I Break Horses / Scala show + PRIMAVERA competition

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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

Poor Moon – Illusion EP released today! LISTEN NOW!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Illusion, the EP brought to you by Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott and Ian & Peter Murray, is  released today on Bella Union!

Hear a preview of the EP below:

Poor Moon – Illusion EP by secretbellaunion

BUY IN THE BELLA UNION STORE

Bella Union Record Store Day Releases

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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

Van Dyke Parks joins Bella Union family!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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]

Record Store Day: The Czars – Sorry I Made You Cry

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

We are thrilled to be pressing up The Czars‘ classic Sorry I Made You Cry on baby blue vinyl next month in celebration of Record Store Day 2012. Details below!

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

Record Store Day: Jonathan Wilson 12″

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Pity Trials and Tomorrow’s Child… rolls off the tongue. This is the title of a special 12″ from Jonathan Wilson to be released next month in celebration of Record Store Day. And would ya look at that beautiful artwork -

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

Record Store Day: Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches split 7″

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Do you own any olive green vinyl? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! We are excited to share news of a split between Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches in celebration of Record Store Day. Details below:

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

Record Store Day: Lanterns On The Lake – Low Tide

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Bella Union will release a brand new 12″ white vinyl Lanterns on the Lake remix EP in celebration of Record Store Day 2012 next month. Check out the tracklist below:

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)