Jherek Bischoff tours with Amanda Palmer and speaks to NPR
Published 10 April 2013 by BWL

Jherek Bischoff rejoins Amanda Palmer's band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, this summer where he will also be main support as they work their way across Europe and Australasia. All the dates where Jherek is supporting can be found on our live page and you can see Amanda's full tour, including festival dates, on her website.

Last night esteemed US public radio channel NPR broadcast a half hour interview with Bischoff on its Fresh Air programme. You can listen to the show here.

Nancy Elizabeth album pre-order and shows
Published 11 April 2013 by BWL

Nancy Elizabeth's wonderful new album Dancing, is now available for pre-order on her Bandcamp page, and also in our shop. The album, which features artwork designed by Nancy herself, will be available on CD, vinyl and download, as well as an exclusive bundle with a fetching Dancing canvas bag. The album will be released on May 20.

You can download the first single, 'The Last Battle' for free, as well as another track that Nancy has made available, 'Heart'.

Nancy kicked off the album with a sold-out show at the Vortex in London at the end of March, and a UK tour for June has just been announced. See our live page for details.

Julia Kent releases new video and European tour dates
Published 12 April 2013 by BWL

A mesmerising video for 'Transportation' from Julia Kent's Character has been made by Jacopo Barbaccia of Riga. The clip perfectly fits Julia's music, playing with light and shade to stunning effect. You can watch the video below or via the premiere over at Dummy.

Julia is touring in Italy later this month and has recently confirmed more European dates this spring. There are due to be further shows added, so keep up to date via our live page.

In other news Julia has composed an original score for Teeshare, an organisation that pair art and t-shirts donating part of their proceeds to charity. Watch a video and find out more here.

Melt Yourself Down release new video, 12 inch
Published 15 April 2013 by BWL

Melt Yourself Down have just announced their new single 'Release!’, out on May 13. Like its predecessor 'Fix My Life', 'Release!' will be available as a strictly limited 12” (500 copies for the world) and download which you can pre-order now from our shop, or directly from the band. The single is backed by a gyrating 11-minute remix of 'Fix My Life' by The Subliminal Kid (aka Roll The Dice's Peder Mannerfelt).

If you've seen the video for the previous single you'll have some idea what to expect from the new clip for 'Release!'. Also directed by Morgan Beringer, the video is a kaleidoscopic whirlpool:

MYD are touring the UK in June and you can find all the new dates on our live page. Those in the south-east don’t need to wait so long with two shows happening before the end of April.

Melt Yourself Down BBC 6 Music session, new shows
Published 25 April 2013 by BWL

Melt Yourself Down will perform live in the studio on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music show next Thursday (May 2). Lauren's been a massive supporter of the band from the start, and we’re delighted she’s booked them for the show. You can listen to the session live, and on iPlayer.

MYD have also announced two new shows: a London headline show at Electrowerkz in Islington as part of their June tour, and an appearance at Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion in September. Find all their upcoming shows including the one-off gig in Guildford next Monday on our live page.

Caribou - Up In Flames reissue - the fallout...
Published 26 April 2013 by TM

It’s been brought to our attention that a number of black vinyl copies of Caribou's Up In Flames were erroneously shipped out to UK shops for Record Store Day last weekend, instead of the promised flamed red vinyl LPs (which are actually more flamed orange if truth be told, but that's another story!).

If you purchased a black vinyl copy in error and would like to exchange it for a red copy, please return it as soon as possible to the store from which you purchased it (with your receipt), and they will be able to order you a replacement copy through our UK distributor, SRD. Please note that we can only accept returned copies in mint, unplayed condition, although it’s OK if the shrinkwrap has been unsealed.

We can’t guarantee that the remaining red vinyl copies will be around for very long, so you are advised to make the exchange as soon as you can.

It seems there was some confusion about which version of the record customers were buying on Saturday. If you haven’t opened your LP, the only way to distinguish between the two versions is by the different stickers attached to the covers.

The black vinyl sticker states:

Dan Snaith’s breakthrough second album, originally released as Manitoba in 2003. Out of print for years, the LP is now available for the first time under the Caribou name, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its original release. Includes CD of the album.

The red vinyl version states:

Dan Snaith’s breakthrough second album, originally released as Manitoba in 2003. Out of print for years, the LP is now available for the first time under the Caribou name, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its original release. Strict limited edition of 600 copies on red flamed vinyl for Record Store Day 2013. Also includes CD of the album.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, we hope you are united with your red vinyl soon!