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.
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.
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.
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:
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)