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!

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