Robin Pecknold uploaded a new demo to his personal Soundcloud page today saying, “New demo, new song. Sadsack mode. Will probably change.” Someone must have had a rough Valentine’s Day…
Once considered an integral part of music packaging, album art has all but faded in the digital music age. The iPod has reduced 12 x 12 LP covers to thumbnails, pushing many artists to use large block print across plain backgrounds. How else are people going to know what they’re listening to? Sometimes simplicity is good, but thankfully for the vinyl aficionados of the world there are still artists who value the visual experience of owning an LP. Hit the jump to check out the covers that caught our eye in 2011.
Did you know that “Pop-Up Video” is back? Neither did we until a few hours ago, but even VH1 is trying to clamor to the music industry of yesteryear. Not that we’re complaining here at Sloane. I mean who wouldn’t want to know that Britney shaved her head during the filming of “Womanizer.” While we doubt any of our favorite videos of 2011 will be showing up on VH1 anytime soon, we do think they’ll keep you entertained for the next forty-odd minutes. From the animated, to the sentimental, to the really weird, we’ve got you covered. Have a a gander after the jump.
Helplessness Blues extended cut “The Shrine/An Argument” (the track with the horn freakout six and a half minutes in) gets some wild animation courtesy of Sean Pecknold, brother of Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold. Sean has been the visual guru for the band since their inception and doesn’t disappoint with his latest clip. Check it out above and his full body of work here.
Check out this beautiful music video for Fleet Foxes’ new album closer “Grown Ocean.” This is arguably the best album I’ve heard in a long long time, and if you haven’t purchased it yet do yourself a favor and do so… here. Can’t wait until May 17th when I see them live.
Fleet Foxes’ sophomore album has leaked. Apparently the band’s label (Sub Pop) sent out an album stream to those who pre-ordered the album and someone recorded it. For those of you who do download the leak, remember to still support the band. Buy some merch, see them live, purchase the vinyl. That being said here’s a fantastic little taste…
Another new Fleet Foxes jam for your eardrums. The group released the title track to their sophomore album, Helplessness Blues, a couple months back, and now we have the album’s fourth track, “Battery Kinzie,” thanks to the kind folks at OneThirtyBPM. Have a listen below and look for Helplessness Blues May 3rd on Sub Pop.
Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold released three new tracks today via his twitter. It’s a nice surprise as we patiently wait for the band’s sophomore LP, Helplessness Blues, to arrive May 3rd on Sub Pop. The new collection of songs feature an original, a cover, and a lovely duet with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste. The cover, “Where Is My Wild Rose,” is by New Zealand folksinger Chris Thompson. According to Pecknold, “These aren’t Fleet Foxes songs, but I didn’t know where else to disseminate it. Pretty mellow jams.” Mellow indeed. Download all three tracks below.