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Doveman's Burgundy Stain Session returns to NYC - April 05, 2012

What the hell is going on in that picture? We were wondering too. But St. Vincent's Twitter feed cleared everything up. Apparently it's St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) literally walking all over Doveman.

What the hell indeed!?! Is this Annie's way of lording it over her equally pseudonymous but slightly less unit-shifting friend Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett). We actually think she was giving him an EXTREME massage. That said, when Doveman's friends walk all over him, shouldn't he get a shot at turning the tables? Hells YES!

Starting next week, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) will once again turn (Le) Poisson Rouge into an intimate salon with the return of his celebrated Burgundy Stain Sessions. The first session will welcome Chocolate Genius (Marc Anthony Thompson), Trixie Whitley, Julia Stone and a handpicked crew of other talented special guests, who will all saunter onstage to perform alongside Doveman--and his ever-present glass of red wine--in a variety of configurations to share classic songs old and new. As in, the set list will get decided right there on the spot with little or no rehearsal. We've tried to have a little "talking to" Thomas about this sloppy ass state of affairs but he won't budge. Fortunately for those in audience, the folks he rounds up tend to be gifted enough to pull this kind of thing off.

So it doesn't suck. Even a little bit.

Don't believe us? Well check out this clip from from last year's April 23 session featuring Norah Jones, Rob Moose, Martha Wainwright, Justin Bond, Sara Quin (of Tegan & Sara), Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames), Nico Muhly (aka Nico Muhly) and Hannah Cohen.

So what if some of them are dancing more than they're singing? We miss Soul Train and American Bandstand and Dance Party USA, don't you?

Anyway, started as a monthly "in-the-round" residency at LPR in January 2011, The Burgundy Stain Sessions quickly caught attention for it's famous featured guests -- both the luminaries mentioned above, as well as Beth Orton, Laurie Anderson, the Dessner Brothers and too many other notables to attempt to mention in a single paragraph. So much for this paragraph.

And guess what: This happened. Every. Single. Month. (Pretty much.)

Well, in 2012 Doveman's work as a producer, arranger, and keyboardist will be taking up more of his time but he'll still be flexing his curatorial talents for four burgundy Stain performances. If you want to see them all, (Le) Poisson Rouge is offering a special "(le) Billet Rouge" which gets you tix to all 4 Burgundy Stain Sessions for $50.

You like press hype? Well we got you some press hype. The New York Times said last year that "This coterie of musicians shares a sense of restraint, intuitive dynamics and widespread references," while the Wall Street Journal noted that they created “an environment so relaxed it will seem like anyone could join in onstage.” (PS - You're not actually allowed to join in on stage, unless Thomas calls you up. Bring an instrument, raise your hand and wait, people, it might just happen.)

Anyway, we digress.

Here's the Burgundy Stain Sessions 2012 schedule:

- April 13th, 2012
- July 13th, 2012
- October 5th, 2012
- December 7th, 2012

If you're lucky St. Vincent might even show up.

She did a few times last year, though she never stood on Doveman's back. Too bad. That'd be cool.

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This Is The Kit collect praise, BBC support & tour dates - August 11, 2015

This year's been a doozy for This Is The Kit (aka Kate Stables and whoever joins her aka TITK for short). We released their new, Aaron Dessner-produced album Bashed Out in April. (Vinyl came along a few months later and, hey now, links to get it in any format are here if you are so inclined.) Reactions have been universally positive, with some daring to call it one of the best British albums of 2015. (That "some" includes "us" of course.) We'll get into more details about the positive reviews in a moment but ***HEADLINE ....continue....

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Bryce Dessner, So Percussion, Aron Buke & Gase team-up - May 27, 2015

Of late, Brassland has had our most Dessner-heavy release schedule in quite some time. There is the wonderful (and still fresh) Aaron Dessner production-work on This Is The Kit’s new album Bashed Out — the Bryce-curated indie-all star compilation MusicNOW: 10 Years — and, just last week, Bryce’s new solo album Music for Wood and Strings which, amazingly, was the Hot Shot Debut on this week's Billboard Classical chart!?! (That chart debut is even more amazing if you consider the fact that most of the Billboard "classical" chart is stuff like Lindsey Stirling's dubstep violin jams and ....continue....

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Secret history of Sufjan's CARRIE & LOWELL - March 30, 2015

Oh hi. Recently we've heard some grumbling about these news updates on "It's so long I didn't read it," people complain. "Why do your news updates take such a roundabout way of getting to the freaking point?" one friend told us. (i.e. Note the picture that goes with this particular update, a barely relevant #selfie of Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and some dude with a hat from the most recent installment of the MusicNOW festival.) Finally others criticize: "You could say the same thing with far less verbiage." ....continue....

Steven Reker of People Get Ready wins award, debuts at Lincoln Center - February 08, 2015

Things may have seemed quiet on the People Get Ready front since the summer release of their sophomore album Physiques but rest assured respect, accolades and affection continue to accrue for the members of this uncategorizable indie/performance quartet. That accrual has been most pronounced in the case of main man Steven Reker. First Lincoln Center selected him to debut a new piece of work at their prestigious American Songbook series. (The date is February 27th for those who like keeping your calendars up-to-date.) And just this morning The New York Times announced that Steven has been awarded American Dance ....continue....

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