Feist / Mountain Man / M Ward – Royal Albert Hall

Feist at Royal Albert Hall
w/ M Ward

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to get tickets to see Feist headline a show at Royal Albert Hall. Not only that, but M Ward was supporting and Mountain Man sang with Feist throughout the show as backing singers.

M Ward sounded magnificent opening, performing old favourites as well as tracks from his forthcoming album, A Wasteland Companion.

Feist was absolutely fantastic; an utter delight from start to finish. The musicianship of the band, and her showmanship and magnetism as a frontwoman, was spellbinding. The setlist was heavy with Metals tracks, but the band also performed older songs such as Mushaboom and a handful from The Reminder, including the infectious I Feel It All. Most of all it just seemed like she was having a great time performing – getting a crowd at Albert Hall to sing along, get up and dance and do Mexican waves is not an easy feat, but Feist handled it NO PROBLEMO! Highlights included the two encores – one of which she invited the audience to join her on stage to slowdance to her classic track Let It Die, which many audience members were only too happy to oblige in:

See more here.

Utterly joyous, right?! Mountain Man were terrific singing back up and had a spotlight moment performing one of their own tracks, which obviously went down like a cake delivery to a fat kid’s birthday. Ie: brilliantly.

The encore also saw a duet with M Ward on a cover of Jesus and The Mary Chain’s Sometimes Always.

Truly a brilliant show.

I Break Horses / Scala show + PRIMAVERA competition

This Sunday, April 1st, I Break Horses will perform a headline show at London’s Scala. Support comes from Man Without Country, and tickets are available to buy from ATP here.

In 2011, we were thrilled to release I Break Horses’ debut album Hearts. The band had only played a handful of live dates, including a short December UK tour culminating in a sell out show at London’s Cargo. This Sunday’s show will be their first UK performance since that date and promises to be an awesome show indeed.

I Break Horses – Winter Beats by Bella Union

CSLSX & I Break Horses – Violent Sea by Bella Union 

*VERY SPECIAL COMPETITION*

We are excited to offer a very special prize to a fan attending Sunday’s show. I Break Horses (amongst many other fantastic artists, including a bunch of Bella bands) will perform at Primavera Festival in Barcelona. We’d love you to have the chance to watch the band again at the festival, so we have a pair of tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is come to the merch table on Sunday and leave your name and contact details on the ‘Primavera’ list, and we’ll draw a name at random and alert the winner on the following Monday. Switswoo, what a great prize!

So, to enter, make sure you a) come to the show on Sunday and b) leave your name and email on the list at the merch stand.

TICKETS TO SUNDAY’S SHOW HERE!

Hope to see you there, and GOOD LUCK! May the force be with you etc etc

I Break Horses – Hearts (Tom Rowlands RAR Mix) by Bella Union

Bella Union Record Store Day Releases

We at Bella Union are celebrating Record Store Day 2012 in style, with special releases from: Andrew Bird, Beach House, Lanterns On The Lake, M Ward, Xiu Xiu, Jonathan Wilson and The Czars.

Details on the releases below!

Andrew Bird
The Crown Salesman/So Much Wine
10 inch – Orange vinyl

Side A
1. The Crown Salesman
2. So Much Wine

Side B
3. Tarrytown Mess

Beach House
Lazuli
7inch – Blue opaque vinyl

Side A
1. Lazuli

Side B
2. Equal Mind

M Ward
Primitive Girl
7Inch – White vinyl

Side A
1. Primitive Girl

Side B
1. The Twist
2. Roll Over Beethoven

Lanterns On The Lake
Low Tide
12 inch – White Vinyl

Side A
1. If I’ve Been Unkind (Man Without Country Remix)
2. Ships In  The Rain (Laurel Halo Remix)
3. Not Going Back To The Harbour (Dauwd Remix)

Side B
4. Ships In The Rain (Sun Glitters Remix)
5. You’re Almost There (Young Montana Remix)
6. Tricks (Damu Remix)

Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches
Always/Tu Ne Dis Rien
7 Inch – Olive Green Vinyl

Side A
1. Always

Side B
2. Tu Ne Dis Rien

Jonathan Wilson
Pity Trials And Tomorrow’s Child
12 Inch

Side A
1. Isn’t It A Pity

Side B
2. Trials Of Jonathan
3. Tomorrow’s Child

The Czars
Sorry I made You Cry
12inch – Heavyweight Baby Blue Vinyl

Side A
1  Black is the Colour
2  Angel Eyes
3 Where the Boys Are
4 My Funny Valentine
5 For Emily
6 Leavin’ On My Mind

Side B
7 You Don’t Know What Love Is
8 I’m Sorry
9 I Fall To Pieces
10 Strange
11 Song To The Siren

Feline Friday #9

Feline Friday
by Katie Harkin

This is Pip, he is a house cat. Being the house cat of someone who works 9-to-5 is a pretty shitty deal but, as is Pip’s lot, being the house cat of retirees means your feline consciousness is formed within a world which only serves to serve you, 24/7.

As a touring person who can’t even keep the hardiest, gnarliest pot plants alive, a cat of my own is out of the question. But thankfully, visiting my grandparents off tour also means visiting Pip. He is a constant stoic companion to my Granddad in the daytime and a demanding affectionate bundle to my Nana at night. So attuned to his tiny universe, he knows that the sound of my Nana’s reading glasses hitting her bedside table means it is time to sleep, he’ll run in from the landing and jump onto the bed upon hearing it.

A tiny white Persian, Pip is approximately 80% fluff and makes the tiny ‘yam’ that someone with a face bred to lack a sonorous beaky nose could muster. He’s very different to my parents’ cats, with their social lives outside the home and brethren companionship within, Pip is a quiet soul and rules over my grandparents’ house part watchman, part cloud. Interaction with Pip is a slightly frosty affair, but with time I have been slowly promoted and can enjoy the particular satisfaction of affection that has been earned.

Van Dyke Parks joins Bella Union family!

VAN DYKE PARKS TO REISSUE THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS IN JUNE 2012

Bella Union are proud to announce the long-awaited reissue of three of the most highly prized and visionary albums from one of the most influential figures of twentieth century music, Van Dyke Parks.

If you don’t know Van Dyke Parks, now is the chance to immerse yourself in a uniquely eclectic and daring landscape. Parks may be best known for penning the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ legendary sixties masterpiece Smile and more recently his arrangements helped shape Joanna Newsom’s epic album Ys. But the true riches of Parks’ talent lies in his first three solo albums, Song Cycle (1968), Discover America (1972) and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (1975). This trio of acclaimed records defined Americana decades before the term was invented. An expansive Americana that didn’t merely tap the post-war roots in folk and country music that we expect from the genre, but an all-embracing vision that included ragtime, vaudeville, jazz, bluegrass, psychedelia, classical and calypso, unified by a singer-songwriter spirit as much in line with Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson as Park’s collaborator Brian Wilson.

Born in Mississippi in 1943, Parks was extraordinary even as a child, a musical prodigy and actor who later became a session musician, composer, producer, arranger, lyricist, and singer. His own music is as cinematic, fantastical and even phantasmagorical as it is from the heart. Song Cycle was less conventionally pop, in verse-chorus fashion, than Smile; the mood was something like a baroque psychedelic dream filtered through Disney and music hall. Discover America was a major departure, with most songs written by pre-war Calypso musicians from Trinidad & Tobago but given Parks’ highly individual spin. Clang Of The Yankee Reaper further wove New Orleans, classical and pop strains alongside Calypso and Caribbean rhythms.

There have been more albums since, plus film scores, children’s books and arrangements for a dizzying array of talent (including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Rufus Wainwright), but the jewels in Parks’ legacy remain those first three albums, slices of musical history both of their time and truly timeless.

Bella Union will release Song CycleDiscover America and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper in June 2012.

And there’s more! To celebrate the release Van Dyke Parks will make a rare live appearance, performing at the Barbican with full orchestral accompaniment from the Britten Sinfonia and an astounding line-up of special guests to be announced soon. Info below:

Saturday 23 June – LONDON – Barbican (£15 – £25) [buy]