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About the Book

For many years, Lauren Dukoff has been photographing close friend and musician Devendra Banhart and an extended, loose-knit international family of artists who share inspiration variously from folk, Tropicalia, and each other, as well as a range of other musical influences. FAMILY is a collection of Dukoff's striking portraits and candid images of Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Bat for Lashes, Feathers, Espers, Vetiver, Bert Jansch, Vashti Bunyan, and many others individually and together, in performance and more private spaces.

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PIANA is an album of instrumental, solo piano pieces written by Gregory Rogove and performed by John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood). It also includes a DVD of musical and visual reinterpretations, or “remixes,” of the piano pieces. Please see below for a list of contributing artists.





Castle Garden


Love Cherries

Casa Azul

Sunken Ships

White Room

Young Mountain


The Bees


Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood)

Natalia Lafourcade

Devendra Banhart



Carly Margolis

Adam Green

Lucky Dragons


Vanessa da Silva (design)

Steve and George Gorrow (video)

Juan España (photographs)

Adam Tullie (drawing)

Lauren Dukoff (photograph)

Fabrizio Moretti (the Strokes) (sculpture)

Hisham Akira Bharoocha (collage)

Ana Kras (video)

Allforthemountain (collage)

Diana García (video)

New Priestbird Album, “Beachcombers”


Kevin Barker’s The Family Jams

An evocative portrait of youthful possibility, The Family Jams follows Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver as they tour the USA in 2004 playing their unique music for a newly growing audience.

The film is an intimate portrait of life on the road for these young musicians early in their careers, playing tiny, obscure clubs and art galleries, but on the verge of larger success before their small, intimate vans are replaced by large, impersonal tour busses.

Also featuring appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs.

Review: Wall Street Journal

The film’s scrapbook style fits with the performances and with the anecdotal episodes in between—as when the notoriously hirsute Mr. Banhart recounts being mistaken for Jesus during an overnight stay in a Brooklyn jail. Time makes Mr. Barker’s modest film a more valuable pop-culture artifact than he might have imagined, but its charms guarantee enjoyable viewing even if these folks had vanished into obscurity. -Dollar, Steve, “Awakened Identities” The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2011.

Watch: Beck, Devendra Banhart, and Caetano Veloso Perform Together

The New York Times reports that the artist Doug Aitken, assigned the task of putting together the annual fundraising dinner for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, staged a big event that featured lit-up pipes, “sonic tables”, gospel singers, cattle auctioneers, and a joint performance by Beck, Devendra Banhart, and tropicalia originator Caetano Veloso. In the New York Times video below, you can watch what happens when those three big dogs share a stage. The clip shows Beck and Banhart helping each other on their own songs, then joining forces to back Veloso.


MTV Names Warpaint As Artists To Watch

With 2010 nearly gone and the likes of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Katy Perry reaping accolades from a successful year, looked ahead to some of the new or little-known artists who could make an impact next year.

Included on the list is Warpaint — the LA-based female quartet whose full-length debut “The Fool,” released in October, followed up the acclaimed 2009 EP “Exquisite Corpse”