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NEWPORT FOLK: Wrap Up


I like that I write on my own time and don’t have stressful deadlines, but after a musical event like Newport Folk, I can be stunned into silence for a while – in this case, a whole week! Sorry for the delay but I’ve found it can take me quite a while to process experiences like these. Newport Folk Festival 2012 was incredible in so many ways…it remains one of the top musical events of the year in my eyes. Here are a few highlights for me from the weekend:


WILCO
For the first time, the Friday night kickoff show was AT the Fort, and WILCO simply crushed their set.

 photo by PJ Finn
Charles Bradley
I think this guy was the big surprise for a lot of people at Newport. His performance was just dripping with genuine emotion and soul.


tUnE-yArDs
Maybe you’ve seen a few borderline creepy videos from Tune-yards, but did you know the music is made mostly by just one woman? I didn’t until Newport. Merrill Garbus uses drum loops and pedals to create experimental, tribal-infused, electro-pop that’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before. She’s joined by a bassist and two horn players when she performs live.


The Tallest Man On Earth
Kristian Matsson was one of the only performers of the weekend who took the stage on his own, with just his guitar in hand (he did sit and play keys at one point). I’m still in awe of his commanding stage presence and captivating lyrics. My dad was listening to his set via mvyradio and put it simply – “He’s my new favorite singer/songwriter”

NEWPORT FOLK 2012
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SONG: The Tallest Man On Earth

“Leading Me Now”

There are a few really incredible tracks on Kristian Matsson’s new album, There’s No Leaving Me Now. This is one of them. The guitar playing is insane and his lyrics, as always, cut to the core. I feel like I have to be in just the right mood for this music to work for me…but today, I am.

“And every time we wonder
What we left back in your heart
Could you see we’re dreaming
tho our minds just fall apart
But we will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you’re leading me now”

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LYRICS: The Tallest Man On Earth

“1904”

This new tune from The Tallest Man On Earth is available for FREE download HERE, and I’m really digging it.  Kristian Matsson’s new album, There’s No Leaving Now comes out June 12th and I’m so excited for this one. All of Matsson’s lyrics really move me in this track, but the end seems to strike me the most:

“…when the leaving is hard but you go now
and you feel what you drag ‘cross the floor
because something with these trails are just different
since they shook the earth in 1904

…and some will say it’s not even healthy
but body is young and mind is sure
that something is so right when(?) you’re thinking
cause they shook the earth in 1904″


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Lyric Of The Week

The Tallest Man On Earth – “King Of Spain”

Kristian Matsson always grabbed my attention with his incredible sound and voice, but I hadn’t watched a video of him performing until today. Now I’m in love! He’s got such a vibe up there…such great facial expressions and energy… he’s downright playful during this performance on Jools Holland. Besides developing a new crush, I was also moved to really listen to the words of this tune for the first time. And they are brilliant.


“I never knew I was a lover,
Just cause I steal the things you hide,
Just cause I focus while we’re dancing,
Just cause I offered you a ride.

Still I am not from Barcelona,
I am not even from Madrid.
I am a native of the North Pole
And that can mess up any kid.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.

And I will settle in Pamplona
And I’ll provoke the bulls with words
And then I’ll send a man to meet them all
Blood is fake, so I have heard.

And all the senoritas sighing,
Will be the fountain of my lies.
But while we’re floating in siestas
You search for bottles and for knives.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
Well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.

And I wear my boots of Spanish leather
Oh while I’m tightening my crown.
I’ll disappear in some flamenco
Perhaps I’ll reach the other side.

Why are you stamping my illusion?
Just cause I stole some eagle’s wings
Because you named me as your lover
Well, I thought I could be anything.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.”

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Song Of The Day

The Tallest Man On Earth – “Graceland”

Man, Kristian Matsson never ceases to amaze me with his distinctive voice and quality of performance. I’m not sure how else to describe it… there’s that certain something about the way he sings a song… listen to his GORGEOUS cover of this classic Paul Simon tune and I think you’ll hear what I mean.

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