The Walkmen Release Two New Songs, Ready UK Tour

The Walkmen

In anticipation of their upcoming UK tour at the end of the month, The Walkmen have released two new songs they recorded during the sessions that resulted in the band’s 2012 album, Heaven. Heaven, which earned a five-star rating and rightfully deserves a spot at the top of The Walkmen’s esteemed decade-long catalog, was recorded [...]

Rough Trade Shops Bella Union 15: 15 Years of Bella Union Records

Bella Union

To honor its impressive roster of musicians and loyal customers, Bella Union has teamed up with Rough Trade Shops to celebrate Bella Union’s fifteenth year as an esteemed independent by compiling a 34-artist, 144-minute collection culled from the label’s quietly rich history. The artists here have never been million-sellers (Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut in 2008 [...]

CMJ Music Marathon Announces 2012 Lineup, Oct 16-20 In NYC


Most music festivals are fun; I would argue that only a handful are important. CMJ Music Marathon is both. More of an experience than anything, CMJ spreads 1,300 performances across 5 days at more than 80 different New York City clubs and venues. Instead of highlighting big acts with established fan bases, CMJ is consistently [...]

Lawrence Arabia – The Sparrow

Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow

New Zealand singer/songwriter/producer Lawrence Arabia (James Milne) has made bold strides hidden under the veil of minimalism on his third album, The Sparrow. In creating The Sparrow, Milne elected to abandon a bit of the classic, delightedly harmonic pop that was richly spread throughout his Taite Music Prize/Silver Scroll-winning 2010 album, Chant Darling. He intentionally [...]

The Walkmen – Heaven

The Walkmen release 'Heaven'

Heaven marks the ten year anniversary of Hamilton Leithauser, Paul Maroon, Walter Martin, Peter Bauer and Matt Barrick playing together as a band and as friends in The Walkmen. From 2002 until now, they have released a stretch of albums (Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, Bows + Arrows, A Hundred Miles Off, [...]

Video: The Walkmen – “Heaven”

The Walkmen 'Heaven' promo

It has been a long while since I’ve been as enamored with a video as deeply as I am with Alex Southam’s video (produced by Pitchfork.tv) for title track to the The Walkmen’s new album, Heaven. That the “Heaven” video registers so profoundly is of little surprise to me. The Walkmen are, after all, a [...]

Watch: The Walkmen Play New Song ‘Heaven’


Only last week, New York veterans the Walkmen announced the details of their upcoming release, Heaven, but thanks to Pitchfork’s +1, you can hear the title track first, exclusively recorded live at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the video. The clip features the band talking about their live [...]

The Walkmen to Release New Album on June 5th


New York quintet The Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on June 5, 2012 via Fat Possum Records. The band’s record, and the followup to 2010′s Lisbon, was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle.On May 3, they will headline The National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at the Brooklyn Academy of [...]