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October is People Get Ready month - September 21, 2012

Many of you probably just think of October as "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," but we at Brassland will humbly submit you should update your calender to reflect that it is also "Adopt People Get Ready Month." If you aren't familiar with People Get Ready, rest assured close followers of Brassland (i.e. you) will soon be inundated with their infectious melodies, relentless high-energy rhythms and genre-bending live performances by the end of said month. With a number of releases, premieres and parties slated to take place, you people should get ready to start autumn by riding the groundswell of PGR output and activities.

For those of you who want to get an early start of things, the band is holding a benefit on Friday, September 28th and you're invited. Here's said invite and here is the Facebook event page in case you want to share the crap out of it. We won't talk too much about this because it's kind of a fancy jam and we totally like to pretend we are DIY freegans, but suffice it to say there will be lots of artisinal activities to be had. Pickles, cocktails, good cheese, handcrafted furniture, stuff with birds on it. The whole deal.

The popular movement starts in earnest in October, though, and let's start with the big, obvious news: People Get Ready's self-titled debut album is set to release October 16th (digitally) and Oct 22nd (physically). There may just be a pre-order somewhere in between (or before). Then blam, on October 18th comes the debut of their new performance piece "Specific Ocean" at New York Live Arts. It will showcase People Get Ready's unique blend of choreographed performance, indie rock and visual overwhelmment. (That's not an actual word, but totally appropriate and we like it. So there.) The venue's promotional literature calls it a "multi-sensory mixtape." The New York Times described an earlier PGR show with a poetic filigree, comparing it to "an experience beyond hearing music in a club or viewing a dance; it is a moving meditation that suggests dreams." They are obviously taking different drugs than us. (Who needs dreams when reality can look this cool?) But, still, totally nice of them to say and maybe that gives you a metaphorical sense of what to expect.

Anyway, the show will run October 18th through the 20th. And O.G. indie rocker and Brassland pal & supporter Michael Azerrad will be doing spieling at some point (to steal a Wattism). It's gonna be sweet, dudes!

At some point in October there also might be a video. Maybe a wildly popular video sharing site will premiere it and get lots of eyeballs!

Needless to say by the end of the month we'll all finally be ready to let off some steam and savor in People Get Ready's success, don't you think? By happy coincidence, the band have a final treat in store for you along those lines: the band's October 27th album release party at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. Keep an eye on our shows page for the most up-to-date information, and if by the time Halloween rolls around you're still feeling PGR-deficient, then you weren't paying attention!

Come to think of it, the bands might have some ideas for Halloween fun, too!


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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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