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by Andrew Sacher

White Lung

Vancouver punks White Lung, whose two albums (and some 7"s) including the excellent 2012 LP Sorry, have come out on Canadian punk label Deranged Records, have signed to the larger Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective). Their first release for the new label will be the "Drown With The Monster" 7", which comes out on April 29. Its title track is one of the band's heaviest and most power-chord-oriented tracks yet, and its video was filmed during one of their typically intense live shows (including Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass). Check it out, with the tracklist and artwork, below.

White Lung don't have a full tour planned at the moment, but they will return to NYC for shows on June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows aren't on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for Vitus and Ticketmaster for Merc updates.

Video, artwork and tracklist below...

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by Bill Pearis

Aztec Camera's Roddy Frame in 1984...
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You may remember that amongst this year's Record Store Day exclusives were vinyl reissues of Orange's Juice's '80s Polydor albums You Can't Hide Your Love Forever, Rip it Up, Texas Fever and The Orange Juice. Next year, those will get proper CD and vinyl reissues. No bonus tracks, it doesn't look like, but the vinyl will include the original lyrics sheets and inner sleeves. Those will be out February 4 via Domino Records and more info is here.

In related news, Domino will also on February 4 be reissuing High Land Hard Rain, the 1983 debut from Scottish pop band Aztec Camera. (Who, like OJ, were originally on Postcard Records.) The nom-de-plume of Glaswegian 16-year-old Roddy Frame, Aztec Camera had a gift with melody and heart-on-sleeve lyrics that seemed well beyond Frame's years. Though slightly marred by the syn-drums they made Dave Ruffy play, High Land, Hard Rain is jam-packed with great songs like "Pillar to Post," "Walk Out to Winter," the wistful "We Could Send Letters" and college radio hit "Oblivious." It's a genuine '80s classic.

The album was remastered from the original analogue tapes and comes with a bonus disc with the original Postcard singles, radio sessions and more. The first 400 copies come with a bonus 7" of additional rarities. Tracklist and a cover art below.

Roddy Frame celebrated the 30th anniversary of the album by playing it in full at shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow earlier this month. Some videos from those shows are below, along with a couple classic music videos as well.

Continue reading "Aztec Camera's 'High Land, Hard Rain' getting 30th anniversary reissue from Domino, Orange Juice albums too"

Matthew E. White in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Matthew E White

Matthew E. White, who was last in NYC for CMJ when he opened for The Mountain Goats and played his own show at Union Pool, will return for his largest NYC show yet on May 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/3) at noon. The show is part of Matthew's ongoing tour, but other than Bonnaroo and a post-'Roo show in Columbus, OH opening for the National and Local Natives, it's his only announced US date at the moment.

All currently announced dates are listed, along with some videos from his debut album, Big Inner, which came out last year via Hometapes but was reissued this past January via Domino, below...

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Night Moves

Domino announced the signing of Minneapolis band Night Moves in March. They'll release an LP called Colored Emotions in the summer of 2012, but first put out a 7" single for "Headlights" b/w "Horses." Listen to "Headlights" below and check out Night Moves at Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 4/7), or on the road with Caveman (who have a show coming up at the Brooklyn Museum) at one of the dates listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

While I should figuring out my Best of 2011 list, this week I've been majorly distracted by an album that I can pretty much guarantee will make my list next year: Trailer Trash Tracys' shimmering debut, Ester, which is out February 7 on Domino. Dark, ethereal and shimmeringly beautiful, the album exists in a netherworld between late-'80s 4AD Records and the Twin Peaks soundtrack, but is not some retro-sounding throwback. Ester sounds 100% Now.

The band just released a double A-side 7" featuring the stunning "You Wish You Were Red" and the more gossamer-light "Englehardt's Arizona," both of which are on Esther. Both are streaming at the bottom of this post, along with the video for "Wish You Were Red," European tour dates and Ester's cover art which, furthering the 4AD connection, was created by onetime Ultra Vivid Scene-ster Kurt Ralske.

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Dan Deacon & fans @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
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Dan Deacon, now signed to Domino (!) for a record due in 2012 (more details TBA), has still got it. Earlier this month, as you can see in the pictures here, I witnessed him play to a giant crowd of rabid fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest. As usual he played from the ground instead of the stage, and luckily with the help of a security guard to shield his equipment from the wild, swaying mass. More pictures are below.

Later that same day, Dan performed again, but on a stage (the Yellow Stage to be exact) as part of the Wham City Comedy Tour that has now arrived in NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight...

====| FRIDAY 11/18 @ RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |====
|| JM RAMBO presents
|| WHAM CITY COMEDY TOUR
|| Adam Endres
|| A Funny Clown
|| Alan Resnick
|| April Camlin
|| Ben O'Brien
|| Connor Kizer
|| Dan Deacon
|| Ellie Beziat
|| Erin Gleeson
|| Mason Ross
|| Peter O'Connell
|| Robby Rackleff
| RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $8 | all ages
Dan will be back in NYC again in March to play a fancy show with the NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet as part of the recently-announced Ecstatic Music Festival. He also has lots of other dates scheduled which are listed below.

Last but not least, Dan is one of a few artists who have contributed tracks to a free holiday album that Carpark is releasing on 12/6. The full tracklist and more details on that are also below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon on Domino, on a new Christmas album, on tour (dates & more pics from Fun Fun Fun Fest)"

New plan: "advance tickets for Wed 10/19 Twin Sister / John Maus / OPN / Deradoorian going on sale @285KENT AVE on Tuesday from 330pm - midnight" - Todd P

John Maus @ Creators Project - 10/15/2011 (by ribbonmusic)
Maus

As you can see in the above picture, John Maus has hit the Creators Project stage in DUMBO. I think that means nobody will get mad if I reveal now that John Maus is one of the unannounced acts playing the Domino CMJ showcase at 285 Kent on Wednesday. One more act TBA (it's not the Domino-signed Arctic Monkeys who play Music Hall of Williamsburg the same night).

Real Estate @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

Real Estate's new album Days comes out on Domino Records on October 18. Listen to a song and check out the full tracklist and cover art below.

Real Estate will head out on a tour two days after the album's release starting in Europe. The North American leg begins on Halloween in Chicago and ends at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 23rd, BUT FIRST the band will make a Fashion's Night Out appearance in NYC TONIGHT (9/8) at Ash SoHo (44 Mercer St). The invite says "Join Ash Soho and The Dirty Durty Diary on Fashion's Night Out (Thursday, Sept. 8) for a wild night with a very special musical performance and DJ set by REAL ESTATE! Nail art, fortune tellers, food and more! Don't miss this one!"

Memoryhouse, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and NOT James Murphy also play FNO events in NYC tonight.

All Real Estate tour dates, many with Big Troubles, are listed below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Austra

There's already one post today up about Austra's show tonight (7/14) at Pier 54 with tUne-yArDs. To supplement that, here's an unposted interview we did back in the spring with the group's frontwoman Katie Stelmanis, who talks about the transitioning from a solo act to a full-band, the importance of the live show and the process of putting out the group's debut record...

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You've been playing as Katie Stelmanis for a while now. What was the idea behind releasing the record under a new name?

Katie Stelmanis: Well, the project throughout the years had become a lot more collaborative. I've been playing with my drummer Maya for over three years, and she had started writing music and doing a lot of programming and producing and it just didn't make sense that it was a solo name anymore. So we decided to go with Austra, which is my middle name, because it kind of carries an ambiguous could-be-a-band-or-solo kind of thing, so we wanted to keep it a little bit in the gray.

How much of the material for the group is new? Because I know you've been playing some of them for a while.

A lot of the songs on the album are really old. Basically, when I put out the record I had four years of material to work with. And I just had to go through it and figure out what I wanted to put on the record. Some of the songs were written in 2007 and just never got released. While they might not be totally consistent with the newer stuff, I wanted a chance to put them out there.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Natural Child - Hard Workin' Man (MP3)
DOWNLOADNatural Child - Yer Birthday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Miracle Fortress - Miscalculations (MP3)

Domino Radio

Happy Summer everybody. Before we get into this week's recommended shows, I hope you've been spending the week, like I have, listening obsessively to Domino Radio which has put together an incredible all-star lineup of presenters for this seven-day experiment. All the shows are archived, so go back and listen to Felt/Denim mastermind Lawrence, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (who appears on the new CSS record), Mute Records founder (and former Silicon Teen) Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos spin tunes, among other notables. Upcoming DJ slots include Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on Friday, Robert Wyatt and Alfie are on Saturday, and The Pastels on Sunday. Here's hoping they bring it back at a later date.

Ume
Ume

Ok, let's get into what this weekend and beyond has in store. Austin powerhouse trio Ume's current tour hits the city this weekend for two shows: tonight (6/9) at Pianos and Saturday (6/11) at The Rock Shop. As previously reported, the band just signed to Modern Outsider records who will release their debut album, Phantoms, in August. Pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. After NYC the three of them head north to the NXNE festival. All Ume dates are at the bottom of this post.

Memoryhouse
Memoryhouse

Memoryhouse also roll into town this weekend. They play Glasslands on Friday (6/10) and Piano's on Saturday (6/11). Both shows are with dreamy acoustic trio High Highs who are worth getting there early to see.

As you may have heard the Toronto duo are now signed to Sub Pop and should have something out on the label by year's end. Memoryhouse is also now a full band, including a drummer, which make the likelihood of their music remaining Eno-ambient less likely. I'd probably have more of a clue if I'd caught their set at our SXSW party this year. Reports I could find from Austin were positive, though not especially descriptive. Anyone got a firsthand report? Personally I"m hoping this more traditional band format pulls them into Slowdive territory. We shall see.

Both shows have their individual draws. Glasslands also has personal faves North Highlands whose debut album is in the can, apparently, and now we just have to wait for someone to release it. They will definitely be the most energetic live band on the bill, unless all the other groups have radically changed. Well, I've never seen Wonder Bear live but judging by the chill sounds on their album Avalanche (a free download) but I have to imagine it will be a mellow affair.

Speaking of chill, you may remember the sweatbox that was Glasslands last summer, well with the new club's new makeover they also finally got A/C. Certainly the 90 degree heat of this week will be a good test for it's power.

Meanwhile the Pianos show on Saturday has Foxes in Fiction which is, on record, basically Warren Hildebrand who is now also a member of the Memoryhouse live touring unit. At SXSW he was backed by Memoryhouse so I'd expect the same here. Last year's Swung from Branches mixed soundscapes with more structured songwriting (he gets compared to Bradford Cox a lot) and his most recent FiF release, Alberto (download the whole thing for free HERE), finds him moving into even more pop territory. It's a packed Pianos bill, including Eastern Conference Champions and Suns (not Suuns).

Natural Child
Natural Child

Let's keep going, shall we? Nashville party rock trio Natural Child are here for a two-night stint at Death By Audio, playing Sunday (6/12) and Monday (6/13). The band's debut album is out now on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label which should give you a good idea of what you're in for. An even better indicator are the two tracks from it at the top of this post from the album. If you like Thin Lizzy, honky tonk side of the Stones and JEFF the Brotherhood, you'll probably dig Natural Child too. These shows are bound to be packed and sweaty (and smokey) so be prepared for that, as well as for having a good time.

Laetitia Sadier
Sadier

On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier who will be playing  Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (6/13) and The Rock Shop on Wednesday (6/15). Her solo debut, The Trip, came out last year on Drag City and was a lovely album. Not that far off from what she did with her band for the last 15 or so years, but it has it's own special charms as well.

Miracle Fortress
Miracle Fortress

And lastly this Tuesday (6/14) is a swell double bill of danceable Canadians at Webster Hall: Junior Boys and Miracle Fortress. Junior Boys' fourth album, It's All True, is out that same day on Domino and is another fine example of their lithe, breezy style. Miracle Fortress -- aka Graham Van Pelt of Think About Life -- just released its second album, Was I the Wave, which finds him setting aside the first LP's guitars in favor of electronics with a decidedly Eno-esque slant. You can download album track "Miscalculations" at the top of this post. It's a really nice record. When I caught him at SXSW, Van Pelt performed solo surrounded by tons of equipment and a few vintage table lamps. Not bad for a one man show.

That's it for this week. A few more day-by-day picks follow.

THURSDAY JUNE 9

Looking for some quality indie rock newcomers? TWII-approved bands Radical Dads and Gross Relations are at Cake Shop tonight.

Did you know The Cloud Room was still together? They are and play Mercury Lounge tonight. Of course they're going to play local hit "Hey Now Now," no need to shout for it.

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photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)

Twin Sister @ ACL Live
Twin Sister

Twin Sister have a new album in the works, and like Real Estate's new one, it will be coming out on Domino Records. They'll release their debut full length In Heaven via Domino on September 27. Download the track "Bad Street" above. Stream it and check out the full tracklist, below.

Twin Sister kicked off a tour at ACL Live's Moody Theater in Austin last night (6/8). Pictures from that show, where they opened for Beirut (pictures HERE), are in this post.

Their trek continues in Houston tonight and eventually reaches Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/18 with Allo Darlin', Ava Luna, and Gabriel and the Hounds. The previously mentioned Brooklyn show is part of the Northside Festival and still on sale for those without badges. Twin Sister played the same venue during the Northside Fest last year.

All Twin Sister tour dates, more pictures from Austin, and the new album stuff, below...

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crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Warm Up

The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.

As discussed, Four Tet and Matthewdavid play 'Warm Up' on July 9. STBRKT (who recently collaborated with Little Dragon) along with FaltyDL and others are also on that bill.

Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.

More info and the full schedule below...

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DOWNLOAD: Jon Hopkins - Insides (Rival Consoles RMX) (MP3)

Diamond Mine

Singer-songwriter King Creosote and producer/Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins, now labelmates with Real Estate, Ducktails & Alex Bleeker, teamed up to record the album Diamond Mine which dropped in the USA via Domino Records on May 24. They go on a short North American tour in July in support of the album. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on July 14 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and The Rock Shop on July 17 (tickets on sale now). All dates are listed below.

King Creosote visited the US for the first time in March. As Bill wrote at the time:

"Scottish indie folk royalty Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Anderson (whose brother Gordon was a founding member of The Beta Band and now fronts The Aliens) has been cranking out album after album of melancholic, wry songwriting since the late '90s. (Seriously, check out his discography.) Many of these have been self-released, but he's had records on Warner Brothers and Domino too."
Domino released his album Thrawn around that time.

Jon Hopkins also recently recorded a new track for a Japan benefit compilation, and is giving away the remix of his song "Insides" that you can download above. He returns to New York (Troy, NY) in September to perform at EMPAC with Four Tet.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins made a video for the track "Bubble" off the new album. Check it out along with a 'making of' video and all tour dates below...

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Real Estate at Bomb Fest 2011 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Real Estate

Congrats to Real Estate (and new live drummer Jackson Pollis), as well as offshoots Ducktails (Real Estate's Matthew Mondanile) and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who have all signed to Domino! The label will release the forthcoming Real Estate LP, currently in the throes of production, in October. Details are forthcoming. Meanwhile some new live shows were announced.

With the heat starting to crank up even though its only early June, there may be some reconsideration regarding show choices based on venue coolness and comfort. We already knew that The Feelies will play Maxwell's three times in early July in addition to their FREE outdoor appearance at Prospect Park with Times New Viking and Real Estate. But now comes word that Real Estate has hopped on the air-conditioning train too, by adding a show at Maxwell's on July 24th (the day after the Prospect Park show). Tickets for Real Estate are on sale, and Feelies tix are all still available too: July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

The Maxwell's show, like most of Real Estate's July dates, will be with Dent May. They are all listed below.

Both Real Estate and Ducktails will also hit the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur on July 30th and 31st, where they'll meet up with Woods, Sic Alps (new/old drummer Ty Segall included), The Fresh & Onlys, Woods/Fresh & Onlys Big Band, and many others over the two days. Individual day tickets are still available.

Full Woodsist lineup, some videos and all dates, below...

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photos by Chris Gersbeck

The Kills

As previously mentioned,

"...The Kills are releasing a new album and hitting the road. They'll going on a tour with Cold Cave and Entrance Band that will kick off in mid-April. That tour impacts Terminal 5 on April 29th.... Their new LP, Blood Pressures, hits via Domino on April 5th."
Since we posted that, The Kills have released two tracks from the new album in the form of an MP3 you can get at their website, and a video that you can watch below.

The band also just got finished playing SXSW where they co-headlined the Domino Records showcase at Emo's. A set of pictures from that show continues, with all tour dates and that video, below...

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Cass McCoombs

Cass McCombs will welcome his "fifth and a half" LP Wit's End via Domino on April 26th. That's the cover art above. Listen to new track "County Line" below.

This month Cass heads to SXSW where he'll play the official Domino showcase at Emo's on 3/17 (with The Kills, Owen Pallett, Austra, and King Creosote, but not Anna Calvi), and other shows. In May McCombs will hit the road for a larger tour that includes Bowery Ballroom on May 12. Tickets for that one go on AMEX presale today (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are below with the LP track list, the new song and a video....

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Austra - "Beat & The Pulse" (MP3)

Austra

The last time Austra played New York was the tail end of last year at Glasslands with Diamond Rings. We didn't realize it at the time, but the Toronto trio has signed with Domino Records in most of the world (Paper Bag in Canada) and have since created quite a stir with their dark, danceable first single "The Beat and The Pulse" (downloadable above) and its accompanying NSFW video (watchable below). Austra are back in town this weekend, playing Santos Party House on Friday (2/25) and Glasslands on Saturday (2/26) . Tickets are still available for both shows.

What a lot of people might not realize yet is that Austra is the new musical endeavor of Katie Stelmanis who featured on Fucked Up's The Chemistry of Common Life, and whose fine 2008 album Join Us went largely unnoticed on either side of the Canadian border. Katie played one of our SXSW day shows last year, where she played with her short-lived group Private Life. Dropping the guitarist, Stelmanis and the other two members of Private Life morphed into Austra... who we're happy to report will be playing a BrooklynVegan day show in Austin this year too, in addition to the Domino showcase they're playing on 3/17 at Emo's with King Creosote, Owen Pallett, Cass McCombs, Anna Calvi, and The Kills.

That said, Austra's debut album, Feel it Break, was mostly recorded by Stelmanis alone and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Unkle). Comparisons to The Knife, Bat for Lashes and Zola Jesus (who she's played with) are not unwarranted but it should be said Katie's been working in this musical milieu from the start, and this new danceable direction seem like a logical progression. And there's no denying "The Beat and the Pulse" is a pretty kick-ass track. We'll have to wait for May 17 to hear the rest of Feel it Break, unless you go see Austra live, of course.

In related Domino artist news, Anna Calvi has a few shows in NYC in early March, The Kills are playing Terminal 5 with Cold Cave, Owen Pallett is playing The Ecstatic Music Festival.

Austra LP details, tour dates and the NSFW video are all below.

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Alison Mosshart of The Kills on stage with Dead Weather at Prospect Park (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Kills

With Jack White busy hyping up Wanda Jackson and the Greenhornes about to go on tour, the Dead Weather is on the back burner (for now), and Alison Mosshart's longer-running band The Kills are releasing a new album and hitting the road. They'll going on a tour with Cold Cave and Entrance Band that will kick off in mid-April. That tour impacts Terminal 5 on April 29th and fan presale tickets are currently on sale, with AMEX presale for the NYC show beginning Wednesday at noon (1/19) and regular sale kicking off 48 hours later.

Before then the Kills will be down at SXSW and in Europe. Their new LP, Blood Pressures, hits via Domino on April 5th. The tracklisting for the LP, and all tour dates and some videos, below...

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Anna Calvi

When the accolades come in from guys like Brian Eno and Nick Cave, It's hard not to take notice. Anna Calvi sings almost goth-y, reverb-drenched pop that recalls shoegaze and flamenco in equal measure. Her self-titled debut LP is due via Domino on March 1st, 2011

Co-produced by Rob Ellis and recorded in London and France, Anna Calvi's debut is an honest distillation of her talents as a songwriter, singer and guitar player. Haunted by the timeless sounds of Nina Simone and Maria Callas, as well as the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, and the rock innovations of Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart, [Calvi has adopted] an intimate backing band consisting of Mally Harpaz on guitar, harmonium and percussion, and Daniel Maiden-Wood on drums for her live shows.
Anna Calvi will play NYC in March. On March 9th she play Mercury Lounge (tickets), and then on March 10th it's at Glasslands (tickets). Those are her only scheduled US shows at the moment (that we know about).

Some mesmerizing videos of Anna Calvi are below. She breathes new life into songs by David Bowie, TV On The Radio, and Leonard Cohen. Dig on those along with all tour dates...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)

Orange Juice

In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.

Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.

While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.

Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.

Ominbus

The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie.  Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.

Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.

An Orange Juice video below...

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Panda Bear

And now comes, "You Can Count On Me", the second in the series of 7" singles from Panda Bear previewing his forthcoming album Tomboy, the much-anticipated follow-up to Person Pitch.

A gentle duet between Panda Bear and himself, "You Can Count On Me" glimmers with third world melodic overtones, an ethereal uplifting number that is over before you become too familiar. "Alsatian Darn" on the other hand is a much different creature...a slightly foreboding track with an off-beat melancholy chord progression that occasionally lets the light break through with a jaunty two-step, if ever so briefly.

A limited edition of "You Can Count On Me" will be available in stores beginning October 19th. Only 500 copies are available for pre-order from the Domino Mart.

The news of Panda Bear's new single (that's the cover art above) coincides with a week's worth of live shows kicking off Saturday, 9/4, at FYF Fest in LA. Though originally they were saying Tomboy would be out in September and then October, there doesn't seem to be an actual release date scheduled at the moment. Just the single for now. .

Not counting Moogfest on 10/20, Panda Bear's last tour date is 9/12 in Baltimore which is one day after the 9/11 show at Governors Island in NYC. And since we last spoke, there have been a lot of updates related to that NYC show. Not only will there be opening sets by Teengirl Fantasy and Gala Drop, Panda's Animal Collective bandmate Avey Tare will be DJing between sets. Tickets are still on sale, AND we have a pair you can win. Details at the end of this post.

And speaking of 9/11 NYC shows by Domino-signed bands that I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for, Dirty Projectors and Owen Pallett play Terminal 5 on that Saturday. Details on winning those tickets (you can buy those too) below.

Dirty Projectors will release Bitte Orca Expanded Edition on September 28th via Domino...

This limited edition Bitte Orca expanded 2xCD set comes with premium packaging and a second disc that features never before released tunes from a very special and intimate live acoustic performance at New York's Other Music record store, rare vinyl only b-sides and a stunning cover of Bob Dylan's "As I Went Out One Morning". This is the definitive version of Bitte Orca.

Bitte Orca Expanded Edition will be released on CD and digitally. Pre-order Bitte Orca Expanded Edition.

Full tracklist with updated DP dates below.

Avey Tare, who recently DJ'd with Deakin, also has a DJ set scheduled for Glasslands on September 24th. Deakin plays Glasslands on September 13th.

Can't wait for 9/11? Teengirl Fantasy play a NYC show at Coco66 SATURDAY NIGHT (9/4) with Detroit In Effect:

CLUB DONUTS with resident DJ Pickpocket (Kat Matutina) and resident video/visual artist AC (Alison Childs) will be throwing their 2nd party in New York this summer.

DANCE PARTY WITH LIVE BANDS, DJS & FREE DONUTS ALL NIGHT ! ! !

Witness the first ever live New York performance of DETROIT IN EFFECT!!! With several releases on CLONE, after more than a decade, witness D.I.E. in full effect! Pure Detroit electro tracks in the tradition of Juan Atkins Model 500 project and AUX88 and the likes. Detroit in Effect pure Detroit Electro Techno that bring back the funk in techno and electro!

Get on the Detroit Party Train with these heavy bassed Cybotron inspired electro tracks!

TEENGIRL FANTASY make dream music. With a beat. They play a crazy, fun live show. Experience it for yourself!

All Teengirl Fantasy dates below.

Gala Drop are coming all the way from Panda Bear's current home, Lisbon, to open the Governors Island show though they will play at least one other show while they're here, and that takes September 10th in Chinatown at a No Ordinary Monkey party.

All dates and stuff below...

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Wild Beasts @ Union Pool in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Wild Beasts

England's Wild Beasts nabbed a nomination for this year's Mercury Prize for their record Two Dancers. The shortlist of nominees is below, and the winner will be announced September 7th.

As previously mentioned, the band plays a series of North American shows starting in Chicago this weekend, where they perform at Lollapalooza. After which, they visit NYC for a gig at Highline Ballroom on August 11th with Lone Wolf and The Kissaway Trail. Tickets are still on sale.

Their label, Domino, writes:

In honor of these special shows and their recent Mercury Prize nomination, Domino is releasing a 10" featuring "We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues" from their acclaimed sophomore album, Two Dancers. The track is b/w a very rare B-side "Through The Iron Gate" (previously only released in Japan), as well as "Two Dancers ii" remixed by label mate Jon Hopkins, and a gorgeous melancholic acoustic version of "The Devil's Crayon."

We're offering these tracks as a complimentary download from August 2-9. You can also grab a physical copy of the 10" at any of Wild Beasts' shows or from the Domino Mart.

Get those songs, along with their video for the "Tongues" single, and all tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Chief - Night & Day (MP3)

Dirty Projectors & David Byrne @ Bowery in Nov '09
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne

The MoMA Party in the Garden benefit with Karen O and Nick Zinner is tonight (5/25), and the Anthology Film Archives benefit with Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Kenneth Anger's band Technicolor Skull was the week before (5/19).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26th), there's the spring benefit for the Kitchen, a nonprofit performance and music space in Chelsea, that will honor David Byrne. The event, which includes dinner, drinks, etc. at Capitale (130 Bowery), will also feature performances by Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent. Tickets for that would have run you $500 a piece, if they weren't already sold out. Byrne isn't listed as playing at the event, though he has performed with both Dirty Projectors and St. Vincent in the past.

You can still nab a ticket ($75) to the somewhat less-exciting after-party with DJ Scott Campbell and music from California county-tinged folk-pop band Chief.

While in town, Chief, who just signed to Domino Records (and who live back in California now that they've graduated from NYU) are also playing a show at Mercury Lounge on June 2nd with She Keeps Bees and Caveman. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be at Union Pool on June 5th...

"California 4-piece Chief, comprised of early 20-somethings Evan Koga, brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa and Mike Moonves, will release their stunning debut album Modern Rituals on August 17, 2010. The newest signing to Domino Records, Chief has already garnered a fervent following in NYC and LA as well as early radio support from KEXP, BBC Radio 6 Music and Zane Lowe's influential Radio 1 show. The band will set out on a run of select U.S. tour dates that begins this Friday, May 28th, but first they are proud to offer their lead single "Night & Day" as a free download" [Domino Records]
Grab "Night & Day" above. All dates below.

Dirty Projectors' other upcoming shows include a headlining gig at Terminal 5 on September 11th which Owen Pallett is now opening. All dates below.

St. Vincent has a headlining show coming up at Summerstage and she'll sing with Ben Gibbard at the June 8th Simon & Garfunkel-themed Summerstage benefit. You can also catch her playing DJ at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/25).

Speaking of David Byrne, he's been busy as usual. He's suing Florida governor Charlie Crist. And his Here Lies Love project came out in April. (Eerily, that record, about Philippine first lady and political figure Imelda Marcos, corresponded with the political success of Imelda and the Marcos family in a May election.)

There's a new book on Byrne & Talking Heads called Song and Circumstance: The Work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the Present, which sports a cover photo by BV photographer Chris La Putt (taken at Byrne's Radio City show in 2009). Congrats Chris!

David Byrne's own book, Bicycle Diaries, came out last year. Videos of David's lecture on bikes, scenes from his 2009 "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" tour, and all Chief & DP dates are below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Villagers - Becoming A Jackal (MP3)

Villagers (by Simon Houston)
Cass McCombs

Contact Music: You've recently signed to Domino, who boast one of the most exceptional rosters in music with the likes of Pavement, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys among their ranks. How did that come about?

New Domino band Villagers: Funnily enough we're supporting Pavement next week. Am I excited? You bet I am! The link with Domino came about mainly through my manager, although I hadn't actually agreed for him to be my manager at that stage! We were supporting Cass McCombs - Villagers second ever show - and he managed to persuade one of the Domino guys who works in Ireland to come down, and he just caught the end of the set. He then told Laurence Bell, who runs the label, about us and he came to a few of our shows and after we played a particular one in London he offered us a deal.

CM: I guess one major positive about signing for a label like Domino is the creative freedom you're given.

Villagers: Totally. We actually recorded the album in our guitarist Tommy McLaughlin's parents attic in Donegal, and when it was finished we delivered the record to the label and they never batted an eyelid about how we'd recorded it or where! I think after hearing the demos they just believed in what we were doing, and the only input they really had in making the record was choosing someone to put together the final mix.

Irish band Villagers release their debut album, Becoming A Jackal, in the US on June 8th. Shortly after that, the band comes to the US for shows. They include a gig at Union Hall on June 17th (tickets) and one at Joe's Pub on June 23rd (tickets). Frontman Conor J. O'Brien's songs are literate, broadly melodic and fleshed out by a full band, reminiscent of groups like Okkervil River, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, et al. Download the album's title track above.

Cass McCombs's latest, Catacombs, came out on Domino in July '09. Cass, who last played in NYC, by our records, in August, has a show lined up at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, July 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. He also plays Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and a few other shows.

Videos and all current tour dates for both are below...

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