J. Tillman

J. Tillman Sings Tonight’s The Night

Earlier this week venerable music blog Aquarium Drunkard put up a simple post entitled J. Tillman Sings Tonight’s The Night, which contained the singer-songwriter and Fleet Foxes drummer covering Neil

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!!! Tour Tour Tour Dates Dates Dates

On August 24 !!! – pronounced Chk Chk Chk for those who want to Google them – will release their fourth studio album and first in three years, Strange Weather

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The B List: Top Six Of The Last Six

As we continue our year end house cleaning around these parts, I thought I’d chime in once again with a list of my own. As has become the half yearly tradition around these parts, in lieu of a traditional top ten list we opt to do something a little different with our Top 6 of both halves of the year.

While my Top 6 Of The First 6 seemed to have some pretty obvious choices, the second half of the year’s list is mostly dominated by debut records – so let’s get on with it…

6. FanfarloReservoir


I’ve had Fanfarlo’s debut album for so long, that I almost forgot that it officially got released this September. Loaded with orchestral folk-rock that has become all the rage in recent years, the album features everything from saws and clarinets to cellos and ukuleles to melodicas and thermins that all combine with lead singers Simon Balthazar’s booming vocals to produce a cacophony of melodic noise that doesn’t fall far from the Neutral Milk Hotel/Arcade Fire tree.

READ ON for the rest of my Top 6 Of The Last 6…

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Blips: Three Under The Radar Bands

In our never-ending quest to dig up some great bands that cost less than a corned beef sandwich at Katz’s Deli, we bring you another round of Blips. Blips highlights some great bands that are largely still in their larvae stage, but will soon morph into their beautiful butterfly. In this edition, we have some really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around their various websites, and see what you think of these three under the radar musical groups…

J. Tillman


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Today marks a first, as we feature the solo work of a member of a band that was one of our very first Blips acts, Fleet Foxes. Known best as the the drummer for the bearded folk-rockers, J. Tillman has been steadily recording and putting out albums for the last five years, but it’s only been recently that he’s started to gain the attention he deserves. Tillman managed to put out two albums full of his hauntingly baritone vocals and sparse sleepy-folk arrangements this year with Vacilando Territory Blues and Year in the Kingdom – the latter featuring some backing vocals from his current band mates.

Tillman, who seemed to be playing at every SXSW showcase last March, has crafted a sound that doesn’t fall to far from the Nick Drake tree, and is currently providing me the perfect listen as we head deeper in the fall. J. Tillman hits the road for a cross-country headlining tour this November.


READ ON for two more unheralded Blips-worthy artists…

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Friday Mix Tape: The SXSW Edition

Typically, by now I’ve given up caring about the music schmooze fest going on next week known as SXSW, but this year is different. I’ve somehow managed to convince my

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