Entries tagged with: Bon Iver
photos by Chris La Putt
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...
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.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.
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.
"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...
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
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 BugDoes 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.
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
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...
Bon Iver @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Ryan Muir)
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...
by Black Bubblegum
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....
DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes (MP3)
Also catch Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene.
Andrew Bird tickets also went on sale today.
Check the free show calendar for FREE SHOWS.
Bon Iver @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To (MP3)
Bon Iver @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Bowerbirds @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Old 97's @ Webster Hall
* Dan Friel @ Dead Herring
* Yellow Fever @ Cake Shop
* Booka Shade @ Irving Plaza
* The Apples in Stereo @ Blend
* The War on Drugs @ Union Pool
* Brother Ali & The Rub @ The Seaport
* Wolf Parade & Wintersleep @ Terminal 5
* Metronomy & special guest @ Union Hall (late)
* We are Scientists & Oxford Collapse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Aimee Mann & The Submarines @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts & Cause Co-Motion @ Silent Barn
* RX Bandits, Portugal the Man & Maps and Atlases @ Highline Ballroom
* Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves & the Teenage Prayers @ Union Hall (early)
Check out our interview with Brother Ali.
Dead Herring is @ 141 S. 5th St in Williamsburg (JMZ to Marcy or L to Bedford). Dan Friel show starts at 8pm. 5 bucks. all ages. : BARR/SHEA/DAHL TRIO, LEADERS, NECKING & OMEGA JARDEN also on the bill.
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons (MP3)
"this is a Yahtzee"
photos by Ryan Muir
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...
Bon Iver in the crowd in Maine - July 26, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Takka Takka @ Pianos
* Earlimart @ Sound Fix (free)
* The Killers @ Highline Ballroom
* Max Richter @ (le) poisson rouge
* The Submarines @ Mercury Lounge
* Butthole Surfers @ Webster Hall
* Yellow Fever in New Brunswick, NJ
* Bon Iver & Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom
* Foo Fighters & Supergrass @ the Izod Center
* Extra Golden & Icy Demons @ Knitting Factory
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Central Park Summerstage
* Tilly & The Wall, The Ruby Suns & Vivian Girls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Soon you'll be able to hear "BrooklynVegan blog radio" on XM (or not at all...).
The new Presets video below...
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
dancing in the mud
and much more....
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
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...
this is pretty cool....
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.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.
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]
DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Skinny Love (MP3)
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...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Castles vs. Health - Crimewave (Lazrtag Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees - Ghost in the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: N.E.R.D. - Everything Nose (ZShare MP3 link)
today in NYC & NJ
* Hot Chip is DJing R Bar
* Paul Simon & friends @ BAM
* Diane Cluck is playing Cake Shop
* a flea market in Maxwell's from noon-four
* Rogue Wave is playing The living Room for kids
* Tyler Ramsey of Band of Horses is at Joe's Pub
* Deer Tick, Castanets AND Titus Andronicus @ Knitting Factory
Watch the recent Portishead webcast.
Crystal Castles used Trevor Brown's art without permission (or so Trevor Brown claims).
RIP Charlton Heston (even if he liked shooting things so much). They say he was nice. Stars attended his LA funeral. Fox News called Michael Moore the "most sanctimonious sack of feces on the planet". Charlton Heston dominates Michael Moore's "link of the week".
La Blogoteque video of Bon Iver below. What else?
Bon Iver @ Bowery Ballroom, NY, NY - Feb 22, 2008 (Jason Bergman)
Bon Iver @ Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 23, 2008 (Tod Seelie)
Bon Iver just played 3 NYC shows. Black Mountain headlined two of them. BV mostly-metal contributor Black Bubblegum was at the Bowery show. Here's what he had to say...
I came there for Black Mountain... I can't lie. They were fantastic. Stephen McBean's guitar tone brought to mind Tony Iommi and Amber Webber did her best Grace Slick. They killed and so does "In The Future".NYC Taper recorded the Glasslands show. Check out some recent non-NYC Bon Iver videos below.....
What surprised me was the stunning power of Bon Iver! Every ounce of greatness that "For Emma...." evokes was matched on the Bowery stage. The disheveled Justin Vernon had the ladies swaying and singing quietly, some holding cameras up to capture the whole set on video (links to those?). Vernon and his bandmates du jour were dead on. "The Wolves (Act I and II)" was easily the highlight, with a Mogwai-like crescendo as the crowd built upon the "what might have been lost" chorus. I have the digital version of "For Emma..." but I decided that I needed the vinyl.
The new Mountain Goats album, Heretic Pride, is garnering critical accolades (including an 8.0 in Pitchfork today), all of them deserved. Not only is John Darnielle's songwriting stronger with every new release, but he seems more comfortable with the production and collaborating musicians (including St. Vincent's Annie Clark here). Look for an interview with Darnielle on Largehearted Boy tomorrow.
A Mountain Goats release alone would make it a great music release week for me, but there are plenty more quality discs I can recommend. Bon Iver received plenty of music blog love for the hauntingly beautiful For Emma, Forever Ago. I can also strongly recommend American Music Club's The Golden Age, Allison Moorer's Mockingbird, Flowers Forever's self-titled debut, Headlights' Some Racing, Some Stopping, Mike Doughty's Golden Delicious, Raveonettes' Lust Lust Lust, and Throw Me the Statue's Moonbeams from what I have already heard.
Yep Roc reissues a remastered edition of Nick Lowe's classic album, Jesus of Cool, this week.
Poetry and Beat generation fans will be excited to see Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen's three-disc Poetry For The Beat Generation available as a standalone purchase.
What new releases you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything worthwhile off the list?