Top 10s of 2011+ other things…


So, another year draws to a close and it seems like the perfect time to make a list. Primarily records we have enjoyed, as we are a record label, but then also some good things that we have experienced in the year of 2011!

Here is a list…


Washed Out “Within and Without”
M83 “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming”
Active Child “You Are All I See”
Still Corners “Creatures Of An Hour”
Helgi Jonsson “Big Spring”
The Field “Looping State of Mind”
Immanu El “In Passage”
Loney Dear “Hall Music”
St Vincent “Strange Mercy”
Little Dragon ‘“Ritual Union”
The War On Drugs “Slave Ambient”
Julian Lynch “Terra”
Innocence Mission “My Room In The Trees”
Horse Thief “Grow Deep, Grow Wild”
Coma Cinema “Stoned Alone”
Bjork “Biophilia”
Bibio “Mind Bokeh”
Atlas Sound “Parallax”
Anne Garner “Trusting a Twirled World”
Evi Vine “…and so the morning comes”
Amon Tobin “
AA Bondy “Believers”
Promise and The Monster “Red Tide”
Skuli Sverrisson “Seria II”
Apparat “The Devil’s Walk”
Twin Sister “In Heaven”
tUnE-yArDs “w h o k i l l “
Tasseomancy “Ulalume”
Real Estate “Days”
Lisa Hannigan “Passenger”
My Sad Captains “Fight Less Win More”
Philco fiction ‘Take It Personal’ and
Other Lives ‘Tamer Animals’
Daughter ‘Wild Youth EP’


Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Action Bronson – Dr Lecter
The Field – Looping State of Mind
Destroyer – Kaputt
Gatto Fritto – Gatto Fritto
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
St Vincent – Strange Mercy

Things of note this year…

Visiting Japan with Alex, Victoria and Dan and discovering that Japan is completely insane/amazing. No litter yo!

Pork Chops + Old Fashioneds from Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens followed by JB Smoove @ Music Hall of Williamsburg with Big Mike. He brought the Ruckus!

Louis CK at Beacon’s Theatre. The man is the best in the business.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken w/ Cheddar Waffles and savoy cabbage slaw with westlake cocktails @ Buttermilk Channel.

Visiting Alex and Victoria at the sonic ranch in El Paso.

Finally getting to eat at Momofuku. Steamed pork buns and all the other delights David Chang had to offer. I’d move in there if he’d let me.

Aziz Ansari at the Soho Theatre with Cathy, Luke, Robin and Aja.

The League, Jon Benjamin has a Van, Workaholics, It’s Always Sunny In philadelphia, Bob’s Burgers, Parks and Recreation, NTSF SD SUV, Community, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored To Death and all the other shows that started and continued to be great this year.

Neil Hamburger / Tim and Eric live with Luke (who works at Bella Union!)

Discovering the many amazing Podcasts that exist, most notably Comedy Bang Bang, How did this get made? And who charted. The Earwolf network I salute you.

Spuntino’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Diner’s fried chicken sandwich with carrot relish and pickled duck eggs. Best sandwich ever. (Diner in Brooklyn, not that shithole in London).

All the amazing music played at the many Loft parties, beauty and the beats and voices collective nights. Boogie 4 life.

Primavera with the Male Bonding gang. We tore it up and saw zero bands. VIP til we die.

Eugene Mirman and Friends at the Soho Theatre (with a special surprise guest, the always amazing Daniel Kitson who completely destroyed)

ATP with Alex, Victoria and Dan and a whole host of other amazing people for the final May weekender. We let a lot of magic in. Sorry to see it end. Will miss you ATP May weekender.


The Field ‘Looping State of Mind’
Julianna Barwick ‘The Magic Place’
Real Estate ‘Days’
Oneohtrixpoint Never ‘Replica’
Kurt Vile ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’
Shabazz Palaces ‘Black Up’
Jurgen Muller ‘Science of the Sea’
Gatto Fritto ‘Gatto Fritto’
Sandro Perri ‘Impossible Spaces’
Destroyer ‘Kapputt’

Some other things I’ve enjoyed…

Torchy’s Tacos
The Killing
Parks & Recreation
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Neil Hamburger
Hangin’ with Ganglians
Hangin’ with Papercuts
The Timid Temple
Mr Glen Kipling & The Lost Treasure Chest… Thanks Mark


St Vincent – Strange Mercy
Austra – Feel It Break
Celebration – Hello Paradise
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
Peggy Sue – Acrobats
Cass McCombs – Wit’s End
Julianna Barwick – Magic Place
Tune Yards – w h o k i l l

Some stuff I liked –

These cats.
This cat.
All food except fish and some vegetables
Cycling instead of getting the tube
Roof shows

Kim Ki o ‘dans’
ZZT ‘Partys Over Earth’
Still Corners ‘Creatures of an Hour’
Tropic of Cancer ‘The End of All Things’
Peaking Lights ‘936’
Little Dragon ‘Ritual Union’
Wild Beasts ‘Smother’
Mark E ‘Stone Breaker’
Death In Vegas ‘Trans-Love Energies’
Dirty Beaches ‘Badlands’

Bella x No Direction Home

We here at Bella Union are very big fans of all the work the folks at End of the Road Festival do, so the news of a new festival called ‘No Direction Home’ is very exciting, especially when lots of Bella Union bands are selected to play…

Today ‘No Direction Home’ announced its first group of artists with Andrew Bird, Dirty Three, The Low Anthem, Lanterns on the Lake and Veronica Falls among these. The festival will take place in the grounds of Welbeck Abbey, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest from 8th – 10th June next year.

Until 31st December tickets for the festival will be £89 (direct from the festival) and you can pick these up here.

Dirty Three announce new album “Toward The Low Sun” for 2012

Legendary instrumental trio Dirty Three will boldly break cover in March 2012 with a remarkable new album, “Toward The Low Sun“, on Bella Union records, plus an intensive live schedule of headline shows and festival appearances.

Toward The Low Sun is the product of the most ceaselessly creative period of the band’s career. In the 6 year’s since the release of their previous album “Cinder”, Jim White, Mick Turner and Warren Ellis have been relentlessly creating music in different permutations and locations around the globe. The artists they have performed and recorded with is testament to the high regard in which they are held. Warren resides in Paris, though is regularly to be found touring with the Bad Seeds and Grinderman or working with Nick Cave on soundtracks for such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Proposition and The Road. Jim is based out of Brooklyn but endlessly tours the world, recording and/or performing with Cat Power, Bonnie Prince Billy, Nina Nastasia and PJ Harvey, whilst Mick lives in Melbourne where he has developed a fine reputation as a visual artist and released the Blue Trees album alongside the occasional Tren Brothers release.

However, even amidst this frantic activity and incessant creativity a return to the mothership was inevitable. “Toward the Low Sun” is a cacophonyic explosion of influences and attitude that has the energy and urgency of a first release. There is an energy and a raw excitement evident from the first electrifying opening moments through to the album’s finale. In Warren’s words, “Dirty Three has always been about the way we play together and feed off each other. We wanted this one to be a return to the more improvised and instinctive approach of the earlier recordings”. And indeed Toward The Low Sun sounds like a first ever recording, a punk avant-garde art-jazz record! And for all their incredible music of the past, the Dirty Three have never seemed more relevant. Live they remain a force unto themselves. Women faint and men weep openly.

Don’t shade your eyes… Look Toward the Low Sun and you will know once again the burn of the Dirty Three!

Fleet Foxes ‘The Shrine’ 12” out now

Way back in the spring Fleet Foxes visited the Maida Vale studios to record a session for Zane Lowe. The result? A wonderful rendition of much of ‘Helplessness Blues’ and from this ‘The Shrine/An Argument’ proved a real stand-out. So, a little while later, we decided to put this fine song on to wax. ‘The Shrine/An Argument’ comes with ‘Blue Spotted Tail’ (Live From BBC) and album opener ‘Montezuma’ and you can purchase this now over at the Bella Union store.

Watch Sean Pecknold’s animation film for the album track below:

The Shrine / An Argument from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.

Veronica Falls announce new shows for 2012

It has been quite the year for Veronica Falls, after releasing their self-titled debut in October the band featured in the top 10 of Rough Trade shops ‘albums of the year’ poll as well as featuring on the cover of both The Fly Magazine and Loud & Quiet. The band are set to continue such form in 2012 and have just announced a string of dates throughout Europe and UK. All details below…

5 – FEIERWERK, Munich tickets
6 – BRUT, Vienna tickets
7 – HAU 2, Berlin tickets
12 – Rotown, Rotterdam tickets
13 – Eurosonic, Gronigen tickets
14 – Ekko, Utrecht tickets
27 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich tickets
28 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets
8 – Leaf, Liverpool tickets
9 – Deaf Institute, Manchester tickets
10 – Stereo, Glasgow tickets
11 – Stereo, York tickets
13 – Brighton, Haunt tickets
14 – Scala, London tickets
19 – AB, Brussels tickets
20 – Lagerhaus, Bremen tickets
21 – Molotow, Hamburg tickets
23 – KB18, Copenhagen tickets
25 – Henriksberg, Gothenberg tickets
26 – Bla, Oslo tickets
28 – Faust, Hannover tickets
29 – Melin, Stuttgart
30 – Plastic, Milan tickets
31 – Moon Club, Venice tickets
2 – Mascotte, Zurich tickets
3 – Les Sonic, Lyon tickets
4 – Les Trinitaires, Metz tickets
5 – La Fleche D’or, Paris tickets
31 – 2 June – Primavera, Barcelona tickets
7 – 10 – Primavera, Porto tickets