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November 21, 2008

Baby Dayliner Named One of Ten Sexiest Everyday Men of 2008

Baby Dayliner was recently named The Tenth Sexiest Everyday Man of 2008 by Jezebel, a pop culture extension of the Gawker empire that handles "celebrity, sex, [and] fashion for women." Placed on the list behind Obama (understandable), Rahm Emanuel (questionable), and the Mac guy (wtf?), Baby D comes off looking like the suave man we know he is - praised for his resemblance to Kevin Bacon and his musical talent, Baby Dayliner "[puts] on a command performance with his clothes on." With them on!

If the man's got you all hot and bothered, be sure to check out High Heart & Low Estate and Critics Pass Away, which we feel is an undiscovered gem in the Brassland catalog. Both are a...


November 14, 2008

Clogs Emerge From Hibernation With BAM Show

As reported on Brooklyn Vegan, Clogs will re-emerge in 2009. In addition to their show tonight at Middlebury College, the band has scheduled a February 26th performance with Bell Orchestre, titled Shuffle Mode, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show's format involves the two groups performing alongside the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a collaborative attempt to blend classical and popular music. Each band will play three to five original songs; the Brooklyn Philharmonic will then perform established classical works that share sonic parallels to the bands' originals, creating a musical dialogue that highlights the similarities between the popular and classical spheres.

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November 7, 2008

More Details on Dessner Red Hot Compilation, Other Curation News

As you might well know, The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner are helping The Red Hot Organization create a new compilation to raise funds and build awareness for HIV/AIDS. The compilation, titled Dark Was The Night, will be released in February 2009 by 4AD and will feature 32 exclusive songs by artists including The National with Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Feist with Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, David Byrne with Dirty Projectors, Spoon, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, and Bright Eyes (among many, many others). It's a great project for a great cause, and you can lend your support by simply buying great music. Win-win, for sure.

In other Dessner news, Bryce recently helped curate...


November 2, 2008

Sam Amidon Gives Word From Doveman UK Tour

As you might well know, Doveman is out and about on his very first tour of the United Kingdom. With the Manchester show now relegated to history, Britons have only Nottingham (11/2) and London (11/3) left to catch Thomas and the band in the flesh. (Visit the Shows page for venue information.) Despite the tour's brevity, however, there has still been ample time for chuckle-worthy memories to be made. The anecdote(s) for today are provided by Sam Amidon, Doveman collaborator and banjoist extraordinaire. So without further ado, Sam's thoughts from the former imperial power:

Doveman Tour, Manchester, UK (11/1)

we have arrived in Manchester. tonight doveman will pl...


October 20, 2008

The National Help Stir Obamamania, Tour Brazil

With November 4th rapidly approaching, there's been a lot of fuss lately regarding the Presidential election. And as patriotic Americans, The National have chosen to exercise their First Amendment rights by voicing their support for Democratic hopeful Barack Obama. First came the t-shirts cleverly punning on the band's perennial encore, "Mr. November." Then came the use of "Fake Empire" for an Obama commercial. And last week, the guys simply rocked out, playing a "Vote Early, Rock Late" benefit in their hometown Cincinnati on October 16th. Backseat Sandbar was there to cover the event - there's a nice review, streaming videos, and some high-quality pictures. You can watch t...


October 17, 2008

Doveman Tours UK & Europe, Footloose Receiving Digital Release

On November 1st (and fresh off a few dates with Antony & the Johnsons), Doveman will begin his first UK tour with a show in Manchester at the Cross Street Chapel. With shows only in Manchester (11/1), Nottingham (11/2), and London (11/3), the tour's certainly brief, so Britons take note - grab your tickets while you can. (For those on Facebook, socially network around the London show here.) Many thanks to The Local for organizing Thomas's little jaunt.

As for other Europeans wishing to witness Doveman in the flesh, there's good news - the band will be crossing the pond a second and third time to play the Tanned Tin Festival in Castellón on November 15th and Mains D...


October 4, 2008

Nico Muhly Interviewed At Length in The Believer

For the October issue of The Believer, "a monthly magazine where length is no object," music journalist Sean Michaels had dinner and an extended (because length is no object) interview with Nico Muhly at Nico's apartment. The result, like Nico's cooking, was delicious.

The piece covers a wide range of subjects including Nico's creative process, his approach to writing for film, what he means when he describes his music as "a vast feast," his initial impulses when walking into a grocery store, how he views composer-performer relationships, and even his first mp3 file (among many other subjects). We know it sounds exhausting, but it's well worth your readerly effort...


October 3, 2008

Nico Hangs With Sufjan and Brooklyn Youth Chorus At BAM Takeover

As reported on Pitchfork Media, Nico Muhly (with the page-turning help of Sufjan Stevens) showed up at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's TAKEOVER Party on September 27th to help the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform his piece "The Sweets of Life." The event, curated by Stevens, also featured sets by St. Vincent, The Budos Band, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.

In other Pitchfork-related news, Nico was recently the subject of their regular feature The Guest List, a casual interview with a specific set of ice-breaker questions that can be, at times, interesting. If you were ever curious to learn Nico's opinions on the Sex and the City movie, how a cardigan can be "delicio...


September 25, 2008

Doveman Does The Lillywhite Sessions

Last week, Doveman went on NPR's World Cafe to showcase a few songs from his formerly-free, now-streaming Footloose.

The show features the Bacon-staples "Footloose," "Dancing In The Sheets," and "Almost Paradise," all re-recorded by Thomas with British producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, The Pogues, Psychedelic Furs) as part of NPR's The Lillywhite Sessions at Avatar Studios. Previous guests have included She & Him, Fleet Foxes, and Dr. Dog.

The show also includes an interview with Thomas explaining both the creation of the Footloose covers and the genesis of Doveman. In addition, Lillywhite gives a brief interview at the end, providing his British t...


September 9, 2008

Nico Muhly To Help Takover BAM With Sufjan

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform "The Sweets Of Life" by Nico Muhly at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 27th as part of the Sufjan Stevens-curated music portion of the TAKEOVER Party. The event, which runs from 9 pm to 4 am, will also feature sets from St. Vincent, The Budos Band, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens. In addition to music, the party will have three separate movie marathons, a video installation by Deborah Johnson, and a recreational room complete with Wii, Guitar Hero, and ping pong. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

In more immediate news, Nico will appear as a guest onstage with Icelandic composers Olof Arnalds and Skuli Sverrisson a...


September 5, 2008

802 Tour Wrap Up and Final Report From The Road by Nico Muhly

The 802 Tour has (sadly) ended. To wrap up the experience, we compiled some reviews from various sources - the Examiner, the Washington Post, and Bostonist all had nice things to say. Björk went on a spiel about the notorious lack of fact-checking in pop music journalism while bringing Nico's name and work up as an example. With all of that extra material for your reading pleasure, we're posting the final 802 Tour Report From The Road, this time from Nico. Enjoy.

Reports From The Road by Nico Muhly (802 Tour, Day Sixteen, 8/29)

We just played the second-to-last show of this tour, in Toronto. We compressed our show (which, in its ideal format is two 60-minute se...


August 26, 2008

Reports From The Road by Sam Amidon (802 Tour, Day Thirteen, 8/26)

Hello from Montreal! We are having some fun because TODAY is nico's birthday wohoo!! yay yay yay. we got to spend some time in beautiful vermont, wow it was so nice there. we have no actual vermont show for our vermont 802 tour, but we had a beautiful vermont DAY, and for us that was very nice. in the van we have a few activities: dan and nadia are learning chinese; nico and thomas are working through the complete discography of r. kelly and the-dream and cee-lo (not gnarls barkley, cee-lo's solo records - cee-lo is a BETTER producer/dj than danger mouse! cee-lo is a genius!), and oren and i have watched two movies on my laptop in the way back of the van: "pickpocket" (bresson),...


August 25, 2008

Nico Muhly "Takes Aim" at Atom Heart, Gets Interviewed by Gothamist and Reviewed in LA Weekly

To music journalists, Nico Muhly is many things - clever, engaging, smoking hot. One thing he hasn't been, however, is a warrior.

Until now. In a recent post on PasteMagazine.com, Andy Whitman analyzes the "Breakfast Wars," writing that Nico has "thrown down the gauntlet, taking direct aim at [Pink Floyd's] Atom Heart Mother" in attempt to become "the undisputed champion of breakfast sound effects." Will Nico's butter scrapes top Floyd's bacon sizzles to conquer the breakfast sounds subgenre? Read for yourself to find out.

In more substantial news, Gothamist interviewed Nico about The 802 Tour, New Yorker music critics, and "only in New York" moments....


August 22, 2008

Reports From The Road by Nico Muhly (802 Tour, Day Six, 8/20)

On this tour, we have been variously staying in hotels and with friends - one of my favorite things about staying with people is when they have a dog. We have been very lucky on this trip: our hosts in Sebastopol, CA have a border collie/Australian cattle dog, Ace; our hosts in Portland have a frisky Weimaraner called Castle with googly eyes, and finally, our hosts Eddie and Willie (is there anything more fabulous than gay couples with matching names? I know a Nora and Laura in LA, too) have an eager pitbull, Rider. There is no better thing than being woken up by an eager dog's snout snuffling on one's person; I have been promised "big" dogs at our hosts' house in D.C. tonight an...


August 21, 2008

Owen Pallett, Drew Daniel, and The Washington Post Discuss Mothertongue

Following Pitchfork Media's rather tepid review of Mothertongue, Nico Muhly received praise on an I Love Music discussion thread from, among others, Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy and Drew Daniel of Matmos.

Pallett initiated the thread, lauding Nico's "way of writing score-paper-music in a way that sounds completely improvised, with every sound imaginable colliding up against each other in accidentally beautiful and hideous ways." Daniel then called attention to the album, writing that "the details that the reviewer holds up as weak points (whale fat, buttered toast) actually sound like positives anyway...surely I'm not the only person who wants to know what whale fat so...


August 20, 2008

Reports from the Road by Sam Amidon (802 Tour, Day Five, 8/19)

Life is wild. That is what we learned when we passed "Casa de Fruit," which turned out to be a sequence of stores to the right of the highway between san francisco and LA, the rest of which were called "Casa de Wine," "Casa de Diesel," and our favorite, "Casa de Restaurant." LA is wild. We played in Hollywood tonight, a lovely show at a tucked away little place near Amoeba records. I bought two DVDs at Amoeba records: "F for Fake" by Orson Welles, and "It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles" by some nice people including some of the remaining footage from said unfinished film. Okay watch this:



that's part two of three. (part one can be vi...


August 19, 2008

An 802 Tour Update - Online Attention and Venue Changes

As Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Nico Muhly finish up on the West Coast and prepare to invade the East, they've garnered some attention on the information superhighway. Fuck Bad Music wrote some kind words, stating that the Portland show went "above and beyond my expectations...the feeling you're left with after a show this intimate is simply that you want more." Heavy kudos! In addition, Portland newspaper The Oregonian published a positive review of the August 15th show on their website.

In other (very important) news, the venue for the Washington DC show on August 21st has changed. The show will now take place at the Episcopal Church of The Ascension in Silver Spring, Mary...


August 15, 2008

Reports From The Road (802 Tour, Day One 8/14)

While well aware that touring musicians are busy people, we were hoping - following the popularity of Bryan Devendorf's "Reports From The Road" earlier this summer - that Sam, Thomas, and Nico would write up some reports of their own while they trek across North America on The 802 Tour. Well, no worries! Sam's been kind enough to keep us up to date on what's happening out west. So without further ado, here's "Reports From The Road - 802 Edition."

Day One (8/14, Seattle)

hello people! we (nico: lead vox, harmonica, and tambourine; thomas: lead guitar; nadia: synth; oren: hair & makeup; dan bora: choreographer; and me: bus driver and massage therapist) a...


August 14, 2008

802 Tour Kicks Off Tonight, Vancouver Show Cancelled

The 802 Tour with Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Nico Muhly kicks off tonight in Seattle. To celebrate, we created a Facebook page for all our "friends." So come socially network with us. Maybe even write on our "wall."

In additional news, a friend of ours not on Facebook named Oren Bloedow from Elysian Fields will join Sam, Thomas, Nico, and Nadia onstage, rotating between drums, keyboards, and guitar throughout the show.

If we learned anything from Bryan Devendorf's "Reports From The Road," it's that the touring life can be difficult - so much so that problems often appear before the tour begins. With that in mind, we regret to inform anxious Vancouverites that...


August 5, 2008

Nico Dines With The Times, Receives More Blog Buzz, Postpones Other Music Show

Nico Muhly was recently profiled in The New York Times as part of the Sunday edition's regular feature "A Night Out With". So what did Nico do on his night out with the paper of record? He ate duck spaetzle with friends while discussing MSG, intransitive verbs, and what foods are acceptable to eat from other tables' plates. (French fries are o.k.)

Meanwhile, press surrounding Mothertongue continues to come in. Mp3 blog Dublab posted an exclusive edit of "Mothertongue" while plugging Nico's upcoming 802 Tour with Doveman and Sam Amidon. Paper Magazine wrote a kind review, describing Nico as an "impressive innovator" and the album as "a stunning meditation on the an...


July 24, 2008

Doveman Goes On Letterman With Grizzly Bear

In case you missed it, Doveman made it onto Letterman last night accompanying fellow New Yorkers Grizzly Bear in a performance of their new song "Two Weeks." You can see Thomas hunched over his keyboard in back, firing off arpeggios with quiet dignity. An mp3 of the performance is available for download on Stereogum.

If the performance below gets you all riled up, be sure to catch Doveman in the flesh this August on The 802 Tour with Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly. And if you're still feeling restless, get Footloose.


July 22, 2008

The Internet Gets Footloose with Doveman

Following the release of his cover version of the Footloose soundtrack, Doveman received some pretty positive pub, going on WNYC and making Entertainment Weekly's "The Must List." Fortunately, the good word continues to spread as the blogosphere catches on. BuzzFeed described the record as "stunning" while compiling a nice little list of other places you can go to read about the release. NPR featured "Let's Hear It For The Boy" on their program All Songs Considered. Even Gawker jumped into the media frenzy, calling Doveman's version of the title track "a beery-eyed-at-the-bar-at-4:30am-thinking-about-college sad hipster jam" while inventing the adverb "baconly." Very clever,...


July 17, 2008

Nico Muhly To Perform In-Store at Other Music

In order to promote the release of his album Mothertongue as well as prepare for the 802 Tour with Doveman and Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly will give a free in-store performance at New York City's Other Music on Tuesday, August 5th. Please note that seating is limited, so get there early.

In other news, Mothertongue is doing splendidly overseas, where record stores (such as this one below in Tokyo, Japan) are so excited they're making kickass displays written in different, non-English mothertongues. Shibuya? More like Shibu-yeah!



July 15, 2008

Doveman's Footloose Featured in Entertainment Weekly

Last week, Thomas Bartlett of Doveman appeared on Soundcheck with John Schaefer to talk about the band's cover version of the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose. (You can stream Thomas's radio appearance in the previous news post.)

This week, the media's positive response to the band's digital release continues with a write up in Entertainment Weekly's The Must List. Found on page 70 of the July 18th issue, the nice press talks about the inspiration behind the album while specifically mentioning "Let's Hear It for the Boy" as a highlight. For those interested, you can stream the album here.


July 7, 2008

Doveman Speaks to WNYC About Footloose, Guests With Grizzly Bear

As you might have already discovered, Doveman recently released a cover version of the soundtrack to the 1984 Kevin Bacon dancing picture Footloose. You can listen to and/or download (for free!) the tunes on Footloose's microsite. Since its release, word of the project has spread, and subsequently Thomas was invited to speak about the album on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer. The show aired this past Tuesday (July 8th) on 93.9 FM. You can stream Thomas's appearance below.

In other Doveman news, Thomas will be playing with Grizzly Bear on The Late Show with David Letterman on July 23rd. If the band's performance on Conan (watch it on Red Lasso) wa...


July 1, 2008

Nico Muhly Gets Cooking With The Fader, Receives More American Attention

As reported yesterday, Nico Muhly has been written up in several British publications. Well, they're not the only ones; as the US release of Mothertongue approaches, America's paying attention, too. The Seattle Weekly, in anticipation of Nico's upcoming 802 Tour with Doveman and Sam Amidon, wrote a brief piece alluding to Nico's previous work with musical stalwarts Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Björk while describing Muhly's arrangements as "intimate and spare...earthy [and] romantic." A lot of kudos packed into such a small entry.

While others are busy praising Muhly's music, what is the man himself up to? Eating, apparently. In The Fader, Muhly chops, boils...


July 1, 2008

The Official 802 Tour Site Launches

As previously reported, Brassland artists Nico Muhly and Doveman will be touring North America with their friend and fellow Vermont native Sam Amidon.

To mark the occasion, Brassland, along with 802 Tour partner Bedroom Community, launched a website where you can conveniently find performance dates, artist biographies, pictures, streaming videos, and mp3s to download.

Click here to visit the official 802 Tour website.


June 30, 2008

Mothertongue Given Four Stars In London's Sunday Times

As the American release of Mothertongue approaches, good press surrounding Nico Muhly begins to pour in from overseas. London's Sunday Times recently named Mothertongue its "Pop CD of the Week," stating that the album is "never less than fascinating." We certainly agree - otherwise, we wouldn't put it out.

Other UK media outlets have also been paying attention. For the intellectual Brassland consumer, Q printed that Nico's music is "warm as it is highbrow." The Independent compared Muhly to Steve Reich, writing that listening to Mothertongue is "like listening to a spider's web being spun, a weightless, gossamer series of overlapping threads." Uncut, in another...


June 18, 2008

Reports From The Road by Bryan Devendorf (Post #14)

Previously on Reports from the Road, Bryan received gifts from old friends and overheard a conversation concerning shit and figure skating. Today, Bryan takes shots at us (we'll take it this time), and Chicago, while revealing a touching story of a pizza date and his less than honorable intentions. The National only have a few shows left with REM, but there will be many memories to come both here and on Flickr.

DAY FIFTEEN (6/6)­: Chicago.

If you're keeping score, it was not an Uno's but an Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza we visited back in Colorado. Double fault, Brassland.org.

The last time I was at an Uno's I was fourteen and on a date with a girl name...


June 14, 2008

Reports From The Road by Bryan Devendorf (Post #13)

Giving two thumbs up to Don Cheadle and expressing a certain ambivalence to what was presumably an Uno's pizzeria, Bryan Devendorf spent his previous installment of "Reports From The Road" revealing some of his juicier thoughts. Settling back into the bus (better known as "The Hurricane"), Bryan again finds himself in the zone, ready to follow his literary muse with the renewed energy only a tour bus can provide. Today's episode finds The National playing the cavernous Xcel Energy Center in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." (10,000!) Read below for Bryan's latest allusions to current events, references to pop culture, and Spanglish. To view some "Pictures From The Road," head over to...