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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Decemberists

Earlier this year, The Decemberists played their first shows since 2011, and now they have new music on the way... which you can preview in like 20 minutes from now. Frontman Colin Meloy tweeted that he'll be busking in Williamsburg at Bedford and N 7th at 11:30 AM and will be playing new Decemberists songs. "I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy," he adds.

by Bill Pearis

Breaking the fourth wall: Bob & Colin
Bob Mould

Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is out today and you can stream the whole thing (and buy it) over at Merge. Current single "I Don't Know You Anymore" just got a very enjoyable video, directed by Alicia J. Rose (of Miss Murgatroid) which has The Decemberists' Colin Meloy schooling Bob on Social Media Marketing (including his band's new app Morph, which promises to "change the way thinking people think about thinking...about ordering kale-infused donuts at 2 AM"). You can watch that -- there are a few other cameos too -- below.

Bob, who we knew was playing Denver and Toronto Riot Fests and other festivals, also just announced a late summer/early fall tour which includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 10 & 11 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13. Tickets for the NYC shows are on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/4) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the "I Don't Know You Anymore" video, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould released 'Beauty & Ruin' & new video costarring Colin Meloy, touring in September w/ 3 NYC shows (dates)"

Pete Seeger at Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger was supposed to receive the Woody Guthrie Prize from the GRAMMY Museum on February 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC, though as you may know, he sadly passed away this week. However, Billboard reports that the ceremony will go on as planned as a Pete Seeger tribute concert, now titled "How Can I Keep from Singing!" Artists are currently being booked and have not yet been announced, but stay tuned.

In related news, NY radio station WFUV will be honoring Pete Seeger with on-air tributes this weekend:

This weekend at least three of WFUV's hosts will honor Pete Seeger, each in his own way. Don McGee , host ofMixed Bag (Saturday 4-8 p.m.), promises "a lot of Pete in all shapes and forms, including folks he influenced, such as Don McLean, The Byrds, and Peter, Paul & Mary."

On Sunday Breakfast (8-11 a.m.), John Platt will feature Pete Seeger the live performer, some favorite Seegercovers, and tribute songs written by the likes of Harry Chapin and Steve Earle.

On Sunday between 4-5 p.m., Bob Sherman will dedicate Woody's Children to Pete, who coined the phrase that became the name of the show. Bob will play songs from a half-dozen admirers and read a poem about Pete, titled "Because You Were There," by Charlie Cody, interspersed with Seeger's songs. (Pete was scheduled to headline the recent Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert at Symphony Space, but was unable to attend because of his illness.)

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy has also been posting about Pete on his Twitter. He tweeted, "Busted up. Woke early to the news that Pete Seeger has died. Brilliant, brave, patriotic, generous man. Thanks for all you did, Pete," has also posted some related links, and more.

video by Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt; photos by Jessica Amaya

Eleanor Friedberger

What has being "Eleanor Friedberger" brought you that being a Fiery Furnace hasn't?

Eleanor Friedberger: Well, if it doesn't sound too corny, it's helped me tremendously... become a more well-rounded person. Doing things with my brother, I was very quick to let him take over. It becomes more obvious to me now as time has passed. I think it's about getting older too, but I feel so much more in control of what's happening. I have so much fun onstage now and I don't remember feeling that way before. Not that it was the opposite of fun, but it was something else. It was really tense... really hard. Fiery Furnaces shows were so physical, like a sporting event. Now I have fun on stage and I hope that's apparent. It's a very different feeling for me.

Eleanor Friedberger has been busy since the release of her second solo album, Personal Record. She's done a headlining tour of North America (including a hometown show at MHOW), and she's about to head to Europe to do the same. And when she returns she'll go out on the road opening on Colin Meloy's upcoming solo tour, including the NYC show at Town Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.

In the midst of all this, Eleanor also found time to appear on the sixth installment of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. She and her band performed "My Own World," "Singing Time" and "Roosevelt Island." Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt for making this look (and sound) great. Dig into Eleanor's set at the bottom of this post.

If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio SessionField Mouse was the second, Ex Cops the third, Noun the fourth and Savoir Adore the fifth. There are more to come.

Pictures from Eleanor's BV Sessions, the videos, and her upcoming tour schedule are all below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger recorded a BV Studio Session video, opening for Colin Meloy on fall tour (dates)"

still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.

The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.

Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday (8/21) at noon with a presale beginning Tuesday (8/20) at noon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Concert flyer and film trailer, below...

Continue reading "Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst and more playing songs from Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' in NYC"

Colin w/ The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Colin Meloy

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy was just in Rhode Island to play Newport Folk Festival (where he was joined by Black Prairie, aka the rest of the Decemberists), which was one of a few solo sets he had scheduled for summer festivals this year. He's now announced that in addition to those festival appearances, he'll be doing some solo club dates as well, including one in NYC on November 1 at Town Hall. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. The dates are all on (or near) the east coast, but Colin says west coast dates are on the way.

When we last spoke, we posted a 15 second video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport. High quality video of the full song has since surfaced. Check it out, along with a list of all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) announces solo tour"

Chris Funk vs Jim James staring contest (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Chris Funk

The Newport Folk Festival went down in Rhode Island over the weekend with sets from Beck, Father John Misty (who also played Terminal 5), Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (who plays NYC tonight), Phosphorescent, Feist, Cold Specks, and more. Like we guessed they would, Black Prairie (aka most of the Decemberists except Colin Meloy) joined Colin during his solo set, turning part of the show into a full Decemberists gig. Check out an instagram video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport Folk Fest, along with longer videos from each of their respective sets, below.

In other Newport Folk Fest news, Decemberists/Black Prairie member Chris Funk involved himself in a 25 minute staring contest with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, as you can see above. Chris Funk and Annalisa Tornfelt also sat in with Beck (who played an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge before Newport).

Before Black Prairie return home, they'll stop in NYC tonight (7/29) to play City Winery with Michael Hurley.

Videos and more tour dates below..

Continue reading "watch Black Prairie join Colin Meloy at Newport Folk Festival, see them at City Winery tonight (dates & video)"

The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Decemberists

It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.

Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.

Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).

Continue reading "Black Prairie released a book soundtrack, touring; John Moen released a new song; Colin Meloy playing solo shows"

Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo

"FUCK YES" - HEALTH

"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy

"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff

continued below...

Continue reading "Artists react to Obama's win"

photos by Jim Brueckner

Mavis Staples
Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival took place in Rhode Island this past weekend (7/30-31). Day one featured performances by The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples (who was joined by Colin Meloy), The Decemberistsand others. Pictures from that day are in this post. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.

The Felice Brothers, who are no longer playing Truck America, added Nicole Atkins as an opener to their 9/29 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still on sale. You can also catch Nicole tonight (8/3) at Bowery Ballroom when she opens for Fountains of Wayne.

The PS22 Chorus also played day one. Pictures and videos of their set are HERE. Sallie Ford pics & video HERE. More pics from the rest of day one below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2011 - Day 1 in pics (Decemberists, Mavis Staples, Gogol Bordello, Tegan & Sara, Gillian Welch, more)"

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin

The Decemberists @ Bonnaroo
Bonnaroo

Are the Decemberists breaking up?

"Nothing could be farther from the truth," Meloy said Saturday on his tour bus in the parking lot behind Bonnaroo's big stage. "With this record I feel we have a whole world in front of us with plenty of options and I'm excited to continue writing music for The Decemberists and performing with The Decemberists."

He just wants to do something else for a while.

Driven by a powerful lead song, "Down by the Water," that featured harmony from Gillian Welch, "The King is Dead" hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 earlier this year, a rare feat for an indie folk rock band known for its challenging material. A top-selling record is often a bonanza for a band and the impulse is to tour nonstop to capitalize on the opportunity.

Yet The Decemberists will wind down touring in August and won't tour in the fall. Instead Meloy, who calls himself "compulsively creative," will begin promoting his new illustrated young adult book "Wildwood," the first in a fantasy series for HarperCollins he plans to produce with his wife, the artist Carson Ellis. The book idea predates The Decemberists when Meloy worked in a pizza place and played open mic gigs and Ellis worked in a bar and painted in her free time.

"I've managed to pull it off over the last year and a half but it owes a lot to chance and luck and, thankfully, some creative epiphanies," Meloy said. "I think it would water down both things if I tried to do them at the same time."

He also would like to write a musical and tackle a studio project or two during this ... quiet period? And he wants to spend more time at home to be with his son, Hank, who is autistic.

The other members of the Portland, Ore.-based band have things to focus on as well. Founding accordion and keyboard player Jenny Conlee was diagnosed with breast cancer this spring and sat out the band's summer dates. [AP/NY Times]

Unlike at Sasquatch at the end of May, Jenny did not play with the Decemberists at Bonnaroo, and she is not expected at Prospect Park on Tuesday. The Brooklyn show is sold out, but if you don't have a ticket you can always still sit outside the fence and listen.

More pictures and a couple of videos from Bonnaroo below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists not breaking up, played Bonnaroo (pics)"

Decemberists at Beacon Theatre (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Decemberists

Though Colin Meloy and Jenny Conlee recently flexed their acting muscles (Portlandia videos below), we are happy to report that they aren't pulling a reverse Jared Leto and The Decemberists will return to the stage (they were meant for it). After a European tour in March and a U.S. tour in April, the band will start hitting festivals like Jazzfest and Sasquatch and the Celebrate Brooklyn series of shows!. They play the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 14th with Best Coast. Tickets for the 'benefit' go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday.... will go on sale soon (they pushed it back a week I think).

The Brooklyn show happens five days after Best Coast play Bonnaroo. All tour dates for both bands, a Best Coast vs. Nardwuar video & more, below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists are playing Prospect Park w/ Best Coast (and other tour dates)"

"People on the subway are staring at my scabs"
A Taste of New York

Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Jim Carrey performed as "A Taste of New York" on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (on 1/8). A Taste of New York is an "authentic" band from "an area between Avenue B & Avenue C" in New York City. And though Holy Sons are from the West Coast, we have learned that the sketch/song was inspired by new Holy Sons song "A Chapter Must Be Closed" from the recent Survivalist Tales. Fred Armisen watched the video for the song and the rest is history. Compare/contrast the videos below.

Musical duo The Black Keys also played Saturday Night Live on 1/8, a few days before they appeared on the Colbert Report with Ezra. Video of both songs they played are below too.

Portland

Musical duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (ex Sleater-Kinney, current Wild Flag) go way back. Their Thunderant series of videos have been making the rounds online for years, and so it's pretty awesome that they've landed a "6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series" called Portlandia which premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC. "Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon."

An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk). Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).
Wild Flag is touring in March. Some very funny "Portlandia" videos, and everything else mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen inpired by Holys Sons for SNL sketch, pairs w/ Carrie Brownstein for new IFC show 'Portlandia'"

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Decemberists

The Decemberists have announced that their sixth full length album, The King Is Dead, will be released through Capitol Records on January 18. To accompany this announcement, they have also released the first single off the album, "Down by the Water" (which Colin Meloy played solo for KEXP during CMJ) featuring Gillian Welch singing duet vocals with Colin Meloy (Welch also just collaborated with Norah Jones on her new album). The single can be downloaded for free off of The Decemberists' website. The record will also feature guest musician Peter Buck of R.E.M., who The Decemberists have previously collaborated with in Buck's project, The Minus 5.

ABlack Prairie, a project featuring Chris Funk, Nate Query, and Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, just played Mercury Lounge last week.

"Black Prairie is an impossible band to classify. They're billed in some circles as indie rock, but that's not quite accurate. That may be because it's the type of musical circles the members of the band normally travel in. The most well known members of Black Prairie spend most of their time in the folk rock band the Decemberists.

There are a few similarities to the Decemberists' work here and there, but anyone expecting that brand of folk rock/indie pop, should leave those expectations at the door. Black Prairie abandons any of those pop sensibilities for the most part, instead trading them in for an altogether distinct sound.

It would be a bit too simple to call them an alt-country band as they don't seem to share many of the same principles aside from sounding like a band that might interest people who have a leaning in that genre. The road they seem to travel is that of a bluegrass band."
[Washington Times]

How was the NYC show?

In somewhat related news, friend of the Decemberists and fellow Portland band Loch Lomond have announced a new album as well. "Little Me Will Start A Storm" will be released via Tender Loving Empire on 2/22/11, and can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl now. Sample a track from the record above.

Both new album tracklists below...

Continue reading "new Decemberists & Loch Lomond albums & MP3s "

Colin Meloy @ Ace Hotel during CMJ (photo by Brittney Bush Bollay for KEXP)
Colin Meloy

"Like his performances with the Decemberists, Colin solo is fragile and intimate, accompanied by just his guitar and harmonica. From the brand new "Rise to Me," a beautiful ode that will bring tears to your eyes, to the epic story of "The Crane Wife," in three parts, he captures those heartfelt emotions that remind you why you first fell for his voice and music.

And KEXP congratulates Colin's wife, Carson Ellis, on her award this week from The Society of Illustrators for her book Dillweed's Revenge.

Live at the Ace Hotel NYC, as part of KEXP's broadcast, sponsored by Toyota's Free Yr Radio, Colin played a stripped down set of three new songs and the "Crane Wife" saga." [KEXP]

YouTube videos of all four songs he played, below...

Continue reading "Colin Meloy played new songs for KEXP during CMJ (video)"

by BBG

Devotchka at Bowery Electric (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Devotchka

Devotchka can appreciate the finer things in life, like a good old-fashioned surprise appearance. And much like they did at Bowery Electric in April, Devotchka have another special appearance in store for us NYC'ers, as we are proud to announce that Devotchka will be our "special guest" for Friday's Brooklyn Vegan day party at Public Assembly (10/22)! They go on at 5:15pm. The show is totally FREE to get into and will also feature appearances from Asobi Seksu, Dom, Ty Segall, Times New Viking, Shrag (who we added to the 3:15 slot), and many many notable others.

One thing that Public Assembly doesn't have is a 100% honest-to goodness circus tent (believe us, we tried). So if that is a requirement of shows that you frequent, then you can catch Devotchka at their Saturday night CMJ show where they can be found under the big-top at Damrosch Park. Angus & Julia Stone are also on board to support the band, and tickets are still available. Want to win a pair? I also have a pairs available for giveaway. Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

The circus show is the first "Sideshow," a "new live music-meets-the-circus series pairing fave musicians with formidable circus talent within the realm of an authentic one ring Big Top". Sounds pretty cool.

Devotchka can also be heard and seen via KEXP who is broadcasting CMJ performances from the Ace Hotel in NYC. "You are invited! This broadcast is free, open to the public and first come, first served (so get there early if you want a spot!). KEXP DJs John Richards and Cheryl Waters will be DJing live, between sets." And those Friday sets are:

KEXP Friday, 10/22:
* 7am PST / 10am EST Glasser
* 9am PST / 12pm EST Devotchka
* 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST Colin Meloy
* 12pm PST / 3pm EST Cults
* 1:30pm PST / 4:30 pm EST The Extra Lens (John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats & Franklin Bruno from Nothing Painted Blue
Yes, Colin Meloy! His only CMJ activity while he's in town for a non-music reason. It's also the only other chance to experience Extra Lens during CMJ if you missed them Thursday night at Mercury Lounge with John Vanderslice... who is also playing the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday. If you can't be at Ace Hotel, listen live on KEXP.

Some video of the circus venue and Devotchka, and details on how to win those tickets are below...

Continue reading "Devotchka playing the BV Friday day party after KEXP @ the Ace Hotel & before a real circus tent (win tix) "

photos by Tim Griffin

"@colinmeloy just asked me to MC the Decemberists show tonight in NYC. Finally, something to dress up for! I know just what to wear...." - John Wesley Harding

Decemberists

"When the spotlight glared down on the tinsel-bedecked stage-left podium at Terminal 5 [Saturday] night, the crowd got very excited. It could only mean that The Decemberists were about to hit the stage and get their first set of randomly selected songs to perform in an unusual lottery concert.

For those in the audience who know Wesley Stace (better known to many by his stage name of John Wesley Harding), we recognized that we were in for a rare treat -- a collision of sharp wits. And although Wes said he got the call to play MC for last night's show just hours before he went on, giving him no time to put any material together, he managed to wing it just fine...

...song titles were pulled from a basket, bingo-style and the band had to play them right away, with no cheating...

It was a superb mix of songs old and new -- one so very new that the band's mastermind, Colin Meloy, wrote it on the spot, referencing NYC Miracle on the Hudson plane crash and ending with an admission that on his first visit to New York he stole something from the Empire State Building gift shop. We also got The Tain, all 20 minutes of it." [Will You Miss Me When You're Gone]

Feathers from Friday night's Of Montreal show could still be found on the ground at Terminal 5 one night later when the Decemberists took the stage for their special Saturday night lottery event.

From Terminal 5, The Decemberists embarked on their latest tour which also brought them to The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Monday. Laura Veirs opened both NYC-area shows and is also on the tour. Terminal 5's lottery-generated setlist, and lots more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists & Laura Veirs w/ lotto master John Wesley Harding @ Terminal 5 in NYC - pics & setlist"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Decembrists
The Decembrists

"The show was in two parts. The first consisted of the band, with the addition of two performers - Becky Stark and Shara Worden, playing the entirety of the Hazards of Love album without even a break between songs...

After the intermission, the second (and more whimsical) set consisted of...


Continue reading "The Decemberists @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC - pics"

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SXSW

If you'll be in Austin for SXSW this year, especially if you have a badge, please stop by Club De Ville on Wednesday night, March 18th, 2009 for the official BrooklynVegan showcase (aka a show aka a concert with six bands that is officially a part of the overall South by Southwest festival). If you don't have a SXSW badge, this show will cost you a modest fee at the door. This is who we've got on the bill...

Starting things off. She hails all the way from Brooklyn... it's Bell who will have just finished a tour with Asobi Seksu. (8 PM)

Following Bell is Brooklyn's very own Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Some say Shilpa has gotten a lot of attention around here lately. That is true. (9 PM)

Loch LomondAfter Shilpa, it's Portland, Oregon's Loch Lomond (with special guests). You may have caught Loch Lomond while they toured the country with The Decemberists. The Decemberists just so happen to be playing across the street at Stubb's, a few hours later, on the same SXSW night. (10 PM)

Not to stereotype, but girl power continues with the fourth act of the night. This also marks the beginning of the "alt-country" portion of the evening. It's Those Darlins. Maybe you saw them on their current tour with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
(11 PM)

Next up... I've mentioned it a few times now: Phosphorescent will perform their/his new Willie Nelson tribute album, "To Willie", from start to finish . By the time this show happens, Phos will have done the same thing in Brooklyn, LA, and San Francisco. After SXSW, they may never do it again. (12 AM) Don't miss it...

...AND then, don't leave yet, because last but not least, Deer Tick (reunited with Those Darlins for the millionth time) are going to finish the night off. This closing performance feels especially special because this is the second year in a row that Deer Tick are playing the same showcase at the same venue, except last year their set time was much earlier. (1 AM)

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NOTE: This is one of MANY SXSW events we planned, produced, or BrooklynVegan are just somehow involved in this year. I'll announce all of them ASAP, including the free day parties, and one more of them now...

Bill Pearis, currently best known for his weekly column "Week in Indie", will be representing BrooklynVegan.com on a SXSW panel about music blogs on Thursday, March 19th at 11am at the Austin Convention Center. The event is for SXSW badge holders only.

MP3's above. Videos below...

Continue reading "official BrooklynVegan 2009 SXSW stuff - showcase & panel"

Good Night Oslo

"On February 17th Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 - comprised of R.E.M's Peter Buck on guitar, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.) on bass and drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, R.E.M.) - will storm back onto the pop music landscape with Goodnight Oslo, the follow-up to their critically lauded 2006 album Olé Tarantula.

Olé Tarantula marked the beginning of a stark renaissance in the career of one of Britain's most enduring songwriters and performers, reinvigorating his unique artistic voice and illuminating his influence on another generation of psychedelic folk disciples. Continuing Olé's trend, Goodnight Oslo explodes the Hitchcock myth with an album of pure pop mastery complete with horns, jangling guitar hooks and signature Hitchcock-ian word paintings that prove the Englishman's creative engine is more fiery than ever. Goodnight Oslo harkens back to Hitchcock masterpieces Underwater Moonlight and Globe of Frogs, with early opinions calling it one the best albums of his already storied career.

The album features guest vocals from Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Sean Nelson (The Long Winters, Harvey Danger). One man horn section Terry Edwards contributes signature stabs and sweeps, adding color what Robyn refers to as, "The best record of my adult life," and his unique vision of pop music in a perfect world.

Much about finding a return route out of the rabbit hole, Goodnight Oslo is bright and shining, further delineating this era from the frequently dark nature of his earlier work. Says Robyn, "These songs are largely about breaking out of a negative cycle, and believing that change can happen. It's not a recovery album or a therapy album per se; it's just a sign to the exit."

Oslo comes on the heels of 2 meticulously curated retrospective boxed sets. I Wanna Go Backwards and Luminous Groove combine to reissue six albums (plus 4 discs of rarities) worth of Hitchcock's 1980's Egyptians and solo output." [PR]

Colin Meloy appears on Robyn's new album, and Robyn does the same for Colin's.

Robyn's last NYC show was at Symphony Space. His next one is at Irving Plaza on April 11th. Tickets are on sale. While in town, there's a good chance Robyn will also visit The Red Flame Coffee Shop (W 44th St.), Cafe Figaro (Bleecker & MacDougal), The Campbell Apartments (15 Vanderbilt Ave between E. 42nd & 43rd), Nat Sherman's (5th Ave & 42nd St), Fred's at Barney's (Madison & 61st), and Nikko's (on Broadway & 76th).

All tour dates below...

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Rakes Song

On March 24th, Capitol Records will release The Decemberists' The Hazards Of Love, the follow-up to the group's 2006 breakthrough, The Crane Wife, which NPR listeners voted their favorite album of the year. With their fifth full-length album, the Portland-based quintet of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen solidifies its standing as one of the most innovative creative forces in music today. In an age when singles rule and the death of the album has been pronounced by many, The Decemberists - who will be featured in a live session on NPR's "World Café" today - have fashioned an anomaly: a record that demands to be listened to from start to finish and reveals more with each subsequent play. The 17-song suite, recorded with the band's longtime producer, Tucker Martine, is rooted in ancient language and imagery, yet entirely modern and accessible.

Eager to share a bit of the new music with fans before street date, The Decemberists are making "The Rake's Song" available as a free download beginning today at www.decemberists.com.

The album began when Meloy - long fascinated by the British folk revival of the 1960s - found a copy of revered vocalist Anne Briggs's 1966 EP, titled The Hazards of Love. Since there was actually no song with the album's title, he set out to write one. Soon he was immersed in something much larger than just a new composition.

The Hazards Of Love tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake, who recounts with spine-tingling ease how he came "to be living so easy and free" in the aforementioned "The Rake's Song." Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden deliver the lead vocals for the female characters, while My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock and the Spinanes' Rebecca Gates appear in supporting roles. The range of sounds reflects the characters' arcs, from the accordion's singsong lilt in "Isn't it a Lovely Night?" to the heavy metal thunder of "The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing."

"There's an odd bond between the music of the British folk revival and classic metal," says Meloy. "A natural connection between, like, Fairport Convention and Black Sabbath - of course, Sandy Denny from Fairport even sang with Led Zeppelin on 'The Battle of Evermore.' I think there's a shared sense of narrative and ambience, of moving beyond the first person in your writing. And I thought it would be interesting to mess around with that."

The Decemberists will tour this spring, playing The Hazards Of Love straight through for the show's first half and older material for the remainder. Ambitious, yes - but this is a band that doesn't shy away from major stage productions, having performed The Crane Wife with full orchestral accompaniment on several 2007 dates, including a stop at the historic Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly.

The Decemberists also have another new song on the Dark Was the Night comp, as does My Brightest Diamond who recently played a show at (le) poisson rouge.

Jim James's most recent NYC show took place at Madison Square Garaden. Robyn Hitchcock's was at Symphony Space.

Stay tuned for those tour dates (Terminal 5 again probably?). The track listing for The Hazards Of Love is below...

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Words and photos by Faith-Ann Young

crowd-surfing Obama & Chris Funk @ Terminal 5
The Decemberists

It's hard to bring chamber folk to life with a sold-out audience who lives and breathes The Decemberists, but Loch Lomond did so blissfully. It's the strength of their music, not necessarily the strength of their live show (as they seemed a bit withdrawn and concentrated heavily on their instruments more than their audience) that makes it worthwhile. That said, Loch Lomond deserve all the accolades they are getting.

Meanwhile, the Decemberists evidently drank a lot of Obama Kool-Aid pre-show (Front-man Colin Meloy in particular) and were on a roll Wednesday night (11/5) [Obama was elected the next president of the United States just one night earlier].

  1. They started out early with a killer cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (which brought some hard-core fans up front to tears)
  2. Colin Meloy joked about how bandmate Jenny Conlee must have voted for McCain because she made such a somber set list. When the crowd booed, he chuckled "just kidding, that's like saying fire in a crowd".....
  3. Meloy then yanked a peacock feather from the crowd (who brings a bloody peacock feather to a concert?) and busted out a wicked guitar solo using the feather instead of a hand........
  4. Meloy proceeded to run into the audience, steal a cellphone from an innocent audience member, call someone, and sing a whole song to the caller....while the jaw-dropped audience sang along in full chorus............
  5. Afterwards, Chris Funk picked up a full-sized Obama Cardboard Cut-Out, screamed OBAMMMA along the side of the stage, and then passed the cardboard through the crowd....
  6. As the crowd chanted "Yes We Can" and allowed Obama to crowdsurf, Colin simply smiled and said "yes we did"
  7. Bottom line: All those who reprimanded The Decemberists in the past for lackluster performances {editor's note: not me) et al. were rolling over in their already-made graves on Wednesday night....
No question; twas a night to remember. The Decemberists play the Wellmont Theater in NJ on November 11th. More pictures from NYC below...

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photos by Jason Bergman

DOWNLOAD: Colin Meloy - We Both Go Down Together (live)(MP3)

Colin Meloy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - Apr 17, 2008
Colin Meloy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Jason stopped by the 2nd of two shows Decemberist Colin Meloy played in Brooklyn last week to promote his new live album out now on his old label Kill Rock Stars. L Magazine recently featured Colin in an article entitled "In Defense of Colin Meloy, On the Occasion of His New Album"....

...he's just like you and all your friends, only he's ridiculously, annoyingly successful -- and he is unabashedly proud of himself, just as, admit it, you would be. He runs around his carefully, elaborately designed stages, with half-choreographed movements, leading the crowd in energetic and impassioned yet playful singalongs. He's a young Wes Anderson of sorts, crafting tiny, possibly meaningless things all around him, just because he can -- using an ever-growing budget to incorporate weirder and more freakishly detailed minutiae by the day. He's created his own world, where his every whim is carried out without question, and that world continues to grow in size, despite his chosen subject matter veering so far from the middle of the road.....
Jason said (about the Brooklyn show, that), "Colin played a new song that revolves around a couple after they have had sex in a forest and some nefarious villain comes and harms the girl." More pictures from that show below...

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