James Cook has been interviewed about his new album Adventures in Ausland by indie music website Indie Minded.
In the interview, he talks about how he has evolved as a musician since becoming a solo artist, which are his favourite tracks on the new album, and what music he like to listen to when he’s not creating it himself.
Of his latest musical direction he says: “I think I have managed to completely distance myself from my previous work in NEMO now. ‘Arts & Sciences’ was somehow a hybrid of the electronics and pop sensibilities of my old band, NEMO, and the work i did with Anne Marie Kirby on ‘The Dollhouse’. This new album a step away from that into a new, hitherto uncharted, musical universe for me. They are still basically pop songs, but the tone, arrangements and concepts definitely come from a more lyrical approach.”
To read the interview in full visit Indie Minded here.
Adventures in Ausland is released on 31st July. For regular updates and Cook-flavoured news follow James on twitter.
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If you’re a fan of Ralfe Band, it’s your lucky day!
Not only is the video for the new single Cold Chicago Morning available to view, you can now download the single free, courtesy of Lauren Laverne’s MPFree service!
The video features the band playing in a house, interweaved with footage of a girl emerging from a wardrobe and wandering around the same house, which appears empty.
Remember there are more Ralfe Band CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl available at TVO store.
Noel Fielding was a randomly chosen phone guest on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show this week, thanks to his placement in Serge Pizzorno’s phonebook.
The Kasabian axe-man and one half of Loose Tapestries was on the show to promote the former’s appearance at Glastonbury this weekend, in aid of their new album 48:13. As part of a regular feature on the show, Grimshaw urged Serge to partake in a game of Call or Delete, and flicking through his contacts until Nick yelled stop, he landed upon our very own Captain Noelio.
The resulting conversation (and the pre-amble leading up to it) can be heard 8 minutes into the podcast you can find over yonder. Having called Noel ourselves a few times over the years, we can confirm that the chances of this being staged are very slim – he really is firing on all cylinders that early in the morning. Enjoy…
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Ralfe Band have released a new single – Cold Chicago Morning – which was also their contribution to Record Store Day.
The single is from the album Son Be Wise and is available for download via iTunes and Amazon, and also their back catalogue can be purchased from TVO store.
Don’t forget the band are playing Glastonbury this year, as well as other live performances, so why not see them live too?
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James Cook‘s second solo album Adventures in Ausland is now available to pre-order.
The 10-track album was written, produced, recorded and engineered by James and Oliver Ralfe plays the piano on the track Bring Back the Boom.
James is marketing the album through Bandcamp where you can listen one of the tracks – Bees in November, and order the CD or download. The download will be available immediately in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
The CD version includes all of this plus the CD artwork, the lyrics and a dedicated signed CD, which will be dispatched around 31st July.
The album pricing is €8 EUR (or more) for the download and €10 EUR (or more) for the CD – yes Euros!
You can also download individual tracks for €1 EUR, but why not go for the whole album?
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Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Metallica…they might be headlining the Pyramid Stage, but the Glastonbury news that’s getting us really excited is the announcement that Ralfe Band are playing!
Oly Ralfe and his crew will be bringing their unique, folk-edged sound to William’s Green Stage on Friday 27th June. You can see them perform from 11am, so we strongly recommend you head over there for your mid-morning cider.
To find out who else is performing on the same stage visit the event Facebook page. And for the full Glastonbury 2014 line up, here’s the long list.
If you haven’t managed to bag a ticket for the infamous Pilton festival, don’t worry; you can see Ralfe Band perform at Truck Festival in Oxford on 19th July.
And if you’ve somehow managed to get to this point in your life without encountering Ralfe Band, we strongly recommend doing something about it; check them out here and see what you’ve been missing.
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Sue Denim is having a tidy up, and that means that Robots In Disguise fans can get their mitts on exclusive memorabilia!
If you get yourself over to Sue’s eBay, you can bid for the following unique RiD items: 2002 French Press Book + First Album Release (inc CD) and We’re In The Music Biz Japanese Promo Posterboard +CD. She’ll shortly be added handwritten RiD song lyrics, so check out Sue’s eBay to stay in the loop and bag yourself a part of music history!
IAMX fans might like to know that Sue’s also offering a cotton IAMX shopping bag, which comes with a signed CD of And The Unicorn.
As the lady herself says, “Happy Bidding!”
This weekend James Cook revealed the full track listing of his forthcoming new album Adventures In Ausland.
His second solo studio album has been 18 months in the making, and will be released later this year. There are ten tracks in total, titled as follows:
1. BEES IN NOVEMBER
2. LILLY (A LOVER’S DREAM)
3. FINANCIAL TANGO
4. DOG ARMS & DILEMMAS
5. ART DECO
6. BRING BACK THE BOOM
7. THE BLACKOUT
9. TIDAL WAVE
10. AUSLAND OUTSIDE
Back in March we were given a sneak preview of the first tune, Bees in November. And if that whetted your appetite for the rest of it, we recommend following James on Facebook and/or subscribe to his mailing list. Special preorder details will be sent out to those of you who sign up for updates soon.
Antony Elvin and Will Summers will be appearing as Tudor Unit at The Union Chapel on Saturday (3rd May), as part of Daylight Music 161.
The happening is described as “A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake”, so what’s not to like. The show is produced by Arctic Circle, and entry is free, but a donation would be appreciated (suggested donation £3.50).
The show starts with Tudor Unit at midday, and other participants are My Autumn Empire (Staffordshire based dreamy folk-pop melodicist Benjamin Thomas Holton) and film composer David Julyan, who is teaming up with Iskra Strings on a new non film project.
For more information about the event and the participants, head over to the event Facebook Page, and you can see Antony and Will in action at TVO Live! below:
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A while ago we told you that Matt Berry is releasing a limited edition vinyl record for record store day, which is tomorrow (19th April).
Ralfe Band are releasing a special limited edition linocut print, handmade and hand-printed by Oly Ralfe! The prints come with a download code for Cold Chicago Morning and a Field Music remix of Oh My Father. There are only 250 prints available in the UK and Europe tomorrow, and they are all signed and numbered.
To celebrate the event, Oly Ralfe and Mike Monaghan will be playing two free in-store shows:
11am at Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, Wiltshire
3pm at Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire
For more info go to their Facebook page.
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We all know that Kevin Eldon is a busy man, with appearances on many TV and radio shows, but you can also see him live in a number of shows in the next couple of months.
On 17th April you can see him at Mostly Comedy at the Market Theatre in Hitchin, where he will be joined by Bec Hill and Doggett & Ephgrave. The show starts at 9.15pm, tickets are £10.45 and can be bought in advance here, where you can also get more information about the venue etc.
Stand up for Shelter is on 7th May at the Wyndham Theatre. It’s a special comedy night to raise money for the charity. As well as Mr Eldon the participants include Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Zoe Lyons, Sean Hughes and Miles Jupp. For tickets (from £15.00) and further information about the show and Shelter, click here.
We told you last week about Experiments at The Invisible Dot, a new night that “brings together a gaggle of established performers come together to joyously experiment”. Hot Brew are there on 13th April and Kevin Eldon on 18th May.
Tickets for each show cost £8 and the gigs start at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets visit The Invisible Dot’s website.
And if that isn’t enough opportunity to see Kevin Eldon live, he will be joining Shambles Presents: The Norwegians of Comedy at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar on 22/23 May, for two nights only. Lars and Martin will also be joined by Tony Law, Paul Currie and a Special Guest Comedian.
Tickets are £8.00 (a bargain!) and the show starts at 7.30pm. More information can be found here.
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Strap in, because there’s going to be a wave of TVO-connected artists appearing at The Invisible Dot over he next few months!
‘Experiments’ is a new series of monthly shows that sees a collection of established performers come together to comedically experiment.
Here’s the confirmed line-up for reach show so far, with ‘our lot’ helpfully highlighted in bold type:
13 April: LUCY BEAUMONT, DAVID MILLS, BENJAMIN PARTRIDGE, HOT BREW & more
18 May: WHELAN, DAVID REED, LYNDSAY SHARMAN, KEVIN ELDON, MATTHEW CROSBY & more
15 June: BRIDGET CHRISTIE, PAT CAHILL, HARRY DEANSWAY, ELLIE WHITE, LOLLY ADEFOPE, & more.
Although, strictly speaking, Harry Deansway isn’t one of ours, he’s a top bloke and has hosted a myriad of comedy nights for TVO folk over the years – so do check him out!
Tickets for each show cost £8 and the gigs start at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets visit The Invisible Dot’s website.
Check out Hot Brew’s appearance at TVO Live (they are awesome. Fact):
No, that title isn’t just an instruction from us… it’s also the name of a new underground film festival taking place at legendary venue The Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington this month.
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The venue, which has been a spiritual home for TVO regulars for almost two decades – from The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi to recent shows like the magnificent Kill Phil, has gathered together some of the finest low-budget features and shorts of recent years to come out of the London comedy scene, to show from today through to April 26th,
This includes Peacock Season on April 1st, 4th & 11th. This legendary film about the Edinburgh Fringe shot at the festival features a top-notch cast including Justin Edwards, Paul Foot, Richard Glover, Nina Conti, Rhys Darby, Richard Herring, Reece Shearsmith, Isy Suttie, Glenn Wool and co-writer James Wren.
Other TVO connected films on offer include Phil Whelan‘s slapstick farce Clowntime Is Over, Stephen Evans‘ nostalgic short The Notorious Bruiser Brothers Revisited, and a chance to see the star-studded Bob Pipe masterpiece The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains on a big screen!
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There’s loads more on offer too: we particularly recommend Adriel Leff’s brilliant mockumentary Bloody Lip! To see the full list of shows, and to pick up tickets, visit the festival’s Facebook page now!
James Cook has released the first song from his upcoming second album.
Bees In November is the first track from Cook’s new solo album which will be titled Adventures in Ausland. The album will be out later in the year but you can already satisfy your musical cravings with this little preview.
You can listen to Bees In November over at SoundCloud or here below.
If you want even more James Cook music, head on over to his Bandcamp page and remember to keep your eyes peeled for further news.
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Psycho Delia continue their kickass musical assault on the US with further gigs confirmed, including one this Tuesday in Las Vegas!
They will be performing a set for friends of the LV Zine Library on Tuesday night at a special open house (the library’s first ever open house no less!). The venue invites you to: “Come get to know your local underground library, dance and get funky!” We’re guessing Vegas libraries aren’t quite the same as the ones we have over here then. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
Keep a close eye on Dee’s twitter account for last-minute announcements of other gigs while they’re over there. The duo are currently leaving a stream are happy fans in their wake following a series of ad hoc shows, so don’t miss out.
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Tudor Folk trio Princes in the Tower, are playing their next gig in London at 6.30 on Friday 28th March, and it’s happening at The Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design.
The trio, comprising Michael Tyack, Antony Elvin and William Summers, will be wearing clothes designed by Stephanie Dickinson.
Their appearance is part of Utopographies – a two-day event of work by teachers at Chelsea and a few guests.
Admission is free, and you can find out more about the Space here.
Don’t forget to check out our store for Princes related media.
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You may have spotted that Dee Plume has been offering fans the opportunity to experience a Psycho Delia gig in the comfort of their own home. Now one kind soul has offered to extend her ‘at home’ invitation to you lot!
The very generous (and possibly slightly mad) Madeleine Mendell will be hosting an intimate Psycho Delia gig, featuring Dee and Paula Faircloth, in her back garden in Los Angeles USA, on Sunday March 30th. The estimated show time is “at around 4pm”.
Unsurprisingly, audience numbers will be limited, but if you fancy being there please message Madeleine via the event facebook page for more information.
And if you fancy hosting your own gig, why not contact Dee via her twitter? Don’t forget to ask nicely though.
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James Cook has released the final track from his covers album, Reverse Engineering, in the form of the early 80’s pop classic ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’.
For the uninitiated out there, Reverse Engineering consists of two 7-track EPs featuring reworkings of musical material with which Cook feels a connection. Previous releases have included Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie, XTC’s Making Plans For Nigel and Hiroshima Mon Amour by early-incarnation Ultravox.
Our Lips Are Sealed was originally written by The Specials/Fun Boy Three singer Terry Hall and The Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin (who were alleged to have been having an affair). It was first recorded by The Go-Go’s in 1981 and was released by Fun Boy Three in 1983.
Of his version of the track, Cook says: “As a little boy this song helped me get through bullying and teasing of playground days. Although I sensed the deep adult emotions than ran through it, it would only be fully understood by myself in my 20s.”
To listen to the new instrumentation click here (where you can also buy the download by naming you own price). And if you fancy checking out the two previous recordings, here are The Go-Gos and Fun Boy Three doing their thing:
Oly Ralfe has contributed a poem to a new publication, ‘Selected Poems by Indie Rock Stars’.
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The poetry book is being produced by Yellow Bird Project, a Montreal-based organisation dedicated to finding cool, unique, creative, & musical opportunities to incite change. Previously they have worked with musicians to create unique t-shirt designs that benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians. However, in this instance they have published a $5 book of poetry.
Yellow Bird Project have described the book as: “The oldest form of art and the freshest array of talent…a collection of worldly delights from a star-dusted line-up of indie musicians the world over compiled to be enjoyed in a quiet space to transcend reality and expand your consciousness to a place far and beyond.” Wowsers. If that sounds like your cup of tea click here to buy one for yourself.
Oly’s evocative poem, Roamers, was selected to be one of six sent out via email to whet people’s appetite for the treasures that they’ll find in the book. To read his poem click on this.
To find out more about Yellow Bird Project visit their website.