@aarondessner
Aaron Dessner
Member of @thenational @bigredmachineadjv Producer #folklore


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Our dear friend and collaborator @thisisthekit has released her incredible new record "Off Off On" today -- please go listen!! Another dear friend @kaufyismynamo brilliantly produced this record and Kate's special band @roziplain , Jamie, Neil and jesse add so much character to this music. I got to play some emotional, spaced out 4am piano somewhere in there :) I've had the pleasure of making (and continuing to make) lots of music with kate over the years and every new project is a gift I'm grateful for. And if you dont know @thisisthekit, go discover all her records - they're all special.
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Congrats to my @thenational comrade @greengloves777 on the release of his beautiful solo record "Serpentine Prison" out today -- it features many good friends and was produced by the legendary @bookertjonesmusic
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13 days ago
As part of For Wisconsin, Justin Vernon and many other artists have been working to get out the vote in Wisconsin, engage in meaningful dialogue with people who may not share the same perspective. Here is a conversation from a rooftop in Milwaukee at the end of which Justin plays a new @BigRedMachineadjv song we wrote for our new record with @AnaisMitchell called Latterdays -- it couldn't be more moving and poignant in this time. Please everyone, vote. #forwisconsin

@eauxclaireswi
@boniver
@blobtower
@radiomilwaukee
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Three of my best friends and favorite musicians @postmoderndrummer @distantstation and @lanzprojects (who's birthday it is also!) have released an EP today as @lnzndrf "To A Lake" is out everywhere now digitally and it has a super long epic song called "Aguas Frescas" that is a very good soundtrack for any kind of journey you might want to go on....
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It was an absolute pleasure to produce @hannahgeorgas new album "All That Emotion" out today on @brassland and @artsandcrafts !! Hannah opened many National shows last year and joined us onstage as well. She's an incredibly nice person and super talented musician....highly encourage you to give her record a listen! If you want to hear my favorite way of playing guitar and other things it's on "Just a Phase" (also there's a candid video that has some amusing details :) thank you so much to @jasontreuting @tingalayo @missarone @900x @dnelnelson lending their incredible talents to this record!!!
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Looking very much forward to joining my friends @boniver for these rescheduled shows next year.
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2 months ago
5+ month studio bender continues. Thank you to everyone who has reached out about folklore....so glad you're enjoying it as much as I do. Still feels surreal to me. Profoundly grateful to have time and space to work and finish things -- and so thankful for the many friends contributing to that music and this new @bigredmachineadjv music -- everything feels related. I can't wait to share it with you. (Our working titles will change! And sorry to be coy :)
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We made an all acoustic, stripped down version of #Cardigan yesterday. Have a listen!
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Thank you @taylorswift for the cozy #cardigan (from Stine who is celebrating that I'm no longer obsessing day and night over the mix :)!! So grateful and CONGRATULATIONS on everything!! #folklore
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I was excited and honored when Taylor approached me in late April about maybe writing some songs remotely together. I had been isolating with my family but writing a ton of music in the first months of quarantine which I shared. I thought it would take a while for song ideas to come and I had no expectations as far as what we could accomplish remotely. But a few hours after sharing music, my phone lit up with a voice memo from Taylor of a fully written version of a song -- the momentum never really stopped. Over the next few months, we remotely finished 11 songs (She also recorded several others with the amazing @jackantonoff) of her magical new album “folklore”. I've rarely been so inspired by someone and it’s still hard to believe this even happened -- these songs came together in such a challenging time. It wouldn't haven't been possible without so much help from first and foremost my engineer Jon Low (@heyjonlow). And my brother @brycedessner's beautiful orchestration on several songs from across the ocean. Justin (@blobtower) helped to write and sing a beautiful song and so many other friends from our community contributed brilliantly from their respective isolation — Ben Lanz (@lanzprojects), Bryan Devendorf (@postmoderndrummer), Bryce Dessner, @claricejensen, Dave Nelson (@dnelnelson), James McAlister (@900x), @jasontreuting, Josh Kaufman (@kaufyismynamo), JT Bates (@floortomjtbates), Kyle Resnick (@kresnick), Rob Moose (@mooserob), Thomas Bartlett (@tingalayo), and Yuki Numata Resnick (@kiyukiyukiyuki) — More on them later! I'm very proud of all these songs and profoundly grateful to @taylorswift for inviting me into and trusting me in her process. She is one of the most talented, hardworking and deeply caring artists I've ever encountered. There's a palpable humanity and warmth and raw emotion in these songs that I hope you'll love and take comfort in as much as I do.

Album art by @bethgarrabrant.
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@minatindle has announced her beautiful new record "Sister" will be released October 9th on @37d03d -- two new songs "Lions" and "Belle Penitence" out today! The record was produced by our longtime collaborator @tingalayo with help from many friends including @brycedessner and Sufjan Stevens. @minatindle sang so beautifully on our record "I Am Easy to Find" - including lead on one of my favorite songs "Oblivions" with Matt - and joined us on much of the tour this past year.
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4 months ago
I've spent the last year working on new Big Red Machine music with @blobtower and an ever-growing collective of friends. There are now more than 20 songs in progress. I'm excited to share the first song of this new batch, No Time For Love Like Now, which is a collaboration with a longtime hero and friend Michael Stipe. The last line of "People Lullabye" from the first @bigredmachineadjv record is "I miss Mike Stipe." So somehow Michael already felt connected in my mind to this music. It's quite surreal now to actually have written and finished a song together. I wrote this music last spring and Justin, @floortomjtbates and @bradleywcook later helped me develop it with @heyjonlow I shared it with Michael last Fall and we got together to arrange and record this song in November in Brooklyn. Michael kept working on the vocals with @le_master_andy in Athens and we ultimately changed the key and re-recorded elements in isolation in the past few months. My brother @brycedessner orchestrated the song recently (parts recorded remotely by @kresnick, @kiyukiyukiyuki and @claricejensen) and I'm thankful we can finally share it with you now. Michael wrote the lyrics last year before the COVID epidemic -- but as social distancing and self-isolation descended, they felt as though they were written about this time. We're hopeful the message of the song will resonate now. Please visit http://lnk.to/NoTimeForLoveLikeNow to stream the song and check out No Time For Love Like Now t-shirts and totes -- all proceeds benefit the @eji_org and the COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund. Thank you to the incredible @michaelbrowndesign for putting this video together from iPhone videos and designing the single cover.
And we will share more music soon!
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I'm very fortunate and grateful to wake up every morning in the rural countryside I live in, looking at farmland and these beautiful mountains. I've been here for three months now isolating with my wife and young children. This morning I've woken up to the unpleasant and surprising news that I've been misindentified by some social media users as someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio -- I am not the person some are suggesting I am. Nor have I been in Ohio since June 2019. However I do FULLY support peaceful protests and activism against endemic racism and racially motivated violence in this country, which somehow continues generation after generation after generation. Like so many, I'm hoping for peaceful resolution and actual progress addressing these persistent issues in our society.
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I was very lucky to get to spend almost three years causally making songs with Eve Owen @eveowenmusic from time to time. This picture is from the first day we spent together in September 2016. Today Eve's first record "Don't Let the Ink Dry" is released on @37d03d -- I couldn't be more proud of Eve and grateful for our collaboration which reminded me of why I started making music in the first place. Thank you also to all the incredible people who contributed to this beautiful record -- @heyjonlow who recorded and mixed the whole thing, @jasontreuting for his brilliant drumming, @900x and @tingalayo for sprinkling magic and @mooserob for stunning arrangements. Go have a listen!
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I played some new @bigredmachineadjv songs and other stuff in my studio as a benefit for ICU workers in Hudson, NY and the National’s crew — it wasn’t as embarrassing as I expected it to be.
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6 months ago
I’ll be playing along to some new Big Red Machine recordings and performing a few other songs LIVE on @Levis Instagram tomorrow (4/23) at 3pm PST / 6 pm ET. I'm donating half the fee from this performance to support front-line ICU workers in Hudson, NY through the Feed Columbia Memorial initiative and the rest to support @thenational crew. I've never done a livestream before (and may never again!) ....so come see me celebrate my birthday by making a fool of myself! #useyourvoice
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Michael Stipe has been a great hero and friend to me (and @TheNational ) and I never in my wildest dreams imagined writing songs together... but here is the demo of one in progress... coming to you from Michael in isolation at home -- hope it raises some spirits. The lyrics and sentiment in the music feel tied to this time. YouTube link in profile
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7 months ago
Last June, Justin called and asked if I would be up for opening the @boniver European arena tour....all by myself. I hesitated for a few seconds (it was hard to imagine performing alone in arenas when I'd never really performed alone at all :)-- but the more I thought about it the more exciting the challenge seemed...and I was thankful he was pushing and showing belief in me as a friend. Our idea was that I would experiment with many different instruments, sounds and machines live --- building song ideas and revealing a creative process onstage. I named the project "Big 37d03d Machine" because it feels both like a version of Big Red Machine and very connected to the spirit of @37d03d (people). As I thought about it and prepared, new sounds and songs started to emerge -- some might eventually be Big Red Machine songs or maybe something else. Some are quite experimental and some are "songs" that I sing. As time went on, I was also invited to play in @boniver as one member would be unable to tour due to the due date / happy arrival of a baby.....so I started learning and practicing about 30 BI songs. Im not sure I'll need to know all those now but I had fun learning them! We can't play these shows as scheduled this month due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, but I'm looking forward to returning to Europe with @boniver in January 2021. By then, this music will have evolved even more and I expect there may be other surprises in store. Stay safe and sound and see you soon. Here are the rescheduled dates with more to come.
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All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates below. Unfortunately, we are unable to include a rescheduled Birmingham date at this time; refunds for the show scheduled for ‪April 27th‬ will be available at the point of purchase. We are working on solutions for Amsterdam and Lisbon; tickets for A Coruña will go on sale in the coming weeks. ‪08/01/2021 - London, UK - SSE Arena Wembley‬
‪10/01/2021 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena‬
‪12/01/2021 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena‬
‪14/01/2021 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena‬
‪15/01/2021 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro‬
‪17/01/2021 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis‬
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Repost from @thenational ❤️... Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree fan club enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.
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Wow @heckpaul ....you just raised my spirits ....literally finishing new @bigredmachineadjv as we speak. THANK YOU ❤️❤️
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