Secondhand Sunday: Bishop Allen “Shanghaied”

This edition of Secondhand Sunday is a bit different. I think it’s pretty obvious right off the bat that neither this song or video is more than a few months old. Well, let me put it this way. For some reason I completely missed that Bishop Allen had put out a video for “Shanghaied,” and yes I know they already have another new one. This is one of my favorite tracks off of Grrr  and the video is just extremely cute. All it entails is Bishop Allen sitting around and singing on a couch, in a hallway, and to a rabbit. One thing I also love about this video is that singer Justin Rice was wearing the same blue hoodie when I interviewed him back in March on the release of this record. The video was directed by Bob Byington, who also made the movie Harmony and Me in which Rice stars in (It comes out 11/17). In other Bishop Allen news the band is on the final week of their tour with the last two stops at Union Hall (Friday, 21+) and The Bell House (Saturday, 18+) in Brooklyn. Fun!

Watch Bishop Allen’s “Shanghaied”

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Bishop Allen Release New Record

Finally! Bishop Allen is due to release their new record titled ‘Grrr…’ through Dead Oceans on March 10th. This will be the third full length from the band and fans couldn’t be happier. Will there a bigger buzz about the band since they appeared in Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist? Who knows. The band continues to play those great catchy indie pop songs that we’ve come to know and love.  Bishop Allen will also play and instore at Other Music in New York City the day of the album release. After that the band is off to an extensive U.S. tour, some dates including MM favorites, The Miniature Tigers.

Download Bishop Allen’s newest track, Dimmer

Bishop Allen Tour Dates

03/10 – New York City, NY @ Other Music (Free In-Store)
03/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
03/13 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
03/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Rocket Club
03/16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
03/17 – Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
03/18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – The Pontiac Garage
03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Shop
03/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/27 – Provo, UT @ Velour
03/28 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
03/29 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
03/31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
04/02 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse
04/03 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
04/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/05 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Bishop Allen “Click Click Click”

I’ve been on a Bishop Allen kick lately. Well, I guess I have been for about a year now. “Bishop Allen & The Broken String” hasn’t left my car since I brought it last year. “Click Click Click” is one of my favorite songs off of the record, and while searching Youtube the other day, I had come across a cute little performance by them in which they are performing in a few Brooklyn alley ways. (Yes you may have seen one on Youaintnopicasso but I was the one who told him about it 🙂 ) These performances were made for a Swedish music site called PSL. Expect more to come, because I am certainly intrigued by these videos.

Here it is, Bishop Allen, “Click Click Click.” Enjoy!

Check out Bishop Allen Tourdates on their Myspace

Bishop Allen…You’re About to be Playlisted.

I’m not usually one for making musical predictions but in this case I just can’t help it. I have a feeling after the release of ‘Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,’ that Bishop Allen is going to have the same amount of success that the Moldy Peaches did after “Juno.” I haven’t even seen the movie yet (it comes out October 3rd),  but every time I see the commercial, their song “Middle Management” is all I really take in. Bishop Allen also has a cameo in the movie which is beyond cool. I have no doubt we will be seeing a minor-major explosion in the Bishop Allen fanbase this fall. But hey, they deserve it.

In other Bishop Allen news, the band is apparently half way through finishing the new record, which they claim will be more like their ‘Charm School’ days and less like “The Broken String.” Either way you know it will turn out good. The album will be released on Dead Oceans in February 2009 with a domestic and international tour to follow.

Also check out Bishopallen.com for upcoming tourdates.

Bishop Allen MP3  “Things Are What You Make of Them”

Bishop Allen on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/bishopallen

Check out the trailer to Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist