Posts Tagged ‘Robin Pecknold’

Near/Far 2011: The “Bonus Disc”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In case you missed it: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s free, legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2011 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Fleet Foxes, Yuck, Washed Out, Other Lives, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Larry and His Flask, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Anastacia and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past five years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here and 2010 here. That’s 174 awesome songs … for free. Get ’em.

But that’s not enough! Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So I’ve put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2011 comp, and by “bonus disc” I mean YouTube playlist for super easy streaming.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks — and one band name — may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Wilco, Patrick Stump, The Vaccines, Big K.R.I.T., Robin Pecknold, F–ked Up, Givers, Kendrick Lamar, Pistol Annies, Clams Casino, Wavves, Purity Ring, Purling Hiss, Archers, Peaking Lights and Jovontaes. Again, you can hear all this right here.

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement. I tried to avoid them. Ditched Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more because of ’em. But they’re sneaky little dudes.

The Best Songs of 2011 So Far: Robin Pecknold, “I’m Losing Myself” (feat. Ed Droste)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

As we near the end of June — and thus the end of the first half of 2011 — I’m going to post a bunch of my favorite songs of the year so far.

To see them all, click here. And to read about my favorite albums of 2011 so far, click here.

the best thing I’ve heard so far this year …

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I mentioned this on Frequency’s Facebook the other day, but had no link to provide. Well, I’ve since found a link, but it’s a Soundcloud, so it could go away at any time, so you should just go ahead and listen right now.


Because I’ve listened to several great albums in the first quarter of 2011 (look for a roundup coming soon), but the best thing I’ve heard so far this year is a three-song EP of stray tracks that Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold released for free via his Twitter account several weeks back.

This stuff is gorgeous. The first — an aching duet with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste — is my favorite. The second is a beautiful Simon & Garfunkelian tune that features some of Pecknold’s trademark vocal soarin’. The third is a cover of an old song from the ’70s by New Zealand folkie Chris Thompson.

The overall sound of the three songs is very influenced by ’60s/’70s British folk, with a totally vintage vibe, like you’re listening to old, timeworn Bert Jansch records on a dusty thrift-store turntable.

Of course, streaming these songs on Soundcloud is like the exact opposite of that, but it’ll have to do:

Robin Pecknold tracks by One Thirty BPM

(Psst: The upcoming Fleet Foxes album sorta might’ve shown up magically in my iTunes and it is terrific. Friends, Pecknold is well on his way to becoming one of our finest songwriters. Dude is for real.)

(Photo courtesy Martijn vdS)

Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold covers Neutral Milk Hotel

Monday, July 13th, 2009

It would be easy to play cooler-than-thou and make fun of the blogasm happening this morning because of this song.

But I won’t do that. Or rather, I can’t do that, because I’ll be too busy listening to this over and over and over and over. And you can too, thanks to this download right here:

Robin Pecknold, “Two-Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

The entire set is at Chocolate Bobka, where you can read about when and where and why this was played, at least until music nerds everywhere crash the dude’s site.