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


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


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. 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

Click here to download the EP for free!

Spring is for the Birds & Bees

Dear friends,

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. That  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!)

Shocking Bees

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?

Persephone’s Bees @ Vkontakte

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.

Talk soon,


P.S. New shows in California in May will be announced soon.

Happy Valentine’s Day & New single & Video for “East West”

Ladies and gentlemen,

persephonesbees_eastwest2Happy 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.

Click here for more information or to purchase “East West”

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!

“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.