Benjamin Shaw

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Benjamin Shaw
Genres Indie, alternative, folk, experimental, lo-fi
Occupations Musician, artist
Labels Audio Antihero
Associated acts Jack Hayter, Broken Shoulder, Nosferatu D2, Fighting Kites

Benjamin Shaw is an acclaimed English musician [1] and artist [2] based in London. He has recorded for a number of different labels but is a mainstay of Audio Antihero records.[3]

Biography[edit]

Benjamin Shaw released his debut EP "I Got the Pox, the Pox is What I Got" in October 2009 on Audio Antihero which saw airplay from BBC 6 Music on the Tom Ravenscroft,[4] Gideon Coe,[5] Steve Lamacq,[6] Jon Holmes [7] and Tom Robinson [8] shows and positive reviews from publications such as The Skinny,[9] The 405,[10] The Music Fix, This Is Fake DIY,[11] CLASH Music [12] and The Line Of Best Fit who remarked "If you think you've heard the like of Benjamin Shaw before, think again. TLOBF recommended.".[13]

In October 2011 it was announced on sites like Drowned In Sound,[14] Bearded [15] and This Is Fake DIY[16] that he would be releasing first full length album, "There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet". He would begin promoting the album with a series of sessions for the likes of The Fly, The 405,[17] This Is Fake DIY,[18] Triple R,[19] The Line Of Best Fit,[20] Dandelion Radio [21] and Resonance FM.[22]

The debut LP "There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet" was released on 21 November to positive reviews. Drowned in Sound called it "superb,"[23] CLASH Music remarked that Shaw was "an outcast, a loner, a maverick and a freak. All of these are compliments,"[24] The Line Of Best Fit claimed "you wouldn't want everyone (or anyone else) to sound to like Benjamin Shaw but I'm delighted someone does,"[25] Is This Music? awarded it 4/5 and called it "one of the better records of the year" [26] and MusicOMH gave it 4/5 and hailed it as a "truly special album." Album tracks "The Birds Chirp & The Sun Shines" and "Interview" were given multiple plays on the Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe BBC 6 Music shows, as were the album's first single "Somewhere Over the M6" and its B-side "Pig".[27]

Shaw has played around the UK, Europe and Australia [28] with artists such as Darren Hayman,[29] Tom Paley (New Lost City Ramblers),[30] Jack Hayter (Ex-Hefner),[31] Neil Pennycook (Meursault),[32] Extradition Order, Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences, Runaround Kids, Little Red and The Owl Service.[33] Shaw has also seen endorsements from Nic Dalton of The Lemonheads.[34]

During a radio interview on 12 August 2012, Audio Antihero founder Jamie Halliday revealed that Benjamin Shaw was working on new material for a future release with the label.[35] The first piece of new material to surface would be the "T'ra F'now" instrumental on the Audio Antihero produced "Hüsker Doo-wop" Charity EP to raise money to repair damages to independent music organisations in New York following Hurricane Sandy.[36][37][38][39] Shaw followed up his contribution to this charity EP with "This Christmas (I Just Want to be Left Alone)," a collaborative Christmas single with Fighting Kites to raise money for Shelter, Shaw also directed the music video.[40][41][42][43][44][45] The single benefited from critical praise from online press and radio and saw support from Tom Robinson, Bush Radio, Jon Solomon's WPRB show and Rolling Stone.[46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54]

On 14 January it was announced that Benjamin Shaw would releasing a new instrumental record entitled "Summer in the Box Room" on the Glass Reservoir label in February 2013.[55][56] Two tracks from the record were premiered by Robert Rotifer on 4FM[57] and GoldFlakePaint praised it as a "special kind of dour musical genius."[58] Tom Ravenscroft would also air tracks from the release on his BBC 6 Music show.[59]

Benjamin Shaw sometimes performs live with Neil Debnam (Fighting Kites/Broken Shoulder) and Kay Ishikawa (Comet Gain) as Benjamin Shaw Band.[60]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet (Audio Antihero, 2011)
  • Goodbye, Cagoule World (Audio Antihero, 2014)

EPs/Mini-Albums/Sessions[edit]

  • I Got the Pox, the Pox is What I Got - EP (Audio Antihero, 2009)
  • Rumfucker (Self Release, 2010)
  • WVUM Sessions - Split with Broken Shoulder (BarelyOut Recordings, 2011)
  • Dandelion Session (BarelyOut Recordings, 2011)
  • Summer in the Box Room (Glass Reservoir, 2013)

Singles[edit]

  • When I Fell Over In The City / The Carpeteer (Audio Antihero, 2011)
  • Somewhere Over the M6 (Audio Antihero, 2011)
  • This Christmas (I Just Want to be Left Alone) with Fighting Kites (Fika Recordings, 2011 / Audio Antihero, 2012)
  • The Birds Chirp & The Sun Shines (Audio Antihero, 2012)
  • Goodbye, Kagoul World (Audio Antihero, 2014)

Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Cigarettes & Eggnog (HI54LOFI, 2009) - contributes "It's Christmas Time (For God's Sake)" (Nosferatu D2 cover) and hidden track
  • Show Me A Word That Rhymes With Pavement (Filthy Little Angels, 2010) - contributes "Starlings Of The Slipstream" (Pavement cover)
  • Bob Hope would - for Japan (Audio Antihero, 2011) - contributes "Kick The Dog" / "When I Fell Over In The City" (Alt. Mix) and "Pig" + Artwork
  • Some.Alternate.Universe - for FSID (Audio Antihero, 2012) - contributes "Long Ago & Oh So Far Away" + Artwork
  • Audio Antihero's Commercial Suicide Sampler (Audio Antihero, 2012) - contributes "How To Test The Depth Of A Well" + Artwork
  • The Hüsker Doo-wop EP for New York (Audio Antihero/Hear It For NY, 2012) - contributes "T'ra F'now"
  • Into The Light: Volume Two for Pussy Riot (Unwashed Territories, 2012) - contributes "This Christmas (I Just Want to be Left Alone)" with Fighting Kites
  • I Love You & Stuff (HI54LOFI, 2013) - contributes "Internet Girlfriend"
  • Audio Antihero Presents: "REGAL VS STEAMBOAT" for Rape Crisis (Audio Antihero, 2013) - contributes "Goodbye, Cagoule World (Live)" + Artwork

Other Credits[edit]

  • Jack Hayter - Sucky Tart (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Artwork
  • Broken Shoulder - Broken Shoulderrr (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Mastering
  • Wartgore Hellsnicker - Moderate Rock (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Artwork
  • Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences - The Wrong Life (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Artwork
  • Fighting Kites & Broken Shoulder - Split (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Mastering
  • Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences - You Can't Make Somebody Love You / Of Course I Stole The Train (Audio Antihero, 2011) - Artwork
  • Broken Shoulder - Stiller Nite (Fika Recordings, 2011) - Artwork + Mastering
  • Nosferatu D2 - It's Christmas Time (For God's Sake) (Fika Recordings, 2011) - Artwork
  • Broken Shoulder - The Tape Of Disquiet (Tape Your Mouth, 2012) - Mastering
  • Jack Hayter - The Shackleton (Audio Antihero, 2012) - Artwork + Mastering
  • Broken Shoulder - Holloway Exit Music / Fun Juice (Deathbomb Arc, 2012) - Mastering
  • Nosferatu D2 - Live At The Spitz (Audio Antihero/BarelyOut Recordings, 2012) - Remastering
  • Broken Shoulder - Crow Versus Crow session (BarelyOut Recordings, 2012) - Mastering
  • D.E.A.D. - S.T.I.L.L. D.E.A.D. (GM Sounds, 2012) - Artwork
  • a Singer of Songs - There is a Home for You (HI54LOFI, 2013) - Artwork

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://bnjmnshw.wordpress.com/the-art/
  3. ^ http://audioantihero.com/Bshaw.htm
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  5. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 6 Music Programmes - Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft sits in". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 6 Music Programmes - Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft sits in". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 6 Music Programmes - Jon Holmes, Tom Ravenscroft sits in". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "BBC - Tom Robinson: TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 30/05/2011". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Nick. "Benjamin Shaw - I Got the Pox, the Pox is What I Got | The Skinny". The Skinny. The Skinny. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Deroo, Vanessa. "Benjamin Shaw - I Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I Got by Vanessa Deroo | The 405". The 405. The 405. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
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  12. ^ Ballard, Samuel. "Singles roundup". CLASH. CLASH. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Fletcher, Paul. "Benjamin Shaw – I Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I Got | The Line Of Best Fit". TLOBF. The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Roby, Wendy. "Singles review". Drowned In Sound. Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Yau, Alex. "Benjamin Shaw announces new single". Bearded. Bearded. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Rubinsky, Hannah Hancock. "Benjamin Shaw announces new album". This Is Fake DIY. This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  17. ^ http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/405-focus-benjamin-shaw
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  19. ^ http://airnet.org.au/program/view.php?episode=12157&sview=1&domain=www.rrr.org.au
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  32. ^ http://songbytoad.com/2011/08/live-in-edinburgh-this-week-22nd-august-2011/
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  45. ^ http://www.joyzine.org/audioantihero.html
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  52. ^ http://sittingnow.co.uk/2012/12/22/benjamin-shaw-fighting-kites-this-christmas-i-just-want-to-be-left-alone/
  53. ^ http://keepingscoreathome.com/?p=1829
  54. ^ http://www.wprb.com/printplaylist.php?show_id=27280
  55. ^ http://glassreservoir.com/2013/01/09/welcome/
  56. ^ http://jbreitling.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/todays-hotness-benjamin-shaw-lubec.html
  57. ^ http://fm4.orf.at/radio/stories/1711700/
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