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BigEars Festival 2010

The BigEars Festival 2010 takes place this coming March.

The groundbreaking Big Ears Festival, slated for the weekend of March 26-28, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee, is excited to unveil the initial line up for this year’s event.  Building on the visionary programming of last year’s inaugural festival, the 2010 Big Ears expands with a remarkable line up of even greater depth and breadth than its predecessor, with over 30 artists/bands expected to perform some 50 concerts in at least 8 venues this year.  In addition, there will be art exhibitions, installations, film screenings, workshops, interactive experiences, lectures and discussions.

The initial Big Ears line up for March includes Vampire Weekend, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew W.K., The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, 802 Tour (Nico Muhly / Doveman / Sam Amidon with Nadia Sirota), The xx , Javelin, DJ/Rupture (solo), DJ/Rupture and Andy Moor, My Brightest Diamond,  the Calder Quartet, Gyan Riley, and jj.

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From Sonomu:

Christopher DeLaurenti, Favorite Intermissions (GD Stereo)
“I adore listening”. That heart-felt declaration comes from guerilla field-recordist Christopher DeLaurenti, whose Favorite Intermissions is actually the result of an illegal act, at least in the eyes of the American Musician´s Union (the same union that back in the eighties attempted to ban the… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:42, 09 Jul 2009

Now Ensemble, Now Ensemble (New Amsterdam)
The Now Ensemble is a septet showcasing compositions by its own members on this, its debut album. Plus one piece by Nico Muhly, the current darling of an inspiring form of urban pastoralism within “loft and gallery pop/art” music. Its members include Judd Greenstein (who also mans the record label)… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 13:26, 07 Jul 2009

Mantis, Dubious (Tiltloose)
Mantis are a Japanese duo consisting of Moss and La-Pachu who have spent several years honing their craft unveiling themselves to the world on this cleverly-titled debut (which has already been championed by Rob Smith of Smith & Mighty). The cover art by one Drawize is a kick too, a mind-boggling… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:55, 05 Jul 2009

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Celer, Cantus Libres (2 CDR self-released)
Though they only started releasing music in 2004, this husband and wife duo of multidisciplinarians has been so prolific, and are so obviously talented and imaginative, that it has quickly garned respect and admiration from all corners of the ambient listening (and performing) community. Note for… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:20, 02 Jul 2009

Pocka, Uhrwerk (CDR The Hand Work Press)
A beauty of a private, letterpress edition made in only thirty copies by fellow electronic artist Matt Borghi. Brad “Pocka” Mitchell is an enthusiastic, if now maybe crestfallen, supporter of small music, which he released in a steady stream on his now-defunct Kikapu netlabel. Uhrwerk is as… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 09:23, 01 Jul 2009

Max Richter, Songs From Before (Fat Cat)
This album has been out for a while and praised to the skies by just about all and sundry, but it´s worth reminding oneself about in the midst of the summer steam. A new breed of young, non-conventional minimalist composers – with (just names off the top of my head) Sylvain Chaveau, Nico Muhly,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:53, 01 Jul 2009

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, The Bairns (Rough Trade)
For hundreds of years, rural England has bred balladry which reads like news reports from the soul, describing death, loss, longing, and wavering faith, and featuring a cast of remorseful murderers, lovers joined only by the roots entwining their buried bones, wives all along the coast pacing their… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:26, 28 Jun 2009

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