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: 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.
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.
Avant-garde pop provocateurs XIU XIU have just unveiled the video to new single ‘Hi‘.
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
Have a listen to the stunning ‘Eyeoneye’ below, from the forthcoming Andrew Bird record:
Andrew will celebrate the release of Break It Yourself with a string of European shows that will include a SOLD OUT show at The Barbican, London on Monday 5th March.
Monday 5th March – LONDON, Barbican
Tuesday 6th March – PARIS, La Cigale
Thursday 8th March – BRUSSELS, Cirque Royale
Friday 9th March – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
Saturday 2nd June – LONDON, Field Day Festival
Saturday 9th June – WELBECK ABBEY, No Direction Home Festival