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VIDEO: Opossom's "Girl" premieres on Pitchfork.TV!

See the full post on Pitchfork.tv! Opossom’s Electric Hawaii is out now via Fire Records! It’s available on a beautiful 7” set, three brightly colored 7“s in an trifold booklet. Go get it!

VIDEO: Ned Collette & Wirewalker's "Long You Lie" from the new album 2 on Fire Records

Ned Collette & Wirewalker’s new album, 2, is available now via Fire Records! For more information, click here.

VIDEO: Variety Lights "Feeling All Alone" & announce upcoming live shows

Variety Lights – Feeling All Alone from fire records on Vimeo.

If you don’t know, David Baker (formerly of Mercury Rev) is one of the driving forces behind Variety Lights, and they’ll be playing live, dates below. The new album, Central Flow, is available now via Fire Records.

Live dates:
08.22•Mercury Lounge [early show] (New York, NY)
08.24•Public Assembly w/ Dinowalrus & August Wells (Brooklyn, NY)
08.25•Kung Fu Necktie w/ Vapour Theories (Philadelphia, PA)
08.26•PJ’s Lager House w/ Fuxa and The Crooks (Detroit, MI)

Team Clermont / Fire Records / Critical Heights official SXSW showcase!

Going to be in Austin this week? Join us Thursday night at Beale St. Tavern!
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Mission of Burma Sign to Fire Records: New Album Due This Summer

In late January, Mission of Burma severed their ties with independent label Matador, home to Sonic Youth, Fucked Up, and Stephen Malkmus. The post-punk rockers have now signed to another heavy-hitter indie label, Fire Records. With a world-wide release deal on the books, Mission of Burma are currently in the studio working on their 5th LP (4th post-reunion). The album, reportedly “their most ambitious, progressive and vibrant recording yet,” has a tentative release date set for July 10th.

Giant Sand is NPR's Song Of The Day!

Tucson, AZ’s Giant Sand is still cruising here in 2011! Their late 2010 release Blurry Blue Mountain from Fire Records released 25 years after the band’s debut album Valley Of Rain. The new record has already seen success on the college charts, and has been met with some great reviews!

Today, NPR is featuring “Brand New Swamp Thing” as their Song Of The Day!

Check it out and download the track here.

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Fire Records to release Giant Sand's new album "Blurry Blue Mountain"

2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain – the debut album by Giant Sand, the ever-shifting alternative rock band overseen by “the Godfather of Alt Country” Howe Gelb. With that in mind, the band are celebrating in the only way they know how: with a flurry of great music. Fire Records is proud to announce November 23 as the US release date for Giant Sand’s newest release, Blurry Blue Mountain.

Inaccurately yet affectionately dubbed the “Godfather of Alt Country” by the British press, Tucson, Arizona-based musician Howe Gelb has remained the sole epicenter and creative force behind the ever-fluid configurations of Giant Sand for over a quarter century. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the bands 1985 debut long player Valley Of Rain – the point in which Howes music visions began – and will see the release of the complete works of Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp and The Bands Of Blacky Ranchette a collection of works that maintains its own genre-defying singularity drawing on the not-so disparate threads of his south western roots, lo-fi, country, jazz, and punk … “Giant Sand is a mood,” explained Howe, as if to simplify the dizzying breadth of his prolific output as an artist.

2010 will also welcome the release of the new Giant Sand record, Blurry Blue Mountain, the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2008 album proVISIONS.

“These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. As with every previous album, none of this was planned. Every record has its own atmosphere. For me they are always a new place to live in and spend some time before moving on. On this album, it happened that every session we were able to record came between work loads that rendered us at that point of sleeping and waking. Like the poppy fields in ‘Wizard Of Oz’, we went in and out of consciousness at various times during recording. This is not a bad thing; nor does it make the record sound like we’re asleep. It has the momentum of that place between sleep and being awake. And in that narrow slip of existence lies a landscape of reason that most of us hurry past in daily lives. This record is planted firmly there.”

“Between the crystal clear focus of your day to day and the luxury of sweet fuzzy sleep, we welcome you to the Blurry Blue Mountain.”

- Howe Gelb

Giant Sand Fall 2010 Tour Dates:

04 Nov – QEH, Southbank, London
06 Nov – Cafe Oto, London*
14 Nov – Teatro Lara, Spain
15 Nov – Gleis 22, Munster
16 Nov – Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg
17 Nov – VOORUIT, Ghent
18 Nov – Das Bett, Frankfurt
19 Nov – Beatpol, Dresden
20 Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf
21 Nov – Feierwerk, Muenchen
22 Nov – Kuenstlerhaus K4, Nuernberg
23 Nov – Moritzbastei, Leipzig
24 Nov – Lido, Berlin
25 Nov – LE GUESS WHO FESTIVAL, Utrecht

*Howe Gelb solo

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Fire Records new releases: First up, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band

UK-based Fire Records is gearing up for an extremely busy fall and winter! The label will be releasing new material by Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Giant Sand, Surf City, Snowblink, Bardo Pond, Jad Fair & Duke Garwood, and a career retrospective of ESG. We’ll be giving you the run down on each artist and sharing an MP3 from their respective albums. First up this week is Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero band.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas was banned under Franco’s dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious. Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita’s infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero have arranged the poetically rich collection for their new acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra. Anda Jaleo is the band’s live recording of Las Canciones; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song.

Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There Are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children’s songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar.

In 2004 joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums) she released an album of psychedelic rock called All The Leaves Are Gone which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album This Coming Gladness was released in 2008.

Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band begin their European tour tomorrow; culminating in a solo stop for Josephine at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead on December 3rd.

09.29 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
09.30 – Bracknell, UK – South Hill Park
10.01 – Glasgow, UK – Platform
10.02 – Bristol, UK – Cube Cinema
10.03 – Brighton, UK – The Basement
10.04 – London, UK – Cafe Oto
10.05 – Manchester, UK – Sacred Trinity Church
10.06 – Newcastle, UK – Star & Shadow
10.08 – Paris, FR – Instants Chavires
10.10 – Berlin, DE – HBC
10.12 – Poznan, PL – Dragon
10.13 – Warsaw, PL – Laboratorium CSW
10.17 – Madrid, ES – CA2M
10.21 – Lisbon, PT – ZDB
10.22 – Ilhavo, PT – Centro Cultural
10.23 – Vila do Conde, PT – Teatro Municipal
10.29 – Ribadavia, ES – Igrexa da Madalena
10.30 – Redondela, ES – Illa de San Simon
11.04 – Valencia, ES – Colegio Mayor Luis Vives
11.11 – Cuidad Real, ES – Antiguo Convento de la Merced
12.03 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Josephine solo)

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