Neil is excited to be playing some shows in Scandinavia in May. This time round he will be traveling with a full band so expect to hear the new record ‘Palindrome Hunches’ in it’s full folky glory. London will also be treated to a full band performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire when Neil plays with the brilliant Mark Kozelek.
Neil Halstead knows what all of the different ways are to feel comfortably bummed. He’s studied them and has made it part of his songwriting expertise to get as intimate with those variables and conflictions that lead to a dynamic that just lets the blemishes and the disappointments play a part in the decoration of a space, to offer their own specific tastes as integral pieces of the ensemble, like the legs that keep a table level enough to host the gravy train and a pitcher of water or a pot of coffee. He lets his music take its shape sometimes through the advice of a chemical haze and the visions that begin their wavy ascents to the eyes, when there’s nothing to see in front of them but a hallucinogenic rambling, a smear of frozen darkness suddenly waking up and getting loopy and demented.
To read more and listen to the session head on over to Daytrotter by clicking here
Neil’s Sunday Morning Coming Down Mix - MOG playlist
Sep 25, 2012
“To celebrate the release of ‘Palindrome Hunches,’ Halstead provided MOG with an exclusive playlist featuring a set of tracks to chase our Sunday hangovers away, including cuts by Neil Young and the Pixies…” Definitely worth a listen!
Ahead of his tour to promote the new album Palindrome Hunches, Neil Halstead stopped by Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant and recorded 2 songs from his new album Palindrome Hunches, a Mojave 3 tune (yer feet) and a Slowdive tune (Alison). And you can have them all for free on this Tour EP over Noisetrade.com: Noisetrade.com/neilhalstead
Neil Halstead’s third solo album, Palindrome Hunches, will be released on September 11th through Brushfire Records. The first single from the record is the beautifully intimate cut “Full Moon Rising”. To go along with the intimate nature of the song, Halstead has put together an appropriate, simple visual to match. No crazy effects or actors, just him and his guitar telling a story. In the end, this all you really need.
Neil talks possible Slowdive reunion with MTV Hive
Aug 29, 2012
After over a decade of dismissing the possibility of a Slowdive reunion, former frontman Neil Halstead is no longer ruling it out. “There’s a chance that we’ll get back together,” Halstead told Hive over the phone yesterday from China, where his other outfit Mojave 3 is touring. “It’s definitely possible at some point.” Halstead added that the band never swore off a reformation. “No one has ever really said, ‘I never want to do it.’ We’ve never really talked about it much.”
Limited Free 7” with Purchase of “Palindrome Hunches”
Aug 23, 2012
Neil’s new album “Palindrome Hunches” will be available September 11 on CD and LP in the US at most fine independent music retailers. While supplies last, you will receive a free 7” with two unreleased songs with purchase of the new album.
Pick up this deluxe CD edition of Palindrome Hunches on Amazon.com (limited to 500 copies worldwide). Presented in a notebook style format with a chipboard front and back cover, the release features Neil Halstead’s handwritten lyric sheets as well as open space for your own ruminations as you listen to the album.
Over the past 23 years, Neil Halstead has earned an ardent following by making intensely atmospheric music with a near-hypnotic power. Hailed as “one of Britain’s most respected songwriters,” the singer/guitarist served as frontman and primary songwriter for Slowdive (the legendary shoegaze outfit whose seminal studio albums include 1993’s Souvlaki, co-produced by Brian Eno). After its 1995 breakup, Slowdive morphed into the Halstead-helmed Mojave 3 and released a string of highly celebrated records that merged jangly alt-country with dusky dream-pop. In 2006, Mojave 3 went on indefinite hiatus, prompting Halstead to embark on an acoustic-driven solo career marked by British-folk-inspired melody and ethereal nylon-string strumming.
Source: LA Music Blog
LA Music Blog had a chance to catch up with Neil Halstead while he was on the West Coast to find out more about the upcoming tour, the new album, and his self-described “lack of career options.”
NEIL HALSTEAD ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF FORTHCOMING RELEASE
Aug 09, 2012
PALINDROME HUNCHES OUT SEPTEMBER 11
Los Angeles, CA) … Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) announces a fall tour in support of his September 11th release, Palindrome Hunches (Brushfire Records).
Palindrome Hunches, the follow-up to Halstead’s acclaimed sophomore solo effort Oh! Mighty Engine finds the Cornwall, England-based musician continuing to craft moody and endlessly mesmerizing folk-infused songs. This time around, Halstead teamed up with producer Nick Holton and members of Wallingford’s Band of Hope (including Ben Smith on violin, Drew Milloy on double bass, Paul Whitty on piano, and Tom Crook on guitar) to achieve a sound that’s both remarkably rich and piercingly intimate.
This fall Halstead will tour across North America playing intimate shows at venues such as Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta), Schuba’s (Chicago) and Largo at the Coronet (Los Angeles). Additional shows will be added.
In addition, Rolling Stone.com recently debuted a video for song, “Spin The Bottle” here: http://bit.ly/Mcc3kn
September 28 Atlanta, GA Eddie’s Attic
September 30 Raleigh, NC The Casbah
October 2 Arlington, VA IOTA
October 3 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
October 10 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
October 12 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
October 13 Madison, WI High Noon
October 16 Boulder, CO E Town
October 17 Denver, CO Walnut Room
October 19 Seattle, WA Rendezvous Seattle Art’s Fest
October 20 Portland, OR Doug Fir
October 23 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
October 24 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
October 25 Santa Barbara, CA Club Mercy
October 26 Santa Monica, CA McCabe’s
October 27 Los Angeles, CA Largo at the Coronet
Tuesday at 4pm PST on Turntable.FM Neil Halstead will be spinning a few new songs from his upcoming album “Palindrome Hunches” and some favorites from his earlier work with Slowdive and Mojave 3 and more. Turntable is available in the US only for now.
Video Premiere: Neil Halstead Unveils New Song ‘Spin the Bottle’
Aug 01, 2012
Hey folks… first vid clip (of many) that will be debuting from Neil’s new record…
Check it out here and please pass this along!
Slowdive co-founder Neil Halstead is gearing up for the release of his latest solo effort, Palindrome Hunches, out September 11th on Brushfire. Check out this intimate clip of Halstead performing the bruised-heart song “Spin The Bottle,” shot by friends Lee Evans and Adj (Andrew) Brown in their hometown of Newquay.
“Gen, my wife, and I were having some problems and we eventually split up,” says Halstead, recalling the song’s origins. “When I wrote the song I was hoping we might be able to find some way to figure things out. It’s about rediscovering that initial spark, about getting past all the work and kid stuff; the day-to-day shizel and just opening up to the person you love.”
With Wimbledon in full swing, we thought we’d share a b-side from Neil Halstead called “Tennis For Dennis” it will appear on a 7″ available for free with purchase of the album at indie retail on Sept 11. Neil Halstead – Tennis For Dennis
Brushfire Records is giving away a digital sampler over at www.noisetrade.com/brushfirerecords it features tracks from ALO, Bahamas, Neil Halstead, Release the Sunbird and Zee Avi. Head on over and grab some free music!
Full moon rising is a track from my new record “palindrome hunches” it was recorded with ” The Band of Hope” , some great musicians from Wallingford in the UK . They did a fantastic job on this track and indeed the whole album. I hope you enjoy it .” - Neil Halstead
Palindrome Hunches will be released by Brushfire Records on September 11th.
This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2 - Out NOW!
Nov 16, 2011
Brushfire Records new release “This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2” available now! Remember 25% of the profits from this album will be donated to charities benefiting music education for youth, including Little Kids Rock and The Silverlake Conservatory.
On November 15th, Brushfire Records will be releasing “This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday, Volume 2”. It includes a song by Neil called “Home For The Season”. There is a preorder up now, and all orders through December 1st will be eligible to win some pretty great prizes including a signed Ukulele from Jack Johnson, an Autographed Microphone from G. Love, a Matt Costa snowboard,and more. They’ll also be unveiling acoustic performance videos for all of the tracks on the album. over the coming months Go check it all out at www.thiswarmdecember.com. 25% of the profits from this album will be donated to charities focused on musical education for kids like Little Kids Rock, and the Silverlake Conservatory.
Neil is to play in China for the first time, the tour will kick off on April 16th in Beijing. Neil will also be playing at the inaugural Truck USA Festivalin Woodstock, New York on May 2nd,Wood Festival in Oxford, London, and South East, UK on May 21st, and Caribana Festival in Geneva, Switzerland on June 12th.
After an overwhelming response to the inaugural Bondi Beach event in 2008, The Happening finally returns to Australia this March.
A celebration of surf culture and community and its reach beyond the waves into the world of music, art and film - The Happening 2010 will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, bringing together under one roof: Brushﬁre Records musicians Matt Costa, Zee Avi, Neil Halstead and Will Conner; film-makers George Greenough, Chris and Emmett Malloy – previews of 180° South and The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights – plus the exhibited works of contemporary artists from The Surf Gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
SYDNEY - BONDI PAVILION - FRIDAY MARCH 26
BRISBANE - THE ZOO - SUNDAY MARCH 28
MELBOURNE - THE ESPY - WEDNESDAY MARCH 31
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19
The history of The Happening harks back to 2002 when professional surfer and filmmaker Chris Malloy, his cousin, filmmaker and owner of Brushfire Records Emmett Malloy, and Will Pennartz of The Surf Gallery brought together three disconnected elements of beach culture – art, film and music – into a single event.
In 2008, the event extended its reach traveling to Sydney’s Bondi Beach Pavilion, Tokyo, London, Cornwall and Paris - spreading surf culture around the world.
Heading up The Happening 2010 is MATT COSTA. Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Costa began songwriting during an 18-month rehabilitation period following a serious leg injury that put pay to a promising skateboarding career.
On the strength of his debut release, the folky, beautiful Songs We Sing, Costa earned a rep as an L.A. buzz act, crisscrossed the U.S. in a van, and performed at all the major North American music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits among others. In 2007 Costa recorded the follow-up Unfamiliar Faces, again on Brushfire Records. He is currently working on new material.
Next up is NEIL HALSTEAD. Based in the English coastal town of Newquay, Halstead is one of Britain’s most respected songwriters. The singer and guitarist cut three albums fronting Slowdive, before forming 4AD favourites Mojave 3 in ‘95. Halstead made his solo debut in 2002 with Sleeping On Roads and a follow-up on Brushfire in 2008, Oh! Mighty Engine.
ZEE AVI was born on the island of Borneo, later moving to Kuala Lumpur, Avi learnt to play guitar at 17. Beginning to write and perform, she posted her songs on YouTube for a friend to hear. The viral buzz around her postings eventually resulting in the release of her 2009 self-titled debut album on Brushfire/Monotone Records.
Picking up the opening slot is local Byron talent WILL CONNER. With a reputation for making music with a pure and unwavering sound, CONNER along with special guest 21st century soul surfer DAVE "RASTA" RASTOVICH, will open proceedings performing tracks from his new album Sailing, Love & Food.
Woodshed Films will tour special extended previews of 180º SOUTH the latest film by CHRIS AND EMMETT MALLOY - and, THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS directed solely by EMMETT MALLOY, as well as short films by legendary surf cinematographer George Greenough.
180º SOUTH: In 2005 filmmaker Chris Malloy took a trip to Patagonia with Yvon Chouinard - one of the most unique and prolific environmentalists - and writer/filmmaker/producer Rick Ridgeway. It was then the idea for what would be come the film 180° South was officially hatched.
The film follows young American adventurer Jeff Johnson’s journey, following in the footsteps of Chouinard and best friend Doug Tompkins’ 1968 exploration of untouched mountain ranges and un-surfed coastline, on a 5000-mile expedition from California to deep Patagonia.
THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS: In the summer of 2007, The White Stripes embarked on a cross-country Canadian tour to accomplish their goal of performing in every province and territory across the expansive northern nation. A captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring and emotive feature length film celebrates the band’s 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out - shows where no one knew who they were, and where they were left to make a first impression with their music.
At each of the Happening shows will be a gallery space exhibiting works from the following artists and photographers.
Artists: Jeff Canham, Harry Daily, Andy Davis, Ned Evans, Julie Goldstein, Yusuke Hanai, Alex Kopps, Greg Lamarche, Michael Leon, David Lloyd, Geoff McFetridge, Randy Noborikawa, Scott Richards, Mark Tesi, Pablo Ugartetxea, Tyler Warren, Alex Weinstein and more.
Photographers: Lorene Carpentier, Joe Curren, Herbie Fletcher, Laura Flippen, Michael Halsband, Ryan Heywood, Kassia Meador, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Jason Murray, Dane Peterson, Steve Sherman, Scott Soens, Patrick Trefz and more.
THE HAPPENING – music, art and film:
SYDNEY - BONDI PAVILION - FRIDAY MARCH 26
BRISBANE - THE ZOO - SUNDAY MARCH 28
MELBOURNE - THE ESPY - WEDNESDAY MARCH 31
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19
Sydney Moshtix Brisbane / Melbourne OR for all shows
Neil Halstead is being featured on Time After Island Time radio
Jun 24, 2009
Listen on SandBar Radio:
Tuesday - 8:00 PM - June 23, 2009
Friday - 8:00 PM - June 26, 2009
Sunday - 7:00 PM - June 28, 2009
Listen on Radio JimmyDreamz:
Monday - 3:00 PM - June 22, 2009 Wednesday - 9:00 AM - June 24, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - June 25, 2009 Saturday - 8:00 PM - June 27, 2009 (Note all times listed are Eastern Time)
Neil Halstead is back in the US to promote his latest “Oh! Mighty Engine”., which Paste called “sublime bedroom pop, all acoustic-based and velvet-vocaled, sincere but never strained, pretty and bittersweet.”
5 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6 - Seattle @ The Triple Door
8 - San Francisco @ Great American Music Hall
10 - Los Angeles @ Largo at the Coronet
11 - San Diego @ The Casbah
12 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
14 - Denver, CO @ The Walnut Room
16 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
17 - Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
18 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
19 - Chicago @ Schubas
20 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
21 - Toronto @ The Drake Hotel
23 - Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Tavern
24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
25 - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club
27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
28 - NYC @ Joe’s Pub
Listening to Neil Halstead, I always run through a gamut of emotions: No matter what's going on in my life, his music puts me into a blissful dream state, and I'm happy. Yet at the same time, his breathtaking voice and guitar work are beautiful enough to make me want to weep. When he performed this session at KEXP, I was eager to see what emotions he'd put me through this time.