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BEIRUT
BEAR IN HEAVEN
CODEINE
DELICATE STEVE
EXIT_INTERNATIONALI
DUM DUM GIRLS
MICHAEL GIRA
ICARUS LINE
LA SERA
MUDHONEY
MUGSTAR
PEASANT 
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TEETH OF THE SEA

 
NEWS
ICARUS LINE - HEADLINE BUFFALO BAR TONIGHT Read More...
 
DUM DUM GIRLS - PLAY ISLINGTON ACADEMY TOMORROW (11th April) - Watch them COME DOWN HERE
 
DELICATE STEVE CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM 'POSITIVE FORCE' FOR 4th June Read More...
 
KING TUFF - RELEASE S/T SECOND ALBUM ON 28th MAY via SUB POP Read More...
 
LA SERA - ANNOUNCE UK DATES Read More...
 
PEASANT - 'Take It Light' HERE
 
 
 
DELICATE STEVE
RELEASES BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘Positive Force’
on 4th June via Luaka Bop
 
 
 
 
 
Tracklist
01. Ramona Reborn
02. Wally Wilder
03. Two Lovers
04. Big Time Receiver
05. Touch
06. Positive Force
07. Love
08. Redeemer
10. Tallest Lights
11. Luna
 

The first time I heard any of this music, Steve was giving me a lift home after a Nat Baldwin show. We were going up Allen Street in Manhattan, and I'd finally convinced him to play me something from the new album. "This is going to be the last song," he said, and put on "Luna." OK, maybe I'd had a couple of beers, but in the dark of night the lights of passing cars and neon signs glowed molten and forlorn just like Steve's guitar, and there was a serene space in the music as if it were the eye of a storm. It was one of those times when surroundings, moment and music combine to make a powerful impression. I'll always remember it.
 
And that's a big part of Delicate Steve - the mystical synergy that music can have with life. It's why the new album is called Positive Force. "I want to put out a positive feeling," says Steve. "It's so much more fun to get people all excited and uplifted."
 
And like its predecessor, 2010's also aptly titled Wondervisions, Positive Force really is uplifting, straight outta the idyllic, tree-lined streets of Steve's hometown of Fredon, deep in rural New Jersey, where he wrote and recorded this album. (Listen closely and you can hear the local crickets in a couple of songs.) Maybe it's a little more burnished, leisurely and cunningly layered this time, but there's still that winsome Delicate Steve charm, by turns tender and triumphant, of songs like "Big Time Receiver" or "Afria Talks to You." These are eleven soulful, unabashedly heartfelt variations on the theme of joie de vivre, and each of them is kind of irresistible.
 
Steve not only played all the instruments on the album - very much including the lyrical and virtuosic guitar that defines the album - but he recorded the entire thing, and mixed it too. And that's all very impressive, but the thing to remember is, Steve is first and foremost a songwriter. His compositions have verses and choruses and sometimes even bridges. It's just that he doesn't happen to be a vocalist. So he gets his guitar to do that. That's why, funnily and miraculously enough, this is instrumental music you can sing along to.
 
But where on earth does this wordless music come from? Steve says the inspirations for Positive Force included a bunch of classic rock, like Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Kinks. You can hear the Beach Boys in "Love," the title of "Afria Talks to You" is a deliberately misspelled reference to Sly Stone, the guitar playing on "Tallest Heights" is Steve's tribute to Michael Jackson's vocal style, and "Luna" is a tribute to Miles Davis. Steve's ultra-expressive, melodic slide work hails back to Derek & the Dominos and George Harrison, and I hear some serious proto-Delicate Steve in Santana's sublime "Samba Pa Ti," not to mention various Afro-pop and all reggae's sunsplashed variations.
 
But there's a futuristic gleam to Delicate Steve that deletes all comparison to just about anything except maybe contemporaries like Yeasayer, Ratatat and the late, great Ponytail. Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, a big Delicate Steve fan, said the music reminded him of early '80s stuff by French-Beninese musician Wally Badarou, who also made bright, upbeat music drenched in ecstatic sunshine. (That explains the title of "Wally Wilder.")
 
You might notice the hot licks all over Positive Force. Or you might not, since they're so tastefully deployed. That's a big reason why Steve has become a go-to guitarist in the New York-area underground. One night in December last year, he played at downtown NYC avant music club the Stone with a riveting side project by Anand Wilder - and he was so great that the next band, which featured members of Javelin, Man Man and Cibo Matto, asked him to sit in. In 2011, he did an exquisite collaborative single with the great Brooklyn band Callers, sat in with Nat Baldwin from Dirty Projectors, Akron/Family, Fang Island, Janka Nabay, Yellow Ostrich and Ra Ra Riot, and that May, the Delicate Steve live band backed up Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington on some smokin' Minutemen covers at yours truly's Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute concert in New York.
 
All this stuff happens not just because Steve is a splendid musician but because he and his music exude what we call in the business "a good vibe." That feeling permeates every nook and cranny of this record. In a world that does its level best to validate every bitter, cynical thought you've ever had, Positive Force is, in its own delightful way, provocative - it challenges you to accept unqualified sweetness and warmheartedness. "The world is already so full of stuff," Steve observes. "So if you're going to put something in, why not make it something good, instead of adding more negativity. That's part of the mission statement."
LA SERA
CONFIRMS UK DATES FOR JUNE
 
11-Jun UK Manchester Ruby Lounge
12-Jun UK Bristol Fleece n Firkin
13-Jun UK London Lexington
 
Sees The Light
Out Now via Hardly Art
 
 
 
 
 
Tracklist
01. Love That's Gone
03. I Can't Keep You in My Mind
05. It's Over Now
06. I'm Alone
07. Real Boy
08. Drive On
09. How Far We've Come Now
10. Don't Stay
 
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La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener “Love That’s Gone,” the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There's a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles.  But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch - a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.
 
La Sera’s lyrics are smart but not heavy; phantasmal, like Daniel Johnston attending church every week of his teenage life, but with a bigger sophistication and a shiny, polished fidelity.  Lead single “Please Be My Third Eye” buzzes with an intensity and beauty rarely heard outside the first three Vivian Girls albums. (Not so surprising: La Sera IS Katy Goodman IS one-third of Vivian Girls.) “I Can't Keep You In My Mind” is Shop Assistants great - just a genius straightforward refrain and sympathetic guitars to play it through.
 
Where the first La Sera album was super-dreamy in its layered vocals, Sees The Light is more direct, more aggressive; almost a soundtrack to a lost drive-in movie classic. This is not an album for half-hearted partakers in the heartache scene: just an all-consuming love for punk as pop and pop as punk.  Songs such as “Don't Stay” soar away into the stratosphere, solemn and possessed of singular beauty. “Real Boy” is playfully driven in comparison: like being whisked away to a tropical island, while “Drive On” is tear-laden and full of hidden menace like a David Lynch film.
 
Sees The Light was recorded by Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, the Fall) in beautiful and hazy California.
 
KING TUFF
REVEAL 'BAD THING'
S/T album out 28th May via Sub Pop
 
 
 
 
Tracklist
01. Anthem
02. Alone & Stoned
03. Keep On Movin'
04. Unusual World
06. Losers Wall
07. Stranger
08. Baby Just Break
09. Stupid Superstar
10. Evergreen
11. Swamp of Love
12. Hit & Run

 

“Truncated, loose, fun-time jams with proper hooks jumping out every which way and a scrappy-sounding dude who writes all the songs and never plans anything” – The Stranger

A more charismatic, enigmatic nomad of a furioso frontman/artist/guitar legend could not be imagined. You can't make this shit up.

Grinning gold teeth behind blonde shades, in black, skeletal denim, with a studded "KING TUFF" across the shoulders where feral locks fall around his infamous "Sun Medallion.” With an acoustic guitar slung over the shoulder, King Tuff slinks through the abandoned halls of Detroit's Malcolm X Academy. His baseball hat reads "VERMONT.” It's the 4th of July.

Will somebody please snap a photo of this animal before it escapes back into the wilderness from which it came??!! 

Magic Jake pulls up on a motorcycle, riding left-handed with his bass guitar hanging from the right arm, shoeless. 

Kenny arrives in a rusted van, drums stacked in the back atop a shedding sofa complete with coffee table and a thermos full of god knows what.

Captain Cox, prodigy engineer, is attempting to "fix" the mixing console, on his back, under the wires, a flashlight between his teeth and soldering gun in hand.

"COX!" I bark, "What the F**K are you doing?” 

“Just trying to get these channels to work,” he laments.  

“What’s wrong with them?” I lean under the desk and practically fall into a pile of live spaghetti. 

“I built them,” he confesses. 

King Tuff sits, centre stage between Magic Jake and Kenny, his trademark guitar, Jazijoo, on his lap while the rhythm section diligently loops the groove under Tuff’s frenetic fingering. 

Silent on a marble staircase, a ghost of a child, King Tuff, expressionless, leans back into a half shadow, with rays of silver rings leaping under incandescent light. The sessions go long into the bordering hours of morning.

Never a dull moment. King Tuff exclaims, “I’m an expert on the vibraphone.” I laugh, and then he performs one, perfect take. Seriously.

My familiarity with Was Dead, his last release, was limited. Under the avalanche of thirty-something demos, I'd selected 16 to record for his Sub Pop debut.  

After investigating Was Dead I realized that, with his latest offering, his songwriting was stretching far beyond the thrill of the immediate dance-floor reflex and now revealed a songwriter with a keen eye inside everyone. That was the stuff that I was interested in. Embarrass me! I don't give a fuck about your ex-girlfriend.

King Tuff: "You always want to erase the imperfect in your beautiful face, and you think about the time you waste in this impossible place."

"Loop those fucking beats, Kenny!" was my mantra. I shout at the session! Millions of albums arrive daily, yet for Tuff, this is the only one. And I understand that perfectly.   

King Tuff sang 16 songs in two days. We chant: "Nobody gives a shit!" This is not precious, it's priceless—ART. Make it, don't molest it. 

But how? More frustration! More saturation! More immediacy! Filthier! Frighten me! Shake it 'til you break it! It's a perversion of a language that sounds like Rock & Roll. But new, again.

Rock & Roll is dead. King Tuff Was Dead. Rock & Roll is alive. King Tuff is dead. The passion is all there is. We ARE wild strawberries.  

An artist should never be careful, nor should the audience covet. Take the shot! Embrace the imperfection. Create more music, carelessly.  

We've created something here.  King Tuff should not be inspected or even listened to with critical ears. Cut your ears off. Rock & Roll is meant to be blasted into your cells, penetrated, and absorbed. It's a visceral experience.  

Seek solace in solitude when you're dead. If you aren't able to recognize the genius in this epic album, then you're already dead. Kill yourself. Or get a job. 

Your choice.

Stop here. Don't pay attention. Blast it! It's not precious; it's real. It belongs to you. Do what thou wilt. It's yours.

All that aside, this album fucking rules. I should know, I've heard it about a million times. 

~Bobby Harlow

 


FULL GIG LISTINGS
 
BEIRUT
02-Jun UK London Field Day Festival
04-Jun IRE Dubin Forbidden Fruit
11-Sep UK Glasgow Barrowlands 0844 847 2487 / pclpresents.com
12-Sep UK Leeds Academy www.lunatickets.co.uk / 01132455570
The Riptide' is OUT NOW on Pompeii via Forte
BEAR IN HEAVEN
16-May UK London Hoxton
17-May UK Brighton       Green Door Store
18-May UK Liverpool     Liverpool Sound City
19-May UK Glasgow Stag & Dagger
20-May UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
22-May UK Leeds  Brudenell Social Club
23-May UK Bristol Louisiana
30-May FR Paris        F Point FMR  
02-Jun IRE Dublin Forbidden Fruit
04-Jun AT Vienna Chelsea
14-Jun DK Copenhagen Vera
15-Jun SE Hultsfred Hultsfred Festival
16-Jun NO Oslo Blaa
I Love You, It's Cool' is OUT NOW via Dead Oceans/ Hometapes
CODEINE
25-May UK London ATP I'll be Your Mirror @ Alexandra Palace
I See The Sun is released on 7th May via Numero
DELICATE STEVE
31- Aug – 2-Sept UK Dorset End Of The Road Festival
Positive Force' is released 4th June via Luaka Bop
DUM DUM GIRLS
11-Apr UK London Islington Academy
Only In Dreams' is OUT NOW via Sub Pop
EXIT_INTERNATIONAL
21-Apr UK Newport Le Pub
23-Apr UK London Macbeth w/Straight Lines
24-Apr UK Cardiff The Moon Club w/Straight Lines
01-May UK Birmingham Bulls Head
02-May UK London Islington Bar Academy 
03-May UK Glasgow Stairway
04-May UK Rugby (Warwickshire) The Vault 
07-May UK Derby Victoria Inn 
08-May UK London Islington Bar Academy 
09-May UK Liverpool Lomax
10-May UK Manchester Star & Garter
11-May UK Huddersfield The Parish 
12-May UK Bridgend Hobos
JUNE (JAPANESE TOUR W/ GINGER WILDHEART, HAWK EYES)
17-Jun JP Osaka Namba Rockets
18-Jun JP Tokyo Duo Music Exchange
FAIR OHS
21-Apr UK London Flashback Records Record Store Day In Store
11-May UK London The Drop (Stoke Newington)
The Singles Single is released 21st April via Honey High
Michael Gira
09-Apr F Paris Le Point Ephémère
10-Apr NL Amsterdam Paradiso Upstairs
11-Apr B Kortrijk De Kreun
12-Apr NL Tilburg Roadburn Festival - Midi Theater
14-Apr DK Copenhagen, Loppen
15-Apr DK Aalborg Studenterhuset
17-Apr N Oslo John Dee Club inside Rockafeller
18-Apr N Stravanger Cementen
19-Apr S Stockholm Debaser Slussen
21-Apr FIN Helsinki Korjaamo Culture Factory
22-Apr D Berlin Roter Saloon inside Volksbuhne
23-Apr A Vienna Chelsea Club
25-Apr CH Lausanne Le Bourg
26-Apr CH Düdingen Café Bad Bonn
27-Apr I Ravenna Bronson Club
28-Apr I Florence Sala Vanni
29-Apr I Rome Chiesa evangelica metodista
01-May CH Zurich Exil
02-Jun ESP Barcelona Primavera
ICARUS LINE
10-Apr UK London Buffalo Bar HEADLINE SHOW
11-Apr Netherlands Amsterdam Melkweg
12-Apr Netherlands Tilburg Roadburn - 3.00pm @ The Green Room FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
13-Apr France Paris La Cigale
14-Apr France Strasbourg La Laiterie
16-Apr France Toulouse Bikini
17-Apr Spain Barcelona Bikini
19-Apr France Lyon Transbordeur
20-Apr Italy Milan/Trezzo Live Club
21-Apr Italy Florence Viper
22-Apr Italy Rome Orion
24-Apr Switzerland Zurich Abart
25-Apr Austria Vienna Szene Wien
27-Apr Germany Munich Backstage
29-Apr Germany Hamburg Fabrik
01-May Germany Frankfurt Batschkapp
02-May Germany Berlin Postbahnof
03-May Belgium Gent Vooruit
04-May Finland Helsinki Circus
Wildlife' is out NOW via Cobraside/ Forte
Bad Blood/ Slow Death' 7" is OUT NOW
LA SERA
11-Jun UK Manchester Ruby Lounge
12-Jun UK Bristol Fleece n Firkin
13-Jun UK London Lexington
Sees The Light' is out now via Hardly Art
MUDHONEY
25-27 May UK London ATP I'll be Your Mirror @ Alexandra Palace
MUGSTAR
18-May UK Liverpool Sound City Festival
19-May UK Bristol Louisiana
31-May UK London TBC
01-Jun NL Utrecht DB's
02-Jun NL TBC
03-Jun NL TBC
PEASANT
15-May UK Norwich Norfolk Festival
16-May UK Manchester Castle Hotel
17-May UK Sowery Bridge Puzzle Hall
18-May UK London The Vortex
Bound For Glory' is released on 7th May
SHARON VAN ETTEN
16-May UK London The Scala
17-May UK Manchester The Deaf Institute
18-May IRE Dublin Whelans
20-May UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
21-May UK Brighton Komedia
28-May UK London Barbican Big Star’s Third show (guest vocalist)
10-Jul UK Bristol Thekla
11-Jul UK Birmingham Glee Club
12-Jul UK Glasgow Oran Mor
13-Jul UK Suffolk Latitude Festival
Tramp' is OUT NOW via Jagjaguwar
TEETH OF THE SEA
06-May UK Manchester Sounds From the Other City Festival
19-Aug UK Glanusk Park, Wales Green Man Festival
YEASAYER
12-Jul UK Suffolk Latitude Festival

UPCOMING RELEASES
 
12-Mar Howlin Rain ALBUM The Russian Wilds Agitated
26-Mar Bad Weather California ALBUM Sunkissed Family Tree Records
26-Mar La Sera ALBUM Sees The Light Hardly Art
02-Apr Shirley Ann Lee ALBUM Songs Of Light Numero
02-Apr Bear in Heaven ALBUM I Love you, It's Cool Dead Oceans/ Hometapes
09-Apr Love Apple ALBUM Love Apple Numero
09-Apr Personal Space ALBUM Electronic Soul 1974-1984 Numero
09-Apr Lou Ragland ALBUM I travel Alone Numero
30-Apr Eccentric Soul ALBUM A Red Black Green Production (DC Soul 1972-1977) Numero
07-May Peasant Album Bound For Glory Schnitzel
07-May Codeine 6LP/3CD box Set I See The Sun Numero
07-May Codeine 2LP/1CD Frigid Stars Numero
07-May Codeine 2LP/1CD Barely Real Numero
07-May Codeine 2LP/1CD The White Birch Numero
14-May Anywhere ALBUM s/t ATP
21-May Bright Moments ALBUM Natives Luaka Bop
28-May King Tuff album s/t Sub Pop
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