Asboi Seksu’s album and singles…

On 21 May 2007, New York’s best kept secret and One Little Indian’s newest signings, Asobi Seksu (Japanese for playful sex), are to release their debut UK single. Called ‘Walk On The Moon’, the download only single is taken from Asobi Seksu’s forthcoming self titled debut album, which is released a week later, on 28 May. Backed with new track ‘Sooner’, promo copies of the single will also include the video for the title track, which is a featured video on MTVU and a No.1 ‘Dean’s List’ video (voted for by MTVU.com) in The States.

Formed in 2002, the band is Japanese singer/keyboardist Yuki, guitarist/singer James Hanna, bassist Glenn Waldman, and drummer Keith Hopkin. Asobi Seksu eschew flavour-of-the-month posturing in favour of a sound that is intense, emotive, complex, and thoroughly beautiful. Yukis vivid stories of loss and heartbreak – sung in English and Japanese – soar above ebbing squalls of deeply textured guitar noise, swirling beauty and pulsating energy that would make Kevin Shields blush.

A mainstay of premiere East Coast venues – including sold-out shows in New York – Asobi Seksu are a formidable live act. Perfectly executing both the rhythmic precision and saturated ethereal melodies of their first studio effort, the band delivers a brilliant live performance. Never wasting a second, they blend pop sensibilities and poignant moments of melancholia with unexpected sonic explosions. . Mainstream press has taken notice, with favorable reviews from the New York Press, Amplifier, The Village Voice, and the New York Times, who praised their, blaring, shimmering, multilayered guitars and well-made pop melodies.

A second single will be released in July, when, hot on the heels of their debut album on 16 July, this Japanese / American combo will release their second studio album, ‘Citrus’ (the crossroads where My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth meet). A UK / international tour is currently being arranged for late Summer.

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The Horrors – Tour and a new single

Strange House The Horrors are set to release a brand new single on Loog on the 18th June 2007.

‘She Is The New Thing’, the follow up to ‘Gloves’, is taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Strange House‘ which was released on Loog on the 5th March. Produced by Ben Hillier, the new single is released on CD and two limited edition seven inch vinyl featuring exclusive new tracks, including a Cavemen remix of ‘She is The New Thing’ and ‘Sister Leonella’ produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner.

The Southend five-piece, who recently completed a sell out headline tour of the UK, are currently finishing off their European run of shows, before heading off on an extensive tour of America through June. The Horrors line up of Faris Rotter – Vocals, Tomethy Furse – Bass, Joshua Third – Guitar, Spider Webb – Organ and Coffin Joe – Drums kick off the thirteen date tour with 2 dates in New York, before winding up with a Seattle show on 20th June. They then return to the UK for a slot on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury, kicking off their Summer festival run which culminates in Reading/Leeds.

The dates are:

June 2007

04th New York, US Luna Lounge
05th New York, US The Filimore
07th Boston, US Paradise Rock Club
08th Washington, US Rock n Roll Hotel
09th Philadelphia, US North Star Bar
10th Montreal, Canada Petit Campus
11th Toronto, Canada The Mod Club
12th Cleveland Heights, US Grog Shop
14th Chicago, US The Abbey
15th Minneapolis, US Triple Rock
18th Los Angeles, US El Rey Theatre
19th San Francisco, US Popscene
20th Seattle, US Crocodile Cafe
24th Glastonbury, UK Glastonbury Festival
29th Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Festival
30th Tromoy, Norway Arendal Hove

July 2007

06th Turku, Finland Turku Ruisrock
13th Dour, Belgium Dour Festival
15th Manchester, UK International Festival
20th Benicassim, Spain Benicassim Festival

August 2007

11th Tokyo, Japan Summer Sonic Festival
12th Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic Festival
24th Reading, UK Reading Festival
25th Leeds, UK Leeds Festival

The Horrors acclaimed debut album ‘Strange House‘ is out now

Legendary 10cc Members Reunite To Record New Music

15 May 2007,London – For the first time in over three decades original 10cc members, Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman, have reunited to record new music. Best known for such classic 10cc hits as “Rubber Bullets”, “I’m Not In Love” and “Things We Do For Love”, as well as Godley and Creme’s mega-hit “Cry”, Godley and Gouldman have recorded five new songs available for download on their official website www.ggo6.co.uk.

Kevin Godley, former half of the pioneering duo Godley and Creme, who has also directed and produced some of the most successful music videos in rock and roll for such artists as Duran Duran, U2, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Keane and The Police to name just a few, graces all five tracks with his tremendous voice – arguably one of the great vocalists in music today. “I always figured Kevin had the best voice in the band,” complements Gouldman, “ironic that he never sang lead on a 10cc single¦ Even I managed that. Now justice has been done. Kevin’s voice and razor sharp lyrics take us places we haven’t visited before¦ Always a good place to start!”

Graham Gouldman, a prolific songwriter since 1965, who still maintains a touring 10cc, before joining the band penned such classic songs as “For Your Love”, “Heart Full Of Soul” and “Evil Hearted You” for The Yardbirds, as well as “Look Through Any Window” and “Bus Stop” for The Hollies and “No Milk Today”, “Listen People” and “East West” for Herman’s Hermits. He has also worked with the likes of Andrew Gold and The Ramones. “It was exhilarating to hear a haunting Graham Gouldman chord sequence,” says Godley about their recent collaboration, “wrap some words around it and feel something actually come to life, in real time, again. These first five tracks are pretty lean by our previous standards. They’re more heartfelt, focused, less layered and lyrically they’re tougher.”

The five new Godley and Gouldman songs are as followed:

1) “The Same Road ” – A burned-out, homesick, American executive, snarled up in traffic on the Westway, fantasizes about finding a soul mate in a pressurized, loveless world.

2) “Johnny Hurts” – In a dark hotel room, late at night, a man tries to comfort his best friend’s new wife as a disastrous wedding party winds down in the bar.

3) “Beautifulloser.com” – A rich man recalls, with regret, his lost youth and his part in an extraordinary woman’s downfall.

4) “Hooligan Crane ” – Years after the event a victim of school bullying meets his vicious tormentor. Old wounds re-open. For the victim nothing’s changed. For the bully everything has.

5) “Son Of Man” – Hotlegs morph, noisily, into 10cc via self -medicating, mutant primate and northern work ethic. (This is part one of “The Son Of Man Diaries”, a sporadic, mostly audio but occasionally visual look at Godley and Gouldman’s collective history).

Why a reunion now after so many years? “In a nutshell¦ unfinished business,” explains Godley. “In all the years we’ve known each other we’ve only written three pure, Godley/Gouldman songs. That, and a desire to find out if the music muscle still worked with someone I enjoyed and didn’t have to spend weeks getting to know.” Upon listening to the duo’s new work unquestionably the spark is still there, picking up where they left off in 1976 but with a newly found, contemporary edge. Says Gouldman, “Kevin and I have always stayed in touch even though we haven’t actually worked together for many years, so I was delighted when he called to suggest we write some songs. When I asked ‘Why?’ He said, ‘No reason¦ just to do it and see what happens.’ A good enough reason for me!”

Much to the elation of Kevin Godley/Graham Gouldman fans worldwide, new material by the dynamic duo are currently in the works.

For downloads and more information visit the official Godley and Gouldman website: www.gg06.co.uk

Secret CSS/Gossip Double Header Gig

Two of rocks coolest bands to hit Manchester for first ever double headline event

Two of rocks coolest, sexiest and most charismatic bands have joined forces for the first time ever in order to treat their MySpace friends to a double headline Secret Show in Manchester.

This rare and special gig, the first MySpace Secret Show to be held in Manchester, will be hosted at the Roadhouse on Friday 18th May – home to the citys edgiest club night Contort Yourself.

Fans will be treated to full length sets from both Gossip and CSS, with their iconic front women Beth Ditto and Love Foxxx setting the dancefloor-blazing pace for the show in the up-close-and-personal confines of this intimate venue.

As part of the infamous Contort Yourself night, the gig will be followed by storming electro, rock and disco into the early hours from Benjamin Benjamin, Gezmagus and Rick Davies.

To be in with a chance of gaining entry to the night, fans should sign up to the Secret Shows profile at www.myspace.com/secretshowsuk, and to the bands MySpace profiles at www.myspace.com/gossipband and www.myspace.com/canseidesersexy, and put all three profiles in their MySpace Top 8 friends.

Fans then need to show a print out of their MySpace profile to staff at Fopp on Brown Street at 6pm on Thursday. The first lucky fans to arrive in store will be able to exchange their profile for a wristband which will get them into the gig and the club night.

MAGICIANS starring Mitchell and Webb In Cinemas Friday 18th!

From the hottest new British comedians Mitchell and Webb and the creators of the award-winning ‘Peep Show’ comes MAGICIANS – a hilarious new British comedy set in the world of stage magic.

Lifelong friends Harry and Karl (David Mitchell and Robert Webb) are the greatest magic double act in the country. But after a guillotine illusion goes horribly and spectacularly wrong, their friendship and their careers are finished. Now, down on his luck and out of cash, Harry sets his sights on the prize money of the prestigious ‘International Magic Shield’ tournament. But to win he will have to compete against the world’s oddest (and saddest) magicians – including his deadly rival Karl, performing under the guise of ridiculous psychic ‘The Mindmonger’. Can new tricks and a new assistant (Jessica Stevenson from ‘Confetti’ and ‘Spaced’) help Harry to triumph over his underhanded opponents and his disastrous past?

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Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Peep Show), Jessica Stevenson (Confetti, Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, & the new series of Doctor Who), Darren Boyd (Green Wing) and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It).

Submit your magic trick and win!

www.myspace.com/magiciansmovie