The first single from The National’s forthcoming new album High Violet will be ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’, due for release on 7″ vinyl and digital download on May 3, 2010 through 4AD.
The 7″ comes backed with a brand new song entitled ‘Sin-Eaters’, recorded at The National’s own studio in Brooklyn, and mixed by Patrick Dillet at Kampo in New York. The artwork features work by acclaimed Ohio-born New York-based artist Mark Fox.
Premiered on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music show , fans can now download a free MP3 of ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ by heading to HIGHVIOLET.COM.
The National will play a one-off show London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 6. Preceeding that they will play a low-key set at the Electric Ballroom in Camden on May 5. Tickets for both dates sold out on day of release.
The Brooklyn quintet release their fifth full-length studio album High Violet on May 10th (11th worldwide) via 4AD.
High Violet is the Brooklyn quintet’s first full-length release since 2007′s acclaimed long-player Boxer and all eleven tracks were recorded in the band’s own studio in Brooklyn with further recording and mixing at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut with Peter Katis.
Watch the exclusive worldwide performance of lead track ‘Terrible Love’, previously recorded on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, (available to watch here).
High Violet track-listing:
1. Terrible Love
3. Anyone’s Ghost
4. Little Faith
5. Afraid of Everyone
6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
9. Conversation 16
11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
For a full list of forthcoming dates for The National, head >here.
With the infectious tones of “Round and Round” still causing a stir online, Los Angeles’ Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have confirmed details of their debut album for 4AD. Entitled Before Today, the record consists of twelve tracks (including the aforementioned single “Round And Round”) and will be released worldwide on June 8th 2010 on CD, LP and digital formats.
Six months in the making, Before Today was recorded in part in Encino at the House of Blues (once Tito Jackson’s home studio) with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones’ grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread) as well as at the band’s home studios. The result is a beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.
The outfit, now consisting reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals) will tour Europe this summer (details to follow) and have confirmed a headlining show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on May 4th (tickets available HERE).
Before Today cover art conceived by Douglas Lee.
Prior to the album, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will release “Round And Round” (backed with “Mistaken Wedding”) as a limited edition 7″ and digital download single on April 26th.
Fans can hear “Round And Round” on 4AD.com and new subscribers to the band’s mailing list can also download the track as a free MP3
“This week the focus is on the inscrutable Doma Tornados, Barcelona’s blistering beat bandito who seems to grow and surprise with every release. His latest EP ‘Toba Rey’ is a total mindblower conceptually, musically and lyrically.
The vocal from the great Argentinian folk singer Mercedes Sosa, who passed last year, is one of those performances that you don’t need to understand the actual words to fully get the feeling. ‘Antiguos dueños de las flechas’ means ‘The Ancient Owners Of The Arrows’ and tells of the persecution of the Toba people: a depressingly familiar story of oppression, colonization, environmental fuckery and economic strangulation. You can hear it all, translation required or not, in the song; but the way Tanox has created a new song around it is astonishing.
Sneakily he flipped the instrumental out to his mailing list a week or two ago, it’s a standalone pearler, and it might have easily been overlooked when cosied up to two versions with the riveting, haunting vocal. From the first chance to run it out and on the radio I had people asking me ‘what is this?’, ‘The Owner Of The Skunk’ (Antiguos dueños del skunk) would be my reply, and I’d get ‘that’ look before a brief explanation and espousal of the wonders to be found in the Doma Tornadosphere (who has many priceless tracks available for free pon them internets for those with a touch of search nous).
Alongside the archetypal Doma Tornados percussive panorama there are guitar and bass swells that (and I hesitate to say this) carry a genuine 80′s flavour, not in the usually touted cliche way, more like something that could have been a b-side on Rough Trade in 1982 or Keith Levene and Jah Wobble (guitar aand bass at P.I.L) might have cooked up on their mellowest of mellow days. Oh and his distinctive favoured guitar sound always reminds me of that Fleetwood Mac tune that was the theme tune for the F1 in the UK for like forever, and I’m not mad at that neither. It’s one of those ‘it shouldn’t make sense but it completely does’ tracks … and that’s just the instrumental. I was sold, home and hosed, before I even knew the point, the focus and the key to the whole thing.
Keep an eye on Doma Tornados!”
Jim Pinckney Broadcaster, journalist, writer, label owner & dj.
Antiguos dueños de las flechas
Antiguos dueños del skunk
Antiguos dueños de la cura
.Produced and arranged by Doma Tornados/
.Bass, guitars, synths, drums and percussion performed and recorded by Doma Tornados/
.Mastered by Daniel Jeffs/
.Cover & Wallpaper by G.Piacenza/
.”Antiguos dueños de las flechas” was released in 1972as part of the album “Cantata Sudamericana”/
.Original music writted by Ariel Ramirez, lyrics by Felix Luna/
.Vocals by Mercedes Sosa, backing vocals by Los Arroyeños/