Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, February 4, 2011



Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • The big news this week is that the White Stripes have hung it up. This seems to be sort of a technicality at this point, since they haven't really done anything in a few years. They did release a live album in 2009, but haven't actually played together since 2007. There were some whisperings of a new album. But it would seem that it isn't the case, although you never know with Jack and Meg--they could up and release an album next week. Remember, this is the same pair who convinced us they were siblings. More likely, though, Jack is more interested in his myriad other projects. Still, I don't get the feeling this is permanent. 
  • Caught my first show of the year last night: Dr. Dog played the Music Farm. Look for a review sometime early next week. Sneak preview: It was a late show and I'm very tired right now.
  • There's an interesting interview with Sufjan Stevens up on Pitchfork. He talks about his newfound electro-experimental approach, and is very candid and realistic about the fact that he's isolating much of his audience. He even mentions something about tacking on a few old tunes to the end of the set, acknowledging that he's reluctantly throwing a bone to the Illinoise crowd. Give the guy credit, I guess: he's got a vision. Check out the interview here.
  • A bit of site news: I'm absolutely crushed at work right now, but going to get February's 11 Best up as soon as possible. I've already started it and decided on a topic. I hope to roll out the intro post sometime next week.
Recent Listening:
  • The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
  • Dr. Dog - Fate
  • The Head and the Heart - s/t
  • Various - A collection of well-known classical movements. Perfect for the hellish, work-intensive project I've got going on right now at the office.
  • Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Bright Eyes - The People's Key (February 15)
  • Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (February 15)
  • The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh (February 22)
  • Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine (February 22)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (March)
  • Strokes - Angles (March 22)
  • Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (May 3)
  • Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Bright Eyes (Asheville, March 5)
  • The Avett Brothers (Savannah, March 30)
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
  • The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
A Tube For You:
As mentioned, that Dr. Dog review will be up in a few days, but for now, here's a taste of what I got last night. "The Old Days" was one of a few songs I was really hoping to hear, and the boys delivered. Here they are delivering some other time:

 

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