At the end of any great show, don’t you have that fantasy moment that the band you were grooving to all night will come out and play just one more song? Well last Friday, the audience at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Washington, D.C. got just that. Following the Bear Hands set at the end of the show as the crowd was trickling out to the porch to enjoy their last drinks and cigarettes, Val Loper and Ted Feldman from Bear Hands, Slam Donahue, and Emil from Emil & Friends rocked out to Slam Donahue’s “It’s Scary.” The show was hosted by All Things Go and curated by Cantora Records.
Cantora All Stars performing Slam Donahue – “It’s Scary” [featuring Slam Donahue, Bear Hands, Emil & Friends, and Will Griggs]:
In case you haven’t been able to see Bear Hands recently, they have started to play a new song live called “Giants.” This is probably my new favorite Bear Hands song, and ya’ll need to get ready for the dopeness when these guys record their next album.
This recording is from their set at the Cantora Records Official SXSW 2011 Showcase down at The Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX, where they shared the stage with Superhumanoids, Slam Donahue, Reptar, Secret Music, and Computer Magic. Take notes!
Bear Hands – Giants (live):
Pitchfork debuted the new video for “Crime Pays” from Bear Hands today, featuring a special guest appearance by what appears to be Mike Tyson at the boxing match! Also, I really enjoy the ending. Take the camera and run little man!
Bear Hands – Crime Pays:
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Bear Hands // Photo by Betsy Blundell
Bear Hands drops their long-awaited and anticipated first LP Burning Bush Supper Club today, and we couldn’t be happier about how hard they’re making it rain. There are so many good tracks on this record that we hope you will listen to it streaming on Spin.com or order the album from Cantora Records. Definite standouts include the catchy-as-pink-eye opener “Crime Pays,” long time live favorite “Belongings,” and the track that feels like the heart and soul of the record, “Whicksey Boxing.” Plus, “Blood and Treasure” will rock your socks off!
Here’s the first single, “Crime Pays,” which will have a video soon, apparently.
Bear Hands – Crime Pays:
Earlier tonight we attended what was essentially a live listening party for Bear Hands’ new single “What a Drag” at the Cantora Records studios in Brooklyn. “What A Drag” will be released in the U.S. by Cantora on February 16th, and will feature “Can’t Stick Em” as the b-side, available as a limited edition white 7″ vinyl and digitally via iTunes and the like. Bear Hands have been working on a new LP for a while now, and from what we hear it’s pretty much finished at this point, so this single release will serve as an entree to the LP at some point later this year (fingers crossed).
In any case, Bear Hands played a nice little six song set in a room built up with paper flowers and huge hanging lamps, ending with this nice rendition of the soon-to-be-major “What a Drag.” Have a listen! And if you want to download the tracks or buy the 7″, check out the newly redesigned Bear Hands website.
Bear Hands – What a Drag (live):