My close friend Dashi swears that he hates hipster culture, and the bespectacled, bearded, folksy bands that have (sort of) emerged from it. However, he was in fact the individual responsible for introducing me to TYPHOON, an amazing band out of Oregon that embodies much of what I love about the idea of communal music making.
The band is currently comprised of 13 members, some of whom are in fact bearded and bespectacled, playing an incredible variety of instruments, ranging from horns to strings and back again. While their music tends to wander a bit stylistically, there is a certain heartbeat, a wanting/yearning/deafening cry of music that absolutely NEEDS to be made in everything they do.
They are currently working on their 3rd full length album, details to be announced soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this video recorded by KEXP at Pickathon, and then head over to http://www.wearetyphoon.com and buy some amazing music.