Wednesday, August 16, 2006

All in the Family

Thirty years ago Iggy Pop rejected the term "punk," calling it a word that is based in contempt, fashion, style, elitism, satanism and everything that is rotten about rock n' roll. Today, Devendra Banhart is taking on a similar pegging, with the term"freak-folk." It doesn't take a person versed in psychoanalysis to understand why Devendra would object to the label of "freak." It's a bullshit phrase, given by people that can't wrap their heads around ideas of openness and community. So Devendra has gone with "the family" as an alternative to the prior label. Who's in this family? During an interview with Spin, Banhart described the universe, and how his family fits into it.

"Ben Shatley is the gardener
I'm [Devendra] just a snail eating the lettuce in the garden,
Antony is a big palm tree... with suns instead of coconuts,
Coco Rosie are the water,
Vetiver is sunbeams,
Joanna Newsom is roots that grow upward,
Born Heller is the wind,
Espers are soil,
Damon & Naomi are reading a good book in the corner."

I thought it would be nice to present a taste of this magical universe to all of you, so I've gone through and picked songs that I feel best characterize each artist in regard to Devendra's explanation.

[mp3] Antony & the Johnsons -
Lake (live)
[mp3] Coco Rosie -
Noah's Ark
[mp3] Vetiver -
I Know No Pardon
[mp3] Joanna Newsom -
[mp3] Born Heller - (
get the album)
[mp3] Espers -
Moon Occults the Sun
[mp3] Damon & Naomi -
In The Sun

Last but not least:
[mp3] Devendra Banhart - Long Haired Child
Transforming soundwaves into physical elements is a bit of a abstract science, so I hope you can just close your eyes and go with it. The mysterious Ben Shatley (not sure if I heard it right) is no where to be found. If anyone knows who Devendra was referring to, please let me know.


Blogger Lady Eneri said...

splendid! A Banhart entry...hey, i think it was here where i read that Banhart was putting some sort thing together at El Cid...or did that passed? Or am I imagining things?

Any who...i'll take a listen to "Long Hair Child" and try figuring out who he is refering to. Chances are pretty low i'll know, considering the fact that you don't know.

oh and i finally put a name for myself, but i wasn't that person who said the Pipettes suck. I was the dancing girl at troub!!!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like Brazilian music. We are dogs. Here is Cibelle with ol' whats-his-name...

Rufus & Maude
(in Chicago)

5:18 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

Ha. Why hello Rufus and Maude. I miss you both terribly.

5:20 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

Welcome Lady Eneri, good call on the El Cid show. I never heard anything more about it, but we did announce it on the site, so you aren't crazy.

The Ben Shatley reference was actually in the Spin interview, not the song. Sorry if that was confusing. Here is a link to the video. It's a great interview.

Thanks for reading and stepping out of the shadows :)

5:29 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

P.S. That video was pretty sweet. I actually didn't really care for the song before, but as a video I like the musical duet thing.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like the video too!

Your canine pals,
Rufus & Maude in Chicago

P.S. It took you two whole minutes to respond to our message. Please try to do better. We're on a tight schedule of barkin' and scratchin' and layin' around.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prolly 'BEN CHASNY'not shatley
wrapup and links to pics of devendra's el cid shows' here

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like DB and please post more about these six organs of admittance!


Your canine pals,

7:57 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home