October 25th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Tomorrow, October 26th marks the release of Penelope. The album is a 60-minute song cycle composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider for Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and the orchestral group, Signal, based on texts by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, derived from the music theater piece of the same name she and Snider wrote together in 2007-2008.
Penelope has appeared in various guises over the past two years: it originated as a music for a theater piece and then debuted as a song cycle with Signal last May. When Shara came aboard the project, Sarah revised and expanded the songs yet again, tailoring them to Shara's unique talents and arranging them for Sarah's dream cast of characters: a 25-person orchestra of strings, harp, percussion, drums, electric guitar and bass, and electronics (with sound design by Michael Hammond). The cycle grew from 40 to 60 minutes. It is yet another example of how brightly our diamond can shine!
Listen to one of the album's tracks here.
Order the incredible rich and captivating album here.
September 8th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Asthmatic Kitty is pleased to announce that Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) has released two limited edition items. The first is a hand-numbered split 7” with the lovely and dynamic Dayna Kurtz. For the 7" each artist covers the other, Shara taking on Dayna’s “Postcards From Downtown”, and Dayna covering “Gone Away” from Bring Me The Workhorse. The 7” is on Kismet Records and you can stream the two tracks via their myspace page. You can purchase the two songs from itunes here and here.
The other release is a human boy. Constantine Jamesson Worden was born on 19 July 2010 at 10:58pm, healthy and happy to equally healthy and happy parents! Read all about it here. Fortunately this release is not for sale on itunes.
My Brightest Diamond will be performing in rock trio formation at some select shows in September and October. Click here for dates.
April 28th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond has been everywhere lately. This will be true briefly in the future as well. In a quick tour of various points of contact in North America, MBD will be performing solo dates in the following cities: Keene New Hampshire, Montreal, Toronto, and Pontiac. On tour you will be able to pick up a new limited release 7" on which Dayna Kurtz plays a bare banjo version of "Gone Away", and in turn Shara covers Dayna's "Postcards from Downtown". You can hear clips of the songs and purchase the 7" here.
Then, in June, My Brightest Diamond will perform at the Vivid Live Festival
April 3rd, 2010 , by John Beeler
February 19th, 2010 , by John Beeler
Shara, being rather musical herself, has also drafted a remarkable, collaborative lineup to complement the weekend. It does involve puppetry. Shara herself will provide a rare performance with yMusic.
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.