We’re so dang pleased to announce the SWEETLIGHT SOCIAL, our brand new concert and video series. Here’s the deal:
Our vision is to showcase great songwriters (genre non-specific) in their ideal light, their “sweetlight,” if you will. Each event will take place in a different non-traditional concert venue in the Portland area – think churches, old theaters, boathouses, barns and so on. Sound and atmosphere will be crucial.
Personally, I want to create an event where there is both a time to kick it and a time to truly focus on an artist’s craft.
Each Social will feature two artists. Performances will be seated, but there will also be a social element. We’ll have locally sourced food and beverages available before, between and after each set. Think of this as a theatrical event of sorts. We expect y’all to dress nice and behave yourselves (sort of / not really).
MARCH 6th at the ALBERTA ABBEY will be the first. The two performers will be announced shortly with a ticket link to follow.
My very very best,
Label Manager / Head Honcho / Chief Knucklehead
We just realized we never posted the official video for “Timber, Nails And Tears,” the heartbreaking closer off Barna Howard’s debut. The video, by Nick Farago at Light Fighter Film, was compiled of found public domain film, resulting in a devastating, beautiful story of family, love, small town nostalgia and the cruel interruption of war.
Barna Howard’s self-titled debut is available HERE.
Today we release a big ole Deluxe Edition of Wild Pack, the impressive Mama Bird debut of the country-folk-roots-rock-traveling-family band Quiet Life. This edition includes the following four unearthed and remixed B-sides from the Wild Pack sessions:
- “Wild Pack Of Wolves,” a gypsy jazz take on the album’s title track
- “Ohio,” a folkier version of “Record Time”
- “Big Mistake”
Thanks to the nice folks at Brooklyn Vegan for premiering “Big Mistake” for y’all.
Here she is, finally. Myriam Gendron performs “Threnody” off this year’s incredible debut, Not So Deep as a Well. Simple and stunning, the video was shot and edited by Antoine Peuchmaurd, and Antoine Cloutier-Bélisle at Studio Victor in Montreal.
Esquire has premiered “Housebroken Man,” the first single and title track off Quiet Life‘s new EP. The track features guest vocals by the tremendously talented Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope. From Esquire’s James Joiner:
“Music that sounds like your best friends made it, and you’re sharing an inside joke, but it’s also damn good. A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll.”
Take a listen below and follow this link to pre-order the album now: GET IT!
A very happy release day to Denver! We’re quite pleased to release their second album, Rowdy Love, today. Listen up, folks. This is a damn fine record. Produced by Blitzen Trapper frontman (and longtime Denver collaborator) Eric Earley at Type Foundry Studio, Rowdy Love is a knockout follow-up to their 2012 debut. We can’t wait for you to get yer hands on this one.
Be sure to grab it in the form of your choice (LP/CD/Digi) from the outlet of your choice. Some options:
Mama Bird store: http://tinyurl.com/ocz994u
Your local record store: Down the street
Pre-order DENVER’s new record, ROWDY LOVE, on LP/CD/Digi and get an immediate download of the new single, “Carry On.” We can’t wait to get these beauties to you! Badass artwork from the Kyler Martz (LPs include poster insert!). Damn, these suckers look good. Oh, and it’s a killer record. Yup. Do it.
We’re dang pleased to announce the release of Denver’s second record, Rowdy Love, on July 15th. This is one hell of a record and we cannot wait to get it into your hands. Produced by Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley at Adam Selzer’s Type Foundry Studio, Rowdy Love is their first proper studio album. In the meantime, Paste Magazine was kind enough to premiere the first single for y’all! Enjoy “Carry On,” share with yer people, and check out their NW summer tour dates below. Portland, get yer release tickets ASAP!
7/17-18 — LONG BEACH, WA — Adrift Hotel
7/19 — PORTLAND, OR — Mississippi Studios (Record Release Party) w/ Michael Hurley!
7/24-26 — CARNATION, WA — Timber! Music Festival w/ Charles Bradley, J. Mascis, Damien Jurado, etc…
7/27 — SEATTLE, WA — Tractor Tavernw/ Low Hums
It’s not too often that I’ve been blindsided by an artist. In nearly three years of running Mama Bird, no album that’s been sent to me unsolicited has floored me so unexpectedly.Myriam Gendron‘s ‘Not So Deep as a Well’ is a stunning piece of work. It’s strange, mysterious, heartbreaking, and deeply clever. Myriam’s composition and performance of Dorothy Parker‘s poetry is a revelation that truly brings out all of Parker’s power as a writer – the wit, the bite, and all the lonesome heartache becomes so heavy and so clear.
Please give this a listen,
Vincent (Label Manager / Head Honcho / Chief Knucklehead)
Listen to “Solace” below.