No, I haven’t returned to the States yet! It started with me visiting home, then my father dying, then me just wanting to stay and see ALL family and friends, kind of realizing that we humans never have much time for very close people, we always find something more important to do. So, I decided to change that. Some new songs are now written in Russian, and below a photo of a house concert for friends at my mom’s place. I shall return and soon!:)
This letter is going to be short because I’m packing and going to be late for my plane to California where we’re going to be performing some crazy songs…FOR YOU!
But yes, oh yes, Happy Valentine’s Day and as a present our single ‘We’ve Just Begun’ came out today. My friend Jon who usually organizes everything for us online starting with our lovely website, claims that this song is a perfect Valentine’s Day present and I say ‘but wait, how do you wrap it up?’ and the answer is - you don’t! You just quietly place it under her/his pillow!
Well, cool … back to packing!
And please fly to our shows in California from where you are, life is too short not to and the plane tickets are too cheap not to, especially when you use those awesome miles which are running out on me like crazy:)
Anyway, here’s the list of the shows. See you guys and gals soon!
Feb.18th - Monterey, CA, The Turf Club
Feb.20th - San Francisco, Cafe Du Nord
Feb. 22nd - Los Angeles, Silverlake Lounge
Feb.24th - Sacramento, the Townhouse Lounge
Season’s Greetings to all!
Here’s our melodic offerings to you during the most joyous time of the year. Please download them, enjoy them, share them! They are but a tiny expression of our thanks for your continued support.Â Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, was recorded at Talking House Studios, SF. All instruments Tom & Angelina
Masters Of War by Bob Dylan, recorded in Brooklyn, NY, 2011. All instruments Tom & Angelina
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Loesser , recorded at Media Blitz by Silver/MacMillan, Brooklyn NY, 2011. Drums - Robin MacMillan, Bass - Jacob Silver, Trumpet - Tom Ayres
Santa Baby by Joan Javits and Philip Springer, recorded Oakland, CA, 2009. Bass - Angelina. Drums, Guitar & Trumpet - Tom
Ladies and gentlemen,
Yes, this time is here! Our 8th single ‘Chanting’ is now released.
As you know the new P’s Bees album ‘New In Berlin’ is being released as singles straight to you. On every record, Persephone’s Bees have one slow dreamy song. Much like ‘Home’ from ‘Notes From The Underworld’ (featured onÂ ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Chanting’ has a strong soundtrack quality.
Every single off this record has its own page with lyrics, short little stories, for our creative indulgence and your creative pleasure!
New Christmas songs are being finished, stay tuned!
Ladies and gentlemen,
Yesterday the first snow fell here in NYC and I made a wish! I wished for Persephone’s Bees to play live everywhere, where you, the fans are! So we can meet you, talk to you and share the experience of playing music with you.
Recently we were going through some files and found a video that we made a while back for the song ‘Home’, the last song on ‘Notes From The Underworld’, the record that we received so much love about from all of you. As you know, this song was featured on Sopranos in the episode where Vito gets killed, episode 76.
Well,Â here’s the video for it. Enjoy! And send it to all your friends!
Also, tomorrow night on Halloween we’re going to play two shows. Persephone’s Bees are going to follow a set of Traveling Wilburys. That’s right, you heard it right, Traveling Wilburys! Cause that’s what we’re going to play first. I’m going as Roy Orbison, Tom is of course Bob Dylan. The other members of this homage to an amazing band are Jacob Silver as Jeff Lynn, Ryan Scott as George Harrison, Christina Courtin as Tom Petty, and Robin MacMillan as Jim Keltner. Be there, at Pete’s Candy Shop (709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211). We’re going to play all their major hits. Wilburys are on at 9 pm, P’s Bees at 11 pm. and if we’re going to play like the last show we just did then I might be too overwhelmed. The last show was DIVINE! I can’t even put it into words, I felt as though we were channeling something that is beyond our understanding.
With all of the news in our home town of Oakland, we dedicate “Independence Day” to our friends and fans there who are in the thick of it all.Â Click here to check it out.
The recorded version of this song will be officially released very soon on iTunes, but you canÂ download it now from CDBaby.
Hey hey hey!
The smell of Autumn here in NYC makes one intoxicated. I think that’s the only change I like about seasons, oh and winter going into spring, too. The rest kinda sucks:)
But off the weather topic. We get these Google emails, they send us everything that is related to Persephone’s Bees and yesterday we got this link, and it’s pretty cute, I gotta say! My nephew didn’t like it but only cause he’s a little boy that doesn’t understand yet when someone somewhere far at the place you’ve never even been to is covering your songs it’s pretty damn awesome! Well, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvZVlcbAdbo
Shows this and next week: Friday, Sept. 23rd at Lone Wolf, Ps Bees go on at 10 pm, and Tuesday, Sept. 27th at Pete’s Candy Shop (709 Lorimer Street Brooklyn, NY), also 10 pm!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We made you wait for the next single, but enough of that waiting!! The new single is here and you can now get it in many places, one of which is iTunes.
(Please don’t forget to write your review of this song and all the other singles we’ve been releasing.)
This song was written, recorded and produced by us: Tom Ayres and Angelina Moysov, with the help of our friend / engineer JJ Weisler at Decibelle Recording Studio, SF. We put lots of love into it - every part of every song is special to us - but this song especially ’cause it brought me back to ‘life’, to speak metaphorically.
During the dealing with the business of the music world I started to get highly discouraged. I was realizing that success in music had nothing to do with the actual music and that the people that run music business were not music lovers. I started thinking that in order to put your songs out there in front of large audiences you have to be an incredibly self obsessed ego maniac and you must constantly make buzz about yourself - and that again went against my beliefs. I was too naive when I stepped into the world of music business. I thought the magic of music should speaks for itself, but it wasn’t the case. Anyway, to make a long story short, I wanted to quit.
I was ready to walk away from the whole thing and live a quiet life somewhere in the country. One morning, I decided to listen to some songs I’d written while in Persephone’s Bees. Some were finished demos, some were just ideas. I wanted to see if I could just talk Tom into recording them all, releasing them and calling it quits. I listened for hours and ‘Waiting’ came on. I won’t describe in details of what I thought or felt - I just wanna tell you - this song gave me strength and brought me back!
We changed a lot from the original demo: lyrics, music parts, and I especially now love the meditational part in this song when suddenly you imagine yourself sitting in the field, legs crossed, arms up in the air… the world is quiet and all you hear is the music. The outro of the song is my dedication to John Lord from Deep Purple, one of my favorite keyboard players since I was a kid. That said, I think the outro has it’s own life, and I dig it!. Pay special attention to Tom’s instrumental work throughout the song on drums, bass and guitar.
You can find the lyrics to sing along here: persephonesbees.com/singles/waiting
P.S. And thanks for buying our EPs, shirts etc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for keeping P’s Bees alive. When I named the band Persephone’s Bees, I didn’t think about the mythology character, I didn’t think how it would effect my life, music, my moods and this band. I just liked the line out of the poem in Russian by one of my favorite poets Osip Mandel’shtam: “‘Take from my palms some sun to bring you joy and take a little honey, so the bees of cold Persephone commanded us.” That’s it. But now the Spring has come again, one more time, and I feel that she’s back. She tortures me in winters ’cause she goes deep into the underworld and suffers, and in her suffering she reaches everyone connected to her. I’m glad every time she’s released and back home and the Spring rejoices at her presence - everything becomes better for us humans.
But back to this world, and a little reality. ThatÂ 99 cents that you spend on each of our singles helps us keep going, no joke! It’s sweet to receive a check from CD Baby showing us that people are purchasing singles - that means they like the songs. But what is ‘like’? It’s not the word I’m looking for. That might mean that the songs actually touch their souls, maybe tell them something, maybe make their life a bit better. Be warned, this album is full of surprises. Wait till you get to the second half of the record - it might not all make you feel that good since there are some hidden sad notes in there. Typical for P’s Bees, we know how to trick you. (By the way, the vinyl version in the works, stay tuned!)
For those that have seen us cover Shocking Blue songs, we have a sweet moment: we’re doing a Shocking Blue set for Copy Cats on April 13th at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Need audience participation here, should I wear a long hair wig? Who wants to come and video tape the show?
A fan of ours in Russia has started a Persephone’s Bees group on Vkontakte, the Russian version of Facebook. Our Russian speaking fans can join here.
It’s All About Sex, Sex, Sex!
Spring is the time for flowers, pollenation, the birds and the bees … and of course … Sex! Don’t forget to listen to our new single ‘Sex’ and fantasize to it (dirty fantasies are allowed, even regarding me, I’d actually like that!) and spread the song!!!
Send it to your friends - you’re our radio, our ears, our TV - we have a selfish artistic need to play music but we can’t do it without you. We think we’re doing it for ourselves, but in the end we’re actually doing it for you. Make a video to this song, we want you to!
Speaking of videos, we’ve recently discovered that the good and kind Sony Records turned out to be blocking our videos. They’ve blocked Nice Day and City Of Love all over the world. I think when those videos started gaining popularity (without Sony/Columbia Records) it freaked them out. Haha! But hey, you can’t stop the people! Some people made videos to Muzika Dlya Fil’ma and those videos are gaining audiences all over the world on their own, with no label promotions, internet mafia promotions, no biz stuff of any sort. How is that for DIY, huh? I love when things like that happen!
Anyway, enjoy Spring, buy and wear our shirts, they’re good looking and the colors match the season.
P.S. New shows in California in May will be announced soon.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Happy Valentine’s Day! In Russia the celebration is on March 8th and it’s called Women’s Day, and it’s beautiful cause all men, different ages walking around all over cities carrying huge bouquets of flowers and chocolate candies, they’re all very sweet that day, too, well at least one day of the year they have to be, right?! Haha, no, it’s a sweet celebration, it’s not only for lovers but goes to women all ages, from little girls to old grammas, my brother used to bring flowers to me and my mom and gramma at the same time, he was the only man in the household, the rest were all chicks. Divorced aunts, divorced cousins, my poor brother was alone among all those women, but I think he loved it, he got lots of attention.
Anyway, It’s been very very cold here in NY, and suddenly yesterday was spring weather and today is even warmer, but of course, Persephone’s Bees do everything the hard way, otherwise why do it at all, right? So we shot the video for our third single release ‘East West’ off the new record ‘New In Berlin’ on the roof of our apartment building during the coldest weather ever, what was it -8, -12? Felt like -20. Don’t get fooled by the sun, yes it was there, but wasn’t doing much. Anyway, yes third single, here it is. Hope you’ll enjoy it! As you know, we made a decision to release a new record as singles, and it’s been very fun and creative for us: we get to create a page for every song separately with its’ own video, lyrics, a story for the song, and photos. I hope you’ve been checking those pages out cause we put lots of love and creation into each one. However, around 5th or 6th single release we’re going to have vinyl with all songs plus more, so you have a choice to have that or wait for each song to be released separately.
Thanks. Angelina/Persephone’s Bees
P.S. For those of you that live in NY, please check out a Valentine show tonight at Pete’s Candy Shop, great band, in which our own Tomas Ayres will play guitar, lots of great singers will sing original and cover love songs, I’m gonna sing songs by Fleetwood Mac, Paris Sisters and Dusty Springfield. See you there!
Ladies and gens!
Our tour with our brothers Tornado Rider is over, and we had ourselves a grand finale, both bands played very impressively!
We’ll miss these boys, but we’ll reunite sometime in the future!
Tonight is the first night we’re New Yorkers, but kinda homeless looking for a home as we speak. Last night we slept in a village Upstate New York, next to chickens, dogs and mice, played guitars by the fire next to some haunted house. Fun fun fun!