Chris T-T 'Best Of' Out 19 May 2017 // 20th Anniversary Shows // Watch New Video For 'English Earth'

May 2017 marks Chris T-T’s 20th anniversary making music, so let’s celebrate his 20 years of loyal dissent with a first-ever career retrospective: the imaginatively-titled, double CD Best Of, out 19 May 2017. Preorder it on the XMR online shop or via iTunes.

For the first time Chris will also compile his song lyrics into a book, published to coincide with its release. Disc 1 focuses on Chris’s most loved songs from over the years and disc 2 is a rarities collection of Chris’s favourite studio recordings that haven’t been released on CD before. Full tracklisting is below. Watch the new video for 'The English Earth', originally from 2001's The 253 album and featured on Best Of.

The same week in 1997 that Tony Blair came to power, Chris moved to London. Before the end of May he’d played his first solo gigs (Chris that is, not Tony) and self-released his debut 7” single.  

Shortly after, Chris home-recorded and self-released his debut album Beatverse – years before this became commonplace – on a MiniDisc four-track with no computer. Beatverse was barely distributed but won Chris label interest and Radio 1 plays from Steve Lamacq, who championed the song ‘Shit From All Angles’ on the Evening Session. By Christmas, Chris was guesting live on the show.

Over two decades since then, Chris T-T has been walking his own path, with visionary psych pop, startling humour and unflinching, sometimes discomforting, radicalism. He’s released ten solo albums to consistent praise and played over 2,300 shows worldwide. Ten years ago he joined the Xtra Mile Recordings family, signing in 2007 on the suggestion of fast-rising young singer and fan Frank Turner. He has released four albums with Xtra Mile: Capital (2008), Love Is Not Rescue (2010), The Bear (2013) and 2016’s 9 Green Songs

Charlie Caplowe, MD of Xtra Mile Recordings says this about Chris T-T and the Best Of release:
“From the very start it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Chris both in a business and social sense. We're really proud to have been along for the ride for at least half of his amazing 20 year career. Here’s to another 20!”

Chris is also doing a short run of ‘Best Of’ 20th anniversary concerts in the UK as well as playing his first appearance at the illustrious Cambridge Folk Festival. Full dates announced so far can be found here

Chris T-T Best Of tracklisting

Disc 1

  1. Dreaming of Injured Popstars
  2. Ownership
  3. The English Earth
  4. Shit From All Angles
  5. You Can Be Flirty
  6. Drink Beer
  7. Sellotape (Dawson's Creek)
  8. Eminem is Gay
  9. 7 Hearts
  10. Giraffes #1
  11. The Huntsman Comes A-Marchin'
  12. Preaching to the Converted
  13. (We Are) The King of England
  14. A Box To Hide In
  15. Market Square
  16. Elephant In the Room
  17. The Bear
  18. Gulls
  19. Love Me, I'm A Liberal (full band version)

Disc 2

  1. The Idris Lung (1997 version)
  2. Cutler (7" version)
  3. A Hole Full of Submarines (band version)
  4. Tendon #3
  5. What if My Heart Never Heals? (7" version)
  6. Tomorrow Morning (7" version)
  7. N253 (band version)
  8. Decksweep
  9. The Headcold Bit of the Winter
  10. 100,000 Turkeys
  11. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  12. Bored of the War
  13. You Can't Stop the Machine
  14. In the Dressing Room
  15. A-Z (Xtra Mile High Club piano version)
  16. Nintendo (piano version)
  17. Words Fail Me (acoustic version)
  18. The Outer Darkness Theme (with Gill Sandell)
  19. Dancing On My Own
  20. 31 Pills (band version)

Still busy as ever, in the past year Chris has released grief-stricken ecology record 9 Green Songs (sequel of sorts to 2005’s 9 Red Songs), been sole musician (piano accompanist) on the Jim Bob (Carter USM) album Jim Bob Sings Again, completed a set of narrative folk ballads as Creative Fellow at the National Trust Workhouse, Southwell, and played more guest piano on fellow Xtra Mile artist Non Canon’s self-titled debut. Meanwhile his weekly late night folk music show Midnight Campfire on Sussex radio station Juice 107.2 has a growing loyal following.

Ben Marwood 'Bury Me In the Pantheon' // Listen to the new track from third album 'Get Found' out 7 April 2017

Singer songwriter Ben Marwood unveils a brand new track ‘Bury Me In the Pantheon’ ahead of the release of his long awaited album Get Found on 7th April 2017. Preorder the album now from our online shop.

Listen to 'Bury Me In the Pantheon' below.

‘Bury Me In The Pantheon’ sees Ben at his best - his familiar flowing fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar and disarmingly affecting voice exemplifies why Ben Marwood is one of Xtra Mile Recordings’ most treasured artists.

The forthcoming album, Get Found, has been a long time in the making. After the successes of debut album Outside There’s A Curse (2011) and the follow-up Back Down (2013) – which include a sold out solo headline UK tour; a support run with Frank Turner across the US, and the very surreal spectacle of accompanying Mr Turner upon rolling green hills at his pre-show performance of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony - Ben wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to or even want to play music again.
 
A third album was anything but inevitable at that point. Yet here we are, in 2017, warmly welcoming another Ben Marwood record. The album doesn’t stray far from its roots but plays with them tenderly. Pedal steel aches on ‘Enraptured’, while ‘DNFTTTS’ is pure andante piano melody. ‘Nights’ chugs and spits before bellowing into the most uplifting-sounding chorus about death you’ve heard yet – and there are plenty to come. “I’m not dead, I’m not dying, I just can’t get up,” confesses Ben on ‘I’m Wide Awake It’s Boring’ as one of just two songs that directly reference his mental and physical state of that difficult year. Penultimate song ‘The Devil Makes Work For Jazz Hands’ dwells on death and immobility again (“the weight of the world is locked on your shoulders forever”) before sliding in a slick guitar solo and resolving into a plea of “you should know that you can’t fear all of the things you fear in the dark”.
 
Confessional and demanding of attention – it’s great to have Ben Marwood back.
 
Coinciding with the release is Ben’s first tour in over three years – taking in some of the UK’s best independent venues. Support comes from label mate Non Canon, and on select dates, Helen Chambers.

Full dates are below and you can get tickets here.

APRIL
06 Brighton @ Brunswick*
07 London @ The Monarch*
08 Portsmouth @ Southsea Sound*
10 Bristol @ Crofters Rights*
11 Nottingham @ Bodega*
12 York @ Fulford Arms*
14 Edinburgh @ Opium
15 Glasgow @ Hug & Pint
16 Manchester @ Gullivers
*with Helen Chambers on these dates

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Will Varley UK November 2017 tour announced

After selling out the Union Chapel in London, November 2016, rambling folk singer Will Varley announces his biggest headline tour to date, culminating with a show at London’s legendary Shepherds Bush Empire.

Momentum has been growing around the young troubadour since the release of his fourth studio album Kingsdown Sundown and this year he is poised to bring his music to an even wider audience. The album was released in November 2016 to rave reviews, reaching number 5 in the Official Independent Album Breakers Chart and receiving four stars from The Independent. You can buy it here.

Darkly comic, often politically-charged and always emotionally-loaded, Varley’s live shows have been drawing crowds across the world, and his headline tours have seen him selling out venues from Berlin to New York and everywhere in between. Last summer saw triumphant festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, with packed tents shouting along to every word.

The November tour dates are as follows and you can buy tickets here:

NOVEMBER 2017

15 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
16 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
17 Edinburgh @ La Belle Angele
18 Manchester @ Club Academy
21 Birmingham @ O2 Institute 3
22 Bristol @ Trinity Centre
23 Cardiff @ The Globe
24 Southampton @ 1865
25 London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

It’s been a meteoric rise for the 29 year old who started self-releasing his albums and travelling around England on foot only five years ago. Since then he signed a deal with independent music champions Xtra Mile Recording and toured extensively across the UK, Europe and North America opening for supporter and label mate Frank Turner, Scottish heroes The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg.

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Johnny Lloyd 'Eden' EP Out 14 April 2017 // Listen to single 'Running Wild' // UK April Tour Dates

Johnny Lloyd will release details the Eden EP on 14 April 2017 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Preorder now in our online shop.

Listen to new single from the EP 'Running Wild'.

Produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White and Mike Crossey (The 1975), the release comes just ahead of a seven-date headline tour including his biggest London show to date at Scala on 20 April. See dates below and book tickets here.

The Eden EP finds Johnny reuniting with White once again to produce new material between Los Angeles and The Maccabees’ Elephant and Castle studios. Along with Jamie T, White co-produced Johnny’s debut EP Dreamland, which Xtra Mile released last year to radio support from 6Music, Radio X and Radio 2, gaining a top 20 spot on the iTunes pop chart and over half a million streams online.

Speaking about the new release, Johnny says: “It was great working with Hugo White and Mike Crossey again. The Eden EP was recorded over a period of six months. Hugo brought so much to it and really put the hours in. 'Running Wild' was written in reaction to the live shows; for me the song is about being free and trying to find a place in the world. I’m very happy with how it’s sounding and looking forward to people hearing it.”

Eden EP tracklisting:

1. Running Wild
2. Karnival
3. Traffic
4. Eden

UK Tour Dates

APRIL
19 Birmingham @ The Sunflower Lounge
20 London @ Scala
21 Brighton @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
22 Southmapton @ Joiners
24 Bristol @ The Louisiana
25 Manchester @ Soup Kitchen
28 Sheffield @ The Leadmill

"His music is proof that at the end of the day, good songwriting and musical talent reign supreme." – Pigeons and Planes

"Blends woozy, washed-out guitar work with a metronomic beat and languid vocals to create a warm psychedelic outing." – The Line of Best Fit

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Beans on Toast 'Down The Pub Tour' May 2017 // Supporting #SaveOurPubs

Essex-born folk songwriter Beans on Toast will take to the road on a tour of some of the UK finest boozers and local pubs in May 2017.

The 'Down The Pub Tour' is a 19-day adventure from Preston to Bridgwater via Plymouth, Hastings and beyond paying homage to the classic British mainstay that is the public house, and inspired by the song 'Down the Pub' from his latest album A Spanner in The Works –released December 2016 on Xtra Mile Recordings. You can buy it here.

Those who head out for a night down the pub are in for a real treat as the Beans on Toast live show is an odd and unpredictable experience. A singer, storyteller and songwriter his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see, but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality.

He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues: political protest songs for the modern day; honest and open love songs; songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think, with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.

A fan of touring off the beaten track and visiting some of the country's overlooked towns, last year Beans on Toast went on his 'Small Town Celebrations Tour' and made a documentary, shining a light on these towns and the local music scenes. The film was premiered at Glastonbury Festival later that year. Watch it below.

Unfortunately our pubs are under some real stress now, be it a stupid and completely unrealistic rise in business rates or massive monopoly-style corporate buy-outs of large breweries, it's tough times for boozers indeed. This tour is proud to champion the #saveourpubs campaign.

Down the Pub dates

MAY 2017

04 Preston @ The Ferret
05 Bradford @ The New Bee Hive Inn
06 Bolton @ Alma Inn
07 Coventry @ The Phoenix
09 Melton Mowbray @ The Noel Arms
10 Wolverhampton @ Giffard Arms
11 Carmarthen @ The Friends Arms
17 Ipswich @ The Swan

Information and tickets for all shows can be found on our gigs page or at Beans on Toast's website.

“Protest songs peppered with optimism” The Guardian
"A politically relevant prolific wordsmith" CLASH
“Music brings people together in a way few things do, and live shows more so. But there’s something even more special about gigs with Beans on Toast.” Cultured Vultures
 

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Ben Marwood New Album 'Get Found' Out 7 April 2017 // Listen to 'Baby You're A Mess'

The long-awaited return of singer-songwriter Ben Marwood, one of Xtra Mile Recordings’ most treasured artists, means the release of his third album Get Found will be on 7th April 2017. You can preorder it from our online shop on CD and download, or via iTunes

Listen to album track 'Baby You're A Mess' here on Souncloud or here on YouTube.

Coinciding with the release is Ben’s first tour in a couple of years, taking in some of the UK’s best independent venues. Support comes from label mate Non Canon and, on select dates, Helen Chambers. Full dates are: 

APRIL
06 Brighton @ Brunswick*
07 London @ The Monarch*
08 Portsmouth @ Southsea Sound*
10 Bristol @ Crofters Rights*
11 Nottingham @ Bodega*
12 York @ Fulford Arms*
14 Edinburgh @ Opium
15 Glasgow @ Hug & Pint
16 Manchester @ Gullivers
*with Helen Chambers on these dates

Get Found has been a long time in the making. After the successes of debut album Outside There’s A Curse (2011) and the follow-up Back Down (2013) – which were accompanied by a sold out solo headline UK tour, a support run with Frank Turner across the US, and the very surreal spectacle of accompanying Mr Turner upon rolling green hills at his pre-show performance of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony – Ben wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to or even want to play music again.

A very intense year-long illness stopped Ben in his tracks and even though 2014 to 2015 was a surprisingly productive year of writing new songs, life continued to intervene and this promising musician spent a year “embracing horizontal living”. It turns out that if you’re unhappy in a lot of aspects of your life your body isn’t keen on carrying that weight.

He ended up cancelling all his shows at the end of 2014's final Back Down tour except a slot at his home festival, 2000trees. “But I was still trying to date and work and arrange replacement shows for the ones I cancelled," says Ben. "But in the end I had to admit that broken humans can’t do what they feel like. Mind over matter only works if your mind wants to play ball.” Ben takes pride in showing up, but was forced home to recover.

A third album was anything but inevitable at that point. Yet here we are, in 2017, warmly welcoming another Ben Marwood record. After introducing us to little Ben Marwood in the cutest way possible on the opening song, it’s followed by ‘The Church of No Commandments’ which happily reminds us what we’ve been missing, with an energetic live thrust and gymnastic banjo plying the way for a phrase that soars "we’ll sing through every chorus as if we can stave off death". On the last song, Ben utters "take your lullabies and fuck off" before winding a song around the meaning of true friendship. That constant contrast is resplendent and displayed throughout. 

The album doesn’t stray far from its roots but plays with them tenderly. Pedal steel aches on ‘Enraptured’, while ‘DNFTTTS’ is pure andante piano melody. ‘Nights’ chugs and spits before bellowing into the most uplifting-sounding chorus about death you’ve heard yet – and there are plenty to come. “I’m not dead, I’m not dying, I just can’t get up,” confesses Ben on ‘I’m Wide Awake It’s Boring’ as one of just two songs that directly reference his mental and physical state of that difficult year. But Ben’s still able to pull his best from just his familiar flowing finger-style and disarmingly affecting voice on ‘Bones’ and ‘Bury Me In the Pantheon’. Penultimate song ‘The Devil Makes Work For Jazz Hands’ dwells on death and immobility again (“the weight of the world is locked on your shoulders forever”) before sliding in a slick guitar solo and resolving into a plea of “you should know that you can’t fear all of the things you fear in the dark”. 

Confessional and demanding of attention – it’s great to have Ben Marwood back. 

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