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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). Well...no. 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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Brassland takes Éire, The Gloaming snare year-end honors - December 09, 2014

Brassland has landed in Ireland! No awkward puns or repetitive use of verbs intended! For a thorough round up of what's going on, take a listen to this hourlong podcast prepared by Dublin's National Concert Hall. It also serves as a great capsule history of the label. Alternatively, if you try to observe the "pod-" in podcasting, you may download part one and part two from Soundcloud (or, if you're a real traditionalist, via iTunes). They were produced by the most-excellent Ben Eshmade in honor of NCH's just-as-excellent Perspectives series which launched this year ....continue....

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The Gloaming tour the west coast, the world & Ireland; meet Sting - November 10, 2014

Cool thing alert: immediately after we released The Gloaming's self-titled debut, it began popping up on "top 10 records of 2014...so far" lists: Mojo said it all the way back in March. The Irish Times newspaper placed it at #1 in June. (Hip Irish blog Nialler9 has it at #6 because, well, blogs.) And just this week Mashable placed it at #2 in their "visually stunning album covers of 2014" list. And now that we've gotten the cool/cool stuff out of the way, let’s get to the weird/cool stuff: Why yes, that is The Gloaming’s ....continue....

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Jherek Bischoff launches Kickstarter, tours OZ with Missy Higgins - September 23, 2014

UPDATE NOVEMBER 4, 2014: The Kickstarter surpassed its goal by 50% reaching over $23,000, and triggering the release of an exclusive digital EP just for backers! Yay Jherek! Yay backers! It's been over a year since we've brought you any Jherek Bischoff news. Which is not to say there hasn't been any. This versatile composer/producer/sideman/arranger is just so prolific he's hard to keep up with. We couldn't report on everything unless we turned www.brassland.org into a 24-7 Jherek Bischoff news service. (Come to think of it, for something like that experience you should check ....continue....

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Buke and Gase offer new song, USA, Irish & UK tour date(s) - August 29, 2014

Let's get the most fun part out of the way first: Buke and Gase have just posted their new song "Seam Esteem" to Bandcamp for free download. Grab it: "Seam Esteem" (Free download) by Buke and Gase "Seam Esteem" premiered on All Songs Considered. You can also stream it on their Soundcloud. I know what you're thinking: These announcements came out of the blue. What gives? Well, hopefully you're already one of the lucky internet browsers who caught wind of the their Soundcloud postings from March to June of this year, ....continue....

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