Entries tagged with: Eddi Front
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eddie Front - Arthur's Theme (The Best You Can Do) (MP3)
Eddi Front, who released an EP late last year, has been in a mellow mind of late. A couple weeks ago she covered Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" (the theme from Bond flick, The Spy Who Loved Me) and now she's taken on another soft rock movie soundtrack favorite: "Arthur's Theme (Best You Can Do)" which was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally performed by the man who put the yacht in Yacht Rock, Cristopher Cross. With spare detuned piano backing it's a little more sad than the original, but very pretty. You can stream it below, along with the other cover.
Eddie Front plays Rockwood Music Hall tonight (5/13). Doors are at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7 PM. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter, as well as those song streams, are below.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
photos by Jonathon Bernstein
Youth Lagoon at Bowery Ballroom - 3/6/13
Youth Lagoon returned this year with Wondrous Bughouse, the explorative psychedelic pop followup to his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation. To support the expansive album, he's brought out his new band and a pastel-colored light show for a tour, which hit NYC on Wednesday (3/6) at Bowery Ballroom. Support at the show came from Eddi Front, and pictures of both artists are in this post.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
by Andrew Sacher
Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
It's rare that you get an album like Youth Lagoon's damaged debut, The Year of Hibernation -- an album so deeply affected by the songwriter hitting rock bottom, and made perfect by its imperfections, many of which were due to endearingly low recoding quality. It's the type of album that causes both fear and excitement when a followup is announced. For one, fans of the album are itching to hear more, but there's a hesitance to accept the possibility that the songwriter in question (in this case, YL main man Trevor Powers) can follow up on that rare case of accidental genius. And while it remains to be seen if Youth Lagoon's sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, will leave the same impact as its predecessor, early listens prove that Trevor is only moving forward.
It's a little ironic that on the followup to an album whose most overly synthetic instrument was its drums, the loudest and clearest instrument in the mix on this one is YL's new live drummer. But maybe it's a way to say "we're a band now" and a bit of a fuck you to anyone who criticized Trevor for not having one at his live shows. In general, it's a much fuller album than his debut, and his songs are now filled with the sort of noises and sounds that Animal Collective fetishizes, without falling into the mess of post-AnCo bands. Trevor's soft-sung voice is still there, and still pleasantly buried in the mix (though in new ways), but sonically the songs are coming from a much different place. Trevor's very open about the fact that he was listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins when he was writing the claustrophobic dream pop of The Year of Hibernation, but on Wondrous Bughouse, it sounds like he's been spinning stuff like The Zombies and The Kinks. If the name, Wondrous Bughouse, doesn't sound enough like British Invasion psychedelia, the quirky peppiness and baroque pop arrangements of the tunes certainly will.
You can listen to Wondrous Bughouse, which is streaming in full at NPR, and two of its tracks, "Dropla" and "Mute," are embedded below.
You can also catch Youth Lagoon on tour, which includes NYC shows on March 6 at Bowery Ballroom, which Eddi Front has been added to (sold out), and June 5 at Barclays Center opening for The National (tickets). Check out a list of all dates and those song streams, below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
photo by Howard Melnyczuk
While she has performed many times in her home of NYC before (as Ivana XL), as Eddi Front she has yet to play live. That will change when Eddi Front makes her U.S. debut at The Slipper Room on January 24. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (11/27) at 11 AM.
Eddi Front's self-titled EP, four songs of moody piano torch songs, was released earlier this month via Best Fit recordings and you can stream the whole thing below. Also below is the new video for the EP's lead track, "Gigantic."
Ivana XL/Eddi Front
Brooklyn singer/songwriter Eddi Front has been getting some Internet love lately, most notably in the form of Pitchfork coverage, and, being a Brooklyn-based music blog, we naturally took some interest in the artist who we don't remember seeing around. As it turns out, much like Lizzy Grant before her, she's actually been playing around in the Brooklyn scene for some time now under a moniker that we're more familiar with, Ivana XL (who as far as we can tell never made Pitchfork). Back in 2009, Ivana XL shared a bill at Union Pool with Olof Arnalds, Sharon Van Etten and others. In mid-2011, she played Glasslands with Princeton, NewVillager, and High Highs, and towards the end of that year she played a Death by Audio show with She Keeps Bees.
Back in April of this year, she tried out the moniker Eddi Lines and eventually decided on Eddi Front in May and joined facebook under that moniker early that month. No dates under her new moniker have been announced yet but you can stream two of her tracks, "Gigantic" and "Texas," below.