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Topic: Bon iver

VOTD: Crown Jools

Catch two of indie’s biggest players giving live-in studio performances on ‘Later with Jools Holland.’

Wisconsin soft-rockers Bon Iver (whose live show I was lucky enough to catch in Kansas City about two months back) and Canadian chanteuse Feist both played “Later with Jools Holland” last week, and additional videos from those sessions have surfaced, now totaling six in all. 

I share because they’ve released two of this year’s most terrific albums and each has an absolute all-star supporting cast behind their live shows. Watch for Colin Stetson and his big, groaning bass sax behind Justin Vernon (dude smashes on “Perth”) and mom jeans-sportin’ vocal trio Mountain Man  bolstering Feist’s choruses. It’s a good thing those ladies’ voices are better than their haircuts.

My picks are “Perth” and “How Come You Never Go There,” but all six are posted below, for your perusal.


















by Matt Carney 10.24.2011 2 years ago
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M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

French imagineer captures hipsters’ nostalgia, invites them to explore broad, cinematic soundscapes.


Indie

Matt Carney
Massive music is in.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

VOTD: A work of fiction

New Bon Iver video kicks off a series promoting the deluxe re-release.

Googling “Hinnom, TX” will produce a bunch of pages about song lyrics, but no directions to any city. That’s 'cause it doesn’t exist! Except in Bon Iver’s excellent self-titled album, which former OKSee helmsman Stephen Carradini and I recently agreed upon as a definite Top 10 OKSee Record of 2011.

This song really stands out from when I caught the band’s Kansas City set at the Uptown Theater a few months ago, mostly just because it was kinda humorous visually. Those lofty-pitched backing vocals came from Reggie Pace (a stout, cheerful black man) and Michael Noyce (a skinny, mousy, mop-haired white guy), who were standing at opposite sides of the stage. Opposites attract to form beautiful tones, I suppose.

Watch as the sun does its best impression of a living being:



AS-OF-THIS-MORNING UPDATE: The band’s posted all 10 of the aforementioned videos to its official YouTube page. Gorge yourself on these visually stunning vids, friends.
by Matt Carney 11.29.2011 2 years ago
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The Flaming Lips to collaborate with Ke$ha

‘The Blah Blah Blah Song,’ anybody?

Last week, Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne revealed that the band was putting the finishing touches on its latest project, a collaborative album bundling together work with artists including the likes of Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Edward Sharpe, Yoko Ono and more to be released on Record Store Day. He further stated that the band was hoping to team up with still more artists like Lykke Li, Erykah Badu and … Ke$ha.

It looks like one of those names is about to be checked off the list.

Mack Hawkins — sound engineer and drummer for The Non — revealed on Facebook Monday night that he is headed to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to engineer and co-produce a track with The Flaming Lips and slut-pop quasi-rapper Ke$ha.

“We knew that she was a fan,” Coyne told Rolling Stone. “There are a lot of these sort of druggy outlets out there that people get connected through. She’s a freak.”

Coyne also said he hopes to do some sort of “weird rap” for the track.

Singer/rapper/glitter enthusiast Ke$ha rose to fame in 2010 on the heels of chart-toppers “Tik Tok,” “Blah Blah Blah” and “We R Who We R.” She is currently working on her second full-length album, set for release in early summer.

Photo by Matt Carney
by Joshua Boydston 01.17.2012 2 years ago
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Poliça — Give You the Ghost

Nah, thanks — you can keep it.


Indie

Matt Carney
You’ve got to admire what they’re up to in the north Midwest these days. That Bon Iver/Gayngs/Megafaun collective is probably the best non-Aaron Rodgers thing to happen to Wisconsin in forever.
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

Lip service


CFN

Gazette staff
No one can accuse The Flaming Lips of not playing well with others.
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
 
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