Grizzly Bear announced their long-awaited new album is out in August 19th and is called Painted Ruins.

As well as revealing new song – ‘Mourning Sound’ the band also announced a world tour starting in Dublin’s Vicar Street on October 5th. See all dates here.

Tickets priced €32 go on sale Wednesday 24th May at 10am through Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

PAINTED RUINS Track Listing

1. Wasted Acres
2. Mourning Sound
3. Four Cypresses
4. Three Rings
5. Losing All Sense
6. Aquarian
7. Cut-Out
8. Glass Hillside
9. Neighbors
10. Systole
11. Sky Took Hold

Posted on May 17th, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.

Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.

Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016

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The creepy jerky video by Kris Moyes for the relatively serene ‘Gun-Shy’ from last year’s Grizzly Bear album Shields finds the band getting various surgical and medical samples taken from them at a very pleasant-looking location (Taylor’s house).

The idea came from a question:- if the creative energy of any living organism could be seen, what would it look like? Ed, Daniel, T and Bear demonstrate where their creative energy is located by extracting their hair, nails, skin, sweat, tears and blood. This is an invitation for a very rare glimpse of what creative energy could look like on a molecular level, if it could be seen.

More explaining.
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Posted on January 28th, 2013

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Grizzly Bear - Shields

A quick look back to Grizzly Bear past before I address Shields. 2006’s Yellow House was the first album to establish the band and the sound, a snakey, forlorn trip through psychedelic pastures and atmospheric entrancing melodies (prompting one dude to say the album syncs up perfectly with Jean Pierre Jeunet’s The City Of Lost Children). After the impressive step up of 2007’s Friend EP, 2009’s Veckatimest was the highpoint of their catalogue; a fully-realised album characterised by dense but capacious bright arrangements and earworm pop melodies as heard on ‘Two Weeks’, ‘Cheerleader’ and ‘While You Wait For The Others’.
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Posted on September 26th, 2012

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It’s been a long time since Grizzy Bear have played live and they returned to the medium that helped make Veckatimest a big success. This time rather than Letterman, they chose the Colbert bump at Stephen Colbert’s ridiculously named StePhest Colbchella ‘012: RocktAugustFest. gig which also featured Santigold and Flaming Lips on a boat to debut a live version of ‘Yet Again’. The crisper live arrangements suit the song better for me.

Posted on August 15th, 2012

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Between ‘Sleeping Ute’ and ‘Yet Again’, Shields, the fourth album from Grizzly Bear looks to be heading in a more psychedelic direction, one in which the relative pop melodies of 2009’s Veckatimest appear to be superseded by instrumentation that isn’t as crystal clear, that is more wirey and murky. It might be too earlier to tell as Grizzly Bear albums are exactly that, a studiously put-together collection of songs but based on the two songs so far, there’s doesn’t seem to be a big breakout single a la ‘Two Weeks’. Again, not a problem, just a different prospect. Shields is out on September 14th in Ireland (17th UK , 18th US).

Posted on August 3rd, 2012

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Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic announced its initial lineup for 2012 today for Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois.

Update: Bat For Lashes, Tindersticks and The Killers (Sunday) were added overnight.

The Cure, Sigur Rós, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, Christy Moore, The Roots, Hot Chip, Glen Hansard, The xx, Metronomy, The Horrors, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Bell X1, Staff Benda Bilili, Milagres, Ed Sheeran, Alabama Shakes, Cranes, Little Roy, John Digweed, Land Lovers, Baxter Dury, Jonathan Wilson, Solar Bears, Fatoumata Diawara, Willis Earl Beal, Lanterns On The Lake.

Tickets for the weekend are €230 plus fees on sale tomorrow morning at 9am. Full info below.
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Posted on March 1st, 2012

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‘Answer’, the first track from Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear’s solo project CANT is a slow-burner. In that regard, it’s like the Twin Shadow album he produced last year and as it happens, it’s not a million miles from that hazy song-led electronica. The reason? George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow helped Taylor out on his own CANT record so there are many similarities. Taylor’s album Dreams Come True is less poppy and more hazy but it works for him.

Its sound is not easy to define but it does take in percussive experimental pop with a Phil Collins vocal style (opening track ‘Too Late Too Far’), synth-pop, laid back funk (‘The Edge’), a lo-fi lullaby (‘She Found A Way Out’), skewed piano ballads and even a NIN-style industrial number (the title track).

‘Answer’ is the album’s most electronic number and its most experimental pop track:

CANT – Answer

Here’s the most recent track: ‘Believe’:
CANT – Believe (taken from Dreams Come True – Terrible Records / Warp Records) by Warp Records

‘Dreams Come True’ will be released on Terrible Records/Warp Records in the UK/EU and Terrible Records in North Americaon September 9th in Ireland (12th – UK /13th – US.).

Pre-order.

CANT European Tour Dates

09/11 – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
10/11 – Indra – Hamburg, Germany
12/11 – Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
14/11 – Cargo – London
15/11 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, Netherlands
16/11 – Gebaude 9 – Koln, Germany

Posted on July 26th, 2011

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wearetrees
wearetrees

There’s no denying the Grizzly Bear influence (or more specifically the Daniel Rosen comparison) on We Are Trees’ debut EP Boyfriend. That’s no bad thing as Virginia Beach bedroom popster James Nee’s debut EP suggests he already has a superior grasp on that folk-dream pop sound. It’s all galloping acoustic-led instrumentation and it’s just perfect for the turn in the weather.

You can get your hands on the EP digitally now or on 12″ from Collective Crowd in November.

We Are Trees – Sunrise Sunset

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Posted on September 28th, 2010

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Department of Eagles
Department of Eagles

Archive 2003 – 2006, a collection of unreleased songs from Department of Eagles will be released in mid-July.

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Fred Nicolaus make up the group who released the gorgeous In Ear Park in 2008. Listen to a song from the upcoming Archive album called ‘Brightest Minds’. The band actually have six other releases dating from 2002-2007, the earliest stuff of which was sample-based. From 2006 on, they began recording themselves so this record will likely be a scattershot collection of the band figuring out their sound.

Department of Eagles – ‘Brightest Minds’

Here’s the best tune from In Ear Park:

MP3: Department of Eagles – ‘No-one Does It Like You’

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Posted on May 4th, 2010

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neon indian

neon indian A new song from Alan Paloma’s band Neon Indian, which was produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear was released today. Paloma remixed the band’s ‘Cheerleader’ last year to great effect.

This new single is released through Green Label Sound and can download via the site or the widget below. Paloma wanted to do something through GLS as he’s now on phase two of Neon Indian after releasing Psychic Chasms so it afforded him the perfect opportunity to release a new single. I’m looking forward to their SXSW party.
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Posted on March 10th, 2010

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