The collab-heavy record, titled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, is a tad eclectic, as expected. Below is the animated video for album track ‘Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee,’ produced by glitch-hop producer Prefuse 73:
Loopy Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne sheds light on the album’s making and artist involvement:
In 2010, Megan James and Corin Roddick combined their musical juices resulting in the birth of Purity Ring. Until recently, the duo had only produced three tracks, one of these being ‘Belispeak’ and now they have track number four ‘Obedear’, all of which have now been confirmed for an 11-track record, titled Shrines.
Purity Ring are hitting the road in May for a bunch of headline gigs across Canada, Europe and the US whilst also supporting The Dirty Projectors along the way. Get all the tour details from their website.
“I know you want to do it, you know I want to do it too. Out there on the dance floor, we can make sandwiches.”
1. Ben Browning – I Can’t Stay 2. Kasper Bjørke – Hummingbirds (w/Jacob Bellens) 3.YACHT – Le Goudron (Brigitte Fontaine Cover) 4. JD Samson & MEN – I Don’t Care (TSOMM Remix) 5.Jupiter – One O Six 6.Punks Jump Up – Mister Overtime (ft. Dave 1) (Gigamesh Remix) 7. Chromatics – Birds of Paradise (Amtrac Remix) 8. Gossip – Perfect World (Kreaps Synth Attack Mix) 10.Zimmer – Bay Bridge (Moon Boots Remix) 11.LoverboY – Dreamworks 12. The 2 Bears – Take A Look Around (The 2 Bears Vs House of House) 13. Rebeka – Stars (Punks Jump Up Remix) 14. Futurecop! – Transformers (Sammy Bananas Strobelight Remix) 15. Fischerspooner – Door Train Home (Tommie Sunshine twelve inch remix) 16. Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You (Stereogamous Remix) 17. Deadmau5 – The Veldt (ft. Chris James) 18. Adrian Lux – Weekend Heroes 19. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Riton Rerub remix) 20.Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (Alkalino remix)
We caught up with Danish producer Kasper Bjørke the other day to talk about new album Fool. At the time of phone-call, he was chilling in his jocks.
Are you ready?
Well, I’m almost ready – I’m only wearing my underpants [laughs] but we can start! This is going to be a great interview.
Who is Jenny?
Jenny is just a character that Jacob Bellens thought up when he wrote the lyrics for the song. She is basically that one girl that every guy comes across in life that is just always out of grasp. She’s the one that will always just slip through your fingers.
How does it feel having new record Fool out on the record store shelves?
It feels amazing. It’s been really great to get something out when you have been working on it for so long. But in saying that, the new record only took about a year to make whereStanding On Top of Utopiatook nearly two years. I am really happy with the album’s artwork too. It was done by Trevor Jackson – I’ve always been a fan of his designs and his music. For me, this record has come together as it should – visually and musically and it all makes sense. Well, to me anyway [laughs].
How is the music scene is Copenhagen at the moment?
It’s going pretty well. You know WhoMadeWho and Trentemøller of course but there are actually quite a lot of acts that are making it outside of Denmark. Back in the day, it was just Aqua who managed to get an international following. Did you just say Aqua? Yeah! They were just in Australia, weren’t they? They’re friends, actually. I know them well.
When did you decide that you were going to make a living out of music making?
It was around year 2000 and I was making music with the drummer for WhoMadeWho, Tomas Barfod. We were working on a duo project called Filur which was a poppy, housey, disco sound. It was quite cheesy, meeting up once a week in our bedrooms and working on our Ataris. We scored a record deal based on this one song we did called ‘I Want You’. It actually turned out to be a big hit all over Europe and even Japan. I quit my job at this advertising agency and have basically lived off music ever since. Now I’m doing artist management for Trentemøller and another Danish band called Reptile Youth who will be bringing out an album in September. We’re all signed to the German label Hfn.
Who are your key influences?
I would say from Giorgio Moroder to James Murphy [laughs] and also Depeche Mode to Daft Punk.
What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?
I’m going to be touring quite a lot, playing gigs in Istanbul, Paris, Berlin and maybe New York in July. I’ll also be on tour with Trentemøller as his manager.
Can we expect to see you in Australia soon?
I really hope so. The schedule is so tight – it would have to be planned around some sort of vacation. So maybe for your Summer. That would be perfect for me because it will be freezing here.
The wait is finally over for Fiona Apple fans – the first single has surfaced from her over-hyped and over-titled new album, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.
Here’s ‘Every Single Night,‘ Apple’s first offering in over seven years:
Off the back of 2011’s Zonoscope release, Cut Copy‘s bassist Ben Browning busied himself with the production of his own material, resulting in the Lover Motion EP. The debut solo EP sports the usual Cut Copy electro-pop vibe and is available via Cutters Records (the band’s own label), right now.
To our delight, British minimal-electro duo Mount Kimbie are heading back to Australia next month for a few shows. Ahead of this though, we invaded Kai Campo‘s South London morning for a chin-wag.
It’s almost been two years since the release of debut record Crooks & Robbers. Have you been overwhelmed by the response?
It’s been great. We started recording it nearly three years ago now so it’s actually been part of our lives for quite a while. It seems to have been a bit of a slow burner – we’ve found that some people are listening to it for the first time now.
Getting psyched for your Australian tour?
I’m really looking forward to it. I need to actually pack for Russia, Japan and Australia which is kind of crazy. Maybe I’ll take a bunch of cold clothes for Russia and throw them away when I get to Australia [laughs].
Do you two travel well together?
Pretty well. On the last tour – when we did Australia, USA, UK and Europe – we spent a lot of time together and it’s just knowing when to give each other some space. We weren’t sitting at opposite ends of the plane or anything [laughs].
Are you listening to any albums by other artists at the moment?
When we go into writing-mode, I tend to shut everything else off. I like to avoid all outside influences. However, we were at SXSW recently and saw a group called Kindness who are from the UK. They have a really awesome sound, so I’d be listening to that, if I wasn’t writing [laughs].
How’s the new material coming along?
Really well. We want to do something different this time around. Not too sure how it’s all going to translate yet but today is actually our first practice with a bunch of new stuff. Hopefully, we’ll play some new tracks in Australia, which will be a lot of fun.
Can we expect a new album this year?
Not an album but definitely an EP, or two [laughs]. We’ll hopefully have the album ready for release next year. We also have a few collaborative things in the works, which I’m not allowed to talk about just yet [laughs].
As mentioned above, the boys will be back in the country for a few shows this May:
If you’ve been gagging for new Beach House, gag no more! Here is ‘Lazuli’:
‘Lazuli’ is the second track off Bloom, their much anticipated forthcoming record, which will be out on May 15 via Sub Pop. Keep an eye out for a special single release on Record Store Day (April 21/today).
Before you take off, listen to previously released track ‘Myth’:
We want to make you sweat. Sweat till you can’t sweat no more.
1. Is Tropical – Lies 2. Only Children – Don’t Stop (Bit Funk Remix) 3.Midnight Magic – Drop Me A Line (Holy Ghost Remix) 4. Alexander Holland – City Full Of Lights (Gigamesh Remix) 5.Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You (Alison Wonderland Remix) 6.Robert Glasper Experiment – Move Love (KREAP’s Body & Soul Massage) 7. Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street (Tommie Sunshine & Figure EC$TACY Edit) 8. Les Loups – Save the Night 9. Monkey Safari – Make You Sweat 10.Loot & Plunder – Thinkin’ Bout Your Body (Makes Me Sweat) 11.Bibio – Lovers Carvings (Bruno Be & Eddie M Remix) 12. Mickey – Love For Sale (ft. Monarchy) (Jeremy Glenn Remix) 13. Amtrac – Came Along (Amtrac Summer Remix) 14. Hot Chip – Night And Day 15. St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Viceroy Remix) 16. Punks Jump Up – Mr Overtime (ft. Dave 1) (Oliver Remix) 17. Bon Iver – Perth (Avec Sans Cover) 18. Reptile Youth – Speeddance
Jack White decided to release latest single ‘Freedom at 21’ in an UP-inspired fashion.
To the dismay of environmentalists, the 7” single was strapped to a butt-load of helium balloons and released into the atmosphere. Apparently, only 10% of the balloons would’ve been recovered, which means that 30 singles have actually found an owner.
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The track is from Blunderbuss, his upcoming debut solo LP. Score it onApril 23 via Third Man, Jack’s own label .
After months of speculation, the line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2012 has arrived! The three-day Winter festival is returning to Belongil Fields, Byron Bay sporting a line-up of major heavyweights. Without further adieu, here’s the initial list of acts:
Jack White The Shins Bloc Party Smashing Pumpkins At The Drive-In Miike Snow Gossip Lana Del Rey Azealia Banks The Kooks Metric Explosions In The Sky Tame Impala Ladyhawke Electric Guest Missy Higgins Wolfmother Kimbra Here We Go Magic Parachute Youth Gypsy & The Cat Last Dinosaurs Youth Lagoon Muscles Angus Stone Zulu Winter The Beautiful Girls Tijuana Cartel Wolf & Cub Gossling Hilltop Hoods Spiderbait Big Scary Chet Faker Dirty Three 360 The Afghan Whigs Mudhoney Band Of Skulls Django Django San Cisco DZ Deathrays Howler Lanie Lane Fun Michael Kiwanuka Seekae Friends Yacht Club Dj’s Bertie Blackman Jinja Safari Blue King Brown Pond Ball Park Music The Rubens Ben Howard Bleeding Knees Club The Medics Shihad Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Husky Kate Miller-Heidke Father John Misty Emma Louise Mosman Alder The Cast Of Cheers
DJs: Beni Sampology Canyons Nina Las Vegas Danny T Alison Wonderland Nice and Ego Flume Gloves Luke Million Harris Robotis Alley Oop
THREE-DAY (Friday to Sunday inclusive) = $350 + booking fees
SINGLE DAY (Friday or Saturday or Sunday) = $135 + booking fees
On sale 9AMFriday, April 27 from SplendourInTheGrass.com
Ahead of the release of their Danger Mouse-produced debut record, we had a very relaxed chat with LA-based indie duo Electric Guest. At the time of call, Asa Taccone was in an LA park, and Matthew Compton was in the studio. We managed to weasel out of them confirmation of a Splendour in the Grass set.
So, apparently we’re having a three-way.
Yeah, it’s super weird. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too awkward [both laugh].
Mondo is due out very soon. Are you getting excited?
Asa: Yeah, man. This is going to sound really cheesy but it’s so weird when your dreams come true. All of a sudden you’re thinking: “holy shit, this is actually happening.” I have to admit, I think both of us have been getting increasingly more excited.
Matthew: I totally agree. I keep thinking too, with all of these packed-out shows we are playing, I can’t wait until all of these people actually know all of the songs. That’s going to be so much better!
We did do this one show to about 30 people and there was a girl down the front that was actually singing the words to our songs. That was really awesome for me.
How did you manage to get Danger Mouse involved in the album?
Asa: We actually paid him $170,000 US. Kidding!
We’ve known him for a long time. I used to call my brother when he was in college and play him some of my songs. One day he said “you should play that for my friend.” That’s when Brian (Danger Mouse) got on the phone and listened to a couple of tracks and liked it. I ended up moving into his house in LA where he mentored me for a bit. After years of mentoring, he asked me if I wanted to do an album. That’s when we got in the studio.
How was SXSW?
Asa: Very cool. On the first day, bands have to register and it’s crazy because there are over 2,000 registrants. All the hopes and dreams of these fucking people are exactly the same. It’s hard to not freak out a bit.
Matthew: The BBQs were great! We got to play at a Jack White party that was really fucking cool.
Can we expect to see you in Australia any time soon?
Matthew: Yeah, we’re going to be there in July. Would that be for Splendour In The Grass? Yeah, it is. How did you know? Any band coming to Australia at that time of year is sure to be playing at Splendour. I’ve never been to Australia before so I’m super excited. It’s going to be awesome.
Check out extremely catchy track, ‘American Daydream’:
Lastly, bop along to ‘Troubleman’:
Electric Guest’s debut record Mondo is set for an April 24 release.
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