My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out May 1 April 20th 2015 By Aaron

My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out May 1

On May 1st, My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album (5th on spunk), The Waterfall. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY nominated CircuitalMy Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster were in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities. “For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.

Surfer Blood return with 1000 Palms April 17th 2015 By Aaron

Surfer Blood return with 1000 Palms

Surfer Blood are pleased to announce their return to the Spunk Records family, for the release of new album 1000 Palms on May 8th.
To celebrate the announcement and to provide a preview of what to expect on their third full-length, the band unveil lead single ‘I Can’t Explain’.
“I Can’t Explain is one of our most collaborative efforts to date,” explains frontman John Paul Pitts. “The hook just came to us one day in the practice space and we wrote the rest of the song around it.  The lyrics (by Kevin Williams) tell the story of a romantic encounter on a New Year’s Eve past and build slowly with the rest of the song.  I’ve always been keen on a long instrumental outro, so this seemed like the perfect spot for a long, jammy guitar section – a place for us to get some Yo La Tengo/Built to Spill guitar fetishizing out of our system.”
The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favours, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.
Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month April 6th 2015 By Aaron

Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years; with brand new record Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs, Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound young songwriters. First single is the beautiful call the days https://soundcloud.com/spunkrecords/nadia-reid-call-the-days  With Nadia’s youth spent in the company of the folk clubs and indie scene of Dunedin and Christchurch, Reid connected with the pre-and-post-quake Christchurch music milieu and quickly garnered a reputation among her peers for her penetrating songs belying her young age.  Now with Listen to Formation, Reid has a philosophical maturity that reflects on love and life’s blazes with a measure of intricacy and courage within the melancholy. The Music just gave the album 4 stars and said ‘just listen and lose yourself in it, for it is often glorious’. Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs is out now on CD and Digitally.
You can buy for $10 from http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/nadia-reid-listen-to-formation-look-for-the-signs-cd
Nadia’s next run of shows are in New Zealand. She performs May 6 in Auckland @ Golden Dawn, May 8 in Christchurch @ Darkroom and May 10 in Dunedin @ New Edinburgh.

 

Calexico’s ‘Edge Of The Sun’ out now April 4th 2015 By Aaron

Calexico’s ‘Edge Of The Sun’ out now

Calexico’s new record Edge of the Sun is out now. After writing the album in Mexico City, the band  returned to Tucson to record at Wavelab Studios where Joey, John, Calexico’s own Sergio Mendoza and Craig Schumacher produced the album. This is the most collaborative work in the band’s history, with guest musicians ranging from Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) to Gaby Moreno and members of the Greek instrumental group Takim. Here is the song “Cumbia de Donde,” which features Carla Morrison. Link to buy CD below too.  https://soundcloud.com/casadecalexico/cumbia-de-donde/s-AnZfQ http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/calexico-edge-of-the-sun-cd-plus-free-copy-spiritoso-live-cd

Yumi Zouma EP 1 & 2 out now March 26th 2015 By Aaron

Yumi Zouma EP 1 & 2 out now

Following the release of their ‘Catastrophe‘ video, Yumi Zouma now share new single ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen‘. Lush and endearing, ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen’ is one of the few Yumi songs that started before the band ever released music in a public way, but was completed after their debut EP was unveiled last year. Zoe, the track’s protagonist, was Charlie Ryder’s (from Yumi Zouma) date to the 7th form ball. ‘Song For Zoe & Gwen’ is taken from Yumi Zouma’s forthcoming EP II, out now via Cascine. The single reached #1 on the Hype Machine chart overnight, adding to the buzz that has been circulating Yumi Zouma this past year. The group showcased their new EP at a number of SXSW showcases. Stay tuned for local tour plans.

Bill Callahan May tour March 23rd 2015 By Aaron

Bill Callahan May tour

On his last visit to Australia Bill Callahan performed at a ski resort atop a mountain in Victoria. He also appeared at Sydney Festival.  This time however, Bill C. has swapped the great Australian outdoors for the great Australian indoors and will perform three exclusive east coast shows: Tuesday 26th May at Melbourne’s Hamer Halland Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May for Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House. Four dudes, one harmonica, two electric guitars, one glitter-painted bass, barely half a drum kit and six lights is all it took to conquer the behemoth of a room transforming it into a gig with the cosiness of a chamber music recital. Review – Royal Festival Hall, London 2014. In the years between Australian visits Callahan has released two albums proper, including the acclaimed Dream River featuring the Australian alternative radio hits Javelin Unlanding and Small Plane. Elsewhere Dream River kicked goals too landing at no.44 on the UK mainstream charts and picking up a five star review and the album of the year gong by influential English mag Mojo.

MARCH TOURS; Mogwai, Stephen Malkmus, Shovels & Rope, Sun Kil Moon, Felice Brothers, Tiny Ruins February 24th 2015 By Aaron

MARCH TOURS; Mogwai, Stephen Malkmus, Shovels & Rope, Sun Kil Moon, Felice Brothers, Tiny Ruins

In what is shaping up to be our busiest month of the year, we have no less than seven artists touring this month. First to land is; MOGWAI who have shows across the country as well as Perth & Adelaide festivals. Full dates www.feelpresents.com  Next up is; STEPHEN MALKMUS who brings his Wig Out At Jagbags record to every major city and New Zealand. Dates www.lovepolice.com.au THE FELICE BROTHERS are touring with close friend CONOR OBERST and doing a few shows on there own (www.lovepolice.com.au). SHOVELS & ROPE are coming to Australia for the first time. Recent performers on Letterman check out the tour dates  www.livenation.com.au/artists/shovels-and-rope TINY RUINS is supporting SHARON VAN ETTEN starting thursday at the Perth Festival. They head to BNE, MEL and SYD as well. (details www.mistletone.net) SUN KIL MOON brings the incredible benji album to Australia for a run of shows. more details www.lovepolice.com.au  Also performing in March is; ALDOUS HARDING at Golden Plains and NADIA REID in Melbourne. March 31 we leave for the Caribbean! shovelsandrope

SYDNEY FESTIVAL – Alela Diane, Jessica Pratt, Tiny Ruins, Firekites & Aldous Harding January 1st 2015 By Aaron

SYDNEY FESTIVAL – Alela Diane, Jessica Pratt, Tiny Ruins, Firekites & Aldous Harding

Sydney Festival kicks off in a few days time. It’s always an exciting time to be in Sydney. Spunk has a whole host of artists on the bill this year. Alela Diane performs at the City Recital Hall on Thursday the 8th; Jessica Pratt at the Spiegeltent on Saturday the 10th, Aldous Harding supports Anna Von Hausswolff at the Town Hall on Sunday the 11th, Tiny Ruins at the Spiegeltent on Friday the 16th and finally Firekites on Wed the 21st. We are going to need some sleep after this!! Tickets are available from www.sydneyfestival.org.au