Silicon Vultures debut single available as free MP3 download

Silicon Vultures’ debut single release ‘Sour Tits’ is currently available as a free download, and if the name of that track isn’t enticing, I don’t know what is. The band have also announced that they’ll release a 7″ vinyl-only 5-track single on 23 April via Captains Of Industry. Not sure what that’s called, to be honest, but you can preorder it from from 2 April.

The band have some dates coming up, so here they are:

6 March : Boiler Room, Guilford
9 March : DJ set @ Prison Sex, Kettering
6 April : 1 In 12 Club, Bradford
13 April : DJ set @ Prison Sex, Kettering
20 April : Splash Club @ Catch, London
26 April : Captains Of Industry party @ The Barfly, Camden

Get the free download from here. [192kbps/4.2MB/MP3/No DRM]

Global Cool enlist big names to combat global warming

Global cool logoThe worst effects of global warming can be avoided if one billion people reduce their carbon emissions by just one tonne a year, for the next 10 years, according to Global Cool, which launches today at the British Museum.

This solution presented by Global Cool is based on scientific research that the climatic tipping point – beyond which the climate becomes irreversibly unstable – can be put back if we reduce the global CO2 emissions by one billion tonnes a year – from the 26.5 billion tonnes (rising at 0.5 tonnes per year) currently emitted on an annual basis. By pushing back this tipping point, the campaign will buy time to develop cleaner, renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, water, hydrogen, bio-mass and geo-thermal power.

With the support of famous names from the world of entertainment, such as KT Tunstall and Josh Hartnett, who attended the conference today, Global Cool will empower a community of individuals to deliver the solution to the problem of global warming through positive collective action. Platinum-selling recording artists are booked to take part in a season of cool web casts on An exclusive Scissor Sisters concert can be viewed online now, and the series will continue with Maroon 5, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis later in the year. Global Cool will also be present at and supported by the V Festival in England, Oxygen in Ireland and T in the Park in Scotland, as well as a further year of support from Fuji Rocks in Japan and other International festivals to be announced.

Meanwhile, the website carries advice on how to be cool by reducing energy consumption through doing simple things such as sharing a shower or walking to work. People will also be encouraged to offset any surplus energy they use by purchasing a Tonne of Cool via the Global Cool web site.

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Soulsavers “Its Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land” Released 2nd April 2007

The Soulsavers follow up their critically acclaimed debut, Tough Guys Dont Dance, with, Its Not How Far You Fall, Its The Way You Land. Three years in the making, this time round they have joined up with Mark Lanegan who provides vocals on eight songs.
The album also features a cameo performance by Will Oldham. It’s an eleclectic recording, a unique mix of hip-hop, rock, country, soul & gospel.

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“There are a few acts I am unwilling to perform in public. Near the top of the list is falling to my knees, raising my hands to heaven, and crying like a redeemed sinner. Luckily I was on my own when I first heard the Soulsavers. From that moment on I adopted the role of travelling medic, administering Soulsaver medicine whenever and wherever I could. Believe me brothers and sisters; I was not once chased out of town. Soulsavers aint no snake oil, it’s righteous medicine.”

– Andrew Weatherall

Goose ‘Low Mode’ news and video streams

Bring It onGoose have a new single, ‘Low Mode’, coming out on the 19th February. Make sure you watch the video below!

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Watch in Windows Media by clicking here.

Goose release their debut album ‘Bring It On’ on 12th February on Skint Records. Initial quantities come with a bonus CD including: ‘Black Gloves (featuring Marcus Graap)’, ‘British Mode (Jesters Mix)’, ‘Bring It On (Tronik Mix)’, ‘Everybody (Dub)’ and ‘Masters On Top’.

They merge rock’n’roll with dance rhythms and nasty, filthy synths to make a blissful, celebratory pop noise with a sinister cinematic undercurrent. Play next to Justice, Daft Punk, The Rapture, Kasabian, Who Made Who, Infadels, LCD Soundsystem, and Hot Chip and even Enter Shikari and New Rave acts like Klaxons.

The album features the swinging, sleazy, insistent ‘British Mode’, the taut Euro-electro of ‘Bring It On’, ‘3T4’ with its psychedelic Beatles harmonies against an electro groove and stomping T-Rex beat, the raving ‘Everybody’, ‘Black Gloves’ buzzing like a nest of angry hornets rockin’ to a super-fast beat, and the original version of ‘Low Mode’.

Last year Goose released 2 acclaimed singles (see above and their recent placings in MIXMAG’s and DISORDER’s Singles Of The Year) which got great support from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, John Kennedy Annie Mac, Eddy Temple Morris, James Hayman, Bob Harris, EMAP, MTV, and E4. This year is already hotting up with Goose in the Tips For 2007 in THE SUN and NOTION and sessions/interviews to run on XFM and E4.

Their new single ‘Low Mode’ (Skint 130/ Skint 130CD is out on 19th February on digital (through RecordStore and iTunes), CD and the next in their series of highly collectable 7″s featuring new tracks and mixes including one by hot Parisian, Surkin. It’s a harder, faster, louder version of a track on their imminent debut album. These releases will see Goose kicking New Rave up the arse with their punk-rocking dance sounds and wild gigs. ‘With guttural guitars and korg-infested riffs they’ll have your booty a-shaking quicker than you can say “blow your whistles”‘ (NOTION). Check out the new video that captures their full-on live set at Brighton’s Core Club in front of a sweaty rabid crowd.

Goose gigs are an experience. The buzzing synths, the happy dancing crowds, the breakdowns and all hands in the air waiting for the beat to come right in! And bam!! It’s all live, no clicktrack or samplers, but using breakdowns like a DJ does. Like punk-era Cabaret Voltaire beating up Daft Punk at an open-air rave. “With a front man that jiggles his hips like Bryan Ferry, every girl with half a mind will be drooling over these four winged lovelies” (NOTION). Dynamic singer Mickael really gets the crowd going. So frantic was the response at a recent gig the floor collapsed.

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Maximo Park announce sixteen-date UK tour for April & May 2007

A Certain TriggerMaxïmo Park announce a sixteen-date UK tour for April and May, which culminates with three shows in three different venues in London on May 10th (Astoria), 11th (Shepherds Bush Empire) & 12th (Forum). The dates are:

Mon 23rd Cardiff University £13.50
Tue 24th Leeds University £13.50
Wed 25th Nottingham Rock City £13.50
Thu 26th Manchester Ritz £13.50
Fri 27th Liverpool University £13.50
Mon 30th Bristol Carling Academy £13.50

Tue 1st Southampton Guildhall £13.50
Wed 2nd Norwich UEA £13.50
Thu 3rd Birmingham Carling Academy £13.50
Sat 5th Glasgow Barrowlands £13.50
Sun 6th Aberdeen Music Hall £13.50
Mon 7th Sunderland Manor Quay £13.50
Tue 8th Newcastle Northumbria Uni Stage 1 £13.50
Thu 10th London Astoria £15.00
Fr 11th London Shepherds Bush Empire £15.00
Sat 12th London Forum £15.00

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd February.

Support comes from Art Brut except for the London Forum Show on the 12th of May where the support is Long Blondes.

As previously announced the band release their eagerly awaited second album Our Earthly Pleasures through Warp Records on Monday 2nd April. A single Our Velocity is released two weeks earlier on March 19th.

Our Earthly Pleasures was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies / Foo Fighters) and recorded at RAK studios in St Johns Wood during September and October 2006.

Our Earthly Pleasures is the follow-up to Maxïmo Park’s Nationwide Mercury Prize nominated debut album, A Certain Trigger, which delivered four Top Twenty singles including Apply Some Pressure, Graffiti and Going Missing.

Maxïmo Park also headline the Shockwaves NME Awards show on Wednesday 21st February at London’s Astoria, which sold out within minutes of the tickets going on sale.

Rough Trade Counter Culture 2006 (CD Review)

Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture 2006As you’d expect from the vinyl Mecca that is the Rough Trade store this compilation of their best of 2006 contains a vast spread of music. As a sampler of what is out there this hits out hard at people who complain about the state of music these days (you know who you are!) and neatly packages up 46 fine examples of innovative, passionate, beautiful, powerful and mind blowing music from the last year.

Beginning with the more sedate mood of the first CD there are tracks to sink into like a plush sofa. The calming and beautiful tracks from The Last Town Chorus, Oneida and the sublime, if on the surface unlikely, combination of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan sit with ease with the jaunty Camera Obscura, Peter Bjorn and John and Lily Allen. The tempo increases as the cd progresses and makes for a highly uplifting experience. A similar progression is to be found on CD2 except that ambiance gives way to synergy of rock, dance, rap and electronica as Uffie and Ladybug lead us into CSS and Gossip. If there were there any doubt about the rich tapestry of sounds out there today they this knocks them into the proverbial cocked hat.

A truly brilliant compilation that inspires and invigourates.

Label : Rough Trade
Release Date : 29 January 2007
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CD 1
Various Productions – Home
The Last Town Chorus – Caroline
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – The False Husband
Beirut – Postcards From Italy
Lily Allen – LDN
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Hush Arbors – Bones Of A Thousand Suns
Monkey Swallows The Universe – Science
Richard Swift – Paisley Park
Yo La Tengo – Sometimes I Don’t Get You
Treecreeper – Debris
Cold War Kids – We Used To Vacation
The Morrison Steam Fayre – Six String Layabout
Oneida – History’s Great Navigators
Bricolage – Footsteps
New Moscow – C’mon Up
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell
Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye’d Boy
Winterkids – I’m Not Used To You
Ripchord – Lock Up Your Daughters
Mike Sammes- Heineken

CD 2
Burial – Night Bus
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto – ax Mr. L.
Scritti Politti – The Boom Boom Bap
Uffie – Pop The Glock
Ladybug – Miniaturu De Lulu (feat. Dieze Tigrana)
Crystal Castles – Air War
Envelopes – Freejazz
CSS – Alaia
Metronomy – You Could Easily Have Me
Xerox Teens – My Favourite Hat
Bromheads Jacket – Trip To The Golden Arches
The Rotters – Japanese Punk
The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults – Preamble Great Divine Rector’s Cut
T.I.T.S. – Strong Arms
Gossip – Standing In The Way of Control
Pre – Dudefuk
Erase Errata – Another Genius Idea From Our Government
Bonnie Camplin – Get Me A Mirror
Wolf Eyes – Lake of Roaches
Nagisa Yoko and Justin Simon – Zeni Zeni
Trentemoller – Rykketid
Andrew Liles – Orville’s Engastrimythic Divinations
The Disco Students – The Rough Trade Song