April 27, 2006

Scott Walker e-mail

4AD has launched a microsite which aims to introduce listeners to the unique world of Scott Walker's astonishing new album The Drift.

The site features - amongst other things - all the lyrics from the record, an essay and Scott Walker timeline written by Ian Penman, portaits of Scott, and the video for "Jesse", which was created by Graham Wood of Tomato.

* The site can be found at : http://www.the-drift.net/

Scott was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row, and the feature was broadcast on Wednesday 26th April. If you missed the show, you can hear it by using the "Listen Again" feature on the BBC website.

* The Front Row homepage is here :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/index.shtml

Finally, you might be interested in reading Chris Campion's five star review of The Drift, which appeared in the Observer Music Monthy last Sunday. Chris described the album as "absolutely compelling".

* The full text of the review is at :
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/10bestcds/story/0,,1756929,00.html

The Drift is released next month.

Thanks for listening !

February 22, 2006

Barbara Carlotti signs to 4AD?

Word is spreading that french chanteuse Barbara Carlotti has signed to 4AD - which seems to come from various french online publications.

An album is planned for an April 2006 release, although no information was forthcoming from 4AD.

February 18, 2006

Kristin Hersh news update - new solo album, Works in Progress 5 announced.

an excerpt from Kristin's current e-mail out.

"We've begun a new series of Works In Progress (#5). This one consists of my bedroom demos from 50FOOTWAVE's first year. These are the songs I was writing for Bernard and our still-unknown new drummer (I can't imagine not knowing Rob). We were living out in the desert at the time and I would record whatever I was doing on solo-electric guitar and send them mp3s every couple of days -- it was like sending messages to Earth from outer space. You can subscribe to the series (one new song every month for a year) here.

Slightly less commercial announcement: I've just finished recording my new solo record (tentatively titled "Fireworks"). I am genuinely excited about the "sound picture" that was created in this session. Dave Narcizo played drums (he really, really, REALLY played drums-he is still Super Dave) and The McCarricks flew in from London to play some beautiful, strange, and moving string parts.

In general, the sounds on this record are unusual and striking, though the songs feel immediate. We have rough mixes we've been listening to and we just can't get over how much better it is than the sum of it's parts. It's such a nice surprise when something accidental and great happens. Now it goes off to 2 time Grammy winner and my best pal -- the hilarious Trina Shoemaker -- for mixing in Nashville in March and should be ready for release in plenty of time for September 2006."

TV On The Radio launch new website

TV On The Radio have just launched their brand new website - although there's nothing on there, other than a strange cartoon animation, complete with backing track, of a character throwing what appears to be a cookie, onto a larger pile of cookies.

Answers on a postcard, please to the usual address!

February 06, 2006

The Wolfgang Press, Mass and Rema-Rema get released in the US.

If you are lucky enough to live in the US, and have a good local record store nearby, you may get lucky, and see copies of 'The Burden Of Mules', 'Labour Of Love' and 'Wheel In The Roses' in-store now.

All three 4AD releases received a low-key US release, after being mail order only, via 4AD's own service.

'Labour Of Love' also features brand new cover art - which can be previewed here.

Michael Allen Interview

Michael Allen (formerly of The Wolfgang Press) talks to Todd E Jones at Music Remedy.

T.JONES: “How do you feel about 4AD as a label?”
MICHAEL ALLEN: “As a label, I think there are few to rival it. Ivo was very clear and resolute in his beliefs. His desire and passion to create something special and unique with every release, was remarkable.”

To read the full interview, visit here

Geniuser's Official Web Presence can be found here, and includes an update about new Geniuser music from Michael, on the newspage, which can be found here.

January 23, 2006

Scott Walker releases 'The Drift' in May

We've been asleep, sorry about the lack of updates - but on waking up from our hibernation period, have found this snippet of exciting news for 2006!

4AD is delighted to announce that Scott Walker has completed work on his first album for the label.

The long-awaited new album - called "The Drift" - will be Scott's first since the ground-breaking "Tilt" was released in 1995.

4AD will release the album worldwide in May. The exact date will be announced shortly.

A documentary film about Scott's music - including the making of "The Drift" - is being made by the New York-based director Stephen Kijak. Titled "30 Century Man", it will also be released in 2006.

November 15, 2005

Cocteau Twins US Box Set Release Date Change.

News reaches us of a release date change for the Cocteau Twins Box Set, due for release next Tuesday, but only in the US.

No reason is given, other than the release date has changed to December 6th in the US, and orders via Amazon.com "might want to make other provisions" - which sounds to us like Amazon wont be mailing out any CD's.

On checking the ADA website (4AD's distributor in the US), there's no mention of the Box Set, which leads us to put two and two together, and come to the conclusion that maybe 4AD are going through the Direct Sales in the Beggars USA office, who deal with key stores throughout the US.

Everywhere else in the world, the release date remains the 21st/22nd November.

November 08, 2005

Pre-Ordering at 4AD.com

It appears you are now able to pre-order items from the 4AD Shop, up-front of the item's release date - so we thought we'd help out, and add some links for forthcoming releases.

4AD 25th Anniversary Compilation

http://www.4ad.com/releases/1980-forward/

The Wolfgang Press - Burden Of Mules

http://www.4ad.com/releases/the-burden-of-mules-2/

Cocteau Twins - Lullabies To Violaine

http://www.4ad.com/releases/lullabies-to-violaine/

Mass - Labour Of Love

http://www.4ad.com/releases/labour-of-love-0/

We're still not quite sure what to make of the Mass cover.

4AD on the 'Phone

News has just reached us, via a post at the 4AD forums, of the phone promotion, previously hinted at on an earlier post.

"4AD with Juice Mobile Entertainment has also created a unique mobile experience to celebrate the label's 25th anniversary.

The anniversary bundle will give members access to an exclusive mobile site with news, biographies and classic images of 4AD artists, reviews of the gigs, and much more. The bundle will retail at £3.00 and includes free mobile downloads from the site - audio, images, and video material that will be available to all fans. Additional material for downloads will also be on offer with previously unavailable realtones from the likes of the Cocteau Twins.

This pocket guide will give you news, exclusive competitions to win tickets to the shows, event info & more to celebrate 25 years of 4AD. Access to the site will only run for the duration of the anniversary – so sign up now by texting 4AD to 80876 to hear as soon as the service is live..!"

Now, while this sounds interesting, there's no further information about exactly what will be provided. If it's good enough for the kids of today, well, it's good enough for us at 4AD blog towers! However, on closer inspection, it seems this deal is available for UK residents only.

November 05, 2005

BBC 6 Music Celebrates 25 Years of 4AD

Starting on 17 November, there will be a series of live performances spread over 10 nights from a selection of 4AD classic artists.

Highlights include: TV On The Radio playing their only UK show of the year at London's Scala; The Breeders, performing in the beautiful surroundings of Blackheath Halls; Kristin Hersh playing two contrasting shows; and appearances by artists new to the label which are yet to be announced. Tickets for all shows are on sale now plus you can enter to win tickets to all the concerts here.


Win tickets to 4AD concerts
You could win tickets to concerts by the following 4AD artists:TV On The Radio, Minotaur Shock, Magnetophone, The Breeders, Robin Guthrie and more.
Win tickets to 4AD concerts

4AD classic album covers
Over the past 25 years 4AD have been responsible for some classic album covers, here's a selection to refresh your memory.
View the album cover gallery

4AD On 6 Music
Take a look at the On-Air schedule that we have planned for 6 Music's celebration of all things 4AD.
On-Air schedule for 1980 Forward

Gideon Coe (Weekdays 1000 - 1300)

Each day Gidoen will be welcoming guests from the 4AD roster to play live in the studio. They will include:

21 Nov - TV On The Radio
22 Nov - Kristin Hersh
23 Nov - The Mountain Goats
24 Nov - Mojave 3
25 Nov - Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters)

Steve Lamacq (Weekdays 1600 - 1900)

Steve Lamacq will be speaking to a former member of Modern English in his feature REMEMBER ME and his NEW FAVOURITE BAND of the week will be a tremendous new act from 4AD.

Tom Robinson 's Evening Sequence
(Mon - Thu 1900 - 2130)

Tom Robinson will be featuring more experimental and new acts from the current roster of 4AD. Bands currently in line to play live on the show include Blonde Redhead and new act Celebration.

Marc Riley's Rocket Science
(Sat 1300 - 1600)

Marc Riley will be featuring some exclusive brand new Breeders session tracks in his Saturday show.

Andrew Collins (Sun 1400 - 1700)

Andrew Collins will welcome into the studio a 4AD guest for his In Your Own Time slot.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/events/1980/

November 02, 2005

A New 4AD Site, let the celebrations begin!

After months of teasing, knowing a new site was imminent from 4AD, mid-way through the 1st November, 2005, 4AD unleashed their new site for the world to see.

Gone are the old black and green colour schemes, and in it's place comes white, plain text, and a navigation wheel, as well as a discography, and artist sections which include images and ephemera sections, that fans are encouraged to contribute to.

Over here at 4AD blog towers, we've also heard whispers of a mobile phone promotion happening, although there's no mention of it on the 4AD site at the moment. Here's hoping there's more news to come very soon.

On the 1st November, an official launch night was held to celebrate the start of the 25th anniversary, as well as the launch of the new website. People attending the launch were lucky enough to get the chance to try some 4AD themed cocktails, and listen to music the label has released over the last 25 years. No further information is available about the night, whether any 4AD bands played.

To commemorate the launch of the new site, 4AD has produced some 25th Anniversary promotional items. There is a flyer, based on a similar wheel style to that on the new site, which contains information for the various shows. There are promotional stickers, and postcards, also bearing all the dates. We've been told to expect more promotional items to come, although no further information was forthcoming.

Vaughan Oliver has a new v23 book coming out in time for the shows. The book consists of posters made for the label, and will be sold at all the 4AD shows. Saturday 19th, it has been announced that Vaughan will be available to personally sign copies of the book, from 6pm until 7pm. This is only at the Blackheath venue, which is also housing a v23 Exhibition, which is open all hours for people to visit.

October 29, 2005

Karma Downloads Celebrate 25 Years Of 4AD

If you go to http://www.karmadownload.com/static/?4ad you'll find a 25th Celebration page, dedicated to 4AD.

There's also a competition to win tickets to see TV On The Radio, the first date of the 25th celebrations, in London.

In addition, there's some 4AD related playlists, coming from John Fryer, Minotaur Shock and Simon Raymonde.