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  • Slottsfjell 2014: "A three-day festival that has bordered on fantasy"

    "A three-day festival that has bordered on fantasy... a heavenly sanctuary." - Drowned In Sound

    "Stunning... a festival that completely delivers on its promise" - CLASH

    "It's like Glastonbury Tor's tougher brother and the views are breathtaking... I wake up covered in footprints with no clear idea of what went down, apart from me. On the bus to the airport the next day, I start to well up, like a child at the end of a birthday party. I'm going to miss the beautiful scenery, the unfailingly friendly Norwegians and their enthusiastic, deranged bands. We board the plane, already pining for the fjords." - The Quietus

    "The added bonus with an event like Slottsfjell, aside from the great line-up and wonderful people, is that it will truly double up as a holiday. Why not swap dancing in mud with morning swims in the fjord? Norway and Slottsfjell will change your life!" - Amazing Radio

    Also included in The Guardian Festival Guide.

     

  • ATP Iceland Announces Slowdive, Shellac, Low, Liars, Mogwai, Loop & More

    Mogwai, Slowdive, Shellac, Low, Devendra Banhart (solo),
    Liars, Loop, I Break Horses, Pharmakon and Ben Frost to play alongside Portishead, Interpol, Swans, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Forest Swords & Fuck Buttons.


    HAM, Sin Fang, Pascal Pinon and Fufanu join Samaris, Sóley, Low Roar, Mammút & more to complete Icelandic lineup

    All Tomorrow’s Parties today announces the lineup for their 2014 Icelandic Takeover, which includes a Neil Young & Crazy Horse show at Laugardalshöllin on July 7th, and the second ever ATP Iceland Festival, to be held at the former NATO base Ásbrú in Keflavík near the nation’s capital, from July 10-12th.

    First up are Steve Albini’s brutal alt-rock outfit Shellac, playing Iceland for the first time since 1999. They're joined on the bill by US slowcore legends Low. LIARS’ latest record sets them up for incendiary set at ATP Iceland, and the dreamy sound of Slowdive will be a big draw for many. Alt-folk star Devendra Banhart will also enter the spotlight for a solo outing, and seminal Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai will bring their evergreen epic noise to the festival.

    On the home team are Ben Frost, the Iceland-based Australian whose acclaimed new album A U R O R A is due to drop soon. Young Icelandic twins Pascal Pinon join the bill alongside their Morr Music labelmate Sin Fang, as do classic Icelandic rock band HAM, and Fufanu (formerly Captain Fufanu).

    These bands join an already stellar lineup, with Portishead, Interpol, Swans, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Fuck Buttons, Eaux, Forest Swords, Samaris, Low Roar, For A Minor Reflection, Sóley and Mammút already announced.

    ATP founder Barry Hogan: "We are over the moon to announce some of our favourite bands playing Iceland for the very first time. It's only our second year, but we've everyone from ATP royalty like Mogwai and Shellac to bands who've heavily influenced us like Loop and Low. We love Iceland and we can’t wait to get back once again to share this stellar lineup and unique setting with you."

    On Portishead & Interpol: "Portishead have a rich history and close relationship with us, which started with them curating ATP back in 2007 after a long live-hiatus and being the first ever curators for the I'll Be Your Mirror series. Interpol on the other hand, while being long-time ATP favourites, have never played the event, and it's an exciting prospect that the eagerly awaited second Icelandic ATP will be their first."

    With the lineup of music now complete, there are still some exciting announcements to come, including the curator/s of the ever-popular cinema schedule, and the details of the food & drink element of the festival that brings so much happiness to attendees each year as they devour some Icelandic food between bands.

    Festival tickets that include on-site accommodation quickly sold out, so the festival has secured extra accommodation on-site at Ásbrú to reflect the demand. Located only a short walk from the venues, these tickets are available as 2-berth and 4-berth on midi.is. Combination tickets with access to the Neil Young & Crazy Horse show are also available.

    The Full Icelandic Takeover Lineup:

    7th July:
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavík

     

    10th-12th July:
    ATP Iceland @ Ásbrú, Keflavík

    Portishead, Interpol, Mogwai, Slowdive, Shellac

    LIARS, Devendra Banhart (solo), Kurt Vile and Violators

    Swans, LOOP, Low, Fuck Buttons, Forest Swords

    HAM, Singapore Sling, Ben Frost, Hebronix, Haxan Cloak, Pharmakon

    Eaux, Sin Fang, Náttfari, Pascal Pinon, Kria Brekkan, Fufanu, I Break Horses

    For A Minor Reflection, Sóley, Samaris, Low Roar, Mammút

    Tickets & Info:

    http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atpiceland2014.php

    http://midi.is/tonleikar/1/8004


    Facebook:

    ATP Iceland Page: https://www.facebook.com/atpiceland

    Neil Young @ Laugardalshöllin: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405315713056570

    ATP Iceland 2014 Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405315713056570

  • ATP Iceland Join Projekta's Publicity Roster

    We're super-happy to announce Projekta will be working with All Tomorrow's Parties, on both ATP Iceland 2014 and the accompanying Neil Young & Crazy Horse show ay Laugurdalshöllin on July 7th.

    The first ATP Iceland last year was a spectacular success, and included am incendiary headline show by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Nick Cave said of the event "this is my favourite festival, in my favourite country," and his enthusiasm was apparent when he hit the stage; Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton also made local headlines as they got involved with Icelandic bands, food and culture at the festival.

    Confirmed so far for the 2014 festival are Portishead, Swans, Interpol, Kurt Vile, Fuck Buttons, Forest Swords, Haxan Cloak and Icelandic acts like Samaris, Low Roar, For a Minor Reflection and Mammut. The full lineup announcement is coming soon.

    Follow ATP Iceland on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

  • AK/DK Announce Album, Parties and UK Tour

    Brighton's best & brightest AK/DK have announced some live shows around their forthcoming debut album, Synth + Drums + Noise + Space.

    They're a band famous for the raucous spontaneity of their stage performances, captured on this thrilling LP via a live recording process that featured minimal studio editing. AK/DK are a must-see for fans of joyful, high-energy acts like Battles and Dan Deacon, with whom AK/DK are often positively compared.

    John Kennedy is one of many AK/DK converts, naming them in Xfm's Ones To Watch for 2014.

    April
    17th - The Old Blue Last – London (w/ Napoleon IIIrd & Hypnotized) // Facebook Event
    18th - The Green Door Store – Brighton (w/ Hypnotized) // Facebook Event

    June
    6th – The Haunt – Brighton (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    10th – XOYO – London (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    11th – Thekla – Bristol (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    13th – Deaf Institute – Manchester (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/fujiya-miyagi

  • Electric Litany Album Release Gig in London

    "A canvas of orchestral indie krautrock... an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world" - The Line Of Best Fit
    "Reminiscent of (early) Editors or even Bauhaus, there's a beauty to their melancholy, a redemptive edge to their sorrow." - Clash
    "Think of some hectic, politically-charged combination of Placebo, Joy Division, Interpol, Titus Andronicus and White Lies... smashing, bass-heavy indie."  - Killing Moon

    05/03/14 @ Jamboree, Cable St, London / 19:30 / £5 / Facebook Event

    Electric Litany's grand, ambitious and bleak rock sound has been drawing some impressive admirers recently.

    The English/Greek four piece have been billed as having the potential to be "the new Radiohead" by producer Alan Parsons, who worked on their new album, Enduring Days You Will Overcome, and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde gave them a first UK radio play on his Amazing Radio show last week. Their sound is both bleak and romantic; at once retro-futurist and forward-thinking.

    Clash premiered their latest video, noting "there's a beauty to their melancholy", and The Line Of Best Fit were equally full of praise, called the video "an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world". The BBC also reported on the cutting edge technology used to record the new album.

    Read a full press release on the album and the band's history here and get a flavour of their sound via their latest video, below.

    Limited guest list is available: send requests to john@projekta.is by 4pm on March 5th 2014.

  • Alice Boman Premieres "Skiss 3" on Guardian New Music.

    We're happy to be working on this beautiful Alice Boman video.

    It premieres today at Guardian New Music, who say: "the songs on the EP, specifically Skiss 3, sound like they've been recorded on slightly battered instruments, using slightly muffled microphones that pick up any and every sound that surrounds the piano. This strange sense of unplaceable nostalgia is helped along by the dreamlike video."

    Skisser is out on ltd. edition vinyl now via Adrian Recordings.

  • Bastardgeist - UK Dates & Live Sessions

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    Watch / Embed "Notable American Women"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DT1TTrdo30

    Bastardgeist, aka Chicago's Joel Midden, is an intensely talented singer, kalimba player and producer who released his second LP, entitled Infinite Lives, in 2013 via Brainlove Records.

    Bastardgiest has enthralled audiences around the USA and Europe with his delicate falsetto voice, textured electronics and acrobatic kalimba playing. He recently recorded live sessions of Notable American Women (gleaned from the LP) and L.A. Looks, a new song, for Derelict Music in London, shot in an abandoned mental hospital. Stream/embed the captivating results via YouTube here & here.

    Midden also recently filmed for Bandstand Busking - expect those sessions soon - in the meantime, he will embark on some live dates in Scotland this February 1st & 2nd.

    FEBRUARY DATES:

    01/02/14 Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
    https://www.facebook.com/events/503086476471202




    Infinite Lives is available now on vinyl and digital formats via http://bastardgeist.bandcamp.com.

    Further US & UK dates will be announced soon.

    More on Bastardgeist:
    http://projekta.is/bastardgeist.

    https://www.facebook.com/bgeistmusic

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  • Girl With The Gun Premiere "Hold On For Cues" Video

    Italian trio Girl With The Gun have premiered the first single from their 2014 LP "Ages", via top UK blog Gold Flake Paint. Tom Johnson, the site editor, said: "Subtle electronics, hazy guitar grooves and strained, muted vocals... a beautiful mediation from the humdrum of every day life; a retreat to lose yourself in… wonderfully infectious."

    See the video & find out more about Girl With The Gun here.

  • Bloodgroup Premiere Girl Unit Remix via Guardian New Music

    Bloodgroup premiered the first remix to be revealed from their forthcoming Disquiet EP yesterday via The Guardian's New Music Blog.The Girl Unit remix "recasts the original's creeping melancholia through a gauzy haze of cinematic synths". The EP will also feature work by Com Truise, Keep Shelly In Athens and Renaissance Man. Pre-order 12" or MP3 via Kompakt, and read the article here.

  • Video Premieres: Astrid Swan & Shiny Darkly

    We had two video premieres recently - one for Shiny Darkly on The Line Of Best Fit, and one for Astrid Swan on Gold Flake Paint.

    "Dark intensity of this calibre is a rare thing: Savages‘ Jehnny Beth has it, Nick Cave has it, Suicide have it and based on the evidence we’ve heard so far, Shiny Darkly’s Kristoffer Bech certainly has it." - The Line Of Best Fit

    "One of the best videos we’ve seen all year... truly stunning" - GoldFlakePaint on Astrid Swan.

  • Aloa Input: "Vibrant, celebratory and never, ever boring"

    "Accessible pop creations backed by a minimalist electronic sheen... admirable." - Clash
    "Aloa Input have produced a sublime debut, and Notion Magazine is a big fan already."
    - Notion
    "A vibrant psychedelic outfit based out of Bavaria, Germany... gorgeous." - Cast The Dice
    "Vibrant, celebratory and never, ever boring." - Crack Magazine