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Recommendations from Here is What is

posted July 29, 2009, 7:40 am by dscanland | Filed Under Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Jim Black, Here Is What Is, The Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Recommendations

A new band from Vancouver, BC is about to cross your radar. They are called Here Is What Is. We asked them to recommend us 5 great bands/albums. Here is what they came back with:

  • The Dirty Projectors – You really can’t describe the music. Many have tried, many have failed. The closest you can get is maybe African pop with 3 part vocal arrangements from a guy who studied classical music at Yale. But its got this whole punk rock thing to it, that attitude and vibe. Where the intricacies of the music meet pure emotion. I saw them twice in the last couple of months. My favorite band.
  • Jim Black’s ‘Alas No Axis’ – An instrumental rock band (saxophone, guitar, electric bass, drums/laptop) consisting of two guys from NYC (via Seattle), and two guys from Iceland. They all have strong free jazz background’s that color the music which touches on everything from the early 90’s Seattle scene to the current Brooklyn indie dance scene.
  • Fond of Tigers – Two drummers, guitar, bass, violin, trumpet, keys. Vancouver based instrumental odd-time/noise/beautiful.
  • Grizzly Bear – yes they really are that good and do deserve all they press and hype they get.
  • Jonathan inc. – A bit of a west coast godfather to some of the younger bands that came out of the suburbs (but he’s really not that old). Its pretty quintessential west coast songwriting.


One Response to “Recommendations from Here is What is”

  1. Profile photo of Brian Rutherford Brian Rutherford on August 6th, 2009 6:39 am

    great reccos…. even jonathan inc as poppy as it is has a nice line.

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