Tom’s going to this show on Thursday, and he introduced this video to me, but he never posts here. So I’m posting it on his behalf. It’s fantastic.
Once I started teaching, “keeping up” with music began to fall by the wayside. So it’s partly due to that—but also due to somewhat lackluster reviews and my own fear of disappointment—that I avoided Titus Andronicus’ Local Business. Their previous album, The Monitor, is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. It’s something I return to again and again. I knew there was no way their next album could measure up. And, frankly, it probably doesn’t.
But then I read this here profile by Charlottesville’s own Tom Breihan. I feel, strangely, that I owe something to Patrick Stickles. That The Monitor's brilliance leaves me indebted, somehow. So I'm finally listening to Local Business, and I’m choosing—as best I can—not to do any comparing. And it’s very good.
"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.