Twisted Nerve Singles Club Download
"A Wooden Figurine Of Don Quixote"
A Wooden Figurine Of Don Quixote
Mystery In Italy
4 Exclusive NEW Shirokuma tracks for download at the Twisted Nerve site. Showcasing a mixture of psychedelic acoustic dream pop, viciously beatsliced timewarp electronica and a Parappa the Rapper esque show tune. As heard recently on XFM's Flo-Motion show and glowingly reviewed by Record Collector. Get 'em while they are lusty for your attention. Not previously released in any form.
Also Coming Soon
Genetic Live: ITC 2004
Faith and Hope and Valentine Records have joined forces for a series of events at this years In The City Music Festival: Friday 17th September kicks off proceedings with "Genetic: Live" - featuring a selection of live acts from two of Manchester's best-loved labels. Shirokuma will be onstage around 11pm, joining label mates Beats For Beginners at the Font Bar, New Wakefield Street Manchester. Megarider and Lynskey will be batting for the Valentine team (with vinyl support from National Forest and Joe Ladyboy). Please note this gig is a FREE event - For further details please check the Valentine/Faith and Hope microsite
Shirokuma Live with Cartwheel & George
The Shirokuma Corporation have been added to the bill for a one off date at the Roadhouse in Manchester with the excellent Cartwheel and George. The date is part of the regular Cut'n'Paste night and will be £4 entry (doors 8pm).
In the meantime I've contributed a new remix for much touted synth rockers Megarider for a forthcoming single on Twisted Nerve. That's due out in September, but keep an eye on the Megarider site for details
Shirokuma LP (finally) on the way
After a few delays the debut Shirokuma LP "Secret Moves at the Midnight Chessclub" is now slated for a spring release through Manchester's Faith & Hope Records. The album features 14 tracks, including the limited edition single "Moonlight in the Afternoon", alongside live favourites "Town of Snowy Loops" and "Spirit Photography" and the breath-taking "Nico's Needles". To read more about the album, and what inspired it, have a read of the new Chessboard essay here, and to hear some exclusive soundclips... click here
Not one, but two more Shirokuma appearances in the space of a week!
First up is a live set (with the full Shirokuma band in tow) at Night and Day Manchester on Wednesday 2nd June. This is part of an Art and Science special, which will also feature labelmates Beats For Beginners, Grand Transmitter, Morning Runner and National Forest. For more info and tickets, please check the Faith and Hope homepage.
Following that, there'll be a solo-laptop/DJ appearance at my own J-Pop club Niku Jaga, this time at Font Bar on New Wakefield Street. My special live guests for the evening include the excellent Cartwheel and Loser Superhero. Free entry.
More live dates:
The Shirokuma Corporation will be performing live at 2MF Records clubnight: Fire:Works in Glasgow on Thursday May 6th. Support comes from FAO Jesus And entry is £4. For more information please check here.
Shirokuma will be DJing at 93 Ft East, Brick Lane, London as part of Faith & Hope's Art & Science showcase on Thursday 13th May. Also on the bill are F&H labelmates Beats For Beginners, Los Paranoias, Morning Runner and National Forest. Further info at the Faith and Hope Homepage.
Moonlight in the afternoon!
Lots of nice things being written/said about the single recently. Radio 1, Radio 6 and XFM have all been playing it out, while the NME declared "it makes us want to have sex in dressing up clothes". If you haven't got one already, you probably need to head to the Faith and Hope Shop quick cos they're going fast.
In other news, I also got interviewed by the lovely Sarah Jane for Manchester's City Life magazine. Have a look here to find out more about "The missing link between Cornelius and Stereolab".
My debut EP Moonlight in the Afternoon, is due for release on Monday February 16th. The tracklisting is as follows:
- Moonlight in the Afternoon
- There is such a place...
To announce the release of the new EP, the Shirokuma Corporation will be appearing live at Manchester's highly acclaimed club night To Amy with Love on Friday 13th February. This will be the corporation's first official live performance, with support from The Roar of the Guns (Valentine Records) alongside the club's resident DJs. For further details please click here.
Tickets £4, doors 9pm - the Retrobar Basement Club, Sackville Street, Manchester.
Welcome to the Shirokuma Corporation Homepage. Pawprints to various selections of Shirokufo including full MP3s of tracks and tasters of forthcoming releases. Lyrics, rambles and photos from the archives of the Midnight Chess Club. With very extended thanks to the tireless web magic of Celeste and the continued general magic of Lynskey, Jimmy, Robin, Dave & Sarah, Naoko and everyone else within the Corporation Building.