There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming into my inbox at the moment and as ever, I’m not getting to listen to at least half of it, and quite probably more…I’m pretty shattered and trying to give fair amounts of attention to everything…it’s not happening, the heart is willing, the flesh and brain are weak.
First up, Inc.
4AD’s latest signings, Inc, may not look like the typical signings to the label. The fact that Andrew and Daniel Aged have played and toured with the likes of 50 Cent, Elton John, and Cee-Lo Green, may seem a long way away from the 23 Envelope sleeves and the arty take on gothic which the label made its’ name with. Then think about Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafffiti and Twin Shadow, and it all starts to make sense…
Whilst on the 4AD/Matador/Beggars Banquet side of things, Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo is one of the best albums of the year so far, along with the likes of PJ Harvey, Gang Gang Dance and Rayographs. He has just made this version of ‘On Tour’ available as a free download, taken from a session recorded for the Rhapsody website. It’s rather fine, to these ears…
Kurt Vile is also returning to the UK on tour very soon:
4th – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
5th – Sound Control, Manchester (w/ Woods)
6th – Stereo, Glasgow (w/ Woods)
7th – The Fleece, Bristol (w/ Woods)
8th – Scala, London (w/ Woods)
Scottish band The Pineapple Chunks will release their debut album in August and it’s going to be called A Dog Walked In. They’ve made this available as a free download:
The Rapture are gearing up to release their long-awaited third album. It’s scheduled for September and entitled In the Grace Of your Love. This track is the first to surface:
Off to try and sleep…