A random and delightful appearance such as this one is only made possible due to 2011’s most fabulous of days – today.
Happy Birthday to the most magnificent ovine in the barn, our very own Sheep! May your bah never cease to carry a tune, may your wool forever be fine and well groomed, may your hooves continue to graze the vastest of terrains, may your grinders always be flat and well maintained, and may the wolves never come at night to TURN YOU INTO DINNER! >:O
Happy Birthday, best shrend (tacky combination, I apologize)! I love you!
So, the rumors of a Kanye West/Bon Iver (Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj) collaboration are, in fact, TRUE. Yeah. They’re true. For those of you expecting to hear Vernon spitting rhymes, you might be a little disappointed. The track (one of TEN, apparently) opens with Vernon, and ends with Vernon. I find the song to be more on the obnoxious side and listening to it brings me flashbacks of the opening scene in Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video (no idea why) but his beautiful howler’s croon shines, as it always does and as weird as it sounds over a hip hop medium, I’m happy for the guy! Let’s just hope he makes it to the studio soon, to stop collaborating and to start recording a new record. (PLEASE.)
YO BON I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR YOU AND I’MA LET YOU FINISH BUT — alright, I’m not even going to take it there.
And I know we keep saying that we’ll be back, and we have something in store, but we will and it’s true – we’re just fighting time, we’re always just fighting time – and sleep, (yeah, sleep) – The Sheep has been sleep-grazing through time for the last 2+ months, while I’ve been hunting the Earth for a cure. Let’s just say that my hunting skills are a bit lack-luster compared to the power of the Sheep’s *big* hoof hitting the SNOOZE button. We miss you though, and we hope you feel the same. 😦
So, for the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you music from two different continents, opposite sides of the world, etc., literally. I just wanted to say that it has been an awesome blogging for all of you out there who take the time to read and especially comment and a lot of fun making playlists for those of you out there awesome enough to give our mixes a few spins.
But most of all, it has been a complete honor and privilege to be blogging with the best little Sheep that I know. Seriously. 😥
We’ve come a long, long way…
and if i made a fool, if i made a fool, if i made a fool
on the road, there’s always this
and if i’m sewn into submission,
i can still come home to this
and with a face like a dad and a laughable stand,
you can sleep on the plane or review what you said,
when you’re drunk and the kids leave impossible tasks
you think over and over, “hey, i’m finally dead.”
oh, if the trip and the plan come apart in your hand,
you look contorted on yourself, you ridiculous prop.
you’ll forget what you meant when you read what you said,
and you always knew you were tired, but then,
where are your friends tonight?
Stay tuned for some European death metal – more awesome music is always on the horizon over here, haven’t you figured that out yet? Phew, thought so.
And for those of you, you know, interested in setlists:
1. Mistaken For Strangers 2. Anyone’s Ghost 3. Bloodbuzz Ohio 4. Afraid Of Everyone 5. Secret Meeting 6. Slow Show 7. Squalor Victoria 8. Little Faith 9. All The Wine 10. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks 11. Conversation 16 12. Apartment Story 13. Abel 14. Sorrow 15. England 16. Fake Empire
Encore: 17. Runaway 18. Lemonworld 19. Mr. November 20. Terrible Love
I will be honest here and admit that my first experience with a Tallest Man on Earth song did not leave the two of us floating off together into musical adoration. It took me a few listens of Shallow Grave to get used to and fully appreciate Sweden’s own, Kristian Matsson’s vocal approach to his music. At some point in the last two years, however, Shallow Grave and my iTunes Library have parted ways and The Tallest Man on Earth became nothing but a tall memory. Until recently, when Matsson’s name started popping up among the fields of the internet while looking for music to harvest so, I went ahead and cultivated his latest, The Wild Hunt.
The Wild Hunt is a refreshing descent into the land of modern day folk music. The album as a whole brings forth an interesting balance between the strumming and plucking of a sweet acoustic guitar (at times, even a banjo or a piano!) and Matsson’s one of a kind, twangy vocals. One of Matsson’s greatest talents, is his ability to intertwine such immense detail in smart, frank lyrics. The Wild Hunt is an album of layers, waiting to be dissected but it also stands as an album to enjoy – especially on a beautiful day – for, it carries itself through the speakers like a gentle, calming breeze.
And I will sleep out in the glade just by the giant tree
Just to be closer when my spirit’s pulled away
I left a nervous little boy out on the trail today
He’s just a mortal to the shoutin’ cavalcade
I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin
I live until the call
And I plan to be forgotten when I’m gone
Yes I’ll be leavin in the fall
The Wild Hunt
And now spikes will keep on falling from the heavens to the floor
The future was our skin and now we don’t dream anymore
No, we don’t dream anymore
Like a house made from spider webs and the clouds rolling in
I bet this mighty river’s both my savior and my sin
Oh, my savior and my sin
Love Is All
Also, take a moment to check out this minimally, delightful video of Matsson performing one of the best covers of Jackson Browne’s These Days for the fabulous La Blogotheque. Watching him in this video shows how effortlessly music escapes this man and just how much he enjoys the process of it all.
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