People, get ready to see People Get Ready - February 01, 2013
Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.
Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:
No single show took my breath away the way this one did — part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It felt like a band creating a music video for every piece of music performed. I hope People Get Ready take this show, Specific Ocean, on the road. If they do, GO!
PGR took Bob's cue and are now going on the road with Deerhoof in April and preparing a tour of the full performance piece Specific Ocean for the fall. For now we got this:
04/04 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
04/06 - Middle of the Map Festival - Kansas City, MO
04/07 - Plush - St Louis, MO
04/08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL &
04/09 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI &
04/11 - Crofoot Pike Room - Pontiac, MI &
04/12 - Andy Warhol Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA &
04/13 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY &
04/14 - Valentine's - Albany, NY &
04/15 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA &
04/19 - Atlas Performing Arts Center - Washington, DC
& = with Deerhoof
Oh yeah, New York City likes them too. They're opening Local Natives sold out February 1 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and doing their own date February 8th at Mercury Lounge.
"You'd have to be a committed wallflower to not wish yourself up there with them - bouncing and grinning and throwing every muscle into the music..." wrote Anna Weiner in Deli Magazine's cover story on the band.
Point being, many nice words have been said about PGR recently, but "GO!" is probably our favorite and the band's motto in 2013.Tweet
Brassland takes Éire, The Gloaming snare year-end honors - December 09, 2014
Brassland has landed in Ireland! No awkward puns or repetitive use of verbs intended! For a thorough round up of what's going on, take a listen to this hourlong podcast prepared by Dublin's National Concert Hall. It also serves as a great capsule history of the label. Alternatively, if you try to observe the "pod-" in podcasting, you may download part one and part two from Soundcloud (or, if you're a real traditionalist, via iTunes). They were produced by the most-excellent Ben Eshmade in honor of NCH's just-as-excellent Perspectives series which launched this year ....continue....
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The Gloaming tour the west coast, the world & Ireland; meet Sting - November 10, 2014
Cool thing alert: immediately after we released The Gloaming's self-titled debut, it began popping up on "top 10 records of 2014...so far" lists: Mojo said it all the way back in March. The Irish Times newspaper placed it at #1 in June. (Hip Irish blog Nialler9 has it at #6 because, well, blogs.) And just this week Mashable placed it at #2 in their "visually stunning album covers of 2014" list. And now that we've gotten the cool/cool stuff out of the way, let’s get to the weird/cool stuff: Why yes, that is The Gloaming’s ....continue....
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Jherek Bischoff launches Kickstarter, tours OZ with Missy Higgins - September 23, 2014
UPDATE NOVEMBER 4, 2014: The Kickstarter surpassed its goal by 50% reaching over $23,000, and triggering the release of an exclusive digital EP just for backers! Yay Jherek! Yay backers! It's been over a year since we've brought you any Jherek Bischoff news. Which is not to say there hasn't been any. This versatile composer/producer/sideman/arranger is just so prolific he's hard to keep up with. We couldn't report on everything unless we turned www.brassland.org into a 24-7 Jherek Bischoff news service. (Come to think of it, for something like that experience you should check ....continue....
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Buke and Gase offer new song, USA, Irish & UK tour date(s) - August 29, 2014
Let's get the most fun part out of the way first: Buke and Gase have just posted their new song "Seam Esteem" to Bandcamp for free download. Grab it: "Seam Esteem" (Free download) by Buke and Gase "Seam Esteem" premiered on All Songs Considered. You can also stream it on their Soundcloud. I know what you're thinking: These announcements came out of the blue. What gives? Well, hopefully you're already one of the lucky internet browsers who caught wind of the their Soundcloud postings from March to June of this year, ....continue....
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