We'd like to take a moment to thank the people of Austin for the excellent reception for Brassland artists at SXSW.
Erik Friedlander's blistering solo cello set last Wednesday was the highlight of the festival for the large crowd that bore witness. You can read the Austin-American Statesman's take on the show here, or some blogger feedback here and here. (Read entries for 3/18/04.) These reviews alone should convince you to show up for his April solo tour.
The National also played two very compelling sets of slow burning rock'n'roll. Billboard made note of their performance here. You still have a chance to see them finish off their March tour.
Again, we must apologize for the dearth of updates. Take a gander at our tour page, and you'll understand. Three of Brassland's artists are touring extensively in March and April, and we are busy. Here is "the good news" on all of them...
The National -- known around Brassland HQ as "the franchise" -- have announced a March tour to support their stunningly received sophomore album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. It will include high-profile appearances at SXSW, two support dates with The Walkmen in Georgia, some midwest dates with the Pernice Brothers, and a handful of headlining shows in hospitable cities like Chicago, Columbus, and their hometown, Cincinnati. There, they will...
We've seen copies of Baby Dayliner's debut album, High Heart and Low Estate, and boy are they cute. We'll be announcing a street date ASAP, but for fanatics that can't wait for it to show up in stores, he'll have copies available at his upcoming shows in New York and Chicago. They'll be at CDBaby.com soon after that. Finally, they'll show up in your favorite local indie record shop, and if we're lucky maybe even your favorite local mega-chain.
This past Tuesday, Baby Dayliner appeared on the tri-state area's finest free form radio station, 91.1 WFMU with host Dan Mackta. Baby D previewed three tracks from his upcoming Brassland release, High Heart & Low Estate; played a new joint called "The Way You Look Tonight"; discussed the meaning of his name; and dodged questions about "where the songs come from." It's a good introduction to Baby D.
It's a busy fall for the rest of Brassland's very deeeeeep bullpen. Baby Dayliner is continuing to gig regularly in New York. (Check our tour page for details.) Erik Friedlander is just wrapping up a busy month of Tonic shows celebrating John Zorn's 50th birthday. He'll play select dates all over Europe and America this fall with various groups. (His solo debut, Maldoror, comes out in Europe in late October and early November in the States.) Meanwhile, Clogs are getting all educational on us. (In addition to some New York live dates, they are doing a series of workshops with young musicians in Connecticut and Padma Newsome is finishing up his doctorate in music.)
We've just posted a bunch of new artist pictures to our media page.
We're happy to announce that on the strength of our latest records, Brassland has been asked to pitch its tent in the United States with the renowned distributor Southern. We've gladly accepted. Southern's long-standing independent distribution network will allow our records to be available in more stores, at better prices, and more readily than ever before. Peep the announcement on their homepage. Southern is an organization responsible for incubating bedrock independent labels like Saddle Creek (Bright Eyes, The Faint), Dischord (Fugazi, Jawbox), and Constellation (Godspeed You! Black Emperor).
In the interest of cross-fertilization, we've just unveiled a new media page compiling all the [LINK TO COME]free music and video we've made available over the past few years. In addition, we've posted sample MP3s from all the new records we're releasing through the end of 2003, and new videos for The National's "Sugar Wife" and Baby Dayliner's "Raid!" The videos prominently feature multiplying humans, bathtub nudity, and tooth care. Ohh-la-la!
In other news, Brassland will release [LINK TO COME]The National's new album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (pictured at left), on vinyl only in Europe on April 28th. In late May, Talitres are set to release the CD version in mainland Europe. Click here to visit a web page the label has set up for the European release. Talitres may also release their record in the UK, but we're not sure yet. Details on the US release of the record will be announced when we're good and ready. The band is doing a European tour in June. See our [LINK TO COME]tour page for a rough idea of the routing.
Expect an overhaul of The National's webpage at Brassland, as well as the pages for [LINK...
Clogs have been making final preparations for their second European tour. This one will take them to the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and possibly Germany and Switzerland. Their new album, Lullaby for Sue, will be released in Europe in mid-May to coincide with the tour.
Starting this weekend, The National are playing a bunch of midwestern shows opening for Dan Bern + the IJBC as well as some headlining gigs in Chicago, Detroit, and West Virginia. Their new record, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, will be released in mainland Europe (but not the US or UK) in May.
Baby Dayliner continues to gig regularly in clubs around New York, re-shaping jaded young minds. We're...
Happiness and joy! Happiness and joy! Two new musicians have just been inked/signed/assented to let our brandname appear on their new records. Those artists are cellist/composer/improviser Erik Friedlander and Baby Dayliner, who does a new wave kind of thing and is a true 21st century entertainer. We are very excited about this. Suffice it to say that the records are a nice departure from our inital offerings and from one another. (Baby Dayliner is upbeat and joyous and pop. Erik is an intense, mystical classical/jazz amalgam.) We don't have anything else to tell you right now, but soon, soon...
For now you can read a bit about [LINK TO COME] Baby Dayliner and [LINK TO COME] Eri...
The debuts by the National and Clogs are now both available on the European continent via Southern. We've already had reports that the Brassland logo has been spotted on record racks in Rome and Paris. Soon, the albums should be available wherever albums are sold. (Especially if you ask for them.)
Things continue to go well with our new partners at Southern Europe. Barring production delays, the records are set to come out October 21st. Southern's been instrumental in setting us up with booking agents, and The National are now set to tour Europe from late November to late December, mostly in England and Ireland, though there may be shows in Italy and France as well. Keep an eye on our [LINK TO COME] tour page for details. Rumors abound that they'll be sharing bills with some great bands.
Southern is currently featuring a link to live video of The National at the Mercury Lounge on their home page. Check it out.
We've solidified things a bit for Brassland "across the pond," and we can now say, with some confidence, that the National and Clogs records will be coming out in Europe on October 21st. Southern has even erected a neat little sitelet for Brassland at Southern.net.
We're happy to announce that Southern is now Brassland's exclusive distributor in Europe. As if the unprecedented success of the US team in this year's World Cup was not a surprising enough development for those on "the continent." We join a fine family of labels that includes Touch & Go, Kranky, Dischord, Tiger Style, GSL, Anticon, and Ipecac. European release dates for the debuts by Clogs & The National are still TBD, but it's looking like they'll come out in late October. Keep your eyes on this here website and we'll keep you posted.
While we can't confirm rumors of a full-on touring invasion, Clogs are hoping to follow-up on their recent excursion to...
No new news for now, other than the fact that we've just debuted this here website. Thanks for visiting.