Whilst we are on the subject of lists, here are our Top Ten albums of 2014 so far, will they still be there on our end of year lists?
The War on Drugs Lost in a Dream
The Antlers Familiars
My Sad Captains Best of Times
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Sharon van Etten Are We There
Temples Sun Structures
Marrisa Nadler July
Gruff Rhys American Interior
The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun
Our tips for Glasto, just in case you are online in your tent or, fast forwarding though the TV coverage;
1. Royal Blood (John Peel Stage, Saturday 14:00-14:40)
Loud enough to make your ears bleed. Well, not quite, but this duo are nothing but raw power. Get ready; it’s going to be loud.
2. Tune-Yards (West Holts Stage, Friday 19:00-20:00)
Get ready to dance the night in with Tune-Yards on the West Holts stage. The obvious plus is that the Brothers cider bus is an arms length away.
3. Temples (John Peel Stage, Friday 15:00-15:40)
A contender for album of the year, this 70’s-esqe rock band will blow you away with their toxic guitar riffs and nifty hair cuts.
4. Metallica (Pyramid stage, Saturday (21:45-23:45)
The much talked about headline set from Metallica is bound to be full of hits, and maybe the odd explosion or too.
5. Fatboy Slim (Sonic, Saturday 22:30-00:30)
If Metallica aren't your thing then head over to Sonic. Having already stormed We Are Fstvl early in the summer, get ready to dance, dance dance.
In the wake of a sold out tour throughout the UK and Europe, a Rough Trade album of the Week and heavy praise from our RCUK correspondent at SXSW St Paul & The Broken Bones announce the release of new single ‘Call Me’ on July 7th 2014 and another UK/Euro tour in August & September.
Don't miss this one!
Friday 22 - Belgium, Vlaanderen, Feest in Het Park - Stage 1
Saturday 23 - France, Paris, Rock En Seine
Sunday 24 - France, Charleville Mexieres, Cabaret Vert Festival (6:30pm)
Tuesday 26 - Germany, Erfurt, Franz Mehlhose
Thursday 28 - UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 29 - UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Saturday 30 - UK, Larmer Tree Gardens, End of the Road
Monday 1 - UK, Glasgow, Oran Mor
Tuesday 2 - UK, Manchester, Gorilla
Wednesday 3 - UK, London, Electric Ballroom
Thursday 4 - UK, Birmingham, Temple
Saturday 6 - Netherlands, Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open
Sunday 7 - Netherlands, Maastricht, Bruis Festival
Happyness have their smart and creative debut album ‘Weird Little Birthday’ released next Monday 16th June.
There is also a short UK tour to celebrate;
June 16th Rough Trade West: In-store
June 17th London Servant Jazz Quarters
June 18th Sunderland Pop Store: In-store
June 19th Glasgow Teenage Riot, Bloc
June 20th Manchester, The Castle Hotel
June 21st Leeds Brudenell
Oh, and you can stream the record HERE
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco will release a new solo (ish) album on 15th September through his own dBpm Records called Sukierae (sue-key-ray). Not quite a solo LP It is the debut release by duo,Tweedy, which features 20 new Jeff Tweedy-written songs, performed by Jeff in a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy.
“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”
With Spencer on drums, Jeff is also joined by Scott McCaughey, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Take a list to the first song streamed for the project, ‘I’ll Sing It’ and U.S. Tour details are HERE.
Samaris are set to release a new single ‘Brennur stjarna’ from their ‘Silkidrangar’ album on 28th July as well as playing a whole host of festivals in Europe this summer;
Best Kept Secret Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, 20th June
Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany, 21st June
Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany, 22nd June
Palac Akropolis Prague, Czech Republic, 23rd June
Roskilde, Denmark 29th June
All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 11th July
Longitude Marlay Park, Ireland 18th July
The Pav Cork, Ireland, 22nd July
De Barras Clon, Ireland, 23rd July
Set Theatre Kilkenny, Ireland, 24th July
Mountain Dew Festival Macroom, Ireland, 26th July
Longlake Festival Lugano, Switzerland, 31st July
Stuck! Festival Salzburg, Austria, 1st August
Nachtdigital Markkleeberg, Germany, 2nd August
Green Man, Glanusk, Wales UK, August 14th August
Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool UK, 23rd August
Soundrive Festival, Gdansk, Poland, 6th September
Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s are the enchanting, Samaris
Brixton based, Death & the Penguin have an EP launch show on 10th June at The Islington, London. They are that good that on hearing them recently, one of our reviewers immediately brought the EP and a T-Shirt!
Their debut EP was released on 5th May through Best Before Records and the band is Tobias Smith (Vocals, Guitar); Christopher Olsen (Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals); Andrew Acred (Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals); and Timothy Brennik (Drums, Percussion, Vocals).
Their full UK tour is here;
Jul 20 Music Box Salisbury
Jul 21 Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Jul 22 Baa Bar, Cardiff
Jul 23 The North, Rhyl
Jul 24 Buskers, Dundee
Jul 25 Downstairs, Aberdeen
Jul 26 Zombie Hut, Corby
Jul 27 The Fenman, King's Lynn
Jul 28 Avondale, Southampton
Jul 29 Upstairs @ The Garage, London
Great news in that Centro-matic are releasing a new album on 2nd June called 'Take Pride in Your Long Odds'. Rock & roll veterans now with original line up of the band still intact, there must be some self-refection in the title of the LP.
The band's 11th studio album is summed up by singer-guitarist Will Johnson; "If there are entities telling you that you can't do something," that there's no way something is gonna happen for you—take pride in your work and prove them wrong. If it's worth it to you, you shouldn't give it any less of a chance because of what someone else says."
The next best news would be some UK dates in the not too distance future please!
To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Language Of Faint' next week the fabulous Hazey Janes will be heading out on a Scottish tour!
Get your tickets now!
05/06 - GoNorth Festival, Inverness // FREE SHOW
06/06 - The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh // TICKETS
07/06 - Fat Sams (Level Two), Dundee // Dundee TICKETS
13/06 - Broadcast, Glasgow // TICKETS
14/06 - Fyne Ales’ Fyne Fest, Achadunan // TICKETS
20/06 - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen // TICKETS
21/06 - The Old Bridge, Aviemore // FREE SHOW
28/06 - The Twa Tams, Perth // FREE SHOW
Let’s hope they find themselves south of the border soon!
Frank Turner's band, Mongol Horde, announced their self-titled debut album which was released yesterday via Xtra Mile Recordings. The London-based trio, who take their name from a song by The Van Pelt - 'We Are the Heathens' have now announced a string of UK tour dates as well:
JUNE (with support from Oxygen Thief & Palehorse)
19 Birmingham The Institute - Library
20 Newcastle Academy 2
21 Leeds Cockpit
22 Bristol Fleece
23 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
25 London Garage
27 Nottingham Rock City Basement
28 Manchester Academy 3
29 Glasgow King Tuts
22-24 Reading/Leeds Festival
I don't think I can recall Cody doing any "headphone masterpiece" shows over here before. So now is the opportunity to capture this critically acclaimed and solid record live. Performed and recorded entirely by Cody at home on a 4 track machine and originally released in 2002, 'The Headphone Masterpiece' has become a real cult classic.
Cody's show is at the Islington Assembly Hall on Wed 23rd July and tickets are HERE
Having blown our socks off at The Great Escape festival, there seems no rest for the guys of ‘Girl Band’. They start a massive tour this Friday;
3.05 – Life Festival, Mullingar (ie)
28.05 - Ubu, Perpignan (fr)
29.05 – Primavera, Barcelona (es)
02.06 – Dog & Parrot, Newcastle
03.06 – The Bell Jar, Sheffield
04.06 – Bloc, Glasgow
05.06 – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
06.06 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
07.06 – The Prince Albert, Brighton
09.06 – The Cookie Jar, Leicester
10.06 – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
11.06 – The Shacklewell Arms, London