BELLE & SEBASTIAN New Album GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE Out Now Plus AUSTRALIAN TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK!!
Belle & Sebastian have released their ninth studio album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance via Matador Records / Remote Control. The album is the long awaited follow up to 2010’s Write About Love. Listen to latest single ‘The Cat With The Cream’ HERE
The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
Watch a short video highlighting the band’s time in Atlanta and other little moments soundtracked by a snippet of music from Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.
As previously announced, after a four year absence since their last Australian tour Belle & Sebastian will return to Australia for a five date national headline tour.
Belle & Sebastian rocked The Tivoli in Brisbane on Wednesday 28 January, Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 29 January, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 1 February and the Astor Theatre in Perth on Tuesday 3 February plus a very special show at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as a part of the Twilight at Toronga series on Saturday 31st of January.
The band will be joined on the tour by Melbourne outfit Twerps. Tickets for all Belle & Sebastian tour dates are selling fast with tickets for the Toronga Twilight show expected to sell out in the next couple of days.
BIS ‘THE ANTHOLOGY – 20 YEARS OF ANTISEPTIC POETRY’ Released Nov 10 2014.
Celebrating 20 years since their formation, Glasgow trio bis release a double cd collection featuring music from the last two decades including brand new songs and previously unreleased live tracks. Out 10th November on Do Yourself In Records via Cargo, the album ‘The Anthology – 20 Years of Antiseptic Poetry’ includes brand new tracks including ‘Keep Your Darkness’. After splitting in 2003 the band have come back together a few times, more noticeably this year when they released a collection of ‘lost tracks’ named ‘data Panik etcetera’ for Record Store Day and recently played at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremonies – “Mix-Tape on Glasgow Green”, which was curated by Chemikal Underground.
What follows is a lavishly produced compilation of hits, misses, rarities and exclusives – ‘The Anthology – 20 Years of Antiseptic Poetry’ – and expanded, re-mastered deluxe editions of ‘The New Transistor Heroes’, ‘Social Dancing’ and ‘Return To Central’.
These releases round up the past of bis, remind us of the present of bis and hint at the future of bis. The history of the future and the future of history. With a disco heartbeat.
Six years after their last headline tour of Australia and five years since their Harvest Festival appearances sonic-architects Mogwai finally return to Australia for an all headline tour.
Almost 20 years since their inception Mogwai have carved out a niche entirely their own – often copied but never bettered – that has seen the band release eight genre defining Post Rock studio albums (including this years UK top ten debut Rave Tapes), live albums, compilations, film soundtracks (including Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait and The Fountain) while most recently Mogwai were commissioned to provide the score for SBS TV series Les Revenant.
Live, Mogwai‘s shows are legendary taking the audience from a whisper to a scream, from darkness to light as wave after wave of sound comes crashing around them taking the listener on the most epic of journeys.
Feb 27th: Adelaide Festival, Thebarton Theatre *on sale now
Tickets on sale now from adelaidefestival.com.au, ticketmaster.com.au, phone 136 100 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Mar 1st: Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets on sale November 19th from artscentremelbourne.com.au, or phone 1300 182 183
Mar 2nd: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Tickets on sale November 10th from www.sydneyoperahouse.com or phone 9250 7777 (transaction fees apply).
Mar 4th: Brisbane, The Tivoli
Tickets on sale November 7th from www.ticketmaster.com.au, phone 136 100 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Artist: Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts
Label: Drag City
Rating: 83 / 100
Get your Gaelic out and dance.
This is a wonderful collaboration between these two artists, backed by members of various Alasdair Roberts outings. Stemming from what was to be a one off collaboration at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ceol’s Craic (music and banter). It also marked the first time Alasdair had sung in Gaelic in public and in front of a Gaelic speaking audience.
The album is splattered with songs in Gaelic and English, some upbeat ‘kilts flying’ moments (Mile Marbhphaisg Air A Ghaol & Fiullaigean,), some tracks that sound like they came from a Scottish hollow in the 16th century ( The Laird o’ the Drum, Ailein Duinn & The Tri-Coloured House) and some more contemplative pipe toting numbers (E Ho Leigein, Am Faca sibh Lilidh Tha Mise Ri Lorg & Leanabh an Oir)
I came to this album with a scattered knowledge of the musical output of Alasdair Roberts, both solo and in groups such as Appendix Out, but Mairi Morrison was a delightful find to the ear and one can only hope that she will release more music hopefully to a now wider audience.
Overall, this would have to be my favourite world music release of 2012. Tastefully elegant and surprising, a fantastic pairing of two mutually beneficial talents caught in the same tangent. This is an album that doesn’t become flaccid after repeated listening and makes you long to be in a dingy Scottish dive awaiting their next set.