Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has hit the books again, revealing the band's current semi-hiatus is due to his studies at university. The folk rockers stepped out of the spotlight shortly after touring to promote their 2011 album Helplessness Blues, and the band hasn't offered up any new music since.
But now Pecknold has assured fans that Fleet Foxes have not broken up; he's just too busy studying for an undergraduate degree at New York's Columbia University to record new material.
He took to the band's Facebook.com page on Wednesday (23Apr14) and wrote, "For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update - been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring/recording lifestyle.
"I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I've mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there."
The White Stripes' 2003 album Elephant has topped a new poll to find the best release from the last 20 years. The chart-topping album, which featured instant classic Seven Nation Army, beat out discs from Arcade Fire and Bob Dylan to land at number one on the 20 Albums That Shook The Last 20 Years list created to mark the 20th anniversary of British music magazine Mojo.
Radiohead were the only act to land two albums in the top 20 - OK Computer at four and In Rainbows at 14 - and releases by The Strokes, Flaming Lips and Fleet Foxes made the top 10.
The top five is:
1. The White Stripes - Elephant
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Bob Dylan -Time Out Of Mind
4. Radiohead - OK Computer
5. The Strokes - Is This It
You wouldn't expect Game of Thrones to feature tons of hip indie artists. The show is in no way modern, and it exists in a world far apart from Pitchfork and Coachella. But, with a guest appearance by the Coldplay drummer, a haunting ballad from The National, and a recently announced appearance by atmospheric Swedish band Sigur Rós, it seems that Game of Thrones has become The O.C. for the fantasy genre.
The modern music on Game of Thrones is in no way jarring; the songs often fit the medieval, sinister quality of the show. Here are a few bands that seem like they would belong on the show, whether dressed in furs or scorring a bloody scene.
Fleet FoxesThis lovely folk band sounds like they could have been medieval troubadors, and the creepy lyrics of "White Winter Hymnal" could have scored the Red Wedding.
Radical FaceRadical Face already has a song called "Winter is Coming," and the chill of beyond the wall is present in their melodic music.
Mumford and SonsThough most of their stuff seems a little too peppy for GoT, Mumford sure knows how to do a ballad.
BeirutThere is a distinctly old-fashioned sound to Beirut, as well as a sad yearning that would work well in Game of Thrones.
Bon Iver/Volcano Choir/Justin VernonWhatever band Justin Vernon is in, he basically already looks like he's an extra on the show.
Monsters of FolkWouldn't it be cool to get this folk super group, which includes Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and M.Ward of She and Him, to perform their catchy songs on the show?
Laura MarlingMarling's swirling folk would mesh well with Game of Thrones, and she looks like she would belong on the show.
Le LoupLe Loup mastered the improbable combo of banjo, electronic beats, and lovely harmonies, which would provide a very cool old/new feel on GoT.
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Former Fleet Foxes star Father John Misty is releasing his own fragrance for women. Innocence contains "pure botanical fragrances of Sweet Orange Oil, Tunisian Neroli, Mimosa Absolute, Violet Absolute, Jasmine Grand, Bourbon Vanilla, and Linden Blossom". It'll be available in a limited edition of 300 bottles in August (13).
Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds narrowly beat comedy The Hangover and indie hit (500) Days of Summer to land the Best Film prize, while Pearl Jam's Backspacer was the clear winner on the album countdown, ahead of Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Them Crooked Vultures' eponymous debut.
Also making the two top 10s were Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Watchmen, Up and Public Enemies and Robbie Williams' Reality Killed The Radio Star, Florence & The Machine's Lungs and Year in the Kingdom by Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman.
Here are the lists:
Best Album of 2009
1. Backspacer - Pearl Jam
2. The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
3. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
4. Lungs - Florence & The Machine
5. Together Through Life - Bob Dylan
6. It's Blitz - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Reality Killed the Video Star - Robbie Williams
8. 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
9. Year In The Kingdom - J. Tillman
10. Humanoid - Tokio Hotel
Best Movie of 2009
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Hangover
3. (500) Days of Summer
4. Whatever Works
6= Public Enemies
8. The Hurt Locker
9= Star Trek
9= An Education.