Introducing… Father John Misty

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Father John Misty

We’d like to introduce you to Father John Misty, the new project from Josh Tillman. Bella Union will release the album, ‘Fear Fun‘, on April 30th 2012.

When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’.  What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name.  You’ve got to have a name.  I never got to choose mine.”

He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ‘alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011.  “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos.  I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me.  I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality.  I like humor and sex and mischief.  So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’.  I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve’.”

You can download ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings’ from our Soundcloud below -

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings by Bella Union

You can also watch the video featuring Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Sundance Film Festival Hit “Safety Not Guaranteed” and the upcoming “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”. The video was directed by Noel Paul.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings from Bella Union on Vimeo.

Andrew Bird // Sounds from a Room

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Andrew Bird’s Sounds from a Room gig: Stream online

On Saturday Bird performed in the unique hotel/one bedroom space perched atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Guardian streamed it live and it will be available to watch again. A good chance to have an advance listen to the tunes on Andrew’s forthcoming LP; ‘Break It Yourself’. You can also watch Andrew talking about the performance here.

WATCH ON THE GUARDIAN

Hannah Cohen // Presale Links

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Hannah Cohen // Limited Presale available NOW

We have a very limited number of Hannah Cohen full length Child Bride LPs available in select indie record stores. Get em’ while supplies last!

Buy from:

Resident
Norman Records

Piccadilly Records

Rough Trade

Photo above by Thomas Bartlett.

I Break Horses in London.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I Break Horses are set to play the Scala on April 1st. No joke!

Grab your tickets from Thursday via ATP.

NEW WEBSITE

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

We have a new website! Thanks to Seb Dehesdin for the build.

If you spot any errors or kinks that need ironing out please drop us a line about it.

Watch: New Peter Broderick video

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Watch: New Peter Broderick video for ‘It Starts Hear’// ‘http://www.itstartshear.com’ released on Monday 20th February

Here is the visual accompaniment for the new Peter Broderick song ‘It Starts Hear’ taken from the album http://www.itstarthear.com which will be released on Bella Union on Monday 20th February. The video, directed by Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, combines beautiful old, sepia series imagery with footage following Peter throughout the recording process of http://www.itstartshear.com which perfectly fits this uplifting and hazy first single.

Video below:

Introducing: Hannah Cohen

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Introducing: Hannah Cohen // Debut album released April on Bella Union

Hannah Cohen comes from a family of poets and musicians, broadcasters and booksellers. She left home as a teenager to travel the world working as a model, soon finding herself in New York and becoming over the next few years something of a muse to the city’s art scene, posing for Richard Prince, Terry Richardson, David Salle, Will Cotton, and Ryan McGinley. Working on the other side of the lens, Hannah shot album covers and music videos for friends, and her first book of photography, “Fotografias Brasil”, was published earlier this year.

She also immersed herself in NYC’s music scene, becoming friends with singers, writers and producers. And quietly, privately, she started teaching herself guitar and writing songs. They were simple songs, sung to herself, private reflections on love and loneliness. But when she did start sharing them with her friends, usually in the wee hours as a party was winding down, rooms were hushed, jaws dropped, and it became clear to everyone who heard them that these songs were something very special indeed.

Hannah’s debut record, “Child Bride”, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, known for his keyboard work with artists like The National and Antony and the Johnsons, and also producer of upcoming records by Glen Hansard and Julia Stone. Drawn from Hannah and Thomas’s mutual friends, the core band is a small but potent group of some of New York’s finest musicians, including Sam Amidon, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons), Brad Albetta (producer for Martha Wainwright and Teddy Thompson), Doug Wieselman (Laurie Anderson, the Lounge Lizards), and Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn, Bill Frisell). Together they have created an expansive, haunted album, lush and welcoming, but also at times almost painfully intimate. Hannah’s strikingly distinctive voice and casually assured phrasing are at the centre of it all, from the heartbroken outpouring of “The Crying Game” to “California”, an irresistibly catchy love letter to Hannah’s home state, with a sunny disposition that can’t quite hide the undercurrent of melancholy and homesickness.

“Child Bride” is released 23rd April on Bella Union records

Watch “The Crying Game” below:

 

Photo and video by Matthu Placek.

XIU XIU unveil video to ‘Hi’

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Avant-garde pop provocateurs XIU XIU have just unveiled the video to new singleHi‘.

Directed by David Horvitz and Jamie Stewart, the video features footage shot on a crazed road trip through upstate New York and photos taken throughout 2010 – 2011 Xiu Xiu world tours, including sneaking out during the wee hours to burn dolls in church courtyards, throwing copies of Dick Cheney’s autobiography in a Barnes & Noble garbage, graffiti lyrics next to a gas station sink, and Jamie setting his hand on fire. As you do.

‘Always’ is released 27th February on Bella Union records. This will be followed by a UK tour in March, dates below:

Monday 12 March – BRISTOL – The Fleece
Tuesday 13 March – MANCHESTER – The Ruby Lounge
Wednesday 14 March – GLASGOW – The Captain’s Rest
Thursday 15 March – BRIGHTON – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
Friday 16 March – LONDON – Rich Mix