While I may think my description of Where The Wild Things Are was pretty good, I have no idea what to say about Spike Jonze’s newest endeavor. This 11 minute short features Kanye West in a film called We Were Once A Fairytale, a bizarre little journey that I still don’t quite understand, but am strangely intrigued by. The best parts are at the end, so you’ll have to watch and see for yourself.
Earlier tonight I went to see Monsters of Folk at the Greek Theatre, a band made up of Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, one of my all time favorites. From what I had heard about the show, I knew I was in for a treat. The show was 2.5 hours long, and featured not only songs from the new Monsters of Folk album, but also songs from their respective careers. Consider me sold.
I got there a little late, sadly, but walked in hearing M. Ward playing 100 Millions Years off of his new album, Hold Time. After that the next two or so hours was a blur of amazing songs and incredible performances. From Bright Eyes I got to hear Lime Tree, The Big Picture, At The Bottom of Everything, Another Travelin’ Song, and a duette with M. Ward on Smoke Without Fire. I was pretty excited to hear these older songs, something I honestly never thought would happen. Jim James played the My Morning Jacket song Golden, which I’ve posted above, though it’s from their performance in Portland. I’d also like to mention Mike Mogis who totally made these guys sound great. He’s a master of the slide guitar and the mandolin and he definitely deserves a ton of credit.
Overall it was a spectacular show, and if you appreciate any of these artists alone or together as Monsters of Folkf the I highly suggest getting tickets right away. Also a big thanks to Justin over at Aquarium Drunkard for helping me out with some tickets, thanks buddy!
One of my all time favorite bands Yo La Tengo recently did a Take Away Show for La Blogotheque, one of the best projects on the web. Walking around in Montmarte one afternoon they performed four songs, With A Girl Like You, which is a Troggs cover, Our Way To Fall, Sugarcube and Periodically Double or Triple, a song off of their new album Popular Songs. It really shows how little YLT needs to make these songs so beautiful. My favorite song of the bunch is Sugarcube, which is probably by far the best song they’ve ever written. I also love hearing Georgia go nuts with her drumsticks on a rug and a metal cart… lady drummers are the best.
For a recent class project Alejandra Román created posters and a booklet for a fictional music festival called Böreal. The posters feature some amazing colors and type that’s been laid out extremely well. I’m also in love with the ethereal, hand-drawn treatment she did for the Böreal logo, it’s wonderful to look at. If I passed by one of these posters I would stop to check it out or if I saw the booklet sitting at a record store I’d definitely pick it up.
I posted about the band AsDSSka several months back and randomly I ran back into them last week, you could say. I was wandering around Vacation, my local vinyl store, when I came across a copy of their 7″ that had the most amazing cover! It looks to me like a bunch of bubble wrap and wrapping paper on a black background that’s been turned into a repeating pattern. The effect is rather cool, it almost looks like flower petals scattered about when you look at it from a distance.