Entries tagged with: S Carey
photo: Bon Iver in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner are holding their second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 12-13. The official lineup hasn't been announced yet, but they sent a cassette featuring the artists playing the fest to those who bought early bird tickets.
Most excitingly, the tape includes a new (or at least unreleased) song by Fall Creek Boys Choir, the name of the song that Justin Vernon collaborated on with James Blake in 2011. It also includes an unreleased Bon Iver song from 2009 or 2010 called "Haven, Mass."
Plus, there's a song by Bryce Desssner, So Percussion, Sean Carey and Justin Vernon; one by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner; and Shabazz Palaces; Bruce Hornsby; My Brightest Diamond; Jon Hopkins; Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld; and more.
Listen to the whole tape below. The untitled Fall Creek Boys Choir song comes in at the one hour, fifteen minute mark.
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.
S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.
Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.
So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott Beschta with another Milwaukee group, Davey Von Bohlen's post-Cap'n Jazz, pre-Maritime band The Promise Ring.
Since breaking up, drummer Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band who later teamed with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon to form Volcano Choir. And it's Bon Iver sideman Sean Carey aka S. Carey who's also on the bill with Pele and American Football, so maybe S. Carey doesn't feel like the odd one out after all.
Hopefully this means more shows on the horizon for Pele. Revisit their 2000 album, The Nudes, below. Also, Mike Kinsella recently covered The Promise Ring for the upcoming Owen covers album. Listen to that below too...
Pop All Star Band @ Pop Montreal 2014 (via jackpineco)
Doe Paoro is now on the road with My Brightest Diamond, but recently finished a string of dates with Bon Iver's friends Sylvan Esso which started right after Doe opened for Bon Iver drummer S. Carey (and Califone) at Le Poisson Rouge. Doe released an EP called Ink on the Walls in April. It was produced at Bon Iver's studio by S. Carey and BJ Burton (who also produced Bon Iver's group Volcano Choir and Bon Iver/Gayngs related project Poliça). Note: Bon Iver, S. Carey, Gayngs, Polica, Sylvan Esso, Volcano Choir and Doe all share a management team (and a love for autotune). Doe is also playing CMJ.
S. Carey returns to NYC to open for American Football and Owen in October.
Volcano Choir have a new video for "Tiderays". Watch below.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver-esque NY, electro-singer-songwriter Elliot Moss (who also shares a manager with Bon Iver) just opened for Nada Surf at Rough Trade and has three more NYC shows scheduled in October: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl, CMJ at Rough Trade w/ Cold War Kids, and MHOW on 10/25 opening for Digitalism. One of his songs is embedded below.
Field Report, the project of Justin Vernon's old DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield, just shared the title track from his new album "Marigolden". Listen (via AV Club), below. Catch Field Report live on tour throughout the fall, starting at Bowery Electric in NYC on 9/30 (tickets). All dates are also listed again below.
Finally, we told you about the all star basketball game that was going down at Pop Montreal last week.That also resulted in a halftime show by the 'Pop All Star Band' - a "supergroup featuring Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture" (and A-Trak). They covered Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Watch the videos with all the other stuff below...
We recently mentioned that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon formed yet another band, Jason Feathers, with his Bon Iver bandmate S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis. (Though apparently they're all using mysterious psuedonyms.) Their debut album, De Oro, comes out digitally next week (8/19) via Totally Gross National Product, but you can now stream it in full at Pitchfork.
De Oro trailer below...
Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches, Gayngs, and a prominent collaborator of Kanye West, Anais Mitchell, The Rosebuds and plenty more now has yet another project. He's working with fellow Bon Iver member S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis (a frequent collaborator of Gayngs member P.O.S.) on a new band called Jason Feathers. The band recently posted a teaser video of their music which you can check out below.
Justin's only upcoming date at the moment is Volcano Choir's set at Boston Calling in September, but both S. Carey and Astronautalis have tours that hit NYC.
As discussed, S. Carey will be here when his co-headlining tour with Califone hits Le Poisson Rouge on September 7 with Doe Paoro (tickets), and again to open for Owen at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 9 (tickets) and then to open for American Football at Webster Hall on October 10 (sold out).
Astronautalis is going on a September tour with Sarah Jaffe and Transit which hits NYC on 9/13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the Jason Feathers video, below.
The American Football reunion tour comes to NYC for sold out shows on October 10, 11 and 12 at Webster Hall, and since we last spoke the openers for each show have been announced. It's an interesting bunch, with S. Carey of Bon Iver on night 1, Mike Kinsella collaborator Evan Weiss' currently buzzy band Into It. Over It. (who are having quite the year with '90s emo legends, also opening the Mineral tour) on night 2, and American Football's former Polyvinyl labelmate Matt Pond on night 3.
S. Carey will also open Mike's Owen show happening the day before the American Football run kicks off at The Studio at Webster Hall (10/9). You can still get tickets to that one. He also just announced a tour with Califone.
Califone at BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Long-running Chicago indie rockers Califone and S. Carey, aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver (who released a new album this year), will be going on a short co-headlining tour in September which hits NYC on 9/7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Both artists also have many other tour dates throughout the year, including S. Carey's return trip to NYC to open for Owen and American Football. All dates are listed, with videos of both artists a stream of S. Carey's new cover of "Shiny Shoes" by The Pines who he also has upcoming shows with, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.
by Andrew Sacher
S. Carey at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bon Iver hasn't been too active lately, but Justin Vernon isn't the only one taking the time to focus on side projects. Member Sean Carey, aka S. Carey, has announced that he'll release the followup to his 2010 debut LP All We Grow (and 2012's Hoyas EP) with Range of Light, due out on April 1 via Jagjaguwar. The album is set to feature multiple collaborations with Justin Vernon, and his influence is felt on the delicate finger-picking of the first single, "Fire-Scene." You can stream that song, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below.
S. Carey will kick off a tour a couple days after the album's release which comes to NYC on April 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates.
The tour is with White Hinterland, who S. Carey also toured with in 2010 and who was just added to the Brendan Canning tour, including the NYC date happening on Friday (1/24) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
David Bazan @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
New York, NY-WFUV will celebrate the June launch of The Alternate Side on WNYE (91.5 FM) with an acoustic performance by songwriter (and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion) David Bazan in Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue at 23rd Street) on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00 PM. The Alternate Side DJs Russ Borris and Alisa Ali will be on-hand to host. The concert is free and open to the general public. As of June 1st, The Alternate Side, the independent music service produced by WFUV, has been airing weekday mornings from 6:00 AM to Noon on the NYC Media-owned WNYE. The service will also continue to be available around the clock at thealternateside.org and 90.7FM HD3, as well as weeknights from 10:00 PM. to midnight on WFUV (90.7FM, wfuv.org).Take a late lunch or something and head to Madison Square Park for this free concert by the great David Bazan who also headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/22). Tickets for the Bowery show are still on sale.
Tift Merritt also plays Madison Square Park, just a few hours after David, at
Opening the Bowery show and a bunch of David Bazan dates, is S Carey aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver's band who spent the last two days appearing on Colbert and Fallon with Justin. Hopefully Justin returns the favor and shows up at Bowery Ballroom (honestly no clue if he will though).
All tour dates below...
Bon Iver @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
If you're wondering what other dates Bon Iver might play this year, I can tell you a bunch they will not. Sean Carey, one of the nine members of Bon Iver's touring lineup, will be on the road with his own S. Carey project through much of May and some of June, first touring with Other Lives and then with David Bazan which brings him to Bowery Ballroom on June 22nd. All tour dates are listed below...
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
I walked out of the flurries falling over 16th street Monday night and into the ballroom that is Highline where the right and left sides of the room are dedicated to tables, and the aroma of french fries was in the air. Openers White Hinterland aka Casey Dienel and Shawn Creeden, enthusiastically took the stage around 8:15. A decent group had gathered and stood silently, hypnotized by the sounds of Dienel's ghostly vocals looping and poignantly floating through the room. There were a few technological problems with wires from her keyboard falling loose so Dienel sweetly commented on our politeness, and suggested that we get rowdy by heading to the bar area to get our drink on (but the show was 16 and up, and the room wasn't exactly filled, so no rowdiness actually happened).
Despite the few sound issues, White Hinterland played a solid and lengthy set. There were projections of a light sky with birds flying, and white, glittered branches were collected in areas throughout the ballroom, so the place "truly look like White Hinterland," as Dienel pointed out. Their last song, a tasteful cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", was dedicated to Gretchen Jones (winner of Project Runway) who was in the crowd. Gretchen is a friend of the members of the band; she used their music as the accompaniment to her winning collection when it was debuted during Fashion Week.
S. Carey started their set with the album intro "Move," a mainly instrumental piece with Carey on acoustic guitar and the percussionist on vibes, running violin bows along the fronts of the strings to create mystical sound effects, accompanied by quiet vocal harmonies and strings. The band was nothing short of fantastic and transitioned into two more songs before stopping to speak. They then spiraled into the crescendo that was the song "Mothers." Bon Iver member Sean Carey, up from his keyboard, joined in a tumultuous beating of drums as upright bass player Jeremy Boettcher pounded out the deep soul of the song and viola player Mike Noyce helped carry the beautiful melodies. After the song, the band was met with an uproar of applause.
Although their set seemed short, they played their album All We Grow in its entirety. Sean also played b-side "Leave", and concluded the set with a cover of the Notwist's "Consequences."
Casey Dienel said that White Hinterland may play another show in the city come February. Both bands continue on tour. Roadtrip anyone? More pictures from the Highline show below...
S. Carey @ Webster Hall in Sept (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Paul McCartney @ the Apollo
* Joe Satriani @ Best Buy Theater
* Jim Campilongo, Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Joel Coen & Ethan Coen @ SoHo Apple Store
* Liz Phair, Chris Brokaw @ Bowery Ballroom
* S. Carey, White Hinterland @ Highline Ballroom
* Usher, Trey Songz, Miguel @ Madison Square Garden
* Hilly Eye, The Facts We Hate, Queening @ Cake Shop
* Civil Twilight, The Spring Standards @ The Rock Shop
* Body Language, Delicate Steve, Bluejay @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Linfinity, Appomattox, Monuments, The Courtesy Tier @ Mercury Lounge
* Masta Ace, Keith Murray, Pack FM, Emilio Rojas, I Am Many, Sleep Walkas @ Southpaw
* Run DMT, Nonhorse, Tooth Ache., Toby Aronson, Megafortress @ Silent Barn
* Rob Morseberger, The Bowmans, Tony Scherr Trio, Tony Mason @ The Living Room
* Taproot, Modern Day Escape, Dive, Disaster Fantastic @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Yellow Ostrich, Bottle Up & Go, The Twees, Robbers On High Street, Y/Y, Marc Pinansky @ Bowery Electric
* Citizen Dick (members of Suckers & Yeasayer), Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Moonwalk, The Beagle @ Glasslands
* The Shalitas, Nicole Atkins, Jordan Craig, The Nouvellas, Kendra Morris, Cudzoo and the Faggettes, DJ Vinyl Fog @ Knitting Factory
Does anyone know anything more about "Citizen Dick" featuring "members of Suckers and Yeasyer" who are playing Glasslands with MBAR tonight?
Anthony Jeselnik, Karen Kilgariff, Tony Camin & Moshe Kasher are all confirmed for Whiplash tonight.
S. Carey is headlining Highline Ballroom tonight. Check out S. Carey performing "Mothers" into "Action" at Love Power Church for MPLS.TV's weekly live performance series, "City of Music," below...
Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.
...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]
Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).
Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.
Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
S. Carey @ Public Assembly
Last here on his tour with The Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey came back to town for CMJ to play a few shows including his label Jagjaguwar's showcase at Pianos, and our day party at Public Assembly on Saturday. His band included fellow Bon Iver band member Mike Noyce, and though I was running back and forth between stages, what I heard from their early afternoon mellow set sounded great. A few pictures from the day party, where S Carey played opposite Ted Leo on the other stage, are in this post.
S. Carey hits the road again in December with White Hinterland for a bunch of dates including Highline Ballroom in NYC on 12/13. Tickets are on sale. All dates with those pics below...
I am super bummed to report that UK band Yuck have cancelled their planned trip to the United States due to "personal reasons". They were set to play four shows (all still listed at their MySpace). One was in Philly, one was in Boston, one was the the PopGun party at Glasslands, and one was the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg happening Thursday, October 21st.
Music Hall of Williamsburg, October 21, 2010It was especially nice of Suuns since it now means they are playing two official CMJ showcases in one night. They're also part of the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans show happening at Pianos that night:
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
* The Blow
* Screaming Females
* Young Man
Pianos, October 21, 2010Might as well mention that S. Carey is playing a BrooklynVegan show too, Saturday (10/23) during the day at Public Assembly (full lineup TBA). Might as well also mention that Small Black are playing Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on October 15th (Friday) with We Are All Romans and "VERY Special Guests". All Small Black dates below.
* SMALL BLACK 12:45AM
* SUUNS 11:45PM
* SUN AIRWAY 10:45PM
* LIA ICES 9:45PM
* S. CAREY 8:45PM
Meanwhile, Suuns (grab some MP3s above) are still out on tour with Land of Talk, though only for two more Texas shows before CMJ, but then they'll resume touring with Land of Talk after CMJ, and that's when they are back to play Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. They have also added a NYC show that takes place after their tour, at Glasslands Gallery on November 14th with BELL, Emil & Friends, and New Moods. The Glasslands show is New Moods' 7" release party, and New Moods have some shows sooner, including CMJ, too (listed below).
All dates and Suuns' new-ish video for "Up Past The Nursery" below...
Even if you don't know much about S. Carey's background, it probably wouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that he wrote much of the material for his debut album while on the road with Bon Iver. Sean Carey possesses the kind of slow, steady vocals that make you weak in the knees, and the accompanying music benefits from a collection of classy instruments like the upright bass, saxophone, and vibraphone. The set began with a hushed, melodic opening that gradually crescendoed when Carey came in on vocals midway through the song. For once, earplugs weren't necessary - at least for the majority of the set Monday night at Webster Hall (9/27).
S. Carey did make one notable departure from the tranquil presentation. Fitting for its title, "Action" featured a surprisingly rowdy segment as each of the musicians contributed to the song's chaotic and frenzied conclusion.
Considering the fact that S. Carey has never played a show in New York, Webster Hall is a pretty impressive place to start. The sheer size of the venue typically makes it an inhospitable setting for quieter acts, but both S. Carey and Tallest Man on Earth effortlessly captured the attention of the mild-mannered and appreciative crowd.
When it came time for The Tallest Man on Earth to play, the stage had been stripped down to a single mic stand, a simple brown wooden chair, and a guitar rack. Kristian Matsson walked on stage to what sounded like a Swedish song playing in the background. Without a word of introduction, he began singing "A Field of Birds." Whenever he wasn't required to be at the mic, Matsson paced around the stage, sometimes running back over just in time to sing.
"Thank you so much New York. I'm glad to be back. I might have played that song a bit too fast, but don't judge me. This is a big place," Matsson sheepishly confessed after a couple of songs. Matsson's distinctively gruff voice provides an interesting contrast to the melodic strains of his guitar. Though he didn't have a backing band, Matsson's music impressively resonated throughout the large space and the reverent sold-out audience.
The magical star-lit backdrop lining the stage seemed to be perfectly suited for a man whose songs feature motifs like love, the beautiful Scandinavian landscape, and of course - birds. At one point, someone in the crowd asked him about the mysterious message emblazoned in blue on his T-shirt. "Good question. Thank you so much for asking and not yelling something like 'Fuck you.'" He countered. "It's Leksand Delarna. It's where I'm from. It's my home town." He briefly reflected on his homesickness before momentarily turning his back on the crowd and walking over to get a closer look at the celestial backdrop, as if marveling at the beautiful Swedish night sky.
After playing a couple of songs about the ups and downs of love, he returned to the topic of his homeland and the album artwork it inspired. "So I have a new EP. It's only 5 songs. But the cover is awesome... it's like a chimney and a field house... go to the merch. You don't have to buy it. Just check it out." And with that, he launched into "Like the Wheel."
Though the show featured a number of pauses as Matsson stopped to tune a guitar or communicated with the sound technician, this attention to detail paid off and made for quite a robust sound (and the most beautiful and complicated guitar tuning technique I've ever heard).
Matsson capped off his initial set with "Thrown Right at Me," a lovely duet featuring Amanda Bergman (aka Jaw Lesson) (previously Hajen) on vocals. He then returned to wild applause to wrap up with an impassioned three-song encore.
The Tallest Man and S. Carey are on tour (S. Carey will be back for CMJ too). Updated dates, the full Tallest Man setlist, and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
DOWNLOAD: S Carey - In the Dirt (MP3)
Fans of Bon Iver won't be disappointed with the new album by Bon Iver member S. Carey. I've been listening to the album, entitled "All We Grow" (out 8/24 on Jagjaguwar), all morning so thought I'd share the fact that "In the Dirt" is now a free download. Grab it above. Catch S. Carey on tour with The Tallest Man on Earth in September. Tickets are still on sale for the show at Webster Hall.
Cover art and full album tracklist below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Tallest Man On Earth @ Highline Ballroom in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sweden's Tallest Man On Earth will be going to Europe after his set at Pitchfork Fest on July 16th. He's back in North America for shows in September, where he'll tour with S. Carey, the project of Sean Carey, who plays with Bon Iver. S. Carey's debut, All We Grow, written while on the road with Bon Iver for the past two years, comes out August 24th on Jagjaguwar. Dreamy, orchestrated tune "In the Dirt" is up on his MySpace.
The Tallest Man On Earth and S. Carey play Webster Hall Monday, September 27th. Tickets went on AmEx presale at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
All tour dates are below...