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They just got mentioned twice in as many minutes and a search reveals they have never been mentioned before... Plus, self-interestedly, it's a friend's band... so anyone else heard 'em? Kind of like a woozier but poppier Animal Collective, or Neil Young on ether or maybe the whole new folk thing as interpreted by Luis Bunuel... In other words it's pretty good... there are mp3s somewhere online that I could track down if someone was interested.

firstworldman (firstworldman), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes, i just posted about them in my new discoveries question. they are top notch. they got a great review at www.splendidezine.com the other day. it's sort of strange they haven't been discussed here before,...you should check out my other suggestions if you like that grizzly bear record, ....those first two are these canadian songwriters, less trippy/innovative than grizzly but really lovely stuff.

owen reading, Monday, 17 January 2005 22:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

actually... they're the kind of band that makes me wonder... where it's really good, comes totally out of left field... and it seems like if pitchfork or someone doesn't review it, it could totally just slip by unnoticed... indie music could use some serious democratizing as far as promotion... and the internet is probably not the great boon it promised to be... or maybe i'm just depressed in general... maybe the great grand internet is wwwonderful.

firstworldman (firstworldman), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm assuming you're from new york since you know of them, o?

firstworldman (firstworldman), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

www.grizzly-bear.net

Broken Hipster (Broken Hipster), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes yes. nyc all the way. although recently my friend in SF independently of me having said anything mentioned them. who knows. maybe you don't need pitchfork's love to get somewhere.

owen reading, Monday, 17 January 2005 22:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's also a Grizzly Bear interview in last (first) issue of The Deli magazine.

http://www.thedelimagazine.com/covers/1st.jpg

Broken Hipster (Broken Hipster), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i stand corrected ; )

firstworldman (firstworldman), Monday, 17 January 2005 22:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this thread having re-sparked my interest in GB (listening to them now) i decided to google them. turns out there are quite a few reviews/interviews, I guess I just never saw them except for a few....and all of them are really positive. wonder why pitch is totally dropping the ball on this one? then again, I don't really trust them anymore after they gave big scores to blueberry boat. ughhhhh

owen reading, Monday, 17 January 2005 23:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well, blueberry boat is a million times more interesting than the grizzly bear stuff i heard at their web site - dull, dull, dull.

phil turnbull (philT), Monday, 17 January 2005 23:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i suspect i will get blueberry boat in a couple of years... kind of a captain beefheart sort of thing, though i've basically given up on them.

firstworldman (firstworldman), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If anyone's curious there are free Grizzly Bear MP3s on Amazon. I didn't really care for "Fix It", but "Don't Ask" is kind of nice.

darin (darin), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

blueberry boat kills me. if she says "I went to the..." one more time I'll drop dead. grizzly bear is great, a grower, not a shower, give it time. better heard on headphones for sure

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Holy crap, Grizzly Bear qualifies as the "#96 Early Adopter Product in Indie" at Amazon.com:

Early Adopter Indie
"These are the newest and coolest products our customers of Indie are buying. This list, updated daily, is based entirely on purchase patterns."

#07 - "Hilary Duff & Friends - Break Away Hits (karaoke)"
#10 - "Sinatra On Sax"
#51 - "Sing The Hits of Ashlee Simpson (karaoke)"
#87 - "Maximum Nickleback"
#96 - "Horn Of Plenty"

Wow.

Broken Hipster (Broken Hipster), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hmmm... odd... but inspired by that... anyone know a good resource for d/l'ing karaoke songs? what is the file format?

firstworldman (firstworldman), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seems like GB is slowly but surely gaining a whole lot of attention. I just stumbled across a review of their album in Spin. They also had 2 great reviews in Time Out NY recently. I think they deserve the recognition. Their album is amazingly beautiful and intricate... a little like The Books at points. And you've GOT to see them live... really powerful stage presence.

jsebastian, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"horn of plenty" is a fantastic album. i hope more people discover them, they truly deserve it.

oom, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 00:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm really really really surprised how many people here have even heard of them. and here I thought they were a new find. guess they aren't so obscure after all. i'm telling you all, LISTEN TO CHAD VANGAALEN TOO. amazing as well

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 01:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was pretty disappointed that P-fork didn't review Horn of Plenty- it's something that would have been right up their alley, what with the Animal Collective love they (P-fork) have. Grizzly Bear sounds a lot like what I was expecting the Panda Bear solo album to sound like (not that I was unhappy with Young Prayer), since Panda seems a little more pop-oriented.

Kevin H (Kevin H), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 01:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I smell a Grizzly Bear vs. Panda Bear thread baking somewhere...

Broken Hipster (Broken Hipster), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 01:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

people will pick panda bear b/c of the animal collective connection, but honestly, while I LOVE animal collective and I even liked the panda cd, the panda cd DOES get old after awhile, lots of whining after awhile and chanting. at times really honest and beaituful, but after 10 songs, tiresome. I don't think I'm alone in this thought. grizzly bear is fuller. the 2 shouldnt' even really be compared.

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 02:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I want to make sweet, sweet love to The Grizz. REPRESENT!

Cameron (raygun), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 03:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

all three of them? cameron has a mission!

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 03:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, they're closer to my bed than you think...

Cameron (raygun), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 05:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ghey...

Broken Hipster (Broken Hipster), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 11:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just saw they are playing the bowery ballroom with the french kicks and calla. woo woo. ghey or not. i'm there. cameron maybe you can throw your panties at them...

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 13:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

HAHA I'm totally going to be here too. Ed can catch my manties with his teeth. (I'm only being this gross because I know the guys and they're reading this thread :p)

Cameron (raygun), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 14:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wow. i had heard rumblings of this band but all these animal names get confusing. i finally just checked out the site and i am in awe. i've been waiting for music like this to come around. has anyone here seen them play? does it sound like these recordings? harmonizing galore....*gush*

sarah foley, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 17:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I totally want to make a video for this music. just thought of that. it's so cinematic....

sarah foley, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 17:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"If anyone's curious there are free Grizzly Bear MP3s on Amazon."

The whole album is available here:

http://www.grizzly-bear.net/songs/horn%20of%20plenty/

todd (todd), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

download those now before they take it down! then again you can find it on slsk or limewire, so I guess no rush. hah.

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 17:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

xpost

sarah, they are touring soon... feb and march, i think... dates still coming out, apparently... but the ones that are known are up at their site... apparently they sound different live though because they have new members now.

firstworldman (firstworldman), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 19:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yup, feb 17th show at the bowery. as I mentioned before. don't know if you live in the city sarah but if not I think they will most likely hit up your hood

owen reading, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 22:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i too have the grizz fever! they did a funny interview on nerve.com:
www.nerve.com/screeningroom/music/grizzlybear/

unbiased observer, Tuesday, 18 January 2005 23:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i happened to see this on a virgin mega store listening station of all things. i love these dreamy songs. their deli interview is hysterical too.

isabelle, Wednesday, 19 January 2005 00:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sarah, they're better live than they are on record (in my humble opinion at least).

Cameron (raygun), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 00:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

really? I love the record, seems so textured. honestly though I'm not sure how they'd pull it off live. has anybody heard the new iron and wine ep? I think he's lost my attention sadly. his song for that new movie with the guy from that 70s show, is kinda boring.

owen reading, Wednesday, 19 January 2005 03:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the sit really close together live, with like chairs and rugs and shit. It's very intimate. I'm really excited to see how it will come off at a venue the size of the Bowery. I've only seen them at Rothko and SIn-e... it should be interesting.

Cameron (raygun), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 05:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well what do you know they are on junkmedia.org today. four out of five stars. nice. random panthers only got 2 stars. ohhhh vice records. yikes.

owen reading, Wednesday, 19 January 2005 17:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that panthers review is by one "p4ul b4nks"
hmmmm, tho i doubt it obv

noizem duke (noize duke), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 18:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no way no day is paul banks from interpol writing for junkmedia. if so that would be highly highly random.

owen reading, Wednesday, 19 January 2005 18:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just gotta throw in my two sense here. The album is all around a great listen, from start to finish. If anyone doesnt have the album already i would extremly recomend picking up a copy, i was suprised how quick they were gone at some of the smaller record shops, but they've even entered into the larger music stores. Grizzly is also has some songs to listen to on myspace (http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=1930294&Mytoken=20050119162013)
If you arent sure take a listen.
There great live also, i saw them in brooklyn once, a great show, they really kick it up for the performances, ayways i hear there doing a little tour soon...catch em.

Corey, Thursday, 20 January 2005 00:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ahhh myspace! i hate myspace!!! everyone overloads their pages and it's impossible to read anything...

owen reading, Thursday, 20 January 2005 00:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

tell it corey. like I said before this band came out of nowhere and has been one of my repeat listen cds of the last month or so. i have a feeling they are going somewhere. has anyone else seen them live? totally different from the album, in a good way...

jsebastian, Thursday, 20 January 2005 00:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i heard about this band recently and decided to check them out and have really really enjoyed the cd. i'm amused that people are chatting about them here as that I didn't really think they had a following, but I'm glad they do.

zach farver, Thursday, 20 January 2005 05:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jsebastian: you are so right. i just listened to the books. they do sorta sound like grizzly. that would be an amazing tour together. especially the song "don't even sing about it" , that one strikes me as very grizzly bear-esque, or vice versa. regardless. i'd pay top doller to see them together. really cool stuff. thanks for introducing me to the books!

owen reading, Friday, 21 January 2005 02:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

perhaps a little early to mention it, but my friend just told me that they'll be playing at spaceland on monday (the free night) 3/7... i'm going to try to get them playing in OC before then, and hopefully i would return to playing live to play with them

firstworldman (firstworldman), Friday, 21 January 2005 03:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

grizzly bear in the OC seems like an unlikely combination! hahahaha

owen reading, Friday, 21 January 2005 03:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

stranger things have happened... broadcast playing in OC (i still refuse to say the OC) never seemed quite right though.

firstworldman (firstworldman), Friday, 21 January 2005 03:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

broadcast seems more off base than grizzly bear? not sure I follow

owen reading, Friday, 21 January 2005 04:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo don't do it jay

fo shza my tza (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

already fucking around w/coldplay but grizzly bear? don't give them any more undeserved legitimacy

fo shza my tza (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Future Jay-Z collaborators: Foghat, Air Supply, They Might Be Giants.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm sure there are one or two last remaining mashup artists out there who will oblige you.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually Jay-Z/Air Supply has potential.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 31 August 2009 00:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, never mind.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 31 August 2009 00:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

if only jay-z would consult w/ ilm before deciding which indie rock bands he's supposed to like

iatee, Monday, 31 August 2009 00:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

No, no; I was just clowning. I like the new Grizzly Bear disc, and the Jay-Z collaboration sounds cool.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 31 August 2009 00:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

So sick of hearing about this mediocre indie dribble.

Spinspin Sugah, Monday, 31 August 2009 18:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

ya your life must be pretty tough

iatee, Monday, 31 August 2009 18:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

HAHAHAHA

Turangalila, Monday, 31 August 2009 18:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

So sick of hearing about this mediocre indie dribble.

― Spinspin Sugah, Monday, August 31, 2009 2:24 PM

Yeah, because it's not like there are any currently updated threads on the front page about Neil Young, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Kraftwerk, Rush, Womack & Womack, Bert Jansch, ZZ Top, James Brown and Terence Trent D'Arby that you could visit instead. ILM = All Grizzly Bear, All The Time!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 31 August 2009 19:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

enthusiasm for what you spontaneously like --> enthusiasm for indie + disdain for what you used to spontaneously like --> disdain for indie + enthusiasm for what you spontaneously like + enthusiasm for obscure/difficult music and pop music --> enthusiasm for what you spontaneously like, conditioned by a deeper appreciation of many genres + disdain for what you genuinely dislike

kshighway, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Spinspin Sugah is probably somewhere in the "disdain for indie + enthusiasm for what you spontaneously like + enthusiasm for obscure/difficult music and pop music" stage.

kshighway, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard the version of "While You Wait For The Others" with Michael McDonald on vocals? Fairly WTF.

Number None, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was just looking for that. Guess I'll have to wait until I get home to download it from iTunes.

jaymc, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

I streamed it from here
http://volume-knob.blogspot.com/2009/08/jay-z-hearts-grizzly-bear.html

Number None, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

this sort of sounds like the band can't count

a fact-checker with The New Yorker magazine (HI DERE), Monday, 31 August 2009 21:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Excellent, thanks, NN!

jaymc, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is Michael McDonald really singing about 'the perfect cleft' in that chorus?

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Monday, 31 August 2009 21:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow, I wish Michael McDonald did this more often

iatee, Monday, 31 August 2009 21:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh, I guess I was standing about 15-20 yards away from Jay-Z yesterday, then.

Indiana Morbs and the Curse of the Ivy League Chorister (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 00:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Heard "Two Weeks" on Conan recently and the song is like a jammier version of the Rascals' "Beautiful Morning."

I think that a lot of the Nu-Pagan bearded animal bands sound like the kind of music mid-60s pop bands made around 1968 or 1969, when they were trying to adapt to the hippie-era before their popularity ran dry, and hiring an Eastern guru was a sound business decision. The touchstones seem to be the Hollies' Butterfly, Notorious Byrd Brothers, the Beach Boys' Sunflower et al.

Cunga, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Just got back from seeing them with the london symphony orchestra. Epic amazingness.

Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 1 November 2009 00:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bear's drumming, it never ceases to amaze.

Tourtière (Ówen P.), Sunday, 1 November 2009 09:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Maybe I had built this up too much in my mind, but i was a little disappointed. It was still very good though. I liked the way that the orchestration added more details to some of the songs, but at times I struggled to hear the orchestra under the band.

Owen, were you there? I thought I saw someone who looked like you.

Jill, Sunday, 1 November 2009 10:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think it depends on where people were sitting; i was on front row so got a lot of drums and guitar, but thought maybe further back the mix would be more balanced? Regardless of that they seem to get better every time i see them and the orchestra was a big added bonus

Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 1 November 2009 12:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's probably true. I was at the front last night too. For efterklang I was sat halfway up in the stalls and it sounded a lot better

Jill, Sunday, 1 November 2009 13:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yup, I was there. I loved it... the band was in great form.

The problem with band+orchestra style performances is that the audience will tend to expect massive changes and rearranges from all the additional personnel. In cases like Grizzly Bear's, where the band is already so fully formed, there's really no room for all that much orchestral embellishment.

Most of the time, it worked great. Every song had a moment of transcendence... "Foreground" and "Ready, Able" especially were pretty special.

Tourtière (Ówen P.), Sunday, 1 November 2009 13:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

the latest album is my least favorite of their releases, I think, or at least, the one that sticks in my mind the least.

akm, Sunday, 1 November 2009 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

did they do little brother, owen?

Turangalila, Sunday, 1 November 2009 23:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

i could imagine them drawing out foreground quite a bit with the help of an orchestra. it's so full of space, and that rare type of melody you can just play forever.

samosa gibreel, Sunday, 1 November 2009 23:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

i still love veckatimest, but i'm starting to wonder if it actually is better than yellow house or horn of plenty. i really like the idea of a more compact and precise grizzly bear, but they've maybe lost too much of their glowing, silverey atmosphere to the cause. i suspect their next album will take a half-step back towards their earlier strengths. or they could do something totally different that they've never done before, which so far seems to be the their game plan.

samosa gibreel, Sunday, 1 November 2009 23:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Never listened to Friend before -- cover of He Hit Me (and it felt like a kiss) is fantastic.

pithfork (Hurting 2), Friday, 22 January 2010 19:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

this is a good grizz sounding record that's better than actual grizz records (& it's prod by one of the grizz dudes)

http://www.seizurechicken.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/bigecho.jpg

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2010 21:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

even tho it's a pretty airy record it feels less hollow to me than grizz's songs -- also prob part of it has to do with hype (sorry), like i can meet morning benders on a "this is a cool, mellow, sunshiney record with good singing and some nice arrangements" & leave it at that where with grizz i'm like "what do people here in this? i guess it's okay but... what?" and i kind of reject it & move on to something else cuz i don't see myself ever meeting it on that level

ppl should listen to this morning benders thing tho

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2010 21:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

hear* obv

also i listened to this cuz whiney gave it a 7 on twitter, so big ups

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2010 21:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Whiney gave an indie record a decent score?

ksh, Monday, 17 May 2010 21:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

heard parts of this on YouTube or whatever -- didn't see the big deal. i should probably seek some of their stuff out in a higher-quality format

ksh, Monday, 17 May 2010 21:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

i made this thread, The Morning Benders - Big Echo but it seems no one on ILM really was interested,

this album is pretty good thou.

Bee OK, Monday, 17 May 2010 21:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

i mean, it's not a "big deal" so to speak -- even by pfork standards it's pretty much this year's cymbals eat guitars or whatever -- but it's just a nice palette cleanser sort of thing -- pleasant throwback beach rock -- would make good background music if you were reading outside

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2010 21:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's sort of how i felt about whatever i heard. not that it was awful, but i could more or less take it or leave it

ksh, Monday, 17 May 2010 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

is there a thread where we talk about Cant (Chris Taylor's solo project)? Dreams Come True, 2011, is pretty great and not very grizzly bearish, more like sadsack R&B-influenced lo-fi electronic music.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 10 June 2013 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I mentioned it somewhere once but. Don't think anyone else joined in.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 10 June 2013 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Cant's live show was/is really, really amazing.

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 10 June 2013 17:43 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

So Painted Ruins is wonderful.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 19 August 2017 06:47 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

well this is hilarious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPI7oU-fuGw

niels, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

holy shit

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

One of my favorite anecdotes from peak Brooklyn indie rock came from a video interview with Holy Ghost, where they talk about having lunch with one of the Grizzly Bear dudes. They tell them about their new song with Michael McDonald, and GB are like, "Wait no, we have a new song with Michael McDonald."

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hahaha

niels, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 10:47 (one week ago) Permalink


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