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DO BELIEVE THE HYPE SURROUNDING GRIZZLY BEAR

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2009 06:52am | Post a Comment
Grizzly Bear "Two Weeks" video by Patrick Daughters from the new album Veckatimest on
Warp Records - official release date tomorrow but available today at Amoeba Music

The buzz surrounding Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear and the anticipation for their new album Veckatimest on Warp Records is well justifiedGrizzly Bear Veckatimest. The record will be officially released tomorrow (May 26th), but is available exclusively today at Amoeba! Grizzly Bear is the sort of muscial group that comes along way too rarely: one that is truly original yet somehow familiar sounding, and also extremely talented. Their music draws you in with timeless melodies and harmonies so beautiful that they might make you weep, but will definitely remind you of snatches of a myriad of other (mostly bygone) great rock/pop/folk acts including the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and even a bit of Radiohead (who they opened for on part of their North American tour last summer).

Comprised of guitarists/songwriters Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, along with drummer/vocalist Christopher Bear and multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor (bass/electronics/woodwinds/vocals), Grizzly Bear released their first record as a quartet in 2006. Yellow House came out on Warp and included their infectious song "Knife" (see video below). Although released under the name Grizzly Bear, 2004's Horn Of Plenty on Kanine Records was really an Ed Droste solo release. Most recently, in late 2007, they released the EP Friend.

As a group, Grizzly Bear -- all former students at NYU -- first conquered the Brooklyn music scene and since have been steadily working on the rest of the world (check their 2006 PGrizzly Beararis, France session with Vincent Moon and his Take-Away Shows published on La Blogotheque or their Feb 2008 BBC session -- both below). Vecktimest will only help this unique act (only one of two non-elecronic acts signed to Warp) accomplish this. In fact, odds are that once word of mouth spreads on how great the new album is, Grizzly Bear's current tour, which started last night with a sold out show in Portland, OR, will be selling out shows all along the way. In fact all three shows they play later this week in NYC are all already sold out. For a full list of tour dates, click here.

All of this makes today a very special day at Amoeba, because each store (Amoeba Music Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood) is hosting an in-store listening party at 6pm to allow Amoeba customers a chance to not only hear the new Grizzly Bear album before its official release date tomorrow, but also to buy it a day early. Customers then have a chance to win some goodies related to the group. There is also, care of Amoeba, a chance to win free tix to Grizzly Bear's LA or SF shows, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, June 19 and at The Fillmore in San Francisco on June 21. Winners will also receive a special Grizzly Bear 7” single, a newly released 12” record and a vinyl copy of the new album. To enter to win concert tickets, sign up at the store or enter online here.  And for more up to date info on the tour, hit up the Grizzly Bear MySpace.

Grizzly Bear's "Knife" video from 2006's Yellow House album


Grizzly Bear "Lullabye" (BBC Collective session, Feb 2008)

Grizzly Bear's "Shift" live in a small Parisian bathroom (2006)

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