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And now for… A Book About Elephants

My introduction to Christina Tsui’s music came as so many do these days: an update–the kind I rarely register–to my Myspace page said, “A Book Of Elephants has added a new track”.  The thumbnail looked like this:


The combination of moniker and unaffected webcam still (or if it was affected, certainly standing in stark contrast to a prevailing trend toward exotic and humorless masquerading) was enough to pique my interest, and indeed served as an apropos indicator of the music:  An equally unaffected and clear-voiced singer served up short songs with painterly lyricism and appealing melodies. Have a listen:

LISTEN: An audio introduction from the artist.

Download the EP in The HUSHshop

The songs gave me a nostalgic flashbacks to the wide-eyed and optimistic documenting of bedroom recordings that HUSH was founded on. Wanting to recapture a little of that spirit, I asked Christina if she’d mind if I played accompaniment, remotely.  The result is an EP titled Milk The Moon, wherein Tsui’s vocals and guitar melodies stand sentinel over minimal arrangements for piano, bass, glockenspiel, celeste, percussion and soft keyboard lines.

This is another in a series of releases wherein we present the music freely as a gift, asking only that if it brings joy to your life that you mindfully reciprocate with your monetary support.

-Chad Crouch, Aug 09

HUSH seeks to nurture a liberated music culture where personal discovery meets elective support and thrives. Let’s do this thing–together!

Free Gift: Two Tracks from Peter Broderick


Peter Broderick has stepped onto the global stage this year with a dizzying array of releases.  As Broderick settles into a late summer run of Festival dates in Europe and his 09′ release schedule (Over half a dozen solo titles finding release, not to mention numerous appearances and production credits in 2009) slows a bit, we have a nice audio snapshot in the form of two songs.  Take it from here, Peter:

LISTEN: an introduction from the artist.

Download this free gift in high quality in The HUSHshop.

Shelly Short On Deck To Tour, Live Video


Watch more songs from this set in a playlist at YouTube

Come out and see Shelley perform songs of her new album A Cave A Canoo (out Oct 13). All US Dates with Alexis Gideon.

Aug 28 2009 8:00P
Healthy Times Fun Club Seattle, Washington
Sep 1 2009 8:00P
Visual Arts Collective Boise, Idaho
Sep 3 2009 8:00P
Slow Train (in store) Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 4 2009 8:00P
Urban Lounge salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 5 2009 8:00P
The Patio Torrey, Utah
Sep 7 2009 8:00P
Rhinoceropolis Denver, Colorado
Sep 8 2009 8:00P
Clawfoot House Lincoln, Nebraska
Sep 9 2009 8:00P
Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Sep 10 2009 8:00P
Ames Progressive Space Ames, Iowa
Sep 11 2009 8:00P
Sep 13 2009 8:00P
The Whistler Chicago, Illinois
Sep 15 2009 8:00P
Danger Danger Gallery PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Sep 19 2009 8:00P
Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
Sep 20 2009 8:00P
Metro Gallery Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 21 2009 8:00P
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia
Sep 23 2009 8:00P
Night Light CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina
Sep 24 2009 8:00P
Yauhaus CHARLOTTE, North Carolina
Sep 25 2009 8:00P
Flicker Athens, Georgia
Sep 26 2009 8:00P
CPR Presents LEXINGTON, Kentucky
Sep 27 2009 8:00P
Cranky Yellow ST LOUIS, Missouri
Sep 29 2009 8:00P
The 806 Amarillo, Texas
Sep 30 2009 8:00P
HIgh Mayhem Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oct 1 2009 8:00P
Trunk Space Pheonix, Arizona
Oct 2 2009 8:00P
Echo Curio Los Angeles, California
Oct 3 2009 8:00P
Deva Cafe Modesto, California
Nov 11 2009 8:00P
klappergasse 16 Frankfurt
Nov 12 2009 8:00P
Schokolden Berlin
Nov 13 2009 8:00P
Limes Club Cologne
Nov 14 2009 8:00P
La Passerelle St Brieuc
Nov 15 2009 8:00P
Cabaret Electric Le Havre
Nov 17 2009 8:00P
Nation Of Shopkeepers Leeds
Nov 19 2009 8:00P
Le Rigoletto Paris
Nov 20 2009 8:00P
L’émile Vache Metz
Nov 21 2009 8:00P
Deep Inside Dijon
Nov 24 2009 8:00P
St Ex Bordeaux

Podington Bear’s Growly Tum

In bear terms, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Podington the musical bear (who often goes simply by the letter P). While the latest update no musical windfall to those who know him, it may just be a feast for the uninitiated.

P Bear has taken yet another step toward that buzz word of “free culture” by offering his complete catalog online for free download (Again, that is. It was originally debuted for free download in a stream of podcasting, and gradually rescinded throughout ’07-’09) via bandcamp.com**:


The latest album offering has been coined Growly Tum. Could it portend P Bear’s appetite for music construction has awoken again? We shall see. It features two hitherto unreleased tracks book ending the uncollected ‘Season Two’ first fruits:

Growly Tum is also available in the HUSHshop for free or a suggested $2.49 donation (320 kbps mp3)

Other P Bear Favorites:

**As with many things in modern music merchandising there is a catch: Apart from the new Growly Tum, and Remixes Vol 1 albums (available for free at full quality), the free downloads on Bandcamp.com are limited to 128K mp3, accessed via a fairly inconspicuous link when prompted to pay via the “Download Album” link. For a pay-what-you-feel sum (of $2 or more) you can pick your favorite format in up-to CD quality for the entire collection.