Shearwater — Shearwater Plays Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy (January 15, 2019)♣ Doposud se mu podařilo vyvážit své zájmy v akademické sféře a hudbě, které často kombinují, s písněmi a alba, která jsou často tématicky zaměřena na okřídlený život a přírodní svět. Někteří členové dříve působili v podobně zaměřené skupině Okkervil River. Název skupiny odkazuje na mořského ptáka; frontman Johnathan Meiburg vystudoval jako obor ornitologii.
J.M. born: March 1, 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland
Location: Austin, Texas
Genre: Indie rock, psychedelic folk, folk rock
Album release: January 15, 2019
Recording Location: The Lab, Auckland
Record Label: Sub Pop
01. Speed Of Life 2:59
02. Breaking Glass 3:26
03. What In The World 4:03
04. Sound And Vision 3:56
05. Always Crashing In The Same Car 3:51
06. Be My Wife 3:33
07. Warszawa 7:36
08. A New Career In A New Town 3:32
09. Art Decade 4:10
10. Weeping Wall 4:05
11. Subterraneans 7:18
12. Beauty And The Beast 4:49
13. Joe The Lion 3:48
14. Heroes 7:19
15. Sons Of The Silent Age 3:32
16. Blackout 3:52
17. V~2 Schneider 4:48
18. Sense Of Doubt 3:49
19. Moss Garden 4:55
20. Neuköln 5:29
21. The Secret Life Of Arabia 4:23
22. Fantastic Voyage 3:21
23. African Night Flight 3:00
24. Move On 3:29
25. Yassassin 4:19
26. Red Sails 4:44
27. D.J. 5:33
28. Look Back In Anger 4:14
29. Boys Keep Swinging 3:17
30. Repetition 2:59
31. Red Money 6:43
★ Jonathan Meiburg | Voice, Guitar, Keyboard
★ Jamie Stewart | Voice, Gong
★ Emily Lee | Keyboards, Voice, Violin, Koto
★ Sadie Powers | Bass Guitar, Bass Synth
★ Josh Halpern | Drums
★ Travis Laplante | Tenor Saxophone
★ Eliot Krimsky | Synthesizer
★ Ed Rodriguez | Lead Guitar
★ Dan Duszynski | Guitar, Voice, Congas
★ Lucas Oswald | Guitar, Voice
•★ζ√ Recorded at Brookfield Place, NYC for New Sounds Live On October 17~19, 2018
•★ζ√ WNYC Engineers | Ed Haber | Noriko Okabe | George Wellington
•★ζ√ Musical Director | Emily Lee
•★ζ√ Live Sound Mix | Richie Clarke
•★ζ√ Production Director | Rebecca Zuber
•★ζ√ Technical Director | Mark Torchia
•★ζ√ Mixed and Mastered by Dan Duszynski at Dandysounds
Thanks to: John Schaefer | Elysa Marden | Arts Brookfield | Ronen Givony | The Wordless Music Orchestra | Deron Pulley | Jonathan Kade | Jamie Dobie | Michael Azerrad | Battalion Rehearsal Studios | The Arts Brookfield Stage Crew
•★ζ√ Special thanks to Maestro Carlos Alomar for graciously conducting “Warszawa”.
♣ Due to copyright restrictions, we can’t stream samples of the shows online (or allow downloads of individual tracks) — so we have them for sale as 3 individual albums, or as a complete 31~song playlist.
♣ This is the only way to download them; and they sound really, really good. WNYC’s team of engineers recorded the performances beautifully, and Dan Duszynski (from Loma) and I spent nearly 100 hours mixing and mastering the performances, bringing out as many of the details as we could; and they’re 24~bit, high~quality.
♣ All the versions for sale include printable album artwork and credits, and a scan of the programs issued to audience members during the concert series; we also have a limited number of tote bags remaining that we made for the performances.
♣ It might be difficult to hear a sample. newsounds.org, where the shows were broadcast in January, doesn’t have them up anymore. You can tune into their excellent online radio station and hope that a rerun plays.
♣ Otherwise, you’ll just have to take my word for it that the shows were a highlight of our performing lives. It was like doing a study of a giant, supremely detailed painting, and trying to do justice to these strange and beautiful records was a learning experience I’d recommend to any musician. And it was an honor (for me) to work with such an insanely talented ensemble.
♣ As I’ve said before, I have no interest in becoming a cover band — and I feel a little silly having issued two separate versions of Lodger before a new Shearwater full~length. But these really were special performances; and it seemed perverse to simply issue our versions of Low and “Heroes”. Also, I think you’ll find that this version of Lodger differs quite a bit from our 2016 take; it’s a much larger band in a much larger room, with a live audience, and has a different energy about it. In some ways it’s much better.
♣ But I expect these will be the last recordings of material by another artist that SW will release for quite some time. Note, before you ask: We are hoping to be able to issue these as a 3xLP set someday; but and we’re not certain if that can really happen (or when).
2) Streaming playlists
We’ve been working on getting our online presence caught up with the rest of the world. You can now follow us on Bands In Town as well as on Songkick, so you’ll never miss a show again.
You’ll also notice we have been modernizing our pages on the various streaming systems as well. We’ve posted some streaming playlists you can enjoy today. If you’re here, you probably know all the songs included, but perhaps it might be a useful way to share with friends.
3) New Shearwater album news
♣ In the next few months, I’ll be starting a crowdfunding initiative to fund the production of a new Shearwater album — a follow~up to 2016’s Jet Plane and Oxbow. There’s a new Loma album in the works right now that I’ll be working on in February/March, so I’m hoping to clear the decks to start a new SW project in the fall of this year (if I can summon up the scratch to do it). I’ll have more details about this soon.
♣ This has been the longest period without making a Shearwater album, for me, since 2001; but I’ve been glad for the chance to stretch out in some new ways, and looking forward to making something really special.
♣ I hope it’s been a good start to 2019 for you, wherever you may be — and thank you, as always, for listening and supporting me/us on this journey.
JM / SW
♣ On October 17~19, 2018, Shearwater (and friends) performed all three albums of David Bowie’s famous “Berlin Trilogy” of “Low” (1977), “Heroes” (1977) and “Lodger” (1979) at the Winter Garden Atrium of Brookfield Place in New York CIty, for WNYC’s New Sounds program, hosted by John Schaefer.
To present these strange, beautiful, difficult albums in all their glory, Shearwater’s Jet Plane and Oxbow lineup of JM, Emily Lee, Sadie Powers, Josh Halpern and Lucas Oswald was augmented by Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu), Ed Rodriguez (of Deerhoof), Travis Laplante (of Battle Trance), Eliot Krimsky (of Glass Ghost), and Dan Duszynski (of Loma) — and, conducting “Warszawa”, Bowie’s longtime guitarist and musical director Carlos Alomar.
♣ It’s safe to say these are the last songs by another artist that Shearwater will record or perform for quite a while (we’ve got to make another album of our own, after all). But these shows were a highlight of our performing lives, and reverse~engineering these unusual and inspiring records on their 40th anniversary was a delight and a challenge for us.
We owe a debt of gratitude to David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, George Murray, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Phil Palmer, Edu Meyer, Simon House, Ricky Gardiner, Roy Young, Paul Buckmaster, John Peter Robinson, and anyone else involved in the production of these groundbreaking albums, which we've learned to respect and admire in a new way. (JM)
2001: The Dissolving Room (Grey Flat)
2002: Everybody Makes Mistakes (Misra Records)
2004: Winged Life (Misra Records)
2006: Palo Santo (Misra Records)
2007: Palo Santo: Expanded Edition (Matador Records)
2008: Rook (Matador Records)
2010: The Golden Archipelago (Matador Records)
2010: Shearwater Is Enron (self~released)
2011: Excerpts from The Island Arc Live (self~released)
2012: Animal Joy (Sub Pop Records)
2013: Fellow Travelers (Sub Pop Records)
2014: Missing Islands: Demos and Outtakes 2007~2012 (self~released)
2016: Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop Records)
2016: Shearwater Plays Lodger (self~released)
2016: Rook: Live at Florence Gould Hall (self~released)
2016: Live in St. Malo 2010 (self~released)
2017: Sky Is a Blank Screen: Live Recordings 2016 (self~released)
2004: Sham Wedding/Hoax Funeral by Shearwater/Okkervil River (Jound)
2013: Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around/A Wake for the Minotaur by Shearwater & Sharon Van Etten
2014: Stay/Novacane by Low/Shearwater
2005: Thieves (Misra Records)
2008: The Snow Leopard EP (Matador Records)
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