I know there are a lot of great bands out there making really beautiful, quiet, introspective music. I love that stuff, but now‚Äôs not the time for beautiful, quiet, introspective music. Now‚Äôs the time for loud, scary, and intense. We have to fight back. To slowcore bands it doesn‚Äôt mean you have to abandon the slow tempos. Slow can be frightening too. [Read More...]
‚ÄúI decided I was only going to write in stories,‚ÄĚ says Josh Haden, talking about Carolina, the sixth album from Spain, the band he founded in the early 1990s and guided through a series of records in the middle and latter part of that decade. The record marries Haden‚Äôs passion for songs informed by both the personal and historical and, sometimes, even the places where the two intersect. [Read More...]
Spain‚Äôs latest release, Carolina, lingers in gorgeous, wistful melancholy. Ten tunes are imbued with a mood of introspection that speaks of painful, personal truths and elusive historical references. [Read More...]
Bruce Duff, author of The Smell of Death, talks with Josh Haden, founder, bassist and singer of the group Spain, and Kenny Lyon, guitarist, bassist, and producer, who has played with NOFX, Lemonheads, and many more. [Read More...]
The project of singer/songwriter Josh Haden returns to the DTLA bar for its second residency of 2016, having played there back in May. The final show of that earlier run acted as the album release party for Carolina, Spain‚Äôs latest album.
We have to be thankful, then, for music like this, music that nourishes us in all the right ways, that makes us think and takes us outside ourselves, where we can see the world in greater detail and contemplate our place in it. Have we done the right things? How can we? [Read More...]
"Columbia Records is the devil. I wish I could have talked to him and told him about my experience with major labels, how they almost destroyed my life and my love for music. Why does any artist need a major label these days? With the internet and everything, and especially with such a buzz behind these guys. What was Columbia telling Declan they could give him that he couldn‚Äôt get on his own?" [Read More...]
‚ÄúI decided I was only going to write in stories,‚ÄĚ says Josh Haden, founding member of the band Spain. He‚Äôs speaking from his home in Los Angeles, discussing the material that shapes the sixth Spain album, Carolina. The songs touch on America‚Äôs past with intersections in the present and with Haden‚Äôs own life. [Read More...]
‚ÄúFrom my dad I learned that the entire human race is connected. I learned about hardship, struggle, compassion, love, and the importance of family. I learned that a song is as important as one‚Äôs life. I learned to write each song as if it were my last. I learned about the importance of art in combatting the hatred and bigotry we see around us every day.‚ÄĚ [Read More...]
I never assume I‚Äôm a great songwriter, but I was definitely born into it. I‚Äôve been writing songs ever since I was around five years old. The first song I wrote was in 1973 and it was entitled "Need A Little Love". I can still remember the verses and chorus. So I enjoy the process of writing. Songwriting makes me feel like a whole person. It‚Äôs my job and life. [Read More...]
One time when I was playing in the street in front of our house in L.A. I saw this ice cream truck in the distance. It didn‚Äôt look like a normal ice cream truck, it was kind of beat up and falling apart. I was like, ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs this?‚ÄĚ The truck pulled up in front of me and the door opened. It was Don Cherry! One of my dad‚Äôs best friends and pivotal free jazz and world music trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. ‚ÄúExcuse me, does Charlie Haden live here?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYes,‚ÄĚ I responded. Cherry turned around and yelled ‚ÄúOK kids, you can get out now!‚ÄĚ The back door opened and about fifteen kids piled out, all ready to play and have fun. [Read More...]
‚ÄúMy friend brought his boombox to school, slammed it on the lunch table, said, ‚ÄėJosh, listen to this,‚Äô and pressed play. It was ‚ÄėJealous Again‚Äô by Black Flag, and all those other bands went out the window. [Read More...]
The alt-rock band‚Äôs latest album, ‚ÄúCarolina,‚ÄĚ is set for release in June. It was recorded in producer Kenny Lyon‚Äôs apartment/studio in the historic Gaylord Apartments in Koreatown, meaning that, if you like singer/songwriter Josh Haden‚Äôs work, you may be able to buy him a beer at the HMS Bounty.
Think: The yin to Mazzy Star‚Äôs yang.
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Mixing up a density of emotion and musical sophistication in contrast with a great sense of space and atmosphere, Carolina reasserts Spain as one of the great Americana bands of the last 20 years. [Read More...]
Spain, the songwriting vehicle for seasoned musician Josh Haden, will release new LP Carolina on June 3. Hailed as ‚Äúslowcore progenitors,‚ÄĚ the band‚Äôs new song, ‚ÄúStation 2,‚ÄĚ displays a confidence in that genre‚ÄĒ a downtempo tune with plenty of room for storytelling and a big emphasis on the more emotional moments. There‚Äôs also a bit of classic-rock worship in the mix; fans of Dawes should take notice. We are proud to premiere ‚ÄúStation 2‚ÄĚ on magnetmagazine.com today. [Read More...]
Spain recently wrote via Facebook: "The Spain Show is finally coming to L.A. See what the East Coast and Europe has been talking about. Special guests, musical unpredictability, spiritual camaraderie, excitement, entertainment, grooviness." And that L.A. show will take place at the Bootleg HiFi on Friday, June 19! [Read More...]
‚ÄėYou And I‚Äô, the song graced by Charlie‚Äôs acoustic bass, poignantly opens with the lines ‚ÄúOur love will never die‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a fitting farewell from father to son. ‚ÄėTo Be A Man‚Äô also reads like a son to father conversation, Josh sighing, ‚ÄúCan‚Äôt you see that you‚Äôre my best friend?‚ÄĚ [Read More...]
We‚Äôre proud to boast that one-third of the artists performing at SXSW 2015 have distributed through TuneCore. We‚Äôve created a ‚ÄúTuneCore Live: SXSW Edition" playlist on Spotify, which features over 200+ of the artists playing at the festival. [Read More...]
Sargent Place voelt als een warm bad slow-core muziek. Heerlijk om in deze hectische tijden gewoon je te laten vervoeren door rust en vakmanschap. Even uit de hectiek treden en je overgeven aan Josh en zijn mannen. [Read More...]