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48 Bands That Took 20 Or More Years Between Albums

What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »

By: Brad Shoup / May 21, 2015 - 11:40 am

Vashti Bunyan – “Holy Smoke”

Vashti Bunyan will release the new album Heartleap this October. It will be only her third record since her debut in 1970. This one appears to be her most “solo” album yet: She self-produced the album, and recorded it with almost no assistance from other musicians. The songs we’ve heard from album so far –… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 26, 2014 - 10:55 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yeah, it was Weird Al Week round here — from “Foil” to “Handy” to “Tacky” to “Word Crimes” to “Sports Song,” Al coulda claimed spots 1 – 5 on this week’s 5 Best Songs and no one would have disagreed except on the order in which those songs were presented. But we’re taking the Accordio… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Vashti Bunyan – “Across The Water”

The cultishly beloved folk singer Vashti Bunyan has recorded a grand total of three albums over a 44-year career, and the third of those albums, Heartleap, comes out in October. While Bunyan’s last album, 2005’s Lookaftering, was a freak-folk coronation of sorts, with guest appearances from people like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Heartleap i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2014 - 9:27 am

Vashti Bunyan Announces Third Album Heartleap

Not unlike Linda Perhacs, who had an incredible return this year, Vashti Bunyan was an artist who released her only album in 1970 with little fanfare but gradually, patiently, over decades became something of a legend. Her debut, Just Another Diamond Day, is now considered a classic. After returning to music as a hero… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Backtrack: Various Artists The Golden Apples Of The Sun

Looking back, it’s actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It wasn’t cobbled together so much as it was a united front of weirdos that were obsessed with their own skewed vision of the past — AM radio gold sat comfortably… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / September 25, 2013 - 4:28 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

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Photos From ATP Bowlie 2 Curated By Belle & Sebastian

The Belle & Sebastian-curated ATP Bowlie 2 took place earlier this week (December 10-12) at Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead. (In 1999 B&S curated The Bowlie Weekender, which ultimately became All Tomorrow’s Parties, hence the “2”.) The event featured 40 bands picked by the Scottish pop ensemble and, according to photographer Elena Morelli, a bunch of… More »

By: brandon / December 14, 2010 - 1:10 pm

New Fever Ray Video – “Seven”

After posting Crookers’ amped remix and Martyn’s shuffling take, it’s refreshing to return to Fever Ray’s original “Seven” in this Johan Renck-directed video. If you’ve watched any of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s previous visual treatments, you’ll correctly expect this to be dark, creepy, and totally excellent. It features an old woman and a staff-shaking hair-masked skeleton-teed… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2009 - 9:52 am