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Drift into dreams with The Tallest Man On Earth’s peaceful new song, “Rivers”

The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man On Earth, has shared his second song of 2016. “Rivers” follows up “Time Of The Blue,” which was released back in June. The new music is especially a treat considering because Matsson put out his most recent album Dark Bird Is Home just last year. No word yet on whether these new tracks are to stand alone or act as singles for an upcoming album — the former is most likely considering no information on a record has been made public — but it’s never smart to make assumptions. We’ll keep you updated on that front if any news breaks. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new tune from The Tallest Man On Earth: “Time Of The Blue”

The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The Tallest Man on Earth metaphorically towered over a TLA crowd on Saturday to give a fantastic performance. At one point, Kristian Matsson revealed a new song entitled “Time Of The Blue,” saying it would be out next week. As promised, the new song was released Wednesday after being featured Tuesday on NPR’s all songs considered’s New Mix. Continue reading →

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Intimate Communion: The Tallest Man on Earth astounds at the TLA

The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I think the first time I played here in Philadelphia — that was in 2008, opening for Bon Iver at the Trocadero — I was only this tall,” joked Kristian Matsson halfway through his set, motioning his hand at waist height. “Everyone was chattering on as they do during my set, but afterwards you were all so kind. You’re always so kind.” Matsson — known to most as The Tallest Man on Earth —has likely not grown physically all that much in the intervening eight years, the Swedish folkster’s musical career has certainly grown to towering proportions. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Tallest Man On Earth flies to The Fillmore in June

The Tallest Man on Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Almost a year after the last time he was in Philly for NonCOMM and a night at The Tower, WXPN will welcome The Tallest Man On Earth‘s return to play The Fillmore on June 11th.

TTMOE, the folk-rock group lead by Kristian Matsson, is touring to continue the celebration of Dark Bird Is Home, his fourth record, which was the first to feature Matsson backed by a full band. This will be the first time the band will be playing at the newly opened venue, which is sure to be a night of both introspection and folk-rock abound. Continue reading →

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Recap: The Tallest Man on Earth brings his full band to Philly at NonCOMM

The Tallest Man on Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

I could go on for hours about everything The Tallest Man On Earth has done for me individually. Almost every long road trip I’ve been on since 2010 has featured at least one of his albums; The Wild Hunt I can say for certain has been spun at least 75 times by myself alone, and Shallow Grave is certainly up there in my personal rotation as well. When I realized I was going to get to hear a new album and one of the first live performances with a full band all in one week, I (admittedly) temporarily lost the ability to function.

The album itself stays true to where The Tallest Man came from; the album has no shortage of stretches with only him and his guitar, letting his lyrics and his capo-ed, unorthodoxly-tuned guitar do the talking. Continue reading →

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The Tallest Man on Earth will headline the Tower Theater with a full band

The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com

Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth, has just announced an extensive upcoming tour, in which he will grace the Tower Theater come May 16, a few days after the release of his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home. This is the latest release since 2012’s There’s No Leaving NowTickets will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 27.

Comparable to the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, the Swedish singer-songwriter has given us a taste of the upcoming album with “Sagres,” a notably more involved track than his earlier, acoustic-centric material. Continue reading →

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Watch Strand of Oaks back-up The Tallest Man on Earth on “There’s No Leaving Now” for Moog Sound Lab

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A self-proclaimed “life long lover of all things synth,” Philly-based Strand of Oaks‘ Tim Showalter and bandmate Chris Ward (also of Pattern is Movement) helped The Tallest Man on Earth re-imagine the title track to his 2012 LP There’s No Leaving Now for Moog Sound Lab.  The two projects were on tour together last summer, with Showalter supporting his own 2012 release Dark Shores.  With a plethora of Moog gear at their disposable, the collaborators turn the pensive, piano-based song into a warpy, chillwave stunner.  Watch the video below and check-out the list of Moog equipment they employed here.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: David Dye’s five most surprising (in a good way!) World Cafe interviews of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, World Cafe host David Dye tells us about his five most surprising interviews of the year.

This does not mean the “best” necessarily. Tune in starting Dec 26 for the eight best World Cafe interview segments (two per day).  These are five interviews that exceeded my expectations.  People who ended up being a lot of fun to talk with or were much more forthcoming than I expected.

1. Nils Lofgren – What a storyteller.  From early days showing up at The Childe Harold in DC to meet Neil Young to how he was asked to become part of The E Street Band, Nils had fascinating stories to tell. Listen to the interview here (via the WXPN media player).

2. Bassnectar – Not knowing a whole lot about the Dubstep and EDM world it was fascinating to have a guide like Lorin Ashton who performs as Bassnectar. He took us through building a track up to the all important “Drop” when sonic joy ensues. Very open and intelligent guy. Listen to the interview here.

3. Lana Del Ray – After seeing her unsettling performance on Saturday Night Live I thought maybe she was all about the hype.  Not so. She was surprisingly  down to earth and had a real sense of her strengths and who she was.  Really good stripped down performances and she even gave us one for our Live at The World Cafe CD. Listen to the interview here.

4. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Swedish alternative singer-songwriter Kristian Mattson is one of my favorite new artists. I had also heard that he disliked interviews. So I really prepared and he told people afterward how much he loved our conversation.  A lot of that made it into the edit we aired. Listen to the interview here.

5. Dwight Yoakam – I had no idea how smart the country star/actor is.  He took off on my questions and talked for over an hour, about half of which made it onto the show. Once again he was eager to talk about his early life and influences. Listen to the interview here.

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From Across The Pond: Photos and video of The Walkmen and more from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Our contributing writer / photographer Rachel Barrish is studying in Rome this fall, and this past weekend took the opportunity to head north for the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. From Rachel:

I was in attendance on Friday evening with featured performances from Tallest Man on Earth, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective, and more. The festival took place at the Grand Hall de Vilette, a large auditorium fit with two stages on either end. The room was filled with people excited and eager to catch their next favorite act.

Check out her photos in the gallery above, and watch a video of Tallest Man on Earth playing “Revelation Blues” below.