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The Rosebuds in Texas
The Rosebuds

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.

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]

Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.

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...

Continue reading "The Rosebuds played the Parish w/ Other Lives (who are also touring w/ Billboard #2 Bon iver) -- pics & dates"

Jack White

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...

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Colbert

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.

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.

As mentioned, Bon Iver plays Fallon again tonight (6/21). Colbert videos below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver kicked off a week of music & Jack White on the Colbert Report (videos & schedule)"

DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - "Calgary" (MP3)

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

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.

Last but not least, as already being hotly discussed in the comments, Pitchfork gave Bon Iver, Bon Iver a 9.5 today (that's .5 less than the Kanye album Justin also appears on).

Video, soundcloud stream and list of record stores below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver playing Colbert & Fallon, got a 9.5, throwing listening parties, releasing Bonnie Rait cover as a b-side (listen)"

Atlas Sound @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

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.

What else?

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Bon Iver, Bon Iver

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.

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.

Check out that video along with the album artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "NPR streaming 'Bon Iver, Bon Iver' (listen), Collections of Colonies of Bees releasing GIVING (watch a video)"

Justin Vernon

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...

Continue reading "Justin Vernon played a Bonnie Rait medley & was interviewed on Jimmy Fallon (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fleet Foxes

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.

Like Fleet Foxes just did, Bon Iver plays United Palace Theater on August 9. Tickets are now sold out for that and his Prospect Park show. All dates HERE.

Fleet Foxes Fallon video below...

Continue reading "Fleet Foxes played Fallon, Justin Vernon does tonight (performance and interview?) +++ "Bon Iver" lyrics & more"

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, who is going to appear on Fallon on 5/23, released the first track from 'Bon Iver.' Stream or download it below...

Continue reading "new Bon Iver song 'Calgary', Fallon appearance announced too"

Though it was originally announced as going on sale at 10am, tickets for the Bon Iver show at United Palace go on sale at 11am.

Bon Iver

Bon Iver has announced a full summer tour and another NYC show. They'll kick things off with two home-state shows at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater on July 22 and July 23, and end things at the sold out August 10th Brooklyn show, which is one day after the newly-announced NYC show happening at United Palace Theater on August 9. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday at 10am.

As you know:

For the shows Justin Vernon will perform with a 8-piece band that includes many musicians who contributed to the forthcoming album 'Bon Iver,' out June 21 on Jagjaguwar. The touring band will consist of regular Bon Iver contributors Sean Carey (drums, piano), Mike Noyce (guitar) and Matt McCaughan (drums), Rob Moose on violin and guitar (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Mike Lewis on bass (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and a horn section including Reginald Pace, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
The Rosebuds, whose co-vocalist Ivan Howard also plays in Gayngs with Justin Vernon, will open all shows.

Before then the Rosebuds will spend the first half of the summer out on their own tour in support of their new Merge Records album Loud Planes Fly Low (out June 7th). A video promo for that album and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver expands tour, adds 2nd NYC show (dates) -- The Rosebuds open all dates, after their own new-LP tour"

Bon Iver @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver has announced only two live dates since announcing his/their new album. Tickets for the Brooklyn one go on sale at noon.

If you're wondering what other dates Bon Iver might play this year, I can tell you a bunch they will not. Sean Carey, one of the nine members of Bon Iver's touring lineup, will be on the road with his own S. Carey project through much of May and some of June, first touring with Other Lives and then with David Bazan which brings him to Bowery Ballroom on June 22nd. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver tix going on sale, S. Carey going on tour (dates)"

Justin Vernon @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
Bon Iver

According to a press release, Bon Iver's August 10th 'Celebrate Brooklyn' show at the Prospect Park Bandshell will be his biggest NYC show yet, and...

"For the shows Justin Vernon will perform with a 9-piece band that includes many musicians who contributed to the forthcoming album 'Bon Iver,' out June 21 on Jagjaguwar. The touring band will consist of regular Bon Iver contributors Sean Carey (drums, piano), Mike Noyce (guitar) and Matt McCaughan (drums), Rob Moose on violin and guitar (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Mike Lewis on bass (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and a horn section including Reginald Pace, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
Tickets go on "Celebrate Brooklyn" presale today (4/28) at noon. I believe the password is "celebratebklyn". Bon Iver's only other scheduled date at the moment is in Wisconsin.

Speaking of Sufjan Stevens, his Celebrate Brooklyn show is still on sale too.

Speaking of Andrew Bird, you don't need tickets at all to see him play the same venue this summer.

Justin Vernon at Coachella w/ Kanye West (more by David Andrako)
Justin Vernon

Bon Iver will release his highly anticipated follow-up to For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver, Bon Iver on June 21 via Jagjaguwar. Check out a video snippet of a song recently released below.

I wouldn't be surprised if NPR streams the new Bon Iver when it comes out. Meanwhile head over there to get a "First Listen" to the new Fleet Foxes, and to the new Antlers too, and to to the new Donnacha Dennehy. Fleet Foxes head out on tour soon and play two nights at United Palace in NYC in May.

Bon Iver will return to NYC to play a Celebrate Brooklyn benefit on August 10th at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets go on Venue/Celebrate Brooklyn presale at noon on Thursday (password TBA), and regular sale 24 hours later.

Justin Vernon's collaborator Kanye West is also playing NYC soon, but it'll cost you a bit (and will probably be a pretty short set).

Besides the NYC date and one other Wisconsin show, Justin Vernon doesn't have much of a tour schedule laid out for Bon Iver. Gayngs have some dates scheduled though, but you never know if Justin will play with them or not. All dates, an updated set for Fleet Foxes too, and that Bon Iver teaser video below.

Continue reading "Bon Iver announces NYC show, Fleet Foxes album streaming"

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, the musical project of Justin Vernon that emerged to international acclaim in 2008 with 'For Emma, Forever Ago,' has confirmed the June 21 release of new album 'Bon Iver' on Jagjaguwar. Featuring 10 new songs penned by Vernon, the album expands the group's sonic palette beyond the rustic acoustics of the debut into a lush landscape of silky electric guitars, beautifully intricate keys, and subtle horn and string sections while keeping the ghost choirs and densely layered vocals intact that Bon Iver has become so known for.

Painstakingly crafted over three years, the album was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a former veterinarian's clinic in Fall Creek, WI, converted into a recording studio by Vernon and his brother. Bon Iver regulars Sean Carey, Mike Noyce and Matt McCaughan contributed vocals, drums and production; Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons, The National) helped with arranging and strings; and Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek (who have previously collaborated with Vernon under the Volcano Choir moniker) provided processing. The album also features the pedal steel of Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell) and a horn section including Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), Mike Lewis (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens)." [press release]

Justin's most recent accomplishments include playing with Gayngs, the National and Kanye West at Coachella over the weekend. That's the "Bon Iver" cover above. The tracklist is below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver releasing 'Bon Iver' (cover art and tracklist)"

Kanye makes his grand entrance (this photo by David Andrako)
Kanye

There were dancers, costume changes, Bon Iver...
Kanye
Kanye
Kanye

Kanye West closed out Coachella 2011 in the only way he knows how, in a grand fashion and dedicated to his mama. We'll have more pictures and recaps from Sunday later, but in the meantime, check out more of what Kanye brought to the Indio stage, and the 27 song setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West closed out Coachella 2011 w/ help from Justin Vernon, dancers & Pusha T (pics & setlist)"

"Great show. Though, totally unnecessary 3+ hour wait to get in." - Anonymous

Nicki Minaj & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Questlove)
Kanye West

Kanye West played his entire new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from start to finish, followed by a four song encore Tuesday night at the intimate Bowery Ballroom in NYC where Kanye literally brought in "all of the lights" (there were lots of lights). The show started with people who weren't Diddy (he walked right in) waiting on a long line. The show ended with Kanye going on a rant about racism, George Bush, Taylor Swift, the Today Show, etc. Audio of that final portion can be streamed below.

Album guest stars Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z and RZA were nowhere to be found, but Terena Taylor, Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who might appear again with Kanye in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (who plays Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving), Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (whose friend Questlove was in the balcony taking pictures) all performed at the show that started around 12:40am and was was over by around 2:15. Full setlist, videos and that audio below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played Bowery Ballroom w/ many special guests (setlist, videos & audio of the show-ending rant)"

Justin Vernon & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Ivanka Trump) (seriously)
Kanye West Bon Iver

UPDATE: more on the show & videos HERE

"Dear New York and Me, we won't forget this will we? Oh shit." - J Vern, 5pm EST

Justin Vernon @ MHOW in January (more by Paul Birman)
J Vern

This Thursday, while the rest of us are pounding down turkey, Mr. West will be performing on a float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parade reps tell MTV News that the rapper, whose new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released on Monday, is set to perform "Lost in the World"--a somber track that features Bon Iver--during the parade. There's been no announcement as to whether falsetto-voiced Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will be joining West, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

Kanye will travel along the parade route on the New York Daily News Big Apple float. "The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and of course Macy's Herald Square, share the landscape with New York's signature taxi cabs and subway stations on the New York Daily News Big Apple float," the reps said. "With a giant, 30-foot inflatable apple at its core, the float perfectly represents the frenzied and bustling city." [MySpace]

Kanye West (and Justin Vernon?) play Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Kanye West

"...On Monday West, who is 33, will release his fifth album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), and it's terrific -- of course it's terrific -- a startlingly maximalist take on East Coast rap traditionalism. And yet that doesn't matter nearly as much as it should, at least partly because of West's insistence on his own greatness. By not allowing for responses to his work other than awe, the value of the work itself is diminished; it becomes an object of admiration, not of study. Instead the focus is on the whole of West's persona and character, which is more fractured and subject to a far wider range of responses. The result is that West becomes a polarizing public figure who happens to be the most artful pop musician of the day, not the other way around.

Nevertheless, West seems virtually incapable of making a bad record. He's committed to pop, and he's savvy and talented enough to make it great, every time. What's more, for him to make something other than a universally accepted smash would be a thing that his ego couldn't bear. Every Kanye West album, until the cancer of the world around him begins to encroach on the parts of his cerebral cortex that control his musical ear, will be excellent and huge. He'll never have an idiosyncratic period.

Even at his most extreme, West isn't an experimenter. His music is ornate, ostentatious, curious and vivacious. But risky? No. All of his fiddling is within recognized formulas. A producer as well as a rapper, West controls all of the major elements of his songs, unlike other artists who have to rely on their taste (or their record label's taste) in outside producers or songwriters.

To work on this album he retreated to Hawaii, as he did during the making of his previous album. And West's gravitational pull is such that he can import talent. Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nicki Minaj -- they all made the trip to make music that will appear on the album. The spooky indie folky Justin Vernon from Bon Iver spoke of smoking marijuana with Rick Ross on one of his three sojourns to Hawaii to work with West, about as surreal a tableau as has been created in the making of any pop album this year." [JON CARAMANICA, Sunday New York Times]

"Runaway" video below...

Continue reading "Kanye West 'seems virtually incapable of making a bad album'"

photos by Ryan Muir

Gayngs

Much like they did the night before at Bowery Ballroom, Gayngs played a NYC show with Glasser last night (10/4) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and covered Sade (and George Michael). The multi-member group, which started with 23 members but became 10 for this tour, includes band leader Ryan Olson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan from the Rosebuds, and members of Megafaun (and opener Glasser). Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post, as is the video of their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon which happened last night too. They played "The Gaudy Side of Town" for what was probably the first and last time they ever appear on TV...

Express Night Out: How does the 10-piece compare to the full ensemble?
Ryan Olson: It's way tighter musically. We had two days to practice with 23 people and make that shit gel. It's starting to feel like a band right now which is really fun. It's ridiculously fantastic, over-the-top fun.

Express Night Out: You've been emphasizing that this isn't a real band.
Ryan Olson: It's kind of more like a surreal band. It won't ever happen again.

Gayngs also recently laid down some tracks for Daytrotter, including "The Gaudy Side of Town", the Sade cover, and others. Grab those.

And speaking of Sade, she has a tour of her own coming up. George Michael is enjoying prison life.

Meanwhile Glasser has a just-announced headlining show of her own on the way. The chanteuse will make an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/16. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (10/6) with regular sale kicking off at noon two days later.

More Glasser dates, the Jimmy Fallon video, and more pictures from MHOW are below...

Continue reading "Gayngs played MHOW, Daytrotter & Fallon (pics & video), Glasser adds a NYC show (and other dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Megafaun - "Volunteers" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Megafaun - "Carolina Days" (MP3)

Megafaun @ Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Megafaun

Those looking for an excuse for a road trip this weekend:

Megafaun & Fight the Big Bull • 'Sounds of the South'
feat. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver & Sharon Van Etten

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 18, 2010 | 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 19, 2010 | 5:00 pm
Hayti Heritage Center
$26 • Duke & NCCU Students $5

The members of Megafaun moved from Wisconsin to Raleigh with Vernon as the band DeYarmond Edison. After Vernon went back north to record as Bon Iver, the Cook brothers and Joe Westerlund stayed on in the Piedmont, crafting a timeless folk-pop that "drinks deeply from the well of the past but could only have been made today" (Drowned in Sound)--an archive of rural America's ghosts.

In this exclusive live recording event, the rustic avant-gardists team with Fight the Big Bull, the "thrilling" (NPR) 9-piece jazz collective from Richmond, VA, along with Vernon and the blisteringly talented Van Etten. Together in Durham for three shows only, they'll cut a live album based on Alan Lomax's collection of shape-note songs and dirt-floor hymns, Sounds of the South, gathered during a two-year trek through the American southeast (1959-1961).

Tickets for the three shows appear to still be available. I would go if I could, but knowing a live album will come of it is nice too.

Sharon Van Etten plays two NYC shows and then tours in October.

Meanwhile, Megafaun's fine new mini-LP Heretofore is out today (9/14). Check out two free songs from that above. Grab a remix the band did for The Acron @ My Old Kentucky Blog. And a video of Megafaun covering Gillian Welch with The Tallest Man on Earth, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Glasser - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side Of Town (live) (MP3)

Gayngs member Justin Vernon (more by Drew Kaiser)
Gayngs

Gayngs have slightly updated their tour dates since we last spoke. Glasser will open all of them, and they've confirmed the following live lineup:

Ten of the twenty-plus contributors on the Relayted album will be there, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold. Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple will all be there too!
Gayngs played their first show, "The Last Prom on Earth", in Minneapolis in May. Grab the Chromeoesque live version of "The Gaudy Side Of Town", that was recorded at that show, above. Two studio versions of songs from their debut album Relayted, which was released by Jagjaguwar in May, are up there too. "The Gaudy Side Of Town" video is below with all dates (including two happening in NYC which are still on sale).

Glasser's debut album "Ring" will be released by Matador/True Panther on September 28th. Check out "Home" from that album above.

And speaking of Bon Iver,

"The rumors are true. And then some. Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon laid vocals down on "at least 10 songs" during three separate week-long trips to record with Kanye West in Hawaii earlier this year. While it's unclear how many of those tunes will actually make Kanye's forthcoming record-- due November 16-- at least one, "Lost in the World", seems to be a lock. In fact, the track-- which features newly recorded vocals by Vernon as well as a prominent sample of his Auto-Tuned song "Woods"-- could very well be the as-yet-untitled album's next single, according to a Kanye Ustream broadcast that aired last week.

All this news comes courtesy of Vernon himself, who excitedly chatted with us about the collaboration yesterday. Talking about "Lost in the World", Vernon said, "We were just eating breakfast and listening to it and Kanye's like, 'Fuck, this is going to be the festival closer.' I was like, 'Yeah, cool.' It kind of freaked me out." Along with West, Vernon met and worked with Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Rick Ross while in Hawaii. He said, "I was literally in the back room rolling a spliff with Rick Ross talking about what to do on the next part of a song. It was astonishing."" [Pitchfork]

Kanye played a private show with John Legend in NYC last week

BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini, like he did for WAVVES, spoke to Gayngs ringleader Ryan Olson backstage at Lollapalooza. Gayngs didn't play the festival, but Ryan was hanging out (he DJ'd an afterparty). Check out that video with the other video and all dates, and a NSFW Gayngs picture, below...

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DOWNLOAD: S Carey - In the Dirt (MP3)

S Carey

Fans of Bon Iver won't be disappointed with the new album by Bon Iver member S. Carey. I've been listening to the album, entitled "All We Grow" (out 8/24 on Jagjaguwar), all morning so thought I'd share the fact that "In the Dirt" is now a free download. Grab it above. Catch S. Carey on tour with The Tallest Man on Earth in September. Tickets are still on sale for the show at Webster Hall.

Cover art and full album tracklist below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Tallest Man On Earth @ Highline Ballroom in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tallest Man On Earth

Sweden's Tallest Man On Earth will be going to Europe after his set at Pitchfork Fest on July 16th. He's back in North America for shows in September, where he'll tour with S. Carey, the project of Sean Carey, who plays with Bon Iver. S. Carey's debut, All We Grow, written while on the road with Bon Iver for the past two years, comes out August 24th on Jagjaguwar. Dreamy, orchestrated tune "In the Dirt" is up on his MySpace.

The Tallest Man On Earth and S. Carey play Webster Hall Monday, September 27th. Tickets went on AmEx presale at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

All tour dates are below...

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