A Thousand Ancestors - release and pre-release and book signing
Here at the Loyal Label Headquarters we are very happy to announce the upcoming release of the box set: A Thousand Ancestors. A collaboration between photographer Michelle Arcila and musician Eivind Opsvik. It has been many years in the making.
The project is a limited edition box set (numbered edition of 500) designed by Espen Friberg containing a ten-track vinyl LP (plus a CD and download card), ten photographic prints, each of which correspond to a track on the record, and a poster.
Official release is December 2nd, but it will be available as a pre-release at the MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair this week, and Arcila and Opsvik are also doing a book signing there on Saturday. See the facebook event HERE
Here is a link to Arise, a song / photo from the release.
Callisto and Ganymede
Two new songs are out from the monthly released album by Opsvik & Jennings called Lune, August 1st saw the digital release of ; Ganymede. And on September 1st Callisto was out. Stream or Download on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. More songs coming out on the first of every month. Sign up on opsvikandjennings.com for email reminders.
Titan from Lune - out now
Opsvik & Jennings are releasing Lune, a new ten track album available as a digital download. The album will be released one song at a time on the first day of every month starting July 1st. Here is the first song, Titan; Stream or Download on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. Next song out August 1st, Sign up on opsvikandjennings.com for email reminders.
Vinnie Sperrazza Next Up
Vinnie Sperrazza's magnificent new album will be released here by us on September 9th. The name of the album is Apocryphal (look it up) and it was expertly produced by Geoff Kraly. Check out the song Spalding Grey.
New Opsvik & Jennings Album on Loyal Label
Opsvik & Jennings are releasing a new ten track album as a digital download. The album will be released one song at a time on the first day of every month, beginning on July 1st, 2014. Sign up to their email list to get notified www.opsvikandjennings.com/ And/or sign up for the Loyal Label email list.
RJ on Bandcamp
RJ Miller's Ronald's Rhythm is now available on Bandcamp. The whole album for the ridiculously low price of $7. No Excuses
Buy Complete Catalog
The complete Loyal Label catalog is now availalble right here on our website, LPs, 7"s, CDs. All Buy links here (and scattered around the site)
Ja ! Karokh
Oslo, Norway based experimental rock band; Karokh is now out with their magnificent debut album on Loyal Label, Available Digitally (like on itunes) and on LP and CD available right here. Also; some great reviews are already coming in (in Norwegian) and we recomend you take a listen
New Year New Music
Wishing everyone a happy new year. Here are the Loyal Label releases for 2014:
Karokh - Karokh, February 2014
Opsvik & Jennings - TBA, additive digital release, starting July 2014
Vinnie Sperrazza Band - Apocryphal, September 2014
Sound Horn Ok Please - TBA Vinyl EP, late 2014
Michelle Arcila/ Eivind Opsvik - TBA Record/Photography Box, second half 2014
RJ's record out now
Hey All, RJ's record is now available, peeps are raving about it, we think it's one of the most unpretetnious and captivating albums, simply put, it's good music. Here is a Search and Restore feature on it, and a Bird Is The Worm review. You can buy the CD directly from here or elsewhere + the usual options for downloads. click here for more details
New Signing: Karokh
Loyal Label will release the debut record of Karokh, an exceptional band from Oslo, Norway. Estimated release; February 2014.
"KAROKH is an alternative rock band emerging from Oslo, Norway. Delicately mixing noise rock, surf, acoustic folk tunes and minimalistic improvisation, the band successfully evades the stereotypes of a specific genre. The music is eclectic, innovative and surprising, and has caused sponteneous outbreaks of joy in as different locations as Norwegian clubs, Italian squats, Russian art galleries and Norwegian high security prisons.
Challenging the notion of what an alternative rock band can be, KAROKH is always searching for new sounds and will leave you all but indifferent."
RJ Miller's debut album; "Ronald's Rhythm" will be out November 5th 2013
Updates on Upcoming
RJ Miller's debut album is in the final manufacturing stages, stay on the look out for a late summer release.
Another upcoming release is an EP vinyl with 'Sound Horn OK Please', a young 4 piece band from Oslo, Norway. It will probably be a late fall release. Intimate and slighlty dark, experimental pop music
on Loyal Label
Excited to be adding RJ Miller to the catalogue, we'll release his debut record in first half of 2013. RJ's mystical and unique songs and great drumming (Sound! Big beat!) dancing around a bunh of analogue keyboards. Beautifully recorded and mixed by Pete Rende.
Brandon Seabrook - best of NYC
Congrats to Brandon Seabrook on being declared 'Best Guitarist in NYC' by The Village Voice, we could not agree more, check out his two splendid records with his Seabrook Power Plant on Loyal Label, he's also an essential part of Eivind Opsvik's 'Overseas IV'
Tuesday August 14th; Rusk - Out Today
'Rusk' the compilation album we conceived in collaboration with Fenetre Records is now officially out.
Buy it here:
CD Baby (cds and downloads)
With never before released and specifically recorded music by
Clayton Thomas, Jon Irabagon, Kim Myhr & Sebastien Roux, Toby Driver, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Svarte Greiner & Kjetil Møster, Okkyung Lee, Ben Gerstein, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley, and Splashgirl
Bounce on the Soundcloud
We now have a more elaborate page on Soundloud, check it out, there are some free downloads up as well.
Rusk in August
'Rusk' the compilation album we conceived in collaboration with Fenetre Records will be officially out on August14th, 2012
It features music never before released and specifically recorded for this album by Clayton Thomas, Jon Irabagon, Kim Myhr & Sebastien Roux, Toby Driver, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Svarte Greiner & Kjetil Møster, Okkyung Lee, Ben Gerstein, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley, and Splashgirl
Take a sneak listen to a few of the tracks on our soundcloud page
Youth Hopeth - Video Premiere + single available now
'Eivind Opsvik - Youth Hopeth' - video premiere today (april 20), watch it here, by the amazing director Iris Piers...
The 7” white vinyl is now available online, it contains the two songs from the video and comes with full album download of 'Overseas IV'. Limited numbered edition of 250, machine stamped. Get it here:
April 17th - Overseas IV out today
Check out 'buy' page for tips for where to get CDs and downloads online.
The record is now also on bandcamp, the best download site in our opinion, full streams, hi-res files...
The 7” vinyl will be available online later this week:
7” inch vinyl with two songs from ‘Overseas IV’. Comes with full album download. Limited numbered edition of 250, machine stamped.
Release Show at Le Poisson Rouge
Eivind Opsvik will release his new album, Overseas IV, at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, on Tuesday April 3rd at 6:00pm. Dawn of Midi will play an opening set. Event page
Overseas IV is a sweepingly epic collection that marks the fourth release in a near decade long series of recordings that includes Overseas (2003), Overseas II (2005) and Overseas III (2008).
Featuring instruments like Timpani, Harpsichord, Mandolin and the Marching Machine the focus is on finding a band sound and unique moods rather than virtuosic soloing and complexity.
IV in April
Eivind Opsvik - Overseas IV will be released digitally, on Compact Disc, and as a two song 7" vinyl (includes album download) on April 17th 2012
To be released in summer of 2012; Rusk is a compilation cd in collaboration with Fenetre Records featuring some really beautiful music by these artists:
Kim Myhr & Sebastien Roux
Svarte Greiner & Kjetil Møster
The great Paul Motian sadly passed away on November 23. Thank you for all the wonderful music.
Power Plant on Bandcamp
Both Seabrook Power Plant albums up now on Bandcamp, $7 each, $1 pr. track. It's a steal! http://seabrookpowerplant.bandcamp.com/
Eivind Opsvik and his Overseas band will record their fourth record in August in New York. Tony Malaby, Jacob Sacks, Kenny Wollesen and Brandon Seabrook. To be released on Loyal Label in early 2012
We're now on twitter. Please follow us and get updates on releases, live shows, merch and more. Click here
Seabrook Powerplant Website
Check out their new website, you can also buy their two explosive records on their site. Seabrook Powerplant II is officially out now on Vinyl, CD and Digital. Listen and download the track "Lamborghini Helicopter" here (free)
Village Voice Q & A
Brandon Seabrook of Seabrook Power plant answers questions re their upcoming release on the Village Voice blog; Sound of the City
Power plant Release + free download
Seabrook Power plant II will officially be released on April 26th on Vinyl, CD and Digital. Listen and download the track "Lamborghini Helicopter" here (free)
Opsvik & Jennings album; "A Dream I Used to Remember" is now available on Bandcamp for a "Name Your Price" deal, don't miss this opportunity to listen to the album popmatters called : "an instrumental album of exquisite pop deconstruction." opsvikjennings.bandcamp.com
More Loyal Label releases soon to come on Bandcamp
Happy Twenty Eleven
This year will bring a lot of exciting activity on Loyal Label.
First out is a new record by Seabrook Powerplant, this one is going to be a killer, released on vinyl and downloads.
Rusk, the compilation album that we compiled in collaboration with Norwegian label, Fenêtre Records, will finally come out. Great artists like Okkyung Lee, Toby Driver, Nate Wooley and Kammerflimmer Kollektief have contributed.
A collaboration between photographer Michelle Arcila and musician Eivind Opsvik will result in a Record Book this year, more details to come.
And finally the t-shirts will be up for sale here very soon.
Loyal Label's sole release in 2010; Jeff Davis - We sleep outside, got on some exquisite 'best of" list; Troy Collins, who reviewed the record earlier, had it on his list. It was also on All About Jazz' (NY) list.
There's also a new review of mr. Davis' record here
Downtown Music Gallery review of Jeff Davis' 'We Sleep Outside' by Bruce Lee Gallanter: "This is Jeff Davis’ first disc as a leader and it is a powerful debut from one of Downtown’s best drummers. I’ve played this a half dozen times over the past month and I am still blown away by the energy and craft that went into this gem."
Is one of the great Neil Young songs, Eivind Opsvik recorded a bass and voice version of this song last spring. It is available as a free download here. A little teaser for Eivind's solo record to be out on Loyal Label in 2011.
Yup! that's right, Loyal Label t-shirts are on their way. They will be designed by the great Espen Friberg and will be available to buy right here on this website in a few months, you gonna want one so start saving.
"Underground scenes often foster an incredible range of new talent—counterbalanced by equally fierce competition. Historically it has been the role of independent labels to capture the prevailing zeitgeist, separating the innovators from the imitators. The Brooklyn-based Loyal Label is quickly becoming one of the most noteworthy of such stateside independents."
- Troy Collins here
We Sleep Outside - Release Show Inside at...
Drummer and tune smith Jeff Davis' debut record as a leader; We Sleep Outside, will be released on March 30th, Record release show at Cornelia Street Cafe in Manhattan, NY on Tuesday April 20th
More About the Folks
The artist page has been updated, take a look
Best of 2009
- Eivind Opsvik's Overseas III is on Wire magazine's list over best jazz & related releases of 2009 (although it was actually released in 2008)
- Hank Shteamer in Time Out New York has Jon Irabagon's "I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues" on his top ten list and gives Seabrook Power plant honorable mention
- Seabrook Powerplant is part of ThisIsBooksMusic.com 2009 list
- and also on top 40 by Peter Margasak of Chicago Reader
- Seabrook ranks fourth here; over 70 musicians list their favorites of 2010
- Opsvik & Jennings' A Dream I Used to Remember' is number 3 on top 10 jazz releases of 2009 list in Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten. Not bad for an album without a single 'solo'
- O & J also tops Tim Clarke's list on Sic Magazine
- and is on the list of Milk Milk Lemonade
- and Clive Bell's (Wire Contributor) list
- "I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues" won the Best original artwork category in All About Jazz ( New York), design by Allan Naslund
We Sleep Outside
is the name of Jeff Davis' debut record. Mr. Davis' adventurous band perform his tunes in quite a maximalist fashion. Record will be out in February 2010
Some upcoming NYC shows with Loyal Label artists:
october 26th @ cake shop 9pm with many arms/starring/schnAAK
december 3rd @ zebulon 9pm
december 10th @ the stone 8pm
Eivind Opsvik Overseas:
november 3rd 10pm at Zebulon
november 13rd 10pm at Nublu (62 Avenue C)
Own Cover Photo
The exquisite photo that grace the cover of Eivind Opsvik's Overseas III record was taken by Michelle Arcila, this photo is now available for purchase in various sizes on the excellent art site 20x200, and it's affordable, click here
"The energy filled and exciting record label Loyal Label has brought new life to contemporary music in USA" Quote from Norwegian music magazine, Jazznytt
A Joint release is set to be out later this year, when Loyal Label teams up with the Oslo, Norway, based label Fenetre Records, run by Jørgen Brauti, to release a fabulous experimental/jazz/improv/whatever comp with some incredible artists. Stay tuned!
Time Out New York checked out concerts by both Seabrook Powerplant and Jon Irabagon and wrote a cool blog post about it, Read it here
New York Times also went to the Powerplant show and wrote this
The vinyl version of Opsvik & Jennings' new record is finally available, get it online at Insound, or if you're in NYC you can pick up a copy at Other Music or Academy Records.
Opsvik & Jennings Record Release Show at Nublu, June 15th 9:30pm
Release show for the new album on Loyal Label at Nublu which is located at 62 Avenue C, East Village, NYC. The new record will be available on CD for 'pay what you want' price and the LP will at last be available for a very special price of $10, this night only
Official relase for Seabrook Powerplant's debut album is set to July 14th. Release Show at Zebulon on July 7th
Jon Irabagon Cd Release Show at Coco 66, May 17th 9pm
I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues - CD release show for the new album on Loyal Label, Jon Irabagon - tenor sax and Mike Pride - drum set. CoCo 66 is located at 66 greenpoint ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC. Admission is $6. We will be selling the new CD, so get em while the gettin's good
Free Download and Release Date
Opsvik & Jennings' new album, A Dream I Used to Remember, will be available as a free download on their website on May 1st, but for a limited time only. The Official US release date for the CD and LP is May 26th, check back here soon for more info on where to purchase etc.
Hear Song from Upcoming Opsvik & Jennings Record
Sneak peek: "September and Starry-eyed" a song from Opsvik & Jennings' upcoming record; "A Dream I Used to Remember" (out in May on Loyal Label) is now available on Opsvik & Jennings website and on their myspace.
Opsvik & Jennings on Loyal Label
"A Dream I Used to Remember", Opsvik & Jennings third record, will be released on CD, vinyl and downloads on Loyal Label hopefully in early May (release date tba). The record features ten new songs, a female choir, brass section, more guitar and double bass, drums by Opsvik and RJ Miller, banjo by Jennings and more.
Two upcoming releases in the coming months
first up is Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride saxophone and drums explorations on "I Don't Hear Nothing But The Blues"
to be followed by Brandon Seabrook's three piece; Seabrook Powerplant, featuring Brandon's compositions for banjo and guitar
Village Voice LIst
Overseas III is on Village Voice list over best jazz and pop records of 2008.
check it here >>
Loyal Label Nights
at I-beam in Brooklyn
January 16th & 17th 2009
Friday January 16th 8pm ($10):
JEFF DAVIS - SOLO
Jeff Davis - drums and percussion
“Drummer Jeff Davis has a steady profile in left-of-center New York jazz circles...”
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Jeff Davis plays his kit with alert responsiveness, less a traditional rhythm section accompanist, than a creative soloist and spry agitator...”
-Troy Collins, All About Jazz
Rolletta Fynn - voice and guitar
"I was born in tampa florida under the oldest oak tree in the contiguous united states. making for and itchy childhood, i was covered in powder and boot straps but i flew here, on a plane all the way to new york and now i sleep with my head facing north. my mom shelved books and my dad killed bugs but we made it. we made it ours" RF
RICH JOHNSON'S UP THE TURRET MIL
with Opsvik & Jennings
Rich Johnson - trumpet/laptop
Eivind Opsvik - lapsteel/bass guitar
Aaron Jennings - guitar
On his first solo recording, Rich Johnson’s “Up the Turret Mil” explores a mix of trumpets, guitars, and pianos with laptop glitch, sampling, and musique concrète. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet, and bridge Johnson’s many influences – from free jazz to folk music.
" 'Up The Turret Mill', I suppose, could be likened to Terry Riley meets Stockhausen; take the more melodic, trance-like Riley and shake in some of Karlheinz's angular and spiky outpourings and you'll start to get a little closer to where Rich Johnson is going... " ToxicPete.co.uk
Saturday January 17th 8pm ($10):
JON IRABAGON - I DON'T HEAR NOTHING BUT THE BLUES
Jon Irabagon - tenor sax
Mike Pride - drums
Winner of the 2008 Thelonius Monk Competition, Jon Irabagon, plays the blues with his drummer friend Mike Pride. A continuous additive duo, last instrument to be added is the bass and it probably wont be heard.
"It sounds like a mentally disturbed Sonny Rollins with a guy soundchecking on drums" Anonymous
CD to be released on loyal label early 2009
EIVIND OPSVIK - SOLO
Eivind Opsvik - upright bass
Eivind did his first solo performance at Copenhagen Jazz Festival in the summer of 2008, his second solo show was at the Kennedy Center in december of 08, this will be his third solo show.
"Opsvik's bass has an aching sound, with his lines plumbing the depths to find almost folk-song-like melodies" All Music.com
Brandon Seabrook - guitar and banjo
Tom Blancarte - bass
Jared Seabrook - drums
"guitarist–banjo player Brandon Seabrook has made a name for himself applying the latter ax to avant-jazz and experimental contexts. His rousing trio Power Plant combines those aesthetics with gleeful rock bombast" Time Out
debut record to be released on loyal label, spring 2009