As you may know, Pushmi-Pullyu has been working on new album – for a very long time. Word is, that album is nearing completion. (FINALLY!)
In related news, the Mixtapes|Heartbreaks blog recently featured Pushmi-Pullyu’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” in their March MP3 Roundup. “In the Bleak Midwinter” was originally arranged for a performance a few years back on WYOU’s Just Say Ho! Telethon, which required local bands to play at least one holiday tune. Pushmi-Pullyu chose an old Christmastime hymn, turning it into a sort-of love song. (We then released it as mam233.)
Check out “In the Bleak Midwinter,” as well as Mixtapes|Heartbreaks’s other March picks here. For updates on the album, follow the band on Facebook and/or Twitter.
“In The Bleak Midwinter” is a new single from Pushmi-Pullyu’s first full-band album, Never Love A Stranger. Originally arranged for a live performance on WYOU, “In The Bleak Midwinter” is the band’s take on a classic carol with words by the English poet Christina Rossetti (circa 1872).
Never Love A Stranger documents Pushmi-Pullyu’s shift from electronic ambient pop to completely instrumented textural rock.
Recorded at House Arrest studios in Madison, WI by Brian Nolan (of American Hi-Fi). Cover photo by Nikki Gibson. Cover design by John Praw.
On February 1st of this year, our very good friend, Mark Roberts (of We Are Temporary // The Enright House) started up his own label. Stars & Letters is a “small Brooklyn record label, dedicated to releasing great music by emerging artists.” And it’s good – really good. Mark and his tight roster of artists put out chill, dreamy electronics with pop/wave influences.
To celebrate the end of their first year (well, almost a year), Stars & Letters are offering their current catalog of releases completely FREE until the end of the year. To stream or download these great releases, visit their bandcamp page here.
Check out these awesome release for free while you can. I’ll also embed them below for your convenience.
For those of you who haven’t already checked out Ben Schapiro’s excellent album “617-797-5411″ (stream it above or click below for more info), we’ve got another great reason to check it out. This incredibly intimate album has recently been updated to include Part II, which adds five new songs recorded this summer since the original release of the album. The album also updates a few earlier recordings. Physical copies coming soon.
“617-797-5411″ is an intimate glimpse into the soul and psyche of Ben Schapiro, one of Madison’s best-loved underground musicians. Before leaving Madison for parts unknown, Ben was a staple of Madison’s house show scene, often as part of the band Dirty Jive. The album shows Ben’s skill and craftsmanship on the acoustic guitar without ever abandoning the delicacy and honesty of his poetry.
Assuming you’ve all liked us on facebook (hint, hint), take a moment to answer our poll. As we celebrate turning 5 years old (more on that soon), it’s interesting to see what people value in terms of how they listen to music. If you have a few spare seconds, pick your favorite/preferred audio format, and leave a comment on why you made that decision.
Perhaps it could influence future choices here at Mine All Mine… Find the poll here, or click that giant, obvious sign above. For those of you who do not have facebook, feel free to answer below.