Prince - "Breakfast Can Wait"

"And then...he served us pancakes"

News round-up: Prince, Madness, Boards of Canada and more!

Published on August 19th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

We’re going on a news cruise! Where else to start but with His Irreverence, Prince, aka The Artist Formerly Known as Prince aka the weird symbol aka goodness knows what else…

Prince

He’s done what? Joined Twitter? No chance.

Well **** my old boots. That’s a blue tick. It’s real!

Woah.

He’s even retweeting fans! This is gobsmacking. I mean, Prince on Twitter? What will he do next? Use Dave Chappelle’s comedic impression of him as the artwork for his new single “Breakfast Can Wait”?

Prince - "Breakfast Can Wait"

Well tickle me purple! Let’s hear a bit of it, then.

Yowsers. What a hero.

Boards of Canada

Warp are reissuing their back catalogue on vinyl, starting with the classic albums Music Has the Right to Children and The Campfire Headphase on October 21st. 1995 mini-album Twoism and the EPs In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country and Trans Canada Highway follow on November 18th.

And they come with stickers, so you can throw that Boards of Canada-themed children’s birthday party you’ve always dreamed of.

More details…riiiigggghhht…here.

We’re still unsure about this year’s Tomorrow’s Harvest album, but we can vouch for the brilliance of the three previous LPs and indeed Twoism. So, you know, those other EPs are probably great too.

Toro Y Moi

Presumably someone had to do a cover of “Slough” by Ricky Gervais/David Brent, so why not Chaz Bundwich aka Toro Y Moi?

Yer man posted one on his SoundCloud along with the following message:

“dear ricky,
hope you like this cover.

peace,
chaz”

Incidentally, Toro’s Anything in Return album of earlier this year is rather good. If you like the sound of “bright and futuristic production full of jazzily dissonant electric piano chords, popping ‘n’ clicking digi-beats and big, heaving synth bass”, you should investigate.

Yuck

New album Glow & Behold out September 30th.

Here’s a song from it:

THIS IS THE NEWS!

Parquet Courts

We described this bunch as “a commanding, satisfyingly sun-dried union of The Jam and Monster Movie-era Can…wait, make that ‘a ranty Strokes'” when we reviewed their first album proper Light Up Gold earlier this year.

Well, they release new EP Tally All the Things That You Broke on October 8th through What’s Your Rupture?, and here for your delectation is lead track “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now”…

Madness

Drummer Daniel ‘Woody’ Woodgate, with whom we enjoyed a splendid chat last year, is set to release an album he’s recorded with his younger brother Nick as Magic Brothers.

Having been sectioned under the mental health act at the age of 27, Nick spent a month in an acute mental hospital ward and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. This led to Magic Brothers teaming up with UK charity Rethink Mental Illness, for whom Woody acts as an ambassador alongside Dame Judi Dench and Alastair Campbell.

Says Woody: “This album is a culmination of the music we grew up with, and loved. Our tastes are far reaching, and obvious to anyone who likes the ’70s. Nick and I love writing songs together. Nick is a brilliant musician, and at heart a real sentimentalist. Mix that with my pop sensibility and big production values, and you get the Magic Brothers.”

The Magic Line is said in its press release to “tip its hat to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, bursting with rich vocal harmonies reminiscent of ELO and Supertramp in their pomp”, and will be available from September 30th on DW Records.

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