Check out Billy Bragg’s performance and interview about the Influence of American Roots Music over on the Nashville 2.0 site.
Check out Billy Bragg’s performance and interview about the Influence of American Roots Music over on the Nashville 2.0 site.
Go to http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
Watch the video for ‘The Great Leap Forward’ below.
Billy Bragg Celebrates 30th Anniversary Release Of His Debut, Along With His Catalogue’s New Availability Via Cooking Vinyl, With An Inside Look At The Albums That Made His Career
Special Edition of Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy out Oct 29
“One of the [Hardly Strictly Bluegrass] festival’s finest moments” – SF Weekly
Along with the Oct 29 release of the 30th anniversary edition of Billy Bragg’s seminal debut recording Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy, Cooking Vinyl will also make available the twelve additional albums that make up Bragg’s acclaimed and influential catalogue. To celebrate, Cooking Vinyl and Billy Bragg will launch “Get Behind Billy Bragg,” an exclusive look at Bragg’s entire career, releasing new and exclusive commentary from Bragg on his back catalogue beginning October 21, leading up to the October 29 re-release of Life’s A Riot with Spy Vs. Spy. Please visit “Get Behind Billy Bragg” here: http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
The special edition Life’s A Riot with Spy vs Spy will feature the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show in June 2013. Life’s A Riot with Spy vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) will feature a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork and be available on CD, in a replica vinyl card sleeve with inner sleeve, limited edition LP with inner sleeve and lyrics on 180g vinyl with DL and digital.
Bragg has seemingly been everywhere following the release of his Joe Henry produced album Tooth & Nail earlier this year, which snagged a top ten spot on the Americana radio charts. After a barnstorming run through SXSW and sell out, headlining shows throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia, Bragg curated his own stage and performed at Glastonbury in June and was recently named the recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to Music” Award by the UK’s indie label association (AIM).
In October Bragg completed his longest run of U.S. tour dates in over twenty years, including a string of fall shows which kicked off at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville and wrapped up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.
Exclusive album commentary available as follows:
October 21 – Brewing Up With, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
October 22 – Workers Playtime, The Internationale
October 23 – Don’t Try This A Home, William Bloke
October 24 – Bloke on Bloke, Reaching To The Converted
October 25 – England, Half English, Must I Paint You A Picture
October 28 – Tooth & Nail, Life’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy
Cooking Vinyl are excited to announce the signing of former ‘Gossip Girl’ star Taylor Momsen’s NYC-based band, The Pretty Reckless.
“It feels awesome to partner with a label that truly understands rock music and we are looking forward to a great run”. – Taylor Momsen
The band will release their fourth LP in 2014 on the label in a World (excluding North America) deal.
“This is not a new chapter in the life of the band; it’s a new book. The band has matured and our sound has evolved dramatically. The record took almost a year to make. It’s gratifying knowing it’s nearing completion. I’m very excited to get new music out for our fans very soon”. – Taylor Momsen
Taken off that forthcoming LP, is their new TPR track ‘Going To Hell’:
Turin Brakes excellent new album ‘We Were Here’ is officially out this week. Described by Q Magazine as Turin Brakes best album, We Were Here is currently sat within the top 40 of the UK Album Charts. If you’ve not listened to the album listen below and buy from the following places.
Dallas Green is a busy man at the moment. He’s just started a long US tour and this is back over in the UK soon for a run of dates. Check below for the dates….
21 Jan – Belfast, UK @ Limelight
22 Jan – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
24 Jan – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
25 Jan – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
26 Jan – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
28 Jan – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
30 Jan – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
31 Jan – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
03 Feb – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
04 Feb – Brighton, UK @ Dome
05 Feb – France Paris @ Trabendo
07 Feb – Bern, Switzerland @ Bierhübeli
08 Feb – Linz, Austrai @ Posthof
09 Feb – Prague, Czech Rep @ The Roxy
11 Feb – Hannover, DE @ Capitol
14 Feb – Tilburg, Holland @ O13
16 Feb – Brussles, Belgium @ AB
17 Feb – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
18 Feb – Stuttgart, DE @ Longhorn LKA
19 Feb – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
21 Feb – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
22 Feb – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
24 Feb – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Little Vega
25 Feb – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
26 Feb – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
Dallas has also just premiered the lyric video for The Lonely Life over at American Songwriter which you can check out below.
Wanna be the first to hear Gary Numan’s new album ‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’ and take part in a Q&A with Gary himself at an exclusive playback event in London? Simply tweet (@numanofficial) or facebook (facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial) your question to Gary using the hashtag #AskGaryNuman for your chance to be part of this special event. Those asking the most interesting questions will be invited to the event to meet Gary, hear the new album and have Gary answer their question in person.
This exclusive event will take place at The Hospital Club in London’s West End on 23 September. Winners will be chosen on the 18th September and notified no later than the 19th September at 6pm. You must be able to attend the Q&A in central London on the 23 September 2013 at 5pm at your own expense.
Please note, questions can also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about The Hospital Club please visit http://www.thehospitalclub.com/
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his seminal 1983 debut recording ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy’, Billy Bragg will release a special edition on October 21 comprising the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show on Wednesday 5 June 2013. Life’s A Riot (30th Anniversary Edition) will feature a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork and be available on CD, in a replica vinyl card sleeve with inner sleeve, limited edition LP with inner sleeve and lyrics on 180g vinyl with DL and digital. In keeping with the ‘Pay No More Than £2.99’ slogan that appeared on the front of the original record sleeve, the album will be available at a special ‘Pay No More Than’ price from iTunes of £2.49 for the original 7 track re-mastered album and £3.49 for the 30th Anniversary Edition, which includes the live Union Chapel show encore, for pre-orders and during the first week of release.
Billy says “Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy has a very special place in my heart, being the first step on a 30 year journey that has seen me travel to places that I could never have imagined back in ’83. Also, as it’s only 17 minutes long, I can knock the whole album out as an encore if the fancy takes me – no need to book the Royal Albert Hall and the London Symphony Orchestra”
Earlier this year, Billy released his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl) to huge critical acclaim. Drawing on personal as well as political themes, Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry and was summed up by Mojo magazine thus: “Bard Of Barking, 56, gets personal, goes universal, makes his best album” (FIVE STARS).
Billy is touring through November and December and will be playing a milestone London show with his band at Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 1 May 2014. He has asked that we point out that he’s only 55.
Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) tracklisting:
Original Album Live at Union Chapel
1. The Milkman of Human Kindness 8. Intro (Live)
2. To Have and to Have Not 9. Lovers Town revisited(Live)
3. Richard 10. To Have and to Have Not (Live)
4. A New England 11. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Live)
5. The Man in the Iron Mask 12. The Man in the Iron Mask (Live)
6. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty 13. Richard (Live)
7. Lovers Town Revisited 14. The Milkman of Human Kindness (Live)
15. A New England (Live)
The Prodigy are proud to announce four UK Warriors Dance dates in December
Mon 16th – Bournemouth BIC with Caspa – 14+
Wed 18th – Manchester Warehouse Project with Jaguar Skills – 16+
Thu 19th – Manchester Warehouse Project with Jaguar Skills and Caspa – 18+
Fri 20th – Manchester Warehouse Project with Jaguar skills, Hype, Shy Fx, Gedo Mega Bitch, Room 2 – old skool, more acts to be announced – 18+
Tickets will go on sale to fans at 9:30am on Thursday 22nd August from TheProdigy.com and General Sale on Friday 23rd August
Cooking Vinyl is devastated to learn of the death of The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes at the age of 44. CV wishes to send our deepest sympathies to the band.
For further information please head to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23682282
Released on October 14th, Gary Numan’s excellent new album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) is up for pre-order from the following places right now.
Check out I Am Dust from the album right now….
We’re incredibly proud to be nominated for Best Independent Label at the AIM Awards alongside Bella Union, Matador, PIAS Recordings & Warp Records. The awards take place in September at The Brewery in London.
For further information go to http://www.musicindie.com/awards
Cooking Vinyl is proud to announce the release of Gary Numan’s brand new album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Details for the album, out October 14th, are limited but keep your eyes on Numan.co.uk for all new info.
Gary recently was interviewed by Stereogum about the album – read the interview here.
Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. Cooking Vinyl wishes to send our respects to Tim’s family and Pere Ubu members
Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of Rocket from the Tombs, an innovative and early torchbearer of sonic aggression which was plagued by personality conflicts from its inception.
Turin Brakes are set to release their new album We Were Here on September 30th through Cooking Vinyl. A new single Time And Money is available for free from the band’s website turinbrakes.com. ‘We Were Here’, Turin Brakes sixth album, was recorded at Rockfield Studios and engineered and mixed by Ali Staton (Rufus Wainwright / Madonna / Tricky) and produced by the band and Ali Staton.
Genuinely one of the most wonderful things we’ve seen this year is the new video from Billy Bragg. Handymany Blues was filmed in a DIY store in May of 2013 and directed by the one and only Johnny Vegas. The video features appearances by Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Phill Jupitus, Samuel West, Neil Morrissey, Ricky Grover, Ross Noble and Johnny Vegas.
Check out the VEVO premiere below….
If you’re in Germany the video is available to watch below
Out this week on Cooking Vinyl, The D.O.T. release their 2nd album ‘Diary’ featuring the single Blood, Sweat & Tears and How We All Lie
“How we all lie was written in a very traditional way, apart from the MPC drum machine that started it all off. There are a lot of references to the football section of the newspaper’s that day, because it fit with the theme of the way we have to lie to reassure ourselves that we are part of society” – Mike Skinner
The D.O.T. is made up of former Streets mastermind Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey, lead singer of Leeds based dance rock mavens The Music. ‘Diary’ is the sound of two musicians reveling in the freedom to make music for it’s own sake. With no need to conform to a specific style, or satisfy a record label’s scheduling demands, there gradually evolved the sound you hear now in their second album.
Buy ‘Diary’ from the following stores:
Alison Moyet’s fantastic new album ‘the minutes’ is out now on Cooking Vinyl. The album is currently riding high in the UK midweek charts.
Check out the reviews and get yourself a copy.
“Moyet’s finest album in twenty years” Clash Magazine
“a total triumph” Classic Pop
“one of the finest studio releases of her career to date” Renowned for Sound
“her best LP in decades” Q Magazine
“A musical resurrection in the making” The Huffington Post
“An extraordinary, modern-sounding and effortlessly stylish comeback” Pop Justice
“Moyet is an artist not for mellowing – and for that we are very much thankful.” Digital Spy
One to please vinyl-enthusiasts: Alison’s album ‘the minutes’ is also being released as a Limited Deluxe 180gram Red Vinyl Edition (plus a free download card) for just £12.99. This LP format will be available in two weeks time, but you can pre-order now…
Last year’s stellar collaboration between The Orb and long-time inspiration Lee Scratch Perry unsurprisingly produced more music than one album could handle, so Scratch, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann are returning in fine style with ‘More Tales From The Orbservatory’.
Released June 3rd on Cooking Vinyl, the set features further excursions from last year’s sessions at the Starhouse studio in Berlin, plus new instrumental versions.
If that wasn’t reason enough to get excited, as a warm up to their forthcoming 25th anniversary celebrations, The Orb return to the location of their first ever gig to perform their seminal first two albums; ‘The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ and ‘UFOrb’ in their entirety. Expect Electric Brixton to be transformed into a mind- expanding, other- worldly visual realm, coupled with thunderous levels of low-end sonic science.
2012’s ‘The ORBSERVER In The Starhouse’ was rightfully acclaimed as a colossal meeting of like minds and souls, sparking with rare magic as Alex Paterson and long-time Orb member Thomas Fehlmann provided the perfect backdrops for the Upsetter’s inimitable pronouncements, righteous declarations and sweet vocals. If anything, the follow-up stretches further into the cosmos, the backings more heavily rooted in the basic but infinite principles of rhythm and dub.
The new tracks continue the full-blooded immersion in reggae‘s infinite studio universe which characterised the first set; shards of old songs loom like aural ghosts while rhythms resurface, morphing into something fresh and new. For decades, all three artists have shared a common quest to push out the sound barriers. Each one also knows that journey is never over, which makes the appearance of this fresh batch of tunes and dubs all the more exciting.
The Orb have long been known for their assimilation of deepest dub into their stratospheric sonic innovations, while Thomas has been at the forefront of Germany’s electronic music scene since his avant foraging with Palais Schaumburg in the early 1980s, becoming part of Berlin’s seminal techno underground, working with Sun Electric
and many of the city’s major artists and operations, including the Kompakt label. Starting in the late 60s with the Upsetters, Perry wrote the book on Jamaican mixing desk trickery, then constantly ripped it up to create new aural blueprints for the music via his Black Ark productions. Since then he has charted his own waywardly idiosyncratic path including instigating the punky reggae crossover, working with The Clash and the Slits. With Alex’s punk roots and Thomas‘ position as one of Germany’s foremost electronic pioneers, this was a union which worked on the street just as well as in the stars.
Thomas’ electronic knowledge and intuition had two disparate lightning rods to bounce between, recalling, “I met Lee for the first time during this session and it was pretty touching to see how an unexpected connection and inspirational exchange could so awaken our creative juices. Alex and I had never made so much new music on the spot before. It was soon pretty clear that we wouldn’t get far with the four backing tracks we pre-produced for the session. Lee was so overwhelmingly creative that it took an afternoon for those to be finished. From then on we were forced to come up with new beats on the spot, to keep Lee in the flow.”
“He was constantly active, referring to the tunes we were working on and hitting on bits of wood or stone to create percussion patterns and sounds, so we ended up using field recordings of him banging on bits and pieces”, adds Thomas.
This is immediately evident on opening track ‘Africa’, where woodblock pulses and earth’s core bass establish a lustrous primeval dubscape over which Scratch intones and expounds in his inimitable style. ’Don’t Rush I’ is a fine example of the intricate aural trailblazing raging at these sessions, riding a classic Upsetter bassline with elements of the original track’s keyboards and even drum splatters subtly weaved into the easy old school groove, again underpinned with the subliminal Rasta heartbeat pulse. ‘Fussball‘ sets up booting house primitivism in the beat, splashed with Basic Channel-style synth smoke and gnarly bass, letting Scratch loose on the beautiful game. ’Making Love In Dub’ strips down to bassatronic turbo-jockeys and sparse skank, as Scratch ruminates on matters of the heart, plus the instrumental is a mini-masterpiece of cool dub-funk dynamics. ‘No Ice Age’ plants Scratch’s inimitable world-view over the set’s deepest bass vehicle, topped in ghostly electronic shimmer and distant space melodies. ‘Tight Interlude’ is a brief sonic clash between Orb’s sonic mischief and Scratch philosophy.
“I had an amazing time being that close to the great man,” enthuses Alex. “The mighty Lee Scratch Perry is a pioneer who expresses the future within the present times of anguish, hope and unity. Looking back now those spontaneous jams we did became the most successful tunes, in that they were created under the influence of the situation. They all had a powerful, magic drive we felt was owed to a truly inspiring collision of our
The mouth-watering potential of a legendary master working with long-time acolytes who tuned into his unique wavelength long ago continues to blossom and explodes again on ‘More Tales From The Orbservatory’.
After making a glorious return with last year’s Top 10 album ‘Cheeky For A Reason’, which received numerous glowing reviews – some of the best of the band’s career so far – and also saw them winning Best Album 2012 at the Sunday Mail’s Great Scotland Awards and Album of the Year 2012 at The Scottish Music Awards, The View have compiled some of their finest moments to date on the ‘Seven Year Setlist’ album which will be released on June 17th on Cooking Vinyl. The release of the album comes just days after they support the legendary Stone Roses in front of 50,000 people at Glasgow Green on June 15th.
“Over the years there’s been four studio albums, thousands of gigs, too much vodka and loads of memories on this crazy rock n’ roll journey,” says vocalist / guitarist Kyle Falconer. “So we wanted to create an album that was kinda like stopping and looking back over the years – with a few new tracks too. That’s the Seven Year Setlist.”
‘Seven Year Setlist’ spans The View’s journey to date from ‘Face For The Radio’ which originally featured on their self-titled debut EP which was released in 2006 up to the present day with two new songs in the shape of ‘Dirty Magazine’ and ‘Kill Kyle’. Along the way, it visits the #3 hit ‘Same Jeans’, ‘Wasted Little DJs’ which won Best Track at the NME Awards, another Top 15 hit with ‘Superstar Tradesman’, a Dirty Version of the ‘Which Bitch?’ album highlight ‘Shock Horror’ and ‘How Long’, the first single and opening track from ‘Cheeky For A Reason’ which was accompanied by a video starring Red Road / A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints actor Martin
The album is available to pre-order from the usual retailers but as a special thank you to fans who pre-order early from www.sevenyearsetlist.com fans can have their name printed within the booklet of the album.
The new material on the album reunites the band with Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve) who produced their Mercury Prize-nominated, #1 album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’. The majority of the songs on the album were written by Falconer and bassist Kieren Webster, and features further production courtesy of Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys, Foals) and Youth (Primal Scream).
The full album tracklisting is:
1. Kill Kyle
3. Wasted Little DJ’s
4. 5 Rebeccas
5. How Long
6. The Don
7. Skag Trendy
9. Face For The Radio
10. Tacky Tattoo
11. The Clock
13. Underneath The Lights
14. Tragic Magic
15. Same Jeans
16. Dirty Magazine
17. Superstar Tradesman
19. Shock Horror
20. Distant Doubloon
The View – completed by guitarist Pete Reilly and drummer Steven Morrison – recently completed their first full North American coast-to-coast tour which included a sold-out show at New York’s Bowdery Ballroom, a date at famous Los Angeles venue The Troubadour and a set at SXSW. In addition to the Stone Roses show, The View’s summer touring plans encompass two intimate homecoming shows at Dundee’s 20 Rocks venue (May 9th and 10th), a headline set at the Mighty Boof At The Playground festival (May 17th) and a return to T in the Park in July.
Formed in Dundee in 2005 by four former school friends, The View have hit the charts with all four of their albums – ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ (#1), ‘Which Bitch?’ (#3), ‘Bread and Circuses’ (#14) and ‘Cheeky For A Reason’ (#9) – accumulated over 3.5 million views at YouTube and have excelled at numerous major festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park and One Big Weekend. Highlights of their recent tours include headlining to almost 7000 people over three Scottish shows split between Dundee’s Caird Hall and Glasgow’s Barrowlands, as well as a raucous set at Rockness which was abandoned due to safety fears and upgraded to a bigger tent due to the phenomenal turnout from fans.
James Skelly & The Intenders have announced details of the release of a new
single. You’ve Got It All, co-written with Paul Weller, will be available digitally
through Skeleton Key Records (through Cooking Vinyl) on Monday May 6th and features the B-Side
Love Will Find You.
The single is taken from his forthcoming debut solo album, Love Undercover,
which will be released on June 3rd.
The 11-track self-produced album was recorded in the autumn of 2012 at Parr
St studios in Liverpool and the first taster from the record, Do It Again, was
made available as a free download via his website,
(www.jamesskellyandtheintenders.com), in late March.
James Skelly & The Intenders have also announced details of their debut U.K.
headline tour. The list of dates is as follows:
6th Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
7th Sheffield - O2 Academy 2
8th Liverpool - O2 Academy 2
11th Birmingham - Institute Temple Room
12th London – Dingwalls
14th Bristol - Thekla
15th Manchester - Gorilla
Tickets are on sale now. They are priced at £10.50 (£12.50 in London) and
are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
Cooking Vinyl is delighted to announce the signing of Alison Moyet to a worldwide services deal.
The deal will cover Moyet’s highly-anticipated eighth studio album. Produced by Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Bjork, Seal, Frou Frou) and scheduled for release in May 2013, the singer describes her new electronic-based material as “Prog-Pop” and “born of reconstructed improvisation”.
A three-times BRIT winner and Grammy nominee, Moyet is managed by Modest! Management. In her career to date she has achieved sales of more than 20 million, both as a solo artist and half of acclaimed 80s duo Yazoo. All of her seven previous studio albums charted in the UK Top 30.
Speaking about the deal, Moyet commented: “It is a very happy place I find myself in. I am more than delighted to be joining Cooking Vinyl and working with a company of people that support the direction I have taken for my eighth solo studio album.
“With the exceptional talent that is Guy Sigsworth as producer and collaborator, we have recorded a collection of original songs that sees me moving away from a generic line up and back into the world of a programmer. Born of reconstructed improvisation I like to think of it as Prog-Pop, but I also like to think of big dogs as small horses. So don’t hang on to that thought long. Unless, of course, you think it astute of me in which case I am right”
Richard Griffiths, director of Modest! Management said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Cooking Vinyl for Alison’s next release. They were they obvious home for this record, which we are all incredibly proud of.”
Rob Collins, Director, Cooking Vinyl added: “Alison is a legend and has made an outstanding record on her own terms. I think a lot of people will be surprised, in a good way, about how amazing the record is.”