Archive for October, 2009

Eat Your Own Ears presents


Saturday 7 November 2009
Doors 7pm

The Tabernacle Powis Square, London, W11 2AY 0207 520 9305

Tickets £16.50 advance from: 08444771000 0870 264 3333

JAMES YORKSTON, resident of the East Neuk of Fife, returns for a special day of folk music at London’s historic Tabernacle venue in the company of The Big Eyes Family Players.

James plays in support of his new album Folk Songs – out on Domino on the 10th of August – which features traditional songs from the length and breadth of the Great Britain & Ireland and one tune from Galicia in Spain. After a decade which has seen folk music morph into nu-folk, mobile phone-ad folk, mortgage-folk, smoothie-folk and so on, Yorkston has reached back into the tradition of song and place and drawn a line in the sand.

ALASDAIR ROBERTS will offer up his ancient song in support. Long-time collaborator of Will Oldham, Robert’s songs revive the tradition song and balladry of the British Isles to tell tales of sweetly melodic tragedy.


Maria Gilhooley Waterson and Oliver Knight are brother and sister who have grown up immersed in traditional song. As part of the Waterson Family musical dynasty, the siblings have thrived on communal music making whilst developing highly original and distinctly English performance styles of their own, style that owes much to the folk tradition, but isn’t beholden to it.

Maria Gilhooley is a singer best known for her rich, striking vocal contributions to numerous recordings and live performances by various members of the Waterson family. Her younger brother Oliver Knight is probably best known as collaborator with their mother, Lal Waterson, on landmark albums Once in a Blue Moon (TSCD478) and A Bed of Roses (TSCD505). Oliver is a sought after guitarist, composer, arranger and has been record producer and engineer on a series of influential albums including those by Chumbawumba and his cousin, Eliza Carthy.

The children of the luminous singing talent, Lal Waterson and George Knight, Maria and Oliver were born in Yorkshire and both have long since made their respective homes in Robin Hood’s Bay, a fishing village perched on the edge of the dramatic East Coast.

While reading 20th Century Music at University, MARY HAMPTON heard something very strange on a friend’s mixtape in between Frank Zappa and Penderecki. It was an English folksong…The Snow it Melts the Soonest by Anne Briggs. It was the sheer exoticism of this sound alone that set her on her current path.

After recording 2 EPs of traditional folksongs at home (Book One and Book Two), she wrote her first original album: a collection called “My Mother’s Children” which was released by Navigator Records last August and went on to be named no.4 folk album of the year in MOJO’s 2008 round-up.

Reviews for her live shows:

“Idiosyncratically majestic” – FT

“Mary Hampton is different. She’s different from anyone I’ve seen or heard. Ever.” – Playlouder

“Mary Hampton is on another planet entirely” – Fact Magazine

More on Folk Songs and the Big Eyes Family Players:

“The idea behind this album of folk songs first surfaced around 2000 / 2001: To record an album of traditional songs for Fence Records of St. Andrews, to sell as a companion piece to my own work which they were then punting out to unsuspecting golfers. So I set to it, learning songs from cassettes and CDs by Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins, Jean Ritchie and Nic Jones, Eliza Carthy & Nancy Kerr; recording them to various states of success and undress. I also tackled a few Lal Waterson tracks – Scarecrow & Fine Horseman. Lal’s songwriting of course I’ve revisited since. Alas, it ended up unreleased – Domino Records, in a rare lapse of good judgement, decided to offer me a record contract and the folk album got put on the back burner. Being miserly, the songs I’d recorded already, or had marked for that original traditional album, were mostly put on subsequent albums or EPs. So, this album here consists of 11 “new” tunes. New as in chosen and recorded especially for this record. But they’re not new songs, by any means.

I picked up The Big Eyes Family Players somewhere along the way. Any touring musician will tell you – CDs from punters and fellow musicians seem to end up in your pockets at the end of every gig. At the end of every tour there’s a least half a dozen CDs, CDrs, etc. One such CD I discovered was by Big Eyes; and lo-and-behold, I loved what I heard. I contacted the main guy, James Green, and we’ve been in touch ever since. When I decided to resurrect this traditional album idea, he was an obvious choice of partner in crime. I didn’t want to work with my usual band The Athletes, but there was no slur there, they’ll be back on board for the next James Yorkston album proper – I just fancied trying something different.”

Next week, ephemeral psych-folk-pop from THE DODOS, ricocheting rhythms and tribal chants from DJANGO DJANGO and banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics courtesy of MEGAFAUN

Plus special guests

Sunday 15 November 2009
Doors 7:30pm

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London N1 0207 833 2022
Tickets £12.50 available from
0844 477 2000
0870 264 3333

Plus Guests

Monday 26th October
Doors 8pm

Cargo, 83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY Tel 020 7739 3440

Tickets £9.50 from
0870 264 3333
08444 771000

MAPS promote their new album 'Turning the mind' with a live set of euphoric space-rock to folksy, downtempo whisperings and clattering, thudding noise-pop. It recalls everything from the far away electronics of Basic Channel and Carl Craig, through the skewed songwriting of postal service, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy to the euphoric Soundscapes of Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.

BANJO OR FREAKOUT is London-based Italian Alessio Natalizia, maker of swirling avant-folk and looped, beautiful, stargazing reverb heavy pop.

"Impressive, enigmatic, lovely and atmospheric” – Pitchfork

"Channeling the repetitious melancholy of Arthur Russell, Can and Animal Collective” – NME

"Mesmerising, and undoubtedly unique” – Drowned In Sound

Friends since meeting at school aged 12, IT HUGS BACK started making music together after migrating from their hometown of Maidstone to London for university. Adopting a DIY approach, the band became a cottage industry, producing lovingly hand-made and hand-stitched recordings, which were released as limited edition 7" singles via Tigertrap records and the group's own label, safe and sound. Influenced by the intricate song-writing of Wilco, the sound layers of My Bloody Valentine, the pop charm of the Lemonheads, the textures of Sonic Youth and the DIY aesthetics of the arts and crafts movement, It Hugs Back soon caught the eye of Too Pure records who eventually took those early singles and released them together as a low-key eight-track ep, 'The Record Room' (also the moniker of their home studio), to sell on tour and through independent record stores. Now firmly ensconced in their new home at 4AD, Matthew Simms' softly spoken vocals turn the captivating guitar licks, rhythms and feedback fuzz into something wistful, imaginative and charming.

Domino resident CASS MCCOMBS possesses that rare ability to attack both the listener's heart with melodies and textures, and head with its poetry and themes. In the greatest of American traditions, McCombs carries on transcending fad and fashion to ensure the art of songwriting lives on.

The California native built his career traveling the East Coast of the US, performing at open mic nights in New York and Baltimore. His styles range from the anxious dronals of the Velvet Underground to lonesome hollowed out basement folk with many turns in between. His is a vivid and weary lyrical style that drifts into the high-spirited and whimsical.
0870 264 3333

Eat Your Own Ears + Bugged Out! Presents:
TEL / 020 7701 1500
EAT YOUR OWN EARS and BUGGED OUT! join forces again to promote a formidable FRIENDLY FIRES party, curated by the band to bring together their friends and favourite contemporaries for a special night in London’s Coronet Theatre. 
In their own words: “Our aim with this was to put on the kind of party that we'd want to go to. Nothing too high concept, just a handpicked load of DJs and bands that we love playing all night long in a great looking and sounding venue. Don't forget your poppers.” 
Ending a busy year which included awards and a Mercury nomination for their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, and tours across Europe and America, FRIENDLY FIRES will playing a full live set as well as DJing as well as playing a storming live set. The band’s sweeping choruses, lysergic atmospherics and carnival-style drumming has enraptured live audiences this year. The band also have strong club links, were regulars on the ‘floor of Bugged Out at The End and have commissioned remixes of their tracks by Aeroplane and Wild Geese that have enlivened dancefloors this year.
THE INVISIBLE are Tom, Leo and Dave whose Mercury-nominated self-titled debut LP demonstrated their wide-ranging influences and uncompromising vision. Theirs is a world where Prince, King Sunny Ade, Sonic Youth, Queens Of The Stone Age, Shuggie Otis And Radiohead are immersed in fruitful dialogue with digitized dance sounds. 
One of the originators of Cologne’s Kompakt label and record store MICHAEL MAYER is a legendary producer, DJ and label manager who started collecting music in his earliest youth. Under his guidance, Kompakt has gone from strength to strength and the cornerstones of it’s rise has as much to do with the busy hands of producers such as Mayer, as it does with the collective’s deft ears that can slice through to the most compelling details of a long history of club music, strip them, redress them, and throw them back at an audience as something deceptively new. As it’s Kompakt’s 10th anniversary Mayer will be celebrating in style.
As well as his life in Hot Chip, JOE GODDARD has made a name for himself with his solo releases and his party collective and record label, Greco-Roman, which he started with 3 other friends. Being no stranger to clubs, he's been around the world in his DJ guise, and he’s remixed for and and been remixed by the great and the good including masterminding Bugged Out and DJ Kicks compilations. 
The path to Danilo Plessow`s current incarnation as MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
began with him playing drums age 6 in Stuttgart, Germany’s answer to Detroit. Appropriate to this name he takes influences from the windy city’s soul, disco and 90s house. His “RawCuts” series made him a shooting star in the deep house scene, and
Danilo now hits the road on a regular basis to show DJ skills, which have brought him all over Europe and the US.
SHIT ROBOT is Dublin born Marcus Lambkin moved to NYC in ‘92 and started DJing in bars around the East Village. This led to a residency at the now legendary Save The Robots, and eventually teaming up with James Murphy to start the Shit Robot party. Marcus has been touring the U.S. and Europe as Shit Robot with LCD Soundsystem and the Juan Maclean playing kraut/techno/electro/disco for dancing.
Friendly Fires remixers WILD GEESE are DJs Dan Foat (R&S) and Frank Tope who are regulars at Greco Roman and Cocadisco. Their debut twelve (recorded with Nathan Boddy) Macho Disco Master won plaudits from Optimo and Rub ‘n' Tug. They are said to play anything so long as it sounds good and a drink is at hand.
Altogether a Friday party of the highest caliber from people across the spectrum of good nights out. 
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Eat Your Own Ears presents
plus special guests

Wednesday 14 October
Doors 7pm

St Giles Church, 60 St Giles High St, London WC2H 020 7240 2532

Tickets £12.50 from
0870 264 3333

WILLY MASON will be making a rare appearance playing a special set with friends and family members, in the diminutive chapel of St Giles church, London.

Mason released his debut record, 'Where The Humans Eat' to huge acclaim in 2004. The record took on a life of its own and through word of mouth has sold over 100,000 copies. Willy's song 'Oxygen' has become a protest song of sorts, capturing the spirit of our times. This was certainly evident at Glastonbury 2005 where a mud soaked audience sang every word. Willy hit the road constantly and toured with the likes of Bright Eyes, Beth Orton, The Magic Numbers and was the sole support for Radiohead on their tour in 2006. A second album, If The Ocean Gets Rough, followed recorded at home on Martha's Vineyard, a small and isolated off the East Coast of the US, with family members playing drums and singing backing vocals.

The last few years have seen yet more music being made on the island, as well as a weekly stint presenting a radio show with a local fisherman. Though only 24 years of age, Mason’s current music is evidence of his more developed and ambitious songwriting and instrumentation, joining personal tales with socio-cultural commentary, effortlessly expressing his own experiences while making them our own.

Eat Your Own Ears presents
The xx
plus special guests

Wednesday 3rd March 2010

Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT 020 8354 3300

Tickets £12.50 on sale via NME today 1st October, and on general sale tomorrow, Friday 2nd from:
0870 264 3333
08700 600 100

THE XX follow up a string of critical successes with their biggest London show to date at Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 3rd March 2010

The London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).

These four nineteen and twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending south west London’s Elliot School – the comp whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.

Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rhianna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.

These influences combine via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce a stark, sweet melancholic pop.

The band’s debut album xx was released via XL Recordings imprint Young Turks to huge critical acclaim this summer.

An inherent contradiction, the tension between two forces that are unexpectedly tied together, is often the source of the power of great art. This is especially true in music; indeed, many of the most thrilling bands and records of our generation have shown the excitement and beauty that can often spring from such internal paradoxes.

‘xx’ Press Quotes:
“A triumph of young, idiosyncratic vision” – NME 8/10
“Heart-stopping stuff” – Mojo ****
“Utterly electrifying” – The Observer
“Sounding seriously, honestly – unbelievably! – unlike any other pop music going” – Dazed & Confused
“A remarkable debut” – Sunday Times ****
“A magnificently moody new world of indie-soul” – The Times ****
“One of the year’s most beautiful and original debut albums” – The Telegraph ****
“Seductively special” – Observer Music Monthly ****