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Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

words and photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - Water Runs Dry (Boyz II Men) (live @ Googie's) (MP3)

Frida Hyvonen

Frida Hyvonen

I went to see the Frida Hyvonen show at Googie's Lounge last night (11/11). I was both looking forward to seeing Frida for the first time and secretly hoping Jens Lekman would be there - apparently I wasn't the only one. The places was packed, and I'm guessing Joe McGinty's Piano Parlour is not standing room only on many other weeks. Luckily I got there early and was able to grab a table. Jens was in the audience.

After a bit of waiting, Jens got up around 10:30 and introduced Joe McGinty and a woman playing recorder. Joe played piano while the woman played three songs on the recorder. Bizarre. Then Jens got up and sang three songs while Joe accompanied him. They played "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," "Water Runs Dry," (yes, a Boyz II Men cover), and "The Opposite of Hallelujah." All three songs were absolutely brilliant jazz arrangements, and I'm suddenly craving a Sinatra-style album from everyone's favorite Singing DJ.

Then Frida got up. Unfortunately I was a bit distracted during her bit (my camera broke early in the set last night, and the stress of that was overwhelming), but man was she a performer. She played a set lined with guest appearances including - you guessed it - Jens Lekman. I'm not overly familiar with Frida's music - I knew "Once I was a Serene Teenaged Child" and "Science", but after last night I'm a convert. I believe most of the other tracks come off of Frida's recent release, "Silence is Wild," which came out on November 4th.

If given another chance, I would definitely catch Frida again. Though I'm busy tonight, I'd strongly suggest checking her out at the Church of Sweden and also picking up a copy of her record.

Grab the MP3 of Jens singing "Water Runs Dry" above, and check out a few more pictures below...

Continue reading "Frida Hyvonen & Jens Lekman @ Googies Lounge, NYC -pics"

Frida Hyvönen & Jens Lekman @ Bowery Ballroom in 2006 (thisismecl)
Frida and Jens

As previously announced, Frida Hyvönen is playing shows in NYC tonight/Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday show is still upstairs in Googie's Lounge at the Living Room, though Living Room switched her name to just "Special Guest". Also worth noting: WFUV is hosting an event downstairs in the same venue with a bill that includes Lucy Wainwright Roche. Overall a good night to be at the LES venue. The Wednesday show was supposed to be at Monkeytown in Brooklyn, but has moved to the Church of Sweden which is located at 5 East 48th Street in Manhattan. It's an 8pm show with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Video of Frida and Jens Lekman singing together in Swedish Finnish below...

Continue reading "a change to Frida Hyvönen's upcoming show schedule"

DOWNLOAD: Frida Hyvonen - Enemy Within (MP3)

Frida Hyvonen

Sweden's Frida Hyvonen will be spending some time in the United States this month. Not only is she playing the Zipper Factory in NYC tonight (November 1st), but after visiting Chicago, Philly and DC, she is back in NYC to play Googie's Lounge (the upstairs part of Living Room) on November 11th and then Monkey Town in Brooklyn two days later. Maybe her friend Jens Lekman, who now seems to be living in NYC, will stop by one of those last two shows.

I would say maybe he would stop by tonight, but...

JENS LEKMAN will be playing a benefit show this Saturday, November 1st, in Northampton, MA. The show will benefit a young student named Clara Gardner who lost her legs after being hit by a drunk driver. What was planned to be a small private show to lift her spirits has turned into a real performance to be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium.

If you're in the Northampton area this weekend, don't miss your chance to help support Clara.
If you'd like to donate, please contact Eric Warren eric.warren@gmail.com

"Ememy Within", the MP3 on top of this post, is from "Silence Is Wild", Frida's new album out on Secretly Canadian on November 4th. Listen to more songs on her MySpace. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Frida Hyvonen - new album, 2008 Tour Dates (3 NYC shows)"