Entries tagged with: Bon Iver
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Skream & Benga
Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:
Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."
Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?
I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.
But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.
Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.
(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)
If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.
Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.
And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.
Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).
James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...
Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
To complete this Gayngs trifecta (Polica HERE, Marijuana Deathsquads/Har Mar Superstar HERE), we though we'd report that Kathleen Edwards recently teamed with her tourmate (and Gayngs member) Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) for the new Wapusk 7" (out 9/27 via Zöe/Rounder). Justin produced the record and sings backup vocals on the new version of the title track which you can listen to at Pitchfork. The previous version of the song was recorded without Justin for the National Parks Project.
Bon Iver & Kathleen Edwards have been touring and played a sold out show at the 2000+ capacity theater The Long Center in Austin, Texas on 9/14. Pictures are on this post. The tourmates have since parted ways on the road (Other Lives have joined Bon Iver), but will reunite for a set of European dates on October that will include Pitchfork in Paris.
All dates and more pictures from the Austin show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Channy with Gayngs at Stubbs in March (more by Timothy Griffin)
Polica (pronounced po-lisa), the new project of Channy Casselle (formerly of Roma Di Luna and currently the lead female vocalist of Gayngs) are set to release their debut LP this year. The album was co-written and produced by fellow Gayngs member Ryan Olson (also of Marijuana Deathsquads), mixed by Jim Eno (of Spoon), and features guest vocals by Mike Noyce of Bon Iver on two songs. The album's got a sort of electro-R&B influenced indie rock feel and Channy belts out some incredible melodies which are aided by pretty tasteful voice manipulation. You can hear two tracks from the album at Polica's website now, including "Lay Your Cards Out," which features Mike Noyce. The album's tracklist is below.
Polica recently kicked off a short run of East Coast dates opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on their tour which includes the sold out Bowery Ballroom show tonight (9/20). If you've got tickets, get there early to check out Polica's set.
If you weren't able to get tickets for tonight's show, you can catch Polica in NYC again at the last night of Gayngs member Ryan Olson's other group Marijuana Deathsquads' residency at Bowery Electric with Har Mar Superstar in October (tickets).
Polica tracklist and dates below...
"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill
Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
"there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing 'valerie' for amy winehouse. i don't think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we ... as non-rhetorically as possible: don't we seem dumb? didn't MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn't Rock'n'Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn't our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom's cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace... But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something... they are apart of why you are doing something. that's fucked to me. that's the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you'll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn't matter what i say. it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?"If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....
today in NYC
* Mingus Mondays @ Jazz Standard
* ZZ Top @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
* Rocco DeLuca @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Dickey Betts, Kristy Lee @ City Winery
* Male Bonding, Love Inks @ Mercury Lounge
* Safe, Gem Club, Evi Antonio @ Cameo Gallery
* Smoke DZA, Asap Rocky, Bun B, Va$htie @ SOB's
* Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel, Andrew Hock @ Zebulon
* Shaina Taub, The Superpower Horns @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Extra Arms, Panic Manor, Diehard, Sexy Neighbors @ The Rock Shop
* Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Jay Baird Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Robbers On High Street, The Candles, Hurricane Bells @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dustin Wong, Teen Dreams, Nelly Kate, Shams, Nonhorse @ Death By Audio
* Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson featuring Duwende @ Highline Ballroom
* We Are Augustines, Princeton, Guards, Cerebral Ballzy (Daytrotter Barnstormer) @ The Living Room
* The As-Is Ensemble, Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, Robbie Fulks @ The Living Room
* Teddy Kumpel Loopestra, Holidays In London, Elaine K, Lesley Roley, Ippazzi @ Rockwood Music Hall
The Stone is closed tonight.
ZZ Top were supposed to play Westbury on Sunday. It was postponed until tonight.
Breakfast at Sulimay's reviews Bon Iver. Video below...
The Rural Alberta Advantage's recently released video for "Muscle Relaxants", below...
by Andrew Sacher
After tons of speculation on what the James Blake & Bon Iver - "Fall Creek Boys Choir" would be, it aired on Zane Lowe's show (with host Huw Stevens sitting in) on BBC Radio 1 a few minutes ago, and we now know that the collaboration is a single song with the name "Fall Creek Boys Choir" (which we also know is a name Justin Vernon has used in the past). The collaboration features Justin on vocals and James on beats. Zane writes on his blog:
Hi, it's Huw in for Zane. Tonight's Hottest is from James Blake and Bon Iver. After a chance meeting at South by South West, the massive new music festival in Austin, Texas back in March, this collaboration came about after a mutual respect of each others music was displayed. Both incredibly special musicians, this track is as atmospheris, as low key and as stunning as you'd imagine from Blake, here on production duties, and Justin Vernon who sings on this song.According to James Blake's YouTube account, the song will be available on iTunes on Monday, August 29. The same post also says "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." "Enough Thunder" is a new song that James has been playing live. Watch a live video of that and listen to "Fall Creek Boys Choir" below...
If you're wondering what James Blake meant when he tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir,"" it looks like we'll find out now. He just took to twitter again, saying, "James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir" tonight BBC Radio 1. 7:30pm (ish)." If he means UK time (which he does), that's in less than 20 minutes (2:30pm EST). Listen HERE.
UPDATE: "Fall Creek Boys Choir" is the name of a song. They played it. Listen to it HERE.
Meanwhile also check out a new Bon Iver-approved unofficial video for "Holocene" to accompany the recently released official video, below...
Bon Iver at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield
Bon Iver has a video for the second single off his incredible self titled album, "Holocene." The video was directed by Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Common) and premiered today on National Geographic. Nabil spoke of the Icelandic countryside in which the video was shot:
That place is the most magical place in the world, it looked like Mars to me, so I always wanted to shoot there. When Bon Iver gave me the reigns on this video, I knew it had to be filmed there.Bon Iver is also releasing the track as a 12" single b/w a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Come Talk To Me." The 12" will be released September 6 via Jagjaguwar. Check out the single's artwork and the video below.
In related news, rumors continue to spread about the possible collaboration with James Blake following a very vague tweet from James that mentioned the "Fall Creek Boys Choir." Still no updates on what the collaboration is going to be, but the Fall Creek Boys Choir appears to be some a cappella recordings done by Justin Vernon a few years ago.
Video, artwork, and all dates below...
written with assistance from Andrew Sacher
UPDATE: "Falls Creek Boys Choir" is a song. Listen HERE.
The Fall Creek Boys Choir, according to a MySpace page created in 2007, are "An amateur singing group from Fall Creek, WI that gets together twice a month and rehearses, drinks 7up and Cranberry juice mixers, and sometimes records at the Cricket Gym," Its members are "Jeff Carter, Bonnie Bennett, Tom Olson, Rich Valvey, Pam Triton, Cal 'Jacket' Teely, Jennifer Teely, Sam Teely, Ashley Gunderson, Pat Robbins, Ashley Pessup, Matt Forser, Cole Perry." We don't recognize any of those names, but you can head below to hear some pretty beautiful harmonies that they created and posted to myspace.com/fallcreekboyschoir (last login October 21, 2008).
The choir once had a proper website. It's gone now, but the URL is still listed on MySpace. It's aprilbase.com ("Justin's website" according to DeYarmond Edison's breakup message). It's obviously not a coincidence that April Base also happens to be the name of Justin Vernon's recording studio in the same small Wisconsin town that the Boys Choir is from. An ApriBase MySpace with the URL Myspace.com/jdvernon (last login October 21, 2008) only further ties it all together (Fall Creek Boys Choir in jdvernon's top friends included). Myspace.com/aprilbase in turn takes you to a page belonging to "Vern" (and it's where we got the above picture).
Back to the Fall Creek songs for a second... We're not totally sure who the voices (or voice) in the mix are, but listening to those harmonies definitely makes us feel like we're listening to harmonies from any of the Bon Iver albums. Let us know what you think.
Update: One of the tracks, "New York (ball point)," contains the same vocal lines used in "Cool Knowledge" from Justin's Volcano Choir project. Remember that nobody had also logged into the myspace containing these four songs since 2008.
We do know that Justin likes to revisit his older work, considering the acoustic guitar intro to his recent single "Holocene" almost mirrors that of "Hazleton" recorded earlier under his own name, pre-Bon Iver.
Last but not least (and really what got us started on all of this)... Earlier today, James Blake tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir."" Is James Blake joining the Fall Creek Boys Choir? Did Justin get the old gang back together for a collaboration with Mr. Blake? Is Justin just reusing an old name, sort of like he did with April Base? It's a mystery for now, though we were able to get confirmation that the date in the tweet does not refer to a live show.
August 24, 2011 is in a week so it won't be long until we hear whatever it is these two great minds have up their sleeves. Fall Creek Boys Choir songs below...
photos by Amanda M. Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Justin Vernon walked onto the dimly lit stage at the sold out Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park last night (8/10) with his 9-piece Bon Iver, picked up his guitar, and quietly began playing the guitar riff of album opener "Perth." The band slowly began building the song into its borderline-heavy metal ending, letting us know immediately that Bon Iver are not a 9-piece band for no reason. Justin's obviously a guy who has been part of a lot of collaborations (though he needs a break from all of that), but this new lineup is far more than another collab for the record books. I mean these guys sound huge. What started out as a folk-leaning, acoustic guitar based project with sparse accompaniment from other instruments, is almost entirely the opposite now. The band that was once backed mainly by a bass drum now has two drummers behind fully structured kits and an auxiliary percussionist. Fluttering horn lines that are often indiscernible on their own, come together to create deftly beautiful atmospheres throughout the songs. Justin also now has the freedom to make as much noise as he wants on his guitar, and he definitely uses it.
On the album's second track, "Minnesota, WI," Justin was joined by the crowd on the "never gonna break" refrains, before taking the song into the funk-edged middle section driven by Colin Stetson's bass sax and pounding drums from Matt McCaughan and Sean Carey. Skipping "Holocene," the band continued to play straight through the album for a couple more songs, touching on the country-tinged "Towers" and the eye-watering beauty of "Michicant." Justin and band then took a break from the new material to dive into some older stuff. They fleshed out the older songs to fit in with the new setup, adding textures and dynamics not heard on the original recording, and managed to not lose any of its delicacy. Lead by band member Reginald Pace on trombone, the band delivered a soulful soft-rock interpretation of For Emma, Forever Ago's "Creature Fear." By the song's building second chorus, when it would normally fade into the companion track "Team," they took the song in an entirely different direction with explosive post-rock crescendos and layers of noise guitar from Justin and Mike Noyce. The band amped the older material up even more later on when they went into "Blood Bank" off the 2009 EP of the same name. The members were soaked in red light as they propelled into a heavy distortion-ridden rendition of the track. They kicked things up even harder at the end when they took the song into a double time rock bit with more noise guitar from Justin.
After "Blood Bank," they calmed things down with the much-anticipated "Holocene" that was skipped earlier on. The audience piped in on, "And at once I knew I was not magnificent," and "I could see for miles, miles, miles." Then the entire band except Justin left the stage, and with no more than an electric guitar he played the For Emma, Forever Ago closing track, "re: stacks." As a musician whose romanticized backstory is centered around lonesomeness, taking relief from the now-large band to perform with the vulnerability that his first album was written with made as large of an impact as the orchestrations of the rest of the set did. After the song, Justin was again joined by his band for "Flume" and "Calgary" before an audible count-in lead into the new album's closing track "Beth/Rest." Say what you will about this song and its '80s lite.fm-leaning tendencies, the performance was absolutely beautiful. The band played with far too much confidence to call it "ironic" and too much genuine emotion to call it "cheesy." About halfway through, Justin stretched the song a bit with some reverb-laden vocal scat before going into the guitar/sax solos that take up the ending. He then thanked the crowd, took a bow with the band and left the stage.
The stage crew wasted no time preparing the set for 9-piece Bon Iver's rendering of "Skinny Love." Once that preparation was complete, the guys walked back out on stage to tremendous applause, Justin sat down with his resonator guitar, Matt McCaughan and Sean Carey sat behind their drum kits, and the other six members took to microphones for backup vocals, stomps and claps. The song comes off as something the band knows they can just have a ton of fun with, and that's totally fine, because with an hour and a half of really heady melancholic music, nothing is wrong with three minutes of fun. The band members then all returned to their instruments and covered Bjork's "Who Is It," like they'd been doing on tour. Reginald Pace handled the blips and clicks with some pretty impressive beat-boxing and the horn and string players interpreted Bjork's electronic textures, as Justin strongly delivered Bjork's vocal parts. The band ended the encore with the crowd sing-along "The Wolves (Act I and II)" and again bowed and left the stage. Though the "Skinny Love" setup assured us of the first encore, much to my surprise, the band returned for a second encore to play one last song -- "For Emma." The song, which is already the fullest of all the For Emma, Forever Ago tracks, fit so perfectly with the new material, that it would have convincingly been a b-side to the new album if the song had never been heard before.
The show began with a great opening set by The Rosebuds. They were joined by Justin Vernon on guitar and backup vocals for the song "Leaves Do Fall" off 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors. Justin's bandmate Mike Noyce also came out towards the end of the song to help out with more backing vocals. Bon Iver bassist Mike Lewis also joined the band later on for a song. Their set wasn't too long, but every song was solid and the guest appearances were the perfect way to warm the crowd up for Bon Iver's headlining set.
More pictures and the setlist from the show below...
Back in June, The Awl compiled a long list of the adjectives (and a few adverbs) used by music journalists to describe the new self-titled Bon Iver album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the words chosen seemed more apt for describing a coat or a lumberjack than music: plaid-clad, wintry, warm, pretty, layered, rustic, wooly, enveloping. It was an Onion article waiting to be written. (Oh wait, that kind of already happened.)
When the origin story of an artist is as pronounced as Vernon's was with his debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, figuring out the next step can be challenging--especially when the reception was so warm the first time around. Would Vernon continue in a similar vein or break free from the web of adjectives that had carefully been sculpted by publicists and journalists? Even after The Blood Bank EP came out, the question loomed.
Vernon may not have shaved the beard, but judging from last night's show at the United Palace Theatre and the far-flung locales of the song titles on the new album, he has ventured out of that cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Though his music still has a hushed, intimate air about it, it is definitely no longer the work of one man.
But before Vernon and his band assumed their positions, The Rosebuds came out to showcase a handful of songs from their recent release on Merge, Loud Planes Fly Low, in addition to a few old favorites (like "Leaves Do Fall" and "Boxcar" from 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors). Laced with boisterous choruses, pleasant duets, and anthemic guitar riffs, their set was lively, if not a bit out of place.
After a lengthy set-up (or maybe it just felt like forever), Bon Iver kicked off their set with "Perth," the opening track on the new album. Nine white spotlights cut through the darkness on stage, casting magnified shadows of each of the nine men against the backdrop. But it wasn't long before the lights began to flash rapidly and the colors came streaming in, as if to mirror the unfolding intensity of the song.
Here, of course we have the same earnest falsetto and mysterious lyrics. But the sound is boisterous and the tone, hopeful. I don't think it's an accident that Bon Iver came out, not during the cold, dark months of winter like its predecessors (including the Blood Bank EP), but on the first official day of summer, long after all the residual ice had melted. The hefty brass section (trumpet, trombone, bass sax, French horn), and the crashing percussion quickly revealed that this would be no sleeper of a set.
Justin Vernon and his talented cast of musicians (which included Colin Stetson, Rob Moose, Sean Carey, and others) played through the first four songs of the album before switching it up a bit with some cuts from Blood Bank and a cover by Björk ("Who Is It") to help mix things up. The older songs came later, including a beautiful solo rendition of "Re: Stacks.".
Between songs, Vernon addressed the crowd warmly, though not often. He didn't have to. Old and new songs alike brought thunderous applause from the undiscriminating crowd.
After wrapping up the initial leg of the set with "For Emma," Vernon and the band returned for a gorgeous three-song encore. Before launching into "Wolves," Vernon stopped to give a pep talk. This would be more than your typical sing-a-long. "When we come back on that down beat, that's when you have to just start screaming. Just no more singing words, no more thinking thoughts [...] You just start screaming," he instructed the audience.
After the mad fervor of "Wolves" died away, Vernon finished with a stripped down version of "Skinny Love" that included just a single guitar and percussion, leaving the remaining musicians to leave their instruments behind and gather around a couple of microphones to sing backing vocals. Then after a generous standing ovation, they were gone.
If you missed last night's show, you can check out the band tonight at Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn or stream last week's gorgeous show at the 9:30 Club, courtesy of NPR Music.
The full setlist, a video of the Bjork cover from the Boston show, and more picures from NYC, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Although Kanye produced most of the album, they also brought an impressive cast of outside producers incuding Q-Tip, 88-Keys, The Neptunes, The RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Kanye and his collaborators create a wide range of sounds touching on everything from classic soul to dubstep-infused electronica. The guest vocal spots are especially grabbing too. Jay-Z and Kanye, who have been two of the biggest names in hip hop for at least the last decade, bring in newcomer Frank Ocean of Odd Future on two of the tracks. Jay's wife, Beyonce, who also has Frank Ocean and Kanye on her new album, sings the chorus to "Lift Off." The album samples the vocals of legendary singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, and also features guest vocals by Mr. Hudson of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. You can stream "Otis" at Jay-Z's Life + Times website and listen to "H.A.M" below.
Justin Vernon also wrote a hook for "That's My Bitch" and according to the album's liner notes, he also sings the part. Elly Jackson of La Roux sings the song's chorus and Q-Tip handled some production duties. Check the song out on grooveshark. Justin comes in at 1:45.
Speaking of Justin Vernon, he and his 9-piece version of Bon Iver played their first of two NYC shows with The Rosebuds at United Palace Theatre last night (8/9). They also play Prospect Park tonight (8/10). Both shows are/were sold out. More on last night in a bit.
Jay-Z & Kanye have two upcoming sold out shows at Izod Center and other dates too.
'Watch the Throne' tracklist and video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Rosebuds in Texas
Viscous blue light drowned the stage as the highly anticipated headliner, The Rosebuds, captured attention and hearts with "Go Ahead", an indie-rock summer anthem, plagued with melancholy, but overflowing in beauty.
From their 2007 album, Night of the Furies, The Rosebuds performed "Cemetery Lungs" with unwavering energy, beneath bright pink and fuchsia lights. Also from Night of the Furies, one of the crowd favorites was clearly the upbeat and danceable indie-folk track, "Leaves Do Fall".
Promoting their latest album, Loud Planes Fly Low..., The Rosebuds primarily performed tracks featured on that particular album, such as "Limitless Arms", "Come Visit Me", "Cover Ears", and "Second Bird of Paradise". Loud Planes Fly Low, is the first album produced by The Rosebuds since front-musicians Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard's divorce. Staying together for the sake of music, this particular album exuded more humanity and vulnerability than anything The Rosebuds produced before. -[Red River Noise]
The Rosebuds spent a Friday night (June 25) in Austin at The Parish, where they linked up with Oax and Other Lives for a show as part of their current ongoing Southwest/West Coast headlining tour. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post.
Its in Justin Vernon's home state of Wisconsin that The Rosebuds will link up with Bon Iver for a string of dates on their way back East, eventually landing at the final two sold-out dates of the tour in NYC, 8/9 at United Palace and 8/10 at Prospect Park Bandshell. Rosebuds tour-mate Other Lives will open shows for Bon Over in September. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Bon Iver, as you may have heard:
Jill Scott earns her very first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "The Light of the Sun," as the new set starts with 135,000 copies sold last week. The R&B singer's previous charting best was 2004's "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2," which peaked at No. 3. Her last studio album before a foray into acting was 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3" which made it to No. 4.Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver has a big week as the self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 2 with 104,000. These numbers easily best his former highs: his 2009 EP "Blood Bank" debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 23,000. Mastermind Justin Vernon's first album under the moniker, "For Emma Forever Ago," never made it higher on the chart than No. 64. [HitFix]
Loud Planes Fly Low is The Rosebuds new LP, out now via Merge. Look for it at the merch table of one of their tour dates, which are all listed with more pictures from The Parish, below...
A musical week continues on Colbert. Watch a web-exclusive performance from Florence & Machine along with the first of three Jack White segments, and the Bon Iver performance from Fallon, all on or related to TV last night (6/21), below...
The Colbert Report kicked off its "summer concert series" last night (6/20) with Bon Iver. Colbert interviewed Justin Vernon about disease-influenced recording, majoring in religious studies and women's studies, and more. Justin and his 9-piece band then took the stage to perform the recent single "Calgary," off the self-titled (which by the way, is an idea that Stephen Colbert finds incredibly egotistical) album that drops today via Jagjaguwar/4AD. Justin also performed a web exclusive of "Skinny Love" with his band providing harmonies and stomps/claps. The band that played with Justin was in factMatt McCaughan, Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Reggie Pace, Mike Lewis, and Colin Stetson aka all the dudes who will also be out on tour as Bon Iver soon. You can watch all of it below.
The "concert series," or StePhest Colbchella '011, continues tonight (6/21) with Florence and the Machine. Talib Kweli plays Wednesday (6/22), and the Black Belles play Thursday (6/23). As Colbert pointed out, Jack White will also be there all week. The label clears that up a bit:
Here at Third Man HQ we imagine that people probably think of us as a bunch of record nerds sitting around discussing our favorite Dutch freakbeat albums and mono Texas psych pressings...Well, that's only partially true. We like all kinds of non-musically related stuff... Comedy, current events, television, records..damn, did it again.As mentioned, Bon Iver plays Fallon again tonight (6/21). Colbert videos below...
ANYWAY, long story short, we'll be combining some of our favorite things this week when Third Man will be featured on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. That's right, two titans of comedy collide when Stephen Colbert meets Jack White here at Third Man Records in a series of segments to air this week starting on Tuesday the 21st. And what's more, our own rarely spotted creatures The Black Belles will perform live on The Colbert Report this Thursday the 23rd. We're so proud of our little garage rock goths.
So tune in this week, starting on Tuesday at 11:30 pm ET for a week of music, TMR and the Black Belles on The Colbert Report. Amazing... Stay tuned for more updates on this late breaking development.
DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - "Calgary" (MP3)
Bon Iver's long anticipated followup to For Emma, Forever Ago comes out Tuesday, June 21 via Jagjaguwar/4AD. Maybe you've got the leak or more-legally streamed it on NPR or even pre-ordered it. If not, or if you just can't get enough of the album, there will be listening parties at tons of record stores all over the country tonight (6/20) and tomorrow (6/21). NYC gets one tonight at Other Music. The store will be playing the album between 6 and 8 PM. They will also have the album and the 12" single of "Calgary" way ahead of its July 5th release date. That's the single cover art above.
The "Calgary" single's b-side is a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time", which Justin performed on Fallon. Stream the album version of the Bonnie Raitt cover below. You can grab "Calgary" above, and also watch the video for the track below.
Bon Iver performs on The Colbert Report tonight (6/20) and returns to Fallon on Tuesday (6/21). This time we can assume he'll play a Bon Iver original.
Though Bon Iver will play Colbert and Fallon this week, their headlining tour doesn't start until late July. The Rosebuds, who Bon Iver opened for in 2007, open the entire tour. They'll hit NYC on August 9 at United Palace Theatre and August 10 at Prospect Park. Both NYC shows are sold out.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver member S. Carey's tour with David Bazan hits Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22). If Justin is still in town, we can assume he'll at least be in the audience to support. Tickets are still available.
Video, soundcloud stream and list of record stores below...
Atlas Sound @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Northside Fest
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Matt Munisteri @ Barbes
* Swervedriver @ Irving Plaza
* Erik Friedlander @ Joe's Pub
* Joseph Arthur @ The Living Room
* Earth, O Paon @ Le Poisson Rouge
* John Brown's Body, Kiwi @ Maxwell's
* Lavalier, And The Wiremen @ Zebulon
* Freestyle Love Supreme @ Irving Plaza
* The Monkees Reunion @ Beacon Theatre
* Darius Jones, Matthew Shipp @ The Stone
* David Grisman, Martin Taylor @ City Winery
* Cooper-Moore & William Parker @ The Stone
* Geri Allen & Timeline @ MetroTech Commons
* Eamon Hamilton (Northside) @ Matchless
* Joe Purdy, The Milk Carton Kids @ Highline Ballroom
* Questlove (DJ set) (Northside) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* White Wedding ('80s tribute) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* The Carrier, Carpathian, Dont Give A Fuck @ The Acheron
* Givers, Pepper Rabbit, Caddywhompus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Walter Schreifels, The Goddamn Rattlesnake @ Saint Vitus
* Aeroplane Pageant, Slothbear, The Sixty 90s @ The Rock Shop
* Red Light New Music, Mario Diaz de Leon @ Issue Project Room
* John Shannon & Wings of Sound, Garth Stevenson @ 92YTribeca
* Mindtroll, Delta Hotel, Clinical Trials, Cave Cricket @ Death By Audio
* Theophilus London (Northside) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Architecture in Helsinki, Hooray For Earth, Class Actress @ Webster Hall
* Blackbells, The Wicked Tomorrow, Electric People, Edelweiss @ Bowery Electric
* Rebecca Hart, Blue Bottle Collection, Ethan Lipton (and His Orchestra) @ Ars Nova
* We Can't Enjoy Ourselves, Eight Bit Tiger, Conveyor (Northside) @ Trash Bar
* Minerva Lions, You Won't, Big Tree, Noisycrane (Northside) @ Pete's Candy Store
* Atlas Sound, White Rainbow, Lichens (Northsid) @ St. Cecilia's Church
* Populette (DJ), James Friedman (DJ) (Northside) @ Cameo Gallery
* Drunken Sufis, Yvette, Cesspool, Hotter Than A Crotch, Geffika (Northside) @ The Charleston
* Mr. Dream, White Suns, Sleepies, Tony Ferrante (Northside - Mr. Dream presents) @ Glasslands
* Best Coast, Those Darlins (Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Benefit) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Co La, Ryan Power, Hex Breaker Quartet (Northside Festval) @ Cameo Gallery
* Penguin Prison, Blackbird Blackbird, Tiny Victories (Northside) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Zaza, Dead Leaf Echo, Shadowbox, Walrus Ghost, BRAHMS (DJ set) (Northside) @ Coco 66
* The Stuyvesants, Phony PPL, Progress, Kooley High, Scienze (Northside) @ Europa
* K Holes, Xray Eyeballs, My Teenage Stride, Making Friendz (Northside) @ Shea Stadium
* Hal Wilner's Freedom Riders w/ Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Tao Seeger, Toshi Reagon, and others @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow, The Secret History, Seapony (Northside) @ Bruar Falls
* Rich Uncle Skeleton, Jangula, Ghost Pal, Oh! My Blackbird, The Bailen Brothers Band, The Great American Novel @ Cake Shop
* Moon Mama (Pika from Afrirampo), Sophia Knapp (of Cliffie Swan), Shione Yukawa, DJ Emilie Friedlander, Wildlife, The R's @ Pianos
* Pursesnatchers, Radical Dads, Indian Rebound, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Hospitality (Northside) @ Union Pool
* Spacecamp, Hopewell, Golden Animals, Fan-Tan, Soft Spot, Slam Donahue, Vacation (Northside) @ Knitting Factory
* Rene Hell, Xeno & Oaklander, Carlos Giffoni, Laurel Halo, Silent Servant, Kindest Lines (Northside) @ Public Assembly
* Jack & the Jaywalkers, The Ruby Spirit, The Aviation Orange, The Yes Way, Me You Us Them, Appomattox, The Courtesy Tier, Lucius, The Wicked Tomorrow, Sweet Wood Soul (Northside) @ Spike Hill
The Northside Festival begins today. A guide to Thursday is coming shortly.
Bon Iver made a video for "Calgary." Check it out below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver's new album comes out June 21 via Jagjaguwar. It's currently available for pre-order in three different bundle packages. You can order the deluxe bundle with a 12" single of "Calgary" b/w "I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time," immediate download code for "Calgary," T-shirt and album art poster. The catalog bundle also includes the poster and Calgary 12" and download code along with For Emma, Forever Ago and Blood Bank. You can also order just the album and poster with immediate download of "Calgary." All bundles are available as LP or CD.
If June 21 is too long to wait to hear the album, it's currently streaming on NPR.
Bon Iver, who was recently heavily featured in the NY Times Magazine, will head out on tour with The Rosebuds (who just released an album) later this summer and stop in NYC August 9 at United Palace Theatre and August 10 at Prospect Park. The Prospect Park show is sold out but tickets are still on sale for United Palace.
Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir bandmates Collections of Colonies of Bees are releasing their new album GIVING on August 2 via Hometapes. They've filmed a live video for the album track "Lawn." IFC posted the video, along with this lineup change announcement:
The Japanese tour during which this video of "Lawn"--the first public taste of GIVING--was the last hoorah for the iteration of Collections of Colonies of Bees seen here. Mueller is concentrating on the glorious solo work and collaborations he's done during the past few years for Table of the Elements (R.I.P.) and Type. Tom Wincek, who you see on stage right behind a stack of electronics, has moved on to lead his excellent outfit All Tiny Creatures.Check out that video along with the album artwork and tracklist below...
So GIVING is an interesting double transition, since Collections of Colonies of Bees have never before been so concise and direct and since they'll never exactly be this band again. The new Bees hit the road later this year with a new sextet lineup, reworked GIVING tracks and 40 minutes of new material.
As promised, after a rare musical guest interview, Justin Vernon played a medley and cover (of covers?) on Late Nite With Jimmy Fallon last night. Accompanied by his best friend Phil Cook of Megafaun on piano, Justin didn't sing any news Bon Iver songs. He sang Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," mixed with some "Nick of Time" and along with an intro of Donny Hathaway song "A Song For You" (which was written by Leon Russell). Check out both videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
Fleet Foxes appeared on Fallon on Friday (5/20) playing "Sim Sala Bim" off their incredible new album Helplessness Blues. Watch it below. They'll finish up their tour at the end of this month overseas in Europe.
As mentioned, Bon Iver plays the late night show tonight (5/23) in support of his long awaited sophomore album Bon Iver (out 6/21 via Jagjaguwar). The album, though crafted in a much different manner from the raw loneliness of For Emma, Forever Ago, is easily as compelling. While not abandoning the folksy quality of the debut, Bon Iver adds art pop sensibilities that are, at times, not too unlike the Bon Iver-covering Peter Gabriel. Read all the new lyrics at BonIver.org.
What will Justin play on Fallon tonight? Well, according to a tweet it will be a cover (or covers), and some "good old fashioned 'medley'" with Phil Cook of Megafaun. Questlove adds that he "got Bon Iver/Justin realrealreal good for his walkon song on [Late Night] tonight #musicactsgettingcouchtime!!!!" I think that means Justin is being interviewed too. Stay tuned.
Fleet Foxes Fallon video below...