The Juan Maclean news

The May/June issue of RES Magazine will feature the video for “By The Time I Get To Venus” on their DVD.

It will also be screened March 30, 2004 at RES Screening #3 at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Juan just finished remixes for Air (“Surfing On A Rocket”) & The Fiery Furnaces (“Tropical Ice-Age”)

The Juan Maclean played their first US live show in Miami at the DFA party. To say it was a success is an understatement. The band featured Juan Maclean on synths, vocals and other assorted electronics, Gerry Fuchs (Turing Machine) on drums and DFA’s own Tim Goldsworthy on theremin. They will be opening for lcd soundsystem at the Scala April 5, 2004.

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Black Dice have Miles of Smiles

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 sees the release of the “Miles of Smiles” EP.

Every release by Black Dice is different. You know that by now, right?

2002 brought the world “Beaches & Canyons” , the first full-length release from Black Dice, which forever changed the public perception of what this band could be. 2003 saw the release of the landmark single “Cone Toaster”, where the band explored their unique version of 4/4 dance music – it was rated 2003 Single of the Year in the New York Times (Jon Pareles), amongst others and saw the band getting reviewed and covered by every genre of music magazine. When the DFA met Timbaland while in Miami at the 2004 Winter Music Conference, he referred to “Cone Toaster” as some “freaky shit” and told us it was in his CD player in his car. We are not making this up.

This EP clocks in at a total running time of 28 minutes. This release will please and confound fans and critics alike, as the band prove once again that whatever they tackle, it is on their terms only. “Miles of Smiles” was originally created for The Poetry of Sex art exhibit in Tokyo and finds the band exploring a Musique Concrete-like world of chance and surprise. The flip side “Trip Dude Delay” has been a live staple for many years. It has been on the DFA release schedule for far too long, and we are thrilled to finally get it out there for everyone to experience.

As anticipation mounts for the June 22, 2004 release of the next Black Dice full length album “Creature Comforts”, this should tide us over until then.

Calexico Confirm Supports For UK Tour

Calexico have confirmed the support acts for their forthcoming UK & Irish tour dates. The full list of shows including opening acts lines up as follows:

  • 14 April CORK Opera House (w/ Jeff Smith)
  • 15 April DUBLIN Vicar St. (w/ Jeff Smith)
  • 16 April MANCHESTER Bridgwater Hall (w/ Aidan Smith)
  • 17 April LONDON Royal Festival Hall (w/ Amparanoia)
  • 18 April GLASGOW Academy (w/ Blanche)
  • 19 April BIRMINGHAM Academy (w/ Blanche)

The tour will be preceded on April 19th by the release of an EP, BLACK HEART. The title track is taken from last year’s acclaimed album Feast Of Wire (nominated in many of 2003’s Albums Of The Year polls) and features a number of exclusive b-sides, including remixes by Gotan Project and Jazzanova.

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In addition, the CD single will include an enhanced portion featuring a live performance of BLACK HEART filmed at The Barbican in London during the Further Beyond Nashville Festival in November 2002. The performance is also included as part of a forthcoming Calexico DVD, CALEXICO LIVE AT THE BARBICAN: WORLD DRIFTS IN, which is due for release in early June. More details of the contents will follow soon.

“Albums are unlikely to get much better this year than Calexico’s latest Feast of Wire.” The Guardian

“Feast of Wire was ‘OK Computer’ for people on horseback – Like The Coral with cacti.” NME

“Mystery and majesty pour off Calexico’s songs like black gold.” The Observer

Automato give us ”The Single” and a tour

AUTOMATO, the fast rising six piece hip-hop collective from the Big Apple, have announced details of their first full UK single release, taken from their highly acclaimed eponymous debut album which hits stores in a few short weeks. Entitled “The Single”, the DFA produced track is released on May 10th 2004 on Labels UK, and looks set to open the band up to a wider audience, with its dynamic fusion of classic hip hop style, effusive soul and contemporary dancefloor savvy. AUTOMATO have successfully captured the spirit of life in Metropolis, where poignant personal and expressive social commentary collide without ever being po-faced, enriched with an overriding sense of honesty and a youthful and colourful sense of humour.

It all follows nicely from where their first 12″ left off. Walk Into The Light has received massive club and specialist radio support across the board over the past few months, as well as coinciding with their arrival in the UK in a few weeks for their first ever UK tour, including dates alongside 2 Many DJs and LCD Soundsystem, and at the Return To New York extravaganza at SE One on Easter Weekend.

Released on CD & 12″, THE SINGLE is exactly what it says on the tin, with the added bonus of a series of reworkings courtesy of Elephant & Rondo Bros, as well as a new track, Life Is A Cabaret, But Not In This Town, on the CD, and an instrumental of the lead track on the 12″ respectively.

AUTOMATO: April live dates as follows:

3rd April – GLASGOW Barrowlands (w/ 2 Many DJs & LCD Soundsystem)

4th April – SHEFFIELD Casbah
10th April – LONDON Return to New York @ SE One , London Bridge, SE1
11th April – NOTTINGHAM The Rescue Rooms

NB: Please note that AUTOMATO will not be appearing at LCD Soundsystem’s show on Monday 5th April at LONDON’s The Scala.

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“First essential hip hop album of the year. 4/5”- Observer Music Monthly

“Introspective, scatterbrain lyrics paired with the dfa’s unrelenting, trippy sound… It’s the ultimate hip hop / hipster collaboration and you know what? It works.” -Vice Magazine

“This is what six New York kids sound like when they’re having fun making hip hop with “real” instruments. With DFA on knob twiddling duties, this LP is going to be big news.”-Dazed & Confused

New album by Bad Religion

Following their return to form with, ‘The Process Of Belief’ in 2002,
godfathers of the Californian punk scene, BAD RELIGION (Greg Graffin
vocals; Brett Gurewitz guitar; Jay Bentley bass; Greg Hetson guitar;
Brian Baker guitar; Brooks Wackerman drums) will be reissuing all their
classic Epitaph records – ‘How Could Hell Be Any Worse’, ‘Suffer’, ‘No
Control’, ‘Against the Grain’ and ‘Generator’ – on April 5th. In addition to
the reissues the band will be re-releasing ‘Along the Way’, a DVD, shot live
during Bad Religion’s 1989 European tour, capturing the raw fury of the
original Bad Religion live show.

The band have now confirmed a UK headline tour for May 2004 with a brand new
album titled ‘The Empire Strikes First’ via Epitaph in June.

    11-May Dublin Ambassador

    13-May Glasgow Academy
    14-May Manchester University
    15-May London Astoria

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Age of Jets forced to cancel UK shows

The fast rising electro-pop samples, also known as the AGE OF JETS have been
forced to cancel their upcoming UK dates-

    28-Mar London Spitz CANCELLED
    30-Mar Norwich Ferry Bar CANCELLED
    6-Apr London Metro CANCELLED

The shows will be re-scheduled for a later date.. but in the mean-time open your mind and let the twisted pop charms of the band’s debut single ‘RPM’ (via Damaged Goods) on March 29th 2004.

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