Published 3 May 2012 by BWL
Jherek Bischoff plays the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM in New York tonight, joined by music ensemble yMusic and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier plus some very special guests that we're not allowed to announce. The festival is curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner (the founders of Jherek's US label, Brassland), and and runs until Saturday with St Vincent, Beirut and The Walkmen also on the bill.
In preparation for the show, New York radio station WNYC ran a series of interviews and sessions with artists appearing at the festival including Jherek, who performs 'The Nest' from forthcoming album Composed (released May 28) with a string quartet and People Get Ready's Jen Goma on vocals.
Seed to Flower Thursdays with volcano!
Published 4 May 2012 by BWL
We’re pleased to announce the inaugural episode of "Seed to Flower Thursdays with volcano!", a weekly YouTube series that will shed light on the inspiration behind virtually every song on volcano!'s forthcoming album, Piñata.
Aaron With, volcano!’s singer and lyricist, begins by explaining that every song is like a flower, and like flowers, songs must begin as seeds. This never-before-used nature analogy further comes to life when volcano! then debut previously unreleased home footage and dramatic re-enactments of the moments in time that inspired each of their new songs.
You can find out more about the series at volcano!'s website, or cut to the chase and watch the first episode of "Seed To Flower Thursdays with volcano!", 'Fighter'.
For an early opportunity to hear each remaining new song from Piñata, be sure to tune in EVERY THURSDAY from now until the album’s release for a new "Seed To Flower Thursdays with volcano!” episode...
Piñata will be available on June 4 (June 12 in the US), but can be pre-ordered now in our online store or on Bandcamp, where you can also stream or download two tracks from the album now. Don't forget there's a full video for the title track here.
The trio play a Version Fest this Saturday at The Orphanage in their hometown of Chicago.
Leaf outlet store
Published 8 May 2012 by RM
We've established a Leaf 'outlet store' on Discogs, in addition to our regular online shop. The new Discogs outlet will carry all sorts of odds and ends: rare vinyl test pressings, low-numbered limited editions, and some promos and store returns at bargain prices.
For starters, we've uploaded a bunch of rare vinyl records - some test pressings and some shop returns, all in full colour sleeves. We'll be adding to this regularly, so keep your eyes open!
Watch new Jherek Bischoff video
Published 14 May 2012 by BWL
Multi-talented composer/arranger/producer Jherek Bischoff's first album for Leaf, Composed, is released on May 28, and to celebrate the release Jherek and a group of friends put together this opulent video for 'Young And Lovely', which was premiered by Prefix earlier today.
The clip was shot on location in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Melbourne, and in an amazing, otherworldly penthouse apartment in the city. According to director Michael McQuilken, the video is "a retelling of the Roman myth of Aurora… more or less!"
"Young And Lovely' also featured on a limited edition 7" for Record Store Day. The flip side is Jherek's collaboration with ex-Talking Head and (inter)national treasure David Byrne in the form of the sumptuous 'Eyes' (which can be found on MTV Hive now). There are still copies available through our shop, as is a pre-order of the full album.
Roll The Dice mixtape for Mutek
Published 16 May 2012 by RM
Third episode of "Seed to Flower Thursday's with volcano!" + free mp3
Published 17 May 2012 by RM
volcano! continue their journey of self-exploration with the latest in their "Seed to Flower Thursdays with volcano!" series, which dives into the song 'Long Gone'. The video was launched on Impose earlier today.
This week, they're also making the song available for free download via their Bandcamp, so head over and pick it up while you can...
If you missed the first announcement two weeks ago, "Seed to Flower Thursdays with volcano!" is a weekly YouTube series that sheds light on the inspiration behind virtually every song on their forthcoming album, ''Piñata'', through the medium of previously unreleased home footage and dramatic re-enactments of the moments that inspired each of their new songs. Each video ends with a full stream of the new track in its entirety.
The band have just confirmed a release party for the record at Chicago's Empty Bottle on June 18.
Days And Nights At The Takeaway 5: May
Published 25 May 2012 by BWL
As the Days and Nights at the Takeaway singles club enters its fifth month, Seb Rochford and Alice Grant collaborate on a cosmic folk tune called 'Rini Gave Word'. This isn't the first time the pair have worked together, having performed in Fulborn Teversham and Acoustic Ladyland.
'Rini Gave Word' is released today, and the bonus remix this month is by British musician and composer Simon Bookish, and it’s a winner.
Visit their Bandcamp to stream and buy the single and catch up on all the previous releases.
Jherek Bischoff album stream/shipping now
Published 26 May 2012 by BWL
The album is in stores next week but we're shipping CDs and LPs now. You can order it over in our shop.
New volcano! video, bundle, mixtape and live show
Published 31 May 2012 by BWL
"Seed to Flower Thursdays with volcano!" continues this week, delving into the creative minds of the band as they wrote 'Platebreaker'. This video was launched on Impose earlier on today. You can see all of the videos in this series in the playlist below.
If you're in the Chicago area on June 18 then get to The Empty Bottle for volcano!'s album launch show. It's free!
- Matthew Bourne at Leeds International Film Festival
- Melt Yourself Down - That's Life mixtape
- Jamie Cullum champions Polar Bear
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Keep Some Hope
- Polar Bear with Jin Jin - Cuckoo
- Polar Bear announce special one-off London show in October
- Jherek Bischoff - Kickstarter campaign
- Watch: Polar Bear live video
- 20th anniversary vinyl reissues
- Polar Bear - Mercury Music Prize 2014
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