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By | Published on Thursday 11 December 2014

Lydia Ainsworth

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• LA-based electronic artist Shlohmo, real name Henry Laufer, has signed with Matador imprint True Panther Sounds and has gone and released a single via the label, ‘Emerge From Smoke’ already. Hasten to listen to it via this link.

• Jonny Greenwood off of Radiohead has given Pitchfork a very rare stream of ‘Spooks’, a song from his score to Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film ‘Inherent Vice’. It was written by all of Radiohead, and features singing by JG and Supergrass’s Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey, and talking by ‘Inherent Vice’ narrator Joanna Newsom, who, as we learned this week, is “working on something new” solo songs-wise at the moment too.

• The recently-expired Death Grips have released the first track from ‘Jenny Death’, the second disc of their post-split dual LP, ‘The Powers That B’. It (the track) is called ‘Inanimate Sensation’, and this is it.

• Adventurers-in-pop Of Montreal have detailed a new LP, ‘Aureate Gloom’, which they aim to release on 2 Mar 2015. “A golden despondency” is OM leader Kevin Barnes’ interpretation of it, as is inspired by his mood at the time of its making. With that in mind, dig into lead single ‘Bassem Sabry’ now.

• Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is going to release his new solo LP, also named ‘Nick Jonas’, in the UK on 9 Mar 2015 so… feel free to dance for joy at this point. Maybe do it in time to the noise emanating for the video for Nick’s new single ‘Chains’. Just an idea.

• Pop-rock squad They Might Be Giants are bringing back their ‘Dial-A-Song’ service, which you might not’ve known was closed down in 2008 because of technical problems. They’ll release a new track every week in 2015 (so that’s 52 tracks) via journalist Mike Pesca’s Monday night Slate podcast ‘The Gist’, making it available on iTunes, YouTube and the Dial-A-Song website. Alternatively, fans can call 844-387-6962 to hear the songs, and to bring on a massive trans-Atlantic phone bill.

• Christopher Lee has, as is his tradition of three years now, released a Christmas single of the ‘heavy metal’ genre. Hear a bit of ‘Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing’ bedded into this mix of Lee’s other festive covers, which, by the way, is quite amazing.

• Kim Gordon is doing a point-to-point book ‘tour’, to promote her new autobiography ‘Girl In A Band’ obviously, consisting of only two ‘in conversation and signing’-style stops at London’s Cecil Sharp House (17 Mar) and the Martin Harris Centre in Manchester (18 Mar). The book itself, meanwhile, will hit shops on 24 Feb.

• DJ Logan Sama is teaming with live-streaming franchise Boiler Room to host a series of live grime showcases at London’s ICA, which will be shown online also at The first session features fun n games with Skepta, Stormzy and The Square, and takes place on Sunday (14 Dec) from 9pm onwards. More info here.

Approved artist Lydia Ainsworth has shared a cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ at the same time as announcing a trio of UK shows for 2015, the first of those at London’s Sebright Arms on 17 Feb. Get the listings, and hear the track, at this link.

• Beardy soul ‘visionary’ Matthew E White of Richmond, Virginia is to release an (apparently) big, bold and blooming noisy new LP titled ‘Fresh Blood’, which follows his last one ‘Big Inner’, on 9 Mar via the label Domino. He’s doing a special show at LSO St Luke’s in London on 10 Mar to celebrate, so there. Now why not soak in a bit of ‘Fresh Blood’ track ‘Tranquility’ as it plays on top of this trailer?

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