New Album: Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson (2017/09/15)

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Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.” [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Ariel Pink
Title of Album: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Label: Mexican Summer

Tracklist:
1. Time To Meet Your God
2. Feels Like Heaven
3. Death Patrol
4. Santa’s In The Closet
5. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
6. Time To Live
7. Another Weekend
8. I Wanna Be Young
9. Bubblegum Dreams
10. Dreamdate Narcissist
11. Kitchen Witch
12. Do Yourself A Favor
13. Acting (feat. DāM-Funk)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 12 // The Institute of Mentalphysics Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 13 // Desert Daze Festival // Palm Springs, CA
Oct 14 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 15 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 19 // Revolution Hall // Portland, OR
Oct 20 // Venue // Vancouver, BC
Oct 21 // Neumo’s // Seattle, WA
Oct 23 // Metro Music Hall // Salt Lake City, UT
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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New Album: Zara Mcfarlane – Arise (2017/09/29) / New Track: Fussin’ and Fightin’

:: She did it again.

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Tracing the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Zara McFarlane explores her interconnected vision of the diaspora.

On Arise, Zara McFarlane returns to a buoyant UK jazz scene with a head-turning third album. Exploring the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, it’s a cultural exchange that’s born of London’s current musical climate. Released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, it sees her working with much-feted drummer and producer Moses Boyd. Both rose through London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, a finishing school for many young vanguards of the live, ascendant jazz scene springing up across the UK capital. Sharing Caribbean family heritages, it’s a product of their joint exploration of the meeting points between jazz and the rhythms of Jamaica; reggae, Kumina, calypso and nyabinghi, shaded with hints of the psychedelic.

Zara’s breakthrough 2012 track, a jazz cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police and Thieves’, provided a jumping off point to further explore the blurred, colourful territory in between jazz and roots-reggae. Covering Nora Dean’s ‘Peace Begins Within’, she breathes a syncopated groove into a soulful, reggae classic. A beautifully poised version of the Congos’ Fisherman teases out the poignant lyrical content of the 1977 classic. Meanwhile new, original compositions from Zara, like ‘Fussin’ and Fightin’’ and ‘Freedom Chain’, combine a deep, reverberating bass with a steady-stepping roots rhythm.

Album opener ‘Ode To Kumina’ touches on the kumina tradition brought to Jamaica by indentured labourers from The Congo in the later part of the 19th Century. Part of Zara’s deeper research into her Caribbean heritage, it alludes to a deep-rooted culture encompassing music, dance and religion. Similarly, ‘Silhouette’ arose from that same research; in this case, however, it was about how records and documents often get lost in Jamaica. “It kind of came out of the idea of black history and blackness and feeling like you’re trying to find yourself,” she explains. “Trying to be proud of your history and who you are. And never forgetting the things that brought you to where you are.”

Alongside drummer Moses Boyd on production, the album features a stellar line up of some of the key players on the London scene Binker Golding on tenor sax, Peter Edwards on piano, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Nathaniel Cross on Trombone and an unusually restrained turn on Clarinet from Shabaka Hutchings. Shared between all of them is a tendency to find the common points between different musical ilks: from US hard bop jazz, to dub and London-rooted hybrids and permutations, the band on Arise reflect the musical diversity of their home. Boosted by new platforms, like East London showcase Church of Sound and a newly-refreshed Jazz Café, the record surfs the momentum currently propelling jazz-influenced music in the UK.

For Zara, Jamaica’s musical legacy is deeply intertwined with her sense of the place itself. Spending whole summers in the hills of Jamaica, it’s the sounds and smells which she most vividly associates with her stays there. In particular the local sound systems which were an everyday feature of the local area; be it in shops or bars, each of the small local shacks would have a sound system where they’d play music through the day and evening.

“From where my nan used to live, in Cauldwell there’s a sound system almost opposite her house,” she says. “So you feel this boom of the bass, and then all the smells of the hills and the greenery of Hanover. When you land in Jamaica and you go to walk off of the plane, the heat and the smells hit you and it feels like home away from home for me. When I hear Jamaican music, these are the senses that come.” [Press release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Zara Mcfarlane
Title of Album: Arise
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Label: Brownswood Recordings

Tracklist:
1. Ode To Kumina
2. Pride
3. Fussin’ and Fightin’
4. Peace Begins Withing
5. Stoke The Fire
6. Freedom Chain
7. Riddim Interlude
8. Allies or Enemies
9. In Between Worlds
10. Silhouette feat. Shabaka Hutchings
11. Fisherman
12. Ode to Cyril

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 23 // Komedia Brighton // Brighton, UK – CANCELED
Oct 24 //  The Fleece // Bristol, UK – CANCELED
Oct 25 // Band on the Wall // Manchester, UK – CANCELED
Oct 26 // PizzaExpress Live // Birmingham, UK
Nov 03 // Ancienne Belgique – AB Club // Brussels, Belgium
Nov 03 – 05 // So What’s Next? Festival 2017 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven // Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov 04 // Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven // Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov 05 // Yuca // Cologne, Germany
Nov 06 // Prince Charles // Berlin, Germany
Nov 15  // Rich Mix // London, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Zara McFarlane’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Dec 13 – New Album: If You Knew Her (2014/01/24) / New Track ‘Angie La La feat. Leron Thomas’ 
2012, May 09 – Police & Thieves [Cover of the Junior Murvin classic]
20111, Dec 25 – Blossom Tree (Debut Album: Until Tomorrow)
2011, Nov 03 – Out Now: Until Tomorrow

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New Album: London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

:: Can’t wait to see you live in Hamburg in November.

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Artist: London Grammar
Title of Album: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Release Date: Juni 09, 2017
Label: Island

Tracklist:
1 Rooting For You
2 Big Picture
3 Wild Eyed
4 Oh Woman Oh Man 
5 Hell To The Liars
6 Everyone Else
7 Non Believer 
8 Bones Of Ribbon
9 Who Am I
10 Leave The War With Me
11 Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 16 // Fremantle Arts Centre // Fremantle, WA, Australia
Sep 17 // Fremantle Arts Centre // Fremantle, WA, Australia
Sep 19 // Margaret Court Arena // Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Sep 21 // Hordern Pavilion // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 23 // Riverstage // Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Sep 25 // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 26 // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sep 30 // Spark Arena // Auckland, New Zealand
Oct 17 // O2 Apollo Manchester // Manchester, UK
Oct 18 // O2 Academy Leeds // Leeds, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘London Grammar’ on Music Pickings:
2017, Jan 04 – New Single: Rooting For You (2017/01/01)
2013, Sep 11 – If You Wait [Full Album Stream]
2013, 22 Aug − Debut Album: If You Wait (2013/09/09) / New Single ‘Interlude’
2013, Apr 24 − New Single: Wasting My Young Years (2013/06/16)
2013, Feb 16 − New Single: Metal & Dust (2013/02/25)
2012, Dec 20 − Debut Single: Hey Now

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New Album: Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins (2017/08/18)

:: I could listen to it all the time.

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Artist: Grizzly Bear
Title of Album: Painted Ruins
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Label: RCA

Tracklist:
1. Wasted Acres
2. Mourning Sound
3. Four Cypresses
4. Three Rings
5. Losing All Sense
6. Aquarian
7. Cut-Out
8. Glass Hillside
9. Neighbors
10. Systole
11. Sky Took Hold

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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 01 // Kingston College // Kingston Upon Thames, UK
Oct 04 // Vicar Street // Dublin, Ireland
05 // Vicar Street // Dublin, Ireland
Oct 06 // Albert Hall // Manchester, UK
Oct 08 // O2 ABC Glasgow // Glasgow, UK
Oct 09 // O2 Academy Brixton // London, UK
Oct 10 // De La Warr Pavilion // Bexhill-On-Sea, UK
Oct 12 // Columbiahalle // Berlin, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Grizzly Bear‘ on Music Pickings:
2017, Jan 05 – Listen: Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
2012, September 28 – Yet Again [Official Video]
2012, August 06 – New Single: Yet Again / New Album ‘Shields’ (2012/09/17)
2012, Jun 07 – New Song: Sleeping Ute [Worldwide Tour 2012]

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New Album: Nick Mulvey – Woke Up Now (2017/09/08)

:: It´s a winner.

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Artist: Nick Mulvey
Title of Album: Woke Up Now
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Label: Caroline (Universal Music)

Tracklist:
1 unconditional
2 transform your game (we remain)
3 imogen
4 myela
5 we are never apart
6 remembering
7 mountain to move
8 when the body is gone
9 lullaby
10 in your hands
11 infinite trees

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 07 – 10 // Bestival 2017 // Lulworth Estate, Dorset, UK
Sep 12 // Rough Trade East // London, UK
Oct 01 //  O2 Academy Liverpool // Liverpool, UK
Oct 02 // Lemon Grove // Exeter, UK
Oct 03 // O2 Academy Bristol // Bristol, UK
October 04 // O2 Ritz Manchester // Manchester, UK
Oct 06 // The Leadmill // Sheffield, UK
Oct 07 // The Church // Leeds, UK
Oct 09 // O2 Institute Birmingham // Digbeth, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Nick Mulvey’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 12 – Album Sampler: First Mind (2014/05/12) / New Track ‘Meet Me There’
2014, Feb 20 – New Single: Cucurucu / New Album ‘First Mind’ (14/05/12)
2013, Sep 14 – New Album: Fever to the Form 
2012, Nov 22 − New EP: The Trellis

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Listen: Jimmy Whoo – Motel Music Part. II [Full Album Stream]

:: Sunday morning vibes…


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Artist: Jimmy Whoo
Title of Album: Motel Music Part. II
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Label: Grande Ville Records

Tracklist:
1. Intro 29th Street
2. Cruisin
3. Diamond
4. Nite Eye – Jimmy Whoo ft. Sabrina Bellaouel & Loubenski
5. Wildcats
6. Hold Tight
7. Hollywood- Jimmy Whoo ft. Sabrina Bellaouel
8. Interlude (Full Moon)
9. Outro (My High)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
06 Oct // Le Trabendo // Paris, France

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