Former Talking Heads frontman turned solo star David Byrne has announced two very rare, and very special, gigs at London’s Royal Festival Hall next April.

The shows will focus on Byrne’s collaborative work with legendary producer, songwriter and industry figure Brian Eno and have been appropriately dubbed ‘Songs Of David Byrne And Brian Eno’.

The gigs will showcase material from new album ‘Everything That Happens Will Happen Today’ – a collaborative effort between Byrne and Eno. The pair also crafted the seminal album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ in 1981, and it is expected that material from this LP will also be performed.

David Byrne has been confirmed as playing the following shows:

April 12th – London, Royal Festival Hall
April 13th – London, Royal Festival Hall

Tickets go on sale form 9am on October 3rd.

Oxford math rockers Foals have claimed that their second album will be sunnier – because it will be recorded in Hawaii!

The band were interviewed by BBC Newsbeat and revealed some of their intentions when recording the follow up to their celebrated debut album ‘Antidotes’.

Lead singer Yannis Phillippakis said that the band’s new material is influenced by surf records, karautrock and French films. He also claimed the band was set to move to Hawaii!

“We thought Hawaii because we want to enjoy ourselves and we are great believers in the environment around you having an effect on the kind of music you make,” he said. “If we are somewhere sunny and relaxed, it’ll be a good environment to make a record.”

“In order to progress we have got to try and allow new influences in. I watched the film ‘Delicatessen’ and there’s a lot of music in it which I found really inspiring.”

Detroit based techno producer Matthew Dear is set to unleash another of his cult mixes when his installment of Get Physical’s ‘Body Language’ series is released on October 28th.

The Berlin based label have teamed up with the one time wunder-kind of techno for what is set to be a stunning mix. Containing tracks by DJ Koze, Kalabrese, a Radio Slave remix and some exclusive material by Matthew Dear himself, the mix is mouth watering to say the least.

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear journeyed to Michigan to study where he was swept up in the native techno scene. Forming his own label Ghostly International, Matthew Dear has released some of the most potent techno hits of the past decade under a vast variety of pseudonyms.

As well as releasing the new mix Matthew Dear has been busy touring North America with his group Matthew Dear’s Big Hands, and will also be touring Europe under his own name and that of Audion. Confused? Wait til you hear the music!

The Matthew Dear curated mix ‘Body Language Vol.7’ is out on Get Physical on October 28th. The tracklisting is as follows:

1 Dinamoe: “The Green French One (Original Mix)”
2 Kalabrese: “Cityblues”
3 Sascha Dive: “Street Life (Samuel Davis Dark Groove Remix)”
4 Kid Sublime: “Basement Works Vol. 1”
5 Johnny D: “Orbitalife”
6 Martinez: “Retrospective”
7 Diz: “No Way”
8 Johnny D: “Tramodyssee”
9 Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia: “Dead Souls (Radio Slave Long Distance Kiss Mix)”
10 Prompt: “Ambee”
11 DJ Koze: “Zou Zou”
12 I:Cube: “Gtnup”
13 Soulphiction: “Traffic Lights”
14 Two Armadillos: “Hamlin (Sascha Dive’s Secret Dub)”
15 Seth Troxler & Patrick Russell: “Doctor of Romance”
16 Even Tuell: “Untitled B1”
17 DJ Koze: “I Want to Sleep”
18 Basti Grub: “Baaa Niii”
19 Matthew Dear: “Free to Ask”
20 Lorenzo: “Get Deep”

The annual celebration of indie music known as SWN has finalized its bill and is set to kick off on November 13th.

Curated by Radio 1’s prominent expert on everything Welsh and musical Huw Stephens, this year’s SWN festival boasts some stunning performances. 50s styled nu wop group The Pipettes will play only their second ever Welsh show, but the real coup is a performance by Young Marble Giants.

Formed in late 70s Cardiff, Young Marble Giants released only one album before they split. Just as well it was the seminal ‘Colossal Youth’ album, then. The band have reformed are are set to play their first hometown show in 30 years.

Elsewhere, up and coming London act Golden Silvers will play alongside Welsh language hip hop group Genod Droog in a bill that pretty much defines the word ‘eclectic’.

One of the best showcases of new British talent available, SWN has a worthy commitment to new bands – each year we’ve gone in an attempt to see someone we like, missed them and discovered about six bands we’d never heard of before.

Taking place in a number of venues across Cardiff, SWN also has numerous workshops and forums to help emerging musicians.

SWN takes place in venues across Cardiff between November 14th – 16th. The SWN launch party is on November 13th.

Mod icon and legend of British music Paul Weller is set to release a massive 74-track box set collecting the best of his recordings for the BBC.

Paul Weller has dominated modern British music like few other artists – trends come and go but still the Modfather churns out relevant, challenging music. The 74 songs on the box set were recorded between 1990 and 2008 for the corporation, and include some absolute gems.

Amongst the reams of exclusive and unreleased material are covers of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On?’ and The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’.

As well as this there is a previously unreleased run through Ronnie Lane’s ode to country life ‘The Poacher’ and a version of the jazz-funk classic ‘Hercules’.

In addition to radio sessions and the obligatory Jools Holland appearance, the box set will also feature recordings from Paul Weller’s headline appearance at the 1995 Phoenix Festival, as well as a 1992 performance in the Royal Albert Hall.

A 64-page booklet will accompany the box set, with contributions from Noel Gallagher, Bobby Gillespie and Tim Burgess amongst others.

The View are back, with a new single scheduled for release on October 27.

‘5Rebeccas’ can be yours to own from said date via 1965 Records. Available on 7″ and CD, the track comes backed by a selection of b-sides: ‘Dun Deal’, ‘Mr Men Book’ and ‘For You’.

Look out for a limited-edition pink vinyl version featuring an etched b-side, available exclusively via the band’s own website, here. The band embark on a pretty massive tour later this month, as follows…

October

16 Dunfermline Velocity

17 Inverness Raigmore

18 Forres The Loft

19 Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire

21 Newcastle Academy 2

22 Hull Welly Club

23 Manchester Moho Live

24 Nottingham Bodega

26 Wrexham Central Station

27 Swansea Sin City

28 Shrewsbury Buttermarket

30 Falmouth Princess Pavilion

31 Brighton Old Market

November

1 Reading After Dark

2 Gloucester Guildhall

4 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

5 Milton Keynes Woughton Centre

6 Colchester Arts Centre

7 Stoke Sugarmill

9 Norwich Arts Centre

10 Sheffield Plug

11 Carlisle Brickyard

12 Glasgow King Tuts

16 Middlesbrough Cornerhouse

17 Leeds Faversham

18 Liverpool Barfly

19 Oxford Zodiac

21 London Astoria

22 Bristol Thekla

23 Cardiff The Point

24 LeicesterCharlotte

26 York Duchess

27 Aberdeen Lemon Tree

29 Kirkaldy Ocean

30 Dundee Fat Sams

Find tickets on ClashMusic.com HERE.

Scouse pop mavericks Clinic have announced plans for an unusual new tour and a new single ‘Tomorrow’ due out on November 24th.

The group are renowned for wearing surgeon masks onstage, but this next tour may well be their most out-there venture yet. The ‘Planetarium of The Soul’ tour, as it has been dubbed, is a collaboration between the group and animator Clemens Habicht. Featuring live music and utterly unique visuals, the tour is set to blow minds across the nation.

To celebrate the launch of the tour, Clinic are set to release their new single ‘Tomorrow’ on November 24th. Accompanied by a video directed by Flowered Up auteur Wiz, the single will feature new material as well as an exclusive DFA mix.

Part of Domino Records ongoing 15th anniversary celebrations, Clinic’s ‘Planetarium Of Soul’ tour takes in the following venues:

November 13th – Bristol, Thekla
November 14th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
November 18th – Manchester, Deaf Institute
November 19th – Glasgow, The Arches
November 20th – Birmingham, Factory Club
November 22nd – Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club
November 23rd – London, Scala

British musical legend Ray Davies has argued on air with BBC 6Music presenter George Lamb today (September 30th) with the radio star calling Davies an “old guffer”.

Ray Davies lead the utterly fantastic Kinks for over 30 years, producing countless classics along the way. Experimenting with unusual songwriting techniques he remains one of the most influential men in the history of British music – The Kooks recorded their album ‘Konk’ in his personal studio.

Despite the obvious gravitas of Davies’ musical persona – there are few more respected men alive in music today – Lamb chose to ask the singer questions such as “Are you bald?” and “What’s your favorite vowel?”.

Lamb, who already has a prominent hate-lobby amongst music fans who have even organized a petition to get him off the air, carried on – presumably with a genuine disregard for his own health.

Davies claimed the line was poor, and offered to phone him back. The presenter played mercurial Kinks classic ‘Waterloo Sunset’, before explaining that Davies didn’t want to finish the interview. What interview? Doesn’t seem like an interview to us.

The DJ then laid into the singer throughout the show. At one point Lamb referred to Ray Davies’ notoriously bad relationship with his brother, saying that it would “come back to you and you might die a horrible death”.

Oh dear. Where’s that petition again?

Click here to see the petition to get George Lamb off 6Music

As previously reported on ClashMusic.com, dance duo Simian Mobile Disco are among the acts signed up to curate special nights at London’s newest club venue, matter.

Taking place this Friday, October 3, James Ford and James ‘Jaz’ Shaw have selected the following to line up at matter:

SMD to curate matter this Friday

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Lindstrom (live), Dusty Kid (live), Shit Robot (live), Emperor Machine (live), Riton, Nadia Kasabia, Foamo, Adventures Close to Home (DJs)

As a preview for the night, Clash invited Jaz Shaw to give us an insight into his cultural favourites. This expanded format is based on the Culture Clash features you can read in every issue of Clash magazine – be sure to check them out.

Movie

Wild At Heart – a great film and the only film good film with Nick Cage in ever. Ever.

Book

I love Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. But I don’t own a tin drum.

Album

Lindstrom‘s new album, ‘Where You Go I Go Too’, is really, really good. Go buy it.

Track

There is a track called ‘808 Melody’ by Uncle O. It’s not long on melody but it’s got a fair bit of 808.

“…like the internet has come to life”

Holiday destination

Japan – it’s as good as people say it is. Like the internet has come to life.

Gig venue

Moles, in Bath, is an underrated little gem.

Live band/DJ

Chrome Hoof are awesome live, and they dress up funny.

Simian Mobile Disco curate matter this Friday, October 3; click HERE for further information and get more SMD content on ClashMusic.com HERE.

Forget the credit crunch and market meltdown – Mike Skinner has revealed that the one thing that dominates his mind is the complete destruction of the earth.

The Streets recently released new album ‘Everything Is Borrowed’, which flew straight into the top ten. A private, contemplative affair, it found Mike Skinner is a typically philosophical vein of thought.

In a new interview with British red top The Sun, Mike Skinner has revealed his own fears about the destruction of the world.

“I do have a sense that the world will end. I’m not sure whether that makes me clinically depressed but I am aware how delicate our little bubble is,” he said.

All this pondering the world’s destruction has changed the band’s tour routine apparently, with Skinner taking steps to ensure the group is more eco-friendly.

“It’s not like I’m a crazy eco-warrior but when we tour we travel very lightly nowadays.”

The Streets fourth album ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ is available from record shops now.