Shudder to Think – Live from Home

Simon Joyner – Out into the Snow

outintoTeam Love will release Simon Joyner‘s twelfth full length LP Out into the Snow on September 15, 2009 on CD and 180 Gram LP.

The album will be available for pre-order the first week of August and will ship two weeks prior to the street date. Until then, check out an MP3 of “Roll On,” from “Out into the Snow”.

MP3 Simon Joyner – Roll On

ABOUT OUT INTO THE SNOW

Out Into the Snow is another challenging and rewarding song-cycle which grows richer from repeated listening. For this outing Joyner has assembled a small group, including Alex McManus (Lambchop, Bright Eyes, The Bruces), Ryan Kennedy, Mike Friedman, Michael Krassner (Boxhead Ensemble), and Chris Deden, as well as background vocals by Sarah Gleason and Pearl Lovejoy Boyd and string arrangements by violinist, Laraine Kaizer. Sounding sometimes like Doug Yule era Velvet Underground (with some Paris 1919 John Cale thrown in for good measure), On the Beach period Neil Young , Happy/Sad era Tim Buckley, and Our Mother the Mountain period Townes Van Zandt, the album is littered with characters in transition, moving toward or away from complicated pasts and futures.

Here you have a man floating away in a dilapidated drunken boat borrowed from Rimbaud. He escapes a past of imagined persecution, only to face deeper problems of self-identity after entering a storm at sea. There are lovers separated by distances difficult to summit. Others survive rocky starts to find peace, acceptance, and the real joy available to those who may have been born to run but now choose to stay and fight. The title tracks seems to be telling a simple story of friendship, but, after a man is called out on a winter night to rescue a friend in need, he goes to bed that night and has strange transformation dreams that lead him to question the direction of his own life. Stepping out into the snow then becomes a metaphor for engagement and risk. Joyner seems to be saying that life is full of these worthwhile struggles, whether they result in sorrow or mirth, pleasant or unpleasant discoveries. Joyner requires the same of himself artistically. Out Into The Snow is full of gorgeous human gestures from well-developed characters rising and falling in overlapping arcs of time. Brazen songwriting, like all great art, challenges even more than it entertains. Team Love is proud to introduce another milestone performance from Simon Joyner, perhaps the greatest songwriter you’ve never heard.

The Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock

Joker’s Daughter – The Last Laugh (LP)

Team Love is proud to announce The Last Laugh the debut album from UK-based Joker’s Daughter, featuring vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Helena Costas. This fresh folk-pop excursion reveals new facets of the renowned artist and producer Danger Mouse, who collaborates with Costas throughout.

Born in London but Greek Cypriot by origin, Helena Costas studied violin from ages 7 to 13, then taught herself guitar and keyboards. As she became an adult, her mission came into focus. She wrote songs relentlessly, learned the art of production, and gained confidence as a performer as she played gigs around London.

Like a cryptic, symbolic dream, the music of Joker’s Daughter feeds on a range of conscious and unconscious influences, from classical violin training to Arthurian legend to a certain fascination with food. The result is haunting, infectious and playful, a rich harvest from a broad psychic landscape.

In 2003, she began sending her home recordings to artist/producer Danger Mouse, a correspondence that continued as his career grew. The two artists discovered a natural affinity, and launched a collaboration, which they dubbed Joker’s Daughter after one of Helena’s many shifting personae.

Joker’s Daughter is a character who gives voice to the darkness and redemption in Helena’s psyche, often with a mischievous flair. Always evolving as a musician and performer, Helena has recently taken up the bouzouki, a traditional instrument played by the muses in ancient Greek myth.

Danger Mouse is a full collaborator at every stage. His verdant production and instrumentation compliments the full spectrum of emotion in Helena’s music, from grief to celebration to happy ambiguity. Together, they make music both timeless and fresh from a strange, uncharted world.

The project also features the horns of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Scott Spillane and the string arrangements of frequent Danger Mouse collaborator Daniele Luppi.

A TIME & A PLACE

ABOVE THE TREE LINE WEST OF THE PERIODIC

CALAMITY DRENCHING

Team Love will release McCarthy Trenching‘s “Calamity Drenching” on September 23.

McCarthy Trenching spent most of 2007 touring, with an extended opening slot on the Bright Eyes Cassadaga tour, a date here and there warming the stage with the likes of M. Ward, Victoria Williams, Jason Isbell, Mark Olson and even radio hit Peter, Bjorn & John.

Then McCarthy Trenching came home for a bad Nebraska winter, spending most of our time shoveling snow and recording songs.

McCarthy Trenching prefers to record at home, since there is so much snow-shoveling to do during the winter.  All of the songs were recorded on 8-track tape machines, mostly in the living room, because that’s where the piano is.

Listen to:

Mormon Girl Blues
Roasting Song
Cassette Tape Massacre

Pre-Order Calamity Drenching” today and recieve your copy in the mail two weeks early!

The Trench will hit the road for a string of dates with Neva Dinova:

Fri 09.26.08 @ Haileys (Denton, TX) w/ Neva Dinova

Sat 09.27.08 @ Emos (Austin, TX) w/ Neva Dinova, Jose Gonzalez

Mon 09.29.08 @ Rhythm Room (Phoenix, AZ) w/ Neva Dinova

Thu 10.02.08 @ Hemlock Tavern (San Francisco, CA) w/ Neva Dinova

Fri 10.03.08 @ Silver Moon Brewing (Bend, OR) w/ Neva Dinova

Sat 10.04.08 @ Towne Lounge (Portland, OR) w/ Neva Dinova

Sun 10.05.08 @ Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA) w/ Neva Dinova

Wed 10.08.08 @ Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT) w/ Neva Dinova

Thu 10.09.08 @ The Hi Dive (Denver, CO) w/ Neva Dinova

Fri 10.10.08 @ Waiting Room (Omaha, NE) w/ Neva Dinova

Sat 10.11.08 @ Vaudeville Mews (Des Moines, IA) w/ Neva Dinova

Fri 10.17.08 @ The Double Door (Chicago, IL) w/ Will Hoge, the everybodyfields

Sat 10.18.08 @ Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH) w/ Will Hoge, the everybodyfields

Sun 10.19.08 @ State Theatre (State College, PA) w/ Will Hoge, the everybodyfields