Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Living Is So Easy

British Sea Power set date for Dancehall

Photo By Dan DennisonDan DennisonBritish Sea Power have yet to top the UK charts – their last record, 2008’s Do You Like Rock Music? came closest at #10 – but their next album Valhalla Dancehall certainly had #1 on its mind. It was announced yesterday that it’d have a release date of January 1, 2011 – 1/1/11 for the numerologically-inclined – and as such has the distinction of being the first major new release of next year, at least in my cosmos.

It’s interesting to note that this album finds the lineup officially expanded to a six-piece, bringing their touring viola and keyboard players into the fold (and press photos). One might suppose that the extra personnel would make for a bigger, broader-sounding album, but BSP have never gone small or been blessed with an inordinate amount of focus, even when they numbered just four, so it’s hard to imagine them being even more out there with album number four than they’ve been in the past. Zeus, the taster EP for the new record, is certainly as eclectic over its seven tracks as anything they’ve done before. has an interview with the band and in addition to assembling a little teaser video for the new record, they’ve released a new MP3 from the album to get y’all excited.

MP3: British Sea Power – “Living Is So Easy”
MP3: British Sea Power – “Zeus”

Robyn has rescheduled her show from last Friday, which was cancelled at the 11th hour (or more like 3PM) the day of due to illness. It’ll now take place on January 26, still at the Sound Academy.

Video: Robyn – “Dancing On My Own”

Dum Dum Girls will be making up for their cancelled Fall tour with a Winter jaunt that includes a stop at the El Mocambo on February 26.

MP3: Dum Dum Girls – “D.A.L.”
MP3: Dum Dum Girls – “Jail La La”

Eric Elbogen, aka Say Hi – he stopped directing that at your mom a little while ago – has a new record coming out on January 25 entitled Um, Uh Oh and will be staging a huge tour to promote. Check out the first track courtesy of Spin and see him when he plays the El Mocambo on March 4.

MP3: Say Hi – “Devils”

NPR has got a World Cafe session with Ra Ra Riot, while Pique, The Calgary Sun and The Gauntlet have interviews. The band are at the Mod Club on December 1.

Drowned In Sound talks to Scott Devendorf of The National. The deluxe edition of High Violet comes out November 23.

Spin declares Warpaint to be “breaking out” while The Riverfront Times talks to drummer Stella Mozgawa.

Spoon have put out a new video from Transference.

Video: Spoon – “Nobody Gets Me But You”

Band Of Horses have opted to premiere their latest cinematically-styled video from Infinite Arms at IMBD.

Video: Band Of Horses – “Dilly”

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart talk to Spinner about “Heart In Your Heartbreak”, the lead single from their new record Belong, due out in March.

By : Frank Yang at 8:42 am
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  1. stu says:

    Am I missing something with the amount of attention that Robyn is getting from sources that typically ignore or shun slick dance pop? Robyn seems to be in the same musical ballpark as the spice girls, but somehow she’s turning into an indie darling? i must be missing something.

  2. Frank Yang says:

    I dunno, it’s decent dance-pop and I enjoyed her at Pitchfork this Summer. Putting her in the same mould as the pre-fab Spice Girls is unfair – she writes and performs all her own material, far as I know. And keeping people up to date on her local show news is more a Toronto-centric service as I know craploads of people who were going to the show on Friday.

  3. Bruce says:

    BTW, Robyn turned in an energetic performance on Jimmy Fallon last Thursday – must have been a 24 hour thing…

    Well, I know what I’ll be doing on January 1st. (Looks like we have a cosmos in common.)

    Regarding the expanded lineup – I suspect Abi Fry may be linked to one of the lads. And there’s no explaining Phil Sumner.

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