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Tuesday: Blind Pilot at The Newport

The timing couldn’t be better for Blind Pilot. Folk-based indie rock is doing extremely well, maybe not on the radio but bands like Dawes, Mumford & Sons, Quiet Corral, and The Decemberists (just to name a few) are playing to larger and larger crowds on each tour. The last time Blind Pilot played the Newport (Feb.6, 2012), the band apparently made the show an intimate experience by hopping down into the crowd for an acoustic number while asking people to put away their cell phones and just enjoy the experience. What a refreshing change in this digital age where everybody (guilty as charged) wants to take photos and videos throughout a band’s performance.

Blind Pilot and River City Extension perform at The Newport Music Hall on Tuesday. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20.

Favorite Albums of 2011: Robert Duffy

What a great, interesting year for music consumption. Spotify gave me the ability to discover tons of new music and keep up with the current scene, while iTunes Match allowed me to rediscover music that was collecting dust on my disconnected external hard drive.

My favorite albums of 2011 are filled with the usual suspects that I’ve come to love over the years (Wilco, The Decemberists), but this year, more than ever, are a bunch of bands that are completely new to me. Here’s a list, complete with MP3s, streams, videos, and whatever relevant links I could put together.

Bonus: Spotify playlist featuring all of the albums plus a few others that didn’t make the top 10 cut.

10. The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient

MP3: Come to the City

9. I Break Horses, Hearts

I Break Horses – Winter Beats by Bella Union

8. Alina Simone, Make Your Own Danger

MP3: Glitterati

7. Wild Flag, Wild Flag

MP3: Glass Tambourine

6. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l

MP3: Bizness

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne

Listen: Otis

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MP3: The Decemberists Cover R.E.M.’s “Cuyahoga”

MP3: Cuyahoga (R.E.M. cover)

The Decemberists recently covered R.E.M.’s Cuyahogah on a KCRW session. This isn’t the only recent Decemberists/R.E.M. connection: Peter Buck The King is Dead.

The band also announced a second leg of their current tour. Keep reading for all the dates. Continue reading

Last Night: The Decemberists in New York + They Just Topped the Billboard Charts

It was basically the 500th time I saw The Decemberists last night, and definitely one of the best. Starting the show off with “California One”, I knew it was going to be special. The band played all over their catalog, making me remember how much I love this band. PS: The new album sounded amazing live.

Speaking of the new record, the band has the #1 album on the Billboard charts selling 93,000 copies. Their last album debuted with 19K, so that’s a big ass jump. PS: Of the 93,000 sold, 65% was digital and 3% vinyl.

Set list from last night’s show after the jump. Continue reading

The Decemberists with Gillian Welch on Conan

I’m seeing them in New York on my birthday. Keep reading for complete tour dates. Continue reading

Photos: Black Prairie, Nick Jaina, Alwood Sisters

Black Prairie (feat. members of the Decemberists)
w/ Nick Jaina, The Alwood Sisters
Kobo I Columbus, OH
Oct. 23, 2010

Black Prairie

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Saturday in Columbus: Black Prairie

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MP3: Black Prairie – Blackest Crow

Black Prairie — featuring 3/5 of the Decemberists — play Kobo on Saturday night with the Alwood Sisters and Nick Jaina. Tickets here.

Debut album Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is out now on Sugar Hill Records.

The Decemberists in Columbus 2009 Poster by Clinton Reno


Clinton Reno has done every poster for The Decemberists in Columbus, dating back from their two shows at Little Brother’s that donewaiting.com booked (that seems forever ago). Click here to purchase the new poster for just $20.

I especially love how he drew Shara Wardon of My Brightest Diamond, who is part of this tour and album:


Blind Pilot Opening for The Decemberists in Columbus


MP3: Go On Say It by Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot are opening for The Decemberists on Monday in Columbus. Their orchestral, rustic music will be a a perfect fit to start off the show.

Just back from a European tour with the Counting Crows, the band is opening a string of shows for The Decemberists including a spot at Lollapalooza. Their star is definitely rising.

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Causes 2 Darfur Benefit Album Features Diplo, RJD2, Decemberists


Waxploitation has released another awesome benefit album for Darfur featuring a lot of donewaiting.com favorites. 100% of the profits from the release go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Human Rights Watch and Oxfam America. Order the album here.


1: Black Moth Super Rainbow – Happy Melted City
2: The Decemberists – After the Bombs (Live Version)
3: Devendra Banhart – White Reggae Troll
4: Diplo – Wassup Wassup (Exclusive Samim Remix)
5: Federico Aubele – Luna Y Sol
6: Gnarls Barkley – Mystery Man
7: LCD Soundsystem – Starry Eyes Original (Causes Exclusive)
8: My Morning Jacket – Highly Suspicious (exclusive VHS or Beta Dee Jays Remix)
9: Matthew Dear – When She Don’t Need Me (Causes Exclusive)
10: Mum – Asleep in a Hiding Place
11: Neon Neon – I Lust U Feat. Cate Le Bon (DJ Eli Escobar Remix)
12: Richard Swift – Wastin’ M’Time
13: RJD2 – Wherever
14: Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings – It Hurts to be Alone
15: Tim & Eric – Petite Feet (Exclusive Devlin & Ghostdad Remix Feat. Sylvia Gordon)