Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot returns with his first new material since his debut LP, 2010′s “From The Cradle To The Rave”. After spending much of 2010 and 2011 touring the globe with his live show, Shit Robot is back with “The Green Machine”.
The first result of his latest studio work are Teenage Bass b/w Space Race, which will be released on vinyl and digitally via DFA on May 21. It’s the first in a series of releases called “The Green Machine”, which will plateau with an album in Spring 2013.
Lead track Teenage Bass has an EBM bassline and rave alert sirens, before expanding further with key changing chords and arpeggiator. The hypnotic Space Race is a distant relative of 2007’s Chasm – a meandering, melodic, star-gazing Robo-techno track. Speaking about the new single, Shit Robot said: “After the album, I just wanted to go back to my roots and make some dance 12″s, music for people to get drunk and jump around to.”
Listen to a sample of the single below.
A limited number of each of The Green Machine 12” releases will feature customized, hand-made sleeves available via the DFA webstore.
To mark the new release, Shit Robot has announced a series of live/DJ dates, with more soon to be announced.
Another edition of the weekly music video picks and we have some big bands as well as a few you may never have heard of. Take a listen / view, and make sure to share and / or leave a comment if you like what we delivered to you this week. We hope you enjoy the tracks as much as us.
Graham Coxon: Ooh, Yeh Yeh - another cool CGI video from Coxon.
Band Of Skulls: Sweet Sour - very catchy chorus and retro R’N'R guitar riffs.
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This week, there was yet another rumour about the 80s legends The Smiths’ reforming this year which seems to first have appeared on music-news.com.
On Thursday, they published a story reading: “Music-News.com has learnt that one of the greatest bands the world has ever known are to reform. The Smiths, widely regarded as THE seminal British band, are to throw their differences aside and return to the live stage this autumn.The legendary songwriting partnership comprising of musical luminaries Morrissey and Marr are set to make a return after finding common ground.”
Music-News.com have since added a disclaimer in the article reading: “Since we published this article earlier today, denial of this reformation has been rife.”
In response to the article on music-news.com, some of The Smiths band members immediately shot down the rumours. Mike Joyce, former drummer, issued a direct statement saying “after today’s reports of The Smiths reforming I can confirm that they are NOT” and clearly stated “It’s not happening, folks.”
Guitarist Johnny Marr said, “Once again the rumours of a Smiths reunion are untrue. It’s not happening.”
Bat for Lashes will be returning to the live stage this summer with a number of performances across Europe. In addition to the festival dates, they will also take to the stage with three headline shows in Norway (June 20), Holland (June 28) and Luxembourg (July 10).
15 – Provinssirock, Finland
16 – Hultsfred Festival, Sweden
17 – Northside, Denmark
20 – Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
21 – Bergenfest, Norway
23 – Southside, Germany
24 – Hurricane, Germany
28 – Amsterdam Paradiso, Holland
29 – Rock Werchter, Belgium
30 – Openair St Gallen, Switzerland
5 – Super Bock Super Rock, Portugal
6 – Pohoda Festival, Slovakia
7 – Heineken Open’er, Poland
10 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg
12 – Benicassim, Spain
13 – Musilac, France
15 – Latitude, UK
2 – Electric Picnic, Ireland
9 – Bestival, UK
French DJ and producer, The Toxic Avenger aka Simon Delacroix, has announced his first full-length record, “ANGST” which will be released in North America on May 29 via Little Owl Recordings. I first discovered Toxic Avenger when he did a really cool remix for Travis’ track, Writing To Reach You and his singles including Toxic is Dead have been Culture Addicts faves.
Watch the video for Angst One, lifted from “ANGST”
Some of the album tracks on “ANGST” include Nu 1553, Angst One, Alien Summer and Never Stop. Exclusive to the North American release of the album are remixes by Beat Torrent and Equateur for single 3,2,1, a thumping ghostly track offering a glimpse into Toxic’s dark world with a shimmering ethereal breakdown building to an explosive climax.
In addition to sharing stages with artists like Diplo, MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots and Crystal Castles, The Toxic Avenger has made a name for himself remixing tracks by Ladytron, Benny Benasi, Chromeo and others.
Echo And The Bunnymen guitarist, Will Sergeant, has announced his “My Own Worst Enemy” art exhibition at the Substrate Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles. This is the first major U.S. exhibition for Sergeant, who has enjoyed much critical acclaim for his latest body of work in UK. The show features Sergeant’s abstracts, collages and screen prints including some of his minimalist pieces: Behind The Voodoo Curtain, 21st Century Fallen, and Trying to Master Unseen Forces. This exhibition comes directly from the Penny Lane Gallery in Liverpool, England. Sergeant also exhibited a few select pieces in Los Angeles at the Mr. Brainwash Art Show 2011.
“All of the works mean something to me and have a story behind them. Some of them are ties to events that have taken place on tour or by situations i have found myself in.” Sergeant approaches painting in exactly the same way as he approaches creating music. “It has always been mystical process and I still don’t understand where it comes from,” he says of creating. “I begin sometimes with the most vague idea of where I would want to go with the music. I have found if you have a strict plan it never ends up as you have imagines. And, as with the music, the paintings create their own path and they just lead me down it.”
Watch the video from Sergeant’s band, Echo And The Bunnymen below.
Sergeant will be present at the opening on May 18 from 7 – 11 pm and also on May 19 from 2 – 6 pm. The exhibition curated by Ramses will be on display at Substrate in Los Angeles from May 18 through June 16, 2012.
Substrate Fine Art Gallery
709 North Ridgewood Place
Los Angeles, California
Irish quartet The Cast of Cheers are getting ready to release their first proper album on June 18th via School Boy Error/ Co-operative Music. Ahead of the album release, the band are releasing a new single titled Animals. Listen / download the remix of the track and watch the video for the single below.
13 – Melt Festival. Ferropolis – Germany
15 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk – UK
27 – Splendour in The Grass Festival, Byron Bay, NSW – Australia
31 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne – Australia w/Django Django
1 – Oxford Art Factory, Oxford – Australia w/Django Django
4 – Y Not Festival – Matlock – UK
23 – Belsonic 2012, Belfast – UK