Sisyphus was a cruel Greek king who was punished to push a large rock up on a steep hill, only to find it rolling back on nearing the top. Ever since, he has been known for pushing the rock tirelessly till eternity (source)
I’ve been internet searching all kinds of album titles this year. This sweet little tune is the best thing I’ve heard in a while. From it’s “Let it roll…” bit, which I feel may reference George Harrison’s “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let it Roll)” and to the Radiohead “Karma Police”-type piano layer. And the bass line reference I can’t quite put my mind on (I will report back on this later). This song is lush, as Andrew Bird so often does, but it’s fast-spitted words makes it more exciting and different.
This is a keeper. The album drops next week. I’ve ordered multiple copies to my beautiful record store.
I recall musician Sarah Harmer being an activist with the release of her concert and documentary film, The Escapement Blues. Great to see thirteen years later she’s still using her voice to make change.
Sarah warned: “We need to understand the threats in Bill 66 that concerned so many of us are the same that we have with the endangered species act review,”
ELLIOT FERGUSON / ELLIOT FERGUSON/WHIG-STANDARD
Four minutes and twenty seconds of chills. I’ll never forget hearing this song for the first time at the Choir! Choir! Choir!/Jody Stephens event at the Great Hall.
The C!C!C! team had rehearsed the back up vocals to join in as Jody played this song. . They were also in the crowd and could actually sing, so it was a very welcome contribution. It was a delightful change up from singing “Thirteen” about one hundred times that evening
That moment when you’re one song into a live session and your remember it ain’t live. Neko Case can do absolutely no wrong!
I can’t wait to see her in late September!
What a fun tune! From some internet prying, it looks like this tune was played in the My Morning Jacket live set, but James just formally recorded it as a solo project.
Snagged Allison Crutchfield and the Prince Avalanche soundtrack on super sale at Soundscapes ($41.00 tax in!). The owner of the store said to me – those would be my picks of the boxes too.
…There’s nothing better than the record store clerk’s seal of approval!
Painting of a Panic Attack was produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner. It’s 2016 release feels like a lifetime ago. I remember exactly what I was doing and who I was doing it with.
I even remember that I was a Lawrence West subway station when I listened this tune for the first time:
Feeling blue today, but remembering Frightened Rabbit’s frontman, Scott Hutchison, fondly. I’m sure glad I saw them flawlessly light up the Danforth Music Hall about a year ago, May 29, 2017.
This tune is easily one of my favourite tunes ever:
I did the big count this morning to realize that I’ve seen the National play seventeen times. That’s seventeen times across five American states and countless Toronto gigs.
I have seen them play a wide variety of settings, including:
- Formal concert setting
- Festival setting
- Full-band charity benefit setting
- Stripped-down charity benefit setting
- Church show
- Free show
Sunday’s Hamilton show was a formal concert – fancy light displays, jumbotron-type backdrops and the National’s trademark uniform, business casual attire. As the band ages, they adopt a more relaxed attire, although front-person, Matt Berninger, still black leather dress shoes. All other members seem a bit more relaxed – drummer Bryan Devendorf wore his usual trucker hat, but in highlighter yellow. The Dessners with their scrappy and wispy hair – Bryce’s just a bit more kept than Aaron’s.
Fashion aside, they played a dynamite set, comprised of mostly tunes from the darker, more monotone new album, Sleep Well Beast. They played a variety of songs from older albums, but showed no preference for their older catalogue. This tour, unlikely any other gig I’ve seen, had the agenda to promote the new material. At all past National gigs, I knew that I’d hear certain older songs. Thanks to extensive set list posting on their Instagram page, I sadly and excitedly had expectations that sets would vary and that new material would be in full swing.
Low – Very little from High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me; Despite being in the third row, the venue refused to let anyone into the front area of the stage. Everyone diligently stood on the ground floor as the National entered the stage.
High – Roomy floor section seats! When Berninger hopped into the audience for Mr. November, he knocked off Adam’s hat. I chuckled as my date was clothes-lined by my favourite band; the National’s pump up music prior to taking the stage was “Sadly Beautiful” by the Replacements and as they walked on the stage was “Shark Smile” by one of my favourites, Big Thief. I was in absolutely gleeful knowing that the National dug the same tunes that I do. I shamelessly sang along to the catchy chorus of the tune.