The last time Brit Daniel and I hung out was a hot July afternoon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at Eaux Claires music festival. I often play Daniel’s band Spoon at my bar, always to high praise or at very least familiarity.
Daniel has totally wiped me away with this incredible cover of my favourite Beatles and George Harrison song, “I Me Mine”:
And all the additional gushes for these other George Fest performances:
Daughter just released the album Not to Disappear on January 15, which was also Elena Torna’s twenty-sixth birthday. Not to Disappear is follow up to the slow, but sweet debut full-length album If You Leave. I’m happy to report this tune is more upbeat, sounding a bit shoegazey, especially with Torna’s gorgeous Mazzy Star-like vocals.
And for good measure, you should probably watch this lovely performance:
King Tuff, aka Kyle Thomas, is from Brattleboro, Vermont. He’s in his early thirties and started making music in his parents’ house. Spin has high praises for his work and even took the time to showcase his 2008 album, Was Dead, in the form of an oral history.
With light hooks and nasal-heavy vocals, King Tuff sounds a bit like Girls.
Tuff’s playing guitar in Ty Segall’s band the Muggers. Pretty excited to see this guy take the lead.
Tim Presley is White Fence. A sweet friend took me to see them play Toronto venue, the Garrison, back in 2014. I didn’t know much about them aside from the psychedelic-charged album, Hair, Presley made with Ty Segall in 2012. The album was meant to be a split EP, but turned into a collaborative album. Presley is currently touring with Segall as a guitarist in his band the Muggers. I am also super sad to find out that I missed opener Cait Le Bon open for his Toronto gig.
Like Segall, Presley seems to have an endless catalogue of music to share.
When Presley’s not making music as White Fence or touring with Segall, he has a dormant outfit, Darker My Love, and has played with the Strange Boys, the Nerve Agents and the Fall. Most recently, he’s started making music under the name DRINKS with Cait Le Bon. Back in 2011, Presley even started his own record label called Birth, to help release San Francisco musician, Jessica Pratt’s music. Presley’s a designer and makes all his album art.
I cannot get enough of this Kinks-like song. It’s so sweet and sooo sixties:
Being a bit congested, I’m not my best self today. However getting the official confirmation that THE NATIONAL will be Field Trip’s headliners has made my day. Strong supporting acts as well. Prettttty excited for this amazing June weekend.
My girlfriends and I didn’t make a video of our experiences at Eaux Claires, but the Stavely-Taylor girls did (aka The Staves). They get the festival’s buzz perfectly in this sweet little video for the song “Horizons.”
A few things about the festival:
Sweet program book/Eaux Claires passports – bright yellow, comprehensive, artistic and handy
Timely rain. Nothing during festival hours, but the scariest hazardous conditions I have ever endured. Tornado warnings and high winds forced us our of our tent and into our car. We called all our loved ones in fear of losing our lives (see 1:43 in the video above). Something tells me the Staves weren’t sleeping outdoors!
A killer line up that never tired me: Charles Bradley, Spoon, Sylvan Esso, The National, Bon Iver, Phox, The Tallest Man on Earth, Poliça and that’s just off the top of my head.
Movies – a short film by Tom Berninger, a short partly-fictional film on the band Phox
I drunkenly discovered Mikal Cronin (pronounced like Michael) at NXNE 2013. The guy played a three-night stand at tiny Toronto dive bar the Silver Dollar. The Silver Dollar is famously known for a dispute fellow garage rocker Jay Reatard and Toronto concert booker/promoter Dan Burke both lost their shit (see this). I wasn’t at that gig, but I remember hearing about it.
And while long-time bud Ty Segall was releasing 10 albums, Mikal (we’re on a first name basis) got a degree in music. The fella’s now got three solo albums out and he hasn’t even hit thirty years of age yet. Mikal has a cleaner sound than Ty, which drew me in faster and more immediately than Ty Segall. I however love that they work collaboratively and allow each other to do their own thing.
Mikal is touring with Ty’s band, the Muggers, this year. I’m over-the-moon excited to see them play Toronto in a few weeks. Here’s an awesome, George Harrison-sounding tune, “Get Along.” I think I prefer this version to the studio version:
Getting into bands late means that I’ve usually missed a gig or two. In Ty Segall’s case, I’ve missed seven gigs (of the ones I could find on the internet, perhaps there’s more!). See:
June 2009 – Sneaky Dee’s
August 2010 – Parts & Labour
June 2011 – The Wrongbar
September 2012 – The Hoxton
February 2013 – The Phoenix
September 2014 – Danforth Music Hall
November 2015 – The Hoxton (as FUZZ)
I wish more than ever that I caught his 2010 and 2011 gigs pushing my two favourite ugly-covered albums, Melted and Goodbye Bread, played a tiny venues!!