Our cherry blossom piece seems to be even more popular this year. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it! However -- fair warning -- it's an exclusively seasonal thing and will shortly disappear for another year. If you want it, I recommend grabbing it now. Sorry, I don't make the rules. (Yes I do.)
People have been discussing the BP song “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed” on Twitter. I almost forgot that Brian Libby has documentary film of the Colin Stetson and Zeena Parkins session. You can observe Zeena’s organic, improvised magic here. You can also observe Joel Hamilton’s delicate rapport as producer. He understands her power and guides her only very gently. He mostly leaves her a dignified space to create. Very smart.
I started this series on Twitter called #songreasons. Basically answering questions about the content and process behind Beauty Pill songs. I try to do one song/day, depending on time availability and my mood. So far I have done Copyists The Idiot Heart Afrikaner Barista Exit Without Saving You, Yes You The Mule On The Plane I guess I’m building a searchable archive. Eventually I will do an entry for all the songs. Right now I’m doing it by requests and polling. This is how you can access it: If you want to learn background info for “Afrikaner Barista,” just do a Twitter search for #songreasons #afrikanerbarista. The thread should appear. Scroll up to the first post. There you have it.
FYI On Twitter, I started a series of threads detailing Random Facts about a specific Beauty Pill song. This started casually and desultorily, but people seem to like it so I’m gonna continue. I’ve done “Goodnight For Real” and “Copyists.” All BP songs have stories behind them, in terms of content and process/creation. I’m only gonna do one song a day. And only if I feel like it/have spare time/have something worth reading/am not annoying people who follow BP on Twitter. cheers - c
I hate Soundcloud, but I got some stuff archived there. "Valuable Experience" is an ambient piece we made for the score to the 2010 DC play "suicide.chat.room." Written and directed by Marcus Kid and produced by the Taffety Theatre Group. Streaming for a couple days and then back in the archives. The woman in the picture is beloved DC actor Kimberly Gilbert, who played the character LostBooks. The photo is of the final LostBooks soliloquy in the play.
As you may have noticed, Beauty Pill “Describes Things As They Are” has disappeared from the marketplace. It’s not on Spotify anymore. You can’t find it in record stores anymore. You can’t get it on iTunes, or buy it on Amazon. It’s pretty much been erased. This is because we parted with Butterscotch Records. Suffice it to say we feel relieved to have escaped Allen Farmelo (Butterscotch is a one-person operation.) When someone you loathe owns and controls your music, it’s utterly depressing. We made no money and received no royalty statements from Butterscotch. In every way possible, it was the stark opposite of Dischord, who are consistently ethical and transparent. The good news is I now own the rights again to both “Describes Things” and “Cigarette Girl.” They will be reissued at some point. We may reissue them ourselves or, more likely, license them to the next label we sign with. Regardless: Don’t fret, they will be available again someday soon. In the meantime, if you bought the vinyl or CD, you have that. For the time being, “Describes Things” is available as a Bandcamp download. This is currently the only place to access this music. In other news, I have a new bandmate, Erin Nelson. Pretty excited about her. (Erin is now our Facebook profile.) We have new music and art projects in the works. I’ll talk more about that soon. Thanks for listening. Thanks for caring. Happy New Year! ❤️ - c
Our show tonight is nearly sold out. If you want to get tickets, act fast. See you soon! http://www.beautypill.com/live