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Some music fans wait years for their favorite band to put out a new album. That’s not the case for devotees of Brooklyn’s own Bishop Allen, an indie rock band that put out a four-song album every month of 2006.

“There were moments when it felt impossible,” said Justin Rice (pictured at right with bandmate Christian Rudder), the band’s guitarist, “but there’s a logic to it that was undeniable.”

The idea of making an album a month grew out of a “double-dog dare” that was issued after the band finished working on the follow-up to their debut album “Charm School,” Rice told GO Brooklyn.

The band’s 48-song inspiration? Brooklyn, of course.

“The Monitor” refers to a Civil War battleship built at Continental Iron Works, not far from Rice’s apartment in Greenpoint, saying, “Once a great iron works/Stood at the end of my street.” And when a fire ravaged the Greenpoint waterfront in May, 2006, the band released “The Same Fire,” a stirring love song with references to great fires throughout history.

“Brooklyn is a great place,” said Rice. “Walking around an urban environment really focuses my lens.”

Bishop Allen recently completed its new full-length album — due out this summer — and nationwide tour that included a sold-out show at Union Hall in Park Slope. Looks like this year might be just as busy for these guys after all.

All of Bishop Allen’s records, including the self-released 2006 series, are available at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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