AU compile brilliant mixtape
Published 5 April 2012 by BWL

Dana Valatka of AU has compiled a brilliant mixtape which jumps all over the shop, from Blackalicious to David Thomas Broughton to The Necks, and we approve! London-based website Snipe have posted the mix ahead of the Portland duo hitting Britain's capital on their European tour later this month. See all tour dates on AU's revamped website, where you can also sign up to the band's mailing list.

AU's new album, Both Lights, was released on Monday and you can pick up a copy of the beautifully shiny LP or CD (and download of course!) from our shop.

AU's Clown Egg Stew Mixtape March 2012 by The Leaf Label on Mixcloud

Wildbirds & Peacedrums perform live from A Room For London
Published 16 April 2012 by BWL

Wildbirds & Peacedrums are performing live in London next week as part of Artangel's 'Sounds from a Room' series which has already seen appearances by Andrew Bird, Heiner Goebbels and Laurie Anderson. The project takes place on a boat, tagged 'A Room For London', perched on the top of the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall and involves the artist residing in the boat for 48 hours, culminating in a live performance screened in the QEH foyer and will also be available online via A Room for London's website. You can watch Mariam and Andreas' specially written piece from 9.45pm on Thursday April 26.

volcano! release 'Piñata' video
Published 19 April 2012 by BWL

If you enjoyed volcano!'s comeback single 'Piñata' last month, well, there's a rather brilliant video for the title track from their new album (pre-order here), which premiered on and The Line Of Best Fit today.

The song, a strange tale of revenge fantasy and summer picnicking, is volcano!’s first release since 2009. The video was directed in the band's native Chicago by Brian Cagle.

In addition to the video for 'Piñata', volcano! are currently working on a series of films to introduce the songs from the album. 'Seed to Flower Thursdays, with volcano!' will be released weekly from early May through the band's Youtube channel, leading up to the release of the album on June 4. The episodes track the genesis of most of the songs on the album - the seeds that birthed each flower, if you will. Be prepared for some surprising revelations...

AU UK ticket competition
Published 19 April 2012 by RM

We've got a pair to tickets to give away for each of AU's UK dates next week, in Bristol, Manchester, London and Brighton. Just tell us which element is represented in the periodic table by the letters 'Au'.

Email us your answer with the subject line AU and name of city you'd like tickets for, also include a contact telephone number. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday (April 22), good luck!

Jherek Bischoff releases Record Store Day 7
Published 20 April 2012 by RM

As eagle-eyed record collectors will have spotted already, our latest signing Jherek Bischoff is to release a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day. Which is tomorrow, in case you hadn't realised.

The single comprises two tracks from Jherek's forthcoming album, ''Composed'' (released May 28). On one side is multi-talented composer/arranger/producer Jherek's collaboration with ex-Talking Head and (inter)national treasure David Byrne in the form of the sumptuous 'Eyes'. On the flip is 'Young And Lovely', a duet between Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls) and French internet sensation Soko.

You can take a listen to both tracks here now!

The singles are individually hand-numbered, and packaged in a full colour die-cut sleeve. There are 500 copies for Europe through Leaf, and a further 500 available for the rest of the world through Brassland.

For those unable to get to a participating record shop this Saturday, any remaining copies will be made available through the Leaf shop from next Monday.

Don't forget that there's a trailer for Jherek's album on his website.

AU release new video
Published 26 April 2012 by BWL

AU have a striking new animated video for 'OJ', taken from Both Lights, which was released last month. The vibrant, acid-soaked video was directed by Japanese film-maker Takafumi Tsuhiya who also worked with the Portland outfit on 'Ida Walked Away' in 2009. You can also grab a free download of 'OJ' over on SoundCloud.

Here's the video (and YouTube if you prefer):

AU are currently touring Europe, all their shows can be seen here.

Sebastian Rochford & Jehst: the fourth instalment of Days And Nights At The Takeaway
Published 27 April 2012 by RM

Influential British MC Jehst is the latest co-conspirator in Sebastian Rochford's singles club Days And Nights At The Takeaway. April's single, the raw and heavy 'Seven Nine Zulu' is available from today.

Percussionist Tom Skinner steps up with a cracking remix under his Hello Skinny guise.

You can stream and buy the tracks, along with the previous three releases, via Seb's Bandcamp, as well as all your usual digital stores.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums' performance from A Room For London
Published 30 April 2012 by BWL

Last week, after just 48 hours in the boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wildbirds & Peacedrums performed a series of improvised pieces, as part of the art installation A Room For London.

You can watch an interview with the pair in the boat on the Guardian website.

Due to technical issues the performance was not streamed live but you can watch it here now.