In the waning days of summer, we’re all looking for a new band to get excited about. Am I right? Enter Twin Shadow. Twin Shadow’s debut EP was released by Grizzly Bear’s own Chris Taylor via his quickly growing Terrible Records label. “Slow” is my favorite track so far and it’s available for free download here. The video’s 70s-porn look and frequent pans down the front of Lewis’s jeans earned it a NSFW tag but I don’t agree, there’s just a hint seductive 70s sleaze. If you’re as impressed with his “big talent” as the videographer heard on “Slow” is, upcoming shows in NYC include two nights at Glasslands Gallery in September and one at Le Poisson Rouge. See you there.
Yesterday, at the final JellyNYC pool party of the summer, featuring performances by Grizzly Bear, Beach House, and Vega, Jay Z and Beyoncé were in attendance. This has been all over the news today for some reason, mostly for Jay Z’s praise for Grizzly Bear and indie rock in general, for pushing the envelope in music and giving Hip Hop a reason to go further. As he told MTV, “They’re an incredible band … The thing I want to say to everyone — I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further — what the indie-rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring … I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that’s what rap did to rock.” Not everyone will agree with Jay’s comments but it can’t be denied that there are some really ground-breaking acts out there these days.
Another Brooklyn band who has been getting a lot of notice lately for their music and innovation, and happen to be great friends of and collaborators with Grizzly Bear, are the Dirty Projectors. Their latest album Bitte Orcha, released in June, has recieved some rave reviews. With Beyoncé on their list of top friends on myspace, they could be next in line to get pulled into the hip hop game. They make their national television debut tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman, so they seem to be on the move.
Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move:
The papers and blogs are abuzz with word that President Obama has picked federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court. Big ups to the Bronx and Puerto Rico.
Personally, I would like to give you my pick for a new great album to enjoy: Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest. I’ve only listened to the record once all the way through so far, but hey, it just came out today so what do you want? But it’s safe to say that this is my favorite album that I’ve heard this year so far. Grizzly Bear has clearly picked up some tricks from their tour with Radiohead last year, exploring a huge expanse of textures, instruments, moods, and harmonies on Veckatimest, which is named after a tiny island in Massachusetts near Cape Cod, where they recorded the disc. Check out the video for the first single, it’ll make your head explode into flames!
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks: