Entries tagged with: XL Recordings
In Thom's words:
So finally I can tell you the Atoms for Peace record is coming out on the 25th February, it's called Amok.
The front will look like theez..
NYC rap crew Ratking (aka Wiki, Hak, Sporting Life, and Ramon) have signed to XL imprint Hot Charity (making them labelmates with Willis Earl Beal) and will release their debut EP, Wiki93, on the label on November 6. The whole thing was produced in-house by Sporting Life. You can get a taste of that EP with the song, "Wikispeaks," which is streaming below.
The band have been playing around NYC on some pretty good bills, including shows with Gunplay, Fat Tony, Smoke DZA, and more. They've got more upcoming shows this month during CMJ including a Yours Tru.ly party at Glasslands on October 19 with Joey Bada$$ (who will be rolling with his crew Pro Era), Jim-E Stack, Isaac Delusion, Evy Jane (who were supposed to make their NYC debut earlier this year but had to cancel), Night Panther and MØ. That show is free with RSVP. Then later that night (10/19), Ratking will play a free show at Mercury Lounge. The next day (10/20), they'll return to Glasslands for a show with Doldrums, Pictureplane (DJ), DJ Dog Dick, Haleek Maul, and Normally Important. $5 tickets for that one are on sale now. Their only other announced date at the moment is Pitchfork Paris.
A list of all dates and that song stream are below.
Listen to the new song below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros returned from their hiatus last year with the live album/film Inni. Now they're finally set to release an album of new material titled Valtari, which is due out on May 29 via EMI/XL. It's their first since 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The album's lead track, "Ekki Múkk," which you can watch a grainy, minimal video of below, is one of the band's more ambient cuts, recalling the material on ( ) in texture, but is melodically more similar to the progressions Jonsi has been taking with his more recent work. According to this interview with The Wall Street Journal, we can expect the rest of the album to follow suit.
The band's only live dates at the moment are non-US festival dates in August and September, but one of those is at Osheaga in Montreal. Hopefully they'll add more as the album's release nears.
All dates, video, and Valtari tracklist below...
SBTRKT in Sweden in 2011 (more)
As mentioned, SBTRKT added a DJ set with special guests happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2 the day before their live set at Webster Hall (4/3). Sepalcure has since been added to both NYC shows. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/27) at noon. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available too.
It's since been announced that these shows are part of a larger North American tour from SBTRKT, running from SXSW to Coachella, and in addition to dates with Sepalcure, includes some with Machinedrum (who is 1/2 of Sepalcure and a favorite of SBTRKT's) and others with Willis Earl Beal who recently signed to XL imprint Hot Charity.
Speaking of Machinedrum, he released the SXLND EP last week via LuckyMe. Listen to it on Spotify.
All tour dates and flier below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin
Avant popper Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) has revealed that she's signed to 4AD, who will release her upcoming album, Visions, which was originally set to be released on January 31 via Arbutus. 4AD will release the record on February 21 in North America and March 12 everywhere else. As she points out on twitter, the album will still be released on Arbutus in Canada, "which is a label [her friends and her] run out of Montreal." She also mentioned that she's honoured to work with 4AD, who she said is "a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick."
So far, two tracks have been revealed off of Visions, which is shaping up to be one of the most promising albums of 2012 so far. Those tracks, "Genesis" and "Oblivion" can be downloaded above and streamed below. They both show Claire Boucher refusing to decide between pop radio stardom and weirdo synth labs, and the result is something that's pretty hard to stay away from.
Grimes will be heading out on a tour in the upcoming months, most of which is with fellow pop destroyers Born Gold. That tour brings them to NYC on March 23 at Mercury Lounge and March 24 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Speaking of daring female artists and Beggars Group labels, Azealia Banks, who if you haven't heard yet, placed #3 on BBC's 'Sound of 2012', is NME's coolest person of 2011, is getting tons of love from Pitchfork, and also has two of the most last-minute killer 2011 tracks with "212" and "Liquorice" (in addition to some other solid cuts floating around like 2012's Scissor Sisters collaboration "Shady Love"), spoke to Self-Titled about her feelings on her former label, XL Recordings. The Daily Swarm points us in the direction of the following quote:
"As soon as I started putting out tracks I was getting attention. Diplo kept talking about me, and that's when XL hit me up. They flew me out to London, and the original idea was to have me work with Richard Russell, and I got signed to this development deal. Richard was cool, but as soon as I didn't want to use his beats, it got real sour. He wound up calling me "amateur" and shit, and the XL interns started talking shit about me. It just got real fucking funny. I was like, "I didn't come here for a date. I came here to cut some fucking records." I got turned off on the music industry and disappeared for a bit. I went into a bit of a depression."Meanwhile, she's currently working on her debut with Paul Epworth, who has also worked with Florence and the Machine and Adele. She also revealed via Twitter that she's the first confirmed artist to play Coachella, which as mentioned is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (Apr. 13-15 and Apr. 20-22). So much for that fake lineup. Check out the video for "212" and the video for "Liquorice" below.
All dates, videos, and streams below...
A letter from XL...
We work with some amazing artists, and we appreciate the support you show them. To celebrate their work, and say thank you to you, we've made a limited edition, double 12" vinyl sampler. It features a track from each of the artists we've worked with this year. It won't be available to buy anywhere.P.S. don't forget Radiohead play SNL on 9/24.
We would like to give you a copy of the XL Recordings Sampler 2011. If you'd like a copy of the sampler, email your postal address to XL11@xlrecordings.com and we'll send you one, wherever you are in the world. We have 1000 copies to give away. First come, first served.
XL Recordings Sampler 2011 tracklist:
A1 Adele- He Won't Go.
A2 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - I'll Take Care Of You
B1 Radiohead - Supercollider
C1 Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
C2 Friendly Fires - Show Me Lights
D1 The Horrors - Still Life
D2 Jai Paul - BTSTU (Edit)
Sampha & Jessie Ware
SBTRKT released his debut and self-titled LP this week (6/28) in the US and a day earlier (6/27) in the UK. We've talked about the Little Dragon-featuring single "Wildfire" with vocals from Yukimi, but she isn't the only person contributing vocals to the album, far from it. Roses Gabor contributes vocals to the song "Pharoahs" and most of the album's vocals are performed by SBTRKT's Young Turks labelmates Jessie Ware and Sampha, who often collaborate with each other.
Jessie Ware and Sampha recorded the track "Valentine" together for Valentine's Day which they included on a Valentine's Day mixtape that they made for Fader. Check out the music video for that song, along with a live video of Jessie Ware and Sampha performing the song, and another of them performing a cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What you Won't Do for Love", below.
Jessie Ware also recently contributed vocals to another UK dubstep producer, Joker, for the single "The Vision," which was Joker's first release on 4AD. Listen below.
SBTRKT heads to North America soon for three NY dates, and for a just-added one in Toronto. Most interesting about the Canada date is that it advertises Sampha on the bill. Hopefully that means Sampha is also the "guest vocalist" appearing at PS1 on July 9th (one day later) too.
All SBTRKT and Joker tour dates, videos, songs and the SBTRKT tracklist with vocalists listed, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (I Follow You Tyler, The Creator Mix) (MP3)
I'm not gay, I just wanna boogie to some MarvinTyler The Creator's second album GOBLIN will be released in April through XL Recordings. Two tracks, "Yonkers" and "Sandwitches" are on iTunes now. Tyler also has a new video for "Yonkers" that was directed by Wolf Haley (aka himself). You can watch it below (some of the lyrics are above - you can sing along).
(What you think of Hayley Williams?) Fuck her, Wolf Haley robbin' 'em
I'll crash that fuckin' airplane that faggot nigga B.o.B is in
And stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus
And won't stop until the cops come in...
...They say success is the best revenge
So I beat DeShay up with the stack of magazines I'm in
Oh, not again, another critic writin' report
I'm stabbin' any bloggin' faggot hipster with a Pitchfork
[Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" lyrics]
As you probably know, Vampire Weekend's record label XL Recordings is being sued along with the band and a photographer for the use of a photo on the cover of Vampire Weekend's new album Contra. The label just issued the following statement:
"As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, we look forward to having the matter resolved in Court. We will be filing our response after we have had an opportunity to review the allegations. Consistent with our practice, we will not be commenting further about the pending litigation at this time."A few more details on the former model doing the suing, including her opinion on why the photographer didn't take the photo. below...
You may have heard by now that Vampire Weekend, XL Recordings and a photographer named Tod Brody are being sued for 2 million dollars by Contra cover model Kirsten Kennis. She claims that she never gave permission for them to use a picture that was taken of her in 1983 (back when she was actually a model), and that the photographer basically tricked the band and label into thinking they were buying it legally. She says the band and label are also at fault for not doing due diligence when they paid $5000 for the picture from Tod. She thinks she deserves 2 million because her picture was obviously the reason the band's album was so successful... That's basically the info that most sites are posting, but I obtained a copy of the court documents and there's more...
First of all, her full name is Ann Kirsten Kennis, though when she was a model she just went by "Kirsten". She was a "high-fashion model under contract with prestigious agencies in New York City" in the 80's and early 90's. Her picture has appeared in clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and automobile ads, and for that she was "highly compensated" and "enjoyed numerous assignments".
She lives in Fairfield, CT, and most interestingly, she claims Tod didn't even take the picture. Her real last name doesn't even appear in the contract Vampire Weekend signed when they bought it. The allegedly forged/fake contract is with "Kirsten Johnsen" and signed by "Kirsten Johnson" (yes, the document has the last name spelled two different ways).
If Tod didn't take the picture, I'm not sure how he thought he would get away with it since she would obviously eventually see it. Whether he took it or not, it's still displayed in his portfolio (with "kirsten" in the file name), though his page that displayed the Vampire Weekend album cover is now gone.
Not content with all that, I went on a search for another picture of Kirsten, but unfortunately I came up dry though I do think I found a picture of her dog, and what might be her not-quite-operational "Cosmic Cubs" teddy bear website (which would be consistent with the possibility that her family is in the toy business). It's also possible that back before she was married, her name may have been Ann Klendshoj which is the name of someone who had a nasty run in with a creepy doctor in 1994. Speaking of creepy, I'll end this paragraph here.
Rostam from Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi & Bethany of Best Coast made a new song for Converse. The video for that track, "All Summer", is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil (MP3)
I'm New Here, the first LP in more than 15 years from poet & musician Gil Scott Heron, came out earlier week on XL. In January, Gil played at SOB's for MLK Day, and now with the album out, there are more shows coming up. Gil will be
playing a release party/show at American Folk Art Museum (45 West 53rd St) on February 26th as part of its Free Music Fridays series (5:30pm). NOTE THIS UPDATE:
Attention: GIL SCOTT-HERON WILL NOT BE AT THIS LISTENING PARTY!Gil will be at jazz spot the Blue Note for two nights (with two sets each) on March 2nd and 3rd. Ticket links for those are below. He'll also be at Coachella and play the UK this April.
We would like to address the misunderstandings about the Gil Scott-Heron album release event at The American Folk Art Museum. There has been some miscommunication about the event. This is just a chance to listen to the album and celebrate the album release. Gil will not be performing or present at this event. We apologize for the misunderstanding.
The album, produced by XL label owner Richard Russell, mostly opts for ominous, spare electronics in front of Gil's words, which are best known for being paired with jazz and blues. Even with over a decade passed (some of which was spent in jail), Gil doesn't seem to have missed a beat. You can hear elements of the new album's sound in "Message to the Messengers," the lead track from his 1994 album Spirits. That song and videos for two of the album's most immediate tracks, "Me And The Devil" and "Where Did The Night Go," are posted above and below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Holly Miranda @ Webster Hall - 1/18/2010
Hello,Holly Miranda, who was joined on stage at one point by her friends The Antlers, opened for her labelmates Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall last night (1/18). It was the headliner's 2nd of three NYC shows in a row. The first night was uptown at United Palace with Titus Andronicus. The third is tonight (1/19) at Bowery Ballroom with Nat Baldwin.
I'm am writing to you from lovely California [on December 30, 2009]. I have been here since finishing my last tour of 2009 with The XX and The Friendly Fires on the West Coast in early December.
Being as it is two days before New Years Eve, I have been reflecting on the year that has past. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to everyone who has come out to support Timmy and I on the road. To those of you who have given us warm, home cooked meals; a cozy bed to sleep in or visited me at the merch table and kept me company. We could not have done it with out you.
From the Midwest tour with AA Bondy, the East Coast with The Antlers, Europe with The XX, and then again with The XX and The Friendly Fires on the West Coast. We have been busy, but there has been no shortage of good music and amazing people surrounding us at all times.
I am happy to announce that it looks like the coming year will be more of the same...
First I am so excited to say that we will be opening for Vampire Weekend in New York on January 18th at Webster Hall!
Secondly, beginning in February, we will be touring across the continental United States with Tegan & Sara!!! The tour dates are below.
Last, but not least, I'm happy to announce that my full-length album The Magician's Private Library will be out on XL Recordings February 23rd!
Cheers! Here's to 2010!
I hope this finds everyone safe and warm and having a happy holly day!
See you in the new year!
Holly's new cover art and tour dates and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...
DOWNLOAD: Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil (MP3)
Gil Scott-Heron's XL Recording debut, I'm New Here, his first record since 1994, is due February 9th (a month later than intially reported). One hard-hitting track from the album is posted above, and more clips are available on his site.
Gil Heron-Scott has two performances coming up on Martin Luther King Jr Day (1/17) at SOB's. Tickets are on sale for the 7:30pm and 10:30pm sets.
Gil and album producer (and XL owner) Richard Russell talked about the recording process in a November BBC segment. That and the album tracklist are posted below...
Blue Roses, aka UK singer-songwriter Laura Groves, released her self-titled debut album full of beautiful folk songs via XL Recordings in July. A follow up EP called Does Anyone Love Me Now is out digitally on December 7th, and tonight (December 3rd), Laura sets out on what is being called a "rare" tour of North America with fellow Brit Marcus Foster (who may be, um, best known for his work on the Twilight soundtrack). The trip ends on December 18th in NYC with a show at Mercury Lounge (no advanced tix). Check out two free songs above, and two videos and all dates below...
When I got to the xx show at Bowery Ballroom last night (11/11), I was told by someone reliable that Gil Scott-Heron was planning on joining the headlining UK band on stage for some songs - both with them and on his own for a few. At first I thought that was completely random. Then I realized that the xx's label XL Recordings recently announced that they signed Gil. They'll be releasing "I'm New Here", his first album since 1994's "Spirits", on Jan. 11, 2010. And according to jamespenycate, "The XX are remixing the entire Gil Scott Heron album". You can listen to four song clips, and watch video of Gil in the studio, at imnewhere.net.
Ends up Gil didn't join The xx on stage, though I saw him there after the show and apparently he did sound check with them (it's unclear why the change of plan). Ends up Baria Quresh didn't join The xx on stage either. The band performed as a trio and XL confirms that Baria's hiatus is permanent.
Fellow UK musician Jon Hopkins opened the show with a set of solo electro that had him pushing all kinds of buttons on stage to the delight of those that bothered to check him out. "Hopkins's third album, Insides, was released by Just Music in conjunction with Domino Records on May 5, 2009."
I'm in love the xx album, so seeing them live can't be that bad, which it wasn't, but it's nowhere near as good as the album. The young band will hopefully improve their show over time. The annoying crowd (people were talking through the performance on every side of me... and there was at least one person who answered her cell phone) generally appreciated it though - there was lots of clapping especially for favorites like "Basic Space". The band said it was good to be back in NYC which they said was like their second home. It's true. They played a bunch of shows here before CMJ and then a bunch more during CMJ, and they'll be back again in December with Friendly Fires. Tickets are still on sale for that Webster Hall show.
The video for "Basic Space" and some Gil Scott-Heron clips, below...
Holly Miranda @ Mercury Lounge (more by Tim Griffin)
"XL Recordings is excited to announce the signing of HOLLY MIRANDA. Holly is a New York based musician and her debut album will be released in early 2010. It will be preceded by a 7"/digital single in November with a song called "Forest Green Oh Forest Green" and a cover of Yoko Ono's "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do".Holly was of course also in The Jealous Girlfriends. Congrats Holly!
Holly has been singing for as long as she can remember. She first began playing in New York at age 16, when she dropped out of high school in Michigan, told her mom she was going to visit her sister in New York for a few weeks, and never turned back. She soon discovered the world of the East Village and started playing at places like The Sidewalk and meeting kindred spirits in the New York scene. Whether solo or with her band, she's become an artist consistently able to mesmerize with her range as well as her songs.
Holly starts a tour with Antlers tonight, and will be in Europe in October for shows with Wild Beasts and The xx."
The Holly/Antlers tour hits Maxwell's in Hoboken on October 3rd.
Tickets are on sale.
Holly and The Antlers are both also playing CMJ, but not necessarily together (though you never know). One of the shows Holly is playing is at Le Poisson Rouge on October 23rd with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Glasser. Stay tuned for more announcements related to that. All dates below...
The XX, four young, sullen-faced youths dressed in black, have that alluring band-as-a-gang aura about them. They spent their youth at south-west London's Elliott School (fellow alumni: Four Tet, Burial and Hot Chip) obsessively tinkering with instruments in the music room before signing a deal and self-producing their album in their record company's back office.The xx's debut record, conveniently called xx, will come out October 20th via Young Turks/XL Recordings (just to keep it straight: the xx is releasing xx on xl).
At first glance, you'd expect them to make basement rock'n'roll songs serrated with guitar feedback, but they're more interesting than that. For starters, they're fronted by a boy/girl combo - Romy Madley Croft (guitar) and Oliver Sim (bass) - whose interplay lends their debut an intimate tension. Along with bandmates Baria Qureshi (keyboards/guitar) and Jamie Smith (programming/samples), Croft and Sim craft languid, sparsely arranged love songs that recall atmospheric 80s acts such as the Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star. Better still, they betray their south London roots: gentle, plaintive melodies are framed by minimal beats that nod to dubstep and R&B. [Guardian UK]
In August the band is visiting NYC for a bunch of shows. As previously announced, they're opening for School of Seven Bells' South Street Seaport show on August 14th, but they're here at least a week before that. Their first NYC show comes on August 7th when they play the Mercury Lounge with Free Energy, Sean Bones and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (tickets). Then, they play Bruar Falls on the 8th, Monkey Town on the 10th, Pianos on the 12th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Friendly Fires on August 13th. I wouldn't be surprised if they add even more.
The video for the band's song "Crystalized," with all tour dates, below...
"Known primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson has - together with his partner Alex Somers - been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now, including the release of a limited edition picture book. A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track "Happiness", on the exemplary Dark Was The Night Red Hot compilation...Riceboy Sleeps' self-titled album will be released by XL Recordings on July 21st. "Happiniess" is track #1 (you can listen in the video below). "Boy 1904" is track #5. Grab it above. Full tracklisting, a video promo for the album, and cover art, also below...
Now... the full-length Riceboy Sleeps album is finished and ready for release. And, as with "Happiness", it is set to subtly redefine expectations of slow and elegiac instrumental music in 2009." [XL]
photos by Chris Graham
As you may have heard by now, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles have a group called Discovery who have an album coming out on XL Recordings on July 7th. Guests on that album include Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and Dirty Projectors' Angel Deradoorian. Two songs are at MySpace. The cover art and tracklist are below along with more pictures of Ra Ra Riot taken at this year's Sasquatch Festival....
DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo (MP3)
Elvis Perkins (born February 9, 1976) is a folk-rock singer-songwriter. He is the son of actor Anthony Perkins (an Academy-award nominated screen actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho), and a well known Elvis Presley aficionado, and photographer Berry Berenson, whose work appeared regularly in Life magazine. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and New York City. Perkins is a great-grandson of the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and a nephew of the actress Marisa Berenson. His paternal grandfather Osgood Perkins, was also an actor. Perkins attended Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. [Wikipedia]As just mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the upcoming Elvis Perkins show at Bowery Ballroom. As also mentioned, that show is one of a few tour dates he and his band will be playing in March when their new album comes out. XL Recordings (the label) has since announced the exact date (March 10) and the album name "Elvis Perkins in Dearland" (which makes it self-titled). You can still stream three of the news songs, and you can now also download one of them above.
By Andrew Frisicano
The Thermals @ Fontana's (more)
NJ's Titus Andronicus recently signed with XL, who will release the band's future TBA recordings. First, XL will re-release The Airing of Grievances (previously on Troubleman Unlimited) on January 20th.
Titus goes on a 2009 tour with Los Campesinos! that includes two February shows at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but first Titus will headline their own show at Maxwell's in their own state (on January 14th). Tickets are also on sale.
In other signings news, Kill Rock Stars announced that it will release the next Thermals record, titled Now We Can See, on April 7, 2009. KRS also reports, "a 7" of the first single, "When I Died," will precede the album on March 10th followed by a trip to SXSW."
The announcement ends The Thermals' five-year, three-album Sub Pop run. The Seattle label also recently lost Sweden's Loney Dear (a.k.a Emil Svanängen) - who has two Dec NYC dates - to Polyvinyl.
All tour dates below...
Adele & XL labelmates
Adele this week @ Joe's Pub (more by Bao)
Columbia Records will give hot British newcomer Adele's debut set "19" a summer Stateside release, through a joint venture struck with XL Recordings.el Guincho this week @ Mercury Lounge (more by Eduardo)
British critics and record buyers adore Adele in equal amounts, and she can count producer-of-the-moment Mark Ronson among her fans and collaborators. [Billboard]
I'm not fond of the term 'DiS fave', as it implies a consensus view among our writers that just doesn't exist, but if I was, I'd use it to describe el Guincho, whose debut album will be made widely available in the UK through XL/Young Turks in time for the start of summer.
The well decent label are currently in the process of clearing the samples that colour Alegranza, but Pablo Diaz-Reixa, the man behind the album, says that "hopefully the record will be out at the end of May or something. It's a summer record so summer release!"
Could it make any more sense? Aside from that, el Guincho will be in London and Dublin for a series of live shows next week. I may be at all of them.
24 London Durrr
26 Dublin Antics
27 London Moshi Moshi night
Jack Penate @ Fontana's, NYC, CMJ 2007 (Leia Jospe)
Jack Penate is in town to play Mercury Lounge tonight (Jan 21) (sold out), and Union Pool tomorrow (first come, first served). The British singer-songwriter is signed to XL Recordings which makes him the labelmate of Radiohead and Vampire Weekend. Last time he was here was for CMJ.
Remember those DUMBO Session videos St. Vincent recorded? Well, Jack did some too, and you can watch the first one, below...