The Handsome Family's Second Honeymoon

Saturday, 2nd May 2009

Here's a profile of the wonderful alt-country duo The Handsome Family that I wrote for SEE Magazine. I spoke to Rennie Sparks, who was lovably unpretentious and full of laughter through our entire conversation; her personality seems like the...

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The Duke & The King live in session

Friday, 1st May 2009

The Duke & The King will be attending the Woodstock (WDST 100.1) Studios this afternoon (Friday) for an exclusive live session. The band will be playing tracks from there forthcoming debut LP in one of there first live...

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VJCD184 - The Duke & the King - 'Nothing Gold Can Stay'

Friday, 1st May 2009

VJCD184 - 'Nothing Gold Can Stay'Released: July 20th 2009 * Press Release (pdf) - 680kb * Press Release (doc) - 308kbAlbum Cover1500 x 1500 / 1.5mbPlease click on the thumbnail to open the hi res image ...

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Handsome Family on Pitchfork

Thursday, 30th April 2009

Brett and Rennie Sparks have been recording together as the Handsome Family for 14 years now, but they've been married for 20. To mark their china anniversary, the couple are foregoing a retrospective of their seven studio albums (although...

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The Boss gets Loose

Wednesday, 29th April 2009

This month's Uncut Magazine has a big Bruce Springsteen feature, interview, cover plus a covermount CD.One of the topics covered is the "Walk In" music you may hear on Bruce Springsteen's current tour. We checked the full listing online and were...

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The Handsome Family on AMG website

Monday, 27th April 2009

Good overview of the Handsome Family and new album Honey Moon on the AMG site with track previews.www.allmusicguide.com

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Handsome Family in Time Out

Sunday, 26th April 2009

"... Tracks like 'The Loneliness of Magnets' are fitting testimony to one of music's most madly romantic partnerships."- - - - - - - - - -

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Handsome's on BBC Ulster

Saturday, 25th April 2009

Ralph McLean ran a full feature on the new Handsome Family album on his 'McLean's Country' show last week.Darling My Darling, The Loneliness Of Magnets, The Petrified Forest and Wild Wood can all be heard via the listen again via the BBC iPlayer

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Online Reviews (overviews)

Friday, 24th April 2009

The Independent website are running an online summery of all the glowing feedback for Honey Moon;"There's a burnt beauty to 'Honey Moon' – something akin to Mark Twain re-written by Edgar Allan Poe – that exerts a deliciously morbid pull on...

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A.V. Club

Tuesday, 21st April 2009

Brett and Rennie Sparks have been married and making music for more than a decade, and over that time, they’ve settled into a signature sound combining Brett’s deep baritone and penchant for mid-tempo alt-country balladry with Rennie’s...

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Paris Motel makes noises

Tuesday, 21st April 2009

We are very pleased to confirm that Paris Motel are/have been back in the studio and we will be expecting to hear more later this year.For all of you on facebook you can view studio pictures here.

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BBC Online

Monday, 20th April 2009

Full review online now - www.bbc.co.uk/music..."There's a burnt beauty to Honey Moon – something akin to Mark Twain re-written by Edgar Allan Poe – that exerts a deliciously morbid pull on the imagination and the emotions. Satisfaction is...

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Handsomes in The Times

Monday, 20th April 2009

Having spun six albums of country-noir vignettes, the Albuquerque husband/wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks finally deliver their maiden album of love songs. Heaven forbid, however, that the clichés of such a familiar idiom be used as a creative...

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VJCD185 - The Handsome Family - 'Honey Moon'

Monday, 20th April 2009

Press Release VJCD185 - 'Honey Moon'Released: April 20th 2009 * Press Release (pdf) - 312kb * Press Release (Word) - 268kbAlbum Cover 'Honey...

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Handsome's in Mail on Sunday

Sunday, 19th April 2009

Bluegrass and folk have been the staple ingredients of the alt. country revival, not least for husband-and-wife duo The Handsome Family...

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Honey Moon in Independent

Friday, 17th April 2009

Though being by The Handsome Family, they're love songs with a curious purchase on the mystical undercurrents of reality, pivoting on those points where the natural world rubs up against intimations of spirituality. Sung by Brett in the booming...

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Daily Mirror: Honey Moon

Thursday, 16th April 2009

4/5Country's odd couple continue to make strangely twisted but emotionally ravishing music. This silky and mysterious offering mixes songs about love and nature with wry humour, dark longing with a little of what's sweet and sticky.Yum!- Gavin...

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Now Magazine

Wednesday, 15th April 2009

The eighth studio album by Albuquerque’s Handsome Family commemorates the 20th wedding anniversary of Brett and Rennie Sparks, the band’s two members. As such, it’s an album of love songs, making it a departure from the Gothic Americana...

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Q: Honey Moon

Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Brett and Rennie Sparks celebrate 20 years of matrimony with eighth album of gothic country. As always the haunted lyrics bear a quaintness that seems so archaic you can almost hear the cogs whirring away inside. Lovers collide and separate, kiss...

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Note Books entry from Rennie Sparks

Tuesday, 14th April 2009

The Note Books series features musicians discussing their literary side. Past contributors have included John Darnielle, John Vanderslice, and others.The Handsome Family releases their new album, Honey Moon today, and it is truly an honor and...

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Honey Moon - OUT NOW

Tuesday, 14th April 2009

The new Handsome Family album Honey Moon is out nationwide this coming Monday (April 20th) through all good shops and download sites. You can pre-order it as of this Thursday (16th) direct from the Loose shop.You can read all of the press...

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Honey Moon: Uncut

Tuesday, 14th April 2009

"a dozen songs of romantic yearning from deep within their own strange world... Modern romance then - but not as we know it"- Rob Hughes, UncutYou can read the review here or in the latest issue of Uncut magazine.

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Maverick: The Handsome Family

Monday, 13th April 2009

Jeremy Searle caught up with Brett and Renne Sparks for the latest issue of Maverick Magazine to discuss their audiences, New Zealand, marriage, Darwin, line dancing and ultimately WYSIWYG!!You can read the interview below or in the latest issue...

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Americana UK: Honey Moon

Thursday, 9th April 2009

Not much sweetness oozing from this satellite.They’ve been gradually tramping a path through the damp dark woods of Gothic Americana for some time now....- David Cowling

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Handsome's: The Word

Thursday, 9th April 2009

"This is music that is deeply rooted in romance, that feels the push and pull of adult life while placing itself somewhere to the side of it"- Rob Fitzpatrick, The WordYou can read the full article here , or by purchasing the magazine now!

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