Two more hours of brand new music, this time with a focus on the incredible new album Jonathan Wilson has just put out. Apparently back to his “Frankie Ray” days of some more traditional Americana via Laurel Canyon songwriting, this a record that is going to keep us busy for months. What’s more: new songs by Nadia Reid, Courtney Marie Andrews, Talitha Ferri, Cabane, Matt Elliott, Arbouretum, Real Estate, Chase Weinacht, James Elkington, Doug Tuttle, Nicole Atkins, Dirty Projectors, Hailu Mergia, Skinshape, Lithics, Irma Vep, Diet Cig, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Chris Acker, Adam Green, Kevin Morby, Rose City Band, The Mastersons, Brandy Clark, Western Centuries, Luka Kuplowsky, Swamp Dogg, and Honey Harper.
Ever wondered why we’re posting less and less stuff nowadays? Yes, we’ve been busing getting other things done. Like this all star lineup for a month of concerts at Mercado Negro, in Aveiro, Portugal. After a wonderful Old Jerusalem concert last week, tonight we host Matt Elliott yet again, this time with a new album. Next Wednesday we bring one of our favorite songwriters to Portugal for the first time ever: Will Stratton. Finally, on Friday 30, we welcome back Micah Blue Smaldone, who hasn’t played in Portugal in the last six years, and we’re also proud to present, for the first time in concert, his Fire on Fire and Cerebrus Shoal bandmate Tom Kovacevic, who has just released one of the most surprising albums of the year, Universe Thin as Skin, on Immune Recordings. More info and links in the Facebook event page.
Check this out, a best of 2012 list that actually wasn’t posted until the year ended! A typical characteristic of a list like this – composed of the individual lists of some people whose music tastes I enjoy enough to ask them to contribute to the blog – is a certain conservatism (although there are some newcomers ranking pretty high, like Hundred Waters, Purity Ring, alt-J or Point Reyes) with some albums that manage to sneak into the top 10 despite not being the artists’ top moments (GY!BE, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird). Was 2012 that boring or are we the boring ones who only listen to boring music? Have your say in the comments section and post your own lists. Enough with the small talk…
If you’ve ever been to an amusement park, certainly you’re familiar with that anxiety minutes before riding that humongous, scary and life-threatening roller coaster (even if at the last call you decide to quit, like my mother used to do a couple times). And although it’s not that sort of concert which you don’t have a clue of what’s about to be, this same feeling got into me, maybe just for the thrill of it.