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.
In honor of Record Store Day, Sub Pop Records was generous enough to offer up some songs for streaming. These songs are all available on the exclusive vinyl records (also from other bands that are not on Sub Pop) that are being sold in celebration of today.
Assuming that each and every one of you, our lovely readers, has a pulse – it is not breaking news that Canada will be taking on America for the Olympic Gold in Men’s Hockey on Sunday, the 28th of February (what a wonderful way to spend the one day that we only experience every four years). We understand that this is not a sports blog but found this event to be an important one considering that The Wolf is in fact an American citizen and The Sheep is a native of Canada.
I have never experienced the Sheep so passionate, competitive and dedicated to her motherland and her herd of brethren (seriously, her grazing has gone from a gentle prance to a trot to a run to her hooves digging so aggressively into the ground that I’m convinced they’ve reached the Earth’s core more than once) and I think it is great. And rarely, have I ever found myself feeling as if it is a duty to feel defensive over the world thinking of my country as the big bad ‘wolf’ who doesn’t deserve to win. Our animal instincts have for sure shown their faces throughout the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympics and the competitive tension between us, mother nature’s most prized creatures, has at times gotten a bit out of control. But seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way. What a blast it’s been!
So, in celebration of some hockey and friendly cut-throat competition, I bring you some Hockey. Hockey is a band from Portland, Oregon, that I stumbled upon while accidentally scouring the internet for something else and I’m glad I did because this song has made a nice little dent in my frail and depressingly empty (never do a ‘System Update’ on a Mac without having it plugged into the charger) iTunes library.
I’d like to let you know I’ll always be straight with you,
I stole my personality from an anonymous source,
And I’m gonna pay for it too, I dont feel bad about that,
Give me my chance back.
This is on the rise music, this is novelty music,
This is who can blame music, I dont get fooled by it
This is where’d you go music, this is come home music,
This is down to the wire I’m such a perfect angel music.
Who really tries?
Tomorrow’s just a song away, a song away, a song away
Song Away by Hockey
Whether or not you happen to be a fan of hockey sports in general, I think it’d be a great experience either way to tune into the game (especially if you’re from Canada or America), the intensity amongst the crowd itself will be enough entertainment to catch your attention before you even have a chance look over at the action on the ice. And if you’re into that kind of thing – loads of eye candy, too. Yummy.
Oh, and if you like what you hear from Hockey, be sure to check out the rest of their catalog. They are definitely a great band to help ease you back into the Spring mood and have a nice Strokes vibe to them and that is never a bad thing.
Now, only to figure out a way to keep this game from ending our friendship…
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