Entries tagged with: Fleet Foxes
by Andrew Sacher
While we're still waiting for Sunny Day Real Estate to get back in action again, here's something that's kind of close. Bassist Nate Mendel (also of Foo Fighters and SDRE spinoff The Fire Theft) is releasing a guest-filled solo album under the name Lieutenant, and one of those guests is none other than SDRE frontman Jeremy Enigk himself. The other guests are impressive too: Helmet frontman Page Hamilton, former Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Foo Fighters (and No Use for a Name/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) guitarist Chris Shiflett, and The Head and the Heart singer Josiah Johnson.
The album's called If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week, and it's due March 10 via Dine Alone (Canadian home of Trail of Dead, Single Mothers, Sylvan Esso and others). Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet, etc) produced it. The first single, "Believe The Squalor," is a nice dose of clean-sounding somber indie rock. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.
Lieutenant's live band has Nate joined by Fleet Foxes member Christian Wargo, The Bronx drummer Jorma Vik, and Snow Patrol bassist Paul Wilson, though no live dates are announced at the moment.
Meanwhile, Nate will be on tour when the Foo Fighters go on their massive stadium tour that hits NYC on July 16 at Citi Field. In other news related to this album, a new Modest Mouse song came out this week, and Helmet are touring Betty in full in February.
Lieutenant song stream and album tracklist below...
photo: Robin Pecknold at MHOW in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We're still waiting on new Fleet Foxes music, but in the meantime frontman Robin Pecknold has another project on the way. As Stereogum points out, he teamed up with his past collaborator (and Joanna Newsom/Bill Callahan drummer) Neal Morgan to score the new Off-Broadway play Wyoming. The play, written by Brian Watkins and directed by Danya Taymor, will come to NYC's Theater For The New City from January 15-31. The score isn't being recorded or released, so you'll have to check out the show to hear it. Tickets are on sale.
It's Halloween and the horror short films keep coming. First Avey Tare, and now Arcade Fire have put one out called Festi. The band gives the following description:
Festi, an Arcade Fire production.It was directed by "Noreen Bauble" and stars the members of Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, ZZ Top, Slash, Peter Gabriel and more. Watch the full spooky thing below...
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
Earlier this year, former Byrd Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was paid tribute to on a tour with an indie supergroup that featured members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Fairport Convention and others. The tour hit NYC for two sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in January -- here's what we said about one of them:
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers.Pitchfork filmed one of the Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, and has now posted a video of the full show, which you can watch below.
I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
Robin Pecknold at Gene Clark tribute at MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been way too long since we've heard from Fleet Foxes, who haven't put out an album since 2011's Helplessness Blues or played live since early 2012. In that time, drummer J. TIllman left and became Father John Misty, and other members started the side project Poor Moon. Only in the past few months have we heard from frontman Robin Pecknold at all, who broke his silence to cover Pearl Jam on Fallon and then to cover Gene Clark on a short tribute tour with Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Walkmen members. Now, Robin has posted a message to the Fleet Foxes Facebook telling us what he's been up to, and vaguely (but hopefully promisingly) commenting on the future of the band:
For anyone who's curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update - been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I've mostly been doing that, but I'm working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it's down the line. Hope all is well out there.Fingers crossed it won't be too far down the line! Watch a video of the band's Austin City Limits taping below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Iain Matthews / Jenn Wasner @ MHOW 1/26/2014
Mr. Scally, 31, first heard "No Other" in 2004, when he began collaborating with Ms. Legrand; her father gave her the L.P. "I thought it was one of those classic rock records like 'After the Gold Rush,' one of those well-known canonized great records," Mr. Scally said. "But I found out over the years that it's just a record no one knew."The short Gene Clark 'No Other' tour came to close on Sunday night (1/26) in NYC with the second of two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got a review of Saturday night's show, as well as two sets of pics from that show, and here's a set from Sunday, featuring Fairport Convention's Iain Matthews (looking much younger than his 67 years), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the whole show.
Beach House has been listening to it "constantly" since then, discovering its "onionlike quality," Mr. Scally said, adding: "The first thing you hear is the production, the general feel. Ten listens in, you start fixating on the lyrics. And some of the lyrics on the record just destroy you, they're so strange and wonderful." - [New York Times]
photos by P Squared Photography
Victoria Legrand / Hamilton Leithauser @ MHOW, 1/25/2014
After The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser crooned the country-rocker "From a Silver Phial" and the album-closing "Lady of the North," the whole ensemble returned for an encore that kicked off with a vibrant rendition of The Byrds' jangly "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." The crowd cheered heartily when Legrand stepped out from the chorus line to deliver a truly arresting lead-vocal performance on "Hear the Wind," a gorgeous country-folk ballad from Clark's Two Sides to Every Story. Finally, The Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" opened with haunting a cappella harmonies before Scally intoned the song's familiar bassline, Strohmeier's twelve-string guitar riffs and Mike Lowry's percussion steadily intensifying into an epic crescendo. As the musicians traded verses and frolicked about the stage, their camaraderie and enthusiasm were infectious, festively capping a stirring celebration of Clark's music. - [DCist]The above review was from Friday night's DC stop on the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour, which featured a live recreation of the former Byrds' 1974 album featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Victoria Legrand of Beach House, members of Wye Oak, Lower Dens and more. The next night (1/25), the tour hit NYC for it's first of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A review and a first set of pictures are here and another set of pics are in this post.
Pics from Sunday's show (1/26) are here. More of Saturday's MHOW shows (Pt 2) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
Robin Pecknold / Daniel Rossen @ MHOW 1/25/2014
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers. The short tour they put together hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend for sold-out shows on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26). We're got three sets of pictures from these shows -- two from Saturday and one from Sunday -- the first of which is in this post.
I was at the Saturday show. I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
Next up was onetime Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Iain Matthews who has long championed Clark and was the only one to play guitar while singing (he also played as part of the band). Matthews was also the only one to really talk about Clark, mentioning that sales of No Other have gone up 4000% since the announcement of this tour. He sang "Silver Raven" and would come out later for "True Love."
Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear probably was the best vocal match to Clark, both having a similar husky, dusky quality. His lead on No Other's grandiose, rocking title track was maybe the highlight of the evening, and returned to sing "Some Misunderstanding."
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser made his first appearance on "Form a Silver Phial" and though one associates him a cigarette hoarse style of singing, the softer side of his vocals were on display here, though he looked no less intense doing so. He also closed out No Other with the lovely "Lady of the North." The band -- which included members of Celebration, Beach House, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Mt. Royal and others -- did a fantastic job, definitely no half-assed "let's try this" kind of thing.
Once the album proper was played and a brief intermission, the band returned for three songs. The Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" saw Pecknold, Rossen and Leithauser trading verses; Victoria Legrand had a moment in the spotlight taking lead on "Hear the Wind" from Clark's 1977 solo LP, Two Sides to Every Story, and the evening finished with a psyched-out version of "Eight Miles High." This was a knockout show.
In 1974, former Byrd Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a critical and commercial failure that earned increasingly more recognition over time and was received much more warmly upon its reissue in the early 2000s. Now, just about 40 years later, an indie supergroup will be performing the album in full on a short tour of the Northeast US. The band features both core members of Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, with Victoria handling vocals along with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (and newly a solo artist), Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak/Flock of Dimes/Dungeonesse. They'll be backed by members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Mt. Royal, and others. The full lineup (with mention of who's playing what) is below.
The tour kicks off in Philly on January 22 and it ends in NYC just a few days later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 25. Brad Truax (Spiritualized, Interpol and others) will be DJing at all shows and a Gene Clark documentary will screen beforehand too. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the full supergroup lineup, a trailer for that Gene Clark documentary, and a full stream of No Other, below...
by Andrew Sacher
a short-haired Robin Pecknold & Daniel Rossen
It's been about two years since we've heard anything from Fleet Foxes or their frontman/songwriter Robin Pecknold, but Robin broke his silence last night (10/22) with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for Pearl Jam Week. Robin covered the fellow Seattle band's track "Corduroy" with help from Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Joanna Newsom/Bill Callahan drummer Neal Morgan. It's not the first time Robin's collaborated with a Grizzly Bear member -- you may remember he teamed up with Ed Droste for some beautiful harmonies on "I'm Losing Myself". No beautiful harmonies this time though, just a double attack of grungy guitars. Check out the video of their performance below.
The actual Pearl Jam are also taking part in Fallon's Pearl Jam Week, which they're doing fresh off of two Barclays Center shows.
And though Fleet Foxes have been quiet, former member Father John Misty has been anything but.
Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (more by David Andrako)
As you may have seen last night, HBO's Girls won big at the Golden Globes, grabbing both Best Comedy series and Best Actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. At the same time Dunham was giving her acceptance speech, Season 2 of Girls (now featuring Donald Glover as Hannah's new boyfriend) was making its debut on the pay cable channel.
The soundtrack to Girls just came out last week and one of the songs exclusive to it is Santigold's "Girls." We've got the premiere of its video right here in this post. Shot here in NYC the cool little clip features girls from all walks of life (and all ages) lip-synching to the track and you can watch it below. The Girls soundtrack also features Sleigh Bells, Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Belle & Sebastian and more.
Santigold played Bowery Ballroom back in December and her only upcoming live date is at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on February 9. Video and Girls OST artwork and tracklist below...
Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)
Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).
Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.
Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).
And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.
* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial
Speaking of Fleet Foxes members and Sub Pop, Sub Pop also announced the signing of Poor Moon, a band with Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott and The Christmas Cards members/brothers Ian and Peter Muray. Sub Pop will release the band's Illusion EP on March 27. Download the track, "People in Her Mind," off of the EP below in exchange for your email address below.
Meanwhile catch Lost in the Trees in NYC at Housing Works on Friday, February 17.
In other Fleet Foxes news, a tumblr has arisen called Fleet Foxes Sing, where a group of people cover songs like James Blake's "The Wilhelm Scream" and Madonna's "Like A Virgin" in the style of Fleet Foxes. It's not nearly as funny or convincing as Bon Joviver though.
Father John Misty is one of two new Fleet Foxes-related projects signed to Sub Pop. The other is Poor Moon.
Widget and dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Father John Misty & Phosphorescent - "I Would Love You" (MP3)
Father John Misty aka J. Tillman
with Fleet Foxes on an ACL Episode (more by Tim Griffin)
Farewell Fleet Fans and Friends. Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go. Tokyo is my last show with the Foxes. Sorry if I was distant and obtuse if we ever met. Have fun.The above message is a post that Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman posted to his tumblr last month, announcing his departure from the band that he joined in 2008. He also tweeted, "@fleetfoxes, the best and last band that would ever have me."
Both before and during his time in Fleet Foxes, he had been recording solo material as J. Tillman. Since leaving Fleet Foxes, he's announced that he has signed to Sub Pop under the name Father John Misty and will release his first album under that moniker, Fear Fun, on the label on May 1. The album was recorded with Jonathan Wilson and was produced by Phil Ek, who also produced both Fleet Foxes albums, in addition to albums by The Shins, Band of Horses, and others. He's got a few west coast dates announced, which are listed below.
Our first taste of Father John Misty was a collaboration with fellow rural folkie Phosphorescent called "I Would Love You" (via Aquarium Drunkard). Grab an MP3 of that song at the top of this post. You can read the song's lyrics on the Father John Misty tumblr. He's since revealed a song from Fear Fun called "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," which you can download via a widget below. You can also watch the video for it, which stars Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation, at Entertainment Weekly.
All dates and widget below...
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* moe @ Hiro Ballroom
* Liam Finn @ The Rock Shop
* Laura Gibson @ Other Music
* Cosmic BB's, Hoist @ Zebulon
* New Music Observatory @ The Stone
* Chairlift, Violens, Dive @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Presents: Meah Pace @ Union Pool
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* Stew and the Negro Problem @ Joe's Pub
* Smoke Dza & Spaceghostpurrp @ Highline Ballroom
* right Light Bright Light, Nova Social @ Cake Shop
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* White Suns, The Dreebs, Platinum Vision, Rapstar @ Death By Audio
* Hot Tub w/ Rob Cantrell, Sara Schaefer, surprise guests & more @ Littlefield
* Dan Neustadt plays Wolf Parade's "Apologies to the Queen Mary" @ Knitting Factory
* Remembering Master Storyteller, Jean Shepherd: With Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Olbermann @ Paley Center
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier & Rob Jost, Highspace w/ Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch & Jeff Hill @ Living Room
Jerry Seinfeld is taking part in an event at the Paley Center and tickets are still on sale.
Like Arcade Fire before them, Joanna Newsom (taped in August) and Fleet Foxes (taped in October) apppeared on an episode of Austin City Limits which you can now watch in full online. Check out the video below...
Alex Winston released a video for the song "Choice Notes" off her upcoming debut album (King Con is due 3/6 via V2/Cooperative). Check it out below...
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
DOWNLOAD: Silver Swans - He Doesn't Know Why (Fleet Foxes) (MP3)
Because I don't believe in things like sleep, rest and relaxation, it's no surprise that just hours before door times, we're announcing the final addition to the free BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party at Public Assembly (that RACES and Cold Specks are opening on stages 1 & 2 respectively). And that final band, who are playing in the TBA 2:45pm slot is Silver Swans who we just profiled yesterday...
"Keeping things dancey but much more accessible (in a physical, get in the show kind of way) are San Francisco's Silver Swans who [played last night] at The Delancey. Their album Forever is in the can just waiting for someone to release it, and it's terrific I think. A little Knife-y at times but they're doing their own thing. You can download Silver Swans' slinky cover of Fleet Foxes "He Doesn't Know Why" at the top of this post." - BillAll set times, including Gauntlet Hair's, HERE. All Silver Swans tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Fleet Foxes visited the Austin City Limits studio at Moody Theater in Austin on Friday (10/7) to tape an episode of the ACL TV show. We now have tthat look forward to in the near future. Meanwhile here are some pictures from the show, including one of the setlist. More below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The night began with a great opening set from The Walkmen at Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday (9/24). The set was made up largely of the band's calmer songs and hit an interesting point during the galloping "Blue As Your Blood," when lead singer Hamilton Leithauser crooned, "The sky above is blue as your blood." Everyone and their cell phone cameras turned around to find that the sky above was actually a really intensely vibrant orange.
At around 7:50 PM, Fleet Foxes walked out onto the stage before the sold out Williamsburg Waterfront and after a shout out to The Walkmen, drifted into the lifting psych folk of "The Plains/Bitter Dancer." Since I last saw Fleet Foxes they've added a sixth member (their lineup now includes Morgan Henderson, formerly of The Blood Brothers), and are able to flesh out their set with even more layers of instrumentation than on their earlier tours. Morgan brings an array of woodwinds and string instruments to the band's sound and helps create more space for the other members to rotate between different instruments as well.
After opening with one of the strongest songs on Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes took us back with two Sun Giant tracks, "Mykonos" and "English House," before returning to their more recent material. The new and old songs fit together perfectly in a live setting. This came across most prominently when Robin Pecknold's performance of "Montezuma" was accompanied only by the lush vocal harmonies of his bandmates until they returned to their instruments on the last chord of the song, leading directly into "He Doesn't Know Why." Fleet Foxes hit their highest peak in the set with their 8-minute psych-prog opus "The Shine/An Argument." Beginning with Robin's delicate acoustic guitar and gentle vocals, the song slowly began to build as Robin howled, "Sunlight over me, no matter what I do," and harmonies floated into the mix. On the first hit of J. Tillman's thundering drums which drive the song's second passage, shapeshifting psychedelic visuals took over the screen that hung on the stage's backdrop. Robin and Co. added in tremendous harmonies secured by the "In the morning" refrain, which eventually meandered off into the song's third passage, complete with images of green apple trees and Morgan Henderson's fantastic avant-sax solo. The song eventually faded into "Blue Spotted Tail" which, after the otherworldly ending of "The Shrine/An Argument," felt like a return to reality led by unanswerable questions like, "Why is life made only for to end?"
After playing "Grown Ocean," Fleet Foxes left the stage and after a short break, Robin returned by himself to play a new song that he had finished a few weeks ago. He was then joined by the rest of his band for three more songs including, "Sun It Rises," the much anticipated "Blue Ridge Mountains," and recent single "Helplessness Blues."
More pictures, videos, and setlist from the show below...
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
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Portland folk singer Alela Diane and her band Wild Divine are currently on tour with The Parson Red Heads, which comes to an end in early July. The tour, in support of Alela'a new Rough Trade-released record, hits NYC tonight (6/17) at City Winery and June 18 at Knitting Factory as part of the Northside Festival. Dry The River are also on the Brooklyn bill.
Alela has also been revealed as the opener on the previously announced Fleet Foxes tour this July. Fleet Foxes cannot wait. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates, but tickets are still available for Fleet Foxes' September 24 Williamsburg Waterfront show with The Walkmen.
by Andrew Sacher
Psychedelic pop legends The Zombies are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They formed in 1961. They're celebrating the anniversary with an album of entirely new material Breathe Out, Breathe In. The album is credited to "The Zombies featuring Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent," the two remaining original members. The album was released May 9 via Red House Records and can be purchased on Amazon UK or regular Amazon as an import or digitally for less than $10 on iTunes.
Drowned in Sound didn't love the new album, but says:
It seems a tad churlish to pick at the flaws in Breathe Out, Breathe In, not least because this is the kind of album you will most likely be buying in good faith with modest expectations rather than in search of a stone cold classic. Nevertheless, 'Let It Go' is sickly sweet as closing tracks go, its final sign off being the overly theatrical "Shout it loud from high and low, just listen to your heart." Following on from the similarly choral 'I Do Believe', it forms a limp ending to an otherwise fun album.Says Colin, "We are still learning, and new discoveries energize us, it's all part of being an artist, we are very proud of our achievement here. We hope it moves and touches people like it has us. The Zombies have been a fantastic journey, we've gone from playing in the back of pubs to headlining festivals and it still feels like it is just the beginning."
You can also grab a free download of the track "A Moment In Time" at The Zombies' website, and check out an in-studio video of the song below. We can't find any physical US release details.
The Zombies recently finished up a European tour in support of the album and will head back out on an international tour starting in Japan this July. Blunstone and Argent are touring with Jim Rodford (Argent, The Kinks) on bass, his son Steve Rodford on drums, and session guitarist Tom Toomey. The band will make it over to North American in September with progressive folk pioneers The Strawbs (who will be playing acoustic). While they're here, they'll play NYC twice on September 26 and 27 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The Strawbs are also set to release a new album Hero and Heroine in Ascenscia on June 30 in the US via Witchwood Records. The album is a reinterpretation of their 1974 LP Hero and Heroine, which they played in full on a 2010 Canadian/European tour. You can purchase it at the Witchwood webstore.
Not that The Zombies need anymore accolades to confirm their influential place in history, but Fleet Foxes fans may be interested in knowing that their classic album Odessey and Oracle is an influence on Robin Pecknold. The album has also been highly regarded by Idiot Glee who plays Glasslands tonight (6/15), by The Vaccines, and countless others.
Check out some recent live videos and interviews about the new album, album art, tracklist, and all tour dates below...