M. Ward’s playlist / Koko show on Monday

Friday, June 29th, 2012

M. Ward plays the Koko on Monday, tickets are available here.

Matt has shared a playlist via iTunes. Read what he says below, and here is a link to listen.

These songs have my favorite solos. The thing about good solos, for me, is that they don’t need to have a lot of notes; they just need to find the right ones. This list is in no particular order and is changing every day. Enjoy. – M. Ward

  • 1. “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals: “Amazing drums. Amazing everything. All of Spector’s productions are referenced often when I’m in the studio.”
  • 2. “Like a Hurricane (Live)” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse: “Needless to say, but I’ll list it anyway. It happens at the four- to five-minute mark. You’ll know it when you hear it. I think this is from a homemade amplifier, making this sound impossible to find at Guitar Center or anywhere else in music.”
  • 3. “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake: “Perfect. Piano. Solo.”
  • 4. “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth: “The two-note guitar solo in this song speaks for itself and, in my opinion, is the best moment of their best song on their best record. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ on Evol is a close second.”
  • 5. “I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Billie Holiday: “I used to not like the trombone until I heard this song.”
  • 6. “Something Inside of Me” by Elmore James: “Probably Elmore’s best guitar intro. I wish all songs could start like this. After all these years, he is still underrated and still underground.”
  • 7. “Shake for Me (Single Version)” by Howlin’ Wolf: “This whole list could be filled with Hubert Sumlin solos. I guess if I’m just choosing one, then this is the break that takes the cake.”
  • 8. “Way Out” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “One of my favorite living guitarists. Always inventive and putting his experiments in the front of the mix.”
  • 9. “Mother Nature’s Son” by Harry Nilsson: “An alpine quasi-yodel vocal solo break.”
  • 10. “My Moon My Man” by Feist: “That guitar break. As good on record as it is live.”

Bella Union merch / Van Dyke Parks posters

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The finest wares for the most delectable of humanoids are now available in our store, including:

Bella Union tote bags – £5
Bella Union t-shirts – £15
Limited hand numbered Van Dyke Parks screen prints – £25 (including postage)

To purchase, head to the store.

The easiest way to upgrade your classiness level by 1000 points! Act now!


Father John Misty // November tour

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Father John Misty sets off across the UK this November, dates are below:

Thursday 22 November – London – XOYO (£12)
Friday 23 November – Manchester – Deaf Institute (£10)
Saturday 24 November – Dublin –Workman’s Club (€13.65)
Monday 26 November – Glasgow – King Tuts (£10)
Tuesday 27 November – Gateshead – The Sage Gateshead (£10)
Wednesday 28 November – Norwich – Arts Centre (£10)
Thursday 29 November – Bristol – Thekla (£10)
Friday 30 November – Brighton – The Haunt (£10)

Here is a particularly comedic interview with the man himself, Josh Tillman, recently:

Grab your tickets now, folks!


M. Ward plays London next week!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

M. Ward is playing a full band show next week at London’s Koko.

Watch Matt and his band playing ‘Primitive Girl’ on Conan O’Brien’s show below:

Tickets are available here.

Lanterns on the Lake : Damu Remix / Scala show

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Bass wunderkind Damu has reworked the Lanterns On The Lake song ‘Tricks’. Originally released as part of the Record Store Day remix EP ‘Low Tide’ that also featured Laurel Halo, Young Montana and Man Without Country – Damu takes the skeleton of ‘Tricks’ and converts it into a sprawling 7-minute electronic jam, which we are offering to download for free below.

Lanterns On The Lake – Tricks (Damu Remix) by Bella Union

Lanterns On The Lake will play their biggest UK headline show to date at The Scala, London later this year:

Thursday 18th October – LONDON, Scala - tickets

Zun Zun Egui to play Latitude Festival

Monday, June 25th, 2012

If you have not seen Zun Zun Egui for a while, miss them, need your fix… well, you can catch them at Latitude Festival this summer. They will also be playing Bella Union’s day takeover at End of the Road festival.

Van Dyke Parks at the Barbican this Saturday

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Nick Rhodes at Switchopen has designed a beautiful screen printed poster which will be available for sale at the Barbican this Saturday:

They are limited to 150 and will be on sale at the merch desk along with the vinyl reissues.

There are a few remaining tickets for the show, available from here.

Van Dyke Parks reissues released today!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

We are thrilled to be working with the legendary Van Dyke Parks, and today we released three of his classic albums on CD and vinyl.

Song Cycle, Clang of the Yankee Reaper and Discover America are all available for purchase in the Bella Union store.

VDP plays the Barbican this Saturday June 23rd, with special guests Robin Pecknold and Daniel Rossen, with accompaniment from the Britten Sinfonia. Tickets are available here.

On Sunday 24th, he plays and takes part in a Q&A at Rough Trade East – to gain entry you can buy the records from Rough Trade in exchange for a wristband.

And for those not around this weekend; you’ll have a chance to catch him at Bella Union’s 15th anniversary celebrations at End of the Road festival this August 31st.

And if you’re unfamiliar with his works, The Guardian ran this terrific feature over the weekend. And you can watch the below video directed by Richard Parks, of VDP on ‘Song Cycle’: