"Young" by Nickel Creek from their album This Side (2002)
I’m going a little old school with this post. Nickel Creek is one of my all time favorite bands, unfortunately they broke up about five years ago, but each year when Autumn rolls around they are definitely the band I listen to the most. They are heavily influenced by bluegrass and folk, but a lot of their songs (like this one) have a very rock-esque folk feel.
Pretty soon here I think I’ll post a Fall playlist. Be warned- it will have lots of Nickel Creek on it!
here is a new song, it’s called ‘Wood’, •love, ROSTAM
Sweet new song from Rostam Batmanglij of the bands Discovery and Vampire Weekend. Haven’t heard much of anything new recently from these two bands, but it’s nice to know that the people in the Discovery and Vampire Weekend are still at work making new tunes for us to hear.
"Proven Badlands", written by Annie Clark, performed by yMusic from their new album Beautiful Mechanical.
A few months ago, the yMusic sextet (comprised of CJ Camerieri, Rob Moose, Clarice Jensen, Nadia Sirota, Alex Sopp, and Hideaki Aomori) completed their first album and used Kickstarter to raise money to officially release the seven song masterpiece.
I figured the album was going be good since it had songs written by Shara Worden, Son Lux, Annie Clark, Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Gabriel Kahane, but even with the impressive line up of composers, I still wasn’t sure what to expect. I weighed the options of donating vs. not donating to the Kickstarter fund, and decided it would probably be a good choice to donate because really, with all of these people involved in making the album (even down to DM Stith creating the artwork for the cover), how could it be bad?
Fast forward to September 10, when I received the e-mail with the downloads. Within the first 45 seconds into the first track, Son Lux’s “Beautiful Mechanical”, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. These songs each stand on their own as very distinct pieces, but come together to create a gorgeous collection of modern-classical orchestrations. I love that with each piece, the writer’s personality and style comes through to create something unique from the previous song.
The album, aptly titled Beautiful Mechanical conveniently comes out in two days on September 27 for your listening pleasure. Make your Sunday great and preorder it on Itunes.
Let’s just say seeing Bon Iver was one of the best shows I have ever been to.
Just kidding, but in all honesty, it was brilliant, loud, and spectacular. I am going to bullet point this little write up. I am lacking the energy to make fluid transitions, haha.
•THE DRUMS (and all the instruments, really): Oh my goodness, I don’t generally notice drums a whole lot (sorry drummers), but the drums were phenomenal. I think every band should just have two drummers. During the first song, Perth, the song exploded when the drums came in. I think a lot of the time it seems like drums are just used to hold the rhythm/beat of a song, but I think the band really must have made a conscious effort to make them stand out. Same goes for the horns and saxophone, and really each instrument in the set. I don’t know how they did it, but each instrument had a solo or a stand-out moment…it was awesome.
•The lighting and overall visuals: Were epileptic and gorgeous. Seriously, there were several times as I watched that I thought I might go crazy watching the lights for too long. When the guys were just jamming it would get crazy intense and white lights (almost strobe-like) would flash on and off. Since the new album has been so well-received, I’m assuming they’ve made a lot of money off of it which has allowed the band to create a higher production show (they had an entire semi unloading before the show…LOTS of gear!). Although I appreciate the calm, simple set up of some shows, I cannot imagine this show without the beautiful lighting and set. Also- during Blood Bank, the lights all turned to red and it was absolutely breathtaking.
•re: Stacks: The band left the stage for this number and let the crowd hang out with Justin alone for a bit. Just like the rest of Bon Iver/Justin Vernon admirers, I appreciate how emotional and soul-bearing For Emma, Forever Ago is, but dang, seeing Justin up there pouring his heart out live was so eye-opening for me. I stood there watching him sing those words and it just brought me back down to earth a bit. To think about the sadness he must of been going through as he wrote that album is devastating. It’s always good to be reminded of how human we all are and that everyone has terribly rough times- even if you’re a “rockstar”.
•Wolves: One of my favorite moments of the entire concert- I have goosebumps thinking about it right now-was towards the end when Justin invited everyone to sing “What might have been lost” while the band wailed on their instruments. It competes with Skinny Love as the most unifying moment in the concert, I think.
•Just in general: I love the band as a whole. The members all seem so cohesive and awesome. They seem like they really, really care about the music and put everything they have into it. I’m astounded at how perfect everything sounded…that has to take some nasty talent when you have nine people on stage. I’m really glad this album was so much bigger and grander in terms of sound that For Emma. I love that album, but to me, this album is just about perfect and it was even more perfectly executed live.
Here’s the setlist. Only thing I was bummed they didn’t sing was their Bjork cover of Who is it and that they didn’t play Woods.
2. Minnesota, WI
4. Creature Fear
6. Hinnom, TX
9. Blood Bank
10. re: Stacks
13. For Emma
14. Beth Rest
15. The Wolves (Act I and II)
16. Skinny Love
Other favorite moments from the day-
•Holocene and Minnesota, WI, and Calgary were definitely highlights for me as those are my favorite tracks from the new album.
•During the day my friends and I ran into the whole band on a few different occasions while we were walking around town before the show…it was so, so, so fun to talk to them. If you want the lowdown on those encounters, message me.
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a chance to see Bon Iver play if you haven’t already…it’ll rock your musical life a little bit!
Now, don’t get too excited. It’s not officially recorded-Robin just sang it for the first time at their show in Seattle a few nights ago. But, if you needed a little more Robin in your life, here it is. Happy September day to you all!
I started listening to Made In Heights at the beginning of the summer and fell in love with this song and immediately downloaded their free album from Bandcamp and listened to it throughout the Summer. Today as I perused Facebook a link popped up from their Facebook page with a new song. Low and behold, it’s not just one song, it’s an entire new FREE album. Or, technically a name-your-price album on Bandcamp, which can be $0. So, in short, you should download this album because it’s free, and they make some sweet beats and the lead singer has a beautiful voice.
I follow a lot of people on twitter, and it seems as though the people in the Bon Iver clan have been talking a lot about this band Polica. I thought to myself, hmm, I haven’t heard much about them, who are they? So I clicked the link and found something pretty great.
They seem to have a synthy-pop thing going on, and female vocals, which sounds pretty rad. From the tweets I am reading, they played their first show tonight and were well-received. They only have 161 followers on Twitter and 245 fans on Facebook, so they must be pretty new to the scene.
And, Mike Noyce of Bon Iver is featured on one of their songs “Lay Your Cards Out” so that’s pretty cool too.