SHARA WORDEN OF MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TO PLAY WITH CLOGS

February 15th, 2010 , by

You've heard of The National, which consists of brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Bryce Dessner is also a member Clogs, whose new album (The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton) features not just Sufjan Stevens but also Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. And, we might add, quite prominently. 
 
To promote the new album Clogs will playing selections from the record this weekend in Minneapolis, and of course Shara will be performing as well. Tickets are $22 and shows are on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th. Info here. And on Saturday at 5:30pm you can also catch a discussion of the musicians' art with the Brothers Dessner and Shara Worden at the Weisman Art Museum. That event is free but you should RSVP – details are here.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND PLAYING AT BOWERY IN NYC

January 7th, 2010 , by


Photo by Raphael Neal

It’s darn near impossible to corner Shara Worden these days. But believe or not: you can! In addition to all this other amazing stuff we mentioned a few weeks ago (addendum: she’s also on the new Clare & The Reasons album, which we should say is very nice), My Brightest Diamond is playing at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Friday, January 22. You can buy tickets in advance for $15 here or $17 at the door.
If that doesn’t work for you, you’ll need to plan ahead. Shara will be playing with Clogs in Minneapolis on February 19th and 20th (details here). Then in March, MBD will be playing alongside acts like Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom at the Big Ear Festival in Knoxville (details here). 
And don’t forget: we are releasing a limited-edition compilation of four My Brightest Diamond remix albums by Alfred Brown, Son Lux, Roberto Carlos Lange, and DM Stith. Info and preorder here.

BUSY AS A BRIGHT DIAMOND; SHARK REMIXES [FREE MP3 ALBUM]

December 12th, 2009 , by

We have probably said it before, but it is worth saying again: Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond is the hardest working gal in the business. Having just wrapped up a busy year with the Decemberists (including late night appearances on Leno, Colbert, etc!), she didn’t even unpack and instead went straight on a brief tour of southern Europe. In between the Decemberists press and tour dates, she also managed to squeeze in a couple duets with Bon Iver at the Sasquatch Festival and Radio City Music Hall where she also performed as part of the Dark Was the Night Benefit Concert. The concert was a live performance of the previously released album (which MBD appears on). 

Shara also recorded a duet with David Bryne for his upcoming album, Here Lies Love, due out early next year via Nonesuch Records. And yet still, somehow she found time to perform with the Dessner brothers (alongside the Deal sisters) as part of their Brooklyn Academy of Music-commissioned rock opera, The Long Count.

What better way to celebrate an absolutely incredible year for MBD than to give away some lovely demos? The demos are a fully realized collection of five alternate versions of tracks from A Thousand Shark’s Teeth. MBD has also included an album outtake. Orchestrated and complex yet spacious and direct, these are quite rewarding; they let us hear how the the songs grew into their final form.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the fourth and final Shark Remix EP will be a collection of A Thousand Shark’s Teeth remixes by DM Stith and will be available digitally January 26, 2010.  Simultaneously, we will be releasing a fancy limited edition 2xCD of all 4 EPs signed and numbered by Shara. You can preorder it by clicking here ($22+S&H), or visit the release page here. There are only 1500 of these and they will go fast.

LIZ JANES, MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND, JOOKABOX AT PYGMALION IN SEPTEMBER

August 31st, 2009 , by

On September 16-19, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois will host the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival, and wow, what a lineup. Wavves, The Antlers, YACHT, BLK JKS, Denison Witmer, The Books, RJD2…the list is comprehensive, while yet remaining true to the festivals midwestern roots. And of course, some of our very own Liz Janes, My Brightest Diamond, and Jookabox will all grace the stages of the Pygmalion. For a complete schedule, list of bands, and tickets, head over here.

SHARA WORDEN OF MBD WITH DECEMBERISTS ON COLBERT REPORT

April 29th, 2009 , by


You can see this in real life somewhere near you. See The Decemberists’ dates here.

MBD SETS FREE “THE HONEY BEE” TO BENEFIT INVISIBLE CHILDREN

April 25th, 2009 , by

Inspired by the honey bees housed on Detroit’s urban farms, Shara wrote a song, “The Honey Bee." It’s available for free download on The Biggest Label Ever right here (registration required).

Why all the hubbabaloo?  On April 25th, the non-profit Invisible Children will be staging a global event in an effort to rescue the 3,000 child soldiers in Uganda.  Many other artists in addition to MBD are donating music for the cause. Visit the main page of The Biggest Label Ever here.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND IS THE FOREST QUEEN

April 6th, 2009 , by

Photograph by Autumn De Wilde

Shara Worden, frontwoman for MBD, appears quite frequently on a new record from a band you might have heard of. They go by the name, "The Decemberists," and The Hazards of Love recounts the story of "a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake." Shara not only plays the forest queen on the record, but will also be playing the role in The Decemberists’ "A Short Fazed Hovel tour 2009." Click more to see the dates of the rock opera.05.19 Los Angeles, CA: Hollywood Palladium
05.20 Oakland, CA: Fox Theatre
05.21 Eugene, OR: McDonald Theater
05.24 Missoula, MT: Wilma Theatre
05.25 Denver, CO: Fillmore Auditorium
05.27 Kansas City, MO:  Uptown Theater
05.29 Milwaukee, WI: Riverside Theater
05.31 St. Louis, MO: The Pageant
06.01 Columbus, OH: Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
06.03 Atlanta, GA: Tabernacle
06.04 Raleigh, NC: Memorial Auditorium
06.05 Richmond, VA: The National
06.06 Upper Darby, PA: Tower Theatre
06.09 Boston, MA: Radio City Music Hall
06.11-14 Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

MBD AT RADIO CITY IN DARK WAS THE NIGHT

April 6th, 2009 , by

If you listen to music, then you – of course! – picked up the superb Dark Was The Night compilation, which included songs from My Brightest Diamond and Sufjan Stevens   (Sufjan covered a Castanets track). Turns out a cadre from the album has gathered to play from Dark Was The Night at NYC’s Radio City on May 3. Spearheaded by none other than the intrepid Dirty Projectors, the concert benefits the AIDS awareness organization, Red Hot. Details and tickets are here. You can still buy the compilation from the website here.

MBD INTERVIEWED BY FITE, RECORDED BY LANDROMATINEE

April 3rd, 2009 , by

We are always happy when My Brightest Diamond shows up. In this case, her cyber-presence is now in two more places. 
Tim Fite, whom you might recognize from a recent MBD tour and musical fame in general, is also an expert interviewer worthy of the sharpest press corp. Why? He doesn’t shy from the rough and tough issues. "I drew a circus tent and I want you to draw some things inside of it that you would want inside your circus tent," he drills Shara Worden of MBD. Her responses to that and many other questions are here at BOMB Magazine.

Shara also recorded a session for Indianapolis’ increasingly famous LaundroMatinee, a spin-off of My Old Kentucky Blog. The quality is, of course, superb, and it is also a treat to see how well MBD’s songs translate to just Shara and her good friend, Guitar. You can watch all four songs here.

THIRD MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND REMIX ALBUM, FREE MP3

March 31st, 2009 , by

We have been releasing a series of remixes of from A Thousand Shark’s Teeth and have hit the third of four. This one, by Roberto C. Lange, is perhaps the most divergent and individualized so far – and that’s good thing. Lange’s take on this album is sublime and intriguing, almost as if you’re looking at Shark’s Teeth in your periphereal vision. David Stith (aka DM Stith) continues to provide the album’s stunning artwork. You can pick it up on iTunes for $4.95, and read more about it, here.

Enjoy this free MP3, the first track, from the album:
"Manzanas" (Download)

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