Friday, April 13, 2007

Rosebuds perform Get Up Get Out for Yahoo music!

The Rosebuds recorded a magnificent version of Get Up Get Out while at SXSW. If you have not heard yet, their trip to Austin was well received by all. Check out the reviews here. Yahoo music recorded this version of Get Up Get Out and has is it for your viewing pleasure at the link below. Let me just say this. Kelly plays a nice big grand piano for the keyboard part and it is simply stunning. You have got to watch this clip. And when you're done, I'm sure you'll be convinced that Night of the Furies is well worth your $13. Buy it here.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rosebuds Tour Dates!

The Rosebuds have announced their tour! Check out the dates below.

5/18/07 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
5/19/07 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
5/22/07 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
5/23/07 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
5/24/07 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
5/25/07 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
5/26/07 - Great Scott - Allston, MA
5/28/07 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
5/29/07 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
5/30/07 - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
5/31/07 - Little Brothers - Columbus, OH
6/01/07 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
6/02/07 - The Stone's Throw - Eau Claire, WI
6/03/07 - Seventh Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
6/04/07 - Jackpot Sallon - Lawrence, KS
6/05/07 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
6/08/07 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
6/09/07 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC
6/10/07 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
6/12/07 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
6/13/07 - Cellar Door - Visalia, CA
6/15/07 - Glass House - Pomona, CA
6/16/07 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
6/17/07 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
6/19/07 - The Cavern - Dallas, TX
6/20/07 - The Parish - Austin, TX
6/21/07 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
6/22/07 - Bottletree Café - Birmingham, AL
6/23/07 - The Earl (outside) - Atlanta, GA

While I have never had the pleasure of seeing the Rosebuds live, I have heard their KEXP performances (stay tuned for links) and heard from Richard about their wonderful live show. If they are coming near you--do everything you can to get out there and see the Rosebuds live.

And here's an MP3 of Get Up Get Out, their first single from their new record, "Night of the Furies"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Rosebuds on Shifted Sound and our partnership

The Rosebuds were featured on Shifted Sound episode 55. Shelby played two songs, “Cemetery Lawns” & “My Punishment for Fighting”. Both tracks are from the new record "Night of the Furies." If you are still unsure about purchasing the new record, listen to episode 55 of Shifted Sound to hear two of the highlights from the record. They are actually the first two songs on the record and they provide an outstanding preface to the story behind the album. I got my copy in the mail Tuesday (thank you Kelly and Merge) and I'll post my full review towards the end of the week. I'll try to restrain from posting any other personal comments about the record until then.

And now for the partnership...A Better Offer and Shifted Sound have joined forces to bring you the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all the bands covered at A Better Offer. Here's how it works. A Better Offer and Shifted Sound will get together to select music that we will cover, the Shelby will play two of their tracks on an episode of Shifted Sound and we will write about them exclusively for two weeks. So check out Shifted Sound now to hear two tracks from the Rosebuds!

If you have not subscribed to Shifted Sound yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. Shelby puts on one of the finest podcasts around. He always lets you know where you can purchase the music you hear on shifted sound in his show notes and also links the bands website. His philosophy is extrememly similar to ours at A Better Offer. It's basically here is a band or artist we think you should be listening to and here is where you can find out more about them. You can subscribe here.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Featured Artist #2--The Rosebuds: Info about Night of the Furies

The following information about the new record "Night of the Furies," (it comes out today folks!) was orginally posted on the Merge Records website. I am so excited to hear the entire record tomorrow. I have only heard the single Get Up Get Out (which you can download here). Expect a full review and exciting news about a partnership soon!

The Rosebuds--Night of the Furies

The Furies were Roman goddesses named Tisiphone (avenger of murder), Megaera (grudging), and Alecto (constant anger). They were born from night and they punish crimes on Earth that go unpunished.

We conjured them during a tropical depression in the summer of 2006.

We were almost in a fever from the threat of falling trees. The wind was not the worst we’d seen, but it peeled back the skin of old fears. In this condition, the senses are heightened. You surely know what I mean. We began to speak—just out loud--to clear away the fear hanging all around, and this is what we said:

On the night the Furies came down, some people walked outside and pointed up at what they first thought were fireflies. The lights grew nearer and brighter, however, and before any of them could understand what was bearing out, the Furies were upon them. And it became clear to all of them that some would have to run and some would hide, and still others would simply stand there, mouths agape, and watch.

There was a man who was not fearful at all. He was very curious, but not afraid, necessarily. He stood in a group of others like him by the lakeside and waited. Most of those people waited by the lakeside until the morning, when they went back into town to see who was left. The man, however, found himself transported suddenly and inexplicably to a vantage point whereupon he witnessed many great and terrible things throughout the night.

At length he encountered the Furies who spoke to him harshly at first, enlisting him to recount the story of their night so that the survivors would never forget. They chose him because he appeared to be the most beautiful of all the men and women of the world. They chose him because he loved dogs and birds and was a very sensitive, good-natured individual. He could also sing and he sang lovely tunes to himself when he was happy and when he was very nervous, as he was now.

Upon hearing him singing to himself, one of the Furies fell in love with the man. Since the goddess who punishes crimes, especially murder, couldn’t simply kill the man in order to make him her lover, and since he was already chosen to tell the story of the Night of the Furies, she would have to leave without him. This was a torturous thought for her. She spoke to the man gently—it was not difficult considering the ferocity of her voice was naturally quelled by her trepidation and softened by her sadness. Upon hearing her sadness, he became enraptured and vowed that he would recount the stories and, as a way to continue their affair, he would sing the stories aloud so that she and everyone else could hear.

Knowing that she would hear him singing these stories gave her comfort. And, when the man should die, she imagined, his voice would go silent--her proof of his entrance to the underworld, where they could be reunited.

And so they agreed and parted with a feeling of happiness for these songs as well as a deep, deep longing for the day they would end.

We set about recording these and other stories right away and Night of the Furies is the result. It is a dark, sexy, danceable, nuanced, and sublime record. We produced it ourselves, which was the only way it could have been done, naturally, considering the content.

We dreamed the music and the stories and then built it with the expert help of our friends--the musicians and the engineers: Justin Vernon, Matthew McCaughan, Mark Paulson, Brian Paulson, Charles Story, Jonathan Yu, Wes Phillips, Lee Waters, Daniel Hart, and Brad Cooke.