L’Union fait La Force!

Choosing the right show is never easy, but here at Labels we’ve really decided to test you this Tuesday night by bringing in two of France’s hottest rising talents at opposite ends of the capital…

In the West, in the left corner (or should that be ‘on the left bank’) you’ll find YANN TIERSEN, the man behind the soundtracks for AMELIE and more recently GOODBYE LENIN, as well as his own album L’ABSENTE, which was released a year ago. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see his extraordinary multi-instrumental live show which you’ll find at LONDON’s SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE…

Unless, of course, you cross the city? In which case…

In the East, in the right corner (or maybe, of course, ‘on the right bank’), you’ll find M83, celebrating the ongoing word-of-mouth campaign that the good British public has been doing on behalf of their debut UK release, DEAD CITIES, RED SEAS & LOST GHOSTS. They headline LONDON’s 93 FEET EAST, and also release a new single, 0078h, on December 1st. You’ll also find them in Dublin tonight and Nottingham on Wednesday, as well as performing live on Radio 1’s One World show on Thursday evening.

You makes your choices, you takes your picks. Either way, it’s time to brush up on your French…

A demain…

Mark Clayden Leaves The Blueprint

Mark Clayden, bass player for The Blueprint and former Pitchshifter member, has announced he will be stepping down from his duties as The Blueprint’s four stringer. Mark’s last live show with The Blueprint will be on November 29th at the Garage Club in North London.
Says Mark: “Although I will be playing bass on the upcoming Blueprint album, my personal commitments are such that I don’t feel I would be able to give the 100% commitment The Blueprint deserves. I feel it’s better for me to bow out on a high note and let the band continue with their success. I would like to thank the band and the fans for their continuing support, and to let them know that I have had a truly amazing time with The Blueprint. I feel lucky to have been a part of such an awesome family.”

The Blueprint’s guitarist Matt Grundy added “It’s really gutting for us to see Mark go, but he has other things to move on to, and we wish him the best of luck for the future. Mark and I started this band together, and i’ll always consider him a part of it, because it couldn’t have happened without him. We’d all like to thank him for great times we’ve spent together, and the massive effort he has put into The Blueprint.”

Clayden will be replaced by Consumed bass player/Army Of Flying Robots drummer Luke Moss: “Rehearsals with Luke have been really cool so far” says Grundy, “He’s a great musician, and it’s awesome to have him in the band.”

Clayden’s former outfit Pitchshifter have announced the production of a posthumous DVD set to be released on the band’s own record label PSI Records (www.psirecords.com) early in 2004.

The Blueprint are currently in the process of writing songs for their forthcoming debut album ‘Phenomenology’, to be released in 2004.

Lambchop release 2 albums on February 9th 2004

The unusual presentation of the records originates from the hugely productive recording sessions that LAMBCHOP undertook in 2003. The band were invited to perform a live soundtrack in San Francisco to F.W.Murnau’s classic film Sunrise in the spring of 2003, and this enabled front man Kurt Wagner to select a total of thirty six songs from a “buttload” of music accumulated between the summer of 2002 and the spring of 2003, during some of which time he had attempted to write one song a day.

Although Wagner chose not to release all of the recordings, twenty four have been selected, and these make up the content of the two records. It was important to LAMBCHOP, however, that these were not released as a double album, and the concept of the simultaneous release was born, the idea being that each record can be listened to as a single entity. Naturally both are intertwined, but it is not necessary to experience them as a double album to do them justice. The albums are a significant step away from the intimate approach of their previous album Is A Woman, and instead recall the string-drenched sounds of their classic Nixon album. Indeed, Lloyd Barry, who was responsible for the string arrangements on Nixon, picks up the reins again here. However, whereas Paul Niehaus’ pedal steel was the focus for Nixon, and Tony Crow’s piano the anchor for Is A Woman, AW C’MON and NO YOU C’MON are centred around ‘young’ William Tyler’s guitar.

As Kurt comments, “William has unwittingly contributed both his youthful dynamics and energy to these particular selections of material. I have also marveled at his sense of melody and playfulness when it comes to his interpreting the songs.” The albums are also unusual in that they feature a number of instrumentals, including the first track on AW C’MON which is named Being Tyler in his honour.

LAMBCHOP are currently lining up a UK tour for the spring. More details will follow.

The Karaoke Climate

That bastion of Antipodean journalism, The Age, is carrying an interesting article about the dreaded Pop Idol scourge.

TV music boss defends Idol worship

In answer to Mr Jones’s question: individual cults of personality are a lot easier to manage than corralling five gak heads into some semblence of band brand, and the main interest Pop Idol has generated in the UK charts is people asking: ‘where did all this ephemeral, shallow crap come from?’

White Light Motorcade

Press Release

White Light Motorcade follow their appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals with a return to the UK in November.

The band were due to play UK dates in the company of The Donnas in October following their tour together in mainland Europe until these were cancelled. Now, the UK gets another chance to see White Light Motorcade as they support Therapy on their UK tour.

Dates are as follows:


Friday 21st – Reading, Fez

Saturday 22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill

Monday 24th – Norwich, Waterfront

Tuesday 25th – London, The Astoria

Wednesday 26th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Friday 28th – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms

Saturday 29th – Nottingham, Rock City

Monday 1st – Preston, The Mill

Tuesday 2nd – Leeds, The Cockpit

Wednesday 3rd – Newport, TJ?s

White Light Motorcade first came to the UK in March of this year when select shows saw them prove they were the ‘real rock’n’roll deal’ (NME). Their debut EP release garnered praise from all corners with Kerrang hailing ‘an unholy cross between the pumped-up punk of The Stooges and the atmospheric, chemical anthems of Primal Scream’. A deal with BMG and the release of debut LP, ‘Thank You, Goodnight’ followed. With it’s mix of rock grit and pop melody, X Ray rightly noted that the band have ‘clearly set their sights beyond Manhattan’ whilst The Fly praised ‘a definitive example of their art’.