And the other three videos:
First up is a new Javelin spun super mix showcasing a slew of new mined/sampled tracks courtesy of who knows where. Increasingly liking much of everything these two guys are doing. I listened to the last 2/3rds of their Andea Ocean Mixtape again three times today, it really picks up around 10 mins in and is highlighted by some of the more interesting range in music I’ve heard in awhile. Refreshing to say the least.. The new mix World MIDI classics is similarly great and makes for a great listen.
Next up is a new Vetiver remix by Neighbors, Andy Cabics side project. I was excited to see this today as yesterday his Neighbors remix of “Been So Long” came on for the first time in awhile an sounded just as fresh. This new remix can be found on the upcoming More of This 12-inch, out 11/30 on Bella Union.
Thank you to Sarah over at Amoeba for giving me the heads up about this exclusive Devendra Banhart in-store performance at the Berkeley store. Video features a great interview and performances of “Sea Side,” “Been So Long,” “Samba Vexillographica,” “The Other Woman,” “So Long Old Bean,” “This Beard is for Siobhan,” “Little Yellow Spider,” and “Carmensita.”
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Originally intended as a precursor to their acclaimed recent album, Thing of the Past, Vetiver‘s companion EP is finally released by Gnomonsong as the five-song More of the Past CD as well as a limited-edition 7-inch single, “Hey Doll Baby” b/w “Miles Apart.”
Presented here are six more songs that inspired Andy Cabic and friends, and once again, most listeners will be challenged to have ever heard the originals. These versions all possess the rich Vetiver treatment that makes the special songs the band’s own.
“See You Tonight” opens the EP with a flourish, presenting Vetiver in a new shade of the past as they tackle yet another impossibly obscure treasure of a tune, this time by the enigmatically named ensemble, The Wizards. “Hey Doll Baby” follows and is already an established concert favorite, beloved by Vetiver’s burgeoning fan base as well as being the A-side of the 7-inch single. “Before the Sun Goes Down” is Vetiver going country rock with an old traditional classic. The EP closes with Vetiver’s skillful redux of one of Grin’s (Nils Lofgren’s early ’70s band) finest moments, “Just to Have You,” and Gordon Bok’s lovely “Hills of Isle Au Haut,” originally covered by former Jerry Garcia cohort and folk music mainstay Jody Stecher.
The B-side of the 7-inch, “Miles Apart,” by AR Kane (the same duo who wrote “Pump Up the Volume”), provides a strong taste of Cabic’s love of ’80s UK alternative pop.
You can pick up a copy here.
Most people probably don’t know this, but Andy Cabic once slapped a mean four-string with the San Francisco-based Krautrock/shoegaze band Tussle. Though the siren song of fate called Andy away from the funked out jams of Tussle and into the sweet, sylvan sounds of Vetiver, he has rejoined his former comrades for their third record, Cream Cuts. On August 26, Cream Cuts will emerge from the netherworld of space and enter our anxious ears to once again lay sovereignty on the unconscious. To sweeten the deal, the record was produced by Thom Monahan, the genius producer behind the scenes of Vetiver, Devendra, and Brightblack Morning Light albums of yesteryear.
A true landmark event for naturalismo. I’m proud to present a very special video: Vetiver, Live at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA, May 7. Andy Cabic sat down with me to answer a few questions and allowed me to shoot some exclusive live footage. The song included in the video, “Another Reason to Go,” is not available anywhere, and will be included in Vetiver’s forthcoming album of originals to be released down the road.
In the meantime, check out Vetiver’s newest collection of cover songs, Thing of the Past, and definitely check them out on tour this spring.
Also, I shot the entirety of Vetiver’s set at the Troubadour that night and will be posting a select few additional songs from that performance here at naturalismo in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Lastly, check out the When You Awake blog’s fantastic Andy Cabic-created “Top Ten Songs To Listen To While Coming Up With Lists of Ten Songs To Listen To” mixtape. Some real gems in there.
PS – thank you andy, kevin, otto, sanders, and brent
Tobias Kahn of Tiny Mix Tapes conducted a fantastic interview with Vashti Bunyan. She talks about everything from the the inevitable comparisons to Nick Drake, as well as a new album which she’s working on with Andy Cabic of Vetiver.