Pleasant vibes blown in from the Pacific Northwest. Previewed from the upcoming Helplessness Blues is “Montezuma”, a paean to two of rock and roll’s most popular subjects, love and the past.Fleet Foxes – Montezuma
Material from Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues continues to meet expectations. “Lorelai” feels like a deeper album cut – still poppy, you can hear how it might play off “Battery Kinzie” and the title track on the full-length. Helplessness Blues is released May 3. Calendars marked.Fleet Foxes – Lorelai
hot off the cable from the uk, our man titch sullies up the billboard #1. outta space jam!Far East Movement – Like a G6 (Titch Dubstep Remix)
ooooooh what you say? we say……….BANGER! bloody filthy.Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek (Roksonix Dubstep Remix)
when we saw dubstep remix and fleet foxes in the same song description we were dubious. then we hit the play button.Fleet Foxes – Mykonos (Barbaric Merits Dubstep Remix)
We’re very pleased to premiere “Broken Arrow” the latest track from San Francisco band City Tribe. Excerpted from the band’s new LP Undertow, “Broken Arrow” blends the West Coast easy harmonies of a Fleet Foxes with the chaotic beauty/tempest in a tea-cup quality of Neil Young’s noisier records. Undertow, the LP recorded by former Manchester Orchestra drummer Andy Freeman is out July 29. Sample the B3 Premiere of “Broken Arrow” below.
By Trevor Meyer
Poor Moon brings Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) together with Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards), creating a powerhouse quartet. This is quasi-reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, but Poor Moon offer up desirable, cleverly-written melodies that will alleviate all of your headaches better than most modern medicine. “Illusion” is the title track from the band’s forthcoming EP, out March 26th.
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Check out this video from MTV’s 120 Minutes of lo-fi prodigy Dean Wareham and his band Luna playing “California (All The Way)” from the 1994 album, Bewitched. The show, which ran from 1986 until 2000 on MTV and until 2003 on MTV2, has been recently revived with Matt Pinfield as its host. Indie’s current preponderance on late night TV is nothing short of phenomenal given its marginal status even ten years ago. We simply wouldn’t have Fleet Foxes playing SNL if it weren’t for Dean Wareham fighting the good fight 20 years ago. Luna never really escaped from the shadow of Galaxie 500, Wareham’s previous band, but “California (All The Way)” is one of the sweetest songs in all of nerd rock. “And now I realize I’m livin’ like a trucker does, although I haven’t got the belly” = pure brilliance. Now let’s get James Franco to act, write and direct the biopic! Contributed by Christopher GedosLUNA – California (All The Way)
The Dog Is Dead kids recently dropped this new single for “River Jordan”. Big sound. Big fills-the-room sort of sound. We’re feeling the variety of ideas and influences on the record. This sucker is jam packed and chock full. We hear everything from modern indie rock (Fleet Foxes) to classic rock (Queen) to gospel (check those huge harmonies). Psyched to hear what’s next.Dog Is Dead – River Jordan
The Giving Tree Band are a Chicago based bluegrass group well deserving of their growing attention amongst bluegrass and indie folk enthusiasts. Not only do they write great songs, they have a particular eco-friendly dedication. For example, The Giving Tree Band recorded their new album Great Possessions in a solar powered studio, using recycled instruments, wearing clothing made out of recycled materials, with only bikes for transportation, and are releasing the album on CD’s made out of recycled materials… Blahblahblahscience got the chance to catch up with Giving Tree’ banjo player Todd Fink to chat music, lifestyle and of course science fiction:
b3sci: Todd – what’s your favorite sci-fi flick?
Todd: The original Star Wars Trilogy. I love the Force, Light Sabers and lifestyle of the Jedi. In fact I seek to become one after my time in the band… you know, bands are basically the closest thing we have to the Jedi nowadays..
b3sci: If the way of the Jedi is the ideal lifestyle, then how would you describe the way of The Giving Tree Band?
Todd: Our band offers people a way to live. All the greats… The Dead, Sex Pistols, Ramones… the genre of music doesn’t matter, they all offered a lifestyle. The Giving Tree Band seeks to inspire and educate the public and artists about a healthy lifestyle, but with a business sensibility. Every single person is unique and has their own unique qualities… which can be connected on a variety of different levels.
Todd: Really, we just seek to remind people what they know about themselves and what they aspire to be.
b3sci: so why then is music your inspiration?
Todd: I feel like playing music was inherited. My father played the piano and my mother is a HUGE concert fan. In fact I was named after Todd Rundgren, it seemed to just become natural that I play.
b3sci: So who musically inspires you?
Todd: I have been inspired by British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, in particularly by his attitude and lifestyle. He stood up and said no to alcohol and drugs and is the only one from that Miles Davis Bitches Brew era still performing. Music was his drug. I am also inspired by Stravinsky, especially the way he was able to break his day up into specific times and dedicate them to music. Inspiration today? Artists like Fleet Foxes come to mind, with less of an influence but more of an appreciation for what they do musically… the rock and roll with folk elements.
b3sci: Todd, The Giving Tree Band are kickin. Thanks man!