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New Year, New Gear, New Buke and Gase - January 29, 2013

Holidays = done. Ready to kickstart the year with renewed resolve? (And not interested in doing a Kickstarter campaign?) Well, here's an idea: how about some awesome new music from Buke & Gase? The duo's new album, "General Dome" came out in North American today, January 29th (Europe & ROW gets it February 22nd). Get some now:

BUY LPs or CDs
BUY FROM AMAZON / iTUNES / ETC.
BUY FROM INSOUND
BUY FROM BANDCAMP

Note that digital downloads from Bandcamp will not be delivered until the February 22nd date!

Enough with the commerce! What is this album all about?

Inspired (in part) by a recent Sol Lewitt exhibition at the Dia Beacon museum in Beacon, NY -- in part by a move to a new recording and rehearsal studio in Hudson, NY -- and in part by Arone's new fervor for motorcycle riding (she claims it lent the album a vigorous intensity) -- the album has many many parts, and is diverse, progressive and radically awesome in ways that defy description, though a common theme is a running commentary on imagery, communication, and change. Speaking of which, here is the dizzying video for "Hiccup":



Anyhoo, the album release will be followed by tour of the US, Canada, Australia and Europe which you can attend if you show up to the following coordinates very soon:

- Wed. Jan 30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)
- Thu. Jan 31 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
- Fri. Feb. 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
- Sat. Feb. 2 - Washington, DC @ DC 9
- Mon. Feb. 4 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
- Tue. Feb. 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
- Wed. Feb. 6 - Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
- Thu. Feb. 7 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
- Fri. Feb. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
- Sat. Feb. 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
- Mon. Feb. 11 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
- Tue. Feb. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
- Thu. Feb. 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
- Fri. Feb. 15 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
- Sat. Feb. 16 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
- Mon. Feb. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
- Tue. Feb. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
- Wed. Feb. 20 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

- Thu. Feb. 28 - Sydney, Australia @ Vanguard
- Fri. Mar. 1 - Perth, Australia @ Perth International Arts Festival (w/ Tallest Man on Earth)
- Sat. Mar. 2 - Melbourne, Australia @ Toff in Town
- Wed. Mar. 6 - Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Festival (w/ Jherek Bischoff & Deerhoof)
- Sat. Mar. 9 - Port Fairy, Australia - Port Fairy Folk Festival
- Sun. Mar. 10 - Port Fairy, Australia - Port Fairy Folk Festival
- Mon. Mar. 11 - Port Fairy, Australia - Port Fairy Folk Festival


- Wed Apr 17 - Paris, France @ Espace B (w/ Zs)
- Thur Apr 18 - London, UK @ The Lexington
- Mon Apr 22 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain (w/ Zs)
- Tue Apr 23 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang (w/ Fang Island)
- Wed Apr 24 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
- Thu Apr 25 - Krems, Austria @ donaufestival
- Fri Apr 26 - Munich, Germany @ Strom
- Sat Apr 27 - Cologne, Germany @ King Georg

And don't worry Europe. They'll be announcing even more shows your zone very soon.

If you need more verbiage before you buy, check out this recent update in Pitchfork, wherein Buke & Gase spoke of their very recent EP, "Function Falls" and revealed some thoughts on contemporary music and their DIY process:

Pitchfork: In being very self-sufficient and DIY, do you see what you do as in any way political or reactionary, or is it something you do in and of yourselves?
Aron Sanchez: It's both. Because I'm sick of bands. I mean, I love all kinds of music, but I'm really tired of seeing four-piece bands or normal guitars and drums and bass. It's like: Let's move on! Let's explore! Let's try to be more unique than that.

Pitchfork: I went to a really depressing talk last week where the two moderators answered a question about whether new kinds of music are possible in the most negative, bleak, unimaginative way.
Arone Dyer: They're jaded! That's ridiculous.
AS: Yeah, there's always going to be new stuff. And it depends on our perception of what we think is music. There are a lot of experimental and avant-garde musics that have been invented throughout the 20th century that are not popular but maybe they could be at some point, depending on our perspective. A lot of the music we hear now would just be noise to people 100 or 200 years ago. And maybe that could be the case in another 100 years.

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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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This Is The Kit announce April release date for Bashed Out - February 03, 2015

Earlier today, after This Is The Kit wrapped up an UK opening tour for The Barr Brothers, Stereogum broke news of the release date for their long-anticipated new album Bashed Out, which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Before we say more, take a listen to the first music released, the album's title track. "Kate Stables has been recording music as This Is The Kit for years now, but this is probably one of the first times you’re reading about her," wrote Stereogum. "Bashed Out will be her third full-length album, and…it ....continue....

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