This one’s sure been a long time coming and we’re so proud to finally release it. Vikesh Kapoor‘s The Ballad Of Willy Robbins is an absolute achievement for the young songwriter. It’s a stunning, dark, faintly hopeful and massively relevant folk record. The album, a concept record based on a New York Times article, follows the trials and tribulations of a blue-collar worker. Here’s a bit from Ned Lannamann at The Portland Mercury:
The Ballad of Willy Robbins is a vital, blood-spattered document of the times America currently finds itself in, examining hard-working people and their families as they’re sidelined by big business and the bottom dollar.
Visit our STORE to get it digitally or on Compact Disc. You can also find it at any of your preferred digital retailers and streaming services. For all you vinyl lovers, sit tight till early next year!
“Carry Me, Home,” the second single off Vikesh Kapoor’s forthcoming debut (available Oct. 15th), premiered yesterday via Bullett Media. Stream the track below and be sure to head over to Bullett for a photo essay from Vikesh. There, you’ll find the story behind the above photo!
ALSO, check out his fall tour dates, featuring shows with Barna Howard, The Deslondes, Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Broncho, and Saintseneca!
In mid-May we put together a very special show at the Portland Playhouse, a beautiful old church-turned-playhouse. The evening featured powerful sets from Barna Howard, Vikesh Kapoor and Alela Diane. It was truly an amazing night and we’re very excited to share a video of Vikesh performing “I Dreamt Blues,” the first single off his forthcoming debut, The Ballad Of Willy Robbins. Big thanks to Emilee Booher and Philippe Bronchtein for video and sound, respectively.
We’re pretty darn thrilled to introduce y’all to one of our favorite songwriters and our newest family member, VIKESH KAPOOR! We’ll be releasing his debut full-length, The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, on October 15th. We can’t wait for y’all to hear this one. It’s dark and smart, brutal and hopeful, poetic and straight-forward. The first single, “I Dreamt Blues,” just premiered on Interview Magazine can be streamed/downloaded below!
Here’s a note from Vikesh about the song:
“I Dreamt Blues” is at once a ballad and an ode to dreams. It was chosen as a first glimpse into The Ballad of Willy Robbins because it casts the widest light on what this album is about. Love, work, technology, government and apathy all exist in this song, providing a landscape-view of the album’s narrative. Yet, “I Dreamt Blues” is also a magnified, head-on portrait of our main character as he gives us an unguarded, lyrical song of resignation. Perhaps he’s singing directly to us, or to a lover, or perhaps he’s not singing aloud at all – just to the thoughts in his head. At best, he’s taking a long look at what’s left before him, as his dreams become hazy, his days remain numbered, and his hopes begin to disappear.
Our first Release Day of 2013 is here! Always one of our favorite days of the year, we get to feel like proud parents, gettin’ to share the baby we’ve been workin’ on. Or something like that. Anyhow, take a listen to the first single, “Oh Catherine, My Catherine,” below and get your digital album/streams via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.. and via CD/digital in our STORE. We’re awful excited about this one. Kevin Large is a great songwriter and he’s ready to get heard.
Pre-order WIDOWER‘s new CD, Fool Moon, this week and you’ll get an immediate high-quality download in a format of your choice!
Fool Moon will be available on itunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. on July 30th and in record stores on August 20th. Yip!Yip!
We’ve got a big ole boatload of new Quiet Life tour dates to share with y’all! The boys will be supporting The Head And The Heart on their national tour this fall. Also, if you ain’t heard the “Devil’s Kin” yet make sure to head over to Paste for the premiere. It’s a perfect summer track so download it and get it on them mixtapes!
Confirmed dates below and more to come.
10/21 — ASHEVILLE, NC *
Orange Peel, 9pm
10/22 — ST. LOUIS, MO *
The Pageant, 7pm
10/25 — CHICAGO, IL *
Riviera Theatre, 7pm
10/26 — MINNEAPOLIS, MN *
First Avenue, 8pm
10/27 — MINNEAPOLIS, MN *
First Avenue, 7pm
10/28 — MADISON, WI *
Orpheum Theatre, 6pm
10/29 — ROYAL OAK, MI *
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 7pm
10/31 — TORONTO, ON *
The Danforth Music Hall, 8pm
11/4 — WASHINGTON, DC *
9:30 Club, 7pm
11/5 — NEW YORK, NY *
Terminal 5, 630pm
11/6 — NEW YORK, NY *
Webster Hall, 7pm
11/8 — PHILADELPHIA, PA *
Union Transfer, 8pm
11/9 — PHILADELPHIA, PA *
Union Transfer, 8pm
11/10 — RALEIGH, NC *
The Ritz Theatre, 630pm
11/12 — ATLANTA, GA *
Buckhead Theatre, 7pm
11/13 — NEW ORLEANS, LA *
11/14 — HOUSTON, TX *
Warehouse Live Ballroom, 8pm
11/15 — DALLAS, TX *
South Side Ballroom, 730pm
11/16 — AUSTIN, TX *
11/17 — AUSTIN, TX *
* w/ The Head And The Heart
“Devil’s Kin,” the first single off Quiet Life‘s forthcoming LP, Wild Pack, premiered via Paste Magazine yesterday. Make sure to get your free download and blast it on your way to the river this weekend. Or the beach. Or the lake. Let’s just say body of water, to be safe.
We’ve been busy at the MBRC headquarters and now we finally get to share some of what we’ve been working on! We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Quiet Life has joined the Mama Bird family. Tucked somewhere between Creedence and The Band, Quiet Life is our first foray into rock & roll. Uh oh. It’s a slippery slope! Doom metal soon?
Wild Pack, Quiet Life’s second full-length record, will be out October 29th on CD, Vinyl, and at all digital retailers. Album art above and track listing below. More to come VERY soon!
1. Record Time
2. Devil’s Kin
3. San Luis Obispo
4. Wild Pack
5. Come On, Come Back
6. Skin & Bones
7. New London
8. Losin’ All My Common Sense
9. Low Blues
Saintseneca’s June tour!
6/17 + CLEVELAND, OH + Beachland Tavern
6/20 + PHILADELPHIA, PA + Moonbase Nix
6/21 + BOSTON, MA + Lily Pad
6/22 + HAMDEN, CT + The Space
6/23 + BROOKLYN, NY + Hillstock Music Fest
6/24 + BROOKLYN, NY + Death By Audio
6/25 + DOYLESTOWN, PA + Siren Records
6/26 + ASBURY PARK, NJ + Asbury Lanes
6/27 + WASHINGTON, DC + The Dollhouse
6/28 + NORFOLK, VA + The Iguana
6/29 + PITTSBURGH + Mr. Roboto Project