Entries tagged with: Grizzly Bear
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Aug 8-10, 2008)
A few people have emailed asking if I knew if Robyn was really added to the All Points West lineup. As far as I know, yes, but I see that she still hasn't been assigned a stage or day. I also just noticed (thx Mike) that Grizzly Bear was added to the lineup, and at least one person pointed out (thx Steven) that Youssou N'Dour is no longer listed. Further scientific analysis reveals that Black Kids aren't on there anymore either. Three stage, three day schedule pictured above.
photo of Bell by Alix Winsby
Bell (aka Olga Bell) is a musician from NYC. That might be how you know her, and/or maybe you downloaded that Radiohead cover she did, or maybe you saw her open for Au Revoir Simone, and/or maybe you read about her on Stereogum the other day. If you haven't heard Bell yet, go check out the songs streaming on her MySpace. If you're like me, Bjork will immediately come to mind. That's why I think Stereogum made a good choice when choosing Bell to cover "It's Oh So Quiet" for their ridiculously awesome-looking new "Post" tribute album called "Enjoyed"
(though I haven't heard it yet).....
TracklistNuts... PLUS, the whole album will be a free download starting March 31st (like the REM & Radiohead ones before it). March 31st is also the day that Klaus Kinski and I are throwing our next edition of Rock 'n' ROFL at Pianos which, coincidentally, also happens to include Bell (aka BELL IS PLAYING ROCK N ROFL).
1. Liars - "Army Of Me"
2. Dirty Projectors - "Hyperballad"
3. High Places - "Modern Things"
4. Bell - "It's Oh So Quiet"
5. Pattern Is Movement - "Enjoy"
6. Evangelicals - "You've Been Flirting Again"
7. Xiu Xiu - "Isobel"
8. Final Fantasy & Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) - "Possibly Maybe"
9. White Hinterland - "I Miss You"
10. El Guincho - "Cover Me"
11. Atlas Sound - "Headphones"
Takka Takka are playing the show too. It's not the first time they've shared a bill with Bell either, and that's NOT a coincidence. Bell contributed to the new Takka Takka album which is being finished as we speak - an album that takes Takka Takka in a completely new direction with a new sound and a significantly different lineup than who was in the band when their last release came out.
So, it's looking something like this....
BrooklynVegan & Klaus Kinski presentalso: $3.00 Svedka lemon drops all night AND a 2nd hour of free Newcastle (time TBD) (that's 2 hours of open bar). All that for just $10. Tickets are on sale.
The unofficial & unauthorized "Enjoyed" release party
(aka Rock 'n' ROFL II)
@ Pianos in NYC
on March 31, 2008
7-8 pm: DJ David Bruno AND all the free Newcastle you can drink
Related story: I put together a whole bunch of shows during CMJ. One was on Saturday October 20th at Pianos, during the day, upstairs & downstairs. The Maccabees were the last band to play downstairs. Doveman, Erik Friedlander and Craig Wedren were playing upstairs at the same time. Jefferson, who was there in a semi-official capacity to take pictures, wanted to shoot the Maccabees, but ended up missing them because of the upstairs lineup.
By the time he came back down, the Maccabees were already long gone and the next, unrelated show had started. He really didn't know the difference and started taking pictures of (who he thought was) the Maccabees. Eventually he figured it out and realized he'd just discovered Bell.
When Jefferson and I finally reunited, I think I said something like (now on like no sleep and 4 days into CMJ), "Where the hell have you been? Did you even see the Maccabees? We have to go see Santogold. Let's get out of here." He said something like, "Dude...chill. I was shooting this girl Bell. She was great." I think then by the next day I totally forgot about it, and it wasn't until I recently showed him the already-booked March 31st lineup that he pointed out that he had some never-before-seen Bell pictures (aka the ones you see in this post.....below) (the end)....
photos by Bao Nguyen
Eschewing their own tradition of booking hip hop acts for spring, Columbia Concerts has booked awesome Brooklyn-based indie rockers Grizzly Bear and awesome Brooklyn-based indie rockers The National for this year's Spring Concert.The photos in this post are from the show The National played at NYU at the end of February with Phosphorescent. More below.....
An anonymous source also informs Bwog that this year's Spring Concert will also differ from last year's because it's going to be indoors and tickets are going to cost a completely reasonable and completely worth it $5 fee (students only). [the bwog]
High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"
Grizzly Bear performed live on KCRW yesterday. Listen to the entire set, and check out the video of them playing a new song below....
BAM presents Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon
Three unique programs in April--part of BAM's Spring 2008 seasonGrizzly Bear is also co-headlining a show with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 1, at 9 p.m. David Byrne is also doing a Wordless Music Series show in NYC at some point this year. More Brooklyn Acacedmy of Music show info below....
• Three separate programs: Songs from The Capeman, Under African Skies, and American Tunes
• Songs from The Capeman, a concert staging of music from the Broadway show The Capeman, with Oscar Hernández and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra and featuring Claudette Sierra, Obie Bermudez, Ray de la Paz, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Paul Simon, and more to be announced
• Special guest stars for Under African Skies and American Tunes include: Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento, Kaïssa, David Byrne, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Olu Dara, Grizzly Bear, The Roches, Paul Simon, among others
MTV News highlights Brooklyn, Todd P, Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, MGMT and The Muggabears....
DOWNLOAD: Feist - Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) (MP3)
Death Cab For Cutie is coming out with a new album in May 2008. You can watch a trailer for it on their new website.
Also to look foward to in 2008: a collaboration between Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard and Leslie Feist...
during a recent off day in Louisville, she and her touring band got the itch to roll tape. "We thought, day off? Let's just do something fun," she recalls. "Bowling? A hike? Instead, we rented a studio."For a taste of what Gibbard & Feist sound like together, download the Postal Servce remix of "Mushaboom that is linked on the top of this post - right over that picture of Ben singing with Feist's Broken Social Scene band-mate (and boyfriend) Kevin Drew. That photo was taken by Chona Kasinger at a "Spirit If" show in October - a few weeks before a member of Pavement played with Kevin in NYC..
There, "we took turns and played together," she says. Feist "fooled around on some new stuff" and sang a Grizzly Bear song. She also recorded the basic track for a collaboration with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, which will appear on the "Red Hot and Indie" compilation being produced by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner. [Billboard]
Al Roker loves banjos....
DOWNLOAD: Nick T. of Islands - Broken Crow (Why?) (MP3)
----- MAIN ROOM (top floor)Those are the set times for the Worried Noodles party at Knitting Factory tonight (Dec 5, 2007). What is Worried Noodles?
6:10-6:25 Christopher Francis
6:40-7:15 R. Stevie Moore
7:30-8:05 Phil Elverum & Nick Krgovich (P:ANO, No Kids)
8:20-9:00 Islands (special pared down line-up)
----- party moves to TAP BAR (2nd floor)
10:40-? DJ Jan Lankisch afterparty
David Shrigley's WORRIED NOODLES 2xCD with 104p book is out now on Tomlab and features 39 exclusive songs (with the artists interpreting Shrigley's lyrics) from David Byrne, Final Fantasy, Franz Ferdinand, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Hot Chip, Islands, Liars, Scout Niblett, Trans Am, YACHT, members of TV on the Radio, and more.You can buy the CDs at Insound. You can buy tickets to the show at Ticketweb, OR you can go for free if you're one of the first two people to e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: noodles) with your first and last name.
What? is that track at the top of this post? It's not on the Worried Noodles CD (though another Islands track is). It's on the awesome new Why? CD. More details on that, and the show, and the CD, and tracklist, and everything below....
DOWNLOAD: Sidetrack (Dirty Projectors) - Too Much Pressure (MP3)
This song will appear in the soundtrack for an independent film, 'Vernon Avenue' by Steffani Jemison and Amiel Melnick that takes place in Bed Stuy. The words are adapted from a scene in the movie where a man is teaching a girl how to play the guitar. I wrote the music, SideTrack and I co-produced. They are playing second at the Bowery on Tues, after Julianna Barwick and before White Williams." -Dave Longstreth of Dirty ProjectorsThis song is the perfect addition to one of my favorite albums of the year.
Tonight's show is still not sold out (Dec 4, 2007). Sidetrack was also scheduled to back Grizzly Bear on Conan O'Brien - the show that never happened due to the writer's strike. Grizzly Bear recently offered up these two sweet tracks.....
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) - Too Little Too Late (Jo Jo cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear - Graceland (Paul Simon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Feist - Intuition (alternate version) (MP3)
Ed Droste top 15 albums of 2007 below.....
Ed Droste, Casey Spooner, Antony Hegarty
You probably heard: some writers are on strike. That means no new late night TV right now. That means Band of Horses didn't get to play Conan last night, Kanye West didn't get to play Letterman, and it means that Grizzly Bear don't get to play Conan tonight (Nov 6, 2007). They'll probably reschedule the performances, but Grizzly Bear misses out on a TV appearance that was going to synchronize perfectly with the release of their new EP. Friend (the latest addition to the 8.0 club) is out now. Order it from Insound to get a free limited edition silkscreen poster.
Speaking of Grizzly Bear, they performed at the Society of Ethical Culture in NYC on Saturday night (Nov 3, 2007) - part of the Wordless Music Series - to an audience that included Paul Simon (an artist that Grizzly Bear is known to cover, and who they did cover also that night). It was the same night that GB's "friend" Feist was playing right across town on Saturday Night Live. And speaking of SNL, that's another TV show that might not air this week if the writers don't get what they want. That means Amy Winehouse won't get to play it....or maybe she's not playing it already....I'm confused (she is definitely not playing the Woodies though - for "visa issues" related to the drug stuff).
Grizzly Bear @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - NOV 3, 2007 (CRED)
As Ed pointed out early in the set, this show was an unofficial end of tour celebration of sorts, as the band had been on the road for most of the past year and a half. Usually when this is the case, the performance can go one of two ways. One option is that the band is so drained and sick and tired of playing the same songs that they launch into a sort of auto-pilot self parody (see the Strokes at the end of their "Room on Fire" tour). The preferable option, however, is that the combination of having become so technically in control of one's material coupled with the euphoria of playing a hometown show with the finish line in sight will make for something altogether different and spectacular. [read the rest @ Ear Farm]Sigur Ros @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - Oct 5, 2007 (CRED)
Secondly, beautiful show not just the sigur ros part. And yes Sufjan was there. I was sitting right in back of him along with 2 of the guys from The National. They were all impatient and left right before Sigur Ros came on. Poor Sufjan was complaining he had to get out of there. Hard to blame him cause it was a sauna in there. Also there was Superwolf Matt or Chavez Matt however you like supporting his buddy Will. Great show and got to see Sigur Ros play the same amount of songs they are playing tomorrow night for umm lets see 35 dollars less. [Anonymous]But wait, what is that photo on the top of this post you ask? Oh yeah, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear has been named one of this year's Out 100 ("the men and women who made 2007 a year to remember") - a list that also includes James St. James, Beth Ditto (The Gossip), Bianca Casady (Cocorosie), Marc Almond, Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Nico Muhly, Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner), and Antony. That's Casey and Antony in the picture with Ed (some new "friends"?). Nico isn't pictured on the Out site yet, but he did recently play the same Wordless Music Series show that Sigur Ros played (the "not just the sigur ros part")....
Nico Muhly @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - OCT 5, 2007 (CRED)
Grizzly Bear are playing one more NYC (mini) show before taking a break for a long time - it's tomorrow (Nov 7th) @ the Virgin Union Square Megastore in NYC (7pm, free).
And in case you missed it, the friends that appear on Grizzly Bear's new EP are Beirut, Dirty Projectors, CSS, Band of Horses, CSS and Deerhunter. Will Oldham is not one of Grizzly Bear's friends, but Will ("his buddy Will" in the review above) did also perform at that now-legendary "Wordless" show in October too...
"Leno has said he’s comfortable with his planned departure but, according to a report earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times, the comedian has grown reluctant to retire as host of the fabled, top-rated late-night program." [MSNBC]
Grizzly Bear is playing Conan on November 6th. Some related videos below.....
St. Vincent (MORE)
At first I thouht this might be a 'too many cooks in the kitchen' situation. Then I freaked out a little when I found out there was an RSVP, and that it wasn't working that well. Well, it ends up that the Hot Freaks ACL (unofficial) (Dell Lounge-sponsored) (blogger) afterparties that I got myself involved in, were not only completely fun and total successes, we were able to accomodate anyone that wanted to get in to the FREE shows - stupid wristbands or not. Thanks other bloggers.
The Rosebuds (MORE)
St. Vincent re-confirmed her extreme talent on Saturday night, and Sparrow House proved that though shy, he is also very talented. Grizzly Bear played an as-always beautiful set with added breathtaking pretty-colored-lights-against-rocks-with-added-outdoor visuals (courtesy of our video team from Super Alright!). Art Brut rocked for the 15th-millionth time, and The Rosebuds turned the Mohawak (or was it Club Deville - I couldn't keep track - the party was at both places, and they're next-door to each other) into a proper dance party. The most fun I had during my entire Austin City Limits 2007 experience was during the Rosebuds actually. Even with an injured knee, Ivan (with the help of Kelly and drummer) mananged to keep it going - always high-energy, and with plenty of audience participation. It was actually only the second time I saw them - the first was at Bowery Ballroom when I fell in love - and the next will be at Bowery again (thank you so much Rosebuds for agreeing to play the Austin show and the CMJ show!) (tickets are on sale). More links, and photos by Hot Freaks-cohost Frank of Chromewaves, below....
Jamie Lidell (not playing BK) & Ed from Grizzly Bear
The September 24th "Wordless" Beirut show is right around the corner (not really wordless - just the name of the series), and word has just come in that - around a few more corners after that - Beirut's good friends Grizzly Bear will also be playing one of these Wordless shindigs...
Grizzly Bear + special guests and classical performers TBAYes, Grizzly Bear have a lot of friends, so why not include some of them in their next album, and why not call that album "Friend"? And why not put a big picture of them all on the inside of the CD? In fact, why not put this picture? (click it for a much larger view):
The Wordless Music Series
Nov. 3, 2007
New York Society for Ethical Culture
6:30 PM doors / 7:30 PM show
Tickets on sale Monday 9/17/07 via www.wordlessmusic.org
FRIEND TRACKLISTING:Atlas Sound = Bradford from Deerhunter - you can see him there in the photo in his dress. How many of the other people can you name? Own the picture when the album comes out ("November 5 in the UK/Europe and November 6 in North America via Warp Records").
Alligator (Choir Version- feat. Zach Condon of Beirut and Dirty Projectors)
He Hit Me (Crystals cover)
Little Brother (Electric)
Shift (Alternate Version)
Plans(Terrible vs. Nonhorse: Sounds Edit)
Knife (as covered by CSS)
Plans (as covered by Band of Horses)
Knife (as covered by Atlas Sound)
Deep Blue Sea(Daniel Rossen Home Recording)
Going to Austin for ACL this weekend? Stop by the Hot Freaks (BrooklynVegan and other bloggers) afterparty to see Grizzly Bear for free. Make sure you add your self to the waiting list (RSVP) though, and get there early. All tour dates (and some more friends) below.....
This September I'll be returning to Austin for my first-ever visit to the annual three-day Austin City Limits Festival (see previous post for talk of the lineup). While I'm there, I also hope to catch at least one episode-taping for the 33rd season of the associated PBS series with the same name (Austin City Limits). Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Wilco, Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, and Lucinda Williams will all be there to play the festival, and to tape a show.
Then there are the afterparties - official and unofficial. Official afterparties (or aftershows as they call them) feature many of the same bands playing the festival. They happen at night at one of the various venues around Austin - Stubb's, La Zona Rosa, The Parish, Emo's and Antone's to be exact. Anyone can buy tickets to the aftershows. They've got Spoon, The White Stripes (sold out), Common, Blonde Redhead, The National, etc..
I actually know very little about the unofficial afterparties, except that I helped put one together. It was a team effort between myself and the "Hot Freaks" otherwise known as an aquarium drunkard, la blogothèque, chromewaves, gorilla vs bear, my old kentucky blog, and you ain't no picasso. This group of 'Hot Freaks' worked together before - at SXSW. For ACL they asked if I felt like getting freaky, I said 'yes', and the rest is history.
Our parties take place at the Mohawk and at the adjoining Club Deville, on both Friday and Saturday after ACL. The shows are FREE (w/ some RSVP thing that's going to be available after Labor Day), and all of our artists are NOT also playing ACL. We have Art Brut, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, The Rosebuds, Yellow Fever, Sparrow House (Jared from Voxtrot), and more. More details below....
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew
All photos in this post by Kyle Dean Reinford. More below...
Feist instructs the troops
One of the indiest shows of the summer is going down at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn tonight (Aug 29, 2007). The weather is beautiful. Feist is headlining, and here's a re-post of something I got back when Grizzly Bear was added to the show:
Please note that doors will now open at 5PM one hour earlier than originally announced to allow for Grizzly Bear’s performance which will begin at 6:15. Also appearing with Feist is Broken Social Scene (performing Kevin Drew's "Spirit If...").The pics in this post were taken (not by me) backstage at the David Letterman show Monday. More below...
Who do you recognize....
Attention those who missed the Book Eaters benefit and/or who can't make it to McCarren Pool on Wednesday and/or who missed Grizzly Bear backing Feist on Conan: Tonight's (August 27) your chance to get a piece of the indie action. Feist will be on the David Letterman show, and her backing choir this time will include: A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, members of Grizzly Bear, Mates of State, members of Broken Social Scene including Kevin Drew, AND members of The National.
* Mates of State are also playing a few shows soon.
* Kevin Drew (BSS) is playing a "MySpace secret show" in Boston (Cambridge).
* Feist took down her mismanaged corporate website
* The National are going on tour.
* I like Kevin Drew's new album so far
826NYC put on another great benefit show last night (Aug 26, 2007) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. As usual, it starred a cast of top-notch (or at least popular) indie-rock & comedy superheroes (pun intended). The show started at 7pm, but thanks to underestimating how long it takes to get from Brooklyn to 74th Street & Broadway in Manhattan on a Sunday, I was a little late. When I walked in, The New Pornographers' A.C. Newman was almost finished with his set, and I'm told I missed a funny intro
that included a short song by Feist, Newman, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew. *
BV-reader-poll-favorite Demetri Martin was an able, and hilarious, host. He did stand-up between every performer, and the whole show ran surprisingly smoothly. On a whole, it beat my expectations. Not that last year was bad - it just seemed like a big jumble of performers and a recipe for disaster.
Eugene, Britt, Feist, Ed, Jim, Sarah
As previously reported, Jeff Tweedy-favorite Grizzly Bear and Brian Williams-favorite Feist are among those playing an 826NYC benefit at Beacon Theatre in NYC on August 26th. You also know that Grizzly Bear just got done touring with Feist - they even played two shows together at NYC's Town Hall. Well, now they'll be playing together again at McCarren Pool too. Note:
We are excited to announce that Feist will welcome Grizzly Bear, who has just been added to the bill at McCarren Pool on August 29th. Please note that doors will now open at 5PM one hour earlier than originally announced to allow for Grizzly Bear’s performance which will begin at 6:15. Also appearing with Feist is Broken Social Scene (performing Kevin Drew's "Spirit If...").Tickets are still on sale. Grizzly Bear & Feist also both just announced a bunch of not-together tour dates elsewhere. All of those are listed below....
I read a lot about this band (Grizzly Bear) but resisted based on the snide expression on a couple of their faces in a magazine. I can’t get past those first impressions easily. There’s so much music to listen to, so you narrow it down any way you can. I’ve missed out on a lot of stuff (probably based on arbitrary facial displeasure). They make really beautiful, evocative music that has a gauzy fuzziness to it; you can’t accurately pinpoint their place in time.....[Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for the NY Times]Photos of Tweedy-favorite Dr. Dog playing this past weekend's Siren Festival in Brooklyn, below...