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.
September 23rd, 2009 by laura
Greetings from Norfolk, VA. So far the tour has been going great. Â Long drives in the van but we’re fine. Â The Decemberists are kindly carrying our gear so no amp-heaving for us; we’re feeling un-exericised. Â Good thing we’re on the 7th floor and the hotel elevator’s broken.
Thanks to all the kind people out there in the crowd…
xo Laura and the Flames
September 14th, 2009 by raven
Laura Veirs performs at the Bella Union bus, July 2008. Photograph by Rich Thane.
As a part of their series “Bella Union Week”, The Line Of Best Fit blog brought together Laura Veirs with former / sometime Portlander Peter Broderick, now labelmates in Britain.Â It’s a nice interview that discusses the forthcoming July Flame in detail, the creative process, and makes a little room for free association.Â Highly recommended reading.Â And, if you haven’t heard Peter Broderick yet, find him on myspace.
September 10th, 2009 by raven
So much is happening! Here’s the update below.
NEW RECORD: “July Flame” – coming soon!
Release date in Europe: January 11, 2010 on Bella Union Records (bellaunion.com)
Release date in North America: January 19 12, 2010 on Raven Marching Band Records (ravenmarchingband.com)
We are happy to report that LV’s new album is coming out on Bella Union Records in Europe, and her own label Raven Marching Band in N. America. Her first few albums came out on Bella Union (the home of Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Midlake, and many other great artists), and Laura’s delighted to be back in the BU fold.
After much deliberation, we decided the best thing in North America is to leap into the unknown and start LV’s label “Raven Marching Band” in earnest. With Chad Crouch (prez. of Pdx label Hush Records) at the helm and an enthusiastic crew in place, we’re confident we’re going to kick buttocks getting this album out to the people.
Check out the new websites, too!
TOUR: LV and the Hall of Flames opening for The Decemberists
The band is very excited to be headed out on this tour next week.Â The band will be singing songs from the new album as well as some of the old classics.
See the shows page for the complete dates and links to buy tickets.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
LV and the gang
August 17th, 2009 by raven
Hey everyone! Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames will be touring with the Decemberists this Fall. Check out the shows page for more info. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 1st.
New tour dates have been added in Athens, Chicago, and Minneapolis! Check out the sidebar for all the info.
July 21st, 2009 by raven
Just got back from a great, short trip down and up the west coast. Eric thought of a hot name for the new band: “Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames.” Thanks to all who came out to the shows, and thanks to the Flames: Annalisa Tornfelt, Keeley Boyle, Nelson Kempf and Eric Anderson. Watch for us on tour again later this year. Yay!
July 6th, 2009 by raven
Veirs and gang are hitting the road next week, and they’re hoping to see you at one of the shows! Tour dates are below:
July 14: Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles
July 15: Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco
July 17: Mississippi Studios in Portland
July 18: The Crocodile in Seattle
Laura has put together a new group featuring Annalisa Tornfelt (fiddle, vox), Eric Anderson (bass, keys, vox), Keeley Boyle (vox, percussion, balalaika) and Nelson Kempf (percussion, guitar, vox). The gang will be performing old LV classics as well as songs from her new, unreleased album, “July Flame” (aptly titled for this tour… more news on the album soon). Expect a lot of gusto-riffic group singing.
Seattle-based “Cataldo” and Pdx-based “The Old Believers” — two of Laura’s favorite NW acts and also members of her new band — will open the shows. Be sure to come early to see these great young artists!New Band
May 24th, 2009 by raven
Got back yesterday from an amazing artist retreat in new orleans sponsored by air traffic control (atctower.net) and future of music coalition (futureofmusic.org). here are some highlights:
– learning about all the great activist work artists are doing out on the road, from green(er) touring to speaking to congress while in DC to donating a portion of ticket sales to local activist groups. planning some ways i can make a more positive impact…
– feeling relieved that the people at ATC and FOMC are working day in and out to help artists have long-lasting careers (and healthy lives) and connect them to a world of activism.
– putting faces with the people who work so hard to relocate and rebuild the lives and homes of musicians who were forced to leave after Katrina — thank you sweethomeneworleans.org.
– meeting with a chief of a mardi gras indian tribe who works 4-hours a day hand-sewing beads onto incredibly ornate, elaborate and beautiful costumes (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras_Indians).
– touring the 9th ward and meeting musicians who have come back after the storm. seeing the slow rebuilding of what was complete devastation. also realizing how far we have to go…
– seeing the markings that the national guard spray painted on houses while searching for the dead by boat after the storm.– eating, talking and listening to kickass bands at dba, ernie k-doe’s mother-in-law’s, and dooky chase’s restaurant.– getting time to hang out with and get to know so many amazing musicians/artists…everyone was really open and sweet. it felt like summer camp.
– highlights from the benefit show at tipitina’s: singing in spanish and playing guitar with martin perna from antibalas, playing guitar (and reading an unfamiliar chart) with vijay iyer, watching erin mckeown play badass lead guitar, being backed up on “galaxies” by a 13-piece band including 4 trombones, a clarinet and a flute!!!
– absorbing the reality that new orleans is the cultural center of music in the US and that i owe so much to the people who live (and have lived) there… so many characters and eccentrics everywhere, so much suffering and also so much joy — it’s awesome in the true sense of the word…
thank you to everyone for such an eye-opening and wonderful trip!!!
badass union organizer mary winzig and me
luke reynolds, jolie holland, saul williams and erin mckeown
luke reynolds and wayne kramer (MC5) getting ‘busted’ backstage
scott mccaughey (young fresh fellows, minus 5, R.E.M.) and steve berlin (los lobos) jamming with bonerama