BELLA UNION at The Independent Label Market
19th May at Spitalfields, London
This coming Saturday Bella Union will set up shop in Spitalfield’s Market, along with many brilliant independent labels, and we shall sell our wares. We took part in the market last year and had a blast, so we are thrilled to be returning… and we’ll be more prepared this time too.
Excitingly, we will be debuting a new Bella Union T-Shirt. Here is a photo of them sat in their box:
You will be able to buy them for the first time on Saturday!
We will also have lots of vinyl, some signed wares, some cds, some record store day releases and some of the last few Dirty Three Playbuttons.
So come visit our stall. We’ll shout some witty things at you too, like the fish people. GET YER VINYL, TWO A POUND GIVE ME £10 DO I SEE A £10, AHHH I SEE £10 GOING TO £11 FOR THE WOMAN IN THE HAT etc etc
Beach House – Bloom
Beach House’s ‘Bloom‘ is released today. Whilst we could reel off a list of superlatives about the music, the best advice we can give is to simply listen to the record itself. The album is still streaming over at The Independent and you can buy it on CD and vinyl from the Bella Union store.
Hear album opener ‘Myth’ below:
Beach House are on tour in the UK and Europe from next week, click here to see dates. The band return in the autumn to play Bella Union’s 15th anniversary takeover day at End of the Road festival and a headline show at London’s Roundhouse this November.
Listen to the fourth album from Beach House over at The Independent now, ahead of its release into the world next Monday 14th of May.
‘Bloom’ will be available to purchase on Monday 14th May. You can pick up your copy on CD or vinyl along with a limited edition t-shirt over at the Bella Union store.
In November 2011 Laura Veirs released ‘Tumble Bee‘, an album of children’s songs, new and old, inspired by the birth of her first child last summer.
Laura came to these shores earlier this year to play a handful of special shows including the V & A Museum of Childhood and now we are very happy to share with you the video for ‘King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O’ animated by Britta Johnson.
Exciting times afoot for The Walkmen; with their much-anticipated new album Heaven due for release 4th June. The band’s London Village Underground show sold out the same day as it went on sale last month, confirming their growing status as one of America’s most celebrated bands of the past 10 years.
Thankfully New York’s finest have just announced news of an Autumn tour that takes in major cities like Glasgow and Manchester before reaching London for a performance at the Forum on 1st November.
Upcoming UK/Ireland live info below:
Tuesday 12 June – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Sunday 19 August – POWYS – Green Man Festival
Saturday 27 October – BIRMINGHAM – Institute (£15)
Sunday 28 October – GLASGOW – ABC (£15)
Monday 29 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street (€26)
Tuesday 30 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz (£15)
Thursday 1 November – LONDON – Forum (£17.50)
Hear ‘Heartbreaker’ below:
Father John Misty makes his debut on the big ol’ late night American telly juggernaut, with David Letterman. A fantastic performance:
New Zealand songwriter / producer Lawrence Arabia returns with The Sparrow, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Chant Darling. Venturing away from the harmony-laden, classic pop production of that release, The Sparrow is a more measured and minimalist work, drawing particularly on the influence of the symphonic late-sixties work of Scott Walker and Serge Gainsbourg.
While various ominous words like ‘mature’ and ‘serious’ come to mind, there are still strong traces of the witty pop songwriting that defined the first two Arabia albums. “Travelling Shoes” is a recollection of a young man (not unlike the young James Milne) defining himself against the prevailing culture of his provincial upbringing. “The 03″ muses on the same character’s possible shameful return to that same setting having gone out into the world to achieve his dreams, and failed…
The material for The Sparrow was accumulated throughout 2010, while Lawrence and his band The Prime Ministers toured in support of Chant Darling. Images like the “crude moustache, exposed brains” seen on a poster of Zac Efron in the New York subway, the jaded conversation with the Tom Tom on a rainy British motorway, the last breaths of a London house party that dragged on just a little too long, were collected throughout the year as context-free scribbles in a diary, waiting for songs to attach themselves to.
These images found homes during a fairly frenzied period of writing in borrowed lounge rooms and rehearsal spaces at the end of another abject London summer. During the same period, the enigmatic title ‘The Sparrow’ surfaced and became some kind of mysterious guiding image for the aesthetic of the album, the angst of the inexorably approaching thirties, represented in the form of a small, malevolent bird… God knows why.
In late 2011, with Elroy Finn and Connan Mockasin, Lawrence recorded the basic tracks for these new songs, live, at a large house in Surrey that became known as the Japanese Academy. Strings and horn overdubs were added in a couple of sessions at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios. The Sparrow was produced and mixed by Lawrence Arabia.
The Sparrow is released 16th July on Bella Union records.