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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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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 brassland.org. "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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