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.
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.
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.
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.”