Two Wounded Birds are releasing a new double a-side single, ‘All We Wanna Do’ / ‘Midnight Wave’, which comes out on April 18th on limited edition 7” and digital download on Moshi Moshi.
The band formed in 2008, are originally from the seaside town of Margate and last year toured with The Drums throughout November and December.
You can listen to their new single ‘All We Wanna Do’ here:
Brooklynites The Last Royals have covered the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark track ‘If You Leave’. You can check it out here:
‘United’ is the new single from Pete And The Pirates’ forthcoming album ‘One Thousand Pictures’. It’s available for pre-order now, comes with 3 bonus tracks, and will be issued on May 16th. The album, produced by Brendan Lynch, is due for release on May 23rd. The band have made a video, which can be viewed here:
They set out on a UK tour this week, dates as follows:
11-Apr The Joiners, Southampton
12-Apr Audio, Brighton
13-Apr Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff
15-Apr The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
16-Apr Record Store Day, Rough Trade West, London
16-Apr Coventry Kasbah, Coventry,
18-Apr The Duchess, York
19-Apr Cluny, Newcastle
20-Apr The Hop, Wakefield
16-May Winchester Railway Inn, Winchester
17-May Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
18-May The Cockpit, Leeds
19-May Mojo, Liverpool
20-May Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
22-May Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
23-May The Underground, Stoke on Trent
25-May Sub 89, Reading
26-May Heaven, London
27-May Stereo, Glasgow
Stolen Records will be releasing an exclusive sampler for Record Store Day this week, with the repertoire featuring six of the label’s acts, each contributing two tracks, one new and one classic. The vinyl only release will be limited to 200 copies, each one hand silk screen printed and numbered. Featured artists are Bo Ningen; JEFF The Brotherhood; My Sad Captains; Serafina; The European, and the aforementioned Pete And The Pirates.
The International Artists label is best known for the 13th Floor Elevators’ hit singles and seminal albums but the label also released a series of groundbreaking records from acts such as The Red Krayola, Lost & Found and The Golden Dawn. Over the past two years Charly Records have embarked on a re-issue programme, with all of the original albums released on the label as distinctive limited luxury editions. For these releases the albums have been re-mastered from the original tapes and it is from these new sessions that these two new limited edition 7″ singles are taken.
‘Wait For My Love’ is the Elevators ‘lost’ sixth single, which was originally planned as a single in 1968 but never released. The 7″ will be pressed on green vinyl with ‘May The Circle Remain Unbroken’ on the b-side. The versions of the tracks on the single differ from those previously released as they have been re-mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three).
Sonic Boom, who recently produced albums for MGMT and Panda Bear, has also re-mastered the Red Krayola single. The A-side is an exclusive remix of the track ‘Hurricane Fighter Plane’, especially for this release, whilst the flip side is taken from forthcoming 2CD deluxe edition of the ‘Parable Of Arable Land’ album.
Both singles are limited to 2000 copies worldwide, will be packaged in International Artists’ house bags and are available this coming Saturday, as part of Record Store Day.
Tim Smith, the lead singer songwriter and guitarist of Cardiacs and numerous other music projects, suffered a severe stroke in 2008. The stroke has left Tim incapacitated, so a host of the acts that he has influenced have recorded versions of his tracks for the charity album, ‘Leader of the Starry Skies’.
Two of the tracks from the album are now going to be released on a very limited white vinyl 7″ single. The tracks are Steven Wilson’s version of ‘Stoneage Dinosaur’ and Oceansize’s cover of ‘Fear’. In addition to raising awareness and money for Tim (all profits from the single will go to him) the single will also be supporting this year’s Record Store Day, which, as I’m sure you all know by now, takes place on Saturday.
‘Stoneage Dinosaur’ / ‘Fear’ is limited to only 2000 copies (which will only be available in the shops participating in Record Store Day in Europe).
Steven Wilson is currently on tour with his Blackfield project following the release of their latest album, ‘Welcome To My DNA’, but it for his work with Porcupine Tree that he is best known. While Steven’s career has been in a constant ascendancy for the last few years, unfortunately Mancunian progressive / post-rock greats Oceansize have recently decided to call it a day.
Chicago 3-piece Smith Westerns are currently in the UK touring as main support to the Vaccines. The band play London’s Cargo, in Shoreditch tonight (Monday April 11th). The band are brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori (Vocals / Guitar and Bass, respectively) and Max Kakacek (Guitar). Produced and engineered by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio), Dye It Blonde is the group’s first studio full-length, following 2009’s home-recorded ‘Smith Westerns’. Dye It Blonde will be released through Domino’s Weird World imprint on May 2nd, preceded by the single, Weekend on April 25th. You can watch the video for Weekend here:
This four piece, hailing from Hackney, London have been making waves for a few months now. A demo version of ‘Lost & Found’ rose to number 15 in the Hype Machine charts in the latter half of 2010 without being officially released, and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) had this to say about the record: “If there is any justice in the world, Lost & Found is going to be a great, big, fat, monster, hit.”
Having built a reputation as a formidable live band in the capital, Jukebox Collective recorded their first full-length album in Manchester in January of 2011. Mike Joyce (The Smiths, East Village Radio) stopped by towards the end of recording sessions, and negotiations are underway for him to remix a track.
‘Lost & Found’ will be released on April 25th.
The Vinyl District is the official blog of Record Store Day 2011