Today, September 18th, 2017, I just realized that the lady on the cover doesn't have a half-cut potato for a head. I just realized it's a hole cut out for people to put their heads through. Thought she had a half-cut potato head my whole life
For years, this was my least favorite Sufjan album. Not until this past and current autumn did I realize the way to listen to it. It's not like his other albums, where things like gushing orchestration and colorful song changes make it immediately gravitating. This one takes time, with Sufjan's lyrics being as small and local as ever (focusing on tiny moments rather than grand opinions, more than any of his other albums), and his instrumentation being more about the feel ... read more
Hillbilly greaser Tom Waits speeds past the cops in his hand-painted 1950's Cadillac, with a surf board strapped to the roof. The coppers spring into action, chasing the Caddy into a nearby cemetery.
They arrive to find the now-totaled car half inside a crypt, smoke coming from the inside.
A few rows on from the car they see a man standing on top of a tombstone, bathing in the moonlight, oil all over his hands and leather jacket (which is older than the man himself no doubt). He removes the ... read more
Sometimes you hear a song and immediately get this certain feeling that it will be a classic song, maybe one people from certain circles will always look back on and listen to from this spot in music. This is one of those songs to me.
7/29/17 Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective was disarmingly on-point during their very oddly-chosen setlist. I’d seen videos of their concerts, and was honestly pretty nervous. From what I gathered, they were like Bob Dylan – either they’re on that night, or they played the worst concert you’ve ever seen.
Thankfully, they were completely into it, playing an awesomely weird array of songs throughout their set. The most surprising (and my personal favorite) part of their set was seeing them somehow work Sweet Road and Bees into being this 10-minute tribal dance song. Loved it.
Seeing Fleet Foxes live made me have a better grasp of growing old with certain music. I learned this from the crowd. Looking in the sea of faces, I noticed people of all ages, an equal amount per generation. This was something I didn't originally anticipate, until I thought harder about their music. Listening to the harmonies of the crowd, I realized FF have a timeless quality to their music.
They are not one of those bands who make music for 20 year olds, and continue to play shows for a crowd of 20 year olds long into their 40’s. Robin will have a happy career singing those songs his entire life. Truly a timeless sound; I feel the members will appreciate with their age what a blessing it is to be able to play those songs for your whole life. Music to grow old with.
Summing the Wretch
I Am All that I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
- Naiads, Cassadies
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
If You Need to, Keep Time on Me
White Winter Hymnal
Third of May / Ōdaigahara
The Shrine / An Argument
Blue Ridge Mountains
3/22/17 - Vince Staples at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
Opener - Kilo Kish
Immediately walking into the venue, we see Wes Anderson's Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou playing on a huge screen, with Drum's Not Dead by Liars playing on the speaker. Cracked me up. Vince's music was fantastic live, and his stage presence was bizarre and entrancing. Sometimes losing his mind with the rest of us, other times not moving a muscle the entire song - staring daggers into the crowd.
The most memorable part of the show for me was watching Vince close his encore with Summertime, his saddest and slowest song. The whole song he didn't look at the crowd once - he just looked down, half mumbling the words, like we weren't even there. Crazy to see
Lift Me Up
Jump off the Roof
Birds & Bees
Little Bit (GTA)
Smoke & Retribution (Flume)
My Boo (Flume)
Danny live was exactly how you imagine. Complete madness. We found three shoes on the floor throughout the show. Not four, but three. Danny was surprisingly on point with his raps, and almost seemed sober (doubt it though). The setlist was bizarre, as he basically went in order from oldest to newest in his discography. Dance in the Water, When it Rain, Monopoly, Break it, Handstand, and Break it. Everyone lost their minds on those ones
Die Like a Rockstar
Blunt after Blunt
Smokin' & Drinkin'
Break it (Go)
Dance in the Water
When it Rain
Deerhunter was fantastic live, the energy they bring on the studio records is brought out even more on the stage. I was so pleasantly surprised how they managed to get almost every one of those little sounds on their songs; the little odd sounds you never think you'll hear in the live setting because they're just sounds they put in during post-production. They played them all, and very tightly. Bradford was hilarious.