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This Month’s Shaking Through Session: Family Band’s “Again”

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Family Band titled “Again.” The Brooklyn-based act is composed of husband-wife duo Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin as well as family friend Scott Hirsch; the episode was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

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With one EP and one full length under their belts, Family Band has traditionally recorded within the confines of their hand-built cabin in the Catskill Mountains of New York. “I totally respect making records on your own,” says Rossen. “That’s how we’ve always done everything. But I just thought it was a great opportunity for them to get in with somebody outside of their inner circle, to work with somebody else to finish something. And I’m not really used to working with other bands, so it was a fun way for me to get outside of my own circle too, to try something with somebody else.”

He continues, “Showing the process shows the effort that went into what [Family Band] made. So you appreciate what it means to listen to the music they make; you understand the effort and the heart that goes into it. That’s great.”

You can watch the finished video and listen to the track below; visit the Shaking Through website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through Vol2 Ep8: Family Band from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Preview: This month’s Shaking Through with Family Band (curated by Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen)

Family Band is the Catskills-based duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin. The two recently recorded a session for Shaking Through, WXPN and Weathervane Music’s online video and audio initiative for emerging bands. The session was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

The full episode will be released on Tuesday, September 20th. Below, watch a preview of that session for the song “Again.”

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Check out “Believe,” the new single from CANT (performing at Johnny Brenda’s Oct. 27th)

It seems Chris Taylor is trying to remain optimistic, at least in terms of his song and album names. “Believe” is the latest track to be released from the Grizzly Bear bassist/producer’s solo project CANT’s upcoming debut Dreams Come True. It’s almost amusing to compare it to Taylor’s work with Grizzly Bear; the new track is an ultra suave, synthy jam quite unlike anything found on GB’s most recent LP Veckatimest.

An initial single from Dreams Come True, “Answer,” was released last month; you can listen to that track here. The album is set to be released on September 13th via Taylor’s own label Terrible Records, and he’ll be stopping by Johnny Brenda’s on October 27th in support. Opening the 21+ show will be Luke Temple and Blood Orange; tickets cost $13 and are available here.

CANT – Believe (taken from Dreams Come True – Terrible Records / Warp Records) by Warp Records

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The debut of the Strand Of Oaks band performing with Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Family Band and Phosphorescent in a cabin in the Catskills


On a breezy hilltop in the Catskill Mountains this weekend, one of The Key’s favorite Philly artists unveiled the next step in its ongoing evolution. Strand of Oaks is no longer solely Timothy Showalter. It’s now a three-piece, rounded out by Joe Lazas on guitar and Deven Craige on bass. Both were recruited from recently-retired electropop / psych outfit Golden Ages, and they brought a loose, lush sensibility to the Oaks live show, occasionally adding ambiance that formerly came from one of Showalter’s samplers, more often doubling up what the man at center stage was doing, crafting a resonant envelope of sound around the impromptu amphitheater in the New York state forest. Their performance opened with a chilling cover of Moby’s “When It’s Cold, I’d Like To Die” and concluded with “Dark Shores,” a new number with an intense synthesizer pulse reminiscent of Kate Bush. One song is hardly enough to predict Strand Of Oaks’ next body of songs by, but we expect to see Showalter and his new companions traveling further down this eclectic electronic path.

Strand Of Oaks

You’re probably wondering: What was Strand of Oaks doing in some woodsy corner of the Catskills anyway? Good question – and an equally interesting answer. The band was one performer in a tremendous mini-festival thrown by Showalter’s friends in new folk duo Family Band at their cabin in Delhi, New York. Also in the mix was a solo performance from Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, doing a half dozen new songs and a Townes Van Zant cover. The hosts’ set included a collaboration with Simone Schmidt of Toronto’s One Hundred Dollars on her band’s song “Juice and Sage,” as well as a singalong with Showalter, Ben Bromley of NewVillager and Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck. Closing out the main show was a breathtaking performance by Houck, but the party continued with an epic bonfire and some deep forest performance art late into the night. Check out more photos below.

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles
Timothy Showalter (Strand of Oaks)
Phosphorescent

Words and photos by John Vettese

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Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor announces solo album, will perform at Johnny Brenda’s on October 27

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor has announced that he will release his debut full-length, Dreams Come True, on September 13th. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard solo material from the group’s bassist and producer, who released a single entitled “Ghosts” in 2009 under the moniker CANT. Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. collaborated with Taylor on the self-produced album, their second project together as Taylor produced Lewis’ stellar debut album Forget in 2010. Dreams Come True will be released via Taylor’s label Terrible Records.

CANT will kick off a month-long tour in support of the new album on October 1st. He’ll be stopping in Philly on October 27th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets are not yet available, but we’ll keep you posted.

Grizzly Bear as a whole has also been busy recording a follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Veckatimest. Last week, they posted on their Facebook page that they “just want to thank you all for all the support on here recently, we’ve been enjoying checking in during this recording process. working, recording, writing, working, recording, writing. Hope everyone’s summer is going well! : )” No word yet on when fans can expect new material. —Claire Fishkow

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