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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.

BISHOP ALLEN ready new album Grrr…, North American tour

Grrr…It’s the warning sound of a rabid beast bearing its teeth. It’s the sound you hear just before said beast really lets you have it. And with its new album Grrr… set to be unleashed by Dead Oceans on March 10, BISHOP ALLEN is that stirring animal, readied for an attack of pop songcraft honed over nearly two years of rigorous touring.

Grrr…, reveals that after five years of comparisons to other artists–Jonathan Richman, The Kinks, Bright Eyes, Spoon, etc., in rave reviews from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and many others–Bishop Allen has developed an artistry and sound that are unmistakably their own. One thing that distinguishes Bishop Allen’s music is the quality of the writing. Rice’s literate lyrics, which The Los Angeles Times has praised for their “poetic insight,” have a universality that has made them resonant to listeners of all ages and earned them champions ranging from the young comic actor Michael Cera to the National Public Radio host Scott Simon.

The band will cross the U.S. in support of Grrr…, making a soon-to-be-announced stop at SXSW.

TOUR DATES:
01/16/09 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
01/17/09 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
01/18/09 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
01/19/09 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
03/12/09 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/13/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03/14/09 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
03/15/09 Asheville, NC – The Rocket Club
03/16/09 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
03/17/09 Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
03/23/09 West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
03/24/09 San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw Shop
03/26/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/28/09 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
03/29/09 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon
03/31/09 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
04/02/09 Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse
04/03/09 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
04/04/09 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/05/09 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

A full listing of Bishop Allen’s upcoming tour dates can be found HERE

And more about Grrr… can be found HERE.

Grrr… indeed.

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Another by Greylag
Time Between by Bear in Heaven
Start Again by Bishop Allen
Goshen '97 by Strand of Oaks
Shut In by Strand of Oaks
Dograces by Dub Thompson
Ring the Bell by White Hinterland
The Instinct by Mark McGuire

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Poison Ivy by Bleached

Start Again by Bishop Allen

Shut In by Strand of Oaks

No Devotion by White Hinterland

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Lights Out
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Bear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day Old
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Bleached
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Greylag
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