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Flying Nun Records To Re-issue Two Limited Edition 12″ EPs For Record Store Day

It’s been over three decades since Christchurch record shop employee and music fan, Roger Shepherd, was inspired to start a record label as an outlet for South Island bands. And it was the city of Dunedin that quickly became most strongly associated with Flying Nun.

In 1982, four bands from that southern outpost – The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones and the Verlaines – each recorded a side for a double 12″ EP pack that, which actually untitled, was referred to as the ‘Dunedin Double’. Now for Record Store Day (April 19), Flying Nun will to re-issue this four EP set that went on to kick start the label.

Not only was it ‘untitled’, it was an unusual format with no set order and containing two 45rpm 12″ discs. Re-mastered, the Dunedin Double is being re-issued again in its original format and limited to 2000 copies.

Recorded over two weekends in damp New Zealand, South Island flats (on portable four track by Chris Knox and Doug Hood), it was distinctly lo-fi and in tune with the ‘do it yourself’ ethic at the heart of the label. Furthermore it brought the world’s attention to The Chills, Verlaines, The Stones and Sneaky Feelings and established the notion of the ‘Dunedin Sound’, a phrase coined for the young bands that followed in the wake of The Clean and an influence which carries on to indie-pop bands around the world today.

The Dunedin EP theme continues with Flying Nun’s other Record Store Day release, the Bored Games Who Killed Colonel Mustard EP.

Released the same year as the Dunedin Double (1982), it introduced the music of a 17-year-old Shayne Carter who would later go on to form The Double Happy’s and Straightjacket Fits. In the tradition of many great bands, they formed while attending high school, debuting at the school’s talent contest in 1979 and going on to play a show supporting Toy Love.

Featuring Carter as vocalist, the band included the likes of Wayne Elsey (The Stones, Double Happys), Terry Moore (The Chills) as well Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford. The band broke up in 1981 before Who Killed Colonel Mustard was released. However, they left behind four catchy tracks, packed with teenage angst manifested in early punk stylings.

As part of the Record Store Day release, the EP has been remastered and includes an insert of previously unseen photos. This EP will be limited to 1000 copies.

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Wye Oak Reveal Lead Single, Glory, From New Album

Following a blazing SXSW, Wye Oak have revealed a ludicrously addictive second single from their new album Shriek (out April 28 on City Slang), plus full tour dates.

New single Glory received high praise from BBC 6music’s Lauren Laverne when she gave it a first spin earlier this week and rightly so. The track showcases the drastically new approach to song writing the duo have developed since their last record in 2011 and yet the richness of Jenn Wasner’s vocals and the powerful melodies keep it sounding distinctly Wye Oak.

Wye Oak

Wye Oak

On top of performances at this year’s Coachella festival, Wye Oak have also added a full run of European dates:
23 Mar Amsterdam NL – MC Theatre
25 Mar Berlin DE – Privatclub (SOLD OUT)
28 Mar Zurich CH – M4Music Festival
29 Mar Istanbul TR – IKSV
28 May Vienna AT  – Chelsea
29 May Prague CZ – Meet Factory
31 May Mannheim DE – Maifeld Derby Festival
02 June Cologne DE – Studio 672
03 June Hamburg DE – Prinzenbar
04 June Berlin DE – Lido
05 June Munich DE – Strom
07 June Kleinreifling AT – Seewiesen Festival
09 June Paris FR – Le Point Ephemere
10 June London UK – Islington Assembly Hall
11 June Manchester UK – Soup Kitchen
12 June Leeds UK – The Brudenell Social Club
13 June Glasgow SCT – King Tuts
14 June Dublin IRL – The Sugar Club
15 June Belfast IRL – McHughs Basement

Following extensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 release Civilian, which – for the UK – culminated in two performances at The National’s ATP and a Scala headline show in December 2012, Wye Oak members Jenn and Andy found themselves apart for the first time. Andy had recently moved to the west coast, leaving their hometown of Baltimore.
Simultaneously but separately, the two began exploring new ways of writing. Jenn, having picked up the bass did not begin with her typical guitar and likewise Andy began to explore different ways of layering keyboards. Both worked with other people and Jenn explored other moods under the titles Dungeonesse and Flock of Dimes.

The freedom of these new methods allowed for a new found emotional immediacy and in spite of, or perhaps because of the distance, Wye Oak have recorded their most personal album yet.

Shriek was a co-production between Wye Oak and Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Vernhes also engineered and mixed the album. His inventive production work complimented the band’s new direction, helping them to create their immensely layered and emotive new sound.

Fans can pre-order the album now via iTunes as well as through the City Slang webshop. Shriek will be available on both CD and LP, including a limited run on orange vinyl available on Record Store Day.

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Battle Worldwide Recordings To Release Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl, My First Record, My First Store, For Record Store Day

As part of Record Store Day, which takes place on April 19, Battle Worldwide Recordings will be releasing a limited edition 12″ Vinyl entitled My First Record, My First Store. This record will feature a variety of Battle Worldwide Recordings’ acts covering tracks from albums that truly inspired and helped mould them into the artists they are today.

What is the defining point in an artist’s life that makes them take a path that will envelope their interests and work for the rest of their life? Every musician has a point, usually in their teens, that is an awakening that excites their senses and drives them to pick up a guitar, microphone, drum kit or even a laptop nowadays and start producing music. My First Record, My First Store is a physical and digital diary from Battle Worldwide Recordings’ artistes and partners, put together for Record Store Day 2014.

My First Record, My First Store will map stories from each artiste on the label about the record that most influenced them, where they bought it and why it was important to them. Over the coming months, stories will be added to the Battle Worldwide Recordings website that will include streaming links and other goodies. On Record Store Day 2014, Battle Worldwide Recordings will release a limited edition colour vinyl compilation of artist recordings of select tracks.

You can follow the campaign here.


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The Twilight Sad Reissue Debut Album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, For Record Store Day

Scottish trio The Twilight Sad are reissuing their exhilarating debut album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters for Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 2014 through FatCat Records.

To celebrate, the band are giving away a free download of their recent Paisley Abbey show with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. You can access the download here.

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

The special intimate performance was part of The Spree Festival in Paisley, Scotland. Legendary conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra John Logan arranged the orchestration alongside classic The Twilight Sad tracks The Wrong Car, Sick, The Room and Cold Days From The Birdhouse. The 500 capacity venue sold out in less than an hour with the band playing as a three-piece to give the orchestra as much space as possible.

The deluxe double vinyl edition of Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters will contain never-before-heard tracks, unseen original artwork and the remastered debut in full. The vinyl, limited to 500 copies in the UK, will be available from participating independent record shops on Record Store Day.

Frontman James Graham said: “We’re very proud of our debut album. I’ve said this many times before but you only get one chance at making your first album and whilst ours didn’t set the world on fire or sell hundreds of thousands of copies, I think it’s a special record that means a lot to the people who have discovered it.”

Ahead of their Primavera appearance The Twilight Sad will be performing Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters in full at the following towns:

Tue 29 Apr @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Wed 30 Apr @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Thu 1 May @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Fri 2 May @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Sat 3 May @ Exchange, Bristol
Fri 30 May @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona
For full tour dates and tickets go to The Twilight Sad’s website here.

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