The Return of Clogs - February 05, 2013
Been wondering what Clogs are up to these days? Most days we wonder the same thing. But today we have actual news for you. The group has just released The Sundown Song EP, an intimate, three-song collection that captures group leader Padma Newsome in his current home base, Mallacoota, one of the most isolated towns in the Australian state of Victoria. The songs explore mortality and bittersweet endings, a theme well-captured in the music video for the title track, "The Sundown Song." Check it out:
Stereogum premiered it earlier today and says "the video is equally as soothing as the track, a collage of real life clips, sepia-toned and almost like living photojournalism." Pitchfork wrote of the track: "Clogs have always been stirring, but rarely this moving."
Clogs have two performances upcoming -- on February 6th they take part in Ecstatic Music Festival. Clogs will perform a selection of their own music, and composer Sarah Kirkland Snider will present her new work, Unremembered, a 13-song cycle made in collaboration with New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, and featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Clogs' Padma Newsome. The work is a commentary on memory and innocence, which appropriately complements Newsome's narrative thread in The Sundown Song EP.
Be there or be square. Or, perhaps we should say, be there and be square. But either way, with music this beautiful, you won't care.
Oh crap that rhyme was totally unintentional and really awkward. Anyway, enjoy the tunes!
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....Tweet
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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