Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bambi Lee Savage (Daniel Lanois, Bad Seeds collab.) releases second video from new Mick Harvey produced album

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"Savage's strengths lie in her ability to mix sugary sweet melodies with dark undertones. Her hushed, half-spoken musings are often what make her songs resonate, ultimately transforming Darkness Overshadowed into a beautiful, shadowy, twisted picture of Savage's psyche and talent." -- Exclaim!


Bambi Lee Savage releases the second video from her new solo album, Darkness Overshadowed today. The clip, "Waiting" is available to watch/share HERE

American Songwriter recently premiered the clip, "Nearly Gone" which is available to watch/share video HERE. The song is also available for streaming and/or free download HERE

Darkness Overshadowed is produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), who also plays most of the backing instrumentation. Check out the sultry Twin Peaks-esque pop of the track, "Oh Loneliness" available to stream/share HERE and download HERE courtesy of MAGNET Magazine.

As with most things in existence, it's the secrets in music that speak truest. The fact that Bambi Lee Savage has remained a secret for so long is testament to that. Over the past 25 years, the world-wandering singer-songwriter has worked with Daniel Lanois as well as members of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten. She counts among her patrons Billy Bob Thornton and Bono. Her timeless ballads and haunted anthems are stark, lush, elemental, and ethereal as smoke. And like smoke, they conceal -- even as they signal deeper mysteries well worth the effort of unveiling.

Savage began life in Florida, but following the death of her father -- a stunt pilot tragically killed during the filming of the Pearl Harbor drama Tora! Tora! Tora! -- her family relocated to Colorado. In Denver, she played in various punk bands, including the Pagan Cowboys, as the '80s raged around her. It was upon moving to England in 1985 that her secrets began to weave themselves. After fronting the post-punk outfit Horseland, she moved to Berlin, drawn by the industrial allure of Einstürzende Neubauten. In Berlin she began working as an assistant engineer at the famous Hansa Tonstudio. There she wound up scoring credits on two definitive albums of the era: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' The Good Son and U2's Achtung Baby.

Behind the scenes, though, Savage was working on her own songs. In 1992, Bono funded a recording session in Berlin that included the Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey and Hugo Race as backing musicians. Shadowy and steeped in a shivering mystique, the four-song recording went unreleased, although Harvey would later cover one of Savage's other songs, "Demon Alcohol," on his 2005 album One Man's Treasure. From there, Savage appeared on the German music documentary Lost in Music: Out of Country, playing two of her songs with Neubauten's Alex Hacke.

By then, Savage's music had taken a turn toward the dark end of the Americana street, driven partly by a homesickness for her native country. Back in the States, she captured another handful of songs with Daniel Lanois, with whom she'd worked on Achtung Baby. One of those songs, the ghostly folk threnody "Darlin'," caught the ear of Billy Bob Thornton, who used the song on the soundtrack to his breakthrough film Sling Blade.

In 2003, she released her first album, Matter of Time, a collection of the various sessions she'd done to date. Although a patchwork, the disc is stunning in its quiet force and sublimated passion. In it, Savage explores illicit substances, spirituality, tenderness, and terror, always with a thrilling tension between myth and confession. In the years that followed, she toured Australia (accompanied by Harvey on some dates) and played a triumphant set as the handpicked opener for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Denver. She moved to Los Angeles soon after and, with Josh Klinghoffer on guitar (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker) she completed work on the daring GJ and the PimpKillers, a conceptual and synthetically textured album that delved into the underworld of sex trafficking. As always, though, Savage's rich, hypnotic, full-blooded voice lends both humanity and otherworldliness to her songs. 

Savage's new album, Darkness Overshadowed, is both a culmination of all she's done before-and a brave move beyond it. From the guttural punk undertow of "Easy Way" to the atmospheric dread of "Elsinore" to the whispery twang of "Waiting," the disc is based around hopes, fears, memories, regrets, and scraps of confessions written on Berlin bar napkins. Produced by Mick Harvey, who also provides most of the backing instrumentation, it's by far the most vivid and chilling of Savage's work to date. Above all, though, Darkness Overshadowed reads as a secret history of the pre-apocalypse, a gnostic gospel decrypted and given human form. Or in Savage's case, something slightly beyond human.

Darkness Overshadowed is available on CD and download as of November 13th, 2012. 


Artist: Bambi Lee Savage
Album: Darkness Overshadowed
Label: Bambi Lee Savage Music
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

01. Easy Way
02. Nearly Gone (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Speed of Life
04. Nicht Mehr
05. Oh Loneliness (STREAM) (MP3)
06. Elsinore
07. Take Me Down
08. Good Advice
09. No Stranger to Sorrow
10. Waiting (VIDEO)


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Town Needs Guns release new track from forthcoming sophomore album



"This Town Needs Guns sound stylish, sussed and like reformed mathcore men Minus The Bear covering seminal Mancunian miserablists The Smiths. Good, in other words." -- Kerrang


Oxford, England's This Town Needs Guns release a new track today to announce the band's forthcoming sophomore album, 13.0.0.0.0. The song, "Left Aligned" (streaming HERE) follows the earlier UK-only premiere of album opener "Cat Fantastic" via The 405 (streaming HERE.)

TTNG has always been known for walking a tightrope line between pop melody and technical precision. But, 13.0.0.0.0 finds the band blurring the lines so masterfully that their intricate, spindling guitar lines and soaring pop hooks reach unforeseen apexes. And, so it's fitting that the band titled their new album after esoteric means of counting: 13.0.0.0.0 referring to the Mayan calendar's Long Count indicating the beginning (August 11, 3114 BCE) and ending (December 21, 2012) of the current creation.

13.0.0.0.0 is their first album featuring their new vocalist Henry Tremain following the amicable departure of former lead singer Stuart Smith in 2011. This lineup shows considerable growth and cohesion with Tim Collis' signature bluegrass style finger-picking electric guitar lines weaving around brother and drummer Chris Collis' stop 'n' go syncopated rhythms as Tremain's rich vocals glide across the proceedings. But it's the band's earnest songwriting that really shines herein. 

This Town Needs Guns have stayed true to their sound rather than chasing pop payoff like many of their contemporaries. The result is a leaner, stronger version of themselves similar to the way kindred spirits Pinback and Grizzly Bear have honed unique identities over many years. Album opener "Cat Fantastic" kicks things off at a spritely pace with an incredibly nimble clawhammer plucking guitar melody that sounds like a hybrid of Flatt & Scruggs crossed with Robert Fripp. But, it's the warmth to Tremain's voice and the song's hooky chord progression that makes it easy to forget the depth of musicianship on display throughout. Elsewhere, ethereal vocal melodies weave together with rapid-fire guitar and bass interplay on "Havoc In The Forum" and a sliced-up sounding drum pattern on "I'll Take The Minute Snake." Tremain's vocal acrobatics in "Left Aligned" reach stunning highs while slithering bass chords, fugue-like guitar notes and rollicking drums form a sturdy base. "13.0.0.0.1" perfectly closes the album with a chiming lullaby of interwoven piano and lightly plucked guitar notes. 

13.0.0.0.0 will be released worldwide on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on January 22, 2013.


Artist: This Town Needs Guns
Album: 13.0.0.0.0
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: January 22, 2013

01. Cat Fantastic (MP3)
02. Havoc In The Forum
03. Left Aligned (MP3)
04. In The Branches of Yggdrasil
05. I'll Take The Minute Snake
06. 2 Birds, 1 Stone and an Empty Stomach
07. Nice Riff, Clichard
08. Triptych
09. Pygmy Polygamy
10. A Different Kind of Tall (small)
11. +3 Awesomeness Repels Water
12. 13.0.0.0.0








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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Influential synth-punk band The VSS announce deluxe 2xLP discography reissue



"The VSS invented a fierce, highly unconventional sound unlike that of any other contemporary band. Theirs was a maelstrom of hard punk energy comprised of dissonant guitar, bass, drums, as well as keyboards. The result was something organic and angry and intensely human, but it was laced with a sharp, robotic edge. On all of their releases The VSS effortlessly overstep the boundaries of all traditional rock formats (and that includes punk rock), producing one explosive sonic exorcism after another." -- Epitonic.com 


Fabled San Francisco art-punks The VSS announce the deluxe reissue of the band's studio discography via Sargent House. Back in print on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1997, Nervous Circuits is the highly influential sole full length album by The VSS. This double LP reissue is paired with 25:37, an expanded edition of the band's singles collection 21:51, which was previously only available on CD. 

Nervous Circuits is available for streaming HERE. Watch live videos of "I Cut My Teeth" (VIDEO) and the songs "Death Scene" + "What Kind of Ticks?" (VIDEO)

The VSS operated on a simple imperative to create a total environment of sound, light and physical catharsis. As could be expected, that type of intensity tends to burn itself out quickly. Thus, The VSS lasted just over 2.5 years, beginning January 1995 in Boulder, Colorado and ending unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. four times and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs (all of which are on 25:37) and issued Nervous Circuits, their only full length album.

To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and jarring vocal effects in creating a dark sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set. These two components are said to be influential on the aesthetics of myriad bands to follow in the 15 years since the band's demise. Of course, the synthesizer was nothing new in punk rock. It was a key component in 60s garage rock, as well as late 70s post-punk/new wave. However, by the mid-90s, the synthesizer was such anathema to musicians still reveling in the faux-grit of grunge, that to the members of The VSS, adding keyboards to underground noise-punk seemed the perfect prescription for what had become a staggeringly dull scene.  

Nervous Circuits was recorded and mixed over the course of one week of sessions (usually lasting upwards of 16-hours per day) in October 1996 at the same Denver studio in which The VSS recorded its debut EP (which comprises tracks 1-4 of 25:37). Tracking of Nervous Circuits began on a Monday morning and the last mix was completed that Friday (Halloween) at midnight. The band then raced across town to play a late-night show that was one the most intense and unhinged performances of its brief tenure. 25:37 collects the group's 4-song debut EP Via The VSS, two songs from The VSS/T Tauri split 7", four tracks from the self-titled Gravity Records 7", and one from the split EP with Rye Coalition

The members of The VSS went on to a number of projects. Vocalist Sonny Kay maintained his influential record label GSL, a successful visual arts career and led the bands Year Future and Subpoena The Past. Guitarist Josh Hughes, keyboardist/bassist/vocalist Andrew Rothbard and drummer David Clifford formed SLAVES in 1997, later changing their name to Pleasure Forever and signing to Sub Pop in 2000. Following Pleasure Forever's demise in 2003, Hughes went on to form Rabbits (Relapse Records), Rothbard has released a series of solo albums under his full name Andrew Douglas Rothbard and Clifford went on to play drums in L.A. instrumental post-rock band Red Sparowes

Nervous Circuits + 25:37 will be available on double LP and download via Sargent House on December 11, 2012.   


Artist: The VSS
Album: Nervous Circuits + 25:37
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: December 11th, 2012

LP1 - Nervous Circuits
01. Death Scene
02. In Miniature
03. Sibling Ascending
04. Effigy
05. Lunar Weight
06. Conscious
07. What Kind Of Ticks?
08. Chemical In Chemistry
09. Swift Kicks
10. Nervous Circuits

LP2 - 25:37
01. The Flesh Inside
02. Indian-sick
03. Evolution
04: Silt, etc.
05. Muscle
06. The Fist and Fingers
07. I Cut My Teeth
08. Cosmic Retribution
09. Crawling In Place
10. Response
11. No Hands 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Swedish drone-metal titans Switchblade and Italian riff mongers Lento announce new albums on Denovali Records


Swedish drone-metal titans Switchblade and Italian riff mongers Lento both announce forthcoming new albums available worldwide via Denovali Records. For the album [2012], Switchblade are joined by ex-Opeth, Candlemass and Katatonia special guests. Special editions come with the band's own brand of coffee! Lento's third full length of pummeling sludge rock has already received a wealth of praise from European metal press, including Terrorizer and Rock-A-Rolla

Switchblade [2012] CD/2xLP/DL:

The phoenix has risen once again in a new shape and form -- this time as a two-headed beast. The Swedish band's adjustment from trio to duo has been perfected over the last 3 years and this album is the result of that metamorphosis. Switchblade is taking one big step forward and two steps backward.

In three monumental movements spanning over 37 minutes, Switchblade plunges into an array of different dynamics, always ebbing and flowing. This time, the band is joined by Per Wiberg (ex-OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, CLUTCH, CANDLEMASS) on Hammond organ, The Cuckoo (TERRA TENEBROSA), David Johansson (KONGH, THE ETERNAL VOID) and Lord Seth (ex-KATATONIA) on vocals.

Listen to "[Movement II]", plus additional song snippets streaming HERE.

[2012] will be available in North America on December 11th on CD, deluxe gatefold 180g double LP and download via Denovali Records. Limited edition with coffee and mug available.

Lento Anxiety Despair Languish CD/LP/DL:

"The sort of riffs that will pummel you with a baseball bat and not even take your wallet afterwards -- just violence for sport." -- Rock A Rolla

Following the acclaimed studio albums Earthen (2007) and Icon (2011), and their latest live album Live Recording 8.10.11 (2012) Lento announce third full length Anxiety Despair Languish.

Anxiety Despair Languish reaches beyond Lento's past albums: it tries to make a summary of the whole heavy music panorama of our time. The result is their most ambitious work: an album for people who are unfamiliar with that kind of music, and for people who solely like that kind of music.

The widely renowned loudness of their live performance has been reproduced in studio through the work of Lorenzo Stecconi and Matteo Spinazzè. Thirteen instrumental songs that does not let up throughout the total running time of 40 minutes and 50 seconds. After several intense years touring Europe between the 2007 and the 2012, this album represents a turning point in the band's history.

For fans of BARONESS, MARE, CULT OF LUNA or SLEEP.

Listen to streams of "Death Must Be The Place" and "A Necessary Leap" from the album via Soundcloud.

Anxiety Despair Languish will be available on December 11th on CD, thick deluxe gatefold 180g LP (w/DL card) and download via Denovali Records.


Artist: Switchblade
Album: [2012]
Label: Denovali Records
Release Date: December 11th, 2012

01. Movement I 
02. Movement II (MP3)
03. Movement III








Artist: Lento
Album: Anxiety Despair Languish
Label: Denovali Records
Release Date: December 11th, 2012

01. Glorification of the Chosen One
02. Death Must Be the Place (MP3)
03. Questions and Answers
04. Blackness
05. Anxiety, Despair and Languish 
06. The Roof
07. Years Later
08. A Necessary Leap (MP3)
09. Underbelly
10. Blind Idiot God
11. Inwards Disclosure 
12. Unyielding / Unwavering 
13. My Utmost For His Highest 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UK electro-dreampop artist Stumbleine premieres new track via XLR8R, album out today




"Quite possibly one of the most beautifully constructed songs in quite some time." -- Prefix Mag

"Dreamy 1980s new wave meets glacial electronica on the Bristol producer's beautiful new single."
Hot Tracks -- The Sunday Times


Bristol, UK electronic artist Stumbleine premieres a new song via XLR8R today from the genre-defying full length debut, Spiderwebbed. The song, "Honeycomb" is available for download/streaming HERE. The album, which is available in North America today, can also be streamed in its entirety courtesy of XLR8R

Previously, Prefix Mag hosted the track, "The Beat My Heart Skips" features vocals by CoMa and is available to stream/share HERE. And, RCRD LBL launched Stumbleine's lush and hazy revision of Mazzy Star's 90s hit "Fade Into You" available to stream/download HERE. UK media continue to praise the album, with frequent plays on BBC Radio 1 as well as rave reviews in Mojo, Q Magazine, The Sunday Times, Clash Magazine, et al. 

Emerging from Bristol's ever-fertile music scene (perhaps most famous for legends like Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, but also widely considered "Britain's most musical city"), Stumbleine has built a sizable following in less than a year with several self-released EPs and a recent compilation album, in addition to collaborative outings with fellow producer ASA. He also reports for active duty as one third of dubstep envelope pushers Swarms, whose music has found favor among tastemaker BBC DJs such as Mary Anne Hobbs.

On Spiderwebbed, his enrapturing, genre transcending full length debut; Stumbleine beautifully showcases the multifaceted nature of his music, seamlessly weaving fractured beats, synths, hazy distorted guitars and soulful vocals to create glowing, expansive sonic vistas. In keeping with the album's title, the music hangs gossamer like, a delicate suspension of sound; beautifully anchored to an array of solid syncopated beats.

Guest vocalists CoMa and Steffaloo contribute their ample talents to the dreamy "The Beat My Heart Skips" and a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You", and Birds of Passage lend warmth and poignancy to "Catherine Wheel." Elsewhere, silky, spectral R'n'B vocals spin plaintively through the shimmering "Capulet" and "Solar Flare", whilst the chilled, sweeping cadences of "Honey Comb" and "The Corner Of Her Eye" offer perfect counterweight to the taut urban swing of "If You" and "Cherry Blossom."

Spiderwebbed is available November 13th via Monotreme Records on CD and download as well as 180 gm vinyl LP, which comes with a free copy of the album CD.


Artist: Stumbleine
Album: Spiderwebbed
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

01. Cherry Blossom
02. If You
03. Capulet
04. The Beat My Heart Skips (ft. CoMa) (MP3)
05. Honeycomb (MP3)
06. Solar Flare
07. Fade Into You (ft. Steffaloo) (MP3)
08. Kaleidoscope
09. The Corner of Her Eye
10. Catherine Wheel (ft. Birds Of Passage) 



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Sleep Maps premiere video via Consequence of Sound, powerfully poignant Medals EP out today

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"Much of the best art comes from visionary individuals following their instincts into strange and dark places, and that's certainly the case with Sleep Maps, whose Fiction Makes The Future debut is an unexpected treat. These are definitely ones to watch." -- Rock A Rolla  



New York City heavy-psych band Sleep Maps premiere the first video from their new long-form EP Medals today courtesy of Consequence of Sound. The clip for the song "The Final Weapon" is particularly poignant this Veteran's Day week. Watch video HERE

Medals is available starting today on CD and download. Stream the full release on Bandcamp HERE

The latest from mastermind multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan is a deeply moving work, both musically and thematically as it addresses the shallow pageantry presented to war veterans, many of whose lives have been forever shattered by their experiences. 

Medals is based upon the Winter Soldier Investigation from 1971. "A group of Vietnam vets held a press conference in Detroit to discuss the atrocities they had seen and sometimes participated in," Kaplan explains. "This was meant to bring attention to the mainstream public about what was really happening in Vietnam. Of course after it was over the government did everything in their power to discredit them and claim they were liars." The powerful, slow building fury of "The Heavens Gaze Empty" underscores the statements made by these war vets as they dispose of their awards of battlefield valor. 

"The image of throwing the medals back is the refusal to be placated by a trinket when your entire life has been ruined," says Kaplan. "The parallels between an era supposedly long gone and the wars of today are too blatant to be ignored. Soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq have also participated in medal throwing ceremonies, although mainstream media will not cover it." 

Medals builds a chronology across the first three songs using audio snippets from various speeches laid over Sleep Maps' masterful control of dramatic tension as spindling guitars, ominous keyboards and crashing drums weave the sound and theme into a vivid sense of intense emotions. Kaplan again performed all of the instruments on the EP, as he did on the band's debut Fiction Makes The Future. While the group has expanded to a full 4-piece lineup live -- playing its aggressive yet atmospheric songs with poignant visual projections -- Kaplan remains the sole creative force behind Sleep Maps. 

"The Final Weapon" opens Medals with the pulsing sounds of war drums and the all-too-familiar rhetoric used to spur citizens to "fight the good fight." Soaring guitars and anthemic melodies cascade into a military march as things segue into "Blackout Eyes", sounding like a strange hybrid of Sigur Ros and Boyd Rice's NON. The syrupy tune traces a soldier's return to 'normalcy' and the lead up to the tortured intensity of "The Heavens Gaze Empty". Bonus track "Horror In The Telescope" is the band's recent single, previously only available as a download. 

Medals was produced, performed and mixed by Ben Kaplan. It will be available on limited edition CD and download on November 13th, 2012.

Artist: Sleep Maps
Album: Medals
Label: Lost Future Music
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

01. The Final Weapon (VIDEO)
02. Blackout Eyes
03. The Heavens Gaze Empty
04. Horror In The Telescope (bonus track)


Artist: Sleep Maps
Album: "Horror In The Telescope" single
Label: Lost Future Music
Release Date: July 18th, 2012

01. Horror In The Telescope (MP3)

Artist: Sleep Maps
Album: Fiction Makes The Future
Label: Lost Future Music
Release Date: May 1st, 2012

01. Men Against The Stars (MP3)
02. The Eternal Wanderer
03. Forbidden Light
04. A Greater Fire
05. Last Future (VIDEO)

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Boris & Asobi Seksu stream split 7" via SPIN, Boris UK & EU tour dates including All Tomorrow's Parties in December



Legendary Japanese trio Boris and recent tour mates Asobi Seksu are streaming their limited edition split 7" starting today via SPIN Magazine. The EP is a split Sargent House/Polyvinyl Records release that will be available as a Record Store Day exclusive release on Black Friday, November 23, 2012. Both tracks are available for streaming HERE. (Alternate Soundcloud link HERE.)

In December, Boris launches headlining tour dates in the UK and EU, as well as appearances at All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK and State-X New Forms Festival in Holland. See dates below.

The forthcoming split single features each band covering a song by the other. Asobi Seksu takes on Boris' majestic "Farewell" off of their Pink album, while Boris reworks "New Years" from Asobi Seksu's Citrus album here as "Neu Years", a churning dream pop gem. The vinyl edition includes a download card with 4 additional classic songs from both bands. 

Iconoclast trio Boris are widely known for their ability to breach styles and stretch sonic boundaries of all that is heavy, psychedelic, droning and downright cathartic. Their last three albums -- Attention Please, Heavy Rocks and New Album, all released in 2011 via Sargent House -- are perfect testament to the band's vast abilities. Over the span of two decades, the trio, bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo has issued nearly 20 studio albums, as well as numerous collaborative albums -- including projects with Merzbow, Sunn0))), Ian Astbury and Michio Kurihara of Ghost (who also currently tours with the band as second guitarist) -- EPs and singles on various labels throughout the world.

American dream pop band Asobi Seksu is widely known for their shoegaze influenced effect-laden sound. Since their beginning in 2001, the band led by vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist/vocalist James Hanna has released four albums and various singles. Their most recent album, Fluorescence (Polyvinyl) hit shelves on Valentine's Day 2011 to much critical acclaim. Asobi Seksu toured supporting Boris in the fall of that year, cementing the friendship between the two bands leading up to this endeavor of mutual admiration covering each others' songs. 

BORIS WINTER TOUR 2012
12/04  Brighton, UK @ Coalition
12/05  Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill
12/06  London, UK @ Scala
12/07  Rye, UK @ All Tomorrow's Parties @ Camber Sands 
12/08  Leeds, UK @ Brudnell Social Club
12/10  Dublin, IE @ Whelan's
12/11  Cork, IE @ Cyprus Avenue
12/12  Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
12/13  Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow Warehouse
12/14  Hasselt, BE @ Kunstencentrum Belgie
12/15  The Hague, NE @  The Hague - State-X New Forms Festival
12/16  Karlsruhe,  DE @ Jubez
12/17  Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
12/18  Munich, DE @ Feierwerk e.V.
12/19  Dresden, DE @ Beatpol



Artist: Boris / Asobi Seksu
Album: Asobi Seksu x Boris 
Label: Sargent House / Polyvinyl Records 
Release Date: November 23, 2012 

01. Farewell (Asobi Seksu) 
02. Neu Years (Boris)


Artist: Boris
Album: New Album 
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: December 6th, 2011

01. Flare (MP3)
02. Hope
03. Party Boy
04. Luna
05. Spoon (MP3) 
06. Pardon?
07. Jackson Head
08. Les Paul Custom '86
09. Tu, La La
10. Looprider   



Artist: Boris
Album: Attention Please
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 24th, 2011

01. Attention Please
02. Hope   (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Party Boy
04. See You Next Week 
05. Tokyo Wonder Land 
06. You
07. Aileron
08. Les Paul Custom '86 
09. Spoon 
10. Hand in Hand 


Artist: Boris
Album: Heavy Rocks  
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 24th, 2011

01. Riot Sugar (MP3) (VIDEO)
02. Leak -Truth, yesnoyesnoyes-
03. GALAXIANS
04. Jackson Head 
05. Missing Pieces
06. Key
07. Window Shopping
08. Tu, la la
09. Aileron
10. Czechoslovakia
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Bambi Lee Savage premieres video via American Songwriter, new Mick Harvey produced album out soon

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Bambi Lee Savage premieres the first video from her forthcoming third solo album, Darkness Overshadowed today via American Songwriter. The clip, "Nearly Gone" is available to watch/share video HERE



The song is also available for streaming and/or free download HERE

Darkness Overshadowed is produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), who also plays most of the backing instrumentation. Check out the sultry Twin Peaks-esque pop of the track, "Oh Loneliness" available to stream/share HERE and download HERE courtesy of MAGNET Magazine.

As with most things in existence, it's the secrets in music that speak truest. The fact that Bambi Lee Savage has remained a secret for so long is testament to that. Over the past 25 years, the world-wandering singer-songwriter has worked with Daniel Lanois as well as members of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten. She counts among her patrons Billy Bob Thornton and Bono. Her timeless ballads and haunted anthems are stark, lush, elemental, and ethereal as smoke. And like smoke, they conceal -- even as they signal deeper mysteries well worth the effort of unveiling.

Savage began life in Florida, but following the death of her father -- a stunt pilot tragically killed during the filming of the Pearl Harbor drama Tora! Tora! Tora! -- her family relocated to Colorado. In Denver, she played in various punk bands, including the Pagan Cowboys, as the '80s raged around her. It was upon moving to England in 1985 that her secrets began to weave themselves. After fronting the post-punk outfit Horseland, she moved to Berlin, drawn by the industrial allure of Einstürzende Neubauten. In Berlin she began working as an assistant engineer at the famous Hansa Tonstudio. There she wound up scoring credits on two definitive albums of the era: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' The Good Son and U2's Achtung Baby.

Behind the scenes, though, Savage was working on her own songs. In 1992, Bono funded a recording session in Berlin that included the Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey and Hugo Race as backing musicians. Shadowy and steeped in a shivering mystique, the four-song recording went unreleased, although Harvey would later cover one of Savage's other songs, "Demon Alcohol," on his 2005 album One Man's Treasure. From there, Savage appeared on the German music documentary Lost in Music: Out of Country, playing two of her songs with Neubauten's Alex Hacke.

By then, Savage's music had taken a turn toward the dark end of the Americana street, driven partly by a homesickness for her native country. Back in the States, she captured another handful of songs with Daniel Lanois, with whom she'd worked on Achtung Baby. One of those songs, the ghostly folk threnody "Darlin'," caught the ear of Billy Bob Thornton, who used the song on the soundtrack to his breakthrough film Sling Blade.

In 2003, she released her first album, Matter of Time, a collection of the various sessions she'd done to date. Although a patchwork, the disc is stunning in its quiet force and sublimated passion. In it, Savage explores illicit substances, spirituality, tenderness, and terror, always with a thrilling tension between myth and confession. In the years that followed, she toured Australia (accompanied by Harvey on some dates) and played a triumphant set as the handpicked opener for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Denver. She moved to Los Angeles soon after and, with Josh Klinghoffer on guitar (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker) she completed work on the daring GJ and the PimpKillers, a conceptual and synthetically textured album that delved into the underworld of sex trafficking. As always, though, Savage's rich, hypnotic, full-blooded voice lends both humanity and otherworldliness to her songs. 

Savage's new album, Darkness Overshadowed, is both a culmination of all she's done before-and a brave move beyond it. From the guttural punk undertow of "Easy Way" to the atmospheric dread of "Elsinore" to the whispery twang of "Waiting," the disc is based around hopes, fears, memories, regrets, and scraps of confessions written on Berlin bar napkins. Produced by Mick Harvey, who also provides most of the backing instrumentation, it's by far the most vivid and chilling of Savage's work to date. Above all, though, Darkness Overshadowed reads as a secret history of the pre-apocalypse, a gnostic gospel decrypted and given human form. Or in Savage's case, something slightly beyond human.

Darkness Overshadowed will be available on CD and download on November 13th, 2012. 


Artist: Bambi Lee Savage
Album: Darkness Overshadowed
Label: Bambi Lee Savage Music
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

01. Easy Way
02. Nearly Gone (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Speed of Life
04. Nicht Mehr
05. Oh Loneliness (STREAM) (MP3)
06. Elsinore
07. Take Me Down
08. Good Advice
09. No Stranger to Sorrow
10. Waiting


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Education premiere mind-bending video via Consequence of Sound, announce new album 'A Drink For All My Friends'

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"There must be something on the air, or in it, to explain the space rock blooming in central Texas. This Austin sextet expands on the arc-riff grandeur of local travelers Explosions in the Sky with John Cale-like viola and simple, rising melodies that take you way up and out. My surprise find at SXSW this year, My Education are advanced ecstasy." -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone 



Austin, TX sonic explorers My Education premiere the first video from their forthcoming new album today via Consequence of Sound. The mind-warping visuals and brute force of the track "Homunculus" is available to watch/share HERE. The long-running 7 piece band's sixth album, A Drink For All My Friends will be released November 27th, 2012 in North America on Headbump Records and in Europe on Golden Antenna. 

A Drink For All My Friends is the band's most streamlined and aggressive effort yet, while remaining an entrancing cinematic journey throughout, exploring everything from the final communiques from doomed airline pilots to a frenetic and violent outburst from a laboratory golem.

Since forming in 1999, the band’s membership has expanded and contracted while the sonic landscapes have grown with each release. My Education has released 5 full-length albums, several singles, compilation appearances, and a 12" vinyl collaboration with avant-hip hop duo Dalek. Recordings have been remixed by members of bands Kinski, Pelican, Red Sparowes and Dalek

In June 2010 the band completed a series of improvisational recordings with Salt Lake City ensemble Theta Naught that were released April 2011 on Differential Records. "SoundMass" performances at SXSW and Austin Psych Fest were greeted with wild acclaim, and a Daytrotter SoundMass session was released in July 2011. Vinyl of this release is brand new and out now. Additional SoundMass performances are currently being scheduled to promote the vinyl and new recordings are also in the works. My Education’s collaboration with the Noble Motion dance company premiered with three sold out shows in June 2011 at the Austin Ballet. A new limited edition CD of Sunrise remixes is out now on Reverb Worship as well as a limited edition live “bootleg” CD entitled Bamboozled from the band’s 2010 tour. On the horizon: My Education’s first European tour now booking for spring 2013. 

A Drink For All My Friends will be available on LP, CD, cassette and download on November 27th, 2012 via Headbump/Haute Magie in the US and Golden Antenna in Europe.

MY EDUCATION live:
11/30  Austin, TX @ The ND (album release party)


Artist: My Education
Album: A Drink For All My Friends
Label: Headbump Records (US) / Golden Antenna (EU)
Release Date: November 27, 2012

01. A Drink For...
02. ...All My Friends
03. Mister 1986
04. Black Box
05. ROBOTER-HOHLENBEWOHNER
06. Happy Village
07. Homunculus (VIDEO)




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