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Fleet Foxes * 4.20.11 * BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Studio





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A folk scene containing Fleet Foxes is a little like a 100-metres race containing Usain Bolt: everyone else is competing for second place.

The Seattle band's self-titled debut was an enchanting amalgam of traditional folk, hymnal music and Sixties pop that gained them comparisons with a contemporary Crosby, Stills & Nash or a bucolic Beach Boys.

Three years on, they have returned to our shores to promote its eagerly awaited follow-up, Helplessness Blues, which is released next month. On Tuesday it was Later
With Jools Holland; last night it was BBC's Maida Vale studios for a live showcase on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show. Glancing down from the studio's balcony, it was immediately clear that worldwide recognition hasn't heralded an overhaul of the band's wardrobe: plaid shirts, woolly hats and mighty beards remain de rigueur for these unflashy folkies. The music, however, has developed.

Montezuma's refrain of "oh my, what I used to be" was full of self-questioning and regret - recurring themes of the second album.

At the other end of the spectrum, Bedouin Dress's bouncy piano stabs and groovy bassline were more Steely Dan than Steeleye Span.

Battery Kinzie galloped on the stampeding beats of drummer Josh Tillman. Without turning the amps up to 11, Fleet Foxes have beefed up their sound.

They have also been joined by a new recruit, Morgan Henderson, who augmented the songs with flourishes of flute and violin. This brought a jazzier dimension to the new tracks, which owe something to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

The bedrock, however, remains the voice and guitar of frontman Robin Pecknold. Sim Sala Bim, a Nick Drake-esque ballad, showcased his dextrous finger-picking; the eight-minute epic The Shrine/An Argument pushed his tenor into its raspier reaches.

To speak about one voice in Fleet Foxes, of course, is to slightly miss the point: the real magic happens when their voices combine. Mykonos, one of only two tracks to be played from their debut, came wreathed in glorious four-part harmonies, while the a capella section that brought Grown Ocean - and this glorious 40-minute set - to a close was brave and brilliant.

-- BBC Radio 1
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Bon Iver * 8/4/11 * 9:30 Club, Washington DC





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Iron & Wine on Daytrotter Winter 2011



Sam Beam performs songs from the new Iron & Wine album “Kiss Each Other Clean” at Daytrotter, January 2011.

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BlindWineTrapper : freak folk on stage



This is a 2 hour mix of my favorite recent NPR "All Songs Considered" live concert podcasts. It features Blind Pilot, Iron & Wine, Blitzen Trapper, Feist, Bon Iver and The Decemberists. All but the Iron & Wine concert, which is from 2005, are recent concerts from the past few months. I love the freak folk renaissance of acoustic-based music with lots of moodiness, wit and beauty, and these bands are just about the best in that genre. Enjoy!




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Iron & Wine * Newport Folk Festival 2009



While Iron and Wine has evolved from its bedroom beginnings to full ensemble status, the warmth of Sam Beam's songs remain. (That is, if by warmth you mean bleak heartbreak, dark realizations and uncomfortable vulnerability.) Iron and Wine continues to wring inventive sounds and compelling emotions out of the American folk-music form, as it demonstrated at Folk Festival 50 on Saturday.

Iron and Wine's latest collection, Around the Well, compiles two discs' worth of B-sides, soundtrack and compilation tracks and previously unreleased goodies. Even though Beam's debut album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was released only seven years ago, the new album is a reminder of just how far Iron and Wine has come. It's easy to hear the progression from self-recorded four-track folk to full-blown rock, especially in the unexpected likes of the Middle Eastern-inspired "Arms of a Thief."

Set List
"Such Great Heights"
"Woman King"
"Resurrection Fern"
"Sodom, South Georgia"
"Godless Brother in Love"
"Upward Over the Mountain"
"Naked as We Came"
"Peace Beneath the City"
"Love Songs and Some Verses"
"He Lays in the Reins"
"The Trapeze Swinger"
"Glad Mouth River"
"Flightless Bird, American Mouth"
"Sunset Soon Forgotten"




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Fleet Foxes * Newport Folk Festival 2009



The Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut was one of 2008's most critically adored records. The Seattle band pairs layers of harmonized vocals — the sort of sound that could have emerged from the 1920s or the 1970s — with shuffling drums and finger-picked guitars. In keeping with the band's name, the record's song titles ("Meadowlarks," "Blue Ridge Mountains," "Ragged Wood") suggest a bucolic vision of nature, though lead singer Robin Pecknold's lyrics occasionally hint at violence ("And Michael you would fall / and turn the white snow red / as strawberries in summertime," from "White Winter Hymnal").

Fleet Foxes' members spent the majority of 2008 on the road before taking a break to work on a follow-up to their debut. The band's performances in 2009 have been fewer but higher in profile: It played Saturday Night Live in January and Coachella in April. Currently on tour, Fleet Foxes played the All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., the day before taking the stage at Newport.

Set List
"Sun Giant"
"Sun It Rises"
"Drops in the River"
"English House"
"Bedouin Dress"
"White Winter Hymnal"
"Ragged Wood"
"Your Protector"
"Oliver James"
"Mykonos"
"Blue Ridge Mountains"




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Bon Iver * 9.10.08 * MySpace Transmission

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Loving all-things-Bon-Iver these days, and his debut album For Emma, Long Ago, is just too short! It is a perfect and complete recording that satisfies me in so many ways, but at less than 40 minutes, I am always left wanting more when the last track fades. So, in my search around the internets for more Bon Iver music, I came across this excellent 4-song live set that MySpace was giving away for free. I downloaded it, mixed it in to one track, added chapters and artwork -- voila!

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Fleet Foxes on BBC Radio 2



The Fleet Foxes, performing songs and being interviewed in the BBC Radio 2 studios last February. I dug this session out and am posting it here at the Live Archive due to overwhelmingly popular response to the previous set I posted last weekend, which you can download or stream here.

As a bonus to this short BBC session, I've added two rare and unreleased studio tracks from the Foxes that I found trolling the internets: "Isles" and an alternative version of one of my favorite FF tunes "Mykonos."

Enjoy! And check out the
Fundiblog for YouTube videos, Flickr photos and a concert review of their sold-out, mid-blowing show in Bellingham last weekend.



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Fleet Foxes * 7.25.08 * Washington, DC





I just saw the Fleet Foxes live for the first time last night up in the acoustically-perfect Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University here in Bellingham, WA (that's where the above photos are from). The amazing concert inspired me to post this live set of them playing last July; I got it from NPR and am sharing the wealth.

Video of the Foxes performing at this Bellingham performance are at Youtube here and here, or together on the same page with a show review at the Fundiblog. Oh, and a few more photos over at Flickr.

NPR's description of the band and this set after the jump...




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Iron & Wine * 11.4.07 * Bellingham



A fine recording of Iron & Wine, fronted by Sam Beam and his sister Sarah, at the Mount Baker Theater in Bellingham, Washington on the cold, drizzly, dark night of November 4, 2007.



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