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YBP Book Launch

Well it’s been quite a hectic week for me, but now that I finally have some time to sit down and relax I’d like to take this time to talk about what an amazing weekend I had last weekend. Yes, as depicted above it was the Montreal date of the Yellow Bird Project Indie Rock Coloring Book launch tour.

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, YBP joined forces with artist Andy J. Miller in creating the Indie Rock Coloring Book, in which each page is devoted to a different indie band or musician and you have to colour it in. Of course all the proceeds of the book sales go to all the charities that the bands support. But instead of telling you about it why not take a look at some samples.

Here is the page devoted to Devendra Banhart:

Devendra Book Page

Here’s the page devoted to Andrew Bird:

Andrew Bird Book Page

You get the picture…

So the tour started in San Fransisco where the project’s two founders Matt and Casey set up shop at the Outside Lands Festival selling YBP T-shirts and coloring books.

Here’s a picture of YBP’s booth:


Afterward they had a party in San Fran where they drank like adults and coloured like children:


The next stop on the tour was in New York City where the YBP crew hosted a book launch party at Housing Works where they had Ra Ra Riot DJing and a solo performance by Elvis Perkins.

Here’s the guys from Ra Ra Riot Spinning tunes:

Ra Ra Riot DJing

And here’s Elvis Perkins playing and donning a lovely YBP tee!

Elvis Perkins

And finally, the gang came back to where it all started…Montreal. Fortunately I was able to attend this one and let me tell you it was amazing. As I was pulling up to the Drawn & Quarterly Book Store where the launch was taking place, Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak from the Dears crossed in front of my car. And they were walking with their adorable daughter Neptune, who is responsible for the design on their YBP tee.

There were books, juice, cookies and coloring at this kid-friendly event but the highlight was an amazing solo performance by Murray from the Dears.

Here’s Murray, Natalia and Neptune arriving at the book store (that’s me and White Blank Page standing at the door):

Murray and Natalia

Here’s some of the kiddies colouring:

Coloring Kids

And here’s Murray doing what he does best:

Murray Lightburn

Hey look who showed up for the festivities…Sam Roberts and his daughter!

Sam Roberts and daughter

Here’s Sam, his daughter, Matt and Casey from YBP and Murray and Natalia:

Sam Roberts

Afterward the guys asked me to put on the brand new shirt designed by Little Boots so that they could take some pictures for their site.

Here’s one of them (that’s me trying my best (and failing) to look like a model):

Little Boots

And then to cap it all off they had an after party where everyone could chat, drink and of course colour.


After Party

So basically it was a really fun weekend! Oh and if you were interested in purchasing the latest Little Boots YBP tee you can find it here.

Well that’s all for now. Are you gearing up for fall and all the wonderful fall music? I am. Can’t wait. I already have made up my fall playlist on my ipod. It’s called “The Minor Fall” and on it you will find stuff from Band of Horses, Midlake, Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear, Sea Wolf, Nurses and of course Nick Drake. There’s probably more, but yeah…excited for fall.

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Mix 18

Oh Yeah! Look at that image! And no my latest mixtape isn’t all black metal! Click here to listen…

This Week’s Mixtape:

1. Chris Garneau – “No More Pirates”

2. Dan Deacon – “Snookered”

3. Friendly Fires – “Skeleton Boy”

4. Devendra Banhart – “(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady”

5. Antlers – “Two”

6. Lullatone – “A Mobile Over Your Bed”

7. Hayden – “Let It Last” (Feat. Holly Throsby)

8. The Sounds – “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake”

9. Perhapst – “Incense Cone”

10. Gregory and the Hawk – “Grey Weather”

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I did another interview for The Yellow Bird Project. Here it is:

November 5th, 2008 by themiddledistancerunner

Boy do we have something special for you today! I’m putting my normal music drivel on hold for this week, because as you can already guess by the title of this post, I have had the opportunity to interview an extremely talented musician who goes by the name of Nicole Atkins. If you don’t already know her you are in for a treat. Along with this interview, Nicole has provided us with a song off of her new EP, entitled Nicole Atkins Digs Other People’s Songs. The song is a cover of “Under the Milky Way”, which was originally done by an Australian band called The Church. So here is the interview, I hope you enjoy:

Middle Distance Runner: To me, your music seems very dramatic and emotional. How important is emotion to you in the music you make?

Nicole Atkins: Extremely important. It’s really the biggest reason I write songs. To try to work through different emotions in life. Also, I like my songs to feel like mini movies. I try to not just sing about a situation or a place but also try to get (to) the listener about what it feels like to be in it or there.

MDR: When did you realize that being a musician is what you wanted to do with your life?

NA: When I was in art college and realized that I had way more songs and gigs than paintings.

MDR: If you could have any other job besides being a musician what would it be?

NA: Maybe an illustrator for science or medical journals, or an owner of a music venue.

MDR: Who has been the most influential person in your career as musician?

NA: Probably most of my family. They have always been really supportive and have all of these great tragic yet humorously dark stories that make good fodder for songs.

MDR: If you could sing a duet with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

NA: Definitely Roy Orbison or Edith Piaf

MDR: I love your song “Neptune City”. What is it about?

NA: The first half is about my mom’s little brother Dom that passed away when he was little. Its about him looking down on his funeral procession and realizing he can’t go home again. Then the second half is about me. I just moved back to Neptune City after living in NYC and was frustrated by being there and just saying that maybe if I could just learn to appreciate how pretty the river is and shit that I could love it there again.

MDR: Who is funnier in person? David Letterman or Conan O’Brien?

NA: They were both pretty damn funny! Draw!

MDR: What was it like to perform on those shows?

NA: It was really awesome. Super fun. We met so many cool people too, like Dennis Hopper and Slash. Playing on shows like that definitely makes you take a step back and just say “wow, how did i get here?!”

MDR: I hear you are a big fan of David Lynch. What is your favourite of his films?

NA: I always switch between Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. He is the master of the haunt.

MDR: What is your favourite city to play in?

NA: Austin, Texas for sure. Great people, music scene and food. Can’t beat it.

MDR: Do you have any superstitions or rituals you perform before playing a show?

NA: A little warming up and a little Jameson.

MDR: What was the most memorable show that you have played?

NA: Off the top of my head it would be our set at Bonnaroo. It was the second time we ever played a festival and had a pretty good slot. Just having a bigger stage and a bigger crowd I had so much fun playing I almost cried. A couple times during the set I just couldn’t stop laughing too it was just such intense fun.

MDR: Finally, Are you a fan of any of the artists that have contributed to the Yellow Bird Project?

NA: I am! Big fan of The National, Devendra, The Shins and The New Pornographers. I actually just sang backup on Carl Newman’s new solo record that comes out this month.

So there you have it, Nicole Atkins has great taste in music! I just want to thank Nicole again for doing this, we loved her answers. You should all go out to see her play live. She has a few upcoming dates…take a look:

11/05/2008 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

11/07/2008 – Washington, D.C. – The Rock and Roll Hotel

11/08/2008 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater

11/13/2008 – Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bears

11/14/2008 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

11/26/2008 – Ashbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

And here is that delightful little cover that I promised you:

Nicole Atkins – Under The Milky Way

Until next week…

The Middle Distance Runner

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Hey, I’m back! Did ya miss me?
In case you were wondering…I had a wonderful time in London! But enough about that! Let’s get down to business.

The next Juno is here! Well it’s coming out in October. And it’s not actually Juno but it is Michael Cera’s new romantic teen comedy with an amazing soundtrack, entitled Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This soundtrack is going to give the Juno soundtrack a run for it’s money. Just look at the list of bands on it:

-Chris bell (of Big Star)
-Devendra Banhart
-Bishop Allen
-Vampire Weekend (with Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo)
-The Dead 60’s
-Takka Takka
-The Submarines
-We Are Scientists
-Band of Horses
-Army Navy
-Richard Hawley
-Shout Out Louds
-Paul Tiernan

What the? Not one song involving Kimya Dawson? Weird…Maybe it’s not that kinda movie.

Anyways, i have no idea how the movie will be, but I am super excited for the music!

Here’s the trailer:

Other than that, after visiting Rough Trade Records East in London or as I like to call it: the best record store I’ve ever been to, I’ve compiled a list of new bands and artists that I will be checking out in the coming days/weeks. Here is the list:

-The Jimmy Cake
-The Little Ones
-The Owl Service
-Josephine Foster and the Supposed
-Laura Gibson
-Bodies of Water

So if you know any of these bands please tell me what you think, or what songs to listen to.

Ok now I’m going back to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and then bed. I’ve been up for something like 20 hours. Go Canada!

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As is pretty well known, Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman have been dating for some time now. But who knew that they’re relationship would produce things such as this video for “Carmensita”. They are officially the most awesome couple in the world.

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A few days ago my blackberry got a little wet and consequently stopped working. So i took my sim card and put it into my old phone and then I went through my videos and found all these videos that I had taken at shows while I had that phone. The video quality for most is pretty shitty, but the sound is usually not bad! So I’ve decided that I might as well post some of these videos. So every now and then there will be a new one when I have time to upload them.

This particular video was when I saw Emily play in Paris at Le Maroquinerie last summer. There was maybe 50 people there. Before the show Emily was just sitting casually at the Venue’s upstairs restaurant, nobody bothering her for autographs or pictures. Either people didn’t know it was her or Parisians are pretty respectful people. This was the second time I had seen her perform live solo, and what made this show extra special (besides the fact that it was in Paris) was that she performed with a string quartet. Being a big string lover, this made my night. I had my foot in my mouth at one point when Emily said she couldn’t wait to get out of here. Without thinking I said “Ouch” loudly enough for her to hear me, and then I think she felt bad because she was like, “well I only have one night in Paris” or something to that extent. Anyways, I kept quiet for the rest of the show. So here’s my relatively low quality video of her and the quartet playing “The Lottery” off of her debut solo album Knives Don’t Have Your Back. Enjoy:

Stay tuned for equally low quality videos of Devendra Banhart and the Decemberists!

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(Au Revoir Simone Wearing the shirt they designed)

I have decided along with my friends at The Yellow Bird Project to write a weekly blog for their site. This doesn’t mean i will stop writing here. I’m just going to be writing more!

In case you haven’t heard, the Yellow Bird Project is a non-profit, charity organization, where they get artists we all know and love (Stars, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hayden, Holly Throsby, My Brightest Diamond, Devendra Banhart, The National, Rilo Kiley, The Shins, Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, Broken Social Scene, King Creosote and Joseph Arthur) to design a t-shirt, with the proceeds going to the charity of the band/artist’s choice. Some charities that have been chosen are: The Elliott Smith Memorial Fund , The Nature Conservancy, and Art For Change.

This is a very awesome organization and i am honored to be writing a weekly blog for them!

To view my Yellow Bird Blog click here!

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