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Back in the USSR

1240017_10153263077910035_2069474000_nNo, 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!:)

Happy Valentine’s Day : New Single “We’ve Just Begun” & CA shows!

Peoples!

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!

It’s available now at iTunes and Amazon.

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

Look for more shows and details on our site and Facebook.

Angelina/Ps bees

“Chanting” Is Available Now

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 on  ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Chanting’ has a strong soundtrack quality.

Put it in your iPod, and make it the soundtrack to your every day life, let us know how much you’re loving it, hehe!

The song is availble at iTunes | CD Baby | Amazon

Every single off this record has its own page with lyrics, short little stories, for our creative indulgence and your creative pleasure!

Dig in!

New Christmas songs are being finished, stay tuned!

“New In Berlin” – songs 1-8:


“I Like You”



“East/West”



“Independence Day”



“Chanting”

“Home” video, Halloween Show & more

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, 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. Click here to check it out.

The recorded version of this song will be officially released very soon on iTunes, but you can download it now from CDBaby.

New Single “Waiting” is Available Now

Ladies and Gentlemen,

coverWe 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.

Enjoy!

You can find the lyrics to sing along here: persephonesbees.com/singles/waiting

Angelina/Persephone’s Bees

P.S. And thanks for buying our EPs, shirts etc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

US Tour over … we’re in New York … Cameo Gallery show tomorrow night…

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!

TOMORROW night our first show as a local band at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn ( 93 North 6th Street) and don’t forget to check out the song we recorded and made the video for on this tour!

Click here to watch the video and download the song for free.

“First We Take Manhattan!” New video and FREE Download online now!

persephonesbees_manhattancover Kids, so here it is. This was recorded in some hotel a few days ago in the middle of nowhere while we’re touring through America. Inspired by a political early morning coffee conversation and suddenly strongly identifying with Leonard Cohen’s poetry. While mixing the song and listening to it a bunch the idea for the video came to my head, a simple video utilizing everything we had right there and then: hotel room, beds, flash light, door way, making a Persephone’s Bees flag out of a piece of paper and drum sticks. This was very spontaneous, unexpected (the song and the video) but done with love and care and the desire to fight the evil even more now than ever! Enjoy and spread the love! Angelina

Click here to watch the video and download the song for free.

Persephone’s Bees – US Tour with Tornado Rider kicks off next week! New web site launched.

Thanks San Francisco for the most incredible and sold out show at Cafe Du Nord! You’re all in our hearts, was so lovely to see all of your faces, thanks to all the friends and fans for showing up and giving us such a warm support and goodbye before we hit the road. We feel sad now, but we’ll be back to play many many times. I already miss everything and everyone here …

We’re getting ready to pile into the van and tour the US with Tornado Rider, here’s a list of all the shows so far. Some additional dates are pending but we’ll let you know once they are confirmed.

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TOUR DATES:

Sep 10 Quixotes Denver, CO

Sep 11 Louis Bar Omaha, NE

Sep 12 The Doubledoor Chicago, IL

Sep 13 Mac’s Bar East Lansing, MI

Sep 15 The Vernor’s Room @ The Crofoot Pontiac, MI

Sep 16 Courthouse Pub Goshen, IN

Sep 17 The Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburg, PA

Sep 19 Piano’s New York City, NY

Sep 20 THE SPACE Hamden, CT

Sep 21 Hangar 84 Vineland, NJ

Sep 23 V Club Huntington, WV

NEW WEB SITE LAUNCHED:

We’ve relaunched our website and MySpace pages as we prepare for the release of new songs, videos, and much more!

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https://persephonesbees.com/

http://myspace.com/persephonesbees

Farewell San Francisco Show August 20th

Dearestest friends,

For a couple of years now you’ve been asking us when we’re coming back to the East Coast. Well, we’re coming back soon and for a long time. For those of you that are on this shore, come to our last show here in San Francisco on August 20th at Cafe Du Nord to celebrate the end of our Bay Area chapter and the beginning of a New York one. Cafe Du Nord is a very special place for us: when we moved to San Francisco and nobody knew anything about us, Tom and I recorded our first demo, we sent it on cassette tapes all over the city, 2 clubs responded the next day, Martin the owner of Make Out Room said ‘Come and play any time, any day, do whatever you want!’, and Cafe Du Nord responded by giving us our first residency, we played every Tues. night for two months straight, thus building Bay Area following and spreading our music all over the place. I’d say our music path started at this place. So, we decided to have our farewell show in SF at Du Nord.
Will be showing a new video that night, celebrating my Bday, listening to DJ Omar, and our friends The Soft White Sixties and Angel Island will be sharing the stage with us.

Love to you all. Angelina

Soon: more news of the record release and the tour dates.

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Last night at the Bell House

Hey everyone! Thanks for another fabulous show last night! We had a great photographer coming to the club, she took lots of photos, we’ll post those soon. Did a show, watched Serpico, ate falafels, sweated and went to bed! No party for us last night, were too tired from the heat, but everything we did was highly enjoyable, even sweating. Finally bought a summer dress today, my black cool SF clothes ain’t working here, I look like a dark angel. New Yorkers these days aren’t what they used to be when I was here in the early 90-s. In those days I remember a lot more freaks were around, the artsy type, well..the type I happened to like, they seem to be gone which bums me out sometimes but at the same time it feels that when someone cleaned up this city, and made it a lot more expensive they not only pushed the artsy type out but also the dangerous type. It feels safer to walk on streets than in those days, but still…I miss the freaks. Anyway, all good, see you at the next show.