Friday, May 14, 2010

Indiephemera Friday, vol. 5

The National! Punch Brothers! Bear in Heaven! But first the big news:

Frontier Psychiatrist hits the 100-fan mark!!!


((look, we tried))

(((but we're really close)))

And all it took was one month of relentless posting and some mild cajoling of friends, family, and lovers. Thus ends Phase One of our strategy. Phase Two: a New York Times profile. Phase Three: Total Media Domination. If you know someone with a gaping void in his or her life that FP could fill, spread the word. And click that MF LIKE button on our Facebook page.

Looking ahead, the big news is the The National's concert on Saturday night in Brooklyn. The show will be webcast live under the direction of the legendary DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, as reported earlier on FP. If you're not blessed with tickets (or for some reason do not live in Brooklyn) fire up your computer tomorrow at 8.00 PM EST and watch the show on Youtube.

Hot on the heels of their tune with Fiona Apple and Jon Brion on the Chickens in Love anthology, Punch Brothers have their second record due in mid-June. Antifogmatic features 10 new tunes, several of which mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and his virtuosic bandmates have played live over the last year. In true indie fashion, there will be a vinyl edition, now available for pre-order. The band is touring this summer, with a show at New York’s Town Hall and stops at Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where they will be joined by Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose new record Genuine Negro Jig we reviewed last week. Our favorite track from Antifogmatic is "Alex," performed in the WNRN-Charlottesville studios. The Virginia session also includes performances of ‘This is the Song" and the PB’s cover of "Reptilia" by the Strokes.

If all this music doesn't last you through the weekend, Bear in Heaven returns from Brussels to start their North American summer tour. Dear New Yorkers: BIH is playing at Terminal 5 this Sunday (May 16) and outdoors at Pier 17 on July 9 as part of the (South Street) Seaport Music Series. Recently, Bear in Heaven was stranded in the Madrid airport during the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption and made the following. When life gives you ashes, make music videos.

A nice moment during the dust cloud from Bear In Heaven on Vimeo.

Bear in Heaven is opening for Metric, whose new single will be on the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack, out June 8, a.k.a. Vampire Tuesday.

From all of us here at FP, buen fin de semana.

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