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La Grande (pronounced in the way of the American West, without any hint of French inflection – “luh grand”) is a town just east of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon where native Oregonian Laura Gibson found inspiration while writing the songs that would become her new album of the same name. Gibson describes La Grande as a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.”

Laura Gibson – La Grande

Laura Gibson has announced that her new full-length, since the release of 2009′s “Beasts of Seasons” (Hush), “La Grande” will be released in January 2012 on Barsuk Records (US) and City Slang (EU).
And Portland’s Jealous Butcher Records will be releasing a special, limited-edition 7″ single ‘La Grande’ b/w ‘In The Pines,’ a precursor to her full length. 7″ due out on December 13th, LP/CD due out on January 24th, 2012.

“La Grande” was produced by Gibson herself and after home-recorded vocal sessions, proper takes were recorded at Type Foundry Studios with Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) on engineering and musicians including Calexico’s Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known as Blumberger).

Pre-order CD, HERE. / 7″ & Digital Download Pre-order, HERE.

Mason Jar Music Presents… Laura Gibson (2011)
‘Where Have All Your Good Words Gone,’ written and Performed by Laura Gibson, the song is appeared on “Beasts of Seasons.”
Produced, Filmed by Mason Jar Music. Recorded and filmed live in a furniture warehouse in Long Island City, New York.

WATCH :: another session on Mason Jar Music, ‘Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed’ from Laura’s forthcoming record, “La Grande.”

Arigato, Fukuda-san.

cover art: ‘James E. Prudent, Jr.’ by Kurt Wagner

“MR. M started in a painter’s studio in fact. Wagner explains. “As I worked, I was approached by Mark Nevers (former full time band member & producer for the likes of Andrew Bird and Will Oldham) with the idea of making another Lambchop record. He had a concept of a sound and a method that worked with the tone of my writing. His idea was a kind of ‘psycho-Sinatra’ sound, one that involved the arranging of strings and other sounds in a more open and yet complex way.”

Lambchop – If Not I’ll Just Die

Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow

Both tracks are taken from the forthcoming new full-length “Mr. M” by Kurt Wagner’s Lambchop, due out on February 20th, 2012 via City Slang (Europe) and February 21st via Merge (US).

The album was recorded at Mark Nevers’ Nashville Beech House studio, with Scott Martin (drums), Matt Swanson (bass), Ryan Norris (guitar, organ), Tony Crow (piano), William Tyler (guitar) and guests include Jonathan Marx (another ex-member of the band) and Cortney Tidwell. The strings were arranged by Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely.

Kurt Wagner “LBJ” oil on panel

from the exhibition, Beautillion Militaire 2000, LBJ, Portraits, and Commissions by Kurt Wagner, this fall at Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery

Lambchop – Came Home Late

Lambchop – Fa-Q

Both tracks are taken from the Lambchop Rarities LP entitled “Turd Goes Back: Essential Tracks from Secret Secret Sourpuss & Big Tussie” which was released as a part of their 2011 series of subscription-only Grapefruit Record Club, founded by Simon Joyner and Ben Goldberg. This limited, vinyl-only LP is an assemblage of Kurt Wagner’s early recordings, taken from two rare cassettes. Also, Nashville-based label Sebastian Speaks has released the vinyl of Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Present Kort.

Grapefruit Records’ upcoming releases for 2012 include Bruce Russell & Roy Montgomery, Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo) and more!

KORT is a brand new country duo project of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Cortney Tidwell, their debut full length “Invariable Heartache” (City Slang) features old country tunes from Nashville’s Chart Records, run by Tidwell’s family.

Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell present KORT – Invariable Heartache by cityslang

Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell present KORT – Mini Documentary