Monday, 9 August 2010

August 2010 Newsletter

[0] August Store Bundle Deal

Another new month offers up another new store bundle deal. This month we have nominated our 'newbies' Illness to take to the stand - Illness may be recuperating from a hectic July of touring and recording their debut album in the STA Studios but that doesn't mean they're resting , oh no far from it. This month, exclusive to the STA store, you can pick up their 'Gifts From God' EP and their fresh new T-shirt print for just £7. Stocks are limited - you know what to do.

"'Gifts From God' is a wonderfully, wonderfully uplifting blast of thundering instrumental post rock."

[1] MPFree - Crooked Mountain, Crooked Free

This month's free track is taken from Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea's forthcoming new EP - it's entitled 'Like Mice in the Cellar'. We hope the band don't have mice, it's not very fun.

Click here to download the track and scroll down to read more about the band's new EP and upcoming tour dates.

[2] LaFaro: Reading, Leeds, Helmet & Europe

We've got lots of exciting LaFaro news this month. First up, we're very excited to announce that the band have been confirmed for BBC Introducing stages at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals, which take place across the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of this month. They'll be joining a bill that includes everyone from Guns n Roses and Arcade Fire to Rolo Tomassi and Stagecoach.

Looking further ahead, the band will be starting work on their second album in October (already? cool!), and will then head to Europe in November / December as main tour support to grunge survivalists Helmet. Dates for that tour can be found on their myspace, and here's a list of all the band's upcoming shows this month and next.

21 August 2010 - WARRENPOINT, Square Peg
28 August 2010 - LEEDS, Leeds Festival
29 August 2010 - READING, Reading Festival

The band continue to rack up tour injuries at an impressive rate. While Alan's foot has now recovered from his ligament damage and has shed his crutches, guitarist Dave took a body slam to the ground at Glasgowbury 2010 to round up in a sling with a stretched tendon in his right shoulder - rockstar antics that resulted in two trips to casualty. Were taking bets on what their next catastrophe will be, suggestions to the regular e-mail address.

[3] Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea - New EP & Tour

August 16th sees the release of the Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea's new EP, 'I Watched It From The Roadside'. It's six tracks of Cursive / Fugazi / Red House Painters shaped indie rock, and comes out as a digital download available at all online retailers and as a handmade CD.

The band also have some tour dates coming up this month:
13 August 2010 - DERBY, Bar One %
14 August 2010 - LEEDS, The Well %
15 August 2010 - SCARBOROUGH, The New Tavern %
17 August 2010 - LONDON, Old Blue Last %
18 August 2010 - BRISTOL, The Mother's Ruin %
19 August 2010 - BRIGHTON, Hectors House %
20 August 2010 - LONDON, Utrophia $
% with Amateurs
$ with Tall Ships

The CD version of the EP is a limited edition of fifty, and can be pre-ordered now via the STA online store.

[4] ASIWYFA Summer Festivals

In between laying down tracks for their new album, the ASIWYFA machine continues to plow through Europe's summer festivals:

13 August 2010 - GALWAY, IRE - Roisin Dubh
14 August 2010 - KILKENNY, IRE - Kilkenny Arts Festival
19 August 2010 - HASSELT, BE - Pukklepop Festival
20 August 2010 - NYIRBATOR, HU - Azfest Festival
29 August 2010 - VENLO, NL - Zomerparkfeest
3 September 2010 - CO LAOIS, IRE - Electric Picnic

[5] 4 or 5 Magicians - 1992: The Year Reading Peaked

Dan 4 or 5 is known almost as well for his series of themed-covers shows at the The Windmill in south London as he is for his slack rocker songwriting skills - previous shows have both explored the UK's fertile rock underground whilst being themed topics around the return of indie rock legends Pavement and Michael Azerrard's era-defining tome 'Our Band Could Be Your Life', and all have featured vast amounts of fun and great bands.

The series returns over the August Bank Holiday weekend, timed to coincide with this year's of the Reading Festival, but themed around the 1992 event. That year headlining performances from Public Enemy, The Wonder Stuff (really?) and Nirvana's last UK show, and perhaps their most legendary live performance ever. Not much to live up to there, then!

You can read Dan's thoughts on the subject over at the STA blog, but here's the lineup so far:

4 or 5 Magicians as Manic Street Preachers
Amy Blue as The Smashing Pumpkins
Kannberg 1664 (supergroup feat. Dan 4 or 5, Alexi Johnny Foreigner, Craig Internet Forever, Aaron Eelectricity and Lust) as Pavement
+ more to be confirmed

Headlining the event will be Bananirvana, THE ULTIMATE NIRVANA TRIBUTE. Dan (third set of the day) is donning his best wig to play the drums, and has recruited two ex-4 or 5ers to fill the guitar and bass roll. The singer? Well... IT COULD BE YOU. See the blog for more details, but Dan is hoping to get a different vocalist for every song - some from bands, some from members of the crowd.

That's all for this month. Thanks for reading.

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