A few weeks back Brassland & mp3 blog Music.for-Robots teamed up to giveaway an entire EPs worth of free music by our entire active roster. Folks got the chance to hear an exclusive Baby Dayliner track, a live recording of a new Clogs song, a preview of Devastations' Coal and Erik Friedlander's Block Ice & Propane. Plus, an unreleased Pela track. There were a hundred or a thousand or a gajillion listeners. We're just not sure. For a brief time only you can download the entire series again:
Baby Dayliner's "The Morning Sun"
Clogs' "I Used to Do" (live on France Inter's White Sessions)
Devastations' "Sex & Mayhem"
Erik Friedlander's "Airstre...
You may already know that several of our releases by Clogs and The National have been licensed to the French label Talitres. Well, Brassland is proud to announce several new deals enabling our artists to release their records in Europe.
On July 28th, Germany's Stagnation Records will issue Pela's All in Time EP. In late summer/early fall, the same label will put out Baby Dayliner's Critics Pass Away. These are Stagnation's debut releases, and these editions will be available in the G/A/S territories (Germany/Austria/Switzerland).
In late summer/early fall, our friends at England's Beggars Banquet label will release Devastations' Coal. This edition wi...
Earlier this year, Brassland announced imminent plans to release the debut album by Australia's Devastations, the southern hemisphere's premier purveyors of a new genre we like to call "tropical goth."
Well, someone fucked up the scheduling. (We blame our sole employee, Glenn.) As it turns out, Brassland will first release their sophomore album, Coal. It will come out in October.
Thankfully this album is a doozy, recently shortlisted for the inaugural Australian Music Prize (aka AMP). AMP is sort of like the UK's Mercury Prize, or America's Plug Awards -- only on a different continent. The Devs' final competition for the prize included illustrious compan...
Did you know Brassland is totally MySpace friends with Insound, the industry leading online record store for "good music"? Well, it's so true. They have chosen Brassland as their first ever "feature label."
Insound is also offering a generous 15% discount on the entire Brassland back catalog throughout June. Get our discs extra cheap by clicking here.
Now the free part: As further enticement to buy our stuff, Insound is hosting a short written history of Brassland and a nine-song Brassland radio player to serves as an introduction to the label. They also gave away 1000 copies of our first label sampler to customers placing orders at the site. Unfortunately they ran out...
Two weeks ago our favorite Australian nomads, Devastations, went head-to-head with our favorite Brooklyn homebodies, The National, in a sold-out London show at the famed venue, Koko.
Devastations were coming off their recent move to Europe and a series of dates opening for and backing-up New Zealand pop star Bic Runga. (As in "the lovely and talented.") Bic met the boys in Australia, and was so struck with their talent she contributed vocals to the song "Man of Fortune," which you'll be able to hear when Brassland releases their American debut, Coal.
The National were coming off four dates supporting the very-huge (and very nice) guys in Editors, a swing which found th...
"Hello, this is Baby Dayliner. Please leave a message." Say what? Here's what: Insound.com is currently running a contest connected to the release of Critics Pass Away. If you purchase a copy through the site you will be entered to be one of three customers to win a customized answering machine message from the man himself. Click here for details.
That's not the only dot-com joining the Baby Dayliner revolution. BD has also contributed a list of "Music You Should Hear" to Amazon.com. Read this list of his influences and infatuations from The Smiths to Daft Punk, the Magnetic Fields to My Bloody Valentine, Ol' Dirty Bastard to an old collection of rockabilly obscurities....
It's two weeks from the release of Baby Dayliner's Critics Pass Away and critics are already saying "No other record this year has hit us this hard or this strong. In fact, we dig it so much we're convinced there doesn't exist a stereo, iPod, or dance club playlist that can say no to this savvy hybrid of pop, new wave, and soul."
We invite you to head to our media page to listen to "At Least" from BD's new album, and check out the media love from Brooklyn Vegan, Invisible Limb, and Entertainment Weekly. We'd especially like to thank EW's publisher, Time Warner, for all their support over the years. What would we do without their Roadrunner cable modem se...
We're over a month away from the release of Baby Dayliner's sophomore album, Critics Pass Away, yet the buzz has already begun. Of course our old friends at Music.For-Robots dig it, but so do some new friends over at XLR8R Magazine. Quoth DJ Mike Relm: "Baby Dayliner's got that classic delivery that is going to carry this song to the top of a lot of best-of-2006 lists. 'Whodunit' has all the ingredients for a dancefloor staple. The disco-soul-inspired rhythm drives the song, and Dayliner's just got that way of making you want to sing along with him-at the top of your lungs. I'm not leaving home without this song."
Yeah, the bloggers like it
Welcome to those of you coming to Brassland for the first time after picking up our sampler at SXSW. It's pictured to the right. Also, thanks to Insound and Iheartcomix for letting us be part of your gift bags. Wanna know about the identity of sampler's mystery bonus tracks? Well blamm, there you go. We plan to make these samplers more widely available in months to come. Watch this space for details.
Brassland is pleased to announced the signing of Australia's Devastations. To celebrate, they will be playing a show with The National at London's Koko club on May 31. The US release of Devastations' debut album is currently scheduled for this summer.
Clogs' Lantern is shaping up to be one of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2006. Check out the band's Metacritic page to read a few of the great reviews, and try to catch their upcoming major market
Baby Dayliner's Critics Pass Away will be released this May, and he's announced a trio of Los Angeles shows in late-March to get the party started.
Pela are celebrating the completion of their debut album with a residency at New York's Delancy. They will be playing the club every Monday in April.
The National have scheduled two brief tours of major markets -- America in late March and England in late May. The latter tour includes three sold out gigs opening for Editors. When these dates have been completed the band will begin work on a new album, their second for Beggars Banquet.
Click here to get more details on all of the aforementioned tour dates.
Erik Friedlander participated in sessions for the Mountain Goats new album for 4AD this March. Brassland plans to release Friedlander's second, yet-untitled solo album this fall, around the same time as the Mountain Goats' release.
We apologize for all the bad punning. However, we wanted to thank you for supporting Clogs new album, Lantern, released to stores this week. A few days ago, Pitchfork gave the album a glowing 8.2 rating, calling the record "the most fully realized version of Clogs' aesthetic." In its first week at college radio, the album charted in Dusted's Top 25. (We like to think of Dusted as the thinking man's CMJ chart.)
The response to their UK tour with The Books has been even more unrestrained. Major papers like The Independent, The Guardian, and Scotland's The Herald have all weighed in with kind words.
So, thank you America. And Europe too.
On Tuesday, February 7th, Clogs' Lantern will be available in stores everywhere, including online vendors, Amazon & Insound. The quartet are currently on tour in England with their friends The Books thanks, in part, to the UK's Contemporary Music Network. May we suggest you read this great feature story which appeared on the cover of the Guardian UK's Culture pages last week. It's an intriguing conversation between The Books and Bryce Dessner (Clogs/The National/Brassland), about process, filing cabinets, and Renaissance lutes. Visit our tour page to peep more Clogs dates through May 2006 at venues such as The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, and Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center...
Barring unforeseen delays and complications, we will release Baby Dayliner's sophomore album, Critics Pass Away at the end of April. (Cover pictured at left.) In May we will drop the self-titled debut by our latest signing, Australia's
A few weekends ago The National were among many great artists (Martha Wainwright, Chocolate Genius, Jesse Harris) who kicked off the 6th annual New York Guitar Festival with a free concert honoring Bruce Springsteen's Landmark 1982 album, Nebraska. As it turns out Bruce likes them, he really really likes them. Visit BrooklynVegan for the full skinny.
The band are also playing tonight's PLUG Awards ceremonies. Some are dubbing these "the indie rock Grammys" and we are psyched to see The National have been nominated a record-breaking six times. Much luck boys.
Clogs have scheduled tour dates through May 2006, including their Contemporary Music Network sponsored UK tour with The Books, and a series of New York shows at Bowery Ballroom, The Kitchen and Merkin Hall. Additional European dates will be announced soon.
Two Brassland artists - Baby Dayliner and Pela - were honored to play Insound's holiday party earlier this week. Baby D's set mostly featured songs from his upcoming album,
Congratulations to The National for wrapping up an intense 2005. Over 120 shows! There is one left, New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza with friends, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. This will be one of their biggest shows to date. It's already sold out.
If you missed your chance to get tickets, may we suggest you buy a pair to see George Clooney in Syriana? 30 glorious seconds of "Wasp's Nest" were drawn from their farewell Brassland release, Cherry Tree, and included in the film! If your city has a decent art house theatre, tickets for that should be available for at least another month or so, after which there will be an eagerly anticipated DVD release. Or something.
The demo pile grows taller and more intimidating as public awareness of the Brassland label spreads. For that reason, we have just posted a new, expanded version of our[LINK TO COME] demo policy. Please give it a look if you want to send us your music.
Tonight marks the final evening of Clogs' short east coast tour with Bell Orchestre. We are happy to report it was a wonderful excursion. Most of the shows sold out; Bell Orchestre are lovely people; and the bloggeratti went crazy for both groups. If you don't believe us click here, here, here, here, here, or here. Phew! Special thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for posting some lovely pictures of Clogs from the Tonic gig.
Our recent updates have been looooooooong. This one will be. Short.
Clogs are on tour in November with Bell Orchestre, a chamber instrumental project of Richard Reed Parry (multi-instrumentalist) and Sarah Neufeld (violin) from the Arcade Fire. Clogs will be selling copies of their fourth album, Lantern. (A picture of the album's cover appears to the left.) Brassland will release the record nationwide in February. It may be available at some of our favorite New York record stores before then. We'll let you know, okay?
The National spent the summer touring in support of their Beggars Banquet debut, Alligator. Most shows have been in Europe, but that will change in September when they do a coast-to-coast US tour with indie rock's latest hot young things/polarizing force, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The National also appeared as guests on MTV2's Subterranean last week. Weird, huh?
Pela embarked on their first US tour in July traveling from Brooklyn to Chicago and back again, and recording an amazing live session for our favorite internet radio station WOXY. Unfortunately, lead singer Billy Swanson blew his voice out in Dayton, and bassist Eric Sanderson blew his knee out the next day in Cincinnati, forcing the band to cancel about half the dates. They may tour again before the year ends and are planning on recording some new tracks this winter for later release. For now, you'll have to be tided over by Pela's CMJ gig at Bowery Ballroom with Devendra Banhart, The Cribs, and King of France, and a Cambridge appearance with The National. See our tour page for deta...
Erik Friedlander had a successful July residency at the Knitting Factory, mixing solo and group sets with intimate collaborations with artists such as Ikue Mori and Lucio Pulido. In late August, Erik travelled to San Francisco to record a follow-up to MALDOROR with engineer Scott Solter (Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, etc.). More news on that release soon. For now, keep an eye on our tour page for news of some possible east coast gigs with Vanderslice, including an appearance at CMJ.
Baby Dayliner is putting the finishing touches on his sophomore release,
Clogs have been hibernating. Bassoonist Rachel Elliott spent the summer in rural Vermont. Percussionist Thom Kozumplik has been occupied by projects like Loop 2.4.3 and Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement. Guitarist Bryce Dessner has been traveling in Europe with The National. Strings player Padma Newsome has made occasional appearances with the group, but mostly been composing in Australia, save for a spell at the Walton Estate in Ischia, Italy -- the latter thanks to a commissioning award from Harvard University's Fromm Music Foundation.
Clogs will be re-grouping in November for a short tour with Bell Orchestre, the Pitchfork-approved side project of indie rock sensations, The Ar...