You probably know Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, the de facto leader of the band of kids battling Demogorgons and Demodogs on Netflix’s Stranger Things. But Calpurnia, his scrappy Vancouver indie-rock band, isn’t just some celebrity’s vanity project. Most of the four young musicians have been playing together for years, since before Wolfhard became a … More »
“Can I Sit Next To You” was one of many very good Spoon songs on last year’s very good Spoon album Hot Thoughts. Today the track gets a remix by Adam Horovitz, the erstwhile Beastie Boy otherwise known as Ad-Rock. He deconstructs an already dance-oriented single until it sounds like one of the … More »
Over the weekend, Grizzly Bear kicked off a tour in New Zealand and Australia, and the band’s frontman Ed Droste took to his Instagram story to lament the state of the live performance economy. In the series of posts, which were captured by BrooklynVegan but have now been deleted, … More »
Last year, Grizzly Bear released a new album, Painted Ruins, and they’ve been sporadically making the TV rounds since then, appearing on Colbert, Jools Holland, CBS This Morning, and now Conan. They popped up last night to perform “Losing All Sense,” and you can watch it below. More »
By the end of 2016, it was easy to feel overwhelmed by what had occurred in the music world. The major releases had arrived furiously, often with little or no warning, dropping out of the sky and immediately redirecting our attention from whichever other acclaimed album had just come out a week or two beforehand. More »
Grizzly Bear went on CBS This Morning this morning, stopping by to perform a few songs from their new album Painted Ruins for the show’s Saturday Sessions series. They did “Losing All Sense,” “Mourning Sound,” and “Cut Out,” and you can watch all three performances below; note that the labels for the latter two are … More »
Grizzly Bear came back this summer with the new album Painted Ruins. More recently, they headed to Spotify’s New York studio to perform early single “Mourning Sound” and a cover of Diane Cluck’s “Easy To Be Around” live in-studio for the streaming service’s Spotify Singles series. Listen below. More »
Along with SZA and King Krule, Grizzly Bear served as the musical guests on tonight’s episode of the BBC music show Later… With Jools Holland. Ed Droste braved “101 temp and a major head cold” to lead the band in a performance of the Painted Ruins single “Mourning Sound,” and you … More »
Award-winning Manchester band Everything Everything is currently on a mini-tour to follow up the release of their album A Fever Dream. We asked them which songs meant the most to them, and here is what they gave us.
“This playlist represents songs we’ve gravitated towards recently during the making and release of our new album, A Fever Dream. Songs we listened to at the end of a day of recording to refresh our ears and brains; songs we heard while driving around the country promoting the album in record stores, and songs we play in dressing rooms through our little speaker to get us excited to play shows.”
Deerhoof – I Will Spite Survive
One of our favourite bands. This song kind of sounds like Paramore but badly recorded (in a good way) with some Bach counterpoint organ on top getting it wrong (in a good way).
Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
Recently rediscovered this song. My mum used to have it on a compilation cassette in the car when I was a child. Obviously I thought it was awful at the time.
Mica Levi – Children
It’s been amazing and quite surreal to see Mica go from making strange little pop songs with The Shapes to being on red carpets in Hollywood for her mesmerising film scores. This piece is from the Jackie soundrack and we listened to it through the very large and expensive speakers of the studio when we were recording our album, A Fever Dream.
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe
This song is about Sigrid co-writing with some male songwriters and feeling talked down to and disrespected by them. It feels timely and honest and, above all else, is a brilliant song.
Weezer – No Other One
We’ve been listening to this song in our dressing room recently. I went back and listened to Pinkerton a few months ago, having missed it the first time round, and was surprised how good it was as an album. No Other One is probably my favourite track on it from a band that seem to always change yet never change.
Solange – Cranes In The Sky
Solange was the best artist I saw at Glastonbury. Her highly-choreographed show felt old-school like James Brown while also feeling like the most future-thinking and focussed production of the Glastonbury weekend. This song is particularly special.
The Yardbirds – For Your Love
I don’t really know The Yardbirds but enjoyed hearing For Your Love on the radio recently. It’s got a surprisingly otherworldly sound and feel to it, a bit like the Odyssey and Oracle album by The Zombies, which we love.
Public Image Ltd. – Rise
Such a strange tone to this song. It’s angry and downtrodden yet euphoric and uplifting. PIL itself are a strange beast and under-appreaciated.
Mr Jukes – When Your Light Goes Out
This is Jack from Bombay Bicycle Club’s new band and features our friend Lianne La Havas on vocals. It has a kind of lilting effortlessness and subtle hooks that made it immediately stand out to me.
Lorde – Green Light
Just a banging pop song by a special artist.
Grizzly Bear – Wasted Acres
This album came out on the same day that ours did in the UK, which annoyed me a bit at the time. It’s music for a band written like it’s for an orchestra and beautifully executed.
The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
Heard this in a record shop in Nottingham while touring round the UK doing in-store shows on release week of our album and remembered how good it is. Such a weird and wonderful way to start the song too…
Thundercat – Bus In These Streets
This song reminds me of watching American TV Shows when I was a kid. Sounds like something from Sesame Street but with lyrics about very 2017 concerns such as social media and over-sharing.
Blur – On My Way To The Club
One of the highlights from the only Blur album that was almost entirely bereft of guitarist Graham Coxon, this could have been at the darker end of Gorrillaz output. Damon’s best work all contains the sense of melancholy on show here, and the lyrics seem to be about the loss of his friend, and the phrasing owes much to David Bowie.
Michael Jackson – Leave Me Alone
Through a series of events that I still don’t quite understand, I saw this video on a cinema screen last week. Despite the fairly serious message of the lyrics the video is witty, irreverent and deftly crafted.
Be sure to check out Everything Everything on the final few dates of their tour:
Well, here’s a fascinating cultural intersection for you: Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has teamed with DJ Candlestick, a member of Houston collective OG Ron C & the Chopstars, to produce chopped and screwed versions of two Grizzly Bear albums, 2009’s Veckatimest and this year’s Painted Ruins. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste tweeted about the … More »