Entries tagged with: James Blake
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at MHOW - 12/11/12
"Now might be a good time to tell you that the album's nearly done, the new one. This is the first time we've played any of it to anybody in America," said [James] Blake, who admitted to being nervous. He needn't have been. The new tracks - which Blake says haven't been officially named yet, but were listed on the setlist as "We Are Going Down T'Pub", "Our Love Comes Back", "Every Day I Ran", and "Overgrown" - were stunning, continuing the trend of increasing Blake's vocal focus and even hinting at traces of R&B. The mix of fresh tunes and favorites was a brilliant balance. If set-closer "The Wilhelm Scream" had been the last song of the night, it would have been an impeccable show.James Blake, who had one of, if not the most stunning debut full length of 2011, came to NYC last night (12/11) for his first of two sold out shows here to make the stateside live debut of the material he's working on for that album's followup. As quoted in the above review, his set included six new songs. He also played the new material at a recent UK show, and a video of two of those songs from that show is below (no videos from the NYC show at the moment though). Last night's show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg and pictures are in this post.
[During the encore], Blake played new song "Retrograde", an absolutely massive tune that seemed to bring together everything he had played up to that point. It was the type of song that, when you hear it for the first time, puts a huge smile on your face, knowing you're going to get to hear it with fresh ears someday down the road. If this is the type of stuff on Blake's new album, he'll run 2013. [Consequence of Sound]
James and FaltyDL, who also opened last night, will do it again tonight (12/12) at Bowery Ballroom, and tonight's show is also sold out.
More pics and the setlist from Tuesday's show and that video are below...
Watch Pitchfork Paris below....
Grizzly Bear at MHOW in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Bones @ Zebulon
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Jon Madof @ The Stone
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Darlene Love @ 54 Below
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Calvin Berger @ Joe's Pub
* Justin Levine @ Joe's Pub
* Ava Luna @ Public Assembly
* Blanck Mass @ Public Assembly
* Tamar Korn & Company @ Barbes
* Robert DeLong @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Campilongo Quartet @ Living Room
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Cake Shop
* Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts @ Bell House
* The Death Set, NinjaSonik @ Webster Hall
* Kode9, Appleblim, Francois K @ Deep Space
* Bon Iver, Frank Ocean @ Angel Orensanz Center
* Craft Spells, Ice Choir, Ski Lodge @ Glasslands
* The Avett Brothers @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Numerators @ Death By Audio
* Gonjasufi, Beacon, JimHensonInTheViceGrip @ Cameo Gallery
* Grizzly Bear, Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Radio City Music Hall
* Company Picnic w/ Colin Quinn, Christian Finnegan + more @ Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel
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Flying Lotus is streaming his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, over at NPR.
Sigur Ros just released the latest installment to their Mystery Film Experiment, this time with a new video for "Ekki Mukk," directed by Nick Abrahams. Watch it below.
James Blake at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that James Blake will be announcing a tour soon where he will showcase music from his next album, which includes a NYC show happening on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is now sold out. That tour still hasn't been announced but James just revealed another NYC show, which will happen at Bowery Ballroom on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at noon.
A list of updated dates and a song stream are below.
James Blake at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We haven't heard much from James Blake this year, who released one of our favorite albums of 2011. We know that he's been working on a follow up to that album, and that it's going to be "a bit more aggressive" but not much else has been revealed about it. Maybe news on that is coming soon, or at least a US tour may be brewing, because James is scheduled to play NYC on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/5) at noon, and they'll probably go fast considering he sold out that venue plus Webster Hall in a 2-night run last October. The MHOW show is his only scheduled US date at the moment, but
it seems likely that he'll add more.
In related news, the first official single for his Harmonimix moniker, which he used before recording under his own name. The single is a collaboration with Trim and features the tracks "Confidence Boost" and "Saying." It will be out on September 24 via R&S. You can stream "Confidence Boost" below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz leaning instrumental hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, made up of pianist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski, released their second album, BBNG2, last month for free on their website. Their first album, live material, and singles, are also all available for free on their bandcamp.
The new album's got live instrument/jazzy takes on Odd Future (who they've collaborated with), James Blake, My Bloody Valentine, and Kanye West instrumentals, and a handful of originals as well. And if those covers just sound like a way for the group to get our attention...I can't say it isn't working. These kids (the whole band is under 21) can really play and the arrangements are tight. Also, somebody tell them to do a Death Grips track on their next record.
They recently played Coachella (but weren't part of the initial lineup announcement) and while they were there they also did some backing for Frank Ocean during his set. Check out videos of them from Coachella, along with music videos, other live videos, and a session with Tyler, the Creator below, along with all dates...
Antony @ Radio City (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Antony played a show at Radio City Music Hall last night. And this was just announced:
Tibet House US is thrilled to announce that Antony and Stephin Merritt have joined the bill for the 22nd Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 7:30pm. This year's esteemed line-up, curated by Philip Glass, the concert's artistic director, includes Lou Reed, James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, and Rahzel, in addition to Antony and Stephin. Tickets are on sale now and available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Special packages that include concert tickets and a fundraising reception following the show with the event's Honorary Chairpersons Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard and the evening's performing artists are available through Tibet House US.Lou Reed, who has performed with Antony in the past, was the last addition. Tickets are still on sale.
James Blake is also DJing Le Poisson Rouge while he's in town.
The Magnetic Fields are going on tour in March and April.
James Blake at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Blake doesn't have too much coming up for 2012 at this point, but he'll be in NYC for the Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall on February 13 with artistic director Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, and Lou Reed. Tickets are still available. More artists TBA.
While he's in NYC, he'll DJ Le Poisson Rouge (2/12) one day before the Carnegie Hall show. The show is presented by R&S Records, who has released some of James Blake's EPs and singles, and also features R&S artist The Chain and Airhead, who James has collaborated with in the past. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
Lou Reed at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
When we first announced this year's Tibet House US benefit, which is happening on February 13 at Carnegie Hall, it was surprising that a Philip Glass-curated event in NYC with Laurie Anderson wouldn't also include Lou Reed. Well, as it turns out, Lou Reed will in fact be performing at the event. As mentioned, the lineup also includes "Newcomer of the Year" James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, and still more to be announced. Tickets are still available.
The Vaccines @ Escape to NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Speaking of even more bands that NME loves, The Vaccines, who are twitter friends with Howler, and part of the recently announced Coachella lineup, just announced a NYC show happening two days after their second Coachella set on April 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
In related news, The Vaccines were recently up against Anna Calvi, Magnetic Man, Selah Sue, and James Blake in the "Newcomer of the Year" category at the third annual "Festival Awards Europe" which took place in the Netherlands on 1/11/12. This is who won at that:
And the winners are:All Vaccines tour dates are listed below...
Best Major European Festival - Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Best Medium-Sized European Festival - Off Festival (Poland)
Best Small European Festival - Haldern Pop (Germany)
Best New European Festival - Extrema Outdoor (Belgium)
Best Indoor Festival - I Love Techno (Belgium)
Best European Festival Line-Up - Rock Werchter (Belgium)
YOUROPE Green 'N' Clean Festival Of The Year - Melt! (Germany)
Artist's Favourite European Festival - Southside / Hurricane (Germany)
Best Newcomer association with Eurosonic Noorderslag - James Blake
Best Headliner - Coldplay
Festival Anthem of the Year - Coldplay 'Viva La Vida'
Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year - FKP Scorpio (Germany)
YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael Eavis, Glastonbury (UK)
by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at MHOW in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The 22nd Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US is taking place this year at Carnegie Hall on February 13. Philip Glass, who is the artistic director for the Tibet House benefits, will perform alongside an as-usual incredible lineup which includes James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, Rahzel, and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a fundraising reception following the performance will be available soon via Tibet House US. More details below.
Philip Glass also has tons of upcoming events in celebration of his 75th birthday.
James Blake, who put out one of our favorite albums of 2011 capped the year off with the three-track Love What Happened Here EP. The title track recalls the material of James' 2010 EPs but throws splashes of funk and R&B with grabbing vocal samples and synthetic horn flourishes. The next track, "At Birth," is a more ambient affair which also brings to mind parts of his earlier work, but the final track, "Curbside," builds off instrumental boom bap and if not for the trademark vocal samples it would sound almost nothing like any of his other material. Buy the EP at eMusic and stream all three of its tracks below.
Details on the Tibet House US show and streams below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Skream & Benga
Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:
Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."
Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?
I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.
But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.
Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.
(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)
If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.
Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.
And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.
Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).
James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...
The New Yorker's Alex Ross asked Bjork what her favorite albums are. Her choices include Nico's 1970 album "Desertshore", Aphex Twin's 2005 album "Drukqs", Kate Bush's 1982 album "The Dreaming", and James Blake's 2011 album "James Blake". On her own website, Bjork also says she's been listening to Beyonce (and James Blake) lately. Bjork saw James Blake live, at least once, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
We're still waiting for Bjork to announce those US Biophilia shows. Meanwhile Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra can be heard at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (11/16). "The Travis Sullivan Quartet will be kicking the evening off with a short set of Sullivan originals, followed by an evening of Sullivan arrangements with the 12 piece band!"
Speaking of Kate Bush, she has a new album out in less than a week that is streaming online now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher
James Blake and Austra are both currently on their own tours, which after hitting separate Manhattan venues on Wednesday (10/5), crossed paths at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/6).
Austra started things off around 9 PM with the brooding slow-builder "Darken Her Horse." Unlike the sunlit Pier 54 that Austra played this summer, the dark tightly packed Music Hall of Williamsburg housed their gothy electropop perfectly. Katie Stelmanis took to the center of the stage dressed in white, while her backup vocalists were each in black, and as always, the three singers took charge of the show with their operatic voices and ghostly dances. After easing into their set with the most atmospheric song of the night, they picked things up with the disco-bass of "Young and Gay" and had turned the MHOW crowd into a full blown dance party a couple songs later with "Lose It." Yet no matter how enthusiastic the crowd got, the band's diabolic demeanor never faltered. The mood switched briefly from disco to tribal with the extended drum intro of "The Choke," but turned full on zombie prom during the aptly named "Beat and the Pulse."
After about a half hour break, James Blake walked out by himself to his keyboard setup on the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He went directly into "Enough Thunder" off the EP of the same name which comes out this Tuesday (10/11) and is currently streaming at ABEANO. After repeatedly selling out larger venues, it was great to see James back at MHOW, where he made his US debut only seven months earlier. After the first song, he was joined by his band to continue the set. When James softly began the a cappella intro of "I Never Learnt To Share," the crowd's approval was so loud that you could hear the venue's PA shouting their cheers back at them as James looped his vocal harmonies. The song got even more intense when strobes kicked in over the instrumental break led by James' sharpest keyboard riff on the album. Despite James' ability to cause such overwhelming applause from the audience, he was still able to keep the entire room silent during the commanding "Lindisfarne."
A huge highlight of the set came when the band went into their live rendition of "CMYK." The drummer triggered the "look I found her red coat" vocal samples on his pad and James handled the pitch-shifted falsettos with his own mic. While most of the material on the LP moves bodies with its cavernous bass drops, the upbeat rhythms of "CMYK" are a refreshing (but not out of place) change in mood. During the song's ending passage, the guitarist took over the vocal samples, and as the song would normally end, the band came back in hard as the drummer pounded away a clave beat with live snare. James and his band followed the song with their brilliant take on Feist's "Limit To Your Love." They carried this one out too with an extended ambient dub jam at the end.
After a few more songs, including another new one and standout single "The Wilhem Scream," James and his band left the stage. Minutes later, James returned by himself for an encore and said, "I'm gonna end this the way I started. Not with the same song, but you know." Like he did at his first MHOW show, he played his solo piano rendition of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," took a bow and left the stage. It's too bad Austra didn't have time to do their Joni Mitchell cover too.
More pictures, videos, and setlists from the show below...
As many are posting, James Blake told Liz Pelly at the Boston Phoenix that:
"I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers-- who I can't even be bothered naming-- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."As many would agree, that means you Skrillex (who lots of people hate and who collaborates with KORN who... have a new DUBSTEP ALBUM COMING OUT and who are playing Radiohead's favorite venue Roseland soon too) (And though he's Canadian, James might also be referring to Datsik who also collaborated with Korn and who plays Webster Hall tonight).
Speaking of James Blake, who recently played ACL, didn't win the Mercury Prize, collaborated with Bon Iver, and will be back in NYC soon, I saw him play in a church (the perfect setting for him) at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden back in August with Low (perfect for them too). I posted one picture the next day, and a few more to Facebook, but never the whole set, so here they are. They continue with all dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...
The bookies were right. Guardian posted the following this morning:
The favourite for tonight's Mercury prize among bookmakers remains PJ Harvey, with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power offering odds of 5/4, William Hill 6/5 and Bet 365 an impressive 9/5 that the Dorset-born singer will take home the award for her album Let England Shake. According to the bookies, Harvey's main competition comes from self-titled albums by Anna Calvi and James Blake, with some shops also backing Adele's 21.Congrats to PJ Harvey. Maybe next time James.
Ladbrokes gives Calvi, Adele and Blake 4/1, 5/1 and 7/1 odds, respectively; William Hill offers 7/1, 6/1 and 5/1; and Paddy Power puts them at 6/1, 6/1 and 13/2. Although a couple of outfits are giving similar odds to Metronomy's The English Riviera, others have relegated them to the second tier of nominees, which includes Ghostpoet, King Creosote and Katy B.
When James Blake posted his collaboration with Bon Iver, "Fall Creek Boys Choir" to his YouTube page, we mentioned that he also noted, "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." It's since been revealed that Enough Thunder an EP set to be released on October 10 via Atlas (that's the artwork above). The EP will include "Fall Creek Boys Choir," James' cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", and four currently untitled original tracks. The cover is a picture taken during James's performance at Glastonbury this year.
James is set to kick off a North American tour in September that includes an October 5 Webster Hall show with Chairlift and an October 6 Music Hall of Williamsburg show with Austra. Both NYC shows are sold out.
Chairlift also play their own show at Mercury Lounge on October 24 after the James Blake tour. TIckets for that show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.
Chairlift dates and streams of "Fall Creek Boys Choir" and "A Case of You" below...
by Andrew Sacher
After tons of speculation on what the James Blake & Bon Iver - "Fall Creek Boys Choir" would be, it aired on Zane Lowe's show (with host Huw Stevens sitting in) on BBC Radio 1 a few minutes ago, and we now know that the collaboration is a single song with the name "Fall Creek Boys Choir" (which we also know is a name Justin Vernon has used in the past). The collaboration features Justin on vocals and James on beats. Zane writes on his blog:
Hi, it's Huw in for Zane. Tonight's Hottest is from James Blake and Bon Iver. After a chance meeting at South by South West, the massive new music festival in Austin, Texas back in March, this collaboration came about after a mutual respect of each others music was displayed. Both incredibly special musicians, this track is as atmospheris, as low key and as stunning as you'd imagine from Blake, here on production duties, and Justin Vernon who sings on this song.According to James Blake's YouTube account, the song will be available on iTunes on Monday, August 29. The same post also says "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." "Enough Thunder" is a new song that James has been playing live. Watch a live video of that and listen to "Fall Creek Boys Choir" below...
If you're wondering what James Blake meant when he tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir,"" it looks like we'll find out now. He just took to twitter again, saying, "James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir" tonight BBC Radio 1. 7:30pm (ish)." If he means UK time (which he does), that's in less than 20 minutes (2:30pm EST). Listen HERE.
UPDATE: "Fall Creek Boys Choir" is the name of a song. They played it. Listen to it HERE.
Meanwhile also check out a new Bon Iver-approved unofficial video for "Holocene" to accompany the recently released official video, below...
written with assistance from Andrew Sacher
UPDATE: "Falls Creek Boys Choir" is a song. Listen HERE.
The Fall Creek Boys Choir, according to a MySpace page created in 2007, are "An amateur singing group from Fall Creek, WI that gets together twice a month and rehearses, drinks 7up and Cranberry juice mixers, and sometimes records at the Cricket Gym," Its members are "Jeff Carter, Bonnie Bennett, Tom Olson, Rich Valvey, Pam Triton, Cal 'Jacket' Teely, Jennifer Teely, Sam Teely, Ashley Gunderson, Pat Robbins, Ashley Pessup, Matt Forser, Cole Perry." We don't recognize any of those names, but you can head below to hear some pretty beautiful harmonies that they created and posted to myspace.com/fallcreekboyschoir (last login October 21, 2008).
The choir once had a proper website. It's gone now, but the URL is still listed on MySpace. It's aprilbase.com ("Justin's website" according to DeYarmond Edison's breakup message). It's obviously not a coincidence that April Base also happens to be the name of Justin Vernon's recording studio in the same small Wisconsin town that the Boys Choir is from. An ApriBase MySpace with the URL Myspace.com/jdvernon (last login October 21, 2008) only further ties it all together (Fall Creek Boys Choir in jdvernon's top friends included). Myspace.com/aprilbase in turn takes you to a page belonging to "Vern" (and it's where we got the above picture).
Back to the Fall Creek songs for a second... We're not totally sure who the voices (or voice) in the mix are, but listening to those harmonies definitely makes us feel like we're listening to harmonies from any of the Bon Iver albums. Let us know what you think.
Update: One of the tracks, "New York (ball point)," contains the same vocal lines used in "Cool Knowledge" from Justin's Volcano Choir project. Remember that nobody had also logged into the myspace containing these four songs since 2008.
We do know that Justin likes to revisit his older work, considering the acoustic guitar intro to his recent single "Holocene" almost mirrors that of "Hazleton" recorded earlier under his own name, pre-Bon Iver.
Last but not least (and really what got us started on all of this)... Earlier today, James Blake tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir."" Is James Blake joining the Fall Creek Boys Choir? Did Justin get the old gang back together for a collaboration with Mr. Blake? Is Justin just reusing an old name, sort of like he did with April Base? It's a mystery for now, though we were able to get confirmation that the date in the tweet does not refer to a live show.
August 24, 2011 is in a week so it won't be long until we hear whatever it is these two great minds have up their sleeves. Fall Creek Boys Choir songs below...
James Blake last night in a church @ Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
Tickets for the Feist show at BAM go on sale Monday.