We’re hugely excited to welcome a bit of a legend to support James Yorkston. An old Peel favourite Michael Chapman will be playing some classics such as this one above. A tribute album dropped earlier in the year featuring Thurston Moore, His Golden Messenger and Lucinda Williams.
“For me, listening to James Yorkston’s music is like coming across the interesting-looking person on the fringes of a party. Before you know it, you’ve spent the evening listening to their compelling tale. In this record, I get a real sense that he has found his true voice. There’s a quiet confidence in his craft; his singing, the words and instrumentation, all blend seamlessly to produce a really affecting record.” – Philip Selway, Radiohead
Hands of Glory is a companion record to the excellent Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird. It features some of Bird’s takes on country staples and alternate takes from Break It Yourself. As if our excitement to see him later in the year couldn’t be higher, we can look forward to some new material too.
The wonderful Micah P. Hinson is in support too.
King Krule is back for another show with us. Each time we’ve seen KK it’s been very special indeed, so one we’re firmly looking forward to. He also let go of a new track called ‘Rock Bottom’, which is out on 12” on September 12th alongside ‘Octopus’. Take a listen to the song below and anticipate the show with us.
We might use the word UNMISSABLE sometimes, but this, this is history. Skrillex, Sunday night at Shacklewell Arms.
Follow us on Twitter for the ticket link and a competition this afternoon: @eatyourownears
Egyptian Hip Hop are back - they play for us soon. An album is forthcoming on R&S records and we couldn’t be happier about it. Since their sleek, gurgling sounds first emerged a couple of years ago we’ve been big fans, both on record and live. Take a taster of SYH, the first new thing they’re letting go so far…
We caught up with Caribou’s Dan Snaith last week and managed to pull a beautiful story about when he and Kieran Hebden of Four Tet saw Orchestra of Spheres for the first time…
orchestra of spheres are a special band. we came across them playing one of the world’s most special festivals - Camp A Low Hum - in an abandoned elementary school in rural New Zealand. i’d love to say otherwise but it’s regrettably rare that we come across genuinely inspiring unknown bands in our travels around the globe but Orchestra of Spheres were immediately obvious as one of those few exceptions. they played before us at this festival and looked and sounded like nothing else with a setup that included a gamelan and a variety of homemade electric and acoustic instruments - part Sun Ra otherworldiness, part Sublime Frequencies and part ESG. they blew Kieran, my band mates and myself away and we played the album we bought off them after the show incessantly as we drove around on the rest of the tour. later that year we invited them to travel half way around the world to play our ATP festival last December. i’ve seen several times since that first time and the magic only intensifies each time i see them. they rarely make it to these shores so see them while you can.
Orchestra of Spheres play a free (!!!) show at the Shacklewell Arms on August 23rd. Download your ticket here.
We had a great time at Beacons festival over the weekend and saw some great bands. The reviews are starting to come in and people definitely seem to agree. Check out The Fly for their daily, in-depth coverage for one. By all accounts Jessie Ware and Wild Beasts blew people away (us too). Here are some of the best snaps we’ve seen online so far…
Crowd for Wild Beasts
If it hasn’t been the most played song of 2012 it’s certainly become the most covered. The infamous song went on to pop up in every corner of the internet and spurred thousands of reinterpretations. Honestly, we’ve looked and we can’t find an instrument that the song hasn’t been played from.
Wally De Backer, Gotye himself has put together a supercut of some of the best covers and mixed them into one pretty great video. Gotye will be performing at the Hammersmith Apollo on November 12, tickets here.
A selection of some things coming up, for the FULL schedule check here: http://eatyourownears.com/events
With Hot Chip’s back to back shows at the Brixton Academy just a month or so around the corner, we thought it would be nice to take a look at some festival highlights from 2012 (and a few choice picks from before).
Tickets for the 19th have sold out but there are a few laying about for the show on the 18th here!
Here’s a second playlist courtesy of the Hot Chip frontman himself - this time delivered through the magic of youtube videos!
The Videos Continue Below!
While you watch, Alexis would like to let you know a little more about the man behind the glasses…
- The Search for the Perfect Pub - Paul Moody and Robin Turner
- Seeing Stars - Simon Armitage
- Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges
- Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (edited by Alan Licht)
- Favorite Shop: Harrods, Heathrow Terminal 5
- Favorite Designer: Vuokko Nurmesniemi
- Favorite Tube Line: Piccadilly
- Favorite Condiment: Piccalilli
In honour of James Yorkston’s superb new record ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’ here are some literary cats. Best enjoyed with that new Yorkston record playing (of course)…
When he’s not on international tours or making absurdist videos, Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor is known to be an absolute class DJ. He’s thrown together a mix which in itself is already amazing, pushing it to the whole next level is his written breakdown of each track. Listen and read below!
1.Intro (Don’t Stop Til You Guess Enough Alexis edits) - A mix incorporating a lot of inspirational records - Royal Trux, Esso Trinidad Steel Band, Beach Boys, the sound of Coca Cola bottles being played by The Jacksons, which was all over a lot of the new album as a percussion idea… Wiley is also in there with his ‘Wot Do You Call It?’ I played this record, and then threw it across the room like a frisbee once. I wish I still had it but I needed ammunition.
2. D’Angelo - Playa Playa: D’Angelo loves Prince, and on the following track Prince repays the debt…
3. Prince - Muse 2 The Pharaoh: Prince does a D’Angelo rip. I would have put If I Was Your Girlfriend on there as the drum loop is the starting point of the slowed clap on Now There Is Nothing from our album, but everyone knows that amazing song already.
4. Da Vist Boys - Body Shaking (Rosko Gee Remix): The best song that no one ever heard, introduced to me by Justus Koehncke. I think of it as an accidental sister to Night and Day, which we made before I heard this record.
5. John Tchicai, Mike Hurley, Mark Sanders, John Coxon - Set 1b At The Mac (excerpt): an improvisation I like to play on top of other records when DJing.
6. Robert Owens - Bring Down The Walls: An exciting and sexy house record from a long time ago.
7. Michael Jackson - Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Original demo): The raw sound of The Jacksons at their best. Arthur Russell would have loved this.
8. Diana Ross - I’m Coming Out: You can feel the influence of this and other Nile Rodgers on Don’t Deny Your Heart and How Do You Do? from our album.
9. Epic Soundtracks feat. Robert Ellidge (Wyatt) - Jelly Babies: One of my favourite discoveries from Robert Wyatt’s (related) back catalogue… and an inspiration for our song of the same name that Japanese people will be able to buy in June.
10. Beach Boys - Cabinessence: In the back of our minds most of the time, the colourful and playful productions of the Beach Boys. This song and the next are good indicators of what Now There Is Nothing has to do with, in terms of guitar chords/timbre.
11. Neil Young - Don’t Be Denied: Something I listened to a lot over the last few years.
12. R. Kelly - Reality: Ditto. Listen to this on your own.
13. Nightlife Unlimited - Peaches and Prunes (Ron Hardy edit): Joe had this in mind partly when starting Night and Day.
14. Win Win feat. Lizzi Bougatsos - ReleaseRPM: Inspirational and joyful. A great release. She sings with us at the end of In Our Heads.
After whipping around the UK on a joint tour with punk goddesses Savages, Palma Violets are back in London and ready to shake us all down once again. Anticipation for this one is boiling over here at EYOE HQ - just take a look at what the NME have to say about the young rockers’ live set.