Friday, February 17, 2012

Bonnie Bear?

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has made a lot of headline following the Grammys, and for good reason. His speech had a "fuck you" tone to it, but I thought it was great that he acknowledged the many, many bands who never made it to the prestigious awards ceremony.

Here's a performance from Vernon and Bon Iver's Sean Carey, recorded at London's AIR Studios back in 2011, and features a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me".

You don't have to be a Bon Iver/Vernon fan, but give the man props. This is pretty amazing:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Greener Road Ahead

Beach Road (Via Adirondack Almanak)
There's a number of environmental advocacy groups who do a great job protecting Lake George and it's watershed, the Lake George Association (LGA) being the most prominent. It - along with the Department of Public Works and NYS Department of Transportation - deserves major cred for an innovative, $6 million project to install porous asphalt on Beach Road, which is host to motorcycle rallies, restaurants and businesses, and is one of the most travelled roads in the lake's southern rim.

The LGA identified storm water as the No. 1 cause of pollutants entering Lake George. The porous asphalt acts as a filter for storm water before it enters the lake.

Kudos to the LGA and New York State for their environmental foresight and for keeping Lake George "George-ous."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gotta love a little Tenacious D. New album, Rise of the Fenix, due out in May. The dudes have it figured out. After all, they're headlining the biggest festivals every summer and they write songs about Kielbasa.

New M. Ward Song/Video Released

It looks like it's animated video Friday. Here's the first song I'm aware of off of M. Ward's upcoming release, A Wasteland Companion.

Director Joel Trussell and his team of animators use M. Ward's lyrics as a basis to tell a three-part story following a girl who's run away with her pet llama and fish. The soft, pastel colours are a perfect companion to M. Ward's soothing voice. (Via Chartattack)

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announcement from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wilco on ACL

Wilco returns to Austin City Limits this Saturday (Feb. 4), playing songs off of The Whole Love, which was recently nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Rock Album" category. The Grammy's air Feb. 12. Wilco is in tough company in Best Rock Album, nominated alongside the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Jeff Beck (Rock N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul). I predict Foo Fighters, unfortunately. Mumford and Sons (Sigh No More) and, of course, Adele (21), will likely walk away with the most hardware.

Here's a behind the scenes look at Wilco's ACL spot:

Watch Wilco "Dawned on Me" on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.