12th January 2011

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>>  Ducktails reveal alternative bonus track taken from Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics on stereogum
>>  La Sera confirm new single Devils Hearts Grow Gold for 18th January via Hardly Art and confirm UK dates
>>  Sharon Van Etten confirms one-off London show for 13th February
>>  Akron/ Family reveal new video/ MP3 for ‘So It Goes’ taken from the March 14th released album ‘S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT’
>>  Religious To Damn unveil ‘Drifter’ and ‘Glass Prayer’
>>  LISTEN / WATCH  the regal kings of Detroit, the Dirtbombs  new video for SHARI VARI 
>>  WATCH Screaming Females new video for ‘Wild’ 
>> NEW for 2011…. VIVIAN GIRLS new album via Polyvinyl; SHELLSHAGTYVEKWOODS and Wooden Wand confirm UK DATES and New Releases from Small Engine Repair and Julianna Barwick

Brooklyn's Vivian Girls have officially signed with Polyvinyl records. Their upcoming album, Share The Joy, will be released in spring 2011. Share The Joy is currently still being recorded with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere.


Over the past few years Woods have established themselves as an anomaly in a world of freaks. They were an odd proposition even in the outré company of vocalist/guitarist/label owner Jeremy Earl’s Woodsist roster, perpetually out of time, committed to songsmanship in an age of noise, drone and improvisation, to extended soloing, oblique instrumentals and the usurping use of tapes and F/X in an age of dead-end singer-songwriters.

Recent live shows have seen them best confuse the two, playing beautifully-constructed songs torn apart by fuzztone jams and odd electronics. At Echo Lake released last year (woodsist) feels like a diamond-sharp distillation of the turbulent power from their live shows, in much the same way that The Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star” single amplified and engulfed the planetary aspect of their improvised takes.
. Deformed by contemporary experiments, bolstered by magical traditions from the past, WOODS the sound of now, right here,

14-Mar UK Birmingham Hare & Hounds
15-Mar UK Manchester The Deaf Institute
16-Mar UK London Bush Hall
September UK Dorset End of the Road festival


James Jackson Toth, AKA Wooden Wand is your fearless friend, the stumbling guy that goes out and gets himself into some incredibly fucked-up situations but comes out shining and lives to tell you all about it, entertaining you safely and immensely. You should be grateful. His songs are beautiful, indisputably, both musically and lyrically, and they’ll give you joy if you listen to them. In my view, he’s a great American songwriter in full bloom.

His most recent album, Death Seat (Young God Records, Nov 2010) highlights James as a natural. To me it’s obvious he’s animated with the same spirit that’s moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank. Not to say he sounds like them, but his songs unfurl with a similar casual authority. There’s no space between who he is and the work he does—never without a guitar, and always writing or listening to/seeking out new music. He’s inhabited. If there were justice in this world, which there isn’t, he’d be on tour right now with Willie Nelson as an honored guest. He’s got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies—harrowing, bleak and darkly comical—in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.

Listen to ‘Servant To The Blues’ and ‘Tiny Confessions’ HERE

03-Feb UK York The Basement
04-Feb UK Glasgow Nice & Sleazy


The Magic Place (14th March, Asthmatic Kitty)

Describing this hazy, hallucinogenic album from Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick, you can neatly take Panda Bear's trippier tracks as a jumping off point, as Barwick loops and layers beautiful vocal harmonies with a similar slow-motion deep sea vibe. But this lovely debut is more than just derivative, and the wordless sound collages are transporting other music

Julianna Barwick's experimental soundscapes are in part informed by her experience growing up in Louisiana and Missouri, singing weekly with her church congregation and school choirs. Her loop-based compositions replicate the soaring textures of a large choral group using only her voice, a loop station and some occasional instrumentation. Barwick starts her songs quietly and then builds the pieces up until she's created a complicated, weaving sonic architecture. Her extraordinary range and vocal technique propels the music into a variety of different emotional spaces, from feverish to tranquil.


‘An Introduction to Small Engine Repair’ (31st January 2011)

Small Engine Repair - Phil Twigg (Guitar, keys & Vocals), Tom Harrington (Bass & Vocals) and Dan Lewis (Drums & Vocals) - who, locked away in a studio down a small road, miles from a small village on the outskirts of the (Cathedral) City of Hereford (home of Mott-the-Hoople, cider and the large scale manufacture of chicken-based products…) created their heady soul-drenched folk blues potage by way of their debut EP, ‘An Introduction to Small Engine Repair’.

Small Engine Repair is a re-birth for lost souls burnt out by years of thankless touring in bands that fell apart amidst exhaustion and thinly-veiled disdain for former brothers in arms…. what started as a group healing process became a new beast that draws on the hard road already travelled and a new dawn on the horizon.

An Introduction to Small Engine Repair’ has everything from the heart-rending blues of Leadbelly to the shining guitars of EELS and infectious sweep & groove of Tom Waits. All this is held together by Twigg’s unique & mesmerizing vocal performance that soars above a soundtrack of brushed drums, tool-box percussion, piano balladry, lap-steel waltz and an organ-soaked final curtain that serves as a taste of things to come.

26-Jan UK London The Slaughtered Lamb
12-Feb UK Bristol No. 51 (The Junction)
22-Feb UK Cheltenham Boogie Lounge
27-Feb UK Worcester The Old Rectifying House
04-Mar UK Hay-on-Wye The Globe

Dum Dum Girls
La Sera
Lower Dens
Outshine Family
Sharon Van Etten
Small Engine Repair
Teeth Of The Sea
Wooden Wand

29-May UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
30-May UK London Bush Hall
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT is released on 14th March 2011 via Dead Oceans
31-Mar UK Manchester Deaf Institute
01-Apr IRE Dublin Whelans
02-Apr UK Belfast Black Box
03-Apr UK Glasgow Stereo
04-Apr UK Leeds Brudenell Social
05-Apr UK London Dingwalls
06-Apr UK Brighton Komedia
He Gets Me High EP is released on 1st March 2011 via Sub Pop
La Sera
01-Feb UK London Madame Jojos (White Heat)
19-Feb UK Bristol Start The Bus Tickets £7.00 Support: Alessi's Ark
20-Feb UK London The Lexington Doors: 7.00pm
Release NEW SINGLE ‘Devils Hearts Grow Gold’ for 18th January 2011 and La Sera on 14th February 2011
31-Mar-11 UK London Shepherds Bush Empire
(with Deerhunter)
 “Twin Hand Movement’ is OUT NOW via Gnomonsong
22-Jan UK London Shhh! Festival, Cecil Sharp House 
04-Feb UK London Kings Place 
with Hiss Golden Messenger
09-Feb UK London Club Uncut@ The Slaughtered Lamb
with Hiss Golden Messenger
Galeria De La Luz is released on 28th February via blackmaps
Sharon Van Etten
13-Feb UK London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Epic' is out NOW via Ba Da Bing
07-Feb UK Halifax Bar Up
08-Feb UK Sheffield The Harley
09-Feb UK Manchester Islington Mill
10-Feb UK Glasgow Captains Rest
11-Feb UK London Tufnell Park
26-Jan UK London The Slaughtered Lamb (w/ The Lost Brothers)
12-Feb UK Bristol No. 51 (The Junction)
22-Feb UK Cheltenham Boogie Lounge
27-Feb UK Worcester The Old Rectifying House
04-Mar UK Hay-on-Wye The Globe
‘An Introduction To Small Engine Repair’ is released 31st January 2011 via iLabel
12-Feb UK Leeds Met University
13-Feb UK Glasgow Arches
14-Feb UK Newcastle Tyne Theatre
15-Feb UK Manchester Ritz
Your Mercury' is out NOW via Rocket Recordings
15-Mar UK London The Grosvenor
17-Mar UK Leeds The Fenton
‘Nothing Fits’ is out NOW on In The Red
14-Mar UK Birmingham Hare & Hounds
15-Mar UK Manchester The Deaf Institute
16-Mar UK London Bush Hall
September UK Dorset End of the Road festival
At Echo Lake is OUT NOW via WOODSIST
Wooden Wand
03-Feb UK York The Basement
04-Feb UK Glasgow Nice & Sleazy
‘Death Seat’ is out NOW via Young God Records

::NEW RELEASES::          
Release Date Band Format Title   Label  
24-Jan Dirtbombs ALBUM Party Store   In The Red  
31-Jan Sore Eros ALBUM Know Touching Agitated/ SHDWPLY
31-Jan Small Engine Repair EP (7 Tracks) An Introduction to Small Engine Repair iLabel  
07-Feb Ducktails ALBUM III:Arcade Dynamics Woodsist
07-Feb Religious To Damn ALBUM Glass Prayer   M'Lady's Records
14-Feb La Sera ALBUM La Sera Hardly Art
14-Feb Emily Jane White ALBUM Ode to Sentience Talitres  
14-Feb Howlin Rain EP The Good Life American/ Birdman
21-Feb The Chemistry Set ALBUM This Day Will Never Happen Again Dead Bees  
28-Feb Outshine Family ALBUM GALERIA DE LA LUZ blackmaps
01-Mar Dum Dum Girls EP He Gets Me High Sub Pop  
14-Mar Akron Family ALBUM S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey of Shinju TNT
14-Mar Juliana Barwick ALBUM The Magic Place Asthmatic Kitty
28-Mar The Goldberg Sisters SINGLE Shush Play It Again Sam
April Vivian Girls ALBUM Share The Joy Polyvinyl  
11-Apr The Goldberg Sisters ALBUM The Goldberg Sisters Play It Again Sam

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