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
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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....Tweet
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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