Music News w/e 17/04/09

This week ….win Damien Hirst  Original Art Work, The Hours, The Von Bondies,Cutaways, Rose Elinor Dougall, Moby & David Lynch,  Howling Bells, The Lights, Catherine A.D. and A Fair Few FREE mp3’s.

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Damien Hirst, the most successful British artist of his generation, is working with his friends The Hours: designing their record sleeves, art directing their videos and releasing their new album, See The Light, on his own specially-created label.Hirst hours

Clicking the link below gives you the chance to win one of 20 signed litho prints of the his artwork created especially for The Hours new album sleeve. Then, on Sunday 19 April in Observer Music Monthly magazine you can enter the competition to win the original artwork – valued at £125,000 – created by Damien himself.  You can also exclusively download the track These Days from The Hours’ new album See The Light.




The Von Bondies release their third studio album ‘Love, Hate And Then There’s You‘ on Monday 4th May 2009.  It will be preceded by the single ‘Pale Bride’/ ‘Earthquake‘ on the 27th April.  The album will be available on CD & download. The single as a 7″ and download. Both will be released through Fierce Panda.

This deluxe Fierce Panda European release also comes with a bonus CD featuring five new tracks not available elsewhere.

The Album Tracklisting is as follows:
1 ‘This Is Our Perfect Crime’; 2 ‘Shut Your Mouth’; 3 ‘Pale Bride’; 4 ‘Only To Haunt You’; 5 ’21st Birthday’; 6 ‘She’s Dead To Me’; 7 ‘Chancer’; 8 ‘I Don’t Wanna’; 9 ‘Blame Game’; 10 ‘Accidents Will Happen’; 11 ‘Earthquake’; 12 ‘Modern Saints’

Shortly before the album’s release, The Von Bondies will return to the UK for a series of dates. They are as follows:

Thu 23rd – Kings College – London
Fri 24th – CAmden Crawl – London
Sat 25th – O2 Academy – Birmingham
Sun 26th – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
Mon 27th – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester



Cutaways release their new single Milo of Kroton on May 11th, which is taken from their debut album Earth and Earthly Things set for release on July 6th.

The single has been spot played on Rory McConnell’s Introducing show on BBC Radio 1 and Xposure on XFM.

The Belfast band play the following dates as part of their UK tour

Tue 21st April –  Artrocker presents Cutaways @ The Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London N1. Tel: 020 7359 6191. 10.30pm. £5

Wed 22nd April – Man On The Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LF. Tel 01223 565 396. 9pm. Free admission.

Thu 23rd April –  White Hart, High Street, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1UX. 9pm. Free admission.

Fri 24th April – Creative Blocks @ Big Blue Coffee Company, 47 Sadler Gate, Derby, DE1 3NQ Tel. 01332 608619. 8pm – late.  £2 before 10pm, £3 thereafter

Sat 25th April – Dickens @ No. 10 Wellgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2LR. Tel 01709 360006 Doors at 8pm, Cutaways live 9.10pm. £3.



New Single Start/Stop/Synchro

Start/Stop/Synchro will be released on limited, coloured vinyl through Elefant Records Singles Club on June 8th 2009. Again produced and fleshed out by Rose along with producer Lee Baker in his Brighton studio, Start/Stop/Synchro is taken from Rose’s almost completed, upcoming debut album, ‘Without Why’. small RoseElinorDougall 01

If Another Version Of Pop Song (her debut release, Guardian Guide Single of the Week) was a step away from the past. Start/Stop/Synchro sees Rose entering into a bright new beginning. Cinematic, minor key melodies, spiralling guitars, glacial keys, strings and a propulsive beat cast a brisk but not bristly sheen over a buoyant structure, transforming the original demo into a fully formed pop song. B-Side, Static Saturday unavailable elsewhere sees Rose blending her love of My Bloody Valentine, Broadcast and The Cocteau Twins into her own three minutes of bliss.

Since the last single, Rose and her band of Distractions have been busy playing gigs all around the UK supporting the likes of British Sea Power, Jesca Hoop and Chairlift, headlining shows of their own, whilst finding time to fit in sessions for Marc Riley, John Kennedy and Huw Stephens along the way. More dates to coincide with the release of Start/Stop/Synchro will be announced soon, but for now you can check her out in the capital here:

April 17th – CAMDEN The Enterprise
April 28th – CAMDEN Dingwalls

Listen to the new single here: http://www.myspace.comroseelinordougallmusic




Moby’s sublime animated video (courtesy of David Lynch) ‘Shot In The Back Of The Head’ is now available on You Tube and Vimeo and of course via Moby’s recently re-launched official site.  You can download ‘Shot In The Back Of The Head’ from free from Moby’s homepage now.

Moby’s brand new album ‘Wait for Me’ is released on the 29th June.



ON INDEPENDIENTE (7″ and download)

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It’s been a great start to 2009 for the Howling Bells. First they released their 2nd album ‘Radio Wars‘ to widespread critical acclaim before heading out to complete a sellout UK tour.
New single ‘Digital Hearts’ is a brilliant, uncomplicated, up tempo song. It’s the sound of a band on top of their game and their ambitions to write widescreen pop songs of substance being audibly realised. However, like all the Bells output and all great pop songs before it, there’s a twist that cunningly belies its underling euphoria. Listen closely, ‘Digital Hearts’ might not be as sweet as you first thought.

But with pounding drums high in the mix and Juanita’s extraordinary voice curling around the chiming guitar lines, one thing is undeniable: Once you hear Digital Hearts over the airwaves you won’t be turning the radio dial to any other station.



The Lights release double A side single ‘Low Hundreds / Formerly Yours’ on May 11th through Crash Records. Described by The NME as  and here’s the video





“Know your Enemy” from the bands eighth studio album “21st  Century Breakdown” can be heard here


And Finally Some Free Mp3’s

Nine Black Alps | ‘Buy Nothing’ (first teaser track from new LP) | Download it here –

Catherine AD

Catherine AD also has a free download for y’all , she says: “I’ve been wrestling with technology and underwater pianos and resurfaced with a reinterpretation/remix/cover of one of my favourite songs from last year  – ‘Paris’ by Friendly Fires.”

Download here or here even!

Follow her online

Interview here

Mr Fogg,  a new electronic artist from London, has a free Mp3 available for your delectation.  He’s already seen comparisons to Postal Service and Mum (he recorded his soon-to-be-released debut album in Iceland with Valgeir Sigurdsson) and ‘Stung’ can be downloaded from here

Alessi’s Ark

(Virgin Records)

Host of new London solo and full band shows just announced! Check Myspace page for full details.

Single ‘Over The Hill’ out 27th April

Debut Album ‘Notes From The Treehouse’ out 4th May

Free Mp3 ‘Magic Weather’ available now –

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(Reveal Records)

Album ‘Art Project’ out 20th April 2009

Free Mp3 available now –

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