Throughout 2011, we’ve had the privilege of working with some incredible artists who have taken part in a wide variety of Paste
sessions. From inside a historic military fort to on board a Ferris Wheel
, from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico to our offices in Decatur, Ga., we captured hundreds of videos. Here are our 25 favorites.
10. Low Anthem – “Ghost Woman Blues”
Back in June, Rhode Island folk rockers The Low Anthem graced the cover of our first-ever mPlayer issue. Around that time, the group were in full stride touring behind their 2011 record Smart Flesh. A couple days after an early afternoon performance at Bonnaroo, the quartet of Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky, Jocie Adams and Mat Davidson stopped by the Paste offices for a brief session.
9. The Avett Brothers – “Slight Figure Of Speech”
Gulf Shores, Ala.
One of Paste’s most memorable moments at Hangout Music Festival was with The Avett Brothers, who were gracious enough to let us step into their artist trailer and record a stripped-down performance of “Slight Figure Of Speech.”
8. Stars – “Fixed”
Pensacola Beach, Fla.
Our first session during DeLuna Fest was with Canadian indie-rockers Stars, who brought a playful attitude to our remote spot on the beach. Singer Torquil Campbell did a spontaneous and theatrical pratfall during a beautiful rendition of “Fixed.”.—Allison Ziemba
7. David Wax Museum – “Yes, Maria, Yes”
In 2010, David Wax and Suz Slezak played over 200 shows, welcoming everything from house parties to major music festivals. As rigorous as their touring schedule was, the members of David Wax Museum flourished as performers as the result of playing night in and night out. “I think that really helped us hone our live show,” Wax admits. “It really helped us come into our own as a live band.” Watch them perform “Yes, Maria, Yes” at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.
6. Chris Thile and Michael Daves – “Loneliness and Desperation”
It seems that whatever project he immerses himself in, Chris Thile can do no wrong. After bringing his virtuosic talents to bands like Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, the heralded Mandolinist teamed up with guitarist Michael Daves for his most recent effort.