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NEW: David Gray

“Back In The World”

David Gray will release a new album called Mutineers in June and this is the single. It’s a beautiful track with very personal lyrics. I think fans of David Gray will really like this one… I look forward to hearing more!

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Song Of The Day

David Gray – “Only the Wine”

We added this song into rotation at mvy today and I remembered how much I love it. There’s a lot of sadness on David Gray’s latest album, Founding, but I still really enjoy it. It’s one of those sad winter albums that you have to be in the right mood for. “Only the Wine” is one of the only tracks that has a lightness to it… it’s simple and gorgeous. Check out the album version below and then a little video where Gray talks about how he wrote the song:

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NEW Music: David Gray

David Gray – Foundling

Haunting. Somber. Dark. Sorrowful. Mysterious. All of these words can be used to describe David Gray’s new album, Foundling. There are 11 tracks on the album, and a bonus disc with 8 more songs. When I first started listening to this new material, I was a bit surprised. It was so stripped down and understated. It seemed to be missing those layers of intricacy I know in Gray’s music… and the momentum and build up in the songs just wasn’t there. But the more I listen, the more I realize that each piece of every tune is still crafted just as carefully as anything we’ve heard from him. And overall, the material is just as sad (depressing, even) as anything Gray has written. It’s still very much David Gray.

The first track (my favorite track), “Only The Wine” has a playful and light melody but the following 9 tracks are incredibly slow and could lull you to sleep if you were tired. The title track, “Foundling” is exceptional. With a haunting accordion moan, low saxophone blasts,  and hand drums, the tune pulls you in from start to finish. Throughout the rest of the album you’ll find beautiful piano-work and gorgeous string sections (as one would expect from David Gray). Track 11, “Davey Jones’ Locker”, picks up a bit to finish the album and on the bonus disc, there are a few fun, upbeat tunes like “Indeed I Will” and “A Moment Changes Everything”. As always, Gray knows how to pluck at heart strings with lines like “I’m fluttering like a dollar to the floor” and “we are just passing ghosts, honey, vapours of joy and hurt” sang in his unmistakable, pain-filled voice.

I think this album will definitely be deemed a snoozer by some folks. But Gray’s aim wasn’t to make a big impact with this record… in fact, by naming the album Foundling he deemed this material as the abandoned child of last year’s album, Draw the Line. Gray has even been quoted as saying, “This record is going to disappear off the face of the Earth, bar some freak occurrence.”  So take from this new material what you will… but for me, Foundling is the perfect album for a certain mood. These songs will be my ideal soundtrack to the swirling of dead fall leaves and the gray smear of a Vineyard winter sky.

Listen to clips of all 11 songs here!
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Lyric Of The Week

David Gray – “Nemesis”

I’m still thinking about that David Gray/Ray LaMontagne show and I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for a long long time. During the show, David Gray said he and his band had been having a lot of fun with the song “Nemesis” – a track from 2009’s Draw The Line album. They proceeded to jam out on the tune, and it lasted for about 7 or 8 minutes I’d say. I loved hearing this one live, with all sorts of changes… but the lyrics alone make this song outstanding – so simple, but so telling:

“Neath an avalanche
Soft as moss
I am a creeping and intangible sense of loss
I’m the memory you can’t get out your head
But if I leave you now
You’ll wish you were somewhere else instead

I’m the manta ray
I’m the louse
I am the photograph
They found in your burned out house
I am the sound of money washing down the drain
I am the pack of lies
Baby that keeps you sane

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m trapped inside
Feels like I’m buried alive

I’m the bottom line
Of the joke
I am ecstasy
Spilling like bright egg-yolk
I’m the thoughts you’re too ashamed to ever share
And I am the smell of it
You’re trying to wash out of your hair

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m lost inside
Feels like I’m buried alive
Possibilities limitless
Just give me something that’s more than this
One shot and I’ll never miss

I’m the babe that sleeps
Through the Blitz
I am a sudden and quite unexpected twist
I am your one true love
Who sleeps with someone else
I am your nemesis
Baby I’m life sweet life itself ”

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LIVE: David Gray

I can’t quite say I like David Gray better than Ray LaMontagne since the two are so incredibly different. That’s part of what made the show so good! LaMontagne’s set was a heaping helping of one of the most heartfelt and soulful voices you’ve ever heard followed by Gray’s tender but raw and emotional wall of sound.  There’s just something about David Gray’s music that cuts to the core of me and finally seeing him live in concert was nothing short of spectacular.

He played a mix of old and new tunes, definitely getting the crowd riled up right away. Each and every song was so epic and ended with such power, you’d think it was the final song of the night. “Fugitive” was the perfect start to the set with its booming drums and gorgeous buildup. Here’s his complete setlist:

1. “Fugitive”
2. “Stella the Artist”
3. “Be Mine”
4. “The One I Love”
5. “Now and Always”
6. “Jackdaw”
7. “Sail Away”
8. “The Other Side”
9. “We Could Fall in Love Again Tonight” [solo]
10. “Shine” [solo]
11. “Nemesis”
12. “Please Forgive Me”

13. “This Year’s Love”
14. “Babylon”

I was so psyched to hear “Jackdaw” which is my favorite track from 2009’s Draw The Line, and “Please Forgive Me”,  my favorite from White Ladder (2000). But the best moment of the set for me was when his (incredible) band walked offstage, leaving Gray alone with his guitar to play a tune from his new album Foundling followed by “Shine” – the first David Gray song I ever heard. The lyrics are so sad but so moving and it was amazing to stand there watching him belt them out…

“For all that we struggle, for all we pretend
It don’t come down to nothing except love in the end.
And ours is a road that is strewn with goodbyes,
but as it unfolds, as it all unwinds…
remember your soul is the one thing you can’t compromise
Take my hand…We’re gonna go where we can shine”

At the end of the night, David Gray and Ray LaMontagne performed a song together. I can’t be sure, but I think it was the Bee Gees tune, “In the Morning”. The crowd was AMPED to see them up there side by side, but the rocky duet was a true testament to how different their sounds are. Their guitar playing, their voices, and their energy levels didn’t mix well when put together, but seeing their sets back to back was an amazing musical experience I won’t soon forget.

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LIVE: Ray LaMontagne

Last night I saw Ray LaMontagne and David Gray at the Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston and it was an incredible show! Both sets were so amazing and so different. It was a wonderful pairing and I was so thrilled to be there for it.

As I suspected, Ray LaMontange played first. I thought it made sense with his more subdued sound. I was immediately impressed by his band, The Pariah Dogs. I read in a review of the new album, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise,  that LaMontagne’s voice upstages the band, but I’d have to disagree. With such a unique and engaging voice, you want a band that will compliment the vocals without drawing any attention away from them… and that’s just what this band does. The four Pariah Dogs were clearly seasoned musicians and they helped the music come alive up there on stage.

LaMontagne’s set consisted of 13 songs (including the encore) and by my count, 8 of those songs were off the new album. I was surprised by that, but not disappointed. He also played 3 tunes off 2008’s Gossip In the Grain – “Let It Be Me”, “You are the Best Thing”, and “Henry Nearly Killed Me (It’s a Shame)”. “Trouble” was a huge crowd pleaser towards the beginning of the set, as was the encore – “Shelter”. I was excited to hear the new material live after listening and loving the album and it did not disappoint. In fact, some songs had a new life to them that made me appreciate the new album even more.

Ray LaMontagne performs again with David Gray at the Pavilion tonight… and you can STREAM THE SHOW LIVE on UStream!


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NEW Music: Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise

I cannot express just how excited I am about the Ray LaMontagne/David Gray concert next Tuesday night (8/17)  in Boston. They have quickly become two of my favorite artists in the past few years and I’ve never seen either of them live in concert. To make the night even sweeter, both are releasing brand new albums on Tuesday.

Thanks to NPR music’s First Listen, I’ve gotten to check out Ray LaMontagne’s new album and it’s nothing short of spectacular!

For God Willin’, LaMontagne is joined by The Pariah Dogs – a set band of seasoned musicians who really help to give the album continuity. As you would expect, LaMontagne’s vocals are soulful and his words are tender, thoughtful, and melancholy. What’s new and refreshing is the countryish twang to this record. There’s an abundance of lilting melodies, slide guitar work and even harmonica and banjo at times.

In terms of my favorite songs on first listen, I’m really digging the bluesy final track, “The Devil’s in the Jukebox” and I can’t get enough of the single “Beg Steal or Borrow”. I’m a big fan of “Repo Man”, the hardest hitting track that starts off the album with a bang, and I also love the sparse, pain-filled, “Are We Really Through”. From start to finish, LaMontagne is giving us a lot to sink our teeth into with God Willin’. It’s nothing short of what I expected and I’m so psyched to hear some of the new material live.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM (it’ll be posted until its release on Tuesday)

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Song Of The Day

Phosphorescent – “A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise”

Tonight, a listener called in and told me about his wonderful experience at a David Gray show. He said I had to check out the opening act – Phosphorescent. I found this video while digging around on the net and I LOVE it. It’s filmed beautifully and it held my attention the whole way through. The sound is very cool…this particular tune reminds me of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and The Low Anthem.


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Ray LaMontagne – “Beg Steal or Borrow”
David Gray – “A Moment Changes Everything”

NEW TRACKS from Ray LaMontagne and David Gray! LaMontagne’s forthcoming album, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, will hits stores August 17th…as will David Gray’s new 2 disc release, Foundling. I’m psyched to get new albums from these artists so soon! I hear they both wanted to release new material for their tour together this summer… hence the ‘all of a sudden’ singles. Here’s the Ray LaMontagne single:

And the David Gray single:

You can still get tickets to either Boston show (featuring both of these amazing artists!!), on August 17th or 18th at the Bank Of America Pavilion.

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Best Of ’09: David Gray

David Gray – Draw The Line

This album keeps impressing me over and over. It’s got such solid tracks…”Fugitive”, “Jackdaw”, “Stella The Artist”, “Nemesis”…I could go on and on! And listening to the album as a whole is a great experience too. From start to finish, I believe Draw The Line is David Gray’s best material since White Ladder. Despite the fact that it came out in September, it’s definitely one of my most listened to albums of 2009.

David Gray
Draw The Line

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