Entries tagged with: Grizzly Bear

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus

"With a vital role on band sensation Grizzly Bear's new CD Veckatimest and an appearance this Thursday, May 28th, backing up the band at Town Hall, the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus embarks on a six-week run of performances spanning music as diverse as indie rock and Mahler's 8th. That's business as usual for the BYC, which has sung with Alicia Keys for a Sesame Street special, backed Elton John at his birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, premiered Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and commissioned a body of work by musicians including Nico Muhly and Fred Hersch. The BYC is an astonishingly active group of kids that performs on the highest levels of the New York music scene, whether it be symphonic, rock, hip-hop, gospel, avant-garde classical, jazz..." [press release]
Unfortunately it looks like the Chorus will only be at one of Grizzly Bear's three NYC shows. All BYC dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Fangela (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Fangela (live on Laundromatinee) (MP3)

Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic are about to depart on their tour with Grizzly Bear that kicks off after they play three local shows (Town Hall, Town Hall, MHOW), but first, you can catch Luke Temple and band tonight (5/26, 10pm) at a secretish show at Union Pool in Brooklyn with Midnight Masses. FREE SHOW.

For more HWGM, check out their new Daytrotter Session, as well as the one they recorded for Laundromatinee. All dates below...

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic - secret show in Brooklyn tonight before Grizzly Bear tour ++ new live sessions (MP3s)"

DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader (MP3)

Grizzly BearGrizzly Bear's Veckatimest has received glowing reviews from almost everyone [including a 9.0 Best New Music from Pitchfork - .6 less than Animal Collective]. Easily my most anticipated album of 2009, Veckatimest deserves the accolades and is easily my favorite album of the year so far.

Other releases I have heard and can recommend this week include A Hawk and a Hacksaw's Deliverance, Jenny Owen Youngs' Transmitter Failure, Sharon Van Etten's Because I Was in Love [MP3 here], and Viva Voce's Rose City.

The week's key reissues are several Del-Lords albums.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Grizzly Bear

As some already pointed out, Grizzly Bear will not be appearing on Letterman tonight (5/20). As you can see from Ed's Twitter above, they disappointingly got bumped.

They will however be appearing on WNYC tomorrow (5/21), and at least one person (who tunes in tonight @ 8) will get to go:

WNYC will be kicking off the 69th Annual American Music Festival with a LIVE IN-STUDIO set by the Brooklyn-based band GRIZZLY BEAR, including songs from their anxiously-awaited forthcoming album, Veckatimest, on THURSDAY, MAY 21 at 7pm.

One lucky WNYC listener will win a pair of tickets to enjoy the band's performance in-person in the WNYC's studio state-of-the-art music studio.

Interested parties should tune in to WNYC's Evening Music on 93.9FM and streaming online at wnyc.org tonight, Wednesday May 20, during the 8pm hour, and wait for host Terrance McKnight to ask listeners to email in. The 10th email to land in the music@wnyc.org inbox wins!
More details on the American Music Festival below...

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DOWNLOAD: The National - So Far Around The Bend (MP3)

Dark Was The Night producers (from left) Bryce Dressner, John Carlin, & Aaron Dressner (Photo by Tim Soter)
Dark was the night

NPR Music will record the Dark Was the Night Concert and offer performances from it online at www.npr.org/music The show will gather many major indie music acts at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 3 to commemorate the release of the charity compilation of the same name.

Host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered Bob Boilen will attend and report from the show that features several of the artists that contributed to the compilation, including Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Dave Sitek (from TV on the Radio), Bon Iver, Feist and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. A week following, songs from the event along with Boilen's commentary and interviews with many of the artists will be available for streaming at www.npr.org/music The concert will also be available for download via the "Live in Concert" podcast.

Tickets for tonight's show are still on sale. It's all going to charity.

"The National's Aaron Dessner explained the format of the show to Pitchfork in a recent news feature, 'We're going to have two halves (of the show). The first half will be songs from Dark Was the Night, and then there will be a short intermission. And then afterwards, there will be mini-sets by different artists and collaborations, both things that relate to Dark Was the Night and some that don't.'" I was told the show will be four hours long.

And according to an official set of Blonde Redhead tour dates someone sent me (a list that includes the show in Brooklyn's Prospect Park), Blonde Redhead will be there tonight. All (three) dates below (thanks Joseph). David Byrne, who will definitely be there, is also playing Prospect Park.

Dark Was the nightDespite probably-originally-tentatively agreeing to do it, Grizzly Bear won't be playing Radio City because they landed a spot on the Jools Holland show in the UK that had to be taped this weekend. Yeasayer are recording a new album in the woods somewhere. Why Sufjan Stevens won't be there is still a mystery though. Maybe he will? Other NYC-area artists that are part of the CD, but not on the bill include the New Pornographers (AC Newman lives here I think), Yo La Tengo, My Morning Jacket (Jim James lives here I think), and Antony.

According to an interview with the "Dressner" brothers at Vanity Fair, the National will play two new songs at the show. They wouldn't say much else except that we should expect some "exciting collaborations". I know that Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett will be playing piano at the show. Also heads up Europe: they'd "like to do another show in London and/or Paris but it is a huge amount of work and schedule coordination to pull off so I'm not sure. But we're looking at options!"

And in what had to be the worst timing ever for "huge shows with special guests", Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party is also tonight, but at the much larger Madison Square Garden. Maybe Bruce Springsteen will stop over to sing a song at Radio City before his set at MSG. Hey, it doesn't seem completely impossible.

Continue reading "Dark Was The Night today! NPR recording. Blonde Redhead playing? Will anyone else? Who's going? (tix still on sale)"

!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
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"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.

With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.

In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
The entire 2009 lineup is below...

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Bishop Allen @ Other Music - March 10, 2009 (Modern Mystery Blog)
Bishop Allen

Record Store Day (April 18, 2009) at Other Music...

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Matzah manTickets are on sale (@ noon) for the recently added Grizzly Bear show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Phoenix show happening at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the 2nd Shins show happening at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Gomez show happening at Terminal 5.

Tickets are sale (@ noon) for Asobi Seksu's Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Lions and tigers and bears

Tickets are on sale for the recently added late Dan Deacon show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the recently added Grizzly Bear show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the 2nd Animal Collective show in Prospect Park. Tickets are also still on sale for the first.

Tickets for Metallica's MSG show are now on "Met Club Presale". An "Internet Presale" starts Friday. Then regular sale is Saturday.

Phish added a third (June 2nd) show at Jones Beach. You can currently request tickets at their site. They go on general sale Friday, April 17th.

Tickets are on sale for the Secret Chiefs 3 show at MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for the recently added, and third, Throbbing Gristle show in NYC.

DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader (MP3)

Grizzly Bear @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grizzly Bear

Like they've done before, Grizzly Bear added a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg to their previously announced itinerary. The new May 31st Brooklyn date goes on sale Friday at noon (tickets are $26). The other NYC shows are May 28th and 29th at the seated Town Hall in Manhattan. Tickets are still available for both.

The band's new album Veckatimist will be released by Warp Records on May 25th. The first legally available track, "Cheerleader", can be downloaded above. A single for the song "Two Weeks" will be released on May 18th.

Grizzly Bear were also recently confirmed to play the Green Man Festival in the UK (August 21-23), and the Pitchfork Festival (July 17-19). More dates HERE.

Former Grizzly Bear tour-mate, Beach House, are opening for The Walkmen at Webster Hall on April 16th. Beach House's Victoria Legrand makes a guest appearance on Grizzly Bear's Veckatimist - on the song "Two Weeks" actually. At SXSW in March, a festival both bands played, Victoria joined GB on stage to help perform it. Check out the video below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Department of Eagles

PopRally, the ongoing event series at MoMA and P.S.1, will host the world premiere of the video for No One Does It Like You (2009) by Department of Eagles, produced by the Directors Bureau, directed by Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama, and featuring costumes and sets designed by Dzama. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Daughters and Dzama moderated by MoMA assistant curator Sarah Suzuki, and a live performance by Department of Eagles.

Guests of this event will receive an exclusive limited-edition poster by Dzama.

The above description of last night's event at MoMA (3/24) should help you understand what is going on in the pictures below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Fangela (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Here We Go Magic - Only Pieces (excerpt) (MP3)

Here We Go Magic @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Jonny Leather)
Here We Go Magic

Rarely have a band name and a song title both been so appropriately chosen: In "Tunnelvision," Luke Temple's new project Here We Go Magic quickly establishes that nothing is as it seems. Anyone coming in cold, not knowing about Temple's involvement, would assume that the voice repeating the words "Tunnelvision / Strange decision" is a woman, for one thing.

At the same time, it's hard not to get lost in Here We Go Magic's guitars, which provide a steady pulse at the same time they drench the song in reverb and delay. By roughly the three-minute mark -- around the time Temple sings, "Anything is possible" -- "Tunnelvision" has become engrossing to the point of hypnosis. Which, given the band's name, makes a lot of sense. -[Here We Go Magic on NPR's Song of the Day]

Get the full story on Here We Go Magic and Luke Temple here. As you can see from the pic above, the band played a Bowery Ballroom show with Department of Eagles in January - they'll share a bill with Daniel Rossen again as the band tours with Grizzly Bear this May/June - opening two NYC shows at Town Hall (tix for both May 28 & May 29 won't be on sale for much longer).

Here We Go Magic, whose s/t debut is out now on iTunes and soon on Western Vinyl, is playing a SXSW show at Club 115 on Thursday, March 19, with other Austin appearances listed below.

Before meeting up with Grizzly Bear, Here We Go Magic will headline their own Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, April 7th. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates and the video for "Tunnelvision" below...

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic -2009 tour (MHOW, dates w/ Grizzly Bear) "

by Andrew Frisicano

Department of Eagles @ Bell House, Oct. 6, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Department of Eagles

On Tuesday, March 24, Department of Eagles will premiere the video for "No One Does It Like You" at the MoMA, followed by a live show and a Q&A with video directors Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama, as part of the museum's PopRally series. Advanced tickets are supposed to be online NOW ON SALE HERE.

Patrick Daughters, responsible for numerous music videos including Feist's "My Moon My Man" and "1234," and "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's (who are releasing new album It's Blitz! today 3/10), works with The Directors Bureau, who produced the video.

Costume and set designer for the video Dzama has been published by McSweeney's, and has done album art for Beck and The Weakerthans.

Half of Department of Eagles is Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear - the band who may or may not be playing the just-announced Dark Was The Night concert at Radio City on May 3rd. The busy Grizzly Bear also just announced a US tour (w/ 2 NYC dates), and, on February 26, played BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Department of Eagles are also playing two shows at SXSW this year: an official showcase in a church on March 18th, and the Pitchfork party two days later. Daniel will be keeping especially busy in Austin because Grizzly Bear's itinerary includes two shows at SXSW too.

Check out the MoMA event poster, a live video of "No One Does It Like You", and a recent interview Department of Eagles conducted with KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, below...

Continue reading "Department of Eagles to screen a video & perform @ MoMA"

UPDATE: I'm being warned that Just because Feist posted this poster, it doesn't mean it's definitely true...

Feist
Thanks Wembley for pointing out that Feist posted the above poster to her official website. It reveals that Grizzly Bear and David Byrne will most likely be performing at the just-officially-announced Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall. Why weren't they part of the initial announcement? Maybe because David Byrne has a show coming up at Wellmont Theater in NJ (tickets), and Grizzly Bear are playing two at Town Hall.

UPDATE: I am being told that the above additions to the lineup are not confirmed. If you don't see the lineup on Bowery Presents' website, it is not considered official. Keep that in mind when buying tickets ($38, $48, $58).

Grizzly Bear and The National are both also part of the lineup at this year's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

David Byrne just played two shows of his own at Radio City, and right after that he appeared on the Colbert Report. Videos from the TV appearance below...

Continue reading "David Byrne (& Grizzly Bear) playing Dark Was the Night show (according to Feist) + video from David on Colbert"

DOWNLOAD: The National - So Far Around The Bend (MP3)

as promised...

Sharon Jones @ Nokia Theatre (more by Natasha Ryan)
Sharon Jones

4AD is pleased to announce Dark Was The Night - Live , a concert commemorating the newest Red Hot release Dark Was The Night. The show will take place Sunday May 3 at Radio City Music Hall and will feature several of the artists that contributed to the compilation including Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings plus more to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 13 at 11am 9am via Ticketmaster. Dark Was The Night - Live begins at 8pm (doors will open at 7).

Dark Was The Night was released by 4AD on February 17of 2009, and was produced by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation, comprised of 31 exclusive tracks, benefits the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. A complete track listing for Dark Was The Night is listed below.

Tickets will also go on Am Ex and "Internet" presale on Wednesday at 9am.

Pitchfork.TV (newly redesigned) seems to be down at the moment, but also:

This week also sees the release of several videos directed by groundbreaking filmmaker Vincent Moon. Moon shot the Dark Was the Night contributors The National, Dirty Projectors and Yeasayer each performing their song from the compilation in early February. These clips will roll out, one a day starting tomorrow, March 10, premiering on Pitchfork.tv
I wonder who else they'll add to this show. Grizzly Bear should still be in town. Sufjan Stevens lives here too. David Byrne? The whole Dark Was the Night tracklist below...

Continue reading "Dark Was the Night Radio City show CONFIRMED - Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, The National, Sharon Jones & more..."

Built to Spill @ ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Built to Spill

The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival -- to be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19 -- is announcing the first round of band's to perform at this years festival, as well as a new series that will include Friday's performances. On Friday, the festival welcomes Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard (first show in Chicago in eleven years!), Tortoise and Built to Spill; Saturday will see performances by The National, Pharoahe Monch, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while Sunday's event includes Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Vivian Girls!

In years past, Friday night has been presented in conjunction with All Tomorrow's Parties and their "Don't Look Back" series, which is devoted to artists playing one seminal album from their back catalogue in its entirety. In 2008, Mission of Burma performed Vs., Sebadoh played Bubble & Scrape, and Public Enemy performed It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. 2007 saw Slint performing Spiderland, Gza/Genius performing Liquid Swords, and Sonic Youth performing Daydream Nation.

This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is mixing things up a bit and putting the set lists in the hands of the fans, under a new series titled "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request." When someone buys a ticket they will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to a web page where they can vote on which of each band's songs they'd like to hear during their set - and truly be the ones to "Write the Night." Voting will begin on March 13 (when tickets go on sale) and will end on June 12.

To recap the 2009 line-up so far:

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest announces initial 2009 lineup (Gbear, VivGrls, National) - lets fans decide Friday setlists (BTS, Tortoise)"

Lady Sovereign BearTickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Grizzly Bear shows at Town Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Melvins show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a May 5th Loney Dear show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a May 6th Lady Sovereign show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are also on sale (@ noon) for a show at Highline Ballroom one day earlier.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Fischerspooner shows happening at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Ghost show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a May 11th Vivian Girls / Times New Viking show at Bowery Ballroom

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the The Pains of Being Pure at Heart show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Ponytail show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

All Lady Sovereign tour dates below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear, Melvins, Lady Sovereign, Ghost & other tix"

Nico Muhly, Chris Taylor & Ed's arm @ BAM (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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"Produced by the band's own Chris Taylor, Veckatimest - named for a Massachusetts island the band visited during recording - is a stunning collection of twelve songs, featuring guest turns by composer Nico Muhly (whose string parts grace four of the tracks) and Beach House's Victoria LeGrand. It's an album of homespun elegance, bubbling with orchestral flourishes, haunted harmony vocals by all four band members, and a graceful, unrestrained beauty. Splitting their time between recordings in Cape Cod and a church hall in their native Brooklyn, Grizzly Bear's attention to details in the studio is felt on every track. The songs and arrangements are more complex than any of their previous compositions, a result of the band writing together in solitude for months on end. Despite their many layers, there remains a sparse, singular quality to these tracks that ultimately makes them so affecting - in between their fine lines are slow-burning emotions and dynamic melodies. Veckatimest is ultimately confident and delicate, sophisticated and alive; a line no one walks with quite as much panache as Grizzly Bear."
That little statement came in the official press release that also announced Grizzly Bear's entire May & June tour, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and the two shows at Town Hall included. All dates below...

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Beach House @ MHOW (more by Zach Stern)
Beach House

WAVVES has added a 3rd NYC show to his previously-announced itinerary. The new date is March 30th at Mercury Lounge with DD/MM/YYYY and Vampire Hands. Tickets are on sale. The other NYC shows are March 28th 29th at Cake Shop and March 29th 28th at Market Hotel. No advanced tickets for those.

It was already good news that The Walkmen added an April 16th NYC headlining show at Webster Hall. Now it's even better that Beach House has been revealed as the opener. Tickets are on sale.

Beach House's Victoria Legrand contributes to the new Grizzly Bear album. Tickets are now on sale for two Grizzly Bear shows at Town Hall.

Beach House's video for "Heart of Chambers" below...

Continue reading "WAVVES adds a NYC show, Beach House opening for the Walkmen --- tickets on sale now."

Grizzly Bear

Tickets are NOW on AM Ex presale (May 28 & May 29) for the two Grizzly Bear shows at Town Hall. That was fast. The shows weren't even listed on Ticketmaster at all this morning (thx anon).

Grizzly Bear w/ the Brooklyn Philharmonic (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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Grizzly Bear founder Ed Droste told [The Quietus] that the collaboration was "one of the most challenging, exciting, exhausting but rewarding months of our lives." He added that it took a huge amount of preperation to put the event together, in part because of working practices: "So much work going into this one show! So much rehearsal as a band listening to MIDI versions of the arrangements and only a few hours we were allowed with the orchestra to rehearse because they are unionized and very strict with their time. So needless to say there was a sigh of relief when it went off without a hitch!

"I sure would have loved more time with the orchestra to rehearse and talk about the songs and get used to playing with 40 extra people behind you. It's so vastly different from performing just as a band because there is a score and a tempo and things need to be JUST SO. Luckily the conductor was BRILLIANT as was Nico Muhly and the two of them if needed, could casually adjust the tempo if one of us fell out."

Having just conquered BAM, Grizzly Bear announced two new NYC shows - this time at Town Hall. The May 28th & 29th dates go on sale Friday at noon. Tickets are $26.

Videos from BAM and all dates below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear

Thursday night (2/26), Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden joined members of The National (Clogs) and Arcade Fire (Bell Orchestre) on stage with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM.

Two nights later (2/28), members of the National joined Grizzly Bear (headliner) and Final Fantasy (opener and sometimes member/contributor to Arcade Fire) on the same stage with the same orchestra. Nico Muhly, who contributed arrangements to the show and to Grizzly Bear's new album, was on stage playing piano during both sets as well.

Members of Beirut, who played their own two shows at the same venue a few weeks earlier (but with their own orchestra), could be spotted in the indie-rocker heavy audiences at both the Clogs/BO and FF/GB shows. All this collaboration and support between the current group of popular "indie" artists is commonplace (especially in Brooklyn), and there's no better representation of that than the recently-released National members-curated Dark Was the Night compilation which pretty much everyone mentioned in this post so far (except the Philharmonic) contributed at least one song to. I'm still anxiously awaiting more news of the ultimate live representation of Dark Was the Night in the form of a concert at Radio City Music Hall. Speaking of which, that's where Dark Was the Night contributor David Byrne was playing for the 2nd night in a row on the same night as Grizzly Bear.

Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy

So, how was Saturday night? I thought It was great. Final Fantasy opened the show....

Mr. Pallett, who hails from a classical background, was in his element, if not his comfort zone. Many of his songs reflect orchestral dimensions, including "Horsetail Feathers," which required little reinvention, and "Arctic Circle," which led to a coda packed with chromatic suspense. The two newer pieces that closed his set were marked by pungent but graceful touches: a suggestively smudged viola part, a twitchy line for violins.

Usually, though, Mr. Pallett practices an art of accretion, looping his own violin and keyboard parts to create chamber-pop arrangements in real time. Without that hint of sorcery, his performance felt almost ordinary. And because he isn't a forceful or particularly magnetic singer, he sometimes sounded overwhelmed by the pomp... [NY Times]

Grizzly Bear came up next and even impressed the people who had never heard of either band that were sitting all around me ("Grizzly Bear can sing!") (BAM subscribers?). Grizzly Bear played a mix of old and new songs, some for the first time live, and many of them with the orchestra. Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen have such different voices, and write such different songs, but somehow they mash it all together and it becomes Grizzly Bear. More than ever it seems the two front-men are collaborating - singing at the same time, or back and forth. Ed also seems to be letting his voice out in a gothier, Depeche Mode/Dead Can Dance/Antony-like direction that I liked a lot. I can't wait to hear the new album. More pictures, a video and the setlist from the show, below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear & Final Fantasy w/ The Brooklyn Philharmonic @ BAM - pics, setlist, video"

Last weekend it was two nights of Antony and the Johnsons at Town Hall, one of which fell on the same night as Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre and M Ward at Apollo Theater. This week's war of fancy seated shows I would love to go to comes in the form of two nights of David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall, two nights of Van Morrison performing "Astral Weeks" at the Theater at MSG, and the third option of Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What are you doing?

Van Morrison also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theater.

The above picture illustrates David Byrne's intricate tour production. You'll recognize it, white outfits included, if you've seen any pictures from previous shows on the tour.

Video from Antony's show at Town Hall, below...

Continue reading "David Byrne vs. Van Morrison vs. Grizzly Bear/Final Fantasy"

DOWNLOAD: Earthless - Godspeed (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)

Earthless
Earthless

Jagjaguwar announced the addition of Dinosaur Jr. to their label family earlier this week. Not many details were released, but they said, "Its not often that the shiny reveries of our younger, more formative years get to coincide with the psyche of our professional lives. Let's call it castle building, start making plans for a new tower, muse on it in our quieter moments, then move on. WE'RE STOKED!" Other Jagjaguwar artists include Okkervil River, Bon Iver, Women, Black Mountain, and Swan Lake who just released their new album along with some free MP3's.

The Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans SXSW showcase takes place at Mohawk in Austin on Thursday, March 19. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Julie Doiron, Foreign Born, These Are Powers, Women, Richard Swift, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, BLK JKS, Akron/Family, and "Special Guests" are on that 2-stage bill. I can't say for sure who the special guest is, but Dinosaur Jr. will be at SXSW. They have a publicized SXSW show just one night later. Apparently BlackBerry (yes, the phones) have taken over the Court Street Courtyard for a couple of nights. Dinosaur Jr. are playing that. They go on after Grizzy Bear (one of two shows they're playing) who go on after Peter Bjorn and John.

Phosphorescent is playing two official shows at SXSW. They're doing a normal set at the above-mentioned showcase, and they're performing their new Willie Nelson tribute album from start to finish at the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille one night earlier which is exactly what they're doing at the Bell House in Brooklyn this Saturday night.

Lou Barlow is also playing at least one show at SXSW. The Dinosaur Jr. bassist is listed as ""Lou Barlow w/ Imaad Wasif" on the Merge/Barsuk showcase at The Parish on March 21st. Telekinesis, The Wooden Birds,, Say Hi, The Rosebuds, and Ra Ra Riot are also playing that show.

J Mascis's other band Witch is currently on tour with Earthless. That tour brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn TONIGHT (2/25). Children open up and tickets are still on sale. If you go, don't miss San Diego's Earthless.

Earthless is the brainchild of Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton & Isaiah Mitchell. Rubalcaba a prolific drummer has worn the alias of Ruby Mars during his stint with Rocket From The Crypt, went on to bang away for the Hot Snakes, was the drummer for hardcore art-punks Clikatat Ikatowi and previously was in the Black Heart Procession... and prior to that? Mario was a member of Tony Alva's Alva Team skateboarding crew. He now finds himself, along with bassist Mike Eginton and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, knee deep in the near opposite direction of all things punk rock, ensconced in the world of jam, space and "cosmic nodding" a.k.a. Earthless.
They're playing SXSW too.

Speaking of Hot Snakes, and the Bell House and SXSW, Obits kick off a tour on March 15th.

Video of Earthless performing at Roadburn 2008 (the performance they just released as a live album), below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr, Jagjaguwar, Witch, Lou Barlow and Earthless"