THE BLACK SEEDS Release new EP - REFABRICATED

New Zealand reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds, are pleased to release REFABRICATED: Fabric Remixes & Rarities- a tasty selection of unreleased tracks, remixes & versions from their 2017Fabric album.   

The 6-track companion EP features 3 new, unreleased tracks from the Fabric sessions, as well as album re-workings from the likes of  DJ Mu  (Fat Freddy's Drop)MC Gardna  (UK),  Israel Starr (NZ)  &  Deep Fried Dub  (AUS). 

The Black Seeds have earned a reputation for rocking dance floors around the world, including main stage slots at the UK’s Boomtown Fair and Beautiful Days Festivals. 

 With 140,000 albums sold worldwide, and multi-platinum selling albums to their name, The Black Seedshave gone from humble beginnings to take their boundary crossing reggae fusion to the world, becoming one of New Zealand’s most loved bands in the process and spearheading New Zealand’s internationally renowned roots movement alongside acts such as Fat Freddy's Drop and Katchafire.  

Firmly rooted in the bass-heavy Jamaican sounds that inspired the birth of the band, over the past two decades The Black Seeds have continued to push the boundaries of reggae without compromising the music’s heart. Seamlessly blending funk, soul, dub and Afrobeat into their reggae foundation, the result is a  Black Seeds  sound that stays true to their own South Pacific roots. 

The band’s progressive 6th studio album Fabric was released successfully in 2017, reaching #3 on the U.S Billboard Reggae Album chart & NZ album charts, and #3 on UK & German iTunes Reggae charts. 

REFABRICATED: Fabric Remixes & Rarities is out now on all digital platforms.

Stream / Download: https://theblackseeds.lnk.to/refabricated_EP

NEW TRACK FROM JXN 'GOING OFF' FEAT. A$AP TWELVYY

NEW TRACK FROM JXN 'GOING OFF' FEAT. A$AP TWELVYY

After making an impressive debut last year with the launch of his first single Solitude, JXN followed up with the release of Red Lightsa collaboration with another US rapper, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie in March this year, with the tracks accumulating over 5.3 million worldwide streams.

Catch JXN at his first live shows in August, as he supports ALLDAY, Mallrat and E^ST at venues around the country.

JXN TOUR DATES 

Saturday, 17th August
Metro City, Perth (18+)

Friday, 23rd August
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane (AA)

Saturday, 24th August
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (AA)

Friday, 30th August
HQ Complex, Adelaide (AA)

Saturday, 31st August
Festival Hall, Melbourne

Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not OUT September 20th

His debut solo single Wall of Glass put him back where he belongs, but Liam Gallagher’s new single Shockwave is already powering towards a much bigger launch. Competing for a Top 10 position on the Official Singles Chart in his UK homeland, now Liam builds on that flying start by sharing the track’s official video. Directed by the award-winning François Rousselet, the video sets Liam’s swaggering charisma to some striking, cinematic-scale photography. It takes him on a voyage through America’s Deep South, from desolate wastelands to train tracks and large-scale protests. Watch it HERE.

The video comes as Liam confirms that his eagerly anticipated second album Why Me? Why Not. will be released on September 20th on Warner Records. The album is now available to pre-order and will be available on a variety of CD, vinyl, download and streaming formats. There will also be a special D2C package which compiles a deluxe CD, a sun yellow vinyl album and a one-sided etched 12” which features three deluxe bonus tracks along with a demo recording that’s exclusive to this format – all packaged in a hardcover book. Pre-order HERE.  

Why Me? Why Not. was written by Liam with producers Andrew Wyatt and Greg Kurstin, and recorded in Los Angeles and at RAK Studios in London. Wyatt and Kurstin previously contributed writing and production to Liam’s all-conquering debut solo album As You Were, and Liam was keen to get even deeper with them this time. As a result, Why Me? Why Not. is a clear upgrade on As You Were but not a radical departure.

Liam explains: “I wrote some songs on my own for the last album, but this time it’s all co-writes. Reason being is I want it to be even better than ‘As You Were’. I know my strengths and I know my limitations. I’m an ok songwriter, but I’m a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done.”

Shockwave has seen Liam Gallagher make a typically full-throttle return. Super intimate sold-out show at Hackney Round Chapel? Biblical. Premiere and release of the long-awaited As It Was’ documentary? Completed. Featured on the cover of Q, who described him as “rock’s finest frontman”? Naturally.

Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album As You Were was a critical and commercial smash. It debuted at #1 in the Uk and top 10 in Australia. Liam was back where he belonged, selling out huge outdoor shows and earning major awards from QNME and GQ.

Liam’s next double-bill of huge UK shows comes at the end of the month. He’ll play a sold-out Eden Sessions show on the 26th before hitting Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on the 29th.

 

The National album - I Am Easy To Find

The National have released their eighth studio album - I Am Easy To Find. The Mike Mills directed film of the same name, inspired by the band's record, is now available to watch via www.iameasytofind.com

On September 3, 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National’s 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century Women, and was interested in working with the band on...something. A video maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills’ films, not only agreed to collaborate, he essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process.

The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another.

The result is I Am Easy To Find, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and I Am Easy To Find, a 68-minute album by The National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.  The film shot all on location near Pomoma, CA, took only 5 days to shoot but is comprised of 164 scenes.  The production design is sparse and minimal, consisting only of one chair, a bed, rug, and couch used over and over in the film. Beautifully shot by Daniel Voldheim and edited for about 8 months by Aaron Beckum.

I Am Easy To Find was produced by Mike Mills and The National at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY.

Stream/download the album I Am Easy To Find via https://thenational.lnk.to/iaetf

AFA: LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY COALITION WELCOMES ACTION

A coalition of groups representing the live music industry has welcomed the motion in the NSW Upper House to disallow the Berejiklian government's poorly designed music festival license regulations.

We applaud Labor's delivery on its promise to move a disallowance motion to enable proper industry consultation on measures to improve safety at music festivals and ensure a bright and sustainable future for music festivals in NSW.

The Australian Festival Association, in alliance with Live Performance Australia, Music NSW and the Association of Artist Managers, have pledged to continue their campaign for meaningful consultation with industry on festival safety.

The industry want to sit down with the NSW Government and develop a more workable and sensible regulatory approach to safety at festivals. The Government has again been presented with the opportunity to properly consult with industry groups and festival organisers on safety issues.

If Premier Berejiklian is serious about festival safety, she will acknowledge the original regulations were rushed through without industry consultation and only achieved a dramatic increase in costs to festivalorganisers and fans and forced the cancellation or relocation of events without delivering a meaningful safety improvement.

Music festivals are a vital contributor to the economic and cultural vibrancy of NSW, especially in regional and rural areas. The Premier now has another opportunity to get it right on festival safety. The live music industry also calls on all members of the Upper House to support the motion. 

BIG THIEF New album U.F.O.F. out now.

Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia(drums) have spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience. Their first two back-to-back releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), have been analysed, wept to, danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud. They have sound-tracked crowded restaurants, difficult conversations, cowboy bars, yoga classes, night drives and lonely bedrooms.

BUY IT: https://bigthief.lnk.to/UFOF

Carlie Hanson TOURING AUSTRALIA WITH LAUV THIS NOVEMBER

TOURING AUSTRALIA WITH LAUV THIS NOVEMBER

 Rising US pop star Carlie Hanson has released her new single, Back In My Arms, along with an accompanying lyric video. Carlie will be touring Australia for the very first time this November with Lauv.

In just under two years, 18-year-old Carlie has made her way from working at a McDonalds drive-thru in a small Wisconsin town to becoming a full-fledged artist and songwriter who has graced the pages of iconic magazines such as CR Fashion BookNylon, L’Officiel, Relix, Paper and more.

When talking about the track, Carlie says: “Back In My Arms is a song about my first romantic relationship with a girl. I wrote it about the feeling of intoxication and infatuation during a new relationship.”

Carlie has self-released six vibrant breakout tracks, which have garnered a collective 60 million-plus streams, and earned her a spot on Paper magazine’s list of “100 People Taking Over 2019.” Her viral hit Only One was prominently featured on Apple Music's A-List Pop playlist, and was included in Spotify's flagship pop list, Today's Top Hits

 After performing at several notable US festivals including Bumbershoot in Seattle and Summerfest in Milwaukee, Carlie opened for Australian pop superstar Troye Sivan on his Bloom Tour in the US, made her European/UK debut opening forYUNGBLUD. She will also be joining Lauv for his Australian/New Zealand tour later this year.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES WITH LAUV:

November 22nd                 Brisbane, AU                                      The Tivoli

November 23rd                  Sydney, AU                                         Enmore Theatre

November 24th                  Melbourne, AU                                 Forum Theatre

November 26th                  Perth, AU                                            Astor Theatre

Sunbeam Sound Machine’s LP Goodness Gracious out Friday May 3rd

Sunbeam Sound Machine’s second LP Goodness Gracious is out Friday May 3rd through Dot Dash/Remote Control Records

The recording project of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick SowersbySunbeam Sound Machine first garnered attention for 2013’s One/Sunbeam Sound Machine double-EP, before Wonderer received widespread acclaim, leading to nationwide touring in Australia and the US with Sowersby’s 5-piece live outfit. 

Goodness Gracious is a self-produced affair, written, recorded and mixed by Sowersby in his home studio before being mastered by John Lee (Laura Jean, Lost Animal, Totally Mild) at Phaedra Studios. SonicallyGoodness Gracious trades in Wonderer’s experimental headphone psychedelia for something at once more intimate and expansive, full to the brim with chiming guitars, glittering loops and warped, cinematic strings. 

Sowersby says of Goodness Gracious“I began working on this album in an exploratory way, recording for recording’s sake until an album began to naturally take form. Along the way I found some sounds that it feels like I’ve been hearing in my head for years. The result is 11 songs that document a period of change, about what we look to for guidance, comfort and stability in uncertain times” 

'Talking Distance'the first offering from the album, premiered on Triple R and Pilerats, builds on a repeating distorted guitar pattern, a hypnotic rhythm section doing the heavy lifting while Sowersby’s vocals float over the top. The song details the feeling of coasting on auto-pilot, attempting to remain immune and keep one’s head above water in a flood of information and opinion. 

The song’s video, shot by cinematographer Clancy Walker in the same home studio in which the album was recorded, captures the spirit of the song, stripping it down to its mechanical parts as Sowersby plays the instruments and delivers the vocals unaffected against a colourful, shifting backdrop.

Stream / Download via https://sunbeamsoundmachine.lnk.to/goodnessgracious

New LP for Good Morning; The Option

Good Morning recently independently released their second LP The Option, a 17-minute tumble through propulsive guitar melodies and lyrics of concise, casual poetry, recorded live to tape. 

Slightly belying their decidedly no-frills approach to recording and playing live, the band were recently heavily sampled on A$AP Rocky's "Kids Turned Out Fine" and consistently pack out Melbourne venues.Good Morning's early EPs Shawcross and Glory defined the band's initial lo-fi, lazy and laconic sound, and have amassed over 36 million streams on Spotify alone.

Good Morning's US fans will be happy to hear that the band are also excited to be working with agent Anna Benefield of Panache Booking in the US, looking to travel to the States later this year. The Panache roster includes Aldous HardingBikini KillDrugdealerHand HabitsMac DemarcoOh SeesTy Segall, and U.S. Girls, and Good Morning are excited to be included! The band are currently represented in the UK and Europe by Anita Richelli at Listen Agency, whose roster includes Born RuffiansBuck MeekEleanor FriedbergerThis Is The Kit, and Tiny Ruins.