Bella Union Presents Mercury Rev DJ Set at BackBar at the Bedford

Mercury Rev and Bella Union are excited to announce a DJ set at The Bedford on August 20th, 2015. Head on down for a good old time and some great music. All details can be found in the flyer below!


The Light In You  will be released on September 18 on Bella Union and is available to preorder now via iTunes. The band recently shared the album’s “The Queen Of Swans,” which is streaming HEREVanity Fair called the track “ voluminous” and Stereogum stated the single, “has the elaborate, layered, finely orchestrated sound that’s come to characterize the band.”

Mercury Rev’s 8th studio album is filled with wondrous and voluminous kaleidoscopic detail, but also intimate moments of calm, and altogether stands up to the very best that this notable band of maverick explorers has ever created. Its ecstatic highs and shivery comedowns also reflect a particularly turbulent era in the lives of Grasshopper and fellow co-founder Jonathan Donahue, of calamities both personal and physical, but also rebirths and real births (Grasshopper became a father for the first time in 2014). There’s a reason for the seven-year gap since the band’s last album, Snowflake Midnight.

“It was one of those otherworldly life sequences, when everything you think is solid turns molten,” explains Jonathan. “But also, when something is worth saying, it can take a long time to say it, rather than just blurt it out.”

As well as The Light In You being the first Mercury Rev album with Bella Union, it’s also the first with only Jonathan and Grasshopper at the controls, as scheduling conflicts and travel between the Catskills and Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox studio became too great to overcome.  Surrounded by longtime friends such as engineer Scott Petito and bassist Anthony Molina, Jonathan and Grasshopper quickly found their stride recording themselves in their own basement studio as well as venturing out into the daylight to record tracks at some of their old haunts like NRS and White Light Studios. The two even found time to arrange backing vocal harmonies and record with Ken Stringfellow at his studio Son du Blé studios in Paris.

Yet from its title down, the album clearly reflects the core relationship between Jonathan and Grasshopper, best friends since they were teenagers, who accompanied each other through the musical changes, band fractures and exulted breakthroughs that has marked Mercury Rev‘s career since they emerged with the extraordinary Yerself Is Steam in 1991.

“You can go as deep as you want with the title, on a metaphorical, spiritual level, or just poetic license,” Jonathan suggests. “It’s the beacon that shines and allows us to see ourselves – and then there’s the music between Grasshopper and I, which is how we reflect each other. The arc of the album, lyrically, is someone who’s gone through an incredible period of turbulence, sadness and uncertainty, and as the album progresses, a light appears on the water.”

MONEY – The Darkness Beckons – A short film

MONEY – The Darkness Beckons – A short film

We’re looking for contributions from creatures of the night, dreamers, insomniacs and the odd nyctophobic sufferer (fear of the night) to detail their unique relationship with the night time for us. We’ll be asking questions about everything from how they sleep through to what they dream about and everything in between. They must be comfortable in front of camera and articulate. Each interview will last no more than 15-20 mins and refreshments will be provided.

We’re looking for women & men aged between 18-65 years old!

Must be available this Thursday 1oth July, shooting in West London (Queens Park area). Please email:

Bella Union Staff Best of 2013

Bella Union Staff Best of 2013



Some of The Best Things of 2013 -
By:larm 2013
Getting married to the wonderful Ms Abbey Braden.
Big Sur.
2 weeks at Xfm standing in for John Kennedy
Moving out of Hackney.
Finding a café/salvage place. Two great things in one room!?
Taz the moustachioed Hove-based barista at said place.
Tad the Turkish restaurant in Mare St
John Grant at #1 in RT Albums of The Year
Seeing Stan Raymonde in Australia.
All visits to NYC 2013.
Opening up the label offices in NYC.
Discovering The Americans tv series.
Iceland Airwaves 2013.
The generosity of Marc Geiger, old friend.
Seeing Kraftwerk at Harpa Konzerthall, Reykjavik
Seeing Money, Midlake, John Grant and Sumie at Harpa, Reykjavik
Anika doing artwork for Van Dyke Parks
Releasing Roy Harper’s first album in 13 years.
Watching how PINS have developed so fast, hearing new songs.
Independent Label Market.
Dj-ing for the JAJAJA Festival at Roundhouse

Some of the Best gigs & live performances of 2013 -
Mammut (Iceland Airwaves)
I BREAK HORSES (Brighton Centre)
Summer Camp (The Haunt)
Vök (Iceland Airwaves)
Kraftwerk (Iceland Airwaves)
Jonathan Wilson (Islington Town Hall)
Laura Veirs (Islington Town Hall)
Roy Harper (RFH)
Samuel Jon Samuelsson Big Band (Iceland Airwaves)
MONEY (The Waiting Room, London)
Landshapes (Basement, W1)
Ballet School (Shacklewell Arms)
PINS (The Castle, Manchester)
The Trouble With Templeton (The Haunt, Brighton)
John Grant (Iceland Airwaves)
Midlake (Iceland Airwaves)
Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart (Jazz Quarters)
Thundercat (XOYO)
Lapalux (XOYO)
Orchestra of Spheres (Wellington, NZ)
Sumie (Iceland Airwaves)
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Coachella)
Kurt Vile (Coachella)
Lanterns On The Lake X2 (Oxford and Bowlegs session)
Beach House (Coachella)
Zen Mantra (Christchurch, NZ)
Tiny Ruins x 2 (Brisbane / CMJ)
Little Green Cars (Coachella)
Robert Forster (Iceland Airwaves)
Flaming Lips x 3 (SXSW, Roundhouse x2)
New Order(Coachella)
Major Lazer(Coachella)
Wild Nothing (Coachella)
Spiritualized (Coachella)
Youth Lagoon (Coachella)
Father John Misty (Town Hall NYC)
Veronica Falls (shoreditch Church)
Jah Wobble and Keith Levene (Village Underground)
The Invisible (Live from Village Underground TV)
Golden Fable (Live from Village Underground TV)
Metz (Live from Village Underground TV)

Best non-Bella Union track:
Penetrate by Stubborn Heart

Best LPs:
All of the Bella Union ones and a few others.


Kanye West – Yeezus
Kelela – Cut 4 Me
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
R Kelly – Black Panties
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Darkside – Psychic
Arca – &&&&&
Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2
Kingdom – Vertical XL
Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
Haxan Cloak – Excavation
Forest Swords – Engravings
Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
Earl sweatshirt – Doris

San Francisco to Austin road trip
Professor Blastoff
259 Hackney Road
Yeezus @ Barclays
Fleetwood Mac @ O2
Showing of Opening Night @ BAM
DJ Harvey @ various places
Ghe20 Goth1k + Fade to Mind party
Patrick Melrose series
Enlightened / The Bridge / Eastbound & Down / Burning Love / Arrested Development / The Returned / It’s always sunny / workaholics / Bobs Burgers / The League / Nathan For You / Breaking Bad / Real Husbands of Hollywood / NTSF SD SUV / Children’s Hospital / South Park
Tim Heidecker + Neil Hamburger @ Bowery
On Cinema & any and all of Tim Heidecker’s output this year.
Kyle Dunnigan
River Styx
Brilliant Corners
Low and Clear / 12 O’Clock Boys / Undefeated / Jiro Dreams of Sushi / Brooklyn Castle / Call Me Kuchu / The Crash Reel / The Silent War / The Tillman Story
All the Bella related live shows + releases this year. It’s been another great year.

HUGE Disappointments:
The Dream – IV Play


Records I liked:
Austra – Olympia
Bill Callahan – Dream River
Caitlin Rose – The Stand In
Devendra Banhart – Mala
Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
Kanye West – Yeezus
Various – Kenya Special
Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
+ more I have forgotten

Things I liked:
Amsterdam/Coventry/London with Celebration
Getting a cat even though (or especially ‘cos?) he might be Satan
Waxahatchee / Badlands on the roof
Landshapes’ Green Man and Totnes trip / visiting Rupes
Princess Century / Manchester
Staying with Jess and Andy in Brooklyn
Celebration at ScapeScape /Mt. Royal at ScapeScape
Friends Records
Going to see One Direction in 3D with John Waters and Ed in Baltimore
Riding the merry go round with Luisa and Heloise at the Leeds Christmas Market aka The Happiest Place On Earth
Tasseotime / Forest picnic & the Primordial Sludge Crawl
Tasseomancy, Slings & Arrows and DEEP THROAT at The Waiting Room
Karaoke 2013. Highlights include Sari and I winning at Trannyoke and having petals rained upon us.
Egg lady on Ridley Road Market


Connan Mockasin – Caramel
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Kanye West – Yeezus
Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel…
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

One other thing I enjoyed this year…
Learning to Surf


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