Bedouine’s self-titled debut album, out now!
“a talent as fully-formed and distinctive…as Marling, Mitchell & Bush” (★★★★★) – The Independent
“debut album that sounds like the work of a songwriter with dozens of LPs to her name… a sparkling collection of captivating folk songs” – Rolling Stone
“she offers subtly mesmerizing folk rock with phrasing and delivery that suggests the late English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.” – The LA Times
“downright stunning, a collection of tunes steeped in the classics but distinctly modern in content and presentation. To press play on it is to be transported somewhere wonderful” – Stereogum
“Bedouine is the one to bed in the finest and most relevant debut of the year.” – Pressplayok
Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could. A casual offer to stay on a horse farm took her to the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a year in Austin, and a trip east to Savannah for a degree in sound design. Returning to L.A., she discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park that started to feel like home. Read more about Bedouine.
Bedouine – “One of These Days”
Bedouine is set to release her debut album on June 23rd, and today we’re pleased to share the song “One of These Days” via Stereogum, who calls her an Artist to Watch: “It’s hard to imagine a more impressive introduction than Azniv Korkejian’s debut album as Bedouine. The globetrotting singer-songwriter confidently strides into the frame with her Silvertone guitar and proceeds to unfurl one stunner after the next.”
Stereogum previously called her last single, “Solitary Daughter,” “one of the most gorgeous new songs I’ve heard all year.”
Explaining the origin of “One of These Days,” Bedouine says:
I had borrowed my friend’s ’84 Blazer and taken it to the narrow streets of downtown Los Angeles to run an errand. The steering was loose and it felt like navigating a cruise ship down a canal. He had JJ Cale’s Naturally in the stereo as long as he had the truck, as if it came with it. I was somewhat familiar but it was then I noticed how JJ Cale turned a phrase on the drop of a dime. He’d sing a phrase that sounded like a complete thought, then all of a sudden move the punctuation over to add a tag. That’s what inspired the phrase “get it, and get it right”.
The song itself is an optimistic outlook on wanting to speak the same language as someone, or at least close enough for you both to feel loved. Jake Blanton (who owns the Blazer) played drums. Gus Seyffert, the producer, played bass and tracked us live. The video was another collaboration with Tom Salvaggio and pokes fun at its own whimsy.
Pre-order Bedouine (SB010) on iTunes and get instant downloads of “One of These Days,” “Solitary Daughter,” and “Dusty Eyes,” or CD and vinyl through the Spacebomb store:
Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Birthday Party
Happy Piddletractor Day!
It’s May 20th and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for a playdate with Grandma Sparrow at his Piddletractor Birthday Party. Each year on this day, we look back to when Grandma entered our lives and introduced us all to his world of Piddletractor. His Piddletractor Orchestra weaves a kaleidoscopic soundscape of a story about Grandma’s missing nephew, the clown prince Alewishus. Along the way, we meet Tristan Wimbley, Scrimpa, the Oryoman, and countless other characters direct from creator and musician Joe Westerlund’s imagination. Clocking in at 33 minutes, this psychedelic children’s song-cycle for adults says a lot while saying nothing at all. It befuddles us while touching us at our core. It challenges – as we believed in 2014 and we still believe today – the definition of what a record can be in the 21st century.
Appropriately enough, Bizarre Magazine at the time called it “Album of the month times ten!” The Village Voice said it’s “Gloriously freaky…super-fun.” SPIN adjectivized it as “nostalgic, futuristic, hilarious, profound, disturbing, ecstatic, ridiculous, and brilliant” (appending a 9 out of 10 rating to boot).
Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra is instantly timeless, in that it belongs to no time. Three years later, it sounds just as fresh, bizarre, and perfect as it did on May 20th, 2014.
To celebrate Piddletractor Day, we’re offering the record in our store for half off, today only – $6.50 for CD, $9 for vinyl. Grab your discounted copy here and dive into the world of Piddletractor. Grandma’s also gotten his hands on Spacebomb’s Instagram password and is already running amok, so…sorry about that.
Now, without further ado, zip up your word muffins, grab a carpet square, and celebrate with us. Happy Piddletractor Day!
Howard Ivans – “King of Careless”
Stereogum has unveiled the second track off Howard Ivans‘ debut full-length album, Beautiful Tired Bodies. Listen to “King of Careless,” which they call “a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality.”
Pre-order Beautiful Tired Bodies (SB011) on iTunes and get instant downloads of “King of Careless” and “Denise,” or get your limited edition metallic gold vinyl (a pre-order exclusive) through the Spacebomb store:
Bedouine – “Solitary Daughter”
NPR Music presents the latest offering from Bedouine, “Solitary Daughter,” calling it “a song of seclusive elegance.” Stereogum adds that it’s “one of the most gorgeous new songs I’ve heard this year.” Bedouine’s forthcoming self-titled debut album will be released on June 23rd.
Pre-order Bedouine (SB010) on iTunes and get instant downloads of “Solitary Daughter” and “Dusty Eyes,” or CD and vinyl through the Spacebomb store: