HOT THOUGHTS OUT ON MARCH 17TH
Months of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Spoon album can be confirmed: Austin’s most esteemed rock ambassadors will release their ninth album, Hot Thoughts, March 17 on Matador Records.
Reuniting the band with the label that released their 1996 debut, Telephono, and following on Spoon’s streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010) and They Want My Soul (2014)—Hot Thoughts is nothing short of an epic. With Hot Thoughts, co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann, the quartet has created the bravest, most sonically inventive work of the catalogue that has made it the most critically acclaimed act of the first decade of the new millennium.
Within the space of 10 songs, Hot Thoughts creates a musical universe of its own, with individual worlds ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You” to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” (which recently received a surprise reveal in the penultimate episode of the current season of Showtime’s Shameless) and beyond.
Having recently sneak previewed Hot Thoughts material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original, classic Austin venue Emo’s location, currently referred to as “The Main” on March 14, 15 and 16. The band will curate a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as “Eno’s”.
1. Hot Thoughts
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain’t The One
8. Tear It Down
SAMPHA RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘(NO ONE KNOWS ME) LIKE THE PIANO’
Sampha today releases a brand new single ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’.
At once both emotionally raw and achingly beautiful, the track is a tribute to the piano that sat in Sampha’s south London family home from the age of three – a piano on which he wrote much of his highly anticipated forthcoming debut album Process.
Produced by Sampha and Rodaidh McDonald, Process (released 3rd February on Young Turks) is set to be Sampha’s defining artist statement. As one of the UK’s most enigmatic young artists, Sampha previously lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a whole range of standout releases, from homegrown UK contemporaries such as SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Lil Silva and Jessie Ware to world-renowned superstars like Drake, Beyonce, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and most recently on Solange’s A Seat At The Table album.
Now, on Process – which also features previous singles Timmy’s Prayer and Blood On Me – it’s time for Sampha to tell his own story.
Meanwhile, Sampha will be performing live throughout 2017, including a run of three Canadian shows
11 / 02 – Montreal – Corona
12 / 02 – Toronto – Mod Club – SOLD OUT
13 / 02 – Toronto – Mod Club
He has also recently been announced to perform at the Coachella, Primavera Sound and NOS Primavera festivals later in the year.
Sampha is also set to perform live on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (13th January). It follows his US TV debut solo performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year.
The xx to Tour North America I See You Out January 13
The xx will tour North America this spring, with dates kicking off April 15 in San Francisco, and further shows in Vancouver – April 25, Thunderbird Arena at UBC , Montreal – May 24 Parc Jean-Drapeau , Toronto – May 23, Echo Beach and more as well as festival slots at Coachella and others soon to be announced.
The tour celebrates the release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, I See You, set for release January 13 on Young Turks.
Fan presale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, January 10 at 12 p.m. ET, with tickets available to the public Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit thexx.info.
The dates will follow an historic European tour, including a record-setting, seven night run at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, marking the longest ever run of sold out shows at the legendary venue, performing to 35,000 people over seven hometown performances.
Say Something Loving the second track to be released from the album, is out now.
SIGUR ROS ANNOUNCE NEW CANADIAN TOUR DATES FOR 2017
Icelandic experimental rock band Sigur Rós have announced a new leg of North American tour dates for Spring of 2017. Included in the 24 show run are concerts in Toronto (May 28th – Echo Beach) and Montreal (May 30th – Place des Arts).
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, December 16th at 10am (local time). American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, December 13 at 12pm (local time) through Thursday, December 15 at 10pm (local time). For further information and to participate in an exclusive fan presale go to sigur-ros.co.uk
Continuing the experiment begun this year, the group will be performing as trio, eschewing the string, brass, and other auxiliary musicians that have been a hallmark of live performances the past decade. Once again they will be touring without a support act, performing two career spanning sets (separated by an intermission) starting from 8:00pm sharp at each show.
As with the previous tour, this run is largely comprised of theater shows, making for some of the most intimate performances the band has presented in years. The awe-inspiring live visuals, designed by the same team behind their previous Knights of Illumination award-winning tour, have been met with universal praise, pairing with the emotional heft of the music to create a wholly subsuming experience.
SLEAFORD MODS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘ENGLISH TAPAS’ RELEASED ON MARCH 3RD 2017 AND A FILM ‘BUNCH OF KUNST’
Sleaford Mods (Jason Williamson (words) & Andrew Fearn (Music)) are pleased to announce the release of their new album ‘ENGLISH TAPAS’ via Rough Trade Records on March 3rd 2017.
The album was recorded at Steve Mackey’s (Pulp) West Heath Garage studios in London.
Jason Williamson on ‘English Tapas’: “Andrew walked into some random pub and saw “English Tapas” scrawled on the menu board. Underneath this beautiful coupling of words were it’s components, half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie” It says everything about this fucking place. It’s comedy, it’s make do, it’s ignorant and above all, it’s shit“
The album will be released on a limited pressing of red vinyl, CD, DL and very limited edition cassette – 150 only. The first 1000 vinyl pre-orders will also include a bonus one sided 7” of exclusive track “Big Trouble In Little Costa”, gigography booklet containing unseen photos by Simon Parfrement and commentary by Sleaford Mods, a packet of kingsize rizlas and a beermat.
The tape also includes ‘Sleaford Mods Live at Dismaland 2015’ and with a download code of the live show only.
Also next year is Christine Franz’s ‘Bunch of Kunst’ – the definitive Sleaford Mods film. Taking over two years to record, it charts the rise of the band from back street pub venues to rock arena’s. The film will be released in early 2017.
“This documentary film is the perfect antidote to those sexy, racy, rocknroll yawns most bands hide behind. We are indeed A Bunch of Kunst” – Jason Williamson
English Tapas Tracklisting
Just Like We Do
I Feel So Wrong