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Updated: 2016-11-29T09:15:00+00:00


Tim Burgess is Independent Venue Week's 2017 Ambassador

2016-11-29T09:31:29+00:002016-11-29 09:15:00 +0000

Charlatans main man to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood. Charlatans main man, solo artist and author Tim Burgess, is to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood as the ambassador for Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week is staged across 120 venues around the UK, celebrating the best and most interesting live music venues in the country - think Record Store Day for venues that aren't owned by mega-corps. In 2017, festivities will take place between Monday 23rd – Sunday 29rd January. Now in its 4th year, and supported by Arts Council England, this week-long shebang is fixture on the UK’s music calendar giving tens of thousands of fans and hundreds of artists their first taste of live music each year. Next year is set to be the biggest Independent Venue Week yet, with 30 new venues will be taking part in the event for first time with more new additions to follow. These newbies include The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Halifax’s Grayston Unity which has a capacity of just 18, The Bungalow in Paisley and London’s iconic Roundhouse. Tim Burgess will perform live at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Monday, 23 January 2017 with support from Tear and Pheromoans. There are further Independent Venue Week shows taking place across the UK under Burgess’ Tim Peaks banner. He said: "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours. These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening." Tim's tour will kick off on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at The Exchange in Bristol, where local gigging legend ‘Big’ Jeff Johns has put together a bill featuring Bristolian favourites Yama Warashi and Kayla Painter. Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label then takes up the baton with a mini tour, which kicks off at Belfast’s Voodoo on Friday, 27 January 2017, featuring a headline set from Northern Ireland’s Documenta. Following a short hop across the sea, Yucatan will top a bill at the Bethesda venue in North Wales on Saturday, 28 January, before the jaunt climaxes in Manchester on Sunday, 29 January with Horsebeach headlining. The bands will take it in turns to support each other across the dates. All of the Tim Peaks dates are being supported by Help Musicians UK, the country’s leading and only independent charity for musicians at all stages of their career. Explaining his hands on approach to his Independent Venue Week role, ambassador Burgess said: "I worked with the Independent Venue Week organisers last year on a gig in Manchester. It was an honour to accept their offer of being this year's ambassador – I've picked some of my favourite bands to play in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Independent Venue Week. Hopefully see you at one of the shows" Who Else Is Playing? Other unique shows taking place during Independent Music Week will include special gigs from Richard Hawley, Simian Mobile Disco, Martha Wainwright, Juanita Stein (Howling Bells), BBC Sound of 2017 longlist artists Cabbage and Declan McKenna as well as Cass McCoombs, HECK, Beans on Toast, The Moonlandingz, The Carnabys, Skinny Girl Diet, Shame, Dream Wife and Goat Girl, while Sam Duckworth, formerly of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, will perform 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager' in full with his new project Recreations. Plus loads more... Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website Dates and ticket links will go live on the site as shows are confirmed and more gigs, artists and partners will be announced over the coming days and weeks through IVW social media channels. Follow IVW on Twitter @IVW_UK, Facebook and Instagram. Event Partners This year DiS will play a special role in IVW, which is to be announced s[...]

A slow-building, dark, intense cacophony: 'Vetiver' Snow Ghosts

2016-11-24T11:16:48+00:002016-11-24 11:16:48 +0000

Our track of the week is a bit like MBV vs New Order.

Each week, I (the founder of DiS) compile a playlist of the best new releases. The idea is rather similar to New Music Friday, but rather than jamming it full of major label priorities (how many Drake tracks and Dua Lipa remixes do you really need?), the playlist features only music released by Independent labels and independent artists.

If you weren't aware of the project, you can find Independent Music Monday over here.

This week's track of the week is a really special one, from an EP out on Houndstooth, which is a label by Fabric. I hadn't really heard of the band before and have spent the past few days being a bit baffled that they're not one of the most talked about bands of the year. Have a little watch of their video we've been given to premeire below and you'll hopefully see why I was scratching my head in a puzzled fashion.

Track of the Week

'Vetiver' by Snow Ghosts

Slowly building into a cacophony isn't an easy task but Snow Ghosts seem to consistently take a little New Order groove and slowly turn it into an intense sub-atomic whirl of fuzz. Like a DJing mixing from an orchestral track to My Bloody Valentine at their most immense, there's something truly special about this track. 'Vetiver' is taken from their new 'Husk' EP which is out this week on the Houndstooth label.

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If you like that pick it up from Bandcamp.

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This Week's IMM Playlist Additions

Snow Ghosts - Vetiver
The Duke Spirit - Serenade
Jesca Hoop - The Lost Sky
Cigarettes After Sex - K
Juanita Stein - Stargazer
The Anchoress - Long Year (Acoustic Version)
Emmy The Great - Rapids
Agnes Obel - It's Happening Again (Instrumental)
Minor Victories - Give Up The Ghost (Orchestral Variation)
Valgeir Sigurðsson - Dreamland
Julia Holter - Maxim's I
Asha - Medicine
salute One More Chance (feat. D.Ram) - Karma Kid Remix
Gold Panda - Your Good Times Are Just Beginning
Justice - Fire - Radio Edit
Paragon- 2 Bad (feat. Ddark)
You Me At Six - Night People - Vaults Remix
Los Campesinos! - I Broke Up In Amarante
Pissed Jeans - The Bar Is Low
Man & The Echo - On Holidays
La Roulette Rustre - Un gout De Folie
Happyness - Falling Down
Diagrams - It's Only Light
Meilyr Jones - Return To Life (New Recording)
Indian Queens - Us Against the World
Thalab - 2 Sails
Tasseomancy - Claudine
WEIRDO - Sapphire
Bernice - St Lucia
Clairaudience - Being Bad
Elder Island - Bamboo
She Drew The Gun - Since You Were Not Mine
Communions - Come On, I'm Waiting
Every Kid Knows - Answerphone
Michael Nau - Winter Beat
Bears From Labrador - El Cid
So Below - Hard
Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Harboring A Sadist

Independent Music Monday is over here, every Monday


First Listen: ELLA's 'IDWTGTKY'

2016-11-11T12:25:52+00:002016-11-10 09:10:00 +0000

Here's the first listen to ELLA's 'IDWTGTKY', the lead track from her debut EP

Anyone familiar with Amber Arcades live show will recognise Ella Van Der Woude as their regular keyboard player. However, she's also a highly revered artist in her own right, having fronted Dutch lo-fi outfit Houses until their disbandment in 2014 as well as composing music for film scores and soundtracks.

She releases her first batch of solo recordings under the moniker of ELLA next year in the shape of a self-titled EP. Containing five tracks which showcase her precocious talents as a songwriter, composer, and performer, the Stew Jackson (Massive Attack) produced EP comes out on 17 January as a self release, with an album set to follow later in 2017.

As a taster for the EP, the dreamy lead track 'IDWTGTKY' is available to stream online from today (Thursday 10th November).

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In the meantime, Ella can be seen supporting Indian Queens at the Sebright Arms on Thursday 17th November.

For more information on Ella visit her official website.


Le Guess Who? Preview 2016 – Ones To Watch

2016-11-09T14:16:47+00:002016-11-09 14:09:00 +0000

DiS is off to Utrecht once again for one of the most underrated music events of the year Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the organisers of Le Guess Who? have really pulled out all the stops to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet. Not content with having some of the most critically acclaimed and ground-breaking artists headline, the festival asked four of them – Savages, Julia Holter, Suuns, and Wilco – to curate an evening’s worth of entertainment each, inviting other artists they love and respect. As an Official Media Partner, DiS will be there for the whole weekend, rushing between the thirteen venues and trying to catch as much music as possible. With so much on offer – over 100 bands spread over 4 days, not to mention Mini Le Who? and the world’s biggest record fair – it’s not easy choosing what to see and what to miss. With that in mind, here’s nine acts we’ll be down the front for, regardless what else is going on. --- Wilco width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> “The first time I saw Wilco play ‘Via Chicago’ live, I cried,” wrote a colleague on Facebook, and it’s easy to see why. At this point, they’re essentially Radiohead for Americana fans, a much loved familiar face whose songs of gentle optimism have charmed two generations of fans over their 22-year, 10-album career. And despite latest offering Schmilco not reaching the heights of their mid-noughties heyday, they remain a potent live act – they’re scheduled to play for near two-and-a-half hours. Chills, thrills – and quite possibly tears – will be in plentiful supply. Preoccupations width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> “What’s in a name?” asked The Bard many years ago. Quite a lot if you were Canadian post-punk four-piece Viet Cong, whose chosen moniker caused no end of controversy and think pieces. While their dark, simmering songs and confrontational stance won acclaim from those focussing purely on the music and their incendiary live performances, many were still uneasy about the connotations of their name. Returning this year as Preoccupations, they remain every bit as potent; “The recording is far heavier and denser…the songs more abstract and feral” said our Reviews Editor about their second album. Expect this to be every bit as intense as their 2014 performance. Laurel Halo width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> After the dystopian sci-fi techno of Quarantine, it wasn’t easy to figure where Laurel Halo would go next; the glitch-y, experimental synth drones and confessional lyrics were disarming but pretty, creating a world collapsing in on itself. But her recent work has a fresh energy and urgency that suggest she’s just starting to explore the outer reaches of her talent. If you’re looking for a late night trip, her set might be just the hour for you. Weyes Blood width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> It’s taken Natalie Mering only three years and three albums to refine her ideas and experiences into something as gorgeously whole as Front Row Seat To Earth. There’s 60s folk, soft AM radio rock, and some wonderfully gentle brass all woven through her West Coast pop alongside a knowing wink to a Golden Age that few of us experienced and is never coming back. Tender and ornate, this might be just the break required before the heavier elements of Saturday night. Anna Von Hausswolff width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The shudder that runs through Anna Von Hausswolff’s music is enough to shatter the soul. Dark, ominous, and foreboding, she paints emotions with the widest of brushstrokes – as anyone who witnessed her p[...]

My Vitriol: The Band Responds

2016-10-28T13:29:33+01:002016-10-28 11:50:00 +0100

My Vitriol respond to the article we published on Wednesday 26 October.

What a difference a day makes. Shortly after we published this on Wednesday 26 October, My Vitriol announced that The Secret Sessions was finally ready for shipping, and that CD's were being signed and packaged that very night. In response to our piece, the band contacted us, and wish to make the following statement, which we are happy to publish.

"The band would like to state that the Secret Sessions was never referred to as an album of 'b-sides', 'offcuts' or 'outtakes'.

It was decided that the album would be a limited, numbered, direct-to-fanbase exclusive, as opposed an official wider publicized and promoted release. Misunderstanding of this may have led to some conjecture.

The Pledge campaign was for 10 songs by the band (since the Finelines / Between The Lines release), and the band have delivered that. All the tracks intended for inclusion, apart from one or two songs, have stayed the same since the inception of the campaign.

When the initial deadline was not going to be achieved, the band were understandably disappointed. The deadline may have been well intentioned, but for various reasons - especially those unforeseen and out of their control - it left them with only three courses of action:

1) Cancel and refund the entire campaign - despite the high pledging level

2) Deliver an unfinished product

3) Apologise and offer full refunds for those unhappy with the time scale, and finish the project for those who wished it seen to fruition, despite the missed deadline.

The band chose option 3 to honour the loyal & dedicated majority. As only 10 refunds were processed - less than 1% - the vast majority indeed were supportive of a release. That's the simple reality. We appreciate the author's passion, but don't feel the campaign deserves the scrutiny of a presidential campaign.

We understand that the band have a passionate fanbase but the article refers to the view of a very small minority who were belligerent and unreasonable... blowing everything out of proportion and trolling any communication by the band. It is worth remembering that their actions would not bring a record out sooner, nor was it appreciated by the majority of fans. After attempts to answer their grievances directly, they were offered to take the full refunds, which were always open, as that was the only reasonable resolution.

We would like to state that we feel there is much unnecessary conjecture about the band's personal lives and also the financial aspects of the campaign. The project made a loss, but profit was not, and has never been, the band's primary motivation with this release or otherwise.

This was not a public exercise. The band simply wanted to get new music out to the proactive element of the fanbase...and have fulfilled that.

Thank you for listening, and especially to those who have kept us making music.

28 October 2016



Mirrors Festival 2016: The DiS Preview

2016-10-28T11:09:26+01:002016-10-28 11:09:26 +0100

Mirrors Festival returns to reflect the best music of 2016

Entering its sophomore year, Mirrors festival returns to Hackney, east London, nearly doubling in size and scope. This year Mirrors will take place in 5 venues ranging from old churches (St. John of Hackney) to Vintage clothes shops (Paper Dress Vintage) to bring an even bigger range of talents to the one-day festival.

This year sees 3-time Mercury nominated Natasha Khan, better known as Bat For Lashes, headline at St. John of Hackney, off the back of her excellent, ambitious concept album The Bride. Earlier on in the main stage, Liv Dawson opens the festival with her soulful, dubstep inflicted sound, ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones performs tracks from his excellent solo record West Kirby County Primary, while Allah-Las bring their reverb-soaked surf-rock style to proceedings.

Elsewhere in the festival, Swimming Tapes headline The Moth Club with their blissful indie rock reminiscent of Real Estate or Wild Nothing, Leif Erikson bring playful indie-pop to Stage 3, which is later headlined by excellent newcomer Anna Straker, while Bad Language host a spoken word stage for those who are looking for a break from the noise and something a little different over at Paper Dress Vintage.

DiS, however, are most excited this year by what is going on at Oslo. Including excellent new artists Babeheaven and Cherry Glazerr London in Stereo's stage also features 2016's DiS Neptune award winners Martha and, headlining, Fucked Up performing their seminal classic Hidden World, which turned 10 years old this month. Martha have had an incredible year since releasing their excellent Blisters in the Pit of My Heart earlier in 2016. Meanwhile, Fucked Up are on something of a victory lap celebrating their often underrated older material after their tour of the "Zodiac singles" last year.

Whatever you end up going to see, there is no doubt Mirrors Festival is shaping up to be an excellent Festival. See you down the front!

Mirrors Festival takes place in various venues in Hackney, East London on Saturday 29 October. For tickets and info, click here.


Stream: DiS Radio Show Inspired By Adam Curtis' HyperNormalisation

2016-10-20T13:08:22+01:002016-10-20 13:03:00 +0100

Our editor hosts his second radio show in the key of the new documentary.

Following the pilot episode last week, our editor hosts his second radio show in the key of the new Adam Curtis documentary.

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What is HyperNormalisation? The term comes from the Soviet Union, to describe a state where everyone knew they were living a lie... and so begins the making sense of an illogical and senseless world in documentary maker Adam Curtis' latest work, HyperNormalisation. It's now available to watch on iPlayer and somewhat inspired whilst watching it, we decided to make a radio show of songs on the soundtrack or that are tenuously linked to the subject matter. Plus we mark the return of Phil Collins and pick two of the best Bob Dylan covers.


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Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
R. Seilog - Cloddio Unterdach
Nine Inch Nails - 02 Ghosts I
Bright Eyes - When The President Talks To God
Sonic Youth - I’m Not There
The Cribs - Be Safe (feat. Lee Ranaldo)
Arab Strap - Cherubs
Kate Jackson - 16 Years
St. Vincent - Teenage Talk
The Blow - Think About Me
EMA - Active Shooter
Tom Waits - Hell Broke Luce (feat. Keith Richards)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Hand Covers Bruise
Daughter - The End
Still Corners - Dreamhorse
Feels - Close My Eyes
False Advertising - Breaker
Marissa Nadler - Janie In Love
Beirut - Postcards From Italy
Sharon Van Etten - Warsaw
Ed Droste & Binki Shapiro - Loser
PJ Harvey - Highway ‘61 Revisited
(International) Noise Conspiracy - Capitalism Stole My Virginity
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - A 1000 Times
Jean-Michel Blais - il
Interpol - NYC
Iggy Pop - Gardenia
Jarvis - Running The World
Worriedaboutsatan - The Woods

Learn more about Adam Curtis' HyperNormalisation.

Read Adam Curtis' blog

DiS will return to Soho Radio on Monday November 14th to celebrate the year's best independent tracks, and again on December 12th to reveal our albums of the year. DiS will then return once a month throughout 2017.


DiS Launches New Radio Show

2016-10-13T12:21:30+01:002016-10-13 11:28:00 +0100

Listen to the pilot episode now.

Having relaunched the DiS podcast last year it seems DiS' move back into radio are picking up pace.

Yesterday, our editor hosted his first two-hour show on Soho Radio that was Trump-themed (sort of) and featured a lot of blissed out ambient-ish tracks alongside some sulky synths and sun-scorched guitars. The station liked this last-minute stand-in show and they've invited us back once a month, where our editor and guests will discuss the best of the month's releases and more.

To find out when we're on next, please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

You can now listen back to the pilot show on-demand via Mixcloud:

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1) EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY - First Breath After Coma
3) DEPECHE MODE - Halo (Goldfrapp Remix)
4) CAT POWER - Silent Machine
(Gonzales - Overnight)
5) THE KILLS- Siberian Nights
6) JULIA JACKLIN - Coming of Age
(Theme from Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti)
7) THE 1975 - Please Be Naked
8) RHAIN - Humdrum Drivel
9) SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - Audacity of Huge
11) CHROMATICS - I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
12) M83 - Don’t Save Us From The Flames
(Max Richter - Love and Imagination)
14) SOULWAX - Heaven Scent (featuring Chloë Sevigny)
16) BADBADNOTGOOD - Confessions II (featuring Colin Stetson)
17) NICOLAS JAAR - Three Sides of Nazareth
18) WILD BEASTS - Alpha Female
(Nancy & Barb from Stranger Things)
19) ELUVIUM - Fugue State
20) DEAD LIGHT - Bloom
21) MERCHANDISE - Lonesome Sound
22) EL PERRO DEL MAR - breadandbutter
24) PATTI SMITH - Gloria
25) DEFTONES - Prayers/Triangles
(Fiona Brice - Berlin)
26) PJ HARVEY - Down by The River
27) DAVID BOWIE - I’m Afraid of Americans (Nine Inch Nails mix)

Photo of Marina & The Diamonds by Burak Cingi.

Listened to that and want more? Listen to our best of 2016 playlist on Spotify with commentary from our podcast.


Piano Day Exclusive #5: Michael Price, Douglas Dare, & Peter Broderick

2016-10-11T11:08:27+01:002016-10-11 10:04:00 +0100

The last of our exclusive videos is a collaborative performance featuring all 3 artists

Wanting something special to close Piano Day 2016, the organisers decided on a unique, improvised performance by three of the artists heavily involved - Douglas Dare, Peter Broderick, and Michael Price. Playing off each other, and relying on their talent, the result is a slow, meandering track that is as beautiful as it is melancholic. It's a fitting end to our series of videos from the event, and a testament to the magic of collaboration.

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Peter Broderick

"My friend Desireé has a musical project called Brumes, and one of the first pieces of hers that I heard was a beautiful thing called ‘Martin’s Scale’. When I asked her about it, she told me that a friend of hers (Martin) had showed her this particular scale which is quite easy and fluid to improvise within, and her piece came out of improvising with that scale. I then learned the scale myself and now I often find myself playing variations of this little piece, heading off on long improvised detours with it. I felt it would be an easy thing for all of us to play together that evening, considering we didn’t really have time to rehearse together."

Douglas Dare

"It was wonderful to join Michael and Peter for a spontaneous performance; I think our improv really shows how you can converse with music and it showed us to have sentimentality and humour all at the same time."

Michael Price

"As a thorn between two roses, helping the song ebb and flow, the trio was a rare treat. I could hear Peter's idea from one side, and Douglas' decoration from the other, and feel the audience willing us to get safely to the far horizon. Just beautiful."

Photo by Alex Kozobolis.


Piano Day Exclusive #4: Michael Price

2016-10-04T11:42:28+01:002016-10-04 10:24:00 +0100

The latest in our series is a performance from the award-winning & highly acclaimed composer, producer, arranger, and music editor.

Michael Price is a man of many talents. Having scored numerous feature films, worked alongside David Arnold on the Sherlock TV series, toured the world, won awards for his music editing work, and released an acclaimed album of his own compositions, last year's Entanglement, it seems there is no end to what he can do. But his first love is the humble piano, and for Piano Day 2016 he gave a stirring, improvised performance at the Courtyard Theatre which DiS is proud to premiere below.

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"Improvising in front of an audience always raises the heart rate a little, but if you play piano, there's the extra challenge that you may have only said hello to that particular instrument a few hours before. Every piano is unique and the one all three of us were going to be playing definitely had the scars and creaky bones of a life well lived.

Looking at the film, it seems that something happened that night, maybe because of the age of the instrument, or the atmosphere in the room, but a couple of minutes in, after wrestling for a while and trying to find out what the piano wanted to do, everything turned to liquid under my hands. Long streams of silvery notes flowed out, as if the Old Lady was reminding us that she was young once and still had songs to sing.

The joy of improvisation is that that moment will never happen in quite the same way again."

Photo by Alex Kozobolis.