Published 7 July 2010 by BWL
Elijah Wood, as seen on the big screen in such visuals delights as Flipper, Forever Young and the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, has compiled an album in aid of The Art Of Elysium, a non-profit organisation which brings musicians, artists and actors into hospitals to work with sick children. The album, entitled Elysium: A Benefit For The Art Of Elysium, features recent Oh No Ono single 'Internet Warrior' alongside the likes of Sonic Youth, White Denim and The Kills.
Nancy Elizabeth Announces Two UK Shows With Homelife And Denis Jones
Published 8 July 2010 by BWL
Wigan songstress Nancy Elizabeth has announced that she will play two shows with her full band, alongside Homelife and Denis Jones. The first takes place in Manchester, the home town of all three artists, on September 9, with the second instalment taking place at London's King's Place Festival on September 12.
Homelife is Paddy Steer and Tony Burnside, and the duo released their latest album Exotic Interlude in 2009. Steer has regularly played in Nancy Elizabeth's band (and vice versa) and remixed last year's 'Feet Of Courage' single. Denis Jones, like Nancy, hails from Wigan, and his idiosyncratic performances have been a fixture of the north west's live music scene for several years.
An EP of specially recorded cover versions and remixes by the artists involved will be released by Manchester's Humble Soul Records to coincide with the dates.
Thursday 9 September - Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK (with Homelife & Denis Jones)
Sunday 12 September - Kings Place Festival, London, UK (with Homelife & Denis Jones)
Efterklang Reissues And North American Tour
Published 13 July 2010 by BWL
On August 23, Efterklang will release double CD Special Editions of their first two full-length albums, together with their accompanying mini-albums, in deluxe fold-out card packaging with new 16 page booklets containing sleeve notes written by the band. The band's 2004 debut, Tripper, comes with the band's first release, the Springer mini-album, while Parades is augmented by the long out-of-print Under Giant Trees. Both releases include two live recordings of songs from the relevant albums, and, for a limited time, Parades + Under Giant Trees also includes the full-colour poster that came with the original Parades CD. In addition, The Leaf Label has re-pressed a limited quantity of the original Tripper double LP (the original Parades is still available on vinyl in limited quantities).
Though they won't be in the shops till August, all of these releases are shipping now from our online shop, find out more here:
The Danish band are busy touring the European festival circuit, click here to see all the shows, and have just announced a North American tour to help promote new album, Magic Chairs, which was released on 4AD earlier this year. Here is the tour:
Tue 7 Sep - La Sala Rossa, Montreal, CANADA
Wed 8 Sep - Lee's Palace, Toronto, CANADA
Thu 9 Sep - Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH, USA
Fri 10 Sep - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, USA
Sat 11 Sep - Walker Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Mon 13 Sep - Hi Dive, Denver, CO, USA
Tue 14 Sep - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Fri 17 Sep - Chop Suey, Seattle, WA, USA
Sat 18 Sep - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, USA
Mon 20 Sep - Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Tue 21 Sep - Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Fri 24 Sep - Mohawk, Austin, TX, USA
Sat 25 Sep - Oysterfest, Frisco, TX, USA
Sun 26 Sep - Hi Tone, Memphis, TN, USA
Mon 27 Sep - Earl, Atlanta, GA, USA
Wed 29 Sep - DC9, Washington, DC, USA
Thu 30 Sep - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Fri 1 Oct - Santo's, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Sat 2 Oct - Glasslands, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
Wildbirds & Peacedrums Special London Show Ticket Bundle
Published 14 July 2010 by BWL
Following their sold out 500 capacity show with choir at Bishopsgate Insititute, Wildbirds & Peacedrums have announced a low-key duo show in London in the week of release of the band's new album, Rivers (released Aug 23). The show takes place at The Lexington on Thursday August 26.
We have prepared a special preorder bundle for Rivers in our shop, where £18 (plus p&p) will get you a CD, an instant download of the album (currently only available as part of this offer) while you wait for the CD, a ticket for the London show and a 'Wildbirds & Peacedrums with Voices' poster. Find out more here:
Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin released two limited edition vinyl-only EPs earlier this summer, Retina and Iris, and these will be compiled into the double CD Rivers album. Read more here:
The duo also play several festivals this summer including Standon Calling festival with labelmates A Hawk And A Hacksaw and ex-labelmates Efterklang on August 6. All the band's shows can be found here.
Nancy Elizabeth Session On Radio 3's Late Junction
Published 21 July 2010 by BWL
Nancy Elizabeth recently toured the UK with James Blackshaw and Hauschka on the collaborative 'Kept Impulses' tour. During the tour Nancy and James recorded a session for BBC Radio 3's Late Junction Sessions. Previously, Wildbirds & Peacedrums teamed up with Micachu and Polar Bear's Seb Rochford recorded with Chartwell Dutiro (mbira), guitarist Leo Abrahams and rap/vocalist Jyager, all part of the same series.
The session, which features brand new material, will be broadcast on Thursday 22 July from 23.15 (BST). Find out more here.
Oh No Ono Dream Up New Video
Published 29 July 2010 by BWL
Oh No Ono have released a suitably entrancing video for single 'Internet Warrior', taken from this year's Eggs. Created by the team that brought you the similarly eye-catching clips for Efterklang's 'Polygyne', Colleen's 'The Happy Sea' and Vladislav Delay's 'Toive', this video is directed by Carolina Melis and Alessandro Monaco:
"The idea was to create a magical world: a mixture of organic forms and geometrical shapes. At time this video is like a journey into a vintage underwater dimension, then it suddenly turns into a graphical playground. There are no cuts, the idea was to create an ongoing continuous flow which starts with a macro view of a lobster and ends with a planetary view of the world. We started working on this video from a vintage book of diorama. We didn't story-boarded and planned, we just started with one image and we let this work grew day after day following the natural development of the animation. It's a very exciting and beautiful track and it has been a great pleasure to work on it."
Spin.com have premiered the video, which can be seen here:
And Dailymotion are also featuring it here:
'Internet Warrior' is available as a 12" and download EP featuring remixes by Caribou, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Shlohmo, Zambri and The Depreciation Guild (members of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart). Find out more here.
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