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Posts from — November 2008

She Keeps Bees.

KEXP’s podcast Music That Matters is an excellent source for discovering new music, especially when resident KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters takes over the controls. She Keeps Bees is a Brooklyn duo that popped up on Cheryl’s playlist, and I am definitely feeling it. With the soulful Jess Larrabee on vocals, their sound falls somewhere between the Black Keys and Cat Power, and is definitely worth checking out.

Don’t forget to tune your radio dials to 91.9 FM, or online at KPCW tonight at 7 o’clock mountain time for the best damn bi-weekly radio show going today. And finally today, The Old Town Rag is on Facebook.

November 26, 2008   No Comments

Back in the swing of things.

The trip back home was great. Nothing like some quality time filled with good friends, family, food, and lots of excellent performances by the likes of A.A. Bondy, Drive-By Truckers, Loretta Lynn, and the always incredible Avett Brothers. However, it’s always nice to get back into the old routine.
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Brooklyn’s Tommy Cinquegrano has some pretty killer prints. Check them out at his Printshop Store.
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Brooks Reynolds produces some quality images. Check out his ethereal photographic series, We Are Sleeping Giants.
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And in music news, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, one of the most gritty and raw blues bands going today, is creating a solo album and hitting the road all by his lonesome. For complete details and tour dates visit our friends over at JamBase.

November 25, 2008   No Comments

A.A. Bondy, Breaking News, & Other Goodies.

Last night I was treated to an intimate performance by A.A. Bondy. Bondy’s folk driven melodies are both dark and sparce, while pulling tightly at the heartstrings. His solo debut American Hearts is available now on Fat Possum records. Head over to Daytrotter to download some tracks from their recent session.
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A couple posts ago, I mentioned one of my old photo teachers, Jordan Tate. Back then one of Jordan’s projects was “Breaking News,” where he made up fake stories and put them on the front page of The New York Times, only to disperse them around the library and various coffee shops while he sat back and waited for the unsuspecting reader’s reaction. Could it be?
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So stoked for the Truckers show tonight at the Bird. I’m anticipating a packed house so if you don’t already have tix, get over to the box office ASAP! Tomorrow I’ll report back with full a review… until then here’s some stuff for you to look at. Check out this phenomenal billboard. Found via Douglas Wilson. Joshua Budich has some pretty impressive prints of various pop icons. Buy some stuff while your there, God knows printers need to make a livin’ too.

November 13, 2008   No Comments

Drive-By Truckers, Q-Tip, & Jessica Lea Mayfield

Tomorrow I’ll be headed back to the Hoosier state for some quality time with the friends and family. I conveniently scheduled the trip back to coincide with some shows I desperately did not want to miss, including Drive-By Truckers’ stop with The Hold Stead as part of their Rock ‘N’ Roll Means Well Tour. Pretty psyched for a chance to see these guys again at my old stomping grounds. Head over to the print shop and check out the poster I printed for the show.
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Perhaps one of the most innovative rhymesters of the nineties, former Tribe member Q-Tip delivers another phenomenal release with his latest, The Renaissance. It’s been a while, but good to see Q back in full form. Head over to the Q-Tip Myspace page for a sampling of the goods, as well as read Pitchfork’s review of the album here.
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The latest artist to pop up on my radar is is the peculiar Jessica Lea Mayfield. Her mid-western drawl, coupled with melancholic guitar playing leaves one with the chills. Mayfield’s first release, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, was produced by fellow Ohioan, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Coincidentally, Mayfield sang on The Black Keys’ latest, Attack & Release. While she certainly can stand on her own, Mayfield has found herself in good company appearing not only on Attack, but on tour with Avett Brothers. Blasphemy is a must have for 2008.

See for yourself.

November 11, 2008   No Comments

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Urban Lounge

Nineties rocker, and legendary Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus will be performing with his latest collection of musicians, deemed the Jicks, tonight [Saturday] at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake. Doors are at 9:00 however as with all Urban Lounge shows, don’t expect the music to start until well into the night.

Below is a clip found originally on You Ain’t No Picasso featuring Stephen Malkmus and the boys of Blitzen Trapper with their rendition of Funk 49. Thanks to JamBase for tippin’ us off. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and check out Blitzen Trapper and their latest release Furr.


November 8, 2008   Comments Off