July 4, 2011 – 2:48 am

Old men look at their lives.

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Paris 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France; May 30, 2011. Broadcast live on French radio Le Mouv’. Ex DAB stereo. The original MP2 files are lossy - 192kbps.

Not a bad word has been written about new Seattle band, Fleet Foxes.

On a promo tour in Europe now to promote their second album Helplessness Blues, surely a tip of the hat to Neil Young, of which both co-founders of the band say they were influenced by. But surely not just that old man but a lot of other old men. The harmonies could have come off The Byrds or CSNY, the lyrical narratives are the lighter side of Bob Dylan, after all who could be darker? Then there’s that awful feeling that just about every album in their parents collections has been trolled over, ideas picked, styles pocketed away. For instance, new song Montezuma? Surely a wink at Zuma, that 1975 classic Neil Young album.

A quick look at the opening lines of these songs shows a gifted lyricist in singer Robin Pecknold. His words hold your attention. You want more.

So now I am older, than my mother and father, when they had their daughter,
Now what does that say about me

I was raised up believing I was somehow unique (Helplessness Blues)

Penniless and tired, with your hair grown long (He Doesn’t Know Why)

This live broadcast gives ample evidence they can deliver the goods live. It’s about time indie bands realise the importance of a good melody (Fleet Foxes first signed to SubPop, now a Warner subsidiary). The clever use of words against a grand melody, as on White Winter Hymnal, has made that song their best known. The lyrics themselves are meaningless. Yet it works. This time surely even your grandfather can swing and sway to this young band.

Thanks to smog31 for sharing at DIME. Pictures by Tristan Legros posted on the net.
- The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have already been deleted or are out of print.

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Track 01. Drops In The River * (7.1MB)
Track 02. Battery Kinzie (4.0MB)
Track 03. Bedouin Dress (7.5MB)
Track 04. Sim Sala Bim (4.9MB)
Track 05. Mykonos * (7.0MB)
Track 06. Your Protector * (5.4MB)
Track 07 .Tiger Mountain Peasant Song * (6.8MB)
Track 08. White Winter Hymnal * (3.3MB)
Track 09. Ragged Wood * (6.8MB)
Track 10. Lorelai (6.2MB)
Track 11. Montezuma/He Doesn’t Know Why * (9.8MB)
Track 12. The Shrine/An Argument (12.4MB)
Track 13. Blue Spotted Tail (3.9M)
Track 14. Blue Ridge Mountains * (6.1MB)
Track 15. Oliver James * (5.8MB)
Track 16. Helplessness Blues (7.1MB)

* Tracks from Fleet Foxes self-titled debut, 2008. Rest are off their May 2011 album, Helplessness Blues.

Probable Lineup:
Robin Pecknold - lead vocals, guitar
Skyler Skjelset - lead guitar, mandolin
Christian Wargo - bass guitar, vocals
Casey Wescott - keyboards, mandolin, vocals
Joshua Tillman - drums, vocals, arrangements
Morgan Henderson - multi-instrumentalist, arrangements


Yet another Seattle band. With just two albums to their name, the self-titled first and the Neil Young-ish Helplessness Blues, you can buy Fleet Foxes albums here.

  1. 8 Responses to “HARVEST TIME”

  2. the best (new) band in the world !

    thank you bigo

    any chance to get the opening set of JASON T PIERCE from th esame night what a show !

    By juju on Jul 4, 2011

  3. Actually, “Mykonos,” their best song, is from the “Sun Giant” EP.

    By brianfair on Jul 5, 2011

  4. the best version of “MYKONOS”, I agree their best song, can only be found in an UNCUT MAGAZINE CD COMPILATION “LONG TIME GONE” FROM 2008

    By juju on Jul 6, 2011

  5. Thanks! Will be an aide memoire to the show I saw at United Palace Theater in NYC earlier this year…

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jul 7, 2011

  6. Thanks so much for sharing. Killer quality!


    By UnnecessaryUmlaut on Jul 14, 2011

  7. I almost passed this up thinking this was going to be another over hyped band where people say they sound like great bands of the past and they really don’t. Was I wrong. This is some of the best new music I heard in a long time. Get rid of the pop kids and put real music back in the spotlight. Thanks for the share.

    By Matt on Sep 3, 2011

  8. Thank you for using one of my pictures of the show for this bootleg. It was a great show from the greatest band.

    By Tristan on Feb 21, 2012

  9. Hello Tristan

    Nice to hear from you and, once again, thanks for the picture.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 21, 2012

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