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Phil Cook – “Great Tide” (Stereogum Premiere)

You may recognize the name Phil Cook from his sideman gigs in Megafaun and Hiss Golden Messenger or his collaborations with Justin Vernon in Gayngs and DeYarmond Edison. Cook’s been lurking on the fringes of the South’s experimental folk-rock renaissance, but he’s more than just a backing musician. His full-length solo debut, Southland Mission, dro… More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 8, 2015 - 11:00 am

Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree

Today marks the release of S. Carey’s spectacular Range Of Light. Carey is a member of Bon Iver, and he’s worked with Justin Vernon on other projects by Doe Paoro and Astronautalis, which got us thinking: That Justin Vernon gets around! Vernon’s been a serial collaborator since before Bon Iver even entered our collective radar,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 9:56 am

Poliça – “Tiff” (Feat. Justin Vernon)

At Coachella over the weekend, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon joined the Minneapolis synth-rock quintet Poliça onstage to sing “Tiff,” a new single. (Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh are Gayngs bandmates with Vernon, so the connection is not entirely random.) And today Poliça shared the song’s studio version, which brings some of Bon Iver’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2013 - 10:17 am

Justin Vernon Preps LP With Astronautalis

The Minneapolis City Pages reports that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has formed a new band with the folksy Minneapolis indie-rapper Astronautilis and that the two holed up to start recording a new album this weekend. The collaboration also includes Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson (who’s presumably the connecting thread here) and Bon Iver drummer/solo artist S. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Download Blonde Redhead Remix EP Feat. Gayngs, Games, SALEM, Pantha Du Prince

4AD’s put together a six-song Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle remix EP featuring the folks mentioned above along with Becoming Real and Kastellet. You can download it using the player below:… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Scenes From Sasquatch! 2011

Sasquatch! took place over four nights this Memorial Day Weekend. The Washington Festival included some very anticipated shows, including Wolf Parade’s next to last show, new tracks from Modest Mouse, and one of Death From Above 1979’s reunion appearances. That’s Das Racist’s Victor Vazquez getting a kiss from an audience member (not a moment anyone… More »

By: jessica / May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Download Bon Iver’s 10 Best Cover Songs

On “Calgary,” Justin Vernon’s vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed — the ghostly falsetto remains Bon Iver’s calling card. JV’s voice has also been unmistakable on recent collaborations (GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, MyMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 17, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Scenes From Coachella ’11: Friday

If you’re at Coachella you aren’t on here. But this isn’t a bad year to be here, all told: YouTube’s live stream features some nice on-the-fly editing and at least a couple of bands worth watching here and there. Plus, you can swap between three stages at any given time to suit your taste. Today’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 16, 2011 - 3:33 pm

Download Gayngs Remix EP

A BTW and one of last year’s 40 most accomplished newcomers, Minneapolis smooth rock collective Gayngs are taking a strong turn away from the central conceit of Relayted’s saxophonic ’80s FM soul on Affiliyated, a seven-track freely downloadable remix EP they’re releasing right here. The concept of this “regrind” collection is just as particular and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 4, 2011 - 12:20 pm

GAYNGS Go To “The Gaudy Side Of Town” With Fallon, Daytrotter

BTW GAYNGS became a band you could watch from home. They had their TV debut on Late Night last night, where the band also debuted their collection of wayfarers. I love when band members dress like they’re in 10 different bands, but the sunglasses really tied together the animal face hoodies, fur hats, bow ties,… More »

By: jessica / October 5, 2010 - 11:45 am

Gayngs – “Eye In The Sky” (Alan Parsons Project Cover) Live Video

Fresh off their Prince hangout and cover of George Michael’s “One More Try,” BTW and Stereogum40 soft rockers pass along this extremely laid-back live take on the Alan Parson Project’s “Eye In The Sky” before disappearing into the sunset. More »

By: brandon / September 28, 2010 - 3:43 pm

Gayngs – “Last Prom On Earth” Video

Yesterday we gave you Minnesotan Best New Band Gayng’s cover of George Michael’s “On More Try,” a move I predicted a few months ago. But I would’ve never guessed they’d get Prince to show up for this glitzy live performance of Relayted slow jam “Last Prom On Earth.” He doesn’t actually play with the band,… More »

By: brandon / September 15, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Gayngs – “One More Try” (George Michael Cover Feat. Har Mar Superstar) (Stereogum Premiere)

When one of this year’s 40 best new artists Gayngs — the expansive collective that has the Midwest and North Carolina as its geographical axes and smoothed-out but sharply produced soft-rock/R&B at its core — first turned up on these pages it was as a Band To Watch. Then we said “it’s OK to think… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 14, 2010 - 5:39 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

With fall on the horizon, we’re escaping a slow summer and shifting into that final, fertile phase of the music year’s release cycle. Which makes it a ripe time to get some perspective on the year, in terms of the big records from past favorites, and here, the bands that have introduced themselves as new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 1, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Gayngs – “Cry” Video

When we first posted on Minneapolis BTW Gayngs, we mentioned that beyond some great originals, their debut Relayted included a cover of 10cc spin-off Godley & Creme’s “Cry.” They now have a video for the track that remakes the original. And features a Kevin Godley cameo. (You’ll also recognize Justin Vernon, among other Gayngs members.)… More »

By: brandon / May 4, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Gayngs – “Faded High” (Stereogum Premiere)

Recent Minneapolis BTW Gayngs is essentially the project of producer Ryan Olson (above) with Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, but there are so many extra hands crammed into the hot tub each track it feels more like a community effort. When we posted Relayted opener “The Gaudy Side of Town” we mentioned… More »

By: brandon / April 9, 2010 - 11:55 am

Band To Watch: Gayngs

Minneapolis producer Ryan Olson and Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Tanlines pals Solid Gold are at the center of Gayngs, but a couple dozen other folks orbit the trio on the debut album Relayted. Olson started the project in his Minnesota bedroom, but stepped outside and into Wisconsin’s April Base studio where he threaded… More »

By: brandon / April 2, 2010 - 12:41 pm