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Dine Alone Welcomes Spain

“…The name of the band comes from a dream and to me everyday life is very dream-like…dreams are part of what inspires me and what has inspired the content of the songs, and will continue to…” Josh Haden – August 2014

DINE ALONE RECORDS Welcomes Iconic Band SPAIN, Featuring JOSH HADEN, To Its Roster

SARGENT PLACE To Be Released In North America on November 4

Album Features Final Studio Recording of CHARLIE HADEN

Produced By GUS SEYFFERT (Norah Jones, Sia, Beck)

(September 2, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA): Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of the band SPAIN to their North American roster. The critically acclaimed Los Angeles based band will release Sargent Place, their highly anticipated fifth studio album, and first in the U.S. in over 10 years, on November 4.

Dine Alone Owner/President Joel Carriere recalls his first taste of Spain, "Seven years ago Mark Lanegan's Soulsavers project introduced me by way of a cover of a Spain song called ‘Spiritual.' From that first listen I dove headfirst into the the music of Spain. Here I am seven years later announcing one of my favourite bands to our Dine Alone Roster. I couldn't be more excited and grateful to be working with such an amazing band and an amazing songwriter."

For nearly 20 years the music of Josh Haden and Spain has provided a soundtrack for the dreams and waking life of fans the world over, with a singular style that often stirs something deep in the soul of the listener. 2014’s Sargent Place, builds on that decades long legacy and pushes it into inspiring new directions.  From the opener, “Love At First Sight,” detailing the initial spark of a romance to the contemplative closer, “Waking Song,” the album falls solidly in line with the highly regarded early discography of the band, The Blue Moods Of Spain (1996), She Haunts My Dreams (1999) and I Believe (2001), as well as their most recent recording, The Soul Of Spain (2012).

In some respects, Sargent Place acts as a truer return to form than 2012’s The Soul Of Spain, for while that album marked the band’s first recorded work in over a decade, the album featured material written by Haden in the 1990s in earlier incarnations of the band. With the exception of “It Could Be Heaven,” “Waking Song” and “Love at First Sight,” all written previously by Haden, the songs for Sargent Place were written in the run up to this album, with many songs only truly taking shape during the recording process.

Key to that process was the work of enigmatic producer Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Sia, Beck). On Sargent Place, Seyffert’s influence is heard immediately in the opening notes of the lead track, “Love At First Sight.” The first sound you hear is Seyffert’s Brazilian Pandeiro hand drum, which is then immediately joined, almost in duet, by the steady, pulsating hum of Haden’s bass. In addition to bringing the band into his personal studio, located on the street in Echo Park that graces the album’s title, Seyffert helped to shape many of the tracks on the album, some of which were radically rearranged in the process of recording. Given how much of the album’s songs revolve around beginnings and endings, it is fitting that the album’s title (unique among the others in the band’s catalog) ties the recording to a specific moment in time and a specific inspirational place in their home of Los Angeles.

Another clear inspiration on Sargent Place is the music and life of Haden’s father, jazz legend Charlie Haden. “To Be A Man” and “You And I” were songs written with the elder Haden in mind, with “You And I” featuring the final studio recording from the acclaimed and beloved musician. If not for Seyffert’s intervention, “You and I” might have been a very different song. The band initially recorded a vastly different version, but Seyffert suggested that they search for a different way of arranging the song. An informal discussion between Seyffert and Josh Haden eventually led to a trip to his father’s home to record his bass parts. The result is one of the most moving expressions of love the band has ever recorded.

As Haden describes, “It’s important to me that this is my dad’s last recording and I think it says a lot to his life and his love for his kids and what he has taught everybody over the years…about how to treat each other and how to interact and view each other and view the world.”

The influence of the Haden family is also directly felt on the stately and elegiac “The Fighter.” In addition to his father, the music of his sisters, Rachel, Petra and Tanya, was instrumental in helping Haden to find Spain’s signature sound when he began the band in the early 1990s. In recent years, Haden has taken to writing songs on an acoustic guitar given to him by his sister Rachel. “The Fighter,” began its life on that guitar, as a few strummed chords came together with the idea of a strong and violent boxer represented in a slow and delicate melody, before being transformed into a song of terrific beauty here on Sargent Place, with backing vocals and strings from Petra Haden.

As the standout tracks from Sargent Place, “Love At First Sight” and “You And I,” “The Fighter,” (which was featured in a recent episode of the hit MTV show Finding Carter) take their place amongst the other iconic songs from Spain’s past, “Ray Of Light,” “Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever,” “Born To Love Her” and perhaps Haden’s most well known song “Spiritual.” When added together with this already rich body of work, these songs further cement Josh Haden’s legacy as one of America’s great songwriters, a modern troubadour for the impassioned, forlorn and tender-hearted.

Sargent Place marks Spain at a specific time, but it also makes clear that even as the band continues to evolve, the sound of Josh Haden and Spain remains as evocative and timeless as ever.

QUOTES
“Dark mysterious glamour” Q
“Gospel-tinged slowcore’” Uncut

SPAIN
Sargent Place
1. Love At First Sight
2. The Fighter (ft. Petra Haden)
3. It Could Be Heaven
4. From The Dust
5. Sunday Morning
6. Let Your Angel
7. To Be A Man
8. In My Soul
9. You And I (ft. Charlie Haden)
10. Waking Song

Spain The Band Song To Appear On MTV's "Finding Carter"

Spain's song "The Fighter" will appear in episode 8 of MTV's original program "Finding Carter", debuting August 19, 2014. "The Fighter" is from Spain's 2014 album Sargent Place. Spain's MTV Artist page is here.

Dark Stuff Podcast 104: Josh Haden (Spain) Part Two
The Dark Stuff Podcast #104 is a continuation of the interview with Josh Haden of the band Spain from #103. In this part of the interview, Haden talks about the second and third Spain LPs, his contractual issues with Restless Records, and the initial break-up of Spain. He then discusses his solo career, his collaborations (Handsome Boy Modeling School, Sean Lennon, DJ Shadow, Blue Man Group), and the re-formation of Spain. [Read More...]
Dark Stuff Podcast 103: Josh Haden (Spain) Part One
Dark Stuff Podcast #103 features an interview with Josh Haden, best known for his work in the fantastic indie band, Spain. This interview was conducted sometime in 2008, and was then lost to the ages due to a computer crash. I recently recovered the file, and am presenting part one of the interview here. [Read More...]
Spain The Band To Appear On Record Store Day 2014 Compilation

From the official Omnivore Recordings press release:

Live From High Fidelity: The Best Of The Podcast Performances


RecordStoreDay


Previously unissued performances by Jon Auer (Posies/Big Star), Rhett Miller (Old 97's),
Sam Phillips, and spoken word selections by Van Dyke Parks! Pressed on translucent
green vinyl with download card!


The Live From High Fidelity podcast started out when two overly chatty vinyl obsessives (former A&R man and current music publisher Tom DeSavia and musician/arranger Eric Gorfain) were spurred on by their mutual friend, singer Sam Phillips, to record themselves talking about their recent finds, wish lists, and more. They decided to record the shows live in L.A.’s High Fidelity Records. Friends and musicians began to stop by. After a few shows, musical performances from those guests were added to the festivities—with Gorfain accompanying on violin. (Outside of the podcast, Gorfain has played with everyone from Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Ray Charles, and many more!) Suddenly, there was a following . . .

While the popular podcasts are available in their entirety for free download via iTunes, the musical segments have never been available separately. Until now.

Live From High Fidelity: The Best Of The Podcast Performances features 14 live performances from 9 guests. As is fitting for a podcast that celebrates records, this release will be on translucent green vinyl (with download card).

Included in the set are two songs each from Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) and Jon Auer (Posies/Big Star). Grant-Lee Phillips, Matt Nathanson, Sam Phillips, Spain, and Gorfain’s ensemble, The Section Quartet, all contribute a track. Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins chimes in as well, and the LP sides are bookended by spoken word pieces from Van Dyke Parks! The release features photos from the podcasts and liner notes from the hosts.

One-of-a-kind performances from a one-of-a-kind show, Live From High Fidelity: The Best Of The Podcast Performances puts the music where it belongs—on your turntable!

AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE

LP Track List:
Side 1:
1. “WONDERFUL TO BE IN A RECORD STORE” – Van Dyke Parks
2. SEE AMERICA – Grant-Lee Phillips
3. BROKEN CIRCLE – Rhett Miller
4. THIRTEEN – Jon Auer
5. KINKS SHIRT – Matt Nathanson
6. ONE KIND FAVOR – Paul F. Thompkins
7. “SIDE A & SIDE B” – Van Dyke Parks


Side 2:
1. “WAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE” – Van Dyke Parks
2. UNTITLED #1 – Josh Haden & Matt Mayhall of the band Spain
3. SIX FEET UNDER – Jon Auer
4. QUESTION – Rhett Miller
5. CAN’T SEE STRAIGHT – Sam Phillips
6. JUICEBOX – The Section Quartet
6. “I KNEW IT WOULD END LIKE THIS” – Van Dyke Parks

Includes download card.