Nandi Plunkett ’11 to Release Split 7″ with Deerhoof

Man, do I love Deerhoof.

This gets me really psyched.  Nandi Plunkett, founding member of Colla Voce and occasional singer/keyboardist for Pinegrove (music project of fellow ’11 Evan Hall), just announced her first official release as Half Waif.  The single, “Black Mountain,” will be pressed as the B-side of a 7″ being released in mid-October on Famous Class. The A-side contains “Sexy, But Sparkly,” a track by a well-established (since ’92) San Francisco band called Deerhoof.

If Wikipedia is to be trusted, then chances are your favorite “indie” bands (e.g. TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, and of Montreal) are super into Deerhoof’s strange, kaleidoscopic blend of sonic experimentalism and serious rock chops. That’s right kids, you too can graduate from Kenyon to share a vinyl record with one of the most profoundly influential noise bands of the past 20 years!  Hit the jump for music and more details on the release. Continue reading

Pinegrove Release New Album

MeridianSo you first years probably haven’t heard of Pinegrove, but basically, they’re a really awesome band comprised of Evan Hall and Nandi Plunkett (both class of ’11), and they just released a new album.  It’s really good.

Sometimes plodding along with heavy, distorted, alt-rock footsteps, sometimes dancing around aching harmonies with skittering drums and nimble guitar work and occasionally letting loose with cathartic outbursts of emotion, Meridian may sound familiar to old Pinegrove fans: some older tunes have been slightly reworked (“Mather Knoll” has some new reggae trappings), but the old favorites are still strong (to the delight of those among us who live for belting “I AGREE WITH YOUR IDEAS BUT NOT YOUR TACTICS” at the top of our lungs).

You can stream and download the album (for whatever price you like) after the jump.

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