Tuesday, 10 July 2012

News Pieces for The Quietus

All of these have originally been published on TheQuietus
Stealing Sheep have recorded an Obscenic session for their single 'Shut Eye', which debuted in May in a Hollyoaks advert. The session features the band accompanied by a crowd of instrument-laden fans/friends/trumpeteers singing and dancing in a courtyard.
The Liverpudlian three-piece met in a shop where vocalist Becky was working at the time, and after swapping records and talking about music for a few months, started the band. After starting to write together in 2010, and releasing a 'mini-album' late last year called Noah and the Paper Moon, the band are working on their as-yet-untitled album, due later this year.
The session is accompanied by the announcement of a live show at Kazimier Garden Gathering in Liverpool. The Gathering will also feature live performances from White Bicycles and By The Sea. Tickets for the event cost £5 and are available on the day.

Girls frontman Christopher Owens took to twitter yesterday to announce that he's leaving the band.
In a series of three tweets from his personal account, Owens said "This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely - Christopher"Owens hasn't since tweeted anything else as far as an explanation, but in previous interviews has been vocal about his addiction to heavy opiates, and his struggle to kick the habit. The band’s latest album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, is cited by Christopher as a documentation of his ongoing addiction, and he claims that "drugs fuel the music he makes and allow him to pinpoint an emotion."
Owens and Chet "JR" White formed Girls in 2007, and have since released two critically acclaimed albums and an EP. Whilst Christopher’s departure effectively spells the end for Girls, Chris’ promises to continue writing and recording have comforted fans.
The announcement comes just after Girls played their biggest UK show to date, London's HMV Forum in May
Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, is one of many people to come forward in support of Frank Ocean after opening up about his sexuality.
After posting his extremely personal open letter on his tumblr this morning, Frank Ocean has been widely talked about on just about every social media platform going. The letter detailed his first love with a man, and while it wasn't a direct admission that he's gay, it suggests that he might be bisexual. Many people, including his bandmate Tyler, the Creator and his mum, have tweeted in support of him and his bravery. Most recently, Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons has released a lengthy statement in admiration of Frank.
Writing on The Global Grind, Simmons said "This is a big day for hip-hop. It's a day that will define who we really are." The full statement reads:
"Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These type of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.
His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.
Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you."
On the 4th of July, Secret Cinema will be bringing their newly revamped film club showcasing mystery films to London, in association with ATP.
Secret Screenings is a new film club from the creators of Secret Cinema, and the idea is much the same. Buy tickets to see a mystery film in a mystery location, turn up and enjoy. This time round, ticket-holders have been asked to bring a vinyl or a cassette to give to a stranger, and promised unforgettable surprises on the night.
Intending to bring back "a sense of community, discovery and collective experience" to the cinema-goers at the former Picture Palace, Secret Screening tickets are still available from their website Discounted tickets are available for all South African and American residents, providing they can prove their nationality... does this give a hint as to the theme eh eh eh?
In an interview with BBC 6music, The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne has discussed the key moments in his career, and how he feels "addicted" to his music.
Coyne likens his addiction to his art to that of a drug addiction, saying "My mind is actually addicted to my art and my music. If I'm away for it for too long, I do have a reaction to it, a little bit like a drug addict." The singer then goes on to talk about his experience seeing The Who play live, and how that made him want to make music, claiming "I walked out of The Who concert utterly changed." Coyne also talks about his admiration for Yoko Ono, who features on The Flaming Lip's new album. "She's intense, she still runs the world like she's 35 years old, it's her deal!" Coyne said. "I can say for sure, this idea about Yoko Ono being this entity, like she's pure, it's about love, it's about music and being creative - it's true!"The band have just released a collaborative album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring guest spots from bands such as Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Nick Cave and Ke$ha. The album was released as a limited-run vinyl for Record Store Day, and contained the blood of some of the collaborators.

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