February 15th, 2010 , by John Beeler
January 7th, 2010 , by John Beeler
December 12th, 2009 , by John Beeler
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).
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.
August 31st, 2009 , by John Beeler
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.
April 29th, 2009 , by John Beeler
You can see this in real life somewhere near you. See The Decemberists’ dates here.
April 25th, 2009 , by John Beeler
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.
April 6th, 2009 , by John Beeler
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
April 6th, 2009 , by John Beeler
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.
April 3rd, 2009 , by John Beeler
March 31st, 2009 , by John Beeler
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.