That Kanye West/Bon Iver Collaboration

Kanye West
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A couple of weeks ago we reported that Kanye West would be teaming up with Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. Well the result entitled “Monster” (also featuring Jay-Z, MIA and others) has finally hit the web. It’s not folk in the slightest but in case you’re interested you can listen below or download here (caution if language easily offends).

A Taste of Lilith for Australia

Sarah McLachlan
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US songstress Sarah McLachlan has confirmed she will be bringing a version of her all-female music festival Lilith Fair to Australia in October. The Australian version of the festival, titled A Taste of Lilith, will be visiting Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Confirmed acts include McLachlan, Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds, The Verses and Kate Miller-Heidke.

The dates and venues for what is guaranteed to be an amazing lineup are below. Tickets will be on sale 9am, 2nd September.

Monday 4 October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 8 October- One Movement for Music by Twilight, Perth
Sunday 10 October- Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
Tuesday 12 October- Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 16 October – Convention Centre, Brisbane

Jay Jay Pistolet’s New Band

Jay Jay Pistolet
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Jay Jay Pistolet was meant to be the next big thing in UK nu-folk after the breakout success of Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn. But instead of riding the nu-folk wave, Pistolet announced in September 2009 that he would be hanging up his acoustic guitar and changing his musical direction.

Well that direction has finally come to light in the form of Pistolet’s new band The Vaccines. Not much is known about them as yet except that their first track “If You Wanna” has a really lo-fi surfy vibe:

You can also check out their official web site (featuring not much but a couple of arty photos) here.

L’Arpeggiata – 17th Century Folk

Ready to have your folk swag stretched?
Want to check out something a little… fancy, that has nothing to do with a certain fast food chain?

Touring Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne in September… Parissian-based L’Arpeggiata will be teaming up with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to present Baroque Tarantella.

The Orchestra themselves describe the event as “…an irresistible mix of baroque beats and traditional songs of sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy, performed on period instruments,” and a “…joyous celebration of folk melodies, love stories and infectious dance rhythms.”

An honestly exciting event that will bridge the scary realm of classical and folk, and stretch your musical tastes.

Tour dates:

As part of the Brisbane Festival
Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Tues 7, Wed 8 Sep at 8pm

City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Fri 10, Sat 11, Wed 15, Fri 17, Sat 18 Sep, all at 7pm
Matinee Sat 18 Sep at 2pm

Melbourne Recital Centre
Sun 12 Sep at 5pm
Mon 13 Sep at 7.30pm

New Sufjan Stevens Album in October

The Age of Adz
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A week after releasing his All Delighted People EP Sufjan Stevens is proving suddenly prolific announcing a new long player to be released 12th October. Titled The Age of Adz (pronounced “The Age of Odds” apparently), the new album will be Stevens’ first full LP of new material since 2005’s Illinois.

According to the Asthmatic Kitty Records (Stevens’ record label) website: “It’s much too soon to cast descriptive lots, but we can say the new album sounds nothing like the All Delighted EP (although it shares similar themes of love, loss, and the apocalypse). Nor is this new album built around any conceptual underpinning (no odes to states, astrology, or urban expressways).”

The full tracklisting is:

Futile Devices
Too Much
Age of Adz
I Walked
Now That I’m Older
Get Real Get Right
Bad Communication
All for Myself
I Want To Be Well
Impossible Soul

Pyramid Rock Lineup

Liam Finn
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The latest summer festival to get the lineup-announcement treatment is Phillip Island based New Years Eve event Pyramid Rock. Unlike other festivals Pyramid Rock is pretty light-on in the folk department but a few gems including Liam Finn (above), Basement Birds, Little Red and Xavier Rudd will be making an appearance. For details on the festival check the official site. The full lineup is below:

The Temper Trap
Neon Indian
Future Of The Left
Born Ruffians
Shout Out Louds
Mystery Jets
Xavier Rudd
Arrested Development
Basement Birds
Lightspeed Champion
Tinie Tempah
Spit Sindicate
Built To Spill
Violent Soho
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Philadelphia Grand Jury
Gypsy and The Cat
The John Steel Singers
Trentemoller Live
Liam Finn
Little Red
Miami Horror

New Ben Harper Supergroup

Fistful of Mercy
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Not content to play with just the Innocent Criminals, Relentless7 or the Blind Boys of Alabama, roots legend Ben Harper has decided it’s time to form a new band – and yes it’s a supergroup. Fistful of Mercy is the new project from Harper, Dhani Harrison (son of George) and alt-rocker Joseph Arthur. Not much info has hit the net about the group other than the fact it exists and it has a video that you can watch below. It will be interesting to see where this project goes.

The Verses “Want Everything” Video

The Verses
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Having just released their new album Seasons don’t be surprised if you start seeing brother/sister duo The Verses popping up everywhere. And when they do remember that you heard them first on Timber and Steel. Check out the video for their latest single “Want Everything” below for a great taste of what to expect from Seasons:

Georgia Fair Record with Boy & Bear

Times Fly
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For a limited time Sydney band Georgia Fair will be previewing their upcoming EP Times Fly via their MySpace. The EP (cover art above) is due out on the 8th September and features a collaboration between the boys and Australia’s hardest working band Boy & Bear titled “Marianne”. Head over to Georgia Fair’s MySpace to have a listen.

New Angus and Julia Stone Song

Angus and Julia Stone
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Things that annoy me: fans who spend the whole time at concerts with their phone in the air, that everyone now plays the mandolin and I’m no longer special.

Things that I love: When fans who hold their phone up in the air at concerts capture new songs played on the mandolin by artists like Angus and Julia Stone.

Check out the video below for a sneak peak at the brand new Angus and Julia Stone track “I Believe in Love” filmed by a fan recently. Makes me hope everyone’s got tickets to the current sold out tour.

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