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A unique event with THE REAL TUESDAY WELD & GLEN DUNCAN

A unique event with THE REAL TUESDAY WELD & GLEN DUNCAN

Musician and writer join forces for multimedia in-store at Rough Trade East, London.

There are not many in-store events that incorporate live music, reading & a screening... but this Real Tuesday Weld event is quite unique. Join Stephen Coates and GG McEwan of The Real Tuesday Weld and author Glen Duncan for a special one off audio visual performance of music and readings from Duncan's novel The Last Werewolf and the band's soundtrack to the book to mark the release of the album on Crammed Discs and the publication of the UK paperback.
 
Rough Trade East In-store: THE REAL TUESDAY WELD / GLEN DUNCAN
Monday 3rd October, 7pm.

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD album "The Last Werewolf"
takes Glen Duncan's novel as the backdrop for a widescreen emotional cabaret tailor-made for the I tunes generation. For the album is both a high-concept soundtrack plus a diverse playlist for the eclectic of ear and heart, all held within the band's own genre Antique Beat. The book's themes of violence, friendship, transformation, London, love and betrayal are recast as a suite of songs bound together by voices and readings from the text.

As ever with an album by THE REAL TUESDAY WELD, individual tracks cover a spectrum of styles from thirties ballads and torch songs through gypsy jazz and electro-swing to minimalist electronica. A range of influences including Gainsbourg, Chopin, Django Reinhardt, Cole Porter, Springsteen, Barry Adamson and Tom Waits hover ghostlike over the story as it unfolds.

Stop press: the movie rights to Glen Duncan's novel 'The Last Werewolf' have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott!

"Songs For The Last Werewolf" will be released by Crammed Discs on October 3rd as a deluxe 20 page hardcover CD book including extracts from the novel, lyrics and original illustrations by Catherine Anyango.

Coming soon, an animation video clip for "Me & Mr Wolf" by George Fort for Giant Squid Eye Productions. Have a look at the stills:

BALOJI joins the Crammed roster

BALOJI joins the Crammed roster

"Kinshasa Succursale", the latest opus by the Belgo-Congolese artist, will soon be released worldwide by Crammed.
The album features contributions from some of the finest musicians from the capital of the DRC, including  KONONO No 1 & Zaïko Langa-Langa, as well as three brand-new remixes.

BALOJI has just returned from his whilrwind tour of the United States & Canada, where he was featured as Artist of the Week on MTV IGGY.

Crammed Discs 30th Anniversary Sale !

Crammed Discs 30th Anniversary Sale !

To celebrate our 30 years we have a special offer for you: We have chosen some prime examples from our 30 years of quality music and are offering them to you at 30% off!
That's right, we are marking down your favorites (by 30% or more!) such as:

AKRON/FAMILY - "SET 'EM WILD, SET 'EM FREE"
ALLA - "ES TIEMPO" 
APOLLO NOVE - "RES INEXPLICATA VOLANS"

BALKAN BEAT BOX - “NU MED”  
CHICHA LIBRE - "SONIDO AMAZONICO!"
CIBELLE - "THE SHINE OF DRIED ELECTRIC LEAVES”
CIBELLE - “CIBELLE”
CELSO FONSECA - “NATURAL”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “BEBEL GILBERTO”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “TANTO TEMPO”
BEBEL GILBERTO - “TANTO TEMPO REMIXES”
BEBEL GILBERTO “REMIXED”
COLIN NEWMAN - “COMMERCIAL SUICIDE” 
JURYMAN - "THE HILL"
KOCANI ORKESTAR - “ALONE AT MY WEDDING”
KONONO N°1 - “CONGOTRONICS”
LONELY DRIFTER KAREN - “GRASS IS SINGING” 
MEGAFAUN - "GATHER, FORM & FLY"
MOCKY - "SASKAMODIE"
MINIMAL COMPACT - “DEADLY WEAPONS”
SHANTEL - “DISKO PARTIZANI”
SHANTEL - “PLANET PAPRIKA” 
SNOOZE - "THE MAN IN THE SHADOW"
SUBA - “SAO PAULO CONFESSIONS”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “BAND OF GYPSIES”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “DUMBALA DUMBA”
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - "HONOURABLE BRIGANDS"
TARAF DE HAIDOUKS - “MUSIQUE DES TZIGANES” 
TEK 9 - "SIMPLY"
TRIO MOCOTO - “SAMBA ROCK”
TUXEDOMOON - “DESIRE”
TUXEDOMOON - “HALF-MUTE” 
U-CEF - "HALALWOOD"
ZAP MAMA - “SABSYLMA”
ZAP MAMA - “ZAP MAMA”
ZEEP - "PEOPLE & THINGS"
&
ZUCO 103 “OUTRO LADO”

These discs are available for a limited time at this special price. As an added bonus, if you buy 2 of these albums, we will offer you your choice one of the first two "Mr Crammed" albums, from our new series of compilations which explores the gems of our back catalogue:

Crammed Walks With The Animals - A visit to songs and artists that feature our furry (and not so) friends
Crammed Goes To The Movies - Tracks written for or inspired by films.

Plus:

Order 5 discs and receive both compilations!
That makes for a lot of quality music as autumn approaches !

Enjoy the sounds and best wishes,
Crammed Discs

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD single

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD single "Tear Us Apart" Premieres

The first video from the upcoming album "The Last Werewolf" is here at last!




Something worth writing home about!  A new stop-animation video to tease you about the upcoming Crammed Discs release "The Last Werewolf" by THE REAL TUESDAY WELD. This deluxe hardcover CD book includes extracts from the novel, lyrics, original illustrations by Catherine Anyango and bonus tracks. This 19 track hommage (soundtrack) to the best-selling book ("The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan) is available at the following site:

The Last Werewolf - The Real Tuesday Weld

Frightfully good.
MEGAFAUN Give Chills On New Single “STATE/MEANT” From New Album Out This Fall

MEGAFAUN Give Chills On New Single “STATE/MEANT” From New Album Out This Fall

Megafaun are giving away a free download of “State/Meant,” the new single from their forthcoming self-titled album.




On “State/Meant,” Megafaun reach new emotional depths blending ghostly harmonies, banjo and other traditional instruments with noise and electronics. Recorded entirely in just one afternoon, “State/Meant” transports listeners to another end of the near limitless sonic spectrum the band explored at April Base in Fall Creek, WI. Brad Cook explains, “This song was a passing thought that erupted into such a complete piece of music in an afternoon. This was the one song where we essentially added nothing after the first day of recording.”

Photographer: Graham Tolbert


(For download, please choose the arrow pointing down on the right of the Soundcloud interface.)

Maïa Vidal: Upcoming Release and Tour dates

Maïa Vidal: Upcoming Release and Tour dates

We are pleased to announce the addition of Maïa Vidal to our roster, her upcoming debut "God Is My Bike" and associated tour.
This young artist has charmed us with her songs and will surely charm you as well.
Her debut recording "God Is My Bike" Is an intimate look into the creative world of Ms Vidal. Composed and played mostly by her on instruments as diverse as the violin, accordion, guitar and toy piano, she has two notable guests, Giuliano Gius Cobelli on trumpet, and the guitarist that needs no introduction, Marc Ribot.

Please take the time to enter into this compelling musical world by attending one of these upcoming concerts:

July 24 - Felicia’s Atomic Lounge, Ithaca, New York , US
July 30 - Pianos, New York, New York, US
Aug 20 - Living Room, New York, New York, US
Sept 01 - Le Silo, Verneuil sur Avre (France)
Sept 14 - La Boule Noire, Paris (France)
Sept 24 - BAM Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
Oct 05 - Botanique, Brussels (Belgium)
Oct 07 - Festival Nördik Impakt, Caen (France)
Oct  08 - Teatro Municipal São Luiz, Lisbon (Portugal)
Nov 11 - Festival Rendez-vous Sonique, St Lo (France)
Dec 16 - La Gare, Maubec (France)

More info about Maia Vidal and her album "God is my Bike" here

Congotronics vs Rockers Tour = 30 day discount at 30%

Congotronics vs Rockers Tour = 30 day discount at 30%

30% discount on selected Congotronics CDs & LPs ! Only until July 30th!
We here at Crammed Discs have gone completely crazy about Congotronics vs Rockers! This amazing project bringing together members from Konono No1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Skeletons and Hoquets (for four of the concerts), is how we choose to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

We are so absorbed in the tantalising sounds coming out of the rehearsals and concerts that we think it is a good idea to share the "roots" of this project, by offering a special discount during the Congotronics vs Rockers tour.

30/06/2011 NL Utrecht Le Guess Who
02/07/2011 DK Roskilde Roskilde Festival
03/07/2011 DE Berlin HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)
06/07/2011 FR Metz Place de la Republique
09/07/2011 FR Paris Cafe de la Danse
12/07/2011 GB London The Barbican
14/07/2011 ES Benicassim Fib
17/07/2011 FR Carhaix Les Vieilles Charrues
21/07/2011 CH Nyon Paleo Festival
23/07/2011 PT Sines Festival Musicas do Mundo
30/07/2011 JP Yuzawa-machi Fuji Rock Festival

So from the 30th of June to the 30th of July, we are offering a 30% discount on the following releases from our Congotronics Series:

 Konono N°1 - Congotronics - The disc that started it all!
  Konono N°1 - Live at Couleur Café
  Konono N°1 - Assume Crash Position

 Kasai Allstars - In The In The 7th Moon...

 Congotronics 2 - Buzz'nRumble in the Urb'n'Jungle

 Tradi-mods vs Rockers - Alternative takes on Congotronics

& last but not at all least The Congotronics Vinyl Box Set

And to make the cake even sweeter, we will trow in a free Congotronics vs Rockers pin if you order 3 or more discs!

Our present to you!
Hope to see you at one of the concerts and happy listening!

MEGAFAUN: Free single off the forthcoming album!

MEGAFAUN: Free single off the forthcoming album!

MEGAFAUN is back and better than ever ! New Album, New Tour.




This September, Crammed Discs will release 'Megafaun,' the self-titled follow-up to MEGAFAUN's critically acclaimed, 'Gather, Form & Fly,' which Pitchfork called "ingeniously ramshackle" in a rave review.

Here's what their friend Bon Iver has to say about the new recording in a recent interview on Pitchfork: "I've been listening to their new record the last couple days and just crying like a total pussy. Everything is so good."

MEGAFAUN's first single off the album is entitled "These Words". It was premiered on Pitchfork on July 7, and is available for download below. This song encapsulates the Megafaun we know and the Megafaun we’ve yet to hear... with its indelible piano melody, hypnotic beats and gorgeous vocals, underpinned by loops of field recordings made by Joe Westerlund during his travels in Bali and rural North Carolina:  a round-robin of gamelan, ambient sounds, frogs, and cicadas...

GET THE SINGLE HERE !



MEGAFAUN will be on tour this fall in a select number of cities:

31/08 NL Deventer Burgerweeshuis

01/09 BE Brussels Botanique

02/09 GB London The Lexington

04/09 GB Dorset End of the Road Festival

05/09 FR Paris Cafe de la Danse

06/09 NL Middelburg Avonduren

07/09 DE Cologne King Georg

08/09 DE Hamburg Astra Stube

09/09 DK Copenhagen Loppen

11/09 NL Amsterdam Paradiso

12/09 NL Tilburg Incubate Festival

And if you were wondering what to expect, here is a video teaser for the new disc!

Exciting debut shows for Congotronics vs Rockers

Exciting debut shows for Congotronics vs Rockers

The first 2 concerts (in Brussels and Madrid) have been amazing!
Enthusiastic audiences... great reviews (see below)... and 22 ecstatic band members*, who can't wait to get together again for the tour, which starts on June 26.

Watch the first live excerpts from the premiere at Cirque Royal.

(Konono No.1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Skeletons' Matt Mehlan and Wildbirds & Peacedrums).

All dates and more info here

review + plenty picture here: 

http://blog.lesoir.be/frontstage/2011/05/13/congotronics-twelve-points/

and here:

http://www.gonzocircus.com/12895/fotoverslag-congotronics-vs-rockers-les-nuits-botanique-12052011

 

And here's an excellent live review in the NME:

Follow the writing sessions for Congotronics vs Rockers !...

Follow the writing sessions for Congotronics vs Rockers !...

10 Congolese and 10 indie artists in 6 countries are currently swapping files to prepare this incredible project.
Follow this (almost) in real time, by visiting the blog which documents the rehearsals for the show. At this very moment, members of Kasai Allstars & Konono No.1 (in Kinshasa, Congo), Deerhoof (in New Mexico and elsewhere), Skeletons (in NY), WIldbirds & Peacedrums (in Sweden), Girls in Hawaii (in Belgium) and Juana Molina (in Argentina) are recording sketches, emailing them back and forth, and adding ideas onto each other's contribution. 

Everyone will then get together in Brussels for rehearsals, prior to the world premiere of the Congotronics vs Rockers project, on May 12 at the Cirque Royal in Brussels, on the opening night of the Nuits Botanique Festival.

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