Bishop Allen

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out, is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the wooly wilds of Kingston, NY, time off to score the films Bully and Mutual Friends, as well as an Anderson Cooper 360 special, months of demos, drum tracking in a sweat-lodge attic studio during a July heat wave, a wet Fall arranging guitars, bass, and synths in a now-chilly attic studio, the coldest December on record spent mixing, a close call with a frozen pipe and flooded hard drives, and a photo found on a friend's refrigerator. Here's what you do with it: Check the weather. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you've still got some summer left--the bittersweet tail end of it. Get yourself invited to some cookouts, or throw one, and if you still have it in you to get a little drunk or otherwise shut off any sense of responsibility, go for that. Play this record at that event. You don't have to listen too closely--it sounds great & you're going to have fun with it and feel good. Hey! you'll say, I wish we had this record at the beginning of the summer! Couple weeks later, summer's over. Responsibility is creeping back in. Driving home from the last party of the season, you keep the record rolling in the car, like you're huffing the last fumes of this night...and now you quiet down & some of the haze in your mind clears...Listen to what this guy's singing. And realize that this record is not what you thought it was at all. Goddamnit! Bait-and-switch! These songs are downright melancholic! "It is a narrowing, it is a shrinking..." "I was so cold..." "How long until the next defeat?..." "Go on, black hole, and tear the sky to pieces..." Jesus, that's just how a few of these songs begin. Was he really singing that all along? Stick with me, this is the crucial part. We've experienced our thesis (party) and our antithesis (the abyss). Go home, drink plenty of fluids, survive tomorrow's hangover...and when you're ready, start to wrap your head around the synthesis. It's not just a stunt--it's not like they're putting Rammstein lyrics to the tune of "Love Shack" & having a sophomoric chuckle over it. Nah. Listen again, think back, and realize...through every one of those cookouts...deep into every laughter-filled late night...surrounded by the best friends you'll ever have...well, damn if that sadness and weariness he's talking about weren't right there with you all that whole time. Damn if he wasn't transcribing the thoughts you didn't even realize you were having. Turns out the good and the bad, your youth and your aging--what's left of them both--were inseparable. So the record is still fun too! Put it on and dance around your kitchen. Grow 43 minutes older once again and be grateful you spent them how you did. Here's who worked on Lights Out: Justin Rice (vocals, guitar, synths), Michael Tapper (drums, backing vocals, synths), Darbie Nowatka (vocals), Dave Lerner (bass, additional guitar, backing vocals), Christian Rudder (additional guitar), Matthew Cullen (additional guitar), Eli Walker (additional bass), Ken Cook (backing vocals), Anne Cunningham (backing vocals), and Jon Natchez (horns). It was produced and mixed by Matthew Cullen in Bishop Allen's hometown of Kingston, NY.

BISHOP ALLEN Performs Live On BBC Radio

Currently on a tour visiting our cousins across the pond in support of their latest pop spectacle Grrr…, BISHOP ALLEN have been getting some love from BBC radio. Last week, the band did a session with BBC’s 6Music, performing tunes from both Dead Oceans releases.

Go HERE to listen to the program.

And go HERE to see a full list of Bishop Allen live dates.

BISHOP ALLEN’S Justin Rice Co-Stars In New Indie film To Premiere At SXSW Film Festival

When BISHOP ALLEN’S Justin Rice and Christian Rudder aren’t pumping out pop gems like the band’s latest album Grrr…, the two moonlight as (modestly great) actors in some wonderful indie films. Most recently, Justin co-stars in “Alexander The Last,” the latest film from director Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs).

“Alexander The Last” was produced by Noah Baumbach and centers on the ups and downs of a young marriage. Read a great article on Swanberg and the film from Indie Wire HERE.

IFC Films and the SXSW Film Festival will premiere the film on Saturday, March 14.

Visit the film’s Web site HERE and check out the trailer for “Alexander The Last” below.

BISHOP ALLEN Premiere Classic MTV-Style Video For Dimmer

A combination of rear project, cardboard cut-outs, a Jell-O mold and some ninja-like scissor work come in together in a fine way to make for BISHOP ALLEN’S video for “Dimmer,” the first mp3 from new album Grrr…, due next week. The video, directed by Randy Bell brings to mind the classic videos from the heyday of early MTV (note: It used to show music videos quite often), artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The Cars, Blondie and Sparks.

For the ultimate Talking Heads moment, pay attention at the 2:34 mark.

Check out the video on the Dead Oceans site HERE.

BISHOP ALLEN Offers Up Two MP3s from forthcoming Grrr…

We at the Dead Oceans’ office believe BISHOP ALLEN’S forthcoming album Grrr… to be so chock-full of thinking-man’s-pop goodness that simply releasing the standard, free MP3 would not suffice as a representation of the overall awesomeness of the album. So, this time, we chose two – the soul-searching “Dimmer” and xylophone-erific “The Ancient Commonsense of Things.”

Please enjoy “Dimmer” and “The Ancient Commonsense of Things” by respectively click-click-clicking HERE and HERE.

Booking Agent Contact

US
Joe Smyth
Nicodemus Agency
joe@nicodemusagency.com

Europe:
Christian Morin
Headquarter Entertainment
Rosenthaler Str. 3
10119 Berlin
Germany
Tel : 49/30/28598248
Tel: 49/30/28599290
Fax: 49/30/28598246
Christian@headquarter-entertainment.de
www.headquarter-entertainment.de

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