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Thanks so much to Mark Richardson, Stephen Deusner, and all at Pitchfork for the wonderful review of The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song. It went up today and it’s just so thoughtful. We couldn’t be more pleased.
“For all its grave intimations, Occasion For Song exhibits a true joy in creating and playing music, in finding the right notes and the right words. It’s a complex, even contradictory record, not just the Black Swans’ best but one of the most incisive and moving mediations on life and the loss of it in recent memory.”
The Black Swans were recently featured in a full-page spread in MAGNET Magazine. Grandma included the full-size piece here, so you can read it all, but do head to your local book store and pick up a copy (Sigur Ros is on the cover).
The band will also head out on tour very soon- starting with an album release show in Columbus, OH at Rumba on Friday, August 24. Dates are still coming in, so do stay tuned via this [link]. After they return from this late summer run, they will open for a substantial Ohio-based act soon after. More on that exciting tour soon!
The Black Swans || Late Summer 2012 Occasion for Song Tour
|08/24/12||Columbus, OH||Rumba||United States|
|Add||Admission: $10 adv. | $12 door. BUY TICKETS|
|08/25/12||Toledo, OH||The Ottawa Tavern||United States|
|Add||Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: 18+.|
|08/26/12||Cleveland, OH||Happy Dog Saloon||United States|
|08/27/12||Pittsburgh, PA||Thunderbird Cafe||United States|
|Add||Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: 21+.|
|08/29/12||New Haven, CT||Cafe Nine||United States|
|08/30/12||Brooklyn, NY||The Rock Shop||United States|
|08/31/12||New York, NY||Mercury Lounge||United States|
|09/01/12||Providence, RI||Fete Lounge||United States|
|Add||Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $8 adv./$10 doors. Age restrictions: All Ages.|
|09/02/12||Philadelphia, PA||St. George’s United Methodist Church||United States|
|Add||Admission: $8 adv. | $10 day of.|
|09/04/12||Washington, D.C.||Sixth and I Historic Synagogue||United States|
|Add||Admission: $10 adv./$12 doors.|
|09/05/12||Charlottesville, VA||Tea Bazaar||United States|
|09/07/12||Lexington, KY||Cosmic Charlie’s||United States|
|09/08/12||Nashville, TN||High Watt||United States|
|09/10/12||Manchester, IN||Fire House||United States|
|09/11/12||Chicago, IL||Empty Bottle||United States|
|Add||Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $8.|
|09/12/12||Bloomington, IN||The Bishop||United States|
|Add||Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $6 adv./$8 doors. Age restrictions: 18+.|
|09/13/12||Cincinnati, OH||MOTR Pub||United States|
The Black Swans newest release, Occasion for Song, has been receiving a lot of praise, including a great cumulative score from Metacritic. In addition, Consequence of Sound described the album as “…the band’s most shatteringly personal offering to date.” AllMusic gave the album 4/5 stars and stated “He [DeCicca] uses allusion, metaphor, and history to weave his own hybrid mythology; none of his songs feel strictly confessional — even if they are — which is part of what makes The Black Swans’ sparse Americana so compelling.”
Just a reminder: you can purchase the album from Grandma Misra’s online store.
Thanks so much to our sister label/distributor Bloodshot Records and all the following stores for setting up sales, listening posts, and deals on the new Black Swans record. Occasion for Song is an absolutely gorgeous set of songs and you can get deals on it at the stores below. Regardless, head down and support your local record store!
CD CELLAR (Anniston)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
LAURIE’S PLANET OF SOUND (Chicago)- Listening Post THRU 8/31
RECKLESS RECORDS (Chicago- 3 Stores)- Listening Post THRU 8/31
LANDLOCKED MUSIC (Bloomington)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
OTHER MUSIC (NYC)- Sale Priced THRU 8/31
SCHOOLKIDS (Raleigh)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
CULTURE CLASH (Toledo)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
LOST WEEKEND RECORDS (Columbus)- Sale Priced THRU 8/31
MAGNOLIA THUNDERPUSSY (Columbus)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
SHAKE IT RECORDS (Cincinnati)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
MUSIC MILLENNIUM (Portland)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
GRIMEY’S (Nashville)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
END OF AN EAR (Austin)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
WATERLOO (Austin)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/31
SILVER PLATTERS (Seattle- 3 Stores)- Listening Post & Sale Priced THRU 8/28
STRICTLY DISCS (Madison)- Listening Post THRU 8/31
Above >>> The Black Swans play Columbus, Ohio’s Lost Weekend Records to celebrate the release of Occasion for Song.
Our beloved Black Swans have been receiving some phenomenal press for their new album Occasion for Song. It was released yesterday and you can purchase it [here]. Your support means a great deal to all of us.
Quick Listen [link]: ”Portsmouth, Ohio”
We are elated to announce that The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song is officially out today. Occasion for Song is a messy long-haul of emotions dealing with the death of founding member and violinist Noel Sayre, and the aftermath of memory, shock, and loss it created. Please show your support and purchase the album here.
Quick Listen [link]: ”Portsmouth, Ohio”
Tour Dates [link]: More dates TBA. The Black Swans will also open for WHY? this autumn for a long stretch. More on that soon.
- Jerry DeCicca of The Black Swans was recently interviewed by Chris Mateer for No Depression and Uprooted Music Revue. Thanks so much Chris!
- The Black Swans celebrate the release of Occasion for Song with a FREE in-store performance @ Lost Weekend Records in Columbus, OH on Sunday, July 29 @ 4 PM. Here is the Facebook event for the in-store. Come one, come all!
- The Black Swans release Occasion for Song this Tuesday, July 31. For a limited spell, you can get some varied deals on purchasing the new album [link].
- Columbus Alive! recently did a wonderful piece on O4S.
- For a limited spell, you can stream the new album in its entirety via our friends at KDHX in St. Louis.
The Black Swans nailed an 8.0 review from Prefix Mag today. The time and care Jim Allen put into the piece is wonderful. Here is the opening paragraph:
“Let’s make one thing clear — there was never a secret supergroup session at some home studio in Nashville that included Lee Hazlewood, Townes Van Zandt, Stuart Staples from Tindersticks, and Mickey Newbury. That’s unforunate on a basic level, but also because it would have handily explained the genesis of the sounds emanating from Occasion For Song by The Black Swans. The Ohio-based band led by singer/songwriter Jerry DeCicca bears its share of melancholy and then some on their fifth album, but so do a million and one other indie bands, and none of them come anywere close to evoking the same sort of sad-sack super session described above.”
To note: the official release date for The Black Swans Occasion for Song is 7/31, not 7/17. You can pre-order the album here.
Black Swans frontman Jerry DeCicca recently did an interview with Talus, Or Scree.
Via the T, OS site:
“We talk with Jerry DeCicca, songwriter, singer, and acoustic guitarist for The Black Swans, about their forthcoming album Occasion for Song, out on Misra Records. We also touch on their previous albums, like this one, this one, and this one.
But, Jerry wears many hats. For one, the top hat he dons as Dr. Silverfoot, his balloon animal making alter-ego. He’s also produced some great albums with such songwriters as Larry John Wilson, Bob Martin, and Ed Askew. This work, in turn, lead to collaborations with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Ed Askew himself.
But that’s not all. Jerry is also at work on a book that compiles narratives from obscure American singer-songwriters, which also reflects on his life as an American singer-songwriter. The episode opens with a cut off the new album and closes with one off their previous album, Don’t Blame the Stars. Settle in and give a listen, both on record and in conversation. He’s a great fella doing a lot of interesting work. Buy an album, see a show, spread the word!”