Thursday, 14 January 2010

Jan 14th 2010 - DiS mailout: Jay Reatard (RIP), Vampire Weekend, These New Puritans, Joanna Newsom...

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Welcome to the first mailout of twenny ten. We hope you're having a great year so far. We might say this every year but it REALLY looks like this year is gearing up to be an amazing year for music with records due from the likes of Joanna Newsom, LCD Soundsystem and various other previous album of the year list toppers!  And hopefully it'll be another great year for DiS (in 2009 we had 3,391,666 Unique Visitors and 34,440,993 Pageviews!?!), especially as we'll be celebrating our 10th Anniversary in October. But before we get ahead of ourselves, next week we'll be offering our guide to the year, with the acts and records we think you should be looking out for!

If you were busy getting tiddly before the break and missed any of our review of 2009, including our albums, singles and songs of the year, with various Spotify playlists and staff & artist mixtapes which we lovingly crafted so you can listen to what we're banging on about, cast your eyes 'n' ear 'ols this'a way

Lastly, tune in to BBC 6Music at 6PM (GMT) tonight to hear DiS' editor reviewing records on 'Steve Lamacq's Roundtable' or listen back to him (who I kidding, me, I can't ruddy afford to pay anyone to write these mailouts!) nattering about music on Radio1 with the current UK chart-topper here:

Here's what you might've missed if you've not been on the site over the past few weeks... 

New album 'Contra' is out this week, here's a director's commentary-like guide to the album by the band.

We're throwing a party with the Norwegian and Icelandic embassies, come discover some new acts and hear our editor 'DJ' on Jan 21st at the Lexington.

Single of the week from These New Puritans and lots more from the ever wonderful Wendy Roby

A new feature, listen to this week's recommended new releases. 

• BBC apologises over Coldplay and U2 promotion
• R.I.P: Jay Reatard dies aged 29
• Confirmed: Joanna Newsom album WILL be released in February, titled Have One On Me
• Autechre announce new album and UK tour
• Watch: Girls - 'Morning Light'
• Listen: Download The Ruby Suns - 'Cranberry', taken from Fight Softly
• Watch: New M.I.A. song, possibly on the album
• Joanna Newsom leaves us hanging over new album
• Vampire Weekend to play free show at Somerset House. Outside. In the cold.
• Watch: Julian Casablancas behind the scenes of '11th Dimension'
• Blood Red Shoes reveal album details
• Watch and Listen: Darren Hayman covers Vic Chesnutt
• Listen: Download Eels - 'Little Bird', taken from End Times
• Dirty Projectors release limited edition 7", make available for free digitally
• Wooden Shjips to release Vol. 2 compilation, tour
• Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody to work with R.E.M and Belle & Sebastian members for 'countryish' album
• Lou Barlow announces European and UK tour
• Peter Gabriel's song-swap album gets release date, live shows
• Lightspeed Champion celebrates Elvis' birthday with a cover
• Watch: Animal Collective - 'Brother Sport'
• Laura Marling announces details of second album
• Ellie Goulding wins BBC Sound of 2010 poll
• Liars expanded Sisterworld to feature Thom Yorke, Melvins, Bradford Cox + more
• (MF) DOOM to play London as part of 'A Taste Of Sonar'?
• Listen: Pit Er Pat - 'Water'
• Santigold to produce Devo and climb Kilamanjaro
• Iggy & The Stooges and more for Matt Groening ATP
• Listen: Stream of Vampire Weekend's Contra
• Animal Collated: The round-up of what the criticis thought to 2009

• Eels - End Times
• Race Horses - Goodbye Falkenberg
• Spoon - Transference
• Various - Pop Ambient 2010
• Owen Pallett - Heartland
• Various - Elevator Music Volume 1
• Malory - Pearl Diver
• These New Puritans - Hidden
• Sunburned Hand of the Man - A
• Paperplain - Entering Pale Town
• Various - Erased Tapes: Collection II
• The Whitefield Brothers - Earthology
• Kría Brekkan - Uterus Water
• Adam Green - Minor Love
• Various - Follow the Outline
• Shield Your Eyes - Shield 'Em
• Delphic - Acolyte
• Martyn - Fabric 50
• Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling
• Vampire Weekend - Contra
• Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - The Road
• Olafur Arnalds - Dyad 1909

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