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Devendra Banhart Stars In Glasses Porn For Oliver Peoples

Devendra Banhart and his real-life girlfriend Rebecca Schwartz star in Lisa Eisner’s short film for Oliver Peoples. Eisner was inspired by French New Wave films, and that plus the beautiful L.A. light (she’s primarily a photographer) gives everything (the walls, their skin) a gossamer, intimate quality. What do Banhart and Schwartz do in the video? More »

By: jessica / January 13, 2011 - 10:23 am

The 12 Most NSFW Videos Of 2010

A couple of Best Videos Of The Week ago I mentioned how nearly every good clip that week was too long, too nude, or too violent to make it on to MTV; one was even removed from YouTube, verification wall or not. But looking back on 2009’s picks, it’s easy to notice that this year’… More »

By: jessica / December 20, 2010 - 1:51 pm

Devendra Banhart & Beck – “Life During Wartime”

“I did a song with Beck for Todd Solondz’ AMAZING new movie Life During Wartime!!! If ya haven’t seen his films check them all out, truly, one of the great luminaries,” Devendra Banhart said in an email about his collaboration with Beck. The song’s lyrics were written by Solondz, while the song itself was writte… More »

By: jessica / August 5, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Pegi Young – “Body Breaks” (Devendra Banhart Cover)

Pegi Young has been Neil Young’s wife and backing singer for the last thirty years. Foul Deeds is the follow-up to her debut album, which arrived in 2007. She includes a handful of covers of artists like Will Jennings, Lucinda Williams, and Devendra Banhart. The latter shows up in her simple, quiet version of “Body… More »

By: jessica / July 21, 2010 - 10:23 am

Devendra Banhart – “Foolin'” Video

In which Dev’s asscrack is amongst the least NSFW images rendered. “Foolin'”‘s beachy reggae hop doesn’t exactly scream S&M sequences and man-love spooning, but the Isaiah Seret-directed video succeeds admirably on those terms, and as a document of Banhart’s various head/facial follicular permutations: a mustache here, a voluminous coif there — but definitely no beard… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 20, 2010 - 2:45 pm

Devendra Banhart – “Baby” Video (Feat. Fabrizio Moretti, Andrew VanWyngarden, GZA)

Devendra Banhart sports some serious Frank Zappa facial hair in this video, and gets friends like the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, and GZA to guest star. But the most surprising part of this clip must be where Banhart and his friends end up. I think half of this video takes place inside a… More »

By: jessica / March 15, 2010 - 5:58 pm

Liars – “The Overachievers” (Devendra Banhart & The Grogs Redo) (Stereogum Premiere)

One of my favorite Sisterworld songs is the sweetly sarcastic urban cynic vs. L.A. hippie love song “The Overachievers.” What better way to invert the frequency (and bio-cars, woodsy walks, etc.) than to have longtime Hairy Faerie Devendra Banhart offer a mellowed-out, dew-dripped campfire version? DB & The Grogs’ sleepy, somewhat eerie take is part… More »

By: brandon / March 8, 2010 - 10:13 am

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept. A decade later the album-recreation bit has become another salable gimmick for non-ATP acts trading on nostalgia to line their post-prime coffers, and even ATP has on occasion conferred the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Stream Devendra Banhart’s What Will We Be

One week from today, Devendra Banhart will release his seventh album (and first as a Warner Bro), What Will We Be. He’s taking a co-production credit, along with Band Of Bees’ Paul Butler, and reprising the crew that backed Banhart on 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon: Noah Georgeson, Megapuss Greg Rogove on drums, bassist… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2009 - 1:40 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Walilamdzi” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve heard bits and pieces of Devendra Banhart’s 14-song major label debut, What Will We Be. First it was a couple of songs live in San Francisco. Then we got the studio take of “Baby” (though we’ve since been promised a new Wu-Tanged version). Now we can dig a bit deeper into the collection via… More »

By: brandon / October 9, 2009 - 10:22 am

Beck, Devendra & MGMT Cover Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters Of Mercy”

Following his excursion into Downtown NYC via Velvet Underground & Nico, Beck takes his Record Club to Montreal with a track-by-track smothering covering of Songs Of Leonard Cohen. As we mentioned when we posted “Suzanne,” he’s joined by “Devendra Banhart, Ben, Andrew and Matt from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, and Bria… More »

By: brandon / October 2, 2009 - 1:42 pm

Phoenix/Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC 9/26/09

As advertised, Phoenix treated Central Park’s Summerstage to two sold-out nights of their danceable and occasionally epic insouciance this past weekend. The lineup was a synth-lover’s delight, pairing the Frenchmen with the more sugar-rushed and helium-voiced keyboard pop of Massachusetts men Passion Pit in the opening slot. And it wouldn’t be a Monday without new… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 28, 2009 - 11:18 am

New Devendra Banhart – “Baby”

Devendra’s a major label artist now, having recently announced his shift from venerable indie XL to even more venerable music biz behemoth Warner Bros for his upcoming What Will We Be LP. Otherwise things are looking similar, dude’s got his beard back and reassembled the Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon backing band on a 14-track… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 21, 2009 - 10:38 am

Beck Covers Leonard Cohen With Devendra, MGMT

Beck continues making good use of his down time between album cycles with the second phase of his Record Club, the project which sees Hansen invite a tag-archive-friendly set of friends to cover a classic album in its entirety, in a day, with no rehearsal. He recently finished posting clips from the Velvet Underground &More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 4, 2009 - 10:36 am

Street Scene 2009 In Photos

Some 30,000 people over two days crammed into the six-block area in San Diego’s East Village that hosted the 25th annual Street Scene this past weekend. That’s a strong number, albeit down from last year when people weren’t scrambling for money to put food on their families. Still, those who made it witnessed a righteou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Devendra Banhart’s What Will We Be Album Info

We don’t have an exact release date, but Devendra’s new label, Warner/Reprise, sent out a stream of What Will We Be a couple days ago, so we do have the track list. We also know Banhart’s sixth album runs for 50:31 and were told “the stuff sounds wicket good…” (Thanks for the tip, Lars.) The… More »

By: brandon / July 31, 2009 - 12:29 pm

Devendra Banhart Remixes Oasis

Devendra’s public appreciation of Oasis continues, adding to his cover of the band with a synthy remix of one Dig Out Your Soul’s finer points, “(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady.” Download it at (via More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 10, 2009 - 1:59 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Lindo Cihuatlán” (Stereogum Premiere)

We heard new live Devendra Banhart last week. Today we can offer the recorded variety, though it’s not from his next record: “Lindo Cihuatlán” shows up on the soundtrack for Rudo y Cursi, the flick that reunites Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna for the first time since Y Tu Mamá También. They play two… More »

By: brandon / May 1, 2009 - 4:39 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Chin Chin & Muck Muck” & “Baby” (Live In San Francisco)

In a Coachella warm-up of sorts — or, at least, a show that happened prior to Coachella — Devendra Banhart and his backing quintet played a packed show at San Francisco’s Independent. Natalie Portman’s shaved ex premiered a couple of new songs in the process. We weren’t there, but the folks at EachNoteSecure were and… More »

By: brandon / April 21, 2009 - 5:10 pm

Coachella 2009: Cure, MBV, Antony Assault The Sound System

Surprise, it wasn’t My Bloody Valentine’s 15-minute aural assault “You Made Me Realise” that caused Sunday’s biggest audio mishap. Organizers cut the speakers during the Cure’s “Fire In Cairo” (two songs into a third encore) only to watch the band play three more songs before the power was killed completely, forcing Robert & Co. to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 20, 2009 - 3:29 pm