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NEWPORT FOLK: First Aid Kit

“Blue”

I remember hearing about First Aid Kit years ago when they caught a lot of attention on YouTube for their cover of the Fleet Foxes tune “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”. Since then, I haven’t been keeping up with the Swedish duo…but I poked around their catalog when I saw them on the Newport Folk lineup. I like most of what I heard from them, but this particular song is far and away my favorite! As always, these sisters nail the harmonies and there’s such a playfulness to the tune, despite the sad lyrics (and perfectly creepy video):

First Aid Kit
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT: Did That Actually Happen?

Breaking the silence…

First off, I apologize. It’s been an entire week since my last post and I’ve felt like a slacker. But I have an excuse! Newport Folk Festival 2011 rocked my world. In my last post, I explained how I’d be spending the festival…mostly working my tail off, and enjoying whatever I could catch here or there. Well, the entire experience was quite stunning…and left me somewhat in a state of shock (and exhaustion). So it took me a week before I could bring myself to log on here, click ‘new post’, and attempt to get my feelings across to you. And here we are.

The strongest feeling I’ve come away with is a sense of pride and accomplishment. I was part of an awesome team who kicked ass covering the festival…bringing the main stage acts LIVE across the radio airwaves in Newport (96.5FM) and on the Cape & Islands (92.7FM) as well as posting recordings of nearly every set of music performed throughout the weekend on our website along with tons of exclusive interviews and photos (and not to mention our stellar Facebook coverage). 

Aside from that, I was also a sponge soaking in every little drop of amazing music that came my way. Even while sitting at my post backstage for almost the entire festival, I witnessed impromptu performances and jams and got to meet many of the artists who came to our tent to be interviewed. I could also hear the Quad stage quite clearly (especially when the louder bands rocked it), plus there was a pair of headphones right next to me with the main stage feed coming through, so I put those on and blissed out pretty frequently. With all of that and a few jogs to catch a song here or there while my files were saving, I experienced quite a bit of musical magic. Here are some highlights:


*photo by Scott Wurster

Meeting Amos Lee was probably one of the best moments of the festival for me. He was super super sweet and SO striking in person. You hear the word SOUL used a lot when talking about music these days…but I think this man is the real deal…his voice is the epitome of SOUL. Listen to Barbara interview him HERE. And listen to his amazing set on the main stage HERE.


*photo by Scott Wurster

I got to hear a good portion of The Decemberists and their set was just dynamite! They played a perfect mix of new and old songs in their catalogue to please every fan. Colin Meloy was hilarious too! I can’t be sure, but I’d like to think that this picture was taken right as he was telling the crowd to scream like they were being eaten by a whale, haha… definitely check out their performance …LISTEN HERE.


*photo by Scott Wurster

Mavis Staples is such an incredible performer AND person. While she’s on stage of course, but also anytime you see or talk to her, she just exudes a light that makes you smile and feel good about the world, and you can really hear that in her interview with Barbara…LISTEN HERE.

 
*photos by Scott Wurster

Although they were probably the farthest from ‘folk’ at the festival, performances from Delta Spirit and Middle Brother were exceptional. I think Delta Spirit has long been one of my new favorite bands and their rockin’ set really sealed the deal for me. Then, put the singers of Delta Spirit, Dawes, and Deer Tick together and you’ve got Middle Brother – one of the best supergroups I’ve seen in several years. LISTEN TO DELTA SPIRIT. LISTEN TO MIDDLE BROTHER.


 *photo by Scott Wurster

When you hear just a few minutes of stage banter and half a song and then you include that in your list of highlights, that’s when you know The Civil Wars are really something special. I was bummed they were playing on the stage furthest away from me at the festival, but when I ran over there quickly I really was struck by how they commanded the stage and the audience’s attention. You could hear a pin drop in the tent as their intoxicating harmonies cut through the quiet, hot air. Hear part of their performance and Barbara’s interview with them in OUR ARCHIVES.

There was a whole lot more over the course of the weekend, but I’ll leave it at that for today. Now that I’ve had some time to process the experience, I hope to keep sharing it with you here. I’ve said it before, and here I go again…Fort Adams is a magical place, and Newport Folk is one of the most incredible festivals I’ve ever attended. The history, the gorgeous setting, the knowledgeable and well-behaved festival goers, the talent, the collaborations…it all makes for such a special, peaceful place to enjoy the music.


*photo by Jess Phaneuf

If you’ve yet to click on any of the above links to the mvyradio archives,
CLICK HERE TO STREAM & DOWNLOAD LIVE SETS FROM NEWPORT 2011

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NEWPORT: Anticipation and Excitement

Well, after months of planning and organizing and anticipating, Newport Folk Festival 2011 is upon us! This year is by far the best Newport Folk lineup yet (I can say that with certainty because there’s proof – tickets sold out weeks in advance for the first time in the festival’s history!), and I’m beyond excited to attend the event with mvyradio.

Realistically, I won’t be seeing much music at all. Just like last year, I’ll be at our mvy tent in the Quad area backstage with several computers and a lot of responsibility. However, this is something I’m going to enjoy immensely…I’ll be editing every live performance to ready it for posting on our website and I’ll also be heading our Facebook and Twitter coverage.

Regardless of the fact that I won’t be strolling around enjoying the music from in front of the stage, I’m still psyched to just be in the presence of some amazing artists and to hear their performances from a distance (or through my headphones shortly afterwards).

Here are the artists I’m MOST excited about seeing/hearing:

Elvis Costello
Amos Lee
M. Ward**
The Civil Wars
Delta Spirit**
Tegan & Sara**

Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Middle Brother**
Justin Townes Earle**
Freelance Whales**
Typhoon

**With luck, I’ll be able to catch a portion of these sets since they’re on the Quad stage…the closest to our tent!

Make sure you check in with mvyradio either on your computer or your mobile phone to follow our coverage…we’ll be STREAMING SETS LIVE FROM THE MAIN STAGE! Also visit us on FACEBOOK where we’ll be sharing our entire Newport experience!

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NEWPORT: Song Of The Day

David Wax Museum – “Born With A Broken Heart”

SO flipping excited about Newport Folk… in just a few days! This Boston-based band will be at the festival for their second year in a row, after NPR named their 2010 set one of the best moments of the festival.

David Wax Museum
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT: Song Of The Day

Freelance Whales  – “Hannah”

Wow. I think my co-worker, Barbara said it best today when she asked, “Isn’t it a little overwhelming?”. The lineup at Newport Folk is incredible this year, and there is no doubt that whatever you end up seeing/hearing from the festival will be amazing. As I continue to absorb myself in all artists Newport-related, I keep finding more awesome tunes… like this one from New York City-based Freelance Whales:

Freelance Whales
Newport Folk Festival 2011

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NEWPORT: Song Of The Day

Moutain Man – “Soft Skin”

Mountain Man is a trio of women who met during college up in Vermont. Their music is incredibly bare. It’s sometimes simply their 3 voices in gorgeous harmony and other times just an acoustic guitar is featured underneath. I’m very much looking forward to seeing these 3 perform at Newport Folk…I think they’ll fit right in. Here’s a taste of their beautiful sound:

Mountain Man
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT: Song Of The Day

Typhoon – “The Sickness Unto Death”/”The Honest Truth”

This 16-member Portland-based collaborative will hit the stage at Newport Folk this summer, and after checking out some of their music, I’m really looking forward to it! They’ve got an experimental pop sound that’s super engaging and I also really appreciate the thoughtful lyrics and sometimes tender moments in their tunes. Check out this NPR Tiny Desk Concert they did at SXSW this year…

Typhoon
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT: Song Of The Day

The Cave Singers – “Dancing On Our Graves”

I’m continuing to dissect this year’s Newport Folk lineup, picking out acts that I’ve never heard and exploring them a bit. It’s getting me even more pumped up for the festival! Check out the complete lineup here

As you may know, I’ve been loving Fleet Foxes these days and for a string of dates on their current tour, they’ve got The Cave Singers opening up for them.  This three piece out of Seattle is slated to play at Newport Folk, and after poking around at some of their music online, I think they’ll be welcomed with open arms. The vocals are edgy, the sound is dynamic and they have great energy. You’ll see what I mean with this live performance of the tune, “Dancing On Our Graves”:

The Cave Singers
Newport Folk 2011

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Newport Folk 2011 Lineup


It’s been officially announced… and it looks amazing! Here’s the lineup for the Newport Folk Festival this summer:

SATURDAY, JULY 30
The Decemberists
Gillian Welch
Earl Scruggs
Gogol Bordello
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Tegan & Sara*
Mavis Staples
The Felice Brothers
Delta Spirit*
Freelance Whales
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three
What Cheer? Brigade
The Devil Makes Three
Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka & Liz Queler
The Wailin’ Jennys
Typhoon
The Ebony Hillbillies
River City Extension
PS22 Chorus

SUNDAY, JULY 31
Emmylou Harris
Elvis Costello (Solo Acoustic)*
Amos Lee*
M. Ward*
Wanda Jackson
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Middle Brother*
Justin Townes Earle*
The Secret Sisters*
Trampled by Turtles
The Civil Wars*
The Head and The Heart
The Cave Singers
David Wax Museum
Mountain Man
The Seeger Clogging All-Stars
BrownBird

*These are acts that I’ve yet to see live and I’ve REALLY been loving lately, so I’m extra excited to see them on the lineup. mvyradio plans to be behind the scenes at the festival as we have been the past few years, recording as much as we can and sharing it with those who cannot attend! But as someone who’s been to a few of these, I’d go if you like even a few of the artists above… it’s an amazing festival… read my thoughts on it HERE.

Newport Folk Festival 2011
mvyradio’s Newport Folk 2010 archives

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Song Of The Day

My Morning Jacket – “Golden”

Tonight we featured a live performance from Yim Yames at Newport Folk 2010 for our mvy LIVE. I really enjoyed hearing this set, since I didn’t catch much of it when I was working backstage at Newport… and you can hear it too, along with a bunch of other Newport performances, in our Archives. His rendition of “Golden” reminded me how much I love that song. Here’s MMJ doing it live on Letterman:

My Morning Jacket
Yim Yames

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