Back in December I bought tickets for an Okkervil River gig on April 1 at the SMALLEST BAR in a city just an hour outside of Toronto.
I cannot even believe it’s April 1 on Tuesday. In two days’ time I’ll be hanging out with Okkervil River and 200 other people (!!!) This is a big, big deal. Here’s a sweet tune to celebrate and hopefully hear on Tuesday:
I don’t listen to them daily, but about once a year I re-visit Do Make Say Think and get my mind blown. Today’s trick was the album Winter Hymn, Country Hymn, Secret Hymn, which I bought when I was in high school (!!!) based on a recommendation from a coworker.
The song “Outer Inner & Secret” really did it for me today, easily my pick of the day.
Sometimes I feel so cool listening to the Kinks!
Jagjagwar knows how to choose the ladies. I’m so stoked for her Toronto gig in May and I’m mega happy to report it’s at the Garrison.
Get into it:
I had an unexpected resurgence of M. Ward’s catalog yesterday… It all started with the delightful album Hold Time.
He released it just after She & Him made it big with Volume 1.
It’s a gorgeous sunny (but cold) day here in Toronto. This LA-inspired tune has got longing for the California sun, I’m way overdue!
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the Starbucks compilation, titled Sweetheart, for a while now. I’m not one for the act of Valentine’s Day, but I love the idea of love songs that have been picked and revised by some of my favourite indie darlings. Somewhere throughout my first full listen, I felt inclined to listen to one of my favourite, unconventionally presented, love songs, “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service.
Years ago, my friend Nicole referred to the tune as a love song and complained that she couldn’t understand why such a sweet song is presented in such a bubbly fashion. She felt the Iron & Wine version was more appropriate, which you may recognize from the Garden State soundtrack or an M&Ms commercial. I think Gibbard and Tamborello have done well with their bubbly love song.
Happy Sunday, y’all.
This is today’s fit. April can’t come soon enough!
I had a weird feeling I occasionally have with the turn of each year and that’s thinking of my year’s firsts. Neutral Milk Hotel was my first gig a few weekends ago and this brings me to my first full-priced CD purchase, Doug Paisley. I also bought Sharon Jones and the Dap King’s new album, but for some reason, I have been longing for country-inspired Paisley.
Paisley’s the perfect Monday morning blues music.