Apr 23, 2015

Marlene Dietrich digs vinyl


The Pop Group & Sleaford Mods to release split 7" June 18th thru Freaks R Us


The single features "Face To Faces" a raw alternate version of a track featured on the forthcoming Sleaford Mods new album, and "Nations," a track taken from Citizen Zombie, The Pop Group's critically acclaimed first new studio album in some 35 years.

The Pop Group have just returned from the first leg of their world tour which took in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and North America, culminating at three incendiary performances at SXSW. The band will soon resume its tour with dates in the UK ahead of European gigs. See tour dates for both bands below.


The Pop Group's upcoming UK shows:

MAY
5th - Brighton - The Haunt
6th - Norwich - Arts Centre
8th - London - The Dome, Tufnell Park
9th - Sheffield - Plug
10th - Glasgow - CCA Arts Centre
11th - Liverpool - Kazimier

JUNE
12th - Birmingham - Supersonic Festival
21st - Ramsgate - Ramsgate Music Hall
27-29 - Glastonbury - Glastonbury Festival

Sleaford Mods also have a run of UK dates starting in May. Their dates are as follows:

MAY
14th - Norwich - Waterfront Studio
15th - Manchester - Academy 2
16th - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
23rd - Brighton - Concorde 2

JUNE
4th - Sheffield - Leadmill
5th - London - Koko
27-29 - Glastonbury - Glastonbury Festival

Apr 21, 2015

Rainforth: Former Maximum Joy vocalist, Janine Rainforth, is back!


Lead singer and co-founder of original post-punkers Maximum Joy, Janine Rainforth has made a welcome return to performing her music after an absence of more than two decades.

“… only Maximum Joy had Janine Rainforth, who played violin and clarinet, and gave them a voice that suggests a more generous comparison, like one of the Slits backed by the Gang of Four.” - Tom Hull (Recycled Goods)

“Rainforth has a smooth, even alto, that probably would have been singing British prog-folk 10 years earlier and trip-hop 10 years later” - Joe Tangari (Pitchfork)

“While their compatriots may have generated more attention, the rather more subtle Maximum Joy have perhaps worn rather more well. Janine Rainforth’s vision and vocals at this distance sets them apart, and maybe provide a more recognisable link to the leading players of the ‘90s Bristol creative renaissance.” - John Carney (Tangents)

Now performing under the name Rainforth, she has been busy devising and constructing new solo work in and around her home studio based in east London, and has an album worth of material set for release, she says ‘My new material is definitely not a re-run of Maximum Joy but the same exploratory ethos remains strong in this work.” She describes this new batch of music as ‘ballads with beats, soundscapes within a song.’

“New stuff rox” – Mark Stewart (The Pop Group)

The first tracks for official release on her own label, London Field Recordings, are "Rumination of Us" and "Have Brave Heart" as a limited edition CD-single and digital download – the CD and download are available for pre-order/purchase now from the Rainforth website. The tracks are devised and constructed solely by Rainforth, post-produced by Rainforth and Dave McEwen, and mastered by Noel Summerville. The video to "Rumination of Us" was shot in east London.

Rainforth is performing her new music live now, one of the first airings of it supporting The Pop Group at the final gig of their recent sell out UK tour, at Islington Assembly Rooms, October ’14.

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Apr 19, 2015

Reqiuem For A Dream: Patti Smith Inducts Lou Reed 4.18.15


If you're reading this in an email, click the headline above to listen to Patti Smith's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech for Lou Reed.

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