Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, June 10, 2011
I met Drew at a show. I walked up to him and told him I really liked his sneakers. He said, “That’s pretty weird of you to say.” Instant fireworks.
Now he lives in Seattle, where he enjoys hiking, home brewing beer and complaining about the weather. He literally mentions how much the weather sucks every time we talk. As if he’s surprised. He’s become a bit of a gloomy old man, full of bitter nostalgia for sunnier times, and that usually comes through in the music he recommends.
I talked to Drew yesterday and he asked me if I’d heard any new “tunes” that he might like. I told him about the new Antlers album, about streaming the new Bon Iver, about new Okkervill River, blah blah blah. I wondered what beautiful, slow dance misery he would have to offer me. And then. He offered me tUnE-yArDs.
When I first listened, I was not impressed. I’m not one for abrasive beats. Then I found the video and was reminded of a vaguely MGMT-inspired birthday party that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Except this time around there were small children involved. And very bright colors. And I was REALLY not impressed.
Then I listened again [Note: Unlike with humans, you should never trust your first impression of a song or album or band]. I listened again and I was hooked. I don’t know why. I can’t quite explain it. Next thing you know I’m going to enjoy laying out at the beach and running for pleasure and going to wedding showers.
Who am I kidding.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
But it’s hard to keep them a secret now that they just finished touring with The Felice Brothers (!) and are about to go on tour with Justin Townes Earle (!!). Someday soon they’ll stop supporting the headliners and they’ll head out with their own supporting acts. And, when that happens, you better believe I’ll be that girl telling anyone who will listen that I was there back in the day when they’d play for free on a stage the size of a large dinner table to a crowd smaller (and less rowdy) than a Landon family Christmas.
They are Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, a husband and wife who go by “Shovels and Rope” when touring. They sound so amazing together that it’s hard to decide the real reason fate brought them together. I’d like to say it was the love, I really would. But I fall a little too far towards the cynical end of the romantic spectrum. So I’m going to say it was all for the music. You decide for yourself.
And because 1 just isn't enough...