Cults are playing tonight in the Schine Underground (more info here)! I’m interested to see how they’ve grown since the summer. I’m also very excited to see my friends, the Vanderbuilts opening for them. You might recognize the Vanderbuilts from a previous issue of the Miscreant. They’ve also just release their new LP.
"Give Out (Daytrotter Session)" // Sharon Van Etten
Sharon’s performance itself was pretty interesting, as well, I would say. It was my fifth or sixth time seeing her. All of the music was beautiful, but as soon as Sharon walked out in heels (she later mentioned it was her first time wearing them while performing) and make up, I knew that this show would be significantly different than the other times I had seen her. Instead of a flannel and black jeans, she sported a flowing, pink blouse and designer harem pants. In stead of her hair laying flat on her head, it was curled and done up. She laughed at the beginning of one song, as she admitted to just recently learning how to count in. Though these changes were a sign of growth, they also made me long for the times I had seen her without a band. Don’t get me wrong, she’s amazingly talented, and the music of the show was so wonderful; but the aesthetic was certainly not was I was prepared for.
Either way, like I said, the show was great. Shearwater opened up, and won my friend Kaycie and I over immediately. More on that soon.
I’m seeing Sharon tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg; a couple of my friends and are driving down for a quick visit to the City. It’s been almost a year since I saw her in the sweltering Austin heat at the Mohawk. I can’t wait to see her with the songs from the new album. I just hope she still plays my favorites like “Tornado” and “I Wish I Knew.”
What a crazy weekend! Was happy to host Dumb Talk here at the homestead the past couple nights. They played an amazing show last night with some other members of the Dad Collective (Our Daily Fix, GNGSGNS), as well as RAPWHISTLE, Friendless Bummer, and my boiz SSWAMPZZ. A bunch of punks came out to the practice space and had a good time; it was a totally successful show. Be on the look out for more awesome releases, shows, etc from these guys! They’re all about to shake some shit up.
I feel like La Sera is one of those things that I was totally sold on, and listened to the album and then sort of forgot about for a relatively long time and then I saw this and thought I’d test the waters and it’s great, it’s really, really great and now it’s basically the only thing I want to listen to.
“Princeton Record Exchange in Jersey. I like stores in New York, but I get really intimidated by some people that work at music stores. Here, though, they’ll answer any questions without judging you at all. Music is so universal, why make it a selfish thing?”—Sharon Van Etten, on her favorite record store (read more here)
Here’s a lovely track from the Miscreant’s most recent featured artist, Sarah Aument! I can’t wait to hear the new releases she has coming out. Expect to see some new music videos for new songs, and hopefully a new EP before the end of the semester.
Read an interview with her in the latest issue of the Miscreant! Download here.
I bought my third copy of this album on CD a couple of days ago. My other two copies of this CD are in different places, with different people, and I haven’t seen either in a while. However, it’s one of those albums that, like an old dear friend who I don’t see nearly often enough, I will have moments where we must visit. It is always extremely urgent, and under circumstances involving extreme emotion. But, alas, when we do meet, I feel the most relieved I have ever felt.
I’ve been hamming it up to the Blood Orange album off and on for the past several weeks. It’s totally hitting the spot and slowly taking over as my favorite album of 2011 (along with Strange Mercyand Days). The lyrics are spot on adorable (“Promised your papa to bring you home by nine / His watch, not mine”); and his simple, whispering just wraps itself around you and puts an extra jump in your step.