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I trust anything that Dave and Gil have to say.
Upvote for the delightful imagery
Have you read Steve Hyden’s article on Adam (he writes extensively about the song)? Great, great song.
Been vibing hard on Burning too… Courteney Cox dancing the hell out of it.
It’s a true life Jackie Jormp-Jomp situation.
A few days late to the game on this one, but my God was that stellar. Man.
Thanks for this piece Ryan. Your reflection on Pennsylvania hit a particular chord with me as well. I’ve lived in PA my entire life, between the rusted northeast, not-quite midwest Pittsburgh, and now in Philly, and like yourself, spent many hours in my car carving my way back and forth and up and down the state. I dunno, it feels like there’s a soundtrack hidden in all of it and guys like Adam Granduciel , Kurt Vile, and hell, Steve Gunn are able to wrangle it and bring it to light. Whether it’s Kurt’s low Philadelphian drawl, Adam’s uncanny ability to sound like he’s just pulling Americana from the stratosphere, or Steve making me feel I’m at a campfire in the Poconos, I just can’t help being completely drawn in and feel a deep rooted connection. Like Wakin on a Pretty Daze was last year, I already know Lost in the Dream is going to be the album that means the most to me in 2014.
You nailed it. He’s so so good at understanding his influences, but he never sounds derivative. I feel the same way about Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel.
This album is just some good old fashioned fun, eh?
Thanks for the reminder of this release… if not for this being AOTW, I might have missed it. Been neck deep in the new War on Drugs.
I think all of the good soundtrack moments from Girls was negated by the abomination of a dance scene at the lake house, ruining Harry Nilsson’s “You’re Breakin’ My Heart” for me for at least the next 6-7 years.
True Detectives is just spot on in everything.
Nice list. I probably would have added Girl, You Have No Faith but that’s splitting hairs.
As an aside, I can’t listen to Fell In Love With a Girl without thinking of Jimmy Fallon at the 2002 MTV VMAs.
I was getting more of an Imogen Heap vibe than Bon Iver. Still, I like it. Very minimalist.
The new Thee Oh Sees and Woods tracks were definite standouts
Either/Or will always be my absolute favorite, but each album means different things to different people, so I can’t really question the order of this list.
Time for a revisit to Elliott’s catalog.
Not to mention playing most instruments on some albums (I think he did everything on Either/Or), not to mention that piano riff in ‘In the Lost and Found’ is killer.
At first I thought MTV was bringing back Celebrity Deathmatch… this is much better.
As much as it’s a sad day, it’s a good day to celebrate Pete’s life and how probably more than anyone in American history used song to unite people, and helped give voice to people who may not have otherwise been outspoken.
I urge you guys to check out the documentary The Power of Song (it’s on youtube, and it’s fantastic). RIP Pete
Saw the show in Philly, it was awesome.
I also saw Robin Pecknold in the bathroom, which was also cool… or at least I think it was him. It could have been one of another 75 guys there, but I like to think it was Robin.
Really been loving the new Death Vessel stuff, surprised Mercury Dime didn’t make this week’s list.
Oh man, heavy commenting this week.
On a lighter note, I’ve listened to George Michael’s “Faith” album about five (5) times this week. It really has aged well, in case anyone doubted that.
That Ghost of Tom Joad performance at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert a few years ago was definitely a highlight for me.
Honestly, I don’t think most people (including myself) realized from where the soundbite was taken. Everyone just said, “Ooooh sounds from space. Good song!”
I don’t understand the argument here. Jesus clearly told us that this life is unimportant and all we need to do to go to heaven is finally confess to our priests that we touch ourselves when we go on the internet.
Hmmm, I’m curious as to the thought process behind deciding to include that soundbite before the song… maybe this just goes to show how detached some folks are from tragedies outside of their recent memory, as Bey was probably 6 or 7 years old when it happened. It sure as shit would be a different decision had they considered using soundbites from 9-11 airplanes, or a panic-stricken phone call from someone in New Orleans who was about to be flooded out of their home.
Keith Cowing is right though, it is a damn catchy tune.
Thanks for the read, Chris. I think if the average listener could understand the lyrics on Sunbather (not that I can), we’d be having a similar discussion about Deafheaven. It’s definitely worth listening to while reading all of the lyrics. Dreamhouse took a bit of a different meaning once realizing the final lyrics are a conversation:
- “Is it blissful?”
“It’s like a dream”
- “I want to dream”