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Guilt By Association

The freak folk tribute to Madonna may or may not qualify as an endeavor indulging a guilty pleasure for a few of the participating freaky folkers, but the forthcoming collection Guilt By Association makes no bones about the spreading the cheese — while enlisting some of indie’s most beloved players along the way. The record… More »

By: Stereogum / May 7, 2007 - 7:21 pm

Madonna Gets Freak Folkie

Another tribute tracklist for this fine Thursday, although this one’s already got a name — and also happens to be infinitely less sad than the last. NME reports that the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bat For Lashes, Lavender Diamond, Ariel Pink, Giant Drag, and VietNam will tackle tunes from the material girl’s catalogue for ThroughMore »

By: Stereogum / May 3, 2007 - 6:01 pm

The Hills Have Eyes, Freak Folk

Reader Kyle alerts us that the trailer for Fox Atomic’s The Hills Have Eyes 2 features a familiar voice:

We will almost certainly skip this movie, but c’mon — that’s a great trailer! The tune’s “Insect Eyes” (from Rejoicing In The Hands) and keep an ear out for Vetiver in Silent HillMore »

By: Stereogum / March 8, 2007 - 1:20 pm

The Most Connected Puppet In Indie Rock

Internet television station has a cute show called Puppet Music Hall, in which some fun artists drop by to sing a tune or two with a deep-voiced, red creature of some sort. The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer hams it up the most with the puppet on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and Devendra Banhart’… More »

By: Stereogum / March 2, 2007 - 9:45 am

War Doesn’t Solve Anything

It’s USA For Africa for the ironic hipster set! Head here for the “Coronation” episode of sketch comedy show Wonder Showzen, and FF to 14:27 for John Oates, Devendra, Corin Tucker, Bill Callahan, Rick Springfield, and puppets (via P4K). Showzen’s a Sesame Street-styled adult satire, created by PFFR’s John Lee and Vernon Chatman. PFFR guys:… More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2006 - 4:31 pm

Save The (Pogues) Album

We’re enjoying Insound’s Save The Album (We Sell Digital Now!) site, where indie rockers including Tim Harrington, Bloc Party, and Devendra Banhart discuss their favorite albums. Walkman Paul Maroon and Decemberist Colin Meloy both sing the praises of The Pogues’ Rum Sodomy & the Lash, but we’re anointing Colin’s love vlog the winner, as he’… More »

By: Stereogum / October 16, 2006 - 6:10 pm

Freak Folkies Love Private-Press Records, But Leave Joanna Out Of It

This weekend, the New York Times profiled the burgeoning market for rare, often folk, private-press releases, recorded in the ’60s and early ’70s, and produced “largely in runs of a few hundred copies and in many cases far less.” The article describes the appeal to collectors (“But for music fans who celebrate obscurantist work, a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 9, 2006 - 12:17 pm

The World Reacts To North Korea’s Nuke Tests

North Korea has claimed its first successful nuclear arms test, and the civilized world has spoken out in condemnation.China dubbed the tests “brazen” and expressed its “resolute opposition” because N. Korea “defied the universal oppposition of international society.” (New York Times)

Australia said it would call on the U.N. Security Council to levy financial,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 9, 2006 - 10:46 am

Devendra Banhart Blogging For Jane

In which our favorite inconsistent freak folkie expounds upon the glories of pumpkins.Here i am,
is it October ?

i Love this month,
it’s very
round, it’s round and fun to say in your mouth,
it rounds out your mouth in a nice round way.

i’m listening to Neil Young’s Living With War,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 4, 2006 - 10:56 am

Yellow Bird Project

T-shirts designed by indie rockers, with proceeds going to charities of the artists’ choice. I think they all did a really nice job. Except Wolfmother (sorry, Teenage Cancer Trust). More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 13, 2006 - 2:15 pm

Clell Tickle: Indie Marketing Guru

This explains a lot.

Featuring your favorite Human Giants (Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel) and cameos from Fred Armisen, Rob Riggle, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Ted Leo, Devendra Banhart, and Nick Kroll as the bullied Pitchfork editor reading XLR8R on the toilet. Directed by Jason Woliner.

Consider this the unofficial sequel… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 11, 2006 - 9:56 am

CMJ Wednesday Wrap-Up

Wednesdays offer slim pickings during CMJ week. But Jeff and I caught plenty of memorable gigs on Day One. I’m living it up until Friday, ’cause that’s when I leave for my bachelor party (Vegas, baby … I’ve never been). Don’t worry, though — Jed and Jim will be taking over concert coverage over the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2005 - 5:02 pm

Devendra Banhart Not A Pedophile

Time Out New York asks the tough questions to the eccentric folkie…TONY: Your song “Little Boys” is about wanting to marry little boys…
Devendra Banhart: Okay, let me explain myself. When we were recording the record, my friend said to me, “You know, man, they’re going to play this record in Starbucks.” And I said,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 8, 2005 - 9:51 am

McSweeney’s Mix: May Cause Drowsiness

Pirate enthusiast and rejected Real Worlder Dave Eggers persuaded Stereogum’s favorite nü-folkies to cover each other’s songs for the Believer bard’s new compilation CD. Free with the June issue…

01 The Decemberists – “Bridges & Balloons” by Joanna Newsom
02 Spoon – “Decora” by Yo La Tengo
03 Constantines – “Why I Didn’t Like… More »

By: Stereogum / May 12, 2005 - 9:40 pm

Pitchfork’s 50 Best Singles Of 2004

From here

50: Johnny Boy “You Are the Generation Who Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve”
49: The Von Bondies “C’mon C’mon”
48: Estelle “1980”
47: Xiu Xiu “I Love the Valley OH!”
46: Justus Köhncke Zwei Photonen EP
45: Ratatat “17 Years”
44: Mclusky “She Will Only Bring You Happiness”… More »

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2004 - 10:42 am

Devendra Banhart’s New Album

Steve invited me to see the shaggy singer-songwriter live at his offices a few weeks ago. I thought it was great. Then again, I own Skip Spence’s Oar: when you’re into such acoustic schizophrenia, Devendra seems like Maroon 5 by comparison.

There are a handful of memorable ballads on Rejoicing In The Hands. And… More »

By: Stereogum / May 14, 2004 - 1:33 pm
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