The Watt From Pedro Show On Air Guest: Josh Haden From Spain

Spain's Josh Haden was Mike Watt's guest on the July 4th edition of The Watt From Pedro Show. Josh talked to Watt in Watt's Pedro town and listened to tracks from the new Spain album Carolina, talked about the making of the record, how it was to work with Kenny Lyon, Danny Frankel, and Petra Haden, tour plans, and much more.

Pre-order Limited U.S. CD Version Of New Spain Album

The limited (500 copies) U.S. CD version of Spain's new album Carolina is now available as a pre-order from Spain's Bandcamp page. Street date is 3 June 2016.

Spain's May-June 2016 Live Schedule

A Tuesday night residency at the Love Song Bar in Los Angeles, a European tour including stops at Les Nuits Botanique in Brussels, Maifeld Derby and Traumzeit festivals in Germany are among the highlights in the band Spain's busy tour schedule during May and June 2016.

 

03.05.16 - US-Los Angeles, Love Song Bar

10.05.16 - US-Los Angeles, Love Song Bar

17.05.16 - US-Los Angeles, Love Song Bar

21.05.16 - NL-Arnhem, Luxor

22.05.16 - BE-Bruxelles, Les Nuits de Botanique

23.05.16 - DE-Bremen, Radio Bremen

24.05.16 - DE-Leipzig, Werk 2

25.05.16 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub

27.05.16 - DK-Kopenhagen, Loppen

28.05.16 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys

30.05.16 - DE-Hamburg, Knust

31.05.16 - DE-Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne

01.06.16 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2

02.06.16 - CH-Genève, La Gravière

03.06.16 - CH-Schaffhausen, Tap Tab

04.06.16 - CH-Stans, Pillow Song Loft

05.06.16 - DE-Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival

07.06.16 - LU-Luxemburg, The National

08.06.16 - NL-Amsterdam, Melkweg

09.06.16 - NL-Groningen, Vera

10.06.16 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix

11.06.16 - NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje

12.06.16 - UK-London, Oslo

14.06.16 - FR-Paris, Le Petit Bain

15.06.16 - FR-Bordeaux, Rockschool Barbey

17.06.16 - FR-Lille, L'Aéronef

 

18.06.16 - DE-Duisburg, Traumzeit Festival

 

 

Spain Announces May 2016 Los Angeles Residency

The band Spain has announced a three-week residency in Los Angeles at the Love Song Bar, nestled within the storied confines of the legendary Regent Theatre. Spain will be celebrating the release of their upcoming album Carolina, and the Love Song line-up will include the original players from that album, bassist-vocalist Josh Haden, guitarist Kenny Lyon, and drummer Danny Frankel.

The dates of the residency are Tuesdays May 3, May 10, and May 17 2016. 21+, free admission. For more information see the Regency's event page. The Love Song is located at 450 Main St. Los Angeles 90013.

Spain May-June 2016 European Tour Update Redux

New shows have been added in France and the Traumzeit Festival in Germany.

SPAIN (US) (Glitterhouse Rec.)
21.05.16 - NL-Arnhem, Luxor
22.05.16 - BE-Bruxelles, Les Nuits de Botanique
23.05.16 - DE-Bremen, Radio Bremen
24.05.16 - DE-Leipzig, Werk 2
25.05.16 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub
27.05.16 - DK-Kopenhagen, Loppen
28.05.16 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys
30.05.16 - DE-Hamburg, Knust
31.05.16 - DE-Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
01.06.16 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2
02.06.16 - CH-Genève, La Gravière
03.06.16 - CH-Schaffhausen, Tap Tab
04.06.16 - CH-Stans, Pillow Song Loft
05.06.16 - DE-Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival
07.06.16 - LU-Luxemburg, The National
08.06.16 - NL-Amsterdam, Melkweg
09.06.16 - NL-Groningen, Vera
10.06.16 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix
11.06.16 - NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje
12.06.16 - UK-London, Oslo
14.06.16 - FR-Paris, Le Petit Bain
15.06.16 - FR-Bordeaux, Rockschool Barbey
17.06.16 - FR-Lille, L'Aéronef
18.06.16 - DE-Duisburg, Traumzeit Festival

 

Spain's 'Carolina' To Be Released June 3, 2016

Carolina, the sixth studio album from the Los Angeles 'slowcore' band Spain, will be released worldwide on June 3, 2016.

According to Spain founder Josh Haden, "The album has a decided Americana/Alt-Country feel and includes songs I wrote for my dad [late jazz bassist Charlie Haden], for my childhood, for you, homesteading time-travel, the Great Depression, Timothy Leary, a historic U.S. Revolutionary War battle, couples breaking apart and getting back together, a mining disaster, and Mother Earth. The front cover also features an image of me. In otherwords, a little different from past Spain albums."

Carolina will be released in Europe on Glitterhouse Records, and on Josh Haden's Diamond Soul Recordings everywhere else.

Track Listing:

1. Tennessee

2. The Depression

3. Apologies

4. Lorelei

5. One Last Look

6. In My Hour

7. Battle Of Saratoga

8. Starry Night

9. For You

10. Station 2

Spain May-June 2016 European Tour Update
SPAIN (US) (Glitterhouse Rec.)
21.05.16 - NL-Arnhem, Luxor
22.05.16 - BE-Bruxelles, Les Nuits de Botanique
23.05.16 - DE-Bremen, Radio Bremen
24.05.16 - DE-Leipzig, Werk 2
25.05.16 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub
27.05.16 - DK-Kopenhagen, Loppen
28.05.16 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys
30.05.16 - DE-Hamburg, Knust
31.05.16 - DE-Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
01.06.16 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2
02.06.16 - CH-Genève, La Gravière
03.06.16 - CH-Schaffhausen, Tap Tab
04.06.16 - CH-Stans, Pillow Song Loft
05.06.16 - DE-Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival
07.06.16 - LU-Luxemburg, The National
08.06.16 - NL-Amsterdam, Melkweg
09.06.16 - NL-Groningen, Vera
10.06.16 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix
11.06.16 - NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje
12.06.16 - UK-London, Oslo
Spain To Play Les Nuits Botanique 2016

Spain has added an exclusive show at Les Nuits Botanique in Brussels, Belgium, to their 2016 May-June European tour. 

SPAIN (US) (Glitterhouse Rec.)
22.05.16 - BE-Bruxelles, Les Nuits de Botanique
23.05.16 - DE-Bremen, Radio Bremen
24.05.16 - DE-Leipzig, Werk 2
25.05.16 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub
27.05.16 - DK-Kopenhagen, Loppen
28.05.16 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys
30.05.16 - DE-Hamburg, Knust
31.05.16 - DE-Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
01.06.16 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2
02.06.16 - CH-Genève, La Gravière
03.06.16 - CH-Schaffhausen, Tap Tab
04.06.16 - CH-Stans, Pillow Song Loft
05.06.16 - DE-Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival
07.06.16 - LU-Luxemburg, The National
08.06.16 - NL-Amsterdam, Sugar Factory
09.06.16 - NL-Groningen, Vera
10.06.16 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix
11.06.16 - NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje
12.06.16 - UK-London, Oslo
European Tour Dates 2016

Spain May/June 2016 European Tour Dates

More to be added soon....

SPAIN (US) (Glitterhouse Rec.)
22.05.16 - XX-Secret city, Private show
23.05.16 - DE-Bremen, Radio Bremen
24.05.16 - DE-Leipzig, Werk 2
25.05.16 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub
27.05.16 - DK-Kopenhagen, Loppen
28.05.16 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys
30.05.16 - DE-Hamburg, Knust
31.05.16 - DE-Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
01.06.16 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2
02.06.16 - CH-Genève, La Gravière
03.06.16 - CH-Schaffhausen, Tap Tab
04.06.16 - CH-Stans, Pillow Song Loft
05.06.16 - DE-Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival
07.06.16 - LU-Luxemburg, The National
08.06.16 - NL-Amsterdam, Melkweg
09.06.16 - NL-Groningen, Vera
10.06.16 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix
11.06.16 - NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje
12.06.16 - UK-London, Oslo
Spain "Carolina" Front Cover Revealed

The front cover for the upcoming 2016 album from Spain is by Nate Pottker and here it is:

New post On The Josh Haden Music Subscription Page

New post on the Josh Haden music subscription page. Support the new Spain album. https://joshhaden.bandcamp.com/subscribe

The Band Spain Is Recording A New Album

The band Spain is recording a new album...And you are invited to help. So far: Two demos, two studio-works-in-progress, exclusive videos, photos, and postings. Its what I've been laying down, and that's just for the first four songs. Now a funny-yet-serious video on Youtube. We don't know what we're doing. But we do. We're like the Inspector Clouseau of Slowcore. You are Kato. We need all the help we can get.

And it gets worse. All those sleepless nights spent planning on how I can make your life more interesting on a daily basis by revealing the songs, lyrics, purpose, ambiance, locale, milieu, emotions, history, and effort going into our historic sixth studio album. It's like this guy teaching you how to paint, although we aren't teaching you how to write music. We're bringing you into our new music. It's for a specific group. The only group of music lovers who love our music. You have been chosen. 

 

That link again: https://joshhaden.bandcamp.com/subscribe.  Subscription tiers start at $25, but that's because Bandcamp only allows us three tiers. Believe me, I've asked them about it. If you'd like to help but can only afford $1 - $24, email me. If you can't afford anything, email me anyways. I understand.

 

The $25 yearly subscription gets you all of the old music I've made for my Bandcamp page, and all of the future new music I will make for my Bandcamp page. It gets you an exclusive look into the making of the new Spain album, complete with tracks that aren't finished yet and no one else is hearing aside from myself and my co-recording compatriot Kenny. It will be like you are there with us at the historic Gaylord hotel, waiting for the inevitable pounding on the floor from Kenny's weirdo downstairs neighbor. Two extra tiers of support include a signed CD of the finished album and more. And yes, there's more: It's like the God of Bandcamp says: You will have "the satisfaction of knowing you're supporting me in a sustainable way."

 

Do you want to hear my two latest upbeat numbers "The Depression" and "Suffering"? What are you waiting for? How about the even more happy "One Last Look" or the historic true Americana heart-mending story "Tennessee"? Visit the Bandcamp page. Or watch the informative Youtube video, and then go to the Bandcamp page)) We love you!

 

Best from Josh

 

 

P.S. At a loss for gift ideas this holiday season? A subscription will make the perfect gift for that special Spain fan in your life.

Spain To Be Showcasing Artist At SXSW 2016

The band Spain has been included in the second round of announcements regarding showcasing artists slated to perform at the 2016 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas. For more information go here.

20th Anniversary Blue Moods Of Spain Contest Winner Announced!

The winner of the 20th Anniversary Blue Moods Of Spain Contest has been announced. Congratulations Vincent Maston! Read about the contest, some of band leader Josh Haden's thoughts on the twenty year mark, and Vincent's award-winning entry here. Vincent won a copy of Omnivore Records' recent 180-gram vinyl release of the album, and everyone who entered the contest received a free code to download Blue Moods Of Spain: A History Parts One and Two, a collection of demos recorded prior to the 1995 release of The Blue Moods Of Spain along with 40 pages of liner notes, archival photos, flyers, and more. Thanks to all!

The Band Spain Releases New Song To Benefit Marriage Equality

Oct. 11, 2015 - The band Spain released a new song today to benefit marriage equality. All profits from the sales of "I Do" will go to Marriage Equality USA and the Human Rights Campaign. The song can be downloaded from the Spain Bandcamp page, iTunes, and the usual digital retailers.

 

 

Spain's Josh Haden Quoted In New Book About The Jabberjaw

Spain's founder Josh Haden was quoted in "It All Dies Anyway: L.A., Jabberjaw, And The End Of An Era", the new book from Rizolli which documents the legendary L.A. venue Jabberjaw. Spain played there in the mid-1990s, along with Josh's sisters' band That Dog., and Josh's high school mates' band Jawbreaker, both of which have multi-page spreads in the book. Nirvana, Hole, The Jesus Lizard, Chumbawamba, Spacemen 3, Unsane, are just a few of the hundreds of bands that played there over almost 10 years. It is a beautiful, deluxe book and lovers of music and L.A. music history will love it.

 

From the publisher's website: "The untold history of the seminal cultural venue Jabberjaw—the underground star of Los Angeles’s historic indie scene of the 1990s. Billing itself as a "coffeehouse art gallery" when it opened in 1989, Jabberjaw quickly became not only the cornerstone of the Los Angeles post-punk scene but also a hub of the underground music scene nationwide. Bridging the gap between punk and indie, Jabberjaw was a bastion of counterculture that hosted shows for bands from the obscure (Hole, Unsane) to the legendary (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) in an environment that reflected a generation. In collaboration with the owners of the club, and with contributions from many of the musicians and artists who played and spent time there, It All Dies Anyway is a record of the venue’s brief but influential existence. Designed and compiled by Bryan Ray Turcotte, the book is a visual feast, layering flyers and posters onto photographs, handmade record covers, and Polaroids of the gallery to paint an engrossing portrait not only of a venue but also of a forgotten time and place in music history."

Help Support The Band Spain's 6th Studio Album, The Three-Hour Long "Through The Low Gate"

"Through The Low Gate" is the band Spain's sixth studio album and will be released during the first part of 2016. It'll be three hours long and will encompass the history of music, poetry, art, and language since the beginning of time. The album will be released on Dine Alone Records in North America and Australia, and in the U.K. and Europe on Glitterhouse Records.

If you'd like to help support this project Spain frontman Josh Haden has set up a subscription service on his Bandcamp page. Levels of support start at $25.00/year and include subscriber-only demos for the new album and subscriber-only written and video diaries of the making of the album, along with all the other non-Spain Josh Haden releases. Higher levels of support include a CD copy of the album with your name in the acknowledgements, tickets to future Spain shows, and more.

 

The first demo for the album, a track entitled "For You", has already been posted. More info and contact here.

More Good News: Blue Moods Of Spain Contest Extended

Blue Moods Of Spain Contest Extended :)

 

The response has been overwhelming but I've decided to extend the Blue Moods Of Spain 20th Anniversary contest another 15 days. What does Blue Moods mean to you? The winner will receive a copy of the 2012 vinyl reissue of Spain's The Blue Moods Of Spain, courtesy of Omnivore Recordings. Five runners-up will win free downloads of the Blue Moods Of Spain History albums, Parts One and Two, courtesy of Spain and Bandcamp. Blue Moods stories, anecdotes, memories, experiences are welcome! Send them to diamondsoulinfo@gmail.com by 15 Oct 2015 and the winners will be announced 30 Oct 2015. Further details and instructions can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Best from Josh

Celebrate The Blue Moods Of Spain 20th Anniversary With A Contest

From the band Spain's Josh Haden:

"The Blue Moods Of Spain was released twenty years ago this week. I've talked a lot about the making of Blue Moods within the 40 pages that accompany the Blue Moods Of Spain: A History Part One and Part Two digital albums. I was twenty-seven years old then and filled with very specific musical ideas and a philosophy on where to to take them.

The reaction to Blue Moods over the years has been overwhelming, as much now as then. People are still hearing it for the first time, and people who bought it when it first came out are still affected by it and that makes me happy. Warners has let the album go out of print, and that makes me sad, but it's still available digitally. In 2012 Omnivore Records reissued Blue Moods on vinyl for the first time and that made me happy again.

 

Has Blue Moods made an impact on your life? In celebration of the 20 year mark I'm holding a contest. Write a few sentences or a paragraph or even an essay if you're feeling like it, about how The Blue Moods Of Spain has affected you over the years, or years ago. Stories, anecdotes, experiences, observations, I would love to read them. I'll pick my favorite and the writer will win a free copy of Omnivore's Blue Moods Of Spain vinyl reissue, courtesy of Omnivore Records. Five runners-up will win free downloads of the Blue Moods Of Spain: A History Parts 1 & 2 from Bandcamp. I'll also post the winning work on the Spain website. Send your writings to me at diamondsoulinfo@gmail.com by 30 Sep 2015. Winners will be chosen by 15 Oct 2015. Please mark your work "OK To Print" if you'd like it posted, and "Not OK To Print" if you wouldn't."

Help Support The Band Spain's 6th Studio Album, The Three-Hour Long "Through The Low Gate"

"Through The Low Gate" is the band Spain's sixth studio album and will be released during the first part of 2016. It'll be three hours long and will encompass the history of music, poetry, art, and language since the beginning of time. The album will be released on Dine Alone Records in North America and Australia, and in the U.K. and Europe on Glitterhouse Records.

If you'd like to help support this project Spain frontman Josh Haden has set up a subscription service on his Bandcamp page. Levels of support start at $25.00/year and include subscriber-only demos for the new album and subscriber-only written and video diaries of the making of the album, along with all the other non-Spain Josh Haden releases. Higher levels of support include a CD copy of the album with your name in the acknowledgements, tickets to future Spain shows, and more.

 

The first demo for the album, a track entitled "For You", has already been posted. More info and contact here.

Spain's "You And I" Music Video Featuring Charlie Haden

From Spain's Josh Haden:

"I compiled a music video for the song "You And I" from Spain's latest album Sargent Place. I wrote the song for my father and he played bass on the track. "You And I" was my dad's final recording. The video is a photo collage of my father with some of the people he loved, and is dedicated to him from me."

 

The video can be found here.

Spain's Josh Haden On The Watt From Pedro Show

Spain bassist/vocalist Josh Haden was bassist Mike Watt's guest on the The Watt From Pedro Show for July 8, 2015.

Haden talked with Watt about and played tracks from Spain's latest album, Sargent Place. The direct link to the show is here. TWFPS can also be downloaded from iTunes.

Your Music Is Our Music - RIP Ornette Coleman

Spain frontman Josh Haden wrote a few words about Ornette Coleman here

Duyster Sessions To Include Spain's "Every Time I Try" June 12

PIAS Belgium will be releasing a limited-edition 2XLP set of live recordings made on Studio Brussels' Duyster radio show. Spain performing their song "Every Time I Try" is included, along with live performances from Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Low, Bill Callahan, and many others. Purchase here. Release date: June 12 2015.

Josh Haden Book Release - Mysteries Of The Pyramids

Josh Haden, bassist and vocalist of the band Spain, has released his debut book of poetry.

Entitled Mysteries Of The Pyramids, the chapbook is printed on antique grey linen-finished paper with goldenrod vellum cover, hand-bound with string, and is available from Josh's Bandcamp site.

The audio version is also available from iTunes, and the book is available as a Kindle edition as well.