April 16, 2013 – 4:32 am

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On Air [no label, 1CD]

Grizzly Bear: BBC Session (for Lauren Laverne show), BBC 6 Music Studios, London, UK; September 4, 2012. Excellent digital radio.
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: WXPN Studios, Philadelphia, PA; April 19, 2006 (broadcast June 1, 2006. Excellent FM broadcast.

For those of us older listeners, radio was a way of encountering new music or re-discovering old acts. The internet may have changed the way we listen to music but at least there are still shows where new music is played and where the artists get to explain themselves, instead of inane chatter from the DJs.

Grizzly Bear from Brooklyn, New York, are getting a bit of buzz and, in September 2012, released their fourth album, Shields. Their sound has been categorized as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental, and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies. The band is one of the few non-electronic artists signed to Warp Records. The wiki also reported that Shields was listed at #35 on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying “Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen have grown into one of indie rock’s most sophisticated songwriting teams, melding idiosyncratic approaches to texture and tune into a subtly mind-blowing whole.”

By 2006, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs were already considered veterans of the music scene. The day after the US release of their ’60s covers album, Under The Covers, Volume 1, Sweet and Hoffs were at the WXPN studios in Philadelphia to talk about their collaborations as “Sid & Susie,” their song selections for the album, and how they met as Austin Powers’ backing band in the movie.

Thanks to smiler40 for taping and sharing the Grizzly Bear show; and to the person who shared the Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs tracks on the net in 2006.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (Grizzly Bear - 160 kbps; Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs - 244 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Grizzly Bear:
Digital Satellite broadcast (live) 2012-09-04 MPEG1 layer 2 48kHz @ 160kbps: BBC 6 Music > DVB-S > TBS 6984 > DVBviewer > .ts > VLC (demux) > .mp2 > MpegSchnitt (trimming) > .mp2

Track 01. Interview (3.0MB)
Track 02. Yet Again (4.9MB)
Track 03. Interview (6.4MB)
Track 04. Interview (8.2MB)
Track 05. Half Gate (6.6MB)
Track 06. Closing comments (582k)

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs:
FM > JVC-509V Receiver > M Audio Microtrack 24/96 > WAV > CD Wave Editor > FLAC Frontend > FLAC

Track 01. Interview (7.6MB)
Track 02. See The Rain (7.2MB)
Track 03. Interview (4.1MB)
Track 04. Cinnamon Girl (4.3MB)
Track 05. Interview (7.3MB)
Track 06. Different Drum (4.8MB)
Track 07. Interview (864k)

Matthew Sweet - guitar, lead vocals
Susanna Hoffs - guitar, lead vocals
Greg Leese - lead guitar
Rick Menck - drums
Tony Marsico - bass
Paul Chastain - guitar, vocals

Click here to order Grizzly Bear’s Shields.

Click here to order Under The Covers Volume 1.

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  2. There seemed to be too many guitars in this band, but they sound good… Great songs with rich vocals too ! And definately …too many interviews !

    By Theo on Apr 16, 2013

  3. Thanks, this is an excellent recording.

    By George Martini on Apr 18, 2013

  4. Ok, I give up. Why are these 2 posts combined? Uses less bandwidth?
    Nice music either way (…and thanks for letting me complain)

    By DanC on Apr 20, 2013

  5. Thanks for this one - especially the Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs tracks! I like their very sixties inspired albums. Cheers Tony

    By Tony on Apr 20, 2013

  6. I really liked Grizzly Bear’s - Yellow House album. But here is a link to a single.
    Grizzly Bear w/Eno “Lux Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar Remix)”

    By sking on Apr 21, 2013

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