Monday, June 18, 2012

Cat Power- Ruin

Saturday, December 24, 2011 Monday, February 21, 2011 Tuesday, February 1, 2011

J. Tillman- World on a String


Someone who’s relationship to music is solely listening to it may have a hard time understanding the impetus for “covering”, and I can understand why someone could see it as unnecessary/narcissistic, but, to me, performing and recording a song yourself can lend a whole new perspective into why you love it. I view [it] as a natural extension.

Where does Josh Tillman find the time?  He’s still a young guy, but he’s got several albums out, including last year’s incredible Singing Ax.  And he’s done two albums with Fleet Foxes now, and a few EPs thrown in.  There’s a fantastic demo cassette floating around the internet, as well as his cover album of Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night, from which this track is taken.

In a way, I guess he’s a bit like Neil Young himself, who put out an extraordinary number of albums and collaborative projects, especially in his younger days.  Both men have uncanny melodic talents in songwriting, and they share the ability to play sparse solo works and full band arrangements well.  What’s more impressive is that they both possess the sort of voices that are so distinctive, beautiful, and dynamic that their work never gets monotonous or predictable.

Obviously, Tillman is aware of Neil Young, but is Neil Young aware of Tillman?  I’m inclined to think so, since he’s always taken so much interest in the younger generations of musicians.

I’ve posted this link before, but hey, I’ll do it again:  Get your own copy of the cover album here.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Great news.  Can’t wait for the new record.  This sounds terrific.
uncoolshoes:

(click-through for the download)
New Fleet Foxes track, “Helplessness Blues,” revives some harmonic beauty of early 70’s folk combined with the ever-accessible voice of Robin Peckinold. Add May 3rd to your calenders for their next full-length, a double LP, entitled “Helplessness Blues” dropping through Sub Pop.
Highly recommended.

Great news.  Can’t wait for the new record.  This sounds terrific.

uncoolshoes:

(click-through for the download)

New Fleet Foxes track, “Helplessness Blues,” revives some harmonic beauty of early 70’s folk combined with the ever-accessible voice of Robin Peckinold. Add May 3rd to your calenders for their next full-length, a double LP, entitled “Helplessness Blues” dropping through Sub Pop.

Highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Monday, December 20, 2010
disconaivete:

Arcade Fire multi instrumentalist Richard Reed-Parry and brothers Aaron & Bryce Dessner (from The National) took over BBC 6 last night ‘to play a selection of music which has inspired and soundtracked their  friendship along with some of their favourite new music from 2010’. They played two Christmas-themed Sufjan Stevens songs, off the still unreleased Songs for Christmas Volume 6 (Gloria!). (via)

Sufjan Stevens - Silent NightSufjan Stevens - Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)


Huzzah.

disconaivete:

Arcade Fire multi instrumentalist Richard Reed-Parry and brothers Aaron & Bryce Dessner (from The National) took over BBC 6 last night ‘to play a selection of music which has inspired and soundtracked their friendship along with some of their favourite new music from 2010’. They played two Christmas-themed Sufjan Stevens songs, off the still unreleased Songs for Christmas Volume 6 (Gloria!). (via)

Sufjan Stevens - Silent Night
Sufjan Stevens - Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)

Huzzah.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Iron & Wine- Tree By The River

Yet another pre-release track from Sam Beam’s forthcoming album, Kiss Each Other Clean.  I like this one a lot.  I think I’ll dump it on the iPod and go for a cruise tomorrow afternoon in the old front wheel drive sleigh.  If you’d like to download a copy of your own, go enter your email address in the widget on the front page of passingafternoon.com.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Innocence Mission- O Little Town of Bethlehem

I love this track from The Innocence Mission.  Karen Peris is such a gifted singer, so soulful and resilient in her tone.  What’s more, they’ve posted a few other Christmas songs for free download on their site.  Get them here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
johnvanderslice:

I present to you my new EP, Green Grow The Rushes.1. Thule Fog.mp32. I’ll Never Live Up To You.mp33. Pony Express.mp34. Streetlights.mp35. Lay Down.mp36. Penthouse Window.mp3320kbps mp3s + artwork + lyrics and creditsUncompressed WAV files + artwork + lyrics and creditsThis is a free digital download. We’ll print vinyl early next year.I  am super proud of this record! It features:               Ian Bjornstad, Carla Kihlstedt, Daniel Hart (St. Vincent), Matthias  Bossi, George Ban-Weiss, and Ben Goldberg (who plays all the clarinets  on “Penthouse Window”). Jim Eno from Spoon produced and engineered “Lay  Down.”

johnvanderslice:

I present to you my new EP, Green Grow The Rushes.

1. Thule Fog.mp3
2. I’ll Never Live Up To You.mp3
3. Pony Express.mp3
4. Streetlights.mp3
5. Lay Down.mp3
6. Penthouse Window.mp3

320kbps mp3s + artwork + lyrics and credits

Uncompressed WAV files + artwork + lyrics and credits

This is a free digital download. We’ll print vinyl early next year.

I am super proud of this record! It features: Ian Bjornstad, Carla Kihlstedt, Daniel Hart (St. Vincent), Matthias Bossi, George Ban-Weiss, and Ben Goldberg (who plays all the clarinets on “Penthouse Window”). Jim Eno from Spoon produced and engineered “Lay Down.”

J. Tillman- Tonight’s the Night

One of the reasons I love J. Tillman is that he does things that I would do, if I only had talent and ambition— like covering the entirety of Neil Young’s classic Tonight’s the Night just for fun, and giving away the demos online.  Actually, this is exactly the sort of thing I do all the time.  But my results are never so beautiful or affecting.  Check out the whole album here.