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  • Dad Rocks: UK Tour, Album Reviews

    To celebrate the release of his new album "Year Of The Flesh", Dad Rocks! embarks on a UK tour this week. The record has been picking up some wonderful reviews in the UK's music media:

    "Sumptuous" - NME
    "Luscious"
    - Crack
    "Energetic & uplifting"
    - DIY
    "A sonic treat" - TLOBF
    "Beautiful" - Ja Ja Ja
    "Glorious" - The 405

    Catch him on the road in the following cities:

    Oct 16th: London - The Lexington - http://bit.ly/1uLOIAk
    Oct 17th: Newport - Le Pub - http://bit.ly/1BH7xqq
    Oct 18th: Leicester - The Firebug - http://bit.ly/1kNvFlO
    Oct 19th: Machester - A Carefully Planned Festival - http://bit.ly/1itdLOK
    Oct 20th: Glasgow - The Broadcast - http://bit.ly/1v779ge
    Oct 22nd: Leeds - The Holy Trinity Church - http://bit.ly/1BsFB9n
    Oct 23rd: Norwich - Norwich Arts Centre - http://bit.ly/1oZLAMm
    Oct 24th: Brighton - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar - http://bit.ly/1nzPtnj
    Oct 25th: Dortmund - Sissykingkong - http://bit.ly/1lcBfyF

     

  • M-Band Announces Berlin Music Week Shows

     
    "A hypnotic sound, gleaned from various corners of contemporary electronica, with songs built from minimal clicking rhythms, washes and whispers of ambient sound, haunting melodies, swells and crescendos" - Ja Ja Ja Music

    "An artist who strives to maintain human elements alongside his intricately woven electronic backdrops... Bjarnason’s distinctive vocals lend a tender edge to his work." - Nordic Playlist

    Emerging Icelandic 'nu-electronica' star M-Band has announced two shows at Berlin Music Week. M-Band is Hörður Már Bjarnason, also a sometime member of Tonik and Nolo, who is spreading his wings as a solo artist with this release.

    After relocating to Berlin this summer and gaining an increasing amount of attention for his haunting live shows and mesmerizing studio work, M-Band is gathering momentum as 2014 goes on.

    Projekta Music and Nordic By Nature have received a 1m ISK grant to help promote M-Band in the UK and Germany, and to develop awareness with industry, media and audiences alike.

    His debut album, Haust, comes out this November in the UK and Germany, with further gig announcements in both countries to follow.

    Berlin Music Week dates

    Thurs 04/09 / 16:00 / First We Take Berlin Showcase
    Venue: Neue Heimat, Revaler Strasse 99
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1465746083712555/

    Fri 05/09 / 16:00 / Our Berlin Music Week
    Venue: Oberhafenkantine Berlin, Am Flutgraben 2
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1455686431341943/

    Iceland AIrwaves 2014

    November 5th-9th - Venue / Slot TBC
    https://www.facebook.com/events/292999817514259

  • Projekta Receive 1m ISK Grant From Iceland Music Export

    Projekta Music has received a 1m ISK (€6,515) grant from the Iceland Music Export to promote three highly promising artists from the Reykjavík scene: Just Another Snake Cult, M-Band and Tilbury.

    Partnering with Berlin-based management and publicity house Nordic By Nature for the German aspect, Projekta will guide albums by the three bands to a late-2014 release in the UK and GSA territories, also carrying out a publicity campaign, and working in a consulting manager role, establishing relationships with showcase festivals, labels, agents and publishers.

    These three bands have caught the wind in their sails recently due to their creative, exciting and accomplished sounds, both in the studio and onstage. Projekta has been in ongoing conversation with all three for several months, finally applying for the grant to work on their behalf.

    Taken together, they give a strong representation of Reykjavík's diverse and thriving scene. Tilbury’s intelligent and purposeful indie-pop, M-Band’s on-point nu-electronica, and Just Another Snake Cult’s imaginative psych-surf sound are rich with potential for overseas development.

    We’ve put together a playlist of tracks by the three bands here for people to listen or blog, and we look forward to bringing their talents to the ears of critics and audiences alike over the coming months.

    Contact John for further information, booking enquiries, downloads and review copies, and check out band pages for our press roster here.

  • 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.