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Slumberland Records set to release Black Tambourine anthology

January 30th, 2010

Though they only released a handful of songs their two-year lifetime, Black Tambourine has been hugely influential in the world of indie music. Conceived of as an explicitly pop band at a time when such bands were pretty rare in America, Black Tambourine wore their influences on their sleeves: The Jesus & Mary Chain, of course, but also folks like Phil Spector, Smokey Robinson, Love, The Ramones, Shop Assistants, The Pastels, 14 Iced Bears, Orange Juice and the list goes on… The band’s dark, dreamy sound was consonant with the shoegaze sounds of the day, but the classic 60s-influenced songwriting gives their tunes a timeless appeal. Formed in 1989 as a side project by members of Whorl and Velocity Girl, they soon recruited their mate Pam Berry as vocalist and released their first song, quixotically an instrumental, on Slumberland’s very first release. Two singles followed, along with a pair of compilation contributions. Alas, other obligations became more pressing and the band called it a day in 1991.

Though their recorded output was quite limited, the music has continued to inspire indie, punk and indie-pop bands down the years. As the band’s twentieth anniversary arrives, just about any review of or article about a noisy pop band drops their name, and their influence on bands as diverse as Vivian Girls, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Wavves and countless others is continuing proof of Black Tambourine’s

legendary status in indie music. Interestingly, it would appear that 2010 is the year for Black Tambourine!

Black Tambourine gathers up all of the songs released by Black Tambourine, and handily trumps 1999’s Complete Recordings reissue by including six previously unreleased tunes. Songs like “Black Car,” “We Can’t Be Friends” and “Throw Aggi Off The Bridge” are foundation documents of indie-pop and sound as fresh today as when they were recorded twenty years ago. And while classics like “Pack You Up” and “Drown” can stand on

their own just fine, the band has taken the rather unexpected step of reuniting to record four new songs exclusively for this compilation. Consisting of two originals and two covers (of songs by Buddy Holly and Suicide), these recordings include all of the original members and are quite true to the Black Tambourine spirit. The songs themselves are tunes that the band played back in the day and never got to record, so these added tracks truly round out the Black Tambourine picture and make this a very special release indeed.

The words “essential” and “seminal” are thrown around a lot when talking about reissues, but this is one case where those adjectives are truly earned. Presented in a deluxe remastered edition, expanded to include four new songs and two early demos, and on 12″ vinyl for the first time, Black Tambourine looks slated to be one of the crucial releases of 2010.

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow announces new EP and Spring tour dates

January 19th, 2010

The recording sessions for ‘Ashes Grammar’ stretched across 6 months and were fraught with all kinds of disaster. But they were also incredibly productive. After the album’s completion, a good number of extra songs were put on the shelf for a while as the core trio of Ben Daniels, Annie Fredrickson and Josh Meakim reclaimed their lives. Not long after, Ben was laid off from his job and his afternoons were spent recording new music in the West Philly mansion where he was house sitting. Josh and Annie would come over often to record and hang out. Friendships were cemented. The first results of this wonderful time in ASDIG history are heard on the ‘Nitetime Rainbows’ EP; an album of some of their brightest sounding songs to date. These are the sounds of a band falling in love, a band having fun.

Fresh off the success of ‘Ashes Grammar’, which was listed at #42 on Pitchfork‘s Top 50 of 2009 year end list and their fall tour, the band looks ahead to a promising 2010. Ben, Annie, and Josh were joined by band newcomers Jen Goma, Adam Herndon and Ryan Newmyer during their fall tour and will continue touring across North America and Europe throughout the spring. 2010 will also mark the band’s debut at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX in March.

Stream ‘Nightime rainbows’

2/26 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

2/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox

3/01 – Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon

3/02 – Champaign, IL – Mike N’ Molly’s

3/03 – Chicago, IL – Schubas

3/04 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

3/05 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive

3/08 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club

3/09 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project

3/10 – Portland, OR – Holocene

3/11 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

3/14 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

3/17 – 3/21 Austin, TX SXSW

3/23 – New Orleans, LA – TBA

3/24 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s *

3/25 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree *

3/26 – Nashville, TN – The End *

3/27 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor *

3/28 – Washington, DC – DC9

3/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House

3/31 – Boston, MA – Great Scott

4/01 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

4/02 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison

4/03 – Montreal, QC – The Green Room

4/08 – Paris, Faites Danser Les Garcons @ Point Ephemere

4/24 – Amsterdam, Paradiso

4/29 – Dijon, Kill Your Pop Festival

5/03 – Prague, Klub 007

5/12 – Brussels , Les Nuits Botanique Festival

5/15 – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazys

5/17 – Galway, Roisin Dubh

5/18 – Dublin, Whelans

5/19 – Liverpool, Sound City Festival

5/20 РLondon, Luminaire 

* = w/ Japandroids