During an era when bands continue to crib a decade or guitar tone and drive it into the dirt, Grizzly Bear have avoided all obvious appropriation. That’s not to say that influences arise out of the ether, but they’ve spent innumerable hours translating them into their own secular sacraments. Originally ascribed to freak-folk, they quickly […]
What do you know about standing in line outside for fifteen minutes to gain entrance into a slammed record store (Vacation Vinyl, Silverlake), only to discover that the one record you wanted for Record Store Day was already sold out. 20 copies gone before 12:30 p.m. I suppose I can chalk this up to the […]
The video drops for my favorite song from Shields. Grizzly Bear: giving new meaning to skin flick.
This is just your normal video in which a champion teenage ice skater falls through the thin ice in a skating rink and ends up almost drowning in frozen water. Thankfully, she emerges from the arctic sea and winds up at a carnival where she declines to drink some slush puppies. Obviously, she is still¬† […]
Douglas Martin briefly beat-boxed in Department of Eagles. Listening to Grizzly Bear inspires adjectives usually foreign to critically-acclaimed, avant-garde New York City bands: pristine, nuanced, sophisticated. The Big Apple is supposed to be dirtier than everywhere else. Its artists are supposed to be darker, weirder, more damaged, more openly self-destructive. The Velvet Underground. Sonic Youth. […]
Grizzly Bear again? Ah yeah, again and again. With two songs leaked from next month’s Shields, the ursine squad are the only contenders to take Ariel Pink’s crown for my favorite album of the year involving guitars. Even though their piano lines and layered vocal harmonies seem to provide the music with most of its […]
Nature abhors a vacuum. So with the death of Jan Berenstain earlier this year, there was a gaping void in the ursine world, one almost instantly filled by the return of the brothers Grizzly. “Sleeping Ute” is the name of the new song, conjuring both visions of My Cousin Vinny and votive offerings for peace. […]
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I’ve been on a Grizzly Bear kick in anticipation of seeing them at this weekend’s Treasure Island Festival, but lingered in listening to “Ghosts,” the new single from the CANT side-project of multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor.¬† Largely overshadowed by the band’s two lead singers Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, Taylor’s jump-off solo track reveals exactly how […]
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