So with the Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 edition gearing up this coming November (1st, 2nd and 3rd), we thought we’d get you into the swing of things and offer you a teaser of each band on the bill and maybe help you decide what to give a go, and what to give a pass for your beer pitstops, mustache touch ups and merch table grazings…. We continue with the Friday (day 2) Line-up :
Animal Collective is a musical group which formed in Baltimore, Maryland, United States in 1999. The band consists of Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Avey Tare (David Portner), Deakin (Josh Dibb) and Geologist (Brian Weitz). Records released under the name Animal Collective may include contributions from any or all of these members; the lineup is not uniform. The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. Although the band is often classified as psych folk or noise rock, it is hard to define the Animal Collective sound as they often experiment with diverse styles and ideas from album to album.
Fuck Buttons are Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, a two-piece experimental group based in London, England. Formed in late 2004 and signed to the Atp label, releasing the Bright Tomorrow b/w “Little Bloody Shoulder” 7” single during the fall of 2007. They released their first album Street Horrrsing in 2008 and received widespread acclaim. A single Colours Move followed later that year.
Robyn is the stage name of the Swedish pop singer-songwriter Robin Miriam Carlsson (born 12 June 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden). She is best known for her critically acclaimed electropopmusic, her impressive live shows and the hits “With Every Heartbeat” (#1 UK) and “Dancing on My Own” (#8 UK, #1 Sweden). In 2011, the single “Dancing On My Own” was nominated at Grammy Awards for the category Best Dance Recording. She is the owner of Konichiwa Records, which release only her music, including Robyn and Body Talk. Following the completion of her middle school education, Robyn signed to Ricochet Records Sweden, a subsidiary of BMG. She collaborated with producers Max Martin and Denniz Pop. Writing duties were assisted by Ulf Lindstrom and Johan Ekhe, who also helped to produce the album, and they stayed on board with Robyn until 2003.
The Walkmen are an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.
Chromatics are a band from Portland, Oregon, whose lineup features singer Ruth Radelet, guitarist Adam Miller, drummer Nat Walker, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel. Chromatics’ new studio album, Kill for Love, was released March 26, 2012. They originally hailed from Seattle as a quartet featuring vocalist Adam Miller, drummer Hannah Blilie, guitarist Devin Welch, and bassist Michelle Nolan. That lineup debuted in 2002 with aCalvin Johnson-produced 7” on Gold Standard Laboratories — a split with Die Monitr Batss — and followed with the similarly GSL-issued Chrome Rats Vs Basement Ruts LP.
Behind the name The Tallest Man On Earth is Kristian Matsson (born April 30th, 1983 in Dalarna, Sweden). He plays guitar, banjo and piano and has released three full length albums, the first entitled Shallow Grave and the second entitled The Wild Hunt. His most recent album, There’s No Leaving Now, was released June 12th 2012 via Dead Oceans. He has also released a self-titled 5-track EP on the Swedish label gravitation, as well as a second 5-track EP entitled Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, recently released on Dead Oceans. The Tallest Man On Earth is known for his very charismatic raw voice. He is often compared to Bob Dylan, who shared his raw vocal style and folk-based musical style. He was formerly the front man in Montezumas
Wild Nothing is the solo project of Virginia born Jack Tatum, whose music is the product of an unhealthy obsession with nostalgia. Equal parts teenage wasteland and inexplicable regret, his songs are the kind that could only be made by the young at heart. Tatum began recording under the moniker Wild Nothing in the summer of 2009 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Upon gathering attention in indie music circles, he was signed with the Captured Tracks record label and began touring with a band. His debut full-length, Gemini, was released in spring 2010 to acclaim from Pitchfork Media and the music editors at Amazon.com.
South Londoner Jessie Ware is one of the most exciting vocalists to emerge from the UK underground. The last couple of years have seen the glamorous vocalist collaborating with some of the most respected producers on the electronic spectrum. Jessie caused waves through out the scene in 2010 when she lent her vocals to masked producer SBTRKT for his fantastically catchy and squelchy track Nervous. The following year she worked with Bristol dubstep producer Joker on the ominous and thunderous lead single The Vision from his debut album The Vision (4AD). And melted hearts with Sampha on Valentine, stealing the show at the Young Turks Valentine’s Day Special at the Boiler Room with their live rendition of the tune. The Devotion Songfactsreports that Jessie’s ability to ride SBTRKT’s and other dubstep musician’s skittering beats earned her a solo deal. Her debut album, Devotion, was released by PMR Records on August 20, 2012.
London’s Double Denim are beginning to forge their own identity, apparently harking back to a time when you could buy records blind simply because you knew you loved the label. Theirs is an unremittingly dark musical persona, as evidenced on Christian Aids ‘Stay +’, and it is a persona that seems a perfect fit for Outfit.
‘Two Islands’, the Liverpool band’s latest single, trades in the sorts of breaking-wave guitars, feedback, and hooky vocals that one imagines Daniel Miller is a complete sucker for. It is a fantastically catchy pop song, interestingly arranged – and the vocals remind us of Simple Minds which, whatever anyone else tries to tell you, is a very good thing indeed. [via]
Ratking – Wikispeaks [stream below]
“Wikispeaks,” the first taste of four-man Harlem crew Ratking’s forthcoming EP, begins with a spoken preamble by the group’s unibrowed leader, Wiki, delivered like a Sunday School sermon over a repeating loop that slouches forward, then blooms into a dusty head-knocker that’d pair nicely with PlayStation and a big beer. The labels XL and Hot Charity—home of Willis Earl Beale—will release Ratking’s EP on November 5th. Meanwhile, Wiki’s debut EP 1993, which featured a rough version of “Wikispeaks,” has been mysteriously scrubbed from Bandcamp. [via]