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Tall Tall Trees – “Picture Picture” (Feat. Kishi Bashi) (Stereogum Premiere)

I’ve seen Kishi Bashi play in a number of settings, with a number of accompanists and arrangements, but his one constant companion/collaborator has been Mike Savino, who makes music under the handle Tall Tall Trees. Kishi Bashi and Savino seem a bit like brothers who were separated in their infancy, but found one another i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year’s festivities on 8/30-9/1 just came out. As usual, it’s a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring… who knows?), the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

Stream Kishi Bashi Lighght

What experimental musician Kishi Bashi does on his new album Lighght is summed up pretty well in its album cover. It looks like a Bruegel landscape that Kishi Bashi has crashed, his presence alone making everything around him warp and fracture like a really satisfying acid trip. With his music, Kishi Bashi does the same… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 28, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Kishi Bashi – “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

We heard an early version of “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” last August, when violinist/singer/loop-experimentalist Kishi Bashi released it as the A-side of a then-new 7″, but an updated, more robust version of the song now serves as the lead single for his forthcoming sophomore album, Lighght. In any form, the track is a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 20, 2014 - 10:12 am

Kishi Bashi – “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”

I’m not sure any recorded music can capture the vibrancy and brilliance of a Kishi Bashi live set — I’ve seen the vocalist/violinst/experimentalist in two different settings, a tiny club and a park bandshell, and both experiences were intoxicating and magical — but I’m always happy to hear new songs from the guy. “Philosophize I… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 8, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Kishi Bashi – “A Sunday Smile” (Beirut Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Kishi Bashi was left off our list of 2012’s Best New Artists, an omission that sparked some controversy in the comments. As I mentioned in that space, the dude got my vote, based almost entirely on his live show, which I caught at Joe’s Pub last July. It was an otherworldly, elevating performance: just violinist/vocalist… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm