It’s been a long road back for indie rock royalty Grizzly Bear. After years of acclaim and interesting success the band took five years…Read More
Grizzly Bear began as a home recording project for Boston-bred experimentalist Edward Droste, the son of an elementary school teacher, who laid the groundwork for the band’s otherworldly debut album on a small hand-held tape recorder while holed up for 15 months in his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment. His homespun D.I.Y. effort took on new life with the help of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear, a Chicago native who had worked in a diverse range of musical projects ranging from laptop electronica to free jazz, who added additional instrumentation and vocals to Droste’s stripped-down sonic blueprints.
The resulting album, Horn of Plenty — a pet project originally meant only for Droste’s friends — eventually circulated through New York’s underground music scene, with its unique blend of acoustic instruments, layered vocals, and found sounds earning comparisons to alt-rock heavy-hitters such as Sigur Rós, Sufjan Stevens, and Animal Collective. Originally released to little fanfare in 2004, the album gained momentum thanks to copious touring, with Chris Taylor joining the band on reeds and electronics, and Daniel Rossen providing additional guitar and vocals. It was reissued in 2005 as a two-CD set featuring remixes by Dntel (of the Postal Service), Final Fantasy, Solex, and the Soft Pink Truth (aka Drew Daniel of Matmos). An album of Droste’s early demo recordings, Sorry for the Delay, was released in 2006 as the band finished up recording Yellow House, its second proper full-length album. Warp signed the band that spring and released Yellow House that fall. A year later, the Friend EP, which featured cameos from Beirut, CSS, and Band of Horses, arrived.
For 2009’s elaborate Veckatimest, the band collaborated with contemporary classical composer/conductor Nico Muhly, Beach House vocalist Victoria LeGrand, the Acme String Quartet, and the Brooklyn Youth Choir. The album would be a resounding success for the band, debuting at number eight on the Billboard 200 and making the band a ubiquitous entry on critical year-end lists. The band eventually followed up three years later with its 2012 effort, Shields.
Don’t let the twinkly synths and lush instrumentation fool you: Painted Ruins is undoubtedly Grizzly Bear’s darkest record yet. It exhumes bodies of broken…Read More
In 2004, before signing Grizzly Bear, Hudson Mohawke or Flying Lotus, Warp Records signed a UK-based singer-songwriter named Nick Talbot. Under the moniker of Gravenhurst, Talbot released two albums with Warp that year: Flashlight Seasons and Black Holes in the Sand. This November:Read More
Gene Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. After leaving The Byrds, he released numerous solo albums throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music,Read More
Brian Eno and Grizzly Bear announce a limited edition 12” for Record Store Day, featuring Nicolas Jaar remixes from their landmark 2012 albums ‘LUX’ and ‘Shields’Read More
The xx are finishing up their North American tour this coming week, and have announced more Stateside shows in June with Grizzly BearRead More
The dates come after an international run that takes the band to South America and AsiaRead More
Brooklyn based Woods are releasing Bend Beyond their sixth album in as many years. How does that statement make you feel about the band? Do you have more respect for them because they are recordaholics that are constantly working and honing their craft? If you’re like me it raises a lot of red flags about a band that is writing a lot of songs and recording them but not doing a lot of editing. Woody Allen has put out a movie almost every year since the seventies, but only about 1 in 5 are decent, and he hit home runs early on with Annie Hall and Manhattan, and as far as I can tell Woods have not hit any home runs.Read More