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June 24, 2009

Wrap-Up of Doveman's Show at Le Poisson Rouge

As many of you probably know, Doveman played a show last Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge with backing noises provided by Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, and select members of The National (Aaron, Bryce, and Bryan). Brooklyn Vegan was there to document the evening with digital images and an overwhelmingly positive post-gig review from Gangster Legs, whose appreciation for the evening's entertainment initially seemed suspect. (One doesn't think of the Brassland Family as particularly "gangster." Baby D...maybe?) Regardless, the kind words were more than welcome, so thank you, Gangster Legs. A couple of pictures, courtesy of someone named Fresh Bread:


The gang, cranking...


June 23, 2009

Dessner Brothers Composing New Piece for BAM's Next Wave Fest

Fresh off performing with fellow Brasslander Doveman at Le Poisson Rouge last Thursday, Bryce and Aaron Dessner are now finishing work on another project unrelated to their steady gig as guitarists for The National. As reported on Brooklyn Vegan, their new piece - titled The Long Count - will play October 28-31 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival and feature the work of visual artist Matthew Ritchie (who some may remember from his previous collaboration with Bryce). A description of the project, courtesy of BAM's website, follows below:

"In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists - brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron De...


June 17, 2009

New Doveman mp3 on Brooklyn Vegan

A while back, Stereogum posted a Doveman update featuring a download of "Breathing Out," a song off of the band's still-untitled new album. (To stream the song, click the blue box; to download it, click here.)


Yesterday, Brooklyn Vegan got in on the action, posting a Doveman update of their own, complete with a download for a groovy new leak titled "Hurricane." (To get your dancing shoes on, click that blue box; to put the song on your iPod, click here.)


In addition to posting the new mp3, BV.com also mentioned Doveman's show tomorrow at Le Poisson Rouge, where Thomas will be backed by Sam Amidon and Aaron, Bryce, and Bryan from The National. The group...


June 1, 2009

A National Update Per Scott G.'s Request

Not long ago, Brassland's #1 employee received an e-mail from Scott G., who had this to say:

Dear Glenn,

I am 15 yrs old and a HUGE fan of the National. I know their music is not really intended for my age group, but that's just because young people's music tastes suck these days. I just had two questions:

1. Any news when their new album will be out? I went to the concert last night, and they played a couple of new songs (Baby, Vanderlylle, Blood Buzz, and one other). When will this album come out?

2. How come they do primarily morose songs? Is it because of real-life experiences? Difficult relationships? Or are they just easier/more fun to w...


May 30, 2009

Nico Muhly's Latest Work Composed For The Nose

On May 31 and June 1, new Nico Muhly compositions will will make their way to New York's Guggenheim Museum. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the new pieces were written with Mothertongue producer Valgeir Sigurdsson for the world's first scent opera (titled "Green Aria"), created by entrepreneur Stewart Matthew and fragrance designer Christophe Laudamiel. For those curious about the genre of "scent opera," the WSJ had this to say:

"In a darkened theater, audiences will be bombarded with smells, blasted in six-second sequences by a scent 'microphone' attached to each seat. The scents tell the story of an epic struggle between nature and industry."

Val...


May 27, 2009

"Nico Suave" in Newsweek, on Grizzly Bear Album

Last Saturday, Newsweek published a profile of Nico Muhly, cleverly titled "Nico Suave." It's available online, too. The piece lightly tackles the possibility of Nico overload, which has already been addressed by the composer himself. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to read Nico's thoughts on his own press coverage.) On the bright side, my Grandma in Iowa - now aware of Nico's existence - may venture over to the Brassland Store to purchase Mothertongue.

The good exposure from the article, however, hasn't stopped the obvious jokes being made regarding Nico and that of yore, '90's heartthrob Gerardo. In a Nico tweet that has long since been relegated to th...


May 25, 2009

Doveman mp3 Leak on Stereogum, Show in June at LPR

Last Thursday, Stereogum posted a Doveman update that included an exclusive leak of his new song "Breathing Out." (Click the above link to stream the song.) The song's release comes in anticipation of Doveman's new album, produced by Grammy-winner Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige). For those anxious to hear Doveman's follow-up to Footloose, we can only preach a little patience - we'll keep you posted on details regarding its release, which is expected later this year.

In other news, Doveman has recently been seen backing pretty much everybody (My Brightest Diamond, Bon Iver, David Byrne, The National, and Nico Muhly). On June 18th, however, he'll...


May 19, 2009

Brassland and Family Tweeting, Twitter on Brassland.org

In an effort to keep up with Fox Sports, we at Brassland started our own Twitter account to provide an outlet for quick Brassland-related updates, random thoughts, and other "tweets." The extended Brassland family hasn't been immune to the Twitter craze, either - Nico Muhly, Erik Friedlander, and Doveman each have their own Twitter pages.

To accommodate all of this Brassland twittering, we've created a stream that updates the latest Brassland and Brassland artist tweets, making it easy to view what the entire Brassland roster is up to. You can read the updated tweets, nicely boxed in an aesthetically-pleasing baby blue, on our homepage as well as (for a slightly more in-depth tw...


May 14, 2009

Baby Dayliner Returns With MP3, Heavy Airplay on KEXP

The Tenth Sexiest Everyday Man of 2008 has returned for some 2009 sexiness. This week, Baby Dayliner surfaced on KEXP 90.3 with his new song "You Push, I'll Go." The very dance-able, very catchy track has everything we've come to expect from Baby D - detailed lyrics, layered rhythms, and a matter-of-fact-but-still-smooth croon. (For curious listeners, the song's available for download here. To stream, click the blue triangle.)

For those in the NYC area, Baby Dayliner is also DJ'ing as a guest tonight on KEXP's To The Five Boroughs, hosted by John Richards. The show begins 8:00 pm, so tune in.

This recent increase in activity marks the beginnings...


May 7, 2009

The National and Nico on Fallon

Other than the release of the Aaron & Bryce Dessner-curated Dark Was the Night compilation and the whole band's appearance at the DWtN benefit show at Radio City Music Hall, things have been rather quiet lately for The National. Sure, they've been preparing for their largely sold-out May tour and, sure, one might gather that the band is, theoretically, working on a new album. That we venture to guess such things, however, does not make these things true. It's so hard to know what goes on beyond closed doors and, more specifically, outside of the icy glare of the internet and its many news outlets.

One thing we can verify: The National did manage to pay Jimmy Fallon a vis...


May 5, 2009

Dark Was The Night at Radio City Music Hall Wrap-Up

This past Sunday, musicians that appeared on the Dessner-curated Dark Was The Night compilation descended upon Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall to play a show and help raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness. The performers included, among others, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National - pretty much everyone who falls under the "current strain of NPR-friendly indie rock perfect for Hamptons hammocks" (to quote one ambivalent Pitchfork write-up).

Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan were also present to cover the event. A few moments captured for posterity (photos by Amrit Singh and Natasha Ryan):


The Dirty Projectors
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May 1, 2009

Sycamore Now Hosting Shows in Brooklyn, Including The Havels

Sycamore, a florist-shop-cum-bar located in Brooklyn's Ditmas Park, has begun hosting live shows. While this may seem like random news at first, we assure you that it isn't. In addition to being located in the borough where Brassland makes its general home and in the neighborhood where multiple Nationals make their specific homes, the new venue semi-frequently brings in the band's own Scott Devendorf to DJ (see left). Jessica, Sycamore's booker (who also happens to be Aaron and Bryce Dessner's sister), explained Sycamore's vibe to Brooklyn Vegan:

"We're starting slowly, to be sure everything is done right. The goal is about 3 to 4 shows a week, and in gen...


April 25, 2009

On June 18th, Doveman Will Be Backed By The National and Sam Amidon at LPR

Having temporarily taken a break from gigging to finish up the recording of his latest album, Doveman will return to the stage for a performance at Greenwich Village's Le Poisson Rouge on June 18th at 7:30. Backed by Sam Amidon, who will also play an opening set, as well as Aaron, Bryce, and Bryan from The National, Thomas will play some songs off of the new record.

To guarantee that you hear the new tunes, be sure to buy your tickets early. You can purchase them online here.


April 14, 2009

Nico Does Dance at Joyce Theater, His Hair As Well

On April 28th, the premiere of Nico Muhly's latest piece, "I Drink The Air Before Me," will take place at New York's Joyce Theater. The piece - commissioned for a new performance by the Stephen Petronio Company (a Big Apple-based dance company celebrating its 25th anniversary) - will be played live by Nico, his ensemble (including one Doveman), and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. If you've ever wondered how the "atmospheric and internal storms and the power of extreme weather in all its awesome transience" would sound and look when performed by human beings, this is definitely your show. For tickets, click here.

In other, less high-brow news, watch th...


April 6, 2009

Clogs To Play Pablo Neruda Tribute Concert

After a long period of R&R, Clogs resurfaced in 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, sharing a bill with Bell Orchestre and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. As was duly noted, the show went very well, indeed.

Now the band returns for its second major show of the new(-ish) year, playing a new piece by Padma Newsome at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden on April 15th as part of Songs of Love and Despair: A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda. The evening, which aims to "feature readings and...new music as settings for Neruda's poetry," takes place from 8:00-9:30 pm and will also feature Irene and Vojtech Havel, Laurie Anderson, and Colin Stetson (Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fir...


April 2, 2009

"The Lincoln Shuffle" Show Sold-Out

As we mentioned a few days ago, Bryce Dessner is appearing in Philadelphia on April 2nd (today, for those who have trouble keeping track of such things) to perform The Lincoln Shuffle, a series of short pieces Bryce wrote to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the dude's birth in a log cabin.

The show, which has officially sold-out, will be occurring at the Rosenbach Museum and Library at 6:30 pm. For directions to the museum, click here.


March 28, 2009

Dessner News: MusicNow Wrap-Up and "The Lincoln Shuffle" Show

Earlier this March, Bryce Dessner was back in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 2009 MusicNow Festival. The festival, which ran on March 11th and 12th, featured a diverse lineup, including the Kronos Quartet, The Books, and Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre fame). Some pictures of the event (all taken by Keith Klenowski) can be seen below:








For more photos, feel free to visit MusicNow's Flickr Photostream. To watch Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, and Tyondai Braxton (from Battles) perform an impromptu jam, click play below:

In other news, "The Lincoln Shuffle" -...


March 24, 2009

Doveman Update: New Album, New Show

It's been awhile since Doveman made some news in these here parts - after a UK tour in January and a sold-out performance of Footloose at Joe's Pub in February (pictures of which can be seen on BrooklynVegan), Thomas and the gang have laid low, putting songs on tape for a spankin' new record. While the details are still a little secretive, we can divulge that the new record will feature Sam Amidon as well as Aaron, Bryce, and Bryan from The National making various noises and sounds. So get excited and stuff.

In addition, Doveman will be playing with Sam, Aaron, Bryce, and Bryan at Le Poisson Rouge on June 18th. You can purchase your tickets here on LPR's ticket se...


March 6, 2009

Brassland's Big in Britain

This past January, Doveman completed his first tour of the United Kingdom, hitting small venues in big cities but nevertheless making a considerable impression. (Mnemonic's Comment: "Doveman with Nic Muhly and Sam Amidon at Cafe Oto. This would have been the gig of the year if not for...Leonard Cohen at RAH. Worth every penny of the £100 ticket. I still have his songs going through my head now.")

Other Brassland artists, however, are making the jump to the musical equivalent of the English Premier League, playing venerable UK institutions both old and new. First with the old: while The National travel the European summer festival circuit, they'll make a stop in London on Augu...


March 2, 2009

Clogs Receives Interweb Love Following BAM Show

Last Thursday, Clogs played the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Bell Orchestre and the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a comeback concert (of sorts). The band's emergence from relative hibernation was greeted with enthusiasm on various music websites, including The New York Times, whose critic (Jon Pareles) concluded that "there was no question that the classical and indie realms can share a border where music turns pensive, knotty and otherworldly." It's obviously been a while since the dude reeled through Lantern on his Walkman, but better he come to this conclusion late rather than never.



Stereogum was also present, snapping photos and gushing over the appear...


February 27, 2009

The National Put Together May Tour

Other than the release of "So Far Around The Bend" for the Dessner-curated Dark Was The Night, things have been rather quiet for The National. Come spring, however, the band will resurface for a festival appearance in March and a short tour along the east coast in May. The cities and dates are: St. Augustine (3/8, for the Harvest of Hope Festival), Toronto (5/21), Montreal (5/22), Boston (5/23), Washington, D.C. (5/24, 5/25), Atlanta (5/27), Raleigh (5/28), and Philadelphia (5/29).

For venues and links to purchase tickets, be sure to visit our shows page. And stay tuned for more news from the band - we'll publish it as it gets confirmed.


February 23, 2009

Clogs and Nico Playing BAM This Week

If you check this site regularly, you already know both Clogs and Nico Muhly have events at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this week. Not to brag, but given The National's two-night residency at the venue in 2008, it starting to feel like BAM is Brassland's friendly neighborhood club -- albeit one that seats 2000 people and was home to legendary early works by artists like Philip Glass and Robert Wilson.

Clogs' performance, part of an event titled Shuffle Mode, takes place this Thursday (February 26). The band will play alongside the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Bell Orchestre in a "musical dialogue that defies the expectations for classical concert programming." Basically the two ba...


February 18, 2009

Nico In Top-Flight NYC, LA Venues (and Hollywood)

Mr. Muhly has had a quiet 2009. Not one to sit idle for long, it's only natural that he greet February with a series of high profile performances and pieces at high profile New York and Los Angeles venues.

Tonight, Nico will be appearing with his nearest and dearest collaborators (including Doveman, Sam Amidon, and illustrator Maira Kalman) at The Allen Room in Lincoln Center to perform Illustrated Music. Ten days later, Nico's arrangements for Grizzly Bear will be showcased at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a performance alongside the Brooklyn Philharmonic. After that, it's the world premiere of The Adulteress, a piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Jessica Rivera...


February 16, 2009

Bryce Dessner Composes "The Lincoln Shuffle" for 21st Century Abe

Today, of course, is President's Day. And since Abraham Lincoln was once a President, it's rather fitting that this piece of Brassland news be shared with you on Monday, January 16th. So, here goes: Bryce Dessner has composed a new series of short pieces, collectively titled "The Lincoln Shuffle," to celebrate Honest Abe and the music of his era.

Now streaming at 21st Century Abe, the suite includes pieces titled Rose of Lincoln, Lincoln's Dixie, Uncle Bob Ledbetter, Uncle Bob's Union Guitars, and Lincoln's Triumph (A Funeral March). Included on each page, below the picture, is a quote from Bryce that reveals his inspiration, thoughts, or general ideas regar...


February 10, 2009

Brassland Now Distributed Worldwide by Touch & Go (UPDATED)

In case you haven't heard (there's no reason you should have), Brassland has switched to influential label/distributor Touch & Go to meet its worldwide distribution needs, joining the ranks of notable upstarts like Love Pump United and Post Present Medium as well as classic labels such as Kill Rock Stars and Atavistic.

For a quick history, Touch & Go began in the early 1980's as a fanzine that started releasing 7" records. Then came Big Black, Slint, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, and other bands that all aging hipsters know and love. As Touch & Go continued releasing albums, they began manufacturing and distributing records for other labels, including Merge and Drag City. Then came...


February 5, 2009

Brassland Roster Well Represented on Dark Was The Night Compilation

As previously announced on this site and elsewhere, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National have produced a compilation for The Red Hot Organization in order to raise funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Titled Dark Was The Night, the compilation will arrive in stores as a double-disc or triple-vinyl package (as well as a digital download, of course) featuring 31 exclusive tracks by a who's who of the independent music world, including David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, and Andrew Bird, among others. And as it just so happens, several members of the Brassland roster make up part of that exclusive group.

To be specific, The National contribute "Far A...


January 29, 2009

Doveman To Give One-Off Footloose Performance on February 4th

Doveman is currently in Britain finishing up his UK tour (for venue information on the remaining dates in London and Coventry, head over to our Shows page). However, he will soon be back in the good ol' US of A to give a one-time only performance of his now semi-infamous Footloose cover album.

The show will take place at 9:30 on February 4th at Joe's Pub in Manhattan. For tickets and venue information, head over to Joe's website. Be sure to buy your tickets soon before they're gone - as the posters on IMDB say, "One kid. One town. One Chance." (We figured such a tagline could metaphorically apply to you, the independent music consumer.)

Ok, take ca...


January 27, 2009

Bryce Dessner To Perform Darkness Visible

Over the next two nights, Bryce Dessner - guitarist for The National and Clogs - will perform Darkness Visible with visual artist Matthew Ritchie, Dessner's collaborator on the project.

The first night (1/28) will include a lecture and performance regarding Dessner and Ritchie's installation The Morning Line. The second night (1/29) will feature a performance of their multimedia project Raphael. Both events will be held at MIT's Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In other Dessner news, the Brassland Store is currently selling The Clogs Collection, which features the band's entire catalog. If you don't own any of Clogs' albums, now is t...


December 21, 2008

Doveman Gets A Nod in New York, Touring in January

As our previous news story on Nico Muhly illustrated, the end of the year means one thing for music fans - Best-of Lists! And as it turns out, Nico wasn't the only artist in the Brassland stable to receive a little recognition. Doveman's Footloose cover album received top prize for "Best Nutty Covers" in New York's The Year in Pop round-up. Listing Grizzly Bear's take on "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and numerous versions of "Umbrella" (including Mandy Moore's) as contenders for the title, the publication ultimately chose Doveman because, in creating the album, he made nine cover songs. Mandy, on the other hand, made only one, so whatever. No brainer there.

In o...


December 18, 2008

Nico Receives Year-End Love from New Yorker(s), Pitchfork

As you might have witnessed throughout the year, the Brassland roster had a hectic 2008 - The National toured with REM and Modest Mouse throughout June, Pela literally suffered for their art, and Baby Dayliner was busy being his sexy self. Amidst all this news, Brassland still managed to release a couple records, one being Nico Muhly's Mothertongue. With the holidays fast approaching and the year coming to a close, one prominent New York-based independent musician, one internet-based publication, and one quintessentially New York magazine are recognizing those efforts.

Big Apple resident Ed Droste (of Grizzly Bear fame) published his list of top ten albums from 2008 in various...