Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club’s New EP

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Two Door Cinema Club  revealed the title track from the ‘Changing Of The Seasons’ EP  on BBC Radio 1,  August 15. Scroll down to listen to the track, which was produced by French teenager Madeon. The three track EP was released on September 30, 2013. 

The band also announced details of a gig at London’s O2 Arena on December 13. They will headline the 20,000 capacity venue following a number of festival appearances this summer, including dates at Glastonbury, T In The Park and this weekend’s V Festival (August 17 and 18).

Guitarist Sam Halliday enthuses: “It doesn’t feel real yet; at the moment it feels like a dream. It’s testing the water of a new sort of show. I went to see Beyonce at the O2 recently and that show definitely fits in the O2. Then I think back to that and think of our show at the minute… We want to try and fill the stage a bit more and be confident commanding a crowd rather than just playing the songs.”

Two Door Cinema Club are a Northern Irish indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alex Trimble (vocals, rhythm guitar, beats, synths) Sam Halliday (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Kevin Baird (bass, backing vocals).

The band’s debut album, Tourist History, was released on 1 March 2010 by French independent record label Kitsuné Music. In the United States, where the band are signed to Glassnote Records, the album was released on 27 April 2010. Tourist History was selected for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year (2010) the following year.

The band’s second album Beacon was released on 3 September 2012 and debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart.

Changing of the Seasons is the first release by the band since they left Kitsuné and signed with former EMI subsidiary Parlophone Records.

The lead single from the EP is the title track, “Changing of the Seasons”. It features production from electronic producer Madeon and can also be found on the 2013 reissue of Two Door Cinema Club’s sophomore album “Beacon”.

Track listing

Digital download
  1. Changing of the Seasons – 3:43
  2. Crystal – 3:22
  3. Golden Veins – 4:16
  4. Changing of the Seasons (Monsieur Adi Remix) – 6:23
12″ vinyl
  1. Changing of the Seasons
  2. Changing of the Seasons (Monsieur Adi Remix)
  3. Changing of the Seasons (Francesco Rossi Remix)
  4. Changing of the Seasons (Instrumental Mix)

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Arctic Monkeys – Upcoming Gigs & Discography

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Arctic Monkeys are nominated in 3 categories for the NME Awards 2013. “R U Mine?” is nominated for Best Track & Best Video, while the band are also up for Best British Band. To vote, click here.

The discography of Arctic Monkeys, a British indie rock  band, currently consists of four studio albums, three extended plays (EPs) and fifteen singles.

Arctic Monkeys were formed in 2002 by guitarist and vocalist Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bass guitarist Andy Nicholson and drummer and backing vocalist Matt Helders. After recording and independently distributing demos, the band released their debut EP, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys, on 30 May 2005. Among various offers, Domino Records was the label favored by the band, and they signed a deal with the London-based group in June 2005.

Releases
Studio albums 4
EPs 2
Singles 15
Video albums 2
Music videos 19

Studio Albums

2006 –

2007 –

2009 –

  • Humbug
  • Released: 24 August 2009
  • Label: Domino (WIGCD #220)
  • Format: CD, LP, DI

2011 –

Video albums

Year Album details
2006  Scummy Man

  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: DVD
2008 Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo

  • Released: 3 November 2008
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: DVD

EP

2005 –

  • Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys
  •  Released: 30 May 2005
  • Label: Bang Bang (BANGB #71)
  • Format: CD, LP

2006 –

  • Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
  • Released: 24 April 2006
  • Label: Domino (RUG #226)
  • Format: CD, LP

Singles

2005 –

2006 –

2007 –

2009 –

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2011 –

2012 –

Arcade Fire Put Church Studio up for Sale, Asking $325,000 [£205,000]

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Converted Quebec space available for $325,000 [£205,000]

Arcade Fire, the indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are selling their converted church recording studio. The band has tweeted a real estate listing for Farnham, Quebec’s Petite Église, where they recorded Neon Bible and The Suburbs. The 15,751 square-foot space sports three bedrooms, a large nave, a laundry room, and a kitchen-dining room, but the recording equipment appears to have been removed.

The band revealed to Rolling Stone last October that they had relocated to a new recording studio to work on their new album after the roof of Petite Église began to collapse. The band purchased Petite Église in 2005, installing beds in the basement and mixing boards on the upper floors. They’ve also opened up the studio to Beirut, Owen Pallett and other musicians over the years.

On Friday (Jan. 18) the band tweeted the following: “Anybody want to buy a church?” The tweet also contained a link to a listing for their church studio located in Farnham, Monteregie just outside of Montreal, Quebec, which was built back in 1850.

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“Very private church located on a quiet side street of village,” the listing describes the church studio as. “The entire volume of the nave is intact, kitchen and dining room adjoining the nave” are some of the details about the building, which has a “full height basement” with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that were renovated back in 2006.

“Charming church which housed a small concert hall, followed by a recording studio also offering accommodation,” the listing adds. “Its architecture makes it a perfect location for an artist’s studio, a place of worship, a cultural, community or other organization.”

The only drawback might be the fact the roof needs to be replaced at a cost estimated from $24,300 to $44,200 depending on the materials used. The building — which was assessed at $241,600 in 2012 — will also come with rods and curtains of the nave, pews, a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, a wall air conditioning unit and alarm system.

The group, who are reportedly releasing a new studio album later this year, also took time to throw their support behind NBA player (and former Toronto Raptor) Matt Bonner and a drive to help Bonner compete in the NBA All-Star Game three-point shot competition.

“There’s so much injustice in the world that we can’t do anything about, but this is something we can change,” the band tweeted on Friday with the hashtag #LetBonnerShoot. Another tweet also included a link to the letter Matt Bonner’s brother Luke penned in order to get Matt into the competition.

In other news, the group announced last week they’ll be participating in some form at Kanpe Kanaval in Montreal next month, a celebration based on the Haitian festival. There’s no word on the event’s site if the group are actually performing but 50 VIP tickets are for sale which enable you to meet the group. They’re being offered at $400 with all proceeds going to KANPE.

Arcade Fire released their last studio album The Suburbs in 2010, which earned them a Grammy Award in 2011 for album of the year.

Their album ‘Funeral’ is included in the Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000s. Loss, love, forced coming-of-age and fragile generational hope: Arcade Fire’s debut touched on all these themes as it defined the independent rock of this decade. A rich, folkie musicality, the band made symphonic rock that truly rocked, using accordions and strings as central elements rather than merely as accessories, with a rhythm section that never let up.

Watch Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” Video

Published on Nov 22, 2010
Taken from the short film: “Scenes From The Suburbs”

Director: Spike Jonze
DP: Greig Fraser
Editor: Jeff Buchanan
Additional Video Editing: Patrick Colman
Producer: Vince Landay
Producer: Arcade Fire
Production Company: MJZ
Sound Design/Mix – T. Terressa Tate @ The Royal T Room

Bear in Heaven: ‘I Love You, it’s Cool’ Review

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The Brooklyn band’s third album grabs the listener from its first play.

If you’ve got a spare four months you might like to listen to the stream of I Love You, It’s Cool which Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven have slowed down by 400,000%. The as-good-as interminable 2,700 hours of pure drone is a neat skit, and it allows reviewers to make the know-it-all point that, actually, you need to give this band time. Aren’t we writers just so perceptive?

Time isn’t necessarily what you need to give this album at all, though. The Reflection of You is an immediate winner that grabs you by the lapels and pulls you right in close. It’s a synth-driven pure pop gem that requires next to no time to take hold.

Sinful Nature is another effort that’s deliciously hooky from the first taste, and while Bear in Heaven’s card might’ve been marked as psychedelic prior to this third LP’s release, there are no outré elements purely for the sake of it, and nothing is ever overblown.

Almost everything is tight and controlled, returning time and again to the simple power of a pop song. Frontman Jon Philpot seems in thrall to John Travolta on The Reflection of You when he winks, “If you come dance with me / I think you will like my moves.” Elsewhere, with his big mouth and strut strapped on, he very nearly channels Ian Brown on the stomping Space Remains.

But if there’s a criticism to direct this trio’s way, it’s that they perhaps could get lost in the moment a bit more, as when they do it’s glorious. Three-minutes-fifty into World of Freakout and then again during Sinful Nature they stretch the song at hand further than it should go, upping the ante, volume and intensity into elongated crescendos that Hot Chip would be proud of. And maintaining these directions even longer wouldn’t have seemed self-indulgent – they could swell to mountainous proportions and please any listener.

The qualities that may have led to comment that this album needs time to sink in are found during slower, moodier moments: lugubrious grooves like Warm Water and Noon Moon, each a thoughtful slice of modern electronica. Longevity might ultimately be an issue, but if we’re living in the moment – as the superb title of this record seems to suggest we do – then who cares? Just dance.

Bear in Heaven – “Reflection of You” (Official Video by John Lee of PFFR)

Tracks

1 Idle Heart
2 The Reflection of You
3 Noon Moon
4 Sinful Nature
5 Cool Light
6 Kiss Me Crazy
7 World of Freakout
8 Warm Water
9 Space Remains
10 Sweetness & Sickness

About the band:

Bear in Heaven is a Brooklyn-based rock band formed by Jon Philpot. The sound of the band incorporates influences from psychedelic music, electronic music, and krautrock.

Jon Philpot has previously released music as part of the duo Presocratics, in collaboration with guitarist and composer Need Thomas Windham. Presocratics released two albums on the record label Table of the Elements in 2001; both were produced by Philpot.

The first Bear in Heaven release (Tunes Nextdoor to Songs, Eastern Developments 2003) was an EP of solo recordings by Philpot, with guest musicians performing on various instruments. Shortly after the release of Tunes Nextdoor to Songs, Philpot joined with guitarist Adam Wills, keyboardist/guitarist Sadek Bazarra (a graphic designer with Brooklyn design collective GH avisualagency), guitarist David Daniell (of San Agustin), and bassist James Elliott (Ateleia, School of Seven Bells). Eventually drummer Joe Stickney (formerly of Perpetual Groove, drummer with Paul Duncan, Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist project, and current touring drummer with Panthers) was added to the lineup. Daniell left Bear in Heaven in 2005 to focus on his solo project.

In 2006 they did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon.

Red Bloom of the Boom, Bear in Heaven’s first full-length album with the full band, was released in 2007 by the Hometapes record label.

Elliott left the band after the completion of the recordings of Red Bloom of the Boom to focus on School of Seven Bells and his solo project, Ateleia. Bear in Heaven now performs as a four-piece with Philpot on vocals, guitar and keyboards; Wills on guitar and bass; Bazarra on bass and keyboards; and Stickney on drums.

Their 2010 album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, received the “Best New Music” award from Pitchfork Media, with the reviewer stating: “Beast Rest Forth Mouth is as familiar-feeling as it is difficult to pinpoint. Mostly made up of textural, spacious three- to four-minute pop anthems with towering choruses, BRFM is a welcome reminder that an album doesn’t have to be bombastic to feel huge and important. Take out the earbuds and let it fill a space: This is music that’s bigger than your iPod—music you’ll want to feel all around you. Though not quite coming out of nowhere, BRFM seems like a surprise gift—a striking consolidation of the spiky psych-prog tendencies of their debut into a pop framework.”

Their most recent album I Love You, It’s Cool was previewed to fans on the band’s website in March 2012 – capturing the album and slowing it down to 2,700 hours of drone. It has so far received positive reviews and was previewed by the website NPR. The album was released on April 3rd.

Discography

Tunes Nextdoor to Songs – Eastern Developments CDEP, 2003
Red Bloom of the Boom – Hometapes CD, 2007
Beast Rest Forth Mouth – Hometapes CD, 2009
Beast Rest Forth Mouth UK release – Hometapes/Dreamboat Records CD, 2010[5]
I Love You, It’s Cool – Hometapes CD, 2012

Pavement – American Indie Rock Band: BBC Radio 6 Music Interview

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Formed 1989. Disbanded 2000

Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989. The group mainly consisted of Stephen Malkmus (vocals and guitar), Scott Kannberg (guitar and vocals), Mark Ibold (bass), Steve West (drums) and Bob Nastanovich (percussion and vocals). Initially conceived as a recording project, the band at first avoided press or live performances, while attracting considerable underground attention with their early releases. Gradually evolving into a more polished band, Pavement recorded five full length albums and nine EPs over the course of their decade-long career, though they disbanded with some acrimony in 1999 as the members moved on to other projects. In 2010, they undertook a well-received reunion tour.

Though only briefly brushing the mainstream with the single “Cut Your Hair” in 1994, Pavement was a successful indie rock band. Rather than signing with a major label as many of their 1980s forebears had done, they remained signed to independent labels throughout their career and have often been described as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the American underground in the ’90s. Some prominent music critics, such as Robert Christgau and Stephen Thomas Erlewine, went so far as to call them the best band of the 1990s. In their career, they also achieved a significant cult following.

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