Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cold Specks, M83, Liars, Richard Hawley (and more): News Updates

American Pancake has had the pleasure of seeing 3 of Mute's artists this year: Cold Specks, M83 and Liars, all distinctly different but all equally carving out their own unique place in today's music scene. Check out Mute's latest press releases.
Earlier in the year, M83 made a stop at the historic 9:30 Club on their Spring tour and NPR was their to capture the magic and brilliance that is this band live. The recording, which includes the latest single "Reunion" and the ever-hypnotizing "Midnight City", transports you to the mystical, dream-like world of M83. As a wash of sound rushes over you, you will be enveloped with bewitching ectasy; an almost out-of-body experience -- you won't want it to end. Listen here
Once you've landed back on earth, and you are left wanting more, you will get your chance! M83 heads back out on the road at the end of next week and making their way across the country. See the full tour lineup here.
Liars have a lot of exciting news to share!
Next month, on the 16th of October, remixes of their forthcoming single "Brats" will be released on 12" and download. This 12" will feature remixes from Canada's Cadence Weapon, UK electronic producer Vessel, and prolific musician David Scott Stone.'s Head on over to the bands Tumblr to download Cadence Weapon's hip-hop, beat driven remix of the track. 
In collaboration with Adult Swim the band have also released a brand new track "Point Your Pistols to the Sigh", which can be download via the Adult Swim site. The track was released as a part of the AS Single series, which featured such other artists as Wavves, Flying Lotus, The Hives, Com Truise, Death Grips and more!
Last, but not least, Liars are also thrilled to announce the details of the re-release of three of their albums: They Threw Us In A Trench & Put A Monument On Top, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned and Drum's Not Dead. All three are available now on 180g vinyl, as well as a free (with your purchase) limited edition 7" featuring unreleased live recordings of "WIXIW" and "Pillars Were Hollow and Filled With Candy So We Tore Them Down". All purchases can be made on the bands website via their official shop 
"Seek It", the second single off Richard Hawley'Standing at the Sky's Edge, will be released in just under two weeks, on October 2nd.

The track, arguably one of the more tender moments from the album, is a questioning, wistful love song with Hawley’s gift for crafting a beautiful melody clearly on display.

Check out Hawley's  live performce of this stirringly poetic track here.
We are also very excited to announce that Britains most famous music awards, the Mercury Prize have shortlisted Standing At The Sky’s Edge for BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

Looking forward to the release of An Introduction To… Crime & the City Solution / A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987-1991 this Tuesday, September 25th, Crime & the City Solution are offering a free track for you! Fire up the download now of "I Have the Gun" and make sure to order your copy of the album now.
Also, make sure to mark you calendars, as the band will be heading out on the road for the first time in 20 years, making stops in Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On her recent trip to NYC Cold Specks spent some time with some truely talented filmographers, who deftly drew out the emotion and power that defines Cold Specks. 
Day one in town, she joined the good folks of Ice Fishing with Dan at Harlem's historic Paris Blues Bar. There, perched at the bar, she performed "Elephant Head". Simple, but powerful. You can watch it here.  
The next day, accompanied by bandmate Chris Cundy, Al took a strol with La Blogotheque through Williamsburg's McCarren Park. Just managing to strike the last chord of "Heavy Hands" before the rain hit, the troupe then took cover in a nearby Greenpoint loft. Enveloped by the loft's other-wordly feel, the duo gave stirring performances of "Elephant Head" and "Blank Maps". Check the three song session here.
We are also very excited to announce Cold Specks will be returning to North America this November for a national headlining tour. She kicks it off at Mercury Lounge in New York on the 8th and will make her way around the states, ending in Chicago on the 29th. See the full list of dates on her site.
Next Tuesday, September 25th, the experimental duo known as Diamond Version will be release their Technology At The Speed Of Life/Empowering Change EP. This is the first EP in a series of five that will be released via Mute in collaboration with Raster-Noton through the rest of this year and into 2013, culminating with an album release. 
In anticipation of this release the duo composed a glitchy, digitally experimental video for the second track off this EP “Empowering Change”.  Featuring a continuous stream of fluctuating patterns, flashing in perfect time with the music, this video perfectly expresses the sole of Diamond Version. This project is conceptually just as much about the imagery as it is about the audio. Check out the video here and read more about the concepts this work.  

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