Battles have just released the video for “Ice Cream” from their eagerly awaited new album Gloss Drop, releasing 7 June. Following the record’s release, the band will appear at Pitchfork on 15 June and in Madison, Iowa City and Denver in the days following.
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No idea why 22-year-old Essex producer Laplux named this track after Playboy model and former Britain’s Got Talent host Kelly Brook, nor should I bother trying to figure out why the official video is edited together from Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, but his music seems to lie between hypnagogic evocations of soul and R&B and the Brainfeeder brand of choppy wonky hip-hop. Lapalux’s album Many Faces Out of Focus from Pictures Music has sold out of its (seriously) 50 cassette run, but it is available to download at various outlets online.
Radical’s forthcoming illustrated novel, Jake the Dreaming will be available for the iPad (and iPhone) around December 2011. I do know that it’s the story of boyhood, forever tilting at the world, reimagining the world as it adventures its way through. Jake discovers the power to walk into others’ dreams and save them from Nocturnus, the demon that would poison sleep forever. It’s also the story of technological shifts inscribing a new cultural story. And, speculating on 40 years down the line, it seems to be a story that will not need a second act.
6th May - Modesto, CA - Deva Café (Off The Air)
7th May - Visalia, CA - Velouria Records Instore (Free show)
7th May - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 1 - 1533 W Sunset Blvd
12th May - Houston, TX - Chelsea Wine Bar
13th May - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
21st May - New York Pop Fest - Santos Party House
31st May - Madrid - El Sol
1st June - Huesca - C.C. Matadero
2nd June - Barcelona - Catwalk
3rd June - Valencia - Matisse
4th June - Zaragoza - CAI Independence
The country-pop singer Kasey Chambers’ Little Bird has already gone gold in Australia, but it won’t be released in America until July 14th on Sugar Hill. In the meantime, here’s a video of one of the sweeter songs, “Beautiful Mess”, shot in a field of tall, yellow sunflowers. She wrote the song when she was at home babysitting a friend’s one-year-old son, Townes, along with her two young boys Arlo and Talon. “It was one of those chaotic days with kids running around and having lots of fun while this song was coming out. And that’s what it felt like that day – a beautiful mess. That’s what parenting constantly feels like,” Chambers said. Her band, the Millionaires, is also a family affair that features her husband Shane Nicholson and her dad Bill Chambers on guitars and stringed instruments, along with John Watson on drums, Jeff McCormack on bass, and Jim Mogine (Midnight Oil) on guitar.