State: Honey Moon

Thursday, 7th May 2009

For love songs, Rennie Sparks has said, "Triteness is really a problem." Sparks is half of the Handsome Family, with her husband Brett. Their songs have in the past tended to be more about aeroplane disasters and bloody killings – they’ve...

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If you ever get famous...

Tuesday, 5th May 2009

Filmed during there session for Woodstock WDST100, The Duke & The King play 'If You ever get famous' from the forthcoming LP Nothing Gold Can Stay

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www.adequacy.net

Sunday, 3rd May 2009

Having a successful marriage has to be one of the most rewarding joys we can share in life. Now, when you’re able to fulfill your craft through this partnership is surely another delight all on its own. Throughout their existence as a band,...

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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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Handsome Family in Metro

Friday, 1st May 2009

A 20th wedding anniversary occasioned this appropriately titled eighth album from the king and queen of country noir, Brett and Rennie Sparks, and it's as bathed in languid sunshine as its predecessor was steeped in graveyard Gothic.Love is in...

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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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Handsome Family in Washington Post

Tuesday, 28th April 2009

"The excellent CD strikes a careful balance between her sorrowful themes and the wispy shimmer of her music." - Catherine P. Lewiswww.washingtonpost.com

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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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Honey Moon in The Sun

Friday, 17th April 2009

* * * *HE sings her dark, peculiar, beautiful lyrics in a booming baritone.Husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks are known for distinctly gothic country music. So this romantic album celebrating their 20-year marriage comes as a surprise....

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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 Martin

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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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