Friday, June 08, 2007

News: White Stripes, Robert Wyatt, Touch and Go, Foals and Fog

Continuing the current trend of successful artists playing so called ‘secret’ and intimate gigs around the UK capital – QOTSA, Prince, Paul McCartney etc - The White Stripes are now getting in on the act with a ‘special one-off show’ in south east London. The Detroit duo will play the Rivoli Ballroom in Lewisham on Tuesday June 11th. Tickets go on sale the day before from LiveNation.co.uk and Gigsandtours.com and are limited to two per person with proceeds going to charities supported by The London Pearly Kings and Queens Society.

Prog/psych-rock legend Robert Wyatt has unveiled details of his forthcoming Domino released LP ‘Comicopera’. Featuring a host of collaborations including friends such as Brian Eno, Paul Weller and Phil Manzanera, the sixteen-track album takes the form of a three act opera which not only covers Norwegian jazz musician Anja Garbarek but also delves into the world of Spanish, Italian and Cuban music and poetry. The album is released on September 24th and has been preceded by a very affectionate press release by none other than Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.

Renowned Chicago indie label Touch and Go – home to Big Black, Slint, CocoRosie and Calexico amongst others – has followed in the footsteps of its spiritual cousin Warp and taken the big leap forward into the world of digital retail. Their own online store officially opened its doors on Tuesday, offering DRM free, 256 kb/ps MP3s available as entire albums or individually. It is also the only way fans can obtain digital copies of classic releases such as Slint’s Spiderland and the Shellac and Rapeman back-catalogue.

Math rock / indie pop quintet Foals are set to get a whole lot bigger after an invitation from indie giants Bloc Party to join them on their forthcoming tour - which will include two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace. The Brighton based rockers will support the band on four dates in December, this will follow numerous summer festival appearances and a tour of their own in September and October. In other exciting news the band will spend the summer in NYC recording their debut album with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and have just finished recording three ‘unique compositions’ with Kieran Hebden aka Fourtet which will be released on a set of special 12”s. More news on this will follow…

Finally, avant folk-hopper turned fully fledged indie rocker Fog has employed the talents of music video founding father – and Devo collaborator – Chuck Stadler to create a surrealist introduction to the new incarnation of his band and their forthcoming LP, the ace ‘Ditherer’. The album, which we can confidently state is his best work yet, is released via Lex Records this August.

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