If following Diplo’s career has taught me anything, it’s that he’s a man of supremely eclectic tastes. From crafting M.I.A.’s signature track, “Paper Planes,” to engineering the Caribbean-inspired Major Lazer, Diplo never ceases to surprise.
On this excellent remix, Mr. Pentz creates a haunting trap anthem out of the relatively unknown Grizzly Bear cut, “Will Calls.”
Everybody’s Favorite White Boy, you’ve done it again.
Grizzly Bear recently announced that their fourth studio album, Shields, will drop on September 18, adding it to a fast-growing list of release dates for the month where music is most sorely needed to soothe the aches of returning in full-swing to work, school, or whatever you took off from over the summer. The first single off the album, “Sleeping Ute,” has a similar folksy sound to Grizzly Bear’s older stuff, so if you want some more good old indie rock, which can never be a bad thing with a group as talented and unique as Grizzly Bear, and need a fix until you can get the full album, be sure to check this track out.
Grizzly Bear – terrifying but adorable carnivore or indie band from Brooklyn?
Both. But here we tend to talk more about music than forest creatures, so let’s talk a little bit about Ed Droste, frontman of Grizzly Bear. One time, there were reports of him “canoodling” with Sarah Silverman, but turns out, he’s MARRIED. To a man. Sorry Sarah, no more canoodles for you.
Fun fact: Droste’s second cousin co-founded Hooters.
Droste’s husband, Chad McPhail, is an excellent looking man, and if you want to take a peek here’s a Tumblr of lots of couple pics of the duo. From this, we also learn that they have an adorable dog. Of course they do.
Not a lot of time to write today, so this week’s TT is gonna by live. WE’LL DO IT LIVE. Well, sort of. Actually, not really, but as close as I can get.
If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know that no live recording can ever capture the experience of actually being there, in the thick of it. The crowds, the screaming, the picnics, the weather, the little jokes by the band. Not to mention the glorious sound and thunderous acoustics. Just like no picture can truly ever capture everything about a moment, neither can a live recording at a concert. But pictures are awesome, and so are live recordings. QED.
But really. There are some bands out there that are no longer, and it makes me sad to think that they’ll never make another song. And that’s where live music comes in. Even if they’re singing a song you know, live recordings always have-a-somethin shiny and new about them. They’re never quite like the original, and sometimes I’ll find myself playing the live version over the mastered version. It’s nice hearing the applause, the foot thumping, and the occasional (one-sided) conversation between the artist and the audience. Check out some of my favorite live recordings:
ZIP or individually below:
MP3: “Welcome (#7)” – Wynton Marsalis Septet
MP3: “In The Sweet Embrace of Life” – Wynton Marsalis Septet (62 mb, 54:43)
[^^These two go together, the first is the introduction to the song that follows. Listen for the coughs and tinkling of wine glasses.]
MP3: “The Dangling Conversation (live)” – Simon & Garfunkel
MP3: “Desperado (live)” – Eagles
MP3: “Knife (live)” – Grizzly Bear
MP3: “No Woman No Cry (live) – Bob Marley
MP3: “Dark Matter (live)” – Andrew Bird
MP3: “Love of My Life (live)” – Queen [listen for the audience singing a verse]
MP3: “”39 (live)” – Queen [fun fact: this song is about time dilation]
MP3: “Familiar Terrain (live)” – Bobby Birdman
Also, check out this awesome NPR recording of Chris Thile and Michael Daves that one of my friends showed me. Be warned, it’s bluegrass, and it’s awesome. Chris Daves (with glasses) looks the part of a bluegrass fella, but he can wail on guitar. And I have it on good word that Chris Thile is the greatest mandolin player ever:
Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles has an incredibly peaceful cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” This is how I like my Saturdays. Start off slow, and build up to a fun night. And for those of you recovering from a crazy Friday night, this might be a nice little soothing track that will take your mind off of your headache.
If you’re a fan of rappers going over Indie songs, you’re going to like these joints by Intuition. He’s a pretty dope rapper, I like his voice! And he’s funny!
Sorry for the lack of easy listening links, but they’re worth downloading.
Shout to Pigeons and Planes
“Two Weeks” (Remix) – Grizzly Bear ft. Young Sha
Solid rap remix of a hit by Grizzly Bear that I found in my inbox!
I’m liking the sounds of Young Sha. For more of his stuff, visit: