Tag Archives: Grizzly Bear
I’m making this list of shows I want to see in the coming months. I’m sure I’ll only make like half of them, but I can dream. If anyone else wants to join in the orgy that is live music in the spring/summer, holla at me. I’m always down.
Shows and music below the link…
Today is Earth Day, the one day a year elementary school kids are made to show their “green-ness” through poster competitions. You can show your support for Mother Earth in whatever way you please now that you’ve surpassed a 4th grade education. Maybe ride a bike, sing with the birds, or actually throw something in your recycling bin? To help get you in the mood, I’ve put together a little playlist of bands/songs who’s titles at least are directly inspired by all things natural. And if you’re interested in making every day Earth Day, Mr. Father Earth himself, Robert Redford, tells you how… Making Every Day Earth Day (Huffington Post)
Above art by Josh Keyes
Record Store Day, started in 2007, is once again upon us this Saturday, April 18th. It’s a great way to support your locally owned independent record store while snatching up some exclusive goodies and maybe watching an in-store throw down or two. Not sure about what live performances are going on this year, but there are some nice little record store day exclusives being released. So go show your support while spending your hard earned cheese, and give that little guy up there something to spin.
Here are some releases worth looking out for:
I’ve been meaning to post this episode of the TED Talks for a while. It’s with the author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame. She talks about a different way of viewing/defining creative genius. It’s really an excellent and inspiring talk. I’d encourage everyone to subscribe to the TED Talks podcast. There’s dozens of talks given by amazingly brilliant speakers. All worth watching over and over again.
And on the subject of creative genius…
The new Grizzly Bear album Veckatimest is soon to drop (May 26). This album promises to be better and grander in scope than their previous excellent albums. Here’s a couple new tracks as well as two from their recent performance at BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
There’s two pretty excellent charity comps out recently. Dark Was the Night (A Red Hot Compilation) amassed quite a collection of exclusives tracks by the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Spoon, Feist, Bon Iver, Cat Power, Sharon Jones, The National, etc. Sales benefit the Red Hot Organization which is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The Album is being released by 4AD.
The second comp is a bit more interesting. The War Child Organization asked some of the most revered artist in the last centure of music to pick one of their classics and a current band to cover it. Some of the resulting pairings are inspired:
The proceeds from this album go to work with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda and is being released by EMI.
Both are worthy causes for you to drop some cash on and get some great music in return. Just a thought.
Full track listings and album art here… Continue reading