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.
November 9th, 2009 by raven
Tucker Martine, long-running producer for Laura Veirs, was honored as a Top 10 Best Producer Of The Decade according To Paste magazine. Read the full article here.
Tucker Martine, who spent the decade working with The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love and The Crane Wife), Thao (We Brave Bee Stings And All) and Bill Frisell (The Intercontinentals and The Willies). Other notable projects: The collected works of Laura Veirs.
November 6th, 2009 by raven
Paste has posted the Making Of July Flame Video on their website, wherein Laura Veirs & Tucker Martine guide us through glimpses of crafting the record “July Flame” at Flora Studios in Portland, Oregon.
Watch at pastemagazine.com or better yet, subscribe to the Laura Veirs Podcast and watch this video and more via your desktop or mobile device!Â Simply click this button:
October 29th, 2009 by raven
We are pleased to announce The Laura Veirs Podcast today.Â What is it?
A podcast is a free sequential distribution of media.Â That is, The Laura Veirs podcast will feature live videos, interview segments, behind the scenes glimpses and the like from Laura. We anticipate updating this weekly with something new.Â The most popular way to ‘subscribe’ is via iTunes (mac or PC) which enables you to listen and view on your desktop, mp3 player or phone.Â Simply click this button:
Advanced users may use this feed for their podcast aggregator or RSS reader:
Lastly, if you enjoy the Podcast, please consider leaving a customer review in iTunes to let others know about it.
October 7th, 2009 by raven
It’s Time for Another Fan Video Contest!
Our Saltbreakers fan video contest was such a success that we’ve decided to hold another one, this time for a song called “I Can See Your Tracks” off the upcoming album July Flame. You can download the song here and view the lyrics here. The song features the amazing howling of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.
To see the winning videos of our last contest, click here.
All submissions must be postmarked December 31st, 2009. View contest rules here.Â Winners will be announced and winning videos posted on January 12, 2010 (the street date of the album).
First, second and third place winners will receive the following in prizes:
â€¢ Free promotion of your mad video skills on Laura’s myspace and webpages
â€¢ Laura’s complete signed back catalog (4 vinyl records (including the new album) 8 signed cds, 2 t-shirts and a signed limited edition “July Flame Songbook”)
â€¢ 4 backstage passes to a show near you
â€¢ A hand-sewn thank you note from Laura and band mates
We’re looking forward to seeing what you creative people do with this song!
Laura and the gang
October 5th, 2009 by raven
“The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs and Bill Frisell have one thing in common: When they wanted their music to sound amazing, they called on Tucker Martine for help.”
The mild mannered Martine talked thoughtfully and candidly with All Songs Considered director Bob Boilen between song selections including his projects, his clients’ projects and his inspirations.Â A track from July Flame, originally on the chopping block found its way into the hearts and minds of Veirs and Martine, and into the interview.
Have a listen at NPR.org
Meanwhile Laura Veirs shared some insights on July Flame via the California Chronicle:
“I was losing it,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t write songs anymore.’ ”
During a trip to a farmer’s market in Portland, Veirs bought some peaches the seller had labeled “July Flame.” Later, while the singer and a friend were canning the fruit, a song idea began to congeal as well. The result, Veirs felt, was one of the best tunes she’d written.
“That tipped me over,” Veirs recalled. “I said, ‘I can do this again!’ ”
Veirs spent another year writing, eventually completing 80 songs. Thirteen were selected for the new record.
Read the entire interview here.
September 30th, 2009 by raven
Laura and many other Pacific Northwest luminaries and creatives each contributed a sketch to a BARK auction, now underway on eBay.Â What’s BARK you ask?
“Bark’s mission is to transform Mt. Hood National Forest into a place where natural processes prevail, where wildlife thrives and where local communities have a social, cultural, and economic investment in its restoration and preservation.”
More at their website.