Bill Fay

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Bill Fay performs on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland — TONIGHT!

We’re delighted to announce that Bill Fay is performing on tonight’s episode of Later With Jools Holland!

Pre-recorded earlier this week at the BBC’s Broadcasting House, this is the only TV performance Bill has ever done and a very rare piece of footage of him playing live. The show airs at 11.50pm GMT on BBC 2 and BBC 2 HD and will be available on the BBC Later YouTube channel for a month from tomorrow.

And in other great news – Bill Fay’s new album ‘Life is People’ has been voted #6 in Uncut magazine’s best records of 2012!

WATCH: New Video for Bill Fay’s “This World”

Premiering today at Stereogum, the new video for Bill Fay’s “This World” features Super 8 film projected onto faces of people, a combination of both strangers to and friends of the director. Bill’s labelmate and long time fan, Califone’s Tim Rutili, directed the video, commenting, “thinking about making images for this music triggered faces and memory. It made me want to stare into a stranger’s eyes.” To add ease to the up-close filming, Rutili asked participants to talk about their very first childhood memory. You’ll notice a cameo of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. Watch above.

Bill Fay’s Life Is People came out last week and has since received numerous rave reviews from fans and critics alike! Check it all out at Any Decent Music, who has compiled a great list for your reading pleasure. You can order your copy from SC Distribution!

Wait No More: Bill Fay – ‘Life Is People’ Out Now

Today is an incredibly special day here at Dead Oceans. Bill Fay’s Life Is People is officially released to the world. We could not be prouder to support “the strange and wonderful return of cult hero Bill Fay” as Spin recently wrote. As we’ve mentioned before, Life Is People is the first proper studio release Fay has put out in over forty years. Produced by Joshua Henry and Guy Massey, the record features musicians Matt Deighton, Tim Weller and Mikey Rowe. Long-time fan and supporter Jeff Tweedy also sings with Bill on “This World.”

“This album had a life of it’s own. It just fell into place. It was at peace with itself. I was walking into the unknown, but the people who helped me make it were really nice, and great players. It was exactly right.” Bill Fay

Physical copies are available at SC Distribution, as well as your local record store. You can purchase the record by signing up for Dead Oceans Sounds, our new digital subscription service at DRIPFM or at iTunes and receive the bonus track “Home Was the Place.” Life Is People is currently streaming for a limited time at Paste. Enjoy it HERE.

Love for Life Is People

“Breathtakingly beautiful…full of a quiet awe and wonder….”NPR

“Life Is People is proof enough that Fay has always stood tall; we just may have been too short to notice him. It seems like time has finally caught up with Fay, or rather, that time is ready to start regretting its negligence. He’s in our sight lines now, and hopefully he’ll stay there a while longer.”Consequence of Sound

“Bill Fay’s first album in 41 years is astonishing.”MOJO 5 stars, Album of the Month

“Beautiful, patient and poignant, Life Is People is an expert singer-songwriter album…the work of a lifetime…”Pitchfork

LSTN: Stream Bill Fay’s New Album – ‘Life Is People’ at Paste, Interview at NPR’s Weekend Edition

Premiering earlier this morning at Paste, Bill Fay’s Life Is People is available from start to finish. Thus far the first couple of tracks have been warmly embraced by fans and critics alike. Prepare yourself for quite the listening experience. Stream the album above. Life Is People is out today in the UK and tomorrow, August 21 in the US. Find your copy at SC Distribution.

Over the weekend, Bill gave a delightful interview on NPR’S Weekend Edition. He touches on the album’s founding stories, giving us insight to some of the personal experiences that influenced his first studio album in over forty years. Listen to Bill Fay: A Cult Figure Returns, Skeptical But Optimistic.

“When I was on holidays with my dad as a kid, we’d sit in seaside cafes and he’d watch people walking by. … He was astonished at it and he would say, ‘Life is people.’ That was quite emotional for me, to sort of have him on board so to speak on his own view on life.” -Bill Fay

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