If you have spent anytime in the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard of the Fresh & Onlys. If not, then you’re in luck has pitchfork tv has thrown up an 18 minute documentary on the making of their new album, Long Slow Dance. As far as sound goes, LSD is equal parts twangy garage and bright “real estate”-like melodies. Solid stuff. In the past, their lyrical phrasing had sometimes thrown me off but I’m really enjoying the new album with Presence of Mind and Executioner’s Song as my two standouts so far.
If you’re east of the Mississippi anytime over the next month then consider yourself blessed. The Fresh & Onlys are on tour and coming to a city near you. Even better, fhouse fav Quilt is opening for them! ’nuff said.
2012 Tour Dates
10/30 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
11/01 Lawrence, KS Jackpot
11/02 St. Louis, MO Firebird
11/03 Nashville, TN Exit In %
11/04 Birmingham, AL Bottletree %
11/05 Atlanta, GA 529 %
11/06 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade %
11/08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
11/09 Washington DC Red Palace %
11/10 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s %
11/11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall %
11/12 Montreal, QB Casa de Popolo %
11/13 Buffalo, NY Soundlab %
11/14 Toronto, ON Parts & Labour %
11/15 Detroit, MI Magic Stick %
11/16 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog %
11/17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %
11/18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
% = w/ Quilt!!!!!
Here is my bubbling under pick for this week, Hey Sparrow by Peaking Lights. As I noted in the podcast, this track is slower but also oh so very catchy.
It’s not something you would necessarily put on before going out on a Saturday night but it would be perfect for the drive home or while sitting on the hood of your car watching the sunrise with someone you just met 3 hours ago.
As always, please support the artist if you end up liking the track by purchasing Hey Sparrow here.
Life is full of happy coincidences. For instance, I happened to run into an old friend last night whom I hadn’t seen in ages, Josh Gabriel. Josh is half of the DJ/Producer/Artist team known as Gabriel and Dresden and he just happened to be spinning in the new year last night in Tempe, AZ.
I actually know him through his wife (ex?) who just happens to be one of my oldest (and dearest) friends from the Bay Area. Kristy and I don’t keep in touch as much as we should but it was great seeing Josh and wishing him and the family well as 2012 rolled in. Kristy, sending you love in 2012.
I’m not a super huge progressive, house, trance, etc. fan but here is a video of G&D doing their thing last summer in San Diego.
I came across this graph by the fine folks at theworldsbestever.com and thought I would repost it here for anyone who might have missed it.
The graph itself shows the geographic concentrations for each of the artists constituting Pitchfork’s top songs for 2011. (for the record, I’m not clear if it’s the artist’s home location or current location) Take a look.
It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that New York is sitting at the top of this graph with around 27 songs in Pitchfork’s “best of” list but can we get some love for the Westsideeee? The West Coast had 4 out of the top 8 listings with both of my hometowns (Seattle and the Ya Area respectively) represented. Also, check out lil’ Eau Claire (WI) coming in above Portland, Austin, Chicago and Madison. Good for you.
What does this all mean? Well, if your interested in becoming the next Pitchfork “It” band, don’t move to Halifax. (you and Southern Shores are going to have to scrap otherwise) Also, this should solidify yet another year with New York and Los Angeles at the top of the Greyhound enabled, teenager runaway capitals of the US list.
Ok, so I don’t know if there is actually a list for teen runaway destinations but maybe Fodor’s or Lonely Planet could track this for their magazines? Who wouldn’t read articles titled This year’s top teen runaway destinations for 2012 or The ultimate runaway bucket list for 2012??? Sold.