Bon Iver's New Track, "Heavenly Father"

bon-iver-justin-vernon_article_story_mainBon Iver‘s new track seems to be drawing new fans and seeing others return to the faithful fold. The song, “Heavenly Father,” was inspired by and will be featured in the new film by Zach BraffWish I Was Here. The soundtrack also features the work of The Shins, among other indie rock heroes, who were famously featured in Braff’s directorial debut feature, Garden State.

You can hear the new track over at NPR.

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Skinny Lister Appear on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts

SideOneDummy favorites Skinny Lister have developed a strong reputation for being one of the most entertaining live bands out there. Their pub-bred take on classic folk songs and homespun originals  has captivated music listeners around the world in the months since their debut LP, Forge & Flagon, arrived in stores. Now, the group has taken their fun sound to one their biggest (and, er, smallest) stages to date: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Filling out the tiny space allotted for one of NPR’s most popular music programs, Skinny Lister’s time on Tiny Desk Sessions is jam-packed with joy. The group run through a number of album cuts, dancing and shouting along the way. We’re unable to embed the performance here, so head over to NPR’s official site for the full concert stream.

Forge & Flagon is available now wherever music is sold. And unconfirmed rumor has it that the band is already set to begin work on their next release.

The Avett Brothers: New Album "The Carpenter" Streaming On NPR

If you like truly heartfelt folk-rock, then check out The Avett Brothers‘ new album The Carpenter streaming for a limited time on NPR. Followup to 2009’s breakthrough release I And Love And You, this new album carries on the band’s natural tendency to write passionate heart-on-sleeve romps and lullabies with dynamically diverse folky instrumentation. Despite reaching recent stardom the brothers and crew have not lost their knack for soothing honesty. While touching on many of life’s more trying tribulations, they still keeping those catchy feel-good melodies and rhythms alive.

The Carpenter is due out on September 11th, followed by a full U.S. tour starting on the 12th.

Superlatones: Most Likely to Be Found at Your Local Jazz Lounge

Picture the scene: red velvet curtains, dim lighting, the smell of whiskey and cigar smoke static in the air. A spotlight comes on. On the stage, a band begins to assemble, hands and instruments at the ready. Music begins to play. A slow dance begins. With their strong jazz influences and sultry voices, this is the perfect setting for a duet between Renee Olstead and Justin Thompson, this week’s dynamic duo.

The Dynamic Duo:
Renee Olstead and Justin Thompson


Colin Stetson Premiers "Judges" On NPR

Know what the most indie instrument is these days? Saxophone. Some of you might say electric triangle, but I bet I could get sax man Colin Stetson to agree with me. And he has the pedigree to back it up no less. Stetson has been kicking around for a few years, having earned a place in the album liner notes for folks like Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, Bon Iver, Kevin Devine and Yeasayer. On top of all that, he’s part of the touring band for Arcade Fire and the aforementioned Bon Iver. He’s also been tapped to open a few shows in Europe this year with none other than post-rock godheads Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Suffice it to say he’s a busy man.

Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 2To cap off a month that would stand as a banner year for most, Stetson is releasing his new album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges on Feb 22nd through Constellation Records.  Judges has already gotten the premiere treatment this month on NPR’s All Songs Considered. The new record features Stetson and his avant-garde sound, recorded live with no overdubs. His work is characterized by a layering of melodic lines, a stacking of melodies on top of each other. If that sounds too inpentrible for your uncultured ass, the record does feature guest vocals from Laurie Anderson and Shara Wooden of My Brightest Diamond. Judges was recorded by none other than Efrim Menuck of GSY!BE and, if that’s the kind of tidbit that gets you excited, then you have no reason not to check the record out. You can listen to excerpts from the album here or purchase it here.

Download of the Week: Sydney Wayser

Blending elements of French and American culture, we have the smooth sounds of Sydney Wayser as this week’s Needle in the Haystack.  The New York City-based singer/songwriter has been praised by many publications including Daytrotter and NPR Music.

Having recently wrapped up US and French tours and having released her new album, The Colorful, in France, Wayser is currently hunkered down in practice spaces in NYC (the cheapest are boiler rooms, as she has found out) working on her new album.  This week, Wayser will be giving away her single, “la di da, as our free download.  Keep an eye out for more from her during the rest of the week!