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[hot off the press] Islands//A Sleep & A Forgetting

Canada’s indie rock outfit Islands recently announced the name and release date of their forthcoming LP — A Sleep & A Forgetting.  I love love love Islands, so naturally this news was the highlight of my day.

While A Sleep & A Forgetting continues the band’s penchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music, this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.

“This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.”

A Sleep & A Forgetting is the anticipated follow up to Islands’ critically heralded record Vapours, which Black Book described as “infectious and weird….masterful” and Popmatters proclaimed “a damn fine record.” The new album was produced by Thorburn and fellow Islands member Evan Gordon in less than two weeks, the 11 songs recorded live with hardly a single overdub. It’s a stripped down process and beautifully understated sound which only reinforces the confessional content of the lyrics.

The new album offers all the shimmering sonic textures and irresistible melodies that have come to define Islands’ enduring appeal, but there is a deeply personal cathartic undercurrent to the songs. “The sound is really my interpretation of soul music,” Thorburn offers. “I mean, I’m a white kid from Canada so it’s gonna be very warped. But that’s where my head was at, that particular way of dealing with themes of pain and heartbreak.” [source: antilabelblog]

A Sleep & A Forgetting is due out this February 14th via Anti-Records.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Thorburn’s side project/supergroup Mister Heavenly, which should tide you over until Valentine’s Day.

♫ Islands – Swans [Life After Death] (daytrotter session) ♫

♫ Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl ♫

[hot off the press] Gigamesh Remixes Theophilus London

Gigamesh has been making his mark for several years in dance clubs around the world with his own popular blend of remixes, as well as his work with remix group DiscoTech, and his role in Señor Stereo, a disco influenced live-electronic group. Theophilus London did a rare LIVE performance of Gigamesh’s contest winning (check it out below) at Noisey’s “Special Engagement” concert this summer.

Starting today, you can download the track where it premiered with Interview Magazine (or on this here blog below).

♫ Theophilus London – I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Remix) ♫

[hot off the press] David Lynch//Crazy Clown Time

Sunday Best and PIAS America are pleased to announce that the title track from Crazy Clown Time, David Lynch’s first-ever solo album will be free to download on Lynch’s official Facebook page for a limited time beginning Tuesday, October 4. Lynch cryptically describes the song as “a phenomenon of the age in which we live.”  The full album will be released internationally on November 7 and in the North America on November 8. [source: girlie action]

Marking a departure from his revered and influential musical collaborations in the past with Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks), Polish pianist Marek Zebrowski (Inland Empire), and Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse (Dark Night of the Soul), “Crazy Clown Time” unveils a majestic, yet powerfully idiosyncratic vision of “modern blues” that could only be drawn from the mind of David Lynch. Filled with foreboding soundscapes, hypnotic rhythms and enigmatic lyrics, this is music that will resonate not only with fans of Lynch’s films, but also to listeners who appreciate daring, experimental music. [source: davidlynch.com]

Head on over to David Lynch’s facebook page to stream/download the new track.  If you’re at all familiar with Mr. Lynch, “Crazy Clown Time” is pretty much exactly what you would expect.  On the other hand though, if you’re not familiar with Mr. Lynch, you’re in for something quite peculiar…to say the least.

[hot off the press] Big Black Delta//BBDLP1

As a successor to the free debut EP BBDEP1Los Angeles experimental pop project Big Black Delta’s debut LP BBDLP1 is out today on Coming Home Records.

Citing “being out of tune” as a muse, the songs on the album are the spawn of multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bate’s imagination and inspired musical exploration. It was recorded entirely on a laptop given to him by Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails, SONOIO) in and all over Los Angeles, from assorted apartments and friends’ houses to backyards across the city, often at all hours of the night. Guests on the album include Cortini, who played his buchla on “The Zebrah,” as well as Morgan Kibby (M83, White Sea) whose vocals are featured on “Dreary Moon.”

Tonight will mark the last night of Big Back Delta’s residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA. As a celebration of the album release, Big Black Delta will be selling signed limited-edition colored vinyl, brand new shirts, posters, and decals. Bates will be  performing with live vocals, dancing, an orchestrated light show, and dueling female drummers Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood, as depicted in the brand new video for “Betamax” included above.

I’ll be at the show tonight, so come along and say hi.  Either way, enjoy the track “Capsize” below, as well as the brand video for “Betamax”.

♫ Big Black Delta – Capsize ♫

[hot off the press] Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Having spent most of the summer roaming across the globe destroying everything in his path, the creature that goes by the name of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has returned to the US after great showings at this year’s SXSW. The UK-based producer (nee Orlando Higginbottom) has announced the US release of the single “Trouble,” which will be coming out on October 18th. His tunes will definitely appeal to fans of Hot Chip, as much as it appeals to Hot Chip themselves. Hot Chip-er Joe Goddard released the first EP and tracks from the young Mr. Higginbottom last year on his Greco-Roman label.

Sure to be another highlight in TEED’s rapidly expanding catalogue, “Trouble” finds him completely immersed in the role of vocalist, singing throughout, providing the story with a genuine heartfelt quality. Of course this is paired with his trademark sub-bass, electro bounciness and washed-out synths that combine to create a stunning piece of modern dancefloor pop. You can watch the video for “Trouble” below…which takes place at the weirdest party you’ve never been to.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs swings between overt musicality and scarily on-point dance floor intuition, tearing up gigs around the globe with his live show of bizarre instruments, glitter cannons and of course… dancing dinosaurs. He’s also been quite busy as of late, having recently traveled to the Congo with Damon Albarn to be one of the producers for his DRC Music project, which sees a release via Warp on October 4th.

After releasing his previous three EP’s through Greco-Roman, TEED has now signed to Polydor Records and is busy putting the finishing touches to his eagerly anticipated debut album. Joining label-mates such as Jamie Woon, La Roux, Klaxons and many more, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is in good company! [source: girlie action]

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Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/20 – New York, NY – DROM (CMJ)
10/21 – New York, NY – Santos Party House (Neon Gold CMJ show)
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery (PopGun Booking CMJ show)
10/26 – Vancouver, BC – Venue TBD
10/28 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
10/29 – Los Angeles, CA – HARD Haunted Mansion
11/2 – Chicago, IL – Beauty Bar
11/3 – Miami, FL – Bardot
11/4 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
11/5 – Montreal, QC – Club Lambi