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South By Southwest

This blog vows to not be consumed by SXSW this next week, but one post won’t hurt.

NPR previews the massive number of shows all over Austin. There are the official events, of course, and the FREE unofficial Hot Freaks events, hosted by music bloggers Daytrotter, Largehearted Boy, Aquarium Drunkard, Chromewaves, You Ain’t No Picasso, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Gorilla vs Bear.

Download a more than generous helping of easy-like-Sunday-morning mp3s from Hot Freaks bands at Aquarium Drunkard, who puts together one, two, three fantastic compilations for ya that include a track from each of the following blistering bands:

Dr. Dog, Bowerbirds, Bodies of Water, AA Bondy, Centro-matic, Castanets, Chris Bathgate, Akron/Family, Bobby Bare Jr., Jason Collett, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Cloud Cult, Black Mountain, Black Angels, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Citay, The Dodos, Jens Lekman, Lightspeed Champion, Evangelicals, Everest, Foreign Born, My Brightest Diamond, Kaki King, Langhorne Slim, Danile Lanois, Minipop, Lucero, Madeline, Phosphorescent, Throw Me The Statue, The Whigs, White Hinterland, White Denim, Ola Podrida, O’death, Parts & Labor, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, Pink Nasty, Slaraffenland, Snowglobe, The Submarines, The Theater Fire, British Sea Power, Peelander Z, and King of Prussia.

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Bon Iver

This is a follow-up post about the lovely, plaintive Bon Iver and the album For Emma, For Ever Ago.

Buy Justin Vernon’s break-up (and mono) inspired album, download some tracks, watch his videos, or just listen while you read your favorite blogs.

The new news is threefold.

There’s a new review by the ever-effusive Daytrotter.

There’s this interview on AV Club, in which dude addresses why there’s so much (surprisingly awesome) falsetto: “For the most part, I’ve been influenced by black singers and singers I couldn’t sound like. Whenever I tried to do a dark note or a bent note, I would just sound like Hootie And The Blowfish. [Laughs.] I was really insecure about it, so I just ended up writing rock ‘n’ roll songs where I didn’t have to do that. But I feel so much more comfortable being able to access painful melodies. I feel freer singing the high stuff.”

Also, you can stream or download all of Bon Iver’s D.C. concert at the Rock and Roll Hotel (which is a pain in the arse to get to without a car…) courtesy of NPR. You can grab tourmates Black Mountain‘s set there, too.

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Bon Iver and Black Mountain

Listen to this beautiful album from Bon Iver.

Go get it February 19. Download two tunes from Aquarium Drunkard to listen to on the way.

UPDATE 2.4.08: Buy the album from itunes and get a free extra track Wisconsin.

Bon Iver (say “bohn eevair”) is another home run off of the jagjaguwar label. It evokes the place in which it was made: a cabin in the woods, heavy with a northern winter. The simplicity of months of one dude alternately recording an album and cutting wood come through in the songs, and it makes me ache. From his bio: “Vernon sings the majority of the record in falsetto, which painfully expresses the meanings behind its overt, yet strangely entangled words. This newfound vocal path acts as each song’s main character and source of melody.” Dig it.

His tour piggy-backs on some of Black Mountain’s dates.

Black Mountain‘s In the Future came out a week ago. As you listen to the spacious, classic-inspired rock, harness it by imagining something powerful like driving in the mountains or gearing up to attend a bull fight. I don’t love what I’ve heard, but I totally respect that it sounds like they took the advice “If you’re gonna do it, do it big” very seriously.

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