Don't say I didn't warn you. Still reeling from an already legendary performance at the Society for Ethical Culture this past weekend and an excellent new EP that won't leave my rotation, I've been left with no choice but to declare it "Grizzly Bear Week" here on EAR FARM.
Lucky for me (and you), the always gracious Ed Droste agreed to help keep the celebration going, checking in via email to chat and answer some questions before the band's in-store performance (and last Grizzly Bear show in a loooong time) at the Union Square Virgin Megastore tonight.
As many of you know, Grizzly Bear was scheduled to play Late Night with Conan O'Brien last night but unfortunately had to postpone their appearance due to the writer's strike. Well guess what? There's no such thing as unionized labor in the blogosphere, so without further ado here's our Q&A with Ed:
MG: Many of the new arrangements on the Friend EP feel looser and more direct, as though you guys just recorded them live in the studio instead of adding layers of overdubs. Was this a conscious decision when revisiting the older material?
ED: I think one of the MAIN reasons for these recordings in general was not to just "recycle" old material but rather to release something that felt closer to what we've become as a band, and what we produce live. SO many people have asked us to do a "live album", and this is sort of our take on that I suppose even though there ARE overdubs.
MG: Touring in support of Yellow House has kept you guys out on the road for most of the past year and a half. How has that experience shaped the growth of the band? How has it affected you personally?
MG: On the subject of touring, you often update your blog with pictures, videos and stories from the road. What have been some of your favorite moments (either memorable performances or otherwise) from the last tour?
MG: Also on your blog you often champion other bands you either meet up with on the road or otherwise can't stop listening to, a few months ago it was Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs and more recently Vampire Weekend. Anyone else on your radar these days?
always be favorites. I'm listening to Beach House right now actually! I just checked my itunes to see if there is anything else really current that I"m obsessing , I think I've written about most of it. I've mentioned Sleeping States and Foreign Born a lot. I enjoy Hot Chip and White Williams and Girl Talk a lot on the other spectrum. Hmmm---I like Rihanna too! I could go on ....but I'll stop.
MG: Horn of Plenty was essentially a solo project whereas Yellow House featured songs from both Daniel (Rossen, vocals and guitar) and yourself. How have the dynamics of songwriting and collaboration amongst the four of you evolved?
MG: You guys played an amazing new song the other night, is that at all indicative of what's to come?
MG: On that note, and this is probably unfair to ask since you just released a new EP this week but what's next for you guys? Are there any plans at the moment for the next album?
MG: Ed, thanks so much for taking the time to visit EAR FARM! I hope you have some time to relax after this week.
ED: Thank you for thinking of us! so happy you enjoyed the show
Again, if you live in the NYC area, tonight is your LAST chance to see Grizzly Bear before they take a well-deserved break (do you know how hard it was to resist making a hibernation pun there?). Many thanks once again to Ed Droste!
7 November 7pm - Virgin Megastore Union Square, NYC
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