Oh No Ono Nominated For A Grammy
Published 2 December 2010 by BWL

Oh No Ono have been nominated for a Grammy award for 'Best Recording Package' for their album Eggs, which we released in February this year. The Danes are up against the likes of The Black Keys and Devendra Banhart in the category, with the awards ceremony taking place on February 13 next year.

The artwork was designed and illustrated by Malene Mathiasson with art direction by the band themselves. It's the US version released by Friendly Fire that's been nominated, but the Leaf version is almost identical, apart from the outer slipcase. To see what all the fuss is about you can find a digital version of the stunning 'split' booklet design here.

You can find a full list of this year's Grammy nominations here.

Efterklang Announce Screenings Of New Film
Published 6 December 2010 by BWL

Efterklang have produced a feature-length film in collaboration with La Blogotheque-founder Vincent Moon. The film, entitled An Island, was unsurprisingly filmed on an island in their native Denmark. Four days of filming saw Efterklang collaborate with over 200 local musicians, children and parents, recreating tracks from their back catalogue including this year's Magic Chairs album (4AD). The latest teaser for the film can be seen below, and the full film will be screened throughout Europe early next year, as part of Efterklang's latest tour. More info here:

AN ISLAND - SECOND TEASER - Vincent Moon & Efterklang from Rumraket on Vimeo.

Mon 21 Feb 2011 Cube Cinema, Bristol, UK (screening only)
Tue 22 Feb 2011 The Globe, Cardiff, UK
Wed 23 Feb 2011 Queens Social Club, Sheffield, UK
Thu 24 Feb 2011 Oran Mor, Glasgow, UK
Fri 25 Feb 2011 Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Sat 26 Feb 2011 The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, UK
Sun 27 Feb 2011 Scala, London, UK
Tue 1 Mar 2011 Botanique, Brussels, BELGIUM
Thu 3 Mar 2011 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, FRANCE
Fri 4 Mar 2011 KIFF, Aarau, SWITZERLAND
Sat 5 Mar 2011 Kulturhaus, Chur, SWITZERLAND
Sun 6 Mar 2011 Stall 6, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Tue 8 Mar 2011 Szene, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Wed 9 Mar 2011 Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice, SLOVAKIA
Thu 10 Mar 2011 Meet Factory, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Fri 11 Mar 2011 Centraltheater, Leipzig, GERMANY
Sat 12 Mar 2011 Lagerhaus, Bremen, GERMANY
Sun 13 Mar 2011 Volksbühne, Berlin, GERMANY
Mon 14 Mar 2011 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Tue 15 Mar 2011 Konzerthaus, Dortmund, GERMANY
Wed 16 Mar 2011 Knust, Hamburg, GERMANY
Thu 17 Mar 2011 Mau, Rostock, GERMANY
Sun 20 Mar 2011 Amager Bio, Copenhagen, DENMARK (screening and Peter Broderick live only)

Oh No Ono End Year With New Video
Published 7 December 2010 by BWL

Oh No Ono have just released a video for the song 'The Tea Party', taken from this year's Eggs album. The crazy, cuddly alien-filled video was made by Tobias Stretch, who has also worked with Radiohead and our other Danish friends Efterklang (click here to see 'Illuminant'). You can watch the video below:

The song has also just been used in a TV ad for Crayola in the States, which you can find here, or on a TV set near you...

Essie Jain's 'Until The Light Of Morning' Lullaby Album
Published 8 December 2010 by RM

Essie Jain has recorded a bewitching album of lullabies, entitled Until The Light Of Morning, which is the first release on her own label, Light Of Morning. The album will be released in stores in Europe next February, but if you're looking for a last minute Christmas gift for new parents, it can be purchased online now from Essie's new website, along with a range of gift packages including babywear, artwork prints and gift-wrapping.

Essie's first two albums, We Made This Ourselves and The Inbetween, were released by Leaf, but this project is a new beginning for the New York-based singer. Feeling the need to take greater control of her career beyond writing and performing music, Essie set up her own label and publishing company, and has become almost entirely self-sufficient. Initially made available earlier this year as a low-key digital-only release, Essie soon discovered a thirst for a physical item, with friends wanting to purchase multiple copies for gifts.

The album is unusual as far as children's music releases go, in that it's all original material rather than traditional songs or covers of pop hits. We wish Essie every success with it!

You can hear 'What A Big Wide World' and 'Lay Down' here:
Latest tracks by lightofmorning

And here's a beautifully intimate live video of Essie performing 'I'm Not Afraid Of The Dark':

Essie Jain "I'm Not Afraid Of The Dark" (Wanderer Session #29) from Kevin de Wilde on Vimeo.

The US Daytrotter site recorded a live session earlier this year, including some music from Until The Light Of Morning. Catch it here:

Price Reductions In The Leaf Shop
Published 13 December 2010 by RM

As a bit of a Christmas treat for you, we've reduced the prices of many CDs and records in the Leaf shop. All standard CD albums are now £8.99 or less, with many under £7, available here and under £5 here. New additions to the lower prices are featured at the top of each department. Enjoy.