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Video: Johnny Depp & Haim Join The New Basement Tapes to Sing Dylan Songs at Ricardo Montalban Theatre

Johnny Depp, Marcus Mumford & Jim James.

Last night (Nov. 13, 2014) the band T Bone Burnett put together to turn a bunch of lyrics Bob Dylan wrote in 1967 while recording the Basement Tapes in upstate New York into an album, performed songs from the new album, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles.

That band, dubbed The New Basement Tapes, consists of Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens. For the show, they were augmented on a few songs by the three women of Haim, and Johnny Depp.

Rhiannon Giddens and the Haim sisters.

Here you can see them perform “Kansas City,” with Marcus Mumford on lead vocal, “Duncan and Jimmy” with Rhiannon Giddens singing, “Card Shark, with Taylor Goldsmith taking the lead and some of “Married To M Hack,” which Elvis Costello sings.

“Kansas City”:

“Duncan and Jimmy”:

“Card Shark”:

“Married To My Hack” (partial):

Plus here they are with Elvis on vocals singing “Lost On The River” on Jimmy Fallon. This aired on NBC on November 10th, 2014.

And here’s Marcus Mumford taking the lead on “Kansas City” on Ellen today.


Down on the Bottom – Jim James vocals
Spanish Mary – Rhiannon Giddens vocals
Liberty Street – Rhiannon Giddens vocals
Married to My Hack – Elvis Costello vocals
The Whistle is Blowing – Marcus Mumford vocals with Haim on backing
Diamond Ring – Taylor Goldsmith vocals
Nothing to It – Jim James vocals
Lost on the River – Elvis Costello vocals
Florida Key – Taylor Goldsmith vocals
Stranger – Marcus Mumford vocals
Hidee Hidee Hidee Ho – Rhiannon Giddens vocals
Hidee Hidee Hidee Ho (alternate version) – Jim James vocals
“Unreleased track” – Elvis Costello
Kansas City – Marcus Mumford Vocals with Johnny Depp on guitar and Haim
on back-up vocals
Duncan and Jimmy – Rhiannon Giddens vocals with Johnny Depp on guitar
and Danielle Haim on shakers

– Encore break –

When I Get My Hands on You – Marcus Mumford vocals
Lost on the River – Rhiannon Giddens
Card Shark (unamplified) – Taylor Goldsmith vocals
Quick Like a Flash – Jim James vocals
Golden Tom – Silver Judas – Elvis Costello vocals

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Listen: Haim Get Very Funky With Cerrone Remix of ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’

French disco-freak Cerrone delivers a remix of this terrific Haim track, “If I Could Change Your Mind.”

Still, I like the original better.

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Listen: Haim Get MK to Remix ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’

Photo via Haim’s Facebook page.

Check out this remix by Detroit’s MK of Haim’s “If I Could Change Your Mind.”

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Watch: Haim Deliver ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ Video

New video from Haim for “If I Could Change Your Mind” off Days Are Gone. Directed by Warren Fu.

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In The News: Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus, Panda Bear, Haim, Bob Dylan & More

Arcade Fire On The Talk Show Circuit: Arcade Fire played “Afterlife” on “The Tonight Show” earlier this week.

Radio On: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks played “Shibboleth” live at WFUV last month. Now you can watch:

Blink And It’s Gone: Haim released a 22 second teaser for their upcoming video, “If I Could Change Your Mind.”

Stranger Than Fiction: “Channel rock ‘n roll cool with these Bob Dylan jeans from Lucky Brand. Featuring a button fly, five-pocket construction, subtle fading and a relaxed straight leg silhouette.” — ad copy at the Lord & Taylor website where the jeans are available.

Evolution Of A Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, is the tentative title for the next Panda Bear solo album. Noah Lennox the new album is inspired by the work of 9th Wonder, the Chicago hip-hop producer whose influence informs the samples-and-beats approach that dominates the new tracks. “I feel like the overall theme of a lot of the songs as a group is change or evolution, mainly of people and what that process is like,” Lennox says. “Growth, I suppose.” — Under the Radar

Brave New World: Cut Copy have a new video for “We Are Explorers” off from 2013’s Free Your Mind. Directed by Masa Kawamura, Aramique, and Qanta Shimuzu.

Cool song, “Red Flags,” from the Library Is On Fire’s upcoming album, Halcyon and Surrounding Areas.

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What Do Haim, Sky Ferreira & Vampire Weekend Have in Common?

Ariel Rechtshaid. Photo via the New York Times.

Last year, my first confrontation with Haim came when I saw their set at the Treasure Island Music Festival in the Bay Area.

Afterward, on my way home, I streamed Haim’s Days Are Gone. At the time, I thought the group’s live set blew away the album. But with time I’ve come to dig the album.

Flash forward to the day I listened to Sky Ferreira for the first time. It was a track off her previous album and I didn’t get it. But when her latest album, Night Time, My Time came out I gave it a listen and I liked it a lot. I heard a modern day version of Phil Spector’s Wall-of-Sound.

Both albums made my best-of-2013 list.

The link between those albums, as well as Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City turns out to be 34-year-old producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who has also worked with Usher, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Cass McCombs.

Crazy, right?

The latest issue of the New Yorker and today’s New York Times have stories about Ariel Rechtshaid.

Writes Ben Ratliff in the New York Times today:

Many eminent producers say they don’t have a signature sound, and they may be telling the truth, but they do have signature associations, or ideals. They want to make records for the radio, or records that are expansive, organic or precise, or they favor certain mixes and combinations of sounds, or they tend to work with artists in one particular stratum of the pop industry. Most producers — including this year’s other nominees — have a trackable version of what is often called “production values.” Mr. Rechtshaid (pronounced RECK-shide) avers that he doesn’t have a signature sound, and it’s hard to say what his production values are. In general, it has been unclear exactly what he’s up to. I suggested a listening session with him on his own turf, so I could try to crack the code.

And later in the article:

In his studio, I suggested that we listen to some pop music that he found particularly meaningful. For a while, he talked about context: the desensitizing experience of hearing a song too many times, even a great one by Michael Jackson or Chaka Khan or Fleetwood Mac; the stigmas that attach to certain songs or sounds or styles when certain opinion makers deem them uncool; the importance of helping musicians make music that sounds like no other well-known reference point.

As an example, Mr. Rechtshaid came up with the Clash’s 1982 song “Rock the Casbah,” then started looking up other songs on YouTube, pushing toward an interesting idea. He loved the first Clash album and the first Sex Pistols album, both released in 1977, and other punk records from the movement’s beginnings. They were “honest,” he said, “in that they reflect what’s going on around them.”

But by the time of its fifth album, “Combat Rock” — which included “Rock the Casbah” — the Clash had moved toward disco, reggae and rockabilly. And in the shift away from naïve impulses toward a bigger sound and more expensive production values — in a possible move away from some of their original impulses — something important happened. “The best bands kept making records and had this evolution, where by the end, by their commercial phase or sellout phase, the records are from outer space. No one else could have made that record. You don’t know what era it’s from.”

For all of this story, head to the New York Times.


Sky Ferreira:

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Best Of 2013 Dept.: Village Voice Publishes 41st Critic’s Poll — Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk Top List

The Village Voice has published their 41st annual music critic poll (Pazz & Jop 2013). Below are the first 30 albums on the list.

For the rest plus essays on the year in music, head here.

1 Kanye West, Yeezus

2 Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
3 Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

4 Beyoncé, Beyoncé
5 Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
6 My Bloody Valentine, m b v

7 Haim, Days Are Gone

8 Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
9 Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze

10 Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
11 Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You

12 Savages, Silence Yourself

13 Disclosure, Settle
14 Arcade Fire, Reflektor
15 David Bowie, The Next Day
16 Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time

17 Jason Isbell, Southeastern
18 Drake, Nothing Was the Same
19 Deafheaven, Sunbather
20 The National, Trouble Will Find Me

21 Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
22 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels
23 Ashley Monroe, Like a Rose
24 Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold
25 Lorde, Pure Heroine
26 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away
27 Danny Brown, Old
28 M.I.A., Matangi
29 The Knife, Shaking the Habitual

30 Pusha T, My Name Is My Name

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Watch: Haim Do ‘The Wire,’ ‘Forever’ on ‘Kimmel’

Last night Haim performed “The Wire” and “Forever” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’

“The Wire”:


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Watch: Haim & Lorde Cover Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Man”

This performance was broadcast on VH1 a few days ago but if you missed it, it’s cool. There’s a great raw DIY quality to the whole thing. Check out the guitar playing.

Watch: Haim Conquer SNL with “The Wire”


I saw Haim for the first time when they played the Treasure Island Music Festival last month.

I hadn’t heard the slick soul-pop of their recordings which was good because they don’t match this rock quartet live. Yeah, I did say rock quartet ’cause Haim has gone rock in a serious way.

This “Saturday Night Live” performance gives you sense of what they deliver live.

Danielle Haim — she’s in the middle with the cool red SG guitar — has a distinctive, compelling way of singing, you can really hear during this performance of “The Wire.”

Here they are on SNL performing “Don’t Save Me.”