Abe Vigoda tease us with a new track ahead of AWESOME 3rd album!

Those who clocked Abe Vigoda’s transition from 2006’s debut Kid City to 2008’s startling tropical-punk “Skeleton” should know the LA quartet aren’t ones for repeating themselves. To Skeleton’s hot-hot-hot template, they now add glassy shards of ‘cold wave’ pop, with synthesisers, sequencers and altogether broodier beats. Scorching temperatures, icy currents… CRUSH is a thermal column of vertiginous brilliance!

But let’s not get bogged down in categories. Just as Skeleton was difficult to define “Crush” is a similar collision of sound, another helter-skelter joy ride through four boys’ private party. Even so, there was a thought process behind this new surge. In 2009 Dane Chadwick replaced drummer Reggie Guerro, introducing a new style of regimented beats as well as other musical ideas to the table. “More than just rhythmically, Dane helped with melodies and most of the electronics on the album,” says vocalist Michael Vidal.

Meanwhile, guitarist Juan Velasquez had already posted the fact he dug UK dreampop and goth. To which Vidal adds, “My favourite kind of music is instantly nostalgic and emotionally confusing. And reverb has always been a big part of our sound. We were definitely inspired by cold wave and minimal wave stuff, as well as Arthur Russell.”

From the pell-mell pop of ‘Sequins’ to the New Romantic crush of ‘Throwing Shade’ and the title track’s MBV scree, “Crush” feels a long way from the Smell Club band scene of AV’s roots. For one, they’ve added so much emotion to their sonics, to which the album title bears testament – crush meaning both the infatuation kind of love and the act of destroying something… “Crush” is released 20th September on Bella Union… Check out new track “Throwing Shade” below

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Abe Vigoda’s UK & Irish debut, “Skeleton”, was released in Oct 2008 to great acclaim:

“Skeleton’s bustling rhythms are threaded with highlife guitars, chiming out writhing, hypnotic melodies, cutting a joyous calypso… A more charming and seductive album you’re unlikely to hear this year”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Steeped in the sounds of Afrobeat, Tropicalia and Caribbean pop, Skeleton romps along at a joyful gait peppered with breathless harmonies and squalls of noise”
Uncut – 4 Stars ****

“Abe Vigoda are four LA kids who shunt their scratchy punk full of irresistible tropicalia rhythms and can’t stop going on about all the great fun they’re having.”
Vice – 10/10 (Album of the Month)

“It’s a bold, brash listen, and with a manic 14 songs in just over half an hour, it goes straight for the jugular”
NME – 8/10

“carnivale rhythms and breakneck pace… With spots of sunny calypso bursting out of the ethereal syncopations, it’s a thing of dizzying beauty”
Metro – 4 Stars ****

“Abe Vigoda are a tremendously energetic proposition, almost cartoonish in their musical execution and very, very entertaining on record”
The Fly – 4 Stars ****

“An exciting, unique record”
Artrocker – 4 Stars ****

“Abe Vigoda sound ready to be heard everywhere all at once… Skeleton finds the band expanding on and beautifying a sound very much their own: lush, tropical punk that’s swallowed as many strains of sound as the images it conjures”
Pitchfork – 8.3/10

Let’s get stoned and go surfing: Wavves – King of the Beach Album Released July 30th!!! Whoop.

He’s back!!! Oh yes… WAVVES returns this summer with “KING OF THE BEACH”, his defiantly brilliant new album, released in August on Bella Union records… (scroll down for ace artwork)

In the life of Nathan Williams, the year 2009 will go down as both a highlight reel and a total sh*t show. Meteorically, feverishly, and somewhat improbably, two albums worth of naïve punk rock he recorded behind his parents’ San Diego home as Wavves became a sensation in the world of indie music. As a result, passports got filled, capers got pulled and lots of good things got said about the music. At the same time, fights got fought, situations got hairy and people got indignant and mean.

Oh well. F*ck it. All of it.

What’s important now is that, in the early part of 2010, Williams has made “King of the Beach”, the new Wavves album…
“King of the Beach” is an adventurous and ambitious record. It cuts deeper into the bleeding throat catharsis and ’60s sunshine soul that Wavves is known for. It also unexpectedly flips out with elements of primitive electronics and psychedelic studio experimentation.

“There was a conscious effort going into this that I didn’t want to make the same record again. I already made the same record twice, with the same f*cking cover art,” says Williams. “It wasn’t overbearing, but I didn’t want to recreate something I’d done. I wanted to make something bigger, something stronger.”

Unlike Wavves’ previously released material, recorded in haphazard bursts on Williams’ laptop, King of the Beach was toiled over for three months at Sweet Tea Recording, a world-renown studio in Oxford, Mississippi. Sweet Tea is also the home of Dennis Herring, producer of the last two Modest Mouse albums, and the man who dismantled and re-assembled the sound on this record.

Another marked difference in the making of King of the Beach was that Williams wrote and recorded two songs with bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, the duo who became his touring band at the end of 2009. Pope and Hayes formerly backed recently departed garage rock force of nature Jay Reatard. Williams met the two after his infamously disastrous performance at the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain. “I think we all agree that they squeegeed me up, because I melted down,” says Williams.

Though there is a confidence in the scope of the album – from the title track’s denim on sand anthem-baiting to the tweaked pop of “Convertable Balloon” to the unabashed prettiness of “When Will You Come” – Williams’ usual lyrical themes of
self-loathing are still impossible to ignore. “I think everybody feels that way sometimes. You’re a f*cking liar if you don’t,” says Williams. “It wouldn’t make sense if I’m feeling a certain way to not write about it. There are songs about hating myself, but there are also songs about driving in a car with a balloon and playing Nintendo too.”

In the end, though, King of the Beach is not an album for the miserable. While the verses of “Take on the World” enumerate the things Williams hates the chorus resolves into a simple repeated phrase: “To take on the world would be something.”

The album title King of the Beach isn’t meant to be ironic or a self-deprecating joke. It’s a declaration. “Without sounding cheesy, we all wanted to make something inspiring,” says Williams. “It’s the type of thing where you have this much, but you could have more, so go get it.”

“King Of The Beach” is released 30th July 2010 on Bella Union… Live dates to follow soon…


Frankie & The Heartstrings – Tender

Your new favourite band?

Your favourite tune of the summer?

Yep, ours too.

If you don’t believe us, then maybe you’ll believe The Irish Times

Or, just make you’re own mind up.

See, told you we were right…

The Dead Flags announce new album, single and live dates

GENTLEMEN’S CLUB – Debut Album Out April 9th, 2010
“Let’s Start A Fire Tonight” Single Out 26th March 2010

Sligo-based pop-punk masters The Dead Flags release their debut album, the blistering, energetic ‘Gentlemen’s Club’, on April 9th in Ireland.  The band have gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months, picking up rave reviews, national airplay and a growing legion of fans with their constant touring and the release of the singles O My Love! O My God!! and Anymore and EP We’ve Got The Ways And The Means.

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Peggy Sue announce new album on Wichita Recordings

For the past 18 months Peggy Sue have been happily and successfully booking their own sell-out shows, writing and recording their own records: a collection of sought-after, but sold-out, EPs and building a fanbase the envy of their contemporaries.

Through old-fashioned hard work and by embracing new technology Peggy Sue had unintentionally pioneered a new business model in a now fractured music industry.  The band were not looking for a traditional record deal but having seen their sold out ICA show in November 2009, Wichita Recordings stepped in and made an offer. The label had long been fans of the band and the band were big fans of the label. Consequently, the deal was signed in December and, not ones to waste time, Peggy Sue’s debut album will be released in April this year.

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The Redneck Manifesto – New Album and Live Dates Announced

Ireland’s most revered independent band The Redneck Manifesto return with their first album in six years this March with the release of the much anticipated album Friendship on Dublin based Independent label Richter Collective, home to the likes of Adebisi Shank, BATS, Not Squares, Jogging and many more. Listen to or download opening track ‘Black Apple’ below.

TRM have already released three modern Irish classic records in the shape of Thirty Six Strings (2001), Cut Your Heart Off From Your Head (2002) and I Am Brazil (2004). 2010 sees the band ready to unleash their fourth full-length Friendship – a 10-track album that the band themselves compare to “a psychedelic kraut-rock band jamming with The Meters”.

It might be four years since their last recorded output, the Seven Stabs EP but the quintet of Mervyn Craig, Matthew Bolger, Niall Byrne, Richard Egan and Neil O’Connor have been busy on their own solo projects in the interim. Richard Egan is now well-known for his electro-influenced transcendent pop side-project Jape, having previously released three albums culminating in 2008’s Choice Music Prize winning album Ritual. Matt Bolger is part of the design duo M&E who are gaining plaudits across the design community and makes synth-laden music under the name The Son Green.  Neil O’ Connor is also known as experimental ambient composer Somadrone while Niall performs as VisionAir and Mervyn creates his own music under the name Cochon and On.

June 2009 saw the band members re-convened from their homes across the world in Ireland, San Francisco and Sweden to Black Box Studios in France to record with Dave Odlum, the same studio where they had recorded I Am Brazil six years earlier.

The band combined the analogue and digital equipment in the Black Box studio on the new record, pushing themselves in new creative ways. “The sound of the record comes a lot from the result of processing modern instruments, like an andromeda synth, through old vintage effects boxes, filters and speakers, like a Leslie cabinet,“ explains Matt. Both Mervyn and Neil agree that Friendship is more sonically adventurous than previous recordings. “It still sounds like TRM but we’ve never sounded as good on record before,” adds Matt.

Friendship will be released on March 26th on CD Digipak, Gatefold vinyl and MP3 download on The Richter Collective label with an M&E designed sleeve specially designed for the gatefold vinyl edition and of course, “to blow peoples minds”.

Live dates, links and the album track-listing after the jump…

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YACHT: Touring with LCD SOUNDSYTEM plus new single “The Afterlife” with remixes by The XX, JOY ELECTRIC, ANDREW WK, DAT POLITICS and more….

YACHT are pleased to announce that they will be supporting LCD Soundsystem on their Dublin dates.

The new live incarnation finds YACHT joined by three musician friends who they’ve lovingly-named THE STRAIGHT GAZE… Upcoming live info and highly-entertaining tour trailer below…

http://vimeo.com/9689052

In other news, YACHT will be releasing a new single – “The Afterlife” – on 19th April, lifted from their acclaimed album “See Mystery Lights”… The track comes with a blazing collection on remixes from THE XX, JOY ELECTRIC, ANDREW WK, MAI LING and DAT POLITICS… The single will be released as a 7” picture disk featuring the alluring visages of Jona and Claire…

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