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The Oui Camera Oui vinyl release show in honor of Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th at the Red Devil Lounge in SF. Spend $10 or pre-order Oui Camera Oui at your local record store and get into the show for free (first 100 only).

This Just In!

On Monday, April 18th, RollingStone.com will exclusively premiere the video for Berlin Wall.

Also April 18th, AOL Music is hosting a Oui Camera Oui listening party and will stream the record all week. It'll appear here:

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner

Meanwhile, Live 105 and KCRW are spinning Model Son!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Watch the The Heavenly States interview on CNN (aired March 3, 2011)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - THE HEAVENLY STATES ANNOUNCE NEW EP, OUI CAMERA OUI - "MODEL SON" MP3 NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD - BAND ANNOUNCES SPECIAL RECORD STORE DAY OFFER AND BAY AREA PERFORMANCE - OUI CAMERA OUI IN STORES AND ONLINE VIA HIPPIES ARE DEAD RECORDS ON APRIL 19

Hippies Are Dead Records is excited to announce that the Bay Area-based band The Heavenly States will be releasing their brand new EP titled Oui Camera Oui on April 19. Recorded and produced with Bill Lefler (Gym Class Heroes, Dashboard Confessional) in Los Angeles, CA, in the fall of 2009 and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady, etc.), Oui Camera Oui marks the band’s first album with Hippies Are Dead Records and is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 album, Delayer.

To celebrate the release of the band's new EP, the track "Model Son" is now being given away for free. As the EP's opening song, "Model Son" is a foot-stomping rocker that reveals the scope of the band's highly ambitious music. The song is a journey through folk, blues by way of Britain, and southern rock, with surprises around every corner to the very end. The rasp, rhythm, and groove recall Bob Seger, Talking Heads and Modest Mouse.

Additionally, to support independent music and retail, The Heavenly States will be offering Oui Camera Oui through a special preorder and Bay Area show performance tied in with this year's Record Store Day on April 16. Customers who preorder Oui Camera Oui, purchase the vinyl on April 16 or spend $10 or more at their favorite record store on Record Store Day will receive a free ticket to see the band that very same night in San Francisco, CA, at The Red Devil Lounge.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Heavenly States announces the release of Oui Camera Oui by New York/San Francisco label HAD Records on April 19, 2011. The 7 track EP features songs "Model Son", "Monster", and "Berlin Wall" and includes special guest performances by Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords) and Britt Daniel (Spoon). The long awaited release is the first since Delayer and is the first installment in a series. The record will be available in 12-inch vinyl (special limited pressing), cd, and digital format.

Stay tuned for promotions and events surrounding the April release.

Follow Oui Camera Oui news and The Heavenly States here, on Facebook and Myspace, and at www.hippiesaredeadrecords.com.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Check out the SF Examiner review of Ted's acoustic show at the Uptown in Oakland.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Oui Camera Oui", the new THS EP featuring Britt Daniel of Spoon will be out this summer. Can't hardly wait, especially after John Agnello has signed on to mix the tracks.

THS artist in residence Kristoffer West Johnson has created an animated video for track "Berlin Wall" for the forthcoming EP "Oui Camera Oui." Stay tuned for the video release.

As posted previously, THS contributed the track "A Man for Our Times" to the compilation Project Courage and Consequence out of Oakland, CA. Access a link to updates and tracks from the last THS blog.

THS coming soon to a residency near you, especially if you live in Los Angeles, CA. Stay tuned.

A special thanks to all who came out to the SXSW showcase at Red 7 Thursday night, and to everyone who worked the show.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

1104 Hours til Spring - an update

Current mood:effin wrecked in a good way

Time to break the silence.

THS is releasing a 6-song EP entitled "Oui Camera Oui" this spring with special guest performance by Britt Daniel of Spoon. The tricky trax are being mastered right now, in the 1104th hour by a madman in New York. Spoon about to hit the road by the way to promote Transference, generally and figuratively.

THS will perform songs from the new EP as well as standards from previous release, Delayer, at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX (March 17 - 21). SXSW 2010 performance dates and times TBA.

A new music video is in the works by THS artist in residence Kristoffer West Johnson. The video features THS track "Berlin Wall" from the forthcoming EP "Oui Camera Oui."

THS will play a co-headline gig at The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco with London outfit, Think About Life, on Friday, March 26th.

As posted in the previous blog, THS contributed the track "A Man for Our Times" to the compilation Project Courage and Consequence out of Oakland, CA. Access a link to updates and tracks from that blog.

THS coming soon to a residency near you, especially if you live in Los Angeles, CA. Stay tuned.

A P.S. about the band X... If you were there (Slim's in SF) on December 30th and 31st you don't need to be told. This is one of the great bands of our time, then and now. See them if you can, wherever you can. Looking forward to more from The Knitters and also John Doe. John Doe, THS has written you into a song for our next full length album, assuming we live that long. Thanks again to the 4 geniuses of X.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Playing with X on Dec 30th and New Year's Eve at Slim's!!

Why cling to the past? End the year early -- get the two day pass and come both nights! Slim's in SF.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Har Mar Superstar + THS at the Uptown October 10th

Looking forward to this reunion. THS's first show with Har Mar since The Onion party in SF three or four years back. Can't wait to get handled.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Keeping it real in the Mid

Thanks to the Minneapolitans, Dakotans, and Iowans for coming out and reminding us why we do it. We would pack up Dubuque and bring with if we could. Next stop Colorado, then Oaktown with Har Mar.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Libya for any who have followed THS since 2004....

THS keeping up with the sudden barrage of news and outrage regarding the release of Al-Megrahi and his return to Libya. Old news for THS, who attempted to draw attention to international oil dealings in Libya in January 2005. For now, we limit our thoughts on the meaning of the moral outrage in print expressed by so many regarding the release of the "Lockerbie bomber" to this: So we were all cool with things before Al-Megrahi was released? Who will now be served by Libya's return to center stage.... what enterprise? C'mon now, let's try to keep up this time. Maybe paying actual journalists to perform actual journalism for actual news media to be published in timely high profile pieces might be useful at this juncture and going forward -- having missed the boat during the Bushmedia Era. And as so many continue to profit from skating the info-lag.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Recording, Lyrics, Royal Pains, A story of sedation....

We are in the studio late summer beginning to record our fourth album, or EP, or amuse bouche. More to say as the story unfolds and the Kraken is released. We're incorporating new songs into the Delayer live set to keep things green.....The Heavenly States lyrics are now available for consumption. Check out the new tab at www.theheavenlystates.com. All songs are written by The Heavenly States and shared courtesy of Love Brand Music, BMI.....We're coming to the midwest this fall and we'll play with comrade Har Mar Superstar on our home turf at The Uptown Nightclub on October 10th. More dates looming. Was that "Morning Exercise" on the show Royal Pains, "The Honeymoon's Over" episode? Yes, indeed. The song had a bit part. The unruly artist with the heart condition was listening to "Morning Exercise" while painting when his extremely sensible doctor showed up at the studio and shut it off right after "....a story of sedation."

Monday, August 10, 2009

EBX Best of the Bay, The Uptown, Oakland Museum rock it

Friday's "Best of the Bay" show hosted by the East Bay Express with The Uptown Nightclub was one of the best events we've ever played. For such a huge event it was fun, well run, in the sun, and all for the sons and daughters of Oakland. Thanks, homeys.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Recording + Lyrics + New Dates

We are in the studio this summer beginning to record our fourth album, or EP, or amuse bouche. More to say as the story unfolds and the Kraken is released. The Heavenly States lyrics are now available for consumption. Check out the new tab. All songs are written by The Heavenly States and shared courtesy of Love Brand Music, BMI.We're coming to the midwest this fall and we'll play with comrade Har Mar Superstar on our home turf at The Uptown Nightclub on October 10th. More dates looming.A belated thanks to the East Bay Express and to Oaklanders for putting on a fine time at the August 7th "Best of the Bay" show at the Oakland Museum.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

SXSW and Noo Toonz

The SXSW Heavenly States schedule has spoken (see show times above). There will be much nooness in the tune domain, though we are willing to play our old shit too. See you in Oss.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Old Pizza Fetish Stirs Controversy

Old Pizza Fetishist (old referring to the pizza, not the fetishist) speaks up about his portrayal in the Heavenly States slideshow "A Year or Two in the Life of The Heavenly States" (posted below). We stand corrected. It is not possible to maintain two equally energized libidinal cathexes at once, in the opinion of the fetishist. It's either "a beans thing" or "an old pizza" thing; you may not have your beans and eat your pizza too.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Chrissie Hynde, Pat Benatar, Anya Marina

Is it just us or does anyone see the resemblance? Anya Marina rocked Jimmy Kimmel last week. We got up early to watch the Hynde-Benatar love child who was both sly and fly.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

See the Heavenly States during the Grammys February 8th?Really?

We just found out yesterday we’ll be featured on a music video/film/commercial to air during the Grammys. THS thanks Project Rising Stars, Gary Calamar and KCRW(!), more people that we don’t even know about, and the Filmaka finalists for picking "The Race" (Delayer). Way to sneak us in through the back doe yo.

Friday February 06, 2009

See you in Austin

Yes, we are playing SXSW and we'll post the details when we have them. Come on down.