Andrew Bird is one of our very favourite live acts - we’re hugely excited to have him back again later this year. We unearthed a great live clip from NPR, take a look above and get a sense of the show.
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.
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.
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…
Gotye puts 'Somebody That I Used To Know' mania to rest
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.
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!
Luke Temple and co. are lined up to play their second London date of 2012 late this October. Check out this video of when they were here last, performing Alone But Moving at the Hampstead Heath bandstand!
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.
Everyone’s favorite brooding, monochromatic trio The XX continue to eclipse the music world by releasing track after beautiful track. The latest to seep through the cracks is Chained, a dark driving tune that builds up until its last breath. Vocals bounce between a broken beat lending to one of the most gripping tracks The XX have released. The trio return home to London for a release show September 10 - sadly, the show is sold out.
It’s now just over a week until the incredible Beacons Festival kicks off! While you start searching for your trendiest outfits (there have been rumors of sun!) why not mull over this comprehensive guide to the weekend courtesy of London staple The Line of Best Fit.
Watch the Trailer for Rachel Zeffira's Solo Project
Yesterday we announced that Cat’s Eyes’ front woman Rachel Zeffira will be giving us samples of her solo debut with a preview show for us this October. Zeffira’s album The Deserters is out December 10, you can watch the brand new teaser video below!
Remember when Hot Chip made nice normal videos for their wild pop hits? No? Neither can we - and we’re calling that a good thing. The newest offering in a long line of absurd shorts features psychedelic surgery, photoshoot breakdowns, and all of the insane visuals we’ve come to expect from Alexis and Co. Go ahead and watch it below!
Tickets for Hot Chip’s double header at The Brixton Academy can be found here.
Swedish pop upstarts Niki & The Dove have joined forces with pop powerhouse Clock Opera for a breathtaking rework of Belongings from Clocks killer latest album Ways To Forget. It’s an EYOE coming together on the track with Niki having fronted our summer season and Clock Opera closing it out.
Rachel Zeffira of Cat’s Eyes will release her solo debut on December 10 from the superb RAF Records. With her enchanting voice, she and Faris Badwan of The Horrors made some of our favorite songs of 2010 - needless to say we’re pleased to have a preview show lined up in October. Zeffira will perform material from her new album The Deserters to a lucky set of audience members. Tickets for the show go on sale later today, and can be found here.
James Yorkston’s latest offering - I Was a Cat from a Book, isn’t out for another week but the glowing reviews have already started to pour in. Thekindwords coupled with samples of the record drifting through the internet have got us all very glad to see his name on our marquee. His performance at The Southbank Centre takes place September 24, tickets can be found here.
Watch a delightful documentary on how the record was made below!
Hotly tipped and quickly rising psych rock outfit OPOSSOM are hitting our shores with back to back nights at The Shacklewell this October. The first single off of the catchy and captivating debut Electric Hawaii just got the full on bonkers video treatment, available below for your viewing pleasure.
It seems like it was only a month ago that Twin Shadow was playing for us at Dingwalls in little old London. Well George Lewis Jr. has kept himself busy since he’s left, finishing up his novel about a motorcycle gang in the future. Gotta say, we’re glad he’s committing to this bad-boy aesthetic. Read an excerpt here!
Provided he can make it across the Atlantic on a Harley, Twin Shadow will be back with us this November.
Follow the effortlessly cool indie rockers from dressing room to festival with this clip from The NME. Watch the same trek unfold from the audience’s perspective this November at Shepards Bush Empire. Tickets go on sale today!
Kindness already put out one of the best videos of the year with a in-session creation of House, safe to say he’s done it again with another live taste - this time using album highlight That’s Alright. The song features a pretty major sample from DC music legends Trouble Funk so it’s only right that Kindness brought them onstage to kick his Washington performance to a whole new level.
Kindness will be back playing London this November. Tickets can be found here.
We’re getting excited to see Orchestra of Spheres at the Shacklewell later this month - these psychedelic pioneers know a thing or two about putting on a rad show. Let’s just say after some hefty youtube clip watching we can assure you 100% that this gig is going to be nuts!
Have a taste of their off kilter and catchy vibes below.
Orchestra of Spheres take on Dalston August 23. Download your free ticket here!