Did I tell you guys I went to see The Joy Formidable at The Riot Room in KC last Saturday? They are fantastic. Ritzy comes off as a veteran frontman and their sound is well-rehearsed with plenty of room for improvised riffs.
They are the real deal, producing their own first album and creating something that sounds new out of classic stylings of dirty guitar and heavy bass strings. I loved it. One of the best shows I’ve seen lately.
They said they’d be back; I’ll be in the first row.
The Mountain Goats - Itzcuintli-Totzli Days
I can’t help myself. It has nothing to do with Easter, but it gets in my head every year. I have a simple mind.
i hear the pads beat, loud as drums.
i know he’s coming. let him come.
let the big big rabbit come out.
let the big big rabbit come down.
let him cast his shadow on the bright face of our little house.
let him dance through the garden.
let him come.
it’s getting darker, as the sky grows colder
and i feel your hand on my naked shoulder.
praise god i know you’re with me. i know you’re here.
So, Jordan Geiger (of Hospital Ships) and Katlyn Conroy (of Cowboy Indian Bear) collaborated to give you this Daniel Johnston cover. All three are going to be at Middle of the Map Fest this weekend in KC. Show this video some love by clicking on the photo, because when local musicians collaborate, it really is a beautiful thing.
There is something so wonderful about musicians that appreciate their fan’s physical experience of their recorded music. Artists who take the time to build a spiritual room in which the listener can completely envelope his/herself in the new sound. Vinyl, cassette tapes, handwritten liner notes… there is still nothing else like it.
Many thanks to The Mountain Goats and Merge for creating this package. What a mood changer.
Destroyer - New Ways of Living
As soon as I get off of work, I’m hitting the road to see Destroyer in St. Louis.
That’s 4 hours driving there and 4 hours back so I can get back to work tomorrow.