via @icecreamman: “We’ve been trying to mix it up this season with getting some young bands on board like Twin Sister and Dent May but also landing some legends to play, like Superchunk and The Feelies.
Last weekend in NYC was a bit open but when we saw that The Feelies were playing with Times New Viking and Real Estate at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on Saturday we decided to devote our day to hanging out there and slinging. The Feelies stopped by just after their sound check to play “Nobody Knows” off their new album, Here Before which you can check out on Spotify (The Feelies – Here Before).
Thanks to The Feelies and to Celebrate Brooklyn for making the day so awesome. Love that The Farm on Adderley is doing food this year too.. so tasty.”
via @icecreamman: “Since driving Bessie to New York City in 2006 I’ve always felt like a heat wave begins once I get to town. This weekend was no exception. On Friday when I picked up 1,000 Ben & Jerry’s treats, it was 103 in NYC, and felt like 118. For our first stop we met The Futurebirds outside the Standard Hotel for a little busking action. The band kindly stopped by to play on a corner for us and our friends at Spotify. On Saturday we hung out with Dent May (Dent May) and his band as they messed with the Omnichord to play their new single “That Feeling.” Check out the Dent May episode of our Summer Jammin’ tour with Spotify on Pitchfork TV.
Saturday was spent at Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn with The Feelies, Real Estate and Times New Viking. I drove to Fort Greene to pick up the crew (all FIVE of them piled in the truck somehow) and on the way to the park we rocked The Feelies’ new album “Here Before” (The Feelies – Here Before) on Spotify via the iPhone app. Not quite 100 on Saturday, but still hot. The best part of the day was when The Feelies joined us in the park to play a song for “Summer Jammin,” which was quite the honor.”
via @icecreamman : “The second installment from our Pitchfork adventures with Ice Cream Man and Spotify features irreverent rapsters Das Racist and a long standing favorite of mine, Superchunk. We’ve filmed close to 100 bands at this point and it’s not a stretch to that Superchunk was one of my top 10 performances.”
The honesty in Essie Jain’s song writing is instantly disarming to the listener. She channels her emotions and life experience through her music, laying bare a deep and often times dark stream of consciousness. But what was once an outlet to express emotions she struggled to even talk about, has become the most wonderful expression of her own life, light and view of the world. “Stand In the Light” is the first new ‘adult’ song in almost four years and marks the dawn of a more joyful creative direction with her work. At Dig For Fire we’re excited not only to bear witness to this but even more so as we join our forces of nature in the creation of a new record with Essie.
We kick off another summer music tour with Ice Cream Man at Pitchfork Festival tomorrow, and this year we’re teaming up with Spotify to make the #summerofFREE even sweeter with a secret stash of Spotify Free invitations for music lovers across the USA. Thanks to Spotify (and more than 13 million songs at his fingertips) Ice Cream Man can rest assured he’ll never get tired of that old mix tape on his 20,000 mile journey across the US. He’ll travel from New York to San Fransisco and back in 5 weeks to join half a million music fans at the summer’s best music festivals in the US.
If you can’t make it to the festivals, our friends at Pitchfork TV will be hosting all the video action from the road including stripped down acoustic sessions and all the backstage shenanigans in ‘Summer Jammin” With Ice Cream Man. Lucky viewers will get their chance to snag some Spotify invites. Visitors to the Ice Cream Man truck can enter to win while chilling out and cooling down with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
The Spotify invites won’t last long, so don’t miss out on the #summerofFREE. Catch “Summer Jammin’ with Ice Cream Man” every Tuesday and Thursday on Pitchfork.tv and follow @icecreamman @spotify @pitchforkmedia and @digforfire to find out where we’re giving away our weekly invites! Enjoy “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a favorite from last summer! More where that came from!
Upon first hearing Sam Amidon’s passionate folk music, it sounded as if he hailed from Appalachia rather than Vermont. His latest album, I See The Sign, sounded quite unlike that of his Bedroom Community labelmate Ben Frost, who is known for mixing ambient sounds with harsh noise. After seeing his performance at our SXSW Lawn Party, he continued to shatter expectations: who knew such a young man could so strongly recall the fiery howls of 1960’s protest folk? Who knew that a man and a banjo could make for such intensely engaging songs? Who knew R. Kelly’s R&B jams could translate so well into hushed, banjo-fueled Americana songs? Amidon’s covers The King of R&B’s “Relief” appears as one of many breathtaking tracks on I See The Sign.
You would have heard of hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar a few months back when he released ‘Faith’. The song is about the struggle to keep the faith when hard times keep coming at you. “Felt like I’m free from all my sins when the service was over. Walked out the church, then got a call that my homie was murdered, then lost my faith again.” The sense of reality and stories of struggle that come through in Lamar’s rhymes give him a socially conscious reputation and has lead to comparisons of Tupac Shakur. His highly anticipated EP, Section.80 dropped July 2nd. Without Lamar being signed to a major label, without any extensive advertisement, Section.80 has climbed the ITunes Album charts to #8. We had a chance to see him perform his new material for the first time in NYC back in June. Southpaw in Brooklyn provided an intimate setting filled with good vibes and good people. Lamar graced the stage with an energy that was contagious. Fans were rhyming along, dancing, and sharing laughs with Lamar all night long. NYC embraced this west coast rapper and we look forward to a full length album and more east coast shows from this young talent.
The Feelies are one of the most under-appreciated bands of the post-punk scene. Their debut album, Crazy Rhythms, is a master from start to finish and has gone on to majorly influence the sound of bands like R.E.M and Weezer. Even under the radar as the Jersey underdogs, their influence continues. Two drummers, nuff said. Their new album, Here Before, is on par with their early work, and we’re thrilled to know they’ve still got it. They are playing with Real Estate (another Jerz favorite of ours) and long time Dig For Fire favorites and friends Times New Viking. If there’s anything better than a free show, it’s a free show outdoor show with The Feelies. Everyone get excited, time to celebrate summer and get loose to The Feelies on July 23rd in Prospect Park!
Times New Viking “No Room To Live” Real Estate “Beach Comber”
Tonight kicks off an event we look forward to all year long. When September comes around and we think back on all the good times we had over the summer, the memories from the The Seaport Music Festival define that moment of total summertime immersion. Hot & humid, it’s a hustle to get out of work on a busy Friday to make the first act at 7pm, Once you catch a glimpse of the tall ships at Pier 17, you let out a big sigh, content and excited to let another NYC summer weekend wash over you. Arguably the best NYC free outdoor concert of superbly curated indie music, the night always has a big turnout with an eclectic crew of old friends and new. Confused & bemused European tourists, juxtaposed with Pizza Uno regulars and downtown/BK hipsters make a great backdrop for a show and amazing people watching too. Blood Orange kicks off the first Seaport Music Festival of the season. The boy is talented, and we can’t wait to see how his live performance has evolved. Sexy summer music for sure! Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger follow, and we can’t wait to see those nutty talented kids again. They were one of favorite performances and interviews from our Lawn Party at SXSW. Hoping Yoko will be there too!