Field Report – Fergus Falls

Milwaukee Based Band Field Report

 

Field Report is an up and coming Milwaukee based band with deep midwestern roots. Their ephemeral folk is reminiscent of the music of fellow Wisconsinite Bon Iver, perhaps unsurprising considering the band’s founder, Christopher Porterfield, had previously worked with Justin Vernon in their band DeYarmond Edison back in 2003. Unlike Bon Iver, however, your can actually understand most of Field Report’s lyrics. This last fall Porterfield has really broken out from under Justin Vernon’s shadow and Field Report is definitely a band we will be keeping our eye on.

Although their entire debut album, recently picked up by Partisan Records, is soothing and melodic, the opening track’s reference to Minnesota gives it a special place in our heart.

Listen here and let us know what you think:

FERGUS FALLS

This is the one in which I miraculously pulled out of a freefall dive over Fergus Falls, Minnesota
This is the one like ten years ago I told you about where my wings iced up in the fall as it gets colder

I was concealing his kid under his crewneck stateschool sweatshirt while he grinned off in the distance behind prescription shades that were blocking out the clouded out sun while he as hoping against a daughter and no one saw my banners, my bruises, my flares, my flags.

I could have been an artist if I had the tools I could have been a preacher if I suffered fools When we move into the city I know I will have to pay my dues and my respects to his sister and his mother too.

 

Live and Die by The Avett Brothers

Avett Brothers

If you’re a fan of The Avett Brothers you probably wasted no time listening to their latest album, The Carpenter. I thought I’d share this song both for the diehard fans and for those that haven’t delved into the album yet. I really recommend not just listening to the ‘hits’ but sitting down and absorbing the whole record. It’s worth it.

I always enjoy the band’s harmonies and sort of folk/country rock feel. I really admire their ability to write songs that seem fluid and natural. Live and Die is no exception to this.

Marah in the Mainsail – Devil in the Woods (Acoustic)

One of my favorite bands! Go out and support these folks!

Here’s the post from their Facebook Page explaining the fundraiser:

“Alright world. Here it is. We’re proud to officially announce our Debut EP, “Devil Weeds & Dour Deeds.” We’re almost done! But we need about $2000 more in order to mix and print it, and we need your help!!! We only have 30 days to fund this thing. Every Friday for the next 4 weeks we’ll be releasing a new acoustic performance video to help promote the Kickstarter. Every single penny is a massive blessing. But if you don’t have any spare change, you can always help us out by spreading the word!
Thanks a bundle.”

-MITM

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mitm/marah-in-the-mainsails-debut-ep-devil-weeds-and-do

This song has a gospel-folk feel to it and the harmonies and arrangement of the vocals are amazing. Love it!

Think That You Might Be Wrong by Great Lake Swimmers

I’ve been listening to Great Lake Swimmers here and there over the past few months but it wasn’t until this week that I fully delved into their music. I must say, Tony Dekker (Lead singer and songwriter) has been very prolific over the past decade. The band dabbles in a number of styles ranging from bluegrass to blues, but I would probably describe them as folk rock or alternative.

Their music does seem to maintain a melancholy theme throughout all these styles, and the song Think That You Might Be Wrong is no exception to this.

What time is it?
Would you tell me wolf?
Are you coming around here?
With your teeth so sharp
And I never gave you the best part of me
I just left you in charge for a little while

Must’ve been some
Must’ve been some great fury
That took you so far
Took you so far away

Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong

And look at you now
With your confidence
Riding around on a lion’s back
Mistaking shadow for a stranger’s love
Well, you’re larger than life
When the lighting is right

Morning Song by The Lumineers

Most of us know The Lumineers for their hit, Ho Hey. It’s funny, because that song is what made me interested, but after listening to the rest of their self-titled album, I like their other songs much more than their big hit. A contributing factor to my opinion on this is the “intentional flat notes” in bridge on Ho Hey. I’m not a big fan of that. But I do think they are very talented and that Wesley Schultz is a great songwriter.

Here’s the final track from their debut album. It’s called Morning Song. It has a nice, laid-back rock beat, a bit of a country feel to it and some simple, poetic lyrics.

THE CARBONATION IN MY DRINK
THE BUBBLES RISE WHILE MY HEART SINKS
AND I’LL I TEND TO DO IS THINK OF YOU

WAS IT EASIER TO PACK YOUR BAGS
AND BOOK THAT FLIGHT TO PARIS AS
THE PLANE BEGAN TO MOVE THAT AFTERNOON

WHEN ALL THE TRAINS HAVE PULLED AWAY
FROM LOCAL STATIONS IN DECAY
IT’S I WHO WAITS, IT’S YOU WHO’S LATE AGAIN

AND DID YOU THINK OF ME WHEN YOU MADE LOVE
TO HIM, WAS IT THE SAME AS US
OR WAS IT DIFFERENT, IT MUST HAVE BEEN

AND ALL THE PRETTY DAMES
THEY’LL HUG AND KISS YOU ALL THE SAME
AND WHEN THEY GO, THEY’RE GONE
THEY’RE NOT RUNNING LATE
OH ALL, ALL THE PRETTY DAMES

AND THE KIDS YOU HOLD IN YOUR ARMS
WITH PROMISES TO PROTECT THEM FROM HARM
BUT THEY GROW, AND THEY GO
AND YOU’RE ALL ALONE
ALL THE KIDS, ALL THE KIDS THAT YOU HOLD

AND IT’S A SHAME THAT IT ENDS THIS WAY
WITH NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
SO JUST SIT ON YOUR HANDS, WHILE I WALK AWAY
IT’S A SHAME, IT’S A SHAME, IT’S A SHAME
WHEN MY HANDS BEGIN TO SHAKE
WHEN BITTERNESS IS ALL I TASTE
AND MY CAR WON’T STOP
CAUSE I CUT THE BRAKES
I HOLD ON TO A HOPE IN MY FATE

OH OH AH AH HEY HEY
MAY YOU RETURN TO LOVE ONE DAY
WELL I HOPE AND I PRAY
YOU GET WHAT YOU GAVE
OH OH AH AH HEY HEY

 

How To Live by Band of Horses

Here’s an acoustic performance of How To Live from the newly released Mirage Rock. I never would’ve thought I’d compare Band of Horses to John Mellencamp, but this song kind of feels like a Mellencamp song… in a good way. Some songs on the new album are reminiscent of Neil Young and then others are more like pop-rock or folk-pop, from what I’ve absorbed thus far. I’ll report back when I’ve had a closer listen, but I recommend checking it out. 

When I’m giving advice to others
I take more than I can give
It’s a birds eye view
What I want you to do or how to live

And I really don’t have to suffer
I still do it anyway
I’m a diamond in the rough
Or I’m a dirt clod in the clay

Guess what I lost my job
It’s just my luck

Reveal you’ve always been the actor
With those puppy dog eyes
Well one of y’all is telling the truth
The other one is lies

It’s someone else’s fault so often
You getting rude, getting tall
It’s a great big world
Darling your translations is just a little off

So what, you made a mistake
You try to hide the time
The time is life
Gets a little bit larger everyday
It grows
Gets out of control

I’ve been giving my advice to others
I try to tell them how to live
A little lying, a bit of truth
What I’d like for you to do and how to give

And I really didn’t need to suffer
Still did it anyway
What a great big world
I better find some way to stay

Guess what you’re getting old
Still gotta grow up

 

Thrasher by Neil Young

Listen to this song. Keepin’ it short and sweet today.

They were hiding behind hay bales,
They were planting in the full moon
They had given all they had for something new
But the light of day was on them,
They could see the thrashers coming
And the water shone like diamonds in the dew.

And I was just getting up, hit the road before it’s light
Trying to catch an hour on the sun
When I saw those thrashers rolling by,
Looking more than two lanes wide
I was feelin’ like my day had just begun.

Where the eagle glides ascending
There’s an ancient river bending
Down the timeless gorge of changes
Where sleeplessness awaits
I searched out my companions,
Who were lost in crystal canyons
When the aimless blade of science
Slashed the pearly gates.

It was then I knew I’d had enough,
Burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
And my suitcase in my hand
How I lost my friends I still don’t understand.

They had the best selection,
They were poisoned with protection
There was nothing that they needed,
Nothing left to find
They were lost in rock formations
Or became park bench mutations
On the sidewalks and in the stations
They were waiting, waiting.

So I got bored and left them there,
They were just deadweight to me
Better down the road without that load
Brings back the time when I was eight or nine
I was watchin’ my mama’s T.V.,
It was that great Grand Canyon rescue episode.

Where the vulture glides descending
On an asphalt highway bending
Thru libraries and museums, galaxies and stars
Down the windy halls of friendship
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip
The motel of lost companions
Waits with heated pool and bar.

But me I’m not stopping there,
Got my own row left to hoe
Just another line in the field of time
When the thrashers comes, I’ll be stuck in the sun
Like the dinosaurs in shrines
But I’ll know the time has come
To give what’s mine.

Holland Road by Mumford & Sons

Many of you have probably jumped on the newly released Mumford & Sons album, Babel, but if you haven’t, I recommend giving it a listen. While listening to the first half (or so) of the record I thought, “Okay, all these songs sound the same…and they haven’t really branched out from what they did on their first album.” But as I continued to listen, and as I took a second and third try at it, I started to pick up the subtle differences and the new elements to this release.

I chose to highlight the song Holland Road. If you’ve read my blog before, or spoken with me about music you know I’m all about DY-NAM-ICS! I have a really hard time with songs that lack depth, whether that be a result of  all the instruments playing throughout the entire song, vocals staying within a very small range or sheer volume. Holland Road begins softly, with some simple guitar picking, builds with some piano, harmonies and eventually fills out with the classic Mumford & Sons banjo, steady kick drum, tambourine and horns.

Of course, Marcus Mumford’s classic raspy vocals are like the cherry on top. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UDWCScrWeo

So I was lost, go count the cost
Before you go to the Holland road
With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out
And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down, you cut me down

And I will not tell the thoughts of hell
That carried me home from the Holland road
With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight
To your callus mind, and from your corner you rose to cut me down, you cut me down

So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end
From the Holland road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time
To your callous mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down, you cut me down

But I’ll still believe though there’s cracks you’ll see
When I’m on my knees I’ll still believe
And when I’ve hit the ground, neither lost nor found
If you believe in me I’ll still believe