August 2, 2015

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Isbell

July Round-Up

Summer vacation and all semblance of a writing calendar gets tossed. Though not posting, I haven't abandoned my need to hit shows and hear/buy new music. A few highlights from July: Concerts -- I made it out to five shows in July. The two clear standouts were Jason Isbell at the Lafayette Theater and New Pornographers at The Vogue. Counting the DBT days, I'm now into double digits seeing Isbell live, and he's never been better. The new songs … [Read More...]

John Howard

Fresh Droppings: John Howard & the Night Mail

Rarely does an album fascinate me like the upcoming self-titled release from John Howard & the Night Mail. The story, in brief, goes something like this: John Howard put out a sparkling piano/vocals record a in 1975 called Kid in a Big World, which was unfairly ignored. Though he released more albums in the 70s, they, too, never caught on. Howard then spent the majority of his career on the A&R side. Fast forward 40 years. Writer and musician … [Read More...]

paul weller

Concert Catch-Up: Hiss Golden Messenger and Paul Weller

The past week has been reminiscent of my tireless show going of a few years ago. I can't do the 4 shows a week thing anymore, but occasionally the good ones cluster. Two quick recaps: Hiss Golden Messenger - June 15 at the HiFi -- My first exposure to MC Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger was when he opened for the Jason Molina: Magnolia Electric Co tribute show about 18 months back. Since then, I've been gobbling up his work, especially the … [Read More...]

Last Days of April

Fresh Droppings: Last Days of April – Sea of Clouds

Proof you'll never know about every band out there, Sweden's Last Days of April has been releasing well-received records for nearly 20 years yet Sea of Clouds is the first time I'd heard of them. Time to correct that oversight. The band's latest is a languid, organic album that flows unhurried, similar to Sky Blue Sky era Wilco. Each meticulously crafted song glides along a current you can't help but join along. Slide guitar is featured … [Read More...]

Pixies

The Pixies – Old National Centre 6/13/2015

Another one crossed off. I keep a list of active bands I want to see live. The Pixies have long resided near the top. Since they reformed several years ago, the legendary group has danced around Indy - Chicago, Louisville, etc -- without stopping here. On Saturday, they finally appeared. It was worth the wait. From the opening notes of Gouge Away, all was right with the world (or at least within the ONC theatre). Frank Black is still one … [Read More...]

Built to Spill

Built to Spill – The Vogue 5/27/2015

Though I've changed a lot since the late 90s, Built to Spill has remained remarkably consistent. Perhaps that's why I stopped paying as close attention after 2001's Ancient Melodies of the Future. I listened to their mid-to-late 2000's records, but they didn't align as closely with my preferences at the time. Like many, however, I tend to circle back around, which is why the band's 2015 release, Untethered Moon, has connected like seminal … [Read More...]