SXSW 2011 was phenomenal for Paper Garden & The Lovely Hearts Club. This year, we are going even bigger and better – setting up a Paper Garden fort for 4 full days. Showcasing 30+ bands over the first 3 days (3/14, 3/15, 3/16) and a featuring unique solar-panel sound installation called Sun Boxes & more surprises TBA on our recovery/hangover day (3/18), we have established a solid week of events featuring extraordinary talent from across the world. On top of the diverse and exciting group of bands that Paper Garden is bringing in directly, we are also partnering with three of our favorite music blogs for each day (Pigeons & Planes, My Old Kentucky Blog, The Wild Honey Pie) to co-curate some of today’s most buzz-worthy acts across all genres.
In addition to the musical talent, we have partnered up with some amazing sponsors this year. Moniker Guitars will be present again this year, giving away some custom guitar-related goodies, Thinglink will be demonstrating the launch of their new Facebook Tabs (check out an example HERE), Threads For Thought will be doing a raffle/giveaway of their sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing, Ralph & Charlies is hooking us up with some delicious AND healthy juices and to hydrate everyone even further in the heat of Austin, Vitamin Water will be supplying product throughout the week.
All events are FREE and open to the public – just RSVP below:
Stay tuned for finalized details on set times, drink specials, giveaways, and more!
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Austin, TX @ Uncorked – 900 East 7th Street
Uncorked is a beautiful outdoor space overlooking Downtown Austin, drink specials, gourmet food and an air conditioned bar.
**Event posters & full schedule coming soon…below bands and set times are subject to change**
We have been hooked on Conveyor ever since their EP “Sun Ray” landed on our doorstep. (Note to bands: handing out your music on freaky orange 12″ vinyl is one sure way to get a label to give your demo a spin.) Unfortunately, we caught wind of this Brooklyn based quartet too late and missed out on their CMJ show. Apparently they impressed a few folks so much thatWe Listen For You decided on “Sun Ray” as the first ever We Listen For You Record Club selection. Now we have three copies of this beautiful wax at Paper Garden & Lovely Hearts Club headquarters and in no way is that depressing! Conveyor has this rare ability to repeat the same few lyrics over and over and over with their folk-inspired melodies and catchy synth to the point that you feel it in your bones. BreakThru Radio has pinned them as a hybrid between Iron & Wine with Caribou but we can’t shake this feeling that they are channeling their inner Aqueduct at times.
Well out with the old and in with the new in 2012 because One Thirty BPM has just premiered a new track called “Mukraker” and have deemed it Conveyor’s best song yet! It definitely has got everyone we know excited about their forthcoming full album. The band has also began locking down tour dates across the entirety of the US for Summer 2012, so be on the lookout for a live show in your town!
You can stream the track here or head over to their bandcamp starting January 2nd for a digital fix, until the 7″ split with fellow Brooklynites Illuminator is available. Conveyor has also brought us a delicious new treat in the form of BreakThru Radio’s Hear & There session, where they cook up a stripped back version of “Mukraker” in a posh Williamsburg kitchen. Even though the band is extremely busy making new music for us they still find time to chat with fans on the internet so get to following them on Twitter and Facebook. Hope to see everyone who lives within a 30-mile radius of Glasslands on January 5 as Conveyor gets down with ILLUMINATOR, Teletextile, and fellow Lovely Hearts Club band, Snowmine.
Paper Garden & The Lovely Hearts Club will be throwing the first of a monthly party called The Dial in Brooklyn, which will act as an industry networking event and live show in one! Every first Monday of the month, we will be showcasing 2-4 live acts, a live Turntable.fm DJ set and the official Soundcloud Meetup.
The event will also act as the perfect meet-and-greet for new music tech companies, bloggers, musicians, and whoever else wants to join in on the fun! Oh, and $5 buckets of Little King beer!
December’s event will also be Paper Garden’s holiday party….gift exchange anyone?
Last month we helped The Emerson bar in Brooklyn celebrate their 1-year anniversary by depleting their stock and listening to live music curated by Paper Garden Records. A last minute schedule change opened up a spot for our new Lovely Hearts Club friends Tavo Carbone (vocals/guitar) and Heather Sommerlad (on the violin), 2 of the 9 members of Horse’s Mouth. Tavo would agree he is a bit strange, which is a good thing because his odd sense of humor helps form a refreshingly off-beat, old-timey folk pop.
We have yet to see the full band perform but after their impressive set at The Emerson, one highlight being when Tavo and Heather sang into the violin, we are very much looking forward to seeing the rest of the collective in action. Here we have featured a colorful music video of “In The Woods”, directed by their good friend Andrew Kaluzynski. If you give “As I Climb” a stream on Soundcloud and dig it, then why not stream the rest of the debut, self-released album on their bandcamp page. They are currently recording a follow-up album so keep an eye out for these guys.
The more and more we look into next year, the more excited we’re getting…so much so that we can’t keep it to ourselves anymore! So without further ado, below is our top 7 (yep, 7) list of things you have to look forward to in 2012 from yours truly!
Over here at Paper Garden we’ve been quietly rejoicing about the latest project that Tom Hagerman of DeVotchka has been working on, namely, the release of two new solo records. Hagerman plays a variety of instruments for Devotchka, including the violin, accordion, piano and melodica, and this same multi-instrumental feel pervades his sophomore solo record “Idle Creatures”. Hagerman released “The Breakfast Playground” in 2008, and is concurrently releasing an album called “Water Music” that is composed of selections from an original score he composed for the documentary “Where Have All The Mermaids Gone?”.
The albums will be officially released on December 6th, 2011, which will be a welcome addition to the ears of fans who are used to waiting a solid two to three years between DeVotchka albums. Fans can look forward to the same orchestral, chamber music feel in “Idle Creatures”, mixed with elements of pop and eclectic world and folk music that DeVotchka is well-known for creating.
The physical release of “Idle Creatures” is currently available in a 3 CD bundle along with “The Breakfast Playground” and “Water Music” or as an individual purchase at the DeVotchka webstore. However, buying in bulk might be a good idea as the bundle of all three CDs does include a signed, limited edition poster for the the first 100 orders only! Orders will start shipping within the coming week.
While the album should be listened to in full in order to really grasp Hagerman’s brilliance, if we had to choose just one track to give you an idea of the sound, it’s going going to be, “Granny Old Wound”, which has been a near constant soundtrack for us since we first heard it.
Sample clips from “Idle Creatures” are available on through Amazon.com and can be heared here.
For more information about Tom Hagerman in general and his new releases, check out his Facebook page.
Welcome the youngest member of the Lovely Hearts Club, Damien Fairchild, aka For all the Girls. He’s just like any other 13-year-old boy, crushing on girls, except he makes retro-folk love songs for them. Since he can’t drive yet, he pretty much sits at home in Provo, UT and makes music, probably while texting seven different girls at once. While most kids are playing Call of Duty, Damien is working hard to release his debut album “For all the Girls” on his 14th birthday February 14th, 2012.
Damien recently emailed us this fun video, directed by his good friend and fellow musician Drew Danburry, which made our jaws immediately hit the floor. We hope you enjoy listening and watching the video for “Phylicia” as much as we did. Help Damien start saving for college or buy his first car by showing your support over at CD Baby.
Well, our CMJ went swimmingly this year and we sure hope yours did too! But what are we supposed to do now? Worry about what to be for Halloween? I personally am sitting here all befuddled, my hand still in this slight c-shape…I really got too accustomed to all that beer holding. Anyway, a huge thank-you-so-much to all who came out to both of our showcases at the Living Room last week! We had FUN.
We were especially psyched to have a bunch of our European buddies make the trip overseas to play with us. We’re talking to you, Big Scary Monsterscrew, Tall Shipsand Dad Rocks! (both of whom played our Paper Garden Recs showcase on Tuesday and killed it!) We had a blast with y’all! We’re so psyched to be handling the U.S. release of Dad Rocks! Mount Modern full-length on November 11th.
Most of all we are really so grateful for the slew of truly amazing bands who joined us last week. Be sure to check out our Soundcloud page to hear the live recordings from their sets! Everyone sounded impeccable. Here’s a little taste:
DC’s Preeare in the midst of a crazy long Fall tour in support of their recently released record, Folly, but luckily were able to come through NYC to play our Official PGR Showcase. Thanks guys! Their set even earned a coveted mention among NPR/All Songs Considered‘s CMJ highlights!
Also present at our PGR Showcase were our besties Big Tree! We’re just crazy about these guys and were so happy to send them off on their fall tour in support of This New Year, released just this month.
And as always, our label darlings The City and Horses graced our afternoon with a wonderful set. Have you listened to their latest release, We Will Never Be Discovered, yet? Get on it!