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August 27th, 2007

Devendra gets superstitious

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(Devendra seen wearing bow tie, of which he goes into lengths about his collection in the new issue of Fader)*

Sorry for the lack of updates around Naturalismo this past week, I’ve been extremely busy. Naturalismo has a little over a week to find a place to live in San Francisco and get a job, which is difficult but exciting. So if you’re working somewhere fun that’s hiring let me know, I’m looking for a job in music PR or advertising, but would be open to other areas. Regular and more frequent updates should start again in a little over a week when I am in SF, but I will try my hardest to update as often as possible until then. In the meantime, Devendra Banhart has released a new video titled ‘Devendra gets superstitious‘ showcasing his process of writing a new song. Also, here’s a roundup of links allowing you to download tracks from the upcoming Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon… perfect for those end of summer mix-tapes.

Devendra Banhart – Seahorse

Devendra Banhart – Tonada Yanomaninista

Devendra Banhart- So long old bean

Devendra Banhart- Carmencita

Devendra Banhart- Bad Girl

*Photo (c) Lauren Dukoff

August 10th, 2007

Devendra Fridays…2 new songs + 2 new videos

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Head over to DevendraBanhart.com right now to hear two new streaming songs, “Bad Girl” and “Carmensita.” “Bad Girl” features some of the most passionate singing I think I’ve ever heard from him. “Carmensita” has a great end of summer bossa nova/tropicalia groove feeling to it. Also added to the website today are 2 new videos. The first video shows Devendra practicing a duet he sings with Gael Garcia on the new album. The second video shows him rehearsing a new song with a very attentive Noah Georgeson at the controls.

August 9th, 2007

Devendra Banhart releases first single from Smokey Rolls…

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Devendra Banhart has wisely chosen the prodigious song ‘Seahorse’ to be the first single from his upcoming album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Seahorse was first released as a stream last week to coincide with the launch of his website DevendraBanhart.com. Also announced is a deluxe edition of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, “Devendra created a 60 page perfect bound book. Each page contains original artwork in mixed media, watercolor and ink along with exclusive new photos of devendra and his extended family, friends and band mates. Intended as a special piece of art for his dearest fans, the book will only be available as a limited edition.”

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Devendra Banhart – Seahorse

And of course don’t forget 2 more new streams from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon tomorrow.

July 27th, 2007

Stream two new songs from Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

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Well we knew it wouldn’t be long before we could hear some of the recently finished tracks from Devendra Banhart’s upcoming album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Now here you go! The full tracklist has been posted online and you can listen to two new songs streaming on his myspace page. I literally just finished listening to them and both brought a huge smile to my face. The earlier post today has officially been shattered, this is just what I needed. The first track ‘Tonada Yanomaminista’ keeps true to his earlier description of it being equatorial pop and the second track ‘Rosa’ sounds like it could have been penned by Gilberto Gil in the late 60′s (artists can still write like this?). Thanks Devendra for restoring my faith in music this week…

Click here to stream the two new Devendra Banhart songs ‘Rosa’ and ‘Tonada Yanomaminista’

Alternately you can download the new tracks over at Subway Songs. I’m waiting for a better quality mp3 single before I post any download links. (these are just myspace rips)

(now all we need is some high quality mp3′s of these tracks to listen to in their full splendor, myspace compresses the sound a lot)

Official tracklist for Devendra Banhart’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon:

01 Cristobal
02 So Long Old Bean
03 Samba Vexillographica
04 Seahorse
05 Bad Girl
06 Seaside
07 Shabop Shalom
08 Tonada Yanomaminista
09 Rosa
10 Saved
11 Lover
12 Carmencita
13 The Other Woman
14 Freely
15 Remember
16 My Dearest Friend

July 19th, 2007

Naturalismo Exclusive: Devendra Banhart announces new album name and tracklist

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*Photo by Lauren Dukoff

Devendra Banhart has announced that the title for his upcoming fifth studio album will be Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Produced by Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson, Smokey features a rotating assembly of Devendra’s friends and neighbors including:

Andy Cabic on vocals and guitar.

Pete Newsom (Yes, that’s Joanna Newsom’s brother) on piano , Keyboard and singing.

Luckey Remmington on Bass, guitar, singing, water drum, and freedom chime.

Greg Rogove on drums, Tablas, singing, geese and duck calls, pots and Pans, mop stomp.

Noah Georgeson on Zither, Guitar, singing, Organ, bass, and some other thangs.

Rodrigo Amarante “from the amazing Brasilian band Los Hermanos on guitar, singing, and the best vibes this side of the Orinoco!”

Even Devendra Banhart makes an appearance on it; where you’ll find him singing, playing guitar, piano, Cuatro and psaltery.

and many more!

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon on September 25th and put out by XL records. The album will feature 16 songs in all. Some of the track names include: “Cristobal, “So Long Old Bean”, “Samba Vexillographica” and “Seahorse.” As for what to expect on the album, Devendra had the following to say in a correspondence I had with him last month:

As for the new songs, he said to expect lots of surprises and that being where they are recording has allowed for some interesting friends to come in and add to it all. While saying that many of the songs are very direct lyrically, he also mentioned that his Spanish songs in particular were, from what I gathered, increasingly expanding the ideas of a universal spirituality beyond what he ever had written before in the language. I think what he was getting at was the interconnectedness of man, animal and his surroundings. There’s also a song that is sung in Portuguese. Keeping true to his mentioning last year of recording parts of the album on a boat, several of the songs were recorded on a sailboat on the way to Catalina. Finally, he told me one thing he’s certain of, “i will say , its more……. musical!””

Well there you go! Not sure sure what the first single will be yet, but in the meantime you can buy tickets for what is likely to be a sellout tour here.

*Sorry for any confusion, I sent Laura what happened. I got sent some photos on myspace, didn’t know I couldn’t use them.

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