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Can We Get Much Higher: Wichita Podcast Episode 1

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Ryan Jarman joins Wichita’s own Mark Bowen for the inaugural Wichita podcast.

This (the first of many) features some music from 2010 and stuff to look out for in 2011 including Cloud Nothings, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Simian Mobile Disco, Those Dancing Days and… of course, The Cribs’ ‘Housewife’.

To send your questions in for the next podcast, tweet @wichitarecs.

Those Dancing Days Announce European Tour

Those Dancing Days have announced a European tour to coincide with the release of their second album Daydreams And Nightmares on 7th March 2011.
February
21 – Heaven, London (NME awards show with Frankie & The Heartstrings and Veronica Falls)
24 – Molotow, Hamburg
25 – Zwischenbau, Rostock
26 -  Rotown, Rotterdam
28 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
March
1 – Studio, Cologne
2 – Magnet, Berlin
4 – Flex, Vienna
7 – Bronson, Ravenna
8 – Mascotte, Zurich
9 – La Fleche d’Or, Paris

Wichita’s Top 10 Albums Of 2010

Tis the season to compile top 10 lists, so we thought we’d get in on the the action. These are our favourite album releases of 2010, along with selections from Those Dancing Days, First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue.

Ben:
William Basinski – Vivian & Ondine
Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Murmures – Murmuure
Retribution Gospel Choir – 2
Spectrals – Extended Play
Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime
Woods – At Echo Lake
Xasthur – Portal Of Sorrow
Y Niwl – Y Niwl”

Gareth:
Caribou – Swim
Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
Fourtet – There is Love In You
Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Mogwai – Special Moves
Perfume Genius – Learning
Rolo Tomassi – Cosmology
Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
Toro Y Moi – Causers of This


Mark:

Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy
Caribou – Swim
Jim Sullivan – UFO
Actress – Splazsh
Amanaz – Africa
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Big Star – Keep An Eye On The Sky
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here
Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics – Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics

Vicky:
Warpaint – The Fool
Perfume Genius – Learning
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Caribou – Swim
Glasser – Ring
She & Him – Volume Two
Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy

And from the bands….

Johanna & Klara, First Aid Kit:
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
MGMT – Congratulations
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
Laura Veirs – July Flame
Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Die Antwoord – $O$
Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

Olly, Peggy Sue:
Timber Timbre – Timber Timbre
Archie Bronson Outfit – Coconut
The National – High Violet
Mariners Children – New Moore Island (EP)
Grinderman – Grinderman 2
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Isobelle Campbell Mark Lanagan – Hawk
Peter Wolf Crier – Inter Be
Gil Scott Heron – I’m New Here
Black Keys – Brothers

Rebecka, Those Dancing Days:
Bob Hund – Stumfilm (EP)
Mia – M A Y A
Dungen – Skit I Allt
Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Woods – At Echo Lake
Yeasayer – ODD BLOOD
Beach House – Teen Dream
Håkan Hellström – 2 steg från paradise
Robyn – Body Talk

First Aid Kit Announce Jack White-Produced 7” Single

First Aid Kit will release a 7” record as part of Third Man Records’ Blue Series on 18th January 2011. The record will be the latest in a series produced by Jack White and recorded in his own Third Man Studios in Nashville. Previous artists featured in the series have included Wanda Jackson, Laura Marling and Secret Sisters.

The single includes spine-tingling covers of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” (made famous in 1965 by Donovan) and classic blues standard “It Hurts Me Too”, a song much loved by fans of Karen Dalton’s 1969 folk-blues version. It is available to pre-order now via www.thirdmanrecords.com and will also be available to buy digitally worldwide via iTunes.

This, along with news of two award nominations (‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Folk Artist’) in the Swedish Grammis tops off a year which has seen the Swedish sisters release their debut album, play sold-out shows across Europe and the US and play their first Australian tour. The band are giving away a free download from their Sydney show earlier this year via www.ThisIsFirstAidKit.com now.