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Laura Veirs and “July Flame” Obsessions

Morgan,

I’ve recently become obsessed with Laura Veirs (veers).  For visual, see below (of Laura…not of me obsessing). You probably know from her song “July Flame,” which was on one of your sister’s awesome playlists.

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This preoccupation is perhaps inspired/fueled by the fact that Veirs went to Carleton–but mostly by the fact that her music is dope. Still, it’s neat to think about her studying and hanging about these parts (granted, some years ago, she being thirty-eigh now).

Veirs has produced eight albums, but thus far I have only listened to “July Flame” (2010) extensively. According to Wikipedia, the album’s title “comes from a type of peach Veirs’ saw at a farmer’s market.”

Image Veirs has a folksy, soft, haunting-at-times voice, that occasionally reminds me of Joanna Newsom (but is less high-pitchy weird…not to rag on Newsom she’s cool too). My favorite tracks on the album are 1. I Can See Your Tracks, 3. Sun is King, 6. Silo Song, 7. Little Deschutes (for the melodic change around 4 minutes!), 9. When You Give Your Heart, 11. Wide-Eyed, Legless, and 12. Carole Kaye.

Check out these crazy cool lyrics for “Wide-Eyed, Legless”–

Image –AND check out this sweet chick’s website here. I’ve got to hop, as Latin class is calling…but happy listenin’.

LOVE, Drew

P.S. Bike’s name? PERCIVAL. Since no one weighed in on the matter besides my mother (who wanted to name him Gunnar, which I can’t even pronounce yo), I snatched the name from the oldest Weasley brother (I’m currently rereading the first book…awesomeness. also, did you see that terrible times review of JK’s newest novel? Ouch).

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“Three Questions” by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

A song I’ve been digging lately–

And the lyrics–

Say I found a piece of rock
And put it in my pocket
And for the day that we are wed
I put it in a locket
Which is to hang around your neck
As long as you see fit
Well, tell me, o my love
Do you think that you would wear it?

And on the day that threatens
That the earth might open up
The birds have stopped their singing
And the insects have shut up
And all that’s left between us
Is some alhamdulillah
Oh would you split it with me, baby
So that I wouldn’t die?

And after all these things
Is a question I must ask
When everyone has called me out
And said I am the worst
And asked for voices on my side
My love, would you sing first?
Would you say, “He’s okay,
He’s better than the rest ;
He’s innocent in god’s eyes
And in mine, he is the best”?

 Kind of wonderful, huh?

–Drew

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Young the Giant

A young giant? A giant named Young? Whatever, these guys are good. Never been much into Alt./Indie Rock, but I can’t stop listening to this band. Also can’t quite put my finger on their sound…almost bordering on commercial, but not; slow, deep, but building into loud and upbeat choruses.

The lead vocalist, Sameer Gadhia, seems like an interesting dude (if only because he’s not the typical, indie band, skinny white guy?) He also sounds a bit pretentious (while trying to sound not pretentious…alright, won’t get into that annoying paradox), at least in this interview. Still, I liked one particular response of his to a comment made by the interviewer:

AVC: The indie-music underground is still a really small community. While a site like Pitchfork seems like an enormous institution to hardcore music fans, the average person on the street doesn’t even know what it is.

SG: I think as musicians and as people, we’re constantly inspired and in awe of those normal people. I think it’s a true testament to try to make an impact in those people’s lives. We really love real people. You get caught in the whole storm of the indie-rock scene. You play festivals and you do junkets. It’s just such a small, mini-bubble world of who’s cool and who’s not, and it’s dependent upon how they treat you. I think going through our travels and us trying to be normal, down-to-earth, willing-to-do-anything people, be it watch a football game or whatever. There’s so much snobbery, and that might put us under fire sometimes. It’s who we are. I don’t come from two generations of musicians. My parents are normal. I’m a first-generation American. They’re from India. It’s a completely different thing. I was just raised to try to be a good person. That’s what our goal is. At the end of this, if we can be good people, I think we’ve succeeded.

The band has only released one full, eponymous album, in 2010. Here’s the album art/track list:

1. Apartment, 2. My Body, 3. I Got, 4. Cough Syrup, 5. God Made Man, 6. 12 Fingers, 7. Strings, 8. Your Side, 9. Garands, 10. St. Walker, 11. Island, 12. My Gun

I’m more partial to songs #1-7, but that said, I’m positively nutty about “My Gun” and its chord change at “you’ll drive in my car.” “My Body” would make a sick workout song (check these lyrics: “my body tells me no / but I won’t quit / ‘cause I want more / I want more”–damn straight!), and the opening lines of “Cough Syrup”–“life’s too short to even care at all / losing my mind losing my mind losing control”–are sort of wonderfully earnest.

They’ve posted some live recording on Youtube, which are beautiful, and pretty impressive, that they still sound good minus amps, etc. I suggest checking a couple of them out on their channel, but here’s one of their more popular songs, “Apartment” (which in general is just a lovely video…albeit some of the weird faces Gadhia makes…)

Also, anyone wondering where they shot this…? Because I.want.to.go.there.
Peace,
Drew
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