Entries tagged with: Bon Iver
by Bill Pearis
The first season of FX series Fargo, loosely based on the Coen Brothers 1996 film of the same name, defied expectations by being really good. The second season continues to defy, by actually being possibly better than the first -- something True Detective could not pull off. (Final judgement withheld till Monday's season finale.) Season 2 also cleverly draws from the rest of the Coen Brothers universe, incorporating flashes from their other films into Fargo's world, this season set in 1979. It's got a great cast (Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman to name a few), balances humor, tension and very human moments deftly, and is one of the best-looking shows on TV.
The second season also ups the ante with an amazing soundtrack filled with brilliantly chosen, sometimes surprising, songs from the era, but also cover versions of songs used in various Coen Brothers films. The fourth episode uses The Chieftains & Bon Iver's version of "Down in the Willow Garden" (which is woven throughout Raising Arizona), but they've commissioned a number of covers just for the show, including: Blitzen Trapper's great, '70s southern-fried boogie take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" (from O Brother Where Art Thou?); Tweedy doing Jose Felciano's "Let's Find Each Other Tonight" (originally in Fargo); White Denim turn Kenny Rodgers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (used in The Big Lebowski) into cheesy disco; and Spoon's Britt Daniel delivers a fine solo acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle" (also Lebowski). It comes off like a Coen Brothers tribute album (for that matter Fargo is at times like a Coen Brothers tribute series).
None of the original recordings of these have been released yet in any official way, and there's been no word on a soundtrack yet, apart from there will be one. But people have been ripping them and putting them on YouTube. Listen to rips of Blitzen Trapper, Britt Daniel, and White Denim's contributions (and that Cheiftains/Bon Iver cover), and check out the soundtrack listing of each episode (courtesy show music supervisor Maggie Phillips' blog), below.
Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:
A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:
As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.
"China resolutely opposes any country, organization, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities," Lu said. CONGRATULATIONS GLASTONBURY!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #dalailama #HHDL #glasto #pattismith #peoplehavethepower #enlightenment #freetibet
Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:
"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"
Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)
Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:
The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.
In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.
photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.
Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Low City is the project of producer Abe Seiferth (who did the last Yeasayer record and is in Tippy Toes) and composer Jeremy Turner (who's worked with yMusic and others). The project also features guest performances from members of Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver (including Rob Moose, also of yMusic). They've got a few things out there at the moment including a yMusic remix and a single, "Skyline," and we've got the premiere of their new single, "All You Can Dream Of." As you might expect from their resume, it's the kind of indie/classical that other yMusic collaborators (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, etc) are known for, and this particular one does have a definite Dirty Projectors vibe.
Check it out, along with the video for "Skyline," below...
Photo: Justin Vernon @ Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
As discussed, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is curating a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI called The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm. Since we last spoke, it was revealed that The National's Aaron Dessner is helping him curate it too, and that tickets go on sale at 1 PM EST today (12/18). Justin and Aaron spoke about the fest, via press release:
Justin Vernon says, "After several years of touring and playing music festivals of all different types around the world, I wanted to put together an event that would honor what we love about this place -- including an independent attitude and blaze orange caps -- but also shine a light on less familiar and surprising elements that are already weaving themselves into our future. Having this festival right in my backyard gives me and the guest artists a chance to share familiar work and new creations in a setting close to my heart and different than any other stage in the world. To create this event within view of the Chippewa River -- the very river that defines this place -- makes it all the more meaningful. We're fortunate because the Chippewa Valley already has a history of great music festivals. Everyone -- the city, the county, and the Country Jam folks -- has been very supportive. They're helping us take it beyond music and into a celebration of film, art, and things still in the works... just walking around the place is going to be an experience."--
Aaron Dessner adds, "Justin and I have been friends and collaborators for years. Working together to create and curate Eaux Claires is something we've been talking about for a long time. To finally see it come together, and to imagine the music, art and community the festival will bring together, is very exciting."
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.
So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott Beschta with another Milwaukee group, Davey Von Bohlen's post-Cap'n Jazz, pre-Maritime band The Promise Ring.
Since breaking up, drummer Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band who later teamed with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon to form Volcano Choir. And it's Bon Iver sideman Sean Carey aka S. Carey who's also on the bill with Pele and American Football, so maybe S. Carey doesn't feel like the odd one out after all.
Hopefully this means more shows on the horizon for Pele. Revisit their 2000 album, The Nudes, below. Also, Mike Kinsella recently covered The Promise Ring for the upcoming Owen covers album. Listen to that below too...
Justin Vernon w/ Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is already the leader of several bands and a contributor to even more, and now he's going to be curating his own music festival in his hometown. Stereogum points to an article on The Current which says The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm (where the annual Country Jam festival also happens). For the fest, he's teaming up with Crashline Productions (who also put on Boston Calling), and their permits were just approved. From the article:
"It's a very major economic impact," McCoy said. "Looking at what Justin wants to do, and having somebody like that, you can look around for a long time trying to find somebody that will bring that kind of venue and that kind of magnitude into the community, and it falls in your lap, it's really kind of cool and he's a pretty awesome guy and he's made some investments in the community," says McCoy.Justin's studio April Base (where he recorded Bon Iver, Bon Iver) is also located in Eau Claire.
Pop All Star Band @ Pop Montreal 2014 (via jackpineco)
Doe Paoro is now on the road with My Brightest Diamond, but recently finished a string of dates with Bon Iver's friends Sylvan Esso which started right after Doe opened for Bon Iver drummer S. Carey (and Califone) at Le Poisson Rouge. Doe released an EP called Ink on the Walls in April. It was produced at Bon Iver's studio by S. Carey and BJ Burton (who also produced Bon Iver's group Volcano Choir and Bon Iver/Gayngs related project Poliça). Note: Bon Iver, S. Carey, Gayngs, Polica, Sylvan Esso, Volcano Choir and Doe all share a management team (and a love for autotune). Doe is also playing CMJ.
S. Carey returns to NYC to open for American Football and Owen in October.
Volcano Choir have a new video for "Tiderays". Watch below.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver-esque NY, electro-singer-songwriter Elliot Moss (who also shares a manager with Bon Iver) just opened for Nada Surf at Rough Trade and has three more NYC shows scheduled in October: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl, CMJ at Rough Trade w/ Cold War Kids, and MHOW on 10/25 opening for Digitalism. One of his songs is embedded below.
Field Report, the project of Justin Vernon's old DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield, just shared the title track from his new album "Marigolden". Listen (via AV Club), below. Catch Field Report live on tour throughout the fall, starting at Bowery Electric in NYC on 9/30 (tickets). All dates are also listed again below.
Finally, we told you about the all star basketball game that was going down at Pop Montreal last week.That also resulted in a halftime show by the 'Pop All Star Band' - a "supergroup featuring Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture" (and A-Trak). They covered Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Watch the videos with all the other stuff below...
Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.
Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
We recently mentioned that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon formed yet another band, Jason Feathers, with his Bon Iver bandmate S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis. (Though apparently they're all using mysterious psuedonyms.) Their debut album, De Oro, comes out digitally next week (8/19) via Totally Gross National Product, but you can now stream it in full at Pitchfork.
De Oro trailer below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches, Gayngs, and a prominent collaborator of Kanye West, Anais Mitchell, The Rosebuds and plenty more now has yet another project. He's working with fellow Bon Iver member S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis (a frequent collaborator of Gayngs member P.O.S.) on a new band called Jason Feathers. The band recently posted a teaser video of their music which you can check out below.
Justin's only upcoming date at the moment is Volcano Choir's set at Boston Calling in September, but both S. Carey and Astronautalis have tours that hit NYC.
As discussed, S. Carey will be here when his co-headlining tour with Califone hits Le Poisson Rouge on September 7 with Doe Paoro (tickets), and again to open for Owen at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 9 (tickets) and then to open for American Football at Webster Hall on October 10 (sold out).
Astronautalis is going on a September tour with Sarah Jaffe and Transit which hits NYC on 9/13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the Jason Feathers video, below.
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon w/ Megafaun (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously discussed, Zach Braff is releasing Wish I Was Here, his directorial followup to Garden State, and including new material from Bon Iver, The Shins, Cat Power (written by Chris Martin) and more on the soundtrack. The new Shins song came out last week, and now the new Bon Iver song, "Heavenly Father," has surfaced. You can listen over at NPR.
And if you missed it, stream the new Shins song below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - In My Teeth (MP3)
The Rosebuds at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds announced that they'll release their sixth album of original music, Sand + Silence, on August 5 via Western Vinyl. It follows 2011's Loud Planes Fly Low (and 2012's Sade cover album & Christmas album). The new record was produced by their friend/onetime bandmate Justin Vernon, and he plays guitar/synths on the album, along with his Bon Iver bandmate Matt McCaughan (drums) and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Megafaun (bass). Get a taste of the record from its first single, "In My Teeth," a solid dose of the band's jangly indie pop, which you can download above or stream below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
The Rosebuds have also announced a tour surrounding the record's release which hits NYC on August 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork, tracklist and trailer, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Justin Vernon & Megafaun @ Baby's All Right - 5/2/14
Megafaun went on what they said will be their last (and very brief) tour for a while last week, hitting their hometown of Durham, NC for two shows, followed by DC and NYC. Special guests were promised, and like at the Durham shows and DC show, the NYC show at Baby's All Right this past Friday (5/2) featured Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sitting in with the band. Justin's presence made the show almost a full DeYarmond Edison reunion, the pre-Bon Iver/Megafaun band that featured Justin, all three members of Megafaun, and Chris Porterfield. Their encore was played entirely acoustic in the middle of the room, surrounded by the crowd. Ultimately they basically played a Megafaun set, with Justin filling in for their bassist NIck Sanborn who is busy being in Sylvan Esso. NYC Taper was there, so a recording should be up at his site soon.
The show was opened by Grandma Sparrow, the project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund, who wore various wigs, hats and a beak as he told stories over musical backing.
No other guests besides Justin for the evening, but Har Mar Superstar and members of Sharon Van Etten's band could be spotted in the audience. Pictures of the Baby's All Right show are in this post. More below...
Bon Iver at Angel Orensanz in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Ever wondered if guitar players' brains work differently than everybody else's'? A recently-published article on PolicyMic says that science proves they do:
It sounds weird to solo while hooked up to a scanning machine, but a few brave guitarists pulled it off and contributed a major finding to the science of guitars. Researchers found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signaling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.Commenters on the article don't seem to be in agreement (many say it's not limited to guitarists). What do you think?
And when mere mortals (non-musicians) attempt a solo, the conscious portion of their brain stays on, which indicates that real guitarists are able to switch to this more creative and less practical mode of thinking more easily.
All of the research makes it clear that guitarists are just super spiritual, intuitive people. Think about anyone from the Jimmy Page to the Edge right on up to Bon Iver. That sort of intuitive thinking runs all the way to how they learn. Unlike musicians who learn through sheet music, guitarists, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University, get a better grasp of a song by looking at someone playing it rather than reading the notes on paper.
Let us know and watch Bon Iver totally zoning out with his guitar below...
We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.
On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.
Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:
We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?
Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.
MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.
Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.
Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...
If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?
The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.
Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:
Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.That book will be out on June 3.
Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.
In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.
Wish I Was Here trailer below...
by Andrew Sacher
S. Carey at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bon Iver hasn't been too active lately, but Justin Vernon isn't the only one taking the time to focus on side projects. Member Sean Carey, aka S. Carey, has announced that he'll release the followup to his 2010 debut LP All We Grow (and 2012's Hoyas EP) with Range of Light, due out on April 1 via Jagjaguwar. The album is set to feature multiple collaborations with Justin Vernon, and his influence is felt on the delicate finger-picking of the first single, "Fire-Scene." You can stream that song, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below.
S. Carey will kick off a tour a couple days after the album's release which comes to NYC on April 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates.
The tour is with White Hinterland, who S. Carey also toured with in 2010 and who was just added to the Brendan Canning tour, including the NYC date happening on Friday (1/24) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Volcano Choir at Webster Hall - 9/14/13
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a man of many projects, and over the weekend (9/14) he brought his band Volcano Choir (his collaboration with Milwaukee post-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees) to NYC for a show at Webster Hall. The band's new album, Repave is Justin's most similar album to 2011's Bon Iver, Bon Iver thus far, but rather than providing the atmospheric guitar licks like he does in Bon Iver, he left that to the COCOB guys and instead manned the controls at a podium that he stood behind for their set. In addition to the Repave material, Justin & co played two new non-album songs -- "The Agreement" and "Valleyonaire" (the latter of which you can watch a video of from their Boston date, via Stereogum, below) -- and reached back to their debut, Unmap, including a mesmerizing performance "Still" (aka Volcano Choir's take on Bon Iver's "Woods").
Keeping things close to home, as Justin likes to do, the show was opened by tourmates Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun, whose lineup includes three members that used to be in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon) and Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man, who have toured as backing vocalists for Feist, who Bon Iver shared a bill with on said tour, and also once covered). Like Vernon (and certain other friends) has done himself, the duo brought a mix of sounds pulling from both indie folk and R&B, and did a pretty good job winning the crowd over.
It was the last date on Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso's tour together, but VC will do some other dates later this year into 2014. More pictures from the Webster Hall show, along with the video of that new song and list of dates, below...