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Come see Baloji at The Barbican, London

Come see Baloji at The Barbican, London

on Monday Jan 30 at 7:30 pm, sharing the bill with Orchestra Baobab
MAIA VIDAL's

MAIA VIDAL's "Alphabet of my Phobias" video

Written, animated & edited by herself.




"safe Under the ground, i would have to View the World as it eXpires, Y and Z"
Crammed Discs Holiday Sale !

Crammed Discs Holiday Sale !

INTRODUCING CRAMMED HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS: 3 albums for 20 euros !
We have packed together 3 albums from your favourite artists!

Each pack has a special price of 21 € ( = 18£ / 28$)

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD's

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD's "Me and Mr Wolf" on the Huffington Post






The REAL TUESDAY WELD unveiled via The Huffington Post today the newest addition to "The Last Werewolf" saga:  An animation video for the song "Me and Mr. Wolf". Produced at Monkey Frog Media in Ecuador by George Fort and Monica Smith, the video retells the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the point of view of the wolf getting consumed rather than Red. See it for yourself !

Shantel promises

Shantel promises "drama and celebration"

His "ANARCHY & ROMANCE TOUR" will bring his trademark whirlpool of madness, emotion & chaotic fun to 25 cities in Nov/Dec.
Check this page for daily reports from Shantel: https://www.facebook.com/ShantelBucovinaClub.

Shantel says: " Whether it rattles in the Ukraine or if tables and chairs swirl around our heads in Athens, I will be posting daily reports from this insane tour, which already overshadows everything we've seen before. Come and join us. You are going to love us and to hate us! There's going to be drama and celebration! "


Here are the dates:

23.11 F-Herouville / Big Band Cafe
24.11 UK-London / Kokos
25.11 F-Paris / Bataclan
26.11 F-Rouen / Club 106
27.11 F-Bordeaux / Rocher de Palmer
28.11 F-Marseille / Cabaret Aleatoire
29.11 F-Nice / Nikai
30.11 LI-Schaan / Saal am Lindaplatz
01.12 D-Heidelberg / Halle 02
05.12 D-Konstanz / Kulturladen
06.12 D-Aschafenburg / Colos Saal
07.12 HUN-Budapest / A38
08.12 D-Ingolstadt / Eventhalle Westpark
09.12 D-Berlin / Admiralspalast / 
          Aftershow: EleKtropiK-set by DJ RKK (Rémy Kolpa Kopoul/Paris)
10.12 D-Hannover / Pavillion
11.12 NL-Zwolle / Hedon
12.12 B-Brussels / AB
13.12 D-Mainz / Frankfurter Hof
14.12 A-Linz / Posthof
15.12 A-Vienna / Wuk
To be continued

Hoquets To Shake France

Hoquets To Shake France

Belgium's most extravagant band are back, with their otherworldly indie punk funk songs, Belgo-centric tales and spectacular self-made instruments...




... and will be bringing their wild show to the four corners of France in November:

05.11 • BAVAY, Festival 'Le Fond du Placard'
12.11 • METZ, Festival 'Musiques Volantes'
16.11 • AMIENS, la Lune des Pirates
17.11 • EVREUX, l'Abordage
18.11 • LE MANS, Festival Bebop w/ Alborosie, Alpha Blondy
19.11 • BREST, 'Festival Invisible', la Carène w/ Matthieu Boogaerts
20.11 • CHOLET, le Barouf w/ Piano Chat
21.11 • SAINTES, la Chapelle
22.11 • PAU, la Centrifugeuse
23.11 • BAYONNE, le Microscope
24.11 • BORDEAUX, le Saint Ex
25.11 • PERIGUEUX, la Bartola

"Belgotronics", their acclaimed debut album, was released last spring in mainland Europe, and is due to come out in the UK and North America in early 2012. 

The album was performed and produced by Hoquets (aka Maxime Lê Hung, François Schulz and McCloud Zicmuse), and  mixed by Marc Meliá Sobrevias  (Lonely Drifter Karen), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and regular Deerhoof collaborator Etienne Foyer.

After extensively touring through the spring & summer, and taking part in some of the Congotronics vs Rockers shows (alongside Konono No.1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina et al), Hoquets took a well-deserved break and are now back in full force after their week-long invasion of Spain at the end of October.

 

Skeletons tour Europe & give away TWO tracks

Skeletons tour Europe & give away TWO tracks

The fascinating Brooklyn/NYC band plays 7 shows between Oct 11 and 18…
…to support their recently-released album "People", which was acclaimed by European & US press alike (see quotes below).

Skeletons and Crammed Discs are giving away free mp3s of two tracks, captured live at Glasslands, Brooklyn by the good folks at NYC Tape: 

* "Paint Over It", an epic 14-minute rendition of a previously-unrecorded track
 
* "Wal-Mart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour", a live version of the song from the 'People' album (it's one of the tales written by Matt Mehlan & based on true stories read in the papers).      

Just click
here to access the download page for these tracks


Skeletons October tour dates :

Oct 11: Utrecht (Netherlands), Ekko -  with The Luyas and Zun Zun Egui
Oct 12: Rotterdam (Netherlands), Worm - with The Luyas
Oct 13: Paris (France), Petit Bain
Oct 14: Duedingen (Switzerland), Bad Bonn
Oct 15: St. Gallen (Switzerland), Palace
Oct 16: Berlin (Germany), Hebbel Am Ufer 2 - with Lucky Dragons
Oct 18: Gent (Belgium), Cafe Vooruit

In other news:

- Skeletons leader Matt Mehlan has recently taken an essential part in the  Congotronics vs Rockers project. Alongside Deerhoof, Konono No.1, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars and Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt was a member of the collaborative ensemble which performed 16 fantastic shows in ten countries across Europe and Japan

- Matt Mehlan has also recently had the pleasure of being commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic to write a string quartet, which was performed at the Brooklyn Museum. He's now rumoured to be working on a full orchestral piece….

- Also, don't forget this intriguing  video for "More Than The One Thing" :


click HERE

From the press on the Skeletons album "People"

Skeletons drink from a similar pool of inspiration as fellow New Yorkers Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective, although as with both these bands, they don't strictly resemble any one thing, exactly. People reveals them to be a peculiar chimera of influence, blending Afro-pop, Krautrock and jazz fusion with unlikely ease.  (Uncut, UK)

"People" gives the impression of redefining the contours of rock, no less.
(Pop News, France)

A quintessential New York amalgam, guided by a fluttery art-jazz shimmer, a minimalist aesthetic, a grab bag of post-punk grooves and those disjunctive melodies currently turning the underground into a 12-tone headlock… a mix of circular rhythms and Graceland-gone-avant cheer (The Village Voice, US)

A dense, challenging listen, one that’s grounded in reality and ever so more compelling as a result of it. (Pop Matters, US)

"People" is beauty without perfection. This album is a masterpiece. A powerful and already seminal sonic maelstrom which alludes to the dissonances of Schoenberg, the rhythmic passion of Fela Kuti, the shadow of Can, the acoustic introspections of John Fahey, and a spirit shared with Animal Collective (…) … an amazing stage presence and passionate live presentation of their music… (Magic, France)

A unique event with THE REAL TUESDAY WELD & GLEN DUNCAN

A unique event with THE REAL TUESDAY WELD & GLEN DUNCAN

Musician and writer join forces for multimedia in-store at Rough Trade East, London.

There are not many in-store events that incorporate live music, reading & a screening... but this Real Tuesday Weld event is quite unique. Join Stephen Coates and GG McEwan of The Real Tuesday Weld and author Glen Duncan for a special one off audio visual performance of music and readings from Duncan's novel The Last Werewolf and the band's soundtrack to the book to mark the release of the album on Crammed Discs and the publication of the UK paperback.
 
Rough Trade East In-store: THE REAL TUESDAY WELD / GLEN DUNCAN
Monday 3rd October, 7pm.

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD album "The Last Werewolf"
takes Glen Duncan's novel as the backdrop for a widescreen emotional cabaret tailor-made for the I tunes generation. For the album is both a high-concept soundtrack plus a diverse playlist for the eclectic of ear and heart, all held within the band's own genre Antique Beat. The book's themes of violence, friendship, transformation, London, love and betrayal are recast as a suite of songs bound together by voices and readings from the text.

As ever with an album by THE REAL TUESDAY WELD, individual tracks cover a spectrum of styles from thirties ballads and torch songs through gypsy jazz and electro-swing to minimalist electronica. A range of influences including Gainsbourg, Chopin, Django Reinhardt, Cole Porter, Springsteen, Barry Adamson and Tom Waits hover ghostlike over the story as it unfolds.

Stop press: the movie rights to Glen Duncan's novel 'The Last Werewolf' have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott!

"Songs For The Last Werewolf" will be released by Crammed Discs on October 3rd as a deluxe 20 page hardcover CD book including extracts from the novel, lyrics and original illustrations by Catherine Anyango.

Coming soon, an animation video clip for "Me & Mr Wolf" by George Fort for Giant Squid Eye Productions. Have a look at the stills:

BALOJI joins the Crammed roster

BALOJI joins the Crammed roster

"Kinshasa Succursale", the latest opus by the Belgo-Congolese artist, will soon be released worldwide by Crammed.
The album features contributions from some of the finest musicians from the capital of the DRC, including  KONONO No 1 & Zaïko Langa-Langa, as well as three brand-new remixes.

BALOJI has just returned from his whilrwind tour of the United States & Canada, where he was featured as Artist of the Week on MTV IGGY.

Crammed Discs 30th Anniversary Sale !

Crammed Discs 30th Anniversary Sale !

To celebrate our 30 years we have a special offer for you: We have chosen some prime examples from our 30 years of quality music and are offering them to you at 30% off!
That's right, we are marking down your favorites (by 30% or more!) such as:

AKRON/FAMILY - "SET 'EM WILD, SET 'EM FREE"
ALLA - "ES TIEMPO" 
APOLLO NOVE - "RES INEXPLICATA VOLANS"

BALKAN BEAT BOX - “NU MED”  
CHICHA LIBRE - "SONIDO AMAZONICO!"
CIBELLE - "THE SHINE OF DRIED ELECTRIC LEAVES”
CIBELLE - “CIBELLE”
CELSO FONSECA - “NATURAL”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “BEBEL GILBERTO”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “TANTO TEMPO”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “TANTO TEMPO REMIXES”
BEBEL GILBERTO “REMIXED”
COLIN NEWMAN - “COMMERCIAL SUICIDE” 
JURYMAN - "THE HILL"
KOCANI ORKESTAR - “ALONE AT MY WEDDING”
KONONO N°1 - “CONGOTRONICS”
LONELY DRIFTER KAREN - “GRASS IS SINGING” 
MEGAFAUN - "GATHER, FORM & FLY"
MOCKY - "SASKAMODIE"
MINIMAL COMPACT - “DEADLY WEAPONS”
SHANTEL - “DISKO PARTIZANI”
SHANTEL - “PLANET PAPRIKA” 
SNOOZE - "THE MAN IN THE SHADOW"
SUBA - “SAO PAULO CONFESSIONS”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “BAND OF GYPSIES”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “DUMBALA DUMBA”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - "HONOURABLE BRIGANDS"
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “MUSIQUE DES TZIGANES” 
TEK 9 - "SIMPLY"
TRIO MOCOTO - “SAMBA ROCK”
TUXEDOMOON - “DESIRE”
TUXEDOMOON - “HALF-MUTE” 
U-CEF - "HALALWOOD"
ZAP MAMA - “SABSYLMA”
ZAP MAMA - “ZAP MAMA”
ZEEP - "PEOPLE & THINGS"
&
ZUCO 103 “OUTRO LADO”

These discs are available for a limited time at this special price. As an added bonus, if you buy 2 of these albums, we will offer you your choice one of the first two "Mr Crammed" albums, from our new series of compilations which explores the gems of our back catalogue:

Crammed Walks With The Animals - A visit to songs and artists that feature our furry (and not so) friends
Crammed Goes To The Movies - Tracks written for or inspired by films.

Plus:

Order 5 discs and receive both compilations!
That makes for a lot of quality music as autumn approaches !

Enjoy the sounds and best wishes,
Crammed Discs

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