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Out Now: Benjamin Shaw – “Goodbye, Cagoule World”

You probably already know this but if not, that Benjamin Shaw album we kept talking about (“Goodbye, Cagoule World”!) is now available to buy on CD (£5) / Stress Ball (£4) or Lossless Download (£3) or all three (£7) via Bandcamp. Also on iTunes. It’s lovely. The launch show went WONDERFULLY and the reviews have been really really nice but if Subba Cultcha want to come and slag it off belatedly then we’d welcome it (and fully deserve it).

Thanks to everybody who bought it, streamed it, reviewed it or otherwise supported it.

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“‘Goodbye, Cagoule World’ is a messy, miserable comedown that may just provide the most beautiful moments you share with music all year.”The Music Fix“Shaw may be pop’s outsider – something many outlets noted upon his entry into the world of music (Clash even called him a freak, though they meant well) – but with this release, he shows a faint desire to join the central fold. Perhaps it’s due to resolute defeat, but still, that counts, right?”The 405

“Embrace this record, ‘cos it’s a true crafted thing of beauty, and no ball of sentimental aerie fluff..”GoldFlakePaint
“Recalling mock suicidal exclamations from Daffy Duck, or a wretched sob before a particularly strong drink, the record is a welcome piece of self-indulgent oblivion to give your life some much-needed perspective. Goodbye Cagoule World is a nice, dry bit of kit to brave the ridiculous weather.”Bearded Magazine
“…a definite contender for album of the year.”Cracklefeedback“Several things are certain in life – death, taxes and that Benjamin Shaw is a total mess.” - Young Gold Teeth

“The arrangements on this record are nothing short of masterful..What Benjamin Shaw has done here, is create something that demands a few hours of your time, something unique.”7BitArcade“Those who hang around long enough will be rewarded by a record of subtle beauty, endearing disorder and genuine human sentiment.”Shout4Music

“Shaw’s distinctly smart and singular voice — whipsmart and deeply affecting, and we’re using “voice” in the figurative sense here — puts him in the rarified company of non-hitmakers of the day including Krill’s Jonah Furman or Los Campesinos!’ Gareth Paisey.”Clicky Clicky Music Blog

“It is rare that a singer-songwriter shows this level of self-awareness, and this “singer-songwriter” (if you wanna be so bourgeois as to call him that) is fussing with the parameters of the pop song and re-examining the rules of what it is to be a singer-songwriter.”Old School Record Review


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ALBUM LAUNCH: “Goodbye, Cagoule World” with Benjamin Shaw, Jack Hayter and Superman Revenge Squad @ Servant Jazz Quarters (29.04.2014)

I’m overcoming my phobia of booking scary live events for one night only…this month I’m glad to invite you suckers to attend the Album Launch for Benjamin Shaw‘s “Goodbye, Cagoule World” album, April 29th at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London. Support from Jack Hayter and Superman Revenge Squad + DJ. Co-promoted with our buddies The Popside.

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Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/679215978805162/?fref=ts

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267752#.UzH6w61_syY

Do come along. See the sights. Make us feel like less of a massive failure.

Pre-Order “Goodbye, Cagoule World”: Bandcamp / iTunes / Amazon




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Pre-order the new Benjamin Shaw album + free single

The bitch is back. Benjamin Shaw returns with new album ‘Goodbye, Cagoule World’ on April 21st. But first, here’s a single with a near identical name:

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You can pre-order the album now:

CD/Stress Ball and Download available at Bandcamp

Download from iTunes with an immediate download of single “Goodbye, Kagoul World” and a Digital Booklet.

Wanna hear the single? Here’s the video.

Like it a lot but hate giving me money? You can download it for free here:

Ben really has something here, man. If you picked up either of his last two records (which you can still do here: www.audioantihero.bandcamp.com) then I think you’ll really enjoy this dark and humorous descent into oblivion. You can’t really call him a Folk Singer anymore – but since when was that a bad thing? FUZZ FANS REJOICE, BUZZ BANDS RECOIL…The Dark Knight Rises!


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Cloud’s “Comfort Songs” now available on Limited Edition Cassette Tape

That’s right, folks. Cloud’s “Comfort Songs” album has very very nearly sold out on CD (it is my favourite obsolete format, after all) and I wanted very much to keep it available physically so I was lucky enough to live one of many idiot dreams and have now done a run of cassettes. You can get it for £5 (inc. P&P in the UK) – here.

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Stream the album in full here:

I’ve been really happy to see that Cloud, Jack Hayter and The Superman Revenge Squad Band have been popping up in numerous “Best of 2013″ lists, even topping a couple of them. Right on, right?

Press for Cloud’s “Comfort Songs”:

“Astoundingly accomplished.”Pitchfork 

“Cloud know their way around a pop song, and for all of the album’s off-beat charms, and occasionally hard-to-grasp content, it’s a true pop heart which can be found at the centre of every song that helps to make this such a rewarding listen – 8/10.”Drowned In Sound

“A great record.”Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music) 

“The world will fall in love with this. Unity, unity for all the lost young souls. You’ve done it, you’ve done it. I wish I could’ve cheered, not just in type, but literally, jumping and crying.”Collapse Board

“Comfort Songs holds a strong claim as one of best albums under the ill-defined umbrella of ‘indie-rock’ that has been released in the last decade or so – 10/10.”Contact Music 

“Great!”Eric Lawrence (KCRW) 

“Emerging 21 year old singer/producer Cloud forges a rich, heartening sound around a passionate vocal, dressing his narratives in shimmering instrumentation, like Conor Oberst in the throes of an obsession with psychedelia.” - Rough Trade & The Guardian 

“Excellent.”Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) 

“Immediately one of my favourite albums of the year.”Sonic Reverie 

“I love this…”Simon Raymonde (Amazing Radio/Bella Union) 

“Mainman Tyler Taormina veers through emotions and narratives over the convention-blurring full-length, crooning of love and life and fear and anger over a stunning backdrop of fuzzy guitars, shuffling rhythms and clarion brass. It’s a record sodden with heavyweight feeling that gets you right inside the inner machinations of a troubled soul; it’s simultaneously heartbreaking and fascinating.”Bearded Magazine 

“A very strong debut.”7BitArcade 

“What starts out promising to be a short and sweet alt-rock number, expands out into a captivating instrumental which ebbs and flows…be sure to check out the record – 8/10.”Shout 4 Music 

“No.1 Album of 2013.”Crackle Feedback 

“Deserves to be a huge indie hit.”Yankie Music 

“In Comfort Songs I find a time for reflection, a confirmation of life and its wonder, and a sense of belonging – to whom, I’m not certain, but to someone. And I know, years down the road, this will remain a landmark album for me, with just the same resonant power. Hopefully, dear reader, you’ll be moved, too.”GoldFlakePaint

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OUT NOW: The Superman Revenge Squad Band – “There Is Nothing More Frightening Than the Passing of Time”

Hello friends,

The time for talking/cut & pasting press releases is over. The Superman Revenge Squad Band album is available to buy now from the following folks:

Bandcamp (CD/Download) / iTunes / Google PlayFair Share Music / Rough Trade / Amazon / eMusicSpotify / Rdio / Deezer

Enjoy. I’m very proud of it.


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New Signing/Free Single: The Superman Revenge Squad Band

Hello, friends. This here is a big deal. Here is the free leading single from Ben Parker’s Superman Revenge Squad Band, taken from their upcoming album “There Is Nothing More Frightening Than The Passing Of Time” – limited to 140 copies and as inexpensive as we could possibly make it. It’s a genuine thrill to re-welcome Ben and Adam Parker to the Audio Antihero fold, having started this label pretty much exclusively as a vehicle to get the ‘lost’ Nosferatu D2 album (AAH001) released and celebrated, it feels RIGHT to mark AAH010 with the recorded return of these two and a bunch of their friends.

Pre-Order: iTunes / Bandcamp

If you’ve followed the work of Superman Revenge Squad then you’ll know the joys of his minimal instrumentation and his inimitable wit and vocal presence…but this Big Band expansion is likely very new to you indeed. Packed full of guitar, drums, saxophone, accordion, piano and cello, these recording sessions (recorded in Croydon, of course) provide a wonderfully vast and varied canvas for Parker’s beautiful, observational, nostalgic, abstract and often stream-of-conscious lyrical narratives. You’ll enjoy it.

I am very pleased and proud to be able to call a Superman Revenge Squad release one my own and come the release date, I think you’ll be able to see why too.


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Cloud’s “Comfort Songs” album out now!

Hello!
I’m just christening this partially unfinished new website with the big ol’ news that we’ve released a new record!


Also available from: iTunes / Amazon / Fairsharemusic / Rough Trade / 7digital

Free Single:

“Astoundingly accomplished.”Pitchfork 

“Cloud know their way around a pop song, and for all of the album’s off-beat charms, and occasionally hard-to-grasp content, it’s a true pop heart which can be found at the centre of every song that helps to make this such a rewarding listen – 8/10.” –Drowned In Sound 

“A great record.” – Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music) 

“Comfort Songs holds a strong claim as one of best albums under the ill-defined umbrella of ‘indie-rock’ that has been released in the last decade or so – 10/10.”Contact Music 

“Emerging 21 year old singer/producer Cloud forges a rich, heartening sound around a passionate vocal, dressing his narratives in shimmering instrumentation, like Conor Oberst in the throes of an obsession with psychedelia.” – Rough Trade 

“Immediately one of my favourite albums of the year.” - Sonic Reverie 

“A very impressive debut.” – 7BitArcade

“In Comfort Songs I find a time for reflection, a confirmation of life and its wonder, and a sense of belonging – to whom, I’m not certain, but to someone. And I know, years down the road, this will remain a landmark album for me, with just the same resonant power. Hopefully, dear reader, you’ll be moved, too.” – GoldFlakePaint 

“I love this…” – Simon Raymonde (Amazing Radio/Bella Union) 

“Properly great…unsteady melodies and a decent amount of self-doubt before heading deep into a freak-folk coda.” –Sweeping The Nation


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A new website/thing

LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!

Here’s the old/current site, I’ll miss it: http://audioantihero.com/Home.htm

It feels like a bit of a cop-out to join everybody in this BIG WHITE WORDPRESS MUSIC WEBSITE world…but my god, it feels nice to have a website that I have some element of control over, one where I can embed things and use pictures and widgets without ruining my entire life forever. So, while it wasn’t an easy decision…this is our vaguely new website. I’m very thankful for all the unlimited help  I was given (i.e somebody anonymously doing most of it for me).

Getting there… maybe

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