The Uphill Battle of International Touring

USembassy
I was interviewed for a well-researched article for Consequence of Sound on the issues faced by UK artist when trying to obtain US work Visas. Read here

Watch the new Deathcrush video

Originally premiered on Noisey, here’s the new video from our favourite Norwegian noise/punk trio, Deathcrush, for the single ‘Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V /Fun’.

Drugs, cheerleaders, Kim Jong-Un

Happy birthday, The Quietus

The Quietus are five years old and to celebrate this milestone they are throwing a party at the great independent venue Corsica Studios on Friday 6th September Continue Reading →

Thea & The Wild

Formerly fronting Oslo quintet Norma Sass, Thea Glenton Raknes returns with The Wild in tow, and where her previous band was all technicoloured pop, this sees Thea fuzz it up, Continue Reading →

The End: 16-17 November 2012

On 16 and 17 November, our friends at The Local are presenting a festival in the Crouch End area of London, cleverly entitled ‘The End’. Utilising a wealth of diverse rooms they’ll present a enviable line-up of musical talent, not least the wonderful Gravenhurst, who’ll headline at the Music Palace which we’re running for the weekend. Continue Reading →

Sophia Brous

We saw the talented Sophia Brous supporting Jens Lekman at London’s Hackney Empire last week, with a certain Mr. Aaron Cupples of Civil Civic on – unlikely as this seems – acoustic guitar. Continue Reading →

Savages: Live in London, 11 October 2012

We’re spending a lot of time with Savages these days. Tour managing them, and we’re back in London, 11 October at Electrowerkz. They might want to update their website. That’s last year’s events on that link.

It’s sold out, but those who got a ticket will want to go to:
7 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ. Map

“Why anyone thinks that a festival going down the shitter is a surprise is beyond me.”

The new issue of the UK’s finest music paper, The Stool Pigeon, features what we consider to be the most thorough, well-researched article on the state of UK music festivals that we’ve read. We were interviewed for it, and great credit goes to the writer, Ben Cardew, for a proper piece of investigative journalism.

Read it here.

Savages UK tour dates released

Savages have announced their UK tour dates by way of this pretty cool video. They’re  touring with Rough Trade RecordsPalma Violets

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Savages: 7″ vinyl of their debut single now available to pre-order

 

Savages‘ debut 7″ vinyl ‘Husbands’/Flying to Berlin’ is available to pre-order now via Pop NoireClick here to go to their shop and reserve yourself a copy. They’re expecting delivery toward the end of June. Listen here.

Oldseed

A couple of weeks back we saw a Canadian gentleman by the name of Craig Bjerring perform as Oldseed. Now living in Germany, Craig’s music swims in the same alt-country waters as Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, nodding respectfully to Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and others from the genre’s glorious, troubled past.

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Music For Occupy: featuring Hanne Hukkelberg

“Occupy Wall Street now has an A-list soundtrack: the compilation Occupy This Album.” – Rolling Stone Continue Reading →

Doffs Poi release debut (mini) album

Doffs Poi are a killer band, and their self-titled debut (through Norway’s Dayladore Collective) is full of surprises. It’s available digitally also on… *double-checks this*… yep, a 50×70 cm poster. Continue Reading →

Wake Me When It’s Over

Our good friend Rob Sacher is publishing a book of his time as the owner of the (genuinely) legendary New York club Luna Lounge which opened in 1995 and closed when the rents in the Lower East Side got fucking ridiculous. Continue Reading →

Lescop – ‘La Foret’ on Pop Noire Records

A great electronic pop track by the French band Lescop, on the new French label Pop Noire, run by our French friends John & Jehn.