I actually attended three shows recently. I think I went to two shows all last semester so I’m already ahead!
My friend Andrew AKA RVA Playlist curated a showcase for his blog’s fourth birthday party at a great venue. There was cake and a pin from Lickinghole Creek. It was on a weekday so we only stayed for 1.5 bands but I got to hang with some wonderful friends. Like Vexine:
I think Sarah is just the prettiest! She also has an insane voice that was a perfect match for their cover of Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” which they dedicated to Andrew.
I did not expect Richmond to have a band that sounded like the funnest Magnetic Fields songs, but we do, and it’s My Darling Fury.
While I was happy to see PJ not play a show that starts at ten pm with five other bands, I was really, really excited to see the band responsible for this song:
DRIVING JAM 2014.
PJ’s bass player is also in a lady-fronted rock band called Cagey Watts, who we saw at Legend a few weeks ago (surf rockers Red Hot Lava Men opened, but sadly I don’t have a photo of them in their vintage blazers). The band was great, the weather was perfect (I got to wear my vintage motorcycle jacket) and the view of the city was breathtaking. I love nights like that and I’m glad I have time to enjoy life again. That Ph.D. can wait.
Don’t it make you want to go home?
I really love William Tyler’s music, but I was hesitant to listen to his podcast, which, according to my husband, was him talking through ideas that tie music and conspiracy/politics together. If PJ had a podcast, would probably be exactly like William’s, so he sneaked it onto the car stereo while we were thrifting one afternoon and the first thing I really heard was the beginning of this:
It’s his intro music, and William said it was Joe South, who he called “the Phil Spector of the south.” The horns! The layers of sound! It just sounded masterful to me. With all the 70s country singer songwriters I listen to, how had I never heard of this guy before? But I knew his work, like this:
And this one:
I spent one evening online getting all the “buy it now” $4 Joe South cutout LPs I could find on eBay. And the podcast is actually interesting and informative, so I think you should go listen to it.
Now I go out alone if I go out at all
Thank GOD Hamilton Leithauser is still releasing music about getting old.
Black Hours sounds both contemporary and vintage, with its “doo wops” and 50s throwbacks as a backdrop to lyrics about growing up. I’ve been listening to it for a few days and it immediately struck me as something I would pass down to my children (if I had any). It reminds me of playing records with my parents on Sunday and dancing poorly with my dad (I inherited his rhythm).
A few other songs I dig
Peach Kelli Pop, “Mindreader”/”Surfing Everyday”
Thea & The Wild, “Ropes”
Tiny Ruins, “Me at the Museum, You at the Wintergardens”
You know when you hear something for the first time and you feel that swell in your chest and you will collapse if it disappoints you because it is so fucking perfect?