I don’t normally post updates on vinyl, but I know many of my readers are about as into the Unicorns as I am. So, quick heads up: the Unicorns’ classic album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone has gone back into print on pink vinyl. I ran across one today while alphabetizing records at CD Central (I work there, I’m not OCD) and that’s how I found out. So check your local indie store or buy one online!
Finally! I knew they’d been doing this one on their spring tour, but had never seen video or audio proof of it until today. Here’s Of Montreal covering “My Funny Valentine,” sung by their drummer Clayton! Thanks to TBP for the video.
Little Scream and her all-star band put on one of the best shows I’ve seen all year — no small feat for a band I’d only heard one song by prior to the show. And really, I can’t overstate how fantastic this show was. Part of it was her backing band, which consisted of the majority of people who played at MusicNOW, but it was really the source material that made the biggest impression. Seeing this group stomp out “Canons” on stage at Memorial Hall will probably be the to-beat live moment of the summer for me.
Over the course of her set, Little Scream was backed by Richard Parry of the Arcade Fire, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National, Owen Pallett, Shara Worden and Sharon Van Etten in some combination or another. At the end she brought them all back out to be joined by Megafaun to sing one of their Songs of the South a cappella. It was a fantastically delicate ending to a powerful show.
You’ll probably know Melanie Laurent better as Shosanna from Inglouious Basterds — I certainly do. But today I ran across this video for her song “En t’attendant” and fell in love again. It’s a beautiful song with a fantastic ending, but I seem to remember that half the time I post on non-English music native speakers leave comments explaining how vapid and dumb the lyrics actually are. Here’s hoping this one bucks that trend!
I’ll have my review of the National’s fantastic show online in a few days, but here’s a sneak peek at the fantastic ending. They brought out all the performers who stuck around for the final day to sing “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with no vocal mikes. It turned into a giant singalong with the audience, Owen Pallett, Little Scream, Sharon Van Etten, Richard Parry, and Megafaun. It was a beautiful moment from a special festival. Can’t wait for 2012’s edition of MusicNOW.
My problem with most ambient musicians is that they don’t really give me a lot to chew on; their music tends to be very airy and light. Tim Hecker is very chewy. No, my only problem with his show is that it might as well have happened in the dark. The audience was easily twice as well lit as the stage. But hey, I don’t think visuals are really the point of a Tim Hecker performance.
I enjoyed Hecker’s main set, but it really picked up with Bryce Dessner joined him on guitar. Electronic sets are great, but every now and then you just need a little guitar.
Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything from Two Gallants, but that could just mean that I haven’t been giving them my full attention. Here’s a great way to jump back into focus: a cover of Abner Jay’s “Im So Depressed.”
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