Taking a break from writing songs for a new album, Bishop Allen recently wrote and recorded the score to the documentary, The Bully Project, a film set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2011. You can read more about this excellent project at the film’s website. Stay tuned for more progress reports from Bishop Allen. Hopefully new demos will surface in the coming months.
Moving to NYC has been nice for me as it has allowed me more access to music, films and pals. Here are some things I liked this year:
Most listened to 2010 releases:
Thee Oh Sees Warm Slime
Women Public Strain
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Moonface Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-drums
Beach House Teen Dream
Marnie Stern S/T
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot…
Male Bonding Nothing Hurts
Grass Widow Past Time
Special shout out to music put out by friends, especially Soft Healer, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Girls, Miniature Tigers, Love Inks and others I’m forgetting right now
Top 5 Concerts:
-Grinderman was probably my favorite show of the year.
-Spiritualized doing Ladies & Gentlemen We are Floating in Space with a full choir and orchestra at Radio City Music Hall
-Pavement in Central Park was a long time coming, and still delivered for me.
-Getting to play with The Yummy Fur was an early 2010 highlight
-Tinariwen shows, 2 nights in a row when I first moved to NYC was also a great “I live in new york now and things like this happen here!” experience
-Special shout-out to shows put on by homies, especially Dum Dum Girls, Mini Tigers, Darwin Deez, Electric Owls, Girls, Yellow Ostrich, Rattlesnake, Fools Gold, label-mates Akron/Family, and others I’m forgetting right now
Top 5 Narrative Films
I’m Still Here (yeah, i know…)
The Ghost Writer
Special shout out to films made by mi amigos, especially Lovers of Hate, You Won’t Miss Me, Tiny Furniture, Gabi on the Roof in July, Cummings Farms, and others I’m forgetting right now
Top 5 Documentaries
Last Train Home
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Special shout out to docs made by fine people, like Winnebago Man.
Also, I like the movies Jackass 3-D and Somewhere, because they both feature Chris Pontius, who might be my favorite on-screen personality who I wish I had as a friend.
So, apparently 2 million people have visited OkTrends in the past six weeks, the blog maintained by Bishop Allen’s Christian Rudder for the online dating site OkCupid. Newsweek just published a fantastic feature on the blog’s analysis and insights. OkTrends blog entries are based off of the data collected from OkCupid users, revealing such important trends as the relative amount of sex iPhone users have as compared to BlackBerry users. Rudder’s also documenting things like “stuff straight people like.” Apparently straight men like Band of Brothers, poker and “a few beers,” while their female counterparts overwhelmingly enjoy flip-flops, Dirty Dancing and baking. There are more than a few laugh out loud moments here, so take a peak.
Dead Oceans is proud to present BISHOP ALLEN’S new video for “True or False.” Featuring lead vocals from Darbie Nowatka Rice, this standout track from Grrr… adapts perfectly to the static-y black and white television set, harkening back to the days of the Ed Sullivan show. Directed by Randy Bell and featuring choreography from Andrea Delmonico, Bishop Allen’s run of amazing videos continues with “True or False.”
Bishop Allen are currently on tour with Throw Me the Statue and Darwin Deez. Although we cannot promise dancing girls on stage, hopefully “True or False” does provide some inspiration for audience members to shake it at these shows. See the full list of tour dates HERE.
BISHOP ALLEN are returning to the road this fall in support of their latest album Grrr… The band plans to preview new songs on this upcoming tour, as well as unfurl some special surprises. Cover songs? Magic tricks? You’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the tour schedule HERE.
In other news, Harmony and Me, the new film featuring Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice and Keith Poulson has been met with critical acclaim. Variety calls the film “bristling with wry wit,” the Village Voice raves that Harmony and Me is “consistently very funny… deceptively lose but always on point,” while Time Out New York calls the film “a finely tuned comedy, complete with precisely scripted jokes and comic set pieces that swerve toward the playfully perverse.” Harmony and Me has a special screening this week at MOMA in New York City September 18-24. Find out more about the film and screening HERE, and watch the movie trailer HERE.