Bon Iver- Your Love (Outfield Cover)

15 02 2009

Because no one else can pull off a cover like Justin Vernon. 



The News: Snow Edition

27 01 2009

-Wale is back in the studio! DC’s rapper (singular at this point) is apparently working with a star-studded cast of beatmakers including Best Kept Secret, Mark Ronson, Glitch Mob, Cool & Dre, Ryan Leslie, Green Lantern, Sean C and LV. Here’s the kicker, one of the other more notable names working on the album is Dave Sitek, you might know of him, he’s in TV on the Radio. While Sitek has produced albums for numerous artists, he’s never before manned the board for a rapper. Stay tuned for updates.


If anyone would like an intern for their PR company or Recording studio. Look no further. Check the About section for information.

Animal Collective- My Girls


-SNOW! A personal photo from the “porch” of the studio.

Fabakis Playlist: Check it out HERE

or there.

Listen to Soldier On Dear Friend at their Myspace 


p2790_john-elen-High School is bad enough as it is. From the NYT, an article about teenage sex and how the statistics are on the way down. Here 

-DiS goes through Andrew Bird’s latest album, Noble Beast, one track at a time. Here

-Obama’s speechwriter is dating a maxim girl? It’s true. Read more at BYT

-An essay by John Darnielle about his five favorite Mountain Goats characters (this should’ve been posted a long time ago) Here

-Speaking of John Darnielle, he will be embarking on a two-man tour with studio buddy John Vanderslice this spring. As always, it’s best put by the man himself:

“We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we’re going to do. We’re going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we’ll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It’s to get raw and draw blood.”


18 – Asheville, NC, the Grey Eagle
20 – Norfolk, VA, the Atticus Theatre
21 – Washington, DC, Sixth and I Synagogue
24 – Northampton, MA, Pearl Street
25 – Somerville, MA, the Sommerville Theatre
27 – New York, NY, the Society for Ethical Culture (part of the Wordless Music series)
29 – Gambier, OH, Kenyon College
30 – Oberlin, OH, Oberlin College
1 – Chicago, IL, Epiphany Episcopal (tickets here)
2 – Champaign, IL, Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
3 – Iowa City, IA, the Mill, Mission Creek Music Festival
4 – Richmond, IN, Earlham College
6 – Bloomington IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Review: Land of Talk-Some Are Lakes

2 10 2008

Land of Talk-Some Are Lakes

[2008, Secret City Records and Saddle Creek Records]

Release Date: October 7th, 2008

Land of Talk is one of the twenty or so bands to have ties to Broken Social Scene. Lead singer and guitarist Elizabeth Powell took up touring responsibilities with the Canadian behemoth of indie rock last year having already been involved in Land of Talk in 2006. She’s that other girl, not Feist, not Emily or Amy Haines, who sings on “7/4 (Shoreline)” when Broken Social Scene hits the road. After guest appearances with Brendan Canning on his last album, and the semi-recent cover of Patti Smith’s “Horses” for the The Tracy Fragments, Elizabeth Powell has finally made the time to put out a full-length with her main band Land of Talk.           

            After the well-received Applause Cheers Boo Hiss, the group began getting noticed by radio outlets and music blogs, touring with various Broken Social Scene members didn’t hurt either. Broken Social Scene aside, there are lots of other good bands from Canada currently making noise here in the states. Land of Talk will have to avoid the comparisons if they hope to become their own musical entity in the world of Canadian indie rock.

            Land Of Talk’s Some Are Lakes fails to find the same melodic footing that is so easily attained by the band’s big brothers and as for female singers doesn’t match up with Feist’s past two works. Before things get ugly, let me remind the reader that Justin Vernon, formally of Bon Iver fame, produced the album. While I don’t know how much of personal touch he had on the album, his sparse style does come through in songs like “It’s Okay” and “Troubled”. Oddly enough, those are the only two down-tempo songs on the album of mainly straightforward rockers.

            They’ll be around for another decade, that’s plenty of time to mature into a butterfly or an indie rock music machine. Relative newcomers Wolf Parade also spent two years before putting out a full-length and we saw what happened to them. Perhaps it will take Land of Talk a few more EP’s and tours to figure it out. Let’s just hope that “Some are Lakes” doesn’t wind up in the finale of Grey’s Anatomy…

This is what Rilo Kiley always wanted to sound like… 


Fabakis Rating: 7.4 (Shoreline)


Buy the album via Saddle Creek 

Land of Talk – Remaining 2008 Tour Dates
10/8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College *
10/11 – Madison, WI @ Union Theatre/Univ. of Wisconsin *
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
10/14 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont *
10/17 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
10/18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle *
10/19 – Urbana, IL @ Foellinger Auditorium/Univ. of Illinois *
10/21 – Richmond, VA @ Toad’s Place *
10/22 – Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre *
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Masonic Temple *
10/25 – Brunswick, ME @ Bowdoin College *
10/26 – Boston, MA @ Wilburt Theatre *

* w/ Broken Social Scene