Fleet Foxes

New Album: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (2017/06/16) / New Track ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara’

:: Long-awaited and highly anticipated! So good to hear them back with Third of May.


Fleet Foxes will release Crack-Up, its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, June 16 on Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. Fleet Foxes has released the album track “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” a nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group’s trademark sparkling harmonies. In addition, the band has announced new tour dates, including their first North American shows since October 2011; see below for details. Crack-Up pre-orders are available now from iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” may be downloaded instantly; you can watch the lyric video for the track, created by Sean Pecknold and Adi Goodrich, below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the album also include an exclusive, limited-edition print featuring artwork by Hiroshi Hamaya.

All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up was recorded at various locations across the United States between July 2016 and January 2017: at Electric Lady Studios, Sear Sound, The Void, Rare Book Room, Avast, and The Unknown. Phil Ek mixed the album, at Sear Sound, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist).

Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut‘s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous “Best of ” lists, including Rolling Stone‘s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s and Pitchfork‘s 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a Grammy nomination. [Press Release by Nonesuch Records]

Cover Art:

Artist: Fleet Foxes
Title of Album: Crack-Up
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Label: Nonesuch Records

Track Listing:
01 I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
02 Cassius, –
03 – Naiads, Cassadies
04 Kept Woman
05 Third of May / Ōdaigahara
06 If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
07 Mearcstapa
08 On Another Ocean (January / June)
09 Fool’s Errand
10 I Should See Memphis
11 Crack-Up

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 26-29  // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, Australia
Jul 01 // Vida Festival // Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain
Jul 03 // Piazza Castello // Ferrara, Italy
July 6-8 // Bilboa BBK Live // Bilboa, Spain
Jul 13 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 14 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 16 // Latitude Festival // Suffolk, United Kingdom
Jul 27 // Thompson’s Point // Portland, ME
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Fleet Foxes’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 15 – Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
2011, Nov 13 – Sun Giant / Sun It Rises live In The Basement



New Album: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015/02/09) / New Track ‘Bored in the USA’

:: Great song, can’t wait for the new record!


Tillman’s letter:
I Love You, Honeybear was recorded all through 2013 to 2014 in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson, who I also recorded and produced 2012’s Fairly Fun with. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo.

I Love You, Honeybear is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior.

“In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge. Josh Tillman confesses as much all throughout.

“The album progresses, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not, between two polarities: the first of which is the belief that the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are and the end point being that love isn’t for anyone who isn’t interested in finding a companion to undertake total transformation with. I won’t give away the ending, but sex, violence, profanity and excavations of the male psyche abound.

“My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.

“This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of learning how to love and be loved; see and be seen. There: I said it. Blammo.”

Cover Art:

Artist: Father John Misty
Title of Album: I Love You, Honeybear
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Label: Bella Union

01 I Love You, Honeybear
02 Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
03 True Affection
04 The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
05 When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
06 Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
07 Strange Encounter
08 The Ideal Husband
09 Bored In The USA
10 Holy Shit
11 I Went To The Store One Day

Upcoming Tour Dates:
01-16 // Felton, CA // Bret Harte Hall
01-17 // Sonoma, CA // Vet’s Hall Ballroom
01-18 // Chico, CA // El Rey Theatre
02-09 // Los Angeles, CA // Roxy *
02-12 // Brooklyn, NY // Rough Trade NYC *
02-14 // New York, NY // Bowery Ballroom *
02-16 // Montreal, Quebec // Virgin Mobile Corona Theater *
02-18 // Toronto, Ontario // Danforth Music Hall *
02-21 // Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
02-22 // Glasgow, Scotland // King Tuts
02-23  // Manchester, England // Gorilla
02-26 // London, England // Village Underground
02-27 // Leeds, England // Brudenell Social Club
* with Guy Blakeslee

Follow ‘Father John Misty’ on:
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More ‘Father John Misty’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jun 07 – New Video: Funtimes In Babylon [Official Video]
2012, May 01 – Debut Album: Fear Fun (2012/05/01)
2012, Mar 22 − Nancy From Now On [Official Video]
2012, Feb 02 − Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [Official Video]


Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [Official Video]

:: What a song, what a video! He’s got me!

This is the first track taken from Father John Misty’s (aka J. Tillman, former drummer of the Fleet Foxes) upcoming solo debut album “Fear Fun”, set for release on May 01, 2012 via Sub Pop Records. The video is directed by Noel Paul, featuring Aubrey Plaza and Josh Tillman.

For your email, you can download the track for free on the label website.

Father John Misty:

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Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

:: This whole album is brilliant.

Album Cover:

Artist: Fleet Foxes
Title Of EP: Sun Giant
Release Date: May 30, 2008
Label: Cooperative Music

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Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant / Sun It Rises live In The Basement

:: It´s great to watch and listen

Fleet Foxes doing Sun Giant then Sun It Rises (part I of the Sun Giant medley) live In The Basement, aired on Sky Arts, 24-12-2008.

Album Cover: Helplessness Blues

Release Date: May 10, 2011
Label: PID

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November 2011: Upcoming Concerts and Festivals

Wed 02 November 2011

  • Washed Out at Lido – Berlin, Germany

Thu 03 November 2011

  • Washed Out at Indra Music Club – Hamburg, Germany
  • Wye Oak at Lido – Berlin, Germany
Sat 05 November 2011
  • The Kooks at Columbiahalle – Berlin – Germany

Sun 06 November 2011

  • Bon Iver at Docks – Hamburg, Germany

Tue 08 November 2011

  • Ólafur Arnalds at Kampnagel – Hamburg, Germany

Fri 11 November 2011

  • Rolling Stone Weekender (Bands: Wilco, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab For Cutie, Archive, Nada Surf, Anna Calvi, Portugal. The Man, Seasick Steve, Josh T. Pearson, Timber Timbre, Jonathan Wilson) at Weissenhäuser Strand – Hamburg, Germany

Sat 12 November 2011

  • Rolling Stone Weekender (Bands: Elbow, The Notwist, Cake, Heather Nova, Explosions in the sky, Thees Uhlmann & Band, An Horse, Amy Lavere, Ed Sheeran, Marcus Foster, Howling Bells, Other Lives, Susanne Sundfør, Monta) at Weissenhäuser Strand – Hamburg, Germany
  • CANT at Weissenhäuser Strand – Hamburg, Germany
Sun 13 November 2011
  • The Horrors at Lido – Berlin, Germany
Mon 14 November 2011
  • Kasabian at Huxley’s Neue Welt – Berlin, Germany

Tue 15 November 2011

  • Michael Kiwanuka at Small Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany

Thu 17 November 2011

  • Ben Howard at Logo – Hamburg, Germany
Tue 22 November 2011
  • Bombay Bicycle Club at C-Club – Berlin, Germany

Wed 23 November 2011

  • Bombay Bicycle Club at Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
Mon 28 November 2011
  • Ben Howard at Frannz Club – Berlin, Germany
Wed 30 November 2011
  • The Kills at Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany