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Updated: 2016-10-20T13:03:00+01:00


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.


Rockaway Beach 2016: The DiS Preview

2016-09-28T12:17:03+01:002016-09-28 12:17:03 +0100

DiS heads to Bognor Regis next weekend for the second Rockaway Beach festival. Here's a preview featuring the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. DiS heads to Bognor Regis next weekend for the second Rockaway Beach festival. Held at the seaside town's Butlins complex over the weekend of 7th-9th October, this year's event features a host of mouthwatering names including the last ever live performance of Foxbase Alpha by Saint Etienne alongside other attractions such as the first ever screening of Killing Joke's 'Death & Resurrection Show' with a Q&A featuring the band members. Intimate in size - the main venue has a capacity of just 2,000 capacity. Rockaway Beach also provides many opportunities for bands and punters to injteract, with We Are Scientists set to do some go-karting with some fans, a five-a-side football tournament and and a band or two taking on teams of fans on the ten pin bowling lanes. With excitement levels at fever pitch, DiS has picked out ten acts we're most looking forward to seeing. --- Damo Suzuki (Sunday 9th, Reds Stage, 1900) Having made his name as the vocalist in pioneering krautrock combo Can, Damo Suzuki has spent the last three decades fronting his Network outfit. Which basically entails him and assorted guest musicians playing largely improvised sets of new and old material. His sound carriers for the purpose of Rockaway Beach are Glaswegian shoegazers St Deluxe, which should make for an exciting collusion. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Desert Mountain Tribe (Saturday 8th, Reds Stage, 1600) Having wowed Liverpool Psych Fest with an impressive performance last weekend, this London based trio bring their expansive psychedelic rock to Bognor Regis. Expect to be entranced from beginning to end by songs that will soon by household staples if there's any justice. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew (Saturday 8th, Reds Stage, 1315) Fusing elements of post-rock, ambient electronica, metal and shoegaze, this Nottingham three-piece have gained a reputation as one of the most innovative bands on the circuit since forming in the latter part of 2014. With comparisons to Sigur Ros, 65daysofstatic and Wild Beasts among others, it's fair to say they're also one of the most uncompromising outfits on the scene at present. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Fews (Sunday 9th, Reds Stage, 1730) It's been a hectic yet rewarding year for Malmo's finest post punk noise rock outfit. Debut album Means came out in May to rave reviews all across the board while their relentless tour schedule has seen them pick up a legion of fans wherever they have played. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Kagoule (Friday 7th October, Centre Stage, 1800) Another band to emerge from Nottingham's currently vibrant music scene. After putting out a handful of well received singles, debut long player Urth came out last year to much critical acclaim. With the long awaited follow-up due early next year and new single 'Magnified' out this week, it promises to be an exciting few months ahead for this hard rocking trio. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Killing Joke (Sunday 9th, Centre Stage, 2000) Having been making music together since 1978, Killing Joke are one of the most iconic bands of their generation. What's more, rather than rest on their laurels like many contemporaries from back in the day, they continue to push boundaries one step further with every subsequent release, as demonstrated by last year's excellent Pylon, their fifteenth long player to date. Not to be missed in any wa[...]

Celebrating 16 Years of Drowned in Sound

2016-09-27T23:32:02+01:002016-09-27 18:34:00 +0100

On Oct 4th come join us at Miranda in London for live music and DJs.

To celebrate DiS' 16th Birthday and to give you all an opportunity shout at our editor in person about the new forums (not to be found over here), we have organised a little event-slash-party at Miranda (the live music venue beneath the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch) from 7pm on October 4th.

Performing live will be Laura-Mary Carter from DiS favourites Blood Red Shoes, previewing material from her debut solo album. Supporting her will be our editor's favourite discovery of this year, Rhain (listen to her here), and we have some ace DJs including Eddy Temple-Morris, Ed Harcourt and Natalie Bang Bang spinning tunes until 1am. Full details on Facebook here.

It's only £3 to get in, and tickets are available with no booking fee from DICE.

Not on Facebook? Here's a flyer I threw together (with apologies to any graphic designers):

Who? Read Paul Brown's 9/10 review of the album here.

Who else was nominated?

2016 Neptune Prize

The Nominees

Anna Meredith - Varmints (Moshi Moshi)
The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist (Kscope)
Black Peaks - Statues (Sony)
Fiona Brice - Postcards From... (Bella Union)
Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages (Rivertones)
Daughter - Not To Disappear (4AD/Glassnote)
Desert Mountain Tribe - Either That Or The Moon (Membran)
Floating Points - Elaenia (Beat)
Future of the Left - The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left (Self-Release)
Garbage - Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume)
The Kills - Ash & Ice (Domino)
Martha - Blisters In the Pit of My Heart (Fortuna Pop!/Dirtnap)
Meilyr Jones - 2013 (Moshi Moshi)
Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth (The Leaf Label)
Muncie Girls - From Caplan to Belsize (Animal Style)
Pet Shop Boys - Super (x2/Kobalt)
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island/Vagrant)
Suede - Night Thoughts (Suede Ltd. / Warner)
Shura - Nothing's Real (Polydor/Interscope)
Three Trapped Tigers - Silent Earthling (Superball)

Listen to this year's nominees on our Spotify playlist.