Entries tagged with: Band of Horses
photos by Chris Graham
Darondo--wiry and hyperkinetic in a flashy suit, gold sneakers, and white hat--hit the stage while Moschella and company backed him. The sexagenarian busted astonishing James Brown-cum-Michael Jackson moves, and belted out songs with a weathered tenor that suggested a cross between Al Green and The Spinners' Bobby Smith. He flat-out commanded the stage, delivering everything from moral indignation on "Let My People Go" to deliciously libidinous boudoir funk on "Legs". Dear God in a velour tuxedo, he was nothin' short of a revelation. [Pop Culture Petri Dish]
DOWNLOAD: Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch (MP3)
Sera Cahoone @ Sub Pop SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
"How far will this thing go? And what the heck do we call it?Grand Archives @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
To answer the first question we need to look at the scene's origins. In the beginning, there were two bands.
The first is Carissa's Wierd, a Seattle "sadcore" band whose members included Sera Cahoone, Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell. (Brooke and Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, from which sprung Grand Archives). They were true originals, quiet, mournful and eerie; were briefly signed to Sub Pop; and were local favorites from the mid-'90s until their 2003 demise.
The second is Beachwood Sparks, a Los Angeles collective whose music was a clear and proud homage to the Byrds, Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield, the very same godfathers of the Moondoggies, Fleet Foxes and Grand Archives. Beachwood Sparks was also signed to Sub Pop, somewhere around 1999 until the band's dissolution in 2002."
[The new Seattle sound is pretty, pastoral and mellow]
Grand Archives is an American indie rock band, formed in Seattle. The band, originally called Archives, is composed of several noted musicians from that city, led by Mat Brooke, former guitarist and vocalist for Carissa's Wierd and former guitarist for Band of Horses.Grand Archives are on tour with Sera Cahoone. That's a lot of Carissa's Wierd. This Friday the 13th they'll be at Bowery Ballroom in NYC - part of a four band bill that also includes The M's and Centro-Matic. Then the next day you can catch both of them again at Union Hall in Brooklyn. All tour dates and some videos below....
The band emerged, under their previous moniker, to little fanfare in March 2007.... [Wikipedia]
Band of Horses @ Blender Theater (more by Jefferson)
photos by Paul Bachmann
Band of Horses @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, NYC - Feb 14, 2008 (Caberger915)
sing-along @ Carnegie Hall, NYC Feb 13, 2008 (Kathryn Yu, P4K)
Sufjan Stevens treated show-goers to "The Star-Spangled Banner", while Kinks man Ray Davies led a bill-wide sing-along. Also on-hand for the evening of charity and good cheer: Band of Horses, Philip Glass, Marisa Monte, Ashley MacIsaac, Phamie Gow, Tibet-born Nawang Khechog, and the monks of Drepung Gomang. To learn more and find out how you can help, head to the Tibet House U.S. website. [Pitchfork]
The Brooklyn Masonic Temple (CRED)
Band of Horses and Dirty on Purpose are playing the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2008). Tickets go on sale today, and include a free subscription to NY Magazine. It's where Mastodon and Neurosis played last night, and where they'll play again tonight (Jan 25). Balkan Beat Box and Jose Gonzalez also have shows coming up there.
This Band of Horses show is one day after they play the Tibet House Benefit.
Ray Davies @ Camden Roadhouse, Oct 28, 2007 (CRED)
Band of Horses, Tom Verlaine and Ray Davies join Sufjan Stevens and Philip Glass on the lineup of this year's Tibest House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Ray Davies also played the show in 2005. What I remember most about it is that he has really enthusiastic fans. This year's show is on Wed. February 13th....
Concert tickets are $35-$108 and can be purchased by calling 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue). Concert-only tickets are not available through Tibet House.Sufjan has also played it before.
BEACH HOUSE's Best of 2007The Guardian liked Britney Spears too. Beach House is touring with their own number four choice (Papercuts)
1. Earth: Hibernaculum
2. Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ
3. Arbouretum: Rites of Uncovering
4. Papercuts: Can't Go Back
5. Om: Pilgrimage
6. Witchcraft: The Alchemist
7. M.I.A: Kala ("Paper Planes" and "Bird Flu"!! Yes!)
8. Jana Hunter: There's No Home
9. Wzt Hearts: Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones
10. Britney Spears: Blackout
Their number two choice (Cass McCombs) is going on a recently-announced tour with Band of Horses. Those dates (that do not include Beach House or NYC) below....
DOWNLOAD: Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost (MP3)
In a phone interview last week, Bridwell said the more-holistic-than-thou response didn’t surprise him. He was wary from the start about the Wal-Mart deal, which at first was for a Web site (which no longer seems to be functioning) and later called for a TV commercial for the store.The latest BOH tour dates below....
“I called my family, talked to my girlfriend about it, talked to the guys in the band and decided it’s no big deal,” he said. “We tested it with that Web site thing that I figured nobody would really even see. But in the Internet age, you can’t do anything without someone catching wind of it.”
“Some fans, they don’t even give a crap. They’re like, ‘Whatever, bands got to get paid.’ But at the same time, I was reluctant to do it in the back of my mind, and some fans reminded me there is a reason to feel that way about it,” Bridwell said. “So once I saw our fans were let down by it, I nixed the TV commercial, and said, ‘You know what, this isn’t for me. Keep your money.’” [InForum] (thx Chris)
Ed Droste, Casey Spooner, Antony Hegarty
You probably heard: some writers are on strike. That means no new late night TV right now. That means Band of Horses didn't get to play Conan last night, Kanye West didn't get to play Letterman, and it means that Grizzly Bear don't get to play Conan tonight (Nov 6, 2007). They'll probably reschedule the performances, but Grizzly Bear misses out on a TV appearance that was going to synchronize perfectly with the release of their new EP. Friend (the latest addition to the 8.0 club) is out now. Order it from Insound to get a free limited edition silkscreen poster.
Speaking of Grizzly Bear, they performed at the Society of Ethical Culture in NYC on Saturday night (Nov 3, 2007) - part of the Wordless Music Series - to an audience that included Paul Simon (an artist that Grizzly Bear is known to cover, and who they did cover also that night). It was the same night that GB's "friend" Feist was playing right across town on Saturday Night Live. And speaking of SNL, that's another TV show that might not air this week if the writers don't get what they want. That means Amy Winehouse won't get to play it....or maybe she's not playing it already....I'm confused (she is definitely not playing the Woodies though - for "visa issues" related to the drug stuff).
Grizzly Bear @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - NOV 3, 2007 (CRED)
As Ed pointed out early in the set, this show was an unofficial end of tour celebration of sorts, as the band had been on the road for most of the past year and a half. Usually when this is the case, the performance can go one of two ways. One option is that the band is so drained and sick and tired of playing the same songs that they launch into a sort of auto-pilot self parody (see the Strokes at the end of their "Room on Fire" tour). The preferable option, however, is that the combination of having become so technically in control of one's material coupled with the euphoria of playing a hometown show with the finish line in sight will make for something altogether different and spectacular. [read the rest @ Ear Farm]Sigur Ros @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - Oct 5, 2007 (CRED)
Secondly, beautiful show not just the sigur ros part. And yes Sufjan was there. I was sitting right in back of him along with 2 of the guys from The National. They were all impatient and left right before Sigur Ros came on. Poor Sufjan was complaining he had to get out of there. Hard to blame him cause it was a sauna in there. Also there was Superwolf Matt or Chavez Matt however you like supporting his buddy Will. Great show and got to see Sigur Ros play the same amount of songs they are playing tomorrow night for umm lets see 35 dollars less. [Anonymous]But wait, what is that photo on the top of this post you ask? Oh yeah, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear has been named one of this year's Out 100 ("the men and women who made 2007 a year to remember") - a list that also includes James St. James, Beth Ditto (The Gossip), Bianca Casady (Cocorosie), Marc Almond, Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Nico Muhly, Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner), and Antony. That's Casey and Antony in the picture with Ed (some new "friends"?). Nico isn't pictured on the Out site yet, but he did recently play the same Wordless Music Series show that Sigur Ros played (the "not just the sigur ros part")....
Nico Muhly @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - OCT 5, 2007 (CRED)
Grizzly Bear are playing one more NYC (mini) show before taking a break for a long time - it's tomorrow (Nov 7th) @ the Virgin Union Square Megastore in NYC (7pm, free).
And in case you missed it, the friends that appear on Grizzly Bear's new EP are Beirut, Dirty Projectors, CSS, Band of Horses, CSS and Deerhunter. Will Oldham is not one of Grizzly Bear's friends, but Will ("his buddy Will" in the review above) did also perform at that now-legendary "Wordless" show in October too...
DOWNLOAD: Band of Horses - The Funeral (MP3)
BOH @ Blender/Gramercy Theatre, NYC - Oct 19, 2007
Band of Horses played three shows (that I know of) this CMJ. One was their official CMJ showcase at Bowery Ballroom. One was a small in-studio session for KEXP. The other was at Blender Theatre - part of Blender Magazine's late-night CMJ party series. If NYC had a Wal Mart, maybe they would have played one in there too. Jefferson snapped the above and below pics at the Blender party.
In case there is any confusion. Counting Crows are also playing CMJ, but they aren't the secret band listed on this flyer.
I get all kinds of press releases sent to me. Most of them go unused. That would be true about the one I just got about the new "ZUNE Ignition Artist of the Month", but the timing was just too perfect.....
BAND OF HORSES is the Zune Ignition Artist of the MonthBand of Horses' new album is also streaming at AOL. More on Band of Horses' corporate ties, here. The new Zunes are out November 13th.
In conjunction with the new album "Cease to Begin" which is due to be released TOMORROW October 9, Band of Horses is currently participating in the ZUNE 'Ignition' artist program. The Ignition program provides a unique multi-platform online promotional push for artists through Zune, MSN, and Xbox.
Zune Marketplace is currently offering the free track "Is There a Ghost," and another free track "No One's Gonna Love You" will be available during the last 2 weeks of October. Xbox Live is offering a free video download of the band's live performance of "No One's Gonna Love You" along with interview footage. MSN is currently streaming video from that same live performance/interview and holding an online listening party for the band's new album.
Previous Zune 'Ignition' artists include Maximo Park, Ryan Adams, Editors, and Talib Kweli.
From a South Carolina newspaoper article published Sunday....
....Band of Horses allowed Wal-Mart to use “The Funeral,” a song off last year’s debut, “Everything All the Time,” in a Web advertisement. If he had turned down Wal-Mart’s offer, Bridwell said: “What are you left with? People will forget you were high and mighty.”The photo in this post was taken at the "MySpace Secret Show" that Band of Horses played @ Vera Project in Seattle this weekend (Oct 6, 2007). BOH have two upcoming NYC shows, and other scheduled tour dates.
The licensing of “Is There a Ghost” to a Ford TV commercial also drew sellout calls. Independent of the deal, both Bridwells drive Ford trucks. Ben’s is a rusty, battered F-150 with a broken window motor that makes parking under trees when rain threatens a good idea.
Bridwell released a statement through Sub Pop, the band’s label, explaining his position. He feels he shouldn’t have been asked to do that.
“Every commercial has music,” David Bridwell said.
“Any (person) with a computer can write a blog,” Ben Bridwell said. “What do you do for a living? Do you not work?
“Do you not get paid by someone?”
Here’s an idea many critics failed to present when sounding off: Bands no longer make enough money from album sales and touring, so licensing is essential to sustaining a career. And — surprise! — it’s hardly a new trend.
Wilco’s music is being used in Volkswagen commercials. Sonic Youth will release a tribute compilation, “Hits Are for Squares,” through Starbucks. And who hasn’t hummed to Outback Steakhouse’s reworking of “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” by Of Montreal?
Selling a song to a retailer — like Peter Bjorn and John, who sold their song “Young Folks” to Target — doesn’t mean the song isn’t catchy, glamorous and, ultimately, good. So should “The Funeral” be buried?
KEXP will be back in NYC this year for their annual in-studio session broadcasts. Based on their posted schedule, eight of twenty bands have been announced, but are all the seats - even the "TBA" ones - really already full? I can see Band of Horses filling up quickly, but usually the lesser known bands take a while to fill up at least.
If they are all filled, I would say there's still a chance of getting in if your really want to - you can show up early, and if there are empty seats they let you in, or maybe they just haven't opened all the slots yet (anyone already sign up?). Last year the performances were behind glass - not ideal, but this year they're taping at "Gibson Showroom", and I have no idea what that space is like.
DOWNLOAD: Band of Horses - Is there a Ghost (MP3)
Have you heard the new Band of Horses album (Cease to Begin) yet? What do you think? At first I didn't like it, but then I did, and now I'm still listening. It comes out officially on October 8th, and the first legal download from the album is right up there at the top of this post.
Jamie Lidell (not playing BK) & Ed from Grizzly Bear
The September 24th "Wordless" Beirut show is right around the corner (not really wordless - just the name of the series), and word has just come in that - around a few more corners after that - Beirut's good friends Grizzly Bear will also be playing one of these Wordless shindigs...
Grizzly Bear + special guests and classical performers TBAYes, Grizzly Bear have a lot of friends, so why not include some of them in their next album, and why not call that album "Friend"? And why not put a big picture of them all on the inside of the CD? In fact, why not put this picture? (click it for a much larger view):
The Wordless Music Series
Nov. 3, 2007
New York Society for Ethical Culture
6:30 PM doors / 7:30 PM show
Tickets on sale Monday 9/17/07 via www.wordlessmusic.org
FRIEND TRACKLISTING:Atlas Sound = Bradford from Deerhunter - you can see him there in the photo in his dress. How many of the other people can you name? Own the picture when the album comes out ("November 5 in the UK/Europe and November 6 in North America via Warp Records").
Alligator (Choir Version- feat. Zach Condon of Beirut and Dirty Projectors)
He Hit Me (Crystals cover)
Little Brother (Electric)
Shift (Alternate Version)
Plans(Terrible vs. Nonhorse: Sounds Edit)
Knife (as covered by CSS)
Plans (as covered by Band of Horses)
Knife (as covered by Atlas Sound)
Deep Blue Sea(Daniel Rossen Home Recording)
Going to Austin for ACL this weekend? Stop by the Hot Freaks (BrooklynVegan and other bloggers) afterparty to see Grizzly Bear for free. Make sure you add your self to the waiting list (RSVP) though, and get there early. All tour dates (and some more friends) below.....
Ben Bridwell is a nice dude, but like all of us, he's prone to a bad mood every now and then. Attendees at Band of Horses' July 6 show at Canes Bar & Grill in San Diego were privy to one of those moods, as Bridwell, after experiencing some frustration with the performance, proceeded to flip the bird to a woman named Rosemary who was filming the band's performance of "The Funeral".
According to various reports, he eventually apologized for the outburst (which reportedly included a rant against YouTube-ing show tapers), but by that time, Rosemary had left the club to later write a livid blog post voicing her disapproval of Bridwell's behavior."So Pitchfork interviewed Ben, who, among other things, said.....
It seems to keep happening. You see it getting progressively worse. It's almost like the skateboarding community, where everyone's a fucking photographer now. You look at shots, and it's hard to keep the photographers out of the shot, you know? It kind of seems like the same thing with indie rock; everyone's got a fucking camera in their hand and, I don't know, is there no sanctity left for live performance with going to a show and seeing it with your own eyes and remembering it? Do you have to tape every second, or even just your favorite song? I understand it, but it's becoming annoying.Band of Horses play McCarren Pool Sunday. Decide for yourself if you want to RSVP (and/or bring your video equipment). Band of Horses' new album Cease to Begin is out October 9th on Sub Pop.
Congrats to those who won tickets to see Band of Horses @ Hiro Ballroom tonight (July 10, 2007), and I can finally confirm that, yes, Band of Horses are playing the free show at McCarren Pool on July 22nd. M.I.A. is not playing it - she was for a second or something - until she chose Siren (and Studio B) instead.
man, that sure was good pepperoni piz..
As you know, Band of Horses are playing with comedian Zach Galifianakis who will also be auctioning off bad art @ Hiro Ballroom in NYC on July 10th. Want to go for FREE? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: zach), and let me know the last show you went to see. Two winners will be picked at random on Friday @ 5pm, awarded a pair of tickets, contacted, and placed on the list. More Band of Horses dates @ their MySpace.