Grizzly Bear and Blind Pilot at Morning Becomes Eclectic

Two nice performances recently available at KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Grizzly Bear, the Brooklyn band, appeared on Thursday August 6 to put on a great show based mostly on their Veckatimest. They are close to the end of their US tour, which will be at its home stretch right after their performance at Austin City Limits to finish up with some presentations in the North East (Philly included, and we are grateful). Yes, they played "Two weeks" and even though this version might not be as successful as their 2008 KCRW version of "While you wait for the others", the band sounded musically mature, combining their own coral arrangements with fresh sounds and textures that give them that versatility oddly found in any artist or band. Veckatimest, by the way happens to be the name of a small inhabited island off the coast of Cape Cod in New England. The show is worth listening to in its entirety, as so is the album.

Here is a clip of "Two weeks" from last year on Letterman along with the great performance from KCRW in 2008.

Similarly, three days before that on August 3, Blind Pilot, which has officially joined the large list of successful bands from Portland, displayed as usual a beautiful arrange of melodies that, as said before, are simply able to touch your heart at any time. This band originally based their concept on touring the West Coast on bicycles putting up to 4000 miles in two different occasions. This environmentally conscious concept is definitely included in their music, which by itself sounds self-sufficient, free of rules and restrictions, providing at the same time a variety of landscapes, which just as those found by this cycling band on the road, decorate the lovely tunes and lyrics that the band delivers on every song. I also recommend for this show to be listened to in its entirety.

Here are 2 clips from pevious Blind Pilot's performances at NPR ("The Story I Heard") and Kink FM ("Three Rounds and a Sound").

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