Mercury Rev News
HEY BASQUE HERE WE COME!
November 21, 2013
Looking forward to seeing so many friends once again--->
In the meantime, some new pics from the studio...
Grasshopper, and behind him is the Tascam 8track DSongs was recorded on....
Recording with Carlos at White Sun studios
The song's been leaked….
GRASSY PLAYS THE TYMPS
November 4, 2013
In between timpani takes and cymbal bashing with Dave Fridmann up at Tarbox Road Studios, the REV are heading to Bilbao, Espana for some late-night Spanish fun to conclude the 2013 touring year in a most spectacular fashion! So come out and Basque in the flow and glow of Mercury Rev's final performance of the year at B.I.M.E. before they beam themselves back into the studio to continue recording the new L.P. ( is this still the politically correct term for an album?)
Oh and check out the latest MOJO and NME editions for really cool 'Deserter's Songs' lookbacks and top albums of all-time! We could not have ever reached such heights, seen such views or felt so connected to Life without you all <^> Truly, thank you.
MERCURY REV'S CINEMATIC SILENT SOUND TETTIX WAVE ENSEMBLE IN LONDON
March 3, 2013
HEY HEY HEY!!!---> So Grasshopper and JONATHAN are off to London to perform a live, totally-made-up, ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS film soundtrack to some of their favorite 'road less taken' films from years gone by… The show will be in support and along with THE SWANS in celebration of the SWANS' 30th anniversary… Fellow Catskill resident Michael Gira has curated this event for the MOUTH TO MOUTH Festival so come out early and get into a New York State of Mind on April 4rth at KOKO! Our good friends NICK FRANGLEN (Lemon Jelly), MARTIN SMITH (Tunng) and ROBIN BENNETT will be joining in onstage as MERCURY REV'S CINEMATIC SILENT SOUND TETTIX WAVE ENSEMBLE splashes the Technicolor Dream Sound all across the silver screen for this once in lifetime Witches Brew of two legendary bands!
OH OH OH, and by the way by and by, The Rev have just released some very rare and special live and studio recordings (dating from 1992!) alongside some crazy precious gems of posters on their webstore so be sure and drop in and have a look!!!
A RADIANT EVENING OF LIGHT!
January 10, 2013
BEAMING HEARTSTRONG AND HEADLONG INTO THE NEW YEAR, COME SINGSONG ALONG WITH JONATHAN AND GRASSHOPPER AS THEY JOIN THEIR FRIEND, THE ALCHEMICAL SORCERER HIMSELF, JOHN CALE ONSTAGE AS WE REVEAL THE LIGHT WITHIN AND CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY OF THE SONGS OF NICO!
Life Along The Borderline - A TRIBUTE TO NICO!
THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JAN 16th AT THE PRESTIGOUS BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC OPERA HOUSE--->>>
COME RATTLE YOUR INNER SEVEN JEWELS AND JOY ALONG TO THE WORK OF ONE OF MODERN MUSIC'S MOST MYSTERIOUS AND ILLUSTRATED WOMEN!
December 9, 2012
And To All
inner star astronauts and winter solitude savorers,
warm weather worshippers and faraway neighbors,
burlesque banshees eating turkish delight
and moon splashed mermaids this coming full moon night
mistletoe haunting spell weaving witches
vinyl rocking warlocks scratching their itches
blood lusting Rev loving Hammer horror film lingerie queens
and the candle-eyed minx-like 21rst century changelings
universal monadists and dream yoga buddhists
sirens on the shore saving gluten-free holiday foodists
glitter wolves and wisemen who've lent us their ears
and lotus flower lasses who've stood with us through the years
We wish you
what it is you wish for
for what else is there to wish for
at such a strange balancing point in our lives
here in the now of this wonderful time of year
but health, harmony and happiness
on the inside and outside of one another...
And so to all
And a silent Solstice dear
And to a lifetime ahead
of outer space starry nights
and inner space starry cheer.
The Very Best From Us
To You And To All In Your Sphere
See You On The Other Side,
Jonathan and Grasshopper
Good Times Ahead!
August 6, 2012
Mercury Rev Fredonia: photo by ?Kris Peterson? l to r ... Dave Baker, Suzanne Thorpe, Jonathan, Dave Fridmann and Grasshopper. (not pictured Jimy Chambers)
This has to be one of the few photos from our earliest of days as (nearly) a whole group before we headed overseas... Jimy Chambers was likely on his way down from Buffalo to Fredonia where this photo may have been taken before our first live show as Mercury Rev at local bar BJ's in the spring of 1991... Yes it is still there, though it may have changed hands since then. Keith Cleversly did our sound engineering that night, which according to our Deserter's era engineer Jack Shaw (then a student at SUNY Fredonia) could be heard from half a mile away where he was living. BJ's actually had a sidewalk billboard up in front with a disclaimer apologizing to patrons for the inconvenience of the live show... It was a really fun night. Our record exec Graham Combi had flown over along with Melody Maker's Chris Roberts... Grasshopper's mother sat right in the front along with many of his Polish relatives cheering us on! We probably played all six songs we knew>>> A really cherished period in my life as everyone in this photo really has changed my life for the better... And yes, in answer to a recent post, the next LP has wings and is in flight... Grasshopper is scouting local sweet spots to record, Dave and Mary Fridmann have completed their summer camping experiments, and i am beginning to crawl out from under a mountain of crushing self-doubt i needlessly crawled under sometime ago... --->>> yes, there's Good Times Ahead!
- Yours, Jonathan
May 17, 2012
It is with great regret and a heavy heart, that we are unable to perform in China this weekend.
Unfortunately, due to communication issues beyond our control, the correct documents did not arrive in time, so we are not able to make the trip.
We have waited a very long time to be able to perform in China, which makes this situation even more upsetting, but we sincerely hope to make it there one day (hopefully sooner rather than later).
FAR OUT AND FAR AWAY!
April 17, 2012
New Concert Dates!!! More to Come!!!
DESERTER'S SONGS VINYL RE-RELEASE!
September 14, 2011
As promised earlier in the year, DESERTER'S SONGS is being re-released on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe gate-fold sleeve on the audiophile world renowned US label LIGHT IN THE ATTIC. Details are as follows:
- First release on Light In The Attic Records’ new imprint Modern Classics Recordings
- First vinyl reissue of Mercury Rev’s 1998 masterpiece
- Newly re-mastered by co-producer David Fridmann
- 180-gram LP housed in expanded gatefold jacket with 4-page insert
- Includes free download card for 2 live tracks plus an exclusive Audio Commentary interview with the band
- 100 random copies include photo autographed by Jonathan & Grasshopper
Pre-order your copy here.
TWO SHOWS ADDED with PORTISHEAD!
Two iconic late-night pioneers sharing the stage in the Land of Oz for two of the most strangely strange otherworldly evening experiences this year!
MERCURY REV IN AUSTRALIA!
Mercury Rev is heading back to the land Down Under for 3 performances at the very first and incredibly unique HARVEST FESTIVAL to be held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on November 12th, 13th and 19th. The lineup offers a staggering collection of groups and the festival's underlying premise is a welcome respite from the overcrowding and overpriced mega-fests we see too much of these days. Tickets on sale at www.harvestfestival.com.au They are extremely limited. And for good reason. This promises to be something altogether special!
DESERTER'S SONGS DELUXE RE-RELEASES!
MERCURY REV return in May with a deluxe double CD reissue of their classic 1998 album, DESERTER’S SONGS. The release comes complete with a 13-track bonus disc of unreleased demos and out-takes… And to coincide with and celebrate the release, Mercury Rev will be performing the album in full across much of Ireland, UK, Europe, Croatia and Turkey! DESERTER'S SONGS will be re-released on V2/CO-OP in most of the world and on Fontana in North America.
"They're back, they're back. Three years off and then they stroke a furrowed brow like an album of the year should. Too gorgeous" - Melody Maker July 1998
"Deserter's Songs is at once a lullaby, a trip, and a triumph." - Pitchfork (Top 100 Albums of the 1990's)
***** - Uncut Magazine Sept 1998
"A modern classic." – NME
"Deserter's Songs, feels like a watershed, the point where their heady mix of orchestral pop, roots rock, psychedelia, prog, choral, and chamber music finally crystallizes into something special and damn near ineffable… let's just call Deserter's Songs the art-rock album of the year." – Entertainment Weekly
"Deserter’s Songs" was released to huge worldwide acclaim and went on to be named album of the year in 1998 by NME, MOJO and many other publications. The record merged jazz, folk, Disney soundtrack fantasia, 60s rock (The Band’s legendary Levon Helm and Garth Hudson guested on the album) with sweeping orchestration and heralded Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook. "Deserter’s Songs" was also a bona-fide hit, generating three Top 40 singles, propelling the legendary iconoclasts into living rooms worldwide, and pioneered the launch of a new genre of alternative music!
Also as an added bonus, look for the EXTRA 3rd disc "AN EVENING AT BARROWLAND BALLROOM", a live Recording from Glasgow Scotland which will be shrink-wrapped to the Limited Deserter's Songs Deluxe Edition absolutely FREE (but only for a brief time)! It's the very first LIVE REV RECORD officially released by the band and features over 70 minutes from a classic 2005 Scottish performance. This will go fast and won't be available again so get your pre-orders in!
And let's not forget VINYL!!!! Both "Deserter's Songs" and the "Deserted Song's" Album of unreleased songs and outtakes will be released on 180 gram virgin vinyl with a deluxe gate-fold sleeve on the audiophile world renowned US label 'LIGHT IN THE ATTIC' as the flagship release on their newest division 'MODERN CLASSICS'. A fantastic package!!!
Put the needle on the record and the drum beat goes like this--->
MERCURY REV DESERTER'S SONGS THE INSTRUMENTAL EDITION
DESERTER'S SONGS has been remixed and remastered in a special Instrumental Edition, accentuating the orchestral cosmic-fantasia of rock in a full 3D cinematic scope!
The 'Deserter's Songs Instrumental Edition' will initially be offered on CD and will be available on tour, in fine record shops and online. This will mark the flagship release from Mercury Rev's own label EXCELSIOR MELODIES which is preparing to release a number of curiosities, rare exclusives, past catalog treasures and a number of new LP's by up and coming, as yet uncorrupted, uncompromising artists from this particular Universe and specifically this Solar System! So if you've got a great 4-track cassette, made in your bedroom, and are under the mistaken impression no one would ever 'get it'... send it along---> after all, that's how we started!