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Published:
May 09, 2017

The National's new 2017 album has got us excited! Adding to that, they've teazed us with this 30 second video on their Twitter account: 


https://twitter.com/TheNational/status/861794762965360640


In this teazer, amongst discordant sounds and some creepy black & white footage there is a ticker tape at the bottom that reminds us this is breaking news! The last album from The National is their 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. It's about time we get another right? 


Sleep Well Beast


The release date for The National's new album is said to be later this summer. According to NME, at this point it's looking like Sleep Well Beast could be the name of a single or of the new album itself. We'll have to wait and see what the band have got planned! 


The National's New Logo


Having also released a new logo, with a clean, minimalist look, it might mean a new sound from The National is headed our way. You can check that one out below:



Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival


Also in the news, The National's Aaron Dessner, together with Justin Vernon, founder of Bon Iver, are set to host Eaux Claires, a festival taking place on June 16th and 17th of 2017. They're calling it the anti-festival, with the vision to provide an experience different to those on the current festival circuit. They feel that too many lineups these days are too similar and the two rather are encouraging performers to collaborate. Curated by Aaron and Justin, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a good festival, musically. The lineup includes artists like Chance The Rapper and Feist.


This is what Aaron Dessner had to say about Eaux Claires in his most recent Reddit AMA:



"Eaux Claires means so much to all of us -- as artists it's an opportunity to collaborate in ways we wouldn't normally get to do. And it's also a chance to connect with friends and the audience in a more concentrated and free flowing way. More and more we want to engage with the festival as a way to push music forward and embrace new ways of working. It's a collective effort that the audience is part of too -- and hopefully that keep evolving from year to year."



Want to read more about The National? 


Why not check out this, this and this


Image source: The National Facebook

The National - Ada

The National - Ada

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 25, 2017

Updated 7/27/2017: Turns out, Arcade Fire are the kings of trolling. We reached out to Ben & Jerry's and they explained the following: "We're sorry but this is not a Ben & Jerry Flavor and we have no further information."


Arcade Fire, the highly acclaimed indie rock band, are working with the ice cream giants, Ben & Jerry's. It's all listed below. To start though, we'll lead with a wonderfully whimsical clue: "My Body is a Cone." There is a lot going on, we'll also shed light on Arcade Fire's involvement in all things Brooklyn Vegan and Yondr. 


Arcade Fire Ben & Jerry's 


Combine Ben & Jerry's with Arcade Fire? It's a combo that not many could turn down, nor really understand for that matter. The band has recently announced that at the end of August, Arcade Fire ice cream from Ben & Jerry's will be available. Just imagine Ben & Jerry's sweetness sprinkled with Arcade Fire's signature wit.


Arcade Fire ran a poll on Twitter to find a name for their Ben & Jerry's ice cream's flavor (all of this was in honor of National Ice Cream day...of course). 


The options



  • "Arcade Crunch"

  • "Peanut Butler & Kingsberry"

  • "Infinite Chocolate"

  • And the winner:


"My Body is a Cone"


That's right, a big pun on their single "My Body is a Cage," which you can listen to below...and eat a themed ice cream to.


Keep in mind, that these days everything is a meme and everyone is a troll, so it's highly unlikely we'll ever get to taste the flavor that involves 'fudge skeletons' and 'crunchy-bone pieces.' Then again, who knows, they did make cereal for "Creature Comforts," a track off their forthcoming album, Everything Now.


Arcade Fire Brooklyn Vegan 


Arcade Fire have an Everything Now release show taking place on July 27th at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It'll be live-streamed on Apple Music. There was controversy after Brooklyn Vegan revealed a message detailing a dress code for attendants:  



Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.



Arcade Fire has disputed this, saying that if the 'dress code is "hip and trendy," band members will not be allowed through the door.' Win Butler, the band's frontman, said that the dress code, as well as phones being taken at the door (explained below) must 'be an Apple thing.' 


https://twitter.com/arcadefire/status/889573429233553408


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889571482459926528 


Yondr


Included in the pre-show message, was the following notification: 



No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.



Yondr is a new development that allows show participants to keep possession of their phone, but removes their ability to use it. As people enter a venue utilizing Yondr, they place their phone in a bag which locks when entering certain zones.


Arcade Fire have hosted a secret show before where phones were taken away at the door, however, they're denying plans to do this at the Everything Now release show. To end off, let's all take a moment to allow Win's wise words to sink in:


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889690714799579138


Image Source: Arcade Fire Twitter

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Dylan Heneck

Author:
Dylan Heneck

Published:
Jul 27, 2017

What is the Mercury Prize? Well, if you're kind of dumb, like me, then you would have believed it involved science and the elements. Luckily, as an avid Indie Shuffle reader, the truth lies no further than a flicked scroll. 


What Is The Mercury Prize?


If it isn't blatantly obvious already, the Mercury Prize is a music award. Yeah, so? The Mercury Music Prize is annually awarded to the top rated album from Ireland and the United Kingdom. Hold on a second though, this has nothing to do with Brexit.


Receivers of the Mercury Prize include Alt-j, The xx, PJ Harvey, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and 2016's winner, Skepta, to name a few. No literally, there are tons since the prize dates all the way back to 1992.


This years nominees are listed below and will be selected by a panel of music industry buffs. Personally, the judges that stood out include Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jessie Ware (Jessie Ware), and Lianne La Havvas (Really? Does it need to be in brackets?).


Kate Tempest: Mercury Prize Nominee


A fan favorite no doubt, Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos, along with her inspiring live performances, have won her a spot amongst an elite crowd of British artists. Indie Shuffle had the pleasure of missing both of her performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, so you can imagine that this is a hard article to write.


Thank fuck for NPR's Tiny Desk:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqd86is7y54


Oh, and Glasto?:


https://youtu.be/mLzJUalxZYM


Dinosaur: Mercury Prize Nominee


Dinosaur are total newcomers on Indie Shuffle's radar, which is cool though, we're all about new finds. If you're very into jazz, then this is good route to head down, musically. To be frank, even the Ed Sheeran album is listenable, so I doubt you'll find a bad album in the crop of nominees. That said, Dinosaur are our pick of lesser known artists in the pile.


Did You Just Mention Ed Sheeran?


Why yes, Ed Sheeran's record breaking % is on the list of top releases coming from the isles in 2017. No real surprise there. To have 16 singles in the UK Top 20 definitely warrants some recognition.


Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist


Last years panel is still reeling from not giving the Mercury Prize to David Bowie, lets see how they do this year. Here are your nominees:


Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – %
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the Fourth Dimension
The xx – I See You

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Alt-J - 3WW

Alt-J - 3WW

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