Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House pulled together a group of musicians that could be described as nothing short of a “supergroup” to perform the legendary Gene Clark’s lost classic No Other January 22-26, 2014! This “supergroup” consists of Alex and Victoria from Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/Fairport Convention), and more! That’s right, even MORE than that. If you’re not already familiar with Gene Clark’s No Other, you’re in for a treat. Even if you already know alllll about No Other, you’re still in for a treat—treats all around!
Here’s a little more info about the shows, dates, and record.
Watch the trailer for The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.
“How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it?”—Melody Maker (1995)
“I really consider No Other a great album myself, I’m very proud of it. But I was very disappointed and let down after its release that it didn’t go any further than it did—and I don’t even know all the reasons.”—Gene Clark
Gene Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. After leaving The Byrds, he released numerous solo albums throughout the ‘60s, ’70s, and ’80s, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any “hits.” Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don’t really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread awareness of the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record played, note for note, from start to finish. Gene Clark’s lead parts will be sung by four singers that we admire very much: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. To be able to play each part on the album, we are assembling a ten-person band and chorus comprised of musicians we know in Baltimore, including members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. We feel incredibly excited and lucky to be working with such a stellar group of singers, friends and musicians (listed below), without whose help, this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.
A special edit of Four Sons Productions’ new documentary, The Byrd Who Flew Alone, focusing on No Other, will precede these performances, providing more insight into the story of the making of No Other.
DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will open the night with a set of No Other-related ’70s music.
Thanks for reading, BEACHHOUSE
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Dominic Matar (Carloman) – Piano
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal) – Drums
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan. 26 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Beach House and actor/director Eric Wareheim have teamed up for a new, wildly imaginative video for the song “Wishes,” from Bloom, the band’s acclaimed 4th album. This captivating piece stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Reaper) as what we can only assume is some sort of coach at a peculiar and fantastic sports event or pep rally… in an alternate universe. It’s a uniquely uplifting treatment, its tone matching the soaring vocals of the song, and we’re profoundly proud of what this collaboration between Beach House and Wareheim has produced.
Eric Wareheim had this to say about the video: “Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses. How can I go wrong? This is the first project that I’ve ever collaborated creatively with the band. Victoria’s imagery inspired me to create this special half-time show. It also helps that Beach House is literally on my top 5 list of bands, ever.”
Beach House’s previously announced 2013 tour in support of Bloom runs from March 9th in Bologna, Italy at Estragon and currently ends on September 6 in Mexico City, Mexico (venue TBA). Additional highlights for this tour include festival performances—Coachella weekends in Indio, CA on April 12th & 19th; Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York, NY on June 7th; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN on June 14th-16th; Way Out West in Gothenburg, SE on August 8th; Oya Festival in Oslo, NO on August 9th—and April 26th, for a hometown show at the Lyric Opera House with Yo La Tengo & fellow Baltimoreans Lower Dens. You can find a full list of tour dates below and also here.
Mar. 09 – Bologna, IT – Estragon #
Mar. 10 – Rome, IT – Piper Club #
Mar. 11 – Milan, IT – Magazzini Generali #
Mar. 13 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo #
Mar. 14 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo #
Mar. 15 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera #
Mar. 16 – Lisbon, PT – TMN AO Vivo #
Mar. 17 – Porto, PT – Hard Club #
Mar. 19 – Aviles, ES – Centro Niemeyer #
Mar. 21 – Luxembourg, LX – Rockhal #
Mar. 22 – Paris, FR – La Cigale #
Mar. 25 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #
Mar. 26 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #
Apr. 08 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Apr. 09 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Apr. 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House**
Apr. 12 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues**
Apr. 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore**
Apr. 17 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library at Big Sur**
Apr. 19 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr. 21 – Marfa, TX – Crowley Theatre at Ballroom Marfa**
Apr. 23 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric**
Apr. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s**
Apr. 26 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric Opera House*
Jun. 07 – New York, NY – Governors Ball at Randall’s Island
Jun. 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
Jun. 14 – 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
Jul. 16 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Oudegracht
Jul. 20 – Dublin, IE – The Iveagh Gardens
Jul. 31 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Aug. 08 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West
Aug. 09 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival
Aug. 11 – Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Sep. 06 – Mexico City, MX – TBA
Earlier this week, Beach House & Pitchfork released the short film, Forever Still, a beautifully sounding and visually striking cinematic piece. The band issued a statement regarding Forever Still to explain what the goal of the film was and why they did it. From our standpoint, they surpassed their goal and created a enduring piece of work.
“Before releasing Bloom, we decided that we would only participate in “promotional” activities that we could control artistically and give substantial energy. We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the “content” culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance.
The concept for Forever Still was about a year old when Pitchfork came to us about supporting a project that we really cared about.
Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts. We were very lucky to have the help and hard work of many people who aided and lent their abilities to our vision.
The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise.
We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form.”
Beach House on tour this Spring
Mar 09 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
Mar 10 Piper Club (IT), Rome, Italy
Mar 11 Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
Mar 13 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Mar 14 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Mar 15 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mar 16 TMN AO Vivo, Lisbon, Portugal
Mar 17 Hard Club , Porto, Portugal
Mar 19 Centro Niemeyer, Aviles , Spain
Mar 21 Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 22 La Cigale, Paris, France
Mar 25 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom
Mar 26 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom
Apr 08 Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
Apr 09 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Apr 12 Coachella Valley Music & Arts, Indio, CA
Apr 15 House of Blues (Las Vegas), Las Vegas, NV
Apr 16 Fillmore, The (SF), San Francisco, CA
Apr 17 Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
Apr 19 Coachella Valley Music & Arts, Indio, CA
Apr 21 Crowley Theater at Ballroom, Marfa, TX
Apr 23 Lyric Theater (MS), Oxford, MS
Apr 24 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
Apr 26 Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD
Jun 07 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
The new video for the Beach House song “Wild,” from their universally acclaimed album Bloom, was directed by Johan Renck. Renck’s resume includes remarkable TV shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” as well as music videos for Madonna and The Knife—his mastery is clear in his work on this new Beach House video.
In other Beach House news, the band will be on the cover of the new issue of The Big Takeover, which hits newsstands any day now. Look out for that feature, it’s a good one.
To celebrate the start of the new school year, we are teaming up with some excellent indie music shops this September to offer you hearty discounts, and opportunities to win rare Sub Pop treats.
Select Sub Pop releases will be on sale at the below stores all month, and each store will be giving away a prize pack featuring a variety of rare and out-of-print Sub Pop items.
For extra-credit, if you go into any participating store and, using the tag #BeachHouseGLOW, tweet/instagram a picture of your favorite Sub Pop title from the sale display, you will get a shot at winning a way out-of-print, be-the-envy-of-all-your-friends Beach House – “Bloom” LP on glow in the dark vinyl! (There are only 250 copies on the planet. We didn’t do well at math, but we are pretty sure that some sort of “supply” and “demand” thing makes this record rare or something.)
The ten stores with the most pictures (remember, you must use the hashtag and tag your store!) will WIN the glow in the dark vinyl to be given away at their store. If your local record store wins then you up your chances of scoring this tasty platter!
Check in with the participating store nearest you for more info.
Boo Boo Records
Daddy Kool Records
End of An Ear
Exile on Main Street
Guestroom Records (Norman and Oklahoma City locations)
Indy CD & Vinyl
Jackpot Records (both locations)
Lakeshore Record Exchange
Park Avenue CD
Skip’s Records & CD World
Twist and Shout
Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis)
Waiting Room Records
Poor Moon has confirmed new tour dates this fall with fellow Sub Pop artists Beach House. The tour begins on October 4th in Seattle, WA at Showbox at the Market and ends on October 17th in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club. Preceding that tour, the band will visit Olga, WA on August 11th for the Doe Bay Fest. Please find a full list of tour dates, including which dates will be with Beach House, below.
All this touring will be in support of Poor Moon’s self-titled debut full-length, which is going to be released August 28th CD/LP/Digitally and also which just happens to be available for pre-order now from places like subpop.com, Amazon, iTunes.
Special note to those of you who decide to pre-order Poor Moon from subpop.com: While supplies last, all Poor Moon orders will come with a limited-edition pre-order incentive of a bonus Poor Moon 7"! This is one of those rare and more-or-less-right-now-only time of deals, so head on over to the Poor Moon subpop.com page to take us up on this offer and other special pre-order deals on album + t-shirt bundles too.
Poor Moon on Tour
Aug 11 – Olga, WA – Doe Bay Fest
Oct 04 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market +
Oct 05 – Boise, ID – Egyptian +
Oct 07 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre +
Oct 08 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown +
Oct 09 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue +
Oct 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre +
Oct 11 – Chicago, IL – Riviera +
Oct 13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus +
Oct 14 – Montreal, QE – Club Soda +
Oct 15 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre +
Oct 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer +
Oct 17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +
+ w/ Beach House