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Video Watch: Broken Bells + Solange/Of Montreal

Odd musical pairings are one of my favorite things. Like when Eminem and Elton John got together at the Grammy’s, or Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson stole some money. March 9th marks the release of a debut in the same vein, what some might (inaccurately, in my opinion) call this decade’s answer to the Postal Service – and that’s the Dangermouse/ James Mercer duo Broken Bells. We recently got a leak of the first track, “The High Road”, and now here comes the video.
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I thought I’d throw in a bonus odd collaboration, since it seems like I’m posting something about this love affair every week. Here’s baby Knowles, Solange, on stage with Athens, GA’s psychadelic-poppers Of Montreal covering the Jackson 5 classic, “I Want You Back”. Don’t you just love the Internet?

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Video Watch…Of Montreal – Like A Tourist

Of Montreal recently swung by the WTMD studios to perform a few unreleased tracks. Here’s one of them, called “Like A Tourist”. Don’t those purple pants make you swoon?

Music Lesson: Elephant Six Recording Company

423px-e6-logo1For some reason I never got around to making all of the connections on the Elephant Six Recording Company until last year when I read about their reunion Holiday Shows, specifically the one in Louisville, KY (details). I was a huge fan of the bands Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and  The Apples In Stereo, but I had no idea that they were connected. Once I started researching E6 and it’s interconnected members, I felt like I was being inducted into some secret society (although the label isn’t much of a secret, and I guess I wouldn’t be much of a reliable music blogger if I didn’t know about its existence). If you aren’t too familiar with the label, it’s history, or the artists involved, get ready for a lesson in music fun.

While I was reading Bernstein Bears and snacking on graham crackers, Robert Schneider, Bill Doss, Will Hart, and Jeff Mangum were four high school students trading mix tapes in Ruston, Louisiana. After graduation, Schneider moved to Denver and started a band called The Apples In Stereo, Doss and Hart (and, at first, Mangum) moved to Athens, GA and started a band called Olivia Tremor Control, and then Mangum worked solo under Milk until forming his own group Neutral Milk Hotel. And thus, the holy E6 trinity was born.

As a group of friends who had a hand in one another’s music, and involved in three bands who were self-releasing material, they decided to work together and created their very own record label in 1991: The Elephant Six Recording Company. 

The story from here is pretty simple, the Apples in Denver made connections to other bands, and that’s how some west coasters joined the collective, and OTC + NMH made a community in Athens and that’s how some southerners joined the collective. Here’s a excerpt from the E6 townhall message board that includes all the connected E6 bands and their location: Continue reading