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.

Dine Alone Winter Sampler 2014

Stop torturing yourself. Download the free Winter sampler from Dine Alone Records and chase your blues away. Includes tracks from Spain and several other great bands in the Dine Alone stable.

Omnivore Recordings Holiday Sale Going On NOW

If you haven't picked up Spain's first three albums, The Blue Moods Of Spain, She Haunts My Dreams, and/or I Believe, all on limited edition 180-gram colored vinyl, now would be a good time to do so! $10 / $8 / $8 can't beat that. All part of the Omnivore Recordings Holiday Sale going on NOW.

Spain The Band Announce Winter 2015 European Tour

Several dates from the upcoming Spain 2015 Winter European tour have been announced. More info and details coming soon. 


07.02.15 - GR-Athen, Gazarte
08.02.15 - DE-Köln, Studio 672
09.02.15 - NL-Nijmegen, Doornrosje 
10.02.15 - BE-Bruxelles, Le Botanique
11.02.15 - NL-Maastricht, Muziekgieterij *
12.02.15 - FR-Paris, Petit Bain
13.02.15 - CH-Thun, Cafe Bar Mokka
14.02.15 - FR-Marseille, A Poste à Galène
17.02.15 - IT-Ravenna, Madonna dell'Albero
18.02.15 - IT-Turin, Folk Club
19.02.15 - CH-Zürich, Bogen F
20.02.15 - DE-Nürnberg, K4
21.02.15 - DE-Schorndorf, Manufaktur
22.02.15 - AT-Wien, Chelsea
23.02.15 - RS-Belgrad, Dom Omladir
25.02.15 - HU-Budapest, A38
27.02.15 - AT-Ebensee, Kino Ebensee
28.02.15 - AT-Wörgl, Astner Saal

01.03.15 - DE-Dresden, JazzClub Tonne

02.03.15 - DE-Berlin, Privatclub
04.03.15 - NO-Oslo, Buckleys
06.03.15 - DK-Kopenhagen, Beta
07.03.14 - DE-Wredenhagen, Scheune
09.03.15 - BE-Liège, Cinema Le Parc
10.03.15 - DE-Bielefeld, Forum
11.03.15 - NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso

*support JEFF BEADLE (CA)

New Song From The Band Spain's Josh Haden Now Available

A new song from Spain's Josh Haden is now available. The song is called "To The Dawn" and can be downloaded from Bandcamp and iTunes.

'Sargent Place' To Be Released in Australia Nov. 7.

Sargent Place, the new album from the band Spain, will be released in Australia Nov. 7, 2014 on Cooking Vinyl Australia. More info here. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Pre-Order Sargent Place And Receive Two Tracks Instantly

U.S. and Canadian fans can now pre-order the new Spain album Sargent Place from iTunes and receive two tracks instantly:

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.

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

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.

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


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!


LP Track List:
Side 1:
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

Includes download card.

Spain The Band Confirmed As SXSW 2014 Showcasing Artist

SXSW has announced on their website that Spain is one of the Round Three showcasing artists for the music festival that takes place in Austin, Texas, March 11-16 2014. Stay tuned for more details.

Spain Announces Pledge Campaign For New Album

Spain Announces Pledge Campaign For New Album

The band Spain are working on a new album, produced by studio genius Gus Seyffert (of The Black Keys, Beck, and Norah Jones bands). Darrell Thorp (Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Atoms for Peace) is mixing the record. The band just posted a video announcing a Pledge campaign to help raise money to get the album off the ground.  Please take a minute to check out the fantastic exclusive packages they are offering to pledgers, which include autographed CDs, posters, shirts, music lessons, tarot readings, personalized Spain songs written for you, even house concerts and Skype concerts!


Updated Nov. 2013 EU Tour Schedule

The band Spain has added and changed some shows to their November 2013 tour schedule. The updated schedule is:

07.11.13 - UK-London, The Water Rats
08.11.13 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix Club
09.11.13 - BE-Diest, Cultuurcentrum
10.11.13 - FR-Paris, La Flêche d'Or
12.11.13 - ES-Barcelona, CAT
13.11.13 - ES-Madrid, American Autumn
14.11.13 - ES-Valencia, Ram Club
15.11.13 - ES-Zaragoza, C.C. Delicias
16.11.13 - ES-Santiago de Compostela, Casa Crechas
17.11.13 - PT-Lisboa, Misty Fest at Cinema S. Jorge
18.11.13 - PT-Porto, Misty Fest at Casa da Musica
20.11.13 - IT-Milano, Circolo Magnolia
21.11.13 - CH-Zürich, Viadukt Bogen F
22.11.13 - DE-Schorndorf, Manufaktur
23.11.13 - CH-Thun, Cafe Bar Mokka 
24.11.13 - DE-Düsseldorf, FFT

Buy "Blue Moods" On Vinyl For Cheap (Until Sept. 22)

Our friends at Omnivore Recordings are having a huge discount sale - if you've been wanting to buy the first three Spain albums on limited-edition vinyl but holding out because of the price, you should buy them now. "Blue Moods Of Spain" is $15, "She Haunts My Dreams" and "I Believe" are only $10 each. There's lots of other great discounted music too. Sale ends Sunday, Sept. 22, so hurry! Just click on the link.

Spain The Band European Tour 2013 Dates Announced

The band Spain will be touring Europe in support of their live "KCRW Session" album (Glitterhouse).

The dates are:

07.11.13 - UK-London, The Water Rats
08.11.13 - BE-Antwerpen, Trix Club
09.11.13 - BE-Diest, Cultuurcentrum
10.11.13 - FR-Paris, La Flêche d'Or
12.11.13 - ES-Barcelona, Estrella Damm
13.11.13 - ES-Madrid, American Autumn
14.11.13 - ES-Valencia, Ram Club
17.11.13 - PT-Lisboa, Misty Fest at Cinema S. Jorge
18.11.13 - PT-Porto, Misty Fest at Casa da Musica
20.11.13 - IT-Milano, Circolo Magnolia
21.11.13 - CH-Zürich, Viadukt Bogen F
22.11.13 - DE-Schorndorf, Manufaktur
23.11.13 - CH-Thun, Cafe Bar Mokka

24.11.13 - DE-Düsseldorf, FFT

The Band Spain To Release "The Morning Becomes Eclectic Session".

"The Morning Becomes Eclectic Session", a live recording of the band Spain's Oct. 4, 2012 session on KCRW's acclaimed and influential radio show, is being released in the European Union by Glitterhouse Records on Oct. 7, 2013, with a U.S. release to be announced soon. More information.

Spain The Band SXSW 2013 Showcase Confirmed

The date and venue for Spain's SXSW 2013 showcase has been confirmed. This is the first SXSW appearance for the band, and is one of the band's first U.S. shows outside Los Angeles since their 2001 west coast tour. The info is:


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SXSW 2013 Tuscson Music Factory Showcase

Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin Texas (512) 649-1253

Also appearing will be Marianne Dissard, Fredda, Sammy Decoster, Transcription Of Organ Music, and Naim Amor.

The Spain facebook event page is here. The Tucson Music Factory facebook event page is here. For more info visit the SXSW website.


Spain performance & interview on Radio Duyster

During their December 2012 European tour Spain stopped into Studio Brussel's Duyster radio show for a performance and interview. Video and audio can be found here.

Photo & Video Collection From Spain's Nov./Dec. 2012 European Tour

Josh's exciting photo & video collection from Spain's Nov./Dec. 2012 European tour can be found on his Flickr page

The Band Spain To Perform At SXSW 2013

The band Spain has announced it will be performing at SXSW 2013 March 12-17 as part of the Tucson Music Factory's official label showcase. Spain, perhaps best known for their 1995 debut album "The Blue Moods Of Spain", and for their song "Spiritual" (which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Cash and a host of others), are promoting their latest album and first in over ten years, "The Soul Of Spain". Detailed info will be available soon. The band's official website can be found at The SXSW website is here.

Spain European Tour Nov./Dec. 2012

Two new dates have been added to the band Spain's Nov./Dec. 2012 European Tour. The updated schedule is:

21.11.12 - DE_Münster, Gleis 22
22.11.12 - DE-Offenbach, Hafen 2
23.11.12 - FR-Paris, BBMix Festival
24.11.12 - FR-Rouen, Le 106
25.11.12 - FR-Laval, Le 6x4
27.11.12 - FR-Clermont-Ferrand, La Cooperative de Mai
28.11.12 - FR-Coustellet, La Gare
29.11.12 - IT-Milano, Teatro dal Verme
30.11.12 - CH-Vernier, Paroisse de l'Epiphanie
01.12.12 - DE-Geislingen, Rätschenmühle
02.12.12 - DE-Berlin, Heimathafen
03.12.12 - DE-Dresden, Beatpol
04.12.12 - DE-Leipzig, Werk2
05.12.12 - DE-Hamburg, Indra
06.12.12 - BE-Gent, Handelsbeurs
07.12.12 - BE-Hasselt, Cultuurcentrum
09.12.12 - CH-Bern, Dachstock
10.12.12 - DE-Freiburg, Cafe Atlantik
11.12.12 - CH-Zürich, Rote Fabrik (Ziegel oh Lac)
12.12.12 - AT-Wien, Chelsea
13.12.12 - IT-Spilimbergo, Teatro Miotto
14.12.12 - IT-Longiano, Teatro Petrella
15.12.12 - IT-Torino, Maison Musique
16.12.12 - DE-Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof
17.12.12 - DE-Köln, Stadtgarten

New Solo Album From The Band Spain's Josh Haden Out Now

Dead Sea Scrolls, the new solo album by the band Spain bassist & vocalist Josh Haden, was released today exclusively via BandCamp.

Dead Sea Scrolls is the follow-up to Josh Haden's 2006 Dan The Automator-produced debut solo album DevotedDead Sea Scrolls is quite a change from Devoted, however, using lo-fi treated, religious-themed vocals, warbly bass guitar tones and neo-apocalyptic sound effects in place of drum loops and neo-soul crooning.

A 2013 solo tour as Dead Sea Scrolls is being planned.

The album is available for purchase from the Dead Sea Scrolls BandCamp page.

The Band Spain KCRW MBE Performance To Air 4 October 2012

On 6 September 2012 the band Spain taped an exclusive performance at KCRW in Los Angeles, CA., for KCRW's daily morning music show Morning Becomes Eclectic. Joining the band for three songs were the Haden Triplets (Rachel, Petra, and Tanya), and following the performance was an interview with KCRW DJ Raul Campos. The performance will air on Thursday, 4 October 2012 on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 9am PST. The show can be streamed live on KCRW's website.