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Editor’s Pick #179: Devendra Banhart’s “Shabop Shalom” and Collaborations by Irina Dvalidze

Devendra to release a new collaboratin with Beck

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Devendra Banhart’s “Shabop Shalom” MP3

Like we needed yet another reason to love Devendra Banhart! This ridiculously¬†versatile¬†polyglot¬†can do no wrong whether he is confessing his true love in “Lover” or¬†engaging¬†in¬†infidelity¬†in “Carmensita.” A part of the New Weird American movement with the likes of Bon Iver, Islands, The Mountain Goats and Grizzly Bear, Devendra’s sound can only de bescribed as original and¬†intriguingly¬†strange.

Even though it has been about two years since his last full — and so far best — album,¬†Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, Devendra has been dropping countless collaborations and side-projects with some of the coolest individuals in the business. One name appears increasingly¬†often —¬†Beck. Beck and Banhart collaborated on Beck’s second Record Club covers album,¬†Songs of Leonard Cohen, specks of which have been gradually appearing on Beck’s web-page. Apparently these two hit it off pretty well since barely two weeks after the¬†announcement¬†of their co-artistic¬†shenanigans, Pitchfork reported their next collaboration with Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness director, Todd Solondz. Looks like ¬†Solondz’s next film Life During Wartime will have an acoustic accompaniment to envy. Who knows? If we are lucky this one song project may even evolve into a full soundtrack.

— Irina Dvalidze, Multimedia Editor


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[…] Devendra Banhart has announced the dates for his upcoming North American tour, Pitchfork¬†reports. ¬†The tour begins after his album,¬†What Will We Be drops on October 27. ¬†If you’re in NYC around Thanksgiving time, check out his November 22 show at Town Hall. ¬†[Previous 20 Watts Coverage:¬†Editor‚Äôs Pick #179: Devendra Banhart‚Äôs ‚ÄúShabop Shalom‚ÄĚ and¬†Collaborations] […]

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