Two Door Cinema Club – The US Invasion!

We’re proud as punch of this one. Two Door Cinema Club make their US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel, and what a stormer it was too – see for yourself below. Some slick new haircuts, and a stunning performance.

I Can Talk has been rocking  dancefloors and airwaves in Ireland for some time now, along with Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work, contributing to a 9 week stint in the Irish Top 75 album charts.

Onwards and upwards for these young chaps. You can expect their Oxegen show to be an absolute cracker. They just keep getting better live every time we see them.


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 BLACK KEYS – Download Tighten Up By The Black Keys Now

THE BLACK KEYS release their sixth full-length album, entitled “BROTHERS”, on 17th May on V2 / Cooperative Music… Recorded at Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Sound with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and the Bunker in Brooklyn, the album sees production duties handled by The Black Keys, along with shared duties between the band, Mark Neill, and their old friend Danger Mouse, who lends his skills to a new track. Tchad Blake brings his sonic excellence into the fold to handle mixing duties… Muscle Shoals has produced iconic recordings from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Wilson Pickett, among many others…

Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.” The ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds… like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.” The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

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Menomena, the Portland, OR, based trio, will release their fourth full-length record, Mines, July on City Slang.

Additionally, the band has teamed with The Helio Sequence for a limited-edition 7” in celebration of Record Store Day 2010. The 7” features Menomena’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” and Helio Sequence’s “Converter”, a digital download code, and special letterpress cardboard packaging designed by Menomena and The Helio Sequence.

“Pilgrim’s Progress” is currently streaming at Pitchfork.

Danny Seim, Justin Harris, and Brent Knopf perform, sing, arrange, create, and destroy Menomena songs. On stage, Danny usually plays drums and sings.  Justin usually plays bass, saxophone, MOOG, electric guitar, and sings.  Brent usually plays keyboards, bells, guitar, and sings.

The Magic Numbers Announce details of their new album

The Magic Numbers have announced details of the release of a new album. Titled, ‘The Runaway’, it will be released through Heavenly Recordings on Monday June 4th 2010.

The 12-track album was produced by Romeo Stodart and Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Múm) and mixed by Ben Hillier (Doves, Elbow, Blur). It is their third album following The Magic Numbers (June 2005) & Those The Brokes (November 2007).

It also features string arrangements by Robert Kirby, renowned for his work with the likes of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Elvis Costello. The album was the last Robert worked on before he sadly passed away in October 2009.

The full track-listing of the album is as follows:

1.  The Pulse

2.  Hurt So Good

3.  Why Did You Call?

4.  Once I Had

5.  A Start With No Ending

6.  Throwing My Heart Away

7.  Restless River

8.  Only Seventeen

9.  Sound Of Something

10. The Song That No One Knows

11. Dreams Of A Revelation

12. I’m Sorry

A limited-edition of the album will also be available featuring a 4-track live EP recorded at Wiltons Music Hall in London.

Introducing MOUNTAIN MAN… Debut album “Made The Harbor” released in June on Bella Union records

MOUNTAIN MAN are Bella Union’s beguiling new signings for Summer 2010… Contrary to their name, they’re not a man, but three enchanting young girls with voices to melt the hardest of hearts… Sounding both as old as the hills and utterly original, Mountain Man’s haunting, harmony-drenched music combines elements of folk, country and traditional Americana, whilst setting up camp alongside the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsome… Click below to fall under their spell and read on after the jump for more…

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Ellen Alien, ‘Dust’, Released 17th May 2010

With her new album, Dust, Ellen Alien removes the sense of remoteness entirely. A warm immediacy takes centre stage in place of distanced artistic abstraction.  As such, what is perhaps Ellen’s most personal album takes the form of a complete spectrum of her creative output to date, a cross-section in time which also looks ahead to previously untrodden paths…  The world according to Ellen.

Ellen certainly takes pleasure in “My Tree”, lying beneath its canopy, counting the leaves and allowing her eyes to be dazzled by the light glistening through. And whilst the bleeps prance on by, the introduction of the clarinet, as a classical element, ensures that some order presides over all the endlessness behind the clouds and keeps us anchored to the ground.
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