Xiu Xiu tour with SWANS

Jamie is off on a solo tour with SWANS, dates below… say hi!

3/14/2013    Brno     Fleda Club
3/15/2013    Krakow     Kwadrat
3/16/2013    Warsaw     Stodola
3/19/2013    Budapest    Akvarium Klub
3/21/2013    Milan  I    Magazzini Generali
3/22.2013    Roma    I    Circolo Degli Artisti
3/23/2013     Verona    I       Interzona
3/25/2013    Basel    CH     Kaserne
3/26/2013    Yverdon-le-Bain CH     L’Amalgame club
3/27/2013    Feyzin    F     L’Epicerie Moderne
3/28/2013    Dijom    F     Le Consortium
3/29/2013    Luxemborg     Central Cultrel Kulturfabrik
3/30/2013    Antwerp    B     Trix Venue
4/01/2013    Birmingham           HMV Institute
4/02/2013     Brighton        Concorde 2
4/04/2013    London       Swans fest
4/05/2013    Leeds      Stylus
4/06/2013    Bristol    The Fleece

Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart // ‘Parallel Flights’ video

Last month Bella Union released Road To Palios, an exquisite cycle of instrumental duets for acoustic guitar and violin by Portland-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Francesconi and his partner Mirabai Peart, and now we are very pleased to share with you the new video for ‘Parallel Flights’.

Here’s what director Matt Kresling had to say about making the video…

“I have an old-fashioned idea about music videos—I think the videos should relate to the music. Some videos seem as if you could swap out the music and no one would be the wiser, but I didn’t want that to be the case with Ryan and Mira’s video. I wanted to make something that was a specific expression of their music. It was a bit tricky, inasmuch as their music is instrumental. So what’s it about, really? How to visually express it? Firstly, I knew they’d taken this trip to Greece together, and guessed it must have been an important trip, because hell, Ryan named the album after it: ‘Road to Palios.’ So it seemed like an obvious choice to make the video some kind of journey to idyllic Palios, probably starting from the urban hell-scape of Portland, Oregon (where he lives).

Second, I tried to draw on what I know about Ryan. We’ve been friends since we were 11-years-old, and I imagine I know stuff about him that isn’t apparent to audiences who only know him as a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist on a distant stage. For example, I know that he’s a funny guy. That doesn’t really come across when he’s shredding on a tambura, but I wanted to get his sense of humor into the video. Also, if you didn’t know, he’s freaky about cycling. So… bikes.”

Road To Palios is out now on Bella Union Records

Beach House // New Year

From Beach House -

Here is a video we made using footage from our recording session at Sonic Ranch Studios, Tornillo, Texas. It’s more of a home video thing, not a music video…….we just thought these moments and the memories they involve fit this song. SUPER SPECIAL thanks to our wonderful assistant engineer for the session Manuel Calderon (the guy with the tequila), who filmed all the time lapses and a lot of the studio footage.

John Grant returns with second album “Pale Green Ghosts”

Bella Union records are thrilled to announce the return of JOHN GRANT,  whose second solo album Pale Green Ghosts will be released on Monday 11th March 2013.

After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut “Queen Of Denmark” win MOJO’s Album of 2010 and countless other accolades, John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant “Pale Green Ghosts” adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers…

John Grant has also just announced a headline show at London’s Heaven the week of release, the tickets of which go on-sale Friday morning.

Wednesday 13 March – LONDON – Heaven (£15) Tickets

Directed by regular Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, the video to “Pale Green Ghosts” has just been unveiled and can be viewed here: