Django Django made their US TV debut earlier in the week in the shape of a performance of "Life's A Beach" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In case you missed it on Wednesday evening, or like me you're in the UK and didn't have a chance to watch it at all because of that giant ocean between you and an American TV, hit play above.
Django Django take us to Allahabad, India in their video for "WOR", one of many awesome tracks from their Mercury-prize nominated self-titled debut. Taking place at a carnival, the video focuses on the daredevil actions of riders in a "Well of Death' sideshow. For anyone who doesn't know what that is, just press play and you'll figure it out quickly enough. Check out the visually impressive clip above.
Django Django invites you to their fuzzy, monochrome party, complete with disco ball and live music. If that doesn't whet your appetite, how about some lucid daydreaming about a picnic? Directed by BAFTA-winning director John Maclean, brother of band member David Maclean, the clip for "Hand of Man" is a charming visual feast. Check it out above.
With all the craziness of music blogging, from concerts to press releases to interviews to festivals, it can be hard to find time to sit down, listen to an album and give it an honest, thorough review. With that in mind, we came up with the Reviews Roundup, a way for us to look back at all of the major releases in the past month and give them an on-the-spot review. Whether we like them or not, we'll spout out a quick blurb about the album to give an overall impression of what makes it good or bad along with a score based out of five.
This month, we've had majors releases from Animal Collective, The xx, G.O.O.D. Music, Grizzly Bear, The Raveonettes, Mount Eerie, The Presets, The Vaccines, and many more. After the jump, you can read our quick thoughts on this month's offerings.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz:
AnCo deliver an elaborate exploration of spacey sounds and psychedelic soundscapes.
Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar:
Phil Elverum's second album of the year is a beautiful-yet-eerie emotional journey, exploring the ideas of order and chaos.
Cat Power - Sun:
Chan Marshall returns after six longs years of dark hibernation with a sun-soaked gem.
The Vaccines - Come of Age:
The UK outfit's sophomore album is a grittier, more raucous outing than their debut, a welcome maturation for the band.
Stars - The North:
One of Canada's indie stalwarts offers up a catchy blend of electronic sounds and sprawling instrumentation.
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon:
The band's sophomore outing retains the catchiness of Tourist History, but feels a bit forced at times.
The xx - Coexist:
This sophomore effort shows a great progression for the band, who have an incredible talent for evoking vast depth through subtle minimalism.
The Helio Sequence - Negotiations:
The Portland duo explore the intricacies of themselves and their instruments, building layer upon layer of delicate and engrossing instrumentation.
The Raveonettes - Observator:
Observator is an intriguing venture into the allure of Los Angeles, a mental journey in despair and loneliness amidst lush instrumentation.
The ever-lasting talent and creative drive of David Byrne mixes beautifully with Annie Clark's undeniable charisma.
The Presets - Pacifica:
Pacifica is an electronic gem, weaving grandiose synthesizers around a complex tale of the future.
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II:
The San Francisco psych rockers put all they've got into this diverse, hazy psychedelic package that shouldn't be missed.
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter:
Yet another exploration into the intricacies of death from a band obsessed with the notion. With soft, solemn moments and charming, upbeat arrays of acoustic goodness, fans will feel right at home here.
G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer:
The G.O.O.D. Music crew feels fairly disjointed here, with a lot of different artists and styles to take in, but a few solid performances help it from falling apart.
Grizzly Bear - Shields:
Grizzly Bear delves into a myriad of dream-like sounds, moments later being swept into an uproar of chaotic instrumentation. This expansive array constantly tears apart and rebuilds itself, struggling constantly in a beautiful war.
Django Django - Django Django:
This Scotland quartet knows how to do harmony right, blending their vocal stylings with an addictive and quirky blend of spacey sounds and psychedelic influences.
Django Django may have released their new EP Hail Bop digitally earlier in the month but why don't we celebrate the release of the vinyl with a full EP stream. Check it out below and go grab your copy here.
The band are also set to hit the road in October after one final festival date next weekend at Bestival and a stint in the US to coincide with the physical release of their album on Sep. 25th Stateside. Dates are available over here for the US dates with UK ones up for your perusal after the jump.
Django Django UK Tour 2012
07/09 - Bestival - Isle of Wight, UK
20/10 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK
22/10 - Plug - Sheffield , UK
23/10 - Ritz - Manchester , UK
24/10 - Liquid Room - Edinburgh, UK
25/10 - ABC1 - Glasgow, UK
20/10 - Old Market - Brighton, UK
31/10 - Heaven - London, UK (Sold Out)
01/11 - Heaven - London, UK (Sold Out)
21/12 - Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UK
Django Django offer up the official visual to accompany their single "Hail Bop" which appears on their self titled debut. The video is a brightly coloured explosion featuring the members working in some kind of office(?) and pushing a large glowing ball to the top of the large fictitious building. It's a tricky one to explain so it play above and look out for the single when it's released on August 13th.
Good news for fans in the US too, their album will be released digitally Stateside on the 14th of August and physically a month later on September 25th.
Last night Django Django were flung into the live television arena so to speak. They seemed to enjoy themselves though and they put in a stellar performance of their track "Default" on Later... with Jools Holland. It features on their self-titled debut which is a great, great listen. So, if you like what you see up at the top why not do them a solid and go cop the album?
Django Django have unveiled the video for their new single "Storm" which features on their great self-titled debut album. The release will come with a remix of "Skies Over Cairo" from Adrian Sherwood which will drop as a nice little bonus on Record Store Day. The video features some fuzzy footage and what kind of looks like Predator vision. Check it out at the top and check out some tour dates after the jump.
Django Django UK Tour Dates
31 The Cellar, Southampton
02 Field Day, London
05 Academy 2, Oxford
06 Academy 2, Birmingham
08 No Direction Home @ Welbeck Abbey nr Sheffield
09 Parklife Festival, Manchester
10 Rough Beats, Clapham
11 Fibbers, York
13 Doghouse, Dundee
14 Cockpit, Leeds
15 St Pauls Church, Cambridge