If you’re in the New York-area, you’re in for a big treat. Kevin Barker’s amazing documentary about what is quite possibly the 2000′s most amazing tour will finally be unveiled at 92Y Tribeca. A nice little taste of sunshine in the dead of winter, especially if you weren’t able to score the Joanna Newsom tickets that sold out in about 8 seconds.
UPDATE: Looks like pitchfork got it wrong, Devendra Banhart’s new album is actually going to be called What we will be. It is still slated for release in early October. Recorded in Bolinas, CA, the album features Noah Georgeson on guitar and backing vocals, Greg Rogove on drums and backing vocals; Luckey Remington on bass and vocals and Rodrigo Amarante on guitar and backing vocals. All the musicians involved played a part in arranging the songs recorded.
Devendra Banhart has completed work on his sixth full length album. The album was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler (of UK outfit Band Of Bees). Devendra and company moved into a house in Bolinas, CA (North of San Francisco), and set up a recording facility with the help of Tape Op Magazine’s John Baccigaluppi.
The basic recording line-up was Devendra on vocals and guitar; Noah Georgeson on guitar and backing vocals, Greg Rogove on drums and backing vocals; Luckey Remington on bass and vocals and Rodrigo Amarante on guitar and backing vocals. All the musicians involved played a part in arranging the songs recorded.
The album will be released Fall of 2009 and will be on a new label, with Devendra having departed from the XL Recordings. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more news…
Define ‘folk’ as you will. The term, with its divergent meanings and connotations and applications, has lost its ability to capture a contemporary “genre” in the strictest sense of the word. But as an essence, a philosophy, an outlook, it is still vital. It is still alive when musicians (or anybody, for that matter) share their songs or their stories or themselves with one another. Folk is about sublimating the human condition into art, plain and simple. And though the traveling bards may be working at Guitar Center and the hootenannies relegated to places that serve $6 Pabst, the urge to share, to trade, and to express keeps the folk tradition alive. Compilations are, perhaps, the closest thing the digital realm has to embodying the folk ethos. The artists join hands, so to speak, and share one, maybe two songs apiece. It’s like being around a campfire or in Washington Square Park, minus the whole live human thing. Any reader of this blog knows that compilations have been vital in the transmission of contemporary folk and psych music and, to me, it makes perfect, natural sense. Folk was never about headliners, it was about equal billing.
Curated by Buck Curran of Arborea, Leaves of Life will be released June 23rd on Borne Recordings. All proceeds benefit the UN’s Food Aid Agency, World Food Programme, and human rights advocacy monitors, Not On Our Watch. There will also be a digital version of the album with Bonus Tracks by Jozef Van Wissem, Plains, Denise Dill, and Laurent Brondel, so be sure to pick up a copy and hear some great songs.
[ First Listen ] Silver Summit – “Oaks”
Leaves of Life Track List
1. Alela Diane with Mariee Sioux, “The Cuckoo”
2. Rio en Medio and Israel Cilio, “Mary”
3. Fern Knight, “Our Mountain the Mother”
4. Marissa Nadler and Black Hole Infinity, “Dead Wives Club”
5. Devendra Banhart, “Hotel St. Sebastian (demo)”
6. Arborea, “Son of the Moon, Daughter of the Sun”
7. Micah Blue Smaldone, “The Clearing”
8. Larkin Grimm, “The Butcher”
9. Mi and Lau, “The Funeral, The Pray”
10. Mica Jones, “Best Life”
11. Starless and Bible Black, “All the Finest Beams”
12. Cursillistas, “Mothers Taught”
13. Silver Summit, “Oaks”
14. Big Blood, “Sick With Information”
15. Eric Carbonara, “Sundown at Parakeet Park”
16. David Garland, “Splinter Heart”
17. Magic Leaves, “Lasso Reason”
18. Citay, “Little Kingdom”
19. Ora Cogan featuring Anni Rossi, “My Belle”
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.”
Produced by Kevin Barker (Currituck Co., Vetiver), The Family Jams features Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver as they tour the country performing their genre-defining music in the summer of 2004. They help each other overcome family tragedies and car accidents, and meet colorful characters, forgotten musical heroes, and folk luminaries as they travel across the country.
The film is an intimate portrait of life on the road for these young musicians early in their careers, playing tiny, obscure clubs and art galleries, but on the verge of larger success where small vans are replaced by large, impersonal tour buses. Here music is a creative, organic, inclusive endeavor. They not only sing about the world in which they want to live, they create it.
The film will be screening at the Sarasota Film Festival – we’ll keep you updated when further news comes our way!
Devendra’s set was recorded in between the release of Black Babies and Rejoicing in the Hands. The tracks hearken back to the era of Golden Apples of the Sun, and include two well placed covers along with some entertaining banter.
Just got an email from Lauren about her new collection of photography, Family. See Kevin’s post below for more details…
“[FAMILY] is simply a documentation of a moment in time among friends. I am not trying to make a statement about the music they make and this is not a “freak folk” book. I started off photographing Devendra, which led to photographing his friends and the people he was making music with, and then those people led me to more people and the music they were making. It was as if this community of artists was forming a family tree; A sort of extended family tied together, not necessarily by their musical sounds, but by shared ideas and influences and by mutual admiration. The amount of love and respect they share with each other is amazing and truly unique. Now that I think about it, what subject is more book worthy then that?”
For many years, Lauren Dukoff has photographed close friend and musician Devendra Banhart and an extended, loose-knit international family of artists who share inspiration variously from folk, Tropicalia, and each other, as well as a range of other musical influences.
Family collects 100 of Dukoff’s striking portraits and candid images of Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Entrance, Bat for Lashes, Feathers, Espers, Vetiver, Bert Jansch, Vashti Bunyan, and many others individually and together, in performance and more private spaces.
Complementing the photographs are a foreword by Devendra Banhart, text and artwork by the musicians, biographies, and a digital download of music by artists featured in the book.
Artists in the book:
Bat For Lashes Kevin Barker
Espers Ruthann Friedman
Benjamin Oak Goodman Hecuba Noah Georgeson Jana Hunter Michael Hurley
Pete Newsom Linda Perhacs
Priestbird Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Rio en Medio
Warpaint Jonathan Wilson
Chronicle Books will release Family in July 2009. Amazon has it for sale at 34% off. However, if you pre-order from Chronicle Books they will send it out May 20th. Enter “Noise Pop” at checkout, you can get 15% off your order and free shipping.
If you are in the bay area, be sure to check out Lauren’s gallery show, Noise Pop Presents Lauren Dukoff- Family, at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. It opens February 20th at 7 PM.