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Bro. Stephen “Tears on Tape” video and Tour Dates!

I want every head bowed, and every eye closed…nobody looking around….Now, who likes music videos? I see that hand. I see those hands! OPEN YOUR EYES! YOUR SALVATION HAS ARRIVED!!

and here it is : Bro. Stephen – Tears on Tape (Official Video)

What’s that? Is there a non-conformist anti-establishment longhair in our midst? What’s that, you say? You don’t care for music videos?! Well, we’ll never understand you, but we love you in spite of your flaws. Here are the Bro. Stephen, LIVE and IN PERSON, tour dates just for you, my longhaired friend!

Have faith :
Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ In-store @ Landlocked w/ Lydia Loveless

Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ Record Release Show at Russian Recording w/ Mike Adams At His Honest Weight and Busman’s Holiday
Feb. 18th | Muncie, IN @ Village Green Records w/ State Park
Feb. 19th | South Bend, IN @ Quincy’s w/ John Davey
Feb. 20th | Grand Rapids, MI @ 815 Watson St SE w/ Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), Nathan K (limited seating! Email danclimie@gmail.com for a spot on the guest list)
Feb. 21st | Lansing, MI @ tba w/ Nathan K
Feb. 22nd | Kalamazoo, MI @ No Fun House w/ Glowfriends
Feb. 23rd | Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff’s w/ Gun Lake
Feb. 24th | Toledo, OH @ In-store  @ Culture Clash
Feb. 24th | West Lafayette, IN @ Greyhouse
Feb. 25th | Indianapolis, IN @ LUNA Music w/ husband&wife, Rodeo Ruby Love, and Metavari
Feb. 26th | Nashville, TN @ The Dirks’ House w/ Seth Wood
Feb. 27th | St. Louis, MO @ The Heavy Anchor
Feb. 28th | Bowling Green, KY @ tba
March 1st | Springfield, IL @ tba
March 2nd | Peoria, IL @ 2020 House
March 4th | Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s w/ Golden Coins, Jay Flash
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN @ tba w/ Kalispell
March 6th | Eau Claire, WI @ The Mouse Trap w/ Kalispell
March 8th | Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR w/ Molly Sullivan
March 9th | Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Dash-In
March 11th | Louisville, KY @ RYE on Market
March 13th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 14th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 15th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 16th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 17th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

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Hear two new Bro. Stephen songs!

Our pals over at Octopuswindmill.com are streaming two brand new tracks (“Domino” and “Tears on Tape”) from the forthcoming Bro. Stephen album, Baptist Girls!

Listen now, then buy the record, then feel like a million gottdang bucks!

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the final year of existence! 2012. Wow. All of this build up, all of this progress and innovation, all of human history culminates in one enormous worldwide fireball at the stroke of midnight on 12/21/12. Who knew….

So, I guess we’re just kinda hanging around killing time at this point, all of us. My recommendation would be this: If you HAVE to sit around and anticipate the apocalypse, why not do it listening to the new Bro. Stephen record? After all, it’s very good, and it kind of makes a perfect soundtrack for waiting for the end of time. I mean, at that moment when the Earth’s crust turns inside out I’m sure we’ll all be playing some SUNN O)))) or Zao or something, but until then, Bro. Stephen is ready to sooth us and calm us down while we wait. I mean, we’ve got 11 months to sit idly by and wring our hands. No reason to waste that time worrying and fretting. As for me and my house, we will let Bro. Stephen give us a neck rub until the moon turns to blood and the locusts reign down from on high.

Ok, sorry…enough of that….here’s some real information.
The new Bro. Stephen Record Baptist Girls is out officially on 1/24/12!!
If you preorder it now, though, we’ll send it right away!!
Tour dates are falling into place for Bro. Steve and he’ll be hitting the road hard with his new record beginning in February!!
We’ll be happy to debut the new single/music video very soon!! Just waiting on some finishing touches.

We’re very excited about this record, and a few other things that will be coming up very soon. Feel free to get in touch with us anytime if you have any questions, or just want to chat.

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November is Vinyl Month!

…3 brand new vinyl releases from XRA records before the year is over. Just in time for the holidays!!

You read right! We know its been kind of a quiet year for us, release wise, but things are back on track and in full-effect. here’s the deal :

XRA-027 / Bro. Stephen / Patrons of the Arts 7″
We’re now taking orders, and shipping immediately, this beautiful brand new 7″ single from Bro. Stephen! (The official release date is Nov 8, but this music CANNOT be contained) These songs were recorded in the middle of a former chicken barn in the middle of autumn in the middle of nowhere in Indiana. he A-side is a well orchestrated, toe-tapping taste of what’s to come from Bro. Stephen while the B-side features two exclusive solo tracks accompanied only by the cracking of the wood stove and the rain falling hard against the barn’s tin roof. (limited to 300 copies, vinyl-only)

XRA-032 / Alexander the Great / Native Tongues 7″
The final piece in the songwriting puzzle that was Alexander the Great…this posthumous release finds the Bloomington youngins at their most melancholy-yet-inspired moment yet. Three lovely tunes to bid farewell to ATG, while at the same time reminding us just exactly what it is we’re going to miss about these dudes; catchy hooks, true emotion, and thoughtful, thought provoking imagery. (limited to 200 copies, vinyl includes mp3 download)

XRA-034 / Candy Claws + Mike Adams At His Honest Weight / Sing Starflyer 59 Split 10″
We’re pleased as punch to offer this novelty with our buddies from Flannelgraph Records! Two of the modern era’s greatest acts, Candy Claws and Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, together at last doing covers of the world’s greatest undisputed act of all time, STARFLYER 59! (strictly limited to 500 copies, vinyl includes mp3 download)

prices and ordering info for all three of these brand new offerings can be found by visiting the “Catalog” page, right up above us here.

…and if that wasn’t enough….
XRA will be doing another abbreviated version of XRAfest this weekend at the Village Green Records in Muncie, Indiana! All of that info can be found on the “Live” page.

more great stuff is coming after the turn of the new year, but that’s all we can tell you about for now. see you soon!!!!

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XRA…it’s ALIVE!!

a few things to tell, and hint at…

Thing 1 : husband&wife and Sleeping Bag are hitting the road together, starting tomorrow. all the dates and dirty details can be found on the live calendar. if you’ve ever liked or enjoyed having fun, then these shows are the place for you!

Thing 2 : this friday, METAVARI will be performing at Fortissimo, a new concert series sponsored by the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, WITH the Philharmonic!! it’s really going to be great…someone, please tape it. Clem Snide will also be there.

and, other thing : we’ve got some new releases getting very, very close to the finish line. we’ll be happy to let you know about them, as well as some more exciting label news, as soon as we can…for now, we remain tight lipped. but soon, though….

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