On May 3, Fleet Foxes released their sophomore effort, Helplessness Blues. It’s a rich, layered labor of love that finds the band shelving some of its crutches in favor of a more complex, thoughtful sound. Just like its self-titled predecessor, Helplessness Blues is receiving plenty of praise from critics, and the band’s concert tickets are selling like hotcakes. Continue reading…
This is pretty cool:
We made plans to catch up with Billy at his hotel room during a layover in London. Just watching this again realizing that some plonker outside the hotel is saying “I have to apologize for my wife.” No idea what that’s about. Billy was awesome, he’s really funny, self deprecating, smart, sweet…which is cool because, let’s face it, the guy’s a legend.
Welcome to Iceland Appreciation Day at Owl&Bearâ€”or â€œOwl och BjÃ¶rnâ€ in Swedish, which we assume sounds pretty close to Icelandicâ€”where we spotlight up-and-coming musicians from the subpolar island country. Incidentally, Iceland boasts a population of 320,000 and its popular dishes include liver sausage and cured ram scrotum. You heard me.
Okay, itâ€™s not actually Iceland Appreciation Day, but we did just run a story on Seabear, so I figured Iâ€™d roll with it. Our next artist to be featured from the land of the great Strokkur geyser is LovÃsa ElÃsabet SigrÃºnardÃ³ttir, better known as Lay Low.
The Patsy Cline-inspired singer/songwriter has already developed an immense following in her homeland, claiming the country’s top-selling original album last year with her debut, Please Donâ€™t Hate Me. Lay Low will be turning her sights on the US with the release of her new album, Farewell Good Nightâ€™s Sleep, on March 9th, to be followed by an extensive tour. Continue reading