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New Devendra Banhart – “Forget About Him” (Kath Bloom Cover)

Banhart kissed his beard goodbye, but the gender-bending/open-ended sexuality remains on “Forget About Him,” his contribution to the Kath Bloom tribute CD Loving Takes This Course. The 16-song collection also includes Bill Callahan, Mark Kozelek, the Dodos, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett, etc. If you’re unfamiliar with Bloom, she’s a Connecticut-born singer-songwriter who’s created truly otherworldly… More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2009 - 1:17 pm

R.I.P. Devendra’s Beard

In a recently posted set of in-studio photos, Mr. Banhart appears without the Manson beard you know and love maybe. Here he is sporting bare cheeks. Change! Don’t worry, he may no longer rock the big facial hair but he’ll always have a Megapuss. More shots at MySpace. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 27, 2009 - 10:27 am

New Little Joy Video – “No One’s Better Sake”

I’ve been slow to come around to Fab Moretti’s Strokes-on-the-beach side project Little Joy. But there’s a laid back charm to the breezy “No One’s Better Sake” that I find pretty irresistible: If the album’s a soundtrack to a sandy, sunny bender, this one’s fit for the sluggish morning after, where throwing on shades, sunscreen,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 9, 2008 - 12:51 pm

New Megapuss Video – “Adam & Steve”

When not brandishing his Little Joy, the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti plays drums with the penis-skirted Devendra Banhart and cohort Greg Rogove in Megapuss. For the Amy Jo Diaz-directed “Adam & Steve” video we get the guys riffing on George Michael’s “Faith” video, “I’m Too Sexy,” catwalks, and etc., before shooting the clip. The results? Just… More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2008 - 2:09 pm

Devendra Banhart & Natalie Portman Are No More

Sad news, lovers of love: People reports Natalie Portman will have to go back to establishing her indie rock bona fides the old fashioned way. Here’s the couple in happier times. (via Whit)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 25, 2008 - 9:17 am

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist Offers A Devendra Banhart Cameo, New Vampire Weekend

Michael Cera, who Hollywood has already typecast as Boy Who Must Appear In Movie With Sensitive-Indie-Kid Appeal, is set to star as a funny-and-attractive-but-in-a-totally non-threatening-way love interest to Kat Dennings in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. If you name your movie Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, you pretty much have to hire a focus grou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 14, 2008 - 1:50 pm

New Devendra Banhart Video (Feat. Natalie Portman) – “Carmensita”

“Carmensita”? More like “Bhagavad Gita,” am i right? No, I am the worst. But that means DevBan and his his girlfriend are, too, for making this morning about hammy jokery at the expense of sacred and Hindu things. The track title, the sounds, and the lyrics’ language don’t do much to evoke Hindustan, but Devendra… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 22, 2008 - 10:21 am

Devendra Banhart + Aziz Ansari

“Devendra called me a few weeks ago and asked me to sing vocals to a song about ‘Duck People.’ I told him I had no clue who the duck people were, but he kindly told me they wore hoods, crossed bridges, and were really into magazines and Trader Joe’s. I hope you like it.“… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 16, 2008 - 10:25 am

Natalie Portman & Devendra Banhart Are In Love With Everything

It’s Spring. Love abounds. We’ve avoided talking about the fledgling romance of freak folkster Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman until now because … well, for some reason it grosses us out, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon echoing somewhere out there. Today, we stumbled upon a series of photos that are entertaining enough that we can’t… More »

By: brandon / April 22, 2008 - 9:56 am

Various Artists’s 2007 Best Of Lists

A couple weeks ago we told you about David Byrne, Kim Gordon, and Marissa Nadler’s year-end lists in Artforum. The list-giving season continues, so here are a slew of additional artists-on-artists top 10s. We’ve come to discover that artist lists are often more idiosyncratic and varied than the others sorts of lists we’ve been investigating… More »

By: Stereogum / December 6, 2007 - 12:58 pm

Devendra Banhart Makes Lindsay Lohan A Mixtape

Who would’ve guessed that when Devendra Banhart isn’t showing folks around his crib or popping a Spiritual Boner on Conan, he’d be busy making mixtapes for Lindsay Lohan? Looks like the kindly folkie wants to help her through rehab (no, no, no) and perhaps spice up her new relationship with snowboarder Riley Giles, who left… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2007 - 2:41 pm

Devendra Banhart & The Spiritual Boner Perform “Lover” On Conan

Conan had the very special treat the other night of introducing not only Devendra Banhart but his backing band The Spiritual Boner, in the studio at 30 Rock to perform Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon’s soul-full cut “Lover.” Dev’s rocking a black-on-black ensemble, eyeliner, and big bad voodoo arm raises, while Spiritual Boner rocks the… More »

By: Stereogum / September 28, 2007 - 1:47 pm

Devendra Banhart Cribs

Ever wonder what a neo-folky’s house looks like? Yeah, we never did, either. But hey, echoing the Pernice Brothers’ idea for indie rock cribs, Devendra Banhart takes us on an intimate tour of his Topanga Canyon crib — and it’s a hell of a lot more like our own place than Kanye’s pastiche palace. O… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2007 - 1:21 pm

Premature Evaluation: Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

When Devendra Banhart curated Golden Apples Of The Sun then dropped his fourth full-length, 2005’s Cripple Crow, we were at the height of our DB love. Around that time, though, something strange happened in the so-called Hairy Faerie camp. The moment, for us at least, can be traced to a Cripple-era Bowery Ballroom gig whe… More »

By: Stereogum / September 4, 2007 - 7:05 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Samba Vexilographica” / “The Other Woman”

The weekly Devendra party got going as scheduled Friday evening over at MySpace, where another two tracks from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon started their seven-day streaming window. Head over now to get a listen of Devendra singing in English on the reggae of “The Other Woman” and singing in not English on the samba… More »

By: Stereogum / August 20, 2007 - 9:35 am

New Devendra Banhart – “Bad Girl” / “Carmensita”

As promised, Devendra’s two-tracks-a-Friday stream premieres continue over at MySpace, this installment bringing conga-fied “Carmensita” and the truly lovely, slide and vocal wah-wah ballad “Bad Girl.” You get these same goods over at’s listening station — but a visit to the video page yields two new video clips for your consumption. Ladies, the first… More »

By: Stereogum / August 13, 2007 - 12:10 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Seahorse”

Earlier this week we told you Devendra’s got a brand new site. Now he’s also sporting a brand new MP3 for “Seahorse,” the first single from the upcoming Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. On first listen we called the eight-minute jam a “slow-build psych epic that starts like a plaintive one-man ballad and cycles through… More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2007 - 5:43 pm

New Devendra Banhart – “Seahorse,” “So Long Old Bean”

The lord of the freak folkies launched his official, name-bearing website Friday and while there are still a few “comings soon”‘s (including the photo section and the Spanish-language version), once you click ‘n’ drag that colorful virtual pile of hippie refuse (acoustic guitar, dried flowers, masks, spirit catcher, some fatties, a tambourine) and enter theMore »

By: Stereogum / August 6, 2007 - 10:18 am

New Devendra Banhart – “Rosa” / “Tonada Yanomaminista”

Devendra’s promising two tune-previews from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon every Friday, so start getting used to your weekly Banhart dose, folks. MySpace will be the repository for said songs, and you can head there now for the simply titled and elegant “Rosa,” a cymbal-rolling piano ballad in Portuguese; and “Tonada Yanomaminista,” a full-blooded Devendra… More »

By: Stereogum / July 30, 2007 - 9:49 am

Ariel Pink Covers Madonna

It’s been almost fifty years since Madonna was born, and almost twenty five since she popularized the jelly bracelet. But preventing global warming with Gogol Bordello and inspiring a new Blondie musical is keeping her in vogue. Even the freak folk cognoscenti are on board.

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By: Stereogum / July 16, 2007 - 11:20 am