Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, April 1, 2011

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • The blog is closing. #obligatoryAprilFoolsGag
  • Two of this year's MAYhem contenders are out there if you know where to look. TV On the Radio and Fleet Foxes are out there if you know where to look. I've listened to Nine Types of Light once and enjoyed it's funky flavor. Helplessness Blues saw the light of day late last week, and it hasn't left my car stereo. Stunning album.
  • Speaking of 2011 releases, I know it's been out for a while, but I'd like to tip my cap to Iron & Wine's Kiss Each Other Clean. Been listening to that one a bit lately after setting it aside for a few months, and it's aging really well. I know Sam Beam's glad to hear that--and that his alma mater (Virginia Commonwealth University) is in the Final Four.
  • While it wasn't quite so profound as to warrant a Things You Can't Forget feature, a nice music-moment occurred the other night while road-tripping home from the Avett Brothers show in Savannah. My standby night-driving album is Radiohead's Hail to the Thief--no surprise, as its production and overall feel begs for both high speeds and darkness. But when a steady rain cut through the fog during "Sit Down, Stand Up", it was on cue, as if Thom Yorke was narrating with his ghostly murmurs of "the raindrops, the raindrops, the raindrops..."
  • We recently nabbed our 50th follower. Thanks, MadalynnMarie and indeed all our followers. It is comforting to know that at least half of you might not be bots.
Recent Listening:
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  • TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light
  • Avett Brothers - Four Thieves Gone
  • Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
  • The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12) 
  • TV On the Radio - Types of Light (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)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (May 10)
  • Man Man - Life Fantastic (May 10)
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (May 31)
  • My Morning Jacket - Circuital (May 31)
  • Bon Iver - (no title yet) (June '11)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Drive-By Truckers (Charleston, April 14)
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
  • The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
A Tube For You:
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are Shovels & Rope. They are from Charleston. They are currently opening for Hayes Carll. Their self-titled album that came out a few years ago is excellent. This is a track from said album. If you like Gram & Emmylou, tune in:

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