Wasuremono share new single ‘Self-Help’

Wasuremono share new single ‘Self-Help’

Wasuremono press shot

Wasuremono have shared their brand new single entitled Self-Help. The track is lifted from their recently announced upcoming album ‘Are You OK?’ that will be out on June 14th via The Wilderness Records. The brainchild of Wasuremono, William Southward, explained the meaning behind the song:

“‘Self-Help’, was the last song to be written. It’s got a Prince kinda vibe, but with low tuned guitars and gospel influenced backing vocals, with call and response. The running theme is one of optimism and feeling less alone, but there is also a sense of urgency to this song, of reaching out; “All I really wanna say, is I wanna help ya’. Essentially, it’s an uplifting and jubilant song that’s supposed to make you feel good and feel like we are all in it together. The hard panned toms of the Linn give it space to breathe and a slightly tribal feel too in the choruses.”

Take a listen to Self-Help via Soundcloud below.

Previous singles, Are You OK? and Lonely Type have been picked up by the likes of 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, and Dork recently described the release as “…sure to be a riot of synths and fun. A magic combo”.

With the enlistment of friends Madelaine Ryan, Isaac Phillips, and Phoebe Phillips, Southward’s songs come to life. Wasuremono will be performing across the UK this summer in support of ‘Are You OK?’, with stops at festivals including Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, Bluedot, and Dot To Dot, as well as a headline show at the Sebright Arms in London on June 19th.

Live dates

May 24th – Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester
May 25th – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
May 26th – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
June 19th – Sebright Arms, London
July 19th – Bluedot Festival (Main Stage), Cheshire
July 26th – Farmfestival, Somerset

More on ‘Are You OK?’

The Japanese word ‘wasuremono’ or, ‘忘れ物’ in kanji characters, roughly translates to “something forgotten or left behind.” Within the first few bars of Wasuremono’s new album ‘Are You OK?’, feelings of isolation, fear, defensiveness, and inherited reservations, are forgotten or left behind. It may sound like a tall task, but somehow, they nail it. “We will find you, we will, we will work it out!”, the climactic track ‘Self-Help’ reassures.

2018 was quite a year for Wasuremono; with the release of their self-titled debut album, Steve Lamacq’s invite to record a live session for BBC 6 Music at the legendary Maida Vale Studios, Lauren Laverne describing them as a “favourite”, supporting both the The Flaming Lips and Phosphorescent on tour and playing at iconic venues such as Shepherd’s Bush Empire – no mean feat considering the debut album was conceived and recorded in a garden shed.

‘Are You OK?’ was also written and recorded by multi-instrumentalist William Southward in his shed. It’s a tiny space at the bottom of the garden, crammed with old instruments I have been collecting over the years and the sounds of birds occasionally spilling into the recordings”, explains Southward. With the enlistment of friends Madelaine Ryan, Isaac Phillips, and Phoebe Phillips, Southward’s songs come to life. ‘Are You OK?’ is an immersive kaleidoscopic collection that plunges the listener deep into an invigorating world of sanguine synths, radiant harmonies and salient percussion that is repeatedly sublime. Although the atmosphere of the album is mostly one of hope and assurance, it stylistically travels through baggy electronica, mesmeric psychedelia, wonderfully futuristic (or is it wonderfully retro?) pop, to off-kilter almost surf-rock on tracks like ‘A Lesson To Learn’.

The enveloping percussion on the release was central to its creation, explains Southward, “Most of this album was written around an old Linn Drum Computer that I managed to get my hands on last year. I had always really liked the distinct 80’s sound of the Linn Drum, made famous by the likes of Prince, Gary Numan, and Peter Gabriel, and it was a fun and unique process writing songs around the beats I programmed in.” Southward puts the fizz and pop of the record down to “all the songs on the album being the original demos; There always seems to be a magic in the original take of a song, that’s impossible to put your finger on and equally hard to replicate when you then try to re-record it.”

Despite the palpable emotion and fragility in the vocals, the layered production and distinctive melodies work to shift the focus from the intensity of the lyrical content, something Southward has recognised, “Unconsciously a lot of the songs I have written over the last year seem to explore mental health at some level, so ‘Are You OK? seemed a fitting title. I liked the idea of sugar coating the ‘Are You OK?’ slogan, which is something we can all be guilty of doing when portraying our lives, whether that’s online or to each other in person. Underneath all this though, is the more serious question that I think we should be asking each other and ourselves; Are You OK? Let’s talk…”

‘Are You OK?’ tracklisting:
1, Are You OK?
2, Lonely Type
3, School
4, Don’t Play With Ghosts (For Olive)
5, Never Felt This Way Before
6, Self-Help
7, One Last Trip
8, A Lesson To Learn
9, New York
10, Nothing Is Easy
11, Hail Ra!

Pre-order the album:‘Are You OK?’

For more information on Wasuremono, visit wasuremonomusic.com.

Paste Magazine acquires NoiseTrade

Paste Magazine acquires NoiseTrade

Paste + Noisetrade logo

NoiseTrade has joined forces with Paste and Daytrotter to create a powerhouse of music discovery that includes the largest collection of live music performances on the internet in addition to NoiseTrade’s vast library of albums. PasteMagazine.com provides in-depth coverage of music, books and comics as well as topics like TV, movies, games, comedy, politics and craft beer. From the best albums to stream each week to the latest Game of Thrones recap to the 50 best horror novels of all time, the site covers all your pop-culture needs. You can also watch live-streams of bands performing every day in the Paste Studio in New York at the Paste YouTube channel or directly at PasteMagazine.com, or stream the entire Daytrotter archive.

NoiseTrade will continue to offer fans the ability to download and stream hundreds of thousands of songs and books on our unique platform. We’ll also help musicians and authors connect with their new fans through email. And the service will remain completely free for both fans and artists. To celebrate this acquisition, they’re offering free downloads of some of their favourite Daytrotter sessions to fans of NoiseTrade. Download exclusive recording sessions from Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, Lizzo, Mumford & Sons (and Friends), Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Haim, The National, Tunde Olaniran, Brandi Carlile and Kamasi Washington. You can also find free audiobooks and ebook downloads for your Kindle, Nook or other digital reader at NoiseTrade Books. Find all your free downloads and streams at NoiseTrade.com or click on the following sessions, available for free now:

Brandi Carlile
The Avett Brothers
The Alabama Shakes
Bon Iver
Gary Clark Jr.
Mumford and Sons and Friends
Kamasi Washington
The National
Tunde Olaniran

Review: Ministry live at Danforth Music Hall April 17, 2019

Review: Ministry live at Danforth Music Hall April 17, 2019

Industrial Accident flyer

One of the most sought after releases for this year’s Record Store Day was the Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records soundtrack. There was a ton of buzz around the compilation that was pulled together for the launch of the documentary about legendary WaxTrax! Records because at select record shops, when you bought the album, you would get a VIP ticket for the documentary screening, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave.

I hadn’t seen Ministry play live since they appeared on the Lollapalooza tour many years ago, so I was completely hyped to see Uncle Al play a WaxTrax era set. Before we get to the show review, let’s dig into the documentary a bit. It was the story of WaxTrax! which was the brainchild of Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, and digs into their business and personal lives. If you looking for rare live band footage, you’ll be a bit disappointed, but if you’re after a good backstory about the label and its demise, this is perfect for you. I really enjoyed it not only because I was heavy into WaxTrax releases back in the day as well as the story of Jim and Dannie’s relationship. It’s worth checking out if you enjoy learning about musical history.

Cold Cave kicked off the show with their retro post-punk / synth based set, but other than having obvious influence from the WaxTrax artists, I’m not sure why they were on the bill. I’m a big Cold Cave fan and have seen them various times over the years but I would have preferred a WaxTrax artist as the opener. Why not KMFDM, Front 242, or heck, they should have reformed The KLF? Cold Cave was muddier sounding than they’ve been in the past and were much more guitar based. I was expecting an eerie synth set so I wasn’t into it as much as previous Cold Cave shows.

Cold Cave setlist

  1. Icons of Summer
  2. People Are Poison
  3. A Little Death to Laugh
  4. Nothing Is True but You
  5. You & Me & Infinity
  6. Promised Land
  7. Confetti
  8. The Great Pan Is Dead

When Al Jourgensen hit the stage, everyone was fired up for an older set than the past few Toronto appearances. I had seen some spoilers from the New York and Chicago shows, so I knew what was coming, but my mind was still blown. It was basically the singles from ‘Land of Rape and Honey’, ‘The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste’ and ‘Psalm 69’ with some 1000 Homo DJs, RevCo and one Twitch era track thrown in. I was hoping to hear Over The Shoulder, but an acoustic version of ‘Everyday Is Halloween’ was an interesting twist in the setlist. Another great surprise was to have Chris Connelly to sing on So What and No Devotion by RevCo. Hearing Jesus Built My Hotrod was mindblowing with the frantic vocals and super fast drums – that drummer was phenomenal charging through that track.

It was a triumphant set in honour of a label that had such a big musical impact.

Ministry setlist

  1. The Missing
  2. Deity
  3. Stigmata
  4. Jesus Built My Hotrod
  5. Just One Fix
  6. N.W.O.
  7. Thieves
  8. Burning Inside (with Chris Connelly)
  9. So What (with Chris Connelly)
  10. Encore:
  11. No Devotion (Revolting Cocks cover) (with Chris Connelly)
  12. Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)
  13. Encore 2:
  14. The Land of Rape and Honey
  15. (Everyday Is) Halloween (with Chris Connelly)
LadyLand Festival returns with Honey Dijon and The Gossip

LadyLand Festival returns with Honey Dijon and The Gossip

Ladyfag's LadyLand festival banner

Ladyfag’s LadyLand returns for its second year, taking place at the Brooklyn Mirage on June 28 & 29 in celebration of the first World Pride to be hosted in the US. Headliners include The Gossip and Honey Dijon, with sets from a diverse selection of established and up-and-coming artists, from drag icons to house musicians to performance artists to rappers, Ladyfag’s curation is spectacularly dynamic. The first wave of performers announced for Friday night includes Jayda G., Octo Octa, Clara 3000, VōX, Katie Rex, Bottoms, and Jacob Meehan, while Saturday night’s lineup includes Mykki Blanco, Violet Chachki, Allie X, Coi Leray, Total Freedom, Michael Magnan, and Mistervacation. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now while General Admission tickets will go on sale May 1st via www.ladylandfestival.com.

Chicago-born, New York-based Honey Dijon will spin one of her legendary PRIDE sets on Friday night. The vinyl-lover’s sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity, fusing the bump of Chicago with more classic New York sounds and other European influences. The art of the mix itself is also very important to Honey as anyone who has witnessed her play can testify about her deft mixing skills and the way she dexterously flows between house or techno with a warm, hypnotic feel.

A month ago, the Gossip announced their first tour in 7 years. LadyLand is thrilled to host the kick-off show of the tour, which also celebrates the 10 years anniversary of the trio’s iconic album ‘Music for Men’. The performance will take place inside the Mirage on Saturday night. 

Ladyfag, the mind behind Holy Mountain, Battle Hymn, 11:11, and Shade, to name a few, has been dubbed “a nightlife sorceress” by the New York Times and “the woman saving New York nightlife” by Paper Magazine. She is known for producing afterparties for some of the most renowned fashion brands in the world, all while helping to keep New York busy dancing. New York City’s “reigning queen of nightlife” (according to Vogue) took the party outside last year for her first festival: LadyLand. This year, she’s bringing it back for two days at NYC World Pride.

Xiu Xiu share new video for ‘It Comes Out as a Joke’

Xiu Xiu share new video for ‘It Comes Out as a Joke’

Xiu Xiu 2019 Touring Line-Up
Credit: Andrea Petrovicova

It Comes Out as a Joke is the final act of the audiovisual trilogy created by Xiu Xiu to accompany their latest LP ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit’. Performance artists Ron Athey and Elliot Reed, band members Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo and others who were all featured in Acts I & II (Scisssssssors and Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy) return for the third video, featuring ritual ceremonies alternately spliced with chaotic and peaceful imagery. The song itself is a sample of the harsher, more pummeling rhythms used on denser parts of ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit’ – an intense, cathartic oeuvre from a project that has pioneered noise pop for over 20 years. Watch the video for “It Comes Out as a Joke” via YouTube below.

Since the release of ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit,’ Xiu Xiu has been on tour in Europe and will begin their US tour on May 1st. The lineup for the live shows includes Jamie “Butch Jenny” Stewart, Thor Harris (Swans, Devendra Banhardt) and Christopher Pravdica (Swans, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), with local openers joining along the way and Harris’s own Thor & Friends as a supporting act on select dates. On May 12th, they’ll be joined at (le) Poisson Rouge by Wrekmeister Harmonies. Full tour dates below. Tickets are available here.

Tour dates

05/01 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk #

05/02 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar #

05/03 – Shreveport, LA @ Minicine?

05/04 – Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse

05/05 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

05/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

05/08 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

05/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

05/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space

05/11 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre

05/12 – New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge $

05/13 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome

05/14 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

05/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

05/16 – Detroit, MI @ MOCAD

05/17 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

05/18 – Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter (Livestream Session)

05/18 – Rock Island, IL @ ROZZ-TOX [SOLD OUT]

05/19 – Iowa City, IA  @ The Mill

05/20 – Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater

05/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

05/22 – Garden City, ID @ Visual Arts Collective

05/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

05/24 – Bellingham, WA @ Bellingham Alternative Library

05/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene

05/26 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub

05/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

05/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lodge Room

06/01 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole

06/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

06/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar  

06/05 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar #

11/04 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain

# w/ Thor & Friends

$ w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies

Stream/Download Girl with Basket of Fruit

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