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FALL TUNES

So, lately I’ve been stuck musically. I haven’t really been seeking out new music or really opening myself up to it and I suppose I could use being busy as an excuse. I’ve been basically listening to the same few albums again and again. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing! These albums have some seriously stunning tracks on them. Here are a few that maybe I’ve posted before, but I cannot get enough of:

Bahamas – “Lost In The Light”
This gorgeous song floors me every time. New video:

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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Wind and Walls”
Every track on There’s No Leaving Now is quite beautiful:

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Feist – “Graveyard”
Can’t believe the beginning of this tune and the end are actually in the same song:

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Delta Spirit – “Ransom Man”
Sometimes when you listen to an album long enough, the songs you used to skip become your favorites:

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Wilco – “One Sunday Morning”
I’ve found that this 12-minute final track on The Whole Love is perfect for an up island drive:

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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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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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Song Of The Day

The Tallest Man On Earth – “King Of Spain”

I wasn’t so sure about this song when I first heard it. To be honest, I’m STILL not so sure about it. Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) has such a harsh voice… for me it’s right on the line between painful to listen to and incredibly original! What do you think?:

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