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News: Summer Camp Release New Video, Michael Kiwanuka Teams with Dan Auerbach, Daytrotter Crosses the Pond

I do exist, I swear! I’ve been working–that’s right, working. I’ve been on blog hiatus this past month or so as I’ve started my job at Synthetic, the company behind the Hipstamatic iPhone app. (Guess all those gig photos paid off, eh?) I’m still woefully behind on blog duties, but I’ll be rolling them back in over the next few weeks. After all, I still owe you an Andrew Butler review.

If anyone is interested in doing a guest post, please comment on this post, tweet me, or shoot me an email. I’d love for you to fill readers in on all the new-folk awesomeness that I’ve missed over the past month or so. There’s been a lot!

Not least of which: congratulations to Daughter for being signed to Glassnote (home of Communion friends Mumford & Sons), Michael Kiwanuka for recording with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach (track below), and Summer Camp for releasing this super awkward video for “Losing My Mind” (especially loving the cat).

BREAKING NEWS: Daytrotter has just announced that they’re teaming up with Communion and heading to London. From The 405:

We’re so excited to be working with Sean and the Daytrotter team here at Communion. We’re long time admirers of the ethics and integrity that they display, and we feel as champions of new artists and musical discovery it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Communion’s Jones. Added Lovett, “Daytrotter are the godfathers of alternative music in America, and we’re very happy to be entering into this marriage, as Kev said we just love everything they do.”

The first batch of sessions recorded here included 4-song sets by Bombay Bicycle Club (the first to be posted on Thursday), Metronomy, Big Deal, Lucy Rose, Niki & The Dove, Nathaniel Rateliff, Admiral Fallow, Slow Club, Simone Felice, Bear Driver, Duologue, Jesca Hoop, Folks, Kyla La Grange, Boxer Rebellion, Tribes and Channel Chairo. Read more at the 405.

NEWS! Lots of it.


Check out ‘Mukraker’ by Conveyor–mark my words, you’ll be hearing a lot from them in 2012.

If I covered all the music news that I’ve found interesting over the past week, I’d be writing this post for three days straight. It’s been nutty. So here are some snippets.

King Charles releases Mississippi Isabel EP
At long last, I can listen to a version of ‘Ivory Road’ that wasn’t recorded in the back of a London taxicab (although I adore that one too). The king’s EP is available on iTunes and Amazon, and features:

1. Bam Bam
2. Love Lust
3. Ivory Road
4. Mississippi Isabel

Andrew Bird reveals Break It Yourself tracklist:
I’m stoked to see Andrew Bird and Laura Marling in April–and if that tour prospect isn’t juicy enough already, those tickets come with a digital download of the new album and two live EPs. Check those tour dates out here, and the tracklist for Break It Yourself is below.

01. Desperation Breeds…
02. Polynation
03. Danse Caribe
04. Give it Away
05. Eyeoneye
06. Lazy Projector
07. Near Death Experience Experience
08. Behind the Barn
09. Lusitania
10. Orpheo Looks Back
11. Sifters
12. Fatal Shore
13. Hole in the Ocean Floor
14. Belles

Three Blind Wolves release video for ‘Echo On the Night Train’
These guys need to be better known–they’re phenomenal. I’m happy just closing my eyes and listening to ‘Echo On the Night Train’, but a video (almost) always makes things better.

Slow Club announce US tour
I’m particularly excited about this one, because it means I finally get to catch this duo live when they hit SF’s Brick and Mortar in March.

FEBRUARY
14 – Washington, DC – DC9
15 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
16 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
17 – Boston, MA – TT The Bears
18 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
19 – Toronto, ON – Rivoli
21 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
22 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

MARCH
06 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
07 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
08 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
12 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

SXSW 2012 dates TBA

Laura Marling discusses her poem and website for The Beast here
Laura has posted a poem on the-bea.st; it’s inspired by the album and narrated by Gil from Old Crow Medicine Show. Read about her multimedia process and inspiration in the interview above.

Eugene McGuinness releases free download and trailer for ‘Thunderbolt’
Though we’re still waiting on a release date for Eugene McGuinness’s upcoming album, at least he’s given us another taste of the new material. You can grab the track here and watch the trailer below.

Summer Camp hits LA, NY, and DC on upcoming tour
I’m bummed that they’re not stopping in San Francisco, but you can catch Summer Camp at the following dates:

02/06 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
02/09 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
02/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

And finally…. if you’ve been on Mars and haven’t caught the Coachella lineup yet, click here. Or, for heat-averse San Franciscans like me, check out the Bay Area’s Fauxchella dates.

Summer Camp Announce US Tour

It’s only fitting that Summer Camp would stop in LA on their upcoming US tour–after all, Welcome to Condale (which would grace the top of my 2011 best albums list if I’d made one) is set in a fictional SoCal suburb. Maybe that’s why their LA date at the Echo is the wonderful price of free.

I’m thrilled that the duo is heading to my side of the pond, but I’m praying to the concert gods that they find their way to San Francisco. Today is the last day to submit music to Noise Pop, so maybe they’ll hang in the US an extra couple weeks and hit up the West Coast’s premiere indie music festival.

02.06 New York, NY: Mercury Lounge
02.07 Brooklyn, NY: Glasslands Gallery
02.09 Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall
02.13 Los Angeles, CA: The Echo

All I Want for Christmas Is…

…to hear something other than Mariah Carey’s version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Is that too much to ask? (It might be.)

I hooked you guys up with some holiday party alternatives over at The Owl Mag, but I’ve just discovered a few more. The first is brought to you by everyone’s favorite Scotsmen, Frightened Rabbit: “Cheap Gold” is available for free over at Listen Before You Buy. You can probably tell by the title that it’s not exactly cheery, but more musicians should pull a Joni Mitchell and acknowledge Christmas’s depressing, eggnog-filled underbelly.

The second is a lovely mash-up from the king and queen of knitwear (as they said at the 405, these guys rock Christmas sweaters all year long), Summer Camp. They’ve combined the aforementioned “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time.” The real Christmas miracle is that the combination actually works–without making my ears bleed. See for yourself below.

Want more Christmas goodies? Don’t forget to download the free Folkroom compilation, and also check out Subpop’s magnificent selection of singles from their artists. It’s also free, and below.

And don’t forget Marques Toliver‘s mixtape. If you think you’ve heard anything like it–think again. His album is out on Bella Union next year.

Stream Summer Camp’s Welcome to Condale, Watch Video for “Down”

Summer Camp’s Welcome to Condale comes out November 8th in the US–but you can stream the whole thing here. And let me tell you, it’s fantastic, so stop whatever you’re doing and stream it. I’ll wait.

You can also watch the Halloween-themed video for new single “Down” (above), appropriate for the October 31st UK release. Condale has already made it into my Top Ten list–I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Summer Camp Release ‘Welcome to Condale’ Zine, Free Download from the Moth & the Mirror

Summer Camp is gearing up for the release of their first LP, Welcome to Condale, and have released a zine of the same name. The album is somewhat of a tribute to 1980s teens growing up in the LA suburb, and the zine is a pretty impressive encapsulation of that vibe. Read it at The 405.

The band also has a new website with lots of background info on the album. It was designed by Kissinger Twins, who directed their wonderful “Better Off Without You” video.

Welcome to Condale will be released November 7th in the US (and October 31st everywhere else), and I’m already expecting to be wowed. And I was sure wowed by Elizabeth’s brownies! Damn.

The Moth & the Mirror are a new Scottish supergroup, comprised of: Stacey Sievwright from The Reindeer Section and Arab Strap (vocals/guitar), Gordon Skene from Frightened Rabbit (guitar/vocals), Louis Abbott from Admiral Fallow and Song of Return (guitar/vocals) Kevin McCarvel (bass), Iain Sandilands (percussion) and Peter Murch (drums). They’ve got debut album Honestly, This World also coming out November 7th via Olive Grove Records–or you can buy it on their Bandcamp now.

Check out a remix of single “Germany” below.

Crazy Week for New-Folk!

As many of you likely know, this is a crazy week for new-folk, English music, and just music in general. It feels like there have been a billion album releases: Laura Marling, St. Vincent, Slow Club, Peggy Sue, Blitzen Trapper, Girls. I’m still working through reviews, but here are a couple I’ve gotten out recently, followed by some news bits and bites.

Slow Club, Paradise (Thank Folk for That)
Slow Club’s debut album, Yeah, So, is indie-pop perfection. It’s just the right mix of sincerity and whimsy; sweet without being cloying, heartfelt without being trite. Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson captured the topsy-turvy spirit of post-adolescence, from bubbly songs about broken hearts to wistful tunes about new relationships. I figured Slow Club’s follow-up would be more of the same: a little older and wiser, perhaps, but full of their signature folk-pop duets. They’d done so well the first time around, I couldn’t think of any reason to tamper with such a charming formula.

I was dead wrong. One spin of Paradise proved that this sophomore effort is not only different, it’s so much better. Rebecca and Charles have moved far beyond adolescence, switching spunky folk for sophisticated pop. Elements of their earlier sound are certainly present, but even those are more mature: think of songs like Hackney Marsh as I Was Unconscious, It Was a Dream, version 2.0. If Yeah, So was the perfect encapsulation of one phase of life, Paradise shows that same lyrical sensibility in this new one. (Read the rest.)

Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong (For Folk’s Sake)
As the only Californian on the For Folk’s Sake writing roster, I felt it was my duty to grab Nothing Is Wrong by Dawes. Not only are they from Malibu, an oceanside haven near Los Angeles, but they sound more Californian than most other bands from the Golden State. The quartet draws inspiration from the Laurel Canyon music scene (which historically includes such musicians as Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, & Nash), and even named their 2009 debut North Hills. Their sophomore effort still gives a nod to their esteemed SoCal heritage, but moves far beyond homage or imitation – Nothing Is Wrong is truly, and magnificently, their own. (Read the rest.)

Catch Laura Marling performing “The Muse” on New York’s KFUV:

Florence and the Machine have also announced details about their sophomore album, Ceremonials. Here’s the track listing:
‘Only If For The Night’
‘Shake It Out’
‘What The Water Gave Me’
‘Never Let Me Go’
‘Breaking Down’
‘Lover To Lover’
‘Seven Devils’
‘Heartlines’
‘Leave My Body’
‘Spectrum’
‘All This And Heaven Too’
‘What The Water Gave Me’

Peggy Sue have released a video for “Song and Dance” off their new album Acrobats. Though out in the UK as of yesterday, Peggy Sue fans in the US have to wait until October 25th for the Yep Roc release.

Peggy Sue – Song & Dance from Wichita Recordings on Vimeo.

And finally… Summer Camp have released an adorable video for “Better Off Without You”. This is the first video where we actually get a glimpse of Jeremy and Elizabeth, and it’s a charming mix of modern and 80’s footage. And it starts with “Welcome to Condale”, a nod to their fanzine of the same name (and the LA suburb where a lot of their songs take place).