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  1. THE SHOUTING MATCHES - "AVERY HILL"

    The singer and songwriter of The Shouting Matches is Justin Vernon, who you probably know better as the frontman for Bon Iver. He’s busy with a wide variety of musical projects including the collective known as Gayngs, and is featured on a few Poliça songs (including this brand new one). The Shouting Matches played their first show nearly seven years ago, but have just now released their debut record. It’s called Grownass Man and it’s a shit ton of fun.

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  2. P.O.S. - “WEIRD FRIENDS”
     
    P.O.S. premiered a brand new video for “Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)” feat. HOUSEMEISTER over on OkayPlayer.com today.  The video was directed by Ryan Kron Thompson and Daniel Hoffstrom and produced by Picture Machine Productions.  This single can be found on the critically acclaimed album We Don’t Even Live Here, which also features appearances by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, and fellow Doomtree members Sims and Mike Mictlan.  Past singles include “Bumper,” “Fuck Your Stuff” and “Get Down.” 
     
    Thematically, WDELH is a natural progression from the anti-establishment fury of previous releases Ipecac Neat (2004), Audition (2006) and Never Better (2009). It marks a new stage in the evolution of the unchained artist once known as Pissed Off Stef.  One thing’s sure: P.O.S. is comfortable in his own skin — even as the world burns around him.
  3. CUDDLE MAGIC & ANAIS MITCHELL @ BOWERY BALLROOM (LIVE REVIEW)

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    12.03.12

    On Monday evening, a slightly older than usual Bowery Ballroom crowd slowly filed in as Cuddle Magic hit their stride a couple songs into their opening set. Trumpet, vibraphone, double bass, keys and guitars matched wits with atonal harmonies for the better part of 40 minutes. Hailing from Brooklyn and West Philadelphia with origins in the New England Conservatory of Music, the sextet blends an array of voices and instrumentation into a charming indie chamber music palette.

    “I don’t wanna sing this song, but my mouth is wide open,” Ben Davis sang as the night began. He and Alec Spiegelman shared vocal duties with Kristin Slipp throughout a set spanning the band’s three albums that included an unreleased song, the Slipp-fronted “Good For Meeting”, from a forthcoming record. Cuddle Magic will be taking a break from the road after their brief run in support of Anais Mitchell to record their fourth album in a pool house, because a studio simply wouldn’t be quirky enough.

    A solemn duck whistle provided the lead-in for “Friends of the Mad River”, a track replete with totem pole and pterodactyl imagery. For an ensemble as talented as they are, their duck whistle and hand clap bridge sounded every bit as pleasant as the jackhammer outside my window the past couple of months at 7am. There is little non-ironic gold to be mined from the duck whistle.

    While Slipp hit the appropriate high notes on “Paper Mask”, it was Spiegelman’s sad sack croon on “Expectations” that stole the show.

    “My expectations fuck me over and then / My inclination is to do it again”, he lamented over a doleful acoustic guitar and a double bass carefully dressed in a shirt, much like Marcus Bachmann putting sunglasses on a puppy.

    The magnetic and awesomely titled “Moby Dickless”, taken from the recently released Info Nympho, closed the curtains on Cuddle Magic, and with a synchronized bow they were off.

    Anais Mitchell, the fiery songstress who turned heads earlier in the year opening for Bon Iver at Radio City Music Hall, kicked off her headlining Bowery set with a Biblical hymn from the mean prairies of South Dakota. Bandmate Rachel Ries, with whom Mitchell collaborated on the Country EP a couple years back, learned the Mennonite hymn in the aforementioned unlivable state. Ries provided keys as the pair harmonized on a tune from the EP featuring a clever turn of phrase or two. “What are you so heavy for? / I can’t hold you anymore”, they sang on “O My Star!”.

    The banjo-infused “Dyin Day” was among Mitchell’s most beautiful and poignant constructions. Prior to launching the brilliant title track from Young Man in America and singing of “Another wayward son waiting on oblivion”, she implored the crowd to give it up for Cuddle Magic, whom she suggested “really operate on all of the chakras at once”. Following that cringe-worthy statement, Spiegelman and Cole Kamen-Green of Cuddle Magic reemerged and added a rich horn section to Mitchell’s four-piece touring band.

    “I spent a long night with a stranger I give my body to / And still I miss you”, Mitchell starkly relayed on “Cosmic American”. Sparse acoustic guitar and delicate keys accompanied her serene howl throughout the night on tracks like “Coming Down” that had a packed house of 30-somethings under her spell.

  4. Bon Iver Announces Stems Project Remix Contest

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    The first official Bon Iver remixes are on the way via the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project - a call-to-arms remix contest for fans. Bon Iver will release the stems, the individual audio tracks that are combined and layered to make a completed album. The stems from all ten songs on Bon Iver, Bon Iver will be available for download.

    Each of the album’s ten songs will have its own contest, and the resulting remixes will be up for public voting through the music-based social networking site Indaba Music. Bon Iver, with public voting results in hand, will decide the final winners. Those ten remixes will then be assembled as a complete album and released exclusively on music-streaming site Spotify for the world to hear. 
    Members and friends of the band have created their own remixes in promotion of Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project. Listen to the first offering by Bon Iver band member and Jagjaguwar recording artist S. Carey below.

    Launched this week via Indaba Music and Spotify, everyone has their shot at leaving their mark on any one of Bon Iver, Bon Iver's songs. Each song's stems have been carefully documented and given inspirational place-names, and some songs even include previously unreleased parts that were cut from the album's final mix.
     
    How to participate in Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project:
     
    1. Create a free Indaba Music membership.
    2. Select a song(s) and download the stems.
    3. Remixers will have from 08/01 to 08/29 to complete their remixes and upload them for consideration.
    4. Voting begins on 08/30 through Bon Iver, Spotify, and Indaba Music’s websites and social networks via Facebook (one vote per account).
    5. Winners will be announced the around the third week of September, each earning a spot for their remix on the official Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project remix album on Spotify and a $1,000 cash prize.
  5. Bon Iver Makes LP With Astronautalis

    Justin Vernon Makes LP With Rapper Astronautalis

    Justin Vernon and S. Carey of Bon Iver, Ryan Olson, founder of Vernon’s other band Gayngs, and the Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis, have made an album together, On the Tune points out. According to an interview with Astro in City Pages, the group is “hell-bent on getting [the album] out really quickly” and playing shows. 

    Astro tells City Pages that the group recently tracked the record at Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin during a “whiskey-fueled weekend.” Vernon, Carey, and Olson created eight pieces of music, which he freestyled over for eight hours. But, according to City Pages, the album “will only sound like a hip-hop record to a certain degree.” The rapper documented the session on his Tumblr, offering some super scenic shots from the area surrounding Vernon’s studio.

    Watch the video for Bon Iver’s “Holocene”:

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  6. Amateur Love - "Con/A Sewer/Cat"

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    It’s a difficult task to write about Amateur Love. The band was the singular catalyst in founding Chigliak. What Amateur Love means to the history of Eau Claire music is representative of everything we set out to illuminate with this record label. Our goal is to release records that hold weight in people’s hearts. For us, it’s notable to point out that one person’s favorite record of all time may have only existed in bedrooms that were within 100 miles of each other.

    There seems to be a premium on popularity in popular music. When an artist sells records to people all over the world, their music is then validated by a larger social contract. But Amateur Love is the most popular band this town has ever known, and for good reason. It is not in our estimation that the re-issuing ofIt’s All Aquatic will project the band into that great popularity. No, we just hope to give the music a further chance to live on… for those who adored and those who never had the chance.
     
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    Josh Scott was the ambassador of my heart for many years. While both songwriters in Eau Claire, we were close friends and admired each other’s music. It was obvious to both of us, however, who the better writer was. Josh was writing songs that were both more mature and masterful than mine. His songs came from a perspective as snarly as Paul Westerberg, as enchanting as Neil Young, yet he wielded power as beguiling and unique as any songwriter I’ve ever heard. Nestling himself around Brad and Phil Cook (Megafaun) and Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier, Laarks and Shouting Matches), who stretched themselves outside their own comfort zones into those of un-tapped electronic pop, Amateur Love became one of the most enigmatic and electrifying bands I have ever known. With local-legend Jaime Hansen engineering, the band was caught at the rise to their peak of musical power on It’s All Aquatic in 2003. 
     
    What you have here is Amateur Love’s one and only full-length, initially only released on CD, now re-issued as a 12” vinyl LP. Included is special download of unreleased recordings that I have come to know as the Ev Sessions; recorded by Ev Olcott, the great master of Minneapolis studio magic and former member of 12Rods and Halloween, Alaska. Ev produced these sessions after the release of It’s All Aquatic sometime in 2004. These sessions are considered ‘un-finished’ by the band but stand as a fantastic ‘what could have been’ document. 
     
    Amateur Love gets to always live on, thru the grooves on our turntables now. Enjoy. We all did.
     
    - Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
     
  7. Nabil Elderkin, the filmmaker responsible for Bon Iver’s epic “Holocene” video, directed the third video for Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Today “Towers” premiered at Vimeo:

    When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor’s name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy.

  8. The Top Ten Albums of 2011

    As new year’s resolutions are quickly forgotten and the simple-minded prepare for the latest apocalypse, world-renowned music scholar and breakfast burrito enthusiast Brett Uddenberg (San Diego Reader / URB Magazine) has compiled his top ten album list for this foul year of our lord, 2011.

    1. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

    The Brooklyn-bred art rockers continue to dazzle with each new release. Nine Types of Light marked the emergence of TV on the Radio as the most important rock act of the new decade.

    2. Serengeti - Family and Friends
    Channeling personal misery into catchy, compelling narratives with the assistance of WHY?’s Yoni Wolf made Serengeti’s Family and Friends one of the year’s surprise hits.
    3. Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
    Sam Beam expanded his bare bones approach dramatically with the sprawling Kiss Each Other Clean, possibly the most beautiful album of 2011.
    4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    The biggest story in indie music this year was unquestionably Bon Iver. As “Calgary” and “Holocene” suggested, the self-titled second album was a haunting masterpiece.
    Flying somewhat under the radar was the sensational debut from the UK’s Ghostpoet. Lo-fi beats and one of the most smooth, laid-back deliveries in hip hop made for an exceptionally-rewarding listening experience.
    6. Astronautalis - This Is Our Science
    The epic storyteller Astronautalis finally released an album that matches the king-hell brilliance of his live set. This Is Our Science boasts some of the finest lyricism in modern rap.
    As the title implies, Canada’s Buck 65 has been making challenging, avant garde hip hop for two solid decades. 20 Odd Years included some gorgeous, emotive stanzas on songs such as “Whispers of the Waves” and “Paper Airplane.”
    Ben Gibbard and company continue to build on their signature mid-tempo melodies. From “You Are A Tourist” to “Doors Unlocked And Open,” Codes and Keys is hands down their finest release to date.
    9. 13 & God - Own Your Ghost
    Bay Area mainstays and Anticon veterans Themselves and Subtle combined with Germany’s The Notwist to form 13 & God and explore mortality in triumphant fashion.
    10. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
    Andrew Jackson Jihad came out swinging with the folk-punk opus Knife Man. The lyrics on 2011’s most human album are raw, heartfelt and occasionally hilarious.
    Honorable Mention:
    My Morning Jacket - Circuital
    The Black Keys - El Camino
    Blue Sky Black Death - Noir
    Beiruit - The Rip Tide
    Antonionian - Antonionian
    Tom Waits - Bad As Me
    Sole & The Skyrider Band - Hello Cruel World
  9. Bon Iver @ Spreckels (Live Review)

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    09.17.11

    After a royal clusterfuck at the gate that resulted in my photographer being denied entry, I was ushered to my seat just in time to catch the crystalline opening notes of nine-piece behemoth Bon Iver. Blanketed by an explosion of fluorescent strobes, the band showcased a range of Mars Voltian peaks and naked acoustic valleys for the sold-out Spreckels Theatre.

    Though the set list leaned heavily toward the self-titled second album, For Emma, Forever Ago got its shine through the richly textured “Creature Fear” and the encore sing-along of “Skinny Love.”

    Bon Iver’s sonic oeuvre is simultaneously sad and uplifting, filling the mezzanine with its melodic vigor and slowly spilling out into the lobby. Even “Beth/Rest,” a track often decried as a cheesy ’80s trope, sounded rapturous over the downtown venue’s well-contained sound system.

    In a short time, Justin Vernon has emerged as one of the most powerful voices of this generation. His haunting wail climbed the walls of the ornate theatre through songs such as “Flume” and “Holocene,” despite its beauty being sporadically punctured by martini-laden vixens looking to fill their “WOO-HOO!” quotas for the evening.

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  10. Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Review)

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    Released by Jagjaguwar

    Skyrocketed by raw sincerity and a string of recent kingmaking appearances on Jimmy Fallon and the Colbert Report, the high-powered machine that is Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver shows no signs of letting up. Coming on the heels of For Emma, Forever Ago, the cabin-crafted monument to a dead dream, the band’s self-titled second full-length explores themes of isolation and longing under surging swells of dripping guitars and absorbing keys. While still yielding to the thousand yard stare mentality of its predecessor, the new album is a much warmer affair aurally if not content-wise.

    If you take the time to really listen to Bon Iver, in a pitch-black room of undivided attention, soundscapes such as “Calgary” and “Holocene” can take you to another planet. And maybe that’s a morose planet engulfed by a floating nebula of lost lovers, depending on how the notes hit you, but the transforming and cutting beauty of Bon Iver’s interlocking parts makes for a delightfully jaw-dropping listening experience.

    In an industry flooded with trumpeted artists not worth their weight in salt, Bon Iver’s abstract ruminations more than warrant the hype. The nine-piece touring behemoth will be making its way across the U.S. in September and Europe in October.

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  11. Here’s phase two in Bon Iver’s somewhat unexpected but ultimately logical recent fixation on Icelandic things: From a recurring Björk live cover to making the video for this Bon Iver, Bon Iver standout a walkabout in her home land, here is the pretty, crystalline clip for “Holocene.” Justin’s not in it, but an adorable rockskipper named Hilke is. Directed by Nabil, who recently turned heads with that clip for Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” 

    The video comes in support of Justin’s “Holocene” 12″, out 9/5 via 4AD, and backed with his cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me.”

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