Board of Fun Singles Club #001: “Wave Upon Wave” by James McKean and the Blueberry Moon

Here’s the YouTube stream for James’s new song, which will be available to download for free from Friday 30 November (URL to come). See previous post for details about the launch event at the Dentist on 33 Chatsworth Road, Hackney, London.

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OK, that zine, the James McKean launch and a Jerry DeCicca show

To celebrate the free download release of the A-Train frontman James McKean‘s solo single “Wave Upon Wave” and the launch the first, very scrappy issue of the Board of Fun zine (as well as new zines by the artists Zoë Taylor and Sean King), we’re having a gig/party at the Dentist in Hackney. Details below:

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BOARD OF FUN zine launch w/special guest JERRY DECICCA of the Black Swans…

And support from YO ZUSHI and JAMES MCKEAN

All the way from Columbus Ohio, a solo set by lead singer, songwriter and guitar player of The Black Swans, the wonderful Jerry DeCicca

We will also be celebrating the launch of the Board of Fun zine, featuring interviews with Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil MoonRed House Painters) and Joanne Robertson, artwork from Oliver Talkes (formerly of the Southern Tenant Folk Union), new writing from Ross Palmer, and more; as well as a series of zines by the illustrator/artist Zoë Taylor and the Eidola Records supremo Sean King.Jerry DeCiccaJerry DeCicca and The Black Swans have been winning hearts with their highly unique and beautiful folk sound since the early 2000s. Critically acclaimed by Pitchfork, MOJO, and many others, The Black Swans have released a split 7″ with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, opened for amazing acts all over the country, and are here to help you.

On the 30th, Jerry will be performing songs
from the last two Black Swans albums Occasion for Song and Don’t Blame the Stars plus a few new ones destined for his forthcoming solo album.

http://theblackswans.com/

http://misrarecords.com/artists/the-black-swans/

Yo Zushi

“This could be the start of something major” – ****, Q Magazine

Yo Zushi, described by Mary Anne Hobbs of Radio 1 as “the spirit of Bob Dylan for the 21st century”, has released two albums on Pointy Records, as well as an EP on Italy’s Best Kept Secret Tape Label. Q Magazine gave his debut album Songs From a Dazzling Drift four stars, saying: “This could be the start of something major.”
The Word praised his “perfectly constructed lyricism”; Dazed & Confused called his music “a masterclass in storytelling”. In 2008, Zushi released his second album Notes For Holy Larceny (five stars – Amelia’s Magazine; “A raw… intriguing talent” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2), followed by a series of EPs and singles in 2009. Zushi has played on bills with Joanna Newsom, Scritti Politti, Willy Mason, Rachel Unthank, the Magic Numbers, Patrick Wolf and Micah P Hinson, among others. After a few years off, Zushi is back with dozens of new songs, some of which will soon be released through his blog Board of Fun.
www.yozushi.net
www.soundcloud.com/yozushi

James McKean

James McKean is best known as the frontman of the ‘A’ Train, a London-based rock band that has been delivering a “melodic wall of sound like a low-key Arcade Fire” (Digital Fix) since the mid-2000s. The Fly called the ‘A’ Train’s single “Black and White Memories” a “sublime debut”; Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music praised their “lovely, organic, earthy sound”. Tonight, James will be launching his debut solo single, “Wave Upon Wave”, released as a free download by Board of Fun.
http://www.theatrain.co.uk
Doors open 7.30pmFully Licensed BarTickets £5 on the door. £4 in adv through Ticketweb (details soon to be announced)