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DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Blood Bank (MP3)

Vivian Girls rocking for kids @ the Living Room - Jan 9, 2009 (by Maryanne Ventrice)
Vivian Girls and kids

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Mondomundo Fest @ SOB's
* Matteah Baim @ Chelsea Market
* Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange @ Union Hall
* City and Colour & William Elliot Whitmore @ Bowery Ballroom

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine was born today in 1970.

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange brings Lucy Wainwright Roche, Rebecca Pronsky, Stephen Clair, and Brooke Campbell to Union Hall tonight for free.

"On January 12, in presenting the second part of the 2nd Annual Mondo Mundo Festival at S.O.B.'s, the Mondo Mundo Agency brings APAP attendees and NYC fans alike an eclectic line-up of four globally-influenced ensembles each with a unique, modern interpretation on music from Ireland, Latin America and Morocco.; the first 100 industry presenters with APAP badges will get into the festival for free. Mondo Mundo Agency will present a second evening of music as part of their 2nd Annual Mondo Mundo Festival featuring four artists from their roster including The McDades, Zemog El Gallo Bueno, Jose Conde and Hassan Hakmoun at S.O.B.'s."

happy 50th Birthday Motown.

NY Mag has a feature on Antony & the Johnsons.

Pop Matters lists the Best Music Journalism from 2008.

Goblin Cock tour dates.

The Wall Street Journal suggests How the Music Industry Can Get Digital Satisfaction.

The picture up there is from the Kidrockers gig the Vivian Girls played over the weekend. All of their dates HERE.

Bon Iver's new song "Blood Bank" above. Franz Ferdinand's new song "Ulysses" below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Bon Iver

Bon Iver (Justin Vernon), with three-piece band, returned to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn Friday night (12/12). It was his third NYC show in three days, and his last NYC show of 2008 according to what he told the crowd. He also said he was excited to almost be done touring so he can spend some time at home getting back down to earth after a crazy (sucessful) year.

Their set included two new songs, one of which was played during the one-song encore, and a cover of The Outfield's "Your Love" - a song he said he knew the bloggers would love. He was right. Actually I think everyone in attendance loved it, along with the whole show, though the highlight had to be the powerful crowd-sing-a-long to "The Wolves (Act I & II)".

Justin at one point lovingly and modestly joked, "How about that Tallest Man On Earth? I'm not sure why we decided to bring him on tour" (or something like that). He was referring to the Dylanesque opener, that was, as he pointed out, solid (though sometimes hard to hear over people talking).

"What is shocking about this is the fact that this man (who is of average height) seems to understand American folk music better than any other performer today is from Sweden." [Tone Marrow Reviews]
More pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & The Tallest Man on Earth @ MHOW, NYC - pics"

Blood Bank

Just in time for winter, BON IVER have announced a new 4 song 12"/cdep entitled Blood Bank. From the title track's remembrance of the winter warmth we seek, to the summer love tribute of b-side gem "Babys", Bon Iver's snow-blanketed harmonies live across the seasons. Still, there is a reverence for sabbatical, solitude and the winding down of time. As much as "For Emma, Forever Ago" is about the cold, the Blood Bank collection is about the warmth that gets you through it.

Blood Bank will be released in the US on 1/20/09 and in the UK on 1/19/09. If you can't wait until then, head out to one of the bands shows stretching through the end of December hitting the East coast and parts of the Midwest where they will be selling the vinyl version.

"Blood Bank" is now available for pre-order. Bon Iver played his second of two shows at Town Hall here in NYC last night (12/11). His third NYC show in a row goes down tonight/Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last night you may have also caught them on Letterman. A bunch of other people definitely did...

Continue reading "Bon Iver played Letterman (video?) & Town Hall again, new EP out soon, MHOW tonight"

photos by Chris La Putt

Bon Iver

Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth played their first of three NYC shows together last night (10/10). The show was at Town Hall where Thursday's show will also be. Friday is at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Tallest Man also played a show on Tuesday at Mercury Lounge with Marissa Nadler.

"Kristian Matsson, the Swedish songwriter who bills himself as the Tallest Man on Earth, flaunted every rasp, buzz and crack in his voice. They are the most immediate signs of a musician who draws on the structures of folky songwriting from the 1960s -- the basic chords, the picking and strumming, the chains of verses and refrains without choruses -- but who has no use for the cozy decorum that would define singer-songwriters later on. His model is the visionary Bob Dylan of songs like "When the Ship Comes In," along with Dylan's own models: the craggy bluesmen and back-country singers who never tried to smooth things over." [NY Times]
More pictures, and Bon Iver's setlist from last night, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & the Tallest Man on Earth @ Town Hall, NYC ----- ------------------ (night 1) - pics & setlist"

Tallest man on Earth

Swedish folk troubadour Kristian Matsson, known better under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, will be playing to North American audiences this December alongside genre companion Bon Iver. The tour couples with the November release of Shallow Grave (LP/7 ", 1000 pressed), out on Mexican Summer, the limited edition vinyl and digital only label that launched September of this year.

Shallow Grave will join the initial class of Mexican Summer releases (13 to be exact) which are offered to collectors by way of three subscription options; 4 Months = 5 albums, 8 Months = 9 albums, and 1 Year = 13 albums, all at varying price points. Other artists to receive a limited pressing this year include Black Moth Super Rainbow, Bobby BeauSoleil & The Orkustra, Marissa Nadler and Valet.

Marissa Nadler also joins The Tallest Man on Earth TONIGHT, Tuesday December 9th, at Kristian's only U.S. show that isn't with his genre companion. Phil And The Osophers and Spirit Family Reunion are also on the Mercury Lounge bill. You can also catch The Tallest Man on Earth with Bon Iver at all three NYC show this week.

Pitchfork gave Shallow Grave an 8.3. Cokemachineglow's review is positive too. A bunch of songs are streaming at MySpace. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Tallest Man on Earth - 2008 Tour Dates (Marissa Nadler, Bon Iver), Mexican Summer releases"

Dark Was the NightDark Was the Night

"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

Continue reading "Dark Was the Night - full 4AD comp artist list, cover art, etc"

DOWNLOAD: Steinski - The Payoff Mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Steinski - Lesson Two (James Brown Mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Steinski - Lesson Three (History of Hip Hop) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Skinny Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Leviathan Bound (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (Dj Doc Rok Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - No Epiphany (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Twice Born (MP3)

Plush's Fed & The Dodos' Visiter
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It's the time of year when people start talking which album was the best this year. That usually means I start cramming and trying to figure out what I still haven't heard and look forward to what others have to say to make my selection process slightly easier. Part of what I'm saying is, I'm not ready to answer that yet. According to the aggregated critics at MetaCritic, this is what was best this year...

1 London Zoo by The Bug
2 Fed by Plush
3 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio
5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru
6 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
7 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Robyn by Robyn
9 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair
10 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski
Does when an album actually came out matter?. Bon Iver's album actually came out in 2007, but was reissued in 2008. Shugo's album came out in 2007 in Japan. Plush's album actually came out in 2002 in Japan (I still haven't heard it). Robyn's album came out in Sweden in 2005. Steinski came out in 2008, but as the title suggests, is actually a compilation of tracks that were released between 1983-2006.

Other bands currently ranking in Metacritic's Top 30: The Dodos, The Music Tapes, Shearwater, Portishead, Harvey Milk, Torche, The Hold Steady, Drive By Truckers, and Fucked Up.

Also put out albums this year: Sigur Ros, Jamie Lidell, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Marnie Stern, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, The Black Keys, Calexico, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Grails, Al Green, Anathallo, Flight of the Conchords, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, Vampire Weekend, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Santogold, Parts & Labor, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, Beach House, Elbow, REM, M83, NIN, No Age, Of Montreal, Destroyer, Department of Eagles, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, The Dears, and Deer Tick (though Deer tick was out in 2007 and reissued in 2008) (and I guess Radiohead is qualified too) (and Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses) (and JACK JOHNSON) (and a million others).

Who else? What are your favorites this year? Who will Pitchfork pick as #1?

The Bug is going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Those dates are below...

Continue reading "What is the best album of 2008? (when did it come out?)"

Bon Iver @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Ryan Muir)
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Bon Iver has added a third NYC show to his December schedule, but unlike the two that are already sold out, the new one is not at Town Hall. The December 12th show will take place across the river, back at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon. The Tallest Man on Earth opens all three shows. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver - 3rd NYC show added, updated 2008 Tour Dates"

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The Breeders at McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)

All Tomorrow's Parties recently announced another UK festival, this time curated by The Breeders and taking place May 15-17 2009 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, England. 40+ bands will play the festival including The Breeders as well as Throwing Muses, Bon Iver, Teenage Fanclub, and Holy Fuck. Tickets are on sale.

The Breeders festival, also know as "ATP UK Weekend 2", comes, believe it or not, one weekend after "ATP UK Weekend 1" which is the ATP that Sleep are reuniting for (and which is also known as "The Fans Strike Back").

ATP is also coming back to NY in 2009. All Breeders tour dates below....

Continue reading "The Breeders are curating a UK ATP ++ other tour dates "

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes (MP3)


Tickets are still on sale for Land of Talk's upcoming show at Mercury Lounge. The above track comes from their new Saddle Creek record - out October 7th, but they'll ship it to you September 23rd.

Also catch Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene.

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Tickets are on sale for Bon Iver's second Town Hall show.

Tickets are on sale for both of Deerhunter's upcoming NYC Shows. Times New Viking opens both shows.

Times New Viking is also opening for Sonic Youth at McCarren Pool. Tickets are still on sale for that too.

Tickets are on sale for both of Jamie Lidell's upcoming NYC shows.

Andrew Bird tickets also went on sale today.

Check the free show calendar for FREE SHOWS.

Bon Iver @ Bowery Ballroom - Oct 2007 (more by Ryan Muir)
Bon Iver

Dec 10 - on sale Wednesday
Dec 11 - SOLD OUT

Bon Iver @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Bon Iver @ MHOW

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon for the previously Announced Bon Iver show at Town Hall in NYC. The exact date of the show is December 11th and the opener is The Tallest Man On Earth.

In related news, Bon Iver produced the new Land of Talk album. Land of Talk are touring with Broken Social Scene. All Bon Iver dates below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver - 2008 Tour Dates (Town Hall ticket info)"

photos by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons (MP3)

"this is a Yahtzee"
Bowerbirds @ MHOW

Bowerbirds @ MHOW

Making a great show even greater, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver (on his current tour and( last night (July 30, 2008) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn...

Continue reading "Bowerbirds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir

Bon Iver

Musical ecstasy is the only way I can desribe Bon Iver's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (and not just because I drank too many Yahtzees). New song = amazing. Amazing = an overused word, but it works. Bon Iver's next NYC show will be headlining Town Hall in December! Details TBA soon. More pictures from the Brooklyn show (July 30, 2008) below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver played WNYC (stream), Bowery Ballroom & MH of Williamsburg (pics) --- playing Town Hall in December"

photos by Elizabeth Weinberg

Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Bon Iver is out on tour and making his way to NYC to play two sold out shows in less than a week from now. On Sunday he played a set at the Pitchfork Fest in Chicago.

Justin Vernon expands Bon Iver to a four-piece and they infuse the lonesome, dark-night-of-the-soul songs on his debut album a with a communal, campfire glow. [Chicago Tribune]
More pics from that below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver played P4K (pics) & Daytrotter (MP3) -- now on tour "

this is pretty cool....

Coloring book

For his final project as an undergrad at England's Huddersfield University, Miller came up with Colour It (Red), a book/compilation combo inspired by his favorite indie rock jams and the (Red) organization, which raises money for the AIDS/HIV-battling Global Fund.

Taking a cue from such indie megahits as LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends", Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica", and Joanna Newsom's "Peach, Plum, Pear", Miller crafted a coloring/activity book sure to tickle pink-- er, make that red-- even the most hardened, poker-faced, arms-crossing indie music fiend.

Can you "help James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem find all his friends" by completing a maze? Care to "make Beirut's carousel pretty by colouring it"? Are you man or woman enough to "find the grizzly bear that does not fit"?? [Pitchfork]

Feist, who played Hammerstein Ballroom last time she was here, plays the Prospect Park Banshell in Brooklyn this Wednesday July 9th. The show is sold out, but you can always listen for free from outside the fence. Feist is also back in NYC on July 25th to appear on Good Morning America.

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Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the upcoming Bon Iver shows in NYC. All tour dates HERE. Learn how to play the Bon Iver song "Blindsided" by watching cougarman8's video below....

Continue reading "Bon Iver tickets on sale, free guitar lessons from cougarman"

DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Skinny Love (MP3)

Bon Iver

Bon Iver has a ton of shows coming up including a bunch in July with Bowerbirds. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon for a July 29th show at Bowery Ballroom and for one the next day at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bon Iver will also tour a little with Wilco, and then with AA Bondy. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & Bowerbirds - 2008 Tour Dates + Wilco, AA Bondy"

DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - Get Up Get Out (Bon Iver remix) (MP3)

Rosebuds remixed

This whole Rosebuds remix album is being given away FREE. Catch The Rosebuds live when they go out on tour with British Sea Power.