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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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Bryce's big year, MusicNOW is BBC 6Music's 'compilation of the week' - May 04, 2016

Think about label co-founder Bryce Dessner's achievements over the past 365 days and it's easy to see he's had what you call 'a banner year': music festivals built around his extended artistic family in Cork, Ireland and Minneapolis, Minnesota - new compositions premiering at the New York City Ballet and LA Philharmonic - his first major Hollywood film score for The Revenant - and, last but not least, the 10th anniversary of MusicNOW, the intimate festival he curates each year in The National's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Speaking of which, we had a happy & unexpected bit of ....continue....

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The Gloaming release 2, top Irish charts, tour USA - March 21, 2016

"In a conundrum to cause maths teachers everywhere to break out in hives, 2 has proven bigger than 25, as The Gloaming knock Adele off the top of the Irish charts," wrote Hot Press Magazine last week. Yep that's right The Gloaming's sophomore album has topped the Irish album record sales charts, beating out more familiar pop contenders like Justin Bieber, The 1975 and, yes, even Adele. We were as gobsmacked as anybody when we saw this report. A lot of crazy things have happened to Brassland artists over the years: opening slots on R.E.M. tours, hang ....continue....

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OP-ED: Oscars's music controversy & the dumbing of America - February 29, 2016

After last night's Oscar broadcast, one of the label's co-founders Alec Hanley Bemis wrote a thing about the f**ked-upness of the Oscars' relationship to music in 2016 — and posted it to Brassland's F'book page. Alec has some strong opinions on the matter, having met Elliott Smith in 2000, soon after Smith's own Oscar appearance changed the singer-songwriter's life—for better & worse. And it feels relevant to post here seeing as two of our artists & two mentors/friends of the label were caught up in the competitive scrum of the Academy Awards this year. (To reel '....continue....



Bowie Bonds playlist, Doveman covers "Lazarus" - January 22, 2016

Almost two weeks after David Bowie's passing, the Brassland community is still grieving. Let us be the first to acknowledge that, duh, Bowie occupied a far more widescreen canvas than we could ever hope to. Everyone from his peerless peers like Brian Eno to the artists we grew up with like Trent Reznor to contemporaries who thrill & infuriate us like Kanye West have marked his passing in the social media medium. Unlike another recent legend's passing, we and our roster didn't have a particularly personal relationship with Bowie or his music -- Bowie having been off-the-musical scene ....continue....

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