Hello New Yorkers (and those who have really big budgets for traveling to shows). Over the next month and a half, a bunch of artists on the Brassland label, as well as some close friends and associates, are playing at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Booked by Brassland friend Judd Greenstein in cahoots with his New Amsterdam collective, it starts today and runs through late March with well over a dozen concerts at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Hall in midtown Manhattan.
Most notably, it kicks off on today with a FREE six-hour plus marathon headlined by our recent champs Buke & Gass, who will be showcasing a special collaboration with our acquaintances in the group Victoire. Thank heav...
Did you hear that there's A GREAT DEAL of stuff happening in the world of Buke & Gass? Well, holy snapskis, there is! For one thing, public radio's affection for the band is off the charts. We talked about this a bit in December but let's do a kind of wrap-up.
Rispote was named one of NPR's 50 Favorite albums of 2010. All Songs Considered named the album one of their top albums of the year. All Things Considered profiled the band and the creation of their unique instruments. The band filmed a Tiny Desk Concert which you can stream or download and, via the wonders of technology, which you can now watch right here on this internet site. NPR's Bob Boilen pick...
How's it going? Have your New Year's Eve bruises become bearable yet? Did you smell bad when you woke up? Well all is renewed now!! It's a new year.
Speaking of newness, welcome to our brand-spanking new website! Thousands of emails, beaucoup internet wizardry, holiday interruptions and global hard work went into this new site! We are still working out the kinks so be gentle. If you are sentimental or need some time to adjust to the change, our old site is still up at http://www.brassland.org/v2 for a limited time. We don't think it's as good as this new one but, hey, we respect your nostalgia.
On that topic and speaking of oldness, did you know that this was Brassland'...
Well, the holidays are fast approaching and you know what that means. Holiday party awkwardness, gifts you didn't ask for that you have to pretend to like, and loud Santa sing-a-longs with your pals...
We can help you with that last part! To wish you a Happy Holidays, we are offering you a free download of Clogs We Were Here featuring Sufjan Stevens & Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond!
Just head over to this page we've set up to connect with us on Facebook for the link.
We at Brassland want to thank you for a great 2010! Please take this song as a token of our gratitude! See you in 2011!
Well, who would've thunk it: NPR sure has shown Buke & Gass their fair share of love this year. Whether it be including their debut in NPR Musics 50 Favorite Albums of 2010, an interview/performance segment on WNYCs Soundcheck, a Marketplace music pick with Buke & Gass Arone Dyer, or tracks featured on Morning Edition, their support has run far and wide...and we love it!
Bob Boilen has been giving Radiolab some major competition for being the band's biggest supporter at NPR naming it his 4th best record of 2010 just below Brassland pals Sufjan Stevens & Jonsi -- and then bringing them up again (again!) in his All Songs Considered year-end wrap-up. I think we prob...
If you still haven't caught Buke & Gass, you are in luck. The musical duo is touring throughout various parts east of the Mississippi, and even Montreal! Be advised however, their routing has changed and on December 7th they will be making a stop in Columbus, OH. To get a full view of the touring schedule, check out their artist page on the Brassland site.
With all these shows going on, the media chatter continues to pour in. Legendary rock critic Michael Azzerad tweeted: "OMFG, Buke & Gass blew me away tonight." The folks over at Pitchfork share a similar attitude: ". . . the results are positively arresting. Arresting indeed. But all the positive energy does not stop t...
Since the release of their debut album last month Riposte, Buke & Gass has gained the attention of many listeners out there, some of whom are super important VIP types. What does the buzz sound like? It can all be summed up nicely with New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere Joness recent tweet showing some serious love: Kinda dying to see Buke & Gass live. But, please, there is no need for desperation! No need to die! You people are about to get the chance to catch Buke & Gass in several U.S. cities.
Starting in early December, the band will be touring (mostly) alongside fellow Brooklynites, Talk Normal throughout the Northeastern North America (and Cleveland and Chicago). Yo...
If you thought the Brassland site was awesome before, you are in for a nice surprise. Things just got even awesomer.
Now, when browsing through your backcatalog favorites, you can enjoy some videos right on the album page that that video is associated with. Say what? Well, for example did you know a video existed for "Sugar Wife" from The National's sophomore LP, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers? Hell, we barely remembered. But now the internet has come up, smacked us upside the head and reminded us.
Thank you internet.
What can we say? All that yadda yadda yadda text about these records goes down much better with some video & audio to check out. Clickity click an...
Buke & Gass are hitting the road again...sort of. They're hitting lots of local toll roads, at least, doing three shows in New York City in October, with gigs booked on the 14th, 21st, and 27th. The 14th will be especially hot & intense because it is at Silent Barn; the the 21st gig at The Living Room is especially notable for falling during the CMJ festival; the 27th will be especially awesome because it is with Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors.
All this local activity follows up the copious press love that has greeted the release of Riposte. Tobias Carroll, over at Dusted, refers to their rebel style saying how the band recalls "the avant-garde, the handcrafted, the anti-autho...
Basically we're pretty into this. And, well, we think things went over pretty well. 'Nuf said? This is one of those rare cases where we'll just shut up & let the pictures do the talking.
The soothing tones which Thomas Bartlett's Doveman project specializes in are certainly pleasing to the ears. Now, add some visuals to the Doveman experience with the latest video premiere off his 2009 album The Conformist. Directed by Sam Amidon, a childhood friend and a considerable musician in his own right, The Burgundy Stain video depicts an array of powerful scenes showing the tranquility of nature, the beauty of musical creation, and the emotional attachment to family.
The viewer is transformed! At least for the 2 minutes and 26 seconds that it lasts. Amidon had these words to contribute alongside this video:
The video was shot in Vermont, where the trees are...
The wait is officially over for Buke & Gass's debut full-length "Riposte." No more lingering pre-ordering excitement. No more media buzz in the same magazines you read concert listings in. You no longer have to buy the record directly from us. (Which makes us sad, but don't worry, we'll cope.)
"Riposte" is now available for purchase through various other sources. May we suggest Apple's iTunes or Amazon's internet website or eMusic or, perhaps, the indie rock champions at Insound
While you enjoy your new tunes, we recommend you check out some awesome multimedia experiences that give you more of the full Buke & Gass experience. If you can't be there li...
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRE-SALE of BUKE & GASS's MOST-EXCELLENT DEBUT LP RIPOSTE
The latest member of the Brassland family has been out and about, playing shows, conducting interviews, and receiving press. We thought we'd compile some of the media attention for your convenience, starting with this interview at Village Voice, which provided the lowdown on "Medulla Oblongata" (it's about "the trials of miscommunication"), Aron's early instrument designs (thumb pianos, talking drums), and where to find a good lunch in Brooklyn (Calexico in Columbia Heights). TimeOut NY's piece on the band cross-referenced their sound with Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, and Marnie Stern,...
Last week, Clogs released a video for their latest single, "Last Song," on Pitchfork.tv. Directed by twin brothers Benjamin and Stefan Ramirez Perez, the video layers animation over traditionally filmed images to gracefully show a fragmented narrative in which two characters shift between isolation and interaction. The tune itself features The National's Matt Berninger (pictured at left with daughter Isla on the latest cover of Under the Radar), whose baritone enters a minute and a half in. You can watch the video below.
In addition to the video, Clogs are releasing the digital-only Last Song EP. Featuring the title track, two exclusive b-sides ("No Bridge" and the curiousl...
The last few months have been exciting ones for The National, and we've been trying to match that excitement with plans for the back catalog. First off you can get their debut The National (s/t) right now as one of Amazon.com's $5.00 digital deals. It will be up there for the rest of July.
More exciting is that are new pressings of the band's Brassland back catalog on vinyl. Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers vinyl will be available in stores on July 20th; The National (s/t) will be available in stores in the first week or two of August. (Check with your local shop. They'll appreciate hearing from you!)
Alternatively, if you're an impatient sort or you want an e...
In our past three news posts, The National's designated rhythm specialist Bryan Devendorf has given us a taste of what life is like working in a "mid level band" (his words, not ours). It involves NPR, car services, trans-continental flights, and an awful lot of rumination.
Today, however, brings something new - namely, pictures. While Bryan chose to express himself through wry, stream of consciousness prose, guitarist Aaron Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf took some snaps with their cameras. We thought we'd post some of our favorites - complete with pithy captions - for your viewing pleasure. For more shots, head over to our Flickr account.
Putting fingers to keys, The National's Bryan Devendorf has guided us through the band's Glastonbury experience. Over the past three days, we've read about Martin Sheen and method acting, white wine and Biggie Smalls.
Today's post comes from the 26th, the day the band officially plays...Glastonbury. The Reports from the Road have led up to this moment. So what goes through a man's mind before playing a large British festival? See below.
Day Three: "What It's Like"
June 26, 2010
My dad was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. When we were young there was a slideshow he showed us of aerial photographs of Saigon he had...
Two days ago, The National's Bryan Devendorf resumed his Reports from the Road series with a report from home in anticipation of the band's appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton. We learned that listening to NPR is a good way to begin a nap, that the car service to the airport was probably not on the up and up, and that Bryan is comfortable with a window seat.
Well, now comes Day Two. The "most-esteemed" Boeing 747 has set down at Heathrow and the twenty hours of R&R commence. What does a drummer do with that kind of time? Read below.
Day Two: Day Off
June 25, 2010
In the ongoing film of my life of which I am star, cin...
Two years ago, The National toured the United States and Canada with REM and Modest Mouse. Drummer Bryan Devendorf documented the band's travels with words and pictures, bringing tales of the road to Brasslanders everywhere.
Now that the band is again touring - this time through Europe in support of their Billboard-charting new album, High Violet - Bryan opened up his word processor and cranked out some prose for your reading pleasure. Without further ado, we bring you "Reports from the Road by Bryan Devendorf, Volume 2." Enjoy!
Day One: GLASTONBURY NOW
Brooklyn, New York
June 24, 2010
Its morning in America, again.
I study the ceil...
On May 11th, CocoRosie released its fourth full-length record, Grey Oceans. The release came and went without too much fanfare. Our friend Brandon at Stereogum noticed this and decided to run this op-ed article - featuring input from artists such as Antony Hegarty, Yoko Ono, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) - on the lack of critical discourse surrounding CocoRosie's music as well as critic's individual cowardice in embracing more challenging music generally. Brandon writes:
A few years ago I wrote a positive review of CocoRosie's 'The Adventures of Ghosthorse And Stillborn.' Too positive, it turns out: The publication that assigned it killed the piece at th...
In May, Brooklyn Vegan began an EP-length tribute to Katrina and The Waves in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of the band's classic "Walking on Sunshine." Featuring some of the blog's favorite artists, the individual tracks to Sun Salute (cover at left) were released one by one, beginning with 802 Tour alumnus Sam Amidon's cover of "Walking on Sunshine". Since then, Deer Tick, Fucked Up, and Tune-Yards have thrown in tracks ("Sun Street," "Walking on Sunshine," and "I Really Taught Me to Watusi," respectively), creating a decidedly eclectic line-up for the release.
And today, Doveman adds his particular brand of lamp-rock to the mix, joinin...
Though we've tweeted it, 140 characters just doesn't quite do this story complete justice. The news? Clogs' The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton continues to rack up praise, this time from eMusic and Drowned in Sound.
eMusic's article, The Best Albums of the Year...So Far, places Clogs on an eclectic list that includes Titus Andronicus, Caribou, The New Pornographers, and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), among others. What did they have to say about The Creatures? We found a pertinent quotation: "Clogs have developed an accessible style of composition that draws on both Renaissance lute and keyboard music, as well as American minimalism... Newsome (has) create...
Big news: Buke and Gass have made the first leak from their upcoming Brassland debut available via Bandcamp. Titled "Medulla Oblongata," the song's got a lot going on for a two-piece. Check out the stream below. (You can download it too -- which works great on your iPad or other content carrying device!)
Medulla Oblongata by Buke and Gass
In other news, Buke and Gass did some touring with The National a few weeks back opening for them at stops in both London and Berlin. The two groups then crossed the ocean and played at The National's High Violet Annex on Brassland Night. Brooklyn Vegan was present to capture it all in pictorial form. For your viewing pleasure:
A few weeks ago online retailer Amie Street was kind enough to offer a pair of The National's Brassland back catalog titles as $5 digital downloads.
For the next few weeks, they've expanded this to include a few of their other favorites on the Brassland label -- throwing in a free mp3 from these new titles just for the heck of it. Click here to check out the hot deals.
Alternatively, here's an album-by-album round up of the hot deals:
- Clogs's 2006 release, Lantern
- Doveman's latest effort, The Conformist
- Nico Muhly's Brassland debut, Mothertongue
- The National's self-titled debut
- The National's Cherry Tree EP
If you visit this site regularly, then you've probably listened to The National before. And there's also a good chance you know about their new album, High Violet. As it turns out, you're not alone. On Wednesday, Pitchfork reported that America's tuning in, too, with High Violet selling 51,000 copies in its first week and charting at #3 on the Billboard 200, behind only Justin Bieber ("The Biebs") and Lady Antebellum (no nickname). Exciting stuff, yeah?
To celebrate the release and raise money for their friends at the Red Hot Organization, the band played a gig at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hedgeus were on site to film t...
On May 24th, our friends across the pond will be able to purchase Clogs' The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, marking the first time in many years that Britons have access to a physical copy of a Brassland album (other than as an import, of course).
If that's not enough to whet your appetite, The National's back catalog will be available, as well. For those Englishmen (and Welshmen and Scotsmen and their sexual counterparts) interested in tracing the sonic history of High Violet, now marks the perfect time to begin your research. Therell be more Anglo-centric news to come from Brassland in the future, so stayed tuned. Cheers!
Tomorrow, The National's new album, High Violet, will be released in stores nationwide. In anticipation, the press has been pouring in. Pitchfork reviewed the album, tagging it with its "Best New Music" seal of approval. Vanity Fair posted a nice write up, comparing the band to Radiohead and featuring some Vanity Fair-esque photos. A few weeks ago, New York Times Magazine featured the band in a long article that reveals a little band history, a little bit of the recording process, a little bit of everything. If you're curious what songs Steve Reich likes from the new record, be sure to read it.
In addition to the flurry of media attention, Other Music will open up an...
Next Tuesday, The National's fifth full-length album, High Violet, will be released in stores all over. (To stream the entire album, click over to NPR.)
In celebration of their fifth album & those of you with weird numerological fixations, we've priced digital downloads of the band's Brassland releases and for a single Lincoln ($5.00) throughout May. If there was ever a time to acquaint yourself with the band's back catalog, this would be it. Relevant links for relevant albums:
- The National's self-titled debut at Amie Street
- The National's second album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers at Amazon
- The National's final Brassland release, th...
Beginning May 6th, Doveman will embark on a short tour of the Northeast United States (with a one-off in Los Angeles) opening for Canadian musician Patrick Watson, whose folk-influenced lamp-rockish songs nicely complement Tommy Dove's and should make for some good shows. To see these two in the flesh, be at the following places on the following dates:
May 6th - Brooklyn, NY (The Bell House)
May 7th - New York, NY (92Y Tribeca)
May 8th - Washington, DC (Rock and Roll Hotel)
May 9th - Philadelphia, PA (Unitarian Side Chapel)
May 22nd - Los Angeles, CA (The Hotel Cafe)
For links to venues, tickets, and showtimes, head over to our Shows page.
On Monday April 26th, influential (i.e. not crappy, in fact quite excellent!) radio station KCRW will be giving away a free MP3 of Clogs' "Last Song" as Todays Top Tune, a daily download feature both on their site and iTunes wherein they select one of their favorite recent songs for you, the listening audience. Last Song," which appears on Clogs new album, "The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton," features a lead vocal contribution from The National's singer Matt Berninger. The song has proven to be pretty popular. The National guys are getting pretty popular.
Anyhoo, the song will only be available for download for 24 hours so get it while you can, or you won't b...