NEWS: PALMA VIOLETS – UK TOUR DATES

Palma Violets complete their amazing year with a massive 14 date headline UK tour. Since the release their debut album 180’ back in February, the London four-piece have toured America, supported the likes of Alabama Shakes, Django Django and Savages, and appeared on Jools Holland and Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel.  Plus they received accolades from being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 Poll to having lead single ‘Best Of Friends’ named NME’s... Read More

VIDEO: PALMA VIOLETS – ‘BEST OF FRIENDS’

Up until now Rough Trade’s Palma Violets have had minimum online presence and no songs recorded, instead preferring for people to come and experience their raucous live shows at their Lambeth art studio / squat Studio 180, and then later on a UK co-headline tour with Savages. As of today, the London four-piece’s debut single ‘Best Of Friends’ is available to buy from iTunes. The track, which premiered last night on... Read More

NEWS: BELLA UNION – 15TH ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION WITH ROUGH TRADE

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the birth of Bella Union Records, and to celebrate they have teamed up with Rough Trade Shops to compile 145 minutes and 52 seconds minutes of music, old and new, that reflects fondly on the beginnings of the label and looks towards the prospects of the future. As well as old favourites like Midlake, Lift To Experience and Dirty Three, there are  6 new and unreleased tracks from Jonathan Wilson, The Walkmen,... Read More

NEWS: EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS – NEW ALBUM ‘HERE’ + MAKING OF VIDEO

Edward Shape & the Magnetic Zeros will release their second studio album ‘HERE’ on 28th May via Rough Trade Records. The album, which is the follow-up to the LA group’s 2009 debut ‘Up From Below’, was self-produced and recorded in Bogalusa, LA and in their studio in Ojai, CA. Of the new album, frontman Alex Ebert says: “The making of this album has spanned a time of immense perseverance and, thankfully, co-creation. Making... Read More

Rough Trade Shops – Electronic 11

The London-based label has unleashed it’s annual hardware upgrade of all things electronic and this year features everything from Nicolas Jaar to Rustie to the already legendary collab between Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke, but also the likes of Solar Bears, Ayshay, Modeselektor and Hercules & LoveAffair. For specifics you can find the track listing below. Opening with the downhill bleeps and r2d2 sounds from Rene Hell’s Oxford Meter End,... Read More

NEWS: ROUGH TRADE SHOPS ELECTRONIC 11 CD

22 tracks, full sleevenotes. Exclusive ltd. edition varnished sleeve available from Rough Trade Shops only. The new Rough Trade Shops compilation CD is aimed squarely at the New Year. Shiny, fresh, clean and minimal electronic music in your earphones provide the perfect soundtrack for the cold and frosty early January. Rough Trade Shops Electronic 01 was released 10 years ago and they are revisiting the theme of their first genre compilation in order... Read More

Album Review: Jeffrey Lewis – A Turn In The Dream Songs

The way Jeffrey Lewis churns out near identical album one after the other leaves little room for innovative description. Musically, A Turn In The Dream Songs is pretty much the same as ‘Ere Are I. But then, in a Dylan-esque way, the music is incidental to Lewis’ appeal. It is merely a vehicle for Lewis’ neurotic thought process to drive (and crash) in, and his skewed yet irresistable perspective on the world. Roads? Where we’re going we don’t... Read More

ALBUM: British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall

Hats off to any band who call their own debut album The Decline of British Sea Power – although you’d imagine they were really referring to the waterborne capability of our nation, rather than their own musical fortunes. Which brings us to 2011.  Somehow strange to realise that Valhalla Dancehall is the band’s fifth long player; they seem somehow fresh in the frontal lobe of indie consciousness. Five albums in, Valhalla Dancehall touches... Read More