Off Beat Music Guide

Ebony and Ivory September 30, 2009

Filed under: Music — bethstephenson84 @ 3:52 pm

Here’s a little snippit of what we can expect from The Black Key’s new hip-hop side project BlakRoc. I love it when two worlds collide. Completely awkward and brilliant at the same time!


Preview Grizzly Bear Track for New Moon

Filed under: Music,Music News,Soundtrack — bethstephenson84 @ 2:51 pm

Here’s a clip of the song “Slow Life” from the much anticipated New Moon Soundtrack. Featured on this track is Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Sounds like the Grizzly Bear I know and love!


Dirty Projectors Debut New Song September 29, 2009

Filed under: Music,Now Hear This — bethstephenson84 @ 2:15 pm

One of my favorite bands of the year, Dirty Projectors, wowed the studio audience of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night by debuting a new song “When The World Comes To An End.”  This song is part of a six song project entitled Mount Wittenberg Orca that DP put together for Icelandic singer, Bjork earlier this year .

This video is as close to their live performance as you can get, but I’m convinced you will never get the full effect of the harmonies unless you see them in person. It’s really an art form unto itself, and one they have mastered!

Check out the video below.


Devendra Barnhart Does Phoenix September 28, 2009

Filed under: Covers,Music,Music News — bethstephenson84 @ 3:00 pm
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For me, the verdict is still out on Devendra Barnhart. I know the critics fell all over themselves praising  his 2007 release Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, and I appreciate his exploration into different cultures through that album, but I’m just not totally sold on the hippy-commune music he is peddling. And I also don’t know how I feel about this “freak folk” genre he is supposedly leading.   What I do think  is that he is  nothing short of amazing on this cover of one of my favorite songs from Phoenix’s recent release Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

Banhart said:

“We LOVE and have LOVED Phoenix sinceAlphabetical, and have wanted to do more than just ogle at their awesomeness for quite some time. With the release of their luminaryWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix we got the chance to un-floccinaucinihilipilificate our dreams and with awesome, oceanic glee, we took Rome for a ride…”

So check out Barnhart’s cover of “Rome” here.


Is it weird

Filed under: Music,Music News — bethstephenson84 @ 2:10 pm

that I would have totally been at the front of the line to see Bon Iver play in a cemetery? Read this spooky review of BI’s early morning  Los Angeles concert.


Review: Volcano Choir September 25, 2009

Filed under: Music,New Release — bethstephenson84 @ 9:47 am
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volcano_choir_unmapI wanted to save this as an end of the week treat. And since I have had almost five days with the entire album, I thought it was time to share.

I really didn’t need further proof that Justin Vernon was a gifted musician. As Bon Iver, his release For Emma, Forever Ago consumed my iPod last year. In late January of this year, as if he knew I was going through withdrawals, he gifted us all with the EP Blood Bank. Then Dark Was the Night gave us not one, but two amazing Vernon songs: “‘Brackett, WI” (as Bon Iver) and “Big Red Machine” (as Justin Vernon with Aaron Dessner).

This week Vernon, with his latest side project Volcano Choir, has once again quenched my thirst for his haunting and melancholy music with the LP Unmap. This album is much like a dream in that the overall feeling is familiar but everything is somehow still very strange and surreal. Vernon’s falsetto voice echoes throughout the album, but unlike the acoustic quiet of For Emma, Unmap finds him experimenting with new and often unusual sounds. This musical discord (and I say that in the most loving way possible) appears to be a result of Vernon’s collaboration with Collections of Colonies of Bees for this album.

The album is heavy on sound and light on lyrics, but the sounds are interesting enough to keep me wanting longer cuts of each track. Both “Island, IS” and “Cool Knowledge” are much more intricate in their sounds than the bare sounds of his previous releases. And while this album has Justin Vernon written all over it, it is a completely different musical direction for him. It’s refreshing to see him be so experimental with his music. The results are truly stunning.

Listen to “Island, IS” here.


Now Hear This September 24, 2009

Filed under: Music,Now Hear This — bethstephenson84 @ 2:58 pm

Here’s what I’ve been jamming to lately. Most of this is new stuff, so maybe you will get to enjoy something you might not have heard yet!

  1. January Twenty Something- Why?
  2. Periodically Triple or Double- Yo La Tengo
  3. Shampoo- Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  4. Man Named Truth- Monsters of Folk
  5. Hawaii- Mew
  6. Pursuit of Happiness- Kid Cudi (feat. MGMT & Ratatat)
  7. Nemesis- David Gray
  8. The Quiet One- Frank Turner
  9. She Watches Over Me- Elvis Perkins
  10. Losin Yo Head- Monsters of Folk