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Video of the Day: Soil and Pimp Sessions

It’s time to get your dancing shoes on as Soil and Pimp Sessions bring their unique brand of “death jazz” from Tokyo to Birmingham.

The Japanese six-piece showcase their energetic stage show at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath tonight, courtesy of Leftfoot and Birmingham Jazz.

Soil and Pimp Sessions originated out of combining jazz jams with DJ sets on Tokyo’s club scene and have since gone on to enjoy critical and commercial success, signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label in the UK.

Check them out below rocking a huge crowd at the Fujirock festival in 2007. Then imagine that energy transferred to the intimate surrounds of the Hare & Hounds and you know you’re in for a pretty special, and no doubt sweaty, night.

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Kelis heads for Digbeth

Milkshakin’ pop sensation Kelis has announced details of an autumn appearance in Birmingham.

The R n B star, behind hits including Milkshake and the recent remix-friendly smash Acapella, will appear at the as-yet-unopened HMV Institute in Digbeth on October 5.

The date has been added to just a handful of UK appearances, which so far include London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on October 1, the Warehouse Project in Manchester on October 2 and Glasgow’s ABC on October 4.

The tour follows on from a successful Glastonbury appearance in the packed out dance tent and will include hits from latest album Flesh Tone along with other favourites.

The 30-year-old New Yorker first shot to prominence in 1999 with the top five single Caught Out There, going on to win BRIT, NME and Q awards and later winning a Grammy-nomination for Milkshake.

Tickets for the Birmingham show are £20 and on sale now from here.

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Video of the Day: Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors have made a career from baffling musical commentators with their genre defying and, at times, baffling approach to record making.

But the results often speak for themselves, no more so than on today’s Video of the Day, the unusually accessible Stillness is the Move.

The track has been re-released this week on 7ins vinyl and boasts a hip-hop beat and cutesie, melodic vocal.

The video itself, directed by Matthew Lessner, is a typically flighty affair, all folksie outfits and some gorgeous scene shots set in Mount Equinox, Vermont, with some cameos from a few llamas and huskies.

Stillness is the Move, originally available to download last year, is taken from their acclaimed 2009 album Bitte Orca, which figured highly in Brum Notes Magazine’s list of the albums of the year.

You can buy the 7ins version direct from Domino records here.

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Vampire Weekend announce show in Wolves

Vampire Weekend have announced details of a nationwide tour, including an appearance at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.

The New York indie sensations will bring their distinctive blend of accessible melodies and worldly rhythms to the North Street venue on November 26, as part of only a handful of shows in this country.

The band, whose second album Contra reached number three in the UK charts on its release in January and topped the indie charts, are currently facing a reported $2 billion dollar lawsuit from the cover star of the record.

The  full tour dates are:

25th November – Blackpool Empress Ballroom Arena

26th November – Wolverhampton Civic Hall

28th November – Edinburgh Corn Exchange

29th November – Sheffield O2 Academy

1st December  – Brighton Centre

2nd December –  London Alexandra Palace

Tickets go on general sale Friday 23rd July at 9am and can be found here.

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend, who last night closed the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, will release a new single White Sky on August 16, taken from Contra.

V A M P I R E   W E E K E N D

2010 UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Vampire Weekend are please to announce a new UK headline tour. The six date tour will feature the band’s biggest UK shows yet, including a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 2nd December. The full tour dates are:

25th November

Blackpool Empress Ballroom Arena

26th November

Wolverhampton Civic Hall

28th November

Edinburgh Corn Exchange

29th November

Sheffield O2 Academy

1st December

Brighton Centre

2nd December

London Alexandra Palace

Tickets go on general sale Friday 23rd July at 9am. Fans should check www.vampireweekend.com/tickets for more details

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend will release a new single ‘White Sky’ on 16th August, taken from the band’s hugely acclaimed second album ‘Contra’.

For press enquiries contact Jon Wilkinson at XL Recordings on 020 8875 6257 or [email protected]

www.vampireweekend.com

Track of the day: Marc Marzenit

With the Monday blues making the weekend seem like a distant memory, we thought we’d get all techno on you to help re-live those sweaty dancefloors with an epic free track.

Dance supremo John Digweed has released his latest compilation, Structures, a double sided offering of minimal tech house and progressive grooves.

You can grab a free taster of what it offers, with the nine minute Pete Heller remix of Marc Marzenit’s Unexpiritualized, a perfect example of the darker, laid back feel of side two of the album.

Amazon are offering the track to download for free here:

Unexpiritualized (Pete Heller Remix)

You can also buy the whole album for under seven quid here:
Structures

Listen to the full track:
Unexpiritualized (Pete Heller Remix) by Marc Marzenit

Track of the Day: Local Natives

Californian harmony-peddlers Local Natives and their dreamy, shimmering melodies are a perfect summer soundtrack.

But the eerie Sun Hands, taken from their debut album Gorilla Manor, has been given a dirty makeover by Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold fame, complete with deep basslines and a line-spitting contribution from rapper Aristotle Pop A Bottle.

You can download it for free below, courtesy of Rcrd Lbl. Like what you hear? then get on and buy their stunning debut album when you’re done listening to this.

Video of the Day: Everything Everything

As Latitude Festival gets into full swing, today’s video comes from Everything Everything, the Manchester exports set to provide one of the highlights of the whole festival tonight.

The genre-hopping, computer game obsessives are set to release their hotly-anticipated debut album Man Alive on Geffen on August 30, preceded by txt-spk titled single MY KZ, UR BF a week earlier.

The four-piece will headline the Lake Stage tonight as part of a busy summer of festivals, but for those of us not lucky enough to make it down to the Suffolk extravaganza, here’s a taster of what Everything Everything have to offer.

The video for MY KZ, UR BF is an unsurprisingly arty affair, with love troubles played out against a war-torn background, featuring Iraqi insurgents and “frozen time” effects for all you filmmaker enthusiasts out there. If you want to read more about the making of the video you can do that here.

Alternatively if you just want to watch it and have a good listen, just press play below. We caught up with Everything Everything as they went tent shopping ahead of their festival appearance. You can read the full interview in the August issue of Brum Notes Magazine, out on July 30.

Track of the Day: Chapel Club

In our ongoing quest to find you the hottest tracks available for free, today’s offering gives you the chance to get a taste of Chapel Club ahead of their hotly anticipated headline slot at the Off The Cuff Festival.

Chosen as the hottest record in the world right now by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens last night, The Shore is a dark, brooding explosion of emotion, blending The Smiths with Interpol.

It’s an epic six minute adventure and you can download it for free by signing up for the band’s mailing list at their official site, or filling in your email address below.

You can also read a full interview with them in this month’s issue.

Chapel Club headline the opening night of the Off The Cuff Festival taking place at The Flapper in Kingston Row, Birmingham, from July 23-25. Tickets, starting from £5 are available at www.wegottickets.com.

Track of the Day is aimed at showcasing the best music around while giving you the chance to download a free treat, with the intention that you then support the bands and artists you like by buying more of their records and paying to see them. So please do that, that would be lovely for everyone.

Video of the day: Melodica, Melody & Me

For anyone lucky enough to get tickets for Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic show at St Paul’s Church in Birmingham tonight, here’s a little taster to encourage you to get down there early.

Support on the night will come from Melody, Melodica and Me, who release their debut single Piece Me Back Together this week on Everybody’s Stalking.

You can watch the video for the

MELODICA, MELODY AND ME

Release their debut single, ‘Piece Me Back Together’ on Monday 12th July 2010 through Everybody’s Stalking and confirm lead support on Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic tour

The folkstepping six-piece have already toured with the likes of other oh-so-trendy nu-folkers  Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Mumford & Sons, and are the lead support on the current Bombay Bicycle Club tour.

Watch the video for Piece Me Back Together below:

Opening tonight’s show will be songstress Lucy Rose, who also provides backing vocals for Bombay Bicycle Club on the beautiful title track of their latest album, Flaws. See the video below:

Video of the day: Melodica, Melody & Me

For anyone lucky enough to get tickets for Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic show at St Paul’s Church in Birmingham tonight, here’s a little taster to encourage you to get down there early.

Support on the night will come from Melody, Melodica and Me, who release their debut single Piece Me Back Together this week on Everybody’s Stalking.

You can watch the video for the

MELODICA, MELODY AND ME

Release their debut single, ‘Piece Me Back Together’ on Monday 12th July 2010 through Everybody’s Stalking and confirm lead support on Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic tour

The folkstepping six-piece have already toured with the likes of other oh-so-trendy nu-folkers  Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Mumford & Sons, and are the lead support on the current Bombay Bicycle Club tour.

Watch the video for Piece Me Back Together below:

Opening tonight’s show will be songstress Lucy Rose, who also provides backing vocals for Bombay Bicycle Club on the beautiful title track of their latest album, Flaws. See the video below:

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