Quickly building a stellar reputation on the back of a series of singles introducing their melodic, snarling guitar pop, The Bohicas release their anticipated debut album ‘TheMakingOf’ on August21st on Domino. Watch the band in action in the trailer for Pulse Films’ director duo thirtytwo’s (Blur’s ‘No Distance Left To Run, LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Shut Up And Play The Hits’) tour documentary from the ‘Swarm Over Essexxx’ tour below.
‘TheMakingOf’ lands blow after blow. Featuring early singles XXX and Swarm, alongside Radio 1 playlisted To Die For and Where You At, the album is two barrels' worth of electrifying tunes and crackling 21st Century rock and roll.
The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast, shiny and above all fun. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.
‘The Making Of’ was produced by Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club), Chris ‘Merrick’ Hughes (Tears For Fears, Adam And The Ants) and Oli Bayston (Toy, Boxed In).
The Bohicas are Dominic McGuinness, drummer BrendanHeaney, guitarist DominicJohn and bassist AdrianAcolatse. The Bohicas’ story began in Essex where, as schoolmates, McGuinness, Heaney and John first came together over a love of The Beatles, The Kinks, Ray Charles and the new wave of guitar bands who emerged at the start of the century after the scrag ends of Britpop had finally limped off.
‘The Making Of’ will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. In addition, the album will also be released in two special formats - the Deluxe Edition will feature a bonus 7” single featuring In The Mood and Rewind Replay, and will be available from Domino Mart and select indies. The same two tracks will also feature on theiTunes Bonus Track Edition.
The album’s artwork was created by illustrator TomerHanuka. “The immediacy and impact of Tomer's style marries perfectly to how we want our music to sound,” explains McGuinness. “The subject of most of the songs is a boy longing for a girl. We thought the cover should be inviting and dangerous so we asked Tomer to draw someone who is about to fuck off into the future and this is your chance to join her.”
Acclaimed Canadian artist Patrick Watson confirms new U.S. and European fall tour dates in support of his new album Love Songs for Robots (out now via Domino Records). The tour will now run through December, concluding with dates in New York City (at Irving Plaza) and Philadelphia (Underground Arts). The first of his US Love Songs For Robots dates is tonight, at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.
In celebration of the commencement of the US tour, Patrick Watson is pleased to share a video for “Hearts”, recorded at a secret album release show in Montreal recently. Watch the video below.
In addition, KCRW yesterday featured previous single “Places You Will Go” as “Today’s Top Tune”—a preview to Watson’s upcoming appearance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on June 5.
Love Songs for Robots continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:
The music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own submission, “a bad year” did more personal themes begin to creep in. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.” Watch the official video for “Places You Will Go” here.
Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”
Love Songs For Robots is available on iTunes. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
PATRICK WATSON TOUR DATES
05/27 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club &
05/28 Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg & (SOLD OUT)
05/30 Boston MA @ The Sinclair &
05/31 Providence RI @ Columbus Theatre
06/02 San Francisco CA @ The Chapel (SOLD OUT)
06/04 Los Angeles CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
Hot Chip's 'Why Make Sense?' album is out this week. The album features the acclaimed singles "Huarache Lights" and "Need You Now." Watch the videos below.
The new album was recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph and mixed by the band, David Wrench (FKA Twigs, Caribou) and Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah). The album features guest appearances from De La Soul’s Posdnuos and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside ("Love Is The Future"), as well as live instrumentation and backing vocals from touring band members Sarah Jones and Rob Smaughton.
Why Make Sense? is available on all standard formats as well as a special edition available for a limited time only from Domino Mart, featuring a bonus EP, Separate EP, with 4 new tracks recorded during the album sessions. Listen to Burning Up from the Seperate EP below. Due to a unique and bespoke printing technique which has never been used before, the new album Why Make Sense? is available in one of 501 different colours making every cover unique. View the artwork, designed by Nick Relph, here.
See the band live on their upcoming North American tour. All dates are below.
Hot Chip tour dates: 05-25 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival 05-26 Portland OR - Roseland Theatre 05-28 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre 05-30 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 05-31 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom 06-02 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre 06-03 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall 06-04 Boston, MA- House of Blues 06-05 Washington, DC - Echostage 06-07 New York, NY The Governors Ball Music Festival 07-31 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza 07-31 to 08-02 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival 08-07 to 08-09 Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival 08-09 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands 08-11 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
FFS – the collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks – are pleased to present the first video from their forthcoming self-titled album, out June 9th in the United States.
The video, which accompanies the single Johnny Delusional, was directed by acclaimed French directors AB/CD/CD who have previously worked on videos for Royal Blood, Lily Allen, Kasabian and The Postal Service.
Talking about the video, the band said:
"The first video for a brand new band sets the tone of how they may be perceived forever and we wanted a video that was mysterious, kinetic, artistic, and, well, made us look good."
The single was recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London during the album sessions and produced by Grammy-award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi).
Their self titled debut albumis available on CD and download and also as 16 track double vinyl + limited edition double colour vinyl special edition & deluxe CD editions featuring the extra tracks ‘So Many Bridges’, ‘King Of The Song’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘A Violent Death’. You can pre-order FFS via DomMart iTunes and Amazon.
Patrick Watson’s new album Love Songs for Robots is out today via Domino Records. To celebrate the release, Watson is touring worldwide with additional dates to be announced. See details below.
Love Songs for Robots is receiving early critical acclaim:
“Expansive and intricate…”—NPR Music
“Passionate…as nearly hallucinatory as it is pleasing to the ears.”—The FADER
“…a heady slice of pop.”—MTV Iggy
“Intimate, lush, entrancing...”—NME
“Watson’s voice exists in that airy, impossible realm that seems more spiritual than physical in form.”—Stereogum
“Rich and ethereal…”—Consequence of Sound
Watson recently shared the video for “Places You Will Go,” watch it here. Of the inspiration for the video, Oscar-nominated directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski explain, “The video was inspired by watching the band play small shows leading up to the release…The clip is shot in a small Sequoia cabin in Northern Quebec in a single take, from a single perspective. The reward of this very simple concept is a lively, energetic and intimate portrait of Patrick and the band.”
Love Songs For Robots is available on iTunes. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
Matthew E. White will be touring this summer in support of his recently released sophomore LP ‘Fresh Blood.' These live dates will follow his European headline tour, as well as a winter tour of the US that saw him perform with a 30-piece orchestra at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn. See all the dates below.
Footage from that extraordinary BRIC show is featured on Matthew E. White’s new video for single ‘Feeling Good is Good Enough.’ Watch the video below alongside White and his band performing "Rock and Roll Is Cold" live on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year.
Matthew E. White tour dates: 05-07 Durham,, NC - Cat’s Cradle 05-08 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight 05-10 Shaky Knees Music Fest - Atlanta, GA 07-29 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern 07-30 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light 07-31 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox 08-01 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Centre For The Arts 08-02 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern 08-04 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe 08-05 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle 08-07 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade 08-08 Washington, DC - DC9 09-25 to 09-27 Cincinatti, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
Lennox says of the Sam Fleischner-directed video shot in Lisbon where Lennox resides, “Rua da Rosa is the narrow but main street cut through the Bairro Alto neighborhood here in Lisbon. Visitors mainly stock the area during the day but it’s perhaps the principle target for partying Lisbon teenagers Thursday through Sunday nights. The constant shifts make it a particularly fascinating neighbourhood to me. It’s noisy except for Sunday mornings. I’d had an idea for a while to shoot the street for a bit to catch the traffic. When my friend Sam was here shooting a short thing we made for the recent album he was game to give the idea a go.”
Panda Bear is in the US this week for a series of shows and recently announced a three night run at Bowery Ballroom Oct 13-15 as part of this year's CMJ festival. See all the dates below.
Patrick Watson has shared the video for Love Songs For Robots highlight‘Places You Will Go’, available for viewing below. The video was directed by Oscar-nominated team Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who have the following to say about the video:
“The video was inspired by watching the band play small shows leading up to the release…The clip is shot in a small Sequoia cabin in Northern Quebec in a single take, from a single perspective. The reward of this very simple concept is a lively, energetic and intimate portrait of Patrick and the band.”
The album is now streaming via NPR's 'First Listen'. Listen to Love Songs For Robots in its entirety HERE.
Love Songs For Robots is out May 12th. The new album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which was debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains:
“I wanted to make a science fiction R’n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own submission, “a bad year” did more personal themes begin to creep in.
“I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.”
To celebrate the release, Watson will embark on a worldwide tour. All dates below.
July 17 Quebec, QC Plaines d’Abraham (FEQ) Buy Tickets
July 23 Calgary,AB Calgary Folk Fest Buy Tickets
July 31, August 1 &2 Montreal QC @ Osheaga Buy Tickets
†with Bahamas, Coeur de Pirate
‡with The Low Anthem
Love Songs For Robots is available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of the title track. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be preordered along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
Unfurling out of Los Angeles this July comes St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile’s fifth outing as Ducktails. The new album emerges from the roots of Mondanile's previous work, from the free-form, ambient bedroom experiments of seminal underground release Landscapes (2009), to 2013's eighties pop re-imagination The Flower Lane, but ultimately moves Ducktails on to a more refined, personal and sincere place.
St. Catherine is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.
Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine over the course of 2014 and then finished off recording at the start of 2015. The longest time he has ever spent working on a record, it took place in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York as Mondanile worked on tracks around heavy periods of Real Estate touring.
Ducktails photo by Rob Kulisek
When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine. Together, the pair added a new crispness and punch to the record's more upbeat, psychedelic pop tracks (such as James Ferraro-featuring, lolloping lead single "Headbanging In The Mirror", and the soaring "Into The Sky"), that recalls the artful muscularity of Smith's later work, whilst title track, the heavenly "St. Catherine" boasts one of Mondanile's greatest ever lead guitar lines and benefits greatly from Schnapf's warm, rich feel.
St. Catherine limited edition colored vinyl available through Domino Mart
St. Catherinewill be available on July 24th on CD, digitally, standard edition LP and on limited edition colored vinyl LP through Domino Mart. St. Catherine is available through Domino Mart here and through iTunes here.
1. The Disney Afternoon 2. Headbanging In The Mirror 3. Into The Sky 4. Heaven’s Room 5. St. Catherine 6. The Laughing Woman 7. Surreal Exposure 8. Church 9. Medieval 10. Krumme Lanke 11. Reprise
Ducktails tours North America this summer:
07-31 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ^ 08-01 Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern ^ 08-02 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^ 08-03 Chicago, IL - Schuba’s ^ 08-04 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch ^ 08-05 Toronto, ON - Garrison ^ 08-06 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Propolo ^ 08-07 Boston, MA - Great Scott ^ 08-08 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
Ahead of their West Coast run this summer, The Kills have expanded their tour to include new shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia and will play a handful of festivals including the Squamish Valley Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Canada.
The band’s most recent album Blood Pressures, was released in 2011. This past year was an eventful one for The Kills, which focused on touring, festivals, as well as their passion for visual art. Jamie Hince opened “Echo Home”, an exhibit of his photographic work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. In addition to Jamie’s Photography, Alison Mosshart’s original painting on paper, canvas and fabric art were included in “Push It”, a 21-person group show devoted to female artists at ArtNowNY in April—some of which featured in the New York Times T Magazine.
Watch the concert length film shot in 2011 at the prestigious L'Olympia Theatre in Paris below.
The Kills are currently in the studio working on their fifth album. Watch this space for more info.
07-25 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party 07-27 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey 07-28 Pomona, CA - Glass House 07-31 Montreal, QB - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 08-01 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall 08-03 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 08-05 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre 08-06 Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series (Pioneer Park) 08-08 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre 08-09 Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival 09-23 Philadelphia PA - Union Transfer 09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw 09-27 Washington, DC - Landmark Festival