Quick catch-up from around the record labels. This post shall grow over the next few months which may result in multiple posts but for now enjoy the below!
Fleet Foxes will play Later.. this Friday night
(and the Tuesday just gone but a little late for that now isn't it?) as the build-up to the release of their Helplessness Blues album goes up a notch. The album is set for release on the 2nd May in the U.K. but that should mean the 29th April in Ireland and the band kick off their European tour in Berlin on May 25th.
Beating the Seattle band to the punch is Alessi's Ark who release their album, Time Travel, the week before on the 22nd April in Ireland (25th in the U.K.). Check out Alessi Laurent-Marke's interpretation of Leslie Gore's "Maybe I Know", which appears on the album, below.
April/May is a pretty big month for Bella Union with Explosions In The Sky's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, the bands first album in four years, hitting the shelves in time for Record Store Day 2011 last weekend. You can stream the whole thing over on their official website. The Austin band play Vicar Street in Dublin on May 16th.
The last drop of news is some U.K. tour dates for Cashier No.9, the labels newest recruits which you can view here. No album news as of yet but a couple of tracks can be streamed on their bandcamp page here.
Sons & Daughters first single from the soon-to-be-released Mirror, Mirror, "Breaking Fun", is available to stream via Soundcloud. 10th/13th June is the release date for the album whereas the single will be available on 7" the week before.
Dublin's Villagers have been nominated for an Ivor Novello award in the section Best Song Musically and Lyrically with the song in question being "Becoming A Jackal". The band will be touring England and Europe extensively this Summer and have a special show lined up for Marlay Park on July 23rd with special guests Beach House and Stornoway.
Bon Iver return this Summer and as a taster the below "Untitled" has appeared on the 4AD site with no other information. Hmmm.
Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l was released over the weekend and an interview with Merrill Garbus, the brains behind the project, can be read over on NPR. Whelan's and June 17th are two pieces of information. Do with them what you will.