I’m sorry it’s been so long, guys.
"Wakin on a Pretty Day" by Kurt Vile
I was gonna post the new Arcade Fire track “Afterlife,” cuz it’s awesome, but this more fits the day and my mood. It’s a gorgeous, crisp fall day here in Charlottesville, and I’m feeling a little melancholy because I’m working here at the school instead of at home sipping coffee with my wife. With my wife. My wife.
Really enjoying this album. Does it remind anyone else of Friday Night Lights?
Can’t wait to see you all!
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"…because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals—those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted…" -Amos 2:6-7
Happy 4th of July, y’all.
"Stopping Draggin’ My Heart Around" (Tom Petty and Stevie Nix cover) by Shearon van Ettenwater
Shearwater and Sharon van Etten
"Graceless" by the National
Put the flowers you find in a vase
If you’re dead in the mind, it’ll brighten your place
Don’t let them die on the vine—it’s a waste
BRYAN DEVENDORF’S DRUM KIT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND
YOUR BOREDOM WITH THE NATIONAL
Back in August when I posted about Houndmouth, Jared’s cousin’s band, they were a recently-but-no-longer-entirely obscure band. Rough Trade had signed them to a record deal. The Guardian had written them up as a new band of the day.
Since then, they’ve toured with Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes, toured Europe, and released their debut album (which made it onto Pitchfork’s admittedly massive upcoming releases list). In the upcoming months, they’re slated to play Forecastle, Lollapalooza, and the Newport Folk Festival. And I’m hearing them on the radio here in cville now. Oh and they made their TV debut on Conan. It’s safe to say that, if they haven’t quite arrived as a certified big deal in the indie scene, they are in the process of arriving.
And here’s the thing: their debut album is good. Very good. While it doesn’t exactly trod new ground,* the album is a particularly excellent incarnation of the still-burgeoning Americana scene. The early comparisons to Alabama Shakes and the Band hold up (the other comparison, meanwhile, is still infuriatingly stupid).
*Given that they’re playing in the booming Americana scene—and, more to the point, within a hot-thanks-to-Alabama-Shakes blues sub-genre—you can pretty much set your clock by the forthcoming, inevitable, P4K-trademarked take-down review.
"Bells" by Nettles
These guys played a house show in our foyer yesterday. There were about 50 or 75 people packed into our house. Our A/C is too weak to keep up with the heat outside—much less dozens of human bodies pumping out heat in an enclosed space. So it was… moist.
But it was a great show. They started, I believe, with this song. It’s a beauty.
I’ve posted them before. They’re recording an album at the end of the month. It should be good.