Month: January 2013

New Single: Lion Babe – Pause Treat Me Like Fire [Free Download]

:: I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. Amazing track!


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Artist: Lion Babe
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 Pause Treat Me Like Fire
Release Date: Jan 23, 2013
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Debut Album: To Kill A King – Cannibals With Cutlery (2013/02/24) [Full Album Stream]

:: Thirteen great and diverse songs. All expections met!


It’s finally time for the debut album by one of my favourite UK bands – London’s folk-rockers of To Kill A King. I’ve been following their musicals ways ever since their 2011 debut EP ‘My Crooked Saint’ and I’m pretty excited about this upcoming full-length release. The record produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys) is entitled ‘Cannibals With Cutlery’ and will be self-released on February 24, 2013. You can preorder the CD via the band’s Bigcartel page or digitally via iTunes. The first 500 physical copies are hand-signed by To Kill A King, so hurry if you wanna get a hand on one of those. Watch above the remarkable official video for the upcoming lead single Cold Skin. It’s directed by Jack King and asks the question ‘what would you do if you had just 5 minutes left till an atomic bomb hits’. To Kill A King will be supporting Bastille on their UK tour in March. Afterwards, they hit the road for their own UK headline tour. Check for upcoming dates in your area below.

Update: ‘Cannibals With Cutlery’ is now streaming in its entirety via the band’s Soundcloud. Listen to the stream below and enjoy! (February 20, 2013)

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To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (2013)

01. I Work Nights And You Work Days
02. Cold Skin
03. Funeral
04. Wolves
05. Cannibals With Cutlery
06. Besides She Said
07. Gasp
08. Choices
09. Rays
10. Children Who Start Fires
11. Fictional State
12. Family
13. Letters To My Lover (The Dylan Fan)

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Upcoming UK Tour Dates:
Tue 19 Mar 2013 //  Sheffield // Leadmill *
Thu 21 Mar 2013 // Nottingham // Rock City *
Sat 23 Mar 2013 // Cardiff // University Student Union *
Mon 25 Mar 2013 // Brighton // Concorde 2 *
Wed 27 Mar 2013 // Bristol // O2 Academy *
Thu 28 & Fri 29 Mar 2013 // London // Shepherds Bush Empire *
Tue 09 Apr 2013 // Birmingham // Temple **
Wed 10 Apr 2013 // London // Scala
Thu 11 Apr 2013 // Leeds // Brudenell Social Club **
Fri 12 Apr 2013 // Manchester // Ruby Lounge **
Sat 13 Apr 2013 // Glasgow // Nice n’ Sleazy **
* w/ Bastille // ** w/ Spring Offensive

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More ‘To Kill A King’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jul 29 − Wolves / New EP ‘Word of Mouth’ [Free Download]
2012, Jan 26 − New Track: Hospital Worker [Official Video]
2011, Dec 11 − Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover)
2011, Dec 03 − Wrecking Crew / “My Crooked Saint” EP

New Single: Wildcat! Wildcat! – Please and Thank You [Free Download]

:: Melodies are amazing… such a great tune!


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Artist: Wildcat! Wildcat!
Title Of Single: Please and Thank You
Release Date: January, 2013
Label: Self-released

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More ‘Wildcat! Wildcat!’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Oct 16  – Wildcat! Wildcat! – Mr. Quiche / – The Chief [Free Download] 

New Album: Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams (2014/03/31)

:: I can’t wait for this album to come out.

Timber Timbre and Full Time Hobby announce the 31st March 2014, release of Hot Dreams, the follow-up to the multi-JUNO Award nominated and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted Creep On Creepin’ On.

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Artist: Timber Timbre
Title of Album: Hot Dreams
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Label: Full Time Hobby

Ulrich Schnauss – I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance / New Album ‘A Long Way To Fall’ (2013/01/21)

:: An incredibly deep and atmospheric track, taken from an truly elaborate album!

I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance is my favoutite track from the new album by London-based German electronica producer Ulrich Schnauss. His fourth studio album – and his first solo record in five years – is entitled ‘A Long Way To Fall’ and was released in the UK and Europe on January 21, 2013 via Schnauss’ own label Scripted Realities under licence to Domino Recording Co. US release will follow on February 12. The album is streaming entirely over at Soundcloud but cannot be played outside the website, head over for a full listen. Schnauss will be touring  the UK in March, check for upcoming concerts in your area below. There’s also the official video for the title-track A Long Way To Fall waiting to be checked out. It’s directed by Nat Urazmetova of Hidden Shine who’s also doing the visuals for the UK tour. You can download the song for free on the Soundcloud page of Domino Recording.

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Ulrich Schnauss - A Long Way To Fall (2013)

01. Her And The Sea
02. Broken Homes
03. Like A Ghost In Your Life
o4. A Long Way To Fall
05. I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
06. A Forgotten Birthday
07. The Weight Of Darkening Skies
08. Borrowed Time
09. Ten Years
10. A Ritual In Time And Death

Upcoming UK Tour Dates:
Sat 16 Mar 2013 // Glasgow // Nice N Sleazy
Sun 17 Mar 2013 // Edinburgh // Electric Circus
Mon 18 Mar 2013 // Leeds // Brudenell Social Club
Wed 20 Mar 2013 // Manchester // The Deaf Institute
Sat 23 Mar 2013 // Liverpool // The Kazimier
Sun 24 Mar 2013 // Birmingham // The Hare & Hounds
Thu 28 Mar 2013 // London // The Borderline
Sat 30 Mar 2013 // Bristol // The Louisiana

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Read more:
The Arts Desk − CD: Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall

New Single: Chad Valley – I Owe You This

:: It’s such a beautiful track!


Topman invited Chad to a church in North London to record a few songs with his backing singer Karina. Here is the first of those videos…

Chad Valley
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 18 // Turmzimmer // Hamburg, Germany
Feb 19 // Berghain Kantine // Berlin, Germany
Feb 20 // Mejeriet // Lund, Sweden
Feb 21 // Kvarteret // Bergen, Norway
Feb 22 // Jaeger // Oslo, Norway
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Chad Valley’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Oct 23 – Chad Valley – Fall 4 ‘U (feat. Glasser) / Debut Album ‘Young Hunger’ (2012/11/19) [Full Album Stream]
2011, Dec 10 – Chad Valley – Fast Challenges (Foals Remix)
2011, Sep 25 – Chad Valley – Fast Challenges

Debut Album: High Highs – Open Season (2013/01/25)

:: Beautiful debut album with really fine songs. Have been listening to it all day yesterday!


After last year’s Once Around The House, New York’s High Highs have a new single out. In A Dream is taken from the indie-folk band’s debut album full length. The record is entitled ‘Open Season’ and was released in Australia on January 25, 2013 via Fine Time Records. It’s available as physical release and digital download. The rest of the world won’t have to wait any longer as well, ‘Open Season’ will be available everywhere outside Australia as digital download from today (January 29) on. There’s no full stream available yet, but if you get to listen to the album entirely, I’d recommend Phone Call as my favourite track.

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High Highs - Open Season (2013)

01. Dey
02. Milan
03. Flowers Bloom
04. White Water
05. Open Season
06. Bridge
07. Phone Call
08. In A Dream
09. Once Around The House
10. Love Is All
11. Slow It Down
12. Pines

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More ‘High Highs’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Dec 18 − Once Around The House [Official Video]