YES 'Introducing Yes' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
All over the world YES are considered along with the renowned Genesis, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer as the pre-eminent big four of progressive rock.
YES turned the existing rules of pop music upside down: extended song lengths, topmost abstract lyrics, extraordinary instrumentation and far-ranging influences of Classical, Jazz and Rock.
The founding members Jon Anderson [Vocals / Guitar], Chris Squire [Vocals / Bass] and Steve Howe [Guitar] are part of YES for more than 40 years now and there is no famous Prog-band of the present day that does not look up to these reputable legends.
'Introducing… YES' provides established fans as well as YES-beginners with an exquisite assortment of their most recent recordings of the current millennium. Ageless Artrock that gives proof of YES' unchallenged musical mastership bundled on one disc.
BAD LIEUTENANT 'Never Cry Another Tear' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Bad Lieutenant formed in 2007 with New Order's Bernard Sumner [guitar and vocals] alongside Phil Cunningham [guitar] and Jake Evans [guitar and vocals]. We can now confirm that they have completed their long awaited debut LP 'Never Cry Another Tear' which is set for worldwide release on 12th October 2009 on Triple Echo Records. The album features sounds that have helped make New Order such a treasured, innovative force over the past three decades, but also featured is a brand new voice from exotic Macclesfield, Jake Evans.
The new album centres around crisp, streamlined, 21st century guitar music – underscored by keyboards and occasional melodica. The record includes Sumner's seemingly effortless melodic invention, but now these familiar joys blend with vocals and the talented guitar work of Jake Evans.
"This album is very important to me," says Bernard. "We've worked hard on it and I'm proud of it. It's also important because it gives people the chance to hear a gifted new singer and guitar player who I think is really talented."
Together, the band have spent over a year writing, recording and mixing the album near Manchester, which features additional musicians including Alex James [Blur] and Stephen Morris [New Order and Joy Division] on several recordings. The live band will include Stephen Morris on drums and Tom Chapman on bass as well as Matt Evans [Rambo & Leroy] contributing to drums and backing vocals on the record.
"There is some continuity to the music I've made in the past," says Bernard. "But this is very different – because different people are playing on it. This is just how I now want to make music – it feels right to me and I hope at least a few other people feel the same."
AFI 'Medicate' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Following the US #1 album 'Decemberunderground' and 3 million record sales worldwide, AFI's eighth studio album 'Crash Love' will be followed by the storming new single 'Medicate' on 12th October.
Produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee (and two years in the making), 'Crash Love' is AFI's most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. Standout tracks include 'Medicate', 'Veronica Sawyer Smokes', 'End Transmission' and 'Beautiful Thieves'.
WOLFMOTHER 'New Moon Rising' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
'New Moon Rising' is the long awaited new single from Wolfmother, and the first to be taken from the band's forthcoing second album 'Cosmic Egg'. All the things that made the band's debut so popular are all in place – monster riffs, mammoth choruses and a large dose of psychadelic craziness are here in droves.
The single release in the UK includes a UK exclusive 12" picturedisc, featuring top notch remixes from some of the hottest names right now – 2 mixes from Riton and a remix by YACHT.
DIONNE BROMFIELD 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
**AMY WINEHOUSE RELATED RELEASE**
London-born soul singer Dionne Bromfield releases her debut album on October 12 through Lioness Records/Universal.
Introducing Dionne Bromfield is the first album issued by Lioness, the new label created by Amy Winehouse. Amy is also godmother to 13 year-old Dionne and says of her protégée, "She's so much better than I was at her age."
Dionne's album features covers of 12 classic songs that reflect her love of vintage soul music and '60s girl groups. Tracks include the Motown anthem 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', which Dionne has recorded as a duet with fellow Lioness artist Zalon, and Mama Said, originally a hit for The Shirelles in 1963, and now chosen as Dionne's first single.
THE SATURDAYS 'Wordshaker' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
The album was recorded in London, Los Angeles and Sweden and producers include hitmakers from their debut album, Ina Wroldsen and Chris Braide as well as new producers including The Jam [Leona/Shontelle] and Per Magnusson [Britney]. Includes the single, 'Forever Is Over'.
GIRLS ALOUD 'Out Of Control Tour 2009' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
**The Blu-Ray edition to accompany the DVD at S/S 485368**
Girls Aloud are set to release their 'Out Of Control' Live Bluray on October 12th, giving fans a chance to enjoy this spectacular tour in their own homes.
The UK's greatest girl group filmed the show in May this year at The O2 arena in London. During the 32 date tour Girls Aloud played to approximately half a million people. The live extravaganza was dubbed their best live tour to date by the fans whilst the press raved about it. The Londonpaper said it was their best live tour to date whilst The Times gave the show 4 stars.
As well as the full live show, the Bluray includes several amazing bonus features, including a Girl-cam that allows the viewer to follow their favourite Girl Aloud as she performs a song on tour. Also included are full promo videos for the hit singles The Promise, The Loving Kind and Untouchable, as well as the tour screen visuals.
JARVIS COCKER / VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Mr Fox [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Wes Anderson's long-awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr Fox' will open The Times BFI London Film Festival on the 14 October. The film is on general release from October 23rd to coincide with half term holidays.
The stop-motion animation of Dahl's book stars George Clooney, who voices the ingenious Mr Fox, and Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox. Michael Gambon supplies the voice of the malevolent farmers, and Jarvis Cocker plays a musically inclined farmhand. Other Wes Anderson stalwarts also feature including Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
'Fantastic Mr. Fox' is Wes Anderson's first animated film, using classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of Roald Dahl's best selling children's book. Anderson has been a fan of the novel since childhood. A recent USA Today article quotes him saying, "It was the first book I ever owned… My brothers and I loved Mr. Fox and all the digging. We were obsessed with underground forts and tunnels."
Music is an integral part of Wes Anderson films and there has been much speculation as to what will feature on this soundtrack. Fantastic Mr Fox features tracks from the Rolling Stones, Bobby Fuller Four, The Beach Boys and an exclusive new track by Jarvis Cocker – 'Petey's Song'. The soundtrack also includes original score music from Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Golden Compass, Girl With a Pearl Earring).
DEEP PURPLE 'Introducing Deep Purple' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Deep Purple Deep Purple is one of the most influential and impressive bands in Hard Rock history. For more than 40 years the band fronted, by Ian Gillan has been producing Hard Rock hymns and Rock classics. Classically inspired, progressive music has made the band a living legend.
This live recording at the Royal Albert Hall features old classics and new compositions showing how Deep Purple are still reinventing themselves.
A collection for all the fans who want to listen to Deep Purple still featuring Jon Lord behind the Hammond Organ going through classics and rarities.
WILLY DEVILLE 'Introducing Willy DeVille' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
In honour of a true icon…Willy DeVille was one of the first artists to come out of the American Punk scene to flirt with Latin influences and American Roots music, fronting the influential band Mink DeVille.
For more than over three decades, Willy DeVille, remarkable vocal stylist, has sung about the harsh reality of life with his unique talent as a singer and songwriter, gaining the admiration of Jazz and Rock audiences.
Willy DeVille personified the Rock'n' Roll attitude like no other. His success and cult following grew constantly and his records became solid chart sellers all over the world.
Willy sadly passed away recently (Aug 2009) and we should never forget such an exceptional talent. This collection features the best songs of his recent successful studio albums and some live classics, showing the two faces of DeVille. The rockier sound and the more intimate side of the concerts.
CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS 'Meet The Meatbats' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Chad Smith is the powerhouse behind the world-famous Red Hot Chili Peppers and the super group Chickenfoot. Chad pulls off effortlessly one of the most difficult challenges facing drummers – the ability to blend high powered rock with blistering funk grooves. With a personality as big as his drum sound, Chad remains a firm favourite with drummers all over the world.
Born in 1961 and grown up in Michigan, Chad became a much sought-after drummer in the late 70's very quickly and played in different band-projects. In 1989 he joined Red Hot Chili Peppers for their legendary album 'Mother's Milk'. By recording 'Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik' with top-producer Rick Rubin in the early 90's, he influenced the modern sound of American Rock like no other: Snappy rimshots, heavy kickdrums and incredibly funky arranged rhythms are his undisputed
trademarks to this very day. Chad Smith is therefore the unchallenged master of Funk-Rock on the drums.
Since 2008, his involvement in Chickenfoot [Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony] gives further proof of his outstanding variety and reputation. In his new project [Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats], Chad is surrounded by talented musicians once again – guitar star Jeff Kollman, multi-faceted keyboardist Ed Roth and Motor City bass ace Kevin Chown. Together, they comprise what is easily one of the most interesting and unpredictable instrumental bands to come along in years; Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats.
Bombastic, funky, sexy and loud – that's the sound of the latest album of the drum hero Chad Smith, who is this time around surrounded by "The Meatbats". 'Meet The Meatbats' speaks for itself. Consisting of 10 tunes written in the span of a few days at Chad's pool house in Malibu. Tracks including 'Need Strange', 'Oops! I Spilled My Beer', 'Battle For Ventura Blvd.', and the hauntingly beautiful 'Night Sweats', exude a live wire feel, sarcasm, and excitement rarely found in the current world of digitally induced "perfection".
It is instrumental music with a soul and a sense of humour. The Meatbats' sound creates a cutting edge sonic experience with a plethora of influences, fusing together styles as diverse as Classic Rock, Old School Funk, Punk, and 70's R&B.
STEVE MORSE BAND 'Out Standing In The Their Field' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
In 2009, Steve Morse joined forces yet again with Dave LaRue (Bass) and Van Romaine (Drums) for a new Steve Morse Band album.
The result is an album as multifaceted as Morse's career. 'Out Standing In Their Field' is the 12th Steve Morse Band record. It combines Rock, Country, Jazz, Funk and Classic elements and reaches an unbelievable sound spectrum.
This entirely instrumental album clearly reflects the remarkable talent of Steve Morse and distinguishes the influences of the artist's musical history. On top of the fantastic 10 brand new songs, there is a special bonus track: the live recording of 'Rising Power' mirrors the unique goosebumps feeling you get when attending a live concert.
On the strength of Steve Morse's fascinating guitar riffs there is no space of thinking of lead vocals missing. Based on his fabulous guitar playing, which is light years ahead of many other so called guitar heroes, the album satisfies the listener in every aspect.
Bill Milkowski: "…he is first and foremost regarded in industry circles as a musicians musician; the premier player of instrumental rock after Jeff Beck."
3 x FEVER RAY RELEASES [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Final Artwork to follow…
Following her critically acclaimed UK tour, Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife, has today announced the release of next singles 'If I Had A Heart' and 'When I Grow Up' out on 12th October as well as the release of Fever Ray – The Double Disc Edition on 19th October.
Coming out through Rabid Records in the UK, 'Fever Ray – The Double Disc Edition' will contain the CD album plus the 2 cover versions the band performed live during their tour [Vashti Bunyan's 'Here Before' and Nick Cave and Anita Lane's 'Stranger Than Kindness'] & a DVD featuring all the videos from the project so far and more exclusive never seen before footage.
CATE LE BON 'Me Oh My' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Following hot on the reels of a sell-out Cassette only print, Irony Bored are pleased to announce the release of Cate Le Bon's mesmerizing debut album 'Me Oh My'.
A new force in song-craft, Le Bon first gained public attention when she supported Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals on his 2007 solo tour. She also appeared as a guest vocalist on Neon Neon's 2008 single, 'I Lust U'.
As befits a songwriter who only writes in the dark, the album is a heady and highly personal Gallic stew of equal parts Nico, Bobbie Gentry, Stephen Malkmus, and the chronicler's own emotional observations on the impossibility of existence.
Artfully composed with a classic five a side formation, this lovingly constructed album boasts a concise palette of instrumentation played live by Cate and a fluid band of close friends. Perfectly illuminating both her writing skills and haunting vocals with understated menace and beauty.
Irony Bored is a new label owned and run by Gruff Rhys. The name was originally a slightly suspect pun written in blood on a discarded ironing board back in 1993 by Gruff as a simple manifesto for the fledgling Super Furry Animals. Having been mistaken for a work of art the ironing board was initially stolen from a recording studio and later shown at an art gallery only then to be presumed to be a load of rubbish by a janitor and taken to a Cardiff debris site. The board itself may be long gone but its eventful life and boundary melting sense of adventure has now been harnessed as a recording label – Irony Bored.
'Me Oh My' is complimented with artwork by existential DJ Huw Evans and accompanied by a Thriller-style short film by the visionary artist Casey Raymond, created for the song 'Hollow Trees House Hounds'. Rhys promises to crease out more multi media chaos out of the mangle of his new ironing label.
THE DRUMS 'Summertime EP' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Taking the unlikely templates of 50s surf-rock and Factory Records as inspiration and mixing in a new wave sound, brand new four piece The Drums announce themselves as purveyors of some of the most exciting new sounds to come out of the US this year. As the saturation point of female-fronted electronic acts has surely been reached in the UK, The Drums arrive with a brand new sound.
'Summertime!' is the band's brilliant debut mini-album, due for release on October 12th through Moshi Moshi Records (the label responsible for launching Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Kate Nash and Late of the Pier amongst others). The 7-track CD will be preceded by debut single 'Let's Go Surfing' – the mini album's opening track – out on Sept 28th.
Across all of it's seven tracks, 'Summertime!' heralds the arrival of a major new talent: songs like 'Don't Be A Jerk, Johnny' and 'Submarine' showcase The Drums' updated take on 50s surf rock and pop, whilst 'Down By The Water' is a beautiful lingering ballad that wouldn't sound amiss on the Twin Peaks soundtrack.
First single 'Let's Go Surfing' opens with the most infectious whistling line since Peter, Bjorn and John accompanied by buzz-saw surf guitar riffs, and would be the closest song to pop perfection on this set if were not for the mini-album's closing gem, 'I Felt Stupid'.
Singer Jonathan Pierce and guitarist Jacob Graham met each other at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since [apart from one particular argument that lasted five years]. Though individually they've both enjoyed diverse and successful musical pursuits [Jon of former Columbia act Elkland, Jacob playing with various punk acts around his home state of Florida] the formation of The Drums marks the first time the long time friends have formally collaborated. Rounding out the Drums lineup are drummer and NYC native Connor Hanwick and guitarist Adam Kessler, whose musical history includes playing guitar in Pierce's former band Elkland. Originally formed in Florida, The Drums are now based in New York City and are currently hard at work on their first LP.
PORT O'BRIEN 'Threadbare' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
**This is the vinyl edition to accompany the full album**
Port O'Brien release their new album 'Threadbare' on 12 October 2009. The band's debut proper 'All We Could Was Sing' was released to an ecstatic reception last year, with critics and fans alike swept away by their tales of the sea and music filled with joyous abandon. But just as some of our favourite albums are informed by delirium and youthful adventure, others are informed by tragedy and depths of heartache. This is the odd juxtaposition for Port O'Brien's second album.
Where the band's stomping debut 'All We Could Do Was Sing' was full of ragged chants and life affirming lyrics, 'Threadbare' is, as the name suggests, a much more contemplative and introspective affair yet still filled with all-encompassing, emotionally charged anthems that Port O'Brien have become known for.
FRANKE 'Optimismens Hans' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
With pure, Swedish melodies draped in a monumental and sparking electric soundsphere, Franke hit the heart straight. A work of bone hard integrity and focus that will be held as one of the foremost Swedish albums of all time.
For all those people who have a lifelong relationship with The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure's 'Disintegration', Loveless or fans of Glasvegas: We give you a Swedish heavyweight classic. Brought to you by Service, the label responsible for Jens Lekman, The Tough Alliance, Lake Heartbeat, Kleerup, Whitest Boy Alive and Studio.
THE VERONICAS 'Hook Me Up' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
The Veronicas' 'Untouched' has proved to be an enduring summertime hit. Debuting at #8, the single spent five weeks in the Top 10 and a further three in the Top 20. Now The Veronicas release the follow-up '4 Ever' on September 27th on Warner Bros. Records. It precedes the October 12th release of their new album 'Hook Me Up'.
Already the biggest name in new Australian pop and now based in Los Angeles, The Veronicas are proving to be a global phenomenon. 'Hook Me Up' and the debut album 'The Secret Life Of…' both hit #2 on the Australian album charts and reached multi-Platinum status in the process and they've proved to be similarly successful in the singles charts with a #1 single and a further four Top 5 hits to their name.
THE FLAMING LIPS 'Embryonic' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
'Embryonic' is the latest instalment in The Flaming Lips strange and compelling journey. The eagerly anticipated album released on October 12th on Warner Bros Records sees the Oklahoma natives continue in the same vein that has bagged them three Grammys, a Brit Award nomination and being described as one of the great inventive acts in rock.
Recorded in New York and Oklahoma City between February and July of this year, 'Embryonic' features eighteen new songs. The sound is immediately recognisable as The Flaming Lips, but once more they push the boundaries of sound into uncharted new territory. 'Embryonic' was produced by The Flaming Lips – Wayne Coyne, Stephen Drozd, Michael Ivins and Kliph Scurlock – with Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev) and Scott Booker.
'Embryonic' highlights a number of special guest appearances: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O provides additional singing, screaming, animal sounds and noises on 'Gemini Syringes', 'I Can Be A Frog' and 'Watching The Planets', MGMT contribute additional playing and singing to 'Worm Mountain' and German mathematician, Thorsten Wörmann is responsible for additional spoken announcements.
DEAD BY SUNRISE 'Out Of Ashes' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Chester Bennington is stepping outside (but not away) from Linkin Park. His side project Dead By Sunrise has seen him reinvent himself. 'Out Of Ashes' is the first album from this new project, bringing in Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, formerly of Orgy and current Julien-K members, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony 'FU' Valcic – Bennington gives fans a revealing look at the man behind the voice.
Throughout the 12-song collection, DBS move skilfully between the kind of explosive rockers Bennington is known for, such as the opening 'Fire' and the frenetic energy of 'My Suffering', and some surprisingly tender moments, like the beautifully melodic, mid-tempo 'Let Down' and the rhythmically hypnotic 'Walking In Circles'.
The Dead By Sunrise album is one that has summed up the past few years of Chester Bennington's life dealing with divorce, re-marriage and addiction. 'I feel a real sense of achievement', he says of Dead by Sunrise. 'Because something original, meaningful, and viable has sprouted out of this experience. And it's not just a side project. I feel like I've created a band with a new sound. That is a huge accomplishment and I'm really proud of it".
JOOLS HOLLAND / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Later With Jools Holland 2' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
A treasured BBC institution since its first airing in the UK in 1992, 'Later With Jools Holland' celebrated its 200th episode back in 2008 and lives in the heart of the nation as one of the most popular showcases of contemporary music of our time.
Drawing on the eclectic musical policy espoused by the show itself, 'Later Live 2' builds on its 2008 predecessor with a stellar line up of some of the biggest and most critically acclaimed artists of a generation.
With exclusive one-off performances from megoliths of modern music Lily Allen, Radiohead, Adele, Estelle, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Paul Weller, Keane, Morrisey, Madness, Goldfrapp, the album also takes in performances from the current new kids storming today's charts and live blocks with the likes of Little Boots, MGMT, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner's band The Last Shadow Puppets and many more, and blends Blues – Seasick Steve, Soul – Al Green, Punk – New York Dolls, D&B/Electro – Pendulum, Jazz – Melody Gardot, Reggae – Natty, Folk – Bon Iver and many more.