This week's installment of Mandatory Music is loaded with covers and collaborations and, in some cases (as with the lead track), both.
Band of Horses
Iron and Wine and Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell have unveiled their cover of Talking Heads’ 'This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)' from 'Sing Into My Mouth.'
Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam and Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell recently announced they would release a joint album of covers entitled, Sing Into My Mouth.
The two will release a collaborative album, a collection of covers titled Sing Into My Mouth, at some point this summer.
Seattle indie-rockers Band of Horses are set to return with their fifth album, which will be produced by Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle.
Dawes is one of those rare rock acts -- think Kings of Leon or Ray LaMontagne -- that glides effortlessly between popular music and a believably vintage-sounding aesthetic. Singer Taylor Goldsmith’s analog lead vocals may be unique for the ProTools-era listener, but his delivery is, unquestionably, a chip off of Jackson Browne’s old block. (Somewhat ironically, the band has backed Browne on tour). Which, in recent years, has left us scratching our heads. Does this band have an authenticity problem, or is this the sound of rock music’s Next Big Thing?
The 2012 Railroad Revival Tour -- an eight-show indie-meets-country mishmash that was to have featured Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson -- has been cancelled, but for Band of Horses, the show will go on. In light of the recent cancellation, they'll play a series of headlining gigs around the same cities but at different venues.
It's funny how catchy tunes get called "infectious," same as diseases, with the most infectious becoming a part of us.
Way back in the mid-2000s, Band of Horses emerged as purveyors of such songs. Their ‘Infinite Arms’ (2010) album became a part of listeners lives, and 'Funeral,' from their 2006 debut, was a particularly sweet virus. On subsequent efforts, they rehashed those highs without reinventing their sound, giving in to an underwhelming fit of inertia that ‘Mirage Rock’ has thankfully shifted.