Last year, the Dirty Projectors and Bjork played a special show at the Housing Works bookstore, performing Mount Wittenberg Orca, a song cycle Dave Longstreth composed just for the occasion. Recently, they got back together to record those seven songs, and, unsurprisingly, it's really good - Bjork fits in perfectly here.
You may already be getting sick of reading the obligatory Top Albums of the Decade list that every music editor, blogger, and social networker has been ordered to shove down your throat. Pitchfork's got 200. Paste's got 50, and so does NPR.
If these lists have anything in common, it's that they leave us wanting to throw in our own two cents.
Questlove on Dirty Projectors before their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night: "based on their setup and sound....imma take a wild guess dirty projectors are from BK?"
Questlove on Dirty Projectors after their performance of "When the World Comes to an End," one of the songs from that Housing Works benefit thing they did with Bjork: "I will follow y'all to the ends of the earth."
We'll have more on this show later, including photos and a review, but for now we'd really like to give you a taste of last night's TV on the Radio/Dirty Projectors extravaganza at the HoBo. Above is the fast-becoming-legendary DPs-do-Mary-J-Blige song "Stillness is the Move," which probably on its own sold a couple dozen tickets to that Somerville Theatre show coming up later this month.
So this seems like it was quite the thing: ascendant indie rockers Dirty Projectors and the still-awesome Bjork got together at the Housing Works Bookstore in NYC for a benefit show organized by Stereogum writer and Housing Works board member Brandon Stousoy. They performed together on song cycle DP frontman/mastermind Dave Longstreth composed specifically for the evening.
Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David Byrne gathered at Radio City Music Hall to perform, among other things, music from the recent Dark Was the Night compilation, which benefits the Red Hot Organization.
Last night was also Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, so Sharon Jones, who, along with the Dap Kings, were set to close out the night, invited the whole crew up on stage to do "This Land Is Your Land."
Bitte Orca, the highly anticipated new album from Brooklyn experimental collective Dirty Projectors, hit the internet today. It's already been pulled from most outlets, though, so we can't even offer any coy suggestions of where you might find it. We haven't even formed much by way of coherent thoughts on the matter; it will take a few listens before we really wrap our heads around Dave Longstreth's intricate arrangements.