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ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT: NEW
VIDEO AND LIVE DATES

20 August 2014

Here's the beyond-awesome new video for "Televan" from Ed Schrader's Music Beat's most recent album 'Party Jail'.

Big thanks to The Quietus for premiering it and to Justin Barnes for directing the eyeball-popping visuals!

The band are presently on tour in the USA and coming to Europe very soon, with two stops in London. Here are the full dates.

DEERHOOF'S 'LA ISLA BONITA'

20 August 2014

Almost 11 years ago, we put on our first show by a band named Deerhoof. Now we're releasing their new album! It's also their 20th anniversary!

'La Isla Bonita' will come out on 3 November, with 10 new songs that alternate between minimalism and bombast, melody and dissonance, and dynamism and tranquility.

The first song to drop is "Exit Only", which you can hear in our 'Latest Releases Mixtape' below.

You can also find out more over at the blog and pre-order the CD or LP now for shipping later in the year.

VEXX'S 'VEXX' OUT SOON

10 August 2014

We'll be releasing VEXX's re-mastered debut record 'Vexx' on 29 September, as a joint venture with our friends at M'Lady's Records.

Living in and playing out of Olympia, Washington, VEXX have been devastating the Pacific Northwest music hubs for the last year now, so this mini album is one helluva death-defying listen.

You can stream it over at SoundCloud or pre-order the CD or LP now.

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LINKS

UPCOMING SHOWS

E.E.K. featuring ISLAM CHIPSY

CONTAINER

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES DJs

Saturday 11 October

The Dome

178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ | Map
8:00 | £10 | Buy tickets

E.E.K. featuring ISLAM CHIPSY come direct from Cairo, launching their Shaabi keyboard sounds with deadly accuracy at your pineal gland via the irresistible propulsion of two raging drum kits. Chipsy's new wave Chaabi and Nile Delta synth has erupted out of the recent change in the social structures of Egypt, that disrupted existing power structures (to a certain degree) and created a whole new way of distributing art, politics and philosophy. E.E.K.'s debut album came out on the brilliant Nashazphone label in January this year, furnished with sleevenotes by Alan Bishop (of Sun city Girls) and mastering by his Sublime Frequencies ally Mark Gergis.

Chipsy's shameless yet dazzling showboating rides atop the gigantic dual rhythms, creating a riotous North African dance music that could send any audience into an absolute frenzy. The keyboards sound like sirens and there's a pure, violent virtuosity present. Traditional piano players use all their fingers to play a chord. House music revolutionised this, by allowing the producer to use only one finger. Chipsy introduced a new approach: he fires tone clusters with his fists, palms and edges of his hands all over the keyboard, and slamming down the keys, but still in a controlled manner. It's psychedelic and pumping. It 's tight and distorted. Sometimes there's cheers and yells, but nothing disrupts the very smart compositional glee lurking beneath.

CONTAINER is the stripped-down, beat-oriented electronic project of Providence, RI's Ren Schofield, who somehow sculpts viscious punk sonics into raw jackhammer rhythms that groove in the most relentless, hypnotic, unstoppable and psychedelic ways currently working the grid. This lo-fi mesh of maxed-out drum patterns, spiralling loops and mesmerising arrangements makes for live music of serious weight and function, capable of both rushing the high-end dancefloors of Unsound, Donau and Berghain, and banging the below-stairs basements of Europe into submission. After a string of various cassette releases, the debut full length "LP" was released by Editions Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools in 2011, and has since been followed up by a second Spools LP and the Treatment 12" on the Morphine label...a steaming new 12" pulled in earlier this year on Liberation Technologies, as well as the thrillingly violent mauling of Four Tet's Kool FM as linked to below.

SPRAY PAINT

THE REBEL

THE GUTTERS

TENSE MEN

Friday 31 October

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

SPRAY PAINT are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas made up of Chris Stephenson (drums/vocals), Cory Plump (guitar/vocals) and George Dishner (guitar/vocals). Some of you may already know these guys from other projects such as When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Expensive Shit and Dikes of Holland. Spray Paint's buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labyrinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. All three members of Spray Paint sing too, helping create an uncontrollable sense of fervour as they jostle for the words. They work up a tone of paranoia amid the jagged rhythms, locking into a motoric groove that's impossible to escape from, offset with stormy blasts of distortion.

Since forming in 2012, Spray Paint have released two LPs and 7"s through SS-Records as well as readying an upcoming LP for Monofonus Press. They've wasted no time with hitting the road either, touring the US five times, most recently with their friends Protomartyr and The Rebel. They've also played at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Chaos in Tejas, Gonerfest, Cropped Out, SXSW and a live on-air performance on WFMU. This October sees Spray Paint head over to Europe for the first time, in support of their fierce new 7" EP through Upset The Rhythm, entitled 'Cussin'.

THE GUTTERS play raw stripped down garage punk from Portland U.S of A. Their auditory maelstrom is like taking a time machine to London in the late '70s, where every tinny punk had a band and everything was snarling and snotty. But the Gutters' tongue-in-cheek playfulness cuts those spiky allusions with fun vignettes, as found on their recent release "Should We Make a 7-Inch?" 7-inch. Other hilariously punk entitlements, such as beginning the song "Born in the Gutter" with "one, two, fuck you!" hint more at the duo's willingness to parade their love affair with the old guard than attempt to build upon it. This is all a-okay; the band's sewer serenades are a breath of fresh air, and at bite-sized intervals of roughly one to two minutes apiece, the Gutters are a fist-pumping hoot. Look out for their album on Tadpole Records too!

TENSE MEN live in a claustrophobic, miasmic world of scuttling shapes, deformed shadows and rigid, repetitive rhythms. The world of Tense Men has a low ceiling, the walls are wooden, rotting in places and badly varnished. The world of Tense Men is clammy to the touch. Eyes twitch, ears ring. Ears burn, eyes sting. The world of Tense Men is dripping all over your mouldy living room carpet. Reptilian tongues darting in and out tasting the dank air. Human forms jerking awkwardly to a record skipping in a locked, sweaty room. Shrieking voices. Murmuring whispers. Telling you things you don't want to know over and over again, you listen because you aren't sure if you're really hearing it or not. You are! Aren't you? These men also exist within other entities, namely Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas and Omi Palone, amongst others. It began in the bleak Autumn of 2010 and has henceforth been peddling its suspect wares back and forth, here and there. Check out their recent album 'Where Dull Care is Forgotten' on Faux Discx, as well as their cassette on Casenove Tapes.

RODION G.A.

BAMBOO

LOOMING

Wednesday 5 November

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8:00 | £10 | Buy tickets

RODION G.A. are without doubt, one of music's best-kept secrets. That's despite being around for nearly forty years. The story begins when a musical visionary decided to form his own band in Romania four decades ago. It was between 1975 and 1976, when the Rodion G.A. story begins. That's when Rodion Rosca formed the band that bore his name. This would be no ordinary band, far from it. Rodion G.A. would become one of the most innovative bands in Romanian musical history.

In 1975, Rodion joined with Gicu Farcas and Adrian Caparu to complete the lineup of Rodion G.A. By 1975, Rodion had amassed an eclectic selection of equipment and established a reputation as a D.I.Y. tech wizard. He created his own unique way of creating music on reel-to-reel tape recorders, using the various tape machines to multitrack. His nascent studio included several Tesia tape recorders, drum machines, phasers, flangers and fuzz pedals. Then there were a toy Casio VL Tone and a Soviet made Faemi organ. Like the music Rodion G.A. were making, the equipment they were using was just as leftfield and eclectic.

Sadly, Rodion G.A.'s career lasted just over ten years. In 1987, after the death of his mother, Rodion Rosca walked away from music. For the next twenty-five years, nothing was heard of this charismatic, enigmatic and mercurial musician. Then Luca Sorin, a blogger and filmmaker became interested in the mythology that surrounds Rodion. Luca discovered a handful of tracks by Rodion and footage of their 1980 NYE concert. He posted this online. This came to the attention of Future Nuggets. They're a collective of musicians and producers who are determined to preserve Romania's musical heritage. Then in 2012, Rodion G.A. made their comeback, after twenty-five years away from music. Then a year later, Rodion G.A. released their debut album 'The Lost Tapes', on Strut Records to acres of praise and press attention. Since then, Rodion G.A.'s comeback has continued apace.

Earlier this year, another Rodion G.A. release hit the shops. This was none other than Rodion G.A.'s soundtrack 'Delta Space Mission' released on Record Store Day 2014. Fans worldwide were determined to get a copy of this previously unreleased musical Magnus Opus. The lucky ones weren't disappointed. Now Rodion G.A. have decided to embark on their first European tour and will be making their debut London performance for us at Cafe OTO on bonfire night. Suitably exciting I'm sure you'll agree and no need for any "there will be fireworks" punnery as that is a given!

FUTURE ISLANDS

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

CELEBRATION

Thursday 6 November

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT | Map
7:00 | £15 | Sold out

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

SEX HANDS

DOG CHOCOLATE

Monday 10 November

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT are Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice - a minimalist punk duo from the fair city of Baltimore, Maryland. In the beginning there was only Ed: a man unhinged, channelling to the world a sacred message in the form of song. His only divining instruments: a single floor tom, one light, and a commanding baritone. He's a master songsmith who has reduced pop and punk to their most basic building blocks. Ed was soon joined by Devlin on bass, who proved to be an acute match for encapsulating the space-time from whence they came.

Their union quickly brought about the release of their 2012 debut album 'Jazz Mind' through Upset The Rhythm (and Load Records in the US), which The Wire magazine said recalled "the percussion-heavy chants of Liars", with Ed "affecting a mournful Arthur Russell tone on the a cappella songs" whilst "roaring like Rollins" on the album's faster numbers. Since then, Ed Schrader's Music Beat have toured frequently in North America and Europe, notably alongside their friends Dan Deacon and Future Islands, as well as hardcore luminaries Ceremony. New album, 'Party Jail' picks up where 'Jazz Mind' left off, adding a thoughtfully crafted, minimal pop vibe to their already terse punk sound. As a follow-up it features songs that are equally loud and destructive, pensive and strangely haunting.

SEX HANDS were formed by three childhood friends from the North Wales coast. After relocating to Manchester, Alex, Dylan and Edwin played their first show in 2011 on the Comfortable on a Tightrope stage at SFTOC, Salford. A month later Joe Logan of Waiters was recruited for his sweet bassy licks and amazing posture. From then on the band has been on a rock 'n' roll whirlwind, playing shows with the likes of Trumans Water one night and The Babies the next. After their previous releases which include a split 7" with Daily Life (on the Icecapades label, which features artwork by Sex Hands own Alex Humphreys and Manchester artist Lucy Jones) as well as the self released mini album, 'Season One (Giant Hell)', 'PLEH!' is Sex Hands proper-real-life-hi-fi-fully-rockin'-full-length record on Faux Discx/Negative Space. With artwork by Manchester based artist Mike Redmond that compliments the bands rough around the edges, scorched pop rock, 'PLEH!' is 13 tracks of non-stop melody mashed fun time hug and roll hits. Sex Hands are not a garage pop band, they have never practised in a garage. They never practice.

DOG CHOCOLATE are an elasticated, punk quartet based on the principles of self-propulsion and having too much fun. Jono plays a couple of drums, Matthew plays a guitar and a load of pedals, Rob plays another guitar and sings selected songs whilst Andrew sings most the songs and plays impressionistic blasts of keyboard when he's not. Having been active in a number of other bands including Yeborobo, Limn, Gasp! Cracking Eggs, Tea And Toast Band and Moulsecoomb Sword Gang, all four members are also frantic doodlers and illustrators. This over-spill of creativity can be seen on their recent split LP on UTR, entitled 'Or', which sees the band sprint through ten tracks of barely-controlled chaotic glee. Never dwelling for long, Dog Chocolate treat us to songs about pregnancy, poisoned eyes, public transport and cakes. Their observational, often candid lyrics match their nonsensical attitude to their music too, which tumbles and chases pitchshifted guitars through thick forests of feedback and blasting drums. 


TY SEGALL

MOVIE STAR JUNKIES

Wednesday 12 November

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 8QP | Map
7:30 | £15 | Buy tickets

DARK BLUE

Monday 24 November

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

GUERILLA TOSS

Tuesday 25 November

The Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES | Map
8:00 | £6 | Buy tickets

WHITE FENCE

Thursday 29 January

100 Club

100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL | Map
8:00 | £9 | Buy tickets

UPCOMING RELEASES

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Pre-order

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

SPRAY PAINT

'Cussin'

UTR067 | 7" / Digital | Buy

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

'Party Jail'

UTR066 | CD / LP | Buy

THE PHEROMOANS

'Hearts Of Gold'

UTR065 | LP / Digital | Buy

PREVIOUS RELEASES

NO BABIES

'Yo No Soy Como Tu'

UTR064 | 7" / Digital | Buy

DOG CHOCOLATE / RAVIOLI ME AWAY

'Split'

UTR063 | LP

GARY WAR / PURPLE PILGRIMS

'Split'

UTR062 | LP | Buy

WAY THROUGH

'Clapper Is Still'

UTR060 | CD / LP | Buy

SILVER FOX

'Silver Fox'

UTR059 | CD / LP | Buy

CHESTER ENDERSBY GWAZDA

'Shroud'

UTR058 | LP | Buy

HALO HALO

'Halo Halo'

UTR057 | CD / LP | Buy

PEEPHOLES

'The Overspill'

UTR056 | CD / LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Tomorrow / The Fountain'

UTR055 | 7" | Buy

THE PHEROMOANS

'Does This Guy Stack Up?'

UTR054 | CD / LP | Buy

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

'Jazz Mind'

UTR053 | CD / LP | Buy

WAY THROUGH

'Arrow Shower'

UTR052 | LP / Digital | Buy

GENTLE FRIENDLY

'Rrrrrrr'

UTR051 | LP / Digital | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves'

UTR049 | CD / LP | Buy

PEEPHOLES

'Caligula'

UTR048 | 12" | Buy

NO BABIES

'No Babies'

UTR047 | LP | Buy

FORMER GHOSTS

'New Love.'

UTR045 | CD / LP | Buy

CLECKHUDDERSFAX

'Spen Beck'

UTR044 | CD / LP | Buy

PLEASE / SPIN SPIN THE DOGS

'Split'

UTR043 | 12" | Buy

MUNCH MUNCH

'Double Visions'

UTR042 | CD / LP | Buy

TRASH KIT

'Teenagers / How Do You Do?'

UTR041 | 7" | Buy

PLUG

'Plug'

UTR040 | CD / LP | Buy

COLD PUMAS

'Beat Mystery / Party Drip'

UTR039 | 7" | Buy

KIT

'INVOCATION'

UTR038 | CD / LP | Buy

DRUM EYES

'Gira Gira'

UTR037 | CD / LP | Buy

TRASH KIT

'Trash Kit'

UTR036 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

FORMER GHOSTS

'Fleurs'

UTR035 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

XIU XIU / PARENTHETICAL GIRLS

'Morrissey / The Smiths'

UTR034 | 7" | Buy

HANDS ON HEADS

'Tough Fun'

UTR033 | Digipack CD | Buy

FOOT VILLAGE

'Anti Magic'

UTR032 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

GENTLE FRIENDLY

'Ride Slow'

UTR031 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

THE STICKS

'The Sticks'

UTR030 | Digipack CD / 2 x 7" | Buy

BIRD NAMES

'Sings the Browns'

UTR029 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

GAY AGAINST YOU

'Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes'

UTR028 | LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Feathers & Hallways'

UTR027 | 7" | Buy

KIT FEAT. MIKE WATT

'Dreams Are Burned'

UTR026 | 7" | Buy

HIGH PLACES

'High Places'

UTR025 | Gatefold LP | Buy

T.I.T.S

'Second Base'

UTR024 | LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Wave Like Home'

UTR023 | Digipack CD | Buy

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Insects Awaken'

UTR022 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

LUCKY DRAGONS

'Dream Island Laughing Language'

UTR021 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

SOFTBOILED EGGIES

'Try It Again'

UTR019 | Mini LP | Buy

HIGH PLACES

'Vision's the First... / Namer'

UTR018 | 7" | Buy

SOILED MATTRESS & THE SPRINGS

'Honk Honk Bonk!'

UTR017 | Digipack CD | Buy

GOWNS

'Red State'

UTR016 | Digipack CD | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'Love Is Real'

UTR015 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

a.P.A.t.T. / PEEPHOLES

'Split'

UTR014 | 12" | Buy

CHOPS / HELHESTEN

'Split'

UTR013 | 12" | Buy

NUMBERS

'Now You Are This'

UTR012 | Double gatefold LP | Buy

NO AGE

'Get Hurt'

UTR011 | 12" | Buy

BARR

'Summary'

UTR010 | CD / LP | Buy

HANDS ON HEADS / THE STICKS

'Split'

UTR009 | 10" | Sold out

KIT

'Broken Voyage'

UTR008 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Festival of Ghosts'

UTR007 | 12" | Buy

YIKES!

'Secrets To Superflipping'

UTR006 | Digipack CD / 10" | Buy

BARR

'Beyond Reinforced Jewel Case'

UTR005 | CD / LP | Buy

LEOPARD LEG / T.I.T.S

'Split'

UTR004 | Double gatefold LP | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'Songs'

UTR003 | CD | Buy

ESQUILAX / TRENCHER

'Split'

UTR002 | 10" | Sold out

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Puppy, Kitty Or Both'

UTR001 | 10" | Sold out