the long and solo road

Here’s an outtake from the stripped down shows I played (with the ever-amazing Tom Hnatow on guitar and pedal steel) opening for Conor Oberst. We had a real fine time: played some b-sides and rarities, sang some harmonies with C, and even had a surprise visit from Klara from First Aid Kit onstage in Chicago. Real fine. Good times.

And if anyone was wondering, that unknown song from the set was “Cake Parade” from the Georgie James record “Places.” Digging deep.

xo
laura.

Onstage in Chicago, under the big top. Photo by Bliss Katherine.

 

YOU’RE MIGHTIER THAN THEIR SWORD-SHARP TONGUES

PSA: I can’t not say something… Over the weekend an openly gay Lincoln, Nebraska, woman was brutally attacked in a vicious hate crime. I am sick with shock that this happened at all. We cannot stand for hate and brutality against anyone for simply being who they are, for loving who they love. Whether you’ll be in Omaha or not this thursday, take a minute to light a candle (figuratively or literally) and meditate on love.

As kids we’re simultaneously taught two conflicting things: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I believe in the latter statement; the former is just plain false. Words are powerful things. Ideas, spoken into being, create our reality. And they can be absolutely hurtful and crippling when used in hateful ways. All that said, I really do believe this:

You’re mightier than their sword-sharp tongues.
You are loved no matter what.
So please — don’t give up.

Love,
laura.

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first night of tour! by @blisskatherine #m via Instagram

HAPPY RECORD RELEASE DAY! PLUS “GENERALS” VIDEO PREMIERE ON IFC!

today’s the day. the transit of venus AND the day you can finally get our new record in an indie record shop near you. or if you don’t have access to one of those, you can get the record from Saddle Creek, Amazon, or iTunes (where it’s only $7.99 all week long).

also, our brand new video for “Generals” is premiering over at IFC. an underground network of babes bands together to take back the power from the powers that be. it’s one part Godard’s “Band of Outsiders”, one part Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation”. you’d better believe there’s a choreographed group dance number…

ENJOY!

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finished zines! #m via Instagram

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zine-ing. #m via Instagram

GENERALS ALBUM TRAILER.

the trailer for the new record! it features clips from four new songs + footage from the studio, upcoming videos, our spring tour, and other crazy amazing adventures. enjoy!

PRE-ORDER GENERALS.

you can now pre-order the new record in approximately a million different formats. okay, so there’s just a handful. but if you order the “i want it all” version, you’ll get all of the following for the low, low price of just $40. AND you get a digital download of the album on may 22nd — and the album doesn’t even come out ’til june 5th! that seems insane to us.

CD
White LP (exclusive to this bundle. limited to 250 copies.)
T-shirt
Set of 4 hand screened, hand cut patches
Zine
Tote Bag
11×17 poster
Sticker
Button (randomly colored)
320 Kbps MP3 album download on MAY 22

BELOVED WEIRDOS.

couldn’t be more honored to be listed alongside such amazing ladies in NPR music’s picks of the week (st. vincent! fiona apple!). even more so since it’s the “beloved weirdos” edition. thanks, NPR, for calling us as we are:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/24/151236732/this-weeks-picks-mynabirds-st-vincent-fiona-apple-and-more

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merch work. #m via Instagram