Sticking to the folk theme today, here’s a UK chamber quintet I quite like listening to, The Miserable Rich. I don’t know if they’re rich, but they look pretty miserable in this photo, don’t they?
All kidding aside, the band – whose name was inspired from an experience they had playing at the wedding of two ultra-rich aristocrats in Rome – has an orchestral folk sound that evokes qualities of Andrew Bird. It’s beautifully sweet, tender and easy on the ears. Their 2008 release “Twelve Ways to Count” is a home recorded gem and one of my go-to ‘wind down’ albums at the end of the day. “Monkey” is an acoustic version of the one of the tracks off the album released earlier this year. Enjoy.
How great is this! Yoga all day and music all night? In beautiful Squaw Valley to boot? Sign me up. Tickets are $124 for music only and yoga and music access passes start at $169. More bands are expected to be announced but on board so far are Spoon, Andrew Bird, Jenny Lewis, Girl Talk, Broken Social Scene and more!
Visit the Wanderlust website for more information.
I’ve watched this live From the Basement footage of Andrew Bird performing ‘Section 8 City’ countless times. It’s so beautiful and mesmerizing. What a talent. I’m so excited to see him next month at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
Noble Beast, Andrew Bird’s long awaited follow-up to Armchair Apocrypha, will be available January 20th. A deluxe version of the album, Noble Beast/Useless Creatures, will also be released that date, packaged with a second disc of instrumental works, featuring collaborations with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and jazz bassist Todd Sickafoose.
In the meantime, Fat Possum Records and Andrew Bird are offering an exclusive preview of the entire Noble Beast release on NPR music. Another beautiful record from the amazingly talented Andrew Bird. Be sure to catch Andrew Bird at The Fillmore in San Francisco, February 19 and 20.
From the Basement is a UK-based music TV show that has launched a series of live performances from an impeccable collection of indie artists – like Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Kills, Andrew Bird, Beck and lots, lots more. The program is featured on the Sky Arts channel in the UK, Rave in the US and, starting in January 2009, the IFC channel.
Until then, you can catch sneak previews of some performances. Like this one from my current obsession White Denim.Click here to check out this blistering rendition of ‘All You Really Have to Do/ Mess Up Your Hair’. Oh yeah, these guys rock! Well worth the jump, I promise.
San Francisco-based Geographer have that lush baroque pop sound that draws lots of comparisons to Andrew Bird and Arcade Fire. Their new album Innocent Ghosts released this summer and is getting good attention. Listen to Can’t You Wait:
This is my favorite San Francisco indie rock band at the moment. Their debut album, Lust for Life, is one of the contenders for the 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards. We’ll find out later this week if they take the prize. I’m so intrigued by lead singer, Christopher Owens, in both his personal style and vocals. He’s got all the qualities of an eccentric rock star and sounds like Elvis Costello to boot. Featured is the track Hellhole Ratrace.
Oakland-based The Heavenly States is also a contender in the 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards in the Indie Rock category. Their vibe is wholly different with a pure, straight up rock sound reminiscent to The Hold Steady. Take a listen to ‘Lost in the Light‘ from their self-produced album Delayer.