor” contestant Eoghan Quigg’s eponymous debut album for RCA/Sony BMG debuted at No. 14.  U2′s “No Line on the Horizon” (Mercury/Universal) is in a fifth week at the helm of Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart, while Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) is spending a seventh week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

Soulwax added to Bestival line-up

soulwax2Soulwax will be rocking Bestival with both a live set and a 2manydjs set.  Keep an eye out for more news at www.bestival.net and remember that we haven’t announced our Sunday night headliner yet and we’re knee-tremblingly excited about that one.  The Isle of Wight Youth Trust has joined forces with Bestival to put on a Fabulous Charity Fun-Raiser gig (in aid of the Youth Trust) on Saturday 14th March at The Venue @ Ryde Theatre, Isle of Wight featuring Rob da Bank, Dub Pistols (live), The Hat (live), Bastila (live), Blank Beats (live) & The Bees present The Sound Selection. The Isle of Wight Youth Trust provides Welfare Services for both Bestival and Camp Bestival in return for a donation to their funds.  

Since the release and tours of Much Against Everyone’s Advice, Soulwax’ line up has changed.

Here is the most recent biography of the band. Thanks to PIAS for supplying the details

Whilst it may be true to say that in the grand scheme of it all; that Soulwax are 2 Many DJs , 2 Many DJs however is not the sum of Soulwax as a whole; confused? Don’t be.

Not just studio or booth boffins like you might think, despite a predilection towards it, they are infact a highly acclaimed band in their own right, that have been known to tear the roof off venues in their day, touring their last studio album- the much lauded ‘Much Against Everyone’s Advice’ (released in 1999) took them across Europe on several vast sellout tours (including a triumphant sold out show at London’s Astoria), interspersed with some key festival appearances across the continent.

For those of you more familiar with the name Soulwax, through the 2 Many DJs Alta-ego of the bands Dewaele brothers; their mix compilation ‘As heard on Radio Soulwax Part 2′ (which has sold in excess of 300,000 copies since it’s release), from the chapter about them in acclaimed Novelist Nick Hornby’s ’31 songs’ book released last year, or more than likely from one of their many in demand club and festivals, sets the world over.

They have also committed remix to wax as Soulwax for the likes of Felix Da Housecat (‘Rocketride’), Ladytron (‘Seventeen’), Kylie Minogue (‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’), Playgroup (‘Make It Happen’), DJ Shadow (‘Six Days’) and Sugababes (‘Round Round’) amongst others, and are currently working on producing Tiga’s debut album back home in Ghent (In Belgium in case you wondered).

Now however is the time to prepare yourselves to return to the wider world of Soulwax. So to clarify. Soulwax ARE the aforementioned brothers David & Stephen Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven augmented by the return of former drummer, Steve Slingeneyer .

So why so long and what about ‘Any Minute Now?’.

To quote the old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” would be a vast and oh so ironic understatement on this matter; In any case – the end product is all you need to worry about. Forged out of steely determination, perfectionism, and unvanquished enthusiasm ‘Any Minute Now’ is Soulwax’s finest hour, their calling card to the world, and a remarkable feat of logistical planning and top quality European engineering.

Recorded over the past three years ‘Any Minute Now’ -the album; was made in London, New York, and at their home studio in Ghent, predominantly produced by Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey,U2, Nine Inch Nails), and mixed with Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). ‘Any Minute Now’ has been aided, abetted and inspired by their experiences, ups & downs, friends, colleagues, curiosity, boredom, scenes and sights, people and places. It is personable and introspective yet dark and uplifting in the same breath.

“You have to listen to the whole album as a whole to really understand where it’s at, musically and lyrically its very different in places, but still very us,” says Stephen. “The reason we took so long over it, with the different versions of each track, and the mixing, we wanted to get it right, and make an album – album. We think you can listen to from beginning to end. It’s hard for us to say what we want from the album, finishing was our biggest goal, anything else is a bonus”

Artwork comes courtesy of Trevor Jackson (Playgroup/Output label boss come old school sleeve designer) with an idea based around a complex series of dots. “Trevor was one of our friends that came to the studio a lot during the process of making it.We actually asked him a long time ago to do the sleeve. We share the same passions for graphic design, architecture, that sounds boring.talking about girls, video games and err robots,” laughs Stephen. “The graphic aspect is very us, its not too flashy, but something that will stand the test of time,” adds David.

This summer they will return to the live arena with their trademark explosive delivery and flair, followed by a full tour in the autumn. In a world dominated by genres and labeling, Soulwax have meticulously and painstakingly made a record that sounds like nothing else. It is sure to be one of 2004 most defining releases, and in years to come.

Rock with glow sticks it is then.

Head over www.bestival.net for more info.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce UK dates

yeah-yeah-yeahsNew York three-piece Yeah Yeah Yeahs today announce their eagerly anticipated live return to the UK with three dates in April. Tickets go on sale Friday 27th at 9am.

The dates are:

April 22nd Manchester Academy 7.30pm, £16.50
April 25th London Shepherds Bush 7.00pm, £18.50
April 26th London Shepherds Bush 7.00pm, £18.50

YEAH YEAH YEAHS are back back BACK! The New York City trio are poised to release the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Show Your Bones’, an album described as ‘a slow-burning masterpiece’ by Observer Music Monthly and ‘one of the albums of the decade’ by NME.

‘It’s Blitz!’ will be released on 13th April on Interscope/Polydor preceded a week prior by single ‘Zero’ – a huge, electronic dance-floor anthem of a song. NOTHING else feels like this right now. “We’ve got a death grip on the adolescent way of feeling things,” says Karen O, touching on the track’s euphoric abandon.

More about the YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Discovered in the wake of the Strokes’ popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York’s art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio’s Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric after being inspired by Ohio’s legendary avant punk scene. After the drummer they recruited initially bowed out, Chase joined the lineup.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote a slew of songs at their first rehearsal and soon wound up supporting the Strokes and the White Stripes, earning a significant buzz for their arty yet sexy take on garage punk. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog’s Jerry Teel, on their own Shifty label. Early the next year the band stepped into the international spotlight, appearing at South by Southwest, touring the U.S. with Girls Against Boys and Europe with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and headlining their own U.K. tour. Wichita Recordings distributed the group’s EP in the U.K. and Touch and Go reissued it in the States.

In between tours, the group spent 2002 putting the finishing touches on its full-length debut and playing American dates with Sleater-Kinney, Liars, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Late that year, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released the Machine EP to tide fans over before their first full-length. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs moved to Interscope for their debut album, 2003′s Fever to Tell. Boasting a cleaner sound and more eclectic songwriting than their EPs, the album continued their critical acclaim and also won them a fair amount of commercial success: the gorgeous ballad “Maps” became a hit in 2004 and pushed Fever to Tell to gold status that year. Karen O also moved to Los Angeles in 2004, making the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a bicoastal band.

The group took some time to pursue individual projects in 2005. O loaned her vocals to “Hello Tomorrow,” a collaboration with producer Squeak E. Clean that provided the soundtrack to a Nike shoe commercial directed by Spike Jonze, while Zinner recorded with the side project Head Wound City and also had a book of photographs, -I Hope You Are All Happy Now, published. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reconvened in the studio that year to record their second album with Clean as producer; jokingly, Clean said that the album was about O’s cat and would be called Coco Beware, but the album’s real title, Show Your Bones, was revealed soon after. Released in spring 2006, the album was the band’s most mature, polished work yet, and reached number 11 on the album charts. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs spent the rest of the year touring in support of the album, and returned in summer 2007 with the Is Is EP, a collection of newly recorded versions of songs written in between the band’s two albums.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are Karen O (vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar, keyboard) and Brian Chase (drums)

Razorlight added to Oxegen Festival

razorlight234Razorlight, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pete Doherty, Elbow, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ting Tings, White Lies, Fight Like Apes, Pendulum and Jason Mraz have all been announced for OXEGEN 09.

ALREADY ANNOUNCED,Kings of Leon, Blur, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, The Script, Katy Perry.

Europe’s Favourite Rock & Roll Weekend will be home to the very best in both new and seminal music this summer, taking place at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare from 10th-12th July 2009.

Fans who are registered at oxegen.ie will have exclusive priority access to an OXEGEN ticket pre-sale from Wednesday 25th February from 8am until Thursday 5th March at 6pm. Tickets will go on general release on Friday 6th March 2009 at 8am nationwide.

To be the first to hear about further exciting line-up announcements, and for info on car parking, camping and age restrictions, register at oxegen.ie.

Coachella Full Line-Up Announced: Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure Headline

mybloodyvalentineLet the great debates begin – the full official line-up for this year’s Coachella has finally been announced.  The three day heat stroke of music will find Paul McCartney headlining the opening night in his first ever U.S. festival appearance, The Killers topping Saturday, and The Cure closing out the festival on Sunday night.

Also confirmed were Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Conor Oberst, Band of Horses, Beirut, The Black Keys, MSTRKRFT, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Okkervil River, No Age, Lykki Li, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Los Campesions!, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis, Public Enemy, The Presets, Silversun Pickups, Hercules and Love Affair, Blitzen Trapper, and Paul Weller just to name a quick few. 

Tickets go on sale  January 30 at 9am via Ticketmaster.  Three day passes will cost $269, with single day tickets going for $99. Check out more details here.

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