The Walkmen on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

The Walkmen performed ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Love You Love’ on Jimmy Fallon’s show – check out the footage below!

If this whets the appetite, lucky ticket holders will be able to catch the band next week at Village Underground. The event is sold out, but the band return this summer to play Green Man festival and headline dates in Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London.

Heaven is out now on Bella Union.

The Walkmen – Heaven // OUT NOW

We are delighted to share that Heaven, the stunning new record from The Walkmen, is out now on Bella Union.

The band play Village Underground in London next week and return to headline The Forum this November, full dates here. You can find the CD and vinyl in the Bella Union store.

You can watch Alex Southam‘s video for the title track below:

Jonathan Wilson announces London Lexington show

Jonathan Wilson and Bella Union are excited to announce a special intimate show for friends and family in London at the Lexington on July 18th.

Ahead of this Jonathan will be supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers across their entire European tour which includes two sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall in June. Jonathan will then return to the UK in July to perform at the Latitude festival and Hard Rock Calling, along with his Lexington show, before ending the summer with an appearance at End of the Road as part of Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary celebrations on 31st August.

Upcoming UK live info:

Monday 18 June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (supporting Tom Petty)
Wednesday 20 June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (supporting Tom Petty)

Saturday 14 July – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling
Sunday 15 July – SOUTHWOLD – Latitude Festival
Tuesday 17 July – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (£10)
Wednesday 18 July – LONDON – Lexington (£15) **NEW DATE JUST ADDED!** [TICKETS]

Friday 31 August – WILTSHIRE – End Of The Road Festival
Saturday 1 September – BIRMINGHAM – Moseley Folk Festival
Sunday 2 September – PORTLAOISE – Electric Picnic

Watch Jonathan and his band performing Ballad Of The Pines for Yours Truly below:

Dirty Three to play Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Following their festival-slaying performance at Alexandra Palace last weekend, DIRTY THREE have just announced a headline show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in November in support of their career-best new album, Toward The Low Sun.

Ahead of this Warren Ellis and co will be visiting these shores next week to play a long-sold-out intimate show at Cargo and to headline the No Direction Home festival in Nottinghamshire.

Upcoming UK live info:

Thursday 7 June – LONDON – Cargo **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Fri-Sun 8/10 June – NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – No Direction Home festival
Wednesday 28 November – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£19.50)

Poor Moon announce self-titled debut album

Bella Union records are excited to announce the release of the much-anticipated debut album from POOR MOON on 27th August 2012.

Poor Moon is a band comprised of longtime friends Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, and brothers Ian and Peter Murray. And Poor Moon is the title of their full-length debut. But before there was a band or a record, there was the music, a series of songs forged by Christian Wargo over a period of several years. That’s one of the things that makes Poor Moon sound so special: this band grew out of the songs, not vice-versa.

“I’ve known Christian for so long, and have loved his songwriting as long as I’ve known him,” says Wescott. The two men previously played together in Pedro the Lion and Crystal Skulls; both are members of Fleet Foxes. For the past few years, he and the Murray brothers had been transfixed by the solo recordings Wargo periodically shared with them.

Thanks to their affinity for warm, earthy tones the music of Poor Moon can sound deceptively simple. Assorted timbres decorate these tenoriginals—marimba, harpsichord, fretless zither—but this isn’t everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arranging. Whatever the instrumentation, the sense of choosing the right tool for the job always prevails. Thoughtful, impassioned vocal harmonies further reinforce the myriad musical bonds at play.

Likewise, the considered manner in which the words and music coexist, often despite seeming incongruities of mood, accounts for the distinctive character of the songs. The stretch between 2008 and the present when they were composed includes some of the most tumultuous episodes in Wargo’s life. Yet Poor Moon handles even the heaviest topics, including death, addiction, and spirituality, with a certain lightness. “The way I deal with those is by drawing attention to the mystery and enjoying the whimsical aspects, but without being cute or precious about it,” Wargo explains.

Poor Moon is released 27th August on Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the US.

Poor Moon – Holiday by Bella Union