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New line-up + new shows...

New line-up + new shows...

+ remixes by SKIP&DIE !
After an absence of several months, the fearless Staff Benda Bilili will be returning to play shows in Europe, with a revamped line-up. To celebrate their return, they've joined forces with wild, genre-blending South African/Dutch band SKIP&DIE, who have revisited two highlights from the Staff's latest album "Bouger le monde". SKIP&DIE's electrifying, dancefloor-friendly versions of Bilanga and Kuluna / Gangs will be coming out as a digital single in early July.

The band's new line up is:

Ricky Likabu Makodu  : vocals, band founder & leader
Djunana Tanga Suele: vocals, dancing
Kabossé Kabamba Kasongo: vocals, "animation"
Roger Landu Satonge: satonge, vocals, guitar
Victor Mbaki Mambu: vocals, dancing
Cavalier Kiara Mayingi: bass, vocals, arranger
Amalphi Ketikila Massamba: lead guitar
Guelor Dianzenza Bakanadio: rhythm guitar
Dostin Mopoto Masebi: drums
Chico Makiedika Mbumba: percussion

Stephen Coates is

Stephen Coates is "a disciple of Scott Walker & Jarvis Cocker"...

... write Les Inrockuptibles...
Read their glowing 4-star review of THE REAL TUESDAY WELD's "The Last Werewolf" (which comes out in France on Jan 23)


Congotronics vs Rockers voted #1 London gig of 2011

Congotronics vs Rockers voted #1 London gig of 2011

... by London-based live blog Londonears

"Super-cross-continental-group featuring all 19 members of Deerhoof, Konono No. 1, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Skeletons and Wildbirds & Peacedrums in this one off collaboration of tribal noise like no other. Only a few members of the crowd managed to refrain from dancing like your friend’s odd hippy mother might at Glastonbury"

http://www.londonears.com/blog.html

Vintage Videos

Vintage Videos






We've recently been digging in our vaults and have extracted 8 great vintage videos, which are now visible in the 'oldies' section of Crammed's YouTube Channel:    

Hallucination Generation
  
by The Gruesome Twosome (1989),   

Route Nationale 7, D
ecollage and Flat 
by The Honeymoon Killers ('81 to '83),   

Overstretchin'
and Prophet & The Fool 
by Juryman ('97 & 02),  

Your Consciousness Goes Bip
 
by Snooze ('97), 

and L'Oeil de la nuit 
by Ramuntcho Matta ('93).

More coming soon...

Megafaun & Akron/Family EU tour footage

Megafaun & Akron/Family EU tour footage

They came, they played, they conquered... and they most certainly didn't shave.


Akron/Family and Megafaun, the two big American additions to Crammed's globe-spanning canon of artists, have both recently wound up hugely successful European tours. Below are examples of each of them in action - first Megafaun's hugely successful appearance at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands (in it's full multi-camera, high quality glory!), and then an interview with Seth from Akron/Family, interspersed with clips of the band's show at Point Ephemere in Paris. Both bands are planning to return to European shores in the spring... more news soon!





Happy Holiday Deals at the Crammed Shop

Happy Holiday Deals at the Crammed Shop


Buy one get one free !

Buy two and also get Crammed's new compilation !

We at Crammed wanted to thank you for supporting our artists and our music this year (and this decade!), so we've decided to offer you one free album of your choice (in CD format) when you purchase any CD between December 1st 2009 and January 15, 2010.

A suggestion: you may want to use this opportunity to discover one of the numerous gems in our deep and rich back-catalogue...

Plus - if you buy TWO albums, we will send you our absolutely lovely new Crammed Discs compilation, as well as the free album of your choice!


Happy Holiday shopping!

The Crammed Family
Welcome Welcome To The New Crammed Site

Welcome Welcome To The New Crammed Site


So this is our new site

We've gone live, but there's still some glitches to fix and some info/sounds/pictures to add in various places, so please bear with us while we're fine-tuning.

We hope that you'll enjoy this new site, and that it will help some of you to explore the hidden gems in the far reaches of our extensive catalogue…

A trailer for the new Balkan Beat Box album.

A trailer for the new Balkan Beat Box album.

Due for release on Crammed Discs early 2010 !




STAFF BENDA BILILI Conquer Euro Crowds; receive Womex Award

STAFF BENDA BILILI Conquer Euro Crowds; receive Womex Award

The magnificent Staff Benda Bilili have been wowing French audiences on their first short tour outside of Kinshasa.
3000 people gathered round the stage at Les Eurockéennes Festival in Belfort, France, for a phenomenally-received late afternoon set of their infectious rumba-rooted grooves...

Staff then moved on to Les Temps Chauds Festival in Bourg-en-Bresse, where before another great show they spent time with the young offenders who had helped build replicas of the customized tricycles the band's disabled members use to roam around Kinshasa. And finally, the crowning glory - a triumphant show at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris with fellow Crammed Congolese bands Konono No.1 & Kasai Allstars...

All this follows the news that that Staff have been awarded the WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2009 Artist Award, which will be presented to them at the event in Copenhagen at the end of October - when the band will embark on their much-anticipated full European tour, including a just-announced date at The Barbican Centre in London on Nov 10th...

Then there's the band's recent two-month residency at the top of the World Music Charts Europe, and their high positioning in the CMJ World Charts in the States... the sound of Staff Benda Bilili, already "Très Très Fort" (as the title of their wonderful debut album tells us), is getting louder and stronger by the day....

Hello MEGAFAUN!

Hello MEGAFAUN!

We're delighted to welcome two great bands to our ever-morphing roster: the first one is Megafaun...

"Megafaun don't just catalog American musical languages, they breed them", writes Pitchfork in a preview of the band's new album "Gather, Form & Fly".

Megafaun was built by brothers Brad and Phil Cook and fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Joe Westerlund from the ashes of DeYarmond Edison, the group they had formed with longtime friend Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon.

Megafaun are part of that rare crop of young artists driven by an unquenchable thirst for a wide range of sounds and styles. While very much at ease with several strains of American folk music, they're masterfully reinventing tradition by infusing it with radically alien elements, inspired by anything from free jazz to 50s experimental electronics. They've performed over 250 shows in the US since '07, and have done live collaborations with new Crammed labelmates Akron/Family, with minimalist composer Arnold Dreyblatt & more.

Gather, Form & Fly can be described as an ode to death, love, musical history (from blues to musique concrète), community, tradition, melody and experimentation. Or, more simply, as a magnificent album of melodic folk music, strong and original.

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