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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard or seen anything from Fleet Foxes, or their frontman, Robin Pecknold. I was beginning to get worried. But alas, earlier this week he made his return on live TV.

Pecknold, along with Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and drummer Neil Morgan, covered Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, who have been celebrating Pearl Jam all week long with other bands covering their songs, as well as Pearl Jam themselves playing. Read the rest of this entry »

Daniel Rossen – Not Coming Back

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012

Daniel Rossen feels bad about not being home in New York considering all that has happened as of late. He said so in the description of a new song that he shared on soundcloud called “Not Coming Back”.

He wrote:

This one is from January 2011 around the same time as a few of the EP songs. it’s not exactly finished, the lyric is rough, but I still enjoy what it is and eventually this song lead to other tunes on the EP and on Shields that I’m happy with. It’s a wintery New York song to me, it reminds me of home. And at this particular moment I miss home, and I feel like I should be there after all that’s happened recently. So there it is.

The song definitely feels appropriate with all that is going on. Dan should definitely consider releasing this properly whether solo or with Grizzly Bear. It’s worthy.

[new]: Daniel Rossen – Silent Song

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2012

“Silent Song” is a new song from Daniel Rossen’s solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile. We already heard “Saint Nothing”, which is a more sparse look from Rossen.

“Silent Song” definitely has traces of Grizzly Bear within it, reminding me a lot of “Southern Point”. Take a listen below.

[new]: Daniel Rossen – Saint Nothing

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2012 — with 1 comment

Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen is releasing a solo EP titled Silent Hour/Golden Mile. It will come out on Warp Records on March 20.

“Saint Nothing” is the first track made available from the EP. If you’re a fan of his intimate sparse moments of reflection on Grizzly Bear albums, then you’re going to love “Saint Nothing”.

Gene Clark

Gene Clark’s (of The Byrds) 1974 album No Other was one of those albums that was initially a commercial failure, but went on to become a highly regarded cult classic. It’s so beloved that some members of prolific indie bands will come together to perform the entire album live on tour.

The band will include Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand of Beach House, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Iain Matthews (Plainsong/ Fairport Convention), and more.

The tour will take place late in January, and will bring them here in New York on January 25 at MHOW. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon (they’re on AMEX presale now).

Find the list of tour dates posted below.

Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
Jan. 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 25 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Well first of all I should say Daniel Rossen of the amazing Grizzly Bear. He covered the teen pop stars’ (one hit wonder?) hit single “Too Little Too Late”. Of all bands I would have never suspected Grizzly Bear to cover this. Anyway on Feb 14th the band played a small show at the New Yorker Speakeasy. Daniel covered the song solo and I got a video for your viewing pleasure. Daniel manages to take a song way out of his genre and make it into something special. Once again here is more proof at why we all heart GB:


[mp3] : Grizzly Bear – Too Little Too Late (JoJo Cover)

We All Want Someone’s Favorite Albums of 2008: #30-21

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2009 — with 4 comments

Alright so things are starting to get to the nitty gritty. We made it through # 50-41 yesterday, and earlier today we got #40-31. Now we got the great albums that I thoroughly enjoyed in 2008 but just fell short of making my top 20. Don’t worry these albums have something for everyone! Check them out below:

#30. The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

I became a big fan of Jack White’s side project The Raconteurs after their awesome album “Broken Boy Soldiers” and a great live show. This time around they surprised us with a new album out of no where, and it wasn’t really a departure or anything but it was what I wanted. Some great Jack White rock songs, smart written Brendan Benson songs, and a combo of both. This band can really incorporate all of their different style and create on hell of a sound. Their live show is one that will change your opinion on the band, they bring it down live. As long as we still got the White Stripes and The Raconteurs the music world will be a better place!

[mp3] : The Raconteurs – Salute Your Solution

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We Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2008: # 50-41

By Will Oliver, January 2nd 2009 — with 1 comment

Here we go. These are more of my favorite songs than the “best”. Since best is an objective term to me these are the songs that I enjoyed the most of 2008 and to me they are songs that I will keep on playing as the years go on. Here is numbers 50-41 with mp3′s and a few quick thoughts on them:

50. The Rural Alberta Advantage – The Ballad of The RAA

-Constant pounding bass drum, lush synths, Jeff Mangum like vocals, beautiful strings. Everything gets together and the result is haunting. This band is one of the best surprises of 2008. Check out the rest of their album. Fantastic stuff!

49. Frightened Rabbitt – the Modern Leper

- I love the singers voice, the accent works so damn well. When playing this song I am just waiting for the big build up along with the singers anxious voice. This is a anxious song that is constructed to perfection. This is what music is about right.

48. M83 – Kim & Jessie

- Shoe gaze synth rock at it’s top form. Jose is a master at the art and this song shows he is at his prime. Dance music is dying, but M83 continues to re-invent the game. This song is just gorgeous.

47. No Age – Eraser

- The silent opening is just the bands way of giving you some time to breath before they kick into a few minutes of pop/rock over some dirty fuzz that showcases their talents all too well. It sounds even better in context with the rest of the album “Nouns”.

46. Women – Black Rice

- I love the cracking of the vinyl opening of this song it is a lead way into one of the greatest songs of the year. The song is just good rock and roll that gets better whenever you come back to it. His vocal delivery along with that undeniable guitar riff can do that to ya.

45. Royal Bangs – Brother

- Where the fuck is the love for this bands album? Please click the above mp3, listen to the pounding of the drums & infectious guitar riff that develops into an absolute massive tune with an overload of raw energy. Just hit repeat, and it will make your day THAT much better. I promise.

44. The Mae Shi – Run To Your Grave

- It starts off with an enormasly catchy keyboards and then goes into a huge chorus full of yelps, claps, and big hooks. I wish I was as happy as The Mae Shi sound.

43. Department Of Eagles – No One Does It Like You

- Daniel Rossen is the man. This is just how you right a song. This is songwriting at it’s finest. Pop perfection.

42. Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool

- A big big dance/rock song. This is addictive as hell and needs to blasting on the biggest baddest sound system you can get your hands on. Thank me later. Dance the night away!

41. British Sea Power – Waving Flags

- Fuck pitchfork U2 claim. This is anthematic rock done right. A huge sense of urgency. I really dig the atmosphere resonating from this song. Can I please go to the UK already?

-Thats it for now, #40-31 in a bit!

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