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I’ve made my feelings known in regards to the first track so kindly given to us by Peter Wolf Crier, from their upcoming Garden of Arms, but I tell you what, kids, this (newer) new track is hitting all the right notes with us here at Folk Hive.

{Look at these fucking dudes, standing on a weird piano step thingy.  Is it just your grandma’s keys upended?  Who gives a shit, it’s awesome.}

In attempting to come up with words to explain this to you, provided that you’re the type of person who actually wishes to read about this as opposed to just fucking listening to it, I’m sort of at a loss.  I think now, having heard this and the first track, I’ve got a better feel for the album and ‘Right Away’ makes a shit ton more sense to me.  This particular jam is reminescent of the Peter Wolf Crier of Inter-Be and yet, it’s incredibly forward moving.  That’s something I fucking heart: A band staying the same and changing all at once, remaining totally badass all the while.  And, as usual, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Moen’s drum is fucking slaying me.

Upon hearing this I will admit that I’m all the more excited for this album.  Get that way too, vagrant queen.

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Peter Wolf Crier :: Settling It Off [mp3]

PRE-ORDER Garden of Arms :: WEBSITE

Dudes, obviously we love Peter Wolf Crier over here (#8 album on our Most Revered of 2010, thank you very much).  So, the out-of-the-blue news yesterday of a new album, Garden of Arms due September 6, via Jagjaguwar, was happily accepted up in this piece.

While, admittedly, I’m a fan of the drums (B. Moen crush still going on over here), I’m not sure how I feel about this jam as a whole.  Perhaps I’ll need to sit on it and let it infect my brain for a bit before declaring it not my favorite.  I’m gonna do that.  In the meantime, you should dig on the jam below…

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Peter Wolf Crier :: Right Away [MP3]

Garden of Arms :: WEBSITE

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.  Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you.  I love you, dude.

Fuck 6am on a snow day.  This here is the afternoon repeat, ya’ll.  The Cave Singers in the speakers all afternoon.  Dust in the air as I clean it up.  Jude on the banjo.  Definition of a perfect day.

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The Cave Singers :: Swim Club [MP3]

PRE-ORDER No Witch

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The Cave Singers :: Cold Eye [MP3]

BUY Invitation Songs

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WEBSITE :: Jagjaguwar

I suppose by titling the blog “Folk Hive” I might have left out the option to speak of my serious love affair with that glorious thing known as ROCK but we can always amend when we realize we’ve drawn ourselves into a box, right?  Right.  My current and massive obsession with all things Black Keys should assure all readers that I love more than just the combination of a banjo and mandolin and fiddle.

And if THAT doesn’t do it, then my love of Peter Wolf Crier should have my ass covered.  I was previously aware of one Mr Brian Moen via his most badass interactions with Justin Vernon and the small (and one-off?) band they’re both part of: The Shouting Matches.  Typically, one is not drawn to the drummer — his typical X on the seating chart is at the back of the stage and gone are the days of John Bonham 7-minute (and life-altering, quite frankly) drum solos so drummers are typically unseen.  Even more than that, drummers sitting behind the man behind Bon Iver would typically be hard to so much as glance at.  BUT.  Moen has crushed the mold of the oft-overlooked drummer, in my humble opinion, and when I saw that he was associated with Peter Wolf Crier (indeed, he is one full half of the band, a formula that seems to work for him), I was pretty confident the band would get some serious rotation on all upcoming playlists.  And for the record, Peter Pisano ain’t no slub, either.

In fact, if the band’s album released in March doesn’t make at least 800 Best Of Lists at the end of the quarter, I’m leaving America.

There’s something that can be said for a gritty (and yet somehow very polished in that grittiness) band that can make us sit up and pay real fucking attention.  They are more than a fleeting MP3 on the Jagjaguwar website and here’s to hoping they are more than a one album band.

While songs like “Crutch and Cane”, a pretty and sweet ditty that romps through quite the folkish drum pattern and hazy vocals that seem to be so damn popular all over hypem, should be pretty accessible to even those all over hypem, the rest of the record certainly doesn’t lack songs that seem to be a mix of a slightly more mellow Jack White (“Hard as Nails”) and Dan Auerbach while just being himself (see “Down, Down, Down”, video below).  That’s a HUGE compliment, by the way.  The album is varied and fun and more than interesting enough to keep you from deleting it from your music player to make room for the next top twenty that you find on Pitchfork (oh, SNAP!).

Check out the sweet and really fucking genuine video (debuted via Stereogum this morn) for “Down, Down, Down” below.  And I seriously urge you to check out whatever you can that’ll give you a feel for this band live (like the conveniently linked Daytrotter session right down there).  They’re right up there at the top of my Must See This Shit Live Like, TOMORROW list.



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Peter Wolf Crier :: Hard As Nails [MP3]

Peter Wolf Crier :: Daytrotter Session

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BUY Inter-Be via Jag.

The awesomeness that is the just released new track from Lia Ices (or as she’s VERY FONDLY referred to around here, GlasserLite) was so great that it caused the internets to crash the Jagjaguwar website.  I ‘spose that’s the only explanation this stream needs.

 

 

[ED. NOTE: As a sidenote, I can’t wait for the album so I can take a gander at the liner notes.  I swear, the studio musician/dude/badass chick laying down the guitar track towards the end pulled that shit right out of my heart.]