Eric Berglund's sophomore CEO album is nearing its release date, and ahead of this, Sincerely Yours and Modular are pleased to share another peek at WONDERLAND, in the form of album track MIRAGE. Listen to the track here.
MIRAGE premiered yesterday with the New York Times' T Magazine. Read the interview with Eric Berglund here.
WONDERLAND is out Feb 3 (UK/EU), Feb 4 (USA), Feb 7 (AUS). Pre-order it here.
This weekend, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles and we'll definitely be watching to see if our boys from Perth, Tame Impala, take home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album for 2012's Lonerism. They're amongst a field of very worthy contenders: Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Neko Case and The National.
This caps off a phenomenal two years for the band, which has included tours all over the world; festival performances at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Primavera, Sasquatch, Splendour in the Grass, Redding / Leeds, and many more; this cover of 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' by the PS22 Chorus; 3 ARIA Award wins; and a photo op with GOAT Danny DeVito.
As Sydney Festival approaches the final days, its still yet to celebrate one of the program's finest inclusions - Sinkane. The Brooklyn based Sudanese immigrant has clocked serious road miles playing with Yeasayer, Caribou and Of Montreal, and with his very own 4-piece mines a mix of 70s funk, Afrobeat, Sudanese pop and New York indie. His vibrant catalogue is packed with tracks that will make you bounce, including the groovy singles Jeeper Creeper and Running from the DFA-released Mars.
Norwegian pop dreamers have picked up the prestigious Spellemann Award for Best Indie Album for 2013's Between Places at the 2013 ceremony in Norway this past weekend.
The Spellemann Awards are the Norwegian Grammys, and the highest music industry honor to be awarded in Norway.
Congratulations to the band and their management!
German label ECM has made public an immense catalogue of incredible, innovative music, most notably in the jazz realm from folks like Keith Jarrett, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Steve Reich and Chick Corea, to name a few. Since it was established by Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969, ECM came to be revered not only for the imaginative, open-minded sounds that were being captured on vinyl, but almost as much for the sublime, artful sleeves the music came packaged in.
ECM's history was compiled for a 2012 exhibition at the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich, for which this here book acts as a catalogue. At around 300 pages and weighing in at a couple of kilos it's far more than your average catalogue, bringing together not only a written history of the label through interviews, round table discussions and critical essays, but also a visual one, through photos, artwork, film stills and sketches from Eicher's archives. Like everything with the label's stamp on it the book is exquisitely designed with a painstakingly admirable attention to detail. A wonderful gawk for even casual jazz fans.
At the tail end of last year we created Modulations - a 20 page love letter to our artists, labels, festival and the many creative people we work with - it includes interviews with Modular artists Cut Copy x Shine 2009 and CEO as well as designers/artists like Hattie Stewart and Asger Carlsen. We got our posse to admit what they'd been Shazaming and added some photos of the first ever FOR festival in Croatia.
Until now, the newspaper was only available in the UK, from selected independent record stores and the odd market stall. We're pleased to announce that it's now available worldwide at a not-for-profit price via the Modshop.
Movement recently set up shop in the famed Cell Block Theatre in Australia's National Art School and filmed a Modular Studio Session featuring current single Us. Captured by the eye of Sydney director Mike Daly.
Stay tuned for more to come from Movement's Studio Session.
This Friday 17 January we have dance music pioneer Juan Atkins in the house for Sydney Festival, thumping out a two hour set alongside Movement (who will preview tracks from their next release), house dreamboats Softwar, bass duo Wordlife and Melbourne maverick Roland Tings. Part of the first wave of techno producers in Detroit, Atkins has been sculpting the musical landscape since his first release in 1980.
In preparation for the party, here are some of the Magic Juan's finest moments in chronological order.
This one might have gone undetected in the December rush - the latest single and first sample of HTRK's forthcoming third album Psychic 9-5 Club. Pronounced "hate rock", the Australian duo of Nigel Yang and Jonnine Standish mourn the loss of original member Sean Stewart with this minimal swell of cool room dub and arrestingly hushed vocals.
"2013 was a big year for us because our debut LP finally saw the light. Although it had been ready for a while it was nice to get it out and spread/get some nice vibes. Most of 2012 and 2013 has been spent writing and arranging new songs for our next album. It's going to be angelicus spectacularis and La Sagrada Familia. But at the same time auditus and nutritivae.
It wasn't just a great year for us but for a lot of our friends and mother earth. Here is a list of a couple of the best things that happened in 2013."
Mountain Sounds Festival , Central Coast, NSW
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Marathon Music Works , Nashville, TN
Upset, Nagoya, Japan
Echostage, Washington, DC
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Cable, Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Phoenix, Sydney, NSW
Bar Caezar, Ehime (Matsuyama), Japan
Crow Bar, Tokushima, Japan
Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NYView All Dates