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Still Think I will truck is their finest moment

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 14 November 2009 23:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

Anyone read SFJ's essay in The New Yorker?

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 November 2009 15:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Man, the title track of Rise Above is so fucking good.

pithfork (Hurting 2), Thursday, 14 January 2010 23:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

not as good as this though is it

ogmor, Friday, 15 January 2010 01:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

fuck that's dreadful

The Book of Eli Porter (ojo), Friday, 15 January 2010 01:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Man, the title track of Rise Above is so fucking good.

― pithfork (Hurting 2), Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:45 PM (2 hours ago)

yeah i still think it's the best song i've heard by them

guardian nagle (k3vin k.), Friday, 15 January 2010 01:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

http://pitchfork.com/news/39240-bjork-and-dirty-projectors-to-release-collaboration-imount-wittenberg-orcai/

Last May, Björk and Dirty Projectors debuted a new collaborative suite called Mount Wittenberg Orca. It made its debut at a benefit for Housing Works in Manhattan, an event put together by former Pitchfork contributor and current Stereogum writer Brandon Stosuy. And that's about the last we heard about this fleeting meeting of the musical minds. Until now.

This April, Björk and Dirty Projectors entered Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studio and recorded an updated version of Mount Wittenberg Orca. The 20-minute, seven-track piece was written by DP leader Dave Longstreth. It will be self-released digitally on June 30 with money raised going to the National Geographic Society.

Read a letter from Longstreth about the project over at Stereogum.

Mount Wittenberg Orca:

1 Ocean
2 On and Ever Onward
3 When the World Comes to an End
4 Beautiful Mother
5 Sharing Orb
6 No Embrace
7 All We Are

Boo Radley (Bee OK), Friday, 25 June 2010 05:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

anyone check this out?

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 14:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

DLing it now.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's so vocal-heavy that i'm getting like a prog-broadway or prog-doowop vibe sometimes, but there's some cool shit here

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

It sounded pretty good on one listen. I like how it works like a mini song-suite, there's a real cohesion in the sound.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wish it had a little more of the DP heavy sound instead of being light and acoustic the whole way through but it was pretty.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

it is pretty. only listened once so far, but i like. i think bjork and them are a good fit.

borntohula, Thursday, 1 July 2010 05:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

i kind of like this, had no idea what it would sound like. though i like both artist i was not inspired to check it out.

Boo Radley (Bee OK), Thursday, 8 July 2010 06:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah my fear was that this would be too pretty, but I will check it out.

surfer blood for oil (Hurting 2), Thursday, 8 July 2010 15:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

this is nice. like how bjork's voice contrasts with the bright chirpy women's chorus.

LA river flood (lukas), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 07:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

saw them play tonight and it was pretty fucking phenomenal. never realised what a stunning song "two doves" is even though i'd heard it dozens of times. sometimes it takes an incredible live show to alert one's senses to the strengths of a band.

charlie h, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

What is amazing: see them live and then revisit their recorded material, esp. "Getty Address" and "New Attitude".

The Bartered Bride (Ówen P.), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

they were great when I saw them last year

markers, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

i saw them at a smallish festival and enjoyed it--i think they came off as a little disjointed and not totally in sync but i'd be willing to chalk that up to the lousy festival-atmosphere and some sound problems that to me seemed pretty major, as i couldn't hear one of the guitars at all for the entire show and it looked like they were doing some pretty complex interplay. would love to see them at a more intimate venue. pretty amazing band all in all, definitely breaking new ground despite all the whack comparisons/analysis upthread/elsewhere.

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's a shame about not hearing one of the guitars as i think with this band specific details such as what each individual is playing need to be acknowledged in order to get a sense of the broader picture. what's incredible is not so much how adept they are at playing in sync, but rather how artfully the songs come together as a result of each member's unique contributions.

charlie h, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, i'm definitely a huge fan of the band and their songs and was at the time i saw them. i don't think the material came through as well as it should have at that particular show, but what can you do. i did like watching them though, dave and amber give each other all these interesting cues and nods and everyone in the band seems to alternate between smiling and having the time of their lives, and then focusing in intensely to nail difficult parts. very cool.

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

yep, the band interaction was a really welcome touch. i was expecting a kind of a stilted stage performance due to the high levels of concentration required or even some rehearsed posturing, but you could really tell they were having a great time and that, along with the music, made the audience very happy.

charlie h, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

yep, the band interaction was a really welcome touch. i was expecting a kind of a stilted stage performance due to the high levels of concentration required or even some rehearsed posturing, but you could really tell they were having a great time and that, along with the music, made the audience very happy.

― charlie h, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:15 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark

I missed them last night because I saw them the last two times they were in town, but friends who went said that they played a bunch of stuff off of Mount Wittenberg - how did that translate live?

The SBurbs (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

^ It's good, esp. "Beautiful Mother", which has become one of the best songs live. Cute and uncomplicated with that savage bit at the end.

The Bartered Bride (Ówen P.), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, the songs they played from mount wittenberg went down really well, and given those songs are really quite different, they added yet another dimension to an already varied show.

charlie h, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Dave Longstreth vs. Phish fans. Oh dear. (Read the comments...if you dare.)

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/interview/dirty-projectors-dave-longstre/

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 October 2010 05:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Luke Suthers says:
I'm a counselor at a facility for troubled high school age youth in Portland. I was planning on taking a group of kids (that are fans of the Dirty Projectors) to the Wednesday night concert at the Aladdin theater. After reading this article, I think I'm going to have to reconsider these plans. Now, I know it'll break these kid's hearts. But I don't think taking them to see a band that attacks another band during interviews would be prudent.

haven't you people ever heard of theodor a-goddamn-dorno (bernard snowy), Saturday, 2 October 2010 09:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Actually, Longstreth's response is pretty diplomatic, considering he didn't bring the band up. First he says he doesn't like Phish, which is phair, er fair enough. But then he recognizes why others may like Phish, or even compare the two bands, and he does so in a positive way. I mean, if Phish fans took offense every time someone said something about the band, they'd be paralyzed with insecurity.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 2 October 2010 11:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

the way I read it, he was hardly even bagging on Phish -- the main point seemed to be "there's been this wave of indie dudes talking about liking jam bands, but it's weird cuz those dudes don't like to jam themselves, they just play their album live" (admittedly the wording in the interview makes this sorta hard to parse, but that's what I got from it)

haven't you people ever heard of theodor a-goddamn-dorno (bernard snowy), Saturday, 2 October 2010 11:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

VV Group papers gotta stop with the inflammatory headlines. it's like "we turn your candour into troll bait"

The Bartered Bride (Ówen P.), Saturday, 2 October 2010 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

the main point seemed to be "there's been this wave of indie dudes talking about liking jam bands, but it's weird cuz those dudes don't like to jam themselves, they just play their album live"

There's a massive difference between liking something and having the skill/inclination to incorporate it into your own stuff. John D loves metal, but you're not gonna hear double kicks and downtuned shredding on Mountain Goats releases any time soon.

Veðrafjǫrðr heimamaður (ecuador_with_a_c), Monday, 4 October 2010 01:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

You mean you haven't heard that the new album is called Thor Speaks With Fists?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 October 2010 02:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/dirty_projectors-gun_has_no_trigger/s-D1re0

New Dirty Projectors song! Minimal, smoldering, almost like it belongs on a Jose Afonso tribute. "The crowd will yell, but the gun has no trigger", Occupy movement anyone?

Zyz4z, Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Deserves a bump, seeing as I missed this the other night despite a bout of insomnia, and the email from Domino was skulking in my spam folder.

Les Tressle (useless chamber), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel like there's something cringeworthy about this song but I really like it

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

something a little bit Amy Winehouse about it

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

kinda ballsy how straightforward it is (no guitar or keys, relatively simple beat loop). i'm curious to find out if this is an outlier or if the whole record is as stripped-down and focused on the vocals.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Monday, 2 April 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay that's rad

Year of the RMDE (loves laboured breathing), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still have the same general problem with this band, which is that I don't like the voices as much as I think I should (although this is the best I've ever heard the women sound, at least until they open up to that super spread "aa" vowel and tip back into annoying)

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

(also switching from an old Autechre album to this probably didn't do it any favors)

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Angle Deradoorian is "on hiatus" apparently

Number None, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Angel, even

Number None, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's...kind of a bummer

Year of the RMDE (loves laboured breathing), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is funny Number None as i made a similar mistake in the ILB thread about the 2012 Angels yesterday as well.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

love this band, can't wait to hear this new stuff.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2012 06:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's very bond theme. i like it but i feel like his singing maybe clicks better with the songs when it's sorta tight & frantic like the last rec.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Thursday, 5 April 2012 10:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I been thinking for three years that I hate this band. Tonight it shows, I really don't. They remind me a bit of Grizzly Bear, if the latter were any good. Plus, I like the girls.

Mule, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

title track on the new one is very dylanish

buh, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink


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