December 14th, 2009 by raven
We’re thrilled to have KCRW in our corner.Â They were one of the first stations to spin from July Flame, and Laura is scheduled to play the influential Morning Becomes Eclectic in February.
Recently the Santa Monica based station made a special request to include “Carol Kaye”–an homage to theÂ So. Cal session bass player legend who played on countless top 40 hits–in their Today’s Top Tune podcast:
On her new record, July Flame, singer Laura Veirs pays tribute to Carol Kaye, a bassist who was part of a practically invisible band called the Wrecking Crew that backed everyone from The Beach Boys to Glen Campbell to Ray Charles and never got the attention they deserved. Today’s Top Tune features vocals from Jim James (My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk) and is lovingly titled “Carol Kaye“.
Stream and download at kcrw.org
Also Download via iTunes here.
November 26th, 2009 by raven
This is a homespun ad for the vinyl record (with an endorsement from Carlos, the cat):
Get your own copy here now!
November 24th, 2009 by raven
“This is a vivid song cycle that’s part ecstasy, part sadness, and unfailingly lovely”, writes Rob Hughes.
Click to read the review and a Q&A with Laura, or better, pick up a copy of Uncut at your local finer magazine stand.
November 21st, 2009 by raven
Today we feature a cross section of “I Can See Your Tracks” performances as a reminder that the clock is still ticking on the video contest.Â And of course you can enjoy the album track in a FREE two track download simply by taking a test drive through Laura’s new Raven Marching Band Shop.
Performed at an intimate rehearsal show before the Fall tour with The Decemberists.
Live audio performance on Exit 97.7, WEXT Albany, NY:
“I Can See Your Tracks”
A great interview from WNRN Charlottesville, Virginia, while on tour with The Decemberists:
And finally a stripped down studio performance captured on video.
November 20th, 2009 by raven
According to Andy Gill, critic for The Independent, The NME has it all wrong and Carbon Glacier aught to be on the top 10, for the decade according to this article.Â Well cheers mate, and here’s to July Flame for the aught-Tens.
November 16th, 2009 by raven
Come celebrate the passing of another decade–seems like 1999 was just yesterday doesn’t it?–with the timeless old time music of Two Beers Veirs!
Reserve your tickets here.
The tradition continues with Two Beers Veirs and full band featuring Annalisa Tornfelt, Chris Funk, Nate Query and Tucker Martine with Lewi Longmire, Colin Meloy, Darrin Craig, Maggie Lind! NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.
November 12th, 2009 by raven
Widely known for being among the most critical of media outlets, Pitchfork writer Dan Weiss had some kind things to say about Laura’s title track:
“July Flame”, the title track from her upcoming album of the same name, is a certain breakthrough, and for glorious 3:45 mere singing-songwriting is everything it could be: pretty, lyrical, sculpted, not sappy or cloying.Â It’s nice to hear the word “unslakeable” spat in Veirs’ vaguely sexy purr, and while the violin-and-choir-assisted coda won’t be for everyone I know, she was right to dare it.
Just a reminder, you can download this track along withÂ “I Can See Your Tracks” for free in a single we’ve dubbed July Flame Overture.Â We simply ask you to set up a quick customer profile before delivering the goods, so we can illustrate the wonders of The Raven Marching Band Shop now equipped to deliver downloads.
November 12th, 2009 by raven
Laura and the Hall Of Flames recorded a session live to tape in Los Angeles on their last tour.Â Many thanks to luxurywafers.net for the quality production and careful presesntation.Â Hop on over for more studio sessions from great artists.
Armed with a prodigious vocabulary, synchronism with nature and magically potent songwriting skill, Laura Veirs has the cutest little untarnished, no-nonsense voice that grabs the ears and tugs the heart for entrance, like an irresistible, wide-eyed child gently begging entry to your lap, book and blanket in tow. That first tug instantly unveils the opening of a thirsty vessel inside the fortunate listener. Once seated, Veirs’ pure and innocent voice, in concert with sonorous arrangements, melts to a delightful stream of flowing mead, equal parts comfort and enchantment – a stream you’ll find yourself wishing would never end.
Meeting Laura Veirs and her quirky, earthy/bookwormy crew, the last thing you’d think of is a name-dropping fest. Instead, Laura, through her music, evokes warm, intellectual forest sprite, an unselfconscious goddess in touch with the varied rhythms of human emotion and the pulse of seasons.
Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):
Where Are You Driving? [mp3]
Ether Strings [mp3]
Secret Someones [mp3]
See photos from Laura Veirs’ live Luxury Wafers Session HERE.