Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros has always been one of those bands. They would fit right into Andy Samberg’s Independent Spirit Awards monologue (watch here), where he compares The Lumineers to Mumford & Sons. It’s all kind of fun and kind of true that there is a growing affection for cookie cutter bands with beards and hoedowns and dustbowl era clothing. But Edward Sharpe has always been sort of ahead of the curb with fresh takes on old timey folk music. “Better Days” is from their self-titled album which will be out July 23rd. And gosh darn it, they are more hippies anyway.
Hit the jump to follow along with the lyrics of “Better Days”… Continue reading “Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Better Days” »
The countdown is on for the inaugural Bottle Rock Music & Art Festival in Napa Valley, California. The festival begins tomorrow night, Wednesday May 8th, with a headlining performance by none other than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Between Wednesday and Sunday, the show will feature over 60 bands on three different stages, top wineries from the region, the best of the local food, a slew of microbrews, and today’s top comedians (including my personal favorite, Rob Delaney).
The festival has made quite a splash in the Northern California social sphere, as thousands of people flocked to the website on the day tickets first went on sale. Since then, the buzz has built and the nascent festival has amassed over 50,000 fans on Facebook.
So what’s all the fuss about? Well, aside from the local flavor of the greatest vineyard-filled land in the country, the lineup is rather impressive. Here are my top three picks for each day of the festival:
Wednesday 5/8: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (there aren’t many other performers this day, so I stuck to one here)
Thursday 5/9: The Avett Brothers, Delta Spirit, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Friday 5/10: The Black Keys, The Shins, Blues Traveler
Saturday 5/11: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Sharon Van Etten
Sunday 5/12: Grouplove, Mavis Staples, Rogue Wave
If you’re going out to the festival (see you there!) and are concerned about how to get around the area, fear not! One of my personal favorite transportation companies, Uber, will be set up in Napa with easy ways to get from place to place. They’ll have a bunch of cars set up ready to take you to and from your destination.
Lastly, continue reading for a playlist I put together with the Best of Bottle Rock musical performers.
Edward Sharpe, known at birth as Alex Ebert, has one of the most magical, timeless voices of the singers of our day. I’ll stand behind the statement, and I think you will too as you listen to “Mother.” I introduced you guys to this song a couple weeks ago, but now the band has released a video to go with the vocal recording, and it’s beautiful as well. It features motherhood at multiple stages, and its rawness matches perfectly with Ebert’s voice. After Mother’s Day yesterday, I think it’s only fair to say that if you’re able, spend some time with your mother and thank her for all she’s done for you.
To refresh your memories, here’s a bit about “Mother.” “I wanted to explain to her that taking her for granted for so much of my life was less a function of my admitted selfishness and more a function of her unwavering love for me. Her unflinching steadiness I took to be immovable fact — I took her for ‘granite,’ as the poem goes, to make my stand upon. […] As it stands it is one of my favorite pieces of ours, and I am very grateful that it has found a place to live and give in this album,” Ebert wrote.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros plan on releasing a new album called Here on May 29th, 2012, and thus far they’ve been kind enough to preview two songs from the album. “That’s What’s Up” was the first release from the album, and it sounds a lot like the Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeros that we’ve come to know and love. Handclaps, timeless vocals, and instrumentals that get your feet stompin’.
“Mother” is a bit of a different story. This song was written for an organization called Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to increasing education and support around the issue of maternal mortality. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros contributed this song to a CD that the organization is releasing in collaboration with Starbucks. Other artists who will be featured on the CD (available 5/1) include Lauryn Hill, Faith Hill, David Bowie, and Bono. Edward Sharpe’s version is written from the perspective of a child, and it grew from a poem lead singer Alex Ebert wrote to his other about a year ago. “I wanted to explain to her that taking her for granted for so much of my life was less a function of my admitted selfishness and more a function of her unwavering love for me. Her unflinching steadiness I took to be immovable fact — I took her for ‘granite,’ as the poem goes, to make my stand upon. […] As it stands it is one of my favorite pieces of ours, and I am very grateful that it has found a place to live and give in this album,” Ebert wrote.
“Mother” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Be on the lookout for Here on May 29th. The album artwork is beautiful — here’s what Ebert had to say about it: “The hard division created by the horizon of sea and sky represents the appearance of a dualistic world of dark and light, us and them, here and there. The circle that breaks the dividing line between the sea and the sky represents what feels to be the underlying truth: that creation lives not by the laws of duality or division, but emanates from everything at once, swirling all falsely-held boundaries in a wonder of every spectrum of experience.”
Hit the jump for the full Here tracklisting.
I stumbled across RAC right as I was putting on my PJs. Me-oh-my. As much as I want to go to bed, I gotta share this first. Andre Allen Anjos is the man behind RAC — I originally described him as a mashup artist, but that’s definitely not what he is. Nothing here seems mashed up. I’d say he’s something of a reinterpreter, taking songs we know and love and giving them a new feel. I definitely don’t love all of his songs, but some of them are really really worth checking out. See more songs from him at his website.
Alexander Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is one of my favorite live performers I’ve ever seen. By the end of this video, you might have a better understanding why. It’s funny that this video came on my radar today, because for some reason, songs by Alexander, particularly “Truth,” has been echoing throughout headphones and speakers at work. It’s as though somebody heard the song, wrote it down on a piece of paper, and passed it around the office like a note about the cute new girl in class got passed around in middle school. Okay, so it probably wasn’t much like that, but a girl can let her mind wander, no?
Anyway, this video isn’t really doing it for me. Despite its attempt to be artsy and futuristic with its animations that turn mountains into men (specifically Alexander himself), it’s a little too forced for me. Almost seems a little cheesy. BUT, his dance moves at the end ALMOST bring the video back to positive review land. You know what they remind me of? The times in [the incredible movie] Legends of the Fall when One Stab does his tribal dances. Yall feel me?
Lastly, try to tell me Alexander doesn’t seem like a modern-day Paul Simon. This album is one of the five I picked for my feature on Nerve.com (Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now), and that’s when I first made that bold statement. I stand by it, though. Who wants to pick a fight with me? I’m ready for it!
Hit the jump to watch the video.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros make the most stunning music videos. After watching them, I find myself dying to kick off my shoes and be a part of this band. And since I’m not very musically talented, maybe I need to quit this blogging thing all together and just follow their band around. Life is short, right? Hit the jump for all production credits and an explanation of the video. Continue reading “Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream (Music Video)” »
…there was Ima Robot. Frontman of Edward Sharpe, Alex Ebert, used to be the frontman of Ima Robot. And luckily for us, the band has reunited to create a new album called Another Man’s Treasure, available everywhere on October 19th through Werewolf Heart Records.
I’ve got a song off their upcoming album called “Ruthless,” and to go with it a crazy cool video of skateboarders skating through fire. Awesome. Video produced by Spike Jonze and directed by Ty Evans.
MUSIC VIDEO: “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Just what I wanted to see from this music video! This is such an upbeat song, and sure enough, the video is upbeat too! Seeing the skipping around, swinging, bike riding through the country…just makes me feel warm and reminds me of childhood. I absolutely love this song, and this video is everything I could have hoped for it to be. I especially love the footage from Coachella that they included!
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