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Communion launches new show on Xfm

Communion further expands its reach with a new weekly show on Xfm, Communion Presents. Hosted by all-around rad dude Maz Tappuni, the show launches today and takes place Sundays at 10pm. The inaugural episode (which you can hear here) features music by Deap Vally, Frightened Rabbit, The Staves, Public Enemy (obviously), and more. And, as all good radio shows do these days, Communion Presents has its own psychic: Mr. Kev Jones.

In other news, Communion band To Kill a King have released a new video for ‘Cold Skin’, the single from upcoming debut LP Cannibals With Cutlery. I’m not sure I totally ‘get’ the film, but watch it for yourself and analyze away. There’s a bit of a Waiting for Godot-meets-Lord of the Flies vibe, if you ask me.

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.

Communion Announce ‘Austin to Bostin’ Tour

Even though my SXSW status is still tentative, I’m buying a ticket for Communion’s ‘Austin to Bostin’ tour. They’re getting Ben Howard, the Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den to hop in VW campers and cross the eastern half of the United States–and they’re filming the whole thing. I’m glad Marcus Haney is documenting the tour, but I’d rather catch it live; this stellar lineup makes my SXSW envy hit a new high.

This festival is the place to see up-and-coming bands, and I have no doubt that these four acts are just that. So check out the dates below, and secure your spot at what’s sure to be a fantastic gig. And hopefully I’ll see you in Austin!

March 15-18 Austin, TX SXSW Communion Shows
March 19 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Door
March 21 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
March 22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
March 23 Evanston, IL SPACE
March 24 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
March 27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
March 28 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
March 29 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
March 30 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
March 31 Boston, MA The Red Room @ Café 939


Bear’s Den, “Pompeii”. (Not gonna lie, I’ve had a thing for Andrew Davie for years.)

Folkroom: New Album & Launch Party

Aside from my raging Anglophilia, there’s a reason I follow the London folk scene: it’s just good. The city is a hotbed of talent, and there are plenty of supportive locals trying to harness it. I owe a lot to these folk evangelists–not only are they helping artists record and release great tunes, they’re helping people like me discover them. From across the globe.

Like fellow folk community Communion, the label I’m here to introduce grew out of a live night. If you’ve ever stumbled upon the Queen’s Head pub on Acton Street, you may have seen an event called Folkroom–run by Stephen Thomas of We Write Lists and guitarist extraordinaire Ben Walker. These two folk aficionados, along with (fellow 405) writer Robbie Wojciechowski, have decided to turn the fortnightly gig into something bigger and better, and are starting with Folkroom Presents: Anthology One. It’s an album showcasing some of Folkroom’s star performers, and it’s honestly the most exciting thing I’ve heard in some time.

The album is about discovery, and I’ve already discovered some artists fit for my favorites list. It features tracks from the following superb musicians (links to Soundcloud pages):

Laura Boyle
Jessie Moncrieff
Andrew Butler
Camille Delean
O. Chapman
Lucy Cait
Worry Dolls
Woodford Green
Josienne Clarke
Salwa Azar
Dave Gerard

Want to know the best part? You can download the album FOR FREE this Saturday December 17th, at 12pm UK time. And you should–if only so I can finally talk about it with you. I’m getting antsy not being able to share, so head to Bandcamp as soon as the clock strikes noon.

If you’re in London, it gets even better. There’s a December 17th launch party at the Queen’s Head, and most of these fine folksters will be performing. This ten-plus act gig is also the wonderful price of FREE. Check out more info here.

Matthew and the Atlas Have Disbanded?

I am heartbroken to announce that Matthew and the Atlas, a band that has become my favorite over the years, has disbanded. Things are still murky–it began yesterday morning with Facebook and WordPress posts that were quickly removed, but drummer Tommy Field left the below post on his other band’s Myspace.

Goodbye & Thank you to all “Matthew and the Atlas” fans

I’m very sad to announce that I’ve been released from my drumming duties for “Matthew and the Atlas”. With Harry Cargill leaving the band to start up his solo project, Matthew felt the band had progressed as far as it could in its current form and it was time for a change. Matthew will continue under the MATA name but as a solo performer for the time being – and I wish him all the best and I look forward to hearing his new material.

I’ve had a great time and seen some incredible places upon my travels – not to mention I’ve met some true lifelong friends and musicians on the way.

It has been a disappointing end to a road that showed a lot of promise and potential. I’d like to wish Matthew and all previous members of the band the best of luck with their future careers – having worked with them I know their talents will take them far under the correct guidance.

Thank you to every one who has supported and helped me along the way – in particular: Marcus, Win, Ben and Ted of “Mumford and Sons”. Zac Just our US tour manager. JL and Anke our US and European Booking Agents. “Big” Mike Harris of “The Apache Relay”. Helen, David, Shelby, Wes, Kristin and Joe of “The David Mayfield Parade”. Matt Oliver at The Big Orange Studio, Austin, TX. Sean and Phil of Daytrotter. Paul Frith. Mazin Tappuni. Jamie “The Crab” Emsell. Bob Wier and his amazing crew at Tri Studios and last but not least, all my friends and family.

If anyone has more information on this, please let me know. I and Matthew and the Atlas’s many other fans are devastated.

Communion News: Big Sur Event Is Now FREE, Live Webcast Tonight

I went to the Communion tour stop in San Francisco last night, and I was absolutely blown away. Matthew and the Atlas has been on my ‘must see’ list for years–they were the only member of my top five favorites list that I hadn’t seen live (and that includes Joni Mitchell!). There will be more to come on the show later, but let’s just say it surpassed even my insanely high expectations. And I met a wonderful reader! Thank you Karen for introducing yourself and being such a sweetheart. (AND pushing me to get that Laura Marling review done one of these days. I will, I promise!)

More importantly for you all are two pieces of pretty fabulous information. Firstly, there will be a live webcast tonight, featuring the three tour acts–Matthew and the Atlas, the immensely entertaining David Mayfield Parade, and the lovely Lauren Shera–as well as a special guest. Given that Ben Lovett and Winston Marshall were both in attendance last night, some Mumford action could definitely go down. The performance is taking place at Tamalpais Research Institute studios, which is actually just down the road from me. (Consider this my not-so-subtle push for an invite.) I’ll be camped out at my computer at 7pm Pacific Time to catch the show. Check out more information here.

The second piece of information is nothing short of fantastic. The Communion In the Redwoods event is now the glorious price of FREE. Jackie Greene had to bow out because of a family emergency, so the folks at Communion decided to issue full refunds for the weekend festivities. It’s things like this that make me love these guys and everything they stand for:

“In-keeping with Communion’s desire to create an unforgettable gathering in Big Sur this weekend, we are hereby announcing that Communion in The Redwoods shall now become a free show for all.

This decision has been born from respect and our collective desire to do the right thing. There is no doubt that for those present at Fernwood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this will remain an incredibly special weekend of music and community.

More details of the event can be found at http://www.folkyeah.com and http://www.fernwoodbigsur.com

Full Refunds will be issued immediately.” (read more on their Facebook page.)

If I could make it down to Big Sur (which is incidentally right near where Ms. Lauren Shera and I grew up), I would be there in a heartbeat. The schedule for the three days is below, and it’s damn close to perfection:

Friday – Doors @ 6:00 pm
FERNWOOD TAVERN (indoors)
Zack Salaz
Everest
John Vanderslice
The Secret Sisters

Saturday – Doors @ 4:00 PM
FERNWOOD TAVERN (indoors)
Martin Shears
The Aglets
Nathaniel Rateliff
Infantree
Themes
Forrest Day

Sunday – Gates at Noon
FERNWOOD CAMPGROUNDS (outdoors)
The Good Sams
Songs Hatbox Harry Taught Us
Lauren Shera
The David Mayfield Parade
Matthew and the Atlas
Communion Collaborative Finale Set

New-Folk News: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club

Just to prove that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, here are some delightful news bits. It seems to be a big day for artists in the early part of the alphabet.

Here’s Bombay Bicycle Club’s new video for “Lights Out, Word Gone”, featuring some sweet dancing by cute old people.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has gained attention for his covers–and has now released a free EP of them. Just by signing up for his mailing list here, you can download five tracks:
1. Pick Up Truck – Kings Of Leon
2. When You Were Young – The Killers
3. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
4. Rebellion – Arcade Fire
5. Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

A few of these (When You Were Young, Rebellion) have already been in circulation, but these others are new–to me, at least. Check ’em out.

Ben Howard has announced 2012 UK tour dates. Pre-sale begins October 12th at 9am UK time.

13th Feb – Hall for Cornwall, Truro
14th Feb – Pyramids, Portsmouth
15th Feb – Concorde 2, Brighton
16th Feb – HMV Ritz, Manchester
18th Feb – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
19th Feb – Oran Mor, Glasgow
20th Feb – Northumbria University, Newcastle
22nd Feb – Waterfront, Norwich
24th Feb – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
25th Feb – O2 Academy, Oxford
27th Feb – Cockpit, Leeds
28th Feb – HMV Institute, Birmingham
29th Feb – O2 Academy, Bristol

And finally, Daughter has just released The Wild Youth EP, available on UK iTunes and UK Amazon, or Bandcamp (below) worldwide. The EP was produced by Communion’s Ian Grimble.