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Mary-Kate and Ashley? [14 Aug 2008|06:36pm]

Does anyone know what ever happened to the Lil' Chief Records compilation album that was supposed to be coming out, that was going to include The Brunettes' "Mary-Kate and Ashley"?
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kings arms auckland gig [06 Dec 2007|05:32pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hello, I'm Briar, I'm new around these parts, and I have a request/question...
Just wondering, if anyone happens to know, whether the Brunettes gig at the Kings Arms on December 15th. is R18? I assume that it is but just in case anyone knows differently I desperately want to go... So it would be most excellent to know anything to the contrary.
Thank you verrah much

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Seattle Show [08 Sep 2007|04:14pm]

Went to the Crocodile Cafe to see The Brunettes on Thursday, for the first show of their North American tour. First up was the opening act, a guy I'd not heard of before called Ferraby Lionheart. He was rather good. His first few songs he played piano, and they had a very mellow and somewhat plaintive sound - he sounded kinda like Hawksley Workman on sedatives. He then switched to a guitar and harmonica, and the remaining songs had a bit twangier of a sound. Still nice, but not quite as enjoyable as the earlier songs.

And then The Brunettes. Who were outstanding. It was a nice venue - small, and we were right up near the stage.

The show was very heavy on stuff from the new album - they did all but maybe one or two songs from the new album (sadly, one of the ones not featured was my favourite from this album, "Stereo (Mono Mono)"). It's understandable - it's their first official US release, and it just came out, so of course they'd be wanting to promote it. And it's probably more interesting material to them, by virtue of being newer. But I'd've liked to have heard a few more of the older songs. They hit pretty much of the essential songs, though, at least.

And the live versions of a lot of the new songs did help win me over on them - they were just different enough from the album to make me notice things in them that hadn't really jumped out at me before.

I was impressed by just how much everyone in the band does. For example, Heather would be singing, playing keyboard, and playing xylophone all at once, and would then switch to clarinet to hit a single note before switching back to the other instruments. And, so make sure that no notes were missed, while she's playing the clarinet Harry would lean over to fill in on the xylophone, inbetween his bits of keyboard, trumpet, and various percussiony things.

Along similar lines, it was impressive when Heather started doing a call-and-response with herself, alternately whistling and playing harmonica.

Other highlights:
-Band introductions via the "name game": "JB, JB, bo-baby, banana-fana-fo-faby, fi-fi-fo-maybe. That's JB" (because apparently "Jonathan" was too many syllables, so for the sake of the song he had to go by JB), and then the name game transitioning into a surprisingly rocking version of "Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks."

-Heather screwing up the lyrics to "Her Hairagami Set", and kinda chuckling as her voice drifted off.

-Dance competition, and Jonathan usurping Harry's position of judge, then being guilted into relinquishing. The prize? A paperback copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night."

-A new song that's going to be on an upcoming compilation from their label. It was fairly rocking.

-Hand motions to go along with "Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth." Most especially because of the alternately capital and lower-case letters when spelling out b-A-b-Y (because, alas, one cannot form a capital B easily with one's hands).
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New Brunettes Video [12 Jul 2007|04:00pm]

Just to let y'all know, the new Brunettes video is online. It's listed under their label back in New Zealand - www.youtube.com/user/lilchiefrecords.

There are some of their old videos too and under the favourites is some footage of them playing a song with Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes. Weird!
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Structure & Cosmetics - the new album [18 May 2007|01:56pm]


I just thought I'd drop a line to the group with a bit of information about the new Brunettes album, "Structure & Cosmetics".

Here's the cover ...

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... and here's the tracklist:

1. Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth
2. Stereo (Mono Mono)
3. Her Hairagami Set
4. Credt Card Mail Order
5. Obligatory Road Song
6. Small Town Crew
7. If You Were Alien
8. Wall Poster Star
9. Structure & Cosmetics

The album will be released on Lil' Chief Records on July 25th in New Zealand, and in early August on Sub Pop in the USA. Initial pressings which are pre-ordered from the Lil' Chief mailorder shop will come with some kind of exclusive free gift - at this stage it looks like it'll be a Brunettes colouring book - although this will be confirmed at some point in the near future.

Keen readers will note that live favourite "Mary-Kate & Ashley" isn't on the album. The band weren't sure it really fitted with the mood of the rest of the LP, and didn't want it to become the kind of novelty song which eclipsed the rest of the album, and thereby end up as 'that band that did that Mary-Kate and Ashley' song. The good news is that the song will be coming out on a Lil' Chief Records compilation in a few months.

In other Brunettes-related news, we've almost totally sold out of "The Boyracer EP" and "When Ice Met Cream". Those two EPs will be compiled on one CD at some point in the not-too-distant future. (Despite being released a few years apart, the material from those two EPs comes from the same time period, around the time of "Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks", so we think the 12 songs will work nicely as a "missing" Brunettes album.) We've recently repressed copies of both "Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks" and "Mars Loves Venus", both of which are available for US$14 each incl P&P from New Zealand. Remember, the band gets more money if you order directly from us, and we try to make our prices as cheap as possible given the puny New Zealand dollar. Plus, we love you more than those big online stores. They hate you. Remember that.

OK, well that's all for now ... I'll post a bit more in the leadup to the album release. Suffice to say the new album is really, really, great and we're really excited about it.

(Lil' Chief mailorder guy)
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New Song! [14 Apr 2007|09:57pm]

The Brunettes have posted the first single from their new upcoming album on their myspace page.

It's a bit different of a sound. Not quite as poppy as I'm used to. It's rather pretty, though.

Curious to see if this is indicative of a more general change in sound, or if, like "Boyracer," it's another one-off departure.
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[17 Oct 2006|10:56am]


Hi Everyone! I'm selling this Brunettes t-shirt from SXSW 2006.
I've only worn it once, so it's basically brand new!

It's an Adult Medium (American Apparel).
I'm asking for $14 shipped.
I take paypal, money orders, cash, and checks (as a last resort).
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[06 Aug 2006|09:57pm]

I was wondering if any of you lovely people had found online/ figured out the clarinet part in these things take time. i used to play the clarinet and my friend and i are dying to do a cover of the song. also, which other songs have clarinet featured in them? any help is appreciated!
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[26 Mar 2006|04:23pm]

The Brunettes' show at SXSW seems to have gone well and they are mentioned in the New York Times here.

They are also featured in this video clip about SXSW - they are 4.35 mins into the piece.
Click on this link, then go to the Arts section and go down to "Music and Dance" - the Brunettes are discussed in the piece called "SXSW turns 20."
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newb [05 Feb 2006|04:43pm]

Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks lyrics, anyone? x
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news news news! [27 Jan 2006|11:28pm]

Okay, so I was looking at the Brunette's website, and they've updated it!

Turns out they'll be touring the US with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this spring.

They also have some really cute t-shirts for sale too.

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Pleeease? [25 Dec 2005|11:09am]

[ mood | festive ]

Does anyone have any of the Brunette's videos in iPod Video format (mpeg4)?

If not, does anyone know how to get some?

Thanks! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

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[15 Dec 2005|04:49pm]

What does everyone think is the best Brunettes' album?
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[15 Dec 2005|03:15pm]

hiiii, i was wondering if anybody had the lyrics to 'ace of space'
please & thank you
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Lil'Chief Records news (of sorts) [21 Nov 2005|02:35pm]

Hello people, it's Lawrence from Lil'Chief Records here.

For anyone interested in hearing a bit more stuff from the Lil'Chief catalogue, or anyone who wants to hear some more Brunettes songs, the Lil'Chief Records site now has a very fine jukebox for your listening pleasure.

Note also that the Lil'Chief Records online store is now selling a whole bunch of our albums at cheaper prices for American and Canadian fans.

Also, for anyone who hasn't made the connection, Brunettes' drummer/mulit-instrumentalist Ryan McPhun's album, "Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns" is available right now, and James, who plays guitar and various other instruments in The Brunettes (and who wrote "You Beautiful Militant"), will be releasing his own album (under the monikor of The Reduction Agents) very very soon.

OK, I'll let you get back to whatever you're doing.
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NZ Radio [09 Nov 2005|12:03pm]

Just thought I would let NZers know that there is a feature about Lil Chief Records on National Radio this Saturday. It features some comments from Jonathan Brunette, taken from a phone interview recorded a couple of weeks ago.

Musical Chairs: Lil' Chief Records
National Radio, Saturday Nov 12 at 3.30pm, repeats Fri Nov 18 at 7.30pm
This week on the New Zealand music profile show Musical Chairs, Andrew Clifford visits the Auckland headquarters of Lil’ Chief Records. Offering a 100% pure pop guarantee, this new entrant to the local industry was founded in 2001 by like-minded musicians, Scott Mannion and Jonathan Bree. Having just turned three, the label is still in its infancy but is already making impressive first steps in the wider world of international success…


Though I may as well post the full press-release about the sub-pop signing as well - sorry it's so long!


The Brunettes are pleased to announce that after years of scraping together change from under the couch cushions, touring in borrowed vans, pasting up their own photocopied posters, playing shows without monitors or sound people, driving all night and sleeping on floors - they have finally signed a record deal with a US record label…. Sub Pop Records!

Sub Pop Records are based in Seattle, Washington and their current roster includes some of the major names in American Pop Music – including the Shins, the Postal Service, Sleater-Kinney, and Wolf Parade.

Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records says: "Having shimmied, curtsied and barnstormed their way into the hearts of North America, I was left no choice but to sign The Brunettes. That's not to say that I am anything less than overjoyed. I am, in fact, thrilled! But it's their unerring ability to captivate, both on stage and in the studio, that inspired me to purchase their souls. Oh, I mean that inspired me to sign 'em to Sub Pop. Seriously though: I'm so excited to be working with The Brunettes. These youngsters know how to - in the words of a beloved pop band from my youth - shake some action!"

Currently Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield are recording the new album in the New York. Following the Brunettes extensive US tours earlier this year they have remained there and will return to New Zealand in summer when the Brunettes will play The Big Day Out as well as tour Australia.

In March 2006 with the recording complete they will return to North American and plan to tour there as much as possible.

The Brunettes first release on Sub Pop Records will be their third album and it will be available in the US in August 2006. The Brunettes earlier recordings Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks (2002), The Boyracer EP (2003), Mars Loves Venus, (2004) and their latest EP When Ice Met Cream (2005) will also be available in North America through Sub Pop Records.

What the US press said about the Brunettes:

“ … The Brunettes have staked a major claim on U.S. hearts with their ridiculously catchy hooks, Mansfield’s eyelash-batting coyness and Bree’s droll delivery.- Mars Loves Venus Review: Harp – Oct/Nov 2005

The seven-piece band, anchored by Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield, clearly won the audience over with an eclectic, exuberant melding of hooks, harmony and humor - not to mention their mastery of a plethora of musical instruments including marimba, glockenspiel, banjo, cello, trumpet, and alto and tenor saxophones.- Live review: No Depression Issue #58, Webster Hall, April 2005

Luckily the coed New Zealanders have a dark streak in their corn silk, and the dynamic between cynical and sweet really sells Mars Loves Venus. Jonathan Bree glowers like Jonathan Richman, and Heather Mansfield isn’t too pure to admit that sad love songs kick her ass.
- Album Review: Detroit Metro Times

The principal Brunettes, Jonathan and Heather, turn these songs into musical dialogues with an unjaded, buoyant interplay as their band creates a dimestore Pet Sounds-esque backdrop. Together, these things make Mars Loves Venus just about the most perfect indie pop record you'll hear all year. - Amazon

The Brunettes were such an unexpected treat when they opened for The Shins last month that I did wonder if they'd be as beguiling the second time around - the response had the zeal of the converted. - Live Review :Toronto Opera House, May 2005

Had Belle and Sebastian listened to Arthur Lee and Love rather than Simon and Garfunkel, they might have sounded something like The Brunettes, the thoroughly modern and delightful band that opened the show, playing dozens of instruments mixed with sha-la-la harmonies.
Live Review: Post Intelligencer, Seattle, June 2005
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Hurray! [01 Nov 2005|05:12pm]

[ mood | excited ]

From the Brunettes' website:

"We are overjoyed to announce our signing with the good folk at Sub Pop Records. They will release our next album in the States in August 2006.

Jonathan and Heather are working on the album in New York until December when they fly south to New Zealand to escape winter once again. We will play some shows in Australia and are very happy to be able to support the Shins again for their shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne! New Tour Dates here. After finishing off the album in March we will be back to the States to tour as much as we can!"


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[01 Nov 2005|02:09pm]

hi guys. this is probably really annoying for you hardcore fans, but i was wondering what song of the brunettes' spells out "B-A-B-Y"? i saw them open up for rilo kiley this past summer and don't remember what it was. hah, if it is called baby i'm going to feel like an ass.
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eeeep [27 Oct 2005|10:10pm]

at my school band, every year we have this thing called showcase. and basically what we get to do is come up with songs we would like to play and form ensambles to play it.
and since i play trumpet, i'd like something, with of course, trumpet.
which brunette songs have the most trumpet parts in it ?

thank youuu
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"polyester meets acetate" lyrics [27 Sep 2005|12:47am]

hello, i'm in a pinch now, i wanted to send my friend the lyrics to "polyester meets acetate" but i don't have the cd case with me so i can't get the lyrics! i left my cd cases at home in the interest of space, i just moved to college. can someone help me out and post the lyrics? thank you a million times over.
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