If you don't follow me on twitter, you may (or if you suck may not) be missing out - since I am excited BEYOND WORDS that I'm finally getting the opportunity to see Paul Simon tomorrow night at the Ryman, I'm counting down by listening to his entire solo catalog, in chronological order. And tweeting about it!
Follow along and you might learn a little about one of my favorite singers and songwriters of all time, like who's the chick on the cover of The Paul Simon Songbook, what the frog sound in "Papa Hobo" is, and where the hell "Late In the Evening" came from.
If you tuned in to yesterday's show (or if you checked out the playlist/archive) you know that the Featured Album of the Week was the new Miracle Fortress, Was I The Wave?, which came out yesterday on Secret City Records.
I've been in love with Miracle Fortress (aka Montreal's Graham Van Pelt) since 2007's dreamy Five Roses, which was one of my favorite releases that year. To me it that album was starting to kick off chill wave before that was even a term - lush melodies and cresting waves of Beach Boys harmonies wrapped up in one totally gorgeous hypnotic package. It was such a beautiful record that even my musician friend was a fan - despite the fact that he had a thing for a girl who had a thing for Van Pelt, he told me "I love the music but I have bitterness in my heart."
Miracle Fortress disappeared off my radar, like most bands who don't come through town inevitably do for the most part, so I was delighted when I heard about Was I The Wave? and got my hands on a promo copy of the album the very same day. AND then I heard the delightful news that they're coming to Nashville, FINALLY, to play at Mercy Lounge on Tuesday, June 21 with JUNIOR BOYS, of all touring partners.
Listening to WITW, the pairing begins to make sense. This album has a backbone of beats - rhythmic ribs beneath the same seawater skin of Five Roses. It's instantly recognizable but an impressive step in a new direction - progressive in a way most acts fail to... progress. The kind of album that makes you nod and think "yeah, that's about right."
And a tune I couldn't spin on the air - "Miscaculations"
Was I The Wave? is out now on Secret City Records.
This morning's show was the first of the summer semester - but in the same timeslot, since I'll be sticking to Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for the next few months. I hope you like the time as much as I do, because it works well with my new gig and to me it seems like I have more listeners than ever. Even if you don't find yourself near a radio on Tuesday mornings, remember you can also listen to the show live via https://wrvu.org or via either our iPhone or Android app.
And if you missed the show entirely? At least until next week, you can:
It was a pretty awesome show, mostly thanks to all the fantastic shows happening this week, plus the fine folks at the Basement and Big Hassle who hooked me up with a few pairs of tickets for giveaways. If you didn't score the tickets to this week's Here We Go Magic show with Cavemen at the Basement on Thursday night, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Generationals show at the Basment this Saturday or the Miracle Fortress and Junior Boys show at Mercy Lounge on June 21, tickets are still available for all three and you can check out the sidebar to your right for more details.
Here's the playlist, with some mp3s of a few of my favorites from the set:
1. Miracle Fortress - Raw Spectacle (Was I the Wave?)
2. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed (Electric Version)
3. Y La Bamba - Juniper (Lupon)
4. Bahamas - Already Yours (Pink Strat) (mp3)
5. Guillemots - Dancing In the Devil's Shoes (Walk the River)
6. Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision (Here We Go Magic)
7. Miracle Fortress - Everything Works (Was I the Wave?)
8. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Jardin du Luxembourg (Acoustic Sessions)
9. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize? (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
10. Paul Simon - Paranoia Blues (Paul Simon)
11. Paul Simon - Peace Like a River (Paul Simon)
12. William Tyler - Tears and Saints (Behold the Spirit)
13. Zachary Cale - Mourning Glory Kid (Noises of Welcome) (mp3)
14. Chad VanGaalen - Sara (Diaper Island) (mp3)
15. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Morning Thought (It's a Corporate World)
16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Vocal Chords (Horse Power EP)
17. Generationals - Nobody Could Change Your Mind (Con Law)
18. Generationals - Angry Charlie (Con Law)
19. Miracle Fortress - Tracers (Was I the Wave?)
20. Danger Mouse and Daniele Lupi - Problem Queen (Rome)
21. Bon Iver - Calgary (Bon Iver) (mp3)
22. Junior Boys - Banana Ripple (It's All True) (mp3)
23. Miracle Fortress - Immanent Domain (Was I the Wave?)
Excellent news from WRVU - I'll be staying in the same timeslot for the summer semester! You'll still be able to catch Out the Other every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, and now all I have to do is start lining up some earlier risers for the Summer of Guest DJs.
I still haven't decided whether you're lucky enough to get a second summer of the Peach Pit After Dark... but there ARE some openings in the schedule.
It's been a little while since we heard from OtO favorites The Privates, but I still refuse to believe that they've called it quits - we've had to say goodbye to too many amazing Nashville bands in the past few years (see: And the Relatives and Hotpipes), so until it's officially official, I refuse to let them go.
That said, I'm pretty excited to hear that Privates frontman Dave Paulson has a new project up his sleeve - going by the name of Norm. Last month he put the Norm EP up on Bandcamp, and while I've shared a few tunes on the radio show, I'll share them here as well in case you missed them.
You can name your price for a digital download of the whole EP over on Bandcamp.
Basically every time local boy Evan P. Donohue (Nashville's own Elvis Costello, as I tweeted yesterday), plays a show in town and I play a track on OtO to preview that show, I get it in my head that I'll play "Twickenham Garden," from his full-length Rhythm & Amplitude. And then I remember he drops the f-bomb in this tune, and I sigh and play something else (that something else is always awesome as well, but this track is particularly awesome). It's about time I shared this.
Evan P. will be playing The End tonight with some other folks - the show is $5 and 18+.
How do I love This Is Happening? Let me count the ways...
First it was the soundtrack to idyllic days of post-layoff "vacation" - afternoons spent in the yard while the bunny frolicked in her pen in the grass, and I lazed on a chaise in the sunshine and cleared my head of every last cubicle cobweb.
By June it officially became my favorite when I declared that fact to James Murphy, who I found standing unassumingly in jeans and a white t-shirt in a field at Bonnaroo and whom I stone-soberly ghermed to the best of my ability by offering to purchase a beer for the man responsible for my favorite album of the year. He, of course, apologetically responded that he was drinking champagne, but thanked me graciously and offered to drink my "spirit beer." And I swooned. Several hours later I danced circles around my boyfriend and his friend (I was, of course, no longer stone sober) from 2:30-4 a.m., and fell in love with the album all over again hearing it live.
By October we had pursued the band like a determined high school junior asking the hottest girl in school to the prom, hoping we could lock them down as headliners for the music festival that was then employing me. Sadly they visited some college in upstate NY instead that weekend (just like the hottest girl in school would), but the boyfriend and I secured tickets to see them in Atlanta just days later. We were enveloped by a four-story dance party at the Tabernacle that threatened to punch air holes through the floor and swept us off our feet occasionally like a churning sea of bass lines and This Was Totally Happening and hours later and sweaty and breathless we mourned the fact that the band might stop touring but reveled in the fact that we had quite possibly seen their best show and our best show and that nothing could ever beat the beat dropping in the middle of "Dance Yrself Clean."
You can see how it might be my favorite.