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Clogs w/ Sufjan & Shara

13th Jan 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

I got a chance to see Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) and her singing debut with Clogs back in April 2007 at MusicNOW Fest in Cincinnati.  I’m stoked that this album is finally hitting the shelves with Sufjan Stevens and OSSO, too…

the clogs

When he’s not crafting epic indie rock in The National, Bryce Dessner teams up with Australian composer Padma Newsome to record hushed, intimate chamber-folk in the ensemble Clogs.

On March 2, Clogs will release their fifth album, the Newsome-composed song cycle The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, via Brassland. My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden sings on six of the album’s 10 songs, and Sufjan Stevens and National singer Matt Berninger contribute one guest vocal each. The Sufjan-affiliated string quartet Osso also contribute.

Read the rest on Pitchfork

Clogs – “On the Edge” [ft. Shara Worden]

~Dan – np: Mostly Other People Do the KillingForty Fort

upcoming David Bazan & a Sufjan senior project

17th Jul 09 (Fri) Leave a comment

Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan is finally releasing his full-length debut.  It’s not his first release under his own name.  He had an EP out in 2006 (Fewer Moving Parts) and has released a few iTunes EPs/singles and some 7″ vinyl releases since Pedro the Lion’s last “band” record, Achilles Heel (in 2004).  David’s album comes out September 1st (on Barsuk Records CD/LP/mp3)… it’s called Curse Your Branches

1. Hard To Be
2. Bless This Mess
3. Please, Baby, Please
4. Curse Your Branches
5. Harmless Sparks
6. When We Fell
7. Lost My Shape
8. Bearing Witness
9. Heavy Breath
10. In Stitches

Keep your peepers here or on for info as it shows up.


Also, as reported on All Good Naysayers, student Jax de León did a senior graphic design project on Sufjan Stevens‘ 2005 album, Come On Feel the Illinoise, called Illinois: Visualizing Music.

Check out more about Illinois: Visualizing Music (link).

Speaking of Sufjan, Asthmatic Kitty is trying to call Osso’s upcoming album a Sufjan Stevens’ release.  Ha!!!  We’re on to you guys… come on, when is Suffie’s real next album coming out!? :)

OK, I know… Osso’s Run Rabbit Run album is a “real” album… and it’s gonna be rad as hell… but you know what I meant.

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas & Brass EcstasyOn Stage: 6/18/09 (early set)


9th Jul 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

So, back in 2007, I had the pleasure of seeing the just-named Osso String Quartet‘s worldwide premiere of Sufjan Stevens‘ electronic album Enjoy Your Rabbit songs arranged for strings.  That show at the MusicNow Festival 2007 (full festival review) was utterly fantastic.  Since that time, the band has been busy, including being the backing band for My Brightest Diamond‘s wonderful A Thousand Shark’s Teeth album.

Two and a half years will have passed since the worldwide stringed Rabbit debut to finally see the release of Osso’s full length debut… Run Rabbit Run, out October 6th:

  1. Year of the Ox (arr. Michael Atkinson)
  2. Enjoy Your Rabbit (arr. Michael Atkinson)
  3. Year of the Monkey (arr. Michael Atkinson)
  4. Year of the Tiger (arr. Rob Moose)
  5. Year of the Dragon (arr. Nico Muhly)
  6. Year of the Snake (arr. Olivier Manchon)
  7. Year of the Horse (arr. Rob Moose)
  8. Year of the Sheep (arr. Maxim Moston)
  9. Year of the Rat (arr. Olivier Manchon)
  10. Year of the Rooster (arr. Gabriel Kahane)
  11. Year of the Dog (arr. Rob Moose)
  12. Year of the Boar (arr. Michael Atkinson)
  13. Year of Our Lord (arr. Michael Atkinson)

Pre-order not available, yet.  More info here:

~Dan – np: Dengue FeverEscape from Dragon House

PS- Sigur Ros’s Jonsi & Alex’s Riceboy Sleeps debut has the deluxe edition officially on pre-order on their webpage (see here for more info).

No free download or torrents available here.

Happy Year of the Ox!

26th Jan 09 (Mon) Leave a comment

Happy Year of the Ox!

Here’s a string-quartet version of Sufjan Stevens‘ “Year of the Ox,” which originally appeared on his (brilliant) electronic album, Enjoy Your Rabbit!  The string quartet version was arranged and played by the Osso Quartet, based in NYC.

The performance above is from Osso’s 2007 appearance at Cincinnati’s MusicNow Festival (click here for my review).  Check out Sufjan’s Enjoy Your Rabbit, too…

~Dan – np: Steve LacyNew Jazz Meeting : Baden-Baden 2002

My Brightest Diamond doesn’t look down…

25th Oct 08 (Sat) Leave a comment

Well, actually she does look down…

First off, it may seem like I’m blogging like a fool the past few days… well, I apologize to fill your RSS feeder with so much blog kibble, but there’s a lot going on in the world of my favorite musics.

This blog goes specifically back to my second favorite Asthmatic Kitty artist My Brightest Diamond (Sufjan Stevens being my first favorite, but only by a banjo neck).  Shara Worden (the brightest diamond) plays on top of a rooftop with her string quartet OSSO.  It’s part of Pitchfork TV‘s Don’t Look Down series:

(Part 1 – click pic above)
Golden Star

(Part 2 – click pic above)
From the Top of the World
Black & Costaud

4 weeks until I get the chance to see MBD at WOW Hall in Eugene… woot!

~Dan – np: Fujiya & Miyagi on Seattle’s KEXP Live podcast

Even More Brightest Diamond

23rd Aug 08 (Sat) Leave a comment

UPDATE (9/1/08): She’s playing 11/21 @ WOW Hall in Eugene.  Yay!

Though not listed on her tourdates page (yet), yesterday’s email from the Doug Fir Lounge (in Portland, OR) mentioned… Thursday 11/20, My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden). Yay! \ 0 / I’m still holding out hope that she’ll play The Shedd (in Eugene), as it’d be a great venue for her. But a PDX gig ain’t a bad option.

Oh, and Portland, Maine… you know what you can do? You can go to… see her on October 30th.

This will be the first time seeing her out on her own. My last few times seeing her were as an opener for Sufjan Stevens, with Sufjan’s band, or as part of a music fest with Sufjan. I guess I’ll miss Sufjan, but Shara’s got her own good thing going on. String quartet OSSO will be My Brightest Diamond’s backing band on this tour. I saw them play chamber arrangements for Sufjan’s Enjoy Your Rabbit electronic album (as mentioned in the music fest review link above). Clare & The Reasons are the openers.

Also, here’s the new, minty fresh video from “From the Top of the World” from her latest album, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth:

She performs “Padam Padam” and “The Gentlest Gentleman” here:

More of her tour dates (from Pollstar, as her tour dates page is not in an easily copy-n-paste formatall dates subject to change)

Mon 09/15/08 London, UK Soho Arts Theatre
Fri 09/19/08 Isla Cristina, ESP Auditorio del Parque
Sun 09/21/08 Amsterdam, NET Melkweg
Mon 09/22/08 Hamburg, GER Molotow
Tue 09/23/08 Berlin, GER Lido
Wed 09/24/08 Schorndorf, GER Manufaktur
Fri 09/26/08 Vienna, AUT B72
Sat 10/04/08 Groningen, NET De Oosterpoort
Mon 10/27/08 Hamden, CT The Space
Tue 10/28/08 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Thu 10/30/08 Portland, ME SPACE
Fri 10/31/08 Fall River, MA Narrows Center For The Arts
Sun 11/02/08 Buffalo, NY Big Orbit Soundlab Space
Mon 11/03/08 Oberlin, OH Oberlin College
Wed 11/05/08 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College
Thu 11/06/08 Danville, IN Royal Theatre
Fri 11/07/08 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
Sat 11/15/08 Salt Lake City, UT The Paladium
Wed 11/19/08 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Thu 11/20/08 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Fri 11/21/08 Eugene, OR W.O.W. Hall update



In rumor mill squashing, Shara didn’t help Barack Obama choose Joe Biden as his VP running mate.


~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & Wood play John Zorn’s Masada Book Two – Zaebos

a thousand shark’s teeth

28th Feb 08 (Thu) Leave a comment

update (4/26/2008)
My Brightest Diamond has posted the first sample of the album to come on her MySpace page HERE:

It’s called “Inside a Boy,” and it quite rocks more than I was expecting (seeing as I heard rumors of this record being more operatically bent). Yay!


original post (2/28/2008)
a thousand shark’s teeth… a thousand shark’s teef… a tousand shark’s teet… zähne tausend haifischs… d’les dents mille requins… dientes de mil tiburones…

My Brightest Diamond‘s A Thousand Shark’s Teeth

In an increasingly troubling manner (me being just short of reviewing something before it’s out), here’s another hypothesis (in the alternative form): Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond‘s upcoming album, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (Asthmatic Kitty Records), will be a fantastic record.

Shara Worden’s vocals are utterly sublime.  It’s quite compelling to witness her singing in a live setting… she brings operatic vocal training to the indie rock scene.

We’ll be able to test the null hypothesis, H0: A Thousand Shark’s Teeth = not fantastic, against the alternative hypothesis starting Tuesday, June 17th (seventeeth?).  I imagine we’ll be able to reject the null hypothesis with statistically significant results (p-value < .001).

Yeah, too many accounting research papers for me this week…

MBD on MySp:

~Dan – np: DrumcorpsGrist

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