All New Leaf Website Launches
Published 23 February 2009 by TM

If you're reading this, then you already know that we've finally launched our brand new website!

It's only been 19 months since the old site was hacked and we took the decision to replace it rather than fix it. If we'd ever dreamt it would take this long, we would have figured out a temporary alternative, but there we go, it's all water under the bridge...

In the meantime, we hope you've found the information you needed on our Myspace page and the shop provided by our friends at state51.

We will continue to keep those resources updated, and this site will act as a conduit to help you find more info about our artists and their activities through their own websites, and our pages on Youtube, Flickr, Vimeo, Amazon,, etc. You can find these and more in our Links section. There's an RSS feed on the news and blog pages if you want to subscribe, and we even have a Twitter feed for those with nothing better to do.

You can find audio samples of most of the Leaf catalogue in our shop.

We'd love to get your feedback on the site, so please do get in touch.

2009 is shaping up to be our busiest ever year, with new releases by Wildbirds & Peacedrums, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Efterklang, volcano!, Nancy Elizabeth, Murcof and our latest signings, from Chicago, Icy Demons, plus a few other exciting developments to be announced soon. There are already over 150 gigs in our new events section already!

We're slightly horrified to realise that 2010 will mark our 15th anniversary, so given how long it's taken us to get this website up and running, we'd better start planning the party now...

volcano! Announce European Dates
Published 24 February 2009 by BWL

Chicago trio volcano! have announced a European tour this spring. Following the release of acclaimed second album Paperwork last September, the band flew over for six weeks of intensive touring in Europe at the end of 2008. The UK shows will see the band join up with labelmates Wildbirds & Peacedrums for two gigs, making an early contender for line up of the year! In the meantime, the band have recorded a brand new single to coincide with the European tour. More details to follow!

Here's the, ahem, contentious video for last year's single, 'Africa Just Wants To Have Fun', which has notched up almost 150,000 views on youtube.

Here are the dates:

Sat 4 Apr 2009 Beurskafee, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sun 5 Apr 2009 The Freebutt, Brighton, UK
Mon 6 Apr 2009 Dulcimer, Manchester, UK
Tue 7 Apr 2009 The Luminaire, London, UK
Wed 8 Apr 2009 La Fleche d'Or, Paris, FRANCE
Thu 9 Apr 2009 Spazio 211, Turin, ITALY
Fri 10 Apr 2009 Casa 139, Milan, ITALY
Sat 11 Apr 2009 IKRA Club, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Sun 12 Apr 2009 59:1, Munich, GERMANY
Mon 13 Apr 2009 Chelsea, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Tue 14 Apr 2009 Club Chapeau Rouge, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Wed 15 Apr 2009 Kisielice, Poznan, POLAND
Thu 16 Apr 2009 Astra Stube, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sat 18 Apr 2009 OOTC Festival, Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG

New Leaf Signing: Icy Demons
Published 28 February 2009 by BWL

We are delighted to announce our latest signings, Icy Demons. We will be releasing the Chicago band's deliciously unpredictable third album in April. Entitled Miami Ice, the LP takes in elements of krautrock, whimsical psychedelia, 80s electro, electric jazz and indie rock, wrapping each song up in a crispy nugget of dayglo pop. And we love 'em for it.

The band revolves around Chicago scene stalwart Griffin Rodriguez (aka Blue Hawaii), along with Man Man drummer Chris Powell (aka Pow Pow). Any super observant Leaf enthusiasts may recognise the former's name from the production credits of recent volcano! and A Hawk And A Hacksaw releases (some of which were put together in his Shape Shoppe studio). Not only that, but Rodriguez was previously in Bablicon with AHAAH's Jeremy Barnes. So it seems they were always destined to join the Leaf family...

We will bring you release details shortly, but first of all, feast your eyes on the band's tour dates here. Following some shows in their homeland, Icy Demons will tour Europe for the first time later this spring.