Fleet Foxes’s 10 best songs.

Who knew J.Tillman ( @fatherjohnmisty ) could get even better looking with a haircut. Although his on stage dance moves may only be slightly better than Lana Del Ray, he is quite entertaining. Lets chalk it up to being behind a drum kit for so many years.

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i think he borrowed the jacket from one of his alter boys.

with Joanna Newman and look closely you’ll see Robin Pecknold

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Robin Pecknold has implied through some recent tweets that there’s trouble in his love life. Just yesterday, he flat-out tweeted that he had ended his relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Olivia. (he has since deleted the tweets). Just within the last hour or so, he posted this song on Soundcloud, via Twitter, tugging at heartstrings across the globe. Poor boy is wearing his heart on his sleeve and appears to have launched a campaign to get her back. This may be one of the most romantic moments in rock, in my humble opinion. I wish the best for him and if I were Olivia, I’d be hard-pressed not to forgive a man who wrote a love song about me. Hell, he had me at the title. #oliviatakehimback

Who Are?

February 3, 2012

Check out tonight’s video chat with ‘Father John Misty’s’ Josh Tillman 9pm GMT



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Best Cover Songs of 2011

December 18, 2011

Seems like cover songs are all the rage and I’m sure it’s due to ease of home-recording through such sites as SoundCloud and Bandcamp. What a great way to get a feel for what a musician’s audience thinks of songs they are working on or just sharing with their fans.

I decided to make a list of the one’s I liked the most but I didn’t put them in any particular order. That’s just too difficult. It’s not a top 10 list, it’s just my favorites so If you have a favorite that you’d like to share, post it in comments.

Trent Reznor and Karen O, Led Zepplin, ‘Immigrant Song’
Good lord, how did they pull this one off?? It’s awesome and updated really well. It won’t ever replace the original but I love it and love how perfectly Ms. O’s vocals work with the song.

Robin Pecknold and Alela Diane cover Nico’s ‘These Days’
The lead singer of Fleet Foxes, has often expressed his love for the 70’s legend and Warhol prootege for her music. It’s nice to hear his take on this classic Nico song.

Bon Iver-Bonnie Raitt ‘ I can’t make you love me/love in the nick of time’
Not only does Justin Vernon produce Grammy nominated albums but he can honor a classic song with skill and beauty. Justin, also known as Bon Iver, does a beautiful mix rendition of two Bonnie Raitt classics.
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Vernon has covered many songs including a few he recorded in 2008. Here are some stand out covers:
Bon Iver – Why (Annie Lennox Cover)
Bon Iver – The Park (Feist Cover)

John Legend-Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’
I found this amazing a capella version of John Legend singing Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and it just floored me. You must have an amazing voice to be able to pull off an Adele cover and John stood up to the challenge. Beautiful.
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Lissie- Metallica ‘Nothing Else Matters’
Only Lissie could pull off a cover of a metal song and make it work. She may have just breathed new life into this Metallica classic. Lissie just came out with an album of covers, “Covered Up With Flowers” so be sure to check it out. They’re all amazing.

Jessie Baylin Thin Lizzy ‘A Song for While I’m Away’
Sticking with the theme of “rock cover songs you didn’t expect from gorgeous female singer/songwriter’s”, Jessie Baylin gives Thin Lizzy’s,’A Song for While I’m Away’ a new twist. Check out her  EP of covers, “Pleasure Center”.

St. Vincent Big Black ‘Kerosene’ 
and to end the trifecta of our ladies with gentle souls rocking out, here’s St. Vincent blowing our minds with this intense cover of Big Black’s ‘Kerosene’…who knew? It’s loud, it’s obnoxious but it’s amazing.  This woman can do anything.

Birdy- Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’
If you haven’t heard of birdy yet, you will. She’s a 16 year old British girl who won Open Mic UK competition when she was just 12 years old. She just released her debut album “Birdy” November 7th.

James Vincent McMorrow Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love’ 
Love this slowed down version of this Winwood classic. If you haven’t heard this guys own stuff you must! He’s an amazing musician.

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A beautiful story told visually and musically. The fight with the sea creature at the end works perfectly with the music. The Pecknold family is certainly rich with creativity.

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Download: Fleet Foxes live in concert from La Bataclan in Paris, France

Here’s an excellent Fleet Foxes concert from Le Bataclan in Paris on May 30th. The show was broadcast live on French public radio station Le Mouv’. Excellent quality; samples below; download the entire concert here. Download Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes Bedouin Dress – Fleet Foxes Mykonos – Fleet Foxes via Big O … Read More

via Some Velvet Blog

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Fleet Foxes perform at Tower Theater this Saturday, May 21st – Philadelphia events | Examiner.com.

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More Obsessions.

April 20, 2011

I’m going through a new phase of music favorites that I can’t seem to get away from at the moment. I get like this, I’ll play something over and over for weeks. OCD at an all time high. Can’t change the music can’t put down the disinfectant. Hey, It’s a theme, it all goes together. Here are my obsessions for the week.

Superhumanoids, Nikki and the Dove, all things Fleetfoxes and Robin Pecknold, tUnE yArDs (even though I think that spelling of her band name is ridiculous). The Luyas and Little Scream (a never-ending obsession with her me thinks.)

I feel like a lot of this electro, dream, chill-wave, pop stuff is a really interesting blend of 80’s synth pop music and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic when I hear it. It reminds me of Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, and Cocteau Twins, but the sound also suggests the ethereal, experimental music of Massive Attack and Portishead who were my obsessions in the 90’s.

What is old is new again. No wonder the older generations are falling in love with the young indie/alternative bands that are popular today. Folk, mountain, southern rock, 50s/60s pop, synth…all been done. I know some of these bands aren’t too thrilled with the older crowds but it’s their (our) soundtrack of our youth that you are bringing to the forefront of our minds. So rockers, next time you complain about the middle-aged women and balding gray haired men in the front row of your concerts remember, you only have yourselves to blame.

You can find music from all the bands I suggested on this blog and under the categories; “new music” “young guns” “on the rise” and “Women who Rock”.

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Limited Ticket Pre-Sale Starting April 18th & 19th

Newly confirmed North American dates will be available for pre-sale at www.fleetfoxes.com on April 18th (Salt Lake City only) & 19th at 10 AM local time. The July 14th -24th tour dates include the previously announced headlining spot at Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival.  Complete list of new tour dates  and pre-sale information provided below.

New Fleet Foxes North American Tour Dates
Beginning Monday April 18th at 10 AM local time for the Salt Lake City show and April 19th at 10 AM local time for all other shows, a limited number of pre-sale tickets can be purchased online atwww.fleetfoxes.com. Ticket prices will vary. Fleet Foxes pre-sale tickets are available while supplies last. Public onsale information can be found at www.fleetfoxes.com or at the venue websites.

07/14/11 Thu –  Toronto ON @ Massey Hall
7/16/11 Sat –  Chicago IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival*
07/17/11 Sun –  Minneapolis MN @ State Theatre
07/18/11 Mon –  Kansas City MO @ Uptown Theater
07/19/11 Tue –  St Louis MO @ Pageant
07/21/11 Thu –  Denver CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
07/22/11 Fri –  Salt Lake City UT @ Red Butte Garden**
07/23/11 Sat –  Boise ID @ Knitting Factory
07/24/11 Sun –  Troutdale OR @ Edgefield
*Pre-sale tickets not available, festival already on sale.
** Pre-sale begins Monday, April 18th at 10 AM local time

So last night Robin Pecknold from Fleet Foxes was hanging out in his attic in the dark, playing his guitar because the sound is apparently really good up there. Here are his tweets:

@fleetfoxes Rode bikes all day, and the attic of the place I’m renting is like a huge reverb chamber right now! This rules!!!!!

@fleetfoxes Like seriously super reverberant. Just been playing guitar in the dark up there. Awesome

@fleetfoxes Listen to my verb’y attic! Kismet. Thanks world. http://yfrog.com/0xdjqz

Robin Pecknold Songs from the Attic

It’s not the entire song but damn if that ain’t pretty!

You should follow him on Twitter too. He shares lots of stuff. Songs, video’s, great vinyl suggestions and he even shares guitar chords. The man is all about music. So impressed with his complete involvement with everything that has to do with Fleet Foxes.. He may be sewing up some merch T-Shirts as we speak. I would not be surprised!

Happy Birthday to Robin Pecknold who turns 25 today.

A film by Sean Pecknold

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Pre-Order Helplessness Blues here: Helplessness BluesRobin Pecknold talks about the new album:

So, for a bit of background: we’re from Seattle, and the members of the band are me, Skye Skjelset, Josh Tillman, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and now our buddy Morgan Henderson, who helped out on the album and will join the band on tour. The band began as just me and Skye in Junior High, playing songs in his bedroom, until we moved to Seattle, settled on a name, and began meeting other musicians and playing with different people until we met all the guys currently on board. Casey joined in 2005, Christian in 2007, and Josh joined shortly before our first album was released, but after we’d recorded it.

We released our first album in 2008, had a lot of unexpected support from people and the press and we ended up on tour until October of 2009 (we’d expected to do one or two U.S. tours and hoped to start our next album in the Fall of 2008!)

Recording started with demos at a building in Seattle that’s been multiple recording studios since the ‘70s, from Triangle, to Jon & Stu’s, to Reciprocal Recording, to the Hall of Justice. A number of incredible albums have been made in that building over the years, including Bleach by Nirvana. So we were lucky enough to take over the lease when Death Cab for Cutie moved out in October 2009, and I started writing songs more seriously again. A couple months later, Joanna Newsom asked me if I would open some shows for her. As a huge fan of hers, I was completely honored and flattered that she’d want me to open her shows, and I felt like I needed some new songs that I could play alone. So, a number of the songs that ended up on this album came from the writing that preceded those tours. Having to play the songs alone meant I was really focusing on having a clear lyric and a strong melody, which ended up being a great change of focus for me as a writer because I’d spent a lot of 2009 messing around with non-songwriter type music and not always finding it satisfying.

After the first Newsom tour, we all went up to Woodstock, New York, to record at Dreamland Recording, where our friends in Beach House had had a good experience recording their last album Teen Dream. We were there for twelve days recording the drums and acoustic guitars. As an aside, I think Josh did an incredible job on the drums on this record, writing really inventive parts without a lot of instruction, and having such good tempo and “feel” that we were able to record all but one song on the album without a click track.

From there began a long stretch of recording in Seattle, from May of 2010 to November of 2010, where a ton of shit happened at numerous studios including Reciprocal, Bear Creek, and Avast. I could get into it, but basically it took a long time due to illness, scheduling, creative doubt, reassessment, rewriting, new songs being written, etc., etc ., etc. It was at times difficult to make this record. We ended up mixing at Avast in Seattle in December of 2010, with the record finally finished, even though we were recording vocals and guitar and rewriting lyrics up to the 11th hour. Not even the 11th, more like the 13th. So here we are, almost three years after the first album, finally done with the second one. Now I’ll talk about the actual music a little bit.

I think this music draws influence and inspiration from popular music and folk rock of the mid ‘60s to the early ‘70s, folks like Peter Paul & Mary, John Jacob Niles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young, CSN, Judee Sill, Ennio Morricone, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Zombies, SMiLE-era Brian Wilson, Roy Harper, Van Morrison, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, The Trees Community, Duncan Browne, the Electric Prunes, Trees, Pete Seeger, and Sagittarius, among many others. I’d say it’s a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk, & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. Astral Weeks was a big inspiration on this album, if not always in sound then in approach. The raw emotion in Van Morrison’s vocals and the trance-like nature of the arrangements were very inspiring for this album!

Musically it leans on country music a little bit more, in the slide guitar of songs like “Grown Ocean” and “Bedouin Dress” or “Helplessness Blues.” We used a number of new instruments including the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer, zither, upright bass, wood flute, tympani, Moog synthesizer, the tamboura, the fiddle, the marxophone, clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, along with more traditional band instrumentation.

OK! I think that covers most of it. The last thing I’ll talk about is the title. It’s called Helplessness Blues for a number of reasons. One, it’s kind of a funny title. Secondly, one of the prevailing themes of the album is the struggle between who you are and who you want to be or who you want to end up being, and how sometimes you are the only thing getting in the way of that. That idea shows up in a number of the songs.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the record!

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