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Nada Alic

Sharon Van Etten Covers Nick Cave.

Sharon Van Etten covered Nick Cave’s “People Ain’t No Good” while she was in Australia, and it flawless. You gotta watch this one.

Working in music the last few years, I’ve had the chance to collaborate with really incredible people behind the scenes: filmmakers, engineers, graphic designers, writers – those individual’s whose art it is to facilitate art. I’ve often wondered how they got to where they were. I had the opportunity to sit down with La Blogotheque filmmaker Derrick Belcham before he sets off en route to make a La Blogotheque HQ in New York. We met in a Toronto diner to discuss how he got to be where he’s at, what Jeff Tweedy smelled like up close (ok, not really), the myth of the “moon man”. Derrick emerged from the corporate film world, returned to his experimental roots and swapped handsome paychecks to invade the personal space of many of our favorite artists, he’s credited with filming the likes of: Wilco, Thurston Moore, Megafaun, Little Scream and many more. I quickly realized that Derrick’s success can be attributed to a specific ethos: always be curious, always be in awe, and always be grateful. It’s a sentiment that permeated throughout his stories. His liberal use of adjectives will attest to it. He makes me feel like there is still life in these mediums, yet.  Continue Reading »

Nada Alic

Sharon Van Etten / i-N Session

My friend Derrick is quickly becoming my definitive guide to good music/sweet stuff online. He’s like my human Pitchfork. Another great video from Ms Sharon Van Etten for i-D online. So I’m wondering why they call it i-N? Anyway, this song is fantastic, can’t wait for Tramp, is it February 7th yet?

Nada Alic

Sharon Van Etten – Serpent

Oh yes yes. Here come the anticipatory hints of Sharon Van Etten‘s upcoming Jagjaguwar release “Tramp”. Her first single, “Serpent” is out today via Pitchfork.

The track alone features: Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, the Walkmen’s Matt Barrick, and Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett, the National’s Aaron Dessner and his brother Bryce. How is that even possible? Definitely sounds like the Wye Oak influence came through- and traces of the National in percussion, all with the soaring harmonies of Van Etten’s angsty vocals.

Sharon Van Etten- Serpent