WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

ONE YEAR LATER

Well, so it's been almost exactly one year. I updated the blog. Check that out!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Korean Photo Shoot

We did a photo shoot in Tapgol Park. You can read about our visit to the park here. You can see the photos here.

Posted by Serenity at 11:55 AM




TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010


DON'T WORRY, BABIES

We covered the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry, Baby" at a recent show. We are clever, so we changed the lyrics so Serenity could sing them. See how clever we are?

Click to watch!


Posted by Serenity at 9:09 AM





WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

FEATURED IN AN ONLINE KOREAN DRAMA

The Bell & the Hammer is being featured in an online Korean drama, entitled "Everyone Says I Love You". If you don't know, the drama (soap opera) is Korea's most popular film medium. They are a pervasive part of the culture. We're excited to see how this story unfolds (as interpreted for us by our Korean co-workers). In the first installment: boy meets girl, girl forgets book, boy tries to return book, bartender says she'll be back later, boy is bewildered, sage bartender discerns that boy cares more than he is letting on... And then you have to stay tuned!

Click to watch!

Everyone Says I Love You


Posted by Serenity at 12:24 AM





Sunday, October 10, 2010

Korean Homesick Blues Podcast

The Bell & the Hammer was featured on the latest installment of the Korean Homesick Blues Podcast.

Listen here!


Posted by Serenity at 10:20 AM



Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Song on Youtube


Since moving to Seoul, we've written a couple new songs. Our newest is now up on Youtube. It is called You Might Be, and it's about loneliness. Kind of sad, kind of sorry.

We've also made some minor changes to the site. Now you can watch all of our videos without going to Youtube. They are all right there in a handy player under the LYRICS section.

As we mentioned previously, we are running a special Facebook Friend offer on our album. If you friend us/like us/fan us on Facebook, you can download the album for only $5. I don't know if I'm qualified to make this claim, but I'm pretty sure the Bell & the Hammer is good winter music. Embrace sweater weather.


Posted by Serenity at 7:04 PM



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Get Our Album for $5 When You Friend Us on Facebook!


If you friend us/like us/fan us on Facebook, we can offer to you, for a limited time only (isn't that just the way?!), a download of our entire album for only $5. Hey, that's, like, half price. So go to Facebook and friend us/like us/fan us for details. Thanks, guys!

Posted by Serenity at 5:52 PM



Thursday, July 01, 2010

New Cover: The Swell Season's "Lies"


Before a nap on a hot summer Sunday, we covered "Lies" by the Swell Season, also from the movie Once. You can click here to see it on Youtube. I don't know why I am making those faces. I'll try not to next time.

Posted by Serenity at 11:42 PM



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soul Underground Session on Youtube


Dan has been busy readying videos of our first Seoul show for Youtube consumption. Check our Youtube account over the next week as he gets them uploaded. Already available for viewing: Here It Is, When You Die, and the After.

Posted by Serenity at 7:21 AM



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Find Us Everywhere! iTunes, Amazon mp3, Grooveshark, eMusic


We've gone digital all over the internet. It's true. Find us on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Grooveshark, eMusic.

As always, our tracks are available to stream or purchase at Bandcamp, and you can still buy the physical album, while supplies last, directly from us through Paypal. These two options actually benefit us the most.

Do it all, you guys!


Posted by Serenity at 5:25 AM



Monday, January 11, 2010

Free Download

As a gift to fans and friends and everyone else on the internet, we are offering a free download of "When You Die (A Love Song)".

Click here to download!


Posted by Serenity at 6:11 AM



Saturday, January 9, 2010

(TO SET) THINGS (RIGHT) EP 3 (of 4) NOW AVAILABLE!


The next three songs from our debut album, To Set Things Right, are available NOW for streaming or purchase. Please pass this along and please check out the songs if you get the chance. Thanks so much!

Click to listen and/or download (To Set) Things (Right)


Posted by Serenity at 9:52 PM



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

(TO) SET (THINGS RIGHT) EP 2 (of 4) NOW AVAILABLE!


The next three songs from our debut album, To Set Things Right, are available NOW for streaming or purchase. Please pass this along and please check out the songs if you get the chance. Thanks so much!

Click to listen and/or download (To) Set (Things Right)


Posted by Serenity at 10:40 AM



Thursday, November 19, 2009

CELEBRATE WITH DANIEL MARTIN MOORE


the Bell & the Hammer has the pleasure of playing December 5th with daniel martin moore (Sub-Pop Records). Our friends The Happy Maladies will be joining us!

You can purchase tickets in advance below. It's going to be a really incredible show!

Buy Tickets!


Posted by Serenity at 12:13 PM



Thursday, October 15, 2009

INTERESTED IN PRE-ORDERING OUR DEBUT ALBUM?


We’re recording/finishing our album in segments and in intervals. Our first thought was, why make people wait? There are so many options afforded by our fancy modern age to get the music we make into your hands quicker and easier. Why continue to subscribe to archaic conventions to your detriment? As such we are making the pieces of our album available as we finish them. More specifically, leading up to the release of our debut album, “To Set Things Right,” we will be releasing four 3-song EPs that, when assembled (or pieced together, if you will) will (nearly) culminate in the album itself.

Guess what?

We’ve already finished the first EP, and we are so proud of how it turned out.

If you pre-order the album, the included bonus loot is almost ridiculous!

For $12 you will get:
-A copy of our debut album “To Set Things Right” a week before it’s available otherwise (Shipping Included)
-A download code for EACH EP as it comes out (monthly)
-Each EP will feature different artwork
-A limited edition button to pin on a prized piece of fabric
-A sticker to place on your favorite non-porous surface

The album itself will feature a brand new track order (different from the EPs) and at least one unreleased song, unavailable otherwise. It will also feature the final version of the artwork, a culmination of the four EPs.When you pre-order the album, you will receive your code for the first EP within 24 hours of ordering.

Don’t feel like committing to the whole album just yet and want to try out an EP or two first? That works, too. Just check out our MERCH to the right of this page.

This experience is amazing, if not a bit costly. In the spirit of transparency, we want you to know that pre-ordering the album is a huge support to us and toward the completion of this album.

Thank you so much for being a part of this.
-Dan and Serenity (the Bell & the Hammer)


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Afternoon Stage at Hongdae Free Market.

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We are lucky to live both close and far away enough to Hongdae that we easily get to enjoy the perks of a college town and still have a quiet sleep at night. Hongdae artisans host a weekly Free Market (sort of like a flea market) at the Hongdae Playground to promote local art and give people a place to sell their handicrafts. There is an Afternoon Stage at the market to promote local musicians. We got to play at that Afternoon Stage last Saturday, sprinkling rain and all.


Handmade jewelry.


The setting.


The Bell & The Hammer is the second listed band: 벨 엔더 해머. Pretty cool!




Setting up with the aid of Choida Couple (죄다거플), the first act. Photos by Rachel Lee.



Singing. Photos by Rachel Lee.


Under cover. Photos by Rachel Lee.


A tip box filled with 1000s of won! I think it topped out at something like $5.00.


The Sorry People (미안한사람들) played after us.

We look forward to revisiting the Free Market, mostly because I didn't get to buy any cute handmade purses.

-Serenity


Seoul Fringe Festival

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We were lucky to participate in the Seoul Fringe Festival. Cafe Soul Underground was one of the venues around Hongdae hosting acts. We got official artist badges and everything, and, with them, we can get into a festival show for free. We have until the end of this weekend to decide which show.

So, I think that because the Fringe Festival is a celebration of art in Seoul, there was an artist in our audience, Minju, who drew this incredible rendering of our faces onto her paper cup. She said that once she cleans it up, she'll send us an image of it, but, for now, we have this video that Dan took, because I didn't have my camera. How much cooler than our real selves do we look here?



-Serenity


Another Soul Underground Session.

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So, here we are, still loving our time in Korea. I even saw a discarded Nerds box on our street the other day, so that gives me candy hope. We've been able to play regularly at Cafe Soul Underground, thanks to our friend Shin. We've met excellent musicians and had some great Friday nights. Here are some pictures from our show on June 11, all taken by Luke Shackelford.


We played with Min Woo, who also fronts the band Black Bag. His voice is amazing.


Watching Min Woo's set.



Dan's been working on his Korean stage banter. It usually leads to laughs.




We worked up another cover. This time the Swell Season/Once song "Lies". I'll get that posted soon. And if you need a good vacation land, you should come to Korea. They have beaches and shopping and street food and lovely people.

-Serenity


Soul Underground Session at Cafe Soul Underground

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Coming to Korea put us in an interesting position as musicians. We had been recording and assembling our first CD up until the very day we left Florida for Chicago (and then on to Seoul), and we left most of them with our friend Bonnie in Indiana to mail out as needed, thinking we'd possibly not even get a chance to play here or that our mellow music wouldn't find a place between the hip hop and the K-pop. A lucky demo drop-off (coordinated entirely by Dan and made possible by Facebook), coupled with a Korean affinity for "Once" has happily proved that not so.

On Friday night, we were fortunate enough to play with Miyu and Jang Min Woo, both talented, emotive performers and house artists at Cafe Soul Underground. And I would say that we were even more fortunate to speak and connect with Shin Hyun Yo, the cafe's proprietor. As I said, Dan dropped off a demo to Shin about a month ago after finding out about the cafe on Facebook. We attended an art opening/concert and left a CD with our contact info and a note expressing our desire to play in Seoul. Shin told us on Friday that he kept forgetting to listen to it at first, but then he contacted us on Facebook a week or so later and put us on the schedule for May.

I don't think it's hyperbole to say that Shin is probably the kindest person I've ever met. He implored us to stay after the show for some free Seoul Beer and a chat. And I think what happens sometimes, when we call things surreal, it's just that our brains have no context for what's occurred, nothing at all to relate it to, and it makes life seem realer, sharper, closer. And that's how our conversation went. Just something about the kindness and enthusiasm of this man we'd just met, his encouragement, his desire to help us play in Seoul, even the mention of printing a run of CDs in Korea to sell at the cafe. It was surreal and so lovely, and such a fine introduction to music in Seoul.

Everyone we know in Korea came to see us, and that was quite nice of them. All of Dan's co-teachers came, and some took pictures:


Dan tuning. Photo by Luke Shackelford.


Me watching. Photo by Luke Shackelford.


Playing. Photo by Luke Shackelford.


Photos by Korrine Byrnes.

Oh, I haven't gotten to mention the open mic we played on Thursday night. We played the closing spot after four acts of experimental music, some of it extremely so. And we survived! Actually, everyone we met Thursday was also wonderful, and I particularly enjoyed how sciency it seemed. Several of the musicians were able to infuse such musicality, basically, into machinery. I think we will continue on with our ordinary folk tunes, though.

-Serenity


Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate by Jackson Browne

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I can't figure out how I forgot to post this here. In our second installment of "Cover Songs from Korea" or something cleverer, we covered "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" by Jackson Browne, Serenity's favorite singing person ever (read: Serenity's only favorite singing person). Here it is if you haven't seen it already. We're working on another cover, but we got derailed by brief bouts of illness.

the Bell & the Hammer - "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" (Cover) from Dan Johnson on Vimeo.


Gone in a Minute by Brad Hoshaw

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Hey everybody. Have we mentioned that we live in Korea right now? We do. We are in Seoul for a year while Dan teaches English. It's pretty amazing. We are blogging about it. Dan had the idea of recording some covers while we're gone since we can't play shows. So listen, view, enjoy, and check out Brad Hoshaw on Facebook, because he writes good songs and has a beard.

the Bell and the Hammer - "Gone in a Minute" (Cover) from Dan Johnson on Vimeo.


Assembling.

⊆ 11:36 AM by Serenity | ˜ 0 comments »

We are finished recording our album. We've actually been finished for a little while now, but Dan and I have been busy. Have we mentioned here how we're moving to South Korea for a year? We are. To Seoul. Dan is going to teach English to grammar school kids, and I am going to do awesome things like, such as: nothing and sitting around and maybe watching the Olympics on the TV and rooting for Kim Yu-Na. Right now we are in Florida hanging out with my parents until we fly out. I am sitting in a coffee shop, a patron of which has placed non-stop complaint calls to various of his bill companies since I arrived. Right now he is working something out with Paypal and his mother's maiden name. I hate Paypal as much as the next guy, but I would not throw down with them in a public place. Dan just said to me, "He does not get how third place works". Well said, Dan.

So, we finished recording. Dan even added some bass and percussion (after I pretty much forced him to do so, though he may now claim otherwise). There is no official release date, but we hope to mail these things out on Friday. We designed the packaging ourselves and had it printed through Uprinting.com, through which we also printed our stickers. We've been very pleased with Uprinting. Also pleased with Custom Band Buttons who printed our custom band buttons. We were less pleased with UPS who left our print order in a box in a plastic bag nestled in the palm shrubs at the end of my parents' paved driveway (their house sits quite a distance from the road and the rest of the driveway is twisty and gravelly). At least now we know where to check for future packages.

I spent six hours of my Tuesday watching "Straight Talk" with Dolly Parton and then some Laguna Beach while assembling the outer sleeve for the CD, scoring, cutting, glue-dotting. I thought my fingers would never work again, and I'm meant to do it all again tomorrow for the inside sleeve.

What started as this:


Turned into this:

And that was very gratifying.

Pre-orderers, be on the lookout for your discs. We're super excited. Thanks for participating.

-Serenity