Originally from The Mountain Goats Tallahassee album website:
So good it deserved to be exposed :)
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The first clip from Blonde Redhead's 4AD Session, "Here Sometimes" appears on the new album Penny Sparkle (pre-order here: http://amzn.to/bncmsz) out September 14th on 4AD. Stay tuned for more from the band's session at http://www.4ad.com/sessions/
Directed by Anthony Mathile/Robert Semmer
Producer: Robert Semmer/Anthony Mathile
Director: Anthony Mathile/Robert Semmer
Editor: Anthony Mathile
Camera: William Voermann/ Leland Malinski/Nora Tennessen
Lighting: Jonah strauss
Sound: Andrew Gerhan/ Jeff Kane
Special Thanks: Integrated Studios, Shift Editorial, M SS NG P ECES
4AD and Jagjaguwar have collaborated on a live session that captures a truly unique Bon Iver performance, featuring Justin Vernon and Sean Carey. On recent tours fans will have become accustomed to seeing Vernon flanked by an eleven-piece band, with the swell in numbers lending a grandiose element to even his most delicate songs. Sidestepping expectations, the idea Vernon presented for this session was to provide a wildly different experience.
Recorded in AIR Studio's Lyndurst Hall - a building that was originally a church and missionary school designed in 1880 by the great Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse (designer of the Natural History Museum) - Vernon was joined only by Carey, with the pair positioning themselves opposite one another at two grand pianos. Although neither Justin nor Sean's first instrument is piano, they were able to remodel the songs in a way that showcases their complimentary vocals and, perhaps more strikingly, a seemingly effortless ability to experiment with form and structure.
As such, fans are treated to jaw-dropping interpretations of several songs from both the new album and the 'Blood Bank' EP, as well as a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me". And interpretation is an apt word, as these songs are artfully abstracted from their original incarnations. Rather than layer the sound as on 'Bon Iver, Bon Iver', the focus is on paring back, in part evoking the minimalist approach of contemporary classical music, while remaining true enough to the source material to retain those elements characteristic of Bon Iver.
As on "Babys" and "Hinnom, TX", Vernon's trademark falsetto is positioned centre stage, framed by subtle and unexpected instrumental flourishes that render the performance simultaneously weighty and airless. It's quite an achievement that songs so widely-known and loved in their recorded form are able gain in emotional impact, and stands as testament to Bon Iver's singular talent.
1. Hinnom, TX
3. I Can't Make You Love Me
Director: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Recording & Mixing: Jake Jackson with Brian Joseph
Recorded in London at AIR Studios, October 16, 2011
"Hinnom, TX", "Wash.", "Beth/Rest" (c) 2011 April Base Publishing (ASCAP)
"Babys" (c) 2009 April Base Publishing (ASCAP)
"I Cant' Make You Love Me" (c) 1991 BMG Songs, Almo Music Corp., Bird Blues Music, Hayes Street Music (ASCAP)
For more info: http://www.4ad.com/sessions/010
1. Chloe In The Afternoon
3. Strange Mercy
4. Year Of The Tiger
In September of this year, St Vincent took a giant leap forward with the release of third album, Strange Mercy. This time out Annie Clark was to combine her long-celebrated musical virtuosity with ambitious songwriting that ran a gamut of emotional cadences, all the while underpinned by a colourful sense of melody.
Recording these songs live for the first time, St Vincent has performed four tracks from Strange Mercy for the tenth visual installment in the 4AD Session series. Shot at Shangri-La Studios in the heart of the Brooklyn film and photography district in Greenpoint, the session was recorded with Annie's new band, Daniel Mintseris (keys), Toko Yasuda (moog) and Matthew Johnson (drums). Given St Vincent's transgression from the underground to the pop spotlight over the course of three studio albums, it's somewhat fitting that Shangri-La host the session having initially earned its name as a secret spot known only through word of mouth.
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Pitchfork 4/1/12 announcement : "Montreal electro-pop artist Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) posted on her Twitter yesterday that she's signed to 4AD. "just want 2 say i am so honoured to be releasing my next album with 4AD - a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick," she wrote. Grimes' new album Visions, which was originally scheduled for release through the small Canadian label Arbutus on January 31, will be released on February 21 in North America and elsewhere on March 12. It's still scheduled for release through Arbutus in Canada. Listen to "Genesis", a new cut off Visions."
Iron & Wine, the work of Austin-based Sam Beam, released their fourth album, Kiss Each Other Clean through 4AD in January 2011. Somewhat of a departure from earlier recordings and representing an expansion of the ideas explored on last album The Shepherd's Dog, the record saw Beam's often stripped-back compositions development into ornate arrangements/ Live performances also saw Beam joined by a cast of musicians, helping flesh out his sound.
For this beautifully rendered 4AD Session, Beam made the conscious decision to return to his roots. Taking those album tracks back to their nascent form, Beam delivered five acoustic performances that immediately make clear the craft and care that constitutes each Iron & Wine track. Pushed to the fore is Beam's languorous vocals, showcasing the seemingly effortless ease with which he is able to imbibe his music with a nuanced poetry.
Filmed at Miloco Recording Studios in Bermondsey, London, the location proved truly fitting of the performance. Beam found himself surrounded by an array of vintage analogue equipment, a perfect compliment to the down-home wood-and twine classic songwriting that has continued to characterize the work of Iron & Wine over the course of four albums. Playing four songs from the new album, long time fans will also note the inclusion of the 'Upwards Over The Mountain', a track drawn from the band's much-loved back catalogue.
The session provides a neat precursor to when Iron & Wine return to the UK in October, playing an acoustic show at Hackney Empire on 9th. Before then, there will be a full band performance on the main stage at Latitude on 17th July and headline Green Man on 21st August, serving to highlight the broad talents of Iron & Wine.
1. Tree By The River
2. Biting Your Tail
3. Big Burned Hand
4. Half moon
5. Upward Over The Mountain
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Blood Diamonds, aka Michael Diamond, is a Los Angeles-based pop artist best known for his luxurious dreamscapes and infectious, sun-dipped production. What will be his debut 4AD record, the much-talked about 'Phone Sex' (featuring Grimes) track is finally getting released on July 16th (EU/UK) / July 24th (North America).
More info here - http://bit.ly/NejQ3i
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Following the release of Blues Funeral back in February, Mark Lanegan Band have recorded four songs for the thirteenth installment in the 4AD Sessions series.
Pull Studios in Manhattan's Hudson Square played understated host to a session that leans heavily on Mark's indelible voice and undeniable presence, as well as the intensity and precision of his band. Filmed during a break in rehearsals for a New York City show that was to herald the release of the album, the session captures a band fully sharpened and itching to hit the road (US dates begin May 10 and are listed below).
Tearing through four stand-out tracks from Blues Funeral, the performance ripples with a quiet fury that will be familiar to all those who've followed Mark over a career spanning more than two decades. Backed by a band as skilled as Mark is charismatic, the ambitious range of tracks such as 'Harborview Hospital' sit comfortably beside the barely concealed rage of 'The Gravedigger's Song', reminding once again why Blues Funeral is such a rewarding listen.
Unlike other sessions in the series in which a firmly defined visual concept was central to capturing the performance, the intention here was to strip away any studio trickery in order to allow the band to stand-alone. That this simplified approach remains so powerful is testament to the inimitable quality of the music on show and Mark Lanegan's enduring allure.
Session directed by Robert Semmer - http://robertsemmer.com/ (full credits follow the tour dates)
Catch the Mark Lanegan Band on tour in the US this May:
May 10 -- New York, NY -- Webster Hall
May 11 -- Washington, DC -- 9:30 Club
May 12 -- Philadelphia, PA -- TLA
May 13 -- Boston, MA -- Paradise
May 15 -- Toronto, ON -- Mod Club
May 16 -- Detroit, MI -- Small's
May 17 -- Chicago, IL -- The Metro
May 18 -- Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
May 20 -- Denver, CO -- Bluebird Theater
May 22 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Gene Autry Museum - Heritage Courtyard
May 23 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall
May 25 -- George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
May 26 -- Portland, OR -- Wonder Ballroom
1. The Gravedigger's Song
2. St. Louis Elegy
3. Riot In My House
4. Harborview Hospital
Director: Robert Semmer
Producer: Robert Semmer
Director of Photography: William Voermann
Additional Camera: Anthony Mathile & Robert Semmer
Assistant Camera: Adam Gong
Gaffer: Rome Peterson
Editor: David Feinberg Colorist: Paul Shin
Sound recorded by Mitch Davis and mixed by Jeff Curtin
'Velvet' is taken from The Big Pink's debut album A Brief History Of Love (available to order from http://bit.ly/IKGaM). Directed by Rob Hawkins; Mixed by Alan Moulder; Bondage by Esinem.
"Make Out Club"
from Perfect Teeth
Toward the Within was recorded in one take in November 1993 in the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, California and was released by 4AD as an album and a video a year later. It was the last major event to take place in the Mayfair Theatre before it was fatally weakened in the earthquake a short time later and had to be demolished. The video was filmed by Mark Magidson and contains interviews with Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.
This is the opening part, including Rakim and two declarations from Gerrard and Perry.
Music video by The National performing Bloodbuzz Ohio. (c) 2010 4AD Ltd.
The first video from the new album "High Violet". Purchase the album: http://highviolet.com/indieretail/
directed by hope hall, andreas burgess & carin besser
edited by andreas burgess & purcell carson
produced by tom berninger & the national
camera: hope hall
assistant camera: matt livingston
bartender: d.a. pennebaker
thank you to flatbush farm, milk bar and complete studios
Department of Eagles premiered their new video for the single "No One Does It Like You" yesterday at the MoMA. The video is absolutely incredible, especially the wispy singing ghosts. Directed by, Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama.
The album "In Ear Park" out now on 4AD
© Department Of Eagles, 4AD, Patrick Daughters, Marcel Dzama & The Director's Bureau
From tUnE-yArDs second album, w h o k i l l -
released 18th April 2011 through 4AD.
Download a free MP3 of 'Bizness' here - http://www.tune-yards.com/
Directed by Mimi Cave
The second video from Stereolab's new album, "Chemical Chords".
Out now on 4AD.
This is the video for "The Sun's Gone Dim and The Sky's Black" from Johann's album 'IBM 1401: A Users Manual' (4AD).