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.
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.
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- UK Tour w/ Old Believers, Cataldo
- 01/17/10 Glasgow at Oran Mor
- 01/18/10 Gateshead at The Sage
- 01/19/10 Manchester at Academy 3
- 01/20/10 Cambridge at Cambridge Junction
- 01/21/10 Norwich at Norwich Arts Centre
- 01/22/10 Oxford at Oxford Academy
- 01/24/10 Leamington Assembly at Leamington
- 01/25/10 Bristol at Thekla
- 01/26/10 Brighton at Hanbury Club
- 01/27/10 London at Union Chapel
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
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.
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.
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
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.