Friday, June 10, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, June 10

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • Been a little quiet on the concert front lately, but a big announcement came yesterday when the first leg of Gillian Welch's tour was revealed. She'll be wrapping it up here n Charleston at the Charleston Music Hall. The Music Hall is a criminally underused venue in a prime location. I saw Wynton Marsalis there a few years ago, and I also worked a Bryan Adams show at the Music Hall. Quite a crowd, as you could imagine. As for Gillian, I had the shot to see her in Charlotte when I was in college, but missed the gig for some inexcusable reason. Really am excited about this one.
  • In other concert news, hell hath frozen over because I'll be seeing Josh Ritter in July. I've had a hit-or-miss relationship with Josh's music over the years, although So Runs the World Away was in my top 25 last year. I've heard from various sources that his live show could win anyone over, so I'll put that theory to the test at the Music Farm on July 26.
  • I'll probably never get around to it, but a good idea for 11 Best would be "11 Best Album-Starting One Liners." The first ten would be a formality, because we all know the winner would be from Silver Jews' "Random Rules": "In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection." That said, there are at least three Wilco albums whose first lines are pretty terrific. Maybe this is a list worth exploring after all...
  • Ryan Adams is back on tour. Weird to even write that, but it's true: he's played a few dates in, I think, Ireland, kicking off his mini-European swing. The shows featured Ryan solo, on acoustic guitar or piano, and have been largely well-reviewed even by fans soured by his recent output. Let's hope this breeds some U.S. dates, although as any fan of televised golf knows, we don't know how to act when it comes to staying quiet in an audience. We shall see.
  • I'm only the 198,304th person to blog this, but anyone else see the Google logo yesterday, in honor of what would have been Les Paul's 93rd birthday? It's still up on as of this writing, but go here to check it out if you missed it. It allows you to strum the notes, which is a marvelous interactive touch on Google's part.
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Recent Listening:
  • Silver Jews - American Water
  • Phosphorescent - Here's to Taking It Easy
  • TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver (June 21)
  • Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest (June 28)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Josh Ritter (Charleston, July 24)
  • Gillian Welch (Charleston, August 28)
A Tube For You:
My Morning Jacket's new album, Circuital, is pretty darn good, but it was a recent performance of "Wordless Chorus" from Z that's had the internet buzzing due to the guest vocals provided by Erykah Badu. Unfortunately, I kind of feel like she's subtraction by addition here, but any chance to watch this band perform live is worth your minutes. Check it out:

1 comment:

Justin said...

Recently went to my first Ritter show too. It was really refreshing to see an artist that actually appeared to be having fun and was genuinely funny throughout. And, I heard he was/is going thru a divorce to boot.

A nice contrast to a guy like Ray LaMontagne, who writes some great tunes, but seems to be the biggest ass in person. Don't ever need to see him live again.