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A bunch of new Handsome Family videos

Video: The Handsome Family – “King of Dust”

"King of Dust" by The Handsome Family

Jeez, I stop paying attention for a minute and when I open my eyes the Handsome Family has released four more videos from their latest album, Unseen, released last September. I guess it’s been nine months since they shared the video for “Gold”, and after that they’ve cranked out quirky, homegrown videos for “Back in My Day,” “Tiny Tina,” “The Red Door,” and now “King of Dust”.

I’m so happy these guys are still together and still putting out great music.

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New Handsome Family video: Gold

YouTube: The Handsome Family – “Gold”

"Gold" by The Handsome Family

A great new Handsome Family song from their album Unseen, due September 16. It’s crazy to realize they’ve been putting out spooky, heartbreaking music for over twenty years now. I’ve been a fan for almost that long. In the very early days of GLONO we did an interview with Rennie Sparks. She gave better responses than my goofy questions warranted, which just goes to show how cool she is.

I was elated when the HBO drama True Detective chose their song “Far From Any Road” as its theme song for its first season. They were finally getting the attention they deserved. Hopefully all those new fans continue to dig what Brett and Rennie Sparks are whipping up in their Albuquerque home studio.

I also love that the Handsome Family still maintains their own web site. It’s awesome.

Handsome Family – When You Whispered

MP3: The Handsome Family – “When You Whispered” from Honey Moon, out now.

I love this band, and can’t wait to pick up their new album. Might run out and grab it at lunch.

A couple of recent Handsome Family interviews:

Still Handsome after all these years by Jim DeRogatis

Handsome Family takes on the toughest subject of them all by Greg Kot

Previously on GLONO: lots.

Handsome Family: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Handsome Family interview: hillbillies, moths, swamps and toilets

Magnet talks to the Handsome Family‘s Brett and Rennie Sparks. On songwriting:

Brett: When you’ve been called “the Gomez and Morticia Adams of country music” enough times, you will fucking take off your little gothic cowboy hat.
Rennie: You have a gothic cowboy hat? Is it made of cobwebs and lizard skin?
Brett: I got a cobrasnake for a necktie.
Rennie: Honestly, though, when you try to write songs you don’t think about what other people will think about it.
Brett: I kind of do. I want to write things that will satisfy my … spectral need. [Laughs] I want to make my stuff so that it works for people. I don’t have exclusionary intentions. I’ve been through all this shit; I wrote abstract, atonal music, I worked in prepared piano music, I went to school and studied bullshit harmony and counterpoint for no reason, but I try to take that stuff and roll it up into a little ball that people can play with.

Their new album, Honey Moon, is due April 14 on Carrot Top.

We interviewed Rennie Sparks about a hundered years ago: The Glorious Noise Interview with the Handsome Family (2001). Those were the days.

MP3: The Handsome Family – “Darling, My Darling” from Honey Moon.

21 Best SXSW 2009 MP3s

SXSW 2009 South by Southwest does a great job of letting attendees (and everybody else) do some homework before the shows and preview tracks by showcased bands. Here are a bunch of our faves.

The Asteroid #4 – “These Flowers of Ours” (web, sxsw)

Black Lips – “O Katrina!” (web, sxsw)

The Dollyrots – “My Best Friend’s Hot” (web, sxsw)

Earlimart – “Face Down In The Right Town” (web, sxsw)

The Evaporators – “You Got Me Into This, Now You Get Me Out!” (web, sxsw)

Listen to the rest after the jump…

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The Handsome Family – Singing Bones

The Handsome FamilySinging Bones (Carrot Top)

A novelty can get you attention, but what then? Successful acts use their novelty to get a foot in the door and then let loose with the real deal once inside. Ask the White Stripes—or the Handsome Family.

The Handsome Family got their foot in the door as a husband & wife duo (Rennie and Brett Sparks) singing spooky dirges supported by a drum machine that was started and stopped by hand on stage. It was quirky, it was neat, and it was novel. But the Handsome Family realizes that only goes so far and they’ve expanded their sound (and their charm) on Singing Bones. Sure, the lyrics still lean into the creepy zone, but the instrumentation and production are now worthy of Rennie’s lyrics and Brett’s musical arrangement. Purists may shout out “Judas,” (can you imagine?), but Singing Bones is the Handsome Family finding their confidence as recording artists.

The Glorious Noise Interview with the Handsome Family

The Glorious Noise Interview with the Handsome Family

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rennie Sparks, the lyricist/autoharpist half of the Handsome Family. Check it out!

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