MusicNOW: 10 Years

by Brassland

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    This is the compact disc edition of the record with lovely artwork prepared by Spike Press ( These are now ready to ship. You will get a digital copy immediately after purchase.

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    Our friends at pressed up a vinyl excerpt from our MusicNOW compilation. It's a hand-numbered edition of 400 copies on black-vinyl. We got our hands on a few dozen copies & are selling them here. This edition comes with a download of the full album via Bandcamp. Note that you can get the 7" without the download at our MyShopify page:

    The A-side features one-off indie super group Sounds of the South, a collaborative project featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, Megafaun, and the Matthew E. White-led ensemble Fight the Big Bull, performing the evocative American gospel-bluegrass ballad “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” which was written and originally recorded by Estil C. Ball in 1959. Their take on the tune is bluesy, soulful, and soaring, highlighting vocals from Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten. It’s the only officially released recording from Sounds of the South.

    The B-side kicks off with Bonnie “Prince” Billy performing a stripped-down, solo version of “Love Comes To Me” (the album opener and highlight from his 2006 LP The Letting Go). It’s a stunning and plaintive tune that has long proven to be a fan favorite and which translates particularly well to live performance. It’s followed by a unique collaboration performance from Dessner’s instrumental project Clogs and The Books doing “Classy Penguin” (a rare non-album cut from The Books). Bright, lovingly textured, and cerebral, this is a personal favorite of ours from the collection.

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The MusicNOW: 10 Years compilation is set for digital release just prior to the 10th edition of this eclectic music festival of the same name founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National. MusicNOW Festival set out with a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks, commission new work and attempt innovative collaborations.

The first track “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” gets at the spirit of the compilation and the event. It is an American bluegrass gospel song written by Estil C. Ball. Here it is performed by Sounds of the South, a project featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir), Sharon Van Etten, Megafaun, Matthew E. White, and Fight the Big Bull. The project, organized by Megafaun, initially appeared at Duke Performances in North Carolina and MusicNOW in Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently traveled to Australia's Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House. The 16 track live album also highlights festival-only surprises like Fleet Foxes' leader Robin Pecknold playing the traditional song “Silver Dagger” for the first time, the debut performance of Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait for the Others”, the premiere of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Owl & The Tanager”, as well as collaborations featuring Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Sharon van Etten, Tinariwen and Dirty Projectors.

“Many of my most significant memories as a musician have taken place in Cincinnati during the MusicNOW Festival over the last 10 years, “ says founder Bryce Dessner. “When we started, we were driven to create an intimate music festival that was as much a creative refuge for the artists as it is for the audience to partake in intimate and rare performances. We have celebrated works in progress and new commissions, new collaborations and detailed music of all kinds regardless of genre or popularity. “

Dessner is widely known as the guitarist for The National. Those a little more in the know are aware of Bryce’s work in performance projects (such as The Long Count) and classical composition (including his work with Brassland label artists Clogs). MusicNOW was founded as a way for Bryce to explore all facets of his artistic interests and has served as a collaborative laboratory that provides a friendly and supportive audience for internationally renowned artists. Through the years, Dessner has guided MusicNOW to become the premiere event for blurring the imagined lines that divide musical genres.

This year’s MusicNOW festival will take place on March 11-15. For the full schedule and more details visit


released March 10, 2015


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Brassland is a label started with The National to promote music from their artistic community. This artist-operated label was started in 2001 by writer Alec Hanley Bemis and twin brothers/musicians Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, both best known from their work with The National. We encourage collaboration and creation among an evolving assortment of creative folks. Music is our current focus. ... more

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