Archive for February, 2010

Eat Your Own Ears presents
MAJOR LAZER
plus special guests

May 26
Doors 8pm
tickets £12.50

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, LONDON, EC2A 3PQ

Tickets £12.50 from:
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333
www.ticketweb.com
0844 477 1000

http://www.myspace.com/majorlazer

MAJOR LAZER returns for a show at Village Underground after their success at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen last year. A genre-destroying mix of innovations based on a refusal to settle for any one trademark sound, MAJOR LAZER are a bit like a Basement Jaxx album remixed by hyperactive hooligan children. Live sees them mix the rich dancehall tradition of Jamaica, tweaked soul, Afropop, disco, electro, hip-hop, and 80's-inspired digital pop to create a dance-floor-killing set. 

Plus special guests

JUANA MOLINA
Plus special guests

Tuesday 11th May 2010
Doors 7pm

Union Chapel Compton Terrace,
London N1 2UN 020 7226 1686 www.unionchapel.org.uk

Tickets £14 from
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333
www.ticketweb.com
0844 477 1000

www.myspace.com/juanamolina

JUANA MOLINA of Buenos Aires, Argentina, can, perhaps rather cheekily, be seen as kickstarting the new generation of performers who begin with their core group of instruments and a delay pedal, and take the relatively experimental approach of live sound-looping and manipulation to the pop-concert medium. Think Kama Aina, Animal Collective. She uses time-delay for a sense of disorientation and twisting beauty, to heighten her songs' moods and structures. The hypnotic live experience is built of layer upon layer of polyrhythms, dissonant synth melodies, and effected voices. Her music is in love with texture and timbre, and despite its leftfield leanings it is a wondrous and accessible song she sings.

FIELD DAY FESTIVAL

FIRST ACTS FOR 2010 ANNOUNCED
Including Headliners:
PHOENIX

and

AMIINA / BETH JEANS HOUGHTON / CARIBOU / CHILLY GONZALES / CORSANO AND FLOWERS / ESBEN AND THE WITCH / GOLD PANDA / HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE / JAMES HOLDEN /JOKER AND MC NOMAD / MAX TUNDRA / MEMORY TAPES / MOUSE ON MARS / PANTHA DU PRINCE / SILVER APPLES

With more acts to be announced

SATURDAY 31JULY 2010
VICTORIA PARK / LONDON / E3
TICKET PRICE: First announcement: £33.33 + BF
TIME: 11am – 11PM

www.fielddayfestivals.com
www.facebook.com/fielddaylondon

Saturday 31st July 2010 will see the return of Field Day to London’s leafy green corner of Victoria Park. Embarking on their fourth annual outing, Field Day have an incredible array of acts lined up that will ensure that you’ll have no choice but to mark the date for one of this summer’s truly essential festivals firmly in your diary. Brought to you by London’s most forward thinking and bold promoters – Eat Your Own Ears, Adventures In The Beetroot Field, Bugged Out! – Field Day will once again deliver the freshest line up of bands and DJs of the 2010 Festival season, plus the Village Mentality, village fete area complete with Brass Band, tug o' war, sack racing and much more.

Starting with a bang, Field Day are proud to announce that Grammy award winning Gallic indie-pop sensations Phoenix will be headlining 2010’s event. With their fourth album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ gathering accolades left right and centre, whilst continuing to bowl over their fans and win them a whole new audience of admirers, the band’s irresistible blend of strutting disco and blissful euphoric pop all topped off with their effortless insouciant indie vibe will be the perfect end to what promises to be Field Day’s most amazing event yet.

Other acts to be unveiled include Amiina, the spellbinding Icelandic female four-piece who have graced the albums and shows of Sigur Ros, who will be showcasing their enchanting take on minimalist and contemporary classical music. Beth Jeans Houghton will be performing her experimental folk with keyboards, xylophones and a looped choir of herself and will be joined on stage by her band the Hooves Of Destiny. Caribou, whose amazing new album ‘Swim’ (out in April) will be taking the dynamic interplay between visuals, electronics and live sound to the next level with a set of brightly textured, rapturous gems that gleam with astonishing production. Chilly Gonzales, the world record holder for the world’s longest solo performance, will be tickling the ivories in his own inimitable style and partaking in some mass audience participation. Corsano And Flowers featuring Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunroof, Magik Markers, Michael Flower Band) and Chris Corsano most well know for his incredible percussion work with Bjork, will be revelling in their virtuoso collaboration, drawing on influences from primitive blues, La Monte Young and John Cale. Gold Panda started writing beats and collaborating a few years ago, working with the likes of Infinite Livez and Shuttle (both Ninja Tune) as well as creating his own beautiful, glitchy electronica, referencing a multitude of influences and born out of samples constructed partly from charity shop vinyl and VHS. This BBCs “sound of 2010” and MTV-dubbed “remix king” created raved-about reworkings for the likes of Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco and Health. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's insanely catchy and upbeat instrumental hip-hop is sure to get your feet working as the 9-piece work up a frenzied sweat. Born in Chicago, with Phil Cohran (Sun Ra Arkestra) as their dad, the 8 brothers began their career as street musicians, busking on the sidewalks before they laid anything down on tape. Their jazz roots are evident, but jazz from 100 years ago, solid, dancefloor music which differs from the avant-garde offerings of their father's community, but is as individual as anything you'll ever hear. The group feature on the new Gorillaz album ‘Plastic Beach’ alongside Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Mos Def and more.

The man to get even the most jaded dance music aficionado excited about music again, James Holden, will be dropping a superlative set that takes in elements of house, electro, breakbeat, techno and beyond. Plus there will be must-see appearances from Bristolian beat maverick Joker And MC Nomad who will be supplying the pressure. The mighty Max Tundra will be throwing down an intricate mosaic of sounds and styles, and as anyone who saw him supporting Hot Chip on their last tour will testify, Max Tundra knows how to get the party started! Memory Tapes will be dropping their cutting edge 80-s infused catchy, wistful grooves, electronic pioneers Mouse On Mars make a rare live outing to come and play Field Day, they are currently working on their brand new album, so expect new music and exciting new sounds. Pantha Du Prince who has just released a brilliant new album, ‘Black Noise’, on Rough Trade, will be communing with nature playing his pastoral techno made with sounds sampled from the great outdoors. All the more appropriate that he should bring his shoegazey, psychedelic soundscapes in the open air of Victoria Park. And the incredible psychedelic experimental synth genius Silver Apples, whose interstellar drones and driving, minimalistic music pre-empted krautrock, 70s electronica and 90s rock, will be bringing a healthy dose of New York attitude to the east end of London.

Strains of Kate Bush or Siouxie and the Banshees can be heard in the echoing, eerie vocals of Esben and the Witch who present the dynamics of post-rock in an bewitching, electronic, pop context. The Brighton three piece's sound has also drawn comparisons with PJ Harvey, Portishead, Bjork, Radiohead and Cocteau Twins, but present a dark, haunting music that is very much of their own.

There will also be the return of 'Village Mentality', the off-the-wall Village Green area within the festival that supplies the masses with some bucolic treats away from the hubbub of the main festival. Inspired by summer sports days and country fetes – Field Day's very own village green will host stalls and activities throughout the daytime, ranging from sack-racing, to whack-the-rat, Bowling for Bacon, you can try your luck on the tombola, crack a few nuts on the coconut shy – or just sit on some hay bales and stuff your face with homemade cake… and lots more to be announced, and as the country saying goes – "be like an ant in the days of summer”.

Four Tet Date rescheduled to bank holiday Sunday 30th MAY from 10th APRIL. PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR TICKETS.

RAIN MACHINE (AKA TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone)
Plus special guests

Monday 12 April
Doors 8pm

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ, London, 020 7422 7505

Tickets £15 on sale Tuesday 9 February from
www.gigsandtours.com

www.myspace.com/rainmachinemusic

RAIN MACHINE is the new solo project from TV ON THE RADIO’s Kyp Malone. Kyp describes his album as "a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear, a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined – some rhythm some rhyme." This statement is grounded by Malone’s skills as a songwriter, proven in his years as TVOTR’s singer and guitarist.

This very personal music features a mixture of elements of modern jazz, blue-grass and blistering guitar driven rock into a refreshing new sound, the sound of an extraordinary artist emerging into his own.

LOCAL NATIVES
Plus special guests

Tuesday June 15th 2010
Doors 7pm

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT 020 8354 3300

Tickets on sale Friday 12 February £12.50 from:
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333

www.thelocalnatives.com
www.myspace.com/localnatives

After a string of successes, LOCAL NATIVES headline London’s Shepherds Bush Empire this summer.

The Los Angeles quintet makes music that crackles with frenetic beats, agile melodies and cascading harmonies, tightly assembled in songs that advocate, in varying degrees of exuberance and wonderment. Their harmonic style is indicative of the influence of hazy beach bums of 60s SoCal and zombified Brit pop, while their percussion philosophy derives from somewhere more natural: a unifying connection between the five-piece developed over hours spent living together in their own guerilla hideaway in Silverlake, California. The album has the warmth and instant attraction of hearing the Fleet Foxes, mid period Talking Heads or Band of Horses for the first time.

Plus
CARIBOU
new supports –

HOUNDS OF HATE
KIERAN HEBDEN (AKA FOUR TET) DJ SET
GOLD PANDA

Tuesday 20 April
Doors 7.30pm
Corsica Studios – Farrell Court, Unit 5, Elephant Road, London, SE17 020 7703 4760

Tickets on sale now

Eat Your Own Ears presents
CARIBOU
GOLD PANDA
Plus guests

Tuesday 20 April
Doors 7.30pm
Corsica Studios – Farrell Court, Unit 5, Elephant Road, London, SE17 020 7703 4760

Tickets £9.00
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333
www.ticketweb.co.uk
08444771000

http://caribou.fm,
http://www.myspace.com/cariboumanitoba
http://www.myspace.com/goldpanda
www.corsicastudios.com

We are pleased to announce CARIBOU is back, bringing his euphoric music to Corsica studios where he and a full band will play a live set on Tuesday 20th April. After a three-year gap since his last release ‘Andorra’ Dan Snaith AKA Caribou will play in support of the greatly anticipated album ‘Swim’ released on the show day.

Snaith described the album's sound thusly: "I got excited by the idea of making dance music that's liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it's made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.

The new single release ‘Odessa’ has been receiving 8/10 reviews, and a "best new music" review from Pitchfork.

CARIBOU's live sets have been a carnival-esque whirl of ridiculous melodies, effusive noise, stampeding beats alongside furiously harmonised vocals, whirling guitars and keyboards create a claustrophobic, mesmeric soundscape akin to My Bloody Valentine and the sprawling, bucolic tour de force, like early Mercury Rev on magic mushrooms…! but this year we will see a dramatic difference in the Caribou live performance. Now that technology has finally caught up to Dan’s ambitions for the band’s show, while it will still be four musicians on stage, the dynamic interplay between visuals, electronics and the live sound will be taken to the next level.

What does GOLD PANDA sound like? One writer claimed that: “He intuitively mixes lopsided, chopped up hip hop style beats with a gorgeous refined melodic techno sensibility creating a fresh cross genre sound that’s distinct and accomplished.” Which sounds pretty good, so let’s go with that. The second half of 2009 will see Gold Panda touring with Simian Mobile Disco and adding to his three EP releases this year already with new material. Plus generally pushing on and consolidating his quickly burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest names in the electronic scene.

Eat Your Own Ears presents
WOODPIGEON
Plus special guests

Thursday 6 May
Doors 7pm

Union Chapel Compton Terrace,
London N1 2UN 020 7226 1686 www.unionchapel.org.uk

Tickets £11
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333
www.ticketweb.co.uk
08444771000

http://www.myspace.com/woodpigeon

Calgary's WOODPIGEON's chamber-folk concoctions of banjo, glockenspiel, choir and Mark Hamilton's diffident vocals make for thoughtful melodious moments and joyous rock-outs. Combining the mystical comic-book fantasies of Mark's lyrics with the sparkling music of the band, comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and his delightful ilk aren't far wrong, setting Woodpigeon up to be the next great Canadian breakout band.

"**** It's bloody marvelous." -SUNDAY TIMES

"**** An inspiring meditation on exile and return." -THE GUARDIAN

"**** Seductive." -MOJO

"**** Melodic and affecting." -Q

"Delightful … poetic and effortlessly gorgeous." -THE WORD

"Lovely … relevant, modern and orchestral … these are songs for a range of emotion." -THE NATIONAL POST

"Extravagant shows of brasses or strings spiral out … Hamilton's light, resilient voice is tailor-made for mulling on the deceits and realities of what we see and do." -THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Strings soar … and voices blend like a cool breeze hitting the ocean mist … Woodpigeon take flight with an ease that their name wouldn't make you believe." -EXCLAIM!

"Understated beauty with an unshakable longing … meet your new indie folk heroes." -SUBBA-CULTCHA

"Hamilton's delightfully dour and lovelorn lyrics and sprightly, sweetly mellow music, makes the morse seem wholly palatable … accomplished, quietly intelligent, playful and really rather enchanting." -BBC

"Rich acoustic chamber pop with quietly barbed lyrics." -UNCUT

"A tapestry of plaintive guitar, shuffling snare drums, twinkling glockenspiel and handclaps … from swirling blizzard chamber-pop to hushed alt.country … adrift in sweeping landscapes." -METRO

"A perfect balance of grandeur and intimacy, delight and melancholy. Treasury is a left-field gem … you can’t help but fall in love with." -CHROMEWAVES

"The next great Canadian breakout band." -NOW

Eat Your Own Ears presents
ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL
Plus special guests

Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
2- 4 Hoxton Square London N1 6NU 020 7613 0709
Thursday 6th May
Doors 8pm

Tickets £8.50 (advance) from:
www.ticketweb.co.uk 
08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com 
0870 264 3333

http://www.myspace.com/carnival

RADIO 2: Radcliffe & Maconie  – live session 12th Jan
 
6MUSIC: Playlisted ‘Trouble In Mind’ / Marc Riley session ran 1st Dec ’09
 
UNCUT ‘Debut album of the month’ 4/5 out now
 
MOJO – Page feature ‘Tip For 2010’ & 4/5 Album review
 
The Times – ‘Tip For 2010’
 
Q 4/5 album review ‘Stunning debut from Simon Tong’s nu folk trio’

ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL were formed by singer/guitarist and Orkney islander Erland Cooper with ex-The Verve/The Good, The Bad & The Queen guitarist Simon Tong and drummer David Nock. Together, they produce a sound described by Tong as “Pentangle meets Ennio Morricone meets Love meets 13th Floor Elevators meets Joe Meek.” In other words: folk-tinged, psyched up, fuzzed-out brilliance.

Some history: Erland grew up on the Orkney Islands, where passing musicians and troubadors were a common sight. In his early teens, The Verve and Bert Jansch inspired him to swap the fiddle for the guitar. Later, having moved to London, Erland sang at Tong’s What The Folk club night in Portobello Road, where he was introduced to the former Verve man by the producer Youth. “It wasn’t a regular folk night where people are quiet and stroke their chin,” says Tong. “It was a more raucous affair where the acts – as many as 15 a night – had to quieten a noisy baying audience by being good. Erland definitely got people to shut up and listen.”

Resolving to form a band, Nock, Tong and Cooper took their name from Jackson C Frank’s My Name Is Carnival, a cover of which appears on the album. The band’s progression since has been fairly unorthodox: they’ve played gigs at miniature railway stations and their debut EP was individually re-recorded for each of its limited run, meaning no two copies are the same. All the while, they’ve been developing that bewitching sound.

Going form strength to strength, Erland and the Carnival have just released their debut self-titled album, which has been met with great applause, the BBC describing it as a ‘collection of engaging, swirling tracks and stories that sound like the soundtrack to a creepy, dreamy funfair.’

PRESS QUOTES:
“They can all certainly sing and play as if they were raised on the Mississippi Delta, plucking sounds from the ether atop a dusty porch.” Artrocker September 2009

“wonderful Mountain Song sounds stirring… to know more about them we’ll just have to make them famous enough to do interviews” Dave Simpson, The Guardian September 2009

“freewheelin’ Americana” Seven Songs: The Daily Growl, September 2009

“Stunning” Tim chester NME.com, August 2009

“Beautiful, beautiful harmonies” Steve’s Stringers on Steve Lamacq’s last Radio 1 show
–    Radio 1 August 2009 http://anikainlondon.wordpress.com

"Treetop Flyers combine multi-part sun-drenched harmonies and folky Dylanesque melodies, even veering into western hoe-down territory on occasion. With the dawn just breaking on 09, expect them to have made their mark on the year by the time the dusk sets."
– The Fly     live review @ Equiitruck 2009, Oxford

“Their songs are lovely, lovely!”
Brain Bulletin blog: http://brainbulletin.blogspot.com/2009/06/treetop-flyers.html