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Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix)

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.

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Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute

cover art for the new Grizzly Bear album

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.

MP3: Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute

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Grizzly Bear’s Frontman Ed Droste Shares Pics of Hubby

Ed Droste and Husband

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.

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Throwback Thursday // F#CK IT, WE’LL DO IT LIVE

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:



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Dan Rossen (Grizzly Bear) – Graceland” (Paul Simon Cover)

Dan Rossen

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.

“Graceland” – Dan Rossen

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Tape Tuesday: #Roadtrip

Tape Tuesdays will be a biweekly feature on Sunset in the Rearview. I will be compiling a new playlist every other week, with a new theme each time. My advice: stream the music on MixPod, listen to the songs, and if you’re a fan, put them together on your computer or iPod as a playlist. My shorter playlists are always better than the longer ones because they seem to have a consistent flow; larger playlists tend to get overpacked and diluted. Every tape will be short enough to fit on a single CD, so if you feel so inclined, burn one and put it in your car or something. So listen, hopefully enjoy, and let me know what you think. Drop any playlist theme ideas in the chat to the side!

Hell yeah, roadtrip! Right? All roadtrips start out with a little gusto, in excitement to get to your destination. Ya know, like “Eff it, we’re going to NYC even if it’s going to take us 9 hours in this packed, little car! Yipee!” While that excitement almost always ebs and flows, that’s how these trips almost always start. Unless, of course, you’re traveling to Idaho or some fly over state with your entire family. That just sucks, and you’d probably be playing emo music. Sucks. Let’s get to it. Hit the jump for entire tracklisting and download link.

Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats

“Let’s dance to joy division/ and raise our glass to the ceiling/ Cause this could all go so wrong/ but we’re so happy”

Make it last all night? You talking about making the drive last all night, Tom?

American Girl – Tom Petty

“Well she was an American girl/ Raised on promises/ She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life/ Somewhere else”

I spent a fair amount of each summer in Nantucket, so this song is usually ironically relevant. Especially the summer before last, where I left Nantucket to sail in Mystic Seaport, then back to Cape Cod, then back to Nantucket. Also relevant because I have vampire like fangs. #truestory

Walcott – Vampire Weekend

“The lobster’s claw is sharp as knives/ Evil feasts on human lives/ The Holy Roman Empire roots for you”

So at this point that original gusto has subsided and you’re like, “Damn, this is going to be a long ride.” So you kick back a little bit, and listen to some calmer tunes. Like Jason Schwartzman’s, for instance.

West Coast – Coconut Records

“And if you shake her heart then she will appear/ Tonight I think I’ll be staying here/ and you never did like this town/ I’ll talk out loud like you’re still around”

I had some of the best times of my lives, with my best friends (Bryan T, MM Head, Devon K, Thead, etc) listening to The Killers. I can relate to a lot of this song, and a great song to rock out to. Beautifully nostalgic.

Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

“And someone is calling my name/ From the back of the restaurant/ and someone is playing a game/ In the house that I grew up in/ and someone will drive her around/ Down the same streets that I did”

Wish You Were Here – Incubus

“I dig my toes into the sand/ The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds/ Strewn across a blue blanket/ I lean against the wind/ Pretend that I am weightless/ and in this moment I am happy”

I honestly think this next one is the best roadtrip song there is. No matter what mood you’re in, you can relate to it. Unbelievable instrumental, and more power to them for recognizing the fact that it was too beautiful instrumentally to write lyrics over-let the sounds speak for themselves.

Pacific Theme – Broken Social Scene

Another great instrumental song, this next one has a similar quality. Really unique sounds, I don’t know what makes the harmony over the top although I assume it’s a guitar.

My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven

Homecoming King – Guster

“The sooner you leave the sooner you’re home/ Back in Massachusetts/ To your golden age/ Where they tuck you in at night”

Man I love Xaphoon Jones (the producing half of Chiddy Bang). He’s got really eclectic influences, and that certainly comes through in his sound. Great remix to a great song.

Radar Detector (Xaphoon Jones Remix) – Darwin Deez

“You are a radar detector/ I drive 1,000 miles an hour/ I won’t go on and on/ But you are always looking out for me”

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear

“Would you always/ Maybe sometimes/ Make it easy/ Take your time”

Gotta throw some rap in there to kick back to, nothing better than a little laid back J. Cole.

Leave Me Alone feat. Kevin Cossom – J. Cole

“Hey dear Mr. Policeman/ Hey am I wrong or ain’t you supposed to keep the peace man?/ I coulda swore I was driving pretty peaceful/ So why the hell is you pullin’ over me fo’?/ Is it this black Mercedes?/ Or cause I’m black? Hmmm, maybe”

Soundcheck – Tayyib Ali

“And it’s the best feeling ever man/ No more rainy days under the umbrella man/ Cause when I’m outside I run into hella fans/ I love the top floor and I want this forever man”

This one is an absolute classic. Probably one of my top 50 songs ever, if not top 25. Grew up with this. Jam.

You Get What You Give – The New Radicals

“Fri-enemies, who when you’re down ain’t your friend/ Every night we smash their Mercedez-Benz/ First we run and then we laugh till we cry/ But when the night is falling/ And you cannot find the light/ If you feel your dream is dying/ Hold tight”

Amsterdam – Peter Bjorn and John

“Oh it’s a kind of stupid groove/ That you can’t ignore/ Oh it’s a kind of natural fact/ Sometimes you’re just left to be alone”

Turn into Something – Animal Collective

“Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking/ and leaked out like a wet clown/ My tears rolled down and arms went round”

The Kings of Leon are unbelievable, to put things simply.

Pyro – Kings of Leon

“Everything I cherish/ Is slowly dying, or it’s gone/ Little shaken babies/ and drunkards seem to all agree/ Once the show gets started/ It’s bound to be a sight to see”

The Way We Get By – Spoon

“We found a new kinda dance in a magazine/ Try it on, it’s like nothin’ you’ve ever seen/ You sweet talk like a cop, and you know it/ You bought a new bag of pot/ So let’s make a new start/ and that’s the way to my heart”

Destination reached. Feelings of glory ensue. Couldn’t be a better song for that than this one. On a sidenote, they were unfuckingbelievable at Lollapalooza. Out of body experience really. Truly, ridiculously majestic is the only way I can put it.

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

“Just stay there/ Cause I’ll be comin’ over/ While our bloods still young/ It’s so young, it runs/ Won’t stop til it’s over”

Dream Big

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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.

“Two Weeks” (ft. Intuition) – Grizzly Bear

“Make Her Mine” (ft. Intuition) – Mayer Hawthorne

Shout to Pigeons and Planes

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Grizzly Bear ft. Young Sha – Two Weeks (Remix)


“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:

Download “Two Weeks”

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Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks


“Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear

I apologize for this being the first time I’ve posted a Grizzly Bear song. This is a great group. Enjoy this song.

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