Juana Molina UK Gigs and Tours

Juana Molina headlines London’s Scala on Thursday 7 December 2006 and announces January 2007 UK Tour

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Following the release of her accliamed ‘Son’ album and her Picturehouse tour, in December Junana Molina returns to London where she headlines the Scala. Juana will return to the UK in January 2007 for a major UK tour.

Juana Molina , Adem, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver – 0º of Separation Tour 2007

Separated geographically but linked by the timelessness of their song writing, this group of musicians explore uncharted routes for contemporary acoustic music. Featuring previously unheard arrangements, collaborations and experiments, 0º of Separation sees Adem’s tales of the everyday and universal intertwine with the unfolding of Vashti Bunyan’s beautiful melodies, while Juana Molina’s hypnotic beats and lilting voice dance through the luminous landscape of Vetiver’s distilled Americana.

A Contemporary Music Network tour, produced by Twisted Folk (Media Partner BBC Radio 3)

On Tour January 2007
http://www.cmntours.org.uk http://www.twistedfolk.com

Fri 12 BRIGHTON Corn Exchange
01203 709 709 / http://www.brightondome.org / http://www.meltingvinyl.co.uk

Sat 13 LONDON Roundhouse
0870 389 1846 / http://www.roundhouse.org.uk

Sun 14 GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead
0191 443 4661 / http://www.thesagegateshead.org

0870 4444 224 / http://www.synergyconcerts.com

Wed 17 BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
0870 241 5093 / http://www.glee.co.uk

Thu 18 BRISTOL St Georges
0845 40 24 001 / http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Fri 19 MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
0161 907 9000 / http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Sat 20 LEEDS City Varieties
0113 243 0808 / http://www.leeds.gov.uk/cityvarieties

Juana Molina releases fourth album

For her fourth, and most immediate album so far, Juana Molina of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has set about capturing her famous blue melodies in a style close to her hypnotic live experience, but with all the immaculate production values we’ve come to expect from the creator of the critically acclaimed Tres Cosas and Segundo longplayers.

Juana Molina can, perhaps rather cheekily, been seen as kickstarting the new generation of performers who begin with their core group of instruments and a delay pedal, and take the relatively experimental approach of live sound-looping and manipulation to the pop-concert medium. Think Kama Aina, think Animal Collective, think KT Tunstall even…! She’s definitely somewhere between these first two disparate musical landscapes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if her powerful solo renditions of songs from last year, using exactly Ms Tunstall’s sampling approach, have had an effect…

Juana Molina never makes of this a trick, but more an effective and affecting use of time-delay for a sense of disorientation and twisting beauty, to heighten her songs’ moods and structures. In fact it is an integral part of her composition process, this layering upon layering of polyrhythms, dissonant synth melodies, and effected voices. Her music is in love with texture and timbre, and despite its leftfield leanings it is a wondrous and accessible Song she sings. More and more people will fall under the spell with the joys of Son.

Much of Son is propelled by compulsive percussive vocal tracks, not dissimilar to the avant beatboxing of Bodenstandig and then Bjork before her. This turns to something close to scat-singing at times, and shows us a more explicitly soulful side to Juana than we’ve seen before. We also hear samples of sounds unfamiliar from previous albums, particularly on ‘malherido’, where twangs of banjo-like acoustic guitar bend and blend awkwardly into the sub-housey rhythms of the song, and a childlike sense of play seeps into the bizarre, momentarily aural landscape. Yes those voices do sound like pigs ‘oinking’. Juana seems to be sharing with modern contemporaries such as the Animal Collective, the musical adventurism of the Beach Boys’ Smile and its forays into farmyard fun, as well as a vocal lushness that is pleasing to any ear.

As Juana herself says of the music, “When I started to write the songs for this record Son, a new element that may have been hidden for a long time appeared; the randomness of the combination of sounds in nature. Each bird has a particular singing; nevertheless this singing is always different. It is not a pattern; it’s a drawing, a sound and a mode, only a few elements that each bird combines in a new way each time. In the same way, sometimes I chose to sing a melodic drawing I develop for the song. Verses are alike, but never the same (Rio Seco, No Seas Antipática) other times I chose to sing a repetitive melody.

What changes here and moves randomly is, for example, a keyboard. It is like overlapping two different loops, with no synchronicity at all. One very rhythmic and the other one more lose. When you play both, at the same time, the loose loop will provoke a changing harmony, because their beats will never be in the same place. This causes a moving harmony. During the tours, I also applied my new ideas to the old songs, that’s why, when I got back home, I recorded the first thing that came to mind using these new ideas. In October, when I sat down to put all I had for the record together I had the huge and pleasant surprise that I almost had the record done. Son is a step forward on the same path I started with Segundo and followed with Tres Cosas.”

Son is the sound of a unique and significant modern songwriter at the peak of her game, enjoying herself, and dipping deep into her well of Song to create a musical cycle of sound so seductive and yet mysterious, that it stands up to repeated listening and exploration.

Release date: 29 May 2006
Cat. No .: WIG176 (CD/Lp)
Distribution: Vital



Plague Songs album released

Featuring contributions from Scott Walker, Rufus Wainright, Brian Eno, Robert Wyatt, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Laurie Anderson and Imogen Heap, Plague Songs is out now on 4AD in the UK, and November 21st in the US.

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This fascinating, unsettling and unique project comes down to one simple idea : a collection of songs based on the ten Biblical plagues that take place in the book of Exodus.

A simple idea, but a complicated story – these songs were originally commissioned by a British arts organisation called Artangel to form part of a large-scale public art event. The Margate Exodus took place in September 2006; it transformed a dilapidated seaside town on the North Kent Coast into the setting for a vibrant modern recreation of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt. During the event, the 10 “Plague Songs” were performed by local singers and musicians; together, the festivities will form part of a feature film which is to be broadcast and screened in 2007.

The 4AD release gathers together the 10 original recordings, presented in Biblical plague order. It moves from the scattershot, street-level drama of Klashnekoff’s “Blood” through to the tender lament for a real-life “Death Of The Firstborn” written by Rufus Wainwright. On the way, there’s the sublime hover of Brian Eno & Robert Wyatt’s “Flies”, the cracked, surreal sparseness of The Tiger Lillies “Hailstones”, and Laurie Anderson’s grave, shadowy meditation on the Death Of Livestock. Imogen Heap’s “Glittering Clouds” is a soaring pop song driven along by locust samples, while Scott Walker’s “Darkness” (what else ?) is simply astonishing – a driven and almost completely a cappella call-and-response which will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

All ten tracks are exclusive to this release; and despite their various soundworlds and approaches they form a surprisingly coherent and convincing whole.

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Tracklisting :

    “Blood” – Klashnekoff (The Plague Of Blood)
    “Relate the Tale” – King Creosote (The Plague Of Frogs)
    “The Meaning of Lice” – Stephin Merritt (The Plague Of Lice)
    “Flies” – Brian Eno & Robert Wyatt (The Plague Of Flies)
    “The Fifth Plague” – Laurie Anderson (The Death Of Livestock)
    “Boils” – Cody ChesnuTT (The Plague Of Boils)
    “Hailstones” – The Tiger Lillies (The Plague Of Hail)
    “Glittering Cloud” – Imogen Heap (The Plague Of Locusts)
    “Darkness” – Scott Walker (The Plague Of Darkness)
    “Katonah” – Rufus Wainwright (The Death Of The Firstborn)

The Sunshine Underground 2006 UK tour dates

The Sunshine Underground – Craig (22), Stuart (22), Daley (24) and Matthew (22) – are four likely lads from Shrewsbury who came together, Megazord-like, in Leeds (the Northern city famed for cheeky chappies Peter Sutcliffe and The Kaiser Chiefs). Together, they form the rhythm colossus known as The Sunshine Underground.

Like a fever you actually want to catch, the Sunshines following has spread as the band have sold out London and Leeds on their first headline tour. This follows successful support slots for LCD Soundsystem and countless sweaty local rave-ups, which earned the group the Live Band of the Year trophy at the Leeds Music Awards.

Their debut single, Put You In Your Place, was released on City Rockers on July 18th after winning Zane Lowes Fresh Meat competition and since then the boys have toured up and down, leaving a trail of danced-out fans basking in their anthemic afterglow. Their second release, Commercial Breakdown, earned even more kudos from the likes of Lowe and the NME, and the momentum shows no signs of slowing. In addition to their hectic live schedule, the boys are in and out of the studio recording with Dan Kahuna (FC Kahuna) as well as Steve Dubb (Chemical Brothers) and Seggs (The Ruts), who have also been in with Bloc Party and Roots Manuva. The boys are looking to finish the album in March for an early autumn release before departing for more live dates, including the spring/summer European festival circuit. Live favourites Borders, Panic Attack, and My Army have already gone under the knife, as well as a few nameless newies.

Bringing a danceable sensibility to the regionally-accented angular guitar antics so popular at the moment, The Sunshine Underground are the tip for 2006.

The Sunshine Underground are:

Craig Wellington (vox / guitar)
Stuart Jones (guitar)
Daley Smith (bass)
Matthew Gwilt (drums)

www.thesunshineunderground.co.uk / www.myspace.com/thesunshineunderground

Those tour dates are…
October 4th – Whelans, Dublin
October 5th – Barfly, Glasgow
October 6th – Barfly, Liverpool
October 7th – Fibbers, York
October 9th – Barfly, Cardiff
October 10th – Barfly, Birmingham
October 11th – Camden (London) Barfly

October 20th – The Peel, Kingston (Surrey)
October 21st – Stealth, Nottingham
October 25th – Counting House, Pontefract
October 26th – Fabric, London
October 27th – Manhattan Bar, Bristol
October 28th – Silhouette, Hull
October 30th – Club Academy, Manchester

November 1st – Metropolitan University, Leeds
November 2nd – Carling Academy 2, Newcastle
November 3rd – The Plug, Sheffield
November 4th – Workhouse Festival, Powys
November 8th – Cavern Club, Exeter
November 9th – Aura, Taunton
November 10th – Brunel Rooms, Swindon
November 11th – Zodiac, Oxford
November 13th – Joiners Arms, Southampton
November 14th – Charlotte, Leicester
November 15th – Carling Academy 2, Liverpool
November 16th – The Sugarmill, Stoke
November 18th – Westport Bar, Dundee
November 19th – Moshulu, Aberdeen
November 21st – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
November 22nd – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
November 23rd – 53 Degrees, Preston
November 24th – Lucorum, Barnsley
November 28th – Kings College, London

BBC Electric Proms line up

The BBC announced today that Paul Weller will be the performer opening the inaugural BBC Electric Proms at the Roundhouse, Camden on Wednesday 25th October. In addition, The Magic Numbers, The Zutons and The Fratellis have also been announced as the final acts to complete a line up which sees over 50 artists, from genres ranging from jazz and soul to rock and pop, committed to creating new moments in music.

Paul Weller has always had a reputation for pushing musical boundaries, from his early days as leader of the The Jam (who played at the Roundhouse in the 70s), right up to the most recent release of his As Is Now album. For BBC Electric Proms, the man credited as the elder statesman of pop will create a one-off performance of unique collaborations with heritage and contemporary artists.  He will also perform classic tracks from his 30-year career, as well as debuting new, previously unheard material.

When asked about his BBC Electric Proms performance Weller commented, “I’ve not played at the Roundhouse since 1977 so it will be quite nice to go back. I suppose it reminds me of my youth, when I first started playing in London.”

Joining Weller on the bill will be The Magic Numbers, premiering tracks from their forthcoming album Those The Brokes. This performance will be the bands first major UK show ahead of their tour in November.

Liverpool quartet The Zutons will be funking things up on Friday 27th October, appearing at the Roundhouse on the bill before Godfather of Soul James Brown. They will take time out before their forthcoming UK tour to perform some of the hits from their latest platinum-selling album Tired of Hanging Around.

In addition, three piece Scots indie rockers The Fratellis have also been added to the bill alongside rock legends The Who for a special performance at the Roundhouse on Sunday 29th October.

BBC Electric Proms takes place from October 25th to 29th at the Roundhouse and at satellite venues all over Camden. The event will be broadcast across a number of BBC television and radio networks including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, 1Xtra, 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and BBC World Service. There will be extensive online coverage, and digital television viewers will be able to enjoy performances on demand at the push of the red button.

MJ Hibbett tour dates

In October MJ will be playing the following places:

Thursday October 12 – The Windmill, London (John Peel Night, playing with Lazarus Clamp)
Friday October 13 – Pinup Flights, Glasgow (Playing at the launch party for the new album by The Plimptons)
Wednesday October 18 – Cafe Iguana, Reading (with The Pines)
Friday October 27 – The Brook Inn, Cleator Moor, Cumbria
Saturday October 28 – University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Sheffield (on the main stage at about 4pm)

There are a variety of line-ups for these – London will probably feature Tom on violin, Glasgow’s a solo appearance, Reading’s the White Stripes line-up with Tim drumming, Cleator Moor will see MJ joined again by Tom and then it’s the full Validators reunited for Sheffield.