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Islands Cover Beck

Yesterday we heard Sonic Youth cover an old Beck song and vice versa. Today we’ve got Islands’ Nick Thorburn covering an even older Beck song. “Cyanide Breath Mint” can be found on the newly reissued One Foot In The Grave. Islands’ take adds drums and synths and is streaming on MySpace. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2009 - 1:07 pm

We Got The Tweet: The Week’s 50 Best Rock Star Twitters

Microblogging service Twitter has signed up countless celebrities in recent months, and among them are some of our favorite musical artists: Trent Reznor! Colin Meloy! Ed Droste! Diddy! Stereogum Tweets too! But who can keep up with all that lunch eating? Most of us only have eight hours a day with which to procrastinate i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 23, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Crayola Maintains Indie Cred With Unicorns Tune

As long as Crayola invents new ways to color, it looks like they’ll find more indie bands to pair with their product. It started with Animal Collective’s “Sweet Road” plug of Color Explosion markers, then went to Dan Deacon and his Glow Station. Here we are a year and change later and it’s the Unicor… More »

By: brandon / March 23, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Human Highway Video – “The Sound” (Stereogum Premiere)

Nearly a year after Islanders Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie’s Human Highway side-project presented itself via this sunny standout, the duo is recharging and offering itself yet again, via spring tour, and via fucking with their facial alignments. The former is self-explanatory, for the latter we offer up the video for “The Sound,” which disassemble… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Progress Report: Nick Thorburn

NAME: Nick Thorburn (Islands, Human Highway)
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording Islands’ third LP at Stratosphere Studio in New York City; recording a solo LP, I Am An Attic at home; releasing a comic book, This Is Howie Doo, through Bodega Distribution.

Nick Thorburn fits the same overachieving Canadian trope that we’ve bestowed on Spencer KrugMore »

By: Jessica / January 27, 2009 - 6:16 pm

New Islands Video – “Creeper”

When writing about Nick Thorburn’s Reefer, we also made sure to mention his work with Human Highway and, his most popular project, Islands. As far as the latter, this creepy “Creeper” clip’s the first we’ve heard from Islands since they covered Brian Eno and themselves at Daytrotter. But forget day — this is all about… More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2008 - 2:57 pm

New Reefer – “Let It Go” (Flying Lotus Remix) & New Islands Live EP, Live Dates

Nick Thorburn is a busy guy. Between Islands and Human Highway, it’s unclear how he finds the time to keep up those fashionable haircuts. We recently reported on HH’s first live shows. Now Islands, who have a six-song Live Session available at iTunes, are also on the road. The iTunes EP includes Arm’s Way track… More »

By: brandon / October 8, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Human Highway Just Played Their First Shows

Human Highway, the duo of Islands’ Nick Thorburn and jingle master Jim Guthrie, played their first shows ever at Cake Shop on Monday and a show at Joe’s Pub last night. Both were co-headliners with Paul Simon’s son Harper Simon (sorry to name drop your dad, Harper) with Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark opening. If you… More »

By: brandon / September 17, 2008 - 9:11 am

How To BBQ With Islands And A Top Chef Chef

We’ve followed the New York x New York concert-and-something-else-not exactly-involving-music series pretty closely, because it has been pretty great. The list is a fun to rattle off: indie rock karaoke with Michael Showalter and of Montreal (and Paul Rudd, and Craig Wedren, and Stereogum reader G. Walker), a “bad art” auction with Zach Galifianakis and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 25, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Islands And Annuals And Jicks: Siren Fest 2008 In Photos

I couldn’t make Siren Festival this year and Amrit and Brandon were at Pitchfork, so … how was it? Based on the photographic display from Kyle Dean Reinford I guess sweaty? How was the sound? Did you shoot the freak? After the jump, pics of every act who played the festival, along with some scenery… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 21, 2008 - 2:58 am

Islands Cover Brian Eno And Themselves, Are Not Trust Funders

Recently Highwayman Nick Thorburn & his Islands stopped by Daytrotter, committing four songs to tape, including Return To The Sea’s “Where There’s A Will There’s A Whalebone” (sans Subtitle) and “Swans (Life After Death,” along with Arm’s Way’s “The Arm.” As those who’ve seen the band live might suspect, they sound great, and a lot… More »

By: brandon / May 19, 2008 - 9:29 am

The ‘Gum Drop XXXVII: Hear New Indian Jewelry, Win An Eastwood Guitar Signed By Islands

We dug Invasive Exotics, Indian Jewelry’s 2006 long player, but the feedback feels warmer, the structures more assured, expansive, unhinged and less Doors-y/VU-derived on Free Gold!. In fact, even if you didn’t like the Houston crew’s older work, you might find your groove within the excellent murk: For instance, check out Gold standout “Walking O… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2008 - 11:43 am

New Human Highway (Nick Thorburn & Jim Guthrie) – “The Sound” & “Sleep Talking”

When not talking about Vampire Weekend and vaginas or performing with his Islands, Nick Thorburn’s teaming up with Royal City-associated songwriter and solo artist (and current Islands guitarist) Jim Guthrie as Human Highway. The duo has a forthcoming full-length, which they reportedly recorded in one week at Guthrie’s place in Toronto. You can stream two… More »

By: brandon / May 9, 2008 - 12:34 pm

Islands’ Nick Thorburn On Vaginas And Vampire Weekend

There’s an interesting interview with Islands’ frontman Nick Thorburn over at Merry Swankster (thanks for the tip, Kelli). In it, Thorburn gives his two cents on Graceland — wow, that album’s on everybody’s minds these days — and therefore on Vampire Weekend — wow, that band’s on everyone’s … But before we open that ca… More »

By: brandon / April 17, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Islands Are Just Gonna Have To Explain This Album Art To Us One Day

Because as album art goes this is pretty out there, team. We’re talking about Islands’ forthcoming Arm’s Way, which has inspired a few gushes here and there. And by the LP’s newly revealed artistic rendering, the way of the arm is a trippy and quasi-Biblical one. There are arms, at least. It’s best expressed pithily,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 8, 2008 - 5:36 pm

New Islands – “Creeper”

Diamonds are forever, although maybe not as stage names go. But if you haven’t seen Islands since Nick went back to given name Thorburn — and if you somehow missed our dispatches from Austin and their effusive Islandeering — the nominal shift is having no effect on the stage itself. (I.e. Islands are awesome.) If… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 2, 2008 - 10:47 am

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw part one. In this follow-up, we test the smarts of Islands, My Brightest Diamond, Peter Morén, The Cribs, YACHT, and others. Shea Hess lends a hand as our quizmaster, and… More »

By: Stereogum / March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am

SXSW: Islands Are Awesome

It’s in the blogger code to toss out superlatives with reckless abandon, but really — we weren’t lying when called Islands set at Cedar St. the best of this fest. (OK, maybe Fuck Buttons @ Volume today is a contender.) Yeah that’s Nick strangling Subtitle with a drum mallet, and yes Nick was wearing white… More »

By: Stereogum / March 15, 2008 - 3:19 pm

SXSW: Thursday In Photos

Interested in filling a rock club to the rafters? Simple: Just have Nada Surf and Destroyer play back to back sometime. People were stuffed asses to elbows at Volume night club for the first day of the Stereogum/PASTE party, although the free libations helped ease the heat. Nada did it unplugged-style, Destroyer most definitely did… More »

By: Stereogum / March 15, 2008 - 12:02 pm

SXSW: Thursday Featured Showcases

Dinner time in Austin, time to munch tacos and figure the night sched. As the picture suggests, tonight’s the night for Jens Lekman fans: y’all have two chances to catch the Swedish troubadour (Emo’s at 8PM, Mohawk at midnight). For those looking for relatively veteran greats, the only choice is Yo La Tengo and My… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 11:54 pm