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Destroyer – Bye Bye

from “Five Spanish Songs,” 
out on December 3rd, via Dead Oceans.
Director: David Galloway
Director of Photography: Liam Mitchell
Producers: David Galloway & David Ehrenreich
Production Company: Border Patrol Films

“It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I’ve been a decades-long fan of how he conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it…”

Hear the latest track from Destroyer’s forthcoming EP “Five Spanish Songs,” due out on December 2nd via Dead Oceans.  “Five Spanish Songs” consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.




Produced by JC/DC and recorded at their studio in Vancouver earlier this summer, ‘Five Spanish Songs’ features Nicolas Bragg, David Carswell, John Collins (also of The New Pornographers), Stephen Hamm, and Josh Wells (also of Black Mountain, Lightning Dust).



Akron/Family Perform ‘Samurai’ for Audio-Files
アクロン/ファミリーの最新作、6枚目にあたる『SUB VERSES』より。
国内盤はP-Vineから4月24日、日本先行リリースですヨ。


Akron/Family is performing ‘Samurai’ during this performance, which is an adapted poem by Robert Pinsky. This audio and video was recorded during a taping of AUDIO-FILES, a music/documentary TV show. For more information about the full 30 minute Akron/Family episode, visit audio-files.com.”

The song ‘Samurai’ is taken from Akron/Family’s forthcoming new full-length “Sub Verses,” out on April 30th via Dead Oceans. It was recorded in El Paso and Seattle, and was produced by Randall Dunn.



Brazos – How The Ranks Was Won (Official Video)
Directed by Martin Crane

Originally hailing from Austin TX., currently Brooklyn resident, Martin McNulty Crane a.k.a. Brazos set to release his Dead Oceans debut full-length ” Saltwater” on May 28th. It was recorded with his new bandmates Spencer Zahn (bass) and Ian Chang (drums), and mixed by Sandro Perri.



from Brazos’ self-released debut album “Phosphorescent Blues”
‘The Observer’ is the 1969 Rich poem Crane put to music.
released 10 November 2009



The Observer (by Adrienne Rich・アドリエンヌ・リッチ)

Completely protected on all sides by volcanoes
a woman, darkhaired, in stained jeans
sleeps in central Africa.
In her dreams, her notebooks, still
private as maiden diaries,
the mountain gorillas move through their life term;
their gentleness survives
observation. Six bands of them
inhabit, with her, the wooded highland.
When I lay me down to sleep
unsheltered by any natural guardians
from the panicky life-cycle of my tribe
I wake in the old cellblock
observing the daily executions,
rehearsing the laws
I cannot subscribe to,
envying the pale gorilla-scented dawn
she wakes into, the stream where she washes her hair,
the camera-flash of her quiet
eye.




Brazos – Charm
Live at Braund Sound Studio on Feb 25, 2013 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Produced by STEREOSPECTACULAR




released 20 January 2012
Brooklyn’s “Zombie Jazz” group, Father Figures comprise of Spencer Zahn, Jas Walton, Adam Schatz, Ian Chang, Ross Edwards.


Bill Fay is one of English music’s best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn’t renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.”

“He was motivated by American producer Joshua Henry. Spooling through Bill’s home demos, Joshua discovered an incredible trove of material. Matt Deighton (Oasis, Paul Weller, Mother Earth) assembled a cast of backup musicians to bring out the songs’ full potential. These include Deighton on guitar, Tim Weller (who’s played drums for everyone from Will Young to Noel Gallagher and Goldfrapp), and keyboardist Mikey Rowe (High Flying Birds, Stevie Nicks, etc). In addition, Bill is reunited on several tracks with Ray Russell and drummer Alan Rushton, who played on Time Of The Last Persecution.”Dead Oceans


Life is People,” Bill Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971, is due out on August 21st via Dead Oceans.



Bill Fay – Be At Peace With Yourself (Official Video),
off the album “Life Is People.”

Director: Dan Huiting / Camera: Dylan Wiehahn, Tabb Firchau, Dan Huiting, and Chris Hadland. / Editor/colorist: Kevin Russell




Damien Jurado and Richard Swift – Be Not So Fearful (Bill Fay cover),
taken from a collection of covers EP “Other People’s Songs Vol. 1” by Richard Swift & Damien Jurado, the song was originally appeared on the 1970′s self-titled album on Deram Nova / Decca Nova (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).


Cuff the Duke – I Hear You Calling (Bill Fay cover) (via),
taken from a collection of covers EP entitled “In Our Time” (Paper Bag Records, 2012) by Cuff The Duke, the song was originally appeared on the 1971′s second album “Time Of The Last Persecution” from Deram (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).


NORTH SHORE SESSIONS
Bowerbirds | Overcome With Light / Brave World
Directed/Edited by Trent Waterman


Bowerbirds perform “Overcome With Light” and “Brave World” in the warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis, off their latest release “The Clearing,” available on Dead Oceans


Bowerbirds – In The Yard (from “The Clearing”)

三つ編みズ

And…. recently members of Bowerbirds and Dry the River started a new side project, called French Braid.

“THE CLEARING”
Little Documentary About The Bower Birds New Record
Film by Creato Destructo


“they returned to their cabin in the woods of North Carolina to nest–to make soup and walk dogs, to make art and write songs, to realize that this was their life and find contentment in it.”


Bowerbirds – In The Yard (from “The Clearing”)

Raleigh, NC-based Bowerbirds is set to release their third album “The Clearing,” recorded with Brian Joseph in Wisconsin’s treasured new studio, Justin Vernon’s April Base. Due out on March 6th, 2012 via Dead Oceans. Pre-order, HERE.

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