I must say I didn't see this coming. I didn't think I'd be posting about Bishop Allen on EAR FARM but I did consider that it MIGHT happen IF I loved their January EP once it arrived in the mail. Well, here we are...I got the CD two days ago and I'll tell you what: it's superb.
Here's what Bishop Allen is up to:
This year, we've decided to get back to what we do best, putting out music ourselves, and we're very happy with these first fruits. The songs will soon be up on iTunes, but what you really want to do is get one from us, because of the nifty self-mailing sleeve it comes in. Each copy will be hand addressed by Justin Rice and postmarked by an equally addled man in the Williamsburg Post Office, commemorating the day your order shipped and the postage rates in effect that particular day.I'm telling you, it's WELL worth the $5 and I already can't wait for the February release. "Corazon" is one of my favorite songs so far this year and the other three songs on the EP are just as fantastic. Matt from YANP has preached about this band on his site a bunch so allow me to lead you to THIS POST of his on Clever Titles where he talks briefly about the band and about the song "Corazon". The other song posted here is a great track from their first album Charm School.
'January' is truly a piece of American history, and we had to fight the Franklin Mint just to put it out ourselves. Of course, like all other essential pieces of Americana, 'January' is limited edition, and as of today, February 10th, we've already sold half of them.
"Things Are What You Make Of Them"
BUY the January EP before it's too late! February will be released on the 28th.
Visit Bishop Allen on MySpace.