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Watch Swans’ Thor Harris Explain His Major Depression In An Inspiring Short Documentary

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best know… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Shearwater – “Black Is The Color”

Shearwater have been going in on the covers lately. Last year, Jonathan Meiburg’s Texan indie impressionists earned an Album Of The Week designation for their all-covers collection Fellow Travelers, and they also took on Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” on a split-single with Low. And now the band has shared another cover: A version of the traditional… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014 - 11:41 am

Shearwater – “Novacane” (Frank Ocean Cover)

Last month, I gave Album Of The Week to Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers, on which the Texan band played sweeping, filigreed covers of songs from bands they know, or bands they’d shared stages with. They’ve also dropped another cover of late, of Frank Ocean’s career-making “Novacane,” but apparently they don’t actually know Ocean, since it didn’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Album Of The Week: Shearwater Fellow Travelers

There are plenty of good reasons to listen to Shearwater: There’s the band’s admirably expansive ambitions, almost prog-level for an indie rock band. (They made their mark by releasing an actual honest-to-god trilogy of albums.) There’s the panache with which they pull up dramatic, dynamic flare-ups, their big choruses erupting out of placid stillness. There’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Stream Shearwater Fellow Travelers

Next week, Jonathan Meiburg’s soaring, contemplative band Shearwater will release their new all-covers album Fellow Travelers, in which the band takes on songs by groups like Folk Implosion, St. Vincent, Wye Oak, and, uh, Coldplay. There’s also one new song: “A Wake For The Minotaur,” a duet with Sharon Van Etten. We’ve already posted their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 9:31 am

Shearwater – “I Luv The Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover) Video

The great indie-prog falsetto-floggers Shearwater will soon release their all-covers album Fellow Travelers, and we’ve already posted their excellent versions of Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv The Valley Oh!” and Baptist Generals’ “Fucked Up Life.” They’ve now shared the video for their Xiu Xiu cover, and it’s got frontman Jonathan Meiburg playing an astronaut who’s stranded… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 10:36 am

Shearwater – “Fucked Up Life” (Baptist Generals Cover)

Jonathan Meiburg is about to emerge from his chamber with a new Shearwater opus entitled Fellow Travelers. The latest set comprises renditions of songs by Meiburg’s former tourmates, including that sick Xiu Xiu cover we already heard. Now comes album closer and Clinic collaboration “Fucked Up Life,” originally performed by Sub Pop labelmates Baptist Generals,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 9, 2013 - 11:45 am

Shearwater – “I Luv the Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover)

Shearwater love their friends. The next album from Jonathan Meiburg’s grandly clanging indie-prog project is Fellow Travelers, on which Shearwater will cover songs from bands with whom they’ve played shows. The first song we’ve heard from the album is “I Luv The Valley Oh!,” the epically passionate bug-out from the art-pop group Xiu Xiu and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2013 - 9:42 am

Shearwater, Husky, Gold Leaves @ The Echo, Los Angeles 7/15/12

Shearwater stopped by the Echo in Los Angeles in support of their highly touted Sub Pop release Animal Joy. While you may have seen their videos “Immaculate” and “You As You Were,” seeing them live will leave you breathless as Jonathan Meiburg and his bandmates take their songs to new heights. Shearwater closed out their… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / July 16, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Shearwater – “Immaculate” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s the clip for Shearwater’s Animal Joy cut “Immaculate,” a quick-hit video that rifles through a carousel of still images, some of Jonathan Meiburg in full-on, PhotoBooth-documented despair, some of Victorian-era photographs, some of unsettling shots of natures. Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu directed. Basically, it’s got it all! Watch it below and scope tour… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 12, 2012 - 11:51 am

Shearwater – “You As You Were” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, the Jonathan Meiburg-helmed Shearwater put out the Album Of The Week Animal Joy, perhaps the band’s most lush and well-crafted release to date. The single “You As You Were” serves as a great sample of Animal Joy’s strengths, and today yields the accompanying Alix Lambert-directed video for that track, another stark visualMore »

By: Corban Goble / March 28, 2012 - 9:30 am

Stereogum Range Life @ SXSW 3/15/12

On SXSW’s third night, we threw a party that went almost until sunrise. It was a pretty good time! Thanks to all who braved the line and came to hang, and salute to our estimable lineup — Lakutis, Mr. Dream, Shearwater, Screaming Females, and Zambri, and DJs Rewards, Korallreven, and Neon Indian. Above you ca… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Watch Shearwater And Sharon Van Etten Cover Tom Petty

For the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover video series, tourmates Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten recently got together to cover the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks nugget “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and I really have to give it up for Jonathan Meiburg’s Petty approximation. This isn’t the first group of people you’d recruit for classic rock choogle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Stereogum Range Life 2012 Preview & Mix

Last week, we announced our Range Life showcase, taking place at midnight on March 15 at the PureVolume house at 340 E. 2nd St. & Trinity, right in the middle of the brouhaha that is next week in Austin, TX. We’ve got a nice, well-balanced lineup in store with a dash of international, featuring the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 6, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Stereogum Presents… Range Life In Austin 2012 Lineup

Around midnight on the evening of March 15th, until well after every other bar in town has stopped serving legally intoxicating beverages, the Stereogum crew is throwing an Austin-based party with a bunch of bands we believe in while charging absolutely no money for admission, or legally intoxicating beverages. It’s called RANGE LIFE, and it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 28, 2012 - 9:38 am

Shearwater – “Breaking The Yearlings” Video

Shearwater’s Animal Joy is our Album Of The Week, and today the band came through with the video for album standout “Breaking The Yearlings,” a clip that finds Jonathan Meiburg hallucinating inside a natural history museum. The video then takes an eerie twist. Branan Edgens directs. Check it out below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 15, 2012 - 11:19 am

Album Of The Week: Shearwater Animal Joy

Shearwater’s last three albums, the ones that brought the Austin band to prominence, all made up parts of a loose overarching concept-album trilogy, one that had something to do with islands and bird-migration patterns and general isolation. Once a band gets done with a hugely ambitious project like that one, the temptation is probably to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Stream Shearwater Animal Joy

Shearwater’s new album is out next week, and we’ve already heard three quite-nice takes from that affair, “You As You Were,” “Breaking The Yearlings” and “Animal Joy.” And now, as part of NPR’s first listen, Animal Joy is streaming in full. It’s out next week on Sub Pop. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 6, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Shearwater – “You As You Were”

Animal Joy, the new album from expansive Texan falsetto-indie troupe Shearwater, is imminent, and the songs “Breaking The Yearlings” and “Animal Life” have already made their way to the internet. Below, you’ll find a download of another song: “You As You Were,” a gorgeous and slow-building track. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 18, 2012 - 10:35 am

Shearwater – “Animal Life”

Shearwater’s eighth LP Animal Joy — their first on Sub Pop — is due out in February, and earlier today a new track from that affair, “Animal Joy,” was featured in NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’ Winter Music Preview. Previously, we heard the lush “Breaking The Yearlings.” Head over to NPR to hear the track. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 29, 2011 - 1:26 pm
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